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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

NYDN: Ugueth Urbina Released From Prison

Years before Alicia Keys made it popular to set people on FI-YUR!, there was Uggie:

Former Major League relief pitcher Ugueth Urbina, who last pitched in the majors in 2005 with the Phillies, was released from a Venezuelan prison after serving seven years of a 14-year sentence for attempted murder, according to multiple Spanish-language media outlets.

Months after his mother, Maura Josefina Villareal, was rescued by an elite Venezuelan anti-kidnapping unit in 2005, following a harrowing five-and-a-half month captivity, Urbina was involved in a violent episode on his sprawling Venezuelan property. Urbina allegedly doused several men with gasoline and set them on fire and hacked another with a machete.

He’s only 38, and according to Venezuelan news sources, he was hitting 90 mph with his fastball while incarcerated.

Adam B. Posted: December 26, 2012 at 04:25 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: crime, expos, marlins, phillies, rangers, red sox, relievers, tigers

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   1. clowns to the left of me; STEAGLES to the right Posted: December 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM (#4332635)
Urbina allegedly doused several men with gasoline and set them on fire and hacked another with a machete.
did he actually do that? i know he doused them with gasoline and brandished a machete, but i don't remember that he actually set anyone on fire or hacked someone with a machete?
   2. philly Posted: December 26, 2012 at 05:53 PM (#4332638)
The Red Sox might be looking for another closer.
   3. Bhaakon Posted: December 26, 2012 at 05:57 PM (#4332643)
did he actually do that? i know he doused them with gasoline and brandished a machete, but i don't remember that he actually set anyone on fire or hacked someone with a machete?


A 14 year sentences seems pretty hefty for mere dousing and brandishing.
   4. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 26, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4332644)
Urbina allegedly doused several men with gasoline and set them on fire

I would love to see some team reestablish the use of a fireman in the bullpen.
   5. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM (#4332646)
A 14 year sentences seems pretty hefty for mere dousing and brandishing.


It would be a rare black mark for the Venezuelan justice system. It reminds me of the time Juan Uribe either shot a bunch of people and paid his way out of charges or didn't shoot a bunch of people and was extorted.
   6. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: December 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM (#4332648)
I would love to see some team reestablish the use of a fireman in the bullpen.
If Ugie is still throwing gas, that might be a terrible idea.
   7. Bhaakon Posted: December 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM (#4332650)
It would be a rare black mark for the Venezuelan justice system. It reminds me of the time Juan Uribe either shot a bunch of people and paid his way out of charges or didn't shoot a bunch of people and was extorted.


Venezuela isn't the Dominican Republic.
   8. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 26, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4332652)
Venezuela isn't the Dominican Republic.


Those people are all the same, & you know it.

   9. Bhaakon Posted: December 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM (#4332659)
Those people are all the same, & you know it.


Nah. In the DR they arrest a rich guy to shake him down, in Venezuela they do it to make an example out of him.
   10. chemdoc Posted: December 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM (#4332751)
He will listen if anyone calls.
   11. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM (#4332772)
Brad Beane: "I want you to go release Urbina."
Peter Brand: "I really would rather not."
Brad Beane: "This is the job. You have to learn how to do this."
Peter Brand: "Can't you release Jemile Weeks instead? I'll do that one."
   12. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: December 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM (#4332798)
I feel like this happened only 2-3 years ago, but man does time fly, hell im almost at the 10 year mark here so I shouldnt be too surprised
   13. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: December 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM (#4332804)
Out of admittedly morbid curiousity, has there ever been a murderer or attempted murderer who got a contract (majors or affiliated minors)? How about in other sports?

If no murderers/attempted murderers, who is the (subjectively) "worst"? Michael Vick? Any rapists? Kidnappers?

To be clear, the person must have been known to be a murderer or whatever at the time the contract was signed. People who were murderers or whatever at the time the contract was signed but who were not known to be so at that time don't count, although feel free to mention them too.
   14. Flynn Posted: December 27, 2012 at 05:34 AM (#4332810)
Does Leonard Little count?
   15. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: December 27, 2012 at 07:17 AM (#4332818)
Cesar Cedeno shot and killed his mistress and then spent 13 more seasons in the majors afterwards. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Angel Villalona (allegedly) intentionally shot and killed a guy, (allegedly) paid the victim's family $139,000 to get them to ask a judge to drop the charges, and wound up back in the Giants system in 2012.
   16. SOLockwood Posted: December 27, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4332830)
Ron LeFlore was scouted by the Tigers while serving a sentence for armed robbery, and signed once he was released/paroled. Although I think he was actually the getaway driver rather than the stick-up guy.
   17. Swedish Chef Posted: December 27, 2012 at 09:16 AM (#4332831)
Out of admittedly morbid curiousity, has there ever been a murderer or attempted murderer who got a contract (majors or affiliated minors)? How about in other sports?

If no murderers/attempted murderers, who is the (subjectively) "worst"? Michael Vick? Any rapists? Kidnappers?

If soccer counts:
Lee Hughes got six years (served three) for a hit and run.

Martin Mutumba (Swedish footballer) was convicted of armed robbery, but he only got seven months.

Brima Koroma - a journeyman striker - was convicted of rape in Sweden, he is still playing.
   18. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: December 27, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4332835)
I presume guys like Carl Mays or people involved in military conflicts don't count.

Charles Smith (the Georgetown guard) killed people in a hit and run and went on to play for the Timberwolves and several minor league and foreign clubs.
Mike Danton (hockey, served a few years for conspiracy to commit murder) is playing overseas.
Craig MacTavish killed via drunk driving, served a year, played several more years and coached in the NHL.
Donte Stallworth did the same in the NFL, even winning an award his first season back for being a role model.
   19. Darren Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM (#4332840)
At least here in the USA, we have a proper system where the rich guys can get out of pretty much anything.

I'm with Meatwad on this one, though--seems like this happened two years ago.
   20. Darren Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM (#4332843)
Urbina allegedly doused several men with gasoline and set them on fire and hacked another with a machete.


I too am confused by the use of "allegedly" here. He was convicted of something, it shouldn't take that much legwork to find out exactly what the conviction was for and report that.
   21. Swoboda is freedom Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4332852)
Carl Mays pitched for years after killing Ray Chapman.
   22. Jick Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4332872)
Josh Hamilton just got a contract.
   23. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: December 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM (#4332873)
He was convicted of something, it shouldn't take that much legwork to find out exactly what the conviction was for and report that.


According to the NY Times, Urbina was convicted of attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch, and also "found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands." The attack was carried out by a "group of men" and Urbina denied being among them, admitting to arguing with the victims earlier but claiming to be asleep at the time of the assault. Gasoline was involved, but apparently no fire.

Also, while the incident occurred seven years ago, the conviction came in March of 2007 and Urbina served less than six years of his sentence.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: December 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4332916)
Months after his mother, Maura Josefina Villareal, was rescued by an elite Venezuelan anti-kidnapping unit in 2005, following a harrowing five-and-a-half month captivity, Urbina was involved in a violent episode on his sprawling Venezuelan property. Urbina allegedly doused several men with gasoline and set them on fire and hacked another with a machete.


Was there suspicion/speculation the two events were connected (such as Ugie believed the human kindling were part of the kidnapping)? It wouldn't make him any less guilty, but it would make his actions a little more understandable.
   25. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: December 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4333035)
Was there suspicion/speculation the two events were connected (such as Ugie believed the human kindling were part of the kidnapping)?


Don't recall ever seeing much along those lines. Which is kinda weird, since it would seem like a rather obvious angle to investigate.
   26. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: December 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4333036)
Was there suspicion/speculation the two events were connected (such as Ugie believed the human kindling were part of the kidnapping)? It wouldn't make him any less guilty, but it would make his actions a little more understandable.

I've always assumed they were connected in that UUU didn't actually do it, but refused to pay the extortion money.
   27. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 27, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4333046)
If no murderers/attempted murderers, who is the (subjectively) "worst"? Michael Vick? Any rapists? Kidnappers?

Ray Lewis was pretty clearly an accessory to murder, but wasn't charged.
   28. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: December 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4333089)
I gotta say, I remain confused about the whole Urbina thing as it's just a weird scene visually. It's like one of those things you see in a dream and then your tech ed teacher shows up with a girl you dated in college and Tom Brookens.

And I totally snuck in a fireman reference in one of my first things I did for ESPN a few years ago. I was still testing my limits of obnoxiousness at that point.
   29. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: December 27, 2012 at 02:23 PM (#4333122)
If no murderers/attempted murderers, who is the (subjectively) "worst"? Michael Vick? Any rapists? Kidnappers?


Ben Roethlisberger and Kobe Bryant had rape accusations (although Roethlisberger settled before it went to court) against them.
   30. JJ1986 Posted: December 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM (#4333123)
Ben Roethlisberger and Kobe Bryant had rape accusations (although Roethlisberger settled before it went to court) against them.


Josh Lueke is a convicted rapist.
   31. GregD Posted: December 27, 2012 at 02:32 PM (#4333132)
Technically Lueke is a convicted violent false imprisoner (imprisonist? what is the world is the proper noun form of his plea?)
   32. SoSH U at work Posted: December 27, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4333140)
Ramon Castro is an admitted non-aggravated indecent assaulter, though suspected of more.
   33. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: December 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM (#4333183)
I'm a convicted disobeyer of traffic control devices! In other words, I turned right on red without coming to a full stop.
   34. something like a train wreck Posted: December 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM (#4333345)
I'm a convicted disobeyer of traffic control devices

Good thing you're not using your real name, so ESPN can't fire you.
And Reggie rogers killed 3 kids driving drunk (vehicular homicide)and came back briefly, beofre deciding to pick up another 5 DUIs. Also, Dani Heatley killed a teammate driving drunk (vehicular homicide).
   35. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: December 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM (#4333427)
I can't stand Dany Heatley, but there's no evidence he was drunk.

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