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4/9/18

  • And we're off!  Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 2 & 3 - is expected on Tuesday night (weather permitting that games in Kansas City and Minneapolis occur tonight).
  • This was late in posting, but there were some significant modifications to the Benchwarmer Baseball rules for 2018.  These include:
    • Rules for 2-way players
    • An addition of a new optional roster designation that will come in mid-season - the "Prospects" roster - up to 5 minor-league players who are safe from carryover decisions in December - that won't count against the 28 maximum players you can keep.
    •  A reboot of the minor league competition for players on your minor league roster
    • Some provisions to deal with potential collusion and tanking.

4/8/18

  • Corrected season schedule and deadlines - not sure what calendar I was looking at (or not looking at), but all the dates beginning with Week 6 were wrong.

4/1/18

  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2).
    • 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 2018" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.
      • Due to some snafu with our stats provider, I only have complete leaguewide box scores from March 29, so players who debuted after that - like Scott Kingery - will show up for Week 2.

3/31/18

  • 2018 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.

3/28/18

  • The transaction order has been reset for Week Zero to the same order used for the Redistribution Draft - reverse order of the 2017 standings.  For brand new leauges in 2018, it was reset in reverse order of total team salary (Original Six League was just fixed this morning).  This order will stay the same until Week Three when it will start being reset weekly based on 2018 standings. See Rules 12.9.2 and 12.9.3 for details
  • Discounted price on Moneyball orphan team - the league wants to fill the orphan before the season starts, so it's offering a discounted fee of $50 for this season.  This is a private league that collects extra cash to pay out in prize awards. You can see the team roster on the orphan page - look for the Benchwarmer Office team in Moneyball

3/27/18

  • Original Six League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Saturday, March 31 at midnight Pacific
  • Grunge League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Saturday, March 31 at midnight Pacific

3/25/18

  • Original Six League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Tuesday night, March 27 at 9 PM EDT
  • We're getting down to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due tonight at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Saturday, March 31 (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 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
    • Week 1 lineups will be due on Thursday, April 5
  • See more information at the season schedule and deadlines
  • Game schedules for 2018 will be posted later this week

3/24/18

  • Grunge League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, March 26 at Midnight Pacific (3AM EDT)

3/20/18

  • Original Six League - Phase One Draft Complete
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Live draft results recapped
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We now enter a very condensed Phase Two Draft - your first list submission for 12 rounds of picks is due Sunday, March 25 at 9 AM Eastern
  • Grunge League - Phase One Draft Complete
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • All contested players are resolved
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • We now enter a very condensed Phase Two Draft - your first list submission for 12 rounds of picks is due Saturday, March 24 at NOON Eastern

3/17/18

  • Non-BWB game option: One of our owners plays in a Roto league that's been around for about 30 years, but the league just lost a long-time owner who passed away.  It's high stakes - $560 buy-in (though that might get lowered).  If you're interested, let me know and I can connect you.
  • Broadway League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Broadway Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  Once the Week -2 transactions are processed on Monday, the league will be open for regular weekly transactions.
  • The Grunge League (list draft - draft list due tonight) and the Original Six League (live draft - 4 PM Eastern on Sunday) are both full - but I have a person or two in each league who joined to fill the leagues - and would be willing to step aside if you want in.  Please contact me ASAP if that's the case.
  • There will be no more list drafts to run in 2018 - but we can take one more shot at a live draft league - the Wes Anderson League - with the draft to run on Friday night, March 23 at 9 PM Eastern.  There is no guarantee the league will run - but join it if you are interested.  Don't pay for that league until it's a guaranteed start.
  • Payment is due by the Week One transaction/lineup deadline (April 5) - do we have a record of your payment?
    • Contact me if you think we're missing something.
    • Note other payment deadlines throughout the season (where you eventually lose your team if not paid)

3/14/18

  • Last call for new leagues in 2018
    • Wes Anderson League - just as one more possible option but there is no guarantee this league will run.  This would be a live draft on Friday night 3/23 at 9 PM EDT.
    • If you're interested but new to Benchwarmer Baseball, your first step is to sign up here.  Then go ahead and pick out a new league
    • Are you already a BWB team owner and want to add teams?  Check first to see if you have an available bonus team from 2017 or else add new teams here
  • Birdland Phase Two Draft - Part Three
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Sunday, March 18 at midnight Eastern

3/13/18

  • Broadway League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Broadway Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Saturday March 17 at Noon EDT

3/12/18

  • Original Six League - Live Draft time is set - Sunday, March 18, 4-7 PM Eastern
  • Grunge League - This list draft league has 10 out of 16 teams filled - it will run, but we need some additional owners!

3/11/18

  • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - Part Three
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  Once the Week -3 transactions are processed on Monday, the league will be open for regular weekly transactions.

3/7/18

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique 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.  In early January, teams cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2018 squads and went through the Redistribution Draft to restock the rosters from the available free agent pool.  Now they're putting the finishing touches on their rosters before Opening Day.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2018 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 2017 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

3/6/18

  • Birdland Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 3rd submission is due Tuesday night, March 13 at midnight EST
  • Broadway League - Phase One Draft - Full results posted
    • See the Broadway Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Monday night, March 12 at midnight EST

3/5/18

  • The new tentative date for a live draft for the Original Six League is Sunday, March 18 - the start time will be worked out soon.
  • Broadway League - Initial live draft results posted.  We have a couple of teams that went over the salary cap during the draft, so need to fix them before moving on to Phase 2

3/3/18

  • Broadway League - Phase One Draft - Live Today!

3/1/18

  • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 3rd submission is due Friday night, March 9 at midnight EST
  • Season schedule and deadlines updated with 2018 dates!
  • Contract extensions for 2019 and beyond are now open/active.  There is no rush to do this and likely the only reason you want to do them this early is to get your cash balance down below 5000 by Week Zero.
  • Week -5 transactions corrected to assess the 250 fee for IR moves.  Team cash balances have been updated.

2/24/18

  • Birdland Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, March 5 at midnight EST

2/21/18

  • Prize Leagues - Did you know there are some private leagues within BWB that collect their own fees and pay out prizes?  There are two orphan teams available in the Beer League and one in Moneyball Leauge - See the list and contact me for more details if interested.
  • Live Drafting!  We're continuing to try out a live draft process for new leagues and have 3 of them set aside for that purpose this year.  We need to fill them to run them!  It looks like the Broadway League is getting close - and we have a tentative draft day set up as Saturday, March 3.  We'll narrow down an actual time once we get a couple more entries, but plan on a time in the afternoon (EST).  Join now!  Check out the list of new leagues, where you'll also see details about the draft process.

2/20/18

2/18/18

  • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, Feb 26 at midnight EST

2/17/18

  • Birdland Phase One Draft
    • Phase One is complete!
    • See the Birdland Draft Index for the last set of contested pick awards and other details
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Friday night, Feb 23 at midnight EST

2/15/18

  • New: This applies at the moment to teams in Birdland - but once your Phase One draft deadline passes, you can now view your draft list where before you were redirected to a "too late" page.  Access the Startup Draft link on your team roster page.

2/13/18

  • Birdland Phase One Draft begins with a listing of players drafted by only 1 team

2/12/18

2/2/18

  • Due to some scheduling issues on my part, there are a couple of deadline changes:
    • Birdland Phase One Draft - deadline for the draft list is now Monday, Feb 12 at midnight EST
    • White Elephant League Phase Two Draft - deadline for the Phase Two, Part One list is now Thursday, Feb 15 at midnight EST
    • The date to modify your Redistribution Draft lists for rounds 2-5 is unchanged at Sunday night, Feb 11 at midnight EST

1/31/18

1/30/18

  • White Elephant League Phase One Draft
    • See the White Elephant Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 Draft lists are now open - the first submission is due Monday night, Feb 12 Thursday Night, Feb 15 at midnight EST

1/28/18

  • Birdland is our next new 2018 league to fill up
    • See the Birdland Draft Index
    • Phase One Draft lists are due on Sunday night, February 4 Monday night, Feb 12 at midnight Eastern
  • Slight hiccup on the Redistribution Draft pages on Sunday morning - that's now fixed but to give you some additional time if your work was interrupted, I've pushed back the deadline to Monday, January 29 at 9 PM EST.  I wasn't going to be able to work on it until Monday night anyway - so this deadline gives you some additional time and I can still start on it before midnight on Monday.

1/27/18

  • Reminder - Redistribution Draft Lists - at least for Round 1 - are due tomorrow night - Sunday, January 28 at midnight EST  Monday, January 29 at 9 PM EST.
  • View all of your teams' Redistribution Draft lists - including potential error messages.  Don't forget - you can ignore the errors for players with round zero if you want to keep those players on your list for the next week.

1/24/18

  • Forgot to do this - the transaction order for each league is now reset to be in effect for the Redistribution Draft.  This mostly affects division winners from last season - the league champ drafts 16th, the other conference champ 15th, and the other 2 division champs 13th and 14th.

1/21/18

  • Quick note on the Redistribution Draft lists: Technically, if your list has any leftover "round zero" picks (not ranked in Rounds 1-5), those lists will show up as having errors - and during processing all those players without a valid round would be deleted.  However, some of you utilize a method where you identify a lot of players to put on your lists and then figure out who to rank...and that when we move into the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the draft, you might need to add some of those unranked players into your lists.  Rather than make you do all that work over again, BWB will save any players on this list that might not be legal - when you go back to the 2nd or 3rd week, they'll still be on your list, provided that nobody drafted them already.

1/17/18

1/12/18

  • White Elephant League is full - I've reset the draft list due date to Friday night, January 19, at midnight Eastern time.

1/8/18

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2018 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 1/28/18 Midnight EST.
  • There's nearly 3 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds
    • Then, after Jan 28, 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 coming soon, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sun 1/28 - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun 2/11 - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun 2/18 - 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.

1/3/18

1/2/18

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