#EPUB ⚜ Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League Á eBook or E-pub free

Walker makes a novice foray into the obsessive world of fantasy baseball, armed with front office contacts and a press pass. To enjoy this read, it helps if one likes fantasy baseball, but being a fan of baseball is enough Walker tracks the 2004 MLB season through his eyes as an obsessed rotisserie league owner Thanks to his credentials as a sports columnist for The Wall Street Journal, he is able to meet with his rotisserie players, their managers and GMs, all with the rather delusional goal of helping the players perform better on the field or in some cases to get on the field at all With all this in mind, A Season on Baseball s Lunatic Fringe seems a fitting sub title. #EPUB ì Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League ⛓ A Wall Street Journal Writer Spends A Season In A Fantasy Baseball League To Explore The Inner Workings And Contagious Passions Of One Of The Country S Most Popular Pursuits Every Spring, Millions Of Americans Prepare To Take Part In One Of The Oddest, Most Obsessive And Engrossing Rituals In The Sports Pantheon Rotisserie Baseball, A Fantasy Game Where Armchair Fans Match Wits By Building Their Own Teams Starting With A Player Draft Before The Major League Season, Contenders Spend Six Months Scouring The Box Scores To See If Their Handpicked Players Can Outperform The Opposition It S A Pastime That Threatens To Overtake Traditional Baseball In The Passions It Generates In , Sam Walker, A Sports Columnist For The Wall Street Journal, Decided To Explore This Phenomenon By Talking His Way Into Tout Wars, A Private League Generally Reserved For The Nation S Top Experts Using His Baseball Contacts And Access To Locker Rooms, Walker Spent A Year Trying To Dredge Up Information That Might Give Him A Competitive Edge Over His Eccentric Cast Of Competitors But In His Quest For Victory He Also Endeavored To Settle The Great Question That Divides Modern Baseball Thinkers Can Excellence Be Predicted By Statistics Alone Or Is The Human Element Important Together With His Crack Research Team, Sig A Statistician And Nando A Baseball Savant , Walker Finds Himself Possessed By The Game And Determined To Win At Any Expense, Spending Weeks On The Road Interacting With His Real Major League Players And Trying To Manage Them We Follow His Descent Into Sleeplessness, Panic, Triumph Temporarily , Treachery, And Even Consultations With An Astrologer As He Keeps His Ever Blearier Eyes On His Elusive Goal The Result Is One Of The Most Entertaining Sports Books In Years And A Matchless Look Into The Heart And Soul Of Our National Pastime This is one of the funniest books I have ever read, in any category I think it goes without saying that you need to be a fan of fantasy baseball to have than an passing interest in Sam Walker s Fantasyland If you are, you will find many of the experiences Sam went through ring true.His grilling of major league baseball players and executives, in the name of gleaning an inside information edge on his competition, had me laughing so hard that I had the put the book down at times The amount of time he spent with his quant sidekick trying to build a predictive system for player performance is something many, many of us have done and failed miserably at.Walker s love for all things baseball and fantasy comes through in spades This is just a fun, fun book, and pretty well written for non fiction sports I had a great time reading it I put it right up there with Moneyball as an all time favorite baseball book. One of my favorite baseball books Way interesting than I expected, considering I really don t enjoy baseball or watch it, and certainly have no desire to play fantasy baseball It s very surprising to me how much I enjoyed this book, since I expected it to be much statistically driven instead of a narrative I didn t get any insight to use in my sports stats class or really any math at all, but I still really liked the book It held the story of sports and all their magic. This book is funny, interesting, and an outstanding look at the stat side of baseball from the view of fantasy baseball I enjoyed the book as a better understanding of baseball and also just a lighthearted look at what might constitute an obsession the various fantasy, rotisserie and other leagues, whether in baseball or all sports.Sam Walker writes well, has an engaging sense of humor, and with his two employees Sig and Nando, takes on the elite of baseball s fantasy players The book has the feel of a travel book, where there is a destination and you re following along I would say the type of writing that Walker does is sort of like Bill Bryson s writing wry and sardonic.I would say this book is worth a look for anyone who likes 1 baseball and 2 a touch of humor and 3 a study of what draws people s interests and obsessions. If you play, or ever have played, fantasy baseball, or any fantasy sport for that matter, this book displays going to all extremes jet setting across the country to scout players, lobbying to GM s, and putting on hold all aspects of a social life Fantasyland follows somewhat along the theories of Moneyball If you read Moneyball, then Fantasyland may interest you. Unique insight to America s pastime Touted as a must read book by one of my long long time friends since he knew I loved baseball , I found fantasyland to be a wonderfully diverse read from my typical non fiction reads If you re a fantasy baseball participant it definitely is a must read If you re intrigued by fantasy sports and its participants this book is for you. I liked Fantasyland I am a big baseball fan and a somewhat serious fantasy baseball player though nothing on the level of what Sam Walker discusses in this book Fantasyland is an adventure through Walker s first season playing Rotisserie fantasy baseball He joins the Tout Wars league, an experts league that is populated by some of the most prominent fantasy baseball players in the world Walker must learn about the Rotisserie game and determine what his strategy and identity will be in this league He goes to oftentimes ridiculous lengths to try to secure an advantage on his league mates he attends the spring trainings of most AL teams this is an AL only league , he hires two employees to aid him throughout the season, and he approaches a multitude of players, coaches, and front office types to try to coax insider information from them I wouldn t say that much of the book is particularly humorous, but Walker s willingness to put himself out there and potentially look like an idiot is endearing I can see how some readers may be turned off by how gimmicky some of his antics are, but I think most will agree with me Walker chronicles his descent into fantasy addiction, telling how his mood shifts with the performance of his team Any serious fantasy player can likely relate to those types of mood swings and the addictive nature of the hobby His discussions of trade negotiations and psychology are entertaining, too I generally think that both the baseball expert and baseball novice can find some entertainment value in this book Walker will not blow you away with any novel statistical analysis or approach, but serious fantasy players will appreciate how quickly he becomes addicted to the hobby Baseball novices can hopefully appreciate why those that they may denigrate as fantasy nerds are so entrenched in their favorite hobby.