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FanMisery.com iPhone App Review

~ I wrote this review for the MetsReport.com where I moonlight as a Mets Blogger. Most of my work done for MetsReport.com is usually not posted here but since this is a review of an iPhone app I will share it here too. My work for MetsReport.com can be found here….

If you’re a Met’s fan who carries an iPhone then this app was made just for you. This little app, called FMI or “FanMisery.com Index”, should come in handy as the season progresses. The app costs $2.99 and as a bonus, you can follow the Metsreport.com feed right from the app. I highly recommend. Checkout the slideshow. Its 25 screenshots that explains what statistics are available and since it is a dynamic content application the statistics are updated in real time.

The pics to the slideshow are on Flicker and can be found here…

“Fanmisery.com has created a mathematical method that calculates the FanMisery.com Index (FMI) based on relative strengths of a set of statistics and opinions. The FMI is conceptually similar to the S&P 500 Index or the Dow Jones Industrial Average – it’s a calculated value between 0 and 10 where 0 indicates bliss and 10 represents the ultimate misery that you could ever envision.”

Last year, as the Yankees were playing the Phillies in the World Series the Mets FMI probably would have been pinned at 10!

Statistics featured in the FMI calculation uses the relative strengths of a set of statistics – the team on the field is responsible for this component.

The FMI calculation also uses votes on opinions as cast by users from within the App.  If user’s don’t vote the “Opinions FMI” doesn’t change – so you are encouraged to vote or the opinions FMI doesn’t change!  It should be really interesting to see the FMI change around big events – like Yankees/Mets or Mets/Phillies.

The Stats are broken down into categories starting with an overall “Summary” followed by:

Hitting/Offensive Categories

  • OBP of leadoff hitter
  • OPS of 3-4-5 hitters (avg)
  • RC/27 with RISP

Fielding/Defensive Categories

  • Team Errors/Game
  • Shortstop Zone Rating
  • Centerfielder Range factor

Starting Pitching

  • ERA
  • Whip
  • Strikeouts/9 Innings

Relief Pitching

  • ERA
  • Save Percentage
  • Innings Pitched/Game

Team Statistics

  • ESPN Power Ranking
  • % Chance of Making the Playoffs
  • Average Ticket Price
  • Beer Price at the Park

All of the statistics outlined are explained in detail by just touching the statistic you are interested in. A second screen then pops up explaining how that stat is calculated.

I will be monitoring and posting the FMI index weekly to see if there are real changes. If you’d like to follow along on the iPhone, it’s in the app store on your iPhone under “Baseball” or you can click the link here which will take you to the app in iTunes.

And if you already have the app I would love to know what you think of it?

*In the spirit of full disclosure, I did purchase the app on my own to use this year and was not offered any incentive by the app developer to write this piece on the FMI app. The developer included the MetsReport.com feed in the app at my request.

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