Kris Bryant Makes His Major League Debut
By Jim Bochnowski in News on Apr 17, 2015 8:30PM
Kris Bryant— baseball savior, superman, hit machine— made his long-awaited debut today for the Chicago Cubs.
After putting first baseman Mike Olt on injured reserve for a broken wrist (the author suspect foul play, but actual facts may contradict me), the Cubs quickly called up the home run leader during Spring Training, reigning minor league player of the year and MVP of the Arizona Fall League two years ago. This move was not without slight controversy, as many believed that Bryant deserved to be a part of the Cubs during opening day. However, due to a specific provision in the collective bargaining agreement between MLB management and players, if the Cubs waited 12 days to call him up, he would remain under contract with the club through 2021 as opposed to 2020.
But he's here now and that's all that matters. The team quickly put him to work, starting him at third base and batting him fourth in the lineup in order to maximize his hitting ability (although he did strike out during his first at bat in the majors— better luck next time, Kris).
For a team that is currently leading its division, with a young core group of players and a fanbase that believes it can win right now, Kris Bryant might be just the thing to give hope to the North Side.