Updated Jun 28, 2012 - 12:55 pm
Bauer's debut not the only anticipated Valley beginning
Since signing with Arizona, Bauer has dominated at three levels of the minor leagues, going 12-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 23 starts over the last two seasons.
Bauer makes his long-awaited MLB debut Thursday night when he faces the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
His debut is the latest in a long line of anticipated appearances in Valley sports history.
We've put together a slideshow of some of the other anticipated debuts in Phoenix sports history -- whether they worked out well or not.
- Eric Chavez announces retirement after 17 years in majors
- Arizona Diamondbacks take series from Cincinnati: By the Numbers
- D-backs GM Kevin Towers: If it makes our team better, we'll listen
- Diamondbacks shutout by Leake and co.: By The Numbers
- 5 Arizona Diamondbacks named among top 100 prospects by MLB.com
- Kevin Towers- D-backs GM - Wednesday July 30Kevin Towers talks about the trade deadline and the state of the youth in the organization.
- Kirk Gibson- Dbacks manager - Tuesday July 29What else can Major League Baseball do to enforce the blocking the plate rule?
- Keith Law, ESPN MLB Insider - Tuesday July 29ESPN MLB Insider Keith Law gauges the value in the D-backs’ potential trade pieces.
- Derrick Hall - D-backs president and CEO - Thursday July 24Derrick Hall talks about the approaching trade deadline.
- Bickley Blast - Wednesday July 23Kirk Gibson could be close to being a part of another miracle.
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday July 23D-backs GM Kevin Towers talks about the upcoming trade deadline.
- Kirk Gibson- D-backs Manager - Tuesday July 22Did the D-backs tell Brandon McCarthy not to throw his cutter?