Monday, August 30, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, August 30, 2021 -- "Call-ups"

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"When I began playing in Strat keeper leagues, September call-ups took on even greater importance. A top prospect called up for a month could get the 40 at-bats or 20 innings it took to earn a card and, in most of my leagues, a spot on the draft board. In an era before service-time consciousness, September was when Mike Piazza, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Juan Gonzalez and countless other superstars first reached the majors. No one worried about losing them seven seasons later. "