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3/28/17

  • There will be no more league startup drafts this season - we're locked in with what we've got.  Broadway League will not run but we can try it again next year as a live draft.
  • Marxball - Phase One Draft is complete
    • Check out the league draft index
    • Rosters and financial balances updated
    • We move on to Phase Two.  Given the short time before the start of the season and because one team needs 12 players to get legal, we'll increase from 8 to 14 rounds.  Draft lists for Phase Two, Part One are due Wednesday night, March 30 at midnight EDT

3/27/17

  • Week -1 Transactions posted - Week Zero deadline is Monday night, April 3 at midnight EDT
  • Will Ferrell League - Phase One Draft is complete
    • Check out the league draft index
    • Rosters and financial balances updated
    • We move on to Phase Two.  Given the short time before the start of the season, we'll increase from 8 to 12 rounds.  Draft lists for Phase Two, Part One are due Wednesday night, March 29 at midnight EDT

3/25/17

  • Born to Run League -  Phase Two Draft, Part Two, complete
    • See Born to Run League Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded and financial balances updated
    • The next list for Phase 2 is due Tuesday night, March 28 at midnight EDT

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3/23/17

  • We're getting close to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due Sunday night at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Monday April 3 (giving you a little extra time to deal with MLB final cuts and DL moves) - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting a couple of years ago, there are exceptions to this rule:
      • Any orphan teams acquired by an owner for his/her initial season of BWB are not subject to the maximum cash balance
      • Any orphan teams acquired where the extra 4000 cash is credited on Week -2 or later does not have to quickly reduce (We're currently in Week -1, so pick up an orphan now and your cash is safe)
      • And - any teams currently in orphan status will not be subject to a cut

3/19/17

  • If you're here from Bank of Marquis (or even if you're not) - he forgot to mention the special PROMO code that gives you great pricing during this mad month of March.  Sign up as a new owner and use promo code BOM for a really low introductory price.
  • 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 cut their rosters for 2017 down to 28 players in early January, and then participated in the Redistribution Draft - which gives teams that finished poorly last year an edge in restocking rosters up to 40 players.  Now, they're using free agency and trades to get the rosters ready for Opening Day in April.
    • 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 March special - orphan teams now only $10!!!
      • 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.

3/18/27

  • Born to Run League -  Phase Two Draft, Part One, complete
    • See Born to Run League Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded and financial balances updated
    • The next list for Phase 2 is due Wednesday night, March 22 at midnight EDT

3/11/17

  • A League About Nothing Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete - See the A League About Nothing Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded, finances updated, and available player list reflects the draft results
    • The startup draft is now complete!  The league enters the normal weekly transaction cycle - however, we'll wait until after Sunday night's deadline.

3/9/27

  • Born to Run League -  Phase One Draft complete

3/5/17

  • Born to Run League -  Phase One Draft underway - posted unique draft picks and a listing of all the contested draft picks
  • A League About Nothing Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete - See the A League About Nothing Draft Index

3/1/17

  • After some early feedback and some rethought on my part about how I'd like it to run, the live drafts will not be auction format and will instead be snake drafts.
  • See the rules for the live draft - this should answer most questions that have come my way the last 24 hours.

2/28/17

  • We're going to try something new in 2017, or at least try it again - LIVE DRAFTS - Check out the new league schedule for 2 leagues I'm setting up to draft live - there are notes on that page about the format and check your email for more details.

2/27/17

  • Season schedule and deadlines updated with 2017 dates!
  • Made a mistake on calculating percentage of games at each position to determine secondary positions (this has probably happened for a few years) that didn't account correctly when players are at multiple positions in the same game.  This only affected one player this season as it turns out - Jose Ramirez (Cle) now is eligible at 2B.

2/26/17

  • Born To Run League is full
    • Check out the league draft index
    • Phase 1 draft lists are due Saturday night, March 4 at midnight EST

2/25/17

2/20/17

  • Home of the Brave Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete - See the Home of the Brave Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded, finances updated, and available player list reflects the draft results
    • The startup draft is now complete!  The league enters the normal weekly transaction cycle (transactions will open up after we process the weekly transactions for the rest of BWB that had deadline on Sunday 2/19).

2/17/17

  • A League About Nothing Draft - See the League About Nothing Draft Index
    • The Phase One Draft is complete
    • Rosters are loaded, team cash balances updated
    • The first submission for the Phase 2 Draft is now open - Deadline is Friday night, Feb 24 at midnight EST

2/13/17

  • Redistribution Draft - Rounds 3-5 posted
    • Draft is complete
    • We move on now to regular weekly transactions, including free agent signings, cuts, and trades.
    • Contract extensions begin in March.
    • Off season deadlines are each Sunday at midnight EST - so this week's deadline is Sunday, Feb. 19 at midnight EST.
  • A League About Nothing Draft - Unique picks posted and a listing of how many teams picked players contested by multiple teams.

2/11/17

  • Home of the Brave Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

2/6/17

2/3/17

2/2/17

1/31/17

  • Home of the Brave Phase Two, Part One Draft Complete

1/26/17

1/25/17

1/22/17

  • Redistribution Draft Picks - 1-day extension.  Due to some schedule circumstances, I will not be able to process the first round of the Redistribution Draft until at least Tuesday.  I will pass that extra time on to you, and some of you now have an unexpected roster hole with the death of Yordano Ventura.  So, the draft deadline is now Tuesday morning, January 24 at 6 AM Eastern
  • View all of your teams' Redistribution Draft lists - including potential error messages
  • Due to the unfortunate death of Yordano Ventura, he will be removed from the BWB Player List and all team rosters at the time we process the first round of the Redistribution Draft.  Based on Off Season Procedures Rule 12.11, any team that had Ventura on the roster will receive a 100% rebate of his salary.

1/18/17

  • Rule Change - for 2017, rosters will be modified to a 4-man taxi squad instead of 2.
    • Total roster size stays at 40, so minor league slots are reduced from 12 to 10
    • The rules pages should all be changed - it will take a little while to modify all the roster warnings for roster sizes throughout the site.  The warnings for Phase One draft pages should now be current with the new rule.
  • Tonight is the deadline to save $5 per team on your 2017 payment - deadline is midnight EST.  Check your payment status

1/17/17

  • Home of the Brave Phase One Draft Complete - See the Home of the Brave Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded, finances updated, and available player list reflects the draft results
    • We now move on to Phase Two of the draft - See your team rosters for a link to pick players.  The picks for Phase One, Part One are due at midnight EST on Tuesday, January 24

1/16/17

  • Are you a baseball/fantasy baseball writer, blogger, or podcaster?  Or other media-type person with an interest in fantasy baseball?  Among the open orphan teams we have right now are 5 teams in the Experts League - a league set up for experts/media to compete, direct some web traffic in their direction, and maybe eventually get out the word about Benchwarmer Baseball.  Contact us via email for more details
  • Oh - hey - I forgot to reset the transaction order for the draft - it's now correct and ready for the Redistribution Draft - all the league champs draft 16th, runners up draft 15th, and the other two division winners go 13th & 14th.

1/11/17

  • Home of the Brave Draft - See the Home of the Brave Draft Index
    • Unique picks posted and a listing of how many teams picked players contested by multiple teams.
    • Resolution of contested picks begins Thursday night

1/6/17

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2017 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have 3 weekends to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/22/17 Midnight EST.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds (see season calendar - not yet posted - link will be updated this weekend)
    • Then 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 1/22 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/5 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/12 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated - check back this weekend

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