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Welcome to Season 2
Posted by Allan Sellers on Saturday, Mar. 31st, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Hi guys,

Welcome to season 2 of the TMBL reboot.   Its sort of a reboot of its own as well as you will find out below... 

Here are the changes for this season:

1) We will use Diamond Mind Baseball (an off the shelf PC program) to run games.    There are many advantages but primarily its a great simulator that is often to run "what will happen" sort of simulations for the World Series, for example.

2) Profile changes may occur once a week.  While its likely there will be a web form for you to make changes, I will need to hand-enter these into the simulator so that they can be used.  The nice thing, as you'll see soon, is that you have many more options to control your team.

3) I will need to write "parser" programs to take the output from the simulator and put it in a formate we can use for the website (similar to what we had last season).   That will be an ongoing effort so bear with me.

4) Before the draft starts (TBD) we will have a finalized plan on "player protection".    We need a good plan that doesn't create scenarios where teams can keep their best players year after year.   We also need a plan where teams KEEP about 15-20 players a season (with a roster max at around 40).   Also factored in needs to be the concept that one good/bad draft shouldn't kill your team for many seasons.    In other words teams should need to continue to "draft well" each season to keep a good team good and allow a bad team to improve.  I'll post a separate thread on this to get the discussion going.

In short, there will be a few changes as we get going.  I took this approach as there were two areas from our survey folks wanted to improve: a) the simulator and b) the resource management.

This DEFINITELY improves the simulator aspect.  As for resource management its more of an incremental improvement (but not a huge one)...though we WILL have player injuries.  

That's all for now.  I'd like to get an idea of who is returning over the next week.  Please reply to this thread with your status.   NO ONE should feel obligated to return if this game is not for you.   So please make a decision in your best interests based on your time.  If you are unsure and need more info, that's fine, you'll get a little more over the next couple of weeks as we get underway.

Thanks guys,

Al

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I'm going to take the entire week to decide, but assume I am in for now. I've potentially got some very busy months coming up and next week is decisions week, so should have a better picture of whether or not I will be able to devote the time to play.
 

John Holden on Saturday, Mar. 31st, 2012 at 8:09 PM
 

Im in Al 

Dave D

Dave Dowson on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 12:51 AM
 

In.

Phil McIntosh on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 7:13 AM
 

In for more abuse from the commissioner!

Dave Dohm on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 6:09 PM
 

Thanks for responding so far John, Dancin' Dave, Phil, and Dr. Doom.

Yes Dr. Doom, I look forward to providing additional abuse this season...  :-)

Allan Sellers on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 6:22 PM
 

Definitely in!

Rob Peterson on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 7:15 PM
 

I reckon I'll be in as well.   :)

James Andrew on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 10:38 PM
 

As if there was any doubt - I'm in!

Roy Rolsten on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 11:26 PM
 

I'm in.....  And I plan on keeping my NL Cy Young and AL Cy Young/MVP winners for the upcoming season.

Brent Hermack on Sunday, Apr. 1st, 2012 at 11:41 PM
 

I am in ....

Chris McDougall on Monday, Apr. 2nd, 2012 at 2:52 AM
 

Out, sorry to say.

Unfortunately, it's likely I would only draft and then put lineups together but I'd do very little changing strategy or press. You probably want more participation than that.

And on an emotional, irrational level, when Pujol left "the Lou" my heart left baseball.

But I would still be on retainer to help a baseball newbie with draft and strategy advice, though that's of questionable value. And I'd like to chip in for the simulator anyway. Money not work, my default offer in these leagues.

All the best,

Jay

 

Jay Wilkins on Tuesday, Apr. 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 PM
 

Pujols...sniffle...

Jay Wilkins on Tuesday, Apr. 3rd, 2012 at 11:54 PM
 

ï»I'm in !!!!

Peter Babcock on Wednesday, Apr. 4th, 2012 at 2:29 PM
 

I'm in. Looking forward to it!

James Tucker on Wednesday, Apr. 4th, 2012 at 6:20 PM
 

Thanks and I had to call in a favor, but JPW WILL be returning.  :-)

Allan Sellers on Thursday, Apr. 5th, 2012 at 5:38 PM
 

Mud Hens will be in

Derek Purvis on Thursday, Apr. 5th, 2012 at 8:43 PM
 

I think I am in with the PSDs.  I didn't draft a ball park.  Does that mean I have none or just the worst one that was left over?  (Assuming I am in.)

Rob Baptiste on Friday, Apr. 13th, 2012 at 5:26 AM
 

I forwarded you the email again Rob.  The deadline is 'anytime' this Saturday April 14th, so you still have time.

Allan Sellers on Friday, Apr. 13th, 2012 at 1:25 PM