Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 2/10/17
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Curtis
10:49
Aside from stats, which players do you just like watching play?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
Billy Hamilton, Jameson Taillon, Marcus Stroman
10:51
And a bunch of really great players
Ricky
10:51
I would like to see Billy Hamilton awarded second base, having him steal 3rd and home to win the game without an official plate appearance
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
Just gotta get him on the Padres
The Toe
10:55
I'm not an Almora believer and I like Candelario's bat. Put Candy at 3rd, Bryant to RF and Heyward to CF. Retort.
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
Doing that with Candelario makes you worse defensively at three positions. Almora seems like an outstanding running and defender, and defense was a huge contributor to the Cubs just winning the World Series.
Tomorrow
10:55
Brandon Finnegan what are your thought on his stats this season ? Thanks
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
I think the schedule has kind of worked against him, and he also got screwed by his own strike zone. I think he's a No. 3 today
Evan
10:56
I think Forbes is making the mistake of valuing franchises like businesses when the reality is that they are toys for rich guys that are only available in limited numbers.
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
Baseball teams are always saying that the Forbes numbers are off
Nathan
10:56
Will you end up watching more Brewers games than normal because of guys like Broxton and Santana?
Jeff Sullivan
10:57
Not more full games, but more partial games
I can't imagine what it would take for me to want to watch a full Brewers game
Graves
10:58
Follow up: On the build a switch hitter question, a player with Cabrera/Votto's swing, a Marisnick cannon, Kiermier glove, and Hamilton speed would be worth roughly how much WAR?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
Probably something like 13 or 14
It's funny how close Mike Trout is to being essentially a perfect baseball player
(Mike Trout!)
Ron Gant
10:58
Assuming they're each healthy and pitching as projected, what kind of return can the Braves get for Colon, Garcia, or Dickey at the trade deadline?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
Not much. Garcia might have the most trade-value upside. But no team is going to look at any of those guys and think they can really boost themselves in the playoffs
Nick the Stick
10:59
Who's better at baseball, AJ Pollock or Mitch Haniger? AL and NL MVPs?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
A.J. Pollock is amazing
Minty
10:59
Do you think Baez will improve offensively, or should realistically just be content with how fun he is to watch already?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
I bet he ends up with a career wRC+ in between 100 - 110. But he's going to be an exciting non-elite player
The Toe
11:01
Why wouldn't the FO's of both the Tigers and Cubs love the idea of an Arrieta for Verlander swap? The Tigers get rid of the contract while still remaining competitive for 2017. If they fall out they can flip for prospects. Cubs get a controlled Ace for less than Arrieta will command next winter.
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
Verlander's contract isn't a problem. He still has surplus value. Dealing him for Arrieta would be a waste
The Showstopper
11:03
I tried to send this question but I hit enter too soon... Would a club benefit from employing a coaching staff of an Offensive Approach Coordinator. Defensive Strategy Coordinator. Pitching Strategist. And a set of In-Game Strategy Analysts as opposed to Hitting coaches, Pitching coaches and Bench coaches? The game is too fast, and baseball could learn from football by employing coordinators and analysts instead of the traditional coaches that don't seem to contribute all that much to actual in-game situations.
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Those other coaches aren't really supposed to benefit in-game situations. They're supposed to make their contributions when the games *aren't* being played. As for the strategy, much of that is pre-determined. Teams go in knowing how they want to respond to various situations. The game doesn't move too fast for, say, Joe Maddon.
Manny
11:04
If a player is DFA'd then traded, do the team that acquired him have to put him on their 40 man?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Yep
the greek
11:05
hi, which team could surprise the world this year?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
Rays, Rockies
RJ
11:06
It would behoove Seth Lugo to throw his curve a lot more often a la Rich Hill. Agree or disagree?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Probably a little more, but he hasn't demonstrated good enough control of it yet to really skyrocket the usage
Cubbies
11:06
Does Profar lose playing time with Napoli on board and same for Bird with Carter in town?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Yes
Matt S.
11:06
What organization do you respect most from an analytics perspective? What do you see as the biggest gap or thing that the top analytics organizations do compared to the worst?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Probably the Dodgers. As has been written this week, the biggest separator is implementation of ideas. You can't just have smart people -- you need complete and total organizational buy-in
filihok
11:07
Is this chat almost over, I need to go hike before work?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
It *is* over!
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