Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

(9/01/2015 12:26:00 PM) - Al

There will be a flurry of players DFA'd and removed from the 40 man in the next few days, as contenders bring up a player they feel may help them win a game and they have to make room on the 40 man rosters for them. Good opportunuity to add some talent, albeit, usually low to mid ceiling, as guys like Orlando Arcia are not taken off the 40 regardless.

Just wanted to throw this out there, many act as if these September tryouts are extremely meaningful...they really are not. They make up a small sample against watered down competition. Some players may use it as a jump start of sorts, but overall, they are a fraction of that player's season. Also, you often hear casuals say things like "They should let him play every day," but that is not realistic or sensical. A manager will try and win every game, and while there's nothing wrong with getting a prospect some playing time, Ryan Braun is not going to suddenly sit 4-5 days a week while Pete Phenom plays RF. 

9/01/2015 12:26:00 PM

(9/01/2015 12:17:00 PM) - Al

Davies will be the only player added for now, and will start tomorrow night. Others will be brought up after the season ends in AA or AAA.

I was expecting a pitcher or two and Sardinas, but that will likely wait until a need arises or they run out of minor league games.

9/01/2015 12:17:00 PM

(9/01/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Remember when Obama proudly pointed to Syria as an example of how effective and intelligent his foreign policy was?

These are the numbers he was looking at.

What would it take for him to consider something a massive failure?

9/01/2015 11:30:00 AM

(9/01/2015 10:03:00 AM) - Al

What people choose to be "offended" by is simply amazing.

Cool the people off, and keep your visitors stated, many are from northern Europe, where it is usually cool and wet. Many are elderly, and may not handle the heat well.

As for the naysayers, sit and sweat and be offended. You choose to be a negative nellie. Oh well.

9/01/2015 10:03:00 AM

(9/01/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

At this point in -- 
2004: Lieberman +10 
2008 (D): H. Clinton +16 (R): Giuliani +11.7 
2012: Perry +7.2

I guess you don't want to be ahead at this point. 

9/01/2015 10:00:00 AM

(9/01/2015 09:44:00 AM) - Al

Word will probably come down this afternoon on the first round of callups. Zach Davies is rumored to be one of the 2-3 that will join the team right away, before the minor league season ends, and will likely be part of the rotation soon. Time will tell. 

9/01/2015 09:44:00 AM

Monday, August 31, 2015

(8/31/2015 10:03:00 PM) - Al

She can't stop at a convenience store? Can't google a couple TV titles? Can't buy a book online? Christ, it took her longer to write the email than it would to do 2 of the 3!

This may be the most helpless broad that ain't strapped down to sleep on the planet.

I wouldn't vote for her to wash my feet.

8/31/2015 10:03:00 PM

(8/31/2015 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Losers in the first round of the US Open get $39500. For a player ranked about 80th in the world, who is stuck having to qualify into many tournaments, or playing on the satellite tour (like AAA), that $40K probably is often the difference between a profitable or not profitable year.

The TV team was just saying many players play hurt in the first round just to collect a check for that very reason. Also of note...John McEnroe said he won $39K the first time he WON the US Open.

Think about that, the 100th best tennis player of each gender makes about $200K a year, and probably spends well into six figures on travel and coaching. The 100th best baseball player makes about $12-14M. 

8/31/2015 09:37:00 PM

(8/31/2015 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Not only is it easy to imagine the Brewers claiming him, it's easy to see him getting a look in September.

After being rushed and inevitably struggling, he has dominated AAA the past two seasons, and next year will be his year of 27, his mythical peak. A slightly below average 3B defensively.

ADDED: I knew the Crew had been linked to Olt in the past...he was rumored to be their top target when it came down to TEX or LAA for Greinke, along with Profar, who the Rangers deemed to be untouchable, so was never seriously considered. 

8/31/2015 08:28:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:44:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.


Labor is hours x wage. If you raise one artificially, the other must be lowered. Either that or lower profit margin, which, last time I checked, ain't the goal of any business.

8/31/2015 05:44:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:38:00 PM) - Al

What polite, civil people. Quality, I tell ya.

Hard to believe they were able to get time off work!

8/31/2015 05:38:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:29:00 PM) - Al

Cubs get Austin Jackson from Mariners.

I assume this took place before the deadline and is just now being reported, or perhaps, the 1PM deadline was just on a specific waiver claim, and not overall.

8/31/2015 05:29:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:25:00 PM) - Al

Coco Vandeweghe...very attractive, and she's got that Amy Schumer thing going on...not skinny, but still rocking it.

She defeats Sloane Stevens in the first round of the US Open. Don't forget, the best tennis in the world is played the next two weeks in New York City.

8/31/2015 05:25:00 PM

(8/31/2015 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Munson has never made the majors, but has incredible K numbers in AAA, so he must throw hard.

He had an incredible 1.44 ERA in Reno, if you take out three outings before he went on the DL...he walked 11 in 2 IP.

You can't teach velocity.

8/31/2015 04:05:00 PM

(8/31/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Note which one was 100 times larger, and then which one was more violent.

The old media is the punchline to the joke that is the old media.

8/31/2015 03:30:00 PM

(8/31/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al


We whine about stuff like foul balls hitting someone and the like because we are incredibly wealthy and have incredible freedoms. You didn't hear talk like this in the old USSR, because they were too busy standing in bread lines and hoping not to get sent to Siberia for looking at someone the wrong way to worry about it.

8/31/2015 02:00:00 PM

(8/31/2015 01:49:00 PM) - Al

I have an appointment at 3 today, and tried to get an annual piece of training out of the way first. After paying my $100+ and having some technical issues due to the fact thousands of people are taking this training today, because we are forced to in order to do our jobs, I worked on it for over four hours, almost five. Not even close to getting it done, I will have to finish it later.

This, in a nutshell and on a very small scale, is how needless and ridiculous over regulation keeps the economy working at a far lower level than a lassier faire approach, the negative of which is...nothing.

Remember when the FDA shut down tomato producers because some jalapenos were bad? Remember when the EPA let thousands of gallons of arsenic into US rivers?

They must not have had to do the same training, as private companies never did that. Or, maybe it's because, you know, private companies actually give a damn.

8/31/2015 01:49:00 PM

(8/31/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The Obama White House has said more about a mountain in Alaska than the assassination of a Houston police officer.--Hale Razor

That's simple...the officer was white.  

On a related note, next time the president talks about climate change and carbon footprints, I'm going to think about the time he flew 4500 miles in a gas guzzling jet to speak for a few minutes about calling a rock by another name and I'm going to laugh and laugh and laugh.

8/31/2015 01:30:00 PM

(8/31/2015 01:25:00 PM) - Al

The pretty blonde asks a fascinating question.

The reason, of course, is that it is a very liberal group, and libs will not attack their own. However, it is, and is also very racist, as would be a group called White Lives Matter.

8/31/2015 01:25:00 PM

(8/31/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I could not agree more. He has blamed the police on many occasions and then looked like an idiot a short time thereafter. He simply is not intelligent enough to shut the hell up until the facts are known.

His presidency will be known for more racial division than any other.

8/31/2015 11:30:00 AM

(8/31/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama to visit New Orleans on 10th anniversary of a hurricane, but he still hasn't visited the orange river of arsenic created by his EPA.--Hale Razor

You just can't write this stuff.

8/31/2015 10:30:00 AM

(8/31/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Of the 12 scholarship players available to UW's Bo Ryan this season, 6 have never played a college game, 2 have played sparingly.--Mark Miller

It is remarkable that despite ample evidence the Badgers may struggle, no one will predict them to do so.

8/31/2015 09:00:00 AM

(8/31/2015 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Good for them. Imagine that, not prioritizing one race over another.

The president could learn something from that.

8/31/2015 05:00:00 AM

Sunday, August 30, 2015

(8/30/2015 09:56:00 PM) - Al

Chernoff, who was probably the 2nd/3rd most mentioned Crew GM candidate, expected to be promoted to Tribe GM, likely not interested.

8/30/2015 09:56:00 PM

(8/30/2015 02:06:00 PM) - Al

I think the answer is obvious...we simply need to ban all upper deck seating.

Thankfully, we can legislate all our problems away and create a utopia of heavy regulation.

8/30/2015 02:06:00 PM

(8/30/2015 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Counsell says there will only be a couple callups on 9/1, with more to follow when the Sky Sox season ends, last game is Labor Day, I think.

My thoughts on who will be added remain the same

8/30/2015 01:38:00 PM

Saturday, August 29, 2015

(8/29/2015 09:41:00 PM) - Al

KRod's toughest or maybe 2nd toughest save opportunity of the run lead; Bruce, Votto, and Phillips due up.

8/29/2015 09:41:00 PM

(8/29/2015 09:03:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son has spent the entire Saturday rearranging his bedroom. Right now, he has settled on his desk, with his computer on it, being against a wall, with his TV behind him to the right...if his computer was at 12 oclock, his TV is at 5 oclock.


8/29/2015 09:03:00 PM

(8/29/2015 08:46:00 PM) - Al

The left will trip over themselves not giving a damn about this, because it did not involve a criminal's criminal behavior. There will be no looting, no senseless marches to block traffic and prove one is unemployed and not looking, and no vandalism of businesses. The president will not mention it, because the officer looks nothing like his fictional son.

Because you realize, this is how they prove how polite and civil they are. Someday, we can only hope to be a fraction as utopian.

8/29/2015 08:46:00 PM

(8/29/2015 08:00:00 PM) - Al

I grilled this evening for the Rambling family, after the Rambling wife got home from church and taking home someone after the service. She asked me to check the Packers' score between innings, and it was 25-0, Eagles.

If you listen quietly, you can hear the gnashing of teeth all across the state.

8/29/2015 08:00:00 PM

(8/29/2015 07:51:00 PM) - Al

The only Cuban born pitcher the Brewers have ever had to my knowledge is Livian Hernandez.

8/29/2015 07:51:00 PM

(8/29/2015 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Clinton 37%
Sanders 30%
Biden 14%--most recent Iowa poll

When the other choices are a socialist and a punchline, 63% of Dem primary voters still choose to vote for someone, anyone other than Hillary.

Remember back in 2004, the left insisted W was hated? He won the election. Compared to Hillary, W was Tom Hanks.  

8/29/2015 07:28:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:45:00 PM) - Al

Average age of top three likely Dem nominees: 71 yrs old, with grandmother who recovered from a blood clot in her brain as the youngest.--Hale Razor

I have yet to see the old media even mention this. Does not fit the agenda.

8/29/2015 06:45:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' pick Nate Kirby likely to undergo Tommy John surgery.

The Crew has been fortunate in having very few have to undergo the procedure, be it by strict pitch counts and rest or good luck. Obviously, Kirby's damage was probably a result of his days in college, but, as Doug says, rather have it earlier than later. Kirvy will miss all of the '16 season, but should be near 100% by the time '17 rolls around. Unlikely he would have been past AA by then anyway.

8/29/2015 06:34:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:25:00 PM) - Al

Mets do acquire Addison Reed. He may well be nontendered, but he may have success away from the hitter's environment in the desert.

8/29/2015 06:25:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:01:00 PM) - Al

KRod was claimed and pulled back, Mets not after Smith, but another lefty, Rzepczynski from SD.

8/29/2015 06:01:00 PM

(8/29/2015 03:35:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have more wins than 4 NL teams, and are tied with ATL. Yet, they are a game behind the A's, and not within 5 wins of any other AL club.

The AL is very even, almost every team having between 60 and 70 W's. The NL has 5 teams near the top, 4 in the middle, and 6 near the bottom, 3 distinct classes.

8/29/2015 03:35:00 PM

(8/29/2015 03:27:00 PM) - Al

My goodness.


If you picked them at random, you should get 50%, right?

To beat the "vig," you have to get 52.4%.

That 2.4% is the widest gap in all of math.

8/29/2015 03:27:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:47:00 PM) - Al

While I doubt KRod is the waiver claim the Mets it possible the Crew put Will Smith on at the same time? Not only do the Mets need a southpaw more (though KRod has always been effective versus both), the possibility of a team overpaying for a month of a young fireballer like Smith if they are true contenders would make it seem like the end of the month may have been a fine time to try and float Smith through.

Will can be used as a loogy, but has proven he can get all hitters out, and is almost unhittable when he is "on" his game. Add all that up, and that teams overestimate how important adding "one more good arm" can be, hoping for an overpay is a good thing. And, while discussing Ramirez, Gomez, and others, the Crew might know who is available and who isn't from the Mets.

Just a thought, who knows?

8/29/2015 02:47:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto looks likely to be a talked-about name as the many teams with vacant GM positions search for candidates, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi writes. Dipoto appears likely to be a candidate for both the Brewers and Mariners jobs. The Mariners have said they will prioritize experience (which, obviously, Dipoto has), and Morosi notes that Dipoto was a finalist for the Mariners GM job years ago, when the team ultimately hired Zduriencik.--MLBTR

To most folks, unless they hail from the upper Midwest, SEA is a far more desirable job than MIL. Dipoto looks to be the top pick for almost every GM job, and as the Angels struggle, they look ridiculous, choosing to keep the manager who "doesn't believe in shifts and numbers" rather than the GM who built a contender.

8/29/2015 02:37:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Mets are "awaiting word on a waiver claim on a reliever" per Rosenthal, but the Brewers are not letting KRod go for nothing, the Mets probably do not want him back, and despite Doug's calm attempts to play it down, I'm sure there are many on the MIL side who would not do business with the Mets regardless.

8/29/2015 02:33:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:07:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling water heater has begun to leak, so it's on its last legs. It lasted 9.5 years, warrantied for 6, so better than we expected. Anyone who knows anything about them, including tankless, which are not that much more than regular ones now, get in touch, email is on the sidebar or @suitedconnect on Twitter.

The other time, the plumber Home Depot contracted complained that it was "too hard" for a regular installation because he had to slide the old one out and the new one in under a pipe going from the furnace to the gas source (previous owners did it themselves, and not properly), but eventually relented and got the job done.

8/29/2015 02:07:00 PM

(8/29/2015 01:45:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife got the Rambling son a couple poster frames today after we had lunch (the Rambling son chose to stay home and "fend"), so I, being lazy and antisocial, waited for her in the car and made fun of people walking in and out.

When she came out, I thought she looked grumpy, so when she got in, I asked her if she was. She replied she was not, and asked why I would think that, before reaching over and hitting me in the stomach.

Yeah, I wonder why I would think that...

8/29/2015 01:45:00 PM

(8/29/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm nauseous just after seeing the picture.

I recall having to climb up the "roof ladder" from the mezzanine in my old was three steps. The real problem was climbing back in, as I was always afraid of falling onto the concrete below.

8/29/2015 11:00:00 AM

(8/29/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember, ACT scores were going to fall hard and fast after Act 10 was passed.

Another lie. It should be reported when they tell the truth.

Act 10 was all about one thing...the ability to confiscate people's money from their paycheck. Now that less than half the teachers choose to pay union dues, you understand why.

8/29/2015 09:00:00 AM

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