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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  • #31
    Originally posted by Ace Venom View Post
    That once again brings to mind a candidate that lasted fifteen years on the ballot and languished on the VC ballot until 1970: Carl Mays. We practically waited until the guy was on his deathbed to elect him and that was just because he accidentally killed a guy.
    Did anybody actually not vote for Mays because of that pitch? I think the fact that he won just 208 games, pitched barely 3,000 innings in his career, and had an ERA+ (120) that wasn't that great when you factored in the level of defensive support that he received were the reasons he fell short for the handful of voters it took to keep him out.

    That, and he was probably completely off the radar of the casual voters, which made it hard to elect him in the normal elections.

    I was one of the 3 people who didn't vote for him in the '70 VC election, and the pitch that killed had nothing to do with it.


    • #32
      Orlando Cepeda
      Bobby Bonds
      Norm Cash
      Tony Oliva
      Vada Pinson
      Frank Howard
      Rocky Colavito
      Bill Mazeroski
      Mike Marshall


      • #33
        With Sal Bando seemingly stalling out, here's a comparison of Bando to another modern 3B - first ballot Hall of Famer Ken Boyer.

        Both players had careers of very similar lengths - 16 years and 8288 PA's for Sal vs. 15 years and 8268 for Ken.

        Career Win Shares:
        Boyer - 280
        Bando - 283

        Career WS/162:
        Boyer - 22.3
        Bando - 22.7

        # of 30+ Win Share Seasons:
        Boyer - 1
        Bando - 2

        Career WAR:
        Boyer - 58.4
        Bando - 60.6

        Top 5 WAR Seasons:
        Boyer - 7.8, 6.2, 6.2, 5.8, 5.6 (31.6)
        Bando - 8.9, 7.3, 6.3, 6.2, 5.8 (34.5)

        MVP Voting:
        Boyer - Won 1964 MVP, 3 other Top-10 finishes, received votes in 8 seasons
        Bando - 3 Top-5 finishes (2nd, 3rd, 4th), no other Top-10 finishes, received votes in 7 seasons

        Boyer - 116
        Bando - 119

        Best 5 OPS+ Seasons:
        Boyer - 144, 135, 130, 130, 124 (663)
        Bando - 153, 150, 137, 135, 130 (705)

        Gold Gloves:
        Boyer - 5
        Bando - 0

        Career Total Zone Runs Saved Above Average:
        Boyer - 70
        Bando - 35

        There doesn't seem to be much difference between the two of them, in terms of their qualifications. I would still vote Boyer in before I'd vote in Bando, but Boyer is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, not a borderline selection who got in through the VC.

        Obviously Bando is going to struggle to get voted in, as he's a peak candidate who happened to play his peak years in a very low offensive era in a strong pitchers park. Here's the seasonal averages for Bando's 1969-1974 peak years, adjusted to a 4.42 runs/game context (which is roughly the average runs/game for the AL in the 20th century).

        Bando 1969-1974 Neutralized for 4.42 R/G: .292/.409/.490, 27 2B, 27 HR, 103 Runs, 111 RBI, 108 BB. He was also an above average defensive 3B over that time, and was the heart of a team that won 4 pennants and 3 World Series titles.


        • #34
          As far as Bando goes, he was the captain of that A's team that won 3 WS in a row and bracketed that with two divsion crowns. This team as a whole is one of the underappreciated if not out right forgotten dynasties. In some ways it is odd how and why some players get credit as being winners etc. yet others do not despite pretty similar credentials. Campy and Concepcion do not get bonus points either. Rant over.


          • #35
            Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
            As far as Bando goes, he was the captain of that A's team that won 3 WS in a row and bracketed that with two divsion crowns. This team as a whole is one of the underappreciated if not out right forgotten dynasties. In some ways it is odd how and why some players get credit as being winners etc. yet others do not despite pretty similar credentials. Campy and Concepcion do not get bonus points either. Rant over.
            That A's team had a lot of guys who flamed out fairly early, and their offensive stars are underrated due to the environment they played in. Even their one deserving Hall of Famer, Reggie, is still underappreciated for how great he was during his Oakland years. Just the fact that he's most remembered as a one-dimensional player, as opposed to the 5 tool player he was during his years in Oakland tells you a lot.


            • #36
              Agreed especially on Reggie who is wierdly underrated as an A and O and overrated as a Yankee. As for Bando he also gets the double or triple whammy of being the best AL 3B (arguably) between Brett and Brooks Robinson and then Schmidt comes along at the same time. Finally the contemporaries he was probably better than like Nettles, Evans, Bell, et. al. went on the have longer careers and as such put up bigger countign #s.


              • #37
                1. Sal Bando
                2. Norm Cash
                3. Bill Freehan
                4. Bill Mazeroski
                "I never saw anyone like Ty Cobb. No one even close to him. He was the greatest all time ballplayer. That guy was superhuman, amazing."
                -Casey Stengel


                • #38
                  Sal Bando
                  Bobby Bonds
                  Clay Carroll
                  Orlando Cepeda
                  Rocky Colavito
                  Bill Freehan
                  Jerry Grote
                  John Hiller
                  Frank Howard
                  Bill Mazeroski
                  Stu Miller
                  Thurman Munson
                  Tony Oliva
                  Roy White
                  Jimmy Wynn
                  RIP Dave Niehaus
                  RIP Gary Moore


                  • #39
                    This election is closed. We elected the former Detroit Tigers catcher Bill Freehan in his 6th year of eligibility.
                    RIP Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010).