Major League Baseball is days away from a rapid-fire Summer Training, which will set the stage for a mad 60-game dash for postseason position, followed by a typically wild October … all while trying to manage the many challenges posed by the still-raging pandemic that disrupted the 2020 season in the first place. Sounds like a lot when you put it that way.
As one might expect, the typical roster rules for a MLB season would not work well in this scenario. Among other things, there’s a need for an actively engaged reserve corps of players with the minor-league season still on ice. Teams need a way to protect players who are injured or who contract COVID-19. The issue is all the more pressing in the early stages of the season.
MLBTR has learned and clarified many of the key details regarding the new roster rules. Here’s how things will work for the 2020 campaign:
- Each team can establish a maximum 60-man player pool, with the initial list due by Sunday at 3pm CST. Teams are not required to fill all sixty slots.
- No other players will be permitted to participate in camp. Teams are permitted to operate two separate camps if they so choose. All teams will operate an alternative training site once the season begins.
- Players on the 40-man roster need not be included in the 60-man player pool. Likewise, of course, pool players need not be on the 40-man roster — unless and until they are added to the active MLB roster.
- If a player is removed from a 60-man player pool, he cannot be added back to that team’s pool but can be added to another team’s pool. Players cannot be freely removed from the 60-man player pool without roster implications. Put otherwise: other than injured list placement, suspension, and some other infrequent designations, teams will be forced to surrender (or risk surrendering) control over a player (trade, release, DFA, outright, etc.) to remove him from the 60-man player pool.
- Teams may otherwise add already controlled or newly acquired players to their 60-man player pool. Players can be signed to the 60-man player pool without being added to the 40-man roster, but that requires 60-man player pool space (just like a typical minor-league deal requires space at a certain affiliate).
- The active MLB roster will consist of up to 30 players (and at least 25 players) at the start of the season. After two weeks of play, that number goes down to 28. After two more weeks, it drops again to 26, with a 27th player available for double-headers.
- Teams will travel with an unofficial 3-man taxi squad, the identity of which need not be disclosed. One player must be a catcher. There is no official designation or roster status associated with being a member of that group.
- As usual, a player must be on a 40-man roster in order to be added to the active MLB roster.
- Once a player is placed on the active roster, standard rules apply. Players eligible to be optioned can be sent back to camp just as if it were a minor-league affiliate. An optioned player must stay on optional assignment for ten days, unless called back owing to an injured list placement. Players who are not eligible to be optioned must be designated for assignment (and then traded or exposed to outright waivers) to be removed from the active roster.
- The trade deadline is August 31st. ONLY players in the 60-man player pool may be traded. Any player that is traded must go into an acquiring team’s player pool. (As a practical matter, it seems there’s nothing to stop teams from adding prospects to the 60-man player pool specifically in order to trade them. The acquiring team would need to be capable of carrying such players in their own 60-man player pool while still fielding a 26-man active roster of capable big leaguers.)
Not sure about trade deadline. I really have a hard time seeing why teams would give up talent for an asterisk-laden 60-game exhibition season
because, once you raise that flag, a chip is a chip…these players will fight for that whether it is 162 games or 60 games
Exactly. I get such a kick out of the “ITs aN ASteRiSk SEasOn” crowd. Every team plays the same number of games. It’s not like some may get the WS in less games. People just like things to complain about.
The playoffs are the same. It’s difficult to win three postseason series.
modern fans don’t put an asterisk on the old 154 game seasons win the 8 or 10 team league and then straight to the World Series.
That’s only 161 games. Total. *
This should be treated as an exhibition like the World Cup but with stats counting (without individual awards given and combine stats with 2021 and give awards then).
Your talking 37% compared to 95%. Not comparable.
Sorry but there will be end of season awards and 20 years from now most will barely remember the shortened season.
Ridiculous if it helps a borderline HOFer or hurts someone else who had a lousy season. Thus, my suggestion of combining stats with next year’s when voting on individual awards.
I wouldn’t expect to see any asterisks on this season. There will be no record breaking stats this season and the postseason will be a second season like every year.
unless you trade someone and the season gets canceled soon after
The orioles or marlins could set a record for worst winning %. They will play all their games against Braves, Mets, Phillies, Nats, Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, & Blue Jays. They might win 10-12 games each.
Someone could also set a record for highest batting average, and that probably should have an *. That’s a marathon stat
The current Batting Average Single Season Leader is Hugh Duffy, he batted .440 in 616 Plate Appearances in 1894.
The design of the baseball was changed in 1911, which made it livelier.
The first leader after 1911 comes in at number 6 all-time & he is Rogers Hornsby in 1924, His Average was .424 in 642 Plate Appearances.
I doubt any player will bat higher than .424 let aloe reach .440.
Cap Anson comes in at #29 with a .399 & Ty Cobb come in at #28 with a .401. Cobb went over .400 3 times, Hornsby did it 3 times, Ed Delahanty did it 3 times..
These 3 did it 9 times out of a total of 30 times ever done.
Bellinger batted .431 in March/April of 2019. In this short of a season, barring injury or illness he might be above .425 in 2020.
Or he could have a career low, kinda depends how he comes out of the gate
Bellinger was batting .431 after 31 games.
The last game he played batting over .400 was after game 47.
After 60 games he was at .370.
Walks were scored as hits that year.
so wishes the Dodgers fan.
Ask the Padres why they would give up talent for a chance at a Championship in a shortened season.
A mlb schedule would help
We’ll see how things go. I suspect that my interest in this season will be very low. It seems forced and staged to hype up interest. I may watch the 60 games because it’s baseball but I won’t watch the playoffs(I’m no lost there. I never do)
Thank you for sharing. Everyone was waiting to hear what you would do.
Terry, do you REALLY want to know the value of your opinion?
Yes, Terry… because we all know you are just so busy to have the time to watch baseball this summer… so much going on these days… and forget about watching any playoff games because, as you imply, they aren’t actually baseball and can be disregarded entirely. Seriously dude, smoke some bud, chill out, and enjoy the games that we may be so lucky to have during all this chaos.
At least in WA state, Cannabis sales are considered an “essential” business and they never shut dowm, lol… 😉
Why would you watch the regular season, but not the playoffs? That makes absolute no sense.
“This movie is good, but turn it off. I never watch the last 15 minutes of movies.“
Maybe terry is a mariners or padres fan, I mean as a giants fan I rarely watch the homerun derby
Not the same thing, I like the regular season. I have favorite teams and will watch them whether they win or lose. I have never found the playoff crap shoot enjoyable. Too much time between games, series, games set for TV ratings and all the false hype. That’s just me. My opinion and none have to agree.
I understand where you’re coming from, I’m a Yankees fan that lived through the 80’s and early 90’s… It all depends on what competes on the teams involved.
The Cubs never interested me, so I didn’t pay attention to their one unlikely WS win (that I’m not surprised never came close to a repeat.)
I’ll generally also ignore teams I dislike, but it’s hard for me to pick a team that doesn’t have at least one player I want to watch, so a general “ban” on the playoffs is rare for me.
I would say – when doors won’t open, search for windows. Add zest to your trip to Washington. Try Reese’s Pieces. For a stylish look, shop Suit Land.
My Yankees Yankees 30 man roster for OD:
Balance of the Yankees 60 man, the remaining 30 men:
– Pitchers:Abreu/King/Garcia/Schmidt/Hale/Acevedo/Lyons/Tropeano Otero/Gil/Nelson/Stephen/Vizcaino/Zych/Yajure/Frank German
– Position Players: Kratz/Herrera/Estrada/Florial/Kyle Holder, Gittens/Amburgey/Granite/Seigler/Thole/Milone/Lockridge
That’s my best guess at the Yankees 60 man roster
Total Final Count: Pitchers 30 / Position Players 30
What about luis avilán ? He was having a great spring training and beside last year , he is having a good carreir plus he is still 30 !
Sure, he’s a possibility for the 2nd group of 30. My guess is probably at least 10 of the 2nd 30 that I posted are hit or miss so to speak..
I understand , I was like , wait what …. ? I bet that he will be play a good role in my Yankees this year !
Zero chance Gomez, Breaux, Seigler or Lockridge. The 40 man roster still exists, which they won’t be added to, so they are wasted space. More likely to see guys like Zehner, Ort, Park, etc.
They don’t have to be added to the 40 man in order to get playing time at the 2nd site MLB has allowed teams to set up. That allows teams to get players playing time that right now minor leaguers aren’t getting. Plus also ONLY players on the 60 man can be traded if ever that were to happen.
Seigler’s possible, since the 3-man taxi squad requires a catcher to make it 3-man, and I expect they haven’t 100% nailed down what they’d like the switch-catching, big-brained guy to do yet.
They could use one of the aged vets in his place, but for a guy w/ a “baseball mind” pedigree like his, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him show up there in a basically “exposition” season.
Gardner is a starter. I like Tauchman a lot, but Gardner is the only outfield they could try on last year. Until he shows me otherwise, he’s earned the right to automatically be the starter.
I’m sure Gardner will get his opportunities to start but he’s not an everyday starter at this point. Tanuchman is better better defensively. Just my opinion but I can see Hicks, Tauchman and Gardner platooning in CF especially the 1st month of the season and Gardner & Tauchman platooning in LF also.
Gardner has a spot on the roster because Hicks is hurt. Full stop.
His “leadership” in the clubhouse has a tinge of hazing, and is out of fashion. He won’t be re-uped next time.
Trim your 60 man by about a dozen guys.
The only, ONLY good reason to leave someone on your 60 man is if you’re going to PLAY him and add him to the 40 man.
For trade purposes additional players can be added to the 60 man later. You cannot remove from your 60 man without a trade, release, or outright waivers.
It behooves teams to leave a dozen empty slots to sign free agents during the season, claim players, etc.
Why needlessly risk waivers on a guy to make room later that you don’t need now, and, have zero intentions on playing?
Exactly , you don’t add every single prospect , you add the top prospects and guys that you know are going to help in the season
This makes a lot of sense.
Can players still be traded for PTBNL and thus acquire a non 60 man prospect after the season? If there is no limit to number of players that can be added throughout the season, how many teams will start with fewer than 59 or 60 players and have several other players on stand by at their spring training complex ready to be added if needed?
Can players still be traded for PTBNL? That could allow trades without adding the prospects to the 60 man. Also, if teams are free to add players to the 60 man throughout the season, will teams possibly select perhaps only 55 players and keep some other extras at their spring training complexes?
This is incredibly convaluted and I’m am slowly becoming less interested in this season.
A lot of those things applied to the minors. The minors doesn’t exist this year, so now it’s front and center. The non 40 man stuff is very confusing though. Totally agree there!
How will service time work? Will the extra guys at the start of the season just be credited with 15 days of service time?
The team that suffers most is Texas. They have to play all the west coast teams.
Good,F the Astros.
Texas Rangers not Houston Astros.
Yes I know.
Bill the Cat
Are are saying this because of traveling to multiple time zones? If so, that’s really no big deal. If it’s because of their schedule, I doubt anyone is shaking at the knees to play the Mariners, Angels, Giants, Rockies, Padres. The east by far have the toughest schedule, those guys will really have to earn their playoff spot.
The only reason Texas suffers is because they have a shortened season in their new stadium. Nothing they did in the offseason really increased their chances in the AL West. Maybe they’d get a wild card? it’s not likely though.
Trade deadline? Gtfo of here, it’s 60 games lol
The manual says that if a player needs added, one must be removed, but says nothing of where they can be added from. Basically, can you add a player from your organization that didn’t originally make it, or do you have to add a player that made someone’s 60 CPP?
Has to be one of the 60.
Anyone who hasn’t been on your 60. Guys in your organization, from other teams, or free agents signings.
removing someone from the 60 should not mean you are risking the player be lost. the 60 man is a 1-year construct and shouldnt need function like the 40 man roster.
I don’t honestly see the need for a trading deadline or even trades this season with only 60 games the 60 man player pool should be plenty to get through the season
I don’t see anything wrong with it. A slow start normally condemns you, but this season a bad start ends your season. A team that starts out 10-20 or worse can at least have a chance to get something for their upcoming free agents.
Injuries or illness would be big reasons a contender might want to make a trade.
Hopefully everyone remains healthy, of course. Hypothetically speaking though, let’s assume relatively good health for all of the central clubs; but since Arizona is already seeing a spike, a harder go of it in the West. Since Central won’t really see West this season, how will that impact trades?
If I’m a Central team in this scenario, I’d certainly have to pause before adding any risk of exposure to my clubhouse.
If I’m a Central player, in this scenario, I wouldn’t want to go West.
It’s a complicated layer to this.
let’s just allow aluminum bats
I read somewhere that the trade deadline is August 31 a couple days ago.
“It is expected that the Trade Deadline will be August 31st.” I’ll call Peter Gammons and get back to you guys.
please post his number
I’m surprised there aren’t different rules for the taxi squad players? Most will never be put on the 40-man roster. Their on the taxi squad for development not to play in a MLB games… So if two weeks in it’s apparent a player is overwhelmed by the competition level on the taxi squad and the team realizes they made a mistake they have to fake an injury to get him off so they can bring another player on?
Can a Rule 5 pick be kept in the 60-man player pool, or must they be on the 30/28/26-man roster the entire time?
That Baseball Fan
When a player gets COVID-19, is he put on the 10-day injured list? It’s a minimum of 14 days, right? Is there an illness list and an injured list?
When the health and safety negotiations happened they created a separate protocol for Covid, it is like 10 days and so many successive negative test results
roster moves won’t matter. season isn’t happening
Seems simple enough
once again. mlb health rumours
How will the Rule 5’ers be affected? Can they stay on the 40/60 man and not play an inning?
No. A rule 5 selection must remain on the major league roster the entire season. They can not be sent down to the minors unless his team trades for his rule 5 rights, or unless he clears waivers and is offered back to his original team for half the acquisition fee.
Why is it that if I am upset with how we got to this 60-game season; the constant public bickering between management and unions; and I express my frustration and displeasure with others than I am somehow less of a fan of the sport?
Did I mis-read these rules or have the rules changed because teams seem to keep guys that they dfa on their 60 player pool. I thought once they are removed (which I thought I read above was including a dfa) that they cannot be added back.