So I was begged to join a league by a friend of mine. 8 teams, head to head. I'm in a whole lot of leagues this year, so I was hesitant, but I finally joined it.
First he told me that it was an auto draft, so I told him to tell me when he was going to go through with the draft so I could prerank my players, and he said he would, but he was trying to set up a live draft if possible.
About a week later, I decide to check in on the league and wow.. the draft occured on the 14th!
Scroll down to the bottom at this point, if you don't want to hear my whining.
So I was stuck with a team I do not like at all (aside from my unbelievable pitching) I dropped Hillenbrand because I saw Juan Pierre on the free agent list, and went to look at my lineup of base stealers: Pierre, Pods, Crawford, Lugo, Damon
Then it hit me.
WTF? THIS LEAGUE DOESN'T COUNT STOLEN BASES
I'm glad I have all these useless players now.
So I make a lopsided deal (if stolen bases counted) for someone with just alright power numbers. Pods, Lugo, Dan Haren for Pat Burrell
Here's the kicker...
My friend the commish comes back and decides to change the scoring to include stolen bases, AND wants me to drop Juan Pierre because he was dropped "by mistake" even though, at the time, stolen bases did not count. Plus, I had picked up Pierre before the commish left a league note saying not to pick him up.
Lemme guess, the league name is the Twilight Zone. This is amazing, no offense if he's your friend, but this is exactly why i have so little faith in mankind. I just cannot fathom how people can be this mindless.
incredible. just forget that league. post a message and send an email telling everyone in the league that you're not going to play in this league, so that the commish don't just do what he wants with your team without the others knowing about it. i still wouldn't drop your players though, because that could ruin it for the others in your league.
You know, that team isn't so bad. I think you might do ok.
As to your league, I can't imagine a league where the commish is still toying with the categories after the draft. I haven't done autodraft in a while, so correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought they announced that all teams were in and that the autodraft will take place within a certain time. If that is so, and everyone else knew becuase they had checked into the site, you do bear some responsibility (even if he promised to tell you). That said, the fact that he didn't send an email to all owners or something tells me the commish is unreliable and I would want to get out of that league.
I'd probably make the best of it and insist on some things: 1) You'll give Pierre back, but feel you should get some compensation (maybe a trade that gets you someone worth less, but still worthwhile), 2) You should have the option of unwinding your trade (maybe connected to #1, and 3) no more league changes without league votes OR ... no league changes PERIOD. This still isn't the best solution, but seems workable to me at least. With 8 teams, there will still be plenty of good players on FA.
Wow, the idiocy... must be a first time commish. Sounds like he's a little in over his head here, but it does seem like he's trying to be fair. I wouldn't leave the league, because your team looks stellar. Give the other guy back Pierre, don't want him up and quitting and leaving another dead team in the league... and you don't need Pierre anyway.
Keep your eye on this commish and be ready to call shenanigans if you see him or her making any sneaky or underhanded maneuvers... this one sounds like an honest mistake to me though.
I'd look into junking the league w/ that sort of screwup. Anybody who wants to play even halfway seriously would not really be interested in a league that screwed up. Junk it, agree on the rules and set a draft time so everyone can be there or can at least prerank players based on the rules at hand and get set up properly.
I do agree that your team does look to have some potential, which is odd given the circumstances...