Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 7/16/20

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hello friends! And enemies! (We don’t have any kind of wall that would distinguish between the two)

12:04
Guest: What is going on with Austin Meadows?  Any idea?

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Gentrification continues. The trendy bars have pushed away a lot of the old historic businesses.

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: (Sorry, Austin Meadows always sounds like an obnoxious trendy city neighborhood)

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I haven’t heard much about what was going on with him.

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I wonder if he’d do what I’d do if I was an MLB player? I’d probably use this opportunity to get a vacation right up until opening day by being vaguel absent! Maybe cough a few times

12:07
5G: Do the zips/depth chart projections account for potential platoon usage? Thinking back to the 1B rankings, the Rays & Nationals felt really low, considering those teams should be well equipped to optimize handedness. A Choi + Jose Martinez platoon could yield a wRC+ comparable to Freddie Freeman’s!

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS does. I’m *very* conservative with ABs this year.

12:07
Mose Allison Brie Larson: Thanks for the quality content and chats, Dan.  Cat question:  how do you get your kitties chill enough to trim their claws?  Or do you leave it up to the vet?  We try to do ours every two weeks – girl cat is cooperative as she is highly motivated by treats, boy cat is large and doesn’t want to give paw.  Thoughts?  They are both Russian Blue / Ragdoll mixes.

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Can’t really chill cats; you have to wrap ’em up in a burrito.

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: (LIke a blanket, DO NOT TRY AND FIND ACTUAL TORTILLAS)

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The only except was Galileo, who was an extremely chill cat for being a big, alpha cat.

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Once he started getting hungry for either his breakfast, dinner, or his 10 PM milk, he’d pretty much allow you to do *anything*

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I do it monthly.

12:10
WE’RE BACK BABY: Hi! Any players you can see losing position eligibility altogether in the NL with the DH? ie. NL players who transition into full time DH’s this season. Cespedes and Matt Carpenter come to mind.

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No BIG ones off the top of my head. Carpenter’s a good one.

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Maybe someone like Hoerner?

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s hard to say on a year like this.

12:12
viceroy: Why are some teams slow to put guys on the IL? Chapman still isn’t listed there, while Blackmon is now on it even after making it back to practice

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now that’s an easy one.

12:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Teams aren’t supposed to put players on the IL with Covid positives.

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They can’t actually announce any of it.

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Since MLB/MLBPA agreed that COvid is a non-work injury

12:14
phillin in: If Didi opts out because of a preexisting condition, what kind of contract would he expect? Feels like he’s cornered into risking his own safety to extend his career

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’d get a one-year deal for less money.

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It sucks, but he *is* a year older.

12:15
YardGoat: I have two cats and have been working from home since March. Have to say, i really enjoy that aspect of working from home. However, they aren’t the most motivational creatures since they sleep most of the day. Do your cats ever inspire you to take a nap midday?

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I frequently have a nap in the late afternoon/early evening betweten the end of 1 PM games and the start of 7 PM games.

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Since I’m such a night owl.

12:15
Chris: Any thoughts on James Paxton’s no beans 1 pound of bacon chilli?

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Don’t have the whole recipe, but without beans, that’ sa point in its favor

12:15
Appa Yip Yip: Objective analysis is great and all but I’d greatly prefer it if you would just agree with my irrational assertion that my favourite team will outperform their projections ty

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOUR FAVORITE TEAM IS

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not going to commit and find out I’m helping the hated Yankees!

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Or, like the ultra-evil early 1990s Blue Jays when they briefly the archnemesis of the our brave hero lads, the Baltimore Orioles.

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: CITO DIDN’T USE MIKE MUSSINA!!!!

12:16
Gashouse Gorilla: Assume you had perfect foresight.  What headline would you write for the upcoming season, stick in an envelope, and send it to yourself to be opened in November?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Murder hornets now spread COVID-19”

12:17
Chris: Any idea what the Washington football drama is?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If I did, I’d be making a HUGE SCOOP not hanging out iwth you guys today! lol

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I bet it’s cringeworthy though!

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I hope that the bombshell is that the new name is the Washington Redskin Potatoes. Not that I want them to keep the name, but I’m in favor of whatever amuses me the most.

12:18
Guest: ohhhh hell yeah it’s family ties theme week

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: didn’t I do family ties?

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes, I did!

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wait, why did I do Julia Child describing a toad in the hole?

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m supposed to do Cheers, aren’t I?

12:21
Billy Batts: do you see Dozu

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t knwo what this is

12:21
YardGoat: Would you be willing to preview who is coming up in the ZiPS Time Warp Series? What criteria do you think through in determining who to research for those?

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s no specific criteria. It’s just someone who I think is interesting and I try to move around teams and eras

12:21
Aceman: Zips is low on Mazara,his statcast numbers look decent and The Bat X suggest a possible bigger year. With WS weaker schedule Det,KC,Pit a total of 28 times what % do you  personally give him to break out?

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I had Mazara on my breakout articles for like four years straight stubbornly.

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So I’m out of the whole Mazara Breakout game.

12:26
Chris: Over/under 0.5 trades before opening day? And will Carson Fulmer for Dee Gordon be the trade?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ‘Over. I can see *a* trade.

12:26
Dan’s mom: Danny, sort of a good news/ bad news situation- I came in second in the demolition derby with your car this weekend!

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I know that mom’s only leaving the house to walk over to my house and annoy the hell out of me

12:26
LFC Mike: Lewis Brinson hit the 10 day DL. Its the only thing he can hit.

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ouch

12:26
Guest: Are you planning to buy the new PS or Xbox next year? or both?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Likely PS4

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sony seems to have, most generations, more games I want that don’t get to the PC

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Because I will *always* get the PC version of something first.

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And games I really like that come to console first, I will frequently still end up buying the PC version.

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like I have Grand Theft Auto V for PS3 *and* PC

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And I got Trails of Cold Steel III for PS4 last fall and then the PC version when it came out in early 2020.

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Will be the same for Trails of Cold Steel IV as I’ve already beaten the PS4 version. Which is in Japanese. Which I do not speak.

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll certainly get the PC port/translation when it comes out in ~6 months.

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Favorite console RPG series of mine today, incidentally (the Trails series). I thought something at the end of Cold Steel III was sadder (personally) than a certain death in the middle of Final Fantasy VII

12:30
Marillion: Dilly! Dilly ! Lets get started with the last non baseball chat….with ample food critique for flavoring.

12:31
Guest: Would you consider Carson Kelly a top-5 C in OBP leagues?

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No. Kelly ought to be top-5 C *in OBP* or near there, but he’ll be too far down in other categories.

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Unless you’re in a weird OBP ONLY league.

12:32
JayC: Does Vidal Brujan see any MLB action?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Doubt it

12:32
Seasonal depres: What team are you the most comfortable with for predicting an eventual W-L record (in terms of variance/certainty) with the shortened season? Which are you the least comfortable with? Why?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: most comfortable: Dodgers. It’s a deep team.

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Least comfortable: White Sox. So much variance there

12:33
Guest: While I enjoy AEW a lot, are you a little concerned that they’re not pushing young guys more? Seems the top faces (Cody, Young Bucks, Omega) get a lot of the titles/play and all the up and comers get pushed for a few weeks then ultimately fall short.

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s a concern, but they’re still establishing their brand for now

12:33
Number 20: How did you arrive at the assumption that an average of two players out of every 25 will test positive each month.  My own thinking is the positive tests would be weighted toward the front and decline due to regular testing, peer effects, observing player time reallocation from those testing positive, etc.

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Pulled out of my ass because we have no idea.

12:33
Dbo: I used to put BBQ sauce on my tuna in college, I called it western style

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ugggh

12:33
Josh: I’m excited for baseball despite the current events. its okay to feel this way? When will MacKenzie Gore pitch in the majors?

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s OK to feel however you feel!

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I expect Gore’s appearances will be largely based onw hat the team is doing

12:34
Seasonal depres: Generally, is it easier to increase a hitter’s exit velocity or a pitcher’s fastball velo? Which orgs do which best in player development, to your knowledge?

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not sure I’m convinced enough on the last question, but exit velocity can be added with an approach change better than a pitcher velocity can be

12:35
Appa Yip Yip: Probably should have done a better job of obfuscating what that team is by spelling of favorite

12:36
DC: With the signing of Puig, where does Swanson end up in the batting order for the Braves?

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I personally expect he’ll be at the bottom of the order somewhere

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I dont’ think they open the season with him 2nd

12:37
Schilling and Pence: What are you hearing as far as Juan Soto is concerned, and what do the Nats do if he’s delayed a few weeks?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The rumors were that his arrival was imminent. I could have missed if there is something new though

12:38
Brad: This has probably been done somewhere, but how about a column on the best 60 game stretches since… divisional play maybe? to give us a little context for the numbers we’ll see this season

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Doing a BA piece either for friday or early next week (depends how much progress I make finishing things up)

12:38
Mr. big time: How accurate is ZiPS? I’m very weary of projection systems

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s a pretty big question that you can’t get a simple one-line sentence for.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s like saying “how good is chemotherapy?”

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Accuracy will always change depending on what group you’re talking about, what stat, what cutoff point.

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The data is all out there for anyone to test. And when peopel can’t find data, I always provide if to for them

12:39
dave in slc: my al only auction draft didnt go as planned. My starting pitching is McCullers, Luzardo, McKay, Pearson, Gibson. Its a keeper league and i got good prices on Pearson and McKay but am i screwed for this yr or have hope? thoughts on this bunch?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: This seems to be the Dice Roll Rotation

12:39
LFC Mike: I assume Fangraphs will have an opening day spectacular chat?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think we’ve finalized anything yet — probably at next staff meeting — but I would expect *something* oepning day related

12:39
Josh Nelson: 1) Who should be the White Sox 5th SP to start 2020: Gio Gonzalez or Carlos Rodon?

2) What is your favorite Taco Bell menu item?

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Gio to start

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sierra Mist

12:40
Dbo: Is bacon chili really chili? Didn’t you say that only beef could be in chili?

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I never envisioned bacon chili

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have to ponder

12:40
Shorty: Washington football is simple.  Should be Washington Sentinels, with Shane Falco at QB

12:40
Your Name: Is chat volume up this week given the upcoming start of the season?

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It IS up a bit

12:41
Gashouse Gorilla: “Murder Hornets bid for Mets Franchise….:

12:41
Tacoby Bellsbury: Using either current MLB players or historical Orioles — your choice — what comps would ZIPS spit out for your cats?

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: lol, I don’t know how to answer this

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I guess the two brother cats could be the Josephs

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: THe fat tux cat can be Boog Powell

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cassiopeia doesn’t remind me of any Oriole. Marge Schott?

12:43
Blue Morpho: Are DeGrom’s projections getting altered after the injury news?

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m personally wait-and-see for the ZiPS sims. For depth charts, that’s a quesiton for Jason

12:43
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: Is your hatred of the Rockies just the prelude to the big twist where you realize your love for them in the romantic comedy that is your life?

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’d need a new GM of course

12:43
Shorty: Family Ties – Tom Hanks drinking Vanilla extract to get the alcohol…

12:43
Your Name: Did you see a guy trademarked 44 potential Washington team names? That’s the type of trolling I aspire to. Although he seems to be a good samaritan about it unfortunately

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I was making a dumb joke about this

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

It’s going to be awkward when the Redskins stay the Redskins because the team lost out on the trademark to Washington + every plural noun in the English language.
14 Jul 2020
12:44
Dozu: Look under your bed, Dan

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Last I saw, the tux cat was under there and there’s no way he’s typing anything

12:44
Shorty: None of the people in this chat have ever been in my kitchen

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: WHAT ABOUT YOU

12:45
Slapshot: Do you think these closed door baseball games would be more or less interesting to watch on TV if there was no piped in music or crowd noise?

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Less. I like the surreal nature.

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: For the empty games, the Marlins should bring back the home run feature and just have it run NONSTOP

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: With creepy calliope music

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tell me that this wouldn’t be good going for 3 hours with that thing creaking around slowly

12:46
Drew: U taking bauer or Morton in the 8th round?  Roto 5v5

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Mortis

12:46
Your Name: Nomar Mazara breakout=carrot on a stick for Dan

12:46
Guest: oh yes, you’re right. it’s cheers week. my bad.

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There, Cheers. I’m still unconvinced it’s not just one of you trying to sound like multiple people peer pressuring me to sing TV themes.

12:48
Tim Tebow’s Thunder Thighs: I have a plumber over and so my water is currently shut off.  I need to use the bathroom.  Chili was not a good breakfast choice today.

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I had a plumber over last week to do some work in the kitchen, but luckily the kitchen-specific shutoff valves they put in a few years ago meant they didn’t have to shut off the whole house

12:49
Dbo: Have you ever thought about how great life would be if you married into the YKK zipper fortune?

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Do I *get* to have the fortune?

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My grandparents were friends with people that were doorstop heirs.

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Before I was born.

12:50
Tim Tebow’s Thunder Thighs: PS4 came out in like 2013.  Get with it, Dan.  Geez!

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mean PS5

12:50
Sammy So-so: If the 1988 Ford Tempo is a-rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’.

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No such thing happened in my 1988 Ford Tempo. I have some self-respect

12:51
Some Dude: With 2 injury shortened and now a pandemic shortened season(s), will Votto still get serious HOF consideration with only eclipsing the 300 HR mark as a 1B?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sadly I don’t think so

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We’re getting better but not THAT much better.

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Remember, just a few years ago, *nearly* three-quarters of Hall voters thought Jack Morris should be in the Hall.

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: When Jack Morris isn’t even as good a candidate, IMO, as Kevin Appier.

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Does 1228 2/3 innings of a 6.23 ERA enhance a player’s Hall case? Because that’s what Appier needed to match Morris’s IP and ERA+1228 2/3 of a *6.23*

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not even convinced he’s the best Morris not in the Hall (19th century Ed)

12:53
Bill: I feel nauseous after the western style tuna comment. Is that ok?

12:53
Dbo: There’s something that just seems alien about Aaron Judge, he looks like he could be an extra in a MiB movie

12:53
Chris: Awww bad words, Julio Rodriguez has a broken wrist

12:53
LFC Mike: Dan,  what is on your opening day menu?

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I dunno!

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We’ll see how many hours I’m chatting

12:54
Chris: Can teams with players who break their wrist add new minor league players to their taxi squad?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So long as they don’t expect the player back. Removing from the 60 man requires no more season

12:54
Trent Hauser: Anything fishy about the Braves, with their fully subsidized unnecessary new stadium, signing the colluded out starting FA bat for the second year in a row?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Owners aren’t great at keeping secrets, so I’d say no

12:54
Beane: AEW is dealing with the effects of a lot of their talent being stuck in other countries (UK, Japan), and several injuries to the upper level of an already thinned-by-corona womens division

12:54
Unknown: Dan, I think I pissed of Jay the other day. Can you tell him I’m sorry? I’m sorry that he’s not more open-minded.

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s not an apology!

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m sorry that _____ [thing you do] _____

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: is not an apology

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: What did you do? Jay’s a good dude and you shouldn’t be a jerk to him.

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I guess even if he were a bad dude. Why be a jerk?

12:55
Angel Hernandez: How/does umpiring factor into projections? They stay regional right? Lot of young guns coming in this year but Joe West is still there

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not at all.

12:55
lol: Orioles ride a surprise Cy young season from John Means, MVP caliber return from Chris Young, and a comeback year from Alex Cobb to win 1/3 of their games

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sounds weird

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but then again

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: imagine in November

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Next year, the NL will adopt the designated hitter because of a global pandemic!”

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Way weirder

12:56
Mason: Pick 1 for this year: Puk, Stripling, Hill, Eovaldi

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Puk

12:56
Doug: How in the world are you going to project MiLB players for next year?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Erroneously

12:56
Guest: I think a lot about the artifacts we have from past civilizations- how they were just random things that *happened* to survive all those years and we have to extrapolate so much out of these tiny fragments that no one ever intended to be representative of anything. I like to think that somehow your tv themes will be that artifact that’s found in thousands of years or something.

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I would hope our civilization would never end up being defined in history byt hte things I do

12:57
Appa Yip Yip: My dad was a plumber and one time he told a guy not to poop because my dad was working under the pipe that connected to the toilet so he’s working away and liquid starts dribbling onto his head and he touches it and it’s pee so he storms upstairs and yells at the guy (many swears) and the guy was like you told me not to poo

12:57
Guest: hahaha cheers was the best one so far

12:57
Adam: Which Marlins’ color scheme/uniform/logo set has been the best?

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I acutalyl liked the black version with the teal the best.

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Black I think works with Marlins unis because it balances ou tthe more tropical colors they use (the teal, the orange, etc)

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Though I do like the modern blue with gray

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and I hate the recent black alternate

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: that looks like an old alternate mets uiforms

1:00
Dan: I just got a PS4. It’s the newest system I’ve had since the 1990s. What should I play first?

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: MLB the Show!

1:00
LFC Mike: These work conference calls just get in the way of participating in your chats Dan. I am sorry.

1:00
Your Name: You had me in the first half, not gonna lie

1:00
Appa Yip Yip: Jay didn’t agree with my irrational assertion that my favourite team will outperform their projections

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Don’t harass Jay! Save the crazy stuff for my chats.

1:01
Dbo: you know how they say if you lock enough chimps in a room they’ll come up with shakespeare? How many cats would you have to lock in a room with a keyboard where they step on the right keys to select a winning roster for a fantasy team?

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Royals won a World Series.

1:01
Appa Yip Yip: Get mad at Cito all you want but Showalter is the one who didn’t use Britton

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I was mad at that one too!

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

For those that think I’m too easy on Buck Showalter, this was my video of his bullpen usage *that* game.
11 Oct 2017
1:02
Tim Tebow’s Thunder Thighs: Who is your pick for the prospect most likely to make a large impact due to unforeseen injuries/illnesses who otherwise was not expected to see much big league action this year?  Please say Tebow.  Thanks.

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tebow. YOU TOLD ME TO

1:02
Adam: O/U Franchy home runs this season?  Hoping for ~37.

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: slight under

1:02
5-way: Chili Time or Skyline

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: WTF is Chili Time?

1:03
Adam: If you were an MLBer what number would you wear?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 33

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wore that number as a kid and through as a teenager.

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just like the number because it can be 33, EE, WW, or MM depending on how you look at it!

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 69 also

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OH yeah, worst Marlins jersey is turn ahead the clock one

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It had the GIANT MARLINS LOGO on the front

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and dumb digital font number on the back

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I hate these dumb digital font numbers.

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like why to do the Buccaneers use those? Is this mascot supposed to be “pirating” cheap digital sports watches?

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The numbers should look like the font on a treasure map!

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Thank god that one’s going away.

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

1:06
Adam: A drafty apartment?  A sweaterless friend?  Step 9!

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I would not ask to use someone’s cashmere sweater as I know I have a large head.

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They could *barely* fit my head into a box on MLB Network yetserday!

1:06
Unknown: I uh, asked Jay a question about something he had written that I disagreed with. And then asked a follow-up question because he didn’t really respond to what I was asking about. Wasn’t trying to piss him off, he seems like a nice dude. Was just really hoping he might consider an alternative point of view. He didn’t seem to be in the mood.

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Jay’s a very nice dude! I don’t know what happened though.

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Remember, chats are really for quick responses and it can be tonally awkward to go on a super serious tangent.

1:07
Trent Hauser: What will kill me first – COVId or bubonic plague!??!

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Odds are still heart disease or cancer, but COVID more likely

1:07
LFC Mike: What’s up with Kopech? That is the second pitcher I have already lost on my fantasy team. Our commissioner made us draft in March. SYNDGAAAARRRDDDDDDD

1:08
Moose_Bolton: If a man with a briefcase came in and told you that he would give you billion dollars but it means that a man with an ax would show up at your job and chop off one of your coworkers fingers, would you do it? If you don’t work at an office then feel free to imagine a previous coworker situation.

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Does it have to be a coworker? I’d sacrifice a finger for a billion dollars.

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can think of someone at Stebbins Anderson (RIP, 1869-2019) in Towson I would have had someone chop the finger off of!

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t work in an office now. I’m full-time for FanGraphs!

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: We don’t really even have an office.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Or, if we do, nobody’s gotten on me for never making an appearance.

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LFC Mike: a billion would buy you a bionic hand. Where is the axe?

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d even sacrifice a hand! Sure, no more FPS games, but I can still play card games and RPGs.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d prefer to lose a finger because a pinky or something, I think I *could* still possibly play piano

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: But for a billion? take the hand

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Paul Wittgenstein still found things he could play with one hand. Commissioned works, too, which I could do with a billion dollars.

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Chris: Looks like you can’t actually add new prospects if your player breaks his wrist without exposing said prospect to waivers or adding said injured player to the 40 man

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh,w as this the q?

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Lorenzo: Who is your pick to win it all this season?

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dodgers, but the overall probability.

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Guest: Aesthetically what is your favourite pitch to watch? (12-6 Curve, fading circle changeup.. high 4 seamer)

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: I love me a good knuckle-curve

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Numpty: Plus you could by Michael Jackson’s old sparkly glove to put over the bionic hand

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Uther: Captain Trips is way worse than COVID or Bubonic Plague

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Uther: Have you come across any other CCG games that you enjoy along the lines of Hearthstone?

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not to the same degree.

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JD: What are the odds someone hits .400 this year? And how big of an asterisk are you putting next to it?

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Upcoming article!

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KJ: I’m just catching up on chat. If you had to recommend where to start with the Trails Series, where would you point me?

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d start with Trails in the Sky. Though note that like the Suikoden games, they tend to be slow burners.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: The first half of the first one is a little light in tone, but they quickly become grander and more complex after that.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: By the time you finish Trails in the Sky second chapter, you’ll know if you like the series or not.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: They all have that same pattern. Trails of Zero/Azure starts off slow in Zero. Trails of Cold Steel a little slow in teh first one for the first third of the game.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: But they’re all in a shared world and as such, the history and the characters and political manueverings all tend to accumulate.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: On that note, it’s time for me to head out. See you all Openign Day, I hoep!

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Actually, one last edit for the last answer

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: You’ll probably know if you’re going to like the series depending on a cliffhanger at the very end of Trails in the Sky First Chapter; if you’re destined to like the series, you’ll want to immediately play the next one.

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: OK, now edit

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: err end





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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What was I missing with the finger question -how was that even a question? You could also just give the dude $100 mill or something.