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Ugueth Urbina | Relief Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (40) / 2/15/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to the Associated Press, Ugueth Urbina is hoping to return to major league baseball.
The 38-year-old was released from prison Sunday after serving roughly half of his 14-year sentence for attempted murder. He's expected to pitch in Venezuela this winter and was rumored to be clocked recently at 90 mph. Urbina hasn't appeared in the majors since 2005. He had a career 3.45 ERA over 11 seasons. Sat, Dec 29, 2012 01:50:00 PM

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Former MLB pitcher Ugueth Urbina has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five men in Venezuela.

Urbina, a two-time All-Star who last pitched with the Phillies in 2005, was also found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute in October of that year. Urbina allegedly attacked the men with machettes at his family's ranch. Agent Peter Greenberg indicated than an appeal is planned.
Wed, Mar 28, 2007 12:13:00 PM

Free agent Ugueth Urbina was denied bail in Venezuela on charges of attempted murder, conspiring with others to commit a crime, illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into one's own hands.

If found guilty of all four crimes, Urbina would face up to 20 years in jail. A trial date has yet to be set. Urbina has denied involvement with the violence that injured five workers at his family's ranch, saying he was sleeping at the time of the attack.
Fri, Dec 16, 2005 02:17:00 PM

Ugueth Urbina has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in his home country of Venezuela.

Urbina insists he had nothing to do with the incident, which occured at his family's farm last month and left five people injured. The 31-year-old was accused by farmhands of attacking them with machetes, pouring gasoline and paint thinner on them, and burning them. Urbina suggested last month the workers were just looking for money. Even if the charges are untrue, it seems unlikely that Urbina will be signing with a team anytime soon.
Tue, Nov 8, 2005 12:43:00 PM

Ugueth Urbina, who still hasn't been charged with any crimes, told reporters in Venezuela that he wasn't involved in the Oct. 15 attacks at his family's farm that left five people injured.

Urbina has been accused by farmhands of attacking them with machetes, pouring gasoline and paint thinner on them, and burning them. If he's innocent, he's going to want the situation cleared up before he's allowed to start negotiating with other teams as a free agent.
Thu, Oct 27, 2005 03:49:00 AM

Ugueth Urbina was questioned by police in Venezuela, then released as authorities investigated accusations that he assaulted several men after a party at his family's home.

The incident occurred early Sunday after a welcome-home party for Urbina, when a dispute broke out between him and two of his workers about the whereabouts of a firearm. "He hit us, threatened us with machetes, poured gasoline on us, and it was only by chance that he didn't burn us all," said Argenis Farias, one of five laborers hurt in the incident. The investigation continues and it's possible that charges could be filed.
Wed, Oct 19, 2005 04:00:00 AM

Ugueth Urbina threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 6-3 game against the Mets tonight.

Urbina had allowed at least one run in each of his last three outings. He didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two, Mike Cameron and Carlos Beltran, in his inning of work tonight. He's not as good as his ERA under 3.00 indicated when the Phillies traded for him, but he'll be fine in a set-up role.
Wed, Jun 29, 2005 10:56:00 PM

Ugueth Urbina has struggled since being traded to the Phillies.

While Placido Polanco has been on fire in Detroit, entering Friday's game, Urbina had allowed four homers in 6 1/3 innings with the Phillies and had an 11.37 ERA since the trade. Urbina was pitching well when the trade was made and the Tigers may have pulled off the perfect ''buy low - sell high'' scenario.
Sat, Jun 25, 2005 09:55:00 AM

Ugueth Urbina pitched a hitless ninth tonight for his first save as a member of the Phillies.

Billy Wagner got a well deserved second straight day off after working the previous three days and eight days out of 10.
Sat, Jun 11, 2005 10:38:00 PM

Ugueth Urbina reportedly got drunk and into an altercation with his Detroit teammates on a flight to Los Angeles on Sunday night.

He was traded to the Phillies three days later.
Fri, Jun 10, 2005 08:45:00 AM

After entering with a 10-4 lead, Ugueth Urbina allowed four runs and retired just one batter in the ninth tonight in his Phillies debut.

Urbina was just trying to get on Billy Wagner's good side by getting him a save opportunity. Wagner did enter and record the final two outs for his 17th save.
Fri, Jun 10, 2005 12:23:00 AM

Phillies acquired RHP Ugueth Urbina and infielder Ramon Martinez from the Tigers for infielder Placido Polanco.

We're not sure we like this for either team. Urbina will be a nice upgrade in between Billy Wagner and Ryan Madson, but he comes at the cost of the team's best third baseman and second baseman against left-handers. It looks like Chase Utley will be a full-time player now. David Bell's value also gets a boost, as he's assured of practically all the playing time at third base. Those mixed leaguers who held on to Urbina in the hopes that he'd get a chance to close can drop him now. He still may have some value, but you should be able to find someone with more upside.
Wed, Jun 8, 2005 04:45:00 PM

Ugueth Urbina pitched a scoreless inning against the Devil Rays tonight to earn his fifth save.

Urbina struggled early this season, yielding at least one run in five of his first six appearances. Since then he's allowed just two runs in 14 1/3 innings.
Wed, May 18, 2005 10:56:00 PM

Ugueth Urbina struck out two in a scoreless ninth tonight for a save against the Rangers.

Urbina should be good for at least a half dozen saves while Troy Percival is out.
Tue, May 10, 2005 12:18:00 AM

With Troy Percival going on the DL, Ugueth Urbina should spend at least the next couple of weeks as Detroit's closer.

Grab him if he's been left available in your mixed league. Urbina is hardly an elite reliever these days, but he's little if any worse than Percival.
Mon, May 9, 2005 06:50:00 PM

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2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
2John Mayberry
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
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PosRoleName
S1Cliff Lee
2Cole Hamels
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4Kyle Kendrick
5Roberto Hernandez
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PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Jeff Manship