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8/21/18

8/20/18

  • Week 20 begins - Games 115-117 - See results
    • Next score update is expected Thursday
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 8/19):
      • 123 games: Atl, ChC, Cle, CWS, Min, NYM
      • 124 games: Bal, Cin, Col, Hou, KC, NYY, Oak, Phi, TB, Tor
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • Around BWB

8/16/18

  • Week 21 is the week where we're supposed to shift from Mondays to Sundays for the weekly transaction/lineup deadline, but because of delays in getting Week 20 posted, we'll keep Week 21 on Monday and then shift to Sundays on Week 22.
  • This is the final week that you can move players to the Prospects Roster for this season.

8/15/18

  • Week Twenty Transactions Posted - Week Twenty-one deadline is Monday night, August 20, 7 PM Eastern
  • Trades are now closed for the season
  • This is the final week in 2018 to move your players to the Prospects Roster

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8/3/18

  • At Game #100, we've hit the 2/3 mark of the regular season

7/26/18

  • Reminder of some new rules for 2018 on team finances that kick into effect with the beginning of Week 16 games:
    • Cash reward for each win has increased from $50,000 to $75,000 (and then up to $100,000 in Week 21)
    • The weekly cash distribution for 4th place teams decreases from $150,000 to $100,000 (and goes to $0 in Week 21)

7/22/18

  • This question comes up every year, so just a reminder - when a player is traded, any other transaction the original team has with that player is automatically deleted.  So it's not possible for team A to extend a player's contract and trade that player to Team B with that contract extension.  If that's something you want to do as part of a trade, you need to 1) have Team A extend the contract this week and B) execute the trade NEXT week.

7/19/18

  • New feature on the lineup change page - Once you have picked a player to move to the Prospects Roster, you can now give him a lineup designation of "Prs" that will free up space on the active roster immediately.  This is similar to the "Cut" and "Inj" options.
  • Reminder that Week 21 is the final week to move players onto the Prospects Roster for the 2018 season (deadline Aug 19).
  • I'm starting work now on updating the transaction error-checking to account for the Prospects Roster - hope to have the changes in place by this weekend. (Note on 7/22 - this will still take some time, so it will be another week perhaps)

7/18/18

  • 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

7/17/18

  • Week 17 is the final week for contract extensions

7/14/18

  • You all just played three weeks of games within your division.  Weeks 15-22 will all be games outside the division and we close the season in Weeks 23-25 with another round of intradivision play.

7/12/18

  • Correcting my note from 7/11 about 1st round draft picks that will be removed from the player list - I must have clicked the wrong box when updating the 1st round draft picks.  Grayson Rodriguez did sign with Baltimore - but the player I meant to deactivate was Carter Stewart, drafted by Atlanta
  • Reminder - you can reorder your starting pitching rotation this week without a penalty for games between starts between Week 15 games and Week 16 games.

7/11/18

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 16-20, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on MONDAY.
  • Reminder - there are no longer any rebates for 2018 salaries when you cut players - Week 15 was the last chance
  • These three 2018 first round draft picks did not sign a contract by the deadline.  They will be removed from the player list either at the end of the 2018 season or when all teams that picked them drop them off their rosters.  There's no benefit to keeping them - and they cannot be signed by other teams or traded - you might as well cut them if you have them:
    • J.T. Ginn - LAD
    • Matt McLain - Ari
    • Grayson Rodriguez - Bal Carter Stewart Atl

7/8/18

  • Week 15 transactions - deadline Tuesday 7/10 - last chance to cut a player this season and get a prorated salary rebate; all cuts after that week are done with no cash back to you

7/3/18

  • With Game 75 posting, we've reached the halfway point of the regular season

6/25/18

  • As mentioned - the transaction error-checking does not yet work for the new transactions - and "moving to prospects" will not be recognized as valid.  You will see a message: "There is some unspecified error (refreshing screen may help)" - that one you can ignore.
  • And it's possible this may change in the future - but after this week when the first players will land on the prospect roster...when you trade prospects, they will be placed on the receiving team's 40-man roster - and if desired to put on the prospect roster will need to be a separate transaction the following week.  The receiving team will need to make sure there is room on the 40-man to allow that trade to work.

6/24/18

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT - First round draft picks of 2018 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 6 for players other than college seniors - those who have used up their college eligibilty have until 1 week before the 2019 draft to sign), 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 (2018)"

6/23/18

  • NOW ACTIVE - Prospects Roster
    • See the rules regarding prospects
    • These are 5 roster slots that you can use to stash players who have not yet played in MLB - as you look at your roster and free agent pages, these are the players whose name is not a link to a stats page
      • They don't count against your 40-man limit
      • In December, they don't count against the maximum 28 players you carry over into next season - they are protected
    • A move to the prospects roster is permanent for the season and you must make any moves on or before Week 21
    • You can sign new players directly to the prospect roster
    • There is a non-refundable "player development" charge of 250 for each player you designate as a prospect - all teams received an extra 1000 in cash a couple weeks ago to help you with the costs
    • To move current players to the prospect roster, go to your current team transactions page and look for the link
    • To sign free agents to the prospect roster, sign free agents as you normally do - then as you set the round and transaction, look for the special signing designation to make your choice
  • Also now available - you can sign players directly to Injured Reserve - again, pick the free agent as you'd normally do and then on the transaction index look for the special signing designation to indicate that.
  • Transaction warnings do not yet take these new features into consideration - those will gradually get fixed over the next few weeks, but until then you'll need to figure them out manually.
  • I've tried to test everything possible, but if you find something that doesn't work right - whether with these new types of transactions or with things that have been around before this, please let me know.

6/21/18

  • Week Twelve Transactions Posted - Week Thirteen deadline is extended until Wednesday afternoon, June 27 at 5 PM EDT
  • Very close to getting the prospect roster spot operational - it will be ready by this weekend.

6/10/18

  • When will you see the first round draft picks hit the BWB player list?
    • First round picks will debut in BWB after the Week 12 transactions post
    • So the first week to sign them will be Week 13 - with a Tuesday, June 26 deadline.  That gives you a couple weeks from now to figure out who you like.

6/8/18

  • There is a rule change that's supposed to take place with the Week 11 transactions - the addition of the "Prospect" roster designation
    • I'm running behind in getting this operational - it's not yet in place
    • It is possible that later this weekend that I can get it running - look for more updates in a few days
    • Meanwhile, as posted in the rules, the 1000 in cash distribution that was to come in Week 10 to cover costs for the prospect slots has been granted to all teams.
  • Also estimated to take place for Week 11 transactions was the ability to sign players directly to IR.  That also will be delayed

6/7/18

  • Every 5 weeks we shift the deadlines to better match the MLB schedule (we play 6-game weeks, while MLB teams often have 7-game weeks).  So for Weeks 11-15, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on TUESDAYS.

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