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6/22/16

  • Week 11 Continues - Games 63-64 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on? These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 6/21):
      • 69 games - ChC, NYM, TB
      • 70 games - Atl, Bal, Bos, Cle, Col, KC, Min, NYY, Oak, StL
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
    • Next score update expected late Saturday night
    • Around BWB

6/20/16

  • First round draft picks of 2016 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • Slight risk in signing draft picks - if the player does not sign by the MLB deadline (mid-July?), the player is immediately removed from your roster and from BWB.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2016)"

6/19/16

6/18/16

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6/12/16

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 11-15, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on FRIDAY.
  • Early warning - the Week 13 transaction/lineup deadline will probably be moved ahead 1 day from Friday, July 1 to Thursday, June 30 as I'll be traveling over that weekend and can't rely that I'll have web access or time to work on processing.

6/10/16

  • When will you see the first round draft picks hit the BWB player list?
    • First round picks will debut in BWB after the Week 11 transactions post
    • So the first week to sign them will be Week 12 - with a Friday, June 24 deadline.  That gives you a couple weeks to figure out who you like.
  • Dan Foley's latest BWB post on From April Till Fall looks at three of his underperforming teams - and realizes they are one-dimensional.

6/6/16

  • We hit the 1/3 point of the regular season with Game 50 posted

5/23/16

5/9/16

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 6-10, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on SATURDAY.

5/5/16

  • We're 3 weeks into the season - time to look at the highs and lows among all the leagues in Around BWB
  • The first 3 weeks of games were all within your division. Now, for the next 8 weeks, you'll play teams outside your division.

4/30/16

  • A Blast from the Past - Benchwarmer Bloggers
    • A few years ago, we had a couple of owners serve as "official" BWB bloggers, and it lasted a couple of seasons.  Well the idea is back.
    • Dan Foley, Jr. has a blog reliving the 2011 baseball season (a Cardinals fan, he's checking into a season when both the big team and their Quad Cities minor league team won championships).  Check it out at From April Till Fall
    • Dan's going to include some posts about BWB - you should check out the first post - an overview of the game and how Dan came to it.
    • If you have a similar interest, whether that's promoting the game, recapping your seasons, providing strategy hints, or something else you'd like to share - contact me and we can set something up.
  • Hey - have you paid your 2016 bill yet?  See your payment statusUnpaid teams will be locked out of transactions beginning next week.

4/22/16

  • Transaction order from here on out is based upon the current standings, it generally will be updated a day or two after a week completes - and the Week 3 picking order is now correct and current.

4/14/16

  • Week 1 Begins - OPENING DAY!- Game 1 posted - See Results

4/12/16

  • The Five Game Gap - if you're new to BWB or just need a reminder, check out the explanation of how MLB games map to BWB games
  • So we need to wait until all teams play MLB game #6 to get to BWB game #1.  If the weather holds, Cleveland plays their game #5 on Tuesday and game #6 on Wednesday - so the earliest we'll get a score for Game 1 will be Thursday night.
  • Deadlines - see the rules page and the season schedule:
    • We shift the deadline day throughout the season to keep the BWB 6-game weeks better aligned with the MLB 7-game weeks.
    • The deadline time is generally set to the time of the first MLB game of the day - however in 2016 we'll try out this approach which will be more consistent for you week-to-week:
      • Deadlines on Saturdays or Sundays will always be at 1 PM Eastern
      • Deadlines on weekdays will always be 7 PM Eastern.
    • For those in the Pacific time zone looking for later deadlines, if I were to set a midnight Pacific deadline time, it would be on the previous day (so our upcoming Week 2 deadline would be Saturday night, not Sunday afternoon).  As is, this gives some additional time for news to break that may affect your decisions, plus in most weeks it allows me to process the transactions on the same day and open up the next week more quickly.

4/10/16

  • 2016 Schedule posted - you can see this in a number of ways:
    • Weekly schedule for your entire league - this is the link I'll post on the home page when we score games, it's also available on your league's home page and in the footer of every web page - the "Results" link.  This page will show the results and links to box scores.
    • Full season schedule for your league - a text representation of each 3-game series for this year.  It's also available as a link on the league home page and on the weekly schedule.  This page will not show game results.
    • Full season schedule for your team - A running record of all your games (or check out another team), including YTD record at each game, a link to the box score, and a look at upcoming pitching matchups (available once I get the Week 1 lineups from everyone).  This is available from a link at the top of the weekly schedule page.

3/31/16

  • Again see some Week Zero Reminders - here are some common questions:
    • I use the 2000 everyone gets in your best benefit
      • For teams trying to get below the 5000 maximum cash balance, don't worry - the 2000 doesn't get added to your balance until AFTER checking and possibly reducing your cash
      • For teams who are on the other side of the spectrum - with very little cash left, the 2000 will be figured into any free agent signings, trades, IR fees, etc.
    • If you're cutting players and you get a salary rebate - that extra cash WILL be checked against your team's cash balance and the maximum 5000.  If the rebate causes your balance to go over 5000, you'll lose the excess.

3/30/16

  • Deadline Monday 4/4 at 11:59 PM Eastern - Week Zero Reminders - include maximum cash balance of 5000 heading into season, a cash distribution of 2000 to everyone, and you must have a legal roster after this week's transactions!  Setting your first week's lineup is not due until April 10.
  • Transaction order is now reset for Week Zero - this same transaction order will be used for Weeks 1 & 2, then we start using win-loss record each week to set the order.

3/27/16

  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the That's The Fact Jack Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • All teams have legal rosters - Startup draft is now complete!  You'll enter into normal weekly transactions as soon as we process the current week of transactions (Sunday night or Monday)

3/25/16

  • We're getting close to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due Sunday night at 7 PM EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Monday April 4 (giving you a little extra time to deal with MLB final cuts and DL moves) - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting last year there are exceptions to this rule:
      • Any orphan teams acquired by an owner for his/her initial season of BWB are not subject to the maximum cash balance
      • Any orphan teams acquired where the extra 4000 cash is credited on Week -2 or later does not have to quickly reduce (We're currently in Week -1, so pick up an orphan now and your cash is safe)
      • And - any teams currently in orphan status will not be subject to a cut

3/23/16

  • We're not going to draft any more new leagues for 2016.  If you have a leftover bonus team, we'll let you carry it over to use in 2017 if you'd like - or use it to pick up an orphan team for this season.

3/21/16

  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete

3/19/16

  • 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.  Teams are continuing preparations to get their teams ready for the regular season - first, they picked up to 28 players to keep on their rosters and now are going through the Redistribution Draft of available free agents - that's an annual draft held with advantages for teams who finished at the bottom last season.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • We're no longer drafting new leagues in 2016.  But, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, these orphan teams are available...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 2015 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

3/15/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase Two Draft, Part Four complete
    • See the Grand Slam League Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • Startup draft is now complete!  You're now in the normal weekly transactions cycle

3/14/16

  • South Siders League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the South Siders Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • All teams have legal rosters - Startup draft is now complete!  You'll enter into normal weekly transactions as soon as we process this week on Monday night

3/13/16

  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

3/8/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase Two Draft, Part Three complete

3/7/16

  • South Siders League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete

3/6/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the Five Boroughs Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • All teams have legal rosters - Startup draft is now complete!  You'll enter into normal weekly transactions as soon as we process this week on Sunday night or Monday.

3/5/16

  • Reminder - there is a $5 per team discount in effect if you pay for the 2016 season by 7 PM on Sunday - check to see your payment status
  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete

3/3/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase Two Draft, Part Two complete

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