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11/21/22

  • Lots of changes and updates as we move on to the 2023 season!
    • Salary cap cash has been distributed.  The 2023 salary cap is 40735 (was 41833 in 2022).
    • Cash rewards for playoff performance will be distributed later this week
    • 2023 salaries are posted but are not final - Premium salary adjustments will be made later this week
    • 2023 player positions are updated but not final
      • Any player showing an "x" in their position didn't have any MLB stats in 2022, so I need to go back in and check what they did in the minors in 2022 (or maybe they didn't play at all and might be removed from the list) - their positions may change.
      • That usually takes a lot of time and will be finished sometime late December/early January
    • Player retention decisions for 2023 can now be made from your team roster pages.  Deadline to complete this is expected to be Monday, January 2 - if you have a lot of teams, don't wait!!
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2023.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 18 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • New leagues for 2023 will be opened soon.
  • As people indicate they're dropping teams, orphans will become available.
  • Trades are now open for a roughly 2-week trading period, ending on Sunday, Dec. 4.  Following that will be another 2-week trade period open through December 18.

11/17/22

  • If you made any changes to your team information (for example, team name) after the end of the regular season, I made a mistake in early November and overwrote the current team data with a copy saved before the playoffs began. Some of you have already re-entered those changes, but wanted to alert anyone who didn't notice that.
  • Trades and cuts will be open soon - perhaps as early as late Thursday night
  • The first step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2023.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 18 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • Look for 2023 salaries and positions to be set over this weekend.

11/14/22

  • We'll start setup for 2023 this week with:
    • Preliminary 2023 salaries - with final values set next week.
    • 2023 positions set by this weekend
    • We'll open up rosters within a couple of days for trades and starting to choose roster cuts.
    • Planned schedule (subject to change):
      • Dec 4 - deadline for trade period one
      • Dec 18 - deadline for trade period two
      • Jan 2 - roster cut downs due
      • Jan 22 - first Redistribution Draft list deadline

Did You Know? The maximum cash you can take into the season is 5 million BW Bucks

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11/9/22

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2022 - Final Results: Kingston Don Dadda (That's the Fact Jack League) defeated Valley Forge Continentals (Big Red Machine League) 4 games to 1.
    • Congratulations to team owner Ricardo Alexander.
    • This is Ricardo's 2nd win in the BWB ultimate tournament following last season's win with his Marxball team.
    • Ricardo won 15 league championships in 2022 and had 21 teams in the field of 128 that started out the Bash last week.
    • Also congratulations to runner-up Robert Elias in his first trip to the finals.

11/8/22

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2022 - Semifinals complete. Games 1-7 posted.
  • Benchwarmer Bash bracket
  • Slight change - finals games will post on Wednesday instead of tonight.
  • We're down to our final two teams. Valley Forge and Kingston were victorious in the semifinals:
    • Kingston Don Dadda (99-51, That's The Fact Jack, Power Rank 30) - Ricardo Alexander vs. Valley Forge Continentals (100-50, Big Red Machine, Power Rank 7) - Robert Elias
    • Ricardo won the Bash last year with Kingston (from a different league: Marxball)
    • No winner has come out of either league before.

11/7/22

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2022 - We move on to the Bash round with the final 8 teams. Quarterfinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Semifinals coming on Tuesday morning/afternoon - Finals on Tuesday night
  • Previewing the Bash:
    • There are 8 teams remaining - 5 league champions and 3 wild card teams
    • None of the franchises have won the Bash previously - although one owner has won before with another teams: Ricardo Alexander won last year.
    • No teams repeated this year as Federation champions.
    • Federation titles by seed:
      • 1st: 4
      • 2nd: 3
      • 3rd: 0
      • 4th: 1
    • Owners with multiple teams in final 8:
      • 4 teams: Ricardo Alexander
      • Two of Ricardo's teams face each other in the first round, so he's guaranteed to have 1 team in the semifinals, but could have as many as 3.
    • Our top seed based on BWB's power ranking, is Valley Forge Continentals with an Power Index of 7. This breaks a 6-year streak for the #1 team to reach this round. Only 2 of the top 10 are here as was the case in 2021, which are the smallest numbers since 2015, when only one of the top 10 (#7) advanced from the Federations.

11/4/22

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2022 - Federation Finals complete - Games 1-7 posted;
  • Federation semifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Quick links to the Federation results:
  • Previewing the Federation round:
    • There are 32 teams in the Federation field - 22 league champions and 10 wild card teams
    • One team has previously won the Benchwarmer Bash - Kingston from Marxball (Ricardo Alexander) won last year.
    • Two franchises have previously finished as the runner up in the Bash: She's the Fire (Sherman Wan) finished 2nd 3 times, most recently in 2019, and Wisconsin (Greg Flees) in 2012
    • Seven of the teams have previously won a Federation title, with 1 of 2021's 8 Federation winners still in the hunt for a repeat.
    • Two of the 16 semifinal series has an owner with teams on both sides of the matchup - Ricardo Alexander in both the Bench Federation and the DiMaggio Federation
    • Owners with multiple teams in the Federation round of the Benchwarmer Bash:
      • 11 teams: Ricardo Alexander
      • 6 teams: Jason Kiernan
      • 5 teams: Sherman Wan
      • 2 teams: John Hula
      • 8 other owners have a single team
  • Benchwarmer Bash - Association Round Recap
    • Association titles by seed:
      • 1st: 9
      • 2nd: 5
      • 3rd: 11
      • 4th: 7
    • 22 titles were won by league champions, 10 by wild cards
    • For our league championship rematches mentioned below on 11/2, Valley Forge reversed the results from the Big Red Machine title series, while the other four had the same results
    • 22 teams came in with a chance to repeat from 2021 and 4 did:
      • Ed Delahanty Association: Kingston (Marxball) - Ricardo Alexander - keeping alive a chance to repeat as the Bash winner.
      • Darrell Evans Association: Atlanta (Golden Throat) - Ricardo Alexander
      • Bob Feller Association: Feller's (Cleveland Rocks) - Jason Kiernan
      • Carl Hubbel Association: Wisconsin (Bleed Dodger Blue) - Greg Flees

11/2/22

11/1/22

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2022 - Association semifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Benchwarmer Bash - Matchups are posted for the Association Semifinals - see the Benchwarmer Bash page and look for "Association Results" links within each Federation block. Games will begin later on Tuesday.
  • Previewing the Bash:
    • There are 128 teams in the Association field - 68 league champions and 60 wild card teams
    • 4 franchises in the field have previously won a Bash title, including last year's champion Kingston Baseball Club from Marxball (Ricardo Alexander) and there are 3 previous runners up.
    • 28 of the teams have previously won a Federation title, with 6 of 2021's 8 Federation winners attempting a repeat this year.
    • 42 of the teams have previously won an Association title (a level of competition that just started in 2019), 22 of 2021's 32 Association winners are in the field again this year.
    • Of the 64 first-round Association matchups, 21 feature teams from the same league playing each other. Several are playoff rematches:
      • There is 1 rematch of conference championships
      • We have a whopping 13 league championship rematches:
        • A League About Nothing: Jerry's (Michael Quinn) vs Infinite (David Henning). Jerry's won the league championship in a 4-0 sweep.
        • B Movie Actor: Don't Let (Jason Kiernan) vs Lord Boulder's (John Stroba). Lord Boulder's won 4-2.
        • Birdland: Palmer, McNally, Cueller, Dobson (Jason Kiernan) vs J-town (Keith Rudy). PMCD won 4-3.
        • Blame Canada: Elsinore (Jerry King) vs Banff (Dave Matter). Elsinore won 4-3.
        • Federal: Wrigley (Jason Kiernan) vs Atlanta (Ricardo Alexander). Atlanta won 4-3.
        • Four Star: Mt. Eaton (Dave Matter) vs NYC2ATL (Ricardo Alexander). NYC2ATL won 4-3.
        • Grand Slam: Moons (Sherman Wan) vs Grannies Salami (Jason Kiernan). Grannies Salami won 4-2.
        • Original Six: Super Mario All Stars!!! (Jason Kiernan) vs Lamoureux (Sherman Wan). Lamoureux  won 4-2.
        • That's the Fact Jack: Proton (David Henning) vs Kingston (Ricardo Alexander). Proton won 4-3.
        • They Might Be Giants: NYC2ATL (Ricardo Alexander) vs Herrickville (Jay Snyder). NYC2ATL won 4-0.
        • Tobacco Road: Jordan's (Jason Kiernan) vs Kingston (Ricardo Alexander). Jordan's won 4-3.
        • Wes Anderson: Atlanta (Ricardo Alexander) vs Twee (Sherman Wan). Twee won 4-2.
        • Whiff: Big Train Rides (Jason Kiernan) vs The Usual (Micah Bustard). Big Train Rides won 4-0.
    • 3 of the 64 first-round series have an owner with teams on both sides of the matchup - Jason Kiernan, Ricardo Alexander, and Sherman Wan
    • Owners with multiple teams in the Association round of the Benchwarmer Bash:
      • 37 teams: Jason Kiernan
      • 21 teams: Ricardo Alexander
      • 15 teams: Sherman Wan
      • 8 teams: Jay Snyder
      • 6 teams: Jerry King, Michael Rudolph
      • 5 teams: Robert Elias, Dave Matter
      • 4 teams: Ken Stevenson
      • 3 teams: John Hula
      • 2 teams: Greg Flees, David Henning, Michael Quinn
      • 12 other owners have a single team

10/31/22

  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2022: (see how this compares to last year)
    • 15 titles: Ricardo Alexander (out of 21 conference champions), Jason Kiernan (29),
    • 12 titles: Sherman Wan (14)
    • 4 titles: Robert Elias (7), Ken Stevenson (4)
    • 3 titles: Jerry King (9), Michael Rudolph (10)
    • 2 titles: Jay Snyder (5)
  • 40 of 2021's 67 league champions won their division again this season. 15 completed the journey to a repeat league championship.

10/30/22

10/29/22

10/28/22

  • Playoffs: Championship Week: Games 3 & 4 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Benchwarmer Bash page is now active (and now it actually works)
  • 2022 in Review (Part 2):
    • See Standings for All Leagues and Around BWB
    • Of 268 division winners from 2021, 145 repeated with division titles this season (112 of 260 repeated last year)
    • 57 of the division winners from last season finished below .500 in 2021, 21 of them dropped all the way to last place this year. 1 of those teams lost 100 games this year.
    • From the 268 divisions that existed in 2021, 24 division winners in 2022 are franchises that never before won a division title.
      • Special shout outs to teams doing this for the first time after more than 10 years of league play:
        • Leif Jonson, Pyeongchang, South Korea 2018, in Three of a Kind League's 15th season
        • Michael Lehman, San Francisco in Murderers' Row's 13th season
        • Michael Gaston, John Denny's in Phightin' Phils League's 12th season
        • Michael Rudolph, Northeast Ohio in Winners Circle League's 12th season
        • Michael Gaston, Toonville in Firemen League's 11th season
    • Of the 67 league champions from 2021, 40 of them repeated as division winners this season. (37 of 65 league winners from 2020 won divisions in 2021).
    • 29 teams went "worst to first" - finishing in 4th place in 2021 and winning a division this year (29 last year).
    • 50 teams out of 1,088 won 100 games this year, topped by Ricardo Alexander with Atlanta in Big Red Machine League at 108 wins.
    • 25 teams lost 100 games, with 2 teams dropping 110 for the season.
    • 20 teams had 100 or more losses in 2021.  2 of them won their division this year and 5 finished .500 or better. However, 8 of those teams finished in 4th place this season and 2 of those teams lost 100 games again this year.
    • 20 teams won 100 or more games in 2021. 4 of them won 100 games again this season and 15 were division winners this year. Only 1 of those teams were below .500 this year and none of the teams fell to 4th place
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins: (see how this compares to 2021)
    • 29 Teams -  Jason Kiernan (out of 53 division winners)
    • 21 Teams - Ricardo Alexander (26)
    • 14 Teams - Sherman Wan (22)
    • 10 Teams - Michael Rudolph (19)
    • 7 Teams - Robert Elias (7), Jerry King (9), and Michael Quinn (15)
    • 6 Teams - Dave Matter (14)
    • 5 Teams - Jay Snyder (8)
    • 4 Teams - David Henning (8), Ken Stevenson (4)

10/27/22

  • Playoffs: Championship Week: Games 1 & 2 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Lineups are open again - if you think you might make the Benchwarmer Bash (details coming soon) you can make one more lineup change. Deadline is Sunday night at 7 PM Eastern.

10/22/22

10/21/22

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 3-5 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • 2022 in Review: This season, there were 10 divisional ties throughout BWB. In 2021, 12 divisions ended in ties - how did those teams in last year's tiebreaker games fare this season?
    • B Movie Actor League - Bubba Ho-Tep Division:
      • Winner - Fantasy Island (Roland Dupont) - This year: Finished 3rd, 15 GB
      • Loser - Busey's Blasters (Dave Matter) - This year: Finished 2nd, 11 GB
    • Batman League - Bale Division:
      • Winner - Kersh (& Trouty) Goes to Disneyland (Sherman Wan) - This year: Won the division by 11 games
      • Loser - Quick Draw McGraw (Tom McGraw) - This year: as Kenny Payne Train, finished 3rd, 24 GB
    • Beatleball - Lennon Division:
      • Winner - Abbey Road Warriors (Andrew Lehman) - This year: Finished 2nd, 7 GB
      • Loser - Rome Gladiators (Danny Zaccaro) - This year: Won the division by 7 games
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Sutton Division:
      • Winner - South Hills California Elite (Michael Quinn) - This year: Won the division by 2 games
      • Loser - Brooklyn Blue (Roland Dupont) - This year: Finished 2nd, 2 GB
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division:
      • Winner - Cincinnati Red Stockings 2 (Michael Horvitz) - This year: as Engine Company 51 (owned by Michael Lehman), finished 2nd, 2 GB
      • Loser - Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (David Henning) - This year: Won the division by 2 games
    • Minnie & Paul League - Viola Division:
      • Winner - Grosse Pointe Trailer Trash (Andrew Lehman) - This year: Finished 4th, 24 GB
      • Loser - Minneapolis Millers (Dave Matter) - This year: Finished 2nd, 5 GB
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division
      • Winner - Rich Kids (Roland Dupont) - This year: Won the division by 16 games
      • Loser - Already Dunn (Mike Scott) - This year: Finished 3rd, 25 GB
    • Pacific Northwest League - Ducks Division:
      • Winner - Griffey, Edgar, and The Big Unit Ride again (Jason Kiernan) - This year: Won the division by 9 games
      • Loser - Cobble Beach Leathernecks (Stuart McKenna) - This year: Now owned by Mark Currie, finished 3rd, 24 GB
    • Redbirds League - Slaughter Division:
      • Winner - Bloomingdale Camelback Crickets (Chris Bellina) - This year: Finished 2nd, 5 GB
      • Loser - Montara PacSox (Sherman Wan) - This year: As Get A BRAIN! MORANS won the division by 5 games
    • Silver Screen League - Major League Division:
      • Winner - Celluloid Heroes (Alonda Clifton) - This year: Lost a 1-game playoff for the division to Jobu's
      • Loser - Avalon Dryads (John Stroba) - This year: Finished 3rd, 6.5 GB
    • Superman League - Dean Cain Division:
      • Winner - Fusilli Jerries (John Hula) - This year: Won the division by 1 game
      • Loser - Ames Twisters (Tom Kohl) - This year: Finished 2nd, 1 GB
    • They Might Be Giants League - Ott Division:
      • Winner - NYC2ATL Orange Eagles (Ricardo Alexander) - This year: Won the division by 1 game
      • Loser - Gilroy Garlic Gulls (Sherman Wan) - This year: Finished 2nd, 1 GB

10/20/22

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Games 1 & 2 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Congratulations to owners with multiple division wins (see how this compares to last year):
    • 53 Teams - Jason Kiernan - This is actually one short of last year's total
    • 26 Teams - Ricardo Alexander
    • 22 Teams - Sherman Wan
    • 19 Teams - Michael Rudolph
    • 15 Teams - Michael Quinn
    • 14 Teams - Dave Matter
    • 11 Teams - John Hula
    • 9 Teams - Jerry King
    • 8 Teams - David Henning, Jay Snyder
    • 7 Teams - Robert Elias
    • 6 Teams - Michael Lehman
    • 5 Teams - Roland Dupont, Leif Jonson, Tom McGraw
    • 4 Teams - Alonda Clifton, Michael Gaston, Andrew Lehman, Ken Stevenson
    • 3 Teams - A Citarella, Jim Duzyk, John Stroba, Jon Swanson
    • 2 Teams - Mike Cerny, Phillip Dang, Skip Hohensee, Bill Munger, Sheldon Price, Jamie Reese, Danny Zaccaro

10/19/22

10/16/22

  • Tiebreakers posted for home field advantage and playoff seeding for all leagues throughout the post season.

10/15/22

  • As a reminder - for your playoff lineups
    • You can't have more than 6 players on your taxi squad - so if you need to make room for players with salary below 251 in your lineup/rotation, you may need to cut someone.
    • You can reset your rotation without worrying when they pitched in Week 25.
    • And you can reset again for the 2nd week of the playoffs without worrying about when they pitched in the 1st week.

10/12/22

  • 10 Division Champions from the October 11 tiebreaker games (See standings for all leagues and a full list of all 2022 division winners)
    • Blame Canada League - Stan Division: Elsinore Hosers (owner Jerry King - 9th win in 2022) - 7th division win; League champ in 2019 and 2016
    • Geek Pride League - Dorsey Division: Silicon Valley Ones And Zeroes (owner Sheldon Price - 2nd win in 2022) - 3rd division win; 2018 league champion
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Hammy's Screamers (owner Dave Matter - 14th win in 2022) - 5th win - first since 2014; 3 straight league titles 2006-08
    • Grand Slam League - Murray Division: Grannies Salami and Taters (owner Jason Kiernan - 53rd win in 2022) - 3rd straight pennant, 4th overall; 2020 league champion
    • Great Lakes League - Erie Division: Zoonotic Spillover (owner Jim Duzyk - 3rd win in 2022) - Inaugural season
    • K Street League - Blyleven Division: Alvin Express (owner Michael Quinn - 14th win in 2022) - 8th division crown; 3 league championships (last in 2014)
    • Motor City League - Gehringer Division: Maplewood Prospects (owner Robert Elias - 7th win in 2022) - 3rd title; League champ in 2020
    • Royal Flush League - Splittorff Division: St. Louis Aces (owner Michael Quinn - 15th win in 2022) - 4th straight title, 5th overall; Won the league in 2017
    • Silver Screen League - Major League Division: Jobu's Rum Runners (owner Michael Rudolph - 19th win in 2022) - 4th division win; 2019 league champ
    • Will Ferrell League - Stranger Than Fiction Division: Boone Central Cardinals (owner Mike Cerny - 2nd win in 2022) - 3rd straight division win

10/11/22

  • Week 25 Statistics and Players of the Week
  • 10 divisions across BWB finished in a tie - Results are in - Regular season is complete!
    • Blame Canada League - Stan Division: Fairplays Hubba-baloo (Jason Kiernan) at Elsinore Hosers (Jerry King)
      • Result: Elsinore 3  Fairplays 2 (Extra innings) - Box
      • Fairplays is the 2-time defending league champ. Elsinore has 6 division titles and 2 league crowns.
      • Elsinore won the season series 11-7
      • Elsinore swept both series the teams played in Weeks 23 & 24
      • Record for the last 10 games: Elsinore 6-4  Fairplays 2-8
    • Geek Pride League - Dorsey Division: Silicon Valley Ones And Zeroes (Sheldon Price) at Seattle Grunge (Dave Matter)
      • Result: Silicon Valley 4  Seattle 3 - Box
      • Seattle won the division last year and Silicon Valley the year before. Both teams have 1 league championship.
      • Seattle won the season series 10-8.
      • Silicon Valley swept the final 3 games to force the tie. Seattle won 2 of 3 when they played in Week 24.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Seattle 6-4   Silicon Valley 8-2
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Erebor Dragons (David Henning) at Hammy's Screamers (Dave Matter)
      • Result: Hammy's 6  Erebor 5 - Box
      • Hammy's has 4 division wins and 3 league titles, but hasn't made the playoffs since 2014. Erebor has won the division 7 times and was league champ in 2011.
      • Hammy's won the season series 10-8
      • Hammy's won 4 of 6 in their final series in Weeks 23 & 25.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Both teams are 7-3
    • Grand Slam League - Murray Division: McPherson's Ridge Cavalry (Robert Elias) at Grannies Salami and Taters (Jason Kiernan)
      • Result: Grannies Salami 4  McPherson's Ridge 2 - Box
      • Each team won the division 3 times in the past 6 seasons with Grannies Salami taking the last 2
      • Grannies Salami won the season series 11-7
      • Grannies Salami won 5 of the final 6 games the teams played in Weeks 23 & 25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Grannies Salami 6-4  McPherson's Ridge 4-6
    • Great Lakes League - Erie Division: Zoonotic Spillover (Jim Duzyk) at Black Rock Commodores (Robert Elias)
      • Result: Zoonotic 3  Black Rock 1 - Box
      • This is the league's first season
      • Black Rock won the season series 10-8
      • Black Rock won the final 3 games of the season to force the tie. Black Rock took 2 of 3 in Week 24.
      • Record for the last 10 games: Black Rock 7-3 (on a 4-game win streak)  Zoonotic 5-5 (lost their final 4)
    • K Street League - Blyleven Division: Alvin Express (Michael Quinn) at The Big Unit Throwing Gas!!! (Jason Kiernan)
      • Result: Alvin 6  The Big Unit 3 - Box
      • This is the league's 18th season and The Big Unit has never made the playoffs - finishing 2nd 5 times, including the last 3 years (losing in 2021 and 2020 by 1 game).  The Big Unit lost a 1-game playoff in 2020. Alvin has won the division 7 times (last in 2018) and won 3 league titles.
      • The Big Unit won the season series 11-7
      • The Big Unit swept when these teams played in Week 24, but Alvin swept the final 3 games of the season to force the tie.
      • Record for the last 10 games: The Big Unit 5-5  Alvin 6-4
    • Motor City League - Gehringer Division: Alcubierre-Obousy Skunkworks (Sherman Wan) at Maplewood Prospects (Robert Elias)
      • Result: Maplewood 3  Alcubierre-Obousy 2 - Box
      • Alcubierre-Obousy has 3 division wins including last year and a league title in 2019. Maplewood won the division twice and won the league championship tournament in 2020.
      • The teams split 9-9 this season. Maplewood has a better division record by 1 game to get home field advantage.
      • In their final 2 series, Maplewood won 2 of 3 in Week 23 and A-O won 2 of 3 in Week 25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Maplewood 5-5  A-O 6-4
    • Royal Flush League - Splittorff Division: Kentucky 5 of a Kind (Tom McGraw) at St. Louis Aces (Michael Quinn)
      • Result: St. Louis 5  Kentucky 3 - Box
      • St. Louis has won the division the last 3 seasons and 4 times overall, with a league title in 2017. This is the 8th season of the league and Kentucky is looking for its first playoff trip - finishing 2nd just once (last year).
      • St. Louis won the season series 11-7
      • St. Louis won 4 of their 6 meetings in Week 23 & Week 25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Both teams were 4-6
    • Silver Screen League - Major League Division: Celluloid Heroes (Alonda Clifton) at Jobu's Rum Runners (Michael Rudolph)
      • Result: Jobu's 3  Celluloid 2 (Extra innings) - Box
      • Celluloid won the division twice including last season in a 1-game tiebreaker with Avalon. Jobu's has 3 division wins and a league title in 2019.
      • They split 9-9 this season and Jobu's has the better division record
      • The teams also split 3-3 in their meetings over the final 3 weeks
      • Record for the last 10 games: Jobu's 5-5  Celluloid 6-4
    • Will Ferrell League - Stranger Than Fiction Division: Yet To Be Named Baseball Player Character (John Hula) at Boone Central Cardinals (Mike Cerny)
      • Result: Boone Central 5  Yet To Be Named 4 (Extra innings) - Box
      • Each team has 2 previous division wins, with Boone Central winning both of the last 2 seasons
      • They split their season series 9-9 and Boone Central has the better division record
      • They also split the final 6 games they played in Weeks 23 & 25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Boone Central 2-8  Yet To Be Named 7-3

10/5/22

  • Resetting the postseason lineup deadlines. It takes roughly a week to set up all the playoff brackets and before I can start that we have to deal with the tiebreaker games. There's no point in me setting a deadline way in advance of when the lineups will actually be used, so here's the updated schedule (and yes, subject to change):
    • Week 26, Playoffs Week 1: Saturday, October 15, Noon Eastern
    • Week 27, Playoffs Week 2: Saturday, October 22, Noon Eastern
    • Week 28, Benchwarmer Bash

10/4/22

  • And we're done - sort of - Week 25 complete - Games 149-150 posted - See results
    • That's a wrap on the regular season - except for the 10 divisions that ended in a tie and will require a 1-game playoff to decide the division (we avoided any 3-way or 4-way ties)
    • It takes a little bit of setup to schedule the tiebreaker games - it might be Thursday or Friday before I'm able to fit that in and score the games
    • Standings for all leagues
    • Around BWB

10/3/22

  • A final look at the close pennant races around BWB heading into the last 2 games of the regular season.
    • 56 of the 272 divisions are not yet decided.
    • 7 division races are currently tied but we've got lots of potential ties around the leagues.
    • We have theoretical shots at a 3-way tie and a 4-way tie (as I scramble to check the rules on how to handle that).
    • In 21 of the 56 divisions, the teams still alive play each other in the final 2 games.
  • I'm flying from Pennsylvania to Minnesota Tuesday night - I think I can post the games Tuesday night on my return but might have it done in the late morning/early afternoon (it appears that my posting problems are tied to my home internet/network).
  • As you set your post-season rosters, don't forget that you are limited to 6 taxi squad slots. If you set a roster with 7 or more players on the taxi squad, I will have to find room for them on your active roster and often that will mean moving a player making 250 or less back into the minors, which I assume is NOT what you want.  Your way around that is to cut your excess taxi squad players in transactions and move them to "cut" status in your lineup.

9/21/22

  • See a rundown of the close pennant races around BWB
  • No games today - I'll try to get transactions posted tonight and maybe games on Thursday. There's no action you need to take until we set lineups for the first week of playoffs (TBD).

9/16/22

  • As we begin Week 23 and the final 3 weeks of the regular season, these final 18 games are all within your division

9/12/22

  • Reminder - transactions/lineups are now due on MONDAY nights

9/5/22

  • Roughly about the same time every year, from the September games in Game 123...congratulations to our first Division Champion: (See standings for all leagues)
    • This year it's from They Might Be Giants - Terry Division: McCovey Cove Candlestick Makers (owner Jason Kiernan) - 4th division title - 3rd straight
  • I usually list all the division winners as they occur - this year is rough for a lot of reasons, but I'm going to try to keep doing that.

8/26/22

  • September roster expansion
    • In Weeks 23-25, your taxi squad and minor league players can fill in for your lineup if there are any empty spots.
    • Optionally, you can place your taxi/minors players in priority order - otherwise we fill them in randomly.
    • We're setting lineups now for Week 22 - it won't have any effect until the following week, but you can start to put those players in your desired order now.

8/19/22

  • The trade deadline has passed
  • Week 21 (deadline 8/24) is the final chance to put players on the Prospects Roster in 2022

8/6/22

  • First round draft picks of 2022 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • All players have signed contracts, so we don't have to worry about any players being removed from the list this season.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2022)"
    • You'll also find them by looking for players who are new to the list in Week 19, although they will be mixed in with other players added this week by making their first MLB appearances.

7/25/22

  • I understand that there have been problems connecting to the site - I'm seeing them too.  There's not a lot I can do with the level of access I have (plus I need to be on the phone to support and will need to do that when I'm back in the US).
  • To help out due to the web problems - contract extensions will be extended for at least one more week - you do NOT have to finish them this week.
  • We're going to keep the lineup/transactions due on Thursday night...for now, but I'll check back again in a day or two to see how the site is going.

7/22/22

  • This week is the final week to submit contract extensionsDeadline is Thursday, July 28 at 11:59:59 PM EDT

7/21/22

  • I'm headed on vacation Friday night through Saturday 7/30 (going to Iceland). When we planned this, my deal was that I'd make time to do some limited updates throughout the week. I wasn't planning on the current difficulties I'm having to publish info to the website, so my expectations are further reduced.  We'll be in a camper until Wednesday and I've added Wi-Fi, but I'm not going to plan for very much.
  • Here's a basic outline:
    • Thursday 7/21, 7 PM EDT: Week 16 deadline for lineups and transactions
    • Results of Week 16 transactions will post either late Thursday night or on Friday morning 7/22
    • I'll try to update MLB transaction data for the players at least once or twice, but use your own knowledge of IL status and promotions/demotions (always note the date last updated shown on the player list)
    • Next BWB game scores?  This is TBD. I should most likely be able to process stats and run the game-scoring program, but posting box scores and standings will be a problematic. I may post game scores without box scores available right away. At best, we won't have any box scores or updated standings until Thursday, July 28.
    • Thursday 7/28, 7 PM EDT: Week 17 deadline for lineups and transactions - this is also the contract extension deadline for 2022.
    • Results of Week 17 transactions probably won't post until I'm back in Minnesota - ideally posting by Saturday night, 7/30. The Week 18 deadline will remain at Thursday, August 4, so plan for a short week.
    • I'll try to get all games and standings caught up by Sunday 7/31-Monday 8/1.
    • This is, of course, subject to change depending on circumstances and technical handicaps.
  • How about when will the 1st Round draft picks will show up in the player list?  Because we've got the contract extension deadline in Week 17 and an expected short week of transaction submissions for Week 18, my plan is that the new players will be available for the Week 19 signings (open 8/5 and deadline on Wed 8/10).

7/19/22

  • I made a mistake in the note below on July 6. I said that Week 15 was the deadline to cut players and still get a prorated salary rebate (it was and always has been), but I listed that the deadline to do that was July 21 (oops - that's the Week 16 deadline). Just in case there was any confusion, we'll extend the salary rebates to this week - Week 16, July 21 deadline (you'll get a 36% salary rebate).
  • Free agent players are signed at 40% of their 2022 salary for the remainder of the season
  • Reminder - transactions this week are due THURSDAY night (and will be on Thursday nights for the 2 weeks after that)
  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers

7/17/22

  • For Week 16 lineups - you may reorder your pitching rotation from scratch - we will not check on games of rest between Weeks 15 and 16 - it's our version of the All Star Break.  Lineup deadline is Thursday night.
  • All teams will get a cash distribution this week of 1 million Benchwarmer Bucks (1000) in advance of the contract extension deadline on Week 17 (deadline July 28)

7/9/22

  • With Game 75 we've reached the halfway point of the regular season.

7/6/22

  • You have 2 more weeks to cut players and receive a prorated salary rebate. Week 15 (deadline 7/21) is the final week for salary rebates this season.

7/4/22

  • There are going to be some non-standard changes to our weekly transaction/lineup deadline days
    • With the compressed nature of this MLB season, those deadlines will soon be getting far out of line.
    • In addition, there's some concern that too much of bullpen performances are known in advance. This won't completely solve that situation, but moving up the deadlines will help a bit.
    • I'll post a more complete schedule, but for the next few weeks:
      • Week 14 deadline moves to Saturday, July 9
      • Week 15 deadline - Friday, July 15
      • Week 16 deadline - Thursday July 21

6/27/22

  • There have been some additional web issues this morning but that might have related to me trying to update the team stats.  I'll keep an eye on it.
  • Enough people were affected by the website problems on Sunday night that we'll extend this week's transaction/lineup deadline.  Most asked for 2-5 hours but that won't change the time that I can process them and by midnight most of today's games are done. So we'll extend until the time of the first game on Tuesday: Tuesday, June 28 1 PM Eastern.
  • Note - Trade offers that expire with the original deadline day/time are not changed - they will still expire at 7 PM tonight.

6/26/22

  • All the standings after Game 60 should be in place and updated. I haven't gone back yet to try to get the missing box scores up.
  • Sorry for the posting delay - I've been having problems Friday night through Sunday afternoon with publishing the box scores and updated standings after Games 58-60. Some of the box score links you click may not work as the file doesn't exist yet on the website.  Some of the league standings and head-to-head records will be missing.  I'll work to get this resolved as soon as I can and I have a support ticket in with my web provider.

6/17/22

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Mondays at 7 PM Eastern

6/13/22

  • At Game 50 we hit the 1/3 mark of the regular season

5/23/22

  • One of the problems I've seen with my stats provider this season is that the box scores are not correctly handling players who are at multiple positions per game - only listing the last position played. As a result, my totals may be short in some cases of players getting to the 10-game level and gaining eligibility for a new position.  I normally say that the stats from the service are the official ones I work with until there's a correction, but in this case with a known problem, if you feel a player should be listed for a new position (5 consecutive games or 10 games total), let me know. Keep in mind I typically update positions on the website every 2-3 days - usually on the same day we post game scores - so there is usually a slight delay in posting.

5/15/22

  • Reminder - transaction/lineup deadlines have shifted to Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern.
  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers.

5/12/22

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern

5/8/22

  • The end of Week 3 wraps up 3 weeks of play within your division. The schedule for the next 8 weeks is against teams outside of your division.

5/6/22

  • This week's transactions - Week 5 - is the final week in which you get an 80% salary rebate for cut players. The rebate goes down 4% every week after that.
  • A look behind the BWB curtain - Friday edition:
    • BWB collects MLB stats via a service that publishes XML file versions of MLB box scores.  From there, I've got some programs and a series of MS Access operations that loads the data into a database and preps it for use in BWB games.
    • I've had a ticket open since Monday dealing with files from last Friday and Saturday that were incomplete with no player performance information - now 11 games.  Plus there's a missing box score from May 3.  As of yet, this isn't fixed and from some communication with them this week, they're having continuing technical problems this season.
    • I have hand entered 2 box scores earlier this year and it's not something I'd prefer to repeat for 12 more games. However, I am at the point where if I don't have the missing data by Saturday morning, I will do that and we'll get back to scoring games this weekend.

5/3/22

  • A reminder that I've shut off email notification for trade offers. I'll try to work on some other approach, but in the meantime, please remember to regularly take a look at the pending transactions for all of your teams, which will show you if anyone has proposed a trade to you and is awaiting a decision.

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