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Thursday, January 21, 2016

2016 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Moved To Aug. 1

“And THE LORD said the Seventh Day is the Sabbath, and there shall be no trade deadline unto you.”

Because the typical non-waiver trade deadline of July 31 would have fallen on a Sunday this summer, Major League Baseball has pushed the deadline back 24 hours, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale (via Twitter). This year’s non-waiver trade deadline will come on Monday, Aug. 1 as a result of the switch. Nightengale doesn’t include a specific time, but it’ll presumably be the same 4pm ET. MLB.com’s Richard Justice explains that the league did not want the trade deadline to occur on a Sunday afternoon, when games were still being played (links to Twitter). The Aug. 1 switch will be in effect only for 2016, Justice notes.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 03:01 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: January 21, 2016 at 04:32 PM (#5139464)
Weird. What has happened on previous times where the NWTD fell on a Sunday?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 04:40 PM (#5139479)
Does this at all have to do with Wilmer Flores crying in the middle of a game because of rumors he had been dealt? Like they don't want games going on while the deadline approaches?
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: January 21, 2016 at 04:43 PM (#5139486)
What has happened on previous times where the NWTD fell on a Sunday?
Nothing really happened, but games were being played at the deadline hour.

In a Sunday 2005 game at Fenway, the crowd knew a heavily rumored Manny Ramirez trade hadn't happened when he pinch-hit in the 8th inning (and singled in the go-ahead run) after being held out of the starting lineup.
   4. cardsfanboy Posted: January 21, 2016 at 05:04 PM (#5139516)
I just think that the 4pm deadline is weird. Why not do a 2am deadline?
   5. Batman Posted: January 21, 2016 at 05:08 PM (#5139522)
This sounds like something I'd read on Facebook.

The non-waiver trade deadline falls on a Sunday this summer. This only happens once every 823 years. The Chinese have a name for this; it loosely translates to "McGriff Sabbath."
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 05:12 PM (#5139528)
I just think that the 4pm deadline is weird. Why not do a 2am deadline?

Because no one wants to be awake and sober at 2 AM.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 21, 2016 at 05:16 PM (#5139534)
Rob Manfred is really putting his unmistakable stamp on the game.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: January 21, 2016 at 05:24 PM (#5139545)

Because no one wants to be awake and sober at 2 AM.


Makes a bit of sense, but for this issue, not sure it matters, putting a late deadline allows teams to not do crap like the Red Sox did in post 3... When your roster decisions are pressured because of an impending deadline, then it's not a positive thing.

Heck make it 11 am on the next day, before any games will take place then. (heck that makes it a news event for each game going on, it seems to make much more sense than taking the chance of playing a guy and then asking him to leave in middle of the game, and then asking the team to effectively play with a 24 man roster----or heck a multi-player deal involving two relievers, where the team is really left with limited options)
   9. Spahn Insane Posted: January 21, 2016 at 05:34 PM (#5139556)
I blame the Colorado Rockies.
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: January 21, 2016 at 05:34 PM (#5139558)
Makes a bit of sense, but for this issue, not sure it matters, putting a late deadline allows teams to not do crap like the Red Sox did in post 3...
Or just pushing it off Sunday does basically the same thing...
   11. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: January 21, 2016 at 09:03 PM (#5139688)
You seem unaware that day games are played every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday of the season, too.
   12. I Knew A Guy Who Knew A Guy Who Knew Rey Ordonez Posted: January 22, 2016 at 04:22 PM (#5140357)
In a Sunday 2005 game at Fenway, the crowd knew a heavily rumored Manny Ramirez trade hadn't happened when he pinch-hit in the 8th inning (and singled in the go-ahead run) after being held out of the starting lineup.


IIRC, that game was also Jonathan Papelbon's MLB debut, as a starter, against the Twins. I remember that game, for some weird reason, probably because it was the last game I went to with my family before leaving for college. But don't ask me what I had for breakfast this morning. Way too hard a question.
   13. Walt Davis Posted: January 22, 2016 at 05:55 PM (#5140450)
This comes up every 7 years or so, anybody know if they've moved the date in the past. (Leap years complicate things slightly.)

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