The Best of FanGraphs: August 24-28, 2015

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research.

MONDAY
Examining MLB’s New Domestic Violence Policy, by Nathaniel Grow
As the comment string that starts here points out, no sports league can make athletes or people behave properly, but the fact that Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association took steps to no longer ignore said abuses is significant.

Kyle Schwarber, Second Rounder?, by Mike Podhorzer
Nooooooooo….well….maybe? No, no, probably not. But Mike makes an interesting case.

TUESDAY
The Year BaseRuns Failed, by Dave Cameron
Timing is among the things that can be quantified as important.

Card Corner: 1975 Topps: Bobby Murcer’s Lasting Legacy, by Bruce Markusen
This card did not represent the best of times for the Yankees legend, but it didn’t represent the final chapter in his legacy.

VR’s Sports Invasion is Coming: Part 2, by Seth Keichline
Click through for the hilarious header photo, stay for the insightful and in-depth words and sentences.

Quantifying Outlier Seasons, by Kinshuk Rajan
You may just feel a kinship with Kinshuk’s article. Sorry, I’ll see myself out. This really is a fun read.

WEDNESDAY
Astros Power Arm Martes Emerges as Top Prospect, by James Chipman
James makes his FanGraphs debut. Welcome, James!

What If Justin Verlander Figured It Out?, by Jeff Sullivan
He may have, but at the end of the night, there was no joy in Motown.

What Makes Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon Great?, by Eno Sarris
Some were succinct, some elaborated. All were insightful.

Currently Injured, Soon To Be Helpful?, by David Wiers
It’s time to dig into the weeds, and David helped you do that here.

The Young and the Restless, by John LaRue
John was one of two new contributors who debuted at THT this week. John’s post centered around a detailed infographic. Expect more of these in the future.

Introducing Two New Pitching Metrics: exOUT% and exRP27, by T-Sky
New metrics are fun.

THURSDAY
The Daily Grind: SaberSim, Shoemaker, Gray, by Brad Johnson
Brad has been crushing it in this post all year, and in this one he focused on the SaberSim projections at the top.

The Pyramid Rating System: JAWS on a Career Scale, by Paul Moehringer
Paul was the second new THT contributor to debut this week. His post centered around a new metric he has created to determine who belongs in the Hall of Fame. Expect more posts where he delves into his results in the future.

FRIDAY
Batted-Ball Velocity, Adrian Beltre, and Xander Bogaerts, by Eno Sarris
Warning: Awesome donut hole graphic ahead. Also see the rotating donut hole graphic.

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Paul Swydan is the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for Boston.com. He has written for The Boston Globe, ESPN MLB Insider and ESPN the Magazine, among others. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan.

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