As many of you know, I have been hinting for a few weeks about some changes to the fantasy baseball coverage here at Baseball Prospectus. I had to wait until everything was in order before I could share with you, but after receiving the okay, I’m here to announce a few things that are all meant to enhance our coverage and your experience with us.
First thing is that I am no longer just our fantasy writer, but am now officially the Fantasy Manager–my job, outside of just writing, is to help shape our coverage and provide you with the tools and information you need and want. Whenever there is something or somewhere you think we are lacking, or changes that need to be made, you can reach me via e-mail, Twitter (@Marc_Normandin) or in the comments in any relevant article.
“That’s nice,” you may be saying, as you realize that I’m Fantasy Manager of myself, given our two Fantasy Focus pieces per week, “but what does this mean for me?.” The first order of business in my new role was to tell our fearless leaders that I cannot give you the coverage you deserve or need by myself–while I would love to, it’s just not in the cards, unless you want me to burn out by April. Every major fantasy site has multiple writers with loads of coverage, and it’s our goal to bring you the same, except, of course, with a BP twist. Luckily, Kevin Goldstein and Dave Pease were in agreement with me, as they want to improve our product as much as I do, and so now we have some new contributors to share with you.
First is Craig Brown, who you may know from his work at Royals Authority or the Hardball Times, or even Heater Magazine, where the two of us used to write together. Craig knows his stuff, and when I was given the opportunity to recommend we add an additional writer specifically for fantasy, I knew it had to be him. Craig will assist in regular fantasy coverage alongside me, three times per week on the upcoming fantasy blog. He’s not just here to give you more of the same though, as he brings his own strengths and background to the table. In addition, he will spend some time covering a topic that you have been requesting for months now–Scoresheet. I will also give it a whirl when I can, but think of Craig as your dedicated Scoresheet analyst. He will start writing next week, using Unfiltered until the fantasy blog goes live.
Behind curtain #2, we have even more brand new content for you. The aforementioned Heater Magazine, which is run by John Burnson, is now a partner of Baseball Prospectus. On the most basic level, this means that Heater and BP will share some statistics, with their coverage enhanced by some of our tools such as SIERA, the RBI Opportunity statistic report, WARP, Defensive Efficiency, etc. We will also have access to their deep pool of statistics, which will give us additional angles to work with in our coverage–Craig and I are both familiar with Heater as well, given we wrote there for a few years each, so we will be able to jump right in with that information.
There’s more to it than simple statistic sharing though, as we will also feature a piece of content written by a Heater author daily here at BP, via the fantasy blog. The plan is to give a rundown of players to look at or avoid at all positions over the course of the week, so that way you always have updated information for your roster, rather than having to wait for me to get around to that sort of thing in a twice-per-week column format.
Mondays, Michael Street, who writes on Asian-American sports and culture for Examiner.com, in addition to Heater, will cover 1B, 3B and DH. On Tuesdays, Michael Jong, who you may know from Marlin Maniac as well as my old stomping grounds, Beyond the Box Score, will write about 2B, SS and catchers. Rob McQuown from Baseball Daily Digest and our own Unfiltered will cover Wednesdays, taking a look at outfielders. Thursdays will bring you Lee Panas, author of Detroit Tiger Tales, and our coverage of relievers. Finally, on Fridays, Bill Baer from Crashburn Alley will write about starting pitching, because if there is one thing we lack here at BP, it’s Phillies fans that are also writers.
With the blog live, my role will also switch–I will still write a column, but will also contribute daily to the blog in some way, meaning that we are moving from two fantasy pieces per week to, at minimum, two per day, more on the days when Craig contributes or there is more for me to write about. All of this content will have a unified home along with our fantasy tools such as the PFM and the depth charts on our brand new, forthcoming fantasy page.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to have old friends Craig Brown and John Burnson working alongside me here at Baseball Prospectus to improve our fantasy coverage, but don’t think that we’re resting now that we’ve bulked up. If you have any questions, concerns, or things you would like to see us do, please reach out and tell me so that we can enhance your experience as a reader of Baseball Prospectus. This is going to be a big year for our fantasy coverage with all of the new features and writers we are introducing, and we hope to have you stick around to enjoy all of it. As always, thank you for reading.