Video: Tigers Rookie Akil Baddoo Hits Home Run on 1st-Career Pitch

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2021

Detroit Tigers' Akil Baddoo reacts at home plate after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Sunday, April 4, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo had a dream start to his major league career.

The 22-year-old hit a home run on the first pitch he ever saw at the plate, drilling the Aaron Civale offering over the opposite-field wall:

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.@AkilBaddoo ARE YOU SERIOUS?! He homers on the first pitch of his MLB career. https://t.co/JKI5goelHQ

Baddoo's parents were on hand for the celebration:

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Akil Badoo's parents reaction to his first MLB HR (in his first MLB PA) How can you not be romantic about baseball. https://t.co/mQY9ZI1X0d

The 372-foot shot gave the Tigers an early 3-1 lead over Cleveland on Sunday as his team tries to stay undefeated after a 2-0 start to the year.

Not only was this Baddoo's first career game in the majors, but the center fielder had never played a professional game above Single-A and hadn't competed in a regular-season game since May 2019. The Tigers selected him in the Rule 5 draft this offseason after the Minnesota Twins left him unprotected.

A strong performance in spring training helped the youngster earn a roster spot, and he is now taking advantage of the opportunity.


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