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Three divisions.
Twenty teams per division.
Twenty-Five players per team.
Twelve statistical categories.
Promotion and relegation.

Welcome to Year Five of the Batter's Box Fantasy League.

Who's With Us?

Last week, I emailed all of last year's managers about returning for 2007. If you did not receive it, please send email to bbfl at scottlucas dot com with the following information:

Team Name (old and new, if changing):
Your name:
Email address:
WILL / WILL NOT be playing this year:

BBFL Preseason Schedule

Rule proposals and discussion will run from now until next Sunday. If we have complete team ownership by then, the schedule will run as follows:

Feb 19 through Feb 25: Rule proposals
Feb 26 through Mar 4: Rule voting
Mar 6 through Mar 18: Off-Season Trading Window
Mar 19: Announce Keepers
Mar 24: Deadline to change keepers
Mar 29: Draft.

The moment we get a league’s ownership finalized, I will begin emailing owners to match owners with orphaned rosters. Remember that we changed the roster-assignment process last year. In essence, demoted teams choose first (in order of 2006 finish), then promoted teams, then owners promoted via attrition. Owners who do not respond promptly will be passed over and may have rosters assigned to them. See Rule XI of the BBFL constitution for details.

Regarding the trading window, Alomar and Barfield owners may have players they must relinquish now per the three-year rule. I’ll post a list in the near future (I emailed 2006 final rosters last week). Keep this in mind when developing a trading strategy.

Rule Proposal Guidelines

1. One owner proposes a rule change or an addition/adjustment to a current rule.
2. Someone seconds the proposal.
3. The proposal is added to the list. If two or more proposals seem contradictory, I may combine them into a single multiple-choice question at the time of voting (as an example from 2004, we wouldn't have wanted separate proposals on how many teams to relegate). We'll just see how they develop.
4. Before you submit a proposal, please review the constitution to make sure you’re not covering old ground.

Remember, BBFL rules can’t contradict Yahoo. For example, in 2005 the BBFL voted to require 100 or more at-bats to qualify for offensive wins (similar to the 25-inning minimum). I later discovered that Yahoo provided no way to implement that rule, so out it went. Rule changes on in-game play (for example, statistical categories) will take effect this year, but structural changes involving ownership (for example, the ordering system for placing orphaned rosters with new owners) will not take effect until 2008. Put another way, no new rule may take effect before Opening Day.

Also, if a proposed rule would create onerous administrative duties for the commissioner, the commissioner reserves the right to complain incessantly until the rule’s proponents give up.

Finally, I will insure that daily roster changes will follow the “next day” system we used from 2003-2005, not the “same day” system I inadvertently put in place last year.

Advancement / Relegation

Per league rules, the three lowest-ranked teams in the Alomar and Barfield divisions move down, and the top three teams (in the standings or playoffs, depending on the circumstances) in Barfield and Carter move up. Here are the switches for 2006:

Pohnpei Papayas, Magic 9, and Moscow Rats advanced to Alomar.
Schroedinger’s Bat, Eastern Shore Birds, and Jay’s Ehs were relegated to Barfield.
Sexy Underpants, Chico’s Bail Bonds, and the Wedding Singers advanced to Barfield.
European Wannabe, Dr. Z’s Hot Men, and Pistol Nine were relegated to Carter.

Draft Day

During the past three years, every division has held its draft on the Thursday prior to Opening Day. This year, that will be March 29th. We’ve typically drafted at about 9pm EST, rather late for you Easterners but necessary to accommodate those out west.

Waiting List

Interested in playing? Post here and join the waiting list. Last year’s waiting list was 30 or so, and it does carry over, but plenty of people decline or don’t respond. We may have a few openings. I’ll have to dig through old emails to confirm the existing list, and I’ll post it here when I do.



Barfield: 18 returning, 2 out (Jick’s Rays, Jay's Ehs)

Carter: 15 returning, 3 out (European Wannabe, Pistol Nine, Anarchist Archivists), 2 not invited back for too-passive ownership


These are the leftovers on the waiting list from Feb 23 2006, when we filled up the league last year:

see you, ronnybrams, T-Fern, HippyGilmore, Geoff, zaptom, The Bone, Jevant, Jobu, andrewkw, Noah, Grrbear, rlblt, clark, williams_5, torpg20, Alexander, DepecheJay, JC, jayfanbooklyn, skinner.

I'll need to add those who signed up afterwards, followed by those who've signed up now. Whether by email or comment, I always add people in order of time of the message. We will need seven new owners this season.  Emailing will begin Saturday 24 Feb.

You must have a valid BB account and be in the good graces of the Roster to join. Also, as this is the time of year when people should be expecting information about fantasy ball, I'm pretty ruthless about passing over waiting-list members who don't respond quickly. I'll post here when I send out the invite email.

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HippyGilmore - Monday, February 19 2007 @ 09:33 PM EST (#163658) #
I'm not sure if I was already on it or not, but I'd like to be put on the waiting list.
PhilBlunt - Monday, February 19 2007 @ 09:44 PM EST (#163660) #
I would love to be on th waiting list.  It'll be years but I'm in no rush.
Jevant - Monday, February 19 2007 @ 09:57 PM EST (#163661) #
I think I should be already on it, but if not, I'd like to be on it.


laketrout - Monday, February 19 2007 @ 10:13 PM EST (#163662) #
I would love to get in when a spot becomes available.
HaloBrad - Monday, February 19 2007 @ 10:44 PM EST (#163664) #

Just a quick note of thanks to Scott for his past and continued work and for getting the ball rolling for the upcoming season. Nothing better than knowing spring at a ballpark is approaching again!

And thanks again for the consideration for those of us in the Left Coast for an after-office-hours draft-time which may not be ideal for those of you out East.


dwright5 - Monday, February 19 2007 @ 11:09 PM EST (#163665) #
I would like to play, if you have a vacancy.
Pa - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 12:07 AM EST (#163672) #
can i be put on the waiting list too please, hopefully i'll be able to get in this year....thanks

Anders - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 02:22 AM EST (#163673) #
Moi aussi, if there is space.
Pa - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 02:53 AM EST (#163675) #
can i be put on the waiting list too please
tr0mbone - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 02:55 AM EST (#163676) #
I would love to toss my 5950 in the ring as well : trombone at gmail dot com
Dave Rutt - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 05:26 AM EST (#163677) #
I'll add myself to that waiting list.
Squiggy - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 08:16 AM EST (#163679) #
i would like to be on as well, thanks
Brian - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 08:40 AM EST (#163683) #
I am definately in this year!  I'm not sure why the email bounced from my account (Chicos Bail Bonds) but I will email you to confirm this morning.
torpg20 - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 09:53 AM EST (#163687) #
I think I was on the waiting list last year - and would like to be added if not.


Four Seamer - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 09:56 AM EST (#163688) #
I just sent you an email, Scott.  The Garth Iorg Gremlins will be back for another season of mediocre regular season results, and consolation round domination.  The only Consolation Champs the Carter Division has ever known will attempt to keep their kiss-your-sister dynasty alive.
Manhattan Mike - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 10:14 AM EST (#163690) #
I believed I emailed you midway through last season, but I would like to be put on the waiting list as well. Thanks!
Manhattan Mike - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 10:45 AM EST (#163693) #
please email me at lehmanins at yahoo dot com if there is space.
Noah - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 11:43 AM EST (#163695) #
I would love to be put on a waiting list....
Jacko - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 01:25 PM EST (#163697) #
Scott, the Cooney Islanders (Barfield) are back for 2007.

washington_jay - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 01:33 PM EST (#163698) #
I, too, would love to be added to a waiting list. Sounds like a lot of fun.
The Bone - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 03:57 PM EST (#163706) #
I definitely remain interested in joining the league
Mike T - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 08:40 PM EST (#163711) #
I'd love to take part in a BB fantasy league!
Please put me in the waiting list :)

budgell - Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 08:48 PM EST (#163712) #
I think I should be already on it, but if not, I'd like to be on it.

Jonny German - Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 09:38 AM EST (#163743) #

I have a rule change proposal. It's a two-parter:

1) I propose we limit the maximum number of transactions per team.

2)  I propose we vote on the following thresholds:

a) 60

b) 80

c) 100

Obviously, if (1) doesn't pass then (2) will be moot. I'm proposing this in two parts because having simply the second part with "No limit" as an option would unfairly split the "Let's have a limit" vote.

The rationale behind having a transactions cap was discussed here.

Gwyn - Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 11:29 AM EST (#163749) #
I second Jonny's proposal.
Jacko - Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 11:39 AM EST (#163753) #
3 transactions per week seems like a sane number. 

Also, I'm in favour of modifying the waiver rules to get waived players back on the open market faster.  One of the things that active teams end up doing is taking players off the market when they claim them and subsequently waive them.  So not only do they get use out of them, but they prevent other teams from using them afterwards. 

In fact, I'm kind of in favour of abolishing waivers altogether.


Sanjay - Thursday, February 22 2007 @ 05:01 PM EST (#163765) #

Please add me to the wait list.

Thank you.

VBF - Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 12:42 PM EST (#163802) #

If anybody is unable to get in, or maybe looking for something a little less commital, I've created a Yahoo Fantasy League.

Name: cheek4hof

Password: howarth

VBF - Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 01:01 PM EST (#163803) #

Sorry, the league ID is 112828. The draft date will be a week today at 11:45am.


unclejim - Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 03:27 PM EST (#163806) #
I would love a team this year, but Im guessing theres too many managers and not enough teams to go around..

If anyone else is thinking of setting up a league this season and needs more managers please get in touch.


Ryan C - Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 01:31 AM EST (#163812) #
I'll add some data to the discussion of the transaction limit.  Yahoo keeps the record of number of transactions for each team even after the season is over, so that's where this data comes from.

Last year in Carter Division there were 5 teams out of 20 that made more than 60 moves, 1 team that made more than 80, and 0 teams that made more than 100.

The top 5 number of transactions were:  97, 79, 73, 65, 65.  Everyone else made 50 or less transactions.

The top 3 teams in order of finish made the following number of transactions:  1st place: 97, 2nd place: 65, 3rd place: 73

My own team made 46 transactions.

unclejim - Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 05:04 AM EST (#163813) #
Thanks for setting that up VBF.

You have (I suspect) your first international team as the London Meteors (the real London, not the pretend one !) enter the competition.

dp - Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 11:03 AM EST (#163814) #
I'm curious about the rationale for limiting transactions.  I thought this league was so good because being more active and tweaking your team is what's involved in playing. 

The waiver rules I thought were Yahoo's (in terms of eligibility/new players hitting the wire).  One of the most valuable things you have in this league is your waiver priority, and teams that burn it routinely are taking a gamble.  my biggest decision last season was if I should grab Jared Weaver or wait on Lastings Milledge (I waited and grabbed Milledge, which was a pretty bad move, fueled by Mets fanboyism...). 

Any chances of getting a BBox BBFL trading thread?  I've got a lot of young players I'd deal.

Subversive - Tuesday, February 27 2007 @ 03:29 PM EST (#163863) #
Hi folks. This is my first post here, but I've been lurking for some time. I'd like to be placed on the waiting list for the league. I'm assuming it's probably full up for this year, but of course I'd be interested if it's not. Obviously I don't have a lot of credibility here, having never posted before, but I am an experienced fantasy player, commissioning 1 keeper league, and being an active member of a dynasty league, as well as taking part in 1 or 2 year to year leagues each season. Anyway, I can be reached at Thanks and I hope to get to know some of you as time goes by!
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