The Best of FanGraphs: August 21-25 by Paul Swydan August 26, 2017 Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community Research. MONDAY When the Ump Show Takes Center Stage, by Ashley MacLennan Not sure if you noticed, but Ashley is crushing her Residency. She wrote a great piece on Friday as well. Lars Anderson Discovers Japan, Part 6, by David Laurila Lars Anderson has been discovering the hell out of Japan. TUESDAY Danny Duffy, Now Totally Different, by Eno Sarris Well, he has the same name, at least. Rhys Hoskins Looks Kind of Awesome, by Dave Cameron You might say that he’s been giving them the Rhys-ness. Or you might not, it depends on how cool you are. Byron Buxton Is Playing Excellent Baseball, by Jeff Sullivan If you gave up on him, get back on the bandwagon. You’ve been warned. WEDNESDAY Players’ View: Will Hitters Adjust to the High-Spin High Heater?, by David Laurila Josh Bell is quoted here. I like Josh Bell. Other people are quoted too. The Matt Carpenters of the Minor Leagues, by Carson Cistulli Carson builds on Dave’s Hoskins piece. Pitcher Spotlight: Lucas Giolito’s 2017 MLB Debut, by Nick Pollack There’s seven GIFs just on the first inning. A Walk Through Don Baylor’s Austin, by Eric Robinson A baseball great overcame segregation in his hometown. Starting Pitching: Not Dead Yet by 1908 The death of starting pitchers has been greatly exaggerated. THURSDAY Rich Hill and Rethinking the Perfect, by Travis Sawchick Travis makes some very good points here. But so do Nas and AZ. Fly Ball Carry and the Home Run Surge, by Alan Nathan Is the baseball really responsible for this season’s home run surge? FRIDAY A Clandestine Operation with Yasmani Grandal, by Travis Sawchick Travis finally talks to the player he alone voted for MVP last season. Is Baseball’s Age of Parity Over?, by Craig Edwards Money is talking a lot more these days. Extrapolating 3D Contact Point Using Statcast, by Andrew Perpetua Some sweet, delicious nerdery inside.