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Anthony Nomar Garciaparra

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[edit] Biographical Information

[edit] Introduction

Nomar Garciaparra was a major star and one of the greatest shortstops of his era. Most of his major league career was spent with the Boston Red Sox, for whom he was a five-time All Star and American League batting champ in 1999 and 2000. Through 2005, his career batting average was .320 over 10 seasons. In 2006 with the Dodgers he was again among the league leaders in batting average, finishing the season with a .303 average. He spent the final year of his career with the Oakland Athletics before signing a one-day contract with Boston in 2010 to retire a member of the Red Sox.

[edit] Minors

Garciaparra was a 1st round pick by the Red Sox in the 1994 amateur draft, but his minor league stops in Sarasota, Trenton, and with the Gulf Coast Red Sox from 1994-1996, while decent, did not make it obvious that he would be a tremendous major league star. However, he blossomed in 43 games in 1996 with Pawtucket in the International League where he posted .343/.387/.733 with 16 homers, and got a ticket to the majors.

[edit] Prime years in the majors

As a regular from 1997-2000, Nomar's average went up each year, from .306 to .323 to .357 to .372. He had highs of 35 home runs and 122 RBI in 1998.

He was the 1997 American League Rookie of the Year and second in the 1998 American League MVP voting. Each year from 1997-2003 he was at least 11th in the MVP voting except for 2001, most of which he missed.

[edit] Later years with the Red Sox and with the Dodgers

From 2001 to 2005, though, he did not hit above .310 and struggled with injuries. He recovered after moving to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006, winning the National League's Comeback Player of the Year Award after playing in 122 games, but he injured himself again during the post-season, which limited to a pinch-hitting role after the second game of the NLDS. In March of 2010 he signed a one day contract with the Red Sox in order to retire with the team.

[edit] Career analysis

Through 2008 at age 34, the most similar players include three Hall of Famers, all of whom were catchers from the 1920-1930's. The most similar contemporary through age 34 is Jeff Kent. Perhaps showing how unusual Nomar is, none of the ten most similar players are shortstops.

[edit] The name

His unique name comes from his father. Anthony is his given first name, his middle name Nomar is the reverse of his father's name, Ramon. His brother, Michael Garciaparra, was a minor leaguer infielder from 2002-2010.

Garciaparra served as an announcer during the 2012 CWS Super Regionals and 2013 CWS Super Regionals for ESPN.

[edit] Miscellany

Garciaparra held the record for fewest games (869) to reach 2,000 total bases, but this record was broken in 2006 by Albert Pujols.

Once saved two drowning women in Boston [1].

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1997 AL Rookie of the Year Award
  • 1997 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 6-time All-Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 & 2006)
  • AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1997)
  • 2006 NL Comeback Player of the Year
  • 2-time AL Batting Average Leader (1999 & 2000)
  • AL At Bats Leader (1997)
  • AL Hits Leader (1997)
  • AL Doubles Leader (2002)
  • AL Triples Leader (1997)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 7 (1997-2000, 2002, 2003 & 2006)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1997 & 1998)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 4 (1998, 1999, 2002 & 2003)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 6 (1997-2000, 2002 & 2003)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1997)

AL Rookie of the Year
1996 1997 1998
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