Polo Grounds Baseball Articles of Organization
Article 1: Definition and Vision
Polo Grounds Baseball (PGB) is a Strat-O-Matic computer baseball league with all games played on a rotating, voluntary, weekly basis. PGB operates as a "keeper" league, with rosters remaining intact each off-season, and due to its style of game play, could be considered a "GM-Only" league. Upon admittance to PGB, managers agree to these articles, and will operate a single team.
Amendment A: Team Sharing
"Team-sharing" or "co-managing is allowable only under unique circumstances, and must be approved by The Commissioner.
Article 2: The Commissioner
The Commissioner's primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: organizing PGB functions; modifying, interpreting and enforcing league rules; webmaster; scheduling; distribution of PGB documents; and oversight of routine business. Duties may be delegated by the Commissioner as warranted.
Amendment A: Authority of The Commissioner
Playing rules and procedures are to be determined by The Commissioner, with input and/or voting from league members only if warranted.
Article 3: Game Play
All games will be played on a rotation basis by a league member, as assigned by The Commissioner. Play is from March to September, with results transmitted electronically on a regular basis. Managers are responsible for monitoring their lineups, CMs, roster moves, and other game-related information.
Amendment A: Game Playing Rotation
The official game rotation wil be assigned by the Commissioner, and is encouraged for each manager.
Article 4: Teams
PGB consists of 24 teams in two separate leagues, each divided into two divisions, and will play 162 games per season. Teams are allowed forty (40) players on their roster, with a maximum of 25 players active for games at all times. Team identities/names must be in good taste, and are subject to approval.
Amendment A: September Rosters
Active rosters can to 40 players starting around September 1 (or at the discretion of The Commissioner) of each season.
Article 5: Roster Construction
Teams will acquire players via a draft conducted electronically. MLB players on eligible rosters (REG, ADD, MIXED, or COMP) are draft-eligible. Once rostered, players remain eligible until their release. Each player is allowed a maximum of five options (promotion/demotion) per season. An injury will not be counted against a player's options, although movements of a player's replacement will be counted. MIXED cards will use only combined AL+NL stats.
Article 6: Player Usage
Each player will be restricted to 110% of their actual ABs and IPs. It is up to each manager to monitor these limits. Starting pitchers must have four days rest between starts at all times--no exceptions. Postseason limits are 10% of actual ABs and IPs per seven game series, and 5% for three game series.
Amendment A: Player Usage Reports
The Commissioner will occasionally post a Player Usage Report, which outlines players that fall into the following categories:
Endangered: Players who exceed their regular usage and are within the "grace period" of 10%, OR are within a few games of potentially exhausting eligibility;
Expired: Players who have completely exhausted their seasonal eligibility;
Suspended: Players who have significantly exceeded their limits.
Amendment B: Consequences of Overuse
First penalty for will overuse or neglect will be the forfeiture of a 4th round draft choice in the next Annual Draft. Subsequent penalties will increase in severity. Continued overuse or willful neglect could rsult in dismissal from the league.
Amendment C: Intentional Misuse of Players
Lineups are composed of players eligible at each position. Players may play out of position only to temporarily cover injuries, or as HAL dictates during in-game strategy.
Amendment D: The Polo Grounds Public Library
For teams experiencing usage distress, a "library" of all players that remained unclaimed during the previous Annual Draft will be made available to use once another player whose usage has been exhausted from a team's roster. Claimed players can be used for the rest of the season, and will be returned to the Annual Draft, if eligible. Players eligible to be claimed are kept on the Draft page.
Article 7: Ballparks
Teams may customize their ballpark by setting OF fences and IF range. Settings can be altered annually by a factor of (+2) through (-2), with a maximum differential of (8).
Article 8: Postseason
Division champions and division runners-up will automatically qualify for the postseason, along with the two wild card teams from each league with the top records. Division champs with the two best records will receive the top two seeds and will have a first-round bye plus home-field advantage vs. the wildcard teams during the second round of postseason play. Wildcard round will be a three game series, all other series will be a best-of-seven. Winners will play for the championship in the PGB World Series. All series use the 2-3-2 home/away schedule. Off days are scheduled after games 2, 5, and 7.
Amendment A: Tiebreakers
One-game playoffs, which are part of the regular season, will be held only when playoff eligibility is at stake. Home team will be determined by coin flip, and is played the day immediately following the end of the regular season. If a tie occurs that only affects postseason seeding, this tie-breaker will be used: The same tiebreaker process is applied for draft seeding, with the team losing the tiebreaker drafting earliest.
Tiebreaker #1: Head-to-head record between tied teams; winner gaining the higher seed.
Tiebreaker #2: Head-to-head run differential between the teams; winner gaining the higher seed.
Tiebreaker #3: Regular season run differential for all games; winner gaining the higher seed.
Tiebreaker #4: Coin toss.
Article 9: Annual Draft
Players meeting eligibility standards will be available for the Annual Draft to take place every offseason. Eligible players include American League rookies and former National League veterans. Teams select in inverse order of regular-season record from the previous season. Playoffs teams will be slotted in the final four positions, with the league champion selecting last. Players selected must remain on a 40-man roster for a minimum of one full season.
Amendment A: Tiebreakers
Tiebreaker #1: Head-to-head record between tied teams, with series loser drafting first.
Tiebreaker #2: Head-to-head runs scored between the two teams, with loser drafting first.
Amendment B: Draft-Day Procedures
Drafts are conducted over several days, usually in February and/or March, on a timed schedule. A round takes one full day to complete, using 10-15 minute time slots. Selections are made using a special Draft website, or via phone/email to The Commissioner, who posts them immediately to this website. Teams can draft at their appointed time, even if the team ahead of them hasn't selected a player. Managers missing their slot can make a selection at any time during the rest of the day's draft, or afterwards if needed. Drafts can be suspended to accommodate managers notifying The Commissioner BEFORE the day's draft begins.
Article 10: Rule 5 Draft
The Rule 5 Draft used from 2003-2008 has been suspended. Re-instatement in the future is undetermined.
Article 11: Trades and Transactions
No trade or transaction is final until it has been approved by The Commissioner. Once approved, new lineups and/or pitching rotations must be submitted before players can be used. Transactions will be rejected by the Commissioner if it results in an illegal roster or player movement; or “roster stashing” prior to a Rule 5 Draft or Expansion Draft. Annual Draft selections may be traded for the following year only, unless approved by the Commissioner. Rule 5 selections are not tradeable prior to the Rule 5 Draft.
Amendment A: Releasing Players
Since rosters may never contain more than 40 players, teams must occassionally release players to fit within this limit. Also, immediately following the Annual Draft, teams must release players to maintain a legal roster. Players can also be traded instead of released, but once a player release has been posted (or announced) the player is immediately ineligible for further transactions.
Amendment B: Daily Transactions
Players may be added to, or demoted from the 25-man roster at any time, with a limit of five transactions per season. While serving an injury, players need not be demoted, but any player recalled as a replacement will be credited with one transaction.
Amendment C: Future Considerations
No trades with "future considerations" (except for draft choices) are allowed unless all players involved have been mutually agreed upon at the time of the trade. Trades involving unclear compensation, draft stipulations, or un-named players to be determined later, will be voided.
Amendment D: Restrictions on Trading of Draft Choices
1) Draft choices may only be traded for the next regularly scheduled draft. The Commissioner will void trades involving draft choices beyond the upcoming draft. The first day of any year's draft will be the first day these future choices can be traded (ex: 2008 choices can't be traded until the 2007 draft begins.)
2) Draft choices past Round 6 can NOT be traded at any time.
3) Players that have been selected in the current draft past Round 6 can only be traded AFTER all 40-man rosters are posted.
Article 12: New Membership
Applications for membership will be reviewed as needed, and will be judged by the Commissioner based upon the following criteria: 1) openings among PGB franchises; 2) evidence of an energetic and involved membership by the applicant; 3) daily access to e-mail/internet, and be availability for all off-season drafts; and 4) recent history in SOM or other relevant leagues.
Article 13: Resignation of Membership
Members are requested to complete the current season prior to voluntarily resigning their PGB membership. As a courtesy to other members, those opting for resignation are encouraged to give as much notice as reasonably possible.