BBFL 2008

Monday, February 18 2008 @ 02:27 PM EST

Contributed by: Gwyn

The world's politest fantasy league returns.

Update - Feb 21st:
Existing Owners, please reply to me ASAP if you haven't let me know if you'll be returning. I want to get this years ownership list finalised this weekend, and I really don't want to drop anyone without hearing from them. Even if you're not coming back just drop me a line to let me know, thanks to all owners who have responded, there are five I'm still waiting to hear from.

Update2 :
I forgot that Opening Day is officially March 25th. Therefore I don't think yahoo is going to let us draft on March 27th. Let's schedule March 20th at 9pm as our preferred draft time. We'll have to shorten the trading window a little. I'll post an updated timetable at the weekend.

Welcome to Year Six 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 gwynprice dot com with the following information:

Team Name:
Your name:
Email address:
WILL / WILL NOT be playing this year:

I am still waiting to hear from 18 owners or prospective owners. Please get in touch ASAP! I'm going to have to start assuming people aren't returning if I haven't heard in the next few days.

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 14 through Mar 2: Ownership/roster decsions
Feb 18 through Feb 25: Rule proposals and discussion
Feb 25 through Mar 2: Rule voting
Mar 2 through Mar 16: Off-Season Trading Window
Mar 16: Announce Keepers
Mar 20: Deadline to change keepers
Mar 27: Draft.

The moment we get a league’s ownership finalized, I will begin emailing owners to match owners with orphaned rosters. In essence, demoted teams choose first (in order of 2007 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 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 2007 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 2009. 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.

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:

Eastern Shore Birds, Schroedinger’s Bat, 1 Tool Wonders and Baseball North (attrition) advanced to Alomar.
Pohnpei Papayas, Thunderbirds and Reykjavik Fish Candy were relegated to Barfield.
Trembling Wilburys, Garth Iorg Gremlins, New Jeresy Stratuses and Yastremskis (attrition) advanced to Barfield.
Bodells Bashers, team junior felix and Angry Gnomes 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 27th. 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? Join the waiting list. Last year’s waiting list has 8 names outstanding, and it does carry over, but plenty of people decline or don’t respond. I send out 5 invitations last week and have only had one response, so we may well have a few openings. If you'd like to be added please email bbfl at gwynprice dot com, with:
Your Name
Your box Id
Your Team Name