The amendments have been proposed. The votes have been cast. The results have been tallied.
In a stunning example of efficiency, we managed to get the entire league to vote on this round of proposed amendments in under 24 hours. Needless to say, this is a brand-new record for SLB voting. Praise be to the almighty SurveyMonkey gods!
As always, the results are here for you to see, no hidden tallies or secret agendas.
Enough preamble, let’s jump right into the voting results:
Amendment #1 – Weekly Acquisitions Limit
Proposal: Institute a limit on player acquisitions of 5 per week (120/season – counting the playoffs)
Endorsed: Travis and Mike
Result: There will be no change. We will continue without any limits on player acquisitions for 2018.
Amendment #2 – Increase DL Roster Spots
Proposal: Increase the DL roster spots from five to six.
Endorsed: Mike and Justin
Result: Once the option to edit league settings is live, we will determine if Yahoo allows for more than five DL roster slots. If it does, we will add an additional DL roster slot bringing the total per team to six. If not, we will remain at five DL roster slots.
Amendment #3 – Increase Minimum Innings Pitched
Proposal: Increase the minimum innings pitched from 15/week to 25/week.
Endorsed: Mike and Steven
Result: The weekly minimum innings pitched per team will be raised from 15 IP to 25 IP for the 2018 season.
Amendment #4 – Begin the Playoffs Earlier
Proposal: Move the start of the postseason up one week from week 23 to week 22 to avoid the last week of the regular season when many teams are resting regulars for the playoffs.
Endorsed: Travis and Grant
Result: The playoffs will begin one week earlier in week 22 and conclude in week 24. Yahoo’s descriptions don’t make it 100% clear if week 24 will become a two week championship – thus still including the final week of the regular season – or if the championship will wrap with one week remaining. There was also no addendum to move the trade deadline to correlate with the earlier playoff, this may be worth consideration for next off-season.
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So there you have it. We’ve got a few changes coming to the league in 2018 including a new minimum innings pitched, an earlier start to the postseason, and (potentially) an additional DL-slot to account for the new, far more liberal use of the 10-day DL in MLB. Democracy in action, y’all.
For now, I want to say thank you to those of you who took the time to vote and for our usual boatload of lively debate throughout the year.
I’ll reset the Amendments Page right here on the SLBlog to open up the floor for new amendment proposals that would impact the 2019 (holy shit) season and beyond.