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Encyclopedia > Nomar Garciaparra
Nomar Garciaparra

Los Angeles Dodgers — No. 5
Infielder
Born: July 23, 1973 (1973-07-23) (age 34)
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
August 311996 for the Boston Red Sox
Selected MLB statistics
(through 2007)
Batting Average     .315
Slugging Percentage     .526
On-Base Percentage     .364
Home Runs     218
Runs Batted In     892
Teams

Anthony Nomar Garciaparra[1] (born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California)[2] is an American baseball player who currently plays third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers.[3] He previously played first base for the Dodgers, and shortstop and third base for the Chicago Cubs, after several years as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 262 × 324 pixelsFull resolution (262 × 324 pixel, file size: 26 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Nomar Garciaparra List of Georgia Institute... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Whittier is a city in Los Angeles County, California about 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Los Angeles. ... This article is about the sport. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... 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Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds...


His first name(Nomar) is his father's first name(Ramon) backwards and his last name is his mother's last name(Parra) and his father's last name(Garcia) together.


Garciaparra (Gar-See-uh-Par-uh) was part of the so-called "Holy Trinity" of shortstops that debuted in the mid '90s, which also included Alex Rodriguez (now a third baseman) and Derek Jeter.[citation needed] Of the three, only Jeter remains a shortstop. Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975, in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. ...


Garciaparra is a six-time All-Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006). In five postseason series he has batted .323 with a slugging percentage of .625. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World...

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Early years

Garciaparra attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California and was a letterman in football, soccer, and baseball. His teams won high school league championships in 1990-91 and he won the league MVP honors in 1991, his last year of high school. St. John Bosco High School retired Garciaparra's baseball jersey.[4] St. John Bosco High School's Activities Office window is home to an area dedicated to Garciaparra's baseball career both at the school and with the Dodgers. St. ... Motto: The Friendly City Growing Together Location of Bellflower in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Los Angeles Government  - Mayor Scott Larsen  - Mayor Pro Tem Dorothy King  - City Council Ray Smith Raymond Dunton Randy Bomgaars Area  - City 15. ...


Garciparra attended Georgia Tech, where he helped the Yellow Jackets reach the College World Series national championships in 1994, where they lost to Oklahoma. Former Boston teammate Jason Varitek was also a member of that team. He was an Atlantic Coast Conference All-Star and a first team All-American twice in 1993-94. The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a public, coeducational research university, part of the University System of Georgia, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia, Metz, France, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. ... The College World Series is the tournament which determines the NCAA Division I collegiate baseball champion. ... The University of Oklahoma (OU) is an institution of higher learning located in Oklahoma. ... Jason Andrew Varitek (born April 11, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is an American baseball player. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ...


Major League Baseball career

Boston Red Sox (1994–2004)

Garciaparra with the Boston Red Sox in 2002
Garciaparra with the Boston Red Sox in 2002

Garciaparra was a first round pick of the Red Sox in 1994 following a successful career at Georgia Tech. He played in the Red Sox minor league system for three years (1994-Sarasota 1995-Trenton, 1996-Pawtucket). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (435x800, 262 KB) Taken by user and released into public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (435x800, 262 KB) Taken by user and released into public domain. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, is a public, coeducational research university, part of the University System of Georgia, and located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with satellite campuses in Savannah, Georgia, Metz, France, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. ... The Sarasota Reds are a minor league baseball team based in Sarasota, Florida. ... Class-Level Double-A (1995-Present) Minor League affiliations Eastern League (1995-Present) Northern Major League affiliations New York Yankees (2003-present) Boston Red Sox (1995-2003) Detroit Tigers (1993-1995) Name Trenton Thunder (1994-present) London Tigers (1989-1993) Ballpark Mercer County Waterfront Park (1994-Present) Labatt Memorial Park... Class-Level Triple-A (1973-Present) Double-A (1970-1972) Minor League affiliations International League North Division Eastern League (1970-1972) Major League affiliation Boston Red Sox (1970-Present) Current uniform Name Pawtucket Red Sox (1970-Present) Ballpark McCoy Stadium (1970-Present) Minor League titles League titles 1973, 1984 Division...


He made his Major League debut on August 31, 1996 as a defensive replacement against Oakland. His first Major League hit was a home run off of Oakland pitcher John Wasdin on September 1. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The... John Truman Wasdin is a journeyman right-handed relief pitcher who formerly played for the Texas Rangers organization. ...


At the time, Boston's starting shortstop was John Valentin, who finished ninth in MVP voting in 1995. By late 1996, Nomar won the job. Garciaparra's talent was enough to displace Valentin, who was moved to second base (then third base) to make room for young Garciaparra, who batted .241 with 4 home runs, 16 RBI, and 5 stolen bases in his initial stint with the club near the end of 1996. As a rookie in 1997, he hit 30 home runs and drove in 98 runs, setting a new MLB record for RBIs by a leadoff hitter. His 30-game hitting streak set an A.L. rookie record. He was named Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote, competed in the Home Run Derby, and finished eighth in MVP voting. He also won the immediate admiration of Red Sox fans, who referred to him in Boston accents as "NO-mah!". John William Valentin (born February 16, 1967 in Mineola, New York) is a former shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ...


From 1998-2000, Garciaparra emerged as the one of the better hitters of the Holy Trinity of shortstops, with the highest career OPS of the three by the conclusion of this period. He finished with 35 home runs and 122 RBI in 1998, and placed as the runner-up for AL MVP. Garciaparra then led the American League in batting average for the next two years, hitting .357 in 1999 and .372 in 2000, finishing in the top ten in MVP voting both years. He is one of the few right-handed batters to win consecutive batting titles, and the first since Joe DiMaggio. The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. ...


In February of 2001, Garciaparra appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, with the headline "A Cut Above... baseball's toughest out". The week after the issue hit newsstands, Garciaparra reported to spring training with a serious wrist injury, which essentially aborted his season. He recovered by the start of the 2002 season and drove in 120 runs while hitting a league-leading 56 doubles. However, he had a difficult time playing as strongly defensively as before, and his batting average dipped substantially. The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ...


The end of Garciaparra in Boston

Before the 2002 season, a new ownership group purchased the Red Sox. The baseball operations staff, led by Theo Epstein, stressed on-base percentage on offense and strong defense, two areas where Garciaparra was about to decline precipitously from his pre-2001 levels. Still, Garciaparra recovered from an injury-filled 2001 season to bat .310 with 24 home runs and 120 RBIs in 2002. The star shortstop was up for a contract extension following the 2004 season and hoped for a deal before that deadline. Still considered one of the best shortstops in baseball, he hoped to receive salaries similar to peers Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Garciaparra turned down a four-year deal worth $60 million when the Red Sox did not offer him a signing bonus as large as he wanted. Theo N. Epstein (born December 29, 1973 in New York City) is the Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Boston Red Sox. ... Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975, in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. ... Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey) is an American Major League Baseball player. ...


In 2003, Garciaparra ended a solid but unspectacular season with a miserable September, closing with a career-low .301 batting average. He followed that with a poor post-season, contributing zero home runs, one RBI and ten strikeouts in 12 games against the Oakland Athletics and rival Yankees, who eliminated the Red Sox in seven games. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Other nicknames The As, The White Elephants, The...


Meanwhile, new stars and cult heroes, led by David Ortiz and Kevin Millar, began to emerge in Red Sox Nation. Millar convinced nearly every player on the roster other than Johnny Damon and Garciaparra (whose wedding with Mia Hamm followed the season) to shave his head. For his part, Garciaparra became more reclusive and isolated as his star slowly faded in the new, more team-oriented era of Red Sox baseball.[citation needed] David Ortiz (IPA , or roughly or-TEES, according to Latin American pronunciation) (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as David Américo Ortiz Arias), is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who plays for the Boston Red Sox (since 2003). ... Kevin Charles Millar (Born:September 24, 1971, in Los Angeles, California) is a professional designated hitter/first baseman who plays for the Baltimore Orioles and was a member of the 2004 World Series champions Boston Red Sox. ... Redsox Nation Logo Red Sox Nation is a term given to fans of the Boston Red Sox. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Mia Hamm (born Mariel Margaret Hamm on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama) is a former American soccer player. ...


After the 2003 season, Red Sox management explored trading Manny Ramírez to the Texas Rangers for shortstop Alex Rodriguez. Details of this proposed trade and the subsequent agreement sending Garciaparra to the Chicago White Sox for Magglio Ordóñez quickly became public. The mega-deal fell apart when the MLBPA refused to approve a restructuring of Rodríguez's contract, and Garciaparra returned to Boston as a lame duck for 2004 in the final year of a contract signed in 1997.[citation needed] For other persons of the same name, see Manuel Ramirez. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... Alexander Emmanuel Alex Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975, in New York, New York), commonly nicknamed A-Rod, is a Dominican-American baseball infielder. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... Magglio Jose Maggs Ordóñez (IPA /or. ... The Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) is the union of professional major-league baseball players. ...


Garciaparra missed three months of the 2004 season with an injured Achilles' tendon when a foul ball hit him in spring training. Many critics felt Garciaparra exaggerated the injury because he was bitter that the Red Sox tried to trade him and then offered $12 million per year instead of $15 million. This was widely seen as the final nail in Garciaparra's coffin in Boston.[citation needed] Despite being traded mid-season, Garciaparra received a World Series Championship ring as a member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox.


Chicago Cubs

On July 31, 2004, at the MLB trading deadline, Garciaparra was traded from the Red Sox to the Chicago Cubs in a four-team deal, in which the Red Sox acquired Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. He expressed his appreciation to Red Sox fans in a speech to media, and left for the Windy City. At first, Garciaparra had to change his jersey number from 5 to 8, because catcher Michael Barrett had number 5. But a few days after being traded, they switched numbers, giving Garciaparra 5 and Barrett 8. Orlando Luis Cabrera (born November 2, 1974 in Cartagena, Colombia) is a Major League Baseball shortstop who plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ... Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz [men-KAY-vich] (born June 19, 1974 in Toledo, Ohio) is a Polish American first baseman who is a free agent in Major League Baseball. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Michael Patrick Barrett (born October 22, 1976) is a catcher for the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball. ...


In the 2005 season, a torn left groin forced him onto the disabled list yet again for more than three months. Garciaparra resumed play on August 5, 2005. Because Cubs regular third baseman Aramis Ramírez was on the disabled list for the last few weeks of the 2005 season, he temporarily played third base. Aside from his first game in the Majors, in which he played second base, he had played shortstop in all of his other Major League games up to that point in his career. The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... In baseball, the disabled list (a. ... The position of the third baseman “Third base” redirects here. ... Aramis Nin Ramírez (born June 25, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a third baseman in Major League Baseball who has played for the Chicago Cubs since 2003 and on November 12, 2006 signed a five year deal with the Cubs with an option for 2011. ...


Los Angeles Dodgers

In 2006, Nomar returned to his home town, signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Also on the team were former Red Sox players Bill Mueller, Derek Lowe, and manager Grady Little. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... William Richard Mueller [MILL-er] (born March 17, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman who currently serves as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Derek Christopher Lowe (born June 1, 1973 in Dearborn, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... William Grady Little (born March 30, 1950 in Abilene, Texas) is a manager in Major League Baseball. ...


While facing the New York Mets on June 6, 2006, Nomar hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he ever saw against former teammate and fellow Boston icon Pedro Martínez. Coincidentally, Derek Lowe was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers that day. Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964-2008) Citi Field (2009- ) (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963... Homerun redirects here. ... This article is about the multiple All-Star/Cy Young right-handed pitcher. ... Derek Christopher Lowe (born June 1, 1973 in Dearborn, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...


Though he was able to retain his original jersey number (5), he moved to first base in order to minimize the risk of injury, while the Dodgers signed Rafael Furcal from the Atlanta Braves to step in for the recovering Cesar Izturis at short. Healthy for the first extended period of time since 2003, he regained his offensive stroke, evidenced by a .370 batting average at one point, and by his remaining constantly productive. By the 2006 MLB All-Star Break, Nomar was tied with Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez for the lead among all MLB infielders and all NL batters with a .358 batting average, to go along with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs, carrying a 21-game hitting streak into the break. Rafael Antoni Furcal (born August 24, 1977 in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic), nicknamed Fookie, is a shortstop in Major League Baseball who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... C sar Izt ris [THAY-sar iz-TO-rees] (born February 10, 1980 in Barquisimeto, Lara State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball shortstop who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ...


He adjusted well to playing first base, having committed only 1 error through 588.2 innings played--a .998 fielding percentage. He also was elected to the 2006 NL All-Star Team as the National League All-Star Final Vote winner, receiving around six million votes. It was his sixth trip to the Midsummer Classic, and his first as a first baseman and as a Dodger. Unfortunately, a combination of oblique strains, knee injuries, and simple struggles caused Garciaparra's play to drop off dramatically in the second half. His .358 batting average steadily declined to just a hair over .300 by the end of the season. Despite Garciaparra's late season slump and injuries, Garciaparra did prevail in the clutch for the Dodgers during their playoff race with two walk off home runs. The first capped off one of the most amazing games of the season on September 18, when the Dodgers hit four consecutive home runs in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres to tie the game. After the Padres scored a run in the tenth inning, Nomar hit a walk off two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth to win the game 11-10. Six days later on September 24, Garciaparra hit a walk off grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks to give the Dodgers a 5-1 victory with one week left in the regular season. Garciaparra's walk off home run against Arizona propelled the Dodgers to win their last seven games of the regular season, helping the Dodgers to make the playoffs. In baseball statistics, fielding percentage, also known as fielding average, is a measure that reflects the percentage of times a defensive player handles a batted ball properly. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... This article is under construction. ... In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run that ends the game. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ...


On October 7, Garciaparra was named the National League's Comeback Player of the Year for 2006. He received 72,054 votes.


On November 20, 2006 the Dodgers re-signed Garciaparra to a 2-year contract worth $18.5 million, keeping him with the team through the 2008 season.


On June 25, 2007, it was announced that Garciaparra would move from first to third base in order to make room for rookie James Loney.[5] The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... James Anthony Loney (born May 7, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is a Major League Baseball first baseman who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...


Both he and Mia Hamm were on Olympic teams in their respective sports. Garciaparra was on the 1992 Olympic baseball team, and Hamm was on the 1996, 2000, and 2004 women's Olympic soccer teams. Mia Hamm (born Mariel Margaret Hamm on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama) is a former American soccer player. ...


Garciaparra uses the song "Low Rider" by War as his entrance music when he comes up to bat.[6] Low Rider is a song written by the band War and appearing on their album Why Cant We Be Friends?, released in 1975. ... War was a multiracial, multicultural American funk band of the 1970s from Southern California, known for the hit songs Low Rider and Why Cant We Be Friends?. Formed in 1969, War was the first and most successful musical crossover, fusing elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin music, R&B...


Garciaparra is known for his idiosyncratic tics when batting. This habit includes an elaborate routine of glove adjustments and alternating toe taps on the ground prior to an ensuing pitch. Not to be confused with Tick. ...


His unique name comes from his father's name, Ramon, spelled backwards. Derisive names for Garciaparra used by hecklers include "Nosemar," "Mr. Hamm," "Garciapopup," "Garciaerror," and "No Mas", meaning "No More" in Spanish. Several callers and hosts on WEEI affectionately referred to him as "Nomie" when talking about him on the air.


Garciaparra is the cousin of Arturo Javier Ledesma, a Mexican soccer player who currently plays for Club Deportivo Guadalajara. His uncle is legendary Mexican soccer goalkeeper, Javier "Zully" Ledesma. His brother, Michael Garciaparra, is a baseball player, playing second base for the Double-A Reading Phillies. Javier Arturo Ledesma (Born on May 25, 1988), is a Mexican Footballer currently playing for both the Mexican Primera División A team Tapatío and for Mexican Primera Divisións Chivas de Guadalajara as a Defender. ... Club Deportivo Guadalajara, also known as Guadalajara and usually referred to by its nickname Chivas (goats), is a Mexican sports club. ... Michael Garciaparra, born Michael Robert Garciaparra on April 2, 1983 in Whittier, California. ... League Eastern League Division Southern Division Year founded 1967 Major League affiliation Philadelphia Phillies Home ballpark FirstEnergy Stadium Previous home ballparks City Reading, Pennsylvania Current uniform colors red, blue Previous uniform colors maroon, white Logo design A white baseball superimposed over a blue baseball diamond. ...


On the Kate Hudson/Radiohead episode on season 26 of Saturday Night Live, Garciaparra cameoed in a "Boston Teens" sketch. This article is about the actress. ... Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


On October 8, 2005, Garciaparra 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. Garciaparra quickly jumped into the harbor and saved both women, who were later taken to the hospital.[7] Categories: Stub | Massachusetts geography | Boston ...


Personal life

See also

Listed below are the Major League Baseball players who have hit two grand slams in the same game. ... In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the highest batting average in a particular season. ... Players denoted in boldface are still actively contributing to the record noted. ... Major League Baseball recognizes doubles champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Listed below are the occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit three home runs in a single game. ...

References

  1. ^ Nomar Garciaparra Statistics. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-16.
  2. ^ ESPN - Nomar Garciaparra Stats, News, Photos - Los Angeles Dodgers - MLB Baseball. ESPN. Retrieved on 2007-10-21.
  3. ^ The Official Site of The Los Angeles Dodgers: Team: Player Information. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-09-16.
  4. ^ Nomar makes the rounds on Caravan. MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
  5. ^ {{cite web|url=http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070625&content_id=2048807&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb|title=Notes: Nomar moving to third base - Dodgers make room for rookie Loney at first.

    Personal life

    On November 22, 2003 Garciaparra married Olympian and World Cup Champion soccer star Mia Hamm. The couple have twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline, who were born on March 28, 2007 in Los Angeles.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20011841,00.html|title=Soccer Star Mia Hamm Welcomes Twin Girls|author=Michele Stueven|accessdate=2007-09-16|date=March 28, 2007|publisher=People.com}}</li> <li id="cite_note-5">'''[[#cite_ref-5|^]]''' {{cite web|url=http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/fan_forum/songs.jsp|title=The Official Site of The Los Angeles Dodgers: Fan Forum: Player Songs|accessdate=2007-08-20}}</li> Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... The FIFA Womens World Cup is recognized as the most important International competition in womens football and is played amongst womens national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sports global governing body. ... Mia Hamm (born Mariel Margaret Hamm on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama) is a former American soccer player. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...

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Awards
Preceded by
Derek Jeter
American League Rookie of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Ben Grieve
Preceded by
Derek Jeter
Baseball America Rookie of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Kerry Wood
Preceded by
Derek Jeter
Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Ben Grieve
Preceded by
Derek Jeter
Players Choice AL Most Outstanding Rookie
1997
Succeeded by
Ben Grieve
Preceded by
Derek Jeter
Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball AL Rookie of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Ben Grieve
Preceded by
Manny Ramírez
American League Player of the Month
May, 1999
Succeeded by
Rafael Palmeiro
Preceded by
Bernie Williams
American League Batting Champion
1999-2000
Succeeded by
Ichiro Suzuki
Preceded by
Ken Griffey, Jr.
NL Comeback Player of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Dmitri Young

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Fantasy Baseball Profile - Nomar Garciaparra (884 words)
Nomar Garciaparra drove in three runs and hit his 20th homer Tuesday despite straining a muscle in his side trying to avoid a tag at the plate in the first inning.
Nomar Garciaparra, recovering from a strained left quad, was not in the starting lineup, but pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out.
Nomar Garciaparra, who sat out his third straight game because of a sprained ligament in his right knee, is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday for the start of a three-game series at Cincinnati.
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