10 year progressive league using the all time greats from all across baseball history. We will have an initial draft where each team selects their 25 man roster plus any stadium/ballpark available in the WIS database. The catch is this.....in season 1, all players must be used in a season ending in "1" (e.g. 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921, etc). Season 2 will use players in 1892, 1902, 1912 etc and so on and so forth until we go though the "0" season. At the end of a season, owners will post their "keepers" for the next season.
A player that you keep must be used in succession. For example, if you choose 1921 Babe Ruth, in season 2 you must use 1922 Ruth (not 1932 Ruth). In the case of a player that has missed seasons, you can't skip his missed seasons. If you choose Ted Williams and choose to use his 1941 season to start.....you can't go 1941, 1942, 1953, etc (skipping his 1943-46 missed years).
#1 - In the initial draft, we will draft 25 players per team. All players are EXCLUSIVE. For a player to be eligible in the initial draft, he must have a season in the WIS database ending in "1". No players will be allowed to be drafted and placed directly on the DL.
#2 - In subsequent years, each owner will declare his list of keepers. No MIN/MAX # of keepers. Players who are "keepers" must be used in their successive season. If you choose a player and use his 1951 season, you MUST use his 1952 season next, then 1953, '54, etc.
#3 - If a player has a missing season for what is the next season in line, you may place him on the DL until he has another eligible season. You may only have ONE player on the DL each year, so make sure you take that into account when planning your roster. If not placed on the DL, said player must be dropped.
#4 - Any "dropped" players go back into the pool and may be drafted by anybody (including the owner who dropped him). The player is considered to be a new player and thus not required to be used in succession (example-a player drafted in 1971 and dropped after 1973....if he were redrafted, he could be used in 1974 or 1984 because he is a "New" Player).
#5 - Trades are allowed, however in this case the new owner MUST use the next consecutive season as this isn't a "New" Player.
#6 - No blacklisted players and/or seasons.....pre-1900 seasons are OK, John Clarkson is OK, full/partial/combined all OK. All players are exclusive however. As far as players with the same name....the Excel Database will settle any questions. They have a unique Player ID for each player. If they have an obvious mistake in the database, then baseball-reference.com will be used to settle disputes.
#7 - "Retiring Players" must be dropped and return to the draft pool. For example, Roy Campanella played from 1948-57. If you drafted Roy in season 1 (1951), then after the 1957 season you can't roll him over and pick up with his 1948 season. You MUST drop him and then through the draft he may be picked up and used 1948-50. You also can't trade him to someone else after the 1957 season to be used in 1948 (per rule #5).
#8 - Players who were hitters and pitchers at different points in their career. Even though in the database these may be considered two separate players, we will still count them as 1 player. Example: Babe Ruth....he was a pitcher and in the WIS database from 1915-17. Therefore, in season "5", he can't also be drafted by someone else to be used as a pitcher (unless an idiot dropped him after 1924 which would send him back to the draft pool).
Not sure if anybody in the database would fit this example, but if hypothetically a pitcher was in the database from say 1901-1905 as a pitcher, then switched to a hitter from 1906-retirement....the drafting owner would have the right to keep the player through the transition from pitcher to hitter (or vice versa).
#9 - Draft Order and Format. Initial draft order will be determined at random and will be a snake style draft format using the WIS Draft Tool. This will help ensure that the same player isn't accidently drafted twice due to an oversight/ommission/typo by the commissioner or anyone else. All subsequent drafts will be done in the forums and will be worst to first each round based on final regular season record.
#10 - Commissioner Latitude Rule - If there are any roster quirks or future issues (relating to rosters or otherwise) that were unforseen and therefore not addressed in these rules, the commissioner has final authority to make a ruling on the issue. If the commissioner's team is involved in the issue, then a vote among all charter members of the league will be held to determine the outcome. Simple majority of voting owners will rule.
#1 - This will be a 24 team league with standard WIS format and alignment. Teams will be randomly assigned to divisions in season 1 and then will stay that way for the duration of the league.
#2 - No Salary Cap, no DH, no WW, no AAA. Trades allowed with the stipulations above (10 vetoes to stop a trade). Live play is next series only. Injuries will be set to ON and the transaction deadline will be enforced.
#3 - Once a ballpark/stadium is determined.....it may not be changed throughout the life of this league. The exception to this is if a new owner takes over a team in which case a 3/5th majority of the league (excluding new owners) would have to approve the change. The new owner would have to declare in advance the proposed new ballpark.
(Still a Work in Progress).....I will update any additional rules that I may have overlooked at a later time. Nothing that will significantly change the spirit of the league will be added however.