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2/18/18

  • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, Feb 26 at midnight EST

2/17/18

  • Birdland Phase One Draft
    • Phase One is complete!
    • See the Birdland Draft Index for the last set of contested pick awards and other details
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Friday night, Feb 23 at midnight EST

2/15/18

  • New: This applies at the moment to teams in Birdland - but once your Phase One draft deadline passes, you can now view your draft list where before you were redirected to a "too late" page.  Access the Startup Draft link on your team roster page.

2/13/18

  • Birdland Phase One Draft begins with a listing of players drafted by only 1 team

Did You Know? You have until the end of July to submit contract extensions

2/12/18

2/3/18

  • 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.  In early January, teams cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2018 squads - now the teams are going through the Redistribution Draft to restock the rosters from the available free agent pool.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2018 that you can join to begin your dynasty.  Or, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, view our available orphan teams ...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 2017 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

2/2/18

  • Due to some scheduling issues on my part, there are a couple of deadline changes:
    • Birdland Phase One Draft - deadline for the draft list is now Monday, Feb 12 at midnight EST
    • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - deadline for the Phase Two, Part One list is now Thursday, Feb 15 at midnight EST
    • The date to modify your Redistribution Draft lists for rounds 2-5 is unchanged at Sunday night, Feb 11 at midnight EST

1/31/18

1/30/18

  • White Elephant League Phase One Draft
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Monday night, Feb 12 Thursday Night, Feb 15 at midnight EST

1/28/18

  • Birdland is our next new 2018 league to fill up
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Phase One Draft lists are due on Sunday night, February 4 Monday night, Feb 12 at midnight Eastern
  • Slight hiccup on the Redistribution Draft pages on Sunday morning - that's now fixed but to give you some additional time if your work was interrupted, I've pushed back the deadline to Monday, January 29 at 9 PM EST.  I wasn't going to be able to work on it until Monday night anyway - so this deadline gives you some additional time and I can still start on it before midnight on Monday.

1/27/18

  • Reminder - Redistribution Draft Lists - at least for Round 1 - are due tomorrow night - Sunday, January 28 at midnight EST  Monday, January 29 at 9 PM EST.
  • View all of your teams' Redistribution Draft lists - including potential error messages.  Don't forget - you can ignore the errors for players with round zero if you want to keep those players on your list for the next week.

1/24/18

  • Forgot to do this - the transaction order for each league is now reset to be in effect for the Redistribution Draft.  This mostly affects division winners from last season - the league champ drafts 16th, the other conference champ 15th, and the other 2 division champs 13th and 14th.

1/21/18

  • Quick note on the Redistribution Draft lists: Technically, if your list has any leftover "round zero" picks (not ranked in Rounds 1-5), those lists will show up as having errors - and during processing all those players without a valid round would be deleted.  However, some of you utilize a method where you identify a lot of players to put on your lists and then figure out who to rank...and that when we move into the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the draft, you might need to add some of those unranked players into your lists.  Rather than make you do all that work over again, BWB will save any players on this list that might not be legal - when you go back to the 2nd or 3rd week, they'll still be on your list, provided that nobody drafted them already.

1/17/18

1/12/18

  • White Elephant League is full - I've reset the draft list due date to Friday night, January 19, at midnight Eastern time.

1/8/18

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2018 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have just about 3 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/28/18 Midnight EST.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds
    • Then, after Jan 28, 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
  • The season calendar of deadlines is coming soon, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sun 1/28 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/11 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/18 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated - check back later this week
  • With all the cuts - the Trade Rumors list is cleared out in our annual deletion of everything.

1/3/18

1/2/18

12/27/17

  • 129 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 2018" menu
  • What about Shohei Ohtani?
    • I missed this, but the Angels signed him to a minor league contract.
      • By rule, BWB only adds players on the 40-man roster at this point
      • But I'm going to make an exception on this one - largely for the newly-drafting leagues for 2018 - and Ohtani is now in BWB player list.
    • Ohtani is eligible as both a pitcher or hitter.
      • For 2018, it will work this way: you'll need to pick a spot for him at the beginning of any week and he'll only count as just a pitcher or just a hitter - depending on where you slot him.
      • This may change in future seasons, but that's the plan for 2018.
      • Based on what I found in Baseball Reference, he hasn't played in the field for the last couple of seasons, so his hitting position is only "DH"
    • He may not show up in all player screens yet - I need to rewrite some code that's geared to look for only pitchers or only hitters.

12/18/17

  • Fall Trading Period #2 - Results Posted.  That's it for trades this fall.  The next deadline is Sunday, January 7 to cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players.
  • All positions are final - I've finished verifying the positions of minor league players.
  • 224 players were removed from the game since they didn't play in 2017 after being released before the 2017 season - or have recently signed for Japan or Korea.  This includes a few players who were on BWB rosters - and those players have been deleted from the rosters automatically:
    • Oswaldo Arcia
    • Pedro Ciriaco
    • Terry Doyle
    • Danny Hultzen
    • Jake Peavy
    • Yorman Rodriguez
    • Chad Rogers
    • Stryker Trahan
  • These players were switched between hitter/pitcher designation: Jordan Schafer switched back to OF; Anthony Gose, Ike Davis, and James Jones are flipping from hitters to pitchers.
  • And I'll have a note on the home page later this week about how BWB will deal with Shohei Ohtani
  • New players will be added for 2018 later this week or this weekend.

12/10/17

  • Extension of the deadline when your carryover choices are due - you'll need to cut down to 28 players by Sunday, January 7 (midnight EST).
  • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2018.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 16 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • Team payment due for 2018.  Reminder, if you're paying for single teams you can save $5 per team if you pay by December 17.

12/4/17

  • Fall Trading Period #1 - Results Posted.  The 2nd trading period is now open - Deadline is Sunday night, Dec. 17 at midnight Eastern time.
  • Players of the Year are final - teams that earned bonuses for those awards will have that cash credited when I process trades (either later Monday night or on Tuesday).
  • Don't forget to let us know if you're keeping each of your teams in 2018.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 16 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.

11/25/17

  • Leagues are open for 2018 - Check out the list of new leagues that will draft in 2018 and the available orphan teams (orphan list will continue to change as teams answer yes/no on returning in 2018)
  • Save 10% - Black Friday through Cyber Monday - Season Tickets are $265 instead of $295.  Play as many teams as you want in 2018 for less than the normal price of 6 teams.  Offer good November 24 - 27.
  • Player salaries are FINAL.  Salary adjustments were made for 344 players, most at less than 5%.  These players had salaries that went up more than 25%:
    • Nolan Arenado:35.2%
    • Charlie Blackmon: 34.1%
    • Aaron Judge: 33.1%
    • Giancarlo Stanton: 33.0%
    • Paul Goldschmidt: 32.8%
    • Jose Altuve: 32.7%
    • Joey Votto: 29.8%
    • Corey Kluber: 29.0%
    • Jose Ramirez: 28.8%
    • Mookie Betts: 26.0%
  • Players who have positions with an "x" at the end still need to be verified - it will probably be mid-December until that's complete.

11/24/17

11/19/17

  • Getting ready for 2018:
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2018.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 16 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
    • Rosters are open to start making carryover choices and for trades
    • Trades are now open - you have until December 3 for the first trade session.  The second session will extend through Dec 17.
    • You can also begin choosing your carryover players - visit your team roster(s) for a link to do that.  Final deadline is January 2, 2018.
    • Player salaries updated for 2018 - these are NOT YET FINAL
    • Positions updated for 2018 - these are final, except for where you see an "x" in the position or secondary position - these players are not yet verified (and some may be removed from the game for 2017).
    • Salary cap - The 2018 cap is 42034 - up from last year's 37795
      • Teams have been given their 2018 cap cash (the actual distribution is enough to get the team in your league with the smallest cash balance up to the cap level).
      • Post season cash awards for playoffs have also been awarded
      • Bonuses for Players of the Year are still to be awarded.
    • Bonus teams have been awarded - as orphans appear or new leagues open (later this week), you can begin using those bonus teams.

11/18/17

  • 2017 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #1 Seed: The Natty Lights (113-37, Wild card entry from Beer League) owner Jesse Roche
    • #2 Seed: Crumpton Roches (99-51, Wild card entry from Moneyball League) owner Jesse Roche
    • So Jesse Roche will be the champion - the suspense will be whether Crumpton gets its 2nd Bash championship or whether The Natty Lights gets its first.  Jesse has won the Bash 3 times before with 3 different franchises.
    • See the bracket
    • Final Result: The defeated Crumpton 4-1; Congratulations Jesse!

11/17/17

  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Bash Semifinals Games 1-7 posted.  We'll wrap up 2017 with the Benchwarmer Bash finals on Saturday.

11/16/17

11/14/17

  • Congratulations to the 2017 Federation Champions:
    • Aaron Federation: Centauri Cosmic Conundrum, Fenway Fenatics, David Henning
    • Bench Federation: The Natty Lights, Beer League, Jesse Roche - Repeated from 2016
    • Cobb Federation: Dunder Mifflin Sabres, The Kings of Queens, Don Kruse
    • DiMaggio Federation: St. Louis Aces, Royal Flush League, Michael Quinn
    • Eckersley Federation: Crumpton Roches, Moneyball League, Jesse Roche - Repeated from 2016
    • Foxx Federation: Underwater Flying Submarines, Triple Crown League, Jason Kiernan
    • Gehrig Federation: Riverdale Robot Refugees, Minnie & Paul League, David Henning
    • Hornsby Federation: Proton Gunslingers, That's the Fact Jack League, David Henning

11/13/17

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Finals - Games 1-7 posted - The winners move on to the Benchwarmer Bash - games start on Wednesday Thursday.
  • Coming up in the Federation Finals - we have a rematch of a league championship series.  In The Kings of Queens, Dunder Mifflin took the league title in 7 games over Kansas - they meet again to move on to the Benchwarmer Bash.  Dunder Mifflin also won the season series during the regular season 4-2

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