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1/18/17

  • Rule Change - for 2017, rosters will be modified to a 4-man taxi squad instead of 2.
    • Total roster size stays at 40, so minor league slots are reduced from 12 to 10
    • The rules pages should all be changed - it will take a little while to modify all the roster warnings for roster sizes throughout the site.  The warnings for Phase One draft pages should now be current with the new rule.
  • Tonight is the deadline to save $5 per team on your 2017 payment - deadline is midnight EST.  Check your payment status

1/17/17

  • Home of the Brave Phase One Draft Complete - See the Home of the Brave Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded, finances updated, and available player list reflects the draft results
    • We now move on to Phase Two of the draft - See your team rosters for a link to pick players.  The picks for Phase One, Part One are due at midnight EST on Tuesday, January 24

1/16/17

  • Are you a baseball/fantasy baseball writer, blogger, or podcaster?  Or other media-type person with an interest in fantasy baseball?  Among the open orphan teams we have right now are 5 teams in the Experts League - a league set up for experts/media to compete, direct some web traffic in their direction, and maybe eventually get out the word about Benchwarmer Baseball.  Contact us via email for more details
  • Oh - hey - I forgot to reset the transaction order for the draft - it's now correct and ready for the Redistribution Draft - all the league champs draft 16th, runners up draft 15th, and the other two division winners go 13th & 14th.

1/14/17

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a different form of fantasy baseball as we play individual head-to-head games simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams just cut their rosters for 2017 down to 28 players, and now we're starting the Redistribution Draft - which gives teams that finished poorly last year an edge in restocking rosters up to 40 players.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • New 16-team leagues are now forming for 2017.  But, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, these orphan teams are available...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 2016 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

Did You Know? If you refer a new owner to BWB, you can save $5 on your team

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1/11/17

  • Home of the Brave Draft - See the Home of the Brave Draft Index
    • Unique picks posted and a listing of how many teams picked players contested by multiple teams.
    • Resolution of contested picks begins Thursday night

1/6/17

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2017 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have 3 weekends to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/22/17 Midnight EST.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds (see season calendar - not yet posted - link will be updated this weekend)
    • Then we post the results of only Round 1 only - any drafted players will be removed from the remainder of your lists.
    • You'll have 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 coming soon, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sun 1/22 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/5 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/12 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated - check back this weekend

1/4/17

  • Rules Changes for 2017 - Some changes to how the Startup Draft works:
    • 10000 in cash provided at the start of Phase 1 and not in between Phase 1 and Phase 2
    • Tiebreaker auction bids are now in increments of 250 instead of 500
    • Tiebreaker bids now must come out of your starting cash, since there is no longer a "Phase 2 cash distribution"
    • A team that wins a tiebreaker auction bid now only has to pay enough to beat the next-highest bid, not the full amount that was bid.
  • Team Payment - Payment is not due for returning teams until the start of the season.  However, if you pay during the next two weeks - Jan 4 through Jan 18 (deadline midnight EST) - you'll save $5 per team.  Check your payment status
  • Roster Carryover
    • We're down to only 6 owners who don't have their rosters legal for the cut down to 28 players. Reminder - the deadline was extended through TONIGHT at 9 PM  midnight EST
    • If that time is difficult, let me know - but if I don't hear from you today at all and your roster remains unfinished, BWB will make the changes for you (and I really hate to do that!)
    • Check the legal carryover status of all your team rosters.  This link is also available on the multiteam tools page.

12/31/16

12/27/16

  • A reminder of things to know in the off season and prepping for 2017.  Scroll down toward the bottom - we're in the "Carryover Selection" phase.
  • We're now in the final week to pick your players to keep into 2017:
    • Deadline to complete your roster: Monday night, January 2 at midnight EST
    • You can keep up to 28 players.
    • You have to comply to all roster maximums for players making over 250
    • You'll pay the 2017 salary for all the players you keep at this time and whatever's left is all you have for the Redistribution Draft and free agency - no additional cash to you until April.
  •  If you've got multiple teams, you can check the legal carryover status of all your team rosters.  This link is also available on the multiteam tools page.

12/26/16

  • 142 New players added to the list based on the 40-man rosters - 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 2017" menu

12/24/16

  • The list of orphan teams is complete - a couple of long-time owners bowed out and that added a bunch of teams to the list.  If you want a challenge and would like to rebuild a team that may be damaged, check out the list of Orphan Teams
  • There are 2 leagues with orphans that are private, prize leagues.  On top of Benchwarmer fees, these leagues collect their own dues to pay out to league winners.  See the "Invitation Only" section of the orphan list and look for Beer League and Murderers Row.  If you're interested, let me know and I can get you in touch with the owners.

12/23/16

  • Rosters and Positions:
    • I've finished the position updates and whether players in the minors still played in 2016
    • Another 75-80 players were pulled from the game (Didn't play in 2016, signed in Japan, Korea, or Mexico)
    • Two of these players were still on BWB rosters and were automatically removed:
      • Arquimedes Caminero
      • Nate McLouth

12/20/16

  • Thanks for all your input on the potential rule changes for roster size / minors / carryover limits.  So, no actual change is coming - the feedback plus some emails I received are pretty much in the theme of the current format works really well.  There may be a shift to a 4-man taxi squad...but let me consider that for a few more days.
  • There are a few changes likely coming to the league startup drafts but I need to test some more web page changes to make that work - that's one reason why the due date for the draft for Home of the Brave League is pushed back into January.
  • Among the minor league players removed from the game (no team in 2016 or playing in Mexico or Japan), these players were still on BWB rosters and were automatically removed:
    • Tim Alderson
    • Kyle Blanks
    • Brett Bochy
    • Bobby Borchering
    • Zack Cox
    • Jorge De Leon
    • Pat Dean
    • Gonzalez Germen
    • Kyle Jensen
    • Francisco Martinez
    • Casey McGehee
    • Hunter Morris
    • Anthony Ranaudo
    • Johan Santana

12/19/16

  • Week Thirty Transactions posted.  This is the 2nd of two fall trading periods.
  • Rosters and Positions:
    • I've verified position updates and whether players in the minors still played in 2016 for most of the minor leagues - but I still need to check through about 115 minor league free agents.
    • So far, about 150 players, including a handful of players on rosters, were pulled from the game (I'll post a list of those removed from rosters later this week).
    • I'll now be checking current MLB 40-man rosters - and players on those rosters not yet in BWB will be added by the end of the month.
  • We now move on to the stretch run on your carryover selections.  The deadline for cutting down to 28 or fewer players is Sunday, December 25 - Monday, January 2 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • See weekly transaction deadlines

12/9/16

  • Possible rule change on roster sizes and number of players to carry over each winter?  See the outline of the changes and provide any feedback you might have.
  • Deadline for the current trading period is extended - now set for Friday night, December 16 at 11:59:59 PM EST - Any open trade that had an expiration date at the deadline on 12/13 was automatically extended out through Friday night.
  • Deadline to let us know if you're keeping your teams for 2017 is also moved back to Friday night 12/16 - if you haven't yet answered - go here

11/28/16

  • Week Twenty-nine Transactions posted.  Week 30 deadline (2nd period of fall trading) is Tuesday, December 13 at 11:59 PM EST.  Deadline would have been Sunday 12/11, but I'll be out of town with no access to a computer, so I'll pass on the extra 2 days to you.
  • You should also be working on your carry over selections, particularly if you have multiple teams - the deadline for cutting down to 28 or fewer players is Sunday, December 25.
  • See weekly transaction deadlines

11/25/16

  • Save 10% - Black Friday through Cyber Monday - Season Tickets are $265 instead of $295.  Play as many teams as you want in 2017 for less than the normal price of 6 teams.  Offer good November 25 - 28.
  • You can check your total due for 2017.  Reminder, if you're paying for single teams you can save $5 per team if you pay during the first 2 weeks of January.

11/23/16

  • Reminder that before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2017.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 11 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • Trade deadline for the first of two fall trading periods is Sunday at midnight Eastern.
  • You do not have to worry about going over roster limits for trades right now since you all need to cut down to 28 players in late December.

11/18/16

  • Player salaries are FINAL.  Salary adjustments were made for 268 players, most at less than 5%.  These players had salaries that went up more than 25%:
    • Mookie Betts: 38.5%
    • Nolan Arenado:32.4%
    • Mike Trout: 32.4%
    • Jose Altuve: 31.6%
    • Dan Murphy: 30.4%
    • Anthony Rizzo: 29.5%
    • Josh Donaldson: 28.2%
    • Kris Bryant: 26.5%
    • Jeurys Familia: 25.5%
  • Players who have positions with an "x" at the end still need to be verified - it will probably be early December until that's complete.

11/16/16

11/14/16

  • Getting ready for 2017:
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2017.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 11 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
    • Rosters are open to start making carryover choices and for trades
    • Trades are now open - you have until November 27 for the first trade session.  The second session will extend through Dec 11.
    • You can also begin choosing your carryover players - visit your team roster(s) for a link to do that.  Final deadline is December 25.
    • Player salaries updated for 2017 - these are NOT YET FINAL
    • Positions updated for 2017 - these are final, except for where you see an "x" in the position or secondary position - these players are not yet verified (and some may be removed from the game for 2017).
    • Salary cap - The 2016 cap is 37795 - up from last year's 36264
      • Teams have been given their 2017 cap cash (the actual distribution is enough to get the team in your league with the smallest cash balance up to the cap level).
      • Post season cash awards for playoffs and Players of the Year are still to be awarded.
    • Bonus teams have been awarded - as orphans appear or new leagues open (later this week), you can begin using those bonus teams.

11/6/16

  • Things to know now that the postseason is complete - and prepping for 2017.
  • Prepping for 2017 - I'll be working on player salaries and positions for next season.  Within the next week, I'll have set up your options to indicate if you are keeping your team for 2017, new orphans, and allow you to start setting your carryover players for your roster and trade with other teams.

11/4/16

  • 2016 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #1 Seed: Oklahoma Gushers (97-53 Bleed Dodger Blue champion) owner Tom Twomey
    • #2 Seed: Crumpton Roches (105-45, Moneyball League champion) owner Jesse Roche
    • Neither team has previously won the Benchwarmer Bash - however, both Jesse (twice) and Tom (once) have won the Bash with different teams.
    • See the bracket
    • Final Result: Crumption defeated Oklahoma 4-1; Congratulations Jesse!

11/3/16

  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Semifinals Games 5-7 posted. (1-4 posted earlier today).
  • Bash finals coming on Friday.

11/2/16

  • Benchwarmer BashBash Quarterfinals Games 1-7
  • Benchwarmer Bash - it's going to be Tom Twomey vs Jesse Roche in the finals - we just don't know with which teams.  Both owners have 2 teams in the Bash Semifinals...each playing against himself.

11/1/16

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Seeding set and bracket posted for the round of 8.  Bash Quarterfinals results coming on Wednesday -- See the Benchwarmer Bash Bracket
  • Congratulations to the 2016 Federation Champions:
    • Aaron Federation: St. Louis Redbirds, Fenway Fenatics, Michael Quinn
    • Bench Federation: The Natty Lights, Beer League, Jesse Roche
    • Cobb Federation: Underground Cardinals, Beatleball, Michael Quinn - Repeated from 2015
    • DiMaggio Federation: Sheshequin Shenanigans, Federal League, Jay Snyder
    • Eckersley Federation: Crumpton Roches, Moneyball League, Jesse Roche
    • Foxx Federation: November Nine, Deuces Wild League, Danny Zaccaro
    • Gehrig Federation: New Jersey Roid Ragers, K Street League, Tom Twomey
    • Hornsby Federation: Oklahoma Gushers, Bleed Dodger Blue League, Tom Twomey

10/31/16

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Finals Complete - Games 1-7
  • The 8 Federation winners now move on to the Benchwarmer Bash final bracket.  Details will be posted probably on Tuesday, with games likely starting on Wednesday.

10/30/16

10/29/16

10/26/16

  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2016:
    • 8 Titles: David Henning
    • 5 Titles: Michael Quinn, Tom Twomey
    • 4 Titles: Leif Jonson, Jason Kiernan
    • 3 Titles: Jay Snyder
    • 2 Titles: Ricardo Alexander, Mike Cerny, Jesse Roche, Matthew Strawbridge

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