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  • *** VD 15 Draft Thread ***

    SPREADSHEET (Updated: 19/06/2020)


    1 hacko
    2 DMT
    3 Feral
    4 heyelander
    5 Johnnya24
    6 Controller Jacobs
    7 jmaeroff
    8 mookietyme
    9 revo
    10 cavebirD
    11 Bene
    12 Frae
    13 Ken

    VD 14 Rules:


    Letters and Franchises Combo Draft
    27 Rounds: 15 Hitters / 12 Pitchers


    24 unique letters (inc 4 x QUIZY)
    3 Wildcard (WC) letters

    1 Player per Franchise, Franchise to be confirmed at the time of drafting.


    Letters (Last Name) and Franchises
    Multiplicative Scoring +1
    15 Hitters / 12 Pitchers (4 QUIZY's and 3 WC's)
    OBP (not BA)
    ERA restrictions are in place. You can only pick 4x Modern hitters (4xMH), 4x Deadball Pitchers (4xDP), 4x Deadball Hitters (4xDH)


    1a. (NOT APPLICABLE FOR VD15) Players from all time periods are eligible to be drafted. Each team may not select more than one hitter and one pitcher from each decade. A player is assigned to a decade based on the best season selection. The decade assignment cannot be changed once the pick is made. For the purposes of this rule, the decades are defined as 1871-1879, 1880-1889, 1890-1899, 1900-1909, 1910-1919, 1920-1929, 1930-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009 & 2010-2018. For pitchers only, 1871-1889 are combined into a single decade.

    1b. Each team may only draft one player whose last name begins with each letter of the alphabet. 24 letters must be selected (excluding X, 4 of 5 QUIZY's will be required) There are also 3 Wildcard letters available. All wildcard letters can be the same.

    1c. Each player can only pick 1 player per Franchise (hitter and pitcher inclusive). Because many players may have multiple eligible Franchises, for VD15, a players Franchise must be chosen at the time of selection, and this will be locked in at that point. Eligibility is decided by Sean Lahman's database calculations for Franchises and the VD calculation key from the previous VD Franchise drafts (as provided by KS).


    1d. Each team shall consist of 27 players (15H & 12P), comprised of the following positions: C, C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, CI, MI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, UT, UT, 12 x P. The UT positions must be filled by a hitter.

    2. Qualifications for players

    a. To be eligible for the draft, a player must meet the following requirements:

    i. There are no career minimums to be met. A player must have at least one qualifying season, as explained in Rule 2.a.ii.
    ii. The player must have an eligible season. For a hitter's "best season", the hitter must have at least 100 ABs during the season. To be an eligible season for a pitcher's "best season", the pitcher must have at least 100 IP or 40 appearances during the season.

    b. Hitter Positional requirements

    i. For a hitter to be eligible for a position, he must have played 200 games at that position. If a hitter has not played 200 games at any position, then the position that player has played the most games at will be considered their eligible position. If you choose to take a player who has the most games played at pitcher or designated hitter (and does not have any other position where they met the 200 game minimum) then that player only qualifies for the UT slot.

    ii. To be eligible at CI or MI, the player must be eligible at 1B or 3B, or 2B or SS, respectively. To be eligible at INF, a player must be eligible at any of the 4 positions. Teams cannot add the games played at 2B and SS to obtain MI eligibility for a player, for example. However, there is no games played based eligibility requirement for the UT. The only requirement is the 100 season ABs.

    3. There will be a team career IP requirement of 19000 IP. Failure to meet that minimum requirement will result in one point in career ERA and career WHIP. The career ERA and career WHIP of the penalized team will be used as normal for the purposes of determining the standings of the other teams in those categories, i.e., the penalty will be applied after the standings are determined for those categories.

    4. The draft will be conducted in the form of a standard snake-draft, with draft order randomly determined at the beginning.

    5. Scoring Categories

    a. The scoring categories are the standard 5x5 for career and the "best season" as defined by these rules. These categories are OBP, HR, RBI, Runs and SB for hitters, and ERA, WHIP, Wins, Saves, and Ks for pitchers. At the time that each player is drafted, the drafting team must announce the season it is choosing for that player's "best season." It cannot be changed once selected unless it is an obvious typo. A pick without a season mentioned is not a complete pick.

    b. we will be using Multi+1 scoring. The official winner will be the team with the highest total when multiplying the points scored in each of the 20 categories together with the addition of +1 to each score. e.g. if you finish last in a category you get 1+1=2 points; if you finish first you get 13+1=14 points.

    6. If a team backs itself into a corner somehow and is not able to draft any eligible players to complete its team, the blank slot will count as zeros in all categories. Any such team will also have fifteen (15) points deducted from their final score to account for any advantage in ERA, WHIP or AVG that such an empty slot might give. In addition, if anyone runs past their 12 hour clock, then shows up in the Pen but doesn't pick or post why they can't, they are subject to a one point deduction from their final score, if an (absolute) majority of teams vote to apply the penalty in any given case.

    7. "The John Montgomery Ward Rule." Players who qualify to be drafted as both hitters and pitchers are treated as two separate players. They can be drafted by one team as a pitcher and another as a hitter. They must qualify separately in each category to be eligible in that category. A team may draft a player twice if they so choose to use their wild card letters in such a manner.

    8. If any ambiguity is discovered in the rules, the ambiguity will be resolved by the committee of three as determined in the VD XVIII discussion thread. Their decisions are binding and final.

    9. We allow 12 hours between picks during week day periods, with an extra 5 hours added if the clock runs past midnight EST. We don't count weekends as many will not have access, or be able to check up on things. Weekday holidays are considered as on the clock unless otherwise agreed upon beforehand. This rule is intended as a guideline encouraging consideration for the other drafters. If you will not be able to make a pick within the allotted time, it is appropriate that you let someone know via PM or phone message.

    10. If your pick is going to be due soon, and you think you might not be around, you can either tell us to skip your pick, or better still, PM a list of possible selections to someone else, and they can pick for you. It's better to PM picks to someone at the other end of the draft. In that way it won't affect whom the people around you will be taking in the mean time (no one can steal your picks!!).

    11. We have a policy of not talking about players before they have been selected. Occasionally this will be unavoidable ... but as a rule try not to throw out the names of unselected players.

    12. Please put your picks in BOLD so it's easier to catch up on who's been selected. Also, include the round and pick number.
    Preferred format: 1.01 Babe Ruth OF 1921 NYY. Makes it easier for me to copy/paste into the history thread. It is also recommended to post some corroborating stat for the BY along with your pick in case of a typo or honest mistake. So for instance, along with Babe Ruth you could post his BY line, or simple 177 Runs.

    13. If a player makes an invalid or incorrect selection, he will have 1 hour to correct the pick from the time the error is noted in the thread. After that time has passed, the next player will be on the clock to pick. Anyone who is skipped may reselect their pick whenever they return from all players still available at that time.

    14. (not applicable) Players from all time periods are eligible to be draft. However, each team may only draft a maximum of 4 Dead-Ball hitters, 4 Dead-Ball pitchers and 4 Contemporary hitters.
    For the purposes of this rule, a Dead-Ball hitter is any hitter who played at all in 1898 or any season prior to 1898.
    For the purposes of this rule, a Dead-Ball pitcher is any pitcher who pitched at all in 1913 or any season preceding 1913.
    For the purposes of this rule, a Contemporary hitter is a hitter who played at all in any season between 1999 and 2004 (inclusive).

    15. We usually accept late entrants up until the end of Round 1. In such circumstances, the new participant will pick last in the first round. We will then do a double blind to randomly determine where they will draft for every consequent round - e.g. Joe Bloggs wants to join after pick 1.05. For the first round he picks last: 1.12. We then do a double blind to determine which slot Joe will draft from round 2 on-wards. This way there is no first round advantage, and the draft order is still random.
    Last edited by johnnya24; 06-19-2020, 02:26 PM.

  • #2

    If anyone wants to help with error checking, that'd be great.

    I always think I've got everything, but I still miss things.


    1. Duplicate franchises will highlight on the Rounds sheet.
    2. An invalid Franchise selection will highlight on the Snapshot page next to the players entry (OK = valid / blank = invalid)
    3. Your available/taken franchise selections will automatically highlight on the Snapshot Page adjacent to your team

    If you're new to the spreadsheet, don't be alarmed by the splurge of tabs. The only 2 Tabs you really need are:

    1. Rounds (to enter players)
    2. Snapshot (which has all the information)

    Also, the entries for the Rounds sheet will be copy/pasted in the VD15 History Thread at the end of each round. However, when you are copy pasting this data, make sure to right click and only copy as plain text.


    So here is the list of players contained in the spreadsheet, updated to contain Franchise data. This will also be contained on the scoring sheet when it's finished. However, I recommend using this for sorting, ranking etc ... and keep the scoring spreadsheet separate. That way if there are updates to the scoring sheet, it won't affect your rankings etc.


    I may update this to include the "Rounds" and "pick" sheets so that taken players can be tracked by copy/pasting the picked players into the "Rounds" sheet ... maybe.

    Note: all the relevant hitting and pitching data for calculating ratios etc may be contained in hidden columns. If so, select all the columns, then right click, then "unhide", and that will reveal all.

    This will be obvious to everyone I imagine, but just in case:

    For POSITION and FRANCHISE sorting, I recommend:

    1. click the filter arrow at the top of the column
    2. using the "Text Filters" function
    3. using the "Contains" option
    4. if you are looking for all Catchers in the "POS" column: Text Filters > Contains > C will filter all catchers.
    5. if you are looking for MI's try: Text Filters > Contains > 2B AND SS (you can add a second option)

    You can filter multiple columns at the same time. So you can highlight a particular Franchise in "Franchise" column, and sort by Catchers ("C") in the "POS" column. That will filter all Catchers eligible for that Franchise.

    For LETTER sorting things are simpler because it's 1 letter per player, and you can sort as many as you like, not just 2.

    1. click the filter arrow at the top of the column
    2. unclick all the letters, then click the letters you want to sort (or simply unclick the letters you don't want).

    To reverse a filter, click the Filter arrow again, and the "Clear Filter From Franchise"

    Hope this is helpful. Y'all can figure the rest out.

    Last edited by johnnya24; 06-12-2020, 05:13 AM.


    • #3
      1.01 Walter Johnson P 1913 Min

      Really low Whip . 78 - I think


      • #4
        And that player would be:

        1.02 Cy Young P 1908 CLV
        If DMT didn't exist we would have to invent it. There has to be a weirdest thing. Once we have the concept weird, there has to be a weirdest thing. And DMT is simply it.
        - Terence McKenna

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        How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - Satchel Paige


        • #5
          1.03 Barry Bonds OF 2001 PIT.

          73 HR 73 Hr 73 HR 73 Hr 73 HR 73 Hr 73 HR 73 Hr 73 HR 73 H

          Will give year later
          Last edited by The Feral Slasher; 06-08-2020, 12:30 PM.
          Champagne for breakfast and a Sherman in my hand !


          • #6
            1.04 Robin Yount SS 1982 MIL

            Already tanking like 3 stats...
            I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert...


            • #7
              1.05 Babe Ruth OF 1921 NYY



              • #8
                1.06 Alex Rodriguez SS/3B 2007 Seattle Mariners
                people called me an idiot for burning popcorn in the microwave, but i know the real truth. - nullnor


                • #9
                  1.07 Hank Aaron OF 1963 ATL


                  • #10
                    Sorry for the delay.

                    1.08 Ty Cobb OF DET 1911


                    • #11
                      1.09 - Jimmie Foxx, 1B, OAK, 1932


                      • #12
                        1.10 Carl Yastrzemski OF BOS 1970

                        The season with less HR and RBI than 1967, but his best career OBP, Runs, and SB.


                        • #13
                          1.11 Grover Peter Not the President Cleveland Alexander P 1915 PHI

                          Edited to add BY and franchise
                          Last edited by Bene Futuis; 06-06-2020, 05:57 PM.
                          More American children die by gunfire in a year than on-duty police officers and active duty military.


                          • #14
                            1.12 Rickey Henderson OF OAK 1985

                            80 SB's


                            • #15
                              1.13 Ted Williams OF BOS 1941