August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 6/7/16
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august fagerstrom
1:07
Baseball is so easy to predict
Phil
1:08
What happened in 2002 to allow everyone access to batted ball data? Nothing ever goes before that. I can't seem to pinpoint what was released or invented.
august fagerstrom
1:08
Baseball Info Solutions
Danny
1:09
One thing worth adding to the Aaron Nola piece. The curve has the most horizontal break of any curve in baseball, in the opposite direction of his two seam. So when the pitch leaves his hand, the ball could land in two different spots about two feet away from each other. That has got to be really difficult for a hitter.
august fagerstrom
1:09
Actually meant to include this and forgot! Darnit! Yeah, 10 inches of horizontal break one way on the two-seam, 10 inches the other way on the curveball
Nola is so much fun
baby bull
1:09
you say HOF standards should be based on peak not longevity, but how long of a HOF peak must they maintain? always comes back to longevity no? Chase Utley would be a HOF if just based off peak
august fagerstrom
1:09
Utley is a Hall of Famer, IMO
1:10
And I didn't say it should be based solely on peak. Just that, for pitchers, the distribution should probably shift closer to peak than it's been in the past
Duke
1:10
Any idea why home runs seem to be at 1999/2000 levels;
HR/PA%
2000 – 3%
2016 – 2.9%
2001 – 2.9%
august fagerstrom
1:10
Nope! This is the great baseball mystery
1:11
The best theory is that MLB changed the balls at the All-Star Break last year, but Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur did a good job of trying to debunk that theory here: http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/a-baseball-mystery-the-home-run-is-back-and-no-one-knows-why/
1:12
Read that piece. It's got all the information you could want on the home run spike. And it's just an awesome, awesome piece. One of my favorite pieces of baseball writing in the last year. They sent baseballs to a fucking laboratory.
njs
1:13
best walk up music: march of the republic (darth vader's theme).
august fagerstrom
1:13
Not bad. I was gonna one-up you with Duel of the Fates, but I'm not sure how well it fits with a walk-up song in retrospect
1:14
Though now that we're down this road, using a section of Johann Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz as a walk-up song could be cool. One of my all-time favorite pieces of music
Bubba
1:15
Which announcers have the best home run calls? What are they?
august fagerstrom
1:15
For me, no one will ever top Tom Hamilton:
E
1:16
Guys who played in the MLB: Joe Crede, Jeff Fassero, Ryan Church, Damion Easley, Brandon Lyon
august fagerstrom
1:16
yesssssss
Jeff Fassero!
Unrelated to Sal Fasano, I believe
pirates hurdles
1:16
August, Paul O-S wasnt asking about finance, he was asking about Saber books like The Book, Big Data Baseball etc
august fagerstrom
1:16
Oh! I misinterpreted
Big Data Baseball is a great and recent read on the Pirates' rebuild
DCguy
1:17
How many wins does Kershaw get this season? Another MVP season possibly?
august fagerstrom
1:17
He's my MVP right now
Buctober
1:17
How many worry points for Liriano?
august fagerstrom
1:17
hella
Josh
1:17
What's your take on Byron Buxton? Has he made the necessary adjustments to succeed long term in the majors?
august fagerstrom
1:18
Way too soon to tell. He's still got crazy upside, though. Always has
Josh
1:18
What is Valencia's true talent level at this point? .280/30 HR?
august fagerstrom
1:19
Seems a touch aggressive. .275/25?
Guy
1:19
How often does someone make a bad pun with your name to your face?
august fagerstrom
1:19
pretty much never
Buctober
1:20
I know its a homer vote, but PNC has gotta be the best. no bad seat in the house, primantis, and that view. 100/100, A++++
august fagerstrom
1:20
Make it a point to go at least once a summer. View from the upper deck behind home plate can't be beat
Sam
1:20
Will Conforto rebound?
august fagerstrom
1:20
more of an outside shooter IMO
Mike
1:20
If I'm the Yankees, I'm demanding two out of Giolito, Turner or Robels from the Nationals for Miller or Chapman. Reasonable or no?
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