Four rule proposals pass with flying colors

All four rule proposals that were put before the league we voted in for the 2013 season, marking perhaps the first time in league history that all proposals were approved. And the fact that the voting wasn’t really close on any of the issues was also historic.

Here are the new rules that take effect immediately:

1. Establish a weighted draft lottery system which gives all nine non-playoff teams a shot at a Top 3 pick (weighted in favor of the worst teams) (passed 11-4).

This proposal does away with our current system for determining to draft order for the first nine picks of the first round, which are awarded to the previous year’s non-playoff teams.

Details of the proposed new system:
— The nine non-playoff all qualify for the weighted lottery, which will be used to determine which teams get the top three picks.
— The team with the worst record gets 45 chances out of 165 to win the lottery (27 percent shot); the next-worst team gets 36 chances (22 percent). The third-worst team get 28 chances (17 percent).
— From there, the chances and percentages are as follows:
Fourth-worst: 21 (13 percent)
Fifth-worst: 15 (9 percent)
Sixth-worst: 10 (6 percent)
Seventh-worst: 6 (4 percent)
Eighth-worst: 3 (2 percent)
Ninth-worst: 1 (1 percent)

Note that this system does not guarantee that the worst teams will get a Top 3 pick, but it does give them a decent shot.

Consider these numbers:
– The team with the worst win pct gets either Pick #1, #2, or #3 about 70% of the time.
– The non-playoff team with the best win pct gets either Pick #1, #2, or #3 about 6% of the time (a major departure from our current system).
– At least one of the teams with the worst win percentages move up to either Pick #1, #2, or #3 about 98% of the time.

Other points:
— Picks 4-9 of the first round will be assigned to lottery losers based on most wins from the previous season.
— Teams that qualified for the playoffs in the previous season will get picks 10 through 15 based on overall winning percentage, lowest to highest (no change to current system).
— The system for establishing the draft order for rounds 2-14 is unchanged (fewest wins to most wins in all rounds).

Dave and Mike’s rationale:
— The dual purpose of this proposal is to give the worst teams a better opportunity to get the top 3 picks while still providing all teams (whether or not they are in the race) a real and tangible incentive to win as we can all agree that we want to avoid situations where teams are tempted to tank games (even in subtle ways) or be rewarded for losing.

Opposing view:
— During our league-wide debate of this prop, several managers expressed concern that the passing of this prop would still trigger widespread tanking of games.

2. Revoke the rule that states that a batter cannot be pinch hit for after a runner tries for a lead (passed 11-4).

Mike R’s rationale:
The rationale for getting rid of the rule is twofold. First, it’s not an official rule for the computer game, so the game engine will allow you to pinch hit after trying for a lead. That leaves it up to managers to remember to enforce the rule on their own. Second, based on personal observation and discussions with other managers, this rule seems to be unevenly applied. Sometimes it was caught, sometimes it was not. For simplicity sake and to even the playing field for all managers, we should do away with this rule.

3. At the beginning of each month all starting pitchers changing teams from the previous month are considered fresh for the upcoming month. Caveat: If a pitcher gets traded twice in one month, the starting fresh exemption is forfeited (passed 10-5).

Background:
This rule was suggested by Phil, proposed by Mike R and amended by Grid with Mike’s blessing. It stems from a situation that developed last May after trades left the Choo Choos without an eligible rested starting pitcher for game 1 of May. This has happened once or twice in the past 33 years, and we have always dealt with it on a case by case basis, but it usually results in the most rested starter starting a game in endurance. This is difficult to execute with the computer game. This proposal will alleviate this problem and erase a potential impediment to in-season trading.

4. For the purposes of playoff seeding, any ties for the second first-round bye be broken by a one game tie-breaker (passed 14-1).
Mike R’s rationale:
Right now, the constitution says this:
In the event of a two-way tie for either a Division title or for the final Wildcard playoff spot, a one-game playoff shall be held, hosted by the team with the better record in head-to-head play. Other ties for playoff seeding and/or determination of home/road game scheduling shall be broken by record in head-to-head competition. If head-to-head play was a tie, a coin flip shall determine home team.
So ties for the last wild-card spot or for Division titles are solved by a tie-breaker, but not for the coveted first round playoff bye. If you recall, that was a very possible scenario last season, when the Topes and the Clips were neck and neck at the end of the season. Had they ended up tied for the second-best record in the league, the Constitution states they would have resolved which team gets the Bye, based on a coin flip. That seems wrong to me.
If we pass this rule, the wording in the Constitution would change to this:
In the event of a two-way tie for either a Division title, the second-best record for the season, or for the final Wildcard playoff spot, a one-game playoff shall be held, hosted by the team with the better record in head-to-head play. Other ties for playoff seeding and/or determination of home/road game scheduling shall be broken by record in head-to-head competition. If head-to-head play was a tie, a coin flip shall determine home team.

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3 Responses

  1. […] After the top three spots, picks 4-9 revert to best winning percentage among non-playoff teams. All of this was voted in last year. […]

  2. […] non-playoff teams line up like this. Remember that we now have a weighted draft order, giving the three worst teams the best shot mathematically at top three draft picks. After the […]

  3. Well done gentlemen! Still foremost strat-o-matic brains in te world.

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