Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

(4/30/2014 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Hand goes two innings to get the save, so Wooten did not get any work tonight.

If you're a Rob Wooten fan, that's a good thing.

4/30/2014 09:28:00 PM

(4/30/2014 08:32:00 PM) - Al

If a pitcher is brought up for the Reds series, it is almost certain to be Wooten. Nelson would be another option.

4/30/2014 08:32:00 PM

(4/30/2014 06:49:00 PM) - Al

The coverup lasted far longer than I thought.

I must admit, watching Carney lie and double talk his way into even more trouble is hilarious.

4/30/2014 06:49:00 PM

(4/30/2014 06:35:00 PM) - Al

Various notes on the Brewers.

I like Wang, but as I said a few weeks ago, if he can't at least be passable (a 5ish ERA is all I ask), they may not be able to keep him. As good as Fiers and Nelson are pitching, and for that matter, the ability to use that 25th spot depending on the situation (usually a pitcher, but with 3 games in 5 days, they could use an extra position player) would be helpful as well.

As always, in Doug I trust. Ron said he would discuss it with Counsell after the game. 

4/30/2014 06:35:00 PM

(4/30/2014 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Garza says he will not miss a start with his thumbnail issue.

4/30/2014 06:19:00 PM

(4/30/2014 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Fiers throws a CG shutout, 7 innings (1st game of DH), 11 K's.

4/30/2014 06:18:00 PM

(4/30/2014 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Actually, with Wang eating 3 innings and Marty going one, the bullpen is almost fully rested...I'd say all might be able to go tomorrow night.

4/30/2014 05:36:00 PM

(4/30/2014 05:33:00 PM) - Al

Mike Fiers is pitching tonight in Nashville, so if they do bring up a pitcher, it looks like Wooten or Nelson.

4/30/2014 05:33:00 PM

(4/30/2014 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Narron with a good point, Wang's line looks a lot better if he turns that routine DP.

4/30/2014 04:22:00 PM

(4/30/2014 04:07:00 PM) - Al

5-6 more hits, Marty will be in line for the win. :)

4/30/2014 04:07:00 PM

(4/30/2014 03:55:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke was talking to Maldonado, have to wonder if he's coming in to pitch the 8th. Ron said he was the next guy in an earlier game this season.

He is in, and looks to be throwing nowhere near as he could, still hitting 78-85 mph.

Gives up a leadoff single, no runs cross. Most importantly, he appears to have made it through injury free. 

4/30/2014 03:55:00 PM

(4/30/2014 03:49:00 PM) - Al

Weeks looking far better at the plate of late, takes the walk. Gotta figure he'll remain in the game, somehow.

4/30/2014 03:49:00 PM

(4/30/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Wong looks to double his IP today. I'll have to check and see how many Johan Santana got the year he was a Rule 5.

Note: Johan pitched 86, but I forgot he picked up 5 starts at the end of the season.

4/30/2014 03:44:00 PM

(4/30/2014 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Cover up for them all you wish, but the truth is, the umps are simply over their head unless the call is routine. That HR was out of the park by 12-15 feet, and they still missed it. I mean, if you can't get that right, what are you doing on the field?

4/30/2014 03:35:00 PM

(4/30/2014 03:10:00 PM) - Al

It kills me that in every episode, Amy Schumer has at least one skit that basically refers to her as ugly or quite fat.

Look, I'm fat. Many of you are too. None of us could wear a bathing suit like this.

And for those of us who don't like the skinny look, Amy is about as beautiful as it gets. 

4/30/2014 03:10:00 PM

(4/30/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Lucky Scooter is still in one piece after that. Of course, you see plays like that in rookie ball and over at Appleton all the time. Whenever I go to Appleton, there's always at least a time or two when someone either fails to cover a base or throws to an unoccupied base.

4/30/2014 02:30:00 PM

(4/30/2014 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Garza ends the streak of 5+ inning starts, is hit by a line drive and has to leave with what looks to be a minor hand/finger problem (close up looks to be his thumb or thumbnail).

One thing to keep in mind, a week from tomorrow, the Brewers have an off day, and are then off again the following Monday. They could easily go with 4 SP's for a stretch of this coming Sunday until 12 days later, on a Friday. Hence, if Garza (or Gallardo, who jammed his wrist a couple nights ago) has to be DL'd, they might only miss a single start.

4/30/2014 02:28:00 PM

(4/30/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Logan Schafer moves up to AAA Nashville to continue his rehab, expected to rejoin Brewers Saturday in Cincy.

4/30/2014 01:03:00 PM

(4/30/2014 12:53:00 PM) - Al

Eric Byrnes returning to raise money for a fine cause.

4/30/2014 12:53:00 PM

(4/30/2014 12:40:00 PM) - Al

As I pondered last night, Crew thinking of adding a reliever. KRod is actually NOT available today, per Adam. It might well be Thornburg and Smith are also down today.

Braun is not mentioned for coming back, but both Segura and Ramirez are expected back in Cincy. Ron also did not want to comment on Ryan last night, so usually, if you are not hearing treatment is going well, it's not. We could see a couple moves, one to bring up Gindl and one to bring up a pitcher. Who knows if a player or two have been playing nicked up?

4/30/2014 12:40:00 PM

(4/30/2014 12:32:00 PM) - Al

I think the Sounders are missing a huge opportunity here...they average about 35K a game with the average ticket costing about $30. I bet they could cut the prices in half and average 10K for their reserves team, especially if they played on the weekends when the Sounders were on the road.

Some people would go for the lower prices, some for the better seats, and you can bet some would go to both.

4/30/2014 12:32:00 PM

(4/30/2014 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Same lineup as last night, except with Lucroy catching. I have to wonder if Segura and/or Ramirez would have found their way in were they not up a couple games in the series.

Have to see about the bullpen...wouldn't surprise me at all if it's a sparse group that's available. KRod only threw 10-12 pitches last night, so I assume the save is his. Other than him and Wang, you can make a case that they should probably have the day off.

4/30/2014 12:24:00 PM

(4/30/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

538 admits GDP is terrible (unexpectedly), but then argues Obamacare deserves the credit for keeping it as good as it is.

I'm not saying they are a left's fantasy, but it sounds like the only thing that will save this pathetic US economy is a complete socialist takeover.

Thank you Mr. Marx. I appreciate your unbiased opinion.

4/30/2014 11:00:00 AM

(4/30/2014 09:56:00 AM) - Al

If Nixon/Reagan/Bushes had been president when emails indicating a WH coverup were released, we'd be talking impeachment, not NBA owners.

The irony is, Clinton was impeached, and many insist that his perjury should have been a private matter...but when an NBA owner is secretly taped, that's public and simply hellish. 

It's tougher and tougher to keep up with the left's unwritten rules...all of which benefit the left and none of which make a lick of sense.

4/30/2014 09:56:00 AM

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

(4/29/2014 11:37:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports that Duke has options left, but can also refuse it due to his major league service.

I believe that is a dictionary definition of good news/bad news.

4/29/2014 11:37:00 PM

(4/29/2014 11:30:00 PM) - Al

While the better record on the road is probably just a small sample fluke, it could be related to the fact that this team's strength is pitchng, and MP is rewards 335 foot fly balls.

4/29/2014 11:30:00 PM

(4/29/2014 11:20:00 PM) - Al

Despite the Reds having a lefty in the rotation, Crew scheduled to face 4 rightys in Cincy.

4/29/2014 11:20:00 PM

(4/29/2014 11:14:00 PM) - Al

If the Brewers do DL Braun, they might just call up a pitcher to protect some arms with all these extra frames they have thrown.

I believe Wooten could return Thursday (he has to stay down ten days). Schafer can return Saturday, and I assume will...if Segura and Ramirez are healthy.

4/29/2014 11:14:00 PM

(4/29/2014 11:09:00 PM) - Al

I doubt if anyone gets rushed back to start tomorrow of the injured three, as a day off equals 30 hours more to heal.

I'm sure Roenicke will talk to each reliever, though Thornburg is certain to be off, while Smith may well be also. Henderson threw both days, and was up Sunday. The key will be if Kintzler and Duke can pitch after going two frames Monday.

4/29/2014 11:09:00 PM

(4/29/2014 10:55:00 PM) - Al

Bad break, routine grounder, but found a hole. Gets Carpenter on a liner to LF.

4/29/2014 10:55:00 PM

(4/29/2014 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Down to Wong and KRod again...last night, the Crew scored, but KRod was the only one up, so he was coming in anyway.

4/29/2014 10:36:00 PM

(4/29/2014 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Yesterday on Twitter, Ton W said there was talk of a 'huge boycott" of the Clippers' game tonight. I told him talk is talk, and people that pay that kind of money for their tickets would be there.

I just flipped over...not a single empty seat.

Tony W has reached the stage that very few ever do...whatever he says, you can almost depend on it being 100% wrong. He is simply completely out of touch with reality, despite having infinite information available in seconds. He knows nothing except rumors, cliches, and stretching the truth. 

4/29/2014 10:27:00 PM

(4/29/2014 08:47:00 PM) - Al

I'm not saying to throw fastballs right down the middle to Maldonado, but the idea you will allow fewer runs by giving your opponent extra baserunners simply goes against common sense and math.

When in doubt, the answer should be to throw strikes, change speeds, and move the ball in and out, up and down. Remember, even when talking about the historically great seasons of Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds, computer simulations show walking them every time up led to more runs.

Needless to say, no one is confusing Marty Maldonado with Ruth or Bonds. By putting him on, you're eliminating the 65-70% of the time he would have made an out.

4/29/2014 08:47:00 PM

(4/29/2014 05:14:00 PM) - Al

Gindl and Morris each with a pair of hits in Nashville today, Jeffress pitches 1.2 innings, K's 3, walks 2, no runs.Caleb over 900 OPS vs RHP, while Morris is up to 866 OPS vs. RHP. Good to see.

4/29/2014 05:14:00 PM

(4/29/2014 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Hellweg had his TJ surgery today. I assume, since he is on the minor league DL that the Crew will remove him off the 40 man soon and see if anyone wants to stash him on their 40 for the next 15 months of not pitching. If he were 22-23 or a top prospect, someone would take a flyer, but I assume he will make it through.

4/29/2014 04:50:00 PM

(4/29/2014 04:16:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are 7th in defense so far using both UZR and DRS. That has been an underrated part of the good start. Bianchi with a couple nice plays and all the routine ones last night...I have to believe he's betetr than a few starters, as many every day SS's don't hit much either. 

4/29/2014 04:16:00 PM

(4/29/2014 03:40:00 PM) - Al

The two things I have read more than anything else in my 45 years on the planet:

1. Movie theaters will soon die, because they cannot compete with VHS DVD's, Blu-ray, free internet porn.

2. Vegas is dying because of Native American casinos online gaming.

Movie theater chains often struggle due to high construction costs, property taxes, and debt service; while Las Vegas has had to change because 95% of Americans live within two hours of a legal casino with slots and usually, other table games.

That said, I'm pretty damn sure that in a hundred years, we'll still have movies and Vegas, both of which is why I'm proud to be a contrarian...because I may not have a clue, but I know most everyone else is going to be wrong.

4/29/2014 03:40:00 PM

(4/29/2014 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Another ironic twist...casuals like to insist teams only need six relief pitchers. This year, many are saying there is no way the Crew can keep Wong up all year or they will blow out the bullpen, despite having the best rotation in the NL at the moment. And don't forget, Wong is a serviceable arm, but has only been used in low leverage situations.

So, you should be able to get by with 6, but having 6+1 is impossible?

It must be difficult living with one's self when you don't believe in anything.

4/29/2014 02:27:00 PM

(4/29/2014 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Despite the Brewers' SP's pitching the most innings in the NL, the relievers have pitched the 9th most (if the world were fair, they should be last) innings.

Hopefully, a few more off days and fewer extra innings will bump that number down a bit.

4/29/2014 02:23:00 PM

(4/29/2014 02:17:00 PM) - Al

I was just thinking how every spring someone will type that "(insert name of loogy) should NEVER face a RH batter all season." Duke has had to throw a pair of two inning outings, and it's not even May yet.

Several times, Wong has been one inning away from being the only guy left and having to pitch in extra innings as well. The best laid plans are often lose when up against what actually happens.

4/29/2014 02:17:00 PM

(4/29/2014 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Nice AAA depth for someone. He's serviceable, and might well just need regular work and minor adjustments.

4/29/2014 02:07:00 PM

(4/29/2014 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Unless there is an injury or stiffness we are not aware of, I assume the bullpen is ready to pitch tonight, except for Duke and Kintzler. Have to see if any of the Segura/Braun/Ramirez trio can go, or at least PH.

Ryan looks to be the only one that the DL is being considered for. If the bullpen was 100%, they could have considered doing a Henderson for Gindl swap (does Duke have any options left?) for a couple days, and then when the injured position guys come back, bring back Wooten until Jim spends ten days down. As is, not much they can do, without using the DL.

4/29/2014 01:45:00 PM

(4/29/2014 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Several groups with desire to purchase Clippers are already stepping forward, with a bidding war expected to exceed $1 billion for Clippers.

Sterling suspended for life...something I and many others do not think the NBA even has the power to do, not that Sterling will contest it, as he will likely sell the team for at least $800M, and maybe over $1B. 

4/29/2014 01:38:00 PM

(4/29/2014 01:17:00 PM) - Al

BREAKING: NBA suspends LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling indefinitely, fines him $5 million, senior NBA official confirms to NBC News

Many people, including Kareem Abdul Jabbar have quietly spoken out in favor of Sperling, in a "I think he was set up" way. Considering the worst thing he said is telling his black girlfriend to stop hanging out with black people, I fail to see the outrage for the most part.

I doubt he's a fine man, but I also doubt he's a fraction of the racist he's being made out to be.  

4/29/2014 01:17:00 PM

(4/29/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Oh, and by the way, this administration is the worst at dealing with foreign policy in the history of mankind.

4/29/2014 01:00:00 PM

(4/29/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Story of Gomez's biggest fan, who cries a lot.

4/29/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/29/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

We declared war on poverty, and poverty won.--Ronald Reagan

The answer, and just ask the left if you disagree, is to tax the successful to ensure they do not create jobs for the unsuccessful we are spending money on.

4/29/2014 09:30:00 AM

(4/29/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I have not heard a word about Tom Gorzelanny since they said a couple weeks before the season began that he would not be ready. Nothing.

4/29/2014 08:30:00 AM

Monday, April 28, 2014

(4/28/2014 11:56:00 PM) - Al

If you are taught bitterness and anger, then you will believe you are a victim. You will feel aggrieved and the twin brother of aggrievment is entitlement. So now you think you are owed something and you don’t have to work for it and now you’re on a really bad road to nowhere because there are people who will play to that sense of victimhood, aggreivement and entitlement, and you still won’t have a job.--Condaleeza Rice

You just doesn't work. How many times do we need to prove that Robin Hood economics simply don't work? 

4/28/2014 11:56:00 PM

(4/28/2014 11:49:00 PM) - Al

KRod got Peralta on a...change up, low and out of the strike zone.

I would say eventually, the advance scouting will catch up to him, but considering he's pitched this way for his entire career, I guess not.

4/28/2014 11:49:00 PM

(4/28/2014 11:47:00 PM) - Al

Bishara is so good looking, she could win a beauty pageant!

NOTE: For those unaware, she is the current Miss Wisconsin as well as a FSW girl.

NOTE 2: Bishara might well be a student as well, as, after all, those are officially known as "scholarship pageants." That said, for those that say good looks don't get you anywhere...yes they do.

Some of us just overcome them.

I don't think any of the promos tonight even mentioned that was for Memorial Day.  You know, that might have sparked some interest. After all, I don't invite everyone to my house for brats and burgers.

4/28/2014 11:47:00 PM

(4/28/2014 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Aramis Ramirez left the game with bruised left elbow. X-rays negative. Status is day to day.--JS

I think he could have stayed in, but was told to go back and ice it, so hopefully, he'll miss less time. 

4/28/2014 10:15:00 PM

(4/28/2014 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Far worse than what Sterling is alleged to have said. Granted, Johnson does not own a team, but more bothersome

4/28/2014 09:45:00 PM

(4/28/2014 09:35:00 PM) - Al

Too bad Aramis did not warn Roenicke he might be done, Thornburg could have went into his spot and Overbay stayed in, saving Maldonado for now.

For you folks wondering on Twitter, Thornburg had already taken the mound and was warming up before Ramirez talked to Ron and the training staff about coming out. As soon as Tyler steps on the mound, he's in the 9 spot, unless Ron discusses it with the umpires. As I said, Aramis shouting a warning to Ron or a coach of "I might be done," would have been very helpful. 

4/28/2014 09:35:00 PM

(4/28/2014 06:16:00 PM) - Al

George Will is 100% accurate. Obamacare is too. It's all about shifting power away from the rubes and to the elite ruling class.

4/28/2014 06:16:00 PM

(4/28/2014 12:50:00 PM) - Al

There is a large segment of our population that uses "Merica" as some sort of patriotic in, heaven forbid you are one of those people who love their country, as I do not feel it is a great place at all.

For many of us, there is no finer compliment.

4/28/2014 12:50:00 PM

(4/28/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

$10M in debt in the first 232 years of our nation, $10T+ in Obama's two terms.

If only he stood for something other than not understanding economics.

4/28/2014 12:30:00 PM

(4/28/2014 11:41:00 AM) - Al

It's a badge of honor. They attack the ones they fear.

4/28/2014 11:41:00 AM

(4/28/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Don't ponder how this happened...we've tried to make the lower class middle class by "spreading the wealth." That makes the middle class...those that work hard, pay taxes, and struggle to get by...wonder what in the hell they're doing, because it's a lot easier sitting home waiting for a check than it is working for a living.

Socialism works great until it runs out of other people's money to spend. In the case of Obamanomics, we never had that money to begin with, it's all been magically created by taxing the successful and adding to the debt.

What's so pathetic is, we've done all this "stimulus," added trillions in debt, without a bit of economic growth. That would be almost's almost as if tax and spend doesn't work.

4/28/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/28/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Of course, they have plenty of time to protest because they don't have jobs

4/28/2014 10:00:00 AM

(4/28/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

All 100% true.

4/28/2014 09:30:00 AM

Sunday, April 27, 2014

(4/27/2014 08:36:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Nelson now 3-1, 1.97 ERA, a K per IP thus far. He and Fiers are as good a 1-2 punch as any AAA team has.

Gindl and Morris overcoming slow starts as well, Caleb at .377/.491 versus RHP, and Hunter has 11 hits versus RHP, with 8 for extra bases.

4/27/2014 08:36:00 PM

(4/27/2014 08:21:00 PM) - Al

MLB seems to be missing a lot of obvious calls on replay, which is as embarrassing as it gets.

I have to wonder if the umpires watching the game in New York realize they seem to miss almost every close call and are now saying "inconclusive" to help the percentages a bit. Inexcusable to miss this stuff on replay, though I assume there's no penalty for even obvious errors, as if they did, the bad umpires would have been gone years ago.

4/27/2014 08:21:00 PM

(4/27/2014 04:36:00 PM) - Al

Schafer off to Brevard County for rehab, eligible to return from DL 5/3, which is Saturday.

4/27/2014 04:36:00 PM

(4/27/2014 04:29:00 PM) - Al

If Segura was 100%, the Crew might well bring up Gindl to play RF in place of Herrera, but as is, Elian is needed to be the backup SS.

The casuals often only see a fraction of the picture. Too bad, as they're missing a lot of knowledge about roster construction. 

Times like this is when the 26/27 man roster I keep pushing for would be a terrific thing. As is, we see more and more players playing at half strength and beat up. The other benefit is, all teams have an extra middle reliever and utility players. It would benefit the smaller market teams...they do not have weaker 26th men, but weaker top five men.

4/27/2014 04:29:00 PM

(4/27/2014 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke estimates Braun will miss 3-5 days. A good guess would be until Thursday night. Ron says he does not know if Herrera starts all those games, so I would say it is likely Reynolds starts 1-2 of them versus RHP (Elian hits lefties far better). 

4/27/2014 04:21:00 PM

(4/27/2014 04:02:00 PM) - Al

Rondon was a Rule 5 pick last year, had a 4.77 ERA.

Indians had no use for a guy who hit 97 easily.

4/27/2014 04:02:00 PM

(4/27/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Surprised to see Wong here, though facing the Cubs bottom of the order is far better than the Pirates top of the order.

Thornburg and Henderson will not pitch in the series, barring a comeback and extras, though both did warm up.

Wong hitting 93 on the corners, 96 on occasion.  

4/27/2014 03:44:00 PM

(4/27/2014 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers 10th in 1B OPS and 6th in 2B OPS in the NL.

This is why platoons often work...they provide decent production, usually on the cheap. Of course, you can't platoon everywhere, as you only have five bench spots

4/27/2014 03:43:00 PM

(4/27/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Rickie has made good contact several times the past few days. Good to see. Been passable versus LHP, but terrible against RHP.

4/27/2014 03:39:00 PM

(4/27/2014 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Made a pizza and brought it over to Alex as he has 2 term papers due this week.--Governor Walker

Just like Hitler.


4/27/2014 03:35:00 PM

(4/27/2014 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Couple of scholarship offer predictions for the next few days -- Brevin Pritzl (Wisconsin), Matt Heldt (Marquette).--WisBBYearbook

Even Pritzl predicted WI would make an offer soon, so you have to think they have talked to him and told one one was likely. He would seemingly accept it on the spot, nice, considering the Badgers have tons of offers out (8-10, depending who you believe) and a half dozen open spots for fall, 2015.

4/27/2014 03:32:00 PM

(4/27/2014 03:18:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, all the noise about Wang, Ron is likely looking at just getting Kintzler, Henderson, and/or Thornburg some work...none have pitched since Wednesday, and for Brandon, that was a simulated game (Jim did warm up Friday night).

Tough to keep everyone busy with only 16 bullpen outs needed the past four days.

Top pitching staff pains.

4/27/2014 03:18:00 PM

(4/27/2014 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez might just be evening out, as he was on fire early. Or, he may be a 35+ guy who is playing every day who should only be playing 3 of 4 days.

Or, maybe both.

4/27/2014 03:11:00 PM

(4/27/2014 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Mike Squires not only caught a couple innings, he played several games at 3B, far more difficult for a LH thrower. There's really no reason LH's can't catch, and in the future, there will probably be several.

4/27/2014 02:33:00 PM

(4/27/2014 01:32:00 PM) - Al

The good guys.

I have no problems with citizens having guns, only criminals. And needless to say, criminals do not follow gun laws.

4/27/2014 01:32:00 PM

(4/27/2014 12:39:00 PM) - Al

I could write a long post explaining it, but I cannot believe how shortsighted many are about Wang. The funny thing is, the cool kids don't even realize that the Crew will obviously have fare more low leverage situations going forward, as you cannot play 162 close games (you can, however, play 24...that's why it's a small sample).

The key for him is to simply, you know, not suck...he will not have a place if he gives up 6 runs in an inning on a regular basis. However, as long as he can throw 5-5.50 ERA ball when called upon, he's no worse than the 12th man on almost ever MLB staff.

Right now, Wang is like a magnet that he could magically fix every problem that exists...another catcher, another utility guy, another pitcher. In reality, the only person who is really affected is one of the veteran AAA arms...Wooten, Figaro, or Blazek.

4/27/2014 12:39:00 PM

(4/27/2014 12:07:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers might well be looking at one or two of these guys in the offseason. I have long been a Headley fan, as his numbers are far better away from SD, a pitcher's paradise. The Brewers would have to decide to buyout Ramirez's option for $4M instead of paying him $16M, and on a one year deal, they might well decide $12M makes sense.

4/27/2014 12:07:00 PM

(4/27/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

AP says Hillary Clinton is now a woman of faith.

All together now...what difference does it make?

4/27/2014 10:00:00 AM

Saturday, April 26, 2014

(4/26/2014 11:59:00 PM) - Al

JS puts an article up on Scott Walker's son, who is a college student.

You want to see how classy the left is, read the comments.


4/26/2014 11:59:00 PM

(4/26/2014 09:38:00 PM) - Al

Two regulars go down, but Lucroy remains OK.

Almost certain to just have two men on the bench tomorrow, a 1B and a 2B. Reynolds could play 1B/3B/RF, if Aramis was scheduled for a day off, or if they'd rather have him in RF than Elian.

4/26/2014 09:38:00 PM

(4/26/2014 09:06:00 PM) - Al

As soon as Braun bunted for a hit, I wondered if he was hurting. They might well be down Braun and Segura tomorrow, making it a very good thing they won the first two games.

Every game, it seems, I think to myself, "This is not a good match up for KRod."

Then, the opponent swings at that changeup in the dirt, and I look silly.

4/26/2014 09:06:00 PM

(4/26/2014 07:47:00 PM) - Al

Brewers running game almost completely shut down by Cubs throwing a LHP.

4/26/2014 07:47:00 PM

(4/26/2014 07:37:00 PM) - Al

I've discussed this too...increasing the hotel room tax, rental car tax, $1-2 user fee per ticket, and stadium naming rights fee would likely raise all the money needed, and be paid for almost solely by tourists and those that would visit the new facility.

And that's without getting the Potawatami tribe involved, which would seem to be a slam pun intended. 

I'm not sure how so many of us could have our math incorrect.

4/26/2014 07:37:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Bianchi might be Roenicke's best managing move of the year.

Funning around of course, but Bianchi has always struggled versus LHP, while Herrera hits better against them than RHP. I'm sure Ron just went with the far better defender.

4/26/2014 06:52:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Tony Witrado blaming the Segura injury on the small Wrigley dugouts.

He's still as ignorant as he was when he was with the JS. What a tool. 

4/26/2014 06:48:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:41:00 PM) - Al

Segura walked right into Braun's bat while Ryan was warming up. Hit in the face or the neck area.

4/26/2014 06:41:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:29:00 PM) - Al

If Segura has to be DL'd, that would be an interesting call up, as they could literally use almost any position, as Herrera covers so many.

I would guess Caleb Gindl myself, he said very prematurely.

4/26/2014 06:29:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:24:00 PM) - Al

Joe Block is reporting on the radio that Segura injured his thumb in BP.

4/26/2014 06:24:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Segura out with an injury after the 1st inning. Bianchi in for him, Crew in effect playing with 23 guys tonight.

4/26/2014 06:22:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:18:00 PM) - Al

When he was with the Cubs, Garza says "we hoped we would win," and now with the Crew, "we go out expecting to win."

That seems more like a Yankees/Red Sox thing, not MIL. Confidence breeds confidence. 

4/26/2014 06:18:00 PM

(4/26/2014 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Donald Sterling was scheduled to get a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP next month.

4/26/2014 06:12:00 PM

(4/26/2014 02:55:00 PM) - Al

I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street.--Spike Lee

Liberal fave Bill Maher has called Trig Palin a retard and Sarah Palin the "c word."

Donald Sterling, who is dating a black woman, apparently needs to make folks aware he's a heavy donor to Dems to avoid such scrutiny. I found a quote of what he supposedly said, and it's pretty mild, and sounds almost like some sort of jealousy issue and not a racial one.

4/26/2014 02:55:00 PM

(4/26/2014 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Every time he's DFA'd, I think he looks like an excellent choice for the Crew...he'd be a wonderful option for Weeks' 25 man spot if Rickie is unable to get it going. Much of his success comes in offensive friendly AAA ballparks, but his ability to play 2B/3B/LF/RF, with plus speed, and a reverse split, as he hits RHP better than LHP.

I think he's better than the 40th best guy oin the 40 man.

4/26/2014 12:56:00 PM

(4/26/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Public school embarrassment of the day...check.

4/26/2014 11:30:00 AM

(4/26/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Spring is here, and for a number of you that is the same as saying turkey season is here. Thought I'd share some hunting related jokes before you head out this weekend.

You might be a redneck (hunter) if...
You've ever shot at a "No Hunting" sign.
The plastic deer in your yard are not decorations – they're practice targets.
There are four pairs of pants and two squirrels hanging from your clothesline.
You do your bird-watching through a rifle scope.
You consider turkey calling a second language.
You have a turkey decoy on layaway.
You hid ammunition in your Easter Eggs
You used a cheat sheet during your hunter safety test.
Your favorite hunting story includes, "So I rolled down the window real quiet-like…."--Jeff Foxworthy

Heh. Love his stuff.

4/26/2014 11:00:00 AM

(4/26/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Turnbow is now an investment adviser, but only for the mega wealthy.

4/26/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/26/2014 07:00:00 AM) - Al

The Astros have shirts promoting their rebuilding effort.

I think we'll see these with the Cubs soon. I believe Theo's motto is "when it happens."

4/26/2014 07:00:00 AM

Friday, April 25, 2014

(4/25/2014 10:29:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke with a nice job utilizing Duke for the 8th against a LH heavy stretch. That was effectively a Thornburg/Smith/Henderson/Kintzler spot, or a pair of them, and using Zach to get an extra three outs...and a night of rest for the others, can only be looked at as a positive.

That said, it's a lot easier managing when whoever you go with does the job.

4/25/2014 10:29:00 PM

(4/25/2014 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Two close calls at 1B, two missed calls.

Don't say I didn't tell you so...

4/25/2014 10:11:00 PM

(4/25/2014 09:11:00 PM) - Al

Fiers' season ERA now stands at 1.01 following 4th straight quality start. Leads Pacific Coast League with 36 strikeouts this season.--Sounds

Fiers, Nelson, and Wooten all pitching nicely at AAA, as is Hand, though he is not on the 40. 

4/25/2014 09:11:00 PM

(4/25/2014 08:50:00 PM) - Al

McCarthy has realized she is completely wrong and is responsible for thousands of illnesses and hundreds of deaths; and is trying to change sides without admitting her celebrity ignorance was using fiction before.

If she wasn't so damn stupid, I'd feel sorry for her.

Watch her get schooled by a pair of far more intelligent women. I wish Sarah Palin would have been on the panel, I promise you Jenny would have left in tears and called Trig a retard. Sarah doesn't take kindly to fools, and doesn't need to be pretend polite like the others.

She's gorgeous for an old broad, but to quote Ron White, "you can't fix stupid."

4/25/2014 08:50:00 PM

(4/25/2014 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy may be the best pitch framer to ever play the game. He steals a few pitches every game, and we just all take it for granted.

Overbay finding his stroke. 1B and the bullpen will be easy positions to upgrade in July, and Lyle needs to at least get to the "well, he doesn't suck" level by then.

4/25/2014 08:39:00 PM

(4/25/2014 08:18:00 PM) - Al

Replay taking five minutes longer than it should, and, surprise, umps on field miss a kind of close one.

It is MLB's shortcomings, all in one!

4/25/2014 08:18:00 PM

(4/25/2014 07:52:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers bullpen has the 9th most IP in the NL...if you remove the 8 extra innings they had to throw of late, they would be in 14th (of 15).

Eventually, they'll need something from Wang's spot, even if only 2-3 innings a week. That said, as of right now, "the overworked bullpen" is fiction. Right now, it sounds like Kintzler may be unable to throw on consecutive days, so they may be working with a 5.5 man 'pen for the most part, which might be troublesome. 

4/25/2014 07:52:00 PM

(4/25/2014 07:36:00 PM) - Al

Hard not to wonder if Grilli was at 100% last weekend.

4/25/2014 07:36:00 PM

(4/25/2014 07:15:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure if there is such a thing as a conservative college campus...just different levels of how far left.

4/25/2014 07:15:00 PM

(4/25/2014 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Uecker's "other" statue dedicated in front of lots of empty seats.

4/25/2014 03:37:00 PM

(4/25/2014 02:27:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife is on her way to New Ulm, MN for...I dunno. I really should pay more attention.

So, I am off to pick up the Rambling son from school. Our first stop will be Taco Bell happy hour, where we will try to avoid the hard stuff, as he is, after all, only 11.

Now if you'll excuse me, for the next 72 hours, all you will hear from me is tales of woe about how difficult it is to be a single dad.

4/25/2014 02:27:00 PM

(4/25/2014 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Lineup posted, and is probably the first time in 10-14 days all seven relievers have been available (though they may wish to give Tyler or Will back to back days off).

4/25/2014 02:16:00 PM

(4/25/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I don't say any of those things because I'm not an uneducated arrogant buffoon.

That said, you're going to have to convince me the phrase "man up" is somehow offensive because it has an icky male term in it.

Language and extremely large amounts of self importance at the link.

4/25/2014 02:00:00 PM

(4/25/2014 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Met with some school kids and they asked us all what numbers we were. Kid turns to Zach Bohanon and asked if he was a coach cause he looks 40.--Duje Dukan

Heh. 40 may be a stretch, but 30, yes.

4/25/2014 01:58:00 PM

(4/25/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Polite, civil, and far better than me.

I still have trouble believing that about 18 months ago, Bill Clinton said, in public mind you, that Mitt Romney wasn't fit to be president because he was a liar...and the old media didn't even act like that was kind of an ironic statement. Bill Clinton, who was impeached for perjury, which, for those of you whose teacher called in sick that day to vandalize the capitol and never learned ya good, means he knowingly lied under oath. About having sex with a bimbo.

May you live in interesting times.

4/25/2014 12:30:00 PM

(4/25/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The final parcel not under the city’s control is Faith Deliverance Temple, a family-owned church. City officials and members of the church family have been in stop-and-go talks about buying the small church for nearly a year. At one point, the city offered  $1.5 million -- more than twice the appraised value – but church members countered with a selling price of $35 million. That caused the city to threaten eminent domain, but a public backlash brought the parties back to the table.--Orlando Sentinel

Heh. Good to see the church believes in prosperity, even if it means delaying a project and screwing the city.

4/25/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/25/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The NY Times doing their best to convince rubes that the race may well hinge on their very donation.

When the polls don't say what you want, ask more Dems.

4/25/2014 09:00:00 AM

(4/25/2014 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Richard Justice on the Crew.

4/25/2014 06:30:00 AM

Thursday, April 24, 2014

(4/24/2014 11:51:00 PM) - Al

The little people have had enough.

The old media has completely ignored how disgusted the public is with the American royal family. Eating endangered species (right out of Ace Ventua: Pet Detective!); expensive, frequent vacations, and closing down open air veteran's memorials out of dislike of the military...these are just bad, bad people.

I'd talk about the many scandals...but hey, I gotta get to bed in a couple hours...

4/24/2014 11:51:00 PM

(4/24/2014 11:35:00 PM) - Al

Hank Reid, hypocrite?

I, for one, am shocked.


4/24/2014 11:35:00 PM

(4/24/2014 11:16:00 PM) - Al

Nothing wrong with eliminating the problem. It's a common sense solution, though to be honest, they likely overpaid by 10x.

4/24/2014 11:16:00 PM

(4/24/2014 09:23:00 PM) - Al

The Yankees will have to play a man short for ten days during Pineda's suspension. Apparently, a suspension that results from an "on field" incident means no replacement is allowed.

I feel they should always be allowed to replace the player.

4/24/2014 09:23:00 PM

(4/24/2014 09:18:00 PM) - Al


Penn Jillette is a strong believer in freedom and common sense, and I find myself agreeing with him 99% of the time. He is not a religious man at all, however, since there is so little overlap between government and religion; one's faith rarely matters when it comes to politics.

4/24/2014 09:18:00 PM

(4/24/2014 07:32:00 PM) - Al

I wanted to lose 10 pounds this year.

Only 13 to go.--seen on Facebook


4/24/2014 07:32:00 PM

(4/24/2014 04:17:00 PM) - Al

If I would have been told the Brewers were a winning team, I would have guessed they were top 4 in run prevention and above average in runs scored.

So, I just took a gander...Brewers are 2nd and 6th in the NL. At the end of the day, it all comes down to how many runs you score and give up. All the rest is for the talk show hosts.

And not surprisingly, they have also been lucky (they've won two more than "expected", and are 5-2 in one run games). As any poker player who is "running good" and they'll tell you, they get luckier when they're playing good. 

4/24/2014 04:17:00 PM

(4/24/2014 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Interesting article on Old Country Buffet, which has remodeled its Twin Cities' locations.

FYI, this was written by the significant other of one of the nicest women I ever worked with. The internet makes it a mighty small world.

4/24/2014 03:40:00 PM

(4/24/2014 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Great to see the Brewers honoring the Badgers' basketball team.

4/24/2014 03:20:00 PM

(4/24/2014 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Respected scout loves Wang, despite his inexperience.

Hat tip to friend of Ramblings Jim.

I still think the Pirates will, if it becomes obvious the Crew will keep Wang up all season, agree to some sort of a trade, if June or July. A player from MIL who has no options remaining entering 2015 (Hellweg was before injury, Gindl or Ariel Pena) that is unlikely to make the team out of Arizona would seemingly be a fair return. Now, I love both those guys, and personally feel Caleb is better than at least 50% of reserve OF's in the majors. However, you get the idea. Something is better than nothing, and that roster spot, though important if MIL contends, is unlikely to matter...after all, every team has a 12th man on the staff.

4/24/2014 02:32:00 PM

(4/24/2014 02:20:00 PM) - Al

While the cliche ridden casuals look at silly stuff like beards and the like; this is an interesting look at how the Red Sox are trying to eliminate sentiment when making business decisions.

I think some improvements have been made, as for the most part teams have figured out closers who throw 70 innings a year are not worth $10-12M. Still, when you see Miguel Cabrera being paid for what he has done, rather than what he is projected to do, you wonder what's going on.

You should have seen the whining that went on when the Crew signed KRod to a one year, about market value contract...many casuals complained about his arrest for domestic violence. First of all, I don't think he's ever been convicted. Secondly, we all know that often, those cases are all out of whack because of ridiculous "mandatory arrest" laws. I knew some folks in Eau Claire who admitted that the woman was at fault, but police would not drop the charge against the man, because neither the police or DA wanted the public to think they were "soft" or that they were "blaming the victim." The irony is, KRod has been lauded nonstop for his leadership and work ethic this season, as players often are when their teams are winning (when teams fall back, they are called "lazy" and "troublemakers.")

Don't forget, Showalter used KRod almost exclusively in middle relief and not at all in high leverage situations after BAL acquired him last year. When asked why, KRod said, "I don't know, no one talks to me here," paraphrasing; while Buck would only say it was all about matchups. Rumor had it KRod called his own game, ignoring what was called by the catcher (and likely the bench) "suggested."

4/24/2014 02:20:00 PM

(4/24/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

President dined on endangered species in Japan.

You just can't write this stuff. Selfish is as selfish does.

4/24/2014 12:00:00 PM

(4/24/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

This is exactly how it should work. If some company wants to not hire someone because they are a minority, they have every right to watch their company falter over time.

4/24/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/24/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

As I have said often, I'm not sure what they're trying to cover up, but it's obviously something.

4/24/2014 10:00:00 AM

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

(4/23/2014 09:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure he chose golf over the funeral to help curb taxpayer costs.

Chuckle. Guffaw.

4/23/2014 09:25:00 PM

(4/23/2014 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Always a good feeling listening to Doug, as he simply "gets it"...while you see other GM's struggling every season to score runs or prevent runs, proudly overpaying and then trying to justify it, Doug just talks about the simple things...pitching, offense, defense, finding spots for young, inexpensive players and adding a few veterans where you need them.

Counsell's tidbit about playing so well on the road, and in doing so, having to get 27 outs nightly instead of 24, is brilliant. If they were 5-5 instead of 9-1, that's four fewer innings...and eliminate the two extra inning games they've played since Sunday...that's eight fewer innings...a dozen less in only three weeks of the season. That's two fewer IP for every reliever...or as the drama queens would say...a pace of 59 over the entire season.

As I point out often, September doesn't really matter, as they can have a 15-16 man staff if it matters. So, it's just a matter of limiting your top relievers to 60 innings or so before 9/1, to keep them healthy and hopefully effective.

Wang's spot may be important, but if he can even pitch to a 5 ERA in low leverage spots, that will be fine...something else many overlook is how every game has been close, and only a couple blowouts in three weeks...heck, you often have 4-5 games in a week in which the outcome is determined, for the most part, by the 6th inning.

4/23/2014 08:11:00 PM

(4/23/2014 07:56:00 PM) - Al

While some people get all excited about somewhat minor charitable projects, good to hear Doug Melvin talking about Wounded Warriors, getting them seats at Miller Park, taking them on a road trip to DC, and so on.

If you do not have a strong national defense, you won't have anything for long.

4/23/2014 07:56:00 PM

(4/23/2014 05:39:00 PM) - Al

Once again, the public schools prove why they are unqualified to teach our kids.

Every single day.

4/23/2014 05:39:00 PM

(4/23/2014 05:27:00 PM) - Al

I get the feeling the president may have exaggerated the effects of the economic sanctions he imposed between rounds of golf about a month ago.

4/23/2014 05:27:00 PM

(4/23/2014 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Ben Stein used to talk about this all the at Wal Mart is like giving yourself a 10-30% pay increase...more if you utilize their price match policy, coupons, and so on. Yes, the left hates successful capitalists...that's why I love them. They do things far better than most, and their prices reflect that.

I have spoken often about frozen brand in particular is $2.50 at WM, and $5.49 at my local grocer, which I will refer to as Sick and Pave. These are not sale prices, these are regular prices, and have been the same here in the Wausau area for 6-9 months. Many argue that they'll happily pay more for said pizza, and, since I'm a free market guy, I chuckle and say, "Well, good for you."

If you buy two a week, your stupidity is costing you $310.96 a year...on one single item. I don't think it's too much to say you can easily save $2500 a year, without even trying, just by shopping the greatest retailer to have ever opened for business.

Or, pay more. You can send me the difference at the Paypal button on the sidebar. It's your money.

And thank you.

4/23/2014 03:53:00 PM

(4/23/2014 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Why are offensive numbers down?

First of all, they may not be, as three weeks is a tiny sample. That said, defensive shifts are by far the biggest factor, as they cost nothing and are easy to book or computer program, done. I would say smarter use of the bullpen plays a factor as hardly see any SP throwing 110+ pitches, at least not this early. Fresh arms equals a tougher offensive environment. Finally, teams focus more on their weaknesses. A decade ago, everyone was hitting for power, and teams worked on ways to prevent that. It takes years of drafting and developing to make much of an impact in MLB.

4/23/2014 03:43:00 PM

(4/23/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The only reason to oppose voter ID laws...if you want to cheat.

4/23/2014 01:00:00 PM

(4/23/2014 12:01:00 PM) - Al

I doubt they will do so, but the Crew could swap out Figaro for an extra body...though the bullpen looks rested on paper, another position player would be a nice luxury.

Regardless, said player would likely be exchanged for Kintzler Friday.

4/23/2014 12:01:00 PM

(4/23/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

To the left, getting shot equals heroism.

Joining the military does not count, however.

No, I don't get it either.

4/23/2014 12:00:00 PM

(4/23/2014 11:53:00 AM) - Al

Kevin Towers expressed disappointment some players have not rallied troops in clubhouse.

We've known for the last year that ARI had little chance for success, as Gibson and Towers openly built their team based on intangibles such as "grit," "toughness," and "guys that want to win." That, to the surprise of few, has led to them having a team full of Willie Bloomquists, Hank Blancos, and Martin Prados...certainly not embarrassingly bad players, but also not a group of 25 players who are likely to win MLB games either.

The old media loves talking about doing the little things, but in reality, teams have to do the big things.

4/23/2014 11:53:00 AM

(4/23/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

That freedom of speech fad was nice while it lasted.

Long live Queen Hillary!

{bows courteously}

4/23/2014 11:00:00 AM

(4/23/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Dem mocks GOP opponent's military service.

Quite a polite and classy group. Maybe someday, if I am fortunate, I will be as good a person as they mistakenly think they are.

4/23/2014 10:00:00 AM

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

(4/22/2014 11:27:00 PM) - Al

During the game, I DVR'd the Duggars and Amy Schumer.

Now that's a pair without a lot of similarity.

4/22/2014 11:27:00 PM

(4/22/2014 11:07:00 PM) - Al

If not for the day off Thursday, we might well see another bullpen swap, as Figaro won't be able to go tomorrow. It would have to be Burgos, Fiers, or Blazek, barring a 40 man move.

4/22/2014 11:07:00 PM

(4/22/2014 09:33:00 PM) - Al

Better pitch called a ball to first Padre. Ump is either drunk or incompetent.

4/22/2014 09:33:00 PM

(4/22/2014 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Six inches outside is suddenly a strike. Oof.

The lack of effort sand consistency is appalling. Yo would only have 70 pitches thrown if that had been a strike all night. How difficult is it to call the same pitch a strike at 7:30 as 9:30?

Of course, when you will have a job regardless, and there's no incentive to do a good job; human nature is to do as little as possible.

4/22/2014 09:31:00 PM

(4/22/2014 09:26:00 PM) - Al

Jose Fernandez strikes out 14, Braves too concerned about him showing some sort of emotion to concern themselves about, you know, hitting the ball.


4/22/2014 09:26:00 PM

(4/22/2014 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Yo fights through 7 without his best stuff and getting hit on the hand or leg. Nice outing.

4/22/2014 09:18:00 PM

(4/22/2014 09:03:00 PM) - Al

For those watching the game, I think Plesac may have had 5 saves in 5 days back in the year of the streak.

NOTE: It was Cordero in '07. 

4/22/2014 09:03:00 PM

(4/22/2014 08:57:00 PM) - Al

I just called Scooter's HR...that makes 2 in 3 days.

I'm probably done for the season.

4/22/2014 08:57:00 PM

(4/22/2014 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, like Gomez, didn't agree with the suspensions and thought the Pirates got off too lightly.

"No, I don’t," he said when asked if they were fair. "The guy who started it all got nothing, and I don’t understand that. So, no I’m not happy with it. Doug (Melvin) isn't happy with it. I know they’re tough decisions, I know they have a lot to think of, they’ve got precedent, they’ve got a lot of things that go into this, but I don’t think it’s fair."--JS

These teams have enough to worry about. It's painful how out of touch MLB is. 

4/22/2014 06:06:00 PM

(4/22/2014 05:56:00 PM) - Al

RR said he expects it to be some weeks before Gomez's appeal is 

MLB doesn't even understand the fact that Skype and conference calls exist. If Carlos gets hurt, or the Crew has a time when they have a Monday and a Thursday off the same week, they could just have him serve the suspension then; or send down a pitcher and replace him with a position player. There's nothing wrong with using the incredibly clumsy system as it is set up. 

4/22/2014 05:56:00 PM

(4/22/2014 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Hellweg with torn UCL, all but certainly will need Tommy John surgery.

On a roster note, Hellweg is on the 40 man, so he can be placed on the 60 day DL, but would then have to be paid his major league split. Or, since he is out of options, he can be removed from the 40 man at some point and optioned to Nashville...of course, he could be claimed, but it is unlikely, as he would have to be rehabbed and then resigned to a minor league deal next season.

Good luck to him in his recovery. He's probably out of the picture until 2016. Pitching is a fleeting skill. Let's hope that's the only pitching injury for a while.

4/22/2014 05:51:00 PM

(4/22/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Gerrit Cole instigated the brawl and the only one not suspended. He was the cause, regardless if it was because of verbal vs. physical.--Jim Bowden

Bowden is the only one who has figured this out. The guy who starts the fight should always get the biggest penalty. MLB is too busy trying to enforce a bunch of unwritten, nonexistent rules to even figure out the most basic truths.

4/22/2014 03:39:00 PM

(4/22/2014 02:18:00 PM) - Al

Gomez suspended three games, as obviously, MLB is now punishing him for being in confrontations before.  As said before, Marty suspended five.

Cole, who was the cause and should have been suspended at least six games to make PIT revamp their rotation, gets nothing, though admittedly, being such a wimpy crybaby is its own punishment, as he has to live with himself and eat all of his food after it goes through a food processor. 

Common sense would tell you at least one will appeal so they do not have to play with 23 guys. Gomez's may well be lowered, as he effectively is being suspended two more games than last season for doing the exact same thing.

If anyone wonders why MLB has done nothing to improve the simply horrendous umpiring, it's because they are too preoccupied worrying about fictional episodes of "playing the game the right way." At the moment, they are a complete bunch of know nothings who wake up everyday hoping no one notices that they, from day to day, that lefty has no idea what righty is doing.

The hell with 'em. They are reaching legendary proportions with their epic displays of ignorance, which involve not knowing what a "catch" is and missing call after call...on replay. They have no common sense, and have no idea what they're even trying to accomplish.  

4/22/2014 02:18:00 PM

(4/22/2014 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Being a hypocrite is nothing new, but note how all this travel accomplishes nothing.

Meeting with mudslide family victims? Seriously? Are we going to announce economic sanctions versus slides of mud? Notice that they avoid that whole "Russia invaded Ukraine a while back, and we have done nothing" nugget of info by trying to create meaningless drivel and pretend it's news.

4/22/2014 01:27:00 PM

(4/22/2014 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Just coincidence.

You can't expect to keep punishing success without punishing those who have success.

4/22/2014 01:17:00 PM

(4/22/2014 01:01:00 PM) - Al

Gerrit Cole's feminine insecurity will reportedly cost Maldonado five games, which seems especially high considering the Crew has to play a guy short during this suspension...though I still do not know why.

As for Travis Snyder, when you leave the bench and pretend to be a tough guy, maybe you shouldn't be such a damn wimp.

If nothing else, the Pirates do seem to have the market cornered on girlie men.

4/22/2014 01:01:00 PM

(4/22/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Splurging is the key...unless, of course, you are an elementary school kid who wants more than 600 calories for lunch.

She's an idiot's enigma wrapped inside a hypocrite's riddle. And, for irony sakes, she knows nothing about nutrition.

4/22/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/22/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The writing is on the wall...a new arena by 2017, or the Bucks are gone.

Given this, I expect the city and the county to do nothing and hope Herb Kohl and the new owners can put some sort of package together. Because, that's what Milwaukee does.

4/22/2014 09:00:00 AM

Monday, April 21, 2014

(4/21/2014 11:45:00 PM) - Al

100% true.

They passed it without a single GOP vote. And they keep pointing fingers.

Man up.

4/21/2014 11:45:00 PM

(4/21/2014 11:14:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Nelson throws 7 scoreless, sub 2 ERA thus far.

Just another weak prospect in a weak system.

He said sarcastically. 

4/21/2014 11:14:00 PM

(4/21/2014 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Highest sustained taxation in history, peacetime mind you, and even the optimistic CBO budget never comes close to balancing.

I'm not sure how anyone can defend his complete lack of basic math and economic knowledge. Obama is not just in favor of redistribution of wealth, he doesn't seem to care that's been proven over and over not to work.

4/21/2014 10:52:00 PM

(4/21/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al

I don't mind being aggressive on the bases, but I sure would like to see Segura being thrown out diving into home and not in a rundown. Part of making the other team make the play involves, you know, making them make the play.

KRod in for day four. Gotta do what you gotta do. I know one of his saves was just seven pitches, but no one really counts the 40 he took in the bullpen warming up.

4/21/2014 09:55:00 PM

(4/21/2014 08:58:00 PM) - Al

Meteor shower visible all night.

I blame climate change myself.

4/21/2014 08:58:00 PM

(4/21/2014 08:37:00 PM) - Al

My reply below to the casuals comparing Peralta to Babe Ruth and other solid offensive pitchers.

152/.154 career, 27 K's and 1 walk. Yeah, he's an incredible offensive force. A lineup of 9 Wilys would score 0.7 runs/gm. Quit embarrassing yourself.

4/21/2014 08:37:00 PM

(4/21/2014 08:25:00 PM) - Al

These umps are lucky to hit 90% on balls and strikes. They barely look like they can keep their eyes open.

4/21/2014 08:25:00 PM

(4/21/2014 08:20:00 PM) - Al

I think I might have discussed this, once or twice.

Don't worry, the left insists...the next time it will work.

4/21/2014 08:20:00 PM

(4/21/2014 06:23:00 PM) - Al

This is what the left says about Obamacare.

4/21/2014 06:23:00 PM

(4/21/2014 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Herrera caught Kintzler's bullpen today, officially backup if Maldonado is suspended. Looked good in gear.

4/21/2014 06:19:00 PM

(4/21/2014 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke says Kintzler should return Friday when eligible, and that since several relievers are "down" tonight, they would like a deep start from Peralta. Wong and Figaro are in the mix.

Also, Davis got sick during BP and his status is unknown.

4/21/2014 05:42:00 PM

(4/21/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Uecker statue in the upper deck, behind the pole, will be unveiled Friday.

4/21/2014 04:58:00 PM

(4/21/2014 02:24:00 PM) - Al


Look at our economic plan. Chuckleheads is being kind. We have a bunch of clowns in DC that actually think you can spend, tax, and redistribute our way to utopia.

4/21/2014 02:24:00 PM

(4/21/2014 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Qatar proves you can even bribe your way to a World Cup.

After what will likely be a Brazil disaster this summer, I think the '22 version might be changed to the USA.

4/21/2014 02:14:00 PM

(4/21/2014 02:07:00 PM) - Al

No suspensions will be announced until tomorrow in the Gerrit Cole's hurt feelings incident.

Maldonado may well get the start tonight, as I assume they are expecting a suspension. Adam reports both Bianchi and Herrera "can catch" if needed.

4/21/2014 02:07:00 PM

(4/21/2014 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Crew is not quite as short in the bullpen as I had thought. While Henderson and KRod have both pitched three days in a row, and Duke is also probably unavailable, Thornburg and West are likely good to go; while Figaro and Wang are actually rested, though I'm sure are unlikely to be used in high leverage situations, unless they must.

4/21/2014 02:01:00 PM

(4/21/2014 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Jimmy Carter's grandson supports Confederate flag license plate.

I have no problem with it either, but, of course, I am pretty much for all freedom. Many in the South are extremely proud of their heritage, and that includes their flag. While many equate it with slavery, Southerners feel they had the right to secede, and to do as they wished.

4/21/2014 01:52:00 PM

(4/21/2014 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Jon Morosi of Fox is claiming teams have to play "short" if they lose a player to suspension...I do not know if that is true or not. If so, that would be a difficult situation to lose Maldonado for any length of time, as it would impact the 25 and 40 man.

4/21/2014 01:27:00 PM

(4/21/2014 01:16:00 PM) - Al

Figaro's game logs from this year, very spotty, 14 hits and 5 runs in 9 IP over 7 games. On the bright side, no walks, so he is throwing strikes.

Beggars can't be choosers. He'll likely be up until Kintzler returns, which is Friday, I believe, if all goes well. Hand is pitching nicely, but he's not on the 40. Nelson is scheduled to start tonight, and while he may have been considered for a permanent spot, was likely not for this short term situation.

4/21/2014 01:16:00 PM

(4/21/2014 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Needing bullpen help after yesterday's long game, Brewers have optioned Rob Wooten to Triple-A Nashville and recalled RHP Alfredo Figaro.--FSW

I discussed this yesterday, while the cool kids were onto far more important things, like Hank, the June draft, and the like.

Figaro throws hard, and while compiling a 5 ERA thus far, had one terrible game, if memory serves.

4/21/2014 12:57:00 PM

(4/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, a century later, they voted the same way...but, attempts to rewrite history, and ignore the fact Wallace, Gore Sr. and Byrd were racist Dems and also worked against the GOP as they passed civil rights legislation, are alive and strong. 

4/21/2014 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, April 20, 2014

(4/20/2014 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Three final thoughts on the fracas the umps could havwe easily prevented and did not, and possible ramifications.

1. Gomez says he did nothing wrong, and if he did not throw a punch, I agree with him. However, if he were to be suspended for tomorrow's game, if the Crew can replace him with a pitcher, that would work out nicely. If they have to replace him with a position player, it's meaningless.

2. One thing no one is discussing...if Maldonado did throw a punch and/or make contact, he will eventually be suspended, and the Crew does not have another catcher on the 40 man. Elian Herrera was a catcher in rookie ball, so if it's only a game or two, they might just let Lucroy catch and not add one. Otherwise they would have to remove someone from the 40, possibly risk losing them, and add a catcher for a game or two. Then they'd have to remove the C, and go from there. That's a lot of bother for a game or two.

3, At this second, I'd say the lowest two guys on the 40 are Weeks and Overbay. They cannot be easily removed and put back on.

EDIT: I'll add a fourth...Gorzelanny is on the 15 day DL, and I have not heard he is close to returning,. He could be put on the 60 day DL to delay the decision. 

4/20/2014 10:03:00 PM

(4/20/2014 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Watching the replay, 3B umpire could have completed avoided the entire altercation by simply grabbing Gomez and pushing him away from the problem child, Mr. Cole.

But, he did not, and that led to all the silliness. Simply put, this is what happens, the weak link on the chain fails, and the dam breaks, and add in a couple more cliches. All it takes is for the guys to take care of business...Cole is a loudmouth upset he made a crappy pitch. One guy grabs him and takes him to the dugout, and clubhouse, as he should have been ejected on the spot. Gomez never is involved because other guy has taken him out.

Boom, no discussion, only guy thrown out is the fella who caused the initial melee.

But, when you have guys out there who have no incentive to man up, no incentive to get good game scores, you're going to see exactly what you saw...uncaring, over their head nincompoops who struggle to maintain order. These clowns do nothing except go through the motions, day after day, waiting for their next week or two off...they work six months a year. MLB keeps adding corrections because they are historically awful, and yet, no incentive to improve.

And the beat goes on. Just when you think they've hit rock bottom, incompetence takes a bit more gravel out of the hole. It hasn't happened yet. They're struggling mightily to not botch replay from day to day, as the effort is, at best, spotty. 

4/20/2014 05:38:00 PM

(4/20/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al

My idea about the Crew replacing Wooten with another arm notwithstanding, Peralta and Wong may well be the only arms available until the 8th/9th inning least.

4/20/2014 05:16:00 PM

(4/20/2014 05:12:00 PM) - Al

100% true.

And the left simply refuses to believe it. Because they're so damn much smarter than the rest of us.

4/20/2014 05:12:00 PM

(4/20/2014 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Possible we could see a Wooten for another 40 man arm swap just to freshen the bullpen a bit for tomorrow evening.

Jimmy Nelson would be the obvious choice, though you could easily make a case for 3-4 others.

4/20/2014 04:25:00 PM

(4/20/2014 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Gerritt Cole almost hit by broken bat.

Umpiring crew ejects splinters from bat as well as bench coach Jerry Narron...again.

4/20/2014 02:29:00 PM

(4/20/2014 02:22:00 PM) - Al

Even for Obama, this is really, really stupid.

4/20/2014 02:22:00 PM

(4/20/2014 02:11:00 PM) - Al

After Cole hit that foul tip off Lucroy's mask, Jon should have just let him have it.

You can almost bet your life Gerritt would have left the field asking for a hankie to ease his weeping, or got thrown out of the game by the men in blue for being kind of a meanie for yelling back.

They simply are incapable of doing the simplest things without sucking at it.

4/20/2014 02:11:00 PM

(4/20/2014 01:48:00 PM) - Al

TV guys talking about the NHL playoffs. First I've heard about them at all except that last night, a Chicago player took a five minute major penalty late in the game which led to the opposition scoring and winning the game.

That, in a nutshell, is why the NHL will never be a major sport in the USA.Wins and losses are secondary. It's like WWE on ice. Impossible to take seriously.

4/20/2014 01:48:00 PM

(4/20/2014 01:44:00 PM) - Al

The Pirates do seem to breed this kind of idiocy in their pitching ranks. Remember a few years ago, Jeff Karstens almost broke down in tears after being pitched inside (or HBP, my memory is good, but short) after he had hit a Brewers' batter or two. He didn't seem to appreciate the irony.

What's so sad is, the one who causes the problem has yet to be punished, as the arbiters are always several steps behind the real issue.

4/20/2014 01:44:00 PM

(4/20/2014 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Bench coach Jerry Narron also ejected, while replays seem to show Marty Maldonado hit Travis Snider.

Apparently, Narron is a young Latino man, and we have the most incompetent crew in the history of the game. Of course, they will be punished by giving them more time off and hiding how bad they are out of embarrassment.

4/20/2014 01:38:00 PM

(4/20/2014 01:23:00 PM) - Al

It's just amazing how bad umpires are at figuring out who the instigator is and who should be ejected. They are completely inept and don't seem to even pretend to make an effort. They simply have no desire to figure out the truth. Underworked, overpaid, and simply awful.

As is, the starting pitcher should run after everyone who gets a hit, yell and swear at the hitter, and then run away.

EDIT: Umps "even things out" by ejecting reserve OF from PIT...not Cole, whose immaturity and bad behavior started the entire thing.

It is simply difficult to believe how ignorant that is, and that there are four human beings outside the dozen fools on the OJ jury that could come to that conclusion. But yes, and they all make six figures a year, doing their job so badly the sport had to add a system to correct the terrible job they do, every single day.


4/20/2014 01:23:00 PM

(4/20/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Gord reports Mets/Crew never got close in Ike Davis talks.

They didn't get a prospect even close to Thornburg's level. Wonder what other names were discussed?

4/20/2014 01:03:00 PM

(4/20/2014 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Note...the polar bears that were on the brink of seem to be doing just fine.

The facts are a painful look at just how baseless all that silliness was.

4/20/2014 12:56:00 PM

(4/20/2014 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Al Gore flies to Hawaii to complain about people using unnecessary use of carbon.

You just can't write this stuff.

4/20/2014 12:08:00 PM

(4/20/2014 11:40:00 AM) - Al

Mike Fiers so far in AAA this season...3-0, 0.87 ERA, 20.2 IP, 13 H, 2 BB, 26K, 0.73 WHIP.

That's about as good as it gets, though it should be noted, he has not thrown in any of the PCL offensive parks out west.

He was very good in 2012, and struggled last year, with both injury and his mom being ill. Right now, he's pitching as well as any arm in AAA. Let's hope he can keep it up. Those numbers, at this point, are video game unrealistic.

4/20/2014 11:40:00 AM

(4/20/2014 10:47:00 AM) - Al

Kintzler hoping to throw a bullpen or two along with a simulated game and be back Friday, per the lovely Ms. Minnaert. 

4/20/2014 10:47:00 AM

(4/20/2014 10:42:00 AM) - Al

Watching Survivorman with the Rambling son, as they explore for Bigfoot in the Rocky Mountains.

I have discussed many times how silly I think this is, as it is quite obvious to me that if such a creature existed, we would have found numerous dead bodies by now. The host of the show has enlisted the assistance of an "expert," who even has a blurry picture of something brown to his credit. Of course, all one needs to be an "expert" in this field is such a picture...and in a world in which most people have a camera in their phone that is better than a top of the line version a decade ago...and still, all we get are blurry, can't really see it photos.

Why? Same reason that's all we ever get of aliens and UFO's...they are fictional sightings.

4/20/2014 10:42:00 AM

(4/20/2014 10:31:00 AM) - Al

Herrera sticks around, Schafer to the DL, Overbay back as well.

4/20/2014 10:31:00 AM

Saturday, April 19, 2014

(4/19/2014 11:53:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling family will be enjoying cinnamon rolls for breakfast tomorrow (I will enjoy them for brunch, because I sleep in), with cheesy hash browns and ham for lunch (this will cook while the wife is gone), with an unlikely but delicious supper of homemade, individual pizzas, which we will all top ourselves with whatever we want, while having a Seinfeld style debate on when life (and pizza) begins.

You are truly jealous you are only honorary members of the Rambling family, aren't you?

If anyone has tales of family bickering, crappy food, and/or a long drive when you'd rather have stayed home, grilled out and napped, send it on in. As the Rambling son says, your misery is my joy.

I raised him well.

4/19/2014 11:53:00 PM

(4/19/2014 11:43:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son after dinner tonight: Hey dad, did you want to watch one or two of those Survivormans you have on the DVR tonight? 

Me: I'm sorry son, the Brewers are on, so I think I'll watch them. How about tomorrow morning?

RS: Sure, we'll watch them then. 

Rambling wife, who plays in the late service at church tomorrow morning: Is anyone going to go to church with me? 

RS: (looks panicked, tries to find a hole to hide in) Uhhhhh....

Me: I can't tomorrow.

Rambling wife: (Knowing I have not had important plans on a Sunday in 7+ years) What do you mean, you can't? 

Me: Got plans. 

Rambling wife: (incredulously) What plans? 

Me: It's a holiday. And now, I'm got an appointment to watch TV with the boy. 

Rambling son quietly scurries downstairs, trying unsuccessfully not to snicker.

Rambling wife walks away, once again pondering her poor marital decision.

Yeah, I'm going to straight to hell. At least I'll know people, and hopefully, it will be a dry heat.

4/19/2014 11:43:00 PM

(4/19/2014 10:45:00 PM) - Al

PIT must be wondering how exactly they are not up 3-0 in this series.

I called Braun's HR versus Watson, but it's almost as if he just swung hard at Grilli's pitch and the bat just hit the ball. Tough to catch up to velocity like that even when you know it's coming.

Have to see if Schafer goes on the DL tomorrow with his tight hammy or if Herrera returns to Nashville. Certainly would not be a bad thing to rest Logan and then get him a few PA's on a rehab trip before returning.

4/19/2014 10:45:00 PM

(4/19/2014 09:07:00 PM) - Al

How do you know he's a hypocrite?


4/19/2014 09:07:00 PM

(4/19/2014 08:56:00 PM) - Al

More and more, simply sending your kid to public school should be considered child abuse.

4/19/2014 08:56:00 PM

(4/19/2014 06:51:00 PM) - Al

This would be such a small upgrade as to almost be considered inconsequential, but to me, Ishikawa is slightly better than Overbay.

Lyle, since 2011------.305/.376, 681 OPS
Travis, since 2011-----.303/.390, 693

Ishikawa is, in my mind, a better defender and baserunner, also. I doubt if that's worth more than a fraction of a win, but you never know.

4/19/2014 06:51:00 PM

(4/19/2014 06:14:00 PM) - Al

She has her demons, but LeAnn Rimes still cleans up well.

4/19/2014 06:14:00 PM

(4/19/2014 05:39:00 PM) - Al

We have an ump's review .... to determine the pitch count. Seriously.--Jane Lee

They do a heckuva job.


4/19/2014 05:39:00 PM

Friday, April 18, 2014

(4/18/2014 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Brewers cheated a bit and somehow hang on, despite Thornburg/Smith/KRod needing Henderson to pick up a pair of outs after being almost perfect the first 2.5 weeks.

Always better being lucky than good.

4/18/2014 10:34:00 PM

(4/18/2014 06:28:00 PM) - Al

No offense, but the Brewers just picked up one of the hardest throwers in the game. There is no "risk" on their end, if he begins using, they did not have him yesterday, and they won't have him in the future.

4/18/2014 06:28:00 PM

(4/18/2014 06:17:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs Jeffress to a minor league contract. I would assume there is some sort of opt out date, but not discussed in the release.

Hopefully, he'll go to Nashville, get his control down, and immediately be in the mix to join the Crew.

4/18/2014 06:17:00 PM

(4/18/2014 03:14:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, my profession still has these ridiculous arguments over what a snack is and what a meal is...and the definition is every bit as stupid as the one talked about.

4/18/2014 03:14:00 PM

(4/18/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Brewers in the mix for Jeffress. Let's hope he has good memories of his time in MIL. He could be Tyler Thornburg II with some slight adjustments.

EDIT: Chris Cotollo reports it is not SL who will be signing Jeffress within the next day or two. Probably down to White Sox and Crew. 

4/18/2014 01:51:00 PM

(4/18/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Neat level varies on Great Lakes...and it seemingly makes little difference to big picture.

The planet is not fragile, and these minor issues mean nothing. We've had several ice ages and many more mini ice ages over the last few billion years. We didn't cause them, and every single one was before the internal combustion engine was invented.

It's all a money grab by failed former politicos who need more money to spend on "massages." We couldn't change the weather if we tried.

4/18/2014 01:51:00 PM

(4/18/2014 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Wang is probably a better prospect than all but the top five draft picks that will be taken in June. LHP that can throw strikes, hit 95+, and throw 91-93 consistently are as rare as a fiscally conservative lefty.

The cost is not money, but a 25 man roster spot.

Now, before last night, this seemed easy...Wang had been excellent. It's easy to keep a guy busy with a near 0 ERA. He showed all the common problems associated with young pitching, couldn't get his breaking ball over, fastball was all over the place. However, he's still the same prospect...if he were to have had that same outing last night in A ball, he probably would have given up a couple runs. Much of his success or lack thereof will be directly related to his ability to bounce back mentally from missing his spots by six inches and getting drilled.

A couple things to remember, Wang has shown enough to make it with someone, be it the Crew or another team. To a team carrying 13 pitchers that has no hopes of contending, that roster spot means next to nothing. Does such a team exist? Not sure. However, Wang will have more and more value as the season progresses, as the time required on the 25 man is lessened. 

4/18/2014 12:50:00 PM

(4/18/2014 11:42:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling brother just asked if my birthday was ever on Easter, and if we celebrated differently. It was several times, and yes...we had birthday cake instead of regular cake.

Sadly, that's 100% true.

4/18/2014 11:42:00 AM

(4/18/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Hypocrisy, meet Gabby.

Of course, this is the risk you run when you allow your "heroes" to be the ones who happen to get shot.

4/18/2014 10:00:00 AM

(4/18/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember, Al Gore said all the ice would be gone by now, and all the coastlines flooded.

I'd say he was an idiot, but, even idiots are correct, you know, sometimes.

Note how it naturally goes up and down, almost as if the planet can handle huge differences on its own. Of course, that does not fit the "panic now and throw cash at the problem" views of the Democrat party. 

4/18/2014 09:00:00 AM

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(4/17/2014 09:16:00 PM) - Al

First game where not having Kintzler available (and/or Henderson pitching at his normal level) looks to have hurt. Do credit the Pirates for working so many pitches from Yo in 6 IP as well.

4/17/2014 09:16:00 PM

(4/17/2014 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Remember, after embarrassing himself early on whenever he spoke of foreign policy, Obama has effectively just ignored it for the past 3-4 years, essentially saying he is clueless and just passing the time until 2017 when someone not so clueless is elected.

The irony is, this is the lesser of two evils, as the Obama on Syria was so out of touch he could not identify the good guys from the bad.

4/17/2014 08:21:00 PM

(4/17/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Love to see the Crew use their knowledge to bring him in on a minor league deal; though I assume he'll get an opt out date in a month or six weeks. The fact TOR failed to harness him in is probably more of an indictment of their staff than Jeffress. He was pretty much major league ready several years ago. He's probably just a consistent delivery away from being plenty ready to contribute as a middle reliever.

4/17/2014 05:09:00 PM

(4/17/2014 04:19:00 PM) - Al

Nowhere near as cheap as the $4.15 deal, but far better seats. Weekend versus the Cubs as well.

4/17/2014 04:19:00 PM

(4/17/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

This is why the left hates voter ID.

They cheat.

4/17/2014 04:00:00 PM

(4/17/2014 02:24:00 PM) - Al

At some point in the next couple days, many casuals will note how nice it is to have a guy like Herrera, who could take over the 2B platoon and provide depth at all the non battery positions. Having one or two versatile options almost gives a team the equivalent of 25.5 or 26 men on the roster.

The problem, of course, is the fact Weeks is owed $11M this season. That said, as the season works through its six months of length, the salary owed becomes "sunk cost," especially if the team contends. Or, if Weeks begins to hit LHP at his career rate, his limits become far easier to accept. 

4/17/2014 02:24:00 PM

(4/17/2014 01:58:00 PM) - Al

You can sense the desperation that the gravy train is almost over.

When the data doesn't match your claims, you start blaming others.You can only get so far telling unproven fibs and outlandish claims of grandeur.

4/17/2014 01:58:00 PM

(4/17/2014 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Congrats to Lyle Overbay and wife, Sarah, on the birth of their fifth child, Eddie Christian! The couple now has four sons and a daughter.--Brewers

Eddie? Wonder if it's a family name. 

4/17/2014 01:43:00 PM

(4/17/2014 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Overbay goes on paternity leave, Herrera will be with team the next three days.

Reynolds will likely play 1B, and Herrera will probably just serve as a PH/PR. If they wanted someone to play 1B a game or two, they would have brought Hunter Morris up.

4/17/2014 01:27:00 PM

(4/17/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I admit, I like her more now. She seems like a straight talker, and I agree with her.

4/17/2014 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

(4/16/2014 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Coach reinstated after being fired for taking pics of his kids, players embarrass themselves, say they want the interim fella back.

The college and players should be ashamed of themselves. I'd inform them to be at practice tomorrow and ready to go, and to shut the hell up.

4/16/2014 06:02:00 PM

(4/16/2014 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Government agency collects free data, sells it...and loses money doing so.

We're in the best of hands. And darn it, we need more of your money.

4/16/2014 05:44:00 PM

(4/16/2014 04:33:00 PM) - Al

By far the best sign of the series was despite seemingly mediocre SP, all 3 SP's went at least five complete, and they compiled a 3.93 ERA. That's a pretty darn good "struggle" to say the least.

4/16/2014 04:33:00 PM

(4/16/2014 04:17:00 PM) - Al

Scoring change: Give Wily Peralta a hit in the 5th inning today (the first hit by a Brewers pitcher in 2014). No error for Jhonny Peralta.

That was almost as bad as the Ryan Howard one. If a line drive is curving so quickly the defender doesn't touch it, how is that an error? Again, these scorers need to look at the rule, which plainly states "an ordinary, routine effort." That tells me if it is anything but a normal play, it should be ruled a hit. All these guys seem to be suffering from a severe case of jealousy and want to punish those darn players for being far better than they could ever hope to be.   

4/16/2014 04:17:00 PM

(4/16/2014 04:06:00 PM) - Al

Heh. No one ever dreamed he'd be this bad. And yes, it will be the fiscal conservatives who fix the problem he has created with his tomfoolish spending.

4/16/2014 04:06:00 PM

(4/16/2014 01:53:00 PM) - Al

I have felt the Astros have done a superb job in their rebuild, but I have no idea why they are bringing up their top prospect George Springer now rather than in a couple months. Mindboggling. 

4/16/2014 01:53:00 PM

(4/16/2014 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Logan Schafer has picked up a double on that "error" initially ruled on Ryan Howard last week. I can't believe it took a week, but good to see the correct call being made.

Also, Herb Kohl may well be discussing a new Bucks' arena and how much he will contribute at the presser this afternoon. That is far more important than the new owners and the like, as the city of Milwaukee has proven countless times it will look the other way and ignore progress on every occasion.

4/16/2014 01:50:00 PM

(4/16/2014 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Whenever someone talks about too many criminals being in prison, all I can ever think, that's where criminals should be.

Of course, we could let them all out and let them move in next door to the folks who feel bad for them.

4/16/2014 01:34:00 PM

(4/16/2014 12:16:00 PM) - Al

ESPN is reporting that Bucks owner Herb Kohl plans to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for a price of $550 million.

I know nothing about them, but they have obviously agreed to the terms of keeping the team in MIL, for the time being at least. Rumor has it Kohl will be throwing a substantial sum, thought to be about $200M, into the kitty to build a new arena.  

4/16/2014 12:16:00 PM

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

(4/15/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

If Walker wants it, he would seem to be no lower than top three. I've said for a long time some combo of Walker/Christie would be a very nice ticket, for many geographic and political reasons.

I must admit, the common sense level of Walker would look especially appealing versus Hillary, who is such a hated old hag she actually said, "What difference does it make?"

Remember the old Jeff Foxworthy line, "If you can't think of anything nice to say about must be talking about Hillary Clinton."

It's funny because it's true. Women hate her because she allowed Bill to treat her like crap, and men hate her because she's Hillary.

4/15/2014 08:27:00 PM

(4/15/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Turns out there was some initial fibbing on the early reports...CA high speed rail will not be high speed, profitable, or anything but a drain on the taxpayers.

Repeat after me...if it will work, the private sector will take care of it. If it will not...only government will go after it...because government has no profit incentive.

4/15/2014 11:30:00 AM

(4/15/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Clinton's doctor says Obama's Let's Move campaign is based on incorrect, outdated info, and is a puppet to the food industry.

Those are all things I've said as well, so I tend to think he's 100% correct. Note this entire article discusses lean protein and protein based snacks, while Obama's "plan" involves high carb, low protein least a decade plus behind current nutritional trends.

4/15/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/15/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The overwhelming and unbridled hypocrisy of the American left.

Trust me, I will never allow myself to be lectured on the subject of racism in America by the party of Robert Byrd, George Wallace, and Al Gore Sr; unrepentant, unabashed racists, who lived in eras where it was not easy to be so.

They can rewrite history all they care to, but the truth is, they happily allowed despicable douchebags to hold office under their banner...hopefully, I am not offending any bags of douche by pointing this little nugget of truth out.

4/15/2014 09:30:00 AM

Monday, April 14, 2014

(4/14/2014 09:24:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I just went over our Easter weekend dining plans.

It's a shame you're not invited. It's going to be a joy for the tummies.

4/14/2014 09:24:00 PM

(4/14/2014 04:38:00 PM) - Al

If she wasn't a hateful broad, this wouldn't be nearly as funny.

4/14/2014 04:38:00 PM

(4/14/2014 03:41:00 PM) - Al

This is an incredible deal, especially if you live within half an hour of Miller Park and have 4+ in your party.

4/14/2014 03:41:00 PM

(4/14/2014 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Wait until 2016, when Hillary will be the perfect blend of maturity and grace...despite being the same age as McCain was in 2008.

4/14/2014 03:24:00 PM

(4/14/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Today is the day we remember when the Soviet Union executed 22K Poles.

Or, as Jay Carney calls it, another day we celebrate all the great things Communism has brought us.

The more you get to know them, the more evil and ignorant they are. What kind of clown hangs posters in his kitchen that recalls the days of such terrible acts? The clowns the powers that be keep trotting out.

4/14/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/14/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Teen makes prom dress out of pop tabs...looks better than many as well.

4/14/2014 10:00:00 AM

(4/14/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Because I fell for junk science and have the blood of thousands of dead children on my hands, I will now attempt to rewrite history.

Good try, but you're still a buffoon. And, a fool's fool.

4/14/2014 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, April 13, 2014

(4/13/2014 09:47:00 PM) - Al

If you're a sap like me, you might be up at 2AM to see the "blood moon" because of your 18 year old cocker spaniel's thimble sized bladder.

4/13/2014 09:47:00 PM

(4/13/2014 02:24:00 PM) - Al

Daily News reports "local" investors close to deal for Bucks.

4/13/2014 02:24:00 PM

Saturday, April 12, 2014

(4/12/2014 10:08:00 PM) - Al

As I expected, Wooten replaces Kintzler. Brandon claims his muscle strain is quite mild, so we can hope.

4/12/2014 10:08:00 PM

(4/12/2014 09:08:00 PM) - Al

Likely hear who is on the way up to replace Brandon. Hopefully make it by tomorrow's affair.

4/12/2014 09:08:00 PM

(4/12/2014 04:02:00 PM) - Al

I'm still waiting for that $20M check to pay for that recall they insisted was a sure thing.

They are out of touch, and lie...a lot.

4/12/2014 04:02:00 PM

(4/12/2014 03:19:00 PM) - Al

As for the AAA relievers, Hand and Wooten have pitched the best...and Hand was taken off the 40. Almost certain to be Wooten, unless they would bring up Jimmy Nelson.

4/12/2014 03:19:00 PM

(4/12/2014 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Kintzler DL move not official yet but headed in that direction.--JS

I wish I wasn't so knowingly accurate. 

4/12/2014 03:09:00 PM

(4/12/2014 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Nice tale of the Brewers and MIL firefighters. Kyle Lohse has picked up a lot of bills in his year with the team.

4/12/2014 02:38:00 PM

Friday, April 11, 2014

(4/11/2014 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Surprised we did not see Kintzler tonight. I hope he's healthy.

4/11/2014 10:05:00 PM

(4/11/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

It's astounding how easy it is to hate those on the left even more when you get to know them better.

Note: Others pointing out the USSR propaganda posters hanging in the kitchen. The irony that these fools proudly wear $135 ties and wonder why communism never took off pretty much explains itself.  

4/11/2014 07:30:00 PM

(4/11/2014 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Brewers 5th in runs scored and 1st in runs allowed. About where I expected the offense, and a few notches above in the run prevention department.

4/11/2014 05:55:00 PM

(4/11/2014 05:22:00 PM) - Al

Wal Mart is at the forefront of many innovations.

4/11/2014 05:22:00 PM

(4/11/2014 03:23:00 PM) - Al

The left relying on made up math?

Welcome to my world.

4/11/2014 03:23:00 PM

(4/11/2014 02:58:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly how I imagine it happening.

It's also why the major networks are hacks.

By the way, still waiting for an answer about Benghazi, where four Americans died, and no assistance was sent.

4/11/2014 02:58:00 PM

Thursday, April 10, 2014

(4/10/2014 10:28:00 PM) - Al

It has to be fun to be Ron Roenicke right now. It's easy "running a bullpen" when your starters go 6 every night and every reliever does the job. There's probably some "set up to succeed" stuff going on, but for the most part, everyone has been nearly perfect.

That won't last long, though if it does, more power to them.

Going into the season, I thought the rotation would be solid, probably 5th-8th in the NL. Right now, they are tops. I felt good about the bullpen, I would have said it's probably about league average. I especially felt good about the back inning guys, but had doubts about (wait for it) Thornburg, Wong, and Duke. I also wondered if Kintzler would be able to stay healthy.

So far, so good.

4/10/2014 10:28:00 PM

(4/10/2014 10:19:00 PM) - Al

I have to admit, this is surprising.

I would have to assume it is directly related to the lack of fear about HIV/AIDS. It's not considered a killer anymore, but more of a lifelong problem, like herpes. I also wonder if it's a sign oral and other contraceptives are gaining more use and condoms less.

4/10/2014 10:19:00 PM

(4/10/2014 08:58:00 PM) - Al

Felt pretty rough all day. I'll give it until Monday, as I have been sleeping like a log, feel good when I wake up...and it all goes straight down hill from there.

4/10/2014 08:58:00 PM

(4/10/2014 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Woman throws show at Hillary.

1. World roots for shoe.

2. Why wasn't woman thanked for her extreme patriotism?

4/10/2014 08:57:00 PM

(4/10/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Theorize all you wish, at the end of the day, the correct answer will remain the same...God simply hates trailer courts.

4/10/2014 08:30:00 AM

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

(4/09/2014 10:58:00 PM) - Al

Kyle Lohse discusses how he pitches.

4/09/2014 10:58:00 PM

(4/09/2014 07:57:00 PM) - Al

A Duggar girl is getting married. For you single guys, the best looking pair of the group, Jana and Jinger, are still available.

FYI, I never claimed to be Mr. Smooth with the ladies, but I acy like a combo of Bob Redford and Cary Grant compared to the wobbly kneed, squeaky voiced dudes trying to land a courtship of late. 

A summer wedding is planned, the early over under on the arrival of another grandchild...July 4th, 2015.

4/09/2014 07:57:00 PM

(4/09/2014 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Josh Hamilton to miss 6-8 weeks, thumb. Too bad, but we all knew that was far too long a deal for far too much.

Thumbs must be the new knees.

4/09/2014 06:22:00 PM

(4/09/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This is, quite possibly, the stupidest thing ever said.

4/09/2014 11:30:00 AM

(4/09/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Tell me, why did it take so long for this common sense to become law? An even smarter idea would be to eliminate any silly requirement as long as the state is above average on test scores. Those longer days of school tend to be in late May and June, when there's little learning or teaching going on anyway.

I would assume it was a union thing. Why they'd want to work more days and have less time off (you know, they only work 185 days a year) is beyond me, but then again, I'm so dumb, I've never figured out why they insist on protecting terrible teachers and having the best and the worst get equal pay raises.

4/09/2014 10:30:00 AM

(4/09/2014 09:57:00 AM) - Al

No, plastic bags full of water don't repel flies. Criminey, people, you're embarrassing yourself.

How many times must we see the same tired silliness? You know what does? Dozens of chemicals. They work great. And you know what else? They don't make it hotter, colder, or even cause deathly strains of cancer.

I still recall, years ago, some on the left were very concerned about deet, the popular mosquito repellant. I don't know why, people have been slathering it on for decades. But, for several years, "deet free" and "no deet" were popular catch phrases, it singlehandedly created a demand for Avon Skin So Soft, a lotion that supposedly magically deters bugs, while in reality, does nothing but moisturize.

Then, instead of all the pretend problems, a real one showed up...lyme disease. Know what prevents lyme disease and the problems it brings? Deet. Always has.

Be thankful we live in the modern era, and don't have to suffer like our ancestors did.

4/09/2014 09:57:00 AM

(4/09/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I hate to be all common sensical and all, but it's difficult for a huge city to gain as high a percentage as a medium sized city because the large city has to add so many more an area already packed like sardines, at least for us non city slickers.

Note how almost the entire list is red areas. Just coincidence though.

4/09/2014 09:30:00 AM

(4/09/2014 08:27:00 AM) - Al

Sad day.

Damn shame.

4/09/2014 08:27:00 AM

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

(4/08/2014 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Fiers with six scoreless in Nashville. Best AAA rotation in Crew history (on paper at least) ever, and I hope none of them are needed.

Wooten, Figaro, Blazek, and Hand are all off to good starts in the bullpen as well.

4/08/2014 10:08:00 PM

(4/08/2014 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, the Brewers will continue to have much success as long as the team ERA hangs around that 2 mark.

You also know things are going well when the casuals, who are brilliant masters of in game strategery (heh, spell check doesn't think that's a word...they should talk to W), are up in arms about...the lack of work for the 12th man on the staff.

I hope that's a problem all season, to be honest, especially when the SP's can work 7 frames and 110 pitches.

4/08/2014 09:57:00 PM

(4/08/2014 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Many of the casuals on message boards think teams should do this every season...DL them, and the roster requirement magically goes away.

It doesn't, as I have pointed out until I'm blue in the face. If it was that easy, teams would do it annually.

4/08/2014 09:25:00 PM

(4/08/2014 06:47:00 PM) - Al

Henderson at 95-96 consistently. Good to see. Duke getting through an entire inning was a huge plus also.

4/08/2014 06:47:00 PM

(4/08/2014 06:34:00 PM) - Al

I hate it when they do this, as it reeks of "look at me" and selfish drama.

4/08/2014 06:34:00 PM

(4/08/2014 06:29:00 PM) - Al

Too bad the Crew didn't have the big lead earlier, could have rested Smith and Kintzler and gotten Henderson/Wang some work, or had one pitch multiple innings.

Of course, that is a first world pain.

4/08/2014 06:29:00 PM

(4/08/2014 06:18:00 PM) - Al

NBC should realize, it's not about the idea, it's about quality writing each week.

4/08/2014 06:18:00 PM

(4/08/2014 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Official scorers have to reacquaint themselves with the rule book. Errors are supposed to be on a sure out, one that takes little or no effort. A fly ball 400 feet away on a day with swirling winds? Please. Far too much "back in my day" selective memory going on.

4/08/2014 06:05:00 PM

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