As each year passes, BABS gets more and more fully formed. Last year, we got a quick peek at what she looks like. This year, the shy one will show herself a little bit more.
In 2018, the BABS database reports are now automated and customizable from the get-go, and... Read More
While the baseball universe waits for the always-controversial Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) Hall of Fame announcement, the fantasy industry has named its 2018 picks for the Rotisserie Hall of Fame: Carlos Beltran, Cliff Lee, Joe Nathan, Alex Rodriguez and Johan Santana. They are the 98th, 99th, 100th, 101st... Read More
What is the difference between Austin Slater and Boog Powell? Looking only at their 2017 major league stats, one might conclude, "pretty much nothing." PLAYER AB HR SB AVG Austin Slater 117 3 0 .282 Boog Powell 117 3 0 .282 BABS viewed their 2017 performances likewise, awarding them identical ratings of…... Read More
It’s been an exciting few weeks in baseball, what with Giancarlo Stanton lining up his appearances on late night TV and Shohei Ohtani being fitted with mouse ears. Bum elbow? Ha!
Here at RonShandler.com, I’ve been spending a bunch of time with BABS, usually late nights over dinner with a... Read More
It looks pretty certain that Japanese star Shohei Ohtani will be making his way to the States in 2018. As a legitimate 2-way player – talented as a hitter or pitcher – fantasy leagues must decide how he is going to fit into their roster structure.
The upcoming Read More
The final BABS ratings for 2017 have been posted to the database. Site members have access to that now.
While I am working on the Baseball Forecaster (order now!), things will continue to be quiet here. However, if you have any insights about the 2017 season – and... Read More
The final in-season update of the BABS database is posted now. Read More
The following passage begins "Simulators," the introduction to the 2012 Baseball Forecaster:
"As fantasy owners, we take pride in our ability to assess baseball players and to project their performance. Our success in piloting our teams to titles and money finishes demonstrates our prowess at these skills.
But it really... Read More
In many leagues, free agents are awarded to teams in reverse order of the standings. This is intended to promote some measure of parity during the season and keep all teams engaged.
The practice is common and helps a league's bottom-dwellers stay competitive despite encountering bad luck, particularly if... Read More
She's my mistress, I know.
Many of us have found great value in BABS, but we have also been trying to make her into someone else. We're not satisfied with all that she provides us; we need her to give us more. It took me a few weeks in the... Read More