2018 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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"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

2018 National League Debuts

2018 N.L. Rookies | 2018 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

66
03-29-2018
34
65
07-02-2018
25
50
09-09-2018
25
13
04-25-2018
20
36
07-31-2018
20
63
04-21-2018
26
68
08-09-2018
25
67
08-09-2018
25
18
05-28-2018
23
61
07-03-2018
23
61
08-10-2018
25
40
05-01-2018
20
62
08-13-2018
22
72
08-20-2018
20
73
09-04-2018
22
13
04-21-2018
25
54
05-09-2018
27
57
07-11-2018
24
51
06-25-2018
23
63
08-19-2018
24
2
04-10-2018
25
4
05-22-2018
26
61
09-04-2018
24
12
04-26-2018
25
44
04-10-2018
25
57
08-04-2018
25
51
09-03-2018
24
49
04-12-2018
25
62
06-21-2018
24
56
04-22-2018
26
7, 1
07-21-2018
23
61
06-10-2018
25
63
09-09-2018
29
59
04-23-2018
26
30
06-10-2018
26
64
06-06-2018
21
77
06-01-2018
22
43
09-02-2018
26
44
08-15-2018
24
79
07-31-2018
28
77
04-19-2018
22
53
06-17-2018
25
57
05-10-2018
23
12
03-30-2018
24
49
06-30-2018
22
51
06-07-2018
25
63
04-02-2018
24
39
07-10-2018
23
26
04-16-2018
23
2
07-02-2018
28
51
05-13-2018
21
49
06-25-2018
25
46
04-17-2018
22
60
05-07-2018
24
47
07-10-2018
28
15
05-11-2018
23
70
09-04-2018
24
16
06-24-2018
26
68
07-24-2018
26
55
04-25-2018
24
63
05-30-2018
27
62
06-23-2018
24
73
08-17-2018
25
25
06-01-2018
24
54
06-20-2018
25
51
07-10-2018
22
58
05-07-2018
23
4
03-30-2018
23
55
07-26-2018
22
9
04-29-2018
23
29
05-30-2018
25
52
07-02-2018
25
57
09-11-2018
25
68
04-06-2018
25
49
04-29-2018
26
44
09-05-2018
24
51
08-01-2018
25
17
05-18-2018
23
27
08-16-2018
25
15
09-02-2018
24
54
04-12-2018
25
65
06-02-2018
22
90
03-29-2018
27
8
05-04-2018
22
60
08-08-2018
24
46
04-24-2018
22
62
06-01-2018
24
37
03-30-2018
24
53
03-30-2018
33
63
08-10-2018
22
32
05-14-2018
22
66
06-24-2018
28
9
08-28-2018
21
40
08-31-2018
25
57
09-14-2018
26
58
08-07-2018
24
46
09-08-2018
23
38
04-10-2018
24
62
07-08-2018
28
6
07-08-2018
24
16
08-31-2018
25
57
05-29-2018
25
26
08-31-2018
24
62
04-28-2018
25
59
04-11-2018
25
28
08-08-2018
25
68
06-02-2018
24
49
03-29-2018
21
43
07-28-2018
23
34
03-29-2018
23
41
04-19-2018
22
62
07-23-2018
63
09-23-2018
22
21
08-12-2018
26
52
08-02-2018
26
61
09-05-2018
26
68
06-03-2018
24
22
05-15-2018
19
51
05-01-2018
26
50
07-14-2018
26
53
09-02-2018
25
2018 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 2018 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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."

Did you know that on September 27, 1963 the Houston Colt .45s fielded an all-rookie lineup that included future stars Joe Morgan , Jerry Grote , and Rusty Staub ?

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