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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:
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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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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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
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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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  • #46
    Originally posted by Dude Paskert View Post
    Wow...as I read this, I could hear my dad's voice calling that name out, followed by him laughing. He loved to hear the PA announcer call that name.
    He's been gone a dozen years now, it was nice to hear him again.
    I am so glad that I could bring back a happy memory of your times with your dad. Isn't that what baseball is all about - passing on memories from generation to generation? And the announcer who made Bocabella "famous" was Claude Mouton.
    Dave Kent

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    • #47
      Welcome back, Dave!!! Great to see you back after all these years.

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      • #48
        John Lowenstein

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        • #49
          Kevin Youkilis

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          • #50
            Terry Harmon the Phillies utiltyman from the 70's. Somehow I have every baseball card made of him.
            "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

            "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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            • #51
              Historically - Herman Franks and Sal Yvars, because of The Polo Grounds in 1951.

              Players I watched as a kid? Rex Hudler, Ken Reitz,

              Players who I watched come through AAA when I had a good friend working for the team, met them, and got lots of tickets from them after they made it to the bigs? Brian Barber, Tim Costo
              "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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              • #52
                Among the Dodgers of my youth, Lee Lacy was considered average by many but has some skills that did not always show up in the box score. He and Joe Ferguson bounced back and forth off the roster and I always thought the team was better off with these guys than without.

                On the pitching side, the Dodgers always made it a point to get rid of anyone who management thought was just average. Often times they would blossom somewhere else. See Rick Rhoden, Dave Stewart and Rick Sutcliffe for more information on this. As far as pitchers who really were average but managed to stick around for a little while Alejandro Pena comes to mind only for unrealized potential.
                Your Second Base Coach
                Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey started 833 times and the Dodgers went 498-335, for a .598 winning percentage. That’s equal to a team going 97-65 over a season. On those occasions when at least one of them missed his start, the Dodgers were 306-267-1, which is a .534 clip. That works out to a team going 87-75. So having all four of them added 10 wins to the Dodgers per year.
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5hCIvMule0

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by SavoyBG View Post
                  Here's mine:

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                  I wouldn't call Oscar Gamble 'mediocre'. he actually had a career 127 OPS+..about the same as Jim Rice. He never played a full season, but the time he did play, he was a really good hitter. In 1979 he only played 100 games, but produced a 187 OPS+. In 1977 he played 137 games and had a 162 OPS+.

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                  • #54
                    Snakes on the bathroom floor

                    Originally posted by Second Base Coach View Post
                    Among the Dodgers of my youth, Lee Lacy was considered average by many but has some skills that did not always show up in the box score. He and Joe Ferguson bounced back and forth off the roster and I always thought the team was better off with these guys than without.

                    On the pitching side, the Dodgers always made it a point to get rid of anyone who management thought was just average. Often times they would blossom somewhere else. See Rick Rhoden, Dave Stewart and Rick Sutcliffe for more information on this. As far as pitchers who really were average but managed to stick around for a little while Alejandro Pena comes to mind only for unrealized potential.
                    Exactly so. After years of therapy, I had finally freed myself from memories of the Stewart-Honeycut trade, and now they come flooding back. You're saying that the above guys were not actually mediocre, and I heartily agree.
                    Indeed the first step toward finding out is to acknowledge you do not satisfactorily know already; so that no blight can so surely arrest all intellectual growth as the blight of cocksureness.--CS Peirce

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                    • #55
                      It would have to be Dusty Rhodes for me. In all the years he had with the Giants, 1954 stood out like a beacon- it seemed he always did something to help the team win a game that year, whether as a pinch hitter or playing in the outfield to give Monte Irvin a rest. And what a World Series! He never had a year like that in the majors before 1954, or after 1954 as well.

                      I was lucky enough to meet him about ten years ago and for some reason the two of us hit it off- I guess it might have been because we both spent time in Staten Island or because we both sold cars for a living. I was a lifer in that business until a few years ago, but he only did it for a short time after he retired. He told me once, "They just had me there for my name. Hell, I couldn't have sold an ashtray to Edward R. Murrow." (LOL)

                      He was always a million laughs regardless of whatever we talked about, and we exchanged Christmas cards for several years. Those are prized possesions, and yes, you'd have to shoot me to get them. (lol) He always holds a place in my heart, and, of course, if it hadn't been for him, my beloved Giants wouldn't have won the Series in '54.
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                      • #56
                        That's an hilarious ancedote chinese HR

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