Founded in 1997, Mastersball is a leader in providing in-depth strategy, analysis, research, and applications to the advanced fantasy baseball player. Our Platinum offering includes regularly-updated projections, profiles for hundreds of players, 5x5 league draft software, minor league player rankings and much more. Mastersball continues to offer plenty of insightful free content, too, via daily articles and blog postings. We are long-time industry writers and winning players who developed all of our content and provide direct hands-on support to our customers.
Lawr Michaels - managing principal
Lawr Michaels has been a player in the fantasy baseball industry since he began writing for John Benson in 1993. Since then, he has written for STATS, Inc, was the first fantasy columnist for CBS Sportsline, and has appeared in numerous journals and on websites. In 1996 he founded CREATiVESPORTS, a staple for serious fantasy players.
Over the past 15 years Lawr has been widely published and has participated in, and won a multitude of titles including AL Tout Wars crowns in 2001 and 2009. In 2010 Lawr and the CREATiVESPORTS team joined forces with Todd Zola and the Mastersball.com squad to form one of the most formidable fantasy organizations in the industry.
Todd Zola - managing principal
In 1997, after a failing to fleece him in a trade, Jason Grey decided if he couldn't beat him, he may as well ask him to join him, and Mastersball was born. Focusing primarily on the science of player valuation and game theory, Todd carved out a niche in the industry, earning the respect of his peers. In 2006, Mastersball.com was purchased by Fantasy Planet and Todd became the Research Director for www.fantasybaseball.com. In 2009, Todd relaunched Mastersball as a private site, paving the way for the recent merger with CREATiVESPORTS.com.
Presently, Todd represents the site in Tout Wars and the XFL, as well as being a multiple league champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He is a contributor to the fantasy content at MLB.com and SI.com, a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and Blog Talk Radio and an annual speaker on the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums.
Brian Walton - managing principal
In addition to his baseball writing duties currently with Mastersball, Brian is a contributor to Rotoman’s Fantasy Baseball Guide, the USA TODAY Fantasy Baseball Guide and the FOX Fantasy Baseball / Scout.com Prospects Guide. He has been published on national sites including FOXSports.com and Yahoo.com.
Brian is a full-time writer. His Cardinals organization-focused site is The Cardinal Nation, part of Scout.com in association with FOX Sports and he also blogs daily at The Cardinal Nation Blog. Brian is a former minor league columnist with the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and FOXSportsMidwest.com. He also has a weekly segment on KXnO FOX Sports Radio in Des Moines.
Rob Leibowitz is entering his twenty-second season of fantasy baseball and has been a member of the fantasy baseball writing community since 1997 when he launched Rotoheaven.com. He then served as the editor and chief of Fantasy Insights Baseball before joining forces with Todd Zola and Jason Grey at Mastersball.com in 2001 until 2006 when Mastersball merged with Fantasybaseball.com. In 2008 Rob served as content manager for Fantasybaseball.com. In 2009 Rob wrote for Fanball's Owner's Edge and Rototimes as well as for the Rotosynthesis blog. He returned to the newly reconsituted Mastersball.com in the Fall of 2009.
Rob has been a member of Tout Wars since 2001 and has finished in the top five in eight of his ten seasons. His work has appeared in a myriad of magazines, web sites, and radio shows as well. His columns, "The Diamond Exchange" and "The Prospector" can be found regularly at Mastersball.com.
Perry Van Hook
Perry Van Hook, also well known as Captain Hook, has been playing fantasy baseball for over thirty years and is now returning for his second tour of duty at Mastersball.
Before many of his current readers were born, Perry like many of the staff elders got stats once a week and had to do league standings by hand. Fortunately some brighter bulbs from his college campus – UCLA, invented this interweb thing and now people have stats updated daily at numerous different sites.
Perry first joined Todd, Rob and Jason at Mastersball in 2004, moved with them to FantasyBaseball.com in 2006, and rejoined us here last year and is here year round with blogs from spring training in Arizona, the Arizona Rookie League and then the Arizona Fall League. He has also written for Fantasy Sports Magazine and Esquire. In his college days Perry was very active with the Daily Bruin and worked on the Herald Examiner prior to its print demise. He is now a regular contributor for Examiner.com
Christopher Kreush has been playing fantasy baseball since the days of weekly mail-in rosters. From there he graduated to the internet and got his feet wet in salary cap games and multi-list draft leagues, eventually moving on to single list draft leagues. He played exclusively draft leagues until being asked to take over a team in an auction league in 2002. From there, Chris was hooked on auctions and 95% of his fantasy teams have been auctions since then. The past few years have seen draft leagues starting to reappear in his portfolio and he is looking to cut his teeth in the NFBC.
Chris came upon Mastersball in the early 2000’s, was immediately drawn to the forum community, strategy and analysis and has been a member and very active forum participant ever since. He became a part of the staff in 2010 and now writes the Starter Report preseason and will be doing Starter Analysis during the regular season.
Marc Meltzer completed ten years as the lead Fantasy Football writer for CreativeSports.com and is a contributing writer for baseball. Marc’s weekly football contributions include the weekly Hotpage and NFFC Zone. Marc’s baseball contributions include spring training coverage from Florida, NL East updates, and Florida State League minor league reports. Marc has been a major contributor and editor of the Fantasy Football Guide since 2002. Moving forward with Mastersball.com, Marc has a variety of roles including the Closer Report.
Marc has been an avid fantasy sports player for over 20 years with multiple championships in football, baseball, and basketball. 2009 was a great season for fantasy football, as Marc finished 3rd overall in the NFFC Primetime and 5th overall in the NFFC Online.
Pasko Varnica is currently developing a sophisticated fantasy baseball draft package to manage auction, straight and snake drafts. Upon its completion, the package will be offered by Mastersball.com to its subscribers.
Pasko started playing fantasy baseball at a local level in 1992. Through his association with Lawr Michaels and CREATiVESPORTS, he began competing at an expert level in 2007. In 2008, Pasko won the KFFL Experts league.
Zach Steinhorn has been playing fantasy sports since the turn of the century. A graduate of New York University, where he majored in Journalism, Zach served as a writer and broadcaster for WNYU Sports radio.
Ryan Carey has been playing fantasy baseball since the early nineties. After years of success in his local leagues and on public internet sites, he decided to try an NFBC Satellite league in 2008. He won that league and has been playing in various leagues there ever since, finishing in the money numerous times, including a 2012 Online Championship League Title. He joined the Mastersball community after the relaunch in 2009, and quickly became an active member on the forums where many will know him by his screen name "deansdaddy".
In his first foray into industry "expert" drafts last year, Ryan walked away with two titles in 2012. He won the Razzball.com Experts league and also won his FSWA writers league, taking home the 2012 crown in the Ron Shandler League. He finished second overall in the FSWA overall rankings, losing on the last day of the season to John Rakowski.
Don has been playing auction-style Rotisserie Baseball since 1984 with over 25 titles to his credit, including three championships in the Xperts Fantasy League, XFL. A retired business executive and professional speaker, he lives in Arizona, where you can find him directly behind home-plate during spring training watching the Rangers and Royals at Surprise Stadium.
Greg Morgan has been playing fantasy baseball and football for 10 years. In baseball he has amassed an NFBC top 10 finish, two top 10's in the WCOFB (co-managed by Mastersball veteran Perry Van Hook), one championship and two 3rd place finishes in the NFBC Ultimate Auction, and numerous other high stakes championships. In football he has a top 10 finish in the FFPC, two top 5's in the FFOC, and finished 1st overall in 'The Draft' championship.