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10/2/22

  • It's the final week of the regular season! Week 25 continues - Games 147-148 posted - See results
  • Prior to tonight's game updates: 89 of the 272 divisions were yet to be decided. Here's an update of the close pennant races around BWB heading into the final 4 games.
  • 35 Division Champions from the October 1 games (See standings for all leagues and a full list of all 2022 division winners):
    • Anchorman League - Chancellor Division: House of Cronkite (owner Robert Hamilton) - Defending league champion; 3rd divsiion win
    • Batman League - Bale Division: Kersh (& Trouty) Goes to Disneyland (owner Sherman Wan - 15th win in 2022) - Defending league winner; 8th division win
    • Beatleball - Lennon Division: Rome Gladiators (owner Danny Zaccaro - 2nd win in 2022) - 7th pennant; League champion in 2012
    • British Invasion League - The Zombies Division: Dave Clark Five Over and Over (owner Jason Kiernan - 44th win in 2022) - Repeat win
    • Bronx Bombers League
      • Gehrig Division: Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (owner Jay Snyder - 6th win in 2022) - Defending league champ (won 3 others); 7th division crown
      • Ford Division: DJ Alyx and the Vortigaunts (owner Sherman Wan - 16th win in 2022) - Repeat win, 4th overall
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2022) - Defending league champion (won 3 other times); 8th pennant
    • Commissioners League - Ueberroth Division: Kenesaw Mountaineers (owner Sherman Wan - 17th win in 2022) - Also won in 2018
    • Deuces Wild League - Brett Division: Double or Nothing (owner Jason Kiernan - 45th win in 2022) - 3rd straight division win, 4th overall; 2020 league title
    • Fenway Fenatics - Fisk Division: Skeleton Crew (owner Ken Stevenson - 3rd win in 2022) - 3rd division title
    • Great Lakes League - Ontario Division: Atlanta Golfers (owner Ricardo Alexander - 18th win in 2022) - Inaugural season
    • Home of the Brave - Mathews Division: I've Seen Your Face Before My Friend (owner Sherman Wan - 18th win in 2022) - 3rd division win
    • The Kings of Queens
      • McGraw Division: Doc and Straw and Mookie!!! (owner Jason Kiernan - 46th win in 2022) - Repeat win, 3rd overall
      • Harrelson Division: Waynedale Golden Bears (owner Dave Matter - 8th win in 2022) - Also won in 2019
    • Marxball - Groucho Division: Sanity Clause & the Seven Elves (owner Sherman Wan - 19th win in 2022) - 4th division win
    • Minnie & Paul League
      • Carew Division: Kingston Posse (owner John Stroba - 2nd win in 2022) - 3rd division win
      • Viola Division: Battle Creek Cereal Kllers (owner Michael Lehman - 4th win in 2022) - 3rd division win
    • Motor City League
      • Horton Division: Gratiot Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 7th win in 2022) - 6th pennant
      • Newhouser Division: Atlanta Wolverines (owner Ricardo Alexander - 19th win in 2022) - Defending league champion (+ 2 others); 6th straight division win, 7th overall
    • Murderers' Row
      • Big Poison Division: Palookaville Pugs (owner Sherman Wan - 20th win in 2022) - 5th straight title, 10th overall; 2-time league champ
      • Big Puma Division: San Francisco Misty Meaners (owner Michael Lehman - 5th win in 2021) - 1st division win in the league's 13th season; Finished 2nd 4 times but not since 2017
    • North Siders League - Williams Division: Chicago Prophets (owner Rick Furtak) - Repeat win, 3rd overall
    • Perfect World League
      • David Cone Division: Bates Motel Cabana Boys (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2022) - 3rd division win - first since 2016
      • Randy Johnson Division: Malta Peanut Butter Falcons (owner Sherman Wan - 21st win in 2022) - Defending league champ; 7th division win
    • Redbirds League - Smith Division: Brazil 2014 Canarinho (owner Leif Jonson) - Repeat win, 10th overall: League champion in 2019 and 2016
    • Shadowball League - Birmingham Black Barons Division: Tombstone Gun Fighters (owner Robert Elias - 4th win in 2022) - 3rd consecutive division win, 11th overall; No league titles - last made the finals in 2011
    • That's the Fact Jack League
      • Stripes Division: Kingston Don Dadda (owner Ricardo Alexander - 20th win in 2022) - League champ in 2018-2019; 5th division win
      • The Life Aquatic Division: Proton Gunslingers (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2022) - Repeat winner, 5th overall; League winner in 2016-2017
    • They Might Be Giants League - Marichal Division: Outer Banks Hurricanes (owner Sheldon Price) - Also won in 2017
    • ThirtyThirtysomething League
      • Raul Mondesi Division: The Usual Suspects II (owner Tom McGraw - 2nd win in 2022) - 1st division win; best finish had been 3rd in 2020
      • Ron Gant Division: The Thunder Down Under (owner Skip Hohensee) - Defending league champion; 3rd straight division win
    • Tobacco Road League - Demon Deacons Division: Little Old Ladies From Pasadena (owner Alonda Clifton - 2nd win in 2022) - Also won in 2020
    • Wes Anderson League - The Life Aquatic Division: Hollywood Limelights (owner A Citarella - 2nd win in 2022) - Also won in 2019
    • White Elephant League - Hunter Division: Dark Side of the Moon Over Miami Marlins (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2022) - Also won in 2020
    • Will Ferrell League - Blades of Glory Division: Riemann Suns (owner Michael Rudolph - 12th win in 2022) - 4th division win; League champion in 2017

9/29/22

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9/21/22

  • Week Twenty-five Transactions posted
    • Week Twenty-six deadline is TBD - but currently set for Saturday, October 8
    • See season deadlines
    • Week 26 transactions only allow cuts and IR moves - there are no more free agent signings this season
      • If you're trying to make room on your active lineup/rotation in the playoffs for players making less than 250, you may need to cut players if your taxi squad is full
      • Players under contract for 2023 and beyond MUST be retained when choosing your roster carryovers in December. If you've changed your mind about keeping a player under contract, your only options to get them off your roster is to cut them in these next 2 weeks or trade them away in November/December.
  • 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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