2016 American League Debuts

Willie Mays played his first Major League game on May 25, 1951, and went 0-for-5 at the plate. He started his career 1-for-25 and told his manager, "I can't do it, Mr. Leo. You better bench me."

Casey Stengel played his first Major League game on July 27, 1912, and went 4-for-4 at the plate. He commented later in his life, "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression."

Both Mays and Stengel would continue their Major League careers down separate paths of greatness, but each still had to appear in that memorable first Major League game. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present what Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone once described as, "His first Major League debut."

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"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

2016 American League Debuts

2016 A.L. Rookies | 2016 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

64
07-04-2016
23
68
08-21-2016
25
58
07-17-2016
25
25
04-10-2016
28
67
09-20-2016
24
41
07-03-2016
27
23
04-04-2016
24
40
05-26-2016
28
40
08-02-2016
22
63
04-21-2016
25
41
04-17-2016
23
65, 43
04-26-2016
25
40
06-27-2016
26
65
09-02-2016
21
72
09-02-2016
27
12
06-10-2016
22
36
06-04-2016
26
60
06-11-2016
21
51
07-17-2016
22
67
09-01-2016
24
38
07-17-2016
24
64
05-20-2016
25
68
09-10-2016
28
61
09-01-2016
28
24
08-02-2016
23
66
06-14-2016
24
52
05-18-2016
25
65
07-08-2016
26
66
08-31-2016
27
9
07-16-2016
24
54
05-30-2016
24
50
07-02-2016
23
30
04-05-2016
24
62
09-24-2016
24
32
04-29-2016
23
40
08-30-2016
24
46
09-03-2016
25
50
07-04-2016
31
53
05-14-2016
26
2
07-25-2016
22
47
04-08-2016
25
10
08-21-2016
32
61
08-11-2016
23
35
08-12-2016
23
51
08-03-2016
29
16
05-17-2016
24
8, 19
05-18-2016
23
59
08-02-2016
23
63
09-08-2016
22
23
06-25-2016
23
62
09-03-2016
25
13
04-05-2016
25
60
09-12-2016
25
12
05-27-2016
27
61
09-09-2016
24
15
05-18-2016
27
63
05-18-2016
24
62
07-05-2016
25
64
07-31-2016
24
51
04-05-2016
24
57
09-02-2016
27
65
04-13-2016
22
30
09-10-2016
27
17
04-27-2016
21
60
06-11-2016
25
64
05-11-2016
26
49
08-20-2016
23
52
04-04-2016
29
55
04-14-2016
25
51
08-26-2016
27
26
08-13-2016
24
26
04-05-2016
23
50, 54
05-30-2016
29
85
04-08-2016
23
38, 64
05-06-2016
23
38, 57, 41, 39, 57
05-16-2016
24
61
08-26-2016
25
65
09-02-2016
23
99
08-13-2016
24
50, 57
05-16-2016
28
50
09-05-2016
23
45
09-07-2016
24
48
07-15-2016
24
55
04-29-2016
24
63
07-23-2016
25
67
06-11-2016
23
58
05-11-2016
27
22
09-12-2016
22
13
09-12-2016
22
47
06-25-2016
24
18
08-20-2016
24
68
07-05-2016
25
60
04-25-2016
27
64
05-08-2016
23
52
08-31-2016
26
53
08-27-2016
23
39
06-06-2016
22
5
07-29-2016
25
10
04-04-2016
33
25
06-18-2016
24
20
09-12-2016
23
49
07-07-2016
25
59
09-02-2016
31
52
05-26-2016
26
38
05-16-2016
26
9
09-22-2016
24
4
04-23-2016
23
50
05-24-2016
30
43
04-05-2016
32
51
05-13-2016
30
36, 31
05-23-2016
27
62
07-06-2016
22
30
04-10-2016
20
65
09-05-2016
21
63
04-11-2016
27
46
05-16-2016
26
30, 24
08-02-2016
26
31
04-08-2016
25
1
05-09-2016
25
50
09-03-2016
26
57
04-22-2016
25
2016 American League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 2016 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On April 13, 1954, Hank Aaron made his Major League debut and went 0-for-5. However, in his own autobiography Aaron wrote that he went 0-for-4.

Ted Cox made his Major League debut in 1977 with the Boston Red Sox and over two games on September 18 and 19, Cox went six for six before he made an out.

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