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Travis Sawchik
1:03
A baseball stadium surrounded by parking lots is always a bad idea ...change the culture. Support a local business before the game
Relsh
1:03
What's wrong with Danny Salazar?
Travis Sawchik
1:03
Nothing. 2.00 FIP
Royce
1:04
What's a star level bat? Something like 120 wRC+?
Travis Sawchik
1:04
Low-end of star spectrum perhaps
Brandon M
1:04
I thought Coors Field was in a great neighborhood when I went over the summer
Travis Sawchik
1:05
Not every ballpark has the same issues, Coors is in a cool spot in Denver.... It's third deck is the problem
Justin
1:05
are the dbacks a dark horse in the west now, and going forward? Or are they just last years white sox? Maybe im crazy but their roster looks pretty decent
Travis Sawchik
1:06
Yeah, they are a darkhorse. I like the Rockies a little more...but NL wild card race should be pretty fascinating
Paul
1:06
I've been to a couple Braves games at the new park, and I have to say it is a lot more intimate than Turner Field. Maybe I'm just used to that sprawling 53k seat stadium, but the Upper Deck really feels right on top of the field. And the pre/post-game experience is pretty awesome compared to non-existent at Turner. Sure, it would've been better if they'd found a way to do it closer to the city - but downtown Atlanta is not a place many people want to spend much time in the first place. The stadium is only 7 miles from the heart of Buckhead. Just my thoughts.
Travis Sawchik
1:07
To be fair to Atlanta, difficult there to find an ideal site, I imagine
Alby
1:10
Just finished your piece on ballpark design. Fantastic job of illustrating how far from the action upper-deck denizens are these days, and a great read too. Thanks.
Travis Sawchik
1:10
Thanks, man
Dooduh
1:10
Re 26th man debate, to alleviate fear that teams will just add another arm, can just make rule that roster can be no more than half comprised of arms. But suspect that the compromise point is what we'll see - taxi squads for each game.
Travis Sawchik
1:10
Expanded taxi usage could be a hybrid solution
The last man in the bullpen will never be able to unpack his bags
Josh
1:11
Is Jose Ramirez the most underrated player in baseball?
Travis Sawchik
1:11
He's pretty damn good and I'm not sure how many people know that. So he might be
Thriller
1:11
I personally just don’t find any upper deck worth it. The time it takes to drive to the stadium, pay for parking, sit in bad seats, buy concessions, time to drive home. Good seats or bust.
Travis Sawchik
1:12
I totally agree with you. I'd have to have lower-bowl seats to consider attending a regular season game in most parks
Vance Law
1:13
Life-long White Sox fan - once went to a game with my grandfather and cousin at New Comiskey and sat in the upper deck. My grandfather looks around and then said, "Holy crap - the birds are flying beneath us. Even they are too scared to come up here."
Travis Sawchik
1:13
If you're in the top of row of some of the new ballparks you are still above the apex of an Aaron Judge home run
seth
1:13
what do you think is Meadows ETA? how do you handle the graceful exit of a superstar like McCutcheon in 'win-now' baseball?
Travis Sawchik
1:13
I think the Pirates would like to hold it off until 2018
Dann
1:14
Taxi usage also would incentivize teams to keep around a lot of younger players on minimum contracts so that they have the options necessary to function. I highly doubt the players association would approve any kind of structure that would hurt the bargaining power of fringe veterans looking for a $2m/year deal.
Travis Sawchik
1:14
Perhaps. Though, most teams are trying to pay 25th man the minimum as is
Guest
1:14
Chances Anthony Rizzo accumulates 10 games at the 2b position, making him eligible in some fantasy leagues as a 1b/2b? He has 2 already
Travis Sawchik
1:15
It seems unnecessary to play Rizzo at second base if you're the Cubs
Mike
1:15
I just want to say as a Royals fan I love our stadium. It's nowhere near downtown, but a good tailgate is part of the culture due to ample parking. The stadium has character, the prices are reasonable, and Ken Harvey once got hit in the back by a relay throw.
Travis Sawchik
1:16
Everyone loves about the park ...but it would be better in the city center. Better to have a healthy relationship between city-and-ballpark than a tailgate culture, imo.
Padres
1:16
Petco seems to be getting better and better as it ages. Also did wonders for the downtown area. Potential model to follow or unicorn?
Travis Sawchik
1:17
I love Petco. It's a top-three retro there with PNC, AT&T, for me
kevinthecomic
1:17
as i recall, when they were building the new atlanta ballpark, the main rationale for its location was that something like 80% of the team's customers lived in the 'burbs -- does proximity to the ballpark increase the incentive to visit it?
Travis Sawchik
1:18
That's true, and you would think so. Atlanta is kind of a sprawling mess so it is tougher to create ideal ballpark situation. Fewer excuses in a place like Chicago
Ian
1:18
Nola to the DL with a back strain. :(
Travis Sawchik
1:18
NO!
Tanner Tenore
1:19
SONNY GRAY
Travis Sawchik
1:20
Soon ... HE will add to an intriguing staff
1:21
Alright folks, thanks for hanging around and talking ballparks. If you don't care about ballparks, next week will be different, I promise. Be good and do good.
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