Sunday, June 26, 2016

A new season, a new world

As we get set to play our first regular-season games this week, there are a ton of things I want to say, but most of all, thanks to all for your cooperation and patience during the whole merger process. It wasn’t the what either world wanted, but I think we all agree it was the best thing to do for the health of our two worlds.

I believe that the owners who remained in the two worlds are dedicated and have a passion for the game, something I developed quickly in the short time I have been playing.

Bringing together everyone in these worlds is the beginning of what I hope is a very solid world and hopefully one that grows into a a great world. Attrition is going to happen. Some owners will need to scale back, others will just move on.

But I want to this world to be fun and develop a foundation that is rock-solid.

That includes:

No tanking: Tanking is different than rebuilding. Don’t lose on purpose. Build your team — including the minors — for the future. That’s what teams in MLB do.

Keep the minors in order: Field a healthy roster at all levels and don’t abuse pitchers. Have a few extra pitchers who can be rotated in an out, especially at the lower levels.

Since this is the inaugural season of this new world and we have been through enough turmoil, there are not going to be any minimum-win rules put in place for Season 1. I want folks to be able to regroup from the merger and continue building their franchise.

If there are some inexperienced owners out there who need counseling, just ask someone, whether it be to everyone in a posting in world chat or asking me or another trusted owner via trade chat. Also, take a look at the forums. There is a lot of great info there.

As for future rules? I would like to hear from owners on what rules — minimum wins, international spending limits or whatever else is on your mind — you would like in this world.

But most of all, let’s have fun in this world and maybe get a little witty banter going in world chat.

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