1. Let's have fun, please respect your opponents and the time they have set aside to play their games online.
  2. Fatigue / Injuries is in place - check it out in the rules section (of the software).  Any "bit player" who exceeds his regular season usage will not be eligible for the post season.  An example of this would be a player with 12 AB's in real life and 13 AB's in our league or a pitcher with 5 innings pitched in real life and 5.2 IP in our league.
  3. The column to watch is the %. The magic number is 125%. If ANY player hits 125%, you will IMMEDIATELY incur a 10% usage penalty. This penalty goes to 20% when you hit 135%, and so on. Again look at the rules and my fatigue choices within.
  4. Roster limits: 25  for regular season, until 9/1 (or the series following 9/1), when it expands to 40 (traditional).  25 man (for post season eligible teams)
  5. Each team must have a MINIMUM of a 4 man rotation.  We will have 1 off day between each series to facilitate the 4 man rotation having the correct EPC.  Teams that did employ 5 starters in real life would best be served to use their 5th starter every so often as to avoid fatigue to the other 4 starters.
  6. Rain Outs will be part of the league rule.  If a game is rained shortened and is official the result will stand.  If it is rained out and not official it will be scheduled for the off/travel day that is built into the schedule.  If an additional game during the series gets rained out a double header will be played on the travel day.
  7. DH:  The AL will use the DH and the NL will not.  In the World Series we will use the DH only in the AL Park
  8. The Warm Up in Bullpen Rule is in affect and should be setup as part of the league settings.
  9. Playoffs: There will be 3 tiers of playoffs after the regular season ends.  Each tier will have 8 teams, except tier "C", which will have the bottom 10 teams.
  10. Tiebreakers:  In the event that there is a tie for a division title and neither team would qualify for the Wild Card a 1 game play in will take place at the ballpark of the team with the better h2h record during the regular season.  In case both teams split their regular season meetings a coin flip will then be used to determine HF.  If 3 teams are tied a two tiered play-in system will take place.  Random numbers will be used for seeding with one team getting a bye.  The team with the bye will automatically play on the road.  This applies for Wild Card scenarios as well.
  11. The 1st round will be a best of 5 (2-2-1); 2nd round (LCS) best of 7 (2-3-2) and the world series best of 7 (2-3-2) .
  12. Remember, we are playing a modified version of the 2nd half of the 1981 schedule.  This means that there will be an uneven number of games played by each team.  Douglas did a great job modifying the schedule to create a bit more balance.  Play in games will be played if a playoff spot is contingent upon a team being 1/2 game ahead or tied with someone else.  Half game leads will be treated as ties unless both teams would make the playoffs or tier.
  13. Playoff tiers are outlined below in Addendum #10
  14. Upon Completion of games please do a short series write-up for the blog, which can be done online by clicking here.
  15. email the league your results, and stats will be update on this website.
  16. Also, email me your manager files with your lineups and manager tendencies -- just in case someone can't play, we can always sim it.
  17. Contact your opponent to play via e-mail as soon as the new league file is released.  cc: the league on all correspondence.  E-mail the league if your opponent has not responded to your e-mail in 2 days, so we can mediate.
  18. Contact the league if you expect to be busy or away that week, so we can arrange for a sub to cover for your team or have your opponent play vs the computer in a supervised environment (see below playing vs computer option).
  19. Deadlines:  The goal is to play each series over a 7 day period.  Try to schedule your series early, because things do pop up in real life that might cause you to miss your preset playing time.  If your series is set on deadline day you will not have an opportunity to reschedule.  All games not played by the announced deadline will be "simmed".  If someone is a no-show (30 min or more late) or has to cancel their opponent has the following options:
  20. GAME PREFERENCES (Setup), will have a standardization throughout the league.  In version 2010, they are set automatically by the league file and not set individually anymore.  (see below photo)
  21. Exceptions to standard setup:  If both managers agree prior to the series to NOT use Pitch by Pitch mode they MUST e-mail the league prior to starting their first game.  Toggling this on and off or changing parameters during the series (unless it was incorrect and needed to be fixed) will NOT be tolerated.  Anyone caught changing these settings will automatically be forced to forfeit the game in progress.  This is a league rule and not a discriminatory.  Toggling off Pitch mode adversely affect running/small ball teams.
  1. Reschedule (provided it isn't deadline day).
  2. Play vs a league appointed sub
  3. Play vs the computer (see below).

Playing vs the Computer option:

  1. You must first e-mail the league and get approval to do this.
  2. You must e-mail the league at the start and e-mail the league at the end of the 4 game series.
  3. You have 60 minutes from the time the e-mail is sent until the end of the series for the results to count.
  4. If time limit has elapsed the league will sim the series.

Post-season fatigue and Home Field Advantage:

  1. The regular season fatigue Pace of 42 will be bumped up to 52 as the initial threshold for fatigue for the post season.

Addendum #1:  All players must set their PREFERENCES to reflect the following:

Addendum #2:  Playoff Tie-breakers (1st place):

Addendum #3:  Playoff Tie-breakers (Wild Card):

Addendum #4:  Team Retirement:

Addendum #5:  Franchise Ownership:

Addendum #6:  Franchise Ownership Challenge rules:

Addendum #7:  Franchise Ownership Challenges (additional rules):

Addendum #8:  Updated Courtesy Rules (5/25/2010):

  • We have 1 full week to play each series, with the league file coming out on Monday.  Please reach out to your opponent via e-mail immediately after the file is released to setup a time to play.  Feel free to be pro-active, since the schedule is already set, and e-mail your opponent before the file is out.  This will maximize time.
  • Contact me if you haven't gotten a response from your opponent by Wed night.
  • Contact me if you will be away during the week, so we can arrange a sub.  Give your Opp a "heads up" when scheduling will be tight.
  • Be polite.  Buddah says, "Treat other people the same way you'd want them to treat you".  Marc agrees with Buddah :) !  Let's keep the controversy to a minimum.
  • Be on time.  If you have an 8pm game, please show up 5-10 minutes early.  Nobody likes to wait.  If you are running late please let us know ASAP.  It happens to everyone from time to time.  Text me at 646-523-2480 if you do not have access to e-mail and I will alert your opponent.  Since we all know each other feel free to exchange cell #'s during setup in order to text each other if you are out of pocket or running late.  Communication is everything.
  • No Shows: Thankfully you all have been very good when it comes to this.  My football league, well that was another story.  Since I suffered through a season of no shows and no e-mails I'm going to issue a zero tolerance policy for no-shows.  If you can not be considerate enough to e-mail, call or text someone...heck I'll even take a Facebook message, we will allow the computer to manage your team vs your opponent.  Having the AI manage your team is a big penalty.  I will keep track of no-shows, and the second occurrence will automatically cause you to lose your franchise.  Once again, this is my reaction to what happened in my football league and is no reflection on you gents.  I just want to put that out there as a firm rule.  I am going to post the No-show list on the website.
  • 20 minute rule:  If someone doesn't call, text, e-mail, IM or Facebook that they are running late we will wait 20 min then have the guy who showed play the AI.
  • Proof:  Keep your e-mail's.  Before granting play vs the AI I want to see all correspondence between opponents.  Do NOT setup games via AIM.  Use e-mail for proof.
  • Do not be vague:  Pin down your game time.  Do not have open ended game times like, "Yeah I'm good all afternoon on Sun, so I'll see you sometime after 1pm".  WRONG.  That won't cut it.  It never works...PERIOD.  Lock in at 1pm or 2pm or whatever set time.  Also make sure to include your Time Zone, so there is no confusion (ie..1pm EDT or 12pm CDT, etc).
  • Extensions:  I'm going to be a big time Hardass on this going forward.  Bottom line is this.  We have a full week to play.  Deadline is 11:59pm EDT on Sunday as it's always been.  With a league this big there will be no extensions.  Come Monday at 12am EDT if I do not have a game file for a series I will sim out the games.  No exceptions.
  • Civil Behavior:  Be adult...have courteous.  Any nasty-gram e-mail's and IM's will get a warning.  Second offense and the offending party will be gone.
  • In Game Chat:  Personally I like chatting.  I play the game not only for the competition, but for the friendship factor as well.  With that said, keep the chat fun and friendly.  NO BITCHING.  Remember this is just a game, and it's far from perfect.  Results will not always be to our liking, but there is no reason to complain to your opponent and make him feel like garbage, because you are having a bad day.  Stuff like that takes all the fun out of it.
  • My personal pledge:  I will post all of your write-ups promptly with photos.  For those who do not submit a write-up I'll do a quick AP style report.  I also promise to put my AIM to invisible when I'm playing.  Too often I have had to respond to IM's while playing, which has inconvenienced my opponent.  I apologize for that and promise to stick to the game in hand.
  • HAVE FUN and let's make this the best KOD season ever !!!
  • Addendum #9:  Pitch by Pitch Override Rule:

    Pitch Mode will normally default to being checked after the 8th inning when there are runners on.

    The host is responsible for unchecking the Pitch mode box for each batter when the new rule is in effect (see above).

    Full Screen Ballpark View:

    Addendum #11:  KOD16 - Wild Card Play in structure

    Addendum #12:  KOD16 - Competitive Divisional re-alignment