The Effect of the Diamondbacks’ Humidor on Paul Goldschmidt

Since the beginning of last year when the Arizona Diamondbacks announced they would be introducing a humidor at their home park, Chase Field, there has been a lot of speculation as to how this would affect baseball being played. There is an expected reduction in overall offense as a result, but the question is just how much of a reduction. For those not familiar with the term, a humidor is a device that is used to control the humidity of the objects inside. Usually they are used to store cigars, but in this case this one will be used for Major League baseballs. The specific requirements for the Chase humidor will be 50% humidity at 75 degree Fahrenheit. Alan Nathan, a baseball physicist, took a look at this and in an article for The Hardball Times concluded that there would be a 25-50% reduction in home runs at Chase Field. This is definitely a substantial percentage and with news of the humidor being installed officially for the start of the 2018 season, the fantasy community has be fading Diamondback hitters and talking up Diamondback pitchers. I have been wondering for sometime if this was an extreme reaction to this news and if there was a good way to determine this. Up until recently, I was not sure, until I read an article that gave me an idea for this totally not scientific method feature below.

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Players With More Walks Than Strikeouts in 2017

Author’s Note: This post was originally written as a writing sample for a position as a writer for Fangraphs.com. While I do not think I was remotely qualified for the position at this current time, a few friends encouraged me to give it a shot. For that, I thank them as it gave me the last bit of confidence I needed to finally start this blog. I find it very fitting that this is its first post.

While I would consider myself to be witty (although many might disagree), I was hard pressed to come up with a clever title for this piece. However, I hope the content more than makes up for it. Being that it is the offseason and there is not much going on in Major League Baseball besides the duel between the Royals and Padres to woo Eric Hosmer (at least that was the case at the time of writing, now the Brewers are making moves), I decided to do what I have read other writers do when they are in search of new ideas: play around with the Fangraphs leaderboards. Thankfully I did not have to search long before inspiration struck me. I loaded the 2017 Batting Leaders page and naturally stopped when I got to the third player listed who just happens to be Anthony Rendon. Continue reading “Players With More Walks Than Strikeouts in 2017”

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