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Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 2/23/17

2:00
Dan Szymborski: And away we go! Thanks for coming guys, had some internet issues yesterday.

2:01
Kevin: The Brewers best starting pitcher this year will be __________________

2:02
Dan Szymborski: Teddy Higuera 1986 remains the best starting pitcher for the Brewers as of 2017!

2:02
Dan Szymborski: You guys know my position on fill in the blanks! Just be gald I didn’t say fart.

2:02
Geoff Williams: If a team was projected to go 81-81, and added a batter who you knew would homer every at bat- but was limited to 15 pinch hit appearance through entire year, would that team be a World Series favourite?

2:03
Dan Szymborski: A playoff favorite, but I think you’d run out of PH appearances for the playoffs.

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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 2/23/17

1:46
Eno Sarris: be right there

12:00
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: If this is how the Internet reacts to intentional walks being removed, I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when the NL gets the DH.

12:00
Eno Sarris: Lots of handwringing, all caps screaming, things of that nature.

12:01
Sandy A.: Any word on how the new ballpark in ATL is gonna play?

12:01
Eno Sarris: I saw that the fences were a few feet shorter in the power alleys but weather is the biggest part of park factors, so about the same I’d guess.

12:01
Black Beard’s Delight: Home sick with a fever of 102, but it’s ENO SARRIS BASEBALL CHAT!!!!!!

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Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat – 2/22/17

12:00
Dave Cameron: Happy Wednesday, everyone.

12:01
Dave Cameron: Everyone is in camp, games are happening shortly… baseball is almost back.

12:01
Dave Cameron: Let’s talk about the 2017 season, or just about anything else on your mind.

12:02
The Average Sports Fan: What pace of play initiative are you most in favor of? Most opposed to?

12:03
Dave Cameron: I’m pro-pitch clock. Almost every pace/length problem gets solved if we shave 2-3 seconds off the time between pitches. In 2015, when players actually were trying to speed things up, it was really noticeable, and the game was way more enjoyable to watch. And then it all went away last year for no reason.

12:03
Dave Cameron: In terms of most opposed, no one thinks that runner on 2nd in extra innings thing is a good idea.

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FanGraphs After Dark Chat – 2/21/17

4:53
Paul Swydan:

What’s your favorite Disney animation movie of this decade?

Tangled (8.2% | 16 votes)
 
Wreck-It-Ralph (23.5% | 46 votes)
 
Frozen (24.1% | 47 votes)
 
Big Hero 6 (16.4% | 32 votes)
 
Zootopia (21.5% | 42 votes)
 
Moana (6.1% | 12 votes)
 

Total Votes: 195
4:58
Paul Swydan:

What market do you think is the best for MLB to expand to?

Charlotte (14.6% | 42 votes)
 
Las Vegas (9.0% | 26 votes)
 
Brooklyn/NY/NJ (8.0% | 23 votes)
 
Montreal (46.1% | 132 votes)
 
San Antonio (5.9% | 17 votes)
 
Mexico City (5.9% | 17 votes)
 
San Juan (2.4% | 7 votes)
 
Santo Domingo (0.3% | 1 vote)
 
Other US market (7.3% | 21 votes)
 
Other foreign market (0% | 0 votes)
 

Total Votes: 286
6:35
Paul Swydan:

How many years would you sign Eric Hosmer for when he reaches free agency?

1-3 (39.9% | 103 votes)
 
4-6 (25.5% | 66 votes)
 
7-9 (1.5% | 4 votes)
 
10!!! (2.3% | 6 votes)
 
I wouldn’t touch him with a 10-foot clown pole (30.6% | 79 votes)
 

Total Votes: 258
9:00
Paul Swydan: Hi everybody!

9:00
Jeff Zimmerman: Hello

9:00
Cody: I have the second pick in a H2H with R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP along with ERA, SV, K/9, WHIP, and QS as categories. Trout is going first – as somewhat of a beginner to fantasy baseball, who you would recommend taking second overall? Kershaw, Bryant, Betts, etc..

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Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat, French I Took

11:58
Eric A Longenhagen: Hi all, links quick before I get going….

11:59
Eric A Longenhagen: Also, I was in San Diego to see Vanderbilt over the weekend so video of relevant guys is starting to go up.

11:59
Eric A Longenhagen: Here’s Jeren Kendall.

12:00
Eric A Longenhagen: I’m hitting ASU’s afternoon game against Oklahoma State today and will write up Kyle Wright, Kendall + others for later this week.

12:00
Eric A Longenhagen: Okay, let’s start.

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Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat

12:01
Travis Sawchik: Greetings, everyone. Thanks for being here today. Let’s begin Sawchik Chat VII …

12:01
Moltar: Travis, I’ve been home recovering from nose surgery since wednesday and I’m going insane from boredom. How do MLB players deal with their recovery time before rehab from all the various surgeries they get? Anything I can do to stem the boredom for the next couple days before I can go back to work?

12:03
Travis Sawchik: I know Pirates pitchers recovering from TJ or other surgery/injuries at the club’s complex on Florida had a trivia team in Bradenton, Fla. …But, yeah, boredom being away from teammates and competitive is probably one of the more difficult parts of rehab for players

12:03
RABBINICAL COLLEGE GUY: Who makes it to a playoff game first at some point Twins or the Reds? Why?

12:04
Travis Sawchik: Twins have Buxton and Sano, and their potential, and no Cubs in their neighborhood. That’s a better outlook, I think. I would have liked to have seen them add De Leon this offseason

12:05
Q-Ball: Does the new CBA, with the more uniform IFA slotting, hurt a team like the Pirates, who have made a real investment in DR relative to other teams?

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Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 2/17/17

9:06
Jeff Sullivan: Hello friends

9:06
Jeff Sullivan: Welcome to Friday baseball chat

9:06
Bork: Hello, friend!

9:07
Jeff Sullivan: Hello friend

9:07
JT: Jeff, why is MLB literally willing to do anything to speed up games except for the most obvious problem of not enforcing the pitch clock and making batters stay in the box?

9:08
Jeff Sullivan: So, the staying-in-the-box part, yeah, enforcement has gotten pretty relaxed. Batters have gone back to pushing that

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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 2/16/17

1:45
Eno Sarris: was listening to some old school Lupe and he’s not too far off the mark these days

12:01
Gucci: What’s your take on Blake Snell this year? I’m not expecting ace like numbers but as a super late round pick maybe a profitable opportunity

12:02
Eno Sarris: Decent floor, but yeah maybe ace like upside. The slider was a big deal last year, giving him four pitches I believe in… command of course is the question.

12:02
Minty: OBP keeper. Trade Beni for Dahl? They’re both sexy time bc of lineup or park

12:02
Eno Sarris: I think in OBP I’d keep Benintendi. Huge, UGE, floor.

12:03
Michael Waka Flaka: How many at bats for Matt Holliday this year? Think he’s worthy of an OF5 spot in a points league?

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Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 2/15/17

1:59
CamdenWarehouse: What’s this? An as-scheduled Dan Chat!

2:00
Dan Szymborski: Neither me nor Carson were incompetent this week!

2:00
Dan Szymborski: Welcome to SzymChat. Thankfully, I’m not violently ill this week.

2:00
JimLindeman15: Besides one less spider in the K classroom for Matheny, how do you see the Reyes injury affecting the 2017 Cardinals?

2:01
Dan Szymborski: Badly. Knocks off another couple wins, which the team can’t really afford and he had such high upside this year.

2:01
CamdenWarehouse: You were in the area and no Fangraphs meetup at the Corner Stable?

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Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat – 2/15/17

12:00
Dave Cameron: Happy Wednesday everyone.

12:01
Dave Cameron: I’m still battling a fever/cold/thing but will hopefully be able to do the full hour today.

12:02
Goose: Which New York team has the better SS in 2 years?

12:02
Dave Cameron: Depends on if the Yankees sign Machado.

12:03
Dave Cameron: (That’s only partially a joke.)

12:03
Dave Cameron: Since you probably meant whether I prefer Rosario or Torres, I’ll lean towards Torres.

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FanGraphs After Dark Chat – 2/14/17

3:29
Paul Swydan:

What is your favorite Simpsons Valentine’s Day episode

Season 4 – “I Love Lisa” (Choo-Choo-Choose Me) (69.1% | 94 votes)
 
Season 10 – “I’m With Cupid” (Elton John) (15.4% | 21 votes)
 
Other (15.4% | 21 votes)
 

Total Votes: 136
3:30
Paul Swydan:

Is the Alex Reyes news a death blow for the Cardinals’ playoff hopes?

Definitely (6.2% | 16 votes)
 
Probably (31.3% | 80 votes)
 
Maybe (28.6% | 73 votes)
 
Probably not (25.4% | 65 votes)
 
Definitely not (6.6% | 17 votes)
 
Who’s Alex Reyes? (1.5% | 4 votes)
 

Total Votes: 255
3:32
Paul Swydan:

Who should start the majority of the games at catcher for the Cubs this season?

Victor Caratini (1.1% | 3 votes)
 
Willson Contreras (89.2% | 225 votes)
 
Miguel Montero (5.9% | 15 votes)
 
Kyle Schwarber (3.5% | 9 votes)
 

Total Votes: 252
3:34
Paul Swydan:

What preseason event is most exciting to you?

Truck Day (1.1% | 3 votes)
 
Pitchers and catchers reporting (10.1% | 26 votes)
 
First intra-team scrimmage (0.3% | 1 vote)
 
First Spring Training game (33.7% | 86 votes)
 
Your fantasy baseball draft (52.5% | 134 votes)
 
Other? (1.9% | 5 votes)
 

Total Votes: 255
9:00
Paul Swydan: Hi everybody!

9:01
Paul Swydan: Flying solo tonight, because Jeff and his wife still do Valentine’s Day, the poor guy.

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Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat

12:00
Travis Sawchik: Welcome to Sawchik Chat VI, let’s talk …

12:01
baby bull : are you a believer in 4 win Odubel Herrera?

12:01
Travis Sawchik: After back-to-back 4-win seasons, I suppose we all should be

12:02
Curtis: If Gary Sanchez floats a .270/25/80 line this year at C, what percentage of people will be disappointed?

12:02
Travis Sawchik: Probably far too many … But Yankees should be very pleased if that happens along with solid defense

12:03
Guest: What do you think about Cody Bellinger?

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Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 2/10/17

9:06
Jeff Sullivan: Hello friends

9:06
Jeff Sullivan: Welcome to baseball chat

9:06
Bourque: Hi, pal!

9:06
Jeff Sullivan: Hello pal

9:07
Zach: Better long term outlook- Mets or Yankees and why?

9:07
Jeff Sullivan: Yankees. Yankees have one of the best outlooks of any team. Of course there’s the farm system, but more importantly, there’s just the unbelievably massive franchise value and revenue level. Their resources are almost unparalleled

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Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 2/9/17

2:02
Dan Szymborski: The troublemaker Cistulli didn’t sabotage me today, so away we go!

2:04
RotoLando: Is it Monday already?

2:05
Dan Szymborski: I’ll normally be on Wednesday.

2:05
Robin: Are Thursdays going to be your new regular time? Dave keeps telling us on Wednesdays that you’re up next

2:05
Dan Szymborski: See on top.

2:05
Open Meadows: Austin Meadows = Benintendi with less power more speed. T/F?

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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 2/9/17

1:29
Eno Sarris: I’m a sucker for interesting voices

12:01
Ludes: Props on the new beer site. Digging it so far. RUN THE JEWELS!

12:02
Eno Sarris: Wish I was going to be there but two days earlier have to be in Hawaii for a brew fest on the big island life is RUFF

12:02
2-D: Marlins’ fans rejoice!

12:02
Eno Sarris: Meddling owner for sure. Also: bereft of morals.

12:02
Nathan : Can you summarize the difference between BABIP and xBABIP?

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Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat – 2/8/17

12:00
Dave Cameron: Happy Wednesday, everyone.

12:01
Dave Cameron: Spring Training sort of starts next week, so I guess this is the last official chat of the off-season.

12:01
Monsignor Martinez: Hello Dave. Is there a way we can look at past Fans projections? I want to do a post-analysis.

12:02
Dave Cameron: I don’t believe we have those archived anywhere. They are probably in the database though, so if you use the contact form to send in your request, David Appelman might be able to provide them.

12:02
Erik: Your article on new ideas yesterday had a bit of an “end of history” feel to it. Don’t we always feel, in the moment, like we’ve reached the end of innovation, only to realize afterwards, when we have some perspective, that things have been changing the whole time and will continue to change? Why should today be different than any other point in baseball history?

12:04
Dave Cameron: That wasn’t my intention. I definitely think there are still a lot of things to learn about the game, and it’s going to continue to evolve as the players and the skills change. But I think we’re reaching a point of diminishing returns for organizations based on how much value they get from these new ideas. I think of them kind of like scoops for reporters; the lasting impact of being first is minimal.

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FanGraphs After Dark Chat – 2/7/17

3:31
Paul Swydan:

Which recent contract do you think will work out the best?

Yankees sign Chris Carter (17.8% | 51 votes)
 
Rangers sign Mike Napoli (16.0% | 46 votes)
 
Cleveland signs Boone Logan (15.3% | 44 votes)
 
Blue Jays sign Joe Smith (1.3% | 4 votes)
 
Dodgers sign Sergio Romo (14.6% | 42 votes)
 
Royals sign Jason Hammel (16.7% | 48 votes)
 
All of them will be marvelous! (5.2% | 15 votes)
 
All of them will be horrible (1.0% | 3 votes)
 
Meh (11.5% | 33 votes)
 

Total Votes: 286
3:32
Paul Swydan:

What would you do about intentional walks?

Nothing (73.3% | 195 votes)
 
Go with Manfred’s proposal (24.4% | 65 votes)
 
Something else? (2.2% | 6 votes)
 

Total Votes: 266
3:35
Paul Swydan:

What was your favorite season of “Lost” ???

One (16.3% | 45 votes)
 
Two (5.4% | 15 votes)
 
Three (4.0% | 11 votes)
 
Four (1.0% | 3 votes)
 
Five (0.3% | 1 vote)
 
Six (0.3% | 1 vote)
 
I never watched “Lost” (55.6% | 153 votes)
 
Don’t make me choose! (4.3% | 12 votes)
 
None of them, “Lost” was terrible (12.3% | 34 votes)
 

Total Votes: 275
9:01
Paul Swydan: Hi everybody!

9:01
Paul Swydan: Jeff might be a few minutes late.

9:01
anonymous: Isn’t run prevention (defense) more valuable than run production (offense) when available in equal amounts? Because you’re saving wear and tear on your pitchers…?

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Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat, Ten Days to Sanctity

12:02

Eric A Longenhagen: Good morning from Arizona.

12:02

Eric A Longenhagen: Chat, go.

12:03

Nientsniew: What happened to Giolito’s mechanics that made him struggle?

12:04

Eric A Longenhagen: Pretty sure Giolito has said publicly that they tried to make him more upright, but I don’t know that that’s why he struggled. It just seems illogical, on the surface, to mess with one of the better pitching prospects in baseball like that.

12:04

AA: Which Cody Reed do you feel will have the better career? I feel Cincinnati’s Reed has been a bit disappointing but still think he’s got more upside than Cody Reed Arizona.

12:04

Eric A Longenhagen: CIN’s Cody Reed I think will be a fine mid-rotation starter. I do not ARI’s Cody Reed to be a prospect.

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Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat

12:00
Travis Sawchik: Welcome to Sawchik Chat V

12:01
Travis Sawchik: Let’s get started, shall we?

12:01
Erik: Roughly what percentage of MLB hitters would benefit by swinging with more of an uppercut? Are we talking everybody except Billy Hamilton, or more like a quarter to a third of hitters? And what profile of hitter would fit into that group?

12:03
Travis Sawchik: (The swing path was the subject of my Monday morning post, FYI …. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/can-more-mlb-hitters-get-off-the-ground/) Erik, I would say the majority to vast majority of hitters would benefit form more loft and fly balls. Hamilton is one that probably would not, but he’s an exception. Hey, Christian Yelich, get the ball in the air!

12:03
Bork: Are you surprised that Hammel only received $16M? That elbow must be a big question mark.

12:03
Travis Sawchik: There’s gotta be something going on with the arm/shoulder/elbow, right?

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Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 2/3/17

9:03
Jeff Sullivan: Hello friends

9:04
Jeff Sullivan: Welcome to Friday baseball chat

9:04
Bork: Hello, friend!

9:04
Jeff Sullivan: Hello friend

9:05
Jeff Sullivan: Apologies for this brief immediate delay but now I have a phone call real quick

9:06
ZMP: Do you think we see a spike in K-rate from Stroman or Taillon this year?

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