When Nomar Garciaparra’s baseball career came to an end, it seemed like a smooth transition for him into television. The 41-year-old earned a reputation for being one of the most liked teammates in a clubhouse and established himself as a leader on any team he was a part of.
Garciaparra currently works for SportsNet LA as an analyst and commentator. The native of Whittier player 14 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, and Athletics.
By the end of his career, Garciaparra finished with a career batting average of .313, 229 home runs and an on-base percentage of .361. He also added some accolades to validate his career, such as the American League Rookie of the Year, the Silver Slugger award, and was a two-time batting champion.
The six-time All-Star signed with the Dodgers in 2006 and moved to first base. Garciaparra earned an All-Star nod that year and won National League Comeback Player of the Year. He also led the team to the postseason on a club with Manny Ramirez. His biggest moment as a Dodger came when he hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning of a September game against the San Diego Padres that followed four consecutive home runs to tie it in the ninth.
Although the 14-year veteran never officially won a World Series, he does have a World Series ring. In 2004, Garciaparra was dealt to the Cubs at the trade deadline from the Red Sox. The Red Sox broke the curse and won the World Series that season and voted as a team to give Garciaparra a ring for his contributions to the clubhouse.
Dodgers Nation would like to wish Garciaparra a happy 41st birthday!
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