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Ubaldo Jimenez chose strikeouts over medicine

Mar 17, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports wrote a great article about Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, whose working-class family in the Dominican Republic made him turn down $20,000 to sign with the Mets as a 16-year-old:

They didn’t want me to sign until I finished high school. I always respected my parents, and I knew it was for my own good, so I didn’t sign. I always figured I was going to be a doctor anyway. … I used to love medicine. My mom’s a nurse. It’s something I grew up seeing. Every time people got sick, my mom would be the one who helped make them better.

He eventually signed with the Rockies when they agreed to let him finish high school. Passan’s article carries the clever headline “Jimenez gave up medicine to dispense pills” because last season he had the highest average fastball velocity in all of baseball while winning 15 games with a 3.47 ERA and 198 strikeouts. And now his older sister is the one studying to become a doctor.
Definitely check out the entire article, which has tons of good stuff (and good writing) about one of the game’s best and most intriguing young pitchers.

  1. Smit - Mar 18, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I read this article yesterday and it was very impressive and well worth the read (although the headline seemed to indicate it was a recent decision to turn down some sort of new check). 2 notes on it.
    1. Thank you yahoo for coming out with it this week, and not before last Sunday when I took Jimenez (as I try to do every year) as my 4th SP in my fantasy draft…. after I got Gallardo. This is surely ruining some peoples draft strategies on Ubaldo.
    2. The Mets couldn’t come up with that clause to let him finish HS??? really???

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