2017 Opening Day Live Blog Extravaganza
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Rick
12:10
What are the backfields?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:10
The fields set off to the side, away from big league spring training stadiums. It's where minor leaguers work out and play games during the spring.
Matt
12:11
I'm sure you'll cover this in a couple weeks once you get to the Angels top prospects, but can Jefry Marte hit?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:11
Not rookie eligible but I think he hits enough to stay in the big leagues, yes.
Dr Evil
12:11
How do you forecast command with young pitching? Is it mostly athleticism and mechanics? Are there specific body types that might lend themselves to better command (other than maybe height?)
Eric A Longenhagen
12:12
You hit on the major points
Tyler
12:13
I agree with you on the shifting thing was just a stat I heard today that surprised me. But in the sox game today Cole's reaction after the shift on Sandy was pissed. If the pirates did not shift then sox might not have scored a single run that inning.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:13
Yeah he was clearly furious.
12:14
Has Leon ever bunted before? That might be something an advance scout would see.
Michael P
12:14
Do you see Frankie Montas as a bullpen piece long term?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:14
Yes
12:15
Your 16 year old cousin, Ryan Dull, is done with computer club and striking out the side.
Matt
12:15
Just double-checking, Ryan Dull is 16 years old, right?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:16
Confirmed
He needs a ride to the mall.
Ghost of Greg Maddux Past
12:16
If Jurickson Profar had been healthy, do you think he would have become the player scouts thought he would in 2013?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:17
A polished and versatile infielder with modest across the board tools and great baseball instincts? Yes.
There was some dissent about how much upside was really there, but yeah I think he would have already had a pretty good career at this point.
Michael P
12:17
Dull should be closing by the end of the year if Oakland ships their bullpen vets out at the deadline. Over Doolittle imo
Eric A Longenhagen
12:18
I'll throw Montas' hat in the ring
Rick
12:21
lol there's like 4 security guards beside Klay Thompson
Eric A Longenhagen
12:22
Sounds like some of those early 00's Villanova teams
I see UNC won the thing
Cakers
12:23
Was Graveman actually good tonight or is this because it was the Angels?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:23
His fastball was good. 93+ with heavy sink.
Shirtless George Brett
12:24
Eric A Longenhagen
12:24
I'm not sure Jeff is right given the way current environmental policies are being altered....
12:25
I think it just means the guy operating the scoreboard in Cincy is a nerd.
12:27
2-out walk by Norris, Joyce on first. Healy is up.
And Norris is behind.
Tyler
12:27
What does Justin Dunn need to work on? My father was one of his high school coaches.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:28
Nothing specific, just needs reps as a starter. Command needs to improve, but every pitcher is constantly working to improve their command so that's not a revelation of any kind.
Healy missed a 2-0 cookie AND another one on 2-1.
LudeBurger
12:29
FanGraphs Opening Day chats are superb. Carson is amazing. Eno is fantastic. Sporer is great. You are wonderful. *shakes fist at Sullivan for not being here*
Eric A Longenhagen
12:29
Thanks.
Michael P
12:29
How do TV broadcasters so consistently butcher Spanish pronunciation
Eric A Longenhagen
12:30
Gringos.
Also, as I get older I find myself butchering them more frequently.
My grandfather started mispronouncing names that he had not previously had issues pronouncing, so I'm convinced it's a genetic, aging thing.
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