Base Knock League Rules Apr 17, 2011 20:16:37 GMT -6
Post by Rockies GM (Alex) on Apr 17, 2011 20:16:37 GMT -6
Welcome to Base Knock Dynasty Baseball League!
I, Alex Monseth, Rockies GM, am the commissioner of the league. Our Co-Commissioner is Derrick, Angels GM. We will also have other members of the league be a part of the League staff, who help to manage the league. The main commissioner will have the final ruling in all matters, but all owners' opinion is vitally important and necessary for a successful league.Price:
This league is 100% free. You will never be charged throughout the duration of your stay in the league. Consequently, there also is no prize of money at the end of each season for the winner.
Each team will consist of players currently in Major League Baseball (MLB). Only players in this league will be on rosters.
All teams will have a 25 man roster. Players placed on this roster will also be shown on the team's page on the scoring site. So only players on this 25-man roster will be able to accumulate points for a team. 25-man rosters will consist of the following:
-Offense: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 3 OF, UT
-Pitching: 5 SP, 5 RP
-Bench: 6 BE
Position eligibility will be determined by the scoring site. The Utility spot (UT) can be for any hitter. A team will be allowed up to 5 Disabled List spots on ESPN for injured players.
We will have no 40-man roster in this league. Instead, you can just have you players on your complete roster. When you call up or release a player from your 25-man on the ESPN site, you should to post it in the Call ups/Demotions section.
A player that exceeds 100 AB or 40 IP in a season will now begin Prospect Protection. Players will be paid 400k in their first year. In their second and third seasons, they will be paid 800k. After this, the player will move into the arbitration system (see under free agency). A player under Prospect Protection can be cut at any time without penalty.
A team's minor leagues consists of players that have not exceeded 100 AB or 40 IP in an MLB season. Teams can NOT put players who have exceeded this limits in their minor leagues. Teams may have an unlimited amount of prospects on their rosters as long as this does not put them over the salary cap.Setting Roster Deadline:At the beginning of the season, owners must add their 25-man roster to their ESPN roster by one week before the season starts. This helps me to know who's around for sure for the season and makes sure you will accumulate all the points you deserve from the get go.
Google Spreadsheets:Rosters (both MLB and MiLB) as well as salary caps will be kept track of via Google spreadsheets. Separate pages will also show an updated list of the upcoming amateur draft and a list of the available free agents. All teams may view the rosters by way of the link on the sidebar, but only the commissioners are allowed to edit it. Google spreadsheets have final authority in this league, if you see a discrepancy between the official roster and your roster please contact a commissioner to rectify the issue.Base Knock Official Rosters Link
Position Eligibility:Position eligibility is determined by the league's scoring site.
Releases:When you release an MLB player, you must pay half the player's salary each year for the remainder of the contract.
For example, say I have Babe Ruth signed for a 2 year deal @ $8M total ($4M per year) and he was in his first year of his deal. I decide to cut him. I still have to pay $2M for 2011 and 2012 for his contract. The salary penalty will be kept on the Google spreadsheets. Releases will be posted in the releases board. If a player has a team option on a contract and is released, it is assumed that the owner will not pick up the option and the option is declined. Consequently, the team will not have to pay 1/2 the salary on any option year in the case of a release.
Minor League Releases:Minor league players may be released without penalty. Released players will not be eligible to be signed, but will be rolled into the next year's MiLB/International draft. There will be no minor league players in free agency. A minor league player is defined as a player who has yet to have 100 AB or 40 IP.
Waivers:Because there is no 40-man roster, there will be no waivers in this league.
Player Retirement/Contract Buyouts:If a team owns a player that retires for medical reasons and is under the age of 30, the team has the option to perform a contract buyout on that player. This is the only instance in which a team can perform a contract buyout in this league. For the buyout, the team will take half of the retired players salary and pay that for one year. Any future contract years following the season will be non-existent and the player will become either a free agent if he returns the MLB or be on his way to some warm beach in Florida. Once a buyout is performed, a team may not take back the contract if a player chooses to pull a "Brett Favre" and return to the MLB. All buyouts are final the player will become a free agent. This rule does not apply to players that leave the MLB to play overseas. MiLB players that retire from age, injury, or overseas play can still be dropped.
New Owner Releases:Every new owner is allowed one free drop on a player on his team upon his arrival on any MLB contract. Also, if a team has a minor league player on his team upon his arrival that is not yet eligible for prospect protection, but has a contract of over 300k because of the previous history of this league where we held free agency for prospects, a new owner may also drop one prospect with such a contract. In total, a new owner may drop a maximum of two players.
This drop must be made within the first week of the new owner's time in the league.
Scoring:Scoring is head-to-head with a weekly match-up, with the team scoring the most points awarded a single win. Scoring will be held on ESPN, with no inter-league play. Standings will be kept accordingly. Teams will play 19 games during the Regular Season.PP Limits:
The scoring for the league is as follows:
Walks (BB) - 1
Hits (H) - 1
Doubles (2B) - 2
Triples (3B) - 3
Home Runs (HR) - 5
Runs Batted In (RBI) - 1
Runs Scored (R) - 1
Stolen Bases (SB) - (3)
Caught Stealing (CS) - (-2)
Strikeouts (SO) - (-0.5)
Grounded into Double Play (GIDP) - (-1)
Innings Pitched (IP) - 1.98 (0.66 per out recorded)
Earned Runs Allowed (ER) - (-1)
Wins (W) - 8
Losses (L) - (-4)
Saves (Sv) - 6
Holds (Hld) - 4
Blown Saves (BS) - (-4)
Strikeouts Pitched (K) - 0.5
There will be one commissioner for the AL and one for NL that will be in charge of the two leagues. All players on the scoring site MUST be on the team in accordance with the Base Knock Official Rosters.
In order to prevent teams from stockpiling starting pitching, teams will only be allowed ten PP (starts) per week for their starting pitchers. Teams may have as many starting pitchers as they wish, but may only receive points for ten starts a week. This will be managed by the league scoring site.
There are no defensive points in this league. All points are offensive.
We will have a 12 team playoff at the end of the season. A tie in the W/L of a seeding will be decided by 1. Head-to-Head Record, 2. Points Scored. The division winners plus three wild cards will be in the playoffs for the NL and AL. The top 2 seeds from the NL and AL will both receive byes in the first round. The winner of the NL and AL playoff will square off in the World Series towards the end of the MLB regular season. Since we have two scoring leagues (AL and NL), the World Series scoring will be done manually on a post in the announcement board by the commissioner.
During the post-season, a team may still call up/demote any players. Their 25-man roster is not locked throughout the post-season. This rule does not apply to the World Series. Teams must submit a 25-man roster before the start of the World Series. This will be locked throughout the week of the championship matchup.
Salary Cap:Each team has a salary cap of $175M. This cap may decrease or increase in the future. A team may not at any time go above the salary cap. Teams that attempt to go over the salary cap whether by trade, signing, or draft pick will have such a transaction reversed.
Salary Cap Penalty:During the off-season and regular season, you will not be able to go over the cap, trades will be reversed and signing not made official. However, if a team somehow has managed to avoid detection of the league and exceed the salary cap, the player with the salary closest to the cap infraction difference will be removed from the team and placed into free agency. This will be looked at on a case to case basis.
Free Agency:Free Agency will consist of players that have finished their contracts and are not given a franchise tag, have had options declined, or have been declined arbitration.
International players will not be bid on in free agency unless they have already played a total of 10 games in the MLB. Other international players will be drafted in the MiLB Draft.
Any team with available cap can bid on a free agent. The winner of the bid is the one who offers more yearly annual salary. The maximum number of years offered is five years. Salary must be bid with the same amount of money each year. This prevents back-loading contracts.
For example, if I bid on Babe Ruth paying 6M over 3 years. I would have to pay 2M a year. I couldn't write in the contract that I'll pay him 500k this year, 500k next year, and 5M in his 3rd year.
A player is awarded to a team after no other team has offered a higher bid amount for 48 hours during the off-season, and 24 hours during the MLB season. In the first week of free agency, however, the highest bid at the end of 72 hours will be the winner. This will prevent teams from stealing top players at low contracts because teams haven't had enough time to look over the free agents. There is a minimum increase of 300k and a minimum of 300k as a starting point for bids. Teams may not increase the amount of years on a contract to top a bid. When offering contracts, teams must indicate their salary per year (not the total salary). A contract should look like this:
Player: Babe Ruth
Offer: 3 Years @ 2m per year
Free Agents will be posted by the Commissioners in the FA section.
If you would like a free agent to be posted that isn't, please contact one of the 5 commissioners with your request.
Player Options:Players may be given options in their contracts through free agency and arbitration contracts. You are only allowed to have one option year in a contract. You must specify in your bid in free agency that you want to have an option or else you won't get one.
Silent Bidding:During the free agency bidding process, if a major league players ranked on this scale exceeds this amount. The player will go to silent bidding:
-Ranked #1-50 $32
-Ranked #51-100 $26
-Ranked #101-150 $22
-Ranked #151-200 $17
-Ranked #201-250 $14
-Ranked #250+ $12
Once a commissioner declares the beginning of the silent bidding process, teams will have 48 hours to submit silent bids to the MLBPA (a separate account accessed by the commissioner to collect bids at the end of the 48-hour window). Bids should be submitted in this format:
After the 48 hours, the team that bid the most amount of money will be awarded the player.
Contract Buyouts/Player Options:This league will not have any buyouts, only buyouts on retired players (see above) will be allowed. There will also be no player options. All options are team options.
Pre-Arbitration Salaries:Eligibility for arbitration will be as follows: All MLB players that have played for less than 3 years of MLB service time are under protection for 400k their first year and 800k in their second and third years until they have played 3 years of MLB service time. There is a minimum of 100 AB or 40 IP per season. So, for example, if a player played only had 75 AB his second year and then 155 AB his third MLB season, he would still only count as going on his third year the following season, same with pitching.
Players have yet to play a full season with 100 AB or 40 IP in the MLB still count as prospects and will continue with their 300k contracts.
Arbitration:A player who has fulfilled three years of service at his Pre-Arb Salary will be eligible for Arbitration if the team decides to offer it. This will happen during the re-signing period in the off-season, where teams will have the option to give new contracts to their free agents. Teams may opt not to keep a player, and they will become a free agent.Once a player is in either Option A or Option B, this contract is locked until Year 8. A team may still elect to cut this player like a regular player.
The system is as follows:
After a player has exceed 100 AB or 40 IP in a season, their first three years of MLB service will be under Prospect Protection. These players can be cut at any time for no penalty during their three years.
Year 1 - 400k
Year 2 - 800k
Year 3 - 800k
Year 4: When a player hits Year 4 of MLB service, the team has two options for this player.
- Option A is that the team can offer the player an arbitration contract. This contract will be determined by taking $20k x points scored (for hitters) or $25k x points scored (for pitchers). This process will be repeated Year-By-Year to create a new contract for the player.
- Option B is that a team can offer the player a buyout. This contract will be determined by taking $20k x points scored (for hitters) or $25k x points scored (for pitchers). Teams will then pay 70% of this contract in Year 4, 80% in Year 5, 90% in Year 6, and 100% in Year 7.
Year 5: Players under Option A will be given a new ARB contract, and players under Option B will be paid 80% of the contract created in Year 4.
Year 6: Players under Option A will be given a new ARB contract, and players under Option B will be paid 90% of the contract created in Year 4.
Year 7: Players under Option A will be given a new ARB contract, and players under Option B will be paid 100% of the contract created in Year 4.
Year 8: Players will no longer be eligible for Arbitration. A player who received Option A can be re-signed with a franchise or restriction tag in the upcoming free agency. However, a player who received Option B will not be able to be re-signed and must become a free agent.
Year 1 - 400k
Year 2 - 400k
Year 3 - 800k
Year 4 (Option A) - ARB Contract
Year 4 (Option B) - ARB Contract 70%
Year 5 (Option A) - ARB Contract
Year 5 (Option B) - ARB Contract 80%
Year 6 (Option A) - ARB Contract
Year 6 (Option B) - ARB Contract 90%
Year 7 (Option A) - ARB Contract
Year 7 (Option B) - ARB Contract 100%
The minimum value of an option A or B contract is $500k.
Franchise Tags:The first tag is the Franchise title. Players given this tag are signed to an extension by the controlling team based on their performance. See the following scale for values:
-Ranked 1-25 --> 35M Annual salary
-Ranked 26-50 --> 30M Annual salary
-Ranked 51-75 --> 25M Annual salary
-Ranked 76-100 --> 20M Annual Salary
-Ranked 101-150 --> 15M Annual Salary
-Ranked 151-200 --> 9M Annual Salary
-Ranked 201-250--> 5M Annual Salary
-Ranked 250+--> 1M Annual Salary
Franchise extensions are confirmed by the commissioners. Each team is allowed 1 Franchise Tag. Franchise Tags may be up to 3 years in length. You may not use a franchise tag on a player that may undergo arbitration. Teams will get one franchise tag each year, so you can have multiple players on their franchise contracts.
Ranking List:We will use a future rankings list for Franchise Tags and Arbitration. This list will be posted year-by-year some time before free agency.
Restriction Tags:Second is the Restriction Tag. Free agents allotted with this title can be reclaimed by their former team after bidding is concluded. You may not use a restriction tag on a player that may undergo arbitration. Teams are given two restriction tags each free agency.
For example, let's say Babe Ruth is a free agent. The winning bid is 29M. I, as the former owner, can choose to take him back for that price, or let him go to the bidding team. Each team is allowed 2 restricted tags. At the end of the bidding process, teams will be allowed to state whether or not they intend to keep the player or release him to the highest bidder. This will be done in the bidding thread. A PM will also be sent to the team who restricted the player. If he hasn't replied in 48 hours from the time the bidding has ended, the player is awarded to the highest bidder.
Extensions:There will be no extensions in this league as of now. To keep Free Agency competitive, we instead give teams 3 tags and the ability to offer arbitration to keep most of their players.
Trade Approval:A trade must be posted in the 'Trades' section. 9 approves passes a deal, 4 vetoes cancels a deal during the time period. The voting time is 48 hours. Whatever the ratio is by the end of the 48 hours determines if the trade is accepted to the league or rejected. If one of the two or three teams that was involved in the trade has not confirmed a trade in the 48 hours, the deal is void and will need to be re-posted. Teams may not veto based on that 1) a player they wanted was traded to another team 2) they have a grudge against a certain owner 3) a past deal between the two teams was bad. Vetoes MUST include a reasoning behind them. You may not simply vote "veto". It will not count on a trade's tally. Please vote based on the fairness and only the fairness of the trade.
Salary Trading:Teams are allowed to opt to cover for part of a players salary in a trade. A team may only cover for up to 3/4 of the salary which will be rounded . So if a player is paid 19m. 3/4 of that is 14.25. So, the team trading the salary would pay 14m of the contract, and the team getting the player would pay 5m.
Teams can pay for contracts as long as specified in a trade. It is possible to not pay for 3/4 or less of the contract for the entire duration of the contract.
Such salary trading must be officially noted when at trade is posted.
Trade Decision:If you change your mind in the middle of a trade voting period, you cannot take it back if the trade has already been posted and confirmed.
Trade Info:You cannot trade a player you don't have yet. So if you have a guy in a deal that's in voting period, you cannot trade him until your trade is official. Trades must be confirmed by the owner that didn't post the trade. Trade clauses are not allowed, all transactions must occur when the deal is official, not after the season and a player's stats are determined. Trades may only include up to ten players (this does not include picks) at a time. No more then 10 players combined from both teams may be involved in a single trade.
Trade Deadline:August 15th each year. A little later than the actual MLB deadline. This will allow more time for owners to see whether they want to make a run of the title or add a view prospects and dump a high-salaried player.
Overview:In Base Knock Dynasty Baseball we have two drafts each year involving minor league players. A minor league player is defined as any player signed by a major league team that has yet to accrue either 100 at bats, or 40 innings pitched at the major league level.
One exemption involves international free agents (IFAs) coming to MLB from foreign professional leagues. Players who are at least 23 years old and who have played three years in a recognized professional league, such as Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball or Cuba's Serie Nacional, will be exempt. Beginning in 2014-15 IFAs must have five years of pro experience to be exempt. These exempt players will be available via our leagues free agency process sometime towards the end of February each off season.
Once a player accrues either 100ABs or 40IPs they are no longer considered a minor league player, and must now be aquired via our leagues free agency process.
Each newly drafted player takes on our league minor league salary of $0.3M per year until they have a season in which they accrue either 100ABs, or 40IPs at the major league level. All players that are drafted have their rights retained indefinitely, until they reach free agency in accordance with our league structure and arbitration rules.
MiLB Draft:We will hold our league MiLB Draft sometime in February before the start of our regular season each year. The draft will last 6 rounds, but these picks can not be traded at all. All players not on a team's roster and who have yet to accrue 100 at bats or 40 innings pitched in any single season at the major league level will be eligible to be drafted.
Also, International Free Agents (IFA's) will be eligible to be drafted in certain circumstances. Any IFA that is under the age of 23 or who has not yet played three years in a recognized foreign professional league and only if he was signed before the start of the drafts current round are draft eligible. Players who weren't signed at the beginning of the round will have to wait until the start of the next round to be drafted. Any MiLB player that gets released by their BKDB team during the draft process will also have to wait until the start of the next round after they were released in order to be draft eligible.
Draft Order:Our Draft order will be based in inverse order of each teams win/loss record from the previous season. The team with the worst record will be awarded the first pick in the draft, and so on.[/blockquote[
Draft/Pick Selection:Each team has a 24 hour window to make their pick from the time that the previous team has made their pick. If they do not choose within the given time period, the pick will be skipped. Skipped picks can be made at any point before the round in which they were skipped has concluded. If said pick is not made before the round concludes then it will subsequently be forfeited. Make sure that you have the cap space to make your picks well in advance of having to make them. Each newly drafted player takes on our league prospect salary of $0.3M per year until they have a season in which they accrue either 100ABs, or 40IPs at the major league level.
Compensation Picks:There are no compensation picks awarded in our MiLB draft. Any awarded compensation picks will be reflected in our Amateur draft order.
Undrafted Players:Players that are not drafted in the Base Knock MiLB Draft, will be rolled into the Amateur Draft available player pool.
Draft Pick Trading:These picks are not permitted to be traded. All draft slots are locked.
Drafted Player Trading:Teams may not trade players as soon as they draft them. However teams are permitted to trade recently drafted players once the round they were drafted in has concluded.
Amateur Draft:We will hold our league Amateur Draft each year sometime in mid July after the real life MLB Amateur Draft signing deadline has passed. This draft will last 6 rounds. Picks can be traded up to 3 days before the start of round 1. Players eligible to be drafted will be the players that were drafted and signed in the most recent real life MLB Amateur Draft, as well as any currently unowned minor league players who have yet to accrue either 40 IP or 100 AB in any one season at the major league level. The only exemptions are the current year's IFA class. Any IFA under the age of 23 that signs on or after July 2nd of the same year is not eligible to be included in this draft's available player pool. Said player must be aquiried via that year's MiLB Draft. Any IFA from that same year that is over the age of 23 and who has at least 3 years of pro experience abroard must be aquired via our leagues free agency process.
Draft Order:Our Draft order will be based in inverse order of each teams win/loss record from the previous season. The team with the worst record will be awarded the first pick in the draft, and so on. Compensation picks are sometimes awarded depending upon players lost to free agency (this is further explained below).
Draft Selection:Each team has a 12 hour window to make their pick from the time that the previous team has made their pick. If they do not choose within the given time period, one of the commissioners will make their pick for them from a predetermined list of rankings agreed to upon by the league. If making a selection will cause the picking team to go over their salary cap, the pick will be skipped and thus forfeited. Make sure that you have the cap space to make your picks well in advance of having to make them. Each newly drafted player takes on our league prospect salary of $0.3M per year until they have a season in which they accrue either 100ABs, or 40IPs at the major league level.
Compensation Round:Teams that lose a Type A free agent during free agency will receive a compensation pick in between the 1st and 2nd rounds. Teams that lose a Type B free agent during will receive a compensation pick between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Teams that lose a Type C free agent will receive compensation picks between the 3rd and 4th rounds. Teams will not be compensated for any other free agent losses.The definitions of a Type A, B, and C free agent are as follows:
Ranked 1-100: Type A Free Agent
Ranked 101-200: Type B Free Agent
Ranked 201-300: Type C Free Agent
Undrafted players:Players that are not drafted in the Base Knock Amateur Draft, will be rolled into the MiLB Draft.
Draft Pick Trading:Draft picks may be traded before the draft. You can trade them up to 3 days before the start of the draft. After which time all pick slots are locked.
Drafted Player Trading:Teams may not trade players as soon as they draft them. However teams may trade players selected in Round 1 through Comp. Round 2 after the completion of the 2nd Compensation Round. Teams may trade players selected in Round 3 through Round 4, after the completion of Round 4. Teams may trade players selected in Round 5 and Round 6 at the completion of the draft.
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GM Activity:Rules for GM Activity. These are more lenient during the off-season. However, we still expect you to be logging on. Stay active as a member of this league! Bad activity is what makes fantasy leagues die.
1) You do not have to be on the proboards site every day, but it is required for you to be on every couple of days.
2) This is in addition to setting your ESPN lineup every day during the season.
3) If you are going to be gone a period of 5+ days, please post in the out of towns section that you will be out, and for how long.
4) If you haven't logged in for more than a week to the proboards site, and have not posted in the out of town section, we will begin the process of notifying you. If we have not heard from you, or haven't logged in after this, we will begin to look for a replacement.
5) If after two weeks (two and half in the off-season) you do not contact or respond to us, or log into the proboards site, you will be replaced. No questions asked.
This will be looked at on a case to case basis.
Collusion:Any owners found colluding will be dismissed immediately, and their transactions will be reversed.
Player Theft:Any team that knowingly starts a player that is on another team's roster on the league scoring sites will be dismissed immediately. Teams that add players on other teams without the knowledge of it will not be dismissed but will have to release the player immediately or be kicked out of the league.
PM me if you have any issues or questions with the league rules.
Rockies GM (Commish)