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8/20/19

  • Week 20 Begins - Games 115-116 posted - See results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 8/18):
      • 121 games - Det
      • 122 games - StL
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game number to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • Next score update is expected Wednesday night
    • Around BWB

8/19/19

8/17/19

  • Reminder: Every 5 weeks we change the transaction deadline day to better match the mapping between MLB games and BWB games.  Starting this week, and for Weeks 21-25 our lineup/transaction deadlines are due on Sundays at 1 PM Eastern
  • This is your final chance to move any players to the Prospects Roster.  Week 21 is the final week to make that move.

8/13/19

  • Trades are closed for the 2019 season

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8/7/19

  • Don't forget - starting with Week 16 games, the financial aspects of regular season performance changed:
    • The reward for each win changed from 50K to 75K (and goes to 100K starting in Week 21)
    • The funds to help 4th place teams were reduced and goes to zero for the final 5 weeks of the season
    • Don't leave cash on the table for your team next season by becoming a completely non-competitive team the rest of the way

8/6/19

  • This week is the trade deadline!

8/3/19

  • With Game 100 scored and posted, we've hit the 2/3 mark of the regular season

8/1/19

  • Planning Ahead - Taking a look at the upcoming schedule
    • Week 19 - Deadline Monday, August 5 - this will be a short week with deadline moved to Monday night
    • Week 20 (8/12/19) - Trade deadline
    • Week 21 (8/18/19)
      • Weekly deadlines move to Sundays at 1PM Eastern
      • Final week to move any players to the prospect roster
    • Week 23 - "Roster expansion" begins - for games in Weeks 23-25, taxi squad and minor league players may fill in for lineup holes
    • Some dates may be subject to change - check the schedule for the entire season

7/31/19

  • Of 3,072 games in BWB for Week 16, the results of 184 changed with the pitching corrections.
    • 320 Teams had a different win total for Week 16 after the game corrections:
      • 13 teams had +2 wins
      • 149 teams had +1 win
      • 142 teams had -1 win
      • 15 teams had -2 wins
      • 1 team had -3 wins

7/30/19

  • See the email sent out tonight about some game-scoring errors.  I will need to rescore all of Week 16.  Game results have been cleared out but the original box score files and standings are still present - those will be overwritten when the games are redone.
  • I'll try to get the week rescored and posted by late Wednesday night.

7/24/19

  • In case you're seeing missing contract extensions, in the email sent out to all owners on Sunday morning, I listed among the items to consider:
    • 7. There is no “sign and trade” in BWB – you can’t do a contract extension on a player and trade him away in the same week (but you COULD extend him this week and trade him next week).
    • About 13 contract extensions across all of BWB were discarded this week because those players were also involved in trades. In the processing order of transactions, trades come before extensions, so once the trade occurs, the original team no longer has the player to do the contract extension.

7/19/19

  • Week 17 is the final week for contract extensions - deadline is Tuesday night
  • During the transaction period right before the contract deadline, each team gets an extra 1000 in cash (See rules)
  • That cash has been distributed and added to team cash balances during the Week 16 transaction processing

7/10/19

  • There are no more salary rebates this season when you cut players.
  • The signing salary for any free agent is now fixed - you will pay a prorated 40% of the 2019 salary for any player you sign for the remainder of the season.
  • For Week 16 lineups - you may reorder your pitching rotation from scratch - we will not check on games of rest between Weeks 15 and 16 - it's our version of the All Star Break.

7/8/19

  • OK - we have a little situation based on the number of games the Tigers have not yet played due to weather (and really the White Sox too as for the moment they're only ahead of Detroit by a day).  When we process weekly transactions for a given week, we use the game results from 2 weeks earlier to set transaction order and cash distribution.  For example, this week when we do Week 15 transactions, we're using the game results from Week 13, which just ended on Saturday.
    • No problem for this week - we're set a couple of days before the deadline - but the All Star Break will now interfere.
    • The real problem comes for Week 16 transactions, with a scheduled deadline of Monday, 7/15.  The Tigers play their final game to map to BWB Week 14 on Monday, 7/15 - meaning I can't score games until Tuesday...and likely can't set the transaction order until Wednesday and that would be the earliest day that I could process the transactions.  There will be similar issues in the next couple of weeks after that, so these are the changes in transaction/lineup deadlines:
      • This week - Week 15 - no change in date, but will extend to midnight Eastern time on Tuesday night
      • Week 16: Deadline changed from Mon 7/15 to Wed 7/17 (midnight Eastern)
      • Week 17: Deadline changed from Mon 7/22 to Tue 7/23 (midnight Eastern)
      • Week 18: Deadline changed from Mon 7/29 to Tue 7/30 (7 PM Eastern)
      • Then I think that by Week 19 we can get back to the regular schedule - with deadline on Mon 8/5.
      • See the changes listed on the season listing of schedule/deadlines
    • Note - I'm setting these deadlines back so that I believe that I can set the transaction order on the same day I process transactions.  But I probably won't be able to post the updated order very far ahead of the weekly deadline, if at all.  Sorry - you'll have to estimate the order from the previous week.
  • I could just keep the listed deadlines, but I won't be able to process transaction submissions any sooner, so if the deadlines are not pushed back, you'll have fewer days in between posting of results and when your next list is due.
  • This may need to change again, depending on weather.

7/7/19

  • Reminder - This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019 - Deadline is Tuesday night at 7 PM Eastern

7/5/19

  • With Game 75 in the books we have reached the halfway mark of the regular season.

7/4/19

  • It appears that my outgoing email has been blocked, and as near as I can tell, the broadcast blast I sent out on Tuesday afternoon to announce the deadline extension was the last message received by the outside world.  I've got a ticket in with my web provider to get this fixed, but with the holiday, I'm not expecting anything today.  So, if you're waiting on a reply from me, it may be a little while.
  • The unfortunate death of Tyler Skaggs means that he will be removed from all rosters and from the player list.  This happened too close to the weekly deadline to act on it during Week 14, so nothing changed this week and if he's in a rotation and has a queued start, his stats will count during Week 13 and/or 14 games.  Effective for Week 15, he'll be off all rosters - you can cut him, but if you don't the BWB league office will remove him.  You will get a salary rebate if applicable.  See the BWB rule covering this

7/3/19

  • This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019 (salary rebates do continue for trades)
  • Tigers game postponed on Tuesday pushes us back another day for the next game score.  We'll hit the halfway point of the season with a posting of Games 73-75 on Thursday.

6/29/19

  • With Brendan McKay coming up to the majors and still a 2-way player and likely to be used that way, we've made him a 2-way player in BWB and added pitching eligibility for him.

6/28/19

  • Planning Ahead - Taking a look at the upcoming schedule
    • Week 15 (7/9/19) - This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019
    • Week 16 (7/15/19)
      • Weekly deadlines shift to Monday nights
      • All teams receive an extra 1000 in cash
      • "All Star Break" - Reorder your pitching rotation without concern about games of rest between Weeks 15 & 16
    • Week 17 (7/22/19) - Final week to sign contract extensions for 2020 and beyond
    • Week 20 (8/12/19) - Trade deadline
    • Some dates may be subject to change - check the schedule for the entire season

6/24/19

  • As Week 12 games begin, we've got three weeks of games within your division

6/17/19

  • Reminder - this is your first chance to sign 2019 first round draft picks.  To give you a little extra time for your picks, the weekly deadline on Tuesday night is extended until midnight Pacific.

6/11/19

  • First round draft picks of 2019 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • There is a slight risk in signing draft picks - if the player does not sign by the MLB deadline (July 12), the player is immediately removed from your roster and from the BWB player list.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2019)"
    • You'll also find them by looking for players who are new to the list in Week 12, although they will be mixed in with other players added this week by making their first MLB appearances.

6/9/19

  • Reminder - Transaction submissions and lineup changes are now due on Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern!
  • First round draft picks will be available NEXT WEEK - you'll find them in the player list after Week 11 transaction results post on Tuesday night.
  • Orphan Special - there are still a handful of orphan teams for this season - you can grab any orphan for the remainder of the 2019 season for just $10 (regular price $35)
    • 4 of the 6 available orphans currently have the #1 pick each week in transactions and already have some of this season's top prospects.  One other team is at #2 and the last one is picking at #4.

6/6/19

  • Note: Every 5 weeks we change the transaction deadline day to better match the mapping between MLB games and BWB games.  Starting this week, and for Weeks 11-15 our lineup/transaction deadlines are due on Tuesdays

6/4/19

  • Planning Ahead - Taking a look at the upcoming schedule
    • Week 10 (6/5/19) - Final transaction/lineup deadline to fall on Wednesday
    • Week 11 (6/11/19) - Transaction/lineup deadline moves to Tuesdays
    • Week 12 (6/18/19) - First week that 2019 first round draft picks will be available to sign - check for them in the Player list after the Week 11 transaction results are posted (estimated for 6/12/19)
    • Week 15 (7/9/19) - This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019
    • Week 16 (7/15/19) - All teams receive an extra 1000 in cash
    • Week 17 (7/22/19) - Final week to sign contract extensions for 2020 and beyond
    • Some dates may be subject to change - check the schedule for the entire season

6/2/19

  • With Game 50, we've reached a milestone point of the season - 1/3 of the regular season is complete

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