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					Gabl        Green Acres Baseball League

                                    2012           Constitution

Table of Contents (Hover mouse over Description for link to item)
0.0 Ownership
       0.1          Ownership Obligations
       0.2          Monthly Procedures and Late Penalties
       0.2.5        Probation for Extreme Continual Lateness
       0.2.5.1      League Fees Penalty for non Payment
       0.3          Owners And Player’s Points
       0.3.1        Franchise Points
       0.3.2        Bonus Points
0.5 League
       0.5          League Offices
       0.5.1        Constitution Chairperson
        0.5.2       Director of Player Relations (DoPR) Jim Knopf
       0.5.3        GABL Publicist (Ralph Billings)
       0.5.4        Editor of League Webpage (Nick Flory)
       0.5.5        Executive Chairman of the Rules Committee Mike Levitt
       0.6          Stats Books
       0.7          League Alignment
       0.8          Changing Stadiums
       0.8.1        Updating Ballparks
       0.9          Farm System Ownership
       0.9.5        Teams, Minor league systems, and Ballparks
       0.9.6        Roster for all Clubs
       0.9.6.2      AAA In-Active Development Roster
       0.9.6.5      Roster Reduction each year
1.0 Game Settings
       1.0          Designated Hitter
       1.1          Game Settings for the new season:
1.3 Player Usage
       1.3           Player Usage
       1.3.1        Minimum Plate Appearances/Innings Pitched
       1.3.2         Position Players Usage
       1.3.2.1       Fielding Usage
       1.3.3        Pitcher Usage
       1.3.4        Over Usage
1.5 Playing Games and Reporting
       1.5.1        Playing the Games
       1.5.2        Auto playing of games
       1.5.3        Schedules/Games
       1.5.4        Starting a Game playing SOM
       1.5.5        Playing Games
2.0 Rosters
       2.0          Rosters

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       2.1       Player Movement
       2.2       Trading
       2.2.1     Draft Days
       2.2.2     During the Season
       2.2.3     Trade Deadline for Playoff Eligibility
       2.2.4     Reporting Trades
       2.3       Releasing Players Under Contract
       2.3.1     Releasing Players During the Off-Season
       2.3.2     Releasing Players During the Season
       2.3.2.5   Releasing Players during the General Draft
       2.4       Waiver Wire (Dec.2008)
       2.4.1     In Season WAIVER WIRE (Dec, 2008)
       2.4.1.1   Making a Waiver Wire Claim (Nov.2009)
       2.5       Roster Changes/Moves
       2.6       Expanding Rosters as of September 1st
3.0 Contracts
       3.0       The Players
       3.1       Player Salaries
       3.1.5     Payment of Salaries (Points)
       3.2       Player Contracts
       3.2.1     Contract Lengths
       3.3       Prospect Contracts (P)
       3.3.1     Rules for prospects:
       3.4       Rookie Contracts(R)
       3.5       Veteran Contracts (V1)
       3.6       Home Town Discount Contract (HT5) (Dec. 2009)
       3.6.5     Legend Player Contract (Nov. 2011)
       3.7       RFA
       3.7.5     Restricted Free Agency - In Reference to the Option Year
       3.8       UFA see rule 7.0
       3.9       Option Years (Opt.)
       3.9.1     Picking Up a Players Option Year (U)
       3.9.1.5   Adding an option to a traded player
       3.9.2     Offering a Player Arbitration below his Actual Salary
       4.0       General Draft (GD) (Dec.2009
       4.1       Buying Out a Players Option Year
       4.2       Contract Restructuring
       4.3       Three year contract extension (Dec, 2008)
       4.4       Waver of No Trade Clause (Nov. 2009)
       4.5       One year contract extension
       4.6       The Canseco Rule
       4.7       Free Agent Trade Ban
       4.8       Compensation (Nov. 2009)
       4.9       Unrestricted Free Agent Signing Period (UFASP)
5.0 Drafts
       5.0       DRAFTS/FREE AGENCY (DEC 2009)
       5.1       The Waiver Rule as it Pertains to the Drafts
       5.2       RFA and Pre-Draft cuts
       5.3       General Draft
       5.3.5     Draft times and Schedule
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        5.4           Trading Draft Picks
        5.5           Restricted Free Agent Bidding/Signing Period (RFASP)
6.0 Restricted Free Agency
        6.0           RFA players
        6.1           RFA bids
        6.2           RFA Retention Rights
        6.3           RFA NO Bid Received
        6.4           Compensatory draft selections for the loss of restricted free agents
7.0 Unrestricted Free Agency
        7.1           Signing a UFA contract
        7.2           Owner’s Rights
        7.2.1         RFA/UFA Procedures
        7.3           Free Agent Contract Bid Superiority
        7.4           Clustering Free Agent Contract Bids
8.0 Playoffs
        8.0           Qualifying for Playoffs
        8.1           Match-ups
        8.2           Player Usage in Playoffs
        8.2.1         Post-Season Rosters
        8.2.2         Availability for the Play-offs
        8.2.3         Position Players
        8.2.4         Relief Pitchers
        8.2.5         Starting Pitchers ( updated Nov. 2009)
        8.2.6         Post Season Long Relievers Designator (Nov. 2009)
        8.3           Playing the Games
9.0 All Star Game
        9.0           All Star Game Nomination Rules (2008)
        9.1           All Star Game Rules
10.0 Miscellaneous Rules
        10.0          Uncovered Rules
        10.1          Amending/Changing Current Rules
        11.0          Expansion Rules (2012 Season)
Appendix 1 Salary Formulas
        AP 1          Prospect Contracts
        AP 1.2        Minimum Plate Appearances/Innings Pitched
        AP 1.3        Salaries
        AP 1.4        Position Players Salary Formula
        AP 1.5        Starters and Starter/Relievers Salary Formula
        AP 1.         Relievers Salary Formula

Appendix 2 Points
      AP2.0           Bonus Point Categories(Dec,2008Appendix 2 - Bonus Point Categories
      AP 2.1          Bonus Points
      AP 2.1.1        Individual Bonus Points(Dec,2008
      AP 2.1.2        Team Bonus Points
      AP 2.1.3        Team Penalty and Performance Points(Dec,2008)
      AP 2.1.3.5      POINTS AWARDED FOR MEETING LEAGUE DEADLINES:

Appendix 3 Deadlines
      AP 3.8         OFF SEASON/SPRING TRAINING/ IN SEASON SCHEDULE
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Appendix 4 Examples:

        AP 4.1 3          Year Contract re-structuring




0.0 OWNERSHIP
0.1     Ownership Obligations
        It is an owner’s obligation to be able to play league games in the correct manner. In order to be a general manager in this
        league, you must have:

                 - a computer and email capability.
                 - the latest approved version of the S-O-M computer game
                 - a copy of the current years roster disk.

        Owners are responsible to get all box scores and compiled stats into the Director of Player Personnel and to Opposition
        managers.
        Owners are also responsible for the posting of lineups, roster changes and instructions, and the timely playing of games for
        each month as well as the setting of emergency instructions, a year long pitching rotation, assigning of player contracts at the
        beginning of the season. [Feb]
        A team that does not submit an emergency rotation for the year will be fined at the start of each month until they submit one.
        500 pts.
        Each owner must vote either yes, no, or abstain on every proposal put out for a league vote. A penalty will be levied for each
        non-vote. 500 pts per vote required. (Dec.2008)

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0.2     Monthly Procedures and Late Penalties

        During the season the GABL's key dates are the 1st and 23 rd of each month. Before the 1st, all active 25 man rosters and
        computer manager files are due, and by the 23rd of each month all export files are due, and all box scores will have been
        received by your opponents. These dates may be set back at the discretion of the DoPR, in the event of file problems, etc., but
        every effort will be made to adhere to these dates. If an owner is going to have a problem making 1 of these deadlines he
        must notify the DoPR to ask for an extension, in which case a reasonable grace period will be given. This will be decided by
        the DoPR, based on the owner's past performance of reliability in meeting deadlines. To avoid any chance of personality
        conflicts, any time the DOPR decides not to grant an extension it must be Okayed by the Rules and Gripes Committee. Box
        scores should be sent to your opponent ASAP after you have played a series. You must insert your starting pitchers for each
        month into the CPU manager, to insure that the correct starters are always used. We use “draft league mode " lineups, so you
        must fill out all 4 default lineups for your team. If you do not want to use lineups 3 and 4 ( vs. reverse LH and reverse RH ),
        then copy lineups 1 and 2 for standard LH and RH into slots 3 and 4. This will insure that no lineups generated by Hal are
        accidentally used.

         Each GM is required to send a default rotation for the entire year to the DoPR at the beginning of each season. There will be
        some flexibility in this deadline, for example you may make out an April rotation and finish work on the rest of your rotation
        during the month of April, but all defaults will be due by May 1st. See appendix 2 for bonus points and penalty points.
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0.2.5   Probation for Extreme Continual Lateness

        Any owner that has been late three Decisions (Off-Season) in a row and/or has missed three league mailing decisions
        (Season) will be placed on Probationary Status- Any further violations and of the decisions and or mailings will be cause for
        removal of the owner by the league ownership. The decision to remove will be based on a simple majority of the non-
        offending ownership. Any team on Probationary Status will only be awarded 1/2 points for performance during their team’s
        probation period. 1st offense,2 months probation, 2nd offense, removal of owner from the league. Any and all decisions that
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        are missed during this period will be made by the league and those decisions are final. (Season/off season decisions missed
        will not be revisited.) (March, 2009).

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0.2.5.1 League Fees Penalty for non Payment
        Each team will be responsible for sending the DoPR the $5.00 fee each year prior to the opening of the new calendar
        year,(fees due Dec 31). Any team in default of league fees will be penalized in the draft and will forfeit their highest draft
        pick in the general draft for each month they are late if they do not pay the fee before the start of the draft they may be
        removed from the draft for non-compliance of the leagues rules. i.e. Ionia send the $5 fee in Feb they would forfeit their two
        highest draft picks. Jan 1 one pick lost Feb. 1 one pick lost. DoPR will accept pay ahead’s if a team so wishes, however they
        are not refundable if team leaves the GABL (Nov.2011).

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0.3     Owners And Player’s Points
        Money is necessary to create and maintain a team in Major League Baseball. It is the goal of this league to parallel, within
        reason, the processes of the MLB, even the not so savory financial issues. The following section goes into detail on points,
        the GABL form of money, and how it is acquired by the teams.

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0.3.1   Franchise Points
        Each team will start every off-season with a base of 85,000 points. Added to this base will be left over points from the
        previous season, accumulated points via trade, and bonus points. From this point pool, you will have to sign a team for you
        to field during the season. At no time can you tie up more than 85,000 points in any future year, however, during the current
        season you may use up to as many points as you have available. (Nov. 2011)

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0.3.2   Bonus Points
        The way the league models team revenue is by using bonus points. Teams are given bonus points by both individual player
        performances and overall team performance. Bonus points will be tabulated monthly and awarded monthly with one month in
        arrears till the end of the regular season. The bonus point formulas can be found in the appendix section.

        Each League Officer will receive a point stipend of 5000 points. Chairman of Rules and chair members are included,
        Members who hold more than one office may only receive one stipend. (Nov. 2011)

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0.5 LEAGUE
0.5     League Offices
        In order to maintain the league, responsibilities are divided up into several offices. Once appointed to office, officers will
        remain in that office(s) until they either resign from the post, or they are voted out by 2/3 majority of the remaining owners.
        The latter contingent will be tabled when four or more owners request a change in a given office. The vote must be taken
        within 1 week of written notification to the League. The following is a list of the league offices and their responsibilities.
        Each League Office will receive annually 5000 points at the start of each season for holding a league office. This includes all
        members of the Rules Committee. Owners who hold more than one office only receive one stipend. The Publicist will be
        awarded on a per issue of 500 points per issue with a maximum of 5000 pts for the year.

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0.5.1 Constitution Chairperson Jim Knopf
        The Constitution Chairperson is responsible for the maintenance of the league bylaws. They are responsible standard
        revisions of these rules. They mediate and compose referendums for the league to vote on. All proposed rules changes and
        amendments must be submitted through the Constitutional Chair for submission to the league. All changes to the rules must
        be submitted by October 15th of each year to be voted on. Special Rule Votes maybe called by the DoPR to better serve the
        needs of the league.
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0.5.2     Director of Player Relations (DoPR) Jim Knopf
        The DoPR is responsible for maintaining Owner relationships and recruiting new owners if one is required or in the need of
        expansion. He will also be responsible for the day to day operations of the league to insure that owners are reporting files on
        time. All Trades will be reported the DoPR, the DoPR is the one who determines if the trade is equitably and fair. He is also
        the one who will determine fines for owners due to missing owner’s deadlines, if an owner does not agree with any fine they
        may appeal to the rules committee.
        Lastly, he is also responsible for the more serious matters, including, but not limited to, manager integrity, disputes, trade
        reviews.
        The DoPR is responsible for all things relating to league matters. (August 2009).

        He is responsible for the running of the 3 drafts and the monthly compiling of all teams stats, rosters and performance points.

        He will oversee the course of the draft, making sure teams draft within their allowable parameters. And record the draft and
        any trades made for publication.

        He will be responsible for compiling and archiving the league statistics. He will also be responsible for the calculation and
        submission of the bonus points. He will also be the compiler of statistical point’s calculation and the creation of player salary
        computations.

        In addition to seasonal tasks, the DoPR will create and update the season, team, and player records into a league spreadsheet.
        In the spreadsheet, all owners will be able to view all league records.

        Every month, all teams will submit their games and related files to the Director of Player Relations (DoPR) for compiling,
        (no later than the 23rd of each month). He will be in charge of auto-playing the games not turned in on time. After this is
        complete, the DoPR will send out the compiled stats for the league and all teams’ rosters, with any modifications that the
        teams may specify.
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0.5.3    GABL Publicist (Ralph Billings)

        The Publicist will publish a newsletter and will feature individual owners and stories that pertain to the league and Baseball.
        The newsletter will be published on the website www.flory.net/gabl
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0.5.4     Editor of League Webpage (Nick Flory)
        The Editor is responsible for the maintenance of the leagues webpage. He will publish a webpage in intervals determined by
        him that involves all the teams in the league. The cost for this is covered by the league fees for each year. This also includes
        a draft page for the annual spring draft. (April,2009)
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0.5.5     Executive Chairman of the Rules Committee Mike Levitt
        The Rules committee is responsible for fielding and deriving solutions for rules interpretation conflicts and complaints over
        the course of the season.
        This office consists of a executive chairperson and 2 owners (required for a complaint). All complaints to this office must be
        discussed by all committee members, with the whole body coming to a verdict within the intent of the rules. All interpretation
        and intent of the rules may be handled by the executive chair.

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0.5.5.1 Rules Committee members
       All members of the Rules committee will be appointed by the DoPR, and will remain on the committee as long as they wish
       to serve. The committee will be 2 owners and the Executive chair. The DoPR may not serve on this committee by is an
       exfacto member for his input on all league matters but the DoPR will have no vote on grievances filed with the committee.
       Committee Members are Greg Dikkutt and Charlie Hall.
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0.6     Stats Books
       These books are used as references for player statistics, games played, calculation of salaries, and for use in answering any
       other stat based questions that might arise over the course of playing a season. The book officially used will be from Baseball
       Reference website.
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0.7    League Alignment
       The GABL configuration will consist of four divisions of 4 teams

                  Alignment:
       National
                         North
                                  Minnesota Millers
                                  Ionia Red Eagles
                                  Coal Creek Miners
                                  Dead River Whitewaters

                         West
                                  Daytona Intimidators
                                  Jessamine Jaguars
                                  Boston Wolverines
                                  Pittsburgh Panthers

       American
                         Eest
                                  Kent City Wolves
                                  Clearwater Crabs
                                  Ankeny Auks
                                  Mudville Nine

                         South
                                  Grimes G27’s
                                  Crystal Lake Cougars
                                  Tropical Depressions
                                  Ft. Lauderdale Narenjeros
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0.8   Changing Stadiums
      This will be opened on a Three year rotation, At the end of each season starting with the 2008 season all owners may move
      their team to another ballpark, the cost of relocation is 2500 points as this is the cost of moving the team. They will then be
      required to play the next three seasons in that park. Any New owner may select any unused park for his team when he joins the
      league. He will then be able to move his team on the next rotation date. Ie: 2014,2017,2020….(Dec,2008)
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0.8.1    Updating Ballparks
        In the event a MLB team builds a new stadium, that stadium can be moved into by the current team’s owner once info is on
        the stats disc. This is not considered a change in stadium as outlined in 0.8
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0.9     Farm System Ownership
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        Original owners may not change farm systems. A new owner may choose to keep the system he inherits with the team or pick
        a new farm system. If he selects a new farm system the players in his old farm system (not on current roster) will be exposed
        to the draft in the current year, after the draft all usual prospect rules apply. The new owner must make this decision in the 1st
        month in which he is a member of the league, and notify the league by email. Once a farm system is selected it remains the
        property of that team as long as the owner is a member of the GABL.
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0.9.5 Teams, Minor league systems, and Ballparks
        Team                       Minor League System         Ballpark                    Open Ball Parks Open Farm Systems
        Clearwater                 Pittsburgh                  Philadelphia                Atlanta            Houston
        Coal Creek                 Milwaukee                   Cleveland                   Seattle            Toronto
        Tropical                   Tampa Bay                   Baltimore                   Cincinnati         St. Louis
        Dead River                 Cleveland                   Arizona                     Colorado           Colorado
        Fort Lauderdale            Florida                     LA Dodgers                  Houston            LA Angels
        Ionia                      Chicago (NL)                Chicago (NL)                Kansas City        Seattle
        Kent City                  Detroit                     Chicago (AL)                LA Angels          NY Mets
        Jessamine                  LA Dodgers                  Texas                       Milwaukee          Baltimore
        Mudville                   Philadelphia                Florida                     Boston             Arizona
        Crystal Lake               Atlanta                     Detroit                     NY Mets            San Diego
        Pittsburgh                 Oakland                     St Louis                    New York (AL) KC Royals
        Daytona                    Texas                       Washington                  Pittsburgh         Cincinnatti
        Boston                     Kansas City                 Oakland                     Tampa              Chicago AL
        Minnesota                  Minnesota                   Minnesota                   Toronto            NY Yankees
        Ankeny                     Boston                      San Diego
        Grimes                     Washington                  SF Giants
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0.9.6 Roster for all Clubs
         The League uses a 55-man MLB roster, each team will consist of up to 40 carded players and up to 10 prospects and 5 AAA
         players. Prospects will be Amateurs and not part of 40 man roster.
         Prospects each team may have 10 prospects from owned and un-owned farm systems as long as they do not exceed points
         for a given year. All prospects must be signed to a MLB franchise as of October 1 st of the prior year. (No High School or
         College Students may be selected)(Nov. 2010).

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0.9.6.2 AAA In-Active Development Roster Roster(Nov 2010)
      Each team may carry 5 players on the AAA rosters.
      Time frame to place players on the AAA roster is from November 1st to March 1st.
      Players must be on current roster or in upcoming Farm system to be added to AAA list, (must be carded).


      Player requirements (PA & IP are maximums) to be on AAA roster
                 Rookie status
                          250 PA or 40 IP
                Veteran Status
                          100 PA or 25 IP
      1 years of eligibility on the list, possible 2nd year may be used if player drops below league minimum for participation.

      Players are automatically removed from the AAA roster and moved to the active roster on November 1st of each year and
      must be replaced on AAA status if they meet requirements for the given season.

      Players on the AAA roster are protected from Roster reduction rule 0.9.6.5

      Player must be paid per league rules and will remain inactive for the entire season.

      Trading Guidelines for AAA players

      Trading a player from the AAA roster will be allowed, with the following requirements.
      If trading for a AAA player on another teams roster you may place the player on your AAA roster or you may activate at time
      of the trade to your 40 man roster provided team has space on active roster.
       If trading for an active player you must have room for that player on your 40 man roster. If there is not enough room then
      you will have to release a player to make room.
      If the active player falls within the guidelines on placement on the AAA roster he may be placed on this roster and de-
      activated. Any player on the AAA roster earns no player incentive points.
       If trading an active player for a AAA player and you have no room on your roster for another AAA player, then the player
      must be activated and placed on the 40 man active roster.
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0.9.6.5 Roster Reduction each year
      Each team may protect up to 30-carded players in their organization during the Draft.
      Players who still have a Prospect status do not have to be protected. HOWEVER, Prospects may not be released DURING
      the draft.
      Rookies and Prospect coming up in owned farm system ( new carded players) are considered prospect status until signed
      after the draft. (Prospects on 40 man roster remain prospects till after general Draft)

      A list of your 30 protected players is due to the DoPR by January 15 th of each year. A fine will be assessed for being
      late. Penalty for being late is 10% reduction in points to start the season.
      You may draft an unprotected player from another team during The Draft. If you do, you must pay his owner 300 points and
      pay the points remaining on his contract. The team that un-protected the player will be reimbursed for current year’s salary
      and released from owing the remaining points on his contract. The new team may not change the length of the remainder of
      the contract but will be allowed to add an option clause at the end of the current contract. (opt)
      You may “re-claim” an unprotected player from your team during The Draft. This can be done without incurring any
      additional cost. This reclaim does not include adding an option.
      Any unprotected player that is NOT drafted or “re-claimed” is no longer owned. However, the player’s previous owner is
      still obligated to pay their contract (Nov. 2010).

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GAME SETTINGS

1.0    Designated Hitter
       The league uses the Designated hitter rule. Any player may fill the role of DH. If any owner wishes to eliminate the DH it
       requires a 2/3 vote of all league owners and may only be submitted for change in the off season (Nov. thru Jan.)
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1.1    Game Settings for the new season:

      We will play all HOME GAMES.
      Main Rules will be set to MAXIMUM LEVEL
      Stealing SUPER ADVANCED STEAL SYSTTEM
      MISC RULES will be on
      BALLPARK EFFECTS ON
      WEATHER EFFECTS ON
      CLUTCH HITTING ON
       Pitcher Fatigue USE SADV FATIGUE RULES
MAX RULES
       IMPROVE STATISTICAL ACCURACY-off
       BUNT FOR BASE HITS On
       IMPROVE OUT DISTRIBUTION On
       HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE Off
       STARTING PITCHING CLUTCH On
       MORE BASE RUNNING DECISIONS On
       DOUBLES/TRIPLES OPT On
       FORCE DAILY INJURIES Off
       REALISTIC THROWING ERRORS On
       ROBBING THE HR RULE On
       CORRECT BOARD GAME EXCESSES Off
       ALLOW ERRORS ON BUNTS On
       ALLOW ERRORS ON PICKOFFS On

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1.3 Player Usage
1.3 Player Usage
       Player usage is an important part in the management of the teams. In this league, we want to prevent the over usage of
       players who would be easily overused because of their statistical attributes, however we understand that you, as managers,
       need some leeway as on how your players are used. The following are the guidelines of usage for players, and what options
       you have. Overusage is also outlined.
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1.3.1 Minimum Plate Appearances/Innings Pitched
       No player is eligible to be used in a GABL season unless that player has at least the following minimums during the Major
       League Baseball season.

       Position Players: 75 Plate Appearances (see rule 3.3.1.a for rules regarding prospects)
       Starting Pitchers: 5 Starts
       Relief Pitchers:   25 Innings Pitched

       Players that are under contract, that do not meet these requirements, remain under contract, but are not eligible to play in the
       GABL for that year.(NOV. 2011)
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1.3.2 Position Players Usage
       All position players are allowed to accumulate 110% of their actual MLB plate appearances. Any player may be used as the
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1.3.2.1 Fielding Usage
       In Strat-o-Matic, players are rated for various positions, as long as a player is rated at a position, then he is eligible to play
       that position in the GABL. GABL also recognizes Strat OF Usage Rule.
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1.3.3 Pitcher Usage

       a.) Starter Usage
                 In this league, we will be able to use a 4 man, 5 man, or mixed rotation. In order for a pitcher to go on 3 days rest, he
                 must be rated a '*' in Strat. A pitcher gets this rating by pitching 30 + starts and pitching over 200 innings. Every
                 starting pitcher is allowed to accumulate 105% of their actual MLB game starts, and are allowed 110% of actual
                 innings pitched. (NOV. 2011)
                 Starters may not pitch more than 9 innings in a game.
                 Also Starters must pitch 5 innings or allow more than 5 runs.
                 Any Pitchers who Pitches more than 9ip in a game will be fined 500 points for overusage penalty.
                 Pitchers who violate the rest requirement is fined 500 points.

       b.) Reliever Usage

                Any pitcher who has started fewer than 7 games and has pitched relief in more than 7 games is designated as a
                reliever. A reliever can be used 110% of his actual MLB total innings pitched.(Nov.2011)

       c.) Starter-Reliever Usage
                 Pitchers who are rated to both start and relieve ( 5 start minimum ) follow the rules of both starter and reliever. He c
                 an start 105% of his actual starts and relieve up to 110% of his total IP. (NOV. 2011)
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1.3.4 Over Usage
       Any player who has used up all of his plate appearances or innings pitched during the season will be " suspended " and not
       included in the roster file for the following month(s). In addition, games in which the offending player has played after
       exceeding his usage limit are subject to possible forfeiture or replay. These games will be reviewed by the rules & gripes
       committee.
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1.3.4.1 Overusage Penalties
       Once a player exceeds his usage limit, he is excluded from accumulating any individual bonus points for the rest of the
       season. If the player is on a team that reaches the playoffs, his usage will be reduced by the number of percentage points that
       he played in excess of 110 %. See below;

       Pitchers lose 1% point for each percentage of overusage up to 15% then pitcher is ineligible for playoffs
       Batters under 200 PA have the same reduction of playoff PA’s
       Unlimited PA players are suspended during the playoffs based on the following schedule
       Over Usage PA’s
       1-5 ineligible game one
       6-10 ineligible games 1 and 2
       11-15 ineligible games 1-2-3
       16-20 ineligible games 1-2-3-4
       21+ ineligible in playoffs

       All ineligibilities are for all series played.

       In addition, there will be a fine of 50 points per PA and 75 points per IP, above the overused players limit.
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1.5 PLAYING THE GAMES AND GAME REPORTING
1.5.1 Playing the Games
        The league schedule will highlight the games to be played by each manager. It is each owner’s responsibility to play the
        games, save export files, and send the boxes out by the 23rd of every month. Games must be reported to the DoPR and
        published on the league website and emailed to opponents by the 23 rd of each month. Failure to do so could result in fines
        and/or your games being auto played on the 24th.
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1.5.2 Auto playing of games
        On the 24th of each month games that are not played will be auto played by the DoPR, The team responsible for playing these
        games will be fined 100 pts per game not played up to a maximum of 1000 pts. The results will be issued by the DoPR with
        the next months CM files on the 25th of each month. Any request for an extension will only be made in emergency situations
        and only for 24 hours. The requirement to play games is a window of 3 weeks and will be adhered to.
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1.5.3    Schedules/Games
        The schedule will be sent out by the DoPR in the spring, the schedule will be released the end of March or sooner.
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1.5.4     Starting a Game playing SOM
        The actual game playing instructions will change from year to year. The exact SOM super-advanced settings used will be
        announced each spring. The GABL uses as many SADV rules as possible and decides on new Strat ratings and rules when
        each new version comes out. Some SOM rules may be imperfect or controversial. An owner may raise an objection to a new
        option and bring the use of the option to a league vote. This must be done without delay at the release time of the newest
        game version, so as not to hold up opening day.
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1.5.5    Playing Games
        All games are played in the team’s home team ballpark.
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2.0 ROSTERS
2.0 Rosters
        Your roster will be made up of 55 veterans, rookies, & prospects that can total up to 40 active players, 10 prospects and 5
        AAA players. Of the 40 active players an owner must sign at least 30 players that meet the minimum eligibility requirements
        for play. An owner may also sign 10 prospects. These prospects can be from a team’s own farm system, from another team’s
        roster acquired via trade, or from an unaffiliated farm system acquired via the general draft.
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2.1      Player Movement
        This section will highlight player movements, from trading to releasing players that are under contract.

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2.2     Trading
        Trading in the GABL is pretty much straight forward; however there are a few general guidelines.

                 Salary for trades shall be determined using the following scale
                    Traded in April for May roster trading team pays 10% and team receiving player pays 90% of calculated salary.
                    May 20%/80%
                    June 40%/60%
                    July 60%/40%
                    Aug 75%/25%

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2.2.1 Draft Days
        During the general draft trading will be allowed. The RFA/UFA draft no trading is allowed, this trade ban starts 1 hour before
        the start of the draft and is lifted when all drafting is complete. Also trading of free agents is banned during the bid-sign
        period. This is covered in more detail in the free agent rules section.
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2.2.2   During the Season
        All trades made before the 23rd of any month of the season will take effect on the 1st of the following month, except in
        September, when rosters are frozen until after the play-offs.
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2.2.3 Trade Deadline for Playoff Eligibility
        The trade deadline for eligibility for the play-offs is August 23rd. After this date, players acquired cannot be used in the play-
        offs.
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2.2.4 Reporting Trades
        When you have resolved a trade with another team, it must be reported to the Director of Player Relations within 48 hours.
        Once the trade has been made and reported it is final and cannot be reversed under normal circumstances. Under unusual
        circumstances, a panel will be made of impartial parties from the Rules and Gripes Committee and the Rules Committee to
        evaluate and vote on the matter. The ruling of the panel will be final and cannot be contested.
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2.3     Releasing Players Under Contract
        Players that you no longer desire to be on your team but are still under contract can be released, but there is a cost associated
        with this action. The following section goes into detail on the processes associated with releasing a player under contract.
        Upon releasing a player, you must inform the Director of Player personnel. At that time, the player is handled in 1 of 2 ways,
        depending on whether it is during the season or off-season.
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2.3.1 Releasing Players During the Off-Season
        After a player is released in the off-season, he immediately becomes an unrestricted free-agent. If the player is not picked up
        by another team in the Unrestricted Free Agent Draft, you will be responsible for the remaining value of his contract plus 250
        points, to buy out his option year if he has one. After which, the player is eligible for the General Draft. If this player is taken
        in the Unrestricted Free Agent Draft you will be responsible for 100% of his contract (on your team) 1 st year due only plus
        the option buyout of 250 pts. If your team resigns a UFA that you released you still pay the release fee.
                  Example Team A releases Gregg Maddux he is owed 2000 pts over two years and an opt. Team A pays out 4250 pts
        to release him. Team b signs Maddux to a 1yr 1250 pt contract as a UFA. Team A gets 1750 pts back due to his signing. If
        Maddox was signed to a 5000 pt contract Team A still only gets back 1750 pts. This is the new teams Share of the old
        contract that they will pay as part of the new contract.
        Total of current contract 2000+2000+250=4250
        Player signs with new club old club receives 2nd year less opt 2000-250=1750

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2.3.2 Releasing Players During the Season
        From April 1st to August 31st, you may release players during the season. This process differs from above in a few ways.
        Instead of going into unrestricted free agency, the player is placed on the Waiver Wire.
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2.3.2.5 Releasing Players during the General Draft
        Any players released during the General Draft prior to the 10 th rnd., will be placed on the waiver wire and will be accessed
        fees according to monies owed that player. All draft picks that are accumulated from the late releases will be added at the end
        of the 10th round in a special round after the last scheduled pick. The placement of these picks will be on the timing of the
        release, first player released first player selected and so on. No players may be released after the start of the 10 th round (Nov.
        2010).
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2.4     Waiver Wire (Dec.2008)
        On the wire, teams get the opportunity to pick up players. This process happens every month of the season and contains the
        players released during the previous month of the season and all players not selected in the general draft. If a team acquires a
        player through the waiver wire, the new team will be responsible for the prorated amount of this season’s salary, at his actual
        calculated salary, while the previous team is just responsible for the rest of the current year and 250 points for the buy-out of
        that players option.

        If the player is not picked up off the waiver wire, the former team is responsible for the balance due on his contract plus 250
        points to buy out the option year. The player is then eligible for the Un-Restricted Free Agent Draft during the off-season.
        Players released after August 31st are treated as if they were released during the off-season.
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2.4.1   In Season WAIVER WIRE (Dec, 2008)
        The waiver wire runs from the end of the free agent draft through the end of August. All players released after the end of
        August are treated as off season releases.
         A list of players on the waiver wire will be released at the beginning of the month. If you wish to claim a player, send your
        request to the DOPR in order of preference. The team that waived the player may not reclaim him. Players picked up during
        the season are already signed to a contract. Be aware that by claiming a player off waivers, you assume the balance of that
        player’s contract for this season. On a pro rated basis. Even if a player has not been on a team previously, you are only
        responsible for his remaining salary for this season. All players claimed off waivers are Unrestricted Free Agents at the end
        of the season.
                   Salary for waivers shall be determined using the following scale
                            April 90% of calculated salary.
                            May 80%
                            June 60%
                            July 40%
                            Aug 25%
                                     Plus points paid to original team.

           If you claim a player you must pay the team that waived the player 75 points for rookies or 100 points for a veteran.
           Player selection is done on a round by round basis. You may only claim one player per round. The order of the selection
            is the reverse of the standings from the previous month (for the first month, the draft order will be used).
           Those players which remain on the list at the end of August then go into the general draft, and can be selected by the
            team that originally waived him, or any other team as the draft goes on. If the player is a prospect that prospect goes back
            into the farm system he is currently with in Major League Baseball.
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2.4.1.1 Making a Waiver Wire Claim (Nov.2009)
        Any owner wishing to claim a player off the leagues waiver wires will announce to the league (Flory.net) that they are
        making a waiver claim. They would send league wide email (flory.net) announcing they are making a claim, and send the
        DoPR the name and the player they are releasing if they need to make room on the 40 man roster. Once the roster deadline is
        reached if no other team claims the same player he will be placed on the claiming team’s roster.
        Example of message sent to group; Ionia is making a waiver claim in August.
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2.5     Roster Changes/Moves
        All roster changes/moves must be brought to the attention of the DoPR by the 23rd of the month for implementation for the
        following month. All player movement must be reported to the DOPR in writing. This also is true for any mid-month changes
        you may have, however you must also inform all teams that this roster change may affect, especially if they are playing the
        games. Failure to do so will exempt the other team from any responsibility.
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2.6     Expanding Rosters as of September 1st
        All rosters can be expanded, as of Sept. 1st, to 40 players. These players can only be those that have SOM cards and meet the
        minimum requirements for usage in the league. You may carry up to 15 pitchers.
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3.0 CONTRACTS
3.0      The Players
        In this league the statistics of the given season are based on the previous year's Major League Baseball statistics. The
        following section goes into detail on player salaries and usage parameters.
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3.1      Player Salaries
        A player's base salary is determined by a formula that uses his statistics, usage, and status (veteran or rookie). This salary is
        the player's worth in the NBL, in "points" or "dollars". The complete salary formula can be found in the appendix section.
        Base Salary is:
                 Prospects           200 points
                 Rookies            350 points
                 Veterans            500 points
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3.1.5     Payment of Salaries (Points)
        A players point’s will be deducted at the beginning of the season (Nov) and will be pro-rated using the following schedule for
        any trade that occurs during the off-season or during the season.
                 Salary for traded players shall be determined using the following scale:
                 Off-season 100% of calculated salary
                 During April New Team pays 90%. Trading Team pays 10%.
                            May 80% / 20%
                            June 60% / 40%
                            July 40% / 60%
                            Aug 25% /75 %
                          Sept no trades allowed till after playoffs
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3.2          Player Contracts
        All players on a team's 40 man roster must be signed to a contract by the beginning of each season. This section will go into
        detail on contract lengths, option years, contract restructuring, releasing players under contract and draft eligibility.
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3.2.1    Contract Lengths
        Player contracts may be 1, 2, or 3 years in length. Most contracts may include, or not include, an option year, at a G.M.'s
        discretion. The following are the exception to the rule.
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3.3     Prospect Contracts (P)
        A player who has not reached rookie status is considered a prospect. Prospects reach rookie status if the following minimums
        are met in one MLB season:
                 Players: 100 PA
                 Starting pitcher: 5 starts
                 Relief pitcher: 25 IP


        Prospects can be signed only to a 1 year deal at 200 points with no option year; however, you retain the right to resign this
        player for the following season. Prospect rules are explained in detail in section 5.1
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3.3.1     Rules for prospects(PO)

        1-        To protect a prospect in your own system, you may carry him on the prospect roster, or the 40 man roster, with a 1
              year/200 point contract. Any prospect that is not under this contract is at risk, in season or during the off season, of
              changing MLB farm systems and hence changing GABL systems.
                  a.       A prospect between 75PA and 100 PA’s may be used in the current season as long as the player is on the
                      current 40 man roster, A prospect that is on the 40 man roster reduces the amount of players on the Prospect
                      roster.

        2- Once final rosters are turned in you may not add any more prospects from your system. You may drop the protected status
        of your own system prospects, or trade them, and you may add prospects via trade. But you must observe the 10 prospect
        limit.

        3- During the off season you may change the status of your system's prospects freely, at the cost of 200 points per transaction.
        If a prospect currently under contract is dropped from his protected status the contract is void and he returns to his normal
        place in your farm system, or another system if he is not property of your system.

        4- When a prospect is traded by a MLB team he immediately takes his place in his new GABL farm system, or open system,
        whichever may be the case. Prospects under contract are not affected by this.

        5- Owners must at all times observe the 10 prospect limit.

        6- When an prospect is traded from 1 GABL team to another, he is then under contract for 200 points on his new team, but he
        does not become part of his new GABL team's farm system.
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3.4      Rookie Contracts(R)
        The first season that a MLB player exceeds the above ( see previous section, prerequisites ), he is considered a rookie. For
        that season, the player can be signed to a 1 year contract at his calculated salary with no option year. As with a prospect, you
        retain the right to sign this player for the following season.
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3.5     Veteran Contracts (V1)


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       The first season after a player’s rookie contract the player is considered a veteran and may be offered a 1,2,3, yr contract with
       or without an option(see 1.2.2), this contract is based on calculated salary points determined by the DoPR. This contract may
       be extended at the end of year two (see1.2.3 Contract Restructuring).
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3.6    Home Town Discount Contract (HT5) (Dec. 2009)
       An owner has the option at the end of a V1 contract to sign a player to a 5 year HT5 contract; this option may only be applied
       to two players (1 batter and 1 pitcher) on a roster at a time. The requirements for a HT5 contract are the player must have
       come thru the teams system from prospect, rookie, V1. Traded players are not eligible for HT5 contract.
       HT5 players also are awarded a no trade clause for the first 3 years of the contract. After the 3 years expire the no trade
       clause expires.
       A player who signs a HT5 also gives up his rights to become a RFA, upon expiration of the HT5 the player becomes a UFA
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3.6.5 Legend Player (Nov.2011)

        Each franchise has a player that comes along once in a lifetime. You want that player to be part of your “team” for as long
        as they are playing the game of baseball. An Owner may select a player who at the end of his V1 contract will become their
        LEGEND Player. There may be only one player on our roster that will designate as our (Legend Player). This player will
        receive an annual salary of 5,000 points. The player is required to stay on your roster tell he retires from Baseball. Once a
        player retires from the game and his stats are below the league minimum he retires from your roster.

        If the Legend player gets hurt and does not meet the minimum statistics you cannot release this player. To Release a player
        from being a Legend you will be fined for releasing him from his contract .The cost to release would require you to pay him
        5000 points for every year from the release date to his 38thbirthday, with the minimum cost to be 20,000 points. Should an
        owner release a Legend or resign from the GABL his Legend Player becomes a UFA at the start of the next season. A
        Legend may not be trade without being released first and his trade salary would be 5000 points for one season with a option
        automatically added.

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3.7    RFA see also rule 6.0
       A player who completes his 1st Veteran Contact(V1) or General Draft (GD) contract becomes a Restricted Free Agent(RFA)
       provided he had an option(opt) attached to his current contract. If no Option he then becomes a UFA.
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3.7.5 Restricted Free Agency - In Reference to the Option Year
       In most circumstances, a player will enter restricted free agency after his original contract expires when there is an option
       year on his contract. As a restricted free agent a player can receive bids from other clubs in the league, however you still
       retain the right of last refusal. This means you will have the opportunity to match the highest bid. You may also choose to
       pick up the players option year before, or after, the restricted free agent draft. For more about restricted free agency, see
       section 2.2.
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3.8    UFA see rule 7.0
       Description
       Players that are at the end of an RFA contract or any contract with no (N) option, or were waiver wire claims/releases during
       the past season are considered unrestricted free agents (UFA).

3.9    Option Years(Opt.)
       When signing a player to a V1 or a GD (General Draft) contract you have the choice of adding an option year to the end of
       the contract. This option is not considered a part of the actual contract; however it allows Owners to have certain rights
       pertaining to the player when his contract expires. The Value of the option is 250 points. The following describes what can be
       done with a player about to enter his option year.
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3.9.1 Picking Up a Players Option Year(U)
        You may pick up his option year for the value of the last year of his previous contract plus 10%, if the decision is made prior
        to the free agent bidding (start of Spring Training) period. You may pick up the option year for 25% of his previous contract
        if the decision is made at the conclusion of the bidding period.
        When you pick up a player's option the new contract is for 1 year with no further options attached. For example, if the
        contract was 1000 points/year with an option attached, then the option year contract would be for 1100 (before the bidding)
        or 1250 (after the bidding) for 1 year, after which the player would become an unrestricted free agent.
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3.9.1.5 Adding an option to a traded player (Dec. 2010)
        When a owner trades a player from one team to another they have the ability to add an option (opt) to the end of the contract
        The cost to add the option(opt) to the contract is 250 points. When the contract expires the rules for exercising the contract
        are the same as currently in place.
        If a player already has a option in place then the owner may add one year to the length of the contract up to a maximum of 3
        years, the maximum length of a GABL contract. Example; For a player who is in the first year of a 3yr contract there would
        not be any extension.

        Contracts that will have the option available to be added will normally be the UFA and RFA contracts that when signed have
        no option.

        V1, GD, contracts may have a 1 yr added if in the 2nd or third year of contract

        R,PO,EX,and HT contracts may not be extended or have Options added.
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3.9.2   Offering a Player Arbitration below his Actual Salary
        You may offer a player arbitration in the year that he is a RFA. If you offer a player arbitration below his calculated salary, it
        cannot be less than 50% of the value for the last year of his previous contract. Again, this player is treated as a restricted free
        agent and may receive bids from other clubs; however you do not retain full rights of last refusal. You may match any offer
        from another club if, and only if, that offer is also below the player’s actual calculated salary. If the bid is higher than the
        actual salary, you lose that player to the highest bidder with no compensation, as if he were an unrestricted free agent. An
        arbitration bid, once submitted, cannot be withdrawn.
        Arbitration "hearings" will be held during the Restricted Free Agent draft. This is explained further in section 2.2
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4.0     General Draft (GD) (Dec.2009)
        Players who are drafted in the general draft may sign 1-3 year contracts with an option. They become RFA’s at the end of GD
        contact. The exception to this is drafting a prospect or a rookie.
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4.1     Buying Out a Players Option Year
        You may also choose not to resign a player who is going into his option year. If you choose to not resign a player, then you
        may buy out his option year for 250 points. He will then become an unrestricted free agent. This must be done before the
        unrestricted free agent draft. In any case where you are outbid and do not wish to exercise your right of last refusal, you are
        entitled to compensation for the loss of that player, unless elsewhere noted. Compensation is outlined in section 2.2
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4.2     Contract Restructuring
        There are two types of contract restructuring available three (3) year which includes a no trade clause, and a one(1) year
        contract.
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4.3     Three year contract extension (Dec, 2008)
        Players who are signed to a 3 year V1,GD or FA3 contract with a option may have their contracts renegotiated. This is a new
        3 year contract that starts after the second year of his current contract. The option to restructure must be made after the
        second year of his current contract, but before the third year starts. His new restructured contract will be valued at his current
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        calculated salary or his salary in the third year of his current contract, plus 25%, whichever is higher. The second year will be
        the first restructured year plus 15%, and the final year is the second year plus 10%.

             1.   This contract extension option may be exercised anytime between the October 31 st of the second year and March
                  25th during the final season of the contract.
             2.   A player that has been signed to an extended contract cannot be traded until July of the final year of the extended
                  contract. This is intended to emulate a player agreeing to a contract extension in return for a no-trade clause.
             3.   The Players contract will show ex; 1Ex3.
             4.   Only one extension per player per team is allowed. An extended player automatically becomes a UFA at the end of
                  his extension. If resigned by his current team he may be extended again at the end of the FA contract. An extended
                  player must go through UFA to reset his ability to be extended.
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4.4      Waver of No Trade Clause (Nov. 2009)
             A team may at any time waive the no trade clause after July 1 st after the 3 year extension is put in place. The cost to
             waive the no trade clause with be prorated based on number of years left in the contract.
             The periods will run from July 1st to June 30th of each year after the extension.
                  a. Year 1 teams pay 50 % of balance of entire contract plus 250 pts for any option.
                  b. Year 2 teams pays 35 % of remaining contract plus 250 pts for option.
                  c. Year 3 team pays 25% of contract. Plus 250 pts. for option.

Example:
       Oswalt, Roy is given an Extension in 2009 on a 4000 pt contract, 2009 his contract would be worth 5000 pts, 2010 5750 pts,
       2011 6325 pts.

        Now you decide as the owner that a deal needs to be made, Oswalt cannot be traded until after July 1 st, 2009. The cost to
        make this trade for the owner is 7537pts
        ((Yr1 /2 + Yr2 + Yr3)*50% ie. (5000/2 + 5750 + 6325) *.5= 7537.5 pts
        after the end of season 1of the contract(November 1,2009 ) thru October 31 st of the next season, Points would be 4226 (YR2
        + YR3)*35% After November 1st of year 2 the cost to make the trade would be (YR3 * 25%) or 1581 pts.

        These points are the costs to buy out the no trade clause portion of the contract. If a Team does not have the points needed to
        buy out the contract, the trade will be considered negated. Points may be exchanged as part of the trade to accommodate the
        original team. The new team will be responsible for the remainder of the current year and all subsequent years left on the
        contract. The new team may not extend this contract as in accordance with Rule 1.2.3.1.4
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4.5      One year contract extension
        A player with an option on his current contract may be given a 1 year extension at 110% of his current salary (before the
        RFA Draft) All other aspects of this players contract remain unchanged, but he will have 1 additional year with a 10% raise
        added onto his existing contract. This extension may be given at any time before the player enters his option year. Once he
        has entered his option year, the usual rules apply. A player who is already under a 3 year extension will not be allowed
        another extension. This extension is placed at the end of current contract before a players enters free agency. Once the Free
        agency list is published this option (et3) is no longer available. After the RFA draft is held an owner has the option of
        matching the highest bid, releasing the player to the team that made the highest bid and claiming compensation, or picking up
        the 25% option and sign the player for one(1) year at a 25% increase and removing the option making player a UFA at the
        end of the next season.
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4.6     The Canseco Rule
        A player cannot take a pay cut of more than 50% from the previous year, unless he has less than 100 AB, 25 IP, 5 starts, or is
        offered arbitration. The "Canseco" rule covers the player who has, for whatever reason, played more than 100 AB, 25 IP, or 5
        starts.
        1. If you should decide to sign him to a 50% cut in pay, you may do so for 1 year plus an option year, and he will become a
            restricted free agent after the season.
        2. When signing a veteran to a 2 year contract, you may sign him at his real contract value for the first year, and double his
            salary in the second year. You may include an option year with this contract.

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      3. If you sign him to a 3 year deal with or without an option year, you may sign that player at his real contract value for the
        1st year, a 50% increase in the second year, and double his second year salary for his third year.
      4. If the player's real contract value for the season, is less or at the league minimum, he may be signed to a 1 year contract
        only with an option year allowed, for the league minimum.
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4.7   Free Agent Trade Ban
      There will be no trading of RFA's during the RFA bid/signing period. This trading ban begins on the first day of bidding and
      ends when the signing period is complete.
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4.8   Compensation (Nov. 2009)
      For each restricted free agent a team loses they will receive a draft pick in return. This pick is a bonus pick and does not come
      from the team that signed the player. The round and position of this pick is based on the players actual salary. The following
      chart shows how to determine the round of the bonus pick, which is given to the team who lost a player via restricted free
      agency and, in some cases, arbitration.

      Changes (All picks are at the end of the round)
              7000 + Points 1st and 2nd round
              5000- 6999 points 1st and 3rd round
              3500 – 4999 points 1st round
              2500 – 3499 points 2nd round
              1500 – 2499 points 3rd round
              751 – 1499 points 4th round
              1-750 points no compensation

      You may take 5% compensation of contract signed (example ARod signs for 3 years at 12000pts old team may take picks or
      600 pt points instead of a pick). If there is more than one compensation pick at the end of any given round, the picks will be
      organized based on the player’s actual salaries. Thus, the higher the actual value of a player, the higher the pick is at the end
      of the respective round.
      .
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4.9   Unrestricted Free Agent Signing Period (UFASP)
      All teams are given the opportunity to bid on the players in the unrestricted free agent pool. The pool is made up of players
      that meet the following criteria:

      1. They are at the end of a 1, 2, or 3 year RFA contract.

      2. They are at the end of an option year contract.

      3. They were released while still under contract, during the off-season.

      4. They were claimed off waiver wire last season.

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5.0 DRAFTS
5.0   DRAFTS/FREE AGENCY (DEC 2009)
      Before the start of every season there will be 3 signing periods, the Unrestricted and Restricted Free Agent Signing Periods,
      and the General Draft. This section will go into detail about each and any protocols directly linked to them.

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5.1   The Waiver Rule as it Pertains to the Drafts
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        When both Free Agent signing periods are completed, teams may find themselves in the position of having more than 40
        players on their 40-man roster. At that time, teams may waive players from their roster. This can be extremely important if
        you wish to draft in the General Draft, because you can only draft in the General Draft until you reach 40 players on your
        roster, if you have 40 players at the time of the general draft, you will be ineligible to participate in the draft. Teams that wish
        to waive players must do so no later than 48 hours after the conclusion of the Unrestricted Free Agent Signing Period. After
        teams have informed the Director of Player Relations of the players they wish to waive, the DoPR will then compile the list
        of players and submit it to the league
        The players not signed in the RFA, go on the seasons waiver wire and are not eligible for the General Draft, All unsigned
        UFA’s go into the general Draft. After the General Draft all players unsigned are on the Leagues waiver wire.
        Waivers on players may not be claimed until after the general draft is completed and take effect when the season starts
        (typically April 1st).
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5.2       RFA and Pre-Draft cuts
        At the conclusion of the restricted free agent signing all owners must turn in their RFA decisions. At this time they must also
        submit the names of any 1st year veterans so that those players can enter the General Draft pool. At the conclusion of the
        UFA signing period owners must submit the names of any rookies and outside prospects they are cutting, so that these
        players can enter the general draft pool.
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5.3      General Draft
        This final draft pool is comprised of all players that are not currently on the league rosters and all players in farm systems that
        are not protected. The draft is held in the standard order, where the team with the worst record, in the previous NBL season,
        has the first pick and so on. If there is a tie in record from the previous season, head to head competition will be the tie
        breaker. After that, if there is still a tie, a lottery will determine where the respective teams draft. Teams will be allowed to
        draft until they have filled their 40 man rosters or they have exhausted their available points for the current season. After the
        conclusion of this draft, all teams must be able to field a team for the complete upcoming season. All teams must have at least
        162 games at each position (approx 640 pa’s) and at least 162 starts from the teams starting pitching. This will be tracked by
        the Director of Player Relations.
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5.3.5   Draft times and Schedule
        The General draft will begin on the first Saturday in March and will continue until the last needed pick is selected. The Start
        times will be noon on Saturdays and noon on Sundays with 15 minute timers. Weekday start times will begin at 3 pm with 15
        minute timers and all days will end at 10pm. All times are Eastern Time zone. All draft picks may be selected earlier as long
        as all picks are current. Each Owner is responsible for checking the website to make sure they know when they pick, as times
        are subject to change. Especially in the later rounds as teams drop out (Nov. 2010).
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5.4     Trading Draft Picks
        Draft picks may be traded. Only picks in the first five rounds may be traded. With the exception on draft day. Also, draft
        picks can only be traded up to the following year's draft. So, in 2009 you may trade your 2009 and/or your 2010 General
        Draft picks.
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5.5     Restricted Free Agent Bidding/Signing Period (RFASP)
        After a player's V, U, EXT or free agent contract expires (or the player is not re-signed after completing his Y1 contract), he
        may obtain an offer sheet from any league owner. The offer sheets are obtained in the form of sealed bids mailed to the
        DoPR.

        The bid can be for 1-3 years for any amount of points.
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6.0 Restricted Free Agents (RFA)
6.0     RFA players
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      Players that had their V1 OPT or GD OPT contract expire are considered restricted free agents (RFA).
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6.1   RFA bids
       A restricted free agents (RFA) owner does not submit a bid on him, but waits until all the bids are in and will have the
      opportunity to retain his player, or release him to the highest bidder and receive in compensation, draft picks or points in
      return.
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6.2   RFA Retention Rights
      To retain the player, he must match the best offer sheet a player is presented. [This is the contract formally offered by
      another team with the intent to sign the player, not necessarily the top bid itself.] He must match the length of the contract
      offered and the point value. He may top the best offer in any way, if he wishes, and is entitled to know which team signed
      the player to the offer sheet.
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6.3   RFA NO Bid Received
      Individual owners retain the rights to their restricted free agents (RFA) not signed in the free agent process. A player who
      receives no offers as a restricted free agent (RFA) may be signed to a new contract, either a 1, 2, or 3 year contract at the
      current season salary points. Or, the owner may release the player to the GABL Waiver wire by buying out his Opt clause of
      250 pts.
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6.4   Compensatory draft selections for the loss of restricted free agents

       If there is more than one compensatory pick awarded between any two rounds, the picks are ordered by the quality of the
      free agent as determined by the average bid for his services. For example, if one team loses the three best free agents in the
      class, it would pick first through third in the compensatory pick round immediately after Round 1.

       If no outside bid is made on a given player, the original team retains the rights to the player at his minimum bid price;
      however, if the team does not wish to keep this player, they must buyout the player’s option year for 250 points. This
      decision is due when free agent decisions are due. Any players not signed are placed on the waiver wire for the season.
      Players not signed are not available in the General Draft.(Dec,2008)
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7.0 Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA)
      Description
      Players that are at the end of an RFA contract or any contract with no (N) option, or were waiver wire claims/releases during
      the past season are considered unrestricted free agents (UFA).
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7.1   Signing a UFA contract
      Unrestricted free agents sign a contract with the team that presents the best offer sheet. [This is the contract formally offered
      by another team with the intent to sign the player, not necessarily the top bid itself.]
      An unrestricted free agent’s (UFA) former owner may submit a bid on his former player with the intent to sign. The former
      owner does not hold any advantage or matching rights when bidding for his former players. There is no compensation
      awarded to an owner who loses an unrestricted free agent.
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7.2   Owner’s Rights
      Individual owners retain no rights to an unrestricted free agent (UFA) who receives no offers. These players go back into the
      General Draft.

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7.2.1 RFA/UFA Procedures
      The DoPR will provide a list of available restricted (RFA) and unrestricted (UFA) free agents. Refer to the (Appendix)
      section for the deadline for the completion of this activity.
      All sealed bids for these players are to be sent to the DoPR. Refer to the (Appendix) section for the submission deadline of
      free agent bids. Any bids sent after this deadline will be disregarded. You must clearly label your sealed bids so they are not
      opened by mistake.
      The DoPR will present a report on the status of each free agent player to all owners. The League Director will place all
      signed free agents with their teams and present an updated roster sheet to all owners. Refer to Appendix section for the
      deadline of these responsibilities.
      To determine which free agent bids are superior to the others; use the information in 7.3 Free Agent Contract Bid
      Superiority (0) section. Free Agent Contract Bid Superiority and the Bid Superiority Chart that is contained therein. The
      processes described in that section will be used as the sole determinant in finding the top free agent contract offer for a given
      free agent. If two free agent offers are identical, the tie-breaker is: 1) best on-time mailing record, 2) lower regular season
      winning percentage from the past season, and 3) coin flip. Owners must submit bids with complete independence. They may
      not collaborate to influence the designed secret, sealed bids in any way. They may especially not collaborate on bids
      designed to artificially set the market value on a given player or on a given team's crop of free agents in a given year. This
      constitutes collusion, and like MLB, carries a heavy penalty. Any GABL member engaging in collusion-like practices
      against another owner can be expelled from the league or be penalized at the sole discretion of the DoPR,

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7.3   Free Agent Contract Bid Superiority

      In developing and using a system that attempts to simulate the decision making of the average MLB free agent, the league
      makes some basic assumptions:

      We assume that the average free agent will be concerned about three main characteristics of any contract offer: 1) length, 2)
      total value, 3) guarantee status. When comparing contract offers a free agent will use the first two characteristics listed above
      to determine his average salary per season. We assume that the average salary per season is the determining factor in
      contract offers whose lengths are identical and is extremely important in contract offers whose lengths are similar. We also
      assume that to eliminate an extra bookkeeping task and to keep the comparisons relatively simple, we ignore guaranteed,
      non-guaranteed, bonus clauses, option years, incentives, buyouts and other MLB contract elements that would serve to make
      our job more difficult and muddy up the comparison process. So, all deals are said to be guaranteed--if you make the bid,
      you pay the price--no escape hatches.

      Beginning this process by making the basic, logical assumptions listed above, we simplify the process a great deal. We boil
      the contract offer comparison process down to just one number, the average salary per year. We realize that any system we
      create in our PBM world to judge contract offer superiority is missing the key element in the MLB process of determining
      bid superiority--the living, breathing, thinking, deciding player. The only way to simulate the player's decision making is to
      employ a device that places value on the same things a real player does, and will make a judgment that is similar to a player's
      judgment. This "judge" is found in our employment of the Bid Superiority Chart.

                                                  BID SUPERIORITY CHART

                                                    Use this side for the LONGER of the two offers
                                           1        2        3
               Use this          1         --       1.5      1.75
               side              2         --       --       1.2
               for the           3
               SHORTER
               of the two
               offers.
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      In setting up the Bid Superiority Chart, the League again makes a couple basic assumptions.

          We assume that a longer deal, for the same average salary per season, would be judged superior by any free agent. For
          instance, a 3 yr, 12000 pts. offer would be better than a 2 yr, 8000 pts offer. We further assume that average salary per
          season was less of a determinant in comparing relatively long-term offers than relatively short term offers.

          The Bid Superiority Chart compares two contract offers, using the assumptions outlined above as the driver for the process
          we have already established, and determines which offer is better. It allows us to compare contracts of any length and any
          total value. It does this by using multipliers designed to "judge" (in place of the live free agent) a shorter-term contract, of
          higher average salary per season, against a longer-term deal, of less average salary per season.


          The Chart treats longer-term contracts with higher value because a free agent will usually opt for the deal that guarantees him
          significant long-term security, over a short-term windfall; additionally, because long-term contracts risk greater sums of
          money than short-term contracts. In each case however, the chart builds in the possibility that a player could select a huge
          single-year or two-year payday over a long-term deal, electing to take his chances on attracting interest in the free agent
          market after the year is over. This is similar to how Wally Joyner handled his off-season after the 1991 MLB season. Of
          course, as in MLB, a team takes a significant risk by bidding this way. They might get a good player, but at an extremely
          high price for a short period of time, and do not even retain matching rights in the next free agent cycle over this player.
          Now, let's go through Chart usage.

          Let's use an example of competing contract offers. Let's say we want to use the Chart to compare offers made by Team A
          and Team B for Ken Griffey Jr. when he becomes a free agent. Let's say Team A offers Junior a 2 yr, 5000 pt deal and Team
          B offers a 3 yr, 6900 pts. Who will Junior choose? To find out, we first determine the average salary per season of the two
          offers. The Team A offer averages out to 2500 pts per season (over 2) and the Team B offer averages out to 2300pts per
          season (over 3).

          We are comparing a two year deal to a three-year deal, so the chart will be necessary to tell us the "multiplier" we must use to
          find out if the smaller deal (the 5000 pts deal) is superior to the larger one. Use chart's "2" row and sight over until the "2"
          row intersects with the "3" column. This is the multiplier. Multiply this quantity (1.2) by the average contract of the
          LONGER deal. If the average salary of the shorter deal is higher than this quotient, then the shorter deal is superior. If it is
          not, the longer deal is superior. The multipliers allow us to compare a shorter length deal, with a little higher average
          contract per season with longer-term deals to determine bid superiority. Let's work through the results.

          The average salary of the Team B offer is 2300 pts per season X the 1.2 multiplier = 2760 pts per season. Since this number
          is larger than the average salary of the Team A offer 2500), the Team B 3-year deal wins out.

          This process simulates what a free agent is "likely" to do. We cannot account for individual choices, or what we might do in
          their position. All we can really employ is a fair system which simulates the decision making of the "average" free agent,
          who is motivated by just about all the same factors as the next guy, or even us, if we were in their shoes.

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7.4       Clustering Free Agent Contract Bids

          A team may bid on as many free agents as it wishes, by "clustering" the bids according to the procedure outlined in the
          following paragraphs.

          If a team wants to bid on just a couple guys and take their chances on landing them, fine. They may not be satisfied with less
          than the top guy available at a given position and might prefer to draft a young player in the next draft, instead of pursuing
          the rest. But if a team decides it wants one of a given year's crop of second basemen, or starting pitchers, etc. it can "cluster"
          its bids to define a group of players with something in common in which they have interest. Even if in total the bids exceed
          the team's bank account.

          The clusters could be constructed by position, by age or by "desirability." The bidding franchise can use whatever criterion it
          wishes in which to cluster the players. The clusters would simulate the process a MLB team goes through in "pursuing"
          players to fill a certain need or desire. Perhaps a MLB or GABL team wants a "franchise player" and doesn't care what

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      position he plays. They might "pursue" several players in one of their "franchise player clusters". Or perhaps if they want a
      #1 left-handed starter, they might well pursue a group of lefties that they have on their "short list."

      Let's say for example a GABL team decides it has to have one of the current crop of free agent shortstops and one of the
      current crop of free agent relievers. Let's also say that their current bank account holds 20,000 pts They could cluster their
      bids in the following way to give them a greater chance at landing one of the players they want.

      They list the clusters they have created and also list their bids, in descending order of total value. In our example, the team
      wanted a shortstop or a reliever, so they might rank their shortstop and reliever bids in the following way:

                 Shortstop Cluster                                     Reliever Cluster

      Player A              10000 for 3 yrs.         Player A             8000 for 3 yrs.
      Player B              8000 for 3 yrs.          Player B             7000 for 3 yrs.
      Player C              4000 for 2 yrs.          Player C             5000 for 3 yrs.
      Player D              2000 for 2 yrs.          Player D             3000 for 2 yrs.
                                                     Player E             1000 for 1 yr.

      They might also choose to bid on a couple backup middle infielders in the following way:

                 Middle Infielder Cluster

      Player A              750 for 1 yr.
      Player B              600 for 1 yr.

      When clustering bids, a team need only ensure that the combined totals of the annual salaries of the top offers in all their
      clusters do not exceed their bank account. In the case of our example, the total annual salary, or the top salary in each of their
      clusters combined, is 18750 pts well under their 20,000 pts.budget.

      If their offer for any individual player within any cluster is the top offer (using the Bid Superiority Chart), then their offer is
      considered to be the superior bid. If the player's current team owns matching rights to the player, the superior bid could be
      matched, and the team in the market for a shortstop, or whatever, would still have a crack at another shortstop. Conversely, if
      the player is an unrestricted free agent (UFA), the team simply has to notify the Free Agency Conductor informing him that
      they wish to sign that player.

      If a team submitted the superior bid on two (or more) players from the same cluster, that team has the opportunity to land one
      or two (or more) players. The team with the high bid must choose to “pursue” the player considered their “top” priority
      within the cluster. If that bid is matched, they may then “pursue” the second player that they had the top bid on. This practice
      will also prevent the team from getting “stuck” with two starting shortstops (unless the team WANTS both shortstops).


      The process of bids is only submitted once; the DoPR will take those bids and rank them based on bid superiority the teams
      at the top of each players list will be sent a spreadsheet showing the players they have bid on and the ranking position they
      are in. Players may sign any player that they are in first position on, unless they are RFA’s and then the original team may
      elect to resign.
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8.0 PLAYOFFS
8.0   Qualifying for Playoffs
      Eight (8) teams; the 4 division winners and the four (4) teams with the best records out of the non-division winners (wild-
      card teams) two (2) from each conference will qualify for the playoffs. In the event of a tie for a division championship or
      wildcard spot, the 2 teams that are tied will play 1 game to decide which team will advance. Just as in real MLB, this game
      will count as a regular season game. And will be played at the conclusion of the regular season by the DoPR. For pitcher
      fatigue, the game will be inserted into the schedule on the day following the last day of the regular season, with no day off
      given. In the event that 3 teams are tied, the team with the best head-to-head record will get a bye and the other two of these
      teams will play. The winner will play the team with the bye. Both games will be played in successive days teams with the
      best head to head will be home and played by the DoPR.


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        There will be two division winners and two wild card teams per conference. Teams will be aligned by place finished. The
        division winners will host the two wild card teams. Wild card teams are the two teams with the best records in both divisions
        in the conference (non divisional winners).
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8.1     Match-ups

        The playoff format is as follows for both Conferences:
                Playoff rankings.
                     1. Division winner best record
                     2. Division winner
                     3. Non division winner best record
                     4. Non division winner next best record

                    Wild card series #1 Team 1 vs. Team 4
                    Wild card series #2 Team 2 vs. Team 3
                 Conference Championship
                         WC#1 vs. WC#2 team with best record has home field.

        GABL World Series American Conference vs. National Conference

        In the WCS, the home team will be the team with the best record. In the CCS, the division winner is the home team. In the
        WS, the home team will be the team with the best record during the regular season(or the winning Conference of the All-Star
        Game), regardless of how the team made it into the post-season. If at any time there is a tie in 2, or more, teams' records, the
        tie-breaker will be head-to-head records between the teams. If there is a further tie, a coin flip will decide seeding of the
        teams.
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8.2     Player Usage in Playoffs
8.2.1 Post-Season Rosters
        All players that played during the GABL season on your team and have been property of your team by August 23rd of the
        season and are still property of your team, are eligible to play for your team in the play-offs. Only 25 players are allowed on
        your post-season roster. This roster is fixed throughout the post-season and may not be modified at any time.
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8.2.2   Availability for the Play-offs
        All players on team roster as of August trade deadline are eligible for postseason, with the exception of players who were
        suspended for over usage their playing time is reduced in respect to the over usage. (See 1.3.4).
        DoPR will publish a post season roster for player availability based on the following rules. This will be published to all
        playoff owners along with the playoff .lzp file to play games.
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8.2.3 Position Players
        All position players with from 1 to 200 PA in the GABL season will receive 15% of those PA’s per series.
        All Position players above 200 PA in the GABL will have unlimited PA in playoffs.
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8.2.4 Relief Pitchers
        All relief pitchers with 15 or more IP are available up to 15% of their total innings pitched for each series.
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8.2.5 Starting Pitchers ( updated Nov. 2009)
        During each play-off series, you may go to a three (3) man rotation. Only pitchers who have an asterisk rating from SOM and
        are fully rested can start on 3 days rest in a play-off series. All starters are limited to 10% of their actual number of GABL

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        regular season starts. All starters may be used in relief if desired. 1-9 no starts; 10-19 1 start; 20-29 2 starts; 30+ with an * 3
        starts; 30+ without * 2 starts.
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8.2.6 Post Season Long Relievers Designator (Nov. 2009)
        In The off season Starting Pitchers may be designated for long relief in the playoffs, any pitcher who started in the regular
        GABL season may be designated for long relief prior to the start of the playoff season. These long relievers may not start a
        playoff game and may relive up to 15% of total IP in the regular season. (see 1.3.3.3.1 for pitchers settings)
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8.3     Playing the Games
       Play-off games are to be played head to head. Games must be by phone, online, or in person. If Unable to do any of these, the
       in season game play will be used, this must be approved by the DoPR
The schedule of games is;

                 Game 1 - Played at home team's stadium
                 Game 2 - Played at home team's stadium
                 DAY OFF
                 Game 3 - Played at visiting team's stadium
                 Game 4 - Played at visiting team's stadium
                 Game 5 - Played at visiting team's stadium (if necessary)
                 DAY OFF
                 Game 6 - Played at home team's stadium (if necessary)
                 Game 7 - Played at home team's stadium (if necessary)

        If the series is played by phone, the home team will play the game on his computer, while the other team follows along in re-
        create mode on his own computer. Suggested protocol for a phone series is that the team that is not hosting the game call the
        team that is hosting the game being played.
        There is 1 day off between the date of the seventh game of the previous series and the first game of the next series. Playoff
        teams start the first round with all players fully rested. See 8.3.1 for deciding games in series.
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8.3.1 Playing Deciding Series Playoff games (Nov. 2011)
        Any deciding game of any playoff series must be played by either phone or netplay, hamachi or another netplay type media.
        This would be a game 4, 5, 6, or 7 depending which game would be the deciding game. If a team is unable to play via netplay
        format then the game will be played "over the phone" with the away team placing the phone call. The team that is home will
        play the game on his computer with the away team following along on his. If the teams are unable to complete their games in
        the allotted time frame the League will designate a proxy to play the game. The proxy may not be related or still in the
        playoffs.
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9.0 ALL-STAR GAME
9.0     All Star Game Nomination Rules (2008)
        All Star nominations will be determined by the DoPR based on the Statistics from the Month of April and May. The initial
        ballot will be sent to the league by June 15th of each season. Owners will have to June 25th each season to make nominations
        to the initial ballot. July 1st each season the “Official Ballot” will be sent out to each owner. Completed ballots are due back
        to the DoPR for computation by July 10th of each season.

        When voting rank your votes 1,2,3,4 etc. 6 being the most 1 the least.
        HERE IS THE CATCH YOU MAY NOT VOTE FOR PLAYERS ON YOUR TEAM. Any manager who votes for their own
        player losses the vote, no owner will be allowed to change a vote placed on their own team.
        Any team not voting or returning their ballot on time will be fined 500 points and will only be represented by one player in
        the classic. They also forfeit any reward points for being on the winning team.

        Once the voting deadline closes teams will be established and published before the July 14th each season.
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       Top vote getter at each position will start in the game; each team will have at least one representative in the game (just like
       the big boys)
       Two players from each position will be chosen; three catchers and six starters and six relievers will be added to each squad.
       Also 2 DH will be added by the DoPR to each squad. For a total of 31 players on the team

       The all star game will be played All Star Weekend in July, the winner of the All Star game will receive 1000 points for each
       team in that division, and Losing Team players will receive 100 points for each player who appears in the classic.
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9.1    All Star Game Rules

       Game will be played dated July of each season by the DoPR and another owner in a head to head competition. Accurate play
       by play notes will be kept and the game commentary will be published after the game to all owners. (May, 2009)

       Pitchers that are elected as Starters may not pitch more than 2 ip, Relievers may not pitch more than 1ip. Starters elected to
       the game as position players may not play more than 7 in. There are 2 players at every position, 3 catchers,2 DH’s and 12
       pitchers. Every attempt to get all players in the game should be made.
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10. Miscellaneous Rules
10.0   Uncovered Rules
       Any issues not specifically covered by the bylaws should be brought to the attention to the Rules Committee. If there is a
       conflict in rules interpretation, the Rules and Gripes Committee will hear both sides and make a decision on how the rule
       should be interpreted. If an immediate decision must be made on a rule discrepancy, the Commissioner will do so. In both
       cases, the Rules Committee will discuss the decisions, after the season has ended, then compose a referendum for a league
       vote.
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10.1   Amending/Changing Current Rules
       Any general manager may propose a rule change or amendment. In all cases, the issue must be proposed to the League. After
       the receiving a rule proposal the Constitutional Chairman will compile all rule changes and draw up a ballot The issues will
       then be brought to the league for a vote at the earliest opportunity after November 1st. All issues must be approved by a 2/3
       majority in order to change or amend a rule. The Addition of new rules and amendments /or changes are to be in to the league
       by November 1st of each year.
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11.0   Expansion Rules (2012 Season)

       Expansion to 20 teams approved for fall of 2011, This expansion Draft will be held during October
       prior to the start of the normal off season.


       All current teams have 55 players max that includes5 AAA Roster and 10 prospects max; any current amateur that is still an
       amateur in the current season is protected. Any prospect in current year that will receive a rookie contract for upcoming new
       season will be protected. These players must already be on the team’s current roster. The designator in your list will show AP
       (auto protect) New teams will receive an average of the 16 current teams points, at the start of the new season, Total all points
       /16. Or 100,000 whichever is more.
       Each current GABL team will have 15 roster spots protected for the expansion draft. They will rank their unprotected players
       by number 1 the highest, 2, 3 and so on until all players are ranked, this list will be emailed to DOPR for computation into the
       draft pool. These rankings are in the order the team wishes to recall the players if undrafted. These rankings will not be
       shared with the expansion teams as these are the order that the recall of players at the end of the rounds will occur. Once an
       existing team losses 2 unprotected players they will recall 2 players this will continue until the expansion pool is depleted. An
       existing team may only lose 10 players once they have the tenth (10 th) player selected from their unprotected list their teams
       recalls all unprotected players back to their roster.
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       Ex; Ionia losses in the expansion draft rounds of unprotected players, player 1, 4, recalls player 2 &3 losses 5, 6, recalls 7
       &8 losses 11,13 recalls 9 &10 and so on till the tenth player is selected then DoPR will return all non drafted unprotected
       players to that roster. This way the expansion draft can happen in a very short time. With a pre selected recall of talent.

       The DoPR will provide expansion rosters that will include a column to for each current owner to indicate players they want
       to protect. There will also be a column for unprotected players for the current owners to indicate their recall rankings. The
       players not protected will be assembled into an Expansion draft list. This list will be made available to the new owners and
       they will enter into the draft process.
       The selection process will be determined by a random number generator designed by the DoPR. The draft will be in a
       serpentine fashion, Team A, Team B, Team C, Team D, Team D, Team C, Team B, Then Team A, Team A and so on. The
       expansion draft will be held in November (date to be determined) and the new owners will draft players from the available
       player list until the expansion pool is empty. The only exception is once there is less than enough players to finish a full draft
       round those players will be returned to the original club. (3 players)
       The new teams will assume the contracts as assigned to the player from the old team. In the case the player is in his option
       year, the new team will become the holder of the option ref extension for 1 year or first refusal on the RFA bids in the
       upcoming RFA draft.
       This will place approx. 30 players on the expansion teams plus prospects from the minor league system. Once an existing
       team has run out of players to protect their roster is complete and they are finished protecting players. Existing teams may
       only protect players that were currently on their roster. Existing Teams will have approx. 37 carded players and 10 prospects
       if on current rosters.
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Appendix 1 - Salary formulas
AP 1    Prospect Contracts
       A player who has not reached rookie status is considered a prospect. Prospects reach rookie status if the following minimums
       are met in one MLB season :
                Players: 100 PA
                Starting pitcher : 5 starts
                Relief pitcher : 25 IP
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AP 1.2 Minimum Plate Appearances/Innings Pitched
       No player is eligible to be used in a GABL season unless that player has at least the following minimums during the Major
       League Baseball season.

                Position Players: 75 Plate Appearances (see Rule 3.3.1.a for rules on Prospects)
                Starting Pitchers: 5 Starts
                Relief Pitchers:   25 Innings Pitched

       Players that are under contract, that do not meet these requirements, remain under contract, but are not eligible to play in the
       GABL for that year.
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AP 1.3 Salaries
       In the Green Acres League we have adopted a salary format. This establishes relative values for the players in the league,
       thus the better players will be "worth" more than the average player, and so forth. Values are in points which, for arguments
       sake, are equivalent to approximately $1,000 per point, (i.e. 1,000 pts. = $1,000,000). The following are the formulas used to

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       calculate the salaries for position players, starter/relievers, and relief pitchers. All players start with a Base Salary, which is
       the same for each of the following categories. They are a follows:
                Prospects .......200 points
                Rookies .........350 points
                Veterans ........500 points

       Any player receiving his first veteran contract, who has not met the league minimum for PA/IP in this year will not have his
       salary calculated by the formula. He will instead be assigned a salary of 500 points. All other usual contract rules will apply,
       except for the salary formula.
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AP 1.4 ***Position Players Salary Formula

       Add 1 point for each of the following categories:
       + 1000 x (OBP + (2 x SLG))
       + Total Bases
       + Runs Produced (RBI + RS - HR)

       Take the total of all of these categories, this will be the player's Stats Figure.

       The Usage Factor is equal to (At Bats + Base on Balls) divided by 502

       Take the Usage Factor and multiply it by the Stats Figure, giving the player's Performance Salary.

       The Final Salary is the total of the Performance Salary, Base Salary (See Section 1.1), and Bonus Salary. The following
       tables are used to calculate Bonus Salary.


       Batting Average             Home Runs                    Stolen Bases
       .275 - .285 =+150 pts..     21 - 25 =+150 pts..                   20 - 29 =+150 pts..
       .286 - .299 =+200                    26 - 30 =+200                30 - 39 =+200
       .300 - .314 =+300           31 - 39 =+300                40 - 59 =+300
       .315 - .333 =+400           40 - 49 =+400                60 - 75 =+400
       .334 - OVER =+500           50+ HR's=+500                76+ SB's=+500

       For example:
       Ryne Sandberg...1992 stats...
       304 + 371 + 510 + 312 + 206 + 161 = 1864 is the Stats Figure
       612 + 68 divided by 502 = 1.35 is the Usage Factor
       1.35 x 1864 = 2516 is the Performance Salary
       500 + 300 + 200 + 2516 = 3516 is Ryne's Final Salary!
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AP 1.5 *** Starters and Starter/Relievers Salary Formula
       This formula is for any player that has at least 1 start over the course of the given season, from which the salaries are being
       calculated.
       The Stats Figure is tabulated from the sum of the following. No negative numbers are allowed. If any of the following is less
       than zero, use zero as the value.

                +   25 points x (IP - Hits)
                +   15 points x Wins
                +   15 points x Complete Games
                +   15 points x Shut Outs
                +   10 points x Saves
                +    5 points x (K - TBB)
                +   3 points x Games Started
                +   500 divided by ERA
                +   250 divided by RPI whip


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      Take the pitcher's Games Played & Games Started add them together and then divide that number by 64. This number will be
      the player's Usage Factor.

      Now take the Usage Factor and multiply it by the Stats Figure, giving you the player's Performance Salary.

      The Final Salary is the total of the Performance Salary, Base Salary (See Section 1.1), and Bonus Salary. The following
      tables are used to calculate Bonus Salary.

      E.R.A.                            R.P.I.
      0.00 -   1.50 = +500 pts.. 0.00 - 0.99 = +500 pts..
      1.51 -   1.99 = +400              1.00 - 1.10 = +400
      2.00 -   2.49 = +300              1.11 - 1.20 = +300
      2.50 -   2.99 = +200              1.21 - 1.30 = +200
      3.00 -   3.99 = +100              1.31 - 1.40 = +100

      For example:
      Greg Maddux...1992 stats...
      1675 + 300 + 135 + 60 + 645 + 105 + 229 + 248= 3397 is the Stats Figure
      35 + 35 divided by 64 = 1.09 is the Usage Factor
      1.09 X 3397 = 3703 is the Performance Salary
      3703 + 500 + 300 + 400= 4903 is the Final Salary!

      Bill Swift...1992 stats...
      525 + 150 + 45 + 30 + 10 + 170 + 66 + 240 + 221=1457 is the Stats Figure
      30 + 22 divided by 64 = 0.81 is the Usage Factor
      0.81 X 1455 = 1179 is the Performance Salary
      1179 + 500 + 300 + 300= 2279 is the Final Salary!
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AP 1.6*** Relievers Salary Formula
      This formula is for any pitcher that has no starts over the course of the given season, from which the salaries are being
      calculated.
      The Stats Figure is tabulated from the sum of the following. No negative numbers are allowed. If any of the following is less
      than zero, use zero as the value.


               +   25 points x (IP - Hits)
               +   15 points x Saves
               +   10 points x Wins
               +   5 points x (K - TBB)
               +   250 divided by ERA
               +   500 divided by RPI

      Take the pitcher's Games Played & Games Started add them together and then divide that number by 67. This number will
      be the player's Usage Factor.

      Now take the Usage Factor and multiply it by the Stats Figure, giving you the player's Performance Salary.

      The Final Salary is the total of the Performance Salary, Base Salary (See Section 1.1), and Bonus Salary. The following
      tables are used to calculate Bonus Salary.

      E.R.A.                                     R.P.I.
      0.00 -    1.50 = + 500 pts..               0.00 -        0.99 = + 500 pts..
      1.51 -    1.99 = + 400          1.00   -        1.10 = + 400
      2.00 -    2.49 = + 300          1.11   -        1.20 = + 300
      2.50 -    2.99 = + 200          1.21   -        1.30 = + 200
      3.00 -    3.49 = + 100          1.31   -        1.40 = + 100

      Saves
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      45+            = + 500 pts..
      35    -   44    = + 400
      25    -   34    = + 300
      15    -   24    = + 200
      01    -   14    = + 100

      For Example:
      Dennis Eckersley...1992 stats...
      450 + 765 + 70 + 410 + 131 + 549 = 2375 is the Stats Figure69 divided by 67 = 1.03 is the Usage Factor
      1.03 X 2375 = 2446 is the Performance Salary
      2446 + 500 + 400 + 500 + 500 = 4346 pts.. is the Final Salary

      Jeff Innis...1992 stats...
      75 + 15 + 60 + 15 + 87 + 362 = 614 is the Stats Figure
      76 divided by 67 = 1.13 is the Usage Factor
      1.13 X 614 = 694 is the Performance Salary
      694 + 500 + 200 + 100 + 100 = 1594 pts.. is the Final Salary

      All salaries will be calculated every off-season by the Director of Player Personnel.
      If any GM believes there are any discrepancies in the salary values, please bring them to the attention of the aforementioned
      offices, so that the salaries in question may be double-checked.

      Bill Swift...1992 stats...
      525 + 150 + 45 + 30 + 10 + 170 + 66 + 240 + 221=1457 is the Stats Figure
      30 + 22 divided by 64 = 0.81 is the Usage Factor
      0.81 X 1455 = 1179 is the Performance Salary
      1179 + 500 + 300 + 300= 2279 is the Final Salary!


      All salaries will be calculated every off-season by Director of Player Personnel. If any GM believes there are any
      discrepancies in the salary values, please bring them to the attention of either of the aforementioned officers, so that the
      salaries in question may be double-checked.

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Appendix 2 BONUS POINTS

AP2.0 Bonus Point Categories(Dec,2008Appendix 2 - Bonus Point Categories
      Bonus points will be awarded monthly, and will be tabulated as follows.
      April results will be tabulated in May and awarded by June 1 st
      May results will be tabulated in June and awarded by July 1st
      June - August 1st
      July - September 1st
      August September results end of season.

      The categories and total points awarded are as follows:

         Ten points per win pct. Point (example: .500 win pct. receives 5000 points )
         1000 points for a post-season appearance
         1000 points for winning division or advancing to SFS
         1000 points for advancing to WS
         2000 points for winning GABL WS
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AP 2.1 Bonus Points


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        The way this league estimates team income is by using bonus points. Teams are given bonus points by both individual
        player performances and overall team performance. Bonus points will be awarded at the end of every month. They are
        derived from your compiled stats at the end of every month. After the DoPR compiles all the stats from the previous month
        to the league stats file and submits the stats file for the league to start the next month, he used the compiled stats to date to
        ascertain each teams bonus points to date. The following will show how bonus points are broken down.
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AP 2.1.1 Individual Bonus Points(Dec,2008)
        There are 12 categories for individual batting bonus points:

                                     Batting Average                         Home Runs
                                  Clutch Batting Average             Hardest to Double up(GIDP)
                                       Runs Scored                         Runs Batted In
                                           Hits                             Stolen Bases
                                         Doubles                        Slugging Percentage
                                          Triples                        On Base Percentage

           There are 12 categories for individual pitching bonus points:

                                           Wins                           Hits Per 9 Innings
                                          WHIP                          Inherited Runner Pct.
                                           ERA                           Walks Per 9 Innings
                                      Innings Pitched                 Home Runs Per 9 Innings
                                           Saves                      Opponent Batting Average
                                        Strike Outs                            Rolaids

                  The values are set for each month of the season and are awarded for the compiled leaders in each category. Points
                  will be given at the end of each of the months to the top ten compiled statistical leaders up to that point in the
                  season. The points are the same for each category and are as follows:

                                           Place                            Points Awarded

                                             1st                                50 points
                                            2nd                                 45 points
                                             3rd                                40 points
                                             4th                                35 Points
                                             5th                                30 points
                                             6th                                25 points
                                             7th                                20 points
                                             8th                                15 points
                                             9th                                10 points
                                            10th                                 5 points
            If there are any statistical ties, points will be divided evenly between the tied players and rounded up.
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AP 2.1.2           Team Bonus Points
                    Overall team performance will also be ranked and receive relative bonus points also. These points will remain
                  uniform throughout the course of the year. All teams will receive points in each of the following categories:

                                      Team Batting                           Team Pitching
                                     Batting Average                       Earned Run Average
                                       Runs Scored                                Wins
                                           Hits                                Home Runs
                                         Doubles                              Base on Balls
                                          Triples                              Strike Outs
                                       Home Runs                              Opponent BA
                                     Runs Batted In                         Complete Games
                                       Stolen Bases                             Shut Outs
                                          Errors                                  Saves

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                               Clutch Batting Average                        WHIP
                                    Base on Balls                       Runners per Inning

                 The points are the same for each category.

                         Team Rating                               Points Awarded
                                          1                                         50
                                          2                                         47
                                          3                                         44
                                          4                                         41
                                          5                                         38
                                          6                                         35
                                          7                                         32
                                          8                                         29
                                          9                                         26
                                          10                                        23
                                          11                                        20
                                          12                                        17
                                          13                                        14
                                          14                                        11
                                          15                                        8
                                          16                                        5

        If there are any statistical ties, points will be divided evenly between the tied teams and rounded up.
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AP 2.1.3 Team Penalty and Performance Points(Dec,2008)
      Off Season Deadlines not met 500 points per occurrence.
      Deadlines during the season;
              Owners will receive points for turning in files on time, and receive fines for not meeting deadlines. The fines and
      rewards will be as follows:

      Rosters and/or CPU manager (with starting pitchers) not turned in before the 1st : - owner fined 500 points. The previous
      month's roster and manger will be used. In April, a manager generated by Hal will be used.

      Box scores sent after the 23rd - owner fined 1000 points

      Export files sent after the 23rd - owner fined 1000 points

      Games having to be auto played 100 pts per game max 1000 pts

      Default rotations not turned in before April 1st :
      - owner fined 500 points per month until rotation is received


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AP 2.1.3.5 POINTS AWARDED FOR MEETING LEAGUE DEADLINES:
      Off Season;
               Owner making all deadlines in off season will be awarded 500 pts per Deadline, this includes spring training.
      In Season
              Monthly:
                     Boxes sent to opponents, and exports sent to the DoPR by the 23rd owner receives 500 points per month

                        All roster moves, all team info sent to DoPR and/or opponents before the 23rd - 250 points per month
                        Computer manager received before the 29th 500 points

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      If at any time at teams points should fall below zero the team will be required to suspend a player so that the team funds are
      in the positive.

       If the team/manager/owner does not suspend a player within 5 days of notification, the DoPR will decide on which player
      will be suspended by selecting the player with the closest payroll needed to cause the team to be in the black. That player will
      not be available until the team is solvent for 30 days. Also any player that is suspended may not be traded or released. The
      player/s will be reinstated to the team’s roster as soon as the team has accumulated enough points to cover the player’s salary
      and stay in the black. Any player suspended as of August 31st is not eligible for post season play. And if still suspended by
      the end of the current season automatically becomes a UFA. (Dec,2008)

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Appendix 3 - Deadlines
*******LEAGUE DATES AND DEADLINES********

AP 3.8 OFF SEASON/SPRING TRAINING/ IN SEASON SCHEDULE
      Off Season Schedule
              October 1 – October 31 Playoffs and World Series
                      1st thru 7th wild card
                      10th thru 17th round 2
                      20th thru 27 world series.
              October Ownership month
                      Publication of new rules for ownership approval for updating constitution.
              October 1st Owner Decisions for next season (returning)
                      a. Acquire new owners and expansion owners

               October 1st Farm system and Ball Park selection NEW Owners.
               October 15th Owners Selection of Ballparks.
               October 15th Constitution/Rule changes are due to DoPR.
               October 16th Constitution/Rule Ballots sent out
               October 27th Ball Park Decisions due
               October 28th Ball Park Draft
               October 30st Rules Ballots are due back to the DoPR
               October 31st Trading Resumes
               November 1st Off Season begins All UFA’s removed from rosters
                                          a. DoPR publishes Rosters for expansion
                                          b. Expansion draft rules published
                                          c. Expansion Draft (date to be determined)

               November 1st Salaries for next season published (or earlier)
               November 2nd or 3rd Ballot results published
               November 4th New Constitution published to owners and Web site
               November 4th UFA/RFA FREE AGENCY LIST published
               November 15th Trading Frozen
               November 15th UFA draft begins
                               November 15th UFA Bids Due
                               November 18th Bids Sheets posted
                               Nov 18th thru Nov 27th UFA Signings

               Trading reopens from end of UFA draft until start of RFA draft

               November 27th UFA contracts published Non-signed players placed into general draft.

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         November 28th RFA Options are due (1 year, 3 year and Home town contract), if owner does not comply all
                          contracts with options will become RF
                  28th RFA List Updated
         December 1st RFA Draft begins Trading frozen.
         December 1st RFA bids due
         December 2nd Bid Sheets posted
         December 3rd -29th Owners make RFA decisions and post to DoPR.
         December 30th RFA contracts published Non-signed players placed into Waiver Wire.

         January 1st League Fees are Due to DoPR.

         January 1st Players assigned to new clubs and old clubs. Players not signed or released after January 1st are placed on
                        New Season Waiver Wire and frozen till end of general draft.
         January 1st thru March 5th roster moves and trading allowed.

         March 1st Rookies and 1st year vets must be tendered contracts or released to be placed in the draft pool
         March 5th General Draft List published (trading allowed during draft)
         March 6th General Draft begins.
         March 21st General Draft closes or sooner
         March 22nd Waiver Wire opens for new season
                           Schedule Published
         March 24th New season Files published
         March 28th - Final contracts must be turned in to DoPR. At this time contract extensions (if any) must be announced,
                        prospects (if any) must be given contracts to be protected, and your April 25 man roster turned in. All
                        computer manager settings, preset lineups, and Starting rotations must be turned in.
         March 30th Play Ball file published
         April 1st Opening Day




*Last week of March - Final contracts must be turned in to DoPR. At this time contract extensions (if any) must be
announced, prospects (if any) must be given contracts to be protected, and your April 25 man roster turned in. All computer
manager settings, preset lineups, and April rotation must be turned in.

*April 1st - Opening day

*April 23rd - April export files sent to DoPR, boxes sent to opponents, Any trades must be turned in by this date to take
effect for the following month.
April 25th Pre Cm file sent out
April 29th Cm’s due with lineups/rotation for May sent.
April 30 Play ball file

*May 1st - begin May games

*May 23rd - exports, boxes, trades announced, etc.
May 25th Pre Cm file sent out
May 29th Cm’s due
May 30 Play ball file

*June 1st - begin June games

*June 23rd - exports, boxes, trades announced, etc.
June 25th Pre Cm file sent out
June 29th Cm’s due
June30 Play ball file

* July 1st Begin July Games


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       *July 23rd exports, boxes, trades announced, etc.
       July 25th Pre Cm file sent out
       July 29th Cm’s due
       July 30 Play ball file

       *August 1st begin August games

       *August 23rd - Trade deadline for playoff eligibility. All rosters frozen.
       August 25th Pre Cm file sent out
       August 29th Cm’s due Roster’s Expand to 40 25 players/15 pitchers(max)
       August 30 Play ball file

       *September 1st begin September games.

       *September 30th - end of regular season.
       October 2nd Post Season file
       October 4th Cm’s due
       October 5th Play ball file

       *October - GABL Playoffs and World Series.
        October 5th thru October 12th Wild Card round
       October 14th thru October 21th Division series
       October 23st thru October 30th GABL World Series

       *October - At the end of the MLB regular season, players who have reached rookie status now take their places on their
       respective GABL teams roster.

       *After the GABL World Series - Rosters no longer frozen, teams receive their annual 75,000 points


       * November 1st rule changes and proposals due.
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Appendix 4 Examples:

AP 4.1 3 Year Contract re-structuring

       Player       Yr   Left   Opt     2008    2009       2010   2011   2012   2013   Calculated
       Santo,Ron    2    3      Y       1000    1000       1000   opt                  1500
       New1         1    3      EXY     1000    1000       1500   1725   1897   RFA
       New2         1    3      EXN     1000    1000       1500   1725   1897   UFA

       Santo,Ron    2    3      Y       2000    2000       2000   opt                  1500
       New3         1    3      EXY     2000    2000       2500   2875   3162   RFA
       New4         1    3      EXN     2000    2000       2500   2875   3162   UFA

       New 1&2 Santo’s 3rd year salary is at 1000 pts he is restructured for 3 more years, Since 3 rd season at 1000 pts x 125% =
       1250 pts and his calculated salary is 1500 he would receive 1500 pts in 2010.

       New 3&4 Santo is 2000 pts and the restructured salary would be 2000 x 125%= 2500 pts

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End of Document

Updated 11/01/2011 and adopted by the GABL

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