lane_anasazi2 wrote:Why are there always threads railing against streaming?
A better question is why there are always threads defending it. It's cheap, it's unoriginal, it takes no talent, it takes no preparation, it takes no player evaluation, it takes no risk, it takes no patience, it takes no interaction with other managers, it takes nothing other than the mere willingness to hover over the waiver wire every night and act indignant if anyone ever questions your "strategy".
lane_anasazi2 wrote:You knew what the league settings were before you joined. You knew what the league settings were before you drafted. You know the mechanics of the game, i.e. you have rosters and you can add and drop players.
What if there was a rule for the league that the commissioner had the power to fix any oversights mid-season? Is that still fair since you knew the rules before you joined?
lane_anasazi2 wrote:I can definitely see how people think it's cheap - they're thinking of their fantasy team as an actual baseball team. But it's not. If I want to use one or two of my bench spots to continually bring up pitchers from the FA list the way no MLB team does, so what?
I think it has to do with the "baseball" part of "fantasy baseball" that streaming has no part of... but that's just a hunch.
lane_anasazi2 wrote:The game allows for that, and if you don't like it play in leagues that have settings that make it a worse strategy. The AL has the DH rule. Is that cheap? Should teams refuse to play a DH and bat the pitcher? They could do that. But they have the option to bat a much better offensive player instead of a pitcher, so every single team does it, because it's the best strategy.
Actually, I think the best strategy might be slipping a mickey into the opposing team's water supply or at least beaning their top slugger in the head during his first at bat, but people might consider that, "bad sportsmanship" and so don't do it. Using a DH instead of a pitcher is just showing you have some semblence of sanity (which is why Dusty Baker stays in the NL so he won't be forced to choose).
lane_anasazi2 wrote:Now I'm not saying that streaming is the best strategy,
Actually, it's not any kind of strategy whatsoever.
lane_anasazi2 wrote:If something is viable, people will use it. And if they do, either figure out how to beat them, start using the strategy yourself, or shut the hell up. Don't come over here (or worse, post on your league boards) and whine about it.
I guess I'd just say the same to you.
Just also don't make the mistake of thinking that streaming, because it's allowed and because someone can't be bothered to pull the same level of crap, gives you any sort of anything positive. If you think there's some sort of merit or value in winning that way, then just put yourself into a league of pre-K kids because you can get the same sort of satisfaction winning there.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.