I just finished up my solo league where I managed the 1978 Yankees. The Yankees were a big part of my life from around 1976 to 1987. I’d get so stressed watching a game that on some big at bats I’d have to change the channel right before the pitch and turn it back after to see what happened - strange I know.
I played with actual rosters and transactions, so I wasn’t performing trades or anything, but I did manage each game. Ron Guidry won 21 games and had a sub 2.00 ERA and was the AL triple crown winner. After jumping ahead 2-0 in the AL playoffs vs the Royals I dropped 3 in a row to end the season.
I think for my next league I will again take control of the 1978 Yankees, but I will play with player development on - so player ratings will start off based on their actual stats and then the OOTP player development model will take over and develop players based on their potential. Also, I will turn off actual ratings and just play with potential ratings on. I keep the scale low (2-8) and will probably play with scouting on so I don’t get 100% accuracy to keep some mystery.
Also, I will have players start on their historical teams as they enter the minors - but then I will allow trades. I’m mostly doing that do I can keep my favorite rookies on the team, like Don Mattingly.
This time I’m not going to play out my games, or if I do I will only be in control of substitutions, focusing more on the GM duties.