17.1 Regular Season Changes
17.1.1 Regular Season – Adding Players
After the initial load of the master list in December,
players will be added to the master list only for these
- They are promoted to a major league roster AND earn
major league statistics.
- They are a number one draft pick in the amateur draft.
This is only for one of the top 30 picks and does not
include any of the supplemental picks. (If
supplemental picks are added in the middle of the first
round, they will be included...the intent here is to cover
all the primary 30 team slots in the first round).
Putting this another way, no players will be added to the
list between January and April – despite signings of players
from Japan, Korea, Cuba, etc. and despite any expectations
that a minor leaguer not currently on the BWB list will make
a major league roster. These players must play in a regular
season game before they make our list.
17.1.2 Regular Season – Removing Players
A player is de-listed immediately if during the season
- Plays in Japan, Mexican, or other foreign leagues.
- Plays in the Northern League or other independent,
non-affiliated minor leagues.
If any of these players are on the free
agent list in every league - they are not on any roster at
all, they are immediately removed, without notice or
announcement. If one of these players is on a
roster, he will remain on that roster until the team owner
releases him. The team has the option to retain the player
throughout the season – particularly since the BWB playoffs
use statistical performances throughout the entire second
half of the regular season. A player in this situation can neither be traded nor
signed to a long-term contract. In this case, the
player will remain as "active" throughout BWB and will
appear in free agent lists, but he cannot be signed by any
team. Once an inactive player is released off of all
BWB rosters, he will be removed from the system completely.
Exception for deceased players: If a player dies
during the season, he will also be removed from any BWB
rosters (provided that it doesn't make the roster illegal,
and in that case the player will be removed at the first
opportunity later in the season). It's kind of arbitrary,
but it just seems a little macabre to keep a player in that
situation. If the team is due a salary rebate, it will be
17.1.3 Note on First Round Draft Picks
A player added to the master list as a top draft pick
does not have to play that season to maintain a spot on the
BWB player list. However, he must sign a contract by the
time of the Rule V Draft in December or he will be removed
immediately from all rosters and free agent lists. There is
no salary rebate for players lost in this way – teams that
carry them over do so at that risk.
In a recent change in MLB, players who were picked in the
draft who are still college players must sign a contract by
the time classes begin (I believe there is one deadline for
everyone). Any player whose drafting becomes void at
that time will be removed from the game. Players who
have graduated and are not subject to that rule must still
be signed before the Rule V draft. This should still
be widely known at the time that carry over decisions are
Players are eligible to play in BWB at positions
depending on what they did the previous season. There are
two categories of positions - Primary and Secondary. NOTE:
Primary and secondary positions are only important during
start-up drafts. Once the season starts, a player can be
placed in the lineup at any position he's listed for -
primary OR secondary.
Players are listed based on their stats in the previous
year. Players who appear in 20 games or more at a given
position have that position listed as a primary position.
Players who are at a position for fewer than 20 games, but
appear at that position in more than 5.5% of his total games
will have that position listed as a secondary position. If
a player does not have a primary position, then the
secondary position used the most will become his primary
position. If a player doesn't have enough games to qualify
at any position, for either primary or secondary uses, then
he is eligible only as a DH. Minor leaguers with no major
league experience the previous year will be listed at known
positions based on some documented source.
17.2.1 Additional Positions During the Season
During the season, a player can have a position added to
his qualifications using the following criteria: Starts at
the position in 5 consecutive appearances OR 10 games
total. While the Commissioner's Office will attempt to keep
on top of this, please notify it when you think your player
is eligible, giving the proper dates to document the claim.
As of 2004, BWB Management has a fairly reliable way to
check the 5-consecutive game rule. To simplify the process,
only appearances in the field are used to determine the
5-game streak. If a player is used as a pinch hitter, pinch
runner, or as a DH, those games will not break up a streak.
17.2.2 Starting Pitchers or Relief Pitchers?
Pitchers are listed as starters or relievers only as a
guide. You may place a pitcher in either position, but only
starts will count for starters, and only relief appearances
will count for relievers. This position designation in the
player lists was originally not changed during the season.
But in 2009 change of operations, we began to add an extra
designation for pitchers marked SP who start having relief
appearances or vice versa.
The original designation of a pitcher as "SP" will
typically come from half or more of the previous season's
appearances as starts (or something very close to half).
All others will be designated "RP." In some cases, if
a player has only a small number of games in the major
leagues that marks him as RP but was primarily a starting
pitcher in the minors, his position will be set as SP.
17.3 Two-way players
Added for 2018
Benchwarmer Baseball currently has no intention of
counting hitting stats of pitchers or pitching stats of
position players who pitch in an emergency situation.
However, it may occur that players will actively fill a role
both as a pitcher and as a hitter, with the arrival of
Shohei Ohtani in 2018 and a number of minor league players
who have multiple roles.
BWB may define major league players as 2-way players by
giving them both pitcher and hitter characteristics and
Minor league players will typically be defined as either
a pitcher or a hitter - with determination as they enter the
major leagues or near major league status about which slot
they will fill - or whether they will be a 2-way player.