This is the time of year when baseball roster expand, minor league players make their major league debuts and others gain valuable playing time.
This year, however, the Rochester Red Wings have other plans.
Rochester is the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. On the Red Wings' last day of the regular season Monday, they snuck into the International League playoffs as a wild card thanks to a combination of a 13-3 win and a 1-0 loss by Norfolk. It's the first time since 2006 that Rochester has made the postseason.
Last season, the Red Wings finished 72-72 under first-year manager Gene Glynn. That was a big step forward from 2011, when they went 53-91. The year before that it was a disappointing 49-95 record for Rochester.
With Monday's win, they clinched a 77-67 season and a playoff berth.
If the Red Wings missed out on the playoffs this year, Twins fans would have seen an influx of Rochester players making their way to the majors, donning Minnesota uniforms for the remain...