Major League Baseball Rules:
The revised MLB uses the same rules with the following exceptions:
- MLB Salary = All players must earn between $480,000 and $5 million per season.
a) All teams are required to have a 26-man roster for each game and a 41-man total roster for the season to add a extra player to the roster who will either serve as a pitcher, catcher, infielder, outfielder, or an Designated Extra Hitter (DEH).
b) On September 1, the Major League team's roster expands from the 26-man active roster to the entire 41-man roster.
c) September call-ups are players from the minors who are playing in September to get Major League experience and provide reinforcements down the stretch, especially for teams in contention.
- Number of Players in Batting Order = All teams must have a 10-man batting order in which both the DEH and the pitcher must bat.
- Designated Extra Hitter (DEH) Rules:
a) The DEH must be declared on the lineup card prior to the game.
b) The DEH may hit in any place in the batting order and is considered eligible for re-entry under the re-entry rule like any regular position player.
c) The DEH can go into the field for any of the other 9 players (usually outfielders) in the game and that player will then become the DEH; If this occurs, the batting order doesn't change.
- Batting Order:
a) The away team gets the pick for the coin toss.
b) The team that wins the coin toss has the choice of batting first or last.
c) The batting order is predetermined by each team's manager.
d) The team batting order alternates each day (example: Day #1 = home team bats first / Day #2 = away team bats first, etc.)
- Number of Innings:
a) Each team has 3 innings (format #1) or 9-12 innings (format #2; 3 innings per day) per game in which all 10 players in the batting order must bat; the 7th inning stretch will become the 2nd inning stretch.
b) An inning ends when all 10 players are either dismissed or stranded on base.
c) All doubleheaders (DH) will be 2 innings each.
d) All overtime innings will revert to the traditional inning format (i.e. 3 outs per team); all overtimes can only have a max of 3 innings.
- Scoring System:
a) A player scores 1 point for every base reached after hitting the ball, rather than a complete circle of all the bases (ex: ground rule double = 2 pts).
b) However, they will not subsequently score when moving around the bases on another player's hit unless they manage to steal a base or reach home plate.
c) The equivalent of a home run scores 4 points + the number of players on base (if any).
d) 1 point will also be awarded for walks.
e) For all extra innings, each team will start with a runner on 2nd base.
- MLB Preseason Format (i.e. Spring Training & National Team Exhibitions/World Baseball Classic):
a) Spring Training begins during middle of February; all games during Spring Training must begin on March 1 and end on March 30.
b) All MLB teams will play 26 games (13h/13a) during spring training.
c) The USA national team will play a 3-game exhibition series against any other national team beginning on March 15 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE & followed by at least 2 more with a 1-day break in between series every year the World Baseball Classic (WBC) is not held (the other series for the USA team can be at different stadiums).
d) All of the national team players will complete winter training with their MLB/MiLB teams at Spring Training & then report to their national team’s first stadium at least 3 days in advance.
e) All of the national team players must be paid during the preseason while they are playing with their national team.
f) All tickets for the exhibition games for all of the national teams must not exceed 2017 US$100 for MLB stadiums & $35 for MiLB stadiums (must be adjusted for inflation).
g) All of the other national teams (in addition to the other 2 exhibition series for the USA national team) can play in all of the MLB stadium and all of the MilB stadiums with at least 10,000 seating capacity (except for the Spring Training stadiums).
- MLB Regular Season Format #1 (154 Games):
a) Each team plays 14 games (7h/7a; two 4-game series & two 3-games series) against the other 7 inter-divisional teams in division (98 games).
b) Each team plays 6 games (3h/3a; two 3-games series) against the other 8 divisional teams in their league (48 games).
c) Each team plays 8 games (4h/4a; two 4-game series) against their designated interleague rival (8 games). The inter-league rivals are as follows:
i. Mets vs. Yankees
ii. Cubs vs. White Sox
iii. Dodgers vs. Angels
iv. Giants vs. Athletics
v. Reds vs. Indians
vi. Cardinals vs. Royals
vii. Nationals vs. Orioles
viii. Brewers vs. Twins
ix. Marlins vs. Rays
x. Phillies vs. Pirates
xi. Expos vs Blue Jays
xii. Diamondbacks vs Sultanes
xiii. Astros vs. Rangers
xiv. Mariners vs. Padres
xv. Braves vs. Red Sox (maybe?)
xvi. Rockies vs Tigers (maybe?)
d) Each team will receive premier points for entry into the post season; Each team will receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.
- MLB Regular Season Format #2 (44 Games) (Like test cricket where 1 game is played over certain number of days):
a) The starting rotation & bullpen will still function as they normally do (i.e. pitcher #1 will start day #1 of game #1, pitcher #2 will start day #2, etc.).
b) Each team plays 2 4-day games (1h/1a) & 2 3-day games (1h/1a) against the other 7 inter-divisional teams in division (28 games).
c) Each team plays one 4-day game (either home or away) & one 3-day game (opposite of 4-day game) against the other 8 divisional teams in their league (16 games).
d) The first 2-3 days of a game (depending on the number of days in a game) will have no overtime innings; All overtime innings will be played on the last day of the game.
e) Each team will receive premier points for entry into the post season; Each team will receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.
f) 2016 example (*Cubs vs ^Reds 3-day game in April 11-14): Day #1 =*5-3^; Day #2 = *9-2^; Day #3 = *8-1^ (Total: Cubs = 22 points; Reds = 6 points (Cubs Win)).
g) Each team will receive premier points for entry into the postseason. Each team will receive 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss. If games have days that are rained out, they will not be made up, and the combined total for the games remaining will determine the winner (Test Cricket format only).
- The MLB All-Star game usually occurs on the third Tuesday in July:
a) The venues traditionally alternate between the American League and National League every year.
b) The Home Run Derby, a contest among home run hitters, will be held on the first day of the All-Star Break.
c) The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game with a team of minor league baseball prospects from the United States and a team of prospects from other countries in the World compete against each other; the game is played 2 days before the MLB All-Star game, and every organization is represented with no more than two players from any organization, and 26 players per team. Games last 3 innings with up to two extra innings available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings; if after 5 innings total, a tie still remains, the game ends.
d) Another exhibition game for the USA national team is played on the day prior to the MLB All-Star Game.
e) The All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game pits teams with a mixture of former stars from the host team's past, as well as celebrities from music, film, and television. This game is held during the day after the Home Run Derby.
- MLB Post-Season Format #1 = 8-team best-of series tournament:
a) The teams selected to enter the playoffs are the division champions & runner-ups.
b) 1st Round (Divisional Series) = best 2-of-3 with a 1-1-1 format.
c) 2nd Round (League Championship Series) = best 3-of-5 with a 2-2-1 format.
d) World Series = best 4-of-7 with a 2-3-2 format.
- MLB Post-Season Format #2 = 8-team single-elimination tournament:
a) The teams selected to enter the playoffs are the division champions & runner-ups.
b) 1st Round (Divisional Series) = 1 3-day game.
c) 2nd Round (League Championship Series) = 1 3-day game (at higher seed) & 1 2-day game (at lower seed; must be first)
d) World Series = 1 3-day game (at lower seed; must be first) & 1 4-day game (at higher seed)
e) all overtime innings will be played on the final day of the game
- Substitution Rules:
a) The DEH is eligible to be put into the game defensively at any time; If this happens, the batting order does not change.
b) The ten (10) players in the batting order can be rotated among the nine (9) defensive positions at the discretion of the coach or manager, and all are eligible for re- entry under the re-entry rule; For example, a manager can move the DEH into LF, and the LF now becomes the DEH.
c) All starting players may be removed and re‐enter the game once, but must re‐enter in their original position in the batting order.
d) Non‐starters are not allowed to re‐enter unless an injury occurs.
e) When a starter re‐enters, the player in the starter’s batting position in the batting order must be removed from the game and is ineligible for the remainder of the game unless an injury occurs.