Originally created many moons ago by examinerebb, this league makes any franchise a contender, and a better group of owners can't be found on the site. There is much good-natured banter in the draft thread and the league chat, so bring your sense of humor. The rules are simple:

1. Each owner chooses a franchise. Franchise draft order is in inverse order of win percentage from the previous season for non-playoff teams, then inverse order of win percentage of non-World Series playoff teams, with the WS runner-up picking 31st, and the WS champ choosing last. New owners will be assigned the draft position of any previous owners who are not returning, with the first to sign up receiving the highest slot, and so on.

2. Each owner chooses five players he/she wishes to protect from that franchise (1969-2012) and submits that list via sitemail to me. Those players are the exclusive property of their respective owners.

3. After all lists are submitted, they will be posted and a three round modified Rule V draft will be held, with draft order being inverse order of each franchise's Rule V win percentage through all legs from which we have data (the worst teams pick first).  Many thanks to schwarze for compiling this data.  Each owner selects one unprotected player from any active franchise but their own (player seasons for franchises that were not chosen are not eligible). That player is also theirs exclusively. No more than two players may be taken from any one franchise in any one round.

4. At the end of the first and second rounds, each owner will choose an additional player they wish to protect. You will end up protecting seven in all, while drafting three. These ten players must appear on your roster. The rest of the roster is filled by players from your franchise during the given time period (1969-present day).

$120 Million Cap
No trades

No clones (same player, same franchise - if a player played for more than one franchise, he is available once for each franchise)
If a player split time between multiple teams in a season (as listed at WIS) his full season is available once for each team
SLL limited to current series
Stadium must have been used by your franchise for at least one full season between 1969 and 2012
Tiebreaker for draft positions will be run differential from the previous season, worse differential picks first

For those new to the Rule V fold:

There is much good-natured ribbing during the draft (we try not to be too player-specific, so as not to influence the draft, but sometimes the temptation is too much). Do not take it personally. Pick a draft strategy and stay the course, regardless.


He Who Must Not Be Named (HWMNBN) - A former player/manager/dirtbag for the Cincinnati Reds (and later, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos) who defiled the grand game of baseball. No Rule V team has ever won a title with him, so heed jose's warnings about karma. I would imagine Lady Karma grows weary from teaching the same lesson over and over, as the ruler with which she raps offending knuckles seems to grow with each passing season.  The scumbag finally won a championship.  Lady Karma has stunned us all with this development

The Single Most Overrated Pitcher of All Time (TSMOPOAT) - Nolan Ryan

Vegas - jose can u c - Our Rule V Prediction King
10/6/2012 2:43 PM
Returning Owners

1. sinfonian11
2. Cheno5
3. tjefferson
4. sgsmith
5. holleybard
6. specsman
7. ff09
8. shaybee
9. mllama54
10. marlowe
11. tridentric
12. mussopini23
13. alleyviper
14. deathdealer
15. spoonfed
16. DoctorKz
17. bob_shabazz
18. Robin4
19. jstewart281
20. rbow923
21. moneybonn
22. llcoach
23. newarkwilder
24. Disco Dogs


1. koyunlu
2. schwarze
10/8/2012 10:25 AM (edited)
I'm definitely back!
10/6/2012 3:22 PM
let's get this show on the road
10/6/2012 4:33 PM
Need to get updated team records after last season, then we should be ready to go.
10/6/2012 4:59 PM
Wait list
10/6/2012 6:22 PM
Gotcha, schwarze.  Looks like we're full, but you never know.  Waiting to get the last league number from support.  schwarze is going to re-figure all the team records once I get that to him.  If any of you have it, you can sitemail it directly to him.  Sorry I'm a bit out of sorts.  Yesterday was my first day off from work in three weeks, and as you might expect, there was a sizable honey-do list waiting for me.
10/8/2012 10:40 AM
can't wait, looking forward to another great Rule V leg!
10/8/2012 10:42 AM
Here is the updated franchise standings (again, removing the best and worst record)

Rank Franchise Years _Wins_ Losses Wining%
1 Rays 3 199 287 0.4095
2 D'backs 8 564 732 0.4352
3 Tigers 9 653 805 0.4479
4 Pirates 11 839 943 0.4708
5 Rockies 8 617 679 0.4761
6 Blue Jays 15 1161 1270 0.4776
7 Twins 18 1397 1520 0.4789
8 Orioles 13 1010 1097 0.4794
9 Angels 10 783 837 0.4833
10 Rangers 13 1028 1079 0.4879
11 Padres 16 1267 1325 0.4888
12 White Sox 5 396 414 0.4889
13 Brewers 18 1435 1483 0.4918
14 Red Sox 19 1529 1550 0.4966
15 Phillies 19 1530 1551 0.4966
16 Mets 18 1463 1454 0.5015
17 Giants 18 1467 1450 0.5029
18 Expos 19 1555 1526 0.5047
19 Mariners 19 1558 1521 0.5060
20 Braves 19 1564 1514 0.5081
21 Indians 19 1574 1505 0.5112
22 Cubs 13 1079 1027 0.5123
23 Marlins 12 998 948 0.5128
24 Cardinals 19 1611 1468 0.5232
25 Royals 17 1447 1308 0.5252
26 Reds 13 1115 991 0.5294
27 Yankees 17 1464 1290 0.5316
28 Dodgers 17 1465 1290 0.5318
29 Astros 19 1687 1392 0.5479
30 A's 18 1607 1310 0.5509
10/9/2012 12:01 AM
Thanks to alleyviper for sending me the data needed to update season 37.
10/9/2012 12:01 AM
Yes I'm back
10/9/2012 9:05 AM
Posted by schwarze on 10/9/2012 12:01:00 AM (view original):
Thanks to alleyviper for sending me the data needed to update season 37.
I'll second that.  And a big thanks to schwarze for updating our data, even though it looks like he won't be playing again this leg.
10/9/2012 9:22 AM
A 100% retention rate speaks highly to the quality of the league! I am excited to get in whenever my turn comes if it is not this season.
10/9/2012 1:17 PM
Posted by koyunlu on 10/9/2012 1:17:00 PM (view original):
A 100% retention rate speaks highly to the quality of the league! I am excited to get in whenever my turn comes if it is not this season.
Thanks, koyunlu.  Keeping you in mind in case we have someone go AWOL during our draft, but we've been very fortunate to have a lot of great owners stick with us for a long time.
10/9/2012 3:11 PM
Guys, putting draft thread together tonight.  Thanks for your patience.
10/9/2012 3:12 PM

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