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2/22/21

2/16/21

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique form of fantasy baseball as we play 150 individual head-to-head games in a season simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • New leagues to start in 2021 are open - sign up now!
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams have cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2020 squads.  And they are currently in the Redistribution Draft that gives teams with bad records in 2020 a good advantage in rebuilding.  After that, they'll be putting their finishing touches on their 2021 opening day rosters with free agent signing and trades.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2021 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 2020 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

2/14/21

Did You Know? You can change your email address temporarily in your personal profile

2/13/21

  • Deadline extension - for now, the deadline for the first Redistribution Draft picks is pushed out 12 hours until tonight -  Saturday night, midnight EST
    • You can check all your lists for errors (and remember it's OK to leave some of your list with Round = 0 as those players will be kept on your list until next week).
    • Are you skipping the draft because your cash balance is too low?  Don't forget that this is your first chance at players picked in the first round of the 2020 draft plus any players added from the 40-man rosters in mid-January.
  • Reminder - Are you getting "deceptive site" warnings while using Chrome to visit BWB?  One quick suggestion is to try a different browser.  However, you can also change your security settings in Chrome to prevent the constant warnings and perform your tasks without interruption.

2/12/21

  • The first submissions for the 2021 Redistribution Draft are due tomorrow afternoon.  Deadline is Saturday 2/13/21 at Noon EST.
  • A reminder - if you are seeing an error for your draft list that indicates some of your picks are still listed with Round Zero - that's OK and not a true error.  BWB will retain those picks on your list for the adjustments for Rounds 2-5.  This allows you to queue up a bunch of potential picks and then after we do Round 1 you don't have to add them again.  Between weeks, BWB will remove players from your list if they've already been picked by another team.

1/29/21

  • How do you pick players for the Redistribution Draft?  Visit your team roster and just above the list of players you'll see the link "Choose Redistribution Draft Picks."
  • We're going to toss around a few rule change ideas including size of the taxi squad and the allowable salaries of minor league players.  With continued existence of the Covid virus, we might also be looking at expanding the taxi squad size again this season (maybe not as much as in 2020).  However, for the duration of the Redistribution Draft, we're going to work with the standard 40-man roster limits and the standard limits on the number of players you can have on your roster making over 250 in salary.

1/28/21

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2021 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have a little over 2 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Saturday 2/13/21 at Noon EST.
  • For more information, see the rules regarding the Redistribution Draft
  • There are 2 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds - or at least as much as you can, because if any of your listed picks/alternates are gone by your turn in the order, we'll pull up picks from Round 2 and beyond to make sure you get 3 selections.
    • After Feb 13, we post the results of only Round 1 only - any drafted players will be removed from the remainder of your lists.
    • You'll have almost 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 not yet updated for 2021, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sat 2/13 Noon EST - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun night 2/21 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun night 2/28 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • Any players on your Prospect Roster have been moved back to your 40-man roster.  You can begin to move players to prospect status again after the Redistribution Draft.

1/26/21

  • There are still some teams to get legal rosters.  I'm not home tonight so I'm physically unable to process the cuts until very late Tuesday night or on Wednesday, so I'm extending the deadline for now until tonight at midnight Eastern (this was originally midnight Pacific but the person with the most teams to fix just completed).
  • We'll adjust the deadline for the first redistribution draft picks accordingly.  Some of you ask for extensions when the deadline is Super Bowl Sunday, so this way we avoid that.
  • With this little extension, this also gives everyone a shot to reconsider any decisions about Masahira Tanaka
    • At the time the roster cuts are processed, all 2021 salaries are deducted for the players you keep
    • If Tanaka later signs with a team in Japan - you can cut him after the Redistribution Draft, but you will only get an 80% rebate for his 2021 salary.
    • Your choice is to keep him and take the chance he finds a home in MLB and risking losing 20% of his salary if he doesn't - or cut him now and risk that he does in fact stay in the US and you've lost the pitcher.
    • Obviously if you have Tanaka under contract for 2021 or beyond, you've already paid for him and you won't get that money back, so you only risk taking up a roster spot by keeping him, you're not risking any cash.
    • Where do you have Tanaka?  You can view all your rosters and search for him on the web page or check the all your players page
    • To be clear, if the deadline passes but a Tanaka signing in Japan is announced before I process the cuts, Tanaka will be removed from all rosters at that time and teams will not be charged for his 2021 salary

1/25/21

  • While we wait for tonight's extended deadline for roster cuts, I've reset the transaction order for the Redistribution Draft and the off season.  Remember that we had a Covid-season change that, among other things, put the winner of the Bottom Feeder Open in the first spot of the order rather than the team with the worst record.
  • There are still some teams that are not at the 28-man limit.  Some it appears haven't started, some are over one of the limits.
    • Check your teams for errors
    • I don't want to do the cut downs for you - so I've extended the deadline until 1 AM Eastern time tonight.  Depending on the feedback I get it may go a little later, but every extension will cut into the time that everyone else has for the first set of Redistribution Draft picks that are due on Sunday, Feb. 7.

1/22/21

  • Are you getting "deceptive site" warnings while using Chrome to visit BWB?  One quick suggestion is to try a different browser.  However, you can also change your security settings in Chrome to prevent the constant warnings and perform your tasks without interruption.
  • Reminder - you must cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players by Sunday night (midnight Pacific Time)
    • You'll have to pay the 2021 salary for the players you keep at that time.  You will not receive additional cash until Opening Day, so keep enough for the Redistribution Draft and for pre-season free agency.
  • If you're going to be paying for individual teams and not one of the packages, you can save $5 per team if you pay by Saturday night at midnight Pacific (or shown on the site as 3 AM EST on 1/24/2021).  See your payment summary.

1/20/21

  • New leagues are open for 2021.  We're listing only 3 to begin with - if there's additional demand later this winter we can add more.
  • Do you want to try to resuscitate a troubled franchise rather than begin one from scratch?  There are a number of orphan teams that you can adopt and attempt to rebuild.
  • Did you win a league championship or win one of the other postseason tournaments (or be named a conference champ)?  Then you earned a free bonus team that you can use in 2021 for either a brand new league or as an orphan.  You can check to see if you have any bonus teams in your list. (Bonus teams weren't added to any Cooperstown Club members - you can grab an extra team for no additional charge at any time).

1/18/21

  • Week 30 Transaction Results Posted
  • - Winter Trade Period #2
  • Next deadline is for your roster reductions to 28 or fewer players - deadline Sunday, January 24 at midnight Pacific Time
  • With the trading period done and everyone about to cut down your rosters, all the trade rumors have been cleared out to start fresh for a new season.
  • 119 New players added to the game based on the 40-man rosters for MLB teams
    • This is the only player addition until after Opening Day
    • To find them - In the filter/search area of the player lists, look for the "New in 2021" menu - See the list of new players

1/17/21

  • Anyone who paid over $100 in total team fees in 2020 got missed in calculating the credit due back to you for the shortened season.  That's been fixed and you'll find an updated payment summary.
  • New leagues are open for 2021.  List draft leagues draft when they fill - deadline dates are estimates and targets for filling.  Live drafts have tentative dates and times set aside for them already.

1/12/21

  • 2021 team fees are posted
    • Check your payment summary
    • Because about 2/3 of the 2020 season was wiped out, there are discounts for 2021
      • For teams paid on a per-team basis, roughly 2/3 of your 2020 payment has been credited to your 2021 fees.  Typically the discount was spread across your teams - look in the "Other Discount" column with the heading "OD" on the summary page.
      • For team owners who purchased a full-price Season Ticket in 2020, you'll have the chance to get a 2021 Season Ticket for $150 - about half off the normal $295 cost.
    • Pay by January 24 and get an early payment discount
    • If you're adversely affected by the pandemic and recession and will have trouble with your 2021 team fees - please contact me and we can arrange something.

1/9/21

  • Winter Deadlines - CHANGES: (pushing things back one week)
    • Sunday, January 17: Winter trade period #2
    • Sunday, January 24: Rosters cut down to 28 or fewer players
    • Sunday, February 7: Redistribution Draft - picks for Round 1
    • Subject to change. All deadlines are at midnight EST.

12/23/20

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