I just came across this thread and wanted to respond.
First, thanks to all who defended my name. If I may have a chance to explain, I’m new to this prog league thing. I’m in one league so far and I’m really enjoying it. In regards to the 82 prog league I attempted to join, what happened was after my first several picks, I started receiving emails from the commish about my intentions. After assuring him I was really excited about being in the league and had no intent to bail, I was asked to transfer a team over to him. I declined because I had never heard of such a thing and was a little insulted. So everything stated in the forum is true.
My intention for the league was to draft as much pitching as I possibly could up front and use them as trading chips for future picks or hitting. I absolutely knew I’d have a few good years and then have to rebuild. But that’s why I was so excited to get into the league from the beginning. I was looking forward to taking a franchise through the ups and downs. I actually put a lot of time into my drafting strategy.
A couple things:
First, after reading through this post, I do better understand what commissioners have to go through. I’d be just as upset as you if I were in the same situation and had owners bailing on you.
A couple points of unsolicited advice:
1) how about letting owners know that you’d like them to stay in the leagues for up to a certain amount of seasons in advance. I’ve noticed that in several of the listings on here and think it’s a great idea.
2) if you’re planning on blacklisting somebody, how about site-mailing them so they have a chance to respond. If not, as some suggested, there could be another problem.
If I could also remind the commissioners of these leagues that when you send out requests to be in your league, that maybe you let prospective owners know your requirements. I was upfront with the commish in this league about being new to prog leagues.
By the way, if I was guilty of anything in this matter, it was possibly a bad drafting strategy (although I really wish I would have had the chance to employ it). And as much as I do feel for the commissioners of these leagues, I pay for my teams just as you do and should have a right to draft who I want. And I did not quit on this league as much as I wasn't able to proceed with my picks to employ my strategy. I try to be an honest guy and if I say I'm going to do something, I do it.
Just for the record, I harbor no ill will towards the commish of the league. Especially after reading this forum, I understand the difficulties you all must face. I just wish he would have handled the situation better and given me some consideration since I was upfront from the beginning with my intentions. Because of my experience I am hestitant to join another league for fear of getting into this situation again.
Finally, lets try to remember this is supposed to be fun. At least it is for me. It’s a nice diversion from everyday life that gives me something to do.