July 28, 2021

Voices of the Game, day 16: Nomar Garciaparra to Jimmy Rollins (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

We’re up to our top ten television broadcasters. Looks like I’ll finish this week.

If you want to catch up on earlier entries, you can check out the StoryStream. And if you want the rules of the road, check out the first entry.

12. Nomar Garciaparra. Los Angeles Dodgers. WAR: 44.2

It’s hard to remember now how absolutely magical of a player Nomar Garciaparra was when he was in his twenties. He could hit, he could hit for power. He could field, throw and run. Check out this scouting report on Garciaparra when he was in college. Under weaknesses, it just says “none.”

The Southern California born-and-raised Garciaparra went to Georgia Tech for college, where he led the Yellowjackets to the College World Series title game in 1994. (They lost to Oklahoma.) The Red Sox took him with the 12th pick in the first round that year. The other 11 teams messed up.

Garciaparra shot through the minor leagues and made his major league debut in August 1996. He struggled that final month of the season, but he started the 1997 season as the Red Sox starting shortstop. Garciaparra led the league in at-bats, hits and triples while hitting .306/.342/.534 with 30 home runs and 22 steals….

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