Brad Johnson FanGraphs Chat - 11/3/16
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Brad Johnson
12:00
Good afternoon folks. For those wondering where Eno is...well he didn't tell me.
Bork
12:01
First August, now Eno? You better be good, Johnson.
Brad Johnson
12:01
I think you're in good hands. Maybe. I don't know. (I did this once a week for RotoGraphs during the season)
Erik
12:01
So was that possibly the greatest baseball game ever, considering the context? It was only the 4th extra inning game 7 in world series history, and I'm pretty sure the others didn't involve a 108-year old title drought.
Brad Johnson
12:02
Yes, let's all begin by agreeing it was a fantastic game, all the more so because it looked like a spectacularly unfantastic game for at least half of it
Q-Ball
12:02
One takeaway from this series: Pitchers have limits, and it may be better to trust a few more to get through a series. Chapman and Kluber were clearly overworked.
Brad Johnson
12:03
No kidding. I'm glad managers decided to scrap the old bullpen management cheat sheet, but the new one was only a step in the right direction
they're thinking about the problem correctly now, but the solution they came up with is to break their best arms
hopefully not permanently
Donnie
12:04
Now that the Cubs have broken the curse, which NL team with the longest championship drought will win a World Series first -- Brewers or Padres?
Brad Johnson
12:04
I like the cut of Milwaukee's jib, but they have to squeeze by the Cubs somehow. I feel sorry for that entire division.
12:05
Well I don't feel sorry for the Cardinals. They had their billion years of consistent success
RABBINICAL COLLEGE GUY
12:05
Can you see the Cubs and Indians in the World Series next year? Why or why not?
Brad Johnson
12:06
Well I think it's pretty clear the Cubs are set up to do this over and over again. The Indians certainly have a winnable division, but they got here on some vets having career years
It feels slightly reminiscent of the 2013 Red Sox
JJP
12:06
Are you a beer fan too? If so, what should I drink while I wait 5 months for baseball that counts?
Brad Johnson
12:06
I am a fan of beer but I am not a connoisseur like Eno
12:07
I know when it's good and I know when it's not
I'd go for PBR over the winter to reflect the bleak mood of a baseball-less existence
Lure of the Animal
12:07
Is Eno hungover??
Brad Johnson
12:08
You haven't met Eno, have you? Pretty sure the hangover is permanent
Matt
12:08
You think Bryant or Rizzo ends up the better player by the end of their career? and how long does Bryant keep up his plus Base running \ and defensive production?
Brad Johnson
12:08
I'm going with Bryant for this.
1. I think he's the flat out better player now (by a slim margin)
12:09
2. He's more flexible and versatile
3. Part of Rizzo's skill set is getting hit by a billion pitches. That will eventually come back to bite him
Zonk
12:09
While I think Maddon was out-managed by Francona, I feel Tito left Kluber in way too long, and I also question lifting Crisp for Martinez before they had a lead. That last AB looks different with Crisp, who was swinging the bat well. Thoughts?
Brad Johnson
12:10
When you're dealing with quality managers like Tito and Joe, there's going to be a few times where they look like they're overthinking their moves
if it works, it's all part of their genius
12:11
the problem is, if a guy has a reputation as a managerial savant, they're going to have SOME moves bite 'em in the ass
i.e. Martinez
ideally, the Indians would have a defensive replacement who can also hit instead of Martinez
Michael
12:12
How should the Angels proceed this offseason?
Brad Johnson
12:12
Let's get away from the Cubs for a minute
So the Angels are in a painful little corner of hell
12:13
no farm system, bunch of old guys, thin roster, and demigod Mike Trout.
With Trout in his prime, I think you say "screw it" to the lux cap, keep hiring passable role players, and hope the pitching doesn't implode every single year
12:14
the alternative is to ask a team like the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers, or Yankees for all their base in exchange for Trout. And I don't think it would work.
DJ
12:14
With the season now ending, I'm thinking about the Winter Meetings and how to impress front office employees. I was thinking of bringing in a portfolio of written work (my strong suit) but was unsure of what people would find extremely impressive. Thoughts?
Brad Johnson
12:15
I haven't been there myself, although I plan to make the trip this year. I think what you've suggested certainly makes sense.
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