Nomar Garciaparra announced his retirement on Wednesday March 10th, 2010 after signing a one-day contract with the Boston Red Sox. Nomar always wanted to retire a Red Sock, regardless of the tumultuous years near the end of his career. Nomar started as a sprouting star, winning unanimous rookie of the year honors in 1997 after averaging 306. from the plate, with 98 RBI, 30 Homeruns and 209 hits. Nomar’s numbers rose the next year, hitting .323 from the plate with 122 RBI, 35 Homeruns and 195 hits. Amazingly, Nomar continued his dominance the next year hitting .357 from the plate with 104 RBI, 27 Homeruns and 190 Hits. 2000 made Nomar a hitting nightmare. Nomar hit .372 from the plate with 96 RBI, 21 Homeruns and 197 Hits. 2001 saw Nomar’s season cut short to 21 games by a wrist injury after getting hit by a pitch. Some say his bat was never the same. Nomar hit .310 in 2002, tallying a whopping 120 RBI with 24 Homeruns and 197 Hits. 2003 saw the downfall of Nomar. After hitting .301 along with 28 Homeruns and 198 Hits in the regular season, Nomar turned in a 1 RBI performance against the Yankees in the ALCS. After the series, trade speculations greatly rose. Skip to 2005, where Nomar was playing for the Cubs. Nomar played only 62 games in the season, cut short by a groin injury. After being traded to the L.A Dodgers, Nomar reached the .300 mark at the plate, hitting .303 along with 93 RBI, 20 Homeruns and 142 Hits. 2007 was the fall of Nomar’s bat. Nomar went .283 hitting 7 Homeruns and striking 41 RBI on 122 Hits. 2008, the last season in LA for Nomar, had him hit .264 with 8 Homeruns on limited action. Signing a 1-year contract with Oakland, Nomar finally returned to Fenway. Upon stepping up to the plate, Nomar gazed at the standing ovation Fenway, recalling his many years at the park. Nomar went 2-4 in the game. With his contract out, Nomar decided what was best: To retire a Sock. That’s exactly what he did. He signed a 1 day minor league contract and retired, leaving his legacy as one of the purist hitters in Red Sox history.