Al's Ramblings

Friday, March 23, 2018

(3/23/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

When Time pretends there are no pro Constitution students at that HS, we fix it for them.

No offense to Time, but I'm sure they talked up Neville Chamberlain too. The hell with them.

3/23/2018 04:30:00 AM

(3/23/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Translation: I can't believe how much money they let us piss away in that bill.

3/23/2018 02:30:00 AM

Thursday, March 22, 2018

(3/22/2018 08:03:00 PM) - Al

Adam takes a guess at the 25 man roster, barring more injuries or additions.

I have Taylor Williams making it, but not sure if I have him over Gallardo or who. And, of course, Williams has options, others do not, so he may be the odd man out to start.

3/22/2018 08:03:00 PM

(3/22/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Brilliant response to those that insist on sitting in the dark is somehow anything but wasting an hour of your limited time on the planet.

3/22/2018 08:00:00 PM

(3/22/2018 07:55:00 PM) - Al

Brewers and Miley agree he will stay with team through rehab and then Crew has to decide whether to put him on the roster.

So, basically, the date was moved from today to either a later date or the date he is proclaimed ready to pitch in the majors.

3/22/2018 07:55:00 PM

(3/22/2018 07:51:00 PM) - Al

I had to laugh at this, because the Rambling dog would not have sat like this for a split second, and he would have hated you for a week afterwards.

3/22/2018 07:51:00 PM

(3/22/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

That's a damn shame.

I hear they're hiring in Cuba and Venezuela. I hear it's lovely there...

3/22/2018 04:30:00 PM

(3/22/2018 02:01:00 PM) - Al

People love these little items in the bloated budget...but dislike the total.

There's the rub.

3/22/2018 02:01:00 PM

(3/22/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Jordan makes an excellent point, the networks overcovered Trump, and he used his celebrity and name appeal to get them to do so.

All those "outrageous" quotes?

Crazy like a fox. And the more they covered Hillary and Trump, the more the public, especially those in the much despised flyover country, decided they liked Trump more.

3/22/2018 02:00:00 PM

(3/22/2018 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Adam sums up options with Miley.

Stearns is said to be talking with Miley and his agent to try and keep him in the organization, but he will not be added to the 40 man roster at this time.

Teams are said to be calling the Brewers, mostly about players who are either out of options or have contracts that may be a bit high for their expected performance, or are not fully guaranteed unless they make the opening day roster (usually arby related).

3/22/2018 01:50:00 PM

(3/22/2018 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Spurs sound like they have some problems, but likely not enough to keep them out of the playoffs.

3/22/2018 01:43:00 PM

(3/22/2018 01:18:00 PM) - Al

The thing is, there is not a lot of excitement to go vote if the argument is, "Well, they other side would be spending money even more foolishly."

I have no doubt Paul Ryan is correct that the military needs to be built back up after 8 years of "the hell with them, let's spend the money on people that will vote for us" mentality. That said, I could remove 25% from that budget with a 20 cent Bic pen and a few hours while also watching DVR reruns of those that live in the Alaskan wilderness.

3/22/2018 01:18:00 PM

(3/22/2018 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Counsell confirms Logan will begin season on DL. Timetable unknown, getting more tests.

Stearns says replacements likely to be internal.

3/22/2018 12:09:00 PM

(3/22/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Imagine all the teen boys who grew up in the 80's who are now living in New York City, and ran into these two tonight.

At least now they go die happy.

3/22/2018 11:30:00 AM

(3/22/2018 11:28:00 AM) - Al

After consulting with Dr. Google, I'll guess 6 weeks for Miley and 4 weeks for Logan.

Boone is especially tough because I assume a pitcher needs more time from any type of arm injury.

3/22/2018 11:28:00 AM

(3/22/2018 10:59:00 AM) - Al

I've seen bicep and tricep on Logan.

Just proves, you can't pull fat.

3/22/2018 10:59:00 AM

(3/22/2018 10:52:00 AM) - Al

Miley with a slight groin tear, Logan has a slight bicep strain. Good news on both. Miley hopes he can reach agreement with Brewers to stay. Neither has a timeline, but seems likely neither will be ready for next week's opener.

Very likely 2 spots opened up on 25 man, but none on 40 man. That's especially good for Williams, Drake, Suter, and Guerra. Might be very positive for Drake, who is probably as close as they have to a lefty specialist.

That said, Drake and Gallardo cannot be sent down, so if they fail to make the 25 man, their 40 man spots could be used on a guy like Hoover.

3/22/2018 10:52:00 AM

(3/22/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Abortion Inc is not just a nickname. It's what it is.

3/22/2018 10:00:00 AM

(3/22/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

How do you know there's nothing there? They haven't even pretended to look for 6+ months. Everything but...

Mueller couldn't find a hooker at a conference of high priced "escorts."

3/22/2018 06:30:00 AM

(3/22/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. New farmer does not understand difference between wholesale and retail.

Someone should let him know, if he wants to open up his own shop, then he can eventually get more...what doesn't spoil, or get stolen, or go to pay overhead, or insurance, or payroll, or benefits. Or upkeep.

If it's so easy, everyone would do it.

What's the old saying? If you wanna make a small fortune growing crops, you best start with a large fortune.

3/22/2018 05:00:00 AM

(3/22/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

What a bunch of clowns. We wonder why they have the ratings of a test pattern.

3/22/2018 03:30:00 AM

(3/22/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

And, I'm sure his brother is just about the only guy he'd trust with this lovely young woman.

3/22/2018 01:00:00 AM

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

(3/21/2018 11:58:00 PM) - Al

Nothing on injuries until tomorrow. Brewers will have to decide whether or not Miley is worth keeping AND whether he is worth keeping with an injury.

They can simply inform him he will not be going north with the team, and Miley will have  to decide whether to become a free agent or remain on his minor league contract. If they keep him, he will have to be added to the 40 man first, and then possibly DL'd, if his injury is serious enough.

Logan is on the 40, and has a guaranteed MLB deal, unlike Miley. If his injury is serious, he can be put on the 60 day DL, and he will not count against the 40 man roster limit (MIL may well do this with Jimmy Nelson).

3/21/2018 11:58:00 PM

(3/21/2018 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Brewers say updates on Miley and Logan wil come after tonight's game or tomorrow. Stearns reports Miley is currently in an MRI tube.

3/21/2018 08:09:00 PM

(3/21/2018 05:57:00 PM) - Al

Boone Logan also had to leave due to injury.

That's why you need depth.

3/21/2018 05:57:00 PM

(3/21/2018 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Wade Miley pitches 4 scoreless, and has to leave due to injury in the 5th.

These things have a way of working themselves out.

3/21/2018 04:12:00 PM

(3/21/2018 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Nate Orf getting time and starts at SS this spring is far more significant than you would think at first glance.

I said last year that Wren and Orf could easily work their way into bench spots. They've done nothing since then but affirm my thoughts.

3/21/2018 03:14:00 PM

(3/21/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If I'm reading this properly, this means the Bucks will likely have Plumlee and Mumford available, if they wish, until the end of the regular season. Not sure if they will begin giving players some rest days or if they will go hard after a higher playoff spot.

As is, they are in 8th, and while only a game or two out of 7th and even higher seeds, the play a very tough schedule compared to the teams they are chasing. And, for whatever reason, the Bucks match up well and have had good results against the #1 and #2 Eastern seeds, the Raptors and the Celtics.

I would ease up on the minutes, especially on the road, for the main guys, maybe 30-32 a game rather than 38-40, and also give the star players the option of taking some games off.

3/21/2018 02:30:00 PM

(3/21/2018 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Starting to see plenty of recognizable players released and DFA'd. Many on minor league deals are coming up on opt outs, as is Wade Miley for the Crew...if they either have to be promised a 40 or 25 man roster spot or they have the right to ask for their release.

If they have had good springs, it really can't hurt to be released, as they can pretty much play AAA ball for anyone.

3/21/2018 02:28:00 PM

(3/21/2018 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Abad, on a minor league contract, might be a safety valve the Crew looks at.

He's a loogy, but he's been a consistent loogy for half a decade. Since they've already committed to carrying 8 relievers, it's easier to find room for a pure loogy as well.

3/21/2018 02:12:00 PM

(3/21/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's different when they do it.

Smart enough to use data to their advantage now equals cheating. Soon, so will studying for a test.

They are jealous of even the mildest amounts of success.

3/21/2018 11:00:00 AM

(3/21/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The Pences are a class act, admired by all.

Oliver meanwhile, is so smart, he insisted Trump had no chance of victory. Honestly, I feel sorry for anyone that travel through life full of hatred and ignorance. A waste of time spent on the planet.

Oh well. Negative nellies gonna be negative. That's a shame.

3/21/2018 09:30:00 AM

(3/21/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

They're in the very best of hands.

3/21/2018 07:30:00 AM

(3/21/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Hunger and obesity. A hellishly tough combo platter.

{Pun intended.}

I remember in that potato famine in Ireland, an overlooked dilemma was all the citizens that survived and got enough food mostly died from fat related diseases.

3/21/2018 06:00:00 AM

(3/21/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

CNN can always get a little more out of the hole.

3/21/2018 03:00:00 AM

(3/21/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Seems to me a wise man has pointed this out often.

3/21/2018 02:00:00 AM

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

(3/20/2018 10:04:00 PM) - Al

Even after Cobb to Orioles, Archer is currently not an option at this time for Milwaukee. However, that may change come the trade deadline. Brewer's were not going to budge on their 3 years/48 to Cobb.


I have little doubt the Orioles overpaid, as I would think the max innings anyone could optimistically project from Cobb would be about 480 frames over 4 years.

That said, I wanted him in Milwaukee. I think he's primed for a breakout. Having to face TOR/BOS/NYY extra will keep his ERA higher too. 

3/20/2018 10:04:00 PM

(3/20/2018 09:48:00 PM) - Al

They're crushed it did not lead to a plethora of bloodshed.

3/20/2018 09:48:00 PM

(3/20/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Being preached to about the evils of the 1% by the 0.1%.

Lord help us all.

3/20/2018 08:00:00 PM

(3/20/2018 06:41:00 PM) - Al

With a move to a new arena around the corner, the Bucks may want to make a big splash with their next head coaching hire. League sources tell Stein that Jeff Van Gundy and Kevin McHale are among the names on the Bucks’ list of potential candidates, while Monty Williams and David Fizdale have also been mentioned. Rick Pitino could even get an “exploratory look,” says Stein.

My list begins and ends with Van Gundy, barring a current coach being willing to take it (a couple have supposedly expressed interest, probably due to Giannis). I am fond of McHale, but his back prevents him from coaching full seasons, for the most part.

The only other name I would love to see is Eric Musselman, who has won wherever he has gone and is currently with Nevada; who is the son of legendary coach Bill Musselman.  

3/20/2018 06:41:00 PM

(3/20/2018 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Alex Cobb close to signing with Orioles, per Rosenthal.

The guess is 3y/$50M, though he was told he is "off" and presumably high.

I still expected him to end up in MIL. As of now, Guerra, Miley, and Suter look to be the favorites for the final 2 spots, and there would appear to be 2-3 spots in the bullpen open as well, depending on whether or not they ignore Barnes' spring struggles and just go by what he did last season.

Junior and Brent seem to have "won" if they go by their results in Arizona, as has Taylor Williams in relief, along with Liz and Hoover. Whether they will, time will tell.

EDIT: Believed to be 4y/$50-60M. He got that extra year, it would appear. As long as holding out helps, guys will keep holding out. 

EDIT 2: As some are pointing out, Orioles' physicals are notorious for being ridiculously not routine, so this, moreso than most, is not official until it is official. 

3/20/2018 05:44:00 PM

(3/20/2018 04:20:00 PM) - Al


What, are we going to wake up one day and find cancelled checks that were well hidden until now? Mueller isn't even trying anymore, he's completely focused on 2012-14 and 2017 time frames, because they've studied 2015-16 and not found so much as a appetizer of pickled herring.

In fact, all they've found was the Obama administration didn't care about Facebook ads because they were sure they were going to win, and that they used info Hillary paid for to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign...just because they could.

3/20/2018 04:20:00 PM

(3/20/2018 04:07:00 PM) - Al

The deafening silence you hear is the overwhelming guilt among those on the left that insisted this would never work. It's the same way we protect banks, airports, and anything of value...except schools, because shut up.

Nothing destroys evil quicker than a bullet from a good guy.

3/20/2018 04:07:00 PM

(3/20/2018 03:15:00 PM) - Al

One of the best diatribes I have ever seen.

And every word is true.

3/20/2018 03:15:00 PM

(3/20/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Nothing I love more than seeing the NY Times struggle with their own hypocrisy.

3/20/2018 03:00:00 PM

(3/20/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al


Well, to be fair, San Francisco doesn't want kids around, unless, of course, they are involved in the lucrative child porn industry.

3/20/2018 01:30:00 PM

(3/20/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

As a wise man once said, "they vote with their feet."

The rubes aren't nearly as dumb as the government thinks.

3/20/2018 11:00:00 AM

(3/20/2018 09:47:00 AM) - Al


3/20/2018 09:47:00 AM

(3/20/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

They've lost 25% of their membership, and yet they proudly make fun of the Osteens and popular churches. And don't even dream of imitating their success.

Good strategery. It'll be even more effective when you have a dozen members left.

3/20/2018 08:00:00 AM

(3/20/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I know! I know!

The answer is no one.

3/20/2018 06:30:00 AM

(3/20/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Good boys.

3/20/2018 03:00:00 AM

(3/20/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

It's always the Jews' fault...

3/20/2018 01:00:00 AM

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