Nomar Garciaparra

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Nomar Garciaparra
Position Shortstop
Team Chicago Cubs
Years of Experience 9 years
Age 32
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Bats Right
Throws Right
College Georgia Tech
2005 Salary $8,250,000
Place of Birth Whittier, California
Selection 1st round amateur draft, 1994.
Drafted by Boston Red Sox
Major League Debut August 31, 1996

Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California) is one of the premier shortstops in major league baseball. He currently plays shortstop for the Chicago Cubs, after being traded from the Boston Red Sox at the 2004 trading deadline.

Nomar is part of the so-called "Holy Trinity" of shortstops that debuted in the mid '90s, which includes superstars Alex Rodriguez (now a 3rd baseman) and Derek Jeter, who are considered the best shortstops in baseball.

Through the 2005 season, in 1071 games he has hit (.320/.367/.544/.911) (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS), with 191 HRs and 740 RBI.

Red Sox Years

Nomar, whose name is the reverse of his father's name "Ramon", was a first round pick of the Red Sox in 1994 following a successful career at Georgia Tech. At the time, Boston had a talented shortstop patrolling the position in John Valentin, who finished 9th in MVP voting in 1995. Nomar's talent was just too good for the Sox to pass up, and Valentin was moved to second base, then third base to make room for Nomar, who showed good power in his first tryout with the club, near the end of 1996. It was a tune up for an outstanding rookie year in 1997, where he hit 30 HRs, drove in 98 runs, led the league in hits and was second in extra base hits. He was named Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote, and finished 8th in MVP voting. He also won the immediate admiration of Red Sox fans. With his hard work and attitude, not to mention his catchy name, his popularity has easily stretched well beyond "Red Sox Nation."

To the amazement of many, Nomar improved on his terrific rookie year in his following three seasons, furthering his status as a fan favorite. He hit 35 HRs and 122 RBIs in 1998 and finished second in MVP voting. In 1999 and 2000 Nomar led the American League in batting average, batting .357 and .372, finishing in the top ten in MVP voting both times. He is one of the few right handed batters to win consecutive batting titles.

Unfortunately, in 2001, Nomar suffered a bad wrist injury, which essentially aborted his season. He recovered well enough in 2002 and drove in 120 runs while hitting a league high 56 doubles.

With the Chicago Cubs

On July 31, 2004, at the MLB trading deadline, he was traded from the Red Sox (where many projected he would spend his entire career) to the Chicago Cubs in a four way deal, in which the Red Sox acquired Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. He expressed his infinite appreciation to "Red Sox Nation" in a speech to media and left for the Windy City.

In 2005, he received a World Series ring from the Boston Red Sox, even though he was playing for the Cubs. The Red Sox felt that any player who played at least one game in the 2004 season deserved a ring.

2005 Season

In the 2005 season, a torn left groin forced him onto the disabled list for more than three months. Nomar resumed play on August 5, 2005. Because Cubs regular third baseman Aramis Ramirez was on the disabled list for the last few weeks of the 2005 season, he temporarily played third base, an unprecendented move: except for his first major league game, in which he played second base, he only ever played shortstop. There has been some speculation on him moving to the outfield for the 2006 season; he has said he intends to do whatever he can to help his team.

On October 8, 2005 Nomar and his uncle Victor Garciaparra were alerted to the screams of two women who had fallen into Boston Harbor outside his condominium. One of the women sustained injuries to her head after hitting the pier on her way in. Nomar quickly jumped into the harbour and saved both women who were later taken to the hospital. [1][2]

Style of Play

Garciaparra has a very distinctive and unusual side arm throwing motion when making defensive plays. This motion is often coupled with a seemingly off-balance running stride, which looks inefficient and even injury-prone, but which produces a throw with surprising accuracy and high velocity.


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