Thank You, BBWAA

You may have heard by now, but today, the Baseball Writer’s Association of America officially opened their doors to FanGraphs. We would like to thank Jack O’Connell and the board of directors for allowing us to present our case before them and for considering our application despite our status as something of a non-traditional source of baseball coverage. We are honored by their decision, and look forward to being part of their organization going forward.

From a practical standpoint, we hope that you guys will see the fruits this decision over the coming year. By renewing David Laurila’s membership, the association ensured that you will be able to read his fantastic series of Q&As, and that his insights will continue to grace the pages of FanGraphs going forward. Additionally, I plan to spend significantly more time at ballparks next year, and will look for opportunities to provide perspectives from both the analytical and the on-field viewpoints.

A good example of what we’re hoping to do more of with our new found access are the Brandon McCarthy posts (part one, part two) from October, where Ryan Campbell combined Pitch F/x analysis with McCarthy’s own insights to produce a fantastic pair of articles about his transformation into a quality starting pitcher. We believe that having access to talk with players and coaches will enhance our coverage of the sport, and we look forward to supplementing what we’ve been doing with more of those types of articles, and providing the best overall coverage of the sport that we possibly can.

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Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.

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