The live auction will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 9AM.
The cost is normally $50, but I want to have an owner now. So I will give it away for $25. THis team does need some work, but the auction has some good players in it. E-mail me if you have question or want to join. Please put BCTL in the subject line. This will be the BCTL's 8th year. The rules are below:
A. The co-commissioners of the BCTL are Nick Paredes & Aaron Tonning. Their ruling on any disputes regarding this league is final. If the commissioners split on an issue, Alex VonWhitkamp will cast the deciding vote.
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 National League baseball season exceed those of all other teams.
A. The BCTL shall be made up of 12 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 BCTL season.
A. Each teams' active roster consists of the following 25 players:
1 first baseman (1B)
1 second baseman (2B)
1 third baseman (3B)
1 shortstop (SS)
2 catchers (C)
2 extra infielders (1B, 2B, 3B, SS)
5 outfielders (OF)
1 utility hitter (UH)
1 Extra Utility (hitter or pitcher)
4 starting pitchers (SP)
4 relief pitchers (RP)
2 utility pitchers (UP) [starter or reliever]
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 BCTL season a player may be assigned to any position in which he appears in at least two games.
B. If DH was the only position played, or the player has never appeared in MLB, the player may only be assigned to a utility position. If a player was out of MLB during the previous season(s) his last MLB season will be used.
VI. Auction Draft Day
A. The auction will be on March 25th @ 9 am. Each team has $275 to fill out its 25-man active roster.
B. The prior season’s standings will determine the nomination & seating order at the draft: 1-12. 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).
D. If you have topping rights (toppers) to a player, you must declare the topper no later than your first opportunity to bid on that player. Failure to do so forfeits the topper. Once bidding is completed you must decide, within one minute, whether to exercise your topper by increasing the final bid by $1 and being awarded the player or pass, giving the player to the last bidder. An owner may nominate a player he has a topper on for $0. If all owners were to pass the owner holding the topper would get the player for $1 (with no option to pass).
E. Each owner has a total of three, two-minute, timeouts. You may use these at any time during the draft.
F. You will be cautioned when you are 15 seconds from a time violation. If a decision is not made within those 15 seconds, you will automatically pass.
G. If you pass when it is your turn to nominate, you will be skipped and not allowed to bid on any players until it is again your turn to nominate (potentially this could be 11 players).
H. If there is a no show on auction draft day the Commissioner will use “The Sporting News” fantasy baseball magazine (or equivalent) to determine the max bid amount for any player eligible to legally fit on the vacant owners’ team. The “no-show” team will up the bid by $1 until the dollar value in the magazine is met. The “no-show” team will pass on any player nominated who has been cut, traded to the AL, inflicted with a serious injury (as judged by the commissioner) or who does not appear in the publication.
VII. The Farm (Minor League) Draft
A. The farm draft consists of seven 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:
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
4th place will receive the 9th pick
3rd place will receive the 10th pick
2nd place will receive the 11th pick
1st place will receive the 12th pick
B. In addition to these seven picks, you may receive a bonus pick(s) as compensation for player(s) lost to the American League because of a trade. To be eligible for a bonus pick, the player must be in ACTIVE or INJURED status for your BCTL team & you must claim the pick within ONE week of the trade. The formula for these picks is based on the amount the traded player counts toward your salary cap.
A $1--$4 player will receive the last pick in the 6th round
A $5--$9 player will receive the last pick in the 5th round
A $10--$14 player will receive the last pick in the 4th round
A $15--$24 player will receive the last pick in the 3rd round
A $25--$39 player will receive the last pick in the 2nd round
A $40+ player will receive the last pick in the 1st round
C. On each of the first seven 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). You may select a player not affiliated with a NL team at a contract of $25B (counting $10 toward the cap if made active).
VIII. Cutting/Claiming Players
A. Free agents are claimed by sending an e-mail to the commissioners requesting a claim by 10pm.
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 10C contract & count $1 toward the salary cap (Exception: players traded from the AL)
E. Players traded from the AL can be claimed, within the first full transaction day following official announcement of the trade, at a contract of 25C, counting $10 toward the salary cap. You should specify on your claim whether you are claiming the player at 25 or at the regular 10C contract. In cases of multiple claims priority will be given to the 25C claims and to the team lowest in the standings. Once a team has claimed a 25C player, that team moves to last on the priority list for future 25C claims
F. Once a C contract player is removed from your active roster for any reason other than injury (DL), the player will go back into the free agent pool (Exception: reserve waivers).
G. If a C contract player is placed on his MLB team’s DL, the player will be kept on his BCTL team’s DL until he is activated by his MLB team. At that point you have one transaction day to activate the player or use a reserve waiver. If you do not send in an e-mail for either option he will be released to the free agent pool.
H. Any active NL player who is not on a BCTL roster can be claimed the first full day after his activation (Example: Dodgers activate player X on Monday at noon. All claims sent in by Tuesday at 10pm will be considered valid).
I. Players drafted in the auction are automatically assigned one “waiver reserve option” or WRO. Players drafted in the reserve draft receive two WRO’s. These are identified as a * after their contract (ex: 13A*). These options are equal to the number of times a player can be sent to your minor leagues without being exposed to a waiver claim by another team during the lifetime of their contract. These options do not reset each year.
J. In order to send a “C” contract player to your minor leagues, you must forfeit your lowest reserve pick (7th-1st). The first time you send the player to your ML he will not be exposed to waivers & his contract will be converted from “C” to “F”. You now own the rights to this player and can treat him like any other player on your roster. Once you recall the player to your active roster, he no longer has any WRO’s and would need to be exposed to waivers should you decide to send him to your ML again.
K. Teams may make an unlimited number of roster moves with the following stipulation: Any player called up to your active roster (whether it be from your Minor League system or a free agent) must remain active for a period of 10 calendar days unless his MLB status changes (sent to the minors, placed on DL, traded to AL) or the player he directly replaced is activated from his MLB team disabled list.
L. In order to claim a player going through waivers (no WRO’s left/owner chooses not to use a WRO), the claiming team must send its lowest reserve pick to the cutting team. In cases where there is more than one legal claim, the team lowest in the standings gets priority. Claimed players must remain active on the claiming teams’ roster for no less than 10 calendar days.
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) 2 years, F/A Claim
(D) 2 years 2nd year is option year
(E) 2 years, no option, reserve bonus eligible
(F) 2 years, F/A claim, reserve waiver used
(G) 1year, option year, topping
(GT) 1 year, no option, topping (option has been used)
(H) 1 year, no option, topping, reserve bonus eligible
(I) 1 year, F/A claim, no option, no topping
(J) 2 years, no option --- *migrates to GT
(M) 3 years, no option
(P) 4 years, no option
(S) 5 years, no option
(Z) 1 year, 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. A “Z” contract player has been assigned to a team by the league for failing to maintain a legal roster. Z contract players count $10 toward the salary cap. The free agent who has the most AB or IP would be the player assigned. If the XU is the position open, a pitcher is always assigned. A “Z” player may be claimed from any roster as a free agent during the season without compensation. No team assigned a Z contract player may make any roster moves (including trades), until the roster is made legal.
D. 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)
E. Topping rights are awarded to players who play out their entire original or extended contract, and who were drafted in the auction or reserve portion of the draft.
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 12 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 1150 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 1150. If a team fails to achieve 4500 at bats, one AB will be added to the team’s total until it reaches 4500. 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 daily player-performance summaries at http://bctl.baseball.sportsline.com/ constitute the official database for the computation of standings.
B. The effective date of any transaction for the purpose of statistical calculation is as follows; Transactions turned in prior to 10 PM shall be effective the next day.
C. All moves must be e-mailed to the commissioners. The time stamp on the received mail is used to calculate time. No exceptions. Commissioners are not responsible for undeliverable mail, slow servers or other electronic malfunction. “Instant Messenger” is not a valid form of authorization for any league transactions.
A. There is an annual fee of $50 due on or before February 28th.
XIII. Prize Fund
A. All entrance fees (minus statistical 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 BCTL 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 the National League
4. Suspended for more than 14 days
5. In anyway is removed from an active NL roster
B. Failure to replace an inactive player within one full transaction day will result in the league choosing a player under rule IX, section C (if an owner is on vacation, or otherwise out of communication, you may request a longer timeframe to make your transactions as long as you let the commissioners know PRIOR to the vacation or event).
C. Players suspended/placed on bereavement list for less than 14 days must be waived to be replaced.
D. A BCTL roster may be changed voluntarily by the following means:
1. BCTL trade
2. Cutting/waiving a player
3. Expanding your roster in September
E. A salary cap of $340 must be maintained from the point immediately after the draft until August 31. If you exceed the cap the most expensive player on your roster shall be automatically waived using a WRO. If out of WRO’s, the player will go through waivers.
XV. The Disabled List
A. A player on the MLB disabled list is placed on his BCTL team's DL. Once a player returns to his MLB roster he is NOT automatically returned to his BCTL team’s active roster. He is considered to be on his BCTL teams Minor leagues. His owner must send in a roster move to activate this player. This rule applies even if you have an "open" spot on your roster. DL players never pass through waivers. .
XVI. The Minor Leagues (Real)
A. A player sent down to the MLB minor leagues is automatically placed on his BCTL teams Minor Leagues. Once a player is placed on his BCTL 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 30
B. August 1 to August 30 will be restricted to trades between teams immediately above or below each other in the standings, ties included. The stats used to determine eligibility are the day the trade is confirmed by both parties.
C. A trade that causes an illegal roster is allowed. The illegal roster must be made legal by 10 PM the same transaction day the trade is finalized.
D. Any injury, suspension, or MLB trade involving a player must be disclosed before a BCTL trade is made. Any failure to voluntarily give this information before trading an effected player shall render the BCTL 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 e-mailed (confirmed) to the commissioners by both teams and is approved by the commissioners. Both teams must confirm the trade prior to the applicable trading deadline (see section A, this rule) in order for the trade to become official.
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 commissioners, it upsets the balance and/or integrity of the game.
H. Any owners guilty of collusion shall be expelled from the league.
I. All trading deadlines are considered to be 10 PM
A. All teams are required to turn in a list of players, topping rights & farm bonus options they wish to keep for the upcoming season to the Commissioners by Friday, March 17th at 10 PM. The Commissioner will update the web site with the players being KEPT and the topping rights by Noon PST on Sunday, March 19th.
B. On March 20 & 21 a two-round supplemental draft will be held. Any player cut is eligible to be drafted so long as he has at least one year remaining on his contract. The draft order for this portion is the same as the reserve draft (5-12, 4, 3, 2, 1). To claim a player, have your 1st round pick in to the commissioners by 10 pm, March 20. The results will be sent out the same night. The 2nd round works the same way, taking place the next day. Once this draft is complete, rosters are frozen until draft day. You need not participate in the supplemental draft if there are no players you desire (please send an e-mail stating there is no one you want). For each player you select you will send your lowest reserve pick to the team who cut that player. If you draft two players (one per round), your lowest pick goes to the team of the player you selected in the 2nd round & your 2nd lowest would go to your 1st round pick.
C. A significantly injured player (defined as on the DL or headed to the DL and expected to be out for a long period of time), may be cut before the day of the draft provided his circumstances have changed significantly after the keeper lists have been submitted. A request must be made to the commissioners a minimum of 24 hours prior to the draft & their decision on the matter is final.
XIX. September Roster Expansion
A. On Sept. 1, a team may expand its roster up to 28 players. The additional spots on the roster shall be considered extra utility spots. A team may not have more than 13 pitchers or 17 hitters at any one time. There will be no salary cap in September.
A. The last place team from the prior season must furnish one dozen *different* donuts on draft day. Teams will select their doughnut based on the prior season’s final standings (1-12).