Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

(7/25/2017 10:54:00 AM) - Al

Being reported today Beane looking for very young players for Gray, prefers 2+ years from majors...trying to time arrival with new stadium.

Exact opposite of the norm. Contrarian thought at its finest.

7/25/2017 10:54:00 AM

(7/25/2017 09:46:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal reports MIL talking to TOR about reliever Joe Smith. He is a rental, signed only through this season.

7/25/2017 09:46:00 AM

(7/25/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife is having surgery this morning.

And yes, I did say this a couple months ago.

7/25/2017 09:00:00 AM

(7/25/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if the entire thing was a web of lies.

Because it was.

Note that it failed to go down in a single state. Not one. Because they're lying liars.

If only someone could have predicted this...because it costs more to insure sick people. Who could have foresaw basic economics would play a part in premium cost?

7/25/2017 06:30:00 AM

(7/25/2017 04:30:00 AM) - Al

If John McCain comes back after cancer surgery to vote to repeal the ACA, I hope God immediately strikes him dead and I'm not joking one bit.--Charles Freeman

With luck, they will continue this behavior forever. Nothing makes me feel better about my side.

7/25/2017 04:30:00 AM

(7/25/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it is true.

7/25/2017 03:00:00 AM

(7/25/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

What if Donald Trump won because a majority of the country agrees with his traditional views and values, not because we are all racist??--Katelyn Rose

Ssshhhh. Let them keep thinking it and being puzzled how to win.

7/25/2017 01:30:00 AM

Monday, July 24, 2017

(7/24/2017 11:44:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says Crew fading in Sonny Gray trade talks.

7/24/2017 11:44:00 PM

(7/24/2017 08:36:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Woodruff fails to get through the 1st inning in his rehab start at Colorado Springs, giving up 8 runs, 4 earned.

Also of note, Broxton doubles in his first AB at AAA, and interesting to see they have Brinson in LF with Keon in CF. I assume they will mix and match a bit, but it is interesting that Keon has basically played CF all but exclusively in his MIL time. When Phillips and Brinson were both in AAA, Brett played mostly RF, and he's a very capable CF as well.

7/24/2017 08:36:00 PM

(7/24/2017 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Twins get Garcia, ATL takes their 22nd ranked prospect rather than their 17th.
Seems as if that could have been worked out without the 2-3 day delay.

7/24/2017 04:24:00 PM

(7/24/2017 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Those lost coverage numbers? Pure fiction.

More fake news. Obamacare covers 9M people, and they say the new plan would make 23M lose coverage. Think about that for a few minutes and realize the pure evil ignorance we are up against. They have no shame, and will lie until the planet stops spinning, because their goal since day one has been single payer...the fact Obamacare is failing means it is working as planned.

Many of us predicted this at at the time, because the way the math worked, the taxes began right away but the coverage did not follow for a couple years...the math was faked this way to make it seem like less of a poorly thought out, shortsighted piece of crap.

This is his legacy. A complete and massive failure that was never designed to be anything but a complete and massive failure.

The true irony? They still defend it like their first born child, even as they start to admit it's falling to pieces.

You can't change it, because ours is about to die on its own! 

Can't argue with logic like that.

7/24/2017 04:03:00 PM

(7/24/2017 03:27:00 PM) - Al

This didn't just become a problem in the last 6 months.

When you have a president who doesn't give a damn about anything except his approval ratings, quite a bit gets kicked down the road.

7/24/2017 03:27:00 PM

(7/24/2017 02:41:00 PM) - Al


When you say they are less willing to take a rental now than they were a week ago, what do you consider a rental? A player who is a free agent after 2017, or 2018?


A rental usually refers to a player who is only under contract (or who has an exorbitant option) for the current season.

The only true "rentals" the Crew has been associated with are Neshek (outstanding bullpen piece, almost unhittable to RH's) and Garcia (solid SP whose cost seems very minor compared to other SP's who are controllable).

Even if said player is only under contract for one more year, it gives the team an option to trade them in the offseason or next season to make the acquisition cost lower, as TEX may do with Lucroy.  

7/24/2017 02:41:00 PM

(7/24/2017 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Two quick notes:

If you weed through the massive pile of junk on Twitter, two things come to mind.

1. Suddenly, several writers are saying Keon Broxton is available. I never doubted for a second he wasn't, as the Crew have 3-4 replacements at AAA for him, and that does not take into account they have 4 more at high A and AA (not to mention Hernan Perez) for the future. However, I would assume that may well mean teams are considering him because Brinson (and maybe Phillips) are not available. If a team or two leaks they were offered Broxton, it becomes obvious he is "available." Another thing to consider, teams may have started asking about him now that he's not starting most games in CF.

2. Kinsler being brought up again makes me think Villar could be had, especially for teams looking for a bargain or to "buy low." He would come with 4 years of team control

7/24/2017 01:55:00 PM

(7/24/2017 01:39:00 PM) - Al

Joey Hauser of Point chooses Marquette.

The Badgers have been recruiting him hard for  2+ years, and since they only had one scholly left, were unable to offer one to a Twin Cities player who they first contacted in 8th grade, and have followed for 4 years. He committed last week to Minnesota, leaving them to probably carry over that scholarship, unless a player breaks out late.

7/24/2017 01:39:00 PM

(7/24/2017 11:22:00 AM) - Al

GM David Stearns on if tough week changes trade talks: "We try not to get wrapped up in emotion of the day-to-day wins or losses."--JS

To be honest, when the Crew loses, it makes them LESS likely to give up part of the future. I think Stearns has been patiently waiting for the price to go down, and as they had a bad week, teams have probably lowered their asking price somewhat, but given their playoff odds have fallen from about 30% to about 10%, trading to improve the present simply hold less appeal.

Remember, while rumors have said Mark A would like to be far more aggressive, he did say that the team runs its own numbers as far as playoff chances. Given that the ones I use, Fangraphs, does not seem to be based on anything more than random numbers based on preseason expectations, their numbers may be more optimistic...but I'm sure they have fallen greatly as well. Hence, if a trade(s) is to be made, there is less chance of a rental and more with plenty of years of team control.

EDIT: Just checked, SL still has a 6% greater playoff chance than MIL, despite 6 fewer wins, just like they were a week ago. No offense, but that just seems like mathematical improbability, and bias to me.

7/24/2017 11:22:00 AM

(7/24/2017 11:01:00 AM) - Al

Straily's track record is far shorter, so his value is lower. However, the guy has been really good for the past year and a half.

7/24/2017 11:01:00 AM

(7/24/2017 10:53:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers were connected to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler over the weekend, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick adds some more context. Per Crasnick, while the two sides have discussed Kinsler, those talks were more about Detroit trying to package Kinsler with left-hander Justin Wilson in a deal. The Brewers “would love to have Kinsler,” Crasnick writes, but their primary focus at this point is on improving the rotation and/or bullpen. Milwaukee is actively exploring trades for help in both areas, according to Crasnick.--MLBTR

Kinsler has value, so he wasn't just a salary dump. DET looks to be doing whatever they can to simply rid themselves of high priced veterans and start over. As I said SAT, I wonder if the Tigers would take less back in prospect value if MIL would take more salary.

7/24/2017 10:53:00 AM

(7/24/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

First of all, settle down, we don't even know if Kid Rock (Mr. Rock?) is actually going to run or not.

Secondly, his immense name recognition more than makes up for the normal incumbent bump. Many folks have no clue who Stabenow is, while in reality, she is a very popular incumbent, who would win easily against any "normal" opponent.

Thirdly, and perhaps more importantly, Stabenow does not incredibly high unpopularity numbers like a certain presidential candidate, not does she laugh at inappropriate times, to my knowledge at least. 

That said, two things...the excitement created by this is a reminder of how we have President Trump. The fact the Dems have responded with laughter, scorn, and disgust is remarkable, as one would think they would have learned their lesson and would welcome him into the race publicly while searching for dirt privately, something along the lines of "We welcome Kid Rock into politics and feel Michigan will choose the experience of Senator Stabenow rather than vote for a rock star," complimenting him while pointing out his inexperience.

{Of course, also much like Trump, Kid Rock has spent a lifetime saying outlandish things and "dating" beautiful women. The problem with this is twofold, A) the "dirt" is minimal, as their life is an open book; B) while some pretend to get a case of the vapors at their behavior, just as many see them as regular people with the same issues as others. Of course, while Trump has always been a nondrinker and drug user (to my knowledge), Kid Rock abused drugs for a decade and has openly called for their legalization. Also, while Trump has supported the gay community (a fact the gay community proudly overlooks, even though he is far more gay friendly than Obama ever was), Kid Rock has publicly expressed libertarian views, but while often using words which are considered offensive, though probably common in his world. For example, a quote such as "I do not care who adults sleep with, even if they are a f*g***" would be par for the course.}

7/24/2017 10:00:00 AM

(7/24/2017 04:30:00 AM) - Al

Nothing is more exhausting than negative nellies.

I hope the Dems never figure this out.

7/24/2017 04:30:00 AM

(7/24/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

The difference? Back in Jefferson's day, everyone was not a complete wuss.

7/24/2017 02:30:00 AM

(7/24/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I still recall the day I had to show my driver's license to pick up a painkiller for the Rambling dog, but not to vote.

Because that makes perfect sense.

7/24/2017 01:00:00 AM

Sunday, July 23, 2017

(7/23/2017 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Old media shocked...shocked, to find an angry Trump voter right in the heart of NYC.

Seriously, she should still be living and basking in the glory of the Obama presidency!

7/23/2017 05:26:00 PM

(7/23/2017 05:13:00 PM) - Al

Lots of folks saying "If Chase Anderson came back now, I'm not sure he would replace Suter."

Um, I do not think so. Guerra has an option, and Suter, despite his lack of "stuff," has been from passable to very good in his starts, and was solid in relief before that.

This is not a team that is 20 games below .500, looking to get Guerra's confidence back. If they trade for a SP, I would assume Junior is #5 right now.

7/23/2017 05:13:00 PM

(7/23/2017 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Jorge Lopez has a 2.51 ERA since being moved to the bullpen in Biloxi, with 12 K's and 3 BB's in 14 innings. He is down to a single option, so he needs to put it together.

7/23/2017 01:50:00 PM

(7/23/2017 01:06:00 PM) - Al

I find it funny that Twitter is full of casuals who insist Jaime Garcia, who has a 4.30 ERA and a 4.14 FIP, is worthless.

The average MLB SP this year? 4.52 ERA.

So, what the casuals are saying is, why do teams want to add an average to above average pitcher to their rotation?

Yes, it's a puzzler.

7/23/2017 01:06:00 PM

(7/23/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

How dare they do what the left does?

7/23/2017 01:00:00 PM

(7/23/2017 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewers among teams still involved in Jaime Garcia trade talk, as Braves try to finalize another deal with Twins, per Crasnick.

EDIT: The Twins had agreed to send Nick Burdi, a high draft pick who is a reliever prospect, but had TJ surgery a couple months ago to ATL. The closest player to him on the Crew would be Josh Pennington, who came over from BOS in the Thornburg trade, who just returned from injury.

Pennington was ranked 21st before the season on in the MIL system, and since the draft has taken place and he has barely pitched, is likely in the low 20's today for the Crew. 

7/23/2017 12:59:00 PM

(7/23/2017 12:52:00 PM) - Al

Fact check: True.

It's also why they have lost most of the country.

7/23/2017 12:52:00 PM

(7/23/2017 12:51:00 PM) - Al

So, if I'm understanding this correctly, not casting minority actors in roles in which few or no minorities took part in is now considered "ignorant" and "inaccurate," as is casting good looking fellas.

This rewriting of history is not just exhausting, but justifying it makes the left look like ridiculous fools.

Next on the list, why they never cast an unbearded guy with a buzz cut as Jesus Christ...apparently, racism.

7/23/2017 12:51:00 PM

(7/23/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Glenn sums it up succinctly, but those that are so unhappy with Trump...not only is he not Hillary, he's not Obama.

There's a lot there to like, just with his adoration of the police and military and ridding the land of needless regulations; which, it should be noted, were put in place solely to slow the successful.

7/23/2017 12:00:00 PM

(7/23/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

If the Dems had an ounce of common sense, they would have put forth an amendment similar to this, as they would be heralded as "saving" healthcare.

But they didn't because...sure Obamacare is failing, but it's still the greatest thing ever, because shut up.

7/23/2017 11:00:00 AM

(7/23/2017 09:43:00 AM) - Al

Scahill DFA'd to make room for Peralta, who has not pitched as well as Rob, to say the least. Wily will probably have a rather short leash, to be blunt. He is unlikely to be offered arby, so it would just speed up the inevitable separation.

Scahill has cleared waivers twice, and I assume has already agreed to go back to Colorado Springs if he does again. However, he has pitched solidly and could be an improvement for a team like the Twins or Braves, or depth for a team like the Marlins, who are selling their relievers off.

7/23/2017 09:43:00 AM

(7/23/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Dads are always uncool.

7/23/2017 07:30:00 AM

(7/23/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny because it's true.

This is why he got the job. Tough, taking the offensive from day one. Hey CNN whiner, I'm in charge now. Go to hell.

7/23/2017 05:30:00 AM

(7/23/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Who does this remind you of?

Nice to see someone not the least bit afraid of losers that think they are all powerful.

Fake it til you make it.

7/23/2017 03:00:00 AM

(7/23/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, they had to pass the bill before they found out what was in it.

Because it's worked so well. When you base a bill completely on multiple lies and fake numbers by the CBO, you get what you deserve.

7/23/2017 01:00:00 AM

Saturday, July 22, 2017

(7/22/2017 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Keston Hiura hitting .438 in Appleton, has been their for 2-3 games so far.

Next best BA in the lineup tonight? .236.

Heh. I bet they all hate him.

7/22/2017 11:06:00 PM

(7/22/2017 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Neither Drake or Barnes had given up a run for weeks.

It's just an astonishing game sometimes.

7/22/2017 10:14:00 PM

(7/22/2017 08:16:00 PM) - Al

I think it's great more business folks are getting into politics, instead of lawyers and bureaucrats.

And, as Meghan McCain pointed out, what could be more American than his proposed (albeit, I assume tongue in cheek) slogan , "God, guns, and strippers."

7/22/2017 08:16:00 PM

(7/22/2017 06:08:00 PM) - Al

The Cardinals bullpen has a 9-20 W-L record.--Buster Olney

Seriously, is there a more meaningless stat than reliever wins and losses?

ESPN continues to operate far left of center stuck in the 70's. Is it any wonder why many have simply given up on them?

Years ago, I said they were ripe for a competitor. Turns out, they have lost viewers solely to a slanted viewpoint and a generally crappy quality of output.  

7/22/2017 06:08:00 PM

(7/22/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

I know many people love Posnanski's writings. I find them very forced and unfunny. This piece is really long and basically says he thinks it is hilarious when a fan wears a jersey from a good player but not for the team he played most of his career with.

Yeah, that's a knee slapper.

7/22/2017 05:30:00 PM

(7/22/2017 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Per Brewers, Sogard activated, Broxton to AAA.

I would say this puts Thames in LF often, unless Braun is able to return and play regularly. Phillips and Perez will likely platoon in CF.

I hope Keon gets going and is able to return before 20 days are up, as he only has a single option remaining. Be nice for him to have that next season, as many young OF's are on schedule to be part of the roster as soon as '18.

7/22/2017 11:57:00 AM

(7/22/2017 11:47:00 AM) - Al

I was just in the shower, and I thought to myself:

Self, if the Brewers want to make their offer to the Tigers better without sacrificing more (many) prospects, they should offer to take a spendy player off their hands. I'll have to look them up, but the two I know of offhand are Ian Kinsler and Anibal Sanchez.

First link I came across after sitting down.

They have more, including Jordan Zimmerman, who is owed 3y/$74M after this season. Kinsler is owed $10M next season, but can be bought out for $5M...only a $5M difference, obviously. Even the Tigers' fans in the comments do not think Kinsler would draw a premium prospect or package. If DET is entering rebuild mode, Kinsler would seem to be both a minor upgrade for MIL and eminently replaceable in Detroit.

7/22/2017 11:47:00 AM

(7/22/2017 08:37:00 AM) - Al

Unlike the Dems, I didn't sabotage Bernie Sanders in the primaries, then try to cover my tracks with ludicrous Russia conspiracy theories.--Jill Stein

Oof. When Jill Stein makes fun of you, you know ya got problems.

7/22/2017 08:37:00 AM

(7/22/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Let me sum this up briefly...if you kill enough of them, the rest quickly lose their desire to fight.

These cowards aren't Rangers or Seals, they're just hoodlums and thugs who have been given weapons and get a paycheck on occasion. All it took is someone who understands how the military works.

Note, Obama fired Mattis because the general was polite and up front about the fact that the dog and pony show they had going on would never work.

He was right you know...

7/22/2017 06:30:00 AM

(7/22/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

20M sterile skeeters released.

1. Think of the vets that did those operations.

2. Deet is far too cheap and effective to be utilized by the government.If it cost 3-4 times as much, then it might be an option.

7/22/2017 02:30:00 AM

(7/22/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I think the NY Times just hates all Americans.

7/22/2017 01:30:00 AM

(7/22/2017 12:00:00 AM) - Al

They believe in free speech as long as you agree with them. Otherwise, no.

7/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

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