The Spiel: Julio’s first major league dinger

Rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez has absolutely been snake bitten by the rookie squeeze throughout the first three weeks of his major league career. As a result, he’s struck out in 37% of his plate appearances leading into Sunday’s contest in Miami, Fla. Despite the situation with the strike zone, Rodriguez has not let it change his approach at the plate.

And in the top of the sixth inning, with runners on first and second, the rookie center fielder was rewarded handsomely.

Sandy Alcantara was the pitcher who gave up the first home run to Rodriguez. But to be fair to Miami’s starter, it wasn’t a bad pitch. It was below the knees and on the inside corner…Rodriguez managed to get the barrel of the bat to the ball and muscle it out at 450 feet.

And the 21 year old muscled it out to here.


There is going to be moments of absolute frustration and agitation for the rookie this year. but home run No. 1 is on the board now and it also knocked in three runs to push Seattle’s lead out to five.

Not a bad day’s work.

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