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Monday, June 20, 2022

MLB moving forward with long-delayed 13-pitcher limit

Come Monday, there is going to be a little more room in big league bullpens, from Seattle to Tampa Bay, and plenty of places in between.
Major League Baseball is moving forward with its oft-delayed plan for a 13-pitcher limit on active rosters. The move could affect the game in a variety of ways, from more position players taking the mound to a few more trips to the minors for pitchers with options.

“I don’t know that I understand it. And it is OK because we follow the rules,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “But it’s just one of those where it is a little hard when they’re telling you how to compete. I feel like sometimes, especially with our doubleheaders coming up, I think it can put teams at a disadvantage.”

The 13-pitcher limit originally was announced by MLB before the 2020 season, one of several changes that included expanding active rosters by one to 26 and requiring pitchers to face at least three batters or finish a half-inning. But the limit has been pushed back repeatedly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MLB and the union said March 31 that a 13-pitcher limit would be enforced starting May 2, then on April 16 announced the date had been pushed back to May 30. They said last month that the change would go into effect June 20, and MLB sent out a reminder last week.
It’s happening.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2022 at 01:40 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

MLB teams will be allowed to carry 14 pitchers for four more weeks

Next Monday, May 2 will still see active roster limits reduce from 28 to 26 players, but Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed Tuesday to allow teams to carry one extra pitcher for nearly all of May.

The standing rule is that, at least until September, teams can carry a maximum of 13 pitchers on the 26-man active roster. That’s been in place since the 2020 season, but has yet to be realized. The pitcher limit was relaxed for two seasons under agreed-upon COVID-19 protocols. This year, the pitcher limit was relaxed for the first three and a half weeks after the lockout-truncated spring training didn’t give pitchers enough time to build up arm strength.

MLB announced Tuesday that the limit will be 14 pitchers from May 2 through May 29, then the regular rules will apply starting May 30.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 26, 2022 at 12:04 PM | 40 comment(s)
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