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The Dodgers needed help at first and Garciaparra needed a chance to resurrect his career. He had no problems switching positions, anything for a chance to put his recent injury problems aside and reestablish himself as one of the premier players in the game. Both sides enter the 2006 season hoping the match is a good one.
Peter Gammons: "As for Garciaparra's transition to first, (Los Angeles Dodgers manager Grady) Little doesn't seem worried. 'He's an athlete, so he'll get it,' said Little. 'He's worked really well with Eddie Murray. He has to get comfortable. It isn't an easy transition, and he has to play enough there to know where he has to be, not think about it.'"
March 4, 2006
Dodgers play for today, future
Nomar Garciaparra: "(Switching positions is) a learning process. At some point, I won't be thinking five million things in my head. Maybe that will come at the end of the year. Comfort comes when you do things instinctively, you don't have to think."
March 3, 2006
Nomar learning a new position with a new team
Sean McAdam: "Can Garciaparra, who won two batting titles and averaged almost 200 hits in six of his first seven major-league seasons, reclaim his standing as one of the game's elite players?
"Most people surveyed answered with a qualified 'yes.'"
Feb. 1, 2006
If healthy, Garciaparra should help Dodgers