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9/26/14

  • So - now comes the break in the schedule that I referred to last winter/spring.
  • Regular season is complete, but I'm on a trip for the next two weeks - we'll do the playoffs when I return.
  • Playoff lineups are due Saturday, October 11 - 3 PM Eastern.
  • In the meantime, maybe you want to give your input/opinion for potential Rule changes
    • I have a collection of items for consideration
      • Some things I'd like to fix
      • Some fixes I suggest based on comments in the past
      • Some direct suggestions from you in the past several months via email
      • Topics include: Trade deadline, Are "cash only" trades good or bad?, Dealing with lineup construction and bench usage or who should be considered for the starting lineup, Startup Draft, Redistribution Draft.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Blog for the items of discussion and enter your comments
    • No changes coming soon - probably not until November - but your input now and during the next few weeks will be valuable.

9/25/14

  • Seven division ties to break - RESULTS - Now the regular season is complete
    • Blue and Gray League - Sherman Division: Vicksburg Siege (Michael Lehman) at Major Miracle (Roland Dupont) -  - Result: Major 5  Vicksburg 4 - Box
      • Major won the season series 13-5
      • Major won 4 of 6 in the final three weeks.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Vicksburg 6-4 Major 5-5
    • Deuces Wild League - Brett Division: Bemidji Blue Ox (Sam Campbell) at Everglades Alligators (Michael Lehman) -  - Result: Everglades 5  Bemidji 2 - Box
      • Everglades won the season series 10-8
      • Everglades won 4 of 6 in the final three weeks.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Everglades 7-3 including winning the final 6; Bemidji 1-9 including losing the final 9
    • Firemen League - Smith Division: Venice Beach Longshots (Ken DeGroot) at Mammoth Grizzlies (Michael Quinn) -  - Result: Mammoth 4  Venice Beach 2 - Box
      • Mammoth won the season series 10-8
      • Venice Beach won 4 of 6 in the final three weeks.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Both went 5-5
    • Experts League - Print Division: Alcatraz Island Inmates (Michael Burkert) at South America Piranhas (BWB League Office - an orphan team) -  - Result: Alcatraz Island 6  South America 5 - Box
      • South America won the season series 11-7
      • South America won 4 of 6 in the final three weeks.
      • Record for the last 10 games: South America 6-4 Alcatraz Island 3-7
    • Perfect World League - Kenny Rogers Division:  Utopia Unicorns (David Henning) at Long Island Ducks (Bill Munger)
      • Long Island won the season series 10-8 -  - Result: Utopia 3  Long Island 2 - Box
      • Utopia won 4 of 6 in the final two weeks.
      • Record for last 10 games: Long Island 7-3, Utopia 6-4
    • They Might Be Giants - Marichal Division:  Hampton Flashes (Roland Dupont) at Edgewater Underwear Thieves (Tom Twomey) -  - Result: Edgewater 2  Hampton 1 - Box
      • Edgewater won the season series 11-7
      • Hampton won 4 of 6 in the final three weeks.
      • Record for last 10 games: Hampton 9-1  Edgewater 4-6
    • They Might Be Giants - Terry Division:  Centre County Gunslingers (Tom McGraw) at Alcatraz Inmates (Michael Quinn) -  - Result: Centre County 3  Alcatraz 2 - Box
      • Alcatraz won the season series 11-7
      • The teams split 3-3 in the final three weeks of the season
      • Record for last 10 games: Centre County 8-2  Alcatraz 2-8, including losing the final 5 games

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9/24/14

  • Seven division ties to break- will require one more game to settle it all - Michael Quinn, Michael Lehman, and Roland Dupont are all in two Game 151 situations.  We've got an orphan team in one match up.  A couple teams came out of nowhere...And two divisions in They Might Be Giants are still up for grabs.  See the list of tiebreaker games further down the page...
  • Division Champions from games on Sept 23: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Batman League:
      • Kilmer Division: Wall Street Banksters (owner Adam Wilson - 2nd win in 2014) - First win - had only been as high as 3rd in previous seasons
      • Clooney Division: Gotham City Knights (owner Jon Swanson - 4th win in 2014) - Third straight title
      • Bale Division: Kersh & Trouty and a Bunch of Scrubs (owner Sherman Wan - 8th win in 2014) - Second win - also took 1st place in 2011
    • Beer League:
      • Water Division: Foster's Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 8th win in 2014) - 2nd division win - repeats from last season
      • Malt Division: Canadian Moosehead (owner Mike Cerny - 3rd win in 2014) - Repeat division winner - 4th time overall
    • Blame Canada League - Eric Division: North Stars (owner Roland Dupont - 8th win in 2014) - Second win - also won league championship in 2011
    • Bleed Dodger Blue - Campanella Division: Malibu Gigilo's (owner Doug Schnack - 3rd win in 2014) - First title; best finish had been 2nd in 2012
    • Bronx Bombers League - Gehrig Division: Sweet Potatoes (owner Roland Dupont - 9th win in 2014) - First title; Best finish was 2nd in 2011
    • Chevy Chase League:
      • Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Division: Bath County Black Sheep (owner Tom Twomey - 16th win in 2014) - 5th straight division win; League champ in 2012
      • Fletch F. Fletch Division: Cannonball Cockamamie (owner Steven Michaud) - First title in 8th season of the league - had finished 2nd in 2013 and 2012
    • Cleveland Rocks - Boudreau Division: The Flats ! (owner James Doud) - Defending league champion
    • Commissioners League - Frick Division: San Andreas Quakers (owner Bill Munger) - Also won in 2012
    • Deuces Wild League - Cobb Division: Wet Hens (owner Roland Dupont - 10th win in 2014) - Won the league championship last season
    • Federal League - Brooklyn Tip-Tops Division: Del Mar Longshots (owner Ken DeGroot - 5th win in 2014) - Repeat title
    • Fenway Fenatics - Fisk Division: Skeleton Crew (owner Ken Stevenson) - First title; Lost 103 games in 2013
    • Four Star League - Bradley Division: NYC2ATL Jr Blackbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander - 3rd win in 2014) - 3rd straight win - won the league in 2012
    • Longball League:
      • McGuire Division: Heartland Big Red (owner Don Kruse - 6th win in 2014) - 2nd title - won league championship in 2011
      • Killebrew Division: Lemon Juice (owner Roland Dupont - 11th win in 2014) - 3rd division win - 2008 league champion
    • Minnie & Paul League - Viola Division: Battle Creek Cereal Killers (owner Michael Lehman - 4th win in 2014) - First title after 3 consecutive 3rd place finishes
    • Moneyball League - Scott Hatteberg Division: Sarnia Sailors (owner Gary Renwick) - Defending division champ
    • Motor City League - Newhouser Division: Windsor Wolverines (owner Tom Twomey - 17th win in 2014) - Won the league's first championship last year; won 21 fewer games this year
    • North Siders League - Inaugural Season of League
      • Williams Division: Omaha Golden Spikes (owner Don Kruse - 7th win in 2014)
      • Sandberg Division: Waypoint Spartans (owner David Henning - 8th win in 2014)
    • Perfect World League - David Wells Division: Millard Quackers (owner Mike Cerny - 4th win in 2014) - First win - best finish had been 2nd in 2013 (but still 13 GB)
    • Superman League - Christopher Reeve Division: Krypton Krushers (owner David Henning - 9th win in 2014) - Defending league champion
    • Three of a Kind League - Wagner Division: Havana Lounge Lizards (owner Jerry King - 5th win in 2014) - Returns to the playoffs for first time since league championship in 2011

9/23/14

  • Week 25 Complete - Except for ties - Games 149-150 posted - See Results

9/23/14 Continued

  • Division Champions from games on Sept 22: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League -  Chancellor Division: Detroit Ron Burgundys (owner Mike Prohaska) - Inaugural season for the league
    • Blame Canada League - Kyle Division: Aurora Borealis (owner Sherman Wan - 7th win in 2014) - 1st title - had 2 second place finishes before this
    • Bleed Dodger Blue - Drysdale Division: Minneapolis Lakers (owner Jacob Vass - 3rd win in 2014) - First return to the playoffs since winning 2010 league title
    • Blue and Gray League:
      • Grant Division: Gettysburg Rifles (owner Jon Swanson - 3rd win in 2014) - 2nd straight title - made it to finals last year
      • Lee Division: Cincinnati The dl 3 (owner Michael Horvitz - 2nd win in 2014) - Team never rose above 3rd place until this win
    • Bronx Bombers League - Ford Division: Iowa Farmers (owner Tom Kohl) - Defending league champion
    • Cleveland Rocks - Doby Division: California Comeback Kids (owner Robert Elias - 5th win in 2014) - 101 losses in 2013, the league's first season
    • Commissioners League - Chandler Division: Cleveland Steamers (owner Tom McGraw - 3rd win in 2014) - Best finish until now had been 3rd
    • Fenway Fenatics - Boggs Division: Werewolves of London (owner Jamison Reese) - First division crown
    • Four Star League - Eisenhower Division: Savin Hill Sox (owner Michael Travers) - 2nd title - also won in 2011
    • Geek Pride League: Berners-Lee Division: Mt. Airy Diplomats (owner Micah Bustard) - Defending division and conference champion
    • Moneyball League - David Justice Division: Random Ninjas (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2014) - Defending division champ
    • Phightin' Phils League - Roberts Division: Phillie Cream Cheezers (owner Jamison Reese - 2nd win in 2014) - 3rd straight title - made it to finals last year
    • Shadowball - Memphis Red Sox Division: Oklahoma Plate Streakers (owner Tom McGraw - 4th win in 2014) - 5 second place finishes in 9 years - gets first title in 10th season
    • Silver Screen League - Inaugural Season of League
      • Major League Division: Nuke's Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 7th win in 2014)
      • Bang the Drum Slowly Division: Vegas Big Losers (owner Joe Swithers)
    • Steel City League - Mazeroski Division: Greenbelt Terrapins (owner Robert Elias - 6th win in 2014) - Inaugural season for the league
    • Superman League - George Reeves Division: Detroit Men of Steel (owner Mike Prohaska - 2nd win in 2014) - Two 3rd-place finishes in the first two years of the league
    • Three of a Kind League:
      • Connor Division: Maryland Marauders (owner Michael Gaston) - First division win since 2008
      • Speaker Division: Atchafalaya BizKitZ (owner James Harris) - Won the division in 2011 too
    • Triple Crown League -
      • Robinson Division: Dave's Dynamo (owner David Henning - 7th win in 2014) - League champion in only other playoff appearance in 2010
      • Medwick Division: Kansas City Barrons (owner Matt Strawbridge) - 5th franchise title - won the league championship in 2012 and 2009

9/21/14

  • Division Champions from games on Sept 21: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Inaugural season for the league
      • Jennings Division: Brick Barometers (owner Tom Twomey - 11th win in 2014)
      • Rather Division: Dan's Crew (owner Roland Dupont - 4th win in 2014)
      • Reasoner Division: Las Vegas Hangover Crew (owner Ken Degroot - 2nd win in 2014)
    • Blame Canada League - Stan Division: South Alabama Jaggurnauts (owner Christian Zaccaro) - Defending conference champion
    • Bronx Bombers League - DiMaggio Division: Cincinnati Red Stockings 1 (owner Michael Horvitz) - First title - best finish had been 3rd
    • Commissioners League - Giamatti Division: South Park Butters (owner Tom Twomey - 12th win in 2014) - 6 years - 6 division titles but this was the closest one - defending league champ
    • Federal League - Buffalo Buffeds: Buffalo Wings over America (owner Michael Lehman - 2nd win in 2014) - 3rd straight title - won the conference in 2013
    • Four Star League
      • Patton Division: Kelly's Heroes (owner Andrew Lehman - 3rd win in 2014) - Also won in 2012
      • MacArthur Division: Tennessee Longshots (owner Ken DeGroot - 3rd win in 2014) - 3rd title; League champ in 2010
    • Geek Pride League: Zuckerberg Division: Loco Motion (owner Roland Dupont - 5th win in 2014) - Finished 2nd last year in league's first season
    • Golden Throat League - Jack Buck Division: Lincoln Salt Dogs (owner Mike Cerny - 2nd win in 2014) - 6th division win for franchise - no league titles yet
    • Hall of Fame League: Cooperstown Division: Oaxaca Revolution (owner Sherman Wan - 6th win in 2014) - 8th division title; Won league championship in 2009 & 2008
    • The Kings of Queens League
      • McGraw Division: Woodside Dingos (owner Tom Twomey - 13th win in 2014) - 5 seasons, 5 division titles; League champ in 2011
      • Koosman Division: Kansas Bucks (owner Greg Flees) - 4th title - back after missing playoffs in 2013
    • Longball League - Mays Division: New Jersey Reign (owner Andrew Lehman - 4th win in 2014) - New owner gets team 3rd division crown
    • Murderers' Row
      • Big Puma Division: Guttenberg Gandolfinis (owner Tom Twomey - 14th win in 2014) - 5 years - 5 division titles; League champ in 2012 and 2010
      • Big Donkey Division: France 2016 UEFA Euros 2016 (owners Scott Campbell and Leif Jonson; 2nd win together in 2014, Leif's 3rd) - First time to make the playoffs
    • Pacific Northwest League
      • Huskies Division: Raw Recruits (owner Roland Dupont - 6th win in 2014) - Finished 3rd last year in league's first season
      • Beavers Division: Bluff Creek Sasquatch Hunters (owner Robert Elias - 4th win in 2014) - Defending conference champion
    • Phightin' Phils League - Alexander Division: Hannibal Cannibals (owner Michael Lehman - 3rd win in 2014) - 3rd straight title - made it to finals last year
    • Shadowball - Birmingham Black Barons: Bedrock Water Buffaloes (owners Scott Campbell and Leif Jonson; 3rd win together in 2014, Leif's 4th) - First title for the franchise; finished 2nd 4 times (most recently in 2011)
    • Silver Screen League - Bad News Bears Division: Venice Beach Old Timers (owner Ken DeGroot - 4th win in 2014) - Inaugural Season
    • Steel City League - Inaugural season for the league
      • Traynor Division: Hershey Special O.P.S. (owner David Henning - 6th win in 2014)
      • Kiner Division: Hiroshima Peace Frogs (owner Tom Twomey - 15th win in 2014)
    • Superman League - Brandon Routh: Heavenly Hash (owner Roland Dupont - 7th win in 2014) - Repeat division winner
    • Triple Crown League - Klein Division: Arkham Knights (owner John Stroba) - 3rd division win
    • Winners Circle League:
      • Alexander Division: Long Island Threat (owner Andy Deeble - 3rd win in 2014) - First division win
      • Matthewson Division: Longfellow Public Television Donors (owner Jacob Vass - 2nd win in 2014) - Third straight title
      • Spahn Division: Mobile Baseball Legends (owner Danny Zaccaro - 3rd win in 2014) - Returns to the playoffs after a conference title in 2011

9/20/14

  • Week 24 Statistics and Players of the Week
  • 6 games left in the regular season - still over half the divisions (84 out of 164) are not yet decided.

9/19/14

  • Division Champions from games on Sept 19: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beatleball
      • Lennon Division: Roseville Bandidos (owner Andy Deeble - 2nd win in 2014) - Back to the playoffs for first time since 2011; League champ in 2008
      • Harrison Division: Margaritaville Parrotheads (owner Tom Twomey - 10th win in 2014) - 3rd title in a row, 4th overall; League champ in 2010
    • Commissioners League - Ueberroth Division: Covina Romans (owner Michael Quinn - 6th win in 2014) - Sixth season brings team first title; finished 3rd in 2013 - 4th in all other years
    • Experts League
      • Web Division: Irish Alcohooligans (owner Jerry King - 4th win in 2014) - First title after 3 straight 2nd place finishes including losing tiebreaker game in 2013
      • Blogs Division: Sumer Anunnaki (owner Kevin Connors - 4th win in 2014) - Team repeats - won the conference too in 2013
    • The Kings of Queens League - Hernandez Division: Astoria Argyle Sox (owner Sherman Wan - 5th win in 2014) - First win; highest finish so far had been 2nd place
    • Minnie & Paul League - Carew Division: Nebraska Legends (owner Doug Schnack - 2nd win in 2014) - First time on top; best finish had been 2nd in 2012
    • North Siders League - Jenkins Division: Pick Pockets (owner Roland Dupont - 3rd win in 2014) - Inaugural season
    • Pacific Northwest League - Cougars Division: North By Northwest Crop Dusters (owner Danny Zaccaro - 2nd win in 2014) - Defending league champ
    • Reality Bites - Fear Factor Division: Nashville Longshots (owner Ken DeGroot) - 3rd title - back after a year out of playoffs
    • Redbirds League: Smith Division: Long Island Threat (owner Phillip Dang - 2nd win in 2014) - 2nd-year owner gets team 2nd division title - first since 2008

9/17/14

  • Week 25 Transactions Posted - Week 26 deadline - playoff lineups  - TBD
  • Division Champions from games on Sept 16: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Bronx Bombers League - Rizzuto Division: Santa Cruz Waves (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2014) - Also won division in 2011
    • Deuces Wild League - Biggio Division: Sugarland Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 4th win in 2014) - 2nd title - made it to the finals last time in 2010
    • Firemen League - Wagner Division: Reggae Boys (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2014) - Repeat winner
    • Geek Pride League:
      • Dorsey Division: Swingset Erectors (owners Jeff Zick and Kevin Connors; Kevin's 2nd win in 2014) - Finished 3rd last year in league's first season
      • Tomlinson Division: Phantastic Phantoms (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2014) - Repeat winner
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Boomer Sooners (owner Phillip Dang) - Won league title 2006-2008; First return to playoffs since '08
    • Hall of Fame League:
      • Wagner Division: Boar's Nest (owner Tom Twomey - 8th win in 2014) - 10th division title for the franchise; won the league in 2005 and 2003
      • Cobb Division: San Diego Surfriders (owner Andy Deeble) - Defending league champ; 4th division crown
      • Ruth Division: Seattle Survivors (owners Scott Campbell and Leif Jonson; Leif's 2nd win in 2014) - Repeat division winner and 3rd time overall
    • K Street League - Sutton Division: London Governors (owner Doug Schnack) - Franchise had never finished higher than 3rd in previous 9 seasons
    • North Siders League - Sutter Division: Hostile Take-over (owner Danny Zaccaro) - Inaugural season
    • Pacific Northwest League - Ducks Division: Sagle Shroomage (owner Tom Twomey - 9th win in 2014) - Back to back titles
    • Phightin' Phils League - Klein Division: Backwoods Sasquatch (owner Kevin Connors - 3rd win in 2014) - Defending league champ and only team to win the division in league's 4 seasons
    • Reality Bites - Bachelor Division: Memphis Bighitters (owner Michael Quinn - 5th win in 2014) - 4th straight first-place finish; 6th overall; 2011 League champ
    • Winners Circle League - Galvin Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 5th win in 2014) - 2-time defending league champ; Won BW Bash in 2012

9/16/14

  • Week 24 Continues - Games 141-142 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest games (through 9/15)
      • 149 games: Cle, KC, Mia, NYY, Oak, SD, Sea, Tex, Tor, Was
      • 150 games: Many teams
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
    • Yeah, there are enough MLB games to finish off the week, but I'm running out of time today. Next update expected Thursday night.
  • More Division Champions from games on Sept 15: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Bleed Dodger Blue - Sutton Division: Tennessee Rockers (owner Andrew Lehman) - First division title; best finish had been 2nd in 2012
    • Chevy Chase League:
      • Ty Webb Division: St Cloud Ice (owner Jerry King - 3rd win in 2014) - League champ in 2007-08; Makes first playoff appearance since 2011
      • Emmit Fitz-Hume Division: Quahog Drunken Clams (owner Don Kruse - 5th win in 2014) - Defending league champion; 3rd division title
    • Cleveland Rocks - Harder Division: Toledo Torpedoes (owner Tom Twomey - 6th win in 2014) - Repeat winner
    • Golden Throat League - Bob Prince Division: College Park Turtles (owner Adam Wilson) - 2nd division win - last time was in 2008
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 4th win in 2014) - Repeat winner
    • Motor City League - Gehringer Division: Maplewood Prospects (owner Jacob Vass) - Went young in draft and lost 90 games; Division winner in year 2
    • Phightin' Phils League - Ashburn Division: Kalas City Broadcasters (owner Robert Elias - 2nd win in 2014) - Only division winner in league's four seasons
    • Reality Bites - Amazing Race Division: Sea Isle City Sandsharks (owner Robert Elias - 3rd win in 2014) - 3-time league champ; missed playoffs in 2013
    • Redbirds League:
      • Brock Division: Manalapan Monchichis (owner Tom Twomey - 7th win in 2014) - 5th division win - made it to finals in 2012 and 2013
      • Slaughter Division: Bloomingdale Camelback Crickets (owner Chris Bellina) - 6 years in the league never finished higher than 3rd; Wins division in 7th season
    • Silver Screen League - Angels in the Outfield Division: Oscar's Cast of Legends (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2014) - Inaugural Season
    • Three of a Kind League - Beckley Division: Wyalusing Whiffers (owner Jay Snyder) - 3rd title - won the league in 2012

9/14/14

  • More Division Champions from our last games of Week 23: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Batman League - Keaton Division: Killer Bees (owner Robert Elias) - Defending league champion
    • Beatleball - Starr Division: Killer Bees (owner Roland Dupont - 2nd win in 2014) - 2nd title; Conference champ in 2011
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning - 2nd win in 2014) - Finished 2nd last year in league's first season
    • Deuces Wild League - Musial Division: Washington Insiders (owner Don Kruse - 4th win in 2014) - Third straight division win - fourth overall
    • Federal League - St. Louis Terriers Division: Atlanta Kool Runnings (owner Ricardo Alexander) - Team finished 4th in league's previous 2 seasons; 94 losses in 2013
    • Fenway Fenatics - Doerr Division: Giza Resonance (owner Kevin Connors - 2nd win in 2014) - Repeat division crown; League Champion in 2011
    • Firemen League - Eckersley Division: Miami Valley Mystic Revelation (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2014) - Second win - got to the finals in 2012
    • Golden Throat League - Haray Carey Division: Newport News Aliens & Predators (owner Tom Twomey - 5th win in 2014) - 6th title; Franchise won the league in 2012 and 2009
    • K Street League:
      • Blyleven Division: Alvin Express (owner Michael Quinn - 3rd win in 2014) - First title for this owner; 5th overall - League champ in 2010 and 2005
      • Seaver Division: Altoona Thunder Chicken (owner Jerry King - 2nd win in 2014) - Return to playoffs for first time since 2011 - fifth title overall; League champ in 2011
      • Perry Division: D.C. Lobbyists (owner Jon Swanson - 2nd win in 2014) - 3rd consecutive title
    • Longball League - Robinson Division: Trinidad Island Vikings (owner Leif Jonson) - 2 time defending league champ; 7th division title
    • Motor City League - Greenberg Division: Mt. Pleasant Bomb Squad (owner Jason Kiernan) - 3rd place last year in league's initial season
    • Murderers' Row - Big Poison Division: Palookaville Pugs (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2014) - 3rd division win - also on top in 2011 and 2012
    • Perfect World League - Randy Johnson Division: Malta Falcons (owner Sherman Wan - 4th win in 2014) - Back to back titles
    • Redbirds League - Dean Division: Pittsburgh Huskers (owner Mike Cerny) - Franchise's first title in league's 7th season
    • Steel City League - Wagner Division: House of Lannister (owner Brian Haines) - Inaugural Season
    • Superman League - Dean Cain Division: Hometown Pizza Boys (owner Tom McGraw) - Team had never finished above 2nd
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division: Little Mack Attack (owner Tom McGraw - 2nd win in 2014) - Wins division even years - 2010 and 2012 before this

9/9/14

  • Reminder: This is the final week for free agent acquisitions - Week 25 is limited to lineup changes, cuts, and IR moves

9/8/14

  • Reminder: Roster expansion for "callups" occurs in Week 23-25 to allow your taxi squad and minor league players to contribute to game action.
  • More Division Champions from our first games of Week 23: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beatleball - McCartney Division: London Groove Armada (owner Sherman Wan) - Has stranglehold on this division - 8 wins in 11 seasons; League titles in 2011 & 2006
    • Beer League - Hops Division: Kingfisher Ale Slammers (owner Tom Twomey - 3rd win in 2014) - 4th straight win - 5th overall; Won the league in 2011
    • Bleed Dodger Blue - Reese Division: Aksarben Krusaders (owner Don Kruse) - 4th division win - Conference champ in 2011
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Utopia Unibrows (owner Tom Twomey - 4th win in 2014) - 4th straight title - only team to win this division; League champ in 2012
    • Firemen League - Franco Division: Smoke on the Water (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2014) - Defending league champ
    • The Kings of Queens League - Harrelson Division: Dunder Mifflin Sabres (owner Don Kruse - 2nd win in 2014) - 4th straight win - Conference title in 2011 is only advance to the finals
    • Minnie & Paul League - Oliva Division: Kansas City Monarchs (owner Don Kruse - 3rd win in 2014) - Repeat winner and 3rd time on top - advanced to finals in 2013
    • Motor City League - Horton Division: Gratiot Cards (owner Michael Quinn) - Repeat winner in the league's second season
    • Perfect World League - David Cone Division: Arkansas Hogs (owner Michael Quinn - 2nd win in 2014) - Defending league champion; 4th division title
    • Reality Bites - American Idol Division: Mighty Mice (owner Roland Dupont) - Back to the playoffs after a year off - 5th franchise division win
    • Shadowball - Chicago American Giants Division: Las Vegas Billionaires (owner Jim Sowerby) - 6th division win in 10 years - 3rd straight. League champ in 2012 & 2007
    • They Might Be Giants:
      • Hubbell Division: Belgium Particle Men (owner Jon Swanson) - 1st title - closest to the top before this was 10 GB in 2013
      • Ott Division: San Jose Usurpers (owner Michael Lehman) - Defending league champion and 3rd straight division crown

9/6/14

9/1/14

  • Next Division Champion from Week 22 games (See standings for all leagues)
    • Minnie & Paul League - Blyleven Division: Tonga Tarantula Hawks (owner Tom Twomey - 2nd win in 2014) - 4th straight division title - league runner up in 2011

8/29/14

  • Two more Division Champions as Week 21 closes: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Experts League - Airwaves Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 3rd win in 2014) - 4th straight division title, 5th overall; Defending League Champ
    • Blue and Gray League - Jackson Division: Charleston Cannon Fodder (owner Jerry King) - Only team to ever win this division - 6 straight years; 2009 League Champ

8/28/14

  • Trades closed for the season

8/27/14

  • Around BWB  This recap of the best and worst among the 41 leagues in operation this summer updated to show:
    • Franchises that have never won a division title currently in first place
    • Division winners from last year currently under .500

8/25/14

  • Reminder: Roster expansion for "callups" occurs in Week 23-25 to allow your taxi squad and minor league players to contribute to game action.
  • Two Division Champions out of the August 24 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2014) - 2-time defending league champion; 5th straight division win
    • Moneyball League - Ron Washington Division: Crestone Current (owner Kevin Connors) - Finished 2nd in 2013, 25 GB

8/24/14

8/23/14

  • Another Division Champion before we even start the final 1/5 of the season:
    • Shadowball - Pittsburgh Crawfords Division: Jersey City Dirty Bombs (owner Tom Twomey) - 6th division title; Won the conference crown in 2013

8/19/14

  • Our first Division Champion:
    • Murderers' Row - Big Ed Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche) - Defending League champ; won league and BW Bash in 2011

8/14/14

  • Transaction/Lineup deadline now shifts to WEDNESDAYS for the final 5 weeks

8/9/14

  • Rule changes?
    • I have a collection of items for consideration
      • Some things I'd like to fix
      • Some fixes I suggest based on comments in the past
      • Some direct suggestions from you in the past 2-3 months via email
      • Topics include: Trade deadline, Are "cash only" trades good or bad?, Dealing with lineup construction and bench usage or who should be considered for the starting lineup, Startup Draft, Redistribution Draft.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Blog for the items of discussion and enter your comments
    • No changes coming soon - probably not until October - but your input now and during the next few weeks of August and September will be valuable.

8/7/14

  • Thanks to new people in the game each year that dig into the rules and find problems/inconsistencies.  Here's another correction in the scoring formula - not a rule change or game-scoring change, but something left out of the batting score formula when converting from spreadsheets & computer code to the text of the rulebook.

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