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11/20/18

  • Salary calculations have been fixed and the salaries on the site are now corrected.  Again - these do not yet include the premium salary adjustments.
  • With the salary corrections, I need to double-check the cap value for 2019.  I plan to have that verified/corrected by Tuesday night.
  • Your rosters are now set to post-season mode and you can begin to pick the players you want to keep/cut for 2019.  This process is not yet updated for the "prospects," so the roster limits warnings are not accurate and at this point, the prospects are not shown on your roster page.  This should get fixed by Sunday, Nov 25
  • Trades are now open - the first fall trade period deadline is Sunday, Dec. 9 at midnight Eastern.

11/19/18

  • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2019.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 9 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • There's another issue with salaries - for at least several players didn't play in MLB, their 2019 salary is showing as the same as 2018...and that's not right.  I will redo the whole salary calculation to make sure it's right.  This may affect the salary cap (but unlikely to have much effect).
  • Hey, looks like some salaries are screwed up.  Someone let me know about Zack Wheeler being off and as I take a quick look at the salary calculation it appears as though some pitchers were incorrectly calculated at the minimum salary for 2018 stats (including Wheeler, Strasburg, Leake, Kyle Gibson, and some others).  I'll need a bit to figure out what went wrong with that...

11/18/18

  • OK - I'm very sorry for the delays - but you can now see some of the results of the setup for 2019.  Players now have new (incomplete) salaries for 2019 and their positions are set for 2019.
  • Usually I post some things in late October/early November and that allows me some staggered updates, but since I didn't get the salaries/positions done earlier, I was stuck a bit in having to change too many things all at one time.
  • Salary cap cash has been distributed.  The 2019 salary cap is 38490 (was 42034 in 2018).
  • Free bonus teams have been distributed.
  • Here's what is upcoming and will gradually become active on the website:
    • 2019 Salaries are not yet final - I still need to go through and add in the premium salary adjustments for top MLB performers that will increase some salaries 1-30%.  My plan is to have all the salaries final by Sunday night, Nov 25.
    • Any player showing an "x" in their position didn't have any MLB stats in 2018, so I need to go back in and check what they did in the minors in 2018 (or maybe they didn't play at all) - those positions may change.  That usually takes a lot of time and will be finished sometime in December.
    • Soon I'll open up a page to allow you to indicate which teams you're keeping in 2019.
    • By Monday night, I plan to open up your options to begin trading with other teams.
    • As soon as possible, I will open up the page to allow you to indicate which players you want to keep for 2019 and which ones you'll release into the Redistribution Draft.
    • New leagues for 2019 will be opened soon.
    • As people indicate they're dropping teams, orphans will become available.
  • Upcoming schedule/deadlines (some changes are possible):
    • Soon through Sunday, Dec. 9: Fall Trading Period 1
    • Monday, Dec. 10 though Sunday, Dec. 30: Fall Trading Period 2
    • Sunday, Jan 13: Roster retention choices due
    • Sunday, Feb 3: Redistribution Draft choices due

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10/30/18

  • 2018 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #2 Seed: The Natty Lights (114-36, Beer League champion) owner Jesse Roche
    • #5 Seed: Fiorello's Hard Boiled Eggs (97-53, Marxball champion) owner Jason Kiernan
    • The Natty Lights are the defending Bash champion and Jesse has won the Bash 4 times before with 4 different franchises.  Jason is going for his first Bash title.
    • These 2 owners have faced each other already in the Bash Quarterfinals with different teams.  The defeated Jason's #7 seeded Metropolis Ites (Superman League), while Jason defeated Jesse in the matchup of #5 Fiorello's vs #4 Crumpton (Moneyball League)
    • See the bracket
    • Final Result: Fiorello's swept The 4-0; Congratulations Jason!

10/29/18

  • Benchwarmer BashSemifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • We'll wrap it all up with the Benchwarmer Bash Finals on Tuesday

10/27/18

  • Benchwarmer Bash -  We're down to the final 4 teams - Quarterfinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Congratulations to the 2018 Federation Champions:
    • Aaron Federation: Brick Barometers, Anchorman, Tom Twomey
    • Bench Federation: The Natty Lights, Beer League, Jesse Roche - 3rd straight title
    • Cobb Federation: Astoria Argyle Sox, The Kings of Queens, Sherman Wan
    • DiMaggio Federation: Fiorello's Hard Boiled Eggs, Marxball, Jason Kiernan
    • Eckersley Federation: Crumpton Roches, Moneyball League, Jesse Roche - 3rd straight title
    • Foxx Federation: Kingston Bad Bwoys, Will Ferrell League, Ricardo Alexander
    • Gehrig Federation: Silicon Valley Ones and Zeroes, Geek Pride League, Sheldon Price
    • Hornsby Federation: Metropolis Ites, Superman League, Jason Kiernan

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10/21/18

  • 32 of 2017's 54 league champions repeated to win their division this year.  In the end, 14 repeated with a league championship in 2018 (up from 7 repeats last year):
    • A League About Nothing - New York Library Detectives (Robert Elias)
    • American Association - Brooklyn Grays (Sherman Wan)
    • Batman League - Infinity Island Shadows (Robert Elias)
    • Commissioners League - Towanda Teetotalers (Jay Snyder)
    • Deuces Wild League - Rock Ridge Raiders (Jerry King)
    • Fenway Fenatics - Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (David Henning)
    • Four Star League - Exsangui Nation (Sherman Wan)
    • K Street League - Wayne Mad Generals (Robert Elias)
    • Motor City League - Atlanta Wolverines (Ricardo Alexander)
    • Murderers' Row - Crumpton Roches (Jesse Roche) - 4th straight title
    • Perfect World League - Utopia Unicorns (David Henning)
    • Phightin' Phils League - Mt. Eaton Fox Squirrels (Dave Matter)
    • Silver Screen League - Winterfell Direwolves (Sherman Wan)

10/20/18

  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2018: (see how this compares to 2017)
    • 9 Titles: Sherman Wan
    • 8 Titles: David Henning
    • 6 Titles: Jason Kiernan
    • 5 Titles: Robert Elias, Jay Snyder
    • 4 Titles: Ricardo Alexander
    • 3 Titles: Andrew Lehman, Michael Lehman, Jesse Roche
    • 2 Titles: Don Kruse, Dave Matter
  • The Benchwarmer Bash field is all set - if your team is advancing into the Bash, you have one final opportunity to change your lineups - that lineup will remain in place for all the remaining series.  The deadline for lineup changes is Sunday night, October 21 at midnight Eastern

10/19/18

  • Playoffs - Championship Week is complete!: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • 2018 in Review:
    • Of 64 teams that participated in the Federation Playoffs in 2017 (first step of the Benchwarmer Bash), 38 won division titles this season (up from 35 last year)
    • Of the 8 Federation champs, all 8 made the playoffs this year (up from 6 last year)
    • Of last year's finalists in the Benchwarmer Bash (Jesse Roche owned both teams - both were wild cards last season):
      • Winner The Natty Lights (Beer League) just won the Beer League championship and heads into the Bash as the Bench Federation top seed.
      • Runner up Crumpton Roches (Moneyball) also was a league champ this season and is the #1 seed in the Eckersley Federation.

10/18/18

10/17/18

  • Playoffs - Championship Week: Games 2 & 3 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • 2018 in Review:
    • Of the 54 league champions in 2016, 32 of them repeated as division winners - 22 are still alive with conference championships and a chance for a repeat league title.  (2017: 25 of 49 league champs in the previous season won their division - 14 repeated as conference champions)
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins: (see how this compares to 2017)
    • 15 Teams - David Henning (out of 20 division winners)
    • 14 Teams - Jason Kiernan (out of 20) and Sherman Wan (21)
    • 8 Teams - Ricardo Alexander (out of 13)
    • 6 Teams - Robert Elias (out of 9)
    • 5 Teams - Don Kruse (out of 10), Jay Snyder (11), Tom Twomey (8)
    • 4 Teams - Alonda Clifton (out of 5), Andrew Lehman (14), Michael Lehman (12)
    • 3 Teams - Jesse Roche (out of 3),
    • 2 Teams - Mike Cerny (out of 2), Jim Duzyk (2), Michael Horvitz (3), Jerry King (4), Dave Matter (3), Michael Quinn (12), Jamison Reese (6), Michael Rudolph (3)

10/16/18

10/15/18

  • Schedule update for Championship Week:
    • Monday - bracket and schedule setup
    • Tuesday night - Game 1 posted
    • Wednesday - Games 2 & 3
    • Thursday - Games 4 & 5
    • Friday - Games 6 & 7
    • Subject to change

10/14/18

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Championship Week will probably begin with a game posted on Monday night
  • Don't forget - if you're still in it and you want to change your lineup for the 2nd week of the playoffs, the deadline is tonight at 11:59 PM Eastern.  You can reset your pitching rotation from scratch - you don't have to consider "games of rest" between the 1st and 2nd weeks of the playoffs.

10/13/18

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 4 & 5 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • 2018 in Review:
    • Of 216 division winners from 2017, 101 repeated with division titles this season (83 of 196 repeated in last year)
    • 58 of the division winners from last season finished below .500 in 2018.
    • From the 216 divisions that existed in 2017, 48 division winners in 2018 are franchises that never before won a division title.
    • Of the 54 league champions from 2017, 32 of them repeated as division winners this season. (25 of 49 league winners from 2016 won divisions in 2017).
    • 32 teams went "worst to first" - finishing in 4th place in 2017 and winning a division this year.
    • 18 teams had 100 losses in 2017 - 6 of them won their division this year

10/12/18

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 2 & 3 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Bottom Feeder quarterfinals are complete - we move on to the semifinals
  • Find quick links to all your teams' playoff pages - including which teams are still active
  • Congratulations to owners with multiple division wins: (see how this compares to 2017)
    • 21 Teams - Sherman Wan
    • 20 Teams - David Henning, Jason Kiernan
    • 14 Teams - Andrew Lehman
    • 13 Teams - Ricardo Alexander
    • 12 Teams - Michael Lehman, Michael Quinn
    • 11 Teams - Jay Snyder
    • 10 Teams - Don Kruse
    • 9 Teams - Robert Elias
    • 8 Teams - Tom Twomey
    • 6 Teams - Jamison Reese
    • 5 Teams - Alonda Clifton
    • 4 Teams - Daniel Foley, Jr., Jerry King
    • 3 Teams - Roland Dupont, Michael Horvitz, Skip Hohensee, John Hula, Michael Gaston, Dave Matter, Jesse Roche, Michael Rudolph, Danny Zaccaro
    • 2 Teams - Craig Burke, Mike Cerny, Ken DeGroot, Jim Duzyk, Greg Flees, Leif Jonson, Jon Swanson

10/11/18

  • Playoffs: Week 1 begins - Game 1 posted
  • Games 2 & 3 coming on Friday
  • Playoff schedules updated to show probable starting pitchers.
  • This season, there were 14 divisional ties. In 2017, 7 divisions ended in ties - how did those teams in last year's tiebreaker games fare this season?
    • Anchorman League - Jennings Division:
      • Winner: Brick Barometers (Tom Twomey) - This year: Won the division by 26 games
      • Loser: Cooperstown Wannabees (David Henning) - This year: 2nd place, 26 GB
    • Batman League - Kilmer Division:
      • Winner: Brinkley CP Bulldogs (Michael Quinn) - This year: Tied with Liverpool again - lost tiebreaker
      • Loser: Liverpool Cavern Clubs (Michael Lehman) - This year: Tied with Brinkley again - won tiebreaker for 1st ever division title
    • Beer League - Hops Division:
      • Winner: Kingfisher Ale Slammers (Tom Twomey) - This year: Won division for 8th straight year - this time by 22 games
      • Loser: Pittsburgh John Harvard's Home Made Root Beer (Chris Bellina) - This year: 4th place, 44 GB
    • Longball League - Killebrew Division:
      • Winner: Gettysburg Bicycle Repairmen (Jon Swanson) - This year: 4th place, 30 GB
      • Loser: Supersonic Hornets (David Henning) - This year: Won the division by 10 games
    • Moneyball League - David Justice Division:
      • Winner: Random Ninjas (Jason Kiernan) - continued on to win league championship - This year: 2nd place, 1 GB
      • Loser: TINSTAAPP Leifs (Leif Jonson) - This year: 4th place, 22 GB
    • South Siders League - Walsh Division:
      • Winner: The Thing From the Junk Drawer (Andrew Lehman) - This year: 2nd place, 23 GB
      • Loser: Bathtub Silly Surfers (Jamison Reese) - This year: 3rd place, 25 GB
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Caddyshack Division:
      • Winner: Spackler Gopher Patrol (Jay Snyder) - This year: Won the division by 23 games
      • Loser: Ty's Ties (Dave Matter) - This year: 3rd place, 24 GB

10/10/18

  • Still working on some setup tasks and some MLB game stat updates/corrections - I don't expect we'll have any playoff game scores posted tonight - but should be all set for Thursday.
  • Playoff schedules are posted.  You can see the your league's playoff brackets from your league's home page - or you can check out the Playoffs for All Leagues page.

10/9/18

  • Week Twenty-six Transactions Posted - Week Twenty-seven deadline is Sunday, October 14, 11:59 PM Eastern
    • Week 27 is for lineups only - no transactions.  You're setting your lineups for the 2nd week of the playoffs
    • You can reset your rotation now between the first and second playoff week without worrying about how many games of rest your starters have from the first playoff week into the second - you start the next series fresh.
  • All the playoff tiebreakers are resolved and listed for home field advantage and playoff seeding.
  • The playoff schedule will probably be posted by Wednesday evening - and we might get our first playoff results then.

10/7/18

  • Currently working through the ties to determine playoff seeding.  All the division tiebreakers are resolved and listed.  Next step is to look through any ties in the seeding of the Gore Cup and Bottom Feeder Open brackets.

10/5/18

  • The final 14 Division Champions from the October 3 tiebreaker games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Batman League - Kilmer Division: Liverpool Cavern Clubs (owner Michael Lehman - 11th win in 2018) - 1st division title in league's 9th season; 5 previous 2nd place finishes - 3 of them missing by 1 game - including 2017
    • Blame Canada League - Kenny Division: Cincinnati Cardinals (owner Michael Horvitz - 2nd win in 2018) - Repeat division winner
    • Born to Run League - Latham Division: Nebraska Grasshoppers (owner Rick Furtak) - 4th place, 11 GB in 2017
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (owner David Henning - 19th win in 2018) - Defending league champion; also won league in 2015
    • K Street League - Sutton Division: Dawns Early Light (owner Ken Stevenson) - 3rd division win, but first since 2011
    • Longball League - Mays Division: New Jersey Reign (owner Andrew Lehman - 14th win in 2018) - 4th division win - first since 2014
    • Murderers' Row - Big Puma Division: Walking Dead Pull Hitters (owner Alonda Clifton - 5th win in 2018) - First team other than Guttenberg to win division in league's 9th season; Previously finished 2nd 4 times, but not since 2013
    • Pacific Northwest League - Huskies Division: Snoqualmie Owls (owner Sherman Wan - 20th win in 2018) - 3rd title; conference champ in 2016
    • Reality Bites League
      • Fear Factor Division: Minneapolis Coonhounds (owner Jon Swanson - 2nd win in 2018) - Defending league champ; 4th division win
      • Amazing Race Division: Interlaken Cheese Transport (owner Sherman Wan - 21st win in 2018) - 4th consecutive win, 5th overall; League champ in 2016
    • Steel City League
      • Wagner Division: Willie's Rebels (owner Michael Quinn - 12th win in 2018) - 2nd division title
      • Traynor Division: Hershey Special O.P.S. (owner David Henning - 20th win in 2018) - 5th division win in league's 5 seasons; 2 conference tiles but no league crown yet
    • Superman League
      • George Reeves Division: Hollywood Squares (owner Michael Lehman - 12th win in 2018) - 2nd win - league champ in 2012
      • Dean Cain Division: Cincinnati Sluggers 1 (owner Michael Horvitz - 3rd win in 2018) - 1st division win in league's 7th season; Previous best finish was 3rd (3 times)

10/4/18

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