Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 3/11/16
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Brett W
9:51
Who is the best outfielder at taking away home runs? Is this a measureable skill, or do park factors and lack of consistent opportunities make it too hard to measure?
Jeff Sullivan
9:52
Super hard to measure. It's mostly about opportunities and wall height. Players have no control over those things. Kiermaier, Trout, and Gomez have historically been awesome but there's so little data
Wade
9:53
I have a question about Rex Brothers. Does he have to clear waivers or is he a FA now?
Jeff Sullivan
9:53
Released. He's a free agent
Jake M
9:56
Do you see it more likely that Fulmer end up a fixture in the White Sox rotation or in the back of their bullpen because of his delivery?
Jeff Sullivan
9:57
Well the *most* likely outcome is that Fulmer doesn't end up a fixture anywhere. But the White Sox pretty obviously aren't scared away by funky deliveries, and they'll give Fulmer every opportunity to start. We still don't know nearly enough to be able to predict a career path based on an unusual throwing motion
Paul
9:58
Why do people like Gossage have such a problem with 'nerds'? His argument seems to have no substance to it just weird ranting.
Jeff Sullivan
9:59
Gossage is a Hall-of-Famer who put everything he had into his playing career. His effort on the field is how he gained his access and power within the industry. He probably doesn't love the idea of there being alternate, arguably easier routes. The nerds haven't paid their dues, so to speak, so by his estimation they're undeserving, not to mention inexperienced
10:02
No one wants to feel marginalized after dedicating decades to a particular pursuit. Gossage probably feels like he's becoming irrelevant. The nerds don't have much use for him or for his knowledge. He did a shitty job of expressing himself, but his perspective is at least understandable
Jells
10:02
how is Jered Weaver on a roster?
Jeff Sullivan
10:03
He's crazy expensive and two years ago he had a 3.59 ERA
Raindog
10:03
Break it down for me: % of baseball players who are retrograde jerks, % amiable generic jocks, % thoughtful inquisitive minded people. Numbers do not need to add to 100 (i.e. overlap/none of the above)
Jeff Sullivan
10:04
Very small population of outright jerks, huge population of run-of-the-mill athletes, medium population of thinkers
10:05
What I *don't* want to know is the population of would-be or will-be Trump votes. As long as I don't actually know I can force myself to pretend it's 0%
Guest
10:05
Over under any MLB innings ever for Danny Hiltzen?
Jeff Sullivan
10:05
I just don't think he's supposed to be a pitcher
Bork
10:06
If your friend clot's while you are watching videos of Korean bat flips does that prove Goose right all along?
Jeff Sullivan
10:06
I just heard him cough in the other room so he hasn't clotted to death yet
Jason
10:07
Hi Jeff. Important question. If I watch/listen to too many Spring Training games, will I be burnt out by the time the season rolls around? I'm wondering if I need to conserve my fandom. Is there an optimal curve to this?
Jeff Sullivan
10:07
Initial excitement is fine. We all love having some form of baseball back. But you're probably going to want to wind down starting next week so you can re-charge
10:08
This is the warm-up lap. No sprinting
Top SP
10:08
The fisrt call up? Giolito, Berrios or Glasnow. Best impact on his team ?
Jeff Sullivan
10:08
I feel like it's Berrios
Phillies113
10:11
Which current under-25 player is most likely to become a crotchety old man complaining about the state of the game in 40 years
Jeff Sullivan
10:11
I don't have a great answer to this so Ken Giles?
mtsw
10:11
If you were a free agent ballplayer, how much bigger would an offer from Baltimore need to be for you to agree to sign with them over an average team, given the risk of flunking their physical?
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
Sorry about that delay, had to tend a little to the patient in the other room
10:17
Depends entirely on my market. If I'm somewhat in demand, Baltimore wouldn't be my first choice. But oftentimes you aren't given the luxury of choosiness. As a player I'd probably be confident in my own health and if I were a position player I wouldn't be all that worried. I might ask for an extra half-million
TF Fredrik
10:17
How long, if ever, do you give up on top 100 prospects? Seems like some guys just take a very long time and a few different teams to develop to be a positive asset.
Jeff Sullivan
10:18
I'm more patient with pitchers than with hitters. I don't know if it's actually true but my belief is that pitchers are more adaptive. And I think it's easier to make the right pitching adjustment than it is to make the right hitting adjustment
Jhonaton
10:18
Who would you pick as the Jays 4th OFer? Pompey? Lake? Carrera? Other?
Jeff Sullivan
10:19
Pompey
Cyril B-B
10:19
Are Carson and Sam Miller best friends yet?
Jeff Sullivan
10:19
I doubt it
Last night I ran into a guy who I swear to god looked like a dead ringer for Carson if Carson were more physically active
It was astonishing. Same glasses and mustache and everything
Dave Kerwin
10:19
Do you think the changes to the Marlin's park will benefit Yelich provided he maintains his approach/batted ball profile, and/or do you think the shallower fences will motivate him to alter his approach in any way?
Jeff Sullivan
10:20
I definitely think he'll benefit -- he has power up the middle, and that's going to be more achievable for him
Raindog
10:20
Do you hang out with Rob Neyer in Portland? I like to imagine you have a monthly baseball dork writer brunch or something.
Jeff Sullivan
10:20
Used to hang out more before he had his kid
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