Who had Austin Barnes as the first homerun on their Dodgers bingo card? The answer is probably not many. But Barnes took a pitch from German Marquez way deep to left field, finally landing somewhere at the top of the pavilion. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, that was their only real offense on Marquez in the loss.
But that homerun put Barnes in a special place for Opening Weekend. The Dodgers catcher had the third-longest homerun of any player in baseball to start the season. That ball landed 453 feet away, putting him just behind the Twins’ Carlos Correa who hit one 458 feet.
These sluggers hit the longest HR during Opening Weekend ?
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 11, 2022
Pretty remarkable for a guy that isn’t known for hitting a ton of homeruns. Barnes hit 6 homeruns in 77 games last year, the most long balls he has hit since the 2017 season when he hit 8 in 102 games. Sure, he got a little bit of help from the high altitude of Coors Field. But Barnes got all of that one off of Marquez.
Up next, the Dodgers head out to Minnesota to take on the Twins. Weather permitting, Andrew Heaney and Clayton Kershaw should be getting the starts in the mini-series. They’ll be looking to get back on track following a series loss to the Rockies.
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