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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A FanGraphs Update: We’re Asking for Your Help

This is not how I planned to begin FanGraphs’ 15th year.

I wanted to take a moment to personally inform all of our readers about what’s been going on at FanGraphs these past few weeks, and to share our plans going forward.

Starting March 12, after the announcement that Opening Day would be postponed, we have seen a steep decline in our site traffic that has lead to a correspondingly dramatic decline in revenue. Every piece you read and tool you use at FanGraphs is free to access, but they all take money to create. We are a small business. We rely on the revenue generated by site traffic.


As a result of these declines, I’ve had to make fairly aggressive budget cuts to try to keep FanGraphs viable as a company until the COVID-19 pandemic is resolved and baseball returns. This has involved all of our full-time staff members taking pay cuts, laying off the majority of our contributors, and closing The Hardball Times for the foreseeable future. Now we are asking for your help.

Sharing a message that may be of interest to many among our readership.


QLE Posted: March 31, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: appeal, fangraphs

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   1. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: March 31, 2020 at 06:09 PM (#5935338)
Even if you can't afford a membership, you can always click on ads. Hardball Times is already gone. I'd miss Fangraphs if it died too.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 31, 2020 at 06:32 PM (#5935349)
I am fortunate enough to still be working and drawing a paycheck, so I upped my subscription to ad-free and became a Patreon supporter of Effectively Wild (which I should have done a while ago). Those of us who are able to help, let's all pitch in.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: March 31, 2020 at 07:05 PM (#5935361)
For a long time their prospect coverage (and mostly Kiley McDaniel) was the only thing I read on Fangraphs, but I've been very impressed with the site the last 2 years, and especially under Meg's leadership. I pretty much check it every day now. I'm a member already, but they've said they're going to have other ways to support them, including more merchandise, later this week.
   4. puck Posted: March 31, 2020 at 08:30 PM (#5935378)
I kicked in. I like how willing they are to integrate new stats. I don't always agree with them or the implemenation (never liked pitcher WAR based on FIP) but it's cool how they add stuff like wOBA, RC+ etc.
   5. salvomania Posted: March 31, 2020 at 10:44 PM (#5935394)
so I upped my subscription to ad-free

I did, too. It works out to less than a buck a week total, and that makes me think I should be contributing even more cash. What a great site, and a great resource.
   6. John Northey Posted: April 01, 2020 at 01:07 AM (#5935403)
I signed up for the first time this year for a membership - just the $20 one but it was something. Hopefully many others like me who use the site but never paid before will take at least that level.

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