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Old 02-10-2013, 03:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Don't you just hate it when a dynasty comes to an end?

You know when half the team demands too much money and you can't afford it? Though for the last 5 years they all played well together, took you to the playoffs and you watched in awe as they stomped team after team year after year and won well over 100 games each year.

Alas my team like that fell by the wayside this last season. I was 40mil over budget and I couldn't offer any extentions. They went east, west north and south after the gold and that little bit of heaven that comes with those 100 million plus contracts. It was sad to see players go like Reiger power hitting 1b, Bryce Harper best HR hitter I had Rf and DH, Steve Young the other side of that of/lf hitting with power and focus, Addison Reed setup man in the bullpen along with Pineda and McCullers, Doyle and White middle relievers to be proud of. Gone All! and cast amongst the thousands.

Now the rebuilding begins and the excitement of seeing new prospects take their places in hope of gaining back some of that which was lost. New names like Rodriquez, Lawrence, Hoshimoto, Paladin, Parks and Reese. Ahhhh the young kids all aglee and excited to be playing in the majors, rushing onto the field with tobacco chews replaced by double bubble bubble gum. Even so seeing a dynasty come to an end is heartfelt sadness because you may never see the likes of that crew again. But, still as in the past you step out from that last step of the dugout, pan around the field and soak it all in again because even though the old gang is gone you now see the new one forming and that makes you happy as a skipper and a fan of baseball.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I do my best to stagger extension years so that I don't have to re-sign multiple guys at once. At least it helps avoid the kind of season you're talking about where you have 3 or 4 big contracts to deal with.

Of course when you are jammed up by $40M as you say not too much to do but cut 'em loose and then watch the waiver wire to see what you can find!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I know the feeling Ragin. In my original ABF I went to the ABF playoffs 9 out of 11 years winning 5 ABF Championships. Had 6 potential HOFers. Signing Babe Ruth in 2006 from the upstart American League is what did me in just so my competitors would not get him. Negotiated with him for 6 weeks always offering him more then the other teams. 17.5 per for 7 yrs. (avg) season 1 was 7.5 season 7 was 25.6. Having to resign Wilbur Duggleby to a long term 10 yr deal at 30 per (4 Triple Crowns 7 MVP's).
Then the bottom fell out in 2012. Ruth went down with a CEI. Juan San Antonio my GG 3B could no longer hit above .200 or field a ball to save his life. I watched myself go from Greg Maddux to Dontrelle Willis. My #3 John Lennon never recovered from Tommy John and after winning 22 in 2010 won 4 in 2012 and retired at the end of the season at 24. My #2, who had been on the decline each of the past 4 seasons finally had nothing left and retired at 29. 76 over budget, I had the worst rated coaches from MLB down to Rookie. i had 6 1 star starters in my IF and OF and only Duggleby was higher then 1.5 stars. Team hit .232 in 2012. .229 in 2013 after leading the league from 2000 - 2011. Over .300 each year.
Sadly that league got corrupted in 2014 and is lost. In my new ABF I have 2 seasons of 60 wins and am at .500 in my 3rd season and can't seem to win for anything.
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Haven't run into that yet. If I could play more than 10 games every few months I guess I would have to deal with it soon.
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