Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 9/24/13

9:03

Jeff Sullivan: Hey guys!

9:03

Jeff Sullivan: Late!

9:03

Jeff Sullivan: It’s not late when late is normal

9:05

Jeff Sullivan: All right, finally managed to tweet this out. Now then

9:05
Comment From Jason
What is more depressing to you, the Mariners or that there is only one episode of Breaking Bad left?

9:06

Jeff Sullivan: I’m ready for Breaking Bad to be over. Aren’t you? It’s been too difficult to watch. Phenomenal, yes, but, it’s time. I’m pleased that the series is over this weekend.

9:07

Jeff Sullivan: I think I’ll go with the word “dreadticipation”

9:07

Jeff Sullivan: that’s how I’ve been feeling about BB

9:07
Comment From Billy Gunn
Why did Mike Trout’s 2012 UZR change from 11.4 to 13.3?

9:08

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know the answer to that yet — maybe an adjusted park factor or a re-classification — but, how on earth did you notice?

9:08
Comment From Os fan
Tell me something to make me feel less depressed about Machado…please.

9:08

Jeff Sullivan: Many baseball players his age are juniors in college

9:08
Comment From Prich
Have you ever considered the rest of the world might just be early?

9:08

Jeff Sullivan: all the damned time

9:10
Comment From hooha
If the pirates stick in the wild card spot, who do you think should start the one wild card game?

9:11

Jeff Sullivan: Burnett, and if not him, Cole. Presumably, they’d be playing the Reds. Considering the Orioles beat the Rangers with Joe Saunders…

9:12
Comment From Sirras One
More devastating for next year: Matt Harvey’s injury or Manny Machado’s?

9:12

Jeff Sullivan: Well, we don’t actually know if they’re both going to have surgery. If we operate under the assumption neither will play in 2014, though, the answer is Machado, because his team is closer to contending

9:13

Jeff Sullivan: Research needs to be done on how well players recover defensively after sustaining knee injuries like Machado’s. But we can’t do anything, really, until we know more details

9:14
Comment From WWMTD
Who do you want to win the 2013 World Series? Who actually will?

9:14

Jeff Sullivan: A’s, Red Sox

9:15

Jeff Sullivan: It seems like the people who leave comments underneath chat posts on FG are always asking fantasy questions

9:15
Comment From GSon..
Are you going to reveal what your thoughts are on the hearing next Monday in New York w/ ARod and MLB?

9:16

Jeff Sullivan: Had completely erased it from my mind. I’d rather think about the playoffs

9:16
Comment From Electric
If Profar doesn’t get traded, what will his role be in TEX next year?

9:17

Jeff Sullivan: similar

9:17
Comment From GSon..
What’s the reasoning behind shutting Taijuan down when he could make one.. perhaps two more starts?.. Do the M’s front office give a damn about the fans at all?

9:18

Jeff Sullivan: They didn’t want him to increase by more than 30 innings. They shut him down after an increase of 30 innings. They stuck to their guns, in an attempt to protect his arm, which is something we should all be rooting for. What’s the sense of pushing him now, in the most meaningless of Septembers?

9:18

Jeff Sullivan: Walker’s one start at home in the majors didn’t even sell 10,000 tickets.

9:20
Comment From Dewey
Many words have been typed about the A’s platoon advantages being a core of their success. Is this advantage more pertinent over the regular season than playoffs?

9:21

Jeff Sullivan: The effect is probably similar. Maybe a little reduced in the playoffs, but not enough for it to decide a series

9:21
Comment From Electric
Yellich line in 2014?

9:21

Jeff Sullivan: a little worse than Yelich line in 2013

9:22
Comment From Buck Turgidson
Hi Jeff, thanks for the chat! Is this the year for the A’s? Firing on all cylinders.

9:22

Jeff Sullivan: Yes

9:22

Jeff Sullivan: Definitively yes

9:22
Comment From Prich
Sunday’s Astros-Indians game drew a 0.0 Nielsen raing in Houston… There has to be a snarky comment/philisophical joke in there

9:23

Jeff Sullivan: “According to the Houston Chronicle’s David Barron, Sunday’s game, which started at noon Central Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time in Cleveland) and was broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Houston, received a 0.00 Nielsen rating — a sampling of a small percentage of the TV-watching population. Sunday’s rating came via 581 meters in the Greater Houston area, around half of which were in use by viewers for any 15-minute period during the three-hour bloc between noon and 3 p.m. Meanwhile, 23 percent of households were busy watching the NFL’s Houston Texans lose to the Baltimore Ravens, 1.3 percent were watching a NASCAR race, 0.5 percent were watching a Cosby rerun and 0.16 percent were watching the NFL Network’s screen of football scores.”

9:23

Jeff Sullivan: I want to laugh, and it is funny, but I can’t help but think about the miniature sample size

9:24

Jeff Sullivan: God dammit FanGraphs

9:25
Comment From _David_
Does the Royals team UZR give Dayton Moore any saber-cred?

9:25

Jeff Sullivan: You don’t get saber cred as a GM if you actively reject sabermetrics

9:26

Jeff Sullivan: I also suspect Moore doesn’t give a hoot

9:26
Comment From Sirras One
Favorite non-baseball website?

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: Generally speaking, I try not to spend very much time on the internet if I’m not working on baseball. There’s a whole world outside, and I want to know as much of it as I can before I’m dead. And that could be any day!

9:27
Comment From Nick C
Projected line for Balentien if he played in the majors next year?

9:28

Jeff Sullivan: .250/.310/.450? Sure, whatever

9:28
Comment From Dave
Is Rosenthal the answer for the cards pen?

9:28

Jeff Sullivan: one of them

9:28
Comment From Person
Given how little time is left in the season, we should be savoring it. Why is anyone in a hurry for you, or anything else baseball related, to begin?

9:29

Jeff Sullivan: Personally, I can’t wait for the regular season to be finished

9:29

Jeff Sullivan: but my favorite team sucks

9:29
Comment From Guest
Does Mr. Nintendo’s death ultimately mean good bye Felix?

9:29

Jeff Sullivan: What? No

9:29

Jeff Sullivan: Wow, that is one thoroughly lousy submission

9:30
Comment From Dave
Jeff, with hockey season coming up how is this year going to be without your lord and savior Daniel Alfredsson in a senators uniform?

9:30
Comment From Guest
Why wouldn’t you want Liriano to start the wild card game vs. Cincinnati. With Votto, Bruce, Choo, I think having a lefty in there is a major advantage. Plus it’s Liriano’s natural spot in the rotation.

9:31

Jeff Sullivan: Reds haven’t hit lefties much worse than righties, and I like Burnett/Cole better. But Liriano’s fine too, provided you have him on a leash so things don’t go too sour in that event

9:33
Comment From Moses
There’s a disconnect in sabermetric thinking that has really been bugging me recently and I was curious as to your thoughts. How can strikeouts simultaneously be the best possible result for a pitcher but just another out for the hitter?

9:33

Jeff Sullivan: Obviously, they’re important for pitchers. A strikeout isn’t a ball in play. Balls in play are hits sometimes, etc

9:35

Jeff Sullivan: Batters have a greater degree of control over their balls in play, like how much power they hit for. And strikeouts do matter more than other outs, but in the major leagues, the only batters left who strike out often are batters who make up for it in other ways like walks and dingers

9:36

Jeff Sullivan: I feel like I could’ve put that better, but that gets the general ideas across

9:36
Comment From Buehrles Burly-Men
I want a dog but I’m poor as hell. Should I suffer financially or should I console myself in the warmth of a cuddly pup?

9:37

Jeff Sullivan: So basically: “should I get a dog, or should I get a dog?”

9:39
Comment From GSon..
You are aware of the rules for a possible 3-way tie for the Wild Card in the AL. If you were the Rays, wouldn’t you prefer to be team C at that point?. explain..

9:39

Jeff Sullivan: If I were the Rays, I’d like to avoid a tie-breaker situation entirely

9:40
Comment From _David_
I don’t understand the bees. They couldn’t have just come out of nowhere. Angel stadium is surrounded by a 100 mile radius of concrete. You would think at least they would’ve been visible to some employee long before the game.

9:41

Jeff Sullivan: I could be wrong, but I think they came from the trees. At least, that’s where a lot of them wound up

9:41
Comment From Patrick B.
Do you think Profar will ever become the player scouts expected him to be?

9:41

Jeff Sullivan: Sure

9:42
Comment From Guest
Burnett, really? He’s had “big inning” problems the whole second half. Liriano’s got to get that start, especially with how he’s done v. lefties, the Billy Hamilton SB threat (Burnett’s terrible at holding runners), etc.

9:43

Jeff Sullivan: You can argue other ways, and that’s fine, and ultimately it won’t make a huge difference, but Burnett’s second-half FIP is also 2.20, and Liriano also blows up, adn Hamilton isn’t a good hitter, and by the time Hamilton might come off the bench to pinch-run, you’re probably into the bullpen. You should be into the bullpen early, regardless

9:44
Comment From _David_
Since the Mariners relief pitchers have demonstrated talent and success in the past, and since relief pitchers are so unpredictable, should the bullpen be seen as the weakness it was this year and become a priority, or might it be decent enough already?

9:44

Jeff Sullivan: I think a good, easy rule of thumb is to just regress every bullpen to league average going forward to the next season. Obviously that misses a few points, and there will be exceptions, but if I’m the Mariners, or any other bad team, I don’t spend a lot of resources on upgrading my relief

9:45
Comment From BX
Do you have a favorite player on any of the projected postseason teams?

9:45

Jeff Sullivan: Unsurprisingly, Votto

9:45
Comment From Tom
Since there’s basically no correlation between playoff predictions and what actually happens, would it be more honest of writers to just say “I have no idea”? Or would that spoil the fun, which I guess is the point?

9:46

Jeff Sullivan: Any smart, honest writer would be up front about the fact that there’s no way to know what’s going to happen. Predictions are a complete waste of time, made by complete wastes of time.

9:48

Jeff Sullivan: But, there are readers, and readers want material. People don’t want to read “welp”. People want stuff to digest, and writers have to provide what the people want, so the best other approach is identifying potential areas of significance and discussing them in depth. For example, we could talk about a Pirates/Reds one-game playoff, and we could talk about Liriano vs. Cincy’s LHBs. That’s a thing to know. Could be important! But there’s a big difference between knowing Liriano has pitched well against lefties, and knowing who’s going to win. We can talk about details while still shrugging our shoulders about the results

9:48

Jeff Sullivan: We’re going to have FanGraphs playoff series previews coming soon. Those are hard to write, specifically because we all know better. The challenge is finding just a little signal amidst all the noise

9:48
Comment From JCC
If I had to guess where Joe Girardi ends up next year, I’d guess 50% Yankees, 30% Cubs and 20% to a surprise team. My surprise team would be the Nationals; I’m not sure if the Yankees could throw enough money at Girardi to go through what we may delicately call a few “seasons of adjustment” in NY. Concur?

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: More or less, yeah. I think the Yankees are going to try really hard to keep Girardi around, because he seems really good, but if he’s just tired of the headaches, he seems like the sort who’ll make a decision based on quality of life. It isn’t easy to be a manager anywhere, but the Yankees could be the roughest.

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: Girardi, as it happens, is one of the rare cases where I actually have an opinion on the manager of the year award. He really ought to win it for 2013.

9:50
Comment From Mike Zunino
Should I start 2014 in AAA? Not putting up a .300 OBP is a problem of Olivo proportions.

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: You should, but you won’t

9:51
Comment From zack
Who wins their leagues Cy Young award by a longer margin: Scherzer or Kershaw?

9:51

Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw. Scherzer has fallen back to the pack a little bit

9:51
Comment From Electric
Can you (or anybody) put into words what the Yankees offseason is going to look like?

9:51

Jeff Sullivan: Unsatisfying

9:51
Comment From Spencer
If Rivera/Chipper Jones went out like Breaking Bad, what player went out like Lost?

9:51

Jeff Sullivan: Griffey? I didn’t watch Lost.

9:52
Comment From PJB
Are Jack Z and Dayton Moore on the same rebuilding plan timeline

9:52

Jeff Sullivan: So, so many parallels between the Mariners and the Royals

9:52
Comment From Tucker
I was in Portland for a day or so last week and ate at Ox, truly delicious. Did I choose wisely for my 1 dinner in Portland?

9:52

Jeff Sullivan: Very much so. Kudos, Tucker!

9:52
Comment From John
If you are the A’s would you rather face the Tigers, Tampa, Cleveland, Tex

9:52

Jeff Sullivan: Probably Cleveland, because they’re probably the worst, but you could make an argument for Texas

9:52

Jeff Sullivan: Definitely not the Tigers

9:53
Comment From _David_
Would you rather see Felix Hernandez learn the splitter, or not because of the pitch’s injury rep? I know his changeup already moves like one, but a proper splitter might be pretty neat.

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: Wouldn’t care for it. He has maybe the game’s best changeup so a splitter would do next to nothing for him

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: Teach a splitter to Maurer

9:53
Comment From NoBattingGloves
Is Joe Kelly’s style of pitching (using sinker to induce ground balls, good enough that Cards Fans should not worry about the difference between his ERA and FIP

9:54

Jeff Sullivan: Oh, no, they should worry

9:54
Comment From Sirras One
At what point does a player’s platoon split become significant enough that he shouldn’t play every day?

9:54

Jeff Sullivan: Not for a few years, statistically, but it also depends on scouting input. And whether or not he’s making improvements

9:55
Comment From zack
I heard someone from baseball prospectus speculate that when a pitcher starts throwing about 1.5 MPH slower and is getting lit up, he has actually lost about 2.5 MPH and is overthrowing. This impacts his command and diminishes his performance until they adjust to their new velocity. Do you think there is anything to this and have you seen any evidence for it?

9:55

Jeff Sullivan: Has probably happened in cases, is probably not a good general rule of thumb, but I like the thought process there

9:56

Jeff Sullivan: Every case of diminished velocity should be examined on its own

9:58
Comment From Yanks200910
What teams you think will sign Brian McCann and Shin-Soo Choo

9:58

Jeff Sullivan: Red Sox…Rangers! I don’t know why the Rangers, but they feel good to me

10:00
Comment From Marjinwalker
Rooting for a 3 way tie for the NL central. If the Reds and Pirates go 3-2 the rest of the way, while the Cards go 1-4, it’ll happen. What happens next? the three teams do a round robin to determine the NL central winner? while the 2 on the outside of that would play each other in the wild card game?

10:00

Jeff Sullivan: This all gets very complicated, which means I am rooting for it

10:01
Comment From da bear
If you were managing the Marlins or Astros, would you troll statisticians everywhere for the hell of it by getting the opponent to bring in a late-season call-up and allowing him to go 1-for-1 with 501 IBBs?

10:01

Jeff Sullivan: No, I would not think of that.

10:02
Comment From WWMTD
No love for the Pirates on the want them to win the WS category? Would make one hell of an awesome story.

10:03

Jeff Sullivan: I can see how people are out there rooting hard for the Pirates, but for me, it’s hard to separate Pirates fans from Steelers fans and Penguins fans. And I don’t care for the Steelers or Penguins.

10:03
Comment From Marjinwalker
Thoughts on Texas’s Ron Washington sending Holland out there to complete a game that was over by the 6th? I couldn’t help but think he’d be better served by keeping Holland Fresh for the end of the week….

10:03

Jeff Sullivan: Yeah, I don’t get stuff like that

10:03
Comment From Buehrles Burly-Men
Bigger hockey or baseball fan?

10:04

Jeff Sullivan: Way smarter about baseball, way more emotionally invested in hockey, and that’s the way I likes it

10:04
Comment From TKDC
Probably not just yet, but if the Reds and/or Pirates are 2 games back going into the weekend, should they focus on getting ready for wild card game, or hope and play for a miracle?

10:04

Jeff Sullivan: They can simultaneously play hard while still getting lined up for one game

10:05
Comment From asdf
Abraham Almonte. 4th OF or average regular? Every one mentions his big arm but his defensive numbers (in a small sample size) are lawn dartsy.

10:05

Jeff Sullivan: He’s probably a long-term fourth outfielder

10:05
Comment From _David_
Has anyone figured out how Felix can keep his secondary pitches having the same speed/movement while losing FB velocity?

10:06

Jeff Sullivan: A lot of it is deliberately slowing down the fastball, but it is hilarious how close his fastball and changeup have gotten, considering the conventional wisdom about speed differentials

10:06
Comment From Alex
Seems like a lot of media is upset at the Astros for their philosophy/plan but lot of executives are somewhat jealous of how Jeff Luhnow has handled it. What is your take on how the Astros have handled it and will go forward?

10:07

Jeff Sullivan: What good would it have done for the Astros to sign expensive veterans? They had to be completely and utterly hollowed out. There’ll be more legitimate questions if payroll doesn’t start rising soon, but they have to be given an opportunity to spend when it would actually make sense for them to spend

10:08

Jeff Sullivan: The Astros are an example of why a salary floor wouldn’t be a good idea

10:08
Comment From stuck in a slump
has lomo officially busted? Three straight seasons of sub .250 averages and two straight with a sub .750 OPS

10:08

Jeff Sullivan: Presumably he will never be a star

10:10
Comment From Tucker
Who is the best young player that is being overlooked due to the Trout’s/Harvey’s/Harper’s/Machado’s/Fernandez’ of the world?

10:10

Jeff Sullivan: People are already taking Madison Bumgarner for granted

10:10

Jeff Sullivan: and it’s funny the way Harper almost comes off like a disappointment, considering what he’s accomplished

10:11
Comment From Cyrus
Nats happy with Span or push for Ellsbury?

10:11

Jeff Sullivan: happy

10:11
Comment From Chicago Mark
Did you read the article by Cameron on Cy Young and strength of schedule? Thoughts?

10:12

Jeff Sullivan: Yes, and it’s a good line of thinking, and it ought to be investigated in greater detail, beyond just team identity of opponent

10:12

Jeff Sullivan: It’s something I believe FG is working on developing

10:12

Jeff Sullivan: Quality of opposition can be hard to tease out, but it’s absolutely a factor we should all consider

10:13
Comment From Yanks200910
How does some like Pat Roessler (Director of Player Development for the Yankees since 2006 ) keep his job when no real young player has come up for the Yankees…

10:13

Jeff Sullivan: Ivan Nova’s not bad

10:14
Comment From _David_
Considering there have been examples of pitchers with great specific pitches claiming to have learned them from a teammate, shouldn’t teams be more concerned with how those knowledge transfers occured and how to replicate them? I mean it could just be all on the second pitcher and the teacher really only taught the basics, but it seems like it could be meaningful.

10:15

Jeff Sullivan: What works for one guy might not work for another. These things are complicated. Pitchers are always talking, and pitchers are always experimenting. For every good pitch a guy learned from a teammate, there are probably handfuls of busted attempts. It’s really upt o each individual pitcher to develop his own weapons since you have to develop feel beyond just having a grip

10:17
Comment From John
From that table why is an IF fly so much worse than a strikeout?

10:18

Jeff Sullivan: Probably a small sample of data

10:18
Comment From Scoodler
The Royals were supposed to make the playoffs. That was trading Wil Myers was for. All in. Now the trade was about “playing meaningful baseball games in late September,” apparently. Has the media noticed the switcheroo? Or did everybody know it was a bad trade, but everybody is surprised at how it “almost” worked? (And Moore will keep his job, even though the playoff odds never passed 15% percent or so.)

10:19

Jeff Sullivan: I will say there’s a lot of value in playing meaningful September baseball. The playoffs can end in a hurry — these games are intense. Additionally, they traded for a two-year window, not a one-year window, so there’s still 2014 to go. But, yeah, Moore’s something of a moving target. Always has been. Still not a good trade

10:19
Comment From Gary Redus
Who wins the NL Central?

10:19

Jeff Sullivan: Easy! Cards

10:19
Comment From Nick
Should the Orioles target a guy like Choo? They need a corner infielder and especially his OBP.

10:20

Jeff Sullivan: I think they should, but I doubt that they would

10:20
Comment From da bear
If the Yankees are eliminated from the playoffs by Thursday, and depending on what part of the batting order is due up, should they bring in Mariano in the 8th to play CF in his home finale?

10:21

Jeff Sullivan: I would love it, for the ceremony, but you probably want Mariano to go out on the mound

10:22
Comment From da bear
How long do you give it before Billy Hamilton attempts a straight steal of home?

10:22

Jeff Sullivan: 5/15/2014

10:22
Comment From Chad
Thoughts on James Paxton and Yordano Ventura for next year?

10:22

Jeff Sullivan: Electric, not as good as their pure stuff

10:23
Comment From Andrew
Given all the hoopla earlier in the season from some of the non-saber folks over the type of production Votto provides (lots of walks, fewer RBI), I found his line from last night quite enjoyable: 0-0 with 5 walks and an RBI that came from one of those walks. Can we all be happy about Votto now?

10:23

Jeff Sullivan: I intend to write about that very game!

10:23

Jeff Sullivan: Ryan Ludwick: 0-for-5, 10 LOB

10:23
Comment From Ron
Wanting the A’s to win? Tell me at least you want the Reds to go to the World Series. They have to be the most interesting team out there. Votto best hitter, Chapman fastest pitcher, Choo best at getting plunked, and Dusty being Dusty. Like them or not they are the most interesting team left.

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: Holy hell you guys, a fan can root for whatever he wants. Fandom is a very individual, personal, subjective thing, and people can’t be convinced because it’s all based on emotion and individual perspective

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: But still, yeah, the Reds are pretty fascinating, and I like them more than most

10:24
Comment From Buehrles Burly-Men
Skim, whole fat, 1%, or 2% milk?

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: 1%, because I’m a man who likes compromises

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: also I only use milk as an occasional ingredient and never just drink it

10:25
Comment From kevinthecomic
Is there a good source for college baseball player stats? I am thinking of something like BaseballReference.

10:25

Jeff Sullivan: Is this still good? http://collegesplits.com/

10:25
Comment From Guest
Are walks the most underrated offensive category?

10:25

Jeff Sullivan: Probably still, yes

10:25
Comment From Dave
You’re a Mariners fan, which means you’re a Seahawks fan, which means you’re a crazy conspiracy theorist.

10:26

Jeff Sullivan: No conspiracy, and I don’t really care about football that much anymore. That was just a poorly-reffed game, at the wrong time. MY RAGE IS JUSTIFIABLE

10:26
Comment From da bear
Salary floor: worse idea than Tal’s Hill?

10:26

Jeff Sullivan: Worse idea. Tal’s Hill is hilarious

10:27

Jeff Sullivan: The flag pole, though, is bonkers

10:27
Comment From PJB
Regarding Holland, I think it gets into the psychological side of things for him. Even when he had good results against the Rays, he didn’t look like he had at the beginning of the season. Especially with Holland, I think argument could be made he needed to build confidence. It’s impossible to quantify, but it’s one of those things where I can see where he’s coming from

10:27

Jeff Sullivan: I suspect this is what Washington was thinking. That there was more potential benefit for Holland than risk, especially given that he was cruising and didn’t need to go max effort

10:27
Comment From DNA
So you think it’s desirable for a sport to consist solely of teams trying to win today and teams in no way trying to win today? If every team operated like the astros we’d have 15 teams trying and 15 teams phoning it for better picks, sounds like a really engaging sport to me…

10:28

Jeff Sullivan: What? Are there 15 teams out there like the Astros? The Astros were particularly, exceptionally bad. They were probably the only team at the time that should’ve been gutted. They were pretty much the only team that couldn’t concievably be turned into a winner quickly

10:28
Comment From John
Are there any advanced hockey stats sites you recommend (besides behindthenet.ca)?

10:29

Jeff Sullivan: Just that one. I try to keep myself away from advanced hockey analysis because I get enough of that in this one sport

10:29
Comment From Boston Phan
Wait, Felix is deliberately slowing down his fastball? Why?

10:29

Jeff Sullivan: I think he’s both no longer capable of 98, and more aware of the value of his two-seamer over his four-seamer

10:30
Comment From Jay
Who ya got Reds vs Pirates for the one-gamer? And where do yu think it’ll be?

10:30

Jeff Sullivan: Reds, Cincy

10:30
Comment From Izzy
Which active players will get the Chipper/Mariano treatment?

10:31

Jeff Sullivan: Jeter

10:31
Comment From Izzy
What’s the reason why some players (Like Cano) have huge UZR/DRS differences?

10:31

Jeff Sullivan: Could be a positioning thing but each case like this is different. Other, smarter people could provide better answers

10:31
Comment From SteveV
Is Taveras next years Myers?

10:32

Jeff Sullivan: Not this good

10:32
Comment From retirenuntting
Hm. Many, many Pirates fans do not care for Steelers/Penguins fans — myself included — so perhaps you’d like to come aboard?

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: Penguins wounds are still too fresh. It’s just Pittsburgh, man. I’m sorry. Can’t do anything about it.

10:33
Comment From Guest
Ducks or Beavers?

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: Whichever one gets me a taller pour from the bartender

10:34
Comment From Prich
Favorite ‘old fashioned’ ball park food? Favorite ‘new age’ ballpark food?

10:34

Jeff Sullivan: Popcorn, microbrews

10:34
Comment From Compton
What was your inspiration behind your career choice? Also, do you have any regrets about it?

10:36

Jeff Sullivan: Started writing because I liked 2000-era BPs, and I had time, and I didn’t love the college atmosphere. Asked for a full-time job when moving states for a different reason, leaving behind chemistry. Figured this is probably what I’m best at. I have the same questions as everyone, regarding whether this is the right direction. Absolutely no way to know, and it’s paralyzing to think about the long term.

10:37

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know what this job might look like in five years. Going to be weird if/when teams all have way, way better numbers than we do on the outside.

10:37
Comment From Kirk
Is Nick Franklin the greatest hitter of all time?

10:37

Jeff Sullivan: No

10:37
Comment From Guest
Are you rooting against any AL or NL playoff teams or are you just rooting for certain teams?

10:38

Jeff Sullivan: I’m not rooting against anybody in particular, but I err toward preferring what’s fresh.

10:38

Jeff Sullivan: Okay, I’ve got writing to do in advance of a company conference call. Gotta shut this down

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: Thank you everybody for coming by, I’m sorry for what I didn’t or couldn’t address, and we’ll do this again…well I don’t know what it’s going to look like after the regular season. We’ll do this again, sometime, somehow! Playoffs are coming! Until next time, have great days

10:39
Comment From Kirk
Are you sure?

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: Yes



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bill
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bill
2 years 10 months ago

Keep 4: Choo, Puig, Werth, Harvey, Cashner, Cingrani (10 team 5×5 roto with QS not W)

(Werth said he changed his approach—does that make him keepable?)

bill
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bill
2 years 10 months ago

Sorry all, meant to post in chat winow…but reader replies appreciated, too. Thanks.

James
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James
2 years 10 months ago

I’d keep Choo, Cashner, and Cingrani. Drop everyone else because alliteration.

lewish
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lewish
2 years 10 months ago

I have never asked a fantasy question…I just occasionally ask convoluted questions, that maybe more of statements than questions, or not.

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Nick O
2 years 10 months ago

“Say Major League Baseball changed its rules so that wins and losses were determined solely by the batting average, runs, HRs, RBIs, and SBs accumulated by the players of each team…”

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