Al's Ramblings

Saturday, June 30, 2012

(6/30/2012 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Phillips will be claimed by many teams, loogy that throws strikes, just 26.

BAL and PIT were much picked on last year, despite the fact they had lots of young talent and  were building the right way. I wasn't wrong, I was just early.:)

6/30/2012 10:20:00 PM

(6/30/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Ted was the funniest movie I've ever seen.--Frank Kaminsky
Ted was hysterical. That's all.--Dan Fahey

The trailer looked hilarious. Set to make about $50M+ on its opening weekend, incredible for a R rated comedy.

6/30/2012 09:49:00 PM

(6/30/2012 09:03:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers remain more likely to sell than not, but they would still like to return to contention quickly. They could ask for big league pitching instead of prospects for Zack Greinke, plus Francisco Rodriguez figures to have value on the trade market. GM Doug Melvin is getting calls about John Axford and Jose Veras, and the trio of Randy Wolf, George Kottaras, and Shaun Marcum (if healthy) remain trade bait.--Rosenthal, via MLBTR

I'm sure there are many scouts who are convinced they know exactly what ails Axford and Veras, as both have plus stuff. I actually forgot about Wolf, who is not having a great year, but is still an upgrade for almost every team in MLB.

I feel it might be a bit simple to expect major league pitching in return from a contender, but AA/AAA arms that are worthy of an opportunity might be in the mix.

6/30/2012 09:03:00 PM

(6/30/2012 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Rangers now say they have no interest in Greinke.

I guess that scout was in Cincy for a bowl of chili...

6/30/2012 07:45:00 PM

(6/30/2012 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Tough not to notice that not a single Brewers' wife/girlfriend could be accurately described as "husky."

6/30/2012 07:38:00 PM

(6/30/2012 06:47:00 PM) - Al

Spent $160 on the Rambling dog's shots/meds this AM, and I did manage to talk to the vet about "end of life" issues, while admittedly tearing up. The vet just asked if he was happy...and seemed impressed by how much he enjoyed eating. Our vet, who is nearing retirement himself, said in all the years, he's only had to tell two people "it is time." Most everyone knows. Some may choose a bit early, and some may hang on a bit longer, but they know.

The Rambling dog has had a good run, and he's not a pup anymore. He's going to struggle, and he's not going to get healthier. I guess when that day comes, we'll know. 

6/30/2012 06:47:00 PM

(6/30/2012 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Enjoying my "free day" this week, down 5 pounds last week, down 55 this year...and yes, I actually lost weight the past three months while I went off the plan and just hoped to maintain.

I'm never going to weigh 170 pounds like Gleeman, but I can get healthier.

6/30/2012 06:41:00 PM

(6/30/2012 06:38:00 PM) - Al

Can't believe how many towns are cancelling fireworks, supposedly because of fire danger. I would not think there would be much, because not only have I never heard of a fire starting from municipal fireworks, these shows are put on by pros. I would think the risk of a fire would be far greater from amateurs...and many more will buy and use if there is no local show.

6/30/2012 06:38:00 PM

Friday, June 29, 2012

(6/29/2012 11:29:00 PM) - Al

Flipping channels tonight, I was shocked to see a show on Animal Planet that glorifies vandals and criminals who wander the sea doing nothing except trying to damage commercial ships who have the nerve to make their living fishing and whaling...perfectly legal, of course.

Change the laws and enforce them. Otherwise, shut the hell up. It's a simple idea, but so difficult to comprehend...for some.

6/29/2012 11:29:00 PM

(6/29/2012 11:16:00 PM) - Al

Had to block another e-mailer. It is just mindboggingly to me how common sense is entirely lacking.

Look, many of us just can't comprehend that Obama's 8.2% unemployment is better than Walker's 7.2%. That high taxes are better than low. And most of all, that government being involved in everything is better than the government being very small, and only doing things like defending our borders and interests, putting criminals in prison, and making sure our roads don't suck.

You can any beliefs you want, no matter how silly or fiscally foolish, but please, don't pretend to twist my words so you can be as goofy as those claiming racism every time Obama's policies are questioned. 

6/29/2012 11:16:00 PM

(6/29/2012 09:52:00 PM) - Al

I have to take the Rambling dog to Petco tomorrow...our vet does a Saturday morning clinic there three times a month (and on Tuesday nights, by the way). He hasn't had his shots yet this year, and as much as I hate to even think about it, I suppose I should have "the talk" with our doc, as our little fella is seemingly having a tougher time doing simple things...he always walks up and down stairs, he struggles to jump onto chairs and beds, and, the most obvious...he just is too tired to do anything. He still loves to eat, and he knows when it's time, and he loves it when we get home. Other than that, he sleeps almost all the time, and sleeps "hard" most of the time...the Rambling wife was off work today, and came home between errands for about an hour...he never knew she was home, never lifted his head from the chair.

It's very difficult as he does not act like he's in any pain, and damn it, without a doubt, I know he, without hesitation, would do whatever he could to protect us. That said, while he's incredibly brave at the dog park, that old saying about being licked to death does come to mind. He's never met a person he didn't like, and wanted to be friends with.


6/29/2012 09:52:00 PM

(6/29/2012 09:30:00 PM) - Al

I always felt bad for Katie Holmes, as she was so normal, and I had no idea what she saw in the idiot, buffoonish Cruise. And, I always loved the fact Katie's parents were so Midwestern they never commented on Cruise at all...if you can't say something nice, just keep quiet.

6/29/2012 09:30:00 PM

(6/29/2012 09:26:00 PM) - Al

One of the best, most true headlines, ever.

When the left gets angry, they say nasty things, vandalize property, and act like children.

When the right gets mad, they work harder for the change they feel is needed.

You could argue this is a lot like the successful and not so successful, but that's for another time.

I will, however, throw this little factoid in...I have never heard Obama or Roberts, despite the fact we may disagree with them, ever called Hitler, or had their children threatened. That was not the case with Walker, and please, let's not even pretend to deny it.

6/29/2012 09:26:00 PM

(6/29/2012 08:58:00 PM) - Al

We cannot afford Barack Obama’s on-the-job learning, Big Government proposals, and irresponsible spending.--Mitt Romney's e-mail to me

That is a sentence for the ages. If he would have through in taxes, it might be perfect.

FYI, I do not believe Mitt sent the e-mail just to me....

6/29/2012 08:58:00 PM

(6/29/2012 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Badgers get first commit for 2014.

6/29/2012 08:44:00 PM

(6/29/2012 08:38:00 PM) - Al

I like the way this article acts as if players never take a cortisone shot. Marcum will probably have 2-3 by the time the break is over.

6/29/2012 08:38:00 PM

(6/29/2012 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Yet another example of ignorance the old media will ignore...does not fit the narrative.

If nothing else, the Obama presidency is the finest example of the Peter Principle that history will look back on for centuries.

6/29/2012 08:28:00 PM

(6/29/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

Taxpayers to lose $60M as another Obama-backed solar company goes bankrupt. Betting Obama spin is: "we saved $440M over the last one!--Fred Thompson

Explain to me again why the government would invest in a company that, obviously, the private sector had no interest in?

Tax and spend, that's all they know. Sadly, you think they'd get better at it, but they do not.

Luckily, the taxpayers never run out of money...but, they are getting fed up.

6/29/2012 08:24:00 PM

(6/29/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I missed this the other day. Wells was very good and seemingly lost it all at once. I would think he'd be claimed by multiple teams, as it seems he can go down to AAA to "work things out."

6/29/2012 04:00:00 PM

(6/29/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Classy, that Obama campaign.

May you live in interesting times.

I wouldn't hire these clowns to pick up my dog's poop.*

*No offense intended to those who pick up poop.

6/29/2012 03:30:00 PM

(6/29/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al


1. Scooter Gennett--Scooter is a 2B who "just hits," despite being young for his level every season. An incredible AFL campaign took many by surprise, but not me, who has loved Scooter since he showed he could hit. A good athlete despite his small stature, I think he may well arrive in mid-2013 or early 2014. Hie weakness thus far has been he does not walk enough, but he showed he can do so last October in Arizona. This is a guy who has hit .300 at every level, so the incentive to take BB's has not been very strong.

Scooter has continued his solid production in '12, and, stop me if you've heard this before, is now being raved about for his defense, as the playing fields improve.

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6/29/2012 02:30:00 PM

(6/29/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Actually getting excited about the excitement.

Could it be Roberts, who is rumored to have switched his vote, is a genius?

6/29/2012 02:30:00 PM

(6/29/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

It's working...and it's now official.

Once again, the left is caught in a web of lies, untruths, and fibs.

6/29/2012 12:30:00 PM

(6/29/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al


Caleb Gindl--I've noted Caleb's minor league stats mirror Corey Hart's, so it's ironic to me no one else has him ranked nearly as high as I do. Hey, as a 22 year-old in Nashville last year, he had a higher OBP than 25 year-old Mat Gamel...who had his best overall AAA campaign. Gindl ended up with a 862 OPS last year, doing even better than Corey did at the same age and level. Many discuss things that make little difference, Caleb is 5-9, and is a stocky fella...what that has to do with hitting I'm not really sure. Solid corner OF, and would probably be a passable CF, though with the plethora of CF's in the system, I don't see that happening. Gindl. If Caleb can repeat his '11 line, and with Hart entering the final year of his contract, we might see a change of the guard in RF as soon as next season.

Caleb is off to a slow start this year, but has been better the last month or so. I'm probably the only one who has the fella #1 that I do, and I also have Gindl higher than most, probably due to my preference for position players, as they stay healthier.

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6/29/2012 12:00:00 PM

(6/29/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I can't believe teams hesitate to think Jim Thome can still hit. How much proof you need?

6/29/2012 11:00:00 AM

(6/29/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The pain, I can't stand the pain.

6/29/2012 08:30:00 AM

Thursday, June 28, 2012

(6/28/2012 10:59:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe no one has taken Jordan Taylor yet, but Robbie Hummell just was taken with pick #58. Hummell will have injury trouble, but is certainly a decent role player off the bench. Hard to believe he was still around.

6/28/2012 10:59:00 PM

(6/28/2012 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Lakers just bought the 55th pick from the Mavs via sources … which used to be owned by the Lakers ironically.--Chad Ford

That's what usually happens with 2nd round picks. They get added to trades and often change hands a half dozen times.

6/28/2012 10:40:00 PM

(6/28/2012 10:22:00 PM) - Al

Bucks with an obscenely good draft considering they lacked a top ten pick, John Henson, a defensive, athletic, 6-10 power forward, and Deron Lamb, one of the best shooters in the college game, 6-4 guard.

You know he's good, as Hammond already said they're keeping him, as many 2nd round picks are dealt.

6/28/2012 10:22:00 PM

(6/28/2012 09:15:00 PM) - Al

This may end up being the first day of the rest of our lives.

We can hope.

6/28/2012 09:15:00 PM

(6/28/2012 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Ryan sends in his column on the health care ruling.

I am feeling very good about how unhappy so many people are. Disgust equals people sending in money and donating time to the cause. That's how the tea party led to those stunning midterm results, and hopefully, the same in '12.

Me, I felt the individual mandate would be found unconstitutional, but I understand Roberts's a tax (just another lie by the administration), and they have every right to tax. You can almost see the smirk, as Roberts is saying, "Sure it's awful, but look who you elected."

Also, socialism is not unconstitutional.

6/28/2012 07:51:00 PM

(6/28/2012 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Morosi is almost certain the Brewers will be sellers and notes that the Braves, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles, White Sox and Indians would like to upgrade their rotations. Morosi adds that the Rangers, Angels and Yankees had scouts at Greinke’s most recent start. Greinke, a free agent after the season, figures to obtain a qualifying from the Brewers this fall if he stays in Milwaukee.--MLBTR 

They'll get two high picks for Zack if they keep him, who they will have to pay about $3M. Hence, two solid young prospects is all it takes to make a better offer. No doubt they'll get that...they gave two good ones for Sabathia and two lower level ones. 

6/28/2012 07:42:00 PM

(6/28/2012 07:37:00 PM) - Al

It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.--Justice Roberts

Nope, that's up to us. And, while many are unhappy about it, I get it...if it is a tax, they have every right to oblivion, which is exactly what Obama has done since the second he took office.

6/28/2012 07:37:00 PM

(6/28/2012 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Mark Kotsay will be one of the most sought-after bench bats in summer trade

Which is hilarious, because all last summer all the casuals insisted the Crew should release him. Finding a LF/RF who is just a bit below average but is willing to not play regularly, or even platoon, is far from easy. 

6/28/2012 07:32:00 PM

(6/28/2012 07:25:00 PM) - Al

Crew claims another young SS, DFA's Brandon Kintzler.

Thus ends the reign of possibly the most beloved mediocre at best relief prospect the Crew has ever had. Even this year, when I'm feeling good about life and dare to visit one of the Crew's message boards, and if I squint hard enough through the tears, there have been people insist Kintzler was the savior, as are so many AA pitchers with a 6 ERA. His 3.50 minor league ERA is probably very close to his ability, and he'd probably put up a 4.50-5 ERA in the would about a couple hundred freely available AAA vets, many of whom are younger, throw harder, and have far higher ceilings.

As for Gomez, he was a fine prospect a few years ago, runs well, and is likely a slick glove man, which I know because he can't hit a lick, and guys that can't hit don't make AA unless they do something well.

The Crew might well try and slip him back through waivers and off the 40 at some point. Trying to fill organizational need through all means necessary.

6/28/2012 07:25:00 PM

(6/28/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Who was the most motivated to vote a few weeks ago?


And guess who they voted for?

6/28/2012 03:30:00 PM

(6/28/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

There is no dignity in moving back in with your parents. If you have to, you have to, but, it is never the desired result.

6/28/2012 02:00:00 PM

(6/28/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

The government is great at breaking your leg, handing you a crutch, and saying ‘You see, without me you couldn't walk."--Harry Browne

Sad, but very true.

He forgot to mention they'll charge you 30%.

You know, God only asks for 10...

6/28/2012 12:30:00 PM

(6/28/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al


Wily Peralta--Wily is a hard thrower who will likely spend a good chunk of '12 in the bigs, especially with Narveson probably out.  His value can be summed up just by looking at his AA/AAA stats from last season...only 9 HR's allowed, more than a K per inning, a 2.5-1 K/BB ratio, and a 3.17 ERA to go with a 1.23 WHIP, as a 22 year-old. He's consistently in the low 90's, and hits 95 on occasion.

I like Wily, but do not see him as an automatic success story. I think he may be a solid rotation member, and if not, certainly a solid bullpen guy. However, folks saying he'll step in right behind Yo and win 12-15 games as a rookie seem to be hoping with their heart, not studying with their head. I see him as a #3 SP. His ability to keep the ball in the park may really assist him in Miller Park.

Wily is off to a slow start this year in AAA, control is off, and I'm sure the hitters are not swinging at as many balls as they have at the lower levels. As long as he remains healthy, long term, he should be fine. Regression for a 23 year-old is expected.

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6/28/2012 12:00:00 PM

(6/28/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

You can count on two things...the government does everything they do poorly, and will never admit they are wrong, even when study after study insists a low carb diet is best.

6/28/2012 11:00:00 AM

(6/28/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember when Tom H repeatedly said the Crew should have traded Prince for Dan Hudson back in '10?

You won't hear it again. Not only does he spew cliche ridden crap, he also can pretty much be counted to always be wrong.

That, in itself, is amazing.

6/28/2012 10:00:00 AM

(6/28/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Ignorance like this is all filtering down from the nanny state mentality.

Wawa should be ashamed of themselves. Those fools should be fired on the spot, and told to find real problems to amuse themselves with.

6/28/2012 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

(6/27/2012 09:45:00 PM) - Al

The Angels have a special assignment scout watching the Reds-Brewers series to check up on a few players including Francisco Rodriguez, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of The Angels entered Wednesday night's action four and a half games behind the Rangers for first place in the American League West.--MLBTR

Without a doubt, just like the Crew last year, several clubs will be giddy to add a veteran reliever. Hopefully, if they do deal him, MIL will get a lot more than they gave up. 

6/27/2012 09:45:00 PM

(6/27/2012 09:42:00 PM) - Al

Remember all those folks who said Sabathia was so great because he never gets hurt?

Wait just a second.

CC has been astounding in his health, but he's unlikely to continue that as he gets older. He's built a lot like me, so he's not going to be real limber.

6/27/2012 09:42:00 PM

(6/27/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

The biggest scandal the old media refuses to talk about.

Note that 90% number was just a lie that no one bothered checking up on. Almost like Obama's autobiography.

6/27/2012 08:24:00 PM

(6/27/2012 07:37:00 PM) - Al

Bucks trade Livingston, Leuer, and Brockman and #12 pick for center Sam Dalembert and #14 pick.

I liked all three former players, but understand they are all just reserves/role players, though Leuer could develop into a guy who has a spot in the rotation of a contending team, especially if he bulks up, as his main weakness is he gets pushed around under the glass. 

The irony here is, we've been hearing the Bucks were trying to move up, but they end dropping down two spots, though picking up a center capable of defending down low, rebounding, and playing 25-30 minutes a game. Barring further deals, I assume he and Larry Sanders will be the two headed monster in the post.

6/27/2012 07:37:00 PM

(6/27/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

We need a stretch where we go 8-2 or so to get back into this thing. If we do that, then that could change things. If we don't do that, then I've got to look at some other alternatives.

I don't anticipate anything happening before the all-star break. We'll use that as a gauge, probably, to see where we are at that point. Then we just have to be prepared to make decisions in the best interest of the club, whether it's for now or for the future.--Doug

As I said the other day, the break is a near perfect gauge, and in order to consider themselves in the race, they need to be within 4-5 games. They needed about 8 wins in the last couple weeks, and still do. Otherwise, as I have made somewhat of a slogan, they aren't going to chase that 77th (or 81st, or 84th) win.

No one is saying it either, but I hesitate to give a pitcher $100M, never mind a pitcher with "other issues" to deal with. 

6/27/2012 04:30:00 PM

(6/27/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

At least he didn't say "corps-man" again.

If Palin or W said it, we'd see it on every newscast for a week. AS is, it's on some tiny web site, picked up by Drudge.

Just coincidence.

And damn it, we gotta do something about unhealthy eating. Change laws, ban soda, and...where was he?

6/27/2012 03:30:00 PM

(6/27/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Gee, I wonder why CNN has such low ratings?

Just let them do whatever they want, they're saints.

6/27/2012 01:30:00 PM

(6/27/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

The following is a guest post from Estelle Schumann. Heaven forbid, you might actually learn something.


The Fiscal Benefits of Democratizing Schooling Options
In the current economic climate, many state governments are short on funds. In fact, many state and city governments are buried beneath crushing debt, which just mirrors the record deficits being run up at the federal level. Despite the incredible benefits of education, governments are unable to pay for proper education and for-profit online colleges and universities are often accused of being degree mills, making many think education does need to be a public service. However, this does not mean all is lost. There are a number of cost-saving methods that can help shift the funding burden away from the public sector.

One method that has had some success in the United States, as well as in England, is the expansion of private schools. In this way, well-off parents who are unhappy with their local government-run schools can choose to send their children to private schools. The resulting exchange benefits both public and private schools. Parents send their children to a school they are comfortable with, while local public schools are less burdened and are therefore able to provide more services to the children who remain. An article in The Guardian, which covers this process in Great Britain, says that the exchange has both positive and negative consequences.

Some students are very grateful to receive a private school education, however, testing shows that once students reach college, there is no significant achievement gap between privately-schooled and publicly-schooled individuals. Therefore, contrary to public perception, the quality of the education a child receives from a private school may vary greatly. There are both good and bad private schools, just as there are good and bad public schools. Regardless, in terms of fiscal savings, shifting some of the educational cost burden to the private sector helps relieve the financial woes of the public sector.

In terms of higher education, a worldwide trend has begun, where now many colleges and universities are privately run. According to the University World News, this is because the cost burden of higher education is even greater than that for elementary and primary education. The only way for cash-strapped governments in much of the world to have effective universities is to allow and monitor the development of a private university system. In the United States, only approximately 20-25% of students are currently attending private universities. However, in countries like Japan, Korea, Chile and the Philippines, that number jumps to 70%. Based on this trend, it is likely that the percentage of private school university students in the United States will increase in the near future.

However, in the United States, this trend may likely move from the bottom up, in other words, with students in early grades of K-12. According to the Alliance for School Choice, a right-leaning advocacy group, state governments can save significant money by providing K-12 students with vouchers that permit them to attend private schools instead of public schools. Currently, seven states, as well as the District of Columbia, have these programs in place, as a way to save money and provide students with more choices. There are in excess of 67,000 students who use one of these programs.

Actual education savings vary by state, details of the program, and the number of students participating. For example, Ohio offers K-8 students $4,250 and 9-12 grade students $5,000. One may ask, how giving money away, can save money? Quite simply, if the state typically spent $11,000 educating each of those students in the standard public school system, and a measurable percentage of them take advantage of the voucher program, the savings to the state education budget would be substantial.

In conclusion, as state budgets dwindle, the possibility of saving money by shifting education to the private sector becomes more attractive to legislators and fiscal administrators. Given this reality it is likely that there will be more pressure in the future, to shift students out of the large, expensive public school system. Over the next several years it is likely that American education will witness an explosion of small nimble schools, trying a variety of teaching systems and strategies that may lead to a better, more flexible and more affordable education system of the future.
The preceding was a guest post. Thanks to Estelle for sending it in. If you would like to reach a highly educated audience...well, look somewhere else. But, if you want to propose or send in a guest post for Ramblings, shoot me an e-mail (info on sidebar).

6/27/2012 12:30:00 PM

(6/27/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al


4. Tyler Thornburg--I still do not see him as a SP, as he's a 5-11/6-0 righty, but you simply cannot overlook 10+ K's per 9 frames every single season. He throws in the mid 90's and has a plus breaking ball, which seems like a perfect repertoire for a reliever. If you recall, Lucroy said he had the best bullpen stuff of anyone he's ever caught. I think he'll have a few solid years as a reliever, likely in the late innings.

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6/27/2012 10:30:00 AM

(6/27/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Move a little further left CNN.

6/27/2012 08:30:00 AM

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

(6/26/2012 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Last chance to see the space station, between 9:25 and 9:30 in the west, going south.

6/26/2012 09:18:00 PM

(6/26/2012 08:55:00 PM) - Al

It boggles my mind how casual fans are. Axford was going to pitch the 8th because he needed work. There would not have been a bottom of the 9th had the Crew not tied it. Since he was up, and already loose, they just let him pitch, and would have used KRod for the save.

6/26/2012 08:55:00 PM

(6/26/2012 08:04:00 PM) - Al

I find it very strange so many Dems are avoiding the convention in which Obama...the favorite, will be nominated.

6/26/2012 08:04:00 PM

(6/26/2012 08:01:00 PM) - Al

Duplicate ballots sent out in UT.

So sad the government can't do the simplest things.

6/26/2012 08:01:00 PM

(6/26/2012 07:52:00 PM) - Al

My guess? Just for being annoying.

6/26/2012 07:52:00 PM

(6/26/2012 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Greinke will either sign for huge money or be dealt, per Rosenthal.

6/26/2012 07:51:00 PM

(6/26/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I wish they would decide on what terrible environmental fraud I'm supposed to stay up nights worrying about.

6/26/2012 04:00:00 PM

(6/26/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

It may take far too long, but we rebuild it better and stronger. Don't even pretend to mess with us.

No apologies, just get the job done.

6/26/2012 03:30:00 PM

(6/26/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

It only took 3.5 years of terrible results, but the bandwagon is emptying.

6/26/2012 03:00:00 PM

(6/26/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Carter simply:

1. Despises his country for despising him.

2. May well be undergoing changes quite common in older people, and should not be allowed to speak to the press.

6/26/2012 01:00:00 PM

(6/26/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm struggling to believe the Dem party has spent more money than they have.

I, for one, am shocked.

6/26/2012 12:30:00 PM

(6/26/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al


5. Tyler Jungmann--6-6 RHP who throws hard, first pick in last year's draft. Began his pro career in high A, and holding his own. Three plus pitches, fastball, curve, and change, and he's already thought of as a workhorse, innings eater type. Tyler projects as a #2/3 SP, and will hopefully remain healthy.

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6/26/2012 11:30:00 AM

(6/26/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I admit, watching the far-left become unhinged when stuff goes against them is wonderful...common sense dictates you lick your wounds and figure out how to change it next time.

Pouting and complaining has become their equivalent of working harder and longer.

Good for us.

6/26/2012 11:30:00 AM

(6/26/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Many notes on Thursday possibly being the worst day for a sitting president since at least 9/11...Holder likely to be held in contempt, and Obamacare all but certain to be ruled at least partially unconstitutional.

Me? I blame W.

6/26/2012 10:00:00 AM

(6/26/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.--- Ronald Reagan

It's almost like Reagan has hundreds of quotes to post. 

And not a single one of them has him apologizing for a single thing the USA has ever done.  The difference between then and now could not be any more apparent. 

6/26/2012 08:30:00 AM

Monday, June 25, 2012

(6/25/2012 08:22:00 PM) - Al

The Dems will lie, cheat, and steal to oust my neighbor Sean Duffy from his House seat.

We'll see how that works out. They had a billboard up for months between my house and the Rambling son's school that basically said the same thing, except it had a picture of granny looking sad. When you don't have the facts on your side, it's mighty tough. The left is now resorting to complete falsehoods.

That's a shame, but it shows their desperation, and also, how hard it is to defeat them. When the other side has no ethics, you have to work many times harder.

Fight like a girl. The consequences of four more years of record deficits and planning to fail is either Greece, or taking the road to be Greece soon.

6/25/2012 08:22:00 PM

(6/25/2012 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I can't help but think they're not doing it right.

I, of course, am talking about Facebook. I don't know anything about sex.

Ask anyone.

6/25/2012 05:00:00 PM

(6/25/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

I just saw someone on Facebook refer to Detroit as a "fun city."

I guess it depends on what you think is fun

When the Rambling wife and I went on vacation in Michigan a couple years ago, I cursed the fact my GPS did not have an "avoid Detroit" route finder.

6/25/2012 04:30:00 PM

(6/25/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Wiping food stains on the airline blanket is disgusting, but coughing, sneezing or even blowing one's nose in it should be considered a crime.--Matthew Cenzon

I don't know Matt, but I do know:

1. He's an incredible nerd.

2. Extremely wimpy.

3. Yearns for more regulation and laws that can not be enforced.

6/25/2012 02:30:00 PM

(6/25/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I think it's obvious...NBC has never aired a unedited, truthful interview in their history.

6/25/2012 01:00:00 PM

(6/25/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al


6. Jed Bradley--2nd of the Crew's 1st round picks last summer, he's a athletic LHP that isn't all smoke and mirrors...low 90's, plus breaking stuff. He was pushed to high A to start his pro career, a testament in itself, and very rare in a conservative organization. He has predictably struggled, but it's easy to see him learning and developing and rising quickly. While he does not seem like a #1/2, he seems like a #3/4, Capuano before the surgeries type.

He'll be given every chance to start, and will hopefully continue to improve as he matures.

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6/25/2012 01:00:00 PM

(6/25/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

It's a shame the Pat Tillman family's actions made his heroic actions and service into a circus. Friendly fire has been a major cause of death in war since they used boulders and sharp sticks. Sadly, their selfish quest for blame tarnished the memory of Tillman, who remains a true American hero.

6/25/2012 01:00:00 PM

(6/25/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

North Las Vegas broke, due to massive overspending and unions being unwilling to take less money.

Sound familiar?

6/25/2012 12:00:00 PM

(6/25/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

If you take 100% of every penny from everyone earning over $250k in America you would only reduce the debt by $1 trillion.--Turning Point USA

I've mentioned this often, but most fail to grasp it, somehow thinking the wealthy have money to burn.

It's just math. You can outspend any income, or tax collections. And that's exactly what they're doing. And, to be blunt, the president's only answer is to spend more. Get a clue.

6/25/2012 11:00:00 AM

(6/25/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Somewhere, a lonely feminist sits alone, weeping.

This, my friends, is why we must have the internet.

6/25/2012 09:30:00 AM

(6/25/2012 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Thank you for MLB CBA links. The best explanation is this:

The Elias free-agent rankings system is dead. Free-agent compensation is not. In order for a team to receive compensation for losing a free agent, that free agent must have played with the team all season. After the year, the team must offer the free agent a one-year contract worth the average of the 125 highest salaries. If that free agent signs with another team, the other team will give up its first-round pick, unless it picks in the top ten, in which case it will give up its second-round pick. The original team will also gain a supplemental pick between the first and second rounds. In the event that there are multiple such picks, the teams will draft in reverse order of winning percentage.--Baseball Nation

That salary is about $12M as of now. KRod will not get that, and it is very doubtful Marcum will, though the one year contract does limit his injury risk. So, the way I see it, Marcum, if healthy, and KRod are more likely to be Zack will come with decent compensation, if he enters the offseason healthy. It also allows time for Mark A to discuss an extension with Greinke, though nearly no one feels he will resign with the Brewers.

6/25/2012 08:00:00 AM

Sunday, June 24, 2012

(6/24/2012 09:32:00 PM) - Al

About 5 minutes to the space station going overhead. The Rambling son is already out on the deck, likely getting eaten alive.

6/24/2012 09:32:00 PM

(6/24/2012 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Good for Wikipedia.

I'd call them a cult, but I wouldn't want to offend legitimate cults. 

6/24/2012 09:12:00 PM

(6/24/2012 08:00:00 PM) - Al


7. Mike Fiers---Someone e-mailed to ask if I was going to reorder my ten guys using '12 numbers at all. Nope. But if I had, Fiers would be at least #5, and maybe higher. I think his ceiling is at of a #4/5 SP, or maybe as a reliever, he's sure playing the part of a #2/3 SP in his MIL appearances thus far. He relies on location, moxie, and a variety of good, not great pitches...and a deceptive delivery. His reliance on fly ball outs is worrisome pitching half his games in Miller Park, but he sure seems like the sum is greater than its parts.

It's really tough not to like the guy, and while he pitches to contact, his K and BB numbers indicate he's not just that either.

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6/24/2012 08:00:00 PM

(6/24/2012 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Ramblings would appreciate it if anyone could send me a link to the new CBA's FA compensation rules...down and dirty, just the facts. Google comes up with millions, and I am bored by them.

6/24/2012 05:03:00 PM

(6/24/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

When teams ask about Zack Greinke's availability, they are getting "not yet" from the Brewers.  However, Cafardo writes that he'll be available as soon as they get the right offer because there doesn’t seem to be any chance of Milwaukee signing him long-term.--MLBTR

I don't see Mark A doing a thing before late July, even if the Crew continues to play .500ish baseball. He knows, as most do, that if they win as few as 8 of the 13 games before the break, they could easily be well positioned to make a run (be 3 games out of a playoff spot).

Or, they could lose 8-9 of 13 and be 7-8 or more back, making a realistic chance almost nil. The next two weeks will probably determine what direction the team takes as it nears the deadline. I don't see Greinke, Marcum, and KRod being allowed to waltz away for nothing hoping that the Brewers can go 55-23 in the second half. I'm not all that up on the new CBA's rules, but from what I have read, Zack is the only possibility for compensation.

6/24/2012 04:58:00 PM

(6/24/2012 04:31:00 PM) - Al

No sign of #18 on the field, he's already packing up.

Three coin flips, and the Crew loses two of them. Hardly a "bad" week, but not a good one either. The rotation gives one optimism, as they do have the horses to put together a stretch and go 9-2 or 12-4

6/24/2012 04:31:00 PM

(6/24/2012 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if they would have let the career .283 OBP guy hit anyway, but I'm sure they told Ventura to pull him.

6/24/2012 04:24:00 PM

(6/24/2012 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Lillibridge, due up next, is in the Youkilis trade.


6/24/2012 04:21:00 PM

(6/24/2012 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Kevin Youkilis has been traded to the White Sox for a Pitcher and Utility player.--Jim Bowden

Awkward, as one might be playing or in the bullpen for the White Sox right now. That said, they usually are pulled if playing...but Chicago may not have the bodies to do that.

6/24/2012 04:14:00 PM

(6/24/2012 04:11:00 PM) - Al

White Sox expected to announce after game Youkilis is theirs.--Van someone or other

As I said, I do not see him being effective or staying healthy at 3B. That said, Hudson hits like a backup AAA.

6/24/2012 04:11:00 PM

(6/24/2012 04:08:00 PM) - Al

I would be shocked if the Court said the mandate was constitutional, but I do not understand the intricacies of whether to throw out the whole thing or not.

I have a simple idea for the proponents...amend the Constitution. Because in the USA, people are free to do the smart thing (get insurance they can afford) or not (don't). Arguing it is Constitutional because you don't like the Constitution is embarrassing for those of us who believe in common sense.

6/24/2012 04:08:00 PM

(6/24/2012 03:59:00 PM) - Al

Ann works blue to explain the talk about packing the court.

6/24/2012 03:59:00 PM

(6/24/2012 03:46:00 PM) - Al

That pasta salad with brats would be pretty good if you leave out the pasta, dressing, and vegetables.

And maybe add a bread product...

6/24/2012 03:46:00 PM

(6/24/2012 03:42:00 PM) - Al

The funny thing is, the daily newspaper died years ago. Some are still hoping it returns, or are trying to figure out how to make money online with them, but they are dead, at least the version we grew up with.

So, I take great pleasure in mocking a self-important newspaper guy who ignores facts and says they are not.

6/24/2012 03:42:00 PM

(6/24/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

A swinging strike four ends the 8th.

6/24/2012 03:30:00 PM

(6/24/2012 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Here's the 0-3 pitch to Dunn.


6/24/2012 03:27:00 PM

(6/24/2012 03:21:00 PM) - Al

With the knowledge available in books and online, there are no excuses for anyone to ever be "bored" or get into trouble.

Sadly, many of these excuses come from those in power, and just use them as a reason to throw many into pork projects in blue districts.

6/24/2012 03:21:00 PM

(6/24/2012 03:02:00 PM) - Al

Now if you'll excuse me, my mythical position of king now provides me with the opportunity to fire whoever okayed those clowns who just destroyed God Bless America at whatever they call the new Comiskey.

6/24/2012 03:02:00 PM

(6/24/2012 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Maysonet and Perez both cleared waivers, and sent to Nashville.

Both are probably best suited for being AAA depth, though I still feel Perez will eventually find some success, albeit limited.

6/24/2012 02:36:00 PM

(6/24/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Suicide watch? Seriously?

Dennis Miller once said he only hoped people wanting to kill or abuse a child would have the common courtesy to off themselves first. I don't wish harm to anyone, mostly because I find most people mindnumbingly dull, and the fact I'm anti-social.

That said, I would have nothing against telling Sandusky there's some rope under his pillow, and I'll be in the crapper for half-an-hour.

He'll never spend a second of his life outside a jail cell, and he's been convicted 45 times of being truly evil. The Rambling dog is far more worthy of your concerns...and it's not even close.

6/24/2012 02:30:00 PM

(6/24/2012 02:21:00 PM) - Al

It's not his race. It's that he's awful.

Heh. Truer words were never spoken.

His record is not being used at all for his reelection campaign...meanwhile, Walker's results are all he talked about on his ads. That says it all.

6/24/2012 02:21:00 PM

(6/24/2012 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Huntsman is further left than many Dems.

6/24/2012 02:12:00 PM

(6/24/2012 02:09:00 PM) - Al

Two things about this pic strike me:

1. Meghan McCain looks far thinner than LeeAnn Tweeden.

2. Jon Stewart must apply makeup by the wheelbarrow when on TV. He looks to have aged two decades since Thursday.

6/24/2012 02:09:00 PM

(6/24/2012 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Youkilis used to be so good, it's hard to say it, but I just don't know what he's got left. His numbers the past two seasons are way off his prime, and he's been injury prone as well. I just don't know how much is left in the tank.

He'd be a good risk as a full-time DH playing 1B once a week to try and stay healthy. Considering the White Sox have Dunn and Konerko, I do not see that ending well, if he ends up in Chicago. 

6/24/2012 02:01:00 PM

(6/24/2012 01:53:00 PM) - Al

Fiers is almost certain to remain with the team, regardless of his outing today. He's pitched far better than Dillard, and McClendon wasn't even pitching at an above average clip in AAA.

It's a results oriented business. Unless Fiers will be "damaged" by moving to the bullpen, he'll stay in Milwaukee. I don't think he has nearly a high enough ceiling for it to even come up.

EDIT: I forgot about Marcum being DL'd. Estrada will be replacing Shawn for now. 

6/24/2012 01:53:00 PM

(6/24/2012 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Aoki seemed to forget US players have far better throwing arms than the puny fellas in Japan do.

6/24/2012 01:43:00 PM

(6/24/2012 01:37:00 PM) - Al

There's been a lot of talk in the last couple days about the bullpen's high ERA...14th of 16 in the NL. However, as is often the case, there's been very little discussion as far as causes (other than the need to allow fewer runs) or fixes (other than the need to allow fewer runs).

A couple thoughts, dare I say, that's far more in depth than the old media bothers with:

1. The first thing is simple...relievers with proven success in their past need to get back to that, Axford, KRod, and Veras especially. Jose has dominant stuff, but has always had a near 4 ERA, though that would be stellar compared to his results thus far.

2. The other fact is never discussed...the Crew is 2nd in the NL in bullpen innings pitched. That leads to several negative factors...tired arms being used more, guys that are less than 100% being used more, and perhaps the most obvious, but least discussed, it means the worst pitchers in your bullpen are being used more. 

While the rotation is now 9th in ERA and 9th in IP, they have improved vastly, but need to eat up innings a bit better. Fewer extra inning tilts and first inning injuries to SP's would help too. The Brewers are about half an inning from the top in IP/S...just one extra out or two each day is all it takes.

6/24/2012 01:37:00 PM

(6/24/2012 01:16:00 PM) - Al

I don't know why he settled on 10 batters, which just makes his proposal ridiculous, but the idea is one I've mentioned often, especially for an expansion team, or a rebuilding team devoid of good SP's. It's far easier to find ten middle reliever types (assuming you would still have a closer and/or loogy/set-up man) capable of giving you 70-100 innings a season than it is five guys who can give you 175-200 frames.

A guy like Theo, a proven winner, with a long-term contract, might just try it, or something similar.

6/24/2012 01:16:00 PM

(6/24/2012 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Doug Melvin inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Great lines.

He is the first and only inductee. (just kidding)

6/24/2012 12:57:00 PM

(6/24/2012 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Condi Rice's name has been missing from most VP talk. She wowed them last night, apparently.

Probably best for her, as I'm sure she'd become dumb and ugly overnight.

6/24/2012 12:54:00 PM

(6/24/2012 12:51:00 PM) - Al

I added Outdoor Fire Pits USA to the sidebar. Your clicks and business would be greatly appreciated.

By the way, every time I edit the sidebar without deleting Ramblings in its entirety, I consider it a gigantic victory.

6/24/2012 12:51:00 PM

(6/24/2012 12:49:00 PM) - Al

Overreaction goes downhill.

When you have the DC "leaders" worrying about everything except spending less, others think they should too.The sad thing is, you know those same cops ignore crimes every shift that they feel are not worth their time.

6/24/2012 12:49:00 PM

Saturday, June 23, 2012

(6/23/2012 09:33:00 PM) - Al


8. Logan Schafer--The CF has missed a lot of time with injuries, but he's been very consistent and impressive when healthy. Another lefty hitting CF, almost certain to break camp with the Crew in '13, in some capacity. Known as a plus defender, I doubt he'll ever be an everyday player, but he'll get the bulk of the PA's in a platoon. Turns 26 later this year, so he's almost as good as he'll ever be.

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6/23/2012 09:33:00 PM

(6/23/2012 06:06:00 PM) - Al

A nice way of looking at it.

CNN and MSNBC would be all over Wal Mart, because they actually make money, unlike the government, which despite having the ability to print it, spends far more than they take in, and accomplishes next to nothing (think about that a minute).

6/23/2012 06:06:00 PM

(6/23/2012 06:03:00 PM) - Al

NOTE: This got stuck in the Blogger queue  last evening. Apologies.

In addition to the expected Izturis for Maysonet swap, the Crew signs Livian Hernandez, and DFA's Juan Perez.

Izturis is a huge step up from Maysonet defensively, especially at SS, and he'll probably split time with Ransom there. All but positive Edwin will clear waivers and go down to Nashville, where he's perfect AAA depth.

I noticed Livian had been released the other day and thought about him with Marcum hurting, but did not know how he would fit in at Miller Park. I still don't, as he is a strike thrower who does not K many hitters, so he will give up many deep fly balls, some of which will turn into cheap HR's, especially in that party area in RF. That said, with Thornburg, at best, talented but very raw, and the best SP's at Nashville right now are Seth McClung and Claudio Vargas, some veteran insurance for the rotation and a guy who can go several innings in the bullpen is far from a bad thing, even if he'll struggle to keep his ERA under 5, especially at home. I bet he could give LA or SD 175 innings and his home ERA would be solid enough to make his total about 4.25, but let's face it, LA and SD are perfect fits for almost every arm in the game. I doubt he'll see meaningful innings at home.

As for Perez, he's a LHP who throws hard, so I don't think they got the most out of him. Like many lefties with a funky delivery, he was horrible versus RH hitters (.471/.769, golly), and struggled to throw strikes to most everyone. That wasn't aided by sporadic usage, but it is a results based business. Odds are, he'll always have control issues, but he certainly has as good a chance to be a loogy as almost any unproven guy who has been solid in AAA.

6/23/2012 06:03:00 PM

Friday, June 22, 2012

(6/22/2012 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Mary Cheney is a phenomenal judge of character.

6/22/2012 10:39:00 PM

(6/22/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Obama asks people to give up wedding gifts and give him money.

It's all about getting elected, damn the results.

6/22/2012 10:00:00 PM

(6/22/2012 09:57:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling family watched the space station go overhead from the deck. Far bigger and faster than I thought. Simply amazing what man can do.

6/22/2012 09:57:00 PM

(6/22/2012 09:44:00 PM) - Al

I would have let Greinke come out and start the 10th, but would have taken him out if he allowed a baserunner. Axford, however, pitched brilliantly, not missing by much to Beckman. Tough to hit that tiny box of a plate throwing 97 mph.

6/22/2012 09:44:00 PM

(6/22/2012 09:42:00 PM) - Al

ATTENTION: If you are interested in seeing the international space station in the sky, it's visible for up to 5 minutes 4 of the next 5 nights. This is the link for Wausau.

6/22/2012 09:42:00 PM

(6/22/2012 08:50:00 PM) - Al

I guess I just assumed Ryan was being vetted, along with Rubio, Christie, Portmann, and McDonell, as they are the top five names mentioned. Lately, we've heard Jindal a bit as well.

6/22/2012 08:50:00 PM

(6/22/2012 08:44:00 PM) - Al

If only us fiscal conservatives were as polite and civil as those special interests on the left.

Remember the Al slogan...if not sure what side to be on, make damn sure you're on the opposite side of  those clowns. They are simply despicable, and lack the most basic respect for our leaders, and the common sense that most of us garner simply from living into adulthood.

And yet, they don't understand why we don't admire them, and profusely change our stance on, you know, everyone being equal to giving fools like that special privileges.

Good luck with all that.

6/22/2012 08:44:00 PM

(6/22/2012 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Laws...for the little people

6/22/2012 08:35:00 PM

(6/22/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Nanny state alert: Sidewalk chalk drawings of hearts and flowers "distracting."

On that note, have a good weekend.

6/22/2012 04:00:00 PM

(6/22/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The rubes are sprinting away from the tax and spend party.

That's a shame.

6/22/2012 01:30:00 PM

(6/22/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The 20 hottest conservative women.

Why do I never get asked to judge things like this?

And I'm sorry, but I'm very disappointed in #1. Palin, Cupp, and the #2 gal were all robbed.

6/22/2012 12:00:00 PM

(6/22/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

This road is the exact one our president has us on.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

6/22/2012 10:30:00 AM

(6/22/2012 10:29:00 AM) - Al

Why Europe is broke, and damn mt English, going broker.

6/22/2012 10:29:00 AM

(6/22/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al


9. Taylor Green--Nice role player, but he does not hit LHP, not a plus defender at any spot, and has never come close to his outstanding numbers last year in AAA at any of the lower levels. I think he'll be a good bench player, possibly earning a platoon role for a few seasons during his peak (think a LH version of Casey McGehee).

1B/2B/3B/LF/RF backup with pop...nothing wrong with that. Still just 25, so he may still develop a bit more.

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6/22/2012 10:00:00 AM

(6/22/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

They weren't anti-war marches, they were anti-W marches. The anti-war movement is a fraud, full of lazy imbeciles who feel all we need to fix things is to hold hands and sing folk songs. They are Occupy without the rapes, simply pathetic.

If the networks would try half as hard to honor the military and their families as they do to run daily pro-Obama propaganda. I simply despise every damn one of them. The way they simply turn the other way and ignore the fact Holder ignoring the law killed a border patrol agent...and the nugget of fact he lied about it (and still is)...and this ignorant buffoon still has his job, and is still being compensated by tax dollars?

Help me Rhonda.

6/22/2012 09:00:00 AM

(6/22/2012 12:16:00 AM) - Al

Allow me to say how embarrassing it is how many people insisted Lebron James was anything but a spectacular player because he had never won a title. Neither did Barkley, neither did John Stockton, neither did Bob Lanier.

He's the best player since Wilt. What's really something? The fact he had a triple double, and nobody even is surprised by it, and hardly noticed.

Lebron has every right to choose to play where he wishes. He exercised that right. Yawn.

6/22/2012 12:16:00 AM

Thursday, June 21, 2012

(6/21/2012 11:42:00 PM) - Al

If these were my facts, I'd lie too.

His record is abysmal. He cannot, and will not run on it.

Reminds me a lot of the Dems running against Walker...when the facts are not in your favor, you make up fibs. We all know the old media will not call him on it.

6/21/2012 11:42:00 PM

(6/21/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

When the White House press corps can't keep a straight face, you know they're in trouble.

Keep lobbing softballs, fellas, none of us have a clue.

6/21/2012 09:49:00 PM

(6/21/2012 08:12:00 PM) - Al

The tea party wants an end to deficit spending, and the plethora of pork that now fills the budget. Though most of their ranks are conservative, they've never taken a stance on most issues.

Their power was shown during the 2010 midterms. 

6/21/2012 08:12:00 PM

(6/21/2012 07:15:00 PM) - Al

Brooks Conrad claimed by Rays.

He'll likely fit in perfectly being platooned with Carlos Pena at 1B, while also backing up 2B/3B. He's a nice piece to the puzzle.

6/21/2012 07:15:00 PM

(6/21/2012 03:30:00 PM) - Al

That's because in the Obamaconomy, most "young professionals" are unemployed.

6/21/2012 03:30:00 PM

(6/21/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

My worry is a Romney/Pawlenty ticket will be too dull for anyone to get excited about.

Obama is very unpopular, but I'm not sure if Mitt and Tim would excite a lot of independents. Also, almost no chance at all Pawlenty delivers his home state, though he is said to be relatively popular in IA, where he campaigned heavily.

6/21/2012 11:00:00 AM

(6/21/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Remember when Tom H said over and over the Crew should have traded Prince in 2010 for Daniel Hudson?

If you don't, you'll never see it now, as the JS will rewrite history as if they are the Obama administration.

Some people are incorrect so often, it can almost be depended on. Tom H is not only always wrong, he manages to spew his ignorance in one cliche after another.

6/21/2012 09:30:00 AM

(6/21/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al


10. Drew Gagnon--Drafted in the 3rd round last year, Drew had poor numbers in his debut season, but the only stat I needed to see was his 12.8 K's per 9 IP. All the other stuff is for the wannabe scouts and for folks to overreact about. If he continues to miss bats like that, he'll be as good as the Crew's top round picks.

As is, he's more likely to find the majors as a reliever.

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6/21/2012 09:00:00 AM

(6/21/2012 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Funny...I don't recall hearing about this in the old media.

6/21/2012 07:00:00 AM

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

(6/20/2012 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Eric Holder held in contempt by House today, rumor has it Supreme Court will rule at least part of Obamacare unconstitutional tomorrow.

The headline on CNN right now? NFL to institute strict anti-bounty measures.


Good to know.

6/20/2012 07:44:00 PM

(6/20/2012 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke said after the game that his entire bullpen today was Dillard, Perez, and Fiers.

That could have been a very ugly game, to say the least.

6/20/2012 06:18:00 PM

(6/20/2012 05:44:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers announced after their 8-3 win Wednesday over Toronto that right-hander Tyler Thornburg had been optioned to Class AAA Nashville.

The Brewers will make a corresponding player move Thursday to add an arm to their overworked and banged up bullpen.--JS

Izturis and Ishikawa will be returning soon, and there seems to be a good chance Marcum will be DL'd as well. Plenty of roster moves upcoming among the "role player" spots on the roster.

6/20/2012 05:44:00 PM

(6/20/2012 05:23:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son had a lapse in judgement regarding his behavior today, so he's doing some chores to avoid losing his computer and Kindle for the day.

1. This is why I throw my garbage on the floor of my front seat, because I'm anti-social, and don't have to clean it up.

2. All those socks which caused my feet pain? Sorted, bagged up, and ready for Goodwill. And yes, I do wonder about the person who happens upon used, one worn socks and says, "Yippee," but hence, some folks will be giddy about buying socks that should be $1 for 25 cents.

6/20/2012 05:23:00 PM

(6/20/2012 04:47:00 PM) - Al

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Welcome, and thanks for the vote of confidence!

6/20/2012 04:47:00 PM

(6/20/2012 02:44:00 PM) - Al

In the 1990's, Bill Clinton bragged about removing people from food stamps. Obama brags about how many he's added.--WSJ

Read the whole story, about how the Dems refuse to remove $20B from a $770B program...over the next decade.

6/20/2012 02:44:00 PM

(6/20/2012 01:53:00 PM) - Al

The hell you say.

Know what else helped? GI's returning from saving the world had money in their pockets and, wait for it, spent it, which drove the economy far more than the government studying algae or building a shed in a park.

6/20/2012 01:53:00 PM

(6/20/2012 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Talk of Marcum going on the DL, both in print and on TV, so you would think he is likely to go on the DL.

McClendon and Chulk are both in Nashville...Mike is on the 40 and mediocre stats, Vinnie not on the 40 and pitching well. Peralta has pitched nicely is his past two outings. Claudio Vargas, who was just signed a while back, has been surprisingly solid.

6/20/2012 01:44:00 PM

(6/20/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Do as I say, not as I do!

I don't think there's a bigger hypocrite on the planet. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to play golf and tell the rubes not to eat what I eat.

6/20/2012 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

(6/19/2012 11:58:00 PM) - Al

Fiers will likely be in the bullpen tomorrow, as he went 7 innings Saturday and is not scheduled to be in the rotation again, barring a Estrada setback.

That might have kept them from adding McClendon just as a safety measure.

6/19/2012 11:58:00 PM

(6/19/2012 11:54:00 PM) - Al

No roster move made after game. Odd, since Thornburg was seemingly only up for one game, and he could be brought back, if they chose to, if Marcum has be DL'd. Estrada will be added by next Tuesday if he has no setbacks...sadly, I do not think they have a pitcher on the 40 that remotely deserves a spot in the bullpen even as a mopup man.

6/19/2012 11:54:00 PM

(6/19/2012 11:21:00 PM) - Al

Interesting note about Mark A deciding if the Crew will buy or sell. With input from Doug, I'm sure, but MA does get involved.

The thing about Lawrie is simple...we all knew he would be good, I compared him to Braun ages ago. How good will be up to him, and his health, of course. I don't think I could have ever included Brett in a deal, though you didn't hear me complaining when Marcum contributed mightily to a 96 win team. The sad thing is how many shortsighted buffoons said things like "Lawrie is a bad guy," and "He'll never be able to play anywhere but 1B or LF." He's just a baby, and he'll improve for years to come...and the way he hits, he can play anywhere. Right now, as a 3B that is certainly passable in the field, he's a well above average player and probably already in the upper echelon.

6/19/2012 11:21:00 PM

(6/19/2012 11:09:00 PM) - Al

I've gotta delete all my Twitter people that say Brewers lose, 9-10. How ignorant is that? You aren't intelligent enough to tell the score with the winning amount of runs first?

6/19/2012 11:09:00 PM

(6/19/2012 11:04:00 PM) - Al

It's all W's fault...even though Obama has been saying it's getting better since Feb. of 2009.

That's over three years ago, boys and girls.

The thing is, the left still struggles to admit that, by golly, taking more money from the successful and government spending...I mean stimulus, doesn't work like they teach in the Ivy League, and in fact, is why Jim Carter's four years were such an unmitigated historical disaster.

Funny, I thought Carter's second term would be far different.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.

6/19/2012 11:04:00 PM

(6/19/2012 10:56:00 PM) - Al

Mitt continues to impress with his quick comebacks.

For those keeping track, heckling Obama is disrespectful and racist, heckling Romney is political activism and dissent is very patriotic.

6/19/2012 10:56:00 PM

(6/19/2012 10:53:00 PM) - Al

Liz Warren continues to blame everyone but herself for getting caught lying about her heritage for the past two plus decades.


6/19/2012 10:53:00 PM

(6/19/2012 10:21:00 PM) - Al

If TOR starts a RHP tomorrow, Aoki is probably in need of a day off, and Thursday's off-day would give him 72 hours to rest up.

They basically only play six days a week in Japan, and the heat is likely more than he's used to as well.

6/19/2012 10:21:00 PM

(6/19/2012 09:46:00 PM) - Al

WV Dems have to pretend they aren't Dems to win.

That's kind of funny.

6/19/2012 09:46:00 PM

(6/19/2012 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg still thinks he can throw fastballs down the middle and get big league hitters out.


Disappointing to see a kid with good stuff not have any idea how to pitch. He's light years behind Fiers, and unless he adds several mph by just throwing an inning or two out of the bullpen, doesn't seem to have enough stuff to even be a big league reliever by next season. Very pedestrian breaking stuff.

6/19/2012 09:13:00 PM

(6/19/2012 09:06:00 PM) - Al

Anti-Morman old media now suddenly anti-horse riding...but only if it has to do with Romney's wife (you remember, the gal that's never worked a day in her life).

I know nothing about this, except for the fact I bet I've seen a minimum of two dozen pieces on the local news over the years about kids with various problems and disabilities being helped by riding horses, and in some cases, taking care of them. It helps with balance, discipline, and is a form of exercise for folks unable to do most things.

I don't know much about MS either, except a couple years ago, I had an under 30 year-old coworker diagnosed with it. She told us it was not a death sentence like it used to be, but her odds of being in a wheelchair late in life went from 15% to 75%. Needless to say, if you can lower those chances even a little by being a horsewoman, you should probably be a horsewoman.

The old media doesn't even pretend to hide their bias. Those that deny it exists are living in a fairy tale.

6/19/2012 09:06:00 PM

(6/19/2012 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Obama's economics he talks about makes perfect sense, because it's the opposite of what he has done.

When you fail to plan...

6/19/2012 08:51:00 PM

(6/19/2012 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Marcum may well have had a cortisone shot a couple days ago when they first said he "had an issue before his bullpen." The time frame makes sense, as it takes 4-5 days for the cortisone to kill pain and work it's way through, and they said he will try and throw in the bullpen again "in a couple days" and see how it is.

6/19/2012 07:33:00 PM

(6/19/2012 07:10:00 PM) - Al

It is Thornburg to start. I'm sure he'll have a short leash, which makes it especially tough if he struggles, as the 'pen is still, at best, fatigued.

6/19/2012 07:10:00 PM

(6/19/2012 07:10:00 PM) - Al

Axford is likely not at the ballpark tonight, as his wife had a baby earlier today.

I also wonder if Conrad was DFA'd because his 40 man spot was needed, as I would have probably sent Green down to play every day and kept the switch-hitting Brooks.

Sounds as if they might well send Thornburg out after the game and replace him with a reliever or a position player.

6/19/2012 07:10:00 PM

(6/19/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

How pathetic and weak the Occupy movement is.

It just totally wimped out when it got a bit chilly, and never returned. Not to mention, druggies tend to be unreliable, to say the least.

It's tough not to giggle at them, as they don't even know why or what they are complaining about.

6/19/2012 09:00:00 AM

Monday, June 18, 2012

(6/18/2012 09:30:00 PM) - Al

If it's close, you can pretty much count on the umpire being wrong.

They don't hit much higher than .300 on he close ones, and anyone can call the non-close ones.

But, you know, it's hot out there.

6/18/2012 09:30:00 PM

(6/18/2012 09:26:00 PM) - Al

The residual effect of a 15 inning affair yesterday. They are set up for the 8th and 9th, but extremely short after that.

6/18/2012 09:26:00 PM

(6/18/2012 09:17:00 PM) - Al

Not many guys available to pitch...Veras out, Loe and Dillard both threw quite a bit yesterday. Kam comes in anyway.

6/18/2012 09:17:00 PM

(6/18/2012 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Lyme disease prevention tip from the JS:

Use bug repellents containing DEET.

Fifteen years ago:

Don't use DEET! It's terrible. Use other stuff that does not work nearly as well.

Thank goodness they're on our side. 

6/18/2012 08:43:00 PM

(6/18/2012 08:30:00 PM) - Al

Back when I lived in Eau Claire, I took a nap on a late Saturday afternoon after work. I woke up, and a half hour away, the owner of the pizza place's house had been destroyed in a tornado.

Today, I took a nap and woke up during a storm. The Rambling son was asking me if he should unplug his computer. I mumbled he could if he wanted to, and went back to sleep. The Rambling wife was in the basement at work this entire time, as "conditions were favorable for a tornado."

I tell you what, me and the Rambling dog...good sleepers.

6/18/2012 08:30:00 PM

(6/18/2012 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Stopped at BK on the way home from College for Kids today, as the Rambling son wanted to try their new sweet potato fries. I wasn't feeling like BK today, so I went through the drive thru and order him 2 chesseburgers, and a small sweet potato fries.

1. The fries were $1.99. I sense a heavy markup.

2. We started driving away, and I glanced in the bag to ensure we had 3 things...just 2 burgers.

In some cases, 2 out of 3 is bad.

6/18/2012 08:20:00 PM

(6/18/2012 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Read this without getting a headache.

The government is broken. The quicker a complete overhaul begins, the better. 

6/18/2012 07:31:00 PM

(6/18/2012 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Adam of is wondering if Tyler Thornburg will be coming up to start for MIL tomorrow night.

6/18/2012 07:28:00 PM

(6/18/2012 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Marcum to miss tomorrow night's start with elbow tightness. Veras to miss at least tonight's game with a strained muscle, which Roenicke said he's been bothered by for a couple weeks.

No word on a replacement tomorrow, Roenicke would not say if a roster move would take place. They may be waiting to see if Parra is needed tonight.

6/18/2012 05:55:00 PM

(6/18/2012 02:34:00 PM) - Al

I'm shocked...SHOCKED to find out Jon Stewart is a tax evading, far-left hypocrite.

6/18/2012 02:34:00 PM

(6/18/2012 02:11:00 PM) - Al

The most transparent administration ever.

Transparently frightened to death the truth will get out.

6/18/2012 02:11:00 PM

(6/18/2012 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Woody Allen's son wishes him a Happy Brother-In-Law's Day.


6/18/2012 02:08:00 PM

(6/18/2012 01:59:00 PM) - Al

We've stabilized the district's finances. That wouldn't have been possible without act 10.-- president of Mil Public School Board

Will save $1B over next 30 years, just for one district.

It's a good start, and it just took a true leader to make it happen. It's a shame the fiscally irresponsible stop progress like this from making WI an example for others to follow.

Oh, by the way, guess how the left would have paid for it? Those rubes called taxpayers.

6/18/2012 01:59:00 PM

(6/18/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The private sector is doing fine.

I guess it depends on your definition of "fine."

I think all you need to know about their economic policies is they thought putting up a building and making it after Dave Obey and giving money to colleges and having them studying seaweed would, you know, create long-term growth.

6/18/2012 11:30:00 AM

(6/18/2012 10:56:00 AM) - Al

They've made him a rock star.

Just a minor miscalculation...

6/18/2012 10:56:00 AM

(6/18/2012 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I ended up in an electronic phone menu this AM, and for the first time in ages, the final selection was, "If you have a rotary phone, please hold on."

It should be, "If you have a rotary phone, tell Abram to trim his beard and get the buggy ready, because you can get a touchtone phone at Wal Mart for $5."

6/18/2012 10:30:00 AM

(6/18/2012 09:36:00 AM) - Al

People are generally waiting to see if the Brewers or Phillies decide to trade established stars for controllable talent.--Joel Sherman, via MLBTR

That would seem to indicate Greinke, Marcum, and KRod would be among the most valuable pieces, if available.

6/18/2012 09:36:00 AM

(6/18/2012 09:24:00 AM) - Al

Day two of my four day weekend...broken up only by that little eight hour shift I work tomorrow.

Unbridled optimism like that is why some of my bosses disliked me over the years...they'd be panicking and focusing on the negative, while I refused to, and always talked about the positive. The irony is, many times, those negative nellies would end up with more hours to work with because they complained how hard things were.

We used to get tons of hours added for inventory...when in reality, you did not need many at all...maybe fifty hours for a couple weeks. I saved about 300 hours my last year and got my labor percentage for the year about a half percentage point below budget...and was told I should have used them "just to use them."

6/18/2012 09:24:00 AM

(6/18/2012 09:10:00 AM) - Al

If you saw an odd post up earlier, part of a short story was posted on Ramblings in error this morning. It probably did not make much sense, as it was out of context. Ramblings regrets the inconvenience. 

6/18/2012 09:10:00 AM

(6/18/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The post office symbolizes perfectly what is wrong with the federal government...bloated, bureaucracy, ineffective, paid too much, too high of a pension, and decades behind the times. 

Also, note that wherever you see something that is laughably bad, there's a union close by, blaming others.

6/18/2012 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, June 17, 2012

(6/17/2012 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Another Darwin nominee...coming fast and furious.

Note to others, when visiting zoo, do not jump into cage of wild meat eaters.

Damn, if only our government would have mandated a warning label of some sort!

6/17/2012 11:22:00 PM

(6/17/2012 11:14:00 PM) - Al

Just found out MST3K episodes are on Netflix. See you in a week or so. 

6/17/2012 11:14:00 PM

(6/17/2012 08:42:00 PM) - Al

And while we're on the subject of box office bombs; Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter; opens Friday.


6/17/2012 08:42:00 PM

(6/17/2012 08:24:00 PM) - Al

100 rounds of golf.

How is this guy even close to Romney? Seriously?

ADDED: And Axelrod shows us he still has not invested in a spiral notebook

6/17/2012 08:24:00 PM

(6/17/2012 08:10:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, I find it ironic that Hollywood hasn't figured out Tom Cruise is a punchline, and has been for several years, and not a bankable draw. 

6/17/2012 08:10:00 PM

(6/17/2012 08:06:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say how refreshing it is how often opponents complain about the Brewers playing the game hard every day. It happens about every month or two, and it happens annually.

Kudos to the organization.

6/17/2012 08:06:00 PM

(6/17/2012 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke said reliever Jose Veras suffered an upper leg cramp in the 12th inning and he thought Veras would be OK.--JS

I'd be shocked if that's the truth. He might well have a strain that they feel will heal in a few days and they do not want teams to bunt on him and such. 

6/17/2012 08:02:00 PM

(6/17/2012 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Headed to the all star game in Knoxville tomorrow then driving over to Nashville from there.--Tyler Thornburg

Tyler headed to AAA, where I assume he will continue to start to work on his pitches. If he pitches well and the Brewers stay in contention, he might be up in the bullpen before the year is out.

6/17/2012 07:42:00 PM

(6/17/2012 06:55:00 PM) - Al

The neanderthals that don't believe in math and said "I'll take Tiger over the field" have been proven to be usual.

It's fine to be a fan, but it's embarrassing to be wrong so often.

6/17/2012 06:55:00 PM

(6/17/2012 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Once again, the Brewers simply don't seem to run good in coin flips.

6/17/2012 06:52:00 PM

(6/17/2012 06:18:00 PM) - Al

It is normal. The fact many want to make it offensive is hilarious.

6/17/2012 06:18:00 PM

(6/17/2012 06:14:00 PM) - Al

The phone has probably already rung in Nashville, as Veras is almost certainly going on the DL with a pulled/strained groin.

Vinnie Chulk is the most likely to return, as he has been solid across the board, and pitched decently when he was up earlier. For an off the beaten path idea, Wily Peralta has pitched well in his past two starts, but just pitched today, so he'd be unable to work until Thursday or so. 

6/17/2012 06:14:00 PM

(6/17/2012 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Greinke forgets what led to six effective innings, strike one and working ahead. Roenicke shows far more patience (or is not confident in his 7th inning bullpen options) in allowing Zack to face Willingham after a walk and four hits in 2/3rd's of a frame.

He is his own worst enemy. He struggles mightily to maintain his mental game for two plus hours.

6/17/2012 03:20:00 PM

(6/17/2012 02:53:00 PM) - Al

In utopia, all women look as bad as Britney Spears supposedly does.

She's gorgeous even before you figure in that she's 30+ and a mom.

6/17/2012 02:53:00 PM

(6/17/2012 02:37:00 PM) - Al

It is almost unfathomable how good Corey Hart is at 1B despite not playing there for almost a decade.

That said, a smarter play would have been to touch 1B and then get the out at 2B...safer, less risk of a big inning.

6/17/2012 02:37:00 PM

(6/17/2012 01:31:00 PM) - Al

That ball Rickie hit would have been caught this year until now. His OBP is back to normal in June, so maybe the luck will balance out the rest of the way.

6/17/2012 01:31:00 PM

(6/17/2012 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Woke up this morning to learn my e-mail has been virused or hacked again. If you receive an e-mail from me with RE: as the subject, just delete it. Yahoo will not let me send out a warning as they sense my account is fragile. 

6/17/2012 01:29:00 PM

(6/17/2012 01:22:00 PM) - Al

His policy is financial confidence and food stamps.--Roberto Ungar

It's just amazing how many economists are:

1. Racist.

2. Doubtful taxing and spending more will work any better than it has so far.

Read the whole thing, but only if you dare admit that Walker's way works, and Obama's does not.

6/17/2012 01:22:00 PM

(6/17/2012 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday  morning that he expects to have first baseman Travis Ishikawa and shortstop Cesar Izturis back for the interleague series against Chicago next weekend. 

Now, both players will begin playing in the field again. Roenicke said Izturis will rejoin the Brewers on Thursday, an off day, barring a setback. Ishikawa is scheduled to rejoin the club Saturday in Chicago in time for the game that night against the White Sox.--JS

Izturis will obviously replace Maysonet, though Ishikawa will be a tougher call, should no one else be injured. Green backs up Ramirez as well, and Aramis needs some time off as he is hobbling. Perez has barely pitched, and the rotation has been stellar...they might decide to go with 11 pitchers for a while.

6/17/2012 12:18:00 PM

(6/17/2012 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Jayson Stark embarrasses himself by saying Lincecum has struggled because "he's lost his aura" on the mound.

Lincecum's fastball is down to 90.2 mph this season, down from 93 over his career. His career is going just like you'd expect from a sub 6 foot RHSP, especially considering he weighs about 160 pounds. I always love the way the casuals insist that history does not matter when it comes to vertically challenged RHSP's because "this one is different." Um, yeah.

This relates to the Crew because their top arm in the minors right now is Tyler Thornburg, who has two plus major league pitches now, and has simply dominated AA. However, since he flings the ball with his right hand, and is listed at 5-10 or 5-11, I have long said he should be transitioned to the bullpen, as he is far more likely to remain healthy and be effective throwing 70 innings a season rather than 175.

I'd love to be wrong and have him be a Yo type homegrown SP...but those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. 

6/17/2012 11:57:00 AM

(6/17/2012 11:39:00 AM) - Al

The irony of folks overreacting to a couple blown saves is this past week? Glancing at the standings, you'll see the Crew is 6-4 in their last ten games.

Their starting pitching has been superb of late, and is healthy, except for the 5th spot, which Fiers had filled admirably. After sucking early, they have "regressed to the mean," as most expected. If they can continue, they can get back to .500 and back in the race. If not, they won't. The casual media

Tom H

can pretend all they want that Cody Ransom is several wins worse than Alex Gonzalez, but he's not, and reserves like Conrad, Ishikawa, Green, and Maldonado may not have high ceilings, but they can play, and all were fine uses of stashing guys making near the minimum just in case the '12 version did not stay healthy like the '11 team.

6/17/2012 11:39:00 AM

(6/17/2012 11:15:00 AM) - Al

Despite having a 22 game hitting streak this year, Michael Brantley is still just putting up a 700ish OPS, for the second year in a row.

I hated giving up Brantley in the Sabathia deal, because he was 21 and had tremendous plate discipline even then. Even though he is now a solid player, his lack of power has hurt his ability to draw walks, and that has really hurt his ability to be anything more than  "just OK."

6/17/2012 11:15:00 AM

(6/17/2012 11:10:00 AM) - Al

Mark Prior is in AAA for Boston, and thus far, has struck out 15...of the 19 outs he has recorded.

Right now, he has 20 K/ about unsustainable.

6/17/2012 11:10:00 AM

(6/17/2012 11:06:00 AM) - Al

Took a quick look at the standings, and it jumps right out at you...the teams that are "overachieving"...Orioles, Indians, Pirates especially, are all winning one-run  games at a unsustainable clip, while the worst in close games, Cubs, Cards, Phillies, Jays; are all several games under where they "should" be, based solely on runs scored and runs allowed.

The question is, is it luck or is it some sort of "skill" that they will be able to keep up? I called it unsustainable above, but that said, a better argument may well be, while it will not continue, can those extra few wins make a team like PIT, who "should" be behind the Crew, into a contender, rather than just another mediocre season?

I've followed this over the past few seasons, and for whatever reason (good fortune balancing out, regression to the mean), it does tend to even out over 162. CLE is 10-2 on one run games, and if you think they can keep up that math and contend, due to skill sets, you're unlikely to be correct.

6/17/2012 11:06:00 AM

Saturday, June 16, 2012

(6/16/2012 11:11:00 PM) - Al

Fiers has looked very major league ready. Dillard can't feel very secure about his roster spot when Marco gets healthy.

6/16/2012 11:11:00 PM

(6/16/2012 09:26:00 PM) - Al

Thanks again to the left for making Governor Walker a rock star.

6/16/2012 09:26:00 PM

(6/16/2012 06:28:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks hold the twelfth pick in the draft, but league sources say they’re attempting to trade up. They would like to move up in the lottery and they fueled the trade rumors at the NBA Draft Combine when they met with a number of top prospects who likely won’t be available at No. 12. Milwaukee has been working the phones, trying to find a trading partner in the top ten. The Bucks and Bobcats have discussed a deal for the second overall pick, but no trade is imminent.--Hoopsworld, via HoopsHype

Any trade involving the #2 pick would have to involve Jennings and/or Ellis, as those are the only non-role players on the roster, other than Ersan, who is a free agent and will almost certainly leave for nothing, as happens to the Bucks every year as they mortgage the future to try and get that #7/8 spot and sneak into the playoffs, hoping for a 76ers like shocking run.

6/16/2012 06:28:00 PM

(6/16/2012 06:04:00 PM) - Al

As we all know, it's all about the short-term...anything that happens after the November elections might as well be a century away. Bringing up this amnesty program for people who are not in the country legally was done to court the Latino voter, damn the consequences. Heck, I'm sure many wonder how much worse it could be, one look at the economic numbers now compared to the supposedly horrible final W year indicates that, surprisingly, it isn't even comparable. Don't forget, Dems criticized W's 6% unemployment as unacceptable, and now, three years later, argue 6% may be "full employment." Funny how things change when faced with a Carterish economic slump.

6/16/2012 06:04:00 PM

(6/16/2012 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Anyone who mentions unions and the future in the same breath is living squarely in denial.

They had their place, and now they have none. Up to one-third of teachers in WI have already stopped paying dues, now that it's not mandatory...and it's only been a single year. There's a reason why the unions went "all-in" to defeat Walker...they are now broke and powerless.

All they do now is convince businesses to cut their losses and open up in a non-union shop.

6/16/2012 05:51:00 PM

Friday, June 15, 2012

(6/15/2012 10:51:00 PM) - Al

Detlef speaks the truth.

And once you give a team away, it's tough to get another. Lesson, sure to be ignored, by Milwaukee's leaders.

And to be honest, a well publicized rally featuring former players drawing 4K people is hardly impressive.  With New Orleans secure, I don't see anyone moving to Seattle soon, as Sacramento seems destined to end up in Anaheim if they do leave the nicest city in California.

6/15/2012 10:51:00 PM

(6/15/2012 10:46:00 PM) - Al

An optional flat tax for dreamers could be Obamas greatest legacy-he has liberated us from mundane things like the constitution and the law.--Newt Gingrich

Nice to see Newt tweeting out one-liners now that he's withdrawn. Fred Thompson became hilarious the minute he quit running.

6/15/2012 10:46:00 PM

(6/15/2012 10:22:00 PM) - Al

Makecrapupistan--Sarah Palin on where the old media lives

Heh. That's funny stuff. I still find it extremely ironic the left wondered how a woman could possibly balance motherhood and being VP...she probably puts in more time promoting herself (damn capitalist) than Biden (verbal gaffes) and Obama (golf/fund raising) combined put into "work."

Democrats love socialism pretty much the way Republican love freedom.--post from the Right Online convention

These are my kind of people.

6/15/2012 10:22:00 PM

(6/15/2012 10:13:00 PM) - Al

A short fly ball and two ground balls right at defenders. Axford would be 3-3 the past 3 nights with that kind of good fortune.

When you're going bad, you tend to have bad luck. Just the way it is.

6/15/2012 10:13:00 PM

(6/15/2012 09:58:00 PM) - Al

I think all wine tastes the fruit juice with an icky aftertaste.

6/15/2012 09:58:00 PM

(6/15/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

The way the 'pen is being used and warmed, I would guess Axford is unavailable tonight, and KRod is closing.

EDIT: Never mind.:)

6/15/2012 09:49:00 PM

(6/15/2012 09:37:00 PM) - Al

A bunch of "you might be a liberal" tweets.

Some hit and some miss, but all show the hypocrisy that is obvious. I giggle as I read about the lack of respect concerns from a group that proudly calling Governor Walker "Hitler" for daring to ask public sector workers to pay minute portions of their taxpayer funded health care and pensions.

As for me, if the president would, you know, actually answer questions from anyone except the far-left gals at The View, he might nor have to answer them while once again bringing up failed past legislation that he pretends is fresh.

He reminds me of a meat market that takes its outdated steaks and roasts off the shelf each night...and then grinds it up into tomorrow's "fresh ground beef." And wonders why he has so few repeat customers.

Immigration reform starts with removing many of the hurdles from legal immigration, that have been artificially created because many think regulations are good, while simplicity is awful. The current strategy can best be described as "it works, except for those hundred mile stretches which are unguarded and completely open, but since they're in remote, low population areas, we pretend they do not exist."

6/15/2012 09:37:00 PM

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