Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 5/9/16

11:59
Dan Szymborski: Initiate communication.

11:59
Dan Szymborski: Happy Monday to all of you!

12:00
Dan Szymborski: Well, unless some of you are serial killers on the run or something, in which case I wish a less-than-happy Monday to you.

12:00
Dan Szymborski: Usual reminder: I will be saving any off-topic Qs for the Lightning ROund, but since I sometimes miss questions due to velocity, actually waiting until 1 PM for off-topic questions is a better strategy.

12:00
Jason: What does Texas do about Prince? He’s owed so much money but his production is horrid and he’s far and away the worst offensive player on the team so far.

12:01
Dan Szymborski: What can they do other than sit him down? It’s not like anyone ought to want him.

12:02
Dan Szymborski: Last year was one of the least impressive comeback seasons imaginable.

12:02
thaalderman: Are you as high on Domingo Sanatana as Fagerstrom is? If not, why?

12:02
Dan Szymborski: I’m very high on Santana

12:04
Alex: What are your thoughts on Pineda this year? The strikeouts are still there but the walks and home runs are way up. Can he turn it around?

12:05
Dan Szymborski: I think he’s certainly better than this and his advanced peripherals haven’t changed markedly from last year.

12:05
Dan Szymborski: But I’ve always been worried about his changing speeds – I still don’t think he does it well enough.

12:05
Dan Szymborski: So I’m not as high on his play when he is good as some are.

12:05
lalaland: what do you believe is the most accurate predictor of team Ks?

12:05
Dan Szymborski: Well, the rates of their individual batters

12:05
Mike: With the way the Cubs are currently playing, what odds would you give them for finishing with 100 wins? What about 105?

12:06
Dan Szymborski: They’re probably slightly over 50/50 for 100 at this point, given what they had in the bag.

12:06
Dan Szymborski: ZiPS has them up to 1.6% for 117 wins, which is crazy.

12:07
lloyd: With which team does Lincecum sign? What do you project for him?

12:07
Dan Szymborski: Hard to say which team, but I don’t project much as a starter. Interesting option as a reliever.

12:07
Moncada: So, Benintendi’s 21 and I’m 20, and we’re both tearing up Salem. Still think I’ve got the higher ceiling?

12:07
Dan Szymborski: Likely, but it’s not obvious, I don’t think.

12:08
Dan Szymborski: I think some depends on where Moncada ends up if he doesn’t stick at second.

12:10
degrassi high: if activated, will bonifacio get regular pt?

12:10
Dan Szymborski: Not seeing it.

12:11
Shane: Do you think something is wrong with Scherzer? Against righties he looks great but he’s getting killed by lefties. Throughout his career he’s been worse against lefties but not nearly this bad. Do you think it’s a fluke or is there cause for concern? Thanks!

12:11
Dan Szymborski: While we’re getting to the point at being concerned about overall, splits are horribly noisy over a month.

12:12
Dan Szymborski: But really, I’d call it a mild concern at this point. He’s not noticeably wilder in my eye – he doesn’t seem to having *that* serious command issues

12:13
yojiveself: assuming gattis comes back up with Catcher eligibility, cut Grandal for him?

12:14
Dan Szymborski: Meh. He’s come back down enough last couple of years that I’m not sure it’s all that amazing, though you do want a decent backup at catcher given Grandal’s injury history

12:14
goldy the gopher: If the Cubs win a World Series, does Theo Epstein go into the Hall of Fame some day?

12:14
Dan Szymborski: Honestly? I think he does eventually anyway

12:15
Dan Szymborski: He had a great run in Boston and looks like he’s having one in Chicago even if they never win the WS and he’s still in his early 40s

12:15
Dan Szymborski: He may still be in the first half of baseball career.

12:15
Dan Szymborski: Though there’s a possibility that he walks away early

12:15
EC: Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t seem to be getting back to his normal self, or even look like a cleanup hitter. Injuries suck.

12:16
Dan Szymborski: No, I’m not optimistic about Zimmerman.

12:16
yojiveself: would you cut any of these guys for ozuna? – mazara, park, rasmus, saunders

12:16
Dan Szymborski: No

12:16
Dan Szymborski: Wel, depends.

12:17
Dan Szymborski: How shallow is your league that you can’t find a taker for Saunders or Rasmus given how well they’ve played?

12:17
Adam: Is it time to start talking about Kevin Pillar as a star player? His recent hot streak made me think about his WAR total from last year and I was surprised to find that since the start of 2015 he has been one of the top 25 players in baseball by fWAR.

12:17
Dan Szymborski: Given his defense, it’s past time.

12:19
Socks: Is Miguel Cabrera is still great obvs, but is he still elite? He looks to be slowing down a bit. More pulled grounders.

12:19
Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll be fine, but we ought to expect him to slowly decline these days.

12:19
Erik: Harper is getting the Bonds treatment already, as a 23-year old. Assuming no major injuries or regression, could he threaten either Bonds’ walks or intentional walks career record? Seems plausible, if he gets this treatment for another 10 years or so.

12:19
Dan Szymborski: It’s a possibility

12:20
Dan Szymborski: But I think BGonds has the edge

12:20
Dan Szymborski: Bonds started late, but he had some crazy IBB seasons.

12:21
Dan Szymborski: Remember he had a 100 IBB season. Harper’s still not IBBed at the level of craqzy bonds

12:21
Stenzy: Peavy and Cain. How much longer can the Giants put up with this? What are some realistic options?

12:21
Dan Szymborski: I think their options aren’t that great, especially for Peavy.

12:21
Dan Szymborski: I mean the expectations for Cain were always limited.

12:21
Dan Szymborski: But they need Peavy to be adequate.

12:22
Dan Szymborski: Like they have Heston as an alternative for Cain, but the options drop off considerably

12:22
Dan Szymborski: They’d have to make a trade likely iff neither turn it around

12:23
humphrey: Have you heard anything about what is going on with Giolito struggling in AA? Are the Nats telling him to throw 30% changeups or something?

12:24
Dan Szymborski: Not sure if it’s anything the Nats have done. Haven’t seen him this year, but a scout I talked to who has thought he was nibbling and not just trusting his stuff

12:24
James: Smart for the White Sox to try and sign Lincecum, or are their options internally better?

12:24
Dan Szymborski: Meh

12:24
Guest: It’s still early May, some reports coming out saying new M’s ownership is willing raise payroll, who should they target?

12:24
Dan Szymborski: Call me in June – there are too many teams in the hunt.

12:25
Dan Szymborski: Really the only targets are players on the teams we already expected to be lousy and we’ve talked a lot about them already

12:25
Dan Szymborski: And yeah, the Yankees are lousy, but they’re not cleaning house

12:25
Guest: Are the ‘stros done already?

12:25
Dan Szymborski: Not done, but the hole they started off in is very difficult

12:26
Dan Szymborski: If they just play from now on to the rest of the year like the team we thought they were, they finish around .500 and miss the playoffs by 5 games or so.

12:26
Dan Szymborski: So it’s an uphill climb

12:26
Erik: Manny Machado is currently leading the league in WAR and is still 23. How close is he to turning the Harper/Trout tier into a Harper/Trout/Machado tier?

12:27
Dan Szymborski: He’s up there, though I still call Trout the best default choice until he clearly slips over a full year

12:27
John T.: What role do biometrics and the like play in the next CBA? If not addressed do you think they players association will end up regretting it?

12:27
Dan Szymborski: They don’t tinker too much with the CBA

12:27
InSpades: What are the chances Alex Bregman is recalled to the Astros in the next month?

12:27
Dan Szymborski: That’s a little aggressive

12:28
Stenzy: Cueto and Shark have been outstanding for the Giants. Are you buying? And if the Giants spent all this money on these two to win then how can they tolerate two automatic losses in Cain and Peavy?

12:28
Dan Szymborski: I praised the signings this offseason for the Giants, so given that what I expected to be has actually happened that way (so far), it would seem weird if I wasn’t buying it!

12:29
Dan Szymborski: Combined, they’re right on their projected ZiPS ERAs (Shark very slightly better, Cueto very slightly worse)

12:29
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN: Why aren’t the O’s DLing Bundy with a “mystery injury” to go to the minors and work on his development? He’s stalling in the BP.

12:29
Dan Szymborski: The Mystery Injury isn’t quite as easy to pull offa s you think

12:31
Zonk: White Sox need a starting pitcher. Who would you target, Dan, assuming they don’t want to surrender much in prospects, but have a few $$ to spend given LaRoche moving on?

12:31
Dan Szymborski: It’s tricky – only a few teams are really out of the race and they mostly don’t have starters that are all that exciting

12:32
MikeMilligan: Who comes up first Urias or DeLeon ? Taillon or Glasnow ?

12:32
Dan Szymborski: I’ll say Urias as they’re actually considering bringing him up posthate for the pen

12:32
Dan Szymborski: posthaste

12:32
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN: What’s your take on the return of Yu Darvish?

12:32
Dan Szymborski: Cautiously optimistic.

12:32
Erik: Andres Blanco has looked surprisingly good in a part-time role for the Phillies over the past three years, though he’s 32 and without any sort of past track record to back that up. Does he deserve more playing time, or is this just a rather large small sample size fluke?

12:33
Dan Szymborski: Blanco’s been crazy good in Philly and I cannot figure up why or how.

12:34
Dan Szymborski: Problem Phillies face is they’re trying to find out things about their next good team and Blanco’s unlikly to be a part of that.

12:34
Dan Szymborski: (Yes, they’re 18-14, but I don’t expect them to continue to be *that* good)

12:34
Dan Szymborski: I think he’s a better fit on another team that needs immediate help and needs to roll the dice somewhat

12:35
Bryan CA: How can the Giants NOT sign Lincecum when Cain and Peavy are making each batter look like Babe Colon!

12:35
Dan Szymborski: Have you seen Lincecum in recent years?

12:35
Mike S.: Have the stars aligned to make the 2016 Braves tank an all timer? Terrible hitting roster, terrible defense, terrible schedule, and wait for it, no pitching.

12:35
Dan Szymborski: all-time loss is still tough

12:35
Brian: So what’s the deal, is Jon Gray legit?

12:35
Dan Szymborski: I like Gray, but we need to see more.

12:35
Mark P.: Is Dusty Baker an idiot?

12:36
Dan Szymborski: I wouldn’t call him that.

12:36
Dan Szymborski: He’s not a good tactician remotely, but I think — and said at the time — that I thought he was a good fit for *this* Nats team

12:36
Christian: Thoughts on Brandon Phillips? Can he keep this up?

12:37
Dan Szymborski: The bar for me thinking a 35-year-old has a whole new level of excellence is very high

12:37
Josh: Is anyone more underrated than Logan Forsythe?

12:37
Dan Szymborski: Jim Edmonds?

12:37
EC: Should Nats make a trade and put Werth out of his misery and on the bench in a part time role? Braun? Moon shot for Trout?

12:37
Dan Szymborski: I’d be shocked if Trout was realistic, even given the Angels straits.

12:37
Dan Szymborski: Nats need solutions, not dreams.

12:37
Dan Szymborski: Braun is more realistic.

12:38
Dan Szymborski: Werth may not be complete toast, but I think his days as a real contributor are over

12:38
colin: where does jose altuve land? he can’t be this good…can he?

12:38
Dan Szymborski: He’s pretty darn good though.

12:39
Dale: Does J.D. Martínez find his power stroke again? Seems to be swing less

12:39
Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll be fine

12:39
Erik: Tyler Goeddel has an impressive -17 wRC+, has looked terrified every time he has to do anything, and doesn’t look to be hiding any projectable tools. Why was he the top Rule 5 pick? And does he really have talent he hasn’t been showing yet?

12:39
Dan Szymborski: Well, by design he’s in a role that he’s not remotely ready for.

12:40
Dan Szymborski: He was never really a ceiling guy.

12:40
Dan Szymborski: Always kind of “maybe a 4th OF or something who knows?”

12:41
Dan Szymborski: And teams are far less lazy about their Rule 5 protections than they used to be.

12:41
Dan Szymborski: Even the worst GM today, I can’t imagine anything like the bloopers when Syd Thrift didn’t understand Rule 5 and they lost Bonilla

12:42
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN: Thoughts on AJ Reed. Not currently mashing in AAA, but do the Astros call him up anyways in hopes that sparks his production and contribute to getting them out of the AL West cellar?

12:42
Dan Szymborski: He’s not mashing it yet. It hink they’ll be slightly patient

12:42
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN: Trea Turner will get the call on _____ 2016

12:42
Dan Szymborski: a date in the year

12:43
CecilFielder: the gap between price’s FIP and (massive) ERA is enormous. can you think of any examples of an “ace” like pitcher whos does this recently?

12:43
Dan Szymborski: Does Schilling 2005 count?

12:43
CamdenWarehouse: This was a more relevant question last week, but do you put any more or less weight in limited samples after an extended absence? For example, are AJ Griffin’s first 5 starts any more or less indicative than 5 starts from someone else who had pitched the last 2 years?

12:43
Dan Szymborski: I don’t believe so. We simply *want* the 5 starts to be more meaningful, but I don’t think they are.

12:44
Slade: How should the Yankees handle Severino? He has really struggled after such a promising season last year.

12:44
Dan Szymborski: I think patience is warranted.

12:44
Erik: Is it fair to say that no advanced pitching metric has achieved the dominance of all-encompassing offensive metrics like wRC+ or wOBA? Which do you prefer, and are there noticeable differences between them?

12:44
Dan Szymborski: Depends on the usage. I use different stats for different purposes.

12:44
Ben: What’s your ROS take on verlander?

12:44
Dan Szymborski: Verlander? I have no idea. He shows occasional flashes of dominance and then he loses it for weeks. A bit like Lincecum before we lost even the flashes.

12:44
Jon: Fill in the blanks: The 2016 Cubs are the best team since the _____ ______ .

12:45
Dan Szymborski: last team that was better than them.

12:45
Kerry W.: Do you believe in lineup protection? AKA bat Murphy behind Harper

12:45
Dan Szymborski: Only weak protection (IBB)

12:46
Timmmay: Why are appeals a thing? You only get the out if the umpire notices the guy missed the base you’re appealing to. Shouldn’t the umpire just call the guy out for missing the base to begin with?

12:46
Dan Szymborski: I think getting a call right should be more important than caring about a specific umpire’s jurisdiction.

12:46
Josh: Is Marcus Semien showing signs of a breakout? The power is enticing considering his plate discipline numbers look strong.

12:46
Dan Szymborski: ]I don’t see any particular signs of a breakout, though I think he’ll be fine offensively

12:46
Gina: is rodon still a breakout candidate just starting slow, or is something up with him

12:46
Dan Szymborski: Still optimistic

12:46
Ken M: If Manny Machado goes back to SS, there’s a real good argument to make for him as the best overall player, no?

12:47
Dan Szymborski: Hard to beat Trout – depends on how good he actually is at SS

12:47
HappyFunBall: As a Nats fan, should I be more worried about Papelbon or Ryan Zimmerman?

12:47
Dan Szymborski: Papelbon. The projections for Nats doing well already assumed Zimmerman was kind of done as a real contributor

12:47
Enzo Amore: David Wright has looked reasonably healthy so far, and is hitting well, but he has amazingly cost the team 5 runs with his defense already. What should the Mets do with him?

12:48
Dan Szymborski: Don’t get too excited about short-term defensive stats.

12:48
Dan Szymborski: Like Joey Rickard. His stats are enough to tell us that he certainly isn’t a huge contributor defensively this year, but not enough to tell us if he’s really +5 or -5 in left.

12:48
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN: Buxton is a new man this year in AAA, homering for his 3rd time Sunday. Is his lofty ceiling still alive?

12:48
Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:48
Dug: Buying Nola’s success? Potential ace? His stuff has wicked movement and he commands where that movements goes well.

12:48
Dan Szymborski: I buy Nola

12:49
CamWard: You buying or selling Maeda?

12:49
Dan Szymborski: I already have him in most leagues. Remember, ZiPS ranked him like 21st in pitcher WAR coming into the season.

12:49
Dan Szymborski: Depends on the offer

12:49
mtsw: Does Joey Rickard spend the entire season as a bad-to-very-bad fielder or is this small sample size noise so far dragging his numbers down?

12:50
Dan Szymborski: lol, I swear I didn’t see this when I made the Rickard comment above

12:50
Dan Szymborski: BUT TWO BIRDS

12:50
Eric Weinstein: FiveThirtyEight’s simulations right now have the Mets finishing up with the second best record in MLB at 93-69. Which is conservative for the second best record in MLB. They have the Cubs finishing up at 107-55. Depth Charts have the Cubs finishing at a measly 101-61. Do you think 116 wins is in play?

12:50
Dan Szymborski: Yes. Long shot, but most of the time, it’s no shot, so long shot is a pretty big deal.

12:50
Copp: Would you take the over or under on Dae Ho Kim’s homerun total for 2016 set at 15.

12:50
Dan Szymborski: Did they meld together?

12:50
Jason: In response to your Prince answer: Don’t teams often find reasons for a DL trip when someone is playing so poorly for an extended period of time?

12:51
Dan Szymborski: That’s trickier than it sounds.

12:51
mtsw: 538’s wacky new Elo model has the Cubs at 107 wins. Can you say something mean about them? Thanks!

12:51
Dan Szymborski: I like my model better, but 107 wouldn’t shock me.

12:51
Dan Szymborski: Good god guys, I’ve answered about 20% of the questions and I’m WAAAAY behind

12:51
Yusuf : Harvey with 6 innings pitched, 10 strikeouts, and touching 97 on his fastball. Safe to say the existential threat posed to the Mets season by his slow start has receded?

12:52
Dan Szymborski: I would hope so. Something being truly broken in Harvey again would be bad for baseball

12:52
Josh: Tyler Glasnow makes his MLB debut on _____?

12:52
Dan Szymborski: a pitcher’s mound.

12:52
Josh: is watching the cubs what it was like to watch the mariners in 2001, but no one noticed because is was seattle?

12:52
Dan Szymborski: Seattle’s expectations weren’t as high. The Cubs did have high expectations!

12:52
Night Man: Steven Matz is a top __ SP in the MLB

12:53
Dan Szymborski: notch

12:53
Freese: What are your thoughts on Avisail Garcia at DH after he’s hit .467/.528/.800 the last two weeks?

12:54
Dan Szymborski: Meh. Unless someone replaced him with a clone that’s good at baseball, I’m skeptical that it’s anything but a good two weeks.

12:54
mtsw: In an 80’s comedy-like body switch, you find yourself inhabiting AJ Preller’s body. How do you fix the Padres without getting fired along the way?

12:54
Dan Szymborski: Oh, I’d get fired.

12:54
Dan Szymborski: And if Preller’s in my body, I’m really sorry dude.

12:55
Dan Szymborski: “Why do I have a beer belly all of a sudden? And why am I covered with cats? Where are all my suits?”

12:55
CamdenWarehouse: What should we make of Zunino’s AAA performance in 108 PAs so far?

12:56
Dan Szymborski: Certainly a good sign. In hindsight, the M’s did rush Zunino too aggressively

12:56
SMac: Did you expect Aaron Nola to be this good this soon?

12:56
Dan Szymborski: Not this soon, but I think he’s for real

12:56
Bears Unite: So Gattis down. White struggling, AJ Reed time upon us?

12:57
Dan Szymborski: As noted above, it’s tricky in that he’s not really mashing.

12:57
BakedBean: So JBJ is hitting now and is underwhelming defensively. Does this make sense at all? If so, how?

12:57
Dan Szymborski: True story: Mickey Tettleton was a defensive prospect coming up.

12:57
Dan Szymborski: Do think Betts is the best CF

12:58
gladbury creme: are you worried about David Price?

12:58
Dan Szymborski: No

12:58
scamp factory: Hi Dan — A friend of mine (who is a Red Sox fan) is convinced David Ortiz has been heavily juicing his whole career; I say he would have been caught. What do you think?

12:58
Dan Szymborski: Well, there’s at least a chance the 2003 drug test leaks were accurate.

12:59
Dan Szymborski: But he’s also been tested for a long time, many times

12:59
Dan Szymborski: (I don’t care about pre-2004 drug use)

12:59
Dan Szymborski: And I only care about it from a rules standpoint really – since he hasn’t been caught even if he did, I care just as much as if I knew for a face he never did anything

1:00
The Dude of NY: Any idea why ZiPS is so low on Heyward’s defense? It projects he’ll finish the season with just under 5 DEF, his lowest since 2011.

1:00
Dan Szymborski: Let’s not forget that includes positional adjustment on FG

1:01
Dan Szymborski: Even though Heyward has stayed ahead of the curve, there’s a very strong regression toward the mean, even with long-term defense

1:02
Dan Szymborski: He’s got 4 seasons of +20 D (without PO adjustment), but that’s only the same predictive value as a little over a season of, say, OPS

1:02
jamesryu: Phillies are 4 games above 500. Will they go for it this year?

1:02
Dan Szymborski: No

1:02
Dan Szymborski: OK, 1 PM so have to do the Lightning Round.

1:03
Dan Szymborski: I have work to do so I cannot make this an extended episode!

1:03
Dan Szymborski: So the rules of the Lightning Round are simple: I must answer any question so long as it’s off-topic, with the few usual exceptions.

1:05
Slade: Dan, non-baseball question…how do you like Overwatch? I have been really enjoying the Beta.

1:06
Dan Szymborski: I like it quite a lot and feel it will translate well to a competitive format.

1:06
Mark: Rate Chanman V’s pronunciation of your name on the last episode of Value Town from Eno Sarris’ to correct.

1:06
Dan Szymborski: I’m not caught up on ValueTown – I’m up to last week, which I haven’t heard yet. When/how did I come up?

1:06
CamdenWarehouse: First crabs of the year yesterday for Mother’s Day. 🙂

1:06
Dan Szymborski: Jealous

1:06
Yusuf : Off topic: Have you played any of the Overwatch open beta so far? I’ve been enjoying it so far myself, curious on your take

1:07
Dan Szymborski: As I said, I’ve greatly enjoyed playing it. I’m a guy who has 2K hours in TF2 but has been kinda out of the game due to it’s staleness – we never really get cool new maps or weapons anymore, we get hats and re-skins.

1:07
Dan Szymborski: I played Overwatch for a couple of months, but I wish I had had more time but it fell on a very busy part of teh season for me

1:07
mtsw: What’s the solution for the prevalence of match fixing in e-sports? How do you stop this when most of the athletes can’t make an adult wage playing straight but can turn around and make $20K by rigging a few matches?

1:07
Dan Szymborski: I don’t know the solution. You’re going to have to have some pretty severe penalties.

1:08
kevinthecomic: I’d rather have your beer belly and cats than Preller’s eyebrows!!!

1:08
Dan Szymborski: Mean!

1:08
Shin-soo Choo Express: whoa, they “LOST” Bonilla? Can you please tell the story?

1:08
Dan Szymborski: OK, this is on-topic, but I’ll answer

1:09
Dan Szymborski: Syd Thrift did not know that Bonilla was eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Pirates lost him and after Bonilla was unhappy in Chicago, he got traded back to the Pirates in a trade that most in baseball felt was partly a face-saving gesture for a friend.

1:09
Tiny Rick: Dan, my roommate and I are considering getting a cat for the new apt this fall. I’m thinking an orange maine coon kitten, and wer’re gonna name it Mookie

1:09
Ol Sea Capn : Do you prefer positive thoughts or dark magic to get players to do more stuff to help you win in fantasy?

1:09
Dan Szymborski: Dark magic.

1:09
Dan Szymborski: Yeah, Voldemort lost, but how far would he have made it with friendship-based magic?

1:09
Ol Sea Capn : Which is higher on the pyramid of animal comedy? Hippos or giraffes?

1:09
Dan Szymborski: Hippos

1:09
Guest: do you watch the nba playoffs?

1:09
Dan Szymborski: Not religiously

1:09
Lee: Have you viewed Mercury today?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: No, what happened? Did the sun eat it or something?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: Oh, we can see it today! I had no idea

1:10
JD: Have you read Infinite Jest? What did you think, if so?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: I have not

1:10
Guest: Do “new school” writers care less than “old school” writers about PEDs cause they’re all in drugs themselves?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: They didn’t do any drugs at all in the 60s

1:10
Lil B: Favorite genre of music?

1:10
Dan Szymborski: Classical music or nerdy indie rock/pop

1:10
Haberdasher: What would you do with a Klondike Bar?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: I would pay the suggested retail price at my local distributor. Why do people do outlandish things for a Klondike Bar? You can buy them at like every gas station or grocery store.

1:11
Guest: do you get mlb tv for free as a perk of your job?

1:11
Dan Szymborski: I do not have it paid for me, but it is tax-deductible

1:11
Dan Szymborski: The “show up at the park, flash a badge, and go in” is a nice perk.

1:12
senpaisanto:

1:12
Dan Szymborski: Not sure what it’s referring to!

1:13
Ol Sea Capn : What did you do for Mom’s day?

1:13
Dan Szymborski: Took my mom to brunch and to a local playhouse of 1776

1:13
Bryce: Will Trump make baseball fun again?

1:13
Dan Szymborski: Baseball is already fun

1:13
SMac: Frank Underwood for Prez 2016. Would you vote for Spacey over the options we have now?

1:13
Dan Szymborski: Not sure.

1:13
Matt: If someone were to ask you how much wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood, would you reply that a woodchuck could chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

1:13
Dan Szymborski: It seems like a fair replay

1:13
Marcus Garvey Park: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill–the best album, or the most best album?

1:14
Dan Szymborski: Not really my genre

1:14
Guest: are watching the nhl playoffs or nb a playoffs?

1:14
Dan Szymborski: NBA. I watch but not religiously

1:14
Chuncey Wiggins: Favorite Overwatch character?

1:14
Dan Szymborski: Junkrat

1:14
SMac: Ever play the OOTP baseball management games?

1:14
Dan Szymborski: Yes

1:14
Tiny Rick: Rank your favorite LOST characters. Mine are:

1:14
Dan Szymborski: Never got into it

1:14
Zorak: Why don’t more americans eat poutine? I was just in Montreal for a week and now all I want is poutine all the time every day.

1:14
Dan Szymborski: Aren’t we fat enough?

1:14
Matt: You are more likely to be a member of which movement: Make Baseball Fun Again, or Make Pluto a Planet Again?

1:14
Dan Szymborski: Oh, I’m on Team Harper.

1:14
Matt: MLB.tv as a tax writeoff? Nice. What’s that do, like half your income?

1:14
Dan Szymborski: Ouch

1:15
Chuncey Wiggins: You have to eat a baseball and you can pick one condiment or sauce. What method and what sauce do you use?

1:15
Dan Szymborski: Hot sauce I think?

1:15
Dan Szymborski: DO I have to eat it in one sitting?

1:15
Boof: Why answer questions when you don’t have an opinion?

1:15
Dan Szymborski: Because I’m required to.

1:15
Dan Szymborski: I can’t break the rules of the Lightning Round. I don’t have the authority.

1:16
Guest: wade shooting during the canadian anthem that big of a deal?

1:16
Dan Szymborski: Eh, if you treat national anthems like throwaway requirements you do before every game, don’t be surprised when people treat them as mundane background

1:17
Matt: Hot dog is not a sandwich. But it is a very close relative of the taco family. Agree?

1:17
Dan Szymborski: I don’t agree with that.

1:17
Dan Szymborski: A taco is a sub.

1:17
Dan Szymborski: NO

1:17
Dan Szymborski: I mean a hot dog is a sub

1:17
Dan Szymborski: A TACO IS NOT A SUB

1:17
Boof: does god exist? and if yes, why do bad things happen?

1:18
Dan Szymborski: Maybe, though it might not be something mystical but just something that appears to be powerful because of our perspective.

1:18
Dan Szymborski: To a cat, I have the powers of a god

1:18
Mark: You were mentioned as a Patreon Supporter on Value Town.

1:18
Dan Szymborski: Ah

1:18
Jack Glasscock’s Cup: how is game of thrones better than the tudors, the borgias, or house of cards (british or american)? cgi?

1:19
Dan Szymborski: I never got into Tudors and Borgias because in things based on history tend to bother me because of the warping of history

1:19
Dan Szymborski: Now I love House of Cards too

1:19
Guest: when will we hear you on a podcast with cistulli, make it happen

1:19
Dan Szymborski: Done it once before

1:19
Chuncey Wiggins: Would you rather let Giancarlo hit you with a wiffle bat or let let A. Chapman peg you with a tennis ball?

1:19
Dan Szymborski: Tennis ball I think.

1:19
johnisforthegiants: I’ve got an annoying co-worker. Can I donate him to ISIS?

1:19
Dan Szymborski: Do they take donations?

1:19
Chuncey Wiggins: You have to eat it in one sitting…it’s a bizarre challenge for a charity to help kids read or something.

1:20
Dan Szymborski: I have to eat a baseball for this? I would hope I think of something less damaging to my stomach than that

1:20
Dan Szymborski: AND DONE

1:20
Dan Szymborski: Thanks for coming everyone!

1:20
Dan Szymborski: As a reminder, you can find my work on baseball and eSports at ESPN.com, chats and projections at FanGraphs, and DSzymborski on Twitter.

1:21
Dan Szymborski: And there are still tickets left for Sabermetrics Day statgeek lunch for Staten Island Yankees, which I will be at (June 19)

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burts_beads
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burts_beads

There was almost no value from this chat, so many non-answers. Not sure why he chose so many questions that he doesn’t really care to answer.

rottenchops
Member
rottenchops

i agree. i don’t get it. dan’s chats are getting more and more snarky and irrelevant.

Dick_
Member
Dick_

Yeah? How about when they answer questions about how their kids are doing or what beer they like? Who gives a sh*t?