Positional Scarcity Isn’t A One-Time Study

Title: Positional Scarcity Isn’t A One-Time Study
Date: February 10, 2014
Original Source: Fangraphs+
Synopsis: I was involved with Fangraphs+ for the 2014 season, providing roughly 50 player profiles that subscribers can find on Fangraphs player pages. I also contributed this article, on the ever-changing landscape of positional scarcity.

If you’re reading FanGraphs+, you could probably explain the idea of positional scarcity with relative confidence. But simply knowing that it exists is not really enough, because positional scarcity is a fluid, evolving idea. In the mid-2000s, the league was flush with power-hitting third basemen, but now the position is scarcer than outfielders and first basemen. It’s not enough to have read about scarcity and committed it to memory, because position scarcity changes all the time.

Now, if you are unclear on what positional scarcity is, allow us to explain (don’t just search it, less you end up on the player page for early-30s Red Sox legend Russ Scarritt, who was once worth more than two wins below replacement level just with his bat).

Continue reading at Fangraphs+.

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