Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 9/30/21

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The final Szymchat has arrived.

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: of the REGULAR SEASON.

12:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The madness will continue.

12:03
Peter Thomas: So Dan, why does god hate San Diego? Is this a job for a shaman or are is the universe just attempting to keep the balance after gifting us 200 days of 76° and sun?

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No doubt the last two months have been cruel. Like there’s a vengeful god who punishes the unsuccessful at the trade deadline.

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Uh, header?

12:04
Fred: If the Mariners played it differently and had JRod up, would they be more firmly in the playoff picture?

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They’re pretty firmly there!

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: One hitter doesn’t make that much a difference, the biggest effect right now is the relative math.

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If I add 20 points to Seattle’s OBP and SLG, the playoff probs only go up four percentage points

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: (Compared to the probs that you’ll see on the piece in the hopper!)

12:06
Jim Leyland Palmer: Dan what site do you use for the custom keycaps? I need me an old english D

12:07
Tree: Is Ohtani a little less valuable then some people might think if they just looked at his WAR, due to the fact that he’s taking over playing time that another pitcher would be able to provide WAR

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The whole idea is that it’s over replacement level.

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s not wins over wins over replacement level.

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And the pitcher he’s taking playing time from will be worse.

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: How would the Angels be better if Ohtani was no longer “stealing” playing time from Reid Detmers or Packy Naughton.

12:10
David: LARGE TEXT

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I figured it out

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now I can big dog all your text

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:12
2019 Belli Haircut: Bellinger went yard last night on a 96 mph fastball up in the zone… His struggles had to be the hair right???

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, if Ray can have magic pants

12:13
Lemma O’Farkus: It’s pronounced Bayziz Theorem, right?

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Shuh-shez-skee

12:14
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Kelenic needs a nickname that rhymes.  Any ideas?

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s not THAT hard since it’s two syllables

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hmm, but I can’t think of any that are super closer

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just almost rhymes like pelvic or celtic

12:17
Ryan: Will the angels have enough financial flexibility to bring in 2 arms like Stroman/Gausmann this offseason? Would that be enough to get them to the playoffs?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They ought to, but it’s more willingness than inability

12:17
Christian: In your playoff odds article yesterday I was shocked how skeptical ZiPS remains of the Mariners favoring them to win only one of their 4 remaining games. Does ZiPS still prefer the A’s and Angels over the Mariners?

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes, but these are slight differences from 50/50

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: they’re like coin flips but the coin has a booger on it

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS expects a 1.47-1.53 record from Seattle in last series

12:19
brian: just started taking a forecasting class and woof, much respect to you and other projection system authors

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I like the part where you said nice things!

12:19
Matt: Will the Tigers be a playoff team next year

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think that’s still a stretch, but they’re INTERESTING

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not sure that this winter is the period to do it rather than next winter, but they’re probably close enough that being aggressive in FA COULD get them close enough to be playoff-interesting

12:20
OddStats: Have you/anyone at FG done a study on the efficacy of resting young players in their prime?  The Astros rested Carlos Correa 14 games this season to, in theory, “keep him fresh for October.”  The Astros went 5-9 in his absence (.357 win % vs .604 with him).  Considering the trouble Houston is having clinching either a division or the #2 seed now, is there any study showing it makes more sense to “over” rest players like Correa?  Is health really improved that much by resting prime players in their late 20s every couple weeks as to sacrifice 2-3 games in the standings?

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I haven’t looked specifically at this

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Though I’ve done related things and not a relationship between fewer off days and worse late season playing time

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I haven’t specifically looked at young players and october

12:21
szymborski’s big smelly butt: Hey can you guys see who we really are when we change our chat names?

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We can see IP addresses!

12:21
Trevor Story: Do I take a Semien make-good short deal, or do I get a big offer like 7/$200milliion?

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think Story’s season was weak enough that he doesn’t come near that

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Even accounting that I think teams will be gun-shy until the CBA is agreed to

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can probably share this, but we’ve had our own internal talks about how to space this winter’s content in light of the fact that we believe the offseason will be rather backloaded

12:22
Tiger Fan: Humor me – Tigers sign Chris Taylor to be a starting SS. Then they spend big on a SP like Guasman and a second SP like Heany. What else do they do to be a flawed, but legitimate, WC contender like Seattle or Toronto?

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They still need one or two serious bats

12:22
Erik: Would abolishing the trade deadline be a net positive in terms of pure fun for fans? Imagine if we saw a load of top talent move this week after teams got eliminated and then we could watch most of the best players in the league get at least a few more games.

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think it would have negative results.

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You dont’ want postseasons decided by who is willing to give up something crazy the last weekend of the season

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: By having a trade deadline, you’re essentially making everyone go to war with what they have and make the results for the last two months about the relative strengths of teams.

12:24
Larry: Hey Dan what’s your favorite animal in the cervid family?

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t really have a favorite deer

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t known much about deer other than watch out for them driving on the highway in the fall at night and eating them.

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: One of my favorite memories of Galileo the cat is me and him stopping off at Arby’s to get each of us a venison sandwich with cabernet-juniper sauce.

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I ate 1.5, he ate 0.5.

12:25
Guest: Tell me what I have to look forward to as a Phillies fan

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You likely leave in a cheesesteak-inclusive or cheesesteak-adjacent zip code.

12:25
James: Fun fact(?) 1/3 of Scherzer’s ER this season have come from 2 games against the Padres.

12:26
TBD: Keston Hiura seems to be having “hitters block” this year.  Have you ever experience a similar “writers block”? and if so, how did you over come it (if you have)?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like most writers there are times that I have writers block!

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: One thing I do is put more work into other stuff.

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Unlike most writers, I have a lot of data projects to play around with if the words aren’t coming.

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: One exercise I like to do occasionally when I’m really stuck

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Is generate three random words and either construct an argument around it, tell a story, or draw a picture.

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: For example, from 2013

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The idea is to giving your brain a challenge that’s out of your normal wheelhouse

12:29
Treat Urner: Which AL Wild Card match-up are you most rooting for from a fun perspective? Gotta be Jays-M’s, right?

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That would be my fave

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As an Orioles fan, seeing the Red Sox and Yankees sad is good aesthetics.

12:30
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Over/under date on when MLB and MLBPA agree to a new CBA (or one-year extension of the current CBA)?

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m going to say 1/5

12:30
Joe: Do the Cubs try and trade Contreras and Hendricks to continue to go all in on a rebuild?

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the Cubs actually spend a bit this offseason and try to do the Rangers skinny rebuild

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It didn’t work for the Rangers, but they also had some bad luck

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I wrote about this like a month ago – the Cubs aren’t really in THAT BAD a position.

12:32
brad penny for your thoughts: now i imagine you, after hitting a deer with your car, hunched over eating it’s corpse like a zombie

12:33
TBD: If Hiura drew a picture about his “hitters block” what would it look like?

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I guess a crude MS Paint drying of a military figure telling the president of a militarily weak country that they’ve now refined their missile launch systems and are now accurate to the nearest hemisphere.

12:34
Guest: Have you used GPT-3 to write any baseball headlines lately? It offered me some I’d like to read more about:
* The Royals have a new team president: Kevin Feige
* Roy Oswalt is 109 years old but still young at heart
* Orlando Arcia, hot shortstop and amazing wife, is the most awesome person on Twitter
* MLB needs to know your kneecap
* Owners increasingly respect and trust owners
* 30 Things You Might Not Know About Red Sox That Are No Fun at All
* Dansby Swanson endangers one of baseball’s dearest moneys
* Goddamn Padres

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think I’ve done any baseball headlines lately!

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It might be time for another run

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My favorite with those is then having the neural network WRITE the article

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: For example, last time I did it, I got the headline Charlie Blackmon and Ben Affleck Have a Feud

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Also, Cubs Fans Will Never Stop Bringing Candy to the Park

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:38
Christian Colón for Men: Best restaurant in the mall food court?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Boardwalk Fries!

12:38
Joe: Is the new CBA going to bring drastic changes to roster building? Feels like free agency is not what it used to be and all that matters now are draft picks and international free agents. Or maybe at some point free agents become under valued?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I expect there will be some tinkering around the sides, but nothing major

12:39
Ryan: Do you think the Royals can be competitive in the coming years?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They can be, but I don’t see a great deal of upside

12:39
Joe: I know the season isn’t over but the Padres have preformed at what percent of their range of outcomes?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Last I checked a few days ago, 9th percentile

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: in ZiPS

12:40
Josh Egg Foo Jung: How did Luis Urias develop so much power this year?

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Size is overrated – he’s been hitting with a lot more loft this year

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The 22 homers is a surprise, but him having a solid year wasn’t crazy

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Urías already made my list in 2020 and put up one of the worst results of any of last year’s breakout picks, hitting .238/.308/.294 in 41 games for the Brewers. Since I’m clearly not afraid of being aggressively wrong about a young player over and over again — I had Nomar Mazara on my list for three consecutive seasons — I don’t mind sticking up for him one more time.
As lackluster as Urías’ performance in the majors has been, we’re also talking about a middle infielder with a .397 on-base percentage in the minors, a number earned while regularly playing at a high level for his age. Given the short 2020 season — preparation for which was interrupted by a positive COVID-19 diagnosis — and his recovery from a broken wrist from winter ball, I’m willing to give him a mulligan for the season. The Brewers are also prioritizing getting him playing time at short, the position where has the most upside value.
This spring, the Brewers are going back to their original plan for Urias and put him at shortstop while Arcia,

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS Projection Percentiles – Luis Urías
PercentileBAOBPSLGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBOPS+WAR90%.257.349.44347468122297156858106111083.380%.253.344.4194756612026713645711381012.870%.249.338.403477651192561262551217952.560%.249.336.395478651192561161541257932.450%.246.333.386479641182451160531286902.140%.243.327.374481631172351059511326851.930%.241.324.369482621162251058501366831.720%.238.318.35348462115214956481425781.310%.234.309.33648861114203854441524710.9

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wow, that doesn’t copy and paste well

12:41
Christian: Probably requires more research than can be answered in a chat but is there any evidence that basement dwellers like the Orioles step it up in high leverage September games where they can be spoilers? Anecdotally they seem to relish the opportunity to play in some actually meaningful baseball games in a lost season.

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Would be interesting, but I haven’t looked at it.

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s a little too late for me to do this year simply because I have a lot of stuff already planned on my plate

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Spider Tack! OK, not really, but mentioning Cole and spider tack is a great way to get everyone on all sides SUPER MAD.

12:42
barney gumble: hey dan. what do think is up with Cole? he insists it’s not the hammy. is he just gassed?

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I should probably post the question before the answer

12:42
Key Flaw: As an Orioles fan with a long memory, I can’t root for the Blue Jays to be in the playoffs, but as an Orioles fan with a long memory I desparately want to Red Sox and Yankees to be knocked out of the playoffs. I am conflicted and need a word to describe it.

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Basically, the scenario you’re rooting for — which is satisfying — is this:

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Mariners make the wild card.

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They then declare that they will not entertain a wild card game as they opponents are beneath them and just show up in Tampa, after imprisoning the other wild card opponent.

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And since Rob Manfred’s relatively feckless, MLB doesn’t do anything about it

12:44
purplemini: speaking of nomar mazara, what do you think happens with him next year? Invite to camp? Plays abroad? What would he have to do to reach some of his potential?

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He seems like someone who would do well in the KBO

12:46
Treat Urner: Any thoughts on Jonathan Judge’s proposed revenue/payment structure in BP this month? (i.e. players negotiate with owners only on the total pool of money reserved for salaries, and players then distribute the money among themselves)

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s interesting, but I’m not sure how workable it really is

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Players have quite a conflict of interest determining salaries for themselves

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And what would inevitably happen is likely just another veteran-heavy salary system

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And can you imagine players agreeing to be paid on their FanGraphs WAR?

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That would be beneficial for US of course, but I don’t think they’d want that

12:49
Key Flaw: Ryan Mountcastle’s walk rate in the majors is between 7 and 8%, which is much higher than his minor league numbers and almost acceptible! We’ve had over a season’s worth of data so it looks to be ‘real’. Is that a thing that happens often? Would ZiPS predict a different walk rate going forward after his year than previously? Was his last name was originally Schlossberg and changed to make it more American?

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It doesn’t really happen that often, but changes in walk rate are “real” fairly quickly

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ryan Bombcastle

12:49
Skewbald: Do you think FanGraph Chat personalities plant questions sometimes?  I’m surprised by the quality!

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t have a burner account because I would screw up like the second time I used it

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And we have the luxury of getting to pick and choose questions

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You guys ask a LOT of awesome questions

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I answer them almost machine-gun style and I still can only get to about a quarter of them

12:50
Guest: Hi, Dan! Tried googling around for an answer, sorry if this question has a well-known answer but this has been my first season really making use of projection systems. Can you help me understand the timeline for ZiPS’s future projections? Was looking for 2022 and 2023 projections on Jonathan India but was confused to see only about 100 games and a .220ish average with all counting stats significantly lower than his 2021 outputs.

Thanks!

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The three years are not updated daily! Those are preseason only.

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Obviously, his future projections have gone up quite a bit.

12:51
Guest: Next 10 years: Robert or Soto?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Soto. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Robert, but Soto’s other-worldly as a hitter and is one of the few players I’d take over him

12:51
brad penny for your thoughts: do you ever yearn?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not really, I’m a pretty satisfied person generally.

12:52
Salvador Perez: Are all the 30-year-old catchers going to start getting Tommy John Surgery now?

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Given how well it worked for Salvy, they should call it Salvador Perez surgery for hitters.

12:52
I Just Failed My Math Test: Who ends with the better career; Trout or Soto?

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Still Trout

12:52
Oddball Herrera: Would you take the over or under on 32 for highest single season HR total rest of career for Marcus Semien? Understood that this may depend on where he ends up

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll take over. He’s not a billion years old yet even if he’s not young

12:53
Bessy: harold are you there. harold ? pick up eggs harold how do you send this oh dear

12:53
Guest: Your chats are a highlight of my week. Thank you!

12:53
Christian Colón for Men: What does Billy think of Dayton Moore’s promotion to Team President?

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t have any specific image

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: so here’s an old one.

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

12:54
Joe: Was Semien just unknown because of Oakland? Is there a reason he had to settle for the contract he got? And what players will be candidates for short deal breakouts next year?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: People (and teams) overreacted to his 2020

12:55
Guest: Wow has there always been an ability to click on peoples’ names in the chat and DM them?

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In my chats there is

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Unless you guys start harrassing each other

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: harassing

12:55
kip: Do you have any keyboard recommendations?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m a big fan of the Glorious keyboard.

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can’t be a FULL keyboard nerd because I like full-size keyboards

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: the real keyboard nerdy upper-crusts like the 60% ones

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I gotta have my arrows and I gotta have a full number pad.

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I currently use mine with four different switches: Mostly Kailh Box Royals with Kailh Box Jade numberpad, Cherry Linear Gray spacebar, Cherry Speed Silver shift/enter

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I picked up an EVGA Z15 last week at a ridiculous price

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: $50 for a fullsize hot swappable is terrific.

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m putting Kailh Box Navys on those to make a heavy, loud, clicky keyboard for when I’m doing a lot of writing.

12:59
brad penny for your thoughts: all your chatters now

12:59
Harold: bessy i got the eggs.  Calm down hunny bun

1:00
Christian Colón for Men: With pitchers now consistently hitting 100 MPH, could we see more Nolan Ryan types who can pitch well into their 40s and maintain decent velocity?

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We still haven’t seen a lot of these guys do it for 20 years!

1:00
Salvador Perez: I would like it better if we now renamed TJ Surgery “Dick Lovelady Surgery” in the latest recipient’s honor.

1:00
Milwaukee Beerjays: Final fantasy tactics is better than…..?

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Most things.

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My only complaint there is that Thunder God Cid is totally imbalanced.

1:01
Milwaukee Beerjays: Also: Crono Trigger is……VASTLY OVERRATED

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: While I want to ban you for this, if I think about it, as much as I love the game, I haven’t gone back to it anywhere near as often as other games of that time period

1:01
Christian Colón for Men: Is this the lightning round?

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You know what? I haven’t done an official Lightning Round for awhile.

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So let’s do that. The Lightning Round is simple: I have to answer everything as long as it’s not baseball related and not personal.

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And GO

1:02
Philly Phantasmic: Best peppers for chili?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: guajillo with some chipotle

1:02
Philly Phantasmic: Most handsome actor?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Matt Bomer

1:02
Guest: Favorite sport other than baseball?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Football

1:03
Christian Colón for Men: If Britain remade Ted Lasso (the reverse The Office), would they do the obvious and make a soccer manager coach American football, or would they go with cricket and baseball?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They should go with a weird madeup sport

1:03
Philly Phantasmic: Favorite soda pop?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: pop?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My favorite soda is good ol’ Coke

1:04
Tony Conigliaro: 2021-2022 NCAA Tournament champion?

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh god, my knowledge is so out of date. I’ll say Duke to be safe

1:04
kip: I used to have Chrono Trigger CIB, but threw all my boxes away.  Thoughts and prayers, please.

1:05
Guest: Favorite month of the year?

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: October

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: (playoff baseball and my favorite weather)

1:05
Tony Conigliaro: Best fried chicken restaurant?

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: prince’s hot chicken shack

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: nationally, popeye’s is safe, though I have a soft spot for nando’s peri peri

1:06
Philly Phantasmic: Which Oscar winning movie would be most improved if it had to add King Kong as a character?

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Gladiator

1:06
Laffy Tuffy: Cat update?

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: All asleep at last check

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They were busy today

1:06
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Favorite non-baseball mascot?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Burger King and has joyous dead eyes

1:07
Morbo: Pop is what you give someone when they are talking sass; soda is a sugary fattening beverage.

1:07
Tony Conigliaro: Hottest pepper you’ve ever consumed?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: straight up ghost pepper

1:07
Oddball Herrera: Please give me King Kong in The English Patient.

1:07
Ron: What should I have for lunch?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: sandwich

1:07
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Fried chicken: leg, thigh, wing, or breast?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Breast

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Experts prefer thighs

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but I have texture and color issues with food and breast meat is safe

1:08
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Best vacation spot in the US or Canada?

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Always the closest beach you grew up going to

1:08
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Best group dance song at a wedding reception?

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cage’s 4’33”

1:08
Guest: Experts prefer thighs, but gentlemen prefer breasts

1:09
Morbo: I don’t know what kind of mascot “Frank Thomas the Tank Engine” is but he’s my new favorite mascot of all time

1:09
Tony Conigliaro: Lasers or conventional weaponry?

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Lasers

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: YOU CAN FILL A HOUSE WITH POPCORN ACCORDING TO THIS DOCUMENTARY I SAW

1:10
Google: Tallest building west of the Mississip?

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That one in LA from a few years ago?

1:10
Mickey Rooney’s Potato Fantasy: Best way to prepare potatoes?

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: shoestring-fried

1:10
Mork Borg: What is the next wild animal humans should domesticate?

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: anti-vaxxers

1:11
Morbo: Should I plan on playing Elden Ring or Starfield?

1:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Starfield. You shouldn’t incentive Martin to do things that aren’t finishing his damn series

1:11
Guest: If you were transported to ancient Rome, but could bring one ‘how to’ book with you, which one do you pick?

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Some kind of medical book?

1:12
Morbo: Worst chilli you’ve ever had?

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cincinnati

1:12
Morbo: How to invent electricity

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Be whichever deity inveted magnets

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: HOW DO THEY WORK?

1:12
Mork Borg: In a post-apocalyptic world, how long does my knowledge of candle making keep me alive?

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not long, they don’t stop zombies

1:12
Morbo: So you admit that skyline chili is chili then?

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, of things claiming to be chili

1:13
Oddball Herrera: I’d go for a book on neat electrical experiments so I can convince the locals I am a god

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Which would give you an entertaining few days until someone kills you

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Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Best I Think You Should Leave sketch?

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Haven’t watched much

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: AND I GOT ‘EM

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Thanks for coming all!

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll see you all next time! Though chat will be less regular as we’ll have FanGraphs playoff chats during playoffs at various times

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Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Why do people assume the apocalypse will be zombies when we should be planning for werewolves?

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Avatar Dan Szymborski: Big zombie corporations.

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Morbo: If Skyrim taught me anything it’s that there’s no downside to being a werewolf





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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