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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Report: MLB to expand rosters once season starts

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Among the issues has been roster size. If teams are forced to play doubleheaders on a consistent basis, the idea of them rostering only 26 players made no sense. That won’t be the case. According to this report, MLB is expected to increase teams’ roster size to 29 once the season gets going.

This is no small thing. It will enable teams to roster more relievers as a way to make up for having to use two starters in a day for doubleheaders.

So, what roster would you assemble with 29 players, and what sort of rosters are we likely to see?

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: March 28, 2020 at 06:11 PM (#5934556)
I was expecting something like this. They won't want to be pushing starters deep into games when they first get back and (if a July or Aug start), rosters expand in Sept anyway. I hope they still limit the number of pitchers in some way ... or make them declare a 26-man roster for each series ... because we still don't want to see a long line of relievers starting in the 5th which is what we'll see if they get to roster 16 pitchers.

What roster would I assemble? Well possibly I'd run an extra platoon but I'd probably go with 13 pos players and 16 pitchers which is what I think we'll see if MLB allows it. On the Cubs, I'm not sure it matters much as we have almost no pos player depth and almost no pitcher depth.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: March 28, 2020 at 10:23 PM (#5934638)
12 hitters, 16 pitchers, obviously. There might only be like 12 recognizable starting pitchers.
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: March 29, 2020 at 10:52 AM (#5934699)
1. Walt Davis Posted: March 28, 2020 at 06:11 PM (#5934556)
I was expecting something like this.


Walt RULZ!!!!!
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 29, 2020 at 11:45 AM (#5934705)
13/16 most likely as 13/13 is what they were going to do normally, but could see 14/15 for stretches that don’t contain double headers. You still want to be able to get several guys one of the games off during the double header, so the benches will be more important than ever.
   5. wjones Posted: March 29, 2020 at 01:33 PM (#5934734)
I don't mind a 29 man roster, but I would like it better it they did a game-by-game thing where you chose the 25 to use, and flex it every day, basically bring the roster either out to home plate or say a 2 hour prior to game time, something like that.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 29, 2020 at 03:29 PM (#5934760)
I don't mind a 29 man roster, but I would like it better it they did a game-by-game thing where you chose the 25 to use, and flex it every day, basically bring the roster either out to home plate or say a 2 hour prior to game time, something like that.
Most of those designated as inactive would be starting pitchers not scheduled for that game. Not sure it’s worth the effort, or desirable to restrict a manager’s options if a game goes 15 innings, or more.
   7. eric Posted: March 29, 2020 at 03:40 PM (#5934763)
Most of those designated as inactive would be starting pitchers


Exactly why this:

because we still don't want to see a long line of relievers starting in the 5th which is what we'll see if they get to roster 16 pitchers.


would not be avoided. If teams get to pick and choose any 25/26 from 29 then they'll have two starters (one just in case the game goes 15+) and a bunch of relievers ready to go.

I don't know what the solution is, but perhaps it is to designate certain pitchers as "starters" and others are "relievers." Teams need at least five guys designated as starters. Starters must occupy a roster spot. Starter designations last a certain amount of time (a two weeks? a month) as long as the player is on the team and not on the IL. The team then picks and chooses from there the remaining roster spots for each game from the available 29.
   8. wjones Posted: March 29, 2020 at 04:29 PM (#5934770)
would not be avoided. If teams get to pick and choose any 25/26 from 29 then they'll have two starters (one just in case the game goes 15+) and a bunch of relievers ready to go.

I don't know what the solution is, but perhaps it is to designate certain pitchers as "starters" and others are "relievers." Teams need at least five guys designated as starters. Starters must occupy a roster spot. Starter designations last a certain amount of time (a two weeks? a month) as long as the player is on the team and not on the IL. The team then picks and chooses from there the remaining roster spots for each game from the available 29.

Two things. First the restriction on pitchers having to pitch to at least 3 batters or to the end of an inning. Second, put a limit among the 29 on how many can be pitchers. Third, put a limit on how many on the 25 can be pitchers. This shouldn't be rocket science.

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