A. The commissioner of the USMFBL will be Aaron Tonning, for the 2006 fantasy baseball season. His ruling on any disputes regarding this league is final. At the end of the season the commissioner can be voted out. Majority rules. This will insure that the commissioner will be fair and honest.
B. Any owner not actively participating can be expelled from the league at any time with no refund or prize money.
A. To assemble a legal line-up, as defined by these rules, whose cumulative statistics during the regular Major League baseball season exceed those of all other teams.
A. The USMFBL shall be made up of 16 teams.
B. A team may have equal partner ownership. Either owner has full authority to transact roster moves and finalize trades without consent of the partner(s).
C. Team names must be tasteful & can not be changed during the USMFBL season.
A. Each teams' active roster consists of the following 23 players:
1 first baseman (1B)
1 second baseman (2B)
1 third baseman (3B)
1 shortstop (SS)
1 catchers (C)
1 corner infielder (1B & 3B)
1 middle infielder (2B & SS)
5 outfielders (OF)
2 utility hitters (UH)
V. Position Eligibility
A. Players may be assigned to a position he appeared in at least 10 games the previous season. If he did not play 10 games at any one position he may be drafted / assigned only to the position he appeared most frequently. During the USMFBL season a player may be assigned to any position in which he appears in at least three games.
B. A player may also be placed at his primary position according to CBS website. DH’s that have not qualified at any other position can only be placed at the UH position.
VI. Auction Draft Day
A. The auction will be on March 26, 2006 @ 9 am PST. Each team has $253 to fill out its 23-man active roster.
B. For this season a random drawing will determine the nominating order. For next season the prior season’s standings will determine the nomination order. This order of nomination shall continue until the bidding portion of the draft is complete and all rosters are full. Once an owner’s roster is full, that owner no longer participates in the nomination process.
C. When it is your turn to nominate a player, you must nominate a player who can legally fit onto your roster. You have up to one minute to make a nomination. The bidding proceeds clockwise with each owner who can legally bid (has an open spot and enough money) either increasing the bid by a minimum of $1 or passing (passing eliminates that owner from bidding on that player). You have a maximum of one minute to decide whether to bid or pass. The owner making the final / highest bid shall receive the player (except in cases where topping rights are exercised).
VII. The Farm (Minor League) Draft
A. The farm draft consists of six rounds & will be done via e-mail following the auction. The drafting order is based on the prior year’s standings as follows for each round: It will be a random order for 2007
5th place will receive the 1st pick
6th place will receive the 2nd pick
7th place will receive the 3rd pick
8th place will receive the 4th pick
9th place will receive the 5th pick
10th place will receive the 6th pick
11th place will receive the 7th pick
12th place will receive the 8th pick
13th place will receive the 9th pick
14th place will receive the 10th pick
15th place will receive the 11th pick
16th place will receive the 12th pick
4th place will receive the 13th pick
3rd place will receive the 14th pick
2nd place will receive the 15th pick
1st place will receive the 16th pick
C. On each of the first six days following the auction draft, every team will send in a list of players he wishes to claim in the reserve draft. Your highest available player will be selected from your list when your pick is due. You may give as much detailed instruction as you like on your e-mail.
D. A farm drafted player has a salary of $5B (counting $1 toward the salary cap if made active).
VIII. Cutting/Claiming Players
A. Free agents are claimed by adding them through the CBS web site.
B. The claim must include the roster move associated with clearing the spot for the free agent being claimed.
C. If there is more than one claim for a free agent, the team lowest in the standings is awarded the player.
D. All free agent claims are assigned a 1C contract & count $1 toward the salary cap.
E. The player being released for a free agent claim will subject to waivers per CBS rules.
A. The terms, eligibility’s, and restrictions of contracts are as follows:
(A) 3 years 3rd year is option year
(B) 3 years, no option, reserve bonus eligible
(C) 1 year, FAAB Claim
(D) 2 years 2nd year is option year
(E) 2 years, no option, reserve bonus eligible
(G) 1year, option year,
(GT) 1 year, no option, (option has been used)
(H) 1 year, no option, topping, reserve bonus eligible
(J) 2 years, no option --- *migrates to GT
(M) 3 years, no option
(P) 4 years, no option
(S) 5 years, no option
* All contracts A-H migrate three letters forward (Example: A migrates to D). All contracts J-S migrate three letters backward (S migrates to P).
B. The reserve bonus is available to you if you have a qualifying player (5B, 5E, or 5H) and a first round draft pick. By forfeiting your draft pick the player begins the season in your minor leagues.
C. Players entering their option years (G contracts), may be (1) cut without compensation, (2) allowed to play the final year at his assigned salary & the team would receive topping rights the following season, or (3) signed to an extension. The extension adds $5 per extended season to the players’ current contract. Players’ contracts may only be extended once (Example: a player whose contract is 4G, signed to a three year extension, would now be 19P)
A. The following criteria is used to determine team performance:
(HR) - Total Home Runs
(RBI) - Total Runs Batted In
(RS) - Total Runs Scored
(SB) - Total Stolen Bases
(BA) - Total Batting Average
(ERA) - Composite Earned Run Average
(WHIP) - Composite Ratio: BB + Hits/IP
(W) - Total Wins
(S) - Total Saves
(K) - Total Strikeouts
Teams are ranked from first to last in each category. First-place receives 20 points, last-place receives one point. The total points for each team are added and the team with the most points wins.
B. If a team fails to pitch 900 innings during the course of the season, one (1) earned run and two (2) men on base will be added per inning to that team's total until its innings pitched equals 900. If a team fails to achieve 3950 at bats, one AB will be added to the team’s total until it reaches 3950. The standings will then be recalculated.
C. Pitchers offensive stats and offensive players pitching stats are not counted. If a player does play regularly both ways, you may call the player up as either a pitcher or hitter, but not both.
D. All ties in the final standings are ties. For the purpose of deciding draft order and other such league matters the team with the most at bats plus innings pitched will be placed ahead.
A. The weekly player-performance summaries at http://usamfbl.baseball.sportsline.com/
constitute the official database for the computation of standings.
B. The week will begin on Monday and end on Sunday.
A. There is an annual fee of $50 due on or before March 15th.
XIII. Prize Fund
A. All entrance fees (minus statistical site fee & auction site fee) will be put into the prize fund & divided amongst the first four teams in the final standings as follows:
$50 will be deducted from all prize awards for the next season’s entry fee. If an owner has been with the league for at least three seasons & decides not to play the following season he will be eligible to receive the entire prize.
A. A player on an active USMFBL roster must be replaced if he is:
1. Placed on the MLB teams disabled list
2. Sent to the minors
3. Traded or sold outside Major League Baseball
4. Suspended for more than 14 days
5. In anyway is removed from an active Major League roster
B. Players suspended/placed on bereavement list for less than 14 days must be waived to be replaced.
C. A USMFBL roster may be changed voluntarily by the following means:
1. USMFBL trade
2. Cutting/waiving a player
E. A salary cap of $340 must be maintained from the point immediately after the auction until the end of the major league season.
XV. The Disabled List
A. A player on the MLB disabled list is placed on his USMFBL team's DL. Once a player returns to his MLB roster he is NOT automatically returned to his USMFBL team’s active roster.
XVI. The Minor Leagues (Real)
A. A player sent down to the MLB minor leagues is automatically placed on his USMFBL teams Minor Leagues. Once a player is placed on his USMFBL Minor League squad he may return only if he is recalled to the Major Leagues and is activated by his BCTL owner.
XVII. Rotis Trading
A. Trading is allowed during the following times only:
1. March 1 to the day dispersal lineups are due
2. Opening day until August 15
C. A trade that causes an illegal roster is allowed. The illegal roster must be made legal by the start of the next scoring period
D. Any injury, suspension, or MLB trade involving a player must be disclosed before a USMFBL trade is made. Any failure to voluntarily give this information before trading an effected player shall render the USMFBL trade void at the sole discretion of the owner who is receiving the affected player(s).
E. All terms of a trade are to be announced at the time of the trade. Absolutely no cash, favors, future considerations, or players to be named later are allowed.
F. A trade becomes official when it is agreed by both owners of the CBS web site.
G. A trade will not be approved if there is any dispute among the trading owners over any information (salaries, contract status, etc...). A trade may be voided if, in the opinion of the commissioner, it upsets the balance and/or integrity of the game.
H. Any owners guilty of collusion shall be expelled from the league.