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  1. You ought to sucker punch Ryan Braun.

    Comment by Sparkles Peterson — April 1, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  2. If one, with gun to head, were forced to choose a game as “most likely to end in pitcher perfection,” one could do worse than Stephen Strasburg vs. 2013 Marlins.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 1, 2013 @ 10:20 am

  3. A corollary: True/False, Stephen Strasburg vs. the Florida Marlins is the SP vs. lineup most likely to result in a perfect game in 2013.

    Comment by tehzachatak — April 1, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  4. When do NERD rankings begin to appear? I forget, and am too lazy to look it up.

    I would like to see a series of pitchers discussing pitch types, and an effort to reconcile/show differences between this and what Pitch F/X shows us. E.g., Trevor Bauer’s claim he has nine different pitches or whatever. That is a bad example as Pitch F/X data for Trevor Bauer isn’t there, but you get my point.

    Comment by tehzachatak — April 1, 2013 @ 10:32 am

  5. I believe Justin Verlander may also be pitching against the Marlins this year, since the NL East and AL Central are paired up for interleague matches. Verlander will only have one crack at perfect-gaming them, however, while Strasburg will likely get at least three.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 1, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  6. I should have clarified-

    True/False – Strasburg vs. the Marlins lineup has the highest likelihood of any single matchup in any given game to result in a perfect game.

    Comment by tehzachatak — April 1, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  7. I’m all in favor of the Ted Berg line of questioning (also known as any question regarding sandwiches).

    Comment by Ben from LI — April 1, 2013 @ 10:44 am

  8. Discussions of how advance metric statistics play a role in altering a player’s approach, swing, defensive positioning, strategy, etc. How much preparation and thought goes into altering their play based upon observations gleed from the metrics. I like to think they influence players today in ways not seen before. Do players still go with the “see the ball, hit the ball” approach or are they starting to think “well, I can improve my BABIP by trying to hit more line drives and I might be able to do that if I take a little bit off the uppercut in my swing since I had no idea how many fly balls I was hitting.” I’d like to hear more about those stories. For example, how a player started to do something differently based upon certain data points and how that made a positive change in their game or, better yet, why it didn’t work.

    Comment by Shaun — April 1, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  9. Re: Using Access

    I’d love to see some interviews with managers discussing how they use fangraphs type data in their management of a team on a daily basis. We know some guys like Joe Maddon embrace the stuff, but it would be interesting to hear how decisions are made in the dugout — in terms of pitch calling, pinch hitting, choosing an RP to warm up, etc.

    Comment by MLB Rainmaker — April 1, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  10. Asking players why they chose their team and what they think of the town and the fans compared to what they’re used to.

    But mostly, I wonder why people like Miguel Tejada keep grinding in a bench role and play in the minors even though they’ve got a nice mini-legacy. Or a gigantic legacy like Ricky Henderson. Why struggle through this when you’ve already spent 15 years proving yourself? Is it for the team? Just love of the game? Money? Would anyone give any kind of straight answer to any of these questions?

    Comment by tahititaco — April 1, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  11. Tigers vs Marlins is the last series of the season. Theoretically, the season would be wrapped up for the Tigers and they wouldn’t need to have the top lineup on the field, not to mention setting the rotation for the ALDS.

    Comment by Leighton — April 1, 2013 @ 11:11 am

  12. second. Demystifying the strange managerial decisions that drive everyone off their freaking rockers (Kotsay in CF! Hooray!)

    Also, how does one measure how good a catcher is at pitch calling/ how does that whole operation actually work at the big league level?

    All parts of the larger question: What the hell do all those coaches actually DO all game (besides call on the worst pinch-hitter at the worst possible time) ?

    Comment by tahititaco — April 1, 2013 @ 11:19 am

  13. I’d bet on a pitcher who has seen the 7th inning.

    Comment by James — April 1, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  14. There was this fantastic ESPN radio interview (really) with Buck Showalter, where he detailed his in-game thought process that was amazing. Wish I could find the audio-anyway, another vote for more managers/coaches.

    Comment by Urban Shocker — April 1, 2013 @ 11:52 am

  15. i’d like carson to interview pitchers and hitters of all stripes to determine whether they have any dirty nicknames for plays, pitches, or other players. I would also like to get a sense of how widespread the usage of .gifs is throughout the MLB clubhouse. I assume, for instance, that Charlie Manual spends a lot of time looking at cats playing keyboards.

    Comment by tylersnotes — April 1, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  16. 2012: five 7.0 IP outings, none 7.1 or longer
    2011: rehabbing, short starts
    2010: two 7.0 IP outings, none 7.1 or longer

    Pitch counts for the 7.0 IP games in 2012: 82, 101, 90, 111, 94

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 1, 2013 @ 11:57 am

  17. Milkshake reviews. Milkshake consumption contests. Milkshake metrics.

    Comment by El Vigilante — April 1, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  18. A new WaPo article today talks about how Davey Johnson notices lots of little things – apparently in spring training he saw that a catcher’s positioning was giving away pickoff attempts. It would be great to find out more about all the minutiae that talented managers observe all over the diamond.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 1, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

  19. Original humor!

    Comment by Toasty — April 1, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

  20. Seriously, you are going to enjoy a milkshake, right, Cistulli?

    Comment by Toasty — April 1, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

  21. You should ask players what they think of your wikipedia page.

    Comment by King of the Byelorussian Crunkers — April 1, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

  22. Could someone give me updates on the Nationals game? I live in North Carolina, so naturally, I can’t watch them play despite having both cable and Thanks in advance. I hear Strasburg is good!

    Comment by Neil — April 1, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  23. Strasburg has already given up a hit to Juan Pierre. The sky has fallen

    Comment by tehzachatak — April 1, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

  24. pretty sure the padres-mets game is not free on mlbtv

    Comment by ncb — April 1, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

  25. Click my name-link to the Washington Nationals Fan Forum. There’s a gameday discussion, about 5-10 people watching the game posting nonstop

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 1, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

  26. Correct, which means Carson is incorrect.
    Today’s free game of the day (FGOTD) is the Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks.

    Bookmark this page in case Carson is deceived on future FGOTD announcements.

    MLB Media Page

    Comment by Nate — April 1, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

  27. If you could speak to talent evaluators about their process and how organizational decisions are made.

    Also how players develop certain skill sets.

    Comment by bothdakotas — April 1, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

  28. I’d like to know if any MLB teams are calling pitches probabilistically. For example, given that Albert Pujols has a 2-0 count, imagine that analysis indicates that Justin Verlander should throw a low, inside fastball 70% of the time, and a low, outside curveball 30% of the time. One could use a randomizer to generate which pitch will be thrown, and call the pitch accordingly.

    Comment by corkybb — April 1, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

  29. fangraphs is the best at discovering statistical anomalies and pursuing an explanation. that’s the approach i think would benefit holistic understanding of player values the most

    Comment by Ian m — April 1, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

  30. I’m also curious how players glee observations from the metrics.

    But seriously, I like these ideas. Some of the best FanGraphs articles have been about stuff like this. At the same time, I’m sure those writers were picking their spots – some players might not have interesting things to say on these topics. I’m curious if players think team chemistry matters, how they cope when they’re demoted to the minors, which teammates and coaches have helped them the most in developing their skills, if young players ever think about whether they might have better opportunities on another team – just to spitball a few ideas for things to ask players if they aren’t into advanced analysis.

    Comment by Jon L. — April 1, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  31. Tejada gets paid over $1,000,000 to hang out with 25 guys for six months and do the only thing he really knows how to do. I’m not saying it’s not an interesting question – I think it is – but really, why wouldn’t he?

    Comment by Jon L. — April 1, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

  32. One could do this if one’s catcher were a robot*

    Comment by Jordan — April 1, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

  33. Questions about the place of MLB amongst other sports: on the micro – a players personal gravitation towards baseball opposed to other sports – or on a national/international stage the sport and its narratives as a whole compared to soccer, football, ect.

    Comment by Jess — April 2, 2013 @ 7:50 am

  34. I think we could definitely learn more about defense. As sort of an industrial espionage angle, we know teams have more data than are publicly available, and they presumably share some of it, or analysis based on it, to their players.

    Comment by rusty — April 2, 2013 @ 10:35 am

  35. How about Felix Hernandez v Houston Astros?

    Comment by Monty Herr — April 2, 2013 @ 10:56 am

  36. Don’t all sportsbooks go by Vegas time?

    While Laurila’s, Cameron’s and Sarris’s serious analytical work is great and necessary; Cistulli’s or Perry’s more offbeat conversations aren’t an abuse of their access. Using interactions with players and staff to come up with original and interesting thoughts will continue to separate fangraphs’ content from that of other sources.

    Comment by JBrasscomb — April 5, 2013 @ 2:53 am

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