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.
- ESPN analyst Kurkjian: Arizona Diamondbacks 'not doing anything right'
- D-backs' Derrick Hall: Losses mounting because players are pressing
- D-backs prospect Archie Bradley struggles in latest start
- D-backs president: 'It's far too early to say' Gibson and Towers are in jeopardy of losing jobs
- D-backs swept by Mets; end winless homestand
- Tim Kurkjian, ESPN MLB Insider - Thursday April 17Tim Kurkjian talks about the Diamondbacks' tough start to the season.
- Bickley Blast - Thursday April 17Bickley blasts Kevin Towers' philosophy and the need for an analytics GM.
- Derrick Hall, D-backs President and CEO - Thursday April 17Is it too early to make a change?
- Kevin Towers, D-backs GM - Wednesday April 16Can the D-backs weather the storm?
- Jay Franklin, Archie Bradley's agent - Tuesday April 15Archie Bradley's agent clarifies his comments he made while talking to Ken Rosenthal.
- Mike Bolsinger, D-backs pitcher - Tuesday April 15D-backs pitcher Mike Bolsinger talks about his MLB debut.
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday April 15D-backs manager Kirk Gibson talks about the team's pitching woes.