Hello once again, Cats and Kittens!
I've been quiet for a while (you know, work and stuff), but I'm back again with a final check on the 2023 #GetThatPension!!! Tracker. This season we have seen quite a few players reach the magical 43-day threshold*** in a Brewers uniform. We already acknowledged Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, Brice Turang, Gus "Nacho Varga" Varland, and Tyson Miller who all got it early on, with Andruw Monasterio and Blake Perkins joining them later.
Abner Uribe came up on July 8 and has stayed up ever since, meaning he was able to #GetThatPension!!!
Clayton Andrews made his debut earlier this year, and was able to accumulate 10 days of service time thus far.
Ethan Small (who had 3 days coming in to the season, and got all of a single day in the majors in late May).
Also this year, we gave a special shout-out to Christian Yelich for making it to the OTHER magic number regarding pensions (10 full service years). By my very scientific calculation method of counting the days on my pocket calendar, Julio Teheran was also able to make it to 10 years (he had 9 years and 62 days coming in to the season according to Cot's Contracts, and the 11o days he needed to reach 10 years should have passed a couple of days ago). Fully vested, baby!
See you next season for the 2024 #GetThatPension!!! Tracker!
***For anyone new or otherwise doesn't know what I'm talking about: In order to become vested in the MLB pension, a player has to appear on the 26-man roster (or I.L.) for a minimum of 43 days, or roughly 1/4 of a season. At that point he is guaranteed a monthly payout upon reaching retirement age (which I don't know off the top of my head, but if it's anything like the NBA, "retirement age" is MUCH earlier than us working stiffs who have to wait until we're in our 60's). After the first 43 days, the potential payout increases for each additional 43-day chunk of service time the player is able to get under his belt, until the 10-year mark, when it maxes out.
Of course, players who reach 10 years of service time in the Major Leagues, probably have enough $$$ that they don't really worry about their pension, so we focus on the Under-the-Radar guys who have to scratch and claw their way onto an MLB roster. Players who went undrafted out of college and/or players signed out of the Indy Leagues, (see Orf, Nate), get the most attention here, since the blue-chip guys tend to reach the 43-day threshold quickly after their initial call-up.