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9/9/19

  • Free agent signings are closed for the season.  The only available transactions now are cuts and moves to IR.

9/8/19

  • 9 Division Champions from the September 7 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • A League About Nothing Elaine Division: WHO DAT! (owner Skip Hohensee - 2nd win in 2019) - Repeat winner
    • Beatleball - McCartney Division: The Curiousness of Your Potential Kiss (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2019) - 9th consecutive title; 13th overall
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Drysdale Division: Southeast Northern State Westerners (owner Leif Jonson - 2nd win in 2019) - Repeat title, 5th overall; 2011 league champ
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (owner David Henning - 2nd win in 2019) - League champion 3 of the last 4 seasons, going for 3rd in a row
    • Grunge League Alice in Chains Division: Saturn Ringers (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2019) - Finshed 2nd last year in league's first season
    • Marxball - Chico Division: Orrville Knights (owner Michael Rudolph - 2nd win in 2019) - Lost 95 games last year; finished 4th in both of league's previous seasons
    • Moneyball League - Ron Washington Division: Paso Robles Zinfindels (owner Ken DeGroot) - 2nd time on top (also 2017)
    • Phightin' Phils League Klein Division: Mt. Eaton Fox Squirrels (owner Dave Matter) - 2-time defending league champion
    • They Might Be Giants - Hubbell Division: Herrickville Haberdashers (owner Jay Snyder) - Repeat winner, 5th overall; 2012 league champion

9/6/19

  • 6 Division Champions from the September 6 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Jesse Roche - 2nd win in 2019) - Defending league champion (4 total); 10th straight division title
    • Blue and Gray League - Jackson Division: Charleston Cannon Fodder (owner Jerry King - 2nd win in 2019) - 10th division win in 11 seasons; 3-time league champion
    • Bronx Bombers League - Ford Division: Violent Delights (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2019) - Repeat division winner
    • Marxball - Zeppo Division: Kingston FC (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2019) - Repeat win
    • Reality Bites - Bachelor Division: Memphis Bighitters (owner Michael Quinn) - 9th division win; League champ in 2011
    • Steel City League - Kiner Division: Atlanta Golden Krust (owner Ricardo Alexander - 3rd win in 2019) - 3rd division crown

9/5/19

  • 3 Division Champions from the September 4 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Reality Bites - Fear Factor Division: Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympians (owner Leif Jonson) - First playoff berth since 2009, when they won league championship; 4th overall title
    • Scooby Doo League - Daphne Division: North DeLisle Rangers (owner Sherman Wan) - Defending league champion; 4th division title
    • Whiff League - Sammy Sosa Division: Center City Flashbacks (owner Charlie Penn) - Inaugural season

9/3/19

  • 4 Division Champions from the September 2 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Experts League - Blogs Division: Sumer Anunnaki (owner Brian Haines) - 4th division win - first since 2015; League champ in 2014
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League - Philadelphia Athletics Division: Center City Flashbacks (owner David Henning) - Inaugural season
    • Scooby Doo League - Shaggy Division: Rittman Corked Bats (owner Michael Rudolph) - Repeat division winner - 3rd overall
    • Winners Circle League - Mathewson Division: Los Angeles Baconators (owner Jerry King) - 4th consecutive division championship

9/2/19

  • Reminder - this is the final week to sign free agents for the regular season/post season.

9/1/19

  • 3 Division Champions from the September 1 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Rather Division: Roto Baseball Thunder (owner Skip Hohensee) - Repeat division winner, 3rd in franchise history
    • Golden Throat League - Haray Carey Division: Atlanta Gangsters (owner Ricardo Alexander) - First division title since 2007 - looking for first league championship
    • South Siders League - Faber Division: El Dorado Conquistadors (owner Robert Elias) - 4th straight division win; League champ in 2017

8/29/18

  • Roughly about the same time every year...congratulations to our first Division Champion: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Crumpton Roches (owner Jesse Roche) - 7th division title in league's 7 seasons; Defending league champ and won 2 other times

8/26/19

  • A reminder of what's coming up of importance in the BWB calendar - See the season schedule for details.
    • Week 23 - deadline Sunday 9/1 - "roster expansion" - taxi squad and minor league players can fill in as an extended bench for the final three weeks of the season - See the rules regarding September call ups
    • Week 24 - deadline Sunday 9/8 - final week to sign free agents for the 2019 season/post-season

8/17/19

  • Reminder: Every 5 weeks we change the transaction deadline day to better match the mapping between MLB games and BWB games.  Starting this week, and for Weeks 21-25 our lineup/transaction deadlines are due on Sundays at 1 PM Eastern
  • This is your final chance to move any players to the Prospects Roster.  Week 21 is the final week to make that move.

8/13/19

  • Trades are closed for the 2019 season

8/7/19

  • Don't forget - starting with Week 16 games, the financial aspects of regular season performance changed:
    • The reward for each win changed from 50K to 75K (and goes to 100K starting in Week 21)
    • The funds to help 4th place teams were reduced and goes to zero for the final 5 weeks of the season
    • Don't leave cash on the table for your team next season by becoming a completely non-competitive team the rest of the way

8/6/19

  • This week is the trade deadline!

8/3/19

  • With Game 100 scored and posted, we've hit the 2/3 mark of the regular season

8/1/19

  • Planning Ahead - Taking a look at the upcoming schedule
    • Week 19 - Deadline Monday, August 5 - this will be a short week with deadline moved to Monday night
    • Week 20 (8/12/19) - Trade deadline
    • Week 21 (8/18/19)
      • Weekly deadlines move to Sundays at 1PM Eastern
      • Final week to move any players to the prospect roster
    • Week 23 - "Roster expansion" begins - for games in Weeks 23-25, taxi squad and minor league players may fill in for lineup holes
    • Some dates may be subject to change - check the schedule for the entire season

7/31/19

  • Of 3,072 games in BWB for Week 16, the results of 184 changed with the pitching corrections.
    • 320 Teams had a different win total for Week 16 after the game corrections:
      • 13 teams had +2 wins
      • 149 teams had +1 win
      • 142 teams had -1 win
      • 15 teams had -2 wins
      • 1 team had -3 wins

7/30/19

  • See the email sent out tonight about some game-scoring errors.  I will need to rescore all of Week 16.  Game results have been cleared out but the original box score files and standings are still present - those will be overwritten when the games are redone.
  • I'll try to get the week rescored and posted by late Wednesday night.

7/24/19

  • In case you're seeing missing contract extensions, in the email sent out to all owners on Sunday morning, I listed among the items to consider:
    • 7. There is no “sign and trade” in BWB – you can’t do a contract extension on a player and trade him away in the same week (but you COULD extend him this week and trade him next week).
    • About 13 contract extensions across all of BWB were discarded this week because those players were also involved in trades. In the processing order of transactions, trades come before extensions, so once the trade occurs, the original team no longer has the player to do the contract extension.

7/19/19

  • Week 17 is the final week for contract extensions - deadline is Tuesday night
  • During the transaction period right before the contract deadline, each team gets an extra 1000 in cash (See rules)
  • That cash has been distributed and added to team cash balances during the Week 16 transaction processing

7/10/19

  • There are no more salary rebates this season when you cut players.
  • The signing salary for any free agent is now fixed - you will pay a prorated 40% of the 2019 salary for any player you sign for the remainder of the season.
  • For Week 16 lineups - you may reorder your pitching rotation from scratch - we will not check on games of rest between Weeks 15 and 16 - it's our version of the All Star Break.

7/8/19

  • OK - we have a little situation based on the number of games the Tigers have not yet played due to weather (and really the White Sox too as for the moment they're only ahead of Detroit by a day).  When we process weekly transactions for a given week, we use the game results from 2 weeks earlier to set transaction order and cash distribution.  For example, this week when we do Week 15 transactions, we're using the game results from Week 13, which just ended on Saturday.
    • No problem for this week - we're set a couple of days before the deadline - but the All Star Break will now interfere.
    • The real problem comes for Week 16 transactions, with a scheduled deadline of Monday, 7/15.  The Tigers play their final game to map to BWB Week 14 on Monday, 7/15 - meaning I can't score games until Tuesday...and likely can't set the transaction order until Wednesday and that would be the earliest day that I could process the transactions.  There will be similar issues in the next couple of weeks after that, so these are the changes in transaction/lineup deadlines:
      • This week - Week 15 - no change in date, but will extend to midnight Eastern time on Tuesday night
      • Week 16: Deadline changed from Mon 7/15 to Wed 7/17 (midnight Eastern)
      • Week 17: Deadline changed from Mon 7/22 to Tue 7/23 (midnight Eastern)
      • Week 18: Deadline changed from Mon 7/29 to Tue 7/30 (7 PM Eastern)
      • Then I think that by Week 19 we can get back to the regular schedule - with deadline on Mon 8/5.
      • See the changes listed on the season listing of schedule/deadlines
    • Note - I'm setting these deadlines back so that I believe that I can set the transaction order on the same day I process transactions.  But I probably won't be able to post the updated order very far ahead of the weekly deadline, if at all.  Sorry - you'll have to estimate the order from the previous week.
  • I could just keep the listed deadlines, but I won't be able to process transaction submissions any sooner, so if the deadlines are not pushed back, you'll have fewer days in between posting of results and when your next list is due.
  • This may need to change again, depending on weather.

7/7/19

  • Reminder - This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019 - Deadline is Tuesday night at 7 PM Eastern

7/5/19

  • With Game 75 in the books we have reached the halfway mark of the regular season.

7/4/19

  • It appears that my outgoing email has been blocked, and as near as I can tell, the broadcast blast I sent out on Tuesday afternoon to announce the deadline extension was the last message received by the outside world.  I've got a ticket in with my web provider to get this fixed, but with the holiday, I'm not expecting anything today.  So, if you're waiting on a reply from me, it may be a little while.
  • The unfortunate death of Tyler Skaggs means that he will be removed from all rosters and from the player list.  This happened too close to the weekly deadline to act on it during Week 14, so nothing changed this week and if he's in a rotation and has a queued start, his stats will count during Week 13 and/or 14 games.  Effective for Week 15, he'll be off all rosters - you can cut him, but if you don't the BWB league office will remove him.  You will get a salary rebate if applicable.  See the BWB rule covering this

7/3/19

  • This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019 (salary rebates do continue for trades)
  • Tigers game postponed on Tuesday pushes us back another day for the next game score.  We'll hit the halfway point of the season with a posting of Games 73-75 on Thursday.

6/29/19

  • With Brendan McKay coming up to the majors and still a 2-way player and likely to be used that way, we've made him a 2-way player in BWB and added pitching eligibility for him.

6/28/19

  • Planning Ahead - Taking a look at the upcoming schedule
    • Week 15 (7/9/19) - This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019
    • Week 16 (7/15/19)
      • Weekly deadlines shift to Monday nights
      • All teams receive an extra 1000 in cash
      • "All Star Break" - Reorder your pitching rotation without concern about games of rest between Weeks 15 & 16
    • Week 17 (7/22/19) - Final week to sign contract extensions for 2020 and beyond
    • Week 20 (8/12/19) - Trade deadline
    • Some dates may be subject to change - check the schedule for the entire season

6/24/19

  • As Week 12 games begin, we've got three weeks of games within your division

6/17/19

  • Reminder - this is your first chance to sign 2019 first round draft picks.  To give you a little extra time for your picks, the weekly deadline on Tuesday night is extended until midnight Pacific.

6/11/19

  • First round draft picks of 2019 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • There is a slight risk in signing draft picks - if the player does not sign by the MLB deadline (July 12), the player is immediately removed from your roster and from the BWB player list.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2019)"
    • You'll also find them by looking for players who are new to the list in Week 12, although they will be mixed in with other players added this week by making their first MLB appearances.

6/9/19

  • Reminder - Transaction submissions and lineup changes are now due on Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern!
  • First round draft picks will be available NEXT WEEK - you'll find them in the player list after Week 11 transaction results post on Tuesday night.
  • Orphan Special - there are still a handful of orphan teams for this season - you can grab any orphan for the remainder of the 2019 season for just $10 (regular price $35)
    • 4 of the 6 available orphans currently have the #1 pick each week in transactions and already have some of this season's top prospects.  One other team is at #2 and the last one is picking at #4.

6/6/19

  • Note: Every 5 weeks we change the transaction deadline day to better match the mapping between MLB games and BWB games.  Starting this week, and for Weeks 11-15 our lineup/transaction deadlines are due on Tuesdays

6/4/19

  • Planning Ahead - Taking a look at the upcoming schedule
    • Week 10 (6/5/19) - Final transaction/lineup deadline to fall on Wednesday
    • Week 11 (6/11/19) - Transaction/lineup deadline moves to Tuesdays
    • Week 12 (6/18/19) - First week that 2019 first round draft picks will be available to sign - check for them in the Player list after the Week 11 transaction results are posted (estimated for 6/12/19)
    • Week 15 (7/9/19) - This is the final week to release players and get a prorated salary rebate for 2019
    • Week 16 (7/15/19) - All teams receive an extra 1000 in cash
    • Week 17 (7/22/19) - Final week to sign contract extensions for 2020 and beyond
    • Some dates may be subject to change - check the schedule for the entire season

6/2/19

  • With Game 50, we've reached a milestone point of the season - 1/3 of the regular season is complete

4/28/19

  • Winless no more - South Park in the Commissioners League won not just once, but twice against first-place Towanda.  Win #1 came in Game 16.

4/27/19

  • Let's try to answer a question before it's asked: When is Vlad Jr. going to be available to sign?
    • BWB only adds a player to the list once he plays a game in MLB - and the stats are available the day after the debut.
    • BWB adds new players just once per week - this gives 5-7 days typically to allow everyone a chance to get in and submit a claim.  Players are posted at the same time that transactions/lineups are processed.
    • For the week that just closed with a Thursday deadline (and the process to run transactions beginning Thursday night), players would have had to have had the first appearance on Wednesday.  With Vlad's debut on Friday, he will not appear on the player list until after we process/post Week 5 transactions.
    • So, look for Guerrero to be available for the first time for Week 6 - with deadline Wednesday, May 8 (transaction order determined by the win-loss records following Week 4, so there's nothing more you can do to affect your waiver position).

4/24/14

  • Our final undefeated team - Wrigley Bleacher Bums (Federal League, owned by Jason Kiernan) lost in its 13th game, 5-3 to Trump.
  • There's still one team searching for win #1 - Andrew Lehman's South Park Butters (Commissioners League) is 0-15.  They're getting closer?  3 of the last 4 losses have been in extra innings.  But coming up is a 3-game series against 1st place Towanda (13-2).

4/21/19

  • Perfect - and not so perfect: After 10 games, we've got 3 teams left with a perfect 10-0 record.  Jason Kiernan has 2 of them: Wrigley in Federal League and Big Tall in Fenway Fenatics.  Robert Elias has the other one with Cape Fear in the new Tobacco Road League.  Meanwhile, there are still 10 teams across BWB that have yet to get their first win.
    • Update after Game 12 - Jason Kiernan's Wrigley Bleacher Bums is the final team remaining with a perfect 12-0 record.  There are now only 3 teams left looking for their first win.

4/20/19

  • It's a little early in the season - 14/15ths of the regular season still remains - but here's our 1-page look at comparing teams across all the leagues in the BWB universe: Around BWB

4/14/19

  • Weekly league stats will generally appear a day after the final games of the week post
  • Starting with Week 3 transactions, we now base our weekly transaction order on the standings.  There's a 2-week delay - so the standings now at the end of Week 1 will determine the picking order for Week 3.  This will also typically post about a day after the week is completed.  There are a lot of ties to break early in the season, so at this point it takes a little longer - the current plan is to have the transaction order updated for Week 3 by late Monday night.

4/9/19

  • It's BWB Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 2 & 3 - is expected on Wednesday night - we have enough MLB games played already to score through Game 3 - I just needed extra time on Game 1 to make sure everything works right and get some of the kinks out.
  • Among the different multiteam tools for those of you who have a lot of teams, you can view the transaction results for all of your teams on one page

4/7/19

  • 2019 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.
  • You might be asking...when do we start playing games?
    • First, understand 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. 
    • 4 teams did not play their 6th game until Friday night - so the soonest we would have been able to post results for BWB game #1 would have been Saturday
    • But with the late-drafting leagues, we are running a bit behind.  Lineups are due for Week 1 games on Monday night.  Look for the first game results to come on Tuesday night or Wednesday night.  From there on - we'll typically have results posted every 2-3 days.

4/6/19

  • Reminder - Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - Monday, April 8 at 7 PM Eastern
  • One thing to be clear about on the delayed enforcement of the maximum cash balance - think about the contract extensions this week as a Week 0.5 for transactions - we'll do the contract extensions first and then enforce the 7000 team balance limit.  Then we'll do the remainder of the transactions for Week 1.  If you are currently under 7000 in cash - and then you cut/trade players so that the salary rebate puts you over 7000, you will not be penalized.

4/3/19

  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were slated to be cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2) - however, see the special extension below
    • Teams were then provided with an extra 2000 in Opening Day cash
    • Players may start getting added to the player list from here on out - as they appear in their first MLB game
      • Players are only added at the time of the posting of transaction results - so you don't have to be searching daily for new additions.
      • You'll find the new players in the player/free agent list - find the drop down box for "New in 2019" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.
  • Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - modified to Monday, April 8 at 7 PM Eastern
  • Maximum Cash Balance - enforcement delayed
    • In trying to cut people a break, I sent out a list of teams that were over the maximum cash balance and offered to have them send me contract extensions via email - after thinking about that, I realized this would a) create a lot of manual work and b) delay the process for everyone else to work on setting lineups
    • So, to put at least a little bit of order into this, these teams still have a chance to use their cash before losing it.
      • Because all teams have been given 2000 in cash for Opening Day, the new maximum balance is 7000
      • The teams on the list can only work their cash down via contract extensions
      • Use the normal contract extension form to submit your choices
      • Before we process Week 1 transactions, we'll run a special contract extension round only.  After those extensions are processed, any of the teams that still have balances over 7000 will be cut down to that amount.
      • Then we'll move on to run Week 1 transaction submissions as normal.
      • The deadline to complete this is the same as the Week 1 transaction deadline - Monday 4/8 at 7 PM EDT
      • Only the teams on this list need to be concerned about this

4/1/19

  • Reminder: your teams' cash balances need to be below 5000 after processing this week's transactions or the balance will be cut down to 5000.  Need to take a quick pass again to see where you stand?  Check out the all my transactions page which now displays the estimated cash balance for you after the transactions.
  • Some of you with many teams may be coming down to the wire checking your cash balances and getting your roster ready - it won't affect any knowledge of MLB information, so I'm extending the deadline one more time - Week Zero Transactions due on Tuesday morning, 8 AM Eastern.  (Why not later in the day, just before games start?  This way I can download the transaction submissions and maybe process them on Tuesday during the day).
  • There's a lot going on, so here's a recap of the upcoming deadlines:
    • Tuesday morning 4/2 - 8 AM EDT: Week Zero transactions
    • Thursday night 4/4 - 7 PM EDT: Week One transactions and set lineups for Week One games. This will likely be pushed back.
  • Making some long-needed fixes to transaction error checking - this is a work in progress:
    • Sunday - completed: Error-checking now handles count of players when you already have players on your roster who are labeled as "prospects."  Before - players on your prospect roster were incorrectly counted as part of your 40-man roster, so that even if you weren't making any transactions this week, you'd get flagged for being over 40 players if your normal roster + your prospects were greater than 40
    • Sunday - completed: Fixed 40-man errors for signing players directly to IR or directly to prospects
    • Sunday - completed: Calculated IR fee into your net cash balance after transactions
    • Sunday - compleatd: Calculated prospect fee into your net cash balance after transactions
    • Future - changes include:
      • Checking if your total prospects will go over the limit of 5
      • Eventually, figuring in roster/cash changes from trades into the transaction limits

3/31/19

  • Reminders about Week Zero Transactions - due Monday night at midnight Pacific time Tuesday morning at 8 AM Eastern :
    • Teams in returning leagues must get their cash balances at or below 5000 after all transactions are complete this week - if you do not, your team's balance will be reduced to 5000.
    • All teams get 2000 in extra cash this week.  If you need it, you can actually use the cash for transactions, meaning you can let your balances get down to -2000 and still be OK.
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)
  • Whiff League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)

3/30/19

  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - Phase Two Draft, Part Two posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • We're not quite at a legal roster for all teams, so we need a Part 3 - list is now open
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Three list submission is Sunday 3/30 at 2 PM Eastern
  • Whiff League - Phase Two Draft, Part Two posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster - we're very close. The list for Part 3 is now open.
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Three list submission is Sunday 3/31 at noon Eastern

3/29/19

  • Gone But Not Forgotten League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)
  • Wes Anderson League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (Week Zero is due Monday night)

3/28/19

  • The Week Zero transaction order was just reset
    • For returning leagues, it's the same as it was in the Redistribution Draft - based on the 2018 standings with the 4 playoff teams in the last 4 slots
    • For new leagues (at the moment, only Tobacco Road was reset) it's in order of team total payroll (ascending)
    • The order does not change for Weeks 1 and 2 - then starting in Week 3 it will change weekly depending on 2019 standings
  • Because of the late-ending drafts, the Week Zero transaction deadline is pushed back to Monday night, 4/1 at midnight Eastern
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - Phase Two Draft, Part One posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster, the list for Part 2 is now open - access the draft list from your team roster.  2 teams need to successfully sign 11 players, so we're setting the list to 18 rounds.
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Saturday 3/30 at noon Eastern

3/26/19

  • Whiff League - Phase Two Draft, Part One posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster, the list for Part 2 is now open - access the draft list from your team roster
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Two list submission is Thursday night 3/28 at midnight Eastern

3/25/19

  • Gone But Not Forgotten League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Two - Posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Three teams still do not have a legal roster, so we'll do a Part Three of the draft - it's a quick turnaround...
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Three list submission is Wednesday night 3/27 at Midnight Eastern
  • Week Minus 1 Transactions Posted - Week Zero deadline is extended out to Saturday, March 30 at Midnight Pacific (3/31/19 3 AM EDT)
  • See the notes about what you need to do for Week Zero transactions - a big reminder is that you need to get your teams' cash balances below 5000 by this week.

3/24/19

  • Wes Anderson League - Phase Two Draft, Part One posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We continue Phase Two draft until all teams have a legal roster, the list for Part 2 is now open - access the draft list from your team roster
    • Deadline for Phase Two, Part Two list submission is Wednesday night 3/27 at 7 PM Eastern
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - Phase One Draft - Complete!
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Tuesday night 3/26 at midnight Eastern

3/23/19

  • We're getting down to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due Sunday night at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Thursday, March 28 (but with drafts just finishing, this may get extended) - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting a couple of years ago, there are exceptions to this rule:
      • Any orphan teams acquired by an owner for his/her initial season of BWB are not subject to the maximum cash balance
      • Any orphan teams acquired where the extra 4000 cash is credited on Week -2 or later does not have to quickly reduce (We're currently in Week -1, so pick up an orphan now and your cash is safe)
      • And - any teams currently in orphan status will not be subject to a cut.
      • See the rule
    • Week 1 lineups will be due on Thursday, April 4

3/20/19

  • Whiff League Draft - Phase One Draft Complete!
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Monday night 3/25 at midnight Eastern
  • It's MLB Opening Day! (kind of...)  If you're new to BWB this year or need a reminder, do these games in Japan count?
    • Yes and no.  Pitching performances will count - but hitting stats don't count until MLB teams play their 6th game of the season.
    • Do you have to set lineups for these games?  No - you'll set your BWB lineups for Week 1 of our season by April 4.  Knowing a few performances ahead of time won't wreck the season.
    • Check out the rules about which games count

3/18/19

  • Wes Anderson League - Live Draft Results Posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Saturday night 3/23 at midnight Eastern
  • ThirtyThirtySomething League - League is full!
    • See the league draft index - The page has links to past drafts to show you some examples of how it works and who gets picked a lot and how bidding works.
    • Phase One draft lists are open - access a link on your team's roster page. We're at a point in the preseason where we need to move fast: The deadline for Phase One is Thursday afternoon, March 21 at NOON Eastern

3/17/19

  • Gone But Not Forgotten League Draft - Phase One - Draft complete
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Thursday night 3/21 at midnight Eastern

3/13/19

  • Tobacco Road League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Four is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - so we now move into regular weekly transactions (deadlines on Sunday night)

3/12/19

  • We need a little more time for some of the newly-joined team owners to get familiar with the site/process and so we need to extend a couple of draft dates:
    • UPDATED: Whiff League - extended from Monday night at midnight Eastern to Saturday night, March 16 at midnight Eastern
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League - due to the Whiff League extension, I'll push this back a day - deadline extended from Wednesday night at midnight Eastern to Thursday night, March 14 at midnight Eastern

3/11/19

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique form of fantasy baseball as we play 150 individual head-to-head games in a season simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • We have only a few open teams remaining for new 2019 leagues - sign up now!
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  In early January, teams cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2019 squads.  They just wrapped up the annual Redistribution Draft, where teams that finished poorly last season get some advantages to try to rebuild for this year and the future. For the remainder of the preseason, they'll be putting their finishing touches on the Opening Day rosters.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2019 that you can join to begin your dynasty.  Or, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, view our available orphan teams ...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 2018 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

3/10/19

  • A quick note on transactions and errors - it looks like I still need to fix any errors about roster size related to prospects - that was something left over from last summer.  I won't have it fixed tonight but will see what I can do for next week.
  • The FILL UP THE NEW LEAGUES SPECIAL is extended through Wednesday night at midnight Pacific - see the note below from March 6 for more details.
  • Wes Anderson League is almost full - This is a LIVE DRAFT with one more open spot at the moment - see the list of new leagues in order to join
    • Live draft time will be Friday night, March 15 at 10 PM Eastern
    • If you signed up for that league and can't do it, you can switch to the ThirtyThirtySomething League that will use the list draft format.  If you can't do that list draft or really only wanted to do a live draft, let me know and I can remove your team from Wes Anderson.
    • See the league draft index to view results of the live drafts is previous seasons.
  • Gone But Not Forgotten League - League is full!
    • See the league draft index - The page has links to past drafts to show you some examples of how it works and who gets picked a lot and how bidding works.
    • Phase One draft lists are open - access a link on your team's roster page. We're at a point in the preseason where we need to move fast: The deadline for Phase One is Monday night, March 11 at midnight Eastern

3/8/19

  • Whiff League - League is full!
    • See the league draft index - The page has links to past drafts to show you some examples of how it works and who gets picked a lot and how bidding works.
    • Phase One draft lists are open - access a link on your team's roster page. We're at a point in the preseason where we need to move fast: The deadline for Phase One is Monday night, March 11 at midnight Eastern

3/6/19

  • FILL UP THE NEW LEAGUES SPECIAL.  We're trying to fill out 4 more new leagues for the 2019 season.  Our full draft process takes at least a couple weeks, so we need to fill them as soon as possible to make sure they run and are ready for the start of the season.
    • If you're new to BWB and want to try us out, sign up here and use the promo code FILL - you'll get your teams for just $10 (save $25 off the "rookie rate")
    • If you already have a team, no promo code is necessary - just click here to add 1 or more teams - you'll get the same $10 price (I'll fix it on the back end after you sign up)
    • Once you sign up you should be able to join a league right away - grab a spot before they are gone!
    • This special expires Sunday night, March 10, at midnight Pacific.

3/3/19

  • Tobacco Road League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for a link to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • We don't yet have every team with a legal roster - so Phase Two draft lists are now open again.  The deadline for Phase Two, Part Four is Wednesday night, March 6 at midnight EST

2/25/19

  • Redistribution Draft - Rounds 3-5 posted
  • We now move on to our regular weekly transactions throughout the preseason
    • Deadlines are every Sunday night at midnight EST until Week Zero, when the deadline switches to Thursdays
    • All transactions are open - trades, cuts, free agent signings, contract extensions, move to IR, move to prospect roster
    • You get an 80% salary rebate for any player you cut; salary rebates in trades are 100%
    • There is a 1-week delay between when you sign a player and when he is available for your lineup - so, in order to have your Opening Day roster ready for Week 1, you must have a legal roster by the end of signings on Week Zero.  That gives you five weeks of transactions.
    • The deadline for Transaction Week -4 is Sunday night, March 3 at midnight EST
  • All teams received an extra 1000 in cash to help cover prospect roster costs (there's a fee of 250 to put a player there).  However, you are not required to use the cash for prospects - for teams short on cash and not yet with a legal roster, you can use it for regular transactions as well.
  • The next cash distribution is for 2000 during Week Zero.

2/24/19

  • Michael Lehman - when you get a chance contact me about Murderers' Row and Moneyball League
  • Reminder - updated draft lists for the Redistribution Draft (rounds 3-5) are due tonight at midnight EST - No changes are necessary, but it's an optional chance for you to rework the list
  • We're a little bit more than a month out from Opening Day, so it's time to think about payment for your 2019 teams.  For returning owners, your deadline to pay isn't until Opening Day.  If you are playing a lot of teams, you might want to check out one of the two package plans.

2/20/19

  • Tobacco Road League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for a linke to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • Phase Two draft lists are now open again.  The deadline for Phase Two, Part Three is Friday night, March 1 at midnight EST

2/18/19

2/9/19

  • Tobacco Road League Draft - Phase Two Draft - Part One is complete
    • See the league draft index for a linke to the results
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • Phase Two draft lists are now open again.  The deadline for Phase Two, Part Two is Monday night, Feb 18 at midnight EST

2/6/19

1/29/19

  • Tobacco Road League Draft - Phase One Draft is complete
    • See the league draft index - All contested picks are resolved
    • Rosters are posted and team finances updated
    • Phase Two draft lists are now open.  The deadline for Phase Two, Part One is Wednesday night, Feb 6 at midnight EST

1/27/19

  • Transaction Order is now reset for the Redistribution Draft and off-season free agency.  League champions draft last, runners-up are 15th, and the remaining division winners draft 13th and 14th.

1/16/19

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2019 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have just about 3 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Sunday night 2/3/19 Midnight EST.
  • For more information, see the rules regarding the Redistribution Draft
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds
    • Then, after Feb 3, we post the results of only Round 1 only - any drafted players will be removed from the remainder of your lists.
    • You'll have 2 weeks to redo draft lists (if you choose), then we post the results of only Round 2 (again removing drafted players from your rounds 3-5)
    • Then one more week for an optional redo of your draft lists, and we post the results of Rounds 3-5
  • The season calendar of deadlines is posted, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sun 2/3 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/17 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/24 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • The draft order is not yet updated - check back later this week
  • With all the cuts - the Trade Rumors list is cleared out in our annual deletion of everything.
  • Any players on your Prospect Roster have been moved back to your 40-man roster.  You can begin to move players to prospect status again after the Redistribution Draft.

1/13/19

  • Tonight is the deadline to pick which players you're keeping on your roster for 2019.  You can check all of your teams for errors on your carryover selections.  Deadline is Sunday night at midnight Pacific
  • For orphan teams assigned between 12/31 and 1/12, your orphan cash has just been distributed in a special financial update so that you can judge your team's finances accordingly. (Foster parents not included - that cash is distributed when a permanent owner is assigned).
  • All orphan teams currently have foster owners - thanks for the volunteers!

1/8/19

  • Reminder - Roster carryover choices are due on Sunday night at midnight Pacific (1/14/19, 3AM EST)
  • 108 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 2019" menu
  • Luis Valbuena, who died in a car crash last month, was removed from the BWB player list and automatically removed from the rosters of 10 BWB teams.

1/5/19

  • Final offseason culling of the player list - 131 players removed from the game, including just 1 who was on a BWB roster - Henderson Alvarez (who was automatically removed from any BWB rosters).
  • Position for all players for 2019 are now finalized (after checking all the minor league players).
  • Next step is to add the new players into the game based on MLB 40-man rosters - shooting to get them posted by Sunday night.

1/2/19

1/1/19

  • Happy New Year!
  • Week Thirty Transactions Posted - These are the trades in the Fall trading period #2
    • Trades are now closed until after the Redistribution Draft is completed in February.
    • Your picks for which players you'll keep on your roster in 2019 are due on Sunday night, January 13 at midnight Pacific (1/14/19, 3AM EST)
    • 125 players were removed from the game on the basis of retirement or signing to play in foreign ball, including these 8 that were on BWB rosters: Chris Anderson, Cody Ege, Jose Fernandez, Jeff Ferrell, Casey Kelly, John Lackey, Jefry Marte, and Jake Thompson.  Those players have been automatically deleted from any BWB rosters.
  • Coming later this week - planned to post by the end of next weekend:
    • Minor league results for 2018, including financial bonus awards
    • New players added to the list for 2019
    • I have to look at the transaction order for the Redistribution Draft and will need to reset it (criteria are a bit different in season vs. off season)
    • There are some page/site fixes to come as well
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