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  • 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.


  • Week 11 Underway - Games 61-62 posted - See results
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 6/15):
      • 67 games - Det
      • 68 games - Cin, Mia, SF
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game number to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • Next score update is expected Wednesday night or Thursday
    • Around BWB



  • Week Eleven Transactions Posted - Week Twelve deadline is Tuesday, June 18, Midnight Pacific (or 6/19 3 AM EDT)
  • 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.

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  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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.


  • 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).


  • 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).


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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