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Yasiel Puig & memorable Dodgers major league debuts

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A fun look at Dodgers records for major league debuts. Can Yasiel Puig match Garey Ingram or George Shuba?

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Yasiel Puig will make his major league debut on Monday, and the goosebumps on my arm are a good reminder that irrational exuberance both still exists and can be fun. After reading countless questions in my Twitter replies from impatient fans regarding either Puig's arrival or when he would move to third base, some of that fun was sucked away. But once the Dodgers announced the move on Sunday afternoon it was easy to revert back to spring training, when watching Puig was one of the most delightful and exciting things I have ever seen in baseball.

Puig doesn't necessarily have high expectations, unless one considers him the needed spark to turn an underachieving 23-32 team into a playoff squad. But there are two reasons why Puig doesn't have high expectations:

.251/.305/.335

.240/.330/.366

Those are the batting lines of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, respectively.

But, sometimes irrational expectations are fun, so let's look back at some notable Dodgers major league debuts. The last Dodger in his major league debut to...

Now the Dodgers MLB debut records:

  • Total bases: Offerman, six on Aug. 19, 1990
  • Hits: Casey Stengel, four, on Sep. 17, 1912
  • Stolen bases: One, by many; Adam Riggs was the last, on Aug. 7, 1997.

Six Dodgers have hit home runs in their first major league at-bat:

  • Clise Dudley, on Apr. 27, 1929
  • Gordon Slade, on May 24, 1930
  • Koy, on Apr. 19, 1938
  • Dan Bankhead, on Aug. 26, 1947
  • Offerman, on Aug. 19, 1990
  • Garey Ingram, on May 19, 1994