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  • Big Red Machine League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part One is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • We continue with Phase Two of the draft - your next set of picks are due on Tuesday night, March 3 at midnight Eastern


  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique form of fantasy baseball as we play 150 individual head-to-head games in a season simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • New leagues to start in 2020 are open - sign up now!
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams have just cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2020 squads.  Now they are going through the Redistribution Draft that gives teams with bad records in 2019 a good advantage in rebuilding.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2020 that you can join to begin your dynasty.  Or, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, view our available orphan teams ...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 2019 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.


  • Did you know that we start some new leagues with a live draft?  Instead of using our list format, we draft the first 20 players for each roster live.
    • I'm trying something new this year: Instead of waiting until a league fills and trying to determine a workable draft date, I've scheduled dates ahead of time to let you plan ahead:
      • Mile High League: Saturday, February 29 - 2 PM EST
      • Mods and Rockers League: Sunday, March 1 - 4 PM EST
      • Family Night League: Friday, March 6 - 10 PM EST
    • If leagues don't fill, they will have to be pushed back to an alternate time or not run at all.
    • Check out the full list of new leagues and if you want to join one of these live drafts, you can sign up here if you're new to BWB or add a league to your current list.

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  • Big Red Machine League Draft - Phase One Draft is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated after the results for Phase One.
    • We now enter Phase Two of the draft - your first set of picks are due on Saturday night, Feb. 22 at midnight Eastern



  • Our first league is full for 2020!  Big Red Machine League is full and ready to go!
    • View the league draft index, which includes links to past drafts as examples
    • This is a list draft - the Phase One Draft lists are due Saturday night, Feb. 8 at midnight EST.


  • Another deadline extension!  I am unable to work on the draft on Monday, so I'll pass that time on to you.  Redistribution Draft lists now due on Tuesday morning at 9 AM EST.
  • Check out all of your teams' draft lists on page - including error checks


  • The draft/transaction order has been updated to put playoff teams at the end of the order - the league champion drafts 16th, the runner up 15th, and the other 2 division winners are 13th and 14th,


  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2020 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have just about 2 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 2/2/20 Midnight EST.
  • For more information, see the rules regarding the Redistribution Draft
  • There's nearly 2 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds
    • Then, after Feb 2, 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 posted, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sun 2/2 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/16 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/23 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated to account for division/league champions - check back later this week
  • With all the cuts - the Trade Rumors list is cleared out in our annual deletion of everything.
  • Any players on your Prospect Roster have been moved back to your 40-man roster.  You can begin to move players to prospect status again after the Redistribution Draft.


  • Deadline approaching! - your roster cut downs to 28 or fewer players is due Sunday night at midnight Pacific
    • If you have multiple teams, you can check all your teams for errors on the roster limits on one page
    • Reminder about how the Prospects Roster works: (see the full rule)
      • Prospects don't count against the 28-player maximum that you may retain on your roster for 2020.  So you can keep up to 28 players AND some or all of your prospects.
      • You may cut some or all of your prospects, you're not mandated to keep them.
      • After the roster carryover decisions (January 19), all prospects will revert to be part of your standard 40-man roster.  Keeping prospects will reduce the total number of players you can pick up in the Redistribution Draft.
      • After the Redistribution Draft is compete, you can then make moves to put players onto the prospects roster for 2020.


  • New leagues are open for 2020.  List draft leagues draft when they fill - deadline dates are estimates and targets for filling.  Live drafts have tenative dates and times set aside for them already.


  • Fall trading period 2 - Transactions Posted
    • Trades are now closed until after the Redistribution Draft is completed in February.
    • Your picks for which players you'll keep on your roster in 2020 are due on Sunday night, January 19 at midnight Pacific (1/20/20, 3AM EST)
  • 122 New players added to the list based on the 40-man rosters for MLB teams
    • 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 2020" menu - See the list of new players


  • Happy New Year!  It's been quiet from me recently, but I have been doing some prep work for the new season (and taking some time off).
    • Position data is now final - I went through 740+ players without MLB stats in 2019 to update their current position based on minor league play.
    • During that search on positions, I've pulled 242 players off the current BWB player list.
    • Most of those deleted players were not on any rosters, but these 5 were still on at least one roster in BWB and have now been deleted from those teams automatically:
      • J.T. Chargois
      • Neftali Feliz
      • Ian Kinsler
      • Kyler Murray
      • Bruce Rondon
  • Coming soon - I'll be going through the current 40-man rosters for MLB teams and finding new players to add to the BWB list.





  • New leagues for 2020 will be open soon.  In the meantime, there is now a list of orphan teams available to pick up and try to rebuild
    • Email me with your desired pickups
    • New to Benchwarmer Baseball?  You'll need to sign up for an account first.


  • Trade emails sent to addresses with and are getting rejected - so at this point to reduce the number of bounce backs sent back to BWB (and reduce the risk of getting flagged for too much spam), we're not sending out any trade notices to those addresses.


  • Two fixes for player salaries:
    • The salaries for players with no 2019 MLB stats is now correct.  For those players, I was mistakenly still copying "2019 Salary" into "Current Salary"
    • For all players - "Last year's salary" or "2019 salary" was incorrectly showing their 2018 salary, not the 2019 salary.  That is now fixed.


  • Some updates from Waterloo, Iowa as we left a day early to get most of the way home and took the long way to avoid most of the snow in Minnesota/Wisconsin:
    • Cash for playoff results and Player of the Year awards is still to come for teams - that should be credited this coming week and definitely by Saturday 12/7.
    • There are reports that some salaries look a little out of whack - for players with no stats in 2019.  Salvador Perez and Yoenis Cespedes were the examples cited.  I think I skipped a step for players with no stats - I'll take a look at that when I get back home and will fix as soon as I can.  12/2 update: FIXED


  • And we are underway for prep into 2020:
    • Salary cap cash has been distributed.  The 2020 salary cap is 40259 (was 38490 in 2019).
    • Free bonus teams have been distributed.
    • 2020 preliminary salaries are posted but are not yet final - I still need to go through and add in the premium salary adjustments for top MLB performers that will increase some salaries 1-30%.  My plan is to have all the salaries final by Friday night, Dec 6.
    • 2020 player positions are updated
      • Any player showing an "x" in their position didn't have any MLB stats in 2019, so I need to go back in and check what they did in the minors in 2019 (or maybe they didn't play at all) - their positions may change.
      • That usually takes a lot of time and will be finished sometime in mid-to-late December.
    • Player retention decisions for 2020 can now be made from your team roster pages.  Deadline to complete this is Sunday, January 19 - if you have a lot of teams, don't wait!!
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2020.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 15 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • New leagues for 2020 will be opened soon.
  • As people indicate they're dropping teams, orphans will become available.
  • Trades are now open for a 2-week trading period, ending on Sunday, Dec. 15.  Following that will be a 3-week trade period open December 16-January 5.
  • You can submit payment any time starting now, but WAIT until Monday to pay for any packages (Cooperstown Club or Season Tickets) - there will be some specials for Cyber Monday.  If you're paying for teams individually and not as part of a package, you'll save $5 per team if you pay by December 15.
  • Upcoming schedule/deadlines (some changes are possible):
    • Now through Sunday, Dec. 15: Fall Trading Period 1
    • Monday, Dec. 16 though Sunday, Jan 5: Fall Trading Period 2
    • Sunday, Jan 19: Roster retention choices due
    • Sunday, Feb 2: Redistribution Draft choices due


  • We're close to being ready for prep into the 2020 season.  Later this week, you'll be able to indicate if you're keeping your team for next year and preliminary salaries and positions will be posted.  We'll have a couple of 2-week trading sessions and your selections for carrying over players on your roster into 2020 will be due in early January.


  • Benchwarmer Bash Final Results: The Natty Lights (Beer League) defeated The Curiousness of Your Potential Kiss (Beatleball) 4 games to 3.
    • Congratulations to team owner Jesse Roche
    • This is Jesse's 5th win in the BWB ultimate tournament, but the first time that he's won the Bash with a team that won it before - The Natty Lights won before in 2017 and was runner up in 2018.
    • This was Sherman Wan's 3rd time in the finals with this team, but he's still looking for the first title.


  • 2019 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #1 Seed: The Natty Lights (108-42, Beer League champion) owner Jesse Roche
    • #3 Seed: The Curiousness of Your Potential Kiss (101-49, Beatleball champion) owner Sherman Wan
    • The Natty Lights were the Bash champions in 2017 and the runner up in 2018. Jesse has won the Bash 4 times before with 4 different franchises.
    • Sherman is seeking his first Bash title - but this team was Bash runner up under him in both 2007 and 2011.
    • Sherman already defeated another of Jesse's teams to make it this far - The Curiousness defeated Crumpton (Moneyball) 4-2 in the Semifinals.
    • See the bracket


  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Semifinals are complete - Games 1-7 posted.
  • We'll finish this off on Wednesday with the Finals.

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