Conference 1 / Division 2 ("South"): Maryland Ninjas, Maryland Blue Crabs, Battin' Rouge King Cake Babies, Deep River Circles, Thurber-Mingus Thunder Chickens
Conference 2 / Division 1 ("Midwest"): Indiana Jones, Fishers Creepers, Grand Theft Votto, Tree Town Ninjas, Owensboro Sluggers
Conference 2 / Division 2 ("North"): Butler Bounty Hunters, Chicago Hot Dogs, Minnehahas, Honey Nut Ichiros, Awesome City Hardballers
Weekly head-to-head games, running from Monday through Sunday (including the short All-Star week)
15-week regular season (April 30 through August 12) with 3-week playoff tourney (August 13 through September 2).
The regular season will include 2 games against each division opponent, 1 each against remaining conference opponents, and two interconference games against similar finishers from the previous season.
Playoffs will include four division winners and four wildcards (two teams from each conference) in a seeded single-elimination tournament
20-man major-league roster and a 1-man developmental roster
6 Starting Hitters: 1 C, 1 CM (1B or 3B), 1 MM (2B or SS), 2 OF, 1 DH (any position)
6 Starting Pitchers: 6 P (at least 2 SP and 1 RP)
True disabled list (must be on the MLB D.L. to be disabled in GDS, limit 5)
The developmental roster consists of a single player who is not currently playing at the major league level (e.g., minor leaguers, college and high school players).
This player is ineligible to play in 2012, even if his status changes during the season with a callup to the MLB major leagues.
The player may be released at any time and replaced with another developmental player no already on another GDS roster
Regulation — 9 "innings":
Hitters: Runs Batted In (RBI)
Pitchers: Strikeouts (K)
Hitters: Runs (R)
Pitchers: Saves (SV)
Hitters: Homeruns (HR)
Pitchers: Wins + Quality Starts (W + QS)
Hitters: Stolen Bases (SB)
Pitchers: Walks + Hits per Innings Pitches (WHIP)
Hitters: On Base Percentage (OBP)
Extra Innings — 9 "innings":
Pitchers: Losses (L))
Hitters: Errors (E)
Pitchers: Holds (H)
Hitters: Strikeouts (K)
Pitchers: Earned Run Average (ERA)
Hitters: Runs Created (RC)
Pitchers: Homeruns Allowed (HRA)
Hitters: At Bats (AB)
Pitchers: Innings Pitched (IP)
The cumulative stats compiled by the starting lineup over the course of the gameweek are compared between the two head-to-head teams.
The better stats total for each inning scores a run (maximum: 9, if one team wins all categories; minimum: 0, if all categories are tied)
Extra Innings: If the run total is tied at the end of regulation (i.e., after comparing the nine categories using the starting lineup), additional statistics are compared one at a time, in inning order, until a winning run is scored.
To simplify and expedite the initial setup process: Instead of selecting individual players to fill out 20 rounds of rosters, teams will select complete pitching and hitting rosters in a two-round serpentine draft
Draft order will be set randomly for the first round and reverse order for the second.
Squads of 9 pitchers and 11 hitters will be pre-selected using the top of the ESPN 500 rankings, using a serpentine style distribution (e.g., the team with the first hitter will get the 40th and 41st hitters, too, etc.)
Adjustments may be made to ensure a starting lineup can be fielded for the first week, without requiring a trade
In subsequent seasons, individual players will be drafted to fill out available roster spots after 12 players have been protected as franchise players. NOTE: We will work out these rules later, but expect a dozen players to be protectable, plus developmental players
Waiver Wire: When a player is released, to become a free agent he will first need to clear waivers after 48 hours without any claims being made to acquire him. The player is awarded to the team with the highest position in the waiver order (based on reverse order of league rankings). If no claims are made, the player is declared a free agent. To add a waived player, a current player must be waived or disabled to make room on the roster
Free Agents: Free agent requests are collected each week through Friday at midnight Eastern. Free agents will be awarded to the team with the lowest league ranking that week. To add a free agent, a current player must be waived or disabled to make room on the roster.
Trades: Trades can be made at any point until August 1. No trades will be allowed after that date. Both teams must confirm the deal to the commissioner before it is announced to the league. Other teams will have 48 hours to veto the trade. If four vetoes are submitted, the trade will not be allowed.
Future Draft Picks: Trades may involve future draft picks, up to three drafts in advance (e.g., 2013, 2014 or 2015). This is useful to help struggling teams prepare for the future, or to balance out unequal player talent in the transaction. Plan on each team being able to protect at least 10-12 franchise players each season, leaving a draft of about 10 rounds every year.
Disabled List: There are up to 5 disabled list spots available to every franchise. In order to be added to the disabled list in the GDS, that player must already be on a MLB disabled list. A disabled player may remain on the DL in the GDS until activated by his MLB team. When a player is disabled, a roster spot becomes available to acquire a replacement. To activate a disabled player, roster room must be created by waiving, trading or disabling a current player.