Start your week off right with an excellent article by FanGraphs’ Travis Sawchik: The New Generation of Ballparks is Pushing Us Away. Sawchik lays out his case for exchanging less obstructed views for upper decks that are closer to the playing surface. Think Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and old Tiger Stadium. Although I certainly see why modern architects moved away from the old design—who wants to pay $100 to look at a steel pillar?—I tend to agree with Sawchik; we lose more when the nosebleeds are removed from the action.
Although Kyle Schwarber is already a baseball legend, it’s important to remember he’s only had roughly 400 plate appearances in the majors. For a deep dive into the adjustments Schwarber is making early on in 2017, check out Rian Watt’s work at The Athletic. The skinny: “Schwarber is less willing than he was before to swing at pitches he can’t drive, and is striking out looking more often as a consequence.”
As always, I encourage you to give our latest podcast a listen. For this week’s edition, Peter and I discussed the 1962 Mets, standing desks, and how soon is too soon to start trusting individual player’s statistics. Also, check out Peter’s most recent blog post where he groups each team into fast food chain categories.