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REMINDER: SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022

8:10 AM: Player Spotlights
Always lively and entertaining, our expert panel digs deep into surprise player performances of this season and what's likely sustainable—or not—for 2022. These sessions are a runaway hit each year. MODERATOR: Patrick Davitt (BaseballHQ)

  • Panel 1—Hitters (8:10), PANELISTS: Jeff Erickson (RotoWire), Eric Karabell (ESPN), Ryan Bloomfield (BaseballHQ), Justin Mason (FanGraphs)
  • Panel 2—Pitchers (9:20), PANELISTS: Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ), Paul Sporer (FanGraphs), Nick Pollack (PitcherList), Tristan Cockcroft (ESPN)

 

10:30 AM: The Next Big Thing 
What are the most interesting on-the-field trends in MLB from 2022, and how does that affect 2023 player expectations, MLB responses, and fantasy baseball gameplay and strategy? Several thought leaders take a look at topics such as how the aftermath of 2022's universal DH, the first full season of the sticky stuff "crackdown" and more to provide actionable information for 2023. MODERATOR: Ray Murphy (BaseballHQ)
PANELISTS: Eno Sarris (The Athletic), Rob Silver (Launch Angle podcast), Andy Andres (BaseballHQ)

11:45-12:45 PM: Lunch provided

12:15-4:00 PM: FPAZ Drafternoon! 
Yes, we hold baseball drafts in November! Our popular, real-league activity gets the jump on 2023, where you can test your mettle at the draft table with some of our speakers. Wanna get in on a 2023 NFBC Draft Champions league? Or a 12-team mixed auction? Best Ball? The options abound, and we play for prizes: first place finishers in each league receive a one-year subscription to BaseballHQ.com! This is one of our most popular activities, and it's another great way to get to know other attendees in the process. Warning: The competition is stiff! (Sign-ups will take place via email announcement beforehand.)

The Podcast Room, sessions 3 & 4
Several popular fantasy baseball podcasts will be doing episodes from First Pitch Arizona, live from the Podcast Room. And you can be a part. Each will include interactive segments with attendees, special guests, and of course, plenty of baseball chatter. Catch one or catch 'em all! Saturday afternoon schedule:

  • 1:15-2:30 — Session 3: BaseballHQ Radio (Patrick Davitt)
  • 2:45-4:00 — Session 4: On the Corner (Nick Pollack, Alex Fast)

3:30: XFL Draft
The industry's longest-running experts keeper league draft takes place at First Pitch Arizona, with many participants whom you will recognize. Observe how these veterans tackle keeper league dynamics in 2023.

5:08: MLB World Series Game 7 Watch Party (If necessary)
It will be the final MLB game of the year for all the marbles. Enough said.

6:35 PM: AFL Home Run Derby at Sloan Park (time is tentative)
An exciting new addition to the Arizona Fall League, the first-ever Home Run Derby will take place on Saturday at Sloan Park — right across the street from our host hotel. Watch the league's best mashers slug it out for the title!

9:45 PM: Saturday Evening Hangouts
The ballfield activities are over, but the night is young! Optional meetups:

  • The Podcast Room, session 5: Several popular fantasy baseball podcasts will be doing episodes from First Pitch Arizona, live from the Podcast Room. And you can be a part. Each will include interactive segments with attendees, special guests, and of course, plenty of baseball chatter. Catch one or catch 'em all! Saturday evening:
    • 9:45-11:00pm: The Sleeper and the Bust (Justin Mason, Paul Sporer, Jason Collette)

 

  • 9:45-10:45pm: Saturday Night Breakouts (choose 1):
    • The Ever-Changing Saves Landscape: Two of the best-known fantasy baseball bullpen analysts team up to provide info on skills, roles, opportunity, drafting saves strategy, and more! With Doug Dennis (BaseballHQ) and Greg Jewett (Reliever Recon)

      The 2023 FPAZ Rookie Draft: This mini-league consists of smaller rosters where stats can only be accumulated by rookies. The actual draft takes place before the conference, but in this session you can hear who these eight prospect analysts expect to get playing time and fantasy impact in 2023 only. Moderated by Chris Blessing (BaseballHQ); draft participants include James Anderson (RotoWire), Eric Cross (Fantrax), Chris Clegg (Fantrax), Rob Gordon (BaseballHQ), Matt Thompson (Prospects Live), Chris Crawford (NBCSportsEDGE), Shelly Verougstraete (NBCSportsEDGE. BaseballHQ) and Tim McLeod (Prospect361).

  • Or, just enjoy good baseball (or other) talk over cold beverages of your choice at the indoor/outdoor hotel meeting place.

 

 

 

REMINDER: SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE