Braves: Rosters expected to expand to 28 for the first month of the season

Vaughn Grissom

Yesterday, the MLB and MLBPA came to an agreement (shocker) that rosters will be expanded from 26 to 28 until May 1st. The reason for this is that Spring Training was shortened to just three weeks, so this should prevent pitchers from pushing too hard early in the season. On May 1st, rosters will be cut back to the standard 26 players.

I recently did an article where I predicted the Opening Day 26-man roster for the Braves. That will now have to be revised. Given Brian Snitker has already hinted at his team starting the season with a six-man rotation, expect two more pitchers to be included.

I’m happy the league decided to do this because the last thing teams need is top-flight arms going down before we even get to May. However, one of the rule changes they also implemented I’m not so thrilled about. Ghost runners in extra innings will also return in 2022 in an attempt to prevent games from going deep into the night. If you ask me, that’s a Mickey Mouse rule. Hopefully, this is the last season baseball fans have to see it.



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