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39 of the 52 returning BBFL owners partook in Democracy's Greatest Adventure: the annual voting on rule changes. Owners resoundingly approved two changes to league administration and defeated two proposals regarding game play.


2006-1: Change the handling of trade protests. Currently, all trade protests are handled by a single seven-member committee. This proposal will create a five-member Trade Committee for each division. Each Committee will vote on trade protests within its respective league. A simple majority will approve or disallow a protested trade.

The Commissioner will appoint members for each division based on owners’ activity and availability. An owner is not required to serve on a Committee if asked. At any time, the Commissioner may remove a member for not fulfilling his duties and appoint a replacement.

A Committee member may not vote on a trade involving his own team. If a protested trade involves one Committee member, the Commissioner will serve as a fifth member. If a protested trade involves two Committee members, the other three members will rule. The Commissioner may also serve if another member is unavailable so that the total number of voters is odd.

(Yes) Change the system as described above. (Approved 33-5)
(No) Keep current system

2006-2: Change the assignment of ownership for promoted, relegated, and orphaned teams. The current system is described in the BBFL Constitution under ”VIII. Promotion and Relegation” and “XI. Ownership.” In brief, promoted and relegated owners switch rosters, and orphaned teams are then assigned to the highest-ranking unpromoted teams in the next lower division. Rank is by regular-season finish.

The new system would work as follows:

Upon determination of all promoted, relegated, and orphaned teams in the league, the Commissioner will contact all owners switching leagues. These owners will be allowed to choose among the ownerless teams in the order described below. Promoted and relegated owners MUST move. Other owners given the opportunity to accept an orphaned team are not required to accept, and they can keep their present teams.

Prompt and efficient handling of ownership changes is essential to the functioning of the league. The Commissioner reserves the right to bypass owners who do not respond as soon as possible.

Regarding the Alomar Division, choice of teams will follow this order (in terms of regular-season finish except as noted):
-- 1st-place finisher in Barfield
-- 2nd-place finisher in Barfield
-- Championship Playoff winner in Barfield (or 3rd-place finisher if the 1st or 2nd-place team won the Playoff)
-- Next highest-ranking team(s) from Barfield, if any are needed

Regarding the Barfield Division, choice of teams will follow this order (in terms of regular-season finish except as noted):
-- 18th-place finisher in Alomar
-- 19th-place finisher in Alomar
-- 20th-place finisher in Alomar
-- 1st-place finisher in Carter
-- 2nd-place finisher in Carter
-- Championship Playoff winner in Carter (or 3rd-place finisher if the 1st or 2nd-place team wins the Playoff)
-- Next highest-ranking team(s) from Carter, if any are needed

Regarding the Carter Division, choice of teams will follow this order (in terms of regular-season finish):
-- 18th-place finisher in Barfield
-- 19th-place finisher in Barfield
-- 20th-place finisher in Barfield
-- New additions to Carter, if any are needed will be assigned teams by the Commissioner.

(Yes) Change the system as described above. (Approved 30-9)
(No) Keep current system

2006-3: Create a Center Fielder roster position. All position designations are made by Yahoo.
(Yes) Change one of the four OF slots to a CF slot.
(No) Keep current system. (Rejected 27-12)

2006-4: Increase the number of Disabled List slots on a roster. The current number is two.
(a) 2 slots (current system) (Approved with 98 points including 25 1st-place votes)
(b) 3 slots (Rejected with 86 points including 10 1st-place votes)
(c) 5 slots (Rejected with 50 points including 4 1st-place votes)

What Now?

Per the vote on Prop 2, I’ve contacted owners switching leagues. Rather than have each owners pick one at a time, most owners will have to rank two or more teams, and each will get the highest ranked team not chosen by his predecessor(s). That should speed up the process.

Immediately upon completion, I’ll open the offseason trading window. For you Alomar owners, here’s a list of players owners can’t keep in 2006. Let me know if you see something in error:

Austin Senators – Jeff Kent
Baird Brain – Lance Berkman
Billie’s Bashers – Hank Blalock
Garces_Not_On_Roids – Manny Ramirez
Gashouse Gorillas – Roy Oswalt and Mark Teixeira
Ghost Man On Third – Jorge Posada and Trot Nixon
Mebion Glyndwyr – Vlad Guerrero
Slippery Pete – Jose Vidro
Thunderbirds – Roy Halladay
Toronto Walrus – Curt Schilling

Last year's final rosters and keepers for Alomar and Barfield are located here.

I'll begin recruitment of rules committee members soon. If there's a protest of a trade during the upcoming window, I'll recruit in haste. Selection will be based loosely on tenure, participation in voting, participation at The Box, and how I feel at the moment. Don't be upset if I don't recruit you; I know most of you minimally at best and am bound to overlook a deserving candidate.

The additions to Carter are Sister, CSHunt68, Wedding Singer, Jdog, DanJulien, Brian, and jsut. Welcome aboard.

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CSHunt68 - Tuesday, February 28 2006 @ 09:05 AM EST (#141611) #
Today ... I consider myself ... the luckiest man ... on the face of the earth.
(who's already putting draft lists together ;^) ...)
Skills - Tuesday, February 28 2006 @ 10:01 AM EST (#141613) #
Any update on the Carter Division rosters from the end of last season or what the plan is if they are unavailable?
jeff - Tuesday, February 28 2006 @ 12:45 PM EST (#141616) #
I have decided to continue the Batters Box tradition of having a Leftovers league that mimics the BBFL rules and is open on a first come serve basis. I have participated in it the last two years and found the experience just as rewarding as managing my BBFL team.

For those on the waiting list and to keep the league competitive, I am only advertising it on this website.

The league name is: Leftovers
League id: 109192

3RunHomer - Tuesday, February 28 2006 @ 05:49 PM EST (#141631) #
Man, that's a lot of talent that's got to be moved in Alomar. I'll be happy to listen to trade offers from any teams with expiring contracts.

Potential keepers on my roster include Miguel Cabrera, Aramis Ramirez, Andy Pettitte, Josh Beckett, Jimmy Rollins, Cliff Lee, Adam Eaton, Pat Burrell, Brian Roberts and Ryan Howard. I'm leaning toward keeping Miguel and Aramis and dealing the rest.

Eastern Shore Birds - Alomar Division
email: accomackid (at)
GrrBear - Tuesday, February 28 2006 @ 09:06 PM EST (#141646) #
With all respect to Lefty and his league...

If the BBFL rules are too daunting for you, and you yearn for a simpler life, like, say, Yahoo head-to-head Fantasy Baseball, feel free to sign up at with the following info:

League ID#: 96307
Password: ernie

Donkit R.K. - Tuesday, February 28 2006 @ 10:00 PM EST (#141650) #
As far as I can tell I get first choice of teams to take over int he Carter diviasion this year... were those rosters ever recovered?
Lucas - Wednesday, March 01 2006 @ 11:30 AM EST (#141672) #
I'm afraid we don't have the Carter rosters. We'll need to figure out what, if anything, we can do. Perhaps one thing is to rank the draft order as follows: Relegated Barfield teams, returning Carter teams, then new Carter owners.
Jay - Wednesday, March 01 2006 @ 12:30 PM EST (#141675) #
Hey Scott...any update on the outcome of the new Alomar owner draft? I know my selections are in (2nd choice). Has anybody else, more specifically, the Midgets selected yet? Just curious.

Thanks again for you work on all this.
Skills - Wednesday, March 01 2006 @ 01:45 PM EST (#141681) #
Are you suggesting that we will not get to retain our keepers?!

If so, I think we should really try to avoid doing so. I would definitely feel frustrated and that my efforts last season were wasted. Plus, I'm willing to bet that the returning teams know their keepers. I know I remember mine.

Perhapsd, if all the returning teams are forced to declare their keepers prior to the draft, then they can select them in the 1st 5 rounds, while the new teams select normally. A list could be distributed notifying all teams about who the keepers were and that they cannot be picked.
Cristian - Wednesday, March 01 2006 @ 05:59 PM EST (#141695) #
Are the Yahoo leagues going to be set up soon? It would be nice to discuss trades on the league message boards.
Lucas - Wednesday, March 01 2006 @ 06:56 PM EST (#141699) #
Alomar Ownership Changes:

Last year's Mighty Midgets take the roster of Garces_Not_On_Roids.
Jay's Ehs take Moscow Rats.
Schrodinger's Bat takes Red Mosquitoes.
WAMCO gets Baird Brain.

All four owners wanted Garces. I guess that's why they call him El Guapo.

Barfield changes aren't complete. Two haven't replied, and I had an unfortunately VERY late dropout from the league, so Barfield also welcomes The Angry Gnomes from '05's Carter Division.
Lucas - Wednesday, March 01 2006 @ 07:00 PM EST (#141700) #
Regarding the Carter situation, I don't want to dictate a solution. I'm open to whatever Carter owners agree to, with the caveat that the solution doesn't cripple newcomers to the league.

It seems that having returning owners declare keepers would be dependent on ALL of them knowing who their players were. If that's not the case, it's going to be difficult to create an equitable system. Maybe.
Dylan B - Friday, March 03 2006 @ 01:35 PM EST (#141821) #
Regarding the Carter Division keepers from last year, we have the initial draft saved of the BBFl site, which would give us somewhat of a baseline. If everyone can remember most of the trades made during the season, we could figure out which players were on which teams. For example my the the @$$kickers traded Piazza, Wolf, Lugo, Capuano, Cantu and Lawton to the Pohnpei Papayas and recieved Helton, Brazoban and Klesko in 2 seperate deals. It would really suck if we can't get the keepers back since I had an outside shot at making the play-offs, but gave it up so I could get a top Hitter to keep for this year in Helton. I know I was going to keep Helton, Mauer, Crawford, Gange and Harden.
Balla - Friday, March 03 2006 @ 03:15 PM EST (#141824) #
Regarding Carter keepers,

Not to sure who I have also, It would suck if we lost our keepers seeing I made a couple of key trades last year to boost me to playoffs this year. However, if that is the case I would not mind to re-draft.
Coach - Friday, March 03 2006 @ 05:32 PM EST (#141831) #
Alomar trade: Toronto Walrus sends Curt Schilling, Jim Thome and Jason Giambi to Schroedinger's Bat for Travis Hafner.

It's quantity-for-quality, with our three-year rule very much a factor. I had to move Schilling or throw him back in the free agent pool, and Thome, only my sixth-best keeper candidate anyway, was in his walk year. From my perspective, it's swapping two seasons of Giambi for three of Pronk, while Schroedinger's Bat adds some much-needed depth.

Walrus keepers, barring unexpected injuries, will be Randy Johnson, Mariano Rivera, Gary Sheffield, Travis Hafner and Coco Crisp. No additional preseason deals are anticipated, but the office door is always open.
Cristian - Friday, March 03 2006 @ 07:59 PM EST (#141834) #
Is there a list of which email addresses correspond to which teams? It's kind of hard to make any trade proposals without knowing this.
Cristian - Friday, March 03 2006 @ 10:12 PM EST (#141835) #
I found Scott's email with the email addresses and team owners for each team. I'm an idiot. Disregard my previous post. Or...try to take advantage of this idiot by sending me lopsided proposals. I may just bite.
A - Monday, March 06 2006 @ 01:54 AM EST (#141888) #
Barfield Trade Announcement

The 1-Tool Wonders has sent David Wright to the Cyphers for Todd Helton and Andruw Jones.

As of March 6, the Wonders' keeper list is shaping up quite nicely. Pedro Martinez and Felix Hernandez will anchor the pitching staff. The heart of the batting order will feature the newly acquired Helton and Jones as well as Ricky Weeks, who made for a stellar late-season pick up via the waiverwire.

Players of interest to other clubs may include Melvin Mora, Kerry Wood and CC Sabathia.

Although the Wonders feel very confident with their keepers, a deal can always be made. All trade inquiries can go to adamcf(at)gmail(dot)com.

Gwyn - Monday, March 06 2006 @ 08:59 AM EST (#141894) #
Alomar Trade. Mebion Glyndwr send Vladimir Guerrero to the Gashouse Gorillas for Mark Teixeira.
Thanks to all Alomar owners who expressed an interest in Vlad. Mebion Glyndwr expect to go into the season with Teixera, Carlos Lee, Andruw Jones, Chris Carpenter and Sir Ben of Sheets.
Jonny German - Monday, March 06 2006 @ 01:05 PM EST (#141906) #
Barfield Trade Announcement

The K-Town Mashers have shipped Johnny Damon to Jick's Rays in exchange for Brett Myers.

Justin (T-Birds) - Monday, March 06 2006 @ 02:22 PM EST (#141909) #
We're getting quite a few offers for Halladay, but we're only going to trade him if it improves our keeper situation.

Right now, our locks are:

- Helton
- D. Wright
- V. Martinez
- Beltran

We also have B. Giles and K-Rod eligible to be kept. So if we moved Halladay it would have to be for a keeper better than Giles or K-Rod. In our situation a 1-for-1 deal makes the most sense (preferably for a pitcher). It doesn't make sense for us to drastically improve other teams' positions just for a tiny upgrade on Giles or K-Rod though.
David Goodwin - Monday, March 06 2006 @ 05:24 PM EST (#141929) #
Attention Alomar Owners:

W-A-M-C-O is proud to announce the completion of two separate transactions.

To Mebion Glyndwr:
Lance Berkman OF Houston

to W-A-M-C-O:
Andruw Jones OF Atlanta
Adam Dunn 1B/OF Cincinnati


To Schroedinger's Bat:
Eric Gagne RP Los Angeles Dodgers

To W-A-M-C-O:
Brett Myers SP Philadelphia
Curt Schilling SP Boston

Barring any further trades, Melvin Mora will be my fifth keeper. Other players that may be of interest on my roster include Austin Kearns, Tom Gordon, Bobby Crosby, Livan Hernandez and Ryan Freel, but they are of marginal keeper value at best. Further trades are not out of the question, but most of the heavy lifting has likely been completed with these two transactions.
3RunHomer - Tuesday, March 07 2006 @ 12:25 PM EST (#141970) #
Alomar trade completed:

The Eastern Shore Birds have sent Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell to Ghost Man for Michael Young.

... that's one "Phillies Special" to go.
Pistol - Tuesday, March 07 2006 @ 10:15 PM EST (#142012) #
Barfield Trade:

Pistol Nine has traded Bobby Abreu to Magic 9 for Roy Oswalt.
Cristian - Wednesday, March 08 2006 @ 02:41 AM EST (#142041) #
Alomar Trade:

Every fifth Blue Jay game will take on added significance for the Edmonton Decepticons as the Decepticons have completed the following trade with the Thunderbirds.

To the Decepticons: Roy Halladay and Brian Giles
To the Thunderbirds: Jason Bay
Pistol - Wednesday, March 08 2006 @ 01:08 PM EST (#142071) #
Barfield Trade:

Pistol Nine trades Billy Wagner to the Mighty Midgets for Mark Prior.
BaseballNorth - Wednesday, March 08 2006 @ 01:13 PM EST (#142074) #
Thanks for posting the trade Pistol...just to avoid confusion surrounding new Barfield names:

Mighty Midgets has become Baseball North

Best of luck to all Barfielders this season!
Ben - Wednesday, March 08 2006 @ 04:46 PM EST (#142095) #
Alomar trading takes a turn.

After hours of strenuous negotiations between general managers and much sacrifice from both sides, The Mighty Midgets have decided to send the Jay's Eh's Eric Chavez and Mike Lowell in exchange for Vernon Wells. Both teams are looking forward to the new players reporting for spring training and will be welcome additions. Said GM Ben Webber "Anytime you can have a former all-star on your team you have to make that trade, even if it means giving up two former all stars."

Official transaction line
From Mighty Midgets to Jay's Eh's: 3B Eric Chavez and 3B/2B Mike Lowell
From Jay's Eh's to Mighty Midgets: OF Vernon Wells
Ben - Thursday, March 09 2006 @ 08:33 PM EST (#142208) #
Yet another Alomar trade.

The Mighty Midgets kept busy today as they acquired pitchers Tim Hudson and Roy Oswalt along with third baseman Alex Rodriguez in exchange for pitcher Johan Santana and catcher Joe Mauer. While some may see the Midgets as forfeiting their future for the present GM Ben Webber is quite confident "We've solidified our lineup and pitching staff with these additions. Sure we gave up quite a bit, but at least I'm not Isiah Thomas"
A - Saturday, March 11 2006 @ 09:06 PM EST (#142353) #
Barfield Trade

The 1-Tool Wonders have agreed to a deal with the Capers that sends Alfonso Soriano to the Wonders and C.C. Sabathia to the Capers.

The Wonders now have two potential keepers at 2B in Ricky Weeks and Soriano. Of note, we also have Melvin Mora, Kerry Wood, Moises Alou.

The Wonders would welcome proposals that involve one 2B and any combination of the above-mentioned.

3RunHomer - Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 09:56 AM EST (#142370) #
Have any other of you fantasy fanatics read Sam Walker's "Fantasyland"? Excellent book about how a Wall Street Journal reporter talks his way into the Tout Wars expert league, spends $40,000+ on research (etc) and ends up in eighth place. Funny book.

PS - great trade, Ben, getting ARod (!!!!) and Oswalt for Santana. Highway robbery.
Pistol - Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 10:31 AM EST (#142372) #
Barfield Trade:

The Pistol Nine remains busy, completing their third trade of the offseason:

Pistol Nine trade Juan Pierre, Jason Veritek, Jason Isringhausen, and Mike Gonzalez to the Bodell's Bashers (formerly Anarchist Archivists) for Gary Sheffield.
Kristian - Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 11:48 AM EST (#142373) #
The Burlington Mazsters of the Barfield division are still looking to trade. Here are some of the players that will not be keepers:

Felipe Lopez,Jason Giambi, Jon Garland, Jeremy Bonderman, Chad Tracy and possibly Chris Carpenter. Would love to package some of these players for a top flight hitter.

Balla - Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 12:38 PM EST (#142375) #
I just want to get an update on what is going on with the Carter Division? Anything new come up? Are we re-drafting? Or did someone come up with a fair way of allocating players?

Thanks, Balla
Jonny German - Sunday, March 12 2006 @ 02:45 PM EST (#142381) #
I'm interested in Carpenter, but Kristian isn't interested in Jimmy Rollins. Anybody got a big hitter they'd like to trade for a top drawer speedy middle infielder to make this a three-way?

My tentative keepers are Victor Martinez, Grady Sizemore, Jimmy Rollins, Brett Myers, and Eric Gagne. I'd be up for trading Rollins (or maybe even Martinez) for a top starter or slugger. Act now and get a free Schilling or Shelton.
Ben - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 01:45 AM EST (#142487) #
Alomar Trading Strikes Back

After an offseason of drama and trade requests Manny Ramierez has finally been traded. Sent to W-A-M-C-O along with promising young shortstop Jhonny Peralta for outfielder and first baseman Adam Dunn, Manny seemed quite happy. GM Webber had this to say on the trade "Thank you everyone for showing interest in Manny and putting up with our demands. This trade seemed to be our best fit on several fronts. In addition to the monstrous home runs Dunn will hit, we also acquired a better quarterback than a few NFL teams. This will come in quite handy when Selig's World Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey Classic begins" No date has been set for the WBFBHC.

GM Ben Webber also said that he was interested in trading recently acquired Vernon Wells and Tim Hudson in an effort to upgrade his last spot. Any two-for-one trades within reasonable bounds will be considered.
Pistol - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 08:46 AM EST (#142488) #
I believe today is the last day for trading.

Right now I have 5 keepers (Young, Sheffield, Rolen, Oswalt, Prior), but would be willing to shuffle things around if there was interest in Sheffield, Rolen or Prior.
Geoff North - Tuesday, March 14 2006 @ 03:28 PM EST (#142502) #
After having all of trade attempts thwarted (and maybe it's just sour grapes, but I feel like I offered better packages for a couple of guys who went to other teams *grumble*) the Hammers expect to go into the draft keeping D. Lee, Ichiro, Utley, Sexson and C. Zambrano (barring any injuries between now and keeper lock-in).

I also have BJ Ryan, Billy Wagner, J. Schmidt and J. Patterson, four good pitchers, for an upgrade for one of my stated keepers, if anyone is interested.
Kristian - Wednesday, March 15 2006 @ 02:33 PM EST (#142592) #
The Burlington Mazsters keepers barring injury will be Mark Teixeira,Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, Chris Carpenter and Jason Isringhausen.
Cristian - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 02:19 PM EST (#142673) #
Alomar Keepers

The Edmonton Decepticons enter the 2006 season with the following keepers:

Roy Halladay, Brian Giles, Scott Rolen, Rafael Furcal, and Rickie Weeks
3RunHomer - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 02:38 PM EST (#142675) #
Alomar keepers - Eastern Shore Birds
Miguel Cabrera, Michael Young, Aramis Ramirez, Andy Pettitte, Josh Beckett
Jonny German - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 02:40 PM EST (#142676) #
Barfield keepers, K-Town Mashers:
Victor Martinez, Grady Sizemore, Jimmy Rollins, Brett Myers, Eric Gagne.
Justin (T-Birds) - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 02:59 PM EST (#142680) #
Alomar Keepers - Thunderbirds

- Todd Helton, David Wright, Victor Martinez, Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran
Ben - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 03:32 PM EST (#142684) #
Alomar Keepers - Mighty Midgets

Alex Rodriguez, Adam Dunn, Vernon Wells, Jake Peavy, Roy Oswalt
Pistol - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 03:34 PM EST (#142685) #
Barfield - Pistol Nine keepers:

Mike Young, Gary Sheffield, Scott Rolen, Roy Oswalt, and Mark Prior
Magic 9 - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 03:45 PM EST (#142687) #
Barfield Keepers - Magic 9

Berkman, Jeter, Abreu, Crawford, Brian Giles

David Goodwin - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 06:08 PM EST (#142705) #
Alomar Keepers - W-A-M-C-O

Manny Ramirez
Andruw Jones
Melvin Mora
Jhonny Peralta
Brett Myers
jeff - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 08:08 PM EST (#142724) #
Barfield Keepers - Pohnpei Papayas

Jason Bay
Coco Crisp
Carlos Lee
Manny Ramirez
Ben Sheets
Justin (T-Birds) - Thursday, March 16 2006 @ 09:03 PM EST (#142732) #
Scott (or anyone in the know),

Has the date/time of the Alomar draft been set yet? I see on the BBFL set that it's scheduled for Mar. 30th, but I don't remember reading about the specifics.
koanhead - Saturday, March 18 2006 @ 11:34 AM EST (#142860) #
Alomar Keepers -- Schroedinger's Bat

A. J. Burnett
Eric Gagne
Jason Giambi
Scott Podsednik
Jim Thome
Gwyn - Saturday, March 18 2006 @ 08:32 PM EST (#142937) #
Justin - Thu Mar 30 9:00pm EST
Dylan B - Sunday, March 19 2006 @ 08:16 PM EST (#143032) #
I was wondering, what has been decided about the Carter League? Have the rosters been found, or are we going to redraft again? Plus has the league been setup yet? I haven't recieved any email since the proposed rule changes.
David Goodwin - Monday, March 20 2006 @ 10:37 AM EST (#143054) #
There are still 4 spots available in the Leftovers league. This league is the exact same set-up as the BBFL, though not a keeper league. For all those that are on the BBFL waiting list or those already in the league but looking for some practice for the real thing, sign up before it's too late!
League ID#: 109192
Draft Time: Wed Mar 29 8:30pm EST
Joseph Krengel - Tuesday, March 21 2006 @ 06:40 PM EST (#143177) #
So this is what it feels like to sit at the cool kids' table, eh?
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