The Best of FanGraphs: June 30 – July 4, 2014

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, purple for NotGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community.

What Might Mookie Betts Be? by Dave Cameron
“What won’t he be?” is another reasonable way of asking this question.

Astros Internal Trade Chatter Leaked Online by Dave Cameron
It’s like if your own emails were leaked but also someone actually cared.

Sergio Romo Out — Who’s In? by Eno Sarris
Sarris attempts, by objective means, to predict who will receive save opportunities in San Francisco now.

The Best of FanGraphs, June 29-July 3, 2015 by Jeremy Blachman
Jeremy Blachman went to the future and all he brought back was an edition of this same weekly column from next year.

Jake Arrieta’s Eight Worst Pitches from Monday by Jeff Sullivan
Jake Arrieta’s eight worst pitches from his June 30th at Boston aren’t particularly bad — largely because Jake Arrieta is rather good, it seems.

Jose Altuve Might Actually Be Good Now by Mike Petriello
Houston’s Jose Altuve has recorded the second-highest WAR among major-league second baseman. “How?” is the question Mike Petriello attempts to answer.

Jay Bruce On Hitting by Eno Sarris
For anyone who’s ever met Eno Sarris and Eno Sarris’s face, it is positively shocking how well these interviews go.

Eighteen Paintings of Ballparks by Craig Robinson
Albert Camus suggested, before he died like everyone dies, that “a work of art is a confession.” Craig Robinson confesses here that he’s attended no fewer than 18 different ballparks.

How Telling Are a Teenager’s A-Ball Stats? by Chris Mitchell
An objective methodology for assessing the possible major-league futures of low-level minor-leaguers.

MASH Report (7/3/14) – HURT and PAIN Reports by Jeff Zimmerman
Contains a digested form of Zimmerman’s twopart mega opus on Tommy John surgery and its implications for fantasy ownership.

Tragic Vintage Ballplayer: Humpty Badel by Mississippi Matt Smith
In addition to possessing a literal hump, German immigrant Humpty Badel was also regarded as “absolutely helpless” intellectually.

A Physics Comparison of Great Throws From Years Past by Eric Lang
In which capital-S Science demonstrates how Dave Parker produced a 110 mph throw from right field in 1979. (Features ample and compelling video footage.)

America’s Birthday.

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Which of these belongs in the 2015 update to Websters Dictionary?

a. algebra(n.) – after her dorsal fin, the next thing to disappear from the Little Mermaid when the prince took her home

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c. paradigm(n.) – the difference between Nickelback and a quarterback