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justin ruggiano, 2008 topps #289, Rays

Player: Ruggiano, Justin

Card: 2008 Topps #289

Position: OF

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Justin Marshall Ruggiano (born April 12, 1982 in Austin, TX) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played nine (9) years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.

The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Justin in the 25th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. The Dodgers sent him to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2006, with Dioner Navarro and Jae Weong Seo for Toby Hall, Mark Hendrickson and cash. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2007. On October 19, 2007, Ruggiano was added to the roster of the United States national baseball team to play in the 2007 Baseball World Cup.

Justin became part of a historical play in the 2008 World Series when Rays manager Joe Maddon moved him from right field to become a fifth infielder, playing directly behind the second base bag.

Justin's brother, Brian, also played baseball for Texas A&M and, like Justin, was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers (in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft). A catcher in college, Brian played infield and outfield for four years in minor and independent baseball.

Justin is a frequent guest on podcasts and media, and he is on Twitter: @justinruggiano.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


2013 Topps #624


Justin is also part of the Chicago Cubs Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Justin is part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Justin is also part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See Ruggiano’s baseball cards at TCDB

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