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tony giarratano, 2005 topps chrome #250 (autog), detroit tigers

Player: Giarratano, Tony

Card: 2005 Topps Chrome #250 (Autographed)

Position: SS

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Anthony James Giarratano (born November 29, 1982 in Queens, NY) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop.

Tony attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he played college baseball for the Green Wave. In 2½ seasons at Tulane, He recorded a .319 batting average and drove in 111 runs. He was named a first-team freshman All-American at second base in 2001 and was a Conference USA All-Star infielder in 2003. He was also named to the All-Tournament Team in the 2001 Conference USA Tournament, which Tulane won. In 2002, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Known for his slick fielding and his speed, Giarratano was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 2003 amateur entry draft. He signed with Detroit on June 30 of 2003. After working his way through the Tigers minor league system, Tony made his major league debut on June 1, 2005. Giarratano appeared in 15 games for the Detroit Tigers; he recorded 6 hits, 1 home run, 4 RBIs, and had a .143 batting average in his rookie year.

Tony was placed on the disabled list in August of 2006 and remained on the DL for all of the 2007 season with shoulder and knee injuries. He was progressing well and on target to be ready for 2008 spring training. Then, in January 2008, he re-injured his throwing shoulder and was released by the Tigers on January 31, 2008.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


2005 Upper Deck Origins #281


Tony is part of the New York City Born Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Tony is also part of the Detroit Tigers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

All Tony’s baseball cards can be seen at TCDB

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