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The Twins’ Luke Hughes and homering in the first career plate appearance

Posted by Andy on April 30, 2010

Most fans won't have heard of Luke Hughes. He made his major league debut two days ago for the Twins and homered in his first major league plate appearance.

Rk Gcar Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI WPA
1 1 Luke Hughes 2010-04-28 MIN DET L 6-11 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.002
2 1 Jason Heyward 2010-04-05 ATL CHC W 16-5 5 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 0.197
3 1 Ian Desmond 2009-09-10 WSN PHI W 8-7 4 4 1 2 1 0 1 4 0.201
4 1 John Hester 2009-08-28 ARI HOU W 14-7 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.012
5 1 Trent Oeltjen 2009-08-06 ARI PIT W 11-6 6 6 1 2 0 0 1 1 0.095
6 1 John Mayberry 2009-05-23 PHI NYY L 4-5 3 3 1 2 1 0 1 3 0.212
7 1 Wilkin Ramirez 2009-05-20 DET TEX W 5-3 3 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.111
8 1 Gerardo Parra 2009-05-13 ARI CIN L 3-10 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.058
9 1 Jordan Schafer 2009-04-05 ATL PHI W 4-1 4 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 0.075
10 1 Lou Marson 2008-09-28 PHI WSN W 8-3 4 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 0.033
11 1 Mark Saccomanno 2008-09-08 HOU PIT W 3-2 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.159
12 1 John Bowker 2008-04-12 SFG STL L 7-8 3 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 0.112
13 1 Kosuke Fukudome 2008-03-31 CHC MIL L 3-4 4 3 1 3 1 0 1 3 0.467
14 1 Elijah Dukes 2007-04-02 TBD NYY L 5-9 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.107
15 1 Kevin Kouzmanoff 2006-09-02 CLE TEX W 6-5 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 0.218
16 1 Delmon Young 2006-08-29 TBD CHW L 9-12 4 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 0.112
17 1 Carlos Quentin 2006-07-20 ARI LAD W 5-2 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.025
18 1 Eliezer Alfonzo 2006-06-03 (1) SFG NYM W 6-4 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0.237
19 1 Kendry Morales 2006-05-23 LAA TEX W 7-6 5 5 1 3 0 0 1 2 0.179
20 1 Mike Napoli 2006-05-04 LAA DET W 7-2 4 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.079
21 1 Kenji Johjima 2006-04-03 SEA LAA L 4-5 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.126
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/29/2010.

This is the list of players to homer in their first career game (from the last 5 years.) The Play Index doesn't allow us to search by just first place appearance so to narrow down this list we need to look at each individual game.

I've gone through the above list and the guys who homered in their first plate appearance were Hughes, Hayward, Hester, Parra, Schafer, Saccomanno, Kouzmanoff, and Napoli.

Three further things:

1) That Kouzmanoff home run was unforgettable. He hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues. I mentioned this before in a similar post from 3 years ago.

2) Want a little bonus readers' research? Here is the full list of guys to homer in their first game. You can go through the box scores and give the list of guys to do it in their first PA.

3) Don't you think Saccomanno's first name should have been Bob?

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12 Responses to “The Twins’ Luke Hughes and homering in the first career plate appearance”

  1. Hughes was actually at the plate the previous inning and saw 3 or 4 pitches. Delmon Young got caught stealing to end the inning and the count was reset. I know this still counts for the many places that track "homer in first at bat", but I thought it was an interesting footnote.

  2. Yeah that goes down in the annals of weird first plate appearances, along with Timmy Raines and Barry Bonds appearing in games long before their actual ML debuts thanks to how rain-suspended games are logged officially.

  3. I think I can top that one. On September 4, 1978 Dorian Boyland made his ML debut with the Pirates as a pinch-hitter for Ed Whiton in the 7th inning. The count went to 1 and 2, then Mets righty Skip Lockwood hurt his arm and was replaced by lefty Kevin Kobel. Chuck Tanner countered by replacing the left-handed Boyland with right-handed Rennie Stennett. Stennett took strike three, but because Boyland took strike two, the strikeout was charged to him. So he struck out in his first major league at-bat while sitting on the bench!

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PIT/PIT197809041.shtml

  4. You forgot Adam Wainwright.

  5. Wainwright doesn't come up in the search because he has all of the following games that show up as official batting games:

    Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB
    1 2005-09-11 STL NYM L 2-7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2 2005-09-12 STL PIT W 4-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    3 2005-09-23 STL MIL L 6-9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    4 2006-04-03 STL PHI W 13-5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    5 2006-04-07 STL CHC L 1-5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    6 2006-04-09 STL CHC L 4-8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    7 2006-04-13 STL MIL L 3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    8 2006-04-16 STL CIN W 8-7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    9 2006-04-22 STL CHC W 4-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    10 2006-04-24 STL PIT W 7-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    11 2006-04-30 STL WSN W 9-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    12 2006-05-04 STL HOU L 3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    13 2006-05-06 STL FLA W 7-6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    14 2006-05-09 STL COL W 4-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    15 2006-05-10 STL COL W 7-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    16 2006-05-14 STL ARI L 6-7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/30/2010.

    In all these cases, he came in on a double-switch and therefore replaced an actual batter, but he never got a plate appearance, as you are correct that he homered in his eventual first plate appearance later in 2006.

    Unfortunately there is no way to fix this in the search. First career game is first career game, regardless of whether the player got a plate appearance or not. So a non-pitcher who appeared as, say, a pinch-runner or defensive substitution but never got a plate appearance would also be missed in this search if they eventually did homer in their first plate appearance and it came in a later game.

    Thanks for pointing out the shortcoming of this list.

  6. No prob--I suspected that was the reason, his first PA not coming in his first game.

  7. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I am hopelessly out of touch with popular culture. The meaning of a possible name of Bob Saccomanno is beyond me. I even tried saying it out loud, but the pronounced name didn't give me any clue, either.

    I just posted an amount of $406 in another comment here tonight. In case you are wondering where I came up with that figure, think about some famous achievement associated with a famous Red Sox player.

  8. I think Hughes is the first Australian to homer in his first major league PA. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi!

  9. Gerry, if I'm not mistaken you live in Australia, right? I have been there myself.

  10. Yes, Andy, I live in Sydney.

  11. Sweet. My wife and I went to Sydney and several other spots in that neck of the works for our honeymoon. Sydney ranks as one of my most favorite cities in the world.

  12. My father bought a Mark Saccomanno game-worn jersey in an Astros.com charity auction solely because of that Seinfeld name.