In September, Major League Baseball rosters expand from 25 to 40, meaning that anyone on the team’s 40-man roster can play in September games. Historically, it’s been used a time for teams – particularly those out of the race – to call-up prospects and let the get their first taste of the big leagues.

The Cubs have a number of young players whom they could bring up in September, but it sounds like the one you probably want to see the most – outfielder, and top prospect, Brett Jackson – might not come up.

Mike Quade was recently asked about September call-ups, and the only two players he mentioned that he expects to see are pitcher Casey Coleman and 28-year-old first baseman Bryan LaHair.

“September is coming. If [Coleman]’s making progress and doing a good job, I expect to see him and expect to see him pitch some,” Quade said.

“I look at a guy like Bryan LaHair – what a year he’s having,” Quade continued. “He’s hit 30 home runs in Triple-A, and I’d expect to see him up here and take a look at him. He’s been doing a great job at Triple-A for years.”

Yes, LaHair is beating up on AAA pitching (as he has for years), but even if he comes up in September, does anyone truly believe Quade will give him regular starts over Carlos Pena if Pena is still around? Pfft. Quade, please (said like Ochocinco’s “child, please”).

But, I’m getting sidetracked. The real question is whether Brett Jackson will get a call-up. Quade was less than enthusiastic, in his garbled sort of Quade way.

“You can talk about the Jacksons and some of the other people we’re excited about, some of the younger players, but I’d like to see guys here who are ready to be here and ready to be taking a serious look at.” Yes. That makes plenty of sense when discussing a 23-year-old who’s destroying AAA.

While I would like to see Brett Jackson playing in Chicago, I could see reasons for waiting to let him make his debut in 2012 (aside from the ridiculous one espoused by Quade):

  1. Competition in September is not the same, so it may not prepare Jackson all that well for what it will really be like next year (see, e.g., Casey Coleman);
  2. Jackson would probably sit the bench anyway;
  3. Not calling him up lets Jackson rest a bit if he’s going to play in the prospect-heavy Arizona Fall League; and
  4. Not calling him up prevents Jackson’s arbitration clock from starting and saves an option year.

But, the biggest reason not to call Jackson up in September? Not calling up Jackson this season means he doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster before the Winter.

Why is that important?

The Cubs have a whole mess of kids they need to add to the 40-man roster this year to protect them from the Rule Five Draft (without going into the details (that’s for another day), the gist is: when guys have been in your system for several years, but haven’t been added to the 40-man roster yet, you risk losing them in the offseason).

Jackson – wh0 is not going to be eligible for the Rule Five Draft – is someone who is going to stay on the 40-man once added. So, if the Cubs add him in September, they won’t be able to shuffle him off in the offseason to open up another 40-man spot. And, while one spot may not sound like much, every spot represents a prospect the Cubs can ensure that they keep. It matters.

So, in total, as much as I might want to see Jackson now, it’s probably best in the long-run if the Cubs are patient.

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    Jeez… I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but Quade kinda sounds like an idiot.

    • Fishin Phil

      I swear he gets dumber every day. I was fine with letting him manage the rest of the lost season, but now he is actively standing in the way of the future. I think the axe needs to start swinging before the end of the month.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It’s been a steady decline. Perhaps the season is wearing on him.

  • Andrew

    And, according to Ace he “would probably probably sit the bench.” I know double-negatives cancel themselves out, but does a double-positive negate the statement? :) If so, I’m excited to see Brett Jackson not riding the bench with the Cubs in September.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ah… crud. Would you believe me if I said I was just being clever clever?

  • Jeff

    As much as I would like to see Brett Jackson in center at Wrigley, I don’t want him anywhere near Quade. He has proven over and over again that he is only concerned with right now and has absolutely no ability to plan for the future. He is in way over his head and it’s already August. I am not looking forward to him wasting another September of development and setting the franchise back even further.

  • Toosh

    Brett, what do you think Quade’s situation is? Is he a goner for sure?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      From my gut: If Hendry stays, Quade has a 60% chance of returning. If Hendry goes, Quade has a 2% chance of returning. Hendry has a 35% chance of returning.

      So, however that math works out.

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        21% that both Hendry and Quade are both around next year. 0.7% chance that Quade returns without Hendry.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          That sounds about right. My gut is as awesome as your calculator.

      • pfk

        If Hendry stays, how can Quade only be 60% sure of returning? It has to be 100%. Ricketts can’t let Hendry let go of yet another manager and hire a new one. He’s already exceeded the unwritten limit of a GM getting 2 managers.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I just think that, if Hendry stays (in his current job, with no one new over him), there will have to be a sacrificial lamb.

          • awesome

            yeah, DeJesus. i think Quade comes back with Jimmy.

  • RY

    i hope to hell dumbass qball is a goner. if he is back, i will lose all faith in the grey matter that ricketts possesses between the ears.

    • Toosh

      Agreed. Well, I hope you, and the Cubs, have a good afternoon. I’m off to go drinking. I mean pontooning.

      • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

        Careful of the Asian carp! I hear that they can jump out and *GASP* knock your cooler into the water.

        • Fishin Phil

          That would be a tragedy of epic proportions!

  • EQ

    Does anyone think that the Cubs will go after Riggleman again as manager? I’m not saying I’m endorsing that at all, just posing the question.

  • Matt Murton

    I never thought we’d find another manager who sounded as dumb on paper as Dusty “Don’t mind me as I rot away on the bench with this toothpick and have surprise buttsecks with Neifi Perez” Baker… Then came Michael Quade.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      I never though Dusty was dumb as much as I thought he was just frequently wrong. Quade, well… he has repeatedly demonstrated incompetence and ignorance.

  • dreese

    This is terrible! Good thing we sucks so people dont follow that cubs and read the kinds of things Qball says. I feel like a were-losing-so-im-going-to-blame-management-guy but the things that he says make no sense!

    • pfk

      Tsk, tsk. Its not “we sucks” its “we stinks.”

      • dreese

        I’m sorry pfk I guess I haven’t been spending enough time on BN then

        • pfk

          We have standards here. However, with enough beer, they are allowed to be broken. Smashed in fact.

          • pfk

            “We sucks” is for AAA ball. “We stinks” is for the “Show.”

    • auggie1955

      The name Qball cracks me up…..It’s very fitting though.

  • Spencer

    The bottom line is that Quade will not play young players over vets under any circumstances. I thought the whole point of trading Fukudome was to allow Colvin to play almost everyday, but Quade refuses to do that. Remember last Friday when Colvin hit that monster HR and went 1-3 with a walk? Then Quade didn’t play him the next day against a RHP. Yet Quade says he has to “earn it”. I guess that means going 4-4 every time he gets a spot start. Don’t expect any Sept. call up to get a lot of playing time.

  • Mike Foster

    Gentlemen, gentlemen, focus on something positive… it’s only 8 days and 2 hours till the Cubs bean Matt Holliday! Cheer up, surely Quade won’t let this one go by……

    • auggie1955

      Yeah, that should be interesting. Holliday really has it coming to him. I’m sure if Z pitches in that series he will take care of business.

    • pfk

      They need to call up a pitcher from Iowa for the first game for the series with the Cards. Have him nail Holliday and then enjoy the fireworks. Anybody remember the White Sox 1957 donnybrook against the Yankees? I watched that brawl on TV with Jack Brickhouse doing the coverage. One of baseball’s best brawls.

      • willis

        Paging Chris Carpenter…then there can be a Chris Carpenter V Chris Carpenter brawl. Now that would be something.

  • Cheryl

    With Quade, he probably will. The time to retalliate is past. I’d look for the Cardinals to push it even more since they think they can walk all over the cubs now.

  • Brody

    I might be wrong here, but I believe Brett Jackson hit the longest homerun thats ever been hit in Principal Park a day or two ago.

    • miggy80

      Brody Where did it land? I’ve scene some blast at principle park this year including Bill Hall just smash a line drive that was still rising as it when over the Cub club. I thought something exploded when he hit the ball. I bet it bounced off the old tressel bridge.

  • awesome

    having said that, he just said “Colvin won’t play everyday, he has to earn it”. didn’t Hendry say they traded Fukudome so Colvin can play everyday? who’s running this circus?

  • awesome

    has soriano earned the right to play everyday, this year?

  • Brody

    It tipped off the top of the signs above the right field scoreboard. I think it had the longest projected flight.

    • miggy80

      I think your talking about his second homerun on Sunday. The one that ended up landing on the blue Bell Bros. cooling tent. That was a heck of a shot.

  • Brian

    I agree that Jackson should stay in Triple-A. Everyone here knows that if he’s called up, he’s not going to play everyday because Quade, being the “I-want-to-please-everybody-but-only-players-with-big-contracts” type, is still going to start Soriano and Byrd. I see no good coming out of Jackson pinch hitting and spot starting for the rest of the season.

    Also, it boggles my mind just how extremely out of touch and delusional Quade is. Thinking the Nationals are “contenders”, making horrible in-game decisions (especially with pitchers), how he handles his players, etc. I’m just so amazed he still has a job.

  • gblan014

    This is kind of random (and off topic) but is there the slightest chance that the reason Ricketts will keep Hendry around for a while is because of Hendry’s alleged good relationship with Albert Pujols? In other words, does Ricketts think that Pujols is that much more likely to give the Cubs a good look come the winter if Hendry is still GM? What are your thoughts Brett?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Nah. I don’t think that would be a reason to keep Hendry around, mostly because I don’t believe their friendly relationship would be a reason Pujols would choose to leave St. Louis in favor of Chicago. The only thing that would convince him is a contract offer way over the one he gets from the Cardinals.

  • Toosh

    I’m not Brett but I believe Ricketts will maintain the status quo. Keep Kenney. Keep Hendry. Keep Quade. Keep making a profit on your investment.

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