Backyard Awards History

MVP Award

2017: Charlie Blackmon (OF), Nolan Arenado (3B)

Doc Halladay Award

2017: Chris Sale, Zack Grienke

Mariano Rivera Reliever of the Year Award

2017: Greg Holland, Craig Kimbrel

Golden Gavel Award

2017: Aaron Judge (OF)

Golden Arm Award

2017: Jacob Faria

Season Crowns

Runs

2017: Charlie Blackmon, OF (106 Runs)

Doubles

2017: Jose Ramirez, IF/LF (37 Doubles)

Triples

2017: Charlie Blackmon, OF (13 Triples)

Home Runs

2017: Giancarlo Stanton, OF (42 Home Runs)

Runs Batted In

2017: Nolan Arenado, 3B (100 RBIs)

Steals

2017: Billy Hamilton, OF (49 Steals)

On Base Percentage

2017: Joey Votto, 1B (.446 OBP)

Wins

2017: Clayton Kershaw (15 Wins)

Quality Starts

2017: Chris Sale (20 QS)

Strikeouts

2017: Chris Sale (241 Ks)

Complete Games

2017: Ervin Santana (5 CGs)

Holds:

2017: Taylor Rogers (26 Holds)

Saves

2017: Greg Holland & Alex Colome (34 Saves)

ERA

2017: Clayton Kershaw (2.04 ERA)

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Backyard Awards History

The 2018 Backyard Hall of Fame Class Induction

Congratulations to the three members of the 2018 Backyard Hall of Fame class. They make up the inaugural HoF class and will forever be revered for their Backyard accomplishments. Without further adieu, your 2018 inductees.

Starting Pitcher Roy Halladay

Backyard career: 2008-2013

Total HoF Votes: 9 out of 10

Enters Hall with a Garden State Warriors cap

Backyard career numbers

Wins: 92

Quality Starts: 116

Strikeouts: 1036

Complete Games: 36

ERA: 3.06

The CG remains the crown jewel of any pitching stat line in the Backyard. and Halladay’s 35 complete games between 2008 and 2011 is likely a run we won’t see duplicated.

First Baseman/Designated Hitter David Ortiz

Backyard career: 2008-2016

Total HoF votes: 8 out of 10

Enters Hall with a Barnegat Banana Slugs cap

Backyard career numbers

Runs: 681

Doubles: 317

Triples: 7

Home Runs: 275

Runs Batted In: 888

Stolen Bases: 8

OBP: .376

Ortiz was THE Green Monster personified during his Backyard career. He hit 28+ dongs in 7 out of 9 seasons, ending his tenure with a run of 30,35,37, and 38 homers. Oh, and he also led the league in doubles and RBIs during his final season.

Closing Pitcher Mariano Rivera

Backyard career: 2008-2013

Total HoF votes: 7 out of 10

Enters Hall with an Orlando Stunnaz cap

Backyard career numbers

Wins: 20

Saves: 209

Strikeouts: 209

ERA: 1.80

Mariano was the best closer in baseball playing on a perennial contender. His 1 pitch repertoire was dominant, evident by his 8.6 K per 9 rate during his Backyard tenure. His only blemish is the injury shortened 2012, which saw him make his way towards the Two Time Offendaz after being dropped by the Stunnaz. Mariano took home a Backyard championship in 2013.

Nominees that failed to receive required votes

Cliff Lee: 6

Prince Fielder: 3

Alex Rodriguez: 2

Jose Fernandez: 2

Carl Crawford: 2

Josh Hamilton: 1

The 2018 Backyard Hall of Fame Class Induction

Looking Ahead: 2019 Spring and 2019 ASB Draft Announcements

2019 Spring Draft

The outline and structure of the 2019 Spring Draft has been announced. The draft will consist of one round, order based off regular season record with the worst team picking 1st. Also, picks 9 & 10 will be runner up and BCS champion respectively. All player types are eligible (Major League FA, High Minors FA, Low Minors FA, Rights Players) so as long as your squad has the coinciding room to fit the player type. All Rights Players selected in the 2019 Spring must be signed to a Major League team by the 2019 All Star Break or the owner must surrender said players right. The draft will be held in GroupMe with no pick time limit. The event will be held ASAP once the 2019 ESPN fantasy database updates.

2019 All Star Break Rights Draft

The 2019 All Star Break Draft will consist of three rounds, with the order decided by season record. The worst team selects first and the semi finalist and BCS champ pick 9 & 10. You must have the coinciding room in your rights slots to make a selection. All players selected in the 2019 All Star Break Draft must be signed by the 2020 ASB draft or the team loses that players rights. The draft will be held either on Futures Game Sunday OR the Wednesday after the All Star Game.

Looking Ahead: 2019 Spring and 2019 ASB Draft Announcements

Second Annual ESPN Player Rater Backyard All Stars

Due to the potential idea of constant restructuring of the divisions, the All Star teams shall be reduced to a single team. ONLY THE CREAM OF THE CROP from here on out. Also note, James Paxton would qualify for the team but is DL’d soooo he is DQ’d.

C: Willson Contreras, Bad Dudes, Cubs

ESPNPR: 6.96

33 R, 19 Doubles, 5 Triples, 7 HRs, 34 RBIs, 3 SB, .369

Despite the drop in dongs, Willson has been a lovely cat killa for a catcher in the Backyard format. FIVE triples is eye popping from this position, and at 26 he is the leading candidate to be here annually, barring a return of the Kraken in 2019.

1B: Freddie Freeman, BackdoorSliderz, Braves

ESPNPR: 12.89

59 R, 25 Doubles, 3 Triples, 16 HRs, 61 RBIs, 6 SB, .405

One of the more underrated players in MLB and BYB, Freeman is the old head of the Baby Braves Movement in Lacey. He’s stuffing the cats across the board, mixing in a healthy 3 triples and 6 steals from the usual post to post first base position. That .405 OBP really jumps off the page.

2B: Javier Baez, Warriors, Cubs

ESPNPR: 15.78

61 R, 25 Doubles, 6 Triples, 19 HRs, 72 RBIs, 18 SB, .326

It all came together for Baez in 2018, and the Warriors are reaping the benefits. Their dedication to long term commitments to ubertalented players has paid off, seeing Baez lead the Warriors to the best record with his 5 tool ability. His arrow is still pointing up in our format, indicated by his 19 HR/18 SB line.

SS: Trevor Story, Banana Slugs, Rockies

ESPNPR: 14.38

50 R, 27 Doubles, 5 Triples, 20 HRs, 68 RBIs, 12 SB, .353

SPEAKING OF long term commitment, how ’bout those Slugs sticking to their story? Listen to their official theme song here. The Coors Field Factor not withstanding, Trevor has taken all Brendan Rodgers hype and knocked it out of the park. That .353 OBP is the real icing on the cake to this fairy tale.

3B: Jose Ramirez, X*Rayz, Indians

Second ESPNPR All Star Appearance

ESPNPR: 18.32

68 R, 26 Doubles, 2 Triples, 29 HRs, 70 RBIs, 20 SB, .401

OH YEAH…this guy. After finishing the season 7th in ESPNPR last season and winning the BCS MVP, Ramirez has somehow continued to improve and is now in the top tier of Backyard players. Tied for the highest score at the break, his 148 XBHs are the most in the majors since the beginning of 2017.

LF: Andrew Benintendi, Warriors, Red Sox

ESPNPR: 15.75

68 R, 25 Doubles, 5 Triples, 14 HRs, 57 RBIs, 17 SB, .380

The Warriors and their damn youth movement. Another top prospect turned top player, Benintendi is stuffing the stat sheet across the board. That .380 OBP is oh so sexy for a guy that turned 24 earlier this month.

CF: Mike Trout, OGTFC, Angels

ESPNPR: 17.59

71 R, 18 Doubles, 3 Triples, 25 HRs, 50 RBIs, 15 SB, .454

After missing out on making the squad last year due to being DL’d during the ASB, Trout makes his debut on this ILLUSTRIOUS team. Expect him to rack up plenty more appearances here, as that 17.59 player rating score could improve if the players around Trout in the lineup pick it up.

RF: Mookie Betts, OGTFC, Red Sox

Second ESPNPR All Star Appearance

ESPNPR: 18.32

79 R, 25 Doubles, 3 Triples, 23 HRs, 51 RBIs, 18 SB, .448

The Betts/Trout duo may have seen their fantasy team fall on hard times since its 2016 title run, but there is no denying Mookie has maintained his spot among the Backyard’s best. Tied with Jose Ramirez for the best score at the ASB, there is no reason to think Betts will slow down any time soon.

1B/3B: Alex Bregman, BackdoorSliderz, Astros

ESPNPR: 13.31

67 R, 31 Doubles, 1 Triple, 20 HRs, 64 RBIs, 8 SB, .389

The first big trade addition to the BackdoorSliderz way back when in 2017, Bregman has proven to be the best young player on a team full of diaper dandies. Being locked into the stacked Houston lineup is one of his juiciest fantasy features, but his age (24) is his sexiest trait.

2B/SS: Francisco Lindor, Warriors, Indians

ESPNPR: 14.29

85 R, 30 Doubles, 0 Triples, 25 HRs, 62 RBIs, 13 SB, .367

How do you make up ground in the triple-heavy weighted ESPNPR score with ZERO three baggers?Go out and score 85 runs but of course. Lindor is one of the most talented young shortstops you’ll find, but isn’t even the best 2B/SS on the Warriors according to ESPNPR: that’s Javy Baez. That just goes to shows how young and talented the Garden State boys are.

OF: J.D. Martinez, Morning Wood, Red Sox

ESPNPR: 13.36

72 R, 23 Doubles, 1 Triple, 29 HRs, 80 RBIs, 2 SB, .393

Lo and behold, a Q-Tip City representative! While there is no denying his lack of contributions in the speed cats hold back his overall Backyard value, he is bopping with the best of them over the last 1.5 seasons and should continue to do so in the batter friendly Fenway Park/Boston lineup. Considering he’s the oldest player to crack this list from the batting position AND plays for the last place Morning Wood, he could be wearing new BYB threads by the 7/28 trade deadline.

UTIL: Starling Marte, Morning Wood, Pirates

ESPNPR: 12.17

52 R, 16 Doubles, 4 Triples, 13 HRs, 44 RBIs, 25 SB, .333

Yeah yeah, we all know how I feel about this trade. But there is no denying Q-Tip City took a chance on a player coming off a PED suspension marred season and it has paid off. Well, as much as it could pay off, which is him making this ESPNPR All Star team. As the SECOND oldest batter to make the 2018 team and also playing for the last place Morning Wood, one must wonder if he stays with the team past the trade deadline.

UTIL: Nolan Arenado, Isotopes, Rockies

Second ESPNPR All Star Appearance

ESPNPR: 11.86

63 R, 21 Doubles, 2 Triples, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs, 2 SB, .395

The headline blockbuster deal of the offseason saw the Isotopes land the Rockies 3B for 3 young, up and coming players. While Arenado is well behind the pace of 7 Triples he set in 2017, there is no denying he’s one of the most consistent and deadly power bats in the land.

SP: Max Scherzer, Banana Slugs, Nationals

Second ESPNPR All Star Appearance

ESPNPR: 16.25

12 Ws, 17 QS, 182 Ks, 1 CG, 2.41

Max being Max, continued. He remains the unquestioned ace of both the loaded Nationals AND Slugs rotations with his elite K numbers and consistency. He is always a threat to go 9 and/or strike out 15+ batters in any given start.

SP: Luis Severino, Banana Slugs, Yankees

ESPNPR: 15.28

14 Ws, 14 QS, 144 Ks, 1 CG, 2.31

This is what I meant by loaded Slugs rotation in the previous entry. Barnegat boasts the two highest rated SPs in the Backyard and neither show any signs of slowing down. The big difference between the 2 aces: Severino is only 24 years old. The Slugs staff is in good hands for years to come.

SP: Justin Verlander, BackdoorSliderz, Astros

ESPNPR: 15.22

9 Ws, 17 QS, 172 Ks, 1 CG, 2.29

In a dynasty league that’s so infatuated with youth and upside, Verlander has maintained amazing trade value. Flipped only briefly before the ASB in the Backyard, the Astros ace has mowed down the opposition with 172 in 137.2 IP. Lacey hopes to ride his arm deep into a postseason push.

SP: Jose Berrios, Warriors, Twins

ESPNPR: 14.79

9 Ws, 12 QS, 127 Ks, 2 CGs, 3.68

Behold the power of the complete game to the ESPNPR formula. Despite only modest numbers in the other catz, Berrios makes the team at the ripe ole age of 24. Considering he was merely a piece in the package the Warriors acquired when they traded Chris Sale, management should be pleased with his progress.

SP: Gerrit Cole, OGTFC, Astros

ESPNPR: 14.48

10 Ws, 14 QS, 177 Ks, 1 CG, 2.52

Those zaney Astros and their magic strikeout dust they sprinkle on their new pitchers continues to astound. Not that Cole wasn’t filthy in Pitt, but he’s achieved a new level of K ability upon his arrival in H-Town. He’s also one of the longest tenured members of his Backyard franchise.

RP: Edwin Diaz, X*Rayz, Mariners

ESPNPR: 7.59

36 SV, 79 Ks, 2.25

After the defending champion X*Rayz sent Aroldis Chapman packing in an offseason deal, there was no question they had fully invested in Sugar Diaz as their #1 RP. He has rewarded their faith, becoming the top closer in the Backyard/MLB this season. The only question now is: how good will he end up being?

RP: Blake Treinen, Bad Dudes, Athletics

ESPNPR: 7.23

24 SV, 5 Ws, 61 Ks, 0.94

The only player drafted in the 2018 Spring Draft to become an ESPNPR All Star, Treinen has dominated the backend of the Athletics and Bad Dudes bullpen. That sparkling sub-1 ERA goes beautifully with his 24 saves and 5 wins. Going off of previous trades and the current record of the Bad Dudes, it’d be no surprise to see Blake moved before the deadline.

P: Corey Kluber, Renegades, Indians

Second ESPNPR All Star Appearance

ESPNPR: 14.45

12 Ws, 17 QS, 132 Ks, 1 CG, 2.76

The Klubot continues his robotic like success, maintaining a sub-3 ERA and anchoring an otherwise injury ravaged Renegades rotation. There is no denying he remains among the top pitchers in the Backyard.

P: Craig Kimbrel, Warriors, Red Sox

ESPNPR: 6.72

30 SV, 2 Ws, 62 Ks, 1.77

An underrated move by Garden State management in fortifying their bullpen late in March has brought us to this point. Kimmy maintains his spot among the premier MLB/Backyard closers and should be a contributing factor to their 2018 run. The saves should continue to come with both the Red Sox and Warriors in a playoff run.

Second Annual ESPN Player Rater Backyard All Stars

Backyard HISTORY..(well only back to 2015 cuz I can’t access BEFORE THAT)

After a few hours kicking around through the old boxscores, I’ve compiled a list of the most combined stats in a given category for a single matchup, dating back to 2015. These of course only apply to 12 start weeks. Also OBP and ERA IS A WORK IN PROGRESS…so much more math involved there.  ALSO…100 K’s is nooo joke in this league so hey lets start tracking those things. Listed below also is all 15 100 K+ performances since 2015. I am hoping one of the other Mike’s fills in the remaining years I can not access.

Runs: 124

Week 13, 2016: Sean over Ryan 64-60

BCS: 99

2017: Odom over Lobman 53-46*

Semifinals: 108

2015: Lobman over Ryan 61-47

Wildcard: 112

2016: Rojo over Heroy 60-52

 

Doubles: 49

Week 9, 2017: Brian over Rojo 25-24

BCS: 39

2017: Odom over Lobman 23-16*

Semifinals: 35

2015: Lobman over Ryan 22-13

Wildcard: 36

2017: Lobman over T 20-16

 

Triples: 10

Week 8, 2018: T ties Ryan 5-5

BCS: 8

2017: Odom over Lobman 7-1*

Semifinals: 7

2015: Brian over Heroy 6-1

Wildcard: 7

2016: Heroy over Rojo 4-3

 

Home Runs: 42

Week 3, 2016: Cliff over Heroy 22-20

BCS: 27

2015: Lobman over Brian 16-11

Semifinals: 37

2017: Sean over Lobman 19-18

Wild Card: 37

2016: Rojo over Heroy 23-14

 

RBIs: 127

Week 9, 2017: Rojo over Brian 70-57

BCS: 105

2017: Lobman over Odom 53-52*

Semifinals: 95

2015: Lobman over Ryan 56-39

Wild Card: 113

2016: Rojo over Heroy 63-50

 

Steals: 29

Week 18, 2016: Odom over Brian 27-2

BCS: 20

2017: Odom over Lobman 12-8*

Semifinals: 15

2016: Heroy over Sean 10-5

Wild Card: 20

2017: Odom and Dochney tied 10-10

 

Strikeouts: 197

Week 6, 2017: Sean over T 107-90

BCS: 172

2015: Lobman over Brian 109-63

Semifinals: 189

2017: Odom over Brian 101-88

Wildcard: 179

2015: Brian over Odom 93-86

 

Quality Starts: 19

Week 5, 2016: Cliff over Sean 10-9

BCS: 13

2017: Odom over Lobman 7-6*

Semifinals: 15

2017: Odom over Brian 9-6, Lobman over Sean 8-7

Wildcard: 18

2015: Ryan and T tied 9-9

 

Wins: 18

Week 7, 2016: Cliff over Ryan 12-6

BCS: 13

2015: Lobman over Brian 8-5

Semifinals: 14

2015: Brian and Heroy tied 7-7

Wildcard: 18

2017: Lobman and T tied 9-9

 

Complete Games: 3

Week 17, 2015: Rojo over Brian 2-1 and Week 14, 2015: Brian over Ryan 2-1

BCS: 1

2017: Odom over Lobman 1-0*

Semifinals: 1

2016: Lobman over Odom 1-0

Wildcard: 3

2015: Ryan over T 2-1

 

Saves: 19

Week 9, 2015: Cliff over Lobman 11-8

BCS: 11

2016: Heroy over Lobman 6-5

Semifinals: 14

2017: Odom and Brian tied 7-7

Wildcard: 12

2017: Odom over Dochney 8-4

 

Holds: 15 

Week 16, 2016: Sean over Rojo 8-7

BCS: 7

2015: Brian over Lobman 5-2

Semifinals: 9 

2017: Lobman over Sean 5-4

Wildcard: 9 

2017: Odom over Dochney 6-3

 

100K+ Weeks since 2015

Heroy: 113 Ks (Week 5, 2018)

Brian: 109 Ks (Week 6, 2018)

Lobman: 109 Ks (BCS 2015)

Odom: 107 Ks (Week 6, 2015)

Sean: 107 Ks (Week 6, 2017)

Ryan: 107 Ks (Week 8, 2018)

Sean: 106 Ks (Week 4, 2017)

Odom: 106 Ks (Week 9, 2015)

Ryan: 106 Ks (Week 2, 2018)

Brian: 104 Ks (Week 9, 2018)

Odom: 103Ks (Week 9, 2018)

Ryan: 103 Ks (Week 5, 2018)

Lobman: 103 Ks (Week 14, 2016)

Sean: 103 Ks (Week 3, 2018)

Sean: 102 Ks (Week 13, 2016)

Brian: 102 Ks (Week 13, 2017)

Odom: 101 Ks (Semifinals 2017)

Brian: 101 Ks (Week 5, 2018)

Sean: 100 Ks (Week 2, 2017)

Backyard HISTORY..(well only back to 2015 cuz I can’t access BEFORE THAT)

OFFICIAL BCL RULES AND REGULATIONS

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From The Desk of The Commissioner

These are the Official and Up To Date and Decided Upon Rules Of The Backyard, once and for all and maybe even forever…… do not bitch about them later because these are them. If you ever need to find them just make your way over to the blog (google “backyardviews wordpress” or something, if this is something you struggle with) and search under “League Business” on the side there and there they shall be. Study them, know them, respect them, fear them, abide by them.

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Punishment for Exceeding Matchup Starts Limit
Beginning in 2018, exceeding a matchup’s starts limit (typically 12 starts, more in extended weeks) will result in an automatic disqualification if you win or tie a matchup, as well as a roster lock for the first FOUR (4) days of the next week’s matchup.

Special Week (Opening Week & All Star Week) Matchup Starts Limit
Opening week start limit is 19. The All Star Week Matchup start limit is 24. Owners are free to make an agreement with their opponent on a lowered start limit. Disputes between owners over a start agreement may be brought to the attention of league offices, however it’s likely said offices will say something to the effect of “shut up you fuckers and just adhere to the max start limit”.

Minor League Regulations and Requirements

– All teams must maintain a total of TEN (10) minor leaguers at all times barring a trade, DL move involving a minor league player, or on the initial day a player exceeds minor league limits. In this instance, the team will have until the next day to become compliant. All teams MUST ALWAYS maintain at least TEN (10) minor league players. If you do not have the full allotment of minor leaguers, you will be asked to pick up minor leaguers to reach compliance. If you do not pick up minor leaguers to reach compliance, Low Minors players will be picked up for you and they will suck or be Tim Tebow or both.

– Low Minors spots (6) are for players with 0 MLB IP and 0 MLB ABs. This is mandatory. High Minors spots (a maximum of 4) are for players under 50 MLB IP and 130 MLB ABs respectively. For players with both pitching and batting eligibility, they will lose minor league status upon reaching either threshold. There is no mandatory requirement to own FOUR (4), or any, High Minors players; however as stated above it is mandatory to roster TEN (10) minor leaguers at all times.

Regular Season Violations to Minor League Regs

STRIKES

1st Strike: Offense A (Empty minors roster slot): Warning.

1st Strike: Offense B (Rostering ineligible player at roster lock): Warning.

1st Strike: Offense C (Starting ineligible player at roster lock): Opponent is allowed to select one player that you must sit the following day.

2nd Strike: Offense A (Empty minors roster slot) Warning.

2nd Strike: Offense B (Rostering ineligible player at roster lock): Opponent is allowed to select ONE (1) player that you must sit the following day AND no adds or drops allowed for the following day.

2nd Strike: Offense C (Starting ineligible player at roster lock): Opponent is allowed to select ONE (1) player you must sit the following TWO (2) days AND offending team loses ONE (1) minor league player (High Minors, Low Minors, or Rights) to waiver wire or rights pool. Player will be picked by a jury of your peers, via GroupMe poll.

3rd Strike: Offense A (Empty minors roster slot): Lose TWO (2) minor league players (a combo of HM, LM, or Rights) to waiver wire or rights pool. Player will be picked by a jury of your peers, via GroupMe poll.

3rd Strike: Offense B (Rostering ineligible player at roster lock): Lose FOUR (4) minor league players (a combo of HM, LM, or Rights) to waiver wire or rights pool. Players will be picked by a jury of your peers, via GroupMe poll.

3rd Strike: Offense C (Starting ineligible player at roster lock): Opponent is allowed to select ONE (1) player that you must sit the remainder of the week AND minor league temporary death penalty (lose all minor league players plus rights players, must maintain 10 empty minors and 3 empty rights slots for one year from date of offense).

Violations to Minor League Regs on Sundays/Week 18/Playoffs

– Strikes proceed same as above with Sunday violations carrying into the next matchup with said opponent as needed.

– Week 18 (last week of the regular season) offenses will carry a mandatory drop of ONE (1) minor leaguer (HM, LM, or Rights); player will be picked by a jury of your peers via GroupMe poll.

– Playoff violations will result in same punishments as above for Offense A (Strikes 1 and 2) only. For Offense A (Strike 3) and Offense B and C (all), violation will result in temporary minor league death penalty (lose all minor league players plus rights players, must maintain 10 empty minors slots and 3 empty rights slots for one year from date of offense). Additionally your opponent shall be allowed to select TWO (2) players from your roster that must be benched for the remainder of the matchup.

– If an ineligible player is found in an active lineup, they can/will be removed from the lineup immediately by league officials.

Additional Minor League Reg Notes
Starting in 2018, minor league violation totals shall be recorded and carried over year to year. Multi-year violations totals can and will be held against you, records of violations shall be maintained in Rights Players document on blog.

Starting in 2018, 3 strike offenders of the minor league policy will lose their 1st round pick in the following Spring Draft.

– Any owner that accumulates FIVE (5) violations over any time period will not be allowed to participate in any Backyard Draft for ONE (1) full year, beginning on the day of the 5th violation.

– The intention to claim or pass on a rights player once they reach the ESPN system must be declared by the owner of their rights within 1 hour of roster lock on the day the player reaches the system. If the owner is unaware of the player reaching the system for more than 24 hours, the decision must be made within ONE (1) hour of them finding out the player is in the system.

– Rosters may be non-compliant on the day a player comes off of the DL up until roster lock. Previously this rule applied to minor leaguers only, now it applies to all players.

-Owners eliminated from the postseason may allow their current minor league players to exceed the maximums up until the end of the ACTUAL BASEBALL SEASON. Once the World Series concludes, offseason rules for minor leaguers will begin.

Rights Players/Rights Draft(s) Guidelines:

  • Participation in the Rights Players process is not required for any team that does not wish to participate.
  • You may only have THREE (3) draft rights players at any given time.
    • If you decide to keep any of your Rights Players, you will forfeit your picks in the next Rights Draft in descending order (3,2,1) depending on how many players you keep/how many rounds the draft contains.
    • If you renounce the rights to your Rights Player, they will be available in the draft. If they’re not drafted, they are ineligible to be selected in any form until they show up in the system, or the offseason draft.
    • An updated list of Rights Player rosters is on the blog. See blog.
  • Trades are acceptable for Rights Draft picks, and Rights Draft picks for the Spring Rights Draft. This is already being tracked.
  • Rights Players currently unattached to teams ARE eligible but with the following conditions:
    • If a player is drafted in this year’s draft rights draft, they MUST sign with an organization by the All-Star Break Rights Draft (TBD). If they are not attached to a team by that time, they will be released back into the pool for the next year’s draft.
    • This is not negotiable. This is a risk that you take for picking this player. You are being warned.
  • Again, just a little refresher on the draft rights process:
    • If you draft a player, you are obligated to make a decision on his roster status for your team the second he is found to be available in the ESPN player pool.
    • You are free to add him or decline and send him back to the player pool.
    • If you add this player, you will use your waiver spot. Your waiver spot will be used REGARDLESS of whether we notice a player is on or off waivers at the time.
    • If you relinquish the rights to a player, he’s available (via waivers or free agency) to the rest of the league.
    • It’s simple, really.
OFFICIAL BCL RULES AND REGULATIONS

10 Players Rival GMs Will Lowkey Be Keeping One Eye On

The Backyard Fantasy Baseball League has become a year round spectacle, with all 10 GMs trapped in our lil GroupMe bubble (despite what Mikey T thinks, yes all 10) for 365 days of the year. With all that coverage comes intense scrutiny for every move, add/drop, or blockbuster trade you make. The GroupMe chat will usually pick a winner and loser of each trade, and then tear into the loser. The blog soon follows to kick the losing GM while they are down (DESERVEDLY SO). Much like modern day social media, however, the initial reaction can sometimes be uneducated and misguided. Each GM has their reasoning and rationale for their decisions, and it all fits into the big picture of their team. Having said that, there is no denying that we each covet our core players and most of our team overall. The loss of a beloved fan favorite, face of the farm, or super-role player is more painful than any comment that can come from a group chat. Today we rundown the departed players that each GM will secretly be keeping tabs on in team headquarters.

Mission Valley X-Rayz: 2B Daniel Murphy (traded to Q-Tip City in 2017 offseason)

What they miss: It seems like the champagne shower was still drying on the X-Rayz locker room floor when news broke that they had traded Daniel Murphy to Q-Tip City. GM Mike Odom is known for being aggressive with his moves and sold an aging piece for a bounty of young talent and picks. Management felt Murphy was at peak trade value, coming off an age 32 season that saw him start in the All Star Game. But as the X-Rayz head into 2018 expecting nothing less than a repeat, there is no denying the gaping hole left in the middle of the lineup with the departure of Murphy’s 23 HRs, 43 doubles, and .384 OBP.

X-Rayz biggest fear: Murphy makes it back for Opening Day and shows no signs of slowing down, continuing to show his great OBP while mashing 20+ dongs and 40+ doubles once again. This is actually what is expected from X-Rayz management out of Murphy in 2018, it’s 2019 and beyond they are worried about. Always trying to be one step ahead, Mike Odom may be kicking himself if a title defense falls short due to a lackluster offense while Murphy rakes in 2018.

Lacey BackdoorSliderz: Shohei Ohtani, P/OF (Passed on by BDS in 2017 ASB Draft at picks #1 & #3)

What they miss: Lacey never actually owned Ohtani. After making several pre-ASB Draft trades , they controlled the top of the board and had not one but two shots at the dual position international superstar. Fearing there would be issues with his US arrival, GM Sean Dochney passed on Ohtani at #1 and #3 overall for Hunter Greene and Juan Soto. Ohtani fell to the Renegades at #6, and is now going to be the first ever positional player/pitcher in ESPN’s system.

BackdoorSliderz biggest fear: Ohtani not only matches but exceeds the hype, becoming a legitimate positional player as well as legitimate pitcher. Watching Ohtani become the first player ever to register a stat in more than 7 categories in one season under the Backyard scoring format as a Renegade will be a tough piece of sushi for Dochney to swallow.

Astoria Isotopes: Rhys Hoskins 1B/OF (acquired via waivers then traded to Bellcrest)

What they miss: NOTHING because the man never suited up for Astoria. Following the X-Rayz BCS finals minor league violation debacle, Isotopes GM Mikey T’s patience was rewarded as he snatched up nuclear hot bat Rhys Hoskins. Deciding not to buy into the hype, T ended up flipping Rhys in a package with Cody Bellinger and Scott Kingery to acquire superstar 3B Nolan Arenado. Assuming they did their research, one must think Astoria views Hoskins as just as a guy and not a potential superstar in the making.

Isotopes biggest fear: We all know what Cody Bellinger can be (he has shown us) and Scott Kingery is still just a lottery ticket, but there is no denying the power potential Rhys Hoskins showed in his brief major league time during 2017. Everyone is aware of Arenado’s monster credentials (reigning Backyard MVP), elite ability (120 HRs in last 3 years), and dream home park (Coors, duhz), Astoria may have overpaid for their soon to be 27 year old 3B. If Hoskins continues to improve and becomes a 30/100 25 year old with IF/OF eligibility, it will pain Mikey T to watch a Phillies game for the foreseeable future.

Rojo’s Renegades: Kyle Schwarber, OF (traded to Ocean Gate before 2017 in-season deadline)

What they miss: Not much to miss here outside of one thing: massive upside. Schwarber has been a nightmare for GM Ryan “Rojo” Johnson since being acquired in a trade, suffering a brutal injury, losing his C eligibility, and having a miserable 2017 at the plate. With all that said, Rojo clearly had big hopes for Schwarbs, and the Cubs themselves did as well. After being fast tracked to the majors, the mega potential still looms beneath the ugly blemishes on his resumé.

Renegades biggest fear: Despite winning this trade in most people’s opinion, any slight regression by Madison Bumgarner combined with a monster and sustained power explosion by Schwarber could swing this trade back into OGTFC’s favor. Rojo invested a lot of time and assets into Schwarber, as well as other projects such as Joey Gallo and Julio Urias. Traditionally clutching his projects tight, watching Schwarber become a 30 HR guy with any sort of solid OBP will be devastating to Rojo’s trade morale for years to come.

Bellcrest Babadooks: Ronald Acuña, OF (traded to Lacey in 2017 offseason)

What they miss: Acuña never stepped foot on a Backyard major league level field for the Babadooks, so the team isn’t missing much. After being mined from the waiver wire depths early on in the season by GM Sean McLaughlin, the Braves OF skyrocketed up prospect boards and is sitting atop most currently. Forever the prospect pessimist, Sean opted to do what Mikey T also did when he found something valuable on the side of the road: post it on Backyard’s version of eBay. The Babadooks got a young stud arm in Aaron Nola, a top prospect in his own right in Fernando Tatis Jr., and wild card Jonathan Villar in exchange for the top prospect in baseball. And as they say in the Simpsons:

Babadooks biggest fear: Nowhere is it published that Nola will become Kershaw-esque and Tatis Jr. is highly touted but isn’t breaking any scouting grading systems currently. If Acuña matches or exceeds the massive hype he’s receiving, oh boy. The BackdoorSliderz will have a superstar to build around for a decade to come, while Bellcrest faithful will look longingly at Acuña from afar. Daydreams of a Bellinger/Acuña combo dancing in their head as they watch Villar sit for the 4th day in a row.

Barnegat Banana Slugs: Jake Arrieta, SP (Traded to River City in 2017 offseason)

What to miss: A LOT. There was a lot GM Brian Smith likes about Jake the Snake. Here is a short list

  • His beard
  • His intensity
  • His fastball
  • His eyes
  • His muscles
  • The fact that he didn’t need PEDs to succeed
  • His monster 2015 season

So while you could argue Starling Marte could make this spot, I could argue he BROKE BRIAN’S HEART with that suspension. So Arrieta it is here.

Banana Slugs biggest fear: Jake finally gets signed, has a chip on his shoulder, and replicates his 2015 performance while wearing a Bad Dudes uniform.

Ocean Gate Trout Fishing Club: Brendan Rodgers, SS (traded to Lacey before 2017 trade deadline)

What they miss: Ocean Gate still boasts a stocked farm system even after this trade, so Rodgers isn’t necessarily a huge loss CURRENTLY. The fact that he was traded along with Justin Turner for Brian Dozier in a dynasty league leaves the door open on this deal. Did the OGTFC overpay? Will they regret moving Rodgers?

Ocean Gate’s biggest fear: Heroy is going to claim he fears nothing, and hell with his deep farm he can overcome this scenario. But you can’t question it will sting if Rodgers becomes a premiere 2B and or SS with 20+/80+ a season while Dozier fizzles out by 2020. The Coors factor is the icing on the cake in this scenario.

Toms River Titans: Rafael Devers, 3B (traded to Renegades during 2017 season)

What they miss: The Titans already miss the scintillating potential, as well as the 10 HRs and 30 RBIs hit by Devers in the majors last year. For a GM that is renowned for his shrewd moves, Ryan McLaughlin sure took a bath when he sent BOTH George Springer and Rafael Devers outta town to acquire Yu Darvish (other garnish was involved). Springer is a superstar and we won’t even go into that, but Devers becoming a star in his own right would be the ultimate slap in the face to Ryan.

Titans biggest fear: Devers emerges as an elite power hitter out of the 3B position for a decade or so, while Springer continues to be a dominant bat. Yu Darvish fades away into the sunset with lackluster seasons after 2020, leaving the Titans to watch the duo they traded away combine for 60+/200+ for years to come.

Q-Tip City Morning Wood: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B (traded to Banana Slugs in 2017 offseason)

What they miss: Oh not much only the first 80 grade ever given out for a prospect’s hit tool. 😮 After coming in dead last for the 2017 season, the Morning Wood traded both their top draft picks and their top prospect. An interesting decision for a team trying to mold for the future, and all the pressure in the world (well, I guess only Q-Tip City) is on Starling Marte. While many have criticized GM Shane McCann’s moves, there is no denying the additions of Marte and Murphy make for a better 2018 product on field.

Morning Wood biggest fear: Vlad Jr. becomes the second coming of Vlad but with a better batter’s eye. Guerrero dominates and becomes a top 1-5 player in baseball, giving the Banana Slugs a superduperstar to build around until roughly the time Shane’s kid’s have graduated college.

River City Bad Dudes: Gleyber Torres, SS(traded to Isotopes before 2017 season)

What they miss: Nothing, considering he was acquired only so he could be flipped again for Craig Kimbrel. But what if Mikey T held up rival GM Mike Lobman for more loot, and left Torres stranded in anti-Yankees country River City? The backlash against T at the time would have been extreme, and Lobman would have been livid when Torres tore his UCL. But fast forward to today, and Bad Dudes 2B Rougie Odor had a miserable 2017, leading to questions about his future with the team. And the anti-Yankees stigma died the instant Giancarlo Stanton donned the pinstripes. So, after failing to win the title with Kimbrel’s elite 2017, we now turn our attention to Torres in an attempt to give this trade a final grade.

Bad Dudes biggest fear: It isn’t a fear as much as a “woulda shoulda coulda”, considering Lobman never intended to keep Torres but he would likely be very happy to have him today. If Torres goes on to become a superstar and bats in front of Stanton while Kimbrel slowly erodes, this trade will be an easy evaluation.

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