MLB and MLBPA announce rule changes for 2022 season

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today jointly announced the rule changes that will be in place for the 2022 championship season:

Starting pitcher as designated hitter. It is not mandatory for a club to designate a batter for the pitcher. However, in the event that the starting pitcher bats for himself, the player will be considered two separate persons for the purposes of Rule 5.11(a). In such cases, the manager must list 10 players on his team’s roster card, and that player must be named twice – once as the starting pitcher and once as the designated hitter. Thus, if the starting pitcher is replaced, he can continue as the designated hitter, and if the designated hitter is replaced, he can continue as the pitcher (but can no longer bat for himself). If the player is replaced simultaneously as both the starting pitcher and the designated hitter, he cannot be replaced by another two-way player fulfilling both roles as separate persons (this can only be done once times on the initial lineup card identifying that the starting pitcher bats for himself).

Extra innings rule: In an effort to preserve player health and safety during the condensed schedule, the rule that each extra inning start with a runner on second base has been reinstated for the 2022 season, continuing what was in place for the 2020 and 2021.

Morgan Sword, executive vice president of baseball operations for MLB, said, “As part of our discussions with the MLBPA regarding the condensed 162-game schedule, we have agreed to extend the extra innings rule to the season. championship 2022 and to temporarily expand the lists. We’re excited to see the Universal Designated Hitter in action this season with modified rules that will promote the use of two-way players in the future.

MLBPA Director of Player Services Kevin Slowey said, “Expanding the designated hitter and giving two-way players increased flexibility to showcase their talents will benefit the game for the foreseeable future. The additional innings alignment and adjustments will also serve to protect player health and safety in what will be a unique 2022 season. »

Additionally, rookie qualifications going forward will remain the same as for the 2021 season. no longer excluded the days of September towards the 45-day threshold. As in 2021, rookie qualifications will read: “A player will be considered a rookie unless in one or more previous seasons he has (has) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a major league club or clubs during the championship season (excluding time on injured reserve).

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