Major League Baseball to enact All Star Game changes | 92.3 The Fan

Lynette Rowe
March 15, 2019

One thing I learned from my eight years of writing about Major League Baseball is that people generally don't care about 29 of the 30 teams.

Major League Baseball and the Players Association have introduced several big changes in the game that will be implemented for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Some of the most significant changes announced Thursday will take effect in 2020.

These rules are likely connected to each other.

The new rules could also see a reduction in position players taking the mound as everyone will be designated as either a position player or a pitcher, with an exception made for anyone that throws 20-plus innings and starts 20 or more games at any position including DH. September rosters, meanwhile, will shrink from 40 to 28 (with a 14-pitcher maximum).

In the case of mound visits, which were capped for the first time a year ago at six, this will continue to force decisions about the wisdom of early-game trips to the mound. That change will go into effect for the 2019 season, and beginning in 2020, the standard roster size will expand from 25 to 26 (with a 13-pitcher maximum).

There will be a cap on the number of pitchers that teams are allowed to carry on the active roster, that will be determined by the joint committee.

- Rosters will increase from 25 to 26 through August 31 (with the likely cap being 13 pitchers) and to 28 in September (likely 14 pitchers).

Inning Breaks are to be reduced in both local and national broadcasts.

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Trade Deadline: The trade deadline will remain July 31st; however, trade waivers will be eliminated.

Starting pitchers and relief pitchers must either face a minimum of three batters of finish the current inning.

In 2019, the sport will operate with July 31 as its lone trade deadline.

Meanwhile, the annual MLB All-Star Game will now have voting conducted over two rounds.

All-Star Game bonus payments will be given to the top three vote-getters at each position in each League during the Primary Round (top six for outfielders). First, the "Primary Round" will have the team nominate one player per eligible position.

The amount of days pitchers must spend on the Injured List increases from 10 for 15 days as does the minimum assignment period of pitchers optioned to the minors. An "Election Day" will then occur with the top three vote-getters at each position (nine for outfielders) from each League where fans vote on the All-Star Game starters. The rule was implemented unilaterally by the Office of the Commissioner.

For those participating in the Home Run Derby, player prize money was increased to $2.5 million.

Prize money for the players on the winning All-Star team will be increased.

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