PA/NJ/MD BASEBALL LEAGUE
RMS BASEBALL RULES--compiled Feb.-July 2001----update 3/25/07 modified roster changed rules. Changed commisioner override from 8-4 to 10-5. Modified start of playoff rounds to reflect 64 game season and day off after wildcard.
I--TEAM/GAME PLAYING RULES
Midseason pick-ups must be done between series and will cost $50.
If you run out of batters and there is no one available to bat then the batter who is out of appearances bats and the result is a DP. Each time this occurs will cost $10.
If you run out of innings the last pitcher in the game will continue pitching but his opponent picks what pitcher card in your pile you will actually use(ie. your worst pitcher). Also, defenses will have no positive value. This owner will be fined $20 per inning.
26-man game rosters remain in affect with roster moves allowed after game 16 and 32. Full rosters allowed after game 48. 33-man roster allowed for the season--including holds. Military holds are exempt from the 33-man list.
Teams must be within 10 games of their opponents in games played.
Non-infielders playing 2B, SS, or 3B = triple negative
Non-infielders playing 1B = double negative
Non-Outfielders playing OF = triple negative
Non-Catcher playing C = triple negative
Infielder playing non-listed infield position = double negative
First Baseman playing non-listed infield position = triple negative.
All Commissioner decisions can be overridden with an 10-5 vote.
If pitchers bat higher than 8th their plate appearances must be counted.
If a pitcher is used even once as a pinch hitter he must have all his plate appearances counted toward his limitation. Only pitchers with plate appearance limitations are allowed to pinch hit.
Pitchers can never play in the field.
No player or pitcher can attempt to bunt for a base hit.
Players with PR designations are limited by the number of games they can play if they are used even once as a pinch runner.
Pitcher picks a defense and the batter picks a split. Always do the split first, if the result is a hit then the defense makes a defense pick. In either case if the result is an out use the out listed with the split. Do the same if the batter picks an Infield.
The offense can only use a Pitcher's + to improve the basepath situation--not save plate appearances.
If a play requires the black numbers on a card and a additional red number (such as an entry on a pitcher's card that reads :
11 even walk/odd z) the red number on the same card should be used if it has not been used already. This applies to all results in which two black numbers and a red number are used separately.
Playing cards must be inspected once per 12-month period. Bring cards for interleague play and the draft.
Cards must be left on the table so your opponent can see the results.
Pitchers with only a R designation can only relieve--not start.
II--GAME MAKING RULES
SR Pitcher--in real baseball relieved in twice as many games as he started.
R Pitcher--started less than 2 games during the real baseball season.
Requests for player cards made after draft day will cost $30 per player.
STARTING PITCHER RATINGS--
2--275 ings. 5--50
Secondary positions determined by main position *10% or 10 games played.
Future Money Rule--no player purchased with future draft money can be used for the current season of play.
Tie Bids--in re-bid process high bid gets the player for the high bid.
Trades can not be made more than a season in advance.
The trading deadline will be announced at the draft.
New owners trades must be approved by the Commissioner for first season in the league.<
Champ $1150 WSeries Loser $2000
1st Round Loser $2450 WCard Loser $2900
Non-Playoff Teams --7th Place $3700
Non-Playoff Teams--8th place $3650
Non-Playoff Teams--9th place $3600
Non-Playoff Teams--10th place $3550
Non-Playoff Teams--11th place $3500
Non-Playoff Teams--12th place $3450
Non-Playoff Teams--13th place $3400
Non-Playoff Teams--14th place $3350
Non-Playoff Teams--15th place $3300
Non-Playoff Teams--16th place $3250
Non-Playoff Teams--17th place $32050
Non-Playoff Teams--18th place $3150
RULES OF THE DRAFT--
The Commissioner will chair pre-draft business and will expect proper protocol to be followed.
Before the draft the league crier will read the roster book, player-by-player. In this stage the owner will state whether he plans to keep or drop a player. He will not be able to drop a player once the draft begins. Drops can be made after the draft.
A player will have a card if he has at least 100 plate appearances or 35 innings pitched. A player may have a card if he has between 50-100 plate appearances or 20-35 innings. The owner of such a player must make known of his intention of needing a card for the player.
An owner may enter a player presently on their team for the re-entry draft. Owners can than bring up and bid on player similar to new players. Re-entry owner can pull player out of draft at any time for a $100 nuisance fee. It is suggested that a re-entry player be announced prior to the draft so as to be posted on the internet board.
Before the draft all players can name 1 available player as an open bid by writing players' name on papere and placing into the league hat. Whenever this player is brought up the bid will be open.
First 3 rounds are a blind bid. Teams will go in order of record, worst to first. When it is your turn you must bring up a player to remain in the draft. Any player you bring up you must also bid on (minimum $10). In the blind bid the person with the highest bid will take ownership of player for the second high bid price. Owner can not bid more than amount in their account. If bid is tied, tied bidders will re-bid starting at the tied price.
The auctioneer has control of the floor and can stop the bidding and ask for quiet at any time.
Proper auctionning technique is as follows....$150 to Joe going once, $150 to Joe going twice, sold to Joe for $150.
If there is a disagreement concerning the close of a bid, the bid will be reopened.
Bids are in $10 increments up to $500. The increments increase to $50 when in the $500-3000 range. The bids will go to $100 increments when the price reaches $3000.
After first 3 rounds players will be brought up position by position (also known as the lightning round). This will be an open bid process. Owners may also bring up a player out of sequence and make a bid.
Once all official rounds are over the remaining players (also known as the bone pile) can be picked through. Owners go in draft order in bringing up these players. Any competing bids can then be made.
After the draft if a team has over $4000 in their account the amount over $4000 will be taxed at 20%. The draft is officially over when Rich gets into his car and drives away.
An owner can make post-draft pick-ups at $20. Once the season starts this increases to $50.
You can not trade a player back to his prior team within 1 season of the original trade.
Trades are not official until posted on the internet.
Player to be named later trades are not allowed.
Owners who fail to hold players can reclaim them by paying $100 for the first year they fail to hold the player and $50 for each year therafter.
A Playoff tiebreakers (where appropriate)--
3 one game playoff
A tie for the last playoff spot necessitates a one game playoff--neutral(both teams use the home side). Playoff tiebreakers will determine who bats home.
A tie for second requires no special playoff. The team with the best tie-breaker situation will be home game #1. His opponent will be home game #2. Game #3 will be played on a neutral field (both teams using the home side of the card.) The team that was home game 1 will bat home.
A tie for first requires no special playoff. Follow the playoff tiebreakers rule A.
Wild Card Series starts game 68. First Round starts game 72. World Series starts game 77
Division winner always has home advantage over non-division winner.
27-man rosters for the playoffs. Can not be switched once playoffs begin.
PR players--multiply by number of games and round up.
Playoff Limits--One Game Playoff
|over 1||4 innings|
all others = PA per game * 10 and round up.
V--HALL OF FAME RULES
Player must be retired. Manager must be deceased.
8 year career.
7.5 pts/voter needed for entrance. High and low vote totals are thrown out.
May give up to 10 point values--10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4.....
Must give point values to at least four players
Ballots must be handed in on draft day or mailed in by the Stats due date.
Recommendations may be made on draft day.
VI--STATISTIC KEEPING RULES
Plate appearances allowed include at bats + walks.
Keep all boxscores for one season.
Stats will be due one month after the draft. Fines will be administered if handed in late.
Include positions and defensive ratings.
Complete in alphabetical order.
Put stats in following column order--
VII--EXPANSION RULES(last used 1923/24)
Each team must provide a minimum of 5 player years in the expansion pool. A player year consists of the following:
a player with a minimum of 250 plate appearances
a catcher with a minimum of 200 plate appearances
a pitcher with a minimum of 100 innings
The expansion owner can select all of the players made available or opt to take $200 per player year, up to $1000, from and existing teams amount.
An existing team can opt to not include any players in the expansion pool. He can instead give the new owner $1100.
An existing team can opt to give the expansion team $600 in 1923 and $600 in 1924.
Once the expansion team has taken 5 years worth of players from a team, he will not be able to select any more players from that team. This allows for an existing team to put more than 5
years on the expansion list, giving the expansion team more choices.
The list of unprotected players must be made known to the expansion team 3 weeks before the draft.
The expansion team will also receive $5000.
The draft will then proceed as usual.