Originally created many moons ago by examinerebb, this league makes any franchise a contender, and a better group of owners can't be found on the site. There is much good-natured banter in the draft thread and the league chat, so bring your sense of humor. The rules are simple:

1. Each owner chooses a franchise. Franchise draft order is in inverse order of win percentage from the previous season for non-playoff teams, then inverse order of win percentage of non-World Series playoff teams, with the WS runner-up picking 31st, and the WS champ choosing last. New owners will be assigned the draft position of any previous owners who are not returning, with the first to sign up receiving the highest slot, and so on.

2. Each owner chooses five players he/she wishes to protect from that franchise (1969-2012) and submits that list via sitemail to me. Those players are the exclusive property of their respective owners.

3. After all lists are submitted, they will be posted and a three round modified Rule V draft will be held, with draft order being inverse order of each franchise's Rule V win percentage through all legs from which we have data (the worst teams pick first).  Many thanks to schwarze for compiling this data.  Each owner selects one unprotected player from any active franchise but their own (player seasons for franchises that were not chosen are not eligible). That player is also theirs exclusively. No more than two players may be taken from any one franchise in any one round.

4. At the end of the first and second rounds, each owner will choose an additional player they wish to protect. You will end up protecting seven in all, while drafting three. These ten players must appear on your roster. The rest of the roster is filled by players from your franchise during the given time period (1969-present day).

$120 Million Cap
No trades

No clones (same player, same franchise - if a player played for more than one franchise, he is available once for each franchise)
If a player split time between multiple teams in a season (as listed at WIS) his full season is available once for each team
SLL limited to current series
Stadium must have been used by your franchise for at least one full season between 1969 and 2012
Tiebreaker for draft positions will be run differential from the previous season, worse differential picks first

For those new to the Rule V fold:

There is much good-natured ribbing during the draft (we try not to be too player-specific, so as not to influence the draft, but sometimes the temptation is too much). Do not take it personally. Pick a draft strategy and stay the course, regardless.


He Who Must Not Be Named (HWMNBN) - A former player/manager/dirtbag for the Cincinnati Reds (and later, Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos) who defiled the grand game of baseball. No Rule V team has ever won a title with him, so heed jose's warnings about karma. I would imagine Lady Karma grows weary from teaching the same lesson over and over, as the ruler with which she raps offending knuckles seems to grow with each passing season.  The scumbag finally won a championship (make it two after last leg).  Lady Karma has stunned us all with this development

The Single Most Overrated Pitcher of All Time (TSMOPOAT) - Nolan Ryan

The Single Most Overrated Position Player of All Time (TSMOPPOAT) - Cal Ripken, Jr.

(Both of those players designated by Vegas...see below)

Vegas - jose can u c - Our Rule V Prediction King (emeritus)
1/4/2013 1:20 PM
Returning owners

1. sinfonian11
2. mllama54
3. specsman
4. ff09
5. tjefferson
6. Disco Dogs
7. sgsmith
8. tridentric
9. schwarze
10. Cheno5
11. alleyviper
12. marlowe
13. spoonfed
14. shaybee
15. rbow923
16. Robin4
17. llcoach
18. moneybonn
19. deathdealer
20. jstewart281
21. bob_shabazz
22. newarkwilder
23. mussopini23


1. devomac (taking holleybard's spot)
2. twfan
3. georgedeer
1/7/2013 1:30 PM (edited)
We'll have at least one spot open this time, as holleybard is bowing out for now because of work issues.  devomac will take his spot.  Also, I thought that jose can u c might be rejoining us this leg, but I'm sad to say that he has left WIS for the foreseeable future.  I won't go into details, as it's for personal reasons.  Those of you who know him can sitemail me if you'd like more info.
1/4/2013 1:26 PM
15 back so far...only holleybard not returning to this point.
1/4/2013 4:34 PM
Hey it's been a while since I played but i had a blast when I did so if there's room, I'd love a spot.
1/4/2013 6:16 PM
Hey twfan, good to see you. Got you on the wait list.
1/5/2013 11:26 AM
New standings (removing best and worst seasons)
Rank Franchise Years _Wins_ Losses Wining%
1 Rays 4 261 387 0.4028
2 D'backs 8 564 732 0.4352
3 Tigers 10 718 902 0.4432
4 Pirates 12 908 1036 0.4671
5 Rockies 8 617 679 0.4761
6 Blue Jays 16 1236 1357 0.4767
7 Twins 18 1397 1520 0.4789
8 Angels 11 865 917 0.4854
9 Orioles 14 1109 1160 0.4888
10 White Sox 5 396 414 0.4889
11 Rangers 14 1112 1157 0.4901
12 Brewers 18 1435 1483 0.4918
13 Padres 17 1359 1395 0.4935
14 Phillies 20 1610 1633 0.4965
15 Mets 19 1538 1541 0.4995
16 Red Sox 20 1622 1619 0.5005
17 Mariners 20 1630 1611 0.5029
18 Giants 19 1553 1526 0.5044
19 Expos 20 1639 1604 0.5054
20 Braves 20 1641 1599 0.5065
21 Indians 20 1645 1596 0.5076
22 Cubs 14 1154 1114 0.5088
23 Marlins 13 1080 1028 0.5123
24 Cardinals 20 1687 1554 0.5205
25 Royals 17 1447 1308 0.5252
26 Reds 14 1193 1075 0.5260
27 Yankees 17 1464 1290 0.5316
28 Dodgers 18 1559 1358 0.5345
29 Astros 20 1777 1464 0.5483
30 A's 19 1699 1380 0.5518
1/5/2013 3:48 PM
Great...thanks schwarze!
1/5/2013 4:47 PM
Waiting to hear from our final two owners from last season. Will follow up if I haven't heard from them by tomorrow. Pini is one of them...shocker.
1/6/2013 12:00 PM
I'll take a spot if available.
1/6/2013 1:59 PM
Gotcha George. Good to see you as well.
1/7/2013 8:44 AM
Need to see who the other missing owner is. I'll give both he and pini until the end of the day today. We'll be full regardless, with both twfan and georgedeer on the waitlist.
1/7/2013 8:52 AM
newarkwilder is the other owner. Neither he nor pini has opened the sitemail I sent on Friday yet.
1/7/2013 8:54 AM
Just heard from newark.  He's back.  Just waiting on Pini.
1/7/2013 10:29 AM
I'll be back
1/7/2013 12:46 PM
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