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Memorable September call-ups

ERIC GAGNE Before capturing the Cy Young award

ERIC GAGNE
Before capturing the Cy Young award as a closer in 2003, Eric Gagne started five games for the Dodgers during September 1999 and was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings.
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The expansions of MLB rosters during September - a subject of recent debate - provide opportunity for talented prospects to showcase their worth. We take a look back at some of the more memorable September call-ups, defined here as players that made their major league debuts during the month.

DARIC BARTON Daric Barton reached base safely in
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DARIC BARTON
Daric Barton reached base safely in all 18 games that followed his debut for the Oakland A's during September 2007. He earned the starting first baseman job the next spring but later lost it and ended up back in the minor leagues.

JOSH BECKETT Before the World Series rings, All-Star
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JOSH BECKETT
Before the World Series rings, All-Star Gamesfried chicken, Beckett proved his worth in September 2001 when he allowed just four earned runs and registered 24 strikeouts in as many innings for the Florida Marlins.

TIM BELCHER Tim Belcher, who would become a
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TIM BELCHER
Tim Belcher, who would become a 14-year MLB veteran, impressed once the Dodgers called him up in September 1987. The right-hander had a 2.38 ERA through 34 innings and finished third the following season in Rookie of the Year voting.

GARY CARTER Gary Carter's Hall of Fame career
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GARY CARTER
Gary Carter's Hall of Fame career started with a productive September 1974 call-up with the Montreal Expos. His 11-for-27month set a precedent that led to second place in the Rookie of the Year balloting the next year.

WADE DAVIS The Rays filled a hole in
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WADE DAVIS
The Rays filled a hole in their starting rotation by calling up Davis in September 2009. Davis started six games and kept his ERA below 4.00.

J.D. DREW An outfielder with the words
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J.D. DREW
An outfielder with the words "potential" but also "injury-risk" attached to him throughout his career, Drew lived up to expectations and created better ones during his September 1998 stint. In just 14 games, Drew belted five home runs and drove in 13 runs for the Cardinals.

ERIC GAGNE Before capturing the Cy Young award
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ERIC GAGNE
Before capturing the Cy Young award as a closer in 2003, Eric Gagne started five games for the Dodgers during September 1999 and was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings.

DILLON GEE During an otherwise irrelevant September 2010
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DILLON GEE
During an otherwise irrelevant September 2010 for the Mets, Dillon Gee debuted and started five games, posting a 2.18 ERA through 33 innings.

DWAYNE HOSEY Hosey's career only consisted of two
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DWAYNE HOSEY
Hosey's career only consisted of two MLB seasons, but in September 1995, he batted .338 and slugged .618 through 77 plate appearances as the Red Sox won the American League East.

FRED LYNN Fred Lynn won the AL Rookie
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FRED LYNN
Fred Lynn won the AL Rookie of the Year, MVP and Gold Glove Award in 1975. He was also an All-Star that season, all foreshadowed by his September of 1974 when he went 18-for-43 with 10 RBIs.

MATT MOORE The Rays promoted left-hander Matt Moore
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MATT MOORE
The Rays promoted left-hander Matt Moore on Sept. 12, 2011. Less than three weeks later, he started his second career game, this time in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers, and tossed seven scoreless innings.

CHRIS PARMELEE A rare highlight for the Minnesota
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CHRIS PARMELEE
A rare highlight for the Minnesota Twins in September 2011, Parmalee slugged four home runs, drove in 14 runs and batted .355 in 76 at-bats. Despite Parmelee's initial success, he has struggled to keep his average above .200in 2012.

DAVID PRICE Although Price debuted on Sept. 14,
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DAVID PRICE
Although Price debuted on Sept. 14, 2008 in a game against the Yankees, he earned a post-season win and two post-season saves before he notched his first regular season career victory.

FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ Rodriguez jumped onto the scene for
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FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ
Rodriguez jumped onto the scene for the Angels' World Series run during 2002 after he made his debut on Sept. 18. Despite only pitching in five games for the Angels, the team placed him on its postseason roster. “K-Rod” helped pitch the Angels past the Yankees and Giants by earning victories in both series.

FERNANDO VALENZUELA Fernando Valenzuela's 17.2 scoreless innings after
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FERNANDO VALENZUELA
Fernando Valenzuela's 17.2 scoreless innings after his September call-up in 1980 foreshadowed a rookie season in 1981 that saw him capture Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors, and a World Series title with the Dodgers.

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