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.
"It remains to be seen what the union's going to ask for, what we're going to ask for and whether we reach an agreement", deputy commissioner Dan Halem said. So here's a quick look at what each new rule will mean for Major League Baseball.
The single July 31 trade deadline means there will likely be a lot more action. So does a contender with a sudden area of need call a non-contender after July 31 and tell the non-contender to put a player owed a good amount of money on waivers and the team will claim that player, removing the financial obligation from the non-contender? The sides are discussing when trades can resume, with after the League Championship Series or after World Series among the possibilities.
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Inning breaks for all games will now be two minutes, down from 2:05 for local game and 2:25 for national broadcasts. Fans will vote online for All-Star starters, and the top three vote-getters will take part in a one-day election, which could lead to a bevy of clever electioneering, social media engagement and displays of personality players rarely show.
The victor of the Home Run Derby will now receive $1 million and total prize pool money for the competition increases to $2.5 million. While that's not earth-shattering money for some players, it's quite a bit for others, including people who could win it. Aaron Judge, for instance, will make $684,300 in 2019, so winning the derby is certainly in his best interest.
Joint Committee: MLB and the MLBPA will form a joint committee to study other potential changes. It is to issue its recommendations by December 15.
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Starting and relief pitchers must pitch to either a minimum of three batters or at the end of half inning. The idea is divisive among the GMs to whom Rosenthal spoke, but it seems that the Union's hope is that pushing up the final date for in-season improvements will also prompt expected contenders to be a bit more aggressive in the offseason.
Starting in 2020, each team's roster will increase by one player to 26, and on September 1 through the end of the regular season, each team will have 28 players on the roster instead of as many as 40. Clubs can add a 27th player for doubleheaders. The roster size will increase to 26, but the 40-man roster in September will be limited to 28.
Rosters will be increased from 25 to 26 players.
-Unless changed by the committee, the injured list and option recall minimum period for pitchers will increase from 10 days to 15 in 2020, an effort to slow the use of relievers by teams who shuttle of pitchers between the majors and minors. Position players will be allowed to pitch only in extra innings or when their team is ahead or behind by more than seven runs.More news: Twitter’s New Prototype App Hides Likes & Retweets For "Healthy Conversation"