Kevin Goldstein FanGraphs Chat – 2/14/2022

12:00
Kevin Goldstein: Hi everyone, it’s me, you’re favorite chatter! Ok, maybe not, but you’re stuck with me for the next 90 minutes. Let’s go.

12:00
JB: Am I insane for not being all that concerned about the lockout still? Feels like it’ll be a lot of each side giving an inch every few days…

12:01
Kevin Goldstein: Hard to say without knowing what your baseline level of concern is. I still think we are going to play the majority of a season, but my over/under on games played has probably slipped from 154 to more in the 144 range.

12:01
Dave: What’s for lunch?

12:01
Kevin Goldstein: Leftover Cincinati chili that I made last night.

12:01
Datt Mamon: Does Kiriloff get regular playing time and make the most of this season?

12:02
Kevin Goldstein: I hope so, and I think he could be good.

12:02
RW: KG – how far would the owners have to go for either the players opting to create their own league from scratch, or some sort of baseball-redux of the ABA or the WHA?

12:03
Kevin Goldstein: It’s just an impossibility. They could play, but the infrastructure and the stadiums and the TV contracts and all of that stuff would take years (multiple) to get in place. It’s just not a feasible thing.

12:03
Season start: What are the chances the season starts before May 1, in your opinion?

I honestly would have zero interest in watching a substantially shortened season.

12:03
Kevin Goldstein: 52.4839%

12:04
Bill: Could you please outline the process that takes place when Team #1 is negotiating with multiple free agents while at the same time pursuing a trade with Team #2, all with a view of filling a specific positional need? How does a team avoid getting shutout or sb

12:04
Kevin Goldstein: In that world, you make it clear to the free agent(s) that you have lots of balls in the air, and if you get something done elsewhere, you might be forced to rescind your current offer.

12:04
Kevin: Should spring training be shorter?

12:05
Kevin Goldstein: It SHOULD be, but it’s not going to happen. Realistically players need about four weeks, but the stadium contracts and tax incentives and all that business stuff mandate a certain number of home spring training games, so even if MLB and the players agreed to shorten it, there are legalities that prevent it.

12:06
Mitch: What is the sense among front office personnel about ‘clutch’ in baseball? Do teams try to make any quantifiable estimate on a player’s clutch factor? Are there times where teams don’t even look at clutch stats when acquiring a player?

12:07
Kevin Goldstein: I think the biggest issue here is the misunderstanding of what clutch is or can be. Clutch is not about being BETTER in whatever you define as clutch situations. It’s about not being worse due to all of the external pressures.

12:07
Kyle B: Best guess: over/under 10.5 regular season games missed due to the lockout

12:07
Kevin Goldstein: Over.

12:07
Logan: In your opinion, which team(s) are being hurt the most by the lockout? Oakland who wants to move players? Cleveland who has lots of prospects on the 40 man who can’t participate in MiLB spring training? Seattle who is probably looking to add players? Someone else?

12:08
Kevin Goldstein: It’s was pretty even until we reached this point, where things are not going to start on time. Now, like you say, it’s the teams with the most . . . . off-season left let’s call it, that are going to be in the worst positions.

12:08
TJ: What level of involvement do most GMs have on minor transactions? For example if a team signs an international free agent for 20k, does the GM have to sign off on it? Or do they just let the international director handle those things?

12:08
Kevin Goldstein: Unlikely they need sign off, they’ll just be notified.

12:08
Tepid Soup: Sitting here at work after my Bengals lost has me wondering what the mood in a front office is like after a playoff exit. Mopey like the fans are or just back to business?

12:09
Kevin Goldstein: Little bit of both. Take a day or two to mope but also reflect on a great season and then get back to work.

12:09
Guest: Is there something to the White Sox’s connection to Cuba? Or is it mostly a media creation?

12:09
Kevin Goldstein: They’re well connected in that area, much like the Astros are. It’s a distinct advantage until the international draft is implemented.

12:10
SalisburySteak: On paper, KC has too many interesting young infielders and 1b/DH types to find playing time for all of them, even after you cut Santana, which should happen asap. If you were in charge, would you just 1. wait and see what happens, or 2. look to move one of the young players (Lopez or Pratto or Melendez or Pasquantino, perhaps) for a position of greater need, like an outfielder. People on the blogs talk about moving Melendez because he’s blocked by Perez, which seems like a huge mistake to me, but I’m kind of a dope, so who knows. Similarly, Pasquantino is 1b/DH only and currently blocked by Pratto and Perez/Melendez at those positions.

12:11
Kevin Goldstein: ALWAYS wait ans see what happens. You can never have too many good players. It will sort itself out. Don’t make a move based on a future assumption and end up with big regrets.

12:11
Tepid Soup: ps thank you for respecting cincinnati chili and not making lazy critiques because it’s questionably named and isn’t exactly visually stunning

12:11
Kevin Goldstein: It’s quite delicious.

12:11
RH: What’s the strangest way a baseball game that you were at has been interrupted?

12:11
Kevin Goldstein: I was at a game in Corpus Christi that got delayed by a swarm of bees that congregated in the home dugout.

12:12
Braves Fan: Freddy Tarnok has the look of a development project that is starting to generate results for the Braves, is he a potential future rotation piece?

12:12
Kevin Goldstein: Potentially? Yes. That’s not a guarantee it will happen, but I do like him as a semi-sleeper in that system.

12:13
Krontz: Do some MLB parks have hot/cold radar guns? This used to be an issue years ago, not sure if more recently league has normalized use across the league.

12:14
Kevin Goldstein: Lots of teams are just relaying data from hawkeye, and those are super accurate. Some have guns for TV and those are often not calibrated or not aimed right or have a funny angle and are just wrong. There was a time like a decade ago where the gun on Royals broadcasts was insanely hot.

12:14
Kevin Goldstein: I remember an early-career game in KC where Chris Sale came on and Twitter was going nuts about him throwing 103 and I was just sitting there saying of course he’s not.

12:15
Dexter: Any chance the players try to sue to overturn the antitrust exemption? Would love to see  the owners have to testify

12:15
Kevin Goldstein: No.

12:15
Justin: From your time in a front office, are you aware of any big focuses on sleep and/or diet with performance?  Can you think of any interesting facts from such studies worth sharing?   One thing currently on my mind is wondering what kind of difference could be expected by, say, sending a starting pitcher to the next opponent’s time zone a few days early.

12:15
Kevin Goldstein: Massive focus on sleep and nutrition. I think one of the things that some teams did that I thought was really smart was just pushing back spring times. Why are we having these guys show up at 7am?

12:16
polite guest: What’s the likely path to an agreement? Continued incremental inching won’t seem to do it, and we’ve passed some dates that feel like they could have been deadlines. Any sense on what prompts one of the two sides to take a bigger step towards the middle ground here, or cede some space to the other?

12:16
Kevin Goldstein: I think we’re going to be on this incremental step thing for a while. I’m not privy to what gets a deal done for either side, so it’s hard to say.

12:17
Mitch: If the average baseball fan was given the opportunity to listen in on a trade negotiation call, would they be able to follow the dialogue, or would the language be way over their head? What about the average FanGraphs reader (who I am estimating to be more knowledgeable than most fans)?

12:18
Kevin Goldstein: I think they’d get most of it. It all depends with how in the weeds they are in terms of how CBT works, what is or isn’t in a UPC, etc.

12:18
Guest: Do you there will be any 40-man roster players going to an international league until the lockout ends?

12:18
Kevin Goldstein: No.

12:18
Erik: When a player has suffered more than his fair share of injuries, but those injuries aren’t obviously connected, should we view him as truly injury-prone? I’m thinking of someone like Corey Seager, who’s had TJ, hip surgery and a broken hand in the last few years.

12:18
Kevin Goldstein: I think there should be some concern, but not as much as if they were connected injuries.

12:19
Jack B: Do you see similarities with what the Orioles are doing now vs what the Astros did 7ish years ago since Sig and Elias are running the ship?

12:19
Kevin Goldstein: I wrote about this on the Orioles prospect list that went up last week.

12:19
B-more: what do you see a peak Coby Mayo season being? Is a .300 35 100 out of the question? thanks

12:20
Kevin Goldstein: Super dangerous question, and not a good way to look at prospects. Could he do this? Sure. I could also say that about 100 players and a single-digit percentage will actually do it.

12:21
Inaccessible Rail: Should I consider the Phillies contenders for 2022?

12:21
Kevin Goldstein: Favorites? No. Contenders? Sure.

12:21
Phil: When a team is scouting other teams’ prospects for potential trades, what role do player development people play? Are there situations in which a team feels like a prospect who has stagnated in another team’s system might thrive in theirs, and how do they make that determination?

12:21
Kevin Goldstein: Oh yeah. I love getting PD input on things when looking at a potential transaction.

12:22
Joe: You have said MLB and Sumo are the sports you really follow, but I was wondering if you ever came across some advance analytics/technology from other sports that peaked your interest or made you wonder how it could be applied to baseball.

12:22
Kevin Goldstein: Absolutely. I have spoken to people heading up evaluation in the NFL, NBA and big Euro soccer leagues in an attempt to learn.

12:24
@RationalMLBFan: You’ve written and spoken about how player “makeup” is an important, underrated (by outsiders) component of player success. What are some ways that teams try to assess makeup? I imagine it has to be beyond just speaking with a player or asking around, as anyone can ace an “interview” that may not be representative of real situations and subjective biases can cloud others’ evaluations.

12:25
Kevin Goldstein: The argument over what makes good/bad makeup is an eternal one. I’ve said it many times. I just look at work ethic and love of baseball and desire to improve.

12:26
Dave: Is there any real talk in the industry about how climate change affects the future of the sport, especially in cities like Miami and Phoenix?

12:26
Kevin Goldstein: I’ve never heard any discussion of this.

12:26
Mitch: How often does a “nerd” in the front office notice a specific trend going on with a player (increase in a hitter’s GB%, etc.) and take action by notifying a coach about it? Is there a process for these types of things?

12:26
Kevin Goldstein: Absolutely a process, and if something needs to be shared, it is shared.

12:26
palbro: Hey, pal-bro, at what point does an org start to talk to their prospects about swing decisions?

12:27
Kevin Goldstein: [Repeats mantra]: It’s very player to player. Some guys want that kind of information right away, and others need to fail before being open to suggestion.

12:27
Dave: Is your home buying taking you out of the Barb city?

12:28
Kevin Goldstein: It is, but we will still be in northern Illinois. We have an offer out right now, but good lord due I hate this process.

12:28
Frodo: What MLB organization is most in need of a new Spring Training complex?

12:28
Kevin Goldstein: Detroit, almost solely off of location. They are really isolated in Lakeland right now.

12:28
Joe: How much would an international draft change the structure of teams international scouting departments?

12:29
Kevin Goldstein: I think it requires big process changes far more than staffing changes.

12:30
Jack B: Why don’t scouting reports that are published online include a player’s makeup?

12:31
Kevin Goldstein: Often hard to get that info.

12:31
Maddoning: If and when the lockout is over, are all of our favorite writers at Fangraphs ready for the deluge of transaction writeups, ZIPs changes, and revised projections that are sure to follow?    Rest up now…..

12:32
Kevin Goldstein: Oh yeah, we’ve had meetings to discuss already. It’s going to be chaos.

12:32
Mike: Do players/FOs like spring training? I’m sure it’s great to go down to Florida for a few weeks in a low-stress environment, but it must get boring towards the end right?

12:33
Kevin Goldstein: Yeah, you pretty much nailed it. Super fun to go, really exciting at first and by Early to mid-March you want it to be over. It really does become Groundhog day.

12:33
Julian: I haven’t seen any news about it in all the reporting on the CBA negotiations, but is there a chance that pitchers get some kind of approved “sticky stuff” from the league or are pitchers SOL?

12:33
Kevin Goldstein: Some kind of pre-tacked ball is likely.

12:33
Keefths: Is prospect week going to happen next week ?

12:33
Kevin Goldstein: Yup.

12:33
Justin: Are the Blue Jays allowed to do more work in Cuba than the non-Canadian teams?

12:34
Kevin Goldstein: No, they are not. It’s specifically in the rules.

12:34
Erik: When you worked for the Astros, if I gave you a Sporcle quiz of every player in the team’s organization, how well do you think you’d do? Could you rattle off every org filler reliever in the low minors?

12:34
Kevin Goldstein: I would crush it.

12:34
Felix: which two mlb players would be most effective as sumo wrestlers?

12:34
Kevin Goldstein: Dan Vogelbach . . . . Matt Adams?

12:35
Matt: I’m curious what has changed that has you less optimistic than you were in past weeks about when the season will start.  From an outsider’s perspective, the news seems pretty much the same and I certainly didn’t expect we’d have a deal yet.

12:35
Kevin Goldstein: I didn’t either, but I expected more progress by now.

12:35
Jack B: Did you find the Jonathan that was in the chat last week?

12:35
Kevin Goldstein: I did! And his contact info was passed on to the team that asked about him.

12:35
Stephen: Will scouts be allowed to attend minor league spring training if the lockout is still ongoing?

12:35
Kevin Goldstein: Yes.

12:35
Armchair Scout: That’s neat about Astros connection in Cuba. Did that play a factor in acquiring Yordan from Dodgers?

12:36
Kevin Goldstein: Not in that case, no. We had seen him in workouts and really liked him.

12:37
Justice Beaver: I’ve seen some of your house hunting adventures on the Twitter.  Is the Rockford are on your radar?  Its a great place to live, just don’t visit.

12:38
Kevin Goldstein: Certainly affordable, but not in the area we are looking right now. We’re going very country right now. We like the thought of land and no close neighbors.

12:38
Erik: What stats would you look at to determine whether a pitcher who’s significantly outperformed his ERA estimators for a couple years is likely to do so next season?

12:38
Kevin Goldstein: Swing and miss rates both in and out of the zone.

12:39
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: How will the logistics work at the end of the lockout? Will there be enough time between the announcement of a deal and the actual ratification a couple days later for MLB to say everything’s open upon ratification and the Rule 5 draft is tomorrow?

12:40
Kevin Goldstein: FO people I’ve talked to think they will get somewhere in the neighborhood of seven days from the joint presser of an agreement and starting spring training.

12:40
savant: are you a max EV or avg EV guy? Or neither?

12:40
Kevin Goldstein: Something in between. I’m not an avg EV guy at all. I kind of like looking at top 10% of EV because that adds a factor of how often the player gets to the big EVs.

12:41
Bardo Bill: How much could we plausibly expect front office evaluations to differ from public numbers? E.g., Renfroe projects for about 1 WAR more than Jackie Bradley Jr. next season, according to public projections. Is it conceivable that the Red Sox simply value JBJ more than Renfroe straight up (without taking salary or the prospects traded in that deal into account)?

12:41
Kevin Goldstein: Yes, it’s possible. I don’t have knowledge of this particular situation, but it’s certainly possible.

12:41
John: Will there be a 2023 MLB season or will it be locked out as well?

12:42
Kevin Goldstein: There’s going to be a 2022 season, so that guarantees a 2023 as the CBA will likely be three years.

12:42
Mitch: Since I’m guessing I’m not the only one…. What is a UPC?

12:42
Kevin Goldstein: Uniform player contract.

12:42
Iivo: Hi Kevin, I’m a more recent out-of-market follower with minute understanding of the development of modern baseball. Which 21st century baseball innovations have had the greatest influences on how we see the game collectively?

12:42
Kevin Goldstein: I think it’s unquestionably statcast-type data.

12:43
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Who is under more pressure right now — the team personnel in charge of getting spring training off the ground in a matter of days once the lockout ends or the front office personnel that have to sign free agents, make trades, and finalize the 25-man roster in a matter of weeks?

12:43
Kevin Goldstein: Yes.

12:43
Jason: Have you seen Liberatore pitch? Is he a high floor/low ceiling type guy or is there frontline potential in his game?

12:43
Kevin Goldstein: More the former.

12:44
Analytics: Of the major sports, which has advanced analytics the most in your opinion and why?

12:44
Kevin Goldstein: I think it’s baseball, in many ways because of the individualistic aspect of the sport.

12:44
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: Favorite US amateur ballpark?

12:45
Kevin Goldstein: Fun question. I’ve been to some insanely nice high school parks in SoCal . . . best high school environments are in Miami. College? UNC comes to mind…

12:46
Cynthia: I have a friend who was a SP in the minors about 15 years ago, and his team had him throw at least 20% changeups his first year to develop the pitch. Is that type of thing still done by teams?

12:46
Kevin Goldstein: Very much so.

12:46
Frank Thomas the Tank Engine: When scouting another team’s major or minor leaguers and you run into a player on that team at, say, a pizza parlor, can you say hello or is that considered tampering?

12:46
Kevin Goldstein: TAMPERING.

12:46
Guest: Hi KG, no question, just a thank you for turning me on to Sumo broadcasts on NHK World.  I lived in Japan 1998-2002 and got to some Osaka tournaments.  Forgot what a blast it is!

12:47
Kevin Goldstein: IT’S THE BEST.

12:47
GBS42: How about that Super Bowl?!?  And the Olympics, too!?!  Were you aware these non-baseball, non-sumo sporting events were occurring?

12:48
Kevin Goldstein: I played scrabble and listened to Dry Cleaning last night. I’m aware they are happening, and know the Rams won last night, but I didn’t watch it. I watched the halftime show because Twitter let me know it was starting and I have a thing for spectacles. I’ve watched very little of the Olympics, really just because I get excited when something is in 4K/HDR….

12:49
Teddy: To what degree do players get better from being around guys who are “better” than they are? E.g., would being around Yuli help your hit tool?

12:49
Kevin Goldstein: Not really. Yuli is a remarkable hitter, but also very unorthodox. Trying to hit like him would be a huge mistake for most.

12:49
$11 Worth of Taco Bell: At its height, what percentage of the average minor leaguer’s dietary intake came from Taco Bell?

12:50
Kevin Goldstein: If you just change that to ‘fast food’, more than half.

12:50
Guest: Can you speak to the Gerrit Cole trade from the Pirates, and whether the Astros had ANY concerns given how well that trade worked out for them?

12:50
Kevin Goldstein: No concerns.

12:50
Dave: Meg deserves a raise for editing the deluge of transaction writeups

12:50
Kevin Goldstein: And for a variety of other reasons.

12:50
jonesing: Your chats are the highlight of my Monday. Thank you.

12:51
Kevin Goldstein: You need more exciting Mondays!

12:51
171: Yordan trade is one of my fav Chin Music stories.

12:51
Kevin Goldstein: It’s one of my favorite stories period.

12:51
Peter Brand: Will minor leaguers ever be treated well?

12:51
Kevin Goldstein: I think they’ll be unionized by the end of the decade, if not sooner, so yes.

12:52
Guest: If a team called you today and offered to make you THE gm, would you have to consider it, or is it one of those jobs you almost cannot decline because there’s only 30 of them in the world.

12:52
Kevin Goldstein: I think it would be a mistake for a team to do that, but it’s hard to turn down seven figures, no?

12:52
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: Can scouts go to another team’s backfields during spring training or is that access limited?

12:52
Kevin Goldstein: Yes they can. They have to sit on the bleacher like the rest of the people in attendance, but yes.

12:53
Teddy: What’s Jake Marisnick like?

12:53
Kevin Goldstein: He’s great. Super chill dude. Very happy.

12:54
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: Who is the smallest guy you scouted who became a major leaguer or at least an upper level minor leaguer who had a shot at the majors? (Height and weight is fine if you prefer not to name the player)

12:54
Kevin Goldstein: I saw Ozzie Albies when he was 15 and like 5-5/140.

12:54
zurzles: Going to steal a question from last week: Having worked (I presume) alongside David Stearns Mike Elias, what would you say his strengths are that have made could make him successful as a GM/PoBO?

12:55
Kevin Goldstein: Very disciplined, very process driven, huge believer in acquiring as much information as possible before making a decision.

12:56
jim: do you remember an astros minor leaguer named bobby boyd? seemed like he had promise as a bench player. what happened?

12:57
Kevin Goldstein: Of course I do. Little lefty hitter, could run a little bat. Just not enough hit and little power.

12:58
Mitch: You’ve talked about how the Astros emphasized pitch shapes when deciding which international amateur FA’s to sign. How do the teams get this info? Do you have to individually capture bullpen sessions for each player with a trackman unit set up? Surely each team can’t get every prospect to throw a bullpen for them..

12:58
Kevin Goldstein: Sure they can . . .

12:59
Guest: if you put your best effort into it, how long do you think you could go without learning the winner of the superbowl?

12:59
Kevin Goldstein: Not much. I look at Twitter a lot, probably too much.

12:59
Dave: How strict on scrabble rules are you?

1:00
Kevin Goldstein: Depends on the night. Last night was just a keep-the-game-moving night while we talk and listen to music.

1:00
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: On the tampering answer, what if it was a player who was formerly in your organization and you already knew them?

1:00
Kevin Goldstein: It would be fine to say hello and how are you and how’s the family. Saying anything about looking specifically at the player or his current/future situation would be very wrong.

1:01
joe: Did it ever give you pause that lunhow was a mckinsey guy? Did you ever butt heads over his general private equity approach being applied to baseball? Slashing staff, etc.

1:01
Kevin Goldstein: I certainly expressed disagreements. I wasn’t a consultant, but I did work for a management consulting firm in the late 80s early 90s on the tech side, so I know what it means.

1:02
zurzles: Which Astro had the dreamiest eyes Kevin

1:02
Kevin Goldstein: Jason Martin.

1:02
jmac: If (likely when) the season gets delayed, do you think they’ll simply cancel the missed games or rework a schedule for the shortened season?  My team plays a division rival seven times in the first two weeks and it seems a bit strange to lose those games but remaking a schedule would be a nightmare.

1:03
Kevin Goldstein: I think you will see SOME level of schedule re-working.

1:03
Sharp: I’ve often wondered if it’s a tough transition for a player to come from a top-notch college program with awesome facilities and lots of on-campus energy to playing in front of 1,000 people in an old stadium at some random city.

1:03
Kevin Goldstein: It certainly can be.

1:03
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: For hitters, is there a height at which a team will not consider a player as too tall or too short?

1:03
Kevin Goldstein: I’ve never seen one.

1:03
Romorr: Who are you personally leaning at 1.1, Termarr or Druw. Can’t get over the potential with Termarrs bat.

1:03
Kevin Goldstein: I think it’s silly to lean anywhere before games start.

1:04
Nathan: Who is your all-time favorite couple on love island UK?

1:04
Kevin Goldstein: Hmmmmm, define ‘favourite’

1:04
Devil Ray Jay Johnson: When a major leaguer gets released or non-tendered after the season, does someone call the player or his agent?  Or is it just an email?  Is it different for minor leaguers?

1:04
Kevin Goldstein: It’s a phone call.

1:05
Ralphie: In regards to title inflation with front office execs.  Could I just promote generic asst gm X to the title of grand poobah of baseball? Or is there a defined list of titles?

1:05
Kevin Goldstein: There is no defined list, and often people with the same title on different teams are doing VERY different jobs.

1:06
Mark H: How much gamesmanship typically goes on when discussing trades? For example if you have a pitcher you’re targeting do you visibly flood different trade candidate’s starts with scouts to apply some pressure? Do teams leak interest in every other player besides the one they’re trading to target?

1:06
Kevin Goldstein: It’s really much more straightforward than you think.

1:06
joe: thanks for your answer, quick follow up: do you get the sense that lunhow was a baseball fan and that he loved the game?

1:06
Kevin Goldstein: Yeah, for sure.

1:06
Guest: Regarding the actual process of a MLB trade, I’m curious as to how much information is shared regarding the other offers that are already on the table. Is it “look Cleveland is offering as x,y, and z so you need to top that” or is it “we have a better offer”

1:06
Kevin Goldstein: More the ‘we have a better offer elsewhere so we need more’ kind of messaging.

1:07
Guest: Is there a noticeable coldness that veteran players treat younger players with because they think they’re trying to steal their jobs, or is winning more important? Does it vary player to player?

1:07
Kevin Goldstein: EVERYTHING varies player to player.

1:07
Jack B: Just started Astroball. Have you read?

1:07
Kevin Goldstein: I have not.

1:08
Shoresy: I recall seeing somewhere that some MLB orgs have no/hardly any Pacific scouting going on. Any truth to that?

1:08
Kevin Goldstein: Like permanent scouts in Asia? Some teams have one, some have none.

1:08
Jughead: When at the trade deadline or before the draft do clubs send out certain execs as decoys?

1:09
Kevin Goldstein: Ain’t nobody got time for that.

1:09
Jack B: Is the Baseball Ops side of the FO separate from the Business Ops?

1:10
Kevin Goldstein: Usually. Certainly should be.

1:10
Guest: How do different language-speaking players get along in clubhouses? Is there a lot of smiling and waving going on, a lot of body language? Are interpreters always around?

1:10
Kevin Goldstein: There’s always an interpreter or a bilingual player around . . .

1:11
Guest: Happy Valentine’s Day. What’s your favorite holiday?

1:11
Kevin Goldstein: I’m a big Thanksgiving fan. Just get together and eat. That’s it. That’s the holiday.

1:11
Guest: Do you think prominent, high-earning players like Scherzer care at all about minor leaguers, or is it like, “I did it so you can too.”

1:11
Kevin Goldstein: I think most of them care.

1:11
Andy: With places like Asheville Visalia etc  how much do teams discount performance?

1:12
Kevin Goldstein: They certainly all have an appreciation of the various ballpark factors.

1:13
Guest: How long do you think a typical, roster-filler minor leaguer sticks around in the minors before calling it quits?

1:13
Kevin Goldstein: More often than not, the game is going to end that type of player’s career before that player chooses to.

1:13
Kevin Goldstein: Ok, just a few minutes left . . .

1:14
D: You answered an earlier question about minor leaguers and fair treatment. What, in your mind, would fair treatment look like?

1:14
Kevin Goldstein: Housing and expenses paid for, and decent salary to start.

1:15
Andy: Is there a dollar limit as too how much cash can be included in a deal?

1:15
Kevin Goldstein: There is not, but MLB must approve any deal that involves a cash transaction.

1:15
Lou Perltzman: Playing Horizon Forbidden West Friday?

1:16
Kevin Goldstein: Nah. A. I switched to the Xbox eco system because of Game Pass. B. I wasn’t nuts about the first Horizon.

1:16
Jack B: How much college baseball will you watch?

1:16
Kevin Goldstein: A truckload?

1:16
Andy: Hypothetically, what if the involved cash was more than owed to the player? Anything diff there?

1:16
Kevin Goldstein: MLB approves cash as part of a deal because they don’t want players/contracts simply being sold.

1:17
Kevin Goldstein: (It still kinda happens at times).

1:18
Ben Schneider: Do front offices consider entry level applications from people with arts backgrounds?

1:18
Kevin Goldstein: Depends on the position.

1:19
Guest: How much do free agents weigh a franchise’s history or reputation when deciding on a destination? Or is money most important most of the time?

1:19
Kevin Goldstein: Repeat player to player mantra. Some really care about location/franchise/etc, and some just want to biggest dollar amount.

1:20
Kevin Goldstein: Ok folks, gotta run, but I’ll be back next week. Thanks for all the great questions!





Kevin Goldstein is a National Writer at FanGraphs.

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Rollie's Mustachemember
11 months ago

I must have missed the Yordan Alvarez Chin Music episode that was mentioned. Can someone point me to it, please and thanks?

nrbg27member
11 months ago

I came here to post this exact question. Someone help us!

Matt
11 months ago
Reply to  nrbg27

That makes three of us. Please, google was of no help.