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4/22/16

  • Transaction order from here on out is based upon the current standings, it generally will be updated a day or two after a week completes - and the Week 3 picking order is now correct and current.

4/14/16

  • Week 1 Begins - OPENING DAY!- Game 1 posted - See Results

4/12/16

  • The Five Game Gap - if you're new to BWB or just need a reminder, check out the explanation of how MLB games map to BWB games
  • So we need to wait until all teams play MLB game #6 to get to BWB game #1.  If the weather holds, Cleveland plays their game #5 on Tuesday and game #6 on Wednesday - so the earliest we'll get a score for Game 1 will be Thursday night.
  • Deadlines - see the rules page and the season schedule:
    • We shift the deadline day throughout the season to keep the BWB 6-game weeks better aligned with the MLB 7-game weeks.
    • The deadline time is generally set to the time of the first MLB game of the day - however in 2016 we'll try out this approach which will be more consistent for you week-to-week:
      • Deadlines on Saturdays or Sundays will always be at 1 PM Eastern
      • Deadlines on weekdays will always be 7 PM Eastern.
    • For those in the Pacific time zone looking for later deadlines, if I were to set a midnight Pacific deadline time, it would be on the previous day (so our upcoming Week 2 deadline would be Saturday night, not Sunday afternoon).  As is, this gives some additional time for news to break that may affect your decisions, plus in most weeks it allows me to process the transactions on the same day and open up the next week more quickly.

4/10/16

  • 2016 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.

3/31/16

  • Again see some Week Zero Reminders - here are some common questions:
    • I use the 2000 everyone gets in your best benefit
      • For teams trying to get below the 5000 maximum cash balance, don't worry - the 2000 doesn't get added to your balance until AFTER checking and possibly reducing your cash
      • For teams who are on the other side of the spectrum - with very little cash left, the 2000 will be figured into any free agent signings, trades, IR fees, etc.
    • If you're cutting players and you get a salary rebate - that extra cash WILL be checked against your team's cash balance and the maximum 5000.  If the rebate causes your balance to go over 5000, you'll lose the excess.

3/30/16

  • Deadline Monday 4/4 at 11:59 PM Eastern - Week Zero Reminders - include maximum cash balance of 5000 heading into season, a cash distribution of 2000 to everyone, and you must have a legal roster after this week's transactions!  Setting your first week's lineup is not due until April 10.
  • Transaction order is now reset for Week Zero - this same transaction order will be used for Weeks 1 & 2, then we start using win-loss record each week to set the order.

3/27/16

  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the That's The Fact Jack Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • All teams have legal rosters - Startup draft is now complete!  You'll enter into normal weekly transactions as soon as we process the current week of transactions (Sunday night or Monday)

3/25/16

  • 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 7 PM EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Monday April 4 (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 last year 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

3/23/16

  • We're not going to draft any more new leagues for 2016.  If you have a leftover bonus team, we'll let you carry it over to use in 2017 if you'd like - or use it to pick up an orphan team for this season.

3/21/16

  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete

3/19/16

  • 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 are continuing preparations to get their teams ready for the regular season - first, they picked up to 28 players to keep on their rosters and now are going through the Redistribution Draft of available free agents - that's an annual draft held with advantages for teams who finished at the bottom last season.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • We're no longer drafting new leagues in 2016.  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.
      • 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 2015 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

3/15/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase Two Draft, Part Four complete
    • See the Grand Slam League Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • Startup draft is now complete!  You're now in the normal weekly transactions cycle

3/14/16

  • South Siders League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the South Siders Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • All teams have legal rosters - Startup draft is now complete!  You'll enter into normal weekly transactions as soon as we process this week on Monday night

3/13/16

  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

3/8/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase Two Draft, Part Three complete

3/7/16

  • South Siders League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete

3/6/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the Five Boroughs Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • All teams have legal rosters - Startup draft is now complete!  You'll enter into normal weekly transactions as soon as we process this week on Sunday night or Monday.

3/5/16

  • Reminder - there is a $5 per team discount in effect if you pay for the 2016 season by 7 PM on Sunday - check to see your payment status
  • That's The Fact Jack League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete

3/3/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase Two Draft, Part Two complete

2/28/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete
  • B Movie Actor League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete
    • See the B Movie Actor Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • All teams have legal rosters - Startup draft is now complete!  You'll enter into normal weekly transactions as soon as we process this week on Sunday night or Monday.

2/27/16

  • I was trying to push as many payments as possible into the 2016 tax year, so there had been mention that this year instead of an "early payment" discount, there would instead be a targeted discount for payments made in the first few days of January.  I'm finally catching up on modifying the payment info and taking care of this:
    • For single-team payments where the team fee is greater than $20 (not for Season Tickets, Cooperstown Club, or private leagues), there is now a $5 per team discount through next week's transaction deadline: Sunday night, March 6, 7 PM EST
    • Anyone who paid for single teams after January 1 has been refunded $5 per team
    • I should also be caught up now on all PayPal payments (I need to poke through the mail and tally up any checks, so some of those may still be pending).
    • See your payment status for 2016

2/26/16

  • South Siders League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

2/25/16

  • That's the Fact Jack League Draft. Phase One Draft complete
    • See the That's the Fact Jack League Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated and Phase Two is open
    • Deadline for the first submission of the Phase Two draft is Thursday night - Mar 3 at Midnight EST
  • A few additional rule changes for 2016 all in the area of team finances:
    • Starting immediately, the salary rebate for players cut in the preseason increases from 50% to 80% for the entire preseason and not just Week Zero
    • Corrected a mistake in the rules that stated a team would pay no less than 30% of a player's salary when acquiring him as a free agent.  This has always been a minimum of 40% (all signings after Week 15)
    • Whenever an orphan team goes unclaimed and is still in control of the BWB Office on July 1, that team will receive its extra 4 million in cash at that time.

2/24/16

  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase Two Draft, Part One complete

2/23/16

  • Redistribution Draft - Results posted for Rounds 3-5 for all leagues
    • Results from Round 2 also posted on the Transactions page.  Rosters and financial balances are updated
    • That's it for the draft - we're now on to our normal weekly transactions that include free agent signings, cuts, and trades (contract extensions available in March).
    • Weekly deadlines throughout Spring Training will be every Sunday evening at 7 PM EST

2/21/16

  • After this final pass through the Redistribution Draft, next week we'll open up with normal weekly transactions, which will include trades, free agent signings, and cuts

2/19/16

  • Redistribution Draft - modified lists for Rounds 3-5:  Deadline is Sunday night 2/21 at midnight EST.
    • Check all your picks/errors
    • You don't have to make changes - but it's an opportunity to readjust your list and add more players to get you more chances to fill your roster.
    • This is the final adjustment

2/16/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

2/15/16

  • Redistribution Draft - Results posted for Round 2 for all leagues
    • Results from Round 2 also posted on the Transactions page.  Rosters and financial balances are updated
    • Lists reopened for you to adjust Rounds 3-5
      • Deadline - Sunday night, Feb. 21 midnight EST for Rounds 3-5 - this is the final adjustment - we'll run the 3 remaining rounds of the draft at one time.
      • Lists for Rounds 3-5 are set up to remain legal lists - you should not have to touch them if you don't want to do so - and the draft will proceed normally:
        • If during Round 2 processing, we had to move up players from later rounds in order to get you three players, all the remaining picks were moved up in order, so you should be set automatically with someone in Round 3, Pick 1 and beyond.
        • Any players you have left in your list in Rounds 2-5 who have already been selected have been retained so that the list stays intact - but we've marked on the list which players are already gone so that you can replace them.

2/14/16

  • B Movie Actor League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

2/11/16

  • South Siders League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete
  • Grand Slam League Draft Phase One Draft complete
    • See the Grand Slam League Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated and Phase Two is open
    • Deadline for the first submission of the Phase Two draft is Monday night - Feb 22 at Midnight EST

2/5/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete

1/31/16

  • B Movie Actor League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete

1/30/16

  • Redistribution Draft - Results posted for Round 1 for all leagues
    • Results from Round 1 also posted on the Transactions page.  Rosters and financial balances are updated
    • Lists reopened for you to adjust Rounds 2-5
      • Deadline - Sunday night, Feb. 14 midnight EST for Round 2
      • Since it took me so long to get these up, deadlines for Round 2 and Rounds 3-5 are pushed back a week from the original - see Season Deadlines
      • Lists for Rounds 2-5 are set up to remain legal lists - you should not have to touch them if you don't want to do so - and the draft for Round 2 will proceed normally:
        • If during Round 1 processing, we had to move up players from later rounds in order to get you three players, all the remaining picks were moved up in order, so you should be set automatically with someone in Round 2, Pick 1 and beyond.
        • Any players you have left in your list in Rounds 2-5 who have already been selected have been retained so that the list stays intact - but we've marked on the list which players are already gone so that you can replace them.

1/28/16

  • B Movie Actor League - your phase 2 results will come a couple days after the Redistribution Draft results post
  • South Siders League Draft. Phase One Draft complete
    • See the South Siders League Draft Index
    • Rosters updated and Phase Two is open
    • Deadline for the first submission of the Phase Two draft is Tuesday night - Feb 9 at Midnight EST

1/25/16

  • Redistribution Draft - I'm trying to wrap up choices for orphan teams on Monday night but also have some concerns about several people with no picks yet...current extended deadline is TONIGHT - Monday night 1/25 at midnight EST.
    • Check all your picks/errors
    • Any incomplete picks will be flushed out of the system - you can do your part to save me extra work on your behalf by clearing them yourself from the all my picks page and clicking "Clear incomplete picks"

1/24/16

  • Just on the off chance that someone's affected by the big snow - either without power or stuck or hours of shoveling...I'm going to push back the Redistribution Draft deadline a day and we'll see what happens from there (I won't be able to run it before then anyway) - new time: Monday night 1/25/16 - Midnight EST (11:59:59 PM)....(and I need some extra time to finish off the orphan teams)

1/23/16

  • Reminder that the time for the first submission of the Redistribution Draft is coming to an end.  Deadline is Sunday night 1/24/16 Midnight EST.  (Now on Monday night)

1/18/16

  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase One Draft complete!
    • See the Five Boroughs League Draft Index
    • Contested pick resolution - Posted Monday morning: all contested players are placed
    • Rosters now updated with drafted players - finances modified - and the Phase Two draft is now open.
    • Your Phase Two, Part One draft lists are due Sunday night, January 31 at midnight EST
  • Forgot about this - the Transaction Order for the Redistribution Draft is now correct - the playoff teams from last year draft in the final four spots with the league champ last.

1/12/16

  • Shadowball League - the issue with one team's carryover selections has been fixed - carry on with the Redistribution Draft picking.

1/10/16

  • B Movie Actor League - See your league's draft index:
    • Phase One Draft complete!
    • Draft index now shows cash balances (before Phase Two cash) and roster needs heading into Phase Two
    • Rosters now filled and team finances updated - you all got an extra 10000 heading into Phase 2
    • Phase Two, Part One lists are due Monday night, January 25 midnight EST

1/5/16

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2016 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You nearly 3 weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 1/24/16 Midnight EST.
  • Reminder of the rule change for 2016 regarding the Redistribution Draft (first posted on 12/15)
    • Slight modification of the Redistribution Draft process, which was changed in 2015.  Rather than post draft results round-by-round and allow adjustments to the rest of the list, which meant five different list submissions/modifications. BWB will post Round 1 and Round 2 separately (with list adjustments in between) and then do Rounds 3-5 in one batch.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds (see season calendar)
    • 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

1/4/16

  • So close - 2 people still need to get legal rosters that were due Sunday night.  Second of two possible extensions - to 8 AM EST Monday morning 11 PM EST Monday night.  Let me know if there are extenuating circumstances and I can push out maybe another hour - however, roster cutdowns have been open almost 8 weeks - since November 11, and we''ll be moving on and making cuts for you tonight if it's not complete.
  • Meanwhile - all rosters are open until 11 PM EST - if anyone else has last-minute changes or reconsiderations.

1/3/16

  • Assuming all goes well - and all teams get to legal status tonight - cuts will be processed/posted Monday night.  Your list for the Redistribution Draft will be due in 3 weeks - on Sunday, January 24.  See the 2016 season calendar.
  • TONIGHT!!! The deadline to cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players is tonight - Sunday, January 3 at midnight ESTIf you've got multiple teams, you can check the legal status of all your team rosters.  This link is also available on the multiteam tools page.

1/2/16

  • All the "no responses" to coming back have been converted to orphan teams.  This should be the final list of orphans for 2016 if you're looking to use your free bonus team on an orphan.
  • For any orphan requests on Saturday - I'm likely not going to be able to set them up until Saturday night - but you should have at least 24 hours to get the carryover selections finished before Sunday night's deadline (midnight EST).
  • South Siders League is now full...I'll check the calendar and get a final deadline for draft lists posted on Saturday or Sunday
  • I will try to get back to B Movie Actor League draft resolution by Saturday night (but I have my own carrovers to complete plus the orphan teams).

12/31/15

12/27/15

  • A reminder of things to know in the off season and prepping for 2016.  Scroll down toward the bottom - we're in the "Carryover Selection" phase.
  • We're now in the final week to pick your players to keep into 2016:
    • Deadline to complete your roster: Sunday night, January 3 at midnight EST
    • You can keep up to 28 players.
    • You have to comply to all roster maximums for players making over 250
    • You'll pay the 2016 salary for all the players you keep and whatever's left is all you have for the Redistribution Draft and free agency - no additional cash to you until April.
  • South Siders League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • The league is over half full - do you want to join this White Sox-themed league?  Check out the current list of teams/owners
    • The Phase One Draft list is open - you can work on it now.  The final deadline will be set when the league fills - roughly about 2 weeks after it's full.
    • See the South Siders League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.

12/25/15

  • B Movie Actor League - reminder, your Phase One draft lists are due MONDAY night at midnight EST.  See the league draft index.
  • Five Boroughs League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • Your league is FULL and we now have a final date for your draft lists - about 2 weeks out from now.
    • The Phase One Draft list continues to be open - Picks are due Saturday night, Jan 9 at Midnight EST
    • See the Five Boroughs League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.

12/22/15

  • 121 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 2016" menu

12/20/15

  • Week 30 Transactions posted (Fall trading period #2)
  • All positions now final and we pulled out about 200 players from the list who are no longer active.  Coming within the next few days we'll add the winter set of new players to the list.

12/16/15

  • If you have Yahoo! mail you might not be getting email messages from the game - things like broadcast messages from other teams or notices of trades.  I've just started getting delay messages that eventually become rejects as the source IP address for our emails has been flagged for "customer complaints."  I'm pretty sure BWB is not the only client using this email source, so there's little I can do at the moment. One of the main tasks for me this winter is to find a new solution for email.

12/15/15

  • Another rule change for 2016 listed:
    • Slight modification of the Redistribution Draft process, which was changed in 2015.  Rather than post draft results round-by-round and allow adjustments to the rest of the list, which meant five different list submissions/modifications. BWB will post Round 1 and Round 2 separately (with list adjustments in between) and then do Rounds 3-5 in one batch.

12/14/15

  • New Players? - My current plan is to go through the 40-man rosters in the next few days and by the end of the upcoming weekend we'll have the new players added to the list.  Any players currently on 40-man rosters who aren't in BWB yet will get added - and then that's it until players start appearing in 2016 MLB games.
  • B Movie Actor League Draft. Phase One Draft
    • See the B Movie Actor League Draft Index for updates, including links to some past drafts as examples.
    • There's a slight adjustment in the due date - someone asked for extension into January and I've got a compromise...
    • Phase One Draft list continues to be open - Picks are due Monday night, Dec 28 at Midnight EST

12/12/15

  • The B Movie Actor League is full - check back later or on Sunday for some draft details, but the final deadline is set - get your draft lists done by Monday, December 28 at midnight EST. (was Dec. 21)
  • 8 players pulled off the player list as retired, signing to play in Asia, or deceased (Tommy Hanson).  This specifically affects 2 players who were on active rosters:
    • Michael Cuddyer - retired
    • Kyle Funkhouser - unsigned 1st round pick
    • Both players were just automatically pulled off rosters.

12/10/15

  • Next rule changes for 2016 listed:
    • Slight modification on the MLB games used for BWB playoff games made primarily to accommodate the change below for SP...
    • A larger change - starting pitching stats for the BWB playoffs are now used only within 7 games of the selected MLB game for hitters instead of 20.

12/8/15

  • First rule changes for 2016 listed:
    • Codification of league structure and the concept of "orphan teams" plus the cash awarded to orphans to help rebuild.  Clarification is made for owners who reconsider and take back their orphaned teams - they will not get the extra orphan cash in most situations.
    • Updated prize structure - division winners now get their team free in the next season, along with some other adjustments.
    • Once again, BWB will explore a technical approach to allow for some potential rule changes in how game lineups are determined.

12/2/15

  • Fall trading period #2 is now open through Sunday, December 20 at Noon EST.
  • Also continue to work on picking your carryover players - up to 28 that you keep for 2016.
    • That deadline is Sunday, January 3 at Noon EST.
    • You must have enough cash to pay for players retained and your current cash is all you'll get until Opening Day for other needs in the offseason including the Redistribution Draft and free agency.

11/28/15

  • Most people have answered, but in case you haven't:
    • The first step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players is to indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2016.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 31 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
    • If you're sure you're not keeping a team - please change the answer to NO so that we can reassign the team as an orphan
  • Trades are now open - you have until November 29 for the first trade session.  The second session will extend through December 20.
  • You can also begin choosing your carryover players - visit your team roster(s) for a link to do that.  Final deadline is January 3.  If you've got a lot of teams, don't wait until the final 1-2 weeks!

11/22/15

  • Player salaries are FINAL.  Salary adjustments were made for 239 players, most at less than 5%.  These players had salaries that went up more than 25%:
    • Paul Goldschmidt: 40.9%
    • Bryce Harper: 35.9%
    • Josh Donaldson: 35.2%
    • Jake Arrieta: 31.9%
    • Mike Trout: 30.5%
    • Dallas Keuchel: 30.3%
    • Nolan Arenado: 29.2%
    • Manny Machado: 27.4%
    • Clayton Kershaw: 26.1%
    • Joey Votto: 26.1%
    • Jose Altuve: 25.9%
  • Some retired players automatically removed from rosters.
  • Positions with an "x" at the end still need to be verified - it will probably be early December until that's complete.
  • Players of the year are now final standings - there's a financial update posted for those cash awards.

11/13/15

  • This is the week for me making mistakes...I was supposed to award cash for final division finish before calculating the salary cap.  So I've had to redo some financial updates:
    • 11/11 - Bonus cash awarded for division finish
    • 11/12 - Salary cap recalculated - Now 36264 (not 37729) - and distributions given to teams
    • 11/13 - Bonus cash awarded for playoff results

11/12/15

  • Player Salaries
    • Salaries are final after "premium adjustments" that bump up salaries for MLB statistical leaders and MLB award winners.  This includes MVP winners - which won't be announced until November 19 - so salaries will be finalized within a few days of that.
    • One correction - Cleveland RP Cody Anderson now has been updated to have a salary of 518 instead of 100.
  • DH only? - I made some adjustments...including reading the rule book about positions after a couple of people asked me about it, and adjusted some players that had originally been marked DH-only.  Right now, the only 2 players for 2016 who are DH-only are Alex Rodriguez and Billy Butler
  • There will be some rule changes coming up, so stay tuned over the next few weeks and before you make too many trade/cut decisions
  • New leagues are now open - any draft date shown is an estimate and will become final only when a league fills with 16 teams.
  • Orphan teams are available - this list will grow as some teams decide not to return for 2016
  • Bonus teams - There are a number of bonus teams out there and available:
    • As part of payback for web problems over the summer, every owner received one extra bonus team (except Cooperstown Club members...you have unlimited teams).
    • Also because of web issues, any unclaimed bonus teams for the 2015 season were rolled over rather than forfeited
    • League champs, Conference champs, and teams that won the Gore Cup or Bottom Feeder Open earned extra bonus teams
    • Bonus teams can be used for new or orphan teams OR you can give them away to someone else for a new or orphan team

 

11/11/15

  • Getting ready for 2016:
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2016.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 31 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 November 29 for the first trade session.  The second session will extend through Dec 20.
    • You can also begin choosing your carryover players - visit your team roster(s) for a link to do that.  Final deadline is January 3.
    • Player salaries updated for 2016 - these are NOT YET FINAL
    • Positions updated for 2016 - 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 2016).
    • Salary cap - The 2016 cap is 37729 - very close to 2015's 37328.
      • Teams have been given their 2016 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 and Players of the Year are still to be awarded.
    • Players who have retired have yet to be removed from your teams and the player lists
    • There are a bunch of bonus teams out there - more on that on Thursday

11/9/15

  • Things to know headed into the postseason - and prepping for 2016.
  • Prepping for 2016 - I'm working on player salaries and positions for next season.  By Tuesday night, I'll have set up your options to indicate if you are keeping your team for 2016, new orphans, and allow you to start setting your carryover players for your roster.

11/8/15

  • 2015 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #1 Seed: Lake Erie Storm (99-51, Cleveland Rocks League champion) owner David Henning
    • #6 Seed: Towanda Teetotalers (97-53, Commissioners League champion) owner Jay Snyder
    • Neither owner has ever won the Benchwarmer Bash.
    • See the bracket
    • Final Result: Towanda defeated Lake Erie 4-2; Congratulations Jay!

11/6/15

11/5/15

11/4/15

11/3/15

11/2/15

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Finals Complete - Games 1-7 posted.  Winners move on to the Benchwarmer Bash Round of 8
  • Congratulations to the 2015 Federation Champions:
    • Aaron Federation: Chicago Haymarket Bombers, Bronx Bombers League, Michael Quinn
    • Bench Federation: Winterfell Direwolves, Silver Screen League, Sherman Wan
    • Cobb Federation: Underground Cardinals, Beatleball, Michael Quinn
    • DiMaggio Federation: Orion's Solar Kings, Redbirds League, David Henning
    • Eckersley Federation: Crumpton Roches, Experts League, Jesse Roche
    • Foxx Federation: Lake Erie Storm, Cleveland Rocks League, David Henning
    • Gehrig Federation: Towanda Teetotalers, Commissioners League, Jay Snyder
    • Hornsby Federation: Infinity Island Shadows, Batman League, Robert Elias

11/1/15

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Semifinals Complete - Games 6-7 posted.  Federation Finals begin Monday
  • Benchwamer Bash - Federation Finals - Matchups:
    • Aaron Federation: Chicago, Bronx Bombers (Michael Quinn) vs Brick, Anchorman (Tom Twomey)
    • Bench Federation: The, Beer (Jesse Roche) vs Winterfell, Silver Screen (Sherman Wan)
    • Cobb Federation: Chicago, North Siders (Rick Furtak) vs Underground, Beatleball (Michael Quinn)
    • DiMaggio Federation: Men Injecting Men 2, Four Star (Christian Ingram) vs Orion's, Redbirds (David Henning)
    • Eckersley Federation: Erebor, Golden Throat (David Henning) vs Crumpton, Experts (Jesse Roche)
    • Foxx Federation: Dave's, Triple Crown (David Henning) vs Lake Erie, Cleveland Rocks (David Henning)
    • Gehrig Federation: Towanda, Commissioners (Jay Snyder) vs Conspiracy, Minnie & Paul (Adam Wilson)
    • Hornsby Federation: Infinity Island, Batman (Robert Elias) vs Kersh & Trouty, Batman (Sherman Wan)

10/31/15

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Semifinals - Games 4-5 posted (earlier than planned). Next update expected either very late Saturday night or on Sunday morning.

10/30/15

10/29/15

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Evening update - Federation Quarterfinals - Games 6-7 posted (Games 4-5 were up this morning).  Semifinals begin on Friday.
  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2015:
    • 11 Titles: David Henning
    • 8 Titles: Tom Twomey
    • 5 Titles: Sherman Wan
    • 3 Titles: Jesse Roche
    • 2 Titles: Ricardo Alexander, Jerry King, Doug Schnack, Jay Snyder, Jim Sowerby

10/28/15

  • Stay tuned as site/roster/player updates start to take us into 2016.  It's possible some may start late this week or during the weekend - but things may be a little quiet until the first week of November.
  • In the meantime, we're starting the Benchwarmer Bash.  This is a season-ending tournament to crown one champion for all of BWB.
    • First up, we play to crown 8 Federation Champions
    • Federation Quarterfinals - Games 1-3 posted.  Next update on Thursday.

10/26/15

10/25/15

  • Playoffs - Championship Week - Games 5 & 6 posted - Playoffs for all leagues - All your playoff teams
  • Game 7 coming on Monday.
  • A note on developing seedings in the Benchwarmer Bash.  Any listed wild cards shown in italics are tentative and subject to be knocked out if a higher-ranked team doesn't win its league championship.
  • Deadline for any lineup changes for Bash teams is Monday night, October 26 at midnight Pacific (10/27 3 AM EDT).

10/24/15

  • Playoffs - Championship Week - Game 4 posted - Playoffs for all leagues - All your playoff teams
  • What to look for in the schedule?  Games 5 & 6 on Sunday.  Game 7 on Monday.
  • Seedings and wild card slots are starting to take shape for the Benchwarmer Bash.  If your team has a shot to make it, you have one final shot for a lineup change that will cover the entire range of games for the Federation tournaments and the Bash.  Deadline is Monday night, October 26 at midnight Pacific (10/27 3 AM EDT).

10/23/15

  • My fault - guess I didn't finish off Game 3 and thought I did...all of Game 3 for all leagues now up.  I'm a day behind plan - let's look for Game 4 on Saturday and we'll see what goes from there.
  • Early look at the potential field for the Benchwarmer Bash - Wild cards are subject to change depending on the results of league championships.

10/22/15

10/21/15

  • Playoffs - Championship Week - Game 1 posted - Playoffs for all leagues
  • Here's a new page for those of you with multiple teams trying to quickly get to the right playoff pages - including a listing of which teams are still active - All your playoff teams
  • Game 2 coming Thursday

10/20/15

  • 2015 in Review:
    • Of the 41 league champions in 2014, 28 of them repeated as division winners - 22 are still alive with conference championships and a chance for a repeat league title.
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins:
    • 15 Teams - David Henning (out of 20 division winners)
    • 11 Teams - Tom Twomey (out of 15)
    • 6 Teams - Sherman Wan (out of 9)
    • 5 Teams - Michael Quinn (out of 19)
    • 4 Teams - Jerry King (out of 7), Jesse Roche (out of 5), Jay Snyder (out of 5)
    • 3 Teams - Ricardo Alexander (out of 4), Ken DeGroot (out of 4), Jamison Reese (out of 3)
    • 2 Teams - Kevin Connors (out of 5), Phillip Dang (out of 3), Roland Dupont (out of 3), Robert Elias (out of 3), Leif Johnson (out of 4, including one remaining co-owned team), Don Kruse (out of 5), Michael Lehman (out of 5), Doug Schnack (out of 3), Danny Zaccaro (out of 5)

10/19/15

  • Playoffs - Week 1 is complete - Game 7 posted - See playoffs for all leagues
  • Reminder that you can make lineup changes for the 2nd week if you're still alive. Deadline is tonight - Monday night October 19 at midnight Pacific (Tuesday morning 3 AM Eastern).
  • Actually I can't find this in the rules so it may just be stated every season - you can fully redo your pitching rotation in between weeks:
    • We assume there's enough rest between starts that at the beginning of the second week, we don't look backward to the previous week to check for 4 days of rest.
      • For example - If your P1 pitched in a clinching Game 6 of the first week, his spot still comes up first in the 2nd playoff week - and he will pitch.
      • You can also move them around the rotation spots without worrying about the games of rest in between weeks.
      • The 4 games of rest in between starts does hold within any given playoff week.
    • There's no penalty for moving players into the rotation from spot, taxi, or minors in the second week (you don't know what games are coming up next).
    • Pitching performances will not be repeated within this 2-week stretch, even if it's the closest start to the random MLB game used for playoff scoring.
  • We'll start posting Week 2 results - Championship Week - as soon as possible - perhaps as soon as Tuesday night.

10/18/15

  • Playoffs - Week 1 - Games 5 & 6 posted - See playoffs for all leagues
  • Game 7 either very late Sunday or on Monday morning.
  • If you choose to change your lineup between playoff weeks, the deadline is Monday night October 19 at midnight Pacific (Tuesday morning 3 AM Eastern).

10/17/15

  • Playoffs - Game 4 posted - See playoffs for all leagues.
  • 2015 in Review:
    • Of 64 teams that participated in the Federation Playoffs in 2014 (first step of the Benchwarmer Bash, 39 won division titles this season.
    • Of the 8 Federation champs, 5 made the playoffs this year.
    • Both of last year's finalists in the Benchwarmer Bash - winner Crestone Current (Moneyball League, Kevin Connors) and runner up The Natty Lights (Beer League, Jesse Roche) won their divisions again this season.

10/16/15

  • Games 2 and 3 are up and posted for the playoffs - See playoffs for all leagues.
  • OK - let's try this again 24 hours later.  Game 1 of the playoffs rescored using the proper saves/bullpen rules for scoring.  I know at least one result changed (involving the person who caught the error).  See playoffs for all leagues for links to the playoffs for your leagues.
  • New league playoff links should be working now too.
  • On the playoffs for all leagues page, if you click on the Federation links you can see multiple leagues at one time - for example, the Aaron and Bench Federation results

10/15/15

  • Oops again.  We need to go back in time.  I forgot that the module that scores games is slightly different for playoff games than regular season games...and I did not copy in the 2015 rule changes for bullpens and saves.  It may not change any results, but on the chance that it might - I need to rescore Game 1.
  • If you choose to change your lineup between playoff weeks, the new deadline is Monday night October 19 at midnight Pacific (Tuesday morning 3 AM Eastern).
  • 2015 in Review:
    • Of 164 division winners in 2014, 77 repeated with division titles this season.
    • 45 of the division winners from last season finished below .500 in 2015.
    • From the 164 divisions that existed in 2014, 31 division winners are franchises that never before won a division title.
    • Of the 41 league champions in 2014, 28 of them repeated as division winners.

10/12/15

  • Week 26 Transactions posted - Week 27 deadline for the 2nd week of the playoffs is TENTATIVELY Saturday, October 17 at Noon Eastern but I'll probably move that back once I see when I can start posting playoff scores (soon).

10/9/15

  • Required step for setting up brackets completed - all the tiebreakers for the 2015 playoffs resolved.
  • Some random web errors popping up as people attempting to make final adjustments to playoff lineups.  So, sure, you've had since Sept 24 to make lineup changes but since we all procrastinate (and I'm still cycling through seeding tiebreakers) - new deadline is Sunday at noon EDT.

10/8/15

  • Things to know headed into the postseason - and prepping for 2016.
  • Congratulations to owners with multiple division wins:
    • 20 Teams - David Henning
    • 19 Teams - Michael Quinn
    • 15 Teams - Tom Twomey
    • 9 Teams - Sherman Wan
    • 7 Teams - Jerry King
    • 5 Teams - Sam Campbell, Kevin Connors (including one co-owned team), Don Kruse, Michael Lehman, Jesse Roche, Jay Snyder, Danny Zaccaro
    • 4 Teams - Ricardo Alexander, Ken DeGroot, Leif Johnson (including two co-owned teams)
    • 3 Teams - Alonda Clifton, Phillip Dang, Roland Dupont, Robert Elias, Michael Horvitz, Jason Kiernan, Andrew Lehman, Tom McGraw, Jamison Reese, Doug Schnack, Jon Swanson
    • 2 Teams - Scott Campbell and Leif Jonson co-owned teams

10/7/15

  • While BWB takes a few days to set up the 2015 playoff pages/brackets (and concentrates tonight on Pirates vs Cubs), look for some news and notes here on the home page to recap the completed season.
  • This season, there were 5 divisional ties. In 2014, 7 divisions ended in ties - how did those teams fare this season?
    • Blue and Gray League - Sherman Division:
      • Winner: Major Miracle (Roland Dupont) - This year under new owner Skip Hohensee: 2nd place, 8 GB
      • Loser: Vicksburg Siege (Michael Lehman) - This year: 3rd place: 17 GB
    • Deuces Wild League - Brett Division:
      • Winner: Everglades Alligators (Michael Lehman) - Won conference title; This year: 4th place, 93 losses, 36 GB
      • Loser: Bemidji Blue Ox (Sam Campbell) - This year: Won the division by 8 games.
    • Firemen League - Smith Division:
      • Winner: Mammoth Grizzlies (Michael Quinn) - This year: tied for 2nd 10 GB
      • Loser: Venice Beach Longshots (Ken DeGroot) - This year: won the division by 10 games.
    • Experts League - Print Division:
      • Winner: Alcatraz Island Inmates (Michael Burkert) - This year: 3rd place 9 GB
      • Loser: South America Piranhas (BWB League Office - an orphan team) - This year, under new owner Sam Campbell, won the division by 2 games.
    • Perfect World League - Kenny Rogers Division:
      • Winner: Utopia Unicorns (David Henning) - Won league title; This year - 3rd place, 15 GB
      • Loser: Long Island Ducks (Bill Munger) - Won Gore Cup; This year - 4th place, 18 GB
    • They Might Be Giants - Marichal Division:
      • Winner: Edgewater Underwear Thieves (Tom Twomey) - This year: Won division by 4 games
      • Loser: Hampton Flashes (Roland Dupont) - This year: 3rd place 5 GB
    • They Might Be Giants - Terry Division:
      • Winner: Centre County Gunslingers (Tom McGraw) - This year: 4th place 30 GB
      • Loser: Alcatraz Inmates (Michael Quinn) - This year: won division by 6 games

10/6/15

  • Week 26 lineups - for the first week of playoffs - are due Saturday, Oct 10 at Noon Eastern.
  • Week 25 Statistics and Players of the Week
  • Final recap of 5 Division Champions from the tiebreaker games - (See standings for all leagues)
    • Chevy Chase League - Emmit Fitz-Hume Division: NJ MOJO (owner Michael Gaston) - Previously won division and conference in 2009
    • Fenway Fenatics - Fisk Division: The New Hit Squad feat. Aaron Hernandez (owner Christian Ingram) - Returns to playoffs after division wins in 2013 and 2012
    • Four Star League - MacArthur Division: Tennessee Longshots (owner Ken DeGroot - 4th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner, 4th overall; League Champ in 2010
    • Scooby Doo League - Velma Division: Scooby's Doo-Doos (owner Michael Lehman - 5th win in 2015) - Inaugural Season
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division:  Little Mack Attack (owner Tom McGraw - 3rd win in 2015) - Repeat winner - 4th time overall on top
  • Playoff Tiebreakers - Coming Soon
    • In prep for the playoffs we need to resolve any ties for 2nd or 3rd place to figure out who goes to the Gore Cup and how reward money for division placement is distributed.
    • These include:
      • Tiebreakers for possible League Championship matchups
      • Conference championship home field advantage
      • Seeding for Gore Cup and Bottom Feeder Open tournaments

10/5/15

  • Five division ties to break - Results are in!!!
    • Chevy Chase League - Emmit Fitz-Hume Division: NJ MOJO (Michael Gaston) at Quahog Drunken Clams (Don Kruse) - Result: NJ 4  Quahog 2 - Box
      • Quahog won the season series 10-8
      • Quahog won 4 of 6 head to head during the final three weeks.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Both 7-3
    • Fenway Fenatics - Fisk Division: Skeleton Crew (Ken Stevenson) at The New Hit Squad feat. Aaron Hernandez (Christian Ingram) - Result: The New Hit Squad 4  Skeleton 3 (Extra Innings) - Box
      • TNHS won the season series 11-7
      • Skeleton won 4 of 6 head to head during the final three weeks
      • Record for the last 10 games: TNHS 7-3  Skeleton 6-4
    • Four Star League - MacArthur Division: Men Injecting Men 2 Still Roided Up (Christian Ingram) at Tennessee Longshots (Ken DeGroot) - Result: Tennessee 4  MIM 2 - Box
      • Tennessee won the season series 10-8
      • They split 3-3 in their head to head games during the final three weeks
      • Record for the last 10 games: Both went 6-4
    • Scooby Doo League - Velma Division: Harlem Ghostbusters (John Hula) at Scooby's Doo-Doos (Michael Lehman) - Result: Scooby's 7  Harlem 3 - Box
      • Scooby's won the season series 13-5
      • They split 3-3 in their head to head games during the final three weeks
      • Record for the last 10 games: Harlem 7-3  Scooby's 2-8
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division:  Little Mack Attack (Tom McGraw) at Hornsby Cards (Michael Quinn) - Result: Little Mack 5  Hornsby 4 - Box
      • Hornsby won the season series 10-8
      • Hornsby won 4 of 6 head to head during the final three weeks.
      • Record for last 10 games: Little Mack 6-4  Hornsby 4-6

10/3/15

  • 8 Division Champions from Game 150 (Results): (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Louisville Colonels Division: South America Piranhas (owner Michael Quinn - 19th win in 2015) - Inaugural Season
    • Beatleball - McCartney Division: London Groove Armada (owner Sherman Wan - 8th win in 2015) - Defending League Champ; 5th straight division title and 9th overall
    • Blame Canada League - Eric Division: Mogadishu Pirates (owner J.C. Freeman) - 2nd division title
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Reese Division: Cincinnati Pee Wees Boys (owner Michael Horvitz - 3rd win in 2015) - 6th tltle; League champ in 2012 and 2009
    • Federal League - Baltimore Terrapins Division: Ohio Diamond Prodigies (owner David Henning - 20th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner; Finished 27 games ahead in 2014, 1 game ahead this year
    • Moneyball - Scott Hatteberg Division: Sarnia Sailors (owner Gary Renwick) - Repeat winner - Repeat title
    • Reality Bites League - Amazing Race: Interlaken Cheese Transport (owner Sherman Wan - 8th win in 2015) - New owner gets team to playoffs for 2nd time
    • They Might Be Giants League - Hubbell Division: Herrickville Haberdashers (owner Jay Snyder - 5th win in 2015) - New owner; franchise won league championship in 2012

10/2/15

  • Week 25 Complete - Regular Season (Almost) Complete - Game 150 posted - See Results
    • We have 5 divisions with ties to break in a Game 151.
    • Matchups to be posted Saturday - games scored probably on Sunday.
    • Around BWB
  • Before heading into the final game of the season, these are the 13 divisions to be decided

10/1/15

  • Week 26 lineups - for the first week of playoffs - are now due Saturday, Oct 10 at Noon Eastern.
  • Week 25 Continues - Regular Season (Almost) Complete - Game 149 posted - See Results
    • I like to keep a little tension going - so Game 149 tonight, then Game 150 will be posted late on Friday night.
    • Around BWB
  • 13 Division Champions from Game 149 (Results): (See standings for all leagues)
    • Blame Canada League - Kenny Division: Thunder Bay Voyageurs (owner Jerry Stevens) - 3rd straight division win
    • Experts League - Print Division: South America Piranhas (owner Sam Campbell - 3rd win in 2015) - First division win; missed by 1 game in 2014
    • Federal League - Brooklyn Tip-Tops: Florida Rolling Thunder (owner Skip Hohensee) - 2nd title for the franchise - new owner this year
    • Hall of Fame League - Wagner Division: Boar's Nest (owner Tom Twomey - 15th win in 2015) - Repeat winner - Franchise's 11th division title; Has not won league since 2005
    • K Street League - Seaver Division: Altoona Thunder Chicken (owner Jerry King - 7th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner, 6th overall; League Champ in 2011
    • The Kings of Queens League - Koosman Division: Nevada Marshalls (owner Mark Currie) - 6th season - 1st division title; Best finish had been 2nd in 2013 and 2011
    • Minnie & Paul League - Carew Division: Bloomington Metropolitans (owner Sam Campbell - 4th win in 2015) - 1st title in 5th season owning the team
    • North Siders League
      • Sandberg Division: Waypoint Spartans (owner David Henning - 19th win in 2015) - Defending league champion
      • Jenkins Division: Amsterdam Rhinos (owner Doug Schnack - 3rd win in 2015) - Finished 2nd last season in league's first year
    • Pacific Northwest League - Beavers Division: Oregon Trail (owner Sam Campbell - 5th win in 2015) - 1st win after 2 straight 2nd place finishes
    • Three of a Kind League - Speaker Division: Atchafalaya BizKitZ (owner James Harris) - Defending league champ; 3rd division title
    • Triple Crown League - Medwick Division: Hobart Hurricanes (owner Matt Strawbridge) - 6th tltle; League champ in 2012 and 2009
    • Winners Circle League - Alexander Division: Queenstown Daredevils (owner Andy Deeble) - 2nd straight division title

9/30/15

  • 35 Division Champions from Games 147-148 (Results): (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association
      • Pittsburgh Alleghenys Division: English Country Gentlemen (owner Jamison Reese - 2nd win in 2015) - Inaugural Season
      • Philadelphia Athletics Division: Iowa Caucuses (owner Tom Kohl) - Inaugural Season
    • Batman League - Clooney Division: Aidenn Lair Cardinals (owner Michael Clancy) - New owner takes team back to playoffs for first time since 2011 - League Champ in 2010
    • Blame Canada League - Stan Division: South Alabama Jaggurnauts (owner Christian Zaccaro) - 3rd straight division title; made finals previous 2 seasons but no championships yet
    • Blue and Gray League - Grant Division: Gettysburg Rifles (owner Jon Swanson - 2nd win in 2015) - Started 20-0, then just merely .500 from there - 3rd consecutive title; made finals in previous 2 seasons
    • Bronx Bombers League - Gehrig Division: Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (owner Jay Snyder - 3rd win in 2015) - 1st title; best previous finish was 2nd in 2013
    • Commissioners League
      • Chandler Division: Budapest Buskers (owner Jon Swanson - 3rd win in 2015) - First title in league's 7th season, coming off 3 straight 2nd place finishes
      • Giamatti Division: Towanda Teetotalers (owner Jay Snyder - 4th win in 2015) - New owner leads the first team other than South Park to win the division
    • Deuces Wild League - Cobb Division: Rock Ridge Raiders (owner Jerry King - 6th win in 2015) - 1st title in league's 7th season after 2 straight 2nd place finishes
    • Experts League - Blogs Division: Sumer Anunnaki (owner Kevin Connors - 5th win in 2015) - Defending league champion - 3rd straight division title
    • Four Star League - Bradley Division: NYC2ATL Jr Blackbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander - 4th win in 2015) - Defending League Champ (2012 winner too) and 4th straight division win
    • Geek Pride League - Zuckerberg Division: Loco Motion (owner Roland Dupont - 2nd win in 2015) - Defending League Champion; 2nd division title
    • Golden Throat League
      • Bob Prince Division: St. Louis Browns (owner Michael Quinn - 17th win in 2015) - 6th title - League Champion in 2010
      • Jack Buck Division: Homeless Orphans (owner Roland Dupont - 3rd win in 2015) - Franchise's first division crown in league's 10th season
    • Hall of Fame League - Ruth Division: Oakland Athletic Supporters (owner Michael Lehman - 3rd win in 2015) - League champion in 2006; First return to playoffs since 2009 (6th division title)
    • The Kings of Queens League - Harrelson Division: Dunder Mifflin Sabres (owner Don Kruse - 4th win in 2015) - Defending League Champ; 5th straight division title
    • Longball League
      • Mays Division: Mudville Nine (owner Rob Behymer) - 5th division win - no league titles yet (finals in 2009 and 2007)
      • Robinson Division: Trinidad Island Vikings (owner Leif Jonson - 2nd win in 2015) - 3-time defending league champion; 6th division title in a row (8th overall); Bash runner up in 2008
    • Minnie & Paul League - Blyleven Division: Tonga Tarantula Hawks (owner Tom Twomey - 13th win in 2015) - 5th consecutive division title; made finals in 2011
    • Motor City League
      • Gehringer Division: Troy Jaguars (owner David Henning - 16th win in 2015) - 1st title after 2 straight 2nd place finishes
      • Newhouser Division: Lake Michigan Wild Surf (owner Andrew Lehman - 3rd win in 2015) - Best previous finish was 3rd in 2013
    • Phightin' Phils League - Ashburn Division: Kalas City Broadcasters (owner Robert Elias - 3rd win in 2015) - Defending league champion; only team to win division in league's 5 seasons
    • Redbirds League
      • Smith Division: Brazil 2014 World Cup Soccer (owner Scott Campbell & Leif Jonson - 3rd win for Leif in 2015) - 4th division title - first since 2011
      • Dean Division: Orion's Solar Kings (owner David Henning - 17th win in 2015) - New owner gets 4th division title for franchise
      • Slaughter Division: Middle Age Krusaders (owner Don Kruse - 5th win in 2015) - League Champion in 2010 in only other playoff appearance
    • Royal Flush League - Splittorff Division: Radioactive Rapid Rabbits (owner Jamison Reese - 3rd win in 2015) - Inaugural Season
    • Shadowball - Birmingham Black Barons Division: Bedrock Water Buffaloes (owner Scott Campbell & Leif Jonson - 2nd win for Scott in 2015, 4th for Leif) - Repeat division winner
    • Silver Screen League - Bang the Drum Slowly Division: Reality Bites (owner John Hula) - Improves on 3rd place finish last year in league's first season
    • Steel City League - Wagner Division: Willie's Rebels (owner Michael Quinn - 18th win in 2015) - Finished 2nd last season in league's first year
    • Superman League
      • Christopher Reeve Division: San Fernando Valley Bears (owner Phillip Dang - 3rd win in 2015) - First title - best finish had been 3rd in 2013
      • Brandon Routh Division: Machu Picchu Evil Llamas (owner Alonda Clifton - 3rd win in 2015) - First division win; finished 2nd in 2014 and 2012
    • They Might Be Giants League
      • Marichal Division: Edgewater Underwear Thieves (owner Tom Twomey - 14th win in 2015) - 4th division win in league's 4 seasons; looking for 1st conference title and trip to finals
      • Ott Division: San Jose Usurpers (owner Michael Lehman - 4th win in 2015) - Another team as the only one to win the division; League Champ in 2013
    • Triple Crown League - Klein Division: Arkham Knights (owner John Stroba) - 4th division title - 2nd straight
    • Winners Circle League - Mathewson Division: Corsucant Jedi Knights (owner David Henning - 18th win in 2015) - New owner gets franchise first title

9/28/15

  • 24 Division Champions from Games 145-146: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Rather Division: Swayze's Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 16th win in 2015) - 1st title - 3rd place last year
    • Beatleball
      • Lennon Division: Rome Gladiators (owner Danny Zaccaro - 4th win in 2015) - 3rd title in 4 years (didn't make it last year) - 2012 League Champ
      • Harrison Division: Margaritaville Parrotheads (owner Tom Twomey - 10th win in 2015) - 4th straight division win, 5th overall; League winner in 2010
    • Blame Canada League - Kyle Division: Camptown Racers (owner Jay Snyder) - New owner gets franchise its 2nd title (also 2012)
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Campanella Division: San Luis Obispo Silent Assassins (owner Jerry King - 5th win in 2015) - Franchise's 3rd win - 1st since 2010
    • Blue and Gray League
      • Sherman Division: Dixie Rebels (owner Phillip Dang - 2nd win in 2015) - First time back to playoffs since 2009
      • Lee Division: Atlantis Mighty Mythtakes (owner David Henning - 13th win in 2015) - 2nd title - also won in 2011 on the way to League Championship
    • Bronx Bombers League - Rizzuto Division: St.Cloud Ice (owner Andrew Lehman) - Repeat division winner - 3rd overall
    • Cleveland Rocks League
      • Boudreau Division: Paradise Theatre Styx (owner Danny Zaccaro - 5th win in 2015) - First title after 2 straight in 2nd place (only 1 GB in 2014)
      • Harder Division: Toledo Torpedoes (owner Tom Twomey - 11th win in 2015) - 3rd straight title in league's 3rd year
    • Deuces Wild League - Brett Division: Bemidji Blue Ox (owner Sam Campbell) - In the playoffs for 2nd time - won the League Title in 2012
    • Federal League - Buffalo Buffeds Division: Buffalo Wings over America (owner Michael Lehman) - 4th straight division title; made finals in 2013 but no championships yet
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (owner David Henning - 14th win in 2015) - 1st division title in 5th season of league - coming off 3 straight 2nd place finishes
    • Firemen League - Eckersley Division: Miami Valley Mystic Revelation (owner David Henning - 15th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner - 3rd in 4 years
    • Golden Throat League - Haray Carey Division: Newport News Aliens & Predators (owner Tom Twomey - 12th win in 2015) - 4th consecutive division win, 7th overall. League champ 2014, 2012, 2009
    • K Street League - Perry Division: D.C. Lobbyists (owner Jon Swanson) - 4th straight title; Made finals in 2014
    • Longball League - McGuire Division: Uptown Slackers (owner Sam Campbell - 2nd win in 2015) - Eleventh season owning the team - first division title!
    • Perfect World League
      • David Cone Division: Bates Motel Cabana Boys (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2015) - 1st division crown; best finish had been 3rd; closest finish had been 24 GB
      • David Wells Division: Adrenaline Mob (owner Anthony Citarella) - Returns to playoffs after 2 seasons out of it - 2011 League Champ
    • Royal Flush League - Otis Division: Knights in White Satin (owner Alonda Clifton - 2nd win in 2015) - Inaugural Season
    • Shadowball - Pittsburgh Crawfords Division: Cal Tech Atoms (owner Doug Schnack - 2nd win in 2015) - 5th title for franchise; League Champ in 2010 and 2008
    • Superman League - Dean Cain Division: Morristown Feelin Friskies (owner Jamison Reese) - 2nd title - made it to the finals in 2013
    • Three of a Kind League
      • Beckley Division: Wyalusing Whiffers (owner Jay Snyder - 2nd win in 2015) - 4th division title - repeated from last season; League Champ in 2012
      • Connor Division: Arcata Weed (owner Michael Lehman - 2nd win in 2015) - Also won division in 2011

9/27/15

  • Week 25 Begins - Final week of the regular season

9/26/15

  • With the 2015 rule change, transactions for cuts/IR moves should now be enabled for Week 26 in case you need to make room on your active lineup for the playoffs and can't put a player in the minors or on the taxi squad.  No transactions for Week 27 - this is the last chance for cuts.

9/25/15

  • 23 Division Champions from Games 143-144: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Batman League - Kilmer Division: Brinkley CP Bulldogs (owner Michael Quinn - 10th win in 2015) - 5th title - won the league championship in 2012
    • Beer League - Water Division: Hornsby's Rhinos (owner Don Kruse - 3rd win in 2015) - First division win since 2010 when team also was league champion
    • Bronx Bombers League
      • DiMaggio Division: Maris & Mantle (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2015) - New owner gets franchise's first divison title
      • Ford Division: Chicago Haymarket Bombers (ownerMichael Quinn - 11th win in 2015) - 3rd division win - first since 2012
    • Chevy Chase League - Ty Webb: St.Cloud Ice (owner Jerry King - 4th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner - 5th overall; League champ in 2008 & 2007; BW Bash 2008 Champion
    • Cleveland Rocks League - Doby Division: Cuyahoga Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 11th win in 2015) - First division crown - finished 3rd in league's previous 2 seasons
    • Commissioners League - Ueberroth Division: Miami Fruitcakes (owner Phillip Dang) - 4th division title - won the conference in 2010
    • Experts League - Airwaves Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 5th win in 2015) - 5th straight division title, 6th overall; League champ in 2013
    • Four Star League
      • Eisenhower Division: Philadelphia Stars (owner Michael Quinn - 13th win in 2015) - 1st title - best previous finish was 2nd when missing by 1 game in both 2012 and 2013
      • Patton Division: Miami County Mercenaries (owner David Henning - 8th win in 2015) - 3rd division championship - won the league in 2011
    • Geek Pride League - Tomlinson Division: Three Dollar Bill (owner Tom McGraw - 2nd win in 2015) - First win - best finish had been 3rd place last season
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Erebor Dragons (owner David Henning - 9th win in 2015) - Team's 4th division title - won league in 2011
    • Kings of Queens - Hernandez Division: Little Neck Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 14th win in 2015) - 3rd division win - League champ in 2013
    • Minnie & Paul League - Viola Division: Riverdale Robot Refugees (owner David Henning - 10th win in 2015) - First division crown after 4 straight 2nd place finishes; missed by 1 game in 2014
    • Moneyball League - Ron Washington Division: Crestone Current (owner Kevin Connors - 4th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner
    • Murderers' Row - Big Poison Division: Palookaville Pugs (owner Sherman Wan - 6th win in 2015) - 3 straight division wins, 4th overall; 2 league titles; 2011 BW Bash Champ
    • North Siders League - Williams Division: Chicago Prophets (owner Rick Furtak) - Finished 2nd last season in league's first year
    • Scooby Doo League
      • Fred Division: Where Are You? (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2015) - Inaugural season
      • Daphne Division: North DeLisle Danger Rangers (owner Sherman Wan - 7th win in 2015) - Inaugural season
    • Shadowball League - Memphis Red Sox Division: Chico's Bail Bonds (owner Michael Horvitz - 2nd win in 2015) - 5th division title - first since 2012
    • Steel City League - Traynor Division: Hershey Special O.P.S. (owner David Henning - 11th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner in league's second season; won conference last year too
    • They Might Be Giants League - Terry Division: Alcatraz Inmates (owner Michael Quinn - 15th win in 2015) - First title - best finish had been 2nd in 2014
    • Triple Crown League - Robinson Division: Dave's Dynamo (owner David Henning - 12th win in 2015) - Defending league champ (won in 2010 also)

9/24/15

  • Week 25 Transactions posted - Week 26 deadline is TENTATIVELY Saturday, October 3 at Noon Eastern (actual deadline time will probably be later in the day)
    • Some people found a back door on attempting to sign free agents this week - but there are no signings in Week 25 so all attempted signings and contingent releases were deleted.
    • Week 26:
      • New in 2015: There are transactions, but for cuts and IR moves only - web pages may not be yet set up for allowing Week 26 cuts - look for that to be in place this weekend
      • You'll be setting your lineups for the first week of the playoffs.

9/21/15

  • 29 Division Champions from Games 139-142: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Jennings Division: Brick Barometers (owner Tom Twomey - 6th win in 2015) - League champ last year in league's first season
    • Commissioners League - Frick Division: Midwest Reclamation Project (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2015) - First division title in league's 7th season - best finish had been 2nd in 2013 & 2012
    • Experts League - Web Division: Fantasy Couch (owner Andrew Eggers) - First title under Andrew; franchise won 2 before and league title in 2011
    • Federal League - St. Louis Terriers Division: Atlanta Kool Runnings (owner Ricardo Alexander - 3rd win in 2015) - Defending league champ
    • Fenway Fenatics
      • Doerr Division: St. Louis Redbirds (owner Ken DeGroot - 2nd win in 2015) - Makes playoffs for the 2nd time - won the league in 2012
      • Boggs Division: Plymouth Panthers (owner Mark Aisenbrey) - Won the conference title in 2012 the only other time in the playoffs
    • Firemen League
      • Smith Division: Venice Beach Longshots (owner Michael Quinn - 6th win in 2015) - Won division in 2012 - this is team's second title
      • Franco Division: Smoke on the Water (owner Sherman Wan - 5th win in 2015) - 2-time defending league winner; Going for #3 in the league's 3rd season
    • Hall of Fame League
      • Cobb Division: California Bears (owner Michael Quinn - 7th win in 2015) - 4th title - first since 2011; League champ in 2004
      • Cooperstown Division: High Octane Express (owner Tom McGraw) - Franchise made playoffs in BWB's initial season in 2000 - first return since then
    • Minnie & Paul League - Oliva Division: Conspiracy Theories (owner Adam Wilson) - 5th season of the league - 1st division title after 3 straight 2nd place finishes
    • Moneyball League - David Justice Division: TINSTAAPP Leifs (owner Leif Jonson) - First win in league's third season; best finish had been 2nd in 2013
    • Motor City League
      • Horton Division: Walking Dead Heads (owner Alonda Clifton) - Franchise's best previous finish had been 3rd
      • Greenberg Division: Mt. Pleasant Bomb Squad (owner Jason Kiernan) - Repeat division winner
    • Murderers' Row
      • Big Puma Division: Guttenberg Gandolfinis (owner Tom Twomey - 7th win in 2015) - Only team to win the division in league's six seasons - 2 time champ in 2012 and 2010
      • Big Donkey Division: Mayan Shamans (owner Kevin Connors - 3rd win in 2015) - Won division also in 2013
    • North Siders League - Sutter Division: Hostile Take-over (owner Danny Zaccaro - 2nd win in 2015) - Won conference title in 2014 - the league's first season
    • Pacific Northwest League - Ducks Division: Sagle Shroomage (owner Tom Twomey - 8th win in 2015) - 3rd straight division crown - has yet to advance to finals
    • Perfect World League - Kenny Rogers Division: Ehime Ichiban (owner Tom Twomey - 9th win in 2015) - 5th title - back after missing playoffs in 2014; League winner in 2012
    • Reality Bites League
      • Fear Factor Division: Nashville Longshots (owner Ken DeGroot - 3rd win in 2015) - Defending league champion - 4th division title
      • Bachelor Division: Memphis Bighitters (owner Michael Quinn - 8th win in 2015) - 5 straight division titles under Quinn; 7th overall - League champ in 2011
      • American Idol Division: Mighty Mice (owner Roland Dupont) - 2nd straight season with a division win - 6th overall
    • Royal Flush League
      • Patek Division: Bedrock Sonic Clubs (owner David Henning - 6th win in 2015) - Inaugural season
      • Quisenberry Division: Full House of Lannister (owner Brian Haines) - Inaugural season
    • Silver Screen League
      • Major League Division: Nuke's Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 9th win in 2015) - Repeat division winner in league's second season; made finals last year
      • Angels in the Outfield Division: Oscar's Cast of Legends (owner David Henning - 7th win in 2015) - Defending league champ from the league's initial season
    • Steel City League - Mazeroski Division: Greenbelt Terrapins (owner Robert Elias - 2nd win in 2015) - 2nd straight division win
    • Superman League - George Reeves Division: Detroit Men of Steel (owner Mike Prohaska) - 2nd division win - Mike won 2014 league title in his first season with the franchise
    • Winners Circle League - Spahn Division: Mobile Baseball Legends (owner Danny Zaccaro - 3rd win in 2015) - Second straight title - third overall

9/17/15

  • 12 Division Champions from Games 137-138: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Cincinnati Red Stockings Division: Buckeye Bombers (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2015) - Inaugural Season
    • Anchorman League
      • Chancellor Division: Cincinnati Slugging Reds (owner Michael Horvitz) - Improved from 2nd place, sub-.500 finish in 2014
      • Reasoner Division: Las Vegas Hangover Crew (owner Ken DeGroot) - Repeat division winner
    • Beer League
      • Malt Division: Sam Adams Love Schnack (owner Doug Schnack) - First division win since 2012, fourth overall
      • Hops Division: Kingfisher Ale Slammers (owner Tom Twomey - 4th win in 2015) - 5th straight title - 6th overall; won the league in 2011
    • Chevy Chase League - Fletch F. Fletch Division: Cannonball Cockamamie (owner Steven Michaud) - Defending league champ; only 2nd division title in 9 seasons
    • K Street League - Sutton Division: Aksarben Bugeaters (owner Don Kruse - 2nd win in 2015) - 6th title - 3rd consecutive; 5 previous trips made finals but no title yet
    • Kings of Queens - McGraw Division: Woodside Dingos (owner Tom Twomey - 5th win in 2015) - Only team to win McGraw Division in league's 6 seasons; league champ 2011
    • Pacific Northwest League
      • Huskies Division: California Whip (owner Daniel Foley, Jr.) - Best previous finish had been 3rd place and 26 GB in 2014
      • Cougars Division: North By Northwest Crop Dusters (owner Danny Zaccaro) - Two-time defending league champion (in league's first 2 seasons)
    • Phightin' Phils League - Alexander Division: Fairborn Flying Angels (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2015) - Owner's first season - team makes playoffs only for the 2nd time (2011)
    • Redbirds League - Brock Division: Brooklyn Usual Suspects (owner Jerry King - 3rd win in 2015) - Returns to playoffs for first time since 2011. Wins division - wins league (so far) - in 2011 and 2008

9/16/15

  • Week 24 Transactions posted - Week 25 deadline is Wednesday, September 23 at 1 PM Eastern
    • No more free agent signings
    • Week 25 transactions are for cuts and IR moves only

 

9/15/15

  • 15 Division Champions from the last four games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Batman League - Bale Division: Kersh & Trouty ůsome other guys (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2015) - 3rd title - made it to league finals in 2014
    • Beatleball - Starr Division: Underground Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 2nd win in 2015) - 4th division crown - won the league in 2013
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Jesse Roche - 3rd win in 2015) - 3-time defending league champion; 6 consecutive division titles
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Drysdale Division: Oklahoma Gushers (owner Tom Twomey - 2nd win in 2015) - Division and conference winner in 2012
    • Chevy Chase League - Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Division: Bath County Black Sheep (owner Tom Twomey - 3rd win in 2015) - 6th straight division title; league champ in 2012
    • Cleveland Rocks League - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning - 2nd win in 2015) - Defending league champion
    • Deuces Wild League - Biggio Division: Sugarland Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 3rd win in 2015) - Repeat division title - third overall; made the finals in 2010
    • Firemen League - Wagner Division: Kingston Reggae Boys (owner Ricardo Alexander) - 3rd straight division win - Conference champ in 2014
    • Geek Pride League - Dorsey Division: Swingset Erectors (owner Kevin Connors and Jeff Zick - 2nd win for Kevin) - Repeat division winner
    • K Street League - Blyleven Division: Alvin Express (owner Michael Quinn - 4th win in 2015) - Defending league champ; Franchise has 5 previous division wins and 3 league titles
    • Phightin' Phils League - Roberts Division: SGV Dukes (owner Michael Quinn - 5th win in 2015) - Return to playoffs after league titles in 2011 & 2012
    • Silver Screen League - Bad News Bears Division: Winterfell Direwolves (owner Sherman Wan - 4th win in 2015) - Finished second in 2014 in league's first season
    • Steel City League - Kiner Division: Atlanta Golden Krust (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2015) - Last place and 21 GB in 2014
    • Three of a Kind League - Wagner Division: Havana Lounge Lizards (owner Jerry King - 2nd win in 2015) - 2nd straight top finish - 5th overall; League champ in 2011
    • Winners Circle League - Galvin Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 4th win in 2015) - Has won the league title in the last three years; Bash champion in 2012

9/12/15

  • 7 Division Champions from the last four games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Batman League - Keaton Division: Infinity Island Shadows (owner Robert Elias) - 2-time defending league champion
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Sutton Division: South Hills California Elite (owner Michael Quinn) - League champion in 2013 and 2009
    • Deuces Wild League - Musial Division: Washington Insiders (owner Don Kruse) - 4th straight division win; Conference winner in 2012
    • Geek Pride League - Berners-Lee Division: Dyad Institute Ledas (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2015) - First division title in league's third year
    • Longball League - Killebrew Division: San Marcos Speed Sloths (owner Tom Twomey) - 5th division title; reached finals in 2012
    • Phightin' Phils League - Klein Division: Backwoods Sasquatch (owner Kevin Connors) - 5th straight division win - won the league in 2013
    • Shadowball League - Chicago American Giants Division: Las Vegas Billionaires (owner Jim Sowerby) - Defending leauge champ - three overall; 7th division title

9/11/15

  • As you start putting together your Week 24 pick ups and cuts, remember that Week 24 is the final week for free agent signings.  Your signings on Week 24 are first eligible to play in Week 25 - and we do not do any pickups in Week 25 to add guys for the playoffs. See the weekly transaction schedule for more details.

9/7/15

  • Two Division Champions from the September 6 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Blue and Gray League - Jackson Division: Charleston Cannon Fodder (owner Jerry King) - Defending league champ - 7 division titles in 7 years
    • Perfect World League - Randy Johnson Division: Malta Falcons (owner Sherman Wan) - 3rd straight division title

9/5/15

  • Two Division Champions out of the September 4 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2015) - Defending league champion; 3 straight division wins
    • Scooby Doo League - Shaggy Division: Galactic White Nights (owner David Henning) - Inaugural Season
  • As you set your lineups for Week 23, remember that games in Weeks 23-25 allow for use of players on your Taxi Squad and Minors to be used as "September call ups."  You may - but you do not have to - put these players in a particular order in your lineup setting.  See the rules and the note on the set lineups page.

8/30/15

  • Our first Division Champion: (was first to clinch in 2014 too)
    • Murderers' Row - Big Ed Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche) - 3 straight division wins, 4th overall; 2 league titles; 2011 BW Bash Champ

8/21/15

  • Transaction/lineup deadlines move to Wednesdays for Weeks 21-25
  • Trades are closed for the season.

8/15/15

  • This is the FINAL WEEK for trades - Deadline to get it all done is Thursday night at 7 PM Eastern

8/6/15

  • Regular Season is 2/3 Complete with posting of Game 100

8/4/15

  • Your team/league finances page now has a table at the top outlining the transaction fees/refunds for players you put on IR.  If you're looking to cut a player on IR, this will let you know the first week you can cut the player and still get the fee refunded.

7/30/15

  • I guess if it's not a web hosting server change...now my stat provider has had to change their statistics feed due to a corporate takeover of the service they were previously using.  During the switch I've found a few changes to the XML feed that I receive and I think I've got it worked out. But that kept me from doing games for a couple of days...so the revised scoring plan:
    • Look for Week 16, part 1 on Thursday night - Games 91-93
    • Then finish off the week on Sunday - Games 94-96

7/28/15

  • Contract extensions for 2016 and beyond are due Friday 7/31 by 7 AM EDT.  See the extension page for information including rules or tips, or just go straight to the contract submission form.

7/25/15

  • Are you getting 2 copies of many emails coming from BWB?  If you use the same email address as both your primary address and secondary address, that may happen.  If you don't have a second email address where you want to receive BWB email, just leave the secondary one blank.  Check it out (and now may be a good time to make sure your info is up to date)

7/21/15

  • Update/reminder for dates/events to keep in mind originally noted below on July 8 - See season transaction/lineup deadlines:
    • Week 16 - Deadline Saturday 7/25 11:59 PM EDT (was Thursday 7/23, 1 PM):
      • Weekly transaction and lineup deadlines shift to Thursdays for the next five weeks
      • All teams get an extra million Benchwarmer Bucks in advance of contract deadline in Week 17
      • 2015 Rule change - Pitching rotations can be reset with no penalty for games between starts from where starters pitched in Week 15
    • Week 17 - Deadline 7/30 Noon 11:59 PM EDT
      • Final week for contract extensions
      • Weekly transaction and lineup deadlines shift to Thursdays for the next four weeks
    • Week 20 - Deadline 8/20 7 PM EDT - Trade deadline

7/20/15

  • 2015 Rule change - Pitching rotations can be reset for Week 16 with no penalty for games between starts between Week 15 and 16.
    • So, for example, your P5 in Week 15 (who will pitch Game 90) can become P1 in Week 16 and still pitch Game 91.
    • It's our version of the All Star break

7/13/15

  • I'm helping my mom move out of the house she's lived in for 49 years (and where I grew up) and after a lot of prep, Tuesday's the big day when the trucks come.  I may be out of contact much of the next couple of days...
    • I will not have games scored Monday - I hope to get Games 79-81 scored on Tuesday night
    • However...the big question is whether I can get Comcast switched over to her new address before Thursday...so it could be as late as Thursday night before scores go up (I'll see what I can do)
  • Meanwhile - don't forget this week's transaction/lineup deadline is FRIDAY at 7 PM - Final chance to cut players and get a salary rebate this season

7/8/15

  • With Game 75, the first half of the regular season is complete
  • Some upcoming dates/events to keep in mind - See season transaction/lineup deadlines:
    • Week 14 - Deadline is at 4 PM Eastern on Friday 7/10 (time of first MLB game of the day)
    • Week 15 - Deadline 7/17 7 PM EDT - Final week to get a salary rebate for cut players
    • Week 16 - Deadline Thursday 7/23, 1 PM EDT:
      • Weekly transaction and lineup deadlines shift to Thursdays for the next five weeks
      • All teams get an extra million Benchwarmer Bucks in advance of contract deadline
      • 2015 Rule change - Pitching rotations can be reset between weeks 15 & 16 with no penalty for games between starts
    • Week 17 - Deadline 7/30 Noon EDT - Final week for contract extensions
    • Week 20 - Deadline 8/20 7 PM EDT - Trade deadline

7/7/15

  • Orphan Team Blowout - All remaining orphans are FREE for the remainder of the 2015 season.  And you'll pay only the discounted orphan rate in 2016.  Some teams still in contention for titles - otherwise you can maybe use advantageous waiver order positions to start rebuilding the team now.
  • Bencwarmer emails should now be working again (but another incident that may have me looking for a new web provider in the off season).

7/2/15

  • We're back to games exclusively inside your divison for Weeks 12-14 - here's a chance to make a move.

6/23/15

  • The Week 12 deadline is extended a couple days in order to give time for everyone after the web outages. Week 13 will end up being the short week as we need to get back on schedule to Friday deadlines - See transaction/lineup deadlines.
  • First round draft picks are now in the player list and available to sign.

6/21/15

  • Website back and running - Week 11 deadline is Tuesday morning at 9 AM EDT.
  • Website update:  I talked directly to tech support Saturday afternoon and there's no ETA.  BWB is not the only site affected and they were trying to figure it out.
  • I am going to be away from a computer most of Sunday, so I might not be able to update this message immediately or send out an email - once the site is connecting to the database, you should be able to tell because you'll be able to view your roster and everything else
  • We'll extend the transaction/lineup deadline a little bit to allow people to get done what they had planned Friday night/Saturday morning.  This may change to a later time, but at the moment I've reset the Week 11 deadline to MONDAY night, June 22 at 11 PM EDT.
  • The Week 12 deadline will be moved back a day or two (or more) accordingly.

6/20/15

  • Sorry for confusion...my web service said site would be down June 19 from 12AM to 8AM EDT.  So, you'd think that's Friday morning, right?
    • A message on Thursday that indicated June 19 10PM to 8AM made me a little nervous
    • When site didn't appear to go down Thursday night I called support on Friday morning and the guy said - "oh yeah...that's done - all set"
    • Obviously it wasn't....
    • Site is back up but having trouble with database connection - I have a support ticket in for assistance.  Any page trying to connect to db fails right now.
    • I'll extend deadline as necessary once it's working.

6/14/15

  • Originally posted June 7: Thinking ahead...we shift the transaction/lineup deadline forward a day every five weeks. On Week 11, we were scheduled to move from Saturdays to Fridays.  That will be delayed by one week - Week 11 deadline is Saturday, June 20 then Week 12 is Friday, June 26.  Two reasons:
    • I will not be able to post transaction results for Week 10 until Sunday 6/14 - when the next week is a short week I typically want to post ASAP.
    • The website will be offline for server maintenance on Friday, June 19 from 12AM-8AM Eastern.
  • Look for this year's first round draft picks to be added to the player list for the Friday June 26 transaction deadline.

6/9/15

  • With Game 50, we've hit the 1/3 mark of the regular season

6/2/15

  • Remember the 250 transaction fee to put a player on the IR instituted this season?
    • Your fee is refunded if the player stays on your roster 11 or more weeks - or is still on the roster on Week 27.
    • If you put a player on IR during Week -2 Transactions, this week (Week 9) is the first time you can cut or trade away the guy and still get the rebate.
    • Rather than wait until season end, refunds will be distributed as soon as eligible.
    • Coming soon is planned a table on your financial page - or a separate page - to help you track your team's status.

5/18/15

  • Rule Change Reminder - For the last several years, all teams received a cash distribution of 1000 at the last transaction dates for May, June, and July.  Starting this year, there is no extra cash doled out until July.

5/10/15

  • Reminder - in order to keep in sync between the BWB weeks and the MLB game numbers, we shift the transaction/lineup deadline day every five weeks.  For Weeks 6-10 we're on Saturdays.  See the full list of deadlines for the season (including times).

5/9/15

  • NEW PAGE!! - Your team's full season schedule and results
  • You can also find a link to this page on the bottom of every week's schedule/results page - see the link "My Team's Schedule" - more links will get added to the page along the way.  (People ask...if you didn't know this, you can also get to the schedule/results page at the bottom of every page on the site - see "Results" in the page footer)

5/7/15

4/29/15

  • It's early for some of the trends to fully be relevant, but here's a page introduced in 2014 that does some comparisons across all 44 leagues - Around BWB

4/27/15

  • FYI - in situations of suspended games, like Friday night's KC-CWS game, we count the game/stats at time of game completion.
  • Also a reminder, I pull game stats the day after a game is played.  As corrections or scoring changes come in, I make those changes.  But once a BWB game is played, there is no going back to take into consideration the corrected stats to fix a completed game.

4/20/15

  • Full payment was due April 12 - there are still some outstanding amounts due - check your status for 2015 and learn more about season and lifetime packages
    • If you do not see "Yes" in the confirmed column, I do not have your payment or indication that it's on the way.  I will start locking transactions for your teams on Wednesday night.
    • After a couple of years of being slack on this, I will hold to the payment deadlines and transaction/roster restrictions as last season some teams fell through the cracks.  Contact me if you have any complications.

4/19/15

  • Cash for games won and division placement works on a 2-week lag.  So the results for Week 1 games will be converted into cash disbursements for Week 3 (etc., etc.).

4/18/15

  • Fixed pages (and new web locations - not all site links are updated yet):

4/16/15

4/14/15

  • BWB 2015 Schedule Posted.  How to find this on a regular basis?
    • When games are scored - the home page notice will link to the schedule
    • On your league's home page, find the link "This Week's Games"
    • On any page, down in the footer, find the link "Results"

4/13/15

  • Week 1 Transactions posted - Week 2 deadline is Sunday, April 19 at 1 PM Eastern
    • This is the first big influx of new players to the player list
    • To find new players on the free agent list, choose the proper week number that players are first eligible for signing - with this group, you'll find them via "Week 2" (after tonight's posting...they are not there yet)
  • When's the first game?
    • We use batting stats 5 games ahead of our BWB game # in order to queue up enough pitching stats, so a team's MLB game #6 is used for BWB game #1.
    • Weather permitting, Chicago and St. Louis will be the last teams to get to Game 6 - on Monday (thanks to a rainout already) - and that makes Tuesday the earliest we can post a game.
    • Usually it's more time-effective to score 2-3 games at a time, but often doing a single game first helps me clear the cobwebs on how to do this again for the first time since Oct...so look for a game on Tuesday or Wednesday night. (I also need to fit time in to finish up taxes...so that's going to have to come first)

4/8/15

  • Don't forget that if you own multiple teams you can see the transaction results for all your leagues one page, along with other helpful links like a listing of all your rosters or a list of all your players on every team.  See Multiteam Tools

4/3/15

4/2/15

  • Again see some Week Zero Reminders - here are some common questions:
    • I use the 2000 everyone gets in your best benefit
      • For teams trying to get below the 5000 maximum cash balance, don't worry - the 2000 doesn't get added to your balance until AFTER checking and possibly reducing your cash
      • For teams who are on the other side of the spectrum - with very little cash left, the 2000 will be figured into any free agent signings, trades, IR fees, etc.
    • The salary rebate for players has gone from 50% to 80% starting this week
    • If you're cutting players and you get a salary rebate - that extra cash WILL be checked against your team's cash balance and the maximum 5000.  If the rebate causes your balance to go over 5000, you'll lose the excess.

4/1/15

  • Deadline Monday 4/6 at 11:59 PM Eastern - Week Zero Reminders - include maximum cash balance of 5000 heading into season, a cash distribution of 2000 to everyone, and you must have a legal roster after this week's transactions!  Setting your first week's lineup is not due until April 12.
  • Scooby Doo League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Three complete
    • See the Scooby Doo Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and finances updated
    • Startup draft is complete!  Your league now enters normal weekly transactions - with a short week ahead..deadline is Monday night

3/30/15

  • Week minus 1 Transactions Posted - Week Zero deadline is Monday, April 6 11:59 PM EDT - this is an extension from what would have been 7 PM Sunday.
  • You'll have a short turnaround time before Week 1 lineups due Sunday, April 12 - so use this coming week to do as much setting as possible.

3/29/15

  • Scooby Doo League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two complete

3/28/15

  • ORPHAN SALE - Price cut on the remaining orphan teams from $35 to $15 for the 2015 Season
  • Week zero transactions are due Monday April 6 - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting this year 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 - in an added ruling change - any teams currently in orphan status will not be subject to a cut

3/21/15

  • Quick reminder of 2015 rules changes - including a new transaction fee for IR moves (refundable if the player is on IR for 11 or more weeks).  I'll make a decision on possible changes to lineups by next week (I couldn't look at it in time for the intended March 1 decsion).
  • Contract extensions are now open.  Unless you need to cut cash reserves down below 5000, I always suggest you wait until July.

3/19/15

  • Scooby Doo League Draft - Phase One Draft complete

3/18/15

  • 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 are now making final preparations to get their teams ready for the regular season.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • We are not drafting any additional new leagues for 2015.  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.
      • Orphan teams are just $35 - about 1/2 the normal price.
      • If you're interested, your first step is to sign up here.  Then check out the orphan list again and send us your choice.
    • Are you already a BWB team owner and want to add teams?  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

3/17/15

  • Scooby Doo League Draft - Phase One Draft underway
    • See the Scooby Doo Draft Index for updates
    • Tuesday posting #3 - Resolution of contested picks for players picked by 3 or more teams.
  • Scooby Doo draft - a few fixes on the second page of contested results for salary 100 (this is still a manual process, so please let me know if you find errors).
  • A couple of site updates
    • It looks like the transaction error-checking never accounted for the number of players making over 250 when you put a guy on Injured Reserve.  It handles the 40-man roster limit OK.  I'll look at fixing that soon, but in the meantime, if you're getting a "250 error" even when putting a guy making more than 250 on IR, you should be OK for now.
    • There is still an email issue that I haven't solved - trade email and other automated email may not reach intended targets - particularly if the recipient has gmail or yahoo (only 2 of the biggest ones).
    • Until email is fixed:

3/16/15

  • Scooby Doo League Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Unique draft picks, a listing of the number of teams picking contested players, and resolution of contested picks for players with Salary 100.

3/15/15

  • Redistribution Draft - Results posted for Round 5 for all leagues - Redistribution Draft is COMPLETE
    • Normal transactions now begin: free agent signings / cuts / trades - all are in play
    • You have three more transaction weeks before your roster is set for Opening Day
    • Week -2 deadline is Sunday, March 22 7 PM EDT
    • Contract extensions will be activated by Monday or Tuesday
  • American Association Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the American Association Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • Startup draft is complete!  Hang on until after the Redistribution Draft is posted for returning leagues and we'll open up the league for normal transactions.
  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Four Complete
    • See the Royal Flush Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • Startup draft is complete!  Hang on until after the Redistribution Draft is posted for returning leagues and we'll open up the league for normal transactions.

3/14/15

  • Scooby Doo League will be the final new league to draft for 2015.  Are you just signing up for Benchwarmer for the first time? Do you have extra bonus teams that you want to use?  We still have plenty of orphan teams available who need owners!
  • Included in the orphan teams is one remaining team in the Moneyball League.  This is a private league that collects its own fees and in turn offers its own prizes.  Let me know if you're interested and I can get you in touch with the league owner.

3/12/15

  • Scooby Doo League - league is full! and the final due date for your draft list is Sunday night March 15 at 7 PM EDT.  Check out the Scooby Doo Draft Index which includes links to past drafts as examples.
  • American Association Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete

3/10/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Three Complete
  • Redistribution Draft - Results posted for Round 4 for all leagues

3/4/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

3/3/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part Two Complete

3/2/15

2/25/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete

2/23/15

2/19/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase Two Draft, Part One Complete

2/15/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase One Draft
    • See the American Association Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters populated with the awarded players; Finances updated
    • Phase Two Draft (Part 1) is now open - Picks are due Monday, Feb 23 at Noon EST

2/14/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Resolution of contested picks for players of Salary > 100 picked by 2 teams.

2/11/15

  • Redistribution Draft - Lists reopened for you to adjust Rounds 2-5
    • Deadline - Sunday, Feb. 22 Noon EST for Round 2
    • Lists for Rounds 2-5 are set up to remain legal lists - you should not have to touch them if you don't want to do so - and the draft for Round 2 will proceed normally:
      • If during Round 1 processing, we had to move up players from later rounds in order to get you three players, all the remaining picks were moved up in order, so you should be set automatically with someone in Round 2, Pick 1 and beyond.
      • Any players you have left in your list in Rounds 2-5 who have already been selected have been retained so that the list stays intact - but we've marked on the list which players are already gone so that you can replace them.

2/10/15

  • Redistribution Draft - Results posted for Round 1 for all leagues
  • American Association Draft - I missed finishing the players picked by 2 teams by 1 day before hitting all kinds of Redistribution Draft work.  I'll pick that up later this week and finish off the Phase One Draft
  • Royal Flush League - Phase Two Draft - list submissions due Thursday 2/12 at Noon EST

2/9/15

  • Redistribution Draft
    • Results from Round 1 posted on the Transactions page.  Rosters and financial balances are updated
    • I'm about a day behind planned schedule due to all the orphan lists I needed to finish on Sunday - reopening the draft list and getting it to display correctly will take a little more time and I'm headed out of town on Wednesday...
    • So for this first attempt to update the picks weekly and to get everything working, we'll adjust the Round 2 due date to Feb. 22 instead of Feb 15.  Expect weekly submissions for Rounds 3-5.

2/8/15

  • Redistribution Draft - Lists due TODAY with extended deadline to 7 PM EST.
    • Only Round 1 will be processed this week and then you get a shot to readjust your list - but remember that each team gets three players at a time, so make sure you pick at least enough rounds/picks to ensure you get three players when it's your turn.
    • Quick link - See all your Redistribution Draft lists on one page - including errors:
      • You'll find there a link to pick the same player(s) for each of your teams to save some time
      • If you have leftover incomplete picks and errors, you can also with one click remove all the incompletes (make sure you're not using the link to clear all your entire drafts).

2/7/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Resolution of contested picks for players of Salary > 100 picked by 3 teams.

2/5/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Resolution of contested picks for players of Salary > 100 picked by 4-5 teams.

2/2/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Resolution of contested picks for players of Salary 100 picked by 2-5 teams.

2/4/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Resolution of contested picks for players of Salary > 100 picked by 6 or more teams and those ranked #1.
  • Redistribution Draft - Some common questions about the new format/process of breaking it into multiple weeks...Here's what to expect:
    • Feb 8 - you submit up to 5 rounds of picks / 3 picks per round
    • Feb 8 or 9 (approximately): Results of Round 1 posted / Lists open again for Rounds 2-5
    • As you go back to your draft lists, you should see all 5 rounds of picks; you don't have to start over.  Round 1 will be locked but you can make changes to Rounds 2-5.
      • If any of your guys had to move up, your draft list should now be "as is" - not as originally submitted.  For example:
        • You get picks 1 & 2 in Round 1, but your 3rd pick is gone - We move up your 2nd round, 1st pick in order to get your 3rd player
        • Everybody else on your list moves up.  When you go back in for Round 2, your "new" Round 2 starts off as your original Round 2 picks 2 & 3, plus your original Round 3, pick 1.  Subsequent rounds move up too.
      • TBD - if possible, I'd like to designate on your updated draft list whether or not the player is still available or not
    • None of this is programmed yet - so let's see what happens the weekend of Feb 7-8...

2/1/15

  • American Association Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Unique draft picks, a listing of the number of teams picking contested players, and resolution of contested picks for players of Salary 100 picked by 6 or more teams.
  • Reminder: the 2015 Redistribution Draft is now open.  Deadline is Sunday 2/8/15 Noon EST.

1/26/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase One Draft Complete
    • See the Royal Flush Draft Index for updates
    • Rosters and team finances updated
    • Phase 2 draft list (part one) is open and due on Monday 2/8 at Noon EST

1/25/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: All contested picks resolved

1/24/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Contested picks for players with salary > 100 with #1 ranks and then picked by 3 or more teams

1/23/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Contested picks for players with salary 100 picked by 2-6 teams

1/22/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Contested picks for players with salary 100 picked by 7 or more teams

1/21/15

  • Royal Flush League Draft. Phase One Draft - Posted today: Unique draft picks and a listing of the number of teams picking contested players
  • American Association Draft - League is full - Phase One draft lists due Sunday February 1

1/20/15

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2015 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You have 2+ weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday 2/8/15 Noon EST.

1/19/15

  • Since many of you have a ton of teams and I may still have a bunch of orphans to process, the first picks for the Redistribution Draft will be due Sunday, Feb 8.  With the new multiweek posting/adjustments, updated lists will be due each Sunday after that.
  • For the Royal Flush League, I was working with a couple teams today to get them to legal lists - not sure if I can post preliminary results on Tuesday night - it could now be on Wednesday night.

1/12/15

  • Do you have multiple teams?  You can see the status of your carry over selections for all teams on one page. (Just added - a recap of number of players and remaining cash balance)
  • I can pretty much guarantee I can't get through the orphan list to do roster carry overs by Thursday night - so let's just extend this now and give you all the extra time - Roster decisions are now due Monday, January 19 at Noon EST.

1/11/15

1/8/15

  • 114 New players added to the BWB Player List
    • This is based on the 40-man rosters
    • No more players will be added - they must now appear in an MLB game before they get added to the list
  • Two more players removed from the game who were on some rosters (so they're already pulled off the rosters too)
    • John McDonald (retired)
    • Gaby Sanchez (signed in Japan)

1/4/15

  • December 25, 2014: The Day the Laptop Died
    • Not much activity here on the website due to travel and the primary computer for BWB dying on 12/25
    • No data lost, but I had to hold off on several updates while getting data recovery and tech repair and so lost about a week of potential time
    • New deadlines as a result:
      • Cutdown to 28 players now due at 8 PM Eastern on Thursday, Jan 15 (changed from 1/11)
      • Redistribution Draft selections due Sunday, Feb 1 (changed from 1/25)
      • There's also a slight delay in the Phase 1 draft for American Association League to post/prep for a new rule change
  • Winter trading period 2 posted
  • 93 more players removed from the player list - these 4 players were on BWB rosters and are now gone:
    • Eric Arnett
    • Cody Johnson
    • Hiroki Kuroda
    • Logan Ondrusek
  • All player positions now verified for 2015
  • Player additions (based on 40-man rosters) delayed due to the tech issues - will try to put in later this week.
 
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