Former Springfield resident hits first home run in major league baseball


Miami Marlins’ Isan Diaz hits a home run in his major league debut during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (WWLP) – A former Springfield resident hit it out of the park for the Miami Marlins in their match-up against the New York Mets on Monday.

Isan Diaz hit his first home run in the big leagues on Monday at the top of the sixth. Diaz is originally from Puerto Rico, but moved to Springfield and played baseball for Central High School.

The 23-year-old hit his first major league home run against the New York Mets at Shea stadium. His home run was only one of two runs for Miami, who went on to lose the game six to two in New York. But Diaz’s family was happy to witness his first homer, as they cheered him on in the stands.

He’s from Puerto Rico, but grew up in Springfield and played for Central High School. Springfield’s New North Citizens Council CEO Jose Claudio is a family friend, who says Diaz and his father grew up with a love of the game.

Claudio told 22News, “He was a central kid, he grew up here, he went to school here, his father is really dedicated to baseball and what better way to play at Shea stadium and come up with his third-time at-bat, and hit a home run.”

His team ended up losing to the Mets, but his family was just happy to be there, to witness his first home run.

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