Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Changes in the 2022 MLB season Announced by MLB and MLBPA

Published 04/01/2022, 3:54 PM EDT

The regular season of MLB is less than a week away. Just a few days more and baseball will be back in action. However, unlike the last season, MLB and MLBPA have jointly agreed to change a few rules.

Not one or two, but a total of three major rules have been changed for the 2022 season. The most notable rule includes the expansion of rosters for every team. While from this season, just like the American League, the National League teams can also play a DH (designated hitter) in their lineup.

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And how can one forget the most famous change of this season? The Shohei Ohtani rule. Yes, being a two-way player, Ohtani can pitch first in the game, and when getting the chance, he can bat as well.

MLB and MLBPA jointly agree to change a few rules for the 2022 season

Notably, this is a jointly taken decision by both the owners and the players’ association. However, the DH rule was already agreed upon between the two parties during the lockout. In February 2022, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred had already announced that universal DH will be allowed in both the American League and the National League.

Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves fans hold up phone lights during a pitching change by the Houston Astros during the fourth inning during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Another major change in this season will be the flexible roster for every team. Now, any MLB side can increase their current 26-player roster to a maximum of 28 players. And if required, it might go to 29 players too. However, this will be allowed only till May 1st. After that, the roster size will go down to the usual 26 players.

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Notably, according to the Shohei Ohtani rule, now a designated hitter can start as a pitcher. However, being the only two-way player in the league, only Ohtani can benefit from this rule.

Last but not the least, in 2022, considering the player’s health and safety, each extra inning will begin with a runner on the second base. This extra innings rule was also part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

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With so many changes on a trot, the 2022 season is going to be significantly different from the last season.

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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

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