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Friday, March 15, 2019

Rays not worried about MLB rule changes: ‘We have a lot of pitchers’

Limit pitching staffs to a max of 11 pitchers. By doing that, the three batter minimum wouldn’t be needed.

One, going into effect for 2020, would limit their matchup maneuvering by requiring pitchers to face a minimum of three batters (or to finish an inning).
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Another reduces their flexibility in shuttling fresh arms to the bullpen by extending the time pitchers optioned to the minors (or placed on the injured list) have to stay from a minimum of 10 days to 15, although it could still be tweaked.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2019 at 08:29 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: March 15, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5822978)
Limit pitching staffs to a max of 11 pitchers.

And then teams will try to get around the rules by hiring more two-way players, which...would be pretty awesome, actually.
   2. filihok Posted: March 15, 2019 at 02:02 PM (#5823047)
How are you going to define a pitcher?

How do you account for Ohtani?


CHECKS NOTES
Oh, they already did that
https://www.mlb.com/news/two-way-player-rule-explanation
In general, every player on a team's active roster will have to be designated as a pitcher or a position player. That designation must stay the same for the entire season

A player qualifies for two-way status if he:

1) Pitches at least 20 Major League innings AND

2) Plays at least 20 Major League games as a position player or designated hitter, with at least three plate appearances in each game in either the current or previous MLB season.


So, I guess new players in the league have to be designated as pitchers so they can pitch, and then can be used to play a position?

Ohtani, next year will have to be designated a pitcher, since he won't have pitched this year (which is weird), so he can be a two-way player?
Any position player you want to try out as a pitcher has to be designated as a pitcher, "wasting" a pitcher spot?

I think BOO! to this rule
   3. caspian88 Posted: March 15, 2019 at 02:48 PM (#5823057)
I think two-way players worth a roster spot are going to be so rare that the problem of defining them is pretty unimportant.

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