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8/28/16

8/27/16

  • Regular Season is 4/5 competed - Week 20 Complete - Games 118-120 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on? These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 8/25):
      • 125 games - Pit
      • 126 games - ChC, Cin, Cle, CWS, NYY, StL, TB
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine how many BWB games can be scored
    • Next score update expected Sunday or Monday night
    • Around BWB

8/25/16

8/23/16

  • I almost missed this since it was so early - Our first Division Champion:
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning) - 2-time defending league champion

Did You Know? BWB is now listed on John Skilton's Baseball Links

8/19/16

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 21-25, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on WEDNESDAY.

8/17/16

  • TRADE DEADLINE!! - Thursday night is the last chance to make trades this season.  Deadline is extended to midnight Eastern time.

8/12/16

  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 20 - THIS WEEK! - deadline Thursday 8/18 - trade deadline
    • Week 23 - deadline Wednesday 9/7 - "roster expansion" - taxi squad and minor league players can fill in as an extended bench
    • Week 24 - deadline Wednesday 9/14 - final week to sign free agents for the 2016 season/post-season

8/6/16

  • With Game 100 we've hit the 2/3 mark of the Regular Season

7/23/16

  • The next transaction/lineup deadline is extended through Friday morning at 7 AM to allow you more time with contracts.
  • Contract extensions for 2017 and beyond are due Friday 7/29 by 7 AM EDT.  See the extension page for information including rules or tips, or just go straight to the contract submission form.

7/22/16

  • All teams have been given their July cash distribution of 1 million Benchwarmer Bucks.

7/18/16

  • We're done for now with games in your division - the next 8 weeks of games are outside the division before we return to divisional matchups for the final 3 weeks of the season.

7/16/16

  • There are no more salary rebates for player releases during the 2016 season
  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 16-20, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on THURSDAY.

7/9/16

  • I received a large volume of corrected box scores today (almost 900 files I had to process rather than the expected 41 files from the last 3 days), so I am running behind...
    • Expect Week 14 transaction results on Sunday morning or afternoon.
    • And then the first set of Week 14 game results by Sunday night - Monday night.

7/4/16

  • We've hit the halfway point of the regular season as Game 75 is posted

6/28/16

  • Now that we're past one major season milestone (1st round draft picks added), what's coming up that you should be tracking? - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 15 - deadline Friday 7/15 - last chance to cut a player this season and get a prorated salary rebate; all cuts after that week are done with no cash back to you
    • Week 16 - deadline Thursday 7/21 - your chance to rearrange your starting rotation without concern for number of days of rest between Weeks 15 & 16 - our "All Star Break"
    • Week 17 - deadline Thursday 7/28 - final week to sign player contract extensions for 2017
    • Week 20 - deadline Thursday 8/18 - trade deadline

6/27/16

  • Need to make up some ground?  The next 3 weeks - 18 games - are all within your division.

6/20/16

  • First round draft picks of 2016 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • Slight risk in signing draft picks - if the player does not sign by the MLB deadline (mid-July?), the player is immediately removed from your roster and from BWB.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2016)"

6/12/16

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 11-15, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on FRIDAY.
  • Early warning - the Week 13 transaction/lineup deadline will probably be moved ahead 1 day from Friday, July 1 to Thursday, June 30 as I'll be traveling over that weekend and can't rely that I'll have web access or time to work on processing.

6/10/16

  • When will you see the first round draft picks hit the BWB player list?
    • First round picks will debut in BWB after the Week 11 transactions post
    • So the first week to sign them will be Week 12 - with a Friday, June 24 deadline.  That gives you a couple weeks to figure out who you like.
  • Dan Foley's latest BWB post on From April Till Fall looks at three of his underperforming teams - and realizes they are one-dimensional.

6/6/16

  • We hit the 1/3 point of the regular season with Game 50 posted

5/23/16

5/9/16

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 6-10, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on SATURDAY.

5/5/16

  • We're 3 weeks into the season - time to look at the highs and lows among all the leagues in Around BWB
  • The first 3 weeks of games were all within your division. Now, for the next 8 weeks, you'll play teams outside your division.

4/30/16

  • A Blast from the Past - Benchwarmer Bloggers
    • A few years ago, we had a couple of owners serve as "official" BWB bloggers, and it lasted a couple of seasons.  Well the idea is back.
    • Dan Foley, Jr. has a blog reliving the 2011 baseball season (a Cardinals fan, he's checking into a season when both the big team and their Quad Cities minor league team won championships).  Check it out at From April Till Fall
    • Dan's going to include some posts about BWB - you should check out the first post - an overview of the game and how Dan came to it.
    • If you have a similar interest, whether that's promoting the game, recapping your seasons, providing strategy hints, or something else you'd like to share - contact me and we can set something up.
  • Hey - have you paid your 2016 bill yet?  See your payment statusUnpaid teams will be locked out of transactions beginning next week.

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