Nomar Garciaparra was one of an era of great shortstops. Also playing shortstop in the league at the time were the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Miguel Tejada and each were excelling at their position. Garciaparra had a lot of competition and still exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Nomar is best known for his time with the Boston Red Sox. He made his major league debut in 1996 against the Oakland Athletics which coincidentally is the team he ended his career with. During his rookie season in 1997, Nomar hit 30 homers, set a Red Sox rookie record with 209 base hits and set a new MLB record for RBI by a leadoff hitter with 98 and also the most home runs by a rookie shortstop.
On top of those accomplishments, Garciaparra set yet another American League rookie record by getting a hit in 30 consecutive games. He competed in the Home Run Derby and finished eighth in the MVP voting. Not surprisingly, he was unanimously voted the 1997 Rookie of the Year.
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