This is a draft league I ran on two occasions many years ago and I'd like to try and bring it back. Before the draft begins I will randomly select a player from baseball-reference.com. I will use random.org to randomly set the draft order. Then the first owner to draft will have to select a player (with a WIS eligible season, obviously) with either the exact same first name, the exact same last name, or the same initials. For instance, if the initial name chosen was Ron Swanson, the first owner could take Ron Cey, Evar Swanson, or Reggie Smith or any other player with a first name of Ron, a last name of Swanson, or the initials R.S. Then each subsequent pick must match the previous pick by either first name, last name or initials.
The first or last names must match exactly, no variations are allowed. (i.e. Joe must match Joe; Joey, Joseph or Jo-Jo are not allowed)
For the purposes of this draft the names or intials must match according to EITHER the whatifsports database or the baseball-reference.com player index (www.baseball-reference.com/players/
Once a player is selected he is off the board and may not be picked again. You may use any WIS-eligible season of the players selected but there will be a cap.
A good deal of strategy will be involved with this draft, at times you'll have to decide whether to take the best player available or make a pick that could potentially screw the next owner, or several owners.
The draft will be standard format (snake order would not work because it would allow one owner to set himself up each round)
Picks will be un-timed because owners can't be skipped since at times it may actually be advantageous to miss a pick.
If 24 hours pass and a pick has not been made that owner will be penalized $500,000 AND the pick will be moved to the very back of the draft.
If by chance, there are no possible players to select your pick will move to the back of the draft. (And a new name will be drawn)
Please make sure to sitemail the next 2 owners after your pick and use proxies when possible if you can't make your pick.
This will be a 16 team league, but even with just 16 owners, this could be a long draft.
Please only sign up if 100% interested, please don't if you become easily bored, hate long drafts or you would be inclined to drop out if you don't like the way your team is shaping up.
Cap will be $120 million
League format will be 4/4 4/4 with interleague play
Yes to DH
Yes to Trades
No to WW and AAA
Injuries will be turned on
SLL limited to next series only
Any stadium may be used
And league will realigned based on the intial draft order
Hope I've covered everything, but let me know if you have any questions.