The Strat-O-Matic Baseball Players' Championship 2019
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Win tickets to your favorite ballpark!*

The Players' Championship 2019 is a great way to try a variety of different league setups and meet new Strat-O-Matic fans from around the world!

This year the tournament will be played with the 2018 Season player set. It spans 5 Events, with participation required in at least 4 of them. If you play in all 5 Events, your lowest-scoring season is dropped. If you finish in the top 36, you qualify for the Semi-Finals round and then, with luck, the Championship League!

Check out the Schedule, the PRIZES you could win, and then SIGN UP!

For more information, or to sign up, visit the Players' Championship forum.

Past Winners


PC 2003: edgecitytx
PC 2004: Woods007
PC 2005: uncle ny
PC 2006: Cummings2
PC 2007: AZHawg
PC 2008: luckeroll
PC 2009: hendrix08
PC 2010: Spider 67
PC 2011: thisisray
PC 2012: Knerrpool
PC 2013: mesquiton
PC 2014: keyzick
PC 2015: wjb23
PC 2016: Stoney18
PC 2017: milleram
PC 2018: klx22
PC 2019: You?

Tournament Event Schedule


Event 1: $80M, DH#1


Start Date: April 22 or April 29 or May 6
Deadline to enter team: Wednesday May 1 at 6pm EST (after which time fillers will be employed to close out last league and no new leagues will be formed)

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: klx22 (96-66)
League 2: hendrix08 (90-72)
League 3: ScumbyJr (89-73)
League 4: Toyboys (91-71)
League 5: mbertolli (92-70)
League 6: DWG (88-74)
League 7: wjb23 (89-73)

* leaders determined by W/L, then run diff.
bold - league champion

Event 2: $60M, No DH

(DEADLINE FOR TOUR ENTRY)
Start Date: May 20 or May 27
Deadline to enter team: Wednesday May 22 at 6pm EST(after which time fillers will be employed to close out last league and no new leagues will be formed)

Salary Cap: Choice of $60,000,000
DH Rule: No
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: cristano1 (97-65)
League 2: Axlerod Gunderson (99-63)
League 3: krazykat (86-76)
League 4: ScumbyJr (93-69)
League 5: mesquiton (95-67)
League 6: porthos (95-67)
League 7: gbrookes (94-68)

* leaders determined by W/L, then run diff.
bold - league champion

Event 3: $80M, no DH


Start Date: June 17 or June 24
Deadline to enter team: Wednesday June 19 at 6pm EST(after which time fillers will be employed to close out last league and no new leagues will be formed)

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: No
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: Jeepdriver (91-71)
League 2: STEVENHOLMAN (89-73)
League 3: chris_s (88-74)
League 4: krazykat (84-78)
League 5: Spider 67 (85-77)
League 6: playoffs in progress
League 7: hendrix08 (77-58)

* leaders determined by W/L, then run diff.
bold - league champion

Event 4: $100M, DH


Start Date: July 15 or July 22
Deadline to enter team: Wednesday July 17 at 6pm EST(after which time fillers will be employed to close out last league and no new leagues will be formed)

Salary Cap: $100,000,000
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: klx22 (69-45)
League 2: rickburr (66-48)
League 3: Jeepdriver (65-49)
League 4: killermarc (73-41)
League 5: Jack377 (71-43)
League 6: bbfan (53-40)

* leaders determined by W/L, then run diff.
bold - league champion

Event 5: $80M, DH#2


Start Date: August 12
Deadline to enter team: Wednesday August 7 at 6pm EST(after which time fillers will be employed to close out last league and no new leagues will be formed)

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

In Progress Leaders*


This Event has not yet begun.


* leaders determined by W/L, then run diff.
bold - league champion

Semi-Finals

Top 36 Managers play in three leagues of 12
(All 12 playoff qualifiers advance to Tour Champions League)

begins: October 28

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

There will be a one round draft for unique ballparks to be done on the forum boards. The draft order will be the order of finish in tour points. Since each semi-finalist will have already used five different ballparks in Events I-V, they may not re-use those ballparks in the semi-finals. So, if a manager is picking 12th for the live ballpark draft in the semi-finals, he will have to choose from one of the 14 remaining ballparks (30 minus 5, minus 11 ballparks already drafted in that semi-final event).

In Progress Leaders*


Does not count toward tournament point totals.

This Event has not yet begun.


* leaders determined by W/L, then run diff.
bold - league champion

Champions League


The 12 Semi-Finals playoffs qualifiers in a single 12-team league

begins: January 20

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

The 2018 tournament will consist of five events and a two round playoff. In the playoff, the top 36 managers will compete in three 12 team leagues. The playoff teams from those three leagues will become eligible for the Championship Finals. The winner from that final league is recognized as the 2018 Tour Champion.

The score for the qualifying events will be the sum of the best four scores out of the five events. This provides several benefits for the members of the tournament:

-If someone misses Event I, but they still want to join up for Event II, they can do that, and still have a chance of making the playoffs assuming they do not miss any additional events.

-If someone joins for Event I, but misses only one of Events II-V, they are still eligible for the playoffs (assuming they make the cutoff score).

-If someone enters all five events, they benefit from being able to drop their lowest score.

Commissioner

For the 2018 Tour Championship, I will be your commissioner. As the Tour Commissioner, I will NOT be participating in the tour and will not be eligible for prizes; however, I reserve the right to provide a “filler” team if necessary.

As a reminder from JPav’s preamble last year: I am not an employee of Strat-O-Matic, and while they are generously kicking in prizes for our informal competition, this has nothing to do with the folks at OnlineGameSupport. Do not call, write, email, or telegram them to complain about anything that goes on regarding this tournament. This is not “officially sanctioned” if you will, and Strat-O-Matic is not to be held responsible for anything that we voluntarily organize among ourselves.

Secondly, I am a volunteer. I want to do everything possible to see the Tour Championship succeed. I promise to do everything in my power to see that you have not only a fun experience but an absolutely fair experience. But please try to remember that in the end, I’m doing this in my free time and I ask for just a little bit of understanding when it comes to addressing the individual difficulties that will inevitably arise.

Thirdly, and maybe unfortunately, that means you, personally, might have issues with how this year’s tournament is run. That’s because this is where the “no exceptions” problems meet the “just this once” problems. This is where the one loud screeching voice meets the quiet contentedness of the majority. Having participated in a lot of tour events over the years, I have come to recognize that someone needs to lead. It’s just the way it has to be. This is not a democracy and there will be no votes. I sincerely believe that by trying to please everybody, you end up pleasing nobody. So know ahead of time, I am perfectly comfortable being blamed for decisions some might perceive as unpopular.

Moving forward, now…

Entering Your Teams

One of the ongoing problems of the 20XX Tour Championship has been the overly flexible scheduling, and managers trying to avoid leagues they perceive as “very competitive” by seeking out leagues with newer managers and fillers that form later and later in the process. Unfortunately too often, this has led to the tour season dragging out over longer and longer amounts of time. This will be addressed in the following way:

When you sign up on the official 2018 Tour Championship sign-up sheet, you are now automatically entered in a league in the first week of each of the events (April 24, May 29, June 26, July 24 and August 21). However, there will still be a second opportunity to join a league in each event for the following week (if you are unable to play during the first week). Although you do not need to declare a start date for your team because you are already officially entered, you must declare if you want to switch to the following week, and you must do so by the deadline for PM-ing the Commissioner as outlined below.

For instance:

In order to participate in Event I, the deadline for emailing is midnight (EDT) on Friday, April 14. On or about April 14, I will post the league assignments for leagues beginning either APRIL 24 or MAY 1. You must have your team entered by the corresponding Wednesday. This will give me some time to find fillers, if necessary, on Thursday and Friday before the leagues close Friday night (April 21 for the first leagues, April 28 for the second offerings).

Example #1: I signed the Official 2018 Tour Championship sign-up sheet. On April 15, I will receive my league assignment and I will have my team in by EOD Wednesday, April 19. The league fills and officially closes before Friday, April 21. League play begins on Monday, April 24.

Example #2: I signed the Official 2018 Tour Championship sign-up sheet, but I now want to enter my team for the second available date. Before midnight on April 14, I PM the commissioner and report “keyzick switching to May 1”. On April 15, I will receive my league assignment and I will have my team in by EOD Wednesday, April 26. The league fills and officially closes Friday, April 28. League play begins on Monday, May 1.

A brief word on tardiness: If you have signed up appropriately and have a league assignment, you will not be immediately removed if you fail to enter your team by Wednesday. You may still enter your team Thursday (or possibly even Friday), late though it may be. HOWEVER, if I am able to close the league with fillers after the Wednesday deadline, you have then forfeited the event, no exceptions. You will not be reassigned to another league (or to another league the following week) under any circumstances. So if your Wednesday beer league hockey game goes late and you forget to enter your team, you will likely still be able to get in the next morning, knowing the sooner the better. Just recognize that each minute you are late, you are that much more likely to lose your spot in the event.

Event Summary

Event I: Your start date is April 24. Deadline for PM-ing is midnight (EDT) on Friday, April 14 if want to change your start date to May 1. Enter your team either by EOD Wednesday, April 19 or EOD Wednesday, April 26. Leagues close on Friday, April 21 and 28.

Event II: Your start date is May 29. Deadline for PM-ing is midnight (EDT) on Friday, May 19 if want to change your start date to June 5. Enter your team either by Wednesday, May 24 or May 31. Leagues close on Friday, May 26 and June 2.

Event III: Your start date is June 26. Deadline for PM-ing is midnight (EDT) on Friday, June 16, if want to change your start date to July 3. Enter your team either by Wednesday, June 21 or 28. Leagues close on Friday, June 23 and June 30.

Event IV: Your start date is July 24. Deadline for PM-ing is midnight (EDT) on Friday, July 14 if want to change your start date to July 31. Enter your team either by Wednesday, July 19 or 26. Leagues close on Friday, July 21 and 28.

Event V: Your start date is August 21. Deadline for PM-ing is midnight (EDT) on Friday, August 11 if want to change your start date to August 28. Enter your team either by Wednesday, August 16 or 23. Leagues close on Friday, August 18 and 25.

Players are expected to enter one team, and one team only in each event. Each "Event" will have many leagues, to accommodate the large number of players. So Event I will have Leagues 1 through XX (typically seven or so). But you only enter JUST ONE team in each “Event” - not one team in each “League”.

Entry deadlines will be strictly imposed as I’ve outlined. I will retain the right to invoke closure on event entries. I intend to avoid fillers as much as possible, although some fillers obviously will be necessary. Leagues will be set-up as private leagues with password protection. To keep things simple and moving along, the passwords will be posted in the discussion thread set up for each league. The main idea is to prevent accidental team entries for players who are not participating in the tournament. If someone has difficulty entering a password protected private league, please send me a PM or post openly in the forum threads and I will find a solution for you that works.

Point System / Tiebreakers

The point system will be identical to last year’s simplified point system. One regular season win equals one point and one post-season win equals one point. There will be no “bonus” points for this season.

Tiebreakers
1. Championships won
2. Finals made
3. Playoffs made
4. Run differential (four best teams for each manager totaled together)
5. Pick three winner

NOTE: The points accumulated in the semi-finals round will be added to the manager's point total in order to produce the final standings.

Ballpark Requirement

A player must not re-use a ballpark. For example, if he used Fenway in Event I, he may not use Fenway in Events II-V, nor may he use Fenway in any playoff round.

There can be more than one player using the same ballpark in the same event and/or league. For example, player X and player Y may both use Fenway in Event I, League 1 (In theory, the same ballpark could be used by all 12 teams in any league or event). The prohibition relates to the same player using the same ballpark twice during the Tour Championship.

A player who is acting as a "filler" for any particular event and league may use whatever ballpark he wants to use. You cannot impose a “penalty” on a team that does not count in the official standings anyway.

If a player re-uses a ballpark in the qualifying events, there will be a 20 point penalty.

Events

Event I: $60/80/100M, DH#1
Start Date: April 16, 23 or 30
Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20

Event II: $60M, No DH
DEADLINE FOR TOUR ENTRY
Start Date: May 28 or June 4
Salary Cap: $60,000,000
DH Rule: No
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20

Event III: $80M, no DH
Start Date: June 25 or July 2
Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: No
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20

Event IV: $100M, DH
Start Date: July 23 or July 30
Salary Cap: $100,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20

Event V: $80M, DH#2
Start Date: August 20 or August 27
Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20

There will be no use of the unleashed player set in any event this year. The new optional injury system with pitchers also will not be used in any event this year.

Playoffs

Semi-Finals
Top 36 Managers play in three leagues of 12
(All 12 playoff qualifiers advance to Tour Champions League)

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20

There will be a one round draft for unique ballparks to be done on the forum boards. The draft order will be the order of finish in tour points. Since each semi-finalist will have already used five different ballparks in Events I-V, they may not re-use those ballparks in the semi-finals. So, if a manager is picking 12th for the live ballpark draft in the semi-finals, he will have to choose from one of the 14 remaining ballparks (30 minus 5, minus 11 ballparks already drafted in that semi-final event).

Champions League
The 12 Semi-Finals playoffs qualifiers in a single 12-team league

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: Yes (standard)
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20

There will be an eight pick live draft for the Tour Championship, consisting of seven players and a ballpark, to be done on the forum boards. The draft will NOT be serpentine for the finals - i.e., the draft order will be repeated in each round. These "seeding" rules for the draft order provide an incentive and a reward for the managers who finish with the highest scores in Events I-V.

Reference is made to the slight change in the point system, adding points accumulated in the semi-finals round to the manager's points total from the qualifying rounds. This will effect the final overall standings, impacting the order of picks in the live draft for the Champions League.

Penalties

Salary Dumping: If a manager drops his team salary below 90 percent of the original starting salary, please report this to me immediately. I will ask OnlineGameSupport to return the team to its previous state above 90 percent and lock the manager out. If this situation occurs with the same manager twice, that manager will be disqualified and prohibited from participating in any future 2018 Tour events.

Once official play begins, failure to observe the rules against re-using ballparks in the playoffs will result in disqualification from the tournament. However, if the error is detected early enough to be corrected by OnlineGameSupport before the beginning of official play, then the manager will not be disqualified. He may, however, be publicly shamed and/or ridiculed.

There is no "super reliever" penalty. For those new to the tour, there was a time when we imposed a 200 inning maximum on any relief pitcher. That penalty is no longer pertinent.

Other

Communication

Most of our communication, signups, etc. will be held on the Players Championship forum, and by occasional private messages. For transparency on overall league matters, let’s discuss things in the forums. For matters pertaining to an individual situation, question, or problem, please use the PM button (personal message).

Money

The only monetary requirement for the 2018 Tour Championship is to purchase your required number of teams (no less than four, no more than possibly seven). Buying the five-pack option would be a good value purchase.

Use of Fillers

Some qualifying leagues for an event will need "fillers" due to the fact that we won't have an even numbered membership (divisible by 12) and we will probably have some "dropouts" during the season. "Fillers" are generally non-tournament players who will play in the qualifying leagues solely for the experience of playing against tour-level competition. "Fillers" can also be tournament players who will play in an extra league just to fill out the league, but whose score for that league will not count toward their official tournament standings. For such filler managers, only their first team entered in an event will count for points. I intend to NOT use tour participants as fillers, if at all possible.

Further clarification:

In Event One, "Fillers" are actually "replacement managers". Anybody who has a team in Event One is entitled to the points they earn, even the replacements. They are now part of the tour and may continue to play as if they entered via the sign up page, although they are not obligated to continue (as in fact, no one actually is). The risk of entering as a filler is that if all managers who signed up would have entered their teams on time, the managers acting as fillers would not be eligible to be put into a league and would miss out on that event. However, if they get their team entered when requested, they are now for all intents and purposes, tour participants.

The same situation is basically in effect for Event Two. I will simply replace the missing managers names on the sign up sheet with the replacement managers, and I will recruit a new batch of "fillers". I will run the randomizer and make league assignments, and any no-show managers will again be replaced, and any replacements then become eligible tour participants.

After Event Two, because you need scores from four qualifying events to advance to the semis, any "fillers" who are participating for the first time are true "fillers" only and are not eligible to reach the semi-finals.

There is always a bit of attrition during the course of the tour. There will not always be a number of managers cleanly divisible by 12. The league has to be filled somehow, so in the end, yes, a manager with no ability to reach the Tour playoffs can siphon off wins from the qualified managers. However, that doesn't prevent any manager from the opportunity to notch his own wins.

I have no control over who wants to be a filler and my singular goal is simply to see the leagues filled in a timely fashion.

Catastrophic Events

In the event there is some malfunction with the game, the official SOM Online results will be final. If OnlineGameSupport remedies a situation with some sort of re-play, again, the official SOM Online results will be final.


PRIZES

The Winner of the Finals of the year-end Champions League will receive ALL of the following:
4 tickets to your favorite ballpark*

We'll spring for 4 tickets to a game at any Major League stadium of your choosing (up to a value of $300)!
2019 season Strat-O-Matic Board or Windows Game*

A must for every Strat-O-Matic fan - the full board game and card set of the 2019 season, OR next year's version of the Windows computer game! (To be released in early 2020)


The Loser of the Finals of the year-end Champions League will receive the following:
2 tickets to your favorite ballpark*

We'll spring for 2 tickets to a game at any Major League stadium of your choosing (up to a value of $150)!
2019 season Strat-O-Matic Windows Game*

A must for every Strat-O-Matic fan - next year's version of the Windows computer game! (To be released in early 2020)


The 3rd and 4th place finishers will win the following
2019 season Strat-O-Matic Windows Game*

A must for every Strat-O-Matic fan - next year's version of the Windows computer game! (To be released in early 2020)
To sign up, please visit the official Players' Championship forum.

What is the Players' Championship?


The Players' Championship is an open, annual, year-long, non-elimination tournament that spans 5 Events, this year played with the 2018 season player set. Participants play in 1 league in at least 4 of the Events, and the top-ranked managers (by total score per league) compete in a Semi-Finals round, and then the Champions league to determine the 2019 Champion!

Initial Signups: Through May 5, 2019
Deadline for entry: May 22, 2019 at 6pm EST
Play begins: April 22 or April 29 or May 6, 2019


Tournament Standings


# Manager Points
1. klx22 349
2. wjb23 347
3. moodysix 346
3. Axlerod Gunderson 346
5. ScumbyJr 344
6. Gilbo 339
6. Jeepdriver 339
8. cristano1 335
9. hendrix08 333
10. milleram 328
11. Jack377 327
11. rudys raiders 327
11. krazykat 327
14. Spider 67 323
15. mbertolli 320
16. dmanwon 319
17. chris_s 318
17. teamnasty 318
19. komodos069 316
20. porthos 314
21. Delbird 313
21. Mr Baseball World 313
23. stevep107 312
24. mesquiton 307
24. unclerowser 307
26. killermarc 306
27. JOHNBRUBAKER 305
28. exwallman 304
28. unctarheel 304
30. ycbill 303
30. bob711 303
32. FRANKZAHN 302
32. SteadyEddie33 302
34. visick 301
34. waynick 301
34. treybeckiii 301
37. karphenry 300
37. Jayson.lastarza@gmail.com 300
37. FoggyOne 300
40. cabrera24 299
40. bbfan 299
42. rickburr 295
43. J-Pav 294
44. ashleyjoe 292
45. VilleBowler300 291
45. STEVENHOLMAN 291
47. Tigerpiper 288
48. Islander22 286
49. JMROZINSKI 285
49. Elmo041209 285
49. buzz082308 285
52. randal64 283
53. MforTurtle13 282
53. mds6101 282
53. TexasKen 282
56. dalekeener 279
57. twonewb 276
58. madal 275
59. Betthemax 272
60. DAVIDSUNDERMAN 271
61. LongIsland4Ever 269
62. FALCON29 267
63. gbrookes 266
64. laughren.francis 263
65. Gawgaped 261
66. WJS6768 252
67. Brothersatm 250
68. Hittmens 240
69. kihoover 236
70. uncle ny 235
71. DWG 233
72. sganser 229
72. jmoore1966 229
74. azcsuram 223
74. Jarrythewizard 223
76. Duval 219
77. RangerJoe 203
78. bigjimed 200
79. KellysHeroes 168
80. freeman 157
81. mciccolini 135
82. Phila01 133
83. Toyboys 99
84. RustyR 66
85. Terry101 64
86. jmdziuban2 57
87. doug_tucker10 56
88. Mumford 50







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