Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 10/7/16
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10:47
Do you think Kim Ng will eventually land a GM role? Here name seems to come up quite often and not just because she is a woman.
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
I'm not actually sure what her level of interest is? I admit I haven't followed that closely but it sure seems to me like her name is brought up most often by fans, not by news reports
10:48
But I see that Ng is under consideration with the Diamondbacks. So maybe/hopefully someday
10:49
The cynic in me wonders if she's considered so often because she is a minority candidate
I'll just leave that there
Nate
10:50
How long will it be before teams dismiss the traditional "closer" role altogether? I hope it's sooner rather than later.
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
It'll still be a while until there aren't designated closers, but the role itself will continue to evolve
mijo
10:50
What do you think about cutting down the regular season as well? Dont we have a pretty good idea as who the best teams are after 130 games or so? Im trying to put more games towards to playoffs to better reflect the grueling season. Or does baseball want it like this?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
I'd be happy to have a shorter regular season, but the owners would be less happy
jon
10:51
Jake Arrieta gets traded in the offseason. What would it net the Cubs?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
Regret
JMaddon Glasses>HCaray Glass
10:51
Talking with a Cards fan frenemy of mine, we surmised that all fanbases boil down to two groups: 1. people who understand the game (or want to understand the game), and 2. partisan jerks. In your experience as someone who writes about sports, do you feel this is accurate?
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
In any beer bar, there's a core group of patrons who appreciate and seek out the most complexity they can find. They have advanced palates and they derive pleasure from new experiences, both good and bad. There's then a bigger group of customers that's just there to get drunk
Cubs Fan
10:56
FG gives odds of winning playoff series and it seems like any one team's chances are tiny. How do you explain teams like the Giants and Cardinals who over the last 10-15 years consistently advance in the playoffs? Are these just teams that are more lucky than their opponents over a small sample size, or do they have some trait or attribute that gives them a better chance in October than the numbers show?
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
The Cardinals have made the playoffs almost every year since 2000. Over that span, in the playoffs, they're 65-60
10:57
Now, the Giants -- they've gone 35-14 since 2010. That's absurd, and amazing.
I don't know how to explain that, but it *is* 49 games. Remember that year recently where the Dodgers went 42-8 or something over a 50-game stretch?
Odor's Left Hook
10:57
Do you predict regression for the Rangers next year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:57
Yes
Jedidiah
10:58
Does Andrew Triggs win his first Cy Young in 2018 or 2019?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
I think 2016 actually but I didn't have a ballot
Doug
10:58
Shouldn't Atlanta look to sell Teheran this offseason? Could they get close to a Shelby return considering the weak market?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
I am in your camp, but the Braves are not
Sgt. Pepper
10:58
Will this Jays series be considered a disappointment if there isn't at least one punch thrown?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
Do you watch baseball for the punches?
Tanner
10:59
Have you ever had an itch to take, say, a week/two weeks/a month to write an article several times longer than you normally write for FG? Or has FG considered occasionally having longform-style pieces?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
Every so often I see an amazing long article out there and I get jealous. I loved Mina Kimes' recent ESPN article about Korean hitters and bat-flips. But ultimately I just don't have the capability right now to pull something like that off. Too much daily demand, and we don't have the financial or personnel support network that would allow me to put so much time into one or two things
Erix
11:00
Do pitchers do any better or worse on pitches they shake off the catcher for?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
No idea but I'd love to know
Probably not recorded by anyone in the world
Zach
11:00
What are your expectations for the Sens this year?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
I always expect them to win the Stanley Cup because with hockey I am an intentional moron
botchatheny
11:00
will this chat turn into a game blog? or will another live chat be setup?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
No more chats today. Sorry!
11:01
But I do need to get going so I can write and watch
So thank you everybody for hanging out, and I'm sorry for what I didn't or couldn't address. We'll do it again next week at the same time, and until then, be well and have great days
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