Nick Punto

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Nicholas Paul Punto is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics.

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Nicholas Paul Punto (born November 8, 1977) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia PhilliesMinnesota TwinsSt. Louis CardinalsBoston Red SoxLos Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics. With the Nick Punto - DodgersCardinals, he won the 2011 World Series over the Texas Rangers. He has also played for the Italian national baseball team in the World Baseball Classic.

Philadelphia Phillies

Punto was drafted in the 21st round of the 1998 MLB draft.  In 3 years with the Phillies he played in a total of 77 games and hit .223. .

Minnesota Twins

Nick was acquired by the Minnesota Twins in the 2004 offseason.  In 2005 Nick Punto batted .239, with a career high 4 home runs, and 26 runs batted in over the duration of 112 games.

Punto had his best full season in Minnesota during the 2006 season when he batted .290 with 45 runs batted in, and posted 17 stolen bases in 135 games.

 Punto represented Team Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

In 7 years with the Twins, Punto played in 747 games with a .248 batting average.

St. Louis Cardinals

Punto played in 63 games with the Cardinals, as a utility player, and hit .278. Punto had 3 hits in 14 at-bats in the 2011 World Series.

Boston Red Sox

Punto played in 65 games with the Red Sox in 2012, he hit .200 while starting games at second base, third base and shortstop. He also appeared in five games at first base.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On August 25, 2012 he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and appeared in 22 games with the Dodgers and hit .286.

Punto represented Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic in March 2013.

In the 2013 season, Punto saw extensive time at short stop due to injuries to Hanley Ramírez. He appeared in 116 games, his most since 2009, and hit .255 with 2 HR, 21 RBI and 34 runs.

Oakland Athletics

On November 13, 2013, Punto agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, where he hit .207 with 2 home runs and 14 RBIs in 198 at-bats.

 

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