While it is my utmost intention to preserve the democratic nature of Salmon League Baseball, it is within my purview as commissioner to enact change without the standard amendment proposal and voting process.
As such, I am announce three commissioner decrees today that go into effect immediately with the intent of improving the keeper selection process and draft in 2016 and beyond.
Decree #1 – Violation of the Keeper Deadline
Any team that doesn’t submit their keepers by the keeper announcement deadline will be assigned the highest ranking pitcher and position player on their roster according to Yahoo’s preseason O-Rank. The third keeper will be determined by the next highest O-Rank, regardless of the player’s position. The team will not be allowed to make a change to these keepers unless there is an injury during the week between the keeper deadline and the draft.
Decree #2 – Keeper Replacements Due to Injury
If a player that has been tagged as a keeper suffers a significant injury (ie: an injury where it is apparent they will miss Opening Day or wherein their health status post-draft date is undetermined) during the week between the keeper deadline and the draft, the owning team has 24 hours from the diagnosis of that injury to select an alternate keeper or keep the injured player. Regardless of which decision is made, it is final. A team cannot switch back to the original keeper if the injury proves less severe and they cannot wait to swap out the injured player.
Decree #3 – Drafting Non-Rosterable Players (aka: the Yoan Lopez/Fuck Off Rule)
If a team selects a player in the draft who is not currently available in the Yahoo player pool, they have the first rights to that player once he enters the player pool. In the interim, the team will be assigned the lowest ranked player in Yahoo on draft day. The owning team must keep the placeholder player on their active roster (ie: no NA slot or DL slot – if applicable) and the player must remain on the bench. They cannot put that player into their lineup. If the owning team violates either of these requirements, they forfeit the first rights to the non-available player. If they drop the assigned placeholder, they also forfeit the first rights to the non-available player.