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Angel Echevarria

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The start of anything new invariably comes with a flurry of firsts. Even after more than a century of professional baseball, the game still manages to surprise. For the origins of the Colorado Rockies in 1993, much is known about the charter members that helped record some of the important firsts: Eric Young Sr, Dante Bichette, Andrés Galarraga and David Nied. Perhaps the most interesting and improbable first was accomplished on this date in 1993 by a man whose career likeness is that of the fictional Crash Davis from the film Bull Durham. After eight years as a professional, Jim Tatum managed a cup of coffee with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1992 before being selected by the Rockies in the…

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