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11/11/19

  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Beginning this year, we start the Bash with competition at the Association level.  64 league champions advanced to Association Championships.
  • Monday night update - all 7 games of the Association Championship Series are now posted.
  • Winners of this round now move on to the Federation round.  Because of my schedule restraints, this is most likely to begin on Wednesday.

11/10/19

  • The Benchwarmer Bash brackets are set up.  We'll start off with the Association Championships on Monday

11/9/19

  • 34 of 2018's 59 league champions repeated to win their division this year.  In the end, 14 repeated with a league championship in 2019 (the same number as last year):
    • A League About Nothing - New York Library Detectives (Robert Elias) - 3rd straight title
    • B Movie Actor League - Cyborg Avengers (David Henning)
    • Beer League - The Natty Lights (Jesse Roche)
    • Bleed Dodger Blue - New New York Mets (Daniel Foley, Jr.)
    • Blue and Gray League - Bradford Bluecoats (Jay Snyder)
    • Bronx Bombers League - Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (Jay Synder)
    • Fenway Fenatics - Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (David Henning) - 3rd straight title
    • Hall of Fame League - Chicxulub Revolution (Sherman Wan)
    • Home of the Brave - Shawnee Fighting Eagles (David Henning)
    • Moneyball League - Crumpton Roches (Jesse Roche)
    • Original Six League - Hockey Pucks (Michael Lehman)
    • Perfect World League - Utopia Unicorns (David Henning) - 3rd straight title
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Kingston Don Dadda (Ricardo Alexander)
    • Triple Crown League - Dave's Dynamo (David Henning)
    • Jesse Roche's 4-year run as the champ of Murderers' Row with Crumpton Roches came to an end

11/8/19

  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2019: (see how this compares to 2018)
    • 15 titles: David Henning
    • 7 titles: Jason Kiernan
    • 5 titles: Michael Rudolph, Sherman Wan
    • 3 titles: Brian Haines, Michael Quinn
    • 2 titles: Leif Jonson, Jamison Reese, Jesse Roche, Jay Snyder, Danny Zaccaro
  • A new setup for the Benchwarmer Bash that now begins with Association championships means some new web pages and some structural changes for the schedule - I'm finishing up that work and the Bash should begin this weekend.
  • Preparations for 2020 - with new salaries and new positions coming up first - will begin next week.

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11/3/19

  • Playoffs - Championship Week: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • The Benchwarmer Bash field is all set - this year it's only for league champions - there are no wild card teams.  If your team is advancing into the Bash, you have one final opportunity to change your lineups - that lineup will remain in place for all the remaining series.  The deadline for lineup changes is Monday night, November 4, at midnight Eastern

11/2/19

11/1/19

  • Playoffs - Championship Week: Games 2 & 3 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Find quick links to all your teams' playoff pages - including which teams are still active
  • There are changes this year to the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • We have a nice round number of 64 leagues this season, so there are no wild cards this year - only league champions will advance to the Benchwarmer Bash
    • We have 32 2-league Associations, so the first round this season is that 2 league champions will meet for an Association Championship - those winners will move to the Federation round and 8 Federation champions will compete for the ultimate Benchwarmer Bash crown.
    • In 2020, we should expect wild card teams at the Association level.
  • 2019 in Review:
    • Of the 59 league champions in 2018, 34 of them repeated as division winners - 22 are still alive with conference championships and a chance for a repeat league title.  (2018: 32 of 54 league champs in the previous season won their division - 22 repeated as conference champions)
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins: (see how this compares to 2018)
    • 19 Teams - David Henning (out of 27 division winners) and Jason Kiernan (26)
    • 9 Teams - Sherman Wan (14)
    • 7 Teams - Ricardo Alexander (15)
    • 5 Teams - Michael Quinn (7) and Michael Rudolph (9)
    • 4 Teams - Roland Dupont (11), Brian Haines (5), Leif Jonson (7), Dave Matter (6), Jamison Reese (9), and Jay Snyder (9)
    • 3 Teams - Robert Elias (7), Andrew Lehman (5), Jon Swanson (3), and Danny Zaccaro (7)
    • 2 Teams - A Citarella (2), Michael Lehman (5), Tom McGraw (6), Jesse Roche (2), and Tom Twomey (2)

10/31/19

10/30/19

  • Schedule plan for Championship Week:
    • Wednesday - bracket and schedule setup - See Playoffs for All Leagues  (pitching matchups posted on Thursday)
    • Thursday night - Game 1 posted
    • Friday - Games 2 & 3
    • Saturday - Games 4 & 5
    • Sunday - Games 6 & 7
    • Subject to change

10/29/19

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Don't forget - if you're still in it and you want to change your lineup for the 2nd week of the playoffs, the deadline is tomorrow night - Wednesday - at 11:59 PM Eastern.  You can reset your pitching rotation from scratch - you don't have to consider "games of rest" between the 1st and 2nd weeks of the playoffs.

10/28/19

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 4 & 5 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • We'll continue on Tuesday
  • 2019 in Review:
    • Of 236 division winners from 2018, 103 repeated with division titles this season (101 of 216 repeated in last year)
    • 73 of the division winners from last season finished below .500 in 2019, 28 of them dropped all the way to last place this year.
    • From the 236 divisions that existed in 2017, 48 division winners in 2019 are franchises that never before won a division title.
    • Of the 59 league champions from 2017, 34 of them repeated as division winners this season. (32 of 54 league winners from 2017 won divisions in 2018).
    • 23 teams went "worst to first" - finishing in 4th place in 2018 and winning a division this year.
    • 13 teams had 100 losses in 2018 - 3 of them won their division this year

10/27/19

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 1-3 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Games 4 & 5 will post on Monday night
  • Bottom Feeder quarterfinals are complete - we move on to the semifinals
  • Find quick links to all your teams' playoff pages - including which teams are still active
  • Congratulations to owners with multiple division wins: (see how this compares to 2018)
    • 27 Teams - David Henning
    • 26 Teams - Jason Kiernan
    • 15 Teams - Ricardo Alexander
    • 14 Teams - Sherman Wan
    • 11 Teams - Roland Dupont
    • 9 Teams - Jamison Reese, Michael Rudolph, Jay Snyder
    • 8 Teams - John Hula
    • 7 Teams - Robert Elias, Leif Jonson, Michael Quinn, Danny Zaccaro
    • 6 Teams - Dave Matter, Tom McGraw, Tom Twomey
    • 5 Teams - Ken DeGroot, Brian Haines, Andrew Lehman, Michael Lehman
    • 4 Teams - Jerry King, Don Kruse
    • 3 Teams - Skip Hohensee, Willis Lee, Jesse Roche, Jon Swanson
    • 2 Teams - Yuri Belova, A Citarella, Alonda Clifton, Phillip Dang, Mark Currie, Greg Flees, Daniel Foley, Jr.,Michael Gaston, Michael Horvitz, Jake Roberts, Doug Schnack

10/26/19

  • Week Twenty-six Transactions Posted - Week Twenty-seven deadline is set for Wednesday, October 30, at midnight EDT.
  • Playoff schedules updated to show probable starting pitchers.
  • This season, there were 9 divisional ties throughout BWB. In 2018, 14 divisions ended in ties - how did those teams in last year's tiebreaker games fare this season?
    • Batman League - Kilmer Division:
      • Winner: Liverpool Cavern Clubs (Michael Lehman) - This year: Finished tied for 3rd, 12 GB
      • Loser: Brinkley CP Bulldogs (Michael Quinn) - This year: Finished 2nd, 7 GB
    • Blame Canada League - Kenny Division:
      • Winner: Cincinnati Cardinals (Michael Horvitz) - This year: Finished 3rd, 17 GB
      • Loser: Banff Snowcaps (Dave Matter) - This year: Won the division by 2 games
    • Born to Run League - Latham Division:
      • Winner: Nebraska Grasshoppers (Rick Furtak) - This year: Won the division by 2 games
      • Loser: Ricky Being Ricky (Alonda Clifton) - This year: Finished 2nd, 2 GB
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division:
      • Winner: Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (David Henning) - This year: Won the division by 20 games
      • Loser: Scarlet Sox (Roland Dupont) - This year: Finished 3rd, 25 GB
    • K Street League - Sutton Division
      • Winner: Dawns Early Light (Ken Stevenson) - This year: Won the division again, this time by 13 games
      • Loser: Aksarben Bugeaters (Don Kruse) - This year: Finished 3rd, 18 GB
    • Longball League - Mays Division:
      • Winner: New Jersey Reign (Andrew Lehman) - This year: Finished 3rd, 14 GB
      • Loser: Danny's Wallbangers (Danny Zaccaro) - This year: Won the division by 1 game
    • Murderers' Row - Big Puma Division:
      • Winner: Walking Dead Pull Hitters (Alonda Clifton) - This year: Finished 3rd, 9 GB
      • Loser: Guttenberg Gandolfinis (Tom Twomey) - This year: Won the division by 2 games
    • Pacific Northwest League - Huskies Division:
      • Winner: Snoqualmie Owls (Sherman Wan) - This year: Finished 3rd, 10 GB
      • Loser: Wolf Bait (Roland Dupont) - This year: Finished 2nd, 4 GB
    • Reality Bites League - Fear Factor Division:
      • Winner: Minneapolis Coonhounds (Jon Swanson) - This year: Finished 3rd, 28 GB
      • Loser: Nashville Sounders (Jamison Reese) - This year: Under new ownership, finished 4th, 32 GB
    • Reality Bites League - Amazing Race Division:
      • Winner: Interlaken Cheese Transport (Sherman Wan) - This year: Finished 3rd, 14 GB
      • Loser: Gashouse Gorillas (Rob Behymer) - This year: Won the division by 1 game
    • Steel City League - Wagner Division:
      • Winner: Willie's Rebels (Michael Quinn) - This year: Finished 3rd, 29 GB
      • Loser: House of Lannister (Brian Haines) - This year: Won the division by 18 games
    • Steel City League - Traynor Division:
      • Winner: Hershey Special O.P.S. (David Henning) - This year: Won the division again. this time by 10 games
      • Loser: Patricia Avenue Cardinals (Michael Clancy) - This year: Under new ownership, finished 3rd, 11 GB
    • Superman League - George Reeves Division:
      • Winner: Hollywood Squares (Michael Lehman) - This year: Finished 4th, 14 GB
      • Loser: Bizarro Boys (Dave Matter) - This year: Finished 3rd, 7 GB
    • Superman League - Dean Cain Division:
      • Winner: Cincinnati Sluggers 1 (Michael Horvitz) - This year: Finished 2nd, 14 GB
      • Loser: Ames Twisters (Tom Kohl) - This year: Finished 4th, 24 GB

10/25/19

  • Playoff schedules are posted.  You can see the your league's playoff brackets from your league's home page - or you can check out the Playoffs for All Leagues page.
  • There may be a few links on the playoffs pages that don't yet work.
  • I may be able to get the first scores posted on Saturday, but it's most likely going to be on Sunday.

10/24/19

10/22/19

  • There were a few requests for more time on the lineups for the playoffs, so transactions/lineups are open again through Friday night at midnight Pacific (or, as shown on the website, Saturday at 3 AM Eastern)

10/21/19

  • Hey, I'm back in the U.S. - a day later than expected, so I was catching up with real life on Sunday instead of diving back into BWB, and am behind schedule on setting up the playoffs.  I have a busy schedule over the next couple days - but I'm going to try to get the playoff games started around the end of this week.
  • I don't plan to reopen the lineup setting for the first week of the playoffs, but if anyone needs more time, I can change my mind about that - let me know on Monday or Tuesday if you have some unfinished work.

10/1/19

9/30/19

  • The regular season is over and...BWB is taking some time off.
    • The playoffs are coming but will be delayed to run during the MLB World Series
    • With that, the deadline for transactions and lineup changes has been extended to Friday night, October 18, at midnight Eastern.  See all the transaction/lineup deadlines
    • There will still be a few updates on the site through Friday this week - I hope to have all the division/playoff tiebreakers sorted out and the playoff brackets posted by then.
  • With the 9 division tiebreakers done (and one race in The Kings of Queens we missed to list a couple days ago), we have our final 10 Division Champions: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Broadway League
      • The Hot Corner Division: The Lamb Seems Right Out Of Place Under Manmade Neon Lights (owner John Hula - 8th win in 2019) - Finished 2nd last season in league's first year
      • Riding The Pine Division: Times Square Pickpockets (owner Jon Swanson - 3rd win in 2019) - Finished 3rd, 18 GB in league's first season last year
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning - 27th win in 2019) - 5th division win - was league champ 2014-2016
    • Experts League - Web Division: Fantasy Couch (owner Andrew Eggers) - Repeat winner, 5th overall; League champ in 2010
    • Federal League - St. Louis Terriers Division: Kansas City Packers (owner Michael Quinn - 7th win in 2019) - First division win in league's 8th season; Best finish had been 2nd 4 times
    • The Kings of Queens - McGraw Division: Doc and Straw and Mookie!!! (owner Jason Kiernan - 27th win in 2019) - First division win in league's 10th season; Finished 2nd twice, but not since 2012
    • Marxball - Harpo Division: Phenway Phantoms (owner Danny Zaccaro - 7th win in 2019) - Also won the division in 2017
    • Reality Bites League - American Idol Division: Kingston Jamaicans (owner Ricardo Alexander - 14th win in 2019) - 6th consecutive title, 10th overall; League champ in 2015
    • Shadowball - Memphis Red Sox Division: Kingston Bob Marleys (owner Ricardo Alexander - 15th win in 2019) - 6th division win; League champ in 2013
    • Will Ferrell League - Blades of Glory Division: CO Springs Pirates (owner Chris Dressman) - 3rd consecutive division win - League champ in 2017

9/29/19

  • 9 division ties to break - Game results are in!
    • Broadway League - The Hot Corner Division: The Lamb Seems Right Out Of Place Under Manmade Neon Lights (John Hula) at Reese's Pieces (Jamison Reese)
      • Result: The Lamb Seems Right Out Of Place  10  Reese's  2 - Box
      • 2018 was the league's first season - Reese's won the division, while The Lamb was 2nd, 8 GB
      • Reese's won the season series 10-8
      • The Lamb won 5 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 23-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: The Lamb 8-2  Reese's 3-7
    • Broadway League - Riding the Pine Division: Rusty Nails (Roland Dupont) at Times Square Pickpockets (Jon Swanson)
      • Result: Times Square  7  Rusty  6 - Box
      • 2018 was the league's first season - Times Square finished 3rd (13 GB) and Rusty finished 4th (19 GB)
      • Times Square won the season series 10-8
      • Times Square won 5 of 6 in their final series in Weeks 24-25, but Rusty won Game 150 to force the tie.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Rusty 3-7  Times Square 6-4
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (David Henning) at Cleveland Hot Waxx (Alonda Clifton)
      • Result: Lake Erie  6  Loser  1 - Box
      • Lake Erie won the division in 4 straight seasons 2014-2017 with 3 league championships.  Cleveland has never won the division, with its best finish as 2nd place twice.
      • Lake Erie finished the season with an 11-game winning streak.  Cleveland won its final 3 games to maintain the tie.
      • The teams split their season matchups 9-9.  Cleveland gets home field with the better division record.
      • Cleveland swept a series in Week 23 and Lake Erie swept a series in Week 25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Lake Erie 10-0   Cleveland 5-5
    • Experts League - Web Division: NYC FantasyBaseballSherpa.com (Scott Swanay) at Fantasy Couch (Andrew Eggers)
      • Result: Fantasy  4  NYC  2 - Box
      • NYC has 2 division wins, but not since 2013.  Fantasy is the defending champ and has 4 total division titles.
      • The teams split their season matchups 9-9.  Fantasy gets home field with the better division record.
      • Fantasy won 4 of their final 6 games in Weeks 23-24
      • Record for the last 10 games: NYC 3-7  Fantasy 6-4
    • Federal League - St. Louis Terriers Division: Atlanta Kool Runnings (Ricardo Alexander) at Kansas City Packers (Michael Quinn)
      • Result: Kansas City  6  Atlanta  3 - Box
      • Atlanta is the 5-time defending division champ and won the league in 2014.  Kansas City has never won the division in the league's previous 7 seasons - it has 4 2nd-place finishes.
      • Kansas City won the season series 11-7
      • Kansas City won 4 of 6 in the final meetings between the teams in Weeks 23-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Atlanta 5-5  Kansas City 7-3
    • Marxball - Harpo Division: New York Opera Company (Jon Swanson) at Phenway Phantoms (Danny Zaccaro)
      • Result: Phenway  6  New York  1 - Box
      • New York's highest finish in the league's 2 seasons has been 3rd.  Phenway won the division in 2017.
      • Phenway won the season series 10-8
      • New York won 4 of 6 head to head meetings in Weeks 23-24
      • Record for the last 10 games: New York 5-5  Phenway 2-8
    • Reality Bites League - American Idol Division: Real Thing (Roland Dupont) at Kingston Jamaicans (Ricardo Alexander)
      • Result: Kingston  2  Real  0 - Box
      • Real has only made the playoffs once - it won the division in 2006.  Real finished 2nd in 2018, but was 24 GB.  Kingston has won this division for the past 5 seasons and 9 overall.  Kingston has one league title - in 2015.
      • Kingston won the season series 12-6
      • Kingston swept Real in Week 25 and took 2 of 3 from Real in Week 25 - including a win in Game 150 to force the tie
      • Record for the last 10 games: Real 5-5  Kingston 4-6
    • Shadowball League - Memphis Red Sox Division: Kingston Bob Marleys (Ricardo Alexander) at Bingo Long's Travelling All-Stars (Jason Kiernan)
      • Result: Kingston  6  Bingo  5 - Box
      • Kingston has won the division 5 times, most recently in 2016-2017, and was league champ in 2013; Bingo Long's is the defending league champion and has 2 other division titles.
      • They didn't meet in a tiebreaker last year, but Bingo Long's won the division by 1 game over Kingston.
      • Bingo won the season series 11-7
      • Bingo won 5 of 6 of their final head to head games in Weeks 23-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Kingston 8-2  Bingo Long's 7-3
    • Will Ferrell League - Blades of Glory Division: Whistling Dixie (Roland Dupont) at CO Springs Pirates (Chris Dressman)
      • Result: CO Springs  2  Whistling  1 - Box
      • CO Springs won the division in the league's first 2 seasons.  Whistling finished 2nd in 2017.
      • CO Springs won the season series 12-6
      • CO Springs won 4 of their final 6 games in Weeks 23-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Whistling 4-6  CO Springs 7-3

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