Initially intended as a private message to the Commissioner that I would prefer all of you to take a look at and discuss.
Fantasy baseball draft day is a sacred day in my life. It is something that I prepare for year round and I look forward to it greatly. The hope and promise of drafting your championship team is one of the most exciting things in my life (perhaps a sad realization). With the changes to the league albeit with good intentions I have lost some of that excitement. By instilling the 2 keeper rule I feel it affects the sanctity of our league which we could not have forecasted. There was a strong agreeance to have a keeper type league but I think that loses its luster in the current format. By only keeping 2 players you aren't truly accomplishing the goal of what a keeper league intends. There is no reason that you would keep an up and coming prospect unless they project to be a 1st or 2nd rounder and that in my opinion is where keeper leagues are fun. We are forcing each team to keep 2 players from their roster and taking 32 players off the board going in to the draft. Long gone are the days of finding a "steal" or "under the radar" guy in the first 2 rounds. Long are the days of projecting or dreaming of how you will build your roster through the most important first 6 rounds. That is now gone. Lost. Forgotten. Instead we now will go in to the draft day with 32 players off the board (perhaps the: top 8 1B, top 3 2B, top 6 3B, top 4 SS, top 15-20 OF, and top 10-15 SP). It is not like there isn't talent available still or that some teams will be "forced" to throw a player back in the pool based on their loaded teams; I just don't fully agree with the format. I want to hope and dream for a loaded roster. I want to use my (believed) expert opinion to stack a roster and compile players I believe are undervalued. I want a standard draft!
To this I propose 3 items:
1. Do away with the keeper rule prior to the start of this season.
2. Do away with the keeper rule AFTER this season (since we did previously agree upon the rule)
3. Do away with MANDATORY keepers. (Have the ability to pick in the first 2 rounds if you keep one player or none)
As I see it I would only like to be involved in a keeper league that has multiple keepers (as keepers are intended) so that one could build for the future and build a loaded roster. To accomplish this we would need to expand the keeper rule to at least 6 players in my opinion. I must note that in this league I WOULD NOT be for this change but that would be the only logical way for me to include a keeper rule of any sorts.
Hindsight is 20-20 and we did have great intentions/expectations around this in previous discussions. After I have had the chance to look back and reflect I am voicing my opinion. I would like to hear how others feel but take the time to soak in the true ramifications of how we materially changed the landscape of this great League.