Baseball business rules

Baseball Business Rules

Baseball business rules

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The baseball business rules govern all aspects of the game of Major League Baseball beyond what happens in the field of play.The Official Professional Baseball Rules Book,Office of the Commissioner, New York 2003. This book is available at the Baseball Hall of Fame library in Cooperstown, NY There are a number of sources for these rules but they all ultimately are sanctioned by the Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball. Examples of these rules are the Rule 5 Draft and the Disabled list.Other examples include:
  • the 5/10 Rule whereby players who have been with a club for 5 consecutive years and have been a major league player for 10 years cannot be traded without their consent.
  • the roster list rules (25 and 40 man lists) which also determines who is eligible to play for a team in the playoffs and world series
  • tie-breaking rules for deciding which teams go to the playoffs
  • implementing/enforcing the expanded playing rules issued to umpires which goes into much greater detail than the official Baseball rules. These rules are described in the Umpire's Manual.

The Official Professional Baseball Rules Book

The Rules Book is broken up into the following sections:

Major League Rules

The Major League Rules begin with a note stating that whenever a provision of any of its rules conflicts with a provision in the Collective Bargaining...
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