First Pitch Florida - 2020 Program

 

**THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Updated February 11, 2020

Unless stated otherwise, all events at St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020

  • 4:30-4:50 pm: WELCOME/INTRODUCTION: Brent Hershey and Ray Murphy, BaseballHQ.com
     
  • 4:50-6:00 pm: WHAT'S NEW IN 2020?: Players switching teams, stadiums new and reconfigured, MLB rules adjusted: What are the big-picture factors to consider as we prepare for 2020? And most importantly, what are the fantasy impacts of all of these? 
    Panelists: Jason Collette, RotoWire  •  Steve Gardner, USA TODAY  •  Glenn Colton, Fantasy Alarm
    Moderator: Ray Murphy, BaseballHQ

     
  • 6:00 pm: WELCOME RECEPTION: Appetizers and cash bar
     
  • 7:00 pm: 2020 NL-LABR AUCTION: Viewing options TBD; participants on our LABR DRAFTS page

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020

  • 8:00-9:15am: 2020 NL-LABR ROUNDTABLE: Moderator Ron Shandler will lead a discussion with NL-LABR participants where they answer questions on draft strategy, tout their bargains, lament their miscues and take questions from First Pitch Florida attendees. 
     
  • 9:20 -10:20am: FULL BALLROOM PANEL #1: 2020 PLAYER POOL ANALYSIS: Find out what makes THIS year's group of players unique, as our panel takes you position-by-position looking for depth, impact potential and late bargains. 
    Panelists: 
    ​Eric Karabell, ESPN  •  Derek VanRiper, The Athletic  •  Mike Gianella, Baseball Prospectus 
    Moderator: Todd Zola, Mastersball

     
  • 10:30-noon: BREAKOUT SESSIONS: These will be 45-minute sessions, where participants each can choose from three options. The topics below are confirmed; the times/days may shift:
    • 10:30-11:15am: Breakout Session 1; choose 1:
      • The Art of Pitcher Streaming (Nick Pollack, PitcherList)
      • The Meaning of Spring Training Stats (Matt Martingale, Elias Sports Bureau)
      • Snake or Auction: Control the Draft (Lenny Melnick, LennyMelnickFantasySports)
      • 2020 ADP Movers (Greg Ambrosius, NFBC; Shawn Childs; Clay Link, RotoWire; Jeff Zimmerman, FanGraphs)
    • 11:15-noon: Breakout Session 2; choose 1:
      • 15 Players BABS is Crushing On (and who is BABS?)  (Ron Shandler, The Athletic)
      • Deep League Pitching Targets (Jeff Zimmerman, FanGraphs)
      • Rookies Who Matter in 2020 (Chris Blessing, BaseballHQ; Bret Sayre, Baseball Prospectus; Eddy Almaguer, ProspectsLive)
         
  • 1:00 pm: GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE GAME: Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees; Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FL (Group tickets included with registration)
     
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Hour-long breakout sessions; choose 1
    • How to Properly Value Saves (Alex Fast, PitcherList)
    • The Greatest Fantasy Baseball Team Ever (Pierre Becquey, ESPN, moderator) - In honor of the 40th anniversary of fantasy baseball via the 1980 Dan Okrent league, panelists (and attendees!) will get the chance to build the best roto team using player-seasons from 1980-2019 and compete against each other. Rosters will be chosen before First Pitch Florida—and here, we'll reveal the results and discuss! Complete rules/information will be distributed to conference registrants soon.
       
  • 7:00 pm: 2020 AL-LABR AUCTION: Viewing options TBD; participants on our LABR DRAFTS page 
     
  • 7:30 pm: DRAFT NIGHT: Several attendee leagues will draft and play through the 2020 season, complete with prizes! Details TBD

       

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020

  • 8-9:15 AL-LABR ROUNDTABLE: Moderator Ron Shandler will lead a discussion with AL-LABR participants where they answer questions on draft strategy, tout their bargains, lament their miscues and take questions from First Pitch Florida attendees.
     
  • 9:20 -10:20am: FULL BALLROOM PANEL #2: THE YEAR IN TOUGH PROJECTIONS: Listen to the experts discuss some of this season's toughest players to get a handle on. Whether it's injuries, aging, the baseball or something else: these are the players who are most difficult to value for the upcoming season. Let our panel weigh in!
    Panelists: Ray Murphy, BaseballHQ  •  Todd Zola, Mastersball  •  Derek Carty, RotoGrinders
    Moderator: Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN

     
  • 10:30-noon: BREAKOUT SESSIONS: These will be 45-minute sessions, where participants each can choose from three options. The topics below are confirmed; the times/days may shift:
    • 10:30-11:15am: Breakout Session 4; choose 1:
      • Statcast 101: The Basics (Andy Andres, BaseballHQ)
      • Advanced Auction Strategies (Ariel Cohen & Reuven Guy, TGFBI podcast)
      • Asian Imports for 2020 and Beyond (Tim McLeod, Prospect361)
    • 11:15-noon: Breakout Session 5; choose 1:
      • Statcast 201: Advanced Tactics (Andy Andres, BaseballHQ)
      • Spring Training Injury Roundup (Jim Ferretti, BaseballHQ; Stephen Lyman; Reuven Guy, TGFBI podcast)
      • How to Get the Edge in Your Dynasty League (Ian Kahn, RotoWire; Jesse Roche, BaseballProspectus)
         
  • 1:00 pm: GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE GAME Baltimore Orioles at Philadelphia Phillies; Spectrum Field, Clearwater, FL (Group tickets included with registration)
     
  • 1:00 pm: LABR MIXED AUCTION: Inaugural auction of this new league; viewing options TBD; participants on our LABR DRAFTS page
     
  •  6:00-7:00 pm: FULL BALLROOM CLOSING SESSION 
     

**THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Updated February 11, 2020