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MLB, MLBPA Announce Significant Rule Changes

15 March, 2019, 04:45 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Included among baseball's many new rules for 2019 and 2020 will be the elimination of the Aug. 31st waiver deadline

Players can be placed and claimed on outright waivers, but there will be no trades after July 31. Additionally, changes were announced for All-Star game voting, rules, and compensation, beginning this season.

There have been major post-July 31 trades in recent years.

Small changes are coming to Major League Baseball this season with bigger ones arriving in 2020 the league announced Thursday.

The MLBPA, player representatives and players themselves have become increasingly frustrated with the current state of free agency, lamenting the stagnant market (particularly for second- and third-tier free agents).

The maximum number of mound visits allowed to each team has been reduced to five, from six. The derby will include $2.5 million in prizes overall giving more incentive for the big-name stars to participate.

The active roster limit from opening day until August 31 will increase from 25 players to 26.

September rosters of 40 active players will be gone, teams will only be able to carry 28 players.

It will culminate in an All-Star week that includes a Home Run Derby with $2.5 million in prize money, including $1 million for the victor.

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"Major League Baseball had the same ability to put a pitch clock in place this season but tabled it as part of the deal, with the hope that fewer pitching changes - and shorter inning breaks, which are now down to two minutes for local and national games, per the deal - will speed up games", Passan wrote. A committee between the sides that will study the game is expected to make recommendations on the maximum number of pitchers allowed on the rosters.

In any game in which his team is losing or winning by more than six runs when the player enters as a pitcher.

Every player will have to be labeled as a position player or pitcher.

The changes for the 2019 season won't be as drastic.

For the 2020 season, the league and association will introduce a three-batter minimum for pitchers, which will eliminate single matchup moves. The rule was implemented unilaterally by the Office of the Commissioner.

Injured List and Option Period for Pitchers: Subject to input from the joint committee, the minimum placement period for pitchers on the Injured List shall increase from 10 days to 15 days, and the minimum assignment period of pitchers who are optionally assigned to the minors will increase from 10 days to 15 days.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the USA and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. As part of the recent agreement, both the league and the Union have already agreed to "imminently" begin discussing the labor issues that have been thrust to the forefront of the industry despite the fact that the current collective bargaining agreement doesn't expire until 2021.

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