The Strat-O-Matic Baseball Players' Championship 2021
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Win tickets to your favorite ballpark!*

The Players' Championship 2021 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 2020 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: hendrix08
PC 2021: You?

Tournament Event Schedule


Event 1: $80M, DH


Start Date: thru June 21

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

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: playoffs in progress
League 2: playoffs in progress
League 3: playoffs in progress
League 4: playoffs in progress
League 5: playoffs in progress
League 6: playoffs in progress
League 7: playoffs in progress
League 8: the splinter (82-50)
League 9: DCFink (74-52)
League 10: danodano1968 (65-37)

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

Event 2: Choice

(DEADLINE FOR TOURN ENTRY)
Start Date: June 28 - July 5

Salary Cap: Choice of $60/80/100M DH, or $80M No DH
DH Rule: Yes/No
Free Agent Drop Penalty: 5/10/20% (standard)

In Progress Leaders*


League 1: bob711 (48-24)
League 2: cummings2 (45-33)
League 3: keyzick (44-34)
League 4: exwallman (49-32)
League 5: ycbill (45-30)
League 6: Lochinvars (48-21)
League 7: SteadyEddie33 (45-30)
League 8: Gags856 (37-23)
League 9: TexasKen (22-14)
League 10: Mr Baseball World (22-14)

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

Event 3: $60M, DH or no DH


Start Date: July 12 - July 26

Salary Cap: $60,000,000
DH Rule: Yes/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

Event 4: $100M, DH


Start Date: Aug 2 - 9

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 30

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: Around Nov. 15

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

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: early Feb. 2022

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

The 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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)!
2021 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 2021 season, OR next year's version of the Windows computer game! (To be released in early 2022)


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)!
2021 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 2022)


The 3rd and 4th place finishers will win the following
2021 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 2022)
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 2020 season Actual 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 2021 Champion!

Initial Signups: Now!
Deadline for entry: Beginning of Event 2


Tournament Standings


# Manager Points
1. TexasKen 201
2. hendrix08 152
3. klx22 150
4. thisisray 144
5. freeman 139
6. Jeepdriver 137
6. Axlerod Gunderson 137
6. bob711 137
9. waynick 136
9. chris_s 136
11. JD Clark 134
12. mbertolli 131
12. Apollo 21 131
12. Knerrpool 131
15. blsmith7 130
15. jaywalker72 130
17. Elmo041209 129
18. Delbird 128
18. WDRanch 128
20. FoggyOne 127
20. davehaller 127
20. dmanwon 127
20. SteadyEddie33 127
20. JimmyJames209 127
25. exwallman 126
26. cummings2 125
26. gioccobazzi 125
26. jsanders3rd 125
26. Jarrythewizard 125
30. keyzick 124
30. lk340988 124
32. wjb23 123
32. MochaDog 123
32. kobolt@dodgethis.org 123
35. swades 121
35. ycbill 121
35. CirrhoticLiver 121
38. GoDucks 120
38. Juiced JC 120
40. toshiro 119
40. teamnasty 119
42. ashleyjoe 118
42. JOHNBRUBAKER 118
44. DHowser 117
44. J-Pav 117
44. rickburr 117
44. B.L. Brown 117
48. tomaxe 115
48. ScumbyJr 115
50. stevep107 114
50. kihoover 114
50. randal64 114
53. karphenry 113
53. MZmain1965 113
53. Gags856 113
53. jeffrey750 113
57. uncle ny 111
57. Spider 67 111
57. Lochinvars 111
57. michael2404 111
61. DCFink 110
62. milleram 109
62. djmunnybx 109
64. 1Can1 108
65. Gilbo 107
66. the splinter 106
66. moodysix 106
66. rjmpepper3 106
69. DaHummer 105
70. davidbowman 104
71. azcsuram 103
71. Ron4yanks 103
73. mkosmoski 102
73. Dbacks 102
73. GiageJoe 102
76. john567855 101
77. WJS6768 100
77. bigjimed 100
79. komodos069 99
80. dalekeener 98
80. twonewb 98
82. bigjim_morris 97
83. unctarheel 96
83. Nick_danger 96
85. John Unrein 95
85. Phila01 95
85. Schubertfamily 95
85. laughren.francis 95
85. awesomepossum 95
90. HD48 94
90. HoffmanSentinels 94
92. RAYMONDSTRAWN 93
92. Lee300 93
94. unclerowser 92
94. ScottPatterson9 92
96. DanvilleSwany 90
96. treybeckiii 90
98. Terry101 89
98. gbrookes 89
100. JMROZINSKI 88
101. chad_stacy 87
102. danodano1968 85
102. schitchen43 85
104. somwillis1 83
105. SiblinRivals 82
106. midge1266 81
107. IvanTHETerrible 80
108. DinerMike 78
108. abrien911 78
110. Brothersatm 77
111. adams0601 76
112. GARYCIOLLI 75
112. Joe79 75
114. DERRICKSANSON 72
115. earl61222 71
116. Jack377 69
117. markyura 56
118. dustoid 48
119. ndpvbcle 44
120. Mr Baseball World 43
121. henry101 20







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