League Constitution

Constitution of the OMLB
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League Constitution

Post by RobManfred » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:26 am

The OMLB was formed in 2014 using the default 2014 rosters from OOTP 15. The league began with the MLB structure but expanded in 2027 to 32 teams. We use Slack to chat, StatsPlus for online reports, drafting and awards, and maintain a forum.
OMLB Officers:
Commissioner: Founding member, Eddie Paxil
Deputy Commissioner: David Jones (capable of running the sims in Eddie’s absence)

League Structure
American and National Leagues, each with two divisions of 8 teams

Playoff Format
Division champions receive a bye and be seeded 1 & 2
Second place teams will be seeded 3 & 4
The next two best records in each league will also advance and be seeded 5 & 6
We will reseed after each round
Wild Card – Best of Three (better seed hosting all three games unless the two teams have an identical record in which case the first game will be flipped so the series is a 1-2 format)
Division Series – Best of Five 2-2-1 format
LCS – Best of Seven 2-3-2 format
World Series – Best of Seven 2-3-2 format (hosted by alternating NL/AL home field)

Player Contracts/Salaries Etc.:
Players with LESS than 3 years of MLB service time, and NOT CURRENT Super Two cannot be given multi year extensions at all.

Players with 3, but less than 4 years of MLB service time AND current Super Two can be extended up to 7 years.
(Super Twos are noted in the arbitration window in the offseason).

One year extensions are allowed regardless of service time to avoid arbitration.

Players with 4 or more years of MLB service time can be extended up to 10 years.
Option Years
Team Option years must include a buyout of at least 25% of the option year's value.
Team Option years must be not greater that 125% of the highest guaranteed year.
Two Team Option years are allowed
Incentives & Vesting Option Years
Plate Appearances must not exceed 550
Innings Pitched for Starters must not exceed 200.
Innings Pitched for Relievers must not exceed 75
Individually, Incentives must not exceed 10% of the highest guaranteed year - So each incentive may not exceed $100,000 on a contract with a highest guaranteed year of $1,000,000.

No Trade Clauses & 10/5 Rights
WILL be honored unless the player waives it (which is rare).
Penalties for Illegal Contracts
A GM will be allowed to rectify up to three contract violations per season.
After the third, contracts will be voided.

Trading Process:
FIRST - Post in Slack
Please post your trades in the “Completed Trades” section of the Slack. Include any instructions for assigning any traded players for the Commissioner, otherwise they will be left DFA. Tradesa are processed PRE-Sim.
Both GM’s involved must confirm the trade. Please follow this format:
Trade Post GM1:

Team A Sends:
Player 1
Player 2
1 Million Cash

Team B Sends:
Player 3
Trade Post GM2:
Use the Quote function to copy the previous trade into the new post
Team A Sends:
Player 1
Player 2
1 Million Cash

Team B Sends:
Player 3
And type Confirmed (to confirm you agree to this the trade)

Both GM’s can now post trades in the GAME trade window. This is also very useful for first checking the validity of your trade.
- If the players can be traded
- If your team, or the other, can financially accommodate the trade
- If a not-trade clause or a 10/5 rule might negate the move
If both GM’s post the same trade in the game the Commissioner need only confirm the trade, which makes his job very easy, especially around the trade deadline and if there are many moves in a sim!
Nippon League Posting:
There will be players posted by the Nippon League.

Independent League Player Purchases:
As another way of acquiring depth, a GM may “purchase” a player from selected Independent Leagues. The OMLB team will be debited the amount, which will be credited to the Independent team.

Who is eligible for purchase?
Players in the American Baseball Compact, Can Am League, Frontier League, and Pecos League. OOTP will only allow players from the active Independent League roster to be purchased. No one from the reserve rosters may be purchased.

When and how to bid?
Initial bids will be made only after the Independent seasons begin in May, until August 31st of the OMLB season.
All bids will start at $30k. You must have the cash and be in the green in order to place bids. All outbids must be double the previous bid.
All initial bids in #independentbids subsequent bids will be in the same channel while tagging the member of the prior bid. Example: Houston outbids @blue for Joe Bird. Outbids and matches will be processed the next sim day.
All Independent purchases will be processed before the sim, just like trades.

Commissioner/Simmer Note:
It’s important to remember to turn off the player purchases in the Independent League's financial settings or the AI teams will start purchasing players. To process bids more that 30k, simply change the purchase amount in the financial settings. Be sure to set it back to 30k and disable it when you are done. Bids will be processed on the first day of the sim. The normal sequence should be to process trades, then Independent Bids, sim then upload.

Achievement Points - Earning:
Will be awarded for various league related activities.

Timely exporting:
5 points for exports from Opening Day through end of the regular season.
10point bonus for making every export in a season.

Award Voting:
5 points for submitting a HoF ballot (in the game)
5 points for submitting a complete All-Star ballot
10 points for submitting all ballots for end of season awards (StatsPlus)

Roll Call:
10 points for answering the Roll Call in the forum and returning for a new season

Commissioner Achievement Points Rule:
Will be given the same number of points each season as the highest points earner.

Point totals will be found here: https://omlb.me/current-achievement-points/

Achievement Points - Using:
Points will be processed in the off-season.
You may use points by first posting in the Achievement Points Rewards Requested forum, just as you would submit a trade. After the Commissioner processes your request, it will be moved and locked.

Stadium Seating: 10 Points per 100 seats (Maximum Capacity: 60,000)
Stadium Naming Rights: 100 Points to rename your stadium (within reason)
* (May only be renamed every 5 seasons)

Player Nicknames: 25 Points to add a player nickname
Retired Players to Coaches: 25 Points to convert a retired player to a coach - The team that converts the player will have first right of hire

Fan Interest: 50 points raise fan interest 1 point – Not to exceed 80 via this method

Minor League Team: 300 Points Re-Name and Re-Logo/Uniform a MiLB team (Must not be lovated in a city/town with a team already)

Major League Stadium: 1500 Points to build a new 35,000 seat retractable roof grass stadium – Dimensions based on any current MLB stadium and naming rights (within reason) – 10 Points for each additional 100 seats at time of purchase
* (Must be a GM in OMLB for 5 seasons – Stadium builds may only happen every 10yrs)

Franchise Relocation: 2000 Points to relocate a Major League franchise – Includes the stadium of your choice as outlined above (choice of surface and roof) and naming rights (within reason)
* (Must be a GM in OMLB for 7 seasons – Franchise relocations may only happen every 15yrs unless specially granted by the Commissioner)
* (A relocation plan must be submitted a season in advance, to be approved by the Commissioner and Officers)

Note: The Oshkosh B'Goses will not be allowed. However, a strong relocation plan to Portland, Vancouver, Montreal, Nashville, Charlotte, or even Mexico City with a solid name will be taken seriously. Also moving the oldest MLB teams (like the Cincinnati Reds) will be denied. Know your franchise and its history please.

Achievement points follow the GM, not the franchise. New GM’s start at 0, they do not retain points of the previous GM.

Winter League:
A Winter Minor League will be used for extra development. The league's 64 game season starts in December. Minor league players can be sent. When the league is not active, the age limit will be set to 13yrs so the AI does not fill the teams.

Best Interest of the OMLB Rule:
From time to time a decision might need to be made for the best interest of the league (example: bailing a team out of financial ruin). The Commissioner reserves the right to make such ruling.

GM Contract Amnesty Rule:
Upon taking over a team, a GM may amnesty one contract from the existing payroll.

The Eddie Paxil DH Edict:
There will never, ever be a DH in the National League.

Selected Settings:
GMs – General Manager/Legacy Mode (retain lineup and rotation control)
Coaching – On (You must fully staff your team by Opening Day – AGM optional)
Scouting – On (Accuracy Very High)
Player Ratings – 2 to 8
Overall/Potential – 20 to 80
Owner Goals – Off
Injuries - Normal (OOTP Classic)
Delayed Injury Diagnosis – Never
Suspensions- Normal
Personality, Chemistry & Morale – On

DH – AL Only (See the edict elsewhere)
Active Roster – 26 Players
Expanded Roster – 40 Players
Post-Season Roster – 26-Man
Waivers – 8 Days
DFA – 15 Days (effectively two sims)
Injured List – 7 Day (and 60 Day)
Roster Limits – Minor Leagues 30 & Rookie 50 Players

Refuse Minor League Assignment – Off
Rule 5 Draft – Dec 30th
10/5 Veto – On
Draft Pick Trading – ONLY the League Competitive Balance trading as outlined below
Drafted Players – Can be traded after signing with their draft team
Draft – 35 rounds (40 generated)
CBA – 2012 Rules
Free Agent COMP – Designations removed Opening Day
Qualifying Offers – Only one career allowed

National Media - $25M (same for every team)
Budget Control – Entire revenue available
Revenue Sharing – Luxury Tax threshold 120% - 20% Tax above
Ticket Prices – GM control (please stay between $16-$50)
IAFA – Soft Cap of $3-Million

Fan Loyalty and Fan Interest - Will be manually adjusted by the Commissioner to remain 65+ after the rollover of the season. Low teams will be raised. Teams already 65+ remain as is.

Competitive Draft Pick Program:
The Commissioner, at season rollover, will take the bottom ten teams in revenue and the ten smallest market sizes and divide the picks up by winning percentage.
They will be sandwiched bewteen Round 1 &2 and Rounds 2 & 3.
These picks (and ONLY these picks) may be traded only by the original team holding them.
Detail in the Forum here: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1980

GM Conduct:
Please use common sense when on the forums, via PM, Slack, or E-mail.
Please treat each other with dignity and respect.
Any inter-GM issues will be dealt with by the Commissioner. The first judged incident carries a Slack suspension of two days and the second leads to expulsion.
Robert D. Manfred Jr.
Commisioner of Baseball