Hey fellas, sorry I've been vacant as of late. There is reason for that, and it affects my participation in the league.
I have a new job, or one I started last September I should say. No more cushy Vegas food scene where I had all the time in the world, I'm a traveling consultant these days. It used to be a week, maybe two on the road, then "office" work back home for awhile, then back on the road, normally staying within the Pacific Time Zone. Not too shabby.
Then we land a big contract and over-extend ourselves in the process. Now I'm almost never home. My bed actually smells like dust when I get home after three and four week jaunts away from it. When I'm working, I'm at hotels and casinos either training people, or inspecting the properties, then I go back to my own hotel room which may or may not have online access. I've often been in areas like Puerto Rico and some Indian territories, where I don't even have phone access.
Even when I had all the time in the world to set my lineup, I would still suck because I'm really bad at the intra-seasonal type stuff. The only reason I don't finish dead last every year is that I'm a decent drafter and I ignore all of Starry's trades.
I'm staying in my local Vegas league, because they're all getting together on the 26th and drafting everyone that day. Since we here refuse to do a fast draft, I would either be a major inconvenience to you all during the draft, or be relegated to sending lists in, and I would essentially just be filling a space, certain to be non-competetive this year. I do not want either one.
I know I fruitlessly fight for a fast draft every year and lose, but this year it would likely determine my participation in the first place. I don't want to hold that over the league's head either, but on paper, that's what's happening.
Any advice? I could take this year off, and reassess things next season. Or you could suffer through my lack of availability during the draft and suck it up (and I'm warning you, it's going to be bad. FightinTitan level bad.), or we could find a way to do a fast draft. What I will not do is pay the league dues to do what would amount to a proxy draft and send lists in all the time, then still have limited availability to the comings and goings of MLB.
Let's figure this out as soon as we can so we can all move forward.