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Nomar Garciaparra is a Red Sox legend who also played for the Cubs, Dodgers, and Athletics during his stellar 14-year Major League Baseball career. A six-time All Star, Nomar amassed 229 career home runs and a .313 batting average while collecting more than 1,700 hits. After starring at Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time All-America, Garciaparra was drafted by the Red Sox in the first round in 1994. His first full season in the majors was 1997, when he hit 30 homers and drove in 98 runs, setting MLB records for most RBI by a leadoff hitter and most home runs by a rookie shortstop.
His 30-game hitting streak set an American League rookie record. In 1998, he finished with 35 home runs and 122 RBI, and was runner-up for the AL MVP Award. He then led the American League in batting for the next two years, hitting .357 in 1999 and .372 in 2000. He was the first right-handed hitter since Joe DiMaggio to win back-to-back batting titles. He is also one of only 13 players in MLB history to hit two grand slams in the same game.
Nomar signed a one-day contract with the Red Sox in March 2010 so he could retire as a member of the organization. He joined ESPN where he serves as a studio analyst on “Baseball Tonight”. He also serves as a game analyst for the network’s coverage of MLB, the College World Series, and the Little League World Series. He is a regular contributor on ESPN.com and ESPN Radio. In 1992, he was the youngest player ever to make the US Olympic baseball team. In 2003, he married fellow Olympian and World Cup soccer star Mia Hamm.