Change has been coming for some time. Major League Baseball postponed it several times, but eventually planned to limit the teams on the 26-member list to 13 throwers.
Even with advance warning, the restrictions over Kansas City Royal Manager Mike Matheny went like a balloon.
MLB had planned to enforce the list of 13 wells in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic. The Players Association and MLB have agreed to adjust the list sizes and rules for both the 60-game season shortened by the pandemic in 2020 and the previous season, the first full season after the pandemic and ending the entire season without Minor League Baseball.
This year, the teams from the MLB lockout, which took place in March, were engaged in spring training.
However, MLB announced its intention to impose a 13-well limit. The date was shifted twice from May 2 to May 30, then from May 30 to June 20.
Matheny expressed concern that the restriction could be detrimental to the health of the jugs.
“It’s just an injury to our men,” Matheny said. “Then they’ll limit the number of times we can send boys down. I know what they’re doing, but it doesn’t make sense to do what we’re trying to do to protect these men all season. I hope I’m one of 30 ), who says exactly the same thing today.
Matheny referred to another collective bargaining rule that limits the number of choices available to minors to five players per season.
“I always support our leadership in the game, but I don’t agree at all,” Matheny said.
The royal teams had left most of the season with 14 throwers and 12 players, leaving three players. On Monday, they chose Matt Peacock, a relieving jug, and restored Cam Gallagher from the list of injured to reach 13 throwers.
While Matheny certainly said at the outset that he was pleased with Gallagher’s return, he also highlighted the potential consequences of displaying staffs as there are fewer bullhead choices available.
“Every team is a little different, too,” Matheny said. “If you have a team full of men who have played 200 innings in their career and you know they’re just horses and they just go, and every time they go out, they make an average of six plus (innings), it’s a different conversation. ”
There are many young and inexperienced throwers in Royals’ current starting position, with the exception of 19-year-old veteran Zack Greinke, who is in IL.
The group’s most experienced, 26-year-old Brad Keller, has not reached 170 shifts in any season of his career and has not played 30 balls during the season.
Brady Singer spent last season in the Premier League, but due to shoulder fatigue, he was on the injured list. Singer only won 200 rounds in the main tournaments this season.
Entering this week, the Royals got several starts in less than five shifts from Heasley (two), Keller (three), Lynch (three) and Bubic (five). Carlos Hernandez also got six starts in less than five rounds before falling into Triple-A, and Greinkel had three such starts.
All these trips increase the workload of the bullock.
“Come on, sometimes I’d be fine if I took the two men’s bench so we could get coverage,” Matheny said. “I don’t think it hurts the boys. I don’t know. It’s just a pity. Every team is different. First we’re going to win games. But we don’t win games by hand if we sacrifice hurting someone.
“These rules make it really hard to put places where you don’t put it on anyone. You make sure you can’t throw a position player that I’m not crazy about anyway, but you can’t do that if you don’t have six races apart. There are a lot of things , which – someone’s just going to eat it, and it’s probably the man who’s already overworked.
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