Thursday, December 05, 2013
(12/05/2013 07:13:00 PM) - Al
Will Smith, the young pitcher acquired for Aoki, may well end up being far more than a reliever...he has had success as a SP in the minors and is still very young. He projects better than Nelson or Hellweg, and is a big lefty, who averaged 90.6 mph with his fastball last year (for comparison, Estrada averaged 89 last yar and 90 for his career).
A 3.85 AAA ERA compiled as a 21-23 year old speaks volumes 3.32 ERA as ages 22-23, in the hitter friendly PCL is superb, as does a K per inning.
His floor is as an effective relief pitcher. This kid can certainly be an effective #2/3 SP. Aoki is a nice player, but he's only signed for a single season, and while a good all around player, with a very solid OBP, obtains much of value from being signed to an obscenely inexpensive contract. He'll also be entering his year of 32, an age in which many corner OF's have fallen off a cliff.
I wish him the best of luck, and enjoyed watching him. Thrilled to get a young pitcher who is locked into team control until after the (gasp) 2019 campaign for him.
12/05/2013 07:13:00 PM
(12/05/2013 05:30:00 PM) - Al
Repeat after me...nothing is less important than batting order.
And if you're someone who talks about it, you're just embarrassing yourself. If you would bat the P leadoff, your best hitter 9th, and so on, you'd score about 5% fewer runs...about 35-40 over the course of a season. Some days, you'd score more that way. It's just baseball. My guess is Segura will move to the top spot and the #2 spot will probably be handled by either Gomez or the 2B platoon (which, of course, no one will admit will be a platoon, though it's very likely to look like one).
However, I do know it makes no difference. Well, actually like strikeouts, it does make a minute difference, but not nearly as much as good luck and good health.
12/05/2013 05:30:00 PM
(12/05/2013 05:05:00 PM) - Al
Sorry I missed the Aoki trade, Crew picks up young lefty reliever who looks very solid.
I'm a slave to taking care of my clients. I'll have more later.
12/05/2013 05:05:00 PM
(12/05/2013 04:00:00 PM) - Al
Obama has a web site that doesn't work and drones that kill people. Amazon has a functioning web site and drones that deliver gifts.--Robert Stacy McCain
And, Amazon's incompetence did not kill anyone in Benghazi, nor did they have the NSA spy on Republicans, nor did they have the IRS go after conservatives.
Amazon will still be around in three years too.
12/05/2013 04:00:00 PM
(12/05/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al
I mention this every year, but if people would stop spending money on ugly Xmas sweaters and other incredibly stupid things, maybe they could, you know, actually make more charitable contributions and, you know, actually be something more than a remarkably self important oaf who, at the end of the day, thinks that wearing an ugly Xmas sweater is something to be proud of.
12/05/2013 03:30:00 PM
(12/05/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al
Not only is the USA a bothersome nanny state, they are also decades behind, still pushing out of date nutrition info that doesn't even take low carbs into effect.
12/05/2013 12:30:00 PM
(12/05/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al
23K applied for jobs, store booming on the first day.
The only ones who hate Wal Mart also hate capitalism.
And they all tend to be of a particular party...the one that has all but eliminated capitalism in health care.
12/05/2013 11:30:00 AM
(12/05/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al
The minimum wage, like many entitlements, was created to keep the lower class from moving up.
It's anti freedom. If I want to do some work for a neighbor in the evenings, and we agree to a pay rate of $5 an hour, the government should not even dream of preventing that because they deem the rate as too low.
As we've seen with health care, the government has no idea how supply and demand works. They've fiddled with the premiums so much, folks who want insurance can't afford it. They simply do not understand the free market, and how it has created the richest nation in the history of mankind.
12/05/2013 11:00:00 AM
(12/05/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al
I always use Accuweather as my go to online weather outlet.
Why? Without exception, they always are far more conservative on highs and lows. One site says it's going to get down to -15 Monday night. AW -8.
I don't know who's more accurate, I just know I like AW's numbers better.
12/05/2013 10:30:00 AM
(12/05/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al
Yes Ed, maybe someday we'll all be better behaved like those on the left.
So glad he's not on my side.
12/05/2013 09:30:00 AM
(12/05/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al
I do not fully understand how the Yankees seat licenses work...do people pay more when they make the playoffs? Do they have to renew?
It's an outlier compared to the other teams.
12/05/2013 08:30:00 AM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
(12/04/2013 09:54:00 PM) - Al
The Rambling dog, who wraps himself around the deck at least once a day when out on his cable, just ate around his medicine in his bowl of kibble.
Last night, around 2AM, he was whining, and for whatever reason, I did not hear him, and for the first time all year (since he started getting up in the night in March or so), the Rambling wife did and got up and let him out. That did not go over well this morning, needless to say.
12/04/2013 09:54:00 PM
(12/04/2013 08:15:00 PM) - Al
Ambulance chasers and slimy salesmen have nothing on Obamacare.
I'm embarrassed as an American.
And a capitalist.
12/04/2013 08:15:00 PM
(12/04/2013 07:58:00 PM) - Al
Badgers defeat a very good Virginia team. Hard to believe this group lost 80% of their frontcourt minutes from last season. Gasser's return makes that number kind of moot, but if they hit 3's, they can beat anyone in the country.
Tell you what, whoever follows Bo is going to be as set up to fail as anyone.
12/04/2013 07:58:00 PM
(12/04/2013 06:14:00 PM) - Al
Adam reports a pair of minor league signings...I've heard of them both, so that's a good sign.
Pagnozzi is almost certainly penciled in as the everyday C at AAA. Has decent CS% numbers, and is not a complete black hole offensively. Falu is a speedy switch hitter who can play all the infield spots, and has even played 100+ games in the OF. He's in his year of 31, but given the fact most middle infielders hit like I run after a big meal, that's a nice depth signing. Hits pretty evenly from both sides.
12/04/2013 06:14:00 PM
(12/04/2013 05:02:00 PM) - Al
The Brewers are expected to pursue Logan Morrison as a trade candidate this offseason, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported earlier in the week. He notes that other teams like the Rays and Red Sox could jump into the mix as well.--MLBTR
Not sure if this is if Hart does not return, or even if he does. Morrison would make a very nice 1B/LF reserve, but is not likely to be happy in that role.
12/04/2013 05:02:00 PM
(12/04/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al
Brewers once again attached to FL site for spring training.
12/04/2013 10:00:00 AM
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
(12/03/2013 08:00:00 PM) - Al
Ellsbury to sign 6-7y/$150M+ deal with Yankees.
12/03/2013 08:00:00 PM
(12/03/2013 07:35:00 PM) - Al
Corey Hart cleared to resume baseball acrtivities.
Brewers are the only team mentioned in rumors that train in Arizona, so I would say it is likely they can come to a deal.
12/03/2013 07:35:00 PM
(12/03/2013 07:32:00 PM) - Al
The irony is, MSNC is ashamed to admit why they suspended him.
You realize, if someone said that about Obama, they'd be arrested.
12/03/2013 07:32:00 PM
(12/03/2013 05:06:00 PM) - Al
Lies, exaggerations, and in general, a lack of concern about all of the above.
It's all about power. No one even pretends it's about better health care anymore.
12/03/2013 05:06:00 PM
(12/03/2013 04:23:00 PM) - Al
Finally, a hard hitting Q&A.
12/03/2013 04:23:00 PM
(12/03/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al
I'm telling you, there just isn't anywhere left to cut.
12/03/2013 03:00:00 PM
(12/03/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al
Suddenly, I don't feel so silly getting up with the Rambling dog once or twice a night.
12/03/2013 02:00:00 PM
(12/03/2013 01:27:00 PM) - Al
Beltran, who is 37 and a terrible defender now, has a 3y/$48M offer on the table.
Has to be an AL team, and the fact he didn't accept it seems to indicate it's not a popular destination...SEA would be my guess.
12/03/2013 01:27:00 PM
(12/03/2013 12:18:00 PM) - Al
They don't care. Remember, it's all about the power. First health care, then this, then that. Soon, the government runs everything, and the rubes don't even realize it.
Anyone wondering how the USSR could have had record wheat harvests annually and then watched most of it rot in warehouses hasn't been watching Obamacare. They spent $600M on a web site with no security and that doesn't work. They didn't test it. The health care part doesn't talk to the subsidy part. The only goal of a government worker is to have a job at the end of the day. They're not going to work long hours to ensure something works. They're going to take another break and point fingers elsewhere.
That's why capitalism works, and why it will always work.
That's why Obama's entire presidency has floundered...they don't understand why that is true.
12/03/2013 12:18:00 PM
(12/03/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al
The Rambling son and I watched the DVR'd Family Guy episode in which Brian is killed and he found this right away online to say Brian will return soon.
I hope so. I admit, it was very painful for myself to lose a fictional dog I've known and loved for years.
12/03/2013 12:00:00 PM
(12/03/2013 11:50:00 AM) - Al
I was thinking this Sunday night...why not just have Amazon run the Obamacare site?
Some folks are leaders, others blame others for their failures.
12/03/2013 11:50:00 AM
(12/03/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al
They despise freedom. And, despite ample evidence to the contrary, they insist the government can do a better job picking out what you should have.
12/03/2013 11:00:00 AM
(12/03/2013 10:52:00 AM) - Al
43 players not tendered offers.
Jerome Williams might be a name Doug would have interest in, though I assume others may offer fra more.
12/03/2013 10:52:00 AM
(12/03/2013 10:45:00 AM) - Al
Detroit OK to file bankruptcy.
IL and CA...busy in the corner, taking notes.
They choose the path. It's a shame it comes to this, but fiscal irresponsibility has a price.
12/03/2013 10:45:00 AM
(12/03/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al
A simple explanation why no one is hiring.
Hidden taxes still cause job creators to not hire. The last five years ain't a coincidence.
12/03/2013 10:00:00 AM
(12/03/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al
Al Franken is beatable.
They cheated to get him in (oh look, there are a few hundred absentee ballots for him just sitting in this file cabinet), and at best, he's been worthless.
12/03/2013 09:00:00 AM
Monday, December 02, 2013
(12/02/2013 11:00:00 PM) - Al
They don't grow up because they are not forced to grow up. Keep being a bum until you're 26 and stay on your parents' insurance is just a "continue to be immature card" that Obama handed them in exchange for the votes of those who didn't "zone out" and forgot to vote.
12/02/2013 11:00:00 PM
(12/02/2013 10:52:00 PM) - Al
Orioes trade $10M closer to A's for Jemile Weeks, who is either a platoon 2B or a weak fielding utility guy at this point.
It's funny seeing Beane picking up overpaid closers, but he can since his young arms are so cheap. That said, Johnson had next to zero value. Very few teams seem to be overpaying for saves these days.
12/02/2013 10:52:00 PM
(12/02/2013 10:03:00 PM) - Al
No security built into Obamacare site.
One gets the feeling lots of cash was laundered through this behemoth disaster.
12/02/2013 10:03:00 PM
(12/02/2013 08:25:00 PM) - Al
Gamel nontendered by Cubs. As a young free agent, he'll be able to balance money and opportunity.
12/02/2013 08:25:00 PM
(12/02/2013 06:18:00 PM) - Al
JFK and Reagan both cut the bejeebers out of taxes...the left of today, that reeks of Marx, would do well to understand that their brand of tax and spend silliness has never worked, and will never work. Obama has increased the debt 70% in five years and his numbers are terrible compared to every president except Carter.
It's just math.
12/02/2013 06:18:00 PM
(12/02/2013 01:49:00 PM) - Al
Kazmir gets two years after sucking from 2009-'11 and not pitching in the bigs in '12.
And from Beane, who I would think would be hesitant to guarantee more than a single season to a pitcher with one effective campaign in the past half decade.
EDIT: 2y/$22M. My freaking goodness.I would have certainly not gone more than a single season, and that's almost double what I would have guessed.
12/02/2013 01:49:00 PM
(12/02/2013 01:36:00 PM) - Al
Crew debating whether or not to tender Francisco.
I would not think it would be much of a question, as he's only projected to make $1.4M. I'm not sure if this means I may be overrating him or if money is that tight. At worst, I view him as a 1B/3B reserve with power.
12/02/2013 01:36:00 PM
(12/02/2013 01:24:00 PM) - Al
The Obamacare rollout is a perfect example of the liberal mind set: no rules, missed deadlines don't matter, zero consequences for anything.--Katie Pavlich
It's easy when you don't believe in anything. You can say one thing now after saying another years ago, and no one cares. Remember, the old media looks the other way.
12/02/2013 01:24:00 PM
(12/02/2013 12:40:00 PM) - Al
Unethical? Without a doubt.
Of course, so was calling in sick and vandalizing public property.
12/02/2013 12:40:00 PM
(12/02/2013 12:26:00 PM) - Al
That's funny, I heard it was all fixed.
12/02/2013 12:26:00 PM
(12/02/2013 12:09:00 PM) - Al
Bloomquist is a nice reserve at 2B/SS, but he doesn't hit nearly enough to play elsewhere. Nice OBP for a backup though.
12/02/2013 12:09:00 PM
(12/02/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al
Bucks with another great offer, your choice of any 5 games, $39. That's a great deal if you can only make it to 3 of them.
12/02/2013 12:00:00 PM
(12/02/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al
That is going to be a remarkable, beautiful day.
12/02/2013 10:00:00 AM
(12/02/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al
He just doesn't think the USA does things correctly. So, he ignores the rules.
If we allow him to do so, it's on us, not him.
12/02/2013 09:00:00 AM