Rosenblatt Association Rules

Commissioner Brandon Rose

A. Rosenblatt Association

Commissioner - Brandon Rose

The commissioner handles the day-to-day league business.

All league business will be handled directly with the commissioner and not in a league-wide discussion unless the commissioner asks for an open league-wide discussion and/or vote. Any league-wide vote will require a 3/4 majority vote in favor of the issue/rule change to pass.

The RA exists to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship. It is expected that all league members treat each other courteously and with respect.

The RA is a 24 team organization divided into two leagues with 12 teams each with two divisions with 6 teams:

National League
Pioneer Division
Skyline Division

American League
Horizon Division
Summit Division

Rosenblatt Association team names can only be derived from any NCAA Division I schools, NCAA Division II schools, NCAA Division III schools, NAIA schools, Junior Colleges, Collegiate Summer League teams or Canadian Universities and Colleges.

The RA plays the latest version of Action! PC Baseball with the current season player database.

Teams will play their home games in one of the ballparks available in the Action! PC Baseball database.

All RA official information will be available at the website. 

All league database updates will be provided by the commissioner.


B. 2019 Expansion Draft

The Rosenblatt Association for the 2019 RA season will expand to 28 teams.

The Expansion Draft Ground Rules:

-- Trading will be suspended from March 30 until AFTER the Expansion Draft.

-- Each established team will turn in a 12 player protected list. The remainder of each established teams roster will be exposed in the Expansion Draft.

-- The start date for the Expansion Draft is TBA.

-- The expansion teams will draft 24 man rosters.

-- Each established team will lose 4 players in the Expansion Draft.

-- The Expansion Draft teams selection order will be 1-2-3-4 and 4-3-2-1 until they have selected 24 players.

-- Once 4 players are drafted off of a team’s roster the rest the players from that team will be taken off of the Expansion Draft board.

-- After the Expansion Draft the established teams will cut their roster down to 24 players in preparation for the 2019 RA Rookie Draft.

-- The dates to make your roster cuts and the start of the 2019 RA Rookie Draft are TBA. 

-- After the Expansion Draft and rosters are cut down to 24 players trading will be allowed.

-- In the 2019 RA Rookie Draft the expansion teams will pick 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th each round with their selection order changing each round.

-- After the Expansion Draft and going forward the new RA Roster limit for the regular season will be 35 players. Players designated Inactive for the season and Minor League players will count against your 35 man roster limit.

Some Rules changes after the 2019 RA regular season:

-- At the conclusion of the 2019 RA regular season rosters will be cut down to 20 players in preparation for the rookie draft. Players designated Inactive and Minor League players will count against the new 20 man roster limit. Trading is allowed.

-- The 2020 RA Rookie Draft and all rookie drafts going forward will be 15 Rounds.


C. Action! PC Baseball Game Settings

General Rules
League Era: Standard Batter/Pitcher Era
Season: 162
Innings: 9
Use DH American
Use DH National
Use DH Inter-League
Use Generic L/R Splits For Batters Below 100 PA
Apply Park Effects
Allow Estimated Pitch Count
HR Replay Reviews
Regular Replay Reviews
Display Wild Card Standings
Apply League Records To All-Time Record Book
Use Modern Rules [1954 to Present]
Save Computer Games
Save Human Games

Roster Management
Overall Roster Size: 40
Opening Day/Game Roster: 25
September 1/Game Roster: 40
Playoffs: 25
Use Daily Lineups
Inactive Options Per Player: 0

Miscellaneous
Display Estimated Pitcher Estimated Pitch Counts
Display Base Stealing Success%
Display Base Runner Success%

Quick Rules Setup
None


D. Roster Management

During the regular and post season each team is allowed to have a 40 man roster of which 25 players must have a game rating.

Players are owned by the same franchise from season-to-season unless a player is traded or released.

You can activate a maximum of 25 players for each regular season and post-season series. The lone exception to this rule is for the games to be played in September when you can activate all game rated players on your roster.

Players can be moved from the active to inactive roster - and vice versa - before the start of each series, but not during a series.

Players on the Designated Inactive for the season and Minor League Baseball players [Maximum of 5] count against the 40 man roster limit.


E. Regular Season Position Players / Pitchers Usage

Position Players Usage: 110% of Real Life Plate Appearances

Position Players Penalty: 50% Reduction In Effectiveness.

At 125% of Real Life usage the player will become inactive.

Pitchers Usage: 110% of Real Life of Innings Pitched

Pitchers Penalty: 50% Reduction In Effectiveness.

At 125% of Real Life usage the pitcher will become inactive.

Checked On: Use Generic L/R Splits For Batters Below 100 Plate Appearances.

Player/Pitcher Usage Warnings Checked On: Display Catching Streak Warnings, Display Required Rest Warnings, Display Warning When Player Has Exceeded Real-Life Usage and Display Warning When Player Is On Pace To Exceed Real Life Usage.

Plate Appearances Requirement: Teams need to have 650+ Plate Appearances at each position for the regular season. One player can back up more than one position.

Innings Pitched Requirement/Recommendation: Teams should have between 1500 to 1600 overall Innings Pitched for the regular season. The recommendation is for 1000+ Innings Pitched for Starting Pitchers and 500+ for Relief Pitchers.

September Call-Ups: Position players with LESS than 30 Plate Appearances and pitchers with 2 Games Started or 15 Innings Pitched or LESS are limited to September play only.

Use Them Or Lose Them Usage Rule: Position players with 200+ Plate Appearances, Starting Pitchers [only] with 75+ Innings Pitched, Relief Pitchers [only] with 25+ Innings Pitched and Starter/Relief Pitchers with 50+ Innings Pitched must be used at least 33% of their real-life play. 

Players or Pitchers who do not reach 33% of their real-life usage will be released from their team at the end of the season.

Any players released because they did not meet the “Use Them Or Lose Them” 33% of their real-life usage requirement do not count against the 15 roster cuts required at the end of the season. No matter how many players a team loses because of this rule they will still have to cut 15 other players per Rule L.

Examples: Player A had 357 real-life Plate Appearances; he must reach 119 RA Plate Appearances. Pitcher A had 123 real-life Innings Pitched; he must pitch 41 innings. 

Injuries are turned OFF.

The designated hitter is used.

Pitchers can bat starting the game if necessary to save plate appearances.

Pitchers can pinch hit only if they have an everyday position rating or pinch-hitter rating. Pitchers can pinch run but cannot attempt to steal.

Playing Out Of Position: Position players [Catchers, infielders and outfielders] are allowed to play ONLY the position[s] they are rated to play.


F. Regular Season Games

The RA season is April through September using the Action! PC Baseball calendar.

The RA regular season is 162 games with 81 home games and 81 away games.

The complete RA regular season schedule is included in the database.

RA play is month-to-month with the start date and deadline for each month TBA before Opening Day.

Head-To-Head play is encouraged but NOT mandatory during the regular season. Each home team is responsible for playing their home games.

Each team will provide a Manager File at the start of the season and for each subsequent play period - to be included in the league database - for their away games.

It is mandatory that the following Manager File sections are filled out:

Lineups vs. RHP and vs. LHP.
Rotation
Daily Starters
Bullpen

Optional: Pinch-Hitters and Position Depth


G. Manager File

Each play period you will be required to send a Manager File to the commissioner for import into the league database for your opponents use.

The current Manager File in the league database will serve as your Contingency Manager File in the event you do not send a new Manager File for the new play period.


H. Series Reporting

Report your home series for the play period/month by the deadline.

If you are going to be late – for any reason - it is your responsibility to inform the commissioner.

Send your home series results [BBX File] via e-mail attachment to the entire league.

After the completion of each play period and the waiver draft Commissioner Brandon Rose will distribute a league database update for the next play period/month.

I. In-Season Waiver Draft

There will be in-season Waiver Drafts following the May, June, July & August play periods.

Participation in the Waiver Draft is not mandatory.

The Waiver Drafts selection order is Worst-to-Best based on the current RA regular season winning percentages.

Tie Breaker Method To Determine Selection Order:
1. Head-to-Head results.
2. Best road winning percentage.
3. Best home winning percentage.
4. Most Runs Scored.
5. Least Runs Allowed

The Waiver Draft eligible players are the Free Agents in the RA database.

The Waiver Draft will be handled via draft list only with the applicable cuts.

You will send your Waiver Draft list of claims/cuts to Commissioner Brandon Rose by a designated deadline.

Players successfully claimed become part of their new team's 40 man roster. They are subject to all of the possible roster transactions - kept, released or traded - going forward.

The results of each Waiver Draft will be sent to everyone upon completion.

You can’t claim Minor League, College or Foreign National Team players.


J. Trading

Trading officially starts with the completion of the current RA regular season and ends at Midnight the day before the next Opening Day.

You can trade any players on your 35 man roster and rookie draft picks up to two years in the future that you possess.

Example: At the conclusion of the 2018 regular season you can trade 2019, 2020 & 2021 draft picks.

Report all trades to Commissioner Brandon Rose.


K. Playoffs / Position Players & Pitchers Usage

The RA Playoffs is an annual 12-team tournament played at the close of the regular season.

To qualify for the RA Playoffs you must be one of the American League and National League division winners [4 teams] or have one of the four best winning percentages among the non-division winners in both the American and National League [8 teams].

Your place of finish in the standings within your division does not determine whether you qualify for the playoffs. Qualifying is strictly based on the best winning percentage. 

Tie Breaker Method To Determine Playoff Team:
1. Head-to-Head results.
2. Best road winning percentage.
3. Best home winning percentage.
4. Most Runs Scored.
5. Least Runs Allowed.

Head-To-Head play for the playoffs is encouraged but is NOT mandatory.
 
Position Players Playoffs Plate Appearances Limits
Based on Real-Life Plate Appearances.

0-50 Plate Appearances = 4 Playoff Plate Appearances Limit
51-100 Plate Appearances = 7 Playoff Plate Appearances Limit
101-200 Plate Appearances = 12 Playoff Plate Appearances Limit
201-300 Plate Appearances = 19 Playoff Plate Appearances Limit
301-400 Plate Appearances = 25 Playoff Plate Appearances Limit
401-500 Plate Appearances = 30 Playoff Plate Appearances Limit
501-600 Plate Appearances = 35 Playoff Plate Appearances Limit
601+ = No Playoff Plate Appearances Limit

Pitchers Playoffs Games Started/Innings Pitched Limits 
Based on Real-Life Games Started or Innings Pitched

Starting Pitchers Playoff Games Started = Real-life Games Started divided by 10 and rounded down for each playoff series.

Example: Starting Pitcher A started 27 games in real-life. 27 divided by 10 = 2 playoff starts

Relief Pitchers & Starter/Relievers Playoff Innings Pitched = Real-Life Innings Pitched divided by 10 and rounded up for each playoff series.

Example: Relief Pitcher B and Starter/Relief Pitcher C pitched 77 innings in real-life. 77 divided by 10 = 8 playoff innings

Extra Innings Games: Any plate appearances or innings pitched used in Extra Innings will not count against a player or pitchers playoff usage limits.

There will be a one travel day [rest] after games 2 and 5 [if necessary] for all playoff series.

All RA Playoffs series are Best-of-7 games format. Home field advantage goes to the team with the best winning percentage for the regular season.


L. Rookie Draft / Minor League Players

At the conclusion of the regular season teams will be asked to cut their roster down to 30 players active, inactive and minor league players all count against the 30 players limit. There will be a cut-down deadline announced to get your cuts into Commissioner Brandon Rose. Trading is allowed.

The RA draft selection order is based on the traditional worst-to-first winning percentage from the recently completed regular season.

Players not on a RA team roster and who receive a game rating by Action! PC Baseball are draft eligible.

Minor League players are draft eligible. The definition of a Minor League player is someone who has NEVER played at the Major League level and/or received an Action! PC Baseball game rating.

Drafting Minor League players is NOT mandatory.

You can draft a maximum of 2 Minor League players.

Minor League players will count against your 40 man roster.

You can carry a maximum of 5 Minor League players on your team via the draft [after multiple rookie drafts] and/or trading for them.

Minor league players must play Major League Baseball within two seasons of being drafted in order for you to keep them on your roster.

Example: Minor League Player A was drafted in the 2019 RA Rookie Draft so he must play Major League Baseball by the 2021 MLB season in order for you to keep him on your team/roster.

You can trade Minor League players.

High School, College and Foreign National Team players are NOT draft eligible.

Annually the RA Rookie Draft will start in January with the date to be TBD after Action! PC Games releases the latest Major League Baseball season/player database.

The RA Rookie Draft is 10 Rounds.

The RA Rookie Draft is handled via e-mail or telephone/text [Emergency situations only].

When you go on the clock you have four [4] hours to make your pick. If the clock runs out you can make your catch up pick after the round is over.

Trading is allowed during the Rookie Draft. The team trading for a draft pick on the clock assumes the time left on the clock to make their newly acquired draft pick.

At the conclusion of the RA Rookie Draft the Dumpster Dive Draft will start for those teams still needing to fill out their 40 man roster or position needs.

The Dumpster Dive Draft runs up to Opening Day.

The Dumpster Dive Draft is handled via draft list only and on a first come-first served based on the e-mail time stamp. 

Minor League players can’t be claimed in the Dumpster Dive.

Dumpster Dive Draft claims are not official until they are announced by the commissioner via league-wide e-mail.

Tie Breaker Method To Determine Draft Selection Order:
1. Head-to-Head results.
2. Best road winning percentage.
3. Best home winning percentage.
4. Most Runs Scored.
5. Least Runs Allowed


M. Rules Change Proposals

At the conclusion of the regular season the commissioner will send out an e-mail to everyone asking them if they have any rule change proposals. After receiving those proposals the commissioner will determine whether any of the proposals are worth considering having a league-wide discussion and/or putting the rule proposal up for a league-wide vote. Any league-wide vote will require a 3/4 majority in favor of the rule proposal for it to pass.