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Written by Matthew Coller   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 21:43

MLB Postseason

I always think of Bull Durham when I think September call-ups. Crash Davis’s famous “The Show” speech. Davis says: “Yeah, I was in the show once, for 21 days. The greatest 21 days of my life. You know, you never handle your own luggage in The Show, somebody else carries your bags. You hit white balls for batting practice. The ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels all have room service and the women have long legs and brains.”

These days, September call-ups aren’t as wide-eyed as Davis’s character. In fact, many of them are playing in the ultimate show, the MLB Playoffs. Perhaps the most famous September call-up success story was in 2002, when the Angels called upon Francisco Rodriguez as a set up man for closer Troy Percivil after pitching just five regular season games. In the post season, he went 5-1 in 11 games and struck out 28. This post-season, several players made the cut after spending the entire year in Triple-A. Here they are:

Anaheim Angels:

  • C Bobby Wilson:

AAA Stats: 98 games, .271 avg. eight home runs 55 RBI

  • OF Reggie Willits:

AAA Stats: 62 games .261 avg. one home run 27 RBI, 11 stolen bases

Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • RHP Scott Elbert:

AAA Stats: 7 starts, 2-1, 3.74 ERA 38 strikeouts in 34 innings

New York Yankees:

  • Francisco Cervelli

AAA stats: 21 games, .275 avg. one home run, seven RBI


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