Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 6/24/2019 (12:30 PM)

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Uh oh

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just letting the queue fill up a bit more. The post wasn’t going live so I had to re-do it.

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We’re going to start off at about 12:30 PM

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Maybe earlier if you guys build up a mighty buffer.

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OK, let’s get this strangely scheduled party started.

12:23
Magic Kingdome: I don’t feel tardy

12:24
frankiebones: With Gallo and Pence coming back soon, how do you see the Texas lineup shaking out?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s a little tricky in that Pence has bene *way* better than I think anybody expected. I know they probably don’t want to, but the only practical way to get them all atbats is to kind of have a Choo/Pence/Gallo rotation, with one of them serving as a Mazara backup as well and sneaking Gallo some CF starts

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I know they don’t really *want* to have Gallo in center, but who do you bench otherwise?

12:26
Dan’s Mom: DANIEL JOHN SZYMBORSKI. Am I going to have to take away your twitter privileges so you can get to your chat on time? You have kept your little friends waiting.

12:26
Magic Kingdome: The new All-Star voting process — sure why not, history’s greatest monster, or still don’t care?

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Post wasn’t going through!

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ve found the ASG to be the least interesting part of the event.

12:27
pelkey: braves top #1 most fun team

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Padres?

12:27
Gub Gub: Do you prefer the title Supreme Leader, or do you lean more towards a “man of the people” type of dictator name, like First Citizen, or “Da Boss”?

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Usually go by Dan

12:27
Bearry: Kevin Padlo, KATOH darling at the time of the Dickerson trade, seems to have turned it around in AA. He’s still very young at 22. Does ZIPS believe anything has changed?

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS isn’t quite there yet.

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He didn’t have an offical prediction, but you don’t want to see what it was coming into the season!

12:28
Magic Kingdome: Who will the be the worst All-Star Game representative?

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Marlin, I guess.

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Maybe someone like DAdam Jones if he sneaks in

12:30
LFC Mike: Hi Dan. Kudos to Cardinal fans for a weekend Pujols-fest that was so richly deserved. They are some of the best fans in baseball. Great scenes in St. Louis. For those that haven’t seen the clip of Albert and the young boy with Downs Syndrome from Toronto last week..it shows Albert is an even better person than baseball player https://www.ksdk.com/article/life/heartwarming/albert-pujols-signs-giv…

12:30
IsIt2020Yet?: Does ZiPS think Bryan Reynolds is doing real things?

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS is coming around – he gets closer to Steamer when you include his early season minors crushing

12:32
Magic Kingdome: What happened when REM finally went back to Rockville?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: heh

12:32
Nick: Who will be managing the New York Mess come August 1st?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Some caretaker candidate until the Mets can reshuffle this offseason and figure out the worst candidate.

12:33
Anon21: With the division race in good shape, what players should the Braves target in trade to give themselves a shot against the Brewers/Cubs and Dodgers in October?

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bullpen bullpen bullpen!

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now, nobody that causes them to give up as much as the Cubs did for Chapman, of course.

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But you know, Giles, Will Smith

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Will have to see who falls out of the race more.

12:35
Yisus: Hi Dan, do you think Callaway should have been fired after his altercation with the reporter? (I guess he shouldn’t even be managing the team by now, though)

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes, but only because he was already on the very edge already.

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It was a good idea to give him a shot, but like Ray Miller or Bud Black, in the end he’s a pitching coach awkwardly cast as a manager.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And no, I didn’t accidentally say Bud Black while meaning someone else.

12:38
John Montagu: It has come to my attention that my invention which has fed billions of people is under weekly ridicule on this gathering. #respectthesandwich

12:38
brad nj: Dan, thoughts on Rodgers so far in his call up?  Do you see him adjusting and fulfilling his elite prospect status at the MLB Level?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m optimistic about Rodgers

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I was a little worried that the Rockies being the Rockies, they’ have Rodgers in some stupid time-share with Valaika.

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But I’m more optimistic now that they won’t do that

12:40
Elfuego: How different will the A’s rotation look  in the second half the season?

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, no Montas obviously

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Luzardo should be up fairly quickly

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mean, he has to be, right?

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: HOnestly, I can see Jefferies popping up

12:42
Matt: I appreciate you finally pausing the chat for me, but I only needed 10 minutes, Dan. Too long.

12:42
Morbo: Pujols’ return to St. Louis was something to behold. I’ve never seen a visiting player receive a curtain call before

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It was cool.

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably his last real career highlight.

12:43
mb: You have much hope in Julio Urias starting some games?

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Dodgers are going to continue to be real careful.

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And given the division, there’s no reason right notw to be aggressive

12:44
Magic Kingdome: Forget the Rays and A’s — which team is third most likely to move in the future?

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Marlins

12:45
Sweetie Pie: Is Matt Beaty the next success story for the LADs? Does he have a path to playing time?

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I still think he’s role player trajectory

12:45
Davis: Is the Mexican League actually as good as the PCL and IL?

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

12:45
Jon: So how many bombs does Yordan Alvarez have to hit before he becomes our new dark overlord in life now?

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He isn’t already?

12:46
PM: Do you remember the first time you looked a zips projection and immediately assumed your math was wrong somewhere? if so who was the player

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Jose Molina the time it spit out a .750 BA

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And it was wrong there was a bad number in there.

12:46
Psweeting: When you look at zips projections, does it model all players as a bell curve? I can imagine Jose Ramirez as having two peaks, where he’s either meh again or an MVP candidate again, but maybe lower probably of him being average.

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS does not use any standardized curves.

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s no distribution fitting.

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sorry, trying to think of a non-parametric joke.

12:47
kd: Unless I am way off, why isn’t Palka up for the CWS and playing DH against right-handed pitching?  Or, at worst, playing an outfield spot against right-handed pitching.   I think it is safe to say that he has his timing back at AAA (over .900 OPS in 250 at bats).

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m surprised he isn’t already. They’re starting Tilson/Cordell, for criminey socks.

12:48
pelkey: i have to work in 10 minutes 🙁

12:49
jim: What do you think of Eloy so far this season? His numbers look good since returning from IL.

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’s been fine, the problem is defensively. I’d have to check to verify (I hadn’t thought about it), but it feels like he’s been too aggressive first pitch-wise.

12:50
jim: Are you becoming far less impressed by rookies doing well with people like Riley, Alonso, Alvarez, Tatis, etc all mashing out of the gate this year & Acuna, Soto, Judge, etc in the past couple years?
If so, what does that say about Vlad’s disappointing rookie season so far (if anything)

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I haven’t been jaded. Well, on this.

12:50
(not that) James: Oddly enough, Mighty Buffer was the name of my college ska band.

12:50
cpins: Does 17 blown saves mean the Mets could be a WC player if they found 1-2 answers for the pen or is it just wishing on clouds?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, one, you don’t get those back. Two, teams blow a lot of saves (and win some of those games too)

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Mets are in the lead, but they’re not lapping the league

12:52
v2micca: Given the recent SCOTUS ruling on Iancu v. Brunetti that completely repudiates the Lanham Act, is there any remaining legal standing to deny Teams like Cleveland in the MLB and Washington in the NFL their legal trademarks despite how distasteful we might find them?

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t give an answer for this, you might want to hit up Sheryl or Craig Calculator or Eugene Freedman.

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But just speaking for me, while I don’t like the logos, I think the Lanham Act is garbage on this and the just way to get rid of those logos isn’t playing trademark law games with them.

12:53
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12:53
Gub Gub: Bobby Bradley needs a nickname. Give him one.

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bye Bye Bobby Bradley?

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wait, there was a garbage pail kid named bye bye bobyb wasn’t there?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yup

12:54
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12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Man, when I was a kid, these were just as valuable as trading chits as Ecto Cooler.

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:55
Zipp: Can we just get Calloway and the Wilpons together, load them into a rocket, and jettison them into the sun already? It’s exhausting to be a Mets fan

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Seems like an awful lot of resources.

12:55
TC Bear: Twins still haven’t lost 3 in a row

12:55
Barnold: Barnold….good name or great name?

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Depends on the last name

12:55
Mickey Goaway: See you tomorrow!

12:56
Dbo: Is it true that most of your articles are written by your cats walking across the keyboard?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:56
Joey Gallo: Why try to shoehorn all of us (Choo, Pence, Mazara, Santana, me) in the OF/DH when I’d be a serious upgrade over Guzman at 1B and have played there before?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Mainly because I”m no sure the Rangers will actually do that

12:56
need multiples: Yankees lineup question: what is more important in the 3 hole: contact or power?  Yanks can lead off with judge and have voit and his 387 OBP bat second. Would you rather have Stanton or DJ LeMahieue in 3rd spot?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d rather have power – the #3 spot leads off the fewest innings.

12:57
Matt: Is it really a truth that the Marlins are a bigger joke than the Mets? Really?

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’re different kinds of humor

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Marlins are more wacky funny

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: While the Mets are more cringey.

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Marlins are like when Michael Scott declares bankruptcy by shouting that he declares bankruptcy after spending money on multiple magic kits.

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Mets are like when Michael Scott fake fired Pam or dumped Pam’s mom at lunch

12:58
Davis: The voting process doesn’t matter, ASG is stupid as long as it occurs halfway through the season

12:58
Matt: See you tomorrow, Dan.

12:59
Logan Allen’s Run: is he D’Adam Jones now that he’s on the D’Backs?

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just a typo

12:59
Look Dude: Pujols back on st louis = Rocky in Russia?

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: More like Rocky punching the fake Don King

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: after beating up Tommy Gunn

1:00
Adam Jones: Did people finally figure out I’m not that good anymore?

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

1:00
Yankees: Maybe someone can stop saying we only beat the Orioles now? Or will that remain the narrative?

1:01
(not that) James: I think Freddie Freeman is a good baseball player, and I don’t care who knows it!

1:01
Jim Leyland Palmer: With all of hoopla and embarrassment currently going on with the Mets, what is your opinion of the current roster? If somehow new, competent ownership and FO came in tomorrow, what should they do? Blow it up or try to make it work with this core?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t know if they need to blow it up. But I think they need to retool, cut off the fat, less wishful thinking and more realpolitik

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: realbaseball? I don’t think that works

1:02
Janet Reno: hows that coup in Venezuela going?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The leader of the May 2018 coup, Maduro, remains in possession of the country. Why do you ask?

1:02
Ryan: What the Cubs gave up for Chapman was worth it, imo. #FlagsFlyForever

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Disagree since it’s not his personal flag, but whatever

1:03
You, Darvish: Will Darvish pull it together or continue to be maddeningly wild and inconsistent

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll continue to slowly get better

1:03
Voldemort: Will cincy sell Raisel Iglesias this year?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They will not

1:03
Leonys Martin: Lindor was mean to me and I lost my job. I’ve had a bad week; can you say something nice about me?

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, Martin has his health. Given the horrible illness he had last year, that’s a plus.

1:04
Jeff: How much of Monta’s breakout do you think should be discounted with the PED issue?  Think he’ll still be a high-end starter next year?

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I remain unconvinced at the efficacy and see it more as a player safety issue.

1:04
Voldemort: Dan – was just looking at the preseason zips projections. Yelich was projected to hit 28 HR this year. He just hit #29 before the ASB. Is he just having an absolutely crazy year or what?

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, I was always a Yelich optimist, but not THIS level of craziness.

1:04
Al Gone Quinn: Now that you’ve settled the debate on what constitutes a sandwich, I have a new green field you can help resolve. Is a wok a pot or a pan?

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Pan

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: YOu don’t toss crap around in a pot like you do in a pan

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now, you can *use* it as a pot

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but more typical wok use is a pan

1:05
Ryan: Why does anyone throw the ball over the plate against Javy Baez  when up 0-2??

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Why does anyon throw the ball over the plate ever against him?

1:05
DJ LeMahieu: I’m no Manny, but it’s pretty amusing how much Yankee fans hated this signing.

1:05
Dees: Remember when we were all worrying about Josh Donaldson like two weeks ago?  Life comes at you pretty fast.

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I WAS NOT I TOLD YOU GUYS TO CHILL

1:06
Outta my way, Gyorkass: I know this was the premise of an ESPN article, but what say you, peak Pujols, or current Trout?

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Current Trout

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: sorry Albert

1:06
Trent: Which currently injured player will have the biggest impact on the playoff races once he returns?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Clevinger coming back (now from his ankle) is a big pivot point for Indians playoff run

1:07
Josiah: why aren’t the dodgers getting more attention nationally? Is it because everyone assumed they’d be this good? Feels like if the cubs were doing what the dodgers are doing it would be everywhere.

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’ve been good for a long time so i tdoesn’t feel as exciting

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: like the Twins

1:07
GERB: Oscar Mercado sneaky ROY candidate?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can’t see him being that competitive at the end of the year

1:07
Mike Fichera: Brandon Lowe has struck out 100 times in 255 at bats. How is he good.

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 2019!

1:08
Davis: What’s Brent Honeywell’s future in the MLB?

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Foggy until we have more clarity on his health. Which will be awhile

1:08
Sir Nerdlington: The Vargas/reporter fight – aka Clash of the Congressional Congress – reminded me.  Who won the presidential brawl showdown?

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We didn’t do the final four because we switched chat providers and the polling didn’t work at the time

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: May do the final four for the 2020 election to keep you guys from asking too many frigging politics questions.

1:09
Rod: Has the juiced ball had any impact on ZIPs projections?

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: More a calibration issue.

1:09
Grubby: What other cities should jam two teams together?

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Actually, the only two city sharing I can see as making any sense at all would be if NOrth Carolina got the Rays or whoever and they used both Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham as homes

1:10
Mike: With Bobby Bradley up it appears the Indians will have an outfield mix of Bauers, Luplow, Mercado, and Naquin.  If you had to pick either Bauers or Naquin to platoon with Luplow, which would it be?

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Naquin

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think Bauers is a MLB hitter right now

1:10
Christian: Hi Dan, what do you think happened to Mookie? Last season he was up there with Mike for the Best Player In Baseball title but this year he’s barely top 30, what do you think happened to him?

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just a downish year. 2018 shouldn’t have been expected to be his baseline.

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Betts is pretty much just having his 2017

1:11
Moltar: Mickey Calloway will manage the team until at least the offseason because the Mets don’t undersand the concept of a sunk cost

1:11
Pancake Supreme: Does Alonso break Judge’s rookie record of 52? If not how close does he come?

1:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll fall short, but I think he’ll beat 45.

1:11
Voldemort: Craig Calculator isn’t a real name

1:11
Morbo: @v2micca in response to your SCOTUS Iancu v Brunetti question. The short answer is no. The long answer is a slightly more boring no. Source, am, regrettably, a lawyer

1:12
Matt: Isn’t the best way to get rid of “distasteful logos” through voicing of opinions of the consumers? And, in theory, if those voices aren’t loud enough, maybe the logos aren’t *sufficiently* distasteful to be removed, and thus we’ve allowed more people to apply their definition of “distasteful”?

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes. I believe in speaking up as a consumer.

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m a believe in the notion that in a free society, we generally get the society that we’ve “earned.”

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If you thought 2016 was a battle of trainwrecks, I feel it was the trainwreck that we earned, not one that was thrust upon us

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But that’s as close to politics as I’m keen on getting.

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nobody GAF about what my political beliefs are and nobody reads me for them, after all.

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: (nor should you)

1:13
Jonah Keri: Whats your ideal Yankees lineup?

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ian Desmond/Albert Pujols/Bam Bam Meulens/Leonid Brezhnev/Bread Cat/Taye Diggs Twitter Account/Alcides Escobar/A Ghost/Whoever Ned Yost Has a Crush On

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m from Baltimore, I’d prefer the yankees losing!

1:15
That Boy Ain’t Right: ZIPS may not have standardized curves, but what about your curves Dan?

1:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Round.

1:16
Cat Latos: Meow!

1:17
Not Jazz Chisholm: Jazz chisholm mlb comp? Plate discipline is brutal, can he be an everyday ss if hes hitting in the low .200s?

1:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cristian Guzman?

1:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That sounds mean, but Guzman *could* have worked out

1:17
Matt: Wait, are you trying to say that the Marlins just need more magic kits?

1:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I wasn’t

1:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but

1:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: yes.

1:17
Dbo: What are your thoughts on the Rays exploring playing in Tampa and Montreal?

1:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Seems a little silly.

1:18
Matt: Are you going to London this week, Dan?

1:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, but I’ll be in Cleveland in a week and a half!

1:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And you can still come!

1:18
Oscar Martinez: And this scary black bar is for things that no one needs, like a new stadium in Miami.

1:19
Matt: Every time I hear the abbreviation “D’Backs”, it makes me think of that episode of the SImpsons where Marge was suggesting names for new born Bart, and when thinking of the bad rhymes for “Bart” he stopped right before the obvious “fart”

1:19
Gub Gub: Nobody uses pitchforks and torches any more, so what does the modern Unruly Mob brandish to show their displeasure?

1:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Twitter

1:19
Crazi Sammi Meatballs: OK Dan, here we go again…I need your help.  People in my NGNL league think I’m wrong to say that Jack Flaherty is a top 10 SP.  There’s one guy, Jeff, that even makes me cry.  What do you think?  Is it out of reality to say he’s a top 10 SP?

1:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think that’s aggressive and I like Flaherty

1:19
Barnold: What is the difference between a “hoopla” and a “big stink”?

1:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think hoopla has 18% more wackiness.

1:19
Voldemort: you ever dip grilled cheese sandwiches in honey mustard?

1:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: gross

1:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: it’s still a sandwich

1:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but

1:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: gross

1:20
Mike: Bobby Bradley’s nickname is The Assassin, and I believe he likes that nickname because of who gave it to him (I can’t remember who that was).

1:20
oswald2319: Jesus Luzardo in his next start is supposed to go up to 5 innings 75-80 pitches at AAA do you think he will be called up after that or do you think they’ll wait?

1:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’s up after the berak

1:20
Matt: The Matrix was the best documentary of the 20th centruy: Agree or Disagree?

1:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I dunno, there was that profile of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. So many facts I was unaware of

1:21
Scott: New to the site. Sorry if this is a dumb question. The (RoS) under the projections section…is that updated daily,weekly?  How does that work?

1:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The magic FanGraphs computers update it every morning

1:21
Rick Hahn: Do McCann and Colome have any tradde value?

1:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Colome yes, McCann, maybe-to-meh-plus.

1:21
Hello: Alonso ROY front-runner now?  Lots of BABIP and HR/FB luck there for Tatis

1:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s hard to beat flashy home run totles, even in 2019

1:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: did i just spell totals

1:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: as totles?

1:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I need mor esleep

1:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: totles?

1:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: totles?

1:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: THAT IS NOT EVEN A WORD

1:22
Millard Fillmore: I was robbed by the janky polling as well.

1:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Look Millard, we all know you’re just 2030 Alec Baldwin after getting a hold of a time machine.

1:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

1:23
Mike: Even if Mercado plays pretty well (.290/.340/.420) for the entire year, he has an uphill climb with what Lowe has already done, plus what we expect guys like Vlad Jr and Eloy to do.  And that’s without considering any pitchers.

1:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yup

1:23
Rod: Why is Nintendo so bad at online gaming?

1:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No real PC blood in them.

1:23
Matt: By being a hitter, and in the MLB, isn’t Bauers – by definition – a “MLB hitter”?

1:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Let’s assume I’m saying “hitter of the quality we typically associate with a MLB hitter providing positive value offensively.”

1:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I AM NOT TYPING THAT OUT EVERY TIME

1:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, Joe, I’m not posting that copypasta.

1:24
Roberto Beers: What class is your favorite to play currently in standard? Arena? wild?

1:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ve mostly busy trying doing heroics in the dalaran heist

1:25
Jaffe rhymes with Taffy: Can you pronounce Dom Luszczyszyn?  He may have you in the hard to pronounce last name department.  Is that actually a thing?

1:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dom…Smith?

1:25
John: Where will Kirby Yates be after the trade deadline?

1:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: SD

1:26
LFC Mike : Joe West between two slices of bread is a _____________?

1:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: sandwich of awful

1:26
Matt: I can’t come, Dan. I’ll be in London.

1:26
John: Will the games in London help towards getting fans in Europe?

1:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Incrementally

1:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: A few games themselves won’t get fans probably, it’ll talk a long time of hard work

1:27
Overbearing Padre: The Padres sweep the Brewers then get swept by the Pirates. What do we make of the Padres? Should they do anything this trade deadline?

1:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Padres will make acquisitions so long as they don’t affec ttheir future

1:27
John: 8.3 going to be good, do you miss flying?

1:28
Roberto Beers: What do you think of the Hearthstone Hall-of-Fame replacement cards released today?

1:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I had no idea!

1:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I was running NL ZiPS and then chatting with you guys

1:29
Morbo: When is Jay’s chat? I need to ask him if the all star voting this year will screw up future jaws predictions.

1:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Jay is Thursday noon.

1:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You could just ask him on Twitter

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Mike: Occasionally on TV broadcasts they show a stat that says “This homer would have been a homer in 28/30 ballparks” – do you know if there’s a website available for this type of information?  I’ve looked on FG/Baseball Reference/Baseball Savant and can’t seem to find it.

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Mike: Also, I don’t feel weird mentioning those other sites on here because I don’t view them as FG competition, but I feel like generally people who are interested in this level of baseball statistics also frequent some of those sites as well.  But let me know if mentioning them is taboo.

1:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I honestly don’t know the origin of that stat.

1:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: other than looking at the charts, but that can be misleading.

1:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As park factors are more than their dimensions

1:30
NBA Rules: Should MLB allow draft picks to be traded like in the NBA? And if you’re the Angels GM/Owner, what package of picks would it take to pry him away from you?

1:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Whiel they should, I’m a little concerned they might increase the boom-bust cycling of too many teams

1:30
Ralph Rowdie: If the Rays leave the Tampa Bay region what is a fan’s best course of rooting action, Marlins? Braves? Following the parent club of one of the local minor league teams?

1:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Braves

1:30
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1:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Don’t root for the Marlins until they put together a good team and actually let you keep watching it.

1:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Don’t let them Lucy you when you’re trying to kick the football

1:31
hscer: homer in X ballparks was a hittrackeronline.com thing, but he stopped it when statcast got going

1:31
John: MLB going to stick with the one trade deadline, do you think the waiver wire will be missed?

1:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think so. It was always weird.

1:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: This is the trade deadline.

1:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And this is the trade deadline with a bunch of secrecy and weird waiver moves and claims.

1:32
Matt: Who are these Tampa fans that would have to find a new team to root for? Oh, I get it, it was a hypothetical.

1:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And to think we waited for you to finish lunch, you horrible man.

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1:33
The 80s: Decepticons were the bad guys but Autobots had some really lame personalities in the 80’s cartoon. Which side are you on, Autobots or Decepticons?

1:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Decepticons

1:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I always rooted for bad guys

1:33
Janet Reno: RE:Venezuela

1:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No.

1:33
Dbo: A grilled cheese isnt a sandwich because it is one solid piece of food

1:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Melts as sandwiches is an area of study I haven’t devoted much time in.

1:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We will explore this in later sessions.

1:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: On that note, goodbye!

1:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So completes another chat, hopefully it did not ruin your day.

1:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And I’m taking away emoticons and peanut gallery if you guys don’t start using them.

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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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