A friend and I are starting up a new keeper league on CBS this season. Below is a VERY detailed list of what the league entails that we sent out to friends. Although this is our first year in an auction/salary league (We've been playing in yahoo leagues for several years), everyone already involved is very committed. Therefor, we are looking 5 more committed managers to join us. This league will have weekly lineup changes.

Trash talking is a necessity. email jamesmratliff@gmail.com with questions and interest.

Thanks,

James

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Buy-In:

$100 buy in + cost of league start up (will be the actual cost of setting up league on CBS divided by the number of players in the league-- not to exceed $10)

Prizes:

The league will pay out in a mixed roto/head to head format. Teams WILL be matched head to head every week and a 6 team tournament will end the year and payout as follows: 1st place: $500, 2nd Place $150, and 3rd Place $50. THERE WILL ALSO be $50 prizes for the team which finishes first in each of the categories (5 batting x 5 pitching, so 10 categories total and therefore ten $50 prizes). We thought this would make things more interesting because, even if one was lagging behind in the standings, it would be very possible to still "win" money on the year. This rewards involved ownership even in down years, which we think is crucial to the success of this league.

Draft:

Draft will be a standard auction style draft (automated at CBS sportsline) where each team gets a total season HARD salary cap of $260 (obviously not real money). The basic procedure of a draft is that for each player you put in a bid and the team with the highest bid gets the player. There is no limit to how much you can bid, besides the obvious fact that if you sign A-Rod for $60, you only have $200 left to build the rest of your team. This is a much more fair drafting style as position is unimportant and it requires skill, as opposed to a mix with blind luck, to build a consistently competitive team.

Keepers/Contracts:

Every year you will be allowed six (6) keepers and two (2) players in your minor league system to carry over to the next year. The set salary for minor leaguers is $1. The amount you pay each keeper (under the salary cap) will be determined for a three year period based on the amount you initially paid them. (NOTE: After the three year period, the keeper player's salary will escalate to market value, thus simulating free agency). You are not OBLIGATED to keep ANYONE for ANY length of time. While there will be SOME escalation in their salary in the interim, according to performance, it will be significantly less than market value.

**This is an example of how this works, if you're not interested in technical stuff, skip it**

So, say you were clairvoyant last year and drafted Prince Fielder (a la moi) for x amount. If you decide to keep him, his salary will escalate IN RATIO to what it would be if you were just drafting him this year (remember, this ONLY applies if your player INCREASED in value year to year). The formula is: x= original price paid, y=current value, z=keeper current price. z= [(y-x)/2] + x. Ex. Thus, if I paid $3 for Prince Fielder in the first year and his current value is $10, z (keeper price)= [(10-3)/2] + 3= [7/2] + 3= $6.5. As you can see this is slightly more than half off of Fielder's current value and this same calculation would be done NEXT year, with y being his current value THAT year.

***** Technical stuff done, read on**********

Trade Policy

All trades are presumed valid, but can be vetoed if a 2/3 majority of the league views the trade as having been the result of collusion, fraud, or another improper motive. Evidence of fraud or collusion can be inferred from the trade itself (i.e. Brandon Inge for Gary Sheffield) if no reasonable person could have concluded the trade was in their best interest. ANY league member can ask that a trade be put to a vote. (this will probably not be necessary as T-Town G-Men is not on this email list. Apologies to those who are friends with him).

Format/Scoring:

Head to Head, weekly lineup changes + 5x5 ongoing contest described above.

Hitting Categories: Pitching Categories

1. On Base Percentage (OBP) 1. Earned Run Average (ERA)

2. Runs (R) 2. Walks + Hits/Inning Pitched (WHIP)

3. Runs Batted In (RBI) 3. Strikeouts (K)

4. Stolen Bases (SB) 4. Innings Pitched (IP)

5. Total Bases (TB) 5. Saves (SV)

I would imagine the most resistance comes from 1. not including HRs, 2bs, and 3bs on the hitting side. First of all, it makes little sense to count each of those as a distinct category because a triple in Shea Stadium (Mets) is a double at Wrigley (Cubs) and likely a HR in Great American Ballpark (Cincy). The important (and meaningful) statistic is the player/team's propensity to have extra base hits which are far more likely to drive in/create runs. We chose total bases because it rewards hitters for REACHING EXTRA BASES in proportion to the number of bases that they hit for. I.e. a Home run is worth 4, triple 3, so on and so forth. An important point as well is that TB does NOT NOT NOT count walks and therefore rewards hitters who tend to hit to get on base (because it is also counted in OBP). It is only bases which the batter hit to get onto, therefore walks are only counted once (in OBP), whereas hits are counted twice (OBP, TB) thus diminishing the walk's value appropriately.

For pitching, I would imagine the resistance comes from not having Wins (W). That is the most worthless statistic in baseball. It simply says that the pitcher's team had more runs than the other team when the pitcher left and the bullpen never relinquished that lead. That in no way tells you how well a pitcher did, much like its bastard twin HR Allowed. You all might notice that the BEST PITCHER IN THE AL last year (Johan Santana) gave up 33 HRs ( top 5 in the AL in that category) and yet I digress again as to how obviously bush league that category is. In any case, these categories are similar (and, in fact, wins might be WORSE) because there is little to no correlation between being an excellent pitcher and superior statistics in said categories (there is at least SOME correlation between HR allowed and superior pitching). However, there is obviously a STRONG correlation between their efficacy as a pitcher and: 1. the innings they pitch; 2. number of walks/hits they give up in those innings; 3. number of batters they strike out; and 4. the average of Earned runs they allow. Saves is also included as a category because there is obvious value to preserving a lead late in the game (if you want an essay on it, I'd be happy to write more).

email: jamesmratliff@gmail.com if you are interested.