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.

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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.

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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.

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Cowtipper's retirements thread

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  • #16
    Bengie Molina to retire.

    Molina retires with a .274 average over parts of 13 major league seasons with the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers. He's also the eldest of the history-making Molina clan, joining Jose and Yadier as the only trio of brothers to own World Series rings.
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    • #17
      Bengie Molina

      Bengie Molina has retired, according to Andrew Baggarly of Molina, a catcher, played in parts of 13 seasons with the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers, and though he did not play in 2011, he had remained open to the possibility of returning until now.
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      • #18
        Danys Baez

        As reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Danys Baez has announced that he has retired after 11 seasons in MLB.

        After stops in Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, Baez signed a two-year deal with the Phillies before the 2010 season. He was mostly unremarkable with the Phils, posting a 5.81 ERA in 83.2 innings, before being released in August of 2011.
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        • #19
          Jason Varitek

          Jason Varitek, a two-time World Series champion and the captain of the Red Sox from 2005-2011, will announce his retirement on Thursday in Fort Myers, sources told the Globe today.

          Varitek is expected to stay with the organization in some capacity.

          A member of the Red Sox from 1997-2011, Varitek hit .256 with 193 home runs and 757 RBIs. He was a three-time All-Star and a Gold Glove winner.
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          • #20
            Carlos Guillen

            PEORIA, Ariz. — Infielder Carlos Guillen, a three-time All-Star who played 14 major league seasons, announced his retirement Tuesday.

            “It’s a tough decision for me, for my family, for everybody because I tried to come back,” said Guillen, who was at the Seattle Mariners’ spring training camp as a non-roster invitee.
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            Last edited by Cowtipper; 03-06-2012, 08:50 PM.


            • #21
              Ivan Rodriguez

              (CBS/AP) ARLINGTON, Texas - Ivan Rodriguez made one last throw from behind home plate to second base at Rangers Ballpark.

              The 14-time All-Star catcher announced his retirement Monday, ending a 21-season playing career spent mostly in Texas. The Rangers then honored him with a pregame ceremony that ended with a unique first pitch.

              Rodriguez initially went to the mound while Michael Young, the team's longest-tenured player, set up to receive the pitch. But that didn't seem right, so Young ran out to second base and Rodriguez, already wearing a catcher's mitt, went behind the plate to a huge cheer and made a familiar throw across the diamond.
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              • #22
                Casey Blake

                Major League Baseball veteran Casey Blake said Tuesday that he will retire, despite starting spring training with the Colorado Rockies and fielding recent interest from the Texas Rangers.

                Blake told the Des Moines Register that he has been leaning toward stepping away after playing parts of 13 seasons with five teams, but stopped short of a decision until now.
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                Last edited by Cowtipper; 05-16-2012, 06:49 AM.


                • #23
                  Ryan Speier

                  Southern Maryland Blue Crabs: RHP Ryan Speier voluntary Retirement



                  • #24
                    Marc Kroon

                    One of the oldest Minor Leaguers to take the field during the 2011 season has decided to make it his last. After playing in three decades, three countries and 10 organizations, going from flat-broke in the States to a millionaire in the Far East, 38-year-old right-hander Marc Kroon has retired.

                    "I went through every level, all the way from Rookie ball to Triple-A," Kroon says. "I made many stops, getting to the big leagues, my injury, losing everything. It's been a rocky career, and I am proud of myself, even though no one really knows who I am.

                    "I've outlasted so many people, and I did it the hard way -- struggling, fighting it out, bus trips and road trips and Days Inns and Motel 6's, before getting my lucky break in Japan. You don't hear too many stories like mine."
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                    • #25
                      Sam Narron

                      His career in the majors lasted one start. He threw 61 pitches and faced 17 hitters, giving up three home runs, five hits and four walks.

                      It was July 30, 2004, and despite giving up four runs, the Texas Rangers rallied to win the game so he didn't get saddled with the loss.

                      That pitcher was Sam Narron.

                      The left-hander spent the rest of his career trying to get back to the majors. This offseason, while considering a return with a major league team at spring training, Narron decided to retire and go full-time into coaching.
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                      • #26
                        Kerry Wood

                        Kerry Wood arrived in the majors 14 years ago, a fresh-faced kid with No. 34 on his back, slinging fastballs at 100 mph, delivering breaking pitches that were often unhittable and striking out 20 batters in just his fifth start.

                        On Friday, he left the game after one final, emotional appearance with the Chicago Cubs.
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                        • #27
                          Kevin Mulvey

                          Kevin Mulvey, the Mets' top pick in the 2006 draft (second round), retired after Saturday's Double-A Binghamton game, two sources told

                          Mulvey, who hails from Parlin, N.J., had been pitching in relief for the B-Mets this season. He had a 5.59 ERA in 13 appearances.
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                          • #28
                            Edgar Renteria

                            There have been no real articles about his retirement, but it appears that Mr. Renteria is officially done. The Brewers (and other teams) showed interest in him, but they were told by his agent that he "intends to remain retired."

                            He had a really solid career - 2,327 hits, 140 home runs, 294 stolen bases, 1,200 runs, five All-Stars, three Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves, World Series MVP and hero. Interestingly, the Hall of Fame Monitor gives him a score of 109, with the average Hall of Famer having a score of 100.


                            • #29
                              Phil Dumatrait

                              Dumatrait announces retirement: Pitcher Phil Dumatrait announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday. The left-hander went 4-13 with a 6.20 ERA in 87 appearances (17 starts) in his career.



                              • #30
                                Magglio Ordonez

                                Detroit Tigers fans remembered the career of Magglio Ordonez Sunday, when he officially announced his retirement.

                                Detroit fans had a chance to celebrate his stellar career in a ceremony before the Tigers hosted the New York Yankees. Among the highlights was a video tribute that included Ordonez's pennant-winning home run in Game 4 of the 2006 AL championship series.
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                                Last edited by Cowtipper; 06-21-2012, 12:06 AM.