Detroit Tigers: The 3 best September call-ups and moments

NEW YORK - CIRCA 1978: Lance Parrish #13 of the Detroit Tigers in action against the New York Yankees during an Major League baseball game circa 1978 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Parrish played for the Tigers from 1977-86. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - CIRCA 1978: Lance Parrish #13 of the Detroit Tigers in action against the New York Yankees during an Major League baseball game circa 1978 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Parrish played for the Tigers from 1977-86. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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As today is September 1st, all MLB rosters expand to 28 players. We look back at a simpler time when rosters would expand to 40 players and what Detroit Tigers September call-ups and moments stand out.

The days of the Detroit Tigers dugout filled with players from their 40-man roster are gone. The September call-ups this year are Niko Goodrum and Wily Peralta coming back off the IL.  So none of the future prospects will be seeing Detroit anytime soon since Riley Greene, Spencer Torkelson, and Ryan Kreidler are not currently on the 40-man roster however, that will change in the off-season.

What will be interesting with the recent changes in management, this 40-man roster may take a different look come the same time next year. Manager AJ Hinch and his staff have had time to figure out who they like and who fits their mold.

You can see based on the last few months the progression of pitchers, thanks to pitching coach Chris Fetter and the Director of Pitching Development, Dan Hubbs. Peralta was also added to the 40-man roster a few months back and has been a pleasant surprise to the rotation.

Even on the hitters’ side, guys like Eric Haase, who was not on the 40-man roster until May 10 when Grayson Greiner hit the IL. From there, the Tigers purchased his contract from Toledo and he never looked back.

During Detroit’s competitive windows between managers Jim Leyland and Sparky Anderson, looking around those rosters around the first of September brought out a few surprises that provided be impactful not only in the future but in one case, one assisted in a big moment that helped the Tigers go to the post-season.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the players who made a strong debut in September in the stats department. For this exercise, we went back from 1960 to the present day.

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