Today, we’re excited to introduce FanGraphs Membership. What is FanGraphs Membership? Quite simply, it is a voluntary way for you to help support all the baseball content we produce each and every day. If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to help contribute to the long-term growth of the site, this is your chance to do just that, and partner with us to help continue to provide data and content that helps us all understand the game of baseball a little bit better.
FanGraphs Membership is not a paywall; we are not creating a separate section of the site that will only be available to members. In fact, we’re actually taking the content that was previously available to FanGraphs+ subscribers and making it available to everyone. We want every person who visits the site to feel that they are getting the most out of their experience, and believe that, with a broad base of support from the fantastic community here, we can continue to provide that information without restricting access to anyone.
With the introduction of FanGraphs Membership, all the content produced on FanGraphs will now be accessible for free, without logging in, or being a FanGraphs Member. If you are not a FanGraphs Member, we will occasionally ask if you’d like to join in supporting the site, but it will always be your decision to make. Think of FanGraphs Membership as something akin to the model used by NPR.
Now you may be asking yourself, why is FanGraphs doing this?
From the start of FanGraphs — over 10 years ago! — the vision has been to bring you the very best baseball statistics and analysis. FanGraphs now employs eight full-time staff members and 50 contributors who produce over 400 articles each month, in addition to our ever growing database of stats and graphs. In order to continue to provide and expand our baseball content, we have decided to offer you a chance to support us voluntarily, believing that the community sees enough value in the site to want to help us not only sustain our current operations, but to continue growing and building out new tools for you to use in the future.
Over the years, we have been asked by countless readers if there is a way to help support FanGraphs. With Membership, we now have an opportunity for you to do just that, without taking away any of the content or tools you use on a daily basis. For just $20 per year (or $3 per month), you can now support the site by becoming a FanGraphs Member. Members will be indicated as such when they comment on an article, allowing you to publicly show your support for the site and the community.
If you are an existing FanGraphs+ subscriber — most importantly, thank you for your decision to support us already — and your subscription has not expired, you will be grandfathered into FanGraphs Membership until your existing FanGraphs+ subscription expires. If you feel that this is not satisfactory. and you have subscribed to FanGraphs+ since November 1st, 2015, please fill out a contact form and we will be happy to offer a full refund on your existing FanGraphs+ subscription.
We are excited for the future of FanGraphs, and with your support, we look forward to continuing to build a fantastic community here, and to forge new frontiers in baseball analysis. Thank you for coming on this journey with us.
To become a member, click here.
David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.