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Coming Up in Benchwarmer Baseball

The regular season is nearly finished, but that doesn't mean the end of your work.  Just like in the major leagues, running a BWB franchise is a year-round pursuit.  Check back on this page often throughout the fall and winter to see what's next.  As always, you can check to the Official BWB Rules for more details and see the Season Transaction Schedule for dates.

Late Season Transactions

The trading deadline has come and gone.  Some teams will be fine-tuning rosters for the playoffs.  But what do you need to be aware of in the last few weeks?

  • There are no signing transactions at all in Week 25.  All signings must be completed by Week 24 - Wednesday, September 11.
  • You will be able to submit cuts and IR moves in Week 25 in order to prepare your roster for the playoffs (Week 26 and beyond).
  • Post-season games use MLB games randomly picked from the last half of the season (MLB Games 81-160 for hitters - we use up to Game 162+ for starting pitchers).
  • When the season is done, there are no transactions - cuts or signings - until after you pick your 28 players (maximum) to keep and after the Redistribution Draft.  There are two trading periods that will occur in November before you finalize your keeper list.
  • All players under contract for 2014 and beyond must be kept through the Redistribution Draft (though you may cut them after that time).  If you've got someone under contract that you've had second thoughts on and don't want to retain - you can cut them in Week 22, 23, 24, or 25.  There are no rebates for unused portions of contracts.


Obviously, the first task at hand when the season ends is to crown our 2013 Champions.  In addition, all BWB teams qualify for some sort of post-season tournament.

BWB Championships

The division winners in each conference meet for a best-of-7 series to determine the conference champion.  The teams with the best regular season records earn home field advantage. Then, the winners of the conference championship series meet to determine the league champion.  Again, a best-of-7 series.  The team with the best record gets home field advantage.

The Gore Cup

All four second-place teams advance to this tournament for runners-up who probably feel like they should have taken first place.  Teams are seeded 1-4 by record and in this first week we have #1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3 in a best-of-7 series.  Winners of the first round advance to the finals, with the highest seeded team earning home field advantage.  This is also a best-of-7 series.

The Bottom Feeder Open

The remaining 8 teams get a reason to visit the site during the playoffs too.  In this first week, teams are seeded 1-8 by regular season record and face each other in a best-of-3 quarterfinal series (home-away-home).  Following the first series, using the same lineups, the winners are re-seeded and compete in another best-of-3 series for the semifinals.   The two surviving teams meet in a best-of-5 final series in the second week.

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Teams can change lineups from one week of the playoffs to the next.  The pitching rotations may be completely reset without worry of proper rest of starters.  All teams are playing for extra BWB Bucks to help fill out their rosters for next season.  League champions earn a free season for their team next season.  In addition, all 3 tournament winners will have the option to take a free team for the next season in a new league or a free orphan team. 

Benchwarmer Bash

Winners of each league and selected wild card teams will advance to a tournament to find the overall champion of Benchwarmer Baseball.  This provides some focus during the down time of the off season.  In 2013, we have 37 leagues.  Each league is placed in one of eight Federations.  The league champions and perhaps a few non-champion teams with the highest BWB Power Index in their Federation will meet in the Federation Championship tournament.  From there the eight Federation Champions advance to the Benchwamer Bash.


Results will appear in October-November.  All series are best-of-seven.  The winner of the Bash earns two additional free seasons for his/her team and the runner up gets one more free year.

Off Season

More details will come from time-to-time about specific dates on the following events. Also see the Off Season section of the Benchwarmer Baseball Rules

Player List Updates - Salary Cap Calculation

In early November, the player lists will be updated to reflect new positions and new salaries for the next season.  Retired players will be removed automatically from team rosters and free agent lists.  Teams will learn how much cash they'll get during the winter.  BWB will most likely post a preliminary salary list, but the final values will not be known until all of the major MLB awards are announced (MVP, Cy Young, etc.)

Cash Implications

New topic 12/23/13

There are always questions about this, so here's an attempt to run down a few things about cash balances and how the events/decisions below come into play.

  1. You receive your cash distribution of salary cap Benchwarmer Bucks in mid-to-late November.  This is all the cash you will receive from BWB until Opening Day (Week Zero).
  2. There are two trading periods in November-December.  You can trade cash back and forth during these trades.
  3. As you make your final decisions for the carryover of up to 28 players on your roster, keep in mind that any cash left in your balance is all you have to work with; you will not receive any further cash distributions from BWB until Opening Day.
  4. All salaries for players carried over into 2014 will be deducted at the carryover deadline.
  5. The remaining balance you have in your account is all you have to spend on signing players in the Redistribution Draft in January.
  6. When free agency begins again in February, you can cut players for a 50% salary rebate.  If you trade players away, you will get 100% salary rebate.  There is no additional cash from the BWB office until Opening Day.

Roster Decisions

In November-December, teams can decide which players to retain for the next season

November Trading

There are two fall trading periods - Nov 10-30 and Dec 1-28  that gives you some flexibility on your team composition before carryover selections.  No salary implications on these trades - it's just players and cash.

Carryover Selection

You can actually start this in early November, but after the two trading periods we go exclusively into choosing your carryover players - you can keep a maximum of 28 players.  You MUST keep any players under contract for 2014 and beyond - everything else is up to you.


See the Benchwarmer Rules for more information about carryover.


The deadline to complete this is Saturday, January 4.  You'll be charged at that time for the 2014 salary for the players you keep.  All other players will go into the free agent list.

New Players

The MLB Winter Meetings in December serve as our cutoff point for the player lists in 2014.  At that time, any players on 40-man rosters immediately after the Rule V Draft who are not in the BWB System will be added to the master list.  (In practice, the player list update will typically occur in late December). After this time, there are no more additions in 2014 until a player debuts in a Major League game and at the amateur draft in June.

Redistribution and League Entry Drafts

New leagues will begin drafting as they fill up.  In January, teams in returning leagues will submit a list of up to 15 players that they wish to sign in the Redistribution Draft.  Teams will draft in reverse order of their 2013 season record.


See the Benchwarmer Rules for more information about the Redistribution Draft.

Free Agency

Throughout January, February, and March, teams can begin to make trades and sign/cut players.  By the beginning of April, they need to have a complete roster in place in order to make a run at next year's title.



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