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.

Baseball Fever is administrated by three principal administrators:
webmaster - Baseball Fever Owner
The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
Macker - Baseball Fever Administrator

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.

II. Comments about our policy:

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.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

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.

VI. Baseball Fever User Signature Policy

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
Font size limit: No larger than size 2 (This policy is a size 2)
Style: Bold and italics are permissible
Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
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

Signature Content
No advertising is permitted
Nothing political or religious
Nothing obscene, vulgar, defamatory or derogatory
Links to personal blogs/websites are permissible - with the webmaster's written consent
A Link to your Baseball Fever Blog does not require written consent and is recommended
Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

VII. Appropriate and inappropriate topics for Baseball Fever:

Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

Baseball Fever is not a promotional environment. Advertising of products, web sites, etc., whether for profit or not-for-profit, is not permitted. At the webmaster's discretion, brief one-time announcements for products or services of legitimate baseball interest and usefulness may be allowed. If advertising is posted to the site it will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the post via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue advertising will be banned from the site. If the advertising is spam-related, pornography-based, or a "visit-my-site" type post / private message, no warning at all will be provided, and the member will be banned immediately without a warning.

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.

In keeping with our test for a proper topic, posting to Baseball Fever should be treated as if you truly do care. This includes posting information that is, to the best of your knowledge, complete and accurate at the time you post. Any errors or ambiguities you catch later should be acknowledged and corrected in the thread, since Baseball Fever is sometimes considered to be a valuable reference for research information.

VIII. Role of the moderator:

When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

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.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

IX. Legal aspects of participation in Baseball Fever:

By submitting a post to Baseball Fever, you grant Baseball Fever permission to distribute your message to the forum. Other rights pertaining to the post remain with the ORIGINAL author, and you may not redistribute or retransmit any posts by any others, in whole or in part, without the express consent of the original author.

The messages appearing on Baseball Fever contain the opinions and views of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of Baseball Fever, or of the Baseball Almanac family of sites.


Sean Holtz, Webmaster of Baseball Almanac & Baseball Fever |
"Baseball Almanac: Sharing Baseball. Sharing History."
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Happy Birthday & Welcome to the Show

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  • Happy Birthday & Welcome to the Show

    Hello Baseball Fever Fans,

    Though visitors at Baseball Almanac can't see players who debuted as they debut, we do add them to the database almost always the same day they make their debut. Simply makes it easier for us to keep up with the data and make the end of season updates much easier. This year the end of season stats, for every player and every team, will be "in the books" before the World Series even begins because of this and many other back-end (Control Panel upgrade built in the off-season) updates.

    Back to debuts, today on SportsCenter they showed Willie Mays celebrating his birthday at the ball park in San Francisco. He offered to help Barry Bonds hit a home run to tie Babe Ruth. Follow along and I promise to drink more coffee before making these posts. I wondered how long about Mays made his debut then wondered about his birthday celebration. No connection, but it did make me think about guys who made their debut on their birthday because they could celebrate both at the same time at the park.

    Baseball Players who made Major League Debut on their Birthday

    Born             |   Debut           |   Name (in Alphabetical Order)
    09-13-1915   |   09-13-1939   |   Morrie Aderholt
    06-12-1941   |   06-12-1961   |   Gerry Arrigo
    08-18-1955   |   08-18-1978   |   Bruce Benedict
    05-21-1909   |   05-21-1935   |   Mace Brown
    05-06-1921   |   05-06-1948   |   Bob Chesnes
    04-20-1954   |   04-20-1976   |   Doug Clarey
    09-03-1962   |   09-03-1986   |   Dave Clark
    08-31-1893   |   08-31-1916   |   Murphy Currie
    06-15-1978   |   06-15-2002   |   Zach Day
    09-22-1946   |   09-22-1964   |   Larry Dierker
    05-05-1917   |   05-05-1945   |   George Dockins
    04-14-1898   |   04-14-1925   |   Jess Doyle
    04-15-1940   |   04-15-1966   |   Woodie Fryman
    09-06-1867   |   09-06-1890   |   Pete Gilbert
    10-03-1925   |   10-03-1943   |   Chris Haughey
    09-13-1934   |   09-13-1959   |   Tom Hughes
    09-09-1983   |   09-09-2003   |   Edwin Jackson
    04-17-1971   |   04-17-2000   |   Keith Johnson
    08-01-1976   |   08-01-2002   |   Kevin Joseph
    08-09-1950   |   08-09-1974   |   Junior Kennedy
    04-11-1945   |   04-11-1969   |   Mike Kilkenny
    05-04-1945   |   05-04-1965   |   Rene Lachemann
    08-27-1867   |   08-27-1890   |   Dan Long
    09-26-1969   |   09-26-1993   |   Brian Looney
    09-09-1970   |   09-09-1993   |   Dan Miceli
    09-01-1868   |   09-01-1890   |   Mike O'Rourke
    09-15-1956   |   09-15-1977   |   John Pacella
    06-10-1933   |   06-10-1960   |   Ed Palmquist
    07-08-1964   |   07-08-1988   |   Ken Patterson
    09-30-1967   |   09-30-1991   |   Yorkis Perez
    09-16-1891   |   09-16-1913   |   Dick Robertson
    06-27-1892   |   06-27-1918   |   George Ross
    09-07-1953   |   09-07-1978   |   La Rue Washington
    05-17-1868   |   05-17-1892   |   Fred Woodcock

    Hope you enjoyed this little bit of "research" as much as I did putting it together for you,


  • #2
    Thats one hell of a birthday present.Nice research,Sean!


    • #3
      Hope you enjoyed this little bit of "research" as much as I did putting it together for you
      Yes indeed!
      "Someone asked me if I took steroids. I said, 'No. I had a contract with Wheaties.'"
      --Bob Feller


      • #4
        Jarrod Saltalamacchia was called up on his 22nd birthday in 2007


        • #5
          It strikes me as odd that there's only one July birthday-debut on the list. I understand that, due to the expanded rosters, September would be well-represented, and that there might be more April birthday-debuts because of rookies who make the opening day roster, but only one in July? Weird.
          He's guilty of excessive window shopping.


          • #6
            I love baseball history and I love the fact you did the research. I've heard of a number of these. But a few were not exactly household names.
            27 World Championships
            22 retired numbers
            Isn't it great to be a Yankee fan?


            • #7
              Only a few on the MLB debut on their birthday list had long-term success in the big leagues. Those few would include Dierker, Arrigo, Benedict, Fryman and Lachmann (more as a coach and manager than as a player).
              Jose Reyes who has had an all-star career with over 2,000 hits and nearly 500 stolen bases almost was a member of this club but the New York Mets debuted him on June 10, 2003 - one day before his 20th birthday.