MLB goes ahead with 3-batter minimum, roster changes

Major League Baseball went ahead with its planned rules changes for this season, including the requirement a pitcher must face at least three batters or end the half-inning, unless he is hurt.

News 12 Staff

Feb 12, 2020, 10:29 PM

Updated 1,567 days ago

Share:

MLB goes ahead with 3-batter minimum, roster changes
 
 
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball went ahead with its planned rules changes for this season, including the requirement a pitcher must face at least three batters or end the half-inning, unless he is hurt.

The changes were agreed to by MLB and the players' association last March 8, subject to the study of a joint committee. The three-batter minimum will start in spring training games on March 12.

There were 2,162 pitching appearances of three batters or fewer last year, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, but 1,471 of them finished with the end of a half-inning or a game.

The active roster limit will increase by one to 26 from opening day through Aug. 31, will drop from 40 to 28 through the end of the regular season and return to 26 for the postseason. Each team may have a maximum 13 pitchers through Aug. 31 and during the postseason, and 14 from Sept. 1 through the end of the regular season.

Two-way players who have at least 20 innings pitched or 20 games started at a position or designated hitter with at least three plate appearances in the previous season may pitch without counting against that game's pitcher limit. For this year, a player can use 2018 or 2019 to meet the requirement.

What had been a 26th player for certain day-night doubleheaders through Aug. 31 will become a 27th player in those situations, and that player won't count against the pitcher limit.

Position players are prohibited from pitching through the ninth inning unless the player's team is winning or losing by six or more runs when he takes the mound.

The injured list and option recall minimum period for pitchers will increase from 10 days to 15, an effort to slow the use of relievers by teams who shuttle off pitchers between the majors and minors. There still is a seven-day concussion IL.

Managers' time to challenge a play with a video review has been cut from 30 seconds to 20.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
 
 


More from News 12
1:57
Report: Potential ISIS-linked threat made against Cricket World Cup at Eisenhower Park

Report: Potential ISIS-linked threat made against Cricket World Cup at Eisenhower Park

1:39
Scattered showers for Wednesday evening into Thursday; sunshine returns Friday

Scattered showers for Wednesday evening into Thursday; sunshine returns Friday

3:17
Lead prosecutor in Robert Durst murder trial vacationed at Hamptons home of killer’s widow

Lead prosecutor in Robert Durst murder trial vacationed at Hamptons home of killer’s widow

2:02
Officials: Nassau County police respond to 'police incident' on Old Country Road

Officials: Nassau County police respond to 'police incident' on Old Country Road

2:23
EXCLUSIVE: Priest set to be deported as years-old green card application awaits review

EXCLUSIVE: Priest set to be deported as years-old green card application awaits review

1:34
Family of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer able to return home following nearly weeklong search

Family of suspected Gilgo Beach serial killer able to return home following nearly weeklong search

0:23
Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to time served for menacing in connection to friend’s death

Ex-NYPD officer sentenced to time served for menacing in connection to friend’s death

0:17
Police: 19-year-old man killed, 1 other critically injured in Stony Brook crash

Police: 19-year-old man killed, 1 other critically injured in Stony Brook crash

2:15
Long Islanders search for cricket stars at practice in Hicksville ahead of World Cup

Long Islanders search for cricket stars at practice in Hicksville ahead of World Cup

2:23
West Babylon School District holds budget workshop after spending plan fails

West Babylon School District holds budget workshop after spending plan fails

0:37
Elevated bacteria levels prompt bathing advisories at dozens of Long Island beaches

Elevated bacteria levels prompt bathing advisories at dozens of Long Island beaches

0:27
Food trucks to stay on Nassau Community College campus through end of June

Food trucks to stay on Nassau Community College campus through end of June

1:47
Made on Long Island: Talise Home in Miller Place

Made on Long Island: Talise Home in Miller Place

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

2:27
Nassau County family awarded Purple Heart for their late Navy veteran relative

Nassau County family awarded Purple Heart for their late Navy veteran relative

2:03
Adelphi men's lacrosse team returns to Long Island as champions following NCAA Division II win

Adelphi men's lacrosse team returns to Long Island as champions following NCAA Division II win

0:22
Car crash in Flower Hill injures 6, 1 critically

Car crash in Flower Hill injures 6, 1 critically

1:58
Paws & Pals: These 5 dogs are available for adoption with Paws of War

Paws & Pals: These 5 dogs are available for adoption with Paws of War

0:46
Bruce Springsteen postpones several European shows due to vocal issues

Bruce Springsteen postpones several European shows due to vocal issues

0:22
Man wanted for armed robbery of Dunkin' in East Meadow

Man wanted for armed robbery of Dunkin' in East Meadow