Today's fantasy baseball players need to see further and deeper than ever before
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 11, 2008
It's only the first week of Spring Training, and already subscribers to the fantasy baseball magazine Heater have gotten a treat. On Monday, March 3, readers received the first of eight issues that will run throughout Spring Training with the latest baseball stats for every MLB player.
"That's life around here," laughs publisher John Burnson. "If we find another way to help our readers stay on top of baseball, we'll do it." The eight Spring Training issues, Burnson notes, are on top of daily emails of The Rundown, a compact PDF with all the prior day's MLB box scores (including those from Spring Training). Subscribers to Heater can have The Rundown emailed to them each morning so they never miss an at-bat or pitch.
"Today's fantasy baseball players need to see further and deeper than ever before," Burnson says. "That's the edge we offer, by putting a wealth of baseball stats on pages that are easy to read and friendly to print."
Heater Magazine is digital - each Wednesday during the baseball season, subscribers download a new issue. Issues are typical PDF's, so subscribers need no special software, and the magazine can be read on both Windows PC's and Macs. For weekend warriors, there is a Saturday supplement with updated stats.
Heater features contributors from such leading baseball and fantasy baseball web sites as The Hardball Times, Baseball Prospectus, and BaseballHQ. Subscribers also enjoy such features as projected pitching rotations, batting line-ups for the previous week, and weekly tracking of the top minor-league prospects.
Publisher Burnson is proud of the abundance of baseball stats. "Fantasy baseball players are not going to find this variety of baseball statistics in any newsstand publication. Other magazines juggle four different sports, and baseball is often second-rate. Heater delivers 100% baseball statistics week-in and week-out."
For hitters, readers get:
- Batting statistics for the last week, last four weeks, and season
- Week-by-week performance in points leagues
- Upcoming schedule, rated by Runs Allowed of the pitchers to show you the easiest schedules
- Runs Created for the year to date and last week
- Four-week trend in Slugging Percentage to show you the best buying opportunities for hitters
- Breakdown of appearances by line-up spot, to show you the best chances for Runs and RBI
- Splits for Home/Away and vsRH/vsLH
- Competition for playing time by position
- One-of-a-kind metrics such as POW (a fantasy-biased measure of power), WOW (fantasy values derived from a simulation), and Platoon Index (showing which batters share time)
For pitchers, readers get:
- Pitching statistics for the last week, last four weeks, and season
- Week-by-week performance in points leagues
- Upcoming schedule, rated by Runs Scored of the hitters to show you the easiest schedules
- Projected pitching match-ups, including side-by-side comparisons of key rates and a three-start history, to show you which pitchers to roster
- For starters, details of the last three starts, including K, BB, HR, and Game Score, to show you the best chances for Wins
- For relievers, details of the last three appearances, including the state of the game when the reliever entered, to show you the best chances for Saves and Holds
- Splits for Home/Away and vRH/vLH
- Starts rated by Quality Starts and strikeout production
All the stats are carefully organized - for example, each Major League team gets its own page, and all the players at a position are on one or two pages for easy comparison. "We're fantasy baseball players ourselves, so we know what we want to see and how we want to see it," Burnson says. (Check out an entire sample issue of Heater at http://www.HeaterMagazine.com.)
Ultimately, Heater Magazine frees up fantasy baseball players to enjoy the game rather than trying to be a programming guru or spreadsheet maven. "You shouldn't need a math degree to compete," says Burnson. "Other fantasy leaguers spend their time surfing the web to print out what they need, or downloading data to massage it into a pretty form. Our readers can concentrate on winning."
For more information about how Heater Magazine can help you win your fantasy baseball league, go to http://www.HeaterMagazine.com.
John Burnson is the publisher of Heater Magazine, the editor of the 2008 Graphical Player, and a writer with BaseballHQ.com. For press-related or other inquiries, please email John.