May 10, 2021

MLB rule changes for 2020 — What you need to know (ESPN)


Major League Baseball will roll out several rule changes for the 2020 season, the most dramatic being the three-batter minimum for pitchers. MLB and the players’ union agreed to the changes in March 2019, so they have been out there for a while, but the league just announced its implementation for the coming season at the start of spring training.

The new three-batter rule, which requires pitchers to face at least three batters or finish a half inning, will have the biggest impact on game action, but the other changes should have a notable impact as well.

Roster size

The number of active players on each team’s roster will increase to 26, up from 25, through Aug. 31 and for the postseason. Rosters will expand to 28 on Sept. 1, a big change from the 40-man limit of the past. Carrying a 28-man roster for September will be mandatory for all clubs.

Additionally, teams will be allowed to carry a 27th player for doubleheaders. Teams had been allowed a 26th player for…

Read “MLB rule changes for 2020 — What you need to know” at ESPN