Jarrod Saltalamacchia
American baseball player
Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Jarrod Scott "Salty" Saltalamacchia, is an American professional baseball catcher with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. His last name is the longest in Major League Baseball history. Saltalamacchia is Italian for "jump over" (salta) the thicket (lamacchia, a kind of tall shrub).
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Saltalamacchia's HR in 9th Gives Tigers 4-2 Win Over Royals
ABC News - 7 months
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals
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Saltalamacchia agrees to minor league deal with D-backs
Fox News - almost 2 years
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia have agreed to terms on a minor league contract.The 30-year-old Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment and eventually released by the Miami Marlins earlier this week after going just 2-for-29 with a .182 on-base percentage in nine games this season
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Saltalamacchia, Marlins agree on 3-year, $21 million deal
Chicago Times - about 3 years
Free agent catcher and West Palm Beach native Jarrod Saltalamacchia is set to join the Miami Marlins. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's journey through free agency has brought him home.     
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Joe Mauer move creates another possibility for Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Boston.com
Google News - over 3 years
CBSSports.com Joe Mauer move creates another possibility for Jarrod Saltalamacchia Boston.com ORLANDO, Fla. — The Twins announced this morning that Joe Mauer will switch to first base in an effort to keep him healthy from the concussions he's received catching. That appears to open the Twins up to acquiring a full time catcher. Jarrod ... Jarrod Saltalamacchia will have his suitorsBoston Globe For Health's Sake, Mauer Will Move to First BaseNew York Times Twins move Joe Mauer to first base for 2014 seasonTheCelebrityCafe.com MLB.com -CBSSports.com -USA TODAY all 86 news articles »
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia not on offer list - Boston Herald
Google News - over 3 years
Boston Herald Jarrod Saltalamacchia not on offer list Boston Herald DECISION MAKERS: Red Sox manager John Farrell looks on as general manager Ben Cherington listens to a question yesterday at Fenway. 1. Tuesday, November 5, 2013. PrintEmail Comments (0) ... Qualifying offer winners, losersFOXSports.com Teams make more qualifying offers to free agents than they did last yearThe Seattle Times Red Sox Give Three Free Agents $14.1 Million Qualifying OffersBusinessweek Arizona Daily Star -MLB.com all 116 news articles »
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Boston Marathon Finish Line Is Scene Of Poignant Stop During Red Sox Parade (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
As the Red Sox began their "rolling rally" through Boston to celebrate the eighth World Series championship in franchise history, the team made a brief but emotional stop at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Not long after the team's fleet of 25 amphibious "duck boats" -- one sporting a beard -- left Fenway Park on Saturday morning, the revelry was put on hold as the city paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in April. Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes disembarked with the Commissioner's Trophy and a commemorative Red Sox jersey emblazoned with the "Boston Strong" slogan and the number "617," the city's area code. Gomes placed the trophy at the finish line and draped the jersey over it as "God Bless America" was played. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia joined Gomes at the finish line with another commemorative jersey. Jonny Gomes brings @wstrophy to the finish line. #BostonStrong #ForYouBoston pic.twitter.com/keU1XSQa2P — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) November 2, ...
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The Red Sox and Cardinals Are Doing the Big Things Right
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
This World Series is turning into a hard-fought, competitive and exciting one. It is a nice contrast to last year's World Series, which was fantastic only if you happened to be fan of the San Francisco Giants. The two teams are evenly matched with solid-to-excellent starting pitching, deep bullpens, good hitting and famous October heroes like David Ortiz and Carlos Beltran. This World Series has also been surprisingly sloppily played. The most memorable play of the World Series so far was the obstruction call on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks which allowed the winning run to score in game three. The play was initially debated, but it is now clear that the umpire got it right. However, the more striking aspect of that play was the decision by Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to throw down to third base when he had almost no chance at getting Allan Craig out. Making that throw with a weak hitter, Pete Kozma, coming up and Red Sox closer Koji Uehara on the mound was a poor ...
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World Series Umpires Should Be Applauded For Making The Right Obstruction Call In Game 3
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Let us get one thing straight: Intent does not matter in MLB obstruction. In the first ever playoff game in MLB history to be decided by obstruction, the umpires actually got the call correct. The Boston Red Sox complained after their 5-4 loss, but the truth was they deserved to lose Game 3. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a ridiculous decision to throw the ball down the line. That was one mistake. Another mistake? Red Sox manager John Farrell electing not to double-switch and take out Brandon Workman -- a reliever who had not only never had an at-bat, but who was already finished pitching. Let us also not forget about Farrell pitching to Jon Jay instead of walking him to create a force-out for the struggling Pete Kozma. Farrell, to be sure, has been brilliant during his one season in Boston, taking a sluggish team with seemingly aging stars to a pennant. And yet, these are all the little things that really add up. Maybe Farrell going to a National League stadium is an excuse, but ...
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Red Sox Errors In 7th Inning Help Cardinals Win 2013 World Series Game 2 (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
BOSTON -- BOSTON (AP) — Craig Breslow couldn't find the plate. Then he couldn't find third base. The Red Sox reliever gave up a walk to load the bases and then committed one of two errors during a two-run sacrifice fly as Boston squandered David Ortiz's go-ahead homer and lost 4-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series. One night after the Cardinals made three errors — and a bunch of other mistakes — in an 8-1 loss to open the Series, it was the Red Sox who threw away Game 2. Breslow and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia each made an error on Matt Carpenter's seventh-inning fly ball that turned a one-run deficit into a 3-2 Cardinals lead. John Lackey walked David Freese with one out in the seventh and then Jon Jay singled to chase the Red Sox starter. In came Breslow, who had not yet allowed a run in seven postseason appearances this year. With David Descalso up, Jay and pinch-runner Pete Kozma worked a double steal without drawing a throw because ...
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Red Sox Reach World Series: Boston Tops Detroit 5-2 In ALCS Game 6 (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
BOSTON -- BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons. Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the AL championship series in six games and setting up a World Series rematch with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Red Sox will host Game 1 on Wednesday night against the team they swept in 2004 to end their 86-year title drought. The Cardinals won the NL pennant on Friday night by eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. With 21-game winner Max Scherzer on the mound, Detroit took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning and held it until Boston loaded the bases on a double, a walk and an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias. Victorino lofted an 0-2 pitch from Jose Veras over the Green Monster. Victorino lofted an 0-2 pitch from Jose Veras over the Green Monster to set off a celebration in the Red Sox dugout and in the Fenway Park stands. Junichi ...
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Baseball Makes Us 'Feel' Better
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BOSTON, October 18, 2013 -- Just like your favorite blue jeans, the faded pair with the relaxed fit, or those old brown shoes or maybe even your favorite, partially torn college t-shirt, the sport of baseball somehow has a way to make things better just by being there every fall. Watching the sport, whether on television or in person, provides a cathartic release like none other. Whether you're a St. Louis Cardinals fan, an L.A. Dodgers groupie, a supporter of the Detroit Tigers or a member of the Boston Red Sox nation, the past two or three weeks provided some relief from the gloomy details of an embarrassing government shutdown, much like the sport helped a nation heal from the darkest depth of post 9-11 terrorism. Somehow. baseball makes us all feel a little better. That was certainly the case last Sunday when Max Scherzer ruled the mound a day after Anibal Sanchez and a cast of supporting relief pitchers were blanking the BoSox 1-0 deep into the autumn night at Fenway Park, near K ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  • 2016
    Age 30
    On April 13, 2016, Saltalamacchia hit his 100th career home run, a grand slam off Arquimedes Caminero of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    More Details Hide Details Saltalamacchia is a Christian. Saltalamacchia and his former Rangers teammate Kason Gabbard were childhood friends. Both attended Royal Palm Beach High School and were traded to the Rangers from different teams on July 31, 2007. He is married to Ashley Saltalamacchia, his gym teacher in high school. They married a year after he graduated.
  • 2015
    Age 29
    On December 6, 2015, Saltalamacchia signed a one-year major league contract with the Detroit Tigers for the league minimum salary.
    More Details Hide Details The Miami Marlins are still paying the bulk of Saltalamacchia's existing contract.
    He was designated for assignment by the Marlins on April 27, 2015, and released on May 5.
    More Details Hide Details On May 7, Saltalamacchia signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After reporting to extended spring training and then playing for the Reno Aces for a week, the Diamondbacks promoted him to the major leagues to replace Tuffy Gosewisch, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, as their starting catcher.
  • 2013
    Age 27
    On December 3, 2013, Saltalamacchia agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Miami Marlins.
    More Details Hide Details The deal was finalized on December 6.
    Following the 2013 season, the Red Sox declined to offer Saltalamacchia a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
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    Saltalamacchia appeared in 121 games in 2013 and hit .273/338/.466 with 14 home runs, 65 RBIs, 68 runs and 40 doubles, becoming the thirteenth different catcher ever to have 40 doubles in a season.
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    Saltalamacchia was benched for the final three games of the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in favor of David Ross following a series of defensive errors.
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    Saltalamacchia was the starting catcher in 2013 for the Red Sox, and David Ross and Ryan Lavarnway were his backups.
    More Details Hide Details He went 1-2 with 3 walks and a double on Opening Day against the Yankees. On October 13, 2013, Saltlamacchia hit a walk-off single, driving in Jonny Gomes to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in the second game of the 2013 ALCS.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    On May 26, 2012, with one out in the ninth inning, Saltalamacchia hit a 2-run walk-off home run off of Fernando Rodney to beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
    More Details Hide Details As the season progressed, Saltalamacchia was moved to 1st base as manager Bobby Valentine gave Ryan Lavarnway a look as the team's starting catcher. Saltalamacchia finished the year batting .222/.288/.454 with 25 HR, and 59 RBIs in a career high 121 games played.
    On January 15, 2012, Saltalamacchia avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, non-guaranteed contract worth $2.5 million with the Sox to be their starting catcher.
    More Details Hide Details Kelly Shoppach was his backup until being traded, making Ryan Lavarnway his backup catcher.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    In the 2011 season, Saltalamacchia was slated at the beginning of the year to be Boston's primary catcher with veteran Jason Varitek taking the role as the backup.
    More Details Hide Details Out of the gate, he struggled defensively and showed weakness in the batter's box. However, he showed improvement at the plate as the season progressed, hitting .327 in the month of June. Despite his low average, Saltalamacchia showed decent power and finished out the year hitting .235/.288/.450 with 16 HR, and 56 RBIs in 103 games played.
  • 2010
    Age 24
    Saltalamacchia was called up on August 11 after Kevin Cash went on the disabled list needing surgery in his left thumb, in September 2010.
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    Saltalamacchia was traded to the Boston Red Sox just before the Major League Baseball trading deadline on July 31, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The Rangers received minor league prospects Chris McGuiness, Román Méndez, a player to be named later (Michael Thomas), and cash. He reported to the Pawtucket Red Sox of the Class AAA International League.
    On April 27, 2010, Saltalamacchia was removed from the DL and assigned to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
    More Details Hide Details He has struggled with throwing the ball back to the pitcher.
    Saltalamacchia was placed on the disabled list after the second game of the 2010 season.
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  • 2009
    Age 23
    Saltalamacchia suffered a shoulder injury on August 15, 2009 and was placed on the disabled list.
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    Saltalamacchia's streak started on July 23, 2008.
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    However, Saltalamacchia was soon called up on April 25, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details After the Rangers signed free agent Andruw Jones, Saltalamacchia gave up his number 25 to Jones and selected the number 21. On April 25, 2009, Saltalamacchia struck out in his 28th consecutive game played, setting a new MLB strikeout streak record for a position player (pitcher Bill Stoneman holds the all-time record with 37 games).
    On March 26, 2008, Saltalamacchia lost the starting catching job to Gerald Laird, and the Rangers chose to send him down to the minors to catch every day instead of sitting as the backup.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    On August 22, 2007, Saltalamacchia had two home runs and seven RBIs in the historic 30–3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.
    More Details Hide Details In 46 games with the Rangers in 2007, Saltamacchia batted .251, collecting 7 home runs and 21 RBIs.
    In his first game with the Rangers on August 1, 2007, Saltalamacchia started at first base and drove in two runs.
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    In 2007, Saltalamacchia batted .284 with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs in 47 games with Atlanta.
    More Details Hide Details Upon joining the Rangers after being traded Saltalamacchia changed his number to 25.
    Because Saltalamacchia was "blocked" (by McCann, who was recently signed to a large contract with Atlanta), he was the subject of much trade speculation within baseball, and was traded to the Texas Rangers on July 31, 2007, with Elvis Andrus, Neftalí Feliz, Matt Harrison, and Beau Jones for first baseman Mark Teixeira and reliever Ron Mahay.
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    On May 27, 2007, Saltalamacchia hit his first major league home run, a solo shot off Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies.
    More Details Hide Details On June 26 in a start at first base, Saltalamacchia had his first multi-home run game. Both blasts came batting right-handed off Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik.
    On May 6, 2007, Saltalamacchia had the first hit of his major league career in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    More Details Hide Details In the seventh inning, with two outs and two men on base, Saltalamacchia got his first RBI, which also drove in the winning run for the Braves.
    On his 22nd birthday, he was called up to Atlanta to replace Brayan Peña on the roster and to fill in for Brian McCann, who re-injured his finger on May 1, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Saltalamacchia's call-up made him the new record-holder of the longest surname in Major League Baseball history, at 14 letters, breaking the record set by William Van Landingham (or tying it, depending on whether one counts the space in the latter's surname).
    In the 2007 season, Saltalamacchia started at catcher for the Double-A Mississippi Braves.
    More Details Hide Details In 22 games played, he belted 7 home runs with a batting average of .373.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    Saltalamacchia ranked 18th in Baseball America top 100 prospects in 2006, and 36th the following year.
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    In 2006, Saltalamacchia had a breakout season for the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, where the switch-hitting slugger hit .314 with 35 doubles, 19 homers, and 81 runs batted in (RBIs) in 129 games.
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  • 2003
    Age 17
    The Atlanta Braves selected Saltalamacchia in the first round (36 overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.
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  • 2001
    Age 15
    A standout, Saltalamacchia was a member of Team Florida USA and won gold with the team in the 2001 Junior Olympics.
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  • 1985
    Born on May 2, 1985.
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