The Best of FanGraphs: October 5-9, 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.

A Brief History of Ichiro Wanting to Pitch, by Jeff Sullivan
This is both fun and cool.

San Jose Strikes Out at the U.S. Supreme Court, by Nathaniel Grow
This is neither fun nor cool.

The Red Sox Fan Loyalty Quiz, by Bryan Cole
Are you the right kind of Red Sox fan?

How to Stream the 2015 MLB Playoffs, by Alec Denton
There are many ways to watch.

CC Sabathia and the Humanity of Athletes, by Dave Cameron
Baseball isn’t everything.

Arrieta-Cole, Objectively One of Best Playoff Matchups Ever, by Craig Edwards
It didn’t end up living all the way up to the hype, but it was still pretty good.

How the Astros Wound Up With a Bigger Zone, by Jeff Sullivan
Jeff goes super in-depth again. Just killing it.

Dallas Keuchel and the Heart, by August Fagerstrom
This post saw August return to publishing articles at FanGraphs. Welcome back, August!

It Finally Happened! Reviewing David Wiers’ 10 Bold Predictions for 2015, by David Wiers
Thanks to some big news from David, this may end up being his final post at RotoGraphs. If so, it’s been a hell of a ride. Only six people have written more RotoGraphs posts than has David. Congrats, David!

The 2015 Strike Zone, by Jon Roegele
Class is back in session, with Professor Roegele, who breaks down the 2015 strike zone in its entirety.

OK, the American League Really IS Sweden, by Rob Mains
The real question is which American League player is Lisbeth Salander?

The Delicious Unfairness of the Wild Card, by Matthew Kory
Nothing is fair. Everything is fair.

Statcast Data Limitations – Year-End Update, by Tony Blengino
Tony checks back in on his earlier, also very insightful piece.

MLB Announces New Clubhouse App Just in Time for the Postseason, by David G. Temple
Major League Baseball knows what the internet is.

Reviewing Adam McFadden’s Bold Predictions for 2015, by Adam McFadden
Batting 5-for-10 for a cool .500, Adam had the best showing in the Bold Predictions department.

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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Rob Mainsmember
8 years ago

Thanks Paul! I’m saying George Springer.