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Ron Shandler
RON SHANDLER was the first baseball analyst to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy league play. His ground-breaking concepts and strategies have made him a perennial contender in national experts competitions. Ron has authored the Baseball Forecaster book since 1986, founded the trail-blazing website, and currently runs monthly fantasy leagues at Previously, he has written for USA Today, ESPN The Magazine and, and was an advisor to the St. Louis Cardinals.

You can connect with Ron at Twitter @RonShandler and on Facebook at

Entries by Ron Shandler

How Fantasy Baseball Can Grow Beyond the Diehards

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:08 PM

In the Rolling Stone article, "Why Won't Anyone Join Your Fantasy League", James Montgomery laments the difficulties of getting people to commit to the 6-month grind of fantasy baseball.

He's not alone.

When fantasy football players think about making the leap to baseball, there is one common response:...

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Fantasy Leaguers Can Save the Hall of Fame

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 12:20 PM

There are plenty of flaws in the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) Hall of Fame process:

  • The rules for voter eligibility are flawed
  • The rules for candidate eligibility are arbitrary
  • The criteria for induction are too broad and subjective

Last week, the MLB Network's Brian Kenny

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(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 12:22 PM

On the third anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting, I thought I'd re-post the column I wrote shortly after the incident. Sadly, in the three years since, nothing has changed.

April 19, 2007

There have been three times that my wife, Sue, and I have sat glued...

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Condemning Fantasy

(9) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 8:49 PM

There is a segment in the new documentary film, Fantasyland, when several esteemed baseball media veterans rail against fantasy baseball. I have to shake my head.

Mike Francesa of WFAN, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post and Hall of Fame writer Murray Chass are classified as "The...

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Fantasy Sports is Gambling? You Have No Idea.

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 2:07 PM

It seems that nobody sees the true irony in this story: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that four employees of Fidelity Investments were fired for playing fantasy football. Why? Because Fidelity has a policy against gambling in the workplace.

The fantasy sports industry has come out in full...

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Here's a Secret: Baseball is Not Over Yet

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 11:28 PM

Let's call it a statistical aberration.

Last Saturday night, more than 4,500 baseball fans crammed into a small stadium in Surprise, Arizona. Hmm. The World Series is over. The local Diamondbacks have been back with their families for well over a month. Most of the players on the field had...

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