Originally posted on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 7/27/12

Throw the term "exclusive company" around when it comes to baseball, and you think of the 3,000 Hit Club or the 500 Home Run Club.  But baseball history is filled with little nuggets of statistical quirks.

Take for example what Starling Marte did Thursday night.  The first pitch he saw as a Major Leaguer went big fly; he was the 28th player to accomplish the feat.  

But take it a step further now.  How many of those 28 hit their home run as the first batter of the game?  Bert Campaneris came close in 1964.  He was the second batter of the game and hit a 2-run shot.

The only player to do what Starling Marte has done is Kaz Matsui, who led off his first Major League game with a homer in 2004.  MLB is bizarre and doesn't want any clips of gameplay on YouTube, so whatever. Interesting thing about Matsui: In the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons, he hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season.  Only other player to have done that is Ken Griffey Jr.

Here's a link to Marte video from last night. [ MLB ]

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