Opening Day Coming October 16th, 2017
Rules & Rosters
Draft summaries. Reds likely send shockwaves by starting draft with Cronin, Rice, Slaughter, Roush, and Shoeless Joe. "No Love" Whitehill falls to last pitcher pick again despite posting fourth best total last year.
Indians welcome the Bambino back into the AL along with Medwick, Cuyler, Schoendienst, & Carey. Sad Sam hoping to bring happy returns to the Tribe.
The Browns go after one of "their guys" by taking George Sisler & company. Browns go with early year heros Rixey & Haines.
Braves decide to go with last year's underproducing Mel Ott along with Dimaggio, Collins, Bancroft, and trailblazer Doby. Braves give incentive-laden contracts to Derringer & Fitzsimmons after getting worst pitching production last year.
Phillies invest in Simmons, Appling, Musial and company. Phils go Dizzy and get Pennock from last year's champion White Sox.
The Giants decide to invest in big guns Foxx and Cobb, bringing two big names into the NL. Smith's go Grimey on pitchers.
Spracklen clan brings Gehrig back to AL with Athletics. A's go in with Quinn & Ted Lyons.
New Cubs ownership decides to run with Hornsby again as lead player. Cubs say Spahn & Harder, and pray for something or other.
Senators go for last year's AL MVP, Goslin and co. Senators also grab big-hitting pitcher, Ruffing from the Yanks of last year.
Pirates take on the Splendid Splinter and a pair of Bills. Bucs also steal Dazzy Vance who was ace for pennant winning Dodgers last year.
New owners Graham/Mortimore bring the Fordham Flash into Yankee Stadium. New York pitching heros Hoyt & Hubbell are back in the Big Apple.
After the Yankees go "Frisch-ing", the Red Sox go with Lazzeri and slice of Pie. After posting 8 wins for Red Sox last year, Newhouser returns to anchor staff.
New Tigers' ownership decides on Waner, Greenberg & Co. in trying to make up the one game the team fell short last year. Dauss back in Tigers' pen this time with Feller.
Cardinals grab the other Waner brother along with Heilmann and Co. AL Cy Young winner Alexander moves to NL.
Dodgers build new roster behind old name Gehringer who led their pennant run last year. They also add Walter Johnson as their ace.
White Sox are handed their Heinie and told to run with it by the rest of the league. Invests in top pitcher from last year Lefty Grove to anchor staff.
Current 2017/2018 owner list below.
Cincinnati Reds The Stewart Family
Brooklyn Dodgers Dale Shelton
Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Virdon & Family
St. Louis Cardinals The Eisenhour Family
Boston Braves Rob Ginocchio
New York Giants The Smith Family
Philadelphia Phillies The Zarechi Family
Chicago Cubs The Goodall Family
Cleveland Indians The Mulbery Family
St. Louis Browns The St. Louis Browns Historical Society
New York Yankees The Mortimore/Gebhardt Family
Detroit Tigers The Sowers Family
Chicago White Sox George Romano
Boston Red Sox The Burnell Family
Washington Senators The Caplinger/Cessna Family
Philadelphia Athletics The Spracklen Family
Rules for 2017/2018 Season
Commissioner Sillavan will submit seven random dates between the 1st and 31st each week. The National league teams (less the Braves, my team) will each submit a year between 1913 & 1953 each week on one of the seven days (to be assigned). The American league teams (less the Browns) will submit a month (April to September) each of the seven days. The combination will make a complete date in history and from there we will visit box scores. After 11 weeks the National league teams will switch to picking months and the American league will switch to picking years. The season runs 22 weeks total, seven days a week for a total of 154 games (the original MLB season).
There must be at least 6 teams in action in each league or we will move to the next date in the month. If it is the final day of the month we go back to the first of that same month until we reach a day with at least six teams playing in each league. The two remaining teams if not playing will play each other and start with a 0-0 score. The other matchups start with the final score of their game that day. No date will be repeated, so if we fall on a date already used we will skip to the next day. If a double header was played only stats count from the first game played on that day.
All players then in action will supplement the team scores with bonus runs as such...
Any runs or RBIs by any of the seven players count for one added run.
Any win by a pitcher counts for five bonus runs.
Federal league games played in the early teens will count for players on any of the teams.
Final scores and recaps will be listed on the VRFL Scores & Standings page and will show game scores and bonus runs in separate tallies. There will be some ties remember as in past baseball history. Once a team gets a second tie, they will be listed the next day as a win and a loss to keep standings easier to follow. I will list each day the randomly generated date so owners can verify no mistakes have been made. You can see box scores for every date on Baseball Reference.com.
When drafting player groups, you are looking for players who not only have large career totals in wins, RBIs, or runs, but who supplement certain time periods where your team may be weaker. When picking years, most owners will pick years where their teams had good records to maximize the chance of a good starting score before bonus runs are added. You may also want to pick years where you have the most players in action. You will never know your opponent before the day starts so there is no point in trying to play against a particular team.
The will be a mid-season All-star game featuring league leaders with a date generated in part by the Browns and Braves ownership.
The World Series will take place during the 23rd week with all teams submitting parts of a game date except the two teams competing who will be replaced by the Browns and Braves if necessary.
Winner gets two American Needle fitted caps, two D-Bat wood bats, and a Championship plaque.
Position Player Groups for the 2017/2018 Season
#1 Babe Ruth Joe Medwick Kiki Cuyler Red Schoendienst Max Carey INDIANS
#2 Lou Gehrig Billy Herman Joe Sewell Phil Rizzuto Sam Crawford ATHLETICS
#3 Goose Goslin Johnny Mize Earl Averill Ray Schalk Mickey Mantle SENATORS
#4 Al Simmons Luke Appling Stan Musial Ross Youngs Home Run Baker PHILLIES
#5 Paul Waner Hank Greenberg Tris Speaker Harry Hooper Monte Irvin TIGERS
#6 Jim Bottomley Earl Combs George Sisler Arky Vaughn Duke Snider BROWNS
#7 Rogers Hornsby Gabby Hartnett Travis Jackson Ralph Kiner Richie Ashburn CUBS
#8 Charlie Gehringer Mickey Cochrane Bobby Doerr Rick Ferrell Honus Wagner DODGERS
#9 Jimmie Foxx Ty Cobb Chick Hafey Pee Wee Reese Al Lopez GIANTS
#10 Heinie Manush Hack Wilson Zack Wheat George Kell Nellie Fox WHITE SOX
#11 Frankie Frisch Rabbit Maranville High Pockets Kelly Yogi Berra Roy Campanella YANKEES
#12 Tony Lazzeri Pie Traynor Lou Boudreau Jackie Robinson Leo Durocher REDSOX
#13 Mel Ott Joe DiMaggio Eddie Collins Dave Bancroft Larry Doby BRAVES
#14 Harry Heilmann Chuck Klein Lloyd Waner Joe Gordon Freddie Lindstrom CARDINALS
#15 Joe Cronin Sam Rice Enos Slaughter Edd Roush Shoeless Joe Jackson REDS
#16 Ted Williams Bill Terry Bill Dickey Ernie Lombardi Bucky Harris PIRATES
#1 Lefty Grove Red Faber WHITE SOX
#2 Grover Alexander Wilbur Cooper CARDINALS
#3 Red Ruffing Bob Lemon SENATORS
#4 Earl Whitehill Carl Mays REDS
#5 Burleigh Grimes Bobo Newsom GIANTS
#6 Dazzy Vance Lefty Gomez PIRATES
#7 Sam Sam Jones Early Wynn INDIANS
#8 Walter Johnson Robin Roberts DODGERS
#9 Hal Newhouser Stan Covaleski REDSOX
#10 Freddie Fitzsimmons Paul Derringer BRAVES
#11 Mel Harder Warren Spahn CUBS
#12 Eppa Rixey Jesse Haines BROWNS
#13 Herb Pennock Dizzy Dean PHILLIES
#14 Hooks Dauss Bob Feller TIGERS
#15 Jack Quinn Ted Lyons ATHLETICS
#16 Waite Hoyt Carl Hubbell YANKEES