FanGraphs on ESPN
Some of you may have seen that ESPN gave myself and a few other FanGraphs authors the chance to pen a few pieces for their site during the off-season as part of their Hot Stove U education series. Now that the season is gearing up, we’ve agreed to contribute a piece each weekday to their new statistical blog during the season, starting today. Our first piece looked at Casey Kotchman’s groundballing ways.
If you’re an ESPN Insider subscriber, your account just got a little better (at least, I think so. Hopefully you agree.) If you’re not, you can either join their premium service, or alternately, we’re posting all of the blog posts we write for ESPN (including all of the previous Hot Stove U pieces, plus anything else we write for ESPN going forward) on a blog at FanGraphs. You can buy access to that blog by purchasing the FanGraphs Second Opinion, a 584 page PDF/online hybrid fantasy preview/baseball book that the staff worked exceedingly hard on. The cost for both the book and access to everything we write for ESPN through March 1st, 2011? $7.95.
Seriously. We’re charging $8 for a nearly 600 page baseball book and a year’s worth of articles by our staff. If this isn’t the best deal in the history of whatever, I don’t know what is.
If this sounds like shilling, well, it is. But like the 2010 Mariner Annual (available in book stores tomorrow!), I’m shilling for a product that provides you some crazy good value for the price. We’re not getting rich on any of this, and are providing it at a cost low enough that hopefully anyone who wants to read the extra content will be able to. We’re not going to start charging for USSM, but if you want to support the site, this is one way to do it, and get a great return on your money as well.