Quite a few rule changes came down from baseball today. 

1.  All pitchers must face 3 batters, be it relievers or starters.  

2.  Sept rosters are now limited to 28, and no more than 14 pitchers. 

3.  Pitchers will have a 15 day injury list, not 10 as before. 

4.  One trade deadline, July 31. No more August waiver deals. 

5.  A few other changes in the link.    https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/03...nimum-home-run-derby

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Cheezers posted:

Wow - that 3 batter minimum is big.  Every team has the LOOGY on their roster.

I don't like that rule at all. Maybe a 3 batter minimum until the 6th inning or something but I don't think it's fair that you can pinch hit as often as you want if you can't change pitchers. 

I really hate the 3 batter minimum rule and can't believe the players association agreed to it. As Cheezers said, they've just eliminated the jobs of about 20-30 pitchers on major league rosters. I guess they've made guys like Hader (who can get righties and lefties out) much more valuable. You have to have a guy like that pitch the 9th inning. 

I read the other day is the reason they want to limit the changes is the pace of the game during pitchers coming in. 

The article basically said that what they are trying to speed up is this:

Before a pitching change the entire team and the manager stroll out to the mound to meet for a few minutes, then when the new guy finally gets out to the mound 5 minutes later the entire team meets on the mound for about 2 minutes, the pitcher then warms up for another few minutes, and then the catcher goes out and talks to him.  The thinking is that the pitcher is already warrmed up, knows the signs, and has his scouting report so lets get moving. 

The other thing I keep seeing is that the NL sooner rather than later will get the DH. I know NL diehards will throw things at me but I am in total favor of that one.

The Heckler posted:

I read the other day is the reason they want to limit the changes is the pace of the game during pitchers coming in. 

The article basically said that what they are trying to speed up is this:

Before a pitching change the entire team and the manager stroll out to the mound to meet for a few minutes, then when the new guy finally gets out to the mound 5 minutes later the entire team meets on the mound for about 2 minutes, the pitcher then warms up for another few minutes, and then the catcher goes out and talks to him.  The thinking is that the pitcher is already warrmed up, knows the signs, and has his scouting report so lets get moving. 

The other thing I keep seeing is that the NL sooner rather than later will get the DH. I know NL diehards will throw things at me but I am in total favor of that one.

Yup, no need for warm ups (other than injury substitutions) and multi summit meetings.  Throw the damn ball.

Spahn and Sain baby, Spahn and Sain.

Goldie posted:

and I swear to gawd.....the advertisements are going to be shorter.....seriously.

Shorter Commercial Breaks

This year the breaks for national TV games are reduced from 2:25 to 2:00 (locals go from 2:05 to 2:00). That sounds like a no-brainer, right? But there are going to be times when your TV screen is in a two-box—an ad playing in one box with the sound up, and game action muted in the other—and somebody hits a first-pitch home run.

Okay, you didn’t miss the pitch live, but the compromise is you as a viewer will have to accept the inevitability that something big will happen while an ad is playing next to the live, soundless view. And some ads will slide in between pitches (the ones that used to play coming out of break). The net effect should be a positive, but it will require viewers to adjust.   

Pikes Peak posted:

Yup, no need for warm ups (other than injury substitutions) and multi summit meetings.  Throw the damn ball.

 

The only thing I disagree with is the relief pitcher needs to adjust to the mound.  The mound in the bullpen, if it even has one is different than the on field mound.  But you are right on the meetings. 

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