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  • I'm out of town this weekend without access to changing the website, assign orphans, or other setup functions.  I may be able to answer questions you have via email.
  • White Elephant League is full - I've reset the draft list due date to Friday night, January 19, at midnight Eastern time.


  • 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 have just completed the fall trading period and are working to cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2018 squads.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2018 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 2017 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.


  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2018 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have just about 3 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/28/18 Midnight EST.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds
    • Then, after Jan 28, 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 1/28 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/11 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/18 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated - check back later this week
  • With all the cuts - the Trade Rumors list is cleared out in our annual deletion of everything.

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  • 129 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 2018" menu
  • What about Shohei Ohtani?
    • I missed this, but the Angels signed him to a minor league contract.
      • By rule, BWB only adds players on the 40-man roster at this point
      • But I'm going to make an exception on this one - largely for the newly-drafting leagues for 2018 - and Ohtani is now in BWB player list.
    • Ohtani is eligible as both a pitcher or hitter.
      • For 2018, it will work this way: you'll need to pick a spot for him at the beginning of any week and he'll only count as just a pitcher or just a hitter - depending on where you slot him.
      • This may change in future seasons, but that's the plan for 2018.
      • Based on what I found in Baseball Reference, he hasn't played in the field for the last couple of seasons, so his hitting position is only "DH"
    • He may not show up in all player screens yet - I need to rewrite some code that's geared to look for only pitchers or only hitters.


  • Fall Trading Period #2 - Results Posted.  That's it for trades this fall.  The next deadline is Sunday, January 7 to cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players.
  • All positions are final - I've finished verifying the positions of minor league players.
  • 224 players were removed from the game since they didn't play in 2017 after being released before the 2017 season - or have recently signed for Japan or Korea.  This includes a few players who were on BWB rosters - and those players have been deleted from the rosters automatically:
    • Oswaldo Arcia
    • Pedro Ciriaco
    • Terry Doyle
    • Danny Hultzen
    • Jake Peavy
    • Yorman Rodriguez
    • Chad Rogers
    • Stryker Trahan
  • These players were switched between hitter/pitcher designation: Jordan Schafer switched back to OF; Anthony Gose, Ike Davis, and James Jones are flipping from hitters to pitchers.
  • And I'll have a note on the home page later this week about how BWB will deal with Shohei Ohtani
  • New players will be added for 2018 later this week or this weekend.


  • Extension of the deadline when your carryover choices are due - you'll need to cut down to 28 players by Sunday, January 7 (midnight EST).
  • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2018.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 16 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • Team payment due for 2018.  Reminder, if you're paying for single teams you can save $5 per team if you pay by December 17.


  • Fall Trading Period #1 - Results Posted.  The 2nd trading period is now open - Deadline is Sunday night, Dec. 17 at midnight Eastern time.
  • Players of the Year are final - teams that earned bonuses for those awards will have that cash credited when I process trades (either later Monday night or on Tuesday).
  • Don't forget to let us know if you're keeping each of your teams in 2018.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 16 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.


  • Leagues are open for 2018 - Check out the list of new leagues that will draft in 2018 and the available orphan teams (orphan list will continue to change as teams answer yes/no on returning in 2018)
  • Save 10% - Black Friday through Cyber Monday - Season Tickets are $265 instead of $295.  Play as many teams as you want in 2018 for less than the normal price of 6 teams.  Offer good November 24 - 27.
  • Player salaries are FINAL.  Salary adjustments were made for 344 players, most at less than 5%.  These players had salaries that went up more than 25%:
    • Nolan Arenado:35.2%
    • Charlie Blackmon: 34.1%
    • Aaron Judge: 33.1%
    • Giancarlo Stanton: 33.0%
    • Paul Goldschmidt: 32.8%
    • Jose Altuve: 32.7%
    • Joey Votto: 29.8%
    • Corey Kluber: 29.0%
    • Jose Ramirez: 28.8%
    • Mookie Betts: 26.0%
  • Players who have positions with an "x" at the end still need to be verified - it will probably be mid-December until that's complete.



  • Getting ready for 2018:
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2018.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 16 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 December 3 for the first trade session.  The second session will extend through Dec 17.
    • You can also begin choosing your carryover players - visit your team roster(s) for a link to do that.  Final deadline is January 2, 2018.
    • Player salaries updated for 2018 - these are NOT YET FINAL
    • Positions updated for 2018 - 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 2018 cap is 42034 - up from last year's 37795
      • Teams have been given their 2018 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 have also been awarded
      • Bonuses for 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.


  • 2017 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #1 Seed: The Natty Lights (113-37, Wild card entry from Beer League) owner Jesse Roche
    • #2 Seed: Crumpton Roches (99-51, Wild card entry from Moneyball League) owner Jesse Roche
    • So Jesse Roche will be the champion - the suspense will be whether Crumpton gets its 2nd Bash championship or whether The Natty Lights gets its first.  Jesse has won the Bash 3 times before with 3 different franchises.
    • See the bracket
    • Final Result: The defeated Crumpton 4-1; Congratulations Jesse!


  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Bash Semifinals Games 1-7 posted.  We'll wrap up 2017 with the Benchwarmer Bash finals on Saturday.



  • Congratulations to the 2017 Federation Champions:
    • Aaron Federation: Centauri Cosmic Conundrum, Fenway Fenatics, David Henning
    • Bench Federation: The Natty Lights, Beer League, Jesse Roche - Repeated from 2016
    • Cobb Federation: Dunder Mifflin Sabres, The Kings of Queens, Don Kruse
    • DiMaggio Federation: St. Louis Aces, Royal Flush League, Michael Quinn
    • Eckersley Federation: Crumpton Roches, Moneyball League, Jesse Roche - Repeated from 2016
    • Foxx Federation: Underwater Flying Submarines, Triple Crown League, Jason Kiernan
    • Gehrig Federation: Riverdale Robot Refugees, Minnie & Paul League, David Henning
    • Hornsby Federation: Proton Gunslingers, That's the Fact Jack League, David Henning


  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Finals - Games 1-7 posted - The winners move on to the Benchwarmer Bash - games start on Wednesday Thursday.
  • Coming up in the Federation Finals - we have a rematch of a league championship series.  In The Kings of Queens, Dunder Mifflin took the league title in 7 games over Kansas - they meet again to move on to the Benchwarmer Bash.  Dunder Mifflin also won the season series during the regular season 4-2


  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Semifinals - Games 1-7 posted - Finals to come on Monday
  • Some stories from the Benchwarmer Bash - with updates
    • 11 of 64 teams with 100+ wins in 2017.  Jason Kiernan, Jesse Roche, and Sherman Wan each have 2 of those teams. - 3 of the 11 teams knocked out in the Federation Quarterfinals
    • 4 teams that have previously won the Bash are in it this year - all 4 still alive:
      • 2016 winner Crumpton Roches (Moneyball League, Jesse Roche) is back to defend the title
      • 2015 - Towanda Teetotalers (Commissioners League, Jay Snyder)
      • 2011 - Crumpton Roches (Murderers' Row, Jesse Roche)
      • 2009 - Aksarben Bugeaters (K Street League, Don Kruse)
    • 2 previous bash runners-up are in this year: Last year's other finalist Oklahoma Gushers (Bleed Dodger Blue, Tom Twomey) and from 2014 The Natty Lights (Beer League, Jesse Roche) - Oklahoma lost in the Fed Quarters
    • Other than the previous winners and runners up listed above, these past Federation Champions are also in the hunt this year:
      • Aaron Federation - Seattle Survivors in 2014 (Hall of Fame League, Leif Jonson) and Chicago Haymarket Bombers in 2015 (Bronx Bombers League, Michael Quinn) - Both teams fell in the Federation Quarterfinals
      • Bench Federation - The Natty Lights from 2016 (Beer League, Jesse Roche) and Winterfell Direwolves in 2015 (Silver Screen League, Sherman Wan) - Winterfell lost in the first round
      • DiMaggio Federation - Sheshequin Shenanigans in 2016 (Federal League, Jay Snyder) - eliminated in the Federation Quarterfinals
      • Eckersley Federation - Winning it also in 2013 was Crumpton Roches (Moneyball League, Jesse Roche)
      • Foxx Federation - Crumpton Roches (Murderers' Row, Jesse Roche) also won it in 2014
      • Hornsby Federation - Infinity Island Shadows (Batman League, Robert Elias) from 2015
    • With wild cards, there is the possibility of some teams from the same league meeting up in the Federation Championships.  In Round 1, these are familiar foes:
      • Bench Federation: A rematch of the league championship: #2 seed Hershey vs league champ and #7 seed Atlanta.  Hershey won the season series 4-2.  Atlanta's championship win was in 7 games.  This time, Hershey won 4 games to 2
      • Eckserley Federation: From the Moneyball League #1 seed Crumpton vs #8 seed Random.  Crumpton won the season series 4-2.  Crumpton swept the series
    • In the Federation Semifinals, there's a meeting of two teams from the Batman League - League champ Infinity Island and wild card and #1 seed Kersh & Trouty.  Infinity Island swept all 6 of their games in the regular season.
    • Motor City from the Three of a Kind League meets up against a team from the Motor City League (Troy).  Motor City the team upset #1 seed Troy from the Motor City League in Round 1 in a 7-game series
    • We have Kruse vs Kruse in a brotherly battle in the Cobb Federation Quarterfinals: Don Kruse's #3 seed Dunder Mifflin (The Kings of Queens) vs Tim Kruse's #6 Papillion (North Siders League) - Dunder Mifflin won all the odd games to take a 4-3 series win
    • Since owners have multiple teams in the Bash, they may have to face each other - that happens once in the quarterfinal round - in the DiMaggio Federation, Sherman Wan has both the #4 seed Exsangui Nation (Four Star League) and #5 seed Sanity Clause & the Seven Elves (Marxball) - Sherman's Sanity Claus team advances


  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Quarterfinals - Games 5-7 posted.  Semifinals might not begin until Sunday morning.


  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Quarterfinals - Games 1-4 posted.
  • Initial steps for 2018:
    • Player salaries updated for 2017 - these are NOT YET FINAL Premium salary adjustments are yet to come.
    • 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).
    • The fall trade periods are not yet open - and the dates as listed on the transaction schedule will be moved back


  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2017:
    • 7 Titles: Sherman Wan
    • 6 Titles: David Henning
    • 5 Titles: Robert Elias
    • 4 Titles: Jason Kiernan, Jay Snyder
    • 3 Titles: Don Kruse, Michael Quinn
    • 2 Titles: Ricardo Alexander, Leif Jonson, Jon Swanson


  • 25 of 2016's 49 league champions repeated to win their division this year.  In the end, only 7 did actually repeat with a league championship in 2017:
    • Beer League - Goose Island 312 Chicago Microbrew (Jason Kiernan)
    • Federal League - Sheshequin Shenanigans (Jay Snyder)
    • Hall of Fame League - Seattle Survivors (Leif Jonson)
    • Murderers' Row - Crumpton Roches (Jesse Roche) - 3rd straight title
    • Shadowball - Bedrock Water Buffaloes (Leif Jonson)
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Proton Gunslingers (David Henning)
    • Triple Crown League - Underwater Flying Submarines (Jason Kiernan)

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