Al's Ramblings



Thursday, June 30, 2011

(6/30/2011 11:52:00 PM) - Al

Union makes parade float a battleground.

Again, the union needs positive PR, and they simply have no idea how to garner it. Their actions are so shortsighted, it's painful.


6/30/2011 11:52:00 PM



(6/30/2011 10:37:00 PM) - Al

Two poker rooms in MN forced to close at midnight, because the commission that they fund to oversee them is part of the MN government shutdown.

Too bad they don't have the leadership and backbone of Scott Walker, who just signed a budget with a surplus, ridding the state of a $1.6B deficit.

He just doesn't get it.


6/30/2011 10:37:00 PM



(6/30/2011 10:26:00 PM) - Al

All that's left now is Ultimate Bet/Absolute returning funds...several pros have offered to sell their bankroll on UB/AP for 30-35 cents on the dollar and have yet to find takers, per various poker sites. One said he was offered 15 cents per dollar. When he thought about it, he went to tell the guy he'd do it for 17.5, and before he could say it, the guy told him the offer was no longer valid.

Considering they still have $120M, that's a huge loss for the poker community.


6/30/2011 10:26:00 PM



(6/30/2011 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Full Tilt sold, US money to be returned as part of deal.

I barely had enough there to buy a meal for the family, but that's $150M back in the pockets of Americans, so that's a good thing.


6/30/2011 10:23:00 PM



(6/30/2011 10:12:00 PM) - Al

Prince to captain HR Derby with Ortiz.

I wonder if someone will "suggest" players to him, or if he will really be the one doing the research. I have to believe it's the former.


6/30/2011 10:12:00 PM



(6/30/2011 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Amen.

The mistreatment of the capitol by the union protesters is one of the truly embarrassing moments in my lifetime. Taping propaganda to a veteran's memorial was shameful, and allowing people to camp out...completely inappropriate.


6/30/2011 09:53:00 PM



(6/30/2011 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Another district saves huge cash by dropping the union insurance carrier.

Common sense tells you that the union insurance is nothing but a printing press for the union to generate cash. It is unlikely to exist in a couple years, now that competition exists.


6/30/2011 09:14:00 PM



(6/30/2011 09:06:00 PM) - Al

95 tomorrow, heat index over 100. Please, do not mow lawns or do other strenuous activity. It can wait.

I think we've only mowed a single time since early June. The sun and lack of rain managed to severely stunt the grass, and even the many weeds in our backyard. A couple years ago, our neighbors, who fertilized and seeded with a pro lawn service company all Spring, had brown grass in July, while ours was green...because the weeds were more prevalent than the grass. They put in a watering system now, so it looks like a golf course, and they have to mow twice a week. Why they feel this is a positive, I do not know.


6/30/2011 09:06:00 PM



(6/30/2011 08:58:00 PM) - Al

I just went to Target to pick up some aloe vera gel for the Rambling son, who forgot to wear sunscreen today at the pool (so did his manny).

I came to the conclusion that if I had a teenage daughter, I truly don't know I could go on. Even the more conservative attire is risque compared to what the rest of the population wears. And, maybe I'm old and don't remember, but I just don't think the female gender looked like that when I was their age.


6/30/2011 08:58:00 PM



(6/30/2011 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Watched the first 15 minutes of RV. So sad how gorgeous Lindsay Lohan was before she lost the weight to be "Hollywood thin."

She actually had curves.

EDIT: Chris says that was not Lohan, but another curvy young actress. Sure looked like her.


6/30/2011 07:14:00 PM



(6/30/2011 06:21:00 PM) - Al

"I don't think that's going to happen," manager Ron Roenicke said. "I'm not saying down the road that wouldn't happen, but right now, [Gomez] had a nice day the other day against [the Twins' Francisco] Liriano, and I'm planning on playing him today and [Friday]."--MLB.com

Interesting Ron says Gomez appears safe for now, but may well go down to AAA later.

I'm not sure how the Brewers can do a whole lot better with their infield reserves, Wilson hits right, Counsell left, both can play SS, and both are solid defenders. There aren't many players who can play SS and hit, that's why guys who can't hit a lick have careers spanning the better part of a decade. So, if not Gomez, the only remaining reserve is Kotsay, who looked promising early, going to LF a lot, but of late has struggled.

Of course, the Crew could just wait a couple days and send Gamel back to AAA Monday, activating Saito then. They have been rumored to be looking for a RH bench bat most of the season. Eventually, they'll have to find a spot for that player...maybe that's where Gomez's option comes in.


6/30/2011 06:21:00 PM



(6/30/2011 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Geez, he'll never pay his taxes now.


6/30/2011 03:00:00 PM



(6/30/2011 02:49:00 PM) - Al

The odd thing about Glenn Beck being let go from Fox and doing his own thing on the internet...it's easy to imagine about 200K people signing up for $5 a month online (I believe about 1.2M watch him each day)...meaning he'd gross $1M per, or about $12M annually. And, he's not only free to say and do what he wants, he's kind of setting the bar, and many will follow.

If his audience was younger, he'd probably get a higher percentage, as many of his fans do not own a computer, or do nothing on it except e-mail or look up news.


6/30/2011 02:49:00 PM



(6/30/2011 02:34:00 PM) - Al

Gamel still working on "touch" on throws to 1B. Like Weeks and Fielder used to do, just needs to "slow down."


6/30/2011 02:34:00 PM



(6/30/2011 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Quite a gritty performance by Wolf. I assume Axford pitches the 8th, and Randy managed to save the bullpen. Sometimes, you just have to dig in and think of the team.


6/30/2011 02:14:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:56:00 PM) - Al

If we're going to start reporting every kid Michael Jackson mistreated, we're not going to have time or internet space to do anything else.

Let's be honest, Jackson was as perverted as it gets. He bought his way out of multiple convictions, but that just makes him rich.


6/30/2011 01:56:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:53:00 PM) - Al

The big difference between the Brewers at home and on the road are those warning track fly outs like Prince just hit. This is a team built for Miller Park, which is a pretty neutral ballpark, but is a solid HR park, year after year.


6/30/2011 01:53:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:47:00 PM) - Al

I guess that tie goes to the runner stuff is for the little people.


6/30/2011 01:47:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Wolf, like Marcum, doesn't have his best stuff as he takes on an impressive Yankees' offense, but the difference between the last two starts and Greinke's Tuesday night are striking. The main thing...both Marcum and Wolf look like they live and die with every pitch and the result.


6/30/2011 01:37:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:29:00 PM) - Al

This would seem to suggest working 100 hour weeks are bad for you.

I worked in retail for 15 years, and some companies were big on delegation, working 40-45 hours, and balancing life with work, and some in which your boss would tell you lunch didn't count as part of your ten hour days and hours were never a problem because "your hours don't count." There's an old saying in the tech industry, "If you don't come in on Saturday, don't bother coming in on Sunday."

You do what you have to do, but I don't think anyone dreams of working 50+ hours a week until they retire...even if you own your own business and do the books or computer work at home.


6/30/2011 01:29:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:23:00 PM) - Al

This is why the overwhelming majority of people believe in the 2nd amendment. You truly have to wonder what is going on sometimes.


6/30/2011 01:23:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:17:00 PM) - Al

None of the six man bullpen advocates are commenting today. Funny, most of them are also Greinke disciples, who insist bad luck is responsible for his horrible numbers with men on base.

I'd say they lack understanding of the game, but I think they have to work their way up to that level. Totally clueless.


6/30/2011 01:17:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:10:00 PM) - Al

The longer this goes on, the worse Bradley looks.

At this point, anything short of criminal charges being filed against Prosser makes me think Bradley should be tendering her resignation.


6/30/2011 01:10:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Sabathia just walked Braun to face Fielder. No hesitation.

Strikes out Prince on three pitches. CC is a confident, able pitcher.


6/30/2011 01:03:00 PM



(6/30/2011 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Two things to keep in mind as Brewers contemplate player move Friday: McGehee has options and Kotsay gets $100,000 roster bonus Friday.--JS

That's two interesting nuggets, though I doubt $100K is enough to push a decision one way or another.


6/30/2011 01:00:00 PM



(6/30/2011 12:46:00 PM) - Al

The Greinke apology tour continues, though this piece calls it in, ignoring his hellishly high line drive percentage and his terrible numbers from the set, which have led to his low LOB%...there aren't runners left on when you're giving up extra base hits with men on like Zack is.

The truth is, Greinke has excellent stuff, but has underachieved at an astonishing rate the past year and a half, a sample of about 300 innings...hardly a small sample. His effort was questioned in KC last year, he admitted a lack of effort in KC, and his effort Tuesday night looked, to be kind, questionable.

I'm not sure if folks feel sorry for Greinke because of his diagnosed illness or if they just hope he gets back to Cy Young form. The truth is, he hasn't been anywhere near that type of pitcher for 21 months, and when you factor in sporadic energy being exerted, you wonder if he's got it in him.


6/30/2011 12:46:00 PM



(6/30/2011 12:36:00 PM) - Al

Mike Cameron would probably improve 20 MLB teams. I can't believe Theo would let him go after a tiny sample of PA's this year...you get the feeling there might be more to it than that, however, everyone says Cameron is a great guy and a fine teammate.

You could make a case for Cameron on many teams, and you can on the Crew as well, he could replace Gomez while giving Carlos playing time in AAA. Kotsay is a LH hitter, but going forward in limited playing time, many would like Mike more.

EDIT: Cam's BAbip is .162, astoundingly low. I'm sure he's struggled, but add that to horrendous luck, and you're going to put up terrible numbers.


6/30/2011 12:36:00 PM



(6/30/2011 09:16:00 AM) - Al

Gamel picks up the start today even versus a southpaw he would seem to have little chance against. He has hit the ball well, even though no hits fell last night.


6/30/2011 09:16:00 AM



(6/30/2011 08:52:00 AM) - Al

I guess it could be a lot worse than lyme disease.


6/30/2011 08:52:00 AM



(6/30/2011 08:48:00 AM) - Al

Mr. President, you are the problem.

It's hard to believe an economic plan that was taken from the pages of Robin Hood has garnered so much scorn in less than 2.5 years,


6/30/2011 08:48:00 AM



(6/30/2011 12:19:00 AM) - Al

Be interesting to see who DH's tomorrow with Sabathia pitching. I don't think anyone really sets up well...Lucroy may be an interesting choice, as Wolf is pitching, so Kottaras will catch. Another option might be to have Josh Wilson play 2B and have Rickie DH. Gamel has struggled versus LHP in AAA, Kotsay has looked bad against southpaws...tough call.


6/30/2011 12:19:00 AM



(6/30/2011 12:14:00 AM) - Al

Ann doesn't think the numbers match either.

Walker's numbers are proving to be accurate. The union's...not so much.


6/30/2011 12:14:00 AM


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

(6/29/2011 10:53:00 PM) - Al

Follow First World Pains on Twitter. It should be called Stuff Rich White People Complain About.

It's funny because it's true. Shut the hell up.


6/29/2011 10:53:00 PM



(6/29/2011 09:47:00 PM) - Al

7142 see the Rattlers play in Miller Park. Considering they did almost no marketing of the game, nice crowd.


6/29/2011 09:47:00 PM



(6/29/2011 09:41:00 PM) - Al

More evidence of the nanny state, but I can't believe anyone takes their own wine to a restaurant. Why don't take your own steak while you're at it?


6/29/2011 09:41:00 PM



(6/29/2011 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Shrimp cocktail, filet mignon, and a lobster tail. Tastes even better when its free.--George Lind III, pro poker player, who was comped a free meal when they spilled his Pepsi on him

Damn it, no one ever spills a drink on me. My life sucks.


6/29/2011 09:37:00 PM



(6/29/2011 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Ron Artest explains name change to Metta World Peace

Allow me. Ron Artest is a blithering buffoon who loves attention.

And guess what? I'll still call him Ron Artest.


6/29/2011 09:20:00 PM



(6/29/2011 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Brewers announce they have traded RHP Sergio Mitre to the Yankees for cash. Mitre was designated for assignment on Monday.--MLB.com

Good luck to Sergio. The Yankees will use him for depth and in low leverage spots.


6/29/2011 09:14:00 PM



(6/29/2011 09:01:00 PM) - Al

Chris Carpenter throws 132 pitches in CG victory.

Apparently, Dave Duncan's magic doesn't work on relief pitchers, since they don't trust a one of them.


6/29/2011 09:01:00 PM



(6/29/2011 08:57:00 PM) - Al

If you're wondering why Ron Roenicke was so outspoken about the imbalance of interleague, check the results of the last two nights.--Buster Olney

What's funny is, many on the internet seem to be arguing this. Talk about seeing the forest for the trees. Yankees > Orioles. Not even close.


6/29/2011 08:57:00 PM



(6/29/2011 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Vote for Braun, Fielder, and Weeks before 11PM Thursday night!

25 times per e-mail, so vote like they do in Chicago...with dead people's e-mail addys!


6/29/2011 08:46:00 PM



(6/29/2011 08:30:00 PM) - Al

One of the complaints you see often from casual bloggers is that the Brewers utilize a seven man bullpen most of the time, and they think six is plenty. They tend to see everything short-term, so they fail to plan for a single blow up start by Greinke, and the 'pen is shot for the better part of a week.

The funny thing is, they preach about "bullpen management," which is really just a code for second guessing...you see, if Axford has a good inning, he was the man. If he blows the save, well, Roenicke should have went with a combo of Hawkins and Dillard, because...Axford does not match up well against Abbott and Costello (insert real batters' names here, but never show any actual statistical facts...those are for the little people).

{To maximize the ignorance, you never "first guess," you always wait to tell your better, smarter option until AFTER the fact.}

Not a whole lot of "management" the past couple nights, just getting through the game with the arms available. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a six man bullpen looks like.


6/29/2011 08:30:00 PM



(6/29/2011 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Dillard needs to completely change his delivery or pitch selection versus LH hitters. They look like they are slow-pitch hitters up there as that ball is flung right into their wheel house. I'm not sure what he's thinking, he needs to use the outside corner.


6/29/2011 08:11:00 PM



(6/29/2011 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Marcum did not have his best stuff tonight, but battled, worked hard, and went 5 frames, giving up 4 runs. Far from ideal, but compare this to Greinke's "effort" last night.

If not for the HR to Martin (which appeared to be a change below the knees), it would have been a very good outing.


6/29/2011 08:07:00 PM



(6/29/2011 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, the casual bloggers on Twitter know less about MLB than my cocker spaniel. The irony is, they do not realize they are proudly showing their ignorance every single time they tweet something.

I should keep track of them, but I'd need an infinite amount of time to click and paste.


6/29/2011 07:46:00 PM



(6/29/2011 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports McClendon will not be in uniform tonight, and will fly back to Nashville tomorrow...unless he's needed to be activated before that game begins.


6/29/2011 06:01:00 PM



(6/29/2011 05:47:00 PM) - Al

More on throwing out thousands of cribs.

The lady who runs the agency says it's no way to regulate. No, it's not.


6/29/2011 05:47:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Milwaukee to lay off 350+ teachers...cannot take advantage of new CBA, contract signed through 2013. As the comments say, it's either layoffs or Walker's plan, and the union made their choice.

Walker's plan has received great press the past two days. It's saving money and allowing districts to make adjustments. Add it to Milwaukee's error in judgement, it makes the union look very suspect.


6/29/2011 04:49:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:46:00 PM) - Al

Brewers opt not to activate RHP Mike McClendon at this point. McClendon was summoned from Nashville in the event a move was made.--JS

A short outing by Marcum tonight would be devastating.

Also, Saito likely to rejoin team in Minnesota this weekend.


6/29/2011 04:46:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Obama rips Congress for taking vacations during crisis...

...Makes plans for Martha's Vineyard vacation--Drudge


You just can't write this stuff.


6/29/2011 04:44:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:39:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Franklin's velocity is all but the same, but he's stopped throwing his curve this year, and is throwing more split-fingered fastballs. Does it hurt when he throws the curve? Figure that out, he might be right back to his old self.


6/29/2011 04:39:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:36:00 PM) - Al

I actually voted for John Kerry, before I voted against him.


6/29/2011 04:36:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:17:00 PM) - Al

Stephen Jackson sounds thrilled to be in MIL, said all the right things.


6/29/2011 04:17:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Sheboygan seems to think savings in insurance and salaries will make up for reduced state aid also. Hmmm.


6/29/2011 04:12:00 PM



(6/29/2011 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Franklin released, so much for the magic of Dave Duncan.

Much like Trevor Hoffman last season, it's difficult to believe Franklin is healthy. Everyone insisted Trevor was fine last year, and then it leaked out after the season that the "mental break" they gave him while he worked with Rick Peterson was really down time to recover from a cortisone shot. When he recovered, he was back to his old self.

Franklin did not just fall apart in the offseason, if he's healthy, he'll find the groove again. If he's not, he won't.


6/29/2011 04:05:00 PM



(6/29/2011 03:38:00 PM) - Al

So, if I was dumb enough to give this gal money to tell me what the Rambling dog was thinking, I promise you he would say:

Al, you got ripped off.

Heck, half the time I'm not sure what my wife is trying to say...


6/29/2011 03:38:00 PM



(6/29/2011 03:32:00 PM) - Al

So, again I ask, is Kaukauna telling fibs, or is everyone else, because what they're saying is exactly what Walker said.

When in doubt, it's very difficult to think the truth is coming straight from the union.


6/29/2011 03:32:00 PM



(6/29/2011 03:29:00 PM) - Al

Doug Davis released. He'll find a job, though his days of being more than a 5th SP who can go 5-6 frames are done.


6/29/2011 03:29:00 PM



(6/29/2011 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Weeks 2B, Morgan CF, Braun LF, Fielder 1B, Hart RF, Gamel DH, McGehee 3B, Betancourt SS, Lucroy C, Marcum P

It will be interesting to see if Gamel takes any ground balls at 3B, especially if he continues to smack the ball like he did last night.


6/29/2011 03:14:00 PM



(6/29/2011 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Mike McClendon is here, in limbo for now. Could have a Brewers roster move coming.--MLB.com

The Crew is ready to add an arm, but they'd have to drop someone as well, obviously.


6/29/2011 03:11:00 PM



(6/29/2011 09:14:00 AM) - Al

It literally is Jimmy Carter all over again, with a dash of Hoover.


6/29/2011 09:14:00 AM



(6/29/2011 09:06:00 AM) - Al

I just can't find anywhere to save money.

Note to everyone: We hate dollar coins. We like dollar bills. Deal with it.


6/29/2011 09:06:00 AM



(6/29/2011 08:51:00 AM) - Al

Prince might sign to DH.

Very doubtful. He has worked his way up to a decent, if still below average 1B. He'll want to play 1B for the next few seasons, and I also doubt he'll want to sign on with BOS or NYY...I think he'd prefer being the "big fish." I still see him in BAL or DC, with the Cubs in reserve.


6/29/2011 08:51:00 AM


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

(6/28/2011 11:28:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers, according to sources, would like to strengthen their bench, particularly with a right-handed hitter. They expect to strengthen their bullpen when Takashi Saito comes off the disabled list, possibly this weekend.

And that may be about it.

The Brewers, after dealing for Sabathia in 2008 and then trading for Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum last winter, simply aren't in position to trade many more prospects. And now that they've gotten healthy, they just don't have that many pressing needs, either.--Danny Knobler


I'm sure most teams would love to strengthen their bench and bullpen, to be honest. As said, they simply do not have the prospects to dangle to add an everyday player.


6/28/2011 11:28:00 PM



(6/28/2011 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke pulled Greinke because he did not want him to give up more runs...in effect, he pulled him like a hockey coach pulls his goalie...to spare him the embarrassment.

They mention getting another pitcher in, I would assume McClendon, but I do not know who they'd send out unless it is a pitcher.


6/28/2011 10:42:00 PM



(6/28/2011 09:22:00 PM) - Al

The way Brewers' reliever LaTroy Hawkins is dealing (0.44 ERA and 21 consecutive scoreless apps), he's got to get All-Star consideration.--Bob Nightengale

No, he won't. He has pitched well though, without a doubt.


6/28/2011 09:22:00 PM



(6/28/2011 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Rickie and a couple others should get the rest of the game off. Long, hot summer.


6/28/2011 08:44:00 PM



(6/28/2011 08:39:00 PM) - Al

NRO piece makes Bradley and Abrahamson look very bad, especially as "unnamed sources."


6/28/2011 08:39:00 PM



(6/28/2011 08:15:00 PM) - Al

It won't do anything for his statline, but nice outing by Estrada. If Greinke is not injured, they might send Marco down to bring up a fresh arm, but he did fine, probably tired as he began his 4th frame.


6/28/2011 08:15:00 PM



(6/28/2011 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Gamel is swinging a good bat. I have no problem with a two out throwout at home on a perfect throw. Yuni's OBP is well below .300, Corey will likely score there half the time. Another fine play by Swisher.


6/28/2011 08:09:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:53:00 PM) - Al

There sure are a lot of Greinke apologists out there.

The facts are, he has anxiety issues, and is on record as saying he has not given a full effort in the past. Pretending those things don't exist seems very strange to me.

Especially 60 minutes after an outing that looked halfhearted, to be kind.


6/28/2011 07:53:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:39:00 PM) - Al

Always have to wonder about Greinke's anxiety level in Yankee Stadium: he now has a career 11.29 ERA in the Bronx.--Bob Klapish

I was thinking of that, but too tired to look it up. Lyme disease is not a motivator.


6/28/2011 07:39:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:37:00 PM) - Al

Really tough not to question Greinke's effort watching Estrada throw strikes, change speeds, and, you know, not suck.


6/28/2011 07:37:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Zach Greinke is proof that it is a human, not scientific game.--Gammons

The national media seems to be hinting at something without saying it. Reading between the lines, not pretty.


6/28/2011 07:33:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Gamel must have got a terrible jump on that, as Swisher threw it to the plate on the fly, no chanced for a cutoff.


6/28/2011 07:30:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:29:00 PM) - Al

When you hit it that hard, you can swing at the first pitch, Mat.


6/28/2011 07:29:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:27:00 PM) - Al

Heckuva throw by Swisher, surprised more RF's and CF's don't deke the runner and try to do that.


6/28/2011 07:27:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:26:00 PM) - Al

The Yankees just played Prince the same way they play Morgan or Gomez.

That shift stuff is just a fad, like radio and fire.


6/28/2011 07:26:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:25:00 PM) - Al

Marco has only a fraction of the talent, but trying hard makes a difference.


6/28/2011 07:25:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Greinke looked just like I feel. Maybe he has lyme disease...


6/28/2011 07:24:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:20:00 PM) - Al

Strange game for Zack Greinke. He just seemed to give in after awhile, and he allows 7 runs in two innings and is now done for the night.--Buster Olney

It was easy to see a lack of effort. He looked like he wanted to be elsewhere. Considering he's on a contending team, making $12M, and has admitted to previous "motivation problems," it's a troubling series of events.


6/28/2011 07:20:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:19:00 PM) - Al

If Bob Davidson had been the ump, he would have taken that balk away, because Granderson leaned into it.


6/28/2011 07:19:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:15:00 PM) - Al

Unless Greinke is hurt, I have no idea why he'd be out. He should be able to get you an inning or two more just throwing fastballs.


6/28/2011 07:15:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:10:00 PM) - Al

Greinke singlehandedly destroys the bullpen. I blame the defense and bad luck.

I also blame the defense for his crappy season last year with the Royals, in which he has said he did not give 100% effort.

It's like the rich kid's dad who keeps bailing him out, and wonders why his son keeps behaving badly.


6/28/2011 07:10:00 PM



(6/28/2011 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Estrada still throwing with the Crew up. Unless Greinke is injured and DL'd, he may have managed to ruin the six man bullpen with one lackluster outing.


6/28/2011 07:04:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Greinke is pitching a perfect ballgame...in the bizarro world. He's giving the Yankees all the baserunners they need, and his pitch count is already on a 125 pitch pace...to go 5. He's doing his best to weaken the team for the entire week.

And still, some clowns will say it's all bad luck and defense. Greinke has pretty much called it in for the past year and a half, and sadly, he admitted he did so last year. He should be left out there to get in 110 pitches, and inform him his lack of effort and preparation will not be tolerated. When you're giving up a 800ish OPSA with men on base, you reap what you sow.


6/28/2011 06:57:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:55:00 PM) - Al

Zack using the old Grumpy Stewart philosophy of shutting down the opposition by giving them lots of free baserunners.

Oof.


6/28/2011 06:55:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Hart with a sprawling catch to help make up for Morgan's slip.

Greinke pays no attention to the runners, double steal. HBP, walk, wild pitch, attention span issues...this is why he has not been shutting down the opposition.


6/28/2011 06:52:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Walks Gardner, who has the least power in the entire lineup. After being ahead 1-2. Zack needs an aggressive pill, or we're going to see Estrada very, very soon.


6/28/2011 06:49:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:45:00 PM) - Al

Because of the HBP and leadoff single, Greinke's thrown almost the entire game from the set position, where he has struggled all year. Not setting himself up for success.


6/28/2011 06:45:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Hate to see Gamel swing at the first pitch. He does have power, but he also has OBP skills he's just throwing away by going after pitch #1.


6/28/2011 06:37:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:33:00 PM) - Al

When you see McGehee in so much pain after a relatively routine diving stop, you have to wonder about his overall health. He has had knee troubles in the past, and I believe has had offseason "clean up" surgery each of the past two years.

I have little trouble seeing a softball player get banged up on a dive like that, but for a major league infielder? Just seems strange. Bill said it best, if he had to do it over again, he'd probably throw to 1B. However, pain makes such decisions challenging.


6/28/2011 06:33:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:24:00 PM) - Al

One HBP before that by Greinke the entire season. It's not a conviction, but it's enough to get a warrant. Decisions like that are head shakers, and almost always lead to a run or two for a team as talented as the Yankees.


6/28/2011 06:24:00 PM



(6/28/2011 06:21:00 PM) - Al

If Greinke is truly stupid enough to hit the leadoff batter in retaliation for Braun, I think we know why he's "underachieved" his last 300 innings.


6/28/2011 06:21:00 PM



(6/28/2011 05:28:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another embarrassingly bad call. Jim Leyland comes out, shows the ump exactly what he did, and then gets ejected.

How do these guys do it? Listen to the Tigers' announcer say it best, "He doesn't even know what he called."


6/28/2011 05:28:00 PM



(6/28/2011 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Kaukauna schools: our reforms will allow them to HIRE MORE teachers, lower class size and start merit pay.--Governor Walker

Apparently, the Kaukauna school district is the exact opposite of every other district in the state.


6/28/2011 05:12:00 PM



(6/28/2011 01:11:00 PM) - Al

Economy in the crapper "unexpectedly"...Bloomberg scrubs "unexpectedly" away, caught red handed.


6/28/2011 01:11:00 PM



(6/28/2011 10:52:00 AM) - Al

I don't even know what to say anymore.


6/28/2011 10:52:00 AM



(6/28/2011 10:37:00 AM) - Al

Dereck Whittenburg, who missed the shot that Lorenzo Charles dunked, is on ESPN talking about Charles' untimely death. He just saw him recently at an assistant coach's funeral. Jim Valvano and Charles both gone far too soon.


6/28/2011 10:37:00 AM



(6/28/2011 10:26:00 AM) - Al

Supposedly, a real pic from some sort of fantasy card game tournament.

Heh.


6/28/2011 10:26:00 AM



(6/28/2011 10:22:00 AM) - Al

Many patients report a lack of understanding among employers, family, and friends as being the most frustrating aspect of Lyme disease. The fatigue that accompanies it often is seen as laziness, or a lack of desire, especially after the disease enters its second and third week of treatment.--Wikipedia Lyme disease entry

Heh. I guess back when I was in charge of a store, I just took people at their word, never mind if they had a doctor's note. I guess not everyone does that.


6/28/2011 10:22:00 AM



(6/28/2011 10:05:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, many of these "adult politicians" refuse to admit the system is broken. They just keep pushing the problem to the next session, year, and generation.


6/28/2011 10:05:00 AM



(6/28/2011 10:03:00 AM) - Al

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Cardinals "are trying to land" Heath Bell and Jason Bartlett of the Padres. In that scenario, Ryan Theriot would have to move to second base. Acquiring Bell and Bartlett at the trade deadline would require taking on about $3.7MM in additional 2011 salaries, plus quality prospects.--MLBTR

I've not sure if Bartlett is much of an upgrade over Skip Schumacher. Bell, however, is excellent, and would be a very strong move.


6/28/2011 10:03:00 AM



(6/28/2011 09:45:00 AM) - Al

Al,

Your poker mention reminded me to ask you a question. A local bar has a weekly poker tournament in the city in which I work. I drive by, and often see the sign that says "Sunday poker tournament 5PM $40" and wonder how they can promote this out in the open.

Thoughts?

GHB


As far as I know, poker is 100% legal in Wisconsin as long as the house (a better term in this case would be "the host") does not take a cut or a fee. If the bar in question collects $40 and puts it all in the prize pool, that should be fine. If they charge $40 and only put $30 or $35 into the prize pool, they are in violation of the law, or need a casino license.


6/28/2011 09:45:00 AM



(6/28/2011 09:31:00 AM) - Al

NY Times says Obama needs to get involved.

When the Times gets critical of a lefty, the bloom is off the rose.


6/28/2011 09:31:00 AM



(6/28/2011 09:20:00 AM) - Al

An e-mailer sends in this piece that since the online poker crackdown, poker is back where it should be...in the shadows.

A load of crap of mythical proportions. Poker is a beautiful game, one that uses strategy, math, cunning, and the ability to read others. It has no place in the "shadows" of anything, it should be enjoyed just like chess is.

It's become a silly cliche, but like most cliches, it rings true...it takes a minute to learn, and a lifetime to master. Most of the best players in the world are under 30...heck, most are under 25. They are the best because they've played thousands, millions of hands online. The legendary Doyle Brunson has said many players see more hands in six months than he saw in his first 70 years of life. The game has evolved, it is far tougher than it was 2-3 years ago. I've read many say it is far better than it was a few months ago.

I just cannot believe how ignorant that piece is. Off the charts.


6/28/2011 09:20:00 AM



(6/28/2011 07:39:00 AM) - Al

Investor's Business Daily wonders why they don't get it...federal spending has to be lowered.


6/28/2011 07:39:00 AM


Monday, June 27, 2011

(6/27/2011 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Mike Hunt wonders if having a black QB at Wisconsin is a big deal?

In 2011. Seriously. They had a black QB...2 or 3 of them, I think, 20+ years ago, when Don Morton utilized an offense in which the QB was even more of a focal point than currently.

I'm embarrassed in that anyone still notices. Note how the old media still brings race into every conversation, even though no one does. The JS is so stuck on race, it's a true embarrassment.


6/27/2011 09:45:00 PM



(6/27/2011 09:04:00 PM) - Al

Dems insist on $400B in tax increases, GOP walks out.

$400B here, $400B there, pretty soon, you're talking about real money. It's like the entire Democratic party does not realize that spending less money is an option. Take a gander at NJ and WI...it works fine if you have a leader with a backbone.

Fore!


6/27/2011 09:04:00 PM



(6/27/2011 09:00:00 PM) - Al

24-year-old righty Waldis Joaquin can opt out of his contract with the Giants Friday.--MLBTR

He throws a legit 95 mph, and is coming off injury. He'll have several offers if he hits free agency.


6/27/2011 09:00:00 PM



(6/27/2011 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Our storm sirens go off all the time, because Marathon County is as big as a small state, and often, the tornado/T-storm is 45-60 minutes from us, and often, way past us. Most of us do not pay attention to them at all, and those who do freak out at everything.

It doesn't help matters that in school, they teach kids that when sirens go off, you need to go to your "safe place" in the house. Try and explain to your 9 year-old that he should relax and play video games or watch TV when he's asking where the canned goods and bottled water is stored.


6/27/2011 08:49:00 PM



(6/27/2011 08:45:00 PM) - Al

I'm hearing that the Brewers have gotten multiple calls on the recently-designated Sergio Mitre, so he has a good chance of being traded.--MLBTR

Cheap veterans who can start or relieve are always in demand. In theory, it's fine because they have McClendon and DiFelice in AAA. However, a couple guys go down to injury, that could really come back to bite the Crew. You can never have too much pitching, even if it's only mediocre.


6/27/2011 08:45:00 PM



(6/27/2011 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Melvin explains moves, they had questions about Mitre maintaining his effectiveness with his low K rate, and liked Estrada and Dillard more, reading a bit between the lines.

You get the feeling Saito will replace Gamel after the week is over.


6/27/2011 07:52:00 PM



(6/27/2011 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Lo Charles will always be remembered for one more shining moment than the rest of us will ever have.


6/27/2011 07:38:00 PM



(6/27/2011 05:40:00 PM) - Al

Gamel and Braddock up, Mitre DFA'd. James taken off 40 man as well.

Mitre has pitched well, and is stretched out to go several innings. He may well accept a AAA assignment, because he's making more than the minimum, if he does not get claimed.


6/27/2011 05:40:00 PM



(6/27/2011 04:54:00 PM) - Al

New York Times columnist says what they all are thinking...people in the "middle places" have long, sloping foreheads"...everyone in flyover country is an idiot, and we on the coasts, absolutely fascinating.

For the most part, the Midwest (and the South) are full of the people who not only built the country, but continue to defend it to this day, while getting sneered at by the elite who I wouldn't cross the street to spit on.

By the way, Dems, those are your people. You can have 'em.


6/27/2011 04:54:00 PM



(6/27/2011 04:49:00 PM) - Al

I'm still trying to fathom we have adults serving on the Supreme Court. Are you kidding me?


6/27/2011 04:49:00 PM



(6/27/2011 04:33:00 PM) - Al

Heyman discusses what Fielder, Reyes, and Pujols will get. I doubt Pujols gets a dollar more than Prince, as he's older and been injured.


6/27/2011 04:33:00 PM



(6/27/2011 04:23:00 PM) - Al

If the all-star game was played tonight, Fielder, Weeks, and Braun would all be starting.

Of course, if it were played tonight, lots of teams would be unhappy, as they are playing a real game.

I admit, I have not voted a single time, but if you wish to continue stuffing the ballot box a virtual 25 times per e-mail address, per day, you can do so here.


6/27/2011 04:23:00 PM



(6/27/2011 01:57:00 PM) - Al

Fewer storms, but more old media attention on each one.

Somewhere in his mansion, built on lies, more lies, and statistical untruths, Al Gore is muttering, "What happened to all the damn storms? Christ."


6/27/2011 01:57:00 PM



(6/27/2011 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Again, I see mentions of Dillard having an option. I wish we could figure those out once and for all.


6/27/2011 01:45:00 PM



(6/27/2011 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Might Saito come up for the Yankees series too? He's pitched 2-3 times now in Nashville.

Matt


I would guess Saito, if he remains healthy and effective, would return in about a week, when Gamel goes back down. I know they said they wanted him to pitch in Nashville, with the last time being Tuesday, and then they'd see where he was.


6/27/2011 01:41:00 PM



(6/27/2011 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Chris Christie explains how he saved NJ taxpayers $130B.

This is exactly the straight talk we need in DC.


6/27/2011 01:10:00 PM



(6/27/2011 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Thank you for the many e-mails about lyme disease...most are far more concerned than my family doc was when I saw him this AM. He seems to think I am well on track to being 100%, he even hinted I may not need to take my ulcer medication the entire 'scrip, never heard that before. I'm on the best lyme medication known to man, he said.

EDIT: By the way, I do not have an ulcer, just "stomach trouble." They won't call it an ulcer unless you have the scope down your throat.


6/27/2011 12:50:00 PM



(6/27/2011 12:48:00 PM) - Al

$6 Brewers' tickets...including on the 4th of July!!

I'd never miss one of those if I lived within a 45 minute drive.


6/27/2011 12:48:00 PM



(6/27/2011 12:20:00 PM) - Al

We have a nanny state sighting in New York City...excuse while I slice some cheese with a disposable plastic knife.

I wonder what exact day common sense just disappeared.


6/27/2011 12:20:00 PM



(6/27/2011 12:10:00 PM) - Al

BUMPED, new info below.

Idea for next year's Twins' series in Milwaukee...some sort of Paul Molitor bobblehead, maybe in a Cooperstown uniform.

UPDATE: Christopher e-mails to say they did a Molitor bobble during a Twins series, but the list reveals they had two different Brewers' uniforms. My "Cooperstown" or "Hall of Fame" uniform is still in play.


6/27/2011 12:10:00 PM



(6/27/2011 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Talking to editorial boards about budget that flips $3.6b deficit into $300m surplus.--Governor Walker

The governor just doesn't get it. Deficits have become so common in government, you now have to explain why you're not doing it.


6/27/2011 11:57:00 AM



(6/27/2011 11:53:00 AM) - Al

New York Times article on Braun.

Because the Brewers usually don't play the Yankees, they just began to exist to the Times. It's funny because it's true.


6/27/2011 11:53:00 AM



(6/27/2011 11:47:00 AM) - Al

KFC says "we told our cooks to make our grilled chicken even better, by using bigger breast white meat pieces."

Must be those special chickens from those KFC poultry farms.:)


6/27/2011 11:47:00 AM



(6/27/2011 11:38:00 AM) - Al

Patriotic baby names. If I ever had another, the name Reagan would be a fine choice.

Of course, I'd likely get outvoted 1-1 (if you're married, you know what I mean).


6/27/2011 11:38:00 AM


Sunday, June 26, 2011

(6/26/2011 10:20:00 PM) - Al

While Gamel will almost certainly DH (or play 1B and have Prince DH) when the Crew faces a RHP, it'll be mildly interesting to see who DH's when they face Sabathia, or a LHP from MIN. I would guess either Wilson will play 2B and give Rickie a night off from 2B, or possibly have Morgan play LF and let Braun DH a game, especially if he's still bothered by his illness.


6/26/2011 10:20:00 PM



(6/26/2011 10:09:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure not going to pick on the Twins, as they've had a ton of injuries, and not many teams would be sending out much of an offensive juggernaut without their 1B (Morneau), LF (Young), CF (Span), RF (Kubel), and DH (Thome) because of interleague play.

Without Fielder, Braun, Morgan, and Hart, the Brewers' lineup would look like this:

Weeks
Gomez
Gamel
McGehee
Gindl
Betancourt
Lucroy
Kotsay

Suddenly, it all comes into focus, doesn't it? Not to mention Joe Mauer has not been been himself yet in '11.


6/26/2011 10:09:00 PM



(6/26/2011 07:18:00 PM) - Al

I'm scheduled to be a guest on Seth Stoh's Twins' podcast later tonight, just after 10PM. I believe you can listen live or later here.

UPDATE: No show tonight. I'll let you know if I'm rescheduled.

At least I didn't get bumped for a chimp act...


6/26/2011 07:18:00 PM



(6/26/2011 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness we have the first lady watching over our menu choices.

Now if you'll excuse me, fat cakes for everyone!


6/26/2011 07:12:00 PM



(6/26/2011 06:58:00 PM) - Al

DiFelice was sent down after the game, but the Brewers said they will not call anyone up until Tuesday. That will be for either Gamel or Braddock, with one more move still to come.


6/26/2011 06:58:00 PM



(6/26/2011 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Don't look now, but after a couple seeing eye hits this weekend, Yuni's numbers can't be that far away from league average for SS's.

You can repeat misinformation as often as you like, but it doesn't make it true.


6/26/2011 03:39:00 PM



(6/26/2011 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Thome beat the shift last inning for a single. Add in that play by Weeks on the left side of 2B, I'd estimate the score to be about 273-22.

If you don't like the shift, you don't like math.


6/26/2011 03:35:00 PM



(6/26/2011 03:32:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, but an effective Loe versus RH hitters is just domination. He makes major league guys miss by a couple feet.


6/26/2011 03:32:00 PM



(6/26/2011 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Gardenhire sends up a paor of LH PH's to face Narveson with men on base. You get the feeling that since he feels that's the best chance of success, he must be a mighty frustrated fella after most games.


6/26/2011 03:08:00 PM



(6/26/2011 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Jason Frasor, RHP, Blue Jays — He would be the prize among bullpen pieces Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel, Shawn Camp, and Jon Rauch, whom Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos may want to move at the trading deadline so he can continue to add young players to the system.--Nick Carfardo

Frasor fits the hard-throwing mold Doug likes, though he's not a big guy. Mike Adams and Grant Balfour are the other two that would easily fit right in.


6/26/2011 01:18:00 PM



(6/26/2011 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Today I’m signing a budget that balances a 3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes Watch this video to see why it's important--Governor Walker.

I didn't even watch the video, but read that sentence a few times, and just think how incredible it is, especially in today's "spend it even if you don't have it" world.


6/26/2011 01:06:00 PM



(6/26/2011 11:40:00 AM) - Al

Our current state of being.

I see changes coming...http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif


6/26/2011 11:40:00 AM



(6/26/2011 11:28:00 AM) - Al

Ann takes a look at JS reporting which can only be described as Witrado-like.

It is hard to believe a mainstream daily can be that slanted, and only report half the story. And, they do it all the time.


6/26/2011 11:28:00 AM


Saturday, June 25, 2011

(6/25/2011 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Hey Al,

I noticed Taylor Green is putting together a pretty nice season at Nashville. Any chance we'll see him in Milwaukee if Casey continues to tread water?

Thanks,
Dave


He's doing almost as well as Gamel. He's come out of nowhere this year, as he's been recovering from a wrist injury for over a year...supposedly, those take a while to heal, and he went from being a prospect to a utility player future...and now, has returned to prospect status.

No doubt he'd be the guy if McGehee went down, and he can play 2B, so Weeks as well. Given he's a lefty hitter, with little success versus LHP, some sort of platoon would be used.

Doug is committed to doing what he can to win this season. Any player that could help will be considered.

FYI, I believe the only relievers with options remaining are Estrada and DiFelice. They might both go down to make room for Gamel and Braddock, unless someone is banged up and could use a couple weeks off.


6/25/2011 10:34:00 PM



(6/25/2011 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Justin Filtz, pro poker player who went to school and I believe still lives in Stevens Point, is in the final table at the $5K NLHE 6-max at the WSOP. You can follow him at JustinFiltz on Twitter.

Good luck to him.


6/25/2011 10:30:00 PM



(6/25/2011 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Delmon Young on the DL with a sprained ankle. Severe sprains are serious, but he's still fortunate.


6/25/2011 09:34:00 PM



(6/25/2011 07:57:00 PM) - Al

I may be the only person who still thinks Gomez will sign at least one eight figure contract in his career. He may never hit like I hoped, but with his defense, even a modest amount of improvement might get him a 3y/$11M deal to play CF in SD or COL, or another park with a huge amount of area to cover.


6/25/2011 07:57:00 PM



(6/25/2011 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Gomez with his third hit of the night. If only that wasn't so far from the norm.


6/25/2011 07:53:00 PM



(6/25/2011 07:48:00 PM) - Al

That's about as bad an ankle/foot injury as you'll see, hitting the wall with half your foot, and it giving like that. Young will be lucky to play again this season.

I sprained my foot almost 20 years ago, and it never fully heals.


6/25/2011 07:48:00 PM



(6/25/2011 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Anderson Cooper humor. The best kind.


6/25/2011 07:32:00 PM



(6/25/2011 07:25:00 PM) - Al

I wish I could run like Gomez for just one day.


6/25/2011 07:25:00 PM



(6/25/2011 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Casey and Yuni having nice AB's in the 3rd. Be nice to get those two back to their career norms.


6/25/2011 07:12:00 PM



(6/25/2011 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Gallardo's failure to get strike one, strike two, and strike three is keeping him from moving into the next level of SP's. As is, he's a solid six inning guy who always runs into pitch count problems. It reeks of concentration issues, to be honest.

Lucroy setting up six inches outside with the pitcher up...probably not a good idea either.


6/25/2011 06:37:00 PM



(6/25/2011 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Brewers looking at Gamel and Braddock for interleague play.

I mentioned Mat's possible return the other day, toot, toot.

Tom points out Braddock has not pitched all that well, but has done fine as far as being on time. Considering he pitched fine and was late when he was up, that's the desired result. As they said, you can't be part of a team and be the one guy doing his own thing.


6/25/2011 05:41:00 PM



(6/25/2011 05:25:00 PM) - Al

Of course, there's been a real debate about where to invest and where to cut, and I'm committed to working with members of both parties to cut our deficits and debt.--Obama

In case you're keeping score, "invest" is the latest word that is being used instead of "raise taxes."

And I'm sorry, when you think you can take money from those who earned it and "invest" it to create jobs, you're talking Jimmy Carter economics. The government sucks at creating jobs...that's why the $1T "stimulus" failed, and why Obama giggled at not really having any shovel ready jobs, because they're clueless.


6/25/2011 05:25:00 PM



(6/25/2011 05:15:00 PM) - Al

More on Bono's hypocritical behavior.


6/25/2011 05:15:00 PM



(6/25/2011 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Progress being made, my welts are far less red and itchy. I've been taking the antibiotic and Benadryl, and rubbing hydro-cortisone cream on them, but even the ones on my back are fading, so it's the oral meds, I assume.

I have two 'scrips to take...my ulcer med has to be taken on an empty stomach, and not eat anything for an hour. Meanwhile, my penicillin has to be taken with food (I actually took it for skin infections 15-20 years ago, and it does make you nauseous if you do not eat with it)...but no dairy products before or after for an hour. I can't tell you how difficult those two things are to make work together. I'm not a breakfast person, but if I forget to take the ulcer stuff when I get up, I'm screwed.


6/25/2011 12:47:00 PM



(6/25/2011 12:41:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I went to the farmer's market this morning, and then to the grocery store. Once again, we did not see a single farmer for sale, which raises ethical questions about the bait and switch tactics used to draw in customers.

I better not type that too loud, or the nanny state will launch a full investigation.

I'll be making my famous BBQ ribs tomorrow. We even bought some to freeze, $1.99/pound is quite a price.

Upon returning home, the Rambling son said he was going to go ride his bike a while. He came back in five minutes later, and asked if he could go rent a video game...too hot outside. My first thought upon spending a few minutes at the outdoor market was those people at country music fests are going to have an uncomfortable day. Of course, one must remember, some people look forward to these warm summer days.


6/25/2011 12:41:00 PM



(6/25/2011 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Wounded war vet catches foul ball in cap at Yankee Stadium.

One more than I've caught.


6/25/2011 12:40:00 PM



(6/25/2011 12:06:00 AM) - Al

Have been in contact with SJax for all the people saying he doesn't wanna be in Milwaukee. Incorrect. Quite the contrary.--Andrew Bogut

Good to hear. Gotta give those guys 24-48 hours after being traded. One day, you're being asked to be loyal and do public appearances, the next, it's "you've been traded."


6/25/2011 12:06:00 AM


Friday, June 24, 2011

(6/24/2011 11:31:00 PM) - Al

I don't know what was going on with Mauer. He never put down a sign for breaking ball. Never. It was fastball, fastball, fastball, fastball.--Jose Mijares

Called for a fastball there, I didn't call for it down the middle.-- Joe Mauer

Just a terrible pitch.--Ron Gardenhire, MLB.com


Love to see dissent on the opposition, especially with more games upcoming against them. It was strange though, challenging Prince with heat with McGehee, at best, just swinging the bat OK.


6/24/2011 11:31:00 PM



(6/24/2011 11:10:00 PM) - Al

The Nats allow Riggleman to resign because they did not want to extend his option through 2012...sign Davey Johnson to manage...through 2013.

Heh. I've always liked Davey, as he is one of the few guys to admit offense is more important than defense...even though we all know scoring runs is 50% of the game, while preventing runs (pitching + defense) is also 50%...meaning defense is probably somewhere in the 15% range. We see it every day, as Adam Dunn and Brad Hawpe were/are butchers in the field, yet still make millions.

I'd heard rumors Prince ends up in DC next year (though I still favor the Orioles). They may well be at the point they are just a player away, especially one of Fielder's ability.


6/24/2011 11:10:00 PM



(6/24/2011 10:49:00 PM) - Al

As usual, one-run games come down to a single hit, mistake, or play. Wolf made a single bad pitch and it looked like it would beat him. The Crew lost a run when Braun's double bounced over the wall, terrible luck.

Luckily, the Twins' lefty reliever missed his location by a foot, and Fielder does not miss mistakes.

Wolf continues to pitch great, as he has since the Brewers got him, minus a 12 run start when he was asked to eat some innings in what amounted to a "punt." I have discussed this single game numerous times, while many casual bloggers ignored it, and instead use that single game and the stats including it to make his very good numbers look pedestrian.

In 2010-11, minus that one bad game, Wolf has thrown over 310 frames, and has a 3.59 ERA. He has been superb, and is probably one of Doug's best free agent signings during his time in MIL. As Rich Kranitz said tonight, he deserves to be an all-star more than any other pitcher on the staff.

Th irony is, most people can't see the forest, because all those trees get in the way. While many will spend all day debating the merits of Gallardo, Greinke, and a healthy Marcum, the truth is, Wolf has better than all of them the past season and almost half.

But, since it doesn't fit the narrative (much like "the defense is going to be TERRIBLE" crap we had pushed on us all offseason, and that still gets repeated, even though it's painfully wrong and proves ignorance), it gets swept under that mythical rug.


6/24/2011 10:49:00 PM



(6/24/2011 10:41:00 PM) - Al

I think we're going to hear a lot of "get off the golf course" talk in the next 18 months.

With hope, he won't listen.


6/24/2011 10:41:00 PM



(6/24/2011 10:32:00 PM) - Al

I always find it mindnumbing when people act surprised when a young prospect predictably struggles, yet holds his own when debuting at a young age (usually 22-23), and then...who would have ever guessed it, improves as he matures (often until about age 27).

We saw it with Weeks. We saw it with Hart. Braun and Fielder are freaks, and have been superb since day one. We're even seeing it on a much more subdued level with Lucroy. Also, Gamel is predictably getting better in AAA as he repeats the level again.


6/24/2011 10:32:00 PM



(6/24/2011 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Our dog was sick and tested negative for lymes so the vet said he was going to test for anaplasmosis as Marathon County seems to be a hotbed for it. It is transmitted by the same tick but rarely tested for. Turns out our dog was positive and was treated for it. He also told us about a woman in Rib Mt. who was sick, tested positive for lymes and anaplasmosis. I guess when they test for lymes they don't always test for anaplasmosis.

Jim


I can't recall if they mentioned this to me or not. They did talk about similar stuff that would give a negative test, that's why they gave me an antibiotic before the test came back.

I do not know about Marathon County, but the USA maps show WI as being the worst in the nation for lyme. I have to wonder if this is yet another result of pesticide fears...I see far more negatives from not spraying than from it. They are even finding DDT use was probably curtailed far too soon, and it is returning in Africa.


6/24/2011 10:15:00 PM



(6/24/2011 10:08:00 PM) - Al

A Vietnam vet chimes in on the president's bumbling of the dead and medal winners.

The old media has done a fine job burying this, I can't say I've seen a single mention of it outside blogs and the like. If Palin would have messed this up, it'd be on the evening news every day for a week.


6/24/2011 10:08:00 PM



(6/24/2011 10:02:00 PM) - Al

Twins will activate Jim Thome for Saturday's game.--Fox.com

I can't say I want to face Thome once a game with men on, but unless he plays 1B, I'm not sure if he makes a whole lot of sense for NL rules.


6/24/2011 10:02:00 PM



(6/24/2011 09:56:00 PM) - Al

U2, who for decades have begged government to raise every type of tax imaginable, is bothered by protesters who see them for the hypocrites they are.

Taxes are for the little people. The only things clowns like Bono know is he has no clue how to fix anything, and they need to stop taking so much of his money.


6/24/2011 09:56:00 PM



(6/24/2011 09:29:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling father-in-law says I have to stop taking long walks in the woods.:)

If anything, me being infected with lyme is proof everyone is at risk.


6/24/2011 09:29:00 PM



(6/24/2011 09:27:00 PM) - Al

Loe all but unhittable versus RH bats when he's "on."


6/24/2011 09:27:00 PM



(6/24/2011 07:31:00 PM) - Al

I see that there are country festivals in Cadott, Oshkosh, and my hometown of Richland Center this weekend.

That's a lot.

EDIT: Take a look at the concession/restroom area in Oshkosh. Makes you want to plunk down your money, doesn't it?


6/24/2011 07:31:00 PM



(6/24/2011 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Hef rebounds with a blonde that is far more attractive than his former fiancee.

He's 85 you know.


6/24/2011 07:07:00 PM



(6/24/2011 06:50:00 PM) - Al

Al,

I'm a regular reader of your blog. The first time I read about your lack of fatigue I thought of Lyme Disease right away. I went undiagnosed for months and it took me a long time to get over it. I still feel the effects a bit, but I am much better than I was.

If you go to the link, and go to page 14, you can read my firsthand account of my battle against Lyme Disease. I have talked to several people who have read my article who couldn't get any answers. If you tested positive, consider yourself lucky. Just make sure you are treated long enough for it.

Feel free to ask me if you have any questions about Lyme Disease, as with all the research I've done, I probably know more about the disease than most general doctors.

Thanks.

Bert


Anyone that would like to talk to Bert, shoot me an e-mail and I'll get you his info. Thanks for your time, sir.

EDIT: I just read Bert's piece. He went through an awful long time of no help because he originally tested negative, even though he had all the symptoms. If you know of anyone who is suffering from fatigue, pain, or general malaise, tell them to read that link and get tested for lyme disease.

Even my doctor last week asked about if I had been camping or had any rashes when I said I was tired, but he did not bother to add the lab test to the others. We'll never know if I was positive then or not.

EDIT 2: I do find it strange I have rashes all over me, and Bert never had one. That sucks.


6/24/2011 06:50:00 PM



(6/24/2011 06:25:00 PM) - Al

Thanks again Klop. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

What a selfish oaf of a human being.


6/24/2011 06:25:00 PM



(6/24/2011 05:31:00 PM) - Al

A's first-round pick Sonny Gray has allowed 15 baserunners in 7 innings and the Vanderbilt coach is leaving him in with 130 pitches.--Gleeman

Heh. That's why I always root for the Brewers draft picks' teams to lose. The best thing that can happen to them is to finish their time. Indentured servants were treated better.


6/24/2011 05:31:00 PM



(6/24/2011 03:40:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and I went bowling for the second time this week this afternoon. The pretty girl who was there before was working again, and when she entered our names into the computer for scoring, said, "And you're Al, right?"

When we were changing shoes, I mentioned this to the Rambling son, and he said, "Yeah, that was strange." Even with ulcers and red, itchy spots all over me, I still got it.

By the way, the Rambling son bowled a 71 without bumpers. Considering I know the Rambling wife has not cracked 70 in about 20% of the games she's bowled since we've known each other, I think that's pretty darn good.

By the way, if you're curious about my stamina, after two games, I'm ready for a nap.


6/24/2011 03:40:00 PM



(6/24/2011 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Clinic just called, my lyme disease test is officially positive.

At least they didn't ask me to come in and show all the interns my blotches.


6/24/2011 03:37:00 PM



(6/24/2011 03:11:00 PM) - Al

It is being reported that the new Winnipeg NHL team will be called...

...the Jets.

Many will look at this as proof that there is still good in the world. I think I read that they sold more Winnipeg Jets stuff sold last year than all but five existing NHL teams. Great to see the NHL return to a city that never deserved to lose their team.


6/24/2011 03:11:00 PM



(6/24/2011 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Glenn discusses the imitators to the Tea Party, including Van Jones' version, which would make Karl Marx proud.


6/24/2011 02:56:00 PM



(6/24/2011 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Chris Christie tells the Today show that the president needs to "show up" and get things down, just like he has.

Oh, to see a debate between the straight-forward Christie and the elitist style of Obama. By the time anyone figured out what the president said, the laughter would be deafening.


6/24/2011 01:00:00 PM


Thursday, June 23, 2011

(6/23/2011 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Wonder if the Bucks plan to keep Jon Leuer, as 2nd round picks are passed around very freely among teams, almost as an afterthought.


6/23/2011 09:58:00 PM



(6/23/2011 09:30:00 PM) - Al

New Jersey, fulfilling a campaign promise by Chris Christie, eliminates/lessens union rights.

Unions are all but dead. The old media refuses to write the obituary, but history will note Walker and Christie leading the charge for taxpayer's rights.


6/23/2011 09:30:00 PM



(6/23/2011 09:06:00 PM) - Al

It's not really news that the president goofed on military issues...he's proven to be all but oblivious to most all foreign policy matters, especially those related to our servicemen and women.

There's a reason why W was so adored by the military, like it or not, as a Guard fighter pilot and Texan, he was one of them. Obama has always seemed very uneasy around the troops, whether he's mispronouncing corps-man or ignoring his generals' recommendations.


6/23/2011 09:06:00 PM



(6/23/2011 06:24:00 PM) - Al

Jon Stewart is racist.

The irony is, the left developed this impossible standard, and now, it has to be applied to every minority candidate. It cuts both ways.


6/23/2011 06:24:00 PM



(6/23/2011 04:48:00 PM) - Al

CBS takes a look at the big 3-way trade, likes the fact the Bucks dumped salary and kept a pick.


6/23/2011 04:48:00 PM



(6/23/2011 04:05:00 PM) - Al

ESPN with the first write-up. Word on the street is, the Bucks shed a lot of payroll and players not aging very well.


6/23/2011 04:05:00 PM



(6/23/2011 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Jackson and Maggette had almost identical contracts, about 2y/$20M each.

Salmons is owed 3y/$24M, Urdih 2y/$15M.

Livingston 1y/$3.5M, with an option.


6/23/2011 03:58:00 PM



(6/23/2011 03:31:00 PM) - Al

Huge Bucks deal just went down, three teams, Charlotte/Sacramento/MIL.

#10 pick, Maggette and Salmons gone, Bucks get #19 pick, Stephon Jackson, Shaun Livingston, and Beno Udrih.

No, I don't know those guys either.:) Back in a few with links to them, at least. I think Jackson is a PG.

UPDATE: Jackson is a 6-8 forward, scorer, 32, best known for his time with Golden State a couple years ago.

Beno will soon be 29, 6-3, shooting guard, averaged 13 points the past two seasons with the Kings.

Livingston is a 6-7 SF, has averaged 7 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds in 23 minutes a game ikn his career.

I'll link to someone who knows more when it comes up. As always in the NBA, the players' salaries are as important as their skill level.

I will say this...by dealing Corey and John, the Bucks are certainly in need of players to man the #2/3 slots...though I guess they still have Delfino and Udih.


6/23/2011 03:31:00 PM



(6/23/2011 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Jim Riggleman resigns because his '12 option was not picked up yet.


6/23/2011 03:19:00 PM



(6/23/2011 01:49:00 PM) - Al

The Spurs are targeting the No. 10 pick (Milwaukee) or the No. 12 pick (Utah) to move up from their spot at No. 27. The Spurs are offering reserve point guard George Hill as bait to see if there’s a chance they can get center prospect Jonas Valanciunas, who is expected to stay overseas with a tricky contract buyout situation. The Bucks, who already have Brandon Jennings as their starting point guard and veteran Keyon Dooling as a backup, aren’t interested in this deal. The Jazz may still be weighing such an offer.--NBA.com

Have to wonder if they might need a third team to make that deal work out.


6/23/2011 01:49:00 PM



(6/23/2011 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Gery Woelfel: Bucks, Lakers and Knicks among several teams inquiring about Ramon Sessions.

I always liked Sessions, and still do.


6/23/2011 01:47:00 PM



(6/23/2011 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Other than possibly Aaron Gleeman, you'd think I'd be one of the least likely people on the planet to get lyme disease, considering I'm not an outdoors person.

Think again. Thanks to several painful, itchy red blotches, I went back in to see if
I was allergic to my ulcer medication. Nope.

Hey, could be a lot worse. Fatigue and skin trouble isn't nearly as bad as what happens if it's left untreated, or what a lot of other people deal with every day.

I just looked it up, and one of the symptoms is said to be "overall malaise." When I described my condition when I was diagnosed with my ulcers, I described it as "general malaise," and had one e-mailer tell me they had to look up malaise, they'd never heard of that word. Turns out, I guess I used it perfectly.


6/23/2011 01:22:00 PM


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

(6/22/2011 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Yet another black eye for the union...and she doesn't care.

At least she's refreshingly honest about her illegal behavior.


6/22/2011 09:00:00 PM



(6/22/2011 08:40:00 PM) - Al

No mention in Afghanistan speech: ground conditions...civilian agency role, or the words success, victory, winning.--John Noonan

That's because the current conditions indicate shaky improvement, and certainly not worthy of reducing boots on the ground. As Dennis Miller said tonight, it's all about getting the doves to vote for him next election, it has nothing to do with what Petraeus recommends or what it will take to keep this region safe.

While some will celebrate fewer troops in harm's way, I can only think since the commanders feel 130K is a nice number, 70K ain't nearly enough, and they are in a far more dangerous environment due to this political finagling.


6/22/2011 08:40:00 PM



(6/22/2011 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Ann discusses this little happening yesterday...involving a man in a wheelchair and anti-Walker people who strangely don't seem to have jobs. Based on previous behavior, you can probably bet the union folks acted badly, tough not as bad as you might expect after they disrupted a Special Olympics ceremony.

Also, I had not heard Dave Zien was injured in a motorcycle accident. They're a dangerous machine, though being firmly on the side of choice, I support his right to make that decision on his own.


6/22/2011 08:33:00 PM



(6/22/2011 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness this irresponsible oaf only took one person with him. He could have wiped out a school bus or a playground full of kids with his irresponsible, reckless actions.

And, let's be thankful this didn't happen in LaCrosse, so we don't have to hear about the boogeyman who preys on the extremely intoxicated.


6/22/2011 07:32:00 PM



(6/22/2011 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Wil Nieves is catching in Nashville tonight, so he must have accepted his assignment. I thought he'd elect free agency.


6/22/2011 06:54:00 PM



(6/22/2011 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Jon Stewart concedes he's a lying incompetent.

None of this would matter, of course, if he was at all funny.


6/22/2011 06:49:00 PM



(6/22/2011 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Marcum doesn't think he'll miss a start.

As I said earlier, considering the off day situation, it'd be very easy for him to take a start off without hurting the team. That seems like a logical compromise.

Or, they could DL him and use that roster spot to call up Gamel to DH next week in New York and Minnesota. We'll call that option two, but remember you heard it hear first.


6/22/2011 06:36:00 PM



(6/22/2011 06:19:00 PM) - Al

I find it somewhat funny that eight months later, my feelings on the Brewers' schedule rings true. Meanwhile, there seems to be two camps of thought on the subject:

1. This is an injustice, and weeping is not out of the question.

2. So? All's fair in love, war, and MLB scheduling.

As often is the case, my thoughts stay consistent over time, and fall into the contrarian position. The Crew's draw is hellish, brutal in fact. However, one has to keep in mind that we are talking 15 games, about 9% of the season's slate. And, thus far they are 2-4...a single win away from a very respectable .500 mark.

The irony to me is, the toughest part is to have to face the Twins now, rather than a month ago. They were awful, and now, they are as good as any team in the game. Regardless of your draw, some things are just the result of good/bad fortune.


6/22/2011 06:19:00 PM



(6/22/2011 05:58:00 PM) - Al

I guess I'm just not sure why you'd lower the troops level to 70K, when the generals are saying they are barely maintaining their improved standing with 100K. To me, the answer is either a number at or greater than the current level, or a number very close to zero.

To me, this is like playing the infield half-way...unable to make a commitment either way.

We'll never know, of course, but I have to wonder what would have happened if the previous suggestions of 130K troops would have been listened to. I get the feeling we may be speaking about Afghanistan in the same way we discuss Iraq...successful, and in the past tense. It's tough to do anything half-heartedly, especially when you're the away team in something as tough as combat.


6/22/2011 05:58:00 PM



(6/22/2011 05:53:00 PM) - Al

Dems new plan...same as the old plan.

Seriously, you just can't write this stuff. Fiscal responsibility and the Democratic party are as far apart on the mythical things chart as myself and a light salad for lunch.


6/22/2011 05:53:00 PM



(6/22/2011 05:17:00 PM) - Al

I agree that interleague play, by nature, is unfair. Heck, the Brewers play six games against the Twins every year, while the Cards usually play six versus the Royals...that's a game or two MIL has to make up each campaign. Of course, for much of this year, the Twins have had fewer wins than KC, and no one disputes if KC's kids play as projected, they will be a force in a couple seasons.

Of course, you can't play the same 162, and realistically, life is patently unfair as well. The NFL is loaded with teams that win 9-10 games against a weak schedule each season, sneaking in over an 8 win team that played a tough slate. Heck, take a gander at tennis, where they seed the top 16 and the #17 is as likely to play #1 in the 1st round as he is the lowest ranked player in the field, usually a "lucky loser" (a guy who lost in the qualifier, but gets in due to injury or illness).


6/22/2011 05:17:00 PM



(6/22/2011 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Dillard might have limited success as a middle/long reliever, but he will always struggle versus LH bats because of his delivery. You can literally see lefty bats licking their chops when they face him. Low ceiling guys who top out at 88 mph...very limited potential.


6/22/2011 03:20:00 PM



(6/22/2011 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Speculation is that the Bucks and the Rockets are working on a trade involving the Bucks' No. 10 pick and Ersan Ilyasova going to Houston for both of the Rockets' first-rounders (No. 14 and 23) and a player to be named.--Bleacher Report

New one, but it fits in that the Bucks feel they can trade down and get a similar player.


6/22/2011 02:36:00 PM



(6/22/2011 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Miller Park scoring remains an embarrassment. You have to wonder if they just let the old fella have fun until he misses an obvious one, and they send someone over to fix it. It's a once or twice a week thing, unacceptable since they have as long as they want to make the call. It reeks of ineptness.


6/22/2011 02:31:00 PM



(6/22/2011 02:15:00 PM) - Al

The Crew will have to make a decision on Marcum...if he's not able to bat or go more than three innings or so, a DL trip might be in his best interests. Because of the days off tomorrow and Monday, Estrada or another SP would only have to make two starts before the all-star break.


6/22/2011 02:15:00 PM



(6/22/2011 02:09:00 PM) - Al

Koji Uehara is another reliever that throws hard that might interest the Crew. John Grabow is a guy they've looked at in the past, and is still effective versus LH bats.


6/22/2011 02:09:00 PM



(6/22/2011 02:02:00 PM) - Al

We're going to stick with an unconventional plan today against Marcum. Righthanded lineup with switch hitters hitting righty.--Joe Maddon

There are some pitchers who have "reverse splits," meaning they fare better versus batters that hit from the opposite side they pitch from...but Marcum does not appear to be one. I assume this is a ploy to limit the change-up's effectiveness, but I think I'd just go with my best offensive lineup.


6/22/2011 02:02:00 PM



(6/22/2011 11:29:00 AM) - Al

Heyman lists pitchers that may be traded, Balfour, Breslow, and Adams all fit the Brewers' criteria, and all three were once with the team.


6/22/2011 11:29:00 AM


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

(6/21/2011 09:41:00 PM) - Al

They're running on Damon just like they ran on Nyjer Morgan last year, when he was in DC. Surprised more teams don't do it, but, I don't think most teams take advance scouting very seriously. Many teams don't bother, and just use video.


6/21/2011 09:41:00 PM



(6/21/2011 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if Braun will make it through 9, coughing and hacking. I wonder if they talked to him before PH for Morgan?


6/21/2011 09:39:00 PM



(6/21/2011 09:38:00 PM) - Al

3-0 breaking ball to Wilson, Braun on deck.


6/21/2011 09:38:00 PM



(6/21/2011 09:36:00 PM) - Al

I've seen Josh Wilson destroy low fastballs. That's what we'd like about now.


6/21/2011 09:36:00 PM



(6/21/2011 09:30:00 PM) - Al

In this political climate, concealed carry will soon be law with nary a protest.

I don't worry about law-abiding citizens carrying, I worry about the drug dealers and worse. They won't bother getting permits, so to me, it's a non-issue. Most all states have a similar process, and have few issues.


6/21/2011 09:30:00 PM



(6/21/2011 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Greinke's best outing of the season, a bit disappointing to see him over 100 pitches after 7, however.


6/21/2011 09:23:00 PM



(6/21/2011 08:15:00 PM) - Al

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Chad Ford has Jon Leuer headed to the Bucks in round 2 (pick 40 overall).--Dave Heller

They could certainly do worse. Leuer may be a role player, but he should have a nice career.


6/21/2011 08:15:00 PM



(6/21/2011 07:20:00 PM) - Al

I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman...I am not someone who promotes same sex marriage.--President Obama, whose stance on the issue is identical to many on the right, as well as David Tyree, who is being crucified for it.

I feel it is a state's rights issue, and have little opinion at all (except to say I have no desire to attend your wedding, gay or straight).


6/21/2011 07:20:00 PM



(6/21/2011 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Shouldn't Bob Davidson come down from 3B and overrule that HBP? That way he could do what he wants most -- draw attention to himself.--JS

Heh. He's so bad, even the old media can't help but notice.


6/21/2011 07:18:00 PM



(6/21/2011 06:24:00 PM) - Al

The accelerated drawdown will dismay American and British commanders in Kabul, who have privately expressed concern that the White House is now being driven by political rather than military imperatives.

Bold added, read the whole thing.

The idea of this administration playing politics? Stunned. Shocked. That group checks the poll numbers before they pee each morning.

I've seen estimates of 5/10K all the way up to the 30K they added when the generals asked for 50-60K. It is not a coincidence the word "victory" has never been said...it's not about winning, it's about making the donors happy.


6/21/2011 06:24:00 PM



(6/21/2011 06:16:00 PM) - Al

Joe Torre called the Rays and Sam Fuld should have been required to face one batter last night. Learn something new every day.--Adam, MLB.com

I talked myself out of it, but it turns out, the umps were too busy making up rules to enforce the ones in the book.

And tomorrow, they'll be worse.


6/21/2011 06:16:00 PM



(6/21/2011 06:07:00 PM) - Al

RHP Shaun Marcum passes on-field drills and wants to start Wed vs. Tampa Bay but must get final OK from team doctor. Stay tuned.--JS

He'll start. There's no structural damage on the MRI.


6/21/2011 06:07:00 PM



(6/21/2011 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Sounds like the Bucks are also very open to moving down a few spots in the draft. Both the Rockets (Nos. 14 and 23) and the Pacers (No. 15 and Brandon Rush) appear to be possibilities.--ESPN.com

I'm always a fan of moving down, as it usually gets you extra picks and/or players. This is a pretty weak draft, many say you can do as well with the 25th pick as you can the 10th.


6/21/2011 04:49:00 PM



(6/21/2011 03:53:00 PM) - Al

I am hearing the Miller Park roof is in the process of saving another game tonight. We had a massive storm this AM, it poured from 7-8 or so. I didn't know whether to roll over and go back to sleep, or to build an ark (luckily, I chose the former, so I'm feeling pretty refreshed).

You can tell it's been dry here, as it can rain heavily and the sump pump doesn't even run. With rain forecast all week, that may soon change.


6/21/2011 03:53:00 PM



(6/21/2011 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Braun back in the lineup. Good to see.


6/21/2011 03:42:00 PM



(6/21/2011 03:20:00 PM) - Al

A glitch found in a bill no one bothered to read?

You know, there might be a lesson there somewhere, if we look hard enough...


6/21/2011 03:20:00 PM



(6/21/2011 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Michael Yon looks at the impending decisions regarding troop levels in Afghanistan, and correctly points out that the mission has been working shorthanded the entire time, especially since Obama sent just a fraction of the manpower asked for, but told them to go ahead with the plan anyway.

Despite this, the military has succeeded greatly, with steady progress, especially when one considers Pakistan is, to be blunt, as unhelpful as a festering blister on a marathon runner's foot. Time will tell what the future brings, but just once, I'd like to hear "victory" stated as a goal, rather than artificial withdrawal dates and a halfhearted approach to ensuring there are enough boots on the ground.


6/21/2011 02:58:00 PM



(6/21/2011 02:49:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman is right...when you see how hard this writer is trying to convince people the Braves are better off with an older, more expensive SS that's not as good, he knows he's wrong too.

Escobar is a good player who now signed long-term with the Jays. Some teams simply don't know how to handle players who may be immature but talented...the Brewers regime with Sheffield had no idea, for example.


6/21/2011 02:49:00 PM



(6/21/2011 10:59:00 AM) - Al

Funny, all the good schools seem to be in red states.

Meanwhile, bluest of blue IL moves to limit union power...seems to be costing too much.

Eventually, those bills come due.


6/21/2011 10:59:00 AM



(6/21/2011 10:54:00 AM) - Al

After I figured out why Fuld did not have to pitch to a batter exactly what Maddon said), the umpiring crew couldn't even bother getting their story straight after the game.

If a lack of effort was worthy of reward, the men in blue would win every single trophy known to man.


6/21/2011 10:54:00 AM


Monday, June 20, 2011

(6/20/2011 11:39:00 PM) - Al

Braun expected to be better tomorrow, on meds. Illness has been going through clubhouse.


6/20/2011 11:39:00 PM



(6/20/2011 11:17:00 PM) - Al

This is why I always giggle when these massive conspiracy theories about the feds hit...you know, they have escape codes on the back of road signs and the like.

The fellas in DC can't even decide whether or not we are in "hostilities" with Libya, Obama insists we are not, but the military is being paid danger pay when in the zone. Lefty needs to discuss the company line with righty.

At the end of the day, just as Ms. Clinton pointed out, the guy who gets the 3AM call is simply not capable of making the decision that comes with it. When you're capable of ignoring Osama's whereabouts for five months, I guess you can pretty much ignore everything. At least, that's what we have.

Golf, anyone?


6/20/2011 11:17:00 PM



(6/20/2011 11:09:00 PM) - Al

Prado and Chipper deny not liking Yunel Escobar. See how quickly the vets back away from it when he develops, as expected, into a star.

I'll take all the troublesome above average players I can, thanks.


6/20/2011 11:09:00 PM



(6/20/2011 10:50:00 PM) - Al

I think Adam is onto something, as he points out Fuld had PH for the P. Because of that, I assume he is allowed to take the mound and then be removed...the previous pitcher could have, but could not in this case because Fuld had PH for him, so the pitcher was no longer available.

I did not see Fuld had PH for the P, as it was in the leadoff spot.


6/20/2011 10:50:00 PM



(6/20/2011 10:29:00 PM) - Al

Adam from MLB.com advances the theory that Froemming put forth...Maddon said Fuld was injured and could not pitch.

However, it did not seem as if the new reliever took a long time to warm up, and the previous pitcher could have taken the mound and proclaimed himself unable to go. By having Fuld take the mound, it begs questions that no one has answered.


6/20/2011 10:29:00 PM



(6/20/2011 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Still waiting for an explanation on why Fuld did not have to face a batter. I'm pretty sure there isn't one, and that's why no one has given me an answer.

When a pitcher takes the mound, he has to face at least a single hitter...that's what gives the offense the last move, if they choose.

Davidson's flaunting of the rules...making up a circumstance in which to bring Morgan back...and then not enforcing rules in the book, seems like something an umpire who was completely over his head would do. I'd say it'd be a terminable offense...if not for the union protecting the worst of the worst.


6/20/2011 10:23:00 PM



(6/20/2011 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Davidson was part of failed mass resignation scheme by umps in '99. Was allowed to work way back thru minors to MLB in '04. Big mistake.--Tom H, JS

Obviously not judged on his merits. He's been a laughingstock for half-a-decade. I can't believe he wasn't the worst in AAA...replacement guys get through a game without being noticed, Balkin' Bob never does.

And, is it any doubt this guy is so stupid he quit when he didn't want to? What a moron.


6/20/2011 10:18:00 PM



(6/20/2011 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Great Dane has dropped MillerCoors products over its role in the Wis. beer legislation in the state budget.--Chris Drosner

Someone who knows more about beer will have to explain this to me. Considering the beer tax and DWI penalties are embarrassingly low, supposedly because of the strength of the tavern league, and the fact many politicians are in their pockets, I'm vaguely interested to hear what legal aspect is in the budget that affects bars and mammoth breweries.


6/20/2011 10:09:00 PM



(6/20/2011 10:05:00 PM) - Al

That pitch to Kotsay almost bounced, and the catcher caught it with his glove on the dirt.


6/20/2011 10:05:00 PM



(6/20/2011 10:01:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Your ongoing criticism of the umpires continues to be spot on. Related, it continues to be irritating how the TV crew repeatedly cites Bruce Froemming as some sort of source for quality umpiring and as a consummate professional - just because he's a Milwaukee-area native doesn't mean they should keep up the charade that Froemming was anything other than an out of shape hack who, much like Bob Davidson and many others, gave up caring years before he actually retired and loved to make a farce of the game by injecting himself into the middle of the action when the umpire's involvement was unnecessary. Thanks for listening, Al, and unfortunately, they will only be worse tomorrow.

Nick


Bruce was built a lot like me, so I will agree, he was out of shape and not very good, to say the least. The few times I saw him, he was always sweating profusely and looked mad.


6/20/2011 10:01:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Not to make too much of what looks to be a bit of an inside joke, but since Fuld took the mound, he is supposed to face at least one hitter. I mean, if Davidson is going to make up rules, he should enforce those in the actual book.


6/20/2011 09:54:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:49:00 PM) - Al

When one walks Sam Fuld to face Evan Longoria, one has to wonder if one has the mental capabilities to be a big league pitcher.

I'm sorry, but that's like Jeremy Jeffress pass the weed stupid.


6/20/2011 09:49:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:29:00 PM) - Al

I'm waiting for Davidson to say he called time and take the HR away.

And you think I'm kidding.


6/20/2011 09:29:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Rodriguez did move toward the plate as the ball hit him. That would have been a far better call than the phantom one he made with Morgan.

Of course, why start trying not to be an embarrassment to your species now? When you've already proven yourself completely devoid of the ability to call a baseball game, why bother getting one right in the 8th?


6/20/2011 09:22:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Dillard allows two hits to RH hitters...his only purpose far being in the majors.

Davidson probably would have ensured they got on base anyway...you know, catcher's box violation, balks, whatever.


6/20/2011 09:20:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:09:00 PM) - Al

And by the way, for being completely inept at his job, he gets several weeks off a year and paid well into six figures.

Union America...gotta love it.

Thus far, he has taken a run off the board for the Crew and his pea=-sized strike zone has added one for the Rays.

Nice job.


6/20/2011 09:09:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:06:00 PM) - Al

I know what he saw...he saw the opportunity to be on Sportscenter. Wee, tiny men LOVE getting on TV, especially when you can do manly things like make up rules and throw out big, tough coaches.

This is why union protection, in every shape and form, should be abolished. The only reason that fool has a job is that he can't be fired.


6/20/2011 09:06:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:05:00 PM) - Al

Now showing off a tiny strike zone. This guy is a clown.


6/20/2011 09:05:00 PM



(6/20/2011 09:03:00 PM) - Al

This is unions in America...protecting those who otherwise, would not have a job.

Free markets reward those who do their job well...unions, those who do it worst.


6/20/2011 09:03:00 PM



(6/20/2011 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Bad umpires, without exception, love the spotlight. Good ones never get noticed, horrible ones always do. It's astounding.


6/20/2011 08:46:00 PM



(6/20/2011 08:45:00 PM) - Al

The only thing between Davidson and unemployment is the fact unions only protect the worst.


6/20/2011 08:45:00 PM



(6/20/2011 08:43:00 PM) - Al

How does Bob Davidson has a job? What a blithering idiot. No one moves out of the way, Nando Vina used to lean in a foot.


6/20/2011 08:43:00 PM



(6/20/2011 08:20:00 PM) - Al

I like the way no one was sure if that play would be a hit or an error. In Miller Park, every play is an error. Meanwhile, in most parks, like Fenway, Hart drops a fly ball in the sun...base hit.


6/20/2011 08:20:00 PM



(6/20/2011 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Fine defense, but a lot of luck by the Rays. A foot here and there, all three outs could easily have been hits, and the Crew has a big inning in progress.


6/20/2011 08:11:00 PM



(6/20/2011 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Marcum's MRI and side session go well, expected to start Wednesday.


6/20/2011 08:07:00 PM



(6/20/2011 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Where was this during the OJ fiasco?

Speaking of OJ, I don't think there's been a more guilty person on trial since. The defense seems to be setting up an insanity defense, barely disagreeing she killed her child.


6/20/2011 07:52:00 PM



(6/20/2011 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Rumor has it about 5-6 teams are trying to trade up to take Jimmer Fredette. Apparently, his ceiling of Steve Nash far outweigh his floor of a step slow point guard.

The Bucks have the #10 pick and might be able to add a player if a team wants to swap picks and move up.


6/20/2011 07:21:00 PM



(6/20/2011 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Braun was just scratched with an illness. Mark Kotsay is going to play LF instead.--Adam, MLB.com

Upper respiratory infection. I'd say he's probably got crap in his lungs, like I've got a couple times. Probably a 1-2 day thing, but he's probably quite tired.


6/20/2011 07:03:00 PM



(6/20/2011 06:54:00 PM) - Al

If they did consider dealing Bogut, they aren't anymore.


6/20/2011 06:54:00 PM



(6/20/2011 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Glenn gives the best reasoning I've ever seen for supporting Al Gore.


6/20/2011 06:10:00 PM



(6/20/2011 05:51:00 PM) - Al

I doubt Kottaras is nearly as available as this makes him out to be.


6/20/2011 05:51:00 PM



(6/20/2011 04:19:00 PM) - Al

Hanley, Tulo, Reyes, Rollins and Jeter are only shortstops who have produced more wins above replacement than Yunel Escobar since his 2007 rookie season.--MLBTR

A year ago, the Braves dumped Yunel because some vets did not care for him, now, TOR signs him long-term, and he's accepted to probably a top 5-7 SS in the bigs.

As for the Braves, maybe they need some veterans who just want to win.


6/20/2011 04:19:00 PM



(6/20/2011 04:16:00 PM) - Al

I just got an e-mail telling me that the Bucks are having a season ticket holder "relocation" party tonight. If you talk sweetly, maybe they'll let you in anyway, I got the e-mail and I haven't bought tickets for 2-3 seasons.


6/20/2011 04:16:00 PM



(6/20/2011 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Heyman lists the top position players who may be moved. Jose Reyes is the best player, but looking at the potential names listed, the Crew may not, literally, have the talent to get him, unless they deal major league talent and open a hole elsewhere.


6/20/2011 03:52:00 PM



(6/20/2011 01:14:00 PM) - Al

The latest rumor is the Bucks sending Andrew Bogut and the No. 10 for the No. 2. But again that is a complete Wolves whitewash of a trade, there is no reason for Milwaukee to make that. Unless they think Bogut will never bounce back. That trade would kill the Bucks defense.--NBC.com

I've heard this a few times in the past few days, so whether there's something to it or just some chat that keeps being repeated, I dunno. As the report says, Bogut is worth far more than that if he is on the market, and I certainly don't know enough about the Wolves to say "if they threw in so and so" it might work.


6/20/2011 01:14:00 PM



(6/20/2011 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Dunn, better known as one of the Jackass guys, dies after driving off road in Porsche, a couple hours after sending out pics of himself drinking heavily.

1. Allow me to wonder if there's too much money in the world if one of those clowns owned a Porsche.

2. Nothing funny about drinking and driving. It's difficult to believe it's 2011 and we're still having this conversation.


6/20/2011 12:56:00 PM



(6/20/2011 12:15:00 PM) - Al

Cards announce non-displaced fracture of Pujols' left radius (forearm). He will miss 4 to 6 weeks, as Ken Rosenthal reported.--Jon Morosi, Fox

If SL can overcome this, getting Pujols back will be like getting the best hitter on the market in a month. I doubt this will be as big a hit to SL as most think...moving Berkman out of the OF to play 1B will help them prevent a few runs, and even the best players are only worth six wins or so over 162...and Albert has not been his normal self this season.


6/20/2011 12:15:00 PM


Sunday, June 19, 2011

(6/19/2011 09:00:00 PM) - Al

45 percent of net U.S. job creation in the last two years comes from Texas.--PJ Media

You mean pro-right to work, low tax, low regulation Texas? Shocking.


6/19/2011 09:00:00 PM



(6/19/2011 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Mark A says Astros and D'Backs are the two teams he's heard that may switch leagues. I just read this AM that HOU has no interest in it at all.

I've said it before, I see no positives at all in the proposed realignment...more travel, less rivalry games, and kind of a big glob when looking at the standings, instead of crisp and clean divisions.


6/19/2011 02:15:00 PM



(6/19/2011 01:34:00 PM) - Al

The dozen fans who don't think that shifting works are about as math-challenged as they come.

It makes you wonder about the teams that aren't doing it. The Brewers have been doing it in various forms for at least the past five years.


6/19/2011 01:34:00 PM



(6/19/2011 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Even if Yo doesn't accomplish a thing other than recover enough to give the team 5 innings, that'd be a huge victory at this point. The number one goal is to come back and win the game, of course, but you can go into the Rays' series in good shape in the 'pen, or you can go in hanging by a thread.


6/19/2011 01:09:00 PM


Saturday, June 18, 2011

(6/18/2011 09:22:00 PM) - Al

It's an easy game when it all works. Tough to hold down BOS to just a couple runs though.

The irony is, Wolf just continues to pitch stupendously, while folks make excuses for Greinke and point out he missed spring training. The guy has the highest line drive rate allowed in the NL, it ain't bad luck.


6/18/2011 09:22:00 PM



(6/18/2011 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Prince with a nice 3-6-3 effort, throwing just a foot or so away from the runner. I'd like to see him bounce away a foot or so before making the throw for "safety first" reasons, but I doubt many 1B do that.


6/18/2011 08:33:00 PM



(6/18/2011 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Again, another very impressive outing for Wolf. Randy has been as good as Greinke has been inconsistent.


6/18/2011 08:17:00 PM



(6/18/2011 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Casey continues to hit in horrible luck.


6/18/2011 06:21:00 PM



(6/18/2011 01:13:00 PM) - Al

DiFelice might be an option if Marcum has to miss a start as well. Went 4+ Tuesday, been starting to build up arm strength.

EDIT: It is DiFelice.

EDIT 2: DiFelice was outstanding versus RH hitters and terrible versus LH's thus far. I do not know if he's changed his motion at all, but his past results have been terrible. If he is needed to pitch to more than a token LH or two (and remember, there are no southpaw relievers on the roster right now), expect struggles.


6/18/2011 01:13:00 PM



(6/18/2011 11:34:00 AM) - Al

The Libya criticism continues to grow.

I said from the get go, if John McCain sees problems with it, so do I. The McCain standard is a quick, simple check. The administration hasn't been able to not embarrass themselves in these matters since the campaign.


6/18/2011 11:34:00 AM


Friday, June 17, 2011

(6/17/2011 11:16:00 PM) - Al

Still haven't made it past 11:30 since my sickness. The body sure takes time to heal. Good night.


6/17/2011 11:16:00 PM



(6/17/2011 11:11:00 PM) - Al

Might be DiFelice instead of McClendon. Both pitching well, beggars can't be choosers.


6/17/2011 11:11:00 PM



(6/17/2011 10:54:00 PM) - Al

A gent known as Captain Vancouver is publicly IDing criminals and vandals who caused damage the other night.

Thus far, looks like a bunch of young adults, college kids. Living off mommy and daddy's money, plus the taxpayers, was not good enough, I guess.

Good for the Cap'n.


6/17/2011 10:54:00 PM



(6/17/2011 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Herrera DFA'd for an extra bullpen arm. Seemed like he was passable versus LH bats, but in a small sample, HR to Fukudome did him in, I suppose. Tough when you need a roster spot, someone has to go.


6/17/2011 10:14:00 PM



(6/17/2011 09:17:00 PM) - Al

Just noticed that Alcides Escobar has raised his OPS about 100 points in the past 7-10 days. He's on fire.


6/17/2011 09:17:00 PM



(6/17/2011 08:34:00 PM) - Al

No injury to report, says Gord Ash. I don't think I've ever heard such an obvious fib, but one gets the idea this is part of an ongoing issue...perhaps Marcum was unable to get it loose tonight, or something along those lines.

That said, it likely means that with some combo platter of painkillers, rest, massage, and continued treatment, Marcum will make his next start. That leaves you to wonder where, if any, the additional help will find a roster spot.


6/17/2011 08:34:00 PM



(6/17/2011 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Herrera struggling to keep the ball in the park. Tough place for him facing Varitek, as a loogy doesn't have much of a role when the 'pen has to go eight frames.


6/17/2011 08:21:00 PM



(6/17/2011 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Decent outing by Estrada, 3 runs, 4 innings. That's a tough mental hurdle, though he may have been warned Marcum was hurting. Kept 'em in the game, that's really all you can ask.

He may be sent down regardless as they seek out a fresh arm tomorrow, but as Bill pointed out, he saved the bullpen for the series.


6/17/2011 08:16:00 PM



(6/17/2011 07:15:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder about some sort of finger injury...they have simply not been using Estrada's change-up of late, and that is his best pitch.


6/17/2011 07:15:00 PM



(6/17/2011 07:08:00 PM) - Al

McClendon almost certain to be up tomorrow for either Estrada or Marcum...if they are not sure if Marcum will have to be DL'd, they might send Marco down and wait to make up their mind on Shawn.


6/17/2011 07:08:00 PM



(6/17/2011 06:55:00 PM) - Al

And as we often talk about, they might need to get a reliever in the air tonight, in order to be there for tomorrow night's game. McClendon did not pitch yesterday, and the team is in Memphis.


6/17/2011 06:55:00 PM



(6/17/2011 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Marcum is kicking and grabbing at his leg almost every single pitch. Able to go or not, it's affecting him.


6/17/2011 06:53:00 PM



(6/17/2011 06:38:00 PM) - Al

I have to wonder what exactly Sox fans were worried about when they got off to a slow start. The lineup, seems, to say the least, solid.


6/17/2011 06:38:00 PM



(6/17/2011 05:57:00 PM) - Al

GM Doug Melvin told me that he has no interest in pursuing Scott Kazmir once he clears waivers.--JS

No, but several teams will, and might just catch lightning in a bottle. Always plenty of demand for cheap LHP.


6/17/2011 05:57:00 PM



(6/17/2011 05:41:00 PM) - Al

The misery index is being used again?

My God, we do have Jimmy Carter redux. Can't say I didn't see it coming.


6/17/2011 05:41:00 PM



(6/17/2011 01:23:00 PM) - Al

I gave our manny the day off today, so I went to pick up the Rambling son from college for kids. We stopped at Culvers for lunch. Since he was 3, he has chosen the grilled cheese meal. Still does. Amazing.


6/17/2011 01:23:00 PM



(6/17/2011 11:18:00 AM) - Al

I think it's obvious...Obama does not focus on his failures because he feels above such random acts of not succeeding.

KMart used to be a giant in retail, then they went down the tubes. There have been many articles, even a couple books written about this; which in brief, corporate continued to insist to stores that everything was fine, even as another group was readying the press release announcing bankruptcy. They refused to change, even when the facts spelled out failure. Right to the end, the leadership position was, "Be quiet, we will get you through this, you guys on the front line just don't get it."

Sound familiar?


6/17/2011 11:18:00 AM



(6/17/2011 11:15:00 AM) - Al

It's about time someone mentions AARP is not really much of a group, and just a bunch of hucksters.


6/17/2011 11:15:00 AM



(6/17/2011 11:03:00 AM) - Al

This is why I chuckle when people say so and so can't win.

I'm sorry, but who else you got?


6/17/2011 11:03:00 AM


Thursday, June 16, 2011

(6/16/2011 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Here's your hope and change. Enjoy.


6/16/2011 08:35:00 PM



(6/16/2011 08:12:00 PM) - Al

Really enjoying watching Dems freak out after months of inciting radical union protesters who are now seriously hurting cause with tactics.--Michael Brickman

It has been fun.


6/16/2011 08:12:00 PM



(6/16/2011 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Kids' lemonade stand...for charity...shut down, fined $500.

Nanny state saves us from cold, tangy beverages...good job.


6/16/2011 06:36:00 PM



(6/16/2011 06:22:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure why people are so hesitant to admit that men can use some powder, especially in the summer, to keep things dry and comfortable.

Just be sure not to use menthol. It cools your feet, but burns...you know.


6/16/2011 06:22:00 PM



(6/16/2011 06:16:00 PM) - Al

Yes, elections have consequences. And yes, Feingold, gigantic loser.


6/16/2011 06:16:00 PM



(6/16/2011 04:20:00 PM) - Al

I have enough itchy posts on me, plus enough red non-itchy spots to justify not taking my prescription anymore. Of course, if my ulcer was still knocking me down, I might not feel that way. As is, I think I'm back to OTC stuff for now, and I'll talk to my doc next week.


6/16/2011 04:20:00 PM



(6/16/2011 03:56:00 PM) - Al

I assume FSW will still televise?

Yes they will, per Adam at MLB.com.


6/16/2011 03:56:00 PM



(6/16/2011 03:49:00 PM) - Al

4.38 ERA in Zack's last 273 1/3 IP. That's quite a trend.


6/16/2011 03:49:00 PM


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