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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Baseball Unlimited: #2 August trade deadline

Ok...is anybody out there in blogger-land? My understanding is the league trading deadline will stay at Sept 1st and the issue on the tabled is whether to impose anything effective the month of August? The ideas have ranged from
1. Do nothing
2. Aug 1 for moving signed players (balance Sept 1)
3. Aug 1 - Sept 1 any signed players would need to be posted for 48 hours (or some other time period) before trading.

The issue on item 3 could extend to only applying to signed 'impact' players however who in their right mind could ever define 'impact' as beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Therefore I start the blogging with my 3 options. Banter-away on these or other ideas I might have missed.
# posted by Doorights : 7:06 PM "

Any Other Issues?

Can we identify any impending identify threats to BU tranquility? I have a couple of suggestions (what a surprise!).

1. Early tanking. It's a threat to the integrity of BU. There is no check of fan disapproval and attendance cratering such as in MLB. A BU team can tank with impunity. Didn't several teams tank before the All Star break recently. Early tanking means that the scramble to pry talent out of the lesser teams ends up having an enormous effect on the penant race. This rewards personal skills and phone time unjustly. Not all of us have the time to be in constant contact with others. Shouldn't the Draft and FA Process count for relatively more? Early tanking leads to less aggregate interest in BU and weakens the cohesion.

I think we should do more to counteract early tanking. In this vein I would not encourage more long term signings by making it even more favorable to the BU owner. Perhaps I would spread the money around a little, maybe have monthly payouts. I don't think penalizing the also rans makes sense. We should be a league of rewards, not punishments.

2. Parity. Is there enough? Again, lack of parity leads to disinterest and weakens cohesion.

3. Complexity and bureacracy. The constitution is reading a little ragged. Shouldn't we try to keep it simple and not fix every potential , slim probability issue with heaps of arcane rules? Life is too complicated as it is.

4. Personal conflicts. How do we promote league comity?

I can't think of any more, but am willing to add your suggestions.

Summary of Trade Deadline Issue

Trade Deadline to remain the same; 8/31.

The main issue of contention seems to boil down to whether to have a waiver or posting process in the month of August.

Several teams have commented to leave the rule alone. The issue of a trade going down that all were not aware of is not that big a deal. Become aware, in other words, reach out to all teams in the league with trade entreaties. After all, it is not hard to predict which teams may be trading guys. If a BU team doesn't respond, they are only hurting themselves. You can't put a gun to their head to trade with you. A posting process won't change that. They can still post their players and not trade with you. It is in a BU teams best interest to get the most out of guys. Can't we rely on the "invisible hand" of self-interest to rectify any so-called "problem".

Other teams like mimicking the waiver process in MLB. Players traded in the month of August have to clear waivers or be posted for a short period of time. There might be a fee to post players. Only "impact" players must be posted perhaps. In such a manner, all teams will know beforehand that an "impact" player could be changing hands. BU teams can't wait to the last moment, and then just take what they can get. A BU team has to be proactive in order to comply with the rules. Perhaps there will be less trading because of this, but it will reward those that plan ahead and give a darn even though thay may be out of the present year's pennant race.

What do you say BU land? Is the fixing the "problem" worth the added complexity and bureacracy? Let's have a recount on where BU teams fall on the post/no-post issue.

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