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12/7/21

  • Sorry for anyone who may have felt like you've missed an email or some other kind of update. I'm slow this year. I'm targeting this weekend to open up the chance for you to state if you're keeping your team(s) in 2022 and to open up the first trade period.

11/17/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash Final Results: Kingston Baseball Club (Marxball) defeated Aurora Borealis (Blame Canada League) 4 games to 1.
    • Congratulations to team owner Ricardo Alexander.
    • This is Ricardo's first win in the BWB ultimate tournament.  He started playing Benchwarmer in 2012.
    • Ricardo won 6 league championships in 2021 and had 10 teams in the field of 128 that started out the Bash last week.
    • Also congratulations to runner-up Sherman Wan - this was Sherman's fourth time to finish 2nd.
  • What's next?
    • Coming up we'll start talking potential rule changes.
    • I'll be calculating 2022 salaries and salary cap and 2022 positions.
    • After the salaries/positions are done, we'll open up the prep for the 2022 season with two trading periods and your chance to choose up to 28 players to keep on your rosters.
    • Will update later on when this will be ready. Will shoot for this weekend, but may need a little more time than that.

11/16/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - The final series is complete - Games 1-5 posted. Kingston beat Aurora 4 games to 1.
  • We're down to our final two teams. Aurora and Kingston were victorious in the semifinals:
    • Kingston (101-49, Marxball, Power Rank 9) - Ricardo Alexander vs. Aurora (111-39, Blame Canada, Power Rank 1) - Sherman Wan
    • Neither owner has won a Bash title before
    • No winner has come out of Blame Canada League before. We had a winner from Marxball in 2018.
    • Aurora beat another team by Ricardo in the semifinals. Kingston beat another team by Sherman in the quarterfinals.

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11/15/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - Semifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Semifinal matchups:
    • NYC2ATL (92-58, Phightin' Phils, Power Rank 37) - Ricardo Alexander vs. Aurora (111-39, Blame Canada, Power Rank 1) - Sherman Wan
    • Biff, Bam, (90-60, Batman, Power Rank 36) - Jason Kiernan vs. Kingston (101-49, Marxball, Power Rank 9) - Ricardo Alexander

11/14/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - We move on to the Bash round with the final 8 teams. Quarterfinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Previewing the Bash:
    • There are 8 teams remaining - 3 league champions and 5 wild card teams
    • None of the franchises have won the Bash previously - although two owners have won before with other teams: Jason Kiernan, last year and 2018, and Jay Snyder won in 2015.
    • No teams repeated this year as Federation champions.
    • Federation titles by seed:
      • 1st: 2
      • 2nd: 2
      • 3rd: 2
      • 4th: 2
    • Owners with multiple teams in final 8:
      • 2 teams: Ricardo Alexander, Jason Kiernan, Sherman Wan
      • Jason's two teams face each other in the first round
    • The number one team in BWB's power ranking, Aurora Borealis, tops the field, continuing a 6-year streak for the #1 team to reach this round. But only 2 of the top 10 are here, which is the smallest number since 2015, when only one of the top 10 (#7) advanced from the Federations.

11/13/21

11/12/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - Federation semifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Previewing the Federation round:
    • There are 32 teams in the Federation field - 19 league champions and 13 wild card teams
    • Two franchises have previously finished as the runner up in the Bash: Three Blind (Jason Kiernan) last year and Wisconsin (Greg Flees) in 2012
    • 4 of the teams have previously won a Federation title, with 2 of 2020's 8 Federation winners still in the hunt for a repeat.
    • One of the 16 semifinal series has an owner with teams on both sides of the matchup - Jason Kiernan in the Aaron Federation.
    • Owners with multiple teams in the Federation round of the Benchwarmer Bash:
      • 14 teams: Jason Kiernan
      • 4 teams: Ricardo Alexander
      • 3 teams: Jay Snyder
      • 2 teams: Greg Flees, Sherman Wan
      • 7 other owners have a single team

11/11/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Association Round Recap
    • Association titles by seed:
      • 1st: 9
      • 2nd: 8
      • 3rd: 10
      • 4th: 5
    • 19 titles were won by league champions, 13 by wild cards
    • For our league championship rematches mentioned below on 11/9, Kingston was able to repeat with another win, while the other two went the opposite way.
    • 15 teams came in with a chance to repeat - only 3 did repeat:
      • Roberto Clemente Association: Volkswagon (Beatleball) - Jason Kiernan
      • Roy Campanella Assocation: Big Train Rides (Whiff) - Jason Kiernan
      • Dizzy Dean Association: Three Blind (Three of a Kind) - Jason Kiernan

11/9/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - Association finals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Bash Revenge? Below on 11/7 we noted that there were 5 league championship rematches in the Association semifinals.
    • 4 of them went the opposite way this time - only Wimpy's under Dave Matter was able to repeat with a series win in back to back weeks. Sherman Wan got his revenge with three reversals going his way.
    • Of the 14 conference rematches, 6 of the 14 saw a different winner this time.
  • As we move to the Association finals, there are 5 teams from the same league vying for the win. No conference rematches this time but there are 3 repeats of league championship series:
    • British Invasion: Kingston (Ricardo Alexander) vs Dave Clark Five (Jason Kiernan). Kingston won the league title 4 games to 1.
    • Birdland: Annapolis (Dave Matter) vs Palmer et al (Jason Kiernan). Annapolis won 4-1.
    • Blame Canada: Fairplays (Jason Kiernan) vs Aurora (Sherman Wan). Fairplays won 4-0.
  • In the Association finals we have 4 of the 32 series with an owner playing against himself. Jason Kiernan 3 times and Ricardo Alexander in the other.

11/8/21

11/7/21

  • 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 on Monday.
  • Previewing the Bash:
    • There are 128 teams in the Association field - 67 league champions and 61 wild card teams
    • 1 franchise in the field has previously won a Bash title (Atlanta in Murderers' Row in 2011 when it was called Crumpton) and there are 4 previous runners up.
    • 14 of the teams have previously won a Federation title, with 4 of 2020's 8 Federation winners attempting a repeat this year.
    • 18 of the teams have previously won an Association title (a level of competition that just started in 2019), 15 of 2020's 32 Association winners are in the field again this year.
    • Of the 64 first-round Association matchups, 30 feature teams from the same league playing each other. Several are playoff rematches:
      • There are 14 rematches of conference championships
      • We have 5 league championship rematches:
        • Bronx Bombers: Standing Stone (Jay Snyder) vs DJ Alyx (Sherman Wan). Standing Stone won the league championship 4-2
        • Grunge: Sun (Sherman Wan) vs Knee Deep (Michael Lehman). Knee Deep won 4-2
        • Moneyball: Billy's (Michael Quinn) vs Random (Jason Kiernan). Random won 4-2
        • Original Six: Lamoureux (Sherman Wan) vs Salted (Roland Dupont). Salted won 4-3
        • South Siders: South Pole (Jason Kiernan) vs. Wimpy's (Dave Matter). Wimpy's won 4-1
    • 6 of the 64 first-round series have an owner with teams on both sides of the matchup - Jason Kiernan in 5 of those and Ricardo Alexander in the other.
    • Owners with multiple teams in the Association round of the Benchwarmer Bash:
      • 44 teams: Jason Kiernan
      • 14 teams: Sherman Wan
      • 10 teams: Ricardo Alexander
      • 8 teams: Dave Matter
      • 7 teams: Jay Snyder
      • 6 teams: Michael Quinn
      • 5 teams: Michael Rudolph
      • 4 teams: John Hula
      • 3 teams: Roland Dupont, David Henning, Michael Horvitz
      • 2 teams: Greg Flees, John Stroba, Tom Twomey
      • 15 other owners have a single team

11/6/21

  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2021: (see how this compares to 2019)
    • 18 titles: Jason Kiernan (out of 30 conference champions)
    • 6 titles: Ricardo Alexander (10), Sherman Wan (11)
    • 4 titles: John Hula (9), Dave Matter (10)
    • 3 titles: David Henning (5), Michael Quinn (6), Jay Snyder (3)
    • 2 titles: Roland Dupont (6), Greg Flees (2), Michael Rudolph (3), John Stroba (2)

11/3/21

  • Team Finances updated for the season awards for division placement
    • This also includes a correction to 9 teams that received the IR fee rebate twice on the last update
    • Playoff rewards will be credited after the 2022 salary cap numbers are calculated

10/27/21

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