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Sunday, August 31, 2014

(8/31/2014 12:13:00 AM) - Al

Currently watching NCAA singles champ Nicole Gibbs play a 3rd round match. She's no Anna Kournikova...but she's very, very impressive.


8/31/2014 12:13:00 AM


Saturday, August 30, 2014

(8/30/2014 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Nice game by Fiers tonight, just gave up a couple hits on balls right down the middle, but still pitched well, and ate up seven innings, which was needed.

Brewers ran into a hot team, whole staff pitching nicely...Peavey only gave up a couple hard hit balls, and had several swings and misses on pitches a foot plus outside. That momentum can end quickly, as it begins with the SP tomorrow, as Baumgartner was stellar the other night, so is hopefully due for a correction.


8/30/2014 11:22:00 PM



(8/30/2014 11:14:00 PM) - Al

Those of you that are still up after the Brewers' game, switch it over to The Tennis Channel, who has the US Open evening sessions over the holiday weekend. Great tennis, great setting. You won't know many of the players, as CBS plucks all the big names for the afternoon, but it's incredible tennis.


8/30/2014 11:14:00 PM



(8/30/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Hector Gomez, one of the better non roster options for September, is back from the DL, had three hits this afternoon. 


8/30/2014 07:30:00 PM



(8/30/2014 07:29:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, but if Barack Obama had been president instead of Ronald Reagan, I'd still be a citizen of the Soviet Union.--Garry Kasparov

One man led to many of the changes that has made the world a far better place.

And the other one golfs. A lot.


8/30/2014 07:29:00 PM



(8/30/2014 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Masterson has been so bad, it's astounding he's still in the rotation.

If they would only give Martinez or a young fireballer that kind of leash.


8/30/2014 07:19:00 PM



(8/30/2014 04:29:00 PM) - Al

Brewers option Jimmy Nelson to Brevard County to clear room for Alfredo Figaro. Nelson will be brought back up to start Monday.--FSW.com

Backup plan for the bullpen. I was the only person I know of that expected Figaro, of course, many "experts" only had a couple players coming up, because they have "inside connections" you know. 


8/30/2014 04:29:00 PM



(8/30/2014 04:25:00 PM) - Al

This is truly amazing, since no young players ever made it to the majors until they were 25 or so, according to the veterans who spot cliches on TV.

They are better now than they ever have been. And in ten years, they'll be better.


8/30/2014 04:25:00 PM



(8/30/2014 04:09:00 PM) - Al

This is why gay players...and guys that are not "normal" (like Tebow) have to be quite a bit better than everyone else. No one wants to have to spend a lot of time explaining why a 7th round draft pick was released. The old media is its own worse enemy.

On a related note, Austen Lane, who grew up in Iola and played a few season for the Jags, was released by the Bears. I worked with his mom for a while years ago. But, since he's a heterosexual, it's not being reported at all.:) Good luck to him, I'm sure he'll get looked at as players go down to injury. 


8/30/2014 04:09:00 PM



(8/30/2014 10:56:00 AM) - Al

Penn State wins over in Ireland, which I assume they scheduled because they are not yet bowl eligible, due to sins that occurred back when the current team was barely born.

The NCAA, thye do a fine job.


8/30/2014 10:56:00 AM



(8/30/2014 10:54:00 AM) - Al

I guarantee you our military has planned for a ground war with Russia.

I also guarantee you our president has not. He doesn't have a plan against ISIS yet, for crying out loud. However, I hear his slice has decreased immensely.


8/30/2014 10:54:00 AM



(8/30/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't think I've ever seen such a can't do attitude.

If he had been president back in the 1800's, no one would have ever made it past the Mississippi.


8/30/2014 10:00:00 AM



(8/30/2014 12:34:00 AM) - Al

Perfect example of a game they wish happened after 9/1...after Wily, Marco probably would have went an inning, and the last 4 would have been mopped up by call ups. The whole starting lineup would have been off since the 6th or 7th.


8/30/2014 12:34:00 AM


Friday, August 29, 2014

(8/29/2014 10:28:00 PM) - Al

Because they are a contender this season, the Brewers may have a larger group of September callups when rosters expand Monday.

"We talked about it again today," Roenicke said. "You don't want to have so many that it's uncomfortable, but you don't want to be short when you come down to whether it's extra innings or now, because everyone has callups, the matchups in the bullpens become a lot [more frequent] and you use more guys."--MLB.com

It's just exhausting being correct all the time.:) Actually, I might be low. Might well be 5-6 on 9/1 and then a couple more after the AAA season ends...though their last game is 9/1, barring the Sounds making the playoffs, which no one wants.

Looking at Roenicke's statement, Brent Leach, the Sounds sole LH pitcher, might be a longshot consideration. He has been solid versus lefty hitters, and if no one steps forward, Ron might begin using Jeffress and Smith in the 8th, and everyone to get to that point. You could, in theory, see Wooten, Duke, Kintzler, and Tom G to get through the 7th, since they'll likely have at least 11 relievers in the 'pen.

Blazek, Figaro, and Wooten are all on the 40, and would seemingly be up. I would assume Schafer and Jason Rogers will be too. Wang? I don't know. He obviously would pitch only if up or down by a bunch, but he did seem to be well liked. Since he's going to the AFL, I would guess not.

Others? Plenty of possibilities, but not sure if Ariel Pena is healthy or not, as he was DL'd last week, but in the minors, that could just be for rest or because his rotation spot was not going to be used. Caleb Gindl had a subpar season, but still was passable (750 OPS) versus RHP. Hunter Morris is the only other healthy player on the 40, and he was mediocre as well.

Nonroster players? Other than Leach above, goodness, you could make an argument several would be considered...though realistically, not for long. Falu was taken off the 40, so if he was going to return, they likely would not have removed him. A plus defender at SS and elsewhere would be nice to have, and Irving is a switch hitter...though not an offensive force. Hector Gomez is a former SS prospect known for his glove, on and off the 40 before, but has not played in ten days due to injury. Matt Clark was signed when Morris got hurt, and had a fine year at 1B, a lefty power bat. Matt Pagnozzi and Adam Weisenburger are the catchers, Matt is a journeyman, Adam a 34th round pick who has already outdid his organizational soldier predicted future, and does have a decent OBP. Eugenio Velez has had several solid ofensive years in AAA, and while he has played almost everywhere over the years, has basically only played 2B and LF in '14. Jeremy Hermida had some good years in the majors. Sean Halton can contribute. Pete Orr is a capable lefty bat, able to play 2B/3B/OF, and has a 800+ OPS vs. RHP, after years of spending part of the season in the bigs. Jose de la Torre was superb much of the season, but has a 7.80 ERA in August. Dustin Molleken supposedly throws 95+ consistently, but has yet to put it together, but has a 4ish ERA over the past two years and a great K/9 ratio, but you can't teach velocity. Finally, Taylor Jungmann had a breakout season at AAA, but the former #1 pick does not have to be put on the 40 until after next season, so I doubt he'll be brought up to pitch a few low leverage innings.

EDIT: Hit "update," and I paused the TV to go take a quick shower and get a snack. When I returned, Ed had emailed to remind me Jay Jackson was dealt for late in the season and throws hard/was a former prospect. 


8/29/2014 10:28:00 PM



(8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Joan Rivers in a medically induced coma.

The vote on whether to keep her in it forever? Infinity to none.


8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM



(8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM) - Al

It's still early, but have reason to believe Henry Ellenson is a slight lean to Marquette and Diamond Stone a slight lean to Wisconsin.--WisBBYearbook

Ellenson does not have the Badgers in his final three, and Stone is a top five national player, almost certain to be a one and done guy. Would be by far the best Ryan recruit ever...I think Dekker was no higher than top 50 nationally.


8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM



(8/29/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Palin can't be correct, so Obama takes a break from the driving range and studies up on his thesaurus.

For those new to the game, Sarah predicted this on the 2008 campaign trail...Barack said "No one could have seen this coming"...a few days after it happened. Just common sense conservatives. The Northeast Ivy Leaguers all missed it...must not have been in the NY Times.


8/29/2014 07:30:00 PM



(8/29/2014 07:08:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if he truly believes what he says...


8/29/2014 07:08:00 PM



(8/29/2014 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Considering Luhnow has the Astros' future looking almost as good as the Cubs, and Porter, at best, is just another guy, I am pretty sure who is going to win this showdown.


8/29/2014 05:54:00 PM



(8/29/2014 05:32:00 PM) - Al

$600K a year, she did two stories...in three years.

It's a good thing NBC takes this unbias thing seriously, or one might think they are in the tank.

To continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child, I have decided to leave my position as a NBC Special Correspondent. 

Under Obama, even Chelsea had to work two jobs.

Now that she's pregnant, cousin Eddie her hubby let her cut down to one. Maybe their Food Share just kicked in...


8/29/2014 05:32:00 PM



(8/29/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Every single NFL glorified practice was last night, so they can concentrate on cutting the roster don and first week prep. They don't even pretend to take it seriously.


8/29/2014 12:30:00 PM



(8/29/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is such a poorly researched pile of dung, by a pathetic excuse of a man. Moore has written such drivel about the Brewers, and when his obvious errors were pointed out in the comments, he chastised the commenters. He's a wannabee who simply confuses his dream world with reality. 

Look at the final paragraph, which can best be described as pure fiction, masquerading as fact:

The question, then, isn't when women will earn a spot on the diamond next to men. They have been earning those spots for over 100 years. The question is when the men barring the gates will finally stand aside and let them in.

So, if I am reading this properly, MLB has somehow been taking all these highly qualified female baseball players, and artificially keeping them off rosters. You know, because the NFL, NBA, and other sports are 15-20% female...aren't they?


No, they are not. Because in sports in which men and women both compete...tennis and golf jump to mind. no one even remotely thinks the best female player would be a top player on the other tour. Chris Evert, when asked, said her brother beat her all time when she was the #1 ranked women's player in the world, and he was a club pro, not ranked in the top 1000 men in the world. Serena Williams, who serves harder than some male players, might be able to win a game or two a set versus a top 100 men's player, but as of yet, no woman has ever played the game who could be competitive. They simply are not built the same...that's what makes them, you know, a different gender.

What a clown, and what a joke of a piece.

In reality, women will someday play in the majors, and the NFL, probably as a specialist of some sort...a lefty reliever or placekicker or punter seems very likely for the debut.In the NBA, I can imagine a woman coming off the bench as a sharpshooter firing 3's...heck, the most unathletic male players do that...but they still have to play defense at times.

But there is no gate, and to be certain, no men guarding it.


8/29/2014 11:00:00 AM



(8/29/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Reagan:”Here's my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.” 

Obama:”We don’t have a strategy yet” 

Hope is not a strategy.--Jack Richard

It's hard to believe they both held the same position. We literally lived through eight stunning years of history under Reagan. We're living through years of being stuck in the snow under Obama.


8/29/2014 10:00:00 AM


Thursday, August 28, 2014

(8/28/2014 08:32:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Ron blasting these inept clods. The article did not even mention his strike call in the 7th inning, which was so bad, Herrera didn't cover 2B and the runner trying to steal stopped running, both knowing it was a ball.

They are simply horrific. And they're getting far worse. Many nights, you have no idea whether a pitch in the 9th inning is a strike, even though you've seen 250 pitches by then. That fool last night might as well have been flipping a coin. 


8/28/2014 08:32:00 PM



(8/28/2014 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Brewers claimed Morneau, Rockies pulled him back, no deal reached.

We know COL leaked this, as MIL never lets any of this stuff out.


8/28/2014 07:42:00 PM



(8/28/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I believe the reason for this is simple...the low minors are for development. No one, not the team, nor the players, give more than a casual head nod to winning. Appel may well have been working on his 3rd or 4th best pitch, throwing nothing but fastballs, or any of a dozen things to explain his poor stats in high A ball.

The fact anyone pays attention to the results is as mystifying as the fact anyone watches pro wrestling.


8/28/2014 11:00:00 AM



(8/28/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Want to know where racial tension and cultural divide come from? 

Since Obama took office, 794 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty; with no special recognition from the White House. 

A man robs a convenience store and assaults a cop, the white House sends three representatives to his funeral.--Law Enforcement Today


I did not see what happened, but when in doubt, I trust the cop, and not the criminal.


8/28/2014 09:30:00 AM


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