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Home run in first major league game

Posted by Andy on July 21, 2007

Here's the list of players since 2000 who hit a homer in their first major league game.

Elijah	Dukes    	4/2/2007    TBD    @NYY
Kevin	Kouzmanoff    	9/2/2006    CLE    @TEX
Delmon	Young    	8/29/2006   TBD    @CHW
Carlos	Quentin    	7/20/2006   ARI    LAD
Eliezer	Alfonzo   	6/3/2006    SFG    @NYM
Kendry	Morales  	5/23/2006   LAA    @TEX
Mike	Napoli  	5/4/2006    LAA    @DET
Kenji	Johjima    	4/3/2006    SEA    LAA
Jeremy	Hermida    	8/31/2005   FLA    STL
Mike	Jacobs    	8/21/2005   NYM    WSN
Brandon	Watson    	8/9/2005    WSN    @HOU
Jeff	Francoeur    	7/7/2005    ATL    CHC
Jeff	Baker    	4/4/2005    COL    SDP
Greg	Dobbs    	9/8/2004    SEA    CLE
Kevin	Youkilis    	5/15/2004   BOS    @TOR
Hector	Luna    	4/8/2004    STL    MIL
Luis A.	Gonzalez    	4/6/2004    COL    @ARI
Kazuo	Matsui    	4/6/2004    NYM    @ATL
Dave	Matranga    	6/27/2003   HOU    TEX
Miguel	Cabrera    	6/20/2003   FLA    TBD
Jason	Bay    		5/23/2003   SDP    @ARI
Miguel	Olivo    	9/15/2002   CHW    @NYY
Joe	Borchard    	9/2/2002    CHW    @TOR
Josh	Bard    	8/23/2002   CLE    SEA
Marcus	Thames    	6/10/2002   NYY    ARI
Jason	Jennings    	8/23/2001   COL    @NYM
Brent	Abernathy    	6/25/2001   TBD    @BOS
Tom	Wilson    	5/19/2001   OAK    CHW
Chris	Richard    	7/17/2000   STL    @MIN
Keith	McDonald    	7/4/2000    STL    CIN
Alex	Cabrera    	6/26/2000   ARI    HOU

Some of these were quite memorable:

  • Kouzmanoff hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the big leagues. He got traded to San Diego in the off-season and has had a fairly weak rookie season so far, hitting just .235/.293/.412
  • Delmon Young, bat-thrower extraordinaire, did it. So far, he's put up pretty good numbers in the bigs. He's got a ways to go to match his brother's best seasons, though.
  • Kenji Johjima did it, although of course he played a whole mess of games in Japan before his first game in American MLB.
  • Another Japanese player, Kazuo Matsui, made the back pages of the papers in NYC when he did it. Many thought it signaled a great pick-up by the Mets. Turns out, it was not. Sometimes I confuse Kazuo Matsui and Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who both didn't meet expectations with the Mets.
  • Marcus Thames hit his off Randy Johnson. Interestingly, Thames hit another homer off Johnson last year, when RJ was with NYY and Thames was with DET.
  • And how about Jason Jennings? He's the most recent pitcher to pull it off since Paul Moskau in 1977. Did you know Denny McLain did it too? Here's the full list since 1951.

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