1951 Draft - Saturday, May 19, 2001
The draft was called to order at 1:30 PM.
Awards were distributed as follows: 1951 Stauffer Division Champion, Tony Blengino, Madison Blues; Krasnasky Division Champion, Joel Smith, Conewago Riverdogs, and League Champion, Joe Daly, The Next Generation.
League costs were assessed at $9 per player with Rich Sarkisian, Chuck Perritt, Joel Smith and Tony Blengino exempted in recognition for services provided to the league.
The actual 1951 All Star team was read.
The Hall of Fame ballot was reviewed, and completed ballots were submitted.
The Commissioner reminded owners to complete Zak’s historical questionnaire.
Key schedule dates were reviewed - interleague play = July 28; World Series & 1952 draft = September 29. The Commissioner reminded all owners to post their game results, which would then be posted on the league website by Chuck. 1950 statistics are due June 19, and need to be sent to both Chuck and Rich. The trading deadline for the 1951 season is August 12 - it will not be based upon a number of games played this season. This will effectively penalize owners who are behind in terms of games played. Game cancellations should be reported to the league and the opponent by the player who needs to cancel.
RULE CHANGES/PLAYBOARD UPDATES
Hit and Run Rule - Swing and miss number is now based on hitter’s HR/500 AB rate. (0-4 HR/500 AB rate = swing and miss number =4; 4.5-17.5 HR/500 = 5; 18 and up HR/500 = 6.)
Playoff Innings for Relievers (not Starter/Relievers) - Comparable starters’ innings/2; specific effects upon relievers on playoff clubs will be communicated by Commissioner to owners at end of regular season. (1.2 IP = 3 starter; 0.7-1.15 IP = 4 starter; .35-.65 IP = 5 starter)
Pitchers’ Pinch-hitting - 1951 only: A pitcher’s AB’s must now be counted if a pitcher pinch-hits in a game before he pitches. 1952 forward - Pitchers may not pinch-hit unless given a specific pinch-hitting designation by the Commissioner.
No-Walk Rating for Pitchers - Changed from 6, 7 & 9 to 6, 7, 9 & 10.
Fielding Ratings - Will be in MacMillan book for primary position through 1969. For secondary positions from 1951-1969 and for all players after 1969, “Total Baseball” will be used to determine fielding ratings. The following rules of thumb can be used to project most players’ “Total Baseball” fielding ratings: 1B = >5 fielding runs = +; < (5) FR = -; 2B & 3B = > 10 FR = +; < (15) FR = -: SS = > 10 (or 15) FR = +; < (15) FR = -; OF = > 8 FR = +; < (8) FR = -; C = Gold Glove = +; > 10 FR = +; < (10) = -.
Roster Changes may now be made at the beginning and end of interleague play, not in the middle.
INF Rating Changes - +4 = 2-10 = out; +3 = 2-8, 12 = out; 0 = 3, 6, 7 = out; (1) = 3-5 = out; (2) = 6 = out; (3) = 2 = out. (+1, +2 and (4) defenses remain the same as the existing playboard.)
Pitcher Picks a K on an Error Batting Result - add 3 (instead of 2) to team defense.
Manager’s Decision = “3” runner = last safe number becomes 53; error becomes 54.
Stolen Base - Second Base - “4” runner = last safe number becomes 55; “5” runner = last safe number becomes 61; “6” runner = last safe number = 63. Third Base = “5” runner = 46 = last safe number.
The Commissioner proposed a new financial system, designed to establish a greater money differential between non-playoff clubs who remain competitive and truly non-competitive clubs. (4th-place finishers = $4050; 5th-place finishers = $3900; 6th-place finishers = $3750) The proposal passed by an 11-1 margin.
Expansion parameters for the 1961/62 seasons were discussed. Highlights include a switch from a three- to a four-division format, with single teams added in 1961 (9/2004) and 1962 (1/2005). Franchises will first be offered to past league owners (Wayne, Ed) and accomplished football league owners (Rob, Frank).
A formal rulebook, with all above changes, will be distributed shortly.
Zak Obrrath proposed eliminating managers from the Hall of Fame ballot, stating that owners have at times padded managers’ records by replacing and rehiring them based on their club’s relative strength. After discussion, no action was taken - some owners indicated that owners in agreement with Zak could simply give managers low vote totals, leaving them unlikely to reach the minimum point threshold for induction.
Managers were named.
Pre-draft money was reviewed. (Joe = 950, Joel = 4085, Tony = 1970, George = 3250, Dave = 2720, Brett = 4440, Mike = 7860, Chuck = 6000, John = 5280, Rich = 3950, Bill = 8130, Zak = 5340)
Brett read the roster book.
The draft was conducted in customary fashion.