The Best of FanGraphs: March 7-11, 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.

An Idea for Television Directors: Show Us the Throws!, by August Fagerstrom
Also, the money.

The Impact of Wins, Stadiums, & Economies on Ticket Prices, by Owen Watson
Owen’s research turned up a bevy of information, some of which confirms what we already knew – the Red Sox and Yankees think their brand of baseball is better than everyone else’s.

On Position Scarcity… Again, by Mike Podhorzer
As the title implies, Mike has written about this subject before. Nevertheless, it remains a hot topic, as the lively discussion in the comments indicates.

The Change: A New Strategy for AL LABR, by Eno Sarris
Eno explains his new strategy of not drafting good pitchers.

xHR%: Questing for a Formula (Part 3), by Jackson Mejia
This high school student has put together three thoughtful articles in his attempt to create xHR%.

Projected 2016 Strengths of Schedule, by Jeff Sullivan
Jeff puts in a bunch of work and then attempts to convince you that it’s meaningless.

Last Year’s WAR with True-Talent Defense, by August Fagerstrom
August posits that more information can’t hurt, flying right in the face of the old adage that ignorance is bliss. Now I don’t know what to believe.

The Reformed Trinity, by The Birchwood Brothers
The brothers have rejiggered their strategy for targeting cheap pitching.

Bryce Harper Wants to Change the Game, by Dave Cameron
People that don’t agree with Bryce Harper will probably be on the wrong side of history.

A New Way to Study Pitching Injury, by Eno Sarris
It takes a lot of balls to write a story like this. Fortunately, Eno found some:

The Myth of the Qualifying Offer, by Craig Edwards
One myth not tested by Craig — whether dropping a penny from the top of the Empire State Building can kill someone on the ground below.

I Don’t Dance, by Liz Roscher
For her THT debut, Liz analyzed a baseball scene from High School Musical 2. It featured 28 GIFs. You should read it because it is awesome.

What Type of Baseball Dork Are You?, by Jeff Sullivan
You’re all our kind of baseball dork!

How to Add Player Page Links to Your Draft Spreadsheet, by Tanner Bell
Tanner makes your life just a little bit easier.

Building a Retrosheet Database for the 2016 Season, Part 1, by David G. Temple
Come along and ride.

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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