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Job Posting: Twins Developer

Minnesota Twins Developer, Baseball Systems JOB FUNCTION:  As a member of the front office, collaborate with the Baseball Operations staff to develop, deliver, and maintain data driven solutions for analytics and architecture of player information and evaluation systems. This position requires strong statistical, software development, and database management skills. REPORTS TO: ...
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FG on Fox: Maybe it’s Time for Texas to Rebuild

Quick, name the worst team in baseball right now. The Houston Astros are a good choice, as they have lost at least 100 games in three consecutive seasons and are currently tied for the worst record in baseball. The Chicago Cubs are also a candidate, given that they are tied with the Astros in the […]
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How Masahiro Tanaka Bears Down

When we analyze new players, there’s always a multi-step process. Analysis is nothing but a series of questions, and the first question is always the simplest: is the new player good? Overall, is the new player mediocre, average, good, or great? From there, over time, we start to get a little more detailed. You begin […]
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Playing the Regression Game the Right Way

Mid-season is the time for second-half predictions. However, there is an all-too-frequent habit of applying statistical analysis in inconsistent ways to fit our preconceptions.
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Joey Votto Needs His Legs

We talk a fair bit about Joey Votto in these electronic pages. Some may say we do it too much, perhaps. But it’s for a reason. It’s not that he’s paying us to — he’s not paying me at least. He’s simply a somewhat-fascinating specimen as far as baseball players go. He’s smart, he’s a […]
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Mike Zunino, First-Pitch Killer

An easy way to think about productivity is Efficiency x Frequency. If you’re really efficient at doing something, but you don’t do it very often, you won’t be very productive. Look at the career of Carlos Quentin. When he’s played, he’s always hit, but rarely is he healthy enough to play, so he hasn’t actually […]
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Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat – 7/9/14

Live Blog Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat  
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The (Recently) Unprecedented Treatment of Josh Hamilton

I’m going to be honest with you: I find it surprisingly easy to forget about Josh Hamilton. You think about the Angels team and you think about Mike Trout; you keep thinking about the Angels and you think about Albert Pujols. It doesn’t help that Hamilton was on the disabled list for so long earlier this year. […]
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Prospect Watch: A Statistical Report on Every First-Rounder

Just over a month has passed since baseball’s amateur draft in early June, and a majority of the players selected during the first round of same have now both (a) signed with the relevant selecting club and (b) recorded either a plate appearance or inning as an actual professional. What the author has done for […]
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NERD Game Scores: Return Engagement of Rubby de la Rosa

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
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Jeff Samardzija on Pitch Counts and Injuries

Jeff Samardzija has some old-school in him when it comes to pitch counts. Ditto work loads for late-inning relievers. The 29-year-old righthander feels starters should be given more of an opportunity to work deeper into games. As for closers, whatever happened to the multiple-inning save? On Sunday, Samardzija went seven innings and threw 108 pitches […]
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FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron Analyzes the Obvious

Episode 460 Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he obviously discusses the A’s-Cubs trade that occurred this past week. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via […]
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FanGraphs After Dark Chat – 7/8/14

The FanGraphs After Dark Chat is a weekly baseball chat featuring FanGraphs writers Jeff Zimmerman and Paul Swydan.
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Ian Kinsler Compared to a Good Dustin Pedroia Season

Note: I made a huge screw-up, and for whatever reason, I didn’t catch it, but Dustin Pedroia didn’t win the MVP award in 2011. He won it in 2008. I’m an idiot. Please try to enjoy the praise of Ian Kinsler without regard for the fact that the primary point of the post is wrong. […]
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FanGraphs Meetups: Minneapolis (6/14) & Chicago (6/17)

It’s time to hang out with your local favorite writers and talk baseball… when there’s no baseball on. (It actually makes for better conversations, because everything you say doesn’t trail off into ellipses when something happens on the field.) I’m off to Minneapolis for the All-Star game and then on to Chicago for Pitchfork and […]
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Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 7/8/14

Live Blog Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 7/8/14  
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How Did Clayton Kershaw Get Bombed?

The last time Clayton Kershaw allowed a run, his team was trailing the Giants in the National League West by seven and a half games. The Dodgers have since caught up, in part because of the whole thing where Clayton Kershaw hasn’t allowed any runs, and for as much as this is a particularly pitcher-friendly […]
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NERD Game Scores for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
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Prospect Watch: The Mets’ Dominant Duo

Today, I’m going to do something slightly different in this space than I have previously. Rather than discussing the pasts, presents, and futures of three prospects I’ve seen in a serialized fashion, I am going to tell you about a game I attended this past Saturday, July 5th. Of course, I go to a lot […]
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The Brewers’ Healthy, Stealthy Starting Rotation

The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the best stories of the season’s first half. They were picked by virtually no one to win the National League Central, and though it’s far too early for any hardware to be awarded, there are reasons galore for the club’s success to date. The team is exceptionally strong up […]
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The A’s, Royals, and Going For It

On Friday night, the A’s traded top prospect Addison Russell and some stuff for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Mike Petriello did a great job of writing up the transaction, highlighting the pros and cons on both sides of things. Well, at least on the A’s side, because getting a prospect of Russell’s quality basically […]
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FG on Fox: Jesse Hahn is More than Two Pitches

In order to get through the lineup multiple times, a starting pitcher generally needs to have more than two pitches. The list of starters with only one non-fastball is short, at least. So far, new Padres pitching phenom Jesse Hahn belongs on that list, as he’s thrown his fastball or curve almost 94% of the […]
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The Emergence of Tyson Ross

This is me writing a positive post about the San Diego Padres in 2014. That’s notable, because there haven’t been too many good things to say about the Padres this year. Sorry, Padres. To be fair, it’s mostly because of their lineup, which had a wRC+ of 40 in the month of June. The offensive […]
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Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 7/7/14

Live Blog Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat  
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It’s Time to Trade Troy Tulowitzki

You probably enjoyed your holiday weekend. I watched a good deal of Colorado Rockies baseball, so you tell me which of us had a more productive few days. It’s difficult to remember a time where I’ve seen more incompetent baseball in such a short span. It’s not that Colorado lost three of four, because the Dodgers […]
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