MLB: Garciaparra retires as member of Boston Red Sox
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Nomar Garciaparra has retired as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
The 1997 American League MVP signed a one-day contract with his former team Wednesday, then announced he's ending his 14-year career. Garciaparra will become an analyst for ESPN.
"From the first day I had the thrill of putting on a Red Sox uniform and playing in front of all the great fans at Fenway Park, I have felt at home in Boston," Garciaparra said in a release. "While I had the privilege of playing with other legendary teams, I always saw myself retiring in a Red Sox uniform."
A first-round draft pick in 1994, the shortstop played parts of nine seasons in Boston, winning batting titles in 1999 and 2000. But he may be most famous in Red Sox lore for being traded as part of a four-team deal in 2004, a move that helped the club win its first World Series championship in 86 years.
"Nomar will always hold a special place in Red Sox history and in the hearts of Red Sox Nation," owner John Henry said. "His accomplishments on the field and in the community place him among the greatest players to wear a Red Sox uniform. We are very appreciative that Nomar is ending his career where it began."
Garciaparra spent the past five seasons with the Cubs, Dodgers, and A's. The six-time All-Star had a .313 career average with 229 home runs and 936 RBIs.