When September rolls around, it means Labor Day and the end of summer. Kids are heading back to school, and for baseball teams it means roster expansion.
In 2012, the Giants were in the midst of a pennant race. Roster expansion meant they could bolster certain areas that could help the team win. This gave manager Bruce Bochy much more flexibility. He utilized that to perfection, as the Giants ultimately won the NL West.
This year, it is an entirely different story. The Giants are not in a pennant race, so roster expansion will give Bochy and GM Brian Sabean an opportunity to take a closer look at players who will be competing for jobs next spring.
For young players, the promotion is a reward for a good season, and the "cup of coffee" will give them a taste of the majors.
The Giants have several players they need to make decisions on. The month of September gives them valuable time to evaluate each player before spring training next year.
Let's take a closer look at the players the Giants have called up and see how they might fit in.
All stats are courtesy of baseball-reference.com.