There’s no way the players’ union is going to let baseball make too many maneuvers with Sept. 1 callups, which are clearly one of the most bizarre longtime traditions in professional sports and getting attacked more and more each year. Seriously now, you play with one set of rules for the whole season — that being a 25-man roster — and then things change for the most important month? It’s terrible. One team can’t have 38 guys and be playing against another team with, say, 29 but it happens every season and can impact pennant races. Still, I get that the union is never going to allow anything to happen to jobs and big-league money. Fair enough. But what the union can do in its next negotiation is make a move to put a stop to the farce that’s centering on service time. We’ve had a firsthand look at it for the last month. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a major-league player right now. At age 19. By any metric you want. By any eye test — including a defensive game far better than it was advertised when he arrived to join the Bisons from Double-A New Hampshire. But he’s not… Read full this story
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