Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 2/29/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:18
Not sure there's a direct comparison. Juan Gonzalez didn't change positions really. Jody Reed's turn down was less relative.
Hans Von Spankovsky
12:18
Does Tyler O'Neill have legit power or more a product of a hitter friendly league?
Dan Szymborski
12:19
He obviously has some or he wouldn't hit that many, but the Cal League is crazy.
12:20
Just as a note, apparently needed to be explicit more than usual, I shy away from the very specific league fantasy questions because more often than not, very specific questions like "Pick 5 of these 9 players for keepers," tend to be very uninteresting for the wider audience.
12:21
Fantasy questions I answer tend to be those that have applicability to at least a significant portion of the readers.
Eminor3rd
12:22
Is there any reason to have the QO at all? If so, is there any reason it needs to PUNISH anyone, as opposed to simply granting advantages to teams losing players?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
It's been a long-established premise, from the very start of FA, that a team losing a significant FA gets some form of compensation. To suddenly change that to nothing after 40 years would be a significant change from the status quo that certain clubs will fight against.
QO honestly, isn't notably worse than any of the other compensation schemes we've had.
Hans Von Spankovsky
12:24
Will stadiums banning dip will that negatively impact players that do, does it give home teams in those park a small edge or will they put it in-between their toes like NCAA kids?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
Doubt it makes a difference long-term.
Ian Desmond
12:24
wait so the best offer I got was as an OF for 8Mil? Can I fire my agent before I sign the deal to cut him out? How could that have been the best offer?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
It's a very weird situation.
Bork
12:25
My biggest question is how much higher the luxury tax threshold will go up in the next CBA.
Dan Szymborski
12:25
Probably one of the most significant questions.
mtsw
12:25
Better bounceback season candidate: Matt Kemp or JJ Hardy?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
Hardy - he can actually field his position and there's at least evidence that injury hampered him.
Bork
12:25
The context is the Rangers are putting a SS in LF. Red Sox put Hanley in LF and look at how it worked out...
Dan Szymborski
12:25
Yeah, but the Rangers aren't risking as much.
12:26
And let's be honest, Hanley wasn't able to sorta fake SS because of amazing instincts or anything.
Zorak
12:26
Is it just small sample size, or is (insert previously unheralded player on a first week hot streak) For Real?
Dan Szymborski
12:26
Yes
Jason
12:26
Do you think working through a complete tear down and rebuild is the best measure of how talented a GM is? Or do the best GMs never allow their clubs get into a position where that is necessary??
Dan Szymborski
12:26
It depends on the franchise. But the tear down rebuild is one of the best opportunities for a GM to display their creativity.
Mike
12:26
Is Freese going to have to wait for an injury in spring training to get a job? You'd think with his history that some team would want him, but I can't think of any obvious fits right now
Dan Szymborski
12:26
Seems likely. Freese isn't very good.
j6takish
12:27
Agents work for the player, I'm sure desmond and fowler got better offers earlier in the offseason then what they ultimately signed for. If the agent misread the market/demand that's bad but if the player was holding out for more money that's on the player
some guy
12:27
Is there a way to enter my fantasy team into a ZiPS calculator and have it figure out my team WAR? I don't want to simply add up my team's WAR as that may result in a karate chop to the head....
Dan Szymborski
12:27
There is no WAR adding in this dojo.
Guest
12:28
Any idea who came up with the term the yips?
Dan Szymborski
12:28
Believe it was originally applied to golf, so probably a golfer.
Big Joe Montferrant
12:28
Let say Jamie Moyer would have stuck around until 300 wins... Would he be a HOFer?
Dan Szymborski
12:28
He would not be inducted I think.
mtsw
12:33
Would a baseball stadium that had a wall or walls in the OF that were effectively so tall you couldn't homer over it be legal?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
Oh, how nice for my internet to grace me with its presence again.
12:34
I don't believe the dimension rules address a maximum fence height, but I imagine the "best interest of baseball" clause would be applied by a commish in this situation.
Rhino
12:35
Polloch has average 133 wRC last two seasons but you regress him to 116 and give him only 525 PAs. Help us understand what you are seeing.
Dan Szymborski
12:35
Well *I'm* not seeing anything.
And second, there are a number of other issues.
12:36
For one, it's not two seasons, it's one in a half seasons. And two, playing time is subject to risk skewness (and last season was his first with 600 PA)
It's projecting 2016, not 2015 and half of 2014, which is far easier to project at this juncture.
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