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Friday, July 31, 2009

Transcript - BTF’s 2009 Trade Deadline Extravaganza

Come spend the trade deadline with BTF! We've asked some of the best and brightest analysts on the web to join us for an afternoon discussion panel, starting 12 PM (EDT) on Friday, 7/31.

As of right now, the tentative panel list includes:

Craig Calcaterra (Shysterball)
David Cameron (Fangraphs, U.S.S. Mariner)
Brian Joura (Fangraphs, Fantasy Pros 911)
Sky Kalkman (Beyond the Box Score)
Jonah Keri (Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily)
Howard Megdal (The Baseball Talmud, New York Observer, The Perpetual Post)
Pat Lackey (Where Have You Gone Andy van Slyke?)
Adam Morris (Lone Star Ball)
Chris Needham (NBC Washington)
John Sickels (Minor League Ball, RotoWire, The Baseball Prospect Book)
Eric Simon (Amazin' Avenue)
Jeff Sullivan (Lookout Landing)

I'm still in the process of getting the schedule nailed down, but here are the tentative arrival times so far (all times in EDT):

Sullivan: 12 PM
Calcaterra: 12 PM
Cameron: 12 PM
Kalkman: 12 PM
Keri: 12:30 PM
Joura: 1 PM
Megdal: 1 PM
Needham: 1 PM
Morris: 3 PM
Simon: Afternoon-6PM

More to come...

Guest availability will vary as responsibilities dictate. Some should be there at least an hour while some are willing to spend most, if not all, of the afternoon with us.

In addition to asking questions through the chat client during the event (available through the applet on BTF's front page or from CoveritLive.com), questions can be submitted up to and through the event by sending an e-mail.

For those that have problems with the embedded chat applet on BTF, a live link to connect to the chat through CoveritLive.com will appear at the start of the event. As a reminder, no additional software or registration is required to view or participate in the chat. The only thing required is a 21st century browser that's capable of, uh, doing, uh, stuff.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 31, 2009 at 03:35 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zoppity Zoop Posted: July 27, 2009 at 06:08 PM (#3268709)
Questions don't have to just be about trade deadline stuff, right?
   2. Harold can be a fun sponge Posted: July 27, 2009 at 06:27 PM (#3268744)
Szym, Jim: One advantage to using Cover It Live is that many of the re-load requests will go to their servers rather than BBTF's. Another is that, in case BBTF's servers can't keep up running EE, the Cover It Live coverage might continue working.

Any thoughts to putting together a static html homepage that embeds the Cover it Live widget? Then this could be swapped in if the database goes down or EE becomes otherwise unresponsive.
   3. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 27, 2009 at 06:38 PM (#3268763)
I'll ask Jim about that.

I do urge people to set reminders - it'll email a link directly to the coveritlive chat at a set time before the chat and that link should be completely off BTF. BTF usually behaves if it's not midnight and nobody's deleting a comment from a thread.

Also, no, it's not just trade deadline stuff. I'm not going to post non-baseball questions for the panel though.
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 27, 2009 at 10:26 PM (#3269213)
Oh, I've received a few questions. If BTF goes down (and I think we'll be OK since the server load won't be on us), you can always go to coveritlive.com and click "live now" and get into the event that way.
   5. STIGGLES is more humble than you would understand Posted: July 28, 2009 at 02:35 PM (#3270224)
isn't today the self imposed deadline that jj ricciardi set for a roy halladay deal? or has he gone back on that already?
   6. rawagman Posted: July 28, 2009 at 02:50 PM (#3270245)
Today is the deadline in that if there is nothing interesting, he'll shut it down. And then pick it up again after Halladay pitches on Wednesday - essentially, he wants Halladay to not have to think about it while pitching on Wednesday
   7. Darren Posted: July 31, 2009 at 04:17 PM (#3275634)
Is there a long lag on this thing or are my comments being blocked somehow or what?
   8. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 31, 2009 at 05:35 PM (#3275776)
Darren, I have to approve all comments and question and I need to pick and choose to keep the panel from getting overwhelemed.

Hope you guys are enjoying so far!
   9. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 31, 2009 at 10:01 PM (#3276301)
The full chat is now archived for anyone who missed it to check out.

We had a lot of fun. Thanks for attending and another round of thanks goes out to our guests for taking time out of their days to shoot the breeze.
   10. Zoppity Zoop Posted: July 31, 2009 at 10:13 PM (#3276313)
That pwned every other internet baseball chat I've ever attended.
   11. jwb Posted: July 31, 2009 at 10:52 PM (#3276334)
   12. jwb Posted: July 31, 2009 at 10:56 PM (#3276337)
Errata: The Sean Smith who went from Pittsburgh to Toronto is Sean L. Smith. The one who plays for Somerset in the Atlantic League is Sean H. Smith.
   13. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: July 31, 2009 at 10:57 PM (#3276338)
That pwned every other internet baseball chat I've ever attended.


Yes. Yes, indeed.
   14. Repoz Posted: July 31, 2009 at 10:57 PM (#3276339)
I was in/out (shooting near bar) all day but that was a mega-blast!
   15. Fresh Prince of Belisle Posted: August 01, 2009 at 01:20 AM (#3276521)

[Comment From Bobby V]
Will Pete Rose thank Will Carroll in his HOF Speech?


ROFL
   16. White Sox Fan Posted: August 01, 2009 at 02:20 AM (#3276597)
That was awesome, guys, thanks!
   17. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 01, 2009 at 03:49 AM (#3276636)
Did anyone have trouble getting the applet to function? It seemed to integrate surprisingly well with BTF.

It's definitely something we'll do again. Any suggestions on how to make it more fun for the readers will be greatly appreciated. I tried to keep the pace moving so that the panel would get to most questions and comments, but the downside is that it can also be chaotic at times.

Was the pace acceptable or do I need to slow things in the future so that the panel has time for longer answers at the expense of not getting to everything?
   18. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 01, 2009 at 04:31 AM (#3276641)
Dan, if you ever went me as a panelist on something in which I have expertise (which mostly amounts to Gyros and Mental Illness) drop me a line.
   19. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: August 01, 2009 at 04:37 AM (#3276643)
Pace was fine - very enjoyable.
   20. Barnaby Jones Posted: August 01, 2009 at 05:00 AM (#3276651)
I haven't had that much fun since the summer of aught nine.
   21. St.Philly Posted: August 01, 2009 at 05:34 AM (#3276662)
It worked great for me. Watched/read most of it live. The pace was fine.
   22. Meatwad Posted: August 01, 2009 at 03:07 PM (#3276743)
just read through the first part, so far so good. i really hope bbtf continues to do ore of these things in the future
   23. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 01, 2009 at 11:19 PM (#3276951)
which mostly amounts to Gyros

You better be talking about the Greek dish because that ain't how you sub!

If so, we could start up souvlakithinkfactory.org.
   24. Athletic Supporter was shiny, now he's all rusted Posted: August 01, 2009 at 11:48 PM (#3276981)
Very cool.

Dan, not to be a greedy Gus, but are there going to be TO entries on the deadline trades?
   25. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 02, 2009 at 06:23 AM (#3277214)
If so, we could start up souvlakithinkfactory.org.

At my size, if I was thinking I'd never go near the tings. But bust out the lambeef and cucumber sauce and all rationality disappears.

That's some tasty grub right there.
   26. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 02, 2009 at 06:51 AM (#3277222)
Dan, not to be a greedy Gus, but are there going to be TO entries on the deadline trades?

My time's been busy due to wedding stuff (not mine). I'm going to do a big rundown of projections Sunday or Monday. The entries will be fairly short - I talked a lot about the trades in the chat and I'm starting to get my various projection/translation tools 2010-ready.

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