Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 2/1/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:59
Alfonseca had an extra finger. And Wickman had fewer.
1:00
OK, not really fewer, but he was missing part of a finger.
mtsw
1:01
Does Baltimore benefit from being in the AL East? Does the extra home attendance and ticket money they get from playing Boston and NYY outweigh having to play in a division with two of the three biggest spending teams?
Dan Szymborski
1:01
I think they benefit from an exposure standpoint, but not sure if it offsets the issue
Murdoc
1:01
Do you think any NL clubs would gamble on the free agent market 1-2 years in advance knowing the DH might soon become a thing?
Dan Szymborski
1:01
No
Dex
1:01
Any chance Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are both blue Jays in 2017?
Dan Szymborski
1:02
Yes
Guest
1:02
what are the chances that Kennedy will bounce back this year for the Royals?
Dan Szymborski
1:02
Bounce "back?"
But he could be OK because of Royals dark magicks.
Matt
1:02
Re the MLB Allstar game: change it similar to NHL but a big-bat whiffle ball tourney. Ghost runners and all
The Original Greaser Bob
1:02
February's the worst off-season month, right?
Dan Szymborski
1:02
Yes
RotoLando
1:03
Who is baseball's Soda Popinski?
Dan Szymborski
1:03
Vuckovich?
Duffy Lewis
1:03
I'm not convinced the cost of having Betts switch positions is less than the added value of having Bradley play center, instead of just having Betts stay in one position and Bradley and Young platoon the other. Am I needlessly worrying? We RS fans worry a lot, you know.
Dan Szymborski
1:03
I think you're overthinking the issue.
Zorak
1:03
Pretzels Getzein got robbed in the CFBBQ name bracket. Best baseball name of all time!
Chuncey Wiggins
1:04
What are the pros/cons having a live cobra batting cleanup?
Dan Szymborski
1:04
Lots of walks. But might bite your stars.
groucho
1:04
Looking at projections, it's pretty clear that Harper deserves to get (at least) $40 million aav on a long term deal as a free agent. This would price out nearly every team though, and seems impossible for him to get... Do you think this seems to suggest a saturation, of sorts, on the high end free agent market?
Dan Szymborski
1:04
I'm not sure it prices out every team
Gareth
1:05
Is Dave Stewart the way he is because he hung out with the eccentric Annie Lennox for so many years, when they were in the Eurythmics?
Chuncey Wiggins
1:05
Dave Stewart probably thinks Donnie Darko is a good movie.
Corey dickerson
1:05
Dodgers have 4 lefties
Dan Szymborski
1:07
Only one of whom is good enough that facing him enough could possibly have a real effect on the bottom line.
And I fail to see how Kazmir being a Dodger in 2016 or his 3 career plate appearances against Ryu could have been deflating his career statistics through 2015.
1:08
(Dickerson for those not paying attention)
Guest
1:08
Warren or Hendricks for the final rotation spot in Chicago? Hendricks has options.
Dan Szymborski
1:08
I think Warren starts off in the pen.
Jason
1:08
If Hamilton struggles, who gets called up first, Mazara or Gallo?
Dan Szymborski
1:08
Depends how they're playing at the time.
Gareth
1:09
Terry Francona said the other day that the Indians have another trick up their sleeve. Its likely it'll either be a David Freese or Juan Uribe signing. Who do you personally prefer?
Dan Szymborski
1:09
Uribe.
Sean
1:09
Segura was once a highly regarded prospect and is still only 25. Good minor league numbers. Isn't there some opportunity, however unlikely, for him to be a better bounceback kind of guy than a typical player?
Dan Szymborski
1:10
There is some, of course. If there wasn't, I'd be panning the trade instead of just calling it meh.
Matt
1:10
Better Dave with a first-name last name: Dave Stewart or Dave Thomas?
Dan Szymborski
1:10
Thomas. Canadian humor *and* Wendy's.
Zorak
1:10
If you suddenly got the ability to accurately predict the future in baseball only (IE can't predict lotto numbers or stocks or what have you), would you adjust ZiPS based on what you know the season outcome will be? Or just retire from ZiPS to become a full time gambler?
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