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  • Mascott
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    John Bateman was the starting catcher for Houston in the first game at the Astrodome and for Montreal in the opening game at Parc Jarry. He was also the starting backstop for the Expos in the first game at Veterans Stadium.

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  • ian2813
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    Originally posted by Seattle1 View Post
    What about Safeco Field?
    Safeco Field debuted on July 15, 1999. One of the then-Mariners was Jose Mesa, who was also part of the Orioles when Oriole Park at Camden Yards debuted, and the Indians when Jacobs Field debuted.

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  • Seattle1
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    What about Safeco Field?

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  • Trivia Guy
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    Fun fact.....................

    Michael Tucker hit the first home run at two ballparks.

    Atlanta’s Turner Field against Chicago’s Kevin Foster on April 4, 1997, and Milwaukee’s Miller Park against Jeff D’Amico on April 6, 2001.

    He also got the last hit at Milwaukee’s County Stadium on September 28, 2000, an eighth-inning infield single against Juan Acevedo.

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  • ian2813
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    Should it only count if a team that previously existed moved into a ballpark that was brand new at the time?

    What about expansion teams who debuted with brand new stadiums like the Diamondbacks?

    What if a team moved to a ballpark that they were now sharing with another team, like the Yankees in the Polo Grounds, or the Phillies in Shibe Park?

    What about teams playing their first games in stadiums that were previously used by other major league clubs (Mets in the Polo Grounds, Brewers in County Stadium) minor league clubs (Colt Stadium, LA Wrigley Field, Seals Stadium) or for other sports (Mile High Stadium, Joe Robbie Stadium)?

    Tropicana Field had been around for several years before the Devil Rays finally moved in, so it wasn't exactly brand new when it finally had a team playing in it. Would an original member of the D-Rays count?

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  • Mascott
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    Here are two interesting items concerning new ballparks. Barry Larkin was the first batter ever at PNC Park and Miller Park. He did this just a few days apart back in 2001. Mark Mulder hit the only home run of his career in the first game of Busch Stadium III in 2006.

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  • SteveJRogers
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    Originally posted by jtur88 View Post
    Was anybody with the Marlins for the opening in 2005 of Dolphins Park, and then the opening of Land Shark Stadium, Sun Life Stadium and Marlins Park?
    Are you trying to be funny? Name changes of a stadium obviously do not count.

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  • jtur88
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    Was anybody with the Marlins for the opening in 2005 of Dolphins Park, and then the opening of Land Shark Stadium, Sun Life Stadium and Marlins Park?

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  • ian2813
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    Jim Thome was a member of the home team for the debuts of Jacobs Field, Citizens Bank Park and Target Field.

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  • Jackaroo Dave
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    Originally posted by SteveJRogers View Post
    Didn't think about the same franchise, so touche.
    Not trying to be a smarty pants; he's just the only one I know.

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  • SteveJRogers
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    Originally posted by Jackaroo Dave View Post
    Eddie Mathews was with the Braves when they opened in Milwaukie and Atlanta.
    Didn't think about the same franchise, so touche.

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  • StanTheMan
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    Red Shoendeinst Busch Stadium and Busch Stadium.

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  • Jackaroo Dave
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    Eddie Mathews was with the Braves when they opened in Milwaukie and Atlanta.

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  • Being on the home team on two, or more, stadium openers.

    Just occurred to me that Jose Reyes has now been part of two different home teams christening new stadiums.

    Both much maligned but that's for another part of this site! But he was a Met in 2009 when Citi Field opened, and a Marlin for Opening Day at the Marlins new stadium.

    Made me wonder whom else is in that club. Is it larger now due to the rise of excessive player movement?

    BTW, this only counts for players that were on the roster the day their stadiums opened, not a player that had been acquired later in that season.

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