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Anthony Nomar Garciaparra

Born: July 23, 1973, Whittier, CA  Height: 6'0"  Weight: 175  Bats: Right  Throws: Right  
Position: Shortstop  Signed: July, 1994, by Luke Wrenn  #5

Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar's Career Stats

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 1994 Sarasota.295 28 105 20 31 16 10 
1995Trenton.267 125 513 77 137 20 47 50 42 35 
1996 Pawtucket .343 43 172 40 59 15 16 46 14 21 
Gulf Coast.286 14 
Boston.241 24 87 11 21 16 14 
1997Boston.306 153 684* 122 209* 44 11* 30 98 35 92 22 
1998Boston.323 143 604 111 195 37 35 122 33 62 12 
1999Boston.357* 135 532 103 190 42 27 104 51 39 14 
2000Boston.372* 140 529 104 197 51 21 96 66 50 
2001Boston.289 21 83 13 24 
2002Boston.310 156 635 101 197 56** 24 120 41 63 
2003Boston.301 156 658 120 198 37 13 28 105 39 61 19 
2004Boston .321 38 156 24 50  21  16 
Chicago Cubs.297 43 165 28 49 14 20 16 14 

* Led league       ** Tied for league lead

"When I was a kid, I tried all the positions, and I enjoyed 'em all. Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball - you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him?
Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol.
You have to love a ballplayer like that."

Nomar, in Diehard magazine,
April 1999 

Nomar's Firsts

Major League Debut - August 31, 1996
defensive replacement at 2B.
1st M.L. Start - September 1, 1996
at shortstop. Had 3 hits and 6 total bases.
1st M.L. Hit - September 1, 1996
a home run off Oakland's John Wasdin.
1st Grand Slam - September 2, 1998
off Seattle's Bobby Ayala. Nomar's 2nd game-ending homer of the season.
1st Batting Title - 1999
.357 average.

"I'm the youngest, Derek's the richest, and Nomar's the best."

Alex Rodriguez 
Seattle Mariners, 2000 

Records Held

   Major League Records
Most RBI by a leadoff hitter: 98, 1997.
Most home runs by a rookie shortstop: 30, 1997.
Most grand slams in one game (tie): 2, May 10, 1999.
Most doubles in a season by a shortstop: 56, 2002.

American League Records
Longest hitting streak by a rookie: 30 games, Jul. 26 - Aug. 29, 1997.
Most RBI in a Division Series: 11, Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 1998.
Most hits in a game (tie): 6, June 21, 2003.

Red Sox Records
Most at-bats in a single season: 684, 1997.
Most leadoff home runs in a single season: 7, 1997.
Most total bases by a rookie: 365, 1997.
Most hits by a rookie: 209, 1997.
Most stolen bases by a rookie shortstop: 22, 1997.
Most RBI in one game (tie): 10, May 10, 1999.

    Rookie Record Hit Streak

"Boy, I'm looking at someone who is going to be as good as anyone who has ever played this game. I say that, and boy, I believe it, too. And the best thing about it is that he's a terrific kid."

Ted Williams  

Awards and Honors

2003 All-Star
2002 All-Star
2000 A.L. Batting Title - .372 average
2000 All-Star
1999 A.L. Batting Title - .357 average
1999 All-Star starter
1998 Thomas A. Yawkey Award - Red Sox M.V.P. chosen by Boston sportswriters
1997 A.L. Rookie of the Year - unanimously elected by BBWAA
1997 Silver Slugger Award - for best-hitting A.L. shortstop
1997 All-Star - won rookie home run contest
1997 Thomas A. Yawkey Award
1996 PawSox Rookie of the Year - chosen by his teammates
1992 Olympic Baseball Team - in Barcelona, Spain

Curtain call after his second grand slam of the night

There's no more perfect player than Nomar

By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Columnist, 7/10/2000

Two more homers yesterday. Nomar Garciaparra heads to the All-Star Game batting .389.

In Boston, there never has been a ballplayer like him. Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said it best two years ago when he observed, "It’s like he’s been here before."

True. Sometimes it seems as if Garciaparra is the reincarnation of Tris Speaker or Rogers Hornsby - an old hardball soul in a young man’s perfect baseball body. Notice the Nomar hairstyle - it’s young Ted Williams, 1939. Remember the 1908 uniforms the Sox wore three years ago? The old threads made Mo Vaughn look like Notorious B.I.G. Garciaparra looked perfect, the old-timey player in the old-timey uniform.

Within the reasonable margins of baseball performance, he has been nothing less than perfect in 3 1/2 seasons here. Fred Lynn was able to do that for a while, and Carl Yastrzemski had a perfect season in 1967, but the Red Sox never have had a player like this. Unlike Ted Williams, there’ve been no feuds with the fans or the media. There’s been no controversy. And he plays shortstop to boot.

Take your Jeters, A-Rods, and Vizquels. You can have Griffey, Bonds, Bagwell, Chipper, and Walker. Mike McGwire, Sammy Soo-ser. Take them, too.

Has Nomar played this game before? It doesn’t matter what Yankees manager Joe Torre decides when he names a replacement starter for fan-favorite shortstop Alex Rodriguez (concussion) for tomorrow’s star-fest in Atlanta. Give me one pick in the worldwide pool of talent and I’ll start my 2000 All-Star team with Garciaparra - the perfect baseball player.

Less than four years into his Boston career, he’s already a candidate for the Hub sports pantheon that includes only Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, and Ted Williams. Sure, he needs to do it longer (a couple of championships wouldn't hurt, though Teddy Ballgame never got a ring), but when is Nomie going to furnish the slightest hint that he is anything but the perfect player?

It’s been more than 500 games now and we haven’t seen a flaw yet. He’s had some fielding slumps, and he throws on the run more than some would like, but that only speaks highly of his fearlessness. At times maybe he could be a little more patient at the plate. But the worst thing anyone’s said about Garciaparra thus far is that he works out too much and might have trouble staying off the disabled list.

Wow. There's a rip. This guy could be a true immortal if only he’d stop that Navy Seal routine that produces Spiderman in Spikes with 5 percent body fat.

Leading the struggling Red Sox to a much-needed 7-2 victory over the Braves yesterday, he hit two homers in a game for the second time in five days and the 14th time in his career.

"He’s a true superstar," said Braves manager Bobby Cox. "I focus on him up there. I don’t even look at our pitcher when he’s up there at the plate."

This man who hates statistics has eye-popping numbers. He was Rookie of the Year. He won a batting title (.357) in his third season. A .322 career hitter, he's averaged 30 homers, 41 doubles, and 108 RBIs in his first three seasons and enters the break with 12 homers, 28 doubles, and 55 RBIs despite missing 16 games. In 13 postseason games, he's hitting .383 with seven homers and 20 RBIs. Defensively, he's going to make more errors than some of his contemporaries, but some of that is because he takes more chances.

By now every child in Red Sox Nation knows that Nomar is not about numbers.

His teammates like him because he is about winning. Most ballplayers won’t admit it, but they’d rather go 4 for 4 in a loss than 0 for 4 in a win. It’s impossible to get inside anyone’s head, but everything we've seen and heard from Garciaparra indicates that he is the rare exception. His words and actions indicate he’d take the 0 for 4 in a win anytime. He hit a harmless fly ball for the final out of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Braves, yet he ran the ball out as if he were bound for an inside-the-park homer.

"He’s like that, he really is," said manager Williams. "He plays the game hard, he practices right, he’s always on time. Everything. He plays with respect for his teammates and the team concept."

Fans love him because he loves them back. Garciaparra's maniacal ritual includes autograph time every day - after batting practice, before stretching - down by the first base tarp. When the Sox were beaten in the playoffs by Cleveland in '98 and New York in '99, Nomar was last to leave the field. Like Springsteen devoting time to fans behind the stage, Garciaparra stayed around to thank the faithful masses who’d supported the team all season.

He says the right things about team, fans, and family. He talks up his parents, his sisters, and his brother. He appreciates the advantages he had and encourages young people to make the most of their abilities. He’s never going to be a media darling, but that only makes him a bigger favorite with the front office, teammates, and fans. He’s like a Miss America contestant who wants to save the whales and end world hunger.

It doesn’t matter if he starts in Atlanta tomorrow night. Along with Pedro Martinez, Carl Everett, and Derek Lowe, the Red Sox are sending the perfect baseball player to the All-Star Game.

This story ran on page D6 of the Boston Globe on 7/10/2000.
© Copyright 2000 Globe Newspaper Company.

Nomar's College Career

Nomar attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta and majored in Management.
In 1994, his team won the Midwest II Region championship.
That year his average never dipped below .413.

1992Georgia Tech.36322682351
1993Georgia Tech.29717251442
1994Georgia Tech.4272741071673
Totals  .37267225023166

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