When the 2020 Major League Baseball season started, we knew it was going to be weird. There were rules put in place specifically because of everything that’s going on, and one of those rules was the number of active players on the roster. Before COVID-19 took over the planet, the rosters this season were going to be expanded to 26 players – up one player from where they have been seemingly forever. But with COVID-19 shutting down spring training and then rushing Summer Camp into a quick ramp up to get the season going, rosters were expanded to 30 players to begin the season. That roster size was set to drop to 28 players after two weeks of the season, and then another two weeks later to 26 players.
Well, the first part of that is still true. On Thursday at noon, teams must drop two players from their 30-man roster and get to a 28-player roster for their big league team. But that’s going to be the final number for the rest of the season. And that number will also carry forward into the postseason, too, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Original plan was for rosters to reduce from 30 to 28 on Thursday and then to originally agreed upon 26 in another two weeks. Union telling players adjustment was made “in light of the health and safety challenges we have seen in the first couple of weeks of the season.” https://t.co/nvHFLbcUQ7
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 4, 2020
This is helpful for two guys who otherwise would be sent back to play at Prasco Park in 16 days. More service time for whoever those players are. More money for whoever those players are, too. And if the team makes it into the playoffs it’ll get two additional guys some playoff experience.
Here’s how the Cincinnati Reds MLB and Prasco Park rosters look:
Cincinnati Reds MLB Roster
Cincinnati Reds Prasco Park Roster