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Description: Baseball Rosters: 25-Man Roster and 40-Man Roster, A History by Baseball Almanac.

Also called the active roster, the 25-man is composed of 25 players who are playing for their Major League team. They are the starting eight position players, pitchers, and reserve players on the team. Players on the active roster are also on the 40-man roster. These players are generally the only ones who dress in uniform and are the only ones who may take the field in a game at any time. Typically, only players on the 25-man roster, and players who are on the disabled list but were on the 25-man roster, travel on road trips with the Major League team.

Typically, a 25-man roster will consist of five starting pitchers, seven relief pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, and five outfielders. In the American League a full-time designated hitter is usually classified as either an infielder or an outfielder, not a DH, because most DHs do play first base, left field, or right field from time to time.

Since the 2012 season, teams have been allowed 26-man rosters for "day-night" doubleheaders—two games scheduled on the same day, but with the stadium cleared between games, and separate tickets sold for each game—as long as the doubleheaders have been scheduled with at least 48 hours notice.

1892. Each team started the season with 15 players, but in mid-June the National League reduced the official roster size down to 13.

1901. When the American League became official, they set their roster size to 18 to draw more players from the National League, but reduced it down to 14 in May (which was equal to the National League).

1908. Both leagues set their roster size at 17 where it remained until the National Agreeement was modified after the 1912 season. Teams were able to have 35 players under their control and 25 players were permitted on each active roster.

1914. Both leagues were now set at 25-man rosters. When the Federal League debuted in 1915, roster sizes were reduced to 21, but it came up after their demise. World War I, World War II, the Depression, and a few other historical events altered roster sizes, but the traditional 25 was now set.

Also called the expanded roster, the 40-man is composed of all the players in a Major League club's organization who are signed to a major-league contract. These are the players who are able to be called up to the 25-man roster at any given time.

Players who were on the 40-man but are placed on the 60-day disabled list are taken off the 40-man until the time on the DL is over. The same applies to players who are suspended. Because players on the 60-day DL are taken off the 40-man with no risk of losing the player, MLB teams often transfer injured players from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL so that they can add another player to the 40-man without having to designate a player for assignment. Designating for assignment is the removal of a player from the 40-man, whereby the team has 10 days to trade the player, release him, or send him to the minors.






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