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Friday, March 15, 2019

MLB announces new rules for trade deadline, All-Star voting, Home Run Derby

Some stuff on the list that wasn’t in the article I uploaded yesterday:

As per usual, fans will be allowed to vote for the All-Star game starters online. The top three vote-getters will then be involved in a one-day election to determine who ultimately gets the honor. It’s a recipe for fun.

MLB is hoping to bring more of its top talent into the annual Home Run Derby by raising the stakes. Starting in 2019, the prize for the content will be $1 million. While that’s not earth-shattering money for some players, it’s quite a bit for others, including people who could win it. Aaron Judge, for instance, will make $684,300 in 2019, so winning the derby is certainly in his best interest.

We’ve heard a lot about a proposed three-batter minimum for relief pitchers, but that won’t happen in 2019. It will in 2020, though, the league says. The MLBPA didn’t agree to the rule change, via reports, but the Commissioner’s Office can implement it anyway next year. The joint announcement only says the MLBPA “will not grieve or otherwise challenge” the rule change in 2020.

So, one that is a good idea but won’t be implemented (if it ever is) until next year, one clearly bad idea (given the history of poll manipulation), and one that comes across to me as bribery- yup, these are Rob Manfred ideas if I ever saw one….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: all star game, dollah dollah bills, y'all, home run derby, manfred is thinking about it, rule changes

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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 15, 2019 at 12:26 PM (#5823024)
The post-deadline roster restrictions are kind of shitty. I really enjoy getting a look at guys from the bottom end of the 40-man roster in September.

Seems kind of short-sighted for the MLBPA to agree to that. Means a whole lot of AAAA-type players with smaller pensions.
   2. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 15, 2019 at 01:47 PM (#5823044)
The All-Star nonsense reeks of Manfred doing something for the sole purpose of Doing Something.
   3. Karl from NY Posted: March 15, 2019 at 02:12 PM (#5823049)
Seems kind of short-sighted for the MLBPA to agree to that.

Those would-be AAAA September callups are union nonmembers seeking to take the jobs of members.

MLBPA members and voters vote in the best interest of themselves, not potential interest for potential future members.
   4. John Reynard Posted: March 16, 2019 at 03:51 AM (#5823114)
I predict that the new "top 3" thing for all-star voting will lead to a lot more starters from the biggest cities as if that wasn't already a trend.
   5. flournoy Posted: March 16, 2019 at 06:44 AM (#5823115)
It’s a recipe for fun.


This is like when someone says, "I'm asking you very politely..."

If you're going out of your way to say, "Hey, this is going to be fun!," then it isn't.

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