1) Why did you pick ARod?
A: Why ARod? You happen to be seeking new owners just at the moment I'm
looking to get hold of a franchise. It is several years (real time)
since I last played on WIS and now seems a good time to get back into
the swing of management. What is good to see is the very small number of
non-returning members which tells me that the world is well liked,
managed and enjoyed. Long may that continue. I certainly intend to be
around for season 23 and the next decade!
2) What's your favorite aspect of HBD?
A: Favorite aspect? HBD allows you to see the rookies make their way
up through the ranks and, hopefully, reach their potential in the
majors. Of course, it is up to you just how quickly they progress -
that's when you find out if your budget management is good: $ spent on
training, coaches, medical or just pay over the odds for a few high
profile guys to try obtaining instant success. Winning a game at any
level feels like a success but then there is the disappointment at
finding your star player has to go on the DL.
3) What do you plan/hope to do with your new franchise?
A: Plans? The franchise did not have a bad season 22 but still fell short
of bringing home titles. The ML roster needs some tweaking especially as
the starting pitching roster consists of five left-handers: not a good
balance! The batting line-up is short of power and a good HR hitter will
be number one priority. The minor league rosters will be trawled to
ensure that players are in the correct level for their experience and
ability. I certainly feel comfortable in promoting a player if their
performance suggests that they deserve a chance at the higher level but,
equally, will drop a guy down a level or two if they are just not
In reality, if I can manager the ML roster to an
above-500 W/L record this coming season then I will be pleased. Playoffs
a target for season 25 and a WS title by season 29. Only time will tell
as will be my wheeling-and-dealing in the free agent and trade markets.