BRBL OFFICIAL CONSTITUTION
To assemble a line-up of 23 American (Major) League players whose statistics compile Realistically to produce more wins than any other team in the league.
Consists of 23 total players.
Minimum of 1 player per defensive position, maximum of three per position (at time of auction)
Minimum of 5 (4) starting pitchers, two relievers. Maximum of 12 total pitchers.
III) AUCTION DAY
A major league player draft in the form of an open auction is conducted on the first weekend after opening day. Each team must acquire 23 players at a total cost not to exceed $150.00. A team need not spend the maximum. Players are nominated by the owners in a predetermined order decided by a draw.
The team bidding first opens with a minimum salary bid of 50 cents for any eligible player, and the bidding proceeds around the room at a minimum increment of 50 cents until only one bidder is left. That team acquires the player for that amount and announces the roster position the player will fill. The process is repeated, with successive team owners introducing players to be bid on, until every team has a squad of 23 players. This initial draft will likely take the entire day to complete.
Players eligible at more than one position may be shifted during the course of the draft.
No team may make a bid for a player that it cannot afford. For example, a team with $2.00 left, and two openings on it's roster, is limited to a maximum bid of $1.50 for one player.
Players who commence the season on a major league team's disabled list are eligible to be drafted. If selected, they may be replaced (see below, Article XI, for details).
Addendum: A team may pass once during the course of bidding for a player but must enter a bid the next time his turn comes up or drop out of the bidding.
Addendum: The players from teams that are available to be drafted will be determined by the number of owners (i.e. one team will be available for each owner in the league). The teams will be determined in the following order: AL East, AL Central, AL West, NL East, NL Central and NL West. In the event that a new owner joins the league the highest ranked available team in the previous year's standings and in the divisional order listed above will become available.
In the event that an owner quits the league the lowest ranked team in the division that we are choosing from will no longer be available in the auction.
A minor league player draft shall be conducted via e-mail one week after the Major League draft in which each BRBL team may acquire players who:
a) are not on any American/National League team's active roster at the time the pick is made and
b) still have official rookie status as defined by major league baseball. The rule reads "A player shall be considered a rookie unless during the previous season or seasons, he has 1) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues."
Selection takes place in rounds of a simple draft, not an auction. Order determined by a draw in the first year, by reverse order of the final standings of the preceding season's pennant race in subsequent years.
There is no cost in the drafting of your minor league players. See Article XII for operational rules governing farm systems.
Addendum: The teams that we may draft players from will be the same teams that we allow in the auction.
Addendum: Any player selected in the draft remains the property of the owner who selected him even if that player does not sign and is subsequently selected by an ineligible team in a future draft.
Addendum: Once the draft begins each owner will have three days after being notified by the Commissioner to make their selection. If the owner fails to pick in that time frame the Commissioner will choose the highest drafted eligible player available from that year's draft.
Addendum: Once the BRBL draft begins any player who is traded from an ineligible team to an eligible team during this period cannot be selected. Conversely any player traded from an eligible team to an ineligible team during this period can be selected. The players that may be drafted are only those that are available at the time the draft begins, if a player is released from an owner's roster or farm team during the draft he cannot be selected as he was not available at the time the draft started.
Addendum: In the event that a new owner joins the league, his draft picks for that year will be relegated to the bottom of each round. In the following year he will pick in reverse order of finish.
IV) POSITION ELIGIBILITY
A player may be assigned to any position at which he appeared in 20 or more games in the previous season. If a player did not appear in 20 games at a single position, he may be drafted only at the position at which he appeared most frequently. The 20 games measure is only used to determine the position at which a player may be drafted. Once the season is underway, a player becomes eligible for assignment to any position at which he appears at least five times. This eligibility must be confirmed by the commissioner prior to assignment.
All fees are payable into the prize pool and are subsequently distributed to the top four teams in the final standings at the year-end closing ceremonies. (During the World Series).
1.Basic: The cumulative total of salaries paid for acquisition of a 23-man roster may not exceed $150.00.
2.Computer Fees: $25.00 used to defray the cost of keeping the stats.
3.Free Agent Pool: $5.00 for each player selected.
4.Farm system: $2.00 for each player called up. $2.00 per player retained in the Farm System as of two weeks prior to the auction.
5.Waivers: $5.00 for each player claimed on waivers.
6.September Roster Expansion: $25.00
VI) PLAYER'S SALARIES
The salary of a player is determined by the time and means of his acquisition and does not change unless the player becomes a free agent or is signed to a guaranteed long-term contract (See Article XIV)
The salary of a player acquired in the Major League Auction is his auction price.
The salary of a player selected from the free agent pool is $5.00
The salary of a player selected from a team's farm system is $2.00
The salary of a player claimed on waivers is $5.00
The salary of a player called up during the September Roster Expansion as an extra (i.e. 24th player) is $15.00 if he is drawn from the Free Agent Pool (see Article XIII).
Because you can commit only $150.00 for salaries on draft day, and because you will keep some of your players from one season to the next, salaries are VERY important. Particularly after the first season ends and winter trading begins.
VII) PRIZE MONEY
The fees (except playing fee) shall be promptly collected and wisely invested by the League Treasurer, who is empowered to subject owners to public humiliation and to assess fines as needed to insure that payments can be used to defray the cost of the postseason awards ceremony and banquet.
The Realistic Baseball formula will be used to determine the weekly standing and player statistics based solely on the manager's selected playing roster for that particular week. Results are to be distributed on a weekly basis.
Addendum: The weekly playing roster submitted to the commissioner will consist of one eligible player at each of the eight positions with the DH being manned by any position player regardless of position. The seven man pitching staff must consist of four confirmed starting pitchers in the first four pitching slots and two true relievers in the sixth and seventh slots. The fifth slot may be filled by either a starter or a reliever.
Addendum: The schedule at the end of the season shall be made up of 162 games. The commissioner will have the discretion of adding or subtracting games to reach that total so long as all owners are fully informed of any changes made.
Performance stats of a player shall be assigned to a league team only after he has been positioned into the playing roster by the manager. The commissioner must be advised of any player movement by Monday prior to game time of each week in order for the stats to start accumulating for the week commencing Monday.
From the completion of the draft auction until September 1st teams are free to make trades of any kind without limit, SO LONG AS THE ACTIVE ROSTERS OF BOTH TEAMS INVOLVED CONSIST OF 23 PLAYERS UPON COMPLETION OF THE TRANSACTION. Any trade is subject to an objection lodged by any team as to the integrity of the trade. The decision to disallow a trade that has been objected to will be decided by a league vote.
Trades do not affect the salaries or contract status of players.
No trade will involve cash, players named later or future considerations.
XI) PLAYER MOVEMENT
1) A player can be "benched" by his BRBL manager at any time. This is done simply by substituting a player on your playing roster with a player on your bench (who qualifies for the same position) and advising the commissioner of the decision by game time on Monday. The "new" player's statistics will begin producing for your team the Monday following your decision to make the change.
2) A BRBL general manager may replace a player on his 23-man roster if the player has been:
a)Placed on a disabled list by his Major League team.
b)Released by his Major League team.
c)Sent down to the minors by his Major League team.
A general manager wishing to replace a player for one of the above reasons can retain his rights by placing him on their RESERVE LIST for a fee of $5.00. A reserved player is removed from the team's 23-man roster at the end of the week during which formal notification is given, and placed on the team's Reserve List. There is no limit to the number of players a team may have on it's Reserve List. Reserving a player protects a team's rights to that player. A suspended player may not be reserved, released or replaced.
Once a player has been officially placed on Reserve List, waived or released outright by his Major League team a team is then free to select any eligible player from the Free Agent Pool of players not already owned by another BRBL team. The salary assigned to a player so selected from the Free Agent Pool is $5.00.
The call-up takes effect as soon as notification has taken place although the player's stats do not begin to produce for his new team until Monday.
When a player on the reserve list returns to active Major League duty, he must be reinstated to the 23-man roster at least two weeks after the Sunday of his activation, or be waived. When a player is reinstated to the 23-man roster from a team's Reserve List, the player originally called up to replace him must be waived, unless he can be shifted to another natural roster opening for which he qualifies. If the replacement player has been traded, reserved, released or waived within our league, the player acquired in his place must be waived or put into a natural roster opening if one exists. A reinstated player may not displace any player on the roster OTHER THAN his original replacement OR the player for whom the replacement has been traded. The rule holds through successive replacements that may occur for the duration of the season. This rule prevents a team from benefiting by a player being injured.
When a team DOES NOT WISH TO RESERVE the player he must be placed on waivers or given his OUTRIGHT RELEASE depending on the circumstances.
3) A player can be given his OUTRIGHT RELEASE ONLY, if he has been:
a)Unconditionally released by his Major League team.
b)Placed on the "designated for assignment" list by his Major League team.
c)Sent to the minors by his Major League team.
d)Placed on the "disqualified" list by his Major League team
A player NOT on the active roster of his Major League team CANNOT be placed on waivers but MUST be released outright and placed in the Free Agent Pool. This prevents a team from picking up a player on waivers merely for purpose of releasing him and replacing him with a player of higher quality.
4) A player may be placed on WAIVERS ONLY in the following cases:
a)When a team activates a player from it's reserve list, the player called up earlier to replace him
MUST be placed on waivers. (As described in 2/ above)
b)When a team activates a player from it's farm system, except into a natural opening (see XII),
the player dropped from the 23 man roster to make room for him MUST be placed on waivers.
c) The team acquiring a player on waivers must assign the player to a natural opening or waive a player from his team who is on a Major League team's active roster.
The WAIVER PERIOD begins at noon on Monday after the Commissioner has been notified
that a player has been waived and lasts one week, at the end of which the player shall become the property of the lowest ranked team to have claimed him.
Waiver claims take precedence over the replacement of an injured, released, or demoted player. That is, a player on waivers in a given week may be signed by a team with a roster opening only if no other team lower in the standings claims the player on waivers.
A team may acquire on waivers no more than one player in a given week.
A player who clears waivers - i.e. is not claimed by any team - returns to the Free Agent Pool.
The fee for acquiring a player on waivers is $5.00. The salary of a player acquired on waivers shall be $5.00 or his previous salary, whichever is greatest and his contract status shall remain unchanged.
Addendum: In the event that a player is activated from the minors and is not on a team's farm system or is traded or claimed on waivers from a team that is not one of the teams that we may take in the auction that player will become available in the same manner as the waiver claim. If he becomes available between the Monday and the Thursday of that week, teams with roster openings will have until Sunday at 10:00 p.m. to place a claim which will be determined by the reverse order of standings from the previous week.
If that player becomes available from Friday to Sunday, he will not be able to be claimed until the following Sunday at 10:00 p.m., again using the same claiming criteria.
If that player is not claimed during the above periods he will go into the Free Agent Pool.
Addendum: A team may place more than one claim for players newly entering our league (see above) in a given week. They will submit the list of players in sequence and if they procure one of the players they will not be able to claim any other players unless no other claim has been placed for them.
Addendum: As players are rarely placed on the DL after the September roster expansion even if they are shut down for the season the Commissioner may allow that player to be placed on a team's reserve list. The decision will be based on common knowledge that a player has been injured and will either be out for the regular season or long term.
Addendum: A player may be claimed from the Free Agent Pool at any time, if that team has a roster opening. The claiming of the player is on a first come first served basis and not contingent on standings.
Addendum: A player who is on the DL of a Major League team is not considered to be part of the Free Agent Pool until he is activated by his Major League team.
XII) FARM SYSTEM
A farm system player does not have to be activated until that player has pitched 50 innings or had 130 at bats (cumulatively) in the major leagues. Once that player passes either of these thresholds he must be immediately activated or be waived.
The fee for activating a player from a teams farm system is $2.00
If a farm system player is activated, the player displaced from the 23 man roster to make room for him must be placed on waivers. Unless the farm system player can be activated into a natural opening, in which case no waiver is required. Eg. One of your pitchers is placed on a Major League disabled list: you can reserve him and activate a pitcher from your farm system who has been called up by his Major League team.
Once brought up from your farm system by a BRBL team, a player may not be returned to it, although he may be placed on a teams reserve list in the event that he is returned to the minor leagues by his Major League team.
A farm system player not brought up to his Major League team's 23 man roster during the season of his initial selection may be kept within the farm system in subsequent seasons at a cost of $2.00 per player, so long as he retains official rookie status and the commissioner is duly notified two weeks prior to the auction each year when rosters are frozen. (see Article XV)
A farm system player may be traded during authorized trading periods subject to rules governing transactions, as may a team's selection rights in the minor league draft.
Addendum: At the time that pre-auction protected lists are finalized, a team may have no more than 25 players on their farm system. Once the auction has been completed the farm system roster becomes unlimited.
XIII) SEPTEMBER ROSTER EXPANSION
If it chooses, a team may expand it's roster for the pennant drive by calling up ONE additional player after September 1st from the Free Agent pool.
The order of selection for September roster expansion is determined by the most recent standings, with the last place team having first selection and so on. The selection order pertains until midnight, September 2nd ONLY, after which time a team forfeits it's order in the selection process, though not it's right to make a selection.
The fee for expanding the roster in September is $25.00. The salary assigned to a September call-up from the Free Agent Pool is $15.00.
NOTE: A device for heightening the excitement for contending teams and for sweetening the kitty at their expense, September roster expansion will generally not appeal to second division clubs.
XIV) THE OPTION YEAR AND GUARANTEED LONG-TERM CONTRACTS
A player who has been under contract at the same salary during two consecutive seasons and whose service has been uninterrupted (i.e. he has not been waived or released, although he may have been traded) must, prior to the freezing of rosters in his third or option season, be
b)signed at the same salary for his option year, or
c)signed to a guaranteed long-term contract
If RELEASED, the player returns to the Free Agent Pool and becomes available to the highest bidder at the next draft auction.
If signed at the same salary for an OPTION YEAR, the player must be released back into the Free Agent Pool at the end of that season
If signed to a GUARANTEED LONG-TERM CONTRACT, the players salary in each year covered by the new contract (which commences with the option year) shall be the sum of his current salary plus $3.00 for each additional year beyond the option year. In addition, a signing bonus, equal to one half the total value of the long term contract, but no less than $5.00 shall be paid.
Here's how it works. Let's say you drafted Tony Fernandez for $2.00 in 1984, a fair price then for an unproven talent. It's now the spring of 1986 and Fernandez who has become the best all-round shortstop in the league, is entering his option year. Only a Charlie Finley would let him play out his auction; only a Calvin Griffith would trade him. You compare Fernandez' stats with those of other players at various levels, asses your needs, project what's likely to be available and sign him to a four-year guaranteed contract. Fernandez' salary zooms to $11.00 ($2.00 + $3.00 + $3.00 + $3.00), but he is yours through the 1989 season. His signing bonus, which does not count against your $150.00 Draft Day Limit, is $22.00 (one half of 4 times 11). If he continues to blossom you've got yourself a bargain.
In determining a player's status, "season" is understood to be a full season or any fraction thereof. Therefore, a player called up from the Free Agent Pool in the middle of the 1986 season and subsequently retained at the same salary without being released in 1987 (even though he may have been traded) enters his option year in 1988 and must be released, signed at the same salary for an option year, or signed to a long-term contract.
Option-year and long-term contracts are entirely transferable, both in rights and obligations. A BRBL trade of a player in no way effects his contract status. In all cases - specifically INCLUDING permanent disability or sudden loss of effectiveness a team must honour the terms of a long-term contract as follows:
A player with such a contract MAY be released (i.e. not protected on a teams roster prior to Auction Day), but a team that chooses to do so must pay into the prize pool, outside the $150.00 Auction Day limit, a sum equal to TWICE the remaining value of the player's contract. The player then re-enters the Free Agent Pool. (This is an escape hatch for the owner who buys a dog but can't stand the fleas. It's costly but it's fair). A player automatically becomes a FREE AGENT at the conclusion of a Guaranteed Long-term Contact.
Addendum: A team may buy out a long-term contract during the season using the above criteria.
XV) ROSTER PROTECTION
In the first three seasons of the leagues existence, each team must retain, from one season to the next, NO FEWER THAN 7 but NO MORE THAN 15 players on it's 23 man roster. After three seasons, this minimum requirement is eliminated, the maximum retained. NOTE: After three seasons, a team might find it impossible to retain a specific minimum because too many players had played out their option.
The names of players being retained must be recorded with the Commissioner at the time that pre-auction rosters are set one week before the auction date. Specific notice must also be made at that time of any guaranteed long-term contracts signings and farm system renewals.
Until you know whom the other teams are going to keep, you won't know for sure who's going to be available. And until you know how much you have to spend on Auction Day, you won't be able to complete your own pre-auction budget.
The cumulative salaries of players protected prior to Auction Day are deducted from the team's $150.00 expenditure limit, and the balance is available for acquisition of the remaining players needed to complete the teams 23 man roster.
The Commissioner should promptly notify all teams in the league of each team's protected roster, including players, contact status, and amount available to spend on Auction Day.
Failure to give notice of a guaranteed long-term contract for a player in his option year will result in his being continued for one season at his prior year's salary and then released into the Free Agent Pool. Failure to renew a farm system player's minor league contract will result in his becoming available to all the other teams in the subsequent minor league draft.
A farm system player whose minor league contract is renewed one week prior to the draft and who consequently makes his Major League teams active roster on opening day may, at his BRBL owner's option, be added to the protected list of players on Auction Day (and another player dropped, if necessary, to meet the 15 player limit), or he may be dropped and made available in the auction. He may not be retained in his BRBL team's farm system.
Addendum: At the end of the season a rookie (less than 130 AB, 50 IP cumulative over any number of years) who is still on an owner's roster will either be sent back to the farm system if he does not make the following year's opening day major league team or retained on the owner's roster if he does. If retained he will not have a year taken from his contract.
The above would apply only to players from the farm system and not those claimed from the free agent pool, waivers, traded or picked up at the auction.