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Player Pool: NL Players.
Players traded out of league's player pool do not accumulate stats.
Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, OF, U and P.
Eligibility: Players are eligible at their primary position, plus positions they've played 20 games last year or 5 games this year.
Transactions: • Lineups are set once for the start of each period.
Deadline is 30 minutes before gametime on the first day of the period.
• Owners may set lineups and change players' positions.
• Only players who are on the disabled list may be placed into Injured status.
• Add/drops must be approved by the commissioner.
• Owners may do trades.
• No trades can be made after the trade deadline of 11:59 PM ET 8/28/05.
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• Owners may make trades during the offseason.
Schedule: Weekly scoring periods, starting on Mondays.
Min/Max: Min AB: 4250
Min IP: 900
• Teams not meeting the minimums will receive 0 points in categories using AB or IP (e.g., BA or ERA)
Fees: League Entry Fee: $110
Scoring: Rotisserie System.
Scoring for Batting Categories
BA - Batting Average
HR - Home Runs
R - Runs
RBI - Runs Batted In
SB - Stolen Bases
Scoring for Pitching Categories
ERA - Earned Run Average
K - Strikeouts (Pitcher)
S - Saves
W - Wins
WHIP - Walks + Hits / Inning
Constitution: I. OBJECT
To assemble a line-up of 23 players from the National League whose cumulative statistics during the regular season, compiled and measured by the methods described in these rules, exceed those of all other teams in the league.
There are 12 teams composed of National League players.
The league has a schedule of fees covering all player personnel moves.
The total entry fee which incldes ALL transactions throughout the entire season is $110 if paid in full on auction day. Each owner may also choose to break the entry fee into two payments. In this case the fee will be $120, with $75 due on auction day and $45 due at the All-Star break.
No team may make an opening bid on Auction Draft Day without having first paid the minimum of $75.
No money passes directly from team to team. No bets are made on the outcome of any period or game. All fees are payable into the prize pool and are subsequently distributed to the top teams in the final standings.
A team’s active roster consists of the following players:
Two catchers, one first baseman, one third baseman, one corner man (either first baseman or third baseman), one second baseman, one shortstop, one middle infielder (either second baseman or shortstop), five outfielders, one utility player, and nine pitchers.
The utility position may be used as either a hitter or pitcher’s spot and may be alternated throughout the season as each owner sees fit.
There is no September roster expansion.
V. AUCTION DRAFT DAY
A National League Player Auction is conducted on the weekend before Opening Day of the baseball season. Each team must acquire 23 players at a total cost not to exceed $260. A team need not spend the maximum. The League by general agreement determines the order in which teams may nominate players for acquisition. The team bidding first opens with a minimum salary bid of $1 for any eligible player and continues in minimum increments of $1 until only one bidder is left. That team acquires the player for that amount and announces the roster position the player will fill. The process is repeated, with successive team owners introducing players to be bid on, until every team has a squad of players, by requisite position.
Any players who are currently in a National League Spring Training Camp are eligible in the auction.
Players who commence the season on a major league team’s disabled list are eligible for the auction. If selected, they may be placed on the DL and replaced by a free agent acquired by the free agent bidding process (see article XIV) or a reserve player.
No team may make a bid for a player it cannot afford. For example, a team with $4 left and two openings on its roster is limited to a maximum bid of $3 for one player. Once a team’s Utility spot has been filled, a team may not bid for a player who qualifies only at a position that the team has already filled. For example, a team whose Utility spot is filled and that has acquired two catchers who only qualify at catcher may not enter the bidding for any player who qualifies only at catcher.
After completion of the regular auction draft, there will be a draft for the selection of a roster of reserve players. Each owner may select up to 5 players regardless of position.
Selection takes place in 5 rounds of a simple serpentine draft, not an auction. The selection order will be determined by the order in which the teams finished in the previous season. In an 12-team league, the 5th place team selects first, proceeding in descending order to the 12th place team, which in turn is followed by the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st place teams.
The salaries assigned to each reserve player drafted will be as follows: $10, $7, $5, $3, $1 for each of the 5 rounds of the reserve draft respectively.
Any player (professional or amateur, living or dead) is eligible for the reserve draft with one major exception: No one in an American League organization may be selected. If it is later determined that a player who is drafted is in an American League organization, he will immediately be lost without compensation.
VI. PLAYER SALARIES
The salary of a player is determined by the time and means of his acquisition and does not change unless the player is signed to a long-term contract (See Article XVII).
The salary of a player acquired in the National League Auction is his auction price.
VII. POSITION ELIGIBILITY
A player may be assigned to any position at which he appeared in 20 or more games in the preceding season. If a player did not appear in 20 games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position at which he appeared most frequently. The 20-games/most games measure is used only to determine the position(s) at which a player may be drafted (or frozen). Once the season is under way, a player becomes eligible for assignment to any position at which he has appeared at least 5 games. Any batter or pitcher may qualify at Utility.
Unless it is determined at some point that there is a better stat service to use, Commissioner.com is who the CNBL will use.
Performance stats of a player shall be assigned to his CNBL team only when he is on the active 23-man roster of that team. While on the reserve list, any numbers a player might compile for his National League team do not count for his CNBL team.
It is common for a player to appear on the roster of more than one CNBL team during the season because of trades and add/drops.
Standings shall be tabulated and displayed on a daily basis at our website.
The following criteria are used to determine team performance:
Composite batting average (BA)
Total home runs (HR)
Total runs batted in (RBI)
Total stolen bases (SB)
Total runs scored (R)
Composite earned run average (ERA)
Total wins (W)
Total saves (S)
Composite ratio - bases on balls plus hits divided by innings pitched (WHIP)
Teams are ranked from first to last in each of the ten categories and given points for each place. For example, in a 12-team league, the first place team in a category receives 12 points, the second place team 11 points, and so on down to one point for last place. The team with the most total points wins the pennant.
Each CNBL team must have a minimum of 900 innings pitched at the end of the season to qualify for points in ERA and WHIP. Failure to have 900+ innings for the season will result in zero points for those two categories.
Each CNBL team must have a minimum of 4250 at bats at the end of the season to qualify for points in BA. Failure to have 4250+ at bats for the season will result in zero points for that category.
Pitchers’ offensive stats are not counted, nor are the pitching stats of the occasional position player called in to pitch.
In cases of ties in an individual category, the tied teams are assigned points by totaling points for the rankings at issue and dividing the total by the number of teams tied.
In cases of ties in total points, final places in the standings are determined by comparing placement of teams in individual categories. Respective performances are calculated and a point given to each team for bettering the other. Should one team total more points than the other, that team is declared the winner.
Should the point totals still be equal, the tie is broken by adding each team’s total at-bats at season’s end, plus triple the number of innings pitched. The team that scores a higher total by this measure wins the tiebreaker.
X. RESERVE LIST
Each team will have a 5-player reserve list or “bench”. Initially the reserve list will be filled in a 5-round draft immediately following the auction (See Section IV).
During the season a team may place any player on its reserve list provided it does not exceed the 5-player maximum at any time. If a team wishes to “reserve” a player, but there are already 5 players on his team’s reserve, one of the players currently on reserve must be released, activated, or placed on the DL to make room for the newly reserved player.
Players may stay on the reserve list as long as his owner wishes to keep him there unless he is traded to the American League, in which case he will be immediately released.
Since there is no separate minor league reserve list or “farm”, the regular reserve list must be used to hold on to any minor league prospects a team has. The reserve must also be used to hold players who have been sent down to the minors during the year.
XI. DISABLED LIST
Each team has a disabled list that is separate from the reserve list. In order for a player to qualify for his CNBL team’s DL, his National League team must place him on the DL.
If a player is on his CNBL team’s DL and his National league team activates the player, he must be reinstated to the active 23-man roster or reserve list of his CNBL team within two weeks or be released. Failure to notify the league secretary within this time period shall be considered an automatic drop of the player. “Two weeks” means two full reporting periods and may actually be as much as two weeks plus six days (as in the case of a player being reactivated the day after a transaction deadline).
In the month of September, when players are not routinely placed on the DL for injury, if a player is listed as being out for the remainder of the year, or has year ending surgery, or a career ending injury, an owner can DL the player in question without the player having been officially being placed on his National League team’s DL. Once the player has been placed on the DL by his CNBL team, he may not be reactivated for the remainder of the year.
(The following dates apply to the 2005 season.)
From the completion of the Auction Draft through noon on August 8th, 2005, CNBL teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit, except as stipulated below, so long as the active rosters of both teams involved in a trade reflect the required position distribution upon completion of the transaction, and so long as the anti-dumping rules outlined below are adhered to.
If a trade is made which leaves a team with an illegal roster (due to position eligibility, salary cap, etc.) that team MUST have the roster situation rectified (by the addition of FAs, dropping of excess players, further trade(s) effective in the same period or a combination thereof) by Sunday night at 11pm, provided that the processing of FA requests has been completed before this time. Failure to resolve an illegal roster (due to a trade) by the 11pm deadline on Sunday will result in reversal of the offending trade.
From August 8th through August 28th, 2005, trades may take place only between teams that are within two places of each other in the preceding week’s standings (through Sunday).
After August 28th, no trades are permitted through the end of the season.
Trades may be made after the conclusion of the season until rosters are frozen on a predetermined date of the weekend prior to our Auction Draft Day.
Trades do not affect the salaries or contract status of players.
Trades absolutely may not involve cash, “players to be named later” or “future considerations”.
1. Salary cap. The cap maximum is $315 before the All Star Break and $335 after. The minimum is $205 all season.
--Players who are acquired via free agency do NOT count against the cap.
--Players whose salaries are currently being counted toward the cap and are placed on the DL will continue to count toward the cap.
--Players who are traded while on the DL will NOT count against the cap of their new team until the are activated from the DL by their NL team.
2. The non-compete penalty. Teams finishing 1-4 get 8 keepers, teams finishing within 15 points of 4th get 10, teams within 15.5 to 30 of 4th get 8 and teams over 30 back of 4th get 6.
(2a). In addition, each team chooses 5 players from his roster following the auction that will be "insured" against major injuries. For each player who spends 49 or more (>30%) of the 162 game season on his ML team's DL, the owner will gain 1 keeper, not to exceed the maximum of 10 keepers. If a player is to begin the season on the DL of his MLB team, he MUST MUST BE EXPECTED TO RETURN BEFORE May 1st in order to be eligible for insured status.
Also, teams that finish "in the money" may not add keepers based on player insurance. The top four teams keeper maximum is always eight (8), unless contractual obligation requires a higher number.
3. A player who is acquired via free agency must spend a complete scoring period on the roster of the team who acquired him before he may be traded. He may be traded DURING the second scoring period he is on the team's roster, in effect spending two complete scoring peiods on the team's roster.
4. Except in cases of three-way (or more) trades, a player who is acquired via trade must spend two complete scoring periods on the roster of the team who acquired him before he may be released. He becomes eligible to be released at the end of the second scoring period he is on the team's roster.
XIII. SIGNING FREE AGENTS
Active National League players not on any CNBL team's active roster or reserve roster at the conclusion of the auction/draft become free agents. During the course of the season the pool of free agents may also include minor league players not on any CNBL team's reserve roster who are promoted to a National League team's active roster; players traded from the "other" major league and players who are released by their CNBL teams. Beginning immediately following the auction/draft and continuing through the season until the final weekly transaction deadline, such free agents may be signed in the following manner:
-Each team shall have for the purpose of acquiring free agents during the course of a season, a supplementary budget
of $100, known as its Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB)..
-Anytime before the weekly deadline (9pm on Sunday evenings) for free agent claims a CNBL team may submit a "sealed" bid for one or more free agents.
-The minimum bid shall be $0 and the maximum shall be the amount remaining in the team's FAAB.
-A free agent so selected goes to the highest bidder. If more than one team bids the same amount on a player, and if that bid is the highest bid, the player goes to the team that is lowest in the most recently compiled standings.
-The salary of a free agent signed in this manner is the winning bid or $10, whichever is greater. His contract status is that of a first year player or 'A'.
-For each free agent that it signs, a team MUST have or make an available active or reserve spot on its roster.
-Contingency bids may be made for players in case a team does not receive its first choice of free agents. The sum of all bids made during a single week, including contingency bid(s) may not be greater than the total amount remaining in a team's FAAB.
-FAAB dollars may be traded, however, any FAAB that changes hands in a trade will not be available to the recipient until the following FA aquisition period. For example, if Team A gives Team B $30 in FAAB in a trade on Wednesday of scoring period 15, Team B may not use the $30 toward any FA bids placed during that week (i.e. for adds that would be effective week 16). The extra $30 only becomes available during week 16 and may be used towards requests for adds that would be effective week 17.
Note: A "sealed" bid will be made by using the "Add/Drop" function under "Transactions" at the league website. The actual bid will be placed in the "Note to Commissioner" field along with any other information that may be required such as "1st alternate", "2nd alternate", etc. To preserve the integrity of the "sealed" bid, the commissioner will NOT view any requests/bids until after the 9pm weekly deadline.
If a player acquisition leaves a team with an illegal roster, the roster MUST be adjusted in order that it meets league requirements by NOON on the following Monday.
XIV. WEEKLY TRANSACTION DEADLINES
All free agent requests must be made by 9:00pm each Sunday night. (See Article XIV)
All trades that involve a free agent acquisition must also be reported by 9:00pm each Sunday night. Any other trades must be entered by noon Monday
All other roster adjustments must be made by noon Monday and can be made by going to “Teams, Lineup” at the league website.
XV. ROSTER PROTECTION
For the first three seasons of the league’s existence, each team must retain from one season to the next, no fewer than six but no more than twelve of the players on its roster. After three seasons (beginning in 2001), this minimum requirement is eliminated, the maximum retained. The minimum is removed because after three seasons a team might find it impossible to retain a specific minimum because too many players had played out their option.
The names of the players being retained must be recorded with the League Secretary by midnight (11:59 PM) on the predetermined roster freeze date two weeks prior to Auction Draft Day. Specific notice must also be made at that time of any guaranteed long-term contract signings and farm system renewals. A player to be retained by roster protection must be frozen to a position in which he has played either 20 games (or more), or to a position he has played the most.
The League Secretary should promptly notify all teams in the league of each teams’ protected rosters, including player salaries, contract status, and amount available to spend on Auction Draft Day.
Failure to give notice of a guaranteed long-term contract for a player in his option year will result in his being continued for one year at his prior year’s salary and then released into the free agent pool. No exceptions.
XVI. THE OPTION YEAR AND GUARANTEED LONG-TERM CONTRACTS
A player who has been under contract at the same salary during two consecutive seasons and whose service has been uninterrupted (that is, he has not been released, although he may have been traded) must, prior to the freezing of rosters in his third season, be released, signed at the same salary for his option year, or signed to a guaranteed long-term contract.
If released, the player returns to the free agent pool and becomes available to the highest bidder at the next auction draft. If signed at the same salary for an option year, the player must be released back into the free agent pool at the end of that season. If signed to a guaranteed long-term contract, the player’s salary in each year covered by the new contract (which commences with the option year) shall be the sum of his current contract salary plus $5 for each additional year beyond the option year.
In determining a player’s status, “season” is understood to be a full season or any fraction thereof. Thus a player called up from the free agent pool in the middle of the 1998 season and subsequently retained at the same salary without being released in 1999 (even though he may have been traded) enters his option year in 2000 and must be released, signed at the same salary for an option year, or signed to a long-term contract. A team may sign a player to only one long-term contract, at the end of which he becomes a free agent.
Option year and long-term contracts are entirely transferable, both in rights and obligations; the trade of a player in no way affects his contract status. If during the course of a long-term contract a player is traded from the National League to the American League or retires, the contract is rendered null and void. The team that loses the player’s services shall be under no further financial obligations.
In all other cases, specifically including sudden loss of effectiveness, a team must honor the terms of a long-term contract as follows: a player with such a contract may be released back into the free agent pool (that is, not protected on a team’s roster prior to Auction Draft Day), but a team that chooses to do so must pay $15 into the prize pool.
The release of players with guaranteed long-term contracts during the season is permitted as long as the player’s salary or $15, whichever is greater, is paid into the prize fund as a way of “paying off” the player’s contract.
XVII. INTERLEAGUE TRADES
In the case that a player on a CNBL team is traded to an American League team, the CNBL team who loses that player will be credited with FAAB dollars equal to the amount of the player who is lost.
All AL players who are traded to the NL may be signed as regular free agents.
XVIII. RELATIONSHIP OF OWNERS
In rare cases where two or more owners may be related (husband/wife, siblings, father/son, etc.), the only restriction on such owners will be that any trades made between the two will be subject to review and vote by the executive committee. In order for trade approval, a minimum of two out of the three EC members must approve the trade.
XIX. PRIZE MONEY
The prize fund shall be divided among the top teams in the final standings as follows:
For an 11-team league:
1st Place: 50%
2nd Place: 30%
3rd Place: 20%
For a 12-team league:
1st Place: 50%
2nd Place: 30%
3rd Place: 15%
4th Place: 5%
The CNBL is governed by a Committee of the Whole consisting of all team owners. The Committee of the Whole will designate league officials from time to time, including the annual election of three members (two regulars and one alternate) of the league to serve on the Executive Committee (see below) along with the League Secretary /Treasurer. EC for 2003 is Len Rosol, Mark Southerland and Randy Blalock. Brock Williams is the alternate.
The office of League Secretary/Treasurer is held by Randy Blalock. He is responsible for processing weekly free agent requests, handling any roster moves that can not be independently executed by an owner through the site, collecting fees, and serving on the Executive Committee. He shall be duly compensated by having his total entry fee set at $50.
The Executive Committee has the authority to interpret playing rules and to handle all necessary and routine league business. All proposed rule changes in the future should be submitted to the Executive Committee first so that the Committee may properly evaluate the proposal and report upon it to the owners. All decisions, rulings and interpretations by the Executive Committee are subject to veto by majority vote of the Committee of the Whole. Rule changes, pronouncements, and acts of whimsy are determined by majority vote of the Committee of the Whole.
If a member of the Executive Committee is directly involved in an issue that requires a ruling by the EC, the alternate EC member will fill in for him on resolution of the issue.