A new era of Major League Baseball began Monday, when Nationals rookie infielder Luis García became the first player born in the 2000s to hit a home run at the highest level.
García was born May 16, 2000. He was promoted to the majors last weekend after incumbent second baseman Starlin Castro broke his wrist. The youngest player in MLB, García needed just three games to drive in his first career homer.
Facing Atlanta Braves starter Touki Toussaint in the second inning, García pulled the ball over the fence in right-center field. Statcast tracked it at 410 feet.
The home run put Washington ahead 2-0 in the team’s first game against the Braves this season.