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9/23/16

  • Week 24 Complete - Games 143-144 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on? These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 9/21):
      • 150 games - Det
      • 151 games - Cle, Min, NYY, Pit, TB
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
    • Next score update expected Sunday or Monday
    • Around BWB
  • An update on the close races for division crowns throughout BWB.

9/22/16

  • Week Twenty-five Transactions posted.  Week 26 deadline (lineups for playoffs, Week 1) is Saturday, October 1 at 11:59 PM EDT
  • 25 Division Champions from the September 20 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beer League - Malt Division: Sam Adams Love Schnack (owner Doug Schnack - 2nd win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 5th division title
    • Blame Canada League
      • Kyle Division: Camptown Racers (owner Jay Snyder - 6th win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 3rd division win
      • Kenny Division: Atchafalaya SwampDawgZ (owner James Harris) - First division win in the league's 6th season; Best finish had been 2nd in 2011-12
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Drysdale Division: Oklahoma Gushers (owner Tom Twomey - 10th win in 2016) - Defending league champion; 3rd division win
    • Blue and Gray League - Lee Division: Atlantis Mighty Mythtakes (owner David Henning - 11th win in 2016) - Repeat winner - 3rd overall; League champion in 2011
    • Chevy Chase League
      • Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Division: Bath County Black Sheep (owner Tom Twomey - 11th win in 2016) - This owner's 6th straight division win - 7th straight for the franchise; League champ in 2012
      • Fletch F. Fletch Division: Kamchatka Guardians (owner David Henning - 12th win in 2016) - 3rd title - first since 2013; 14 GB in 2015
    • Cleveland Rocks - Doby Division: Cuyahoga Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 9th win in 2016) - Repeat winner
    • Federal League - Baltimore Terrapins Division: Rough Ned's Odor-Eaters (owner Sherman Wan - 5th win in 2016) - 3rd division win, first since consecutive league championships in 2012-13
    • Fenway Fenatics - Boggs Division: Plymouth Panthers (owner Mark Aisenbrey) - Repeat division winner; 3rd overall; Made finals in 2015 & 2012
    • Firemen League - Smith Division: Mammoth Grizzlies (owner Michael Quinn - 10th win in 2016) - 10 games out last season - 3rd division win
    • Five Boroughs League - Brooklyn Division: Brooklyn Bridge Grand Slams (owner Danny Zaccaro - 5th win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • Four Star League
      • Bradley Division: NYC2ATL Jr Blackbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander - 3rd win in 2016) - 2-time defending league champ plus another in 2012; 5th consecutive division title
      • Patton Division: Miami County Mercenaries (owner David Henning - 13th win in 2016) - Repeat division win, 4th overall; League champ in 2011
    • Geek Pride League - Tomlinson Division: Loco Motion (owner David Henning - 14th win in 2016) - Sub-.500 in 2015 - returns for 3rd division title
    • The Kings of Queens League - McGraw Division: Woodside Dingos (owner Tom Twomey - 12th win in 2016) - Defending league champion and won in 2011 too; 7 division wins in the league's 7 seasons
    • Longball League - Mays Division: Mudville Nine (owner Rob Behymer) - Repeat division win and 6th overall; Looking for 1st league championship
    • North Siders League - Sutter Division: Mackay Moonshiners (owner Matt Strawbridge) - 21 GB in 2015; Team finished 3rd in each of the league's first 2 seasons
    • Pacific Northwest League - Huskies Division: Snoqualmie Owls (owner Sherman Wan - 6th win in 2016) - Also won division in 2014
    • Perfect World League
      • David Cone Division: Bates Motel Cabana Boysk (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat division winner
      • Randy Johnson Division: Matla Falcons (owner Sherman Wan - 7th win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 4th straight division win
    • Reality Bites - Fear Factor Division: Nashville Sounders (owner Jamison Reese - 2nd win in 2016) - 5th win in the last 6 seasons; League champ in 2014
    • Redbirds League - Brock Division: Manalapan Monchichis (owner Tom Twomey - 13th win in 2016) - Returns to playoffs after sub-.500 in 2015, 6th title; League champion in 2014
    • Shadowball League - Memphis Red Sox Division: Kingston Bob Marleys (owner Ricardo Alexander - 4th win in 2016) - 4th trip to the playoffs - League champ in 2013; 85 losses last year
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Stripes Division: Cincinnati Marching Cards (owner Michael Horvitz - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season

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9/19/16

  • 23 Division Champions from the September 18 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Pittsburgh Alleghenys Division: Tulsa Twominators (owner Tom Twomey - 6th win in 2016) - Finished 3rd in last year's first season of the league
    • Anchorman League - Jennings Division: Brick Barometers (owner Tom Twomey - 7th win in 2016) - Only team to win the league championship in the league's two previous seasons
    • Batman League - Keaton Division: Infinity Island Shadows (owner Robert Elias - 4th win in 2016) - 4th consecutive division win - League champ in 2014 and 2013
    • Beer League - Hops Division: Kingfisher Ale Slammers (owner Tom Twomey - 8th win in 2016) - 7th straight division title - 9 overall; Won league 3 times
    • Blue and Gray League - Grant Division: Bradford Bluecoats (owner Jay Snyder - 5th win in 2016) - Missed by 1 game last year - after 2 straight 2nd-place finishes gets first division win
    • Federal League - Buffalo Buffeds Division: Buffalo Wings over America (owner Michael Lehman) - 5th straight divison title - only advanced to finals in 2013
    • Geek Pride League - Zuckerberg Division: Loco Motion (owner Michael Quinn - 4th win in 2016) - 3rd straight trip to the playoffs - won the league in 2014
    • Grand Slam League - Ventura Division: Stillwater Sluggers (owner Michael Quinn - 5th win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • The Kings of Queens League
      • Harrelson Division: Ralston Steelers (owner Mike Cerny) - First trip to playoffs since 2010 when they won the league title
      • Hernandez Division:  Little Neck Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 6th win in 2016) - Repeat champion, 4th overall - won the league in 2013
    • Longball League
      • McGuire Division: Tijuana Trojans (owner Doug Schnack) - Franchise wins first division crown in league's 12th season
      • Killebrew Division:  San Marcos Speed Sloths (owner Tom Twomey - 9th win in 2016) - Defending league champ - 6th division win
    • Murderers' Row
      • Big Poison Division: Palookaville Pugs (owner Sherman Wan - 4th win in 2016) - 7th division title in the league's 7 seasons: League champ in 2010 and 2012
      • Big Donkey Division: France 2016 UEFA Euros 2016 (owner Leif Jonson - 4th win in 2016) - Also won division in 2014
    • Pacific Northwest League - Ducks Division: Seattle Space Cadets (owner David Henning - 9th win in 2016) - After 2 straight 2nd-place finishes gets 1st division win
    • Phightin' Phils League - Roberts Division: Towson Gray Storm (owner Kenn Fritts) - First title; best finish had been 2nd in 2015 and 2012
    • Reality Bites
      • Bachelor Division: Memphis Bighitters (owner Michael Quinn - 7th win in 2016) - 6th straight title; 8th overall; League champ in 2011
      • American Idol Division:  Kingston Jamaicans (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2016) - Defending league champ; 3 straight division wins (7th overall)
    • Redbirds League - Dean Division: Orion's Solar Kings (owner David Henning - 10th win in 2016) - Repeat title - 5th overall
    • Scooby Doo League - Velma Division: Harlem Ghostbusters (owner John Hula) - Missed playoffs by 1 game last year
    • Superman League - Brandon Routh Division: Metropolis Ites (owner Jason Kiernan - 4th win in 2016) - 1st division win in league's 5th season; previous best was 2nd in 2013
    • They Might Be Giants League - Marichal Division: Imperial Point Mio's (owner Anthony Citarella) - Finished 2nd last year and follows up with first division title
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division: Hornsby Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 8th win in 2016) - Previously won division in 2013

9/17/16

  • Week 23 Statistics and Players of the Week
  • 19 Division Champions from the September 15 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Reasoner Division: Chicago Mashers (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2016) - 1st title; turnaround from 4th place and 91 losses in 2015
    • B Movie Actor League - My Name is Bruce Division: Vatican City Van Dammes (owner Tom Twomey - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural season
    • Blame Canada League - Eric Division: North Stars (owner Roland Dupont - 2nd win in 2016) - Missed by 1 game in 2015; 3rd title; League champ in 2011
    • Bronx Bombers League
      • Gehrig Division: Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (owner Jay Snyder - 4th win in 2016) - Won the division and conference last year
      • Rizzuto Division:  Reese's Pieces (owner Jamison Reese) - 4th place last year - Returns to the playoffs after a 2-year absence
    • Chevy Chase League - Emmit Fitz-Hume Division: Quahog Drunken Clams (owner Don Kruse) - Lost in tiebreaker last year - 4th division win
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Utopia Unibrows (owner Tom Twomey - 4th win in 2016) - 5th division win in 6 seasons - League champ in 2012 and 2014
    • Five Boroughs League - Staten Island Division: Midtown Millionaires (owner David Henning - 6th win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • Grand Slam League
      • Ramirez Division: Devil's Den Sharpshooters (owner Robert Elias - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
      • Murray Division:  Grannies Salamies and Taters (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season
    • Minnie & Paul League - Carew Division: Fabulous Fakers (owner Roland Dupont - 3rd win in 2016) - First division title - closest finish had been 6 GB in both 2015 and 2014
    • Moneyball League - David Justice Division: TINSTAAPP Leifs (owner Leif Jonson - 4th win in 2016) - Trying for 3rd straight league championship
    • Murderers' Row - Big Puma Division: Guttenberg Gandolfinis (owner Tom Twomey - 5th win in 2016) - 7th division title in the league's 7 seasons: League champ in 2010 and 2012
    • North Siders League - Williams Division: Hunter's Bunters (owner Jeff Zick) - Finished 3rd in both of the league's first 2 seasons
    • Shadowball League - Chicago American Giants Division: Las Vegas Billionaires (owner Jim Sowerby) - 2-time defending league champion (4 overall); 8th division crown
    • Silver Screen League - Angels in the Outfield Division: Oscar's Cast of Legends (owner David Henning - 7th win in 2016) - 3rd division win in the league's 3rd season; 2014 league champ
    • Steel City League - Traynor Division: Hershey Special O.P.S. (owner David Henning - 8th win in 2016) - Only team to win this division in the league's 3 seasons
    • They Might Be Giants League - Terry Division: Des Moines Hawkeyes (owner Tom Kohl) - 2nd division win - last was in 2012
    • Three of a Kind League - Wagner Division: Havana Lounge Lizards (owner Jerry King) - 3rd straight title, 6th overall; League champ in 2011

9/14/16

  • 10 Division Champions from the September 13 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beatleball - Starr Division:  Underground Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat winner - 5th overall; League champ in 2013
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League
      • Reese Division: Napa Valley REDS (owner Ken DeGroot - 2nd win in 2016) - 2nd time in 1st place - last time was 2009
      • Sutton Division: South Hills California Elite (owner Michael Quinn - 3rd win in 2016) - First trip to playoffs since 2013; 4th division win
    • Blue and Gray League - Sherman Division: Ft. Snelling Pioneers (owner Andrew Lehman) - League champion in 2012; 3rd division title
    • Bronx Bombers League - DiMaggio Division: Cincinnati Red Stockings 1 (owner Michael Horvitz - 2nd win in 2016) - League champion in 2014
    • Deuces Wild League - Cobb Division: Wet Hens (owner Roland Dupont) - 3rd title - won the league championship the other 2 times in 2013-14
    • Fenway Fenatics - Fisk Division: South City White Rats (owner Justin Juengel) - 1st division title - 4th place in 2015
    • Four Star League - MacArthur Division: Men Injecting Men 2 Still Roided Up (owner Christian Ingram) - 3rd win - first since 2013 when league champion
    • Geek Pride League - Berners-Lee Division: Dyad Institute Ledas (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2016) - Defending league champ
    • Royal Flush League - Patek Division: Bedrock Sonic Clubs (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2016) - Defending league champion

9/12/16

  • 15 Division Champions from the September 11 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Louisville Colonels Division: Throwback All-Stars (owner Jason Kiernan) - Finished 3rd in league's first season in 2015
    • Beatleball
      • Lennon Division: Rome Gladiators (owner Danny Zaccaro - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat winner - league champ in 2012
      • McCartney Division:  London Groove Armada (owner Sherman Wan) - 6th straight division title; 10th overall - 3 league championships
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Campanella Division: Wisconsin Dawgs (owner Greg Flees) - First trip to playoffs since 2013; 4th division win
    • Deuces Wild League - Brett Division: November Nine (owner Danny Zaccaro - 3rd win in 2016) - 4th division win; previous 3 were by only 1 game
    • Federal League - Brooklyn Tip-Tops Division: Sheshequin Shenanigans (owner Jay Snyder - 3rd win in 2016) - 3rd overall title
    • Firemen League - Franco Division: Smoke on the Water (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2016) - 3-time defending league champion
    • Five Boroughs League - Bronx Division: Riverdale Hipsters (owner Phillip Dang) - Inaugural Season
    • Minnie & Paul League - Blyleven Division: Tonga Tarantula Hawks (owner Tom Twomey - 2nd win in 2016) - 6th divison win in league's 6th season - looking for first trip to finals since 2011
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 4th win in 2016) - Trying for 3rd straight league championship
    • Pacific Northwest League - Cougars Division: North By Northwest Crop Dusters (owner Danny Zaccaro - 4th win in 2016) - Only team so far to win league championship in the league's 3 seasons
    • Redbirds League - Smith Division: Brazil 2014 Canarinho (owner Leif Jonson) - Repeat title - 5th overall
    • Royal Flush League - Splittorff Division: Miami Mermaids (owner John Stroba) - 3rd place last year in the league's first season
    • Shadowball League - Birmingham Black Barons Division: Bedrock Water Buffaloes (owner Leif Jonson - 2nd win in 2016) - 2-time defending division and conference champion
    • South Siders League - Faber Division: El Dorado Conquistadores (owner Robert Elias - 2nd win in 2016) - Inaugural Season

9/11/16

9/10/16

  • Three weeks left in the regular season - 18 games - all within your division as you play each team for two more series
  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 24 - THIS WEEK! - deadline Wednesday 9/14 - final week to sign free agents for the 2016 season/post-season
    • Weeks 25 & 26 - Transactions allowed - but only cuts and IR moves
    • Week 26 - first week of playoff lineups set - deadline tentatively set for Saturday, October 10

9/9/16

  • 5 Division Champions from the September 8 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Grand Slam League - McCovey Division: Washington Lobbyists (owner Yuri Belova) - Inaugural Season
    • South Siders League - Minoso Division: Sonoma County Longshots (owner Ken DeGroot) - Inaugural Season
    • Steel City League - Mazeroski Division: Greenbelt Terrapins (owner Robert Elias) - 3rd straight division title
    • They Might Be Giants League - Hubbell Division: Herrickville Haberdashers (owner Jay Snyder - 2nd win in 2016) - Repeat divison winner, 3rd overall; League champ in 2012
    • Triple Crown League - Medwick Division: World War Z (owner Danny Zaccaro) - 1st division win; best finish had been 2nd in 2015 and 2009

9/8/16

  • 8 Division Champions from the September 7 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Bronx Bombers League - Ford Division: Chicago Haymarket Bombers (owner Michael Quinn) - Defending league champ; 4th division title
    • Commissioners League - Frick Division: Midwest Reclamation Project (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2016) - Repeat division winner - won the conference also in 2015
    • Five Boroughs League - Queens Division: NYC2ATL Queens Yankees (owner Ricardo Alexander) - Inaugural Season
    • Motor City League - Newhouser Division: Windsor Wolverines (owner Tom Twomey) - Returns to the playoffs after league titles in 2013 and 2014
    • Murderers' Row - Big Ed Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2016) - 5th division win in 7 seasons; 3-time league champ including 2015
    • Silver Screen League - Bang the Drum Slowly Division: Cincinnati Marvins Songs (owner Michael Horvitz) - First division title - close last year at 4 GB
    • Three of a Kind League - Beckley Division: Wyalusing Whiffers (owner Jay Snyder) - Franchise's 5th division crown - League champ in 2012
    • Winners Circle League - Galvin Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 3rd win in 2016) - Only team to win this divison in league's five seasons; Won league title 2012-2014

9/5/16

  • One Division Champion from the September 4 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Jesse Roche) - 7th straight division title - 9 overall; Won league 3 times
  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 23 - deadline Wednesday 9/7 - "roster expansion" - taxi squad and minor league players can fill in as an extended bench for the final three weeks of the season
    • Week 24 - deadline Wednesday 9/14 - final week to sign free agents for the 2016 season/post-season

9/3/16

  • One Division Champion from the September 1 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Erebor Dragons (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2016) - 2nd straight division title and 5th overall; League champ in 2011

8/30/16

8/27/16

  • With Game 120 posted, the regular season is 4/5 compete

8/23/16

  • I almost missed this since it was so early - Our first Division Champion:
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning) - 2-time defending league champion

8/19/16

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 21-25, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on WEDNESDAY.

8/17/16

  • TRADE DEADLINE!! - Thursday night is the last chance to make trades this season.  Deadline is extended to midnight Eastern time.

8/6/16

  • With Game 100 we've hit the 2/3 mark of the Regular Season

7/23/16

  • The next transaction/lineup deadline is extended through Friday morning at 7 AM to allow you more time with contracts.
  • Contract extensions for 2017 and beyond are due Friday 7/29 by 7 AM EDT.  See the extension page for information including rules or tips, or just go straight to the contract submission form.

7/22/16

  • All teams have been given their July cash distribution of 1 million Benchwarmer Bucks.

7/18/16

  • We're done for now with games in your division - the next 8 weeks of games are outside the division before we return to divisional matchups for the final 3 weeks of the season.

7/16/16

  • There are no more salary rebates for player releases during the 2016 season
  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 16-20, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on THURSDAY.

7/9/16

  • I received a large volume of corrected box scores today (almost 900 files I had to process rather than the expected 41 files from the last 3 days), so I am running behind...
    • Expect Week 14 transaction results on Sunday morning or afternoon.
    • And then the first set of Week 14 game results by Sunday night - Monday night.

7/4/16

  • We've hit the halfway point of the regular season as Game 75 is posted

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