Alright, so I added a part to that saying. The statement is still true, mostly. Well lets be honest, somehow none of them are true anymore. I am sure that there are many divorced people and other scorned lovers that have found that courts do not agree with this saying. The war part still gets me every time the media talks about the rules of war. The Geneva Convention was last updated in 1949 and set the guidelines for war. Finally, we have the veto rules for trades that hopefully keep teams from working together.
It sounds great to have the rules to keep people civilized. What we find is that people will do what they want when it comes to these areas. Love is such a strong feeling that you can not hardly stop yourself from doing foolish things. Most of us have been there and if you have not I hope you are someday. It is great to feel a love that makes you act in foolish ways, even if that love is lost at some point. War is a horrible thing that unfortunately we may never get rid of. The rules try to make it more civilized. The rules only work if both sides play by the same rules. Because, at some point people will get desperate to win and all the rules are forgotten by one of the sides. Same is true in fantasy baseball. We all want to win and sometimes people have been known to cross the line of fair play. Long standing leagues have fallen apart due to this need to win.
But who says what is fair?
In redraft leagues this is much easier to recognize. As everyone should be playing for this year. The real problem comes in those keeper and dynasty leagues. How do you tell what is a fair deal when it can affect teams for several years to come? This is why I believe that All is Fair in Keeper League Trades! Lets say a team is dumping salary and getting little in return, this does not make it unfair and can actually hurt the team taking on the better players in the long run. This is one team selling out to win this year while another packs it in to set themselves up for next year or years. It is what makes keeper leagues so interesting. Leagues that have salary, contracts, or rounds tied to players give fantasy baseball so much more depth in strategy.
It is always frustrating when you are in a dogfight for the championship only to see that your rival just loaded up on hitters from an also ran. This is just means you now need to either hope for the best and trust your team or up the ante. This can make for some wild trading after all star break. Whenever you can you should be trying to win now. Just know that if you are out of it in a keeper league there is so much to be gained. This is why I think that there should almost never be a vetoed trade in keeper leagues.
Now what I did not say is that you should drop your veto rules. Maybe adjust them or clarify what type of trades should be looked at as vetoable. You do not want to lose a long standing league over something that is clearly wrong. So don’t let your feelings get hurt when your fellow owners make a trade where one team is looking ahead while the other is playing for right now. Even if it really hurts your chances of winning that year, don’t organize a veto party. A veto can hurt this type of league as much as a bad trade. Realize that it was a missed opportunity for you to make a trade and then try to counter it if you feel your team needs it. This is what keeper leagues are all about.
What we find in the saying, all is fair in love and war, is that when people are passionate about something it can cause them to act in ways that are not appropriate. So, we find ourselves trying to regulate them. This may work to a point but it will never keep everyone in line. Lovers will still do things that no one understands. War still causes men to do unspeakable things to others. The fantasy team owner will still try to win at the cost of his league. Passion is what makes life great and dangerous. Try only to tame the passion when it truly hurts others(in keeper leagues anyway). Remember that they will need to live with those decisions and how it affects their teams in the years to come.