How do I become an owner?
Submit your roster by the first pitch of Opening Day, Thursday, April 4, using this form.
Each owner must select ten (10) hitters for a hitting roster, five (5) pitchers for a pitching roster, five (5) living Hall-of-Famers for the Hall-of-Fame Death Pool roster, and one Magic Number. (If you are feeling particularly ornery, you can also submit a Creepy Cardinals Pitcher Death Watch Pool. Click here to learn more about this cheerfully gloomy side bet .) Owners can "share" players, Hall-of-Famers, or Creepy Cardinal Pitchers; this means that more than one team can have the same persons on their rosters.
Pay your $25 ownership fee.
Go here to pay your fee.
How do I make a trade?
Use this form.
Anytime during the Regular Season, owners can make as many as ten (10) trades. However, the later the trade is made, the more it will cost.
. During the first month of the season: $5 per trade
. After the first month and before the All-Star Break ends: $10 per trade
. After the All-Star Break: $15 per trade
. During the month before the playoffs: $20 per trade
Trading ends when the Regular Season ends, which is with the final out made of the final game played on the final day of the season (including one-game playoffs to determine Division or Wild Card winners).
Earn Free Trades
For the first five (5) paid trades you make, you will get one (1) free trade. For the second five (5) paid trades you make, you will get two (2) more free trades. So, for the cost of ten (10) trades, you will get a total of 13.
Note that you cannot make trades on your Hall-of-Fame roster or Creepy Cardinal Pitcher Death Watch Pool.
How do I get free trades?
First, recruit new owners. Since new owners in the league mean new ownership fees and more trades, which in turn means more money to split between the champs at the end of the year, we are giving you rewards for recruiting new owners. What rewards? Well, if you recruit five new owners, the SLPL will give $5 off your ownership fees and $50 worth of free trades. Here's how it works:
- The first new owner you recruit will let you take $5 off your ownership fees.
- The second new owner you recruit will net you a free $5 trade.
- The third new owner will get you a free $10 trade.
- The fourth new owner will get you a free $15 trade.
- And the fifth new owner will get you a free $20 trade.
All free trades earned by recruiting new owners can only be made during their respective trading periods -- which means if you make a total of ten $5 trades in the first month of the season that you'll lose your other free recruiting trades.
Second, make more trades. As stated above: "For the first five (5) paid trades you make, you will get one (1) free trade. For the second five (5) paid trades you make, you will get two (2) more free trades. So, for the cost of ten (10) trades, you will get a total of 13." And for the record: Free trades earned as part of recruiting new owners do count as paid trades.
How do I score points for the Overall Standings?
Points for the Division Standings, Regular Season Standings, Playoff Standings, and Overall Standings are awarded as follows:
During the Regular Season...
. Hitters earn 10 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 1 point for every K
. Pitchers earn 1 point for every K
. Pitchers lose 5 points for every homer surrendered
During the Divisional Playoffs...
. Hitters earn 20 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 2 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 2 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 10 points for every homer surrendered
During the League Championship Series...
. Hitters earn 50 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 5 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 5 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 25 points for every homer surrendered
During the World Series...
. Hitters earn 100 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 10 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 10 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 50 points for every homer surrendered
How do I score points for the All-Star Standings?
During the Home Run Derby...
If a player on your roster wins the All-Star Home Run Derby, your team picks up 250 points
During the All-Star Game...
. Hitters earn 150 points for every home run hit
. Hitters lose 25 points for every K
. Pitchers earn 25 points for every K
. Pitchers lose 75 points for every homer surrendered
Points earned in this category are allocated exclusively to the All-Star Standings and are not allocated to the Overall Standings.
How do I score points for the Power-Hitting Pitchers Standings?
Power-Hitting Pitchers points will be awarded to teams whose pitchers perform rare feats opposite their specialty. So, pitchers on your pitching roster will be awarded points for hitting a home run. (In 2004, this category was known as "Bonus Points.")
- Pitchers earn 20 points for hitting a home run. Additional points may be awarded, depending on the Magic Number.
- Pitchers earn 50 points if the home run is a grand slam. Additional points may be awarded, depending on the Magic Number.
Points earned in this category are allocated exclusively to the Power-Hitting Pitcher Standings and are not allocated to the Overall Standings.
What's the Hall-of-Fame Death Pool and how does it work?
You pick five -- count 'em, five! -- Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame inductees* who have already been formally inducted at the beginning of the 2011 season. (This means that those who were selected to be inducted in the July 2011 induction ceremony are not eligible for the 2011 season.) If HOFers on your roster die, you pick up points. The team with the most points at the end of the World Series wins the pot.
To fill out your roster, you can pick one player multiple times. So, if you really wanted Joe Morgan to die, you could put him on your HOF roster as many as five times, which means you will earn five times the points should he die in a fortunate boating accident.
The Death Pool will run from Opening Day 2012 to the first pitch of Opening Day 2013. Monies will be awarded once the champ is awarded.
Here's how points are awarded: Points are earned by subtracting the reported age of the dirt-napper at the time of his death (rounded down to the most-recent birthday) from 100 and multiplying the result by 5. So, an 80-year-old would get 100-80=20*5=100 points. A 40-year-old would get 100-40=60*5=300 points. Additional points may be awarded, depending on the Magic Number.
Once an HOFer has officially become worm food, you can't replace him on the roster.
Points earned in this category are allocated exclusively to the Hall-of-Fame Death Pool Standings and are not allocated to the Overall Standings.
*Because owners of this league are personally associated with HOF umpire Doug Harvey, he cannot be on any HOF Death Pool rosters. Unlike other Hall-of-Famers, we want Doug Harvey living and breathing for at least 20 more years.
What's the Magic Number and how does it work?
The Magic Number breaks the logjam of ties for the Hall of Fame Death Pool and the Power-Hitting Pitchers standings. The Magic Number reduces the number of owners who tie at the end of the season while increasing the size of the payout checks for winners. Here's how it works:
The Magic Number is also applied to the Creepy Cardinals Pitcher Death Watch Pool. Click here to learn how.
- You pick a number, a single number, from 1 to 31. You'll keep the number for the whole season. You can't change it (even if you end up picking the same number as another owner).
- For the HOF Death Pool: The team with the Magic Number closest to the Date-of-Death (DoD) will get an extra 25 points. If that team's Magic Number matches the DoD, the team will instead get 50 extra points. So, if Monte Irvin dies on the 16th and you have the closest Magic Number at 15, you'll get Monte's normal 55 points plus an additional 25 Magic Number points. If, however, Monte dies on the 15th, you'll get the 55 plus an extra 50. Note: More than one team can be awarded the extra points if their Magic Numbers are equidistant to the DoD. So, if Bob dies on the 15th and one team has 14 and another has 16, both teams will get the extra points.
- For Power-Hitting Pitchers: Same idea. The team with the Magic Number closest to the date that a pitcher on their roster hits a home run gets 10 extra points. So, if the pitcher hits a dong on 16th and you have 15, you get 20 points for the dong and an extra 10 points for the Magic Number. If he hits it on the 15th and you have 15, you'll get an extra 20 points for a total of 40 points. (For grand slams, it's an extra 25 and 50 points, respectively.)
What's the Creepy Cardinals Pitcher Death Watch Pool and how does it work?
Seeing as how Creepy Cardinal pitchers have died during the Regular Season at a rate double that of Hall-of-Famers over the past six years, Pedregoso Rios and Sue Klinkhamer are personally putting up $100 dollars apiece every season to be awarded to the SLPL owner who identifies the next Creepy Cardinal pitcher to die during the regular season or playoffs (for as long as the Cardinals are playing). Off-seasons don't count. Pedregoso and Sue will both add $100 to the pot every season until someone scrapes it off the table. Here's how it works:
*You can only win $100/year (plus any relevant bumps) for the number of consecutive seasons your team has been in the league, starting in 2008. So, if it takes another five years before another Creepy Cardinal pitcher dies but your team has only been in the SLPL for two consecutive years, you will only win $200 (plus any relevant bumps).
- You choose an active Creepy Cardinals pitcher (unless, not wanting a one-way ticket to hell, you opt out). If the chosen Creepy Cardinals pitcher dies while on the Cardinals' active roster, you win the pool and win the pot.
- If your selected pitcher gets traded from the Cardinals, you've lost him for the season (unless and until he gets traded back); you cannot replace him on your roster.
- If your selected pitcher gets demoted to the minors, you've lost him unless and until he gets promoted back to the bigs; while in the minors, he is not eligible and you cannot replace him on your roster.
- If your selected pitcher is "Out for Season," he's not eligible and you cannot replace him.
- If your selected pitcher is simply on the DL, he is still eligible to die for your cause.
- The Magic Number breaks the tie and potentially increases the pot. So, as with the Hall-of-Fame Death Pool, the team with the Magic Number closest to the Date-of-Death will win the pot.* If your Magic Number matches the DoD, Pedregoso'll throw in another $50. Ties will split the pot total pot.
- If your guy dies on the day of a scheduled start, before the game, Pedregoso'll throw in another $25. Let's call this the "Kile Bump."
- If he dies on the field of play as a result of an injury during a game or within 24-hours after having been injured on the field of play and as a result of the on-field injury, Pedregoso'll throw in an extra $100. Let's call this "You Lucky Sonuvabidge Bump."
For the 2012 season, the pool is $1,000.
What's the Rube Clause and why should I care?
The Rube Clause can be summarized thusly: What Commissioner Rube Furrow says, goes. That means that, despite our best efforts to rule fairly, give payouts justly, and make sure league owners are happy campers, Commissioner Rube Furrow's word is the final word when it comes to any disputes, complaints, statistical anomalies, and payouts.
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