Al's Ramblings

Sunday, June 30, 2013

(6/30/2013 11:55:00 PM) - Al

Sign and trade possibilities emerging for the Bucks with Redick, though he has no intentions of returning to MIL.

6/30/2013 11:55:00 PM

(6/30/2013 10:50:00 PM) - Al

Dwight Howard meeting with the Rockets at 9:01 Pacific time too.

If someone wanted to make me an offer for millions of dollars, I'd inform them to call me at noon tomorrow. 

6/30/2013 10:50:00 PM

(6/30/2013 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Bucks have made Budinger's signing a priority.

6/30/2013 10:08:00 PM

(6/30/2013 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Largest protest in history...against the Obama backed Muslim Brotherhood government.

We're in the best of hands.

6/30/2013 09:32:00 PM

(6/30/2013 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Pelicans will have a face to face with Tyreke Evans tonight after free agency commences at 12:01 AM ET, ESPN has learned.--ESPN

Heh. That'd be great if someone ever signed without talking to several teams. 

6/30/2013 09:32:00 PM

(6/30/2013 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Bucks plan to make offer to Jennings before other teams can, hope he signs quickly.

Hoops Hype offers a site for each team's rumors. The last couple days reads like this on the Bucks' page.

Bucks are considering every shooting guard that is a free agent.

6/30/2013 07:53:00 PM

(6/30/2013 07:34:00 PM) - Al

In a nutshell, that's what happens when your relief corps has to pitch more than they should.

Gonzalez, Kintzler, and KRod  should probably have a couple days off, but they will probably all say they can go Tuesday.

6/30/2013 07:34:00 PM

(6/30/2013 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Even with Tyler's strong outing, 3-4 more innings needed in extras, they still might need more pitching for DC.

6/30/2013 05:55:00 PM

(6/30/2013 05:21:00 PM) - Al

I would move Gonzalez on the first decent offer. The odds of him getting through the season healthy are very minimal.

6/30/2013 05:21:00 PM

(6/30/2013 05:16:00 PM) - Al

2nd tie today at 1B they give to the defense.

If they can't get the close ones right, what good are they? 

6/30/2013 05:16:00 PM

(6/30/2013 04:44:00 PM) - Al

  • GM Doug Melvin admits to receiving calls about his bullpen, but he isn't quite sure what to expect in return, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Teams have to determine what is important to them and how they value relief pitchers," Melvin said. "Sometimes they don't want to give up a lot to acquire them. They think teams will give up guys just to get rid of their contracts. We're not really looking to do that."
  • Axford, the Brewers' highest-paid reliever at $5MM in his first year of arbitration eligibility as a Super Two, is aware his name is being floated in trade rumors. "I'm sure there will be talk about it as we get closer to the trade deadline," Axford told Haudricourt. "Teams probably will test the waters and see what the Brewers' response is. I'll be fine with it. You have to block that out and focus on your job here."
  • Manager Ron Roenicke has re-inserted Rodriguez into the closer's role, reports Haudricourt's colleague Michael Hunt. Did the idea of showcasing Rodriguez for a Trade Deadline deal have any role in this decision? "None, not to me," said Roenicke. "Not until I meet with (GM) Doug (Melvin) and Doug tells me something different."
  • Teams also are reported to have shown interest in Brewers' starting pitchers Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse, but Melvin told Haudricourt trading either one "is not something we have to do. We're not necessarily looking to sell. But if somebody steps up (with a big offer), I'd have to listen."--MLBTR
Relievers only throw about 10-12 innings a month. They usually don't garner much because their value is minimal, unless they are replacing someone who has really struggled. 

6/30/2013 04:44:00 PM

(6/30/2013 04:29:00 PM) - Al

Every batter has either walked or drilled the ball off Thornburg in the 5th/6th, until the last one taps out between the catcher and the mound.

Because they were line drives right at fielders though, hardly anyone noticed.

6/30/2013 04:29:00 PM

(6/30/2013 03:51:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling church back home sent me their monthly newsletter. In it, they talk about having a "corn boil."

I remember I had a painful corn boil once, took a month of antibiotics to clear that up.

Thanks, I'll be here all week.

6/30/2013 03:51:00 PM

(6/30/2013 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Depending on Tyler's amount of work today, we could see another move after today, likely Thornburg himself, if he only is able to go a couple frames and the bullpen has to get 15 or more outs.

Burgos and Sanchez are both on the 40 and have been effective. Yes, that's a short list.

Pena has too at AA, but has not pitched for ten days as he "rests" to avoid him going over his innings limit. 

6/30/2013 03:09:00 PM

(6/30/2013 03:04:00 PM) - Al

Jurrjens is probably a step up from Peralta, and may be of interest to the Crew.

Of course, I mean presently, as Wily has a bright future.

EDIT: He does have at least an option left for this year, as BAL needed 40 man space, not 25 man. 

6/30/2013 03:04:00 PM

(6/30/2013 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Summerfest let people in for free for 15 minutes last night because so many people were trying to buy tickets. Supposedly, many were there to see Imagine Dragons on one of the side stages, which are free with admission.

And no, I've never heard of them either.

EDIT: The Rambling wife says she has heard their single, Radioactive, on pop stations at work.

6/30/2013 02:41:00 PM

(6/30/2013 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Sounds like we're looking at more than an hour to go in this delay. Paging Tyler Thornburg.--Adam,

Maybe this will allow them to put Lohse in between Hellweg and Hand to split them up. That said, in 2013, in a stadium recently built, it is inexcusable.

6/30/2013 02:19:00 PM

(6/30/2013 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Carl Landry, whom the Bucks have tried to acquire in past, told me he is"definitely interested'' in signing with Bucks.--Racine Journal Times

I left him off the list yesterday because, to be honest, a Milwaukee native signing in Milwaukee just seems too easy, especially since I already had Harris. he nice thing about Landry is, he is a plus defender versus the 3/4/5 and rebounds, and will score without having to run offense through him.

6/30/2013 02:14:00 PM

(6/30/2013 02:09:00 PM) - Al

Great guy to pick up on a minor league deal just in case they deal some relievers.

6/30/2013 02:09:00 PM

(6/30/2013 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Every time someone mentions a third party, it's always the same...fiscally conservative, moderate/libertarian  on social issues.

I'd happily support such an endeavor, as it basically mirrors my own model of small, responsible government. I'd prefer the GOP simply move in that direction and let the far right on social issues (vehemently anti abortion, anti gay, and anti adults having personal consent) run off to thump the bible and proclaim we're all going to hell because Maude has a shot of bourbon at night and Millie plays the slots.

Not only don't I care, but it takes away from the important issues of the day like the economy, free market, and the economy.

6/30/2013 02:04:00 PM

(6/30/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports Lucroy has full no trade protection, and the Brewers have no interest in moving him anyway.

6/30/2013 01:30:00 PM

(6/30/2013 01:21:00 PM) - Al

The strange thing is, they just said a few days ago Braun was swinging the bat and experiencing pain...that was literally just a couple games ago.

6/30/2013 01:21:00 PM

(6/30/2013 01:14:00 PM) - Al

Lohse appeared to let the umpiring crew have it, made him pitch in the pouring rain for several minutes and then suddenly decided that was enough.

And yes, it is a shame they have a near brand new ballpark that can only be used when it isn't precipitating.

6/30/2013 01:14:00 PM

(6/30/2013 01:01:00 PM) - Al

This always seems to be the conclusion when the author isn't being paid to say the planet is burning up.

6/30/2013 01:01:00 PM

(6/30/2013 12:05:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure I would find about 570 things to veto...and if memory serves, the governor is also allowed to cross off numbers and replace them, which I would be forced to do on darn near every line...seriously, every department can't save 1-2%?

A billion dollars saved is a good start, and probably all we can expect given the far left wing that resides in the People Republic of Madison.

6/30/2013 12:05:00 PM

(6/30/2013 11:47:00 AM) - Al

Rockets, though, acknowledge chances of finding deal involving Brooks or Delfino by day's end are slim and thus MUST waive both if no trade.--ESPN

Carlos Delfino never wanted to leave, though Hammond allowed him to without an offer being made. Aaron Brooks is a point guard. Both could potentially useful to the Bucks, depending on what they plan to do with Jennings. The thing is, the Rockets are making moves to clear as much cap space as possible to make a max offer for Dwight Howard, so they cannot accept a player back, draft picks or cash. 

6/30/2013 11:47:00 AM

Saturday, June 29, 2013

(6/29/2013 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Halton looks uncomfortable in RF. That said, he may look that way at every position except hitting. 

6/29/2013 08:26:00 PM

(6/29/2013 08:14:00 PM) - Al

I assume he's pitching over his head, but it sure is a pleasure to watch Hand pitch. 53 of 64 pitches for strikes tonight, and I think he had another inning or two in him.

6/29/2013 08:14:00 PM

(6/29/2013 07:58:00 PM) - Al

Francouer has not hit LHP as well the past couple seasons, but he still makes sense as a platoon player with his great arm.

6/29/2013 07:58:00 PM

(6/29/2013 03:15:00 PM) - Al

I was just going to say that if the O's DFA Ishikawa, the Crew can use the 25 man spot opened by Gindl's demotion on him. That said, the article says the Yankees would jump at the chance to pick him up.

EDIT: The starter's pistol has been fired.

{Hopefully, no one was offended or injured by my usage of a gun reference.}

6/29/2013 03:15:00 PM

(6/29/2013 03:11:00 PM) - Al

I agree wholeheartedly.

Pippa looks great without even trying. And, unlike Kate, I wouldn't mistake her for my 11 year old son.

6/29/2013 03:11:00 PM

(6/29/2013 02:57:00 PM) - Al

If only Benghazi, IRS and NSA got as much attention as Aaron Hernandez, George Zimmerman, and Paula Dean.--Kris Held, MD

 Amen. 9.5 months ago, four Americans were killed, and we still have no idea who ordered special forces to "stand down" nor do we know where the president was after being told the embassy was under attack.

My guess is, both would prove him to be unconcerned and uncaring about anything except Vegas fundraisers and golf. They have every right to be afraid of their own incompetence.

6/29/2013 02:57:00 PM

(6/29/2013 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Many businesses still supporting Paula Deen.

I am too.

She apparently said some things she regrets decades ago. She apologized and said she is not perfect. None of us are.

I'm still not sure why it's a story. Alec Baldwin has done a dozen more offensive things since Monday.

6/29/2013 02:42:00 PM

(6/29/2013 01:34:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, if charges were brought, Martin should be the one being prosecuted.

Of course, because he has the misfortune of being a Latino that resembles a damn Caucasian, so the old media hopped aboard like the drunken jackals they are, and our president, once again, rushed to judgement with a fraction of the facts.

The show to try and minimize the ignorance of it all is an embarrassment, but what do you expect. Heck, they can call this an extended stimulus package, as it works as well as all the other Robin Hood schemes.

6/29/2013 01:34:00 PM

(6/29/2013 10:20:00 AM) - Al

Flags are at half-staff as a mark of respect for Lance Corporal Merlin Raye Allen killed during the Vietnam War. His remains return to WI.--Governor Walker

Welcome home, sir.

6/29/2013 10:20:00 AM

(6/29/2013 10:08:00 AM) - Al

Bucks under team control for next season

Ish Smith

Mbah a Moute



I thought the Bucks only had 7-8 players on the roster for next year, but I forgot Udoh and MaM, and in my mind, wasn't really counting Gooden. Of course, many were reporting that the Udoh/Ridnour swap rumored on draft night was completed, but would wait to be official until after 7/1, when the salary cap goes up and other factors come into play. Udoh is a nice role player, but as you can see, they have a ton of 4's. Ridnour is a 1, but has played a lot of 2 over the past few years, and moreso, would help protect the Bucks if they would decide not to match an extravagant offer for Brandon, or if they would do some sort of sign and trade with him (or I suppose a "match and trade" is also possible).

Top ten names (or so) in free agency that make sense and/or we might hear:

JR Smith--makes perfect sense, as he has played both wing spots and as Sixth Man of the Year, is a proven scorer. Has stated he wants to stay in New York, but Knicks will be limited financially by luxury tax, and they just drafted Tim Hardaway Jr, a similar, cheaper player. Shoots 3's and gets to the FT line, good rebounder for size as well. Made $2.8M last year, will be a popular target.

Chris Copeland--6-9 sharpshooter who can play either forward spot, finally caught on in NBA after over half a decade in Europe. Less than one assist and turnover per game, he is used to getting the ball and shooting it. Made $500K last year, will look to make at least the "mid level exception," about $4M per. Knicks can match any offer, but will struggle to with luxury tax ramifications.

Devin Harris--Harris is my NBA Sal Torres, a guy who I manage to find a spot for annually as either a free agent or trade target. From Wauwatosa and a former Badger, has said he would like to finish his career in MIL, and as a combo guard, might be a fit as a role player. On the downside, but still plenty left.

Kyle Korver--Another guy I've yearned for several years. One of best shooters in league, coming off best year since '07, under Larry Drew in ATL, and texted Drew to congratulate him when he got the Bucks' job. Nearly identical to Mike Dunleavy, who was a nice fit the past two seasons. Made $5M last year.

Mike Dunleavy--Spent time in Milwaukee growing up, chose to return as a FA, and said last year he enjoyed it. A nice fit at the 3 paired with MaM. Made $3.75M last year.

JJ Redick--I had written him off, as he has supposedly told friends he was not returning to MIL. However, everywhere you look, people are predicting he ends up in MIL because they have so much cash to spend, and will give him the most money/longest deal. The Bucks are $24M or so under the cap by my back of an envelope calculations.

Dorell Wright--Poor man's JR Smith, does everything except get to the line.

Luke Babbitt--Many wanted the Bucks to draft him. Not a bad defender/rebounder, offense is almost solely standing 20+ feet from the basket and hoisting jumpers. Poor man's Copeland.

Cole Aldrich--Hammond loves having big men in reserve. Aldrich is a solid defender, rebounder, and shot blocker

JJ Hickson--Undersized center, but hard nosed, controls paint.

Chase Budinger--One of those complementary types that seem to make others better, solid, unspectacular small forward.

6/29/2013 10:08:00 AM

(6/29/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

President Obama spending a week in Africa promoting freedom, democracy, and economic opportunity. He figures it hasn't worked here. Maybe over there.--Jay Leno

I would ask why he thinks the GOP way would work in Africa when he has yet to try it here. Note, he didn't discuss raising taxes on the successful.  

6/29/2013 09:00:00 AM

Friday, June 28, 2013

(6/28/2013 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg called up, Gindl sent down.

This is what happens when your last three SP's give you 10.2 IP. Way to buckle down and tough it out.

6/28/2013 11:08:00 PM

(6/28/2013 10:12:00 PM) - Al

And the irony is, Deen is a lefty too.

The difference is, she isn't an outspoken socialist style lefty, who hates capitalism and the free market...unless it means making millions as a no talent hack who, by the way, hates gays, women, Jews, and almost everyone. 

6/28/2013 10:12:00 PM

(6/28/2013 08:18:00 PM) - Al

If the Brewers would find a taker for Ramirez, I could see them bringing in Hinske to play some 1B and hit off the bench.

6/28/2013 08:18:00 PM

(6/28/2013 07:32:00 PM) - Al

I would go to Supercuts, but I'm afraid the incredibly self absorbed fools on their commercials may be there that day, and I'd be forced to kill them.

6/28/2013 07:32:00 PM

(6/28/2013 07:05:00 PM) - Al

I think we saw how PIT is four wins over their expected total...I haven't seen that kind of luck in decades. Funny spin, find holes, missed strike's difficult to believe that can even happen.

If this is the kind of good fortune they've experienced, they better hope it doesn't even out in the second half.

6/28/2013 07:05:00 PM

(6/28/2013 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Pirates have four more wins than they "should" and the Cards have four less. Now, will this "even out" over 162, or have they "stolen" eight games in the first half?

Probably a combo of both. If runs scored and prevented are a good indicator of true talent, they are probably not as good as SL, and likely to win fewer games in the second half. Of course, remember, the Orioles did this last year too, and somehow, lucked out the entire campaign.

6/28/2013 05:43:00 PM

(6/28/2013 05:35:00 PM) - Al

Hart will have surgery on his "other" knee, will miss season.

I suppose there may be a chance of him resigning a 1-2 year deal, as he will not be able to get full value coming off the injury, so he may sign for $3-5M per. 

EDIT: And no way he is offered arby, as they would have to offer him so much he would almost be forced to accept it. 

6/28/2013 05:35:00 PM

(6/28/2013 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Is it me, or does it rain every game the Crew plays in Pittsburgh?

Just too bad they lack the common sense to put a roof on it. The technology is available. It's like driving a car without power steering.

6/28/2013 05:31:00 PM

(6/28/2013 03:35:00 PM) - Al

It should be. The Rambling son was only taught to sign his name, and it made perfect sense.

Then last year, for whatever reason, he had to write damn near everything in cursive, which made him only hate writing. They simply have no consistency or idea why they teach what they teach.

6/28/2013 03:35:00 PM

(6/28/2013 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Alec Baldwin is an incredibly huge scumbag. Even Andy Cooper, a raging lib, wonders why.

6/28/2013 03:25:00 PM

(6/28/2013 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Burgos off DL, sent back to Nashville.

I'd say he's just a couple solid outings away from being back in the rotation, especially if Peralta continues to be inconsistent...not to mention Yo is on the market, and Kyle may be, if the return is sufficient. 

6/28/2013 03:22:00 PM

(6/28/2013 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Rockies looking at pitchers, including Yo.

1. Yo has pitched terribly in Coors.

2. The Rockies adding pitching is like me adding a salad to each meal. I don't think it's coincidence that COL had the most success when they resembled a slow pitch softball team.

What's that old Doug line? You don't win in a hitter's park with pitching.

I'd look to add speed and defense (especially the OF's), but all eight of my position players would have to be average or above at the plate. 

6/28/2013 01:08:00 PM

(6/28/2013 12:42:00 PM) - Al

Guess what?

It's working.

I know many folks want to believe higher taxes and giving platinum benefits to your political friends somehow sparks growth. If it did, Obama's economy wouldn't be in a five year malaise. 

6/28/2013 12:42:00 PM

(6/28/2013 12:21:00 PM) - Al

I think the Nets are going to be old and broke, and very disappointed.

Garnett, Pierce, and Terry all played for the Celtics last season, and BOS barely won more contests than the Bucks. Right now, Brooklyn is deep, but they'll need to be, given their age. I'm not even sure if they're a 50 win team, never mind a title contender.

6/28/2013 12:21:00 PM

(6/28/2013 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Odd the Dodgers are so active in the trade market, they only have four more wins than the Crew.

Just a thought, if a player really wanted to stay with his current team, and could block trades to 10-15 teams, he could easily just leave the teams that aren't really contending at the moment and list the big market clubs that are...not 100%, but it's a start.

6/28/2013 12:09:00 PM

(6/28/2013 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Yo's no trade list is out. He likes the National League, it would appear.

EDIT: Not that it matters at current, I'm shocked the Astros on it. 

6/28/2013 11:56:00 AM

(6/28/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Policy means nothing.

This is why the old media's bias and fibs are so damaging.

6/28/2013 10:30:00 AM

(6/28/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

My neighbor, conservative icon, and lovely woman Rachel Campos Duffy tells us we need to toughen up and quit being afraid of the loud mouth libs.

6/28/2013 09:30:00 AM

(6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Rangers, DBacks, and Dodgers in the most on Yo early.

ARI--Matt Davidson

TEX--Leonys Martin

LAD--Joc Pederson

That's a prospect from each organization the Crew would probably begin the talks with. Just guesses, of course.

6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

Thursday, June 27, 2013

(6/27/2013 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Just saw a rumor Nate Wolters is headed to the Bucks from WASH. Doubt it, but that would be great.

EDIT: True. Traded Ledo for Wolters, gave up future 2nd rounder.

EDIT 2: Breathe. Washington took Wolters. Then traded him to Sixers. Sixers moved Wolters to Bucks for Ledo and then moved Ledo to Atlanta.--Andy Katz

I could have sworn Wolters was a Wisconsin kid, but he's from St. Cloud, MN. Played college ball at South Dakota State, combo guard. 

6/27/2013 10:42:00 PM

(6/27/2013 09:46:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks are going to get a quality player in the 2nd round if they take the best player available. At least ten projected first rounders have slipped due to all the foreign players chosen.

6/27/2013 09:46:00 PM

(6/27/2013 09:22:00 PM) - Al

I don't think we've ever seen a more embarrassing performance on ESPN (since Nate Silver, of course) than Bill Simmons' "analysis" on the draft.

He's not funny, and has no idea what he's talking about.He's one of these guys who finds everything ironic and humorous...he was just fascinated that a Patriot League player was drafted...of course, that means nothing to anyone with a brain. 

6/27/2013 09:22:00 PM

(6/27/2013 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Burgos appears healthy, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K at Nashville tonight. Might be part of the rotation soon if 100%.

6/27/2013 09:03:00 PM

(6/27/2013 08:53:00 PM) - Al

John Hammond says they took the best player on the board, and that he'll be in MIL next season.

I guess he is not being traded, but I think he has something to come. Trading up in the 2nd round? Trading a future 2nd rounder for one this year?  

6/27/2013 08:53:00 PM

(6/27/2013 08:31:00 PM) - Al

Looks like I was wrong.

John Hammond says Bucks tracked Antentokounmpo and thought they had a chance to get him at 15. "Sky is the limit" is the GM's assessment.--Jim Pachske

I'm still thinking something will go down, though maybe it does not involve trading Ant...this guy.

EDIT: The Mavericks ending up with Shane Larkin and their constant pursuit of Jennings makes me say "hmm."

6/27/2013 08:31:00 PM

(6/27/2013 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Bucks may have chosen 6-9 forward from Greece for someone else. If not, it may signify a total rebuild.

ADDED: Searching for him on Twitter, both TOR and DAL were said to really like him, trying to trade for him, leaving him to play in Europe for a couple years. Remember, DAL is said to like Brandon Jennings, and TOR now had former Bucks' GM Jeff Weltman as their #2 basketball guy. Time will tell, but this reeks of a trade piece to me. 

6/27/2013 08:14:00 PM

(6/27/2013 07:41:00 PM) - Al

TWolves picking up #14/#21 picks for Trey Burke from Utah.

I love Burke, but many think the top 35 picks are as good as the #10 pick in this draft. This is a quantity draft. 

6/27/2013 07:41:00 PM

(6/27/2013 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Brewers getting "lots of calls" on relievers and Gallardo.

I'm surprised about the bullpen calls, as they tend to be dealt very late in July and even in August.

6/27/2013 04:49:00 PM

(6/27/2013 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Some teams are evaluating Kyle Lohse to see if he's a worthwhile trade target.--Buster Olney

If a team has five better SP's than Kyle, they're in pretty good shape.

6/27/2013 04:22:00 PM

(6/27/2013 03:59:00 PM) - Al

Francisco has scary power.

6/27/2013 03:59:00 PM

(6/27/2013 03:30:00 PM) - Al


I, for one, am shocked.

Must not be worried about losing the vote by a small margin in Kenya.

6/27/2013 03:30:00 PM

(6/27/2013 03:27:00 PM) - Al

My response?

Only 27?

Look, not at all NFL players are ignorant thugs, but when many pick up 15 yard penalties that cost their team a possession almost every game you watch, it's not a stretch to say a lot of them have no self control at all.

6/27/2013 03:27:00 PM

(6/27/2013 03:19:00 PM) - Al

If the president had a daughter who perjured herself and lied about writing a letter, she'd look a lot like this prosecution witness.

This is why no ADA would take the case...they don't have the evidence to prove "tastes great" or "less filling," never mind murder.

6/27/2013 03:19:00 PM

(6/27/2013 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Cubs appear unconcerned with their $80M SS's injury.

You get the feeling Theo will be talking about this.

6/27/2013 03:14:00 PM

(6/27/2013 02:56:00 PM) - Al

Halton with a six hopper between 3B and SS for his first base hit.

It'll be a line drive whenever he talks about it.

ADDED: Sean runs well for a big guy.

6/27/2013 02:56:00 PM

(6/27/2013 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Navy vet goes through graduation ceremony a bit later in life

6/27/2013 02:51:00 PM

(6/27/2013 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness we have the FDA looking after us to prevent a new cigarette from gaining a foothold. Doesn't take a genius to see the kickback and bribe possibilities with this...not that DC would ever do things like that.

Now if you'll excuse me, the IRS wants to know why the $5.72 I spent on 5/7/07 was deductible.

6/27/2013 02:46:00 PM

(6/27/2013 02:24:00 PM) - Al

I do not have any qualms about how old James Woods' girlfriend is.

However, if you're going to date a 20 year old, I sure wouldn't date a "plain" 20 year old.

6/27/2013 02:24:00 PM

(6/27/2013 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Aramis is -5 runs UZR thus far this year, almost all on range. It's probably almost all injury related, but it's a huge red flag for teams looking to add a 3B.

6/27/2013 01:45:00 PM

(6/27/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Hart may miss the season, per Heyman.

It's always a risk when an older player enters the last year of their deal and the hope is to deal them and add prospects.

6/27/2013 01:30:00 PM

(6/27/2013 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Ridnour is a nice role player and is signed cheaply as well. I think he'd fit in perfectly in Miami too.

6/27/2013 01:26:00 PM

(6/27/2013 01:03:00 PM) - Al

You know, it's almost as if someone, perhaps the president, told them who to go after.

6/27/2013 01:03:00 PM

(6/27/2013 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Far more discussion of trading Jennings, or not matching an offer from another team, in the last 48 hours as well.

6/27/2013 12:53:00 PM

(6/27/2013 12:50:00 PM) - Al

By far the most popular name linked to the Bucks in the past couple days is this young Russian.

6/27/2013 12:50:00 PM

(6/27/2013 12:38:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I've having a tough time figuring out the "rules" for hate speech.

6/27/2013 12:38:00 PM

(6/27/2013 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Brewers looking for substantial return for Gallardo, or may hang onto him.

I've said that the entire time. Doug knows a Greinke type deal is worth more than Yo. A couple mediocre prospects are not.

Article also says Crew is looking to deal Ramirez and Axford. Makes perfect sense, as Aramis is owed a ton of cash and Axford is making $5M and will not be offered arby this offseason.

6/27/2013 12:32:00 PM

(6/27/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Why is wine so expensive?

Same reason coffee and beer costs so much...because people pay it.

6/27/2013 12:30:00 PM

(6/27/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Irony indeed.

6/27/2013 12:00:00 PM

(6/27/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Number Of Americans Who Want Obamacare Repealed Entirely Hits Record High.

What's that line from Vacation?

If you think you hate it now, wait 'til you drive it. 

6/27/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/27/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Madison, like many in DC, think they're above those pesky documents that has shaped the finest nation to ever exist on the planet.

6/27/2013 10:00:00 AM

(6/27/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, I guess it could be worse.

Notice the low...91. The low. 

Great googily moogily.

6/27/2013 09:00:00 AM

(6/27/2013 12:11:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if the public sees the hypocrisy and is voting with their wallets.

6/27/2013 12:11:00 AM

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

(6/26/2013 11:13:00 PM) - Al

Halton takes the open 40 man spot from Narveson being outrighted. I knew there was an easy solution, I just couldn't recall it.

6/26/2013 11:13:00 PM

(6/26/2013 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Scooter sent down to play every day, Halton takes his spot on the roster.

Gennett will be back. I really enjoyed his play, and he'll likely go down and smack the ball around. Good luck to him.

6/26/2013 10:42:00 PM

(6/26/2013 10:21:00 PM) - Al

Per friend of Ramblings Jim, Sean Halton about to join Crew.

Sean is a big RH batter, 1B for the most part, but has also played the corner OF slots the past couple years.

I would assume he will either replace Scooter Gennett, who needs to play more than he has of late with Rickie hitting better, or Yuni B.

Halton will need to be put on the 40 man, though they can easily make that move.

We just discussed Halton the other day here

6/26/2013 10:21:00 PM

(6/26/2013 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Huge fan of JR Smith, he shoots 3's and gets to the line, a perfect combo few possess. 

I do not know Copeland, but he is a late bloomer, D League vet. He hit 42% from 3 last season, and rebounded well, and hit 46% from 3 in the D League.

6/26/2013 08:14:00 PM

(6/26/2013 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Can't catch what you can't see.

Gindl just put his glove up and hoped for the best, knew about where it was going to be.

Not sure if it was the ribbon board or not, but Aoki struggles with that all the time, but almost always catches it.

I did not know Schafer possessed an arm that strong. If the Crew keeps Gomez, which I assume they will, they will have several teams asking about Logan. He can be an effective platoon CF on the cheap, at the very least, for years.

6/26/2013 08:02:00 PM

(6/26/2013 07:40:00 PM) - Al

We grilled brats tonight, and before the grill cooled down, and we could put the cover on, it rained.

I told the Rambling wife, what we need is a cover for the grill cover.

6/26/2013 07:40:00 PM

(6/26/2013 07:22:00 PM) - Al

First inning, strike zone is the approximate size of one third of a pea.


6/26/2013 07:22:00 PM

(6/26/2013 05:05:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' relievers are averaging 92.2 mph w/ the fastball. That's the highest average velocity since FanGraphs started tracking velo in '02.--JP Breen

Somewhere, Doug is smiling. Loves velocity out of his bullpen. That said, Axford and Figaro are the only ones who usually hit 95+, in fact many of the others rarely even hit 92. 

6/26/2013 05:05:00 PM

(6/26/2013 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Kato admits OJ did it.

Also admits sun rises in east, and grass is green.

6/26/2013 01:30:00 PM

(6/26/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The left simply despises freedom.

Note...if your city is so bad no one wants to live there and chooses a lengthy commute instead...the problem is not a lack of a law keeping you from living elsewhere.

6/26/2013 01:00:00 PM

(6/26/2013 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Those damned evil Koch Brothers used their money and influence to challenge President Clinton's law & strike down DOMA.--Alan Levy

Heh. The truth is far funnier than fiction.

The Koch brothers don't sell their soul every time the public mood swings.

6/26/2013 12:58:00 PM

(6/26/2013 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Hypocrisy on the left?

1. The Clintons would sell their soul for a vote or a nickel.  And you know what? What difference does it make?

2. Shockingly, my feelings are the same now as they were then...because my beliefs don't change like the wind.

6/26/2013 12:41:00 PM

(6/26/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

What you can learn from your pets.

Most of it is stuff I've been saying my whole life. 90% of the stuff I was taught was total crap, more cliche than fact. However, most "old sayings" are 100% accurate.

When in doubt, look how the military does it. When your job is to survive, you tend to do things the right way. I used to get teased and criticized all the time for taking breaks and/or naps, and the irony is, that's exactly how they do it, march for an hour, take 15. If you're going to do something, work hard, but don't sprint either, a steady pace is best.

6/26/2013 12:00:00 PM

(6/26/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Turns out my stand on abortion is far weaker than most.

6/26/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/26/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

He doesn't even pretend to tell the truth. I'm not even sure he knows what the truth is.

He's been lying nonstop since he was running, and when the facts got in the way, like his friendship with convicted terrorist and murderer Bill Ayers, he just lied, and the old media bowed and said, "That does not match the facts, oh holy one. Please, please, continue to feed us untruths, and we will bury our head deeper and continue to ignore them."

6/26/2013 09:30:00 AM

(6/26/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama doesn't live in the real world. In his utopia, there is no coal.

That's why he's so clueless. His crap doesn't work in reality.

6/26/2013 08:30:00 AM

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

(6/25/2013 10:22:00 PM) - Al

Hellweg up, Figaro to the DL, ab muscle.

I assume Hand will start one game versus the Pirates and Hellweg another, with Lohse throwing the finale.

6/25/2013 10:22:00 PM

(6/25/2013 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Nice of the Cubs to throw three RHP's out there with Schafer and Gindl as the only realistic OF options.

6/25/2013 08:51:00 PM

(6/25/2013 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Weeks has not come up in any trade rumors, but he should.

1000 OPS in June, scalding the ball. Would be an improvement at 2B for many teams, would be a nice 1B/2B/DH role player for anyone, though his salary is high for a reserve.

ADDED: Even with his slow start, Weeks has the 17th highest OPS of the 33 2B with 150+ PA's. It ain't exactly where the sluggers play.

6/25/2013 08:51:00 PM

(6/25/2013 06:39:00 PM) - Al

Bueno may be a fit in MIL if teams are asking about Gorzelanny or Gonzalez.

6/25/2013 06:39:00 PM

(6/25/2013 04:45:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers determined to up-grade 3B and pitching over next five weeks.--Jim Bowden

One has to wonder if Ramirez would be better off taking a week to heal and rest up.

The Pirates could sure use some combo of Gallardo and a reliever too. Of course, almost any team could use Yo and a reliever.

6/25/2013 04:45:00 PM

(6/25/2013 04:28:00 PM) - Al

In order to land Smith, though, the Celtics need to pull off a deal for Pierce that will net them a trade exception. Because teams over the salary cap can’t take on salary without sending back matching salaries, Boston’s options are limited to teams under the cap. That’s why two teams that have been connected to a Pierce deal have been Cleveland and Milwaukee. 
But sources told Sporting News that there is some trepidation when it comes to trading for Pierce, because he has let it be known that if he must leave Boston, he wants to play for a contender. He could do that—most likely joining Rivers in Los Angeles—if the Celtics buy him out. But not if he is traded. The Cavaliers, for example, don’t want to trade for Pierce if he does not want to be there.
A source indicated that any potential Pierce-to-Cleveland deal is, “a longshot.”
There is some skepticism about Milwaukee’s interest in Pierce, too. The Bucks were close to landing Smith via trade in February, and Smith is willing to go to Milwaukee in free agency. While the Celtics would be able to offer Smith a deal starting at $15 million—the value of the trade exception they’d get for trading Pierce—the Bucks could offer a full max deal, starting at $17.5 million.
If the Bucks are in a better position to land Smith in free agency, they would not have much incentive to instead take on the 35-year-old Pierce, and help Boston get Smith instead.--TSN

Lots of mentions of Josh Smith and/or Paul Pierce of late regarding the Bucks. 

6/25/2013 04:28:00 PM

(6/25/2013 03:53:00 PM) - Al

As I have said numerous times, the only true believers in climate change are ignoring the facts, for either financial or political gain.

It's become a punchline; too hot, too cold, too much rain, not enough rain, too windy...let's blame what we cannot understand.

6/25/2013 03:53:00 PM

(6/25/2013 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Tyler Thornburg yields a pair of solo HRs in 6th and leaves. Final line: 5.2ip, 4r (all solo HRs), 6h, 3bb, 10k--Nashville Sounds

Thornburg needs to work on his fastball location. He has always been able to just throw it past guys, and has struggled at AAA since he can't anymore.

6/25/2013 03:39:00 PM

(6/25/2013 03:36:00 PM) - Al

Reports are Monta Ellis is a hot trade target in some sort of sign and trade deal.

In the NBA, a player's team can sign him for more and a year longer than others.That would allow Ellis to get more guaranteed money and the Bucks to get something for him.

6/25/2013 03:36:00 PM

(6/25/2013 03:31:00 PM) - Al

Not politely, not civil, but extremely ignorant.

6/25/2013 03:31:00 PM

(6/25/2013 03:28:00 PM) - Al

President Obama got some good news today. The IRS ruled he can write off the first half of his second term as a total loss.--Jay Leno

Heh. Don't think for a second it's getting better.

6/25/2013 03:28:00 PM

(6/25/2013 02:42:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers will "gladly listen" on third baseman Aramis Ramirez, as well as any position player other than Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez, and Ryan Braun.  I wonder if that means names such as Jonathan Lucroy and Norichika Aoki will be in play next month.  

Execs who spoke to Stark seem divided on whether the Brewers want to trade Yovani Gallardo, with one saying, "To be honest, I think they would love to move him."--Stark, via MLBTR 

I think Doug knows how much the Angels overpaid for Greinke, and is hoping history repeats. It may, especially if Yo continues pitching well.  I don't think he "would love to" move Yo, but knows his trade value of 2-3 good young players is better for the current team.

As for Aoki and Lucroy, both are under team control for years, and Jon signed a team friendly contract. That said, that makes them more valuable to others as well, and you know what...I love Marty Maldonado, and I really like Logan Schafer as well. They may not be as good, but they're plenty capable stopgaps, and inexpensive.

One thing you have to keep in mind is the Crew has 8-10 young SP's that look to be solid prospects (with all due respect to TINSTAAPP), and while some will get hurt, some will fail and end up as relievers, and some will just hit a wall...they will all need to pitch. Mark A will never want to do a full rebuild, but it's difficult not to see the writing on the wall...this team has won 77 or more games six straight seasons, and "success cycles," are very tough to maintain for a small market club more than 4-5 years at a time 

6/25/2013 02:42:00 PM

(6/25/2013 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Marmol will have teams lining up to snag him for the minimum once he clears waivers. He might be a couple minor adjustments away from being a passable middle reliever.

6/25/2013 01:21:00 PM

(6/25/2013 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Part of Doug's willingness to talk trade may be related to Hart's injury and inability to possibility return at all this season.

6/25/2013 01:15:00 PM

(6/25/2013 01:13:00 PM) - Al

Doug going out of way set the bar high for Yo's return.

Also, one thing to keep in mind, not only will a team add Yo hoping to make the playoffs, a team might wish to add him hoping to win a title.

6/25/2013 01:13:00 PM

(6/25/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

6/25/2013 11:30:00 AM

(6/25/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Carol Alt still looking SI cover ready...and so does Dr. Helen.

And men still don't want to get married.

6/25/2013 10:30:00 AM

(6/25/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Bono credits W and Christians for saving 9M lives.

He has said this often, though the old media has pretended not to have heard it.

Despite the fact the left takes far more money from those who earn it, they don't even pretend to care.

6/25/2013 09:00:00 AM

Monday, June 24, 2013

(6/24/2013 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Hi readers. Just a strange post, but, who knows, maybe I can bring a pair of people together. Tonight, I had an old friend get in touch with me, wondering if I knew of anyone who had money to invest.

{Sadly, he didn't even ask me, as unless the business is gumball vending, I lack the funds.}

I will share more if you wish to hear, but he is willing to either do a short term loan or sell a part of his business. He's looking for $4-5K.

Shoot me an email if interested. Ramblings does not accept any liability, I'd just set up a meeting.

6/24/2013 09:23:00 PM

(6/24/2013 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Surprise, surprise: Glen Rice Jr is coming back to Milwaukee tomorrow for a second workout.--Racine Journal Times

I'd trade down a few picks and take Rice, and hopefully pick up a pick early in the 2nd round, which I would use on Eryck Green, a tweener that no one can figure out if he's a point of shooting guard.

6/24/2013 07:09:00 PM

(6/24/2013 05:35:00 PM) - Al

The (trade) package from another team (for Yo) has to be something that will wow me.--Doug

First public mention of Yo being available, though Doug makes sure he informs everyone to not bid cheap.

It's not a slam dunk that I'm going to trade Yovani or Kyle Lohse, but you never know. A lot to consider.--Doug

And that was Doug telling other teams he will listen, on both Yo and Kyle.

As of this second, they are open for business.

All we can hope for, is if a deal is made, we get a Greinke like haul, an upper echelon prospect (like Segura) and a couple solid others (like Hellweg and Pena). Yo, given that he has up to 2.5 years remaining on his contract and is pitching as well as he ever has of late, might just be able to land a similar package. Lohse is unlikely, though if packaged with a reliever, could bring back the non elite (non Segura) part of that deal.

6/24/2013 05:35:00 PM

(6/24/2013 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Submarine crews do not use a typical 24 hour day. On a submarine a day only lasts 18 hours.--Google

That's just weird. If anything, you'd think they'd have a longer day, maybe 16 hours on, 16 off.

EDIT: Turns out they're on six, off twelve.

6/24/2013 04:30:00 PM

(6/24/2013 02:53:00 PM) - Al

Schools all fear the public finding out the truth...pathetic.

6/24/2013 02:53:00 PM

(6/24/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

We spend thousands more per student, and get the exact same results.

It's almost as if the government nor the unions have best interests at heart.

6/24/2013 12:00:00 PM

(6/24/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Pirates 3rd in NL in SP ERA, but look how few IP they have...more than an inning a game less than other top teams.

Grilli and Melancon both on pace for 80 games and about 80 IP...unlikely they can remain effective and healthy doing that. They probably need to pick up a SP and a couple RP's to maintain 90+ wins. They might be able to fall off a bit and still win enough to win a wildcard, but it's tough not to expect them to have a natural fade given the numbers.

6/24/2013 11:30:00 AM

(6/24/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Brewers are 14th in NL in ERA, but 3rd in June. Helped a bit by being able to skip the 5th SP a couple times, but still remarkable.

6/24/2013 10:30:00 AM

(6/24/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Two meals a day better than six.

6/24/2013 09:30:00 AM

Sunday, June 23, 2013

(6/23/2013 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Flipping channels now that 2.5 Men after the local news is over. Cards' game delayed three hours by rain, now in 4th inning. Stands about 25% full.

Not having a retractable roof is just horrible customer service in today's world. No refunds you know.

6/23/2013 11:06:00 PM

(6/23/2013 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Braves haven't scored an earned run on the bullpen for 72 consecutive innings.--Chip Caray

If that is true, it's a mathematical improbability of mammoth proportions. 

EDIT: Nope

6/23/2013 09:30:00 PM

(6/23/2013 09:23:00 PM) - Al

I have to believe Rodriguez is on a short list of arms Doug would like to give a shot to...he's averaging 97+ on his fastball this year. You can't teach velocity like that. The Cubs claimed him last time just before the Crew's turn. 

6/23/2013 09:23:00 PM

(6/23/2013 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Gomez left today's game with a left shoulder sprain. He is day-to-day.--Brewers PR

Aren't we all?

6/23/2013 03:27:00 PM

(6/23/2013 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Jewish paper notes obvious hypocrisy among old media.

It's good to be on the left when you utter a slur, no doubt about it.

6/23/2013 02:42:00 PM

(6/23/2013 02:30:00 PM) - Al

For the record: there's a reason why regimes hesitated to disrespect us between 2001-2009. It was because of that unilateral cowboy Bush.--Moe Lane

Yep. Hong Kong just giggled at the USA and let Snowden fly out...could not care less about retribution. They know full well Obama is all talk.

As I've said often, we used to be a superpower, and may be again someday. Not for the next 3.5 years, however.

6/23/2013 02:30:00 PM

(6/23/2013 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Gomez thought he was closer to the wall, expected to hit it before landing. If he's out for any length of time, that could well prompt Doug to sell.

1B out, LF out, CF out, 3B playing on one leg...teams do not go on 22-5 runs with half a team out.

6/23/2013 02:23:00 PM

(6/23/2013 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Edwin Encarnacion just launched his 21st HR. Only Miguel Cabrera (64) has more homers than Encarnacion (63) since beginning of last year.--JP Breen

Others looked at him and said he was a poor defender. TOR looked at what he could do.

6/23/2013 01:08:00 PM

(6/23/2013 12:42:00 PM) - Al

The Orioles can forget about acquiring Yovani Gallardo as they are on his ten-team no-trade list and the Brewers would prefer to make a clean deal with no restrictions.  Meanwhile, the Brewers' pitchers are getting hot at the right time - Gallardo, Francisco Rodriguez, and John Axford have all looked strong as of late and could draw interest from contending clubs.--Rosenthal

Those three names are already popping up repeatedly. Ramirez is banged up and owed a lot in '13. Weeks is hitting, but many teams will hesitate because of his low overall BA and money owed next season. Hart has not played, and may not until the deadline. 

6/23/2013 12:42:00 PM

(6/23/2013 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Actually Al, a couple weekends ago, I went with my girlfriend on a four day weekend to San Diego, with a 24 hour stay in Vegas. We had this planned since March. A few weeks before, we got an invite to my first cousin's wedding. Can't be two places at once, so we sent a card with our regrets. 

Had a great time on our trip, got home, my mom was just furious, because I was the only first cousin not there. 

[We had not told her because I knew she assumed we'd be there.]

Anyway, this morning, we had a family brunch, and all but a couple of our close relatives were there. Most everyone thought we had been at the wedding, but had to miss the reception. Talk about no one missing you. They opened our card along with all the rest, so it was just like we had been there. 


Lesson learned. We had 150 people at our wedding (mostly the bride's side, as it was in her hometown, two plus hours away from mine, and I'm sure more than a few people said, "Al wouldn't come to our wedding if it was his own back yard," but several of our closest friends had to miss it due to other weddings or work. 

I feel the same way about this as I do about unnecessary lawn spend a very limited time on this planet, and you spend a lot of that doing things for work you probably dislike doing. Do what you want in your free time.

6/23/2013 12:30:00 PM

(6/23/2013 12:05:00 PM) - Al

SABR historian Rod Nelson reports that Caleb Gindl, who debuted with the Brewers on June 15, is only the third major-leaguer officially listed at 5 feet 7 inches and 200-plus pounds. Gindl joins Angel Salome who played for the Brewers in 2008 and Bill Byers who played for the Cardinals in 1904.

2 of the 3 playing in MIL the past few years is not coincidence. Doug does not care if you're chubby and short if you can hit. Classic case of looking at what a player can do and not worrying about warts. That's why Thornburg is still starting too.

Salome might well be the starting catcher today if he had not suffered from mental troubles.  

Read more here:

6/23/2013 12:05:00 PM

(6/23/2013 11:27:00 AM) - Al

Raising the minimum wage kills jobs.

As I often say, it flies in the face of freedom as well. If my neighbor says he needs someone to help him prep newspapers for delivery from 3AM-7AM, and offers to pay me $5 an hour to do so, that arrangement should not need the approval of the federal government.

Worrying about such trivial matters also keeps the government from doing what's important, which is defending our nation and defending the Constitution from the favor of the month club.

6/23/2013 11:27:00 AM

(6/23/2013 07:30:00 AM) - Al

I love this light, but it would not work for the colorblind.

6/23/2013 07:30:00 AM

Saturday, June 22, 2013

(6/22/2013 07:48:00 PM) - Al

6.0 scoreless IP, 68 pitches for Hellweg. Sounds have turned season-high 4 DP's behind him. Nashville leads 1-0, heading to the 7th.

They've adjusted Hellweg, he's throwing 95+ but not striking out many and walking almost as many. I assume they've made him a sinkerball pitcher who is now "pitching to contact."

6/22/2013 07:48:00 PM

(6/22/2013 07:16:00 PM) - Al

Most players are pretty beat up this time of year. My goodness, if you count the exhibition season, they've been playing eight months straight...about 115 games.

Yet another reason not to overreact when a guy scores 17 instead of 30. 

6/22/2013 07:16:00 PM

(6/22/2013 06:26:00 PM) - Al

I just realized no one got Braun's jersey top, because he's not on the 25 man today.

That'd be one of the few promotions I'd gladly throw $20-40 into the kitty and hope top win. I'm one of the few who would be just as happy to win Jeff Bianchi as anyone else.

6/22/2013 06:26:00 PM

(6/22/2013 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Sophia Minnaert should buy twenty different colors of that dress and wear it every day. This is the first time I've ever noticed she was a woman.

No screenshot, but it was close to this one

6/22/2013 06:05:00 PM

(6/22/2013 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe after years of success as a closer, KRod is trying to get half as many saves as Hoffman.

6/22/2013 05:52:00 PM

(6/22/2013 05:13:00 PM) - Al

Really like Caleb Gindl.

Not sure if he'll fit in on the 25 man in MIL with Schafer also in the mix, but he'll have a nice career, likely in a reserve/platoon role. Can play all three OF spots, will probably pick up a 1B glove soon, and has pop from the left side. That's a near perfect fit for many teams.

6/22/2013 05:13:00 PM

(6/22/2013 04:32:00 PM) - Al

Tremendous outing by Hand, 52 pitches isn't as big a deal as stopping several times and then warming up again.

Kinetic energy isn't a theory, it exists.  

Hard not to root for a guy like Donovan, as he'd had to prove himself at every level, likely improving a little each year, and still is pretty much "just another guy," still not on the staff if not for many injuries. You give him Peralta's stuff, he might never allow a run. 

6/22/2013 04:32:00 PM

(6/22/2013 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Donovan Hand, 3.2 innings pitched, 33 pitches.

Strikes are a beautiful thing.

6/22/2013 03:58:00 PM

(6/22/2013 03:56:00 PM) - Al

I never noticed how much the Chorizo resembles Fernando Vina.

6/22/2013 03:56:00 PM

(6/22/2013 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Another former classmate of mine was bemoaning the fact that they do not have a weekend free until the 3rd one in July.

As I've said many times, just don't go. No one will miss you, and you can do whatever you want. You only have so many weekends, and if you spend them all doing stuff you don't want to do, you're going to be a frustrated camper.

Of course, some people like social gatherings that involve people you barely know; baked chicken breast with a side of canned veggies; and sitting around discussing weather, those that have passed away, and the like.

6/22/2013 03:54:00 PM

(6/22/2013 03:43:00 PM) - Al

The class that graduated after mine is having a reunion this weekend. In my mind, they'll perennially be 17, but sadly, they look just as old as me, at their "pre reunion party" last night.

Good thing we didn't have a pre reunion party, it would have given me a whole another event to not show up for.

6/22/2013 03:43:00 PM

(6/22/2013 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Byrd was also a member of the KKK. But, as a leading Dem, it was just like wondering where Obama was when the four Americans died in one asks the question, because they know the answer is devastating. 

6/22/2013 02:54:00 PM

(6/22/2013 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Scandals have diverted attention from the economy. That said, it's still historically pathetic.

It's almost like income redistribution simply doesn't work.

If it did, Cuba and the USSR would be world leaders. They ain't.  

6/22/2013 02:03:00 PM

(6/22/2013 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Economic boom because of warmer temps.

Note the left is prone to emotional reactions and dislike of capitalism. Best description I've seen in a long time.

While at Wal Mart, the Rambling son was talking about how no one really knows if global warming is something to be concerned about, or just a short cycle that repeats itself every few thousand years. He's 11. Of course, he hasn't made a fortune lying about it either.

6/22/2013 12:58:00 PM

(6/22/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Anyone who's surprised an Obama supporter like Paula Deen uses racist language has obviously never been to New England.--David Freddoso

I've never been to NE, but I haven't heard certain racial language in 15-20 years. That said, as Ms. Deen said, she is a woman of a certain age, and such language used to be commonplace. If he were alive today, Sam Clemens would have to explain, often, that the world was a different place a century and a half ago.

The Food Network simply decided not to renew her contract, I assume to avoid controversy. If they stop airing the 200+ hours of her programming they have in the vault, I'll think more of it. 

And yes, it is funny to see no one reporting Deen's presidential support...if she had campaigned for Romney or Santorum, it'd be in the lead sentence.

Because the old media is unbiased. And has no agenda.

6/22/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/22/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al


Funny because it's true.

6/22/2013 10:00:00 AM

(6/22/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

You know, there's just nothing left to cut.

And you wonder why the stimulus didn't create jobs. Clueless.

6/22/2013 09:00:00 AM

Friday, June 21, 2013

(6/21/2013 10:10:00 PM) - Al

I don't mean to be oversimplistic here, but it sure seems to me Ron is using Henderson in the 8th or 9th based on which inning has the better hitters due up, or, if you choose, he uses KRod when the weaker hitters are up.

Is this because they have more faith in Jim, or to artificially deflate KRod's numbers and increase his value...dunno.

6/21/2013 10:10:00 PM

(6/21/2013 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Axford in the 9th to "showcase" him?

I doubt it, but I suppose it's possible.

6/21/2013 09:39:00 PM

(6/21/2013 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Chelsea not bright enough to do the math.

6/21/2013 08:26:00 PM

(6/21/2013 06:52:00 PM) - Al

It's a steaming pile of crap.--Meghan McCain on World War Z

It's difficult not to love her.

6/21/2013 06:52:00 PM

(6/21/2013 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Today in 1788: U.S. Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire is ninth state to ratify it.--American History Museum

Or as the left calls it, that evil day that keeps us from doing what we want.

6/21/2013 06:36:00 PM

(6/21/2013 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Aoki returns, and Prince returns to Nashville.

6/21/2013 06:19:00 PM

(6/21/2013 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Inefficient government?

I, for one, am shocked.

6/21/2013 06:05:00 PM

(6/21/2013 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Valverde DFA'd.

Considering the Brewers have two guys in the bullpen with mythical closing experience, I hope Benoit struggles too. 

6/21/2013 03:32:00 PM

(6/21/2013 01:14:00 PM) - Al

I tell you what, if Gallardo continues to pitch like he has this month, he could bring as much or more than Greinke did last year, given that he has years of team control, unlike Zack.

6/21/2013 01:14:00 PM

(6/21/2013 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Dale Schultz should stop pretending he's a Republican.

By the way, thank you to the GOP for a billion dollar tax cut and for balancing a budget that had a $4B deficit when Walker took over. 

6/21/2013 01:00:00 PM

(6/21/2013 12:29:00 PM) - Al

Theo is ready to sell.

Of course, the Cubs have been looking at 2014 (maybe '15) since the second Epstein took over, and while he has avoided saying so, all of his moves have indicated it, as has the way he has had Sveum manage, always trying to salvage value, like with Carlos Marmol.

I admit, with the Cubs looking like a strong franchise, and with the Cards, Reds, and Pirates all strong right now, the NL Central looks like a tough race short term at least.

Funny, I said when the Astros left I was glad, because they looked like they would be strong soon and building the right way. Still feel that way.

6/21/2013 12:29:00 PM

(6/21/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I believe I have been inserted into the alcoholic Groupon by mistake.

If there really folks out there saying, "Man, if only I had a six pack of disposable flasks," I have to believe Intervention is already filming them for a "documentary."

6/21/2013 11:30:00 AM

(6/21/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I have no doubt.

Supply and demand doesn't stop just because they don't like believe in it.

6/21/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/21/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I just wish Obama would show the steely determination and merciless follow-through that he displays with regard to his domestic political enemies when dealing with America’s foreign enemies.--Instapundit

Or at least act like he has an idea. Doing what McCain told him he should do before four years of genocide makes him look rather oblivious.

6/21/2013 09:30:00 AM

(6/21/2013 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I know several female hunters, cousins, sisters in laws, former co workers.

The irony is, they are all far more normal than the loons who make fun of them.

6/21/2013 08:30:00 AM

(6/21/2013 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Lebron James is easily the best player I've ever seen, and it's not even close.

If this series proved nothing, it's how it's how important it is to hit 3's. I've said it before, and I'll say it a decade, they will defend differently, as they still play defense the same way as they did before the three point line existed.

6/21/2013 06:30:00 AM

Thursday, June 20, 2013

(6/20/2013 09:08:00 PM) - Al

We saw what they did when they were in charge a few years ago.--Sen. Lasee

Dems introducing amendment after amendment that increases spending, none even mention how to pay for them.

If they were any more predictable...

6/20/2013 09:08:00 PM

(6/20/2013 07:46:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if the Narveson move is just a statement on his readiness, or a roster adjustment that precedes more.

6/20/2013 07:46:00 PM

(6/20/2013 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Brewers reinstated Chris Narveson from the DL and outrighted him to Nashville, removing him from the 40-man roster.--Adam,

Crew didn't think Chris was ready, and feel he will not take free agency due to guaranteed money.

6/20/2013 07:24:00 PM

(6/20/2013 06:50:00 PM) - Al

The USWNT is playing Korean Republic (that's the one not governed by a family of loons) on NBC Sports.

Letterman said years ago that soccer gals were "babe city" Per the intros, they still are.

6/20/2013 06:50:00 PM

(6/20/2013 03:44:00 PM) - Al

I saw this yesterday on The Chew.

That doesn't make it any less creepy, however.

Maybe I'd think differently if the Rambling wife's bridemaids would have been supermodels rather than her sisters.

6/20/2013 03:44:00 PM

(6/20/2013 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Hooters redesigns itself.

Some people don't like Hooters, but for the most part, they're people that don't like anything, and in most cases, it's mock outrage by those who despise freedom. Some people don't stand up for God Bless America, some people don't believe in the free market.

I certainly have nothing against any business that follows the law and provides jobs. If you choose not to go there because you dislike tank tops and athletic shorts, so be it.

6/20/2013 03:00:00 PM

(6/20/2013 02:48:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy caught the ball in front of the plate. If he's back a foot, the runner is out easily.

Still working on that after years in the bigs. He just creeps ahead too far.

6/20/2013 02:48:00 PM

(6/20/2013 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Farm Bill fails - again, 234-195. "Today I voted down a flawed bill that was bad for farmers and bad for taxpayers." U.S. Rep. Ron Kind--WI Reporter

It's not a farm bill, it's a food stamp bill, and like most of the left's efforts, it accomplishes nothing except redistribution of income. Because, damn it, the USSR was such a success. 

6/20/2013 02:00:00 PM

(6/20/2013 01:57:00 PM) - Al

The world is laughing at us, and rightfully so.

This guy doesn't know how to pronounce corpsman, I wouldn't let him even pretend to speak to an ally.

Now if you'll excuse him, he's going to wander back to the US and not know about a single thing his administration is doing.

6/20/2013 01:57:00 PM

(6/20/2013 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Several years ago, I said Gomez was the best defensive OF I'd ever seen. Funny, the more he hits, the less anyone disagrees with me.

6/20/2013 01:28:00 PM

(6/20/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Just when you think they couldn't possibly get any dumber.

6/20/2013 11:30:00 AM

(6/20/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Problem with expansion of entitlements isn't cost, it's the lives it destroys by making dependent on government.--Governor Walker

Well, it's also the cost, but I know what he's saying. That's the why the war on poverty has been a failure, and the left's only idea is to double down. They don't understand human nature, as that's why they are the party of unintended consequences.

Look at the concept...we have people that are poor, so we're going to make them not poor by giving them a check every month. Anyone can see that suddenly, the incentive to work is all but gone, as let's not forget, being "lower class" in the USA is upper class anywhere else in the world.

We are the only country in the world whose poor are fat (raises hand, guilty), and being "poor" means you have a house or apartment, a car, cable/satellite TV, AC, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, video game system, two TV's, and cell phone(s).

This is why people cross deserts and oceans to get here. The only thing we need to "change" is the contempt the left has for how we achieved it.

6/20/2013 10:30:00 AM

(6/20/2013 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Linked on Facebook, the evolution of the swimsuit for women.

The irony here is, one of my Facebook friends recently bemoaned how little her daughters' dance attire "covered up," and now this other friend is discussing beach attire. Why ironic? Because these are both women I worked with in their early 20's, and both were simply stunning (and I'm sure still are), and certainly could have shown as much skin as society accepted and not a soul would have complained.

6/20/2013 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

(6/19/2013 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Tyler Thornburg has found something...6 inning CG tonight, 0 ER, last four starts, 3.18 ERA, in Nashville, of course.

6 BB, 25 K in 22.2 IP in those four games. Good for him. 

6/19/2013 09:41:00 PM

(6/19/2013 08:50:00 PM) - Al

Tea party meets without a single rape, vandalism, or arrest. Leave area cleaner than they found.

Those hoodlums from Occupy, at least the couple not in prison, rehab, or with their underage girlfriend, could learn a few things.

6/19/2013 08:50:00 PM

(6/19/2013 07:42:00 PM) - Al

When you're $17B in debt, what's another $300M?

It's really sad when a bankrupt city that is just a shell of what it once was is still light years ahead of Milwaukee as far as long term planning.

6/19/2013 07:42:00 PM

(6/19/2013 07:38:00 PM) - Al

If you're not watching...I don't know what you're thinking.

Last night was probably the best game in which I didn't have a rooting interest that I can ever recall. Just as good as it gets.

6/19/2013 07:38:00 PM

(6/19/2013 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Happy Birthday to the Rambling brother.

Word has it he's 60...I feel mighty young.

6/19/2013 06:59:00 PM

(6/19/2013 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Great to see Chris Narveson finally with a solid rehab start, 5 IP, 1 BB, 4 H, 1 R. Almost done, he might be on the roster as early as next week.

6/19/2013 06:54:00 PM

(6/19/2013 04:06:00 PM) - Al

Erica from the Citibank Simplicity ads.


They probably had to go Latina because all the white actresses are 5-11, 108 pounds. 

6/19/2013 04:06:00 PM

(6/19/2013 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Astros' starting pitchers are 10–6 with a 2.54 ERA over last 22 games. The lowest ERA for any starting staff in the ML in that time.--Joe Block

Remember when I said before the season HOU would be fine and is doing it correctly? They are.

So is Miami.

6/19/2013 03:47:00 PM

(6/19/2013 03:35:00 PM) - Al

This would lead all three networks evening news tonight if it was the Palins.

The Kennedys, no problem. By the way, there's no bias in the old media. None.

6/19/2013 03:35:00 PM

(6/19/2013 03:06:00 PM) - Al

By the way, no truth to the rumor Obama asked them to put the wall back keep the capitalists out.

Reagan changed history.

Obama, well, he might have taken history, though we're not sure, because his college records are sealed, because he's the most transparent president ever.

That said, I'm sure he has nothing to be ashamed of...just like no one has any idea where he was during Beghazi, or he didn't have any idea what the IRS was doing, or that we gave guns to drug runners, or that they were listening to private calls, or that they were monitoring AP and Fox News journalists.

Other than that, he is right on top of everything

6/19/2013 03:06:00 PM

(6/19/2013 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Aoki placed on the paternity list and UTIL Josh Prince is up from Triple-A. Guessing Caleb Gindl gets his first MLB start tonight.--Adam,

Look for Caleb and Josh to platoon in the corner OF slot Schafer does not play.

6/19/2013 01:15:00 PM

(6/19/2013 01:13:00 PM) - Al

Mark Appel signs, Boras manages to get him about $1.5M less than slot.

Heh. There's overrated, and then there's Scott Boras. I do have to credit his marketing, as he manages to get a percentage of every contract he bungles.

MLB is getting to be closer and closer to the NBA, as with max contracts, having an agent just means you're paying a cut to someone for getting what you were going to get anyway. With the draft being slotted, the first few seasons being team controlled, and the arby years being rather easy to project, unless you want to do a lot of off field card shows and "buy this car" type of stuff, it seems like a very good idea to pay an attorney hourly and keep your 5%.

6/19/2013 01:13:00 PM

(6/19/2013 11:50:00 AM) - Al

I don't see it as a problem, I see it as an once in a lifetime opportunity. So did Lincoln. Sure, we've all heard about the evils of government meddling and the death of the free market, but now, we're seeing it...despite trillions being put into the system, it's not working, because no one has any incentive to make it work (skin in the game).

It's almost as if being a community organizer doesn't properly prepare one to lead. Note, however, it does prepare one to bitch...even though all the ideas are his own, as are the policies.

Only the clueless and unprepared complain about the things they control. 

In the early 1970's, the US Post Office said overnight delivery was not cost effective, nor was it feasible. Today, despite complete apathy from the public, the postal service union is running commercials insisting the USA will fall flat on its face if Saturday delivery is ended. My local post office is closed from 10:45-11:30 each day. I have yet to find a place of business other than this that refuses to do business in the middle of the day.

Oh, by the way, they manage to lose $30M every single day. Even on the days they're closed.

Personally, I vote for more of the same.

6/19/2013 11:50:00 AM

(6/19/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Mark Attanasio said Ron Roenicke's job is not in jeopardy and he will finish season. "We've had a lot of success under Ron." 

Heh. Actually, Ron looks a lot smarter when he'd getting quality starts. 

6/19/2013 11:30:00 AM

(6/19/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This idea has so many flaws, I can't believe it got off the ground.

6/19/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/19/2013 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm no math whiz, but I believe this is a $5000 tax on many young adults, who, as long as they allowed to declare bankruptcy, have no need to buy health insurance.

6/19/2013 10:30:00 AM

(6/19/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Not polite, not civil. Horrible, despicable human beings, one and all.

You can bet they caused damage as well. That's what thugs do. Especially when they know they'll never be charged with anything...the left watches out for their own. 

6/19/2013 10:00:00 AM

(6/19/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

What's so sad is, he doesn't do anything well except campaign, and the rubes don't care about anything else.

6/19/2013 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

(6/18/2013 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Minutes after I point out Kintzler may be sent out next week, he is brought in down 4 in the 5th. He seems to have fallen from 8th inning man to long man just like that.

6/18/2013 09:13:00 PM

(6/18/2013 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Adam points out Estrada and Narveson will be back in about a week...Marco will go into the rotation, and Chris will work with the coaches and be the 12th man on the staff, as he is out of options and as a LHP that can hit 92 mph on the gun (hopefully, no was was offended by the term), would be claimed if DFA'd.

If no one is injured in the meantime, someone pitching pretty well will have to go down. Hand has options and will be one sent down, but the other guy will be tough. Figaro, Henderson, Kintzler, and Axford all have options, but are all pitching at a mediocre level, though Brandon is the least effective since Axford "found it" in early May.

6/18/2013 08:40:00 PM

(6/18/2013 05:55:00 PM) - Al

FYI, if Aoki is put on paternity leave, I would expect the Crew to bring up Khris Davis or Josh Prince to platoon with Gindl...if Braun was playing LF, I would lean toward Prince, as Davis' arm is so weak, but with Schafer available to bounce over to RF, they'll probably just go with the hot bat.

6/18/2013 05:55:00 PM

(6/18/2013 05:47:00 PM) - Al

I might take a flyer on Navarro just to try and slip him back through waivers to AAA. Still young and nearly an 800 OPS in AAA, has played INF/OF, can probably play all seven spots.

6/18/2013 05:47:00 PM

(6/18/2013 05:05:00 PM) - Al

I feel sorry for the young lady because her dad is so willing to use her for his own quest for publicity. If I had a teenage daughter, I wouldn't post pictures of her and ask is she dressed provocatively? 

6/18/2013 05:05:00 PM

(6/18/2013 04:51:00 PM) - Al

I got 8 of 10 right in this quiz on MLB rules. Of course, many are so odd, I've never seen them happen.

6/18/2013 04:51:00 PM

(6/18/2013 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Test scores haven't improved a bit in thirty years, despite money being thrown into education by the billions.

Guess what they tell us will solve it? More money!

Simply put, they need to spend less and start over. The system is completely broken.

6/18/2013 04:38:00 PM

(6/18/2013 03:41:00 PM) - Al

Dr. Helen discusses why we stopped admiring men and why we now make fun of them.

Note the mention of "I am for equal rights for women, but not special privileges." I can't tell you how many guys I've known that got divorced and the kids went to their ex who had alcohol or drug problems, a criminal history, and so on. One guy was supposed to pick up his child (ren) at 6PM Friday, and he got done with work at 4:30, so he went to his former mother in law's house, where his wife and the kids lived. He asked the "mil" if she'd mind if he'd get them early, and she said, "Of course not." He took the kids, took them out to eat and then to a movie. Got home at 9:30, police car outside his place. He didn't think anything of it, he and the kids got out and went in the house. A few minutes later, cops knocked on the door, guns out, and arrested him for kidnapping...called the social worker to take the children, as no one answered his ex's phone. Spent the entire weekend in jail. Monday in court, judge took away visiting rights until they "get it all straightened out." DA pulled the charges, apologized to him. Didn't see his kids for six months. When court date came around, he told his side of the story. They asked mil if that's what happened, she said that was accurate. Judge looked through paperwork, acted confused, and finally said, "So, why are we here?" Ex wife's lawyer said he broke their custody agreement, 6PM Friday to 6PM Sunday, every other week. Judge said, "Did you not hear her mother said it was fine he took them an hour early? Please tell me there's more to this than your client holding a grudge and filing a false report knowing it would take months to crawl through the court system." He threw the case out, and then asked to see his wife's lawyer in could hear the yelling in the courtroom. Came back, judge gave him custody, same conditions as before. Said he was sorry he couldn't do anything about the past.

That's the way men are treated in our justice system. To say it's slanted is to understate it.

6/18/2013 03:41:00 PM

(6/18/2013 02:29:00 PM) - Al

I welcome him to the party. I certainly don't agree with the GOP on everything, but 80-90% is plenty good enough, and I sense the Republicans will be moving closer to the Libertarian viewpoint in the near future, out of fiscal necessity if nothing else.

Note his was the party of freedom 160 years ago, and it still is. As much as the left tries to fib, remember incorrectly, or divert the subject, history cannot be rewritten.

6/18/2013 02:29:00 PM

(6/18/2013 01:45:00 PM) - Al

The left's model city...bankrupt, with an hour response emergency calls.

Trouble in paradise. I, for one, am shocked Detroit hasn't transformed itself into the utopian metro area that Cuba is known for.

Note what happened when they did not control costs, they just kept raising taxes...and anyone with an ounce of common sense moved to the suburbs, or even better, to a state that doesn't punish success.

The humor is, some fail to see that this is the exact path we're on. You don't manage to put up 70% of the debt in five years as we've accumulated in 232 (and saved the world more than once) without being totally out of control.

6/18/2013 01:45:00 PM

(6/18/2013 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Bill Ayers, who used to be a terrorist, and killed people, but doesn't know Obama despite the fact he served on many panels with him and launched his Senate campaign on his kitchen table, says Obama should be tried for war crimes.

Irony is delicious when served cold. They can barely keep all the lies straight long enough to respond to the accusation.

6/18/2013 01:23:00 PM

(6/18/2013 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Telling the Rambling son he should mow the lawn before he goes to a friend's house to play results in a really fast lawn mowing job.

6/18/2013 01:07:00 PM

(6/18/2013 12:34:00 PM) - Al


Sean Halton continues to hit at AAA, and while he is unlikely to be a star, he looks like he might be a decent 1B/OF reserve, and a bench bat with HR power late in the game. Thoughts?


I would agree with your assessment of his ceiling, he might find a niche as a platoon/reserve, especially with Hunter Morris quite possibly penciled in as the 1B as early as next season, and as of yet, Morris has not hit LHP much. Halton has been playing mostly LF/RF this season, and while a natural 1B, has played some at 3B in the past too. He's probably correctly placed at AAA right now, and is hindered in his quest for promotion by not being on the 40 man.

His ticket to the majors is to continue hitting 2B's and HR's, as RH power is always coveted. If a team called Doug and said they wanted him to be their 1B, I'm sure Melvin would make a decision on him, as Halton is not an upper echelon prospect, and deserves a chance if a team is willing to give it to him. He's 26, so he's probably as good as he's ever going to be. While a 850 OPS is decent, he plays almost half his games in the offense friendly PCL hitter's parks out west, so a corner IF/OF should probably be putting up a 900+ OPS.

In closing, good AAA depth. but is going to have to earn every promotion. He needs to hit his way onto the 40 man or impress someone enough to take him in the Rule 5, because his versatility may well allow him to stick.

6/18/2013 12:34:00 PM

(6/18/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

States see businesses and consumers as an open wallet, push enough, and they'll fight back.

It's not just paying sales tax; it's dealing with the cumbersome rules, all fifty of them. That costs money, and Amazon ain't going to eat it. So, if you're an Amazon customer, congrats, your taxes just went up.

That's OK, you were pretty much using $20's to light your campfire, weren't you? 

6/18/2013 12:00:00 PM

(6/18/2013 11:54:00 AM) - Al

The Bucks will hold a free-agent camp Tuesday through Thursday for players who are not draft-eligible.

A total of 23 players have been invited, including 12 with previous NBA experience. Among those attending are former Utah Jazz guard Sundiata Gaines, former Philadelphia 76ers forward Craig Brackins and former New Jersey and Brooklyn Nets small forward Damion James. Former Marquette guard Dwight Buycks and former Ohio State guard David Lighty also will participate.--JS

This is one of the best ideas I've heard, because there's no reason the 13th-15th men on a roster can't be younger fellas with some ceiling, who will sign for less money and usually on non guaranteed deals. Often, the only difference between a NBDL player and a late first round/early second round pick is opportunity, or words on a scouting report like "tweener" or "hustle."

6/18/2013 11:54:00 AM

(6/18/2013 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The obvious goes right over the heads of the casuals.

While most are wondering if Weeks' better hitting of late is related to being hit by a pitch (some days, I'm embarrassed to be lumped together with such immature halfwits), better health, or just an inevitable return to career norms, I chose to take a more common sense approach.

Since May 22nd, Rickie has put up far better numbers:

before 5/22--.282./267, 549 OPS
since 5/22---..379/.623, 1002 OPS

Since 5/22, Rickie has started versus 6 RHP's and 7 LHP's. He's always had far better numbers versus LHP, and has continued to do so this season. Simply put, starting 5/22, he's had a far higher percentage of PA's versus opposite hand pitchers. This has probably had a twofold effect:

1. More PA's versus his stronger side, which means better overall numbers, which has given the illusion of more success.

2. More confidence at all times, which has led to a better performance versus his weaker side as well.

Basically, this is what is often referred to as "setting up a player for success." It's most often used with young players, they play about half the time, at what seems like random intervals, but in reality, they are not playing when the opponent is starting a pitcher that they are unlikely to have success against.

Weeks is probably seeing the ball better due to facing more southpaws, and having more success. Success leads to success. So does confidence.

6/18/2013 11:30:00 AM

(6/18/2013 11:21:00 AM) - Al

What do sheriffs know about crime prevention?

6/18/2013 11:21:00 AM

(6/18/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

422 people on the Enterprise and the captain and first officer beam down for every mission no matter how dangerous.--Shelby Fero

It's funny because it's true.

6/18/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/18/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

As I have said numerous times, I am pro choice, though unless it involves rape or incest, or the mother's life is at risk, I'm anti abortion. However, because I can separate common sense from politics for a split second, I realize that since a child 0-6 months along is extremely unlikely to survive outside the womb of the woman carrying the child (and yes, it is a child, your use of medical terminology only makes you appear more guilty), I do believe she has the right to terminate her pregnancy in a free society.

How these goons can sleep at night knowing they are killing kids perfectly capable of a normal realize, the exact same thing Gosnell was convicted of murder for...I guess it is safe to say that to them, it's just politics, whether it's the life of a child, or ensuring a business owner is unable to function due to extremely high taxes and onerous regulations that exist solely to be onerous.

I'm having trouble figuring out how anyone on the left is not a hypocrite, but this is nothing new...Obama has stood on both sides of several issues and is every bit as defiant on his second position as he was his first and justifies it by...pretending it never happened, thanks old media, bury your head a bit deeper, I hear China is beautiful in June.

That said, today, I'm even happier they're not on my side. Choosing to defend those that happily kill the unborn that could easily survive right now is one minute step from genocide. Sleep well.

6/18/2013 10:00:00 AM

(6/18/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'll be the first to criticize a conservative who says something so stupid.

Of course, I'm not a liberal hack either.

If I saw a meteor falling from the sky about to land on their home, I'd root for the rock, because the rock won't say it wasn't "rape rape" and break up homes and families by sleeping your way to the top.

6/18/2013 09:00:00 AM

Monday, June 17, 2013

(6/17/2013 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Today is the 238th anniversary of The Battle of Bunker Hill, where a group of patriotic rebels decided freedom was worth fighting for.

Many of us still feel that way, though many are convinced we should just stupidly sit around and do nothing as the documents that founded the greatest country in the history of the planet are ignored every day by an administration that would be in over their heads making a poached egg.

6/17/2013 07:44:00 PM

(6/17/2013 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Loser of the day: Marty Beil is losing what little membership he has left in AFSMCE. Since Act 10, AFSCME membership has gone from 22,000 to just 3,000. Wow.--Right WI

No one would admit it, but the fuss was not about the platinum benefits, though that's what the unions proudly lied to their members and insisted it was about. It was all about the right to take dues directly out of their paychecks, and basically forcing those who believe in the free market to be a union member against their will. Without that, they are all but dead.

The left despises freedom, because they insist they can do it better, by demonizing the successful. They don't believe in history.

The right believes in letting competition take care of itself and except for keeping things fair, getting out of the way. The left believes everyone should be equal and work for the common good of all, as long as they can decide what the common good is.

Sadly, it thinks the best way to do this is to make everyone a have not.

6/17/2013 04:05:00 PM

(6/17/2013 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Unlike Yo, who is under team control through '15, Axford is arby eligible and is unlikely to be retained. If he continues to pitch well, his name will come up often.

1.02 ERA since May 2nd, that's 20 games. 

6/17/2013 02:28:00 PM

(6/17/2013 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Hill may indeed be further left than Lenin.

6/17/2013 01:56:00 PM

(6/17/2013 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Gallardo keeps showing up at the top of these lists. Much will depend on where the Crew is and if Doug is able to garner a Greinke like package.

6/17/2013 01:47:00 PM

(6/17/2013 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Monta Ellis opts out, several teams interested. I like to see the possibility of a sign and trade, however remote.

6/17/2013 01:20:00 PM

(6/17/2013 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Hootie doesn't believe in time, and the left doesn't believe in math.

It's easy to be the softhearted ones when you don't pay for anything. They should be charged with treason for child abuse. They are selfish and don't care about anyone but themselves.

6/17/2013 12:00:00 PM

(6/17/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Never heard of this book, but the title would tell you it's about the Obama administration...but it's not. That said, it's a libertarian leaning novel.

6/17/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/17/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Top ten break up notes.

Adult language, but I'm just glad I never got any of them.

6/17/2013 10:00:00 AM

(6/17/2013 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I were just wondering if we can use her employer given HSA money (which, knock on wood accumulates in a pile very quickly if we stay healthy) on vitamins. So I googled it. Look at this helpful distinction:

Allowed: Vitamins, herbal and fiber supplement.

Not allowed: Vitamins taken to maintain or improve overall health.

We're in the very best of hands. 

6/17/2013 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, June 16, 2013

(6/16/2013 08:04:00 PM) - Al

Mariners and A's players are walking up to a second floor locker room used by the Raiders and sharing the facility.

Sewer trouble in both locker rooms. Moving to the Raiders' locker room and sharing it. 

6/16/2013 08:04:00 PM

(6/16/2013 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife already on Amazon deciding on a new steam mop.

1. Now that she's buying her gift, looks like another donation to the Human Fund for her again this year.

2. In the comments, one person said they didn't like a certain steam mop because "it did not have a temp control." Apparently, she is unaware steam is produced only at 212 degrees.

When it exploded, the Rambling wife said, "Ahh" and dropped the handle. This is how we handled it.

Rambling son: (after audible sigh) What did you drop now?

Me: Good thing you weren't injured. You would have to drive yourself to the ER, as we're enjoying the Duggars special on TLC. My enjoyment would have been affected by having to answer the phone with your constant medical updates.

There's no babying going on in the Ramblings' household...

6/16/2013 07:40:00 PM

(6/16/2013 07:12:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife was just steam mopping the dining nook and it exploded. Some pieces flew twenty feet across the room into the kitchen.

Xmas gift for next year, check.

6/16/2013 07:12:00 PM

(6/16/2013 05:06:00 PM) - Al

Comments on Twitter about the crowd at the Portland NWSL game today. Googled it and game is live on You Tube...halftime, but it looks like a full house at the MLS stadium the Thorns play in.

That's good to see, to say the least. Portland is the only team drawing like that, and most are only averaging about 3-4K per game. That said, if it works in one city, others can copy it and know that it might just work.

6/16/2013 05:06:00 PM

(6/16/2013 12:36:00 PM) - Al

I like Ishikawa a lot, but I'm not sure if he's enough of an improvement to justify giving up on the much younger, much higher ceiling Francisco...who, of course, is actually a 3B.

Travis is one of those guys who you know was a solid contributor because the casuals didn't like him. Good defense, good OBP, good gap power. He was a near perfect bench bat. No doubt they'd have more wins if he'd have stuck around, but with Hart, Gamel, and Green, who could have imagined they'd be using their 4th, 5th, and 6th best options...maybe even deeper, because Morris is not on the 40 man.

6/16/2013 12:36:00 PM

(6/16/2013 12:28:00 PM) - Al

So, the Syrian rebels have half the country with just small arms. Guess an armed populace can confront a tyrannical govt effectively.--Kurt Schlicter

That's why our founding fathers put it in. In a perfect world, we would not need any weapons. As is, the only thing stopping a takeover from those who know better is the fear of death.

Remember, they don't even pretend to care about us rubes, or they'd stop taxing us more and putting our children trillions in debt.

6/16/2013 12:28:00 PM

(6/16/2013 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Happy Father's Day to the worthwhile dads out there.--Tom H, JS

The prince of darkness strikes again. It takes a truly depraved individual to crap all over a holiday. It wouldn't be so bad if he brought anything to the table other than his negative nelly, cliche ridden coverage.

6/16/2013 12:21:00 PM

(6/16/2013 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Aoki may miss time when wife gives birth.

Also, Fiers hit by a line drive last night in AAA, suffers a fractured right arm. He'll be out for the season, in all probability.

6/16/2013 12:13:00 PM

(6/16/2013 11:43:00 AM) - Al

Happy Father's Day. The Rambling son gave me a homemade card he made on his computer that included a cartoon like picture of him and a promise of unlimited tech support. I didn't read the small print, so I'm not sure if it will be worth it or not, but the price was right.

6/16/2013 11:43:00 AM

(6/16/2013 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Great googily moogily.

6/16/2013 11:00:00 AM

(6/16/2013 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The left continues to confuse a lack of leadership with racism.

I understand it's a desperation swing for the fences...they see scandal after scandal, know it's pathetic, and well, what else you going to say? It's like Bill Clinton, with a straight face mind you, calling Mitt Romney a challenges your knowledge of history and common sense.

His record is what it is, it's 4.5 years of spending more, taxing more, lies, golf, scandals, big government, and wondering why doing the same thing isn't bringing different results.

Not only was a black man with an unreported past and questionable qualifications elected, he was reelected with an embarrassingly ineffective first term. To respond to that with cries of racism is laughable.

6/16/2013 10:00:00 AM

Saturday, June 15, 2013

(6/15/2013 08:50:00 PM) - Al

7% unemployment isn't the"new normal," it's the numerical representation of a failed agenda. Spend what you don't have and you will eventually have nothing.--Dan Bongino

I distinctly recall when W's unemployment was under 5%, a 4.7% or 4.8%, and the Dems labeled this a colossal economic failure. Know what we'd call it now? The greatest economic recovery since Reagan!

What's so sad is, the only cure is to let the free market and capitalism work...and they don't believe in either. Gonna be a long 3.5 years, my friends. Just wait 'til those Obamacare layoffs begin.

6/15/2013 08:50:00 PM

(6/15/2013 07:03:00 PM) - Al

3.45 ERA in June (2nd in NL)
4.39 ERA in 2013 (15th in NL)
5.23 SP ERA in '13 (15th in NL)
3.02 RP ERA in '13 (2nd in NL)

Doesn't take a genius to figure this out. You can probably give much of the credit to how little they've had to use their 5th SP of late, and when they have, they've just went with a reliever.

6/15/2013 07:03:00 PM

These are the good old days. Some folks are just too busy wishing the streets were paved with gold to enjoy the good times.

Whatever strikes me as interesting, and serious Milwaukee Brewers thoughts. If you are a believer in respecting OBP, throwing strikes, and keeping the ball in the park, you may have found the place you've been searching for. I believe in low taxes, small government, and am not afraid to be labeled patriotic. If you are interested in sausage race results, walk up music, or professional wrestling, you may wish to click elsewhere.

The Ramblings' manifesto can be found here.

I'm happy to pay taxes to help the helpless. I don't like paying taxes to help the clueless. Look at the Occupy movement...I'm forced to pay taxes to help those whose plight I delight in.--Dennis Miller

If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, and your life will be brief.--President Trump

Never have lives less lived been more chronicled.--Dennis Miller

I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.--Mad Dog Mattis

I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.--Thomas Sowell

Ramblings makes me want to poke my eyes out with a sharp stick.--Marxist sympathizer (one of Ramblings' proudest moments)

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