My Twitter Hall of Fame Ballot for Dynasty Leaguers
With all of the Hall of Fame discussions going on, I wanted to take a few minutes and focus on something which has more of an effect on a day-to-day basis for me than the plaques sitting up in Cooperstown. There are a ton of ways to get information about what’s going on in baseball these days, and one of the most helpful ways for myself is Twitter. I will admit, I was skeptical at first, but if you take it for what it is (a fun, and sometimes informative, ongoing discussion), it’s a great thing.
Since almost certainly no one would care about who I would have on a hypothetical Hall of Fame ballot, I’m going to turn in a different type of ballot. If I were starting a Twitter Hall of Fame for fellow dynasty league players from scratch, who would be the first ten handles I would induct? The concept is as simple as it is ridiculous. In keeping with the spirit of the "actual" Hall of Fame, I will limit the ballot to a completely arbitrary ten names. Also, there will need to be a mix of people who cover prospects and ones who cover your standard major league fantasy analysis. Maybe I’ll do this each year when the real Hall of Fame list comes out, or maybe this was just a stupid idea and I’ll ignore that I ever did it.
Regardless, if you use Twitter and you play in a dynasty league (or really, even if you don’t), here are ten folks you really should be following (in no particular order):
Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks): The Burt Reynolds of Baseball Prospectus prospect coverage, Jason continues to bring the incredibly important elements of scouting to the masses. He’s not only full of great information, but he also responds to questions and posts both fully clothed and semi-nude pictures of masculine 80’s stars.
Eno Sarris (@enosarris): If you read a fantasy site on the internet, Eno probably has a hand in it somewhere, though you’re most likely to find him at Rotoworld and FanGraphs. If you’re into beer as well, he’s even more of a must follow. Just don’t get him started on Lucas Duda.
Ron Shandler (@RonShandler): He’s not one to tweet terribly often, and he’s returned from a Twitter hiatus, but it’s impossible to separate Shandler and rotisserie baseball.
Ben Badler (@BenBadler): There are a lot of people on staff at Baseball America, but when it comes to international prospects, no one does it like Ben Badler. And it’s not particularly close either.
Keith Law (@keithlaw): What’s the point? You’re already following Keith.
Jim Callis (@JimCallisBA): I know, I know, you’re already following Jim as well.
Ray Guilfoyle (@faketeams): Ray really isn’t on the list just because I also happen to write for the site. It’s because in addition to me, there’s a full staff of great writers at FT who focus on all aspects of fantasy, including the prospect side of the equation. As an added bonus, if the Dodgers don’t live up to their incredible hype, you can troll him really hard.
Jason Collette (@jasoncollette): Amongst all of the people I follow, there may be no one that I respect more as a fantasy analyst than Jason, and his Twitter feed is one place to find all of his stuff. Plus, if you’re into podcasts, it’s definitely worth checking out the one he does with Paul Sporer (Towers of Power Fantasy Hour). Assuming you have a couple of hours to kill.
Mark Anderson (@ProspectMark): Mark can be counted on for extended periods of answering all kinds of prospect questions, but even without all of that, he’s a worthy follow just to see what he’s updating on his site, Baseball Prospect Nation. It’s a must read if you’re into prospects.
Sam Miller (@SamMillerBP): Sam is on here so that the Hall of Fame doesn’t take itself too seriously. Sam wins Twitter on a nearly daily basis.
So like I said, there’s plenty more than ten names I could write here, but I can’t break my own completely unnecessary rule that I established about 500 words ago. If you didn’t make the list this year, maybe you’ll have better luck in 2014.