A 60 day "emergency" list was added in 1960, which required the permission of the Commissioner to use. Players on the sixty day list do not count against either the 25 or 40 man rosters. In 1966, the required stay on the regular DL was shortened again to 15 days, but a year later was increased to 21 days, while the 60 day list was limited to one player. A more liberal change was implemented in 1971, with teams now allowed to put a player (pitchers not included) on a 'supplemental" 15 day DL in addition to the two player limit on the 21 day list. In 1973, a maximum of three players could be put on the 21 day list.
Beginning in 1981, there were four disabled lists: the regular
list with a 3-player limit, the 15 day "supplemental" list for one
a new "special" 21 day list to be used when the prior two were full,
the "emergency" 60 day list. In 1984, the "special" list was changed to
require a minimum 30 day stay and the supplemental list was increased
allow two players, including one pitcher, and on August 10, 1990, the
number of players allowed on the 15-day list was increased. Following
the 1990 season, the rules were
once again. From then on, there were only two DL's, a fifteen day and a
sixty day list. There were no limits on the number of players that
be placed on these lists. However, the 40 man roster had to be full
the sixty day list could be utilized.
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