Assemble a lineup of 23 National and American League
baseball players whose
cumulative statistics during the regular season, compiled and measured by the methods described in these rules, exceed those of all other teams in the league.
A teamís active roster consists of the following
players: five outfielders,
two catchers, one second baseman, one shortstop, one middle infielder (either second baseman or shortstop), one first baseman, one third baseman, one corner man (either first baseman or third baseman), one utility player (may be any non-pitcher including a designated hitter), and nine pitchers (two of which must be relievers and no more than four can be relievers).
A major league player auction will be conducted sometime
during the three months
prior to opening day. Each team must acquire 23 players at a total cost not to exceed $260. A team need not spend the maximum. The draft is finished when all teams have a squad of 23 players, by requisite position.
No team may pick a player that it cannot afford.
No team may pick a player who qualifies only at a position that the team has already filled. For example, a team that has acquired two catchers, and whose utility slot is occupied, may not enter the bidding for any player who qualifies only a catcher.
The utility player (or DH) may be any position player
A 7-player reserve roster draft is conducted FOLLOWING
the major league auction,
in which each
Rotisserie League team may acquire 7 additional players at any position desired.
IV. Position Eligibility
A player may be assigned to any position at which
he appeared in 10 or more
games in the preceding season. If a player did not appear in 10 games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position at which he appeared most frequently in the minor leagues. The 10 games/mostgames measure is used only to determine the position(s) at which a player may be drafted. Once the season is under way (but after the draft), a player becomes eligible for assignment to any position at which he has appeared at least five times during the current season..
V. Fees and Prizes
There will be no fees for 2000. There will be no monetary prizes awarded. We do ask that you take the time to properly manage your team and reply to trade offers made by other managers on a timely basis.
Any manager who does not participate on a timely basis may be replaced by a unanimous vote of the executive council.
VI. Player Salaries
The salary of a player acquired in the active and reserve drafts is his auction price, otherwise, free agents prices will be set by the national service listing used for base salaries. If a player is not listed upon the national service free agent listing, then his salary is $1.00.
The following criteria are used to determine team performance:
Composite batting average, Total home runs, Total
RBIís, total stolen bases, Runs scored. Composite ERA, Total wins, Total
saves, WHIP (bases on balls + hits)/ innings
pitched, Strike Outs.
Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the ten categories and given points for each place. For example, in an 12-team league, the first place team in a category receives 12 points, the second place team 11, and so on down to 1 point for last place. The team with the most total points wins the league.
A team must pitch a total of 900 innings to receive points in ERA and WHIP and a team must have 4250 at bats in the season to receive points for batting average. Pitchersí offensive stats are not counted. Nor are the pitching stats of the occasional position player called in to pitch.
From the completion of the auction draft until the first Monday in September, fantasy teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit, except as stipulated below, so long as the active rosters of both teams involved in a trade reflect the required position distribution upon completion of the transaction. No trades are permitted from the first Tuesday in September through the end of the season. Trades made from the day after the season ends until rosters are frozen prior to draft day are not bound by the position distribution requirement.
Unbalanced trades are allowed under the following conditions; the number of players traded between the two teams can differ by no more then 1 player. The team receiving the greater number of players must immediately designate which player is released, while the team receiving the lesser number of players may announce a free agent they intend to sign IF they have remaining drop/adds for the month. If not, they will have less than seven reserve players available.
Contracts follow traded players.
The commissioner and the executive committee have the right to challenge trades that they strongly feel resemble "dumping". A vote of three out of the five members of the executive committee is required to approve or veto a trade.
IX. The Reserve Roster
In addition to the 23 man active roster, there will also be a 7-man reserve roster. These players can be freely substituted with active players at any time throughout the course of the season. . There is no salary cap on the reserve roster, however, the active roster and the reserve roster combined can not exceed $320.00.
X. Free Agents
Active major league players not on any fantasy league teamís roster at the conclusion of the auction draft become free agents. During the course of the season the pool of free agents may also include minor league players who are promoted to an active major league roster, and released players who are not claimed.
XI. Replacement of active and reserve roster positions
A team may replace a player on its 23-man active roster with a player from the reserve roster or from an add made to the team from the free agent pool.
Each team is entitled to 3 drop/adds per month. A manager may drop and add any player on his roster as any time up to 3 players per month. The replacement player must be named at the time of the drop.
His salary is determined by the price posted on the
league web site. If a replacement
player is picked by more than 1 manager, the manager who posted his pick earliest gets that player.
The salary of all released players is set by the salary at which they were signed for when they joined the team.
Any changes to the active roster must be submitted by 10 PM Sunday to be effective the following Tuesday.
XII. Roster Protection & Retention
Each team may retain, from one season to the next, no more than 12 players.
The names of players being retained must be recorded
with the league office
by 10 PM, on a date to be announced by the commissioner prior to the major league draft. All contracts are for 1 year duration. To retain the player the following year, his salary increases by $3. If a player is dropped prior to the start of the season, his salary reverts back to the posted salary based upon The Sporting News posted prices as modified by the league formula. The cumulative salaries of players protected prior to auction draft day are deducted from a teamís $260 expenditure limit, and the
balance is available for acquisition of the remaining players needed to complete the teamís 23-man roster. Players being retained have a 3 dollar addition to their salary.
Posting of results are handled by a stat service selected by the commissioner. The commissioner will notify all league members of the site before the start of the season. For 2000, the service will be Yahoo Baseball Fantasy Stat service
All and any disputes will be handled by the executive
committee, decided by a majority vote.
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