The Strat-O-Matic Baseball Players' Championship 2020
Signups are now open to all!

Win tickets to your favorite ballpark!*

The Players' Championship 2020 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 2019 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 below, 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: Jeepdriver
PC 2020: You?

Tournament Event Schedule


Event 1: Choice


Start Date: May 4, 11, 18

Salary Cap: Choice of $60/80/100/120M
DH Rule: Yes
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: mesquiton (98-64)
League 2: Jeepdriver (90-72)
League 3: klx22 (86-76)
League 4: playoffs in progress
League 5: playoffs in progress
League 6: NYY82602 (84-78)
League 7: playoffs in progress
League 8: Mr Baseball World (97-65)
League 9: playoffs in progress
League 10: fowldawg (80-61)
League 11: philatusa (79-62)
League 12: jmaness10 (72-48)

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

Event 2: $80M, DH

(DEADLINE FOR TOURN ENTRY)
Start Date: June 1, 8, 15

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

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: mesquiton (73-47)
League 2: CirrhoticLiver (68-52)
League 3: bob711 (70-50)
League 4: mbertolli (75-45)
League 5: Jarrythewizard (70-50)
League 6: ScumbyJr (80-40)
League 7: freeman (70-50)
League 8: exwallman (59-40)
League 9: MochaDog (62-37)
League 10: GoDucks (45-33)
League 11: NYY82602 (10-5)

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

Event 3: $60M, no DH


Start Date: July 6, 13

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

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: Delbird (11-4)
League 2: CirrhoticLiver (12-3)
League 3: ashleyjoe (10-5)
League 4: vjpeak (9-6)
League 5: dmatusen (10-5)
League 6: toshiro (10-5)
League 7: treybeckiii (10-5)

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

Event 4: $100M, DH


Start Date: July 27, Aug 3

Salary Cap: $100,000,000
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

Event 5: $80M, no DH


Start Date: August 24

Salary Cap: $80,000,000 (standard)
DH Rule: No
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: November 9

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: TBD

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

The 2020 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 2020 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 1, but they still want to join up for Event 2, 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 1, but misses only one of Events 2-5, 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 2020 Tour Championship, I will be your commissioner. This year I will also have a board to assist me. The Board members will all be permitted to participate in the tour. I will also be eligible to participate.

As a reminder from JPav’s and keyzick's preambles from previous years: 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 365Support. 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

This year we will be entering leagues without league assignments. The initial leagues will open typically on a Saturday and I will open new leagues through roughly an 11 day period. At 6 pm EST on the Wednesday deadline to enter leagues, whatever league is open at that point will be the last league. Generally there will only be one league open at that time. The name of the game is to get your teams in early to avoid getting shut out. It is my expectation that no league assignments will result in leagues filling quicker, less waiting for you and less work for me.

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 1 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 1, he may not use Fenway in Events 2-5, 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.

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

There will be an eight pick live draft for the Tour Championship, consisting of seven players and a ballpark, to be done on the forums. 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 1-5.

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 365Support 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 2020 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 365Support 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).

Cost

The only monetary requirement for the 2020 Tour Championship is to purchase your required number of teams (no fewer 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 Strat-O-Matic 365 results will be final. If 365Support remedies a situation with some sort of re-play, again, the official Strat-O-Matic 365 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)!
2020 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 2020 season, OR next year's version of the Windows computer game! (To be released in early 2021)


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)!
2020 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 2021)


The 3rd and 4th place finishers will win the following
2020 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 2021)
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 2019 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 2020 Champion!

Initial Signups: Through May 15, 2020
Deadline for entry: May 15, 2020 at 6pm ET
Play begins: May 4, 11 or 18, 2020


Tournament Standings


# Manager Points
1. mesquiton 187
2. ScumbyJr 183
3. DHowser 182
4. moodysix 181
5. bob711 170
5. cristano1 170
7. Stoney18 168
7. CirrhoticLiver 168
9. Jeepdriver 167
10. exwallman 165
10. bigjimed 165
12. J-Pav 164
12. ITCHY 164
14. samh0711 162
14. mbertolli 162
16. FoggyOne 161
16. keyzick 161
16. boyer14 161
16. Juiced JC 161
20. PETERLE 159
20. markyura 159
22. hendrix08 158
23. Mr Baseball World 157
23. killermarc 157
23. Spider 67 157
23. karphenry 157
23. chris_s 157
28. unctarheel 156
28. mastermosser56 156
30. teamnasty 155
30. Morpheus 155
30. freeman 155
33. wjb23 154
33. bigmahon 154
35. Dodgerfan Always 153
35. Gilbo 153
37. Terry101 152
38. Axlerod Gunderson 151
38. Jack377 151
38. dmanwon 151
38. waynick 151
38. klx22 151
43. rickburr 150
43. thisisray 150
43. Jarrythewizard 150
46. pearl1234 149
47. Delbird 148
48. komodos069 147
48. MochaDog 147
48. twonewb 147
51. RangerJoe 146
52. mpcharette 145
52. dalekeener 145
54. ashleyjoe 144
54. unclerowser 144
54. Lev 144
57. philatusa 143
57. WJS6768 143
57. jmdziuban2 143
60. AZHawg 142
60. FRANKZAHN 142
60. Brothersatm 142
60. schitchen43 142
64. pacoboy 141
64. JOHNBRUBAKER 141
64. Islander22 141
64. JimmyJames209 141
68. kihoover 140
68. randal64 140
70. LongIsland4Ever 139
70. azcsuram 139
70. rangrfan 139
70. dmatusen 139
74. STEVENHOLMAN 138
75. vjpeak 137
75. stevep107 137
75. The Godfather 137
78. fowldawg 136
78. swades 136
78. milleram 136
81. bbfan 135
82. uncle ny 134
82. jaydog1313 134
82. areacode909 134
85. jmoore1966 132
85. ycbill 132
87. DaHummer 131
88. JD Clark 128
89. STEVEPONEDAL 127
90. herpad1959 125
90. JMROZINSKI 125
90. jmaness10 125
93. treybeckiii 124
94. lexomatic 123
95. TexasKen 122
95. MforTurtle13 122
97. jsanders3rd 121
97. tcoreyvt1 121
99. Lindamei 119
100. Elmo041209 118
100. awesomepossum 118
102. blsmith7 117
102. DWG 117
104. Radagast Brown 116
105. Blurt 115
106. jaywalker72 114
107. SteadyEddie33 113
107. laughren.francis 113
109. doug_tucker10 112
110. RB44 111
110. bobpolecat 111
112. john567855 108
113. rjmpepper3 107
114. tomaxe 106
114. Tigerpiper 106
116. Phila01 105
116. jamespoohbear 105
118. NYY82602 102
119. mciccolini 100
120. GoDucks 98
121. Jayson.lastarza@gmail.com 95
121. watershark1967 95
123. Ron4yanks 93
124. mcsoupy 83
124. Gunner5445 83
126. gioccobazzi 80
127. toshiro 79
128. madal 77
128. Elfrink 77
130. wbonn63 75
131. Whiskey19 74
131. kjobrien23 74
133. Apollo 21 73
134. jbrennon 69
135. JOHNKARADENES 67
135. paul j kiggins 67
135. wmaysfan 67
138. dawgplasma 61
139. FrankieT 58
139. dorB 58
141. BlueJays 54
142. hadboy307 43







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