Major League Baseball in September is an odd time of year. A handful of teams are competing for playoff berths. Most teams are wrapping up another disappointing year. But every team hazes their rookies. September callups are a highly anticipated time of year for every ball-club, regardless of the teams success that year.
For teams who are out of playoff contention, it gives the fans a chance to see what some of their top rookies can do against major league level talent. For teams who are jockeying for playoff spots, September callups provide some much needed depth.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced their rookies to dress up as cheerleaders. This included 28 year old Kenta Maeda whose status as a rookie is really a technicality as he pitched for seven seasons professionally in Japan.
The Atlanta Braves, however, had probably the most creative costumes of the season, making their rookies dress up as players from the movie “A League of their Own.” The Braves official twitter account even joined in on the fun.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 18, 2016