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Most Popular Searches at NotGraphs This Week

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As one might suppose, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter drive considerable traffic both to FanGraphs and its subsidiaries. Also important, of course, are the page views generated by searches made on Google and elsewhere. Below are the seven searches which mostly commonly brought readers to NotGraphs this week.

babkdoor cutter
A popular pitch type in Polish Baseball League, one assumes.

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Power Rankings of Power

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1. Electric
– Reliable standby, well supported by existing infrastructure. Invented by Ben Franklin when he was struck on the biscuits by thunder atop America Mountain in Texas. Can be used to cook unopened can of frank-and-beans on a hot plate while sobbing.

2. Solar – Sourced from giant, fiery, unblinking eye of Quetzalcoatl that looms above us. Uninterrupted service requires quarterly sacrifice of virginal wet nurse. Can be brought down from the sky in glorious immolation by repeated musket fire.

3. Dirty coal – Clean coal gets most of the attention these days, but don’t sleep on dirty coal. Ideally, you’ll use religious texts as kindling — the texts of the objectively incorrect religions not your own, natch. Dirty coal reads the Kama Sutra and eats Crab Rangoon on the toilet, largely as a consequence of being dirty. Black lung can be cured with prescription frank-and-beans.

4. Hydroelectric – Pleasing mix of high voltage levels and water. If there’s not a New Deal-era dam near you, bear-hug a space heater and have a friend lower you into the municipal sewer. When sinewy gondolier asks for password, say “password1.” Not case-sensitive. Take to drinking cognac while using public transit and loudly referring to yourself as “The Hennessy Valley Authority.”

5. Battery – Purchase vinyl press of Mel Torme’s album of American-songbook standards, “Shake Your Shitty Fists at the 9-Volt.” Back-mask side two. Follow instructions on switching North American power grid to battery standby mode. Whisper “Hail Satan” to the children of strangers.


Ranking the MiLB.TV Cameras: Triple-A Pacific Coast League

Yesterday, in these electronic pages, the author published a catalog and ranking of all the main cameras from each International League club’s MiLB.TV feed. What follows is a similar exercise, except for the Pacific Coast League. Posts for the remaining minor leagues will follow in subsequent days.

Note that each club’s main (usually center-field) camera has been evaluated according to three criteria, as follows:

Shot Angle
In which more central and lower is generally preferred.

Shot Size
In which closer up and not longer is generally preferred.

Video Quality
In which a higher resolution, nicer graphics, etc., are generally preferred.

The cameras are ranked as follows: the bottom three, the top three, and then the rest. Some brief notes follow the collection of screenshots.

Bottom Three
15. Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets)

Las Vegas

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Ranking the MiLB.TV Cameras: Triple-A International League

With a view to acquiring as many hot and sexy sexual partners as is sexually possible, the reader has no doubt made a point of acquainting him- or herself with what scientists and TV’s Rashida Jones, probably, have both referred to as “the greatest aphrodisiac” — i.e. the Study and Analysis of Baseball Prospects.

One knows from reading pieces at FanGraphs, for example, that Jurickson Profar is major-league ready, that Dylan Bundy has a curveball that willn’t stop to the tick-tock, and that Chase Anderson‘s changeup has the potential to inspire religious experience within onlookers. One has maybe even seen videos that support these claims. With regard to actually watching these players live, however, there are more questions to be asked. Or, at least one question to be asked — specifically, “What MiLB.TV feed is best for seeing this or that prospect?”

The present author — in an effort that is already receiving attention from the Nobel committee in at least two or four categories — has resolved to answer this exact question.

What follows is the first part of that answer: a catalog and ranking of all the main cameras from each International League club’s MiLB.TV feed. A similar effort for other minor leagues will follow in subsequent posts.

Note that each club’s main (usually center-field) camera has been evaluated according to three criteria, as follows:

Shot Angle
In which more central and lower is generally preferred.

Shot Size
In which closer up and not longer is generally preferred.

Video Quality
In which a higher resolution, nicer graphics, etc., are generally preferred.

The cameras are ranked as follows: the bottom three, the top three, and then the rest. Some brief notes follow the collection of screenshots.

Bottom Three
13. Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox)

Charlotte

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A List of Fan Stereotypes Provided by Google Correlate

A List of Fan Stereotypes Provided by Google Correlate, Sorted by City

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Audio: Dave Cameron’s Cactus League Shade Rankings

Fire Man
A typical fan at Camelback Ranch, spring home of the White Sox and Dodgers.

Avoiding the very hot and equally fiery desert sun at spring-training games in the greater Phoenix area is not merely an issue of personal comfort, but also public safety. Towards the end of his appearance on this week’s edition of FanGraphs Audio (available later Tuesday), managing editor Dave Cameron — himself having just returned from Phoenix — discussed which of the region’s stadia offered the best accommodations, so far as shade is concerned.

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List: Every Fan’s Name at the China-Cuba WBC Game

As the tweet here indicates, the China-Cuba World Baseball Classic game this morning was attended by few enough people such that Baseball America’s Ben Badler — who’s in Fukuoka, Japan, for Pool A play — could actually count them all with his own eyes.

The sum he found? About 86.

Assuming that about half of attendees were affiliated with some major-league organization or another, we might conclude that there were 43 paid fans at the aforementioned contest.

What follows is either (a) a list of all those fans or (b) the first 43 names produced by a random-name generator on the internet.

You decide!

01. Gamil Hisham Abatangelo
02. Morgan Antiman Amantea
03. Brutus Martin Amsel
04. Ívarr Firefight Audley
05. Mani Nelu Beck

06. Maximinus Jarl Beringer
07. Adalhard Stígandr Mac Branain
08. İlkin Lael Carver
09. Paramonos Caspian Chase
10. Romanus Kapil Crawford

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Stories Besides Mickey Storey That Ought to Be DFA’d

For the second or maybe fifth time this offseason, right-handed reliever Mickey Storey was designated for assignment by one or another team — in this case, to create room on Houston’s 40-man roster for newly signed first baseman Carlos Pena.

It’s understandable from the Astros’ perspective, but it’s a bit of the tough break for Storey, who posted a 2.99 SIERA and 99 xFIP- in 30.1 innings this season for Houston.

In point of fact, there are a number of stories that probably ought to be DFA’d before Storey himself. Here are three very strong candidates, for instance.

1. Mickey Blue Eyes, Dir. Kelly Makin
Makin actually appears to have directed some Kids in the Hall episodes — so his oeuvre has some decidedly high points, as well — but this Hugh Grant vehicle, in which said Englishman marries into a mafia family, represents the only film ever to compel the easily entertained author to leave a theater.

2. Ulysses, James Joyce
True fact: in certain countries, reading Ulysses is a form of state-mandated punishment. Or, I mean, it probably is. Who can really tell, right?

3. Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler
The German state of Bavaria has copyright ownership of Hitler’s autobiographical screed for about three more years, and they’re using the opportunity to publish a final, authoritative edition of the text to reveal not simply the extent of evil present therein, but also how poorly written and laborious the book is.


What’s Hot and What’s Not in Baseball This Week


List: Top Five Would-Be Color Analysts


Ha! Alf kills you.

Apart from some notable exceptions, the quality of commentary on baseballing broadcasts leaves something to be desired — in particular for the handsome and bespectacled sort who’ve made NotGraphs part of their (a) lives and (b) RSS feeds.

Below are five candidates to fill whatever color vacancies are currently open around baseball — or are likely to become open in the near future.

5. ALF, from TV’s ALF
You know what would really annoy Willie? Were ALF to secure gainful employment, delighting home audiences all over the greater Los Angeles area — even as Willie continued to insist (impotently) that ALF was a slovenly and freeloading houseguest.

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