Al's Ramblings



Monday, June 30, 2014

(6/30/2014 06:43:00 PM) - Al

The Rangers have several good relief arms, including Frasor, who Doug has talked to as a FA in the past.


6/30/2014 06:43:00 PM



(6/30/2014 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Poker pro Chad Brown passed away today, for real this time.:)

His ex wife Vanessa Rousso reports he did watch his honorary bracelet ceremony, either live or online, and the room was full of high fives.


6/30/2014 06:36:00 PM



(6/30/2014 06:04:00 PM) - Al

If you don't like the way the Clintons feel, just give it time...it'll change.


6/30/2014 06:04:00 PM



(6/30/2014 05:22:00 PM) - Al

Jason Kidd told the Nets he was leaving to be coach and president of basketball ops. Not sure if that would technically be above or below Hammonds, but I don't see John picking up a player that Kidd does not want.


6/30/2014 05:22:00 PM



(6/30/2014 05:20:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.

Note that every single thing this administration does takes some freedom away? It's almost as if that's a trend.


6/30/2014 05:20:00 PM



(6/30/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Another great ticket offer if you live near Milwaukee.


6/30/2014 04:58:00 PM



(6/30/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Remember how the world was going to flood when all the ice melted?

Highest ever.

Al Gore is a bad, bad man. And a liar's liar.

Hey rubes! The sky is falling.


6/30/2014 01:00:00 PM



(6/30/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The truth? The folk song singers lose interest in "causes" very quickly. Occupy lasted as long as it was a drug using, pee on the ground, easy sex camp out. As soon as it got a bit chilly, they went home to their parents and hooked up the PS3 and Netflix again.

Simply put, there is one way to quell pure evil, kill it. As long as there is profit in kidnapping, the sex trade, slavery, and so on; the only way to stop it is to make the consequences of getting caught so painful no one wants to do it. Trust me, the fellas stealing young women aren't the least bit bothered by social media.

The minute the world decided not to go after them, it basically sanctioned the behavior. While that's a shame, it's the way it is.

"We should do something about that." Sadly, "something" in this case means do nothing and hope for the best.

I'm not sure how they can live with themselves. I guess, sometimes, being oblivious to the pain and suffering of others is just the modern way of being selfish.


6/30/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/30/2014 11:17:00 AM) - Al

Hard not to feel bad for Larry Drew, who certainly did not have much of a chance to shine last season, and his team actually played far better in the second half, as beat up and injured as it was.

That said, Kidd reminds me a lot of Scott Skiles, who looks better every day, as his teams always defended and seemed to overachieve a few games. Kidd was a brilliant playmaker who had an incredible career despite having a well below average jump shot. He seems like a very good choice to be a guy who can hide weaknesses and get the most out of players.

Plus, nice to see the new owners taking charge and not even blinking at $5M they still owe Drew. 


6/30/2014 11:17:00 AM



(6/30/2014 11:07:00 AM) - Al

Jason Kidd named head coach of the Bucks, Nets get a 2nd rounder in 2015 and one later.

The trend seems to be very young coaches in the NBA, they now have 3-4 that just retired a year or two ago. Of course, Kidd is the only one who has had any success...yet.

Amazing how so many reports Saturday night were incorrect, as many had him being named team president and uninterested in coaching. That said, it seems very likely he will have far more say about the roster than most coaches.


6/30/2014 11:07:00 AM



(6/30/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Selfish and ignorant.

Get your vaccines. And stay in school.


6/30/2014 11:00:00 AM



(6/30/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Yep. It's all about them.


6/30/2014 09:00:00 AM



(6/30/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Why don't they want voter ID?

Because they want to cheat.


6/30/2014 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, June 29, 2014

(6/29/2014 06:28:00 PM) - Al

Cardinals lose today, so Brewers added a game and a half to their division lead while navigating a stretch of 20g in 20d.--Adam, MLB.com

I wrote about this stretch, and how it would be mighty tough.

1st in runs scored
1st in OPS
10th in runs allowed

The pitching did suffer a bit, but the offense was superb.


6/29/2014 06:28:00 PM



(6/29/2014 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez with two stolen bases today would seem to prove that everyone on the team has a green light.


6/29/2014 03:32:00 PM



(6/29/2014 03:21:00 PM) - Al

What's so stupid about this? You can go anywhere and not drink. You don't need a special place to do it.


6/29/2014 03:21:00 PM



(6/29/2014 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Figaro goers down to make room, and he would have certainly been the first guy out of the pen today.


6/29/2014 02:14:00 PM



(6/29/2014 01:31:00 PM) - Al

I just realized Bianchi may have got the nod because a LHP is on the mound.


6/29/2014 01:31:00 PM



(6/29/2014 01:08:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if Schafer made the trip with Bianchi and was told to stay at the hotel since Gomez is not seriously injured.


6/29/2014 01:08:00 PM



(6/29/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Doug is featured in Cafardo's weekly column.


6/29/2014 01:03:00 PM



(6/29/2014 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Bianchi up, Figaro down. Jeff starts at SS.


6/29/2014 12:24:00 PM



(6/29/2014 12:56:00 AM) - Al

Wow, these Bucks' bloggers are not ready for prime time. They are lost, confused, and act as if they have no understanding of business or sports.

There's a new sheriff in town. Actually two. They can do whatever they want. They put one of their leggy daughters on TV at the draft just because they can.




6/29/2014 12:56:00 AM



(6/29/2014 12:16:00 AM) - Al

Watching the DVR'd premiere of Girl Meets World.

1. Danielle Fishel looks superb.

2. Sadly, her screen time has been very minimal.

3. Someone apparently overlooked the little fact that comedies are supposed to be funny.

4. Both the teen girls that the show is supposedly about are as annoying as a toothache.




6/29/2014 12:16:00 AM


Saturday, June 28, 2014

(6/28/2014 11:42:00 PM) - Al

Hammonds eating lunch earlier today with his wife, I wonder if he knew about Kidd?


6/28/2014 11:42:00 PM



(6/28/2014 11:39:00 PM) - Al

Busted Coverage.com finds Larisa Braun's baby registry online.

Kid is due September 3rd. BC says it is a girl, but I do not see that anywhere.


6/28/2014 11:39:00 PM



(6/28/2014 10:51:00 PM) - Al

That only means a team would have to give up more in terms of prospects and the total package to get Price, which Melvin said would not be easy to do.
 
"We're not going to deal the young impact player to help our big club now," said Melvin. "It's going to be tough to do that. I think we do have a lot of players in our system that will play in the big leagues."

In terms of regular positions in the field, Melvin doesn't plan to do much shopping, mainly because he doesn't consider it an area of concern.

"You have to ask, where are you going to play a guy?" said Melvin. "We have a pretty good lineup. I'm not going to trade for a catcher or a second baseman or shortstop or left fielder or center fielder or right fielder."--JS

Doug does not rule out a 1B, but says no big improvements are available. He does not sound like the top prospects are available. 


6/28/2014 10:51:00 PM



(6/28/2014 10:16:00 PM) - Al

ESPN reporting Bucks and Nets already discussing compensation for allowing Kidd out of last three years of contract.


6/28/2014 10:16:00 PM



(6/28/2014 09:47:00 PM) - Al

No one will confirm this but I was told Kidd has been offered job as Bucks president.--Gery Woelfel

Last team prez was Herb Kohl. 


6/28/2014 09:47:00 PM



(6/28/2014 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Reports saying Kidd would be President, that Hammond and Drew could stay on. Makes sense/is weird.--Bucksketball

Probably tired of the daily coaching grind after 82 games. 


6/28/2014 09:32:00 PM



(6/28/2014 09:29:00 PM) - Al

2nd consecutive and 4th overall QS in 7 starts for Taylor Jungmann for Sounds. Final line: 7ip, 0r, 2h, 2bb, 8k (94/56).--Jeff Hem

He's improving. Learning how to miss bats at the higher level.


6/28/2014 09:29:00 PM



(6/28/2014 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Irving Falu brought up to the bigs by SD. Great opportunity for him, especially with many Padres on the trading block.

As I said here, the difference between Bonafacio and Herrera is almost nil. You could throw Falu's name in there too. The difference between them is Emilio has received the opportunity, and the others have not.


6/28/2014 09:00:00 PM



(6/28/2014 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Stunning piece from New York Post on Bucks' interest in Jason Kidd as coach and some sort of exec role.

EDIT: All in the family: 1 of Bucks new owners - Lasry - is friends with Jason Kidd and Kidd's agent. Stay tuned.--Racine Journal Times

This could have legs, especially if Kidd is thinking long term. He may look at the Bucks as I would...an opportunity to start over with little expectations. If he could win 38 games in a couple seasons and get a #7 seed, he would be hailed as the man who saved the franchise...in Brooklyn, that would get him fired. 


6/28/2014 08:46:00 PM



(6/28/2014 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Something to keep in mind...even if KRod and Smith are down tomorrow; Duke, Wooten, Kintzler, and Gorzelanny are available...even if Figaro is sent down to make room for a position player.  


6/28/2014 08:43:00 PM



(6/28/2014 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Chad Brown given an honorary WSOP gold bracelet. 

Terrible circumstances, but a nice thing to do.

EDIT: Brown passed away just before or after the ceremony. Reports from the WSOP say a couple players have told the floor to "blind them off" and have quit for the day.

Another pro, a European I have not heard of, was apparently killed last night as well.

EDIT 2: Reports of Brown's death have been greatly exaggerated. He is near the end of the line, but has not crossed it yet. 


6/28/2014 07:00:00 PM



(6/28/2014 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Schafer not in the lineup for the Sounds tonight.

We'll see if that is just coincidence or not. As I said earlier, he might be on a plane tonight and not know if he's on the roster until tomorrow.

EDIT: On 2nd glance, neither is Bianchi. 


6/28/2014 06:48:00 PM



(6/28/2014 06:45:00 PM) - Al

Gomez day to day...but aren't we all?




6/28/2014 06:45:00 PM



(6/28/2014 06:37:00 PM) - Al

A return trip to the DL with "pulled muscle from weeping so hard" may be upcoming.

Couldn't happen to a more wussy, immature fella.


6/28/2014 06:37:00 PM



(6/28/2014 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Smith and KRod may both be given the day off tomorrow. What a couple of studs. He doesn't get the late inning pressure spots, but Duke has been equally outstanding, and his numbers versus RH's are just as good. Never forget how many casuals said when he was signed if Zach pitched an inning in the majors, the season was a lost cause. Many very mediocre SP's adjust nicely to the bullpen.

Waiting to see if any moves are announced, but while phone calls may be made and a player or two hops on a flight, they might not know whose roster spot they'll be taking until tomorrow after tests are performed and the like.


6/28/2014 06:34:00 PM



(6/28/2014 06:11:00 PM) - Al

What's so sad is not only are the umpires wrong so often when they review, they have no idea how to run a game. They lollygag around, the challenge comes too late, and they aren't giving any effort at all (this is why the calls are wrong so often also), and they just ignore the rules put in place to keep the game flowing.


6/28/2014 06:11:00 PM



(6/28/2014 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Logan Schafer is an excellent defender, is not hitting at all in AAA. Gindl is, but would be well below average in CF, and to be blunt, would look awful playing the spot Gomez plays every day.

Eugenio Velez can play almost everywhere on the field, and might be a non roster possibility, as could Bianchi...they could immediately remove either when not needed anymore.


6/28/2014 05:45:00 PM



(6/28/2014 05:34:00 PM) - Al

Might be 2-3 changes to the roster soon. Gomez may be forced onto the 7 day concussion DL just to clear a spot.

Rumor has it, Wang may not be 100% either...:)


6/28/2014 05:34:00 PM



(6/28/2014 05:14:00 PM) - Al

Segura left the game with leg cramps.


6/28/2014 05:14:00 PM



(6/28/2014 05:10:00 PM) - Al

If anyone wants to invest with no risk, especially IRA money, that's something I do for a living.


6/28/2014 05:10:00 PM



(6/28/2014 05:06:00 PM) - Al

Two balls hit harder than any of the Rockies' efforts in the top of the frame.


6/28/2014 05:06:00 PM



(6/28/2014 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Three ground balls load the bases for the Rockies.


6/28/2014 04:52:00 PM



(6/28/2014 04:48:00 PM) - Al

It looks like tomorrow's game will be a sellout, as both 1st and 4th deck tickets that remain are labeled "obstructed view," though the lower deck is in the LF corner and has a limited view of the scoreboard, while the 4th deck has a sightline that involves a railing.

I admit, I'm not really into bobbleheads, I'd love one of Scooter. If someone has an extra, I'll be happy to reimburse you for the postage. I'm not a collector, so the box is not an issue to me.


6/28/2014 04:48:00 PM



(6/28/2014 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Who has the most walkoff hits for the Crew in a single season since 1974 (I assume the stat was not kept before then).

I do not what year, but I'll go out of the box with Scott Fletcher. The year Willie Randolph played 2B and hit .340 or so would be my next guess.


6/28/2014 04:37:00 PM



(6/28/2014 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Switch hitting catcher Shawn Zarraga, longstanding organizational soldier who has always gotten on base nicely, is one step away, now at AAA.

The former 44th round pick is now a probable call up in September to be the 3rd C, and considering how badly most backstops are at hitting, has produced his way into prospect status. Note he's thrown out over 40% of opposing base stealers this year.

.480/.494 and 32 walks compared to 12 K's are both pretty much video game numbers, and are likely impossible to keep up. That said, catchers don't have to hit much to be a backup.  


6/28/2014 04:08:00 PM



(6/28/2014 03:59:00 PM) - Al

I still don't think Gomez was out last night. Overbay tagged the runner today, but I'm not sure they can see it.


6/28/2014 03:59:00 PM



(6/28/2014 03:55:00 PM) - Al

Considering Larisa Braun is a model, she must be expecting, as she looks far from thin these days.


6/28/2014 03:55:00 PM



(6/28/2014 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Ironically, this is why I'm a conservative too...and I'm not black.


6/28/2014 03:32:00 PM



(6/28/2014 03:29:00 PM) - Al

Al,

I would agree it is unlikely the Brewers will go for, or have the prospects to get after the two big guns on the SP market, Price or Smaradija. Who do you think they might go after? They'd have to be better than Nelson, which in itself may be tough other than the top two, and without a long term commitment. 

MG

My guess a week or two ago was a guy like AJ Burnett, though the Phillies are somewhat back in the race, AJ might be an August deal. My other thought is a guy like Capuano, who has started and pitched in relief, and could be used as a spot starter. Now that Chris is out there for the taking, another might be Felipe Paulino (if healthy), or Paul Maholm (though LA is a contender and money is meaningless to them).

That said, Doug keeps mentioning relievers, and do not forget, Wooten, Thorburg, and Henderson all have options (and two are currently DL'd anyway) and can be AAA depth. TEX has Soria and Frasor, SD has Street and Benoit, TB has a couple, the White Sox have former closers Lindstrom and Guerra.  Many can be replaced with cheaper guys from the minors and most fans will never notice if they bring up a kid who puts up a 4 ERA instead of the above, who might have a 2.50....that's six runs over half a season...to the Brewers, that 1-2 wins might be vital, to the teams due to win 70 games...not so much.


6/28/2014 03:29:00 PM



(6/28/2014 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Hillary is far more honest when she's drunk.

Imagine what she would say about herself...


6/28/2014 03:11:00 PM



(6/28/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Casey emails to make sure we all realize what a terrible headline this is, as a walk off, by definition, always wins it.

The JS is worse than almost every Brewers' blog, and many of those are so full of factual errors, they read as fiction. 

ADDED:  That headline is right up there with the phrase "grand slam home run" vs. say, a "grand slam walk" I guess.--email from Shawn




6/28/2014 03:00:00 PM



(6/28/2014 02:53:00 PM) - Al

Very little talk of the Bucks saying Parker is a 4, who can play some 3.

With Giannis, who is probably a 3 who can play some 4 also on the roster, that's why Ersan and Henson are on the trade block.

I'd just like to say I think Henson is very overrated among Bucks' fans...he basically has one positive, that little 8 foot jump hook. He's too thin to rebound, and too thin to play defense, though he does block a few shots.


6/28/2014 02:53:00 PM



(6/28/2014 02:45:00 PM) - Al

It's amazing how many golf alternatives there are because nobody plays real golf. And yet, golf is a popular sport too.


6/28/2014 02:45:00 PM



(6/28/2014 02:39:00 PM) - Al

Think how short Sophia is going to look next to Parker.

My fondness for the vertically challenged is showing.


6/28/2014 02:39:00 PM



(6/28/2014 02:05:00 PM) - Al

How to iron pants.

That's easy...buy pants that don't need ironing. I remember when I was talking to the Rambling wife's uncle for the first time, he could not believe I did not iron my dress shirts. I still don't.


6/28/2014 02:05:00 PM



(6/28/2014 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Just another sign of how horrible the Brewers' farm system is. Sarcasm noted.

Don't forget, Gennett, Davis, Wooten, and Thornburg were all in the minors last season, and they ranked bottom five. They've all graduated to the bigs, and they now rank bottom five. How many teams that ranked higher have added four contributors?

Not very damn many.

Not to mention they currently have Fiers and Nelson at AAA, two of the best arms at that level, though many ignore Mike because he's too old.


6/28/2014 01:33:00 PM


Friday, June 27, 2014

(6/27/2014 11:47:00 PM) - Al

The New York Times is clueless.

They're thirty years behind. And further left than Marx.


6/27/2014 11:47:00 PM



(6/27/2014 11:26:00 PM) - Al

Caleb Gindl has a 879 OPS versus RHP this year in Nashville.

Jeremy Jeffress threw a scoreless 9th tonight, 38 K's in 31 IP, 1.95 ERA. Almost unhittable versus RH bats.

By my math, tomorrow is 90 days on the active roster for Wang. Just saying...

EDIT: Adam says today was 90. Regardless, now that that threshold has been reached, I think his arm might not feel 100%...


6/27/2014 11:26:00 PM



(6/27/2014 10:32:00 PM) - Al

2-1 in Frankie's blown saves. That's a pretty good mark.

I think it was Axford who said once it really wasn't a blown save if you leave the game tied, because that's a huge difference than behind behind or losing. That's very true, especially when you score more runs than anyone else (COL is 1st, but 8th on the road, meaning many of their runs are Coors related).


6/27/2014 10:32:00 PM



(6/27/2014 09:17:00 PM) - Al

I don't like either one of them.

Neither one understands capitalism is the key to a successful economy, despite the fact both have had success in the free market.

Clueless.


6/27/2014 09:17:00 PM



(6/27/2014 08:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have by far the best offense in the NL. It's not even close.


6/27/2014 08:45:00 PM



(6/27/2014 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Too busy complaining and defending a scandal ridden failure to be patriotic.

Damn shame. Lucky enough to live in the greatest nation in the history of the planet, and they don't appreciate it. Looking for utopia, never even notice they're already there.


6/27/2014 06:59:00 PM



(6/27/2014 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Very strange in season trade between PIT and ANA.


6/27/2014 05:23:00 PM



(6/27/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Walker thinking out of the box trying to pay for Bucks' arena.


6/27/2014 05:09:00 PM



(6/27/2014 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Why was Falu removed from the 40 man?

We're going to need a spot here shortly.--Gord Ash, who did not care to elaborate--MLB.com

Friend of Ramblings Ed pointed this quote out to me. My guess would be Ash knows an acquisition is soon to come, be it a trade, waiver claim, or even adding a non roster player from Nashville, like Jeffress or Bianchi.

Don't forget, Wang hits 90 days on the active roster this weekend. Roenicke has said he would like another position player. A minor move or two is on the horizon.


6/27/2014 04:37:00 PM



(6/27/2014 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Nice review of why the Brewers have had success.


6/27/2014 04:31:00 PM



(6/27/2014 03:29:00 PM) - Al

Bernie Pleskoff makes offers for Price.

Seems low to me, as he seems to think it will take one top prospect and one above average one, and maybe a third middling one.

I'd let the Rays take any three players in the minors not named Jimmy Nelson and never look back. They could take Estrada as the 3rd guy and flip him to a contender if they wish.


6/27/2014 03:29:00 PM



(6/27/2014 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Remember, all the know it all wanna be scouts said Taylor Green was a far better prospect than Michael Brantley.

By the way, Jason Rogers is working his way into true prospect consideration, as well as September call up possibility, as he can play 1B/3B/LF/RF, and is a power bat.


6/27/2014 03:24:00 PM



(6/27/2014 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Pathetic. The incompetent folks at the pageant should let her keep the cash. I'm guessing the national folks may have to kick it in to make this go away.

She can be Miss Ramblings, though it only carries a stipend of $11...


6/27/2014 03:19:00 PM



(6/27/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I always laugh that no matter how long the actual weekend is, people extend it by a day or two. For example, if it's a three day weekend, people take an extra day and make it a four day weekend. Four days becomes five.

We usually have a meeting on Thursday mornings. It's not mandatory, but most of us local folks go every week. At the end, they announced there would be no meeting next week, due to the 4th of July being Friday. Turns out, not only am I the only one working Thursday, I am the only one working Wednesday. Everyone else is working Monday and Tuesday only.

I couldn't help but think of my old company, in which they proudly told us we were all our own boss and could make our own schedule...and then complained when we took off...Good Friday. Even worse, one year, New Year's Day was on a Thursday, and they were shocked no one wanted to work on Friday the 2nd. 


6/27/2014 02:30:00 PM



(6/27/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Spent a great few days in Beijing. Now off to put our toes in the sand in Bali.--Facebook friend

I am not a liberal, so I do not dislike others for their success.

However, I do find it ironic that despite the fact I have no interest in visiting either place, I still feel a bit envious.


6/27/2014 12:30:00 PM



(6/27/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Ramblings' neighbor couple were watching their grandkids last night, while digging up some weeds or lawn at the end of their driveway. At least a half dozen times, I saw one of them race after one of the kids in the street, or in the garage, or somewhere.

I'm not sure if this is a lesson not to watch the grandkids, not to work outside, or what.

To be on the safe side, I'm swearing off both of them. 


6/27/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/27/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I often write about the Rambling dog, and whenever I do, I often hear from people who lost a dog, or tell me how much they like reading about him. Often, people tell me they saw what the post was about, and they were afraid something had finally happened to him.

Ronnie is 18, and we've had him 14 years. He's had good days and bad days over the years, and several times, we've thought he was on a gentle slope downhill that he would never overcome. For the past year plus, he gets up 1-3 times every night, wakes me, and goes outside. I think at this point it's just habit, but I don't have the strength to retrain him. He takes a pain pill every night, which is why we think he began getting up, panting loudly. The panting stopped the first night he took the pain reliever, but he still gets up.

Of late, his back legs seem to be giving him trouble...he kind of "hops" down the deck steps instead of walking, and he struggles on the hardwood floor...his back legs just won't support him, and he can't get a grip. I carry him into the bedroom, which is carpeted, and he regains his foothold, and he's fine, for the most part. I think the medicine keeps him from feeling much pain, but he sure looks awkward. Often, he looks up at us and looks embarrassed, as he waits for us to help him. Of course, we look at each other and wonder what's best...he doesn't act like he's hurting, much at least, but we don't really know either.

I often recall what our vet said last year, that "you will know" when the time comes. One day, I'm afraid, we're just going to wake up and the final step will be obvious; and we're going to have no doubt.


6/27/2014 10:00:00 AM



(6/27/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If Jesse Jackson did not get in trouble for "hymietown," the first lady will be allowed to get away with this slur as well.

That said, the Romanians are such a tiny group, they barely show up on the radar.


6/27/2014 09:00:00 AM



(6/27/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I've discussed before that the Crew might send a pitcher down and add a bench player with both Monday and Thursday off next week. With Wang hitting 90 days on the active roster, by my count, this weekend, we'll see what happens.

Also wondering if they might skip a SP, or if they'll just give everyone extra rest.


6/27/2014 08:30:00 AM



(6/27/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh. Considering about 75% of the country did not watch a second of the game, and most were unaware it was taking place, this is kind of funny.


6/27/2014 07:30:00 AM



(6/27/2014 12:12:00 AM) - Al

First of many.

He thinks he's king. What's so sad is, he has no idea what he's doing...it's almost as if he's never run anything before.


6/27/2014 12:12:00 AM


Thursday, June 26, 2014

(6/26/2014 11:46:00 PM) - Al

Guy on Life Below Zero just got three grouse with one shot.

I feel a lot less manly.


6/26/2014 11:46:00 PM



(6/26/2014 11:15:00 PM) - Al

It's Scooter's world, we're all just living in it.


6/26/2014 11:15:00 PM



(6/26/2014 10:46:00 PM) - Al

Knicks took Giannis' brother at #51.


6/26/2014 10:46:00 PM



(6/26/2014 10:37:00 PM) - Al

Bucks deal final pick to ATL for a future pick. No room for another youngster, I assume.


6/26/2014 10:37:00 PM



(6/26/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Reports out of the WSOP indicate Chad Brown is in hospice care. The pro has been suffering from cancer for a few years. Just 53.

Brown was married to fellow pro and model Vanessa Rousso for a couple years.


6/26/2014 09:55:00 PM



(6/26/2014 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Bucks select Damien Inglis, a 19 year old playing in France, with two years left on his deal. If it's for them, he is unlikely to play in the USA until 2016; with 1st pick of 2nd round.

EDIT: ESPN is reporting the Bucks love his athletic ability and length, and will bring him over this season.

Never mind. 


6/26/2014 09:49:00 PM



(6/26/2014 09:38:00 PM) - Al

Erik Komatsu, traded for Jerry Hairston Jr. a few years back, taken in the Rule 5 draft by Cards, picked up by the Twins, and released earlier this year, tweets out he has signed with MIL.

I assume Huntsville or Nashville is his next stop. Ceiling probably a reserve OF.


6/26/2014 09:38:00 PM



(6/26/2014 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Doug mentioned tonight for about the 22nd time this season you can never have too many relievers.You can never have enough SP's either, but I think he's confident with Nelson and Fiers in AAA. Said Mike went back down to build up his arm strength in case they need him as a SP.

Bragging up Scooter and Lucroy.


6/26/2014 08:13:00 PM



(6/26/2014 07:41:00 PM) - Al

76ers took Elfrid Payton to trade him.

He's a big point guard, something the Bucks were said to love back when they had Jennings/Ellis.


6/26/2014 07:41:00 PM



(6/26/2014 07:26:00 PM) - Al

Bill Simmons is so bad, you almost feel sorry for him.

It'd be like me discussing a lingerie fashion show...just because I'm a fan of what I'm watching doesn't mean I have anything to add the public wants to hear.


6/26/2014 07:26:00 PM



(6/26/2014 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Hammond says a plethora of nice things about Parker. He's in MIL to stay.


6/26/2014 07:21:00 PM



(6/26/2014 07:14:00 PM) - Al

Wondering if the Twins learned their lesson about pushing prospects too soon?

I guess not...


6/26/2014 07:14:00 PM



(6/26/2014 06:41:00 PM) - Al

ESPN is reporting Wiggins to CLE, Parker to MIL.


6/26/2014 06:41:00 PM



(6/26/2014 06:39:00 PM) - Al

Hearing Bucks looking to acquire veteran big man. Sanders would presumably be part of the deal.--Racine Journal Times

I must admit, me saying Sanders was getting far too much money for a solid season in which he still sucked offensively has proven to be as prophetic as anything I've ever said.

Let's be blunt here...there's nowhere to go but up. I like several players, and would not trade Knight, Wolters, or Middleton; but if there was ever a time to start over, this is it.


6/26/2014 06:39:00 PM



(6/26/2014 06:31:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks have been actively shopping their top 2 second-rounds today: Nos. 31 and 36.--Racine Journal Times

I'm curious if they're trying to move up into the first round, move down in the 2nd, or trying to package them with player(s) for player(s).


6/26/2014 06:31:00 PM



(6/26/2014 06:11:00 PM) - Al

Jeremy Lin still on the trading block for the Rockets, as they try and clear cap space to make Lebron an offer. They've been trying to land Ersan for a year or two also.

Gotta be a deal there somewhere, right?


6/26/2014 06:11:00 PM



(6/26/2014 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Know why this is funny?

Because it sounds just like something a liberal would do.


6/26/2014 06:07:00 PM



(6/26/2014 04:18:00 PM) - Al

There's a couple ways to look at this, as $1.5M is not much compared to player payroll, which is in the $60M range, more in many cases. The coaching staff as a whole probably makes about $5M, not even 10% of the total of the players.

That said, does anyone really think the Heat and Spurs have the best assistants, and they have dominated the past three seasons.


6/26/2014 04:18:00 PM



(6/26/2014 03:59:00 PM) - Al

Reports that Cavs are asking for 3, 10 & 32 from Sixers for No. 1. If Sixers tanked all year for Wiggins, they have to say yes, right?--ESPN.com

If the Cavs take Parker, and the Bucks swing this, I'd be pleased.


6/26/2014 03:59:00 PM



(6/26/2014 03:55:00 PM) - Al

Yes, that is the same Chris Smith who pitched for the Crew in 2009-10. Pitched decently in '09 actually.


6/26/2014 03:55:00 PM



(6/26/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Emailer says his SUV's tires cost $275 a piece. No tire place he's gone to has more than one tire to choose from, it's such strange size. He found some online for $219, but it cost $50 for delivery...each.

Our first Vue was like that, over $200 each, and no tire place even stocked it, had to drive out to Saturn to buy it and then just charged us for the installation and what Saturn charged them. The Rambling wife had visited me at the store, went to Wal Mart, and came out to a flat. I told her to go buy a Fix A Flat and drive across the street to Tires Plus, because Wal Mart said they did not stock that size. TP said it was far too big to patch, and then found out that size was the holy grail to replace.


6/26/2014 03:39:00 PM



(6/26/2014 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Tune up and tires on car, about $650. I like the fact that spark plugs and wires cost $60, while a part he can't honestly tell me what it actually does runs $250. 

Remember the days when you could buy tires for $30 each? Heh. You know, we don't need that silly pipeline from Canada to boost North American oil production.

If you are a mechanical whiz, shoot me an email or tweet, I'll give you the list of the stuff that "could" be replaced and you can tell me if you'd fix it and when. My O2 sensor and some other valve (EKG? EPG?) have been bad for 70K miles, so I'm not bothering with them unless someone can convince me it's worthwhile. Luckily, our neighbor and the Rambling wife's walking buddy's hubby is a car guy and will level with me. Between him and a couple of you, I'll figure it out.

This is the price you pay for not having a car payment for eight years.


6/26/2014 02:58:00 PM



(6/26/2014 02:38:00 PM) - Al

UW-Milwaukee buys naming rights to old Mecca, recently known as the US Cellular Arena.

They need to drop the UW and simply be known as University of Milwaukee (as does Green Bay), to differentiate from the other UW campuses without D1 programs, but other than that, brilliant, out of the box marketing.

And without a single tax dollar spent. Imagine that. 


6/26/2014 02:38:00 PM



(6/26/2014 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Many say Bucks promised to take Michigan big man Mitch McGary with ther first pick in the 2nd round if available, as he shut down workouts after the Bucks. He has said he would prefer a 2nd round selection, because then he could negotiate his own deal, rather than the 1st round "slot," which is guaranteed, but also for 3-4 seasons.

McGary may be hoping to sign a 1-2 season contract and hit free agency at 22, much like Wesley Matthews Jr. did, hitting the jackpot with a $35M deal after a surprising rookie campaign.

Bucks also like Giannis' brother with one of their three 2nd rounders...he might be stashed in Europe or the NBDL for a season or two.

Celtics looking to pick up a 2nd rounder, Bucks said to be hoping to trade their final one if they get the players they want, swap it for a future one.


6/26/2014 02:28:00 PM



(6/26/2014 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Crew removes Irving Falu from 40 man to try and slip him through waivers to open up a spot, fails when Padres claim him.

Good luck to Irving, he is probably correctly placed at AAA, but he could probably be a plenty passable utility player if just given the chance. Now, explain to me why he was claimed and Pete Kozma was not...versatility I guess, but Kozma could easily be a starting SS for several years.

Brewers will likely be making a few moves, clearing a couple spots as they look to add a player or two via waivers or trade. I pegged Falu as player #40 a while back, and they do have a few players injured (Hellweg and Burgos), who could be outrighted or moved to the 60 day DL, which would cost only money, as they would then get the major league minimum and earn the player major league service time, as opposed to the standard AAA salary for 40 man members.


6/26/2014 02:20:00 PM



(6/26/2014 12:13:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife's office asked someone to take a personal day today, due to a lack of business, so she volunteered and is in the Dells with the Rambling son, enjoying discounted Ducks, boat rides, and water parks (they do this in June, as they don't hit their peak season until July 4th).

I'm not a water park person, but do enjoy the boat tours and other touristy stuff. My office day is Thursday, but being a 1099 executive, I am not required to attend, and could have easily been talked into joining them. However, I don't recall being asked...


6/26/2014 12:13:00 PM



(6/26/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The one thing I did appreciate about the Nats TV guys on MLB Network yesterday was they openly discussed "punting"...though they did not call it that. When they let the pitcher bat in the 7th, they admitted the Nats would have a slightly better chance of winning if they pinch hit. That said, they figured Williams felt the innings that fresh arm they brought up before the game were more important than a better chance of scoring runs.

Granted, down 7, even a home run probably only increased their chance of winning from less than 1% to 5%. The math simply said to get the game over with. If they had scored a few and made it 9-6 or 9-7, then they're looking at a realistic chance of getting back to even. Down that many, nope.


6/26/2014 10:30:00 AM



(6/26/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

With this stuck in Congress, Obama will act on his own.

Just like the Founding Fathers would have wanted.

The horror.


6/26/2014 09:30:00 AM


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

(6/25/2014 09:47:00 PM) - Al

A's sign ten year stadium extension, out clause if they get a new ballpark that isn't such a hole.


6/25/2014 09:47:00 PM



(6/25/2014 09:05:00 PM) - Al

A possible target of the Brewers' scout looking at the Rays...Juan Carlos Oviedo (who went by the name Leo Nunez).

In addition to Zobrist and Price, of course, who likely are too "expensive" prospect wise for MIL anyway.


6/25/2014 09:05:00 PM



(6/25/2014 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Sources: If Bucks, Magic, Jazz or Celtics move up to No. 1 — Jabari is their man. If Sixers move up it’s for Wiggins.--ESPN.com

So, if CLE takes Wiggins, the Bucks will have four offers on the table for Parker. 


6/25/2014 07:11:00 PM



(6/25/2014 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Capuano DFA'd by Red Sox.

He had a 3.38 ERA until his last outing, in which he gave up 5 runs in 2+ innings to the A's. There's been several players on waivers of late that I was surprised to see not claimed or signed after clearing waivers.

Here's another.


6/25/2014 06:54:00 PM



(6/25/2014 05:06:00 PM) - Al

Figaro pitched two innings yesterday afternoon in Utah as well. Yeoman's work. I'm not sure if Kintzler could have gone back out anyway, as guys with arm issues often struggle to pitch, rest, and then pitch again.

They could send him back down and bring up Nelson or Pena, who would both be available tomorrow night (or Blazek, who is also on the 40, but who has pitched rather badly), but that seems unlikely.

Every time I see Alfredo, I am surprised how thin he is. He sure generates a lot of velocity for his weight.


6/25/2014 05:06:00 PM



(6/25/2014 04:19:00 PM) - Al

Tremendous use of the 40 man roster and options by the Crew, and Figaro gets the last six outs. Thankfully, Nashville had flown home from Salt Lake City after a day game Tuesday, and Nashville-Milwaukee is possible, unlike Albuquerque or Tacoma, where the Sounds could have been.

Often, players will be out of options and can't be sent down. Kudos to the Crew for building that flexibility into the roster. 


6/25/2014 04:19:00 PM



(6/25/2014 04:10:00 PM) - Al

The difference between that and the Pirates' one?

Gerrit Cole wasn't there to overreact and, in general, act like a 14 year old girl.




6/25/2014 04:10:00 PM



(6/25/2014 02:23:00 PM) - Al

I'm on record as saying Jabari Parker is my pick of the draftees, and that I'd trade down to try and get three good players instead of one.

That said, it's nice to see a player openly pleading to come to Milwaukee.


6/25/2014 02:23:00 PM



(6/25/2014 02:14:00 PM) - Al

I find it funny car repair and tire places are only open Saturdays until noon and not at all on Sundays, because it's very tough to get an appointment then, they are always full. At the very least, they should be open all day Saturday (maybe close at 3).

On Facebook, at least once a year, some clown talks about how great the "old days" were, because everyone went shopping Friday night, and the downtown was packed. They forget that was the case because stores were closed Sunday, Saturday after noon, and every night of the week except Friday.

Yeah, I long for those days of hellishly inconvenient shopping.


6/25/2014 02:14:00 PM



(6/25/2014 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Nats announcer just called Segura "Sig-a-row-a."

If nothing else, these guys make me appreciate BA and Rock. The color guy, FP Santangelo, acts as if he gets paid by the word. He never shuts up after one pitch until the next.


6/25/2014 02:03:00 PM



(6/25/2014 02:01:00 PM) - Al

I just think it's a darn shame Scooter Gennett will never hit for power, since he didn't at age 20 in the minors.--casual fans everywhere

Now if you'll excuse me, I just pulled a muscle patting myself on the back.

Remember, the best indicator of future power is extra base hits. Scooter had 52 of them in Appleton, in his first year of pro ball. 


6/25/2014 02:01:00 PM



(6/25/2014 01:53:00 PM) - Al

Herrera is seeing the ball about as well as he ever will. He might find a place in the lineup the next couple days to give someone a rest.


6/25/2014 01:53:00 PM



(6/25/2014 01:50:00 PM) - Al

The odds seem quite long, but this reminds me of how the Crew got Sabathia...early, before you would expect.

I'd give up the top 4-5 guys in the system, other than Nelson, for Price.

Know what? Someone will likely give them more.


6/25/2014 01:50:00 PM



(6/25/2014 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Adam LaRoche would have pitched the 16th last night had WASH not scored in the top of the inning.


6/25/2014 01:26:00 PM



(6/25/2014 01:25:00 PM) - Al

As I was afraid of, Kintzler was unavaialable last night due to "shoulder fatigue." Supposedly is available today.

Fiers was the last pitcher available other than Wang, so he probably would have went another 2-3 frames.


6/25/2014 01:25:00 PM



(6/25/2014 01:04:00 PM) - Al

Kozma cleared waivers and has been optioned.--Fox.com

I can't believe not a single team thought he would be an upgrade on their current utility infielder.  


6/25/2014 01:04:00 PM



(6/25/2014 01:02:00 PM) - Al

Game is on MLB Network today. FYI.


6/25/2014 01:02:00 PM



(6/25/2014 12:46:00 PM) - Al

The Crew has a scout watching the TB/PIT game today, as do many teams, as David Price is starting. Of course, no one knows if they are watching Price, or other players like Zobrist.


6/25/2014 12:46:00 PM



(6/25/2014 12:22:00 PM) - Al

Brewers running with a reserve laden lineup due to injuries.


6/25/2014 12:22:00 PM



(6/25/2014 12:17:00 PM) - Al

Fiers down, Figaro up.

Alfredo has not been pitching very well in AAA, but looked like his old self when up earlier. Sine his return from the DL, he has a 3.08 ERA. I have not heard if he'll be available today, but obviously, Fiers would not have been anyway. Mike says he's going down and will rejoin the rotation in Nashville.

And yes, I do know how the braintrust thinks.


6/25/2014 12:17:00 PM



(6/25/2014 12:06:00 PM) - Al

Jabari Parker says he's not opposed to going to Cavs, but said no commitment was made. Said Bucks told him they'd take him if he's there at 2.--Yahoo

That seems pretty clear, unless a trade is made. 


6/25/2014 12:06:00 PM



(6/25/2014 12:01:00 PM) - Al

Braun, Ramirez and Gomez are all banged-up for Brewers. RR concerned after watching them move around gingerly last night.--MLB.com

Those two days off in four days will be good for a lot of players. 


6/25/2014 12:01:00 PM



(6/25/2014 11:45:00 AM) - Al

I've had Street as one of the more likely guys to end up in MIL for a month.

So few teams are "out of it," SD is sitting in the catbird's seat with a pair of experienced, solid arms.


6/25/2014 11:45:00 AM



(6/25/2014 11:41:00 AM) - Al

I always find it funny how teams preach defense...as long as that good defensive player can hit.

Kozma will have several teams interested in his just for his D and ability to play 2B/SS. He rates 10 runs above average at SS, and likely would be even higher at 2B, as the throw is far shorter. You could even see him fitting in on the Crew, as Herrera, who I love as a utility guy, would be hard pressed to play SS every day even for a week or two if Segura went down, and Elian is better suited as a 4th/5th OF anyway, on a team with the normal amount of bench guys.


6/25/2014 11:41:00 AM



(6/25/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Never has so much been spent and written about something that has helped so few.

Not about healthcare. It's about getting the rubes used to having the government run their life...badly.


6/25/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/25/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh.


6/25/2014 10:30:00 AM



(6/25/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

She may be the most ignorant person in the land.


6/25/2014 10:00:00 AM



(6/25/2014 12:04:00 AM) - Al

FSW.com and MLB.com both reporting Detwiler threw 46 of 46 fastballs.


6/25/2014 12:04:00 AM



(6/25/2014 12:01:00 AM) - Al

Fiers will be unavailable for a couple days, so if they could, the Crew would probably send him out and bring up another arm, though proximity probably won't allow it.


6/25/2014 12:01:00 AM


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

(6/24/2014 11:00:00 PM) - Al

At least W had a plan.


6/24/2014 11:00:00 PM



(6/24/2014 08:09:00 PM) - Al

If ORL were to offer the Bucks this for pick #2, I would think the Bucks would and should take it in a second.


6/24/2014 08:09:00 PM



(6/24/2014 05:11:00 PM) - Al

I'm sorry, but, the people using this service may be the wimpiest folks on the planet.

That said, they should try this brand new technique known as not being a drunk.


6/24/2014 05:11:00 PM



(6/24/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

You can still see some of the wheel ruts from the Oregon Trail.

Damn settlers ruining the planet!


6/24/2014 10:00:00 AM



(6/24/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It makes perfect sense for them to both play for a tie...that's why it will never happen.


6/24/2014 09:00:00 AM



(6/24/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

The divorce rate is nowhere near 50%, as that's just dumb math. There are about half as many divorces each year as marriages, but if you think that is 50%, you must work in government.

It's somewhere in that 20-33% range, and if you've been divorced already, it's higher.


6/24/2014 08:00:00 AM


Monday, June 23, 2014

(6/23/2014 11:31:00 PM) - Al

Caleb Gindl with a 850 OPS versus RHP, Schafer at 788 in his small sample at AAA. Neither have hit LHP, but Gindl has faced a ton of them.

If they go with one of them in a week or so, I'd have to guess they would go with Caleb.


6/23/2014 11:31:00 PM



(6/23/2014 09:47:00 PM) - Al

As the TV guys discuss the 13 man staff, don't forget, Estrada could be replaced by Nelson in the rotation at any time...Marco would have to go to the bullpen, as he cannot go down (I don't think). He could easily replace Fiers and Wang out there.

While Henderson is a ways off, Thornburg could return in a week or two as well.


6/23/2014 09:47:00 PM



(6/23/2014 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Ron discusses adding a bench player and subtracting a reliever, maybe in a week or so.

Purely by coincidence, of course, is the fact that Wang, by my calculations, hits 90 days on the active roster Saturday.


6/23/2014 08:57:00 PM



(6/23/2014 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Almost all these are hoaxes. Every store I ever worked for just told you to "give them whatever they want" if they wrote or called corporate. People know this, and see it as a potential gold mine.


6/23/2014 08:21:00 PM



(6/23/2014 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Got an email today asking who my untouchables would be if the Brewers would have a chance to get a top arm or position player. I only have one, and two others I'd hate to move:

Jimmy Nelson--no deal
Tyrone Taylor--hesitate immensely
Mitch Haniger--ditto

If they continue to contend, no one else would be off limits.


6/23/2014 08:07:00 PM



(6/23/2014 07:54:00 PM) - Al

It always amazes me when they interview wives of players and they're just...kind of pretty, but, nothing like a model or anything.

I hate to say it, but Sophia was the best looking one in that last group. And, Bishara puts them all to shame.


6/23/2014 07:54:00 PM



(6/23/2014 07:51:00 PM) - Al

All that begging people to vote...seems to be working.

The Brewers are at a huge disadvantage because they had so few home games in June when they had paper ballots.


6/23/2014 07:51:00 PM



(6/23/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The old media has just been making stuff up for 45 years.

Because they can.


6/23/2014 02:30:00 PM



(6/23/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

The New York Times is nothing but a slanted pack of lies.


6/23/2014 12:30:00 PM



(6/23/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Obamacare was never about health care, it was about government control.

However, the unintended consequences are quite real.

Hey, I didn't vote for him.


6/23/2014 12:30:00 PM



(6/23/2014 11:45:00 AM) - Al

We live in WI, where they prosecute you for fictional crimes...but only if you're conservative.

It's beyond mortifying. When they can't win at the police place, they dig for dirt and make up the rest.


6/23/2014 11:45:00 AM



(6/23/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The Red Sox have signed 11th round selection Karsten Whitson for $100,000, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Whitson was formerly selected ninth overall in the 2010 Rule 4 draft by the Padres, but he turned down a $2.1MM bonus to attend the University of Florida.

These fools that turn down money to make future generations comfortable deserve what


6/23/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/23/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Interesting piece on the history of high heels.

Considering I wear crocs unless I'm working, the idea of uncomfy footwear is lost on me.


6/23/2014 11:00:00 AM



(6/23/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The thing is, we have all known for years philosophy and creative writing were ridiculous majors, but since the government subsidizes everyone's education, people take what they want with no concern for the cost.


6/23/2014 10:00:00 AM



(6/23/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. This pic would be even funnier with more kids.


6/23/2014 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, June 22, 2014

(6/22/2014 06:52:00 PM) - Al

I rue the day that things "even out" for the Brewers.

I have no trouble with the fact that hard work and skill leads to more luck. That said, so does dumb luck.


6/22/2014 06:52:00 PM



(6/22/2014 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Bucks are open for business.

I would not deal Knight, Giannis, or Wolters, and would have to be overwhelmed for Middleton. However, I understand the idea of wanting a fresh start after last season.

I'm all for trading down and picking up more players and picks...with three 2nd rounders, trading for a future 2nd rounder or picking a player from Europe who is a year or two away makes sense, as you don't need three young players at the bottom of the roster that need specialized coaching.


6/22/2014 01:34:00 PM



(6/22/2014 12:48:00 PM) - Al

If I had a dollar for every "World Cup viewing party" I've seen advertised, I'd never work again. Bars and restaurants are promoting it as if you simply are not allowed to watch soccer by yourself.


6/22/2014 12:48:00 PM


Saturday, June 21, 2014

(6/21/2014 10:42:00 PM) - Al

After six games in high offensive environments of Arizona and Colorado, the Brewers are 2nd in runs scored and 10th in runs allowed.

A while ago, they were 5th and 7th. 


6/21/2014 10:42:00 PM



(6/21/2014 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Nelson goes 7 innings and 102 pitches, so, once again, he's not pitching on short rest. Doug and Dan O'Brien watched him pitch tonight though, so while that may have been coincidence on one of their normal visits; they got a good look at him.


6/21/2014 10:13:00 PM



(6/21/2014 06:46:00 PM) - Al

I bet Ron will say Frankie and Will were both "down" today.

The way he used the 'pen was completely different, and letting Wily throw 110 pitches and lead off the 8th was as well.


6/21/2014 06:46:00 PM



(6/21/2014 06:44:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling parents always called those big brown moths that come in the house when we let the Rambling dog in and out "millers." I was just thinking of that today as one flew around the window, so I looked them up.

Probably comes from their European heritage, but what they called "Miller moths" are not what is described and pictured, and, don't even live here.



6/21/2014 06:44:00 PM



(6/21/2014 04:24:00 PM) - Al

I don't think there's anything wrong with what she's doing, as she's just getting paid for what most people do for free. She's her own person, and can do what she wants. Sounds like a very smart, well spoken young woman.


6/21/2014 04:24:00 PM



(6/21/2014 01:15:00 PM) - Al

This is what government does when it's not taxing and spending.

They do a great job.


6/21/2014 01:15:00 PM



(6/21/2014 12:46:00 PM) - Al

There is a lot of interest in Sanders right now. They might be able to use that (or John Henson) to get another pick in the draft. Point guard is an area they'd like more help at and there are several intriguing point guards a little later in the draft. I know the Bucks would love another Lottery pick, but the cost is high right now.--ESPN.com

This draft may well be the turning point for the organization, as they have the #2 overall pick, three 2nd round picks, and several trade chips that seem to have more value to other teams than they do to the Bucks, including a plethora of big men. 


6/21/2014 12:46:00 PM



(6/21/2014 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Seems like I say this every five days, but Jimmy Nelson goes tonight for Nashville. If he's pulled early, we'll know the Crew are at least considering having him replace Estrada.


6/21/2014 12:33:00 PM



(6/21/2014 11:47:00 AM) - Al

Hope Solo is mighty good looking, but she has her demons.


6/21/2014 11:47:00 AM



(6/21/2014 11:22:00 AM) - Al

Last 30 days, MLB leaders in OPS: 1 Trout 2 Gattis 3 KDavis 4 Lucroy 5 Chisenhall 6 Cruz 7 Dickerson 8 Gordon 9 Encarnacion 10 Gennett.--Joe Block

3 of the top 10? That's how they can afford to have a bottom 5 1B (though Overbay has hit in the lst 30 days as well.


6/21/2014 11:22:00 AM



(6/21/2014 12:42:00 AM) - Al

Ariel Pena pitches 6 and gives up only a run, and Jeremy Jeffress pitches two scoreless...that's 1 run in his last 21 frames.

Pena might well be dealt if the Crew looks to add in July, as Ariel is out of options, and his results have never equaled his stuff. This year, a passable 4ish ERA, but inconsistent.


6/21/2014 12:42:00 AM



(6/21/2014 12:31:00 AM) - Al

Brad Mills gave up 4 hits, 4 walks, 3 runs (2 earned) in his 4 innings for the A's tonight, in his debut start.

That's what I call a short leash.

EDIT: Just saw the highlights, the two fastballs I saw Mills throw were clocked at 86 and 87. You can have success in the majors pitching at that velocity, but you have to be near perfect location wise. 


6/21/2014 12:31:00 AM



(6/21/2014 12:02:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I haven't heard a lot from those folks that were so unhappy the Crew signed KRod, because he was accused (charges were later dropped) of some sort of domestic abuse.

I'm sure Doug could have signed a choir boy, but I doubt if they'd be an elite closer.

I predicted Frankie might well return from the day he was dealt to the Orioles, darn near as often as I said "All Scooter does is hit." I'm sure he'll have some poor outings, but he's already earned his salary. And, all you hear is what a great guy and leader he is.

Never judge a person by their worst day.


6/21/2014 12:02:00 AM


Friday, June 20, 2014

(6/20/2014 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Hillary trying to prove she's as bad as Bill.



6/20/2014 10:00:00 PM



(6/20/2014 06:12:00 PM) - Al

I just hate the way FSW abuses the Fox Sports Wisconsin girls. Look how much they despise what they do!


6/20/2014 06:12:00 PM



(6/20/2014 04:28:00 PM) - Al

Diamondbacks designated RHP J.J. Putz for assignment.

I don't have proof/numbers, but it seems like several pitchers have been demoted/released this season after the Brewers beat them up. 


6/20/2014 04:28:00 PM



(6/20/2014 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Valveeta recalled, not enough preservatives.

That's why organic fruits and veggies all end up in the trash too.


6/20/2014 04:13:00 PM



(6/20/2014 04:05:00 PM) - Al

I just noticed the former Kansas center spells his name Embiid, not Emblid.

Eye appt made.


6/20/2014 04:05:00 PM



(6/20/2014 03:54:00 PM) - Al

So? He did it without raising taxes or spending, so we hate him.--Dems

It's simply astounding what happens when you introduce fiscal sanity to liberal government.


6/20/2014 03:54:00 PM



(6/20/2014 03:49:00 PM) - Al

I've said all along if I were the Bucks GM, I'd trade down for a young player(s) with upside (along the lines of Brandon Knight/Khris Middleton), as I'd rather have 2-3 players than one.

If Emblid's injury makes that happen, so be it.


6/20/2014 03:49:00 PM



(6/20/2014 03:31:00 PM) - Al

To many young women, college is a way to take yourself out of poverty.

To others, it's having a child.

Nobody likes to admit that, but when you have nothing, a combo platter of entitlements and child support looks pretty inviting.

Remember that hardly anyone is in poverty if they wait until they are 25 or older to marry and/or have children. Even 22 and over. Meanwhile, starting a family young makes poverty the expected way of life.


6/20/2014 03:31:00 PM



(6/20/2014 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Reds call up Jumbo Diaz, who is listed at 6-4, 315.

I have a new hero.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go loosen up the old arm...


6/20/2014 03:05:00 PM



(6/20/2014 01:23:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife emailed, informing me she'll be going out after work with some work cohorts to a local microbrewpub for dinner, and at about 8 or so, the Rambling neighbor she often goes for walks with is going to be coming there to listen to the band that's playing.

This is the conversation that followed:

Me: So, what about the BBQ ribs I have cooking in the crock pot?

Her: Oh, was that tonight? Take them out, we'll have them some other time.


I slave over a hot stove slow cooker all day for five minutes, and this is the thanks I get...


6/20/2014 01:23:00 PM



(6/20/2014 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Since this teen girl is so charitable, the Huff Post insists it is OK to appreciate how pretty she is.


6/20/2014 11:45:00 AM



(6/20/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Hillary can't handle any situation herself. She's completely clueless.


6/20/2014 08:30:00 AM


Thursday, June 19, 2014

(6/19/2014 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Brewers, Padres, and Brewers all have four more wins than they "should" have, based on runs scored and allowed. In MIL's case, using Wang in blowouts and losing by more runs than otherwise contributes a bit.

Note that the A's, who have the best record in the game...have seven fewer wins than you'd expect, through less than half the season. The Orioles were incredible lucky in '12, winning 10-12 more than they "should have." The A's are on pace to win 95 games and be 15 below expected. Imagine that. 


6/19/2014 09:03:00 PM



(6/19/2014 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Herrera 3-11 with a RBI, R, SB, and SF in his starts. They won all three games he started.

I don't think most casuals appreciate his versatility. He's not a defensive whiz anywhere, but he makes the routine plays in both the infield or outfield. Since he can play anywhere, you can just build your bench based on other factors, and he can fill in anywhere in that last spot.


6/19/2014 06:02:00 PM



(6/19/2014 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Why is he giving Lucroy and Braun off today? They don't have a chance, unless they win 1-0. He should have given them off last night, since they lost anyway. I hate it when they don't even try to win.--actual message board quote

I'm wondering how this dude manages to turn on his 'puter.


6/19/2014 05:56:00 PM



(6/19/2014 05:53:00 PM) - Al

Since the Crew went to 13 pitchers, the starters have averaged 6.2 innings, compared to just under 6.1 for the season.

They are giving Smith more time off, but he's working most games in which he is available...stop me if you've heard this before, but most games are close. Other than that, pretty similar.


6/19/2014 05:53:00 PM



(6/19/2014 05:25:00 PM) - Al

If Hamilton can put up a 800 OPS, he's probably a top 25 player, as his speed makes him incredible valuable for picking up bases and runs, and on defense. He's a guy who can score from 2B on an infield single, if the ball rolls away from the fielder, or if the throw is in the dirt.


6/19/2014 05:25:00 PM



(6/19/2014 04:26:00 PM) - Al

I've never been to a drive in, and I can't say the idea excites me.

I know some drive ins do three movies now, which means if they are two hours each, it would get done about 3AM. I hope that comes with a wake up call.


6/19/2014 04:26:00 PM



(6/19/2014 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Tough to keep all those lies straight.


6/19/2014 04:05:00 PM



(6/19/2014 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Proof they are terrified of Walker.

By the way, the "story" today is the exact same stuff they tried to push through for years. Nothing stuck. It's painful how disgusted the left is that Walker does what he said he would do, and it's working, despite the fact Obama's economy is in shambles, having almost doubled the amount of unpatriotic debt (his words, not mine).


6/19/2014 03:45:00 PM



(6/19/2014 03:20:00 PM) - Al

I'm assuming the first 2-3 bites would be OK, and the rest of it would be awful.


6/19/2014 03:20:00 PM



(6/19/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

More jobs created in the past three years than the previous eight?

Coincidence, I'm sure...because as we all know, businesses adore the tax and spend mentality.


6/19/2014 01:00:00 PM



(6/19/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

It's not just that public schools are so biased, but they're so bad at hiding it.


6/19/2014 12:30:00 PM



(6/19/2014 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Braun, Lucroy get a break today as a stretch of 20 games in 20 days rolls on.--MLB.com

Surprised Ramirez is playing every day. I expected him to at least get day games after night games off.

What's funny is, as soon as they went with 13 pitchers, I think the SP's have went 6 IP every game, and probably averaged 7+. It's astounding.

I would guess Smith is off today too.


6/19/2014 12:24:00 PM



(6/19/2014 12:20:00 PM) - Al

I don't think Obama understands what "special forces" do.

Highly trained combat specialists have no desire to teach a bunch of locals what they do. Those locals, who go home every night whether they are supposed to or not, have no desire to learn what it takes to be a disciplined killing machine.

Simply put, he has no idea how the world works, nor the intelligence to learn. Folk songs, holding hands...why isn't this working?


6/19/2014 12:20:00 PM



(6/19/2014 11:53:00 AM) - Al

Last 30 days in MLB: 

Jonathan Lucroy 2nd in OPS 

Khris Davis 6th in OPS.--Joe Block

Those folks that insisted Davis needed to be platooned or sent to AAA have been mighty silent lately. If you pay attention to small samples, you'll want to release everyone.



6/19/2014 11:53:00 AM



(6/19/2014 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Those facts sure are painful.


6/19/2014 11:49:00 AM



(6/19/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Nothing does more damage to the left than when they show clips of the left talking.

They were wrong about Iraq, and their policies have now returned Iraq to a hotbed of terror and civil war. They just don't get it. Folk songs and holding hands does not do anything to stop evil...bombs and bullets do.


6/19/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/19/2014 11:17:00 AM) - Al

Kid from Viroqua throws just under 150 pitches at state tourney.

While I doubt the kid has a future in pro ball anyway (so few HS kids from WI do), the fact no one cares enough to impose even a high limit (125?) makes me wonder what exactly the WIAA does all day except count cash. 



6/19/2014 11:17:00 AM



(6/19/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This could make Emblid fall to the Bucks, or it could alter the first pick so the Bucks end up taking someone else



6/19/2014 11:00:00 AM



(6/19/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Watching our DVR'd The Chew episodes Tuesday night before the late Crew start, both the Rambling wife and I were shocked to hear them say iceberg lettuce causes constipation. Verified by Google.

Considering it is mostly water, with some fiber, that is very surprising.


6/19/2014 10:30:00 AM



(6/19/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Hypocrites? The Clintons?

I, for one, am shocked.


6/19/2014 09:30:00 AM


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

(6/18/2014 09:37:00 PM) - Al

I wanna give the Nashville Sounds a shoutout and wish them the best for the rest of the Season!!--Hiram Burgos

Burgos has not pitched in a while, and does not sound like he'll be back until 2015.

The Crew may well take Burgos and Hellweg off the 40 if they need space. Falu's spot would also be in serious jeopardy, I would assume.


6/18/2014 09:37:00 PM



(6/18/2014 08:02:00 PM) - Al

One of the worst calls you will ever see, and the sad thing is, the ump got it right, but replay overturns it, yet no one knows why. The runner slid in easily, and Wilson did not block the plate. What's the catcher supposed to do, stand ten feet away from the plate?

As bad as it gets.


6/18/2014 08:02:00 PM



(6/18/2014 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Top OPS as a C
1. Lucroy - .937
2. Montero - .798

An emailer pointed this out. I must admit, that's really impressive...he's 17% higher than the 2nd best at his position. That's Bonds in his prime like. 


6/18/2014 07:52:00 PM



(6/18/2014 07:39:00 PM) - Al

The Cardinals prove they do indeed have less fun than any other successful team.


6/18/2014 07:39:00 PM



(6/18/2014 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Randy Wolf cleared waivers and elected free agency. He might find a job as a SP if a team has pitchers struggling, or down with injury. He seems like a guy who could be a loogy for several years, but who knows if he wants to do that.

He'd be a nice guy to have in Nashville and promise him if a team wants him in the majors, they'll release him. He has to get innings somewhere.


6/18/2014 07:23:00 PM



(6/18/2014 06:15:00 PM) - Al

Dana Eveland picked up a save today, the 2nd of his career...his first was in his rookie season with the Crew, 2005.

I thought he looked good last week versus the Brewers. He seemed very weak mentally, if he'd give up a cheap hit or two and then just fall apart. He's had a decade to grow up, and like Parra, made it to the majors very young due to his southpaw status.


6/18/2014 06:15:00 PM



(6/18/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

They've lost Chuck Todd, who has never pretended to be anything but a Dem mouthpiece. 


6/18/2014 02:00:00 PM



(6/18/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Just how far left are the ones that say he's doing a fine job.

Imagine what the numbers would be if the old media actually was neutral, asked tough questions, and didn't fawn over him like a newborn puppy.


6/18/2014 01:00:00 PM



(6/18/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Hope and change.


6/18/2014 12:00:00 PM



(6/18/2014 11:41:00 AM) - Al

AOL has a piece on Joel Osteen's NYC Night of Hope.

The irony here is, he fills Yankee Stadium on a Saturday night, with people paying $40-100, and the church on the corner struggles to get folks to show up for free.

You'd think they would figure out it might be time to be funny, positive, and leave the "world is going straight to hell" stuff in the past. But no, they have such a slanted view that they insist people complain if they have a short sermon.

No they won't. In fact, they are begging for it.



6/18/2014 11:41:00 AM



(6/18/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

What an idiot.

Kids do need to eat, and they also need to run around some. Heck, I'm overweight because of a lack of exercise. Putting veggies on my plate I'm not going to eat ain't going to help.


6/18/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/18/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Great piece about summertime facts.





6/18/2014 09:30:00 AM


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

(6/17/2014 11:47:00 PM) - Al

I pride myself on being a contrarian, and as often is the case, everyone seems to be missing the most important thing...on that first attempt to hit Braun, the ball went behind him, and it was pure luck that the catcher caught it. That would have tied the game, and makes me wonder if ARI is even trying to win the game...they seem far more caught up in the sideshow aspect of it.

That borders on game fixing to me. MLB does not take that lying down, ask Pete Rose.



6/17/2014 11:47:00 PM



(6/17/2014 11:07:00 PM) - Al

Actually had Sizemore on my "Brewers most likely to trade for" list I started last weekend. The position players were Zobrist, Sizemore, Barmes, McGehee, Aoki.

Pitchers? Adams, Capuano, Street, Frasor, AJ Burnett.


6/17/2014 11:07:00 PM



(6/17/2014 03:48:00 PM) - Al

Chelsea says Bill did a fine job of being a role model;

Goodness. This woman is going to be one helluva mom. Poor kid has no chance. None.


6/17/2014 03:48:00 PM



(6/17/2014 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Grady Sizemore's days as a Red Sox might be short.--Cafardo

EDIT: Sizemore DFA'd by Red Sox. Making $750K this year.

I was just thinking the other day that Sizemore would be a nice pickup for the Crew.

Only a .288/.324 line this year, but 25% of his PA's have been versus LHP. Also a very low .266 BAbip, which shows bad luck more than a loss of skill. And even though he has struggled, he's still walked 10% of the time, something MIL could use. Has played all three OF spots too. 


6/17/2014 02:27:00 PM



(6/17/2014 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Brewers send Brad Mills to A's for cash. Not sure if he is being added to the 25 man or not.

I have to wonder if OAK will soon outright Mills to AAA (if indeed he was added to the 25 man) and hope he sneaks through (not sure if he can turn it down or not). Good luck to him.



6/17/2014 01:31:00 PM



(6/17/2014 12:29:00 PM) - Al

She is simply a hated woman. The fct she has been anointed as the '16 Dem nominee says far more about the left's lack of depth than it does Hillary's popularity.


6/17/2014 12:29:00 PM


Monday, June 16, 2014

(6/16/2014 10:53:00 PM) - Al

Brad Mills has an opt-out provision in his minor league deal that was triggered on Sunday, but can only be exercised if he has an offer from a team that would put him on its 25-man roster.

Mills, 29, has impressed at Triple-A, with a 1.56 ERA and 9.2 K/9 against 2.2 BB/9 through 75 innings (including 12 starts).--JS, via MLBTR

Most years, Mills would have been up a month ago. The SP's have been healthy, and while a few relievers have been dinged up, they have replaced each other for the most part.


6/16/2014 10:53:00 PM



(6/16/2014 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Heard the first hour of the game on the radio on my way from an an appointment. Counsell on with Joe, proudly talking up the fact the Brewers' supposedly crappy minor league system has produced a pair of above average position players, in Scooter and Davis.

The Crew will always be underrated just because they don't play in a large media market, not do they "brag them up," choosing instead to quietly let them develop.


6/16/2014 10:05:00 PM



(6/16/2014 10:01:00 PM) - Al

Still like Herrera to be Scooter's platoon partner and very versatile bench guy after Rickie's contract expires.


6/16/2014 10:01:00 PM



(6/16/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

The Soup Nazi has a bunch of food trucks and has Shaq as a partner.



6/16/2014 04:00:00 PM



(6/16/2014 02:26:00 PM) - Al

Slowey and Wolf both DFA'd by the Marlins.

There's some value in both, though they are probably better suited for the bullpen and to spot start if needed. Wolf allowed under a 600 OPS versus LH bats this year. He could have another ten years as a loogy.


6/16/2014 02:26:00 PM



(6/16/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Chelsea Clinton had been on a date so Hillary asked her if she had a good time.

Chelsea said she had a wonderful time and thinks she's in love.

Hillary said, "You didn't have sex, did you"?

Chelsea said, "Not according to dad".


This is one of Ramblings' classier moments.

But, funny is funny. 


6/16/2014 01:30:00 PM



(6/16/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Adoption is all but dead.

She leaves out the obvious...there's good money to be made keeping a child, especially if you're young, single, and poor.


6/16/2014 12:30:00 PM



(6/16/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I think it's funny when people are more offended when the weapon pictured has plastic parts to make it look more military like. In reality, it's a hunting rifle made to look cool.

That said, those Duggar gals even manage to create controversy fully clothed. That takes skill.


6/16/2014 12:00:00 PM



(6/16/2014 11:45:00 AM) - Al

The left doesn't care about terrorism...but they draw the line with taters.

It's funny because it's true.


6/16/2014 11:45:00 AM



(6/16/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Principal bans God Bless the USA song, because she's an unpatriotic cretin.

You know, there's no fences around the country, she's free to leave any time. I know several folks who will assist her.


6/16/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/16/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

You can judge a person by how they treat "little people."

Hillary fails again. But only because she's a horrible human being.


6/16/2014 10:30:00 AM



(6/16/2014 09:51:00 AM) - Al

Took us until now to figure out what the appendix actually does...but we are 100% certain it's getting warmer colder warmer and colder, often in the sane day, because of carbon emissions...that did not exist during all of our ice ages, or even our mini ice age.



6/16/2014 09:51:00 AM



(6/16/2014 09:42:00 AM) - Al

If you thought that 5 for 1 swap was bad, wait until you hear about the 12 for 0 one.

Neville Chamberlain was a spot on negotiating wizard compared to this guy. American blood will be lost because of this. Terrorists do not "wise up" doing time.Bill Ayers still hasn't apologized.


6/16/2014 09:42:00 AM



(6/16/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another school making an embarassing decision.



6/16/2014 08:00:00 AM



(6/16/2014 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Adam of MLB.com reports he has heard nothing from Milwaukee or Nashville about Brad Mills, who had an opt out date of June 15th.


6/16/2014 06:00:00 AM


Sunday, June 15, 2014

(6/15/2014 08:50:00 PM) - Al

Watching Field of Dreams tonight for about the 20th time.

Read the bio of the real Doc Graham. Just as interesting, if not more, than the fictional one they used in the movie.




6/15/2014 08:50:00 PM



(6/15/2014 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Crew dressed like rappers for flight.

Far comfier than a shirt and tie.


6/15/2014 08:28:00 PM



(6/15/2014 02:25:00 PM) - Al

He is a caricature of himself.

Worries about climate change, and spends the entire weekend playing golf where they use tons of groundwater to keep the grass especially pretty.

Hypocrites don't get any more obvious.


6/15/2014 02:25:00 PM



(6/15/2014 01:22:00 PM) - Al

Estrada making a case that he is not 100%; velocity at 89, off speed stuff hanging.

EDIT: Fangraphs has his average at 88.6 for the season. I wonder if they use a different gun, as the TV one rarely has him below 89.


6/15/2014 01:22:00 PM



(6/15/2014 01:10:00 PM) - Al

At this point the only way the president will pay attention is if they rename the holes on the golf course after cities in Iraq.--JR Salzman

I think JR gives him too much credit.



6/15/2014 01:10:00 PM



(6/15/2014 12:03:00 PM) - Al

This is a free ticket, 

It isn't good for anything.

It's just free.

From the Rambling son this morning. I admire his sense of humor, and his thriftiness.


6/15/2014 12:03:00 PM



(6/15/2014 10:56:00 AM) - Al

Heh.


6/15/2014 10:56:00 AM



(6/15/2014 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Have to see if Frankie gets the day off tomorrow, as he has thrown four days in a row. Smith has pitched 3 of 4 as well.

With 6 other relievers out there, including 3 LH's (not counting Wang in either), you might well see some mixing and matching if they do decide to let KRod rest.


6/15/2014 12:00:00 AM


Saturday, June 14, 2014

(6/14/2014 10:30:00 PM) - Al

I would rather have Hill or Prado...Prado can play multiple positions and I would rather have Hill over Gennett and Weeks at 2B.--message board poster


Prado has a 685 OPS this season, and is signed through 2016...$11M a year.

Hill has a 699 OPS this season, and is signed through 2016...$11M now, $12M later.

Those numbers include their home games, which are played in Arizona, the 2nd best offensive park in the NL.

Scooter and Rickie have a 773 OPS, good for 3rd best 2B production in the NL.

How thankful are we that Doug is in charge? And this is why I rarely check these boards anymore...that may be the stupidest thought ever recorded on the internet.


6/14/2014 10:30:00 PM



(6/14/2014 10:16:00 PM) - Al

If tonight was Brad Mills' last appearance in Nashville (he went 6 and gave up 1, and can opt out tomorrow if he chooses), he'll finish with a 1.56 ERA. Jeremy Jeffress went two scoreless and has a 1.71 ERA.

By the way, Taylor Green can opt out tomorrow as well, though he might want to get his OPS up to 700...versus RHP...first.


6/14/2014 10:16:00 PM



(6/14/2014 10:12:00 PM) - Al

Chatter in both clubhouses about the role Gennett played in tonight's outcome. Esp. the long AB that cost Latos another inning.--MLB.com

I had Scooter as a top 3 prospect for years. Meanwhile, the minor league gurus insisted Taylor Green was better than Mike Brantley.

If only I was a fraction as smart as the clowns who pull muscles patting themselves on the back. And by the way, that Braun kid has a hitch in his swing.


6/14/2014 10:12:00 PM



(6/14/2014 07:39:00 PM) - Al

How the government killed people during Prohibition.

What's so sad is the incredibly high levels of "well, we know better than all the rubesism."

Sort of reminds me of...


6/14/2014 07:39:00 PM



(6/14/2014 07:32:00 PM) - Al

If Obama were president after WWII,Western Europe and Japan would have been Soviet satellites by 1952.

If Obama was president during WW2, the USA would have been too. 


6/14/2014 07:32:00 PM



(6/14/2014 07:29:00 PM) - Al

Bayer back and body is aspirin and caffeine.

If you've ever bought brand name aspirin in your life, you deserve to be separated from your money.


6/14/2014 07:29:00 PM



(6/14/2014 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Obama flew a jet all the way to the West Coast then rode in a massive motorcade to give a speech at UC Irvine about carbon emissions.--Hale Razor

It's funny because it's true.


6/14/2014 07:22:00 PM



(6/14/2014 05:49:00 PM) - Al

As I said day Obama announced total withdrawal, "all of the gains made possible" by US troops in Iraq "are now at risk."--John McCain

McCain has forgotten more about national defense than this clown will ever know.

By the way, tonight Obama is fiddling fundraising while Rome Iraq burns.

We're in the very best of hands. 


6/14/2014 05:49:00 PM



(6/14/2014 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Emilio Bonifacio MLB--.321/.341
Elian Herrera MLB------.318/.315

EB AAA---.355/.386
EH AAA--.372/.424


I, as have some others, have suggested the Crew look into acquiring Bonifacio, but since he went on the DL yesterday, I started to wonder...do we already have him? 





6/14/2014 04:42:00 PM



(6/14/2014 02:59:00 PM) - Al

Of course, the left insists that all the gents in Guantanamo are just poor, misunderstood peasant farmers.

Because they don't believe in terrorism.

Or doing anything to stop it.


6/14/2014 02:59:00 PM



(6/14/2014 01:07:00 PM) - Al

If I have this right, Iran, the country responsible for the weapons expert and the IED that took my arm, is going to help America with Iraq.--JR Saltzman

We're in the best of hands.

Maybe we'd have a president with a remote idea if we have some sort of golfing emergency in the Middle East.


6/14/2014 01:07:00 PM



(6/14/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers officially sign 1st round pick, all ten picks in the fold, under bonus limit, so no penalty or tax.


6/14/2014 01:00:00 PM



(6/14/2014 12:06:00 PM) - Al

Obama has managed to lose a war that we'd already won.--Eric Bolling

After WW2, the USA left troops behind for almost a decade. Heck, still have troops in Germany.

There's a reason for that. But common sense and learning from history are not strengths of the administration.

However, they are very good at scandals...


6/14/2014 12:06:00 PM


Friday, June 13, 2014

(6/13/2014 11:15:00 PM) - Al

Logan Schafer and Irving Falu optioned to Triple-A. Gorzelanny coming off DL and Elian Herrera coming back up.

I was partially right, and Herrera is a far more versatile OF, as Falu has not played LF or CF much. Nice of them to give Irving a start before shipping him down, though he is known as a far better defensive 2B/SS.

If Elian can do the job backing up SS and CF, it may also "create" a spot for Gindl, who would be a nice power bat off the bench. I think Logan will go down and have a .400 OBP, as long as Nashville doesn't run into a bunch of lefties. 


6/13/2014 11:15:00 PM



(6/13/2014 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Don't look at me, I didn't vote for him.--Dennis Miller

He's the punchline to the world's jokes.


6/13/2014 09:32:00 PM



(6/13/2014 09:25:00 PM) - Al

If you report on Twitter who won the sausage race, there's a very good reason why you're single.


6/13/2014 09:25:00 PM



(6/13/2014 09:21:00 PM) - Al

How do you know Mary Burke is lying?

Her lips are moving.

Has yet to receive a single "true" rating from the leans left Politifact. Not one.


6/13/2014 09:21:00 PM



(6/13/2014 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Top draft picks at Miller Park tonight, probably to be announced after all the Wall of Honor guys.


6/13/2014 06:36:00 PM



(6/13/2014 06:34:00 PM) - Al

I mean, seriously, hookers and drug dealers don't make this much.

And they have actual talent.



6/13/2014 06:34:00 PM



(6/13/2014 06:24:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Hopefully, the CBS sitcom is not too offended.


6/13/2014 06:24:00 PM



(6/13/2014 05:24:00 PM) - Al

Gorzelanny will be activated tomorrow.

The most obvious choice to go down would be Fiers, but another would be Logan Schafer, who rarely plays, and if nothing else, could use some PA's. The negative would, of course, be that Falu would be the only reserve for Segura and all three OF's. The positive would be an extra arm in the bullpen, which might well protect Smith, Kintzler, and others from an extra appearance or three.


6/13/2014 05:24:00 PM



(6/13/2014 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another teacher embarrasses themselves.

Why don't those kids realize that recess is meant for bullying that the schools will ignore until someone gets hurt, and then blame the victim equally? And, of course, for mocking fiscal conservatives.





6/13/2014 04:15:00 PM



(6/13/2014 03:56:00 PM) - Al

No talent, unattractive daughter of Dems gets $600K per year...sounds like a the left and NBC have some sort of "arrangement," doesn't it?

It's a massive, tangled web they weave.

If they could only govern without a weekly scandal and not pretending to care how four Americans died. This is the president who was impeached still being treated like some kind of hero.

I'd say it was a conspiracy theory, except that conspiracy theories, you know, aren't carried out right before our eyes in plain sight.


6/13/2014 03:56:00 PM



(6/13/2014 03:49:00 PM) - Al

Falu gives Jean a night off.

Surprised Ramirez is playing tonight, and/or Lucroy.


6/13/2014 03:49:00 PM



(6/13/2014 03:15:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

As bad as I thought it would be, the Obama years have been a hundred times worse. I yearn for a scandal free eight years and someone with a clue.


6/13/2014 03:15:00 PM



(6/13/2014 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Jim Henderson, on the 15-day disabled list with right-shoulder inflammation since May 2, traveled with the Brewers on their current eight-game, nine-day road trip in order to continue his rehabilitation program.

Earlier in the week he made 35 throws from 90 feet and said he was hoping to begin throwing from the mound again by June 18.

"A lot better than the first time we tried to come back," said Henderson, who had to be returned from a minor-league rehab stint last month. "I'm still optimistic about the second stint here."

The Canadian native has his eyes on being back by July 1, when the Brewers play a two-game interleague series in Toronto, but a return early in the second half is probably more likely.

"I don't think it's a realistic goal, but I'd really like to make that Toronto trip and be active for that," he said. "But I think best-case I'd be doing rehab stints during that time. So we're looking at probably middle of July then if that's what they're telling me. The important thing is, as long as I'm throwing the ball well and I can help out in the second half, that would be great.

"If I can get back to where I was, that would be perfect."--JS

Jim would be due back on almost the exact same day when Wang hits 90 days on the active roster...hmmm.

That reminds me, they have to do something with Tom G today, either activate him or start the DL process again. Time will tell.


6/13/2014 03:09:00 PM



(6/13/2014 02:51:00 PM) - Al

While manager Ron Roenicke wouldn't divulge any more details about the family situation that led to Wily Peralta's departure from the team Wednesday night, he did reiterate Peralta will be with the Brewers on their next road trip, which begins Monday in Arizona. Peralta will throw a bullpen session in the Dominican Republic and make his scheduled start against the Diamondbacks on Monday.--JS

The TV guys did not mention this, unless I missed it. 


6/13/2014 02:51:00 PM



(6/13/2014 02:24:00 PM) - Al

It's the left's world, we're just living in it.


6/13/2014 02:24:00 PM



(6/13/2014 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Added the Charter Gold package for the weekend so I can DVR the new Dennis Miller special on Epix.

Set the DVR to record about twenty movies. Currently watching The Millers on HBO On Demand.

Pretty sure this is how successful people live.

Getting my $3 worth...


6/13/2014 02:16:00 PM



(6/13/2014 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Anyone with an ounce of common sense saw this coming.

Sadly, this rules out everyone in the administration, who, let's not forget, are chosen strictly based on blind loyalty, not skill or qualifications.



6/13/2014 12:45:00 PM



(6/13/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

My Facebook has "preschool graduation" pictures and announcements EVERYWHERE.

I went to preschool, and I never had a graduation. No party, no certificate of completion. No nothing.

How I've avoided therapy and a life filled with uppers, downers, and senseless violence is an incredible testament to my inner strength.


6/13/2014 11:00:00 AM



(6/13/2014 10:45:00 AM) - Al

Don't look now, but the Brewers are up to 3rd in runs scored, and down to 7th in runs allowed in the NL.

If you remove Wang, they move down to 5th, but every team gets better if you remove their least effective pitcher. 


6/13/2014 10:45:00 AM



(6/13/2014 10:28:00 AM) - Al

Brewers' starting pitchers lead majors with 418.1 innings pitched. Cincinnati, their opponent tonight, is second with 414.2 IPs.--JS

Give Roenicke credit, but this is a major reason why they've basically been able to have a six man bullpen with Wang pitching in a blowout once in a while. 


6/13/2014 10:28:00 AM



(6/13/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Today is Friday the 13th. Many people are afraid of this day, because they have a brain the size of a pea.

Some people believe in Bigfoot, even though no one has a decent picture of one, although most everyone has a camera on their phone. Of course, hairy 8 feet tall creatures that live forever make perfect sense. 


6/13/2014 10:00:00 AM



(6/13/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

W left office and Iraq was a model for the Middle East.

Obama declared the war over, but terrorists didn't seem to listen.

Fight the war until it's over. It's just too bad some people don't have the wherewithal to finish a job.

By the way, that's why you don't inform the enemy of the date you're leaving. As if that takes an ounce of common sense. 

ADDED: Obama was bragging about his policies a while back. Take responsibility for your disaster. I think the guy who stands on the street corner by Burger King and yells at traffic would be smarter on foreign policy than BO. As clueless as it gets.

It's almost as if he's never been in charge of anything his entire life. 


6/13/2014 09:00:00 AM



(6/13/2014 12:28:00 AM) - Al

Marcus Hanel tweeted out that the team is unable to fly out of NYC because "it's too late." Busing to Newark to take another charter from there. I would guess about a 5AM arrival with a 6AM bedtime.

Nice of the Mets to insist on a night game, huh?


6/13/2014 12:28:00 AM


Thursday, June 12, 2014

(6/12/2014 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Obama disapproval among independents at 77.2%.--Reuters

The only folks who aren't disgusted are so far to the left they wonder how in the world the USSR could have possibly failed. 


6/12/2014 11:08:00 PM



(6/12/2014 09:22:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder why a bunt down the 1B line is not attempted here.

EDIT: With Flores too, though it's not quite as easy with a force at home. 


6/12/2014 09:22:00 PM



(6/12/2014 09:10:00 PM) - Al

Never seen that before. Groundskeeper talks umpire out of rain delay.

With the proper new rules, of picking up where it leaves off, they should not play in any poor conditions.


6/12/2014 09:10:00 PM



(6/12/2014 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Looks like three huge crowds this weekend at Miller Park, both Saturday and Sunday look to be near sellouts, with probably a 35K+ house tomorrow evening as well.

Get your tickets quickly. 


6/12/2014 08:43:00 PM



(6/12/2014 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Hey, I didn't vote for him.

What exactly is he capable of doing without proving what a buffoon he is? Becaused we ain't found it yet.


6/12/2014 07:13:00 PM



(6/12/2014 06:51:00 PM) - Al

So, which other major league team did Charlie Moore play for?

Answer below, if you want to think about it a few seconds.



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Toronto Blue Jays


6/12/2014 06:51:00 PM



(6/12/2014 03:28:00 PM) - Al

The emphasis on shrink is common in retail, and new managers, especially taking over in a store where the previous manager was fired, were often told to "clean up" the store before an inventory...that was code for throwing out old, beat up products to artificially make the store look better, crisper.




6/12/2014 03:28:00 PM



(6/12/2014 01:42:00 PM) - Al

I'm having a hard time believing he has children...


6/12/2014 01:42:00 PM



(6/12/2014 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Sickels reviews the NL Central drafts, says the Brewers could be great or awful.

That's why he gets the big bucks.:)


6/12/2014 01:36:00 PM



(6/12/2014 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Rival GM says Ben Zobrist will draw trade interest from more teams than David Price due to difference in $$$. Versatility appealing, esp in NL…

Brewers' player told me Zobrist could fit MIL, too, playing all over.--Rosenthal

I have trouble seeing the Crew trading for a guy making $7M that wouldn't have a spot to play everyday...but maybe he would play 1B if everyone was healthy, resting, and productive.

EDIT: As I've said before, Emilio Bonafacio makes more sense, as he's cheaper and has more experience at 3B, in case Ramirez gets hurt again.

We're starting to hear rumors about relief pitchers on the block as well...Houston Street, a name that has jumped out at me, is one of them.


6/12/2014 12:33:00 PM



(6/12/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Catholic church attendance far lower than in the 50's...despite the fact the population has doubled.

I discuss this once a month or so, and whenever I do, I get flooded with email telling me I'm incorrect, and that math is biased. Church attendance is down all over, and as I have pointed out, if you were living fifty years ago, hopped in a time machine, and landed today, while the world is far different, the church service is all but identical. They are too long, too slow paced, too wordy, too negative, and too many songs and, my goodness, far too many verses in those songs. And, as the Rambling brother will remind me if I leave it out, the average age of people attending is old. Not old like myself, but old as in, I would often be referred to a Junior, or that young whippersnapper.

The funny thing is, the only people I have ever heard argue church services are too short are, wait for it, ministers. They insist many of their members complain that sermons, and church itself, are not long enough.

Selective hearing has never been more obvious.




6/12/2014 11:30:00 AM



(6/12/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Lucroy getting national press.

Note Rosenthal calls Braun the LF. The old media is just awful.


6/12/2014 11:00:00 AM



(6/12/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Global warming "facts."

Repeat after me...climate changes. It always has, and it always will. We've had several ice ages, and a mini ice age that may not have ended until the mid 1800's (google it).

If you want me to worry about it being half a degree warmer cooler different, you better quit only using the two hottest/coldest days of the month, which has led to recent years being labeled the hottest and the coldest.

I may have the attention span of a moth, but I know junk science when I see it.


6/12/2014 10:30:00 AM



(6/12/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Catchers .341/.403/.509 and above

Lucroy 2014 
Mauer 2009 
Piazza 1997 
Hartnett 1937 
Dickey 1936 
Hartnett 1935 
Cochrane 1931 
Cochrane 1930 
Hargrave 1926--Joe Block

Historical production.


6/12/2014 09:00:00 AM


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