First Pitch Florida - 2023 Speakers

Grey Albright (Razzball.com

Doug Anderson (Fantrax.com

James Anderson (RotoWire.com
James is RotoWire’s Lead Prospect Analyst and Assistant Baseball Editor. His top 400 prospects for dynasty leagues has been one of the most trusted prospect lists in the industry since 2013. James hosts the weekly RotoWire Prospect Podcast year-round. He co-managed a team that finished 8th place overall (out of 2,388 teams) in the 2021 NFBC RotoWire Online Championship and he ranks second all time on the TGFBI historical leaderboard.

Andy Andres (BaseballHQ.com)
Andy teaches Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Boston University, but also developed and teaches the highly successful MOOC “Sabermetrics 101: An Introduction to Baseball Analytics” to about 50,000 registered learners on the edX platform during its two runs in 2014 and 2015. As a Datacaster/Stringer for MLBAM, he is responsible for keeping score of games at Fenway Park for various Internet applications like mlb.com's Gameday and ESPN’s Gamecast. 

Derek Carty (THE BAT X Projection SystemRotoGrinders.comEVAnalytics.com
Derek is a DFS- and sports betting-focused analyst whose work you may find at ESPN, RotoGrinders, EV Analytics, or any number of other places. He is the creator of THE BAT X projection system for season-long (at FanGraphs), DFS (at RotoGrinders), and sports betting (at EV Analytics), which routinely is found to be the most accurate original projection system in fantasy in third-party studies.  He is also the creator of THE BLITZ projection system for NFL. Derek has won 10+ MLB expert league titles with 25+ top-three finishes (roughly 50%), including being the youngest-ever winner of LABR. He was previously a regular on ESPN's Baseball Tonight and is a proud graduate of MLB's Scout School.  

Shawn Childs (SI.com
Childs is a long time player in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and helped develop Sports Illustrated’s SI Fantasy for baseball and football. Over the past five seasons, he has been part of a Platinum Title in the NFBC while placing third overall in the NFBC Cutline with one entry in 2019. Childs has an NL LABR title with Greg Ambrosius and a trip to the finals in Fanduel’s WFBC. Follow Shawn on Twitter @Shawn__Childs

Matt Cederholm (BaseballHQ.com)
Matt has been playing Rotisserie baseball since before the reserve roster. He’s been a BaseballHQ.com writer since 2010, and has written the Big Hurt column since 2017 (he’s not a doctor, but his cousin is). In his spare time, he is pursuing a PhD in Economics and even has a full-time job.

Ariel Cohen (FanGraphs.com
Ariel is the 2019 FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year. He also won for 2020 FSWA Baseball Article of the Year. He is the creator of the ATC (Average Total Cost) Projection System. He writes for FanGraphs, CBS Sports, SportsLine, RotoBaller and is the host of the Beat the Shift Podcast (@Beat_Shift_Pod). Ariel was the 2020 Tout Wars Head to Head winner. He also plays in LABR as well as the NFBC. Follow Ariel on Twitter at @ATCNY.

Jason Collette (RotoWire.com
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 2001 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, and currently at RotoWire where his Collette Calls column won best baseball column in 2018. He was also the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year (bribes pay off!). You can hear Jason on Saturdays on the RotoWire SiriusXM Fantasy show throughout the season as well as on The Sleeper and The Bust podcast with Paul Sporer and Justin Mason each Sunday. You can follow his work on Twitter at @jasoncollette.

Glenn Colton (FantasyAlarm.com
Glenn is the co-host of SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio’s Colton & the Wolfman and a columnist for Fantasy Alarm. He and roto-partner Rick Wolf have won LABR AL in each of the last two years, their fourth and fifth such titles. They have also won two Tout Wars AL and FSGA expert league titles. Glenn was inducted into the Fantasy Sports and Gaming Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

Eric Cross (Fantrax.com
Eric Cross is the lead MLB/Fantasy Baseball writer and prospect analyst for FantraxHQ and has been with the site since March of 2017. Outside of Fantrax, Eric is a featured writer at FantasyPros and contributes to the best-selling Fantasy Baseball Black Book. Eric is also the host of the Fantrax Toolshed Podcast. Eric was accepted into the FSWA (Fantasy Sports Writers Association) in 2018 and was named the 2021 Baseball Writer of the Year. He currently lives on the coast of Maine with his two children.

Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ.com
Doug has been Baseball HQ’s Bullpen Buyers Guide columnist since 1999. In addition, he has written articles for the Baseball Forecaster, USA Today, Sports Weekly, ESPN.com, ESPN the Magazine and he assisted the St. Louis Cardinals with player analysis for two years.

Brian Feldman (FantasyBaseballAuctioneer.com) 
Brian is well-known to SiriusXM listeners as the primary auctioneer for high-profile experts leagues, including Tout Wars for the past 15+ seasons, this year’s LABR NL and numerous NFBC Main Events. He’s pleased to be a participant in this inaugural season of LABR Mixed Auction, where his one advantage will be that he has been carefully watching all of the other owners in auction settings for many years and knows all of their quirks and tells (“if that guy scratches his nose, he’ll bid the extra buck on Yasmani...”).

Steve Gardner (USA TODAY Sports) 
Steve has served as the LABR commissioner since 2006 and has won six LABR titles (AL 2010, 2015, 2017; Mixed 2014, 2019; NL 2017). He also won NL Tout Wars in 2011 and 2018 and two FSTA experts leagues (2012, 2015). He received the FSWA award for Baseball Article of the Year in 2014, is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and has covered 19 World Series for USA TODAY. Follow him on Twitter @SteveAGardner.

Mike Gianella (BaseballProspectus.com)  
Mike is a writer for Baseball Prospectus.

Ryan Hallam (FantasyAlarm.com) 
Ryan has been in the fantasy industry for roughly 12 years. He started his own site, FightingChanceFantasy.com, and is now back for a second stint contributing for Fantasy Alarm. Ryan is competing in Tout Wars for the second season, and this is his first foray into the LABR family. You can follow him on Twitter @fightingchance

Brent Hershey (BaseballHQ.com)
Brent is the General Manager of Content for BaseballHQ.com and serves as co-editor of the Baseball Forecaster and editor of the Minor League Baseball Analyst annuals. He has been writing at BaseballHQ.com since 1998. Follow him on Twitter @BrentHQ.

Ian Kahn (TheAthletic.com) 
Ian is co-host for the podcast “Under The Radar” on the Athletic, does dynasty rankings at RotoWire and was the ToutWars H2H winner in 2019. A real-life actor, he played General George Washington on the show “TURN: Washington Spies” now streaming on Netflix.

Carlos Marcano (BaseballProspectus.com) 

Craig Mish (SportsGrid.com) 

Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ.com
Ray is the General Manager of Administration for BaseballHQ.com and co-editor of the Baseball Forecaster annual. He has been writing at BaseballHQ.com since 1999. Primarily a mixed-league player, he is a four-time league champion in the NFBC Main Event (including 4th-overall finishes in both 2012 and 2016), and also won (in a tie) the inaugural LABR mixed league in 2012, a TGFBI league title in 2018, and Tout Wars Mixed Draft in 2019.

Nick Pollack (PitcherList.com
Nick founded PitcherList.com in 2014 after years pitching in college, coaching travel baseball, and giving private pitching instruction. FSWA award winner, and has been published in Washington Post, CBS Sports, and FanGraphs. He currently can be found discussing starting pitching to his heart's content exclusively at his home site. Creator of the CSW stat and too many terrible fantasy baseball terms.

Eno Sarris (TheAthletic.com) 
Formerly the fantasy editor at FanGraphs, Eno Sarris is now the national baseball analytics writer and fantasy columnist at The Athletic. He's still in the clubhouse bugging players about their latest adjustment and in the computer lab bugging the nerds about their latest findings. Find him wherever the good beer is.

Bret Sayre (BaseballProspectus.com
Bret is the President and CEO of Baseball Prospectus and has held many positions including Managing Editor, Fantasy Manager and Senior Fantasy Writer. He is also the founder/owner of The Dynasty Guru. He is a three-time expert league champion (LABR in 2015; Tout Wars in 2015 and 2019). You can follow him on Twitter at @BretSayreBP.

Larry Schechter (Winning Fantasy Baseball) 
Larry is a six-time winner of Tout Wars, two-time LABR champion and twice won the CDM national salary-cap challenge. He is author of the Amazon bestseller Winning Fantasy Baseball. You can follow on twitter @LarrySchechter

Ron Shandler (RonShandler.com
Ron is the founder of BaseballHQ.com and author of the Baseball Forecaster, the longest running publication in the fantasy baseball industry (since 1986). He was the first baseball analyst to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy league play, and he has written for numerous publications and websites, including USA Today, ESPN and The Athletic. Find his latest innovations at BABSbaseball.com and look for his upcoming fantasy baseball history/memoir, "Fantasy Expert," coming soon. Ron owns dozens of top-3 finishes in national experts leagues since 1994. He tweets random brain flakes @RonShandler.

D.J. Short (NBCSportsEDGE.com
D.J. is going into his second decade covering baseball for NBC Sports, where he also hosts the Circling the Bases Podcast. He has participated in Tout Wars since 2017 and is going into his debut season in LABR. You can find him on Twitter @djshort, where he makes timely Seinfeld references and complains about the Mets.

Frank Stampfl (CBSSports.com) 

Shelly Verougstraete (NBCSportsEDGE.com
Shelly is a writer at NBC Sports EDGE and has previously written for Pitcher List and The Dynasty Guru. She has participated in TGFBI and Tout Wars and is the 2022 Tout Wars Daily champion. You can follow her @shellyv_643 on Twitter where she talks about baseball and posts way too many photos of her dogs (Orsillo and Soto) and baked goods.

Brian Walton (Creativesports.com
Brian is one of the managing principals of Creativesports.com. He competes in the XFL, Xperts Fantasy League, National League LABR and Tout Wars. Brian was the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, scoring the most points in league history. His work can also be found daily at TheCardinalNation.com, where he writes about the St. Louis Cardinals and their minor league system.

Rick Wolf (FantasyAlarm.com) 

Jeff Zimmerman (RotoGraphs.comRotoWire.com
Jeff writes for RotoGraphs and RotoWire. Along with Tanner Bell, he wrote "The Process: Integrating Valuations and Biases into a Winning Fantasy Baseball Formula". He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won four FSWA Awards. In industry leagues, he has won Tout Wars three times, LABR once (probably twice), and the First Pitch Arizona Speaker’s draft-and-hold twice. Additionally, he’s won several NFBC high-stakes leagues. He was forced include a mention of his kids, Ruby and Cole.

Todd Zola (Mastersball.com
Todd is the principal owner of Mastersball.com along with writing for Rotowire and ESPN. He can be heard year-round for an hour every Saturday on MLB Network Radio and in-season on SiriusXM Fantasy Radio. Todd participates in LABR, Tout Wars and the XFL and is a multiple time champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. In 2017, Todd was named the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Baseball Writer of the Year. In 2020, he was inducted into the FSWA Hall of Fame.

 

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