18 games against each of the other three
teams in your division. (54 games)
12 games against each of the four teams
in the other division of your conference. (48 games)
6 games against each of the eight teams
in the opposing conference. (48 games)
=150 games total
Unlike Rotisserie baseball and other fantasy games, BWB
does not deal with player performance based on calendar days
or weeks. Instead, BWB games are scored on a game-by-game
basis, no matter when they are played – allowing each player
on the roster to appear in a BWB game if he plays in that
particular major league game.
The performance of a player in a fantasy game is directly
obtained from the real major league game. However, since
teams play on different days the schedule deals with game
numbers, not game dates. That is, in a team's first fantasy
game of the season, the performances of the players are
based upon the first real game that their major league teams
play. Game 40 of the fantasy season is based upon game 40
of the major league season. (Note: This mapping is not
entirely accurate – there’s one twist – but that’s easier to
explain in the Scoring section. This explanation should
provide you with the basic idea).
Example: A team owns both Ken Griffey and
Derek Jeter. For fantasy game 100, those players would be
scored depending upon how Griffey does in the 100th game for
Cincinnati, while Jeter would be scored according to the
Yankees' 100th game, despite the fact that those might be
several days apart.
There can be a slight gap when a player is traded from
one major league team to another. Let’s assume that Oakland
has played 95 games and Washington has played 100.
Example One: John Doe is traded from
Oakland to Washington. The last game he played for Oakland
was Game 95, but now the first game he plays for Washington
is Game 101. Unfortunately, you’re not going to get any
stats for him for BWB Games 96-100.
Example Two: Sam Public is traded from
Washington to Oakland, having already played through Game
100 with Washington. As long as there is any
overlap/duplicate games (that is, until Oakland plays Game
#101), the stats he earns first (with Washington) are the
ones used for BWB games.
The regular season will cover major league games 1-150.
If a position player does not play in a particular major
league game, he will not "play" in the corresponding fantasy
game. Pitchers work a little differently (see Lineups for
Each week of the fantasy season will cover 6 games. That
creates a regular season schedule of 25 weeks. Lineups and
roster changes are submitted once per week.
2.2.1 Playoff Format
Following the regular season, the division champions of
each conference will meet in a best-of-seven conference
championship series. The winners will meet in a
best-of-seven league championship series. There are no wild
cards that advance to the championship round.
2.2.2 Game Selection
Since the very end of the season can often be a time of
resting for the playoffs and calling up the minor leaguers,
the playoffs will use major league games a little
differently. Instead of using games 151-162 for the
playoffs, random games from the last portion of the season
will be used.
This has been modified a few times over the years, but
has always been some permutation of random games selected
from the entire MLB season. Beginning in 2007, these random
games have only be selected from the 2nd half of the season,
and this range is modified slightly in 2016 - from MLB games
This allows for a couple of things: First, a team in BWB
that makes a late-season run to get into the playoffs (or
extend their lead) comes into the playoffs with momentum and
may be - at that point, despite the overall record - the
best team in the league. Picking some major league games
from the early part of the season may effectively kill that
momentum and may mean - for all playoff teams - that some
key players in the late part of the season may not have even
been in the majors early and can cause some big roster
holes. Second, it may make the decision to hang on to an
injured player or not an easier choice. Before, you might
want to keep a player with a hot April-May-June because they
could help you in the playoffs. Now, unless you just want
to keep him for the next season anyway, there's no reason
game-wise to do so.
There will no longer be any structure to force the random
games to be spread out over the possible period. No game
will be used more than once throughout the 2-week playoff
season. During the Benchwarmer Bash, the game selection
process will be reset every 2 weeks (and all pitching
performances become open again). If the Bash format requires
an odd number of weeks, the first set of games/pitching
performances (or a later round that involves byes) will be
reset after 3 weeks instead of two. This will, in a sense,
give a slight potential advantage to teams that earn byes.
The random game is different for each league.
During the Bash, association and federations brackets will
use different random games, but the Bash final weeks after
the federation round will all use the same random game
The post-season schedule will be conducted in this way:
- Game one hitting statistics will be from a random game
drawn from major league games 81-155.
- Starting pitching performances will be selected from
the available start nearest to the game used for hitting
statistics (see below).
- Relief appearances will use the 6-game span ending
with the same game used for hitters.
Note – the game used for hitters will be the
drawn. No 5-game gap is used in the playoffs.
Thus, the playoff schedule adheres to a season-long
approach toward games, but allows for some variation in when
those games are used. Keep in mind that even though you have
an injured player, it might be worth keeping him on your
roster for use in the playoffs. This isn’t a perfect system,
but does tend to favor a team that has more consistent
players in the last half of the season rather than just
streaking ones in the very last weeks. The only way to
really fix this would be to shorten the regular season and
feedback so far has favored the current regular season
length (we’ve had many late-season comebacks that would have
2.2.3 Selecting Starting Pitching Performances
For playoff games, we will use the starting pitching
stats from the MLB game NEAREST to the randomly selected MLB
game used for hitters. This is not unlimited, however. The
game must be within 7 games of the hitters’ game or the
pitcher will have no starts available for the game (and fall
within the range of used games – though for starting
pitchers we will use games 76-162).
A start can only be used once during the entire playoffs
(for the Benchwarmer Bash, this will be reset after every
two series). For standardization, if the pitcher has 2
starts equidistant from the hitters' game, the start that
occurred first will be used.
2.3 Divisional Tiebreakers
2.3.1 First-place Ties
Any teams tied for 1st-place after the regular season
will meet in a one-game, winner-take-all playoff game. This
will be treated as Game 151 of the season. Teams will not
be able to make lineup changes - the rosters for Week 25
will continue into the playoff as though there were 7 games,
not 6, that week. The pitching rotation will continue, thus
both teams will use their #1 starters. The tiebreaker
system for places 2-4 will be used to determine which team
is the home team.
Should there be a 3-way tie, the teams will play each
other once in a round-robin format. The team with the best
record will advance to the playoffs. They will use the
A vs. B
A: P1 - B: P1
A vs. C
A: P2 - C: P1
B vs. C
B: P2 - C: P2
Home teams for each game will be determined the same way
as in a 2-team tie. Team order will be determined through a
Note: If Team A wins both Game 151 and 152, it wins the
round robin format with a 2-0 record. There is no need
to play Game 153.
Should all three teams end up tied again (1-1 in the
round-robins), there will be a final set of divisional
playoff games, this time single elimination. The standard
tie breakers will be used to rank the teams 1-3 and
determine which team gets a bye in the first game, with one
change - the head-to-head records will be cumulative for all
teams involved in the tie, not just between two individual
teams, and will include the first set of playoff games. If
we cannot get a definite 1-3 ranking, but can eliminate 1
team as either the top seed or bottom seed, we will attempt
to sort the other two teams using the tie breakers in a
head-to-head manner. This will be the schedule for the final
Team #3 at Team #2
P3 for both teams
Winner of 154 at
Team #2/#3: P4
-- Team #1: P3
If by some cataclysmic event there is a 4-way tie, this
process will be modified to include 4 teams instead of 3.
10/4/20: Clarification on rest for starting
pitchers in tiebreakers:
In 2-way ties, for Game 151, P1 will be the regular
pitcher in the rotation. For purposes of games of
rest, P1 - or any pitcher that needs to be attempted to fill
the spot - cannot have started in Game 147 or later.
For 3-way ties, when a pitcher's turn comes up as noted
above, the games of rest for any team are determined as
though there is no day off in between any of that team's
games. For example in the schedule above, "Game 152"
is really Game 151 for Team C - P1 is the scheduled pitcher
for the day and if P1 or any other pitcher that is attempted
to put into the game cannot have started in Game 147 or
later and be eligible. In "Game 153," that is actually
the 152nd game for both Team B and Team C - and so any
pitcher to be used cannot have pitched in Game 148 or later.
2.3.2 Ties for 2nd-4th place
This may seem academic, but is necessary for determining
post-season cash, placement and seeding in the extra
post-season tournaments, and draft order for the off-season.
Ties are broken using these methods in order:
- Head-to-head records
- Division records
- Conference records
- Coin Flip or other criteria TBA