The Usage Committee has determined the following penalties for flagrant overuse:
BRK: Season-remaining suspension of Eric Haase and 2022 usage reduced by 103 ABs (the amount of overuse.)
VAN: Season-remaining suspension of Darwinzon Hernandez, usage reduced by 19 IPs in 2022, and draft position moved back to end of Round 1 (approximately four spots).
Why the penalties?
All teams have players with trace amounts of overuse each year, normally occurring during mid-week gaming, and we'll continue to use that model of acceptable overuse. On this occasion, the players in question had been on the weekly Expired List for numerous weeks and had far exceeded the limits of casual overuse.
Why differing penalties for the two teams?
The value of the players in question and the relative position of the offending teams made it impractical. The committee quickly determined that a "one-size-fits-all" approach would inevitably lead to injustice.
What are the rules and allowable penalties?
10% overuse per player, with a grace period that allows players to complete the series/week in which they expire.
Penalties can be a combination of suspension, draft re-slotting, loss of draft picks, or permanent loss of player. For the near future, the committee will make determinations.
The committee will reconvene on an as-needed basis to enforce usage rules and to examine policies to ensure fair practices. Huge shout-out to members Tom Tingblad, Scott Benson, Paul Johnson, and Jeff Swenson for swift action, and to Jeff Meyer for providing timely usage reports throughout the season. Groundouts, make sure to update your CMs by Monday afternoon. Only 27 games to go!