The Best of FanGraphs: March 14-18, 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.

Like we always do about this time, the Bold Predictions are back. They’ll likely continue into next week, but this week was the kick off. Brad Johnson got us started, and he was followed by David Wiers, Eno Sarris, Joe Douglas (his are Ottoneu specific), Justin Mason, Scott Spratt, Ben Duronio, Blake Murphy, Tanner Bell, Josh Shepardson, Tom Oltarzewski (also Ottoneu specific) and Paul Kastava. This is perhaps my favorite running RotoGraphs yearly series, and I hope you dig in on every one of these.

The Year the Orioles Wouldn’t Flinch, by Neil Weinberg
If they also stop blinking, then we can hire them at FanGraphs!

The Teams With the Most Dead Money in MLB, by Craig Edwards
The Indians have a lot of dead money for a team with a not huge payroll.

Looking beyond surplus value for keeper decisions, by Blake Murphy
Blake had a tough decision to make.

The Outlandishness of Trevor Story, by Jeff Sullivan
A better version of Khalil Greene — who averaged nearly 2.5 WAR across four consecutive seasons — would be just fine.

OttoGraphs Episode: 3- Prospect Interview with Chris Mitchell, by Justin Vibber
Hey, we’ve got a new podcast! This makes five for the FanGraphs family, so we are now drenching both your eyeballs and your earballs with content.

The Truth About Power, Contact, and Hitting in General, by Brad McKay
Brad builds off of work from previous FanGraphs and Hardball Times research to generate some interesting results.

How the White Sox Could Win the Pennant, by Eno Sarris
They need to find 10 wins somewhere. Eno maps it out.

No One Is Wrong About Adam LaRoche, by Jeff Sullivan
Well said by Jeff.

The Intrinsic Value of a Batted Ball, by Glenn Healey
This excellent research left commenters asking for more.

The Mariners are Finally Using Safeco Field Correctly, by Leland
This post is perhaps a touch blue-and-green tinged, but interesting nonetheless.

ALERT: T-Mobile Customers Can Get for Free This Season, by David G. Temple
If only phones didn’t cost as much as a mortgage payment, then we’d really be getting somewhere!

Torii Hunter on (Data-Free) Outfield Defense, by David Laurila
Baseball players say the darndest 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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