One of the new rules, which barely passed by a 16-14 vote, allows owners to keep a full roster of 39 active players all season. Note that this is not a fast rule for we can place guys on our minor league list, but having all players available in this format is much like having some Triple-A players available to an actual Major League team.
Furthermore, since there are strict usage rules in the league of 20 percent over the previous season's MLB play, there is no real way to exploit the rule over the course of our 162 head-to-head games.
Well, there were a bevy of owners who did not like the rule, and not only thought it compromised the game, but swore to vote to change the rule prior to the start of our 2014 season.
Meaning they had already decided the rule was bad and would impact the league negatively without the roll of a dice, let alone a toss of a pitch and simply letting the season play out to see how the rule impacted play, if at all.
So, as we all prepare for our drafts and the upcoming baseball season, let's start by really doing a couple of important things for league play.
The first is to understand all the rules, and their respective allowances and restrictions in each of your leagues.
The second is to stay open minded and think about those rules, and changes, and what they allow you to do over the course of the season.
That is because in the long run, the rules are arbitrary, and don't really matter, for they impact each owner in the same way.
For the issue is in knowing the rules and categories, and then understanding how to exploit them to your advantage, irrespective of whether you approve of the rule or not.
In fact, I recommend not judging those rules at all as either good or bad, but rather simply the indifferent parameters that govern play in each setup.
In the end it will make for a happier, and ideally more successful run for you no matter what game you play (it kind of works for life, too!).
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About Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com
Lawr Michaels has been a player in the fantasy baseball industry since he began writing for John Benson in 1993. He has written for STATS, Inc, was the first fantasy columnist for CBS Sportsline, and has appeared in numerous journals and on websites. In 1996, he founded CREATiVESPORTS, a staple for serious fantasy players, which he merged into Mastersball in 2010.
Over the years, Lawr has participated in a wide variety of playing formats and won numerous titles, including AL Tout Wars crowns in 2001 and 2009. Along with his Mastersball duties, Lawr works for MLB.com as a statistician.
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