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9/17/18

  • Quick update on the schedule:
    • Last week my MLB stat database got a little screwed up.  I have some safeguards and checks in place, but I missed the fact that I didn't have some stats loaded from 9/11.  This is a result of some inconsistency in the data that I get - but also some mistakes on my part for getting corrected information loaded.
    • For the most part, this isn't a problem - the games on 9/11 for the teams were in the 144-147 range - stuff that would show up in Week 24.  However, I'm still missing some information for the Mets and Marlins - and both teams played their game #143 (translating to BWB game #138) on 9/11.  As a result, their game information for 9/12 got mislabeled as game #143 and that's what ended up being used for BWB game #138.
    • So - in the interest of getting this right, although it probably won't affect more than a few BWB outcomes, I'm going to rescore game #138.
    • I do still need some additional time to clear up the MLB stats - yesterday my provider dropped another load of 500 box scores (a mix of the Saturday games plus corrections to their files - even small ones that don't factor into our game) and I need to still process those.
    • At this point, we're not on any hard deadline - you've all submitted your Week 25 lineups - there are no transactions/lineups due until we're ready to start the playoffs - and that's usually in early October.
    • Here's the tenative schedule:
      • I hope to get all the MLB stats cleared up by Monday night
      • Will re-run Game 138 by Tuesday night
      • Will process the Week 25 submissions for cuts and lineup changes by Wednesday
      • Move on with scoring games after that's all done.
    • Thanks for your patience - I wanted to make sure that this got done correctly.  Some of this is caused by my rush on some tasks so I'm going to be deliberative with getting this fixed.

9/14/18

  • 11 Division Champions from the September 13 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Philadelphia Athletics Division: Grocery Store Steakers (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2018) - Best previous finish had been 2nd place in 2015
    • Bronx Bombers League - Ford Division: Violent Delights (owner Sherman Wan - 8th win in 2018) - First trip to the playoffs
    • Cleveland Rocks - Boudreau Division: The Flats ! (owner James Doud) - Back-to-back titles - 4th overall; League champion in 2013
    • Deuces Wild League - Biggio Division: Vega$ Chickabooms (owner Daniel Foley, Jr.) - 2nd straight win; League title in 2011
    • Firemen League - Eckersley Division: Miami Valley Mystic Revelation (owner David Henning - 6th win in 2018) - Repeat title; 5th overall - looking for first league championship
    • Four Star League - Patton Division: Miami County Mercenaries (owner David Henning - 7th win in 2018) - 4th consecutive division win - made the finals in 2016 & 2017; League champ in 2011
    • Home of the Brave
      • Mathews Division: Chop This! (owner Sherman Wan - 9th win in 2018) - Finished 2nd in the league's first season in 2017
      • Nichols Division: Mohawk Valley Iroquois (owner Michael Rudolph - 2nd win in 2018) - 3rd place last season
    • The Kings of Queens - Koosman Division: Kansas Bucks (owner Greg Flees - 2nd win in 2018) - 3rd straight division win, 7th overall; has 5 conference titles but lacks the league championship
    • Marxball - Chico Division: Fiorello's Hard Boiled Eggs (owner Jason Kiernan - 8th win in 2018) - Repeat winner
    • Perfect World League - Randy Johnson Division: Midwest Malingerers (owner Don Kruse - 4th win in 2018) - Repeat division winner; 4th overall

9/12/18

  • 16 Division Champions from the September 12 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • B Movie Actor League - My Name is Bruce Division: Vatican City Van Dammes (owner Tom Twomey - 3rd win in 2018) - Defending league champion; 3rd consecutive division win
    • Beatleball - Harrison Division: Margaritaville Parrotheads (owner Tom Twomey - 4th win in 2018) - 7th straight title, 8th overall; 2-time league champion
    • Beer League - Hops Division: Kingfisher Ale Slammers (owner Tom Twomey - 5th win in 2018) - 8th straight division title; One league championship in 2011
    • Cleveland Rocks - Harder Division: Wysox Whirligigs (owner Jay Snyder - 3rd win in 2018) - First win - finished 2nd in each of the previous 3 seasons
    • Deuces Wild League
      • Musial Division: Washington Insiders (owner Don Kruse - 3rd win in 2018) - Repeat title, 7th overall; League champ in 2015
      • Cobb Division: Rock Ridge Raiders (owner Jerry King) - Defending league champion; 3rd division win
    • Federal League
      • Brooklyn Tip-Tops Division: Sheshequin Shenanigans (owner Jay Snyder - 4th win in 2018) - 2-time defending league champion; 5th division title
      • Buffalo Buffeds Division: Boardwalk Amusements (owner Jamison Reese) - Repeat winner
      • St. Louis Terriers Division: Atlanta Kool Runnings (owner Ricardo Alexander - 5th win in 2018) - 5th straight division title; league champ in 2014
    • Firemen League - Franco Division: Smoke on the Water (owner Sherman Wan - 4th win in 2018) - Only team to win the division in league's 6 seasons; 3-time league winner
    • Murderers' Row - Big Poison Division: Palookaville Pugs (owner Sherman Wan - 5th win in 2018) - 6th win in 9 seasons; League champion in 2014
    • Scooby Doo League
      • Shaggy Division: Rittman Cooked Bats (owner Michael Rudolph) - 2nd division win (also won in 2016)
      • Fred Division: Georgia Swamp Monsters (owner Willis Lee) - 2nd title; League champion in 2016
      • Daphne Division: North DeLisle Rangers (owner Sherman Wan - 6th win in 2018) - Repeat winner; 3rd overall
    • Silver Screen League - Bad News Bears Division: Winterfell Direwolves (owner owner Sherman Wan - 7th win in 2018) - Defending league champion; 4th consecutive division win
    • Steel City League - Mazeroski Division: Carnegie Mellons (owner Dave Matter) - First division win; best finish had been 2nd place in 2015-16

9/11/18

  • 14 Division Champions from the September 7 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Pittsburgh Alleghenys Division: Tulsa Twominators (owner Tom Twomey - 2nd win in 2018) - 3rd straight division win
    • Batman League - Bale Division: Wayne Dark Crusaders (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2018) - First trip to playoffs since 2010
    • Commissioners League - Chandler Division: Brooklyn Dodgers (owner Jason Kiernan - 6th win in 2018) - Repeat winner, 7th overall
    • Grand Slam League - McCovey Division: Fraggle Rock Fraggles (owner Phillip Dang) - 4th place in each of the league's first 2 seasons; 33 GB in 2017
    • Hall of Fame League - Ruth Division: Nordeast Original Sinners (owner Andrew Lehman) - 7th division win for the franchise but new owner gets turnaround from 96 losses in 2017 and first playoff appearance since 2012
    • The Kings of Queens - Hernandez Division: Astoria Argyle Sox (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2018) - Repeat division winner
    • Marxball - Groucho Division: Sanity Clause & the Seven Elves (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2018) - Won the league's first championship last season
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2018) - 6 division titles in 6 years; League champ in 2014-15
    • Murderers' Row - Big Ed Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 3rd win in 2018) - 7 division wins in 9 years; 3-time defending league champion
    • South Siders League
      • Faber Division: El Dorado Conquistadors (owner Robert Elias) - Defending league champion; 3rd straight divison win
      • Walsh Division: South Pole Blizzards (owner Jason Kiernan - 7th win in 2018) - Best finish so far was 3rd place last year
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Caddyshack Division: Spackler Gopher Patrol (owner Jay Snyder - 2nd win in 2018) - 3rd consecutive division title; Advanced to finals previous 2 times but no championship yet
    • They Might Be Giants - Ott Division: NYC2ATL Orange Eagles (owner Ricardo Alexander - 4th win in 2018) - First title; best finish so far had been 2nd place in 2014
    • Winners Circle League - Alexander Division: Vandalay Architects (owner Don Kruse - 2nd win in 2018) - 3rd straight title; 4th overall - looking for first league championship

9/9/18

9/8/18

  • Reminder - The Week 24 transaction submission (our current week) is the final chance to sign players during the 2018 regular season.  If you need guys for the playoffs, this is your last opportunity.  Deadline is Sunday at 1 PM Eastern.

9/6/18

  • 7 Division Champions from the September 4 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Bronx Bombers League - Gehrig Division: Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (owner Jay Snyder) - 4th straight division win; League champ in 2016
    • Fenway Fenatics - Doerr Division: Big Tall Green Wall (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2018) - 4th division title - first since 2014; League champ in 2011
    • Five Boroughs League - Queens Division: Hostile Take-over (owner Danny Zaccaro) - Also won the division in 2016
    • Home of the Brave - Niekro Division: Shawnee Fighting Eagles (owner David Henning - 2nd win in 2018) - Finished 2nd last year, 24 GB, in the league's first season
    • Original Six League - Black Hawks Division: Super Mario All Stars!!! Now with Sid the Kid!!! (owner Jason Kiernan - 4th win in 2018) - Inaugural season
    • Perfect World League - Kenny Rogers Division: Utopia Unicorns (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2018) - Defending league champ - also won in 2014
    • Triple Crown League - Klein Division: Underwater Flying Submarines (owner Jason Kiernan - 5th win in 2018) - 2-time defending league champ; 5th division title
    • White Elephant League - Jackson Division: Titan Rockets (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2018) - Inaugural season

9/4/18

  • 4 Division Champions from the September 3 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Chancellor Division: Atlanta Falcons (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2018) - Repeat division winner
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Jesse Roche) - 11th division crown - 9th straight; Last won league title in 2014
    • Reality Bites League - American Idol Division: Kingston Jamaicans (owner Ricardo Alexander - 3rd win in 2018) - 9th division title - 5th consecutive win - 3rd straight with this owner; League champ in 2015
    • Will Ferrell League - Stranger Than Fiction Division: Yet To Be Named Baseball Player Character (owner John Hula) - Repeat winner

9/3/18

  • 3 Division Champions from the September 1 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Jennings Division: Brick Barometers (owner Tom Twomey) - 5th straight division title; League champ 2014-2016
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Reese Division: Aksarben Krusaders (owner Greg Flees) - 3rd straight division title, 6th overall; League champ in 2012
    • The Kings of Queens - McGraw Division: Joker's Diamond Devils (owner David Henning) - Repeat division winner

9/1/18

  • 2 Division Champions from the August 30 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Hall of Fame League - Cooperstown Division: Chicxulub Revolution (owner Sherman Wan) - 3rd straight division crown, 11th overall - but hasn't won the league since 2009 or been to finals since 2013
    • Motor City League - Greenberg Division: Mt Pleasant Bomb Squad (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2018) - 4th finish in 1st place; League champion in 2016

8/28/18

  • 2 Division Champions from the August 27 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Campanella Division: Wisconsin Dawgs (owner Greg Flees) - 3rd straight division title, 6th overall; League champ in 2012
    • Geek Pride League - Tomlinson Division: Ai. Phi. Oh Volunteers (owner Jason Kiernan) - First title; best finish had been 2nd in 3 straight seasons 2014-16

8/27/18

  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 23 - deadline Sunday 9/2 - "roster expansion" - taxi squad and minor league players can fill in as an extended bench for the final three weeks of the season - See the rules regarding September call ups
    • Week 24 - deadline Sunday 9/9 - final week to sign free agents for the 2018 season/post-season

8/22/18

  • About the same time as last year...congratulations to our first Division Champion: (See standings for all leagues)
  • 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) - this got pushed back one week this time.  So for Weeks 22-25, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on SUNDAYS - and on weekends our deadline time every week is 1 PM Eastern

8/16/18

  • Week 21 is the week where we're supposed to shift from Mondays to Sundays for the weekly transaction/lineup deadline, but because of delays in getting Week 20 posted, we'll keep Week 21 on Monday and then shift to Sundays on Week 22.
  • This is the final week that you can move players to the Prospects Roster for this season.

8/15/18

  • Trades are now closed for the season
  • This is the final week in 2018 to move your players to the Prospects Roster

8/3/18

  • At Game #100, we've hit the 2/3 mark of the regular season

7/26/18

  • Reminder of some new rules for 2018 on team finances that kick into effect with the beginning of Week 16 games:
    • Cash reward for each win has increased from $50,000 to $75,000 (and then up to $100,000 in Week 21)
    • The weekly cash distribution for 4th place teams decreases from $150,000 to $100,000 (and goes to $0 in Week 21)

7/22/18

  • This question comes up every year, so just a reminder - when a player is traded, any other transaction the original team has with that player is automatically deleted.  So it's not possible for team A to extend a player's contract and trade that player to Team B with that contract extension.  If that's something you want to do as part of a trade, you need to 1) have Team A extend the contract this week and B) execute the trade NEXT week.

7/19/18

  • New feature on the lineup change page - Once you have picked a player to move to the Prospects Roster, you can now give him a lineup designation of "Prs" that will free up space on the active roster immediately.  This is similar to the "Cut" and "Inj" options.
  • Reminder that Week 21 is the final week to move players onto the Prospects Roster for the 2018 season (deadline Aug 19).
  • I'm starting work now on updating the transaction error-checking to account for the Prospects Roster - hope to have the changes in place by this weekend. (Note on 7/22 - this will still take some time, so it will be another week perhaps)

7/18/18

  • During the transaction period right before the contract deadline, each team gets an extra 1000 in cash (See rules)
  • That cash has been distributed and added to team cash balances during the Week 16 transaction processing

7/17/18

  • Week 17 is the final week for contract extensions

7/14/18

  • You all just played three weeks of games within your division.  Weeks 15-22 will all be games outside the division and we close the season in Weeks 23-25 with another round of intradivision play.

7/12/18

  • Correcting my note from 7/11 about 1st round draft picks that will be removed from the player list - I must have clicked the wrong box when updating the 1st round draft picks.  Grayson Rodriguez did sign with Baltimore - but the player I meant to deactivate was Carter Stewart, drafted by Atlanta
  • 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.

7/11/18

  • 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 MONDAY.
  • Reminder - there are no longer any rebates for 2018 salaries when you cut players - Week 15 was the last chance
  • These three 2018 first round draft picks did not sign a contract by the deadline.  They will be removed from the player list either at the end of the 2018 season or when all teams that picked them drop them off their rosters.  There's no benefit to keeping them - and they cannot be signed by other teams or traded - you might as well cut them if you have them:
    • J.T. Ginn - LAD
    • Matt McLain - Ari
    • Grayson Rodriguez - Bal Carter Stewart Atl

7/8/18

  • Week 15 transactions - deadline Tuesday 7/10 - 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

7/3/18

  • With Game 75 posting, we've reached the halfway point of the regular season

6/25/18

  • As mentioned - the transaction error-checking does not yet work for the new transactions - and "moving to prospects" will not be recognized as valid.  You will see a message: "There is some unspecified error (refreshing screen may help)" - that one you can ignore.
  • And it's possible this may change in the future - but after this week when the first players will land on the prospect roster...when you trade prospects, they will be placed on the receiving team's 40-man roster - and if desired to put on the prospect roster will need to be a separate transaction the following week.  The receiving team will need to make sure there is room on the 40-man to allow that trade to work.

6/24/18

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - First round draft picks of 2018 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • There is a slight risk in signing draft picks - if the player does not sign by the MLB deadline (July 6 for players other than college seniors - those who have used up their college eligibilty have until 1 week before the 2019 draft to sign), the player is immediately removed from your roster and from the BWB player list.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2018)"

6/23/18

  • NOW ACTIVE - Prospects Roster
    • See the rules regarding prospects
    • These are 5 roster slots that you can use to stash players who have not yet played in MLB - as you look at your roster and free agent pages, these are the players whose name is not a link to a stats page
      • They don't count against your 40-man limit
      • In December, they don't count against the maximum 28 players you carry over into next season - they are protected
    • A move to the prospects roster is permanent for the season and you must make any moves on or before Week 21
    • You can sign new players directly to the prospect roster
    • There is a non-refundable "player development" charge of 250 for each player you designate as a prospect - all teams received an extra 1000 in cash a couple weeks ago to help you with the costs
    • To move current players to the prospect roster, go to your current team transactions page and look for the link
    • To sign free agents to the prospect roster, sign free agents as you normally do - then as you set the round and transaction, look for the special signing designation to make your choice
  • Also now available - you can sign players directly to Injured Reserve - again, pick the free agent as you'd normally do and then on the transaction index look for the special signing designation to indicate that.
  • Transaction warnings do not yet take these new features into consideration - those will gradually get fixed over the next few weeks, but until then you'll need to figure them out manually.
  • I've tried to test everything possible, but if you find something that doesn't work right - whether with these new types of transactions or with things that have been around before this, please let me know.

6/21/18

  • Week Twelve Transactions Posted - Week Thirteen deadline is extended until Wednesday afternoon, June 27 at 5 PM EDT
  • Very close to getting the prospect roster spot operational - it will be ready by this weekend.

6/10/18

  • When will you see the first round draft picks hit the BWB player list?
    • First round picks will debut in BWB after the Week 12 transactions post
    • So the first week to sign them will be Week 13 - with a Tuesday, June 26 deadline.  That gives you a couple weeks from now to figure out who you like.

6/8/18

  • There is a rule change that's supposed to take place with the Week 11 transactions - the addition of the "Prospect" roster designation
    • I'm running behind in getting this operational - it's not yet in place
    • It is possible that later this weekend that I can get it running - look for more updates in a few days
    • Meanwhile, as posted in the rules, the 1000 in cash distribution that was to come in Week 10 to cover costs for the prospect slots has been granted to all teams.
  • Also estimated to take place for Week 11 transactions was the ability to sign players directly to IR.  That also will be delayed

6/7/18

  • 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 TUESDAYS.

6/6/18

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

5/13/18

  • Week 5 complete - 1/5 of the regular season is done

5/5/18

  • 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 WEDNESDAYS.

4/30/18

  • Week 3 complete - That's it for the first cycle of games within your division.  The next 8 weeks have you playing teams in the other divisions.

4/28/18

  • A quick explanation - during Week 3 transactions I made a mistake on cash for Week 1 games and standings position - actually using the Week 1 information from 2017.  There was a special financial update listed on 4/25 to fix that:
    • Unfortunately, division position in a given week is calculated from the transaction order - and the transaction order for Week 3 had already been overwritten by Week 4, so for Week 1, I calculated that everyone was in 4th place for cash purposes (with cash award of 150).
    • The cash awards for place and record you actually received during Week 3 transactions was subtracted from the cash you should have received.
    • Those two values were added up and put into the "Miscellaneous" column on the 4/25 update - and any negative amounts were changed to zero.  So nobody had money taken away from what they expected they would have coming into Week 4.  It's possible that some teams got more cash than they should have, but that's better than having teams not get as much cash as deserved.
    • I won't go back to Week 3 transactions and look for any teams that didn't get players because they didn't have enough cash.

4/23/18

  • After 10 games, we have one undefeated team (Ballybricken in Beatleball by Sherman Wan) and 7 teams without a win including one of mine.  See standings for all leagues
  • Around BWB is a comparative look at teams and owners in different leagues - some good, some...not so good.  See how you stack up

4/9/18

  • And we're off!  Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 2 & 3 - is expected on Tuesday night (weather permitting that games in Kansas City and Minneapolis occur tonight).
  • This was late in posting, but there were some significant modifications to the Benchwarmer Baseball rules for 2018.  These include:
    • Rules for 2-way players
    • An addition of a new optional roster designation that will come in mid-season - the "Prospects" roster - up to 5 minor-league players who are safe from carryover decisions in December - that won't count against the 28 maximum players you can keep.
    •  A reboot of the minor league competition for players on your minor league roster
    • Some provisions to deal with potential collusion and tanking.

4/8/18

  • Corrected season schedule and deadlines - not sure what calendar I was looking at (or not looking at), but all the dates beginning with Week 6 were wrong.

4/1/18

  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2).
    • Teams were then provided with an extra 2000 in Opening Day cash
    • 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 2018" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.
      • Due to some snafu with our stats provider, I only have complete leaguewide box scores from March 29, so players who debuted after that - like Scott Kingery - will show up for Week 2.

3/31/18

  • 2018 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.

3/28/18

  • The transaction order has been reset for Week Zero to the same order used for the Redistribution Draft - reverse order of the 2017 standings.  For brand new leauges in 2018, it was reset in reverse order of total team salary (Original Six League was just fixed this morning).  This order will stay the same until Week Three when it will start being reset weekly based on 2018 standings. See Rules 12.9.2 and 12.9.3 for details
  • Discounted price on Moneyball orphan team - the league wants to fill the orphan before the season starts, so it's offering a discounted fee of $50 for this season.  This is a private league that collects extra cash to pay out in prize awards. You can see the team roster on the orphan page - look for the Benchwarmer Office team in Moneyball

3/27/18

  • Original Six League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Saturday, March 31 at midnight Pacific
  • Grunge League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Saturday, March 31 at midnight Pacific

3/25/18

  • Original Six League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Tuesday night, March 27 at 9 PM EDT
  • We're getting down to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due tonight at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Saturday, March 31 (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 a couple 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
    • Week 1 lineups will be due on Thursday, April 5
  • See more information at the season schedule and deadlines
  • Game schedules for 2018 will be posted later this week

3/24/18

  • Grunge League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, March 26 at Midnight Pacific (3AM EDT)

3/20/18

  • Original Six League - Phase One Draft Complete
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Live draft results recapped
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We now enter a very condensed Phase Two Draft - your first list submission for 12 rounds of picks is due Sunday, March 25 at 9 AM Eastern
  • Grunge League - Phase One Draft Complete
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • All contested players are resolved
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We now enter a very condensed Phase Two Draft - your first list submission for 12 rounds of picks is due Saturday, March 24 at NOON Eastern

3/17/18

  • Non-BWB game option: One of our owners plays in a Roto league that's been around for about 30 years, but the league just lost a long-time owner who passed away.  It's high stakes - $560 buy-in (though that might get lowered).  If you're interested, let me know and I can connect you.
  • Broadway League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Broadway Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  Once the Week -2 transactions are processed on Monday, the league will be open for regular weekly transactions.
  • The Grunge League (list draft - draft list due tonight) and the Original Six League (live draft - 4 PM Eastern on Sunday) are both full - but I have a person or two in each league who joined to fill the leagues - and would be willing to step aside if you want in.  Please contact me ASAP if that's the case.
  • There will be no more list drafts to run in 2018 - but we can take one more shot at a live draft league - the Wes Anderson League - with the draft to run on Friday night, March 23 at 9 PM Eastern.  There is no guarantee the league will run - but join it if you are interested.  Don't pay for that league until it's a guaranteed start.
  • Payment is due by the Week One transaction/lineup deadline (April 5) - do we have a record of your payment?
    • Contact me if you think we're missing something.
    • Note other payment deadlines throughout the season (where you eventually lose your team if not paid)

3/14/18

  • Last call for new leagues in 2018
    • Wes Anderson League - just as one more possible option but there is no guarantee this league will run.  This would be a live draft on Friday night 3/23 at 9 PM EDT.
    • If you're interested but new to Benchwarmer Baseball, your first step is to sign up here.  Then go ahead and pick out a new league
    • Are you already a BWB team owner and want to add teams?  Check first to see if you have an available bonus team from 2017 or else add new teams here
  • Birdland Phase Two Draft - Part Three
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Sunday, March 18 at midnight Eastern

3/13/18

  • Broadway League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Broadway Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Saturday March 17 at Noon EDT

3/12/18

  • Original Six League - Live Draft time is set - Sunday, March 18, 4-7 PM Eastern
  • Grunge League - This list draft league has 10 out of 16 teams filled - it will run, but we need some additional owners!

3/11/18

  • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - Part Three
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  Once the Week -3 transactions are processed on Monday, the league will be open for regular weekly transactions.

3/7/18

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique 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.  In early January, teams cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2018 squads and went through the Redistribution Draft to restock the rosters from the available free agent pool.  Now they're putting the finishing touches on their rosters before Opening Day.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2018 that you can join to begin your dynasty.  Or, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, view our available orphan teams ...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 2017 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

3/6/18

  • Birdland Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 3rd submission is due Tuesday night, March 13 at midnight EST
  • Broadway League - Phase One Draft - Full results posted
    • See the Broadway Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Monday night, March 12 at midnight EST

3/5/18

  • The new tentative date for a live draft for the Original Six League is Sunday, March 18 - the start time will be worked out soon.
  • Broadway League - Initial live draft results posted.  We have a couple of teams that went over the salary cap during the draft, so need to fix them before moving on to Phase 2

3/3/18

  • Broadway League - Phase One Draft - Live Today!

3/1/18

  • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 3rd submission is due Friday night, March 9 at midnight EST
  • Season schedule and deadlines updated with 2018 dates!
  • Contract extensions for 2019 and beyond are now open/active.  There is no rush to do this and likely the only reason you want to do them this early is to get your cash balance down below 5000 by Week Zero.
  • Week -5 transactions corrected to assess the 250 fee for IR moves.  Team cash balances have been updated.

2/24/18

  • Birdland Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, March 5 at midnight EST

2/21/18

  • Prize Leagues - Did you know there are some private leagues within BWB that collect their own fees and pay out prizes?  There are two orphan teams available in the Beer League and one in Moneyball Leauge - See the list and contact me for more details if interested.
  • Live Drafting!  We're continuing to try out a live draft process for new leagues and have 3 of them set aside for that purpose this year.  We need to fill them to run them!  It looks like the Broadway League is getting close - and we have a tentative draft day set up as Saturday, March 3.  We'll narrow down an actual time once we get a couple more entries, but plan on a time in the afternoon (EST).  Join now!  Check out the list of new leagues, where you'll also see details about the draft process.

2/20/18

2/18/18

  • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, Feb 26 at midnight EST

2/17/18

  • Birdland Phase One Draft
    • Phase One is complete!
    • See the Birdland Draft Index for the last set of contested pick awards and other details
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Friday night, Feb 23 at midnight EST

2/15/18

  • New: This applies at the moment to teams in Birdland - but once your Phase One draft deadline passes, you can now view your draft list where before you were redirected to a "too late" page.  Access the Startup Draft link on your team roster page.

2/13/18

  • Birdland Phase One Draft begins with a listing of players drafted by only 1 team

2/12/18

2/2/18

  • Due to some scheduling issues on my part, there are a couple of deadline changes:
    • Birdland Phase One Draft - deadline for the draft list is now Monday, Feb 12 at midnight EST
    • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - deadline for the Phase Two, Part One list is now Thursday, Feb 15 at midnight EST
    • The date to modify your Redistribution Draft lists for rounds 2-5 is unchanged at Sunday night, Feb 11 at midnight EST

1/31/18

1/30/18

  • White Elephant League Phase One Draft
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Monday night, Feb 12 Thursday Night, Feb 15 at midnight EST

1/28/18

  • Birdland is our next new 2018 league to fill up
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Phase One Draft lists are due on Sunday night, February 4 Monday night, Feb 12 at midnight Eastern
  • Slight hiccup on the Redistribution Draft pages on Sunday morning - that's now fixed but to give you some additional time if your work was interrupted, I've pushed back the deadline to Monday, January 29 at 9 PM EST.  I wasn't going to be able to work on it until Monday night anyway - so this deadline gives you some additional time and I can still start on it before midnight on Monday.

1/27/18

  • Reminder - Redistribution Draft Lists - at least for Round 1 - are due tomorrow night - Sunday, January 28 at midnight EST  Monday, January 29 at 9 PM EST.
  • View all of your teams' Redistribution Draft lists - including potential error messages.  Don't forget - you can ignore the errors for players with round zero if you want to keep those players on your list for the next week.

1/24/18

  • Forgot to do this - the transaction order for each league is now reset to be in effect for the Redistribution Draft.  This mostly affects division winners from last season - the league champ drafts 16th, the other conference champ 15th, and the other 2 division champs 13th and 14th.

1/21/18

  • Quick note on the Redistribution Draft lists: Technically, if your list has any leftover "round zero" picks (not ranked in Rounds 1-5), those lists will show up as having errors - and during processing all those players without a valid round would be deleted.  However, some of you utilize a method where you identify a lot of players to put on your lists and then figure out who to rank...and that when we move into the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the draft, you might need to add some of those unranked players into your lists.  Rather than make you do all that work over again, BWB will save any players on this list that might not be legal - when you go back to the 2nd or 3rd week, they'll still be on your list, provided that nobody drafted them already.

1/17/18

1/12/18

  • White Elephant League is full - I've reset the draft list due date to Friday night, January 19, at midnight Eastern time.

1/8/18

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2018 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have just about 3 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/28/18 Midnight EST.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds
    • Then, after Jan 28, 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 1/28 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/11 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/18 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated - check back later this week
  • With all the cuts - the Trade Rumors list is cleared out in our annual deletion of everything.

1/3/18

1/2/18

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