August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 12/29/15
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august fagerstrom
12:03
are any of them typically pictured with a bat?
doesn't the weird Rockies one usually have a bat?
being familiar with the equipment would be a huge plus
12:04
DINGER, that's his name. turns out I was wrong about him being pictured with a bat but his name is Dinger and he lives at Coors, so I'm changing my answer to him
he'd win a home run derby, at least
Anon
12:05
Why are Dodgers still considered front runners in nl west? Their lineup and pitching have stars but a lot of question marks after them.
august fagerstrom
12:05
where are all the question marks?
12:06
they could use another starter or two, definitely, but that can be addressed and it's not like their five-man rotation right now is bad, it's just not up to the recent Dodgers standard
and it still has Clayton Kershaw
second base could be viewed as a question mark, but Kike Hernandez has been nothing but great in his time in the bigs
12:07
beside that I don't see too many holes. looks like a damn fine team to me
Derek
12:07
I stumbled upon William Onyeabor from a random spotify playlist and I haven't been able to stop listening to him. Check his story out, really interesting. Baseball Q: Do you think Mikael Franco will have similar value to Miguel Sano over his career or is Franco down a tier?
august fagerstrom
12:07
yeah his stuff is just autoplaying on YouTube now and I'm really enjoying it
I like Sano quite a bit more than Franco
Sean
12:08
Why are many people predicting a phillies-like collapse of the Tigers? Outside of Verlander, Cabrera, Kinsler, and Martinez, their team is actually quite young. And even their older guys are still pretty good.
august fagerstrom
12:09
because in 2018 they'll have exactly $100 million tied up in a 35-year-old Verlander, a 35-year-old Miggy, a *39-year-old* Victor and a 32-year-old Zimmermann
group could still be fine
group could be aged and bad and there's nothing they could do about it
12:10
not many other teams who could potentially have $100 million unmovable dollars a few years down the road, which is the kind of situation that crippled the Phillies
Kylo Ren
12:11
pressing question:

convo started talking about THE REVENANT, then moved into leo, then into jeter. who has had more sexual partners: derek jeter or leonardo dicaprio?

argument for jeter: biggest athlete in nyc for 2 decades, well known YEAH JEETS story + celeb gift baskets, dated pretty much every "miss" winner in the world

argument for leo: starting at age 19, made gilbert grape, basketball diaries, romeo + juliet, then titantic. thats the recipe for the biggest teeny bopper celeb in the whole world. plus the yacht parties.

im gonna side with leo.

i wish fangraphs would answer this question for me.
august fagerstrom
12:11
gonna say Leo
wow they're the exact same age
yeah, Leo, though. he lives the bachelor life so hard
Owen
12:12
Do you personally care if an athlete takes HGH?
august fagerstrom
12:13
personally as in does it affect my judgment of their character? if that's the case, no. i wish they wouldn't do it, it makes me a little sad, but I don't think guys are lying/cheating/scummy people if they do
rick hahn
12:13
Am i signing Cespedes, Upton or Gordon?
august fagerstrom
12:13
not sure if you're asking me to choose one or if this is a yes-or-no question
but
the longer this all goes on the more I kind of think the White Sox end up with one of them
12:14
could see Upton in a White Sox uni
Northsider
12:14
The Cub's mascot Clark doesn't wear pants. He'd be a speed demon. Everyone knows pants only slow you down!!
Matt
12:14
The Brewers mascot probably can mash. Basing this completely on mustache power.
august fagerstrom
12:14
important points
bryan
12:14
The Padres mascot often has a bat... fat man with a bat = slugger at first base! Also the monkish dedication to his craft has gotta help.
The Dude of NY
12:14
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Creates a powerful Steamer projection That hates your favorite team's roster selection And dooms them for failure, fate predestined
Max
12:15
What do you think about Jason Heyward playing a full season in center?
august fagerstrom
12:15
think he'll be just fine
though the Cubs outfield defense as a whole is still very suspect, being that he's flanked by bottom ten? five? defensive corner outfielders
Owen
12:16
I'm not sure what to make of Byron Buxton. Is he a good baseball player or just a great athlete that plays baseball?
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