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Monday, May 25, 2015

(5/25/2015 05:30:00 AM) - Al



Freedom is not free.

Many warriors have made the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our freedom. Thank you from a grateful nation.

Or, of course, if you are not patriotic, play some Dixie Chicks and ponder a move to Cuba...there's no rules against it anymore.

EDIT: A bit of background on that classic photo can be found here


5/25/2015 05:30:00 AM


Sunday, May 24, 2015

(5/24/2015 11:03:00 PM) - Al

No Irving, no Love, no problem for Lebron.

37th playoff triple double, I believe they said.

Great googily moogily.

I can understand folks saying other players have been better. They're just wrong. Chamberlain is the only one even close.


5/24/2015 11:03:00 PM



(5/24/2015 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Anne Meara, talented comedian, and wife to Jerry Stiller, mom to Ben, passes away.


5/24/2015 09:14:00 PM



(5/24/2015 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Todd Rosiak said he thinks the Brewers will move Segura to 3B next season. Thoughts?

MJ

I think that between the two JS beat writers, they add up to less than half a quality one.

Jean's career line is .310/.372, and his defensive metrics have him as -5 UZR/150 and +4 DRS, which probably means he has benefited from the Crew's defensive shifts, as UZR ignores them, and DRS gives the players credit. In theory, most SS's can play 3B, as it requires far less range. No one knows how Jean would transition to 3B, but in theory, he could. That said, a SS is worth more than a 3B. And while 3B are a weak position in MLB right now, they still hit more than SS's.

2014 3B--716 OPS
2014 SS--673 OPS

So, Jean would go from being a near average SS to a below average 3B, and we would not be sure how his defense would transition.

Possible? Yes.

Probable? No.

Right now, the Brewers have five guys; Segura, Sardinas, H Gomez, Rivera, and Arcia, who look like they could be below average to above average major league SS's, and that are all at AA or higher. They aren't all going to play SS for the Crew.





5/24/2015 07:23:00 PM



(5/24/2015 03:32:00 PM) - Al

The game was turned when Nelson's 6th inning began by giving up a pair of ground balls...but both found a hole. It looked like it bothered him a bit, which happens with young pitchers.


5/24/2015 03:32:00 PM



(5/24/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The problem is, schools want more money and no accountability. They want to get rid of all standardized tests, and insist that all their teachers are above average, hat tip to Prairie Home Companion.



5/24/2015 03:30:00 PM



(5/24/2015 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Some of the worst umpiring you'll ever see in the last couple innings. Parra took a "strike" on a pitch Pierzynski moved a foot, and now a "no swing" called on an obvious swing and a miss.

BA said, "Well, obviously, he just wasn't watching!"

Why should he? He'll get paid six figures and have a job as long as he wants it whether he pays attention or not. With a lack of incentive like that, it's amazing they ever get one right.


5/24/2015 03:14:00 PM



(5/24/2015 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Whitney Cummings with an enjoyable graduation speech at Penn.


5/24/2015 01:54:00 PM



(5/24/2015 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Casey McGehee DFA'd by the Giants.

Not only is Casey a former Brewers' player, but SF may well be looking for a 3B later this season, when Ramirez might be on the block.

No doubt Casey has struggled, but his .238 BAbip indicates he hit a lot of balls right to defenders. In fact, his line drive percentage is slightly higher this year than last. I assume he'll clear waivers, as he's making almost $5M, but as a 1B/3B reserve making the minimum, he might have several teams fighting for his services.

EDIT: Remember, Casey is 33, and nonathletic guys tend to fall off a cliff in their early 30's. Keep that in mind when folks clamor for Lucroy to be signed to a 5-7 year extension, which, assuming the Crew picks up his $5M option in '17, would begin when Jon is 32.

EDIT 2: SF hoping he accepts a AAA assignment instead of taking free agency. Being a veteran, he can choose to be a FA, but unsure if he still gets paid that way. 


5/24/2015 01:37:00 PM



(5/24/2015 10:17:00 AM) - Al

The English Premier League is currently playing all ten games of their final week of the season. They all started about 9AM Central, as they play at the same time to prevent any collusion or some games not meaning anything.

For those of you that are not soccer fans, this is interested because the NFL is doing the same thing this season. More games matter this way. 


5/24/2015 10:17:00 AM


Saturday, May 23, 2015

(5/23/2015 08:55:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports SD is scouting the Brewers looking for a SS. Also says teams are scouting Fiers.

Just looking at Segura, Sardinas, and H Gomez, the Crew has three SS's better than some teams have...never mind they are probably thinking their SS of the future is Arcia.


5/23/2015 08:55:00 PM



(5/23/2015 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Braves had to win that one twice, because the ump didn't move quick enough.

Nice job by Ramirez taking a ball in his last AB, and having it called a strike anyway. When you can't get them right when they're off the plate six inches, you know he has no idea on the close ones. Painful. Wait until it gets hot out.

Sadly, Peralta's injury probably cost the Crew their 50% chance today...Lind's rocket right at Freeman was just bad luck, but MIL just ran out of quality arms fart earlier because Wily only went 4 last night (and Fiers only went 5 today as well).


5/23/2015 07:28:00 PM



(5/23/2015 06:32:00 PM) - Al

It's difficult to measure how inept an umpire is when he begins yelling at the manager and then throws him out before the game.

Remember, unions only protect the worst of the worst, as the good ones don't need any assistance. This would seem to prove this point.


5/23/2015 06:32:00 PM



(5/23/2015 05:48:00 PM) - Al

Whenever the statement by an announcer is, "You gotta do a better job hiding it," MLB seems to have no clue on what to do with pine tar and other substances.

It's either against the rules or it's not. Of course, if it's up to the umpires to enforce, you know it won't get done.


5/23/2015 05:48:00 PM



(5/23/2015 05:40:00 PM) - Al

I wish folks would quit pretending Braun and his contract are a "problem." It could be if he ages badly, or suffers an injury that has long term effects. However, if the Crew could magically rid themselves of the Braun contract, Ryan would accept free agency and go out and sign an even bigger one. He was well above average last season even though he basically played with one hand, and is back to his career norms this year, as he has regained his health.

That doesn't even take into account many teams cannot afford him, some would not consider him due to his suspension, and he has a no trade clause. Add all that up, it's a stupid question to ask with a more stupid answer.


5/23/2015 05:40:00 PM



(5/23/2015 04:04:00 PM) - Al

Not sure why everyone acts surprised Pierzynski can still hit RHP, he always could. He might have personality clashes, but if you limit his PA's versus southpaws, he's a plus offensive catcher.

He might well end up on a contender again this year.


5/23/2015 04:04:00 PM



(5/23/2015 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Scooter goes 1-3 with a pair of walks in Salt Lake City last night. Of course, there's little doubt he'll hit playing half his games at altitude, and a good share of his other contests in hitter friendly environments.


5/23/2015 03:47:00 PM



(5/23/2015 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Scott Skiles will be the next coach of the Orlando Magic, Yahoo reports he and the team are finalizing his contract as I type.

Always enjoyed Skiles' honesty and how his teams played so hard, especially on D.


5/23/2015 02:03:00 PM



(5/23/2015 01:05:00 PM) - Al

I had not heard there were talks going on the past few days on the Bucks' arena, but reports continue to be positive and optimistic. Parties involved say they are exploring "money that will be created from development"...I would stick with my guess that the naming rights may be part of it, or maybe a hotel room tax or restaurant tax, or a $1-2 fee on every ticket sold in the new arena.

Note, not even a casual mention of a penny from the city or county, even though they will get most of the benefits. They are as clueless as ever.


5/23/2015 01:05:00 PM



(5/23/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

There is nothing about Japanese baseball MLB should emulate. It's AAA, and setting aside tickets for visiting fans ignores the fact the US is huge.

I love it when authors ignore basic economics when writing, because it makes it easy for me to know they're not worth my time. "Get guys like?"

They write good.


5/23/2015 10:30:00 AM



(5/23/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The hell you say.

If we could just hold the criminal's hand and sing folk songs, they would see the error of their ways and, you know, eat their veggies, read the bible, and assist elderly women across the street. But, since that's so damn stupid, we should throw them in jail and prison and not really worry about it.

Unduly harsh? Can't say I care.




5/23/2015 09:30:00 AM



(5/23/2015 09:09:00 AM) - Al

This is exactly where the USA would be too, but luckily, China keeps buying our notes.

The solution? Obviously, it's to spend more and tax the successful.

In case you missed it, that's the answer to everything.


5/23/2015 09:09:00 AM


Friday, May 22, 2015

(5/22/2015 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Remember back when the perpetually offended insisted the Braves stop doing the tomahawk chop?

I barely do. If you ignore them, they move onto other things. Just gotta stay the course. It's not difficult at all if you actually believe in something.


5/22/2015 08:57:00 PM



(5/22/2015 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Blazek appears to already be the guy Counsell has penciled in as his 6th SP. There's no other reason to use him here in this, his 3rd inning of work. No idea if Wily's injury is serious or not, but not only is someone bound to get hurt; Lohse is very unlikely to finish the campaign in MIL, barring a great stretch to get back to .500 soon.


5/22/2015 08:54:00 PM



(5/22/2015 08:24:00 PM) - Al

When I looked up Tyler and Rob's numbers, I see Scooter homered in his first game in Colorado Springs. A 1250 OPS in good even in thin air.


5/22/2015 08:24:00 PM



(5/22/2015 08:20:00 PM) - Al

If the Crew can get to the 7th or 8th with a big lead, they might want to see if Knebel can go a while and then exchange him for Thornburg. Wooten has also pitched well in AAA, 13 K's per 9 IP.


5/22/2015 08:20:00 PM



(5/22/2015 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Don Walker, the JS writer who has been covering the new Bucks' arena and not even pretended to hide his bias against it, has passed away.


5/22/2015 07:59:00 PM



(5/22/2015 07:41:00 PM) - Al

I have often said that a "normal" hitting pitcher should simply take all 3-2 pitches and just hope for the best.

Wily shows me to be a genius.


5/22/2015 07:41:00 PM



(5/22/2015 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Frank Kaminsky says goodbye.


5/22/2015 06:56:00 PM



(5/22/2015 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Smith suspended 8 games, will appeal.

Considering no one seems to think pine tar is being used for "spitball" purposes, it seems unduly harsh.


5/22/2015 12:38:00 PM



(5/22/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This makes perfect sense, because no one wants police officers to be protected from criminals, we just them to look like teddy bears.

This is the most intelligent person ever. We should just make him king.

Just when you think he's hit rock bottom, he manages to dig a little more out of the hole. 



5/22/2015 11:00:00 AM



(5/22/2015 09:12:00 AM) - Al

Notes on Summerfest's lineup and their attempts to book their one open night

I find it funny how they talk about bands not touring and choosing to take days off instead of working. They know they can make $500K-1M a night, but choose not to. I know I listened to an interview with a singer once (I admit, I had never heard of him then, so I do not know the name, sorry) who said he had toured every summer for ten plus years in a row, and finally told his agent and booking agency he was taking a summer off. They argued that all these weekend festivals and places he had done for years had already been calling, and he persisted, nope, I'm off, nothing in June, July, or August.

So, after Xmas, he gave them his schedule for the next year, and he decided he had enjoyed not working so much, so he took 4 weeks off in a row, last two weeks in July, first two weeks of August. Why am I telling you this story? Since he had limited availability and had "created demand" by not working the previous summer, he actually made far more money that summer than he had in any other summer in his career. He said he actually would have made double, but he instructed his guys to take less a couple times because he wanted to play places that had booked him back when he was lesser known, or enjoyed playing for a variety of reasons. He told the interviewer he had taken half of each summer off ever since, staggering it a bit so he could hit certain festivals every few years. As he put it, "The more time I take off, the more money I make." 

The lesson here? Even when it seems like those bands could make far more by working more; they might end up making more by working less. Don't be afraid to be the contrarian.


5/22/2015 09:12:00 AM



(5/22/2015 08:23:00 AM) - Al

Aaron Gleeman just wrote who is going to host the ESPYs.

I had no idea they still did the ESPYs. I haven't heard a word about it in 5+ years.


5/22/2015 08:23:00 AM



(5/22/2015 08:07:00 AM) - Al

The women complaining about compliments are all unattractive goons.--Stephen Crowder's wife 

That is signature worthy, and 100% true. Normal women love to be complimented. The ones that manage to somehow be offended? Intolerable in every way.


5/22/2015 08:07:00 AM



(5/22/2015 07:53:00 AM) - Al

Radio dude just mentioned that on his FB feed, everyone says lots of cars are loaded to absolute capacity with all the stuff people will need for the long weekend. Drive safe folks, but only about 15% are traveling 50 miles or more in WI.

I do kind of wonder how that is figured, because we're going to Golden Corral tomorrow, which is about 30 miles from us...30+30 is more than 50, so would we count? No idea. I tried to book today, but no one wanted to see me (reminds me of my single days). The Rambling wife left for work a bit early, "so she could be done early," which is a common refrain today I'm sure.


5/22/2015 07:53:00 AM


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