A. The Denny's League is governed by a single commissioner, Chris King. The Commissioner has ultimate authority in all areas; including the veto or change of any rule appearing in this Constitution. The Denny's League also has an assistant commissioner, Kenny Stancil. Should Chris be unavailable, the assistant commissioner may make any ruling necessary.
B. The commissioner will rule on any disputes regarding this league. Once ruled on, there is no appeals process. Their decision is final. In the event the commissioner is split or involved in an issue, the assistant commissioner will decide on the matter.
C. Any owner not actively participating in the league will be expelled. No refunds or prize money will be awarded to this person in such a case.
D. The rules in this Constitution take precedent over any other Fantasy Baseball rules.
A. To assemble a lineup of 35 baseball players (25 of which are active, 10 that are reserves) whose cumulative statistics during the regular Major League baseball season, compiled & measured as described in this Constitution, exceed those of whichever teams you are matched up against on a week-to-week basis.
A. Twelve teams comprise The Denny's League.
B. The teams are broken up into three separate divisions: North, East, West. There are four teams in each of these three divisions.
C. A team is nontransferable without prior league approval.
D. A team may have equal partners, provided either owner will have the full right of roster moves and trades without consent of the other partner(s).
E. All teams must be named following the location-mascot format.
IV. Regular Season
A. The regular seasons consists of 44 games (aka match-ups) played out in 22 weeks of the MLB regular season.
B. Each week, every team will go up against 2 opponents.
C. A teams points accrued for a weeks time is compared against both teams that they are playing, and the team that has the highest point total wins the match-up.
D. The tie breaker for a week is team ERA. If two teams end up with the same point total at the end of a week, their pitchers for that entire week will have their total ERA’s calculated and the team which has the lowest ERA will get the win.
E. If there is a tie in the standings, the teams will be compared in the following (in order) to break the tie: head to head record; division record; total points; opponent record.
F. These games will determine the team’s records, and therefore determine the league standings.
A. Four teams shall play in the season ending playoff tournament each year, beginning in week 23.
B. Those teams will be comprised of the three division champions from the East, North and West divisions, as well as the 2nd place team with the best record (The Wild Card team).
C. The Division Champion with the best regular season record will play the Wild Card, and the other two Division Champions will play each other in a 1 week first round match-up.
D. The two winners of the first round match-up will then play each other in a best-of-3 week series, called the Denny’s League Championship Series (DLCS).
E. The two losers of the first round match-up will play each other in a 1-week consolation game to determine the 3rd and 4th place winners.
F. The eight teams that do not make the playoffs will all play a standard eight team tournament beginning in week 23. There is no prize for winning this tournament other than some bragging rights. This tournament does not affect the standings, nor does it affect the draft order for the following season.
VI. League Dues
A. There is a league due of $50 per season, which is due no later than March 1st.
B. If a team has not paid in full by the time the draft begins, or has not at least made arrangements with the commissioner about the payment, that team will be docked a 5th round pick in the draft.
C. If a team has not paid in full by opening day of the MLB season, that team will be locked out of making any roster adjustments until they have paid in full.
D. If a team remains unpaid on April 30th, it will be assumed that they are not wanting to continue as a member of the league, and a replacement owner will be sought.
VII. Prize Fund
A. All entrance fees (minus $150 statistical site fee) will be put into the prize fund. The remainder shall be divided as follows:
Highest Score Per Week………….$2.00
B. Beginning in 2010, there will be a transaction fee assessed for claiming a player off of waivers. This fee is tentatively set at $0.50 per successful waiver claim. All proceeds from waiver claims will be added into the prize fund at the following percentages:
1st - 50%
2nd - 35%
3rd - 10%
4th - 5%
C. $50 will be deducted from all prize awards for the next season’s entry fee per the owner’s request. The $50 deduction for the following season is mandatory if the owner has less than 3 years of service time within the Denny's League.
VIII. Draft Day
A. A draft will be conducted on Saturday, March 6th at 9 am PST. The draft will be conducted online, via the "Live Draft" option on the Denny's League website on CBS Sportsline.com. The draft will continue until 12 noon PST that day. The draft may run longer, as long as possible until an owner who has left comes on the clock. At that time, the owner who is on the clock has 24 hours to make their pick via the CBS Draft Room. Once a team has made their pick, the next team on the clock will receive an email notification from CBS that they have 24 hours to make their pick. Should a team not make their pick within 24 hours, the next available player shall be selected - either from their queue, or if no players are queued then from the CBS list of best available players.
B. The draft order is determined based on the previous seasons results. Picks one thru eight are based on the previous seasons standings, and will be in reverse order of finish. Picks nine thru twelve are based upon the previous seasons playoffs. Pick 9 will be the 4th place team, pick 10 the 3rd place, 11 = 2nd, and the last pick is the defending league champion.
C. The draft will run for 35 rounds, and is a "snake draft" meaning that every other round, the pick order reverses.
D. In case you are unable to attend the draft, CBS has a feature on the website that allows you to pre-rank players. Then, when you're pick is up, CBS will automatically select the next player on your list. Even if you are sure you will be present for the draft, it is highly advised that you pre-rank your players, in case of any abnormal occurrences such as your internet going down.
E. There is a two-minute time limit to make a selection during the live portion of the draft. If at the end of two minutes you have not selected, CBS will automatically select the next player on your pre-ranked list. Therefore it is important that even if you are going to attend the draft that you still make a pre-rank list on the site.
F. Another option that CBS has, is that you may rank a few players that you would like for your next pick, and CBS will automatically choose the top player still available for you. In other words, if in the middle of round 10 you need to leave for 10 minutes, and your pick is due up in 5 picks, you can make a quick list on the site of a few guys you want with that next pick, and if you aren't back yet CBS will choose whoever is left in the order you listed them.
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 or 3B)
1 middle infielder (2B or SS)
5 outfielders (OF)
1 utility hitter (DH)
5 starting pitchers (SP)
6 relief pitchers (RP)
B. Each teams reserve roster consists of 10 Major League players who may play any position, but may not be on the Major League Disabled List.
X. Position Eligibility
A. A player may be assigned to any position in which he appeared in 15 or more games in the previous season. If a player did not appear in 15 or more games at a single position in the previous season, he may be drafted and assigned only to that position in which he appeared most frequently. Once the current season begins, a player may be assigned to any position in which he appears in at least ten (10) games.
B. If the DH was the only position the player had appeared in the previous season, or if the player has never appeared in a MLB game, that player may only be assigned your DH position until he meets the minimum games played requirement for the current season.
C. Pitchers' position eligibility is as follows: Starting Pitchers must have made 10 starts during the previous season or 5 starts during the current season. Relief Pitchers must have made 10 relief appearances during either the previous or current season.
D. If a player was out of the MLB during the previous season(s) his last active MLB season will be used for position eligibility purposes.
E. Games played totals are per season, and are not combined with another year. IE: If Tony Phillips played 9 games at SS in 1992 and during the current year had played 9 more games at SS, he still would not be an eligible SS on your roster.
A. The daily player-performance summaries and weekly head-to-head match up (Monday thru Sunday) results at http://tdlfb.baseball.sportsline.com/
constitute the official database for the computation of standings.
B. Any pitcher who bats in a major league game will not have his hitting stats count for the Denny’s League team in which he is active for.
C. Teams 25 active players can accumulate stats in the following ways:
SCORING FOR BATTING CATEGORIES
1B - Singles 1 point
2B - Doubles 2 points
3B - Triples 3 points
BB - Walks (Batters) 1 point
CS - Caught Stealing -1 point
CYC - Hitting for the Cycle 10 points
GDP - Ground Into Double Plays -1 point
HP - Hit by Pitch 1 point
HR - Home Runs 4 points
KO - Strikeouts (Batter) -1 point
R - Runs 1 point
RBI - Runs Batted In 1 point
SB - Stolen Bases 2 points
SH - Sacrifice Hits 1 point
SCORING FOR PITCHING CATEGORIES
BS - Blown Saves -3 points
CG - Complete Games 5 points
GF - Games Finished 1 point
HD - Holds 2 points
INN - Innings 1 point
IRS - Inherited Runners Scored -1 point
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
L - Losses -6 points
NH - No-Hitters 15 points
PG - Perfect Games 25 points
S - Saves 7 points
SO - Shutouts 5 points
W - Wins 10 points
SPECIAL SCORING FOR STARTING PITCHERS
L - Losses -6 points
W - Wins 10 points
SPECIAL SCORING FOR RELIEF PITCHERS
L - Losses -4 points
W - Wins 7 points
A. Trading is allowed at any time throughout the calendar year, except between August 30th and the final out of the Major League regular season.
B. All trading deadlines are considered to be Midnight PST.
C. A trade that causes an illegal roster is allowed. The illegal roster must be made legal by the lineup deadline for the next day, or else your team will score zero points for that day.
D. Any injury, suspension, or trade (as in a trade in real baseball that just happened) must be disclosed before a trade is made in the Denny's League. Any failure to voluntarily give this information before trading an effected player shall render the trade null and void at the sole discretion of the owner who is receiving the affected player(s). Any other information, such as playing time, mental attitude, etc…need not be given.
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 mutually accepted thru the trading option on the CBS Sportsline website. During the off season, a trade becomes official when it has been emailed to the entire league by one owner and confirmed to the entire league by the other owner(s) involved.
G. If at any time three or more owners contact me with a legitimate reason as to why a certain trade should not be approved, then the trade will be put up to a vote amongst all 12 members of the league, with a majority of votes (not counting the owners involved) being needed to overturn the trade in question. That means that a trade between 2 teams must be voted against by 5 of the remaining teams to have it reversed.
H. Any owners guilty of collusion shall be expelled from the league.
I. Three and four team trades are allowed, but must be run through me since CBS does not have an option to make more than two-team trades. All owners involved must email me the details of the trade and confirm that they agree to make said trade. I will then manually adjust the rosters Immediately upon receipt of emails from all parties involved.
J. Teams are allowed to trade draft picks for the following season’s draft, but not for any draft picks for future drafts. IE: An owner may not trade a 2012 draft pick during the 2009 season.
XIII. Adds, Drops, Waivers
A. Any player who is not on a current Denny's League roster is available to be added to a roster via waivers.
B. Any player who is released by a Denny's League team will be added to that waivers pool, but will not be available to be claimed for two days following his release.
C. A Denny's League team making a successful waiver claim, thus adding a new player to their roster, will be charged a sum of $0.50 per successful claim, payable at the conclusion of the season. If your team finishes “in the money” the total of your transaction account will be deducted from your winnings.
1. Only successful claims will be assessed this charge. Lineup moves, trades, dropping a player, placing a player on or activating him from the DL, will not be charged any fees.
D. Players claimed off of waivers will be given a contract of "FA" and a salary of "7". This will be further explained in section XV.
E. If more than one team claims a player, the team with the highest waiver priority will get him.
F. Waiver priority order is determined by last year’s standings in reverse order. Once a team successfully claims a player, he is then moved to last in the priority list. This order never resets.
G. You may make as many waiver requests as you wish, on a daily basis, however keep in mind that each successful claim will cost the fee of $0.50.
XIV. Playoff Adds, Drops, Waivers
A. As of 30 minutes prior to the first game of the 23rd week of the MLB season (First day of the first round of the Denny’s League Playoffs) all Denny’s League rosters will be locked out of making any waiver claims/adds/drops.
B. A team may make a waiver claim during the Denny’s League Playoffs with the commissioners consent IF the player being replaced is injured. He does not need to be placed on the MLB DL, however, the replaced player is then inactive for the remainder of the round of the playoffs during which he was replaced.
C. A team may drop a player to the free agent pool during the Denny‘s League Playoffs, with the commissioners consent, only if he is replaced with a player who was previously on the Disabled List of their Denny’s League team, and their MLB team has activated him.
XV. The Disabled List
A. A player put on the Major League disabled list is also placed on his Denny’s League team's disabled list. If he is not placed on the Denny’s League DL within three days of his Major League placement, he will be placed there by me, causing an illegal roster. You will then have an illegal roster, and score zero points until a move is made to legalize your roster.
B. Once a player returns to his Major League roster from the DL, the player is should immediately be put into his Denny’s League teams reserve system unless activated immediately. If you do not activate an injured player within three days of his Major League activation, he will be placed into your reserves by me. You will then have an illegal roster, and score zero points until a move is made to legalize your roster.
C. There is no minimum or maximum amount of players you may have on your disabled list, so long as they are currently on an MLB disabled list as stated above
XVI. Player Point Value (aka Salary)
A. The point value of a player is determined by the round that he is drafted in, and does not change unless he is released and clears waivers.
B. The Point Value shall be determined as follows:
1. A player who is picked in the first round of the major league portion of the draft shall have a point value of 35 points. A player drafted in the second round is worth 34, and so on down to the 35th round, in which a player drafted in that round is worth 1 point.
2. Any player who is picked up from the Free Agent Pool via waivers shall have a value of 7 points.
C. From the conclusion of the draft up until the list of keepers is due for the following season, there is no minimum or maximum amount of points required on a roster.
A. Every player acquired during the draft shall have a contract of 2 years. This 2 year contract includes the current season in which said player has been drafted.
B. Players acquired by a waiver claim shall have a contract of "FA". This signifies that at year end, that player will be released into the free agent/draft pool unless otherwise extended by their Denny's League team, as outlined in section XIX.
A. Teams are allowed to keep any number of Major League players for the next season, so long as the following guidelines are met:
1. The cumulative Point Value (Salary) of all players being kept does not exceed 250.
2. A player may not be kept for more than 2 consecutive years, counting the year in which they were drafted and/or picked up (This rule does not come into play if a player has his contract extended, as outlined in Sect. XIX).
3. A team has enough eligible draft picks to keep the players they wish to keep (As will be outlined in Sect. IV).
XIX. Draft Picks Forfeited for Keepers
A. Owners shall forfeit draft picks in the following season’s major league portion of the draft in exchange for keeping players from the previous season.
B. If a player with a Point Value (Salary) of 35 is kept, the owner will forfeit their 1st round pick. If a player worth 34 is kept, the owner will forfeit their 2nd round pick, and so on, down to a player worth 1 point, which would forfeit the 35th round pick.
C. If an owner chooses to keep two or more players who posses the same value, the owner would then forfeit the next lowest eligible pick(s).
IE- Owner A decides to keep two players who have a value of 30. The owner would then forfeit their 6th round pick, as well as the next available pick. This may be a 7th round pick, but could possibly be lower if the owner is also keeping a player worth 29 points.
D. If an owner has traded a draft pick that is tied to the value of one of his requested keepers, the next eligible pick would then be forfeited.
IE- An owner wants to keep a 35 point player, but had previously traded his first round draft pick. The next unaccounted for draft pick would then be forfeited.
E. The next higher draft pick may be forfeited by keeping multiple players with the same value under the following circumstance:
1. The owner does not posses a lower eligible draft pick. IE- An owner keeps 3 players that are worth 2 points. Since the draft pick worth 2 points would be used as well as the next lower pick, there would be none remaining for the 3rd player being kept. It would then be necessary to forfeit the next highest eligible pick.
F. An owner may only keep as many players as they have draft picks. If an owner has traded away 10 draft picks for the next year’s draft, then the maximum amount of players that could be kept would be 25.
XX. - Contract Extensions.
A. You may extend the contract of any player on your roster who has 1 year remaining on his current contract, or was a waiver claim during the previous season and remained on your final roster at years end (has a contract status of "FA"), prior to (or in the same email as) announcing keepers for that year's draft.
B. You may extend a player a maximum of 2 years, which are added onto his current contract, at a cost of 3 points per extended season. The exception to this rule is free agent waiver claims, who if extended maintain a point value of 7 for the next season. If you wish to extend a player claimed on waivers for 2 years, their salary would then increase by 3, to 10, for the length of their contract.
C. A player may only have his contract extended ONE time, and any player who has been extended will have his contract years remaining denoted with an asterisk on the CBS team page.
D. An extended player’s new point value is the one that will be used to determine draft pick compensation.
E. An example of this is: Albert Pujols has a 20 point salary, and 1 year left on his current contract. I want to extend him for 2 more years. His salary is now 26, and his contract would now be 3*. His current salary of 26 is used to determine that a 10th round pick is forfeited, as opposed to a 16th round pick if his salary was still 20.
F. If the extended salary is higher than 35, that is ok, he will just cost a 1st round pick to keep, even if his salary goes up to 41.
G. After the 2011 season the amount of a contract extension will increase to 5 points per additional year. This change will take place and be enforced on all contract extensions given during the 2011-2012 off season.
XXI. League Activity
A. Beginning in 2007, activity within the league will be monitored and enforced.
B. If for a 21 day period, an owner has not made any adjustment to their team (as minor as a lineup change), an email will be sent out. If their is no reply to the warning within 48 hours, it will then be assumed that the offending owner no longer has interest in the team, and a replacement owner will be sought.
C. If a response is made within 48 hours that will be considered a warning.
D. If a team has a second instance of going 14 days with no activity on the league website, their will be no email sent, it will just be assumed that the owner no longer has interest in being a part of the league, and a replacement owner will be sought.
E. If an owner is going out of town, or has another legitimate reason of why they will not be able to tend to their team, a simple email to the Commissioner explaining the circumstance will be just fine, as long as it comes prior to 14 days of non-activity. The Commissioner will then make any lineup adjustments that are necessary until that owner is able to retake control of their team.