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3/29/20

  • Big Red Machine League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 draft is now complete - your league moves into weekly transactions (next deadline is Sunday 4/5).

3/27/20

  • BWB Plans and Schedule Updates
    • We're still in a holding pattern to know what's going to happen with the MLB season.  Until that's announced, we can't do much more than speculate what that will do to the BWB season and schedule.
    • Had we been on the normal schedule, Thursday would have been "Week Zero" - the date at which all teams must have a legal roster and the last chance to add any players for BWB Opening Day.  The Week One deadline was to be next Thursday, April 2.
    • Thursday night we just posted the results of what was originally supposed to be "Week -2" - meaning that if we hold with the schedule format, there would only be 2 more transaction weeks (-1 and Zero) before Opening Day.
    • Just as a guess, I can't see the 2020 MLB season starting before June 1, although a lot of opinions would put it much later than that.
    • So we're going to make some adjustments:
      • Add 3 more preseason transaction weeks.  To do this and make the records/history work out, all the previously posted transaction weeks were changed by 3.  Starting with the roster carryover choices, which were marked as Week -8 - they have been converted to Week -11.  And so on.
      • Space things out a bit.  There's not a lot to act on right now.  Some teams may be ready to go.  Some teams might be out of cash.  I have a lot on my plate personally.  We don't have to do this every week.  So the remainder of the preseason will be scheduled, for now, every two weeks.
      • This updated schedule of transaction deadlines is geared toward a June 1 MLB Opening Day.  We'll adjust as the situation changes.
      • The schedule for the regular season will be determined once we know when MLB will start and how many games will be played.
    • What else will we do before MLB starts up again?
      • We still plan to draft 2 more new leagues - one list draft and one live draft.
      • I hope to have some postings up to discuss some rule change suggestions.
      • And I'm kicking around the idea of holding some kind of preseason tournament for all BWB teams using 2019 stats.  But, the structure of the BWB season is automated - to now try to set up a structure and play the games for over 1,000 teams might be too much for me to attempt.  More to come...

3/26/20

Did You Know? The maximum cash you can take into the season is 5 million BW Bucks

3/12/20

  • Obviously, with today's news of a delayed start to the MLB season, we're going to be in somewhat of a holding pattern.
    • Yet to be determined is whether the affected games in March/April will be made up or cancelled outright.
    • We'll look at the adjustments to the BWB schedule once we have definitive news from MLB on its plans.
    • For now, Week -2 Transactions submissions will still be due on Sunday, 3/15.  After that, we'll take a look at the schedule and maybe go at a more relaxed pace.
    • I would still like to start up 2 more new leagues for 2020 - one with a list draft and one with a live draft, but we'll see how that progresses.  That's probably the limit for what we can kick off this season.

3/9/20

  • 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 cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2020 squads.  And they participated in the Redistribution Draft that gives teams with bad records in 2019 a good advantage in rebuilding.  For the next few weeks, they'll be putting their finishing touches on their 2020 opening day rosters with free agent signing and trades.
    • 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.

2/29/20

  • There is an extra 1000 in cash to distribute to teams after the Redistribution Draft to cover added costs for moving players to the Prospect Roster.  That 1000 will get credited this week during transactions - so you can consider that part of your balance as you're making your moves.

2/24/20

2/23/20

  • 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

2/20/20

  • 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.

2/18/20

2/13/20

  • 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

2/5/20

2/3/20

  • 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.

2/2/20

  • 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

1/22/20

  • 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,

1/20/20

  • 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.

1/17/20

  • 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.

1/8/20

  • 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.

1/6/20

  • 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

1/2/20

  • 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.

12/18/19

12/11/19

12/7/19

12/6/19

  • 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.

12/5/19

  • Trade emails sent to addresses with outlook.com and hotmail.com 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.

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