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 merger with Lawr Michaels and CREATiVESPORTS.com.
Todd is the 2016 NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR champion and a multiple National Fantasy Baseball Championship winner, including three NL only auctions and co-owning an Ultimate Auction champion. Lord Zola, as he's affectionately known, contributes to ESPN.com and Rotowire. He's a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and an annual speaker for the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums. Todd's work has appeared on SI.com, MLB.com, Fantasy Alarm and Baseball HQ. In 2013, he was the Fantasy Sports Writers Association recipient for Article of the Year and in 2015, a finalist for Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick served four years in the Marine Corps in an Amphibious Assault Unit and fought in Operation Desert Storm. He has been involved in Fantasy Sports since 1992, participating in CDM magazine contests, and while he is writing about hockey, his true love is baseball. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors in Business Management while working 60 hour weeks for the government.
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.
Greg worked in the IT field for 14 years as a network administrator and IT Manager. He is also an avid drummer and has played over a dozen years with Nashville vocalist and recording artist Eric Dove. He currently lives in the Columbus, Ohio area with his wonderful wife Melanie, a Jack Russell terrier, and a Newfoundland/Retriever mix dog. Greg holds a BA in History from Cedarville University.