Additional Scoresheet Baseball Rules
Lineup Changes and Trades
Each week your team will play 6 or 7 games, playing a total of 162 games. The week's games are all played on Mondays, and are based on the player's performance in the majors during the previous week. Lineups are turned in before you see what your players are actually doing in the majors that week.
You can make unbalanced trades (for example, 3 players for 2) and trading of players is allowed until early September. There is no specific charge for trades, other than the fee for the new lineup card to include your new player(s). NEW this year: If you turn in your new lineup using the web-based lineup form on your league's web page there is NO charge for your new lineup. However, if you want to send in lineup changes by postal mail, fax or regular e-mail then lineup card changes are $3 if you change one side, or $5 if you change both sides. We must hear from both of the teams involved in a trade before putting the trade through. Scoresheet does review all trades for fairness to eliminate collusion.
Questions about drafting
Each year we receive many questions regarding our draft procedures. The question most frequently asked is: "Can an owner draft a player to fill a position other than the one at which he is listed?" In other words, many of you want to do something like draft a guy we might have listed at SS to play 2B for you, and then receive another shortstop in the draft, instead of a second baseman. Once the season starts you can play a player at any position without an out of position penalty, as long as he meets our requirements to qualify at that position. But for draft balancing purposes, a player ONLY counts at the position he is listed at on our player lists. This firm rule has been developed to limit complications as much as possible. We also believe that your team will be more successful in Scoresheet Baseball if you use your players only at positions for which they qualify.
There are also some owners who write out multiple draft scenarios, asking us to draft different numbers of players for certain positions. For instance, one might request: "If a short reliever that I have listed in my top 30 picks is still available then I'd like two short relievers before I get a starting second baseman, but not before I get a starting shortstop." These drafts by mail are conducted by computer (player numbers are entered, then the computer does the actual draft), therefore there are obvious limits to drafting flexibility. Also, if we tried to manually draft and included every owner's individual request for draft balancing, we would never get the season started on time. Since we want everyone in the same league to draft using the same rules, we firmly adhere to the drafting rules listed in this packet.
To allow owners more flexibility in the draft, we do have an "advanced option" you can use. By putting a plus sign (+) next to a player's number on your ranking sheet, you may draft that player even if you already have someone at that position. For instance, you may have already received someone as your starting shortstop, but a second SS remains still undrafted when his spot on your list is reached. If you have a plus sign (+) next to the second SS's player number you will get him as a backup, even if you're still missing some starters elsewhere. NOTE: A plus sign will only override roster balancing for one extra player at each position. For example, you could get a second third baseman, or a 6th starting pitcher, before you get a starting catcher. However, you will NOT get more than one backup at a position before you get a starter everywhere else. Once you get a plussed player he does count at that position. We feel the number of times you should use this option is very limited - in fact we feel most of you will not use it at all. After all, our roster balancing procedures are designed to help you get a balanced team.
- You are starting out with a 35 man roster, and it will grow during the season as you take part in supplemental drafts, or make unbalanced trades. But, you may not list more than 30 players on a lineup card. Any players not listed on a lineup card WILL stay on your team's roster, and will automatically be used before any (AAA) players are called up.
- Your team will not have more than 8 pitchers and 16 position players appear in a single game.
- Player stats are adjusted for the major league they play in. If you have Matt Cain, and he is traded to the AL in mid-season, you do still get to use his stats. But, since the average ERA in the AL is different than the average ERA in the NL, we will adjust his ERA accordingly. (However, inter-league play will have NO effect on Scoresheet statistics. If your player is on a NL team then he as treated as if he plays in the NL, even if that week his team plays against an AL team.)
- Once again, if you are in a Scoresheet National League that is drafting by sending lists to us, you can draft any player that is on the 2013 Scoresheet NL player lists, even if they have been traded to the AL. Any player that is on our 2013 AL list will not be eligible for you to draft for the entire 2013 season. (If you are unsure if a player is on our AL list you can/should still list him - we will just skip over him if he is not eligible.)There are often many players that have not yet signed with a major league team as of the date we finalize player lists (latter part of January each year), and so are not on either list. You are allowed to draft such a player only after he is signed by (or drafted by) an NL team or an NL owned minor league team. If you list such a player you must include his full name, current team affiliation, and position, for him to be added to our eligible lists.
- Unfortunately, the Postal Service is not perfect. We can't do anything about lost or delayed draft lists and/or lineup changes - once games are played they are final.
- Playoffs are a best of 7 series, using the whole season's stats, with September performances weighted more heavily. 12 team leagues are split into 3 divisions. At the end of the regular season the 3 division winners, along with one wild card, make the playoffs. Of the 4 playoff teams, the division winner with the best record plays the team with the worst record. 10 team leagues are split into two 5 team divisions. At the end of the regular season the 2 division winners, along with one wild card, make the playoffs. The division winner with the best record will get a bye in the first round, with the other division winner playing the wild-card team.