Major League Baseball to implement 3-batter minimum, eliminate August 31 waiver deadline

MLB to implement 3-batter minimum eliminate Aug. 31 waiver deadline

ESPN's Jeff Passan wrote extensively about the soon-to-be-announced changes on Wednesday night.

Other rule changes concern pitching.

"Major League Baseball had the same ability to put a pitch clock in place this season but tabled it as part of the deal, with the hope that fewer pitching changes - and shorter inning breaks, which are now down to two minutes for local and national games, per the deal - will speed up games", Passan wrote.

Mound visits per team will be cut from six to five.

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Additionally, there will be only one trade deadline on July 31.

The creation of a joint committee, which consists of Major League Baseball committee members and MLBPA committee members.

The All-Star Game also will be tweaked. During the "Primary Round", each team will nominate one player per eligible position (three outfielders), who will be voted on by fans. Fans will still be permitted to cast votes online, but the top three players at each position will then be included in a newly implemented All-Star "Election Day" which figures to provide new avenues to marketing the game's top talent both in mainstream media and via social media. Further details will be announced in April. While a compromise could be reached in distributing more money to the younger players whom the current system underpays, the complications of doing so warrant a long runway for discussions.

Voting for the All-Star Game - this year's game will be held at Progressive Field on July 9 - will be conducted in two rounds.

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Home run derby: The victor now receives $1 million. The victor of the Home Run Derby will receive $1 million. The traditional trade deadline will remain intact at July 31. The minimum number of active players will increase from 24 to 25.

All-Star bonus payments will be given to the top three vote getters at each position, including the top six outfielders. The two sides have also agreed to eliminate the August 31 waiver deadline in 2019 and expand rosters to 26 in 2020. Doubleheaders will allow a 27th roster member.

The agreement will also limit September call-ups to 28, instead of the current maximum of 40 allowed under the current policy. Teams will be required to designate players as a pitcher or position player before each player's first day on the active roster.

Also coming in 2020, each team's pitching staff on an active roster will be capped at a number that will be decided on by a committee of Major League Baseball and the players' association.

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This rule is created to end the practice of bringing on pitchers specifically to face one particular batter. That designation will remain in effect for the player, and can not change, for the remainder of the championship season and Postseason.

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