August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 7/19/16
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august fagerstrom
1:20
also Billy Hamilton
real big fan of writing about Billy Hamilton
think I've written more Hamilton-centric posts than any other player
Erik
1:21
Is the much-maligned RBI stat maybe actually pretty useful for All Star, MVP, and Hall of Fame voting? While it's a terrible metric to build a team around since it isn't very predictive or indicative of true talent, it's a pretty good measurement for coming up big at the right time, which is a good approximation of what those voters should be looking for. It's hard to be the "most valuable" if your teammates don't give you the opportunities to provide value.
august fagerstrom
1:21
I actually do think RBI% should get some weight in MVP discussion
just as I slightly prefer ERA to FIP in Cy Young
1:22
it's a philosophical thing, though -- what do you want the award to do?
I think I'm less interested in process and more interested in results when it comes to the awards
Matt Damon
1:22
MATT. DAMON.
august fagerstrom
1:22
thumbsup
Erik
1:22
With homers near record levels, why aren't the home run leaders anywhere close to record pace? How can the average HR per player go up without the HR per player at the top level go up correspondingly?
august fagerstrom
1:23
I don't understand anything about all the new home run stuff, to be honest
Good thing I'm not alone in that regard
Mike
1:24
Was Oakland actually on to something with that chart showing all of Khris Davis's 2015 homers would go out of O.Co? ESPN shows him on pace for 40 this year, which would be pretty incredible out of that park, no?
august fagerstrom
1:24
No, park factors have much more to do with the air than the park construction
1:25
He's projected for 36 homers because he's got a ton of power. His ISO is really no different from his career average, he's just playing more.
Batman
1:26
Is Betances left behind in NY's Bullpen to be current/future Closer?
august fagerstrom
1:26
Think so
Kristen
1:26
Why do SD fans think Norris has trade value? He's hitting a pathetic .208 and has a WRC+ of 75.
august fagerstrom
1:26
Yeah, he's been terrible for more than a year now
dock ellis
1:26
between lindor, correa, boegarts, and seager, who would you prefer to build a team with?
august fagerstrom
1:26
Throw darts. Seriously.
1:27
It wouldn't be Bogaerts, I don't think.
I kinda wanna say Lindor just because I think he's the only one of him/Correa/Seager with a decade-plus guaranteed at shortstop. But, man, the offensive ceilings of Correa and Seager are crazy.
VanExellent
1:27
At this point is Yasiel Puig worth anything more than maybe a middling reliever in a trade?
august fagerstrom
1:27
Yes.
Shin soo-Choo Express
1:28
whoa, shots fired in Cleveland, good thing youre gonzo
august fagerstrom
1:28
there were like six separate shooting the first day everyone started coming in
1:29
also happened to be my last day downtown
E
1:29
I'm glad you enjoy the names, its fun to remember guys who were decent but never show up on any leaderboards.
august fagerstrom
1:29
the most fun
Santa
1:29
Is Rajai's playing time just going to continue to drop with the return of Brantley? Safe to drop for those of us who were hoping to get steals out of him?
august fagerstrom
1:30
He still spells Naquin/Chisenhall vs. LHP, and probably even gives Brantley some days off, as I doubt they rush him back into playing every day
VanExellent
1:30
is Chance Sisco a top 3 all time baseball player name?
august fagerstrom
1:30
lotta good baseball names out ther
Tom
1:31
How good of a catcher is JT Realmuto now, and how good can he be? Is the offensive improvement real?
august fagerstrom
1:31
He's the National League's worst farmer
!!!!!!
framer!
1:32
Please let the record show that I have *not* decided to cast aspersions upon J.T. Realmuto's ability to grow a healthy potato.
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