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Nomar could undoubtedly excel again

If healthy, Nomar Garciaparra could return to being an elite players again for the Cubs in 2005.

Originally Published: December 8, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

There's nothing like short-term memory loss to change the perception of a player.

So it is with Nomar Garciaparra, who, less than a year ago, was regarded as one of the top dozen or so players in the major leagues.

Suddenly, Garciaparra -- to hear some say it -- is an average performer, not even among the best at his position.

How quickly we forget.

In his first seven seasons in the big leagues, Garciaparra never hit below .301, and except for his injury-shortened season ...

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