The Marlins have always thought John Baker could hit, and he's proving it so far. He drove in an important, ninth-inning run in San Diego on Wednesday with a sacrifice fly. And he popped a home run at Dodger Stadium on Thursday for his first big-league hit.
Baker became the 10th Marlin to homer for his first major league hit. The last to do it was pitcher Ricky Nolasco in 2006. The others: Jeremy Hermida (2005), Miguel Cabrera (2003), Amaury Garcia (1999), Alex Gonzalez (1998), Tony Saunders (1997), Charles Johnson (1994), Bob Natal (1993), and Mitch Lyden (1993).
Baker told me before the game that when he made his major league debut in San Diego yesterday, he was so nervous in his first at bat that he thought he "forgot how to walk when I was walking up to the plate."
Baker also wore a new look on Thursday. He said his wife made him shave his mustache.
"Maybe shaving it will help me get a hit today," he said.