Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 12/5/16
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anonymous
12:39
USA won Capcom Cup! No question. Just excited we're #1 at something esports-adjacent
Tom A.
12:39
If you are the Cubs, does it make sense to sell? They are so deep that MLB acquisitions have diminishing returns. Would be better to build the war chest for future or as ammunition to fill needs in case of injury/underperformance.
Dan Szymborski
12:39
I don't think so. There's no urgency to reducing their depth, you don't know what the future will bring and it's not like the farm system is empty.
Fat Kenny G
12:39
Just bought OOTP 2017 yesterday for a buck. Have you played it recently? Any tips for a beginner?
Dan Szymborski
12:39
It's a good game. No real specific tips, you gotta figure that out on your own!
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:39
Who will have the least interesting offseason? Someone like the Padres, Brewers, or Reds, teams that have initiated rebuilding sequences, have jettisoned most of their present value assets, and are content just taking wild card fliers and letting their youngsters take their hacks?
Dan Szymborski
12:40
I think O's will be pretty boring overall.
Julio Pepper
12:40
Why one earth would the Braves trade Albies+ for Chris Sale? This is like the opposite of what they should be doing.
Dan Szymborski
12:41
The Braves are tricky as they've sent a lot of mixed signals in the last couple of months - gauging where they actually think they are in the rebuild, as opposed to what they leak and what they outright say in public, is very difficult.
Gary
12:41
Jarrod Dyson = Underheralded Billy Hamilton?
Dan Szymborski
12:41
Yup
Zihuatenejo
12:42
Who do you expect to get the most ABs at second for the Dodgers in 2017?
Dan Szymborski
12:42
With Turner now looking likely to re-sign (at last check), the odds that Kiké is the best bet over any individual other in the field.
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:42
Who is your favorite non-ace pitcher to watch ever?
Dan Szymborski
12:42
Wakefield. I love knucklers.
Chachi
12:43
I just want to mention the mixed feelings I have in that I'm excited for ZiPS projections but am dreading the upcoming months of following you on twitter and having your self-satisfied musings appearing on my timeline.
Dan Szymborski
12:43
There *is* an unfollow button, guy.
Mike M
12:43
It seems like a lot of the FG guys are down on Soler. He had a very strong second half despite battling injuries and is still very young. Why isn't there more optimism?
Dan Szymborski
12:43
Because he hasn't been healthy *and* good yet.
Soler being a really good player now depends on some really old minor league data.
Zihuatenejo
12:44
Are ZIPS' player comps age-to-date, a specific season, or ?
Dan Szymborski
12:44
near-age recent seasons.
Erik
12:44
I've never enjoyed statcast info half as much as I think a sabremetrically-inclined fan is supposed to. Metrics like wRC+ manage to take basic box score data and turn it into something intuitive and easy to use in a way which you could almost describe as beautiful. Statcast, in comparison, seems almost ham-fisted: "He hit the ball real good." Do you feel the same way, or can you show me how to like those stats the way I am supposed to?
Dan Szymborski
12:44
What you're describing is the fact that we're still very early into the statcast era.
The fact is we're still making sense of the flood of new data, to the extent that we're still not really sure what different things MEAN.
12:45
So a lot of the time, it's cool, but we're still working on it being meaningful
mtsw
12:45
Steve Pearce is the top name in the Fangraphs search box right now. Does this unseat Trump's election as 2016's biggest upset?
Dan Szymborski
12:45
It just reflects that he was *just* signed.
Matt
12:45
Hi Dan. Sorry I'm Late. I'll try to be more punctual next week.
Dan Szymborski
12:45
You'll have to stay after and clap erasers.
mcmadbat
12:45
is shohei otani a top 30 SP right now?
Dan Szymborski
12:45
Yes
Colin
12:45
Do you think having a rule that only allowed a limited amount of stoppages per inning for mound visits AND pitching changes speed up the game? I think it'd make for some interesting strategy decisions at least.
Dan Szymborski
12:45
While from an aesthetic level, I like the idea.
12:46
*But*
MLB has been very careful historically about keeping additional rules out of the game.
The basic rules of play are very rarely changed in baseball.
powder
12:46
"Arizona Non-Tendered Beef" just sounds distasteful.
TKDC
12:47
Assuming Otani is a free agent after 2017, what do you see him getting?
Dan Szymborski
12:47
I think he'll get $150 million.
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