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3/20/19

  • 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
  • Whiff League Draft - Phase One Draft continues
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Wednesday morning update: All picks resolved for players picked by 3 or more teams
    • Coming on Wednesday night - finish off the Phase One Draft

3/18/19

  • Week Minus 2 Transactions Posted - Week Minus 1 deadline is Sunday, March 24, 11:59 PM Eastern
  • 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

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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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