Introducing InstaGraphs

Here at FanGraphs, a normal post runs in the range of 1,000 words. We’re wordy folk, basically. But sometimes, we have things that might be interesting at 200 words and would be ridiculously boring at 1,000 words. Maybe it’s a link to something someone else wrote, or simply a fun little tidbit from the leaderboards. Or, hey, the Astros just offended someone else, but what else is new? These things are worth pointing out, but not worth writing eight paragraphs about, so they’ve generally ended up on the cutting room floor. Or Twitter.

Over the last few months, I did a few experiments with shorter posts on the site, and the reaction was mostly positive, so today, we’re launching a dedicated section for these kinds of posts, and we’re calling it InstaGraphs. Essentially, this will be the place for things that are interesting enough to note but aren’t full articles, though maybe eventually they’ll turn into one. Or maybe not. Maybe they’re just interesting standalone items that don’t need extrapolation.

InstaGraphs will be part of the main FanGraphs blog, but we wanted to make it a little more clear when you should expect 200 words and a GIF instead of 1,000 words and a formula, so you’ll note the new InstaGraphs box on the home page; the most recent articles will show up there, and you’ll be able to click through straight from that dedicated box.

Overall, we think InstaGraphs will be a fun place to note things that otherwise probably wouldn’t have turned into content, and hopefully you guys will enjoy the extra pieces each day. Just a heads up, though: it will probably mean more Cistulli GIFs of mediocre curveballs from the California League. You’ve been warned.



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#KeepNotGraphs
2 years 1 day ago

I like this idea. And I appreciate the hard work you guys do trying to get quality stuff to us quickly.

#KeepNotGraphs

Max
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Max
2 years 1 day ago

I like the idea, but I can’t help but wonder if this is the replacement for NotGraphs…

David
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David
2 years 1 day ago

They say that brevity is the soul of wit, but this seems a poor substitute.

#KeepNotGraphs

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
2 years 1 day ago

Maybe they will replace NotGraphs with ListGraphs:

5 Mind-Blowing Ways Clayton Kershaw is Even Better Than You Thought

7 Seattle Mariners Who Are Paid to Hit Baseballs (But Can’t)

8 More Ways the Miami Marlins Are the Cheapest Team in Baseball History

17 Things We’ll Remember About Bud Selig’s Tenure (But Wish We Could Forget)

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#KeepNotGraphs
2 years 1 day ago

1 Weird Trick to Keep FanGraphs Readers On Their Toes

Daniel
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Daniel
2 years 1 day ago

David Appelman hates this!

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#KeepNotGraphs
2 years 1 day ago

5 6 Mind-Blowing Ways Clayton Kershaw is Even Better Than You Thought

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/the-dominance-of-clayton-kershaw/

Keegs
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Keegs
2 years 16 hours ago

Giancarlo Stanton Hit A Baseball. What Happens Next Will Blow Your Mind.

Iron
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Iron
2 years 14 hours ago

One weird trick discovered by a mom that changed Evan Longoria’s swing plane.

tomhaywood
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tomhaywood
2 years 1 day ago

Baseball Joe anyone?

Steven
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Steven
2 years 1 day ago

This is exactly what came to mind for me. Rob Neyer on FG Audio discussing how nice it is to have 200 word posts, the FG decides to copy it almost exactly. I wonder if Neyer has any hard feelings towards this or thinks imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Clock
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Clock
2 years 1 day ago

Sounds cool, but #KeepNotGraphs!

dang
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dang
2 years 1 day ago

these are like little m&m’s

they’re sweet and short and I just keep reaching for more because what the hey

John Elway
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2 years 16 hours ago

these are like sugar cubes

they’re sweet and short and I just keep reaching for more because what the hay

Just neighing.

#KeepNotGrapsh

John Elway
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2 years 16 hours ago

* #KeepNotGraphs

(hooves aren’t working this early in the am)

Perv Next Door
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Perv Next Door
2 years 1 day ago

Awesome! I love mediocre curved balls from the California League.

#KeepNotGraphs

jesse
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jesse
2 years 1 day ago

Man, I was expecting a difinitive ranking of instant coffee…

Pinstripe Wizard
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Pinstripe Wizard
2 years 1 day ago

Definitely seems like they are using this to replace NotGraphs, which is still quite depressing. With that being said, I can see these articles getting a bit snarkier than the usual post. It might end up being a combo NotGraphs and FanGraphs side of things. They will be shorter posts and possibly a bit more reactionary, which could allow for a more emotional response to things.

Evan
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Evan
2 years 1 day ago

tl;dr

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#KeepNotGraphs
2 years 1 day ago

#KeepNotGraphs #InstaGraphsSoundsAlrightThough

Good Riddance NotGraphs
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Good Riddance NotGraphs
2 years 1 day ago

I think this will be good and will probably generally avoid comments like, “Did you ever read the article before commenting?”

vivalajeter
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vivalajeter
2 years 1 day ago

Excellent idea, Dave (or whoever thought of the idea). I’m interested to see how it pans out. Unlike every other site I visit, a big part of fangraphs is the comments section. I think instagraphs will allow the comments section to take a short blurb, and turn it into a nice discussion.

And I’ll be honest – I never really read NotGraphs, so if it wasn’t for ‘#KeepNotGraphs’ showing up in the comments section, I wouldn’t have realized it was going away.

JackR
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JackR
2 years 1 day ago

I’m able to get RSS feeds for Roto, Fan, and NotGraphs, but can’t find one yet for Insta. Will there be one coming soon?

Clock
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Clock
2 years 1 day ago

you won’t get one for NotGraphs after this season….

#KeepNotGrpahs

David Appelman
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2 years 1 day ago

InstaGraphs posts should be included in the regular FanGraphs RSS feed. If you are looking for just InstaGraphs you can get it here:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/feed/

Urban Shocker
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Urban Shocker
2 years 1 day ago

David-you’ve got a pretty vocal set of fans here for NotGraphs.
isn’t that what websites want? what gives on the mothballing?

Jason B
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Jason B
2 years 1 day ago

In all fairness, it would be nice if it was addressed a little more at length. Just some thinking behind the reasons or rationale. Your writers do an excellent job of interacting with and responding to useful user feedback – witness Dave’s recent changing of the format of the trade value list back to the old, preferred format. Just something to help us better understand why would be nice, and thanks for all of the wonderful (free!) content.

Steve-O
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Steve-O
2 years 1 day ago

Can we share selfies with cool vintage filters on Facebook!?! #FANGRAPHSRULZE

oldseacaptain
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2 years 1 day ago

Great.

#KeepNotGraphs

Anon
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Anon
2 years 1 day ago

Excellent.

The box on the home page only has three links right now. Will that increase when more content is available?

MDL
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MDL
2 years 1 day ago

TL;DRgraphs

TheoK
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TheoK
2 years 1 day ago

Isn’t this just NotGraphs with a different name?

Jason B
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Jason B
2 years 1 day ago

No, these are baseball related posts, not booger related.

KCDaveInLA
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KCDaveInLA
2 years 1 day ago

Man, leave the country for a few weeks and this is what happens.

#KeepNotGraphs

David
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David
2 years 1 day ago

maybe change the logo to a baserunner to represent the whole speed/instant/fast idea?

Joe
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Joe
2 years 1 day ago

I honestly won’t miss NotGraphs at all.

jpg
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jpg
2 years 1 day ago

You and me both. If I want a good laugh, NotGraphs isn’t my first choice. It’s not even among my first thousand choices. So for me, if this means that we’re getting more real, actual baseball content at the expense of NotGraphs, I couldn’t be happier.

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jpg
2 years 10 hours ago

But I tell you what, that “Two and a Half Men” cracks me right up. And anything with David Spade.

Jake
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Jake
2 years 22 hours ago

You’re Hopeless.

Clark D
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Clark D
2 years 2 hours ago

You did it right

Basebull
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Basebull
2 years 1 day ago

Can Jeff Sullivan be editor in chief of this section?

John Elway
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2 years 1 day ago

This is GREAT!!!!

Now we have a place to post our photos within FanGraphs.

https://twitter.com/J0hnElway/status/494157751786807297/photo/1

#KeepNotGraphs

Bip
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Bip
2 years 1 day ago

As a follower of many baseball tweeters, I definitely see the value of baseball facts that can be expressed in very few words. The only potential problem I see is that we might start to see concepts that deserve a fully developed article instead tossed on to InstaGraphs because whoever came up with it was too lazy to do the investigation. I’m not particularly worried about this, though a mechanism to get an idea from Instagraphs to the main page would be cool.

david
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david
2 years 1 day ago

I like the idea, but I overlooked it on the homepage several times today because it doesn’t have a colored box around it (fangraphs are green, hardball times are red, etc). Maybe you could add a border around it?

Matty Brown
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Matty Brown
2 years 1 day ago

I for one, love InstaGraphs. I love the brief and interesting content. I was never a fan of NotGraphs.

Josh B
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Josh B
2 years 1 day ago

I, for one, welcome our new InstaGraphs overlords.

Ian Smell
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Ian Smell
2 years 15 hours ago

Has anyone thought that maybe the “new project” to replace NotGraphs will be InstaNotGraphs? Fewer and fewer Adrian Beltre Longform pieces and more Booger Gifs…

Clark D
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Clark D
2 years 2 hours ago

But the Adrian Beltre pieces were brilliant.

ReuschelCakes
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ReuschelCakes
2 years 7 hours ago

SnotGraphs

#KeepNotGraphs
#HowCanIPayToKeepNotGraphs
#HowDoIExplainThisToMyKids

J.Henry Waugh
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J.Henry Waugh
1 year 11 months ago

Looks like we’re copying the Fourth Estate here….reduction in size/content. Why can’t we be like “The Grey Lady” and have the baseball news that is so loved on the RIGHT side of the mast head.

#KeepNotGraphs

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