New 10-Day DL Rule Obviously Makes Sense
I didn’t write anything earlier about the new 10-day Disabled List rule, because it just seemed to be such an obvious improvement over the 15-day rule.
Part of the reason for the so long adherence to the 15-day rule was to prevent teams like the Yankees, Cardinals and Dodgers from taking advantage of their much deeper minor league systems to bring up major league level talent stuck in the minors for limited high value appearances. The old rule meant that you lost a player for 15 days if you sent him to the DL, lessening the relative value of the selective, high value call-up. The idea being that a player didn’t go on the DL unless he was really hurt.
This rule makes no sense this far into the Draft era, and it already appears that MLB teams are going to the 10-Day DL faster they went to the 15-Day. Gone, perhaps, are the days of waiting three or four days before retroactively employing the DL, to see if the injured player wasn’t hurt that bad and could return without a 15-day loss of his services.
Now teams have less incentive to play a man short for several games and more incentive to give the injured player enough time to recover. In today’s game, where a new player can be there in one game thanks to air travel and chartered jets, that 25th man on the bench is more valuable than ever.
The 10-Day rule gives teams more flexibility, and means star players can potentially come back from injury sooner. What’s not to like?