League Rules as of 14 July 12

 

League Concept

    The idea of the league is, as close as possible, replicate MLB with composite teams made of the respective era ball players.  General managers will attempt to draft the best group of players and compete against other teams to determine who has the best team.


    The USA Strat-O-Matic E-Mail Keeper League is composed of four-divisions, four teams per division in 2 conferences utilizing the latest SOM CD-ROM Baseball program. The purchase of the player cards is optional. Teams are organized through a draft of MLB players available on the SOM team disk. Team managers will play a set schedule against other team managers. You will always play your team on your computer as the home team. The scheduled visiting team manager will e-mail a computer manager (CM) attached with a pitching rotation and any special instructions not covered by the CM. At the end of each playing period the league rosters and stats are updated on the league Web page.


The current location of the web site is:  www.brunettifamily.org


DH and Non-DH rules


    One conference is designated as a DH conference (Babe Ruth Conference); the other is a non-DH conference (Cy Young Conference).  Teams will use DH or non-DH lineups based on the hosting team status.  A GM can request a change from a non-DH conference to a DH conference and vice-versa only once.  This move has to be in concert with another GM willing to change in the other direction, also only once.   This switch will occur just before the new stadium draft.


Stadium Draft


    Before the draft, GM’s may request a change of stadiums.  A GM who wishes to acquire a new stadium must first throw his stadium into the stadium pool of other unused stadiums.   Once all the new stadiums are identified and in reverse order of winning percentage (worst to first) GM’s may pick a new stadium.

   

  League Play 

At the conclusion of each series, the hosting manager will send a copy of the export files, box score and play-by-play files to the commissioner and to his opponent manager. The commissioner will consolidate, process and distribute the returned stats to fellow managers, publish the standings, league leaders, statistics and newsletter. Trading players is allowed during specified times.

    When all regular season games are played, teams designated as playoff teams will play for the honor to play in the World Series. The winner of the World Series will be declared champion and earn the bragging rights associated therein until next season.

    At the start of the next season, teams will release inactive or insignificant ML players. A manager may release as many or as few as he desires. A draft will be held to replace released players. Supplemental rounds will be held to round out teams that do not have full 35-man rosters. This draft may be held on line via an e-mail exchange or a chat room. The league and teams will expand and adjust along the same time line as Major League baseball.


    We may play as many as three seasons per calendar year.


League Organization

    The League Organization will consist of a commissioner, team GM/Managers and an Executive Council. The Executive Council consisted of one GM from each division and the commissioner.


Commissioner Duties

    Write, distribute and maintain the rules of this league. Coordinate with team managers modifications of these rules to enhance the play of the league. Advise team managers whenever a rule change is to being considered.


    Develop and distribute a league schedule to all managers via the game's schedule manager. Enforce the playing of the schedule among the team managers. Coordinate the substitute play of a team if a manager is unavailable to play his scheduled games or when a team manager is delinquent. Distribute and maintain team rosters and stats for team play bi-weekly.


    Keep track of all team roster moves. Develop a schedule for the trading period, draft day(s), and the start and end of each season. Approve/disapprove team trades. Publish approved team trades to all managers.


    At the conclusion of the regular season, designate teams as divisional and wild card winners. Coordinate the schedule and play of the wild card and divisional playoffs. Designate teams as playoff winners and coordinate and schedule the play of the World Series. Announce the winner of the League World Series.


    Publish a periodic newsletter that summarizes the previous period's play.


Executive Council Duties

The Executive Council shall consist of five (5) members: the League Commissioner, and one (1) general manager from each division elected by the GMs of each division. Executive Council elections shall take place after the league championship series is completed on a date determined by the League Commissioner.

Charges of major rule infractions, appeals of the Commissioner's rulings on minor infractions, and charges of ethics and/or sportsmanship violations shall be made only to the Executive Council by means of an e-mail sent to all Council members concurrently.

Upon receipt of such charges and appeals, the League Commissioner shall notify the GM of the nature of the charges made.

The Executive Council shall investigate all charges brought to the Council. After its investigation, the Council shall complete a report which shall include: A statement of charges or appeal made, findings of facts, a recommendation of probable cause, and, if probable cause is found, a recommendation for disciplinary action. Each finding of fact and recommendation for disciplinary action shall be made only after concurrence of the Executive Council. Disciplinary action may include permanent expulsion from the league. If the Council does not recommend any action taken, the petitioner shall be notified and the matter shall be considered final. The Council shall not make any other notification of the situation. Any further communication concerning the matter shall be prohibited.

The Executive Council shall have the authority to communicate with any league member in its investigation of a pending matter.

The decision of the Council shall be final. Any further communication concerning the matter shall be prohibited.

In cases where a member of the Executive Council is the accused, the GMs of that perspective division shall elect an alternate Executive Council member for that particular issue.

This procedure for dealing with infractions and conflicts shall be the only method of dealing with such matters. Members are prohibited from sending E-mails to more than one person concerning charges or complaints against another member. If a league member notifies another member that he does not wish to receive any further communication pertaining to the actions of another league member, that request must be honored. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.


Team Organization

    A team consists of 35 players.  Team rosters will include a minimum of two players rated at each position with enough AB's to sustain a 162-game schedule. Team rosters must include a minimum of 1,500 innings pitched.


Team Manager Duties

    Adhere to the rules of this league. Recommend improvements to these rules to enhance league play.

    Draft enough players from the available free agent players on the SOM team disk to field a team with at least two players per fielding position and a pitching staff of at least 1,500 innings.

    Send your team's computer manager as an e-mail attachment and declare your starting rotation and minor league players to the hosting manager. Play your team against the scheduled opponent on time

    Submit the export files, box scores and PAC file to your opponent and the commissioner promptly upon completion of each series.

    Query your visiting manager if his instructions are not clear or if his instructions are not received.

Provide the commissioner verbiage about your team for publication in the periodic newsletter.


The Draft

    A draft will be held to replenish team rosters due to trades, retirement or release. The draft is held via e-mail and/or online at a predetermined chat room. Drafting order is a straight draft. Ties will be settled based on head-to-head play between the two teams tied . If head-to-head records don't break the tie then the teams In-Division records shall be used.

    During the e-mail portion of the draft, GM's have various hours to make their pick. If no pick is made in the allotted time, the next team is on the clock. The skipped team can make his pick any time he wishes.

    During the chat room portion of the draft, each manager will have thirty minutes to select his player. If no player is selected within thirty minutes the next manager will pick. After a player is selected, the skipped team can make his pick any time he wishes.


    Once a team has a full roster, he may make no more picks.


Draft Order Determination:

 

1)      The non playoff teams will have the first 8 picks in the draft.  The teams will be ordered 1 thru 8 based on their ascending winning percentage.

 

2)      The four teams who lose in the Divisional Series will have the next 4 picks in the draft.  The teams will be ordered 7 thru 14 based on their ascending winning percentage.

 

3)      The two teams who lose in the Championship series will have the next 2 picks in the draft.  The teams will be ordered 15 thru 16 based on their ascending winning percentage.

 

4)      The team that loses the World Series will pick 15 with the team winning the World Series picking 16th.


    The draft is complete when each team has a 35-man roster. A team must be sanctioned OFFICIAL by the commissioner before any regular season play. The team is official when the manager has fulfilled the player utilization rules listed below (two players per position, 1,500 innings pitched and enough at bats at each position to satisfy the requirement for a 162-game season). If a team was unable to be sanctioned at the draft, he may become official through trading with another manager or turning in a drafted player and selecting a player from the remaining free agent pool.


Game Setup Preferences


(To Be Published)



Sending your stats to the commissioner.

    Load your E-mail program. Compose an E-mail letter to the commissioner (joebrunetti@me.com). Name the Subject: Team1@Team2. Select Attach File. Attach all of the Export files (H & V files) and all the .PRT box score files for that series. Name the .zip/.sit file Visiting Team Initials @ Home Team Initials67. 67 = 1967 Season. Enter any tidbits, highlights, low lights of your series in the body of the letter. Send the mail.



Playing Cycles and Deadlines


    For this league to work efficiently and maintain the fun and excitement that Strat-O-Matic baseball offers, it is imperative that everyone adhere to the deadlines for mailing instructions and submitting results.


    A playing cycle will run in blocks set by the commissioner but generally 21 or more days. If you have not received your instructions for your home series after 4 days, query your visiting manager with a copy to the commissioner. If no response within 24 hours, ask the commissioner for a computer generated manager for that team and he will mail one.


For managers who have not received their away results, inform the commissioner and he will send them.


All games will be played by the end of the block before going into the next block.


Timeline


To Be Published Seperatly



Absent managers

    From time to time and for various reasons, there may be teams with no manager. If you are scheduled to play a team with an absent manger, mail your CM file, rotation and lineup as normal to the commissioner. The commissioner will generate a CM and rotation for the absent manager and play the game CM .vs CM.


Player Utilization

    Players may only play the field position listed on their card/disk image. Exceptions to this rule are spelled out below.

    When ALL other players have been used, a manager may use players out of position for the remainder of that game only. If late in the season a manager finds that he does not have enough AB's to field a team at their normal positions, he may use the following player substitution rules for that position only.


Outfielders: The new SOM rules allow outfielders to play any outfield position.

       

Pitchers: Pitchers are permitted to pitch only in the capacity listed on their card. All pitchers are limited to 110% (rounded up) above their actual MLB innings pitched. All * starters are permitted to pitch on three games rest. Starters are limited to 40 starts. Starters may not relieve.

Starter/Relievers are subject to the same innings pitched limitations as pure starters. They must rest four games when shifting from starter to reliever or from relief to starter.

Reliever/Starters are subject to the same innings pitched limitations and are limited to the number of actual starts they had in the majors. They must rest four games when shifting from starter to reliever or from relief to starter.  Relievers are subject to the same innings pitched limitations. Relievers may not start.


Computer-generated rest overrides the above rest rules.

       

    Hitters: All hitters are limited to 110% (rounded up) of their actual MLB at bats. A manager must keep on his roster at all times at least two players for each fielding position.


Injuries:  Injuries are not used in this league.


Minor League Players

    Each team will have no more than 25 active players on their CM with the remainder in the minors. Managers will designate which players are in the minors by updating their CM AFTER downloading the new rosters distributed by email by the commissioner. The minor league players do not have to be the same players for the home series as the away series. Minor league players cannot be called up in the middle of a series. All changes are effective at the beginning of the next playing cycle.

All minor league players are eligible to play starting with the To Be Published playing cycle. This will represent the Major League 40-man call up in September.


Trades

    Trades are not permitted during the draft, but are announced and effective immediately after the teams are sanctioned at the conclusion of the draft. Trade recommendations are sent by ALL concerned parties to the commissioner for approval. Trades will not be permitted if the trade will make a team UNSANCTIONED at any time, regardless of any other pending trades. At no time will a team have an open spot on his roster. Multiple team trades are permitted as long as, at conclusion of the trade, all teams have full rosters and are still designated as sanctioned by the commissioner. Trading of future draft picks may not exceed one year. Trades made for draft picks before any penalties are assessed at the end of the season are made at the GM’s own risk.


Multiple Team Players

    During the course of the Major League season, some players were traded causing them to have two player cards. Our league will use the combined player stats identified on the team disk with a .IL extension. These players are subject to the same player limitation rules as other players. If SOM doesn't distribute players with .IL extensions, a manager who drafts a player with two cards is charged only one roster spot. The player's card will be prorated against the schedule to determine when the second and/or third card goes into effect.


Player Retention

    Players belong to a team until the player is traded, released, or retires. Mangers will always have 35 players on their team. At the end of the season, manager will be given the opportunity to trade and release players. When the new season starts, managers will then be given an opportunity to restock their team from the available free agent pool. Teams will be seeded based on their previous season's record (worst is first).


Penalty Points

    In an effort to enforce the deadlines required to keep the league stats current, a penalty point system has been established. Teams have access to various methods of notifying other managers and the league office when schedules conflict and Strat-O-Matic must take a back seat. Teams will not be penalized if they make prior arrangements for their games to be played by either their opponent or the league office. Penalties will be administered to teams who fail to communicate with the league membership causing stats or games to be late.

Penalty points have been standardized according to the type of infraction. As teams accumulate penalty points, they will be converted to level of punishment administered at the end of the season. The more points accumulated, the more severe the punishment.


No instructions mailed (2 pts. per missing cm)


No stats submitted (2 pts. per missing series)


Not following visiting manager instructions (2 pts. per infraction)


Exceeding player utilization (up to 3 pts. per player for minor over usage, more penalty points assessed for more significant overusage)


Using inaccurate pitching rotation (up to 4 pts. per player for minor overusage, more penalty points assessed for more significant overusage).


For ever penalty point, a team loses a draft position for next year. Every 10 pts. a team loses a draft round the next year. For every 5 pts. a team gets a "team" loss. Penalties are cumulative.

For example, if a team accumulated 17 penalty points, the punishment level would be (10+7) a lost 1st round, plus knocked down 7 positions in Draft Round 2. In addition, the team will get three "team losses" (17 pts/5). Team loses are not adjusted in league standings but are mentally noted for playoff position. Team loses will not be considered when calculating next year draft order since the team is already charged with a loss of draft position or round.


Managers will have an opportunity to correct any infraction caused by oversight or misinterpretation of the rules. For example, a team accidentally sends the wrong pitching rotation to the hosting manager. At 4 points per infraction this could be a costly penalty. If discovered in time, the visiting manager many resend his rotation to the hosting manager and replay the series. The hosting manager must agree to replay the series. If the games are replayed and stats are sent within the deadline, no penalty will be charged. If the stats are sent but past the deadline, only a 1 point lateness charged will be assessed. Another reason to play your games as quickly as possible.


Playoffs

    At the conclusion of the regular season, eight teams will be designated for the playoffs. The top two teams with the best record from each division will go to the playoffs.    Major league tie-breaking rules to determine playoff eligibility are used. These teams will compete in Quarter- and Semi-final games to earn the right to go to the World Series. Players with more than 500 AB's or 162 major league IP's have unlimited usage. All other players are limited to 25% of their Major League AB/IP's for the entire playoffs. Each round of the playoffs should be completed in 2 weeks with a 1 point penalty possible for unreasonable delays.


    QUARTERFINALS: Each team will play a best of 7 game series. The format will be 2-home, 3-away, 2-home. The team with the better record will have the home field record. At the start of the series, pitchers are considered rested and all injured players are now healthy.


    SEMIFINALS: The winner of each Quarterfinals series will play the team with the best record in their division. Each team will play a best of 7 game series. The format will be 2-home, 3-away, 2-home. The team with the best record will have the home field record. At the start of the series, pitchers are considered rested and all injured players are now healthy. The winner of each series will go to the USA Strat-O-Matic World Series.


    WORLD SERIES:

The two winning teams from the Semifinals will play a seven game series. The team with the best regular season record will have home field advantage. The format will be 2-home, 3-away, 2-home. At the start of the series, pitchers are considered rested and all injured players are now healthy.


Awards

    At the conclusion of the regular season, player awards will be determined for Batting Title, Home Run Champion, MVP and Cy Young as reflected in the Newspaper Recap. The Relief pitcher award will be determined by the commissioner using establish Rolaids Relief award points.   


    Acknowledgements: I wish to thank the I-75 Mail League (still going since 1979) which gave me the inspiration and desire to start my own league and many of the ideas that are represented here in the rules. I also like to acknowledge my friend Richard Cangelosi who waaaay back in '68 shared many a game of Strat with me on the steps of South Philly.