Come on, that doesn’t make you smile just a little?
He’s a wonder, at least if you’d been watching him the previous two seasons and are now struggling to take in a fairly stunning turnaround.
Uribe was the target of ridicule the last two years. Over his anemic hitting, his roundish physique and $21-million contract. Not to mention guessing when the Dodgers would finally cut bait.
Yet here he is, not only surviving but actually playing pretty well -- even fantastic compared with expectations.
Uribe, 33, is batting a respectable .278, a dramatic improvement over his .199 average with the Dodgers the last two seasons. He has a .404 slugging percentage, or 142 percentage points higher than he averaged for the Dodgers the last two seasons. And he has a .389 on-base percentage (15 walks in 95 plate appearances), a whopping 100 points higher. If he maintains that, it would be a career-high by 76 points.