Inning Breaks are to be reduced in both local and national broadcasts.
Under the agreement, breaks between innings will be five seconds shorter this season and teams will be allowed only five visits to the mound each game instead of six.
- The trade deadline is now July 31 - period.
Players can be placed and claimed on outright waivers after July 31, but they cannot be traded after that date.
Joint Committee: MLB and the MLBPA will form a joint committee to study other potential changes.
In terms of the All-Star game itself a new rule has been added for if the game goes to extra innings. Clubs will be required to designate each of its players as either a pitcher or a position player prior to each player's first day on the active roster for a given season. Fans will still be permitted to cast votes online, but the top three players at each position will then be included in a newly implemented All-Star "Election Day" which figures to provide new avenues to marketing the game's top talent both in mainstream media and via social media. Further details will be announced in April.
All-Star bonus payments will be given to the top three vote-getters at each position in each League during the Primary Round (top six for outfielders). Prize money for the players on the winning All-Star team will be increased in 2019.
Home run derby: The victor now receives $1 million.
President Trump to deliver remarks in Oval Office
As president, Trump has the constitutional authority under Article I, Section 7 to reject a proposal from Congress . President Trump will deliver remarks in the Oval Office at 3:30 p.m.
Meant to get the MLB's best players to take part, the Home Run Derby now has a total player prize money amounting to $2.5 million. Last year, Josh Donaldson, Daniel Murphy, Andrew McCutchen, David Freese, Gio Gonzalez, Fernando Rodney, Mike Fiers, Justin Bour and Ryan Madson were among the notable players traded after July 31 after passing through waivers. While trades tend to occur before the non-waiver deadline as is, big moves have still been made in August by several teams. The All-Star Game Election Day will be a chance for Major League Baseball to market its players.
In 2020, a the standard roster size will expand from 25 to 26 (with a 13-pitcher maximum).
Big changes are coming to Major League Baseball, and this season will be just the beginning.
From Sept. 1 until the postseason, all teams will have 28 players on the active roster.
For a specific MLB season, it must designate each of its baseball players either as a position player or a pitcher before their first day on the active roster. One of the main arguing points in a potential new CBA was roster expansion to 26 players. While they asked for things like more days off and private chefs in every clubhouse, owners got increases in the luxury tax that prompted more teams to cut veterans who cost them money and chilled the free agent market.
-All pitchers must face at least three batters or end a half-inning, unless injured. The rule was implemented unilaterally by the Office of the Commissioner.
More than 60 teens participate in a new high school girls baseball invitational at the home of the Texas Rangers at MLB Grit in Arlington, Texas.