How today's new Major League Baseball rule changes could affect the Tigers

How today's new Major League Baseball rule changes could affect the Tigers

Big changes are coming to Major League Baseball in 2019.

Major League Baseball unveiled a sweeping range of rule changes due to be introduced over the next two years on Thursday, with several moves created to speed up play and boost entertainment.

ESPN's Jeff Passan wrote extensively about the soon-to-be-announced changes on Wednesday night.

This is another attempt to prevent the slowing of games with pitching changes during half innings. In both instances, the breaks will be 2 minutes. Because so many relievers are needed to finish a game, managers can't have them face just one or two batters as frequently.

From Sept. 1 until the postseason, all teams will have 28 players on the active roster.

Mound visits per team will be reduced from six to five.

The MLB Players Association and the MLB announced an All-Star Game Election Day and a $1 million bonus for the Home Run Derby victor, both of which will start this season.

There will be a cap on the number of pitchers that teams are allowed to carry on the active roster, that will be determined by the joint committee.

Time between innings will be cut from 2:05 to 2:00 for local games and 2:25 to 2:00 for national games. Trade waivers have been eliminated, meaning the end of post-July 31 waiver trades.

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The first change to roster construction will enter into effect this season with a single trade deadline on July 31.

Players can be placed and claimed on outright waivers after July 31, but they cannot be traded after that date.

All-Star Game fan voting will be conducted in two rounds. The fans then can vote on position players.

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). In late June or early July, an "Election Day" will be held in which the top three vote-getters at each position in each League during the Primary Round (including the top nine outfielders) will be voted on by fans during a prescribed time period to determine the All-Star Game starters.

Rosters will be increased from 25 to 26 players. The rule was implemented unilaterally by the Office of the Commissioner. Teams will be allowed to carry 27 players during a doubleheader.

- Pitchers will have to serve a 15- rather than 10-day Injured List period as a way to try to further thwart roster manipulation.

Baseball's heaviest hitters will have a good reason to participate in the Home Run Derby: Money.

The Home Run Derby winner's prize money will increase to $1 million with an eye on getting the best power bats - are you listening Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge? - not to skip the event.

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