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9/14/17

  • I am now out of the country until Sept. 30.
    • Week 25 transactions/lineups are due as scheduled on 9/20, and they'll be processed during the first week of October.
    • We'll pick up with Week 24 games when I return.
    • Playoff lineup deadlines will be set when we get closer to finishing the regular season games.
    • I will not be able to make any website changes/fixes - and will have only limited email access - so there may be no communication again until after 9/30.
  • Week 23 complete - Games 136-138 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB Games through 9/13:
      • 143 games - Atl
      • 144 games - 16 teams
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game number to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • The next score update is expected in October.
    • Around BWB

9/13/17

9/11/17

  • There was a problem with the box score feed from the games on Sept 1 for the doubleheader between Cleveland and Detroit.  The service accidentally duplicated the box from game 1 and published it as game 2.  A correction came out and my stat collection process found this and fixed the batters' stats.  What I didn't realize is that the pitchers were messed up too.  All the Game 1 pitching performances were duplicated for Game 2.
    • This means that Boyd and Carrasco were added into the stats twice.  In a very few situations, it looks like these duplicates were used in BWB games.  Any remaining duplicates have been deleted.
    • Also, the Game 2 starters - Farmer and Clevenger - were NOT added into the start queue, so those stats might not have been available when needed.  Those stats will get added into the start queue now.
    • However, BWB will not go back and fix any affected games - along with the relief pitchers in play those games, it's almost impossible to go back and find what might be wrong.  I apologize - and there are some mechanisms in place to discover these situations, but this was a unique problem that I wasn't prepared for.  This is covered in rule 6.2 about correcting mistakes.
  • 11 Division Champions from the September 10 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Reese Division: Aksarben Krusaders (owner Don Kruse) - Back to playoffs for first time since 2014; 5th division crown
    • Bronx Bombers League - DiMaggio Division: Maris & Mantle (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2017) - 2nd division title - also won it in 2015
    • Firemen League - Smith Division: Venice Beach Longshots (owner Brian Haines) - New owner gets team back into playoffs for 3rd division title; League champ in 2012
    • Four Star League - Eckersley Division: Philadelphia Stars (owner Michael Quinn - 2nd win in 2017) - 3rd straight division win - looking for first trip to the finals
    • Geek Pride League - Tomlinson Division: Phantastic Phenoms (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2017) - Repeat champ - 4th division win in 5 years
    • Hall of Fame League - Cooperstown Division: Chicxulub Revolution (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2017) - Repeat winner - 10th overall; League champ in 2009 and 2008
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2017) - 5th division crown in league's 5th season; League winner in 2015 & 2014
    • Reality Bites League - Amazing Race Division: Interlaken Cheese Transport (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2017) - Defending league champion; 3rd straight division title, 4th overall
    • Steel City League - Kiner Division: Atlanta Golden Krust (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2017) - League champion in 2015
    • Superman League - Brandon Routh Division: Metropolis Ites (owner Jason Kiernan - 4th win in 2017) - Defending league champion
    • That's the Fact Jack League - The Life Aquatic Division: Proton Gunslingers (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2017) - Won the league title last year in the league's first season

Did You Know? If you refer a new owner to BWB, you can save $5 on your team

9/10/17

  • The final 3 weeks of games are all within your division - so plenty of opportunity for many of the division races to tighten up or swap leaders.  18 games to go!
  • Week 23 underway - Games 133-135 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB Games through 9/9:
      • 141 games - Atl, CWS, Det, KC, NYY
      • 142 games - 19 teams
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game number to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • The next score update is expected Wednesday.
    • Around BWB
  • Reminder - Week 24 is the FINAL week to sign any free agents for the regular season or playoffs.  Deadline is Wed 9/13.  Week 25 is only for cuts/IR moves.

9/9/17

9/8/17

  • 8 Division Champions from the September 7 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • A League About Nothing - Kramer Division: NYC2ATL Pee Wee Blackbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander) - Inaugural Season
    • Beatleball - Lennon Division: Plastic Ono Memory Elephants (owner John Hula) - New owner this season - 5th division title overall (most recent in 2014); League champ in 2008
    • Cleveland Rocks
      • Boudreau Division: The Flats ! (owner James Doud) - League winner in 2013; 3rd division title
      • Harder Division: Toledo Torpedoes (owner Tom Twomey - 2nd win in 2017) - 5th division win in league's 5 seasons; made finals in last 3 seasons - looking for first championship
    • Firemen League - Eckersley Division: Miami Valley Mystic Revelation (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2017) - 4th division title - made the league finals in 2015 and 2012
    • Phightin' Phils League - Klein Division: Mt. Eaton Fox Squirrels (owner Dave Matter) - First division title after 3 second-place finishes
    • Superman League - Dean Cain Division: Ames Twisters (owner Tom Kohl) - Second division win - last time was 2012
    • Triple Crown League - Klein Division: Underwater Flying Submarines (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2017) - Defending league champion; 4th division crown

9/5/17

  • 3 Division Champions from the September 4 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Hall of Fame League - Cobb Division: Seventh Heaven (owner Roland Dupont) - New owner gets first division title since 2012, 4th overall; League champ in 2007
    • Steel City League - Traynor Division: Hersey Special O.P.S. (owner David Henning - 2nd win in 2017) - 4th title in the league's 4 seasons; Went to finals in 2014
    • Winners Circle League - Matthewson Division: Los Angeles Baconators (owner Jerry King) - Repeat division winner - went to finals last year

9/2/17

  • 7 Division Champions from the September 1 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Batman League - Bale Division: Kersh & Trouty's Excellent Adventure (owner Sherman Wan) - 4th straight division win, 5th overall; League champ in 2015
    • Beatleball - Harrison Division: Margaritaville Parrotheads (owner Tom Twomey) - 6th straight title, 7th overall; League champ in 2015 and 2010
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Campanella Division: Wisconsin Dawgs (owner Greg Flees) - Repeat title, 5th overall; League winner in 2012
    • Motor City League - Gehringer Division: Troy Jaguars (owner David Henning) - 3rd consecutive win; League title in 2015
    • Murderers' Row - Big Ed Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2017) - 5th straight division crown; 6th overall; 4-time league winner including the last 2
    • Perfect World League - David Wells Division: Adrenaline Mob (owner Anthony Citarella) - 4th division title; League champ in 2011
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division: Hornsby Cards (owner Michael Quinn) - Repeat winner; 3rd overall. Conference champion in 2016

9/1/17

  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 23 - deadline Wednesday 9/6 - "roster expansion" - taxi squad and minor league players can fill in as an extended bench for the final three weeks of the season
    • Week 24 - deadline Wednesday 9/13 - final week to sign free agents for the 2017 season/post-season

8/30/17

  • One Division Champion from the August 27 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Reasoner Division: Chicago Mashers (owner Jason Kiernan) - Repeat winner - also won the conference title last year

8/27/17

  • With the end of Week 20, we're 4/5 of the way through the season

8/24/17

  • About the same time as last year...congratulations to our first Division Champion:
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Jesse Roche) - 10th division title - 8th consecutive; 3-time league champ 2012-14

8/12/17

  • TRADE DEADLINE!! - Thursday night is the last chance to make trades this season.

8/19/17

  • 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 21-25, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on WEDNESDAY.

8/17/17

  • Trades are closed for the season

8/3/17

  • With Game #100 we've reached the 2/3 mark of the regular season

7/20/17

  • Team Finances Updated - Bonuses distributed for All Star players
  • Reminder - you can reorder your starting pitching rotation this week without a penalty for games between starts between Week 15 games and Week 16 games.
  • With that, I had a request for a deadline extension - so your Week 16 transactions and lineups are now due FRIDAY at 2 PM Eastern (this is before the first game of the day on Friday - so no difference in games between that and midnight Pacific on Thursday night).

7/16/17

  • 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 16-20, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on THURSDAY.

7/10/17

  • Now that we're past one major season milestone (1st round draft picks added), what's coming up that you should be tracking? - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 15 - deadline Friday 7/14 - last chance to cut a player this season and get a prorated salary rebate; all cuts after that week are done with no cash back to you
    • Week 16 - deadline Thursday 7/20 - your chance to rearrange your starting rotation without concern for number of days of rest between Weeks 15 & 16 - our "All Star Break"
    • Week 17 - deadline Thursday 7/27 - final week to sign player contract extensions for 2018. See the extension page for information including rules or tips, or just go straight to the contract submission form.
    • Week 20 - deadline Thursday 8/17 - trade deadline

7/4/17

  • We hit the halfway mark of the regular season with Game 75

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