If there's one thing to look forward to in a rebuilding season, it's the emergence of young talent.
Orioles rookie Cedric Mullins became the first player in team history to collect three hits in his major league debut, with two doubles and a single in a 19-12 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 10 at Camden Yards.
Mullins, 23, became the 20th player with a multihit debut in team history — the first being Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson on Sept. 17, 1955.
As the game began, Adam Jones, who played right field so Mullins could play in center field, urged the rookie to lead the team out onto the field. Mullins balked at the idea.
“In all honesty, I thought he was messing with me,” Mullins said. “I was looking around, like, is the pitcher good? And all the players were saying, ‘Go, you’re leading it.’ I took their word for it. I went out on the field, and I took the scenic route, the long way around.”