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Dodgers: Teammates Help Miguel Vargas Get His First MLB Home Run Ball Back

Miguel Vargas was bound to make waves in the major leagues the question was just as to when.

In 2017, the Dodgers signed the then 18-year-old to a minor league contract where he’s developed in the farm system for the past 5 years. After spending the majority of the summer with the Triple-AAA squad, the 22-year-old got his major league debut on August 3rd.

Since then, he’s spent the whole month of September with the Los Angeles team and has made 10 major league appearances (plus two in August). But this most recent one on Saturday night will go down as one of his most memorable moments.

The Home Run

After Will Smith and Trayce Thomspon had homered to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead over the Cardinals on Saturday night, Miguel Vargas wanted in on the action.

Watch the young prospect hit his first major league home run here:

Later in the game, he was even congratulated by one of his favorites who also had quite a monumental homerun just the night before. Talent recognizes talent.

After the game, the up-and-coming prospect had this to say about the special at bat:

“I wasn’t even looking (at the ball). I was just running the bases and I just heard everyone screaming. I didn’t know what to do…I mean, it was a lot of emotion. I don’t know what I did. I’m just trying to enjoy it and not think about what happened. I’m just trying to enjoy the moment.”

The Ball

After hitting the 390-foot homer in his home stadium the hunt to get the special ball back was on. Especially after the lucky fan who caught it had quite the reaction:

But in due fashion, Vargas’ teammates (Julio Urias, Cody Bellinger, and Mookie Betts) put together a pretty sweet exchange to give the fan a fair trade:

After the teams returned to the locker room, Vargas said he would be giving the ball to his mom joking that she would probably keep it in a safer spot than he would.

Congrats Miggy on the first of many more to come!

Kristilyn Hetherington

Kristilyn is a student at Azusa Pacific University pursuing a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration on sports. She worked for her high school newspaper as Editor in Chief for three years and has been working here since July 2022. She also works for the Sports Information Office at her college and has served as a Student-Athlete Representative for the Student Government at APU. She was recently inducted into the National Journalism Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha, and has written a few pieces for the school newspaper and magazine. She's an avid sports lover and is excited to continue growing and learning in this field.

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