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    Brian Walton
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    The date change had been rumored for some time. One downside is that the league will be over before the MLB playoffs are.

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    gscottar
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    In 2020 September rosters in MLB will be limited to 28 instead of 40. Will this allow for more participants in the AFL?

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    CariocaCardinal
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    Gscott, I doubt it raises the overall number but in some cases could affect the composition of who goes.

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    Brian Walton
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    One big challenge in the AFL is getting enough at-bats for hitters, so I doubt they would increase roster sizes. They are already between 35-40 players per team (seven or eight per organization times five supplying organizations).

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    BlackHillsCard
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    What are the chances of them expanding teams?

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    Brian Walton
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    Perhaps if all of the MLB teams agitated to send more players to the AFL, it would be done. The expenses would surely increase, adding another facility and the related infrastructure.

    I think AFL expansion would be more likely if/when MLB expands to 32 teams. Then they could have eight AFL teams staffed by four organizations each. Each system could send nine players plus a taxi squadder. That would maintain the team symmetry and roster sizes would remain the same.

    (Today’s structure is six AFL teams, each staffed by five organizations with seven or eight players each.)

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    CariocaCardinal
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    Partial answers. Pretty much what Brian posted yesterday.

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/arizona-fall-league-announces-schedule-personnel-changes-for-2019/

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