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1.1 Regular Season
The season consists of 162 games, where 23 games are played against each team within the division and 14 games are played against each team outside the division.
1.2 World Series
The two division winners at the end of the regular season will play a best of seven game World Series. The home park of the first game is chosen on a rotating basis between the divisions. The Eastern Division team plays games 1, 2, 6, and 7 at home in even years, and games 3, 4, and 5 played at home in odd years.) The Western Division team plays games 1, 2, 6, and 7 at home in odd years, and games 3, 4, and 5 played at home in even years. Unless mutually agreed, these games will be played with human managers. These games will occur soon after the regular season.
2.1 Regular Season Rosters
2.1.1 Roster Numbers
Each team must keep 25 players on the roster for all games. Rosters may be expanded to up to 40 players from September 1st until the end of the regular season.
2.1.2 Roster Changes
Changes to the active roster and the lineups can be made at the end of each block of games. This will be done through franchise files.
2.1.3 End-of-Season Special Playoff Game
Changes to the active roster and the lineups will be allowed before any end-of-season playoff game that is required to resolve a tie.
2.4 Multiple Lineups
Multiple lineups may be made for facing either RHPs or LHPs. All lineups must contain the same 25 players from the active roster.
2.2 World Series Rosters
2.2.1 Fixed Roster Numbers
Each team must keep 25 eligible active players on the active roster for all games. An active roster must include either 4 or 5 designated starting pitchers and 5 or 6 relief pitchers. Each teams roster is announced before the first games, and may not change during the series.
2.2.2 Full Roster Required
At least one player eligible for each position must be kept on the playing roster.
Lineups are specified for each game after the opposing starting pitcher is announced.
3.1 Schedule and Number of Rounds
Two drafts will occur each year. The first will be held at the beginning of the season and consist of 6 rounds. The second will be at the All-star break and consist of 5 rounds.
3.2 Draft Order
3.2.1 Both Drafts use Similiar Process
The draft order for both spring and summer drafts will be established in a similiar process.
3.2.2 World Series Participants
The World Series winner from the previous year will draft 10th in all rounds. The World Series loser from the previous year will draft 9th in all rounds.
3.2.3 Rounds 1 & 2
For the teams not involved in the world series, the draft order for the first and second rounds will be chosen by lottery after (the previous season's games/the games up to the All-star break) are played. The team with the worst record (determined by games behind) will get one marker. All other teams will get one marker PLUS an additional marker for each full three games ahead of the worst team. A marker will then be randomly chosen for the first pick of the first two rounds. Then a marker will be chosen for the second pick, then the third, and so on until the eighth pick. The records of the world series winner and loser will not be included in these calculations.
22.214.171.124 Special protection in lottery
The team with the most chances in the lottery can draft no lower than 4th in rounds 1 & 2. If 2 teams tie for the most lottery chances, neither team can draft lower than 5th. If 3 teams tie for the most chances, none of the 3 can draft lower than 6th, etc.
3.2.4 Rounds 3, 4 & 5
For the teams not involved in the world series, the draft order for the third, fourth, and fifth rounds will have the team with the worst record drafting first, the team with the next worst record drafting next, and so on until the team with the best record drafts eighth in each round. For the bottom 3 rounds a coin flip will resolve ties for draft position. Records will be evaluated by games ahead, not by winning percentages.
3.3 Dropped Players
During a draft, a player(s) must be dropped from the active roster immediately if the draft of a new player would bring the number of players on the team roster to over 40. (No team can have more than 40 players on a roster during a draft.) A draft pick is not considered completed until all necessary drops are made. Dropped players are immediately available for the next draft pick.
4.1 Completion of Trades
Trades are official only after being accepted by the commissioner.
4.2 Commissioner's Veto of Trades
The commissioner may refuse to accept (and thereby void) any trade that the commissioner feels to be unfair, unreasonable, or “not in the best interests of this baseball league”.
4.3 Override of Commissioner's Veto
Team owners can override the commissioners void of a trade by gathering a majority of all owners not involved in the trade (including the commissioner) to declare that the trade was indeed fair and reasonable and “in the best interests of this baseball league”.
4.4 Owner's Veto of Commissioner's Trades
Team owner may act to void as unfair any trade made by the commissioner by gathering a majority of all owners not involved in the trade to declare that the trade was unfair, unreasonable, or “not in the best interests of this baseball league”.
4.5 No External Value or Conditions
All trades must be complete in themselves and carry no value external to the players traded. No money or favors may be exchanged for players. No conditions in regard to player performance, team performance, or future owner decisions may be included as an element of a trade.
4.6 Notice and Waiting Period
No proposed trade may be completed until 3 days (72 hours) after giving notice of the proposed trade to all League GMs. This restriction can be set aside with the unanimous consent of the GMs. This restriction is also set aside for GMs while physically present at a League Draft Night, if the proposed trade is publicly announced, allowing for counter-offers, before the trade is completed.
4.7 Trading Season
Trading will be allowed from the end of the league’s World Series until 10:00PM CDT on July 31st of each year.
4.8 Trading Draft Picks
Draft picks from the next draft may be traded at any time. Future draft picks from the second upcoming draft may be traded when the date of the first (nearest) upcoming draft is within 30 days. No draft picks from drafts more than a year away may ever be traded.
4.9 Reported by All Involved
All owners involved in the trade must report the trade before the trade is accepted.
5.1 Regular Season Eligibility
5.1.1 Player Eligibility
All players who appear on the APBA disk are eligible to be on the active roster.
5.1.2 Starting Pitcher Eligibility
An APBA starting picher grade is required to start a game.
5.1.3 Relief Pitcher Eligibility
Players with either a starting or relieving grade may pitch in relief.
5.1.4 Defensive Position Player Eligibility
Defensive position players must have played at a position for 162 (one per team game) or more innings (not counting partial innings) in the previous season in order to start a game at that position.
5.1.5 Designated Hitter Eligibility
All position players can be used as the designated hitter.
5.2 World Series Eligibility
5.2.1 Starting Pitcher Eligibility
Pitchers must have pitched 162 (one per team game) or more innings (not counting partial innings) AND have started in 24 (one per every 6.75 team games, rounded down) or more games in the previous season in order to be eligible to start a game.
5.2.2 Relief Pitcher Eligibility
Pitchers must have pitched 40 (one per every 4 team games, rounded down) or more innings (not counting partial innings) AND have appeared in 40 (one per every 4 team games, rounded down) or more games in the previous season in order to be eligible to relieve in a game. Starting pitchers will be “benched” for games they do not start in order to insure that they are not selected for relief.
5.2.3 Catcher Eligibility
Catchers must have played at the catcher position for 162 (one per team game) or more innings (not counting partial innings) in the previous season in order to start a game as a catcher.
Players who begin the game as the catcher or as a backup with a primary position of catcher must have 283 (1.75 per team game, rounded down) plate appearances in the previous season in order to play on the active roster.
5.2.4 Other Position Player Eligibility
Position players must have played at a position for 162 (one per team game) or more innings (not counting partial innings) in the previous season in order to start a game at that position.
Position players besides catcher must have 378 (2 1/3 per team game, rounded down) plate appearances in the previous season in order to play on the active roster.
5.2.5 Plate Appearance Definition
A plate appearance is defined as an at bat, a walk, a HBP, a sacrifice, or anything else that results in the batter reaching base or becoming an out.
5.3 Outfield Eligibility
Players eligible at center field may start at any outfield position. Players with a total of 162 combined in the outfield may start at either left or right field.
6.1 Regular Season Rules
6.1.1 Use Domed Stadiums
Rainouts will be prevented during the regular season by using domed stadiums. No stadium effects will be used.
6.1.2 Full AIM and Injuries
All AIM Injuries and Fatique will be used for the regular season.
6.1.3 Worn-Out Players
Worn-Out players are not allowed to start games.
6.1.4 Maintaining Franchise Files
Each General Manager will be responsible for maintaining their franchise files.
6.1.5 Maximum Batters Faced
Pitchers will be limited to the Maximum Batters Faced (MBF) for the regular season.
6.1.6 Number of Games played in a Block
Two weeks of games will be played between changes to the franchise files.
Multiple micro-managers will be approved for use in regular season games.
6.1.8 Innocuous Players
The APBA switch will be set to NOT allow players with an OPS under .600 from having an increased play rating.
6.2 World Series Rules
6.2.1 Hit and Run
The “hit and run” play may only be used three times per team for each game when games are played with human managers.
6.2.2 Stolen Bases
Stealing bases may only be attempted as the master board games allows when games are played with human managers.
6.2.3 AIM Fatigue
AIM Fatigue Only will be used for Series Games. Worn Out players are ineligible to play except as an injury substitution.
6.2.4 Pitcher Use
Only eligible starting pitchers may start. Only eligible relief pitchers may relieve.
6.2.5 Using a Substitute Manager
If a World Series manager is unable to play his team's games, he may choose a substitute manager from the league to play the games. Any manager whose team has played in the World Series in the previous two seasons is not eligible to substitute, unless the opposing manager agrees.
6.3 Designated Hitter
Our league uses a designated hitter rule for all games.
6.4 APBA version
Games will be played on APBA baseball for windows, version 5.5.
7.0 Rule Changes
These rules may be changed when approved by ¾ of the league's active general managers. For all rules and customs that are considered "foundational" to the league, it is recommended that unanimous support is received before making changes.