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1/18/19

  • I'm on vacation through Wednesday night and my time and ability to answer questions or fix issues will be limited.  Go ahead and contact me if you've got a question or problem, but understand that my response may be delayed.
  • Tobacco Road League is full - I've reset the draft list due date to Friday night, January 25, at midnight Eastern time.
  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique form of fantasy baseball as we play 150 individual head-to-head games in a season simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams have just cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2019 squads.  They are now about to participate in the annual Redistribution Draft, where teams that finished poorly last season get some advantages to try to rebuild for this year and the future.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2019 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 2018 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

1/16/19

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2019 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 2/3/19 Midnight EST.
  • For more information, see the rules regarding the Redistribution Draft
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds
    • Then, after Feb 3, 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 posted, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sun 2/3 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/17 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/24 - 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.
  • Any players on your Prospect Roster have been moved back to your 40-man roster.  You can begin to move players to prospect status again after the Redistribution Draft.

Did You Know? The maximum cash you can take into the season is 5 million BW Bucks

1/13/19

  • Tonight is the deadline to pick which players you're keeping on your roster for 2019.  You can check all of your teams for errors on your carryover selections.  Deadline is Sunday night at midnight Pacific
  • For orphan teams assigned between 12/31 and 1/12, your orphan cash has just been distributed in a special financial update so that you can judge your team's finances accordingly. (Foster parents not included - that cash is distributed when a permanent owner is assigned).
  • All orphan teams currently have foster owners - thanks for the volunteers!

1/8/19

  • Reminder - Roster carryover choices are due on Sunday night at midnight Pacific (1/14/19, 3AM EST)
  • 108 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 2019" menu
  • Luis Valbuena, who died in a car crash last month, was removed from the BWB player list and automatically removed from the rosters of 10 BWB teams.

1/5/19

  • Final offseason culling of the player list - 131 players removed from the game, including just 1 who was on a BWB roster - Henderson Alvarez (who was automatically removed from any BWB rosters).
  • Position for all players for 2019 are now finalized (after checking all the minor league players).
  • Next step is to add the new players into the game based on MLB 40-man rosters - shooting to get them posted by Sunday night.

1/2/19

1/1/19

  • Happy New Year!
  • Week Thirty Transactions Posted - These are the trades in the Fall trading period #2
    • Trades are now closed until after the Redistribution Draft is completed in February.
    • Your picks for which players you'll keep on your roster in 2019 are due on Sunday night, January 13 at midnight Pacific (1/14/19, 3AM EST)
    • 125 players were removed from the game on the basis of retirement or signing to play in foreign ball, including these 8 that were on BWB rosters: Chris Anderson, Cody Ege, Jose Fernandez, Jeff Ferrell, Casey Kelly, John Lackey, Jefry Marte, and Jake Thompson.  Those players have been automatically deleted from any BWB rosters.
  • Coming later this week - planned to post by the end of next weekend:
    • Minor league results for 2018, including financial bonus awards
    • New players added to the list for 2019
    • I have to look at the transaction order for the Redistribution Draft and will need to reset it (criteria are a bit different in season vs. off season)
    • There are some page/site fixes to come as well

12/27/18

  • Happy Holidays!  I'm back from a few days out of town and can start ramping up with more action on preparation for next season (page fixes, rule change conversation, new features?).
  • I'll have some time to do a little work on Thursday night - no time on Friday - and then will get into it more over the weekend.
  • I've got the last batch of orphan teams to add to the list Thursday night from owners who never responded yes/no.  Seven more teams to add, including 2 teams in Moneyball and 1 team in Murderers' Row if you're interested in a private prize league.

12/12/18

  • OK - I think I've got this right - the information below your roster about your roster limits and the totals of the players you are keeping for 2019 should now handle the prospects on your team correctly.  Let me know if you find any errors in the counting or on the page itself.
  • Reposting and updating this note originally posted below on Nov. 24: Effects of the Prospects Roster: (see the full rule)
    • There are no additions or other adjustments allowed to the prospects roster at this time (Week 21 of the 2018 season was the deadline - no changes again until after the 2019 Redistribution Draft)
    • If you receive a player in a trade who was on that other team's prospect roster, he enters your roster as one of your 40-man roster players - you can't put him on your prospects list
    • Prospects don't count against the 28-player maximum that you may retain on your roster for 2019.  So you can keep up to 28 players AND some or all of your prospects.
    • You may cut some or all of your prospects, you're not mandated to keep them.
    • After the roster carryover decisions (January 13), all prospects will revert to be part of your standard 40-man roster.  Keeping prospects will reduce the total number of players you can pick up in the Redistribution Draft.
    • After the Redistribution Draft is compete, you can then make moves to put players onto the prospects roster for 2019.

12/10/18

  • Week Twenty-nine Transactions Posted - These are the trades in the Fall trading period #1
    • Trades are open again for period #2 - the deadline is Sunday, December 30, 11:59 PM Eastern
    • A reminder that your picks for which players you'll keep on your roster in 2019 are due on January 13, but you can be working on that now.
    • 13 players were removed from the game on the basis of retirement or signing to play in foreign ball, including these 6 that were on BWB rosters: Jabrari Blash, Chris Gimenez, Justin Haley, Justin Hancock, Pierce Johnson, and Tommy Joseph.  Those players have been automatically deleted from any BWB rosters.

12/5/18

  • Player of the Year awards are final
  • Team cash updated for playoff performances, Players of the Year, and the first wave of orphan team assignments

11/28/18

  • First wave of orphan teams are listed.  Contact me if you're interested - you may want to list an alternate or two in case your first choice is taken.
  • Reminder that the deadline to say if you're keeping each of your teams in 2019 is December 9. We assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.

11/27/18

  • Payment for 2019 teams is available.  For returning owners, your deadline to pay isn't until Opening Day - though if you pay by December 9, you'll get a $5 discount per team.  If you are playing a lot of teams, you might want to check out one of the two package plans.

11/26/18

  • If you've signed up for new teams or have bonus teams you want to use, there are new leagues for 2019 now available to join.

11/25/18

  • MLB Info has been updated to reflect transactions between 11/6 and 11/24.
    • 13 players were removed from the game on the basis of retirement or signing to play in foreign ball, including these 6 that were on BWB rosters: Raul Alcantra, Adrian Beltre, Alan Busenitz, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, and Christian Villanueva.  Those players have been automatically deleted from any BWB rosters.
    • Earlier in November, these players were removed from BWB rosters for the same reasons (including some unsigned 1st round draft picks): J.T. Ginn, Mike Marjama, Brandon McCarthy, Victor Martinez, Stewart Carter, and Brad Ziegler.
  • Quick and dirty fix - your post season roster page and the page you use to select your cuts are both now updated to show which of the players on your roster are "prospects" - those players do not count against the 28 maximum players you can keep for 2019.  Later - hopefully by the end of the coming week - the roster page will correctly note the totals at the bottom to reflect which players you're keeping and that prospects don't count in the totals.

11/24/18

  • Premium salary adjustments have been applied - 2019 salaries are now final (will post some of the changes on Sunday)
  • I'll be updating the post season roster page and will add in a link to let you change your lineup (to help arrange who you're keeping or not) - in the meantime, you can get to the lineup change form from the all your rosters page.
  • If you want to see all your pending trade offers, you can check to see which of your teams have pending trade offers on the all your transaction submissions page
  • Effects of the Prospects Roster: (see the full rule)
    • There are no additions or other adjustments allowed to the prospects roster at this time (Week 21 of the 2018 season was the deadline - no changes again until after the 2019 Redistribution Draft)
    • If you receive a player in a trade who was on that other team's prospect roster, he enters your roster as one of your 40-man roster players - you can't put him on your prospects list
    • After the roster carryover decisions (January 13), all prospects will revert to be part of your standard 40-man roster.  Keeping prospects will reduce the total number of players you can pick up in the Redistribution Draft.
    • After the Redistribution Draft is compete, you can then make moves to the prospects roster for 2019.
  • Coming up in the next few days and the near future:
    • Sunday night 11/25 - Player MLB status will be updated for MLB transactions after 11/6 - any players that have announced retirement since 11/6 will be removed from the game.
    • Sunday night 11/25 - First new 2019 leagues will be open to join and the first orphan teams listed
    • Soon - Post season roster page will be updated to handle the carryover totals correctly for the prospects list
    • By Saturday 12/1 - Players of the Year final.  Post season cash for playoff results and Players of the Year will be awarded
    • Sunday, 12/9 - Fall trading period #1 deadline
    • Sunday, 12/30 - Fall trading period #2 deadline
    • Sometime in December after the Rule 5 draft - new players will be added to the BWB player list if they are on the MLB 40-man roster.
    • Sunday, 1/13/19 - Roster retention decisions deadline

11/22/18

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Hey - quick note to answer some questions from a few people...  If you're trying to use your bonus teams to join a new league, or if you just signed up for BWB and want to join a league - the new 2019 leagues aren't active yet.  And we don't have any orphans ready yet, either.  I will try to have some of that ready this weekend but we have family visiting, so it might be later on Sunday or on Monday before they are ready.

11/20/18

  • Two fixes on Tuesday night:
  • Salary calculations have been fixed and the salaries on the site are now corrected.  Again - these do not yet include the premium salary adjustments.
  • With the salary corrections, I need to double-check the cap value for 2019.  I plan to have that verified/corrected by Tuesday night.
  • Your rosters are now set to post-season mode and you can begin to pick the players you want to keep/cut for 2019.  This process is not yet updated for the "prospects," so the roster limits warnings are not accurate and at this point, the prospects are not shown on your roster page.  This should get fixed by Sunday, Nov 25
  • Trades are now open - the first fall trade period deadline is Sunday, Dec. 9 at midnight Eastern.

11/19/18

  • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2019.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 9 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • There's another issue with salaries - for at least several players didn't play in MLB, their 2019 salary is showing as the same as 2018...and that's not right.  I will redo the whole salary calculation to make sure it's right.  This may affect the salary cap (but unlikely to have much effect).
  • Hey, looks like some salaries are screwed up.  Someone let me know about Zack Wheeler being off and as I take a quick look at the salary calculation it appears as though some pitchers were incorrectly calculated at the minimum salary for 2018 stats (including Wheeler, Strasburg, Leake, Kyle Gibson, and some others).  I'll need a bit to figure out what went wrong with that...

11/18/18

  • OK - I'm very sorry for the delays - but you can now see some of the results of the setup for 2019.  Players now have new (incomplete) salaries for 2019 and their positions are set for 2019.
  • Usually I post some things in late October/early November and that allows me some staggered updates, but since I didn't get the salaries/positions done earlier, I was stuck a bit in having to change too many things all at one time.
  • Salary cap cash has been distributed.  The 2019 salary cap is 38490 (was 42034 in 2018).
  • Free bonus teams have been distributed.
  • Here's what is upcoming and will gradually become active on the website:
    • 2019 Salaries are not yet final - I still need to go through and add in the premium salary adjustments for top MLB performers that will increase some salaries 1-30%.  My plan is to have all the salaries final by Sunday night, Nov 25.
    • Any player showing an "x" in their position didn't have any MLB stats in 2018, so I need to go back in and check what they did in the minors in 2018 (or maybe they didn't play at all) - those positions may change.  That usually takes a lot of time and will be finished sometime in December.
    • Soon I'll open up a page to allow you to indicate which teams you're keeping in 2019.
    • By Monday night, I plan to open up your options to begin trading with other teams.
    • As soon as possible, I will open up the page to allow you to indicate which players you want to keep for 2019 and which ones you'll release into the Redistribution Draft.
    • New leagues for 2019 will be opened soon.
    • As people indicate they're dropping teams, orphans will become available.
  • Upcoming schedule/deadlines (some changes are possible):
    • Soon through Sunday, Dec. 9: Fall Trading Period 1
    • Monday, Dec. 10 though Sunday, Dec. 30: Fall Trading Period 2
    • Sunday, Jan 13: Roster retention choices due
    • Sunday, Feb 3: Redistribution Draft choices due

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