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7/25/17

7/24/17

  • Week 15 complete - Games 88-90 posted - See Results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB Games through 7/23:
      • 95 games - CWS
      • 96 games - Cle, Mia, NYM, Phi
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game number to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • The next score update is expected Wednesday or Thursday.
    • Around BWB

7/21/17

  • Week Sixteen Transactions posted - Week 17 deadline is Thursday night, July 27 at Midnight Pacific (a little extra time for contract extensions)
    • All teams received an extra 1 million BW Bucks (1000) this week in preparation for the contract extension deadline.
    • This is the FINAL week to submit contract extensions for 2018 and beyond.

7/20/17

  • Team Finances Updated - Bonuses distributed for All Star players
  • Reminder - you can reorder your starting pitching rotation this week without a penalty for games between starts between Week 15 games and Week 16 games.
  • With that, I had a request for a deadline extension - so your Week 16 transactions and lineups are now due FRIDAY at 2 PM Eastern (this is before the first game of the day on Friday - so no difference in games between that and midnight Pacific on Thursday night).

Did You Know? If you refer a new owner to BWB, you can save $5 on your team

7/16/17

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 16-20, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on THURSDAY.

7/10/17

  • Now that we're past one major season milestone (1st round draft picks added), what's coming up that you should be tracking? - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 15 - deadline Friday 7/14 - last chance to cut a player this season and get a prorated salary rebate; all cuts after that week are done with no cash back to you
    • Week 16 - deadline Thursday 7/20 - your chance to rearrange your starting rotation without concern for number of days of rest between Weeks 15 & 16 - our "All Star Break"
    • Week 17 - deadline Thursday 7/27 - final week to sign player contract extensions for 2018. See the extension page for information including rules or tips, or just go straight to the contract submission form.
    • Week 20 - deadline Thursday 8/17 - trade deadline

7/4/17

  • We hit the halfway mark of the reguarl season with Game 75

6/24/17

  • First round draft picks of 2017 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • There is a slight risk in signing draft picks - if the player does not sign by the MLB deadline (July 15), the player is immediately removed from your roster and from the BWB player list.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2017)"

6/16/17

  • When will you see the first round draft picks hit the BWB player list?
    • First round picks will debut in BWB after the Week 12 transactions post
    • So the first week to sign them will be Week 13 - with a Friday, June 30 deadline.  That gives you a couple weeks from now to figure out who you like.

6/11/17

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 11-15, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on FRIDAY.

6/8/17

  • We've reached the 1/3 mark of the regular season with Game #50.

5/7/17

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 6-10, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on SATURDAY.

4/25/17

  • A couple of rule changes - one codifying how BWB will run orphan teams at league creation, another one rewards long-term private leagues with reduced rates beginning in 2018.
  • Around BWB is a quick look around all 54 leagues to see which teams and owners are having good and bad seasons.  Probably doesn't mean much this early in the season, but it's worth checking out as the season goes on.

4/20/17

  • From here on out, transaction order is based on standings.  Because of the timing of our game weeks compared to transaction weeks, there's a 1-week lag: the Week 1 standings determine the transaction order for Week 3, etc.  It also takes a lot more time to do early in the season because there are so many ties to break.  Week 3 transaction order is now current.

4/12/17

  • BWB Opening Day!! Week 1 begins - Game 1 posted

4/9/17

4/8/17

  • 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 worked throughout the winter and spring to get their rosters into order and are now getting ready to finalize their lineups and rotations to be ready for the first week of the regular season.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • We don't have any new leagues open anymore for 2017.  But, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, this final orphan team is 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 April special - orphan teams are free!!!
      • 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.

4/6/17

  • 2017 Schedule posted - you can see this in a number of ways:
    • Weekly schedule for your entire league - this is the link I'll post on the home page when we score games, it's also available on your league's home page and in the footer of every web page - the "Results" link.  This page will show the results and links to box scores.
    • Full season schedule for your league - a text representation of each 3-game series for this year.  It's also available as a link on the league home page and on the weekly schedule.  This page will not show game results.
    • Full season schedule for your team - A running record of all your games (or check out another team), including YTD record at each game, a link to the box score, and a look at upcoming pitching matchups (available once I get the Week 1 lineups from everyone).  This is available from a link at the top of the weekly schedule page.

4/3/17

  • We have some late-drafting leagues - so the Week Zero deadline for transactions is pushed back to Tuesday night, April 4, at 7 PM Eastern.
  • Marxball - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • Check out the league draft index
    • Rosters and financial balances updated
    • The startup draft is now complete!  The league enters the normal weekly transaction cycle - with the deadline on Tuesday night.

4/2/17

  • Will Ferrell League - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete (updated - round by round results now posted)
    • Check out the league draft index
    • Rosters and financial balances updated
    • The startup draft is now complete!  The league enters the normal weekly transaction cycle - with the deadline on Tuesday night.

3/29/17

  • Born to Run League -  Phase Two Draft, Part Three, complete
    • See Born to Run League Draft Index
    • Rosters loaded and financial balances updated
    • The startup draft is now complete!  The league enters the normal weekly transaction cycle - with the deadline on Tuesday night.

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

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

3/18/27

  • 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.

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