- New players - about 90 - have been added to the
player list. Basically, anyone on a 40-man roster on MLB.com as of 12/27 is
now in the game.
- Any team that owns Max Scherzer
- he is the only unsigned draft pick from 2006. By rule,
he will be removed from the BWB player list -
and your team.
Don't keep him as part of your 28 carryovers.
- Several MLB players were removed from the game
since they've announced their retirement. For our rosters,
this affected mostly Brad Radke, but there were a couple others.
They are now off your rosters. Unlike a few years ago, Roger
Clemens hasn't officially "retired" again, so he's still on the
player list for now.
Minor League Results for
- Salaries are now final for the 2007 season.
Teams have been given all the post-season cash that they will get.
- Player of the
Year results are in. Cash bonuses will be credited
after the salary cap money is distributed.
2006 Benchwarmer Playoffs - The Season is
- Congratulations to all the league champions:
- Hall of Fame League: Milford Mohawks
- Shadowball: Motley Kruse
- Beatleball: London
- Reality Bites: Jersey
Sea Shore Jersey Boys
- Longball League: Nokomis Choo Choo Trains
- Golden Throat League:
- K Street League: Atco Baseball GURU
- The Benchwarmer Bash this season will include
the 7 league champions and 9 wild card teams (non-champs with the
highest BWB Power Index)
- The winner of the Benchwarmer Bash will get 2
free seasons with their team (in addition to the 1 free year if
they were the league champ). The runner up will get 1 free
- Important Playoff Rule Change - In
case you missed the e-mail update, starting pitching
performances will be selected from the closest MLB start to the
game selected for scoring the game - and no longer has to occur
within the 10-game span of games first selected for picking the
game. However, this "closest start" must be within 20
games of the MLB game selected.
- Major League games in play for the playoffs
are games 1-160 (actually up to 162 for starting pitchers).
- Divisional Playoffs:
- Shadowball: YYZ 4 Atlanta 3
- Beatleball: Roseville 10 San
- Reality Bites: JERSEY SEA
SHORE 10 Gashouse 4
- K Street: South Philly 9 Fort
- One note about call ups - we figure out all the
positions as normal and then see where the call ups might fit in.
We don't necessarily find the best fit like we do for the bench
players. For example, if you have a bench player that's
eligible to play 1B and 3B and we stick him at 3B and a
Benchwarmer at 1B, we're only looking for someone to play 1B from
the call ups - we won't switch the bench player to 1B if we find
another 3B (maybe next year, but that was just too much of a
- Minor League Results - Sorry, this is an area I
couldn't keep up with (I couldn't save stats at a given point
throughout the season, so it was always a moving target).
Minor League results this year will be a single recap - utilizing
the full-season stats of any players you had on your minor league
rosters on the normally scheduled minor league weeks. Next
year I'll hire out the stat gathering.
- The future of Benchwarmer Baseball? It
looks quite a bit brighter this week:
- The key factor in this is probably hidden in
the final paragraphs of the final story - that MLB Advanced Media
scaled back the number of licensing agreements from 19 last year
to 7. And cease and desist orders were sent out to 20-30
small fantasy operators this summer. That was one reason for
keeping BWB under the radar a bit, but hopefully this opens up
things to greater advertising and exposure. (My request MLB
for information on licensing this spring, by the way, was never
- There continue to be some problems in trying to
display past weeks' lineups. The problem comes in the
storage and retrieval of the current week number and sometimes it
appears that it's stored as text instead of an integer. I'm
fooling around with different ways to fix it, but so far nothing's
worked except manual intervention when it breaks. If you
don't see dashes (-----) in the status column of a roster, you're
looking at the current week's roster, regardless of what the
- FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS - The top 30
2006 picks are now part of the player pool.
- View them in the player list using the "Other"
- If a player does not sign with his major league
team by the winter meetings or decides to attend college, he is
removed from the player pool.
- Injured Reserve: RULE CLARIFICATION - If
a team has a player on IR and trades that player away, the IR
designation is wiped out and the new team can put the player on
their active roster.
- Don't forget, if you put a player on IR, you
cannot remove him except to cut or trade him - including for the
- Someone wrote to me today that extending anyone
to a contract out beyond 2 years is a joke because of the huge
cash guarantee you've got to put out (note - in the "early days"
it was cheaper and cash was more plentiful). I'll contend
that signing anyone to any contract may be a joke before
mid-July...but since they continue to come in, there's an updated
analysis of past-season's contract extensions - available from the
contract extension page.
- Hey, there's one lineup workaround I publicize
about once a year (now's the time) that you can use if you've got
players on your roster, but are cutting them and don't really want
to use them in your current week lineup.
- For example, let's say you've got some
real-life minor leaguers, who make too much to be in the BWB minor
leagues, you can't stow them on your taxi squad, and need to fill
their spots with someone who's really playing.
- Cut them. (And this is only good for
cuts, not trades.)
- Put them on the taxi squad.
- As long as the players are actually cut, I
ignore the 2-player maximum and the players are dropped
immediately, not next week. (If something goes awry with the
release, I'll have to adjust your lineups to make room for them
- This assumes you have the players to fill their
spots immediately. You still need to have a legal 26-man
major league squad.
- With the use this September of the taxi squad
as "call-ups", I'll add a new option this summer on the lineup
pages specifically for cuts.
2005 Benchwarmer Bash - Championship is over. For
the second straight year, the Beatleball champ takes the crown,
with Carlisle coming from a 3-1 deficit to win a close 7-game
- Injured Reserve is now available to
teams. View the
Change page for details. You do this via the
Transactions process, not Lineup Changes (start off the process as
though you were going to "cut" him).
- Contract extensions are now open for players.
My suggestion is always - unless you're trying to get under the
maximum cash level before Opening Day, you should wait...there's
lots of time for ripping up knees and things like that before the
extension deadline at the end of July.
- FYI: benchwarmerbaseball.com is now also a
valid web address to use when connecting to the site
- Redistribution Draft - This is why I
normally do this in early January... The results are
- With the 40-man rosters checked, a new set of
players are now available. There will be no more additions
until after Opening Day - players must now appear in a major
league game to get added.