Need to fill 1-spot now...also looking to establish a waiting list for future expansion in one league...and reserving spaces for a second or start-up league...

The Branch Rickey Memorial Dynasty Baseball League (BRML) is a new brand of fantasy baseball. (Note: The second or start-up league will be similar) Its intent is to emulate as much realism as possible. Its format is H2H, points-based, and daily games with a 102-game regular season schedule, a best of 7 World Series, and a 20-day version of the Arizona Fall League. High impact performances win. If you have envisioned a league where scoring bias and MLB team days off did not significantly impact results...if you have envisioned a league where your decision making would be high impact day in and day out...if you have envisioned a league that more closely emulated real major league baseball...if you have envisioned a league where your team could build value...if you have envisioned a league that will completely challenge your fantasy baseball prowess...then you have found it.


There is a salary cap, but it is a soft cap and completely manageable under a comprehensive set of rules. You decide how and when to use long-term contracts to lock in your best players to your organization’s plan…and you pay the price if they do not perform as expected. You decide which players to protect from the Rule 5 Draft. You decide when to pursue free agents in the off-season and when to wait on the Spring Supplemental Draft.

In the BRML, you build a pitching rotation as you designate a single SP for each game. Great care has been taken to schedule your games for 2018 when your players are playing in actual MLB games. So, while games are daily, there are plenty of off-days so that you do not need to field a team of replacement players on days when a lot of MLB teams have off-days. The BRML result is a 102-game regular season schedule capped by a best of 7 World Series that concludes in early September. Instead of calling it quits at that point, however, we will use the remainder of September for our version of the Arizona Fall League, which we will call the Branch Rickey Fall League, where daily games will resume using only position players with less than 1000 career MLB PA’s and only pitchers with less than 100 career GP for RP's or 300 career IP for SP's.

I assume you are already involved in a fantasy league of substance…and possibly more than one. No matter what your previous commitments have been…if you have a passion for baseball, you owe it to yourself to give due consideration to this opportunity. If you are intensely competitive…if you find that results in your leagues often seem due as much to luck and circumstance as to your skill…you should definitely read on.


You may think or say that you are already overcommitted. You may say that you don’t know how you would find the time for another league. To be honest, this isn’t just another league. The BRML is like your most competitive fantasy sports league UNLEASHED! If you are ready for a true test of your baseball prowess…this is it…

You ask “well just what makes the BRML so special and challenging and different?”

For starters, it depends on your orientation. Most fantasy leagues, roto and head-to-head alike, are full of rules to level the playing field and literally to prevent team owners with advanced skills from gaining competitive advantage. Don’t get me wrong, I love these leagues…they helped cement my love for fantasy sports. But I need more…and the BRML is it.

The BRML rules attempt to track MLB rules to every extent practicable as a matter of philosophy. To give you some examples…see below…

1. By formula, your team will build value in the BRML…yes, literally, you will build a balance sheet of FAAB$ based on a Wins and Points Scored formula…and not an arbitrary calculation.
2. Games are played daily against one opponent…so you win or lose daily.
3. Your 40-Man Roster has significance in the BRML. These players are protected from the Rule 5 Draft and possible league expansion drafts. These are the players who receive raises during the off-season. These are the players with whom you may lock into long-term contracts if you wish.
4. You can stash players for future use in this league…up to 5, actually…by the end of a season, you have to activate them or drop them…but this capability gives you additional flexibility to test your instincts about seasoned players making comebacks from injuries or who are maybe late bloomers.
5. The BRML has a Revocable Waivers process for post-trade deadline trades that tracks MLB procedures closely.
6. There is no “monkey business” with the handling of minor leaguers in the BRML. If their MLB team promotes them, so must you…if they eventually exceed their options, you must fully activate them or release them just as they do in the MLB.
7. In the BRML, you have a Salary Cap…but you can exceed it at the expense of a Luxury Tax Assessment…it’s your decision as head of baseball operations. However, just as in real-life, you cannot exceed the limits of your balance sheet.
8. If you drop a player in the BRML, he becomes eligible for inclusion in free agent auctions during the off-season and you will have to bid on him just like every one else…just like in real life.
9. Defense and speed matter in this league. An OF with a strong arm can win a tight game for you in this league. Guys who hit triples, steal bases, and score runs can make also make a difference.
10. You must select only 1 SP for every game. If you pick the wrong SP on any given day, you will likely lose your game unless your batters pick up the slack.

I could go on and on…but it’s all in the attached Rulebook for the 2018 Season.

How much time does this league take?

It’s a difficult question to answer. The real answer is “as much you need.” I find myself spending more time in the off-season than during the season. We all have our own modes of operation. I doubt that you will do much different with your time in this league. But the decisions you make day in and day out will most likely have greater impact on results than maybe you are accustomed to seeing.

It sounds complicated…how long will it take me to come up to speed?

If you know baseball, then you are already up to speed…I’ll go out on a limb and say that “you will absorb the Rulebook in no time at all.”

How much cash is involved?

No decisions have been about cash yet. When the league is fully established, we agree as a group on the cash requirements. Eventually, I envision at least enough cash involved to make it interesting. Cash involvement also helps secure team owner commitment.

If you dyed in the wool Goto then maybe this league is of no interest to you. But if you are looking for something to really scratch your competitive itch and you really want to put your baseball prowess to the test, then I encourage you to CHECK THIS OUT! Email me at stevehyland@mac.com and I will send you additional details.

Respectfully,


Steven R Hyland
Commissioner
Branch Rickey Memorial Dynasty Baseball Leag
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