August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 9/13/16
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Aladdin Sane
2:07
Minor 80-grade skills: Heyward's sliding grab coming in on shallow balls. Most people let those awkward balls drop or go into a dive that is much more dangerous if they miss the ball. Heyward's slide makes the play easier and allows him to easily trap the ball if he misses to prevent doubles.
august fagerstrom
2:07
gotta find a .gif I made two years ago of Heyward doing exactly this
it's fucking mesmerizing
I've watched it hundreds of times, literally
2:08
turns out it's actually not exactly what you mentioned, I don't think
LOOK AT HOW SMOOTH THAT SLIDE IS
he like, glides over the grass
2:09
I think the field might be wet. But still
Me
2:10
Who catches Kluber in the playoffs? If I were Tito, I would stick with Perez.
august fagerstrom
2:10
if Gomes is on the roster it'll be Gomes
Kluber loves Gomes
Mug Costanza
2:10
Chase Utley definitely has the 80-grade base rounding tool
august fagerstrom
may very well write about this one day
tengopreguntas
2:11
Does it invalidate the 80 grade, or does it require further study to see which player is truly the craftiest of trixters
august fagerstrom
2:11
both
Jack
2:11
20 grade minor skills- Gregory Polanco staying on the base during slides
Jon
2:11
Josh Harrison's 80-grade minor skill is getting out of rundowns, nobody comes close IMO, and I'm not a Pirates fan
Rougned Odor
2:11
80-grade minor skills: my left hook
Jack
2:11
80 grade minor skills- Clayton Richard's pickoff move
Rougned Odor
2:11
Joey Bats is lucky I only got him with my 70 grade right hook.
Aladdin Sane
2:12
Molina's case is going to be especially odd because it doesn't really rest on his defense, it rests on his leadership and game calling - stats which we can't quantify at all. The entire argument is going to be Molina fans gushing about his intangibles, which will be bizarre as anything more than supplementary conversation for his HOF case.
august fagerstrom
2:12
Right, but that's the thing. I kind of can't stop myself from loving the Yadi intangibles angle, even if it goes against everything I believe in
I don't know why he's my personal exception, but he is
Erik
2:12
Where would you start a statistical investigation into "Yadi pitcher staff-handling magic"? It seems like it should exist, but the only real evidence would be in overdone storylines and in pitch-framing, which guys like Martin are apparently better at.
august fagerstrom
2:12
seems like something someone much smarter than me should do
2:13
in fact I'd be surprised if Russell Carleton hasn't already written something about this
probably invalidating my belief
Scott
2:13
80 grade minor tool: Brian McCann's enforcement of the "unwritten rules" of baseball
Sonny
2:13
Rookie J Papelbon had 80 grade interview skills until someone in the front office sent him to media training. Pretty sure he thought he was a pro wrestler
tengopreguntas
2:14
80 grade - Jay bruce's ability to make sure his sleeve has always been properly fluffed
august fagerstrom
2:14
Love thissss
Aladdin Sane
2:14
I'd like to know who has 80-grade swing checking ability, why they do, and how much difference it makes.
august fagerstrom
2:14
Oooh! This is a really good non-silly one
2:15
I've come so close to writing so many "hitters who foul off a ton of pitches" posts but I can never make any sense of any of them
ernie camacho's specs
2:15
80 grade minor skills: Tyler Naquin's hat height and Jose Ramirez' strut.
august fagerstrom
2:15
wait how have I not noticed the hat thing
and yeah Ramirez's strut is pretty great. I also loved Carson describing his body as "a little bag of flour" on Twitter the other day
one of those things that doesn't make any sense at all until you look at him and it somehow makes perfect sense
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