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.

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The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
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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.

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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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Phillies invite 10 to spring training; sign Bazardo, Hoover, Ellison, others

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  • Phillies invite 10 to spring training; sign Bazardo, Hoover, Ellison, others

    The Phillies announced the invitation of 10 players to Spring Training as non-roster invitees on Wednesday. They include: right-handers Dave Borkowski, Justin Lehr, Blaine Neal and Mike Koplove, corner infielder Mike Cervenak, third baseman Terry Tiffee, first baseman Andy Tracy, outfielder Chris Walker, shortstop Ozzie Chavez and utility player J.J. Furmaniak.

    Borkowski, 31, split time last season between the Astros and Triple-A Round Rock, going 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in 26 games for Houston, and 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA in 27 games in the Minor Leagues.

    Koplove, a 32-year-old Philadelphia native, spent 2008 with Triple-A Las Vegas, going 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA and nine saves. Lehr, 31, went 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 16 games (eight starts) for Triple-A Louisville.

    Neal, 30, finished tied for second in the International League lead in saves (26), while going 1-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 38 games for Triple-A Toledo.

    Cervenak, 32, played for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and finished fifth in the IL in batting average (.311) and tied for seventh in doubles (30).

    Chavez, 25, combined to hit .232 with four home runs and 33 RBIs between Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville for the Brewers organization.

    Furmaniak, 29, did not play in 2008 and has appeared in 29 career Major League games between the Pirates (2005) and Athletics ('07).

    The 29-year-old Tiffee, currently playing in the Mexican Winter League, spent last season with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he led the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.378) and finished third in doubles (39) and fourth in on-base percentage (.416).

    Tracy, 35, hit .288 with 22 home runs and 85 RBIs in 124 games for Lehigh Valley and led all IL first basemen in fielding percentage at .997.

    Walker, 28, currently playing in the Mexican Winter League, hit .257 with a home run and 27 RBIs in 78 games for Triple-A Salt Lake in 2008.

    The following players were signed as Minor League free agents: right-handers Yorman Bazardo, Yoel Hernandez and Justin Pope, left-handers Jason Mackintosh and Joshua Shortslef, first baseman/outfielder Brian Stavisky and outfielders Casey Craig, Kevin Mahar, Wilkin Ruan, Mike Spidale and Rich Thompson.

    Philadelphia Signed Pitcher Yorman Bazardo to a Minor League Contract
    Philadelphia Signed Left fielder Jason Ellison to a Minor League Contract
    Philadelphia Signed Catcher Paul Hoover to a Minor League Contract

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    More Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees Announced

    Another bunch of non-roster invitees were announced by the Phillies during the first week of January 2009.
    Key players among them are Marcus Giles, infielder ; Gary Majewski, pitcher; Jason Donald, infielder; Antonio Bastardo, pitcher; and JEREMY SLAYDEN, OUTFIELDER.

    Due to the situation where second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Pedro Feliz are recovering from surgeries, Donald and Giles may be seen in Philadelphia sooner rather than later, as either of them may have to fill in for one of the Phillies infield stars at the beginning of the season for a short while. Giles was out of the majors last year for the first time since 2000. Donald hit over .300 at Reading AA, and was an important contributor to the U.S. Olympic team last August. Donald's success continued this autumn as he hit over .400 and won the MVP award of the Arizona Fall League.

    The 50-game drug suspension of J.C. Romero opens the door for Majewski who may be able to win a job during Romero's absence. Majewski spent about three-quarters of the past season in the majors with the Cincinatti Reds.

    Bastardo and Slayden had good seasons as teammates at Reading (AA), Eastern League. Although it is possible they may reach Philadelphia sometime in 2009, a 2010 major league arrival date for both is more likely.

    In 2008 Bastardo earned an early season promotion from Clearwater (High A, Florida State League) to Reading. He was named to the AA all-star game but an injury forced him to be replaced on the roster and he was plagued by injuries much of the second half of the season. He had an excellent strikeouts to innings pitched ratio at Clearwater (much better than a strikeout per inning) to earn his promotion.

    Left-Fielder, Slayden has made steady progress advancing one level per year since being drafted. He hit .298 with 17 home runs at Reading AA last season. In addition after concluding that season Slayden was one of the stars of the Arizona Fall League and a top run producer. He was a close runner-up to his teammate Donald for that league's MVP award.

    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 01-09-2009, 08:09 AM.