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Dodgers News: Emmet Sheehan Battles Nerves Ahead of Stellar Debut

Just a few days ago, Emmet Sheehan was called up to Triple-A after a strong season for Double-A Tulsa. Before he could even make a start for Oklahoma City, he got a call letting him know that he would be making his Major League debut with the Dodgers.

Going from Double-A to Triple-A can be hard enough but without any extra experience, it was his time to start in the show. With the Dodgers dealing with a ton of injuries, Sheehan was called upon and he proceeded to look unfazed by the pressure and had one of the best debuts we’ve seen in a long time

Going six innings and no hitting the San Francisco Giants in the process, Sheehan showed that he could find success on the mound in the big leagues. He stepped right into the Dodgers-Giants rivalry and just worked to try and get the win. Sheehan spoke about his debut and how he battled nerves all night.

“I was definitely really nervous the couple days leading up to it, but once I got out there, it all faded away,” Sheehan said. “I think after the first couple innings, realizing I can get outs here. … It was definitely a confidence builder, for sure.”


If that was Sheehan while nervous, imagine what he could do when he becomes more familiar with the big leagues. He seemed cool, confident and collected out there on the mound and it was special to watch. However, it was just another game for Sheehan and he executed his stuff to near perfection.

“I was just trying to go out there and make it the same game it is in Double-A, which it is. That’s what everyone told me to do,” Sheehan said. “To have the Dodgers fans and my family behind me here at the game, I couldn’t have asked for a better debut, besides a Dodgers win.”


Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get his first Major League victory as the bullpen blew the 4-0 lead but Sheehan showed that he may be the next player in the Dodgers youth movement. He got the attention of his teammates, such as outfielder Mookie Betts and showed out in front of the Dodgers faithful.

“It was super impressive,” Betts said. “You hear a lot, you see him on the Jumbotron when they talk about people in the Minor Leagues. For him to come up and have some success, I think that’s huge for his morale and huge for us. We need it.”


If Sheehan continues to produce like this, he could become a mainstay in the rotation. The Dodgers have been looking for consistent pitching all season long and if his debut is anything to speculate on, this could be the start to something great. Sheehan looked like he belonged on the big stage and manager Dave Roberts has already said that they will give him another start to see what he can do.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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