Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 5/16/16
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Omar207
1:22
How do you like Rick Porcello this year?
Dan Szymborski
1:23
I have to - otherwise people will find the tweet in which I said the Porcello extension was a fair price for the rest of my life
Joe
1:23
How did the Angels get here? Mismanagement, bad luck, combo?
Dan Szymborski
1:23
It takes a lot of foul ingredients from the culinary pantry of suck to bake this cake.
Erik
1:24
Are there rational reasons to keep playing Ryan Howard and not just cut him and accept the sunk costs? Are they still hoping to recoup trade value? Does this appearance of loyalty somehow help them sign other free agents in the future?
Dan Szymborski
1:24
There's no value to trading him.
Err, playing him
Of course, they're no value to trading him since there's no value for anyone to play him.
1:25
If ESPN Mag does a Writers Body issue and puts me in a speedo on the front page, they're doing me about the same favor as the Phillies are in playing Howard in 2016
Chuncey Wiggins
1:25
What's the grossest meal you've ever eaten?
Dan Szymborski
1:25
A piece of broccoli
Druidiful
1:25
I'm annoyed that I have to wait another 8 days before I can play Overwatch again.
Lucky
1:26
Markakis seems like a solid player still, a capable hitter, not horrible. An injury on a contender he'd be a good replacement. Or should the Braves just release him since he's so damn worthless? I'd really love to get a response from the high and mighty Dan.
Dan Szymborski
1:26
How? He's a 4th outfielder at best in quality.
1:27
Capable hitter? His last .750 OPS was in 2012.
Note that he's not a centerfielder or a plus defensively at the corners
Now, releasing him is pointless because they pay him anyway
1:28
But the idea that they should be looking for a solid prospect ina straight up trade of his contract is pretty disrespectful to the abilities of the other 29 front offices
Maybe the team lucks out, but if someone gives a top 20 prospect for Markakis in a straight-up trade, that's their incompetence.
1:29
Geez, I'm answering only about 20% of the Markakis comments. Is his fan club having all 10 members brigade FanGraphs today or something?
Sam
1:29
Is Dave Littlefield posting on your chat under multiple names? These Braves questions you're getting are EXACTLY how he ran the pirates? SHOULD WE TRADE FOR MATT MORRIS?!
Dan Szymborski
1:29
OF COURSE HES MATT MORRIS WHAT THE WORST COULD HAPPEN BE?
Chicago Mark
1:30
Dang Dan! You keep answering the Markakis questions. Is there just too little of everything else?
Dan Szymborski
1:30
In my experience, if I dont' answer questions on a topic I'm receiving a flood of, the flood never stops
Matt
1:30
Hypothetically, if you had a dog name Nick Bark-akis, you'd be silly to not trade him to your neighbor for their 3 best greyhounds, right?
Dan Szymborski
1:30
Naturally
Matt
1:31
Number of real-life GMs posing as fans in this chat looking for actual advice from you on how they should run their teams. Over/Under: .5
Dan Szymborski
1:31
Under
Bridich is about 0.4 of a GM and he's unlikely here.
Ken M
1:31
Any chance Big Papi gets dealt to a contender at the deadline?
Dan Szymborski
1:31
Now that's just trolling.
OK, Lightning Round Time
1:32
The rules of the Lightning Round are simple: I must answer everything that is off-topic with the exceptions of a few categories (work-related, too personal). This continues until I either catch up or get bored. I usually catch up but if you guys are very talkative, I have work to do and can't be here for the entire day
AND GO
mathenaging '16
1:32
do you have any interest in the new doom?
Dan Szymborski
1:32
Not particularly. That genre of FPS was more my cup of tea 20 years ago than today.
Sirras
1:32
Lightning round: Who wins in an all-MLB boxing tournament (round robin if it makes it easier to imagine)? Same answer for MMA?
Dan Szymborski
1:33
Everybody who faces AJ Pierzynski!
j6takish
1:33
Dan, do you have any off the radar suggestions for RPG's for Snes/Ps1/Ps2, like no square products. Did you ever play Guardians Crusade? It was pretty good, but any description of it that you read is going to sound lame but it was a pretty good game
Dan Szymborski
1:33
How off-the-radar? Are Suikoden games off the radar or too prominent?
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