I'm willing to join/create a new league if we can find a group of dedicated owners. In the past I have kicked around the idea of starting a new league, going so far as to draft a constitution, but it never materialized for one reason or another. I could dig up the old constitition that I drafted if there is enough interest to start a new league.
GameOn wrote:I'm willing to join/create a new league if we can find a group of dedicated owners. In the past I have kicked around the idea of starting a new league, going so far as to draft a constitution, but it never materialized for one reason or another. I could dig up the old constitition that I drafted if there is enough interest to start a new league.
Well I would most def be interested. But you hit the nail on the head. The key to any good league is the group of dedicated owners. Keep me posted on what you decide to do.
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by HamptonBayardHampton » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:37 pm
We're a mixed league, but we play by the book. Consider us, please:
Unique AUCTION AL and NL Roto League Start-Up Next Great Roto Baseball League • Sunday, February 17th On-Line Auction. • 2013 is first season for new Dynasty/Keeper League. • 13 Teams with 18 Pitchers and 28 Hitters, no bench. Auction Day Only Salary Ceiling of $520. • 9 to 9:15 Wednesday and Sunday Nights Transactions via eBay style FAAB Tweet Bids. • Sunday, April 7th First Transactions. • $10 Fee per Team for Stat Service. • Winner claims bragging rights. • 6 x 6 Scoring Categories: Hitting - Plate Appearances, Runs Scored, Batting Average, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, and Stolen Bases; Pitching - Innings Pitched, Strike Outs, Wins, Saves, Earned Run Average, and WHIP (walks + hits allowed per innings pitched. • Active Roster Slots: 3 x Catchers, 1 x Swing Man (can be hitter or pitcher), 10 x outfielders, 2 x 1B, 2 x 2B, 2 x 3B, 2 x shortstop, 2 x middle infield, 2 x corner base, and 2 x utility + 18 x pitchers. • Two 40 minute Mock Auctions on February 3rd and 6th using Auction Day software. • August Dog Days Salary Specials. • Effective, limited Anti-Dumping Rule. and so... What makes the Next Great such a U-N-I-Q-U-E Roto Baseball League experience?
A. Deep Player Pool Penetration is rare in a mixed AL and NL League: Quality of Team Owners trumps quantity of Owners. No matter what type of league, it only takes a few stragglers to drag it down. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Too many times, however, we add owners so our league has more teams in order to achieve deeper penetration of the player pool. on Auction Day. Instead, we end up with too many unproven owners. Wouldn't you rather have thirteen great General Managers instead of 26 GMs where it is more than likely that a few will detract from your league by drafting like your sister, refuse to keep up in-season, and make putrid trades (then add insult to injury by quittting after a single season- one and done)? We'd rather have thirteen great owner-managers with double the standard Roto active player rosters, because deeper player pool penetration is paramount. Quality of Team Owners Trumps Quantity. B. This is a league which encourages trades, promotes aggressive waiver wire maintenance, and limits streaming. C. Play them, trade them, or risk losing them on the waiver wire. Make all healthy players active. No bench, 46 active roster slots. D. The bane of every League’s continued health: Ghost Teams and landslide Trade Dumping after the All Star Game Break. Twenty-six weeks is a long season, but it is a lot longer when you’re stuck in the 2nd division. with little hope of getting players who are reserved and shelved by other teams even thoug the players are currently putting up counting stats. You need hope as well as a Keeper Roster to keep you active for the entire season. We especially provide hope in concrete, conceptual ways. E. Every MLB team will win 50 games and every MLB will lose 50 games-- no matter what. It’s what they do in the remaining 62 games that matters. In our League, the Floor and Ceiling as far as points to be earned are a lot closer than ever to our feet and head at the end of the season. Being a Keeper League is great, but not when your Keeper roster makes the pennsnt race over by the All Star Game or makes your advantage too great on Auction Day. The playing field has been leveled. A good Keeper roster is still a fine thing to have; it’s just no longer the chief thing. F. It’s unusual to find a mixed AL and NL that has this kind of penetration into the player pool on Auction Day: aprox. 79.7% of all active MLB players should be on Next Great rosters. On Auction day the Team Salary Ceiling is $520 for the double rosters, so value calculations are the same as before. In mixed leagues, any and every piece of MLB news is interesting; baseball news and analysis junkies unite in mixed leagues. G. Role players who contribute double figures in counting category stats matter as much in our Roto as in real life. How often have bit players had a material effect on your current Roto League’s final standings? Or even been on a roster for more than a week or two? Based on experience with our Urleague (our original, earliest, primitive roto league for 26 seasons and still counting), two or three HRs here or the same number of Wins or RBI there are frequently the difference between being in the First Place or the First Division or not after the entire 26 week season. 46 active roster slots and 12 scoring categories makes the categories tighter. H. This is a League that makes tactics and roster construction equally as important as projecting player values. In the Next Great you really are a GM who can make a difference. I. The deep player pool penetration means that ultimately, after the newness of the experience wears off, it will dawn on owners that trading can change your fortune when big sticks or ace hurlers are not in the free agent pool. Our Urleague had over 70 trades just in 2012. J. eBay style Twitter bidding makes the twice/weekly transactions easily accessible from anywhere with a short 15 minute window for bidding each of the 2 nights. K. Blind Vickery FAAB Bidding for players waived by Next Great teams. L. Priority in transaction rounds 2, 3, and 4 on Wednesday nights is based on reverse order of standings AND all nominations and bids are in real time and transparent via Tweet Bids- all within a 15 minute window. M. Per week: two exception moves, unlimited natural moves, one waiver claim, and limitless reserved DL players. N. Teams that continue to apply themselves will be able to find potential Keeper bargains during the August Dog Days Salary Specials. O. Teams who have fought the good fight and are in a pennant race will not see their efforts derailed by the kind of trade dumping that fans should not tolerate in The Show. P. We readily concede we don’t use cutting edge sabermetric stats as league scoring categories. This allows anyone and everyone to easily figure on the back of an envelope from the box score the net effect of a single game on their Roto team. Instead, competitive teams in Next Great use their own skilled analysis of the game’s internal numbers to predict playing time, role, and future impact on our 12 categories/external stats. Q. And most Leagues that do have advanced sabermetric categories don’t have them set up in opposition to one another, making for more tactical decisions. In the Next Great you need both IP and Ks which you must balance against ERA and WHIP. You need BA, yet you need PA too. These are not easy decisions when so many categories are so tight at the end of the season. R. In the post-PED endemic injuries era, even though all other non-trade moves are limited to two days per week, activating a reserved player by 9 p.m. any night is effective the next day. S. Again, no bench. Our league is for GMs, not daily mangers. We encourage trades, promote aggressive waiver wire maintenance, and limit streaming. T. Player contracts for 2 years + Topper Rights. Dynasty/Keeper League- max 15 on Freeze Roster, including Toppers. Just like Free Agency in The Show, you can keep a player on your team forever if you’re willing to pay one dollar more than the market every 3rd season. U. On Auction Day to offer an angle on angle strategy for those clairvoyants inclined to indulge their mystical talents: Anyone alive is NOW available for purchase, should you choose to spend part of your $520 salary cap in that manner. For instance, you can buy a kid in the minors or in college or Japan or even the Korean League. You can later keep him on your Freeze Roster, but if he is not on an MLB roster on the following Auction Day, then he is automatically dropped back into the Auction Free Agent Pool. V. Swing Man Roster slot instead of 4th catcher provides roster flexibility. W. $20+ DL = REDEMPTION: If a player is bought for at least $20 in the current season’s Auction AND subsequent to Auction Day is placed on a major league Disabled List his Next Great team may release him before he is activated by his MLB team and redeem a portion of his current salary as an in-season FAAB Bonus. X. Our single on-line Off-season Trading party on the eve of Freeze rosters promotes off-season trading. Y. Our $10 fee makes it possible for most people to enjoy 12 months of fun and our lack of a cash prize consistently dissuades money-grubbing cheaters, while the Next Great will be the most challenging league you ever play in. Bar none…
OBJECT To assemble a lineup of either 19 American League baseball players (10 team league) or 21 American League baseball players (9 team league) whose cumulative statistics, compiled and measured by the methods described in these rules, exceed those of all other teams in the league.
ROSTERS A team’s active roster consists of the following players: 1 left fielder 1 center fielder 1 right fielder 1 outfielder (either left, center or right) 1 catcher 1 second baseman 1 shortstop 1 first baseman 1 third baseman 1 designated hitter 1 utility infielder, defined as any non-pitcher (10 team league) 2 utility infielders (9 team team league)
6 starting pitchers (10 team league) 7 starting pitchers (9 team league) 2 relief pitchers
Total rosters also include up to 2 reserve players (must be 1 hitter and 1 pitcher)
STATISTICS Performance stats of a player shall be assigned to a team only when he is on the active roster of that team and on the active roster of a major league team in the American Legue. Notwithstanding the last sentence, the statistics for players traded to the National League will continue to accumulate for the duration of the season provided he remains on the owner's roster.
STANDINGS Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the ten categories and given points for their respective ranking (10 points for 1st place, 9 points for 2nd place, etc. for a 10 team league)
The team with the most overall points at the end of the major league regular season will be deemed the No Whiners Allowed league victor.
In the case of ties in an individual category, the tied teams will share the ranking points of the positions in the standings.
In the case of ties in total points, the team that finishes ahead in more categories will be deemed the victor. If both teams remain tied after this comparison, the tie will stand.
DRAFT DAY At each year’s draft, all owners will fill their entire roster; there will be no players carried over from one year to the next.
The CBS on-line auctioneer will award the player to the team that is the high bidder. The team acquires the player for that amount and enters his position in the on-line roster. Players eligible at more than one position may be shifted during the course of the draft. The process is repeated, with successive team owners introducing players to be bid on, until every team has a completed roster of 21 players (10 team league) or 23 players (9 team league), by requisite position.
No team may make a bid for a player that it cannot afford. No team may bid or select a player who qualifies only at a position (or positions) that the team has already filled. This is handled automatically by the on-line auctioneer.
Most all players are eligible to be drafted or purchased at auction, including: - Players on the 40-man roster or in the minor league system within the league being drafted - Players who have been demoted, cut or designated for assignment - Players who start the season on a major league team’s disabled list. - Players in foreign or independent leagues
The only exception: Players on the 40-man roster of a team from the National League cannot be drafted.
Major League free agents may be drafted, however, if they sign with a team in the National League, they must be released immediately.
TRANSACTIONS At any time prior to the weekly transaction deadline, a team may release or DL a player from its active roster, and replace that player from his disabled list, free agent pool, reserve list or via trade.
DISABLED LIST A player placed on the major league disabled list, according to the CBS website, is eligible to be placed on his Roto team’s disabled list. There is no limit to the number of players that may be on a team’s disabled list.
When a player on the DL is activated to his team’s major league roster, that player must be activated to his Roto team's active roster by the first transaction deadline following his activation.
If an activated major league player is not activated to his Roto team's roster by this time, he will automatically be released to the free agent pool.
All DL activations are bound by the roster requirements for the active lists. Players must be released, traded or reserved to make room for the DL-activated player.
FREE AGENCY Beginning with the first transaction period following the conclusion of the draft, through the end of the regular season, free agents in the free agent pool may be signed, without limit, in the following manner:
Each team shall have, for the purpose of acquiring free agents, a supplementary budget of $100. This amount shall be known as the team’s Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB).
Up until the periodic transaction deadline, a team may submit a bid for one or more free agents.
The minimum bid shall be $1; the maximum bid shall be the amount remaining in a team’s FAAB budget.
A free agent goes to the highest bidder. If more than one team submits the same high bid, the player goes to the team that is lowest in the most recently compiled weekly standings.
In any given week, teams may acquire as many free agents on which it was the high bidder until it runs out of roster spots to fill, players to bid upon or available FAAB resources. Teams cannot submit contingency bids that add up to an amount that exceeds the number of units remaining in their FAAB budget.
There is no restriction on the types of players who may be bid on - majors, minors, foreign leagues are all okay - with the exception of players on another Roto team's active roster, or players on the 40-man roster in the National League.
Players not on the DL that are acquired via free agent bid must immediately be added to a team’s active or reserve roster and remain there for at least one period. For each free agent that it signs, a team must at the same time release, trade or disable a player from its active roster. A free agent can be acquired without a corresponding roster move if the owner has reserve space available.
Players on the DL can only be acquired by teams that have two or fewer players currently on the DL (regardless of whether they are active or disabled by the owner). Free agents on the DL can also be acquired without a corresponding roster move provided they remain on the owner's DL.
TRADES Teams are free to make trades of any kind so long as the active rosters of the teams involved in the trade reflect the required position distribution upon the completion of the transaction.
Any player may be traded to another team’s active, reserve or disabled roster.
Roster moves made by a team that involve its disabled list, reserve list, free agent pool and/or its active roster may be made simultaneous with a trade in order to meet roster requirements.
Failure to replace an active traded player and bring a team’s roster to its legal limit will result in the nullification of the trade.
Prior to August 1, a team may trade with any other team regardless of standings.
After the first transaction period following July 31, a team must be within five (5) or fewer places of the standings in order to be involved in a trade with another team. Standings for this purpose are the standings from the day prior to confirmation of the trade by all involved parties.
If three of the owners in the league feel that a particular trade is imbalanced, they may submit their concerns to the league commissioner during the 1 day voting period. The trading partners would then have to demonstrate exactly how they arrived at this being a fair deal, in terms of either stats gained or places gained in the standings. If they are unable to adequately show that the deal is in both team’s interests, then the league adjudicating authority may exercise its rights to revoke the deal.
ILLEGAL ROSTERS Illegal acquisition of players will result in the reversal of the roster move and a fine equal to $5 or 50% of your FAAB, whichever is lower.
If rosters are illegal at the start of a period FOR ANY REASON you will be fined $5 or 50% of your FAAB, whichever is lower, each time.
RULE CHANGES Any current owner who participated in the immediately preceding year may submit a rule change. This rule change is then voted on by all current owners except the commisoner who also participated in the immediately preceding year. However, the commisioner will vote to break a tie.
FEE SCHEDULE Team Fee: $250 per team Free Agent Signing Fee: Equal to FAAB costs of player (could be $0) Maximum Fees/Team Possible = $350
WEEKLY AWARD In a an effort to keep owners invested in the league throughout the season, there will be a weekly payout of 1% of the final pot awarded to the owner with the most points in the following categories: HR, R, K, SV, W, RBI and SB. In the case of a tie in total points, the team that finishes ahead in more categories will be deemed the victor. If both teams remain tied after this comparison, the tie will stand.
PAYOUT SCHEDULE (Total Pool less CBS fee of $149.99 already paid by Commissioner) 1st Place: 50% of final pot 2nd Place: 25% of final pot