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  • Scoring program is running overnight - we'll have the next games up Wednesday morning.
  • Prior to Game 145, here's an update to the close division races around BWB


  • 44 Division Champions from the September 23 games (See standings for all leagues and a full list of all 2023 division winners)
    • A League About Nothing
      • Peterman Division: The Owls Are Not What They Seem (owner John Hula - 2nd win in 2023) - Best finsh in the league's first 6 seasons was 3rd (4 times)
      • Newman Division: Wayne Knights (owner Mark Currie) - 1st title - finished 2nd in the last 2 seasons
    • B Movie Actor League - Bubba Ho-Tep Division: Creature Features (owner Dave Matter - 7th win in 2023) - 3rd division win, 1st since 2018
    • Beatleball - Harrison Division: Penny Lane All Stars (owner Michael Lehman - 2nd win in 2023) - 1st division win since 2011
    • Beer League - Malt Division: Maiden's Trooper Ale (owner Derrick Silensky - 2nd win in 2023) - Defending league champion; 4th division win
    • Big Red Machine League - George Foster Division: Valley Forge Continentals (owner Robert Elias - 4th win in 2023) - 4th division in in the league's 4 seasons
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Campanella Division: Wisconsin Dawgs (owner Greg Flees) - Powerhouse 3-time defending league champ, plus another in 2012; 8th straight division win, 11th overall
    • Broadway League - Take Me Out Division: Jekyll & Hyde Singing in the Chicago Rain (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2023) - 2-time defending league champion
    • Bronx Bombers League - Ford Division: Chicago Haymarket Bombers (owner Michael Quinn - 5th win in 2023) - 7th division win; League champ in 2017 and 2015
    • Chevy Chase League
      • Emmit Fitz-Hume Division: Sogndal Spies (owner Dave Matter - 8th win in 2023) - 3rd division win
      • Fletch F. Fletch Division: Lampoon's Play Baseball (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2023) - 5th consecutive title, 8th overall; League champion in 2020 and 2010
    • Cleveland Rocks - Boudreau Division: North Coast Wahoos (owner Michael Rudolph - 9th win in 2023) - 5th consecutive division crown; 2019 league champion
    • Commissioners League - Frick Division: San Andreas Quakers (owner Bill Munger - 3rd win in 2023) - 3rd straight division title, 6th overall; 2 league championships including 2021
    • Experts League
      • Print Division: Mare Serenitatis Water Bears (owner Sherman Wan - 10th win in 2023) - 5th division win; 2020 league champ
      • Blogs Division: St. Louis Prefectos (owner Sheldon Price) - 5th division win; League champion in 2012 and 2011
    • Federal League - Buffalo Buffeds Division: Buffalo Wings over America (owner Michael Lehman - 3rd win in 2023) - 6th division win, but first since 2016
    • Firemen League - Eckersley Division: Flagstaff Flag Raisers (owner Dave Matter - 9th win in 2023) - Defending league champion; 3rd straight division win, 5th overall
    • Four Star League - Eisenhower Division: Georgetown Canal Mules (owner Yuri Belova) - 5th division win
    • Game Night League - Battleship Division: Loose Cobra (owner Jim Duzyk - 2nd win in 2023) - 1st division win after 2 consecutive 2nd-place seasons
    • Geek Pride League - Berners-Lee Division: Boba Chette and the Darksabers (owner Sherman Wan - 11th win in 2023) - 8th division win in league's 11th season; League champ in 2017 and 2015
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Twin Cities Fighting Carp (owner Jon Swanson - 3rd win in 2023) - 2nd division win in 18 years - last done in 2009
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League - Philadelphia Athletics Division: Center City Flashbacks (owner David Henning - 6th win in 2023) - 3rd division win
    • Grand Slam League - Ventura Division: Moons Over My Hammy (owner Sherman Wan - 12th win in 2023) - 3rd straight division title, 6th overall; League champ in 2021 and 2018
    • Grunge League - Alice in Chains Division: Darkness On The Edge (owner Sherman Wan - 13th win in 2023) - Only team to win this division in the league's 4 seasons
    • Hall of Fame League
      • Wagner Division: Las Vegas Lounge Lizards (owner Jon Swanson - 4th win in 2023) - 1st division win since 2013, 3rd overall
      • Ruth Division: Seattle Survivors (owner Leif Jonson - 5th win in 2023) - 7th division win; 3-time league champion (most recently 2017)
    • Longball League - Mays Division: Twin Peaks Percolators (owner John Hula - 3rd win in 2023) - Returns to the playoffs for the 1st time since 2008
    • Minnie & Paul League - Blyleven Division: Lake Harriet Sailors (owner Jon Swanson - 5th win in 2023) - 1st division win in league's 13th season; Finished 2nd 7 times
    • Motor City League - Gehringer Division: Alcubierre-Osbousy Skunkworks (owner Sherman Wan - 14th win in 2023) - 4th division win; League champion in 2019
    • Original Six League - Bruins Division: Marble Emperor (owner Jim Duzyk - 3rd win in 2023) - First time to playoffs; finished 2nd in 2020-2021
    • Reality Bites - Bachelor Division: Carmel Surf Dogs (owner Andrew Lehman - 4th win in 2023) - 3rd straight division win, 7th overall
    • Scooby Doo League - Velma Division: Harlem Ghostbusters (owner John Hula - 4th win in 2023) - 3rd straight division title, 4th overall
    • Shadowball League
      • Chicago American Giants Division: Las Vegas Billionaires (owner Jim Sowerby) - 12 division wins in 19 seasons; 4-time league champion (last in 2015)
      • Pittsburgh Crawfords Division: Stockholm Socialists (owner Jon Swanson - 6th win in 2023) - 2nd division title; also won in 2019
      • Memphis Red Sox Division: Kingston Bob Marleys (owner Ricardo Alexander - 14th win in 2023) - 7th division crown; 2013 league champion
    • Superman League
      • George Reeves Division: Here Come da Judge (owner Michael Lehman - 4th win in 2023) - Defending league champ with another win in 2012; 5th division title
      • Christopher Reeve Division: Fukushima Zombies (owner Jerry King - 2nd win in 2023) - 1st division win in the league's 12th season; Finished 2nd 5 times
    • That's the Fact Jack League - The Life Aquatic Division: Zissou Oceanographers (owner Jon Swanson - 7th win in 2023) - Also won in 2020
    • They Might Be Giants League - Ott Division: Gilroy Garlic Gulls (owner Sherman Wan - 15th win in 2023) - 6th division win; 2013 league champion
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division: Cincinnati Bench Full of Roses (owner Dave Matter - 10th win in 2023) - 1st division win in the league's 17th season; Had finished 2nd 5 times and 1 GB twice
    • Wes Anderson League
      • Rushmore Division: Atlanta Red Eagles (owner Ricardo Alexander - 15th win in 2023) - Repeat winner, 4th overall
      • The Darjeeling Limited Division: Mysterium Tremendum (owner David Henning - 7th win in 2023) - Also won in 2019
    • Will Ferrell League - Old School Division: Harrison University Streakers (owner Sam Campbell) - Finished 2nd in 2017; Gets 1st division win in league's 7th season
    • Winners Circle League - Alexander Division: Meshoppen Mythomaniacs (owner Jay Snyder - 3rd win in 2023) - 3rd straight division win, 4th overall



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  • Free agent signings are closed; Transactions for the next 2 submissions are for only cuts and IR moves


  • Roughly about the same time every year, from the September 1 posting for Games 124-126...congratulations to our first Division Champions: (See standings for all leagues) - this time it's 4 teams clinching a playoff spot
    • A League About Nothing - Kramer Division: NYC2ATL Pee Wee Blackbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander) - Repeat division winner; 6th overall
    • American Association - Philadelphia Athletics Division: Cleveland Spiders (owner Michael Rudolph) - 4th consecutive division title; League champ in 2021 and 2020
    • Redbirds League - Dean Division: Orion's Solar Kings (owner David Henning) - 9th division win; 2 league championships (2018 & 2015)
    • Marxball - Groucho Division: Sanity Clause & the Seven Elves (owner Sherman Wan) - Repeat win, 5th overall; 2017 league champion


  • Reminder - this is the final week to sign free agents. Week 25 transactions are only for cuts and IR moves.


  • This week is the final week to sign free agents


  • Ohtani and the "Extra" slot in your lineup - This will be something that will get written over the winter and it's partially the result of moving in a rule change really quickly and not thinking through all possible outcomes:
    • The "Extra" slot on your active roster is meant to be used to allow Ohtani to both hit and pitch for you.  While he's just one guy, for lineup and game play purposes he has to look like two different players.
    • With the announcement that he's done pitching for 2023, it's likely that many of you will want to move Ohtani the pitcher onto your taxi squad. However, at that point your team will still show the Extra lineup slot available and now potentially you've got an advantage over other teams by actually having one more player to use than they do.
    • To move Ohtani the pitcher out of the way, you'll need to move him into the Extra slot.  If you put him on Taxi, I'll adjust it manually during transaction processing.
  • 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 23 (deadline 8/30)


  • We've got some magic numbers appearing in the standings, so some teams are getting close to locking in a division title


  • September roster expansion comes into play for game lineups during Week 23. However, since several of you have lots of teams, you can begin ordering your taxi squad and minor league players a week early.


  • This is the final week that you can move players to the Prospects Roster (deadline 8/16)
  • Every 5 weeks we change the transaction deadline day to better match the mapping between MLB games and BWB games.  Starting this week, and through the end of the regular season, our lineup/transaction deadlines are due on Wednesdays - see Season Deadlines


  • Today is the final day for trades - deadline is 7 PM Eastern
  • Check all your teams to see if you have any pending trade offers


  • With Game 100, we've hit the 2/3 mark of the regular season



  • First round draft picks of 2023 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • Not all players have signed contracts yet.  Players who do not sign will be removed from the player list. Good for us - the signing deadilne is July 25, so you'll have time to change your picks before the deadline.  We'll skip an unsigned player if he's still on your list (that won't waste a pick).
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2023)"
    • You'll also find them by looking for players who are new to the list in Week 18, although they will be mixed in with other players added this week by making their first MLB appearances.


  • Normally, transaction order and weekly cash payments for game results and division position are on a 2-week delay. For example, the Week 16 transaction order was based on the standings after Week 14 and the cash for Week 14 game results were credited during the Week 16 transactions.  With the All Star break, we're now off a bit.  The earliest that I can finish Week 15 games is Friday so that means the earliest I can set a new transaction order based on Week 15 is Saturday - and the weekly deadlines are shifting to Thursday.  So there's no change in transaction order this week and there will be no cash distributed for game results or position this week.  We'll be on a 3-week lag until MLB catches up.  This was mentioned as a possible side effect when moving the weekly deadlines a few days earlier at the start of the season.


  • Upcoming dates/deadlines of note:
    • Friday, July 14 - During Week 16 processing, all teams get an extra 1000 in cash
    • Thursday, July 20 - We switch weekly deadlines to Thursdays - Week 17: the contract extension deadline
    • Thursday, July 27 - Week 18: The week that 2023 first round draft picks will be available to sign
    • Thursday, August 10 - Week 20: Trade deadline
    • Wednesday, August 16 - Week 21: Final week to add players to the Prospects Roster


  • 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 Friday 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 20)
  • To be clear, I floated potential rules changes in the spring that might affect the playoffs and the off-season transaction order. There are no changes coming in these areas for this year's playoffs or for the off-season between 2023 and 2024. If you still want to weigh in on any options around that or read what others have said, visit the Benchwarmer Baseball Blog and check out the comments on the two topics.


  • Next week's transactions - for Week 16 - would normally mark a week where we move the transaction deadline a day ahead - from Friday to Thursday.  Since there are no MLB games on Thursday and I didn't have the transactions done earlier on Saturday, we'll keep Week 16's deadline as Friday night.


  • At Game 75 we're at the halfway mark of the regular season
  • Reminder - this is the final week to get a prorated salary rebate for any players you release.

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