Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 5/23/24

12:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Greetings!

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m sad to report that the chili I was making last week when we chatted did not turn out well.

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I got careless with the salt and the whole thing was way too salty.

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So I had to eat it with VERY improper cheese and sour cream added in to mute the saltiness.

12:03
Joe: Can Gil be a front line guy? Or Schmidt? Both have looked great

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Both are certainly making their cases. Pitching development is weird, so when a guys’ working out a lot of the time it’s just him working out

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ther’es nothing particularly head-scratching in the peripherals or statcast data

12:05
Randy: What do you think about Volpe? Could be better under the hood but seems like xwOBA underrates him given his spray angles

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: the zstats do use spray information and like him better

12:05
You’re Name: With the Martian on his way back, why is it that ZiPS seems so down of him? ZiPS has him for a 98 wRC+ despite his high prospect pedigree and stellar performance (even if it was only 8 games) last year.

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mean “even if it was only 8 games” is a pretty big if. It’s a bit like saying Abraham Lincoln only REALLY had a couple bad minutes during the play

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS and Steamer are very close on this. I know ZiPS loves his long term potential

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but he was only OK in AA last year

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now, the young part is why the long-term upside is huge

12:07
Guest: do you believe in pork chili? bison? chicken?

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As long as its still primarily meat-and-chili peppers sure

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Weirdly, there’s no chili alignment chart

12:09
Travis: Do you think baseball analytics has gone a bit too far, and sucked some of the fun out of the game? I loved sabermetrics but now am worried the increased strikeouts and pitch designs are creating an unbalanced game that is less fun to watch. How can we model fun factor?

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think aesthetics are in the eyes of the behodler

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: the more interesting question is: let’s assume for the sake of argument that it’s true, now what?

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I posed this on Twitter the other day

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and as expected, the “solution” for most people was to not use analytics

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Which is an absolute cretinous reponse

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: response

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If a portion of a game is “solved” in a sense that the winning strategy is known and excludes alternate strategies, and that strategy isn’t fun, then the solution is to change the rules

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Because for many people, the solution is to just expect teams to un-know some basic things, which isn’t going to happen

12:11
Guest: Would you convey one non-baseball societal opinion that (a) you feel strongly and (b) perhaps we don’t know?

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OH god, are you trying to get me into trouble?

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OK, on opinions I haven’t expressed before, let me think

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The problem is I’m opinionated and a big mouth

12:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: hmm…MAYBE my belief that no election ballots should list a political party as I consider that advertising, and names should be in randomized order on each ballot

12:14
Trevor Larnach: Am I real? K rate down 12% and currently 8th in MLB in average exit velo..

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The power probably. K should be improved, but not this much as still below average contact

12:15
Edamame: How is injury data incorporated into statistical analysis (both ZIPS and teams’)? Is it just a categorical flag for each (torn UCL, etc.) or is it something more fine-grained?

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The former

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The data doesn’t really exist to do it fine-grained

12:15
Guest: does knowing the inherent flaws / gaps in ZiPS give you an edge on baseball betting? Like at this point, the sports books’ odds are probably derived similarly to ZiPS, so do you ever see “Oh, here’s why they put the over here, that’s a flaw in the system that overvalues X” so then you bet the under?

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, I don’t try to eleventy-dimension chess it

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If I see a good EV+ I take it, and if I don’t, I don’t care

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: errr +EV

12:16
Who’s Fabio?: Did you see that the state of Indiana declared that tacos are in fact a sandwich.  Actually.  It was a legal decision to settle a mini mall lease dispute over what constitutes a sandwich.

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Only a sandwich in the statuatory sense

12:17
SanD: What goes into projecting a players BABIP? Is it just speed and exit velo?

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: line drive rate, spray; opposite field hit rate actually is a better predictor than speed!

12:18
Who’s Fabio?: Hey Dan.  How is your back treating you?

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Much better since disposing of some of the extra weight

12:19
Jurf: Are we all going to forget about Brennen Davis in a few weeks, or is he an excellent prospect again? If it’s too early to tell, how many more weeks/months of good play would it take to give a better answer?

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m sorry to say I’m skeptical

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Can’t really give X weeks because that depends how good he continues hitting

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If he continues a 170wRC+, it’s a lot shorter time than if he continues hitting, say 130 wRC+

12:20
E: What is the difference between Full Fat ZiPS and ROS ZiPS?

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Use of Statcast and plate discipline data is a big one

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and integrated minor league translations

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: See, here’s the problem:

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: To do a full ZiPS run takes about a day each for the PC that it runs on, so it can’t be updated daily

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And even on my main PC, it takes about 16-18 hours, during which I can’t really do much with my main PC

12:22
E: bonus question: if you run Full Fat ZiPS, how much of 3YR ZiPS becomes ~untrustworthy (ie what % of the ZiPS player pool do you think goes through significant changes)?

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think I can give a hard and fast rule for a generality

12:22
JT: It’s OK, Kevin. We know your chili normally works out.

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hey, I have more hair than him!

12:22
Guest: Whenever you run projections using past data, how do you handle 2020? Do you use the numbers as they are or maybe a projection model of what they could have been over a full season? Was just curious!

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Poorly?

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I guess that’s not a good answer

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS considers 2020 as a mix of actual 2020, and the ROS projection calculated at the moment the season ended

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and thankfully, it’s a really small part of projections now

12:24
Hokius: Does ZiPS think the Royals can keep this up at all?

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In terms of a >.600 WP? No

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but even at the .485ish winning percentage expected the rest of the way, that still makes them a playoff team like 60% of the time

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: BTW Hokius, flipping in MLB the Show is getting closer to normal levels of profitability, especially off peak

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d also like an update on how Cold Steel III is going for you, though you don’t necessarily have to give it here

12:26
20longyears: Speaking of Oneil Cruz, what are your thoughts on his performance thus far and likely development?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He hit ball really ahrd

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hit ball hard good

12:26
not the guy who asks what’s for lunch: what’s for dinner?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nothing, it’s a fast day

12:26
Grand Admiral Braun: Can you run an alternate Zips where Chris Sale never got hurt?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can!

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And I may at some piont

12:27
Anonymous Coward: What does it say about the Braves that their DH has nearly double any other hitter’s fWAR?

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nothing good

12:27
Andrew Friedman: I should be all in going after Mason Miller, right?

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah

12:27
Joe: Any reason for some concern about the Orioles? 9-8 in May, the offense is really struggling, and now injuries are starting to crop up.

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not really. Every team is going to have some runs

12:27
Chris: Why did Mike baumann cost so much? And will the mariners have the answer to make him great?

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He writes great headlines

12:29
Easter bunny: I have just accidentally discovered that Mike Baumann’s player page is sponsored by FanGraphs with fun facts!  Are there other such players?  Will you tell me who they are?

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I was unaware this was a thing

12:29
Idiotic Failson: Re: Analytics – it seems like hitting analytics has lagged pitching analytics. Maybe the hitting side is going to get better and do a better job of countering the pitching.

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s possible, but pitching has an advantage in that it’s not reactive

12:30
Cursed laser show: Does ZIPs look at Roman Anthony first few years and see Andrew Benintendi as possible outcome? Or more like Abreu (Phillies)?

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I guess you want a comp? hang on

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll get back to this

12:31
Guest: Do you and or ZiiPS think Vientos is a better hitter than Baty (now and long-term); if so, do whatever numbers you trust suggest that his defense at 3B is too terrible to make up for his offense? What are the odds that he could make a Wilmer Flores-esque transition to 2B if 3B is too much?

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m actually a bit worried that they’re coming down with Kevin Witt Disease

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not good enough to hit at 1B, not good enough to field 3B

12:32
Shotamania: Leading question, but what impact do you think his NPB posting signing deadline had on the whole “Shota is underpaid” thing? Caused by the signing deadline full stop, caused by having a signing deadline while other lefty SPs didn’t, just a scouting miss from the market?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably not a huge one

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But so far, it’s not looking good

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: as in the scouting miss

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS frigging LOVED him

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and I’m a little annoyed that a few teams bought some really detailed projections for him and then showed no interest

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As I expressed then, my feeling was that GMs that led the Cubs get him for that little really screwed up

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and I called it — I think, I hope I’m not remembering wrong — the best signing of the offseason

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And naturally, 2024 hasn’t done anything to make me feel worse about it

12:35
Ron Fairly: I’d really like to have an Original Tommy’s double chili cheeseburger TBH

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have never been there as I’ve spent very little time in CA

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: shoudl’ve thought of it when I was in Vegas for winter meetings

12:36
Joe: Is a lasagna a casserole?

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:37
Phil: Red Sox broadcasters are starting to talk up Wilyer Abreu for ROY. Thoughts? I do think he’s better than the prospect analysts thought, particularly defensively, but still mostly a platoon guy, surely?

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mean, it’s not the craziest thing given that he’s like 2nd or 3rd in rookie WAR at least check

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and projectiosn already basically had him as a league-average player before the season

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: like ZiPS was at 1.7 WAR in 474 projected PA

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and his time not against lefties is basically already “filled in” with replacement level performance

12:39
cm: The Orioles have one of the lowest walk rates in baseball.  What are your thoughts on that as to whether it is a strategy or a problem with the young hitters.  Adley in particular is walking way less.

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’ve done so much damage when they hit things that they’re incentivized to be aggressive

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The purpose of plate discipline isn’t just to get walks, it’s to get your pitch to drive

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: guys that don’t do that go down the Ben Grieve/Jeremy Hermida route

12:40
Guest: If I were to pick out 50 ZiPS projections (or aspects of a projection) before the year for 5 years and give you my over/under take on them, what percentage would I have to be right on over that stretch to make you think that I know something that ZiPS doesn’t?

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You guys like giving me questions that don’t have straightforward answers! lol. it would depend on the magnitude and what characteristics correlate the errors

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and your argument

12:41
chili alignment chart: where would an unopened can of kidney beans fit on this chart?

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t want to say, because I’ll naturally put beans in evil and tomatoes in chaotic

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: LAWFUL GOOD

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:42
Dan’l: What does Zips see from the first two months of the season as a positive future development for the Cards? (slander aside…)

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mean, ZiPS doesn’t think they’re *awful*

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: they’re just in real danger of getting mired in the Middle Team Muck

12:42
Hokius: Another Royals question, what does ZiPS make of Salvador Perez? I’m sure he’s due for some regression, but how likely is he to finish the season as a well-above average hitter on the whole?

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: his zstats are chef’s kiss

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: skeptical on the BA part, but fully endorses the power

12:43
Al Jones: Is the Orioles offense coming back down to earth a bit? Obviously there’s Gunnar and Adley, but  I’m not sure what to think of Westburg/Cowser

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cowser was likely to come back more

12:43
bb: Is someone who voluntarily eats Spam qualified to be a chili gatekeeper?

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: depends

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: if you’re eating it straight from the can, no

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but fried spam is really good

12:44
Experge: For players that have consistently outperformed their projections, playing better than their age would normally suggest, does ZiPS adjust to reflect their slower aging curve or does it always project a decline?

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I haven’t foudn the guys that do that

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Issues of *bias* are far easier to wring out than questions of *accuracy*

12:45
Deck: The problem with sabermetrics giving the ‘winning strategy’ is that winning hasn’t budged.  The average team still loses half its games.  The point of any spectator sport is entertainment.  Overall, baseball seems to be falling down on that score.

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But each team is still going to try and pick the best winning strategy

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: so you have to change the meta

12:46
Mike: This entire chat is slanderous…..

12:46
Benjamin, J: Hi Dan! Which team’s success do you think is more sustainable? The Royals or the Guardians?

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Guardians

12:47
Idiotic Failson: My controversial and correct opinion – The Beatles are not a good band.

12:47
Insert Witty Name Here: In regards to Travis’ issue with the analytics going too far, my mini solution was to just sit and watch a game on mute.  Or go to the ball park and watch a game. We don’t NEED you Dan to enjoy the game.

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nobody needs me for anything ever, really

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Even the very nice woman my age who puts up with me doesn’t REALLY need me

12:48
Confused Stathead: I know wRC+ isn’t your wOBA/league average wOBA. So what is it?

12:48
seth: is kenley jansen a one pitch pitcher now?

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But if you have only one good trick, make it a good one

12:48
SpicyBoi: Has Cody Bellinger done enough this year to convince you that last year’s performance is sustainable?

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have no idea what to make of him ever anymroe

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: His whole career is batshit random

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OH CRAP I FORGOT ROMAN ANTHONY COMPS

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Right now, ZiPS has his top copm as Aaron Hicks

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tuffy Rhodes

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dwayne Murphy

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Reggie Thomas

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Larry Whisenton

12:53
Shirtless George Brett: How does zips handle someone like Lugo who goes from reliever to starter? Is it as confused as Iam?

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS has long-term data on all moves between

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh, I should note one thing on an earlier question

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: While ZiPS doesn’t factor in the history of being right or wrong on a player’s projection *generally* (since that has no predictive value)

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: on things like FIP relative to ERA over team and expected stats, it will naturally believe in a player’s ability to over or underperform those as time goes on]

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So ZiPS would have a different view of Tom Glavine near the end of his career

12:57
Young OF: In early 2017 I remember projections favoring Conforto and Benintendi over Judge because he made so little contact. Was Zips in agreement or did any of them believe in the giant?

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: after 2016 season

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:57
E: No hard and fast rule for 3Yr ZiPS usability; does that mean you haven’t done a comparison to season 1 3YR ZiPS to season 2 3YR ZiPS? (Not trying to troll, genuinely curious, and I know you usually check most of your other statistics on a long term basis)

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s because you’re asking for a very specific answer to a rather non-specific position

12:58
Jurf: Just realized ZIPS never particularly loved Brennen David anyway. Top comp, Carmelo Martinez? Oof.

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Carmelo Martinez had a career most players would be very happy with

12:59
Shohei: Also, is a sushi roll a sandwich?

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

12:59
Guest: Re:Vientos not hitting well enough for 1B: 14 teams currently have a collective wRC+ at or below 100 from the 1B position. Not an endorsement of Vientos, more of an indictment of the position.

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, but you want to replace those guys

12:59
Guest: We can put this all to rest with a functional linguistic test.  A lasagna is not a casserole because no one in history has pointed at a lasagna and said “pass me the casserole”.  Likewise no one in history has pointed at a hot dog and said “I’d like that sandwich please”

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nobody has ever said “pass me the alcoholic beverage” to ask to have a beer handed to them, but that doesn’t mean that beer isn’t an alcoholic beverage

1:00
SpicyBoi: Am I wrong for thinking Christopher Morel can become an elite hitter?

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not necessarily, some of the components of an elite hitter are present

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: though it’s nto the average result

1:01
Oh, Rosie: Do you believe in Randy Arozarena or is he a ghost? Maybe there’s a scale, from tooth fairy (low) to evolution (high) for faith that he hits projections?

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s alive, plus I don’t believe in ghosts

1:01
Dan’l: What percentage of your work motivation is your enjoyment of it, vs you need to work to survive, vs you think the product is useful?

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I really enjoy my work

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and I’d probably do SOME of it for free if I had another career

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but I like doing it, I like people giving me money to do it, and I hope that people find it useful

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: because if my work isn’t useful, it’s weird to be paying me.

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: because ain’t nobody giving me money for my personality

1:02
Bean Enjoyer: Why do you hate the legumes, man? Beans have a considerably higher EV than meat

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like beans. But it’s not chili

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I enjoy tacos al pastor. I don’t want a tacos al pastor cheesecake

1:03
Idiotic Failson: Do you have to slow down while typing to accurately capitalize ‘ZiPS’?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, but I type everything too quickly in chat so I can answer more questions

1:03
Insert Witty Name Here: So there’s a new lady in the Szym life? That explains your more cheery tone.

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No. Am I more cheery?

1:03
davealden53: I’m in Cincinnati for two weeks.  I’ve had goetta and Skyline Chili

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m sorry your trip hasn’t gone well

1:04
Epstein’s Mother: Re: Analytics sucking the fun out of the game, as a data scientist, it has always seemed to me to come down to asking people to optimize the wrong thing.  Like, obviously each team is trying to optimize defensive posistioning to maximize the fraction of time a ball put into play is turned into an out, and have each plate appearance put the mostemphasis on increasing run value. But in a closed-sum game, the total number of wins will stay the same, but the enjoyability of what is fundamentally entertainment changes in a way that is not being accounted for at all.  So people fretting that they don’t like the game as much is, to me, totally valid, and something the sport should try to change. And they are, which is good!

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think MLB, if they think it’s a problem, needs to be even more aggressive

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: big bases? how about *80* feet to first base

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and I’d love to see them test out all kinds of stuff in indie leagues, even stuff that’s absolutely idiotic, just to see what happens. because a failure might give them an idea for another thing that might work

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: what IF the playing field should have a wider arc?

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: what IF a batter doesn’t have to reach first base with two outs on a grounder for the runner on third to score?

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: what IF it was four strikes and you’re out?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t know if any of these are good. But someone should at least TRY

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: (In fact, I dont’ think any of these are good, except maybe the first thing)

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: the change in base distance\

1:07
Guest: what if it was a cheesecake with some flavor of drizzle in the shape of tacos al pastor on top

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s not tacos al pastor then

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If I eat a chocolate truffle in the shape of a poop, I’m not eating poop

1:08
Cat Latos: Cat friends cat friends how do they do

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’re being really damn lazy today

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Constantine started off chat asking me for dinner (which doesn’t come until 4) but he got tired and dozed off from the effort

1:08
SpicyBoi: Re: analytics and fun.  I do think MLB has an enjoyability problem. League average OPS is under .700 right now. The offensive run environment is super depressed. I think we should go back to juiced baseballs and spider tack. 2018-2019 was a really fun time for the league imo

1:08
Guest: My wife found a recipe for pickle cheesecake in an old recipe book. It was … interesting.

1:09
Guest: I forgot about Mat Latos! also I’m a couple months older than him but he’s been out of the league 7 years

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: didn’t you ever see the Cat Latos picture?

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: as for pickle cheesecake, well, I have some AI horrors for you…

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

1:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

1:12
Another Dan: I’d like to make a motion for all the spider tack, all the steroids, juiced balls, and all of the cocaine

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: cocaine seemed great for baserunning

1:12
Re: Nats: What does a CJ Abrams extension look like? Presumably at or below the 192/9 you projected for Elly last month?

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: below, but it’s moving up

1:12
Guest: I heard about his cat named Cat Latos, don’t remember a picture

1:13
Guest: Isnt that kind of insulting to the players in indy leagues ?

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It doesn’t have to necessarily be there, but it should be SOMEWHERE

1:13
SpicyBoi: How do you choose which questions to answer? Is it because you like some of us more than others?

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s all chaos

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: though I try to answer questions I can answer quickly

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and that don’t have answers very specific to the other person

1:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and on that gross note, I will head out for another week

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: thanks for coming everyone!





Dan Szymborski is a senior writer for FanGraphs and the developer of the ZiPS projection system. He was a writer for ESPN.com from 2010-2018, a regular guest on a number of radio shows and podcasts, and a voting BBWAA member. He also maintains a terrible Twitter account at @DSzymborski.

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johndarc
21 days ago

Why are all the photos broken?

dan999999
21 days ago
Reply to  johndarc

Came here to ask the same thing.