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  • Week 20 Complete - Games 119-120 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest games (through 8/26)
      • 125 games: ChC, Cin, Col, CWS, LAD, Pit, Tex, Was
      • 126 games: Ari, Bal, Cle, Det, KC, LAA, Min, NYM, NYY, SD, SF, StL, TB, Tor
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
    • Next expected score update: Sunday for Games 121-122 or Monday (121-123)
    • Around BWB



  • Transaction/lineup deadlines move to Wednesdays for Weeks 21-25
  • Trades are closed for the season.

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  • This is the FINAL WEEK for trades - Deadline to get it all done is Thursday night at 7 PM Eastern


  • Regular Season is 2/3 Complete with posting of Game 100


  • Your team/league finances page now has a table at the top outlining the transaction fees/refunds for players you put on IR.  If you're looking to cut a player on IR, this will let you know the first week you can cut the player and still get the fee refunded.


  • I guess if it's not a web hosting server change...now my stat provider has had to change their statistics feed due to a corporate takeover of the service they were previously using.  During the switch I've found a few changes to the XML feed that I receive and I think I've got it worked out. But that kept me from doing games for a couple of days...so the revised scoring plan:
    • Look for Week 16, part 1 on Thursday night - Games 91-93
    • Then finish off the week on Sunday - Games 94-96


  • Contract extensions for 2016 and beyond are due Friday 7/31 by 7 AM EDT.  See the extension page for information including rules or tips, or just go straight to the contract submission form.


  • Are you getting 2 copies of many emails coming from BWB?  If you use the same email address as both your primary address and secondary address, that may happen.  If you don't have a second email address where you want to receive BWB email, just leave the secondary one blank.  Check it out (and now may be a good time to make sure your info is up to date)


  • Update/reminder for dates/events to keep in mind originally noted below on July 8 - See season transaction/lineup deadlines:
    • Week 16 - Deadline Saturday 7/25 11:59 PM EDT (was Thursday 7/23, 1 PM):
      • Weekly transaction and lineup deadlines shift to Thursdays for the next five weeks
      • All teams get an extra million Benchwarmer Bucks in advance of contract deadline in Week 17
      • 2015 Rule change - Pitching rotations can be reset with no penalty for games between starts from where starters pitched in Week 15
    • Week 17 - Deadline 7/30 Noon 11:59 PM EDT
      • Final week for contract extensions
      • Weekly transaction and lineup deadlines shift to Thursdays for the next four weeks
    • Week 20 - Deadline 8/20 7 PM EDT - Trade deadline


  • 2015 Rule change - Pitching rotations can be reset for Week 16 with no penalty for games between starts between Week 15 and 16.
    • So, for example, your P5 in Week 15 (who will pitch Game 90) can become P1 in Week 16 and still pitch Game 91.
    • It's our version of the All Star break


  • I'm helping my mom move out of the house she's lived in for 49 years (and where I grew up) and after a lot of prep, Tuesday's the big day when the trucks come.  I may be out of contact much of the next couple of days...
    • I will not have games scored Monday - I hope to get Games 79-81 scored on Tuesday night
    • However...the big question is whether I can get Comcast switched over to her new address before Thursday...so it could be as late as Thursday night before scores go up (I'll see what I can do)
  • Meanwhile - don't forget this week's transaction/lineup deadline is FRIDAY at 7 PM - Final chance to cut players and get a salary rebate this season


  • With Game 75, the first half of the regular season is complete
  • Some upcoming dates/events to keep in mind - See season transaction/lineup deadlines:
    • Week 14 - Deadline is at 4 PM Eastern on Friday 7/10 (time of first MLB game of the day)
    • Week 15 - Deadline 7/17 7 PM EDT - Final week to get a salary rebate for cut players
    • Week 16 - Deadline Thursday 7/23, 1 PM EDT:
      • Weekly transaction and lineup deadlines shift to Thursdays for the next five weeks
      • All teams get an extra million Benchwarmer Bucks in advance of contract deadline
      • 2015 Rule change - Pitching rotations can be reset between weeks 15 & 16 with no penalty for games between starts
    • Week 17 - Deadline 7/30 Noon EDT - Final week for contract extensions
    • Week 20 - Deadline 8/20 7 PM EDT - Trade deadline


  • Orphan Team Blowout - All remaining orphans are FREE for the remainder of the 2015 season.  And you'll pay only the discounted orphan rate in 2016.  Some teams still in contention for titles - otherwise you can maybe use advantageous waiver order positions to start rebuilding the team now.
  • Bencwarmer emails should now be working again (but another incident that may have me looking for a new web provider in the off season).


  • We're back to games exclusively inside your divison for Weeks 12-14 - here's a chance to make a move.


  • The Week 12 deadline is extended a couple days in order to give time for everyone after the web outages. Week 13 will end up being the short week as we need to get back on schedule to Friday deadlines - See transaction/lineup deadlines.
  • First round draft picks are now in the player list and available to sign.


  • Website back and running - Week 11 deadline is Tuesday morning at 9 AM EDT.
  • Website update:  I talked directly to tech support Saturday afternoon and there's no ETA.  BWB is not the only site affected and they were trying to figure it out.
  • I am going to be away from a computer most of Sunday, so I might not be able to update this message immediately or send out an email - once the site is connecting to the database, you should be able to tell because you'll be able to view your roster and everything else
  • We'll extend the transaction/lineup deadline a little bit to allow people to get done what they had planned Friday night/Saturday morning.  This may change to a later time, but at the moment I've reset the Week 11 deadline to MONDAY night, June 22 at 11 PM EDT.
  • The Week 12 deadline will be moved back a day or two (or more) accordingly.


  • Sorry for confusion...my web service said site would be down June 19 from 12AM to 8AM EDT.  So, you'd think that's Friday morning, right?
    • A message on Thursday that indicated June 19 10PM to 8AM made me a little nervous
    • When site didn't appear to go down Thursday night I called support on Friday morning and the guy said - "oh yeah...that's done - all set"
    • Obviously it wasn't....
    • Site is back up but having trouble with database connection - I have a support ticket in for assistance.  Any page trying to connect to db fails right now.
    • I'll extend deadline as necessary once it's working.


  • Originally posted June 7: Thinking ahead...we shift the transaction/lineup deadline forward a day every five weeks. On Week 11, we were scheduled to move from Saturdays to Fridays.  That will be delayed by one week - Week 11 deadline is Saturday, June 20 then Week 12 is Friday, June 26.  Two reasons:
    • I will not be able to post transaction results for Week 10 until Sunday 6/14 - when the next week is a short week I typically want to post ASAP.
    • The website will be offline for server maintenance on Friday, June 19 from 12AM-8AM Eastern.
  • Look for this year's first round draft picks to be added to the player list for the Friday June 26 transaction deadline.


  • With Game 50, we've hit the 1/3 mark of the regular season


  • Remember the 250 transaction fee to put a player on the IR instituted this season?
    • Your fee is refunded if the player stays on your roster 11 or more weeks - or is still on the roster on Week 27.
    • If you put a player on IR during Week -2 Transactions, this week (Week 9) is the first time you can cut or trade away the guy and still get the rebate.
    • Rather than wait until season end, refunds will be distributed as soon as eligible.
    • Coming soon is planned a table on your financial page - or a separate page - to help you track your team's status.


  • Rule Change Reminder - For the last several years, all teams received a cash distribution of 1000 at the last transaction dates for May, June, and July.  Starting this year, there is no extra cash doled out until July.


  • Reminder - in order to keep in sync between the BWB weeks and the MLB game numbers, we shift the transaction/lineup deadline day every five weeks.  For Weeks 6-10 we're on Saturdays.  See the full list of deadlines for the season (including times).


  • NEW PAGE!! - Your team's full season schedule and results
  • You can also find a link to this page on the bottom of every week's schedule/results page - see the link "My Team's Schedule" - more links will get added to the page along the way.  (People ask...if you didn't know this, you can also get to the schedule/results page at the bottom of every page on the site - see "Results" in the page footer)



  • It's early for some of the trends to fully be relevant, but here's a page introduced in 2014 that does some comparisons across all 44 leagues - Around BWB

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