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Bloomberg introduces fantasy baseball product

Jan 31, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

Bloomberg Sports rolled out a demo of their new fantasy baseball product in New York this afternoon. Through a partnership with MLB Advanced Media, the goal is to lure fantasy players away from competitors like Yahoo! and ESPN. While it will surely appeal to the already fantasy-savvy, the new portal through MLB.com signifies an effort to mainstream fantasy baseball in a way that can increase interest in the sport, similar to what fantasy football has done to the NFL.

It’s a nice start, but I’ve always believed that there is a ceiling to how successful a fantasy baseball model can be, at least in comparison to the NFL. The reason fantasy football has become the behemoth it is today is because its schedule requires less of a time commitment on behalf of the average person, while baseball involves a rigorous day-to-day schedule. This reflects in the insane television ratings and sales of NFL Ticket, as the average fantasy player has a stake in every regular season game, while in baseball, they do not. That said, I’ll root for anything that improves the quality of analysis and evaluation and growth of the game and fantasy baseball. Having great minds like Jonah Keri on board will certainly help towards that end.

Anyhow, while you’ll have to wait until February 18 to use Bloomberg’s draft kit, you can purchase Rotoworld’s Draft Guide right now, with special appearances by me scattered throughout! You’ll get analysis, projections, and profiles for over 1,000 players, as well as articles covering prospects, keeper-league strategies, mock
drafts, sleepers and busts. There are customizable, printable cheat
sheets, updated depth charts for
all teams and ADP projections. Basically anything and everything you need to be prepared for your fantasy draft, constantly updated throughout Spring Training. Let those guys stick to stocks and bonds, we got this fantasy baseball thing covered.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 31, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I don’t need baseball for my fantasies. When I was young, I had Grace Slick. Later, and to some degree even now, I had Margo Timmins. There was a brief period when I was mulling a few scenarios with Britney Spears, but then (a) she took off her mouse ears and (b) I heard her being interviewed. Ka-boingggg, there went that; nothing dispels fantasies like sheer idiocy. Anyway, the last few years, I have my yoga girls from Namaste Yoga and my bellydancers from Shimmy on FitTV. And there’s definitely nothing the mayor of New York can put on the field to match them. Older I get, the more vivid my imagination gets. And I don’t need no steenkin’ sabremetrics to figure out their stats.

  2. gary - Jan 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Margo Timmins? Awesome.

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  4. Old Gator - Feb 1, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Something went wrong with their server this morning, and obliterated my extensive commentary on the Feesh’s depth chart post as well as my reply to Gary above. And, for all you future angioplasty patients who eat those horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches up in Feeley, well, you already know that I never repeat myself, so my commentary on the Feesh as well as on Margo Timmins will have to wait for another opportunity altogether.
    .
    Not sure what it was that happened to my original set of posts, but I’m taking it very personally. Hey server! Fuck you!

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