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"So what we’re seeing isn’t new, but a reversion to the best practices of the 1970s and 1980s. The game has changed in ways that advantage young players over old ones, and those young players are more advanced than they have ever been before. A change to the CBA altered the risk/reward of starting the season with your best prospects in the majors, and in doing so made it less costly to call them up the prior season. The expanded playoffs gave teams all the more reason to focus on the current season by calling up young players to win games now."