After 24 owners have signed up there will be an 8 round snake draft (ABBA, ABBA) where each owner will draft 8 exclusive teams (i.e. 1927 Yankees, 1975 Reds etc.). Teams are exclusive-once drafted they cannot be used by another owner. This is part of the Eights portion of the Aces and Eights in the league title.
After the draft is completed, owners will draft exactly 3 players from each of their 8 exclusive teams as follows:
1. One starting position player (must be one of the 8 highest salaried position players on that exclusive team)
2. One pitcher (must be one of the 8 highest salaried pitchers on that exclusive team).
3. One bench player (may NOT be one of the 8 highest position players or 8 highest salaried pitchers on that exclusive team)
The 25th player is a wild card who must be from the same year as one of your eight teams but may be from any team.He may be a pitcher His maximum salary is $8 million.
Players on the exclusive teams may not be used by any other owners, including for their wildcard player. If the 1968 Cardinals are drafted as an exclusive team, no player on the 1968 Cardinals may be used by any other owner. That does not preclude a player on the 1968 Cardinals from being used in another season, i.e 1967, 1969 etc.
The Eights are used by the 8 exclusive teams, one of the 8 highest salaried players and 8 highest salaried pitchers and the $8 salary cap for your wild card player.
The Aces portion of the title is the use of the best player at each position from your 8 teams as well as Ace pitchers from at least some of your teams
Part of the challenge is that if you want to take a particular pitcher, for example Sandy Koufax from the 1966 Dodgers, you have to also take a starting position player from a relatively weak hitting team. Similarly, if you want to take Babe Ruth from the 1927 Yankees, you have to take a pitcher from that team, and also cope with the salary limitation shown below.
Players from 1920-2012
No DH, no WW, no AAA
Salary Cap $120 million
The key will be finding a good balance between hitting and pitching. Strategy in the draft will be the secret to a successful team. If your strategy doesn't work in season 1, you can try something different is season 2, as there will be a new draft of exclusive teams !
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