I've been playing the show since 09. Usually I wait for osfm then start my franchise with the red sox. Play along with the season making the same or similar trades as they do throughout the season and see how I stack up with them as I play the games. Then I get into making my own choices and front office moves in the off season going into year 2. From there I obviously make all choices in my franchise.
With this years game 2 things are different. 1 we have full minors day one. And 2 the coronavirus has delayed the real regular season. As such I decided that this year I would make choices for my franchise day one instead of following along with the regular season. If I had to wait til the season starts with the delay to play franchise I'd go crazy.
The first thing I did (which I've never done before) is alter my roster before entering franchise mode. The first and only thing I did to alter my roster is add free agent Puig to my roster. I then started franchise mode. Mid spring I immediately flipped Puig and a couple minor leaguers to SD for Wil Myers and a couple pitching prospects mirroring the trades that were discussed a month or so ago that never actually took place.
It definitely feels weird to be making moves freely this early on in the game but it also feels fun to make my own choices early on.
Anyway the experience has got me wondering how do you all play franchise? Do you follow along with your teams season or do you start making your own choices and moves from day one? Do you play with a default or downloaded roster? Do you alter your roster at all before entering franchise mode? I'm interested to see how everyone plays. Happy playing everyone.