May 22, 2013 11:21 AM

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Baby girl has made it to home plate!

Nick and JoAnna Garcia Swisher welcomed their first child, daughter Emerson Jay Swisher, on Tuesday, May 21 in Cleveland, Ohio, the couple’s rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“We are overjoyed, blessed and so full of love that our daughter Emme has finally arrived,” the Swishers tell PEOPLE.

“She is healthy, beautiful and vibrant. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

The first baseman for the Cleveland Indians, 32, was put on the teams’ paternity list (mandatory one to three-days leave) Tuesday, revealing the happy news.

He and his actress wife, 33, announced in November that they were expecting a baby, later revealing to PEOPLE their upcoming arrival had the couple thinking pink.

“I am so excited. I never in a million years thought I’d have a little girl, but over the last six months, the pink and purple dresses that I’ve bought,” Swisher joked in an interview last week.

“My wife says, ‘You’re going to spoil that little girl so much.’ I talk to her every night. We’re only a couple weeks out now. Jo and I, we’re so excited to meet her and to bring her in the world and give her a whole heap of love. It’s that life-altering moment that I need. I’ve been cruising along. I’ve got a beautiful wife — she’s my best friend. I’ve got a great job and a beautiful home, and now it’s time to be a dad.”

“We’re so fortunate,” he adds. “We just want her to be healthy. I want her to be exactly like my wife.”
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