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This is going to be a disaster.

 

2019 changes are fine, but 2020 are a problem.

 

The only one that really matters is the three batter minimum, but that's huge.  I really hope something happens to get this to go away.

 

If anybody has evidence of Manfred going into questionable massage parlors, now we be the time....

 

 

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The roster rules are fine...

 

The Derby bonus is probably gonna do nothing except bring out the people who are gonna complain that some millionaires are now competing for an extra million, which is an understandable criticism. And I doubt that million is gonna really sway any of the players to enter if they weren't big on it to begin with. A million isn't that much for most of the guys who would enter anyways. And the guys that MLB really wants to enter the Derby more (like Trout and Harper) are definitely not gonna care about a million dollars.

 

The three batter minimum is ridiculous and I expect it to eventually go away.

 

The ASG Election Day is kinda cool, it could be fun and might actually make voting results more fair (more changes like this are welcome because they create interest but don't change the game)

 

I don't understand the purpose of one trade deadline... at first it'll create more trades but then when enough "teams that went for it" realize they shouldn't have then it'll create the opposite effect and soon we'll have a trade deadline where almost nobody makes a move. Kinda like this year's offseason, people expecting all this action and instead we got a bunch of teams scared to commit to anything.

 

 

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The number of position players pitching could see a significant decrease as well. Under the agreement, players will be designated as position players or pitchers -- with the exception of those who throw 20-plus innings and start 20 games in the field or at DH, who will be two-way players. Position players will be allowed to pitch only in extra innings or when their team is ahead or behind by more than seven runs.

 

What's up with this? Why are they bothering with this? How often are position players pitching anyways?

 

 

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I am glad they didn't announce the universal DH at least. Though it still seems inevitable sadly.

 

I'm ok with it at this point.

 

The roster rules are fine...

 

The Derby bonus is probably gonna do nothing except bring out the people who are gonna complain that some millionaires are now competing for an extra million, which is an understandable criticism. And I doubt that million is gonna really sway any of the players to enter if they weren't big on it to begin with. A million isn't that much for most of the guys who would enter anyways. And the guys that MLB really wants to enter the Derby more (like Trout and Harper) are definitely not gonna care about a million dollars.

 

The three batter minimum is ridiculous and I expect it to eventually go away.

 

The ASG Election Day is kinda cool, it could be fun and might actually make voting results more fair (more changes like this are welcome because they create interest but don't change the game)

 

I don't understand the purpose of one trade deadline... at first it'll create more trades but then when enough "teams that went for it" realize they shouldn't have then it'll create the opposite effect and soon we'll have a trade deadline where almost nobody makes a move. Kinda like this year's offseason, people expecting all this action and instead we got a bunch of teams scared to commit to anything.

 

Yeah, I don't get the 3 batter minimum, and I'm sure we'll see changes to that sooner than later.

 

the only thing I see as a problem with the election day - so a guy could be in the lead for months, and then doesn't get in because more people wind up voting for another guy on that day?  Although if on that election day, all fans get a single vote (rather than the 25 they can now), I'd agree it'd be more fair.

 

I'm surprised that with the creation of a single deadline that they didn't push it back to halfway between the two dates.

 

What's up with this? Why are they bothering with this? How often are position players pitching anyways?

 

Yeah, that seemed like a very odd addition.

 

I think it must be to avoid what happened last year - it may have been the Rays, but I'm not sure - I think they had a pitcher in, they wanted to use him for another batter later in the order, they put the pitcher in the outfield for a batter or two, I think they brought in another pitcher for a batter or two, and then put the original pitcher back in.

 

 

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The three batter minimum makes no sense. So say its a 1 run lead in the 9th inning with 2 outs, you can't bring in a lefty to face a lefty?

 

Exactly. MLB wants more offense so preserving a one run lead isn't exciting to them so they're basically making it easier for the other team to score more runs there because winning the game isn't as important as creating more offense lol. The funny thing too is that that situation is gonna lead to more blown saves and thus more tie games and thus more extra inning games and thus longer average game times which they apparently hate as well... idiots.

 

 

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I think they had a pitcher in, they wanted to use him for another batter later in the order, they put the pitcher in the outfield for a batter or two, I think they brought in another pitcher for a batter or two, and then put the original pitcher back in.

 

Why is this a bad thing? It rarely happens anyways. I can't believe the things they're concerning themselves with.

 

 

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The three batter minimum makes no sense. So say its a 1 run lead in the 9th inning with 2 outs, you can't bring in a lefty to face a lefty?

 

Well, if the previous pitcher had faced 3 batters, they could, as a pitcher can come in to finish the inning (a pitcher ending the inning negates the 3 batter minimum).

 

Why is this a bad thing? It rarely happens anyways. I can't believe the things they're concerning themselves with.

 

I'm with you.  Maybe they want to avoid conflictions with the 3 batter rule?  i.e. swapping a pitcher in and out of the field so you can still mix and match for a batter (until they both reach 3 or end an inning)?

 

 

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The three batter minimum makes no sense. So say its a 1 run lead in the 9th inning with 2 outs, you can't bring in a lefty to face a lefty?

 

Exceptions:

 

 - Ends an inning / game

 

 - Injury to pitcher

 

 - I have to imagine rain delays will be added into this if the delay is more than 30 minutes, at least

 

 

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The number of position players pitching could see a significant decrease as well. Under the agreement, players will be designated as position players or pitchers -- with the exception of those who throw 20-plus innings and start 20 games in the field or at DH, who will be two-way players. Position players will be allowed to pitch only in extra innings or when their team is ahead or behind by more than seven runs.

 

So if a position player who is not designated as a pitcher comes in with a 7 run lead and gives up a homer to the first batter would they be required to pull him or would that violate the 3 batter minimum rule?

 

 

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