The Strat-O-Matic Baseball Players' Championship 2020

Congratulations to Hendrix08: 2020 Champion!


Hendrix08 outlasted runner-up mastermosser56 in a classic 7-game Champions League Finals, to take the coveted crown for an unprecedented second time!

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: ScumbyJr (83-79)
League 5: karphenry (88-74)
League 6: NYY82602 (84-78)
League 7: Jayson.lastarza@gmail.com (95-67)
League 8: Mr Baseball World (97-65)
League 9: schitchen43 (89-73)
League 10: mcsoupy (82-80)
League 11: MochaDog (92-70)
League 12: jmaness10 (94-68)

* 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: hendrix08 (93-69)
League 2: cristano1 (89-73)
League 3: pearl1234 (94-68)
League 4: mbertolli (96-66)
League 5: Jarrythewizard (93-69)
League 6: ScumbyJr (99-63)
League 7: JimmyJames209 (87-75)
League 8: JD Clark (87-75)
League 9: bigmahon (93-69)
League 10: john567855 (88-74)
League 11: gioccobazzi (83-79)

* 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: cristano1 (89-73)
League 2: JD Clark (94-68)
League 3: exwallman (88-74)
League 4: kihoover (83-79)
League 5: bob711 (90-72)
League 6: toshiro (92-70)
League 7: randal64 (86-76)
League 8: Apollo 21 (92-70)
League 9: bbfan (93-69)
League 10: mcsoupy (86-76)

* 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*


League 1: teamnasty (87-75)
League 2: cristano1 (93-69)
League 3: killermarc (93-69)
League 4: bbfan (98-64)
League 5: stevep107 (88-74)
League 6: Jeepdriver (88-74)
League 7: Morpheus (87-75)
League 8: toshiro (82-80)
League 9: unclerowser (85-77)

* 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*


League 1: cristano1 (88-74)
League 2: bob711 (88-74)
League 3: jaywalker72 (85-77)
League 4: Gilbo (92-70)
League 5: hendrix08 (101-61)
League 6: STEVEPONEDAL (85-77)
League 7: Terry101 (96-66)
League 8: Radagast Brown (91-71)
League 9: DHowser (89-73)

* 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.

League 1: Radagast Brown (91-71)
League 2: Morpheus (90-72)
League 3: J-Pav (88-74)

* 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

began: January 29, 2021

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

Champions League standings

Top 12 Managers:
    - hendrix08
    - bob711
    - moodysix
    - J-Pav
    - mastermosser56
    - mesquiton
    - stevep107
    - teamnasty
    - Jeepdriver
    - Morpheus
    - mcsoupy
    - Radagast Brown
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. cristano1 396
2. hendrix08 392
2. ScumbyJr 392
4. MochaDog 390
5. Gilbo 387
6. Terry101 385
7. bob711 382
8. moodysix 381
9. Stoney18 378
9. J-Pav 378
9. exwallman 378
12. DHowser 377
13. mastermosser56 376
14. mesquiton 375
15. bbfan 372
16. NYY82602 371
17. stevep107 370
17. JD Clark 370
19. toshiro 369
20. killermarc 367
20. teamnasty 367
22. Jeepdriver 365
23. Morpheus 363
23. Lindamei 363
25. jsanders3rd 362
26. randal64 358
27. mcsoupy 357
27. wjb23 357
27. bigmahon 357
30. philatusa 356
30. Lev 356
30. karphenry 356
33. Jarrythewizard 355
34. Delbird 354
34. milleram 354
36. Radagast Brown 353
36. DaHummer 353
38. keyzick 352
38. unctarheel 352
40. ITCHY 351
40. klx22 351
42. mbertolli 350
42. JimmyJames209 350
44. chris_s 349
45. uncle ny 348
45. Axlerod Gunderson 348
45. boyer14 348
45. jaywalker72 348
49. samh0711 347
50. mpcharette 345
50. markyura 345
50. CirrhoticLiver 345
53. PETERLE 344
54. schitchen43 343
55. Mr Baseball World 340
55. rickburr 340
55. Spider 67 340
55. GoDucks 340
55. freeman 340
55. Juiced JC 340
61. blsmith7 338
62. AZHawg 336
62. bigjimed 336
64. FoggyOne 335
64. Apollo 21 335
64. JOHNBRUBAKER 335
64. ycbill 335
68. gioccobazzi 334
69. waynick 332
70. fowldawg 330
71. areacode909 329
72. RangerJoe 328
73. herpad1959 327
73. DWG 327
73. jmaness10 327
76. ashleyjoe 325
76. treybeckiii 325
76. Elfrink 325
79. WJS6768 324
79. thisisray 324
81. john567855 323
81. Elmo041209 323
83. STEVEPONEDAL 322
83. komodos069 322
83. BlueJays 322
86. dmanwon 321
86. jmdziuban2 321
88. tomaxe 320
89. watershark1967 319
90. kihoover 317
91. dmatusen 315
92. Jack377 312
93. JMROZINSKI 311
94. tcoreyvt1 310
95. dalekeener 308
95. jmoore1966 308
95. azcsuram 308
98. vjpeak 307
98. TexasKen 307
100. lexomatic 304
101. swades 302
102. jamespoohbear 300
103. The Godfather 298
104. twonewb 297
105. FRANKZAHN 296
105. SteadyEddie33 296
107. rjmpepper3 295
108. Phila01 294
109. laughren.francis 290
109. Ron4yanks 290
111. awesomepossum 272
112. unclerowser 261
113. Dodgerfan Always 257
114. Brothersatm 253
115. jaydog1313 241
116. Islander22 240
117. LongIsland4Ever 224
118. bobpolecat 221
119. pacoboy 218
120. MforTurtle13 209
120. rangrfan 209
122. RB44 205
123. pearl1234 186
124. madal 183
125. JOHNKARADENES 169
126. dawgplasma 164
127. STEVENHOLMAN 156
128. doug_tucker10 151
129. Tigerpiper 149
130. mciccolini 141
131. Blurt 136
132. Jayson.lastarza@gmail.com 103
133. kjobrien23 86
134. Gunner5445 83
135. HoffmanSentinels 79
136. freylee 78
136. jbrennon 78
138. FrankieT 76
139. wbonn63 75
140. Whiskey19 74
141. matman138 69
142. Gusto72 67
142. paul j kiggins 67
142. wmaysfan 67
145. dorB 66
145. hadboy307 66







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