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  • 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 are now going through two post-season trade periods - and are beginning to choose which players from their roster to keep for 2017.  Teams can keep up to 28 players each season - but must also be able to fit them under a salary cap.
    • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

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  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!


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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.




  • 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


  • Things to know continuing in the postseason - and prepping for 2017.
  • 31 of 2015's 44 league champions repeated to win their division this year.  In the end, only 6 did actually repeat with a league championship in 2016:
    • Anchorman League - Brick Barometers (Tom Twomey) - 3rd straight title
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Oklahoma Gushers (Tom Twomey)
    • Cleveland Rocks - Lake Erie Storm (David Henning) - 3rd straight title
    • Four Star League - NYC2TAL Jr Blackbirds (Ricardo Alexander) - 3rd straight title
    • Golden Throat League - Newport News Aliens & Predators (Tom Twomey) - 3rd straight title
    • Murderers' Row - Crumpton Roches (Jesse Roche)


  • Playoffs: Championship Week - Games 6 & 7 - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • If your team is headed to the Benchwarmer Bash - you can do one final lineup adjustment that will cover that whole tournament.  Deadline is Tuesday night, Oct 25 at midnight Eastern.




  • Playoffs: Championship Week - Games 1-3
  • With 13 teams each in league championships, it seems only natural that David Henning and Tom Twomey would be butting heads in a few leagues - in fact they face each other in 4 league championships:
  • Early look at the potential field for the Benchwarmer Bash - Wild cards are subject to change depending on the results of league championships. Any listed wild cards shown in italics are tentative and subject to be knocked out if a higher-ranked team doesn't win its league championship


  • 2016 in Review:
    • Of the 44 league champions in 2015, 31 of them repeated as division winners - 16 are still alive with conference championships and a chance for a repeat league title.  (2015: 28 of 41 league champs in the previous season won their division - 22 repeated as conference champions)
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins:
    • 13 Teams - David Henning (out of 20 division winners) and Tom Twomey (out of 25)
    • 9 Teams - Michael Quinn (out of 16)
    • 7 Teams - Jason Kiernan (out of 7)
    • 6 Teams - Jay Snyder (out of 8)
    • 5 Teams - Leif Johnson (out of 6), Jesse Roche (out of 5)
    • 4 Teams - Ricardo Alexander, (out of 6)
    • 3 Teams - Mike Cerny (out of 3), Jerry King (out of 4), Sherman Wan (out of 13), Danny Zaccaro (out of 5)
    • 2 Teams - Greg Flees (out of 2), Matt Strawbridge (out of 2)


  • 2016 in Review:
    • Of 64 teams that participated in the Federation Playoffs in 2015 (first step of the Benchwarmer Bash, 46 won division titles this season (up from 39 last year)
    • Of the 8 Federation champs, 7 made the playoffs this year (up from 5 last year)
    • Of last year's finalists in the Benchwarmer Bash - winner Towanda Teetotalers (Commissioners League, Jay Snyder) was the one Fed champ that did not finish in 1st place this season.  But runner up Lake Erie Storm (Cleveland Rocks, David Henning) did win the division again this season.


  • Playoffs: Week 1 - Games 6 & 7
  • Lineup deadline - if you want to change your lineups for the 2nd week of the playoffs, the deadline was extended to Wednesday, Oct 19 at 7 PM Eastern.


  • Playoffs: Week 1 - Games 4 & 5


  • Playoffs: Week 1 - Games 1-3


  • 2016 in Review:
    • Of 176 division winners in 2015, 91 repeated with division titles this season.
    • 50 of the division winners from last season finished below .500 in 2016.
    • From the 176 divisions that existed in 2015, 38 division winners are franchises that never before won a division title.
    • Of the 44 league champions in 2015, 31 of them repeated as division winners.


  • Things to know headed into the postseason - and prepping for 2017.
  • Congratulations to owners with multiple division wins:
    • 25 Teams - Tom Twomey
    • 20 Teams - David Henning
    • 16 Teams - Michael Quinn
    • 13 Teams - Sherman Wan
    • 8 Teams - Jay Snyder
    • 7 Teams - Jason Kiernan
    • 6 Teams - Ricardo Alexander, Leif Johnson
    • 5 Teams - Michael Horvitz, Jesse Roche, Danny Zaccaro
    • 4 Teams - Phillip Dang, Ken DeGroot, Roland Dupont, Robert Elias, Jerry King, Don Kruse, Jamison Reese
    • 3 Teams - Mike Cerny, Andrew Lehman, Doug Schnack, Matt Strawbridge
    • 2 Teams - Yuri Belova, Kevin Connors (including one co-owned team), Greg Flees, James Harris, John Hula, Michael Lehman, Tom McGraw, John Stroba, Jeff Zick (including one co-owned team)

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