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

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Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
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b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

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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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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.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

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  • #16
    2005 1st round draft pick Wade Townsend from Rice University undergoes arm surgery and will probably miss all of 2009. This after having Tommy John surgery in 2006 and arm trouble in August 2007. Final draft pick of the Naimoli era will probably never even sniff AAA

    http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/2008/...nd-underg.html
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    • #17
      More changes behind the scenes:

      Rays announce changes in ticket pricing structure, parking etc.

      Joe Magrane, TV analyst since the Rays inception, is moving on to a more higher profile position with the new MLB TV network beginning January 1 2009. Well deserved Joe! After watching 10 years of horrible baseball he was rewarded in 2008 with a World Series team to follow and now a promotion...we will miss his funny one liners and double entendres

      The girl who played Raymond the mascot was let go

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      • #18
        Originally posted by raysnbran View Post
        Joe Magrane, TV analyst since the Rays inception, is moving on to a more higher profile position with the new MLB TV network beginning January 1 2009. Well deserved Joe! After watching 10 years of horrible baseball he was rewarded in 2008 with a World Series team to follow and now a promotion...we will miss his funny one liners and double entendres :coolhttp://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/
        Good for Joe, but it just wont be the same watching Rays now. Ive been listening to Dwayne and Joe since I was 8 years old.
        1998 Inaugural Season
        2008 AL Champions

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        • #19
          Rays had declined a $2 mil option on LHRP Trevor Miller with a buyout, and there are reports now that he has signed with the St Louis Cardinals. Rays are looking for another lefty out of the pen from among Will Ohman, John Rheinecker and others...
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          • #20
            <crickets>

            Nothing to report on the Rays offseason, at least until the big boys sign elsewhere. Once the market has been set, we might make a little noise with some minor signings, but the trade market looks more likely as far as action...
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            • #21
              Originally posted by raysnbran View Post
              <crickets>

              Nothing to report on the Rays offseason, at least until the big boys sign elsewhere. Once the market has been set, we might make a little noise with some minor signings, but the trade market looks more likely as far as action...
              Yep, that looks like what's playing out.

              E-Jax for a RF, please.

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              • #22
                Not a lot of particularly decent RF's out there. You might have trouble finding one better than Gross, if you can believe that.

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                • #23
                  Troy Percival underwent successful back surgery yesterday and is expected to be pitching sometime in March, and ready to resume his closer duties in 2009. Since the Rays are on the hook for $4 million anyways, might as well see what he's got. Let's hope this isn't Al Reyes, part deux
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                  • #24
                    With the winter meetings going on, the Rays have met with Milton Bradley and Jason Giambi, and have a meeting scheduled with Bobby Abreu tomorrow. Also the rumors of a 3 way deal with the Twins and Rockies involving Garrett Atkins to MN, Delmon Young back to TB and Edwin Jackson to COL apparently are just that, rumors with not much substance. Out of the trio of Bradley, Giambi and Abreu, clearly Bradley is the guy I would want. He's only 30, led MLB in OBP and would be good for 20-25 HRS and 75-85 RBI if he stays healthy and keeps his head on straight.
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                    • #25
                      Rays sign Joe Nelson, RP, ex of the Marlins...

                      http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fish_...-signs-wi.html
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                      • #26
                        Rays sign Jason Bartlett

                        ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays came to terms with Jason Bartlett on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration by signing the shortstop to a one-year contract worth $1,981,250.

                        Clubs must submit arbitration figures by Tuesday unless they come to terms with their arbitration-eligible players. The Rays' remaining arbitration-eligible players yet to sign are Willy Aybar and Dioner Navarro.

                        Bartlett, 28, was acquired by the Rays in an offseason trade with the Twins prior to the 2008 season. His presence solidified Tampa Bay's infield, which resulted in his being voted the Rays' team MVP by the local Baseball Writers' Association of America chapter. He also received a fifth-place vote for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

                        Bartlett gave the Rays a quality glove at shortstop, considerably improving the team's overall defense. But he was not just a glove man. He led all AL shortstops in stolen bases with 20 and ranked fourth among them in batting with a .286 average. From Aug. 2 through the season's end, Bartlett hit .353 in 35 games to raise his average by 34 points.

                        Bartlett's value could best be seen when he wasn't in the lineup. The Rays went 7-9 when he was on the DL and 19-18 when he did not start.

                        http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...2008&fext=.jsp

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                        • #27
                          Rays sign Brian Shouse, 40, to a deal. He's expected to compete for the lefty specialist job that Trever Miller handled in 2008...

                          http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/s...e=MLBHeadlines
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                          • #28
                            Carlos Pena undergoes successful abdominal surgery to repair some torn muscle tissue that had been bothering him since August. He will miss the WBC and representing his country, the Dominican Repulic, but should be ready for Opening Day...

                            http://blogs.tampabay.com/rays/2009/...ad-abdomi.html
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by raysnbran View Post
                              Rays sign Brian Shouse, 40, to a deal. He's expected to compete for the lefty specialist job that Trever Miller handled in 2008...

                              http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/s...e=MLBHeadlines

                              Pena. Hinske (yeah, I know he's now with The Pirates), now Kapler, Nelson AND Shouse...

                              You guys trying to corner the market on guys who used to play for MY Boys?

                              (psst..Pedro's still available... )
                              sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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                              • #30
                                ...Julio Lugo, Rocco Baldelli, (last year) Kevin Cash...tit for tat
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