Rule Changes in 2020 MLB

Hello everyone!

In baseball people are always trying to make the game better, and run smoother. Over the years, people are constantly thinking about the rules and how to improve them. I found an article about with some of the 2020 rule changes in Major League Baseball and you can click here to read it.

I thought that this article was very interesting. Tony Clark is the executive director of the Players Association. He attended a meeting after one of the Tigers and Red Sox game to discuss rule changes with other important people.

Tony Clark states, “I think the common ground that we were able to find here has cracked open a door to a broader conversation, and that broader conversation we believe is necessary and in the best interests of both parties.”

This article also has some of the rules that changed from 2019 and the rules that will soon change in 2020.

I think it it very interesting that in 2020, through August 31st, the active roster will increase from 25 to 26 players, and in September, the teams will be required to have a 28-man roster. The amount of players in the dugout and able to play, is a huge thing in baseball, and this could change the game.

This article also said that teams must designate players as either position players, or a pitcher. Only designated pitchers will be allowed to pitch the first 9 innings of the game. On the contrary, a position player can only pitch if his team is ahead or behind by 6 runs. This is huge. In some games the teams run out of pitchers because they use everyone in their bullpen. These teams then have to go to some of their position players. I’m wondering, what will happen if neither team is ahead by 6 runs, and they are out of pitchers?

There are a few more rules listed, and you can check them out here.

Please leave comments below on what you think about some of these rule changes!


6 Thoughts.

  1. Good morning, Elijah!
    I am also an avid fan of baseball but I can’t say that I know all the rules! As a fan and spectator, my curiosity has always been on what is or isn’t a reviewable play. What are your thoughts on how the ruling by the umpire on the field stands or the play gets replayed in New York and is reviewed?
    Looking forward to your thoughts!
    Mrs. Richards

    • Hello. That is a good question. There always seem to be a lot of really close plays in Major League Baseball. From my understanding, if an umpire makes a call on a close play, and the opposing team doesn’t like the call, they can ask the other umpires for “help”. This is basically just saying that if all the other umpires saw differently from the other umpire, then they could overturn the call. If the play can’t be divided, then they put on headphones and listen to people in New York watching replays from several angles. Technology is getting better every day, and 360 degree replays are coming to the game. This is where they can stop the replay, and turn the image any which way. To overturn a call the people in New York must have enough evidence and proof that the call was wrong, and the play should be changed or overturned. If the call doesn’t have enough proof, then the call will stand.

      That is just my understanding of reviewable play in the MLB.

  2. thanks for telling me about this. I just wondered If some of these rules might change the game in any unexpected way. I don’t know match about base ball


  3. What’s up Elijah!
    Truthfully, I don’t think I’ve ever just sat down and watched a baseball game. But, I think the article you found is very interesting! I never really thought that a rule change would ever happen in major sports leagues because I think it would really confuse players that are playing from 2019 to the 2020 season. What’s your opinion on that?

    • I think the Major League Baseball organization is always trying to make the game better, and faster. So, I think it is OK to change the rules to help the players, and help the game improve over the years. Technology is also improving, and that can also have a huge impact on the game of baseball.

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