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6/27/22

  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers
  • There have been some additional web issues this morning but that might have related to me trying to update the team stats.  I'll keep an eye on it.
  • Enough people were affected by the website problems on Sunday night that we'll extend this week's transaction/lineup deadline.  Most asked for 2-5 hours but that won't change the time that I can process them and by midnight most of today's games are done. So we'll extend until the time of the first game on Tuesday: Tuesday, June 28 1 PM Eastern.
  • Note - Trade offers that expire with the original deadline day/time are not changed - they will still expire at 7 PM tonight.
  • Week 10 Statistics and Players of the Week - because of some of the current website issues, the YTD hitting stats are incomplete, and perhaps some other views as well.

6/26/22

  • All the standings after Game 60 should be in place and updated. I haven't gone back yet to try to get the missing box scores up.
  • Sorry for the posting delay - I've been having problems Friday night through Sunday afternoon with publishing the box scores and updated standings after Games 58-60. Some of the box score links you click may not work as the file doesn't exist yet on the website.  Some of the league standings and head-to-head records will be missing.  I'll work to get this resolved as soon as I can and I have a support ticket in with my web provider.
  • Week 10 complete - Games 58-60 posted - See results
    • The next score update is expected Monday or Tuesday
      • Who are we waiting on? These MLB teams have played the fewest games (through 6/25):
        • 67 games: Cle
        • 70 games: CWS, KC, LAD, Mia, Tex
        • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • Standings for all leagues
    • Around BWB

6/21/22

Did You Know? You can specify a second email address in your personal profile

6/17/22

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Mondays at 7 PM Eastern

6/13/22

  • At Game 50 we hit the 1/3 mark of the regular season

5/23/22

  • One of the problems I've seen with my stats provider this season is that the box scores are not correctly handling players who are at multiple positions per game - only listing the last position played. As a result, my totals may be short in some cases of players getting to the 10-game level and gaining eligibility for a new position.  I normally say that the stats from the service are the official ones I work with until there's a correction, but in this case with a known problem, if you feel a player should be listed for a new position (5 consecutive games or 10 games total), let me know. Keep in mind I typically update positions on the website every 2-3 days - usually on the same day we post game scores - so there is usually a slight delay in posting.

5/15/22

  • Reminder - transaction/lineup deadlines have shifted to Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern.
  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers.

5/12/22

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern

5/8/22

  • The end of Week 3 wraps up 3 weeks of play within your division. The schedule for the next 8 weeks is against teams outside of your division.

5/6/22

  • This week's transactions - Week 5 - is the final week in which you get an 80% salary rebate for cut players. The rebate goes down 4% every week after that.
  • A look behind the BWB curtain - Friday edition:
    • BWB collects MLB stats via a service that publishes XML file versions of MLB box scores.  From there, I've got some programs and a series of MS Access operations that loads the data into a database and preps it for use in BWB games.
    • I've had a ticket open since Monday dealing with files from last Friday and Saturday that were incomplete with no player performance information - now 11 games.  Plus there's a missing box score from May 3.  As of yet, this isn't fixed and from some communication with them this week, they're having continuing technical problems this season.
    • I have hand entered 2 box scores earlier this year and it's not something I'd prefer to repeat for 12 more games. However, I am at the point where if I don't have the missing data by Saturday morning, I will do that and we'll get back to scoring games this weekend.

5/3/22

  • A reminder that I've shut off email notification for trade offers. I'll try to work on some other approach, but in the meantime, please remember to regularly take a look at the pending transactions for all of your teams, which will show you if anyone has proposed a trade to you and is awaiting a decision.

4/24/22

  • It's a little early in the season - 24/25ths of the regular season still remains - but here's our 1-page look at comparing teams across all the leagues in the BWB universe: Around BWB

4/22/22

  • It's BWB Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Games 1-3 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 4-6 - is expected by Saturday night.

4/16/22

  • 2022 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.  This is available from a link at the top of the weekly schedule page.

4/15/22

  • Players may start getting added to the player list from here on out - as they appear in their first MLB game
    • Players are only added at the time of the posting of transaction results - so you don't have to be searching daily for new additions.
    • You'll find the new players in the player/free agent list - find the drop down box for "New in 2022" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.

4/10/22

  • Some of these are just placeholders for upcoming changes and clarifications but here is a list of the 2022 BWB rule changes.
    • None of these have yet been incorporated into the main rules pages
    • Here are a couple of change of note:
      • The previously announced roster size change from 40 to 45 players - see rule 4.0 and many of the BWB rules pages will need to be modified to reflect this.
      • NEW - We're tightening up the rules around which starts can be used for pitchers moving into the spot roles S1-S3. Just as with P1-P5, no starts prior to the day of the transaction deadline will be used (this had been relaxed in 2014).
    • There are no other expected Covid-related temporary changes as we had in 2020 and 2021.  BWB will adjust if the situation warrants it later in the season.
  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were slated to be cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2) - however, see the special extension below
    • Teams were then provided with an extra 2000 in Opening Day cash
    • Because of some problems by my stat provider, not all the games from the first three days of the season were available to me on a timely basis. For that reason - there are no new players added to the list this week. They will be added after we process the Week One transactions.
  • Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - modified from Wednesday 7 PM to Thursday, April 14 at 1 PM Eastern - see Season Deadlines
  • Maximum Cash Balance - enforcement delayed - this will eventually get codified into the rules as something we'll do every year
    • Because of the nature of blind transaction submissions - teams may have planned out to get the balances below the limit, but after perhaps not being able to sign the players they wanted, the cash balances are now too high.
    • In trying to cut people a break, this list of teams that are over the maximum cash balance still have a chance to use their cash before losing it.
      • Because all teams have been given 2000 cash for Opening Day, the new maximum balance is 7000
      • The teams on the list can only work their cash down via contract extensions - no additional player signings are available
      • Use the normal contract extension form to submit your choices
      • Before we process Week 1 transactions, we'll run a special contract extension round only.  After those extensions are processed, any of the teams that still have balances over 7000 will be cut down to that amount.
      • Then we'll move on to run the remainder of the Week 1 transaction submissions as normal.
      • The deadline to complete this is the same as the Week 1 transaction deadline - Thursday 4/14 at 1 PM EDT
      • Only the teams on this list need to be concerned about this

4/5/22

  • Contract extensions submitted for Week -1 were not originally showing up in rosters earlier today. That should be fixed. Let me know if you see any problems.
  • Week Minus 1 Transactions PostedThe deadline for Week Zero is Saturday, April 9 at 7 PM Eastern - see Season Deadlines
  • Note - the Week 1 deadline - when you need to set your BWB Opening Day rosters - is Wednesday, April 13. I will work to get Week Zero transactions posted by late Saturday night, which will give you all of Sunday to work on your lineups.

4/4/22

  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated.
    • The Phase 2 draft is now complete - your league moves into weekly transactions (next deadline is tonight, Monday 4/4!).

4/3/22

  • Arghh - Great Lakes League - sorry, I just forgot that I was planning to process your Phase 2 draft on Thursday night.  I'm working on it on Sunday afternoon and will have the results posted very late Sunday night or on Monday morning. I'm going to give you a quick 1-day option to make transactions on Monday.
  • So, for everyone, the Week Minus 1 transaction deadline is pushed back to Monday night at midnight EDT.

3/30/22

  • To reiterate: For anyone just adopting orphan teams from here through the beginning of the season, the extra 4000 in cash you get is not subject to the 5000 cash ceiling in Week Zero.
  • We're getting down to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due Sunday night at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Saturday, April 9 at 7 PM EDT - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting a few of years ago, 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.
      • See the rule
    • Week 1 lineups will be tentatively due on Wednesday, April 13 - I need to recheck the revised MLB schedules to make sure our weeks line up correctly.

3/27/22

  • We're not going to run any additional league startup drafts for 2022.  However, these orphan teams are still available for this season.
  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated.
    • We move to Phase Two, Part Three - your next set of picks are due on Thursday night, March 31 at 9 PM Eastern
    • We're looking to do this one last draft submission and won't have a ton of time for transactions after that, so the number of rounds of picks this week increases to 12 to try to wrap things up.
    • Sorry for the odd deadline time, but my plan will be to post the results by late Thursday night so that you have Friday-Sunday to participate in a short, but normal, weekly transaction period.

3/23/22

  • Coming soon - I will be posting all the 2022 rule changes with more detail.
  • One rule change that will be coming but will not quite be ready right now - we want to look at some "anti-tanking" approaches that could affect the draft order for the Redistribution Draft starting with the 2023 draft (and so, the 2022 season).
    • I'm going to start off a discussion online about this looking for input about various possibilities. 
    • Consider that it's very likely that the team with the worst record in your league may not automatically get the first pick in the offseason order. Don't start setting up your team to tank yet.
    • In a perfect world this would already have been set so that you knew the status at the start of the season. But as long as you understand changes are coming, I'm OK with figuring this out in the next few weeks.

3/22/22

  • Sorry about this...I forgot all about changing the transaction warning messages from last season. Last year we allowed 46 total players and 36 over 250, and the new limits on those are 45 and 35. The warnings should be current now.

3/20/22

  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part One is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated.
    • We move to Phase Two, Part Two - your next set of picks are due on Thursday night, March 24 at midnight Eastern
    • We're getting a little late in the spring - so the number of rounds of picks this week increases from 8 to 10
  • All teams will receive an extra 1000 in cash during this week's transactions. This is added to assist with the costs of moving players to "prospect" status - although you can use it for any purpose. If you're short on cash, it DOES count to assist you with salaries for this week's signings.  The Great Lakes League gets this cash after the draft is complete.

3/14/22

3/11/22

  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase One Draft is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated after the results for Phase One.
    • We now enter Phase Two of the draft - your first set of picks are due on Wednesday night, March 16 at midnight Eastern

3/4/22

  • No miracle reconsideration from the owners to stop the lockout yet, so we're going to push back the next deadline to the Redistribution Draft and give you some more time.  The deadline for the final adjustments to rounds 3-5 is Sunday, March 13 at midnight Pacific.
  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase One Draft results complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Posted now - Resolution of contested picks for players picked by 2 or more teams
    • Rosters will be populated with the drafted players and Phase 2 opened up on Saturday.

3/2/22

  • With MLB's current situation, our calendar/schedule will be a little fluid.
    • At this point, there's no change to our expected schedule - if something unexpected were to happen that caused the players and MLB to get back on track for the originally scheduled Opening Day, we'd need to jump right back in to the original deadline schedule.
    • So, the next submission for the Redistribution Draft is still Sunday 3/6 and we'd expect the first week of post-draft free agency and trades to be due Sunday 3/13.
    • As the next few days progress, we'll have a better view on the near term schedule.
    • Yet to be determined - any affect on the BWB regular season.  It's not ideal, but with the cancellation of 5-6 games we can still do our normal 150-game regular season.  If it extends beyond that, we'll need to make some adjustments.

3/1/22

2/26/22

  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase One Draft is underway
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Posted now - unique picks by team and a listing of the contested players
    • Coming this week after the next Redistribution Draft posting: We'll start to resolve the contested picks
  • Roster and lineup warnings are now reflective of the new roster sizes.

2/21/22

  • Lineup change form fixed for the new lineup/roster changes, but the lineup warnings are not yet updated (found an error after the fix but not enough time yet to correct it).
  • The Phase 1 Draft form is now updated to reflect the new roster sizes.
    • Teams must select a minimum of 29 players (up from 26)
    • Teams must fill 6 bench spots, 6 bullpen slots, and 3 spot pitcher spots
    • Teams may pick as many as 45 players (up from 45)
  • Not that you necessarily need the extra time, but the Great Lakes League will be delayed a few more days so that you can look at your draft list to check for warning messages related to the new rules.  New deadline: Friday night at Midnight Pacific (on the site that's 3 AM on 2/26/2022)

2/14/22

  • Redistribution Draft 2022 - Round 1 posted
  • Major rule change - Roster sizes have increased
    • This is an increase of the active roster from 26 to 29 players and the 40-man roster is now the 45-man roster
      • Bench: increased from 5 hitters to 6
      • Bullpen: increased from 5 pitchers to 6
      • Spot pitchers: increased from 2 pitchers to 3
      • Taxi squad: increased from 4 to 6
    • There are several reasons behind this, including how MLB teams use the IL and options, continuing expectations of Covid situations, and the opportunity to have a few more players with salary over 250.
    • Each team received an extra 4000 in cash to cover the larger roster - this was an estimated change and eventually I'll reexamine the salary cap formula and may adjust some more down the road if necessary.
    • This takes effect immediately (the first round of the Redist Draft used the new limits) but it's going to take me a few days to change the lineup setting page, the roster limits display and warnings and the Phase One draft page for new leagues (you now need to pick a minimum of 29 players, not 26
  • I'm technically on vacation Feb. 15-22 so my ability to conduct BWB operations may be limited in that time and responses to questions might be slow.

2/11/22

  • Redistribution Draft Lists due this Sunday - February 13 - 5 PM EST
  • If I'm going to wait until I have a chance to write up the official rules changes in full, it looks like it might take me a long time to post them. I'm going to wait on a couple of announcements until after the first Redistribution Draft lists are due, but here is another rule change for this season:
    • For a long time, new leagues have begun play in BWB with an initial salary cap 10000 higher than that season's official cap. Starting this season, that first-year cap will be 15000 above the normal cap.
    • The 2022 cap is 38000, so teams in new leagues have opened up with 53000 in the bank.
  • However, while I added cash to the balances, I didn't realize that I had to change the draft limits. The Great Lakes League draft was done with warning messages if teams crossed 48000 in total salary. For that reason, I'm reopening the Great Lakes League draft, so that you can take advantage of the higher limit. The new deadline will be Tuesday night, Feb. 22 at midnight EST.
  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase One Draft
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Deadline: Tuesday night, Feb 22 at midnight EST

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