Top 11 Changes in new MLB CBA

It finally happened. MLBPA and Owners decided on a new CBA and it brings with it quite a few changes. The game of baseball and the business of it – are changing (and could change even more in 2023).

There are, of course, financial changes to the luxury tax threshold, minimum salary, bonus pools, etc. These are all good, but I steered clear of the financial details for this review.

No ghost runner in extra innings – The experiment is over and extra inning games will no longer have a free runner at 2nd base. I hated this idea originally then it grew on me. However, the old school baseball fan in me is glad to see it gone.

9 inning double headers are back – No more “sorta” games and “sorta” no-hitters (*ahem*, doesn’t count Bumgarner). Playing 7 innings was just silly and a shorter game is a totally different game. Good riddance to the non-full games.

Universal DH – This is a big deal and sure to anger all your NL fan friends who will definitely say the game is being ruined. Let’s face it, no one wants to see a pitcher hit every 9 batters unless his last name is Ohtani. This will open up a lot of jobs as well for guys who can’t play the field well.

Draft pick lottery – All 18 non-playoff teams will enter a lottery for the top six pick. Pretty cool idea. After the top 6 picks the rest will pick in order of record just as it is now. Small market teams can be in the lottery for the top 6 picks two years in a row and Large market teams can only be in the lottery for the top 6 picks for 1 year in a row (Sorry Angels).

5 options per year per eligible player – This is great for minor leaguers on the cusp who get shuttle back and forth 10 or 12 times per season. This will help limit service time manipulation and it’s just plain easier on these guys who won’t have to go back and forth as much.

20 round amateur draft – Just like 2021, the 20 round draft is here to stay.

Top 2 Rookie of Year vote getters can get a full year of service – Pretty cool to reward high performing players this way. Not so cool for teams like the Angels were this rule in place in 2018 since it would have shortened Ohtani’s service time by one year.

A team that brings up a player for Opening Day can net 3 draft picks over time, one pick per year, if that player does well in voting – this means that teams who bring up players who finish top 5 in Cy Young or MVP voting get that reward. In other words, don’t hold back those young stars to manipulate their service time because you could lose out on extra draft picks.

12-team expanded postseason – Not much to say here. I’m okay with more teams having a shot. This means teams with 86 wins could now make it into the playoffs.

Rule Change Committee – This starts in 2023 as is comprised of four active players, six members appointed by MLB, and one umpire. This could bring rule changes such as a pitch clock, larger bases, and a ban on shifts.

Jersey & helmet advertising is coming – Hopefully it’s not too tacky.

Free photo Advertising Sports Advertising Man Move Sport - Max Pixel

Thoughts on these changes? Comment below!

14 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 year ago

12 teams in the Playoffs is just so wrong. Your team plays 162 game schedule to finish 101-61 surviving 6 months of injuries, weather events, travel, etc. and you get bumped out in the second round by a team that wins 86 games and finds lightning in a bottle.

DH in both leagues is no big deal, though it was cool that the two leagues were a bit different.

5 options per season is a good idea, wasn’t right to mess with careers the way that the GM’s did.

20 round draft is only about the money saved by kicking out 42 communities. Yep that money saved will lower Tix prices.

Lottery will help make things some what fair.

Raising the CBT was good as the salaries are going high than a kite.

Hang a rules committee is just asking to change rules every year, I just have a fundamental problem with this idea. Hell bent to change the game is what this is for.

Why not the clock this year or rules keeping batters in the box?

But the worst un-checked box was keeping the self important commissioner around.

There you have it straight from the Old School GPB, now back to our news desk.

Brent
Super Member
1 year ago

Really bummed to see Matty V not being banned from broadcasting Angels games with the new CBA.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

Universal DH just added 2 or 3 more years to Albert’s career…

...Rev Halofan
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago

…you’re all gonna mist the ghost runner when you need him most…
…gonna miss the seven inning doubleheaders when your time is toast…

Jim Atkins
Super Member
1 year ago

So I’m guessing a complete rework of this year’s schedule is ongoing to fit in 162 games and the everybody plays everybody schedule begins next year?

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

And they left out the most important thing — salary floor. F*** you, Bob Nutting.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 year ago

Lots of things to make games longer. Obviously 9 innings on double headers.

The DH in the NL turns a few easy outs to real at bats.

The ghost runner was stupid but it did seem to cut down game times. And it did create immediate drama.

SScott
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

The ghost runner may have cut down on time, but it was still a ridiculous rule. Teams should not lose a game when they execute a 1-2-3 inning.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago

Praise for the MLBPA for voting down the 14-team expanded playoffs. While a hater of the DH, it was inevitable as the world series is just awkward. We need Shohei batting at all times.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Also, all the more necessary if we are to play more games against the NL (every team once, I read)

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago

Yeah, good call. Very true.

Designerguy
Super Member
1 year ago

The playoffs will become the MLB Fall Tournament.

Brent
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Designerguy

March Madness doesn’t even end in March.