ETERNAL SQUABBLERS LEAGUE
1. ENTRANCE FEE
For the last three years the entrance fee was $200. $40 of that went to All-Star Stats and $15 of it goes to me because I need the money for my coke habit. Is there any desire to raise that fee?
1 - No,
actually, I’d like it lowered to $175
I wouldn=t want anyone to quit because we are playing for too much money. If everyone votes for $300 and one person would quit if we play for $275 or more, we=ll only raise it to $274.
2 - $200 limit
"I love Hooters, so I need the extra money!!!!" -- Mike Zalegowski
2. PLAYERS SENT DOWN OR RELEASED
The rule in the ESL has been that keepers who are placed on the D.L. between
the time rosters are "frozen" and may be dropped back into
the pool of players to be drafted at no cost to the team that had kept that
1 - If
you freeze a player, you should have to keep him
One way to possibly combat a loop-hole in the "asterisk" rule is to say that once a player goes on the D.L. he can not count as an "asterisk" player. The logic would be that "asterisk" players are supposed to be the top notch players in the league. Clearly if a player is injured, that most likely isn't true. This would stop teams from trading a $30 player away as an "asterisk" player when he is out for the season.
it the way it is, a player can still be an "asterisk" player even if
he's on the D.L.
One other method of combating "mid-season" dumping would be move the trading dead-line up. (Note that I didn't include an option for a June deadline because I think that is a dangerous area to have the dead-line. June would be early enough for teams to think they are out of the money and dump, and it's also early enough that there is so much season left to play that any dump trades at that point seriously affect the Rotisserie pennant race. May dead-lines should assure that any trades to that point are trades to help both teams and NOT dump trades.)
it the way it is, teams should be able to trade thru the Thursday after the
Here's a concept: Eliminate in-season trading all-together. Shouldn't the
winner of the season be the person who has had the best draft? What better way
to assure that than to eliminate dump trades all together by just eliminating
in-season trading is good, leave it the way it is.
One of the largest loop-holes in the "Anti-dumping" rules of 2000 was the fact that we allowed players traded to the AL to be considered "asterisk" players because they were automatically in their last year of their contract once traded to the "other league". By mid-season, so many journeyman players had been traded to the AL, that making ridiculous ESL dump trades no problem at all. One suggestion was to say that any player traded to the AL could NOT be considered an "asterisk" player no matter what.
it the way it is, players traded to the AL are "asterisk"
Someone also suggested taking the previous suggestion one step farther, to say that a player traded to the AL can not be traded - PERIOD. And also that any player traded FROM the AL to the NL and picked up via FAAB$ cannot be traded either.
it the way it is, players traded to the AL, or from the NL to the AL can
"I still love Hooters!!!!!!" -- Mike Zalegowski
Allow teams to receive only one "asterisk" player per year from any given team. (This will totally eliminate those 2-"asterisk" for 1-"asterisk" trades where one of the 2 is some schmoe who is injured or in the last year of his contract.) Or, alternatively and more strict, allow teams to only receive TWO "asterisk" players per year and they MUST be from different ASL teams.
it the way it is: As long as the net result is that a team only gains one
"asterisk" player, it's OK
One idea that someone suggested that I have heard another leagues of gone to in an effort to combat mid-season dumping is to set a deadline: You can make any trades that you'd like before the deadline just as you normally would, but any players involved in any trades after that date automatically have their contracts expire at the end of the year. (This would, by the way, eliminate all the crap about "asterisk" players and the "Drew Rule.")
I don't like this idea.
If we go with this idea, when should the dead-line be?
2 - May 1st
This past year we did not enforce the "Frozen" teams rule which says that any team that owes $10 or more must reduce their debt to zero within one week or will not be allowed to making any transactions. The league did not fall apart. I suggest we eliminate the $10 "frozen" team rule, however, I don't think it was a very smart precedent to allow teams to pay their entrance fee whenever they want. As it should be, all teams should be paying their entrance fee on draft day, and those that don't will not be permitted to make transactions until they do.
2 - Leave
it the way it is, if a team owes more than $10, they must reduce their debt to
"Hooters, Hooters, Hooters!!!!!" -- Mike Zalegowski
"(Get rid of the Frozen concept) as long as the deadbeats pay by November 1st!" -- Drew Gallagher
Because J.D.Drew is an idiot and I don't think any of us actually enjoy even hearing his stupid stupid stupid name, it was suggested that after his contract runs out, that he be banished from ever being drafted again in the ESL. Additionally, anyone who so much as speaks his name will be hit with a Cone Tariff of 25 cents per name violation.
3 - No,
I'm a pansy-ass just like J.D.Drew and I look forward to having him on my team.
"Ahhh, a question I can actually answer!!!!" -- Mike Zalegowski
"I think I came up with this idea and it is pure genius. Plus it might get us into Baseball Weekly." -- Drew Gallagher
One person suggested that we reduce the number of active players from its present number of 27. I should remind everyone that the number of keepers was once 23, but that was prior to the expansion of the NL by adding the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers. That means that the NL had expanded by 14% (16 teams / 14 teams = 114%). It stood to reason that to keep our "mental values" of players in the NL the same as they had always been, that the number of active players would also increase by 14%, so we went from 23 active players to 27. There are now 50 more players to draft, so it makes sense that we would add 40 more active players, does it not?
it the way it is, there should be 27 active players for $290.
"I really think I need a beer after filling out this survey!!!!" -- Mike Zalegowski
"It should be even lower." -- Jon Perkins
One person suggested that we reduce the number of keepers from its present number of 16. As noted in Survey Question #6, the NL expanded by 14% a few years ago. At that time we kept the number of keepers at 16, since we had gone from 15 to 16 a few years prior to that. In reality, we should have expanded the number of keepers by 14%, but we left it at 16, so I see no reason to go the opposite direction, do you? (If this is changed, it would be effective for the 2002 season.)
it the way it is, teams may keep between 0 and 16 players from year to year.
"Beer and Hooters, that's all I need in life!!!!!!!!!" -- Mike Zalegowski
"Um, why don't we have a reduce it even further option?" -- Drew Gallagher
"Lower..." -- Jon Perkins
One person suggested that we reduce the number of September call-ups to "a couple." Presently you are allowed to activate as many players as you want off of your reserve roster (as long as they are not on the D.L. or in the minors.) This is the same as in the major leagues where they can activate as many players as they want from their 40-man roster, and identical to the way the Official Rotisserie Baseball book wrote the rules. Personally, I think it rewards those teams that have built a strong group of reserves. Plus, I think the more players you have to follow for that month, the more fun it becomes, but that is clearly a matter of opinion.
it the way it is, teams may activate as many players as they want from their
"Yeah, this f-in survey is finally over!!!! HOOTERS here I come!!!!" -- Mike Zalegowski
"My brain really is starting to hurt!" -- Mike Zalegowski
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