It’s February. The opening of baseball training camp, never mind the actual season, is still weeks away. What’s a die-hard fan to do? Well, Information Builders (Canada) Inc. feels your pain – that’s why they’ve launched Grand Slam, a Web site devoted to baseball and filled with statistics from the 1998 season. According to IBI, fans can “slice and dice” through statistics from their favourite teams or individual players, browsing batting average numbers, or any other statistic that might interest them, including on-base average, stolen bases or walks.

IBI built the site using its WebFOCUS enterprise analysis and reporting system. Visit

For those who just can’t wait

Many fans of author John Grisham didn’t have to wait until Feb. 2 for their first look at this latest novel, The Testament. As part of a new promotion effort co-ordinated by Grisham’s publishing house, Doubleday, Grisham fans were sent serial versions of the second and third chapters of The Testament by e-mail. Doubleday used an e-mail list server provided by Lyris Technologies Inc. to conduct the promotion.

Fans who signed up at Grisham’s Web site,, or sent an e-mail to were able to take advantage of the promotion. Subscribers are also eligible to receive Grisham news.