In May of 1995, the Montreal Expos called up young 21 year old pitcher Ugueth Urbina. Urbina would develop into one of the best closers during the rest of the 1990s. Flash forward twelve years later, Urbina doesn't pitch anymore, he is a prisoner in his native Venezuela. But let's start at the beginning.
Ugueth Urbina made his major league debut in 1995 with the Montreal Expos. By 1996, Urbina started 17 games for the Expos winning 10. Then in 1997, Urbina's career really took off as the Expos made him a closer and for the next three seasons he became a dominant force on an otherwise hapless Expos team.
At the trade deadline in 2001, the Expos had no choice but to trade their star closer to the Boston Red Sox for Boston legends Tomo Ohka and Rich Rundles. He would go on to save a total of 49 saves in one and a half seasons with the Sox.
After leaving Boston, Urbina bounced around the majors making stops in Texas, Florida, where he won his only World Series in 2003, Detroit, and Philadelphia. He never really made it back to his form that he had in Montreal has he was now relegated to a set-up role.
The real story starts on October 16, 2005. Ugueth Urbina was living on his ranch in his home country of Venezuela when he got into a dispute with five ranch hands. Urbina had accused them of stealing his gun and decided to take matters into his own hands. Urbina tried to attack the workers with a machete and also tried to pour gasoline on them. Urbina has steadfastly denied these claims. Urbina claims that he was sleeping at the time of the attacks and said earlier that night the workers were bathing in his pool without permission when he sternly told them to leave.
In March of 2007, Urbina was sentenced to fourteen years in a Venezuelan prison. He was only 33 years old at the time of the sentencing. Urbina could still be pitching today, but in the heat of the moment he let his temper get the best of him. Now his once promising career is over and his life is forever changed. Urbina will now forever be marked as a felon. Instead of him being remembered for his days with Montreal he will be remembered as that guy that tried to torch his workers. If you ask me, that is a damn shame.