From the man who creates more drafts than Donald Trump dodges ... Comes your opportunity to create a team better than this: This is our branch-out effort as we've "successfully" done this in basketball five times and in college football once. if you're new to this type of game, or just want a refresher, you might find it helpful to review these previous games: The First NBA Draft, won by @EmpireForever (Able to draft any player any time) The Second NBA Draft, won by @tom (Limited to only players from the 2012-13 NBA Season) The Third NBA Draft, won by @tom (Back to any player, any time) The Fourth NBA Draft, won by @PRENNTACULAR (auction style Franchise Acquisition) The Fifth NBA Draft, won by @Point Given (all GMs must draft from the same franchise every round) The First College Football Draft, won by @LloydChristmas (any player from the modern era) The Biggest difference, obviously, is that this time, we're drafting Major League Baseball players. The Participants: 1) The Commish - That's me. I'm going to keep the draft going by moving along the selection process (see below), posting games, posting results, and generally keeping the game moving forward. 2) The GMs - that's you. Six or Eight of you. You'll assemble your team, put together lineups, and respond to the ebbs and flows in your attempts to win The Phases of the Game: 1) The Draft. The GMs will be randomized into an order that will be slightly modified every round. This will continue for 24 rounds. The modification each round is due to the wrinkle we are throwing into the draft. The first pick in a round determines the Franchise from which every pick in that round must come from. the same Franchise can be selected multiple times. For the purposes of this draft, we will consider a Franchise to be continued through relocation. The Dodgers means you can pick from the Brooklyn Dodgers as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Montreal Expos gives you access to the (Current) Washington Nationals. And so on. For the final round of the draft, there will be a "free for all" where any player not yet selected can be nabbed. This will be done via this method: All GMs PM me their choice. if no other GM picks your player, you get him. if any other GM picks the same player, that player is out of the game (cannot be added via free agency) and you send in another PM with a second choice. You continue doing this until either a) everyone has their players or b) five rounds have passed, at which time I will assign players of my choosing from the worst teams to play in Cleveland from my childhood. During the draft, trades of players and future picks can be made. All parties must produce a private conversation and involve the Commish. The Commish has the ability to veto any trade. However, you cannot trade your 25th round free-for-all pick. You will also have the opportunity to name a "home field" for your games. This can be done at any time during drafting, and need not be unique to your team (that is, two different GMs can pick the same park ... hell, every GM could). You should also feel free to designate a manager, which will have no impact whatsoever on the game. But it's fun. 2) Free Agency Period The GMs will be given 48 hours after the close of drafting to make add/drops to their team. Once they are done, they will post their final roster and team name. Trades can be done during this time, with the same rules as above. Once this phase is done, rosters are locked, and no trades or add/drops can be done until after the first round of games, where each GM can make up to two swaps. Please note - you can only add a player from the same franchise you are dropping a player from. 3) The Regular Season Each team will play every other team six times - two three game series, one at home and one away. When a series comes up, each GM should post their rotation for the series. Then, each GM should post their line-up and batting order for each game of the series. Please note: The Designated Hitter is not in use Your starting pitcher must have at least three days off in between starts There will be some scheduled "travel days" (Posted) to allow you to modify your rotation slightly. Once all line-ups are posted or 24 hours has passed, the games will be simulated at www.whatifsports.com. The Commish will provide the results and box scores, as well as any exciting/amusing acts from the simulation via a recap. You cannot change your line-up midseries. 4) The Playoffs If we have eight GMs, the top four teams will advance to the playoffs. The #1 team will play the #4 team and #2 will play #3. Both series will be in a 2-3-2 format. The winners will advance to the championship, which is also in a 2-3-2 format. There will be travel days after game 2 and after game 5 in all series. In the event of a tie for position, head-to-head win/loss will be used as a tiebreaker. If the teams remained tied: If all teams involved in the tie would qualify for the playoffs and only seeding is in question, the commish shall do a random draw to determine seeding If one (or more) teams involved in the draw would not qualify for the playoffs, the commish shall institute as many one-game playoff games as needed to break the tie (i.e. if there are two teams tied, we need one game. if there are three teams, we need two games, with a random draw to select which team gets a "bye", and so on ...) 5) The Championship Parade The winner of the championship game will be given a parade in his honor, with the mayor blocking off much of downtown. Or, well, Game winner VIPship and colors for a week. But, before we get to any of that, we need to finish the preliminary phase. Sign-ups! Once We have our GMs set, we will being. To sign-up, just copy the list and add your name. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) *If Necessary 8) *If Necessary And ... Let's Play Ball!