The Best of FanGraphs: November 28-December 2, 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 and blue for Community Research.

The 26th Man Doesn’t Have to Be a Reliever by Dave Cameron
Dave kicked off CBA Week by looking at one of the proposals that didn’t actually come to pass.

A Roadmap for a Potential MLB Work Stoppage by Nathaniel Grow
It didn’t come to pass, but Nathaniel’s piece remains insightful and worth your time.

FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron’s FAQ for the CBA by Carson Cistulli
Dave not only wrote about the CBA this week, he also discussed it on the Pod with that damn Cistulli. Bathe your ears in their sound!

Brewers Sign Dinger Machine, DFA Other Dinger Machine by Nicolas Stellini
It is going to be absolutely fascinating to see if Eric Thames can become a good major leaguer after all that time overseas.

Fantasy Implications: Cespedes, Volquez, Thames, and Jackson by Paul Sporer
All offseason, the RotoGraphs crew will have you covered when news happens. Especially when it’s cool news like Eric Thames returns to the major leagues.

The Three, Four, and Five-Category Outfielders by Rylan Edwards
Great breakdown from Rylan, complete with a couple of players who could make the jump to a higher tier next season.

The A’s Just Added a Cheap Breakout Slugger by Jeff Sullivan
Did the A’s do something smart again? Jeff thinks so.

Hitting Stat Correlation Remix by Mark Jurries II
An important update to an important piece of work.

Assessing What We Know About the New CBA by Nathaniel Grow
Rich people stay rich, is the synopsis, if you don’t want to read the whole thing. But you should, because Nathaniel has comprehensive coverage of this puppy.

Price Controls and the International Market by Dave Cameron
As Dave writes, it’s too early to pass judgment, but if this system is as bad as it seems, teams will just game it.

Odubel Herrera Isn’t Joey Votto, But That’s Ok by Scott Spratt
There is more than one way to be a successful baseball player.

The Chalmers Award Had a Memorable Debut by Wayne Epps
A great look back at the origin of the Most Valuable Player Award.

BatCast the Bat Flip Tracker: Oh, How the Wood Was Chucked by Mark Davidson
This is the good stuff right here.

The Most Atypical Players in Baseball by Jeff Sullivan
And Jeff is one of the most atypical writers in baseball analysis. Both of these are good things!

“Pitch” Episode 9: Farewell, Mike? by Sarah Wexler
As usual, Sarah has you covered with a faithful recap of the events as well as some good notes on what this episode did and did not have.

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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Mark Davidson

Thanks, Paul!