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Watch: After Shohei Ohtani New Japanese Addition Seiya Suzuki Smashes a Home Run in First Hit for Chicago Cubs

Published 04/04/2022, 12:53 PM EDT

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Outfielder Seiya Suzuki made the headlines as he hit a powerful home run on the very first hit for the Chicago Cubs. The Chicago Cubs faced the Seattle Mariners on March 31st, 2022, at Sloan Park, Arizona, where Suzuki hit his first Cubs hit out of the ballpark.

The Cubs ended up winning the game 8-5 after home runs by Cal Raleigh, Jose Caballero, Jarred Kelenic, Cesar Izturis Jr., and Riley Unroe for the Seattle Mariners. Meanwhile, Frank Schwindel, Jonathan Villar, Nico Hoerner, Nick Madrigal, Clint Frazier, Michael Hermosillo, and Seiya Suzuki scored home runs for the Chicago Cubs. 

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Seiya Suzuki describes his feeling after hitting his first home run

After the game, reporters interviewed Suzuki. His interpreter accompanied him, who helped the journalists translate Suzuki’s words. He was overwhelmed after hitting his first home run for the Chicago Cubs.

“The first two at-bat, my timing was off. So I just tried to get it better. Doing pretty well. I had some good contact tonight. No pressure at all. When you play in games, you want to have an excellent result,” stated Seiya Suzuki via his interpreter.

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Professional career 

In 2012, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp drafted Suzuki during the 2012 NPB Draft. Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) is a professional baseball tournament played in Japan. He was just 19 when he made his NPB debut on September 14th, 2013. Suzuki’s first NPB All-Star appearance was in 2016, after having an incredible season with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, followed by All-Star appearances in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Initially, Suzuki was made available to every MLB team by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, but it was put on hold because of the MLB 2021-22 lockout. Then on March 18th, 2022, the Chicago Cubs signed Seiya Suzuki for a 5-year deal which is reportedly between $85 million and $99.6 million.

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A new Shohei Ohtani in the making or an emerging superstar? All eyes are on Seiya Suzuki as analysts think that he will join the power-hitting list alongside Shohei Ohtani. 2022 Opening Day is on April 7th, 2022, as the Chicago Cubs will be facing the Milwaukee Bucks at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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Tanveer Deodhar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a degree in media and communication studies, young Tanveer is a sports enthusiast. With a varied interest, he is an ardent follower of MLB, NBA, NFL, and Formula 1.
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