Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:30 pm

Rather than try to link to the full rules document - which is now 30 pages long and contains a lot of sections that are unchanged from the past few years - I'm going to try to copy and paste here the sections that either have the major changes for this season or are entirely new to the rules. The major change is the addition of minor league draft, which has a pretty profound impact on the AVL lists as well. The sections for review will appear in this topic as separate posts, to try to keep the length of a single message under book-length.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:31 pm

Scoring change for pitching:

    2.1.2 The following criteria are used to determine team performance:
    ...
    • Pitching Categories (pitching statistics compiled by players assigned to a batting position on a team’s active roster are not included):
    - Total number of Wins.

    - Composite Earned Run Average (number of earned runs allowed divided by innings pitched times 9) - teams are ranked in ascending order in this category.

    - Composite WHIP (sum of walks and hits divided by innings pitched) - teams are ranked in ascending order in this category.

    - Total number of Saves plus one-half (1/2) of the total number of Holds. (A hold is awarded to a relief pitcher who comes into a game with his team holding a lead, gets at least one out, and leaves the game without giving up that lead. A pitcher cannot be awarded a save and a hold for the same appearance.)

    - Total number of Strikeouts.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:41 pm

The big one - with the addition of a 5-player minor league draft, we will be limiting the list of available players at the major league auction to those players who had at least one appearance (either as a batter or as a pitcher) in the 2016 season. This will completely remove prospects from the auction. The minor league draft will be limited to players with NO appearances in MLB in 2016.

    3.3 Position Eligibility
    Two separate lists of players will be supplied by the Realist ( see Section 8 ) prior to the first auction of the season. The first list (the AVL list) will consist of players who are available for purchase during Mocksports’ major league auctions. The second list (the Prospect list) will consist of players who are available during each Mocksports leagues’ minor league draft. (See Section 4.4) These lists may be modified as needed, based on MLB transactions as posted by the stats provided and/or Mocksports staff.

    3.3.1 Players appearing on the AVL list will have had at least one appearance as a batter or pitcher during the previous MLB season. Players appearing on the Prospect list will include only those players who had NO plate appearances and NO pitching appearances in a major league game during the previous MLB season. (Pinch running appearances are ignored.) The AVL and Prospect lists are mutually exclusive.

    3.3.2 Player position eligibility is determined as follows (pinch appearances - either hitting or running - are ignored in all cases):

    Pre-Season
    a) A player is eligible at any position at which he appeared at least 20 times in the Major Leagues the previous season. (If the player did not appear at any single position at least 20 times, he is eligible at the position[s] at which he appeared most often in MLB the previous season.) This eligibility extends throughout the current MLB season.

    b) Players who did not appear in the Major Leagues during the previous season are eligible at the position at which they appeared the greatest number of times in the previous season in the minor leagues or in a comparable non-US league, provided the non-US appearances are documented by a source deemed reliable by the Realist. This eligibility may end based on the player’s appearance(s) in MLB in the current season.

    c) All batters are eligible at DH (AL leagues) or UT (NL leagues). A non-pitcher may NOT be put into a pitcher slot, even if he appears as a pitcher in a Major League game. A pitcher may NOT be put into a batter slot, even if he appears as a pinch-hitter or at a position other than pitcher in a Major League game.

    Current Season
    d) In addition to eligibility based on 3.3.2 (a) above, a player becomes eligible at a position at which he appears in an MLB game at least five times in the current season. This eligibility extends throughout the current MLB season.

    e) Players who have not appeared in the Major Leagues in the current season are eligible at the position at which they have appeared the greatest number of times in the current season in the minor leagues or a comparable non-US league, provided the non-US appearances are documented by a source deemed reliable by the Realist. This eligibility may end based on the player’s appearance(s) in MLB in the current season.

    f) All batters are eligible at DH (AL leagues) or UT (NL leagues). A non-pitcher may NOT be put into a pitcher slot, even if he appears as a pitcher in a Major League game. A pitcher may NOT be put into a batter slot, even if he appears as a pinch-hitter or at a position other than pitcher in a Major League game.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:50 pm

Freezes will change as well as a result of the minor league draft. 2017 will differ from future years, as we need to accommodate owners who have players on their reserve rosters now who will appear on the Prospect list and not be available at auction. We are also making the freeze deadline a little firmer, which will require some change in habits for our Realist. :oops:

    4.2 Established Leagues
    Established leagues will use an auction to distribute major league players. Each team is allotted $260 to spend on its 23 players.

    4.2.1 Each existing team in an established league must submit a major league Frozen Roster prior to a new season’s auction.

    4.2.2 Unless otherwise permitted by the Commissioner, a team’s frozen roster must contain between 7 and 15 players selected from its existing major league roster. A player is eligible to be frozen if he appears on the current AVL list (Section 3.3) for the appropriate MLB league. Salaries of frozen players are set at the previous season’s final salary plus $4. Players must be assigned to a position on a frozen roster and must be placed at a position at which they are eligible, per the AVL list.

    4.2.3 Each existing team must also submit a minor league freeze, based on its existing minor league roster (Sections 4.4 and 5.7). Minor league rosters are subject to specific rules regarding freezes:

    a. There is no required minimum or maximum number of freezes of minor league players. However, any player who accumulated 20 or more appearances as a batter or 5 or more appearances as a pitcher in the major leagues in the previous season can no longer be frozen as a minor leaguer. He must be frozen or topped on the major league roster (see previous section) or allowed to go back into the free agent pool prior to the league’s auction.

    b. Players frozen on the minor league roster retain their slot number and are assigned a salary one dollar higher than the previous season.

    For example, KFED’s minor league roster at the end of 2017 is as follows:
    $5 - Anderson Espinoza, San Diego, P
    $4 - vacant (player promoted/activated)
    $3 - Delvin Perez, St Louis, IF
    $2 - Scott Kingery, Philadelphia, IF
    $1 - Magneuris Sierra, St Louis, OF

    For 2018, KFED chooses to freeze Espinoza and Kingery, which results in a minor league roster at the beginning of the 2018 draft as follows:
    $6 - Anderson Espinoza, San Diego, P
    $4 - vacant
    $3 - vacant
    $3 - Scott Kingery, Philadelphia, IF
    $1 – vacant

    c. For the 2017 season only, owners may choose to handle players on their existing preseason roster who appear on the Prospects list in one of two ways. Such players may either be frozen on the major league roster as one of the 7-15 freezes allowed per Section 4.2.2 OR frozen on the minor league roster. If the minor league option is chosen, the owner must designate which roster slot the player will occupy (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5). The salary of a player frozen for 2017 as a minor leaguer is the greater of his 2017 salary WITHOUT inflation or the salary associated with the minor league slot to which he is assigned.

    4.2.4 Each team will also be allowed a maximum of 5 Toppers. Toppers are players on a team’s existing roster for whom the owner wishes to retain the final bid. Toppers must appear on the appropriate major league’s AVL list prior to the auction, but need not be assigned to a specific position until nomination at the auction.

    4.2.5 Frozen rosters and toppers will be due five calendar days before the scheduled auction date for that league. These dates – freeze deadline and auction date – will be announced by the Commissioner at least one month before the league’s auction is scheduled and are subject to change with the consent of league owners. Frozen rosters must include the name of the Mocksports team, the full names of the players frozen, their MLB team, their beginning roster position, and the salary at which they are frozen (including the $4 inflation). The full names and MLB teams of any toppers must be included when the frozen roster is posted.

    4.2.6 No alteration to a team's frozen roster is permitted after the posted deadline for freezes without permission from the League Administrator (LA) or the Commissioner. No trades are permitted from the time the frozen roster is submitted (or from when the deadline has passed, if no roster was submitted) until the start of the MLB season. Non-receipt of a team's frozen roster by the announced deadline will result in one being created by Mocksports staff, as early as 12 Noon on the day following the freeze deadline.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:58 pm

The rest of the big one - mechanics of the minor league drafts. Please note that the actual schedule for the minor league drafts will be posted for each league in that league's forum. The example here is NOT the actual schedule for any league.

    4.4 Prospect (Minor League) Draft
    Each Mocksports league will conduct a draft of players appearing on the Prospects list prepared by the Realist. (See Section.3.3.) This draft will occur AFTER the league auction, on a date and time announced by the Commissioner at the same time league auction dates are set. (The normal date for this draft to begin will be at 6:00 AM on the third day after the scheduled start of the league’s auction. For example, if the Bench NL auction is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM on March 15, the prospect draft would normally be scheduled to begin at 6:00 AM on March 18.)

    4.4.1 Prospect rosters may have a maximum of 5 players. There are no restrictions or requirements regarding position eligibility on this roster.

    4.4.2 The prospect draft will effectively be conducted offline. Each team will have defined time slots during which it may submit each of its claims by posting in the appropriate Mocksports league forum.

    Code: Select all
    Here is an example of a draft schedule. Bench NL consists of 5 teams:
    DAWG, BELM, KFED, NIXI, CYCL. Based on auction order, the first draft
    choices for each team may be posted as follows:
    Team      Draft pick window
    KFED   Mon Mar 18 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    NIXI      Mon Mar 18 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    DAWG   Mon Mar 18 3:00 PM    - 7:00 PM
    BELM   Mon Mar 18 7:00 PM    - 10:00 PM
    CYCL   Mon Mar 18 10:00 PM    - Tue Mar 19 2:00 AM
    Offline   Tue Mar 19 2:00 AM – 6:00 AM
    The schedule is repeated in auction order until each team has had five exclusive time windows in which to choose a player.


    4.4.3 Claims must be posted in the appropriate league forum, including at minimum the player’s full name and major league “owner” as identified on the Prospects list (e.g., CYCL claims Brandon Larson - CIN). A claim lacking sufficient identifying information may be denied at the discretion of the LA.

    4.4.4 The claimed player’s salary is determined by the round in which he is chosen:
    Round 1 - $5
    Round 2 - $4
    Round 3 - $3
    Round 4 - $2
    Round 5 - $1
    Once a player is promoted to the major leagues and his Mocksports team’s active roster, this salary is in effect and will count against the salary cap.

    4.4.5 If an owner does not make a selection during an assigned window, he may choose an additional player during his next assigned time. The first player named in this “make-up” post will be assigned the salary associated with the missed round; the second player named will be assigned the salary for the current round.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:09 pm

And finally, transactions involving the minor league rosters:

    5.7 Minor League Roster
    5.7.1 If a player on a Mocksports team’s minor league roster is promoted and activated by his major league team, the owner may choose to activate that player or allow him to remain on the minor league roster.

    a) If activated, the player must be placed at a position for which he is eligible, per Section 3.3.2, with another player from the major league roster reserved or waived, as applicable. The activated player’s salary now counts against the current salary cap. Any player activated from the minor league roster of a Mocksports team may not be returned to the minor league roster – if demoted or otherwise inactivated, he must be placed on that team’s reserve list or waived. In addition, that player may not return to the minor league roster postseason and must be either frozen or topped the following spring to be retained for the next Mocksports auction.

    b) If the owner chooses to not activate the player, his major league statistics will NOT be included in calculating Mocksports scoring. He remains on the minor league roster until the following spring (subject to appearance limitations defined in Section 4.2.3) and may be frozen to the minor league roster during the next preseason. Players on the minor league roster are not subject to Autowaiver.

    5.7.2 Players on Mocksports teams’ minor league rosters are subject to all owner-initiated transactions outlined in Section 5 with the exception of Claims. Owners may trade minor leaguer for minor leaguer, include minor leaguers in major league trades, and release players from their minor league roster.

    a) A team receiving a minor leaguer in a major league trade must have an open minor league roster slot for that player. The release (or activation, if possible) of a current minor leaguer will be required to complete the trade.

    b) Traded minor leaguers retain their minor league salary.

    c) Minor leaguers activated or released MAY NOT be replaced during the current season except by trade. No in-season claims of minor leaguers are permitted.

    d) Trades involving minor leaguers are subject to the provisions of Section 5.10 of these rules.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:14 pm

Comments, of course, are invited. If anyone would like to have a full copy of the rules, I'll be happy to send one out. I've tried posting a link to a file-sharing site in the past with limited success. We can give that a shot or I can send it out as an email attachment.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby geoflin » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:29 pm

Crosley wrote:The big one - with the addition of a 5-player minor league draft, we will be limiting the list of available players at the major league auction to those players who had at least one appearance (either as a batter or as a pitcher) in the 2016 season. This will completely remove prospects from the auction. The minor league draft will be limited to players with NO appearances in MLB in 2016.


Technical issue - Brian Johnson of Boston appeared in the majors in 2015 but, due to injury and ineffectiveness, did not appear in 2016. According to the intent of the rule he should not be eligible for the minor league draft. This is just one example I am aware of, there could be more. Maybe just change the words "2016 season" to "any MLB season" with a similar change in the next sentence.
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Re: Proposed rule changes for 2017, in detail

Postby Crosley » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:20 am

geoflin wrote:
Crosley wrote:The big one - with the addition of a 5-player minor league draft, we will be limiting the list of available players at the major league auction to those players who had at least one appearance (either as a batter or as a pitcher) in the 2016 season. This will completely remove prospects from the auction. The minor league draft will be limited to players with NO appearances in MLB in 2016.


Technical issue - Brian Johnson of Boston appeared in the majors in 2015 but, due to injury and ineffectiveness, did not appear in 2016. According to the intent of the rule he should not be eligible for the minor league draft. This is just one example I am aware of, there could be more. Maybe just change the words "2016 season" to "any MLB season" with a similar change in the next sentence.


I asked Rick specifically about the time frame he intended for the "no appearances in the majors". The intent is to include only players who had a 2016 major league batting or pitching appearance on the AVL (auction) lists, so Johnson appearing on the minor league lists is consistent with how the Commish wants this to work. There are actually a number of players in a similar situation as Johnson - players with recent (and in some cases significant) major league experience but none of it in 2016: in the AL, that includes Allen Craig, Mike Minor, Andrew Lambo, and Josh Hamilton; NL players like this include Kris Negron, Chris Denorfia, Lance Lynn, Jordan Schafer, and Bronson Arroyo. Looking at those names, I don't think including such players in the minor league drafts will have much effect on either the draft OR the season.
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