Sometimes I find it fun to look at which players are being looked at the most on FanGraphs. To me, it’s a bit of a “buzz” meter for certain players. Obviously people are looking at players they’re interested in, and some of it is probably how visible certain players are on FanGraphs. There’s nothing scientific about this, but I thought FanGraphs visitors might enjoy seeing who their fellow visitors are most interested in. Here are the “results” for this past week (3/12 – 3/18).
1. Albert Pujols – This isn’t a huge surprise to me. He’s at the top of pretty much every lits and is incredibly visible on FanGraphs as a whole. Apparently everyone wants to see just how great he is!
2. Johan Santana – Also not much of a surprise. He’s the best, hands down.
3. Corey Hart – The Brewers’ Outfielder is having a strong spring, but #3? Maybe we have a disproportionate number of Brewers fans visiting the site, or perhaps people are just checking out his projections for their fantasy baseball drafts.
4. Adam Dunn – His extremely high strikeout totals and equally high walk totals make Dunn a constant topic for debate. Not to mention, his power seemed to disappear last season. His stats are always worth some extra scrutiny.
5. Ian Kinsler – Not quite as much as a surprise as Hart since this player is on most fantasy baseball managers’ radar.
6. Manny Ramirez – He’s constantly in the news. I don’t have anything else to add.
7. David Ortiz – His Win Probability numbers are always worth a look. He’s had two, rather astounding, back to back seasons and no MVP to show for it.
8. Derek Jeter – As popular a player as any and another player where it’s especially fun to look at his Win Probability numbers considering his “clutch” reputation. He didn’t live it down… last year.
9. Barry Bonds – Something would be wrong if he wasn’t in the top 10.
10. Ryan Howard – And in the 10-spot, the reigning NL-MVP. Everyone must be wondering if he can repeat his 58 home run season.
If people are interested, this could become a weekly feature, with maybe the top 10 and “movers and shakers”.