Rosenblatt Association Rules

Commissioner Brandon Rose

I. Rosenblatt Association

Commissioner - Brandon Rose

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

The commissioner has the final say in all league related business always taking the best interests of the league into consideration. 

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.

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 two divisions of six teams each:

National League
Pioneer Division
Skyline Division

American League
Horizon Division
Summit Division

Rosenblatt Association team names are to be derived from any NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, Junior Colleges 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 business is handled exclusively online. 

All RA official information will be distributed by the commissioner and will also be available at the website. 

All league file updates will be provided to you by the commissioner.


II. 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 If Available
Inactive Options Per Player: 0

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

Quick Rules Setup
None


III. Regular Season Games

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

The RA regular season is 162 games - 81 home games and 81 away games - and played from April through September.

Reference the RA database for the complete regular season schedule.

The RA will play the regular season with a specific Action! PC Baseball calendar start date and deadline.

Play Period 1: April 1 - 30
Play Period 2: May 1 - 31
Play Period 3: June 1 - 30
Play Period 4: July 1 - 31
Play Period 5: August 1 -31
Play Period 6: September 1 - 30

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

You can update your Manager File anytime during the season.


IV. 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.

If you want to send individual Manager Files to your opponents let them know ASAP or they will play the series with the Manager File in the league database.

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 next play period.


V. Series Reporting

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

Being on time with your play period/monthly home series is of the utmost importance.

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

Send the entire month of 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.


VI. 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.

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 Disabled List [designated inactive] for the season and Minor League players [Maximum of 2 starting with the 2019 season] on your roster count against the 40 man roster limit.

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


VII. 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.

At Bats Requirement: Teams need to have 600+ At Bats 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 25 At Bats 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+ At Bats, 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 10 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 10 other players per Rule I.

Examples: Player A had 357 real-life At Bats; he must reach 119 RA At Bats. 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 at bats.

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.


VIII. In-Season Waiver Draft

There will be in-season Waiver Drafts following Play Periods 2, 3, 4 & 5.

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 league 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 are now part of their 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.


IX. 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 40 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 draft picks.

Report all trades to Commissioner Brandon Rose.


X. Playoffs / Position Players & Pitchers Usage

The RA Playoffs are 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 [4] 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 league does not determine whether you qualify for the playoffs. Qualifying is strictly based on the best overall 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.


XI. Rookie Draft / Minor League Players

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

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

IMPORTANT: After the 2019 regular season ends rosters will be cut down to 25 players. Minor league players will count against the 25 players you keep.

There will be a cut-down deadline announced to get your cuts into Commissioner Brandon Rose. Trading is allowed.

IMPORTANT/MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS: Starting with the 2019 RA Rookie Draft [held in January] Minor League players become 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.

You can draft a maximum of two [2] Minor League players per Rookie Draft.

Drafting Minor League players is NOT mandatory.

You can carry a maximum of 5 Minor League players on your team. Minor League players will count against your 40 man roster.

High School and College players are NOT draft eligible.

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 2019. He must play Major League Baseball by the 2020 season in order for you to keep him on your team/roster.

You can trade Minor League players.

The 2019 RA Rookie Draft will be 10 Rounds.

IMPORTANT: The 2020 RA Rookie Draft will be expand to 15 Rounds per the new 25 player roster cut down limit.

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

The RA Rookie Draft is handled via e-mail. Draft Rounds 1 thru 6 will be handled pick-by-pick with a 12 hour time limit to make your pick. Draft Rounds 7 thru 15 will be handled via draft list.

There will be a league database update sent to everyone at the conclusion of each round.

At the conclusion of the RA Rookie Draft there will a Dumpster Dive Draft for those teams still needing to fill out their 40 man roster or position needs. The Dumpster Dive Draft will handled via draft list only and on a first come-first served based on the e-mail time stamp. Dumpster Dive Draft claims are not official until it is announced via 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

RA Rookie Draft results will be posted following the rookie draft on the website.


XII. 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.