Uribe followed family from Dominican to big leagues

Juan Uribe, 3B, Dodgers
Palenque, Dominican Republic

A young Juan Uribe would hear stories -- tales from his uncle about life in the Major Leagues and America. Now, Uribe can tell stories of his own.

Uribe's uncle was actually his second cousin, Jose Uribe, whom he called his uncle because of a 20-year age gap. Jose played 10 years in the Major Leagues -- eight with the San Francisco Giants, for whom he excelled as a smooth-fielding shortstop.

Juan Uribe would also one day become a beloved player for the Giants, before moving on to play for their fierce rivals, the Dodgers, for the past four seasons.

Uribe signed as a free agent in 1997 with the Rockies, the team with which he debuted in 2001. He's since played for the White Sox, Giants and Dodgers. He and his wife, Ana, have four children: Juan Luis, Juanny, Janny and Johanny.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.