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Given the nature of free agency the past couple of years, there has been growing speculation of a work stoppage occurring after the CBA expires in 2021. There's a lot of issues that are coming to a boil: free agents taking forever to sign / signing for less, teams spending less of percentage of revenue, service time issues, the DH, early March baseball games, pace of play, etc. There are enough issues that a work stoppage continues to be discussed among many analysts / reporters. I figured this is a good thread to maintain to house any discussions and/or developments over the year and coming years.

I'm expecting a lot of changes regarding the issues above, and these can actually have significant fantasy impacts depending on when rules are implemented.

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http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26259301/sources-mlb-deal-includes-1m-hr-derby-bonus

 

Sounds like a major announcement is coming today from the MLB regarding changes in the game. Looks like changes for 2019 are mostly off the field but 2020 will have direct effects on game play.

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I like everything in there except for the three batter minimum.  Contracting September rosters to 28 is a particularly notable change for fantasy.  Always stinks when your players are sitting because the team's coasting into the playoffs and letting a bunch of call-ups play.

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https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-rules-changes

Official announcement^

 

CHANGES EFFECTIVE IN 2019

Inning breaks: Subject to discussions with broadcast partners, inning breaks will be reduced from 2:05 to 2:00 in local games and from 2:25 to 2:00 in national games. The Commissioner’s Office retains the right to further reduce the breaks to 1:55 in local and national games for the start of the 2020 season.

Trade Deadline: The August waiver trade period will be eliminated. The July 31 Trade Deadline will be the only deadline. Players may still be placed and claimed on outright waivers after July 31, but trades will no longer be permitted after that date.

All-Star Game: Fan voting will be conducted in two rounds -- a “primary round” that mirrors the All-Star voting of old, followed in late June or early July by an “Election Day” in which the top three vote-getters at each position in each league during the primaries will be voted on by fans in a prescribed time period to determine the All-Star starters.

As far as the game itself is concerned, the 10th inning -- and all subsequent innings -- of All-Star Games that go into extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. A more detailed explanation of the All-Star changes can be found here.

Home Run Derby: Total player prize money for the Home Run Derby will be increased to $2.5 million. The winner of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million.

Mound visits: The maximum number of mound visits per team will be reduced from six to five per game. MLB had instituted an initial mound-visit limitation prior to the 2018 season.

Additionally, MLB and the MLBPA will form a joint committee to study other potential rule changes.

CHANGES EFFECTIVE IN 2020

Active roster provisions: The roster size from Opening Day through Aug. 31 will increase from 25 to 26 (with the minimum number of active players rising from 24 to 25, and roster sizes for doubleheaders rising from 26 to 27).

The 40-man active roster for September will be eliminated. From Sept. 1 through the end of the regular season, all clubs will carry 28 players.

Furthermore, the number of pitchers a club can carry on the active roster will be capped at a certain number, to be decided by the aforementioned joint committee. To adhere to that rule, clubs will have to designate each of their players as either a pitcher or a position player prior to each player’s first day on the active roster for a given season. That designation cannot change for the remainder of the season. Position players will not be allowed to pitch except in the following scenarios:

• They are designated as a “Two-Way Player.” A player can only qualify for this designation if he accrues at least 20 Major League innings pitched and at least 20 Major League games started as a position player or designated hitter (with at least three plate appearances in each of those games) in either the current or the prior season.

• Extra innings.

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

Three-batter minimum for pitchers: Rule 5.10(g) will be amended to require that starting pitchers and relief pitchers must pitch to either a minimum of three batters or to the end of a half-inning, with exceptions for incapacitating injury or illness. This will effectively end the so-called “LOOGY” (left-handed one-out guy) and other specialist roles in which pitchers are brought in for one very specific matchup.

Injured list: The minimum time a player spends on the injured list will be increased back to 15 days from 10, and the minimum assignment period of pitchers who are optionally assigned to the minors will increase from 10 days to 15. MLB had reduced the minimum injured list period to 10 days prior to the 2017 season to reduce the incentive for teams to play shorthanded or for players having to play at less than full strength. However, teams manipulated the rule change to rotate relievers on and off their active rosters, thereby maintaining a full stash of rested arms, which resulted in more pitching changes.

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Three-batter minimum for pitchers: Rule 5.10(g) will be amended to require that starting pitchers and relief pitchers must pitch to either a minimum of three batters or to the end of a half-inning, with exceptions for incapacitating injury or illness. This will effectively end the so-called “LOOGY” (left-handed one-out guy) and other specialist roles in which pitchers are brought in for one very specific matchup.

I applaud this change completely.  But do I see a lot of NFL-style "stop the clock" so-called "injuries" attempted by lefty specialists making pro wrestlers look like Sir Laurence Olivier by comparison?  Well at least those hold-ups would be entertaining.

And keep chipping away at those stupid STUPID mound visits, guys.  Next year make it four.

The 26 man rosters immediately just made a lot of on the bubble guys very very happy in spring training.  And not all of them necessarily relievers given the new rule above.

But I'm tired of the endless stall on the universal DH rule.  Waiting until 2022 is stupid.

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24 minutes ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

I applaud this change completely.  But do I see a lot of NFL-style "stop the clock" so-called "injuries" attempted by lefty specialists making pro wrestlers look like Sir Laurence Olivier by comparison?  Well at least those hold-ups would be entertaining.

And keep chipping away at those stupid STUPID mound visits, guys.  Next year make it four.

The 26 man rosters immediately just made a lot of on the bubble guys very very happy in spring training.  And not all of them necessarily relievers given the new rule above.

But I'm tired of the endless stall on the universal DH rule.  Waiting until 2022 is stupid.

 

I agree with the pitcher injuries, that's definitely a concern. From a manager perspective, I find the 3 batter rule intriguing due to it being within each inning. If you have a Loogy warm with 2 outs in the 7th inning and Bryce Harper up with Hoskins and Realmuto behind him, do you bring the Loogy in to try to get Harper out? If he gets him, it works perfectly and next inning you bring in a RHP. If he can't get him out? The Loogy is stuck in there until he gets an out or Hoskins / Realmuto ruin the game. So would managers take this plunge? Playing devil's advocate how can you leave a RHP in there with Harper up and game on line.

So while people may disagree with it (which personally I do), it does create another whole strategy discussion that will likely come into play in a ton of games. Will be interesting to see how managers handle it.

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