- Written by Erick Blasco
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It's 2017. Fans' outrage over poor umpiring finally reached a tipping point. The World Umpires Association finally capitulated and agreed to a non-human method of determining balls and strikes. While most people believed a system like PitchFx would be used as a determiner, the umpires only allowed one entity as arbiter: ROBOTS!
However, as a cost of extraction, the umpires determined that the role of manager also needed to be sliced back. Sure, managers would still do all the behind the scenes work of player development, ego management, and the countless other tasks a manager does for his team. However, the in-game decision making would be carried out by one entity: ROBOTS!
Because everyone expected baseball's new landscape would be too weird, Major League Baseball changed its name to the Pinnacle Baseball Association as a way to rebrand. Its history has been deemed obsolete and the universe will start over with players only collecting PBA stats. Managers are tasked with dual roles now as their responsibilities have changed. With less work on the in-game managing of a club, managers are now hybrids that act as General Managers and oversee baseball managerial functions on a week to week baseball. It's certainly different. However, it's still the pinnacle of baseball. Think you have what it takes to win a championship? Then let's see what you're made of! Welcome to the PBA!!!
- Written by Erick Blasco
- Category: Welcome to the PBA!
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The Commissioner will be responsible for the management and daily operation of the league, simulating games in a timely manner, maintaining the associated league files and being involved in all GM discussions. He will respond to questions about the league and facilitate the recruitment and development of new members.
The Commissioner will act in the best interest of the league at all times, will be the deciding voice in any disputes and also will have the power to assess fines and remove members as required.
GM’s will own a copy of OOTP, strive to be active in the forum, respond to messages in a timely manner and are encouraged to make suggestions and voice concerns. American Baseball Legion welcomes new ideas and fresh perspectives!
GM’s are also encouraged to export on a regular basis, even if they are not making changes to their team, to show participation. And they should post their absences in the appropriate thread.
Should communication cease, exporting drop off substantially or any GM conducts himself in a detrimental to the league kind of way, the Commissioner reserves the right to take action.
* Any player under team control that has completed 4 years of major league service time and one arbitration hearing is eligible for a multi-year PBA contract extension.
* A one-year contract, strictly to avoid arbitration in the first and second arb years, may be offered to arbitration-eligible players after the off-season begins.
* For any contract extension that has a yearly value over $10M, no yearly value (in any year of the negotiation) can be more than double any other yearly value throughout the lifetime of the contract.
Once the free agency window opens then players can be signed in the usual way in-game. The same front/back-loading above would apply.
* Contracts may include team options as set out in-game.
* Any team option year must have a buyout equal to at least 25% of the highest year of the contract, whether that year is an option or guaranteed year.
* Only a second team option year may follow a team option year (in other words, no other kinds of options or opt-out).
GM’s may offer incentive clauses.
The TOTAL value of ALL incentives must not exceed 25% of the lowest annual contract offered to the player.
An example is that if a player is offered a three-year contract of $8M, $9M and $10M dollars then the incentives cannot total more than $2M (25% of the lowest annual contract value)
For both incentives and vesting options, the following rules also apply:
* No vesting option can be triggered based on the number of At-Bats of a pitcher
* Amount of At-Bats must be 500 or less
* Innings pitched for Pitchers with Endurance greater than or equal to 5 must be 150 Innings Pitched or lower
* Innings pitched for Pitchers with Endurance less than 5 must be 60 Innings Pitched or lower
* No Cy Young Award bonuses for Pitchers with Endurance less than 5
* No deliberately unachievable incentive clauses such at-bats for a pitcher
Illegal contracts involving option years will be converted into all years being guaranteed. There will be additional penalties if teams repeatedly violate the rules.
Default Contracts will not be subject to illegal contract rules.
Regular season SIMs will be conducted , with a dated forum notification and export times will generally be 8 pm. Simulations will be seven in-game days during the regular season.
Preseason, Spring Training, and Offseason schedules will be TBD.
Playoff schedules will be determined at end of regular season. Wild Card games will be done in one sim. Other Playoff Rounds will be done in three game increments.
a. Attendance baseline per game is 31,000
b. Ticket price $25.00 (Team ticket prices can NOT exceed $50)
c. Visiting team gate share is 20%
d. Draft compensation for declining a qualifying offer (free agency) then signed by another team
e. Average media contract is $40,000,000
f. Media contract is fixed for all teams
g. Owners decide team budget
h. Luxury Tax - Soft cap 170%
i. Cash max $10,000,000
j. Playoff Rosters will now use the 40-Man roster (as of September 1st)
In OOTP, when a team loses a compensation eligible player (as determined by OOTP - based on real life rules) to free agency and that player is signed by another team compensation will be as follows:
The team that originally lost the player to free agency will receive an additional draft pick in the upcoming first-year player draft as compensation for the player signed as a free agent. The pick will occur in a supplemental round between the first and second rounds. Players eligible for free agency at year end must be offered arbitration (referred to as arbitration in-game but similar to a qualifying offer in real life) in order to be eligible for compensation.
Compensation “COMP” tags will be removed on Opening Day!
Waivers - 8 days (expanded to appropriate length in off-season)
DFA - 15 days (expanded to appropriate length in off-season)
Note: If a player on Waivers of DFA holds up a sim, the Commissioner reserves the right to make roster decisions by first trying to demote the player(s) or releasing the player(s) should he be unPBAe.
Each GM is responsible for Waiver and DFA attention. If a player has their DFA time run out, the Commissioner will take the following steps manually:
a) try to demote the player to AAA
b) if he refuses, if a player is owed less than $3m, he will be released
c) if owed more than $3m, he will be forced to the ML roster with demoting of similar rated player
The following rules will apply to all trades:
A trade must first be posted and quoted/confirmed in the forum trade thread. GM’s may request a trade be processed PRE-SIM if both GM’s state that, otherwise trades will be processed POST-SIM.
If a player is injured during a post-sim trade, the trade is still valid. GM's accept all risk with accepting post-sim trades.
Draft picks can only be traded for the upcoming draft and only after the World Series and prior to that pick “on the clock” in the draft.
Compensation “COMP” draft picks cannot be traded.
Recently drafted players can be traded.
The cash value may not exceed the total salary of the player(s) you are trading.
Example 1 - If a player makes $400K for 1 year, only $400K can be included in the deal.
Example 2 - If a player makes $2M per year over next 2 years then $4M can be traded.
Teams can now agree to pay a portion of a traded contract over 3 consecutive years.
The payment CAN NOT exceed 50% of its lowest annual earning.
Example: Player X is under contract for 5 more years AFTER this season at a base salary of $13.5M each season. His current team can agree to trade him to another team and pay them $6.750M for the next three seasons. For the final two seasons, the team trading for Player X would be responsible for full payment of his contract.
If a player has salaries of $10M, $12M and $15M then the team can pay up to 50% on the $10M salary so $5M can be paid for 3 seasons.
Teams can negotiate payments for 1, 2 or 3 season. The transaction will be handled by the Commissioner when the trade is processed as miscellaneous future expenses in-game.
Trades may include players to be named later. The conditions of the PTBNL must be stated as part of the trade in the thread post. The PTBNL part of the trade must be completed within three calendar months of the terms being accepted.
Players signed in the off-season as Free Agents cannot be traded until June 15th of the season in which they were signed.
No trade can be made by a GM whose team player payroll budget is in the red unless it is a trade that reduces salary. Teams in the red are not permitted to make salary neutral trades.
The PBA is proud to bring an NBA-style Lottery to the worst 14 teams from the previous season. The Lottery will be held along with the release of the Draft Pool. All spots in the top 14 will be subject to the lottery.
The teams with the 20 worst records from the previous season will be put into a Lottery system to determine the draft order for those teams. The remaining teams will draft in order from the season before like a standard MLB Draft.
PBA uses players generated by OOTP. The draft consists of 30 rounds and the Player pool will be 34 rounds deep. The Commissioner, in consultation with the GM’s, reserves the right to adjust the number of rounds in the future so the optimum number of players are generated.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held in December each year. Any players noted “#” in-game on the Transactions Screen will be eligible. To protect players, GM’s are responsible for adding them to the 40-man roster.
The Rule 5 Draft will be held by an in-game list. Any player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on the selecting team's Active (25-man) and Secondary (40-man) rosters for the entire upcoming season or be returned to the original team.
This is accomplished in-game. Release the player in-game as you normally would return a Rule V Draft player.
Coaching is ON. Scouting is ON and Very Accurate.
Both leagues will use the Designated Hitter
Injuries are ON and set to normal. Injury Ratings are hidden. Suspensions (including drug suspensions), are on, and set to low.
Wild Card Round is one game only. Other playoff rounds will be 7 games.
Four foreign leagues will run in the background. They will add color to the league and perhaps poach free agents from the main league.
Two minor leagues have been created, several DSL teams have been deleted, and a handful of rookie league teams have been moved in an attempt to get each franchise the same minor league structure and have no franchise with two teams in the same league.
The Yankees and Phillies default market sizes have been bumped up.
Rainouts are ON.
World Baseball Classic is ON
AI Player Evaluation is 50% Ratings, 25% Current Year Stats, 20% Previous Year Stats, 5% 2 Years Ago Stats.
Historical Player Stats have been erased
Default Player Origin and Amateur Draft Generated Players have 5% from random origin.
International Free Agents are 10% from random origin.
Organizations cannot have more than 300 players, not counting international academies, in their organization. This includes the DL and DFA lists.