Flexible Schedule but minimum 4 games required per week. This is a simulation gaming league so we have rules in place to make the game more realistic like you must use your full 5-man rotation, bunts limited to two per game, trades are allowed but there are some restrictions to keep trades fair and teams close to real life rosters, etc. Please see the Rules section below.
Min. 4 Games Required Per Week 8 Teams Make Playoffs 9 Inning Games 5-Man Rotation
All Star Pitching All Star Batting DH ON Guess Pitch OFF Quick Counts OFF Balks ON Ump Accuracy PERFECT Ump Close Plays OFF
This league will take place over 7 weeks. Must have a minimum of 25 games played to be eligible for playoffs. Top 8 teams that are eligible will make the postseason and will be seeded accordingly. You get 1 point for every game played and 2 points for every win. Tie-breaker is run differential.
1. 4 GAMES PER WEEK
Everyone should be playing at least 4 games per week. We all have lives and things come up that are either expected (vacations, work, etc.) or unexpected (work, sickness, etc.) and that's understandable; we can make exceptions for that as long as you notify Admin when they come up. But the expectation is that players should be able to play at least 4 games a week. Gamers who consistently fail to meet the minimum may be removed from the league or deemed ineligible for playoffs.
2. NO QUICK PITCHING
Everybody agrees that quick pitching sucks. Take a breath, choose your pitch, take a breath, throw the pitch. Rapid fire pitching sucks. Let’s cut it out altogether. It makes for a much more enjoyable experience. Balks are on.
3. MUST USE FULL 5-MAN ROTATION
You must use your entire rotation. The game keeps track of a pitcher's stamina and will keep the rotation in order; you are just responsible for making sure you stay in order and do not skip starters. If the game disconnects/freezes and a reset/replay is required (see rules about disconnects/freezes), you can either use the same pitcher or move to the next man in your Starting Rotation. We will be switching to a 3-man rotation for the Postseason.
4. NO STRIKE/BALL RULE
This is a simulation gameplay league and balls are a part of the game. Patience at the plate is required. Half of the game is identifying balls from strikes.
5. MAX 2 BUNTS PER GAME / NO BUNT DANCING
While bunts are a part of the game, we have to make sure they are not abused. Some situations certainly call for them but because it is something that can be easily abused, we are limiting it to 2 bunts per game. So if you attempt a bunt and put the ball in play (or foul out), that counts as a bunt, regardless of it was successful or not. This is a sim gaming league and we need to keep this realistic. And no bunt dancing!
6. IF YOU STEAL, YOU CANNOT GO BACK... YOU MUST KEEP RUNNING.
To keep this realistic, you must continue running to the base you were running towards. It's too easy to intentionally get into rundowns, which some players can easily beat. If you steal, or are picked off, you must continue running to the base you were trying to steal.
7. DO NOT CHANGE PITCHERS/HITTERS MID AT-BAT
There is no excuse for a pitcher to change pitchers mid at-bat. The entire at-bat moves at the pitcher's pace. Once you throw a pitch, that pitcher must finish the at-bat. Eliminating quick pitching should help give the hitting team enough time BEFORE the AB to bring in a pinch hitter but if you got quick pitched and you just couldn't get to it in time (i.e. the pitcher has already pressed a button), it’s OK to change your hitter after the 1st pitch of the at-bat. But do not abuse this. If the pitcher is giving you enough time to make the change, you need to make the change right away. Consistently abusing this could get you kicked.
8. HOME BALLPARK
For the sake of authenticity, we are only playing in current MLB stadiums. All games should be held at the current MLB stadium of the team that sent the invite.
If a disconnect occurs in the 5th inning or earlier, the game will be replayed. Disconnects in the 6th inning or later will result in the win going to the team that did not have the connection error. Regardless of the situation, if both gamers agree to replay the game then the game can be reset and replayed. If both gamers agree to give the win to one of the teams, we can do that as well. Must notify Admin either way.
Note: Excessive disconnections by one player can result in being kicked from the league.
If the game freezes in the 5th inning or earlier, or if it freezes in a tie game, the game must be replayed. If the freeze occurs in the 6th inning or later, and one team is ahead, the game will be considered complete and a win awarded to the team in the lead. The losing team should quit the game. To prevent a dispute, a recording should provided as proof for a win to be awarded. If a recording cannot be provided, game will have to be replayed. Regardless of situation, if both gamers agree to replay the game, the game can be reset and replayed. Must notify Admin either way.
Trades are allowed, however, to keep the integrity of the league we have some guidelines:
Must play 6 games before you can make a trade.
Maximum of 3 trades allowed per season.
You can only trade with a team once per season.
Once you trade a player away, you cannot trade for him back.
Player Ratings must be within 2 points of each other in 1 for 1 trades.
Example: You can trade an 83 rated player for an 85 rated player.
You cannot trade a 71 rated player for a 77 rated player.
Multi-player trades are restricted to 2 players for 2 players and the total rating difference cannot exceed 5 total points. 2-1, 3-3, or 3-1 player trades not allowed.
Example: You can trade a 73 and an 80 for a 74 and a 76.
73 + 80 = 153 and 74 + 76 = 150. Difference of 3 pts. Trade approved.
Admin reserve the right to reject any trade if we believe it jeopardizes the integrity of the league (i.e. in cases of obvious collusion) or if the trade is egregiously one-sided.
Note: Feel free to negotiate your trades in private, however, once both parties agree to the trade, the proposed trade must be posted in the Trade Requests sub-forum for approval. Once approved, you will have the go ahead to execute the trade on the console and in the league.
DRAFT POINTS EARNED BY TEAM
These are the amount of points each team will earn you: 1 Point Per Week Los Angeles Dodgers 82
San Diego Padres 81
Chicago White Sox 80
Houston Astros 80
2 Points Per Week
Milwaukee Brewers 79
New York Mets 79
New York Yankees 79
Toronto Blue Jays 79
3 Points Per Week
Atlanta Braves 78
Boston Red Sox 78
St. Louis Cardinals 78
San Francisco Giants 78
Tampa Bay Rays 78
4 Points Per Week
Los Angeles Angels 77
Oakland Athletics 77
Philadelphia Phillies 77
Cincinnati Reds 76
Seattle Mariners 76
5 Points Per Week
Cleveland Indians 75
Colorado Rockies 75
Minnesota Twins 75
Arizona Diamondbacks 74
Kansas City Royals 74
6 Points Per Week
Detroit Tigers 73
Miami Marlins 73
Washington Nationals 73
Baltimore Orioles 72
Chicago Cubs 72
Pittsburgh Pirates 71
Texas Rangers 71
Note: To earn points, you must complete the season.