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2/11/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase One Draft complete
    • See the Grand Slam League Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated and Phase Two is open
    • Deadline for the first submission of the Phase Two draft is Monday night - Feb 22 at Midnight EST

2/9/16

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a different form of fantasy baseball as we play individual head-to-head games simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams are now starting preparations to get their teams ready for the regular season - they just completed picking up to 28 players to keep on their rosters and now are prepping for the Redistribution Draft of available free agents - that's an annual draft held with advantages for teams who finished at the bottom last season.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • New 16-team leagues are now forming for 2016.  But, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, these orphan teams are available...pick up an existing team and rebuild it, rather than start from scratch.
      • If you're a first-time owner, you play under the "rookie rate" of $35 for your first team (normal price, $65)
      • Orphan teams are also just $35 - about 1/2 the normal price.
      • If you're interested, your first step is to sign up here.  Then go ahead and pick out a new league or check out the orphan list again.
    • Are you already a BWB team owner and want to add teams?  Check first to see if you have an available bonus team from 2015 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

2/6/16

  • That's the Fact Jack League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • Your league is FULL and we now have a final date for your draft lists - 10 days out from now
    • The Phase One Draft list continues to be open - Picks are due Tuesday night, Feb 16 at Midnight EST
    • See the That's the Fact Jack League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.

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2/5/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete
    • See the Five Boroughs Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • Lists for Phase Two, Part Two now open - 8 more rounds of picks.  Lists due Monday night, Feb. 15 at midnight EST

1/31/16

  • B Movie Actor League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete
    • See the B Movie Actor Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • Lists for Phase Two, Part Two now open - 8 more rounds of picks.  Lists due Thursday night, Feb. 11 at midnight EST
  • Grand Slam League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • Your league is FULL and we now have a final date for your draft lists - 1 more week out from now (I assume you've been working on your lists).  Correction - 1 team left the league...we're back down to 15 teams - for now we'll hold the same draft submission deadline.
    • The Phase One Draft list continues to be open - Picks are due Saturday night, Feb 6 at Midnight EST
    • See the Grand Slam League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.

1/30/16

  • Redistribution Draft - Results posted for Round 1 for all leagues
    • Results from Round 1 also posted on the Transactions page.  Rosters and financial balances are updated
    • Lists reopened for you to adjust Rounds 2-5
      • Deadline - Sunday night, Feb. 14 midnight EST for Round 2
      • Since it took me so long to get these up, deadlines for Round 2 and Rounds 3-5 are pushed back a week from the original - see Season Deadlines
      • Lists for Rounds 2-5 are set up to remain legal lists - you should not have to touch them if you don't want to do so - and the draft for Round 2 will proceed normally:
        • If during Round 1 processing, we had to move up players from later rounds in order to get you three players, all the remaining picks were moved up in order, so you should be set automatically with someone in Round 2, Pick 1 and beyond.
        • Any players you have left in your list in Rounds 2-5 who have already been selected have been retained so that the list stays intact - but we've marked on the list which players are already gone so that you can replace them.

1/28/16

  • B Movie Actor League - your phase 2 results will come a couple days after the Redistribution Draft results post
  • South Siders League Draft. Phase One Draft complete
    • See the South Siders League Draft Index
    • Rosters updated and Phase Two is open
    • Deadline for the first submission of the Phase Two draft is Tuesday night - Feb 9 at Midnight EST

1/25/16

  • Redistribution Draft - I'm trying to wrap up choices for orphan teams on Monday night but also have some concerns about several people with no picks yet...current extended deadline is TONIGHT - Monday night 1/25 at midnight EST.
    • Check all your picks/errors
    • Any incomplete picks will be flushed out of the system - you can do your part to save me extra work on your behalf by clearing them yourself from the all my picks page and clicking "Clear incomplete picks"

1/24/16

  • Just on the off chance that someone's affected by the big snow - either without power or stuck or hours of shoveling...I'm going to push back the Redistribution Draft deadline a day and we'll see what happens from there (I won't be able to run it before then anyway) - new time: Monday night 1/25/16 - Midnight EST (11:59:59 PM)....(and I need some extra time to finish off the orphan teams)

1/23/16

  • Reminder that the time for the first submission of the Redistribution Draft is coming to an end.  Deadline is Sunday night 1/24/16 Midnight EST.  (Now on Monday night)

1/18/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase One Draft complete!
    • See the Five Boroughs League Draft Index
    • Contested pick resolution - Posted Monday morning: all contested players are placed
    • Rosters now updated with drafted players - finances modified - and the Phase Two draft is now open.
    • Your Phase Two, Part One draft lists are due Sunday night, January 31 at midnight EST
  • Forgot about this - the Transaction Order for the Redistribution Draft is now correct - the playoff teams from last year draft in the final four spots with the league champ last.

1/12/16

  • Shadowball League - the issue with one team's carryover selections has been fixed - carry on with the Redistribution Draft picking.

1/10/16

  • B Movie Actor League - See your league's draft index:
    • Phase One Draft complete!
    • Draft index now shows cash balances (before Phase Two cash) and roster needs heading into Phase Two
    • Rosters now filled and team finances updated - you all got an extra 10000 heading into Phase 2
    • Phase Two, Part One lists are due Monday night, January 25 midnight EST

1/5/16

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2016 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You nearly 3 weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/24/16 Midnight EST.
  • Reminder of the rule change for 2016 regarding the Redistribution Draft (first posted on 12/15)
    • Slight modification of the Redistribution Draft process, which was changed in 2015.  Rather than post draft results round-by-round and allow adjustments to the rest of the list, which meant five different list submissions/modifications. BWB will post Round 1 and Round 2 separately (with list adjustments in between) and then do Rounds 3-5 in one batch.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds (see season calendar)
    • Then we post the results of only Round 1 only - any drafted players will be removed from the remainder of your lists.
    • You'll have 2 weeks to redo draft lists (if you choose), then we post the results of only Round 2 (again removing drafted players from your rounds 3-5)
    • Then one more week for an optional redo of your draft lists, and we post the results of Rounds 3-5

1/4/16

  • South Siders League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • Your league is FULL and we now have a final date for your draft lists - 2 weeks out from now.
    • The Phase One Draft list continues to be open - Picks are due Monday night, Jan 18 at Midnight EST
    • See the South Siders League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.
  • So close - 2 people still need to get legal rosters that were due Sunday night.  Second of two possible extensions - to 8 AM EST Monday morning 11 PM EST Monday night.  Let me know if there are extenuating circumstances and I can push out maybe another hour - however, roster cutdowns have been open almost 8 weeks - since November 11, and we''ll be moving on and making cuts for you tonight if it's not complete.
  • Meanwhile - all rosters are open until 11 PM EST - if anyone else has last-minute changes or reconsiderations.

1/3/16

  • Assuming all goes well - and all teams get to legal status tonight - cuts will be processed/posted Monday night.  Your list for the Redistribution Draft will be due in 3 weeks - on Sunday, January 24.  See the 2016 season calendar.
  • TONIGHT!!! The deadline to cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players is tonight - Sunday, January 3 at midnight ESTIf you've got multiple teams, you can check the legal status of all your team rosters.  This link is also available on the multiteam tools page.

1/2/16

  • All the "no responses" to coming back have been converted to orphan teams.  This should be the final list of orphans for 2016 if you're looking to use your free bonus team on an orphan.
  • For any orphan requests on Saturday - I'm likely not going to be able to set them up until Saturday night - but you should have at least 24 hours to get the carryover selections finished before Sunday night's deadline (midnight EST).
  • South Siders League is now full...I'll check the calendar and get a final deadline for draft lists posted on Saturday or Sunday
  • I will try to get back to B Movie Actor League draft resolution by Saturday night (but I have my own carrovers to complete plus the orphan teams).

12/31/15

12/27/15

  • A reminder of things to know in the off season and prepping for 2016.  Scroll down toward the bottom - we're in the "Carryover Selection" phase.
  • We're now in the final week to pick your players to keep into 2016:
    • Deadline to complete your roster: Sunday night, January 3 at midnight EST
    • You can keep up to 28 players.
    • You have to comply to all roster maximums for players making over 250
    • You'll pay the 2016 salary for all the players you keep and whatever's left is all you have for the Redistribution Draft and free agency - no additional cash to you until April.
  • South Siders League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • The league is over half full - do you want to join this White Sox-themed league?  Check out the current list of teams/owners
    • The Phase One Draft list is open - you can work on it now.  The final deadline will be set when the league fills - roughly about 2 weeks after it's full.
    • See the South Siders League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.

12/25/15

  • B Movie Actor League - reminder, your Phase One draft lists are due MONDAY night at midnight EST.  See the league draft index.
  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • Your league is FULL and we now have a final date for your draft lists - about 2 weeks out from now.
    • The Phase One Draft list continues to be open - Picks are due Saturday night, Jan 9 at Midnight EST
    • See the Five Boroughs League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.

12/22/15

  • 121 New players added to the list based on the 40-man rosters - this is the only player addition until after Opening Day
  • To find them - In the filter/search area of the player lists, look for the "New in 2016" menu

12/20/15

  • Week 30 Transactions posted (Fall trading period #2)
  • All positions now final and we pulled out about 200 players from the list who are no longer active.  Coming within the next few days we'll add the winter set of new players to the list.

12/16/15

  • If you have Yahoo! mail you might not be getting email messages from the game - things like broadcast messages from other teams or notices of trades.  I've just started getting delay messages that eventually become rejects as the source IP address for our emails has been flagged for "customer complaints."  I'm pretty sure BWB is not the only client using this email source, so there's little I can do at the moment. One of the main tasks for me this winter is to find a new solution for email.

12/15/15

  • Another rule change for 2016 listed:
    • Slight modification of the Redistribution Draft process, which was changed in 2015.  Rather than post draft results round-by-round and allow adjustments to the rest of the list, which meant five different list submissions/modifications. BWB will post Round 1 and Round 2 separately (with list adjustments in between) and then do Rounds 3-5 in one batch.

12/14/15

  • New Players? - My current plan is to go through the 40-man rosters in the next few days and by the end of the upcoming weekend we'll have the new players added to the list.  Any players currently on 40-man rosters who aren't in BWB yet will get added - and then that's it until players start appearing in 2016 MLB games.
  • B Movie Actor League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • See the B Movie Actor League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.
    • There's a slight adjustment in the due date - someone asked for extension into January and I've got a compromise...
    • Phase One Draft list continues to be open - Picks are due Monday night, Dec 28 at Midnight EST

12/12/15

  • The B Movie Actor League is full - check back later or on Sunday for some draft details, but the final deadline is set - get your draft lists done by Monday, December 28 at midnight EST. (was Dec. 21)
  • 8 players pulled off the player list as retired, signing to play in Asia, or deceased (Tommy Hanson).  This specifically affects 2 players who were on active rosters:
    • Michael Cuddyer - retired
    • Kyle Funkhouser - unsigned 1st round pick
    • Both players were just automatically pulled off rosters.

12/10/15

  • Next rule changes for 2016 listed:
    • Slight modification on the MLB games used for BWB playoff games made primarily to accommodate the change below for SP...
    • A larger change - starting pitching stats for the BWB playoffs are now used only within 7 games of the selected MLB game for hitters instead of 20.

12/8/15

  • First rule changes for 2016 listed:
    • Codification of league structure and the concept of "orphan teams" plus the cash awarded to orphans to help rebuild.  Clarification is made for owners who reconsider and take back their orphaned teams - they will not get the extra orphan cash in most situations.
    • Updated prize structure - division winners now get their team free in the next season, along with some other adjustments.
    • Once again, BWB will explore a technical approach to allow for some potential rule changes in how game lineups are determined.

12/2/15

  • Fall trading period #2 is now open through Sunday, December 20 at Noon EST.
  • Also continue to work on picking your carryover players - up to 28 that you keep for 2016.
    • That deadline is Sunday, January 3 at Noon EST.
    • You must have enough cash to pay for players retained and your current cash is all you'll get until Opening Day for other needs in the offseason including the Redistribution Draft and free agency.

11/28/15

  • Most people have answered, but in case you haven't:
    • The first step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players is to indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2016.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 31 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
    • If you're sure you're not keeping a team - please change the answer to NO so that we can reassign the team as an orphan
  • Trades are now open - you have until November 29 for the first trade session.  The second session will extend through December 20.
  • You can also begin choosing your carryover players - visit your team roster(s) for a link to do that.  Final deadline is January 3.  If you've got a lot of teams, don't wait until the final 1-2 weeks!

11/22/15

  • Player salaries are FINAL.  Salary adjustments were made for 239 players, most at less than 5%.  These players had salaries that went up more than 25%:
    • Paul Goldschmidt: 40.9%
    • Bryce Harper: 35.9%
    • Josh Donaldson: 35.2%
    • Jake Arrieta: 31.9%
    • Mike Trout: 30.5%
    • Dallas Keuchel: 30.3%
    • Nolan Arenado: 29.2%
    • Manny Machado: 27.4%
    • Clayton Kershaw: 26.1%
    • Joey Votto: 26.1%
    • Jose Altuve: 25.9%
  • Some retired players automatically removed from rosters.
  • Positions with an "x" at the end still need to be verified - it will probably be early December until that's complete.
  • Players of the year are now final standings - there's a financial update posted for those cash awards.

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