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MLB approves rule changes

March 14, 2019 - 2:56 pm

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to a collection of rule changes that would take place in 2019 and 2020.

Changes for 2019:

-Eliminating the waiver trade deadline; the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline would become the only trade deadline

-Shortened breaks between innings

-Reduced number of mound visits

-All-Star voting to include voting rounds/periods

-Prize money in the Home Run Derby

Changes for 2020:

-Three-batter minimum for pitchers

-Increased active roster size

-Elimination of September roster call-ups

-Increased minimum time on the injured list

All 30 MLB clubs must ratify the changes before they can become official. More details on the changes here.