This league, called Ted Williams Memorial League, has 2 open spots and is going into its 4th season. 17 of the original 20 owners are still in the league. One of the spots is now filled and only one remains. The two new owners will have their players pooled and the new owners will have a new owner draft so they can customize their teams more than just filling the shoes of someone else's strategy. I can provide access to sites and teams if you want to check it out. The league is going into it's 4th season and usually everyone has been staying. We have very dedicated owners.
email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested after reviewing our rules below:
I. The Draft
The initial free agent draft will be a snake draft determined by a random draw. The draw will consist of each team being assigned a unique states 3-digit lottery number for a pre-assigned day. After all 20 lotteries have been reported the three digit number will be used to rank teams from low, 000,to high, 999 and will draft in this order in odd rounds. Even rounds will be drafted in reverse of the odd rounds.
Future drafts will be determined by the previous year’s regular season record and draft positions will be slotted as follows.
The first round will be determined as follows: the 8 teams playing in the championship playoffs will be placed in draft positions 13-20. As these 8 teams are eliminated from the playoffs they will be seeded based on overall winning percentage from the regular season. For example if the 8th seed is eliminated they will automatically receive the 13th pick since they were the lowest winning % entering the playoffs. The league champion who will be placed in slot 20.
The bottom four teams as determined by regular season winning % will be slotted in positions 5-8. The winners of the first round of playoffs will play each other for positions 5 and 6. The losers will play each other for draft positions 7 and 8.
Draft positions 1-4 and 9-12 will be determined by the 2nd tier playoffs. This playoff format will work the same as the championship playoffs. The team that wins the second tier playoff series will get draft position #1, the runner up #2, the winner of the consolation game #3, and the loser of the consolation game pick #4.
All subsequent rounds will be in same order each round.
Future draft picks will be placed on a team’s roster at the conclusion of the current year after the following year's league fees are paid in full.
Roster do not have to be legal in the off-season but do need to be legal by March 20th, and throughout the season.
Once the playoffs begin all rosters will be considered legal until the next season begins. If a team cannot fill a legal roster due to injury or demotion after the playoffs begin, their roster is still considered legal.
Active rosters shall consist of: 11 pitchers, 5 outfielders, 2 catchers, 1 first baseman, 1 third baseman, 1 corner infielder, 1 second baseman, 1 shortstop, 1 middle infielder, and 2 DH (any offensive player).
Reserve Roster = can equal up to 13 players, major or minors.
2 Injured Spots = major league players only.
Minor Leagues can equal up to 50 players, but ALL must qualify to be a rookie...see rookie rules below.
Daily Lineup changes, the lineup deadline is 30 minutes before the first game of the day. This is a hard deadline; no requests for late changes will be honored.
All rosters must be in compliance with the above rule concerning minors and injured players throughout the season.
Failure to comply by this rule will lead to the following discipline:
1st offense – a warning from the commissioner(s)
2nd offense – loss of the next year’s second round draft pick
3rd offense – loss of the next year’s first round draft pick.
4th offense – loss of highest rated prospect as determined by commissioner(s) (this applies to any further offenses also)
Rookie rosters shall consist of up to 50 players. Any player on this roster must qualify as a league rookie.
To qualify for minor league roster in the PTML:
-Max major league AB's 200
-Max IP's(if started at least 1 game in majors) 100
-Max IP's(if never started game in majors) 50
Reserve rosters shall consist of up to 13 players. Any player may be kept on this roster.
Injured Rosters can consist of 2 MLB players, no minors in these spots.
Lineups must be legal at all times during the regular season. As stated above, no player may be placed into your starting lineup that is not on a major league 25 man roster. As of the start of games on the first day of the scoring period all players on your active roster MUST be active on a major league 25 man roster. If during the scoring period a player is sent to the minors, placed on the dl, or suspended a roster move is not necessary until the beginning of the next scoring period. But rosters must be compliant with all roster mandates for Monday
Each team is allowed unlimited moves throughout the week after the initial rosters are set for the week. Owners make these moves themselves. Wiaver claims and unlisted player pickups will not be honored if the corresponding drop has been executed prior to the move to add the player.
Claiming Unlisted Minor League Players:
Minor league players can be added at any time throughout the regular season. If the player is not listed in CBS's system, post the player's name, MLB team & position to the league message board. First post will be awarded the player.
To qualify at a position a player must have played 5 Games at that position. A player will retain position eligibility if he played 5 games at that position the previous year even if he plays a different position now.
IV. Scoring Categories
1) On Base %,
2) Total Bases
3) Stolen Bases
7) Home Runs
8) Hits + Walks
11) Quality Starts
13) Ground Outs
15) 2 * Saves + Holds
In the regular season, there are 20 weeks. There will be 40 head to head league matchups with each team playing two teams each week. In each game, teams will receive one win for each category in which they beat their opponent and one loss for each category in which they lose to their opponent. In the case of a tie in an individual category, each team gets half a win. There are no tiebreakers or home field advantages in the regular season.
--The four division winners in the final regular season standings make the playoffs and the next 4 teams based on winning percentage make the playoffs.
--The seeding for the playoffs is purely based on regular season winning percentage.
--The team with the better record will have home field advantage in the playoffs and wins if a tie exists at the end of the scoring period. If there is a tie for either a seeding or for who makes the playoffs, head to head record determines the winner. The next tiebreaker is # of wins in regular season (not including ties).
***In the first series of the playoffs:
-Seed #1 chooses who they will play between seeds 5th thru 8th.
-Seed #2 chooses who they prefer to play between seeds 5th thru 8th. --Seed #3 chooses who they prefer to play between 5th thru 8th seeds and the last two are paired together.
***In the 2nd series of the playoffs:
-Highest ranked team(based on initial playoff seeding) remaining chooses who they play for the 2nd round.
-2nd Highest ranked team plays final team.
***Each playoff round lasts two weeks and the totals in each category are added cumulatively over the two week period. Like the regular season, teams get a win or a loss based on winning or losing the category.
***In all playoff rounds, the home team (the one with the better regular season record) wins a tie.
There will also be a 2nd tier playoff for the next 8 teams with the same rules.
The bottom 4 teams follow the same rules but their playoffs only last 2 weeks to determine draft positions 5-8.
For both championship & 2nd tier playoffs all losing teams continue to play for the final playoff seeding.
VI. College and Foreign Players
College players and foreign players are not eligible to be drafted unless they have signed a contract with a MLB team by the beginning of the draft.
VII. Trades and Mid-Season Pickups
Trade Deadline is MLB Trade Deadline.
You may pick up free agents during the season until the beginning of the playoffs. Once the playoffs have started no adds for ANY team. Drops will be allowed. Adds will not be allowed until the next season. Once the season is over, all teams can make trades and no teams can make pickups. Draft choices may be traded at any time except during the playoffs. Players and draft picks may be traded during the off-season.
If a trade is made that the Commissioner feels is unbearably unfair (either his own opinion or because of multiple complaints) a league wide vote will take place. If any owner feels that a trade in which the Commissioner was involved was unfair, he can call for a league wide vote. In either case, overturning of the trade requires 51% of the league to vote and 66% of the league to vote for the trade to be overturned.
Pickups are done via the Commissioner.com. If the player you want is unlisted in Commissioner.com, simply post the pickup (along with the drop if necessary) on the league message board to “everyone” and the pickup will be made for you. The Commissioner gets all message board posts as emails so I will be aware of your pickup.
Draft picks can be traded as long as the picks are listed on your team.
IX. Weekly Activities
Stats are updated daily on the Commissioner.com website usually around 2am in the morning.
X. League Fees and Awards
CBS is currently charging $149.95 per year to for their software. That will be paid for out of the league fees. The league fees are $208 per team.
***Teams that win money will have the following years league fees automatically deducted from their winnings.*** I feel this is necessary due to the fact that many teams will mortgage their teams and leave the league with a team that no one in their right mind would want. (this has happened a lot recently in some of the newer leagues I’m. A team will play one year in a new league sacrificing any attempt at building a team that can compete in the future to win this year, make as much money as possible and then quit.) I want this league to be stable in ownership with as little turnover as possible. If owners are serious about this league I do not feel this rule should be a problem as the fees would be paid anyways.
Winnings are as follows:
$1500 champion = 1 team
$800 losing in the finals = 1 team
$350 for third place team = 1 team
$50 for making the playoffs and losing in round 1 = 4 teams
$100 for making the playoffs and winning one round = 4 teams
$200 for winning the division = 4 teams
XI. Commissioner's Power
The commissioner has the power to make decisions as necessary for unusual circumstances not covered by the rules. Any, and ALL, change in the rules requires a 51% majority with at least 66% of the league voting.