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Southern California APBA Baseball League
 
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2023 Rules Proposal Page
 
 
 
Player usage rules;
 
 
1.  New Position - The Designated Hitter  -  Steve R, Fire Frogs - Failed
 
              a.) Create the modified DH position.  Our version would be that the DH is in the game as long as the starting pitcher is in the game.  Once the SP is removed, then the DH would be removed.  From this point of the game moving forward, one would                            either use the relief pitchers hitting card or a pinch hitter.  The DH would not be allowed to move to a position in the field.  
 
              b.) If Rule 1a is passed, this rule would be withdrawn.  The DH would be in the game as long as the SP is in the game.  Once the SP has been removed, the DH could be moved to a position in the field or the bench.  The RP hitting card or a pinch                             hitter would be used going forward. 
 
 
2. Implement The DH with, "The Ohtani Rule",  --  Matt, GratonFirehouse - PASSED
 
             This would adopt the current Major League DH rule.  It would read:
 
             "All teams have the option of using a Designated Hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order.  Should the Designated Hitter move to a fielding position, the Designated Hitter position is lost and the pitcher must be inserted into the batting lineup.
                 A pitcher may start the game as both the Designated Hitter and pitcher if he did so in real life.  Once that pitcher is removed from the game as a pitcher, he may continue to bat in the Designated Hitter role."
 
              I would prefer we use the actual DH rule from the Major Leagues instead of the currently proposed alternate rule.
 
 
3.  Allow Four Transactions Per Year Between The Major League Squad And Taxi Squad  --  Matt, GratonFirehouse - Failed
 
               We have an active roster of 28 players that is frozen the entire year.  Despite injuries and player exhaustion/rest requirements, we must make do with just 28 players over a full season.  No Major League team today goes a whole season just using                       28 players; that sadly stopped in 1911 or thereabouts.
 
               This limitation can and does present a challenge to filed teams later in the year.  During my last series, I was out of relief innings and was down to 11 and then 10 position players in the series.  While it benefitted my team to lose, I don't like to lose                          and it is not fair to the league to be unable to field a competitive team.  Having some roster moves would have given me a chance to field a more competitive team.
 
                On the converse side, I do recognize that we are largely a "superstar league" with the ability to field players who will never match their prorated real-life totals.  That is a plus for usage and a key reason why I am not proposing unlimited movement.                      The proposed rule would be written as such:
 
         "During the regular season, each team is afforded a total of four transactions between the Major League roster and Taxi Squad roster.  A transaction is defined as an exchange of one player for another between each squad.  At no time may the Major                    League Roster exceed 28 players.  A manager may spread the transactions out or use all available transactions at once.  Once the four transactions are exhausted, the team must finish out the season with the then current 28 players on the Major                        League Roster.  For purposes of the playoffs, the playoff roster shall consist only of the opening day 28 Major League roster.  No transactions are allowed during the post season."
 
 
4.     If the SCBL does not add a DH, use the attached Standard Pitcher Batting Card for all starters and relievers -  Mike M, Pond Scum - Withdrawn
 
11- 8 31- 13 51- 13
12- 25 32- 26 52- 27
13- 13 33- 8 53- 13
14- 30 34- 31 54- 32
15- 23 35- 32 55- 21
16- 28 36- 33 56- 13
21- 30 41- 24 61- 29
22- 9 42- 13 62- 13
23- 12 43- 29 63- 31
24- 13 44- 9 64- 13
25- 36 45- 14 65- 35
26- 27 46- 13 66- 7
 
It is still very weak but not quite as bad as the 60 game season pitcher hitting cards.
 
 
 
 
Board Changes;

1.  Re-Roll For Homerun/Double With Homerun Allowance Letters  --  Matt, GratonFirehouse - Failed
 
I like the league's gradient for pitcher walk rates (ZZ, Z+, Z, blank, W).  The reroll in certain base situations for the walk with a Z+ pitcher is a welcome modification.
 
It is rather silly that we reroll for a walk with a Z+ pitcher but do not re-roll when a double/homerun allowance letter comes up against a pitcher with a homerun allowance letter.  We can all agree a homerun is more impactful play in the game.
 
The rather random placement of the HR letters also leads to "APBALL" which is something I would prefer we try to avoid whenever possible.  It is also the more arbitrary when 5s will homer in certain situations but not 1s.  Silly case in point-- my team this year had Crawford (5-5-6-1 power) and Alonso (1-1-0-0).  We all agree Polar Bear is the bigger home run threat.  However, with a runner on first base, which occurs 21 percent of the time (more on that below), Crawford has a 1-18 chance of homering against a V pitcher while Polar Bear can never ever homer.  That is just plain weird and wrong.  
 
Looking at the math, we have statistical averages, built over the years, giving us historical percentages of the time each base situation comes into play.  With that in mind, we can create a simple chart using those historical percentages and figure out exactly the percentage of 1 homers, and 6 doubles, should be changed by each pitcher:
 
Base Situation Percentage        V        G        M          T
Empty      55.0% 55.0%              36.9%  
First      21.0% 21.0%  
Second        9.3%   9.3%       9.3%                6.2%
Third        2.4%                              2.4%  
First and Second    4.5%  
First and Third        3.5%                 3.5%        3.5%        3.5%
Second and Third   2.8% 2.8%        
Bases Loaded        1.5%  
             100.0% 88.1%     12.8%       42.8% 9.7%
 
As can be seen:
 
-- V changes a 1 to a 6   88.1 percent of the time
-- G changes a 1 to a 6  12.8 percent of the time
-- M changes a 6 to a 1  42.8 percent of the time
-- T changes a 6 to a 1     9.7 percent of the time
 
 
While I have not done the math and do not know how to do it, if the question is changed to percentage of home run and double results changed the percentages will move further based upon the 1-6 results from a die roll; in other words, the actual home runs changed to doubles and doubles to home runs will both decrease.  The net effect is that the "bad" home run letters still play little role while the "good" home run letters, despite that decrease, remain quite strong.
 
Based on the above, my proposal is that we treat all home run results and double results (regardless of the number that generates them) being subjected to re-roll with HR allowance pitchers in all base situations.  Using the above percentages as a guide, and noting this will impact play results other than 1s and 6s, my proposal is this using a single die:
 
V-- Change all home run results to a second column 6 on a re-roll of 1-5  (83.3%)
G-- Change all home run results to a second column 6 on a re-roll of 1  (16.6%)
M-- Change all double results to a home run on a re-roll of 1-2             (33.3%)
T-- Change all double results to a home run on a re-roll of 1               (16.6%)
 
Putting this in to play, Polar Bear still has a chance to hit a home run with a runner on first; Crawford does as well but his 5 results are now lessened against that V pitcher.
 
Let us take APBALL out of the equation, use a simple re-roll just like we do for walks with a Z+ pitcher almost 60 percent of the time when a 14 results.

2.  I would like to distinguish further A&B and A&C pitchers by giving them the ability, in all base situations, to stop extra base hits--  Matt, GratonFirehouse - Failed
 
Current rules have A&B and A&B- pitchers stopping 0s with the bases empty.  This is rather arbitrary and it treats power hitters differently.  Using my Crawford (1-5-5-6) and Alonso (1-1-0-0) example again, Crawford will always have a 1-9 chance of going extra bases versus these pitchers with the bases empty while Alonso will only have 1-18.  As much as I love my BCraw, I will be the first to agree that Alonso should be able to hit with as much or better pop against pitching with the bases empty.  This is another potential situation of "APBALL" that I would like to avoid.
 
With respect to A&C pitchers, their impact is negligible as the only thing they additionally stop is the 9 with a runner on first.  The net effect is that the difference between an A and an A&C is really not that much and if control letters are involved, an A&C can very well do worse than an A.  A&Cs need some love too.
 
Given the above, I propose a re-roll for all doubles and triples against dual grade pitchers (home runs are not included to keep re-rolls, in recognition of our HR allowance system, and provide more granular grading) regardless of bas situation.  The chart is as follows (using a single die):
 
A&B         Change all double and triple results to a second column 8 on a re-roll of 1-4
A&B- Change all double and triple results to a second column 8 on a re-roll of 1-3
A&C         Change all double and triple results to a second column 7 on a re-roll of 1-2
A&C- Change all double and triple results to a second column 7 on a re-roll of 1
 
Further granularity is created and those upper echelon pitchers change the extra base hits to "softer" singles compared to the A&C pitcher.  More difficulty in hitting these pitchers is achieved and they are rewarded for being above the A grade.
 
 
3.    With bases empty, the V shall not take effect until 7th inning, then will change the board result of a 1 to a 6   -  Bill C, Crush - Withdrawn
 
4.    A double ZZ pitcher only gives up 1 Ball per roll    -  Bill C, Crush- Failed
 
5.   For bases empty, change fielding 1, error numbers 15, 16, 17, replace result, "single, batter thrown out at 2nd",  to (original boards), fly outs.  -  Bill C, Crush - Failed
 
6.    For any V or G pitcher when a 1 appears on the game boards, reroll 1 dice. If reroll is a 1 leave as a 1. Rerolls of 2-6 stay a 6.  -  Charlie O. Bombers - Failed


Extra Draft Pick Tournament;
 
1. Add the following to Rule 81: Exception - when the Commissioner's team is subject to fine point guidelines, the final say on how many fine points will be awarded will be made by the Vice Commissioner.  -  Mike M, Pond Scum - PASSED
 
          This is a necessary check and balance for any league.