There are four former Mississippi State Bulldogs on opening day rosters in Major League Baseball.
They include Jonathan Papelbon with the Philadelphia Phillies, Kendal Graveman with the Oakland A’s, Tyler Moore with the Washington Nationals and Mitch Moreland with the Texas Rangers.
Buck Showalter is the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. He won AL Manager of the Year last season after leading the Orioles to the American League East championship.
This will be Papelbon’s 11th season in the big leagues. He has 325 career saves, 16th all-time and second among active players.
Graveman earned a spot in the A’s starting rotation after registering a 0.36 earned run average in spring training, lowest by any pitcher. He will get his first start Thursday against the Texas Rangers.
Graveman will more than likely face Moreland. He is listed as the Rangers’ starting designated hitter. He led Texas with three home runs during spring training. This will be his sixth season in the Rangers.
Moore, the older brother of current Bulldog Reid Humphreys, is the starting left fielder for the Nationals. He is in his fourth season at the highest level.