Miscellaneous Rules Expectations for Baseball: 30-Man Rosters at First, DH, Runner at 2B, Trade Deadline, More

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Miscellaneous Rules Expectations for Baseball: 30-Man Rosters at First, DH, Runner at 2B, Trade Deadline, More

Chicago Cubs

Chris Cotillo must have a line on the many anticipated rules for this season, many of which have been bandied about for months, but none of which have been this close to actually being firmly true.

*IF THERE IS A SEASON*, among the rules shared by Cotillo (as of this past weekend, per a source):

That is a potentially enormous taxi squad, though it would at least provide even more opportunity for minor leaguers to get some game-ish experience this year. The expectation is that the taxi squad will be at a nearby facility, training and staying game-ready.

No huge surprises there, as we’ve generally  heard about all of those before. I am fine with doing the extra innings thing this year. It’s weird, and possibly bad, but in a shortened season with extra risk, no reason to mess around with marathon games. Ties, frankly, would also be fine.

No sense in trying to totally reschedule rainouts when you’ve gotten a chunk of the game in. Again, I’m fine with this.

Cotillo also hears that there *WILL* be a trade deadline, and it will be August 31. That would be extremely weird, because then you’d only have trades for about the first month of the season … and then you’re trading for a guy for only the final month of the season. So weird. But it does make me happy to know trade fun is a possibility.

Much more coming soon. Players are supposed to indicate by 5pm ET whether they are signing off on the health and safety protocols, and on Spring Training Part Two beginning July 1.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.