Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

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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The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
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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.

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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.

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

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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
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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
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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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  • 2013 ZiPS projections


    Doesn't look good for the Twinkies.

    ONE player, Mauer, projects to be above average

  • #2
    Yeah, hasn't looked good up there for a while. i lived in downtown Minneapolis from 2001-2005 and saw a lot of great Twins teams play in that "giant inflated toilet" as the Metrodome was called by a radio sports guy up there 10 years ago. Too bad they fell apart after the building of that beautiful stadium. The fans up there certainly deserve better. The AL Central has been winnable just about every year, the Tigers look real good with V-Mart healthy, but if the Twins damn ownership would stop being so tight fisted with the purse strings, I think they could really compete again.

    Oh well, and if my aunt had a pair she would be my uncle...
    "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean


    • #3
      For starters, that is one of the most pathetic projection tools I've ever seen. Secondly, there doesn't seem to be much "projecting" going on within the program. I will admit, the Twins do not look like a team that is going to be a threat to win the World Series or the American League, and in all probability, not even the AL Central, but this is a team loaded with many possibilities and they could surprise some people. Don't get me wrong, my money is on this team winning 70-80 games, but all it takes is for 3-4 of the "if's" to come through and they could make the Central interesting. They could pack a solid lineup, but the pitching looks horrible! I was really hoping to see them be a bit more aggressive when it came to free agent pitchers. There were some solid middle-of-the-road starters that signed for next to nothing or signed minor league contracts that would have been nice to have. They will only be as good as their pitching and it looks like a sad rotation and bullpen.


      • #4
        Has Kyle Lohse signed with anyone yet? He was well liked when he pitched there a decade ago. Man, he looked like a high school kid with that baby face on the mound back then! I will miss him in St. Louis, and he would be great for the Twins if he hasn't been picked up by anyone else yet.
        "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean


        • #5
          Originally posted by Herr28 View Post
          Has Kyle Lohse signed with anyone yet? He was well liked when he pitched there a decade ago. Man, he looked like a high school kid with that baby face on the mound back then! I will miss him in St. Louis, and he would be great for the Twins if he hasn't been picked up by anyone else yet.
          The last team I heard tied to him was the Rangers, but they said they had no interest. Lohse is trying to parlay a career-year into a windfall as he wants "three years at a high annual average salary". That's going to be tough to get as he could be seen as a pitcher coming off a flukish season. But he is a Boras client, so odds are they're waiting for some team's pitcher to go down this spring with an injury or for some teams to begin panicking about their current rotations.
          "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers


          • #6
            He also didn't sign until real late a few years ago. I can't remember now if that was with your Phillies or the Reds. Lohse was solid in St. Louis, he did pitch through some forearm issues and had surgery, so that slowed him down a lot for a couple years. LaRussa also had the feeling that as the season wore on, he would put Kyle on a shorter leash. He wrote in his book One Last Strike that that pissed Lohse off, same with Garcia. That's also why Tony would pull those guys so quick in the 2011 postseason.

            He would be a solid 3-5 guy on a lot of teams, or even higher if he went to a really bad team. Pitching in St. Louis helped, as did having Dave Duncan there all those years to work with him (ironically, though not for his best season in 2012). I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't go real quick here, a guy that had a season like he did in '12 won't be hanging around unsigned for too much longer, not with all these boarder line competitors/great teams that could really use a solid arm to anchor the back end of the rotation.

            Of course he wants to get paid after that 2012 campaign, but you are right that teams could see it as a "flukish" season. It could very well be that they are also trying to sweat him out into signing a shorter deal, with his recent injury history in St. Louis, and lack of any real postseason success.
            "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean


            • #7
              I believe that signing Lohse also means that team who signed him has to forfeit an early draft pick. With questions about how he can pitch outside of St Louie and giving up an early pick, it's no surprise to me that Kyle is receiving no better than luke-warm interest.
              "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers


              • #8
                Yeah, something that went into the most recent collective bargaining agreement, as was reported on ESPN back in January. It was also holding up Michael Bourn
                too before he got signed. He will certainly end up somewhere, I think it would be nice if he went back to Minneapolis, whether he wants to or not! Probably not getting picky at this stage!
                "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean