Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/25/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:16
I lived on Kenilworth growing up.
But the best sledding? You can't do it now, but you know that wooded inclined hill on the charles street kenilworth corner?
12:18
There -- at least used to be -- a really clear trail through those woods that was an amazing sledding run. It was like a luge track. You could start halfway up and get an amazing curvy ride and you'd never ben in danger of htiting a tree because the trail was slightly recessed with sides.
We used to make a ramp coming out of those woods so you'd fly 10 feet and nearly brake every bone in your body.
The lightest one of us, a friend of mine named Bob, would go down first, becuase he had the easiest time stopping before running into the intersection.
And he could help catch the rest of us to keep us from going into traffic.
Strelnikov
12:19
Your thoughts on Carlos Rodon? Can he take a big step forward and repeat his last August? And it appears that the ChiSox defense will improve somewhat over last year.
Dan Szymborski
12:19
I think he'll be fine. Lot of upside.
Sir Nerdlington
12:19
Do you include any of Zimmerman's DL probability data into the projections?
Dan Szymborski
12:19
Yup
Ryan
12:19
If the White Sox sign Fowler what do you think would be their best outfield alignment? I would assume Cabrera, Fowler, Eaton from left to right given Eaton has a better arm than Fowler, but I wonder what your projections say.
Dan Szymborski
12:19
Eaton has a better arm than fowler, but Fowler's range isn't that great.
Jake Harris Levine
12:19
Yo. What are Trout's comps? Surely if Bryce gets Teddy Ballgame...
What's the ZiPS schedule this week, brosef?
Dan Szymborski
12:19
You'll have to wait and see, won' tyou!
12:20
Shared schedule on Twitter. It would be unfair to the people who endure me on Twitter to say otherwise here.
Matt
12:20
Hey Dan.
Dan Szymborski
12:20
Yo
Skarp Hedin
12:20
Ask people to mark their off topic q's, dude. Easier on you
Dan Szymborski
12:20
There's a star button.
Jesse
12:20
Rough AL Tiers?:

Red Sox

Astros
Yankees
Indians
Rangers

Blue Jays
Mariners
Angels
Rays

Some Ordering of the Rest?
Dan Szymborski
12:20
The Red Sox are not in a tier above.
12:21
Frankly, I'd put most of the AL in the same top tier. All the best and worst teams are i nthe NL.
Sirras
12:21
Not ranking but close I guess: Whose rotation would you take if you were to bet on the most effective staff for this coming year? Cubs? Mets? Nats? The field?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
Cubs
Matt
12:21
When do you expect to have all of the ZiPS projections done?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
Before spring training opens.
mtsw
12:21
Are teams signing guys to opt-out contracts taking insurance policies out against the possibility they don't opt out? Seems like any situation where say, Cespedes or Heyward stay is a situation where they've been hurt or declined dramatically.
Nelson
12:22
I heard your voice for the first time ever last week (on XM). Why do you sound so happy? Calm down, some of us are bitter and depressed and dont need to hear you chirping about.
Dan Szymborski
12:22
It's hard to tell - teams don't usually share much info on their insurance policies.
Oops, out of order
I'm very excitable. And the more excited I am, the faster I start to talk and the higher-pitched my voice gets.
12:23
I write about baseball for a living, now with some eSports in the mix. I'm in the BBWAA now, I got a cool nickname. Why wouldn't I be happy?
If i was grumpy, that would be kinda ungrateful, don't you think?
Guest
12:23
Think it'd be wise for the Astros to look into extending Carlos Gomez? What kind contract do you think that would look like?
Dan Szymborski
12:23
No, I think he's on the decline.
Dan
12:23
What are the projection systems missing when it comes to the Royals?
Dan Szymborski
12:23
I'm not sure they are. There's a very quick tendency to assume errors are predictive.l
Colin
12:24
With the Cardinals and Pirates pretty clearly behind the Cubs at this point in the NL Central, which one of them would you be less surprised to see upset Chicago and win the division?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
Cardinals
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