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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

With labor tension high, it’s time for me, Dr. Rosenthal, to stage an intervention between MLB and its players

Still, a deal on the current issues probably could be forged from these elements alone:

*A 20-second pitch clock that would be turned off with men on base (Mr. Manfred announced on Sunday he will introduce the clock in spring training to prepare players and umpires in the event it is used during the regular season).

*A three-batter minimum for pitchers, which the union reportedly is willing to accept starting in 2020.

*The expansion of rosters from 25 to 26 with a 12-pitcher maximum and accompanying reduction from 40 to some lesser number in September, changes that also would take effect in ‘20.

As you know, Mr. Clark, the union already endorses the latter two points and probably could extract additional concessions on the introduction of the clock. Yet Mr. Manfred and baseball also are willing to budge, starting this season, on two other elements they need not address until after the CBA expires on Dec. 1, 2021 – incentives in the amateur draft and service-time manipulation.

Without knowing the details of its proposals, baseball’s mere willingness to bargain over the issues represents something of a breakthrough, particularly when its leaders believe the question of tanking is less black-and-white than the union contends, and more a reflection of the game’s cyclical nature than a non-competitive strategy.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2019 at 11:31 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: February 19, 2019 at 09:05 PM (#5816674)
Around the 12 pitcher maximum - what happens with someone like Ohtani? Does he count as a pitcher or a position player? Or as a pitcher on days he pitches but as a position player on other days?

He would obviously make more appearances in a season as a hitter than a pitcher, even with the limited hitting use he had last year. Could you make any pitcher into a "position player" by using him often enough in the field (eg, stick a pitcher in right field in the 9th inning of blowouts to up their fielding games totals, or use them as pinch hitters in bunting situations (or not))?

   2. Fancy Pants Handle struck out swinging Posted: February 19, 2019 at 10:33 PM (#5816694)
If BF > PA he's a pitcher. If you want to give a pitcher enough PAs to qualify, god bless.

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