2022 Draft Priority

1. ZIMA

2. SL Disappointments

3. The Groundhogs

4 .InSaNeAuDiO

5. SeaBass v.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

6. Dome Dog

7. Captain Jack

8. High Cheese

9. cracker jack

10. Genies in a Bottle

11. 38 MPH Heaters

12. Sad Sacks

13. Salmon Kings

14. Radioactive Rush

2021 League Amendment

The votes are in and the lone amendment that reached the voting threshold for this season has been approved by a majority vote. The subsequent voting required went to a runoff and has also been approved by a majority vote.

In an attempt to curb the proliferation of streaming in the league, especially in the postseason. There will now be a weekly acquisitions limit in place. Each team will now be allowed to make four (4) player acquisitions per week for a total of 96 over the course of a full 24 week season, including the playoffs.

It is not clear at this time if these limits will impact preseason acquisitions or if all preseason acquisitions will count toward week one.

In addition to the limit on acquisitions, the bench has been permanently expanded from four (4) players to five (5) – a carry-over from the unique rules put in place for the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season. All other rules put in place for 2020 have been reverted to our standard rules for 2021.

Good luck to everyone in 2021.

Changes for the COVID-Shortened 2020 Season

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Per the commissioner’s announcement from last month, the voting members of the Salmon League Baseball executive committee voted on proposals to improve play in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season.

There were three questions in play involving the schedule/playoffs and roster construction.

The first question regarding the schedule/playoffs offered a number of options including:

Option 1 – No changes to current format
Regular Season: 5 weeks
Playoffs: 6 teams/3 weeks (weeks 6-8)

Option 2 – Move playoffs back a week
Regular Season: 6 weeks
Playoffs: 6 teams/3 weeks (weeks 7-9)

Option 3 – Reduce playoffs, expand regular season
Regular Season: 7 weeks
Playoffs: 4 teams/2 weeks (weeks 8-9)

Option 4 – Expand playoffs
Regular Season: 6 weeks
Playoffs: 8 teams/3 weeks (weeks 7-9)

Option 5 – No playoffs – Best Record Wins
Regular Season: 9 weeks
Playoffs: None

Option 6 – Cancel the whole thing and give the Genies the pennant and championship right now!

Owners were asked to rank the ideas from their most to least preferred. Ultimately, after the first round of voting, there was a three-way tie between Options 2-4. A second wave of ranked voting was done and a clear winner was chosen.

We will be expanding the playoff field in both the championship and consolation brackets to eight teams. This will elongate the regular season by a week over the current setup and ensures each team gets to continue participating in the postseason for at least two weeks to settle the final standings.

This is the best overall option for giving managers the most bang for their buck in terms of games played in the 2020 season. The consolation round will, as always, be played for draft priority in the 2021 SLB Draft to ensure no one tanks.

Two additional questions were on the docket regarding roster expansion.

We will be adding a second NA roster slot that is only for players who have opted out due to COVID (primarily intended for potential keepers) and/or for players who are on leave (ie: parental, bereavement, etc.). Teams are not to use the second NA for stashing prospects. Any team found in violation of this rule, will lose both players occupying NA slots. The commissioner will drop them from that club’s roster and the players will be placed on waivers.

We will be adding an extra bench slot for similar purposes. This bench slot is intended to be a sixth IL slot, to account for Yahoo’s limitation of five IL slots in the system. Only players listed on the IL are allowed in this roster slot. Once a player is removed from the IL a team has 24 hours to make a corresponding roster move. Any team found in violation of this rule, will lose the player occupying the IL bench slot. The commissioner will drop them from that club’s roster and the player will be placed on waivers. Unfortunately, Yahoo is a punk-bitch and this has imploded rather quickly. Due to additional loopholes, we opted to dump the extra bench slot altogether and go back to four total bench slots, but Yahoo will not allow us to lower the bench slots once they’re set to five because…reasons?! As such, we are doing a mini-one round supplemental draft from the FA pool to fill the final roster spot. The purpose of the draft and mini-freeze on roster changes is to give every team an equitable chance to add players and not give a competitive advantage to the folks who are online at the moment.

These changes are official for the 2020 season. The league will revert back to traditional rules — and any changes brought about via the traditional amendment process — in 2021.

SLB Plan for 2020

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On the heels of Tuesday’s agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the MLB Player’s Association, we know that baseball is scheduled to resume in 2020. As such, the Commissioner is laying out a roadmap for restarting the 2020 Salmon League Baseball season amid the COVID-19 crisis.

At the moment, players are preparing to report to “spring” training to prepare for an abbreviated 60-game season that is slated to start in late July.

The season will have a very different look and feel to it when/if the games begin. A thorough rundown of the changes can be found here. While the various rule changes will have some impact on our game, the bigger obstacle to a full season is going to be the health and welfare of the players themselves.

In order to adapt to the new environment, SLB will monitor the progress of both spring training and Yahoo’s response to the altered season.

Ideally, Yahoo will build in a new player status that maps to MLB’s COVID-19 Injury List and allows teams to keep an unlimited number of players who test positive for COVID or opt-out due to other risk factors without burning any of the traditional IL or NA roster slots.

If they do not, we will reconvene the league on July 15 (aka: SLB Decision Day) when the Commissioner will layout scenarios for an equitable resumption of league play the following week. The league will then vote to determine any 2020-only alterations to the league setup.

Options in that scenario could include:

  • Expanding bench spots and conducting a small online draft of players in the current FA pool.
  • Expanding bench spots that must remain empty with the exception of players on the COVID IL.
  • Awarding the trophy directly to the Genies and skipping all of this madness.
  • Expanding the number of NA slots available (if Yahoo designates COVID-related absences as NA).

These are hypotheticals and our path will be informed by the progress made at spring training and Yahoo headquarters in the coming weeks.

We appreciate everyone’s patience throughout this situation and look forward to playing ball very soon.

Stay safe and wash your hands.

Jeremiah Graves
SLB Commissioner

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.

Grant’s Mid-Season Review

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Original Story + Graphs by: Grant Morfitt | Edits + Formatting by: Jeremiah Graves

The temperatures have warmed up and June is about to give way to July. This means that we are now at the halfway mark of the 2016 SLB season and, thus far, things are tight.

We have eight teams with a .500 or better record and only four games currently separate the top five teams in the standings.

Despite that, we still have a lot of season left to play and we’ve seen many major shakeups in the second-half in recent years.

In order to look at what has happened and what could happen in the second-half, I took a dive into the overall numbers.

Below I have included some information on each of the teams in the league. First, there is a graph showing each club’s weekly statistical rank. This is based on a point system where the best you can get in any given category is 14 and the worse is 1, no matter how much ahead or behind you are (left axis). Secondly, over that is a graph showing your actual winning percentage for the week (right axis).

In an ideal world those graphs would follow each other pretty closely, but they don’t always. I have also included what I call the “Luck Factor,” this is the percent based on how much closer you are to your best possible overall record to your worst, this is based on how you would do in match-ups against everyone else in the league in any given week.

In layman’s terms: bigger positive equals lucky and bigger negative equals unlucky.

Without any further ado, here are the graphs:

38 MPH Heaters:

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Captain Jack Sparrow:

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Cracker Jack:

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Dome Dog:

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Genies in a Bottle:

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The Groundhogs:

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High Cheese:

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InSaNeAuDiO:

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money grubbers:

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Radioactive Rush:

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Salmon Kings:

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Sea Bass v11.0:

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SL Disappointments:

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ZIMA:

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Finally, I thought it would be fun to see what records would look like if everyone had zero luck, or exactly half-way between best and worst possible. In that scenario the standings would look like this:

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Worst Potential SLB Commissioners, Ranked

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It’s not uncommon in the SLB Message Board for us to chat about the chain of command should the incumbent commissioner find himself on the wrong-end of a plane crash, hit by a bus, or dead because of his reckless approach to nutrition and health.

It’s generally been perceived that there is one logical heir to the commissionership should the aforementioned scenarios come to pass and lead to the demise of the current commish. To further clarify things, I have ranked the potential commissioners from worst to the least worst.

Consider this the inverse order of how we will divvy up commissionership upon my death.

1. G-Doggy – pays attention once every couple of months for a few days at a time. No trade would ever get approved. He has to ask me every season where his roster is and who he had on his team the previous season. He might still draft Mariano Rivera this year. Not the guy you want at the helm.

2. Grant – may actually think we’re playing fantasy football based on his track record…also he likes Rush and is rarely in attendance. I feel like, organizationally, he might have the chops for it, but I think the league would rise up and slay him a week into the job when he starts throwing down Commissioner Decrees about Quality Starts and Mt. Dew consumption.

3. Travis – he’s a god damned lunatic who wants to abolish all non-trade moves and force teams to rely entirely on how good of a draft they have and how easily they’re able to rape and pillage Grant’s team in trade talks. The league would take on a very North Korea-vibe and anyone who questioned or opposed the commissioner would likely have an “accident” and be removed from the league.

4. Morgan – the man’s sleep schedule would not mesh with angry managers prompting trade approvals, guaranteed he’d kick six or seven teams out by the All-Star break. He also has proven to be, um, volatile at times when harassed and – similar to Travis, above – it seems apparent that some of y’all would be murdered at the hands of the new commish.

5. Jay – he’s the Groundhog. That is NOT an effective way to manage a very active, very vocal league.

6. John – he’s too damn likable. People love to get mad at the commish and yell at him for things and that wouldn’t work with John. Plus, he’s the INAGURAL CHAMPION – he already has a full docket of promotional endeavors for the league that cannot be encroached upon.

7. Craiggers – if we’re being honest, I can’t imagine a world where he’d want this gig. Craiggers seems plenty content to make amazing databases and be the league’s resident tech wizard, but when the yelling starts and people need a resolution, he’s probably got half-a-bottle of whiskey in his belly and he’s disappeared into a vape cloud. That’s not his bag, baybay.

8. Collin – this is the real wild card. He is well-liked and respected in the league. He’s been around for quite some time now and has a solid handle on the league’s history. He’s responsive and active. He keeps crazy hours, especially during the season. I just can’t imagine he’d want to deal with it. He’s a chill fella. This gig does not provide chill.

9. Levi – this was a tricky one. I think Levi has the perfect temperament to handle the role, but he falls off the grid for large chunks of time and that would not work well when Travis is texting him 18 times a day to approve a trade. He also seems self-aware enough to laugh in the face of my lawyer when he offers him the role, stir his cocktail, and walk away without taking on this band of misfits as his problem.

10. Justin – similar to John, he might be too likeable for the role. He’s doesn’t have that same “scream at a room full of people” nature that Mike and Steven do, but he has the respect of the entire league and a great track record of success. He’s almost always responsive and – aside from some potential concerns about the commissioner also making 10,000 trades a year – he strikes me as one of the safest bets to avoid an uprising.

11. Adam – he’s your best non-Kunkel option. He’s online all the time, responsive, and progressive in his thinking for league improvement based on his track record in the amendments process. He’s well-respected and carries some gravitas from his coaching experience. Plus, he’s the logo guy. Logo guy always earns points.

12. Mike – he’s loud. He’s brash. He’s wildly unlikable. All of that said, he gets things done. He’ll yell over the crowd long enough to make his voice heard and he’s got loads of practice using angry dad voice when necessary.

13. Steven – he’s our guy. He’s got the organizational skills. This is based on his track record running that other league and his long-term record keeping and screen-shotting skills. He’s got just enough patience to handle all of the jerks in this league…he’s the guy.

So there you have it, the unequivocal rankings from worst to least worst.

If my plane hits a mountain or a blimp or a pterodactyl or something on the way to this year’s draft, we have an official succession plan for commissionership.

Also, in an effort to improve league diversity and inclusion, the new commissioner will be tasked with replacing my spot in the league with an under-represented minority. Racism isn’t cool.

Statement from the Office of the Commissioner

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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 rankings. The third keeper will be determined by the next highest preseason ranking, 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.

SLB Open Forum: 2011 Schedules

Now that the divisions have been officially announced, the newest point of contention for the 2011 season is scheduling.

In an effort to make things as balanced as possible, I’ve set it up so that everyone plays the six teams in their division twice apiece. The other remaining ten games are split among the seven teams in the other division.

Obviously, this leaves a disparity in the number of games each team will have against non-division squads. Each team currently plays three non-division clubs twice and the other four non-division teams once apiece.

The move to fourteen teams no longer allows us to play an even number of games against every team, there’s nothing we can do about that. There does, however, seem to be some rumblings about which teams people have to play twice.

The non-division half of everyone’s schedule is currently randomized. I could make some changes, but in doing so, we’re effectively stacking the deck—on purpose—against certain teams if we try to balance out the perceived inequities of an unbalanced schedule.

There is no perfect way to set this schedule up.

The only two real options are as follows:

1) Leave the schedule as it is, wherein the interdivisional teams play each other twice and the non-divisional portion is randomized.

2) Randomize the entire schedule, thus not-ensuring an even number of games against interdivisional clubs, but ensuring a completely random and unbiased scheduling result.

I’m only offering this up because it seems some people suspect that I may have stacked the schedule in my favor. I’m not going to lie, that’s a bit of a kick in the balls given my fairly solid record as a fair commissioner over the years, but I understand why people might think what they think, so I’m leaving it up to y’all.

Here is the current Regular Season Matchup Matrix.

This chart shows the number of times each team faces off against the other in the regular season.

If you think that the schedule is wholly unbalanced in one (or many) team’s favor(s), let me know. I can make some adjustments, but ensuring that a perceived “bad team” gets two matchups against all of the perceived “good teams” from a different division is really only stacking the deck against them and that seems equally unfair.

Personally, I’m down with the randomized non-division portion of the schedule. One might say it is because I have a seemingly favorable non-divisional slate of games.

Well for a quick recap, I went 4-9-1 against the entire Pacific Division in the regular season last year.

That includes getting swept in the regular season series by Morgan (one of the teams I’m slated to play twice) and splitting the season series with John and Adam (the other two teams I’m slated to matchup with twice).

So if anyone thinks I’d be fattening up my win totals, recent history proves otherwise.

If you want to take a peek at your tentative schedules, you can do so by going to the league home on Yahoo! and clicking the schedule link.

If someone can give me a legitimate grievance that warrants changing the schedule—and not just nitpicking about the perceived strength of your schedule—I’ll consider making the change to a completely randomized schedule

Speak now or (hopefully) forever hold your peace.

SLB Division Alignment Unveiled

The Salmon League has been growing by leaps and bounds for years. This has been especially true in the past two seasons as the league has expanded from ten teams in 2009, to twelve teams in 2010 and now, in 2011, the league will add two expansion teams bringing the total to an all-time high of fourteen teams.

As such, the votes cast during the winter amendments decreed that the league will split into two divisions for the 2011 season and beyond.

The two divisions figure to be fiercely competitive from top to bottom, well, maybe more like top to almost bottom.

The alignment decisions involved a number of factors including: recent history, power rankings as determined by the Commissioner’s Office, the franchise power rankings as voted on by the twelve standing team owners and a bit of input from fellow owners throughout the offseason in an attempt to determine the most balanced splits.

As such, it with great pride that I announce the two divisions—named for the two primary species of Salmon—the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions.

Let the inevitable debate begin…