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Lenny Melnick FSTA Hall of Fame Petition

Lenny Melnick FSTA Hall of Fame Petition

What does it mean to be in the Hall of Fame? Does it mean anything to me? Does it mean anything to you?

Well, it means a lot to me.  That type of recognition would be humbling to most people no matter the field they were in. I have met many people in the Fantasy Sports world over the last 5 years and this past April I met Lenny Melnick. Over the last 6 months I have developed a level of respect for Lenny and I must say you will NEVER meet a more classy guy. I am here to explain why “I” believe he deserves the FSTA Hall of Fame nod and why others should support him. FSTA-Logo

In my opinion, anyone honored  with a Hall of Fame induction should also manifest exemplary character. Based on my experience, I can attest that Lenny’s character meets Hall of Fame criteria.  In early April, 2016 Lenny made an unannounced call into our Thursday Night radio show to talk baseball with the boys. We are a relatively small operation and to have a listener  with the reputation of Lenny call in was a big honor for us.

He offered an unexpected and very much appreciated helping hand. He was on our shows as a guest several times and was happy to join us. Hell, I was even in a jam one Sunday when my co-host and guest had a family emergency that did not allow him to make it. I called Lenny and he came on with very short notice. Character is something that can’t be learned: you either have it or you don’t!  Lenny’s spontaneous generosity in supporting our work demonstrates the depth of his character.

On that note, let me mention that Lenny will be getting back together with his former partner Irwin Zwilling. They worked closely together from 1993-2002 and are still friends to this day. They hope to bring back a radio show together in the near future. Stay tuned and be on the lookout!

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Lenny is not in the FSTA Hall of Fame already.  His resume of baseball accomplishments is truly impressive. Here is a long list of highlights that is merely a sampling of his numerous contributions to our national past time.

  • 1993 WGBB 1240am NY, 1st EVER Rotisserie Radio Show.
  • 1994 Appeared in 1st LABR Draft, 1995/1996 Winner, Won Again 2014 (18 years later).
  • 1995 ESPN/Time Warner, Consulted on 1 Rotisserie Pay Per View.
  • 1996/1997 MLB/Phoenix Communications, 1st  Rotisserie Personalities to appear on National TV.
  • 1996/1997 Pennant Chase with Fran Healy, National TV Syndication.
  • 1996/1997 This Week in Baseball with Ozzie Smith, Nationally Televised.
  • 1997 MLB Invited Guest at All Star Game in Cleveland to Promote Fantasy Baseball to Mainstream. Held a Symposium attended by over 1,000 at the Fan Fest.
  • 1998 Tout Wars was started by Ron Shandler, Lenny Melnick, and Irwin Zwilling.
  • 2001/2002, 1st host Fantasy 411 Radio Show, Broadcasting/Writing.
  • 2001 Author of “The Control The Draft” Formula.
  • 2002 Won Tout Wars.
  • 2008 President of FantasyPros911, Broadcasting/Writing.
  • 2009 SiriusXM Radio, 1st Original Host for FantasyPros911 show on Sirius, in the 1st year of the Fantasy Sports Channel.
  • 2009 Voted Internet Most Popular Personality
  • 2014, Broadcaster on Sirius/Writer.
  • 2014 FNTSY Anthem Media, Consultant/Show Host/Regular Guest. 1st Fantasy TV Network.
  • 2015, A Fantasy Community of over 500 Participants, each promoting and assisting each other in Fantasy Sports and Sports in General.
  • Responsible for Coining Famous Phrases such as “A Rookie Is A Rookie, Is A Rookie”  and “Etch That in Your Kitchen Table.

(Lenny’s resume was collected via

After reading that list you must be asking yourself: how is this not a resume for the FSTA Hall of Fame? The answer is: It is! This man has literally dedicated his life to sports and fantasy sports for the better part of 23 years. His accomplishments  compare to those of another fantasy sports pioneer,  Ron Shandler but from a different angle. I look at Ron and Lenny as the Yin and Yang of fantasy baseball. While Ron is a true pioneer from writing and sabermetrics, Lenny is clearly the radio show pioneer for this industry and has helped COUNTLESS people get established in the field. He has his own signature style which is easily recognized by people in the business as well as avid fantasy sports enthusiasts. That, in itself, says a lot! What makes his shows unique is that he informs you while entertaining you.  He clearly likes to entertain. This is crucial when you are trying to build an audience and keep people’s attention. 

It is time to give the man the honor and respect he deserves. I decided to put together a case for a living “Legend’ in the industry who deserves the ultimate show of respect and honor: a place in the FSTA Hall of Fame. I mean if he doesn’t qualify, then who does?

Please VOTE below.  Also, please indicate that you support Lenny Melnick for FSTA Hall of Fame  in the comment section  below. (Please include your name.  This is extremely important).  


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  1. suga1360

    September 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Andrew R Macuga
    It is an injustice that Lenny is not already in. Luckily that is a,wrong that can be made right!

  2. Adam Michael (@deadred18)

    September 8, 2016 at 11:19 am

    An FTSA Hall of Fame without Lenny Melnick is simply not a hall of fame!

  3. Phil Naessens Show (@flashtennis31)

    September 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Lenny is the Fantasy Baseball pioneer of audio and tv and he is a terrific mentor to many. If he doesn’t belong in the FSTA Hall of Fame than who does?l

    • Charlie-ChaCha Dicosola

      September 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm




  4. Corey D Roberts

    September 8, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Corey D Roberts

    Lenny belongs in the Hall of Fame.

  5. Larry Avroch

    September 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Larry Avroch
    I can’t believe Lenny Melnick is not already in the Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame. Let’s correct this immediately!

  6. Chris Cobb

    September 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    He’s “The Legend”…a fantasy sports founding father. Why isn’t he already in?

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  8. @MaineSkin

    September 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm

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  9. @MaineSkin

    September 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Lenny for prez!!!

  10. vitochirco

    September 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely support Lenny Melnick for inclusion into the FSTA Hall of Fame! – Vito Chirco of the Detroit Free Press & “Tigers Talk” on the Detroit Sports Podcast Network

  11. Ben W

    September 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Leaving Lenny Melnick out of the FSTA Hall of Fame would be like leaving Greg Maddux or Tom Glavine out of the MLB Hall of Fame.

    • Corey D Roberts

      September 8, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      I started a hash tag on Twitter

  12. Matt Barkman

    September 8, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Class act. Get him in

    Matt Barkman

  13. Larry Repanes

    September 8, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    He’s already a legend, he should be enshrined !
    Larry Repanes

  14. robertmirshak

    September 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Lenny Melnick for sure needs to be in the FSTA Hall of Fame. No question.

  15. Rick Wilton

    September 9, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I was a regular guest analyst on the groundbreaking radio show in 1993 he co-hosted with Irwin Zwilling. He has been a respected friend and colleague since.He absolutely belongs in the Hall of Fame.

  16. Joe Iannone

    September 9, 2016 at 3:14 am

    A Hall of Famer is a Hall of Famer, is a Hall of Famer. Lenny Melnick is a Hall of Famer. My one experience with him on the Major League Fantasy Sports Radio Show is an hour I will never forget. #lennybelongshof

    • Corey D Roberts

      September 9, 2016 at 9:10 am

      You are the new owner of that phrase Joe!

      • Joe Iannone

        September 10, 2016 at 6:24 pm

        Can I tell you where to send the Royalty Checks?

  17. Tom Sardo

    September 9, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Lenny Melnick is a Hall of Famer and a wonderful caring human being.

  18. Erik Cody LaMarca

    September 9, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Everybody needs a friend in Fantasy Sports, they just dont know it. Lenny is that friend. He is more then just a Fantasy Guy. He is the Legend. He needs to be Hall of Fame

  19. Kyle Amore

    September 9, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    A Hall of Fame CANNOT leave out pioneers. Fantasy baseball has become a world wide phenomenon, and Lenny is a Founding Father. Would a US HoF leave out John Hancock because he signed the Declaration as he did? I think not! It’s a travesty that Lenny has been left off for this long and it needs to be corrected. He’s done more for fantasy baseball than can be explained in this one paragraph. Lenny, my friend, you will be inducted. They can only keep the great ones out for so long before its time for people to let go of their ego. You’re honest, insightful, and a good guy. Don’t change a thing, and you have the support and backing from numerous people throughout the fantasy baseball, and baseball, community.

    – Kyle Amore

    • Joe Iannone

      September 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Well said, Sir. Did you ever think about writing?

  20. Brian Crump

    September 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I’m shocked that Lenny is not already a member…for all he has done and continues to do for the community, he is overdue for induction!

  21. Ed Heckman

    September 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Yes, Lenny Melnick definitely belongs in the fantasy Hall of Fame. Ed Heckman

  22. Doug W. Koehler

    September 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I etched my yes vote into my kitchen table. Wife is pissed!

  23. Marshall Caley

    September 10, 2016 at 1:41 am

    It is a moral imperative to put the Legend, Lenny Melnick in the Hall. We shouldn’t even need a petition. did Emmett Smith need a petition? did Dale Earnhardt need a petition? or Dr J? or Ali? Yes I said it… put him in already. Don’t make me impose Marshall law.

  24. Dakota (@Dakota_Wild)

    September 10, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Lenny deserves to be in the hall of fame.

  25. Darrell Winstead

    September 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    He definitely deserves to be recognized for all his hard work

  26. Moyni0421 (@moyni0421)

    September 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Put Lenny in the FSTA HOF

    • Corey D Roberts

      September 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Please leave a real name for us. Important that we have a lot of names collected as well. Thanks for the support.

  27. Brian Joura

    September 12, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Lenny Melnick is a prince among men.

  28. Matt Strachman (@HisDudenessOfNY)

    September 12, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Decades. Induct Lenny.

  29. Anthony Vito Tartamella

    September 14, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Induct Lenny.

  30. Ron Shandler

    September 14, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    Fully support industry’s pioneer Lenny Melnick’s becoming a member of the FSTA Hall of Fame. He and his partner Irwin Zwilling were the first fantasy sports radio jocks!

  31. lvoutlaw74

    September 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Lenny Melnick should be in the Hall of Fame – Fantasy Sports Trade Association, and for him not to be in it, it is a total travesty. Listening to him on the Fantasy Shows on Sirius/XM in the mornings has helped me tremendously win some of my leagues. Reading his website and listening to him, he should have been in the Hall of Fame already…wondering why there is a discussion and vote.

    Randall Koonce (LVoutlaw74)

  32. Edwin Maldonado Jr.

    September 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

    There are no words to describe the contributions of a legend in the fantasy sports world. The Hall of Fame is nothing without Lenny Melnick’s name. FSTA- get it right! Lenny has the fantasy world’s vote!

  33. Aaron (@BigA1975)

    September 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Aaron Exelbirt proudly endorses Leonard Melnick for the FSTA HOF. How is he not already in?

  34. Bryan Luhrs

    September 24, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Lenny Melnick epitomizes a Hall of Fame member. His decades of service and impact on the Fantasy Sports industry puts him as an elite member of the Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame in my book.

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