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Dave Cameron
12:01
Happy Wednesday, everyone.
12:02
You know the underrated part of being on crutches? It's really hard to take stuff with you when you move. Hey, neat, I got this fruit out of the refrigerator... now how do I get it to the table?
12:03
Anyway, let's talk baseball for the next hour or so.
Or the joy of having your knee cut open, if you're into that kind of thing.
Jeries
12:03
What is the most common reason for relievers being unable to start: lack of a third pitch or lack of stamina?
Dave Cameron
12:04
Can't get opposite handed hitters out.
That's not always just a third pitch; it can be predominantly arm slot.
John
12:04
Thoughts on Miguel Montero's comments?  Pretty surprising for a team thats winning, even if they are underperforming
Dave Cameron
12:05
Montero has long had a rep as a me-first guy. He complained loudly about losing his job to Willson Contreras last year. If anyone was going to say it, it was going to be him.

That said, he's not wrong. Those steals were almost all on Arrieta.
Adam
12:06
So can we all agree that MLB is keeping much of the Statcast data private so that they can be the ones to develop the new stats in the way they'd like?
Dave Cameron
12:10
That's one way to phrase it, I guess, if you want to take the most entitled position possible. How about looking at this way? MLB invested a massive amount of money to build this technology, and like every other business in the world, would like to see some return on their investment, so they are in the business of developing data that can be licensed to broadcasters for a fee, helping make Statcast a sustainable product.
12:11
The idea that MLB owes it to us to pay for, maintain, and run this system, and then just give out a full feed of raw data so that they lose any real ability to monetize Statcast in any way, is weird.
LegallyEagle
12:11
What are the primary reasons SBs are down across the league? (i) Teams just valuing it less; (ii) Catchers are getting better at throwing out would-be-stealers; (iii) Modern athletes are less "quick" and are more focused on power, and/or (iv) something else? [I really want a 100+ SB season by a player in my life time...]
Dave Cameron
12:11
Why steal second if the guy behind you is going to HR?
Terry
12:12
JD Martinez and JD Bruce seem likely to be traded, but what teams have an OF opening? Most contenders that have gotten poor OF corner production (e.g., AZ with Tomas, COL with Desmond) seem to be committed to their incumbents for one reason or another.
Dave Cameron
12:13
I would not be surprised to see LAD land Martinez, move Bellinger back to 1B.
JTT
12:13
Dave, were you playing for the Mets when you tore your ACL?
Dave Cameron
12:13
No. If I was, my leuekmia would have also returned simultaneously.
Jordan
12:14
If the Rangers are serious about resigning Darvish, do you think they're justified in holding the team together for another year?  Or should they really be embarking on a serious rebuild?
Dave Cameron
12:14
Probably depends on their read on Otani.
If they actually think he's coming over next year, and that they can get him, then you keep it together.
Tor
12:15
Could Jed Lowrie or Zack Cozart be a third-base solution for the Red Sox?
Dave Cameron
12:15
Lowrie maybe, Cozart no.
12:16
You don't trade for a good defensive SS and stick him at third, a position I don't think he's ever played.
Jeff in T.O.
12:16
Dan, the Blue Jays need a new stadium, but their current location is perfect. What do you think about the idea of the Blue Jays playing out of Montreal for two seasons while the SkyDome gets bulldozed and a new stadium built in its place?
Dave Cameron
12:16
Justin, I think the Blue Jays don't really need a new stadium.
Zonk
12:16
Rusney Castillo appears trapped in AAA, no matter how well he plays, due to luxury-tax implications of adding him back to 40-man or trading him.  Normally, a speedy plus OF posting a .850 OPS in AAA is getting a call.....right?  Will MLB consider a rule change if Rusney remains trapped in AAA?
Dave Cameron
12:17
I don't know that Rusney Castillo has enough clout to get a rule changed, but I do imagine there might some discussion of a tweak that would allow future players to not get caught in the same trap.
E
12:17
Freddie Freeman to 3B is interesting?
Dave Cameron
12:18
Sure. The Braves are bad, so might as well try it.
If he turns out okay there, then you just solved an organizational hole.
Sean
12:18
Why would Maeda, a well-paid, seasoned starter, stand for the quasi-swingman way he's being used in LA?
Dave Cameron
12:19
"Hey, we're going to move guys around so that we effectively have a 7 man rotation, and everyone is going to take turns making up injuries or pitching out of the bullpen. This will keep you healthy, hopefully, and you'll get to pitch in October."
And Miguel Montero just got DFA'd
12:20
This is a great example of being right about the facts but wrong about the wisdom of speaking them.
Rick
12:20
The Braves are rumored to be interested in controllable starters like Gray and Quintana.  Is it too soon in their rebuild process to be trying for such an acquisition?  I find it difficult to believe that the team could be a legitimate playoff contender even by 2019.
Dave Cameron
12:20
The Braves continue to believe that they're better than they are, seemingly.
I know they want to win soon. They just aren't capable of it.
Hector
12:20
Dave, if YOU had to pinpoint ONE reason for this home run surge what would you say it is?
Dave Cameron
12:21
The ball.
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