Once upon a time (2002-05), I covered the New York Mets and spent a decent amount of time around Bobby Valentine.
Bobby V is an interesting guy who has a lot of unique theories about baseball. One of them regarded expanding the rosters in September.
His point was this: Teams play all season with 25 men. Then the most important games of the season come along and you can add 15 players? How does that make sense?
Some players are legit prospects; others are journeymen scrubs. But having expanded rosters changes how games are played. You can pull a starter quicker, pinch hit or pinch run more often, etc. The integrity of the game is lost, at least a little.
Bobby’s idea was that the rosters should be expanded in April, when teams really need the extra bodies. This would give clubs a chance to see what they have. Then come May 1, cut down to 25 for the rest of the season.
I thought it was crazy at first. But when you think about it, it makes sense.
OK, off to the Trop. Check back later for the lineups. Yankees go for the sweep tonight with Darrell Rasner against Scott Kazmir. Boston is off today; the Twins are at the Jays.