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  • Are you getting "deceptive site" warnings while using Chrome to visit BWB?  One quick suggestion is to try a different browser.  However, you can also change your security settings in Chrome to prevent the constant warnings and perform your tasks without interruption.
  • Reminder - you must cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players by Sunday night (midnight Pacific Time)
    • You'll have to pay the 2021 salary for the players you keep at that time.  You will not receive additional cash until Opening Day, so keep enough for the Redistribution Draft and for pre-season free agency.
  • If you're going to be paying for individual teams and not one of the packages, you can save $5 per team if you pay by Saturday night at midnight Pacific (or shown on the site as 3 AM EST on 1/24/2021).  See your payment summary.


  • New leagues are open for 2021.  We're listing only 3 to begin with - if there's additional demand later this winter we can add more.
  • Do you want to try to resuscitate a troubled franchise rather than begin one from scratch?  There are a number of orphan teams that you can adopt and attempt to rebuild.
  • Did you win a league championship or win one of the other postseason tournaments (or be named a conference champ)?  Then you earned a free bonus team that you can use in 2021 for either a brand new league or as an orphan.  You can check to see if you have any bonus teams in your list. (Bonus teams weren't added to any Cooperstown Club members - you can grab an extra team for no additional charge at any time).


  • Week 30 Transaction Results Posted
  • - Winter Trade Period #2
  • Next deadline is for your roster reductions to 28 or fewer players - deadline Sunday, January 24 at midnight Pacific Time
  • With the trading period done and everyone about to cut down your rosters, all the trade rumors have been cleared out to start fresh for a new season.
  • 119 New players added to the game 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 2021" menu - See the list of new players

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  • Anyone who paid over $100 in total team fees in 2020 got missed in calculating the credit due back to you for the shortened season.  That's been fixed and you'll find an updated payment summary.
  • New leagues are open for 2021.  List draft leagues draft when they fill - deadline dates are estimates and targets for filling.  Live drafts have tentative dates and times set aside for them already.


  • 2021 team fees are posted
    • Check your payment summary
    • Because about 2/3 of the 2020 season was wiped out, there are discounts for 2021
      • For teams paid on a per-team basis, roughly 2/3 of your 2020 payment has been credited to your 2021 fees.  Typically the discount was spread across your teams - look in the "Other Discount" column with the heading "OD" on the summary page.
      • For team owners who purchased a full-price Season Ticket in 2020, you'll have the chance to get a 2021 Season Ticket for $150 - about half off the normal $295 cost.
    • Pay by January 24 and get an early payment discount
    • If you're adversely affected by the pandemic and recession and will have trouble with your 2021 team fees - please contact me and we can arrange something.


  • Winter Deadlines - CHANGES: (pushing things back one week)
    • Sunday, January 17: Winter trade period #2
    • Sunday, January 24: Rosters cut down to 28 or fewer players
    • Sunday, February 7: Redistribution Draft - picks for Round 1
    • Subject to change. All deadlines are at midnight EST.



  • Winter Deadlines:
    • Sunday, December 20: Deadline to indicate you're keeping your teams for 2021
    • Sunday, December 20: Winter trade period #1
    • Sunday, January 10 January 17: Winter trade period #2
    • Sunday, January 17  January 24: Rosters cut down to 28 or fewer players
    • Sunday, January 31 February 7: Redistribution Draft - picks for Round 1
    • Subject to change. All deadlines are at midnight EST.


  • The system is now open and ready for you to start picking your player cuts and for trades - the first trade deadline is Sunday night, December 20 at midnight EST.
  • 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 20 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • Are you having problems with constant warning messages about BWB being a potentially dangerous website?
    • This happens primarily on Chrome and I think some on Firefox.
    • I changed some security settings on my browsers this summer and so the warning messages went away for me.  I apologize that I then kind of forgot about it and some of you were frustrated in working on your teams.
    • Plans are that over the winter, we'll gradually move the BWB site to a new host and a new web domain - combining with some other changes, this should fix the situation.
    • In the meantime - what about picking your player cuts?  It's not a great solution long-term, but while you work on BWB, you can change some security settings in the browser and the warnings stop.  Let me know and I can guide you through the change - at some point this weekend I'll post some directions.
    • I hope you'll stick it out through the changes this winter - thanks for playing Benchwarmer Baseball!


  • And we are underway for prep into 2021:
  • We're not quite ready to open up the teams for trades and to start listing your player cuts.  There's some additional setup work to do first - will try to get everything open by Tuesday night.


  • Salaries are done - not yet posted.  I had to spend some time with some rule changes around salaries before I could move on.
  • Figuring out positions comes next - that should be fairly quick and done by Monday.
  • I'll post the new salaries and positions at the same time - and then we'll open things up for 2021 prep.


  • So, what's new?  What's going on?
    • I'm currently working on finalizing player salaries - the base salaries are done and I'm calculating the premium bonuses.  The salary cap has been determined - this should all post this weekend.
    • Also - hopefully by this weekend, we'll have position updates.
    • After those are all up, we'll open things up for you to start cutting back your rosters to 28 players and start up 2 early winter trading periods.


  • Benchwarmer Bash Final Results: Stargell's Spectacular Slammin Spectacle (Steel City League) defeated Three Blind Mouse-ketiers (Three of a Kind League) 4 games to 2.
    • Congratulations to team owner Jason Kiernan, who actually is the owner of both teams in the final.
    • This is Jason's 2nd win in the BWB ultimate tournament.  He won with his team from Marxball in 2018.


  • We're down to our 2 final teams in the Benchwarmer Bash, but no matter which team wins, Jason Kiernan is the champion as he owns both teams.
  • Series completed
  • Bash Bracket




  • Benchwarmer Bash 2020 - Federation finals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • And we're down to 8 teams remaining in the Benchwarmer Bash.  Quarterfinal games are next.


  • Benchwarmer Bash 2020 - Federation semifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Look for the "Federation Results" links on the Bash main page to see the matchups and the game scores.


  • Benchwarmer Bash 2020 - Association finals complete
  • We've reduced the field from 128 teams to 32 - these series winners now move on to the Federation round where we'll cut the teams down to 8.



  • Cash for final division placement was distributed - check the team finances.  Playoff awards come after the 2021 salary cap distribution.
  • Moving on to 2021 - prep work is beginning:
    • Roster pages have been changed to the off season version in prep to start cutting players.  The dates on the page and the roster limits aren't yet updated/reverted back to normal numbers - that will come later this week.
    • Lineup slots and lineup positions are cleared out
    • 2020 contracts expired
    • All the players who sat out for Covid reasons are back on their BWB teams.  Any contracts they had were extended 1 year.
    • I will start work on 2021 salaries and positions later this week
    • Post-season trading will open soon - but perhaps not until the preliminary salaries are posted.  Roster pages are currently still locked - you won't be able to start on making changes just yet.


  • Benchwarmer Bash
    • All the league champions plus a bunch of wild card teams now move on to the annual BWB tournament of champions.
    • The brackets and schedules for the association semifinals are now posted.
    • Teams involved have one final lineup change available - the lineups you set will run all the way through the Bash finals.  The deadline is Sunday night at midnight Eastern.
    • Games will probably begin on Monday night.
  • Meanwhile - starting soon - preparations for 2021 - stay tuned.


  • 2020 Playoffs - Championship Week is Complete!
  • Pages for the Benchwarmer Bash are up
    • The Association level has been expanded from 2 teams to 4 teams - that will be 2 league champions plus 2 wild cards.
    • For this season, teams in the Big Red Machine League, the only league so far in the Koufax Federation, will compete in the Cobb Federation - the Eddie Collins Association
    • As the league championships finish up, the field posted will be updated with the new league champs and the updated wild card status.
  • Teams that are playing in the Benchwarmer Bash have one last chance to change lineups - at that point the lineups will lock for the full scope of the Benchwarmer Bash.  The deadline to change lineups is Sunday night, November 1 at midnight Eastern.


  • 2020 Playoffs - Championship Week - Game 3 posted
  • Someone discovered an error in using the minors and the taxi squad to fill in lineup holes.  Something in converting the process from regular season to playoffs didn't work and it was possible to place the same guy to fill in more than once.  I apologize for this - it likely extended into the previous rounds, but at this point I can't go back and fix all of that.  Finding it now, I was able to re-score about 6 games from Game 1 & 2 in the current week.  The results were the same except Game 1 in the Bottom Feeder Finals of Batman League went the other way.  The owners of the affected teams have been notified by email, so if you haven't received a message, there was no change to your games.
  • I've found the program error and we can move on with the remainder of the series - Game 4 will be up Friday morning.


  • 2020 Playoffs - Championship Week
    • Game 2 posted
    • There's going to be a delay in Game 3.  We've discovered a lineup error and might need to redo a handful of games from Games 1 & 2.  Game 3 won't be up until Thursday.


  • 2020 Playoffs - Week 3 - League semifinals, Gore Cup, and Bottom Feeder Open
    • Games 5-7 posted
  • Reminder - tonight is the deadline to change your lineups for the finals week in the playoffs


  • 2020 Playoffs - Week 3 - League semifinals, Gore Cup, and Bottom Feeder Open - Games 2-4 posted
  • For the Big Red Machine League - your playoff pages were showing the wrong league for this week's games - that's now fixed.
  • Some quick stats on the league semifinals:
    • Overall, only 60% of the division winners in the 65 leagues advanced from the first two rounds into the semifinals these were the teams seeded 1-4 in the tournament.
      • Only 47 of the 65 #1 seeds (72%) are still alive
      • 44 #2 seeds
      • 36 #3 seeds
      • 29 #4 seeds
    • The lowest seed advancing to the semis was a #14 seed: California from Fenway Fenatics (Craig Burke).  The team finished the regular season 22-32 and defeated Cincinnati (#3 seed, 31-23) and Centauri (#5 seed, 29-25) to get this far.  They are up against Skeleton (38-16), the league's top seed, in the semifinals.
    • Other low seeds getting this far include 3 #13s, 5 #12s, 8 #11s, 8 #10s, and 10 #9s.  These teams all pulled an upset in the first round and repeated the upset in the quarterfinals.
    • Only 7 leagues had all 4 division winners advance to the semifinals
    • No league had all of its division winners fail to make the semifinals, but 9 of the 65 leagues have only 1 division winner in the final four.


  • 2020 Playoffs - Week 3 - League semifinals, Gore Cup, and Bottom Feeder Open - Game 1 posted
    • The random game selection and the starting pitching games used was reset for the next 2 weeks.  It's possible that your league will use one of the same random games used in the first 2 rounds or that one of your starting pitchers will use the same game as before - but there are no repeats over this week and the week of the league finals.
    • All teams are "back in it" as the Gore Cup and the Bottom Feeder Open fields are set
    • We're utilizing the structure of the conference championships for the league semifinals.  In most cases this won't line up with the real conferences that teams play in.  I contemplated trying to play with the setup to get them as close as possible, but it was just more efficient to fill them without worrying about the conferences.
    • This season, without real conference play, the final team standing in a conference will be designated the conference winner.  Should all remaining teams be eliminated in the same week, initial playoff seeding will be the tiebreaker.
  • Teams that advance to the finals can change their lineups again for the next round.  Lineups are open again and the deadline to make changes is very short: Monday night at midnight Pacific (shown on the web as Tuesday, 10/27 at 3 AM Eastern)


  • 2020 Playoffs - Quarterfinals complete - Games 6 & 7 posted
  • Reminder that lineup changes for the next round of playoffs are due tonight at midnight Eastern
  • You'll start to see seeding/matchups on your league's playoff pages for the conference championships and the Gore Cup.  This preliminary listing may have some errors as I'm doing it quickly by hand.  I will be running some verification checks to look for mistakes and correct them before the schedule is set for the next steps.  The official schedule should be up on Thursday.
  • The teams that lost in the first round will now come back for the Bottom Feeder Open.  You have something on the line - the winner of that tournament will have the top spot in the draft/transaction order for the off-season.

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