The Best of FanGraphs: January 19 – January 23, 2015

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.

10 Wishes for Baseball’s 10th Commissioner Series
The 10-part series drew to a close this week, with some great guest contributions. This week, Jack Moore, Grant Brisbee, Miles Wray, Chad Finn and David Brown all picked up and then dropped the mic.

Maybe That Mets Shortstop Situation Isn’t Such A Disaster, by Mike Petriello
It could be a lot worse.

What Can Nathan Eovaldi Learn from Brandon McCarthy?, by stonepie
Good breakdown here of the former and current Yankees pitchers.

What Happens When Billy Hamilton is on Third Base?, by August Fagerstrom
What happens is that the other team is thinking about him, and baseball players are better when they’re not thinking.

Explaining Miguel Cabrera’s Home Run Decline, by Mike Podhorzer
Mike is bearish on Miggy.

Cheaper Drones Means More Drone Racing and Hoverbikes, or I’m Going to Sue Everyone, by Bradley Woodrum
I too have sued people.

Which Center Fielders Made the Plays that Mattered Most?, by George
Good research always sparks good follow-up posts. Such is the case here.

Rooftop Owners Sue Cubs Over Wrigley Field Renovations, by Nathaniel Grow
People in Chicago not getting along? Surely you jest!

The Fans, The Metrics, and Dexter Fowler, by Neil Weinberg
He is an interesting player, but it is harder than ever to make excuses for him.

You Can Still Build a Full and Complete Bullpen, by Mike Petriello
Always a fun experiment. It is surprising that some of these guys are still free agents.

Colby Rasmus Heads to Cowboy Country, by Mike Podhorzer
Mike is bearish on Rasmus.

Making the Case for a Strasburg/Betts Trade, by Dave Cameron
Dave is probably right — he usually is. I still hate this idea.

Dominican League Performance as Indicator of Future Value, by Carson Cistulli
Interesting stuff from Carson, as always.

On Best Player Available vs. Position Scarcity, by Mike Podhorzer
Mike may not have won the FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year Award, but he was certainly worthy, as this and his other two pieces above from this week demonstrate.

Digging Dexter Fowler the Bittiest Bit, by Nicholas Minnix
And thus concludes Dexter Fowler Week.

Paul Swydan used to be the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for and The Boston Globe. Now, he owns The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Acton, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan. Follow the store @SilUnicornActon.

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9 years ago

Take note: None of those posts are about projections.