Nomar Joins Red Sox Hall of Fame
Garciaparra will both be eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015
BOSTON - Georgia Tech baseball great Nomar Garciaparra added his name to yet another Hall of Fame last night, as the Boston Red Sox inducted the former shortstop into its hallowed halls.
Garciaparra, who helped leads Tech's 1994 team to the College World Series title game, already has his name in Georgia Tech's Hall of Fame (2004), the College Baseball Hall of Fame (2012) and the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame (2002). He was named both a College World Series Legend and a Little League World Series Legend in 2010.
Also inducted to the Red Sox Hall of Fame Thursday night were pitchers Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez and broadcaster Joe Castiglione.
"This is my second home," Garciaparra said. "That was one big reason I retired [as] a Red Sox. That meant the world to me. I always said that this was a uniform that I hoped was the only one I was going to wear. But I was glad it was the last one I wore, as well."
Martinez and Garciaparra will both be eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Drafted by Boston in the first round in 1994 out of Georgia Tech, Garciaparra batted .323 with a .925 OPS with the club from 1997-2003. The club traded him to the Cubs in 2004, just a few months before winning the World Series.
Garciaparra played three seasons on the Flats, his final campaign under then first-year head coach Danny Hall, and was a two-time First Team All-America, First Team All-ACC and GTE Academic All-America.
He hit .427 with 16 home runs, 73 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 1994 and finished his career with a .372 average (seventh all-time at Tech), 58 doubles (sixth), 14 triples (tied fifth) and 66 stolen bases (tied seventh).