First Pitch Forums 2018


First Pitch Forums 2017


Adapt or Lose:

New Rules for Building your Fantasy Team presents: First Pitch Forums 2018

Our game is not new, but it has certainly changed in the past few years. Tried-and-true strategies have been invalidated. Conventional wisdom has been flipped. Winning your league in 2018 will require a ground-up reboot of your roster construction philosophy.

In these lively three-hour events, we will help you adapt your thinking to today's environment, covering topics like:

  • The launch-angle fueled surge in HR totals.
  • The dearth of stolen bases, and the concentration of SB output in just a few players.
  • The shift in starting pitcher usage, and the rise in strikeout rates
  • New ideas in bullpen construction
  • The 10-day DL and its fantasy roster ripples
  • How to draft rookies for maximum impact
  • Where to unearth those key end-game sleepers

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 2018!

Dates, locations and speakers:

Sat, Feb 24th: ST. LOUIS, St. Louis Airport Marriott, 12-3pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Ray Murphy (BHQ), Brent Hershey (BHQ), Jeffrey Tomich (BHQ), Charlie Weigert (CDM Sports)

Sun, Feb 25th: CHICAGO, Oak Brook Marriott, 12-3pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Ray Murphy (BHQ), Brent Hershey (BHQ), Doug Dennis (BHQ), Emily Waldon (The Athletic DET); Alec Dopp (BHQ), Alex Beckey (BHQ), Joe Hoffer (BHQ)

Fri, March 2nd: MARYLAND/DC/VIRGINIA, Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia MD, 7-10pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Brent Hershey (BHQ), Todd Zola (RotoWire), Craig Goldstein (Baseball Prospectus), Matt Cederholm (BHQ), Matt Dodge (BHQ)

Sat, March 3rd: NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY, Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook NY, 2-5pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Brent Hershey (BHQ), Todd Zola (RotoWire) Mike Podhorzer (FanGraphs), Mike Rosenbaum (MLBPipeline), Matt Dodge (BHQ), Nick Richards (BHQ)

Sun, March 4th: BOSTON, Courtyard Boston/Natick, Natick MA, 1-4pm
Speakers: Ron Shandler, Ray Murphy (BHQ), Todd Zola (RotoWire), Kris Olson (BHQ), Sam Grant (BHQ), Nick Trojanowski (BHQ), Matt Dodge (BHQ), Ed Hubbard (BHQ)

Not able to join us in person at one of these locations? Watch this space for news of our new online version of this program, coming in March!