Al's Ramblings

Thursday, August 25, 2016

(8/25/2016 06:34:00 PM) - Al

I've chatted with Amy many times, and I think this is great.

8/25/2016 06:34:00 PM

(8/25/2016 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Not only is she too stupid to use 2 email accounts, she lied about it more times than I can count. And now, she's lying about lying.

I mean, I've had a president who never told the truth the past 8 years. And if you doubt that, if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.

You know...the one you could not keep. 

8/25/2016 05:36:00 PM

(8/25/2016 05:18:00 PM) - Al

The first thing I think of when I see this move is how valuable Drew Stubbs could be to a contender. Stubbs does 2-3 things very well...hit LHP, and runs really fast, which makes him an excellent base stealer/runner as well as a plus defender. On a playoff team, he could be invaluable as a PR when the game is tied or down a run, as he is successful stealing a base 83% of the time...that's about as good as it gets, as Billy Hamilton is 82%. Anything over 80% usually means it takes a good pitcher/combo to have a chance at them.

8/25/2016 05:18:00 PM

(8/25/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

A three paragraph torching of Bernie Sanders, and everything he stands for.

He's an old fool who has never had a real job, has made himself very wealthy in politics, and insists he knows better about everything than those who believe in American exceptionalism.

8/25/2016 02:00:00 PM

(8/25/2016 01:27:00 PM) - Al

I said it a while back...after focusing on the health of McCain, although he was in good health (and the problems he did have was related to his POW years); the silence on Hillary's inability to walk up stairs and stand without leaning on a table, is deafening.

We all knew this would happen, but the fact that it happens without most sheep even mentioning it is remarkable.

8/25/2016 01:27:00 PM

(8/25/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

All that said, as long as the stadium in Vegas is safe and does not have holes on the field, it'd be far better than Colorado Springs, where breaking balls, for the most part, do not break; which makes it difficult for pitchers to pitch AND for hitters to hit them when they leave altitude.

8/25/2016 08:00:00 AM

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

(8/24/2016 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Obamacare premiums up 43% in IL, many counties only have one option.

We're in the very best of hands.

8/24/2016 05:56:00 PM

(8/24/2016 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Ramon Flores has cleared waivers and been assigned to Colorado Springs.

He will be a free agent at the season's end, unless put back on the 40 man by the Crew (or, of course, he could be resigned to a minor league deal).

8/24/2016 04:31:00 PM

(8/24/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The obsession with a certain segment of the population that free speech is bad and the accused are guilty upon being accused is all the proof I need that they are all wacko and I do not want them on my side, nor do I wish to compromise with their stupid selves.

I'd rather lose without them than win with them. I just add them to my ignore list (or my mental ignore list, if one does not exist) and go on not being an ignorant oaf. 

8/24/2016 02:30:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:59:00 PM) - Al officials warned against judging a prospect with fewer than 80 Major League plate

Casuals gonna be casual. If you take a gander, those judging Arcia on a small sample are the same ones who insisted Keon Broxton was awful. In truth, every player in MLB has had bad stretches lasting far longer than 100 PA's.

Now in Arcia's case, as a 22 year old defensive whiz who put up passable, but not great numbers in AA and AAA; I would have been shocked had he come up and did well offensively.

Of course, I'm not nearly as dimwitted as others...

8/24/2016 01:59:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, if you ain't eating what you want, it sucks. I've had luck on low calorie and low carb plans, and been miserable on both. And no, the pounds have not stayed off.

8/24/2016 01:36:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:33:00 PM) - Al

I was just reminded that many folks, all members of the "always wrong" brigade, insisted the CRew should NOT trade Gerardo Parra last season and instead give him a qualifying offer because he "was too good to lose."

They are still the ones insisting they know better than you, by the way.

8/24/2016 01:33:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:13:00 PM) - Al

Thomas Sowell explains why being tough on crime is good for all of us...except the criminals.

8/24/2016 01:13:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:06:00 PM) - Al


Now that's funny.

8/24/2016 01:06:00 PM

(8/24/2016 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Guerra to AAA for rehab, Barnes to AA. As I said last night, Middlebrooks to Appleton, and then likely elsewhere. I assume they will then be activated after 9/1.

8/24/2016 12:44:00 PM

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

(8/23/2016 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Middlebrooks headed to Appleton for a couple games of rehab starting tomorrow, per Adam.

My guess is he will then go somewhere else, Boloxi or more likely Colorado Springs, until rosters expand on 9/1.

The Crew could add several players from the DL on or after 9/1...Middlebrooks, Guerra, and Barnes, if they continue to progress. Blazek is not expected to pitch again this season. Mike could easily be placed on the 60 day DL if they wanted to painlessly open another roster 40 man spot.

If all 3 are healthy and ready, they might be the only players added until after the minor league campaign ends on Labor Day.

I have not guessed or predicted yet, and it will be interesting to see if Jungmann returns, as for the most part, he has been dominant in AA for the past month. The other 2 interesting choices will be guys who have to be added to the 40 this offseason, the newly acquired Lewis Brinson and hard throwing lefty Josh Hader.

I would assume they would bring up Andrew Susac, if he has recovered from the injury who is on the 40 and who came over from SF in the Will Smith swap, but not only is Jake Elmore a former catcher, Hernan Perez can also put on the gear if an emergency arises, so a 3rd catcher is more of a luxury than a need.

8/23/2016 08:21:00 PM

(8/23/2016 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Arcia makes it through 20some teams, but not Miami.

8/23/2016 02:08:00 PM

(8/23/2016 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Jonathan Villar is the first player since 2009 to have 10 HR's and 50 SB's.--MLB Stat of the Day

If he played in Boston or New York, there'd be talk he was changing the game. 

8/23/2016 02:06:00 PM

(8/23/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

The sky is always falling if you're on the left, and the only thing that will prop it up is always more taxes and more spending.

When the answer is always the same regardless of the question, I tend to question the honesty of the answerer...even more so when their candidate for president hasn't told the truth in at least a couple decades.

8/23/2016 02:00:00 PM

(8/23/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Absolutely crushed.

One of the best comedies in ages, and very similar to Raymond. I expected to run for a decade.

8/23/2016 09:30:00 AM

(8/23/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Millennials are not nearly as stupid and liberal as the old media wants you to believe.

That said, young people are nearly always idealists...they think they can have it all, will have it all, and nothing will stop them. Then at some point, be it 22, 26, 29, flunking ENG110 because they were too drunk/stoned to go to the 8AM classes, whatever; they realize they are not going to beat the system, and might as well just settle for a decent job and doing fun stuff when not working.

8/23/2016 08:30:00 AM

(8/23/2016 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Aaron Gleeman (who thinks he blocked me on Twitter, but never mind that for now) made fun of a hotel for putting instructions on how to use the microwave in their room guide.

Some microwaves are downright difficult to use, or at least, out of the ordinary. At my old office, no one could ever figure it out the first time they used it (if memory serves, you hit "cook time" then "minutes" then "seconds" and then "cook time" again. It was a double whammy, as no one ever knew they had to hit "cook time" again, so they'd try and find the "start" button which did not exist. Also, if you wanted 30 seconds, you had to hit 0-3-0, so many were freaked out by that. We had new people every meeting to "check us out" and I always made sure I was there to help the attractive new females that were stumped.

The guys? Yeah, the hell with them. I never aspired to concern myself if their food/drink was heated to the manufacturer's recommended guidelines or not.

8/23/2016 07:00:00 AM

Monday, August 22, 2016

(8/22/2016 11:34:00 PM) - Al

Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano isn’t likely to return to the team in 2016, GM David Stearns tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The 38-year-old has been sidelined by an elbow injury since late May, and a platelet-rich plasma treatment hasn’t sped along his recovery as much as had been hoped. Stearns notes that Capuano “is still very motivated to make it back and continue his career,” so it sounds as if there’s a good chance he’ll aim to return in 2017 if he can’t do so at the tail end of the present season.

Another Brewers southpaw, Sean Nolin, recently underwent Tommy John surgery after trying to stave off the procedure, Haudricourt further reports. He, too, tried a PRP treatment but did not improve enough to avoid a UCL replacement. Milwaukee outfielder Rymer Liriano, meanwhile, has faced slow going after being struck by a pitch in the face this spring. Though he has now begun baseball activities, Liriano won’t be able to make it to the majors this year. Instead, says Stearns, he may be able to participate in fall instructional league action.--MLBTR

I assume Capuano and Nolin will not be signed to major league deals, though Capuano could be brought back on a minor league contract. The Crew is responsible for Nolin's rehab, and paid him about $500K this season, so I would think they would keep in touch and go from there.

As for Liriano, it will probably depend on if they have 40 man space and to be blunt, if they like him to keep him on the 40 all offseason.They paid him to sit all season too, half a mil and a year of service time.

8/22/2016 11:34:00 PM

(8/22/2016 10:04:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what you do if you have health problems. It's difficult to believe her team is this stupid to not realize that.

For instance, what would they do if someone accused her of cheating on Bill? She'd ignore it, because, of course, there's no evidence of said behavior.

The mere fact she feels the need to insist she's healthy, despite needing help up stairs, leaning on tables, and wearing winter attire in summer; tells me she knows she's not fooling anyone.

8/22/2016 10:04:00 PM

(8/22/2016 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Huge back brace? One of those stimulater machines that shoots electric pulses for a bad back?

If she was a conservative, we'd know. Since she's not, the old media will pretend it's perfectly normal to wear a buttoned overcoat in August.

8/22/2016 03:38:00 PM

(8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Amen to both.

A vote for Hillary is a vote for a dishonest broad who doesn't understand email and how to program a DVR. Can't do any worse than that.

8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Is the left pro violence and anti free speech?

If they ain't, you'd never know it by their actions. Excellent piece chronicling recent history, which despite attempts to clean up and rewrite, still is incredibly damning.

8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Because they know better.

8/22/2016 01:27:00 PM

(8/22/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

What Slate means is, let's tax everyone more; but today, let's start with the childless.

8/22/2016 01:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:43:00 PM) - Al

For those keeping score, she lied about lying, not lying, AND about turning in all of the emails that she insisted were not classified...which she lied about.

8/22/2016 12:43:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:34:00 PM) - Al

This is a massive failure of the GOP controlled legislature to not kill this law, which is pathetic and anti capitalist and has no place in the USA. And, it costs WI residents hundreds of dollars a year.

8/22/2016 12:34:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:22:00 PM) - Al

Two Cal League minor league teams will cease to exist after the season, and two Carolina League teams will be added next year.

While I can't say I particularly care, it may well affect the Brewers' high A affiliate. Right now they are partnered with Brevard County in the Florida State League, but BC is moving to Kissimmee, and usually when a team moves into better facilities, they have their choice of teams.

While the Crew would prefer a more neutral AAA environment that Colorado Springs, they have the opposite problem in Brevard, every pitcher looks like a star and every hitter a flop. While most persevere, often, bad habits can develop.

8/22/2016 12:22:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Too bad we don't have any public health officials ensuring vaccine supplies rather than, you know, peddling climate change horror stories and how we shouldn't use icky chemicals to kill mosquitos...oh wait, yes we should.

Maybe we should pay them all more and insist they work less...

8/22/2016 12:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If only we could find some kind of common thread on why the old media attacks some politician's kids, but not others...

I wonder what it could be?

8/22/2016 09:00:00 AM

(8/22/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

What exactly does it say when the Dems know she's a plant because she was too pretty and fun loving?

8/22/2016 08:00:00 AM

(8/22/2016 06:00:00 AM) - Al

How many times should we send him up there before we realize he can't hit?

Keon Broxton can go away now. You can run fast. Cool. What else can you do? Honestly he sucks.

Keon Broxton is bad at baseball. 

Keon Broxton should spell his first name with a backwards K

Keon has no clue what's going on at the plate right now.

Quotes from message boards about the Crew's CF...every single statement was before Keon had 71 PA's...remember earlier this year, when Stearns said they try not to overreact to tiny samples of a couple hundred AB's? Many would be wise to adopt that policy.

Of course, when your history includes such memorable remarks as "Braun has a hitch in his swing," and "Hart will never hit, he holds his elbow too high," it's par for the course.

And you know the irony? They still make blanket, incredibly stupid statements every single day. And then wonder why no one gives them an ounce of respect.

Casual's gonna be casual.


8/22/2016 06:00:00 AM

(8/22/2016 12:59:00 AM) - Al

Stearns says he will continue to listen to teams as they ask for Braun (as he would any player; and LaRussa shows he out of it he is by defending the Shelby Miller trade, which was universally panned far before Miller was ineffective.

Again, Stewart and LaRussa simply do not seem to understand anything about player values, or prospect values at all. Both appear to be well over their heads and uninterested in anything except a quick fix. Of course, if it were that easy, every team would do it.

8/22/2016 12:59:00 AM

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