2017 National 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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"You never forget your first hit in the Major Leagues. It was in my third at bat. That was kind of a relief. You could start off 0-for-34." - Ralph Kiner

2017 National League Debuts

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50
07-22-2017
23
76
08-01-2017
25
54
08-20-2017
25
15
06-29-2017
25
1
08-01-2017
20
17
04-11-2017
23
20
08-30-2017
28
61
08-08-2017
23
64
09-06-2017
21
67
08-23-2017
23
51
06-10-2017
23
50
08-01-2017
23
20
06-28-2017
23
43
09-08-2017
27
43
06-09-2017
28
8
05-13-2017
22
48
05-19-2017
26
36
09-03-2017
25
39
09-14-2017
22
21
06-22-2017
24
48
04-03-2017
25
58
06-23-2017
24
67
08-23-2017
24
54
04-06-2017
24
27
04-22-2017
24
50
04-07-2017
24
63
04-24-2017
25
30
08-27-2017
22
68
09-12-2017
28
36
09-20-2017
24
47
04-16-2017
23
41
06-29-2017
28
62
07-01-2017
23
32
04-06-2017
25
12
09-01-2017
26
49
08-27-2017
25
33
04-14-2017
23
29
04-14-2017
25
31
04-07-2017
23
1, 24
08-12-2017
22
49
04-06-2017
22
3
06-27-2017
26
35
04-25-2017
21
64
09-07-2017
23
59
09-02-2017
28
67
09-02-2017
27
65
07-30-2017
26
70
09-29-2017
25
58
07-24-2017
30
61
09-01-2017
21
55
09-01-2017
24
66
04-14-2017
24
50
07-08-2017
27
76
09-01-2017
25
39
04-11-2017
25
71
05-24-2017
26
20
06-11-2017
23
56
05-19-2017
30
71
06-10-2017
23
33
06-05-2017
23
56
09-15-2017
28
45
09-06-2017
26
53
08-04-2017
24
46
06-25-2017
27
43
09-02-2017
23
72
09-08-2017
24
64
07-27-2017
23
61
08-22-2017
25
77
09-13-2017
23
56
05-27-2017
26
35
09-02-2017
24
1
08-01-2017
21
51
04-08-2017
26
22
08-11-2017
22
28
08-26-2017
28
63
08-01-2017
23
64
09-12-2017
22
2
09-05-2017
22
17
08-10-2017
24
34
04-06-2017
25
59
04-28-2017
26
49
06-03-2017
25
55
06-24-2017
26
30
06-20-2017
26
51
05-31-2017
23
43
04-30-2017
24
53
08-22-2017
24
41
04-03-2017
27
46
07-29-2017
24
5
06-30-2017
23
64
04-30-2017
24
63
05-08-2017
24
47
07-28-2017
23
66
04-24-2017
24
61
04-26-2017
27
69
04-29-2017
27
64
04-18-2017
24
59
08-24-2017
27
37
06-10-2017
25
33
05-27-2017
23
17
04-03-2017
21
43
04-03-2017
22
64
05-25-2017
24
49
07-25-2017
26
88
06-11-2017
24
38
07-30-2017
25
63
07-24-2017
22
21
04-03-2017
20
22
09-18-2017
26
22
04-24-2017
21
59
06-22-2017
24
52
07-07-2017
24
67
09-05-2017
28
1
06-28-2017
29
63
06-24-2017
23
39
07-29-2017
28
54
09-05-2017
24
57
06-30-2017
25
53
06-02-2017
24
56
09-03-2017
21
48
07-25-2017
23
60
05-28-2017
26
11
05-28-2017
23
32
09-01-2017
21
77
08-19-2017
26
54
06-29-2017
26
65
08-25-2017
27
43
05-07-2017
21
41
09-05-2017
25
40
06-25-2017
26
70
07-15-2017
26
9
04-30-2017
24
23
07-30-2017
24
65
09-03-2017
23
14
09-07-2017
20
5
06-30-2017
26
45
07-23-2017
23
2017 National League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 2017 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Ray Jansen (four for five in his first game), Aubrey Epps (three for four in his first game) and Ed Irwin (two for three in his first game) all finished their career with lifetime batting averages which were greater than their career fielding percentages.

Rich Amaral spent nine seasons in the Minor Leagues and upon his callup he commented, "I've been to every baseball park in America, except those in the American and National League."

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