We’re Asking for Your Help as We Navigate the Lockout

© The Arizona Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK

Here we are again. Just two years after a global pandemic led to the cancellation of part of spring training and a delayed Opening Day, the lockout has resulted in the loss of more baseball.

This time around, there are no PPP loans to help soften the blow. FanGraphs is in slightly better financial shape than we were in 2020 due to all of our Member support, but that doesn’t change the fact that the lockout is already starting to put the site at risk. Lost revenue is lost revenue, and the longer this goes on, the worse shape we’ll be in. It took us all of last year to climb out of the financial hole the pandemic put us in, and now we’re being dragged back into that uncertainty.

For those interested in the impact the lockout has already had on the site, in mid-January, we started to see a sharp drop in our traffic compared to what we’d usually expect:

In February alone, our traffic was down about 44% year-over-year. Despite the increased Membership support we’ve experienced, advertising is still a major source of revenue for us. A 44% decrease in traffic more or less translates to 44% less ad revenue than expected. With Opening Day on hold, and with our normal busy season coming up, I expect that we’ll see our year-over-year traffic (and accompanying revenue) decline substantially in the coming weeks.

So for the second time in three years, we’re asking for your assistance to keep FanGraphs, the baseball resource that you’ve come to rely on, alive and well.

If you’re already a FanGraphs Member, thank you so much for your support. We’re excited to continue to bring you great analysis and new site features, and hope you will renew your Membership when the time comes. Now and in the future, you make FanGraphs possible.

If you aren’t a Member and you value what we do, now is the time to sign up and help ensure that we’re here for you when baseball returns. Better yet, become an Ad-Free Member! You won’t regret it. It’s the best way to both experience the site and sustain its future.

You can support FanGraphs in the following ways:

Become a Member
You can become a Member or an Ad-Free Member. You’ll see all the same great content and have access to all of our tools. You’ll also be able to customize your view of the site with Dark and Classic mode, as well as the ability to toggle homepage photos on and off, and be able to download many of our most popular RosterResource pages as Excel workbooks. Ad-Free Members also enjoy the site with faster loading times and no ads — it’s the best way to experience FanGraphs.

Gift a Membership
You can send a coupon code for a one-year Ad-Free Membership to anyone you like. The code never expires, and no credit card or other form of payment is required when the recipient signs up. Their Membership begins when they use the coupon code.

Buy Some Merch
Buy some FanGraphs merch! We will be restocking soon, so keep an eye out for future announcements.

Donate to FanGraphs
We have a simple donation form you can use to donate to FanGraphs. Please note that donations to FanGraphs are not tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for your support.





David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.

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jbgocubsmember
3 months ago

how much do i have to donate for pitching projections to be sorted between starting pitchers and relief pitchers?

jonvanderlugtmember
3 months ago
Reply to  jbgocubs

It’s pretty easy to do on the page … under “Pitchers” there’s a tab for All/Starters/Relievers. Maybe try opening your eyes before leaving rude comments on an earnest post

LightenUpFGmember
3 months ago
Reply to  jbgocubs

Donating to become a member helps the site, it does not allow everyone to push FG staff around based on one’s whims. If you don’t like the analysis, effort and table sorting choices made here, feel free to browse elsewhere.

jbgocubsmember
3 months ago
Reply to  LightenUpFG

If that comment pushes around Fangraphs staff (it didn’t) then the site should fold, plain and simple. Stop simping in the comments and read what my comment actually said. And, lighten up man – try enjoying life.

LightenUpFGmember
3 months ago
Reply to  jbgocubs

Life is great, thanks. I’m not the one mad about tables, though.

jbgocubsmember
3 months ago
Reply to  LightenUpFG

I’m not mad about tables, Lighten! I offered to donate for a small feature to be added and I got crucified like Jesus on the cross up there. The whole community must have given up on being empathetic for Lent because I don’t feel seen.

LightenUpFGmember
3 months ago
Reply to  jbgocubs

Well, I agree with you on the downvotes… 46+ is a bit much. It probably didn’t help that it was the first comment after a nice write up about the site’s status by DA. Suggestions are fine, of course, but the wording makes it sound like a demand (or at least hint of one). Maybe that wasn’t your intent, but it read like it was.

I think donations here are mainly an effort to keep the site and community going, but member perks are primarily built into the content (though we get the nifty green member rectangle… hurrah) and not through any particular site improvements. Maybe there’s a ‘suggestion box’ somewhere but I haven’t sought it out.

Last edited 3 months ago by LightenUpFG
sadtrombonemember
3 months ago
Reply to  LightenUpFG

I think if it was the fourth comment it would have had half the downvotes.

Moatemember
3 months ago
Reply to  jbgocubs

Let’s do this then: Since the feature is already on the site, and this has now been pointed out to you, are planning on donating?

(Also, IDK that “empathy” is issue when you make a passive aggressive bitch baby comment requesting a feature that exists on a post pointing out potential existential problems the site might be facing. You get empathy when you don’t act like a dink and then get melodramatic because *checks notes* you got downvotes on a baseball fansite.)

TL;dr- Pay the man and be quiet.

RA Rowe
3 months ago
Reply to  jbgocubs

It’s called filtering not sorting. Sorting orders the rows in a table by the values within a column. Filtering shows only the rows containing a certain value within a given column.