The Best of FanGraphs: February 22-26, 2016

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, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research.

2016 New Pitch Tracker by Jason Collette
The data appear to suggest that, more often than not, the introduction of a new pitch leads to more success.

Grading the Offseasons for All 30 Teams by Dave Cameron
For the sake of authenticity, Cameron handwrote the first draft of this post all in red pen.

How to Search Your Favorite Baseball Sites with Launchy by David Temple
Temple examines a product marketed as a “keystroke launcher” — a phrase which, when uttered in German, will get you kicked out of the schnitzel house.

Cliff Lee Was Everything You Could’ve Wanted by Jeff Sullivan
Unless “you” are the present author’s ex-wife, who also wanted a “man with a spine” or something.

Great Moments in Pitchers Hitting: Part I by Corinne Landrey
A natural complement to position players pitching.

What Jay Bruce Is Missing, August Fagerstrom
Turns out, the answer isn’t “just one scrap of evidence that his father loved him.”

The Implications of Jose Reyes’ Indefinite Suspension by Nathaniel Grow
Grow examines a complex and delicate legal matter with admirable competence.

Just How Quickly Did Ichiro Get Down the Line? by August Fagerstrom
A brief history of Ichiro getting to first base.

MASH Report (2/25/16)
A brief report on the frailty of man.

How to Create a Position Cheat Sheet in Excel by Tanner Bell
Next week: How to Win Friends and Influence People in Excel.

The 2016 Fan Excitement Ratings by Jeff Sullivan
By his own admission, Sullivan asked a stupid question. But he didn’t stop there!

The Sea Breeze Might Be Suppressing Homers at Petco Park by Bret Levine
On the plus side, it looks beautiful blowing through your hair.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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Chris Walker
6 years ago

NotGraphs lives, even in FanGraphs.