This is an informal, discussion-oriented Fanpost. Let me start off by saying that I am in no way affiliated with Fangraphs.com; I'm just a fan. I think most would agree that the launching of Fangraphs basically revolutionized the way hardcore fans navigate resources: Before Fangraphs, one had to check Baseball-Reference for basic information, check ESPN.com's advanced statistics page for more in-depth "rate" and formulaic statistics, and then separately seek out projections from a third-party, such as googling Szymborski's ZiPs or subscribing to Baseball Prospectus. Or, at least, that was my experience.
Baseball Prospectus existed before Fangraphs as a model for the site, but its subscription-only model for most of the desired features limited (and still does) its accessibility, especially to fans who may have been new to that sort of baseball analysis. To my amazement, there was a time when I felt Fangraphs actually provided superior written and statistical content to BP and was available at no cost.
But what was once amazing seems increasingly ordinary (that is, bloated, distracting, confusing, etc.). Is that just me being jaded? Most probably, partly. However, I do not think I am alone in believing its article archives are sorely lacking or that the introduction of "Rotographs," "NotGraphs," and other things to the front page have made the website something of an eyesore. Fangraphs does not owe me anything. I don't have the ability or means to aide in any kind of update, so this post can be taken for what its worth (Read: basically, nothing). But it's only because I believe Fangraphs is such an awesome resource that I feel compelled to start a discussion about it anyway.
Do you feel like a site update is in order?
Yes (29 votes)
No (12 votes)
41 total votes