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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 2/24/2021

4:01
Meg Rowley: Hi everyone, and welcome to the chat – thanks for hanging out and for tolerating my absence last week during Prospects Week.

4:01
Meg Rowley: Let’s get started.

4:01
LLW: You are given ten pills, each of which will increase the baseball talent of the person taking it by 1 win over the course of the 2021 season. Do you allocate all ten to Mike Trout so we get to watch the greatest offensive season of all time, spread them out among guys you like who are struggling, or something other strategy?

4:02
Meg Rowley: What if I gave one to Mike Trout and the remaining nine to the Angels rotation, so that we see both Even Better Trout and Even Better Trout in October.

4:02
Meg Rowley: My other answers involve Nolan Arenado and Francisco Lindor, but they are overly mean, so let’s stick with the thing everyone actually wants.

4:04
Jeremy: Thoughts on Kelenic’s open dissatisfaction? I think he has every right to be upset, but shouldn’t he have to prove it in Spring Training first before saying he belongs on the team?

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 2/10/2021

4:01
Meg Rowley: Hi everyone and welcome to the chat. Let’s get started.

4:01
JJ: Not a question but I feel super elite browsing FG in dark mode. Would recommend membership to anyone reading this who isn’t currently one.

4:02
Meg Rowley: It is so cool! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I’ll remind our chatters that it is benefit for all of our Members, regular and ad-free.

4:03
Meg Rowley: Our writers are rad and because they do work that has their name obviously attached every day, they get their due praise, but Sean Dolinar is really FanGraphs’ unsung hero. The dev work that he and David do is so great.

4:03
Anthony: Who do you think takes the A.L West?

4:05
Meg Rowley: Despite their departures and some concern about the rotation, I think Houston emerges but if some of the upside plays in the rotation pan out, LA isn’t a wild guess.

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 2/3/2021

4:01
Meg Rowley: Hi everyone and welcome to the chat!

4:01
Guest: Thoughts on why teams wait so long to sign players in the off season?  It seems that there would be an advantage to get players in your system to become comfortable with coaches, analytics, and teammates earlier.  Also allows you to plan better for any early spring training injuries.

4:05
Meg Rowley: I think there are a couple of things going on, some of which are specific to our pandemic times and some of which are reflect broader economic trends in the sport. Generally, teams are better able to wait out free agents than free agents are to wait out teams – clubs hope that the delay will exert downward pressure on contract demands because the closer to opening day a player is without a contract, the more likely he is to sign any deal, just to secure a spot.

4:06
Meg Rowley: I think that phenom also tends to affect those teams that do want to get guys rostered earlier because the player might want to develop a better sense of his market before signing.

4:06
Meg Rowley: More specifically this year, I think the uncertainty about how long of a season we’re going to have in 2021 and whether the NL will have the DH introduced a dynamic that also contributed to the delay.

4:07
Meg Rowley: Plus, there’s a CBA negotiation coming up, which probably has at least some effect on new deals as teams are conscious that they might have a different labor and salary landscape in 2022.

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2021 SABR Analytics Awards: Voting Now Open!

2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

Here’s your chance to vote for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards winners.

The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America.

To read any of the finalists, click on the link below. Scroll down to cast your vote.

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FanGraphs and RotoGraphs Are Hiring

As the 2021 season approaches, we’re pleased to announce that FanGraphs and RotoGraphs are now accepting applications to join our staff. We are hiring for a variety of part-time, paid writing positions.

Contributing Writer

FanGraphs
This is a part-time, paid position. Contributors will be asked to write twice a week. Pay will be commensurate with experience, with the opportunity for additional raises. Familiarity and comfort with the data here at 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.

RotoGraphs
This is a part-time, paid position. Contributors will be asked to write, at a minimum, once a week. Pay will be commensurate with experience and workload, with the opportunity for additional raises. Familiarity and comfort with the data here at FanGraphs is a requirement, but just as importantly, we approach the fantasy game by looking beyond the surface stats to see what drives a player’s performance and use the tools and analytics at our site and across the baseball community to best predict how they might perform going forward. Contributors can take a broad look at the fantasy game generally, or zero in on a particular subject: league type (roto, points, Ottoneu), hitters or pitchers, prospects and dynasty leagues, waivers and FAAB, injury analysis, etc. Read the rest of this entry »


Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 1/20/2021

4:00
Meg Rowley: Hi everyone, and welcome to the chat.

4:01
AJ: Way too early World Series matchup prediction?

4:02
Meg Rowley: Padres vs. White Sox. Is it the most probable matchup? Perhaps not. Is it a reasonable prediction? Yes. Would I enjoy it very much? Also yes.

4:02
Rob: How is it possible to own a billion dollar business with all the resources at your disposal and still fail miserably at vetting an incredibly important hire. I don’t get it. To be honest, it seems more like they don’t really care rather than they are incompetent.

4:04
Meg Rowley: I don’t think that they don’t care. An organization that doesn’t care doesn’t fire him. I do think that the fact of his hiring along with some of Alderson’s answers suggest that it is a process in need of reforms, first among them doing background with folks who Porter didn’t have an incentive to manage up to.

4:04
BlueJayMatt: No question, just a Jays fan feeling pretty good today. The next few years in Toronto are going to be a lot of fun!

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 1/13/2020

4:01
Meg Rowley: Hey pals, will get started here in a moment – just wrapping up a call!

4:08
Desperate for a chat: Hurry up, Meg

4:08
Scotty: Meg, hello

4:08
Meg Rowley: Hello am here!

4:09
Meg Rowley: Sorry about that, everyone. Had to chat with Appelman. Let us chat!

4:09
E.L.: If you’re the Giants would you rather have as little money committed to 2022 as possible or would you spend a little now so your lineup isn’t full of holes in a year?

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 12/23/2020

4:02
Meg Rowley: Hi all, and welcome to the chat. Give me just one moment to run something to the mail box before my carrier comes for the day!

4:04
Meg Rowley: Ok, am back.

4:04
Meg Rowley: Everyone be nice to their mail carriers – they are having a heck of a time.

4:05
Jerry dipoto: When am I making my next move?

4:05
Meg Rowley: Please not today, I have gifts to wrap after this and feel tired.

4:05
Syndergaardengnomes: What is Realmuto’s market now?  With the Mets out of the picture, where do you think he ends up?

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 12/9/2020

4:00
Meg Rowley: Hi everyone! I’ll be getting started in just a few minutes here – just wrapped recording Effectively Wild and need to grab a seltzer.

4:05
Meg Rowley: And am returned, with a seltzer and some chips. Let’s chat!

4:05
Scotty: Meg…. hello

4:06
Meg Rowley: Hi there!

4:06
dude: Rank these OF for 2021; Arozarna, Teoscar, Carlson, JD Martinez, Laureano, Mountcastle, Winker.  Going to be thinking about who to prioritize as keepers and trade bait soon.

4:07
Meg Rowley: My name is Meg and I am once again going to ask you to direct fantasy questions to our fantasy writers, as they know what they’re talking about when it comes to fantasy, and I decidedly do not.

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Meg Rowley FanGraphs Chat – 12/2/2020

4:00
Chris: You’re back!?!

4:00
Bb: M-Ro is in da house!

4:00
Meg Rowley: Friends, I am indeed returned.

4:01
Meg Rowley: I appreciate your patience with my absence, but I should be able to be back in the mostly regular swing of things from now on.

4:01
Drew: Was the “flood” of coming non-tenders perhaps overestimated? Many of the bigger question marks such as Pham, Gray and Sanchez all seem on their way to tenders, and with the exception of Rosario so far no big profile name has surprised me much

4:02
Meg Rowley: I don’t think we can really gauge it yet. Outside of Rosario, you’re right that no big names have revealed themselves yet, but given the general uptick in non-tenders over the last few pandemic free years, I don’t imagine cost conscious teams are going to be suddenly overwhelmed with a sense of payroll generosity.

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