NOTE: In custom leagues the League Manager CANNOT change the listed position of any player in the game.
CHANGE FOR 2020: If a Batter plays five games in 2020 at a position he does not yet have eligibility at, he will gain eligibility at that position. If he plays 10 games at that position, he will maintain eligibility at that position in 2021. For Pitchers that do not yet have eligibility for the Starting Pitcher position they need to start for two (2) games and to earn Relief Pitcher eligibility, they need to pitch relief for three (3) games.
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 the current season: 10 (The eligibility will take place on the 11th day, even if no game is played that day)
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 the 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