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  • House cleaning - all positions now verified and 183 minor leaguers and former major leaguers removed from the player list.
  • Checking the 40-man players should be added sometime Mon-Thur this week (how's that for specific?)
  • Deadline reminders:
    • 2nd Fall Trading Period - Saturday, Dec. 28 noon EST
    • Carryover selections - Saturday, Jan 4 noon EST


  • A very slight rule change posted today, but there's a major one coming in the next couple of days in how the Startup Draft works - here's a listing of the 2014 Rule Changes


  • After the Rule 5 Draft, I go through the 40-man rosters and any guys there who are not currently in the BWB player list get added.  Yeah - the draft was last week...I usually do this over the Christmas break.  Look for the players to be added by around 12/22-23.
  • There are several orphan teams available but I'll be adding several more by this weekend.  You can send me an email if you're interested in one now...or wait to see what gets added.
    • "Invitation Only" Leagues in the Orphan list include:
      • Experts League - for Fantasy Baseball writers, bloggers, etc. plus other media - and the winner of the Benchwarmer Bash plus winner of the Winners Circle League.
      • Winners Circle League - kind of a League of Champions - reserved for winners of 2013 league championships.  I'm slowly going through the list but if you won a championship in 2013 and I haven't contacted you yet, let me know.
      • Beer League, Moneyball League, Murderers Row - these are "private" leagues that have a separate entry fee but also prizes.  If you're interested, I can connect you with the league owner(s).


  • Two Deadlines Today - Saturday December 7
    • Coming back in 2014 or not? Let us know yes/no if you're keeping each of your teams in 2014.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Answer today or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
    • The Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials are over, but don't forget we still have an early special for existing owners getting new teams in new leagues: Save $25 per new team instead of the normal $10 multi-team discount.  Sign up today - December 7 is the final day!


  • I've got a couple of deadline shifts that will fit better with my holiday travels and allow new orphan team assignees extra time:
    • Next trade deadline is now Saturday, Dec 28
    • Carry over selections for your roster is now Saturday, January 4


  • Don't forget to indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2014.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 7 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • Week 29 Transactions Posted (1st Fall Trading Period) - Week 30 Deadline - the 2nd trade window - is Saturday December 21 at Noon Eastern.
  • We don't worry about roster limits right now...when you cut down to 28 players in December that will take care of the roster size.
  • Salaries are now final for 2014 - Premium adjustments were applied (some up to 30% or more).


  • Player of the Year results final
  • Team Finances updated for POY results and playoff outcomes.
  • Reminder - Salaries not yet final - top players could see a 10-20% increase


  • Team Payment for Returning Teams - Not due until Opening Day, but...
    • Reminder - pay for your teams before Thanksgiving and save $5 per team (Orphans not included).  Deadline expires midnight Pacific on Wed. night (3AM EST Thursday).  See your payment summary.
    • For packages (season ticket, Cooperstown Club), no discount - but let's just say there will likely be a sale on Season Tickets next weekend.
    • If you're in a private league, you pay through your league owner.
  • Don't forget to indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2014.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 7 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.


  • Not much changed here yet - but there are some potential things - here's a listing of the 2014 Rule Changes


  • OK - here we go - BWB is officially kicking off the 2013-2014 off season:
    • New salaries and positions are posted.  NOTE - salaries are preliminary subject to premium salary adjustments in the next week or so.  Any position with an "x" at the end is not yet fully verified for 2014 AND that player is not yet confirmed to be in the 2014 master player list.
    • Time to indicate if you're coming back in 2014 or not.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.
    • Things to note before deciding to come back:
      • There's a $5 increase in team fees - the first increase since 2007
      • Package prices for leagues, etc. and Season Tickets have increased accordingly
      • In 2014, there will be a season interruption before the Week 25 games are scored and the playoffs begin (something to hold your interest during the World Series.
      • Pay before Thanksgiving - Nov 28 at 3AM Eastern - and you'll offset that $5 increase with an early payment discount.
    • Teams with league championships and other post-season tournament winners have free bonus teams to use.  See the list of new leagues coming in 2014.
    • You can also pick up new teams for 2014.  In an early season special - and again to combat the price increase, any add-on teams you get before Dec. 7 will be at $25 off instead of the normal $10 multiteam discount.
    • Trades are now open - the window has increased a little bit - you have until November 30 for the first trade session.  The second session will extend through Dec. 21.
    • You can also begin choosing your carry over players - visit your team roster(s) for a link to do that.
  • There may be some pages that don't yet work or haven't been fully switched to 2014.  Be patient - I'll get those working soon.  Let me know if you find anything.


  • This includes stuff about the end of the season and the playoffs, but here's a repeat of: Things to know about the postseason - and prepping for 2014.


  • We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #5 Seed: Las Vegas Billionaires (88-62, Shadowball League) owner Jim Sowerby
    • #3 Seed: Backwoods Sasquatch (98-52, Phightin' Phils League) owner Kevin Connors
    • Final Result: Backwoods defeated Las Vegas 4-3; Congratulations Kevin!


  • 2013 Benchwarmer Bash Semifinals complete: Games 5-7 posted
    • The Benchwarmer Bash is a season-ending tournament, designed to crown one overall champion among the 37 BWB leagues.  The winner gets 2 additional free seasons for the team - the runner up gets 1 more.
    • See The Benchwarmer Bash Page
    • On to the Benchwarmer Bash Finals Thursday or Friday.



  • 2013 Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Finals Complete: Games 5-7 posted
    • The Benchwarmer Bash Page is a launching spot for all results.  From there, click on the links to the Federation Results to see game scores.


  • 2013 Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Semifinals Complete


  • 2013 Benchwarmer Bash - Federation Quarterfinals Complete


  • Don't worry about roster/lineup warnings!  All roster slots and positions were cleared out for the postseason.  If you need to doublecheck your BW Bash roster, change the roster week to 28.


  • Congratulations to owners with multiple league championships:
    • 5 - Michael Quinn - (14 division champions)
    • 4 - Jesse Roche - (6)
    • 3 - Tom Twomey - (20)
    • 2 - Robert Elias (8), Don Kruse (7), Michael Lehman (6), Matt Strawbridge (2), Sherman Wan (5), Danny Zaccaro (3)


  • 2013 Benchwarmer Playoffs - Championship Week Complete - Game 7 posted
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