We're now in the final week to make your carryover
choices - the deadline is Sunday, Dec. 23. You may keep up to 28 players on your roster -
everyone else will have to go into the free agent pool.
You must have enough cash to pay for all the players now and
this is all the cash you will get until Opening Day. And
you must comply with all roster limits for salaries over 250.
Period #1 (Week 29) Transactions - Results
posted. The 2nd trading period is now open with deadline
Friday Dec. 7.
Any trades with Bryan Lahair were voided as he's now
signed to play in Japan and is out of the BWB player
universe. Lahair has been removed from all rosters and
the master player list (Brooks Conrad too)
Prep for 2013:
Are you keeping your team(s) in 2013? Please
visit your team roster pages or
go here to indicate whether
or not you're going to retain ownership of the team in 2013.
Deadline is November 30 or your team will be classified an
Post-season Fall Trading - Now open - deadlines are
Friday 11/23 and Friday 12/7.
See the transaction schedule There is
no salary component to these trades - the new owners will be
fully liable for the 2013 salary that will be charged in
December. You must be confirmed as returning with your
team in order to play a role in a trade.
Roster limits are not enforced now - including trades.
When you cut down to 28 players, that will get all teams in
2013 Salaries: Final salaries are posted.
All 2013 positions set. Some positions for minor
leaguers were not final at the October 30 posting.
You can also start picking your players to keep/cut.
You can keep up to 28 on your roster. Final decisions are
due December 23.
Moving Forward into 2013:
2013 Salaries: Preliminary Salaries Posted.
salaries are subject to premium increases and are not final.
Final salaries are likely to be set just before
2013 Salary Cap is 42787, up from 41974 last year.
New leagues get 43000. Check the
team finances page to see
the actual cash distributed to each league. All teams
have received this cash.
Hall of Fame - Cooperstown Division: Detroit
Wolverines (owner Mike Prohaska - 3rd win in 2012) -
Repeat winner from 2011
Beer - Hops Division: Kingfisher Ale Slammers
(owner Tom Twomey - 3rd win in 2012) - Defending league champion
Beatleball - Harrison Division: Margaritaville
(owner Tom Twomey - 4th win in 2012) - New owner in 2012;
Franchise won league title in 2010
Redbirds - Brock Division: Manalapan Monchichis
(owner Tom Twomey - 5th win in 2012) - 2nd division win in 5
Some reminders of late-season transactions/lineups:
Week 24 (Deadline Saturday night): This is the FINAL
week for any free agent pickups.
Week 25: Cuts and IR moves only.
Playoff lineups: The "expanded rosters" of Weeks 23-25
no longer hold. Playoff results are dependent on the
26 active players. You must maintain normal roster
limitations, so in some situations you might need to make
room by cutting a player or putting one to IR if you want a
minor-leaguer to be in your lineup or on your bench.
Playoff results are calculated from random selections
from the last half of the season (MLB games 81-160...up to
162 or beyond for pitching performances).
Bronx Bombers - Ford Division: Chicago Haymarket Bombers
(owner Michael Quinn) - Repeat division winner from 2011
Kings of Queens - Harrelson Division: Dunder Mifflin
Sabres (owner Don Kruse) - Conference champion in 2011
Deuces Wild - Biggio Division: Yellowstone Geysers
(owner Jamison Reese) - New owner turned around 95-loss team
Batman - Bale Division: KC Sporting Quadricorns
(owner Michael Walker) - First division title for KC
Trades are closed for the 2012 season.
Roster expansion for "callups" occurs in Week 23-25 to
allow your taxi squad and minor league players to contribute
to game action. It won't count yet in Week 22, but you
can begin to put your players into order now in the lineup
Amazingly enough, some teams are close enough to division
titles where we see magic numbers show up in the
possible one or two could clinch in Week 20.
Major items to
remember this week.
We shift weekly transactions to SATURDAYS.
August 25 marks the
2012 Season trade deadline.
Contract Extensions closed for 2012.
Remember - trades are not yet included in error-checking for
cash or roster limits.
Contract extensions -
SUNDAY NIGHT (7/29)
- Extended through Monday 7/30 7 PM Eastern.
You must have all the cash on hand to sign a contract.
You already have the extra 1000 in cash given to all
teams at the end of July. The cash you
have on hand is all that you have to sign contracts.
As a first round choice who did not sign, Mark Appel
will be removed from the player list once he's off all
rosters or at the end of the season, whichever occurs first.
No need to waste a roster spot on him...
I'm working on updating the statistical records for each
league and all of BWB (really!), but it will still take a
while to post everything. In the meantime, here are a
couple of records of note:
Some of you are gunning for the most wins in a
season. You've got a big target now - the new
record was set in 2011. Here are the top 4:
Detroit - Commissioners League - 111 wins (2011)
- owned by Mike Prohaska
Boar's - Hall of Fame - 109 (2007)
New Jersey - K Street - 107 (2007)
Milford - Hall of Fame - 107 (2005)
Recently set - South Park Butters in Commissioners
League (owned by Tom Twomey) just ripped off 22 wins in
a row from Games 65-86. The big thing here is that
the streak covered the entire 3-week stretch of
divisional play and South Park moved from 5 games down
and in 3rd place to leading the division by 10 games.
By the way, Tom broke the record of 21 games set in 2011
by...the South Park Butters. Just missing this
year...in Bronx Bombers, Chicago (owned by Michael
Quinn) won 20 in a row between Games 66-85.
Improvements to the transaction error-checking effective
Checking your potential for running out of cash now
includes any contract extensions you submitted.
A bug with guys on IR was fixed. Previously,
dropping a guy on IR made it look like you were freeing
up a roster space (including limits on players over 250
salary), but since the guy on IR already didn't count,
that was incorrect.
Effects of trades are still not tracked for
possible problems - you'll need to inspect your own
rosters manually to make sure it will go through.
Hope to have that error-checking added in August.
We've hit the halfway point of the 2012 season with Game
All teams received an extra 1 million BW Bucks this week.
One more cash distribution during the last transaction session
Starting this week - lineups and transactions are due on
First round draft picks for 2012 are now in the player list.
Payment deadline - Those teams still unpaid
by Tuesday night will lose their teams. I'm counting on
full payment to pay for daily MLB stats and the website for the
remainder of 2012...turning them into cut-rate orphans is just a
These guys have emails that are getting returned on
notices due to bad email addresses - if you know any of
them, please have them change their email in the system and
contact me or they're going to lose their team(s):
We've hit the 1/3 mark of the season
Potential hole in the transaction error-checking process.
It may not calculate roster limits correctly if you're cutting
someone who's currently on IR. Players on IR are already
not counted against any of your roster limits and the process
may be giving "extra credit" now when you're cutting someone on
Players will show up for the first time after the
Week 10 Transactions/Lineups are processed (deadline
Tuesday, June 12 - expect posting on Wednesday or
So the first transaction period to sign them will be
the Week 11 Transactions - with a deadline of Monday,
June 18 (see transaction
schedule). Transaction order will be based on
the standings at the end of Week 9.
These are planned dates. Circumstances may arise
that delay this an extra week.
All teams received an extra 1 million bucks this week.
You'll get two more cash distributions - one at the end of June
and one at the end of July.
Transaction error-checking now includes potential errors you
might run into with roster sizes and limits and running out of
cash. It does not yet include any roster/cash changes as a
result of trades or contract extensions, but should be a help
for many of you. It may not be perfect - so let me know if
you find any situations where it doesn't seem to calculate
NOTE THE DAY SHIFT: Transactions for Weeks
6-10 are due on Tuesdays.
Beginning today, lineup changes are blocked for unpaid teams
along with transactions. You have until Week 10 to pay or
else you will lose your team.
Have you been hanging on to guys on IR but don't really
intend to keep them for 2013? Or waiting to see if some guys
start performing in 2012? Week 5 marks the last
where you get 80% of salary rebated. After Wednesday's
submission, rebates start decreasing 4% each week.
Payment was due on Week 1 deadline - April 11
- BWB delayed implementing restrictions, but if you're not
paid by Week 3 deadline (April 25) - this means
confirmed...including checks received - you will be locked
out from adds/drops/trades (you'll be OK for this week -
restrictions will start with Week 4 submissions). You'll be locked from
lineup changes if not received by Week 5.
If you're running multiple teams (or want to
increase your number), check out our
Should have reminded you before transactions this week, but
we run 2 weeks behind in applying standings to transactions.
Once we complete Week 1, those week-ending standings will
determine the Week 3 transaction order. And the revenue
for games won and division position for Week 1 get applied
during the Week 3 transactions.
Working on some web code to help you out with
roster/cash limitations when you try to sign and trade
players, but that's a complicated mess, so it will come
eventually...in the meantime, make sure you're checking your
rosters - and the limits posted beneath your rosters - as
you submit transactions or you may miss out on some players
TONIGHT - at Midnight
EASTERN - Extended to 8AM EDT on Sunday morning - Week Zero Transactions - check the
schedule page for
more details as well as the
rules for "inactive owners" (if your roster does not reach
minimum levels by the end of this week, you've been inactive
this pre-season). Things to consider:
You must have a legal roster after this week's
Salary rebate for cut players goes up to 80%.
Cash balances for returning leagues (not newly drafted
ones) must be at or below 5000 after this week's
transactions (including salary rebates...so be careful if
you're cutting guys or trading them away this week).
Balances above 5000 will be reduced to that level.
All teams will then get 2000 in Opening Day cash...in a
little loophole in the calculation, you can actually count
on that 2000 to use for transactions this week if you're
short on cash.
No new players added yet - see the note below from March
Transaction order will be reset to the reverse of 2011
standings (or team total salary for new leagues) for the
Week One transactions (due April 11).
You don't have to have a lineup set until April 11, but
it doesn't hurt to start setting it now.
Players are added to the list only at the time we
process weekly transactions, so that all teams have an
equal opportunity and at least 4-5 days to see that
players have been added.
Our Week Zero
deadline is Sat April 7 and Week One (when BWB
Opening Day lineups are due) is Wed. April 11.
Expect that the Week Zero transactions will get posted
on Sunday April 8.
Any players who appear in MLB games for the first
time on or before April 7 will get added to the player
list in time for the Week One transactions. If
they do not appear by that time, then they'll likely be
available for the Week Two submission (due 4/18).
So...if Yu Darvish pitches for Texas in either of
their first 2 games, look for him between 4/8-4/11 to
add him to your roster...otherwise it won't be until
Any players who appear for the first time in the
Japan games between Oakland and Seattle (Yoenis Cespedes
anyone?) will not be available until the Week One
Week 1 & 2 transaction order is in reverse order of
2011 standings - the same as was the case for the
Redistribution Draft (new leagues are in reverse order
of total team salary after Week Zero). Starting
with Week 3 we look at 2012 win-loss records to set the
Superman League Draft
Central - Resolution of contested picks complete...Phase
One is done - players are now on your rosters and each
team received an extra 10 million in cash - we now move on to
Phase 2, with your first set of picks (10 rounds) due
THURSDAY night 3/22 at midnight Pacific.
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
This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year. Teams
are now making adjustments to their rosters for the 2012
This link is always found on the Help Page: As you're putting
together your 2012 roster, particularly if you're new to BWB
you might want to check out the
page that allows you to play around with a batting order
and see how it can affect your offensive score for a game.
Weekly picks/drops/trades now begin with Week
-4: Deadline Saturday 3/10
For new leagues there is a 2-week reprieve in salary
rebates - you can cut players by 3/17 and receive a 100%
salary rebate rather than the standard preseason 50%
Did you take over an Orphan Team for 2012? Some of
the details and links in these articles need to be updated,
but here's a series of postings from the Benchwarmer Blog to
fill you in on some of the things you need to know - it's
called Orphan School
transaction order for weekly signings is run a little
differently. We do it as a kind of ongoing "waiver" wire.
As you pick a player, you go to the bottom of your league's
order. Because it's set manually, it will generally be
updated 1-3 days after the transactions post.
Contract extensions for 2013 and beyond are now open.
Annual strong advice is don't use them now unless you have
to...returning teams can take a maximum of 5000 cash into
the season as of Week Zero. Otherwise, it's best to
wait until closer to the July deadline for extensions.
Weekly Free Agency/Trades: Preseason
deadlines are on Saturday nights at midnight Pacific.
Results will generally be posted on Sunday or Monday. See
Payment now due - If you're brand new,
you must pay before you join a league. If you joined
BWB in 2011 or earlier, you must pay by Week 1 (April 11) or
you will face transaction/lineup restrictions.
Redistribution Draft - The draft is complete and
players are now on your rosters - however, we're still
redesigning how the results are posted, so there are no draft
details yet. In the meantime,
some stats about the draft submission.
Weekly transactions are now open: Sign free
agents, cut players, make trades.
Redistribution Draft - The deadline for picking was
Saturday night. It takes a while to go through everything,
so we're targeting Monday, Feb. 20 for the completion of
posting the results. That will make Friday, Feb. 24
the first option for submitting cuts, free agent pickups,
Do you run teams in multiple leagues? There's a
new page with a set of tools and
functions with you in mind. Look for more to be added
soon, but off the top there's a page that will show a rundown of
all the players on all of your teams plus a method to add a
player to the Redistribution Draft list for every one of your
Returning Leagues - Player cuts...getting
close - one more night. Look for cuts to be posted
Thursday night. The schedule for submitting Redistribution
Draft choices will be adjusted accordingly. Look for at
least 2 full weeks.
One more delay -With some late-assigned
orphans, and me still needing to work on rosters for the
remaining orphan teams, the deadline for carryover choices is
pushed back to Friday, Jan 13 (midnight
New Players - 116 new players added to the
master player list based on the MLB 40-man rosters. No
more additions until after the season begins.