August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/5/16
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august fagerstrom
12:41
Same WAR as Scherzer and deGrom
He's legit
Henry C
12:41
Is it just me, or are the D-Backs' uniforms absolute fuego?! Among the best in the MLB, imo
august fagerstrom
12:41
I find them repugnant.
CamdenWarehouse
12:42
Mark Teixeira is retiring. I think it's quick obvious that he's not a hall of famer, but he's got to be near the top of best players not in the hall, right? Excluding those who will get in and the "special cases".
august fagerstrom
12:42
That's the thing, there's soooooo many guys in that 45-55 WAR "best to not get in" class
That's what makes the actual Hall of Famers so special
Teixeira's no different than the other hundreds of guys who had really, really awesome career that are nowhere near being legitimate HoFers
12:43
Doesn't mean we shouldn't still celebrate and appreciate him
A. Reitz
12:43
What are the Mets doing? I feel like they're semi-lucky w/ the way injuries have happened w/ their roster. Wright gets hurt, they keep Herrera in the minors. Flores on fire, they pick up Reyes. Conforto in CF? Granderson in CF? Why trade Herrera for another OF'er when you don't need an OF'er!!
august fagerstrom
12:43
I wish I had a better answer for you
old cranky man
12:44
Wasn't there a time when batters were required to make a good faith effort to avoid getting hit by an errant pitch? It seems to me there was. Nowadays I see so many batters make no attempt to prevent getting hit. Has something changed?
august fagerstrom
12:44
Can't say for sure, but always has seemed like one of those things that's "technically" a "rule" but has never been enforced
Which is funny, considering how keen baseball players are on enforcing rules that aren't even rules to begin with
Mr People
12:44
Who would you rather have as the 25th man on a roster: a 55 field/40 hit guy, a 40 field/55 hit guy, or a 45 field/45 hit guy?
august fagerstrom
12:45
Depends almost entirely on the first 24 guys, but probably the first one
Bork
12:45
Is your chat going to go for 2 hours like Jeff's usually goes? You have big handsome shoes to fill.
august fagerstrom
12:45
Jesus, he usually chats for 2 hours?
Why did you tell me this?
CamdenWarehouse
12:45
so you agree with Sullivan that August blows?
august fagerstrom
12:45
absolutely
Jim Lonborg
12:45
Schoenfield says J. Bradley could be traded this winter. As a RS fan, I don't see that as making sense (plus JBjr is a favorite). Your thoughts?
august fagerstrom
12:46
Anyone could be traded. Red Sox would get a haul. Have many other very good players. If they think it makes their organization better, they'll do it
That's no different from anyone else, though
Tim
12:47
The average baseball fan is vociferously attached to their favorite team. I, since getting all #sabr'd six or seven years ago, am way more interested in baseball as a whole, rather than any strong partisanship. Based on what you can tell from FG readers, to what extent, if at all, would you say they are in that second (arbitrary) bucket rather than the first?
august fagerstrom
12:47
I'd say you're in the minority as someone who doesn't work in baseball. I find that the majority of baseball writers lose their fandom naturally. I haven't actively rooted for a baseball team in 3-4 years. I'd say probably 95% of readers pledge allegiance to a franchise though
Daniel
12:48
Corey Seager looks like he's going to be a 6+ WAR player this year. Was this expected? Do you think that this is his ceiling or does he improve with age?
august fagerstrom
12:48
It's so rare for anyone to be *expected* for 6+ WAR
12:49
That being said, he was the consensus No. 1 prospect entering the year, and major league ready
His ceiling is probably a handful of 7-8 WAR years, which is about as high as a non-Trout ceiling can realistically be
Matt
12:50
Is there any hope for the Twins under Paul Molitor? Buxton has been a complete failure so far, Sano has regressed and might be in AAA by next week, and Berrios really struggled in his initial call up. Is it just a case of guys not being as ready as we thought? Or are there huge problems with the way the team manages/develops/evaluates its players? Kepler seems to be the only guy who's adjusted. Even the vets/free agent singings have been huge busts
august fagerstrom
12:50
I see no reason to believe Molitor is the reason for the struggles
Sano's been a really good player so far. Berrios has barely had a chance. Kepler looks good.
Buxton is the only guy that really looks like an issue
Guesto
12:51
If Francisco Mejia breaks Joe DiMaggio's hit streak record, do we care?
august fagerstrom
12:51
Been wondering this lately
I don't think so?
Tom A.
12:52
David Robertson is (a) having some bad luck and a bad stretch or (b) no longer an elite reliever
august fagerstrom
12:52
closer to the latter than the former
Patrick
12:52
Mike Zunino been doing pretty well since coming up. Increased walk rate, seems to be hitting the ball better. True improvement or SSS?
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