Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 4/14/12

If you have that one friend who knows everything about baseball, remember this question, and ask him ten years from now to stump him (if your still friends with that D-bag).

Who was the first player to hit a homerun in Marlins Park?

I couldn’t be happier to tell you that the answer is Astros Left Fielder J.D. Martinez (who just so happens to be on my fantasy team #NBD). The Miami native hit a shot to left with a huge swing, tying the game at 4-4 in the 8th.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20601813&topic_id=&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_20601813&v=3

(here’s the link to the video of the classy HR)

This was J.D.’s 3rd homerun of the season and definitely the most significant of his career (even though they lost). Martinez is batting in the #3 spot in front of El Caballo, hitting .385 with 3 homeruns and 8 RBI’s and if the season ended today he would a MVP candidate.  According to my numbers if he keeps up this pace (3 homeruns every 7 games) he will hit at least 50 homeruns…if that’s the case pick him up for your fantasy team so we can root for him together.

-Schotz

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