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Dave Cameron
12:48
Andrelton Simmons.
JT
12:48
So the Cardinals definitely signed Fowler on purpose?
Dave Cameron
12:48
Well, I don't think they signed him on accident.
But in hindsight, too much was made of the timing of these things.
12:49
If they had been penalized earlier, and lost their first two picks to Houston, they would have just given up their third pick to sign Fowler; same result.
Houston would have gotten a better draft pick, but end result for STL would have been the same.
Natitude Adjuster
12:50
When will ZiPS be added to the player pages (and to the Projections pages)? Thanks!
Dave Cameron
12:50
Dan usually updates the full spreadsheet and sends it to Appelman in February.
E
12:50
You think Omar has a lot of support? I thought it was the opposite.
Dave Cameron
12:51
I don't think he's getting in, but I bet he gets 40-50%
Ian
12:51
If your name was Cameron David, how do you think your life would have been different?
Dave Cameron
12:51
Carson would actually call me David
Erik
12:52
In your article on first baseman, you noted that there simply aren't many top players who play there right now. Is that a trend caused by something in the way the game is currently played which should continue or a just a random fluctuation?
Dave Cameron
12:52
Probably some of both. Shifts have hurt guys who have 1B skills more than most.
But positions are cyclical, and we could very well get another run of great young 1Bs in a few years.
Andrew
12:53
Shouldn't teams weight the $/win they are willing to spend based on where they are on the win curve? For example, shouldn't a 88-win team be willing to spend more to acquire a 2-WAR player than would a 78-win team? Do teams operate this way?
Dave Cameron
12:53
Yes, they should and they do.
Brendon
12:55
Current HOF players according to the "best player at their position" argument. C: Posey, 1B: Pujols, Cabrera, 2B: Cano, SS: Rollins? Tulo? 3B: Beltre, OF: Beltran, Ichiro, Trout, SP: Kershaw, Verlander, RP: Kimbrell. Some of these were the best a couple years ago but are still active. Thoughts?
Dave Cameron
12:55
Don't think Rollins or Tulo have much of a shot.
Think Beltran is probably going to be a bubble guy for a lot of voters.
Verlander definitely not a lock
Top 1st Baseman
12:56
Rizzo, Votto, Freeman, Cabrera, Goldie, Abreu...I can keep going. 1st base is quite loaded. What choo talkin' bout Dave?
Dave Cameron
12:57
Actually, you can't keep going, because you just named all the good first baseman, and Abreu is more okay than great.
v2micca
12:57
I agree with you regarding the absurd standards that the current BBWAA has for starting pitchers getting into the hall of fame. So, what does Verlander have to do to win enough of these guys over at this point?
Dave Cameron
12:57
Probably needs another ~5 years of high-level pitching.
And even then, he wouldn't be Mussina or Schilling.
PR
12:58
how many GMs would recognize you on the street and say hello
Dave Cameron
12:58
~5, maybe?
12:59
A few might recognize me and say something other than hello.
Adge
12:59
how many GM's would recognize you on the street and not say hello?
Dave Cameron
12:59
>5
Kenny
12:59
Do you think Eric Hosmer can have a great season (30HR,.375OBP) if he makes minor tweaks to his swing?
Dave Cameron
12:59
No.
1:00
If he could, he would have.
Slew
1:01
Yeah, but Verlander has the narrative. And MVP, spent a few years as the 'best pitcher in baseball', and dates Kate Upton (which should not, but I think does earn him a few votes). I think he'll sail in.
Dave Cameron
1:01
He's at 173 wins in 2,400 innings; both of those would be very near the bottom of totals for HOF starters.
1:02
Even with the voters getting smarter, the standards for what a HOF starter look like remain insanely high
He probably needs to throw something close to another 1,000 innings to have a real shot.
1:03
Alright, that's going to do it for me today. Thanks for hanging out, everyone.
Szym will be here in an hour.
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