On this date in 2006, September call-up Kevin Kouzmanoff hit his first career home run for the Indians. It wasn't just his first career homer either, it was a grand slam that came on the first pitch he saw in his first big league plate appearance. Edinson Volquez, then of the Rangers, was the victim. Kouzmanoff joined Jeremy Hermida and Bill Duggelby as the only players in history to hit a grand slam in their first career at-bat. Daniel Nava has since joined the club.
These links won't have that kind of immediate impact, but they're definitely worth your time…
- 1 Blue Jays Way interviewed Blue Jays prospect Deck McGuire.
- Phoul Ballz spoke to Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle.
- U.S.S. Mariner mused about Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik and his new contract extension.
- Brotherly Glove broke down the Phillies 40-man roster.
- MLB Reports looked at the future of Adam Dunn.
- Giants Nirvana provided some thoughts about the recent moves the Giants made.
- Yankees Fans Unite says the Yankees improved their pitching by adding Russell Martin.
- Cream City Cables wrote about the experience and maturity of the Brewers.
- Twins Fan From Afar remembers the good old days of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau.
- Puckett's Pond looked at some recently departed Twins (part one, part two).
- Bleacher GM put together offseason previews for the Yankees and Red Sox.
- BK Sporting News wonders if Justin Verlander is the AL MVP.
- Meanwhile, MLB Dirt wonders why a pitcher can't win the MVP award.
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