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Rules and Rosters 2018/2019

Current 2018/2019 owner list
National League
Cincinnati Reds              Brett Smith & Family
Brooklyn Dodgers          Dale Shelton
Pittsburgh Pirates         Bill Virdon & Family
St. Louis Cardinals        The Eisenhour Family
Boston Braves               Rob Ginocchio
New York Giants           Richard Smith & Family
Philadelphia Phillies    The Sowers Family
Chicago Cubs                The Bewley Family

American League
Cleveland Indians          The Buxton and Johnson Families
St. Louis Browns           The St. Louis Browns Historical Society
New York Yankees         The Mortimore/Gebhardt Family
Detroit Tigers                The Stewart Family
Chicago White Sox       George Romano
Boston Red Sox             The Burnell Family
Washington Senators     The Gumersell/Voss Family
Philadelphia Athletics   The Walker Family

Rules for the 2018/2019 Season

Commissioner Sillavan will submit seven random dates between the 1st and 31st each week.  The American league teams (less the Browns) will each submit a year between 1913 and 1953 each week on one of the seven days (to be assigned).  The National league teams (less the Braves, my team) 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 years and the American league teams will pick the months.  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 from the first game played that day count.  
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 1914 & 1915 will count for players on any of those 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.

General Advice:
When drafting player groups, you are looking for players who not only have large career totals in wins, RBIs, or runs, but those 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.  

There will be an All-star game mid-season 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.

Prize to Winner is two league stock caps, two custom made D-Bat wood bats (color and size), and a Championship plaque.

league standings in 2016/2017                                   league standings in 2017/2018
NL                                      AL                                        NL                                   AL
Dodgers                           White Sox                             Giants                            Yankees
Cardinals                         Tigers                                   Cardinals                       Indians
Pirates                             Red Sox                                 Cubs                              Senators
Cubs                                Yankees                                 Pirates                           Athletics
Giants                              Senators                               Dodgers                         Tigers
Phillies                            Athletics                               Reds                                Red Sox
Braves                             Browns                                 Braves                             Browns
Reds                                Indians                                 Phillies                            White Sox

Position Player Groups for the 2018/2019 Season
#1 Lou Gehrig   Luke Appling   Joe Sewell   Enos Slaughter   Honus Wagner   Phillies
#2 Babe Ruth   Lloyd Waner   Joe Medwick   Ralph Kiner   Monte Irvin   White Sox
#3 Mel Ott   Hack Wilson   Arky Vaughn   George Kell   Nellie Fox   Tigers
#4 Jimmie Foxx   Eddie Collins   Tris Speaker   Joe Jackson   Larry Doby   Cardinals
#5 Al Simmons   Travis Jackson   Zack Wheat   Lou Boudreau   Duke Snider   Dodgers
#6 Mickey Cochrane   Rabbit Maranville   Billy Herman   Joe DiMaggio   Red Schoendienst   Pirates
#7 Goose Goslin   Bill Dickey   Edd Roush   Yogi Berra   Phil Rizzuto   Athletics
#8 Sam Rice   Freddie Lindstrom   Max Carey   Dave Bancroft   Pee Wee Reese   Giants
#9 Earl Averill   Ty Cobb   Rick Ferrell   Home Run Baker   Ray Schalk   Senators
#10 Charlie Gehringer   Kiki Cuyler   Harry Hooper   Jackie Robinson   Mickey Mantle   Red Sox
#11 Paul Waner   Harry Heilmann   Chick Hafey   Bobby Doerr   Roy Campanella   Cubs
#12 Jim Bottomley   Pie Traynor   Hank Greenberg   George Sisler   Richie Ashburn   Indians
#13 Chuck Klein   Frankie Frisch   Ted Williams   Bucky Harris   Ross Youngs   Browns
#14 Joe Cronin   Earl Combs   High Pockets Kelly   Ernie Lombardi   Sam Crawford   Yankees
#15 Heinie Manush   Bill Terry   Al Lopez   Stan Musial   Leo Durocher   Reds
#16 Rogers Hornsby   Tony Lazzeri   Gabby Hartnett   Johnny Mize   Joe Gordon   Braves

Pitcher Pairs
#1 Earl Whitehill   Bobo Newsom   White Sox
#2 Lefty Grove    Warren Spahn   Giants
#3 Dazzy Vance   Robin Roberts   Dodgers
#4 Burleigh Grimes   Wilbur Cooper   Tigers
#5 Freddie Fitzsimmons   Dizzy Dean   Senators
#6 Sad Sam Jones   Jack Quinn   Red Sox
#7 Carl Hubbell   Early Wynn   Pirates
#8 Grover Alexander   Hal Newhouser   Yankees
#9 Lefty Gomez   Red Faber   Cubs
#10 Red Ruffing   Waite Hoyt   Braves
#11 Paul Derringer   Bob Feller   Athletics
#12 Mel Harder   Hooks Dauss   Phillies
#13 Jesse Haines   Carl Mays   Reds
#14 Herb Pennock   Stan Coveleski   Browns
#15 Eppa Rixey   Ted Lyons   Cardinals
Walter Johnson   Bob Lemon   Indians

2018/2019 Draft Order
1 White Sox   2 Phillies   3 Browns   4 Red Sox   5 Braves   6 Reds   7 Dodgers   8 Pirates
9 Cubs   10 Cardinals   11 Tigers   12 Athletics   13 Senators   14 Indians   15 Giants  16 Yankees