GWJ OOTP League Thread

Yeah, I don't remember that managers for human-run teams had that much turn over the last couple of years that this was an issue, so I don't think we have run into this before.

Also, congrats to Far and Novocain for their manager of the year honors.

Prederick sent you a message through the league website. Got the game installed but I couldn't find the league file.

Got it Bill! I sent you an e-mail with the details on how to sign up!

New file! Arbitration has ended, and the next sim will begin Free Agency! As opposed to the last two seasons, don't expect Vancouver to make any fancy moves. Financially, we're almost tapped out.

Is there not a way to just remove in-game managers? I thought there was an option to not use them, but maybe im confused.

Cannot find world.dat file!! Do I need to reinstall? I see the file but I may have it in the wrong place.

I got it all working.

Knightsabre wrote:

Is there not a way to just remove in-game managers? I thought there was an option to not use them, but maybe im confused.

Not sure what you mean. Like Human GMs? Or the managers we all hire for our teams?

Bill Bonney wrote:

I got it all working.

Huzzah! I can see you uploaded your file! Everyone, welcome Bill to the league, he's taking over LA.

New file! The free-agent frenzy begins!

I think a lot of teams and people will be standing pat this year, the FA crop this season only features three 4+ star FA's, two catchers and a closer, and they're all over 32 and all asking for $15M+. Not exactly a crowd that screams spending spree!

So, in Vancouver news, we're looking to cut salary and fill in a few spots via trade. Specifically, we need some bullpen help, and perhaps a new catcher. SP Don Powell is available, as are 1B's Gerardo Torres and Vicente Prado. We're also willing to trade LF Jose Santos, but any deal would be contingent on other teams either agreeing to take on a contract we don't want, or throwing some money our way.

Yeah, at least regarding my ML team, there really isn't much I'd be looking for in the free agent pool. Just a slot or two that I wouldn't mind beefing up.

I'm more interested in the rookie draft.

Well, skinflint owner has given me approx. 4MM for free agents, so not much I am going to be able to do on the market. This will be the last year of a couple of crippling contracts made before I took over. Aging 3rd baseman that can no longer hit from the left side (low .200s BA last year from that side) and can barely play in the field is making 16MM. Similar situation with a pitcher making ~10MM. Those 2 guys chew up ~25% of my salary. Can't wait to let them go do something somewhere else.

Man, I would love to pick up that ex-VAN catcher but he's way too expensive.

Prederick wrote:
Knightsabre wrote:

Is there not a way to just remove in-game managers? I thought there was an option to not use them, but maybe im confused.

Not sure what you mean. Like Human GMs? Or the managers we all hire for our teams?

No, no - not the human gms. The managers we hire for the teams. I could be confused - it happens a lot - but I was part of a league back with OOTP 11 and I could have sworn that there was none of this in game hiring of managers. Maybe not that much of a big deal - it just seems like kind of an annoying thing, to be honest - I don't really want to spend time looking at managers and negotiating their salaries. I'd rather be evaluating my players.

In other news, New Orleans would really like to move RF Wilford Jennings. He's a good, solid player that I'd like to keep - but my OF is getting really crowded since I moved two prospects up. Won't take a whole lot to get him - a decent prospect or a solid bullpen guy would be enough.

Can you hire coaches, trainers, etc.? I tried but says I have no openings even though I do.

Bill Bonney wrote:

Can you hire coaches, trainers, etc.? I tried but says I have no openings even though I do.

You have to pull down the team (ML, AAA, etc.) and then the position when you offer the job.

Bill Bonney wrote:

Can you hire coaches, trainers, etc.? I tried but says I have no openings even though I do.

Yeah, make sure you're looking at the ML team. Unless you're the kind of moderately-insane person who wants to exercise absolute control over his entire roster, i'd advise going into Manager Options (in the drop-down menu from your GM name) and setting all your minor league managers to take care of all the minor league decisions like hiring/firing personnel and the like.

Now, if you're talking about the ML level, I took a glance at LA's personnel and you've got people at every major position signed through 2014.

Knightsabre wrote:

No, no - not the human gms. The managers we hire for the teams. I could be confused - it happens a lot - but I was part of a league back with OOTP 11 and I could have sworn that there was none of this in game hiring of managers. Maybe not that much of a big deal - it just seems like kind of an annoying thing, to be honest - I don't really want to spend time looking at managers and negotiating their salaries. I'd rather be evaluating my players.

Then the league you were in had probably disabled the coaching system entirely. As with the scouting, i'm not quite ready to do that, but if people want to, we'll turn it off next season and then the only thing you'll have to worry about is your players.

New file!

Vancouver has traded SP Don Powell and SS Tony Franco to Memphis for 3rd and 4th-round picks in next year's draft. We really had to cut salary, unfortunately, and Don's $10M a year was just too much at the moment.

I do use the coaching system to help manage my minor league teams. Last season I only directly managed my major league team. This season I'm going to start handling promotions/demotions myself on the minor leagues, but I'm letting my coaching staff handle lineups, signings, and releases.

Eventually I'll try to stay on top of directly managing all levels of my franchise, but I'm still a newbie enough that I'm taking it one step at a time in expanding my responsibilities.

I started last season letting the minors run themselves but when we updated to patch 4, those arrows became more than I could bear so I began managing promotion/demotion throughout my system. I still let the minors sign/release players but since I have been paying more attention to the minors, sometimes they will let guys go that makes me scratch my head. So I may start managing that too for next season.

But I hire the managers and coaches to make the lineups and depth charts. I barely can do a credible job on my ML team (looking at my record over the past two season, it may not even be a credible job), I cannot imagine trying to do it system wide with any sort of success.

I let my team manager determine the strategy sliders for my ML team, because good grief that's information overload. I do tweak the sliders a bit after they do that (for example last season I tipped the sliders to favor pitching and defense, and the results fell in line with that). I do my own lineups, but then let the manager fill in the depth charts.

Sounds like I'm also going to have to start paying attention to who the minor league coaching staff signs/releases and see if I need to step in and start managing that myself sooner than I planned.

New file! We're about to run the Rule 5 draft, so if you have any eligible minor leaguers you wanna protect, this is your last chance.

New file!

So, today begins the Winter Meetings! The cool thing about the meetings in-game (if you didn't know) is that teams will give you instant feedback on trades you propose and FA's will give you immediate feedback about contract offers.

As such, we're going to take this day-by-day so we can all try and get in the hustle and bustle. So the next four days will be simmed in REAL-TIME.

Now, an important note. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like users can propose trades to AI teams if you're not the commissioner (via the Trade screen, I mean). So if you have a trade idea in your head with an AI-controlled team, you need to let me know, i'll pitch it to the team and let you know if they approve/disapprove and what they might ask for to make the trade work.

As usual, if you want to trade with a user-controlled team, just let me know about the deal once both sides have agreed on it. As the commish, I reserve the right to veto a trade if it seems fishy or ludicrously one-sided, but I haven't encountered anything like that from ya'll so far, and I don't expect to.

Will the ai propose trades?

Pretty sure it will. Got to have your "willing to trade" list set up so it knows what is available. I don't think it will dig through your system to find guys and then propose a trade.

People I'm willing to move:

SP Derek McCoy. He's got a big contract and it appears that he regressed last year based on wins and losses, but if you look at his FIP he ended up being incredibly unlucky (hell, his ERA is still pretty). I'd be looking for picks and/or a top end catcher in return.

1B Nate Bradley. Yup, the dude can hit. He's making $18 mil+ a year, but he'll put up some numbers for you. Again, I'd be looking for picks and/or a top end catcher in return.

I would be interested in McCoy if you can take on some of his salary. 25 million is a lot for the production you are getting. I don't have an high end catcher but I got picks I can trade you and you can look at the players I have on the block.

LA is looking for a #2 or #3 starting pitcher. Also looking for a top end closer and a catcher.
Have some young prospects at the OF positions that I can trade and/or picks.

I have no money to take on big salaries. Maybe next year.

Bill Bonney wrote:

I would be interested in McCoy if you can take on some of his salary. 25 million is a lot for the production you are getting. I don't have an high end catcher but I got picks I can trade you and you can look at the players I have on the block.

LA is looking for a #2 or #3 starting pitcher. Also looking for a top end closer and a catcher.
Have some young prospects at the OF positions that I can trade and/or picks.

I'll PM you tomorrow and see if we can work something out.

New file!

Vancouver fans are crushed, and quite angry to hear that three-time All-Star C Tom Decker was let go and has signed with Charlotte for $52M over the next three years. Management, simply, argues that with the team in the financial straits it is currently in, they couldn't afford to pay $15M+ for a 35-year-old catcher. Decker was an integral part of both of Vancouver's championships, and without him, the team currently has a major hole at Catcher.

AP Newswire: Now that the first year of the Atlanta Knights' rebuilding plan is complete - and more successfully than management promised - fan interest has peaked at a new high level. Some in the community balked at the 50-cent increase in ticket prices, but the team has worked hard to promote the benefits of a little more cushion room in the budget to the community.

When asked for his thoughts about the upcoming season, the general manager of the team responded: "Hey, these guys gave way more effort than I asked them to last season, and I can't take any credit for their performances both on and off the field. I've worked hard with our scouting team to continue selecting the right guys to add to our lineup, and we are eager to watch our boys continue to impress us this season!"

Trading activity is notably silent during the offseason. The team picked up a new outfielder during the Rule 5 draft, but there are no indications from management of any pending trades prior to spring training. Will the team be holding pat on the roster this season, or will we see some early season trading again like we did last year?

Prederick wrote:

New file!

Vancouver fans are crushed, and quite angry to hear that three-time All-Star C Tom Decker was let go and has signed with Charlotte for $52M over the next three years. Management, simply, argues that with the team in the financial straits it is currently in, they couldn't afford to pay $15M+ for a 35-year-old catcher. Decker was an integral part of both of Vancouver's championships, and without him, the team currently has a major hole at Catcher.

I offered him 18mil for 1 season. Now I will have to play my top catching prospect a year earlier.

I believed he wanted 6 years. Getting him for 3 years is a good move.

Bill Bonney wrote:
Prederick wrote:

New file!

Vancouver fans are crushed, and quite angry to hear that three-time All-Star C Tom Decker was let go and has signed with Charlotte for $52M over the next three years. Management, simply, argues that with the team in the financial straits it is currently in, they couldn't afford to pay $15M+ for a 35-year-old catcher. Decker was an integral part of both of Vancouver's championships, and without him, the team currently has a major hole at Catcher.

I offered him 18mil for 1 season. Now I will have to play my top catching prospect a year earlier.

I believed he wanted 6 years. Getting him for 3 years is a good move.

I would've loved to have had him back, his numbers, while up and down, have seen some consistency and he's probably still good for 25 HRs next year, the question simply is when he'll get injured, and if he can keep his OBP over .330. His numbers are just infuriating to try and judge, last year he set career highs in K's, walks, hits, and career lows in wOBA, Isolated Power and Runs Created. Three years seems about right.

Philly and New Orleans just agreed to a trade. Philly sent MR Bartolo Rivera to the Crescent City while Philly got RF Wilford Jennings in return. They also just signed free agent OF Dan Campbell, and suddenly have a very dangerous trio of outfielders.

The biggest FA name left on the board is C Brian Flint, but it remains to be seen if anyone's willing to shell out $17M a season for a man who has never been an all-star, never been a golden glover, and never had an OPS+ over 106.

Also, new file!

Anyone interested in a four-star left-fielder who does everything but hit for power? Check out Brooklyn's Kiyonaga Ishida! He is available. Looking for pitching prospects.