Posted by billpitt on 6/27/2013 9:17:00 AM (view original):
I'm not one to normally make negative comments on another owner, but rangerup came into our league (Lets Play Two), took that 99 win team, traded its younger players for older players with long term contracts, made the team more of a win at all costs now version, and then bailed after he won the WS with the excuse he was tired of playing HBD. As I said to him then, and I'll say now, he's the poster boy for the type of owner we wish to never have again.
Anyone who values the idea of "Dynasty" in Hardball Dynasty should ignore any advice rangerup has to offer.
It was unfortunate when you threw a fit Bill. While I did in fact only play one season and 'bail' I did decide to quit HBD, and presently only have one team as I got a free season for tearing up your world. Contrary to what you just said though, that team I took over for that one season had 5 SS types on the roster, all fairly good, but you cannot win a WS with 5 SS types. Teccywirg listen up. So what I did, was take 3 of those guys and trade them for pieces that would win, and none of those pieces were old, big contract guys. None of them. In fact all of them are still under reasonable contracts with that club and are not presently digressing. Had I stayed in that world, I would have in all likelihood won a couple more WS with that team. I left it in better shape than when I got it, made no bad trades, inked no crazy contracts. Wait a minute, I did sign one free agent pitcher, one of the best ever in HBD to what is not a crazy contract, but he did all of a sudden start digressing during the season. That rankled me a little. But he is still very viable.
Bill was mainly upset because a newcomer came in, and swept the field. Had I wanted to continue playing HBD I would have stayed, but I got bored with the game somewhat. There are only so many ways to skin a cat and I have tried them all. If the new guy runs that team right, they are in the WS for the next 3-5 years.
What is somewhat touching is Bill is now hollering "look at me!' on his own world message board after he puts a post up here. I did not know I had that much of an effect on him. And said team sits at 54-20something in the division lead. He seemed like a nice guy until I politely (as he asked) told him I would be leaving due to losing interest in the game, then his true personality came out. Unsettling. When he signed me up he asked no questions and I told him I would not, and have never, ruined a franchise, not my style. That team was poised to win at the ML level, just won 99 the year before even though that owner did not run things right. The present owner is making mistakes by my book as well with guys playing in positions they should not be. That may cost him a title.
On a side note, I never said (did I?) to ignore splits. I also never said (no?) that velocity and groundball are all important either. What I said was, you don't have to have splits at 75+ on both L and R....if you can find 45-60 splits and have velocity, groundball and P1 (all three teccywirg, all three, together, as one) at 85+ you have yourself a pitcher that will perform like the guy with 75+ splits. I have done it, I have looked for it, I have made trades that made my teams better doing it and gotten the better deal because other owners never figured this out. There are other groupings of ratings (both pitchers and position players) that perform better than the core ratings owners already drool over, I have discovered and exploited them and that is the reason I have been in 15+ WS in 40 seasons, regardless of whether I pick up good teams or not. But hell make fun of me, get mad at me...learn at your own peril.
Some guys play to socialize
Some guys play to always develop their own
Some guys play just because they find it fun
Some guys play to win at the ML level
It's all good as long as you don't aggressively ruin a franchise to the detriment of the world, which I have never done.