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5/25/18

  • Week 7 continues - Games 39-40 posted - See results
    • Next score update is expected Sunday
    • Who are we waiting on?  These teams have played the fewest MLB games (through 5/23):
      • 45 games: Min, NYM
      • 46 games: ChC, CWS, NYY
      • Subtract 5 from the MLB game # to determine which BWB game can be scored
    • Around BWB

5/24/18

5/21/18

5/13/18

  • Week 5 complete - 1/5 of the regular season is done

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5/5/18

  • 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 6-10, our deadlines for lineups and transactions are now on WEDNESDAY.

4/30/18

  • Week 3 complete - That's it for the first cycle of games within your division.  The next 8 weeks have you playing teams in the other divisions.

4/28/18

  • A quick explanation - during Week 3 transactions I made a mistake on cash for Week 1 games and standings position - actually using the Week 1 information from 2017.  There was a special financial update listed on 4/25 to fix that:
    • Unfortunately, division position in a given week is calculated from the transaction order - and the transaction order for Week 3 had already been overwritten by Week 4, so for Week 1, I calculated that everyone was in 4th place for cash purposes (with cash award of 150).
    • The cash awards for place and record you actually received during Week 3 transactions was subtracted from the cash you should have received.
    • Those two values were added up and put into the "Miscellaneous" column on the 4/25 update - and any negative amounts were changed to zero.  So nobody had money taken away from what they expected they would have coming into Week 4.  It's possible that some teams got more cash than they should have, but that's better than having teams not get as much cash as deserved.
    • I won't go back to Week 3 transactions and look for any teams that didn't get players because they didn't have enough cash.

4/23/18

  • After 10 games, we have one undefeated team (Ballybricken in Beatleball by Sherman Wan) and 7 teams without a win including one of mine.  See standings for all leagues
  • Around BWB is a comparative look at teams and owners in different leagues - some good, some...not so good.  See how you stack up

4/9/18

  • And we're off!  Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 2 & 3 - is expected on Tuesday night (weather permitting that games in Kansas City and Minneapolis occur tonight).
  • This was late in posting, but there were some significant modifications to the Benchwarmer Baseball rules for 2018.  These include:
    • Rules for 2-way players
    • An addition of a new optional roster designation that will come in mid-season - the "Prospects" roster - up to 5 minor-league players who are safe from carryover decisions in December - that won't count against the 28 maximum players you can keep.
    •  A reboot of the minor league competition for players on your minor league roster
    • Some provisions to deal with potential collusion and tanking.

4/8/18

  • Corrected season schedule and deadlines - not sure what calendar I was looking at (or not looking at), but all the dates beginning with Week 6 were wrong.

4/1/18

  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2).
    • Teams were then provided with an extra 2000 in Opening Day cash
    • 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 2018" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.
      • Due to some snafu with our stats provider, I only have complete leaguewide box scores from March 29, so players who debuted after that - like Scott Kingery - will show up for Week 2.

3/31/18

  • 2018 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 (available once I get the Week 1 lineups from everyone).  This is available from a link at the top of the weekly schedule page.

3/28/18

  • The transaction order has been reset for Week Zero to the same order used for the Redistribution Draft - reverse order of the 2017 standings.  For brand new leauges in 2018, it was reset in reverse order of total team salary (Original Six League was just fixed this morning).  This order will stay the same until Week Three when it will start being reset weekly based on 2018 standings. See Rules 12.9.2 and 12.9.3 for details
  • Discounted price on Moneyball orphan team - the league wants to fill the orphan before the season starts, so it's offering a discounted fee of $50 for this season.  This is a private league that collects extra cash to pay out in prize awards. You can see the team roster on the orphan page - look for the Benchwarmer Office team in Moneyball

3/27/18

  • Original Six League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Saturday, March 31 at midnight Pacific
  • Grunge League - Phase Two Draft - Part Two
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • All teams have a legal roster - the Startup Draft is complete!  The league is now open for regular weekly transactions, beginning this week with the next deadline on Saturday, March 31 at midnight Pacific

3/25/18

  • Original Six League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Original Six Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Tuesday night, March 27 at 9 PM EDT
  • We're getting down to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due tonight at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are due Saturday, March 31 (giving you a little extra time to deal with MLB final cuts and DL moves) - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting a couple of years ago, there are exceptions to this rule:
      • Any orphan teams acquired by an owner for his/her initial season of BWB are not subject to the maximum cash balance
      • Any orphan teams acquired where the extra 4000 cash is credited on Week -2 or later does not have to quickly reduce (We're currently in Week -1, so pick up an orphan now and your cash is safe)
      • And - any teams currently in orphan status will not be subject to a cut
    • Week 1 lineups will be due on Thursday, April 5
  • See more information at the season schedule and deadlines
  • Game schedules for 2018 will be posted later this week

3/24/18

  • Grunge League - Phase Two Draft - Part One
    • See the Grunge Draft Index
    • Rosters are loaded and finances updated
    • Not every team has a legal roster - so the Phase 2 Draft lists are now open again - the 2nd submission is due Monday night, March 26 at Midnight Pacific (3AM EDT)

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