Back in the HC draft discussion thread (and even before that), I made overtures about starting a fantasy baseball dynasty league (i.e. keep everyone) with minor leaguers. I got some commitments on that night, and also in the OT thread tonight.
Currently, the following guys are in:
That's The Way Baseball Go
I think I'll set it at 12 teams, so that leaves 3 spots currently - unless of course, one of the people listed don't show up.
There's a lot to explain, so I'll attempt to do it without any particular layout. Again, the stuff I'm laying out is as of right now, but probably could change once I get the numbers:
5x5 rotisserie with standard categories (R, HR, RBI, AVG, SB); (W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP)
Player pool: both AL and NL
Roster spots: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, Util, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL
Inning limit: 1300
Max moves: 100 per season
Max trades: N/A
Minor league systems:
- The way the minor league system works, for those who haven't played in a league with one before, is that each team has a separate roster of 'minor leaguers', who they hold exclusive rights (i.e. other players cannot add them to their actual fantasy team off the waiver wire) as long as the minor leaguers are on their minor league rosters and fulfil the eligibility criteria, which goes as either:
- <300 ABs
- <50 innings pitched
- To start off with, the maximum number of players on any one minor league roster will be 15.
- At the start, there will be a snake draft for minor leaguers, with the draft order being the reverse of the draft order.
- During the course of the season, a minor leaguer can be 'promoted' (added off the waiver wire) to the big league team only by whoever owns their rights. Providing that they are not then taken off the minor league roster, they can later be 'sent down' (i.e. dropped to the waiver wire) without penalty or loss of exclusive rights, providing that they fulfil the above eligibility criteria.
- A player can stay on a minor league roster and have their rights retained even after exceeding the eligibility criteria - an owner is not obligated to immediately make a decision upon loss of eligibility, as to whether to add such a player to the major league roster or give up their rights (thus rendering them just a normal waiver wire player). Rather, this decision to keep or cut can be left until the offseason, up to the deadline for the following year's roster. However, any move subsequently before the end of the season, to add to the major league roster a player on the minor league roster who has exceeded eligibility, will render that player officially removed from said minor league roster, and available to every other owner if they are subsequently dropped onto the waiver wire.
Adding/dropping minor leaguers:
- Any player under the given eligibility criteria can be added by any owner, providing that nobody else holds exclusive rights to them, and that the owner has space on his minor league roster.
- An owner can make a maximum of 10 additions to their minor league roster during the course of the season.
- All minor league moves must be posted on the league website.
- Minor leaguers who become available as a result of the year's Rule IV Draft, or international signees who sign during the course of the year are not available for adding during the course of the season.
- In each offseason, each team will be granted one additional spot to their minor league roster, and a minor league draft, with draft order being the reverse of that season's league standings, will be conducted for new draftees and international signees from that past year, along with existing minor leaguers who had not been picked up during the course of the season. A team can select minor leaguers for as many rounds as they wish; while on the same note, a team does not have to participate in such a draft: they can elect to 'pass' at any time, and in ensuing rounds, their pick will be skipped.
I think that's all I need to cover for now: I'm thinking of conducting the entire business on a Yahoo Groups website, unless there's a better alternative for things like basic text/spreadsheet filesharing, a simple messageboard system, etc.