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    Past 2 Present Keeper League Rules

    Past 2 Present Keeper League Rules

    1. LEAGUE STRUCTURE
    There will be 10 teams, with two leagues. Each league shall consist of 5 teams. Each team will be run by an active owner.

    We will expand to 12 teams after the 1911 season

    2. LEAGUE SEASON REPLAYS
    A. SALARY CAP
    There will be a 100 million dollar salary cap for the duration of the league. The total of all player salaries cannot exceed this limit at any time.

    B. ROSTERS
    All teams must have a minimum of 30 players, but no more than 35 players by the beginning of the season. Owners shall submit lineups, depth charts, pitching rotations, bullpen roles and managerial profiles to the league commissioner. Teams are not required to ‘Farm’ players, but may do so as they please. Once the season has started, it shall be permissible for a team to have more than 35 or less than 30 men on their roster. This situation could result from a 1 for 2 trade; adding an additional player(s), etc.
    - Addendum - teams will not be required to farm players. Any player may be on a team's active roster, but unless they fulfill playing time requirements they may not be used in a lineup or pitching chart.
    C. GAMES
    The season will be 162 games long until expansion. We will run two 10 game sims per week. Game results and injuries are reported after each sim. These results will be accompanied by team pitching reports, team batting reports, league batting leaders and league pitching leaders. Owners may change their lineups, rotations, put injured players on the disabled list, change manager profiles or take other such actions by advising the commissioner via a post on the current season’s roster thread. Alternatively, if an owner has the Diamond Mind Game, he may make any adjustments to lineup, rotation, profile, promotions/demotions to the farm in the game and email the appropriate file to the commissioner. AT NO TIME WILL ANYONE USING THE DM GAME RELEASE PLAYERS OR SIGN FREE AGENTS! These actions MUST be done by the commissioner to prevent corrupted data. Owners using the game will inform the commissioner of their intent to release a player or sign a free agent via post on the season thread or email. The commissioner will then make these adjustments in his (commissioner’s) master data base, and the appropriate file will then be sent to the manager.
    D. PLAYING TIME LIMITS
    1. Maximum playing time limit: During the course of a simulated season, any batter exceeding 120% of their real life Plate Appearances or pitcher exceeding 120% of their real life Batters Faced will be ineligible for further play during that season, but will remain eligible for the playoffs.

    Minimum playing time limit: Players with less than 100 PA or BF in real life for the particular season being played will be eligible to play only as injury replacements. These players will be permitted on the active roster; however they may not be assigned to a starting lineup or pitching chart assignment.

    E. PLAYOFFS
    At the end of the regular season, the division winners will play the 2nd place division team in a 7 game playoff series, with the winners then playing the each other for the championship in a 7 game series. Home field will go to the team with the best record. Playoff format for both rounds will be 2-3-2 (H-H-A-A-A-H-H).
    If at the end of the regular season, there is a tie for first place, then the team with the best head-to-head record will be considered the league winner and will have home field advantage. 2nd tie breaker will be run differential and then overall record against the league. In the case of a tie between more than 2 teams, head to head will not be used and the first tie breaker will be run differential, followed by league record.
    Home field advantage for the World Series will alternate between leagues each season.

    Any time a tie in the standings effects whether a team will be in the playoffs or not, a one game playoff will take place to determine the winner.

    3. OFF SEASON ACTIVITIES
    At the conclusion of each season there will be a scheduled dormant period. No player movement will be allowed during this time. After this period an offseason thread will be started. Once the offseason thread is put up, trades may be made and posted at any time. Additionally, the following activities will occur on a schedule posted by the commissioner:
    A. RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
    Any player who has completed their initial rookie contract of 7 years (all with the team that holds his draft rights) will enter Restricted Free Agency. A list of restricted free agents will be provided to each owner along with a schedule for when each player can be bid on. We will do a blind auction on these players. Every owner who wants to participate will submit a list of bids and contract length to the commissioner (the commish will submit his list to another owner). The result of the highest bids will be posted. The highest bid will be the bid with the highest total value = (salary x years) The original team will have 48 hours to match that total value on their players in order to maintain control of that player. They may equal, or decrease the number of seasons, but the net contract value must be met. Any player not matched will be awarded to the bidding team. Bidding ties will be awarded to the team with the worse record the previous season. Any player not bid on may also be re-signed by the original team at this point for minimum wage, or released. RFA Bids may be anywhere from 1-5 years in length. Contract length must be announced at the time of bidding.
    A team that matches a RFA bid maintains control of that player. At the end of his contract he will be an RFA again.
    B. NONTENDERS
    Each owner will submit their list of non-tendered players (players who are under their original rookie contract who will not be offered a new contract). Any player not listed as a non-tender will be assumed to be remaining on the roster.
    C. ROOKIE DRAFT
    1. The date, time and procedure for bidding for the rookie draft shall be set by the commissioner in a post to the offseason thread.
    2. Players who debuted in the real major leagues in the upcoming replay season will be drafted through a Rookie Draft. Only players who made their first major league appearance in the coming season are eligible for the Rookie Draft. The order of the first round of the draft will be set by a lottery of the 4 worst teams. The worst record in team will get 10 tickets, the 2nd worst team will receive 7 tickets, the 3rd worst will get 5 tickets and the 4th worst will get 2 tickets. (In the event of a tie for the 4th worst record - all teams tied for that spot will be entered to the lottery and ticket distribution will be adjusted)
    (All rookies will be assigned a 7 year contract. An owner may opt out of a rookie contract at the beginning of an season by non-tendering that player).

    3. An owner holds a player’s RFA draft rights once they are drafted. Any transaction involving a drafted player that takes place before the end of the draft will also include the players RFA draft rights, and the receiving team will hold the matching rights to that player in the RFA after 7 seasons. Once the draft has completed – any trade involving a player will void their RFA draft rights, and they will become an un-restricted free agent after 7 seasons.
    4. Draft Order will be determined as follows:

    1. Lottery Winner
    2. Lottery runner up
    3. Lottery 2nd runner up
    4. Lottery 3rd runner up
    5. 8th place team
    6. 7th place team
    7. 6th place team
    8. 5th place team
    9. playoff team that lost to p2pkl runner-up
    10. playof team that lost to champs
    11. p2pkl runner-up
    12. p2pkl champion

    Rookie salaries will be automatic base on where they are selected.
    Rookie pay structure will be as follows:
    1-3: 3M
    4-6: 2.5M
    7-9: 2M
    10-12: 1.5M
    13-15: 1M
    16-20: 750K
    3rd round: 500K
    4th round: 250K


    FREE AGENT AUCTION
    1) URFA and secondary auctions combined
    2) No minmium years on contracts
    3) All free agents will be eligible to be signed for up to 5 years regardless of salary. Contract length can be announced at time of signing.
    4) Preliminary bidding runs for 48 hours with 250k bid increments; then
    a) first official list of bids is posted - if not topped (still 250K) within 24 hours those players are signed
    b) New free agent list is posted - if not topped in 24 hours at increments of 500K those players are signed
    c) New free agent list is posted - if not topped in 24 hours at increments of 1M those players are signed
    d) Blind Bid on all remaining players. Each owner submits a list of bids for players still active in the auction (which must be at least 1M higher than the highest bid going in). The highest bid gets the player. in the case of a tie during blind bidding the winner will be the owner who had the worse record the previous season. Teams will submit 2 lists of blind bids - A minimum and a maximum list. The Max list will be permitted to exceed the teams 100M total salary, and must be prioritized. This list will be utilized if there are multiple bids on a player. If not then the team’s minimum list will be used.
    e) At no point in the free agency period may a team exceed 30 active players on their roster. Players who do not play in a season in real-life will not be counted as active players for this purpose.
    f) At no point in the free agency period may a team release a player who is under contract


    F. OVERBID PENALTIES
    1. If an owner exceeds the 100 million salary cap in the course of either free agent auction their highest bid will be disallowed and the player they bid the most on will be lost to them (the owner cannot have the player he bid the most for). He will also have a 5M reduction in salary cap imposed upon his team for the subsequent season (for example, if the overbid occurred during 61-62 offseason the penalty would be enforced in 1963). If multiple bids must be rescinded to get under the cap then the reduction will be 5M for each bid that is in violation.
    2. Any player(s) for whom a bid is disallowed due to cap violations will be offered to the second highest bidder at their last bid price if they are still in a position to and want to sign that player. If the second highest bidder can't take the player or chooses not to sign the player then that player will be placed in the secondary free agent auction if the violation occurred during the Premium Free Agent Auction. The player will be made available to any interested owners via sealed bid if the violation occurs during the secondary free agent auction phase."
    3. If a new manager takes over a team that is due to have a salary cap penalty imposed due to the above, the penalty shall not be imposed.

    F. ADDITIONAL PLAYER SIGNINGS
    After the RFA auction, Rookie Draft, Unrestricted Free Agent Auction and Blind Bid Free Agent Auction, any team may sign any remaining player at the minimum wage (250K). Teams may only sign enough players to put them at 30 players. Any team that is already at 30 players must wait until the season begins to add more players. Should two teams put in a claim for the same player at the same time, he will be awarded to the team with the worst record at the time of the claim.

    G. FULL ROSTER
    At the conclusion of this entire process, every team must have 30 players under contract. Teams have the option of including players who did not play in real life, but are under contract, to reach this total. Any team with less than a full 30 man roster will have 250K in salary assigned to each vacant roster spot. At no time during this process may a team exceed the 100 Million dollar salary cap.
    H. LINEUPS
    Submit lineups, pitching assignments and managerial profile to the commissioner. Season begins.


    4. FREE AGENCY
    A. Players will be eligible for free agency following their seventh season (i.e. the rookie class of 1902 will be free agents for the 1909 season; class of 1903 will be free agents in 1910, etc).

    5. STADIUM MOVES
    An owner gets one free stadium move per decade. Moves may also be made with a change of ownership or if your stadium went inactive in real life. Any stadium move requests not covered by this section shall be dealt with on a case by case basis and may result in a salary cap deduction to pay for the move.

    6. UNRATED PLAYERS
    --Every owner is expected to fill their roster with enough plate appearances to have a player rated at each position available for every game. Some exceptions have always been allowed. Moving a centerfielder to a corner is never a problem. If you best 2 corner outfielders both played only the same corner in real life you can shift one of them. A SS can cover 2B or 3B. Pretty much anybody can play firstbase. What is not allowed is moving a player up the defensive spectrum to cover a spot he is unrated at.
    --You may ONLY use a player at a more difficult spot than he is rated at if he has recent experience at that position. For example, Rico Petrocelli was the Red Sox (and Gamblers) regular SS in 1970. The Red Sox moved him to 3B in 1971 and he did not play SS at all and was thus unrated at the position. He was a free agent that offseason and the Thunder signed him at kept him at SS. It was perfectly reasonable to assume he could still play there at some level (Craig also PMed the Commisioner before making the signing, which would be a good idea before you commit to any unrated player).

    7. AMENDMENTS TO RULES
    These rules may be amended at any time by a majority vote of active owners.

    8. EXPANSION
    We will set 1912 as our expansion season

    There will be 2 teams added to the league - one in each division

    We will hold an expansion draft - every team will be able to protect 5 players. the 2 expansion teams will make alternating picks adding a total of 12 players each. Once a team has a player selected from their roster, they are able to protect another three players. No team will have more than three players selected from their roster.

    During the rookie draft of 1912, the two expansion teams will have picks 1 and 2 in each round. They will alternate picks in each round. The team that selects 2nd in the expansion draft will have the first pick in the rookie draft.
    Last edited by rmadachik; 02-22-2015 at 09:19 AM. Reason: updated for expansion setup
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    1901 Season Redraft Rules

    All players from the year 1901 will be re-drafted. Player salaries and contract length for this initial draft will be automatic depending on what round they are taken.

    Round 1 - 15M
    Round 2 - 10M
    Round 3 - 8M
    Round 4 - 7M
    Round 5 - 6M
    Round 6 - 5M
    Round 7 - 4M
    Round 8 - 3M
    Round 9-12 - 2M
    Round 13-17 - 1M
    Round 18-21 - 750K
    Round 22-25 - 500K
    Round 26-30 - 250K

    Contract lengths will be as follows

    Round 1-2 - up to 8 years
    Round 3-5 - up to 6 years
    Round 6-10 - up to 5 years
    Round 11-15 - up to 4 years
    Round 16-30 - up to 3 years

    For the first draft you will need to choose contract lengths at the time your pick is made. Players drafted in round 1 and 2 are eligible to be assigned RFA status. If an owner wants his first or 2nd round pick to be eligible for restricted free agency they must declare so at the time they make the pick. At that point that players contract will be for 5 years.

    Expansion:

    We will set 1912 as our expansion season

    There will be 2 teams added to the league - one in each division

    We will hold an expansion draft - every team will be able to protect 5 players. the 2 expansion teams will make alternating picks adding a total of 12 players each. Once a team has a player selected from their roster, they are able to protect another three players. No team will have more than three players selected from their roster.

    During the rookie draft of 1912, the two expansion teams will have picks 1 and 2 in each round. They will alternate picks in each round. The team that selects 2nd in the expansion draft will have the first pick in the rookie draft.
    Last edited by rmadachik; 04-30-2014 at 12:45 PM. Reason: added axpansion info
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    I believe we lost two rules updates when we reverted back to the old BBF format. If I remember correctly, Rich ruled that a player (such as Cobb) could maintain RFA eligibility if the trade occurred before the start of the season (or before the official start time of the rookie draft, one of the two). And it was decided that teams would have to have at least 30 total players signed, but could have up to 30 active players signed during the FA auction; and that we would have two free-acquisition rounds after the blind bids, one to allow all teams to reach the minimum, and then a true free-signing period after that.
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    Past 2 Present Keeper League Rules (02/24/2015 DRAFT - NOT OFFICIAL)

    SECTION 1. LEAGUE STRUCTURE
    The league will have two divisions. Each division shall consist of 5 teams. Each team will be run by an active owner. The league will expand to 12 teams (6 teams per division) during the 1915-16 off-season period.

    SECTION 2. LEAGUE SEASON REPLAYS
    A. SALARY CAP
    There will be a 100 million dollar salary cap for the duration of the league. The total of all player salaries on each team cannot exceed 100M at any time.

    B. ROSTER SIZE
    All teams must have a minimum of 30 players, but no more than 35 players by the beginning of the season; usage is currently 120%. 1910 will first season will be the first season when 35 players becomes mandatory. (08-9 Off-Season Post #19RM) Owners shall submit lineups, depth charts, pitching rotations, bullpen roles and managerial profiles to the league commissioner. Teams will not be required to farm players. Any player may be on a team's active roster, but unless they fulfill playing time requirements they may not be used in a lineup or pitching chart. Once the season has started, it shall be permissible for a team to have more than 35 or less than 30 men on their roster. This situation could result from a 1 for 2 trade; adding an additional player(s), etc.

    C. GAMES
    The season will be 162 games in length. The commissioner will run two 10 game sims per week until reaching game 150. The final two sims will be played as two separate 6 game sims. Game results and injuries are reported after each sim. These results will be accompanied by team pitching reports, team batting reports, league batting leaders and league pitching leaders. Owners may change their lineups, rotations, put injured players on the disabled list, change manager profiles or take other such actions by advising the commissioner via a post on the current season’s roster thread. Alternatively, if an owner has the Diamond Mind Game, he may make any adjustments to lineup, rotation, profile, promotions/demotions to the farm in the game and email the appropriate file to the commissioner. AT NO TIME WILL ANYONE USING THE DM GAME RELEASE PLAYERS OR SIGN FREE AGENTS! These actions MUST be done by the commissioner to prevent corrupted data. Owners using the game will inform the commissioner of their intent to release a player or sign a free agent via post on the season thread or email. The commissioner will then make these adjustments in his (commissioner’s) master data base, and the appropriate file will then be sent to the manager.

    D. PLAYING TIME LIMITS
    1. Maximum playing time limit: During the course of a simulated season, any batter exceeding 120% of their real life Plate Appearances or pitcher exceeding 120% of their real life Batters Faced will be ineligible for further play during that season, but will remain eligible for the playoffs. Starting with the 1910 season, the league will adopt a maximum of 110% usage amount for all players. (08-9 Off-Season Post #19RM)
    2. Minimum playing time limit: Players with less than 100 PA or BF in real life for the particular season being played will be eligible to play only as injury replacements. These players will be permitted on the active roster; however they may not be assigned to a starting lineup or pitching chart assignment.

    E. PLAYOFFS
    1. At the end of the regular season, the division winners will play the 2nd place division team in a 7 game Division Championship playoff series, with the winners then playing the each other for the World Series championship in a 7 game series. Home field will go to the team with the best record. Playoff format for both rounds will be 2-3-2 (H-H-A-A-A-H-H).
    2. If at the end of the regular season, there is a tie for first place, then the team with the best head-to-head record will be considered the league winner and will have home field advantage. 2nd tie breaker will be run differential and then overall record against the league. In the case of a tie between more than 2 teams, head to head will not be used and the first tie breaker will be run differential, followed by league record. Home field advantage for the World Series will alternate between leagues each season.
    3. Any time a tie in the standings effects whether a team will be in the playoffs or not, a one game playoff will take place to determine the winner.

    SECTION 3. OFF SEASON ACTIVITIES (Listed Sequentially by Occurrence)
    At the conclusion of each season there will be a scheduled dormant period. No player movement (trades) will be allowed during this time. An offseason thread will be started by the commissioner at which time trades may be made and posted at any time.

    All off season activities will occur per a schedule posted by the commissioner:

    A. TEAM OWNERS POST CURRENT ROSTERS
    Each owner will submit their roster INCLUDING NON-TENDERS, RETIREES, AND FA (RFA and URFA). Non-tendered players (players who are under their original rookie contract who will not be offered a new contract) MUST BE IDENTIFIED PRIOR TO THE first draft activity of the season.

    B. RESTRICTED FREE AGENT (RFA) AUCTION
    Any player who has completed their initial rookie contract of 7 years (all having occurred with the team that holds their draft rights) will enter Restricted Free Agency. A list of restricted free agents will be posted by the commissioner along with a schedule for bidding times. Only players who are drafted in a rookie draft are eligible for RFA status.
    1) RFA Draft Process: (1908-09 Off-Season Post#26 RM)
    a) The RFA’s owner will place their initial bid on their RFA's (this will include contract length). This initial bid makes that player eligible for the RFA bidding process. If a player is RFA eligible, but does not receive an initial bid from their team, then they will become an unrestricted free agent.
    b) After the initial bid by the RFA’s owner, the other owners will have the chance to place blind bids on the RFA players (these bids will include contract length up to 5 years.) The league commissioner will submit their list to another owner. Bids must be at least 1M in value greater than the total value of the RFA owner’s initial bid (Total value of the contract equals the proposed salary times number of seasons)
    c) As the bids are blind, a tie in the amount of the blind bid will go to the team with the shorter contract duration. If bids are equal, the winning bid will be the team with the worse record during the previous season.
    d) After announcement of the winners, the original RFA owners will have 48 hours to match any bids. An original RFA owner’s team that matches the RFA bid maintains control of that player.
    e) To further clarify on a question regarding why we are having teams make their initial bids on their own RFA players - one big reason is for the team controlling the players rights has the opportunity to set some standards in the contract so that whatever bid is placed will be closer to the type of deal that they are looking to sign that player for. For example. I hold the rights to Joe Tinker. If I just waited for other owners to bid and then matched the highest bid, i may get stuck with a lowball yet very short term contract. That may be what I want, but if it's not, I can bid 5 years at 3M per year, then I am more likely to be in position to be matching a longer term deal that I am looking for. (1909 RFA Post#18 RM)

    Ex: Initial RFA process by current RFA rights holder:
    Player 1: 5yr @ 3.5M/yr for a total of 17.5M contract value (remember, in topping and bids, owners can decrease the number of seasons, but the total of the contract must be at least 1M more)
    Player 2: 2yr @ 1.5M/yr (3M total)
    f) HISTORICAL REFERENCE ONLY: The owners made a compromise during the initial 1901 draft that allowed players taken in the first 2 rounds to be eligible for RFA status IF the owners announced it at the time of the pick, and they could only be signed for 5 years at that time.

    C. ROOKIE DRAFT
    1. The date, time and procedure for bidding for the rookie draft shall be set by the commissioner in a post to the offseason thread.
    2. Players who debuted in the real major leagues in the upcoming replay season will be drafted through a Rookie Draft. Only players who made their first major league appearance in the coming season are eligible for the Rookie Draft. The order of the first round of the draft will be set by a lottery of the 4 teams with the worst records. The worst record in team will get 10 tickets, the 2nd worst team will receive 7 tickets, the 3rd worst will get 5 tickets and the 4th worst will get 2 tickets. (In the event of a tie for the 4th worst record - all teams tied for that spot will be entered to the lottery and ticket distribution will be adjusted)
    3. All rookies will be assigned a 7 year contract. An owner may opt out of a rookie contract at the beginning of a season by non-tendering that player.
    4. An owner holds a player’s RFA draft rights once they are drafted as a Rookie. Any transaction involving a drafted rookie that takes place prior to the start of the URFA draft will includes the rookies RFA draft rights. Once the URFA draft process begins, any trade involving a rookie will void their RFA draft rights, and they will become an un-restricted free agent after 7 seasons. (06-07 Off-season #139)
    a) If a player DOES NOT PLAY in the majors for a period DURING their rookie contract, BUT later returns they will be treated as an RFA of the original drafting franchise IF not previously released by that franchise. The franchise that owns the rookie’s contract MUST continue to pay the contract salary during all 7 years of the rookie contract to maintain RFA rights.
    b) If a player DOES NOT PLAY in the majors for a period FOLLOWING their rookie contract, BUT later returns the original drafting franchise may opt to pursue an RFA contract in the following manner. The franchise that owns the rookie’s contract follows the RFA bidding procedure. The bids must include any years NOT played. Ex: Player Drafted 1945, goes to minors in 1950; returns to league in 1956. Draft team elects to pay rookie contract through 1951 (Year 7). Player eligible as RFA in 1952. Club that wins RFA proposal must pay each year of contract whether RFA plays or not.

    5. Rookie Draft Order:

    1. Lottery Winner (4 worst team records enter lottery)
    2. Lottery runner up
    3. Lottery 2nd runner up
    4. Lottery 3rd runner up
    5. 8th place team (1917 onward)
    6. 7th place team (1917 onward)
    7. 6th place team
    8. 5th place team
    9. Playoff team that lost to p2pkl WS runner-up
    10. Playoff team that lost to WS champion
    11. p2pkl World Series runner-up
    12. p2pkl World Series champion

    Rookie salaries will be automatically based on the draft position that they are selected.
    Rookie pay structure will be as follows:
    1-3: 3M
    4-6: 2.5M
    7-9: 2M
    10-12: 1.5M
    13-15: 1M
    16-20 (16-24 – 1916 onward): 750K
    3rd round: 500K
    4th round: 250K

    D. UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT AUCTION
    1. One year minimum on contracts
    2. All free agents are eligible to be signed for up to 5 years. Contract length can be announced at time of signing or later in the URFA process, but must be announced by the end of the FA auction period.

    3. URFA Draft Process:
    a) Preliminary bidding round: 48 hours; owners may bid any amount with minimum 250k bid increment to subsequent bids; official Preliminary round bid list posted at completion of round
    b) 250K Round – new bids accepted with minimum raise of 250K from posted Preliminary round bid; owners may bid any amount with minimum 250k bid for players not previously bid upon. Upon the end of the 250k round, an official list of players from the Preliminary round who receive NO new bids posted; these players are signed at the Preliminary round bid price. Official list of players moving to 500k round posted.
    b) 500k Round - new bids accepted with minimum raise of 500K from posted 250k round bid; owners may bid any amount with minimum 250k bid for players not previously bid upon. Upon the end of the 500k round, an official list of players from the 250k round who receive NO new bids posted; these players are signed at the 250k round bid price. Official list of players moving to 1M round posted.
    c) 1M Round - new bids accepted with minimum raise of 1M from posted 500k round bid; owners may bid any amount with minimum 250k bid for players not previously bid upon. Upon the end of the 1M round, an official list of players from the 500k round who receive NO new bids are signed at the 500k round bid price. Official list of players moving to the BLIND BID round posted.
    d) BLIND BID round - Each owner may submit a list of bids for players still active in the auction (which must be at least 1M higher than the highest bid going in). The highest bid gets the player. In the case of a tie during blind bidding the winner will be the owner who had the worst record the previous season. Teams will submit 2 lists of blind bids - A minimum and a maximum list. The Max list will be permitted to exceed the teams 100M total salary, and must be prioritized. This list will be utilized if there are multiple bids on a player. If the owner is the sole bidder on a player, the team owner’s minimum list will be used.
    4. At no point in the free agency period may a team exceed 35 active players on their roster. Players who do not play in a season in real-life will not be counted as active players for this purpose.
    5. At no point in the free agency period may a team release a player who is under contract.
    6. Teams that opt to release a Free Agent prior to completion of the FA’s contract continue to pay the contracted salary whether OR NOT the player is signed by another franchise. (06-07 Off-season #162)

    E. OVERBID PENALTIES
    1. If an owner exceeds the 100 million salary cap in the course of ANY Off-season auction their highest bid will be disallowed and the player they bid the most on will be lost to them (the owner cannot have the player he bid the most for). The owner will also have a 5M reduction in salary cap imposed upon his team for the subsequent season (Example: An owner’s overbid occurs during 61-62 offseason; the penalty would be enforced in 1963). If multiple bids must be rescinded to get under the cap then the reduction will be 5M for each bid that is in violation.
    2. Any player(s) for whom a bid is disallowed due to cap violations will cause the current high bid to revert to the highest bid of the second place bidder UNDER the bid that resulted in the cap violation. If the second highest bidder has insufficient funds to continue bidding or no longer desires the free agent their bids will be cancelled to the level of the third highest bidder’s highest bid. The third highest bidder will follow the same procedure; this process will continue until a bidder advises ongoing interest in the free agent.
    3. Any player(s) WON in a round by an owner that results in their team exceeding the 100 million dollar salary cap win shall have the win disqualified and the current bid value for the free agent shall be determined per #2. The free agent will move to the next bidding round
    4. The owner exceeding the 100 million salary cap may not place further bids on the free agents that result in the excessive bid for the duration of the auction.
    5. If a new manager takes over a team that is due to have a salary cap penalty imposed due to the above, the penalty shall be rescinded.


    F. ADDITIONAL PLAYER SIGNINGS
    After the RFA auction, Rookie Draft, Unrestricted Free Agent Auction and Blind Bid Free Agent Auction, any team may sign any remaining player at the minimum wage (250K). Teams may only sign enough players to put them at 30 (35 – 1910-1916; 40 - 1917+) players. Any team that is already at 30 (35 – 1910-1916; 40 - 1917+) players must wait until the season begins to add more players. Should two teams put in a claim for the same player at the same time, the player will be awarded to the team with the worst record at the time of the claim.

    G. FULL ROSTER
    1. At the conclusion of this entire process, every team must have 30 (35 – 1910-1916; 40 - 1917+) players under contract. Teams have the option of including players who did not play in real life, but are under contract, to reach this total. Any team with less than a full 30 (35 – 1910-1916, 40 - 1917+) man roster will have 250K in salary assigned to each vacant roster spot.
    2. At no time during this process may a team exceed the 100 Million dollar salary cap. The owner will have a 5M reduction in salary cap imposed upon their team for the subsequent season if the salary cap is exceeded.
    3. If a new manager takes over a team that is due to have a salary cap penalty imposed due to the above, the penalty shall be rescinded. The new manager will be allowed to perform any necessary roster cuts to meet roster requirements without exceeding the salary cap.

    H. LINEUPS
    Submit lineups, pitching assignments and managerial profile to the commissioner prior to the start of the season. Owners may submit updates to the commissioner prior to sims during the season.

    SECTION 4. FREE AGENCY
    A. Players will be eligible for free agency following their seventh season (i.e. the rookie class of 1902 will be free agents for the 1909 season; class of 1903 will be free agents in 1910, etc). These players will classify as a RFA or FA based upon the definitions set forth in the RFA rules section.

    SECTION 5. STADIUM MOVES
    An owner gets one free stadium move per decade, but moves may also be made with a change of ownership or if your stadium went inactive in real life. When a stadium becomes inactive, the franchise affected by the closure has first draft of the stadium the real-life franchise moved to historically. Ex: Columbia Park closes after the 1908 season; the franchise playing in Columbia (Philadelphia Athletics) shall have first draft of Shibe Park in 1909. Any stadium move requests not covered by this section shall be dealt with on a case by case basis and may result in a salary cap deduction to pay for the move.

    SECTION 6. UNRATED PLAYERS
    Every owner is expected to fill their roster with enough plate appearances to have a player rated at each position available for every game. Some exceptions have always been allowed. You may ONLY use a player at a more difficult spot than they are rated at if he has recent experience at that position. Moving a centerfielder to a corner is never a problem. If you best 2 corner outfielders both played only the same corner in real life you can shift one of them. A SS can cover 2B or 3B. Pretty much anybody can play first base. What is not allowed is moving a player up the defensive spectrum to cover a spot he is unrated at. Example of an exception: Rico Petrocelli was the Red Sox regular SS in 1970. The Red Sox moved him to 3B in 1971, he did not play SS and has no rating at the position. You opt to sign him as free agent in the 70-71 off-season with plans for him to play SS. It was perfectly reasonable for him to play SS at some level but this should be cleared with the commissioner prior to drafting the player for that purpose.

    SECTION 7. TRADES:
    A. Teams may trade players during the off-season (after completion of the post-season play) AND posting of the Off-season thread by the commissioner.
    B. Teams may trade during the season until execution of the yearly season trade deadline set by the commissioner.
    C. All trades must have compensation from all parties involved. (players, draft picks or a combination of both)

    SECTION 8. LEAGUE EXPANSION
    1916 will be an expansion season; 2 teams will join the league - one in each division.

    A. Expansion draft:
    1. The draft shall occur prior to the “???RFA auction OR Rookie Draft???”
    2. Each established team may protect up to 7 players.
    3. The 2 expansion teams will make alternating picks (Initial Pick chosen by lottery winner). Each expansion team will draft a total of 15 players (1906-07 off-season post 106).
    4. When an established team has a player selected from their roster, the affected established team may protect up to three additional players.
    5. After three players have been selected from an established team’s roster, no further players may be chosen in the expansion draft from that team.

    B. 1916 Rookie draft:
    1. The expansion teams will have the first two picks in each round of the rookie draft. Picks will alternate between the two teams in each round.
    2. The expansion team that selects 2nd in the expansion draft will have first pick in the first round of the rookie draft.

    SECTION 9. AMENDMENTS TO RULES
    These rules may be amended at any time by a majority vote of active owners. All rule verbiage post vote for amendment shall be reviewed by the commissioner prior to their entry into the official rules document in post #1 of this section.
    Last edited by aleajactaest10044; 02-25-2015 at 10:08 PM. Reason: Red sections under review/need owner approval
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