Saxmania

03-06-02, 05:23 AM

Well, that's that. Entries are now CLOSED for the Bronx-Bombers.com Head-to-Head League, and the myriads who were scrabbling at the gate will be forced to watch in envy as the lucky 20 owners carve up the baseball world. Heh. Meglomania - I love it.

Here are the lucky (well, prompt) 20 owners taking part:

1. Bozidar

2. Gator

3. yankeesrule2000

4. Coney36

5. 1TonHamsterWheel

6. SanFrANKSY

7. BackBackBackBackGone

8. joltinjo

9. #1PaFan

10. jroll10

11. Yanksagain

12. Ryguy 22984

13. BrianNYYanks

14. pjyankees

15. KLJ

16. www.majorleague.de

17. Ansky39

18. Saxmania

19. YankeeTom

20. b-ball-lunachick

All owners - if you haven't yet sent in your $10 payment for the league, please do so over the next few days. When making the payment, please be SURE to include a note explaining what it's for. The league in question is already set up, and is just waiting for owners to arrive (I'm already there, so I get dibs on the best seat). Once payment has been received, Boz or myself will PM you with the details of the league, plus the password, so that you may create your team. Please don't be needlessly awkward with your chosen team names, as we're going to be using them quite a lot.

Since you all are shelling out for something better than your basic Yahoo.com free league, it's time to tell you how this is going to work. We're going to use a points-based scoring system (details below), but Yahoo.com doesn't allow us to do this in a Head-to-Head league. So instead of just having one big league table (which is really boring for everyone except the top few owners), we're going to run our own schedule. Yahoo.com will calculate weekly points totals for each team, and we will then post the results of each match-up according to the schedule that has been arranged.

Sounds complex; in actual fact, it's simplicity itself. All your team details, transactions, and management will be done online, and the results of each week's matchups will be posted in this forum, probably each Sunday evening. So the league table that Yahoo.com will display is irrelevant for our purposes - we'll be using our own. No extra work for the owners; a little extra work for the commissioners; but a much better league at the end of the day. You paid the money - you get the results. We may even try and get an independent website up with schedules, tables, and extra stuff, if we have the time. Don't thank us all at once.

Here's how the league is going to be organized:

2 Leagues - the Century League and the Dynasty League (names courtesy of Bozidar Imaginations, Inc.)

2 divisions in each league (named for former Yankee players, courtesy of the vote on this forum)

5 teams in each division, for a grand total of 10 in each league and 20 overall.

Each team will play 2 games (home and away) against teams in the same division, and 1 game (home or away) against teams in the other 3 divisions, for a grand total of 23 regular season games. So we get an unbalanced schedule. We will then have the division winners play each other in week 25, and the winners of the leagues play in week 26. Week 15 is the All-Star Break, and there will be no games for us either, since the lack of real-life games makes managing difficult then. By the end of Week 26, there will be 2 Division winners, 1 League winner, and 1 Champion.

Because of the schedule, teams will have uneven numbers of home and away games. The difference will never be more than 1 game (so 11 or 12 home games), but it will exist. This is an unavoidable side-effect of having 20 players, and we thought it was more important to get everyone playing who wanted to. The scheduling is randomized, so luck of the draw applies here.

Points scoring is done through this method:

Batting:

Single = 1 point

Double = 2 ponts

Triple = 3 points

Home Run = 4 points

Walk = 1 point

RBI = 1 point

Run scored = 1 point

Stolen base = 1 point

Caught stealing = -1 point

GIDP = -1 point

Pitching:

Win = 10 points

Complete Game = 10 points

Save = 5 points

Hold = 1 point

Out Recorded = 1 point

Hit Allowed = -1 point

Walk Allowed = -1 point

Run Allowed = -2 points

Strikeout = 1 point

Intentional Walk Allowed = 1 point (to counteract Walk Allowed penalty)

As you can see, pitchers get on average more points per appearance, but make far less appearances than hitters, so balance should be preserved. The basic principle is 1 point per out, and 1 point per base, with extra points for wins, saves, holds, and complete games to reward pitchers for "situational" pitching. Any tie games will be won by the HOME TEAM, rather than being scored as draws (which are unrealistc and complicate league tables). So there is a marginal advantage to playing at home.

Rosters:

Rosters are fairly similar to real-life MLB rosters, with a few adjustments. Active rosters consist of 20 players, with 3 bench slots and 2 DL slots. Here's how they break down:

Line-up:

Catcher

Catcher

1st Baseman

2nd Baseman

Shortstop

3rd Baseman

Middle Infielder

Outfielder

Outfielder

Outfielder

Outfielder

Utility (equivalent of DH)

Pitchers:

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

Pitcher (can be either Starter or Reliever)

Relief Pitcher

Relief Pitcher

Relief Pitcher

Bench:

Bench Player

Bench Player

Bench Player

Note: Bench players do not contribute to points totals for the week.

Rosters are set each SATURDAY midnight, so a weekly series runs from Sunday to Saturday. This allows commissioners time to get a week's results completed before Monday, and kicks off each series with a round of games on Sunday.

Miscellaneous:

Players are on waivers for 7 days - quite a long time, but this allows for owners who don't get online so much. Trades and free agent signings are free and unlimited, and the deadline for trades is August 21st. If you want to protest a trade to the commissioners, you have 7 days to do so.

That seems to be that. If you have any serious problems with the arrangements, then say so - but not the "That's not the way I played last year!" kind of problems, just the "The Earth will crash into the Sun if we use this set-up!" type. Several of us have spent a few weeks debating and experimenting with the structure, so it should be solid, and we're never going to please everyone.

If we see anyone willing to act as minor league commissioner, we can enact an OPTIONAL rule to let managers sign minor league players and promote them during the season, but it's not necessary. Any takers?

Be seeing you,

Saxmania

Here are the lucky (well, prompt) 20 owners taking part:

1. Bozidar

2. Gator

3. yankeesrule2000

4. Coney36

5. 1TonHamsterWheel

6. SanFrANKSY

7. BackBackBackBackGone

8. joltinjo

9. #1PaFan

10. jroll10

11. Yanksagain

12. Ryguy 22984

13. BrianNYYanks

14. pjyankees

15. KLJ

16. www.majorleague.de

17. Ansky39

18. Saxmania

19. YankeeTom

20. b-ball-lunachick

All owners - if you haven't yet sent in your $10 payment for the league, please do so over the next few days. When making the payment, please be SURE to include a note explaining what it's for. The league in question is already set up, and is just waiting for owners to arrive (I'm already there, so I get dibs on the best seat). Once payment has been received, Boz or myself will PM you with the details of the league, plus the password, so that you may create your team. Please don't be needlessly awkward with your chosen team names, as we're going to be using them quite a lot.

Since you all are shelling out for something better than your basic Yahoo.com free league, it's time to tell you how this is going to work. We're going to use a points-based scoring system (details below), but Yahoo.com doesn't allow us to do this in a Head-to-Head league. So instead of just having one big league table (which is really boring for everyone except the top few owners), we're going to run our own schedule. Yahoo.com will calculate weekly points totals for each team, and we will then post the results of each match-up according to the schedule that has been arranged.

Sounds complex; in actual fact, it's simplicity itself. All your team details, transactions, and management will be done online, and the results of each week's matchups will be posted in this forum, probably each Sunday evening. So the league table that Yahoo.com will display is irrelevant for our purposes - we'll be using our own. No extra work for the owners; a little extra work for the commissioners; but a much better league at the end of the day. You paid the money - you get the results. We may even try and get an independent website up with schedules, tables, and extra stuff, if we have the time. Don't thank us all at once.

Here's how the league is going to be organized:

2 Leagues - the Century League and the Dynasty League (names courtesy of Bozidar Imaginations, Inc.)

2 divisions in each league (named for former Yankee players, courtesy of the vote on this forum)

5 teams in each division, for a grand total of 10 in each league and 20 overall.

Each team will play 2 games (home and away) against teams in the same division, and 1 game (home or away) against teams in the other 3 divisions, for a grand total of 23 regular season games. So we get an unbalanced schedule. We will then have the division winners play each other in week 25, and the winners of the leagues play in week 26. Week 15 is the All-Star Break, and there will be no games for us either, since the lack of real-life games makes managing difficult then. By the end of Week 26, there will be 2 Division winners, 1 League winner, and 1 Champion.

Because of the schedule, teams will have uneven numbers of home and away games. The difference will never be more than 1 game (so 11 or 12 home games), but it will exist. This is an unavoidable side-effect of having 20 players, and we thought it was more important to get everyone playing who wanted to. The scheduling is randomized, so luck of the draw applies here.

Points scoring is done through this method:

Batting:

Single = 1 point

Double = 2 ponts

Triple = 3 points

Home Run = 4 points

Walk = 1 point

RBI = 1 point

Run scored = 1 point

Stolen base = 1 point

Caught stealing = -1 point

GIDP = -1 point

Pitching:

Win = 10 points

Complete Game = 10 points

Save = 5 points

Hold = 1 point

Out Recorded = 1 point

Hit Allowed = -1 point

Walk Allowed = -1 point

Run Allowed = -2 points

Strikeout = 1 point

Intentional Walk Allowed = 1 point (to counteract Walk Allowed penalty)

As you can see, pitchers get on average more points per appearance, but make far less appearances than hitters, so balance should be preserved. The basic principle is 1 point per out, and 1 point per base, with extra points for wins, saves, holds, and complete games to reward pitchers for "situational" pitching. Any tie games will be won by the HOME TEAM, rather than being scored as draws (which are unrealistc and complicate league tables). So there is a marginal advantage to playing at home.

Rosters:

Rosters are fairly similar to real-life MLB rosters, with a few adjustments. Active rosters consist of 20 players, with 3 bench slots and 2 DL slots. Here's how they break down:

Line-up:

Catcher

Catcher

1st Baseman

2nd Baseman

Shortstop

3rd Baseman

Middle Infielder

Outfielder

Outfielder

Outfielder

Outfielder

Utility (equivalent of DH)

Pitchers:

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

Pitcher (can be either Starter or Reliever)

Relief Pitcher

Relief Pitcher

Relief Pitcher

Bench:

Bench Player

Bench Player

Bench Player

Note: Bench players do not contribute to points totals for the week.

Rosters are set each SATURDAY midnight, so a weekly series runs from Sunday to Saturday. This allows commissioners time to get a week's results completed before Monday, and kicks off each series with a round of games on Sunday.

Miscellaneous:

Players are on waivers for 7 days - quite a long time, but this allows for owners who don't get online so much. Trades and free agent signings are free and unlimited, and the deadline for trades is August 21st. If you want to protest a trade to the commissioners, you have 7 days to do so.

That seems to be that. If you have any serious problems with the arrangements, then say so - but not the "That's not the way I played last year!" kind of problems, just the "The Earth will crash into the Sun if we use this set-up!" type. Several of us have spent a few weeks debating and experimenting with the structure, so it should be solid, and we're never going to please everyone.

If we see anyone willing to act as minor league commissioner, we can enact an OPTIONAL rule to let managers sign minor league players and promote them during the season, but it's not necessary. Any takers?

Be seeing you,

Saxmania