Funs Created Prospects!
OK, remember that formula Tom Tango put together to identify the most “fun” players in baseball? I get the sense that some people took that a wee bit more seriously than Tom (or I) intended. I suppose that speaks to a much larger conversation about advanced metrics and their effects on fanhood. For some, advanced metrics have opened up the game and made it more interesting. For others, advanced metrics have dehumanized the game and made it less interesting. We can save that conversation for another time.
This fun player formula? It’s just a lark. It’s just a goofy thing to pass the time during spring training. Apparently, someone on Reddit came up with a name for the formula — “Funs Created” — and I think that’s a great name because it tells you exactly how seriously you should take it. Tom’s just fooling around with this. And so am I.
But if we’re just fooling around — then what’s even the point?
Well, I’m so glad you asked! I’ll play around with it for the next while, starting with today’s escapade: I took the ZIPS 2023 projections and plugged in the Funs Created Formula (which I adjusted just a touch to incorporate defense) and found the top 10 fun prospects in baseball. Some of them are considered top actual prospects. Some are not. But all of them offer the potential for fun!