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Tony Graffanino

Tony Graffanino
Graffanino with the Brewers in 2007
Born: (1970-06-06) June 6, 1970 (age 45)
Amityville, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1996 for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
April 26, 2009 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
Batting average .265
Home runs 58
Runs batted in 302
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Anthony Joseph Graffanino (/ˌɡræfɨˈnn/; born June 6, 1972) is a former American Major League Baseball second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop. Though he never officially retired, Graffanino has not played since

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Graffanino is primarily a contact hitter (just 481 strikeouts in 2787 big-league at-bats) who is able to get on base (career .336 OBP) – and his speed is above average, with 53 stolen bases in 78 attempts. He excels as a situational hitter, being capable of hitting behind the runner and dropping down a bunt. As a fielder, he has the ability to play every infield position and left field. He has an above-average arm, which helps him in the LF and on the left side of the infield.

During Graffanino's minor league career, he spent time with Pulaski in

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After spending three years with the Atlanta Braves, 2 12 seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and another 3 12 with the Chicago White Sox, Graffanino played only second base for the Kansas City Royals in

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In 2005, Graffanino hit .298 for the Royals and .319 with the Red Sox for a combined .309 (117-for-379), a career high. He also posted career numbers in RBI (38), runs (68), doubles (17), games (110), and hits. He received some notoriety, particularly in New England, for making an error in the fifth inning of Game Two of the 2005 American League Division Series which led to three unearned runs. The runs came on a two out, three run home run by White Sox 2B Tadahito Iguchi which proved to be the game-winning hit.[2] The Red Sox were swept in that series.

Graffanino was claimed off waivers by the Royals prior to the start of the 2006 season. He hit .268 in 69[3] games for the Royals before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers at the

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On June 24, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. He hit .315 in 25 games and became a free agent at the end of the season. In February

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  • Graffanino is a Christian.[4]
  • Graffanino has been very active in the community during his career. In 2002, he coordinated and led baseball clinics for boys and girls from Mercy Home at U.S. Cellular Field and signed autographs at the James R. Thompson Center to promote the need for organ donors.
  • Graffanino was born Anthony Graffagnino but dropped the "g" after numerous mispronunciations from minor league announcers.
  • Grew up in East Islip, New York, also home town to football great Boomer Esiason.
  • Graffanino lives with his wife, Nicole, and two sons, A.J. and Nicholas, in Arizona.
  • Made the first error in the history of the new Yankee Stadium (April 16, 2009).


  1. ^ Cafardo, Nick (July 20, 2005). "It's a Busy Day For Dealing; Graffanino and Hyzdu Aboard; Embree is Out". The Boston Globe. p. F.5. Retrieved November 29, 2011.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Jenkins, Lee (6 October 2005). "Red Sox Create Another Moment of Infamy". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
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  4. ^ "Faith binds many on Sox". 

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