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Rule Changes for 2013

Benchwarmer Baseball Rules Index

As the season and then off season progresses, check here for the latest changes to rules

Last update:  March 23, 2013.

The written version of the rule book is also available, but it is a few years old.  If there is a conflict, the online version is now the guide.

Here are the last rule changes - back in 2011 ...

Listing of all rules changes

5.0 Lineups

Specific Categories to Be Determined...First Date for Stats to Count and Queued starts

Added 3/23/13

There are a few changes designed to eliminate the manipulation of lineups based on known MLB performances.  Over time, it became apparent that some owners were able to closely monitor/chart pitching performances and effectively "stream" starting pitchers to maximum benefit.


All of these rules can be better understood by checking out the deadlines/schedule page for the current season.


One - Tighter scheduling

This isn't really a rule change, but after MLB had modified their schedules in the previous seasons, BWB was a little out of whack with weekly alignment to MLB games.  It's never going to be perfect, but between the 2012-13 seasons, we realigned our weekly transactions/lineup due dates.


Two - No stats count before the date you move a player into the lineup

April 4 Update - This rule change was suspended from implementation in 2013.  The change below for queued starts will remain.


Three - Queued Starts begin "empty" for pitchers put into the starting rotation.

Robot Baseball had the rule that when you moved a pitcher from the rotation to spot starter - and from spot starter to rotation - the pitcher's queued starts, if any, were discarded and he began from scratch. Benchwarmer did away with that - allowing a pitcher to "take his queue with him" (but keeping only one start for a spot starter).  Again this can lead to some manipulation of moves between roles since starts pile up and often the result of the performance is known before moving the pitcher from spot to regular rotation.


2013 Change - There's no change if a pitcher is moved from the rotation to a spot role - the most-recent unused start, if one exists, is maintained in the queue (this allows, for example, an injured pitcher to be moved to the spot role and still keep a start that might be needed later on).  But a pitcher moving from a spot role to the main rotation will need to start his queue from scratch.  It is possible that an unused start from the "spot starter" queue may get added to the player's queue again if it meets all the other qualifications to be added (game number and date moved into the rotation).


Also in an implementation clarification - the "start date" for stats to count on a pitcher coming into the queue - including those moving from spot to regular rotation - is the week's transaction deadline.  Week 1 is an exception to allow the initial queue to build from the start of the season.



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