DCL Procedures and League Rules 2019 SEASON



This league is being put together with the players that celebrate realism, passion for the game of baseball, love of team building/general managing, enjoyment for historical accomplishments (stats), skill, and most importantly friendship.  As seasons end and planning for the next begins the goal is that we as a collective celebrate the team that wins the championship annually because it will be played the right way.  The realistic way.  It’s less about the competitive winning and losing than it is the experience that we are creating – with people you care about and want to see do well.

Currently, our league consists of seven owners running twelve teams.

Brett Templin (2 teams)

Chad Colombari (2 teams)

Chuck Wierschem (2 teams)

Joe Papania (2 teams)

Tyler Smith (1 team)

Mike Groschupf (1 team)

Larry Miller  (2 teams)

Pittsburgh Coyotes (Mike Groschupf)

Houston Generals (Chad Colombari)

New York Dead Rabbits (Tyler Smith)

Baltimore Black Cats (Brett Templin)

Milwaukee Ignitors (Chuck Wierschem)

Boston Colonials (Joe Papania)

Oakland Oaks (Larry Miller)

Toronto Monarchs (Chad Colombari)

San Francisco Post (Larry Miller)

Colorado Captains (Brett Templin)

Los Angeles Quakes (Chuck Wierschem)

Washington Express (Joe Papania)

The long term ultimate goal is to have twelve members that believe fully in our Mission Statement.  If we meet the right person that fits our dynamic we can agree as a group to bring that owner aboard and have that person take over one of the teams for an owner running two that would prefer to run one.  If the twelve owner number is hit and we as a group decide to expand we will be open to the idea.

No owner will be forced to give up running one of his two primary teams if he doesn’t want to and is consistently playing a large percentage of his games.

We will use the Dynasty League Baseball online game to play the season.  For the owners running two teams the cost will be $20 per month.  For the owners running one team the cost will be $10 per month.  Owners running two teams will have separate user names – one for each team.

The schedule will be set up so that we are done with the season in six months.  The schedule will be set up so that the season is complete when the 6 month paid for dynasty league baseball online subscription ends.  Ultimate annual cost is $160 for owners running two teams, and $80 for owners running one team.

The season will be 80 games long.  One series will be scheduled to be played by your team(s) every week.  You can play at any time against your opponent during the week on or before the scheduled weekly date.  If a team doesn’t show or make plans to play earlier in the week the computer will play the series using the strategy that you tell it to use.  This is referred to as AUTO-PILOT and once turned on your opponent can play against your team at any time.  This feature guarantees the league moves along no matter what.  It’s great that we have this built in crutch in the event we simply can’t find the time in a given week to invest the time needed to play the series.  If this is the case let your opponent know as quickly as you can and put your team on AUTO-PILOT.  Your only job in this instance is to update your starting rotation to match the four pitchers that are going to pitch in the correct order and to be sure that your lefty and righty lineups are correctly input.  Ideally, all games are played live but the AUTO-PILOT feature protects us in the event actually playing the games doesn’t work from a scheduling aspect for that week.

There are three divisions – four teams each.

Milwaukee Ignitors

Houston Generals

Boston Colonials

Pittsburgh Coyotes

Los Angeles Quakes (Dodger Stadium)

Colorado Captains

San Francisco Post

New York Dead Rabbits (New Yankee Stadium)

Toronto Monarchs

Oakland Oaks

Baltimore Black Cats

Washington Express

We will play each divisional opponent 16 times (8 at home and 8 on the road).  We will play all eight non-divisional opponent 4 times each. Four of those opponents will be played at home and the other four will be played on the road.  Year by year the non-divisional home/away games will flip-flop.

The three division winners and two wildcard teams will make the playoffs.  The two wildcard teams will play one game with the winning team earning the right to the play the division winner with the best record.  Both playoff series will be 7 games long.

The draft, franchise player, prospects


  1. This player must be 28 years old or younger.  (we will use the age listed on the dynasty league baseball card as the age of the player.)
  2. This player will be given a 3 Year Iron Clad Contract.  This means that if he misses a year due to injury (no card) or moves to our player pool (NL) it has no impact on this contract with your team.  This contract is truly iron-clad.
  3. This player can not be traded.
  4. This player can have his contract renewed on an unlimited basis by the team that originally drafted him when after three years the next Franchise Player draft takes place.  This places importance/strategy on drafting a carded young player that you can potentially grow with for many seasons.
  5. The only way a Franchise Player can be replaced mid-contract is if he dies or retires.  He then could be replaced by any member of the American League outside of our player pool 28 years of age or younger.  That player would then finish the rest of the three year contract for the replaced player but can not have his contract renewed as the contract was not his initially.
  6. The 2021 season will be the seventh year that the DCL has been played.  Every Franchise Player’s 3 year Iron Clad Contract can either be renewed or released at this point.  This decision needs to be made by March, 1st 2021.
  7. March 1st, 2021 all teams will need to decide whether or not they are protecting their existing Franchise Player.  If that player is protected they receive a new 3 year Iron Clad Contract with their current team.  If not, they will be selecting a new franchise player during the 2021 Franchise Player Draft.
  8. For all teams that do not protect their Franchise Player the second Franchise Player draft will occur on Saturday March, 3rd 2021.  This is two weeks before the regular 15 round draft begins.  This draft order is determined by the prior three years of cumulative record.  Worst total record to best will determine the order.


The DRAFT!  The draft in year five in the DCL will be a 15 round draft.  This will occur after 20 players on every roster that are in the player pool are protected by each team.  On March, 13th 2019 your 20 protected players are due.  Please email that list to both myself and Joe Papania.  For any questions regarding who is available to be protected please see the spreadsheet with your team tab that Joe Papania will send/sent to you.

  1. The player pool will be finalized and locked March, 12th 2019.  Up until that date Joe Papania will send weekly updates of who is in the player pool – helping greatly with our draft preparation.  Any carded or un-carded player on a roster in the DCL in the player pool can be protected as one of their 20 protected players.
  2. All players in the player pool will be eligible to be drafted that have a dynasty league baseball card. Only players with a card are eligible to be drafted.
  3. This will be a straight 15 round draft.  The team with the first pick in round 1 will pick first in every round.
  4. The 15 round DRAFT will begin Saturday March, 16th 2019.  This will begin the DRAFT EXPERIENCE we will not have a specific DRAFT DAY.  The DRAFT EXPERIENCE needs to be completed by March, 25th 2019.

We will pick our players in our Diamond Champions League groupme app.  Brett Templin will confirm the choice after the pick is made and list who is on the clock next.  There will also be a google doc established which will show the entire draft order for our group to see with the updated picks being listed for all of us to see real time.   Let the continued building of your Franchise begin!


  1. Every player chosen in this phase of the draft can be kept forever if they remain in the player pool and are protected every year by their team.
  2. Only players with a card whose name is in the player pool and not on a different team in the DCL is eligible to be selected.


no trade

One of the fun but scary things about the player pool is that if one of our core players leaves to the American League we lose him.  This can be a huge hit for any franchise especially if that player was a top draft pick / core player.  As a result, you are able to place the limited no-trade clause on 2 members of your team.

  1. The players that receive this designation must be given it before a season begins. It can be given to the player any time after he is drafted by your franchise.  The final date to use this designation on a player for the 2019 season is March, 26th 2019.
  2. Once a player is given the limited no-trade clause it can not be taken away.
  3. These two players with this designation can’t leave our player pool regardless if he goes to the American League as long as he is a protected player with the team that gave him the no-trade clause. If you love this player you can rest assured he can be with you for his entire career.
  4. He will refuse to be traded in the off-season to any team other than a squad that played in the World Series.  For the off-season prior to the 2019 season beginning players with the limited no trade clause will waive their no-trade designation and accept trades to either 2018 World Series team – Colorado or Houston.
  5. If he is traded to team that played in the World Series in the off-season he immediately loses his limited no-trade clause distinction.
  6. Having the limited no-trade clause does not guarantee the player being protected by his franchise in the off-season.  If he is not protected and becomes a free agent he immediately loses his limited no-trade clause.  At any time in the offseason an owner can free up a no-trade clause with an email to the commissioner releasing the player with the no-trade clause making that player a free agent.  If that player is in the player pool he is eligible to be drafted by any franchise.  If he is out of the DCL player pool he is not eligible to be drafted.
  7. If a team loses one of their two players that had the limited no-trade clause because of release, retirement, or trade they can offer any player on their roster the distinction in the off-season before the next season begins.
  8. All no-trade clause distinctions are allowed to be given to their player in the DCL and MLB off-season.  Not during the season.  The last day to do this for this season is March, 26th 2019.
  9. If a player with the limited no-trade clause is not on a MLB roster American League or National League when the rosters close on March, 12th 2019 he will be lost to that franchise and assumed retired and no longer playing baseball.  The commissioner does reserve the right to extend that date if a unique situation involving a free agent that is obviously not retiring occurs.

The Prospect Draft


At the completion of the normal draft the Prospect Draft will immediately begin.

A google doc will be sent out to all league members with the draft order.

Eligible players are those in the minor leagues that have never had a Dynasty League Baseball card.  They must be on teams that are in our player pool.


  1. Every prospect chosen will be given a three year minor league contract.   This means that this player will be guaranteed three years on the minor league affiliate for a team in the league as long as he remains in the National League (the player pool).  If he is traded to a team in the American League (out of the player pool) you will lose that prospect and will need to replace him in the following draft.
  1. This player can be traded but his three year minor league deal will continue.
  2. This three year minor league contract ends the moment the player gets a card and graduates to the big leagues.  Even if that is after one season.  2019 is the fourth season that we are seeing this occur in the DCL.
  3. Once a prospect gets a card he is guaranteed a spot on your roster in his first year in the show.
  4. When this prospect gets his first card he will not count toward the twenty players we need to protect when the player pool is finalized for the upcoming draft and will take the place of the 5th round pick in the upcoming 15 round draft.  If two prospects hit in the same year that team will give up their 5th and 6th round picks.
  5. After this player’s first year in the Majors (on your team) he will be treated like any other Major League player and the owner does not have to make him one of the 20 players that will be protected.  He now will be treated like any other member of your major league team.
  6. 2019 will mark year five for the Diamond Champions League.   For any selected prospect that has not received his first card that was drafted in the first or second ever Prospect Phase the team owner can either keep that player as one of their prospects or release him.  This decision needs to be made by March, 1st 2019.

 Play the season (done in six months)

The dynasty online game system is how we always have and will continue to play the games for our league.

season ending sad


The Offseason begins

Trading is now open.

good trade


  1. For ease and solid competition throughout each season trades are only allowed in the offseason, during the draft, and after the draft up until opening day.  Teams will not sell out to win or build for tomorrow in this league during the season when the games are being played with “insider information” of what a players card will look like for the following year based on how the player is producing during the current MLB season.  The DCL offseason should be looked at look as the MLB trade deadline.  Are you going for it or building for tomorrow?  The offseason is the time to make that determination.
  2. The moment the DCL season ends and a champion is crowned trading will be open.  Trading will be open through the off-season and draft and will close March, 26th 2019 just prior to the DCL opening day.
  3. Every trade involving prospects, players, and/or draft picks will need to end in a way where both teams have the same amount of prospects, players, and draft picks once the trade is finalized.  For teams that trade a “graduated prospect” prior to or during the draft a draft pick will need to be received in return.  This is due to the fact that a “graduated prospect” takes the place of a draft pick in the upcoming draft and prior to the draft beginning or for trades made during the draft receiving a draft pick in return creates equality with both teams that made the trade ending with the same amount of players.
  4. Trades can only be made between two different owners (or two different owners if it’s a three team trade).  If an owner is running two teams he cannot make a trade with himself. *In a situation where this type of trade is made all four members of the Trade Committee have to unanimously agree that the trade is in the best interest of all teams involved for the trade to be approved.*
  5. Draft picks can be swapped both prior to and during the annual 15 Player Draft.  The draft order will be sent out with a google doc with the draft order and will be changed if draft picks are traded.

Protected Players

  1. After every season when the player pool is finalized we will protect 20 of the 35 players that were a part of our team the year before or traded for in the off-season.
  2. The 20 players that are able to be protected are players that are officially a part of the player pool when the Player Pool is finalized for the following season.  Or a player that has the limited no-trade clause and has been traded to or signs with a team outside of our player pool and is on that teams 40 man roster or is a non-roster invitee for that team.
  3. The player that is protected will not have to have a card to be protected.  So, if a superstar misses the season because of injury but is still part of the player pool he will be able to be protected.

Upcoming Drafts

  1. Every year the draft will consist of 15 rounds. 
  2. For every team not in the playoffs (picks 1-7) the worst record will pick first in every round– on down the line.  In the event of a tie record head to head game play will be the first tie-break and  the second tie-break is run differential.  The wildcard game loser will select next regardless of overall record (pick 8).  The division series losers will have picks 9 and 10.  The team with the worse regular season record will select 9th.  In the event of a tie record the same two tie-breaks listed above will be used to break the tie.  The DCL World Series Champion will select 12th with the runner up picking 11th.
  3. Every carded player in the player pool – not protected on any team will be eligible to be picked.
  4. Any player in the player pool that is not carded and not protected on an existing franchise is not eligible to be selected in the 15 round draft.  Only carded players are eligible to be selected during the 2019 15 round draft.

Future Franchise Player and Prospect Player Drafts – Draft Order

  1. After three full years we can replace our prospects if they haven’t gotten a card and are still in the player pool.  The same with the Franchise Player – that player is under contract for three years and can be replaced with a new player before season seven begins in 2021.  For Prospects there will at times be multiple teams that has a player that was drafted in the first or second prospect draft (3 years or more in the league).  If they are still on a team and not yet carded they can be replaced.  If this is desired this has to be communicated by March, 1st 2019 for the 2019 season.

The draft order when the 2021 Franchise Player draft occurs will be based on the cumulative regular season record in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons.  For the 2019 Prospect Player Draft the 2018 results create the order.  In the event of a tie-record the team with more post-season victories will select after the team with less post-season victories.  If neither team won a playoff game over that span of time regular season head to head record will determine who selects earlier.  The team with less head to head wins will select before the team with more head to head wins.

So, an example would be when the third Franchise Player draft occurs on March 3rd,  2021.  The team with the worst regular season record over years four, five, and six will choose first.

After three years the cumulative record that impacts the order of these selections will change.  Beginning at the completion of the 2018 season the draft order will start over and begin new based on the 2018 results.  The Prospect and Franchise Player draft order will continue to be impacted with the cumulative regular season performance during the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons.  The draft order will once again begin new in 2021.

Alterations to the Dynasty League Rules / Basic Information
With ease and realism being important components we are focused on achieving as a league the following rules are being added.

  1. Starting pitchers Maximum amount of Starts will be tracked

pitcher rule

A – Starting pitchers will be allowed a maximum of 17 regular season starts.  It’s ridiculously rare to see a starting pitcher in a 162 game schedule start over 34 games.  This league will mimic that with the 17 available starts in the regular season in our 80 game schedule.

B – All starters need 4 days of rest regardless of how long they pitched in their last start unless it’s over 9 innings or if there is a double-header due to a rain out.

C- In the event of a rain out and a double header being scheduled the next day it is allowable for one of the two starters pitching that day to pitch on 3 days rest.  Be careful though.  Any starting pitcher that pitches on 3 days rest has increased opportunity to be injured.

D – Starting pitchers with the ability to pitch in relief need 4 days of rest after any relief pitching appearance regardless of how long the appearance was for – before they can start another game.  3 days if pitching one end of a double header because of a rain out.

E – If a starting pitcher pitches 9.1 to 10 innings he will need 5 days of rest before he can pitch again.

F – A starting pitcher cannot pitch over 10 innings in any start – regular season or post-season.

G – Using a 3 or 4 man rotation in the playoffs is acceptable.

H – A starting pitcher in the playoffs pitching on 3 days rest will perform with his stamina -7 if he pitched 4 innings or more in his prior start.  He can only pitch on 3 days rest if he pitched 9 innings or less in his prior start.

I – A starting pitcher in the playoffs that pitched 9.1 to 10 innings must rest 4 days before being able to pitch again.

J – All starting pitchers that pitch in the playoffs must have rested at least three days from their last regular season appearance before being able to be used in the playoffs.  If this post-season start is made with three days rest he will pitch with -7 stamina assuming he pitched 4 innings or more in his prior start.

K – If there is a tie regular season record and a one game playoff occurs to determine who makes the post-season or wins the division this will be treated like a post-season start even though statistically the performance will be counted on the regular season stats.  So, if a starting pitcher has started 17 games and has rested at least three days he could start this game.

L – Starting pitchers can not pitch in relief without the attribute. This is for the regular and post season.

  1. Limited Player (1) This league will  limit the ability to use at bat Limited Players (that don’t have the ability to catch).

not today

This has been added to less “gaming” or manipulating the system under allowable Dynasty League Baseball rules.  We also will have less to actually track – our focus will be simply playing the games.  Michael has an inconsistent approach to deciding who and who doesn’t end with at bat limitation on their cards.  We will take the guess work out with this change. A line had to be drawn at an at bat limit to make sure we have enough talent to field all 12 teams.  Hours were spent looking at past season cards and stats from MLB in years past before a final decision was made on these limits.  Even with this add we will still be fielding weak offenses as only a handful of players were added to the player pool with the limits listed below and many others lost the ability to contribute this season with the implementation of this rule.

A – ANY player with 70 at bats or more against left handed pitching will be able to play against left handed pitching with the prorated number of at bats allowed and counted by the online system.  Any player with less than 70 AB vs. left handed pitching listed on the at bat limitation portion of the card that can’t play catcher – can not be used to pinch hit or start vs. a left handed pitcher.  ALTHOUGH the system will allow it – this league will not.

B – ANY player with 150 at bats or more against right handed pitching will be able to play against right handed pitching with the prorated number of at bats allowed and counted by the online system.  Any player with less than 150 AB vs. right handed pitching listed on the at bat limitation portion of the card that can’t play catcher – can’t start or pinch hit vs. a right handed pitcher.  ALTHOUGH the system will allow it – this league will not.

C – The only tweak to this rule is the following.

EXAMPLE –  If a player can play on an unlimited basis against right handed pitching but doesn’t reach the needed at bat number to play against left handed pitchingHe then starts against a right hander and a left handed pitcher comes into the game as a reliever.  He would not have to leave the game under this scenario and could bat against that left handed pitcher

  1. Limited Players (2) The Catchers. These players will be limited but differently from any player with at bat limitations listed on the card that can’t play catcher.

no can do

Many teams have that guy that plays once a week to rest the starting catcher and Michael takes that into account by putting at bat limitation on these players.

A – The catcher with the AB limits that don’t reach 70 against left handed pitching but has 40 AB’s or more as a limit is only allowed to start once every 8 games against the pitcher that he is limited against. This coincides with when the normal every day catcher would typically need a day off.  Any catcher that has less than 40 AB’s vs. left handed pitching can not start or pinch hit against a left handed pitcher.

B – The catcher with the AB limits that don’t reach 150 against right handed pitching but has 50 AB’s or more as a limit is only allowed to start once every 8 games against the pitcher that he is limited against.  This coincides with when the normal every day catcher would typically need a day off.  Any catcher that has less than 50 AB’s vs. right handed pitching can not start or pinch hit against a right handed pitcher.

C – For the catchers than can play (limits of 40 AB vs. left handed pitching and 50 AB vs right handed pitching) The dynasty league baseball site will follow the at bats used and will be prorated from the number on the card to the number of games (80) we are playing.  We can use the guy that much.

D – For the catchers that can play (limits of 40 AB vs. left handed pitching and 50 AB vs right handed pitching) if that player makes the playoffs he is not able to play in an unlimited way.  His AB number will be prorated based on a 20 game postseason.  So, assume that 1/8 or so of the number on the card will be actually useable.  The DLB online site will make it clear what the “use” number is and will track it.

With a playoff series being 7 games the limited catcher with at least 40 AB vs. left handed pitching and/or 50 AB vs. right handed pitching will be allowed to start one game in a 7 game playoff series on his limited side.  If a right-handed pitcher and left-handed pitcher starts against this particular player and he has over the limit number needed to play (40 AB vs. lefty and 50 AB vs. righty) he will be allowed to start two games in a 7 game playoff series.

He is allowed to start in the wildcard 1 game “play in” game assuming he has at least 40 AB listed vs. lefty pitching if a lefty is starting or 50 AB listed vs. righty pitching if a righty is starting.

E –  For the catchers than can play (limits of 40 AB vs. left handed pitching and 50 AB vs right handed pitching) they can pinch hit, come in as a defensive replacement, pinch run, or enter as a defensive replacement.  Again, these player will have their available at bats tracked. This is allowable in both the regular season and playoffs.

F – If, for example, a catcher is unlimited to play against right handed pitching but limited to 40 AB vs. left handed pitching (above the at bat cut off for against left handed pitching because he is a catcher) – he would be able to start against right handed pitching on an unlimited basis and against a left handed pitcher once every eight games.  –He starts six straight games against right handed pitching takes a day off and on the 8th day a left handed pitcher starts.  He would be able to start against that left handed pitcher and going forward would be able to start against that type of pitcher once every eight games regardless of how many times he starts against right handed pitching assuming he has the available number of at bats to do it.

  1. % Usage Players

part time players

A – A player with % usage on his card needs to start the season in the minors.

B – Example –  A player with 50% usage can come up at game 41 in the 80 game regular season.

C – A player that comes up to the majors when it’s allowed as listed above in the example would be able to play in the playoffs – assuming the at bats reach the needed numbers listed above in the limited player rule – He will be able to play the percent of games in the playoffs that his card allows.

D – A % usage player that is eligible for the postseason will automatically be taken off the playoff roster when his available game usage has ended.  The online DLB system automatically tracks this and lists the allowable games for that particular player on your roster page.

E – At bat restrictions are the same for players with % usage as they are for players without.  If they don’t have the needed number of at bats they can’t play.

F – % usage players can be called to the Majors before their allowable time based on the percent they are able to play if they are called up to replace an injured player.

G – If a % usage player is called up early to replace an injured player they can play the same amount of games they would normally be able to play based on their percentage of usage allowed but are disqualified from being able to participate in any postseason games.  Although the DLB system would allow for that player to be put on the playoff roster in this circumstance this league WILL NOT allow it.

  1. Starting pitcher with spot start limitation

A –The Dynasty Baseball online game will automatically let you know how many starts are available. This is based on the percentage of starts that qualify taking into account the 80 game regular season schedule we are playing.

  1. Pitchers are not able to pinch hit unless all position players on the bench have been used.

bartolo swinging

A – There are no exceptions to this rule.

B – If all position players have been used the starting pitcher must have 60 AB’s or more on the card to be used as a pinch hitter.

C – If no pitcher on the team has 60 AB’s or more on the card and all position players have been used the only pitcher that can pinch hit is the pitcher with the most available listed AB’s on his card.

  1. The pitcher removal rule

don't pull me

A – A starting pitcher cannot be pinch hit for or removed before he pitches at least five innings unless he is tired or given up a run (earned or unearned).

  1. Players sent to the minors

A – These players must remain in the minors for 10 days before being able to return to the Majors.  This is automatically tracked on the DLB online game.

B- Injured players can not be sent to the minors.  If a player is injured your options are to put him on the disabled list or play with one less available player until the player is no longer injured.

9. Relief Pitchers will be limited in two ways. 

The current dynasty league baseball rules allow us to “game” the system.  We can unrealistically use a relief pitcher longer than they would be used during an appearance in the MLB and more than their usage during the actual season justifies.  Those issues are fixed with this rule.  The portion of the rule that limits reliever innings will make the horse during the MLB season more appreciated, valuable, and differentiated from the guy that pitched half of the amount of innings but didn’t receive limitations on the card.  These rules force the use of 6, 7, or depending on the pen perhaps an 8 man bullpen.  Very much like real life.  We have no choice but to be careful with how we use our superstar relievers.  These arms only have so many bullets in them.  We will feel that reality with these added rules which automatically prevent abusing the system.

hurt pitcher

A – The maximum amount of innings pitched during any outing for a long reliever is 4 innings unless they are the last relief pitcher available.

B – The maximum amount of innings pitched during any outing for a short reliever is 2 innings unless they are the last relief pitcher available.

C –  For every relief pitcher with a walks+hits number of 12.0 or less on the dynasty card or for the relief pitchers with the JAM, ON, or OFF ability (if they have higher than a 12.0 WHIP) we will add 20 to the amount of innings that player pitched during the regular season.  We will then divide that number by 2.  That will give us the number of innings that pitcher can pitch during the DCL regular season. 

After the draft Brett Templin will send each team a list of the relievers that are being tracked and the amount of innings they are allowed to pitch during the regular season.

D – The more pedestrian relievers with a walk+hits number of greater than 12.0 without the JAM, ON, or OFF rating will not have their innings tracked. 

E – These inning limits for relievers will not carry over to the postseason.  There will still be the maximum of 4 innings for a long reliever and 2 innings for a short reliever per appearance but there are no limits on how many innings a reliever can pitch in the postseason.

F – If there is a tie regular season record and a one game playoff occurs to determine who makes the post-season or wins the division this/these games will be treated like a post-season game(s).  So, a relief pitcher’s innings will not be tracked.  The inning limits from the regular season will not carry over to this/these game(s).  The maximum of 4 innings for a long reliever and 2 innings for a short reliever per appearance remains the same.

G – Relievers must be warmed up and ready before they can be put into the game.

H – Relievers can pitch on back to back or even back to back to back days as long as they aren’t tired.  But, be careful.  Any reliever pitching in consecutive days has an increased chance for injury.

10. A starting pitcher can not pitch in relief without the attribute


11. One offensive decision is allowed per “base-out scenario not per at bat”.

just one

A – If you don’t get a lead when trying to steal second base you then can’t decide to hit and run.

B –  If a player steals second, the team can use a second strategy to advance him to third…


The online dynasty game allows for the ability to hit and run after a failed stolen base attempt.  We as a league will not allow for that to happen

12. September Options allowing for a roster of more than 25 players that could be playable on game day will not be allowed.

wonder woman no

When September option additions become available the DLB online game automatically allows for these players to be added to your roster.  This is allowable.

You may have a team dressed with more than 25 players in September.  The games will continue to be played with a 25 man roster with the same rules as we have all year.  Let your opponent know before the game begins who your active 25 players for that particular game are.  You only have to have one starting pitcher active per game which will allow for a deeper bench and bullpen as the regular season nears it’s conclusion.

13. Players playing out of position

A player may play out of position (a position not listed on his card) only as a last resort. All efforts must be made to avoid a player playing out of position. When a player must play out of position make all efforts to reflect realism as much as possible (use baseball common sense).


14. Roster Creation

With the implemented AB limitation rule taking the freak role player out of the game we need to make sure first and foremost we are able to field a team no matter what with the guys we have in our minors for innings that need to be pitched by our relievers and games that need to be played by our position players.

There are intriguing prospects available with unplayable cards.  I’m sure every team will afford the space to draft at least a couple of them depending on roster depth, durability, and who your 20 protected players are and what they can do.  Guys with A durability already on the team will make doing this much easier.  We need to be mindful of protecting ourselves regardless of injury.  We will need to carry 3-4 catchers and be sure to protect ourselves in the event of an injury to any player.  When building the team pretend the guy with D or F durability exists but maybe only for a short time.  Protect your team.  That’s the number one priority.

The commissioner will create a list of undrafted Minor League Free Agents at the end of the draft.  If a team in the DCL is not able to field a team due to a ridiculous rash of injuries or something unforeseen a player can be used from this list to get that team through that span of time.  Once the DCL team that used a player from this list is able to field a team once again that player will be released.

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