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Dave Cameron
12:43
And to answer the Kazmir question, I don't think one start is going to change anyone's minds, nor should it. But the anti-Dodger narrative is just so lacking in factual basis that hopefully that crowd realizes the err of their ways pretty quickly.
Erik
12:43
Bautista's obstruction seems like the run-of-the-mill sort of obstruction that used to happen on every double play and was let slide (rightly or wrongly, and you clearly think wrongly). Is the league just cracking down on its pre-existing slide rules, or was this part of the Utley rule?
Dave Cameron
12:44
Please show me any example from previous years of a player literally grabbing the middle infielder as he slides by.
This is the A-Rod slap, just at a different base.
CamdenWarehouse
12:44
Are there any circumstances where a QO for a reliever makes sense?
Dave Cameron
12:45
Sure. Chapman and Jansen will get them.
Reginald Denton III
12:45
Hi Dave! Feel better soon. How old is your kid? I have twin daughters and it's amazing the germs we all spread around to each other.
Dave Cameron
12:46
15 months. We've been lucky that he hasn't gotten sick too many times, but he's great at sharing when he does get sick.
Jeff in T.O.
12:46
FYI, it's snowing today in Toronto and turning to rain for the next couple of days. Pack accordingly.
Dave Cameron
12:46
It's ~70 here in NC. Will be fun to try and figure out what to wear on the plane.
JoeyB
12:47
The rule is to prevent injury, not obstruction. It's magical thinking to start talking obstruction when that is not what the rule is all about.
Dave Cameron
12:48
Again, Bautista wasn't called out for violating the Utley rule; he was called out for grabbing Forsythe's foot, which has NEVER been legal in MLB.
Nicholas
12:48
I asked Jeff this last week, but I am curious as to what your answer would be. Which RF puts up more WAR over the next 3 years: Betts or Stanton?
Dave Cameron
12:48
I'll go with Mookie simply due to Stanton's health issues.
Stu
12:48
Why aren't teams arbitraging away the costs of draft pick compensation? A team that has already surrendered its first two picks, for instance, could sign a player subject to a QO and then trade him (with consent, because CBA prohibits trades of newly signed players without consent) to the team that wants to sign him. Instead of costing the team that wants him a first rounder, it costs the signing team a 3rd rounder. Trade something with value of 2nd rounder, both teams come out ahead. Because compensation isn't zero-sum, incentives are all unidirectional and we should eventually see a market where every FA signs with a small handful of teams who absorb the draft pick penalty and trade to the real teams in interest for a brokerage fee.
Dave Cameron
12:49
MLB won't allow it.
They specifically sent every team a memo this winter telling them sign-and-trades are off the table.
Red Sox in TO
12:49
What is your itinerary in TO? For those of us with tickets to the opener, do we have another opportunity to hear you speak/hang out?
Dave Cameron
12:50
Unfortunately, it's a short trip. I'm in late tonight, then doing Sportsnet 590 in studio from 11-1130 tomorrow, then the sold out Pitch Talks event tomorrow night, then the FG Meetup on Friday night, then fly back on Saturday.
So if you can't make it to either of the Thursday/Friday gigs, I probably don't have time for anything else.
Ampersand
12:51
When do you think is the earliest that Giolito might come up? If there's an injury in the Nats rotation in May, would they consider it?
Dave Cameron
12:51
Yeah.
Eric
12:52
Kluber's velocity was down almost 1.5 MPH yesterday. Reason for concern?
Dave Cameron
12:52
It was cold. Velo is often down in cold weather.
BS
12:52
Well, if the Toronto weather doesn't cure you, your schedule will kill you.
Dave Cameron
12:53
This is only half of it. When I fly back on Saturday, I'm actually staying in Charlotte for the night, because the wife and I are flying to the northwest for a few days on early Sunday morning. So I'm doing four flights in seven days, two of them cross country.
Va Nat
12:53
Love Blake Treinen's stuff. Where do you see his ceiling?
Dave Cameron
12:54
Very good setup guy.
Bork
12:56
You've pretty much made a full hour. Good job Dave! GO SLEEP
Dave Cameron
12:56
Not an option. Have to pack and then drive to the airport. Would say I'll sleep on the plane, but altitude changes + plugged up nasal cavity means that I'll probably just be crying in pain for two hours.
TF Fredrik
12:57
Is Sullivan gonna have like 3000 words on Syndergaard's start today? Or will that be up tomorrow?
Dave Cameron
12:57
August just put his post up on Thor. https://t.co/zUb9zxyE3F
12:58
Okay, I'm throwing in the towel. Or more appropriately, the tissue.
Life pro tip: don't have kids.
12:59
If you're in Toronto this week, hopefully I'll see you at the Pitch Talks event or the FG Meetup on Friday night, and I'll be on Sportsnet 590 from 11-1130 tomorrow if you want to hear me cough and sneeze live on the air.
Thanks for putting up with me at a diminished capacity.
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