The Best of FanGraphs: February 6-10, 2017 by Paul Swydan February 11, 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 The Pirates’ Outfield Shuffle, by Travis Sawchick Not quite as entertaining as the Ickey Shuffle, but then, what is, when you think about it? Gettin’ Shifty With It — Introducing the New xBABIP, by Mike Podhorzer Mike has updated his formula. Click through to see his changes. California (Republic) Dreaming, by Frank Jackson Frank presents a thought-provoking hypothetical. Exploring Relief Pitcher Usage Via the Inning-Score Matrix by Matt Malkus Delving in deep on how usage can affect bullpen structure. Great stuff. TUESDAY The Devaluation of New Ideas, by Dave Cameron Good piece from Dave, but my favorite part of it is the comment from “Westside Guy.” WEDNESDAY Major League Baseball and Workers’ Comp, by Nathaniel Grow This new Illinois law — if passed — may be much ado about nothing, but Nathaniel’s analysis of it is invaluable. Bullpen Report: February 8, 2017, by Al Melchior The Bullpen Report is back, baby! And so is Al. Two pieces of good news at once. That’s a beautiful thing. High Fives from the President, by Shakeia Taylor In this detailed piece, we learn some of the history behind presidential visits by championship teams. Basic Machine Learning With R (Part 1) by The Kuzdu Kid This promises to be an interesting and valuable series. THURSDAY It’s No Great Mystery Why Matt Wieters Is Available, by Jeff Sullivan Still a great mystery — the Mary Celeste. dSCORE: Pitcher Evaluation by Stuff by Snerd An interesting study by someone just trying to win a fantasy league. FRIDAY The Disconnect Between Franchise Values and Player Salaries, by Dave Cameron Dave has made this point before, and he will likely need to continue to make it in the future to provide context for fans and players who flip out when they see “$1.6 billion.” Four Perspectives: How Do MLB and MiLB Balls Differ?, by David Laurila I had never realized that the balls were different, or perhaps this is something I learned long ago and forgot about. Either way, David provides good perspective here, as he so often does. Justin Upton and Bad Luck on… Infield Hits?, by Alex Chamberlain Alex was curious about something in Justin Upton’s stat line, and it turned into an interesting post. I love it when that happens. A Symphony of Pitches in Four Movements, by Matthew Mata This piece is long, but it is brimming with delicious nerdery that is worth your time.