Monday, February 26, 2007

Baseball 2007: What's New?

Front Office: Contract Extensions (League Configurable)
Before the season starts - users may extend a few contracts for a fixed amounts of money. You may extend as many contracts for as long as you wish so long as:

  • The sum of all extension years does not exceed the Total setting. (Recommended: 2 total years)
  • No one extension is for more than the Max years setting. (Recommended: 1-year extensions max)

FAB: Bid Calculator
GM's can use the newly added FAB Bid Calculator to explore the effects of updating the amount, years and no trade clause your offer to a given player, increasing the visibility into the bid process and allowing for better team planning.

Bid Calculator Launched from FAB Queue

Bid Calculator Example

FAB: Blackout Period (League Option)
Between 75% of a player's total time On the Market (36 hrs for 48hr OtM, 18hrs fo 24hr OtM, etc) and the end of their time, they will randomly enter a blacked-out deliberation period where NO changes to any offers may be made. Enable this setting if you fear "sniping" could be a worry in your league - or if you expect disparate Internet access amongst your users. This will force late bidders to get in before the 75% mark to be guaranteed a shot, and will hence allow other users some time to react.
FAB: Shorter FABs for Returning Leagues (League Option)
Returning leagues may opt to shorten their FAB since they will have a number of players under contract already.
Scoring: Games per Week (League Option)
You have the option of playing 1 (Mon-Sun) or 2 (Mon-Thu & Fri-Sun) GDR games per week. When playing 2 games per week, only the top 3 SP active will be used from your rotation.
Scoring: Virtual Series (League Option)
Instead of a single W or L at the end of the week - you will be awarded a 6 or 7 game W-L record for the week based on your margin of victory. You will finish the regular season with a 162 game record. Inter-divisional series will be weighted as heavier (7 vs 6 games) on average.
Scoring: SP Matchup Bonus (League Option)
Award bonus points when your SP out pitches your opponents at the same rotation rank. The bonuses are 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 for SP1-5 respectively.
Front Office: Transaction Duration (League Option)
The time that players are On the Market, Waivers Wire, and subject to Trade Voting. This does not apply to the FAB On the Market period.
Accounts: Memberships
Users can now choose to join as members with extended features such as the ability to create unlimited teams, reduced advertising and more flexibility. See here for more details.
FAB: Metering
In an effort to avoid degraded server performance, the number of simultaneous FABs that are taking place across MLB.com gamedayritual will be metered this season. League Commissioners should be mindful of scheduling, and will not be able to schedule FABs during busy periods. Leagues where the number of GM's with MLB.com gamedayritual members is 50% or greater will be exempt from this metering.
Scoring: Bullpen Flex Reliever
If your MR, SU, and Cls fail to appear in 6 games between them in a given week (3 G in twice-a-week leagues), the missing number of games will be made up for at the flex reliever position. This pitcher, when counted, scores as if he is at any of the three relief positions (ie 10 FP/SV, 10 FP/Ho, - 5 FP BS). The flex-reliever will score their average points-per-game that week times the number of missing games up to a maximum equal to the number of games played by the flex reliever during the GDR game period in question.
Scoring: Position Player Backups
A player may be assigned as a backup at multiple positions. As such if multiple players fail to play a full 6 (or 3) MLB games in a week and a particular backup is eligible to play each position then his games will count toward those missing starters' games. The backup will score his average FP/G that week times the number of games needed to reach 6 (or 3) at that position, but is limited to contributing the number of games that he actually plays that week.
GM Rating: Updated Behaviour
The following items now impact your GM Rating:
  • Failing to sign a player you've made an offer to: -1
  • Signing a player: +2
  • Waiving a player: -3

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2 comments:

TheGNUru said...

Keep up the great work... I plan on featuring GDR next week in my GNUru Draft Primer II:

Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy

gamedaygeorge said...

Exciting! Be sure to drop us a link to your article. George