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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  • Elmer Carter (Negro Leaguer)

    Elmer Carter, who overcame segregation in baseball and the military to be a top outfielder in the Negro leagues and a decorated World War II veteran, died Friday of heart failure. He was 100.

    Despite his age, Mr. Carter had sharp memories of his glory days as a catcher for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League. He enjoyed telling how he caught and argued with famed pitcher and teammate Satchel Paige. He gleefully recalled sweeping the New York Yankees in three exhibition games at Yankee Stadium.
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    • Emilio Navarro (Negro Leaguer)

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Emilio "Millito" Navarro, believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player, died Saturday in his Caribbean homeland of Puerto Rico. He was 105.

      The former Negro Leagues star died while surrounded by relatives, said a statement from his family. He was hospitalized Wednesday in the southern coastal city of Ponce after having a small heart attack.

      Navarro was elected to the Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Puerto Rican Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
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      Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:22 PM.


      • Bobby Thompson

        Bobby La-Rue Thompson
        Mr. Thompson, age 57, of Charlotte died April 25, 2011 at his residence in Charlotte.
        Funeral service is 2:00pm Sunday, May 1, 2011 at Woodland Presbyterian Church. Visitation is 1:00pm at the church. Burial will be at Woodland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
        He was a graduate of Harding High School. He was the first black baseball player to go to the major league from Charlotte. He was a professional baseball player with the Texas Rangers.
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        Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:23 PM.


        • Duane Pillette

          Duane Pillette, a pitcher on the Yankees' 1949 championship team who attended Santa Clara University, died Friday in San Jose of heart failure. He was 89.

          Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:23 PM.


          • Mike Krsnich

            Krsnich, Michael Born in West Allis, WI, Sept. 24, 1930. Passed away in Mesquite, NV, April 30, 2011. Survived by brothers Rocco (Kansas), Nick (Arizona) and Robert (Florida), and nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers, August and Joseph and parents, Peter and Filomena. Played professional baseball from 1950-1965 with Milwaukee Braves and Japanese major leagues. "Rest in peace, Mike!"

            Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:23 PM.


            • Dick Walsh (executive)

              Dick Walsh, former Los Angeles Dodgers Vice President, Commissioner of the North American Soccer League, General Manager of the California Angels and General Manager of numerous convention centers passed away on May 6 in Fullerton, Calif.

              Walsh, born in South Bend, Ind., in 1925, and raised in Evanston, Ill. He came to Los Angeles in 1937. He was an All-City third baseman at Los Angeles High School. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, was commissioned at Fort Benning the following year, spent 32 months in the South Pacific, and was discharged from the service as a first lieutenant in 1948.
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              Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:24 PM.


              • Bill Bergesch (executive)

                STAMFORD, Conn. — Former Cincinnati Reds general manager Bill Bergesch, who also spent several years in the New York Yankees’ front office during a long career as a major league executive, has died. He was 89.

                The Yankees say Bergesch died Tuesday at a retirement home in Connecticut.

                Bergesch served as the Reds’ GM from 1984-87. Some of the players he acquired helped Cincinnati win the World Series in 1990.
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                Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:24 PM.


                • Al Grunwald

                  1955 Grunwald, Alfred Henry
                  D: Jan 18 2011 Chatsworth, California
                  Cemetery: Cremated, inurned at Valhalla Memorial Park, North Hollywood, California
                  Source: Funeral home (H9,R4)

                  He died on January 18 of this year, however his death was not reported until recently. He pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1959, going 0-1 with a 6.63 ERA in nine games (one start). He allowed 25 hits and 18 walks in 19 innings of work. In the minors, he both pitched and played first base and had success at both positions.

                  Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:25 PM.


                  • Cardell Camper

                    From SSDI
                    CAMPER, CARDELL
                    b. 06 Jul 1952
                    d. 07 Dec 2010 (P) 58 (California)
                    (none specified) Arizona 527-92-9397

                    Camper died December 7, 2010, however his death (at the age of 58) was not noticed until recently. He pitched for the Cleveland Indians in 1977 and went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three games. He collected his lone big league win in his very last game (and his only start), when he pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays. He faced off against fellow rookie Jim Clancy and came out victorious. He pitched seven years in the minors, winning 59 games.

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                    • Mel Queen

                      TORONTO (AP)—Mel Queen, a former Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach and manager who rejoined the organization in 2008 at its player development senior adviser, has died. He was 69.

                      The cause of death was not divulged.

                      Queen was an outfielder who became a pitcher and played for both the Cincinnati Reds (1964-69) and California Angels (1970-72). He posted a 20-17 career record with 389 innings pitched, 306 strikeouts, and a career earned run average of 3.14.
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                      • Jim Heise

                        Jim Heise, a retired high school baseball coach and school administrator, was known for his way with students. When they misbehaved, Heise knew just how to talk to them to keep them in line while maintaining their friendship, colleagues said.

                        "He was one of their advocates," said Bobby Marr, who worked with Heise at Winter Park High School.

                        Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith said Heise had a talent few administrators had.

                        "He had the ability to be tough with the kids but still have a good relationship with them, joking and having fun," said Smith, a former Winter Park principal.

                        Heise taught science and coached baseball at Boone High School for about 10 years and served as assistant principal at Winter Park for two decades. He retired in 2003.

                        Heise, of Orlando, died April 21 of complications from surgery. He was 80.
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                        • Harmon Killebrew

                          St. Paul, Minn. — Baseball fans in Minnesota are mourning a legend. Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died Tuesday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona after battling esophageal cancer. He was 74.

                          Killebrew died peacefully, with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side, according to a statement from the Minnesota Twins.

                          He had announced in December that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, Killebrew announced that doctors had deemed his cancer incurable and he would no longer fight the "awful disease."

                          Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:26 PM.


                          • Jim Pyburn

                            ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Jim Pyburn, a former longtime Georgia football assistant coach, two-sports star at Auburn and outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles, has died.

                            Georgia officials said Monday Pyburn, 78, died on Saturday night in Jasper, Ala., following a long illness.

                            Pyburn was a defensive assistant under Vince Dooley at Georgia from 1964, Dooley's first year, through 1979. Pyburn son, Jeff, was a Georgia quarterback from 1976-79.
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                            Last edited by Cowtipper; 07-08-2011, 12:26 PM.


                            • Carlos Pascual


                              Carlos Pascual, known in the baseball world as "Patato''died on Thursday morning after a long illness that was complicated with pneumonia. He was 80 years old.

                              Patato was born on March 13, 1930, at the Virgen del Camino, in Luyano, La Habana. From a young age was interested in playing baseball as a third baseman and shortstop Rail team.

                              Despite being a good hitter and have skills as an infielder, pitcher Pascual became the power of his arm. He said "Luyano Canyon."
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                              • Paul Splittorff

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                                Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
                                Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
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