Before each season begins ESPN will determine the primary position of every MLB player available in the game. For players with major league experience, primary position will be determined as the most valuable out of all positions a player qualifies at, at ESPN's discretion. In the event that a player has not satisfied eligibility requirements at any one position (see below), then that player will be assigned the primary position at which the player had the most games played in his most recent season.
For players with no major league experience, initial primary position will be at ESPN's discretion, based on minor league experience and anticipated major league role. Only one position will be assigned to such a player. Additional positional eligibility will be determined as outlined below in the Batter and Pitcher sections. This includes rookies as well as veterans. The listed primary positions are fixed and will not change for the duration of the season.
NOTE: In custom leagues the League Manager CANNOT change the listed position of any player in the game.
Positional Eligibility for Batters
Additional positional eligibility for Batters occurs when one of the following conditions is met:
- Games played at a position during last season: 20
- Games played at a position during current season: 10 (The eligibility will take place on the 11th day, even if no game is played that day)
NOTE: For a batter to be considered eligible for Outfield (OF) he must play at least ten games in any outfield position (RF, CF, LF or any combo of the three, totaling 10). For example, at one point in 2009, Gary Sheffield (DH) played four games in Left Field and six games in Right Field. The total was ten, so he would be OF eligible.
Positional Eligibility for Pitchers
Additional positional eligibility for Pitchers occurs when one of the following conditions is met:
- Pitching appearances last season: 5 starts / 8 relief
- Pitching appearances during current season: 3 starts / 5 relief
Note: From time to time, ESPN may make the decision to assign SP or RP eligibility to a pitcher prior to their meeting the conditions stated above but whose value is dramatically affected by an anticipated role change. Unlike with hitters, who still accrue the same statistics no matter what their position, the nature of starting pitching versus relief pitching increases the impact of a role change. However, ESPN will not remove eligibility from a player who has achieved one of the above-stated milestones. Please also note that SP and RP are custom positions only; the ESPN standard game uses the generic "P" position.
The system uses MLB's official disabled list to update players' injury status. Disabled List (DL) status is updated every day, throughout the day, based on feeds from our data providers. It is important to note that there is often a gap between when a team announces a DL move will take place and when it actually happens. ESPN only offers DL status to players who are officially on the DL, regardless of expected length of absence.
MANAGING YOUR DISABLED LIST (DL)
Players who are eligible for the disabled list (DL) are designated with an asterisk and a "DL", followed by a number indicating expected duration (in days) of the injury in red. To move a player on your team to a DL slot click on the "Manage DL" link at the top of your team page. This link will only appear in leagues which use DL slot(s).
DL-eligible players can only be moved to the DL slot from your active roster or bench. Players can not be added directly to your DL slot from free agency, as you must first add the player to an open bench slot. A player in FLB is not assigned to the DL unless their MLB team assigns that player to the DL. This does not generally happen until the start of the MLB season and does not include pitchers who are shut down near the end of the season, unless the pitcher is officially added to the DL.
To move a player from your DL back to your active roster or bench, click on the "Manage DL" link at the top of the Team page and activate the player.
NOTE: Once a player is off the DL (no longer DL eligible), the player must be placed back on the team roster before the team owner can complete another player related transaction (add/drop).
The Undroppable list comprises players who cannot be dropped to waivers at any time during the season. ESPN introduced this feature to prevent collusion (In these cases, owners would be able to drop star players, allowing those first on the waiver wire to pick them up). League managers in Custom Leagues can choose if they want to allow owners to be capable of dropping all players or be prevented from dropping designated players. View your league settings page to see how your league is configured. In Standard Leagues the list is enforced at all times.
View the players listed as undroppable.
The Adjust Scoring feature is only available in League Manager H2H points-based leagues. The "Adjust Scoring" link can be accessed from both the LM Tools and Scoreboard pages. Using this feature the LM can adjust the scoring of any game by simply adding or subtracting points from a team for a given week. If the scoring adjustment changes the end result of the game (ie, from a win to a loss), the standings page will immediately update to reflect the adjusted game result.
NOTE: If an adjustment is made to a game, the box score pages will reflect the change with an asterisk.
Fantasy Baseball may be inaccessible during set times throughout the season. They are as follows:
4 a.m. through 10 a.m. ET (Wednesday) 4 a.m. through 7 a.m. ET (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday)