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Short 'n' Sweet
Tom Verducci
March 05, 2001
Nomar Garciaparra's seven-year, $45.25 million contract isn't a match for the megadeals of Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $252 million) and Derek Jeter (10 years, $189 million), but his on-field performance is. For the three seasons combined since Garciaparra signed his contract in March 1998, he ranks first among 25 major league shortstops (minimum: 300 games) in batting average, doubles, runs batted in and slugging percentage. Here are the triumvirate's three-year averages and, in parentheses, where they place among all shortstops.—David Sabino
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March 05, 2001

Short 'n' Sweet

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Nomar Garciaparra's seven-year, $45.25 million contract isn't a match for the megadeals of Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $252 million) and Derek Jeter (10 years, $189 million), but his on-field performance is. For the three seasons combined since Garciaparra signed his contract in March 1998, he ranks first among 25 major league shortstops (minimum: 300 games) in batting average, doubles, runs batted in and slugging percentage. Here are the triumvirate's three-year averages and, in parentheses, where they place among all shortstops.
—David Sabino

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