What Is Fantasy Baseball?

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What Is Fantasy Baseball?

Fantasy baseball is a game in which participants assemble imaginary teams of real players and compete against other players based on the statistical performance of those players in actual games.

The game can be played in many different ways. Still, the basic premise is always the same: participants draft or auction off real-life MLB players to form their team, and then that team competes against other teams in the league based on the statistical performance of the players on the field.

Who Invented Fantasy Baseball?

Journalist Daniel Okrent and friends invented the game while working for rotisserie (nowadays commonly called “fantasy”) restaurant chains in New York City. The first modern league began in Boston in 1960. There are many leagues worldwide, with thousands of participants.

The game’s appeal is that it allows fans to have a more active role in following and rooting for their favorite team, as they are not just passively watching games but actively involved in managing their own team’s success. 

How To Play Fantasy Baseball

Understand The Scoring System: Usually played using a points-based scoring system. This means that every action taken by a player on your team (such as getting a hit or stealing a base) will earn you points. It’s essential to understand how points are awarded so that you can make strategic decisions about which players to draft for your team.

Know The Player Pool: You’ll be drafting players from the pool of all major league baseball players. This means you’ll need to familiarize yourself with all the players in the league to make informed choices about who to draft for your team.

Pay Attention To Player Statistics: One of the most important aspects of fantasy baseball is understanding player statistics. You’ll need to know which stats are most important for each position and use this information to decide who to draft for your team.

Stay Up To Date on Player News: Injuries, trades, and other player news can significantly impact your team. It’s essential to stay up to date on all the latest player news so that you can make adjustments to your team as needed.


Fantasy baseball is a game that requires knowledge, skill, and a bit of luck. Following the tips above can increase your chances of success in fantasy baseball. Do your research, make smart trades, and don’t be afraid to take risks – good luck!