The area around first base at the Indians' spring training camp next March could be very cluttered.…
Kouzmanoff Makes History With First Swing
No other player, of the thousands who have appeared in a major-league baseball game, ever did what Kouzmanoff did -- hit the very first pitch he saw in his career for a grand slam. Only two others ever hit a grand slam in their first at-bat -- Florida's Jeremy Hermida last year and the Phillies' Bill Duggleby way back in 1898. The only other player to hit a grand slam in his first big-league game was the late Bobby Bonds in 1968 for the Giants. "That's pretty cool," Kouzmanoff told reporters. The last Indians player to hit a homer in his first big-league at-bat was Jay Bell in 1986 -- ironically off the player for whom he had been traded by Minnesota to Cleveland -- Bert Blyleven. The last Indians player whose first big-league homer was a grand slam was Buddy Bell, off Baltimore's Eddie Watt in 1972. But that was in Bell's sixth career game. Tribe pitcher Steve Dunning hit a grand slam for his first big-league homer in 1971, but that was in his second season. Outfielder and future...
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