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Rotoworld, Depth Charts, Baseball Prospectus, and scoresheet-talk

The most reliably thorough free internet baseball news reporting comes from Rotoworld. It reports with links to the original news source dozens of items each day throughout the year regarding injuries slight or major, trade rumors, positional changes, hot/cold streaks, management issues, etc. You can click on the player being reported and check all the news blurbs on him since they started saving the news blurbs. They used to only keep about a half a season’s worth of news items, now they go back much longer – a very handy tool for looking up a player’s recent injury history. There are linked blurbs to other players mentioned in the original player’s blurb. Rotoworld has a nice package of Fantasy Baseball tools including, perhaps, the industry’s most up-to-date and handiest depth charts. Each league is all on one page. Of course, when you look up a player, Rotoworld will provide his basic career and current stats plus another feature most sites do not have: how many games he has played at each position (counting outfield as one position). 


Depending on the year, some Depth Charts can be a bit lax keeping up-to-date during the off season. There are many out there. The nicest looking and best functioning one is CBS Sports. The injured players are flagged. Each player has a data summary bubble including their latest news and injury reports. Each name is linked to their player profile page for even more details.


If you are going to pay anything for your baseball hobby beyond the cost of your Scoresheet teams, I strongly advise becoming a Premium subscriber to Baseball Prospectus. It is a pittance to pay for the Injury Histories you get on their Player Profiles, the hilarious and insightful  adventures of scout Jason Parks, a useful Team Tracker, leading edge sabrmetrics, Kevin Goldstein’s voluminous and thorough prospect reviews, and many articles of the highest standards.


If you have any specific Scoresheet Baseball questions that cannot be answered by the Scoresheet Baseball website, you might find the answer in Jay-Del Mah’s Scoresheet Notes or my own handy index of Strategies. If you have any other Scoresheet related questions, need direct “expert” advice, or just want to get something off your chest to other like minded individuals, sign-up for one of the Yahoo Scoresheet Baseball groups. You will find a broader range of opinions at scoresheet-talk.

John Carter