The AL rules are the same just switch the AL & NL
A. The commissioner of the BCTL is Aaron Tonning. The commissioners ruling on any disputes regarding this league is final.
B. A three person committee, chosen at the commissioners sole discretion, may be used to handle disputes on a case by case basis as needed if the commissioner determines this process necessarry.
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. Partner owners have full authority to transact roster moves without consent of the other 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)
1 corner infielder (1B & 3B)
1 middle infielder (2B & 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 BCTAL 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 the player is eligible for, or the player has never appeared in MLB, the player may only be assigned to the XU/UH as a hitter or XU/OP as a pitcher .
VI. Auction Draft Day
March 24, 2007 at 9AM
VII. The Farm (Minor League) Draft (starting with the 2007 season)
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 six picks, you may receive a bonus pick(s) as compensation for player(s) lost to the American League because of a trade or a player is placed on the 60 day DL by the MLB team. To be eligible for a bonus pick, the player must be in ACTIVE or INJURED status for your BCTL team, must be on a MLB active roster & you must claim the pick within ONE week of the trade or being placed on the 60 day DL.. 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. 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 NL)
E. Players traded from the AL can be claimed, within the first full transaction day to three full transaction days following official announcement of the trade by the affiliated BCTAL team. That affiliated team will be placed under the owner name on your BCTL team page. If a player traded over from the AL is not affiliated to a BCTAL team page, then he will follow a regular free agent claim rules.
F. Once a C contract player is removed from your active roster for any reason the player will go back into the free agent pool.
G. Any active AL player who is not on a BCTAL 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).
H. Players drafted in the auction are automatically assigned three “waiver reserve options” or WRO. Players drafted in the reserve draft receive two WRO’s. These are identified as a number after their contract (ex: 13A3). 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.
I. In order to send a “C” contract player to your minor leagues, you must forfeit your lowest reserve pick (6th-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 “C1”. 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 would now count as $10 toward your salary cap if you were to recall him to your major league roster.
J. 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, etc..) or the player he directly replaced is activated from his MLB team disabled list.
K. 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) 3 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
(G) 1year, option year, topping at completion
(GT) 1 year, no option, topping at completion (option has been used)
(H) 1 year, no option, topping at completion, 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 --- *migrates to J
(P) 4 years, no option --- *migrates to M
(S) 5 years, no option --- *migrates to P
(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 with an illegal roster or who has been 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://BCTAL.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 (stating in the 2007 season)
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 BCTAL roster may be changed voluntarily by the following means:
1. BCTAL trade
2. Cutting/waiving a player
3. Expanding your roster in September
E. A salary cap maximum of $340 & minimum of $150 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. IF more than one player has the highest salary a hitter will be taken first over a pitcher. If there are two hitters or two pitchers, the commissioner will decide at random. If you fall below the cap, no roster moves, including trades, will be allowed which drop you below the cap and until you are back above the cap. The exception would be replacing injured players, players sent to the minors or traded players with free agents if you have no other players in your ML system which can not make your roster legal.
XV. The Disabled List
A. A player on the MLB disabled list is placed on his BCTAL team's DL. Once a player returns to his MLB roster he is NOT automatically returned to his BCTAL team’s active roster. He is considered to be on his BCTAL 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 BCTAL teams Minor Leagues. Once a player is placed on his BCTAL Minor League squad he may return only if he is recalled to the Major Leagues and is activated by his BCTAL owner.
XVII. Rotis Trading
A. Trading is allowed during the following times only:
1. February 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 BCTAL 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 16th at 9 PM. Teams may only keep five topping rights. The Commissioner will update the web site with the players being KEPT and the topping rights by Noon PST on Sunday, March 18th.
B. On March 19 & 20 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 9 pm, March 19. 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).