1991 Talkin' Baseball Prog - Full Topic

The Talkin' Baseball progressive league is soon heading into its 42nd season! The league was founded in 1950, and we are looking for one owner to join us starting in the 1991 season. Openings in this progressive have filled extremely quick in the past, so act fast if you are interested! In fact, we haven't had to advertise a league opening in this forum since the 1982 season!

Important: We only want owners who are looking to stay with us for the long term. To be more precise, we are requesting at minimum a 6 (six) season commitment from you. We'll call it a gentlemen's agreement. Progressive league vets and non-experienced owners looking to join/learn a progressive league are both welcome in this league. If you aren't willing or interested in playing with us for at least 6 seasons, we do thank you for looking here but you aren't what we are looking for.

We start off the clock drafting sometime around 12/1/17. We are currently xxx games into the 1990 season as of the evening of 11/xx/17. Estimated first round pick will be 7th-12th overall in the 24 pick first round.

The available team has been run by the same one owner since entering the league as an expansion team during the 1977 season. The team calls the SkyDome home (Cleveland and Kansas City also available as alternatives). This team is in the AL East. If you choose to move out of Toronto, you may or may not end up in the AL East (current owners will be given the option to move to another division to better geographically align the divisions if you choose to move to Cleveland or KC, but we do not force any owner to switch divisions if they choose not to do so). This franchise was built from scratch being an expansion team in 1977. They finally posted a winning record in 1984. In 1985 they won 99 games in an incredible finish to the season in the league where they had to play a play-in game in game 163, which they won, but then had to play another play-in game (a 164th game of the season) and lost. This franchise then proceeded to make the playoffs in each of the next 4 seasons (1986 through 1989) and suffered some tough playoff defeats in both the ALDS and ALCS. This season (1990) is a down season where they will miss the playoffs. The franchise is currently at a crossroads as it is aging. This franchise can literally go any way, because you do have pieces to work with. You can choose to add a few pieces to compete for a playoff spot over the next few seasons, or choose to look longer term by trading off the current assets that you have. Entirely up to you! The roster for the available team is at the bottom of this thread.
11/10/2017 10:04 PM (edited)
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 draft your own AAA players. Every team will be able to draft up to 6 players that were not drafted 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.
11/10/2017 10:08 PM (edited)
great league
5/29/2013 8:25 PM (edited)
Posted by houseofbayne on 4/21/2013 10:26:00 PM (view original):
The Talkin' Baseball league is a fairly standard, single season progressive: Alternate WIS Format E (4 divisions, 4 teams in each. Division winners make playoffs. Each series best of seven). No DH. No live play. Unlimited IR. No salary cap. 6/2 below average AAA players, randomly generated (6 bats, 2 arms).

A two-tier lotto system to determine next season's first round draft order after 120 games. 8 worst teams get put in lotto for picks 1 through 8 in next season's draft, 8 best teams get put in lotto for picks 9 through 16. Lotto is for first round of draft only. Subsequent rounds are worst team to best team.
 
As you read this, we are talking about expanding from 16 to 20 teams in the future. This won't happen before 1969. The goal is to have an expansion plan in place within a week or three.
 
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.
 
 
Feel free to sitemail or post any questions, and looking forward to hearing from you! Team available is below.






                 Curious on how you decide to handle Expansion. Posting to more easily follow your League's process.



 
4/24/2013 3:38 AM
great league guys....expansion challenges all...we even have a HOF.
8/25/2013 12:10 AM
I will take this team
8/25/2013 1:29 PM
I'd like this team if it's still available
8/24/2014 3:26 PM
I'll take the Trucks.
11/1/2014 10:04 PM
I'll take the Reds and make the commitment if you'll have me.
11/15/2014 2:06 AM
Did you get your 4 owners?
11/29/2014 4:34 PM
Posted by ff09 on 11/29/2014 4:34:00 PM (view original):
Did you get your 4 owners?
We tentatively have four, but would like to start a short waitlist in the event that one or more back out when it comes time to start the expansion draft (estimated to start around mid-February 2015).
11/29/2014 5:02 PM
sign me up on waitlist
11/29/2014 7:29 PM
id be interested in an expansion team
12/2/2014 6:30 PM
Please give me the Houston team. I see that there are 23 active and 2 players are on injured reserve. So, I can keep however many players that I want. If I cut players then I must fill their spots via draft (or free agency or trade). I'm ready. Let me know if i'm in, so I can hire my fron office,lol. I'm ready!
2/21/2016 7:13 PM
i would like to try a progressive....this sounds like a good one
2/10/2017 4:40 PM
1991 Talkin' Baseball Prog - Full Topic

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