The Best of FanGraphs: January 25-29, 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.

Tanking: Does MLB Really Have a Problem?, by Dave Cameron
Dave makes his case.

A Minor Review of 2015: Kansas City Royals, by Marc Hulet
It wasn’t that long ago that the Royals were the sad sacks with the best farm system but nothing to show for it in the majors. Now, we’re looking to see if their system can help them sustain their excellent run the past two seasons.

Faking It, by Kyla Wall-Polin
Sometimes, people get bored on the internet.

The Beginning of the End for Pitch-Framing?, by Jeff Sullivan
Jeff makes his case.

The Biggest Hypothetical Losers of a Raised Strike Zone, by August Fagerstrom
There could be some pitchers who have to make a lot of adjustments this season.

The Anomalous Offensive Outcomes of the 2015 Season, by Owen Watson
I never realized Yunel Escobar was so slow before.

More Keeper Questions Answered, by Trey Baughn
Trey wants you to send him questions. You should oblige him.

The Weird Rumor is Now a Weird Trade, by Dave Cameron
The Rockies and Rays made a trade on Thursday evening. Dave doesn’t like it for the Rockies.

When (and why) to Ignore Projections, by Chad Young
You have to know when to go off page, and when to trust the projections. Chad offers advice on how to decide.

Birchwood Brothers 2.1: We’ll Never Be Royals, by The Birchwood Brothers
The brothers are in a new league this year, and they have some advice on how to pick out sleeper pitchers.

The Record Underperformance of 2015, by Emma Baccellieri
Not all teams that underperform are just unlucky, as Emma shows here in her THT debut.

MLB and Team Up for Some Dumb Reason, by David G. Temple
This reminds me of that dating show the Red Sox ran on NESN a few years back. Hopefully this service isn’t as awkward as that show was.

Coors Field: Blessing or Curse?, by Juan Pablo Zubillaga
Don’t decide until you read this excellent piece.

KATOH’s Top 100 List: Now Incorporating Multiple Years, by Chris Mitchell
Chris has made some changes. You’re going to want to check this one out.

Taking a Second Look at Defensive Analysis, by Michael Tampellini
It’s always good to take a second look at things.

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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