Nomar Garciaparra To Announce Retirement

Nomar Garciaparra will announce his retirement at a Red Sox press conference this morning, tweets ESPN's Gordon EdesWEEI's Lou Merloni reports that Garciaparra is signing a one-day minor league contract with Boston to retire as a member of the club, and then begin work as an ESPN analyst.  Merloni says Nomar had asked Red Sox GM Theo Epstein about playing opportunities the last few years.  WEEI's Tom Layman has the transcript of Garciaparra's press conference. 

Nomar, 36, finishes with a sparkling career line of .313/.361/.521 in 6,116 plate appearances.  He spent the majority of his time at shortstop, though also played the infield corners later in his career.  Garciaparra was a superstar with the Red Sox, winning Rookie of the Year in '97 and getting MVP votes and All-Star appearances in six different seasons. 

Garciaparra was traded to the Cubs before the Sox went on to win the '04 World Series.  Nomar struggled with injuries after the Cubs trade, but did have a nice year at first base for the '06 Dodgers.  He banked about $78MM in his career, according to Baseball-Reference.


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66 Comments on "Nomar Garciaparra To Announce Retirement"


Guest
5 years 5 months ago

few years ago I would have bet my house he’d be a HOF-er

Subrational
5 years 5 months ago

Ya, I agree (well, maybe not a house:). Its interesting and unfortunate how some players get on track to become HOF-ers but suffer numerous injuries that derail their careers. Or, even players who do make the HOF, but still miss a few seasons due to injury. Imagine a healthy Micky Mantle. As a Reds fan, I wonder what kind of numbers a healthy Eric Davis or Barry Larkin could have pulled off. Oh well. At least Nomar has $78 million!

invader3k
5 years 5 months ago

Kind of cool he’s retiring with Boston, where he had his best years.

bobmac
5 years 5 months ago

Theo knifes him and he does a photo op with him,kinda strange.Maybe he’s got a pr job with them.

razorwing77
5 years 5 months ago

I’m glad he’s retiring with his old team. He was my favorite player for a number of years.

5 years 5 months ago

This awesome. The perfect way for him to end his career. Coming full cirle.

care_bear
5 years 5 months ago

Good for Nomar. Its nice to see that although he and the Sox had their differences, they were able to reunite and have him retire as a member of the club. Nomar will always be the childhood hero of many in redsox nation, including myself. Thanks for the memories Nomar, and good luck in retirement.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 5 months ago

HOFer? Probably not. But he sure looked like he was on that path in Boston. Looking forward to seeing him as an analyst. And just for old times sake: Jeter’s better! clap-clap-clapclapclap.

coolstorybro222
5 years 5 months ago

Uh yeah that’s pretty obvious.

ReverendBlack
5 years 5 months ago

Bravo.

TimotheusATL
5 years 5 months ago

Nomar should go into the HOF just for his ability to continuously repeat that pre-pitch batting ritual for so long. Heck of an athlete and a true competitor.

ilikebaseball
5 years 5 months ago

I’m glad he’s coming home to do it. Thanks for the memories, Nomah.

ilikebaseball
5 years 5 months ago

I’m glad he’s coming home to do it. Thanks for the memories, Nomah.

penpaper
5 years 5 months ago

.324 career batting average with Boston(and half season with the Cubs). .314 to finish his career. Not half bad eh.

penpaper
5 years 5 months ago

.324 career batting average with Boston(and half season with the Cubs). .314 to finish his career. Not half bad eh.

BoSoxSam
5 years 5 months ago

I love this guy…too bad he fell apart (almost literally) after ’04. I wish him well at ESPN, and I am extremely happy to see him retire with the Sox. It was clearly his dream from the beginning, and I’m glad the Red Sox gave him that courtesy. I would be surprised to see him in the HOF, because seven stellar years doesn’t seem like quite cutting it to me, but he’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

BoSoxSam
5 years 5 months ago

I love this guy…too bad he fell apart (almost literally) after ’04. I wish him well at ESPN, and I am extremely happy to see him retire with the Sox. It was clearly his dream from the beginning, and I’m glad the Red Sox gave him that courtesy. I would be surprised to see him in the HOF, because seven stellar years doesn’t seem like quite cutting it to me, but he’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

Even if he did have a HOF career, why would he get in while players like BigMac and Bonds never will?

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

They never will because they violated a trust, they used steroids. If Nomar used them he might have healed faster and had a HOF career. Why should bonds and McGwire be in the HOF side by side with true power hitters and greats of the game.They took the money, they took the cheers and fame, and they are both proven liars.

jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

if you dont think nomar used roids, you are a biased RS fan. His body seriously broke down and very quickly.

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

I assume every player used steroids during the steroid era . I am a Dodger fan and I liked Nomar. None of them belong in the hall of fame. Baseball, and Selig did nothing. There was a strike in 1994 the fans were upset, then the superheroes showed up. Baseball has always survived scandal and will continue to survive scandal. The only reason baseball has made a token gesture to police itself is because congress threatened to take away baseballs sacred anti trust exemption.

Subrational
5 years 5 months ago

Was Nomar’s name on the roid list? I do not recall.

vtadave
5 years 5 months ago

No, but if you want to believe the ripped body he displayed on that SI cover was au natural, more power to you.

vtadave
5 years 5 months ago

No, but if you want to believe the ripped body he displayed on that SI cover was au natural, more power to you.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

No RS was on the list, but thats a different ball game completely.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 5 months ago

David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez were revealed to be on the list, I thought?

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

No they sure weren’t.

alxn
5 years 5 months ago

Pretty sure they both were, maybe not Manny but Ortiz definitely was.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 5 months ago

Even though the news on Ortiz broke this year when his name was revealed to be on the list, and then reporters went ahead and revealed that ManRam’s name was on the list as well?

yougotrondod
5 years 5 months ago

So by that logic, Ken Griffey Jr. took roids because his body broke down very quickly. Think before you talk.

Mooks
5 years 5 months ago

He might have. No one will ever know exactly who did and who didn’t and who still does. If I was a betting man though, I would bet on Nomar doing them (the SI cover alone would make you think something is up).

LTDm206
5 years 5 months ago

I assume the guys who bodies did break down were clean. HGH and the like help players come back from injuries to extend their careers.

bjsguess
5 years 5 months ago

Wait a second – because a guy is ripped he does steroids?

Newsflash for those that aren’t aware. Before the steroid era MLB had:

1. Players that were huge
2. Players that had very defined muscles
3. Players that got injured
4. Players that struggled to overcome injuries and had their careers cut short

This presumption of guilt is just crazy. Nomar may have taken roids but until there is actual evidence that he juiced I will be happy to assume that he was clean.

BTW – I hate the Red Sox and Dodgers. Just a baseball fan who recognizes how supremely talented Nomar was.

Mooks
5 years 5 months ago

He might have. No one will ever know exactly who did and who didn’t and who still does. If I was a betting man though, I would bet on Nomar doing them (the SI cover alone would make you think something is up).

yougotrondod
5 years 5 months ago

So by that logic, Ken Griffey Jr. took roids because his body broke down very quickly. Think before you talk.

jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

if you dont think nomar used roids, you are a biased RS fan. His body seriously broke down and very quickly.

markjsunz
5 years 5 months ago

They never will because they violated a trust, they used steroids. If Nomar used them he might have healed faster and had a HOF career. Why should bonds and McGwire be in the HOF side by side with true power hitters and greats of the game.They took the money, they took the cheers and fame, and they are both proven liars.

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Guilty until proven innocent.

jb226
5 years 5 months ago

Because there’s a difference between being guilty of doing something, being accused of doing something, and some random people on the Internet prattling on about how they assume you did something because you had injuries. And because those differences are huge between each step.

jaydh
5 years 5 months ago

Even if he did have a HOF career, why would he get in while players like BigMac and Bonds never will?

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 5 months ago

Nomar retiring as a Red Sox and joining ESPN? Great, another Boson lap dog added to the lineup.

EvilEmpireMember
5 years 5 months ago

Nomar retiring as a Red Sox and joining ESPN? Great, another Boson lap dog added to the lineup.

icedrake523
5 years 5 months ago

Quit whining. If it’s one thing this world needs less of its whiny Yankee fans.

aap212
5 years 5 months ago

Sadly he just didn’t take the field enough to be a hall of famer. If Will Clark and Larry Walker don’t get in, Nomar certainly doesn’t deserve to. He was also helped by Fenway. Great player at his best, though.