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Monday, February 15, 2016

The rise of FanGraphs: Stats site gives fans, front offices view to baseball’s evolution

And there David Appelman sat, home from college, living in McLean with his dad, frustrated with his job. To get ahead in his fantasy league, he regularly read the analysis on a Web site called BaseballHQ.com. As he sifted through the data, he thought he could apply the skills he was using at work – graphing all manner of information for AOL – and apply it to baseball. In August of 2005, to the notice of just about no one outside of his family, he launched FanGraphs.com.

“It was sort of a side project, but I hoped it would turn into a business,” Appelman said. “I wanted to make it a real thing in case it could be.”

It is, indeed, a real thing. Those first few days, the site received three or four hundred hits, primarily because the blog Baseball Musings gave it a small plug. By the following summer, when it received about 1,000 visits a day, Appelman quit his job.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 13 comment(s)
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