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“Steady” Freddy Sanchez came to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in 2003 from the Red Sox and became a starter by 2005. During the time that Jim Tracy managed the Bucs, there was some controversy, but Sanchez had his two best seasons under Tracy. In 2006, Freddy beat out Miguel Cabrera for the NL batting crown, hitting at a .344 clip. He also reached the 200-hit mark and was tied for first in the majors with 53 doubles, many of which came from bloopers down the first base line that he legged-out. He represented the Bucs in the 2006 ASG at PNC Park, and had another successful all-star season in 2007. After another solid campaign in 2008, Sanchez was traded mid-season in 2009 to the Giants, where he’s been a part of two championship teams. When he played third, he produced offensively and made some great plays at the hot corner, and when he played second, he and Jack Wilson paired up to be one of the best double play combos in the game. Looking back on his time with the Pirates, Freddy Sanchez is known as one of the top infielders to play at PNC Park.
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