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League Rules

NOTE ABOUT DIVISIONS: Auto Leagues are moving to one division, with six teams making the play-offs. The top two seeds will get byes. The play-offs will be bracket-style, all series seven games. If your league has only one division, you've been moved to the new format.

Why? Over time, as more one-and-done users and bot-teams have entered auto leagues, the division structure became less fair. In some cases, divisions were extremely lopsided, with inactive owners clustering in one division, while the other division was filled with active owners. The one-division format simplifies things for auto leagues and makes it level playing field for all teams. This format has worked great in the other sports, and makes sense to extend to baseball, especially as MLB keeps expanding its own post-season.

2. TEAM DETAILS -- Be sure to modify any team details, such as Name, Logo, Park, etc. before the league fills and the season starts. Team details will lock about one week into the season.

3. SEASON START -- After the final team joins and drafts, games will begin soon, and you will be notified by email. Be sure to set your lineup, strategy and team details if you haven't done so already.

4. FINAL ROSTER SIZE -- When the games begin, the roster limit will be set to a final 26. You MUST HAVE AT LEAST 11 POSITIONAL PLAYERS (NON-PITCHERS). If you do not, the webmaster must make changes to your roster in order to play the season.

5. STARTING PITCHERS -- It is highly recommended you carry five starters. Starters typically need four games to recover, and tired pitchers will suffer on the mound. ** You will not be able to change stats to a season where a starter pitched less than 85 innings. (You may see SPs with less than 85 innings in a single-season league.)

9. TRADING DEADLINE -- At the end of day 129, before the post-season, the Trade Center will close. Free Agency closes before the play-offs.

10. PLAYER HEALTH -- Positional players can get injured, but they will not fatigue, so you don't have to rest them unless they are injured. You'll get an email when a positional player goes down for more than 2 games. The CPU will swap this player at game time if you haven't made adjustments to your lineup. Pitchers can get injured for up to 15 games.

11. SANDBAGGING -- Do not attempt to place players outside of their primary or secondary positions, or you will see a high error rate. A non-catcher playing catcher will allow your opponent to steal bases at will. Sandbag at your own risk!

12. TIEBREAKERS -- Head-to-head match up will be used where possible, otherwise team with highest Power Ranking wins. In case of more than two teams, Power Ranking will be used. (The only time a tie-breaker is NOT used is if a wild card is tied with a division winner. In that case, the division winner gets the higher seed.) Keep in mind, whenever head-to-head can be used, it will trump Power Ranking. (Example: two teams tie for division, and a third team ties those other two for best record. First, head-to-head is used to determine division winner. Then, head-to-head for the division winner is used to determine #1 seed.)

13. SCHEDULED OFF DAYS -- Teams will be granted three days off at mid-season, and three days off before the post-season starts. The wild-card game winner gets one day off after the wild-card game, which means other playoffs teams will get a full five days rest before their first games. Playoff teams will be granted a day off after Game Four of each series, and two days off before the World Series. Teams that win their first round faster than the other series will be given as many extra days off as it takes the other series to finish.

14. POST-SEASON -- New, as of January 2024, all Auto Leagues are moving to one divisions, with six total playoff teams. The play-offs will be bracket-style. The #1 and #2 teams will get a bye. All rounds are seven games. The winner of #4 v #5 will play the #1 seed.

15. QUIT LEAGUE -- Once a season starts, owners cannot quit until their team's season is over.

16. NEXT SEASON -- If this is a KEEPER league, you must sign at least one player to a contract before the season ends, or you'll be removed from the league. (See league homepage for more info.) If this is NOT a keeper league, all players will be removed from their roster a few days after the World Series is over. The league champ and award winners will be recorded in the user details.

League Settings

Note, in Auto Leagues, some of these will change once the season starts, and as the season progresses.
Year Range of Stats1920 - 1939
Roster Size (Majors)26
Roster Size (Minors)3
Change Stats Allowed (not allowed while under contract or in a trade)
Free Agency
No-Drop List
Player Fatigue
Batter Injuries
Pitcher Injuries
Use Pitcher's HR Allowed Stats
Allows Max Surprise Bunts
Min Batters Pitcher Must Face0
Slump Buster (unlimited days)
On FireUses WAR
User Sims (every 8 hours)