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Oscar Taveras batting sixth and playing right field in MLB debut

May 31, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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It’s official. The Cardinals have recalled top prospect outfielder Oscar Taveras from Triple-A Memphis. He’ll take the roster spot of Matt Adams, who was placed on the disabled list with left calf tightness.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Taveras will bat sixth in his major league debut this afternoon against the Giants. While he has made most of his starts in center field at the Triple-A level this year, he’ll play right field today.

Taveras, considered by many to be the best pure hitter in the minors, was batting .325/.373/.424 with seven home runs and 40 RBI through 49 games in Triple-A this year. The 21-year-old likely would have been in the majors by now if it wasn’t for his ankle injury last season, but the long wait is over. And the Cardinals just got more interesting.

  1. bronco58lb - May 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I love how a highly touted prospect now gets a thunderous standing ovation in his first major league at-bat at home. It goes all down hill from here, Oscar. Even the mighty Mike Schmidt and Derek Jeter eventually got booed at home.

    • paperlions - May 31, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Well, see. It wasn’t all down hill from there.

      2nd AB: HR

      Standing O until he came back out of the dugout (pushed that way by team mates) for a hat tip.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Funny stuff Bronco.
      We aren’t talking about Philly or New York (or Boston or Chicago for that matter).
      I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen and/or heard St. Louis fans boo one of their own.

  2. Carl Hancock - May 31, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    You’ve never been to a game in St. Louis then. Booing your own players happens all the time in New York, Boston, etc. I can tell you the first time Pujols ever got booed was his first season in Anaheim. Getting booed at home in St. Louis isn’t something Oscar has to worry about.

    • yahmule - May 31, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      They booed the skin off Ryan Franklin.

      • paperlions - May 31, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Yeah, Cardinal fans will boo people. In some cases, like Franklin, they weren’t booing him per se, they (I was booing too, just not at the stadium) were booing the decision to keep throwing him out there in save situations when it was obvious that he had nothing left….that booing has happened to a number of guys when the manager insists on putting him in situations to blow the game when he’s already blown many in a row.

        Cardinal fans will also boo home players that don’t try, home players that flip off the crowd, and home players that make a lot of errors or bone headed plays. Compared to most places, it is harder to be booed by your home town fans…but far from impossible.

  3. beepbeepbeeplgb - May 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Lol yeah, it seems the only players that really get booed are closers. Jason Isringhausen, Ryan Franklin, Mitchell Boggs.

  4. phillysports1 - May 31, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Taveras home run second career at bat. Talent !!!!!

    • cohnjusack - May 31, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      “pffft…whatever” — Keith McDonald

  5. yahmule - May 31, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    This guy is gonna be a lot of fun.


  6. perryt200 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    I sincerely wish we could get an honest poll from a few players about where the best place to play is.

    Beltran, Freese, Berkman, Pujols, Schmaker, omg there is a 100 more.

    but of course we won’t

    Selig is keeping them by fear of death from telling people what we already know. Cards fans are the best in baseball.

    • jwbiii - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Sounds like a job for Bernie Miklasz.

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