To start things off, here's what I did: I found the best hitting (based on Runs per Game) squad for each season since 1901 in each league. Then, I found the best pitching (based on E.R.A.) squad for each season since 1901 in each league. That gave me 113 choices for N.L. and A.L. each. Needing 150 choices from both N.L. and A.L. to do what I was trying to accomplish, I then found 37 of the finest pitching and hitting squads from each league that didn't fit the above criteria to round things out. Therefore, 150 N.L. and 150 A.L. pitching and hitting squads - 25 choices in each of the six leagues of this round.
Okay, here's the deal: Once I've figured out who's in which leagues, I'll establish a draft order for each league, based on the W/L totals (from the 162-game regular season) from the Round TWO leagues. Then, each of the six leagues will begin a draft where each owner will select (1) whether they want an A.L. team or an N.L. team, and (2) which roster they would like to choose to help build their team with. In this set-up, each owner will get two "hitting" squads and two "pitching" squads with which to build your team's roster. For example, you may end up with the 1906 Cubs Hitting, as well as the 1971 Pirates Hitting. Then, you could end up with the 1923 Reds Pitching along with the 1969 Mets Pitching. When you're finished drafting, you'll have two teams that you can build your pitching staff with and you'll have two teams to build your position player roster with. YOU MUST HAVE SIX PLAYERS MINIMUM FROM EACH OF THESE FOUR SELECTIONS. The 25th player can come from any of the four selections.
REMEMBER THIS: You can't take a pitcher from one of your "hitting" selections and you can't take a hitter from one of your "pitching" selections. All pitchers must come from your two pitching selections and all hitters must come from your two "hitting" selections.
ALSO: No mixing and matching A.L. and N.L. Once you make your first selection, it will determine whether you're going to be all N.L. or all A.L.
ALSO (and here's where it can get tough): You must have four position players from each of your hitting squads achieve 550 PA's during the course of the 162-game regular season. That will make sure that no one just uses their second hitting choice as "filler." Also, that will allow you to platoon one player should you decide to go that route. ALSO (again): You must have two Starting Pitchers from each of your two pitching squads achieve 180 IP's during the course of the 162-game regular season.
The draft order for each league will be set up as such: 1-24, 24-1, 24-1 and 1-24. There are 25 selections in each grouping so even the person who picks last in each draft will at least have a choice of two different selections.
Alignment will be in the order the teams are selected. The first four N.L. squads selected will make up the N.L. East, etc. etc.
Here are some other items of interest:
YES: Clones. Even though they're allowed, I don't see where they're going to be in play very much.
YES: Designated Hitter
NO: Waiver Wire, Trades or A.A.A.
NO: Injuries – They’ll Be Turned Off.
You may use either full or partial players seasons in this round.
Stadium – In this Round, everyone is going to use WhatIfSports Stadium.
Who Moves On?
Once Round THREE is complete, the top 14 teams from each league will automatically earn a berth in Round Three. That’s 84 teams for 96 spots. The final twelve teams will come from the best of the other 60 teams across all six leagues. Again, this will give everyone something to keep playing for, even if your team isn’t very competitive in your division or for the wildcard.
All Playoff teams from League 1 will go into Round 4, League 1.
All Playoff teams from League 2 will go into Round 4, League 2.
All Playoff teams from League 3 will go into Round 4, League 3.
All Playoff teams from League 4 will go into Round 4, League 4.
The N.L. East and N.L. Central Division Winners from Leagues 5 and 6 go into Round 4, League 1.
The A.L. East and A.L. Central Division Winners from Leagues 5 and 6 go into Round 4, League 2.
The N.L. West and N.L. Wildcard Winners from Leagues 5 and 6 go into Round 4, League 3.
The A.L. West and A.L. Wildcard Winners from Leagues 5 and 6 go into Round 4, League 4.
That’s 12 teams in each of the Round Four leagues and 48 teams total. After that…
The next six best teams in League 1 will go into Round Four, League 1.
The next six best teams in League 2 will go into Round Four, League 2.
The next six best teams in League 3 will go into Round Four, League 3.
The next six best teams in League 4 will go into Round Four, League 4.
The next six best teams in League 5 will be split up between Round Four, Leagues 1 and 2.
The next six best teams in League 6 will be split up between Round Four, Leagues 3 and 4.
That’s 36 more spots to go along with the 48 already accounted for which makes 84 total. The final 12 spots will be filled by the teams not yet accounted for above. They will be placed in a league by me, based on balance of the league and owner/team situations.
THE CHOICES YOU'LL HAVE IN EACH LEAGUE: