Hello, reader! You’ve happened upon a world of magic and wonder and fairies and ice cream and bubblegum and kittens, which goes by the name of tumblr. And also this blog, I guess.
It’s about the Washington Nationals and their endeavors to become, in the immortal words of Bryce Harper, “the yankees of the NL!hah”. Mostly an opinion blog, I won’t do much quote-unquote “reporting” or game summaries and such unless it was a particularly awesome game. I will have a lot of posts about the players on the team, the way the team is performing, highlighting minor league standouts, endlessly dictating what the front office should and shouldn’t accomplish, often prematurely judging trades, formulating absurd trade rumors for page views (Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon for Alex Rodriguez, Jesus Montero, and $10 million dollars. Who hangs up first?), and generally passing my judgement on the state of the team’s affairs. Whether you value that opinion is obviously a different story, but I hope to churn out enough quality content to make it at least semi-enjoyable and in-depth.
I am a bit of a stats geek. I typically won’t get into the full-scale spreadsheet-and-graph format that FanGraphs relishes, but I will be banding about numbers like wOBA, wRC+, xFIP, SIERA, BAPIP, UZR, etc. For those of you that are unfamiliar with these kinds of more comprehensive and sexy stats, FanGraphs has a great primer and glossary on all of these. In my humble opinion, the Nationals’ fan base is largely un-sabermetric; one of my loftiest goals is to change that. I’ll be giving a brief explanation of the advanced stats I use in-post, as well as linking to a more comprehensive definition, courtesy again of FanGraphs in most cases.
Posts will be semi-regular, you can probably expect one every few days.
If you’re a fellow tumblr-er, feel free to follow and inbox questions, if I get enough of a following I’ll do periodic mailbox Q+A sessions. If you’re not, feel free to as well! I’m not sure if tumblr is the best battle-tested platform for a serious baseball blog, but I feel it’ll work well.
Hope to be posting and hearing from you soon!
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