A. League Name - The league will be known as the The APBA Lifers League (referred to from this point on as "TALL" or 'the League')
B. Software Required To Participate - All League games are played using APBA Baseball for Windows version 5.75.
C. Other Computer Requirements - Each Team Owner must have email access in order to send Franchise Files, and web access to download Commissioner Files. For explanations of these terms, please read and thoroughly understand the section on League Play in League Manager's 'Help' feature.
D. Other Personal Requirements - In order to participate in TALL, you must be dedicated. We do not want to have a high turnover rate among our Team Owners. TALL is for people who enjoy playing APBA Baseball, and enjoy the game of baseball in general.
If winning is the only thing that will maintain your interest, then we ask you to please choose another league to join, because you will not be welcome here. For every winner, there will be several losers, and we must all understand and accept that.
E. Honesty - Dishonest play will be watched for by the Commissioner and other Team Owners. One indicator of dishonest play is Home Record versus Road Record. It a teams winning percentage for home games is drastically higher than it's winning percentage for road games, this could indicate that the Team Owner is replaying some of his home losses to get wins instead. Team Owners who are obviously cheating will be dropped from the League.
F. Quitting - If a Team Owner chooses to quit participating in TALL, his team will be temporarily controlled by the Commissioner until a replacement Owner can be found.
Should any Team Owner choose to quit, we ask that he please give the League as much advance notice as possible, so as to not inconvenience the rest of the League more than necessary.
G. TALL will use the official APBA disk to create the TALL Disk. Uncarded players for the upcoming season will be annotated by an *. Teams must advise the Commish which uncarded players they plan to keep and which uncarded players to cut. An uncarded keep must remain on the roster for the entire season unless traded to another team.
II. LEAGUE FORMAT AND RULES
Four teams will qualify for the Post Season in each league, with 3 divisional winners and 1 wild card team.
Divisional Series (2-2-1)
1. There will be 1 days rest between the end of the season and the beginning of the Post Season. A Tie-breaker game may be played on that day off. This will not alter the beginning date of the Post Season. There will be 1 days rest between games 2 and 3 only.
2. The Division Winner with the best record will host the Wild Card team, unless that Wild Card team is in it's division. In such a case, the Division Winner with second best record will host the Wild Card team.
3. The Division Winner with the second best record, will host the Division Winner with the worst record in the other first round games, unless the Division Winner with the best record and the Wild Card team are in the same division. In such a case, the Division Winner with the best record will host the Division Winner with the worst record.
League Championship (2-3-2)
1. There will be 2 days rest between the scheduled Game 5 date of the Divisional Series and the beginning of the League Championship. If the series ends in less than 5 games the begin date of the LCS does not change. There will be 1 days rest between games 2 and 3 & 5 and 6.
2. The Division Winner with the better record will host the series. The Wild Card team can NEVER host the League Championship series.
World Series (2-3-2)
1. There will be 3 days rest between the scheduled Game 7 date of the LCS and the beginning of the World Series. If the series ends in less than 7 games the begin date of the World Series does not change. There will be 1 days rest between games 2 and 3 & 5 and 6.
2. The team with the better regular season record will be the home team in the World Series.
B. Team Names
Team Owners are encouraged to be creative in choosing names for their teams, while remaining within the following guidelines: (1) All team names must consist of a city or state (referred to from this point on as 'city') and a nickname. (2) Teams are encouraged to choose a nickname that is not currently in use by any existing professional sports team. (3) No team city or nickname may be the same as any other team city or nickname in the League. (4) Team names will be granted on a first-submitted, first-approved basis.
C. Interleague Play
There will be interleague play.
D. Designated Hitter
The Designated Hitter rule will be in effect for both leagues.
A. Rosters - Every team must have a minimum of 10 pitchers and 5 starters on their active roster for each series. Split grade pitchers may be designated as starters.
B. Roster Moves - Players may be moved between the Farm Roster to the Active Roster as often as desired between series. Roster moves may only be made prior to the beginning of a series--not during a series.
Team Owners are to make their own roster moves, and make sure they have exactly 25 players on their Active Roster at all times, with the rest of their players on their Farm Roster at all times.
C. Continuous Ownership - Team Owners will retain the rights to all players on their Roster at the end of the season, except for those players the team chooses to release, if any. Players who are retained will remain on the teams Roster for the next season.
D. Eligible Players - Any player who appears on the current season disk is eligible to be drafted onto a TALL Roster. No players will be imported from the Bill James Baseball Encyclopedia, or added via Wizard.
E. League Draft – The rookie draft will be comprised of 10 rounds and may be conducted via a combination of a live chat room for early rounds followed by an email draft for the remaining rounds, or conducted entirely via email. Commish will determine sequence of events.
The draft order will be as follows :
F. Cut Down to 42
After completion of the 10 round draft, the Commish will advise when to cut rosters down to the 42 player limit. If you exceed 42 players on your roster, you can only cut enough to get to the 42 player limit.
G. Undrafted Players - All players who are not drafted will be considered Free Agents. These players may not be used by any team during the current season.
H. Salaries - There are no salaries assigned to players in the League, and there will therefore be no salary cap.
IV. PLAYER USAGE LIMITATIONS
A. Player Usage – “Fatigue Only” setting will be used so injuries that occur in a game will not be carried over to the following game.
The League will use the following additions to AIM in controlling player usage to maintain more realistic results:
Steals: Players will be limited to 125% of the number of steal attempts they made in real life. Violation of this rule will result in the violating player to have the following changes made to his ratings, effectively preventing him from stealing any more bases: (a) Change his Attempted Steals to 0, (b) Change his Successful Steals to 0, (c) Change his Caught Stealing to 0, (d) Change his Steal Allowance Letter to "N", (e) Change his Steal Success Number to 0
Steal Rating Reset: Prior to the playoffs beginning, all playoff teams must submit a list of players that need to have their steal ratings reset to their original status. No changes to the ratings will be allowed once the playoffs begin.
B. Emergency Claims - If a team wants to pick up a free agent during the season in order to fill a need on his team for the player (needs AB at a certain position or innings on his staff), he must notify the commissioner.
After the commissioner approves, the player can pick up said free agent, but he must drop a player from his roster to make room for the free agent (No "*" player can be dropped). This free agent may not be traded. At the end of the season, the free agent must be returned to the pool.
C. In Season Waiver Draft
The Waiver Pool is formed from players that will be cut (all teams must cut down to 42 players) after our Rookie Draft is completed. "Any" player in this pool is available and can be claimed.
D. Position Eligibility - Players may play any position they are rated for. The only way they may play anywhere else is if no one else is available and they must be used to fill that position. This does not permit teams to remove a player for a pinch-hitter or pinch-runner knowing that there is no player to cover that position.
The intent of this rule is to only put a player at a non-listed position if it is an emergency, such as when a team's bench is depleted by injuries or ejections.
If a team has a player available to play a certain position, he must use the available player. If not (all players who can play that position are fatigued - 'tired', 'bushed', 'worn out'), he may use an unrated innocuous player to fill the need. This is not to be done on a regular basis, but only to get through the period of fatigue for the regular players.
The above paragraph that prevents us from playing people at positions they are not rated for still applies to non-innocuous players.
E. Adequate Position Coverage - All teams must have at least 1100 PR at each position on their roster at all times. This does not mean the 25-man active roster, but the full Roster.
F. Post Season Eligibility – The "Reyes" Rule was established to regulate the usage of pitchers in the Playoffs:
G. Innocuous Players - TALL will make use of innocuous players by enabling the PR 930 option.
We will create innocuous pitchers by allowing all pitchers below grade 3 to face at least 1000 batters (see below).
To help minimize the length of injuries to catchers, all innocuous (PR930 rating) catchers will have an injury rating of J-2
H. Pre Season Ratings Changes - Before the season, all grade 1 and grade 2 pitchers who have an MBF (Maximum Batters Faced) rating below 1000 will have that rating increased to 1000.
All players with SF (Season Factor) less than 100 will be normalized to SF=100. The PR value will be adjusted downward accordingly. For example, a player with a PR/SF of 1000/60 will be made a 600/100.
I. Injuries - The League will make full use of AIM injuries and fatigue. Each team Owner is responsible for paying attention to his roster to avoid injuries or over-using players, and causing AIM-related injuries. AIM-related injuries can be handled in one of two ways: (1) Benching the player until he's healthy or (2) Demoting the player and filling his roster spot with a player from the Farm Roster
V. PLAYER MOVEMENT
A. Trade Deadlines
Trading is permitted once the TALL World Series is completed and runs until the in-season deadline.
The trading deadline is July 31, or at the conclusion of the series encompassing July 31 per the League Manager calendar.
B. Trading Guidelines
C. Trading Draft Picks – Draft picks for the upcoming draft may be traded once the season begins until the In-Season trade deadline of July 31. Trading period resumes after the conclusion of the TALL World Series until the Live Rookie Draft begins. No draft picks beyond the upcoming draft may be traded in order to prevent teams from trading away their future, then abandoning the team.
If a team trades their 3rd-round pick before the end of the season and they reach that penalty level (three penalties), the penalty will be the loss of their 2nd-round pick instead. If a team trades their 2nd-round pick before the end of the season and they reach that penalty level (four penalties), the penalty will be the loss of their 1st-round pick instead. If a team trades their 1st-round pick in addition to their 2nd-round pick and reaches the level that would normally cost them their 2nd-round pick, the penalty will be the loss of their franchise. If a new manager takes over a team that had previous draft pick penalties, those picks will be restored.
D. No cuts can be made during the off-season until after the Rookie/Free Agent Draft The only exception to this are the uncarded cuts that the Commissioner will ask for when the official disk comes out.
VI. PLAYING THE GAMES
A. Playing Games/Ensuring Team Readiness - Each Team Owner will be responsible for playing his team's home games. Each Team Owner will also be responsible for making sure his team is prepared to play while on the road. This includes providing lineups, pitching rotations, micromanager choices, and other instructions. If this information is not provided, the home team manager will use his best judgment in making all decisions for the visiting team.
B. Rain and Domed Stadiums - In order to prevent the problems caused by rained-out games, all games are to be played in 'domed' stadiums. Any submitted Franchise File which contains a rained-out game will not be accepted.
C. Approved Micromanagers - Any freely-available micromanager who is designed to manage using AIM may be used. Pay micromanagers may be used, but only if the home team playing the series has that micromanager. If not, the road team must choose a free micromanager to run his team for that series.
D. Deadlines and Penalties - Keep in mind that there are many other Team Owners in the League, and we must be fair to everyone, and be prompt and reliable. Deadlines will be strictly enforced.
Deadlines for each week of play will be as follows:
If a Team Owner consistently misses deadlines, penalties will be assessed according to the following schedule:
Visiting teams do not need to send a Franchise File if their team is already set up the way they want it to be. The enforcable deadlines are for home teams. The filemeister will strictly adhere to the 10 PM ET deadline for f-file submissions. If your file comes in after 10 PM ET, it will not be allowed to be used. This is being done to be fair and consistent will all league members.
E. File Naming Conventions - TALL Files will be named using conventions provided by the TALL commissioner or his duly-appointed filemeister.
Procedure – TALL01 at Yahoo Groups , Files section, is a folder that will be named for the current series being played. Visiting teams will upload their changes into that folder before the deadline. Files should be clearly marked with visitor and home team’s name and series #.
If the visiting team is not making any changes then manager should post to the list that his team is GTG (good-to-go). For example: Belleville GTG vs Southlake Series 12.
If a change file is not uploaded to the folder by the deadline, the home team can go ahead and play their series.
Series results should be posted in the Results Folder at Yahoo Groups.