I am interested in looking at the matchups between the pitcher and the batter lineup he has to face. However, there are several times I have looked at the batting lineup for a game beforehand (even day of) and have only seen "TBD" with no expected time. Per the question on announcing probable pitchers it is said that team managers submit the lineup to the umpire. From there it is then displayed. But the one unknown for me is...


Is there a customary time when the manager submits the batting lineup to the umpire?

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It's only officially done a few minutes prior to the beginning of the game. Some managers will (unofficially) release a lineup (or announce changes to an established lineup) to the media well ahead of a game. However, such a release doesn't bind the team. The manager may make changes to the lineup until the official presentation without penalty.

According to MLB Rules:

4.03 Exchange of Lineup Cards

Unless the home club shall have given previous notice that the game has been postponed or will be delayed in starting, the umpire, or umpires, shall enter the playing field five minutes before the hour set for the game to begin and proceed directly to home base where they shall be met by the managers of the opposing teams. In sequence:

(a) First, the home manager, or his designee, shall give his batting order to the umpire-in-chief, in duplicate.

(b) Next, the visiting manager, or his designee, shall give his batting order to the umpire-in-chief, in duplicate.


(d) The umpire-in-chief shall make certain that the original and copies of the respective batting orders are identical, and then tender a copy of each batting order to the opposing manager. The copy retained by the umpire shall be the official batting order. The tender of the batting order by the umpire shall establish the batting orders. Thereafter, no substitutions shall be made by either manager, except as provided in the rules.

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