Corporan will try to avoid "one-hit wonder" status
UPDATED on 5/17 — Thanks to reader David Schultz for remembering Chris Mabeus, a right-hander who pitched one game in 2006. I updated Mario’s note below. Still, Corporan is the only position player for now. He’d obviously like to change that.
As expected, the Brewers activated catcher Mike Rivera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Carlos Corporan back to Nashville. Corporan will have to work his way back to Milwaukee to avoid joining a group of “one-hit wonders.”
Mario Ziino, the Brewers’ unofficial historian sent along the following note this morning:
Carlos Corporan, for the time being, is a true one game wonder and the first position player among three to appear in just one Major League game solely as a member of the Brewers.
Corporan was called up by the Brewers from Triple-A Nashville on April 30 to replace catcher Mike Rivera, who went on the disabled list. Corporan made his Major League debut on May 6 at Cincinnati and collected a single in his only at bat. He was optioned to Nashville on May 14 when Rivera was activated.
He joins — for now — pitchers Mike Thomas (1995), Chris Mabeus (2006) and Chris Saenz (2004), who made only one big league appearance in their careers.
Thomas pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in an 8-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago on July 12, 1995. He was sent to the Minor Leagues after the game and released after the season. Thomas couldn’t hook up with another team and retired.
Mabeus appeared out of the bullpen on May 29, 2006 at Pittsburgh and couldn’t find the plate. He walked three batters, threw three wild pitches and was charged with four hits, including a homer, and four runs in 1 2/3 innings of a 13-4 Brewers loss. He later retired.
For Saenz, it was a memorable appearance. Summoned to the Brewers to fill a void in the starting rotation, Saenz took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 24, 2004 and earned a 3-1 victory by striking out seven batters in six innings at Miller Park. He allowed just a pair of hits and three walks. Following the game, Seanz, who jumped from Double-A Huntsville to make his big league debut, was sent back to the Minors. Two months later, he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, cutting short his career.
Current Brewers outfielder Corey Hart almost became the first position player on the list. Hart made his big league debut on May 25, 2004, pinch-hitting against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. He struck out, and didn’t get another chance for more than a year. Hart took his name off the list on Aug. 14, 2005 when he was summoned from Nashville for a second chance. This time he took full advantage of the opportunity, blasting a three-run home run to lead the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Reds at Miller Park.