The greatest day of the year in my opnion is here -- Opening Day of Major League Baseball! And for the first time in quite a few years, every one of the teams will be starting their season on the same day.

Yeah, I know it's not quite "America's Pastime" anymore, but it's still loved by millions.

I was checking out some of the teams' Opening Day rosters to see who made it and who didn't. In doing so I noticed some familiar names with equally familiar hometowns next to them.

That got me wondering: "How many Louisiana natives are actually in the Big Leagues?"

The answer kind of surprised me. There aren't many.

The minor leagues are a different story, but for this list, we'll just include the Big Leaguers.

So here you go, Major League baseball players who are from the great state of Louisiana that are starting the season with a MLB team. (Click on a player's name to get their full profile including stats.)

 

 

  • 1

    Wade LeBlanc

    Seattle Mariners

    Hometown: Lake Charles
    College: Alabama
    Position: Relief Pitcher
    Age: 33

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  • 2

    Seth Lugo

    New York Mets

    Hometown: Shreveport
    College: Centenary
    Position: Starting Pitcher
    Age: 28

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  • 3

    Mikie Mahtook

    Detroit Tigers

    Hometown: Lafayette
    College: LSU
    Position: Outfielder
    Age: 28

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  • 4

    Aaron Nola

    Philadelphia Phillies

    Hometown: Baton Rouge
    College: LSU
    Position: Starting Pitcher
    Age: 24

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  • 5

    Taijuan Walker

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Hometown: Shreveport
    College: None
    Position: Starting Pitcher
    Age: 25

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