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  1. Superb.

    Comment by Rich Mahogany — June 8, 2012 @ 8:37 am

  2. Thank you for this.

    Comment by bada bing — June 8, 2012 @ 8:59 am

  3. Seconded. Loved it. Great read.

    Comment by Jonathan — June 8, 2012 @ 9:00 am

  4. I like how Ortiz in the first question immediately started talking about Verlander when he was coincidentally being interviewed as part of the same piece. This was so cool. You’ve been a fantastic addition to fangraphs! It’s nice to have this side of the game.

    Comment by phoenix2042 — June 8, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  5. This interview was conducted during the Tigers – Sox series; this is probably why had the impetus to mention Verlander.

    Comment by bada bing — June 8, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  6. What is the biggest adjustment you’ve made in your career?

    David Ortiz: “Like I said earlier, I don’t try to hit the ball 500 feet. With all the testing out there, I can’t even hit it 500 feet anymore if I wanted to.”

    Comment by pm — June 8, 2012 @ 9:37 am

  7. one more question David, remember when you said you were going to get to the bottom of that positive steroid test in 2003? ….So ever figure it out?

    Comment by jon — June 8, 2012 @ 9:42 am

  8. Great idea of having the pitcher’s and the hitter’s perspective on the same questions. Good stuff.

    Comment by Jon E — June 8, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  9. Watching Verlander work at an easy 91-92 and then ramp up to 101 when he needs it is, easily, one of the most incredible things in all of sports. Dude’s an alien.

    Comment by Evan — June 8, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  10. Agreed. This stuff is fantastic. It’s provided some of the best baseball reading this season. Great to hear more than just the platitudes that you usually get out of baseball players (and other professional sportsmen). That, I think, is the sign of an excellent interviewer.

    Comment by rjbiii — June 8, 2012 @ 10:36 am

  11. outstanding, love this series

    Comment by Delirium Nocturnum — June 8, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  12. Cool stuff…

    Comment by mike wants wins — June 8, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  13. Excellent, as always.

    Comment by Kyle — June 8, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

  14. Thanks, David. I always enjoy these interviews.

    Comment by Joel — June 8, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  15. Awesome!, and thanks to those guys for the interview. Where they sitting down together?

    Comment by tylerv — June 8, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  16. Based on the intro, I’d say nay.

    Comment by So You Know Its Real — June 8, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  17. Someone needs to let Verlander know that nerds have proven pitchers have no influence on whether or not a guy “puts in in play weakly.”

    Comment by objectiveobserver — June 8, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  18. I don’t think this is true. Proof please.

    Comment by Ervin Santana — June 9, 2012 @ 1:00 am

  19. Tell that to Mariano, who has a career .262 BABIP despite being a ground ball pitcher. Matt Cain is at .265, and Nolan Ryan sustained the same career BABIP for over 5000 innings. A hitter who can sustain a BABIP 30-40 points above average for that long is given credit for BABIP skill, so why not extend the same treatment to pitchers?

    Maybe be a little less dogmatic and a little more “objective” in the future?

    Comment by ThePartyBird — June 9, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

  20. Nerds have proven no such thing.

    Comment by bstar — June 10, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

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