Posted by MikeT23 on 7/2/2013 2:25:00 PM (view original):
Sure. The sub 50 win seasons.
There are two 48-win seasons from GW2 and one 41-win season from GW1.
In GW2 I took over a team in the first season of the world right after the preseason, and the previous owner had already executed trades that decimated the ML team. This was also my first team ever. So I "led" that team I was handed to a 48-win season and then again the next year after my first ever preseason. Like many other new owners, I had no idea what I was doing despite reading articles like "how to rebuild a dynasty" and "what we've learned".
In GW1 I took over a team that had been absolutely decimated at the ML level by previous owners, winning 61, 63, 65, 65, and 48 games before I took it over. I think this was my 3rd or 4th season of being an owner and still didn't exactly know how to pick up players from the scrap heap. I also think the min win rules in GW1 contributed, which did not penalize a team for its first year performance, so there was no incentive to scramble for more wins. Now I'm experienced enough to know that this is a bad rule because time and again when a new owner enters the world it is abused, which is why I want a world that doesn't offer any excuses for not meeting the min win rules and does not offer breaks to new owners. I no longer am a full time owner in GW1 because of this and I hang onto my GW2 team only because it was my first.
Since then I've had a solid track record in multiple leagues and I've often been willing to take over abandoned teams with sometimes awful conditions to set them straight for the next full time owner without worrying about the overall W-L record that gets added to my personal record. In most cases the teams end up finishing in a respectable place even after navigating through 0(0) pitchers.
This league, with its rules, are exactly how I like this game to be played.