August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/5/16
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Guys who played
1:40
Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey
august fagerstrom
1:41
oh yeah! Where's Eric with our "guys who played baseball in the 90's and early 2000's" list?!
Bork
1:41
Who's future is the more grim. Tigers or Orioles?
august fagerstrom
1:41
Tigers
Orioles not burdened with late-career Verlander and Miggy money
Dylan
1:41
Trevor Bauer would be a great fangraphs writer, dude is just a straight baseball nerd
august fagerstrom
1:41
Shit. How did I forget Trevor
Matt
1:41
What MLB player would make the best Beer Graphs writer?!
august fagerstrom
1:41
Got a few answers that I'm not at all comfortable sharing
Hodge
1:42
Does Willson Contreras turn into a top-five catcher within two years?
august fagerstrom
1:42
Defense would have to come a long way
You Better You Better You Betts
1:42
A good example of guys who didn't start playing baseball until later: Lorenzo Cain. Perhaps guys like that are late-bloomers.
august fagerstrom
1:42
Yep, he's the most famous example
1:43
He came up through the minors with great walk rates though
So it seems like that part of the game came more naturally to him
I'm more interested in knowing whether Anderson's late start makes it more or less likely he develops better pitch recognition/discipline
EvanC
1:43
Would you surmise that Beltran will be inducted into HOF as a Royal or a Met?
august fagerstrom
1:43
I'm not certain he'll get in, for one
Though he should
1:44
He seems like the classic case of the Jim Edmonds guy that gets brutally undervalued by HoF voters though
Amazing defense amazing baserunning with a good but not great bat
1:45
Amazing baserunning obviously doesnt apply to Edmonds in that scenario and defense less-so to Beltran but you get the point. The "all-around" guys like Beltran who don't obviously jump out as elite all-time players due to their bat get undervalued. I'm afraid he doesn't make it
1:46
To answer your question -- I'd lean towards Mets because those Royals years were brutal, but it's all personal preference really
1:47
Could be he just has a soft spot for KC as the org who drafted/developed him. Impossible to know
Jay Z
1:47
I live in downtown Seattle but I was in Cleveland for a bachelor party and caught the last two tribe games. Why do people mock the city of Cleveland? We stayed at the Drury, ate dinner at Butcher and the Brewer, and loved everything about the downtown.
august fagerstrom
1:47
Downtown is awesome! It really is.
It gets mocked because the sports teams have been so bad for so long, and there's some ugliness around downtown
1:48
What's downtown really is great though. The city definitely gets an unfairly bad rep
Also -- Butcher and the Brewer is one of my favorite joints downtown. Good call. Glad you enjoyed
ApplePie
1:49
Are you a Future/Thugger kinda guy?
august fagerstrom
1:49
Love love love Future. Enjoy Thugger but don't listen to him nearly as frequently
Steve
1:49
How do you feel about Yadier Molina's HoF chances? Does he really stand out numbers wise?
august fagerstrom
1:49
Will be the most fascinating case
Personally think he should be in.
1:50
Could honestly see him getting bounced on his first year, or being like second-ballot inductee
One thing's for sure: 15 years ago he wouldn't have even been considered
It will be fascinating to see what the makeup of voters looks like when it's his time, and how far we've come with evaluating catcher defense
1:51
ok, I've gotta jet
Hopefully this came close to meeting Jeff's Friday chat contributions
my Dad will sign me off
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