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Marco Scutaro

Boston Red Sox — No. 16
Shortstop
Born: October 30, 1975 (1975-10-30) (age 34)
San Felipe, Venezuela
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
July 27, 2002 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through September 2, 2009)
Batting average     .265
Home runs     50
Runs batted in     294
Hits     727
Doubles     150
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Marcos Hernandez "Marco" Scutaro (pronounced /ˈskuːtəroʊ/; born October 30, 1975 in Yaracuy State, Venezuela to an Italian father and a Spanish mother) is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. Previously, Scutaro played with the New York Mets (20022003), the Oakland Athletics (20042007) and the Toronto Blue Jays (20082009). He bats and throws right-handed.

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Early career

After spending seven seasons in the minors with the Indians and Brewers systems, and two seasons with the Mets as a backup, Scutaro was given Oakland's starting second baseman job because Mark Ellis had a season-ending shoulder injury during 2004 spring training.

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Oakland Athletics

Scutaro batting for the Athletics in 2005.

In 2004, he reached career highs in batting average (.273), RBI (43), runs (50), hits (124), doubles (32), at bats (455) and games played (137). He played multiple positions, including second base, shortstop, third base, and left field.

While in the minors with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in 2001, Scutaro was one of four players profiled in the documentary film "A Player To Be Named Later".

Because of his Italian heritage, Scutaro was given the option of playing for either Italy or Venezuela in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He chose to play for Venezuela as a utility infielder.

Toronto Blue Jays

On November 18, 2007, Scutaro was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Kristian Bell and Graham Godfrey.[1]

Scutaro was the Jays' third baseman for at least a month, after a finger injury sustained by teammate Scott Rolen, and then returned to a starter's role after an injury to David Eckstein in his right hip flexor suffered on May 6. Shortly after Eckstein's return, David and Blue Jays teammate, Aaron Hill collided trying to catch a fly ball. Hill suffered from concussion-like symptoms and Scutaro filled in at second base.

Scutaro was the starting shortstop for the Blue Jays in 2009, and had his best season to date, achieving career highs in almost every offensive category - 12 HR, 60 RBI, 35 doubles, 235 total bases, 162 hits, 100 runs, 14 stolen base, and 90 walks in 574 at bats.

Boston Red Sox

On December 3, 2009, Scutaro agreed to a two-year, $12 Million deal with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical.[2][3] The deal also includes a third-year mutual option.

Highlight

  • Through 2009, based upon statistical information, Scutaro has collected six games with four hits and 36 with three, and posted 12 home runs and a career best .285 batting average. [1] However, the most significant hit in his career came on April 15, 2007 as a member of the Athletics, in which he slugged a three-run, walkoff home run against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. [2]

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