Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 7/1/2019

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: CHAT IS HERE

12:03
Justin: What does a fair trade for Felipe Vazquez from, say, the Dodgers look like?

12:03
Gub Gub: Where’s the beef?

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oops, scroll

12:03
IsIt2020Yet?: Huntington says no way they’re trading Vazquez. With this core looking at best like a .550 team, why the heck not? Who cares if he’s still closing a handful of games for a middling team in four years?

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They probably should. While I wasn’t the least bit crazy about the Archer trade, my belief was for it to work out, it had to mean that they were going to double-down and finally adopt a win-now priority in the offseason.

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They didn’t

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And now I think the team is too weak.

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They ought to trade Vazquez.

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And he ought to fetch at least *a* very significant prospect given his contract situation.

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d think something like May and the guy that looks like the head of the Pawnee Sewage Department in Parks&Rec. But I don’t think the Dodgers feel they *need to* do it

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tony Gonsolin! Couldn’t remember the name

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:08
Umpire Joe West: I can’t wait to get booed in England.

12:08
Insert Clever Name Here: Highlights and lowlights of the first half of 2019?  Doesn’t even need to be baseball-related.

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Baseball wise, my colleague Jay Jaffe is correct that I think there are just too many homers in baseball.

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The fun patrol being out in force is a regular lowlight

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But a highlight is the excellence of some players when their teams didn’t play service time games with them: Paddack, Tatisito, Sluggery Pete.

12:10
LFC Mike: We have to end the controversy once and for all…Slug Bug or Punch Buggy? The world needs a definitive answer for the game that let you beat the bejeezus out of a sibling and have your parents not care at all. slug

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: PUNCH BUGGY

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I support a game called Punch Slug Bug. You punch someone using Slug Bug!

12:10
Count Urdzt Von Borktannenbaumst: If you could add one article to The Treaty of Versailles, what would it be?

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Those dumbasses in Ohio must not pronounced Versailles “ver-SALES.”

12:10
Slapshot: Would you ever go full DJ LeMahieu and eat 48 olives with a fork and knife for dinner?

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t like olives *that* much

12:11
randplaty: Who do you think wins NLROY?

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think Tatis will edge out in the end.

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And really, if we had to vote today and I was voting in that this year, my ballot right now would be Tatis, Alonso, Soroka

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And I’m not just saying that since I know you’re a Padres fan!

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That guy on Reddit didn’t make one for Soroka, so enjoy Snitker.

12:14
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12:16
randplaty: Who should have made the ASG over Dahl? Or do you think Dahl was deserving?

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s not egregious – he’s on target for a three+ WAR season, but I’d prefer Muncy, Machado, or Renfroe.

12:16
Matt: The Mets managed to kill off 2 members of the 69 ws team this weekend that were still alive. Is there anything this team can do thats right?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Again, you can remember people that are alive!

12:17
Gub Gub: After hearing Don Rickles’ voice in Toy Story 4 this weekend, it got me wondering.  Do you have any plans to hold phantom Dan Chats in the event of your untimely demise?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I had not, but it’s a good idea.

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I always keep a few tweets scheduled for five years in the future, so if someone remembers to leave my PC on, I can tweet from the great beyond.

12:17
Jorge : Hi Dan!  Question about projections/stabilization.  At what point do the projection systems start believing in strikeout rates of guys like Bellinger who have maybe haven’t improved as much year-over-year, but the projection systems still don’t buy in and say he’ll suddenly start striking out much more than he has all season (or has in any given month). What gives?

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It depends. The problem is that there’s no linear answer I can give because it’s not like binary thing where projections don’t believe strikeouts and then suddenly do

12:18
Jaffe rhymes with Taffy: Happy Canada Day Dan!  Turns out Dom Luszczyszyn (aka Dom Smith) does hockey projections.  I mean, with the tough last name and projections common ground how do you guys not know each other?

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: lol

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Szymborski easy compared to that

12:19
CT: Dan, will Austin Meadows ever get the chance to be a true full-timer? He seems to be benched semi-regularly against LHP despite a .278/.297/.472 split and 102 wRC+ against southpaws.

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably

12:19
Gub Gub: As much as I like it, I’ve come to the conclusion that the name Hobart is just a little too yokelly for my future son.

12:19
CamdenWarehouse: Are you going to lead a tour at SABR next year?

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Don’t make me do stuff. I’ll just be hanging around drinking I’m sure

12:19
Xolo: What would it cost for the Padres to unload Wil Myers?

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Quite a bit – I don’t think he’ll have a lot of interest

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Look at the dismal market for EE

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now Wil.i.be has more defensive value than EE, but still

12:20
Ryan: What, if any, improvements would you make to the All Star selection process?

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: None. The ASG is, for me, the least interesting bit about all-star week.

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Futures Game > HR Derby > Extra vacation day > maybe I get tacos > ASG

12:21
James: I know it’s unrealistic for a player to hold a true talent BABIP of ~.360+. Then I watch Tatis Jr play and I think, “Yeah, he will maintain his .440 BABIP”.

12:21
Bosoxboy: Rafael Devers and Yoan Moncada = legit?

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tentative yes

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: scary because Yoan always makes me a believer and then he has a .600 OPS for two months and it feels like Santa left me a letter telling me I’m a loser

12:22
pieman: SNL or SCTV?

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: SNL, but mainly because I’ve seen more and am not old enough for SCTV

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: SNL when good is very good

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Which makes up for the bland musical acts and the generally awful recurring characters

12:23
Ya Herd With Perd: Is “herding” an issue with projections? The ROS projections on Fangraphs seem to fall within a fairly narrow band of outcomes. I feel like we should be seeing more variance between the different projection systems… but then again, I have no good reason to expect to see that.

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s not like projection systems work DRASTICALLY different from each other

12:23
Wylie Burp: Hi Dan. McKay vs. NYY or Paddack @ LAD? I’ll take my answer off the air.

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Paddack

12:23
Paul: Is Kyle Tucker more likely to be in majors playing for Houston or another team by end of July?

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Houston

12:24
Martin: Who are your top minor league stashes for potential hitter impact ROS?

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If actually were called up now, Bichette and Robert

12:25
LFC Mike: Biggest snubs for ASG in your opinion? Shame about  Mancini not making it.

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bogaerts, Sale, Lynn

12:26
Morbo: Dan, last night I took a one piece of bread put peanut butter on one half and jelly on the other before folding it in half. I then proceeded to eat the fold thereby creating two non-conjoined  pieces of bread. At what point if any did my snack become a sandwich?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: when you ate the final hinge

12:26
kd: The Knicks NEEDED to give Durant the max, so that he can attract other top FA in the future.  I liken this to when Detroit paid Pudge a lot of money so that he could attract other players to the Tigers.

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Would it be churlish to note the Tigers didn’t really make any big signings after that?

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The best guys they signed were pillow contracts for Ordonez and Rondell White

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Unless II’m forgetting

12:29
Eric: Hey Dan! I really enjoy reading stories where you elaborate a bit on the math of ZIPS, and was wondering if there was a place which gives a detailed mathematical description of ZIPS inasmuch as what you’re willing to share?

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I talk about it in the ZiPS Q&A let me find it

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Though it’s outdated in a lot of respects.

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If you have something specific, feel free to hit me up on twitter. “The math” is a *very* loaded questions since ZiPS is ginormous.

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: At its core, think of it as an exercise in non-parametric modeling

12:30
New Guy: 12:02?  Oh my God Dans dead, and the cats did it!

12:30
Insert Clever Name Here: Most underrated piece of classical music?

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hummel A minor piano concerto?

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s as good as the Schumann or Grieg

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And there’s a lot of Gottschalk that are fun as hell

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Medtner’s piano concertos fit here too

12:32
dondybala: If the White Sox trade Alex Colome can they get a top 100 player and another lower level player ?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s a bit rich I think

12:32
v2micca: Along the same lines as the Vazquez discussion, which position player really should be traded this year, but likely will not?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Belt

12:32
Ryan: Tatis Jr. already has 2.7 fwar in 200 plate appearances. How good is this kid gonna be. Is he already a superstar?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Very. Yes.

12:32
DJ LeMahieu: This won’t last BUT. Considering the injuries, maybe the Yankees were due some random thing that was positive this season.

12:32
Billy Beane: Dan, I think divisions are pretty dumb. I think that MLB should just have league seeds 1-5 and 4 and 5 have to play the Wild Card game.

12:33
kevinthecomic: How come Justin Mason is scheduled to have a chat at the same time as you are?  How come he never does?

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The T stands for Tuesday

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: M is for Monday

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He hasn’t chatted for awhile though

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not sure, the fantasy side is separate, you’d have to ask them

12:35
Insert Clever Name Here: Seconding the Punch Slug Bug proposal.

12:36
New Guy: Holy shit….emojis!

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I always allow them!

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Plus, you can hit the peanut gallery icon for more mild troublemaking

12:36
stever20: what team do you think these next 4 weeks will determine the future of their franchise the most?  Nationals?

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nats. That’s what I said!

12:36
Morbo: There are dumbasses in Kentucky that also pronounce Versailles “ver-SALES.”

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We can expand the clause for all dumbasses.

12:36
Al Gone Quinn: Speaking of weird pronunciations, the people who live in Des Moines, Washington, pronounce it “Deh Moinz”

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: DAMMIT

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I DID NOT NEED TO KNOW THAT

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: DAN RAGE

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ARRGGGH

12:37
Gabe: Why do the Rays play Choi over N Lowe?  Isn’t N Lowe better now?

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the thing is that they want to be SURE he’s better because they don’t want him up as a spart timer

12:37
Morbo: Dan! Its not your place to tell grumpy old men how to not have fun!

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think it’s in my job description

12:38
@RationalMLBFan: Saves are stupid, but Shane Greene has saved 22 of the Tigers’ 27 wins, a rate of 81.5%. What is the record for highest percentage of wins saved over a full year?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Honeslty, I’m not sure offhand

12:38
Hunter: Is there any sort of market for Castellanos? What’s a realistic return?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He hasn’t been very good. I don’t think the return will be much.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Tigers, as they do a lot, took too long

12:38
HappyFunBall: So I was just ad-redirected away from FG on my desktop. It happens fairly often on my phone, but this might be a first on my desktop. Someone needs to go yell at your ad providers again.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll bring it up when I talk to Dave

12:39
Sam: The difference in WAR between Scherzer and the 2nd best pitcher is the same as the difference between the 2nd best and the 20th best pitcher

12:39
seth r: why do you hate my team? also, skyline chili is the best.

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I hate everyone. I’m an egalihateian.

12:39
@RationalMLBFan: I get that the Luke Voit for Chasen Shreve deal looks bad for the cardinals, but what does ZIPS-favorite Giovanny Gallegos have to do to remind people that he also was in the deal, and that he has pitched 39 impressive innings, which is more than twice Shreve’s total?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Getting the closer job would help!

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not unhapyp about the results so far from some of the ZiPS Mega Faves, most notably Bieber, Gallegos, Moustakas

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: People were a bit annoyed that ZiPS projected Moose at 3.4 WAR coming into the season after only ever doing that in 2015, but he’s now looking like he’ll pass it!

12:41
Billy Beane: Hey Dan, can you explain why you think there are too many HRs? Most of the arguments I have seen are really saying that there are more home runs, but I don’t understand the problem.
1. Home Runs are Fun.
2. Any indivudal game only has like 1.5 more home runs.
3. No individual records are being broken.
4. No one cares about team records.

It seems like a bunch of 10 HR guys becoming 30 HR guys is actually fun. I feel like it would be different if Stanton, Judge, and Davis were all hitting 80 HRs.

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: home runs are fun, but they’re most fun when they’re not cheap

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You have to have some meat along with your candy

12:41
Guest: Who has more trade value, Joe Panik or Mike Yastrzemski?

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sadly Yaz

12:41
Ben: Soroka   

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Awsome! I thought I had saved them all

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Here’s another, as penance

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:42
HappyFunBall: The fun police are out in force complaining about too many homers in baseball. Is that a highlight or a lowlight?

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not quite what I meant

12:42
stever20: If Alonso got close to or passed 50 homers, would the voters really ignore that?

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’d be hard, but the voters are getting better in award voting quicker than Hall voting.

12:44
stever20: Not only that, but then when they did an apology yesterday, they mispelled the guys name appearantly.

12:44
Dan H: Have you checked out “baseballtradevalues.com,” the site featured on the FanGraphs podcast the other day? I’ve been having a blast seeing if my trade ideas were reasonable, and it seems to pass the sniff test, but I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the values this site had come up with.

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have not yet

12:44
Andrew: Are the nats buyers or sellers at the all star break

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Could go either way. I think they may pick the worst of both worlds and be toe-in-the-water buyers

12:44
troke: Worse team owners: Wilpon vs. Dolan vs. Rachel Phelps from Major League?

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wilpon

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: RACHEL PHELPS INVENTED MONEYBALL

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:45
CamdenWarehouse: You could just make the ZIPS computer sentient after your death. It could continue chatting and tweeting for you.

Actually I’m not completely sure this hasn’t already happened.

12:45
Twinkie for Life: Have these voting emojis and ability to reply to specific chats always been there??

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You have to turn them on

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think only I do

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As befitting a Man of the People.

12:45
AJ: Why do the Astros still have Tucker in AAA?  Hasn’t he proven he is ready and they could move an OF to 1B and DFA White.

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’re trying to not do too much playing time juggling with their young players

12:46
LFC Mike: Speaking of your untimely demise Dan…if you passed in the house would one of your cats, the smartest of the bunch I assume, somehow dial 911 for help or type out  a help email and send it to Carson….or would they look at you for a day or two and then start to eat you After your corpse was pummeled by the toy hedgehog😵

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s plenty of me to eat.

12:46
Ryan: If the ASG is the least interesting bit about all-star week, then what would you change to make it more interesting?

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: replace it with more interesting competitions. SKILLS COMPETITION~!

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Note that I’m not saying this would be a good business decision for baseball.

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but *I* would like it

12:46
Daron: How many teams would you categorize as locks to be “sellers” this month? Which of those team(s) do you think will add the most in prospect capital prior to this year’s deadline?

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: SF only lock, I think. O’s/Marlins if people want to buy their stuff

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably Jays as well

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tigers

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: though not a lock as they’ll hang onto some good assets

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and Royals should still be sellers

12:47
Daron: Higher rest of season offensive production: Austin Riley or Keston Hiura?

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think Riley’s a bit more well rounded at this stage

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but this is insulting with maximum praise

12:47
Baghdad Bob : I admire MLB for sticking to the “the baseball is exactly the same as when your grandfather was a fan” story.

12:48
CeddyBReady: WHY AM I NOT READY!  Stupid Orioles ruined me!  I’m Cedric frickin’ Mullins! I’M RUINED!

12:48
TKDC: Joey Chestnut said 🌭 does not equal 🥪   Debate over?

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, arguments ought to be based on the strength of the evidence, not on an appeal to authority.

12:49
Super Rope: Getting really hard for me to see Luis Robert as anything less than the #1 prospect in baseball.  Am I crazy??

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: there’s competitoin. the wandering franco, Big Cat II, Rhyno,

12:50
Chet Steadman: Dan, I just traded my Li’l Tatis for his Snell. Did I blow it?

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Pretty risky. Tatisito is 1337

12:50
CamdenWarehouse: we pronounce Hereford funny in that part of MD vs the rest of the world

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: wait, we’re the only ones who say HAIR-ferd?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: DAMN HEREFORD ZONE SCHOOLS CLOSED WHILE WE’RE TWO HOURS LATE

12:51
v: Those idiots in Illinois also call it “ill-in-oy” instead of “ill-in-wah”

12:51
random chat lurker: The nice people in Calais, Maine pronounce it “Callus”

12:51
Jim Leyland Palmer: CLE for Castellanos, no? Tigers would get a ham sandwich back, but there is a fit

12:51
Gub Gub: If you were the Fire Marshall, would you allow your fire-underlings to fill my swimming pool from the hydrant?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes, but I probably just stole his/her hat.

12:52
Oden’s Raven Inn: Don’t tell Dan about what Atlantans do to pronunciation of Ponce de Leon…

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Please don’t

12:52
CamdenWarehouse: Galileo would start eating you three hours before his dinner

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’ll sometimes pull my hair if I’m being slow

12:52
stever20: are award voters really changing much though?  I mean look at Chris Sale 2 years ago, or Clayton Kershaw 4 years ago.  You say look at de Grom last year.  While true, what was it that won it for him?  That’s right, ERA.

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Younger crowd can vote more quickly. First year you can vote.

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Stuff like Dante Bichette placing 2nd in 1995 unlikely to happen today

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mean someone just won a cy young with a 10-9 record! Can you imagine that even 15 years ago?

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OK, 25 years ago

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: AND LE ROI WON 13

12:53
LFC Mike: Joe West⚾️🐀

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:54
Ghost of Anthony Reyes: Mets trying to find a pitching coach short-list:
Van Wagenen: This guy here is dead
Wilpon: cross him off the then

12:54
Jim Leyland Palmer: Morosi just reported the Astros are in on Boyd, but aren’t willing to give Tucker yet. Tucker pretty much has to go for this deal to happen, right?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think so

12:54
Derek in LIttle Rock: I’d prefer Juan Soto to David Dahl, though in a world where nothing matters, this discrepancy is not really worthy of typing, much less publishing to your esteemed weekly chat at FanGraphs dot com, Dan.

12:54
Chet Steadman: Followup on 1337 Tatis:BA = .337, xBA = .238; wOBA = .428, xwOBA = .339.

12:54
LFC Mike: Would one of your cats feel bad about having to eat you?…or would they

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cats are practical

12:55
Insert Clever Name Here: And yet we ignore the most important part of today…it’s Bobby Bonilla Day!

12:55
Gub Gub: I think the opposite of candy is plain yogurt

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I actually like plain yogurt

12:55
Aaron: Excited to see Cease Wednesday?

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: At the very least, my complaining about his non callups will cease

12:55
HappyFunBall: In 2013, Scherzer won a Cy Young with 5.9 WAR. In 2016 he won his 2nd with 5.6 WAR. The next year he won his 3rd with 6.3 WAR

It is now 2019, and Max has 5.0 before the break

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I love Scherzer, but like most, I’m biased in favor of things that win me money.

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t do any NL MVP/Cy/Rookie betting any longer, sadly. Given that I can be called on in any given year to participate in the awards voting, there’s a pretty serious conflict of interest

12:58
Cove Dweller: If I want to see MadBum pitch one last time in SF, can I wait until the Cards series?  Or should I go this weekend?

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he won’t be traded until after the holiday

12:59
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: All Star Game would be 10x better if we just voted on a pool of players and two captains drafted everyone playground-style in a televised event.

12:59
Guest: Big Cat II? Is there an Andres Galarraga Jr. that I don’t know about?

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I always let people figure out my dumbass nicknames that nobody else uses

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Silver Hammer is an easy one

12:59
London Yank: There is no reason to prefer the pronunciation of the place name of the people in the original place. For example, people in Alabama call their home state “Bammer” and that is clearly nonsense. If there were to exist an Alabama in, say, France and they pronounced “Alabama” like a proper human, then we should applaud them.

12:59
Scherzer: If he was traded to an AL team in the next month, does he still win NL Cy Young?

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably not

1:00
Tel: No way Wilpon is worse than Dolan.  When Wilpon starts having beloved former players arrested in the stands because they were critical of him maybe we can talk.

1:00
IsIt2020Yet?: We’ve got Cay-roh for Cairo here in Illinois

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That I was aware of

1:00
Tel: Can the Orioles manage a second straight year with their win total less than their division deficit?  That seems like it would be an unprecedented feat, needing a team that is so bad it wins only 50 or so, trailing a great team with 100 plus wins. They’re currently at 24 wins with a 30.5 game deficit, but you’re projecting them to end up with 54 wins and to wind up only 47 games behind the Yankees.

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think they can do it

1:00
LFC Mike: shame the White Sox don’t have a catcher called Desist to catch Cease on Wednesday😂 I’m here all week. Thank You

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

I would so watch a spinoff in which Drogon starts up a law firm specializing in due process litigation.

I feel bad for Drogon. They didn’t have any beef with the people in Kings Landing yet was forced to commit genocide. Now, with Dany dead, they must shoulder the burden of those actions alone. Drogon is clearly an intelligent creature… now it’s all alone with its guilt.
20 May 2019
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Avatar Dan Szymborski:

It’s certainly a better law show than my idea for an Odd Couple-esque show about a law firm that specializes in anti-SLAPP cases: White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease and senator Elizabeth Warren star in “Cease & Persist” Thursdays on NBC.
20 May 2019
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LFC Mike: I should be banned for that one🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: I will bid you all adieu on that confusing and lame note.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: BUt one last thing.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: We still have tickets left for our FanGraphs Cleveland panel this Saturday.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: We’ll also be joined by Travis Sawchik and the CespedesBBQ boys.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: The tickets are free if you’re a FanGraphs member. And since there are appetizers provided, if you’re a member, you’re losing money by not going (please dont’ fact-check that last part)

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Tom: Re: worse team owners… INCLUDE JEFFREY LORIA IN THAT BATTLE

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: And on that note, farewell.

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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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Better Durant comparison is Pedro signing with Mets for ‘05 season. Led to signing Beltran soon after and then following season inking Wagner and swinging a trade for Delgado who had previously turned down signing with Mets as FA.