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  • Redistribution Draft Picks - 1-day extension.  Due to some schedule circumstances, I will not be able to process the first round of the Redistribution Draft until at least Tuesday.  I will pass that extra time on to you, and some of you now have an unexpected roster hole with the death of Yordano Ventura.  So, the draft deadline is now Tuesday morning, January 24 at 6 AM Eastern
  • View all of your teams' Redistribution Draft lists - including potential error messages
  • Due to the unfortunate death of Yordano Ventura, he will be removed from the BWB Player List and all team rosters at the time we process the first round of the Redistribution Draft.  Based on Off Season Procedures Rule 12.11, any team that had Ventura on the roster will receive a 100% rebate of his salary.


  • 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 just cut their rosters for 2017 down to 28 players, and now we're starting the Redistribution Draft - which gives teams that finished poorly last year an edge in restocking rosters up to 40 players.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • New 16-team leagues are now forming for 2017.  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 2016 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.


  • Rule Change - for 2017, rosters will be modified to a 4-man taxi squad instead of 2.
    • Total roster size stays at 40, so minor league slots are reduced from 12 to 10
    • The rules pages should all be changed - it will take a little while to modify all the roster warnings for roster sizes throughout the site.  The warnings for Phase One draft pages should now be current with the new rule.
  • Tonight is the deadline to save $5 per team on your 2017 payment - deadline is midnight EST.  Check your payment status


  • Home of the Brave Phase One Draft Complete - See the Home of the Brave Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded, finances updated, and available player list reflects the draft results
    • We now move on to Phase Two of the draft - See your team rosters for a link to pick players.  The picks for Phase One, Part One are due at midnight EST on Tuesday, January 24

Did You Know? BWB is now listed on John Skilton's Baseball Links

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  • Are you a baseball/fantasy baseball writer, blogger, or podcaster?  Or other media-type person with an interest in fantasy baseball?  Among the open orphan teams we have right now are 5 teams in the Experts League - a league set up for experts/media to compete, direct some web traffic in their direction, and maybe eventually get out the word about Benchwarmer Baseball.  Contact us via email for more details
  • Oh - hey - I forgot to reset the transaction order for the draft - it's now correct and ready for the Redistribution Draft - all the league champs draft 16th, runners up draft 15th, and the other two division winners go 13th & 14th.


  • Home of the Brave Draft - See the Home of the Brave Draft Index
    • Unique picks posted and a listing of how many teams picked players contested by multiple teams.
    • Resolution of contested picks begins Thursday night


  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2017 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have 3 weekends to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/22/17 Midnight EST.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds (see season calendar - not yet posted - link will be updated this weekend)
    • Then 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 1/22 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/5 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/12 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated - check back this weekend


  • Rules Changes for 2017 - Some changes to how the Startup Draft works:
    • 10000 in cash provided at the start of Phase 1 and not in between Phase 1 and Phase 2
    • Tiebreaker auction bids are now in increments of 250 instead of 500
    • Tiebreaker bids now must come out of your starting cash, since there is no longer a "Phase 2 cash distribution"
    • A team that wins a tiebreaker auction bid now only has to pay enough to beat the next-highest bid, not the full amount that was bid.
  • Team Payment - Payment is not due for returning teams until the start of the season.  However, if you pay during the next two weeks - Jan 4 through Jan 18 (deadline midnight EST) - you'll save $5 per team.  Check your payment status
  • Roster Carryover
    • We're down to only 6 owners who don't have their rosters legal for the cut down to 28 players. Reminder - the deadline was extended through TONIGHT at 9 PM  midnight EST
    • If that time is difficult, let me know - but if I don't hear from you today at all and your roster remains unfinished, BWB will make the changes for you (and I really hate to do that!)
    • Check the legal carryover status of all your team rosters.  This link is also available on the multiteam tools page.



  • A reminder of things to know in the off season and prepping for 2017.  Scroll down toward the bottom - we're in the "Carryover Selection" phase.
  • We're now in the final week to pick your players to keep into 2017:
    • Deadline to complete your roster: Monday night, January 2 at midnight EST
    • You can keep up to 28 players.
    • You have to comply to all roster maximums for players making over 250
    • You'll pay the 2017 salary for all the players you keep at this time and whatever's left is all you have for the Redistribution Draft and free agency - no additional cash to you until April.
  •  If you've got multiple teams, you can check the legal carryover status of all your team rosters.  This link is also available on the multiteam tools page.


  • 142 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 2017" menu


  • The list of orphan teams is complete - a couple of long-time owners bowed out and that added a bunch of teams to the list.  If you want a challenge and would like to rebuild a team that may be damaged, check out the list of Orphan Teams
  • There are 2 leagues with orphans that are private, prize leagues.  On top of Benchwarmer fees, these leagues collect their own dues to pay out to league winners.  See the "Invitation Only" section of the orphan list and look for Beer League and Murderers Row.  If you're interested, let me know and I can get you in touch with the owners.


  • Rosters and Positions:
    • I've finished the position updates and whether players in the minors still played in 2016
    • Another 75-80 players were pulled from the game (Didn't play in 2016, signed in Japan, Korea, or Mexico)
    • Two of these players were still on BWB rosters and were automatically removed:
      • Arquimedes Caminero
      • Nate McLouth


  • Thanks for all your input on the potential rule changes for roster size / minors / carryover limits.  So, no actual change is coming - the feedback plus some emails I received are pretty much in the theme of the current format works really well.  There may be a shift to a 4-man taxi squad...but let me consider that for a few more days.
  • There are a few changes likely coming to the league startup drafts but I need to test some more web page changes to make that work - that's one reason why the due date for the draft for Home of the Brave League is pushed back into January.
  • Among the minor league players removed from the game (no team in 2016 or playing in Mexico or Japan), these players were still on BWB rosters and were automatically removed:
    • Tim Alderson
    • Kyle Blanks
    • Brett Bochy
    • Bobby Borchering
    • Zack Cox
    • Jorge De Leon
    • Pat Dean
    • Gonzalez Germen
    • Kyle Jensen
    • Francisco Martinez
    • Casey McGehee
    • Hunter Morris
    • Anthony Ranaudo
    • Johan Santana


  • Week Thirty Transactions posted.  This is the 2nd of two fall trading periods.
  • Rosters and Positions:
    • I've verified position updates and whether players in the minors still played in 2016 for most of the minor leagues - but I still need to check through about 115 minor league free agents.
    • So far, about 150 players, including a handful of players on rosters, were pulled from the game (I'll post a list of those removed from rosters later this week).
    • I'll now be checking current MLB 40-man rosters - and players on those rosters not yet in BWB will be added by the end of the month.
  • We now move on to the stretch run on your carryover selections.  The deadline for cutting down to 28 or fewer players is Sunday, December 25 - Monday, January 2 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • See weekly transaction deadlines


  • Possible rule change on roster sizes and number of players to carry over each winter?  See the outline of the changes and provide any feedback you might have.
  • Deadline for the current trading period is extended - now set for Friday night, December 16 at 11:59:59 PM EST - Any open trade that had an expiration date at the deadline on 12/13 was automatically extended out through Friday night.
  • Deadline to let us know if you're keeping your teams for 2017 is also moved back to Friday night 12/16 - if you haven't yet answered - go here

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