Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

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This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
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Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

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It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

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b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

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2012 Royals Season Thread

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  • 2012 Royals Season Thread

    A new baseball season always makes me happy. It's the Royals' 2012 season. Post away.

    "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."

    Put it in the books.

  • #2
    Tough loss last night. It was a pitcher's dual through 7 last night with Chen only giving up 3 hits through 6 and then Crow striking out the side in the 7th. The flood gates, then broke in the 8th. Rough "no decision" for Chen. I watched the entire game and honestly thought this one was going to end up being 1-0.


    • #3
      I expect a breakout season by hosmer. that guy is really good.

      he can hit and is a great defender at first. I would not be surprised if he becomes a perenial gold glover at first.
      I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.


      • #4
        As of April 24th, Eric Hosmer is batting .203/.282/.422/.704.

        The Royals are 3-13 after an 11-game losing streak. This has matched the 2006 team for the second-worst start in franchise history according to ESPN.
        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


        • #5
          Royals placed INF Yuniesky Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 2, with a sprained ankle.

          Betancourt should be recovered in two weeks. The 30-year-old infielder is batting .280/.333/.420 with one home run and three RBI in 54 plate appearances this season.

          Royals transferred RHP Joakim Soria from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

          Soria is out for the season following Tommy John surgery. This moves clears a spot on the 40-man roster.

          Royals purchased the contract of INF Irving Falu from Triple-A Omaha.

          Falu was batting .306/.346/.403 with six stolen bases through 21 games this season at the Triple-A level. The 28-year-old infielder has never appeared in the majors and is doubtful to hold any sort of fantasy value.
 - Where the Big Boys Play


          • #6
            It was the Moose Show last night. Drove in three runs and made two fine defensive plays. Duffy had a good game but only went 5.1 innings.
            Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball


            • #7
              Gotta like what you are seeing from the royals recently. Battling out some close wins. 15 innings last night and 4 exciting wins in their last 5 games. Personally I think Ned Yost has to go. He is a horrible manager. Some of the decisions he makes are terrible. We basically got swept by pittsburgh because of Yost's decisions to put Hosmer in right, move frenchy to center and put Butler at first. If the error and horrible play by both Hosmer and Butler at those positions didn't tell you to just keep them at their natural positions then I dont know what will but instead he kept them out there in all three games and it continued to hurt us. Hosmer looked like he had never taken a fly ball in his life. The managing has been terrible. Last night in a 15 inning game we were completely out managed and still somehow won the game. When they didnt pinch hit for Mazzaro for adcock in the 14th inning when adcock was coming out of the game anyway it gives your team no chance to score again. Adcock jumped out of the box on an outside strike, where mazzaro actually has a pretty good stroke for a pitcher and is batting .500 with 2 hits already. Then the worst part was pitching to Molina in the bottom of the 14th with a base open when you can walk him and get a guy with about .100 points less on his batting average and way less experience. Molina singled and tied the game then the next guy came up and struck out. Could of called that one. Luckily the Royals came back with Yuni's big 2 run home run in the 15th.


              • #8
                what's wrong with Hosmer? I thought this year would be a big breakthrough.

                but he is having a terrible season hitting only .213 with a 75 OPS+. That is catcher production. I'm a big fan of him but I think if he doesn't turn it around soon he needs to be send down so that he can work on his hitting. you just cannot have a 1B with an OPS+ of well under 100 in the big leagues.

                hopefully this is just a sophomore slump.
                I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.


                • #9
                  HR Derby behavior toward Cano, especially on gold ball pitch: Classless. Disappointing. Just hope everyone doesn't assume that it was only KC fans, but I am afraid that will happen.
                  "I became a good pitcher when I stopped trying to make them miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it." - Sandy Koufax.

                  "My name is Yasiel Puig. I am from Cuba. I am 21 years old. Thank you."


                  • #10
                    I think the Royals are gonna make a march toward the Wildcard


                    • #11
                      Hosmer's gotten a bit better. He's only 22 or 23, so a sophomore slump added to his young age can be expected. His OBP is still 70 points higher than his BAVG, so that's a good sign. I'm expecting a big rebound from him next season.
                      "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers