Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 10/10/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:22
heh
Cubs Fan
12:22
Do I start panicking if the Cubs lose tonight, tomorrow or no need for panic at all?
Dan Szymborski
12:23
Panicking doesn't really solve much!
JT
12:23
Has carson been a BBWAA member longer than you? WIll he get a HoF vote before you? If so, how does that make you feel?
Dan Szymborski
12:23
He has. I was a little lax about asking - it's apparently very likely I could've gotten in years before I did.
12:24
I'm essentially in because Jeff Passan gave me a "stop being such a wuss" pep talk.
As to my plans for Cystulli, I don't want to give him time to counter those.
Bob
12:25
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!
Dan Szymborski
12:25
I thought it was mental health day too?
We need either more days of the year or fewer day-related celebrations.
Ian
12:25
Should the Braves avoid spending money on free agents?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
Yes
Erik
12:25
How much better are MLB pitchers at hitting than a decent high school baseball player (good but not good enough to play in college or get drafted)? The fact that pitchers can even hit .100 despite being years away from practicing hitting regularly is quite impressive.
Dan Szymborski
12:26
There's kind of a base. Anyone reasonably experienced with a baseball bat, between 20-40, and not riding around on a rascal can probably get at least an occasional hit with a bit of practice.
Because lots of hits are identical.
Sonny
12:26
Bumgarner reviving Schilling's HOF credentials, how long before Curt/Mussina get in?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
It's absolutely absurd that they aren't in now.
Enzo Amore
12:27
Familia's postseason "problems" are just a combination of cherry-picking, bad luck and randomness right? He's still a capable closer?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
Yes, yes.
Sean P
12:27
Dan, many in the baseball/sports media that I'm following on twitter have been offering their political opinions to the point where it is borderline unbearable. In the past, you've mentioned in this chat and on twitter that you personally are against sports media sharing political sentiment on twitter and don't see the effectiveness of it. Have you ever considered writing a longer length rationale of your stance? Or is this a mess that you'd just prefer to stay out of?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
I's a personal stance - I'm not really against *others* doing it, if that's how they feel they want to communicate with their audience.
12:28
I don't like Twitter politics - you can't make subtle points in 140 characters.
So twitter political discussions, even of very smart people, turns out to be some zinger of someone on the other side to get as many high-fives if they can.
12:29
And it also is tangentially related to the other thing I don't like about Twitter - the righteous ganging-up on people.
12:30
Justine Sacco's tweet was tasteless and poorly judged for the audience, but the fact that it had such an effect on her life -- I shouldn't even know her name -- reflected fairly poorly on the Twitter world.
LudeBurger
12:30
"Aren't you ZIPS? You're just a computer program!" - twitter dumb dumbs
Bob
12:31
Seriously, just slide better, right? It's not like we're talking about Hrbek lifting Gant off of 1st, you're failing to maintain contact due to your excessive speed.
Dan Szymborski
12:31
Oh, not doing the Lightning Round, so asking things in-line.
Matt
12:32
As someone who appreciates the power of unintended consequences, I'd love your opinion. The idea of being called out due to a momentary lifting off the bag in a slide is quite bothersome, but in what way is it possible to create a rule that would not endanger the entire concept of being out if you're not on the bag when tagged?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
That's the real issue. I don't like judgment call rules unless the situation actually demands we have one.
Stay out of Medford Dave Cameron
12:34
Any surprise non-tenders out there?
Dan Szymborski
12:34
I keep telling myself that the Royals would non-tender Hosmer, he was actually pretty lousy for the year overall, but then I smack myself because there's no way that can actually happen, si there?
12:36
I could also see the Mets *maybe* non-tendering Duda
We're talking surprises here, after all.
Baloo
12:36
What would you consider Britton's trade-value to be in terms of young Tiger SP? I imagine Fulmer would be too much and Boyd too little, but I don't know that I'd be comfortable letting Norris go for a RP, which probably means it's the closest to being fair. Thoughts? Seems like a potential match-up, need-wise.
Dan Szymborski
12:37
Would have to think about it, but given what Chapman and Miller ended up going for, I'd even try for more. Again, I don't like talking about theoretical packages since willingness is almost as important as the players involved
Erik
12:37
Why was Baez awarded a single followed by an out at second on that play? Didn't he reach second, then leave second, and then get tagged out, technically? Isn't that a double?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
I'd call it a double and an out, but I'm not sure the exact rule that controls here
Sonny
12:37
i like the current 1-5-7-7 playoff format. come at me
Dan Szymborski
12:37
The 1 is fine with me.
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