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4/21/19

  • Week 2 Complete - Games 11-12 posted - See results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 4/20):
      • 18 games - Min, Pit
      • 19 games - ChC, CWS, Det, Tex, Was
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game number to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • Next score update is expected on Tuesday night, April 23
    • Around BWB
  • Perfect - and not so perfect: After 10 games, we've got 3 teams left with a perfect 10-0 record.  Jason Kiernan has 2 of them: Wrigley in Federal League and Big Tall in Fenway Fenatics.  Robert Elias has the other one with Cape Fear in the new Tobacco Road League.  Meanwhile, there are still 10 teams across BWB that have yet to get their first win.

4/20/19

  • With the Twins postponed in Baltimore on Friday night, there's no score update coming until Sunday (probably in the evening)
  • It's a little early in the season - 14/15ths 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

4/19/19

4/15/19

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4/14/19

  • Weekly league stats will generally appear a day after the final games of the week post
  • Starting with Week 3 transactions, we now base our weekly transaction order on the standings.  There's a 2-week delay - so the standings now at the end of Week 1 will determine the picking order for Week 3.  This will also typically post about a day after the week is completed.  There are a lot of ties to break early in the season, so at this point it takes a little longer - the current plan is to have the transaction order updated for Week 3 by late Monday night.

4/9/19

  • It's BWB Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 2 & 3 - is expected on Wednesday night - we have enough MLB games played already to score through Game 3 - I just needed extra time on Game 1 to make sure everything works right and get some of the kinks out.
  • Among the different multiteam tools for those of you who have a lot of teams, you can view the transaction results for all of your teams on one page

4/7/19

  • 2019 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.
  • You might be asking...when do we start playing games?
    • First, understand the Five Game Gap - if you're new to BWB or just need a reminder, check out the explanation of how MLB games map to BWB games
    • So we need to wait until all teams play MLB game #6 to get to BWB game #1. 
    • 4 teams did not play their 6th game until Friday night - so the soonest we would have been able to post results for BWB game #1 would have been Saturday
    • But with the late-drafting leagues, we are running a bit behind.  Lineups are due for Week 1 games on Monday night.  Look for the first game results to come on Tuesday night or Wednesday night.  From there on - we'll typically have results posted every 2-3 days.

4/6/19

  • Reminder - Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - Monday, April 8 at 7 PM Eastern
  • One thing to be clear about on the delayed enforcement of the maximum cash balance - think about the contract extensions this week as a Week 0.5 for transactions - we'll do the contract extensions first and then enforce the 7000 team balance limit.  Then we'll do the remainder of the transactions for Week 1.  If you are currently under 7000 in cash - and then you cut/trade players so that the salary rebate puts you over 7000, you will not be penalized.

4/3/19

  • 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
    • 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 2019" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.
  • Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - modified to Monday, April 8 at 7 PM Eastern
  • Maximum Cash Balance - enforcement delayed
    • In trying to cut people a break, I sent out a list of teams that were over the maximum cash balance and offered to have them send me contract extensions via email - after thinking about that, I realized this would a) create a lot of manual work and b) delay the process for everyone else to work on setting lineups
    • So, to put at least a little bit of order into this, these teams still have a chance to use their cash before losing it.
      • Because all teams have been given 2000 in cash for Opening Day, the new maximum balance is 7000
      • The teams on the list can only work their cash down via contract extensions
      • 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 Week 1 transaction submissions as normal.
      • The deadline to complete this is the same as the Week 1 transaction deadline - Monday 4/8 at 7 PM EDT
      • Only the teams on this list need to be concerned about this

4/1/19

  • Reminder: your teams' cash balances need to be below 5000 after processing this week's transactions or the balance will be cut down to 5000.  Need to take a quick pass again to see where you stand?  Check out the all my transactions page which now displays the estimated cash balance for you after the transactions.
  • Some of you with many teams may be coming down to the wire checking your cash balances and getting your roster ready - it won't affect any knowledge of MLB information, so I'm extending the deadline one more time - Week Zero Transactions due on Tuesday morning, 8 AM Eastern.  (Why not later in the day, just before games start?  This way I can download the transaction submissions and maybe process them on Tuesday during the day).
  • There's a lot going on, so here's a recap of the upcoming deadlines:
    • Tuesday morning 4/2 - 8 AM EDT: Week Zero transactions
    • Thursday night 4/4 - 7 PM EDT: Week One transactions and set lineups for Week One games. This will likely be pushed back.
  • Making some long-needed fixes to transaction error checking - this is a work in progress:
    • Sunday - completed: Error-checking now handles count of players when you already have players on your roster who are labeled as "prospects."  Before - players on your prospect roster were incorrectly counted as part of your 40-man roster, so that even if you weren't making any transactions this week, you'd get flagged for being over 40 players if your normal roster + your prospects were greater than 40
    • Sunday - completed: Fixed 40-man errors for signing players directly to IR or directly to prospects
    • Sunday - completed: Calculated IR fee into your net cash balance after transactions
    • Sunday - compleatd: Calculated prospect fee into your net cash balance after transactions
    • Future - changes include:
      • Checking if your total prospects will go over the limit of 5
      • Eventually, figuring in roster/cash changes from trades into the transaction limits

3/31/19

  • Reminders about Week Zero Transactions - due Monday night at midnight Pacific time Tuesday morning at 8 AM Eastern :
    • Teams in returning leagues must get their cash balances at or below 5000 after all transactions are complete this week - if you do not, your team's balance will be reduced to 5000.
    • All teams get 2000 in extra cash this week.  If you need it, you can actually use the cash for transactions, meaning you can let your balances get down to -2000 and still be OK.
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)
  • Whiff League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)

3/30/19

  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - Phase Two Draft, Part Two posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • We're not quite at a legal roster for all teams, so we need a Part 3 - list is now open
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Three list submission is Sunday 3/30 at 2 PM Eastern
  • Whiff League - Phase Two Draft, Part Two posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster - we're very close. The list for Part 3 is now open.
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Three list submission is Sunday 3/31 at noon Eastern

3/29/19

  • Gone But Not Forgotten League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)
  • Wes Anderson League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)

3/28/19

  • The Week Zero transaction order was just reset
    • For returning leagues, it's the same as it was in the Redistribution Draft - based on the 2018 standings with the 4 playoff teams in the last 4 slots
    • For new leagues (at the moment, only Tobacco Road was reset) it's in order of team total payroll (ascending)
    • The order does not change for Weeks 1 and 2 - then starting in Week 3 it will change weekly depending on 2019 standings
  • Because of the late-ending drafts, the Week Zero transaction deadline is pushed back to Monday night, 4/1 at midnight Eastern
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - Phase Two Draft, Part One posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster, the list for Part 2 is now open - access the draft list from your team roster.  2 teams need to successfully sign 11 players, so we're setting the list to 18 rounds.
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Saturday 3/30 at noon Eastern

3/26/19

  • Whiff League - Phase Two Draft, Part One posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster, the list for Part 2 is now open - access the draft list from your team roster
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Two list submission is Thursday night 3/28 at midnight Eastern

3/25/19

  • Gone But Not Forgotten League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Two - Posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Three teams still do not have a legal roster, so we'll do a Part Three of the draft - it's a quick turnaround...
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Three list submission is Wednesday night 3/27 at Midnight Eastern
  • Week Minus 1 Transactions Posted - Week Zero deadline is extended out to Saturday, March 30 at Midnight Pacific (3/31/19 3 AM EDT)
  • See the notes about what you need to do for Week Zero transactions - a big reminder is that you need to get your teams' cash balances below 5000 by this week.

3/24/19

  • Wes Anderson League - Phase Two Draft, Part One posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster, the list for Part 2 is now open - access the draft list from your team roster
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Two list submission is Wednesday night 3/27 at 7 PM Eastern
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - Phase One Draft - Complete!
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Tuesday night 3/26 at midnight Eastern

3/23/19

  • 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 Thursday, March 28 (but with drafts just finishing, this may get extended) - 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.
      • See the rule
    • Week 1 lineups will be due on Thursday, April 4

3/20/19

  • Whiff League Draft - Phase One Draft Complete!
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Monday night 3/25 at midnight Eastern
  • It's MLB Opening Day! (kind of...)  If you're new to BWB this year or need a reminder, do these games in Japan count?
    • Yes and no.  Pitching performances will count - but hitting stats don't count until MLB teams play their 6th game of the season.
    • Do you have to set lineups for these games?  No - you'll set your BWB lineups for Week 1 of our season by April 4.  Knowing a few performances ahead of time won't wreck the season.
    • Check out the rules about which games count

3/18/19

  • Wes Anderson League - Live Draft Results Posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Saturday night 3/23 at midnight Eastern
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - League is full!
    • See the league draft index - The page has links to past drafts to show you some examples of how it works and who gets picked a lot and how bidding works.
    • Phase One draft lists are open - access a link on your team's roster page. We're at a point in the preseason where we need to move fast: The deadline for Phase One is Thursday afternoon, March 21 at NOON Eastern

3/17/19

  • Gone But Not Forgotten League Draft - Phase One - Draft complete
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Thursday night 3/21 at midnight Eastern

3/13/19

  • Tobacco Road League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Four is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (deadlines on Sunday night)

3/12/19

  • We need a little more time for some of the newly-joined team owners to get familiar with the site/process and so we need to extend a couple of draft dates:
    • UPDATED: Whiff League - extended from Monday night at midnight Eastern to Saturday night, March 16 at midnight Eastern
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League - due to the Whiff League extension, I'll push this back a day - deadline extended from Wednesday night at midnight Eastern to Thursday night, March 14 at midnight Eastern

3/11/19

  • 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.
    • We have only a few open teams remaining for new 2019 leagues - sign up now!
    • 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 2019 squads.  They just wrapped up the annual Redistribution Draft, where teams that finished poorly last season get some advantages to try to rebuild for this year and the future. For the remainder of the preseason, they'll be putting their finishing touches on the Opening Day rosters.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2019 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 2018 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

3/10/19

  • A quick note on transactions and errors - it looks like I still need to fix any errors about roster size related to prospects - that was something left over from last summer.  I won't have it fixed tonight but will see what I can do for next week.
  • The FILL UP THE NEW LEAGUES SPECIAL is extended through Wednesday night at midnight Pacific - see the note below from March 6 for more details.
  • Wes Anderson League is almost full - This is a LIVE DRAFT with one more open spot at the moment - see the list of new leagues in order to join
    • Live draft time will be Friday night, March 15 at 10 PM Eastern
    • If you signed up for that league and can't do it, you can switch to the ThirtyThirtySomething League that will use the list draft format.  If you can't do that list draft or really only wanted to do a live draft, let me know and I can remove your team from Wes Anderson.
    • See the league draft index to view results of the live drafts is previous seasons.
  • Gone But Not Forgotten League - League is full!
    • See the league draft index - The page has links to past drafts to show you some examples of how it works and who gets picked a lot and how bidding works.
    • Phase One draft lists are open - access a link on your team's roster page. We're at a point in the preseason where we need to move fast: The deadline for Phase One is Monday night, March 11 at midnight Eastern

3/8/19

  • Whiff League - League is full!
    • See the league draft index - The page has links to past drafts to show you some examples of how it works and who gets picked a lot and how bidding works.
    • Phase One draft lists are open - access a link on your team's roster page. We're at a point in the preseason where we need to move fast: The deadline for Phase One is Monday night, March 11 at midnight Eastern

3/6/19

  • FILL UP THE NEW LEAGUES SPECIAL.  We're trying to fill out 4 more new leagues for the 2019 season.  Our full draft process takes at least a couple weeks, so we need to fill them as soon as possible to make sure they run and are ready for the start of the season.
    • If you're new to BWB and want to try us out, sign up here and use the promo code FILL - you'll get your teams for just $10 (save $25 off the "rookie rate")
    • If you already have a team, no promo code is necessary - just click here to add 1 or more teams - you'll get the same $10 price (I'll fix it on the back end after you sign up)
    • Once you sign up you should be able to join a league right away - grab a spot before they are gone!
    • This special expires Sunday night, March 10, at midnight Pacific.

3/3/19

  • Tobacco Road League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • We don't yet have every team with a legal roster - so Phase Two draft lists are now open again.  The deadline for Phase Two, Part Four is Wednesday night, March 6 at midnight EST

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