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FanGraphs Audio: Craig Edwards Notes Several Coincidences

Episode 850

FanGraphs writer Craig Edwards joins the program to discuss this offseason’s chilly free agent market, what Yasmani Grandal’s deal may signal about the state of labor going forward, the decoupling of winning and profit in baseball, and what (apart from a strike) we might write about in the event of a labor stoppage.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 47 min play time.)

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FanGraphs is Hiring! Seeking Site Contributors

As the 2019 season approaches, I’m pleased to announce that FanGraphs is now accepting applications to join our staff as a contributing writer.

Contributors typically write three times a week. Familiarity and comfort with the data here on FanGraphs is a requirement, but just as importantly, we’re looking for writers who can generate their own ideas and questions while providing interesting analysis or commentary on the game of baseball. From free agent signings to statistical analysis, teams’ top prospects to in-game strategy, we endeavor to cover it all, highlights to lowlights. Sometimes we do that with a bit of silliness; other times, we’re more serious. But what all of our work has in common is a commitment to asking interesting questions and using rigor, creativity, and the latest analytical tools to find the answers for our readers.

This is a part-time, paid position. Prior writing experience is strongly preferred, though the bulk of that experience doesn’t necessarily have to be of the baseball variety. We know baseball analysis is more interesting and complete when diverse perspectives and voices are brought to bear on the questions and trends in today’s game, and encourage writers of all backgrounds and identities to apply. When applying, please include samples or links to work you’ve published previously, or some new, original content you feel best demonstrates your writing abilities and interests. You may also include a resume, but it is not required for the initial application. Please send us an email at wanted@fangraphs.com with your application materials, using the subject line “FanGraphs Writer Application – 2019.” The subject line is important, as it helps us keep all of the applications organized and ensures that yours does not slip through the cracks.

If for some reason you are unable to submit your application using the wanted@fangraphs.com e-mail address, simply fill out a contact form with the same subject (“FanGraphs Writer Application – 2019”), and you will be provided an alternate e-mail address for submission.

However you send us your application, please do so by Thursday, January 31.

If you feel like you’d be a good fit as a contributing writer for FanGraphs, please drop us a line. We cannot promise to respond to every application we receive, but we’ll make sure every applicant receives serious consideration.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 1/15/18

2:01
Meg Rowley: Hello everyone, and welcome to the chat!

2:01
Meg Rowley: Apologies for the slight delay in getting started– I had to check in with some writing sorts.

2:01
Damian: Where do you think the big market teams will be once rising sea levels makes our major coastal cities uninhabitable?

2:02
Meg Rowley: What a happy, happy chat.

2:03
Meg Rowley: The answer here seems like Chicago, Denver, Seattle and St. Louis, (some of those obviously being quite large already) and also that we should take climate reports more seriously.

2:03
Jack : Would you prefer Harper or Machado for the same money/years?

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 1/8/19

2:00
Meg Rowley: Hello everyone, and welcome to my first chat of 2019.

2:00
Meg Rowley: Happy New Year to all!

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Jim: What will the White Sox get from Boston for Kelvin Herrera in 2 weeks?

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Meg Rowley: I don’t think it’ll be that quick of a move, but barring a bevy of other signings, I wouldn’t expect him to be in a White Sox uniform come the end of July if he’s at all decent.

2:01
Meg Rowley: (prepares to see immediate trade news break)

2:01
Wade: Hi Meg, can something please happen

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FanGraphs Audio: Jay Jaffe Does Exactly Three Swears

Episode 849

With the January 22 announcement of Cooperstown’s newest class around the corner, Senior Writer and Hall of Fame expert Jay Jaffe graces the program to discuss the latest HOF voting trends, the shifting standards for starting pitchers, and what we’d ideally like the institution to be. Be sure to check out all of Jay’s excellent HOF coverage for FanGraphs dot com here. And do not fret– Jay’s swears have been rendered safe for both work and any children who may be within earshot.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 51 min play time.)

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FanGraphs Audio: Jeff Sullivan Learns About the Rodeo

Episode 848

Jeff Sullivan returns to FanGraphs Audio to reflect on the time spent he and the rest of the FanGraphs staff spent in Las Vegas for the Winter Meetings, discuss a few of the trades and signings that went on there, and also learn just how it is that rodeo cowboys get bulls to buck when they ride them. The answer will disturb you.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 1 hr 4 min play time.)

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 12/18/18

2:00
Meg Rowley: Hello all!

2:00
Meg Rowley: And welcome to the chat. It is very nice to be back here with you after our jaunt to Vegas.

2:01
Dann: Why would anyone, let alone a contender like the Cubs, invest 2 years and $5m into Daniel Descalso, who can’t play shortstop, when Ian Happ and David Bote each offer basically the same flexibility with considerably more upside at less cost?

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Meg Rowley: Because he’s made some adjustments that make him much more interesting, everyone needs a bench, and it isn’t very much money.

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pelkey: Since you’re a Vegas expert now, what would you say the odds are haniger gets traded?

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FanGraphs Audio: Eric Longenhagen Briefly Considers Yoko Ono

Episode 847

Lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen makes his triumphant return to FanGraphs Audio to discuss the offseason’s early action, including a bevy of Mariners deals, the Cardinals trade for Paul Goldschmidt, and the signing of Nathan Eovaldi. We then turn our attention to such varied topics as former University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, the potential banning of the shift, and what we think the rest of the winter might hold.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 1 hr 2 min play time.)

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 12/4/18

2:00
Meg Rowley: Hello all!

2:00
Meg Rowley: And welcome to the chat.

2:01
ChiSox2020: Trade proposal – Carlos Rodon for Nick Senzel.

2:01
Meg Rowley: But not like, a serious one, right?

2:01
CamdenWarehouse: Meg, I’ve been waiting all day to ask you: What did Jerry Dipoto do?

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CamdenWarehouse: Also every time Seattle makes a big trade, that song bounces around my head for a couple days. I am quite unhappy with Baumann.

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FanGraphs Audio: In Which Sam Miller Likens Baseball to a Pool

Episode 846

ESPN writer and former Effectively Wild co-host Sam Miller joins the program for discussion of baseball aesthetics, what we watch for when we watch a game, and various matters of an editing nature.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 52 min play time.)

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