Al's Ramblings

Friday, September 30, 2016

(9/30/2016 04:48:00 PM) - Al

$279M downtown Milwaukee project announced.

It's almost as if the new Bucks arena has spurred further development in the downtown region. Funny, many negative nellies, almost all on the left mind you, insisted we should spend that money elsewhere and leave Milwaukee the abandoned, vandalized ghetto it currently is.

9/30/2016 04:48:00 PM

(9/30/2016 04:42:00 PM) - Al

The most anti Israel president in history.

Our greatest ally in the region, and we spit on them every chance we get. We wonder why ISIS is gaining strength every day.

9/30/2016 04:42:00 PM

(9/30/2016 03:50:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign PDC with Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League.

Apparently, the Rockies were the ugliest girl at the dance, while the Crew was just disgustingly overweight and repulsive (funny, I just had a reminder of my single days, but hence, I digress).

About 25 years ago (my God, really!), I stopped at Goodwill in Eau Claire to see if they had any 3 ring binders and/or corrugated boxes that I used for various sports and non sports cards (which now sit under the stairs in our basement, so heavy and hard to move that the professional movers the company I worked for paid for complained about). I glanced through the Tshirts, and was shocked to find a black one with the Mudcats logo, which at the time, was one of the first rebrandings in minor league baseball and was one of the top 5 best sellers for a decade or longer. I bought it and wore it for years; paid about $1.50 for it.

9/30/2016 03:50:00 PM

(9/30/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

One thing that would be very interesting is just how much Billy Hamilton would fetch if traded...far more than most would figure, I assume. He's a one tool guy...but the thing is, his speed makes him a plus defender, and he has shown to at least have mediocre hit and arm skills as well...suddenly, he's a 4 tool guy with one incredibly plus talent.

If a team would hit him 8th or 9th, as they should, he's not a bad fit in those spots and he could be driven in by the top of the order guys as they work to get on base for the middle of the lineup. Every playoff team would love to have him, as the ability to "steal a run" is far more valuable in the postseason, when pitching is better and games tend to be closer. 

9/30/2016 02:00:00 PM

(9/30/2016 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Negative Nelson tries so hard to prove his point, he forgets one thing...the game was over. You can challenge any close call at the end of the game, because, well, what have you got to lose?

Leaving him, as almost always, looking shortsighted and foolish. This is what happens when you make up your mind on an issue before seeing it implemented, you try and make every failure a referendum of sorts, and when your ego is the size of Hillary's incompetence, you're going to do this often...and in Calcaterra's case, in an embarrassingly inept manner. 

9/30/2016 12:47:00 PM

(9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM) - Al

I just realized that if, as expected, Villar ends up at 2B in 2017, the 3B of 2017 is very likely not with the organization right now. Suddenly, I realized...that's exactly what I said last offseason, until Aaron Hill was picked up in the Segura/Anderson/Diaz swap.

Of course, the Crew does have Perez, who could slot in nearly anywhere, but even the team seems to admit he does not have the offensive production to be an everyday play at a corner position. I have admitted I like Nate Orf, who lacks power but is a OBP machine, but he probably profiles as a utility type too.

Next year's 3B will probably be added just like Broxton, Villar, or Guerra were; on waivers or via trade by a team ready to move on from them, due to lack of options or a roster spot. The lack of contention expectations and presence of Perez (and one could say Orf, though I doubt they think as highly of him as I do) makes it a low priority.

9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM

(9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM) - Al

More on the 97-1 veto.

Note how Obama keeps insisting everyone else is an idiot. They just don't get it, he says.

As I said the other day, that's exactly how Wellstone was. You can't believe how stupid he sounded bragging about being the only dissenting vote on an obvious passing bill.

I'm a contrarian, but when smart people insist something, if you ignore them, you are almost always the fool.

9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM

Thursday, September 29, 2016

(9/29/2016 04:30:00 PM) - Al


9/29/2016 04:30:00 PM

(9/29/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,
Picking the winners of these games is getting crazier each week.  It was so bad in week 3 that the best expert only went 11 – 5 and fifteen others went 10 – 6.  A total of ninety nine experts finished at 8 – 8 or worse.  There were 5 games where one team was favored by more than 93% of the experts and 3 of those 5 favorite teams lost.
For the week you went 7 – 9 which put you into a tie for 74th place.  Your record of 27 – 21 for the year puts you in 61st place out of 130 experts.  Andrew Lynch from Fox Sports is in first place with a record of 34 – 14.
There are only 3 games that look to be a coin toss.  They are Indianapolis at Jacksonville, Seattle at New York Jets, and New York Giants at Minnesota.  The way the season is going shouldn’t every game be considered a tossup?
The big favorites look to be Cincinnati over Miami, New England over Buffalo, Arizona over Los Angeles, and Washington over Cleveland.  Don’t believe it.
Have fun picking,

Always a couple weeks like that during the year. You look at several of your losses and even knowing the outcome, there's no way you would have changed your pick. 

I got the Bengals tonight.  

9/29/2016 04:00:00 PM

(9/29/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

There's guy who stands across the street from the Burger King about a mile from my house that paces back and forth, yelling at himself, nonstop, for several hours, every single day.

I'd vote for him over Jill Stein. Without hesitation.

9/29/2016 03:30:00 PM

(9/29/2016 02:55:00 PM) - Al

I realize I'm anti social and all, but the bad part about it is...spending every weekend around the nerds that pay real money to go to these things.

9/29/2016 02:55:00 PM

(9/29/2016 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Once again, we bow our heads and thank the mighty power of, wait for it, vaccines.

And laugh at those too stupid to believe in modern medicine, science, and preventing something with a shot that used to kill people.

9/29/2016 02:42:00 PM

(9/29/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Andrew Sullivan has, quite simply, lost his mind.

This may be the single stupidest thing I have ever read. What a freaking moron.

Note how many times he refers to himself. It's all about him. He is an attention whore because he has nothing to worry about. For centuries, a human was an infection, famine, or parasite away from death. Now, they are not, so they make up random problems to make their pathetic existence seem dangerous, instead of just shutting the hell up and enjoying the ride.

9/29/2016 02:00:00 PM

(9/29/2016 12:07:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

9/29/2016 12:07:00 PM

(9/29/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is simply not possible, as the left has insisted on numerous occasions that voter fraud does not exist.

9/29/2016 10:00:00 AM

(9/29/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Bernie Sanders' utopia.

Why? Because he knows he can afford to buy what he needs on the black market.

9/29/2016 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(9/28/2016 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg has been all but unhittable, he was certainly due for a off night.

Gotta wonder if Gomez was sitting on off speed. No way he was healthy in Houston all season. All he needed was 2-3 weeks off, just like his success after he was on the DL. In a billion dollar industry with million dollar players, it's astounding we live in an age where teams run guys out at half strength and wonder why they have a fraction of their previous success.

9/28/2016 10:27:00 PM

(9/28/2016 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Paul Wellstone used to be proud when he was he lone vote and lose 99-1. Obama says everyone else messed up.

Maybe, just maybe, they both were/are just incredibly out of touch with normal US citizens.

9/28/2016 05:02:00 PM

(9/28/2016 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Media for last decade: Chris Christie is fat! Laugh at how fat! 

Now: Trump cruel for saying Machado gained weight when she added 60lbs in '97.

The difference is obvious. Christie is a Republican. 

9/28/2016 04:52:00 PM

(9/28/2016 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Chelsea you said you don't remember a time in your life that your parents weren't being attacked. There's a reason for that--your parents are not good people. Your father was, and probably still is, a sexual predator. Your mother has always lied and covered up for him.--Juanita Broderick

Devastating, but the old media will not pay any attention to her. 

9/28/2016 04:43:00 PM

(9/28/2016 02:20:00 PM) - Al

I might have considered not selling baby parts anymore.

9/28/2016 02:20:00 PM

(9/28/2016 10:51:00 AM) - Al

Crew announces changes to scouting department and responsibilities.

Montgomery is now in charge of all scouting, not just on the amateur side. Stearns mentioned he will be spending his time evaluating players, not doing "administrative work." Johnson will now be running the draft. Not seeing any descriptions of Mirisian's duties, but I assume he'll be doing pretty much the same thing, only now reporting to Montgomery.

I would assume there may be a bit of title inflation here as well, as Montgomery is very highly thought of in the game, and seeing the DBacks fall apart after he left while the Brewers have vastly improved probably have left him with many suitors. This "promotion" (and with it, a probable increase in pay), just means he is probably limited to a pair of jobs in order to leave the organization, and those are probably GM and assistant GM, or whatever catchy titles those spots have these days.

It's similar to the guy who works at a car wash referring himself as a "auto appearance engineer." I have a gal who sometimes makes phone calls for me, and appointments to see future clients. I usually call her my phone gal, or once in a while, my assistant.

If I were a major league team, she'd be Vice President of Consumer Acquisitions.

9/28/2016 10:51:00 AM

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

(9/27/2016 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Small sample to be sure, but Villar looks 50 times more comfortable at 2B than he does 3B. I have little doubt if the Brewers were 2017 contenders, they'd run out a L-R infield of Villar/Arcia/Gennett to begin 2017.

However, they are not, and despite the farm system being close to bare at 3B (and I admit, I like Nate Orf far more than I should like an undrafted 26 year old with little pop) and neither Perez or Rivera having the offense to be anything but a stopgap there, I expect Arcia and Villar to be the DP combo on the first Monday next April.

9/27/2016 07:48:00 PM

(9/27/2016 07:36:00 PM) - Al

If you think I'm puzzled about Rivera's future, ask me how I feel abut the trio of catchers (I'm not counting Pinto) currently on the roster...I'd say any of them could be the Crew's starting catcher next year, or any of them could be left off the 40 man, in effect, released, this offseason.

I have no idea what they will do, although I would assume Susac, the youngest and with two options remaining, will remain...but I'm not sure. Pina is not that young, and neither is Maldy...but neither was Junior Guerra.

9/27/2016 07:36:00 PM

(9/27/2016 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Yadi Rivera gets his 3rd start in a row tonight. I have no idea if it's just a coincidence or if the Crew wants to get a look at him, as I would assume he is somewhat near the cutoff point of the 40 man roster. He's a solid fielder, but has never hit, except for a quality stint in the AFL last fall, which was not just a tiny sample, but had mostly BAbip to thank.

As a good fielding 24 year old SS/2B , he may retain of sliver of value, as he will probably improve his offense for the next 2-3 seasons. However, in over 600 AAA PA's, his line of .264/.313 is not going to cut it, not to mention he has only walked 20 times in that span, a remarkably low 3.2% BB rate

Compare that to Orlando Arcia, who had a .320/.403 AAA campaign at 21, and walked twice as often, despite being 3 years Yadi's junior.

Of course, all that means is Rivera is unlikely to ever be as good as Arcia...which we all know. Plus defenders often pick up utility jobs, and sometimes even start, especially at the important up the middle positions. My problem with Rivera is simple...he doesn't do anything well except defend. Doesn't hit for much power, doesn't run very fast, doesn't hit LHP or RHP; just picks and throws. I'd say he was pure filler if he was not able to play SS, a position in which of the top 32 guys, 13 of them had a sub 700 OPS, and 19 had a sub 750 OPS.

A slight improvement, probably just taking more balls and swinging at more strikes, could boost Yadi up to a 650-700 OPS, and since he still has 3 seasons to reach his mythical peak age of 27, which would make him just slightly below average.

9/27/2016 07:07:00 PM

(9/27/2016 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Blue Jays right-hander Joaquin Benoit, who left the park on crutches last night, has been diagnosed with a torn calf muscle, manager John Gibbons told reporters, including Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (Twitter links). Benoit suffered the injury while running in from the bullpen on the heels of a benches-clearing brawl. Worsening matters for the Blue Jays is the fact that Gibbons also said that second baseman Devon Travis got his shoulder “tangled up in the brawl."--MLBTR

Goodness. I'd say it serves them right, but, in all honesty, it is difficult to believe there's a human being this shortsighted, never mind two on the same team. This is why those that talk about "grit" and "heart" don't have jobs anymore. 

9/27/2016 04:09:00 PM

(9/27/2016 02:34:00 PM) - Al

There are 8 teams within 3.5 games of the wildcard in both their last 10 games, 6 of them are 5-5.

You often hear this argument, when a team is a few games below .500 at the July deadline...well, if they just win 8 or 9 in a row, they can get right back in it. Problem is, if they lose 5 or 6 in a row, they're right there with the Brewers. It's very difficult for a team which is not even a .500 club to run off several W's in a row. They're not that good, and by this time of the season, they have 5 guys on the DL, so they're really not that good.

9/27/2016 02:34:00 PM

(9/27/2016 02:25:00 PM) - Al

I wonder why SF didn't pick up a veteran AAA infielder or a utility guy before if they were just one injury away from needing to make a desperation trade.

Gordon Beckham is probably only worth a win over 162 games over a veteran AAA option, commonly what we refer to as "free talent," because they're usually available for next to nothing, because most teams will let them go if they have a major league opportunity with someone else, a guy like Jake Elmore, Will Middlebrooks, or so on. 1/162x6=0.04 wins...I get it, SF is hoping Beckham comes over and puts up a .395/.450 line in 6 games, but he's just as likely to go .225/.250, the difference is a couple bloopers and whether the defense is shifting or not. 

Why give a prospect fro Beckham when Middlebrooks would be available for a phone call? I guarantee you Stearns would let him go for "future considerations."

9/27/2016 02:25:00 PM

(9/27/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

When Cravy came in last night, BA said he had not allowed a run since his callup in AUG.

I knew he had been good, and some of it is BAbip related, but he is one of several players to go from being a longshot of staying on the 40 to almost a sure thing.

9/27/2016 11:30:00 AM

(9/27/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

As you read this, I'll be at a meeting for work, though since my knee is still bothering me, I'll be wearing shorts. So, if I do not get kicked out of the meeting, I'll be there.

The magic of the internet.

9/27/2016 10:30:00 AM

(9/27/2016 09:08:00 AM) - Al

I did not watch the debate, but I felt Glenn summed it up well when he proclaimed Hillary a slight winner because expectations for her were so low, not coughing up any blood was a victory.

If she would have waited ten seconds, until she was in the van to pass out, we'd still be hearing she had allergies and dehydration. Because we're all so stupid.

9/27/2016 09:08:00 AM

(9/27/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Think how crushed his girlfriend is...

9/27/2016 09:00:00 AM

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