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One Year Ago Today

Fangraphs, circa January 2008.

Over the past twelve months, David Appelman has added to his blossoming website:

  • CHONE projections
  • Marcel projections
  • ZiPS projections
  • Better and exportable leaderboards
  • Pitch type information
  • Pitch velocity information
  • Live play logs and box scores
  • Plate discipline information
  • UZR
  • Win value data
  • A stable of awesome writers, headed by our own Matthew and Dave
  • A bunch of other stuff that I'm forgetting

Fangraphs used to be a neat little place that served a handful of interesting but ultimately minor uses, like Brandon Fahey's playpen, or Canada. Now it's turned into required daily reading and one of the most informative baseball websites on the planet. Seriously, if you're not reading, you're not trying. So kudos to you, Mr. Appelman - we are forever indebted to you and your efforts. I may never delete Baseball-Reference from my bookmarks, but baseball analysis wouldn't be where it is today were it not for your extraordinary vision.