Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced several changes for the 2019 and 2020 seasons on Thursday.
Several changes will go into effect in 2019, including the elimination of the August waiver trade period, making the July 31 trade deadline the league's only deadline; an All-Star Game "Election Day", in which fans will vote for the top three vote-getters at each position in each league to determine the starters for the Midsummer Classic; $1 million in prize money being awarded to the winner of the Home Run Derby; the reduction of time during inning breaks; and mound visits dropping from six to five per team, per game.
In 2020, team roster sizes from Opening Day through Aug. 31 will increase from 25 to 26, the 40-man active roster limit in September will be eliminated, a three-batter minimum for pitchers will go into place, and the minimum time a player spends on the injured list will increase from 10 days to 15.
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