Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

(7/31/2012 10:09:00 PM) - Al

He's called two strike threes since on pitches Marty moved several inches, admitting they weren't strikes.

Could they possibly be any worse?

7/31/2012 10:09:00 PM

(7/31/2012 10:07:00 PM) - Al

The umps just get worse, and worse, and worse.

How dare you question a call I obviously missed?

They don't seem to understand they just brought attention to how pathetic and inept they are.

7/31/2012 10:07:00 PM

(7/31/2012 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Henderson seems to have a bit of Fiers-like seems his motion is over the top far more than most. I wonder if he adjusted his release point at some stage.

7/31/2012 09:40:00 PM

(7/31/2012 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Great program for Governor Walker to get behind.

7/31/2012 09:31:00 PM

(7/31/2012 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Comics know if they go after Obama, they'll never see Leno's, Letterman's, or Kimmel's stages, and especially not HBO's or Comedy Central's.

Chris Titus said he'd assassinate Sarah Palin if she was elected. Titus would be in prison if he had said that about any of the Obama family.

7/31/2012 08:33:00 PM

(7/31/2012 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe they can't figure out economics when they can't find a likeness of Churchill.

But, by God, if you try and put butter or cheese on a sandwich...

7/31/2012 08:15:00 PM

(7/31/2012 07:41:00 PM) - Al

1. Spiral notebook.

2. It's hard to keep it straight when you stand for nothing, and do nothing except play politics...every single day, every single decision.

In many ways, Carter must be unhappy they compare this to his time in office...

7/31/2012 07:41:00 PM

(7/31/2012 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Nothing Dems love more than adding regulations that will not stop criminals, but will make it harder for hunters and wholesalers.

That, in a nutshell, is the liberal mindset.

7/31/2012 07:35:00 PM

(7/31/2012 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Quick hits: PS pays $731M to DoJ, gets FTP's assets. PS repaying players outside of US, US players need to petition DoJ for $$ back.--ESPN

Heh. The government is in charge of me getting my money back.

I assume it is gone forever then.

7/31/2012 11:49:00 AM

(7/31/2012 11:40:00 AM) - Al

So, what exactly does Obama lead Romney in?

7/31/2012 11:40:00 AM

(7/31/2012 11:38:00 AM) - Al

Carlos Lee is still a professional hitter, and he gets on base. Any contender should be happy to have him at LF/DH/1B.

7/31/2012 11:38:00 AM

(7/31/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Only rumor involving the Brewers have them interested in a catcher, Kelly Shoppach.

This could mean they've always liked Shoppach (they have been), or they want Maldonado to play everyday in AAA, or it could mean they have a team asking about Lucroy or Maldonado.

That seems like more of an offseason move, but the Crew probably has two of the top fifteen catchers in the game, and many, including myself, may feel Marty will not hit like he did again.

7/31/2012 11:30:00 AM

(7/31/2012 11:24:00 AM) - Al

Poker Stars buys Full Tilt, settles with Nanny State Justice Department, who will now spend all their taxpayer funded resources shutting down children's lemonade stands.

Never been prouder to have played the majority of my online poker at Stars, who has shown what it is like to do the right thing and take care of their customer base.

I have forgotten how much I had at's between a value meal and a couple tanks of gas, but at this point, it is found money.

7/31/2012 11:24:00 AM

(7/31/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Wil Smith makes $20M a movie, and goes home to this.

I hate Wil Smith.

7/31/2012 09:00:00 AM

(7/31/2012 12:55:00 AM) - Al

O's and Reds both interested in Overbay.

7/31/2012 12:55:00 AM

(7/31/2012 12:30:00 AM) - Al

We've been stocking up on beef roasts the past week, as our local grocery has had them on sale (and, of course, Wal Mart price matches anything).

I believe we will continue, though I doubt the crop will be as bad as they is in the corn growers benefit to say the crop sucks, and hence, they always say it sucks.

7/31/2012 12:30:00 AM

(7/31/2012 12:25:00 AM) - Al

Dodgers pick up League for 2 A ball kids. Brandon hasn't been anymore than passable this year, and I like Jack Z's assumption he'll still be around when these kids make it up.

7/31/2012 12:25:00 AM

(7/31/2012 12:22:00 AM) - Al

TOR deals another low OBP OF for another solid arm.

7/31/2012 12:22:00 AM

Monday, July 30, 2012

(7/30/2012 11:38:00 PM) - Al

The have acquired OF Travis Snider from the in exchange for RHP Brad Lincoln.--Pirates

Strange team with two teams trying to get better and contend. Puzzling though that PIT thinks they can get better by picking up a platoon corner OF who gets out 70% of the time while dealing a decent arm.

7/30/2012 11:38:00 PM

(7/30/2012 11:30:00 PM) - Al

Jim Callis rates the top Brewers' prospects after the trade.

Hard to take any list seriously that has Scooter 7th...

EDIT: I had Sickels earlier, must have misread. Thanks to Tom for the correction.

7/30/2012 11:30:00 PM

(7/30/2012 10:49:00 PM) - Al

Why have I said Izturis is a very serviceable option at SS?

Because casuals insist he isn't. I'm not always right, but they're always wrong.

7/30/2012 10:49:00 PM

(7/30/2012 10:46:00 PM) - Al

Astros rooting with their hearts, runner looked out and was out. Incredible play by Izturis. Loe unlucky, while he gave up a walk, gets a DP ball, the infield was just not at DP position in the shift.

Cesar, Cody, and Nyjer could all really help teams, as could Kam and Randy. I doubt any of them get a single call.

7/30/2012 10:46:00 PM

(7/30/2012 10:41:00 PM) - Al

Two solid young arms going to Cubs from ATL, one, top prospect Vizcaino who had TJ surgery earlier this year.

Theo buys low, exceptional deal.

7/30/2012 10:41:00 PM

(7/30/2012 10:15:00 PM) - Al


I run my own business, and finally had to stop taking checks, as 20% of them were bad, many were "account closed" or "payment stopped on check," obvious fraud by bastards who already had the work done and now just screwed me over. I'll happily give the banks their 5% if it means not having to chase people around. 

I lost about $15K last year to this, and only made about $5K, and no, I did not pay myself. 

Just a bonus note, I pay about $25K to insure and bond myself, a 14 year plumber who has never had a single claim. No, we don't need legal reform, not at all. 


By the way, Jason, you are capitalist, elitist scum...according to one of the two major parties.

Thanks for writing, and good luck to you.

7/30/2012 10:15:00 PM

(7/30/2012 10:05:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and I are going to a small town "cinema cafe" tomorrow for a Hunger Games matinee...I just remembered tonight that I did not think they took credit...I called and sure enough, the guy proudly said they are "cash only."

Welcome to 1977.

I get it, plastic takes a cut (39 cents to $1.50 per swipe, plus up to 5% of the total), but it's been shown numerous times people spend more and you attract more folks (those without cash) if you accept cards.

It's a shortsighted way to do business. However, they have the right to be shortsighted, as I'm for freedom and less regulation.

7/30/2012 10:05:00 PM

(7/30/2012 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Well, Livian is luckier than others. That, no one can deny.

7/30/2012 09:57:00 PM

(7/30/2012 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Maholm and Johnson to ATL, per Fox.

7/30/2012 09:54:00 PM

(7/30/2012 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Yahoo says TEX gets Soto.

7/30/2012 09:50:00 PM

(7/30/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

No bias here, let's move on.

7/30/2012 09:49:00 PM

(7/30/2012 09:44:00 PM) - Al

Soto and Johnson saying goodbye to teammates in Cubs' dugout. No word yet on who they were traded to.

I recall earlier this season, a message board had people laughing at how bad Reed Johnson was. Of course, not only is he a lefty killer, he's a very good option as a 4th/5th OF. Another much maligned veteran OF, Mark Kotsay, teamed with Johnson, would probably be an above average platoon, if they could stay healthy all season.

EDIT: Two different trades, per reports. 

7/30/2012 09:44:00 PM

(7/30/2012 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Adam points out KRod was up when Crew was behind, now sits down for Hernandez as team takes the lead, wonders if that has ever happened in his career.

I suppose it has, but not so obviously.

7/30/2012 09:39:00 PM

(7/30/2012 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal?

Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it. ~~Conan O'Brien

I must admit, I find it very funny libs can't figure out why folks getting paid to stay home do not feel the need to find a job. 

7/30/2012 08:46:00 PM

(7/30/2012 08:16:00 PM) - Al

I find it hilarious that the powers that be have to overrule the worst 25-33% of the official scorer's calls at Miller Park because they're so hideous, they just can't tolerate it.

Heaven forbid they, you know, bring in someone with a clue, who doesn't preface every decision with "Back in my day..."

7/30/2012 08:16:00 PM

(7/30/2012 06:43:00 PM) - Al

Funny, nowhere on this list is what I do...curse how tired I am and weep uncontrollably.

7/30/2012 06:43:00 PM

(7/30/2012 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Stephen Drew in Gibson's office, door closed. Might be on his way out.

Deadline problems.

7/30/2012 06:41:00 PM

(7/30/2012 06:27:00 PM) - Al

Overbay DFA'd despite very good numbers.

I'm not sure what ARI is thinking, first Ransom, and now Overbay. Lyle will be sought after by at least ten teams, so they should get something for him, but they're on the fringes of contention. Who wouldn't want a cheap, solid LH bat making a pro-rated $1M?

7/30/2012 06:27:00 PM

(7/30/2012 06:11:00 PM) - Al

RRR said have discussed at least one more potential bullpen call-up. A player he didn't know much about--Adam,

That would mean it's not Peralta. Almost anyone else is a possibility. 

7/30/2012 06:11:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:55:00 PM) - Al

In other news, left-handed reliever Manny Parra is unable to pitch because of irritation in his shoulder. Roenicke said he wasn't sure when that happened or why but it's why Parra did not pitch in the four-game Washington series.--JS

As I guessed. They'll probably give him another day or so to see how it responds to "treatment," and then make a move.

I would say he told them after his crappy outings in Philly. This time of year, most every pitcher is banged up, so pitching with pain is par for the course. They only admit it when they are all but unable to pitch.  That's why Yo got nine days between starts, and why they skipped often helps them immensely.

7/30/2012 04:55:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:42:00 PM) - Al

They wouldn't be so angry if they were prettier.

7/30/2012 04:42:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

I gotta agree with Liz. I'm not sure what exactly Dick meant, as McCain was well behind in the polls when he named Palin as his nominee, and actually took a short-lived lead shortly after the convention. McCain did not excite the base of the party, especially those in the South, and many stayed home, rather than just vote for what they perceived as the lesser of two evils.

Allow me to say I told you so, by the way. Often times, the lesser of two evils is a better reason to vote than any other...for proof positive, I give you 3.5 years of Obamanomics.

7/30/2012 04:40:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:35:00 PM) - Al

Braun has been dealing with some deep blisters on his hand for some time now. Got to the point yesterday where he needed a treatment day.--Adam,

This is puzzling...I'd think they could easily treat this with just a couple days off and antibiotics and some sort of skin cream...though maybe it would be difficult to eliminate playing every day

7/30/2012 04:35:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

McClung says in a text that he wants to continue playing professional baseball. Will seek a spot with another club--Adam,

Seth should go home and work on getting in better shape and practice a knuckleball, while trying to find a team to play for in winterball. He might well find a job in AA/AAA just as an extra arm, as many guys go down this time of year, but I doubt it will help him.

7/30/2012 04:30:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:27:00 PM) - Al

OF Brock Kjeldgaard cleared waivers; no longer on the 40-man, he at least received a bump back up to AA Huntsville from Brevard.--Jim Goulart (Mass Haas on Twitter)

I know one clown had Brock as the top prospect in the system after last year. Every single team turned him down for free, or nearly free. He's got power, so he's got a tiny chance.

7/30/2012 04:27:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:24:00 PM) - Al

Braun out tonight with blisters on his hand, and Parra out with shoulder irritation.

As I said earlier, I think Manny's been hurt for a while, and likely has already received treatment, maybe a cortisone shot, as he hasn't pitched for several days.

Very odd for a position player to have blisters as well. Too much BP or work under the stands? Possibly from weight work?

7/30/2012 04:24:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Axford on Kyles: "I take some of the blame for it. It hurts me."--Adam,

Axford is just a great guy. 

7/30/2012 04:21:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:16:00 PM) - Al

Best part about going to the dentist for a cleaning?

Allowing yourself to believe the 25 year-old hygienist and the 30ish year-old dentist actually like you for more than the fact you're paying their rent. 

And yes, both are female...not that there's anything wrong with that.

7/30/2012 04:16:00 PM

(7/30/2012 04:16:00 PM) - Al

Seth McClung released from AAA Nashville, Thornburg will take his spot, per Adam of

Seth had a 5.50+ ERA last I looked, so he might well be done. Even moreso, he only had about 6 K's per 9 IP, and needless to say, it's tough being successful hitting that many bats. 

7/30/2012 04:16:00 PM

(7/30/2012 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Delfino has a ton of intangibles, you'd think top teams would love him as a reserve.

I think he'd be a perfect fit for the Heat, backing up Wade and James, playing defense and shooting threes.

7/30/2012 02:29:00 PM

(7/30/2012 02:24:00 PM) - Al

McClendon returns.

I assume Peralta will continue to pitch every 5th day and they want to get an idea about DLS's mechanics in AAA first.

I wonder if the 8th and 9th might belong to Henderson and Hernandez in some form, if they have the lead. Also, if Parra is even available, as I don't think he's warmed up since they got back to MIL. Veras and Axford both threw a ton of pitches, and KRod will be limited to unimportant innings for a while.

On the bright side, the bullpen is the easiest thing to fix.

7/30/2012 02:24:00 PM

(7/30/2012 02:13:00 PM) - Al

As wishy washy a human that has ever lived.

When you fail to plan...

He sat on bin Laden's whereabouts for months. Disgraceful.

By the way, how's that Guantanamo closing going?

7/30/2012 02:13:00 PM

(7/30/2012 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Poker Stars expected to announce they purchased Full Tilt and will reimburse the players later today, in a deal that the Department of Nanny State Justice has approved.

Baby steps.

7/30/2012 02:10:00 PM

(7/30/2012 02:06:00 PM) - Al

What's this? Saying one thing and doing another?

I, for one, am shocked.

I have no doubt the president would blow up an infinite amount of puppies if it meant a single swing state going his way. He stands for nothing except politics as usual, and his results show it. My goodness, his entire fiscal plan reads, "Let the next guy fix it."

{"Guy" meaning person, of course, as I have nothing against women, unlike the Dems, who hate them if they hold consrvative beliefs.}

7/30/2012 02:06:00 PM

(7/30/2012 02:01:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe anyone has interest in Morneau, unless the Twins are paying 75% of his salary.

He's been a shell of his former self since his concussion.

7/30/2012 02:01:00 PM

(7/30/2012 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Bullpen coach Stan Kyles let go, in what I would call a "can't hurt anything" situation. Stan has been with the organization eleven years, and will likely still be if he wants to be.

As Doug said when he let Macha go, they didn't win enough games. That pretty much sums up the world of's good to be a friend of the manager and/or to be on a winning team.

I did not give Kyles credit last season, when they had five excellent relievers, nor did I blame him this year, when they really don't have any, though three are the same guys. I have heard good things about Lee Tunnell, who will replace him (trying to recall if Lee was one of the guys, along with now AAA pitching coach Fred Dabney, who "found" 5 mph on Axford's fastball when he was in high A ball by changing his delivery), but I would think any improvement will mostly come from the pitchers themselves.

7/30/2012 01:55:00 PM

Sunday, July 29, 2012

(7/29/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

It's all about the kids...except when it's not.

7/29/2012 09:49:00 PM

(7/29/2012 07:19:00 PM) - Al

The hypocrisy of the left is astounding, because it exists and it's so blatantly in the open, yet completely ignored by the old media.

7/29/2012 07:19:00 PM

(7/29/2012 07:07:00 PM) - Al

The NY Times writes about the doctor shortage...that's the very liberal NY Times.

The problem can be helped immensely by physician assistants and those "fast clinics" you find in grocery stores and the like. Last year, when I had lyme disease, I was treated quickly and in about an hour total...the exact same time it takes to get antibiotics for strep throat and ear infections. That's what bogs down the system, the fact we treat simple ailments like they're something more than that.

7/29/2012 07:07:00 PM

(7/29/2012 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Willie Bloomquist, Brendan Ryan and Ty Wigginton are thought to be on the Yankees' long list of potential infield options, Heyman reports. Yunel Escobar, Chone Figgins, Jose Lopez and Cody Ransom are also thought to be on New York's list.--MLBTR

Cody can play all four infield spots, and has far more pop than most anyone available who can play the middle infield spots. A live arm should be all it takes, as we all know MIL is building toward '13 and beyond.

7/29/2012 06:57:00 PM

(7/29/2012 06:29:00 PM) - Al


When Obama does this, like with his "you didn't build that" remark, they go into denial mode immediately.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” ― Mark Twain

7/29/2012 06:29:00 PM

(7/29/2012 06:23:00 PM) - Al

Adam of reports another relief pitcher will be added, no word yet on if a player will be DL'd or has been traded.

On the 40, per Adam, at Nashville; Peralta, McClendon, and DLS.

EDIT: Thornburg sent down to Nashville. 

7/29/2012 06:23:00 PM

(7/29/2012 05:13:00 PM) - Al

Glenn's right, but it does not fit the narrative. Just like they've never shown him saying "corps-man" because he's the most intelligent president ever...even though his college grades are under lock and key tighter than the nuclear codes.

7/29/2012 05:13:00 PM

(7/29/2012 05:05:00 PM) - Al

I wonder who the Crew has left in the bullpen. Parra has not warmed up in days, and Thornburg is probably not going to pitch either. That would only leave Loe, methinks.

7/29/2012 05:05:00 PM

(7/29/2012 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Last week, the Rambling son and I made it across town to Fleet Farm to buy some menthol based horse's triple the strength of Absorbine Jr, and while AJ costs $4 for 2 ounces, the equine version is $7 for 16 ounces...yes, really. I use it on my feet, as my high arches often cause pain at the end of the day, and as I also have dry, itchy feet, the cooling feeling of the menthol (and the increased circulation that follows) helps that as well. I've been soaking my feet of late to try and take care of a hard corn on the ball of my foot, which shrinks the more you soak it, which makes the pain lessen.

{I'm like a podiatrist's dream come true, aren't I?}

Today, I added the menthol liquid to my foot soak, and at the moment, my feet feel better than they have in ages, smooth, cool, and pain free. I've read that the best treatment for corns is to soak them three times a day, and while it's easy to say I do not have the time for that, I guess you make time for what's important.

7/29/2012 03:33:00 PM

(7/29/2012 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Umpiring crew with a rare hat trick...they got every single call and judgement wrong on the bunt and what followed.

Thank goodness they have union protection, or they'd be unemployed. Remember, unions do not protect the best, as they do not need any help...only the worst.

That's why they're all but extinct.

7/29/2012 03:22:00 PM

(7/29/2012 01:23:00 PM) - Al

It's tough not to pencil in an out-of-options Mark Rogers onto the '13 staff somewhere...he hit 98 in the first inning and has plus off-speed stuff as well.

He may never stay healthy, but he'd be claimed by half the teams in MLB if he was put on waivers.

7/29/2012 01:23:00 PM

(7/29/2012 01:10:00 PM) - Al

DLS goes to Nashville for now, Roenicke also says MIL would like to use Wily Peralta in the rotation before the season ends.

The wave of young pitching has hit, let's hope they stay healthy and have success.

I assume we might see some other bumps in the minors among the higher ceiling arms.

7/29/2012 01:10:00 PM

(7/29/2012 01:05:00 PM) - Al

Matt e-mails this Sickels' review of new Brewers' reliever DLS, back when he was going good.

Perfect buy low acquisition by Doug. Throw enough guys that throw 96 against a wall, some will stick.

7/29/2012 01:05:00 PM

(7/29/2012 12:49:00 PM) - Al

Many feel this is Romney's VP list.

I still am rooting for Chris Christie, because he looks like me, and is both hilarious and truthful. A Biden/Christie debate might be funnier than Seinfeld.

7/29/2012 12:49:00 PM

(7/29/2012 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Marcum to the 60 day DL.

On the bright side, this might allow Shawn to return to MIL in '13 on a 1y/4M contract, or something along those lines, as he looks to prove his health and earn a long-term deal for '14 and beyond.

If the '13 season began tomorrow:

1. It would freak out a lot of people.

2. The rotation would probably be Gallardo, Fiers, Estrada, Thornburg, and Peralta, with Narveson hoping to return in June/July.

3. Al Gore would blame it on the industrial revolution, as his local utility is forced to build a supplemental plant just for his mansion's electric use.

7/29/2012 12:41:00 PM

(7/29/2012 10:35:00 AM) - Al

Contrary to a report Saturday, the Brewers have never discussed returning left-hander Manny Parra to the starting rotation, Melvin said--Adam,

While Parra has the "stuff" to start, he's always been far more effective as a reliever, and would take forever to "stretch out" to pitch 5-6 innings. 

7/29/2012 10:35:00 AM

(7/29/2012 10:08:00 AM) - Al

Brewers get a live arm for Kottaras, with surprisingly good major league stats.

He has struggled this year, which is why he was available. 11 K's per 9 frames in the bigs, let's hope someone can "straighten him out." Great guy to take a flyer on.

His minor league numbers, while his ERA's are mediocre, offer some hope, a career 3-1 K/BB ratio,  11.6 K/9, only 15 HR's allowed in 300+ innings, and a 1.23 WHIP. Note his AA and AAA home teams have been Midland in the Texas League and Sacramento in the PCL...difficult environments to say the least.

Per Fangraphs, his average velocity on his fastball in the majors has been 95.6 mph. This is what you call hoping a guy puts it all together.

7/29/2012 10:08:00 AM

Saturday, July 28, 2012

(7/28/2012 10:17:00 PM) - Al

White Sox pick up Liriano from Twins.

He's pitched as well as Greinke the past couple months.

7/28/2012 10:17:00 PM

(7/28/2012 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Todd Coffey had TJ surgery, pics of the scar.


7/28/2012 10:06:00 PM

(7/28/2012 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Danny Knobler says Parra is being asked about.

7/28/2012 08:52:00 PM

(7/28/2012 08:40:00 PM) - Al

One of the funnier things I've seen in a while...Demi Moore, who filed for divorce from Ashton Kutcher because he continually cheated on her with young, gorgeous women is unhappy because he is in a relationship with one.

If only he was miserable and alone, crying himself to sleep, everything would be perfect in Demi's world...

And yes, I follow Ashton on Twitter, because I love listening to him tell everyone how he's superior to all of us because he's incredibly far-left...and I laugh and laugh and laugh.  He doesn't even get it.

7/28/2012 08:40:00 PM

(7/28/2012 08:29:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure what's going to happen when liberals find out that Chik-Fil-A's policy is basically identical to Obama's beliefs until a month ago...and still identical to his policies.

And yes, I do think the fact that they are such bigots when it comes to people having beliefs that may not be popular at the moment to be delicious irony.

7/28/2012 08:29:00 PM

(7/28/2012 06:26:00 PM) - Al

I got home from work about 5:30, and the Rambling wife and son went to church tonight, and just called to ask about dinner. We decided on Chinese, and she asked me to call it in, as she, like many women, hate ordering over the phone. I hung up with her and typed in the number by memory.

1. I guess it's better than having it in the contacts.

2. This is why I'm fat.

3. Or, I'm fat because of this. 

7/28/2012 06:26:00 PM

(7/28/2012 06:23:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I use our credit card for everything...knock on wood, we've always been able to pay it off at the end of the month, except for a month or two back when I was in sales (100% commission) for five years.

If some businesses do this and others don't, we'll avoid them. However, if retailers band together, this may change the way Americans shop.

7/28/2012 06:23:00 PM

(7/28/2012 06:10:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, at least in the USA, gun control has failed miserably.

I'm kind of ambivalent about the subject, but I am a strong believer in math. And I can't imagine a ne'er-do-well saying, "Well, I would commit armed robbery this evening, but since it's against the law, I think I'll go to the symphony."

7/28/2012 06:10:00 PM

(7/28/2012 05:55:00 PM) - Al

I would think a contender would call the Brewers and pick up Randy Wolf, as he has pitched nicely of late, and supposedly, the Crew is asking for little in return, and would pay all but the minimum salary.

I doubt hardly anyone has five SP's better than Wolf, and though his season has been pedestrian overall, he's still only went fewer than five innings in three starts in 2012.

7/28/2012 05:55:00 PM

(7/28/2012 05:44:00 PM) - Al

A's will acquire Kottaras, most likely for cash or a low level prospect.

He was undervalued when the Crew picked him up, and he still is, as most catchers are close to an automatic out. He's just another guy in the field, but there are a lot of backup catchers whose OBP sits about .255 who don't harken memories of John Bench either.

7/28/2012 05:44:00 PM

Friday, July 27, 2012

(7/27/2012 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Livian Hernandez might well be back with the Brewers next year if he pitches like he has thus far.

Very small sample, but his numbers in relief are very solid, which makes sense considering the difference in velocity between him and most SP's.

7/27/2012 09:49:00 PM

(7/27/2012 09:08:00 PM) - Al

I said many times I felt Fiers might have success as a #4/5 SP, but was more likely to find his niche as a reliever.

Sorry for doubting you Mike.

ERA is important, but when looking at young arms, the wheat separates from the chaff by using K/9. If they can't hit it, they're very likely to find success and keep moving up.

7/27/2012 09:08:00 PM

(7/27/2012 09:05:00 PM) - Al

I love thick women cause my aunt, she rode equestrian.--Brandon Jennings

Not sure if Brandon was a victim of autocorrect, or if I'm not understanding his "urban" use of the language. Still, had to post it just because.

7/27/2012 09:05:00 PM

(7/27/2012 08:41:00 PM) - Al

Los Angeles paid a "significant" price for Greinke, especially given that he's only under contract through the rest of this season, writes ESPN's Keith Law (Insider subscription required). As for the minor league package going to Milwaukee, "it's only marginally less than the Brewers initially gave up for two years of Greinke, but has a lot more risk, as all three of the prospects involved have fairly low floors," says Law.--MLBTR

That was my thought, that other than Lo Cain, the pieces are similar, and the guys the Crew received have a bit more upside.

7/27/2012 08:41:00 PM

(7/27/2012 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Segura was rated as the 55th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America headed into this season and the shortstop put up solid numbers at Double-A Arkansas, hitting .294/.346/.404.--John Sickels

John Hellwig RHP, Grade B-: 3.31 ERA in 111 innings for Arkansas, 84/56 K/BB, 99 hits. Command is erratic and his K/IP ratio is low for a guy who throws as hard as Hellweg, but he's eating innings and collecting grounders at a good clip.--John Sickels  

Ariel Pena RHP, Grade C+: He's better than he looked in the Futures Game. 2.92 ERA with a 98/37 K/BB in 102 innings in Double-A, 88 hits. Throwing strikes more efficiently this year. RHP, Grade C+: He's better than he looked in the Futures Game. 2.92 ERA with a 98/37 K/BB in 102 innings in Double-A, 88 hits. Throwing strikes more efficiently this year.--Sickels  

Segura also made his Major League debut on July 24 as the Angels called him up as depth for the injured Erick Aybar.  With Mike Trout and Garrett Richards now in the majors, Segura was considered to be the top prospect remaining in the Halos' system.  The 22-year-old has been considered by some teams to be best suited for second base, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, though for now Segura fills the shortstop void left behind by Escobar in the Brewers' system.

Pena, 23, has a 3.37 ERA, an 8.9 K/9 rate and a 2.2 K/BB rate in 111 games (103 of them starts) over six seasons in the Angels' system.  Hellweg, also 23, was a 16th-round pick for the Angels in the 2008 amateur draft.  He has a 3.66 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate in 127 minor league games (38 starts) though control has been an issue, as Hellweg has a career 6.4 BB/9 rate.--MLBTR

7/27/2012 08:28:00 PM

(7/27/2012 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Thanks to the Rambling son for posting the previous link for me, as my internet at work is so slow, it closed twice as I was trying to get on to post.

I'm only in the 2nd inning of the DVR'd version of the game, but from quick capsules of the youngsters picked up (a 22 year-old SS, one of the best in the game; and two fine young 23 year-old SP's, both with good arms, velocity, and plus stuff) seem to indicate, that, once again, it is Doug's world, we're just living in it.

Suddenly, the upper levels of the minors, both AA and AAA, are very well stocked with future role players and everyday players, optimistically, a dozen or so at each.

7/27/2012 08:26:00 PM

(7/27/2012 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Greinke traded to Angels.

7/27/2012 07:06:00 PM

(7/27/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.--Doyle Brunson

How's that Robin Hood economic plan working out for ya?

7/27/2012 04:00:00 PM

(7/27/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Romney has five point lead.

The administration, however, insists he did not build that.

7/27/2012 03:00:00 PM

(7/27/2012 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Several teams have said they are out on Greinke, leaving the Rangers and Angels. Of course, if contacted, they might well be in again.

7/27/2012 02:54:00 PM

(7/27/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I was having trouble with my ignition a while back, and luckily, the problem was solved with a new key, as my car exceeded its warranty back when we had a president who believed in capitalism, free markets, and the like...a long, long time ago.

The Rambling wife has had trouble with hers this week, but a change in keys did not work. She asked me to make an appointment next week, when I'm off four days in a row.

Heh. Yeah, I'll get right on that. And then, I think I'll try to combat my recent toe pain by tying barbed wire around my ankle.

So, I made an appointment on Saturday for her. This is why we must have the internet.

I recall they fixed one of my vehicles ages ago before my warranty expired, and the sheet said it would have cost about $800.  Great googily moogily.

7/27/2012 01:00:00 PM

(7/27/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Jim says the Nats' reporter has a sister, and she used to date a former Brewers' minor leaguer, catcher Lou Palisamo (spelling, I don't know).

 They look like they are very nice people.

7/27/2012 12:30:00 PM

(7/27/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Those government workers do such a good job preventing waste.

Except they don't. And they make a small fortune in benefits. And, it's an embarrassment how much they suck.

7/27/2012 12:00:00 PM

(7/27/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Tell me again, why are we punishing these 30 young men? I know something happened 14 years ago...a decade before any of them were on campus...explain that connection to me again.

You know what? Penn State is going to come out of this with fiercely loyal alumni and an even prouder tradition than they have now. Some will leave (I'd guess a majority of freshmen and sophomores do), but they have made me proud thus far.

7/27/2012 11:00:00 AM

(7/27/2012 10:20:00 AM) - Al

Not saying anything new here, but the rumors are now from only three teams, Braves, Rangers, and Angels.

7/27/2012 10:20:00 AM

(7/27/2012 10:02:00 AM) - Al

If you scour the internet, Hart's name does come up in several rumors to TEX along with Greinke. No idea if that's been discussed, or if it just "fits" that way.

7/27/2012 10:02:00 AM

(7/27/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I honestly thought the answer was going to be "Kill Jenny McCarthy."

7/27/2012 10:00:00 AM

(7/27/2012 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Might be a record month for page views at Ramblings.

I assume it's a combo platter of 31 days, the trade deadline, and my consistent disgust at the administration's economic plan...or lack thereof.

By the way, you didn't build that, now shut up and pay more taxes, you stupid pawn.

7/27/2012 05:30:00 AM

(7/27/2012 03:44:00 AM) - Al

Greinke will be traded within next 48 hours.--Chris Sylvester

Also says common sense.:)

7/27/2012 03:44:00 AM

(7/27/2012 03:35:00 AM) - Al

A rare middle of the night thought from me...if Andrus' name has indeed come up in discussions, it's not just for two months of Greinke, there are other, substantial pieces involved...Axford, Hart, Gallardo type personnel.

It'd be a blockbuster to end all...well, it'd be a huge trade.

7/27/2012 03:35:00 AM

Thursday, July 26, 2012

(7/26/2012 10:50:00 PM) - Al

The Rangers' rumor involves Greinke and two other players going, and Andrus and young pitching coming back.

That seems like a lot to put together at the deadline, but I suppose anything is possible.

7/26/2012 10:50:00 PM

(7/26/2012 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Mini bidding war for Kottaras...Jays, Tribe, Mets all like him.

7/26/2012 10:20:00 PM

(7/26/2012 10:16:00 PM) - Al

Heyman handicaps the Greinke contenders.

That Angels package that comes in 4th...looks very good to me. 

7/26/2012 10:16:00 PM

(7/26/2012 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Mets assistant GM John Ricco says the club is still in the market for a reliever and backup catcher, and projects the Mets making a "small" move before the trade deadline, tweets Mike Puma of the New York Post.--MLBTR

That seems like a match with Kottaras and possibly Loe. 

7/26/2012 09:34:00 PM

(7/26/2012 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Nice debut for Jim Henderson. His minor league numbers do not indicate future success, but his K numbers did increase remarkably in '11-'12, so maybe he "found something" that worked. His velocity was 95-97, so, the potential is there.

7/26/2012 09:31:00 PM

(7/26/2012 09:12:00 PM) - Al


Kudos on your Kottaras prediction. I did not see that said anywhere else, and I check most all the sites. 


Matt knows how to get printed.

7/26/2012 09:12:00 PM

(7/26/2012 08:37:00 PM) - Al

Ryan gets Nationals' games every day where he lives.

And we thought Trenni was hot.

7/26/2012 08:37:00 PM

(7/26/2012 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Tons of rumors in TEX that Andrus for Greinke is a possibility.

Allow me to say I hope they're right.

7/26/2012 08:15:00 PM

(7/26/2012 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Remember when I said Walker says what he means and means what he says?

Obama means what he says...and then denies it.


7/26/2012 08:05:00 PM

(7/26/2012 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Barney and Maria both like men, but I side with Maria...because, well, look at her.

7/26/2012 07:41:00 PM

(7/26/2012 07:38:00 PM) - Al

I said this about 20 years ago. Good to see the old media catch up.

Many women put far too much thought into this. No one gives a yippee what they call themselves, that's why it's just far easier to stick with tradition.

7/26/2012 07:38:00 PM

(7/26/2012 07:34:00 PM) - Al

So skip Santana Fri, move Haren, Wilson up, leaving rotation opening for Sun ... the day Greinke is scheduled to pitch. Interesting.--Giovanni

Actually, that is just strange. 

7/26/2012 07:34:00 PM

(7/26/2012 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Davey Johnson reads between the lines just like I do. Even if Greinke is still a member of the Brewers, he won't start Sunday, Livian Hernandez will, as Henderson is taking his spot in the 'pen.

No way Doug risks losing Greinke to injury in what has become a pride game. Casuals won't "get it," and that's why they're casuals.

7/26/2012 07:12:00 PM

(7/26/2012 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Kottaras DFA'd (as I predicted), Bianchi sent down, Lucroy activated, reliever Jim Henderson brought up.

The auditions have begun for '13.

Keep checking out MLBTR friends.

7/26/2012 12:18:00 PM

(7/26/2012 09:22:00 AM) - Al

Still hearing that teams pushing hardest for Greinke are Rangers, Angels, Braves and White Sox. Possibly Dodgers.--Tom H, JS

After a nice recap last night of all the suitors and top prospects, this is just ripe for mocking. Five teams cannot all be "pushing hardest," and it's almost every rumored club after Zack.

7/26/2012 09:22:00 AM

(7/26/2012 09:05:00 AM) - Al

"Doug doesn't rebuild, he reloads" - Al's Ramblings. I agree with this wholeheartedly and believe in the strategy. This makes me a minority.--Miller Park Drunk

I'd love to see a total rebuild if it was the right time, but Mark A doesn't believe in it, and watching the Pirates struggle for years before finally looking solid, I get it. Look at Theo's Cubs.

The truth is, many teams have been seemingly rebuilding for ages, the Clippers being one example. 

7/26/2012 09:05:00 AM

(7/26/2012 09:02:00 AM) - Al

Being a contrarian, I often am chided for being way off the beaten path...though often, in a span of weeks, months, or years, you'll note a shift which puts me back in the majority. I often blame this on the emotion that often outweighs common sense, and also, is often stronger at the time.

It occurred to me last night that this six game losing streak may have been the best thing that could have happened. If they would have won 4 or 5 of 6, they would still be a mathematical improbability to make the playoffs, down 5-6 in the wildcard, and behind several teams. But, that "hope" would have probably led to them keeping Greinke, and clinging to that tiny chance. Then, inevitably, they would have lost 5 of 7, been right back to 8 back, with the deadline in the rearview mirror.

Doug has the best pitcher in the game that's available at the deadline, and several teams competing against each other. A week ago, I would have been very satisfied with a pair of good not great prospects. Now, they should manage to receive at least one very good young player, and quite possibly, 2-3 difference makers. There's no prize for winning 82 instead of 76.

7/26/2012 09:02:00 AM

(7/26/2012 08:48:00 AM) - Al

Checking Twitter, the amount of "If Melvin does this, he should be fired" posts are pretty tough to read. They not only have any idea, they, without fail, also misspell Greinke.

What's also funny is fans of other teams saying "this prospect is enough for him," then the next guy saying they should give that guy plus three more.

The deadline brings out the most casual of casual fans. 

7/26/2012 08:48:00 AM

(7/26/2012 08:42:00 AM) - Al

Price tag very high for Greinke. Doug asking for others' top prospects.

All it takes is one team to blink.

7/26/2012 08:42:00 AM

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

(7/25/2012 11:13:00 PM) - Al

I'll actually jump online for 30 minutes or so tomorrow before work and check the rumors.

This rarely happens, as I love my sleep.

7/25/2012 11:13:00 PM

(7/25/2012 10:56:00 PM) - Al

The JS sums up who is after Greinke, and possible top targets.

7/25/2012 10:56:00 PM

(7/25/2012 10:24:00 PM) - Al

Assuming braves get Grienke. Your 2013 rotation come playoff time could be Greinke Hudson beachy hanson minor. Pretty damn goo.--Braves' fan on Twitter

1. The odds of Sheets being healthy in October is slim.

2. So casual, doesn't even know you don't use 5 SP's in the playoffs. 

7/25/2012 10:24:00 PM

(7/25/2012 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Olney reporting Rangers and Angels were both making offers for Greinke.

That's at least four teams. This is a dream come true.

Doug doesn't rebuild, he reloads.

7/25/2012 10:00:00 PM

(7/25/2012 09:35:00 PM) - Al

Jerry Manuel on MLB network just said he has a GUT feeling the Tigers are close to acquiring Grienke from the Brewers….interesting.--Ryan on Twitter

First I've heard a word about DET. 

7/25/2012 09:35:00 PM

(7/25/2012 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Just thought I'd pass this news along.. the Milwaukee Brewers are in serious talks with a team about trading P Zack Greinke. More TBA.--Karl Ravech, ESPN

Twitter says it's ATL. Time will tell.

We can only hope a bidding war erupts. He's by far the best SP on the market, and those nine days off means he is rested and apparently healthy.

Also, many thoughts online today that Greinke will seriously consider returning to the Brewers, as he is close to the players and front office.

EDIT: Ravech now says it is ATL. 

7/25/2012 09:18:00 PM

(7/25/2012 08:50:00 PM) - Al

White Sox would have to include a third team, as their top 2-3 prospects is not enough for Greinke.

7/25/2012 08:50:00 PM

(7/25/2012 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Word is Greinke is the top target of the Rangers and Braves, and that the Brewers had an extended conversation with one team before today's game...several hours, trying to lay the groundwork.

White Sox and Angels also love Greinke. 

Lucroy is due back tomorrow, and it seems likely that even if they send Maldonado down, he won't leave MIL, as Kottaras is rumored to have 3-5 suitors. They might DFA him, as ARI did with Ryan Roberts.

Hart is expected to stay, and Ramirez will only be moved if they get a near perfect deal. Many teams asking about both, RH power is at a premium.

Wolf available, and he did pitch well the other night. He must be better than some team's last starter. Teams cool on KRod after last two outings. One scout did say his velocity was very good, 93-94, but he looked lost, like he was afraid to throw a strike.

Targets said to be a young SS, young power bats, and young pitching...and the pitching is desired to be close to major league ready, AA and above, all of which we have heard numerous times before.

That's what I came up after about 20 minutes online, both in print and "between the lines," which many fail miserably to figure out.

7/25/2012 08:26:00 PM

(7/25/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Of course he is.

Some days, I wonder if I'm the only one who isn't.

7/25/2012 04:30:00 PM

(7/25/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I did not watch the video in question, but, you know, she was never really proud of her country until 2009...

7/25/2012 03:00:00 PM

(7/25/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I would have to second that thought.

Need to stop wasting time and resources on adult behavior.

7/25/2012 12:30:00 PM

(7/25/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

That Dem majority in the WI Senate...gone.

I would assume Cullen was mainly thinking about his reelection chances.

7/25/2012 06:30:00 AM

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

(7/24/2012 10:24:00 PM) - Al

This is why Corey Hart is such a popular rumor...he fits in for many teams, and he can play 1B/LF/RF.

53rd best OPS in MLB, which would make him the 2nd or 3rd best hitter on almost any team.

7/24/2012 10:24:00 PM

(7/24/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

ATL has Randall Delgado and Mike Minor, and has already offered one of them for Dempster. They have to be the favorite for Greinke.

7/24/2012 09:07:00 PM

(7/24/2012 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Three solid, if unspectacular, prospects for Wandy.

Feeling better about Greinke's return. He's the best pitcher on the market, he's healthy, and teams are beginning to overpay a bit.

7/24/2012 09:00:00 PM

(7/24/2012 08:55:00 PM) - Al

As pointed out by many, he meant every word. Clumsy attempts to take it back make me wonder who in the world is running his campaign.

It's rather obvious to us rubes he isn't fond of business, or the successful, or those who pay for his runaway, off the chart spending.

7/24/2012 08:55:00 PM

(7/24/2012 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Pirates pick up Wandy Rodriguez.

Whatever they gave up, you can probably expect a bit more for Greinke. Wandy is signed past this year, but that's not looked at as a good thing.

7/24/2012 08:16:00 PM

(7/24/2012 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Always find it funny when people are surprised when a SP is removed from a game before he gets hit hard. There's only one way to go, and it's straight down.

7/24/2012 08:14:00 PM

(7/24/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

I didn't even realize Cliff Lee was also making a vital start for his trade status (or, I had forgotten, as the Phillies have been in 1st place for years, it seems, until '12).

7/24/2012 08:13:00 PM

(7/24/2012 06:58:00 PM) - Al

I don't think the Crew has the horses in the high minors, but Hanley is a prize SS, and should be coveted by the Crew.

Miller Park would help him too, and Mark A has shown no desire to tear it down and build it all up with youth.

7/24/2012 06:58:00 PM

(7/24/2012 06:56:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers' ideal scenario is to trade third baseman Aramis Ramirez to the Dodgers in exchange for pitching prospect Zach Lee and then deal Greinke to the Rangers for third base prospect Mike Olt, reports Jim Bowden of SiriusXM ESPN radio (via Twitter). Bowden adds that such a sequence of moves is unlikely, however.--MLBTR

Well yes, that would be nice. So would Jennifer Love Hewitt moving in next door.

Unlikely seems like a stretch. Those are two top ten prospects...that's in the game. 

7/24/2012 06:56:00 PM

(7/24/2012 06:52:00 PM) - Al

The answer to that trivia question on the telecast, what can scouts see at the ballpark they can't see on TV?

Almost nothing. The really funny thing is, Greinke has years of data to study, so the idea someone is going to be surprised is laughable. As the Moneyball movie said, scouts argue some kid won't make it because he has an ugly girlfriend (a sign he lacks confidence).

Of course, "almost nothing" does not equal nothing...even if they can pick up 5% more, maybe notice a grimace after a pitch that may indicate Zack is hiding an injury (or, maybe he has indigestion, it's an inexact science). Many teams improved their video departments and got rid of their advance scouts, but most have added them back again.

7/24/2012 06:52:00 PM

(7/24/2012 05:30:00 PM) - Al

His lack of timing appears to be as consistent as it getting cold wherever Al Gore goes.

I do wonder why he would even mention Iraq, as he did nothing except continue W's plan.

7/24/2012 05:30:00 PM

(7/24/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Sadly, there's no known therapy for being an attention whore.

By the way, wanna know a secret?

I still refer to him as "that idiot."

7/24/2012 04:00:00 PM

(7/24/2012 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks have about 4-5 guys who fit in best at the power forward slot, so I assume they figure they'll add a 2/3 later to take Delfino's spot. I enjoyed watching Carlos play though.

7/24/2012 01:30:00 PM

(7/24/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Five years later, still makes sense. Crazed gunmen do not follow the rules, yet others do...leaving them to fire at will, with no law abiding citizens to stop them.

7/24/2012 11:30:00 AM

(7/24/2012 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Let's be far left are those 29%?

My guess is, they make Castro look like Reagan.

7/24/2012 09:30:00 AM

Monday, July 23, 2012

(7/23/2012 10:19:00 PM) - Al

KRod will maintain value after a poor outing, but any return will be very minimal, especially if the Crew wants the acquiring team to pick up the remainder of his salary.

Right now, teams prefer a "hot" reliever to say the least.

7/23/2012 10:19:00 PM

(7/23/2012 09:17:00 PM) - Al

It beats working.

7/23/2012 09:17:00 PM

(7/23/2012 08:54:00 PM) - Al


Read today that three teams have asked about Kottaras. Is he as good as gone?


If Lucroy comes back healthy Thursday, George will probably be on another team soon thereafter.

7/23/2012 08:54:00 PM

(7/23/2012 08:42:00 PM) - Al

Word is up to a half-dozen teams have asked about Corey Hart...none mentioned by name, but SEA makes a ton of sense.

7/23/2012 08:42:00 PM

(7/23/2012 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Braves, Pirates, White Sox, Dodgers among teams here for Brewers-Phillies. May be more tomorrow to see Greinke

If Dempster turns down that trade, they might make the same offer for Greinke.

7/23/2012 08:28:00 PM

(7/23/2012 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Finally got caught up to the live telecast. Can finally check the baseball sites.

7/23/2012 08:09:00 PM

(7/23/2012 07:34:00 PM) - Al

The NCAA decides the best punishment for Penn State is to take away the education of 20 young men 15+ years later. Oh, and no bowl games for those in the program more than a decade later.

That'll teach 'em.

Whenever you have a "you gotta do something" mentality, common sense tends to take a backseat to, well, doing...something. I see a PSU player who was paralyzed in a game that the NCAA is trying to say never took place (yes really, egads) tweeted out a scathing note to the NCAA, finishing it with the phrase, "We Are," allowing the brethren to fill in the "Penn State" part.

No doubt the current program will suffer short-term, but in the past, when major sanctions hit, a few alumni shy away, but the vast majority dig deep and far more money flows in, as it initiates an "us versus them" mentality.  

Maybe this will be the "new beginning" that will allow them to update those painfully plain unis.

7/23/2012 07:34:00 PM

(7/23/2012 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Dempster will get the Cubs one very good SP prospect, if he goes to ATL.

Expect similar for Greinke.

7/23/2012 07:19:00 PM

(7/23/2012 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Ichiro is so old and overpaid, SEA barely gets anything for him.

Buhner was right.

7/23/2012 07:18:00 PM

(7/23/2012 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Obama caught playing fast and loose with the truth.

I, for one, am shocked!

By the way, for those keeping score, he's criticizing W for the same thing he said was needed to keep the economy from falling deeper into recession...before he later said they need to get rid of them.

7/23/2012 07:13:00 PM

(7/23/2012 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Brewers relievers Manny Parra and Kameron Loe are drawing interest.--Rosenthal, via MLBTR

Waiting for me in my e-mail this evening was someone telling me there was no way any contender would want anything to do with anyone in the Brewers' bullpen. Heh.

7/23/2012 07:03:00 PM

(7/23/2012 06:58:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers are not ready to declare themselves sellers, but after losing three straight games to the Reds over the weekend Milwaukee is moving in that direction, Rosenthal reports. “We’ve put ourselves in a position where it’s a tough hill to climb,” GM Doug Melvin acknowledged. The Rangers, Angels, Braves and Nationals are among the teams that have shown some level of interest in Zack Greinke, according to Rosenthal. The 44-50 Brewers could also trade Randy Wolf, Francisco Rodriguez and George Kottaras, among others.--Fox, via MLBTR

That's about as close as Doug is going to get to declaring he's open for business, however.

7/23/2012 06:58:00 PM

(7/23/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

You know, I would not have ever imagined having a swastika tattoo might cause employment problems later in life.

7/23/2012 01:00:00 PM

(7/23/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Even the unbiased seem biased.


7/23/2012 11:00:00 AM

(7/23/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Poverty near all-time highs...interesting to note, poverty rates have gone nearly straight up since the libs declared "a war on poverty" and decided to start handing out cash and benefits five decades ago.

I love it when the left insists the math lies. Robin Hood is a children's story, not an economic plan.

7/23/2012 10:00:00 AM

(7/23/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Brilliant work by Mark Steyn.

Of course, when you say something that ignorant, the mocking is easy.

for the cost of Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill alone, we could have had 1,567 Golden Gate Bridges. Where are they?

Short-term pork in blue districts, thanks for asking.

7/23/2012 09:00:00 AM

(7/23/2012 05:30:00 AM) - Al

The tide seems to have shifted.

And ironically, there still is hardly anyone voting for Romney, just against Obama.

7/23/2012 05:30:00 AM

Sunday, July 22, 2012

(7/22/2012 09:37:00 PM) - Al

3 men died on Friday in Aurora taking bullets for their girlfriends. Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves.--Michael Skolnik

Meanwhile, the president argues that they did not save them, and that someone else made that happen.

7/22/2012 09:37:00 PM

(7/22/2012 09:26:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers seem sure to sell after they were swept over the weekend in Cincinnati to fall 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Reds. Players like Francisco Rodriguez and Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart and Randy Wolf could be available. Greinke should be too, considering that the Brewers have already determined that even an offer of more than $100 million won't be enough to get him to sign.--Danny Knobler,

I don't see Hart going anywhere, as he's their best option at 1B and RF for '13. In a full scale rebuild, I suppose he could be, though neither Doug or Mark have shown any indication they want to do it that way.

7/22/2012 09:26:00 PM

(7/22/2012 06:17:00 PM) - Al

As almost always is the case, the old media overplays the tragedy, and underhighlights the mundane...what's the old saying, a car crash that kills seven is a headline, a pedestrian death every day for a week is filler?

7/22/2012 06:17:00 PM

(7/22/2012 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs Latin American youngster.

7/22/2012 06:12:00 PM

(7/22/2012 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Going to prep a quick paragraph on the Brewers' possible trading chips. I will keep updating this same post, but will publish it after each player, so keep checking back, if you are with us on Sunday afternoon.

Zack Greinke--Obviously the biggest chip, and will almost certainly be traded unless injured or if he agrees to an extension. Mega-talented, comes with the baggage of an anxiety disorder and a reputation as being an oddball. Could spark a bidding war if he pitches well in his next start or two. Doug will look for talent in short supply, namely, a young SS, a power bat, and young pitching.

Frankie Rodriguez--Pitching well, and probably a bit overrated in MLB circles because he comes with the title of "proven closer" on his resume. A bit overpaid, though paying $3M for the rest of the campaign will not scare away more than a team or two. A perfect fit for the Mets, but let's not forget, the Crew gave up nearly nothing for him last July, though he was paid more and had some off-field baggage that limited his value. A single prospect with limited upside would be the expected haul.

Nyjer Morgan--Many will be surprised to see him this high on the list, but they shouldn't be, as he plays a position of organizational strength, and will be priced out of the '13 plans. Many have not noticed his '12 stats are nearly identical to his '11 numbers if you leave out his crappy April this year. Just a platoon guy or late inning replacement to many, but with Juan Pierre being bandied about as desired by many, Morgan will have takers...though like Greinke, some teams will be scared off by his eccentric qualities.  Very few teams do not have a roster spot for a guy who can play all the OF spots and runs well.

Aramis Ramirez--I do not feel he will be traded, as it is not what Doug has done thus far in his tenure. Many would take this as a step of a "tear it down, build it back up over the next few years" rebuild. That said, he's probably the best run producer on the market, and 3B is a position of weakness in MLB. He's also not just a rental, signed through 2014, and there's not a contender out there where he would not be an upgrade at 1B/3B/DH, and given the overall weakness of the hot corner, in many cases, a sizable one. If put on the market, he could yield a couple of nice additions to the system.

Shawn Marcum--Difficult to decide where to put him, as if he returns at full strength, he could be a much desired August arm, though the waiver procedure would limit his worth.

Cesar Izturis--Another guy the casuals will be surprised to see, though he'll bring nothing back other than a live arm or bat with a bit of potential. Very solid defender, and while he doesn't hit much, neither do most all SS's. Bonus points for being a switch-hitter, able to play all infield spots at a plus rate, and for being a quiet, compatible team guy. 

Loe, Parra, Veras--I'm just going to put this group together, as they all are in that "eligible for arby, might make more than they are worth if tendered" category. Manny, in particular, as a lefty who throws in the mid 90's, might make a team think he is a very nice piece. They're probably all August trades, as teams might lose a reliever to injury and make a claim.

Cody Ransom--Nice role player, a bit stretched out as the everyday SS, but plays all four infield spots and has pop, would fit in nicely on several benches.

George Kottaras--Limited appeal, as a catcher with OBP/HR skill, lefty bat adds interest. Cleared waivers last season, so return would be minimal.

Travis Ishikawa---Nice lefty bat off the bench, especially if a team has a RH 1B that is not a very good fielder. Very little in return, however.

Randy Wolf--Has been unlucky and ineffective this year, but might still be a step up as a swingman, especially a team that has some doubleheaders in September. No matter how mediocre, SP's that can go 6 innings have value, especially if they're looking at TBA as their scheduled SP. If Randy could put together 13 innings with 2 earned runs, the phone would ring, I promise.

7/22/2012 12:56:00 PM

(7/22/2012 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Another casualty of common sense due to the "well, something has to be done" mantra.

This has nothing to do with the latest Batman flick, it has to do with an evil, pathetic coward who opened fire in an enclosed area. It's too bad a normal citizen just didn't happen to be carrying and would have been able to put a bullet in his brain after the first shot was fired. And that has nothing to do with how much the film grosses.

7/22/2012 12:08:00 PM

(7/22/2012 11:43:00 AM) - Al

The Reds have only used five SP's the entire season. Needless to say, that's a vital part of their success.

I believe the Crew has "only" used seven, and Fiers has been fantastic. As I have pointed out, the bullpen would be a lot better with Mike and Marco in it. It's a domino effect, and no matter how good Marty has been behind the plate, he hasn't hit a fraction as well as Lucroy before his injury.

I talked a lot about the good health last year, but needless to say, I was in the minority. The "depth" of this year's squad has performed admirably, especially Aoki, Maldonado, and Ransom, but as almost always occurs, weaknesses show up once they're playing six days a week instead of two. Yuni B had warts, but performed better in '11 than the non-Gonzalez SS's in '12.

7/22/2012 11:43:00 AM

(7/22/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Pure evil.

Not all terrorists are born on foreign soil. Some grow up in opulent luxury and still turn on the land that allowed them to gain an education, free of charge, of course, good enough to attempt to blow up police officers.

We're just fortunate he did not take more innocents with him. Sometimes, simply put, horrible human beings do horrible things.

7/22/2012 11:30:00 AM

(7/22/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Know what? Cuba's economy ain't going real strong either....

7/22/2012 11:00:00 AM

(7/22/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Brilliantly written article that explains, it's all about the narrative.

The truth? Eh, that's for the other guys. Oh, and by the way, Fox News is biased. Heh.

7/22/2012 09:00:00 AM

(7/22/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I love the cover up that occurs when he inadvertently blurts out how he actually feels.

This is how us capitalists feel about it. Well, successful capitalists.

7/22/2012 06:30:00 AM

Saturday, July 21, 2012

(7/21/2012 10:21:00 PM) - Al

I just made a delicious seafood dip in the crock pot, and put it in the fridge, where it will remain until morning.

I know you're envious of me, don't try and hide it.

7/21/2012 10:21:00 PM

(7/21/2012 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Have to wonder if that's the loss that pushes Doug Melvin into sell mode (assuming he can't re-sign Greinke). Season-worst 9 1/2 games out.--Adam,

They kept saying the 9 games after the break, and they are 4-4 after 8 of them. You can wait for an 8-2 stretch all you want, but the July deadline is looming.

7/21/2012 10:13:00 PM

(7/21/2012 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Taylor Green plans to play winter ball to play LF/RF this year, per an e-mail.

Green sees the writing on the wall, he's probably a utility player, or platoon guy at best. Nothing wrong with that, especially while he's cheap.

7/21/2012 08:54:00 PM

(7/21/2012 07:04:00 PM) - Al

A high school classmate of mine is going to see Toby Keith tonight...and his son gets to be up on stage with him, since he recently enlisted in the military.

See, that's what patriotic celebs do.

7/21/2012 07:04:00 PM

(7/21/2012 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Again, spiral notebook.

Why would you not think a shooting spree on a military base was worthy of lowering the flag? Seriously.

7/21/2012 06:57:00 PM

(7/21/2012 06:31:00 PM) - Al

Leuer may have his warts, as he rebounded poorly and got muscled out often in the paint, but he may be the best player claimed on waivers in the NBA this offseason.

The Rockets are not projected to make the postseason, so how they felt they did not have room for a young player making near the minimum is a mystery.

7/21/2012 06:31:00 PM

(7/21/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Urban America, today.

What political party is in charge of these huge cities? Hmmm...

7/21/2012 12:30:00 PM

(7/21/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Poll: 37% of voters say they're better off now than they were 4 years ago. The other 63% said no, they don't work for the government.--Fred Thompson

Heh. Fred speaks the truth, sadly.

7/21/2012 10:00:00 AM

(7/21/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

When it comes to being in well over his head and blatant disrespect for the title of president, there can simply be no one worse.

It's all about politics, and hating everything that has made America the greatest nation the planet has ever known. I never thought it was possible to be worse than Carter...until I saw it with my own eyes.

7/21/2012 09:00:00 AM

Friday, July 20, 2012

(7/20/2012 06:33:00 PM) - Al

So, what they're saying is...quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner.

It's amazing I haven't went postal, as that's also a solid description of myself.

7/20/2012 06:33:00 PM

(7/20/2012 04:28:00 PM) - Al

ABC caught manufacturing fake news...again.

If only it was that simple. Remember, the tea party is the ones who had several peaceful rallies years ago, asking for fiscal responsibility, while leaving the area cleaner than they found it. The unions who vandalized the capitol while costing millions in police overtime...not so much.

And yet, no offer to pay for any of it, nor the costly recalls they created by falsifying documents, with fake signatures and multiple signatures. Thanks for nothing.

They are what is wrong. Luckily, the voters kept their selfish agenda out of state office.

7/20/2012 04:28:00 PM

(7/20/2012 03:48:00 PM) - Al

He does tend to make it all about him, to say the least.

7/20/2012 03:48:00 PM

(7/20/2012 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Free market + limited government = economic prosperity

In DC, someone is trying to figure out how spending on pork and taking more money from the successful fits in.

And you think I'm kidding.

7/20/2012 03:45:00 PM

(7/20/2012 03:17:00 PM) - Al

Zack Greinke says Heyman report is more or less correct.--JS

Doug and Mark are riverboat gamblers, going all-in drawing to a gutshot straight draw.  

7/20/2012 03:17:00 PM

(7/20/2012 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Midwest drought pushes corn prices to record highs. Obama will address problem with common sense solution: more ethanol subsidies--Fred Thompson

It's funny because it's true. Subsidies are just spending targeted at a specific few, that most of us pay for, so he LOVES them. 

7/20/2012 03:12:00 PM

(7/20/2012 03:06:00 PM) - Al

I just heard about the movie theater shooting late last night. Not sure what is accomplished by patrolling theaters more or cancelling's not related to movies, it's related to a deranged, evil person, who could have just as easily chose a church, concert, or restaurant as his target.

The point has been missed.

7/20/2012 03:06:00 PM

(7/20/2012 02:34:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers offered Greinke a five-year deal worth $100MM-plus sometime in the past few weeks, Jon Heyman of reports. However, there's no indication the right-hander will sign quickly. One person told Heyman the proposed extension was worth close to $112.5MM -- Matt Cain territory.--MLBTR

Holy crap.--Frank Barone

This "mental break" may well be a backhanded method the Crew is using to convince Zack that they have his best interests at heart, and will work with him, whether he has more "mental" issues or physical ones. Did Zack admit to being tired, or having a "dead arm?"

I, of course, have no idea. But, I also know Doug and Mark are crazy like a fox. Having him miss a single turn at a critical juncture is just strange enough to make Greinke think MIL is, indeed, different from the rest. 

7/20/2012 02:34:00 PM

(7/20/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Somewhere, Jenny McCarthy is sitting on the sofa saying, "Maybe I'm as dumb as everyone thinks I am."

Dumber. She has singlehandedly, with some credit to the old media who will give free time to any liberal with a cause, set medicine back decades.

7/20/2012 12:30:00 PM

(7/20/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Mitt needs to edit this down to a minute and run it nonstop with his "primary" money he has to spend before a certain date.

You can never repeat too much how much our president despises and doesn't understand the free market and the American way.

7/20/2012 11:00:00 AM

(7/20/2012 09:45:00 AM) - Al


Because, as we all know, the rest of the economy is booming like the Reagan years.

And yes, I am still asleep. But thank you for asking.

7/20/2012 09:45:00 AM

(7/20/2012 09:15:00 AM) - Al

Adam does a fine job discussing the options as the deadline nears.

I would say a lot depends on the next week or so. Doug is fielding calls and probably has a list of players from each contender he would really like, young pitching, prospects, and I bet, even a SS or two. But, Mark A is not going to give up on his hopes of a hot streak or 3M fans until they lose enough to make that silly. As of now, it's not a mathematical favorite, but it's very possible...though not probable.

And for those of you at work, yep, I'm still sleeping.

7/20/2012 09:15:00 AM

(7/20/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling you, there just anything left to cut.

Unless, of course, it went to a union manufacturer or a union company. If it did, never mind.

7/20/2012 09:00:00 AM

(7/20/2012 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Rumor has it the Crew asked about Marcos Scutaro a while back, but were rebuffed by the Rockies' asking price. If they would go on a hot streak, I would expect them to look for a veteran like Scooter, and more than likely a veteran 1B or RF with HR pop...and of course, an arm of some merit, a Jon Broxton type, or Raffy Betancourt.

7/20/2012 08:30:00 AM

(7/20/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's old designs up for sale.

I have always found it ironic that many of his houses leak and such, because he never cared much for function, just appearance. It's like saying your chocolate chip cookies look delicious, but taste like mud.

I guess I'm just too practical.

7/20/2012 07:30:00 AM

(7/20/2012 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Only ten?

They don't fit the narrative, though the narrative is mighty difficult to sell with even the administration not even trying anymore. Hey, did ya hear Mitt fired some people back in 1998?

Know what's really cool? As you read this, I'm sleeping.

This is why we must have the internet.

7/20/2012 06:30:00 AM

Thursday, July 19, 2012

(7/19/2012 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Enjoying my 3 day weekend that began at 6:15 or so tonight.

I do have that pesky shift from 9-5 on Saturday, but when you're an eternal optimist like me, I'd probably just waste it by sleeping anyway.

Besides, in the Obamaconomy, I'm just lucky to have a job.

7/19/2012 10:42:00 PM

(7/19/2012 09:59:00 PM) - Al

As I have said, they don't even pretend to hide their bias.

7/19/2012 09:59:00 PM

(7/19/2012 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Front row tickets to Lisa Lampanelli's shows are $100, and obstructed view seats are $150.--Larry the Cable Guy, at his own roast

I've seen it at least twice before, too. I am nothing if not high class.

7/19/2012 09:57:00 PM

(7/19/2012 09:15:00 PM) - Al

New Batman expected to break Avengers record this weekend, possibly $250M this weekend.


7/19/2012 09:15:00 PM

(7/19/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Dempster trade imminent, they traded for Justin Germano today and called up a AAA guy to start for him tomorrow. The first domino is about to fall.

7/19/2012 09:07:00 PM

(7/19/2012 07:51:00 PM) - Al

It might be easier to tell you who isn't mocking that ridiculous statement.

That said, that footprints quote is as good as it gets.

7/19/2012 07:51:00 PM

(7/19/2012 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that Brewers president of baseball operations Doug Melvin told Alderson that Milwaukee isn’t selling yet (Twitter link). Martino suggests Francisco Rodriguez -- the former Mets closer who continues to intrigue the team -- would already be on the Mets if the Brewers had a worse record.--MLBTR

I would agree. 

7/19/2012 07:14:00 PM

(7/19/2012 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Jon Lovitz gets criticized for criticizing Obama for saying, quite possibly, the stupidest thing a sitting president has ever said.

Fight like a girl, Jon. Common sense will win.

7/19/2012 07:04:00 PM

(7/19/2012 05:00:00 PM) - Al

They should double the fine for having Alec Baldwin as a spokesman. He's simply a horrible human being.

7/19/2012 05:00:00 PM

(7/19/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The Huff Post puts Maddy on their top 20 tweeters under 20 list.

She's an unabashed conservative and dare I say it, cute as a button.

7/19/2012 04:30:00 PM

(7/19/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Want proof Walker did the right thing with high speed rail?

California is doing the opposite, and look at the explanation. This is why I'm a conservative.

7/19/2012 03:00:00 PM

(7/19/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

This working for a living sucks. I need to start a "green" company, take several million taxpayer dollars, and then magically "lose" it all.

You government in action. They hate the free market, because they don't understand working hard or giving a damn. 

7/19/2012 01:00:00 PM

(7/19/2012 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Stealing taxpayer money in exchange for union dues...this is why I'm thrilled to be on the other side.

They are simply despicable human beings, who are both selfish and sad.

Posting this around lunch time so many of you can take your time and shake your heads as you slam a sandwich and pop at your desk. It's not their money, it's our money...and we have every right to be furious at the way they spend it.

A new day is coming. Baby steps.

7/19/2012 12:30:00 PM

(7/19/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Too busy raising money. It's all about politics, always has been.

No time to talk about jobs. Just blame W and hope the rubes fall for it...again.

7/19/2012 10:00:00 AM

(7/19/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Don't do drugs kids.

You stay in school.

7/19/2012 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

(7/18/2012 10:27:00 PM) - Al

So, 2/3rd's of the way through the important stretch, the Brewers are 4-2, 7 games behind both the division leaders and the wildcard spot.

Realistically, if you're more than five games back at the break, you're not going to make the playoffs. Mark A and Doug are hoping they can have a good stretch and get within 5 and just keep climbing. This team is talented enough, with a deep, plus rotation and above average offense, to go on a run. The bullpen has been up and down, but they sure have "stuff"'s quad relief special...Axford, Parra, Veras, and's very easy for the amateur scout in us to watch them and say Frankie has the least ability of all of them...and I'm not even sure it's close.

I recall several years ago, before KRod was acquired by the Crew, that a scout pronounced him "done," and said something to the effect of "He's been getting by on heart for years." No doubt he looked fatigued today, on day four in a row, he can certainly use the day off and the 48+ hours to recuperate before the next contest.

7/18/2012 10:27:00 PM

(7/18/2012 09:11:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have not made an offer to Greinke, has Greinke given them numbers?

7/18/2012 09:11:00 PM

(7/18/2012 07:37:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg needs to go back to AAA and throw a few games with nothing but his fastball, just work on location. He's got the middle of the plate down perfectly, needs to learn the corners and moving it around.

7/18/2012 07:37:00 PM

(7/18/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks may make an offer on him. He is an enigma, but he's talented and big.

7/18/2012 04:30:00 PM

(7/18/2012 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, I'm 99.9% sure Obama was born in Hawaii...but after seeing countless lies and deception in his autobiography, and seeing the left make up a document about W...and Dan Rather happily report it as fact, because he's a pathetic sleazeball, it would not surprise me at all if they falsified documents.

After all, if they were legit, why did they hide them? It does not pass the smell test.

7/18/2012 03:00:00 PM

(7/18/2012 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Brewers pick up an extra pick after the 2nd round of the June '13 draft, which they can use or trade.

I'm taping the game, so other than some scheduled stuff, I'm out until this evening.

7/18/2012 02:33:00 PM

(7/18/2012 02:26:00 PM) - Al

If Hanley is available, the Crew at least needs to talk to MIA.

I like Crawford too, but feel the only way anyone gets that kind of value out of him is to play in a huge park, which Miller Park is not (neither is Fenway), as much of his talent is in the field.

7/18/2012 02:26:00 PM

(7/18/2012 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Canadians doing better than Americans.

I doubt this is unrelated to the fact the USA is just one big legal loophole. And, our leaders hate capitalism.

7/18/2012 02:20:00 PM

(7/18/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

So, how's this Government Motors working out?

As I have said often, Toyota or Honda would have happily purchased a few models or factories and let the rest die. The government kept it all, and we're all paying for it.

This is why the government should not be involved in the private sector, and why everything they touch fails. They have no skin in the game, and suck at it.

7/18/2012 01:00:00 PM

(7/18/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

After years of playing the minor leagues, looks like Steimsma is about to hit the lottery.

I called this back in his senior year of college.

I was not wrong, I was just early.

And good for him.

7/18/2012 12:00:00 PM

(7/18/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The Detroit Tigers have shown interest in Arizona Diamondbacks infielders Stephen Drew and Ryan Roberts, major-league sources told … It’s not clear how advanced the talks are, but sources say there has been dialogue between the clubs on scenarios involving one or both players.
Drew has only played a handful of games since coming back from a broken ankle and the Tigers have a shortstop in Jhonny Peralta who is having a down year (he’s probably the most yo-yoing player in the game, so no surprise), so that seems like a weird matchup, trade-wise. The key here is likely Roberts, who while pretty terrible, is still a second base upgrade for the Tigers.--Craig, Hardball Talk

Emphasis added to show headshakingly ignorant crap.

Craig is as bad as Gleeman is good, as he spends most of his day whining about non-baseball related stuff and understands nothing about the game, especially the business aspect. However, this is truly pathetic reporting. Roberts is a very decent 2B option, though I'd deduct a few points for playing in ARI, an offensive paradise.

Ryan Roberts, 2010-12--.316/.398
Ave 2B, 2011------------.320./389

Also, Roberts is +5 UZR and +3 DRS in 101 defensive games at 2B, which would seem to indicate he is very good on defense too.  "Pretty terrible" is not an apt description, to say the least, and is a perfect example of his lack of research and flip, irrelevant "commentary" that he passes off instead of bothering to, you know, give an effort.

7/18/2012 11:30:00 AM

(7/18/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The fact is, Ichiro has hit .302/.341 the past two seasons, and will be 39 next year. He just isn't very good anymore, and the idea of paying him $10M per year to sell T-shirts is offensive.

7/18/2012 10:00:00 AM

(7/18/2012 07:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, the Dems have been wrong (and often, proven to be lying) about everything...concealed weapons was going to lead to a civil war in the streets, with guns going off at random during church, weddings, and 4H meetings, leading to many innocent deaths. Instead, we've seen the same thing that existed in the 40some other states that had it...responsible gun owners do not cause any problems, but criminals do.

Of course, none of this has happened, just like we have not seen 50 kids in a class, nor mass resignations from teachers (of course not, they remain paid far more than supply and demand dictates, which is why taxes remain far too high...but working downward, baby steps).

All they have is scare tactics and tired, antiquated ideas. Nothing sums them up more than the utter and complete failure of every aspect of the Obama administration.

Hey, you'd be talking about Bain if your record could be summed up with $1T stimulus that did nothing and the highest deficits, by far, in history.

7/18/2012 07:30:00 AM

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

(7/17/2012 10:31:00 PM) - Al

KRod didn't pitch much better, but was far luckier. Usually, a double and a single equals a run. Not tonight.

At this point, we'll take it.

7/17/2012 10:31:00 PM

(7/17/2012 09:01:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers, for one, are telling teams that former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez is available but they are unwilling to eat any of the remaining $4MM owed to him.--Heyman, via MLBTR

Doug seems to be talking to a lot of teams while he waits out this week's games.

7/17/2012 09:01:00 PM

(7/17/2012 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Greinke will bring a single pick, if he remains and stays healthy.

7/17/2012 07:51:00 PM

(7/17/2012 07:34:00 PM) - Al

Axford saw it coming, will handle it with class, just like Hoffman.

7/17/2012 07:34:00 PM

(7/17/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Why don't they invest in spiral notebooks? They look like idiots every single day!

You don't see me popping on one day saying, the government needs to regulate us more and raise taxes.

7/17/2012 04:30:00 PM

(7/17/2012 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Royals release Sanchez.

Great guy to take a chance on and hope he can have a couple good starts and flip him before the August deadline. Almost certain he is injured at least somewhat, as healthy pitchers don't go from years of a 3-4 ERA to a 7 if 100%.

7/17/2012 04:30:00 PM

(7/17/2012 03:28:00 PM) - Al

When the Dodgers asked about Aramis Ramirez, the Brewers were said to be asking for major league ready pitching. No talk of an actual deal, but the idea MIL told them what they wanted implies he is available, should they sell.

3B is such a weak spot, AAA vets that are stopgaps would be quite poor, though a Ransom/Green platoon would probably not be awful by any means.

Back to work.

7/17/2012 03:28:00 PM

(7/17/2012 03:24:00 PM) - Al

No confirmation of it yet, but reading between the lines,  have to think KRod will have the 9th tonight, if nothing else, to give Axford a couple days off, or to pitch in less stressful scenarios. He said he had no idea where his pitches were going, and Roenicke reiterated that...unlikely he'll be asked to close after that.

7/17/2012 03:24:00 PM

(7/17/2012 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Liberals: Romney's responsible for stuff that happened at Bain after he left, but Obama's not responsible for what he said on Saturday.--Guy Benson

It's funny because it's true.

7/17/2012 03:12:00 PM

(7/17/2012 01:00:00 PM) - Al

They have no idea that all that money in government was stolen (taxed away) from those who earned it.

Remember, socialism works great until you run out of other people's money...

7/17/2012 01:00:00 PM

(7/17/2012 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Biden now says he's getting $25K a year in rent for a "barn" from the Secret Service.

I think he should be impeached for fraud. And, for being such a complete moron.

7/17/2012 12:00:00 PM

(7/17/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I lost count of how many times the host doublespeaks and contradicts himself.

Schooled by a real economist...this is why Obama has nothing but yes men in his inner circle.

7/17/2012 11:00:00 AM

(7/17/2012 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is interesting because the Episcopal church has always been extremely gay friendly and "liberal" in its beliefs...and sinking like a stone.

As is the case with tax hikes, people often vote with their feet...

7/17/2012 10:00:00 AM

(7/17/2012 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This would seem to suggest that Yunel Escobar and Cliff Pennington are available. I like both as options for the Crew, and Stephen Drew is a FA after this season and it would be a dream come true if the Crew went after him as well.

Don't get down on Cliff because he plays in a terrible offensive environment, a 700+ OPS on the road in his career. 

7/17/2012 09:00:00 AM

Monday, July 16, 2012

(7/16/2012 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Axford certainly is not his dominant self this season, but he is also very unfortunate. Two ground balls in the inning, neither one an out.

7/16/2012 10:18:00 PM

(7/16/2012 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Orioles have AL's second-worst run differential (behind Twins) at -52, but they'll be 46-43.--Gleeman

That's tough to maintain over 162, to say the least. BAL has been aggressive in trade talks, as they seem to realize they are not as good as their record. 

7/16/2012 09:52:00 PM

(7/16/2012 08:19:00 PM) - Al

Last night, I woke up at 2:30 to use the bathroom. I was then awake for a half-hour to an hour or so. My mind was going 100 mph, and I could not get back to sleep.

What was I thinking of, you ask?

One of the Twitter accounts I follow is Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook...the gent basically updates us on what HS players are receiving scholly offers and where others have decided to play (as WIAC schools do not offer financial assistance). Over the weekend, he said one player had been offered a full ride to play buckets for New Mexico.

For some reason, all I could think about was how tough a decision that would be. I assume that young man has probably spent his life cheering for the Badgers. Bo only offers 1-2 WI kids a year. If the Badgers do not offer you, most Big Ten teams probably won't either.

That takes you down to the Milwaukees and Green Bays, or maybe St. Louis, Bowling Green, Illinois State, and the like. Most all athletes would rather play D1 than not, but think how far away New Mexico is. If that's your only offer, do you take it? For some reason, mind kept thinking about that, and what a tough call that would be for a 17 year-old, especially when he has to think about what if he gets hurt, what if the offer gets pulled, and so on.

This is especially funny when one considers my limited athletic ability. Unless they would have given out scholarships for enjoyment of pie...

7/16/2012 08:19:00 PM

(7/16/2012 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Greinke is unable to confirm or deny anything Roenicke says to protect him.

Possibly, the most embarrassing lack of response I've ever seen. No future in politics for Zack, to say the least.

And those who insist Greinke is not "different" or mentally weak are left looking like fools. Whoever ends up with him after this season will have to do the same thing KC and MIL have...treat him with kid gloves, and just hope for the best. He simply cannot handle any sort of scrutiny whatsoever.

Meanwhile, while it can't help his trade value (several more teams will likely be scared of by the timing and the goofy response), I can certainly see the other side of it...he wants to pitch for a contender, and might well be able to "just worry about pitching" for a couple months...especially with a team not having to worry about 3-5 years down the road. If he were with another team and the Crew was buyers, he'd be a perfect "buy low" candidate, and there will be teams that think that way. All it takes is one.

7/16/2012 05:38:00 PM

(7/16/2012 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Ron Haskins, co-author of the Brookings study, which looked at Census Bureau data on a sample of Americans, wrote that the analysis found that young adults who finished high school, worked full time and got married after age 21 and before having kids "had a 2 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 74 percent chance of winding up in the middle class (defined as earning roughly $50,000 or more). By contrast, young adults who violated all three norms had a 76 percent chance of winding up in poverty and a 7 percent chance of winding up in the middle class.--Minding the

For the most part, barring health issues or the like, poverty is a choice.

The reason the government can't win the "war on poverty" is because people continue to make incredibly bad decisions.

7/16/2012 03:42:00 PM

(7/16/2012 02:28:00 PM) - Al

I like Justin Upton's contract, but he has played his entire career in the second best hitting atmosphere in baseball, and these are his road splits.


7/16/2012 02:28:00 PM

(7/16/2012 02:25:00 PM) - Al

We always try and put on the Rambling dog's flea/tick/heartworm meds on the 1st of the month, and the Rambling son tries to remember to change the HVAC filters. Just dumped out my foot soak in the utility room and asked him if he remembered the last time he changed the filter. He did not.

About an inch thick with dust. Changed now.

7/16/2012 02:25:00 PM

(7/16/2012 02:23:00 PM) - Al

The Indians have released outfielder Trevor Crowe. The 2005 1st round pick (14th overall) appeared in 205 games for Cleveland from

I thought he'd be a perfect 4th OF a couple years ago. Injuries?

7/16/2012 02:23:00 PM

(7/16/2012 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Note on White Sox liking Greinke...they have the 30th ranked farm system in MLB. That said, it only takes 2-3 top guys.

7/16/2012 02:20:00 PM

(7/16/2012 02:18:00 PM) - Al

Many would say it's the modern day Democrat party.

Think about it...everyone wins, no one suffers, and magically, no one has to pay for it.

Hat tip to Kelly Clarkson, who is so close to perfect, it is remarkable.

7/16/2012 02:18:00 PM

(7/16/2012 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Guillen is an attention whore.

And by the way, Harper is already an all-star. He's already made it.

7/16/2012 02:00:00 PM

(7/16/2012 01:01:00 PM) - Al

Encyclopedia Brown creator dies.

I enjoyed them, as did the Rambling son, who read every single book and wished there was more.

Rest in peace sir, and thanks for the legacy.

7/16/2012 01:01:00 PM

(7/16/2012 12:17:00 PM) - Al

We're just trying to get him back in his routine.--Roenicke on Greinke

It's far nicer than saying that he's so weak mentally.

7/16/2012 12:17:00 PM

(7/16/2012 11:39:00 AM) - Al


I believe the old media is incredibly biased...expectedly.

7/16/2012 11:39:00 AM

(7/16/2012 11:19:00 AM) - Al

Melvin: Nothing physically wrong with Greinke. Just pushing him back, "recharging his batteries."--Rosenthal

This reeks of "other," or, Zack has said he's not signing an extension and the Crew wants to take bids without worrying about the timing of his next start. 

7/16/2012 11:19:00 AM

(7/16/2012 11:16:00 AM) - Al

Zack Greinke this month: 14 innings, 14 earned runs. Not good.--Fox

Looking at that, almost certainly an injury of some sort. Bringing him back Friday may have been just to see if he could work his way through it, or be shut down. 

7/16/2012 11:16:00 AM

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