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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 11/1/18

Poor WS TV ratings; Fielding Bible winners; where baseball strategy is heading; the problem with the Brodie Van Wagenen hire

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: World Series ratings were down, but it shouldn’t really be a concern. Baseball’s viewing trends have followed that of general TV viewing patterns, and this just wasn’t a capital-G Great World Series. It had its moments, but it didn’t have the compelling moments like, say, in 2016, to give it more of a widespread audience.

Bill James Online | John Dewan: Here we have the winners of the 2018 Fielding Bible Awards, which include the usual suspects: Javier Baez, Mookie Betts, Andrelton Simmons, Alex Gordon, and Matt Chapman.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): The trends that triumphed in the postseason could definitely bleed over into the game writ large, like ever-higher fastball velocity, more breaking balls, shorter starting pitcher stints, and more positional flexibility.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: With the Mets’ hire of Brodie Van Wagenen, one can’t help asking themselves if there is a conflict of interest here. Of course Van Wagenen divested himself from CAA holdings, but he still has within his head a ton of off-the-record information on his former clients who are now his employees, and while he claims he will be recused from any future negotiations with said players, one can’t help but wonder if that undisclosed, unauthorized information leaks through.