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==========================   PALE ALE BASEBALL  ===========================
========================== Rules and Proceudres ===========================
==========================   Version 3.4-2001   ===========================

Copyright  1995-2001 Matt Barr and Mark Pontoni.  All Rights Reserved.

        1. OBJECTIVE
        6. GAME PLAY
          6A. LINEUPS
          6D. SCORING
        7. STANDINGS
        8. TRADES
        9. FREE AGENTS


The objective of Pale Ale Baseball is to assemble a team of American
League baseball players, which plays a schedule of head-to-head games
against other teams, and whose players' performance, based on Major League
Baseball statistics and described more particularly below, leads to wins or
losses in those games.


The Pale Ale Baseball league shall consist of eight teams.


Each Pale Ale Baseball team consists of 40 players, assembled through
drafts, trades, free agent signings, and optional player retention from
year to year.

At the conclusion of the drafts (see Section 4-5), each Pale Ale Baseball
team shall consist of 23 position players and 17 pitchers.  After the 
drafts, due to trades, free agents and the like, position requirements 

Position players position eligibility is determined by the rules of 
Rotisserie League Baseball or a source to be agreed upon by the league prior 
to the season.  


An online draft shall be held wherein thirteen position players shall be 
selected by each team.  Player retention (see Section 10) may account for
some of these selections.  Unless the league ever strarts from scratch,
there are no minimum or maximum number of players at any position that a
team may select.  If the league redrafts from scratch, positions should
be distributed equitably to (a) prevent position hoarding, and (b) ensure
every team can field a complete lineup after the initial drafts.

At the conclusion of the initial position player draft described below, each 
team must be able to field a complete Pale Ale Baseball lineup (see section 
6(a) below), considering players chosen at the draft and frozen both in the 
'H' and 'R' designations (see section 10 below).

E.g.: At the conclusion of the initial position player draft, each team 
must have at least one catcher.  A team may accomplish this by drafting a 
catcher in the initial draft, by having frozen a catcher in the 'H' rounds, 
OR by having frozen a catcher in the 'R' rounds who is in the 
Major Leagues.  (See requirement below that each player chosen at the 
initial drafts be on a American League roster.)

A second, separate online draft shall then be held wherein ten pitchers
shall be selected by each team, minus any retained (see Section 10).  These
two drafts may, of course, be held in the same online session, but are
conducted separately.

Any American League baseball player is eligible to be chosen at the
initial drafts.  The intent of these rules is that only major league players
be selected in the initial drafts.  To that end, a resource such as AL.AVL 
on Sports Forum on Compuserve or an equivalent master list provided by the
service which hosts/scores the league should be used as a draft guide in the
initial drafts.

Draft order for the initial drafts shall be determined with reference
to the order of finish in the previous year's standings.  The team which
finishes in last place shall have the option of either choosing first in
the hitters draft or the pitchers draft.


The remaining seventeen players -- ten position players and seven 
pitchers -- shall be chosen in a third, "remainder" draft.  Player 
retention may also account for one or more of the remainder players.

Any baseball player on the planet earth is eligible to be drafted in the
Remainder Draft.  The planet earth includes the National League, minor 
leagues, college ball, Japan, or your son.  (Or daughter.)

In the event a player is drafted at a certain position in the remainder 
draft, and upon promotion to the American League the player is designated
by the rules of Rotisserie Baseball or the agreed-upon position eligibility
source as being ineligible for that position, the position eligibility for 
that  player shall be determined by the rules of Rotisserie Baseball or the 
agreed-upon source, not the position at which the player was drafted.

This is the "Trenidad Hubbard Rule."  Hubbard was drafted in the first-
ever Sudsy draft as a minor league second baseman.  Upon his promotion to the 
Rockies, he didn't play a lick of second, only outfield.  It was agreed that 
Hubbard should only be eligible at the position for which he'd be eligible 
under the rules of Rotisserie League Baseball -- otherwise, you could draft 
the next Andruw Jones as a shortstop while he's in the minors, or something 
like that.  This is not to say that Trent Hubbard was the next Andruw Jones, 
or even the next Wally Backman, but you get our meaning.

Draft order for the remainder draft shall be determined with reference
to the order of finish in the previous year's standings.  


The Pale Ale Baseball season shall consist of a number of three-game
series.  Each Monday thru Thursday and each Friday thru Sunday teams play
three game series' against another team.


Each team shall submit a lineup, which is in effect for an entire three
game series.  It shall consist of one player at each infield position,
three outfielders, a designated hitter (deal with it), and six pitchers.  

Lineups must be posted by the first pitch of the first American League game 
of the Pale Ale Baseball series.  If a team fails to post a lineup, the
team's last posted lineup shall be in effect.  In exigent circumstances, such
as if a series will have a pronounced effect on the pennant race, a lineup
may be posted as soon as possible past the deadline by the Commissioner or
an owner uninvolved in the series.

Lineup posting procedure is to be agreed upon prior to the season with 
reference to the service which may be hosting/scoring the league for that 


One game in each series, which shall roughly be described as "SPEED,"
shall be scored as follows:

               total hits (H)
               plus total runs scored times two (2*R)
               plus total stolen bases times three (3*SB)

The team with the greater total wins a game in the series.

Another game in each series, which shall roughly be described as "POWER,"
shall be scored as follows:

               total strikeouts pitched (K)
               plus total runs batted in times two (2*RBI)
               plus total home runs times three (3*HR)

The team with the greater total wins a game in the series.

One last game in each series, which shall roughly be described as "PITCHING,"
shall be scored as follows:

               total innings pitched (IP)
               plus total opponent's earned runs (opp.ER)
               plus total wins by starting pitchers times five (5*WBS)
               plus total wins in relief times two (2*WIR)
               plus total saves times three (3*SV)
               plus total opponents' losses time three (3*opp.L)

The team with the greater total wins a game in the series.


In addition to the regular starting lineup, each team shall designate for
each series three pinch hitters (PH).  The PH shall be ranked in order 1-3.
The PH shall accumulate statistics as regular players, except that they
will not count toward a team's total in any game unless there is a tie in
either SPEED or POWER.  In the event of a tie in either game, each team's
first PHs will be compared; if still a tie, the second PHs will be compared;
if still a tie, the third PHs will be compared.  If the PHs fail to break a
tie, the game shall be considered suspended and shall be completed later in
the season if necessary to determine the Pale Ale Baseball pennant winner.

In the event of a tie in the SPEED game, the PH with the higher total of
H + 2*R + 3*SB, by the method described above, shall win the game for his

In the event of a tie in the POWER game, the PH with the higher total of
2*RBI + 3*HR, by the method described above, shall win the game for his

The tiebreaker for PITCHING is different, and does not involve the PHs.
In the event of a tie in PITCHING, the team with the greater number of
wins by starting pitchers (WBS) shall win the game.  If still tied, the
team having allowed the fewer earned runs (ER) shall win the game.  If still
tied, the team having scored the greater number of runs (R) shall win the


The league owners shall agree on a method for tallying and recording the 
results of games during a season. 


Standings shall be kept in W-L, GB format by the Commissioner or whosoever
shall agree to do so.  

The Pale Ale Baseball team winning the most games in the season shall be
awarded the Pale Ale Baseball pennant.

In the event of a tie for a position in the standings other than first,
the tie shall be broken as follows:

        1. better head-to-head record between tied teams
        2. more total points scored (total cumulative SPEED + POWER + PITCH)
        3. more WBS
        4. more runs scored
        5. higher batting average

In the event of a tie for first place in the standings at the end of the
season, the tied teams play a "phantom" series using statistics for the last
series in which the two teams did not face one another.  The winner of that
series wins the pennant.


Trades are allowed and encouraged in Pale Ale Baseball, provided each
trading team's roster consists of forty players after the trade.

There are two separate "trade dealines" in Pale Ale Baseball.  One, 
occurring around the time of the Major League non-waiver trade deadline, is a 
date after which no H1-H3, P1-P3 or R players may be traded.  For 
about a month after that, teams may still trade H4-H13 and P4-P10 players.  
Both deadlines will be denoted on the Official Schedule.

A trade becomes effective upon both trading team owners messaging the 
league owners or posting the trade particulars on the Pale Ale Baseball 
message board.  The particulars of a trade must be identical for the trade to 
be effective.

Only players on a team's 40-man roster may be traded.  This excludes among
other things supplemental draft picks, draft picks the following year,
"future considerations" and the like.


At certain times to be designated and agreed upon in-season, there
will be a minimum of one and a maximum of three free agent "supplemental" 
drafts during a season.

At each supplemental draft, which shall be held online if possible, each
team has two opportunities to replace a player on their 40-man roster with
a free agent.  In addition, a team receives an additional draft choice for
each member of their forty-man roster who is traded to the National League
in-season.  Draft order for these picks shall be: before the "two rounds"
described above, and in chronological order of when the trade took place.
In the event players from two or more different teams are traded in the same
Major League transaction, the team losing the player drafted earlier at the
initial draft (for frozen players, the earlier draft round) picks before
the other(s).  In the event of a tie, the team lower in the standings at the
time of the trade picks first, considering any tiebreakers (see Section 7).
For purposes of supplemental draft order ties for first in the standings
are treated the same as ties for any other place in the standings.

        FOR EXAMPLE.  Magglio Ordonez, owned by the Maniacs, and Carlos Lee
        owned by the Q's, are each traded to the National League in the same
        transaction.  Magglio's draft round is H3.  Lee's draft round is H12.
        The Maniacs draft first.

        FOR EXAMPLE.  A supplemental draft has been scheduled for the All-
        Star break.  Here is the chronolgy of inter-league trades affecting
        Pale Ale Baseball teams:

                4/24: Atrophy lose one player to the NL
                5/21: Q's lose a P5 player to the NL
                      Rabbits lose an H10 player to the NL, same trade
                6/14: Maniacs lose one player to the NL
                6/30: Q's lose one player to the NL
                7/3:  Scrubs lose an H5 and R3 player to the NL
                      Atrophy lose a P5 player to the NL, same trade
                      Atrophy are ahead of Scrubs in the standings on this 

                At the All-Star break, the order of the standings,
                conosidering all tiebreakers if necessary, is Q's, Wing-
                Nuts, Rabbits, Atrophy, Maniacs, Scrubs.
                Draft order at the All-Star break supplemental draft would

                      ATROPHY      ATROPHY
                      Q'S          RABBITS
                      RABBITS      WING-NUTS
                      MANIACS      Q'S
                      Q'S          SCRUBS
                      SCRUBS       MANIACS
                      ATROPHY      ATROPHY
                      SCRUBS       RABBITS
                      SCRUBS       WING-NUTS
                      MANIACS      Q'S

Teams may pass their selection -- that is, decline to replace a player.

Teams which earn a draft pick by virtue of losing a player to the NL MUST
replace that player with the corresponding pick, or pass the selection.

A player cut in order to sign a free agent is immediately himself a free
agent and eligible to be claimed by the next selecting team.  A player
does NOT retain his original draft round (see Section 10) in this event,
unless higher than H4 or P4.  Instead, it becomes H4 or P4, as with any
other player acquired at a free agent draft (see Section 10A below).  If
higher than H4 or P4, the player retains his draft round.


Each player is designated with the draft round at which he was chosen or 
frozen the previous year (e.g. H3, H7, P5, R14).

To retain a player, increment each round number by three.  A team may retain
a player by giving up their selection in the resulting round.

        FOR EXAMPLE.  A player chosen in the fourth round of the Hitters
        Draft (H4) may be retained by giving up your selection in the first
        round of the current year's Hitters Draft (H1).

Players chosen in rounds 1-3 of the Hitters and Pitchers Drafts are 
ineligible to be frozen.

Players retain their draft round numbers regardless of trade to another
team.  They may however be changed if the player is cut by a team and
subsequently signed by another (see 10A below).

There is no minimum or maximum number of players a team may retain.

If because of trade or otherwise (see below) a team has two or more players
with the same round number, it will be necessary for one or more of such
players to have their round numbers incremented by more than three.

        FOR EXAMPLE.  A team wishes to freeze two players carrying a round
        number of H7.  One of those players will have to be frozen to the
        H6 slot, or H5 or earlier, if possible.  

The freezing team is responsible for and empowered to select which round
to freeze any player, provided round numbers are incremented by at least


Any player carrying a round number of R1, R2 or R3 the previous season
is automatically incremented to H10 (for hitters) or P7 (for pitchers).

Any free agent, regardless of previous round number status if any, carries
a round number of H4 (for hitters) or P4 (for pitchers) upon being claimed
from the free agent pool.  When incremented the next season, they will be H1 
or P1.  BUT SEE Section 9 for an exception to this.