Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 10/3/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:53
Though from a projection basis, the value of the draft pick does appear to be coming from the salary
Sean
12:53
My suggestion is that the Diamondbacks should fire TLR/DS and crowd-source the front office entirely online. How fun would that be?
Dan Szymborski
12:53
Couldn't fail to be an improvement.
Arizona could source it to a time machine asking 16th century people who never heard of baseball and probably be a coin flip to improve
jg
12:53
Dan, first I know you don't work for Fangraphs and/or live inside the brain of Cameron, Sullivan, etc. brain. That said, many of the other chatters seem to say they lost the ability to really be a fan of a single team since they started working in baseball. You seem to still root for the Orioles. Are you at all less of O
Dan Szymborski
12:54
I remain an Orioles fan, but I won't lie that my relationship with my favorite team is much different than it was 25 years ago.
I like to see the Orioles win, but I don't really live or die by what happens with them like some fans will. It's become a preference more than a desire.
And in the end, I'll always watch the most interesting game on, whether or not it's an O's game.
12:55
When I was in high school, I worked for a hardware housewares store in Towson named Stebbins-Anderson. They let us have the game radio on and customers would get into it (there were playoff years) and there was all sorts of high-fives and cheering.
12:56
I'll never love the O's again as much as I did when I was 16 or when I was 6. My job essentially forces me to have a much wider view of what's going on in baseball.
I will never complain a job - many people would love to have it. But I can't completely deny that there's some chunk of my baseball passion on the fan level that has been lost.
12:57
Not passion for baseball itself - I watch about 600 games a year very happily and I certainly don't *need* to watch that many, but simply teh personal rooting interest angle.
Matt
12:57
I think it's time you get with the times and change your name to Dan Szymborsnowboard
Jedidiah
12:57
What's your read on Mike Zunino? Is he back to where he was before or somewhere in between?
Dan Szymborski
12:57
Lord, I have no idea.
Daniel C
12:57
Any thoughts on the Cardinals lousy record at home? Best road record in baseball. Luck or are they not built for their ballpark? Or is the truth somewhere in between?
Dan Szymborski
12:58
Not built for ballpark isn't *that* big a deal. Can't explain the gap. Mostly just chance.
Kevin
12:58
Could you see Coppy eating salary and trading Kemp to the AL? Possibly similar to the Evan Gattis trade to Houston?
Dan Szymborski
12:58
He *should*. Kemp can actually be mildly useful as a DH for a team that for some reason thinks Avi Garcia can play baseball
Bojack
12:58
Postseason uniform patches are a thing nobody asked for, right? They don't complement teams' jerseys and most of the time look like some NASCAR garbage.
Dan Szymborski
12:58
Yes
CamdenWarehouse
12:58
Markakis, Trump, and Clinton walk into a bar...because they were kicked out of Dan's chat.
Page
12:58
Pretty interesting regarding Logan's Freeman question.. What would my Red Sox have to give up to get him? Would Moncada and Kopech be enough?
Dan Szymborski
12:58
I believe so, if that's where they want to go
Sonny
12:59
any insight into Machado's 0 SB this year? Why such a sudden drop off?
Dan Szymborski
1:00
Nobody steals on the O's!
Add in the fact that Machado is super-important to the O's offense outside of SB
1:01
(and defense)
has an injury history
and mostly hits ahead of combos of Davis and Trumbo, there's little incentive
Tyler
1:01
We hear a lot about terrible contracts from the team perspective, but what about terrible contracts from the player perspective? Salvy's first contract extension seemed terrible for him. And I thought Jon Singleton's would be regretful to him, but he's been terrible.
Dan Szymborski
1:01
It happens too. I think you hear more about the bad team contracts for a few reasons
1:02
One, the average fan tends to take the team over players in salary disputes. A lot more GREEDY PLAYER~! than GREEDY TEAM~!
And two, you can see the effect on a big junky contract when a team gets super cautious in free agency or something
Evan Longoria making some millions over lots and lots of millions doesn't have the same actual effect on the team.
1:03
Nick Markakis duck-fighting questions are still Nick Markakis questions, guys.
Alex
1:03
What do you think about the Dodgers getting younger and better at 1st base? Make a run a Freeman this offseason, offer AGon, Bellinger, and DeLeon?
Dan Szymborski
1:04
I don't think either side does that.
mike sixel
1:04
I love you referencing your ESPN work, I don't always see it, there is so much there. Though, I could never own a 5BR house.....
Dan Szymborski
1:04
It's OHIO. It's not a 5br beach house.
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