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Richardson makes the Majors

Sept. 4, 2011

It didn't take long for Antoan Richardson to collect his first Major League hit after being called up by the Atlanta Braves.

In fact, it just took one pitch.

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The former Commodore was inserted as a pinch hitter and lined the first offering from Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw to right field for a single in the fifth inning at Turner Field Sunday afternoon (Watch Video).

"It got in on me a little bit, but I was able to bleed it over the second baseman's head," Richardson told following the Braves' 4-3 win over the Dodgers. "I thought he had a chance [to catch it], but I had my fingers crossed as I was heading to first base."

Richardson received word of his promotion Saturday night from Double-A Mississippi manager Rocket Wheeler, who first said he was being sent to Triple-A Gwinnett at 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Wheeler couldn't keep the surprise quiet for long and let Richardson know he'd be joining the Braves instead.

Richardson, 27, has patiently climbed his way through the minor leagues since being drafted in the 35th round by San Francisco in 2005. He was batting .283 with 64 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in Double-A this season.

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Richardson played two seasons for Vanderbilt (2004-2005). The 5'8 outfielder immediately became a fan favorite at Hawkins Field for his blazing speed, hustle, and acrobatic defensive plays. He also played a key role on the Commodores' first-ever Super Regional team in 2004. He finished his Vanderbilt career with 50 stolen bases.

Richardson is one of four Commodores currently on a Major League roster joining Braves teammate Mike Minor, Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, and New York Mets outfielder Mike Baxter.

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