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12/12/18

  • OK - I think I've got this right - the information below your roster about your roster limits and the totals of the players you are keeping for 2019 should now handle the prospects on your team correctly.  Let me know if you find any errors in the counting or on the page itself.
  • Reposting and updating this note originally posted below on Nov. 24: Effects of the Prospects Roster: (see the full rule)
    • There are no additions or other adjustments allowed to the prospects roster at this time (Week 21 of the 2018 season was the deadline - no changes again until after the 2019 Redistribution Draft)
    • If you receive a player in a trade who was on that other team's prospect roster, he enters your roster as one of your 40-man roster players - you can't put him on your prospects list
    • Prospects don't count against the 28-player maximum that you may retain on your roster for 2019.  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 13), 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 2019.

12/11/18

  • 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.
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams are currently in two fall trading periods, then in early January, teams will cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2019 squads.
    • 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.

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12/10/18

  • Week Twenty-nine Transactions Posted - These are the trades in the Fall trading period #1
    • Trades are open again for period #2 - the deadline is Sunday, December 30, 11:59 PM Eastern
    • A reminder that your picks for which players you'll keep on your roster in 2019 are due on January 13, but you can be working on that now.
    • 13 players were removed from the game on the basis of retirement or signing to play in foreign ball, including these 6 that were on BWB rosters: Jabrari Blash, Chris Gimenez, Justin Haley, Justin Hancock, Pierce Johnson, and Tommy Joseph.  Those players have been automatically deleted from any BWB rosters.

12/5/18

  • Player of the Year awards are final
  • Team cash updated for playoff performances, Players of the Year, and the first wave of orphan team assignments

11/28/18

  • First wave of orphan teams are listed.  Contact me if you're interested - you may want to list an alternate or two in case your first choice is taken.
  • Reminder that the deadline to say if you're keeping each of your teams in 2019 is December 9. We assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.

11/27/18

  • Payment for 2019 teams is available.  For returning owners, your deadline to pay isn't until Opening Day - though if you pay by December 9, you'll get a $5 discount per team.  If you are playing a lot of teams, you might want to check out one of the two package plans.

11/26/18

  • If you've signed up for new teams or have bonus teams you want to use, there are new leagues for 2019 now available to join.

11/25/18

  • MLB Info has been updated to reflect transactions between 11/6 and 11/24.
    • 13 players were removed from the game on the basis of retirement or signing to play in foreign ball, including these 6 that were on BWB rosters: Raul Alcantra, Adrian Beltre, Alan Busenitz, Joe Mauer, Chase Utley, and Christian Villanueva.  Those players have been automatically deleted from any BWB rosters.
    • Earlier in November, these players were removed from BWB rosters for the same reasons (including some unsigned 1st round draft picks): J.T. Ginn, Mike Marjama, Brandon McCarthy, Victor Martinez, Stewart Carter, and Brad Ziegler.
  • Quick and dirty fix - your post season roster page and the page you use to select your cuts are both now updated to show which of the players on your roster are "prospects" - those players do not count against the 28 maximum players you can keep for 2019.  Later - hopefully by the end of the coming week - the roster page will correctly note the totals at the bottom to reflect which players you're keeping and that prospects don't count in the totals.

11/24/18

  • Premium salary adjustments have been applied - 2019 salaries are now final (will post some of the changes on Sunday)
  • I'll be updating the post season roster page and will add in a link to let you change your lineup (to help arrange who you're keeping or not) - in the meantime, you can get to the lineup change form from the all your rosters page.
  • If you want to see all your pending trade offers, you can check to see which of your teams have pending trade offers on the all your transaction submissions page
  • Effects of the Prospects Roster: (see the full rule)
    • There are no additions or other adjustments allowed to the prospects roster at this time (Week 21 of the 2018 season was the deadline - no changes again until after the 2019 Redistribution Draft)
    • If you receive a player in a trade who was on that other team's prospect roster, he enters your roster as one of your 40-man roster players - you can't put him on your prospects list
    • After the roster carryover decisions (January 13), 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 the prospects roster for 2019.
  • Coming up in the next few days and the near future:
    • Sunday night 11/25 - Player MLB status will be updated for MLB transactions after 11/6 - any players that have announced retirement since 11/6 will be removed from the game.
    • Sunday night 11/25 - First new 2019 leagues will be open to join and the first orphan teams listed
    • Soon - Post season roster page will be updated to handle the carryover totals correctly for the prospects list
    • By Saturday 12/1 - Players of the Year final.  Post season cash for playoff results and Players of the Year will be awarded
    • Sunday, 12/9 - Fall trading period #1 deadline
    • Sunday, 12/30 - Fall trading period #2 deadline
    • Sometime in December after the Rule 5 draft - new players will be added to the BWB player list if they are on the MLB 40-man roster.
    • Sunday, 1/13/19 - Roster retention decisions deadline

11/22/18

  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Hey - quick note to answer some questions from a few people...  If you're trying to use your bonus teams to join a new league, or if you just signed up for BWB and want to join a league - the new 2019 leagues aren't active yet.  And we don't have any orphans ready yet, either.  I will try to have some of that ready this weekend but we have family visiting, so it might be later on Sunday or on Monday before they are ready.

11/20/18

  • Two fixes on Tuesday night:
  • Salary calculations have been fixed and the salaries on the site are now corrected.  Again - these do not yet include the premium salary adjustments.
  • With the salary corrections, I need to double-check the cap value for 2019.  I plan to have that verified/corrected by Tuesday night.
  • Your rosters are now set to post-season mode and you can begin to pick the players you want to keep/cut for 2019.  This process is not yet updated for the "prospects," so the roster limits warnings are not accurate and at this point, the prospects are not shown on your roster page.  This should get fixed by Sunday, Nov 25
  • Trades are now open - the first fall trade period deadline is Sunday, Dec. 9 at midnight Eastern.

11/19/18

  • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2019.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 9 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • There's another issue with salaries - for at least several players didn't play in MLB, their 2019 salary is showing as the same as 2018...and that's not right.  I will redo the whole salary calculation to make sure it's right.  This may affect the salary cap (but unlikely to have much effect).
  • Hey, looks like some salaries are screwed up.  Someone let me know about Zack Wheeler being off and as I take a quick look at the salary calculation it appears as though some pitchers were incorrectly calculated at the minimum salary for 2018 stats (including Wheeler, Strasburg, Leake, Kyle Gibson, and some others).  I'll need a bit to figure out what went wrong with that...

11/18/18

  • OK - I'm very sorry for the delays - but you can now see some of the results of the setup for 2019.  Players now have new (incomplete) salaries for 2019 and their positions are set for 2019.
  • Usually I post some things in late October/early November and that allows me some staggered updates, but since I didn't get the salaries/positions done earlier, I was stuck a bit in having to change too many things all at one time.
  • Salary cap cash has been distributed.  The 2019 salary cap is 38490 (was 42034 in 2018).
  • Free bonus teams have been distributed.
  • Here's what is upcoming and will gradually become active on the website:
    • 2019 Salaries 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 Sunday night, Nov 25.
    • Any player showing an "x" in their position didn't have any MLB stats in 2018, so I need to go back in and check what they did in the minors in 2018 (or maybe they didn't play at all) - those positions may change.  That usually takes a lot of time and will be finished sometime in December.
    • Soon I'll open up a page to allow you to indicate which teams you're keeping in 2019.
    • By Monday night, I plan to open up your options to begin trading with other teams.
    • As soon as possible, I will open up the page to allow you to indicate which players you want to keep for 2019 and which ones you'll release into the Redistribution Draft.
    • New leagues for 2019 will be opened soon.
    • As people indicate they're dropping teams, orphans will become available.
  • Upcoming schedule/deadlines (some changes are possible):
    • Soon through Sunday, Dec. 9: Fall Trading Period 1
    • Monday, Dec. 10 though Sunday, Dec. 30: Fall Trading Period 2
    • Sunday, Jan 13: Roster retention choices due
    • Sunday, Feb 3: Redistribution Draft choices due

10/30/18

  • 2018 Benchwarmer Playoffs - We're down to the final two in the Benchwarmer Bash:
    • #2 Seed: The Natty Lights (114-36, Beer League champion) owner Jesse Roche
    • #5 Seed: Fiorello's Hard Boiled Eggs (97-53, Marxball champion) owner Jason Kiernan
    • The Natty Lights are the defending Bash champion and Jesse has won the Bash 4 times before with 4 different franchises.  Jason is going for his first Bash title.
    • These 2 owners have faced each other already in the Bash Quarterfinals with different teams.  The defeated Jason's #7 seeded Metropolis Ites (Superman League), while Jason defeated Jesse in the matchup of #5 Fiorello's vs #4 Crumpton (Moneyball League)
    • See the bracket
    • Final Result: Fiorello's swept The 4-0; Congratulations Jason!

10/29/18

  • Benchwarmer BashSemifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • We'll wrap it all up with the Benchwarmer Bash Finals on Tuesday

10/27/18

  • Benchwarmer Bash -  We're down to the final 4 teams - Quarterfinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Congratulations to the 2018 Federation Champions:
    • Aaron Federation: Brick Barometers, Anchorman, Tom Twomey
    • Bench Federation: The Natty Lights, Beer League, Jesse Roche - 3rd straight title
    • Cobb Federation: Astoria Argyle Sox, The Kings of Queens, Sherman Wan
    • DiMaggio Federation: Fiorello's Hard Boiled Eggs, Marxball, Jason Kiernan
    • Eckersley Federation: Crumpton Roches, Moneyball League, Jesse Roche - 3rd straight title
    • Foxx Federation: Kingston Bad Bwoys, Will Ferrell League, Ricardo Alexander
    • Gehrig Federation: Silicon Valley Ones and Zeroes, Geek Pride League, Sheldon Price
    • Hornsby Federation: Metropolis Ites, Superman League, Jason Kiernan

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10/21/18

  • 32 of 2017's 54 league champions repeated to win their division this year.  In the end, 14 repeated with a league championship in 2018 (up from 7 repeats last year):
    • A League About Nothing - New York Library Detectives (Robert Elias)
    • American Association - Brooklyn Grays (Sherman Wan)
    • Batman League - Infinity Island Shadows (Robert Elias)
    • Commissioners League - Towanda Teetotalers (Jay Snyder)
    • Deuces Wild League - Rock Ridge Raiders (Jerry King)
    • Fenway Fenatics - Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (David Henning)
    • Four Star League - Exsangui Nation (Sherman Wan)
    • K Street League - Wayne Mad Generals (Robert Elias)
    • Motor City League - Atlanta Wolverines (Ricardo Alexander)
    • Murderers' Row - Crumpton Roches (Jesse Roche) - 4th straight title
    • Perfect World League - Utopia Unicorns (David Henning)
    • Phightin' Phils League - Mt. Eaton Fox Squirrels (Dave Matter)
    • Silver Screen League - Winterfell Direwolves (Sherman Wan)

10/20/18

  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2018: (see how this compares to 2017)
    • 9 Titles: Sherman Wan
    • 8 Titles: David Henning
    • 6 Titles: Jason Kiernan
    • 5 Titles: Robert Elias, Jay Snyder
    • 4 Titles: Ricardo Alexander
    • 3 Titles: Andrew Lehman, Michael Lehman, Jesse Roche
    • 2 Titles: Don Kruse, Dave Matter
  • The Benchwarmer Bash field is all set - 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 Sunday night, October 21 at midnight Eastern

10/19/18

  • Playoffs - Championship Week is complete!: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • 2018 in Review:
    • Of 64 teams that participated in the Federation Playoffs in 2017 (first step of the Benchwarmer Bash), 38 won division titles this season (up from 35 last year)
    • Of the 8 Federation champs, all 8 made the playoffs this year (up from 6 last year)
    • Of last year's finalists in the Benchwarmer Bash (Jesse Roche owned both teams - both were wild cards last season):
      • Winner The Natty Lights (Beer League) just won the Beer League championship and heads into the Bash as the Bench Federation top seed.
      • Runner up Crumpton Roches (Moneyball) also was a league champ this season and is the #1 seed in the Eckersley Federation.

10/18/18

10/17/18

  • Playoffs - Championship Week: Games 2 & 3 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • 2018 in Review:
    • Of the 54 league champions in 2016, 32 of them repeated as division winners - 22 are still alive with conference championships and a chance for a repeat league title.  (2017: 25 of 49 league champs in the previous season won their division - 14 repeated as conference champions)
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins: (see how this compares to 2017)
    • 15 Teams - David Henning (out of 20 division winners)
    • 14 Teams - Jason Kiernan (out of 20) and Sherman Wan (21)
    • 8 Teams - Ricardo Alexander (out of 13)
    • 6 Teams - Robert Elias (out of 9)
    • 5 Teams - Don Kruse (out of 10), Jay Snyder (11), Tom Twomey (8)
    • 4 Teams - Alonda Clifton (out of 5), Andrew Lehman (14), Michael Lehman (12)
    • 3 Teams - Jesse Roche (out of 3),
    • 2 Teams - Mike Cerny (out of 2), Jim Duzyk (2), Michael Horvitz (3), Jerry King (4), Dave Matter (3), Michael Quinn (12), Jamison Reese (6), Michael Rudolph (3)

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