...now onto to the the next season!
The regular season has ended, meaning that the league will soon be awash in trade offers, frenzied scrambles for draft picks, obnoxious debate and the vibrant fervor that once before defined the fleaflicker message board!
However, I would like to make one proposal before we ratchet up the trade talks:
We need to convene for the First Annual BNFL Winter Meetings!
Every year MLB owners and front office officials come together to discuss the year in review and to discuss changes for the coming year. We should do this too!
We have three VERY important things to do this offseason:
- We need to vote on awards
- We need to revise the scoring system.
- We need to draft and ratify a BNFL Constitution
Sam has already started this discussion on the fleaflicker message board. Lets talk about it there. When we have a good list of nominees, let's make a survey monkey or something similar to do a league wide vote on awards.
The main complaints about the current system: Relievers are (maybe fairly, maybe not) not very valuable; Only the very elite pitchers were even as close to as valuable as like the top 50 pitchers; Some aspects of the point system are really stupid (a solo homer is worth 15 points, a walk is worth 1). I will make a fleaflicker post about scoring changes (because their nested posting system is really nice for such discussions).
This wont be anything super fancy. It will be document regarding the basic league functions, scoring system, how to deal with inactive owners, how to oust owners, veto systems, etc. Having one will be super handy when an issue arises because it sets a easily referenced point that should solve almost every issue that arises (and those that it doesnt cover can just be added to the existing document once resolved). Trust me, this is a good thing to have in this large of a league.
I have a basic constitution from a different league that I will be updating when I have the time later this week, and I will be posting it here when I have something useable. I in no way intend to take total control of the constitution. Once I have the framework posted, we should all engage in discussion of each article and the overall tone of the constitution, talk about adding/deleting articles, etc, and we will then ratify each article as we become content with it.
As far as getting this done in a month goes, I think its extremely doable. I have an idea for a basic timeline that would have us done with this by November 5th, assuming everyone checks the league page/here a few times a week.
By the end of next week (October 14th), we should have 1-3 scoring proposals and a basic constitution drafted. The week of October 15th through October 21st, we vote on a scoring system and discuss & ratify 1 article of the constitution. The following week we discuss & ratify two more articles. Then the final week of the BNFL Winter Meetings could be spent finalizing our constitution.