Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Nick Stavanoha Breaks into Majors

Former LSU outfielder Nick Stavinoha made his major league debut Sunday night in Boston as he was the designated hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 5-3 interleague loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Stavinoha was 1-for-6 at the plate in his first MLB game.
Stavinoha played at LSU in 2004 and 2005, earning second-team All-SEC recognition in 2005 when he batted .370 with 23 doubles, one triple, 18 homers and 65 RBI.
Stavinoha, a native of Houston, was the Cardinals’ seventh-round draft pick in June 2005. He is the second former LSU player to make his major league debut this season, joining pitcher Greg Smith of the Oakland Athletics.
LSU has produced 43 MLB players since 1985, including 23 pitchers and 20 position players.
The Tigers have had at least one former player make his MLB debut in each of the past 18 seasons (1991-2008).

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