September Call Ups – A "Thank You"
I finally have another chance to write. To share some of my thoughts. It has been one crazy Summer. In the midst of it all I got an opportunity to join this community and I can’t say thank you enough for welcoming me to it. I used my writing as a way to draw my attention away from studying for the bar when I needed an absolute break. Well, thank you. It was helpful, I passed the NC Bar, first try. Thanks for reading my stress relief and helping me stay sane by discussing something I love with others who are just as, if not more, passionate. I promise I will tie this in.
With all the yucky lovey-dovey thank yous out of the way let’s get to the Chicago Cubs.
So here is what has been the burning thought on my mind recently. September call-ups- are they a thank you or are they a try out?
The Thank You-
During September you see a lot of guys get the call who have worked their butts off in the Minors all season; most who have toiled their for quiet a while. At times you will see the prospect for the proverbial “cup of coffee” but mostly it some of the older minor leaguers in a kind of see-what-you-got-left deal. I wouldn’t say this is really the try-out, this is more of a thank you. A reaching out to some of the folks who hung around and took a little stress off. The guys that were always there just-in-case. Well, for the most part that scenario didn’t pop up and their was no reward during the season. So here comes September. Let’s call it Christmas in September for the career minor leaguer.
I believe in and understand the role of September expanded rosters. It gives some of the veterans a chance for a breathier and allows for teams in contention to really try to make a one last ditch effort for a push to the playoffs. Cool. I get it and like it. I even like the idea of the thank you; most years. Not this year. Show me prospects. Show me something juicy. I have waited impatiently all season whilst a minor league team was passed off for major market professional baseball team. So no thank you to the thank you. Give me the other alternative.
Current “Thank You” Callups- JC Boscan, Donnie Murphy (although he did come earlier), Darnell McDonald, Brian Bogusevic
The Try Out-
This is what September is about when your team has looked like a pile of dog excrement in one way or another for the majority of the season. Don’t get me around there is a lot of promise on the horizon. Unfortunately, my MLB.TV subscription that I paid for this year doesn’t offer rain-checks for when the team takes off. So here is to the future. Cheers. Now put some of them on the field. I like the influx of young arms brought up. I like acquisition of Daniel Bard although we won’t see him this year. I can even understand the Scott Baker call-up (although worse case scenario I see us paying him 5 million to rehab all season and he signs with someone else in the off season). Alberto Cabrera should be pitching. Justin Grimm should be pitching. The same for Rosscup and Chang-Yom Lim. So why am I complaining? Mostly because as my wife will tell you, that is what I do. I am a pie in the sky type of guy. I just wished everyone else was.
Here’s my pie in the sky. Mike Olt seeing a little time. Josh Vitters playing a little outfield (if he was healthy). Heck, show me some Szczur. I know that last one is a stretch. Bring them up and let them travel; see what the life is like. Let them watch the top tier guys as they go through the hardest of the grind day in and day out. Give them a big league at bat against a really scary pitcher. Why not? Who is going to lose playing time that it is significantly going to affect their development? No one (that was an easy answer).
The way I see it “Try Outs” are better than “Thank Yous”. Give me more prospect, less last hoorahs.