Scutaro during the 2012 San Francisco Giants World Champions Homecoming Parade
|San Francisco Giants – No. 19|
October 30, 1975 |
San Felipe, Yaracuy, Venezuela
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 27, 2002 for the New York Mets|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||509|
|Career highlights and awards|
Marcos Scutaro, better known as Marco Scutaro, (//; born October 30, 1975), nicknamed "Blockbuster," is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). He bats and throws right-handed.
Scutaro made his MLB debut with the New York Mets in 2002. Since then, he has also played for the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, and Colorado Rockies. Scutaro was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the 2012 National League Championship Series (NLCS) while with the Giants.
Scutaro was one of the primary subjects of the 2005 documentary "A Player to be Named Later."
Scutaro originally signed with the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent on July 26, 1994. As a teenager, Scutaro considered fellow Venezuelan Omar Vizquel his favorite player and would often watch Vizquel at spring training.
Scutaro was traded by the Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers on August 30, 2000, as the "player to be named later" in a trade that had sent Kane Davis, Paul Rigdon and Richie Sexson to the Brewers for Jason Bere, Bob Wickman and Steve Woodard on July 28. Scutaro was in the 2005 documentary film "A Player To Be Named Later" which followed various players from Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, for one season. He was waived at the start of the 2002 season by the Brewers who needed to make room for Nelson Figueroa on its roster.
New York Mets
Scutaro was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets on April 5, 2002. He batted .336 with 20 doubles, 7 home runs, 25 runs batted in (RBI) and 39 runs scored in 79 games with the Tides. He was also selected to the International League squad for the Triple-A All-Star Game that summer.
Scutaro's first promotion to the majors came on July 19 when the Mets recalled him from the Norfolk Tides to replace the injured Joe McEwing. Scutaro introduced himself to Mets manager Bobby Valentine that afternoon while the latter was eating lunch at the hotel in Cincinnati where the team was staying. Valentine reciprocated the greeting without knowing who Scutaro was. After completing his meal, Valentine inquired about why Scutaro was lingering. "I just got called up," Scutaro responded.
Scutaro was again selected off waivers, this time by the Oakland Athletics, on October 9, 2003.
In 2004, Scutaro reached career highs in batting average (.273), runs batted in (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.
World Baseball Classic
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. He again represented Venezuela in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and 2013 World Baseball Classic. He won the bronze medal in 2009, but has earned an early exit after a loss to Puerto Rico 6-3. However, he won against newcomers Spain to earn a direct qualification for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Toronto Blue Jays
Scutaro was the Jays' third baseman for at least a month, after teammate Scott Rolen injured a finger, and then Scutaro returned to a starter's role after teammate David Eckstein injured his right hip flexor on May 6. Shortly after Eckstein's return, Eckstein 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 home runs, 60 runs batted in, 35 doubles, 235 total bases, 162 hits, 100 runs, 14 stolen bases, and 90 walks in 574 at-bats.
Boston Red Sox
On December 3, 2009, Scutaro agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. The deal also included a third-year mutual option. On April 12, 2010, Scutaro recorded the first hit in Target Field history on a single up the middle in the first inning off Minnesota Twins starter Carl Pavano. Soon after, Scutaro was caught stealing second base, making him the first out recorded at the Twins' new ballpark. In his first season with the team, Scutaro set a number of career highs, including games (150), at-bats (632), hits (174) and doubles (38) while suffering for much of the season with a right shoulder injury which forced him out of practice.
Prior to the 2012 season, the Red Sox and Scutaro agreed to exercise their mutual contract option. Then, on January 21, 2012, Scutaro was traded to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Clayton Mortensen.
San Francisco Giants
On July 27, 2012, Scutaro was traded, along with cash considerations, to the San Francisco Giants for infielder Charlie Culberson. In a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 8, 2012, Scutaro drove in a career high seven runs including a grand slam. He hit .306 for the regular season, including .362 as a Giant, helping the Giants win the National League West title. He was awarded the NLCS MVP after tying the NLCS record with 14 hits and also batting .500 (14 for 28) with six runs scored and four runs batted in during the seven game series against the Cardinals.
Scutaro and the Giants agreed to a 3-year $20 million contract after the 2012 season. The contract became official on December 7, 2012. Scutaro was the starting second baseman, with Tony Abreu and Nick Noonan as his main backups. In 81 games in the first half, Scutaro hit .316/.367/.400 with 2 HR, 22 RBI and 37 R, and he was named to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game. Scutaro played his last game of 2013 on September 15, and was officially shut down on September 24. He underwent surgery on September 27 that inserted a pin in his left pinkie correcting his mallet finger, an injury he suffered on June 11 against the Pirates when he was hit by Tony Watson. In 127 games in 2013, he hit .297/.357/.369 with 2 HR, 31 RBI and 57 R.
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- Baggarly, Andrew (September 24, 2013). "Scutaro to have surgery Friday, labels Giants' season 'a mess'". CSN Bay Area.
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