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The Fantasy Baseball Guide 2009

January 16, 2009 | By RotoRob | comment on this post

Our war stripes have reached five, as in the number of years we have now worked on RotoMan’s seminal fantasy baseball publication, The Fantasy Baseball Guide, Professional Edition, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Once again, Team RotoRob played a significant role in the creation of this book, as baseball writer Tim McLeod helped out on the project as did our newest member, Herija Green.


If you bring one magazine to your draft this spring, may I suggest you make it the one pictured above? (And no, I don’t make any money by steering you there.) I have poured blood and sweat into this project for half its existence because I believe in it. Here’s why:

  • Rookie picks from the experts, discussing which freshmen are the ones to target this season;
  • The winners of the huge-ass leagues (like Tout Wars and XFL) let you in on their secrets, providing you with invaluable access to their strategies;
  • Extensive cheat sheets including projected values;
  • Over 1,500 — yes, you read that right — over 1,500 in-depth profiles, many of which were hand-crafted by yours truly;
  • Over 350 picks and pans by the experts, explaining why you should steer clear of this player, but make a beeline for that one;
  • An extremely handy list of all the players who are multi-position eligible; and
  • The results of an expert mock draft.
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19 Responses to “The Fantasy Baseball Guide 2009”

  1. Devon says:

    When will this magazine be on shelves. Does the magazine have a website I can order it from online. I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

  2. RotoRob says:

    Hey Devon…I’ve forwarded your e-mail to the editor…send me a note if he doesn’t get back to you.

  3. WaiverSharks says:

    I was heading to the hospital yesterday for a wonderful procedure called “Septoplasty” (Pass on the Google image if your having one done)

    Didn’t feel like lugging my laptop to surgery, so on the way there I made the wife stop at Chapters Book Store.

    Much to my chagrin a fresh copy of the Fantasy Baseball Guide 2009 Professional Edition was in stock!

    Really helped pass the time, during an otherwise miserable day. Highly recommend this one – 160 pages of stats and keen insights baby!

    And I live in the Canada eh, so it should be available just aboot everywhere – RIGHT NOW.

  4. RotoRob says:

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks, man! Glad you liked it…I just received my copies a few days ago and was pretty damn pleased myself. How abot that kickass ad on the back cover? :)

  5. Devon says:

    Thanks for the info, I will have to run by chapters and grab a copy. I’m also in canada so hopefully they have it in my neighborhood.

  6. RotoRob says:

    Good luck, Devon….as I said, let me know if you have any problems. We’ll try to hook you up.

  7. Ryan says:

    I just picked up the magazine and noticed under the “Future Stars” secion on page 10 that it says Gordon Beckham was drafted 8th by the Tampa Bay Rays. Gordon Beckham was drafted 8th by the Chicago White Sox. Tim Beckham was selected first by the Tampa Bay Rays. Gotta love the proof reading!

  8. RotoRob says:

    Ya, well mistakes happen. Thanks for pointing this out and I will alert the editor.

  9. Kreutzer says:

    The good news is that we don’t have a feature called Future Stars on page 10 in the Fantasy Guide 2009, and nothing about Gordon Beckham or Tim Beckham in the magazine, both of whom are too far away to be concerned about this year. Unless you’re playing in a forever keeper league. Then Tim is worth a shot.

    Don’t know what idiots at some other magazine made such a mistake, but I can promise you that given the short schedule, the limited resources, and the natural order of things (everything put together sooner or later falls apart), I will some day make a worser gaffe.

  10. Tony says:

    Can you tell me where in Texas (Dallas area) I can find this year’s copy? Wal-Mart has always carried it in the past, but I couldn’tfind it there yesterday? Or is there a website I can order it from via mail? I need a copy badly.


  11. RotoRob says:

    Hi Tony…I will pass your request along to the editor to see if he can help.

  12. Kreutzer says:

    Sorry Tony, that I can’t be of much help. The mag is out there. I hear most every day from people who find it. Our usual big outlets are Wal Mart and Barnes and Noble, but it can also be found in other places, too. And it doesn’t seem to make it into every Wal Mart or B&N, or else they’ve sold out.

    Unfortunately, because I know there is demand out there, the publisher doesn’t offer a mail order service.

  13. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for jumping in there, Peter.

  14. Ben says:

    I am a self confessed fantasy baseball fanatic. I usually scour the magazines racks for fantasy baseball guides around this time of the year but I never could find the Fantasy Baseball Magazine where I live in Canada (I usually get a second rate mag with which I am usually totally unimpressed)
    Imagine my joy to find this page and find out where to purchase it!
    For anyone in Canada looking for this just check out Chapters book store (there should be an outlet in every province).
    If they don’t have it in the store they can order it for you.

    Thanks again guys…

  15. RotoRob says:

    Thanks, Ben! Your advice is much appreciated.

    Enjoy the mag and the site!

  16. Jimbo says:

    Thanks RotoRob for providing this information. I’m going out right now to get my copy!

  17. RotoRob says:

    Sure thing, Jimbo. Enjoy the pub and tell all your friends about us!

  18. John says:

    is there a way of buying it online? if so, where?

  19. RotoRob says:

    Hey John,

    Sorry man…check out what the editor (Peter) says on February 6 for some help.

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