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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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.

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.

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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
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
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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.

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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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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.

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  • 1961 Cincinnati Reds Team
    1961 Reds Team Stats
    Lots of interesting details in this team photo, especially the listing of the new players for '62 and the mention of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame which was started in 1958.
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    • H. Sullivan is the catcher, Haywood Sullivan who, years later, and inexplicably, became a part-owner of the Red Sox.


      • Originally posted by Joe Barrie View Post
        H. Sullivan is the catcher, Haywood Sullivan who, years later, and inexplicably, became a part-owner of the Red Sox.
        His Wiki page actually has a pretty good, detailed account of how his time with the Red Sox went: Wiki: Haywood Sullivan
        Starting with this: "...In November 1965, he was recruited by the Red Sox, who had reorganized their front office under new general manager Dick O'Connell. As vice president, player personnel, Sullivan was positioned as the top "baseball man" in the organization, and from 1965-67 was instrumental in acquiring several players from the Athletics (such as José Santiago, John Wyatt, José Tartabull and Ken Harrelson) who would help lead Boston to its surprise 1967 AL pennant. But O'Connell gradually assumed more power and took over most of Sullivan's responsibilities; during the early 1970s, Sullivan kept his title but in reality became the Red Sox' director of amateur scouting. Despite his decline in overall authority, Sullivan maintained very close personal ties with owner Tom Yawkey and his wife, Jean. In 1977, a year after Tom Yawkey died of leukemia, the Red Sox were put up for sale. Sullivan — reportedly borrowing $100,000 and using his home as collateral — joined an ownership group organized by former Red Sox athletic trainer Edward "Buddy" LeRoux. Because of Sullivan's close friendship with Jean Yawkey, the LeRoux offer was accepted, even though it was not the highest bid and the group did not have the financial resources of some of its rivals. The American League initially rejected the deal, but reconsidered when Mrs. Yawkey joined the group as a third general partner in 1978..."
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        • 1961 Los Angeles Angels Team
          1961 Angels Team Stats

          1961 Los Angeles Angels; 70-90, .438, 7th Place (out of 10 teams), 38 g behind,---BB-Reference

          Top Row, L-R: Ken Hunt (CF), Ken McBride (P), Tom Morgan (P), Leon Wagner (LF), Tom Satriano (3B), Eli Grba (P), Jim Donohue (P).

          Second Row, L-R: Ted Kluszewski (1B), Ted Bowsfield (P), Lee Thomas (UT), Ryne Duren (P), Earl Averill (C), Ed Sadowski (C), Ron Moeller (P), Jack Spring (P).

          Third Row, L-R: Kurt Torstoff (Assistant Equipment Mgr.), Freddie Frederico (trainer), Steve Bilko (1B), Red Kress (coach), Bob Elliot (coach), Bill Rigney (Mgr.), Marv Grissom (coach), Jack Paepke (coach), Del Rice (C).

          Bottom Row, L-R: George Thomas (UT), Albie Pearson (RF), Scotty Keene (batboy), Jim Marenko (batboy), Johnny James (P), Eddie Yost (3B), Rocky Bridges (MI), Joe Koppe (SS).
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-04-2013, 07:48 PM.
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          • Originally posted by BSmile View Post
            1961 Los Angeles Angels Team
            1961 Angels Team Stats
            Interesting group. The manager and the coaches had all been New York Giants. The equipment manager had been with the Boston Braves, and the traveling secretary was to become Jim Bouton's antagonist as management with the Seattle Pilots.

            Years ago I had dinner with Ferguson, McBride (and Sibby Sisti) at the home of a neighbor who, as a Tim McAuliffe employee, modeled the first Angels uniform for the team management. Time really flies!


            • Originally posted by Joe Barrie View Post
              Years ago I had dinner with Ferguson, McBride (and Sibby Sisti) at the home of a neighbor who, as a Tim McAuliffe employee, modeled the first Angels uniform for the team management. Time really flies!
              Cool! Here's a very early wire pic of the '61 Angles in uniform, from spring training in Palm Springs:
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              • Originally posted by Joe Barrie View Post
                Great picture of what was then the leading Red Sox farm team, which they purchased long before to get Pee Wee Reese, but I guess Joe Cronin wanted to continue at shortstop, so Reese went elsewhere.

                A minor point-Agganis played at Boston University, not at Boston College.
                Bill James claimed that Yawkey bought in on the team to get Reese, but had two partners who decided Reese should go to the highest bidder. Yawkey refused to bid on a player he thought he had already bought.
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                • Thank you, Joe Barrie.


                  • 1954 Montreal Royals Team
                    1954 Royals Team Stats
                    Yup, that's 19 yr. old Roberto Clemente (seated, front row-left side) during his time as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, who had signed him for a salary of $5K (and a $10K bonus). That required the Dodgers to keep Roberto on the big league roster or risk losing him to the off-season draft, which they did, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955.
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                    • 1962 Boston Red Sox Team
                      1962 Red Sox Team Stats

                      1962 Boston Red Sox; 76-84, .475, 8th Place (out of 10 teams), 19 g behind,---BB-Reference

                      Top Row, L-R: Mike Fornieles (P), Gary Geiger (CF), Earl Wilson (P), Don Gile (1B), Jim Pagliaroni (C), Gene Conley (P), Dick Radatz (RP), Bob Tillman (C), Lu Clinton (RF).

                      Middle Row, L-R: Win Green (Assistant Trainer), Russ Nixon (C), Jack Fadden (trainer), Ike Delock (P), Frank Malzone (3B), Carroll Hardy (OF), Hal Kolstad (P), Galen Cisco (P), Chuck Schilling (2B), Dave Philley (RF), Chet Nichols (P), Billy Gardner (2B), Bill Monbouquette (P), Ed Bressoud (SS), Don Fitzpatrick (Equipment Mgr.).

                      Bottom Row, L-R: Pete Runnels (1B), Arnold Earley (P), Jerry Green (MI), Sal Maglie (coach), Mike Higgins (Mgr.), Rudy York (coach), Len Okrie (coach), Billy Herman (coach), Carl Yastrzemski (LF), Tom Dowd (Road Traveling Secretary).
                      Seated on ground in front: Dave Lynch (batboy), Tom Doherty (batboy).
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-05-2013, 10:22 AM.
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                      • Nice collection. BSmile, where do you source your photographs from?
                        Last edited by GordonGecko; 02-05-2013, 08:47 AM.


                        • Originally posted by GordonGecko View Post
                          Nice collection. BSmile, where do you source your photographs from?
                          Thanks GordonGecko.
                          I've been collecting/editing these photos for years and they've come from a multitude of sources...way too many to mention here.
                          Cheers! ~B
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                          • 1964 Boston Red Sox Team
                            1964 Red Sox Team Stats

                            1964 Boston Red Sox; 72-90, .444, 8th Place, 27 g behind,---BB-Reference

                            Top Row, L-R: Tony Conigliaro (LF), Earl Wilson (P), Chuck Schilling (2B), Russ Nixon (C), Bill Spanswick (P), Roman Mejias (OF), Jack Lamabe (P), Bob Tillman (C), Bob Heffner (P), Dick Stuart (1B), Dick Radatz (RP).

                            Middle Row, L-R: Dick Williams (UT), Felix Mantilla (UT), Ed Bressoud (SS), Ed Connolly (P), Dave Morehead (P), Dalton Jones (2B), Dave Gray (P), Pete Charton (P), Bill Monbouquette (P), Win Green (Assistant Trainer), Don Fitzpatrick (Equipment Mgr.)

                            Bottom Row, L-R: Jack Fadden (trainer), Arnold Earley (P), Frank Malzone (3B), Bob Turley (coach), Billy Herman (coach), Johnny Pesky (Mgr.), Harry Malmberg (coach), Al Lakeman (coach), Carl Yastrzemski (CF), Lou Clinton (RF), Tom Dowd (Road Traveling Secretary).
                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-07-2013, 02:16 PM.
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                            • The photographs of the 1962 and 1964 Red Sox show equipment manager Don Fitzpatrick, who molested a number of black boys over a 20-year period. Many feel that the team and the management knew about his behavior and never acted on it.

                              Money eventually changed hands, but some lives were ruined. Those covering for him were never charged. He died years ago.

                              Sounds like Jerry Sandusky and his enablers, doesn't it?
                              Last edited by Joe Barrie; 02-10-2013, 05:41 PM.


                              • 1957 San Diego Padres Team
                                1957 Padres Team Stats
                                Last edited by BSmile; 02-11-2013, 12:44 PM.
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