SLB Amendment Voting Results

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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)

Proposed: Steven

Endorsed: Travis and Mike

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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.

Proposed: Adam

Endorsed: Mike and Justin

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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.

Proposed: Justin

Endorsed: Mike and Steven

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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.

Proposed: Justin

Endorsed: Travis and Grant

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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.

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SLB Amendment Voting Results

ELECTION

We only had one amendment proposal that received enough support to be up for vote this offseason and in damn-near an hour enough of the votes were cast to make a determination on the outcome of that amendment.

I’ve waited to post until all of the votes were officially in, but this one was over pretty quickly last night with a landslide victory for Mike’s draft time limit proposal.

Amusingly enough, there are a number of people who apparently didn’t actually read the proposal before voting on it and/or lack basic comprehension skills as they didn’t understand it or assumed it meant something else.

So yeah, the education system is doing great work. I’m sure the Trump administration will only further these efforts.

Anyway, without any further ado, let’s look at the final breakdown of votes:

Amendment #1 – Draft  Time Limit

Proposal: Establish a five minute time allotment for each pick. If a team has not made a pick within that five minute window, the next team can pick as soon as the clock hits zero. At that time the five minute allotment begins again. If the team fails to make a selection in that five minutes the next team can make their selection. This continues until the original team has made a selection.

Proposed: Big Magoo

Endorsed: Phteven, Justinger, and TCB

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SLB Amendment Voting Results

By: Commissioner Graves

2015 Amendments

In an odd-twist from the many, many times we have voted on amendments in the past – only one, singular proposal received enough support for voting this year.

Needless to say, the voting shouldn’t have been too burdensome for anyone, what with there being just one yes or no question to deal with on the ballot. That having been said, we only received votes from 12 out of 14 team owners, so that’s something special. Luckily, neither of the two additional votes could have swayed the end result, so their laziness – while pathetic and certainly warranting personal embarrassment and shame – has done nothing to impact the league in a negative fashion.

As always, the voting results are here for you to see, no hidden tallies or secret agendas.

Enough preamble, let’s jump right into the voting results:

Amendment Proposal: K vs K/9

Should SLB scoring for pitchers move from total strikeouts per week to strikeouts per nine innings?

Proposed by: Steven Kunkel
Endorsed by: Adam Hennig & Justin Kunkel

Voting Results:

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What this Means: There will be no changes to our current scoring setup for the 2015 season.

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So there you have it. We’ve got no changes coming to the league in 2015. 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.

SLB Amendment Voting Results

By: Commissioner Graves

Amendments 2014The 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 within just 48 hours. Needless to say, this is a brand-new record for SLB voting. Praise be to the SurveyMonkey gods!

As always, the results are here for you to see, no hidden tallies or secret agendas.

In keeping with tradition, any amendment that ended with a deadlocked vote will be considered defeated. We are very much a democracy in the Salmon League and if the majority does not want something, the tie goes to the runner and we leave things the way they are for the time being.

Enough preamble, let’s jump right into the voting results:

Amendment Proposal #1

Should the Salmon League institute a moratorium on additional amendments to the league rules for the next three seasons?

Proposed by: Mike Kunkel
Endorsed by: Jeremiah Graves & Steven Kunkel

Voting Results:

Amendment #1

What this Means: In the case of a tie, a majority does not approve the change and the moratorium proposal will not be activated. Amendment proposals will be accepted throughout the 2014 season and voted upon at next year’s Winter Meetings in preparation for the 2015 season.

Amendment Proposal #2

Should one “NA” roster spot be added to each team?

This additional spot would allow teams to hold onto a player in the minors and/or a suspended player without wasting an active roster spot. It would operate in the same fashion as the DL spots currently do, but the player would not be keeper-eligible.

Proposed by: Jeremiah Graves
Endorsed by: Craig Denny, Grant Morfitt, and Steven Kunkel

voting Results:

Amendment #2

What this Means: Beginning in 2014 each team will have one “NA” roster spot for inactive (but non-DL’d), minor league, or suspended players. Team are not required to put a player in this roster spot and the player listed in the NA roster spot will not be eligible as a keeper at season’s end.

Amendment Proposal #3

Should the move limit be abolished for 2014 and beyond?

Proposed by: Jeremiah Graves
Endorsed by: Mike Kunkel, Justin Kunkel, and Steven Kunkel

Voting Results:

Amendment #3

What this Means: Beginning in 2014, the SLB will operate without a move limit to accommodate the growth in roster size and league size since the move limit was established nearly a decade ago.

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So there you have it. We’ve got two changes coming to the league in 2014 including no moves limit and an additional inactive roster spot.

Obviously, this league is always evolving and given all of the talk about people using these rules to their advantage and finding loopholes to game the system, it’s entirely possible we’ll be voting on related amendments next offseason.

For now, I want to say thank you to everyone for voting and for the lively debate throughout the year. I’ll reset the Amendments Page on the SLBlog in early 2014 as we open up the floor for new amendment proposals.

Salmon League Amendment 2012

The moment y’all have been clamoring for is finally here, it’s the results of the 2012 Salmon League Baseball Amendments voting.

We had ten amendments on the docket this year, but in the end it resulted in very few major changes to league play for this coming season.

I’ve included a screen-shot of the actual voting so there is no question about the results and the anonymous responses everyone was allowed to leave for each question.

Read at your leisure and let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns/etc.

Without any further ado, here are your 2012 SLB Amendments:

Proposed Amendment I: League Dues

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Decision: League dues will be raised to $40 beginning in 2012. As always league dues should be paid in cash on draft day, preferably prior to the start of the draft.

The bulk of the league voted for an increase in league dues, but an even larger margin of people voted to keep the total under $50. As such, I split the difference and increased the dues to $40.

Proposed Amendment II: League Payouts

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Decision: The league payout structure will change starting in 2012. The winner of the regular season will now receive a full payout of the original league due. 3rd Place = 10% of remaining pot, 2nd place = 30% of remaining pot, and 1st place = 60% of remaining pot.

Proposed Amendment III: Transactions Limit

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Decision: The move limit will remain at 45 for the 2012 season.

Thanks to Levi for catching the error of my ways on this one. I totally screwed up the math b/c I dropped off the two votes for lowering it and took them out of the equation. The votes were 8-6 in favor of either keeping it the same or lowering it versus raising it or eliminating it.

Proposed Amendment IV: Divisional Play

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Decision: Divisions will be eliminated in 2012 and we’ll return to having one gigantic league. The divisional format proved to add very little to game play and only resulted in convoluted scheduling and horribly unbalanced schedules to accommodate divisional parity.

Proposed Amendment V: Live Draft

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Decision: We will continue having the live draft for the foreseeable future and make concessions as necessary for those who cannot physically be at the draft due to work/family/expense/etc.

Proposed Amendment VI: Announcement of Draft Positions

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Decision: Draft position will be announced on draft day for 2012.

Obviously, this was a divided issue with half the league looking to keep the announcement on draft day and the other half looking to get it out of the way early. I definitely think it is something we can discuss for next offseason if there is still interest in a change—and I’ll try to have more of a concrete plan in place for how announcing them prior to the draft would work—but for now, we’ll say that a tie goes to the runner and stick with tradition.

Proposed Amendment VII: Round-by-Round Draft Recap

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Decision: We will not be instituting a round-by-round draft recap. The owner of each team will be expected to keep up with who has and has not been drafted. There are currently no penalties for attempting to re-draft a player and there are no time limits in place. It is also not against any rule to politely ask that someone repeat who was drafted. If you’re having trouble keeping up it probably means that you either drank too much the night before, you’re drinking too much right now, and/or you’ve got 18 different lists and you look like a jackass.

Proposed Amendment VIII: Keepers

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Decision: We will remain at three keepers (one pitcher, one position player, one flex) in 2012.

Given how little interest there was in making a change to the current system, I am going to give any keeper amendment the same treatment as I’m now giving the annual full-keeper league proposal, if it not seconded by another party, it will not make the ballot.

Proposed Amendment IX: Additional Bench Spots

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Decision: We will be adding one additional bench spot to our rosters for 2012.

Again, this was another vote that was tugged multiple ways. However, the majority of the league is in favor of increasing the overall number of bench spots. Much like the league dues voting, I am going to split the difference and roll with four bench spots as a majority of the league also does not want 5 bench spots.

Proposed Amendment X: Weekly Roster Changes

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Decision: We will not be switching to a weekly roster change format, but rather staying on the daily roster change format that we’ve employed since the inception of the league. Everyone in the league is allowed to openly mock Mike for suggesting this amendment. Do not let him try to baffle you with his “context” and rationale explanation for suggesting it.

Results: Salmon League Amendments 2011

Here are the results of the 2011 SLB Amendment voting. Thank you to everyone for voting and responding so quickly to all of my messages.

Without any further ado, here are the results of this year’s amendment voting.

Proposed Amendment I: Free Agent Bidding

This Amendment was “technically” approved last year, but due to some Yahoo! glitch, it never went into effect. The long and short of this amendment is that waiver priority would no longer be deciding by the rolling list. Each team would be given a $1000 free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) to acquire players on waivers.

During the period in which a player is on waivers, a blind binding would be open to all teams looking to acquire said player. A team could bid as much as $1000 or as little as $1 on any waiver claim.

In the event of a tie, the team with the highest rolling waiving priority would get the claim.

What this Means: Starting this season, we’ll all be given $1000 worth of FAAB to spend on players. This is only pertinent for players on waivers. Free agents will still operate under the normal system of first-come, first-served. This only applies to players on waivers.

Proposed Amendment II: League Dues

In the voting two years ago, we chose to raise league dues from $20 to $25 and put a freeze on any potential bump in league dues for two seasons. That was prior to the 2009 season. The freeze is officially over and I have heard some rumblings about bumping up the league dues.

As always, it would be an incremental raise of $5, making the buy-in $30/team. As an added bonus, you can choose whether or not to freeze the dues for another two years.

What this Means: League dues will be $30 in 2011 with the potential to go up again in 2012 if an amendment to raise fees is submitted. Obviously prize money will increase as a result with the some payouts as before: Best overall record: Half their money back ($15). 3rd in playoffs: Gets their money back ($30). 2nd in playoffs: Gets double their money back ($60). 1st in the playoffs: Gets the rest of the pot ($315).

Proposed Amendment III: Divisions

We’ve had talks about splitting the league into divisions for a couple of years now. We’ve got twelve teams (with the potential for future expansion) and it would certainly be plausible to move to a divisional format to increase interest.

Unfortunately, barring a change in Yahoo! rules between now and when registration opens, it appears as though the age old issue of playoff seeding still remains. Here are the current Yahoo! rules for playoff seeding:

• Division winners advance and are assigned top seeds – The winners of each division will advance to the playoffs as the top seeds and the overall top division winner will be the #1 seed. All other playoff teams will be determined by overall standings regardless of division results.

• Division winners advance but are seeded according to overall standings – The winners of each division will advance to the playoffs and all other playoff teams will be determined by overall standings. Playoff seeds will be determined by overall standings regardless of division results.

• All teams seeded according to overall standings – All playoff seeds will be determined by overall standings regardless of division results.

Those are currently the only three options. It’d be nice to have it set up so that the top three teams (or whatever) from each division advance, but this would still send the top six—and most deserving—teams into the postseason.

If this is approved, the obvious next step would be to agree on how to split the divisions. This discussion would likely take place at the draft or in the weeks preceding it.

What this Means: The league will be split up into two, seven-team divisions. I will be deciding the divisions in advance based on my own ranking system coupled with the power ranking voting all of you have participated in. There will undoubtedly be some issues, but my goal is to make the divisions as balanced as possible.

Proposed Amendment IV: Disabled List Carry-Over

This amendment was already given short-term approval for the 2011 season via executive decision by the commissioner. This vote will pertain to 2012 and beyond.

At the end of every season, we’ve had a long-standing rule that any player listed on a team’s DL on the last day of the season was ineligible to be carried over as a potential keeper for next year’s roster. Yahoo! is, however, a little janky when it comes to adds and drops in the final two days of the season.

Some players made moves to get guys off of their DL slots, but Yahoo! didn’t seem to accept the moves. It is also unfortunate that this forces teams still in close games to drop and move players who may be beneficial to winning in the final week.

As such, I’ve allowed the teams that did have guys left on the DL (each team only had one and most aren’t keeper-worthy anyway) to carry them over and that’s why they remained listed on the Final Rosters posted last week.

The rule has been in effect to keep teams from hoarding DL players at potential keepers, but given the odd nature of Yahoo’s setup in the final days of the season, it seems like it’d be best if we just allowed each team one guy on the DL to be carried over. If they have more than one DL player, they’ll be forced to pick which one carries over immediately and that’ll be the one they can carry over as a potential keeper and the others become free agents.

What this Means: Each team will be allowed to carry one player over from the previous season, despite that player being listed on a team’s DL. In the past, players listed on the DL at the end of the season were automatically ineligible as keepers. Due to Yahoo! we’ve been forced to alter the rule. Only one player will be allowed to carry over and the decision must be made to the commissioner on the last day of the season.

Proposed Amendment V: Expansion

Coming off the heels of a very successful expansion in 2010, there has been some talk of adding two new teams to the league. The proposed managerial candidates are Levi Elgersma and Doug Christiansen (ie: the mastermind behind Jay’s annual success) Travis Morfitt whomever the hell we can find.

I assume it’d be awful short-sighted to expand this season with such short notice, so the new teams (with managers to be finalized next off-season) would be approved to join the league in 2012 and beyond.

What this Means: Beginning in 2012, the Salmon League will expand to add two additional teams to the league.

Immediate Amendment for Expansion in 2011 — Superseding Proposed Amendment V

Here’s the situation. We have gone back and forth time and time again on expansion this winter. It barely passed as an amendment in the initial voting and some peeps have told me they easily could have voted either way on the issue. We’d originally decided that if Travis was “out” we’d hold off, but Steven has checked with Zac Gleason of Rippers fame and he’s apparently every kind of stoked to join the league. So there we have it, we’ve got two teams ready and willing to join in Zac and Levi (who combined have the first names of some creepy boy-band). Do we want to expand to 14 teams this year.

What this Means: The Salmon League will expand to 14-teams for the 2011 season and beyond. Zachary Gleason and Levi “Stone Washed” Elgersma will be the two newest members of the league.

2009 League Amendments

Okay, the votes are all in and I’ve FINALLY found the time to tally them.

The official amendments plus the final vote tallies are attached and can be perused as your leisure.

As far as the basics, here goes…

Offense will be: R/2B/3B/HR/RBI/SB/OBP

Pitching will be: W/L/ERA/WHIP/K/SV/HLD

There will be an innings-minimum of 15 innings per week

The rosters will be expanded to twenty players instead of nineteen with the extra player being a pitcher, due to the disparity between offensive contributors and pitching contributors.

The supplemental draft will make its final appearance this season before disappearing in 2010, prepare your rosters accordingly by this season’s end.

Expansion to 12 teams has been approved, but only if both teams are approved by a majority of the league’s current owners.

The draft order priority for 2010 and all subsequent years will be given in proper standings order for the consolation bracket and reverse standings for the championship bracket. No more tanking in the playoffs to gain draft priority.

The keepers for this season will remain at three; one pitcher, one offensive player and one wild-card.

All future keeper decisions will be made at the draft, preparing teams accordingly for the following season. Decisions will be made by a group vote with the majority winning. Ties will be broken by the commissioner and/or something classy like a coin-toss.

All teams will be required to submit their keepers to the commissioner one week prior to the draft. The final keeper selections will then be announced to the entire league by the commissioner. I’ll expect all submissions by noon (EST) March 28th and will announce them that evening. (note: if more than one team enters the supplemental round, the order will be determined randomly)

Draft position does not need to be announced until the day of the draft.

League dues are being raised to $25, however, I am capping them at $25 for at least the next two seasons. I know that some of you are very against raising the dues and some are very much for it. I don’t want to cause a rift, so I’m allowing them to increase this season and capping it for the next two seasons.

The winner of the regular season will receive a monetary prize. They will not, however, receive their initial league dues back. Many people were for the idea of awarding the regular season winner, but not with such a large chunk of the prize. As such, I’ve decided the winner of the regular season will receive $15, just over half of their initial pay-in. They can make more by winning in the playoffs.

Each owner will put in an additional $2 to go toward league trophies for the championship winning team.