“ View on change to closer rule “
believe that given our constitution already has the below exceptions that I
miss the logic of the arguments being promoted. I'd hold them with
credence if these rules were not in effect and we played the game as strat
designed it right out of the box. Obviously, when the league was founded
the rules put in place were agreeable to all of us original members, much like
our founding fathers with the constitution. We all know what a
magnificent document they crafted, but flaws were nonetheless present and have
fortunately been rectified through the amendment process. I believe that
is what Daniel is alluding to that the decision with closers is
arbitrary. To that I do agree as, had Scott Linnebrink, been on the Pirates,
then Mesa would have been out assaulting people like he did as
an Indian. Yet Strat deems him an advantage over such dominate pitchers
that act as primary set-up men for real closers. I chose Linnebrink
instead of the no brainer Gordon ( Stuck behind Rivera ), as even teams with
less than dominate closers such as TB often fail to utilize players as we would
or as other MLB mangers would. Obviously Strat recognizes this with both
OF's and even catchers due to game limitations, but fail to recognize it with
relievers to closers.
being said, if the rule is to be changed, then I believe that it places many
teams that have made tactical decisions, free agency signings and draft
decisions at a disadvantage. Without a postponement to its implementation,
say season after next, I'd not support the change either, not because I fear
change or think Hal is akin to our founding fathers, but out of a sense of
fairness to other league members.
no matter which way you vote, please never vote just for the statis quo or
because all change is perceived as bad, but because you feel the rule if
implemented just doesn’t sit right with you or seems to be unjust to
those on the fence, this really matters very little, as of my 18 leagues, ten
do not use this rule and eight do. In
the league where the closer rule is enforced, an average of 4 pitchers in each
top team do not have closer ratings, receiving the game penalty, yet they
average 27.8 saves and ERA's of 2.99. Clearly whether we adopt the not
using the rule as the majority of the leagues I belong to have elected (but
only by 10-8), it has not stopped teams from simply ignoring the game penalty
and throwing in their best cards. The
question is and has been in each league changed in my experience should the
Mesa’s of the world be given preferential treatment, while Gordon’s, Linnebrink’s, Gonzalez’s and King’s are punished and deemed
as incapable of closing.
Rules of Play
We use all SOM game company super advanced rules except for
the following exceptions:
A. We use
injuries. No injury lasts longer than
the remainder of the game.
B. We do not
use the DH.
pitchers involved in trades are considered rested.
D. You may only
pinch hit for the last player you have at a given position if you are losing in
the 9th or later.
E. We do use
the game company's super-advanced relief pitcher rest guidelines and pitch
count rules. Each reliever is considered
to be rested at the beginning of each series.
F. No player
may play a position they are not eligible to play unless they are the last
option as an injury replacement or are replacing a player pinch hit for when
losing in the 9th or later. Use the game
company's guidelines when playing infielders and catchers out of position.
outfielder may play another outfield position not listed on his card, according
to the game company's guidelines for such play.
H. A position
player may not pitch.
I. We do not
use MAX rules. This is stated for
J. Because we
do not use the DH, all players without a position on their SOM card will be
rated at first base as a 5e30.