Top prospect Dansby Swanson starts his big league career this evening. So we take a look at the debuts of a few other notable Bravos of recent years. In no particular order:
- Jeff Francoeur, July 7, 2005: 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 9-4 win over the Cubs at Turner Field. Frenchy’s blast, of course, set off much rejoicing. It came in the 8th inning with the home nine leading 5-4.
- Jason Heyward, April 5, 2010: 2-for-5 with 4 RBI including a 3-run BOMB in his first AB. Of course, the Bravos eviscerated the little bears 16-5 that afternoon. J-Hey’s first time at bat was one of the most electrifying moments in the short history of Turner Field.
- Brian McCann, June 10, 2005: 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in a 6-4 loss to Oakland at home. McCann was intentionally walked in his first big league game, which has to be a rarity. He singled home Adam LaRoche in his first plate appearance.
- Tommy Hanson, June 7, 2009: 6 IP, 6 ER in an 8-7 win over Milwaukee, also at Turner Field. McCann, McLouth and Yunel had run-scoring hits in the decisive 8th inning. It’s easy to forget what a highly touted prospect Hanson was. RIP, Tommy.
- Andruw Jones, August 15, 1996, or 20 years and 2 days ago. Andruw went 1-for-5, with an RBI single off Curt Schilling his first time up. He hit second and played right field that night, in an 8-5 win at the Vet in Philly. Andruw made a smashing debut at FulCo the next evening with a homer and a triple.
- Chipper Jones, Sept. 11, 1993 in San Diego. Chipper didn’t get an at-bat until three days later, singling in his only time up as a pinch hitter in a 10-3 win over the Reds. A September call-up in ’93, Chipper was going to start in left field in 1994, and was having a big spring when he crumpled running to first in Fort Lauderdale against the Yankees.
- Tom Glavine, August 17, 1987 (29 years ago today. God, I’m old.) At the Astrodome, Tommy had what was probably one of the worst outings of his career: 3-2/3 innings, 10 hits, 5 walks and 6 earned runs allowed. Glav took the loss in an 11-2 drubbing. He was followed to the hill by Jim Acker, Rick Mahler and Joe Boever.
- John Smoltz, July 23, 1988 at Shea. Smoltzie pitched a beaut, going 8 innings, allowing one run and just four hits. He was the winner as the 33-62 Braves pummeled the first-place Mets 6-1. Third sacker Jim Morrison led the Bravos attack with a pair of RBI.