First Pitch Forums 2019


First Pitch Forums 2017 presents

The Great First Pitch Survey of 2019

Our popular First Pitch Forum tour is back for 2019! With both LIVE and VIRTUAL options!

This year's program is designed around survey data: we are constructing a comprehensive survey about the upcoming season, and using it to poll BHQ analysts, subscribers, other industry voices, and the public at large, on questions like:

  • Five pitchers (min. 100 IP) posted a sub-3.15 ERA with a 4.00+ xERA last year. Who do you trust most to sustain that low ERA in 2019?
  • Which LA starter gets the most starts in 2019?
  • Which rookie hitter will be the most profitable at his draft price this season?
  • Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge combined, 1000 PAs: OVER or UNDER?
  • Jose Leclerc (ADP: 110), Kirby Yates (ADP: 114), or Ken Giles (ADP: 124)?
  • Better rebound candidate: Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano?

In these 3-hour sessions, we will go over these survey results with a fine-tooth comb, looking for public biases, profit opportunities, and contrarian plays that can give you that critical edge in your own drafts.

All sessions hosted by Ron Shandler (founder of and current, members of the team (BHQ) and other special industry guests. And every speaker in the room has one goal: making you a winner in 2019!

LIVE EVENTS—Dates, locations and speakers:

Saturday, February 23rd: CHICAGO, Oak Brook Marriott, Oak Brook IL, 12-3pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler; Ray Murphy (BHQ), Brent Hershey (BHQ), Doug Dennis (BHQ), Derek VanRiper (RotoWire), Emily Waldon (The Athletic), Dean Peterson (NFBC), Alex Beckey (BHQ), others TBA

Sunday, February 24th: ATLANTA, Doubletree Hilton Atlanta/Marietta, Atlanta GA, 12-3pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Ray Murphy (BHQ), Brent Hershey (BHQ), Chris Blessing (BHQ), Jason Collette (RotoWire), Dave Potts (RotoGrinders), others TBA

Friday, March 8th: BOSTON, Newton Marriott, Newton MA, 7-10pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Ray Murphy (BHQ), Brent Hershey (BHQ), Todd Zola (RotoWire), Kris Olson (BHQ), others TBA

Saturday, March 9th: NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY, Saddle Brook Marriott, Saddle Brook NJ, 2-5pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Ray Murphy (BHQ), Brent Hershey (BHQ), Todd Zola (RotoWire), Mike Podhorzer (FanGraphs), Derek Carty (ESPN), Mike Gianella (Baseball Prospectus), Brian Walton (CreativeSports), Nick Richards (BHQ), Matt Dodge (BHQ), others TBA

Sunday, March 10th: MARYLAND/DC/VIRGINIA, BWI Airport Marriott, Linthicum MD, noon-3pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Brent Hershey (BHQ), Todd Zola (RotoWire), Steve Gardner (USA TODAY), Phli Hertz (BHQ), Dave Adler, (BHQ), Matt Cederholm (BHQ), Matt Dodge (BHQ), others TBA


We're excited to partner with Shindig Sports, who helped us out with our Baseball Forecaster video event earlier in the winter, on an online-only version of these First Pitch events. The online program will feature similar content to the live events, and will be broken into three sessions:

  • Thursday, March 7th, 8:30pm ET
  • Wednesday, March 13th, 8:30pm ET
  • Thursday, March 21, 8:30pm ET

Purchasing the online event gets you access to all three sessions. Each will run about an hour, and can either be watched live, and/or viewed as a recording (posted shortly after each session is over.) Viewers will also have the opportunity to interact and ask questions in these virtual events. Our goal is to replicate the live event experience as closely as possible!

Anyone who attends a live event will automatically get access to the online event as well. Both online and live event registrants will get access to the full survey results, and the speaker note package (after all events are complete).