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The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide

February 2, 2012 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide
A couple of Dodgers share cover boy status for the 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide.

Believe it not, it has now been eight years since I was a young boy making my first appearance on RotoMan’s legendary Fantasy Baseball Guide. Okay, so perhaps I wasn’t exactly all pink and fearless even back then, but the point is, I’ve aged over a dog year since first contributing to this superb publication, and over time it’s become a rite of autumn, like the World Series, like the slowly baring trees, like putting gummy bears in my hot cocoa (okay, maybe that last one is actually a Tim-ism, but you get my drift).

Speaking of Tim McLeod, he was again part of helping make this mag an industry standard and it also featured the brilliant work of other RotoRob staples such as Buck Davidson and Herija Green.

The big change for 2012 is that the magazine is no longer driven to be the first to the stands. We decided this year to shift final production forward by several weeks, allowing more time to report on and analyze offseason player movement. The end result is that you get the same unparalleled expert commentary, but with the added bonus of more timeliness. Sweet!

Here’s a sampling of the goodies you can expect to find in this year’s edition:

  • Over 1,400 player profiles, complete with valuations and projections
  • Over 300 picks and pans from Fantasy baseball experts (yes, this includes RotoRob who last year identified the likes of Dustin Ackley, Jhoulys Chacin, Ian Kennedy and John Axford as players to pay extra for, while advising you to steer clear of Phil Hughes, Jorge Posada, Ryan Doumit, Jon Garland, Carl Pavano and Placido Polanco)
  • The key rookies to track for 2012
  • Strategies of the champions of some of the more prestigious leagues
  • A complete rundown of games played by position for both major leaguers and minor leaguers
  • An expert mock draft
  • Annotated cheat sheets
  • The publication will be officially released on February 15 (I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I agree that this would make an excellent Valentine’s Day gift!), but could begin showing up on shelves of stores like Walmart and Barnes & Noble sooner than that.

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79 Responses to “The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide”

  1. paul says:

    Is an on-line version available?

  2. Not yet. I’m pushing for it. If we get something done we’ll post about it here, for sure.

    Thanks for asking.

  3. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for the update, Peter. An on-line version would be pretty cool and a great value-add for readers.

  4. Dr Hocker says:

    I’ve been looking for this baby ince the 2nd week of January. The clerks at our local Walgreen’s think i’m some sort of magazine rack stalker.

    This publication has no equal in Fantasy Baseball.

  5. I buy pretty much every single guide that comes out despite the fact I write part-time for and I can just ask any of the experts I know if I have any questions.

    I think I do so because it’s so much easier to write on paper then the computer screen and it’s more hygenic to bring the magazine to the can then the laptop.

    When it comes to quality to the guides out there yours is definately the best available. The highest quality player break down, the best strategy break downs.

  6. RotoRob says:

    Lol… thanks for the feedback and don’t worry… it will be showing up by next week! BTW, I hope you’re not wearing a raincoat when you’re hanging around the magazine rack!

  7. RotoRob says:

    Thanks, Matt! Always happy to hear we’re stacking up well… especially from a more discriminating eye within the industry.

  8. Thanks for all the kind words. There are a lot of people who put a lot of effort into the Guide, and it’s nice to hear that it shows.

    I’m hearing positive things about a Kindle version coming soon. The best thing about the Kindle is that there is software that works on all platforms. I will post when I hear for sure. My fingers are crossed.

  9. RotoRob says:

    Very cool! Thanks for the update, Peter. We’ll definitely look forward to seeing that version.

  10. Ben says:

    I live in Saskatchewan and have purchased The Fantasy Baseball Guide for the last 3 years. I had originally thought it wasn’t being published this year and was very disappointed (for some reason I could not access the “Ask Rotoman Discussion Board” to find out when it would hit the stands). I am very happy that I came upon your article, as I consider this guide “The Holy Grail” for fantasy baseball magazines, and did not waste my $8.00 on an inferior mag. I would also welcome some sort of online publication, as it would be much easier to acquire. Again, kudos to you Peter and your excellent staff (and Rob for the info). February 15th cannot come soon enough!

  11. Richard says:

    Can you order this Mag online?

  12. RotoRob says:

    Hi Richard,

    I’m pretty sure you can’t, but will double check with Rotoman.

  13. RotoRob says:

    Thanks, Ben! We appreciate your loyalty to the mag and are sure you will be equally if not more thrilled with this year’s version.

  14. Thanks Ben! That’s great to hear.

    They’re working on an online version, still.

    We tried selling direct by mail the first year, but it was expensive and we didn’t sell many copies, and they’ve not tried it since. I think Kindle is the way to go.

    About the Ask Rotoman Discussion board… It was lost in a fight against the phpBB spammers, and I wasn’t able to keep it up. There were fantastic conversations there over many years, and a great group of fantasy fans. Thankfully enduring friendships were made. I’m sorry that I had to give it up.

  15. RotoRob says:

    @Richard: Sorry, man. It’s not being sold online, but will definitely be available in your fave book store in about a week.

  16. Richard says:

    I don’t ever remember seeing it in Barns and Nobles. Any ideas on which stores?


  17. Richard says:

    My brother found a copy last season but he’s not about to tell me where. Never gives up his secrets.

  18. RotoRob says:

    Lol…well, you better torture him, then! I know it’s definitely available at Wal-Mart, and I’m pretty sure it will also be at B&Ns.

  19. Mailman Mike says:

    By far the best publication. The picks and pans, especially when there is lack of agreement, are invaluable. I’ve placed 1st and 3rd in my 14 team 6×6 roto league my 1st two years and upset the 2-time defending champ my rookie season. Love love love the mag!

  20. RotoRob says:

    Thanks, Mike! The positive feedback is much appreciated and congrats on kicking ass in your league recently. Armed with the 2012 Guide (scheduled to hit the racks in less than a week!), you are sure to lay another bitch-slapping on your league this season.


  21. Evan says:

    Very much looking forward to the release. It’s the best fantasy magazine in the industry, hands down. I was starting to get worried as well when I didn’t see it amongst the other early releases on the stands, so I’m glad to see that it’s on the way. Keep up the outstanding work.

  22. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Evan, and not to worry — the wait should be over by today. Check your news stands as it’s supposed to hit the street today and has already showed up in some places.

    Cheers, man!

  23. Steven says:

    Where can I buy the non-professional edition?

  24. RotoRob says:

    Lol….I’m not sure there is such a beast, but I will look into it for you.

  25. Steven says:

    But seriously . . .

    I’ve been looking all over for the guide the past few days, including two Barnes & Noble locations near me. Can’t find the guide. Is there any easy way to figure out who’s carrying it and whether they have it in stock?

  26. RotoRob says:

    I suppose that’s up to the individual book stores and their systems, but I will try to get more information for you.

  27. Frank Caf says:

    hey guys, i’ve been all over the place looking for your mag and nobody has it.. im freaking out over here. there is a direct connection with your mag and my recent success.. 5 AL/NL pennants, with 3 world series titles since 2005.. your indepth look at the minor league prospects is a main reason. we have a unique holdover system where you can sign players to 1, 2, or 3 yr contracts where the auction value determines the prorated salary scale.

    going crazy on long island,

  28. Steven says:

    I found one!!!! All hail the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver.

    This is the only mag I’m buying this year. It just provides so much more info that the others and in my opinion is the most reliable and well reasoned.

  29. RotoRob says:

    Hi Frank,

    We’re stoked that the mag has helped you win, and we want to keep doing so. I know it’s been spotted in NYC, so I’m assuming the same applies for Long Island. Any readers in the area that can help him and tell us where Frank can buy a copy?

  30. RotoRob says:

    Sweet! Congrats, man. And thanks again for picking us as your go-to winning strategy!

  31. Jimbo says:

    Yours is far and away the best Fantasy Mag out there. Like a few others, I’ve been searching for this year’s Guide all over the place for the last week, including several local B&N and Wal-Mart locations. . But I’ve been shut out at every turn. If you guys have an idea on whee it might be distributed (or any other readsers have actually found it) in the Raleigh NC area please put the word out! I’m getting desperate!

  32. RotoRob says:

    Hi Jimbo,

    Glad you like the mag. I’m not sure exactly where to look in that area, but i will try to get some suggestions. In the meantime, if any of our readers in that area have spotted the pub, please let us know where so Jimbo can get his Fantasy Baseball Guide on!

  33. Ben says:

    Hey RotoRob or anyone else can you guys help me out with one thing, I need the price of Pujols from this years Mag. This is the mag my fantasy league has lived by for salaries since the book started being published and will again be for this year as soon as a magazine rack somewhere near me has it. Its an AL league only and trying to make a deal like right now haha for the first overall pick and i need to make sure i can fit pujols into my team. So if anyone can give me that one salary i would appreciate it very much

  34. RotoRob says:

    For those of you trying to find the mag, this from RotoMan:

    You can only call the store and ask. There is no central database or anything. And I think stores do their own ordering, at least Barnes and Noble, so maybe some stores don’t get it. I believe we are in all Wal Marts, but I could be wrong about that.

    Keep in mind that the official release date is this coming Tuesday. We started getting copies in NY last week. It’s been spotted in Atitoken, Ontario. But if it isn’t in a store yet it may be on its way. The trucks leave from Montreal, and have to cover the country, so it takes some time.

    Oh, and good luck!

    Hope that helps, guys! Keep looking!

  35. RotoRob says:

    Hey Ben,

    I can’t tell you the exact number, but it’s higher than $36 and less than $38. 😉

    Good luck finding the magazine. Keep looking!

  36. Mike says:

    Do you know what the list price is for this magazine? I have been looking in CT, but my local Walmart and B&N do not have it in stock. Also, is the release date the 15th, like stated above, or the 21st as stated in your comment?

  37. ben says:

    Thanks a lot i appreciate it, its not easy to find in vancouver canada

  38. RotoRob says:

    No worries, Ben. Hey, if the mag is in Atikokan, Ontario, it sure as hell should be in VCR!

  39. RotoRob says:

    Hi Mike,

    I will check on this and get back to you.

  40. RotoRob says:

    Further information from RotoMan about the search for the mag:

    “The fact is that the magazine isn’t officially released yet, so it may come to any of those stores in the next week or two, or to newsstands or CVS or whatever. The distributor does deliveries and we don’t know until after the fact where they’ve gone. It’s a frustrating thing.”

    Hopefully this helps… be patient and keep looking, guys!

  41. Ben says:

    Do not actually need to the book till March 1st so here’s to hoping I find it soon. I have checked literally every 7 11, Save on Foods, Safeway, Chapters, Coles, and Wal Mart in any driving radius from my house and work haha

  42. RotoRob says:

    What about B&N? It’s supposedly carried there as well.

  43. RotoRob says:

    An update from RotoMan for those of you asking about the list price and the “official” launch date:

    “The official release date is the 21st, and that usually means copies start showing up the week before. This time they showed up in NYC two weeks before and we’ve had sightings in other places since last week. If it doesn’t land in your local store this week doesn’t mean it won’t arrive next week, but this week is when it absolutely should show.

    The list price is $7.99 in the US.”

    Hope that helps clarify things.

  44. Chris says:

    Why is this magazine always so difficult to find? Every year I wind up being forced to scour stores in search of it, and it is never available from any online retailer. I would love to be able to just buy the mag directly from the publisher, but the publisher’s contact is not even listed in the mag itself. There has got to be a way to make obtaining this valuable magazine easier!

  45. RotoRob says:

    Hi Chris,

    I know an online version is something that’s been considered, but yet to be attempted. I will pass your comments along and hopefully it will help move things in that direction.

  46. Will says:

    Hi Rob,

    I’m a huge fantasy baseball fan and I’ve used this magazine the last few seasons with great success. I can’t imagine preparing for a draft without it! However, I’m currently living in Wales, UK (born and raised in New England). I was wondering if there is anywhere online I could order this magazine? I couldn’t find it on amazon. Do you think it would be in any stores in the UK? Spring time is around the corner– while everyone else here is thinking Six Nation Rugby, I’m thinking fantasy baseball draft preparation…

  47. RotoRob says:

    Hi Will,

    It’s always great to hear from baseball fans in different parts of the world and w’re glad to hear you’re also a fan of the mag.

    Unfortunately, there is no way to order it online. I will check for you regarding stores, but how did you get it in the past? My suggestion, pending further information I can find, is to check with local bookstores that specialize in international publications. If they don’t have it, they can either (a) steer you in the right direction; or (b) perhaps have a deal with a North American based distributor to bring it in for you.

  48. wynams says:

    Hit 2 Barnes and Nobles in Portland, OR. Neither had copies 🙁 Also tried various drug and grocery stores, but it seems that unless you are in NYC these are ridiculously htf.

    Trying Powells City of Books tomorrow. If they don’t have it, I honestly doubt a copy exists in the state of Oregon and will give up my hunt.

    Frustrating to want to support these guys and have no viable way to do so.

  49. RotoRob says:

    Sorry to hear you’re having problems locating it, wynams. Have you tried your local Wal-Marts? They are supposed to carry it. Anyone in Portland find a copy? If so, please help us out, here. Tanx!

  50. wynams says:

    Wal-Marts are not very popular here, there are only 2 in the whole city of PDX (got to be near a record ratio of population to walmarts) … but to answer your question, no but I will risk being seen near one just this once 😉 thanks for calling out for other Portlanders. If I find one, I will definitely post where/etc.

    Cheers Rob