Tuesday, December 20, 2005

A SMOOTH TRANSITION

Nomar was part of the so-called "Holy Trinity" of shortstops that debuted in the mid '90s, which includes superstars Alex Rodriguez (now a Third baseman) and Derek Jeter, who were considered the best shortstops in baseball. But now Nomar Garciaparra is moving to first base with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He signed the Dodgers for a reported 1 year contract with a base salary of $6 million, which could earn him up to $8 million, in incentives. At age 32 and playing as a premier shortstop, he has several good years left no matter what position he plays for. In Boston, Garciaparra was one of baseball's best shortstops and a five-time All-Star who won two batting titles. 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. A peculiar aspect of his playing is that he has a very distinctive and extraordinary side arm throwing motion while making defensive plays. This action is often coupled with an apparently off-balance running pace, which looks unproductive and even injury-prone, but produces a throw with surprising accuracy and high velocity. Before joining the Padres, Nomar also considered the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros. Garciaparra has a .320 lifetime batting average, fifth-highest among active major leaguers with 191 HRs and 740 RBI.

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