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8/13/22

8/12/22

  • Week 17 Complete - Games 100-102 posted - See results
    • Box scores have all posted. Standings files are about 75% updated and those will continue to post today/tonight
    • The next score update is expected on Sunday
    • Who are we waiting on? These MLB teams have played the fewest games (through 8/11):
      • 110 games: LAD, Mil, Min, TB, Tor
      • 111 games: Many teams
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • Standings for all leagues
    • Around BWB

8/11/22

  • A little extra time...deadline for lineups/transactions extended to 10 AM Eastern on Friday

8/7/22

  • Just to clarify, first round picks ARE available to sign now - I had originally copied last week's message about transactions without removing the "next week" note.
  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers

8/6/22

  • Week Eighteen Transactions posted
    • Week NIneteen deadline is extended to Thursday night, August 11 at Midnight Eastern (it was supposed to switch to Wednesday this week).
    • See season deadlines - updated to reflect modified deadline days for the remainder of the 2022 season
  • First round draft picks of 2022 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • All players have signed contracts, so we don't have to worry about any players being removed from the list this season.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2022)"
    • You'll also find them by looking for players who are new to the list in Week 19, although they will be mixed in with other players added this week by making their first MLB appearances.

Did You Know? You can list your Instant Messaging IDs in your personal profiles

7/25/22

  • I understand that there have been problems connecting to the site - I'm seeing them too.  There's not a lot I can do with the level of access I have (plus I need to be on the phone to support and will need to do that when I'm back in the US).
  • To help out due to the web problems - contract extensions will be extended for at least one more week - you do NOT have to finish them this week.
  • We're going to keep the lineup/transactions due on Thursday night...for now, but I'll check back again in a day or two to see how the site is going.

7/22/22

  • This week is the final week to submit contract extensionsDeadline is Thursday, July 28 at 11:59:59 PM EDT

7/21/22

  • I'm headed on vacation Friday night through Saturday 7/30 (going to Iceland). When we planned this, my deal was that I'd make time to do some limited updates throughout the week. I wasn't planning on the current difficulties I'm having to publish info to the website, so my expectations are further reduced.  We'll be in a camper until Wednesday and I've added Wi-Fi, but I'm not going to plan for very much.
  • Here's a basic outline:
    • Thursday 7/21, 7 PM EDT: Week 16 deadline for lineups and transactions
    • Results of Week 16 transactions will post either late Thursday night or on Friday morning 7/22
    • I'll try to update MLB transaction data for the players at least once or twice, but use your own knowledge of IL status and promotions/demotions (always note the date last updated shown on the player list)
    • Next BWB game scores?  This is TBD. I should most likely be able to process stats and run the game-scoring program, but posting box scores and standings will be a problematic. I may post game scores without box scores available right away. At best, we won't have any box scores or updated standings until Thursday, July 28.
    • Thursday 7/28, 7 PM EDT: Week 17 deadline for lineups and transactions - this is also the contract extension deadline for 2022.
    • Results of Week 17 transactions probably won't post until I'm back in Minnesota - ideally posting by Saturday night, 7/30. The Week 18 deadline will remain at Thursday, August 4, so plan for a short week.
    • I'll try to get all games and standings caught up by Sunday 7/31-Monday 8/1.
    • This is, of course, subject to change depending on circumstances and technical handicaps.
  • How about when will the 1st Round draft picks will show up in the player list?  Because we've got the contract extension deadline in Week 17 and an expected short week of transaction submissions for Week 18, my plan is that the new players will be available for the Week 19 signings (open 8/5 and deadline on Wed 8/10).

7/19/22

  • I made a mistake in the note below on July 6. I said that Week 15 was the deadline to cut players and still get a prorated salary rebate (it was and always has been), but I listed that the deadline to do that was July 21 (oops - that's the Week 16 deadline). Just in case there was any confusion, we'll extend the salary rebates to this week - Week 16, July 21 deadline (you'll get a 36% salary rebate).
  • Free agent players are signed at 40% of their 2022 salary for the remainder of the season
  • Reminder - transactions this week are due THURSDAY night (and will be on Thursday nights for the 2 weeks after that)
  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers

7/17/22

  • For Week 16 lineups - you may reorder your pitching rotation from scratch - we will not check on games of rest between Weeks 15 and 16 - it's our version of the All Star Break.  Lineup deadline is Thursday night.
  • All teams will get a cash distribution this week of 1 million Benchwarmer Bucks (1000) in advance of the contract extension deadline on Week 17 (deadline July 28)

7/9/22

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

7/6/22

  • You have 2 more weeks to cut players and receive a prorated salary rebate. Week 15 (deadline 7/21) is the final week for salary rebates this season.

7/4/22

  • There are going to be some non-standard changes to our weekly transaction/lineup deadline days
    • With the compressed nature of this MLB season, those deadlines will soon be getting far out of line.
    • In addition, there's some concern that too much of bullpen performances are known in advance. This won't completely solve that situation, but moving up the deadlines will help a bit.
    • I'll post a more complete schedule, but for the next few weeks:
      • Week 14 deadline moves to Saturday, July 9
      • Week 15 deadline - Friday, July 15
      • Week 16 deadline - Thursday July 21

6/27/22

  • There have been some additional web issues this morning but that might have related to me trying to update the team stats.  I'll keep an eye on it.
  • Enough people were affected by the website problems on Sunday night that we'll extend this week's transaction/lineup deadline.  Most asked for 2-5 hours but that won't change the time that I can process them and by midnight most of today's games are done. So we'll extend until the time of the first game on Tuesday: Tuesday, June 28 1 PM Eastern.
  • Note - Trade offers that expire with the original deadline day/time are not changed - they will still expire at 7 PM tonight.

6/26/22

  • All the standings after Game 60 should be in place and updated. I haven't gone back yet to try to get the missing box scores up.
  • Sorry for the posting delay - I've been having problems Friday night through Sunday afternoon with publishing the box scores and updated standings after Games 58-60. Some of the box score links you click may not work as the file doesn't exist yet on the website.  Some of the league standings and head-to-head records will be missing.  I'll work to get this resolved as soon as I can and I have a support ticket in with my web provider.

6/17/22

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Mondays at 7 PM Eastern

6/13/22

  • At Game 50 we hit the 1/3 mark of the regular season

5/23/22

  • One of the problems I've seen with my stats provider this season is that the box scores are not correctly handling players who are at multiple positions per game - only listing the last position played. As a result, my totals may be short in some cases of players getting to the 10-game level and gaining eligibility for a new position.  I normally say that the stats from the service are the official ones I work with until there's a correction, but in this case with a known problem, if you feel a player should be listed for a new position (5 consecutive games or 10 games total), let me know. Keep in mind I typically update positions on the website every 2-3 days - usually on the same day we post game scores - so there is usually a slight delay in posting.

5/15/22

  • Reminder - transaction/lineup deadlines have shifted to Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern.
  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers.

5/12/22

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern

5/8/22

  • The end of Week 3 wraps up 3 weeks of play within your division. The schedule for the next 8 weeks is against teams outside of your division.

5/6/22

  • This week's transactions - Week 5 - is the final week in which you get an 80% salary rebate for cut players. The rebate goes down 4% every week after that.
  • A look behind the BWB curtain - Friday edition:
    • BWB collects MLB stats via a service that publishes XML file versions of MLB box scores.  From there, I've got some programs and a series of MS Access operations that loads the data into a database and preps it for use in BWB games.
    • I've had a ticket open since Monday dealing with files from last Friday and Saturday that were incomplete with no player performance information - now 11 games.  Plus there's a missing box score from May 3.  As of yet, this isn't fixed and from some communication with them this week, they're having continuing technical problems this season.
    • I have hand entered 2 box scores earlier this year and it's not something I'd prefer to repeat for 12 more games. However, I am at the point where if I don't have the missing data by Saturday morning, I will do that and we'll get back to scoring games this weekend.

5/3/22

  • A reminder that I've shut off email notification for trade offers. I'll try to work on some other approach, but in the meantime, please remember to regularly take a look at the pending transactions for all of your teams, which will show you if anyone has proposed a trade to you and is awaiting a decision.

4/24/22

  • It's a little early in the season - 24/25ths 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

4/22/22

  • It's BWB Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Games 1-3 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 4-6 - is expected by Saturday night.

4/16/22

  • 2022 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.  This is available from a link at the top of the weekly schedule page.

4/15/22

  • 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 2022" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.

4/10/22

  • Some of these are just placeholders for upcoming changes and clarifications but here is a list of the 2022 BWB rule changes.
    • None of these have yet been incorporated into the main rules pages
    • Here are a couple of change of note:
      • The previously announced roster size change from 40 to 45 players - see rule 4.0 and many of the BWB rules pages will need to be modified to reflect this.
      • NEW - We're tightening up the rules around which starts can be used for pitchers moving into the spot roles S1-S3. Just as with P1-P5, no starts prior to the day of the transaction deadline will be used (this had been relaxed in 2014).
    • There are no other expected Covid-related temporary changes as we had in 2020 and 2021.  BWB will adjust if the situation warrants it later in the season.
  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were slated to be cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2) - however, see the special extension below
    • Teams were then provided with an extra 2000 in Opening Day cash
    • Because of some problems by my stat provider, not all the games from the first three days of the season were available to me on a timely basis. For that reason - there are no new players added to the list this week. They will be added after we process the Week One transactions.
  • Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - modified from Wednesday 7 PM to Thursday, April 14 at 1 PM Eastern - see Season Deadlines
  • Maximum Cash Balance - enforcement delayed - this will eventually get codified into the rules as something we'll do every year
    • Because of the nature of blind transaction submissions - teams may have planned out to get the balances below the limit, but after perhaps not being able to sign the players they wanted, the cash balances are now too high.
    • In trying to cut people a break, this list of teams that are over the maximum cash balance still have a chance to use their cash before losing it.
      • Because all teams have been given 2000 cash for Opening Day, the new maximum balance is 7000
      • The teams on the list can only work their cash down via contract extensions - no additional player signings are available
      • Use the normal contract extension form to submit your choices
      • Before we process Week 1 transactions, we'll run a special contract extension round only.  After those extensions are processed, any of the teams that still have balances over 7000 will be cut down to that amount.
      • Then we'll move on to run the remainder of the Week 1 transaction submissions as normal.
      • The deadline to complete this is the same as the Week 1 transaction deadline - Thursday 4/14 at 1 PM EDT
      • Only the teams on this list need to be concerned about this

4/5/22

  • Contract extensions submitted for Week -1 were not originally showing up in rosters earlier today. That should be fixed. Let me know if you see any problems.
  • Week Minus 1 Transactions PostedThe deadline for Week Zero is Saturday, April 9 at 7 PM Eastern - see Season Deadlines
  • Note - the Week 1 deadline - when you need to set your BWB Opening Day rosters - is Wednesday, April 13. I will work to get Week Zero transactions posted by late Saturday night, which will give you all of Sunday to work on your lineups.

4/4/22

  • Great Lakes League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated.
    • The Phase 2 draft is now complete - your league moves into weekly transactions (next deadline is tonight, Monday 4/4!).

4/3/22

  • Arghh - Great Lakes League - sorry, I just forgot that I was planning to process your Phase 2 draft on Thursday night.  I'm working on it on Sunday afternoon and will have the results posted very late Sunday night or on Monday morning. I'm going to give you a quick 1-day option to make transactions on Monday.
  • So, for everyone, the Week Minus 1 transaction deadline is pushed back to Monday night at midnight EDT.

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