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.


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  • #76
    Gino Cimoli

    Gino Cimoli, a Dodger outfielder in Brooklyn and Los Angeles who was the first major league batter on the West Coast when the Dodgers and Giants moved to California in 1958, has died. He was 81.

    Cimoli died Saturday at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif., of kidney and heart complications, said his longtime companion, Lorraine Vigli.,1752293.story


    • #77
      Joe Frazier

      Joe Frazier, the manager of the Mets in the turbulent period between the tenures of Yogi Berra and Joe Torre, died Tuesday in Broken Arrow, Okla. He was 88 and a longtime Broken Arrow resident.

      His death was confirmed by the Christian-Gavlik Funeral Home in Broken Arrow.
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      • #78
        Buddy Lewis

        Gastonia’s John “Buddy” Lewis came to fame as a major league baseball player, rubbing elbows with the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.

        Lewis lived the later chapters of his storied life as a Gaston County businessman with less fanfare, but with no fewer fans.

        The Gastonia native died Friday. He was 94.


        • #79
          Butch McCord (Negro Leaguer)

          "Clinton H. "Butch" McCord, Jr., a former Negro League player and ambassador for baseball, died Thursday at his Nashville home. He was 85.

          McCord played football at Tennessee State and served two years in the Navy during World War II. He became a first baseman and outfielder from 1946-50 for the Nashville Cubs, Nashville Black Vols, Chicago American Giants and Baltimore Elite Giants."


          • #80
            Cecil Kaiser (Negro Leaguer)

            Former Negro Leagues star Cecil Kaiser, who became known to many Tigers fans over the years as part of their Negro Leagues tributes, passed away Monday at the age of 94.

            Kaiser's son, Tyrone, told The Associated Press that his father died after a fall Monday at his home in Southfield, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. He moved back to Michigan following a playing career that included pitching success with the Detroit Stars, Motor City Giants, Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords in the 1940s and stints in various Latin American leagues.


            • #81
              Drew Baur (owner)

              Banker and St. Louis Cardinals owner Andrew N. "Drew" Baur has died at his home in Florida.

              Baur, 66, was former chairman of Southwest Bank and a co-owner, treasurer and a director of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Baur helped organize the original ownership group that bought the Cardinals in 1996 from Anheuser-Busch Cos.
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              • #82
                Spook Jacobs

                Forrest Vandergrift "Spook" Jacobs of Milford,
                passed away Friday, February 18, 2011 at the
                Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. He was 85.
                Mr. Jacobs was born on November 4, 1925 in
                Cheswold, son of the late Edwin F. and Norma
                C. (Willey) Jacobs.

                He graduated from Salem High School, Salem,
                New Jersey in 1943. Immediately after graduation,
                he enlisted in the United States Army where he
                served as a Sergeant during World War II.
                Upon return from his tour of duty, Mr. Jacobs
                played professional baseball for 17 seasons,
                playing for the Philadelphia Athletics, the Kansas
                City Athletics, the Pittsburgh Pirates and several
                minor league clubs in Cuba and Panama. He was
                a speedy second baseman, known for his
                aggressive style on the base paths and unique
                hitting style, which earned him the nickname


                • #83
                  Greg Goossen

                  Greg Goossen, a former six-figure bonus baby of the Dodgers who played for
                  Casey Stengel and the New York Mets, dabbled as a boxing trainer with his
                  brother and was a stand-in for actor Gene Hackman in more than a dozen
                  films, was found dead Saturday at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was 65.

                  Goossen was scheduled to be inducted into the Notre Dame High School Hall of
                  Fame on Saturday night. When he did not arrive for a photo session, a family
                  member went to his nearby home and found him. A cause of death has yet to be


                  • #84
                    Duke Snider

                    (CNN) -- Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame center fielder Donald "Duke" Snider died Sunday at a convalescent hospital in Escondido, California. He was 84, according to team officials.

                    Snider's career with the Dodgers spanned 16 seasons and included a half-dozen World Series appearances. Among them was the 1955 series, which the Brooklyn Dodgers won, as well as the 1959 series title, which Snider's team captured after moving to California.

                    A statement released by the Dodgers' organization described Snider as one of "the game's more feared hitters."

                    Snider led the major leagues in home runs and runs batted in during the 1950s. With a career total 389 home runs and 1,271 RBIs, the seven-time All-Star center fielder remains the Dodger franchise's all-time leader in both categories. He slugged four homers apiece in the 1952 and 1955 World Series.


                    • #85
                      Mitchell Page

                      Former outfielder and hitting coach Mitchell Page died Saturday, according to He was 59. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

                      Page, born and raised in Los Angeles, played eight seasons in the major leagues, including from 1977 to '83 with the Oakland Athletics and in 1984 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His best season was as a rookie when he hit 21 home runs with 75 RBI, a .307 average and 42 stolen bases to finish second in the AL Rookie of the Year Award voting to Eddie Murray.


                      • #86
                        Bill Deck (Negro Leaguer)

                        Bill Deck, former pitcher for the Philadelphia Stars of the Negro Leagues
                        died Tuesday February 22, 2011 at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia
                        according to Dr. Steven McIlwain. He was 95.

                        Born Sept 28, 1915, Deck had an early start in Negro League baseball as he
                        was a batboy for the Hilldale Daises, where he had the chance to watch Hall
                        of Famer Judy Johnson operate up close and personal.


                        • #87
                          Jose Ortiz

                          Jose Luis Ortiz played outfield for the Chicago White Sox in 1969 and 1970
                          and the Cubs in 1971. He had a .301 career average in 123 at bats. He died
                          in Puerto Rico on 20 January 2011, at age 63.


                          • #88
                            Frank Dezelan (umpire)

                            Former National League umpire Frank Dezelan passed away on Monday at Manor Care Health Services in Monroeville, Pa. He was 81.

                            Dezelan served as an NL umpire from 1966-71.

                            Dezelan was behind the plate on Sept. 22, 1969, when Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run in San Diego. Dezelan also served as one of the umpires for the 1970 All-Star Game at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, a game best known for the Ray Fosse-Pete Rose collision.


                            • #89
                              Marty Marion

                              Marty Marion, the St. Louis Cardinals’ celebrated slick-fielding shortstop, who was known as the Octopus for his long arms and uncanny range in gobbling up ground balls, died on Tuesday in St. Louis. He was 93 and lived in Ladue, Mo.

                              His death was announced by his family.


                              • #90
                                Tom Dunbar

                                Former Texas Ranger and Aiken County baseball legend Tommy Dunbar died Wednesday in Aiken. He was 51.

                                Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Dunbar was recuperating from a recent surgery at a family member's home on Palm Drive when he had "some type of medical event."