In my absence, I'd like the league to chew on two proposals,
each designed to strengthen commitment to the league and
foster stability, something we've had some, er, trouble with
The first would implement $15 annual dues. These dues would
be paid to the commissioner, and be distributed among the people
who administer the league, as a small compensation for the time
involved in doing so, particularly when managers drop out.
The second would implement a $100 performance bond. At the
beginning of the year, each manager would send $100 to the
commissioner, or another designee. The $100 would be in the
form of a check made out to a charity as yet to be determined,
although a baseball-related one such as RBI or BAT would seem
At the end of the season, assuming a manager has played his
games and sent out his instructions, he gets his money back. If
a manager disappears, he loses his bond. Note that losing the
bond is a last resort, after all channels have been exhausted.
Additionally, managers who must leave their teams for
good reason--family, career, personal situations--would not
likely lose their bond.
(Note: certain details remain to be worked out, but there is
a mechanism more or less in place to implement this.)
Think of this as the Dare-McDonald Clause, and I think you'll
see the of the rule.
I encourage people to exchange thoughts on these proposals.
I do not present them lightly; they are the product of many hours
of discussions and e-mail with league members and other Strat
acquaintances. I truly believe they will stabilize the league, and
help us avoid some of the nasty problems of 1996-97.