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Nomar Garciaparra retires from baseball as member of Boston Red Sox

March 10, 2010 | 11:19 am

Former Dodger Nomar Garciaparra retired from baseball as a member of the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, signing a one-day contract with the team that saw his most memorable seasons as a player.

"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. "While I had the privilege of playing with other legendary teams, I always saw myself retiring in a Red Sox uniform."

Garciaparra, 36, played nine seasons in Boston, capturing the 1997 AL rookie of the year award before winning consecutive batting titles in 1999 and 2000. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2004 -- just months before Boston won the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

The Southern California native played for the Cubs, Dodgers and Oakland Athletics over the last five years of his career.

"His accomplishments on the field and in the community place him among the greatest players to wear a Red Sox uniform," Red Sox owner John Henry said. "We are very appreciative that Nomar is ending his career where it began."

Garciaparra also announced he will be a baseball analyst for ESPN.

FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported Garciaparra won the 1997 AL MVP award.

-- Austin Knoblauch