Specific Categories to Be Determined...First Date for Stats to
Count and Queued starts
There are a few changes designed to eliminate the manipulation of
lineups based on known MLB performances. Over time, it became
apparent that some owners were able to closely monitor/chart
pitching performances and effectively "stream" starting pitchers to
All of these rules can be better understood by checking
deadlines/schedule page for the current season.
One - Tighter scheduling
This isn't really a rule change, but after MLB had
modified their schedules in the previous seasons, BWB was a
little out of whack with weekly alignment to MLB games.
It's never going to be perfect, but between the 2012-13
seasons, we realigned our weekly transactions/lineup due
Two - No stats count
before the date you move a player into the lineup
April 4 Update - This rule
change was suspended from implementation in 2013.
The change below for queued starts will remain.
Three - Queued Starts
begin "empty" for pitchers put into the starting rotation.
Robot Baseball had the rule that when you moved a pitcher
from the rotation to spot starter - and from spot starter to
rotation - the pitcher's queued starts, if any, were
discarded and he began from scratch. Benchwarmer did away
with that - allowing a pitcher to "take his queue with him"
(but keeping only one start for a spot starter). Again
this can lead to some manipulation of moves between roles
since starts pile up and often the result of the performance
is known before moving the pitcher from spot to regular
2013 Change - There's no change if a
pitcher is moved from the rotation to a spot role - the
most-recent unused start, if one exists, is maintained in
the queue (this allows, for example, an injured pitcher to
be moved to the spot role and still keep a start that might
be needed later on). But a pitcher moving from a spot
role to the main rotation will need to start his queue from
scratch. It is possible that an unused start from the
"spot starter" queue may get added to the player's queue
again if it meets all the other qualifications to be added
(game number and date moved into the rotation).
Also in an implementation clarification - the "start
date" for stats to count on a pitcher coming into the queue
- including those moving from spot to regular rotation - is
the week's transaction deadline. Week 1 is an
exception to allow the initial queue to build from the start
of the season.