Though the consequences of the single trade deadline are unknown, the impact of an election day is clear: Major League Baseball gives itself a much-needed opportunity to market its players.
Major League Baseball unveiled a sweeping range of rule changes due to be introduced over the next two years on Thursday, with several moves created to speed up play and boost entertainment. Contending clubs, one would imagine, will be forced to be more aggressive when seeking to acquire talent, while borderline teams who would previously have waited until mid- or late-August to sell off assets in a series of waiver claims will now be forced to make a decision much sooner. Imagine Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez at the plate needing to hit 13 home runs to win the derby and win the bonus money.
Mound visits per team will be reduced from six to five. Fans will vote online for All-Star starters, and the top three vote-getters will take part in a one-day election. The victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million.
September rosters of 40 active players will be gone, teams will only be able to carry 28 players.
In the new MLB-MLBPA deal, the victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million, as part of a $2.5 million purse to be split among competitors.
Inning breaks for all games will now be two minutes, down from 2:05 for local game and 2:25 for national broadcasts.
For doubleheaders, the roster limit will go from 26 players to 27.
It does seem like the September roster decrease is a little pointless with the three batter rule for pitchers but that's its own debate.
The biggest change, however, is that all pitchers will be required to face at least three batters, with the goal of eliminating the excessive use of relief specialists. Having an election day to vote for the All-Star team is much different than snagging a ballot at the ballpark and punching a hole next to your favorite player.
The number of pitchers each team during the championship season or postseason may carry will be capped by a joint committee from Major League Baseball and the Players Association. That designation will remain in effect for the player and can not change for the rest of the championship season and postseason. The rule was implemented unilaterally by the Office of the Commissioner.
The minimum period a pitcher can be placed on the injury list extends from 10 days to 15.
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.
One huge discussion that has been controversial in the league was the use of a pitching clock, but that idea has been put on the back burner for the remainder of this Collective Bargaining Agreement.