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  • Deadline approaching! - your roster cut downs to 28 or fewer players is due Sunday night at midnight Pacific
    • If you have multiple teams, you can check all your teams for errors on the roster limits on one page
    • Reminder about how the Prospects Roster works: (see the full rule)
      • Prospects don't count against the 28-player maximum that you may retain on your roster for 2020.  So you can keep up to 28 players AND some or all of your prospects.
      • You may cut some or all of your prospects, you're not mandated to keep them.
      • After the roster carryover decisions (January 19), all prospects will revert to be part of your standard 40-man roster.  Keeping prospects will reduce the total number of players you can pick up in the Redistribution Draft.
      • After the Redistribution Draft is compete, you can then make moves to put players onto the prospects roster for 2020.


  • 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.
    • New leagues to start in 2020 are open - sign up now!
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  In mid-January, teams will cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2020 squads.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2020 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 2019 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.


  • New leagues are open for 2020.  List draft leagues draft when they fill - deadline dates are estimates and targets for filling.  Live drafts have tenative dates and times set aside for them already.


  • Fall trading period 2 - Transactions Posted
    • 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 2020 are due on Sunday night, January 19 at midnight Pacific (1/20/20, 3AM EST)
  • 122 New players added to the list based on the 40-man rosters for MLB teams
    • 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 2020" menu - See the list of new players

Did You Know? The maximum cash you can take into the season is 5 million BW Bucks


  • Happy New Year!  It's been quiet from me recently, but I have been doing some prep work for the new season (and taking some time off).
    • Position data is now final - I went through 740+ players without MLB stats in 2019 to update their current position based on minor league play.
    • During that search on positions, I've pulled 242 players off the current BWB player list.
    • Most of those deleted players were not on any rosters, but these 5 were still on at least one roster in BWB and have now been deleted from those teams automatically:
      • J.T. Chargois
      • Neftali Feliz
      • Ian Kinsler
      • Kyler Murray
      • Bruce Rondon
  • Coming soon - I'll be going through the current 40-man rosters for MLB teams and finding new players to add to the BWB list.





  • New leagues for 2020 will be open soon.  In the meantime, there is now a list of orphan teams available to pick up and try to rebuild
    • Email me with your desired pickups
    • New to Benchwarmer Baseball?  You'll need to sign up for an account first.


  • Trade emails sent to addresses with and are getting rejected - so at this point to reduce the number of bounce backs sent back to BWB (and reduce the risk of getting flagged for too much spam), we're not sending out any trade notices to those addresses.


  • Two fixes for player salaries:
    • The salaries for players with no 2019 MLB stats is now correct.  For those players, I was mistakenly still copying "2019 Salary" into "Current Salary"
    • For all players - "Last year's salary" or "2019 salary" was incorrectly showing their 2018 salary, not the 2019 salary.  That is now fixed.


  • Some updates from Waterloo, Iowa as we left a day early to get most of the way home and took the long way to avoid most of the snow in Minnesota/Wisconsin:
    • Cash for playoff results and Player of the Year awards is still to come for teams - that should be credited this coming week and definitely by Saturday 12/7.
    • There are reports that some salaries look a little out of whack - for players with no stats in 2019.  Salvador Perez and Yoenis Cespedes were the examples cited.  I think I skipped a step for players with no stats - I'll take a look at that when I get back home and will fix as soon as I can.  12/2 update: FIXED


  • And we are underway for prep into 2020:
    • Salary cap cash has been distributed.  The 2020 salary cap is 40259 (was 38490 in 2019).
    • Free bonus teams have been distributed.
    • 2020 preliminary salaries are posted but are not yet final - I still need to go through and add in the premium salary adjustments for top MLB performers that will increase some salaries 1-30%.  My plan is to have all the salaries final by Friday night, Dec 6.
    • 2020 player positions are updated
      • Any player showing an "x" in their position didn't have any MLB stats in 2019, so I need to go back in and check what they did in the minors in 2019 (or maybe they didn't play at all) - their positions may change.
      • That usually takes a lot of time and will be finished sometime in mid-to-late December.
    • Player retention decisions for 2020 can now be made from your team roster pages.  Deadline to complete this is Sunday, January 19 - if you have a lot of teams, don't wait!!
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2020.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 15 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • New leagues for 2020 will be opened soon.
  • As people indicate they're dropping teams, orphans will become available.
  • Trades are now open for a 2-week trading period, ending on Sunday, Dec. 15.  Following that will be a 3-week trade period open December 16-January 5.
  • You can submit payment any time starting now, but WAIT until Monday to pay for any packages (Cooperstown Club or Season Tickets) - there will be some specials for Cyber Monday.  If you're paying for teams individually and not as part of a package, you'll save $5 per team if you pay by December 15.
  • Upcoming schedule/deadlines (some changes are possible):
    • Now through Sunday, Dec. 15: Fall Trading Period 1
    • Monday, Dec. 16 though Sunday, Jan 5: Fall Trading Period 2
    • Sunday, Jan 19: Roster retention choices due
    • Sunday, Feb 2: Redistribution Draft choices due


  • We're close to being ready for prep into the 2020 season.  Later this week, you'll be able to indicate if you're keeping your team for next year and preliminary salaries and positions will be posted.  We'll have a couple of 2-week trading sessions and your selections for carrying over players on your roster into 2020 will be due in early January.


  • Benchwarmer Bash Final Results: The Natty Lights (Beer League) defeated The Curiousness of Your Potential Kiss (Beatleball) 4 games to 3.
    • Congratulations to team owner Jesse Roche
    • This is Jesse's 5th win in the BWB ultimate tournament, but the first time that he's won the Bash with a team that won it before - The Natty Lights won before in 2017 and was runner up in 2018.
    • This was Sherman Wan's 3rd time in the finals with this team, but he's still looking for the first title.


  • 2019 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #1 Seed: The Natty Lights (108-42, Beer League champion) owner Jesse Roche
    • #3 Seed: The Curiousness of Your Potential Kiss (101-49, Beatleball champion) owner Sherman Wan
    • The Natty Lights were the Bash champions in 2017 and the runner up in 2018. Jesse has won the Bash 4 times before with 4 different franchises.
    • Sherman is seeking his first Bash title - but this team was Bash runner up under him in both 2007 and 2011.
    • Sherman already defeated another of Jesse's teams to make it this far - The Curiousness defeated Crumpton (Moneyball) 4-2 in the Semifinals.
    • See the bracket


  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Semifinals are complete - Games 1-7 posted.
  • We'll finish this off on Wednesday with the Finals.



  • Benchwarmer Bash -  We're down to the final 8 teams - Quarterfinals will post on Monday.  Check out the tournament bracket
  • Congratulations to the 2019 Federation Champions:
    • Aaron Federation: New York Library Detectives, A League About Nothing, Robert Elias
    • Bench Federation: The Natty Lights, Beer League, Jesse Roche - 4th straight title
    • Cobb Federation: The Curiousness of Your Potential Kiss, Beatleball, Sherman Wan
    • DiMaggio Federation: Miami County Mercenaries, Four Star, David Henning
    • Eckersley Federation: Crumpton Roches, Moneyball League, Jesse Roche - 4th straight title
    • Foxx Federation: Dave's Dynamo, Triple Crown League, David Henning
    • Gehrig Federation: Winston Wants Bangers for Breakfast, Grand Slam League, Jamison Reese
    • Hornsby Federation: Kingston Don Dadda, That's the Fact Jack League, Ricardo Alexander



  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Moves to the Federation round - Federation Semifinals complete Games 1-7 posted
  • Federation Finals will begin on Friday


  • Benchwarmer Bash -  Beginning this year, we start the Bash with competition at the Association level.  64 league champions advanced to Association Championships.
  • Monday night update - all 7 games of the Association Championship Series are now posted.
  • Winners of this round now move on to the Federation round.


  • The Benchwarmer Bash brackets are set up.  We'll start off with the Association Championships on Monday


  • 34 of 2018's 59 league champions repeated to win their division this year.  In the end, 14 repeated with a league championship in 2019 (the same number as last year):
    • A League About Nothing - New York Library Detectives (Robert Elias) - 3rd straight title
    • B Movie Actor League - Cyborg Avengers (David Henning)
    • Beer League - The Natty Lights (Jesse Roche)
    • Bleed Dodger Blue - New New York Mets (Daniel Foley, Jr.)
    • Blue and Gray League - Bradford Bluecoats (Jay Snyder)
    • Bronx Bombers League - Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (Jay Synder)
    • Fenway Fenatics - Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (David Henning) - 3rd straight title
    • Hall of Fame League - Chicxulub Revolution (Sherman Wan)
    • Home of the Brave - Shawnee Fighting Eagles (David Henning)
    • Moneyball League - Crumpton Roches (Jesse Roche)
    • Original Six League - Hockey Pucks (Michael Lehman)
    • Perfect World League - Utopia Unicorns (David Henning) - 3rd straight title
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Kingston Don Dadda (Ricardo Alexander)
    • Triple Crown League - Dave's Dynamo (David Henning)
    • Jesse Roche's 4-year run as the champ of Murderers' Row with Crumpton Roches came to an end


  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2019: (see how this compares to 2018)
    • 15 titles: David Henning
    • 7 titles: Jason Kiernan
    • 5 titles: Michael Rudolph, Sherman Wan
    • 3 titles: Brian Haines, Michael Quinn
    • 2 titles: Leif Jonson, Jamison Reese, Jesse Roche, Jay Snyder, Danny Zaccaro
  • A new setup for the Benchwarmer Bash that now begins with Association championships means some new web pages and some structural changes for the schedule - I'm finishing up that work and the Bash should begin this weekend.
  • Preparations for 2020 - with new salaries and new positions coming up first - will begin next week.


  • Playoffs - Championship Week: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • The Benchwarmer Bash field is all set - this year it's only for league champions - there are no wild card teams.  If your team is advancing into the Bash, you have one final opportunity to change your lineups - that lineup will remain in place for all the remaining series.  The deadline for lineup changes is Monday night, November 4, at midnight Eastern



  • Playoffs - Championship Week: Games 2 & 3 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Find quick links to all your teams' playoff pages - including which teams are still active
  • There are changes this year to the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • We have a nice round number of 64 leagues this season, so there are no wild cards this year - only league champions will advance to the Benchwarmer Bash
    • We have 32 2-league Associations, so the first round this season is that 2 league champions will meet for an Association Championship - those winners will move to the Federation round and 8 Federation champions will compete for the ultimate Benchwarmer Bash crown.
    • In 2020, we should expect wild card teams at the Association level.
  • 2019 in Review:
    • Of the 59 league champions in 2018, 34 of them repeated as division winners - 22 are still alive with conference championships and a chance for a repeat league title.  (2018: 32 of 54 league champs in the previous season won their division - 22 repeated as conference champions)
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins: (see how this compares to 2018)
    • 19 Teams - David Henning (out of 27 division winners) and Jason Kiernan (26)
    • 9 Teams - Sherman Wan (14)
    • 7 Teams - Ricardo Alexander (15)
    • 5 Teams - Michael Quinn (7) and Michael Rudolph (9)
    • 4 Teams - Roland Dupont (11), Brian Haines (5), Leif Jonson (7), Dave Matter (6), Jamison Reese (9), and Jay Snyder (9)
    • 3 Teams - Robert Elias (7), Andrew Lehman (5), Jon Swanson (3), and Danny Zaccaro (7)
    • 2 Teams - A Citarella (2), Michael Lehman (5), Tom McGraw (6), Jesse Roche (2), and Tom Twomey (2)



  • Schedule plan for Championship Week:
    • Wednesday - bracket and schedule setup - See Playoffs for All Leagues  (pitching matchups posted on Thursday)
    • Thursday night - Game 1 posted
    • Friday - Games 2 & 3
    • Saturday - Games 4 & 5
    • Sunday - Games 6 & 7
    • Subject to change


  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Don't forget - if you're still in it and you want to change your lineup for the 2nd week of the playoffs, the deadline is tomorrow night - Wednesday - at 11:59 PM Eastern.  You can reset your pitching rotation from scratch - you don't have to consider "games of rest" between the 1st and 2nd weeks of the playoffs.


  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 4 & 5 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • We'll continue on Tuesday
  • 2019 in Review:
    • Of 236 division winners from 2018, 103 repeated with division titles this season (101 of 216 repeated in last year)
    • 73 of the division winners from last season finished below .500 in 2019, 28 of them dropped all the way to last place this year.
    • From the 236 divisions that existed in 2017, 48 division winners in 2019 are franchises that never before won a division title.
    • Of the 59 league champions from 2017, 34 of them repeated as division winners this season. (32 of 54 league winners from 2017 won divisions in 2018).
    • 23 teams went "worst to first" - finishing in 4th place in 2018 and winning a division this year.
    • 13 teams had 100 losses in 2018 - 3 of them won their division this year

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