The Talkin' Baseball league is a single season progressive with 24 teams, progressing one season at a time:
- Standard WIS Format
- No DH (league voted against in 1966 and again in 1978 after discussion and vote)
- Injuries on
- No live play
- Unlimited IR
- No salary cap
- We are switching to draft your own AAA beginning with the 1987 draft. Every team will be able to draft up to 6 players (only 5 in the 1988 draft due to quantity of players available) that were left undrafted in the regular draft. They can be any position (ex. all 6 pitchers, all 6 catchers, or any mix of batters and pitchers that you see fit)
- Full/combined/partial seasons of players are all eligible to be used.
- Trading of draft picks allowed up to one season in advance.
- We have a 48 hour add/drop period after each draft.
We absolutely do not condone tanking games in this league. This has never been much of an issue here and the league takes great pride in that. Eyes are always watching, and even the appearance of tanking games can lead to dismissal from the league, period. If you play progressive leagues using this strategy, then you aren't welcome here. If you want to play in a league where everyone is trying to do their best regardless of what their roster looks like in any given season, then please choose us!
A four-tier lotto system (6/6/6/6) is used to determine next season's first round draft order after 120 games. 6 worst teams get put in lotto for picks 1 through 6 in next season's draft. Next 6 worst teams get put in a lotto for picks 7 through 12, and so on. Lotto is for the first round of the draft only. Subsequent rounds are worst team to best team, based on record at 120 games into the current season. There is a 30 win minimum requirement by the 120th game into the season to qualify for a top 6 pick. Teams that do not have 30 wins by the 120th game into the season get dropped down to the second lotto tier (for a pick between #7 and #12 in round one).
We have some additional cool features in this league. You have the ability to shuffle players up and down from AAA virtually all season (deadline is before game 160 of the season). There is typically not a lot of down time between seasons. On average, we are starting the next season about one week after the World Series concludes. We have a league record book that is updated each season and we also have a Hall of Fame for the league (ballot is made up each season and league votes for who they feel are Talkin' Baseball Hall of Famers)! There is also a franchise history thread in our private forum where you can learn who the previous owners of your franchise were, along with all of the prior team names and a championship/pennant/playoff appearances count. We award league prizes every 5 seasons as well, based on criteria that the league voted on previously.
Important: We attempt to keep things moving at a semi-brisk pace. We start drafting off the clock not too long after the 120 game mark at a leisurely pace. Once the playoffs start, we draft on the clock and pick up wherever we are in the draft at that point. We attempt to keep down time to a minimum between seasons, as we usually finish the draft around the same time that the World Series is finishing up. So keep in mind when considering our league that we move faster than the typical progressive, which may suit you very well or not so well. Missing deadlines to post keeper lists, making draft picks off the clock within 48 hours of the prior pick posted, and entering teams for the new season on time have rarely been an issue in this league. We have certainly been fortunate to have such a terrific group of owners, and we do expect new owners to also be able to consistently meet the above noted deadlines. Since we last expanded to 24 teams during the 1977 season, 19 of the 24 teams have retained the same owner, which means that nearly 80% of the current team owners have played here for at least the last 10 seasons!
2/9/2017 10:05 PM (edited)