Summer League Rule Book


Player Usage

The DH may be used.

Five man rotations with an "unrostered" sixth starter. The sixth starter only needs to have a starting grade to qualify as sixth starter.

Position players and relievers are allowed as many games played as they had in real life. Players are limited to 150% of their plate appearances, steal attempts, and innings pitched from "real life". Additionally, pitchers are limited to 150% of their starts. This means a pitcher needs at least 21 "RL" starts to be eligible for a team's rotation. This 150% rule also applies to 6th starters. If a sixth starter runs out of Games or IP, a new sixth starter selected from the free agent pool can replace him on the roster. Also, players are limited to their games in center field to the same number of games they played in "RL".

Relievers can pitch 2 innings a game, up to 3 if any amount past 2 is in extra innings. The order of your rotation may not be changed for any reason other than injury.

Once a ballclup clinches a playoff spot, a manager may pick up one free agent starter to sit his regular starters.

Draft Rules

Must have a team name before drafting.

Draft order is always determined by random draw, using a set of cards, with a number of cards equal to the number of managers in the draft. Odd number rounds follow the determined order, even number rounds are reversed (for a "serpentine" effect). The 27th round is re-ordered randomly.

Division makeup is also determined immediately after draw for order, although the specific division setup will vary from season to season, depending on the number of participants.

Free Agent Draft

The free agent period is after every team has played 5 games against every other team in the league. For the '98, '99, and '00 seasons, for example, it was after 40 games (9 team league). You can add/drop as many players as you choose. J-3s and J-4s cannot be dropped.

The categories which are normally covered under the "150% rule" (PA, IP, Steal Attempts, etc.), are limited to 100% for players acquired as free agents. Each team wishing to participate in the draft must send his drops before the draft to the commissioner. After all drops are submitted, they are announced to the league. The draft then starts in inverse order of record. Tie breakers for FA draft seeding:

  • Head-to-head
  • Run differential
  • Coin Flip

    Only franchises that released players may make picks. Teams may pass on their turn and delay their selection to the next round.

    Trade Rules

    Trades can be made up to and included teams having played 90 games.


    There are no injury pickups allowed in the Summer League. The 26 man expanded rosters are designed to eliminate the need for injury pickups. The only exceptions are if 2 or more pitchers in your starting rotation are injured, then you need to acquire an additional pitcher from the free agent pool.

    There have been exceptions in extreme circumstances, such as both your catchers getting injured. These are handled on a case-by-case basis with approval from other league members.

    Playoff Rules

    The current makeup of the SL is a 3 division alignment, with the 3 division winners and one wild card advancing to the playoffs. Seeding is determined by descending order of best record, with the wild card as the #4 seed automatically. The semi-finals consists of #1 hosting #4 and #2 hosting #3 in a 7 game series. (hosting meaning playing at home in games 1, 2, 5, 7, on the road for 3, 4, 6) The finals are the winners of the semis, with the higher ranked team as the host of a 7 game series. Any tie-breakers for actual playoff spots is done via one game playoffs. Ties for seeding follows this list of tie-breakers:

  • Head-to-head
  • Run differential
  • Coin Flip

    Note: To clarify tie-breakers, if Team A and Team B each win their respective divisions and have the same record, the above tie-breaker list is used to determine seeding. If Team C and Team D tie for their division title and the wild card, they will play a one-game playoff to determine the division winner and wild card.

    One game playoffs will occur on the day after game 162, or day 163. Playoff series begin on day 164. Starting pitchers need 3 days of rest from their last start to start a playoff game. For example, if a pitcher started game 160, he would be eligible to start the first game of the playoffs after resting days 161, 162, 163. There are no days off during playoff series. The World Series begins after one day off following the longest-running semi-finals series. For example, one semi-final runs 4 games, with the final game being on day 167. The other series runs 6 games, with the final game being on day 169. This means 170 is a day off, and day 171 is the first day of the World Series.

    Post-season Awards

    After the season is over, each manager is asked to vote for the league's Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, and Manager of the Year award winner. The MVP voting ballots contain 10 spots, with scoring being 10 pts for first, and 1 point for tenth, with even distribution in between. Cy Young ballots contain 5 spots, 5 points for first, 1 point for fifth. Manager of the Year ballots contain 3 spots, scoring 3, 2, and 1. Managers may not vote for players that finished the season on their own team, or for themselves. Pitchers are not eligible for the MVP.

    Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers are selected by a special panel, on nothing more than reputation/gut feeling.

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