A New Year for BABS

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...

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Five Named to Rotisserie Hall of Fame

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...

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Minor League BABS

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…...

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What to expect here in 2018

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...

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How will your league handle Shohei Ohtani?

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.

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Final BABS Ratings

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...

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In search of a new report card

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...

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The Ethics of Tanking

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...

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Coming to terms with who BABS is

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...

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