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9/15/14

  • Week 24 Begins - Games 139-140 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest games (through 9/13)
      • 147 games: Cle, KC, MIa, NYY, SD, Sea, Tor, Was
      • 148 games: Many teams
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
    • Next update expected Tuesday
  • Update on Close Division Races to Keep an Eye On - Heading in to Week 24 with just 12 games remaining - See standings for all leagues
    • Anchorman
      • Jennings Division: Cooperstown and Brick tied again.  Cooperstown leads the season series 8-4.
      • Rather Division: Baseball has pulled to within 2 games of Dan's.
      • Chancellor Division: Detroit to pulled ahead again of Cincinnati by 2 games.  Cincinnati has a 10-5 edge in the season series with 3 games still to play.
    • Batman
      • Kilmer Division: Brinkley on top with both Paris and Wall Street only a game behind.  Brinkley is the only team to ever win this division (4 years).
      • Clooney Division: Gotham City ahead of Robin's by 2. Gotham City has won the previous 2 seasons.
      • Bale Division: Kersh & Trouty up to within 2 games of Wayne
    • Beer
      • Water Division: Hornsby's just went from 2 behind to 1 ahead of Foster's.  Elsinore just 3 back.  Foster's is the defending champ.
      • Malt Division: Canadian leads Spaten by 2 games and Sierra Nevada has crept to within 3. Spaten lost 116 games in 2013 but may be running out of gas for a 2014 title.
    • Blame Canada
      • Eric Division: North leads Mogadishu by 1 game. Mogadishu is defending division champ.
    • Bleed Dodger Blue
      • Campanella Division: Malibu leads Wisconsin by 3 and San Luis Obispo by 4 games.  Malibu's best previous finish was 2nd in 2012.
      • Drysdale Division: Oklahoma quickly fell back 3 behind Minneapolis after tying; Minneapolis last won title in 2010.
    • Blue and Gray
      • Sherman Division: Vicksburg was ahead of Major by 1, but now Major pulls ahead by 2 after a sweep.  Vicksburg had previously had a 12-0 record in the season series.
      • Lee Division: Cincinnati leads Atlantis by 1.  Cincinnati has never finished higher than 3rd.
    • Bronx Bombers
      • Gehrig Division: Sweet still ahead of Go Richmond by 1 game; Go Richmond is the only team to ever win this division (3 years).  Sweet leads the season series 10-5
    • Chevy Chase
      • Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Division: La Vista now has pulled ahead of Bath County by 1 game; Bath County has won division last 4 seasons; La Vista won the previous 3 seasons.
      • Fletch F. Fletch Division: Cannonball now leads Dallas by 3 games.  They play each other 3 more times.
    • Cleveland Rocks
      • Doby Division: All teams within 5 games; California went from 1 down to 2 up over Cuyahoga; Shaky Heights won the division in 2013.
    • Commissioners
      • Frick Division: San Andreas in 1st; Humpback 2 GB.  Humpback won the division 2009-11...San Andreas won it in 2012.  Humpback won 2009-11.

9/15/14 Continued

  • Close Division Races to Keep an Eye On - Midway though 23 - See standings for all leagues
    • Deuces Wild
      • Cobb Division: Rock Ridge and Wet are tied.  Rock Ridge leads the season series 9-6 with 3 to play.
    • Experts
      • Print Division: Alcatraz Island leads South America by 2 games.  South America leads the season series 9-6 with 3 to play.
    • Federal
      • Brooklyn Tip-Tops Division: Big leads Del Mar by 1 game and Detroit by 2; Del Mar won it last year.
    • Fenway Fenatics
      • Fisk Division: Skeleton leads South City by 3 games; Skeleton lost 103 games in 2013.
      • Boggs Division: Werewolves still ahead of Alaskan by 1 game.  They still have 6 head to head matchups coming up with Alaskan ahead 8-4 in the season series.
    • Firemen
      • Smith Division: Venice Beach and Mammoth are tied.  Mammoth is defending winner...Venice Beach won in 2012.
    • Four Star
      • Eisenhower Division: Savin Hill leads Generation by 1 game; 3 games left between them - Generation leads the series 8-7
      • Bradley Division: North Pole tied with NYC2ATL; Hennepin County is 2 games back; NYC2ATL won the last 2 titles.
    • Geek Pride
      • Berners-Lee Division: Mt. Airy in first... Phuket 4 GB, Pascal 4 GB, All American 5 GB; Mt. Airy is the defending conference champ.
    • Kings of Queens
      • McGraw Division: Woodside leads Joker's by 2; Woodside is the only team to ever win this division in the league's previous 4 years.

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9/15/14 Continued

  • Close Division Races to Keep an Eye On - Midway though 23 - See standings for all leagues
    • Longball
      • McGuire Division: Heartland ahead of Uptown by 4 games; Last time Uptown was this close was 2006.
      • Killebrew Division: Lemon takes a 3-game swing to pull ahead of Gettysburg by 2 games; Lemon last won the division in 2010, Gettysburg won in 2007.
    • Minnie & Paul
      • Viola Division: Battle Creek and Riverdale in a tie on top, with Minneapolis now 5 games out.  Minneapolis is the only team to ever win this division (3 seasons) and is the 2-time defending league champion.
    • Moneyball
      • David Justice Division: Gonna Make still trails Random by 1 game...these teams finished 4th and 3rd respectively in 2013.  Coco's now within 3 games.
    • Murderers Row
      • Big Puma Division: San Francisco fell back to now trail Guttenberg by 4 games
      • Big Donkey Division: France 2016 leads Boone Central by 4 games.
    • North Siders
      • Williams Division: Omaha leads Chicago by 4 games
      • Sandberg Division: Northern pulls ahead of Waypoint by 1.
    • Pacific Northwest
      • Huskies Division: Raw leads Kingston by 3 games.  Raw was 3rd last year - Kingston won the division.
    • Perfect World
      • Kenny Rogers Division: All teams within 7 games; Long Island leads Utopia by 1 game.  Ehime is the only team to ever win this division in 4 seasons but now has fallen to last place.
    • Silver Screen
      • Bad News Bears Division: Winterfell pulled to within 1 game of Venice Beach
      • Major League Division: Nuke's leads by Celluloid by only 1 game
      • Bang the Drum Slowly Division: Vegas still ahead of Marvel by 1 game
    • Superman
      • George Reeves Division: Detroit leads Bellvue by 4.  Neither team has ever won a division crown.
      • Christopher Reeve Division: Krypton leads Fukushima by 2 games; Krypton is the defending league champ.
    • They Might Be Giants
      • Terry Division: Alcatraz up on Des Moines by 4; Best previous finish for Alcatraz has been 3rd.
    • Three of a Kind
      • Wagner Division: Havana and Kansas City are tied.  Kansas City leads the season series 12-3.
      • Connor Division: Maryland now within 2 games of Damien.  Damien has won the division the last 2 seasons.  Maryland's last division crown was 2008.
      • Speaker Division: Hudson River led Atchafalaya by 2 games but over the last 6 games, Atchafalaya pulled ahead by 3; Hudson River has won this division 5 out of 6 seasons (Atchafalya won the other time in 2011).
    • Triple Crown
      • Robinson Division: Dave's up on Kylertown by 2 games; Kylertown is the defending league champion.
      • Medwick Division: Kansas City leads Mars by 1 game.  Mars has 4 straight 2nd place finishes heading into 2014.
    • Winners Circle
      • Matthewson Division: Longfellow leads Kansas City by 2 games; Longfellow has won the past 2 division titles.
      • Spahn Division: Mobile just dropped 3 games to Tommy John and they are now tied.

9/14/14

  • 2015 Package Sales - Final Days - Extended through September 15 - Ends Monday! - Beat the 2015 price increase
  • 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

9/13/14

9/12/14

  • Week 24 Transactions Posted - Week 25 deadline is Wednesday, September 17, 3 PM EDT
    • There are no free agent acquisitions this week - Week 25 is limited to lineup changes, cuts, and IR moves

9/9/14

  • Reminder: This is the final week for free agent acquisitions - Week 25 is limited to lineup changes, cuts, and IR moves
  • Deadline is Wednesday at 1:30 PM Eastern

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 - David Cone 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.

8/2/14

  • At Game 100, we reached the 2/3 mark of the regular season.

7/27/14

  • Don't forget - final week to submit contract extensions - Information - Rules Page
    • Submission Form - Due Thursday, July 31 - 9 PM Eastern
    • Plenty of information on the links above, but remember:
      • You must have all the money on hand now
      • No rebates for future seasons
      • A player cannot be extended and traded in the same week - he's got to be on your roster already
      • This is a cost-saving move - paying a cheaper price for a player now than he will be next season.  You do NOT have to do this in order to keep the player for 2015.  You do NOT have to spend the money now or lose it.  You'll keep any leftover cash throughout the winter for paying 2015 salaries and signing free agents.

7/26/14

  • Teams already received their July cash disbursement of 1 million bucks - so the cash you have is what you have available for this week's final shot at contract extensions (plus any salary rebates from trades this week and cash you get based on Week 16 games).
  • ORPHAN CLEARANCE: We still have some orphan teams available. Contact us to get set up with one.  These are FREE for the remainder of 2014 AND you'll get the team in 2015 at the orphan rate ($35)

7/19/14

7/17/14

  • I've been alerted to a problem with receiving emails related to trades and broadcast messages from other users - particularly if your email address is Yahoo, AOL, Gmail and some others.
    • You can look up DMARC for the technical details, but this will mean that I need to redo how BWB generates emails between team owners.
    • In the meantime, if you think you are not receiving trade offers, don't forget that you can see all of your pending transactions across all teams - including pending trade decisions.  This works even if you have only one team.
  • Here's a new page: Around BWB.  This will show of recap of the best and worst among the 41 leagues in operation this summer.  Currently it shows the teams with the best and worst records in the system - but look for additional categories in the next month or two.

7/4/14

  • Some additional page changes to reduce clicks:
    • As with the signs/drops, there's no more intermediate page after making lineup changes - you'll go right back to the lineup change form in case you have more adjustments.
    • On the all my rosters and all my transactions pages, instead of just switching only to the team roster, you have choices to go directly to your lineup change form and transaction page.

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