Thunder Bay Baseball League Constitution

Updated November 28, 2018

Changes highlighted in red for the new season

League Description

1.01

The Thunder Bay Baseball League (TBBL) utilizes the most recent version of the Diamond Mind Baseball game with the most recent Major League Baseball Season statistics. The TBBL was founded in November of 2003 and is a summer league that runs through October each year.  

The overall league is divided into a National and American League with each following the rules of that league, without inter league play.

1.02

Game Settings are as follows:

  • No Injuries (players may be lost due to ejection or weather)
  • No bullpen warm-up
  • Weather effects are turned on
  • Clutch ratings are in effect
League Hierarchy

2.01

The League Commissioner will guide and ensure that overall league operation stays on a reasonable schedule so that each league member will maintain interest.

2.02

The TBBL will have a League Statistician who will be responsible for maintaining league stats, monthly database distribution, and transactions.

2.03

League Statistician will handle all monthly statistics for the two leagues. He will receive stats by the 20th of the month, and publish the updated stats by the 23rd of the month. If required, he will simulate any late series to keep the league on-track.  It will be the responsibility of the managers to make any adjustments to avoid over usage if simulation is needed.

2.04

League Members will be responsible for sending out instructions (via manager profile export), playing games and sending in results and statistics on a regular, timely basis. Each manager will be required to send out all instructions by the 1st of the month. Each home manager will need to ensure that the correct starters are being chosen for each series, prior to playing the series. If the statistics are not received by the 20th of the month by the League Statistician, penalties may be incurred.  The LS will then simulate the games and they will be included in the stat base. Statistics reporting will be done on a monthly basis.  Timely sending of instructions, reporting of results, and reporting of stats is imperative. Series need not be played in the scheduled order but all games in a series should be completed before playing games in another series. Home manager MUST post results in their personal folder on yahoo group site, allowing each visiting manager to retrieve the stats if they choose prior to the new database release.  For a particular month, all series need to be completed, so that they won't require simulation, and the entire set of result files must be sent to the League Statistician for compiling. 

League Organization

3.01

General Information

  • The TBBL is split into two 12-team Leagues, the National League and the American League.
  • Each league will have three 4-team divisions, East, Central and West
  • The National League will have pitchers hitting and the American League will use the designated hitter
  • The season will consist of 162 games and run from April through October
  • Inter-League Play began in 2017
3.02

Drafts

  • The initial stadium draft was be held in November of 2003.  Teams may opt to switch stadiums once per year only.  Teams may switch prior to March 1st of each year only.  Available stadiums are posted on the web site.  Teams may not trade stadiums.
  • The free agent draft will be held in early January each year or conducted via email. The date will be determined in November or early December each year.  Any player (on disk or off disk) not on a current roster may be drafted during the free agent draft.
  • The Draft Order will be determined based on previous years finish however the lowest 4 teams based on winning percentage will enter a weighted Lottery which will determine who Picks # 1 overall for Round 1 only.  Rounds 2 and beyond will follow the order of finish as in the past.  The LC will pick a date shortly after the season ends and will utilize the DOW Jones closing number (the decimal number) to determine the order. 
The team with the lowest winning percentage would receive 4 entries into the Lottery (assigned numbers .00-.39)
The team with the 2nd lowest winning percentage would receive 3 entries into the Lottery (assigned numbers .40-.69)
The team with the 3rd lowest winning percentage would receive 2 entries into the Lottery (assigned numbers .70-.89)
The team with the 4th lowest winning percentage would receive 1 entries into the Lottery (assigned numbers .90-.99)
  • Supplemental Draft picks will be made at the conclusion of the annual free agent draft.  To be eligible for the Supplemental Draft teams must be below the 40 man roster limit.  The order of the draft will be the same as the free agent draft and will go one round until all teams below 40 have a chance to draft to 40 players.  Only players on the disk are eligible to be selected in the Supplemental Draft.  The only exception to this rule could allow for teams to petition the LC for a waiver to select off disk players based on extenuating circumstances (such as new ownership taking over a depleted franchise, extreme loss due to usage, etc..)  Discretion is completely up to the LC and will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Divisions (East, Central and West within Leagues) were determined by a vote in December of 2016.  Teams may request to change divisions if they have a willing partner to swap with.
3.03

Rosters

  • Combination rosters (Major League and Minor League players) cannot exceed 40 players at any time (except from the end of the draft until March 20 each year).  Minor League (or off disk) players have "aaa" before their last name, making it easier to identify those players.  Teams may trade Major League and Minor League players in the same deal.  If a trade puts a team over the 40 man maximum, as many players as necessary must be cut to return the team to its 40 man limit before the trade will become official (except during post draft - March 20).
  • Teams retain players year to year.  The total number of protected slots cannot be greater than 27. Teams may opt to protect up to a maximum of 10 Minor League eligible players (example: a team may elect to keep 20 major league players and 7 minor league players).  At no point during the season can a team have more than 10 off disk players.  Team cuts will be due by October 1st each year. If teams fail to cut their rosters down by this date, they are subject to penalties described in section IV.
  • Active monthly rosters will consist of 27 players. Teams may change their 27 man active roster for each series within  a month if they choose.  The final two months of the season (September and October) all players on the Major League roster can be active (excluding aaaPlayers)
  • Each month, teams must carry at least 9 pitchers (including 4 starters) and at a minimum 2 catchers.  The balance of the roster can be made up of any combination of players from the major league eligible pool of players.
  • In season trades will be allowed through the July 20thth trade deadline. A trade needs to be agreed upon by both managers and reported to the League Statistician by the 20th of each month to be valid for the following months games.
  • Off-season trading will begin immediately following the conclusion of the World Series and will be suspended on January 1 for draft preparation. Trading will resume 48 hours after the draft has concluded. During the draft, trades are not allowed. Owners may work out deals internally, but they cannot be reported until the trading period has officially resumed.
  • Teams may not trade "players to be named later".
  • Teams can only trade picks for the upcoming draft (cannot deal 2015 picks before 2014 draft concludes).
  • Teams may switch leagues once per year.  A team must have another willing team to switch with, and notify the commissioner via email before the following season begins.  
3.04

Free Agents

Starting March 1st each year, teams may select free agents from the un-drafted free agent pool. Free agent claims will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. A free agent claim must be requested by the 23rd of each month to be valid for the following months games. Free agents may be traded.  Free agents cannot be protected.

3.05

Instructions and Play of Games

  • Each month, the updated database will have all teams completely rested.  
  • The regular season will start in April and end in September.  Playoffs will begin within 1 week of the end of the regular season.
  • Series may be played by e-mail using manager profiles supplied by the visitors, or games may be played head to head (H2H feature in DMB is excellent). 
  • Each month, all owners will post their manager profiles to the Yahoo site by the 1st of the month.  A Manager Profile may be team specific (MP vs. Team 1 for example) or generically used for all away opponents. 
  • Monthly rotations will also be posted to the Yahoo site by the 1st of the month. Please submit your rotation via the Rotation File provided to you via the Yahoo Site or in text format.  Teams will be responsible for retrieving the starters from these rotations for their series.  All SP must be listed in your Monthly Rotation on the Yahoo Site.  
  • Managers must completely rest their teams between series to avoid fatigue.  Managers may not rest teams between games of a series, only after the series is concluded.
  • Teams must have a minimum of 4 active starting pitchers per series along with 2 active catchers.  Additionally, each team  must have 21 total players (out of your 27 man roster) available in each series.  Managers do not have to include all 21 players in your manager profile but must have at least 21 on your active roster for each series each month.
  • Special Instructions may be asked of teams to avoid usage issues.  These instructions should be emailed directly to your opponent and copied to the League Statistician.  Teams may also post the special instructions on the yahoo site.
3.06

Playoffs

  • 10 teams will qualify for the playoffs.  There will be 4 rounds of playoffs (Wild Card Series, Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series).  The Wild Card is a best of three series with the team with the better record having home field advantage in games 1 and 3 The WC Round will be played over 3 calendar days with no off day before the Division Series.  The Division Series is a best of 5 with the higher seed holding home field advantage utilizing the 2-2-1 format.  The League Championship Series and World Series are a best of 7 with the higher seed holding home field advantage using a 2-3-2 format.  Home field advantage in the World Series will continue to rotate year to year. 
  • In the event of a 2 team tie for a playoff spot, a one game playoff will be played.  The team who has the best H2H record will be awarded home field advantage.  If the two teams are tied H2H, a coin flip will determine who is home.  In the event of a 3 (or more) team tie for a playoff spot, we will follow the MLB tie breaker rules.  Individual one game playoff games will be held until there is a winner.  Usage in these playoff games will not count towards the regular season totals (for over usage).  If two or more teams tie but are in the playoffs, the tie breaker's described below will be used.
  • The (3) Division winners will receive a bye in the Wild Card round.  The wildcard teams may be from the same division within each league.  The winner of the Wild Card Round will advance to the League Division Series and play the # 1 Seed while the other two division winners will face off.  The winners from this series will play in the League Championship Series. The winners of the LCS will play in the World Series. Home field advantage will be awarded to the highest seeded team remaining each round until the World Series. Home field advantage in the World Series will rotate each year with the National League having home field in years ending with even numbers, the American League with years ending in off numbers.
  • Playoff rosters will be set at 27 players, fixed for each round, and chosen prior to the round starting.
  • Rosters can be made up of any combination of players. It is recommended that teams carry at least nine pitchers and two catchers per series.
  • Each team should be completely rested before the start of the post season.  We will not be resetting usage after each series.  This rule was implemented based on owner votes in November 2008.
  • Pitchers require at least 3 days between starts and Pitchers who start the last game of the regular season are not eligible to start the Wild Card game.  The earliest the can start would be Game 1 of the Division Series.
  • Each playoff series will be played using the same stat base for starter and reliever fatigue.
  • All Post Season Games must be played Head to Head (H2H).  If an owner cannot play H2H, he will be required to appoint a proxy manager to play his games. 
  • Playoff teams will be given a maximum of 7 days to complete each series.  The playoffs should be concluded by November 1st each year.  
  • New Rule for 2010 and beyond:  If a team over uses players and cannot field a team in the post season (meaning they do not have enough starts to cover a 7 game series), the commissioner has the right to disqualify the team from post season and award the team with the next best record the spot in the playoffs.

3.08

Player Usage Restrictions -- Regular Season

  • Batters are limited to actual number of plate appearances plus 10%. Batters are additionally restricted not to exceed 200% of PA vs. LHP and 200% of PA vs. RHP (to limit abuse of platoon and part-time players). If a player has 600 or more plate appearances overall, he will be eligible to be used full time with no restrictions.
  • Starting Pitchers are limited to actual starts.
  • Starting Pitchers require 3 days rest between starts.
  • Relievers are limited to batters faced plus 10%.
  • A swingman is a player who can either start or relieve. He is limited to actual number of starts and/or batters faced plus 10%
Example – If you use a starter as a full time reliever, he is limited to BF plus 10%.  Example – If you use a starter as a part time starter and part time reliever, he is limited to the actual number of starts or BF plus 10%.  If he goes over either, he will be considered over used.
  • Starting Pitchers can be used as a starter or as a reliever, regardless of DMB rating.
  • There are no minimum usage requirements for any player.
  • Pitchers cannot pinch hit or pinch run

3.08.1

Player Usage Restrictions -- Position Limits

Starting with the 2014 Season, players must conform to the following ratings to be eligible to start a game: 

(1) OF may play any OF position

(2) SS may play 3B, 2B, 1B

(3) 2B may play 3B, 1B

(4) 3B may play 1B

(5) Anyone can play 1B

(6) C may only play C

(7) DH may play 1B or last position played regularly going back one year (Must tell commissioner which one)

(8) To pitch a player must have a pitching rating

(9) Pitchers cannot pinch-hit or pinch-run

Penalty:  Any team who violates the above rule will have the game the violation occurred in forfeited.  For every 3 games a team forfeits, they will lose their highest draft pick at the time of the infraction.

Note:  This rule is in effect for starts only and needs to be tracked and reported by teams at the time of the infraction.  In extenuating circumstances a team may play a player out of position.  Examples of this are extra inning games or when a player is ejected.

 

3.09

Player Usage Restrictions -- Playoffs

Starting Pitchers

Batters
Innings Max GS Plate App Max GS
160 + 3 500 + 7
120 - 159 2 425 - 499 6
75 - 119 1 350 - 424 5
Less than 75 0 275 - 349 4
200 - 274 3
Relief Pitchers 125 - 199 2
Innings 75 - 124 1
Minimum of 15 ML IP to be eligible Less than 75 0
Pitchers may pinch run only in the playoffs
Note:  PA, GS and Innings based on Major League totals only
Rule 3.08.1 also applies to the Post Season

No substations can be made for a batter/fielder until the 6th inning unless the opposing starting pitcher is removed from the game. Batters who have 500 or more Plate Appearances may enter a game at any time since they were permitted to start 7 games.  Starters must have 3 days of rest between starts.  There are no restrictions for relief pitchers (except the minimum requirements to be eligible).

Note:  If a team is unable to start the necessary games described above due to over usage, the commissioner has the right to disqualify the team from the post season.

3.10

Tie Breakers

  • In the event of a tie (for a playoff spot), teams will play a one game tiebreaker to determine better team
  • Home field advantage will be based on a coin flip if more than 2 teams are tied
  • Ties for seeding purposes will be broken as follows:

1. Head to Head record  2.  Division Record  3.  Road Record  4.  Coin Flip

 

WAIVER WIRE PROCESS

4.01

Prior to Waiver Wire Process

Each team will have their Protected Rosters announced in early October (deadline to submit your 27 player protected roster in October 1 each year).  All teams will have their owned upcoming draft picks spreadsheet updated on the web site as well for reference. 

The Waiver Order (Draft Order as well) will be established and placed on the web site.  This order will serve as the upcoming draft order and is based on previous season win-loss records and post season positioning.  The team with the worst record in the TBBL will be ranked #1 and the team who won the WS will be ranked #24.  All other teams will be ranked based on record and finish and placed in according slots.

  • Nomination Process

For a one week period in November (Dates TBA), I will ask each team if they would like to nominate any player(s) for “Waivers”.  The nominated player must be part of your 27-man protected roster.  Each owner should realize that any player they nominate may be acquired by another team during this process.  Each team that nominates a player(s) will be asked to place an “Asking Price” (lowest acceptable bid, draft pick only) for that player.  Nominating teams may place “Waiver Conditions” on their player.  These conditions indicate a specific draft pick would be required to award the player to another team. 

Example: Jersey nominates Babe Ruth and indicates the “Asking Price” is a 3rd Round Pick with a condition the pick be 10th or better in the round.  Babe Ruth will now be placed on “Waivers” and could be acquired by another team if a team bids pick 3.10 or better.

  • Bidding Process

The “Bidding Process” will take place at the conclusion of the Nomination Process and will last one week.  All “Nominated” players will be listed and sent to all owners with the “Asking Price” included.  Bids need to be emailed to me (after I send my bids to another league member for validation) and will be processed at the conclusion of the Bidding Process.  Bids are “silent” meaning they will not be announced or shared with any team until the one week period ends.  Teams must bid a draft pick at or better than the asking price for the bid to be valid.  Remember that teams may bid a better pick than the asking price.  Teams may also choose to make “Conditional Bids”. The procedure for “Conditional Bids” is to list the pick you are offering, and list in order the players you want with that pick. Owners may bid any pick they own at the time of the Waiver Process.  If a team bids a pick they acquired in a trade, please indicate this at the time of bidding.  You will get the first player available for which your pick is the best submitted.

Example: Mad City bids MAD Rd 3.04 pick on (1) Shoeless Joe Jackson, (2) Babe Ruth and (3) Whitey Ford. Your 3rd round pick will then be a binding bid for all of those players but once a player is acquired with that pick, the remaining players bid for that pick are then void. If no player is obtained with that bid then the pick is returned to you.   

In the above example, Mad City would acquire Babe Ruth for their Rd 3.04 draft pick (if no other binding bids were made).  Jersey would receive Mad City’s pick in exchange.

  •  Award Process

The team submitting the highest pick for a Nominated Player will receive that player, with the nominating team receiving the specified pick.  In the event a player receives multiple bids, the waiver process will be based on “Waiver Order”. 

Players submitted to the “Waiver Process” who are not successfully bid on will remain the property of the team submitting them and will return to that team’s roster immediately.

Once you nominate a player for “Waivers”, you cannot pull the player back.  Once a bid is submitted, you may not withdraw the bid.

4.02

Trading will reopen once the Waiver Process is completed.

Due Dates

5.01

  • Manager Profiles due by the 1st of each month
  • Stats due to statistician by the 20th of each month
  • Exported stats (including box scores and score sheets) due to each away opponent by the 20th of each month (posted in yahoo)
  • Monthly rotations due by the 1st of each month (All Starters must be listed )
  • Trades must be reported by the 20th of each month
  • New DB expected by the 25th of each month
  • 27 man protection list due by October 1st each year
  • Free agent acquisitions must be requested by the 23rd of each month to be eligible for the next months play
Penalties

6.01

A manager can be assessed penalties for the following reasons:

  • Violating Rule 3.08.1 -- for every 3 infractions, teams will lose the highest draft pick at the time of the infraction along with having each game forfeited.  Multiple infractions may result in removal from league.
  • Late manager profiles or monthly results (submitted by the 20th)
  • Monthly rotation not posted to yahoo site by the 1st of the month
  • Pitching starters out of rotation
  • For every two overused players, teams will forfeit the highest draft pick they have at the current time (even if the pick was acquired via a trade).  Teams will receive a supplemental pick 1 round later to compensate them for the loss of pick due to over usage. Basically, this is a 24 draft spot penalty.  Teams can only receive 1 supplemental pick per round.  The overused player's must be immediately farmed and are not eligible for post season play.
  • Late emailing of protected list
6.02

Penalty Points are as follows:

  • 1 point per day – Late manager profiles, rotations, monthly results, box score and score sheet submission
  • 1 point – using an incorrect starting pitcher
  • 2 points – late emailing of protected list
  • For every 10 penalty points, teams will forfeit their earliest draft pick in the upcoming free agent draft.
Rule Changes

7.01

A 2/3 vote will be necessary to amend or change rules in the constitution. All rule changes will be made in the off-season.  Any Rule Change that affects position eligibility, playing time limits or usage will become effective after the next Protected Roster is submitted.

Results of 2008-2009 Rule Proposals

  • Moving of Roster Protection from October 1 to Post DMB Release of Season Disk - Voted Down with 12 No Votes
  • Not resetting usage from post season series to post season series -- Approved with 16 Yes Votes
  • Changing the reporting periods from monthly to bi-weekly  - Voted Down with 19 No Votes

Results of 2010-2011 Rule Proposals

  • Allow DMB V10's new feature to handle the over usage penalties. -- Voted Down with 10 No Votes and 5 Owners not voting
  • Restrict position usage to a predetermined list of eligible positions -- Voted Down with 9 No Votes and 5 Owners not voting
  • Adopt the new rule freezing playoff rosters as of July 21st each year -- Voted Down with 9 No Votes and 5 Owners not voting
  • Adopt the new rule splitting September into 2 reporting periods (Sept 12 and Sept 20 deadlines) -- Voted Down with 5 No Votes and 5 Owners not voting
  • Adopt the new Lottery Award process for the lowest 4 finishing teams -- Voted Down with 9 No Votes and 5 Owners not voting

Results of 2011-2012 Rule Proposals

  • Prop 1 -- Change the Penalty System to new less restrictive -- Voted down with 10 NO votes

  • Prop 2 -- Change FA draft order for non playoff teams -- Voted down 21-3

  • Prop 3 -- Reduce keepers from 27 to 22 each year -- Voted down 16-8

  • Prop 4 -- Extend waiver pickups from 21st to 23rd each month – Approved 16-8

  • Prop 5 -- Allow for Free Agents to be protected -- Voted down 17-7

  • Prop 6 -- Add a minimum usage requirement (floor) for all players -- Voted down 14-10

  • Prop 7 -- Split the drafts into separate on disk and off disk drafts -- Voted down 18-6

  • Prop 8 -- Limit the number of aaa players from 10 to 5 for all teams -- Voted down 14-9

  • Prop 9 -- Adopt the amendment to the post season play methods -- Voted down 16-8

Results of 2012-2013 Rule Proposals

  • Prop 1 -- Institute a Minimum PA Requirement by Position for all Teams -- Voted down UNANIMOUSLY

  • Prop 2 -- Allow for Roster Changes to be Made During a Month -- Approved with 18 Yes Votes

  • Prop 3 -- Require Certain Ratings for Starting Players -- Voted down with 9 NO votes

  • Prop 4 -- Require Teams to Post Partial Results in September by the 15th –  Voted down with 11 NO votes

  • Prop 5 -- Remove Rule 3.07- Procedure for Non H2H Post Season Play --  Approved with 17 Yes Votes

Results of 2013-2014 Rule Proposals (Note 1 owner did not vote)

  • Prop 1 -- Allow Unlimited Players based on criteria and Penalty System -- Voted down with 9 NO votes (14 yes votes)

  • Prop 2 -- Addition of Supplemental Pick based on League Interaction -- Voted down with 16 NO votes (7 yes votes)

  • Prop 3 -- Require Certain Ratings for Starting Players --  Approved with 18 Yes Votes (5 No votes)

  • Prop 4 --  Interleague Play -- Voted down with 14 NO votes (9 yes votes)

  • Prop 5 -- Change Roster Sizes and Keeper Lists -- Voted down with 13 NO votes (10 yes votes)

Results of 2014-2015 Rule Proposals (All Owners Voted)

  • Prop 1 -- Lottery System for Top 4 Picks -- Approved with 18 Yes Votes (6 No Votes)

  • Prop 2 -- Addition of Supplemental Pick based on League Interaction -- Voted down with 13 NO votes (11 yes votes)

  • Prop 3 -- Change Roster Protection Date to January 1st --  Voted down with 13 NO votes (11 yes votes)

Results of 2015-2016 Rule Proposals (All Owners Voted)

  • Prop 1 -- Any Rule Change that affects position eligibility, playing time limits or usage will become effective after the next Protected Roster is submitted. -- Voted down with 9 NO votes (15 yes votes; Missed by 1 Vote)

  • Prop 2 – Add to Rule 3.05 to Include all SP in Monthly Rotation -- Approved with 22 Yes Votes (2 No Votes)

  • Prop 3 – Change the Roster Size from 27 to 25 for each Post Season Series -- Voted down with 10 NO votes (14 yes votes)

  • Prop 4A – Modify Playoff Usage Requirements for Pitchers -- Voted down with 13 NO votes (11 yes votes)

  • Prop 4B – Modify Playoff Usage Requirements for Batters -- Voted down with 12 NO votes (12 yes votes)

  • Prop 5 – Remove the 200% Split Usage Rule for Batters -- Voted down with 20 NO votes (4 yes votes)

  • Prop 6 – Use the DMB V11 Playing Time Limits Feature -- Voted down with 15 NO votes (9 yes votes)

  • Prop 7 – Position Eligibility Change for All -- Voted down with 15 NO votes (9 yes votes)

  • Prop 7A – Position Eligibility Change for CF only -- Voted down with 12 NO votes (12 yes votes)

  • Prop 8 – Allow Pitchers to Pinch Hit or Pinch Run -- Voted down with 10 NO votes (14 yes votes)

Results of 2016-2017 Rule Proposals (23 of 24 Owners Voted)

  • Proposal # 1 - Extend protected list to 28 -- Voted down with 12 NO votes (11 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 2 - Require at least 1 player from each team be put up for the waivers process.  If your player is selected off waivers, you receive an additional supplemental pick 3 rounds later.  This essentially gives you 2 picks for the player you lost to Waivers. -- Voted down with 15 NO votes (8 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 3 - Modify the Pinch Hitting/Substitution Rule for Playoff games to allow a 500+ PA guy to enter a game at any point (as opposed to the 6th inning or when a pitching change occurs).  Since we allow 500+ PA guys to start 7 games we should not penalize a team from making an in game choice earlier than the 6th inning.  -- Approved with 19 Yes Votes (4 No Votes)

  • Proposal # 4  - Restructure of the League to emulate MLB Division Alignment -- Approved with 16 Yes Votes (7 No Votes)

  • Proposal # 5 - The start of the Annual Free Agent Draft is pushed back to February -- Voted down with 18 NO votes (5 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 6 - Teams are not permitted to draft aaa/uncarded players until Round 2 of the FA Draft. -- Voted down with 18 NO votes (5 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 7 - Position Eligibility Change for CF – Only players rated AV, VG or EX LF or RF are eligible to play CF.  Penalty for playing someone rated FR or PR at a corner in CF is a forfeit of the game.  Players rated in CF are eligible to play CF with no restrictions. -- Voted down with 17 NO votes (6 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 8 - Allow pitchers to pinch run only in the playoffs -- Approved with 16 Yes Votes (7 No Votes)

  • Proposal # 9 - The Monthly Free Agent Process will be handled by reverse order of finish based on standings as of the 20th of the month.  In the current process, free agents are awarded on a first come first served basis. -- Voted down with 11 NO votes (12 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 10 - Allow teams to protect Free Agents acquired during the regular season. -- Voted down with 19 NO votes (4 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 11- Revamp the Over Usage penalties.  If this passes, the League Committee will come up with a new system for tracking usage. -- Voted down with 12 NO votes (11 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 12 - Any Rule Change that affects position eligibility, playing time limits or usage will become effective after the next Protected Roster is submitted. -- Approved with 20 Yes Votes (3 No Votes)

Results of 2017-2018 Rule Proposals

  • Proposal # 1 - Death Rule  -- Voted down with 18 NO votes (6 yes votes)

  • Proposal # 2 - Weekly Game Play. -- Voted down with 17 NO votes (6 yes votes)

Results of 2018-2019 Rule Proposals

  • Proposal # 1 - SP Playoff Usage -- Voted down with 12 NO votes (10 yes votes; 2 Owners Did Not Vote)

  • Proposal # 2 - Change Unlimited PA to 650 -- Voted down with 15 NO votes (7 yes votes; 2 Owners Did Not Vote)

  • Proposal # 3 - Revert back to 2004-2016 Playoff Structure -- Voted down with 15 NO votes (7 yes votes; 2 Owners Did Not Vote)

  • Proposal # 3A - Change Wild Card to best of 3 -- Approved with 16 Yes Votes (6 No Votes; 2 Owners Did Not Vote)

  • Proposal # 4 - Require All Teams to Participate in Waiver Wire -- Voted down with 17 NO votes (5 yes votes; 2 Owners Did Not Vote)

  • Proposal # 5 - Stanek Rule -- Voted down with 16 NO votes (6 yes votes; 2 Owners Did Not Vote)