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St. Louis League

Official By-Laws

   

I.                    Salaries

A.    Salaries for each player shall be the salary listed on the salary list unless such player is a free agent or is currently under a multi-year contract.

B.     Total salaries of retained players, signed free agents and drafted players shall not exceed the salary cap of $67,500,000 plus additional buy-in.

 

II.                 Player Retention

A.    Any player eligible to be signed to a contract may be signed to a one-, two-, three- or four-year contract.

1.                  Each player signed to a multi-year contract is guaranteed a 10% raise from the previous year’s salary for each year of the contract.

2.                  A team that does not wish to keep a player signed to a multi-year contract may buy out the contract by paying an amount equal to one-half of the player’s salaries for the remainder of the contract.

a.       Teams must list those players whose multi-year contracts are being bought out on the team’s player retention list.

b.  Players with no card for the previous season nor the upcoming season may be bought out by paying an amount equal to one-quarter of the player's salaries for the remainder of the contract.

c.      Players who have their multi-year contracts bought out become unrestricted free agents.

B.     Each team shall submit a player retention list to the commissioner’s office stating which players the team intends to retain for the following season by October 31.  This includes all players with multi-year contracts for the team that are not being bought out and all free agents from the team that the owner wishes to make restricted free agents.  Players who are having their contracts bought out must be noted.  Each team must have at least twenty players on its retention list.

C.    Any team may retain the right to match an offer made to its players who are free agents by making those free agents restricted.

1.                  When a team makes a player a restricted free agent, that team makes an offer to the player for 80% of the salary last paid to the player or the salary listed on the player card, whichever is greater.

D.    Any team may move to a new stadium by notifying the league before expansion teams start joining the league on October 1.

1.                  The cost of this privilege will be $5,000,000 to be paid at the following year’s draft.

2.                  If two teams wish to move to the same park, the highest bidder will receive the new park provided the bid exceeds the fee.

E.     The time for turning in multi-year contract lists after the annual pre-season draft is April 30.  Any team that does not turn in a multi-year contract list will have all of its players not previously signed to multi-year contracts signed to one-year contracts.

F.    Any expansion teams that wish to be in the league the next season must submit to the league commissioner the name of the stadium the team wishes to play in, the team name, DH or having the pitcher bat, and the league entry fee before October 1.

G.    Any player who has two or three years remaining on a multi-year contract can be offered renegotiation.

1.                  Extra years may be added to the length of any contract based on the number of years remaining on a contract.

2.                  Players with one year remaining cannot be renegotiated.

3.                  Salary amounts cannot be reduced by using renegotiation.

a.       Any players submitted to renegotiation that receive a lower salary on the player card keep the same salary as before renegotiation, but are signed to the additional years with the 10% raise each season.

4.                  Players to be renegotiated are listed on the retention list.

a.       These players must have at least two years remaining on the contracts.  The year that just ended does not qualify as a year on the contract

5.                  The player’s new salary is the salary listed on the salary list.

a.       Salaries receive a 10% raise each year of the new contract.

6.                  Players can only be offered renegotiation once during the life of the contract.

 

III.               Free Agency

A.    A free agent is defined as any player who was on a team the previous season with a contract that expired at the end of the preceding season or was bought out at the end of the preceding season.

1.                  An unrestricted free agent is one who has received no offer from the team he was on the previous season.  This player must be signed for at least 80% the salary listed on his card.

2.                  A restricted free agent is one who has received an offer from the team he was on at the end of the preceding season.

3.                  If a restricted free agent is signed by another team, the signing team must give compensation to the original team as prescribed below.

a.       Players signed for over $10,000,000 are Type A free agents.  Compensation for Type A free agents is the signing team’s earliest draft pick available in the 3rd round, not including any compensation picks received.  If the signing team does not have a 3rd or 4th round draft pick available, the signing team must pay a penalty fee of 10% of the signed player’s salary to the league.  The retaining team does not receive this penalty.  In this case, the retaining team receives a bonus pick in the 3rd round.

B.     PHASE ONE – Begins when the teams submit their player retention list to the commissioner.  The commissioner will distribute a list of restricted and unrestricted free agents.  Each team will use these lists to submit a list of players they wish to bid on and the amount they wish to bid on each player.

1.                  For a bid to be considered valid in the first phase, the bid submitted must be higher than the bid made under Section II.C.1 on restricted free agents.  For unrestricted free agents, any bid is valid, but may be automatically increased to the salary listed on the card.

2.                  Any player who does not receive a valid bid by a team in phase one may not receive a bid from such a team in any other phases.

3.                  Any player who is a restricted free agent and receives no valid bids in phase one is automatically signed by his previous team at the bid made in Section II.C.1 or the salary on the player card, whichever is higher.

4.                  Any player who is an unrestricted free agent and receives no valid bids in phase one may be eligible for the annual pre-season draft.

5.                  If only one team makes a valid bid for a restricted free agent in phase one, then that team and the retaining team advance to phase four of the free agency process.

6.                  If only one team makes a valid bid for an unrestricted free agent in phase one, then that team automatically signs that player for the bid made or the salary listed on the player card, whichever is greater.

7.                  At the end of phase one, a list shall be distributed to all team owners stating the highest bid offered for each player and the teams that offered valid bids for that player.  That list will also list any players who have been signed or have moved on to phase four.

C.    PHASE TWO – Operated the same way as phase one except that now a valid bid is a bid that is higher than the highest bid offered in phase one.  Any team that made a valid bid for a player in phase one must make a valid bid on the player in phase two to remain eligible to sign that player.

1.                  The team that offered the highest bid on a player in phase one has already qualified with a valid bid for phase two.

2.                  If only one team makes a valid bid for a restricted free agent in phase two, then that team and the player’s former team advance to phase four of the free agency process.

3.                  If only one team makes a valid bid for an unrestricted free agent in phase two, then that team automatically signs that player for the bid made or the player’s salary on the card.

4.                  At the end of phase two, a list shall be sent to all team owners stating the highest bid offered for each player and the teams that offered valid bids for that player.  That list will also list any players who have been signed or have moved on to phase four.

D.    PHASE THREE – This will be an open auction on all unsigned free agents.  The auction shall begin with the restricted free agent receiving the highest bid and only teams eligible to bid on that player may bid.  The auction for unrestricted free agents shall follow immediately in alphabetical order and only teams eligible to bid on players may bid.

1.                  For restricted free agents, the team making the high bid and the player’s last team shall advance to phase four of the free agency process.

2.                  Unrestricted free agents are considered signed when bidding on the player has stopped.

3.                  The phase continues until the last free agent has advanced to the next phase or been signed.

E.     PHASE FOUR – At this stage, the previous owner of the restricted free agent may match the highest offer received by the restricted free agent.

1.                  If the previous owner does not match the highest offer, then the offering team signs that player to a contract for the amount of the bid.

2.                  If the previous owner does match the highest offer, then the offering team may increase its bid one final time.

3.                  If the offering team increases its offer, the previous owner may match the new offer.

 

IV.              Draft Process

A.    Players eligible – Any player that receives a card from TP Baseball AND is not signed to a multi-year contract or signed as a free agent is available for the annual pre-season draft.

B.     The order of the teams selecting in the draft shall be in reverse order of the previous year’s regular season winning percentage, except for non-playoff teams which draft in finishing order.

1.                  Any expansion teams in the league shall draft at the beginning of each round.

C.    Each team shall draft a player in each round until it has a total of at least thirty players under contract.  Teams may continue drafting as long as they remain under the salary cap.

D.    If any team has fewer than 20 players at the end of a round, that team is entitled to a bonus pick.

1.                  The bonus picks shall be exercised in the same order as the regular season draft picks.

 

V.                 Player Usage

A.    Pitchers – Pitchers shall be limited to 120% of the innings pitched listed on the player card.  This number shall be factored by 162 for the actual number of innings available per game. 

B.     Non-Pitchers – Non-Pitchers shall be limited under the same formula used for pitchers. 

C.    Any team that exceeds the salary cap with its players under contract shall determine the usage limitations for ALL of its players using the following formula:

MAX AB or IP = (actual AB or IP * games scheduled / 162) *

(1 – ((actual salaries – salary cap) / salary cap))

D.    If a player exceeds his usage limitations during the year, then that player is considered injured for the remainder of the regular season and post season.

1.                  Any player injured due to this rule may not be sent to the minor leagues.  The player must remain on the active major league roster.

2.                  There shall be a fine for each player on the team committing this offense.  This fine doubles for each following infraction.

E.     For the postseason, players shall be limited under the following:

1.                  Starters with fewer than 75 innings pitched listed on their player card shall be limited to one-tenth (rounded to the nearest full inning pitched) of the innings pitched listed on the pitcher card and cannot start. Pitchers are classified as starters if they have "GS" on their cards.

2.      Relievers with fewer than 35 innings pitched listed on their player card shall be limited to one-tenth (rounded to the nearest full inning pitched) of the innings pitched listed on the pitcher card and cannot start. Pitchers are classified as relievers if they have "SV" on their cards.

2.                  Non-pitchers with fewer than 125 at bats listed on the player card shall be limited to one-tenth (rounded to the nearest at bat) of the at bats listed on the player card. Any "vsL" or "vsR" is also limited to one-tenth (rounded to the nearest at bat) of the limitation.

3.                  The limitations are for the entirety of the postseason.

4.        Any player from The Alternates set may not appear in post-season play (this supercedes all other limitations).

F.     Each team shall turn in postseason rosters in writing to the commissioner’s office prior to beginning postseason play.

1.                  The rosters may differ from series to series.

 

VI.              Trading

A.    Any trades made during the season shall take effect at the date specified in the trade contract.

B.     Draft picks and other compensation may not be traded more than one year in advance, and only if the giving team has paid the following season’s entry fee.

C.    Teams that trade for and receive players who are signed to multi-year contracts take those players subject to the terms of the multi-year contract.

D.    No team shall make a trade which reduces its total roster to less than twenty-five players during the season, or twenty players during the off-season.

E.     No team shall make a trade which reduces its salary paid to players currently on the team to less than 80% of the beginning total of the salaries.

F.     Any trade the commissioner believes is not in the best interests of the league shall be presented to all team owners not involved in the trade.  If a majority of these owners agree that the trade should be voided, the commissioner shall void the trade.

1.                  The commissioner’s power should not be exercised due to a one-sided trade.  This power is for abuses of the trading process, including stocking of one team from two or more teams, trading excessive salaries to teams considered to be folding from the league, and other poor sportsman-like tactics.

2.                  Any team caught participating in these tactics receives the standard fine.  Any team participating in three of these offenses for the life of the owner can be expelled from the league.

G.    Trades to take effect must be reported to the commissioner before the day that the trade is to take effect.  If the commissioner is not notified by that time in writing, and the team owners go ahead and use the players as traded, the players involved are suspended for ten games, the teams receive fines, and the trade is reversed.

H.    Any team that does not finish all scheduled games, either in the regular season or post-season will not participate in this league again AND all trades made during the third block or later involving the team will be immediately reversed because of an assumption of bad faith.

I.       All transactions that occur are to be reported to the commissioner’s office in writing, including all information on trades and roster moves.

J.       Any player traded away may not be reacquired by the team that traded him away until after the first month of the next season unless that player is signed as a free agent or drafted by the team.

1.                  Players traded in the off-season must spend a full year and the one additional month before returning.

K.    Any player acquired in trades after the July block is ineligible for postseason play.

 

VII.            Statistics

A.    The home team for each series is considered the official scorer and is responsible to see that the scoresheets for the series are turned in to the commissioner’s office.  This does not mean that the home team must keep score, however.

B.     Any team that fails to have the required scoresheets turned in to the commissioner’s office within ONE week of the completion of the series shall receive a loss in all games of that series AND the next scheduled game between the two teams (even into the following season) as well as a fine.

C.    Each team shall have available for their opponent prior to each series a list of when each pitcher last pitched and players who are injured or in the minor leagues.

1.                  Any player that is used when he is not available due to injury or required rest between pitching appearances shall be suspended for ten games plus the amount of rest or injury remaining before the illegal usage.

a.       A fine will be imposed for each offence.

D.    Any team that fails to have the required pitching log turned in to the commissioner’s office (in proper form) by the time listed on the official league schedule shall have two of the team’s wins reversed to losses for that month.

E.     Player movement logs must be turned in within one week.

1.                  Any team that fails to have the logs in by such time shall receive a fine.

 

VIII.         Schedule

A.    Postseason games shall use the weather chart for the month of October and play at night.

B.     The last game of each regular season series is designated a day game unless otherwise noted in Section VIII.

C.    If a game is rained out, the home team may choose to make it up as part of a double-header at the end of the current series (unless it is the last game of the series), during the next day off, or have the commissioner reschedule the game.

D.    If games are made up as a double-header, both games are day games, weather is only rolled once.  If the makeup game is played on an off day, it is also considered a day game.

E.     All games in Texas are night games.

F.     All games in Wrigley are day games except for six games, designated night games by the commissioner.

G.    Skydome shall be open during all games after the middle game in the May block unless inclement weather prevents the roof from being open (overcast or cold).

 

IX.              Disabled Lists and Minor Leagues

A.    The following disabled lists (DL) shall be in effect for the league:

1.                  15 day – No more than 2 players may be on this list at any one time.  Any player on this list must be on for at least 15 days.

2.                  30 day – No more than one player may be on this list at any one time.  Any player on this list must be on for at least 30 days.

B.     Transactions involving the DL will be governed by the following rules:

1.                  Players may be moved from a DL to the minors when the injury has healed.

2.                  Players may be moved from on DL to a longer DL.

3.                  A player must be activated when his injury is up and he has been on the list for the minimum time of the list.

4.                  When a player is disabled, a player may be called up from the minors.  When the injured player is reactivated, the player called up must be sent back to the minors.

a.       EXCEPTION:  If more than one player has been brought up, the team owner may choose who to send down.

C.    No player may be placed on a disabled list unless that player is injured.

 

X.                 Playing Rules

A.    All rules of TP Baseball shall be followed unless specified in Section X.

B.    A player may be played at any position not listed on his card.

1.                  Defense for this player shall be subject to the ratings changes listed in the attached Fielding and Error Chart for New Positions (Schedule A).

C.    A runner on third base may not be doubled off base on a range chart line drive unless the ball is hit to third base.

D.     When a pitcher starts after a relief appearance, at least one day must expire between the relief appearance and the start, regardless of the pitcher’s fatigue rating.

1.                  If the pitcher does not rest at least one day, he is considered to be pitching on three day’s rest for fatigue purposes.

E.     A pitcher who is not given a relief rating may be used in relief but shall use the starting pitcher’s rest chart.  This pitcher would become fatigued as per the chart.

F.    For holding on runners, all runners are held on first base unless the defensive manager specifies otherwise, or a runner is on second base.  The offensive manager must ask the defensive manager if he is holding runners on second or third.

G.    On the bunting chart, reduce the batter’s bunting rating by one grade only if the player fielding the ball was playing in.

H.     You must announce the batter’s bunting rating before you can announce that the batter is bunting, to give the defensive manager a chance to change his infield defense. You do not have to announce you are actually bunting, just his rating. Once the defensive manager chooses his infield alignment, then you can decide to bunt or not.

I.       Any situations apparently not covered by the game instructions, game charts or the above list of amendments are to be decided following the Official Rules of Baseball and common sense.  Should these methods fail, contact your commissioner.

J. Any pitcher used in relief with fewer than 40 AB on his card shall not be rated higher than a #4 batting card.