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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  • Are Billy Loes and Luis Olmo responsive to mail requests? Loes lives pretty close to where I'm at in Queens, but someone stated earlier that he doesn't spend time there anymore. Information via private message would be helpful.
    Baseball Happenings
    - Linking baseball's past, present and future.


    • Another Brooklyn Dodger has died

      Otis (Scat) Davis died on July 23 in Florida. He was 87. Davis, from nearby Charleston, AR, played one game in the majors, pinch running for Brooklyn's Eddie Stanky on 4/22/1946. According to one report, with Billy Herman at the plate and Davis on second, Herman tried to bunt twice. Both attempts went foul, but Davis slid into third both times, wrenching his knee on the second. Pete Reiser doubled him home, but the injury ended his career without ever getting an at bat.

      By the way, does anyone know what years Jack Dalton, Sam Fletcher & George Crable died? They were all born in the 1800s, but I've checked every resource I know and can't find out when they died. Thanks


      • OUR Hero, JOHNNY PODRES, passed away yesterday, January 13, 2008, at age 75.

        Last edited by DODGER DEB; 01-14-2008, 02:44 PM.


        • Tommy Holmes, who ended his career in 1952 with a brief stint in Brooklyn, died yesterday, April 14. My count shows 87 Brooklyn Dodgers still living, but could be wrong.


          • R.I.P. René Valdez (a.k.a Látigo Gutiérrez at home in Cuba).

            I received the SABR Biographical Committee newsletter today and it notes that Valdez passed away on March 15.

            I'm sure many of us would appreciate it if an enterprising soul would do what Bill McCurdy has done on the Browns forum -- post and maintain a list of the surviving Dodgers. I know it's in another thread but it's buried and hasn't been maintained since Macker did some work on it.

            I propose that it be a sticky thread too....once the work is done. If I have a spare moment I'll look to turn to it.
            Last edited by VIBaseball; 04-30-2008, 07:47 PM.


            • The living Brooklyn Dodgers (70) - as of May 1, 2008

              (Updated list at end of thread)
              Last edited by VIBaseball; 03-31-2009, 02:52 PM.


              • Gene Hermanski

                Would anybody know of any signings by Gene Hermanski? Or how I can find how to contact him? I'm a distant relative -



                • Charlie Kress

                  Charlie played many years in the minors, coming up through
                  the Reds' organization. He had a couple of shots in the majors
                  but with little success. His best years were with Rochester
                  and Columbus, both of which had a short right field porch.

                  After retirement he lived in St. Joseph, MO, for many years.
                  After his wife died, he moved to Montana to be near his son.
                  The last I heard from him, in mid-2007, he was still active and
                  in relatively good health.


                  • Jean-Pierre Roy

                    Originally posted by kramer_47 View Post
                    The Dodgers had alot of one year or one game or like Rod Miller one at bat wonders but like Tony said they got to live out our dream of putting on that Dodgers uniform. Going back into the 1940's through 1957 lets see how many players we can name with one year or less with our Dodgers.

                    I'll start with Jean-Pierre Roy a pitcher who spent 6 days and appeared in 3 games for the Dodgers in 1946.
                    After kramer_47 first piqued my interest in this player, I read up more and eventually decided to work up his story for the SABR BioProject, which I did with Jean-Pierre's most gracious cooperation.

                    He's an entertaining character, and there are some fun bits in here about Branch Rickey and Leo Durocher too.



                    • Harris is in Kennewick, WA. He's to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame next week.



                      • Where are they now

                        Let me try this again (not sure where my initial reply has ended up).

                        Billy Harris settled in Kennewick WA. He is to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame next week.

                        Cheers, jdm


                        • Chuck Kress

                          I have actually done a little research on his career. He started out with the Reds. I have actually made contact with him but he sent me back a photocopied sheet outlining his career. He would not sign...believe it or not.


                          • Originally posted by jdm View Post
                            Let me try this again (not sure where my initial reply has ended up).

                            Billy Harris settled in Kennewick WA. He is to be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame next week.

                            Cheers, jdm
                            Here's a story on his induction that includes a video clip:



                            • Gino Cimoli

                              All I ever remembered about this player was that he hit the bad-hop grounder that struck Tony Kubek in the throat in the 1960 World Series. Gino was then with the Pirates.

                              Here is a nice piece about how he signed with the Dodgers in 1949:


                              And here is a fine article about his career, including how he was a matinée idol for young female fans:


                              The last information I have shows that Gino, who was born and raised in San Francisco, still lives in that area.


                              • I heard that Cimoli was a solid player. The two stories I heard about him are funny and both told by longtime Dodgers executive Fresco Thompson.

                                One is that he talked about wanting to be traded because he wasn't playing every day, so Roy Campanella talked to him about other utility guys who wanted to play every day and wound up on 7th place teams, so they didn't get those nice World Series checks. Then Campy added that if you don't get to play every day, "you won't find out how lousy you are."

                                The other one is that Cimoli was on 3B the first year in LA. A photographer asked the 3B coach, Charlie Dressen, who the guy was on 3rd. He said, "Cimoli." The trouble is, the last name was the sign to go on a squeeze play. Dressen had to repeat the name for the photographer, so Cimoli took off for home. Gil Hodges was batting and hadn't gotten a squeeze sign. As Fresco said, if Hodges had swung, he might have hit Cimoli's head over the left field screen in the Coliseum. And since they traded Cimoli for Wally Moon, if Hodges had swung, the Dodgers might not have won the 1959 pennant!