Al's Ramblings

Sunday, August 31, 2014

(8/31/2014 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Brewers would not include Jimmy Nelson in any trade, including David Price talks.

8/31/2014 10:36:00 PM

(8/31/2014 09:31:00 PM) - Al

No Schafer, Rogers, Wooten or Blazek in tonight's Sounds' game, but my longshot pick, Brent Leach, did pitch.

8/31/2014 09:31:00 PM

(8/31/2014 08:49:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, Doug seems very prophetic and genius like, as a month ago, right before picking up Parra, he said he was only interested a 4th OF that could play CF.

8/31/2014 08:49:00 PM

(8/31/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

I have to wonder if Doug is making any calls about a CF given Carlos' injury. An OF of Davis/Parra/Braun is certainly not bad, and Schafer and Herrera in reserve is not either...while the backups lack power, not a lot of guys with pop available that can play CF.

8/31/2014 08:27:00 PM

(8/31/2014 07:56:00 PM) - Al

Just showed Martina Hingis in the crowd.


Hey, I know I'm no Bob Redford either. Martina is 33, and she looks like she's in her mid 40's. Looks like she's wearing more makeup than a bus full of cheerleaders.

Don't do drugs kids. You stay in school. 

8/31/2014 07:56:00 PM

(8/31/2014 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Schafer not in Nashville's lineup tonight, I assume he has already boarded a plane to Chicago...heck, he might be there already. Weisenburger, one of the catchers who might be considered for the "just in case" duty is playing. We'll see what pitchers are used later...Wooten went an inning yesterday, so I figure he's done and on his way as well.

I just noticed the Sounds played two yesterday, and Schafer nor Jason Rogers played in the 2nd game, and Matt Pagnozzi caught game one as well. Add Mike Blazek to the mix, and that's probably much of the first group coming up.

Caleb Gindl is still there, but might get a buzz if Gomez has to miss more than a day or two. "His wrist popped" sounds rather negative to me.

8/31/2014 07:23:00 PM

(8/31/2014 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Suddenly, everyone seems to notice the Cubs' future looks very bright.

I've seen it coming for ages. All you had to do was pay attention.

8/31/2014 04:34:00 PM

(8/31/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

BUMP: Will continue to update Broxton news at the bottom of this post until he end of the day.

Brewers acquire Jon Broxton from Reds, per Rosenthal.

Updated below, newest stuff at the bottom.

Broxton signed to a $9M deal for next season, his option for 2016 now becomes mutual. Huge trade for the Crew, to get one of the best set up men in the game for the last month. He may end up filling the need for the '15 closer as well, as $9M is, needless to say, a lot to pay for middle relief.

I was thinking this morning, it would not surprise me at all if Doug picked up a player before the deadline...but I was thinking of a 1B, as I felt enough of them would have cleared waivers to make a minor upgrade. I did not see this coming. 

Have to see if they had to give a lot, or if the Reds were happy to get out from that contract. Doug has been trying to land Jon since he was in LA, a half decade ago. Big guy, throws hard.

Two PTBNL go to the Reds. I am not sure of this, but I'm almost positive PTBNL's cannot be on the 40 man. Considering the salary he is owed, I doubt they will be top prospects in the system.

Broxton has been equally dominant versus LH and RH batters this season, and about equal throughout his career. He has gone more than three outs once this season. Appears almost certain he will pitch the 8th and KRod the 9th, with Smith/Jeffress/et al moving to the 6th and 7th.

Broxton will join the team tomorrow in Chicago, so no roster move. They had a spot open on the 40 man, so technically, I believe he is on the 40 but not the 25.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the offseason, as KRod and the Brewers seem to have a good relationship, and despite past (and 2014) success, no one seems at all willing to let Frankie close, or at least they haven't since 2011. As the story goes, he waited to see if a MIL offer would come in, even though he did not expect to close.

Broxton has struggled a bit in August, but most of it seems to be BAbip related, .379 have found a hole, after about .200 prior...luck evens out, and .200 is unsustainable. Only 48 innings, so it's doubtful he's tired. With the rosters expanding, I doubt any of the top 4-5 relievers pitch down more than a run in September.  

Adam reports the Brewers did win a waiver claim for Broxton on Friday, and had until noon today to make a deal. Players will be named before end of season.

I would guess the Crew waited out the Reds, and due to CIN's salary issues (they pay Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Bailey, and Chapman about $58M in '15; and $75M in '16).

Brewers and Reds have one player agreed on, 2nd on a list.

Reds' GM says players they receive will be guys that can help in the next year or two, indicating AA/AAA is likely. 

If a "Player to Be Named Later" (PTBNL) is part of a trade, the PTBNL cannot be on an MLB 25-man roster (MLB Active List) at any time starting when the trade is executed up until the PTBNL is announced. Clubs have six months to agree on a PTBNL. A cash payment (typically $50,000 for trades involving players on the 40-man roster) can be substituted for a PTBNL if no agreement can be reached within six months.

So players cannot be on the 25 man roster if they are PTBNL, but can be on the 40. Based on the description that they are close, my guess would be guys that may be out of options...Ariel Pena jumps to mind. 

8/31/2014 03:30:00 PM

(8/31/2014 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Looks like I was incorrect about Jungmann not having to be protected on the 40 man this offseason. He was signed in 2011, but did not pitch due to high innings in college. That season still counts, however, I was just thinking he needed to pitch in four seasons.

Another way of looking at it...he played in '11...and pitched 0 frames. I'm sure he did work on the side and the like.

8/31/2014 03:12:00 PM

(8/31/2014 03:05:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have been affiliated with the Class AAA Nashville Sounds since the 2006 season, and stayed there despite the team playing in outdated Greer Stadium, a 37-year-old fossil that will be put out of its misery after this season. The Sounds' new ownership finally succeeded in putting together a public-private financing plan to build a new ballpark in time for the 2015 season.

The Sounds played their final game at Greer on Wednesday night, losing to Sacramento, 8-5.
After sticking with the Sounds all that time as they fought to get a new facility, the Brewers now face the possibility of being kicked to the curb with their player development contract expiring after the 2014 season. One popular rumor had the Brewers moving their Class AAA affiliate all the way out to Fresno, Calif.

"Fresno is not a place we are looking to go to," Melvin said.

Melvin is still awaiting word from Nashville owner Frank Ward as to his intentions for a new contract.
"It's up to that ballclub, not us," Melvin said. "We don't make that decision. We've made every indication we want to stay there. We've been there a number of years now and played under certain conditions that weren't the best.

"We like the city; the city has treated us well. We love the new ownership.... We've had good conversations. I talked to the owner three weeks ago and he said he just wants to wait. He's busy building the new ballpark."--JS

Doug is not one to spout off, so his opinion of Fresno speaks loudly. That said, if Fresno and MIL are the only dancers left without a partner for 2015-16, they'll be stuck with each other. If that's the case, it won't matter what Doug said, for that matter. 

8/31/2014 03:05:00 PM

(8/31/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

And do you know why there's so much more ice now?

Because it's warmer!! And that causes more cold weather! Because that's what climate change is.

Those deniers are just darn fools! Notice the US media just pretending that report never existed, just like the plethora of DC scandals.

8/31/2014 10:00:00 AM

(8/31/2014 12:13:00 AM) - Al

Currently watching NCAA singles champ Nicole Gibbs play a 3rd round match. She's no Anna Kournikova...but she's very, very impressive.

8/31/2014 12:13:00 AM

Saturday, August 30, 2014

(8/30/2014 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Nice game by Fiers tonight, just gave up a couple hits on balls right down the middle, but still pitched well, and ate up seven innings, which was needed.

Brewers ran into a hot team, whole staff pitching nicely...Peavey only gave up a couple hard hit balls, and had several swings and misses on pitches a foot plus outside. That momentum can end quickly, as it begins with the SP tomorrow, as Baumgartner was stellar the other night, so is hopefully due for a correction.

8/30/2014 11:22:00 PM

(8/30/2014 11:14:00 PM) - Al

Those of you that are still up after the Brewers' game, switch it over to The Tennis Channel, who has the US Open evening sessions over the holiday weekend. Great tennis, great setting. You won't know many of the players, as CBS plucks all the big names for the afternoon, but it's incredible tennis.

8/30/2014 11:14:00 PM

(8/30/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Hector Gomez, one of the better non roster options for September, is back from the DL, had three hits this afternoon. 

8/30/2014 07:30:00 PM

(8/30/2014 07:29:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, but if Barack Obama had been president instead of Ronald Reagan, I'd still be a citizen of the Soviet Union.--Garry Kasparov

One man led to many of the changes that has made the world a far better place.

And the other one golfs. A lot.

8/30/2014 07:29:00 PM

(8/30/2014 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Masterson has been so bad, it's astounding he's still in the rotation.

If they would only give Martinez or a young fireballer that kind of leash.

8/30/2014 07:19:00 PM

(8/30/2014 04:29:00 PM) - Al

Brewers option Jimmy Nelson to Brevard County to clear room for Alfredo Figaro. Nelson will be brought back up to start

Backup plan for the bullpen. I was the only person I know of that expected Figaro, of course, many "experts" only had a couple players coming up, because they have "inside connections" you know. 

8/30/2014 04:29:00 PM

(8/30/2014 04:25:00 PM) - Al

This is truly amazing, since no young players ever made it to the majors until they were 25 or so, according to the veterans who spot cliches on TV.

They are better now than they ever have been. And in ten years, they'll be better.

8/30/2014 04:25:00 PM

(8/30/2014 04:09:00 PM) - Al

This is why gay players...and guys that are not "normal" (like Tebow) have to be quite a bit better than everyone else. No one wants to have to spend a lot of time explaining why a 7th round draft pick was released. The old media is its own worse enemy.

On a related note, Austen Lane, who grew up in Iola and played a few season for the Jags, was released by the Bears. I worked with his mom for a while years ago. But, since he's a heterosexual, it's not being reported at all.:) Good luck to him, I'm sure he'll get looked at as players go down to injury. 

8/30/2014 04:09:00 PM

(8/30/2014 10:56:00 AM) - Al

Penn State wins over in Ireland, which I assume they scheduled because they are not yet bowl eligible, due to sins that occurred back when the current team was barely born.

The NCAA, thye do a fine job.

8/30/2014 10:56:00 AM

(8/30/2014 10:54:00 AM) - Al

I guarantee you our military has planned for a ground war with Russia.

I also guarantee you our president has not. He doesn't have a plan against ISIS yet, for crying out loud. However, I hear his slice has decreased immensely.

8/30/2014 10:54:00 AM

(8/30/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't think I've ever seen such a can't do attitude.

If he had been president back in the 1800's, no one would have ever made it past the Mississippi.

8/30/2014 10:00:00 AM

(8/30/2014 12:34:00 AM) - Al

Perfect example of a game they wish happened after 9/1...after Wily, Marco probably would have went an inning, and the last 4 would have been mopped up by call ups. The whole starting lineup would have been off since the 6th or 7th.

8/30/2014 12:34:00 AM

Friday, August 29, 2014

(8/29/2014 10:28:00 PM) - Al

Because they are a contender this season, the Brewers may have a larger group of September callups when rosters expand Monday.

"We talked about it again today," Roenicke said. "You don't want to have so many that it's uncomfortable, but you don't want to be short when you come down to whether it's extra innings or now, because everyone has callups, the matchups in the bullpens become a lot [more frequent] and you use more guys."

It's just exhausting being correct all the time.:) Actually, I might be low. Might well be 5-6 on 9/1 and then a couple more after the AAA season ends...though their last game is 9/1, barring the Sounds making the playoffs, which no one wants.

Looking at Roenicke's statement, Brent Leach, the Sounds sole LH pitcher, might be a longshot consideration. He has been solid versus lefty hitters, and if no one steps forward, Ron might begin using Jeffress and Smith in the 8th, and everyone to get to that point. You could, in theory, see Wooten, Duke, Kintzler, and Tom G to get through the 7th, since they'll likely have at least 11 relievers in the 'pen.

Blazek, Figaro, and Wooten are all on the 40, and would seemingly be up. I would assume Schafer and Jason Rogers will be too. Wang? I don't know. He obviously would pitch only if up or down by a bunch, but he did seem to be well liked. Since he's going to the AFL, I would guess not.

Others? Plenty of possibilities, but not sure if Ariel Pena is healthy or not, as he was DL'd last week, but in the minors, that could just be for rest or because his rotation spot was not going to be used. Caleb Gindl had a subpar season, but still was passable (750 OPS) versus RHP. Hunter Morris is the only other healthy player on the 40, and he was mediocre as well.

Nonroster players? Other than Leach above, goodness, you could make an argument several would be considered...though realistically, not for long. Falu was taken off the 40, so if he was going to return, they likely would not have removed him. A plus defender at SS and elsewhere would be nice to have, and Irving is a switch hitter...though not an offensive force. Hector Gomez is a former SS prospect known for his glove, on and off the 40 before, but has not played in ten days due to injury. Matt Clark was signed when Morris got hurt, and had a fine year at 1B, a lefty power bat. Matt Pagnozzi and Adam Weisenburger are the catchers, Matt is a journeyman, Adam a 34th round pick who has already outdid his organizational soldier predicted future, and does have a decent OBP. Eugenio Velez has had several solid ofensive years in AAA, and while he has played almost everywhere over the years, has basically only played 2B and LF in '14. Jeremy Hermida had some good years in the majors. Sean Halton can contribute. Pete Orr is a capable lefty bat, able to play 2B/3B/OF, and has a 800+ OPS vs. RHP, after years of spending part of the season in the bigs. Jose de la Torre was superb much of the season, but has a 7.80 ERA in August. Dustin Molleken supposedly throws 95+ consistently, but has yet to put it together, but has a 4ish ERA over the past two years and a great K/9 ratio, but you can't teach velocity. Finally, Taylor Jungmann had a breakout season at AAA, but the former #1 pick does not have to be put on the 40 until after next season, so I doubt he'll be brought up to pitch a few low leverage innings.

EDIT: Hit "update," and I paused the TV to go take a quick shower and get a snack. When I returned, Ed had emailed to remind me Jay Jackson was dealt for late in the season and throws hard/was a former prospect. 

8/29/2014 10:28:00 PM

(8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Joan Rivers in a medically induced coma.

The vote on whether to keep her in it forever? Infinity to none.

8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM

(8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM) - Al

It's still early, but have reason to believe Henry Ellenson is a slight lean to Marquette and Diamond Stone a slight lean to Wisconsin.--WisBBYearbook

Ellenson does not have the Badgers in his final three, and Stone is a top five national player, almost certain to be a one and done guy. Would be by far the best Ryan recruit ever...I think Dekker was no higher than top 50 nationally.

8/29/2014 08:29:00 PM

(8/29/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al


Palin can't be correct, so Obama takes a break from the driving range and studies up on his thesaurus.

For those new to the game, Sarah predicted this on the 2008 campaign trail...Barack said "No one could have seen this coming"...a few days after it happened. Just common sense conservatives. The Northeast Ivy Leaguers all missed it...must not have been in the NY Times.

8/29/2014 07:30:00 PM

(8/29/2014 07:08:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if he truly believes what he says...

8/29/2014 07:08:00 PM

(8/29/2014 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Considering Luhnow has the Astros' future looking almost as good as the Cubs, and Porter, at best, is just another guy, I am pretty sure who is going to win this showdown.

8/29/2014 05:54:00 PM

(8/29/2014 05:32:00 PM) - Al

$600K a year, she did two three years.

It's a good thing NBC takes this unbias thing seriously, or one might think they are in the tank.

To continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child, I have decided to leave my position as a NBC Special Correspondent. 

Under Obama, even Chelsea had to work two jobs.

Now that she's pregnant, cousin Eddie her hubby let her cut down to one. Maybe their Food Share just kicked in...

8/29/2014 05:32:00 PM

(8/29/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Every single NFL glorified practice was last night, so they can concentrate on cutting the roster don and first week prep. They don't even pretend to take it seriously.

8/29/2014 12:30:00 PM

(8/29/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is such a poorly researched pile of dung, by a pathetic excuse of a man. Moore has written such drivel about the Brewers, and when his obvious errors were pointed out in the comments, he chastised the commenters. He's a wannabee who simply confuses his dream world with reality. 

Look at the final paragraph, which can best be described as pure fiction, masquerading as fact:

The question, then, isn't when women will earn a spot on the diamond next to men. They have been earning those spots for over 100 years. The question is when the men barring the gates will finally stand aside and let them in.

So, if I am reading this properly, MLB has somehow been taking all these highly qualified female baseball players, and artificially keeping them off rosters. You know, because the NFL, NBA, and other sports are 15-20% female...aren't they?

No, they are not. Because in sports in which men and women both and golf jump to mind. no one even remotely thinks the best female player would be a top player on the other tour. Chris Evert, when asked, said her brother beat her all time when she was the #1 ranked women's player in the world, and he was a club pro, not ranked in the top 1000 men in the world. Serena Williams, who serves harder than some male players, might be able to win a game or two a set versus a top 100 men's player, but as of yet, no woman has ever played the game who could be competitive. They simply are not built the same...that's what makes them, you know, a different gender.

What a clown, and what a joke of a piece.

In reality, women will someday play in the majors, and the NFL, probably as a specialist of some sort...a lefty reliever or placekicker or punter seems very likely for the debut.In the NBA, I can imagine a woman coming off the bench as a sharpshooter firing 3's...heck, the most unathletic male players do that...but they still have to play defense at times.

But there is no gate, and to be certain, no men guarding it.

8/29/2014 11:00:00 AM

(8/29/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Reagan:”Here's my strategy on the Cold War: we win, they lose.” 

Obama:”We don’t have a strategy yet” 

Hope is not a strategy.--Jack Richard

It's hard to believe they both held the same position. We literally lived through eight stunning years of history under Reagan. We're living through years of being stuck in the snow under Obama.

8/29/2014 10:00:00 AM

Thursday, August 28, 2014

(8/28/2014 08:32:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Ron blasting these inept clods. The article did not even mention his strike call in the 7th inning, which was so bad, Herrera didn't cover 2B and the runner trying to steal stopped running, both knowing it was a ball.

They are simply horrific. And they're getting far worse. Many nights, you have no idea whether a pitch in the 9th inning is a strike, even though you've seen 250 pitches by then. That fool last night might as well have been flipping a coin. 

8/28/2014 08:32:00 PM

(8/28/2014 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Brewers claimed Morneau, Rockies pulled him back, no deal reached.

We know COL leaked this, as MIL never lets any of this stuff out.

8/28/2014 07:42:00 PM

(8/28/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I believe the reason for this is simple...the low minors are for development. No one, not the team, nor the players, give more than a casual head nod to winning. Appel may well have been working on his 3rd or 4th best pitch, throwing nothing but fastballs, or any of a dozen things to explain his poor stats in high A ball.

The fact anyone pays attention to the results is as mystifying as the fact anyone watches pro wrestling.

8/28/2014 11:00:00 AM

(8/28/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Want to know where racial tension and cultural divide come from? 

Since Obama took office, 794 law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty; with no special recognition from the White House. 

A man robs a convenience store and assaults a cop, the white House sends three representatives to his funeral.--Law Enforcement Today

I did not see what happened, but when in doubt, I trust the cop, and not the criminal.

8/28/2014 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

(8/27/2014 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Platoon splits for Padres' SP tonight. Note the LH hitter success.

Roenicke can play dumb all he wants, "just want to get Parra some AB's." Ain't buying it.

8/27/2014 08:13:00 PM

(8/27/2014 07:00:00 PM) - Al

This is how you move to the front of the line for a team. That said, if you're going to build a $400M stadium, why not an NBA arena or even a basic MLB ballpark? MLS only has 17 home games a year.

BUMP: Dan Patrick is reporting the new stadium will also be the home of an NHL team

Considering David Beckham's group has failed to land a place to play in downtown Miami, and is said to be concerned only with a party atmosphere/locale, this seems like a perfect match.

Eventually, the expansion cities will all be given out, and the real fight will be for which city gets Chivas, which is right now the 2nd team in LA, and draws less than half of any other team. Because after Chivas gets assigned, that means there is unlikely to be any more MLS expansion until a decade from now or so. 

8/27/2014 07:00:00 PM

(8/27/2014 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Next thing you know, teams might hesitate to let a guy throw 276 innings (not counting spring training).

8/27/2014 05:21:00 PM

(8/27/2014 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Since I nailed the Parra prediction, I'll make another...I think the Crew will bring up 5-6 players when rosters expand...though some maybe not until the regular season ends for Nashville. Given that the Sounds are going to be an LA affiliate, Doug has no reason to not take whoever he he said last time he was on TV, they can move players up from other teams so they are not short.

Most folks are only predicting the Crew will bring up 2-3 guys, because "that's what thery have done in the past."

1. Well, obviously Garza will be activated, so there's one they are too simple to think about.

2. When they look in the past, they are only looking at 9/1 callups, not after the AAA season has ended. One clown said they did not bring up a single pitcher in '11, while in reality Fiers came up to protect the bullpen. None of the "core arms"...KRod, Smith, Duke, Jeffress, probably not even Nelson; will see any usage at all if they are behind, barring the need for work, of course.

3. Wooten and Schafer are almost guarantees. Garza, of course. That's three right there, and a 3rd C, utility INF, power bat off the bench, and blowout pitching depth have not been addressed at all. 

As for 40 man spots, they have one empty, and could easily create another by moving Bianchi to the 60 day DL, as he appears done for the season. Heck, if they do not plan to call up Wang, he could go on the 60 day DL as well. Jason Rogers is already on the 40, and had a nice season, making himself into a legit prospect. Blazek and Figaro are as well, and had up and down campaigns. A 3rd C or a defense first utility INF would seem to be the most likely 40 man add ons.

8/27/2014 04:55:00 PM

(8/27/2014 04:33:00 PM) - Al

I never watched The Sopranos, but I was the only person I know of who thought the "dream sequence" at the end of Six Feet Under was not the actual future, but merely just a possibility.

I watched an episode of 6FU a couple weeks ago, as it's on Amazon Prime and we have that for this year at least. Sure miss it. So well written, brilliant dark comedy. It makes all but a handful of shows on the air embarrassed to be compared to it.

8/27/2014 04:33:00 PM

(8/27/2014 04:26:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, I make quite a few predictions on here, and I don't think I've ever been as correct as I was when I said "Parra will probably play once a series in LF versus a tough RHP and back up CF/RF."

Elian in there again too. Even a couple hits can't make Ron forget Jean's defense.

8/27/2014 04:26:00 PM

(8/27/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

What happens when you ignore qualifications and just bring aboard loyal liberals.

8/27/2014 12:30:00 PM

(8/27/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Why those huge contracts to guys in their declining years hurts even more than paying players huge money in their declining years.

8/27/2014 11:00:00 AM

(8/27/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

How do I know ISIS is a terrorist group?

Because Obama supports them. And he's always wrong.

8/27/2014 09:00:00 AM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

(8/26/2014 10:56:00 PM) - Al

Link to AFL picks finally live. Rather pedestrian group this year, many pitchers must be at or near their innings limits.

8/26/2014 10:56:00 PM

(8/26/2014 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Wang will go to the Arizona Fall League for work, so he may well not return in September.

Tyrone Taylor leads the contingent.

8/26/2014 10:30:00 PM

(8/26/2014 10:28:00 PM) - Al

Segura just jumped out of the way without catching the toss from Gennett. I don't think I've ever seen that in the majors. He then made a poor throw to 1B, making Reynolds apply the tag.

One has to wonder if Jean is playing hurt or simply mentally struggling from any of a variety of things. His lack of offense since June of 2013 has been well noted, but has been overlooked for the most part since his defense has remained solid, and very few SS's hit anyway.

Herrera is not a SS by any means (Scooter would probably look more comfortable at SS than Elian, though Herrera has made almost every single play), but it's difficult to believe that much of the coaching staff is not suggesting he get the nod almost every day. Roenicke has played Segura through his ups and downs, and then sat him two straight days...that's probably equal to a week to some guys. Sadly, he hasn't hit now in 15 months, and the "eye test" at SS is now about the same as his defensive metrics have always been...below average (-3.6 UZR for his career).

EDIT: I'm still convinced Jean is playing at 75% or so, and has been for ages. His SB numbers are very telling:

April-June 2013: 24 SB, 3 CS
since then: 36 SB, 18 CS

Much of his offense was directly related to his abnormal amount of infield hits as well. I'm not sure if he has some sort of nagging injury, or if he has never healed up, or what the deal is. His speed has gone from blazing to slightly above average, and he's a very young player.

As I have said often over the years, a sudden decrease in production is almost always injury related. They deny and deny, and then, DL, or often, surgery.

Of course, anything that allowed him to keep playing everyday would have healed in the offseason. At some point, it starts to sound like a conspiracy theory...was hurt, reinjured in spring training, but still able to play almost every day.

8/26/2014 10:28:00 PM

(8/26/2014 08:59:00 PM) - Al

McCutchen leaves games tonight with rib discomfort.

They should always take an extra week to make sure they're 100%, or at least 85-90%. They always come back too early. I'm not sure if it's just he man stuff or if they truly feel pretty good until they start playing.

The goofy thing about it is, once he returned, he's been playing nine innings every game. Senseless, and very shortsighted.

8/26/2014 08:59:00 PM

(8/26/2014 06:29:00 PM) - Al

Bucks trade for Dudley, who is a serviceable player, though last year, did nothing except shoot 3's.

The Clippers plan to waive both players they got from the Bucks, so basically the Bucks picked up a 1st rounder in the future and a role player as LA dumped salary.

The Bucks still have 16 players under contract, though Chris Wright has a nonguaranteed contract. Unless they can pull off another swap like this one, they might well be set. 

8/26/2014 06:29:00 PM

(8/26/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I don't think it's too much at all to say the Cubs are the favorites to be the best team in the division, as early as the all star break 2015.

They have several guys ready to come up, and several make Braun's minor league stats look pedestrian. 

8/26/2014 12:30:00 PM

(8/26/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Caleb Gindl having a down season overall, but still has a near 800 OPS versus RHP. He's out of options after this campaign, so may well be removed from the 40 at some point, unless the braintrust think he is above Schafer, which given Logan's D, is unlikely.

8/26/2014 11:30:00 AM

(8/26/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Or, even better, they should have left them there, with peace in hand.

But he's so much smarter than we are.


8/26/2014 10:00:00 AM

(8/26/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I've seen this before, but it's well worth your time.

On a related note, the Rambling dog slept through the night Saturday for the first time in about a year...we went to bed about 1:30, and he got up about 9:15. I got up to pee when it was still dark...I'd guess about 5, and he sniffed to see if I gave him a treat, but never got up.

That day of sleeping must have tuckered him out.:)

8/26/2014 09:00:00 AM

(8/26/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Ashdod, Askelon and Tel-Aviv has been under attack by Hamas in the last 10 minutes. Millions have been woken up to the sound of sirens.--IDF Elite

They're freedom fighters you know.

8/26/2014 07:30:00 AM

Monday, August 25, 2014

(8/25/2014 11:39:00 PM) - Al

Nice 1-2-3 inning for Duke, who has been awful of late, especially versus RH's.

Splits here. I ain't just making this up. 

8/25/2014 11:39:00 PM

(8/25/2014 11:33:00 PM) - Al

About the Southwest ad that plays once or twice every Brewers' game...if I wore suspenders over a Tshirt with a hat, I suppose I'd have to fly my gal all over the USA to keep her too.

8/25/2014 11:33:00 PM

(8/25/2014 11:26:00 PM) - Al

For those wondering, the Pds' 1B is pronounced Go-burts...not Go-gurts.

That would be an automatic endorsement if it were the latter.

8/25/2014 11:26:00 PM

(8/25/2014 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez goes from 2B-3B on a double by Khris Davis.

I recall I stopped playing softball when I was afraid this might happen to me.

8/25/2014 11:03:00 PM

(8/25/2014 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Chad Qualls has been claimed on waivers by an unnamed team. Astros have until Wednesday to deal with that club. Or pull him back.--Bernie Pleskoff

Doug was told earlier that Qualls was not going to be traded. I would assume MIL claimed him, but others before them may well have too, and only the lowest record one counts.

EDIT: I forgot HOU was in the AL. Very unlikely the Crew won the claim. 

8/25/2014 11:00:00 PM

(8/25/2014 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Nelson sees the writing on the wall.

If Fiers keeps it up, he ain't coming out of the rotation. That leaves Jimmy.

8/25/2014 10:52:00 PM

(8/25/2014 10:41:00 PM) - Al

Cards have been within 3 games of NL Central lead for past 40 games (23-17). They've yet to lead division outright this season.--Joe Strauss

Truth is far stranger than fiction.

8/25/2014 10:41:00 PM

(8/25/2014 10:01:00 PM) - Al

Four second challenge took four minutes.


8/25/2014 10:01:00 PM

(8/25/2014 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is abuzz with the two Russian model like tennis babes currently in action at the US Open.

I'm telling you, if you do not watch, it's your loss.

8/25/2014 08:11:00 PM

(8/25/2014 03:14:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, some are surprised picking up a SP with a 5.50+ ERA coming off an injury is turning out not to be the best idea.

8/25/2014 03:14:00 PM

(8/25/2014 03:10:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if milk is #2 because people are washing down all those cookies?

I find it hard to believe milk is above corn, fries, and so on, especially considering how hot it often is, the fact milk does not digest quickly, and many are lactose intolerant. Must be a tradition thing.

8/25/2014 03:10:00 PM

(8/25/2014 01:50:00 PM) - Al

You have to credit the Brewers for never letting things like this go public. You do have to wonder what in the world anyone is thinking if they are associated with a ballclub talking about injuries with the media.

8/25/2014 01:50:00 PM

(8/25/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

8/25/2014 10:00:00 AM

(8/25/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. It's funny because it's true.

8/25/2014 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, August 24, 2014

(8/24/2014 11:55:00 PM) - Al

I warn you every year, but there is no more fun than US Open tennis, especially when a match runs until about 1AM. I believe almost all the action, days and nights, is on ESPN2 this year. 

8/24/2014 11:55:00 PM

(8/24/2014 09:44:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe he's wearing down as the season progresses. Who would have guessed?

8/24/2014 09:44:00 PM

(8/24/2014 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Wang pitching well in minors, no one will say if he'll come up in September. I would assume they'll go with Schafer, 3-4 pitchers to eat up innings in low leverage situations, and maybe a couple non roster guys, if someone is a match to what they need.

8/24/2014 09:37:00 PM

(8/24/2014 09:09:00 PM) - Al

24+ hours without internet...

This must be what it's like when Obama is only able to play nine holes...

8/24/2014 09:09:00 PM

Saturday, August 23, 2014

(8/23/2014 06:46:00 PM) - Al

On TB/TOR's ignoring of the rules today...should the protest be upheld? Yep. Will it be? Doubt it. MLB will say it is a "judgement of the umpire" whether or not the next play has begun.

MLB defends incompetence with as much zest as any organization known to man.

8/23/2014 06:46:00 PM

(8/23/2014 04:10:00 PM) - Al

Whenever teams trade a major league player and receive prospects plus major league player(s) in return, the team that gets 3-4 players instead of one are simply a huge mathematical favorite to win that trade. 

I said TB won then, and I still think they did.

8/23/2014 04:10:00 PM

(8/23/2014 02:32:00 PM) - Al

I'd say this pretty much sums up the Obama years.

8/23/2014 02:32:00 PM

(8/23/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Golf o'clock.

Imagine if we had an unbiased press corps.

8/23/2014 02:30:00 PM

(8/23/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Rules are for the little people.

8/23/2014 10:00:00 AM

Friday, August 22, 2014

(8/22/2014 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Nothing I like more than when unions act the way unions act...and it actually gets reported.

They are dead, and deservedly so. The old media is just too busy sucking up to the left to write the obituary.

8/22/2014 09:45:00 PM

(8/22/2014 09:18:00 PM) - Al

As I have said, the umpires care way too much about making the umpire on the field correct. That was an obvious safe call live and on replay. The fact they decided that they "could not tell" is incompetence and obviously a stacked deck.

They simply could not do worse if they brought in guys off the street. That makes you wonder why they even bother with replay, if no one cares enough to get the call correct.

8/22/2014 09:18:00 PM

(8/22/2014 08:36:00 PM) - Al

This is what leadership looks like.

Obama could take some say the least. Of course, he has to quit calling them freedom fighters first.

8/22/2014 08:36:00 PM

(8/22/2014 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Exactly what I've been saying for twenty some years.

If you keep pointing out racism, you're just keeping it alive. Using words like black and African American are devastating, as they make no difference to anyone. 

8/22/2014 07:53:00 PM

(8/22/2014 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Looks like the Brewers will end up out west with their AAA team, per this report, as it appears likely they will be in Albuquerque or Fresno. Neither is very close, but, of course, only 25% of the time will both be at home. However, both play mainly out west, so it would be difficult to get help to MIL or any city east of MIL if an injury occurs in a night game. While Fresno is out of the ordinary for the PCL west and is a pitcher's park, almost all the others are Coors like hitting bandboxes, meaning a good pitcher will have a 4 or 4.50 ERA. It's often difficult for a staff to convince pitchers, younger pitchers especially, to throw strikes in such an environment, hence, development may be a bit more difficult.

That said, there isn't a whole lot they can do, as no AAA team looks at a Brewers' affiliation as being sexy or a dream come true.

8/22/2014 07:33:00 PM

(8/22/2014 07:23:00 PM) - Al

Am I the only person that has no idea why that was an error? If Segura hangs back, and makes the easy play, the runner is easily safe. That's why Jean charges in hard, and that's why it should be a hit.

That's just a scorer with not even a casual understanding of the game.

8/22/2014 07:23:00 PM

(8/22/2014 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Or, as the way every American male is going to read this article..."Oh no, the redhead who always wears a tank top is leaving? Who cares about those other guys?"

8/22/2014 05:26:00 PM

(8/22/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

Took him over six months to go get bin Laden. He just thinks it's all beneath him, as he tries to create a higher tax, high regulation utopia.

Of course, to be honest, I blame W.

8/22/2014 04:58:00 PM

(8/22/2014 04:16:00 PM) - Al


Long time reader, and admitted casual on all things you write about that are not Brewers related. A couple questions, one, how did you know that ISIS, which I pronounced as is is when you began discussing them, was a radical extremist terrorist group that hates Jews, and our government did not? They have quietly backed away of late, but why would they ever support them? Second, nothing drives me nuts faster than scoreboard watching early in the season. You don't seem to be caught up with it either. I think this actually drives people away, as it's tough enough to be a fan of a sport than plays every day for six months. 


I think it's kind of silly to worry about other teams, because, as I often have said, 88+ wins is a good baseline on what will get you in the playoffs. The other reason is one Craig Counsell talked about the other day...often, two teams are playing each other, and you don't know who to root for. Say tonight the Cards are playing the theory, I'd think ATL would be the team to root for. However, if SL wins 18 of 20, and the Brewers win 10...the Cards are running away with the division, and the Crew might be fighting ATL for a wildcard spot, or home field...and think how dumb you'll feel having cheered for them.

As for ISIS, and Syrian rebels before them, Obama always favors groups that are not in power...the movie 2016 Obama's America touched on this. It has led him down the road of destruction numerous times, and many feel it leads back to his father being against whoever was in power because...they were in power, so they must be evil. It took minimal research to realize Israel, our long time ally and long time very strong defensive military presence, was doing nothing except returning fire against ISIS, who use children as human shields, and then cry and moan that children were killed. Israel, when challenged, goes after their enemies with ruthless destruction, the way war should be win, with minimal loss to your soldiers.

The USA has become incredibly wussified...trying to win conflicts only by dropping bombs, with little or no boots on the ground, to try and minimize casualties, both of our own and of the enemy, especially of civilians. One little doesn't work. If you tell your troops to leave churches and schools be, something tends to happen...enemy combatants use churches and schools as hiding spots, weapons depots, and places to launch attacks and sniper fire. There is an old adage of war, "kill them all and let God sort them out."

Is that a bit cold in today's world? Maybe it is. Know what's colder? The fact that our military works long hours, far away from home, for far less than many people make pushing papers; while other people, envious of our freedoms and wealth, try to kill them. And, that for some reason, we keep putting fictional rules on how they destroy the enemy, which we still want them to do, but, you know, do it politely and courteously.

Win without mercy. We should be taking lessons from Israel, and not supporting terrorists trying to kill them.

8/22/2014 04:16:00 PM

Thursday, August 21, 2014

(8/21/2014 11:14:00 PM) - Al

We still have not had a 90 degree day in the Wausau area this summer. We are huge fans of this, of course. When we were watching the weather for tired people (9PM) earlier, the weather guy went on and on saying how hot and humid it was going to be this weekend, especially Sunday...numerous mentions of need the AC.

The forecast? 87 on one station, 85 on another.

I'm sure those folks living in a jungle shack on the equator feel sorry for us. 

8/21/2014 11:14:00 PM

(8/21/2014 09:53:00 PM) - Al

My laptop is in the Rambling son's repair shop. The screen just goes black, though the computer stays on. If he can't find a cause, we see the "most basic" laptop at Best Buy is down to $'s been $249-299 the past few years, with $149-199 being used as a "doorbuster" price.

8/21/2014 09:53:00 PM

(8/21/2014 08:43:00 PM) - Al

SF wishes they just would have let it go.

I wonder if MLB gave each team a 26th player for the day, as they do for true doubleheaders?

8/21/2014 08:43:00 PM

(8/21/2014 08:24:00 PM) - Al

Very true.

The "problem" they have is that they hate Jews. And that they're terrorists, of course.

8/21/2014 08:24:00 PM

(8/21/2014 08:18:00 PM) - Al

If I lived here, I wouldn't have to tell kids to get off my lawn.

8/21/2014 08:18:00 PM

(8/21/2014 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Look at how miserable they are now that they left the union!

Soon, they will realize they do not need to pay dues so the worst teacher gets the same raise as the best. Have some pride in yourself.

8/21/2014 06:51:00 PM

(8/21/2014 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Law? Pish posh.

I don't think they realize he is the king.

8/21/2014 04:26:00 PM

(8/21/2014 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Jim Callis says Nelson may be a playoff ace...while I read the wannabee scouts dismissing him as a #3/4 guy.

That's why I'm a contrarian...the public is almost always wrong.

8/21/2014 02:45:00 PM

(8/21/2014 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Just glancing at the wildcard standings to see where the Crew stands...noticed that not only does SL 14th in the NL in runs scored, they have been outscored by two for the year.

Lucky? Bad back of the bullpen? It's often looked at as a credit to the manager, though one season could well be flukey.

8/21/2014 12:40:00 PM

(8/21/2014 11:51:00 AM) - Al

The astounding thing is, it's been on for 552 episodes, and still going strong.

8/21/2014 11:51:00 AM

(8/21/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Quit pretending?

It was a mighty short trip.

8/21/2014 10:30:00 AM

(8/21/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Note how the Carter comparisons just keep coming.

Just can't pretend not to see the similar failures.

8/21/2014 08:00:00 AM

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

(8/20/2014 06:22:00 PM) - Al

MLB upholds Giants protest of "tarp no work" game. Will resume in bottom of 5th.

Seriously, they should probably do this will all games. There's nothing stopping a team like the Brewers from saying the roof is stuck open if a downpour erupts up one in the 9th, and the tarp just can't get on the infield fast enough. 

8/20/2014 06:22:00 PM

(8/20/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

I tend to side with police officers.

I tend to side against vandals, looters, and criminals that hang out on the street during riots, or whatever the politically correct term is for riots.

And by the way, if this report is true, Obama once again said something really stupid before the facts were in. If you're keeping score at home, that makes the amount of times this happens infinity.

8/20/2014 03:44:00 PM

(8/20/2014 03:27:00 PM) - Al

Less than twenty minutes from sound bite presser to first tee. If it was a sitcom, at least it would be funny.

All that's missing is an OJ like statement that he'll hunt down the real killers in his spare time.

8/20/2014 03:27:00 PM

(8/20/2014 02:19:00 PM) - Al

Beam me up Scottie.

My fictional story would include details about how schools need to fire those in power and start over with some folks wit common sense.

8/20/2014 02:19:00 PM

(8/20/2014 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Adam of reports RA Dickey's pitches are not registering on the MP radar gun.

8/20/2014 01:28:00 PM

(8/20/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Jesse Jackson is simply an untalented oaf. His only job is to show up where news cameras are and babble nonsense.

Sadly, the old media continues to give this clown air time. 

8/20/2014 01:00:00 PM

(8/20/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I have not been to Milwaukee for a couple years, but the view I have always seen is abandoned factories, warehouses, with graffiti and broken windows plainly visible from the interstate.

8/20/2014 12:30:00 PM

(8/20/2014 12:29:00 PM) - Al

He is a cliche of himself.

8/20/2014 12:29:00 PM

(8/20/2014 12:21:00 PM) - Al

I have often stated that Marty looks to be as good at framing pitches as Jonathon is.

This year, he's been better, and last year, they were virtually the same.

One of these days, Marty might find himself on a team in which he plays enough to get the defensive recognition he deserves.

Note: Click on the "per game" column to see Marty's superior numbers, it will not link directly. 

8/20/2014 12:21:00 PM

(8/20/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Long look at "Moneyball" and the fact other teams were doing it as well...just didn't garner the publicity of the A's.

Many Gord Ash quotes. Second time in a week he has said the Brewers have their own version of WAR that they use...looking back, that's probably why they felt comfortable giving Gomez his extension before he ever hit.

There seems to be just a pair of teams that are still not using metrics to speak of, and the Twins and DBacks results seem to show it. MIN especially seems extremely shortsighted and example is Vance Worley, who they made the centerpiece of the Ben Revere trade, handled his injury shortened 2013 clumsily, as they do with almost all injuries, often admitting months later that a player has been suffering from but "playing through" an injury only after they are forced to go on the DL and have been wholly ineffective for much of the campaign. So, after being hurt for much of '13, MIN was said to be "unhappy" with Worley's conditioning/attitude/lack of grit in spring training and gave up on the 26 year old, trading him for cash.

He has regained his form despite his refusal to "just some dirt on it", miraculously.

8/20/2014 11:30:00 AM

(8/20/2014 11:15:00 AM) - Al

Absolute disgrace last night at Wrigley Field. Ending a 2-0 game in the 5th inning because the grounds crew, at best, did a amateurish job covering the field...pitiful.

I said years ago that all new ballparks should have to have a roof of some kind, retractable or not, as it is ridiculous to have the technology and not use it. Sadly, we have had an entire generation of new stadiums built, and almost none are covered. 

8/20/2014 11:15:00 AM

(8/20/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It all does sound pretty stupid, doesn't it?

8/20/2014 11:00:00 AM

(8/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This is pretty much the opposite of everything the left has been saying since...time began. Those pesky facts have a habit of getting in the way.

It's why the economy has struggled too, as very successful people buy boats, RV's, and jewelry. The others are like me, and consider it a "luxury" to order extra tarter sauce at Checker's and get charged a dime a sandwich.

{Yes, I do hold a grudge.}

8/20/2014 09:30:00 AM

(8/20/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Everyone is entitled to her opinion.

Heh. If she was on my side, I would strongly consider changing sides.

8/20/2014 08:30:00 AM

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

(8/19/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Pirates' reliever went five frames tonight in blowout loss.

Perfect opportunity for PIT to send him down and bring up a fresh arm.

8/19/2014 09:55:00 PM

(8/19/2014 08:54:00 PM) - Al

As I said before, this might free up Ike Davis as a nontender this offseason, or for a trade.

8/19/2014 08:54:00 PM

(8/19/2014 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Directly related to the left's love of subsidies, ethanol, and pork (not the yummy kind).

You know, it's almost as if their entire plan is based on socialist gimmicks that have never, nor will ever work.

8/19/2014 08:52:00 PM

(8/19/2014 07:48:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son just came upstairs and asked me "You wouldn't come out in the rain for me?" I told him I didn't know he ever read Ramblings, and he said, "I wanted to read about the bird."

I should have stretched this drama out for days.

8/19/2014 07:48:00 PM

(8/19/2014 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Those BP nights sure fill up the cheap seats. Might be a sellout this evening.

8/19/2014 07:45:00 PM

(8/19/2014 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Bird update:

Another victim of the cruel world.

At least he died happy and full. Must have suffered some sort of internal injury while trying to get unstuck.

8/19/2014 07:03:00 PM

(8/19/2014 07:01:00 PM) - Al

If you're dumb enough to buy peanut butter at Whole Foods, salmonella is the least of your problems.

8/19/2014 07:01:00 PM

(8/19/2014 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Bird update: Realized it was pouring rain on bird. Put grill cover over 2/3rd's of Rubbermaid container to help keep him dry.

In doing so, got soaking wet.

On way back into house, realize I would not have done this for anybody I know.

EDIT: Except the Rambling wife, who I love dearly, and who reads Ramblings. 

8/19/2014 06:10:00 PM

(8/19/2014 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Bird update: Put him in Rubbermaid container on deck, along with small bowl of water and a handful of sunflower seeds. Have to protect him from the Rambling dog.

He's sitting in there eating like a little pig. It sure didn't effect his appetite. Hopefully, he'll gather himself and fly away at some point.

8/19/2014 05:52:00 PM

(8/19/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al

They're freedom fighters you know.

And Israel? Meanies.

8/19/2014 05:16:00 PM

(8/19/2014 05:11:00 PM) - Al

My guess? He was hungry.

8/19/2014 05:11:00 PM

(8/19/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Feeling bad, a little bird got stuck in our suet feeder this afternoon, and despite the fact he seems fine, he won't fly away...I was hoping he was just dizzy and tired, but he's been sitting on the deck for over an hour now, eating seeds and walking around clumsily. I picked him up, and he just flew back down to the deck.

Of course, we have to protect him from the Rambling dog, whose greatest thrill in life is chasing birds...I still recall a couple years ago, a bird hit the glass door, and was woozy...I ended up prying him out of the Rambling dog's mouth, and in amidst a flurry of feathers, flew away. 

8/19/2014 04:58:00 PM

Monday, August 18, 2014

(8/18/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm telling ya, there just isn't anywhere left to cut!

Everything Obama has added is pure pork. Go back to 2008 and sharpen the knife. No one will miss the rest except the unions and the other groups that are laundering it for the left.

8/18/2014 10:30:00 AM

(8/18/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

We are talking about the administration that tried to close open air monuments as Honor Flights visited them. They've proven a dozen times they despise the military, and make no effort to hide it.

Obama was so upset, he was said to have sliced his drive. 

8/18/2014 09:30:00 AM

Sunday, August 17, 2014

(8/17/2014 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Counsell's fact that the Brewers' SP's are on pace for 1000 innings was fascinating. I knew they were solid, but had no idea.

Many folks have no respect for guys who can throw 180 frames and compile a 4.50 ERA, but they do have value. Keeps the bullpen healthy and rested.

8/17/2014 07:38:00 PM

(8/17/2014 06:28:00 PM) - Al

Haudricourt sees the Brewers tendering a contract to Gerardo Parra, who is eligible for arbitration for the final time this offseason. The 27-year-old outfielder, acquired by the Brewers at the Trade Deadline, is earning $4.85MM this season.--MLBTR

I don't, unless they see Braun moving to 1B or missing significant time with injury. Parra will make about $6M next year, far more then the Crew wants to pay a reserve, and probably more than they hope to pay their entire bench next season.

8/17/2014 06:28:00 PM

(8/17/2014 04:41:00 PM) - Al

While I hope Aramis was pulled solely for rest, I doubt it's true. Likely something minor, but he's not sitting on the bench either. Probably getting treatment and hoping the 48+ hours off will do him good.

8/17/2014 04:41:00 PM

(8/17/2014 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Scooter running like Ramirez. Seems to be perennially on base when extra base hits are put in play. 

8/17/2014 04:09:00 PM

(8/17/2014 03:15:00 PM) - Al

After spending yesterday at the beach, Obama said, “This has been fun, but I should really get the golf course."--Jimmy Fallon 

It's funny because it's true.

8/17/2014 03:15:00 PM

(8/17/2014 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Obama's "recovery" is as fictional as his intelligence.

8/17/2014 12:32:00 PM

(8/17/2014 11:08:00 AM) - Al

I don't get offended often, because it ain't up to me to impart my morals onto society as a whole.

I think that's why church attendance is falling so, people are tired of the negative reinforcement and the continuing theme of being told they need to donate more money (which in itself is another negative). The only churches growing in the USA are the non denominational, very relaxed model, many of which don't even ask for money, but rather simply let it be known there is a collection box on the premises.

It's like a form of contrarian thinking...and guess what? It works.

Before I get emails, I know the Catholic church is growing rapidly, however, that growth is almost exclusively in poor, backwards nations. It has declined rapidly in the USA, so much so, that fewer Catholics are in church on Sunday than were a half century ago, despite population doubling.

I have often mentioned that I enjoy Joel Osteen, and DVR him weekly. Heck, I'm listening to his last book on CD right now in the car, because he's positive, funny, and enjoyable. He jokes in one chapter about when he met his wife, she was a member of a cult congregation that believes they are the chosen few and that everyone else is a bunch of cretins that do it wrong. He says we won't know the answers until it's too late to tell everyone else, but he chooses to support all inclusive...blacks and whites, gays and straights, Longhorns and Aggies (and if you know Texas, that's serious business).

8/17/2014 11:08:00 AM

Saturday, August 16, 2014

(8/16/2014 11:46:00 PM) - Al

As long as we're talking about AAA, I keep hearing people wondering what C will come up when rosters expand...well, given that Elian Herrera is a pretty competent catcher, given he started his career behind the plate, I'm not sure they will bother. That said, if they do, Matt Pagnozzi seems to be picking up the majority of the playing time in Nashville, and can be easily dumped after the season is complete. Any prospect would have to be optioned off the 40 and clear waivers...kinda messy and unnecessary, in my view.

8/16/2014 11:46:00 PM

(8/16/2014 11:41:00 PM) - Al

Taylor Jungmann picks up his 11th win of the season. He should still have 2-3 starts remaining, and due to low pitch counts, a rule of thumb is that 10 minor league wins equals 15 major league wins. He doesn't have a high ceiling, but he is looking more and more like a future rotation member.

8/16/2014 11:41:00 PM

(8/16/2014 11:22:00 PM) - Al

2nd game umpire told Ron that Weeks slid into 2B and then rolled into the SS.

The crack supply in Southern California...plentiful and very strong.

I seriously don't know how they can allow guys that don't even pretend to pay attention to continue to draw six figure salaries to goof up the most routine calls.

8/16/2014 11:22:00 PM

(8/16/2014 10:00:00 PM) - Al

The problem is, all bad umpires are attention whores...they simply have no comprehension that if you are noticed, you suck.

8/16/2014 10:00:00 PM

(8/16/2014 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Read what Rick Perry is being punished for.

This is why he's so popular. And why the left is losing touch.

8/16/2014 08:27:00 PM

(8/16/2014 08:04:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have signed RHP Billy Buckner and assigned him to Nashville. He takes the spot vacated by Heckathorn's DL placement.--Brewers

Estrada would get a spot in the rotation if one came up, and Ariel Pena is on the 40 and has pitched decently, and better in the 2nd half. Hence, I assume Buckner is purely for roster depth in Nashville. 

8/16/2014 08:04:00 PM

(8/16/2014 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers still trying to add to their bullpen. "Listen, we put in [waiver] claims today for relief pitchers," Mark A.

Most just get taken back, of course. Most get claimed by other teams as well, so the Crew doesn't even have a chance at them. 

8/16/2014 08:00:00 PM

(8/16/2014 07:01:00 PM) - Al

You can always tell which fans have no idea at all...the ones that act as if the Packers winning a preseason game means something.

I hear they won their family night scrimmage too....

8/16/2014 07:01:00 PM

(8/16/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

This is the woman, proud DA in the party of Kennedy, who indicted Governor Perry because he had the nerve to call her on her drunk driving.

At least she didn't drive off a bridge and leave a woman for dead. If she would have done that, she'd be given a lifetime Senate spot.

Just when you think they've hit rock bottom, they manage to remove a little more dirt from the hole.

Good luck justifying it. They ain't on my side.

8/16/2014 05:09:00 PM

(8/16/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al

Remember what the administration was talking about eleven months ago?

They don't either.

Anything to keep your mind off how sinfully inept their foreign and domestic policy has been. Remember, a couple months ago, Russia shot down a commercial airliner, and the US has yet to even say they shouldn't do that, never mind issue sanctions.

We live in a world which laughs at us, formerly the world's most powerful nation, now reduced to apologizing for...saving the world.

8/16/2014 04:58:00 PM

(8/16/2014 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Punch back twice as hard.

Their record is what it is. When you have a record like that, you find other things to talk about.

8/16/2014 04:43:00 PM

(8/16/2014 04:06:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog just slid off the big pillow he was lying on, landing on his side, and was stuck between the pillow and the TV stand.

A younger dog would have found a way to wiggle out of this predicament, but at 18 1/2, he gave up after about fifteen seconds, looked at me, and put his head down on the floor, looking pitiful. The Rambling wife happened by, and after laughing a bit, assisted him out of his helpless state.

It ain't easy getting old, friends.

8/16/2014 04:06:00 PM

(8/16/2014 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Jerry with a couple points I make often.

The left had no trouble vandalizing the capitol, or assaulting politicians, because they are hypocrites who don't really believe in anything except spending other people's money for selfish gain.

And, more than anything, Ms. Obama is far above any and all criticism, because she's black, and wholly unqualified to dispense with decades behind "carbs are good, fat is bad" nutrition advice.

I'm glad they're not on my side. It's tough being patriotic and responsible, but it sure beats being a Democrat.

8/16/2014 03:58:00 PM

(8/16/2014 03:03:00 PM) - Al

David Price, August--4.30 ERA
Jimmy Nelson, Aug---3.32 ERA

Remember back when I said Nelson might outperform Price the rest of the way? Small sample, yes, but so is August and September.

8/16/2014 03:03:00 PM

(8/16/2014 01:17:00 AM) - Al

Xrays negative on Segura's hand, which means he does not have one it's just a bruise.

Day to day, as we all are.

8/16/2014 01:17:00 AM

(8/16/2014 12:24:00 AM) - Al

They just don't get any better defensively than Carlos Gomez. He may not be the best ever, but I never saw the guy that's better.

8/16/2014 12:24:00 AM

(8/16/2014 12:04:00 AM) - Al

Scooter scores easily on that if he is healthy. Not even close.

Now Segura is going to be PH for. Banged up middle infield. Jean could easily have broken a bone in his hand or wrist, that's as bad as getting hit by a pitch, maybe worse, as he did not have the bat for protection.

EDIT: The replay looks like it may have got him in the palm, which is far better than the fingers. 

8/16/2014 12:04:00 AM

Friday, August 15, 2014

(8/15/2014 11:17:00 PM) - Al

I just saw someone suggest that the umpire at the review center be forced to make the call without knowing what the call on the field was, as this would eliminate the bias and old boy network that obviously exists, as the umps protect each other.

That may be the best idea I've heard.

8/15/2014 11:17:00 PM

(8/15/2014 09:21:00 PM) - Al

No good news on any injured Brewers' pitcher. Lohse's next turn will be skipped. Henderson and Thornburg both done for season, Jim likely to have shoulder surgery, Tyler having a platelet rich plasma injection to help strengthen a "weak" UCL.

Hat tip Adam,

8/15/2014 09:21:00 PM

(8/15/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

President Obama walks into a local bank in Chicago to cash a check. He is surrounded by Secret Service agents. As he approaches the cashier he says, "Good morning Ma'am, could you please cash this check for me?"
"It would be my pleasure sir. Could you please show me your ID?"

"Truthfully, I did not bring my ID with me as I didn't think there was any need to. I am President Barack Obama, the President of the United States of AMERICA !!!!"

"Yes sir, I know who you are, but with all the regulations and monitoring of the banks because of 9/11, impostors, forgers, money laundering, and bad mortgage underwriting not to mention requirements of the Dodd/Frank legislation, etc., I must insist on seeing ID."

“Just ask anyone here at the bank who I am and they will tell you. Everybody knows who I am."

"I am sorry Mr. President but these are the bank rules and I must follow them."

"I am urging you, please, to cash this check. I need to buy a gift for Michelle for Valentine’s Day"

"Look Mr. President, here is an example of what we can do. One day, Tiger Woods came into one of our bank branches without ID. To prove he was Tiger Woods he pulled out his putter and made a beautiful shot across the bank into a coffee cup. With that shot we knew him to be Tiger Woods and cashed his check.”
“Another time, Andre Agassi came into the same place without ID. He pulled out his tennis racquet and made a fabulous shot where as the tennis ball landed in a coffee cup. With that shot we cashed his check.
So, Mr. President, what can you do to prove that it is you, and only you, as the President of the United States?"

Obama stands there thinking, and thinking, and finally says, "Honestly, my mind is a total blank...there is nothing that comes to my mind. I can't think of a single thing. I have absolutely no idea what to do and I don’t have a clue.”
"Will that be large or small bills, Mr. President?

Have a good weekend, my friends. 

8/15/2014 03:00:00 PM

(8/15/2014 11:15:00 AM) - Al

Sickels analysis on Fiers and his stuff.

I have long said a cost effective way of getting a look at a bunch of college seniors would be to add a team to a short season A league (New York Penn or Northwest) and stock it with college seniors, mostly signed as undrafted free agents. Give 25 guys $2-5K to sign and throw them out on the field. You'd have a group of college all stars that were a step slow, maybe did not have a true position, or that throws 88 instead of 90+. But for that $100K, you probably find at least 3-4 guys that would develop into AA/AAA level players, and some would wind up in the big leagues, most likely as reserves and relievers, but still, as cheap role players.

8/15/2014 11:15:00 AM

Thursday, August 14, 2014

(8/14/2014 11:33:00 PM) - Al

Schafer doing well since he went back to AAA when Parra was acquired, .425/.514. Good to see.

8/14/2014 11:33:00 PM

(8/14/2014 05:53:00 PM) - Al

Postseason ticket options announced.

8/14/2014 05:53:00 PM

(8/14/2014 05:37:00 PM) - Al

Herrera has just been spectacular this past month. He made a bad throw today, not sure if it slipped or what, it wasn't just a run of the mill wide toss or throw in the dirt, it was twenty feet over Overbay's head.

Bad timing too, as if that had happened during Fiers' time on the mound, it wouldn't have made any difference.

8/14/2014 05:37:00 PM

(8/14/2014 05:32:00 PM) - Al

Seinfeld on the Mets and the sport.

8/14/2014 05:32:00 PM

(8/14/2014 05:13:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife bought some spaghetti squash at the farmer's market, and asked me to prepare it for tonight. I googled it, roasted it for an hour, and just tore it apart, per instructions.

I just tried it with some butter, salt, and pepper. Far as I can tell, it has no taste whatsoever. I guess this is why people use it in place of pasta, low carb, and all you taste is the sauce.

8/14/2014 05:13:00 PM

(8/14/2014 05:06:00 PM) - Al

Manfred, Selig's right hand man, is elected as the new commissioner.

8/14/2014 05:06:00 PM

(8/14/2014 04:47:00 PM) - Al

Would have been interesting to see Axford get to the Crew...he has not had a terrible season, but has been very wild, 6+ BB's per 9 IP. John is up and down, but is capable of being lights out. Doug tends to prefer the consistent and unspectacular, but as we know, loves velocity.

Axford has also been throwing his slider far more than in the past, and three mph harder too. Gotta wonder if that has led to less control. His velocity is 1-2 mph off his peak of his best years too.

I'm not sure he's better than Kintzler right now, to say the least.

8/14/2014 04:47:00 PM

(8/14/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

According to this, the Crew is voting with the majority, and the new commish is just a single vote away.

8/14/2014 04:30:00 PM

(8/14/2014 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Pirates acquire John Axford.

Second August in a row Axford has been dealt.

EDIT: Olney reports straight waiver claim.

Those wondering why the Brewers have not picked up a reliever, look no further. Axford passed through 25+ teams and the Crew still never got a chance at him. 

8/14/2014 03:28:00 PM

(8/14/2014 02:43:00 PM) - Al

Quick thoughts about a couple emails upset I used the term "killing babies."

I remain pro choice, up until the general time a baby is considered viable, for simplicity sakes, I would say six months along. I am not a fan of later term abortion. While I don't necessarily like any abortion, I understand it, and to be honest, until the child can live on their own, it is up to the woman who it is living off of. And, at the very heart of my beliefs is my core...whenever possible, err on the side of freedom. If technology someday allows us to grow a child in a heated chamber, we won't have an excuse for abortion. That day ain't today.

But, let's be honest folks, that's exactly what we're saying. You can make yourself feel less guilty all you want by "terminating a pregnancy." That said, you're fooling no one but yourself. 

8/14/2014 02:43:00 PM

(8/14/2014 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Manfred one vote away from election, Brewers supporting Werner.

8/14/2014 02:32:00 PM

(8/14/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I'd just do it anyway.

What's she gonna do, fly in from some exotic taxpayer funded vacation to shut 'em down?

8/14/2014 11:00:00 AM

(8/14/2014 10:18:00 AM) - Al

This is why one out of ten Americans eat at McDonalds every day, and why people that complain about them just don't get it

8/14/2014 10:18:00 AM

(8/14/2014 10:11:00 AM) - Al

The irony? He's vacationing too much for the French, many of whom take several weeks off every summer. Heck, many small businesses close for a month or two in France.

8/14/2014 10:11:00 AM

(8/14/2014 09:45:00 AM) - Al

Things that occurred to me today:

I have to wonder if the folks who post their run and exercise totals on Facebook and Twitter realize that no one gives a rat's ass if they worked out.

No one. Not a soul. 

8/14/2014 09:45:00 AM

(8/14/2014 09:28:00 AM) - Al

$15 an hour?


8/14/2014 09:28:00 AM

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

(8/13/2014 10:56:00 PM) - Al

Since May 1st:


The transformation has probably already started, it's just most folks have not noticed it yet. Those games in April count, but the changes have already been implemented, especially with the Cubs' wave of prospects starting to impress. 

8/13/2014 10:56:00 PM

(8/13/2014 10:19:00 PM) - Al

Lohse's ankle has been bothering him for a while. Braun will get tomorrow off, hand/thumb issues. As is often the case, guys are beat up, even though they are not missing time.

8/13/2014 10:19:00 PM

(8/13/2014 08:48:00 PM) - Al

Lohse hobbling around spared us from an onslaught of Twitter ignorance from the casuals.

That was very polite of him.

8/13/2014 08:48:00 PM

(8/13/2014 07:51:00 PM) - Al

I can't really say I disagree with anything Walsh said. Williams had every right to do what he did, and probably was suffering from incredible sadness and depression.

As I have talked about, as an amateur futurist, I have often said in 500 years, there will be "end of life centers" where people go, fill out legal forms, be forced to watch videos of what will happen, and will be injected much like an old dog or cat is today.

8/13/2014 07:51:00 PM

(8/13/2014 07:39:00 PM) - Al

ISIS fighters have abducted more than 100 Yazidi women and children from Sinjar.--CNN

Don't forget, these are the "freedom fighters" Obama and the left have chosen to support rather than our long term ally Israel. 

We're in the very best of hands.

8/13/2014 07:39:00 PM

(8/13/2014 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy isn't playing 1B for his defense. He thought the runner would try and score and never glanced at the batter.

8/13/2014 07:21:00 PM

(8/13/2014 07:10:00 PM) - Al

Stopped at the little cheese shop on 29 today and bought some curd, muenster, and salami cheese.

Ate about half a bag of curd on the hour drive home. I'll be lucky to use the restroom before Labor Day.

8/13/2014 07:10:00 PM

(8/13/2014 07:08:00 PM) - Al

We're just lucky the sun hasn't turned us all into baked taters.

If it did, Gore's utility bill might reach six figures.

8/13/2014 07:08:00 PM

(8/13/2014 06:44:00 PM) - Al

Have to see if MIL sends Fiers down after tomorrow's game, as a 5th SP won't be needed for almost two weeks, with a pair of off days next week. Good opportunity to bring up another reliever or even a another bat for the bench, perhaps a power or speed guy for specific subbing.

Or, they might just choose to give the rotation extra days of rest. Nothing wrong with that either. 

8/13/2014 06:44:00 PM

(8/13/2014 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Schroeder out until homestand. Uecker not going to L.A. In L.A., Craig Counsell will fill in on TV. Gord Ash on radio.--Brewer Nation

Counsell does a fine job, and is very metric oriented from working in the front office.

8/13/2014 05:44:00 PM

(8/13/2014 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Bucks' schedule released.

Yep, 82 games, just like previous years.

Heh. I always link to stuff like that, I always glance at it, but I don't know what I've looking for. They open for the 30th straight year on the road. That is not a coincidence, as the team always wants their first home game to be on a Friday or Saturday night, and the league always opens on Tuesday or Wednesday.

EDIT: 19 of the 41 home games are on a Friday night, Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon, which is about as good as you can do unless the commissioner used to own the team.

{I don't know if the Brewers get special favors or not, but I know other teams claim they do. A few years ago, MIL played the Cubs twice in April, and both times at Wrigley Field. At a season ticket holder event, a fan complained about so many April home games, in the cold and damp conditions, and supposedly a Cubs' person said one of the two Brewers' series was supposed to be at Miller Park, but the Brewers did not want that, and that got shifted to Chicago, with MIL getting a series in June. Said it paid to have friends in high places.}

That said, I'm sure every team hates April games and wants summer ones, and they likely balance them out pretty evenly. And considering the Cubs had to have an off day on Sunday this year because they did not want a home game to fall on the same day as a "pride" parade, anything is possible.

EDIT: Did not even noticed they play a game in London, on a Thursday afternoon (our time) in January, they play on Saturday night, and then in London on Thursday, and then off until Monday, MLK Jr. Day. That will cause them to play a lot of back to back games and 3 games in 4 nights the rest of the season, but it will be like having a pair of all star breaks.

8/13/2014 05:19:00 PM

(8/13/2014 04:48:00 PM) - Al

School has started in some areas, and they all hate the first lady.

For those keeping track, the left is very pro choice when it comes to killing babies (sorry, terminating fetuses), but very anti choice when it comes to deciding what you should eat.

It's a timing thing.

8/13/2014 04:48:00 PM

(8/13/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al


The bottom of the barrel has been scraped.

8/13/2014 11:30:00 AM

(8/13/2014 10:48:00 AM) - Al

Only 65?

The author must have only worked a half day.

8/13/2014 10:48:00 AM

(8/13/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

A couple months ago, many minor league "experts" insisted that the Creww carrying Wang instead of Mills was devastating to the Brewers.

Since Mills opted out of his contract, the A's have DFA'd him, as have the Blue Jays...twice.

I would not be a contrarian if people were not almost always wrong. I wish Mills the best of luck, and he is probably just as good as many teams 6th or 7th best SP. That said, guys that are 29 that top out at about 88 mph are not the answer to any question.

8/13/2014 10:30:00 AM

(8/13/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

He married an heiress you know. This allows him to put a tasty ketchup flavored foot in his mouth...often.

And, allow me to add, how very fitting.

8/13/2014 09:30:00 AM

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

(8/12/2014 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Minor league gurus keep insisting the Cubs have no pitching in the minors.

Too bad that kid tonight is already in the majors, I guess. :)

Sometimes, I do wonder if they're ever correct. The Crew was ranked very low last season, bottom five by most, and has graduated Davis, Gennett, and Nelson...I wonder if any organization has had three such quality players step up in the past 365 days, plus a couple weeks.

Now, of course, they're rated even lower, because those three that no one respected are no longer in the minors...the old "not only is the food awful, but the portions are too small" way of thinking.

Theo is a year or two from having a perennial 90+ win team in that decrepit, old historic ballpark. Some will be surprised, but they shouldn't be.

8/12/2014 09:53:00 PM

(8/12/2014 05:37:00 PM) - Al

Brewers 2nd in runs scored, 4th in OPS, 9th in runs allowed, 9th in ERA, 2nd in QS, 3rd in SP IP, 13th in RP IP, 7th in SP ERA, 10th in RP ERA.

Counsell was correct, by the way...those innings the bullpen was putting in early in the season was a fluke, caused by the extra inning games in April and all those bottom the ninths they had to pitch. They have now pitched the 3rd fewest in the NL, but the story stays the same...they must be tired. The irony is, take a lot at the difference in a player who hits .300 the first month and finishes up at .250, and compare it to the guy who hits .200 and finishes up at .250...totally different, even though they ended up the same place. That's what you get following the old media...lazy, often incoherent half truths.

The facts? Well above average offense, above average SP. Average or very close to it bullpen. Very good baserunning team, 2nd in MLB. average to slightly above in defense, 10th in UZR, 13th in DRS.  

8/12/2014 05:37:00 PM

(8/12/2014 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Schroeder will miss tonight's game, still in hospital. Arm swollen and painful. I assume he's being treated with IV antibiotics.

8/12/2014 04:55:00 PM

(8/12/2014 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Nobody loses.

Everyone is a success.

It's not about the grade, it's about learning. Everyone gets an A.

Utopia has been reached, and the left guided us there. The problem? Everyone's a winner with a 4.0 GPA...and almost all of them live in their parent's basement.

8/12/2014 04:03:00 PM

(8/12/2014 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Report: Russian bombers have penetrated US airspace 16 times in 10 days. I'm just surprised Obama didn't grant the pilots citizenship.--Fred Thompson

Why? Why not? Russia has no fear of Obama, as they know he has no backbone or the faintest understanding of foreign policy.

They will continue to push buttons. I only hope it does not lead to more needless deaths. Regardless, the only response will be a stern lecture said moments before hitting the fairway.

Because he's so much smarter than the rest of us.

8/12/2014 03:40:00 PM

(8/12/2014 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Interesting fact of the day: Sara Evans is 43 years old.


8/12/2014 03:22:00 PM

(8/12/2014 01:55:00 PM) - Al

ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for even suggesting sunscreen might not be a good idea.

They are as pathetic as a news gathering group could possibly be. They are cliches, catch phrases, and immaturity mixed together to form an unwatchable (and unreadable) hodgepodge of ignorance.

8/12/2014 01:55:00 PM

(8/12/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Dedicated statesmen.

8/12/2014 11:30:00 AM

(8/12/2014 10:21:00 AM) - Al

Game worn jerseys from Sunday available. Most do not have bids yet.

8/12/2014 10:21:00 AM

(8/12/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Add this to his Special Olympics' remark...for such an eloquent speaker, he sure is a poor speaker.

8/12/2014 10:00:00 AM

(8/12/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Quick thought...anyone know which network (or conglomerate) owns the TV rights to Good Will Hunting? The Rambling wife and I saw it in the theater, but I don't think I've seen it since.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Doubtfire, which was cute, but pretty much a one joke movie, is on several times a week.

I do admit, I've seen his episode of SVU a dozen times, and the guy could act. He played a total nut, and was very convincing.

8/12/2014 08:30:00 AM

Monday, August 11, 2014

(8/11/2014 11:41:00 PM) - Al

Rogers might have won a September call up with his day Sunday.

He might actually be a factor in whether or not the Crew retains Ramirez next season. Kid has played himself into being a true prospect, albeit not sure if he fits in as a 1B/3B/LF reserve, as a platoon guy, or even as an everyday player. He has a 800+ OPS versus both RHP and LHP this season, so he's not just a lefty masher. 

8/11/2014 11:41:00 PM

(8/11/2014 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Verlander leaves after one inning, sore shoulder.

Five years, $140M left on his deal.

8/11/2014 11:03:00 PM

(8/11/2014 10:12:00 PM) - Al

Four change ups in a row, 3-2, hitter still way out in front of another change.

It's just amazing. Hoffman did the same thing his entire career.

8/11/2014 10:12:00 PM

(8/11/2014 10:04:00 PM) - Al

Frankie forced to get four outs because the ball was hit so slow and the grass is so wet.

Better lucky than good. Short term, not even close.

8/11/2014 10:04:00 PM

(8/11/2014 09:56:00 PM) - Al

Twitter reports fans were yelling, "You're a cheater" when Braun was up. I heard "You're not Jeter."

I think I was wrong.

8/11/2014 09:56:00 PM

(8/11/2014 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Any accurate throw has Aramis out by several feet. However, with two down, that makes perfect mathematical sense..Davis is going to get out about 67% of the time.

However, you won't hear any of the casuals complaining about that...because they judge solely by result. I wish they understood the math, but it's like explaining the sun's orbit to a bullfrog. 

8/11/2014 09:52:00 PM

(8/11/2014 09:38:00 PM) - Al

No way this kid doesn't get claimed, he averaged 95 mph in his two innings, still very young.

8/11/2014 09:38:00 PM

(8/11/2014 09:14:00 PM) - Al

I cannot believe there are adults watching pro wrestling and tweeting about it. Seriously?

8/11/2014 09:14:00 PM

(8/11/2014 08:34:00 PM) - Al

It's hard to believe how bad teams are at knowing when to challenge. Many teams seem to challenge "if it's close," which is just shortsighted. Unless it was a blatant error, challenging with two outs and a man on 2B is just dumb, as the expected runs in that situation is lower than no one on, no one out.

Nice job of selling it by Scooter too. People overlook how important that is. I recall once in softball, I was playing SS, and there was a smash base hit to RF. The guy out there had a cannon for an arm, so I hustled over to cover 2B, and the throw was rocketed to me. I stretched like a 1B to the ball, and caught it perfectly, as the ball "popped" in my glove like a Chapman fastball would.

The thing is, the runner from 1B was a young guy, and despite the fact he didn't slide, beat the throw. In fact, I took my foot off the bag to reach for the ball, and I removed my foot just as the runner's foot landed on the bag. So, not only was the runner safe, he was safe for two reasons. But, it was reasonably close, and I think the pop of the glove made it seem like he should be out (I swear, that echo lasted a couple seconds). Me, one of limited talent, but, as they say, gritty and scrappy, not only cheated off the bag and caught it so the glove would pop, but after I caught it, I immediately started trotting toward the bench, as if it was a very obvious out call. I was several steps into my jog, and several teammates were yelling celebrations and congrats to the RF. I was past the mound and almost to the 3B line before I heard the umpire say, in a hushed tone, like he was in a library, "Out?"

There was a few "I think he beat that" and "Ah, he was safe" statements from the opposing team, but I think the fact several seconds had passed, and we were already acting as if it was a done deal made it difficult to even consider a safe call.

The irony is, when I got to the bench, the entire team insisted the runner was out, and it hadn't even been that close. No one ever even mentioned my foot. I think they were so impressed by the velocity of the throw, they just assumed he must be out. Me, I never told a soul, well, no one on the team.

I was also very good at "blocking" the base on a close play putting my foot either right in front of it or on the half closest to 1B, often the runner would step on top of the base to avoid my foot...once in a great while, be unable to stop or slip off the wet base, and I would apply the tag. These are the benefits of not being gifted.

8/11/2014 08:34:00 PM

(8/11/2014 07:11:00 PM) - Al

Pirates place McCutchen on DL after playing short for a week.

The strange this about that is, most people said he'd be out a month or more. The idea of him only missing a few days seemed senseless.

8/11/2014 07:11:00 PM

(8/11/2014 06:46:00 PM) - Al

RIP Robin Williams. His genius as artist & comedian will be missed & his support of our troops no doubt was much appreciated by all who serve.--Gary Sinise

Williams did do some USO shows. I thank him for that, and give him credit, as many entertainers make no effort to do such things.

8/11/2014 06:46:00 PM

(8/11/2014 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Robin Williams passes away, suicide suspected.

He was a funny, funny man; but was a mighty nasty fella, especially towards W, in his later years. Sounds like he was probably suffering from depression, or something along those lines. 

EDIT: On that note, please do not be afraid to seek medical help if you are depressed or sad. I work with seniors and it is astounding how many of them, who should be enjoying the best years of their life, take meds every day to assist them. It's some sort of chemical imbalance, I can't say I fully "get it," but they do help. I've worked with people who have attempted suicide. Call a friend for a ride, take a bus, drive to a clinic or ER, but talk to someone. If nothing else, I'm sure 911 will be happy to give you a number of someone who will be happy to talk to you.

I always remember reading about people who had tried to commit suicide, but failed. Almost all of them had jumped from several stories and survived, but were now disabled or severely maimed as a result. The author of the article asked the researcher what he was most surprised by, and with no hesitation, the gent said it was that almost every single person answered one question exactly the response to "What were you thinking as you fell?" the response was consistently..."This is really stupid."

As I always say, it's too bad that thought doesn't go through their head just before they jumped.

8/11/2014 06:20:00 PM

(8/11/2014 05:33:00 PM) - Al


Do you think the Brewers might bring up Johnny Davis in September just to PR? 


I had never heard of Davis, so I figured he must be at AA or below. Turns out he is in Appleton, after just being drafted last summer. Here's a piece on him, and supposedly, he is mighty fast.

However, as for him being called up, no. He doesn't have to be protected on the 40 man until after the '16 campaign...but would be if used in MIL. Besides that, while he does have 29 SB's, he's been caught 18 times, so he would not be much of an asset, yet at least.

Josh Prince, who was up a bit last year, has spent the year in Huntsville, playing mostly OF and is 35/44 in steals...if they were to use a Mel Stocker type this season, he would likely be the guy. He would be taken off the 40 after the season, as despite being versatile and speedy, Prince has not shown to be worthy of a AAA spot, never mind the majors. 

8/11/2014 05:33:00 PM

(8/11/2014 04:03:00 PM) - Al

I'd take it one further...has he ever told the truth in his adult life?

Why are his college records sealed? How did he pay for college, given he was a drug using high school kid who supposedly had poor grades get into two Ivy League schools.

I maintain he claimed to be Kenyan on his college apps and likely got scholarships and grants because of it. But I can't prove it, because he's hiding...something...because he's never told the truth in his life.

8/11/2014 04:03:00 PM

(8/11/2014 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Watching Joel Osteen on my DVR. They put a crawl on the bottom this week that said starting in September you can listen to their weekly services on Sirius radio. I'm sure many people will sign up just to listen, as Sirius is not that expensive at all...$10 a month.

8/11/2014 03:09:00 PM

(8/11/2014 02:54:00 PM) - Al

I don't look for symbols on my food, so I wonder how many I've eaten.

By the way, McDonald's puts butter on their premium chicken sandwiches? Did not know that.

8/11/2014 02:54:00 PM

Sunday, August 10, 2014

(8/10/2014 09:58:00 PM) - Al

I missed this when it happened. This puts the 40 man roster at 39, and makes Falu unlikely to be added. He'd still be in SD if Segura's son not passed away.

8/10/2014 09:58:00 PM

(8/10/2014 07:27:00 PM) - Al

Tonight's supermoon is the closest of the year.

I don't care at all, but some of you might. I'll think of this as I stare at it as the Rambling dog wanders around outside due to his insomnia and senility.

Good thing we love him.

8/10/2014 07:27:00 PM

(8/10/2014 07:19:00 PM) - Al

The Tigers did not make any moves to replace Sanchez and Soria, leaving their bullpen short for Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays. Closer Joe Nathan has appeared in both games at Toronto so far, getting his sixth blown save Saturday. Detroit will add two players before Monday's game at Pittsburgh.--ESPN

I assumed they were unable to get them to TOR in time, and ended up playing 19 innings. But when I checked, Detroit's AAA team is in Toledo, and were at home both yesterday and today. Heck, they could rented a car and made it in five hours, per Mapquest.

Planning, or a lack of planning, like that is kind of sad.

8/10/2014 07:19:00 PM

(8/10/2014 05:54:00 PM) - Al

Obama had the DOJ and IRS target Tea Party while at the same time releasing the guy who is leading ISIS, Obama gives amateur a bad name.--GA on Rock 94.5

They're freedom fighters you know!

Luckily, he has Biden to help him on foreign policy matters. Meanwhile, Joe shuts off a fan by sticking his tongue in it.

8/10/2014 05:54:00 PM

(8/10/2014 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Chicken is all ready to go on the grill (and in the oven, as the Rambling son prefers shake and bake, because he loves carbs as much as I avoid them). Waiting for the Rambling wife to wake up from her nap...I think she laid down at 2.

I married a woman six years younger than myself, but she naps like a 50 year old.

8/10/2014 05:30:00 PM

(8/10/2014 05:27:00 PM) - Al

Johnson chose Tigers over Crew.

If you take a look at his stats, his problem has been HR's and BB's. Walks are usually a technical issue, and homers are usually missed location.

By the way, as I often say, there's nothing better than minor league contracts for major league veterans. No risk, all upside. How's that Jeremy Jeffress signing working out?

Of course, the minor league standing watchers are sometimes bothered that it might cost Nashville a win or two.

That's another reason I'm all for them.

8/10/2014 05:27:00 PM

(8/10/2014 05:10:00 PM) - Al

I forgot to include the baserunning metric. To be honest, it's a lot like the shifts...those that fail to see the positives are too caught up in second guessing and not really paying attention. Sadly, that's about 75% of the Brewers' bloggers...

Remember a week ago, when a significant part of the fan base wondered why Garza was taken out? Those same ones are the ones arguing shifts do not work, and that taking a 90/10 or 80/20 chance is not worthwhile...they simply do not believe in math, or common sense. Or, are just so grumpy they will complain about anything.

Another good comparison is those who complain about the 3B coach a lot. With a pair of outs, the 3B coach should send the runner even if he'll get thrown out 60% of the the next batter is far more likely to get out than reach base. It's why "the book" says to hit on 16 when the dealer has a face card showing...even though you will bust 62% of the time.

Don't argue with math. You ain't gonna win.

8/10/2014 05:10:00 PM

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