iPhone Baseball App Review – Fan Misery Index

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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 FanMiseryIndex.com, 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 it. Check out the slideshow. It’s 25 screenshots that explain what statistics are available and since it’s a dynamic content application the statistics are updated in real time.

From the company site:

“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 users 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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4 thoughts on “iPhone Baseball App Review – Fan Misery Index

  1. BostonPete

    This is a great App! I also bought the Rangers and Knicks Apps. Really interesting/useful. I love reading news from all of the included blogs while I'm on the train or waiting around for something – saves me a ton of time. I suggested a Rangers Blog and the developers added it in less than an hour. Really cool – highly recommended.

  2. DVdaniels

    The thing I find interesting about this app is that when the fans vote in the opinions section the numbers change in real time. I would have loved to see the numbers change when, for example, Castillo drops a ball with 2 outs in the 9th to let the Yankees win or when Beltran just holds a bat on his shoulders and watches strike 3 to end the NL Playoffs. I think that's when the app gets interesting. Can't wait till the season starts to find out.

  3. BostonPete

    This is a great App! I also bought the Rangers and Knicks Apps. Really interesting/useful. I love reading news from all of the included blogs while I'm on the train or waiting around for something – saves me a ton of time. I suggested a Rangers Blog and the developers added it in less than an hour. Really cool – highly recommended.

  4. DVdaniels

    The thing I find interesting about this app is that when the fans vote in the opinions section the numbers change in real time. I would have loved to see the numbers change when, for example, Castillo drops a ball with 2 outs in the 9th to let the Yankees win or when Beltran just holds a bat on his shoulders and watches strike 3 to end the NL Playoffs. I think that's when the app gets interesting. Can't wait till the season starts to find out.

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