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  • At Game 100, we reached the 2/3 mark of the regular season.


  • Don't forget - final week to submit contract extensions - Information - Rules Page
    • Submission Form - Due Thursday, July 31 - 9 PM Eastern
    • Plenty of information on the links above, but remember:
      • You must have all the money on hand now
      • No rebates for future seasons
      • A player cannot be extended and traded in the same week - he's got to be on your roster already
      • This is a cost-saving move - paying a cheaper price for a player now than he will be next season.  You do NOT have to do this in order to keep the player for 2015.  You do NOT have to spend the money now or lose it.  You'll keep any leftover cash throughout the winter for paying 2015 salaries and signing free agents.


  • Teams already received their July cash disbursement of 1 million bucks - so the cash you have is what you have available for this week's final shot at contract extensions (plus any salary rebates from trades this week and cash you get based on Week 16 games).
  • ORPHAN CLEARANCE: We still have some orphan teams available. Contact us to get set up with one.  These are FREE for the remainder of 2014 AND you'll get the team in 2015 at the orphan rate ($35)



  • I've been alerted to a problem with receiving emails related to trades and broadcast messages from other users - particularly if your email address is Yahoo, AOL, Gmail and some others.
    • You can look up DMARC for the technical details, but this will mean that I need to redo how BWB generates emails between team owners.
    • In the meantime, if you think you are not receiving trade offers, don't forget that you can see all of your pending transactions across all teams - including pending trade decisions.  This works even if you have only one team.
  • Here's a new page: Around BWB.  This will show of recap of the best and worst among the 41 leagues in operation this summer.  Currently it shows the teams with the best and worst records in the system - but look for additional categories in the next month or two.


  • Some additional page changes to reduce clicks:
    • As with the signs/drops, there's no more intermediate page after making lineup changes - you'll go right back to the lineup change form in case you have more adjustments.
    • On the all my rosters and all my transactions pages, instead of just switching only to the team roster, you have choices to go directly to your lineup change form and transaction page.


  • Two things to be aware of in July for your rosters and transactions:
    • You have 2 more weeks to get salary rebates for cut players - Week 15 (deadline Friday 7/11) is the last chance to cut a player and get money back on his salary.
    • Contract extensions - Week 18 (July 31) is the final chance to do contract extensions this season.


  • Hopefully a beneficial change with some page modifications - there's no longer an intermediate processing page for adds/cuts - you'll go right back to your transaction index.  For those of you with multiple teams this should greatly decrease the number of clicks and page loads you need each week for your transactions!


  • First round draft picks - one point of warning.  If the players do not sign a contract, they are removed from the game (you don't get to keep them for the next draft).


  • First round draft picks are now included in the player list (use the selection filters on the player list/free agent pages to find them).


  • Let's do this...Weekly transactions/lineups due at the first MLB regularly scheduled game time of the day.


  • 2014 First Round Draft Picks
    • Will be added to the player list Friday night after processing Week 11 transactions
    • Available for signing during Week 12 - deadline Friday, June 20 at noon Eastern.



  • All teams received an extra million in cash during next week's transaction processing.  Next cash distribution is Week 13 (deadline June 27).



  • Planning ahead - some rule changes for 2015 (cash changes that couldn't be implemented with short notice in 2014)


  • We start 8 weeks of games outside your division
  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction/lineup deadline date shifts to match up with MLB games.  Starting this week transactions and lineups are due every SATURDAY at Noon Eastern.


  • There have been some questions about the "saves" part of the score in game scoring.  I think I translated program code to written rules incorrectly a couple of years ago - I will try to clarify that this weekend.


  • Reminder as you set your lineups from one week to the next about the effect of moving starting pitchers around (to avoid playing around with the rotation spots and previously-known performances).
    • If you move a pitcher from a spot starter, taxi squad, or minor league slot into the starting 1-5 rotation, all previous starts are ignored - even if queued in the spot role - and no starts will count until the deadline date of the transaction week.
    • Exception - pitchers signed or acquired via trade one week earlier can be assumed to have been obtained for purposes of immediate use and any eligible starts will be used if they are placed in the rotation.
    • In a 2014 rule change to relax this a bit (and allow for dealing with injuries more quickly) - if you move a pitcher from the minors or taxi squad to a spot starter role, any eligible starts may be used and won't be thrown out if before the deadline.
    • See the rule change and the full rule.


  • Opening Day! Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted.  See Results


  • BWB 2014 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"


  • Week 1 Transactions Posted
    • 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"
  • 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, Detroit will be the last team to get to Game 6 - on Tuesday (thanks to a rainout already) - and that makes Wednesday 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 Sept/ look for a game on Wednesday night.


  • We still have plenty of orphan teams available. Contact us to get set up with one.
  • It's Week Zero Transactions: Deadline has been changed to 7 PM Eastern on Monday.  Check out the schedule/deadline page for some planning about what you need to do for Week Zero and Week One.
    • Lineups are due Week 1 (April 6), but there's a one-week lag between picking up a player and using him.  So if you need to fill spots for Opening Day, you need to pick them up by March 31.
    • Also - don't forget that for returning leagues, your cash balance must be at 5000 or lower at Week Zero.


  • Silver Screen League Draft. See the Silver Screen Draft Index for updates.  Phase Two Draft, Part Two complete.  Rosters and finances updated.
    • Silver Screen Draft is complete
    • It's a quick turnaround, but Silver Screen is now eligible for Week Zero transactions, including cuts, trades, and free agent signings.  Deadline is Monday at 5 PM EDT.



  • 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 completing their rosters for the 2014 season.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • We're not drafting any more new leagues in 2014.  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.
  • There are still a couple of invite-only orphans in private pay leagues - Beer League and Moneyball - that are available.  There's an extra entry fee by the league owner and they pay out prizes (BWB standard leagues do not pay out except in free teams and discounts for next year).


  • Do you have multiple teams?  Are you looking for a way to figure out if your teams have been hit by the injury trend - and what rosters might hold Medlen, Beachy, Corbin, Iglesias, Chapman, et. al.?  Don't forget that there is a page that shows all players on all your teams - and from that you can see which teams have a particular player.
  • New leagues for 2014 ignore this - but everyone else - don't forget that you need to have your team's cash balance at or below 5000 after Week Zero transactions (March 31 deadline).  See the rule.
    • One way to get your cash to 5000 or lower - sign players, trade for more expensive players, or give up cash in trades.
    • Another way is to sign players to multiyear contracts (be careful with this so early in the season...don't overdo it).


  • Thinking ahead: Sunday at Noon is the deadline for Week minus One transactions.  Check out the schedule/deadline page for some planning about what you need to do for Week Zero and Week One.
    • Lineups are due Week 1, but there's a one-week lag between picking up a player and using him.  So if you need to fill spots for Opening Day, you need to pick them up by March 31.
    • Also - don't forget that for returning leagues, your cash balance must be at 5000 or lower at Week Zero.


  • North Siders League Phase Two Draft, Part Three posted - see North Siders Draft Index - That's it for the draft - you're done.  We start off with weekly transactions with deadline next Sunday.


  • Steel City League Phase Two Draft, Part Four posted - see Steel City Draft Index - That ends the draft process...and you're off to trades and free agency beginning with this week's transaction deadline of Sunday, March 9.



  • Contract extensions will begin this week...but are not yet activated (plenty of time)


  • Anchorman League Phase Two Draft, Part Three, results posted - see Anchorman Draft Index Draft is complete!  League now enters weekly transaction cycle (starting this week - deadline Sunday).


  • Redistribution Results Index Draft complete - Rosters updated with new players
  • Free agency and trades are open.  This week's deadline is Sunday, Feb 23 at Noon EST.  Transaction order for this week is the same as for the Redistribution Draft.
  • Special posting of Week -7 Transactions - This is a pre-Redistribution Draft cut of retired players from the rosters.  Players that officially retire before the start of the season are removed with a 100% salary rebate (unless previously signed to a multiyear contract, then there is no rebate).


  • The Redistribution Draft is extended to allow me time to finish off the orphan teams.  You have a couple more days to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Tuesday 2/11/14 Noon EST.


  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2014 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You have 2 weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday 2/9/14 Noon EST.


  • There are a few open spots in some private "prize" leagues - they require an extra entry fee but the leagues pay out prizes.  Check out the list of orphans and under the invitation leagues you can check out the teams for Beer League, Murderers' Row, and Moneyball League.  If interested, you can email me and I'll get you in touch with the league owners.


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