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Willie Hood
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06/24/2020 10:17 am  

@pros

There is that but also allows some development time for prospects since there is no minor league season.


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The Prosecutor
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06/24/2020 10:35 am  

Actually the 30-man roster is just for the first 15 days then it drops to 28 and later 26. Not sure why.

The reserve squad will train at another location (Arizona? Columbus? Akron?)

It will be really interesting to see how the extra innings games shake out where they start with a man on second base. 

"According to Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper, after the minor leagues adapted this rule two years ago, the percentage of extra-inning games decided in the first extra inning rose from 45 percent in 2016-17 to 73 percent in 2018-19."

So about three-quarters of the time the game will be over after 10 innings and almost always by 11 innings. 

This goes away for the playoffs. 

By the way, I can see the Indians using DeShields or Allen or even Zimmer in this role. Can the same guy lead off on second base for more than one inning? IOW, if DeShields has not played and starts the 10th on second base and the game goes into the 11th can DeShields start on second again or do they have to use somebody else since he's no longer in the game? 


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The Prosecutor
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06/24/2020 11:04 am  

I keep getting more answers.

"Each half-inning following the ninth inning will begin with a runner on second base. The runner will be the player in the batting order immediately preceding that half-inning’s leadoff hitter."

This will bring up some interesting decisions by managers. If your runner on second is Franmil Reyes, do you pinch run Greg Allen or Delino DeShields? It's gotta be yes, right? You get a much faster runner on second who can do in as a defensive replacement if the game continues into the next inning. But if the game goes 2-3 more innings you would lose Reyes' bat. It seems like a no-brainer, you go with speed to get that run home and go from there. 

It was also pointed out in The Athletic that trades might be more likely since each game counts so much more than in a normal season.

"Just as in the past, execs might not give up much for one-month rentals. But such players arguably will be more valuable in a 60-game regular season, when each game will carry 2.7 times the weight it does during a normal 162-game schedule. A trade acquisition who helps his club advance to the World Series would be a team member for nearly two of the four months of play."

The Indians could trade Lindor right now and the receiving team would get him for a full season as opposed to half a season or less. I don't expect that to happen, though. 

However, races are expected to be very tight in a short season. Surprisingly, that wasn't the case last year. After 60 games three of the six division leaders were up by 10 games or more. In only one division did the leader not have at least a 2.5 game lead (NL Central where the Cubs and Brewers were tied). There were a lot of teams in contention for the wild card spots after 60 games, however. A trade for one star player could be the difference more so this season than in a normal one. 


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CalBuckeyeRob
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06/25/2020 8:57 am  

How is service time for prospects going to work and what options do teams have?  Teams often delayed the call-up until that June window which delayed free agency for a year. Can the Angels keep Jo Adell in the "minors" until they determine if he might even be relevant to making the playoffs? Is that the "taxi" squad?  If they call him up for a month does that now count as 3 months? 


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Willie Hood
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06/25/2020 8:59 am  

@calbuckeyerob

The taxi squad will serve as a Triple A club. I hope that helps.


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DetDawg
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06/25/2020 2:17 pm  
Posted by: @pros

They start with a 30-man roster with 20-30 players "in reserve" in case of injuries or illness. Since they're only playing 60 games they should not need the taxi squad at all unless there's a significant coronavirus outbreak. 

That reserve squad gives teams a chance to have their top prospects training at the home ballparks if teams want to do that. 

 

The reserve squad also gives teams replacement players if any players on the roster catch the virus.

 


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DetDawg
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06/25/2020 2:22 pm  

I don't think I've ever read where it's been spelled out how players on the taxi squad will accumulate service time (if at all), and in what circumstances.


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Willie Hood
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06/25/2020 3:36 pm  

@detdawg

I believe there was something that mentioned the pay and basically laid that out. Reserve players will get time if called upon otherwise it is not any different than a player playing in Columbus or Akron.


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DetDawg
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06/25/2020 3:52 pm  

Per Hoynes, Clase's 80-game suspension will be deemed served if this season's scheduled 60-game regular season is played in full.  If the season  is interrupted or ends prematurely due to coranavirus, then further negotiations will be required.

https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2020/06/cleveland-indians-emmanuel-clases-80-game-suspension-can-be-served-in-60-game-season.html


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06/25/2020 5:28 pm  

So, since the Indians are always horribly prepared coming out of Spring Training and spend the entire season catching up, what will they do differently to come out better prepared and without the rash of strains and sprains they always experience?

 


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Criznit
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06/25/2020 5:52 pm  
Posted by: @bzrd

So, since the Indians are always horribly prepared coming out of Spring Training and spend the entire season catching up, what will they do differently to come out better prepared and without the rash of strains and sprains they always experience?

 

I have been kind of wondering this myself. 

The only thing I can think of, is whomever has the "hot hand" gets a bit more consideration than in the past. For example, a chilly Reyes might sit on the bench sooner than later especially if someone like Bradley makes the best of limited opportunity. 

 

Additionally any manager who can cultivate chemistry, guys like Torre, Guillen and Maddon come to mind could lead an early season charge right into the playoffs. 

 

 


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Willie Hood
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06/25/2020 6:16 pm  

Yeah, a slow start would be worse case scenario for this club. It will be a fight with the Twins and maybe the White Sox surprise us all... they did win the season series with the Tribe too.

I can't wait to see Reyes in the Indians lineup for a full season - guess I'll have to wait til next yr or even 2022 for that.

Obviously, in this scenario I'd agree with the notion that the hot hand gets the opportunity. 


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CalBuckeyeRob
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06/25/2020 9:19 pm  

Hopefully Francona will avoid carrying and playing that vet picked up off the scrap heap like Hanley and Cargo with the short season.


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MadThinker88
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06/25/2020 10:23 pm  

Do those players on the 40 man but not in the majors at all during this season burn 1 of their 3 option years???

Might make a difference if they need to call up someone like Daniel Johnson/ Sam Hentges/ Triston McKenzie/ JC Mejia or go with a non-roster invite in some cases (Cam Hill/ Dominic Leone/ Jared Robinson/ Anthony Gose etc)


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Willie Hood
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06/25/2020 10:26 pm  

@madthinker88

My understanding is that it does burn an option year if they are not on the 26 man roster.


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