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Player: Giavotella, Johnny

Card: 2016 Topps #657

Position: 2B

Johnny Arthur Giavotella (born July 10, 1987 in Hanrahan, LA near New Orleans) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He played 360 games in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, and Baltimore Orioles.

The Kansas City Royals drafted Giavotella in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He played in Class-A in the Midwest League in 2008 and 2009, advanced to Double-A in 2010, and played in the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A Omaha in 2011.

Johnny was called up to the majors for the first time on August 5, 2011. On August 7, 2011, he hit his first major league career home run off the Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer. In 2012, he split time between the majors and in AAA with the Royals.

On December 19, 2014, Johnny was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Brian Broderick he cracked the opening day roster for the first time in his career in 2015.

While with the Orioles, manager Buck Showalter said of him: “There’s no one who plays the game harder than Johnny.”

Johnny announced his retirement on August 11, 2018 and in 2019 he became a student assistant coach for the University of New Orleans baseball team.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

2017 Topps Limited Edition #215

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