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7/2/15

  • We're back to games exclusively inside your divison for Weeks 12-14 - here's a chance to make a move.
  • Week 12 Underway - Games 67-70 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest games (through 7/1)
      • 75 games: KC
      • 76 games: ChC, CWS
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
    • Next expected score update: Sunday night or Monday for Games 71-72 (I'm traveling on Friday and Saturday)
    • Around BWB

7/1/15

6/29/15

  • Week 12 Transactions posted - Week 13 deadline is Friday, July 3 at 9 PM Eastern
    • It's a very short turnaround time as we need to finally get to Friday transaction/lineup deadlines
    • First game starts at 3 PM EDT, but in order to give you a bit extra time but still allow me to try to post Friday night/Saturday morning, the time is now 9 PM EDT (If I can't work on it Friday night, it will be Monday before I can post)
    • See transaction/lineup deadlines
  • Next game results coming on Tuesday night

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6/23/15

  • The Week 12 deadline is extended a couple days in order to give time for everyone after the web outages. Week 13 will end up being the short week as we need to get back on schedule to Friday deadlines - See transaction/lineup deadlines.
  • First round draft picks are now in the player list and available to sign.

6/21/15

  • Website back and running - Week 11 deadline is Tuesday morning at 9 AM EDT.
  • Website update:  I talked directly to tech support Saturday afternoon and there's no ETA.  BWB is not the only site affected and they were trying to figure it out.
  • I am going to be away from a computer most of Sunday, so I might not be able to update this message immediately or send out an email - once the site is connecting to the database, you should be able to tell because you'll be able to view your roster and everything else
  • We'll extend the transaction/lineup deadline a little bit to allow people to get done what they had planned Friday night/Saturday morning.  This may change to a later time, but at the moment I've reset the Week 11 deadline to MONDAY night, June 22 at 11 PM EDT.
  • The Week 12 deadline will be moved back a day or two (or more) accordingly.

6/20/15

  • Sorry for confusion...my web service said site would be down June 19 from 12AM to 8AM EDT.  So, you'd think that's Friday morning, right?
    • A message on Thursday that indicated June 19 10PM to 8AM made me a little nervous
    • When site didn't appear to go down Thursday night I called support on Friday morning and the guy said - "oh yeah...that's done - all set"
    • Obviously it wasn't....
    • Site is back up but having trouble with database connection - I have a support ticket in for assistance.  Any page trying to connect to db fails right now.
    • I'll extend deadline as necessary once it's working.

6/14/15

  • Originally posted June 7: Thinking ahead...we shift the transaction/lineup deadline forward a day every five weeks. On Week 11, we were scheduled to move from Saturdays to Fridays.  That will be delayed by one week - Week 11 deadline is Saturday, June 20 then Week 12 is Friday, June 26.  Two reasons:
    • I will not be able to post transaction results for Week 10 until Sunday 6/14 - when the next week is a short week I typically want to post ASAP.
    • The website will be offline for server maintenance on Friday, June 19 from 12AM-8AM Eastern.
  • Look for this year's first round draft picks to be added to the player list for the Friday June 26 transaction deadline.

6/9/15

  • With Game 50, we've hit the 1/3 mark of the regular season

6/2/15

  • Remember the 250 transaction fee to put a player on the IR instituted this season?
    • Your fee is refunded if the player stays on your roster 11 or more weeks - or is still on the roster on Week 27.
    • If you put a player on IR during Week -2 Transactions, this week (Week 9) is the first time you can cut or trade away the guy and still get the rebate.
    • Rather than wait until season end, refunds will be distributed as soon as eligible.
    • Coming soon is planned a table on your financial page - or a separate page - to help you track your team's status.

5/18/15

  • Rule Change Reminder - For the last several years, all teams received a cash distribution of 1000 at the last transaction dates for May, June, and July.  Starting this year, there is no extra cash doled out until July.

5/10/15

  • Reminder - in order to keep in sync between the BWB weeks and the MLB game numbers, we shift the transaction/lineup deadline day every five weeks.  For Weeks 6-10 we're on Saturdays.  See the full list of deadlines for the season (including times).

5/9/15

  • NEW PAGE!! - Your team's full season schedule and results
  • You can also find a link to this page on the bottom of every week's schedule/results page - see the link "My Team's Schedule" - more links will get added to the page along the way.  (People ask...if you didn't know this, you can also get to the schedule/results page at the bottom of every page on the site - see "Results" in the page footer)

5/7/15

4/29/15

  • It's early for some of the trends to fully be relevant, but here's a page introduced in 2014 that does some comparisons across all 44 leagues - Around BWB

4/27/15

  • FYI - in situations of suspended games, like Friday night's KC-CWS game, we count the game/stats at time of game completion.
  • Also a reminder, I pull game stats the day after a game is played.  As corrections or scoring changes come in, I make those changes.  But once a BWB game is played, there is no going back to take into consideration the corrected stats to fix a completed game.

4/20/15

  • Full payment was due April 12 - there are still some outstanding amounts due - check your status for 2015 and learn more about season and lifetime packages
    • If you do not see "Yes" in the confirmed column, I do not have your payment or indication that it's on the way.  I will start locking transactions for your teams on Wednesday night.
    • After a couple of years of being slack on this, I will hold to the payment deadlines and transaction/roster restrictions as last season some teams fell through the cracks.  Contact me if you have any complications.

4/19/15

  • Cash for games won and division placement works on a 2-week lag.  So the results for Week 1 games will be converted into cash disbursements for Week 3 (etc., etc.).

4/18/15

4/16/15

4/14/15

  • BWB 2015 Schedule Posted.  How to find this on a regular basis?
    • When games are scored - the home page notice will link to the schedule
    • On your league's home page, find the link "This Week's Games"
    • On any page, down in the footer, find the link "Results"

 

4/13/15

  • Week 1 Transactions posted - Week 2 deadline is Sunday, April 19 at 1 PM Eastern
    • This is the first big influx of new players to the player list
    • To find new players on the free agent list, choose the proper week number that players are first eligible for signing - with this group, you'll find them via "Week 2" (after tonight's posting...they are not there yet)
  • When's the first game?
    • We use batting stats 5 games ahead of our BWB game # in order to queue up enough pitching stats, so a team's MLB game #6 is used for BWB game #1.
    • Weather permitting, Chicago and St. Louis will be the last teams to get to Game 6 - on Monday (thanks to a rainout already) - and that makes Tuesday the earliest we can post a game.
    • Usually it's more time-effective to score 2-3 games at a time, but often doing a single game first helps me clear the cobwebs on how to do this again for the first time since Oct...so look for a game on Tuesday or Wednesday night. (I also need to fit time in to finish up taxes...so that's going to have to come first)

4/8/15

  • Don't forget that if you own multiple teams you can see the transaction results for all your leagues one page, along with other helpful links like a listing of all your rosters or a list of all your players on every team.  See Multiteam Tools

4/3/15

4/2/15

  • Again see some Week Zero Reminders - here are some common questions:
    • I use the 2000 everyone gets in your best benefit
      • For teams trying to get below the 5000 maximum cash balance, don't worry - the 2000 doesn't get added to your balance until AFTER checking and possibly reducing your cash
      • For teams who are on the other side of the spectrum - with very little cash left, the 2000 will be figured into any free agent signings, trades, IR fees, etc.
    • The salary rebate for players has gone from 50% to 80% starting this week
    • If you're cutting players and you get a salary rebate - that extra cash WILL be checked against your team's cash balance and the maximum 5000.  If the rebate causes your balance to go over 5000, you'll lose the excess.

4/1/15

  • Deadline Monday 4/6 at 11:59 PM Eastern - Week Zero Reminders - include maximum cash balance of 5000 heading into season, a cash distribution of 2000 to everyone, and you must have a legal roster after this week's transactions!  Setting your first week's lineup is not due until April 12.
  • Scooby Doo League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Three complete
    • See the Scooby Doo Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and finances updated
    • Startup draft is complete!  Your league now enters normal weekly transactions - with a short week ahead..deadline is Monday night

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