Category FunGraphs

Who are baseball’s most majestic home run hitters?

There are few visceral thrills quite like watching a man crush a nine-inch circumference baseball with a 2.5-inch diameter baseball bat out of the ballpark. The crack off the bat, the trajectory of the ball and its final landing spot, more than a football field away from home plate, are one of the most satisfying […]

Minnesota Twinkies Franchise: Volume 1.1

The Minnesota Twins have been a hapless MLB franchise for quite some time. Outside of a largely mediocre 83-79 campaign in 2015, the Twins have registered a losing season every year since 2011. And even when they do pretty well in the regular season, they manage to crap the bed in the playoffs, with their […]

Introducing Willie Calhoun, the newest Texas Ranger and one of the most unique players in baseball

One of the few surprise moves of the 2017 trade deadline was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ acquisition of Rangers’ ace pitcher Yu Darvish. Los Angeles, a team with a projected playoff rotation that includes two of the top four ERAs in baseball in Kershaw and Wood, as well tremendous depth with names like Maeda, McCarthy […]

Luis Severino is the perfect pitcher

The Yankees didn’t really know what they were getting when they signed a 17-year old Luis Severino as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in December 2011. The right-handed pitcher was a waifish 6’0″, 175lbs at the time, but tantalized scouts with a 91-92 MPH fastball that touched 95 on occasion. Severino […]

Re-picking the Home Derby participants

The 33rd inaugural MLB Home Derby will take place Monday night in Marlins Park. A recipient of a large amount of rule changes in its brief history, the Home Run Derby’s current format, instituted two years ago, is the simplest and best it’s ever been. Eight MLB sluggers split into two, four-person brackets compete to […]

Best old school MLB baseball names ranked

Baseball is a sport steeped in a rich historical tradition. Known as the Unites States’ national pastime since as far back as 1850, the list of teams, players and leagues that contribute to baseball’s past is a long one. One of the benefits of this rich history, buffeted by the tremendous historical tracking provided by […]

Fungraphs Funcast, Episode 1 (6/26/2017)

Inaugural episode of the Fungraphs Funcast. Enjoy yourselves! Topics include: i.) New features of the Fitbit Alta ii.) Eskimo owners…what? iii.) HOT DISH iv.) Best and worst teams of AL East v.) Players to own in fantasy vi.) Time for a breakup: drop these players! (you’re better than this) vii.) Much more! AL East Rundown: […]