DBBL Rules


The DBBL is a league for fantasy addicts that tend to be drunken bums with beer guts (although the latter is not a requirement). The goal is to have an extremely competitive and fun league, where all owners actively participate by continually maintaining as competitive of a roster as possible and taking part in league goings-on (i.e. responding to all emails, polls, trade offers, etc). The DBBL was founded on sandbox sports in 1998 but no records of that inagural season remain.

Players and Rosters

ball.gif (5183 bytes) Misson Statement The DBBL is a league for people who are fantasy addicts and tend to be drunk bums with beer guts (although the latter is not a requirement). The goal is to have an extremely competitive and fun league, where all owners actively participate by continually maintaining as competitive of a roster as possible and taking part in league goings-on (i.e. responding to ALL emails, polls, trade offers, etc).
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Anti-competitive Behavior Anti and / or non competitive behavior will not be permitted or tolerated. In other words, dropping a guy with 50 hrs in order to tank it for the 1st pick ain't gonna fly. And fielding a lineup / roster with a bunch of bums / injured guys when there are clearly better guys available on waivers may be grounds to start the process of replacing you with a new, more active owner. And if you continually fail to answer emails / trade offers, it's a safe bet you're not long for the DBBL though I do understand we all have lives that do take precedence over fantasy.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Player Pool
  • Both AL and NL Players.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Roster & Starting Lineup
  • 9 hitters = C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OFs, Util
  • 9 pitchers = 5 SPs, 4 RPs
  • 6 bench spots with no positional requirements
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Scoring
  • Straight rotisserie system
  • Maximum number of points you can get for hitting and pitching are equal
  • 6 hitting stat: R, TB, RBI, SB, OBP, KO
  • 6 pitching stats: W, SV, HD, KO, ERA, WHIP
  • Breaking ties in the standings:
    • 1st tie breaker: number of statistical categories won vs the other team(s) in the tie
    • 2nd tie breaker: a point total based ONLY on batter runs and pitcher ERA is calculated for the teams involved - the team with the higher scoring total in those 2 stats wins since those would seem to be the most indicative stats of "winning" baseball
    • 3rd tie breaker: batter home runs (b/c chicks dig the long ball)
    • 4th and final tie breaker: WHIP (will calculate to as many digits necessary to break any tie)
  • MLB tie breaker games: any games beyond the standard 162 regular season games do NOT count towards DBBL standings.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Minimums & Maximums
  • In order to be eligible for prize contention you must accumulate a minimum of 3500 at bats and 800 innings pitched by end of year
  • Each of the 9 starting hitter position is limited to 162 games played.
  • Your 9 active pitching slots cannot total more than 162 games started and 280 relief appearances. (An average of 33 starts for each SP and 70 appearances for each RP).
  • Once you have reached the maximum number of games for a given position, you will no longer accumulate stats for that position.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Eligibility
  • Hitters are eligible at their primary position (as dictated by CBS Sportsline) as well any positions they've played 15 games last year or this year.
  • Everyone is eligible at UT but note some players can ONLY play UT (i.e. true DHs like Frank Thomas)
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Transactions and Trades
  • Lineups may be set daily.
  • There are no limits on the number of transactions made.
  • Dropped players remain on waivers for at least 1 day(s). If they are not claimed during this time they become unrestricted free agents and are first come, first serve
  • Trades are subject to a 2-day voting period. If a majority of non-involved owners formally protest the trade (via the protest feature on the CBS site), the trade will automatically be vetoed. Note: posting "this trade is BS" on the site does NOT count as a protest - you have to click the veto / protest button on the trade page!
  • "Team Physical" - just like MLB trades, there is a "team physical" before a trade is finalized. In other words, if a player involved in a trade gets hurt anytime BEFORE the trade is actually processed by CBS, the party receiving damaged goods may back out of the deal.
  • No trades can be made after the trade deadline of 8/31 until after the season has ended at which time limited trading is allowed (see below)
  • Off or pre season trading is limited to contract players and draft picks. If you don't award a player a contract, you can't trade him once the regular sesaon trade deadline passes.
  • Note that if you trade away a draft pick, your prize money for next season immediately becomes due and must be received within 2 weeks of making the trade. If you're going to trade away next season's picks we gotta ensure you don't quit and leave a dead team with no draft picks behind!
    • If payment is not made in the required time, your team will be come INELIGIBLE for any prize money
  • Trading of draft picks is forbidden between the completion of the annual DBBL draft and June 15th. That is, in season trades cannot include draft picks until AFTER June 15th.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Drafts DBBL rosters will be drafted in two separate drafts.
  1. Minor league draft: a 3 round draft held prior to the "free agent draft". Only available players who have NOT reached major league rookie eligibility (meaning they have less than 130 AB or 50 IP and less than 45 days on an active roster). The order for this draft is the reverse of the previous season's standings.
  2. Free agent draft: consists of as many rounds as necessary to fill all rosters. Any available player is eligible but they MUST exist in the system of whatever league management site we are using. The order is determined according to the lottery section directly below. The order does NOT snake.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Fred Agent Draft Order Lottery
Starting with the 2014 draft, the order of selection among non money winning teams will be determined by lottery. The lottery will give slightly better chance of winning the higher you finished the previous season - see table below.

Hence it behooves you to participate the entire season and go for the highest finish.

Teams that win money (currently 1st thru 4th) will draft in the usual reverse of standings order (so 4th place team will draft 11h, ..., 1st place team drafts 14th)

Finish %AGE RANGE
5 14 87-100
6 13 74-86
7 12 62-73
8 11 51-61
9 10 41-50
10 10 31-40
11 9 22-30
12 8 14-21
13 7 7-13
14 6 1-6

ball.gif (5183 bytes) Contract Keeper League
  • This is a "keeper" league. Please refer to the contract rules for more info
  • There is also a minor league roster. The rules are explained here
  • Anyone LATE submitting new contracts, will be penalized. They will lose 1 contract year for every day their list is late.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Anti-competitive Behavior
  • Anti and / or non competitive behavior will not be permitted or tolerated. In other words, dropping a guy with 50 hrs in order to tank it for the 1st pick ain't gonna fly. And fielding a lineup / roster with a bunch of bums / injured guys when there are clearly better guys available on waivers may be grounds to start the process of replacing you with a new, more active owner. And if you continually fail to answer emails / trade offers, it's a safe bet you're not long for the DBBL.
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Prize / Entry Fee
  • EVERY owner will be required to hand over $100 to the commish PRIOR to the draft. This money is split among the top 4 at end of season
  • End of season payouts are as follows:
    1st = $750
    2nd = $350
    3rd = $200
    4th = $100
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Rule Changes
  • We're always open to adding new rules / modifying existing ones.
  • Any rule changes will always be conducted via majority vote.
  • Except under special circumstances, rules will NEVER be changed during a season
ball.gif (5183 bytes) Errors and Omissions
  • If something comes up that isn't covered here, or is just plain wrong here, we will attempt to resolve the issue via a majority vote.
  • Failing that, the all powerful and benovelent commish has the final say.

Last updated February 15, 2014

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