Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

(9/30/2014 09:15:00 PM) - Al

I'm watching The Duggars and Little People on TLC, but I must admit, I do find it very funny when the casual bloggers second guess a decision after a HR...but never said a word about it before.

Friends, that is when you know you're reading a cool kid with fancy graphics and absolutely nothing to add...except to report what you already saw.

Sadly, that's about 99% of the internet. Even worse, it's every single Brewers' blogger...except me, of course. Every once in a while, someone will ask me which ones I read. I truly wish there was one that was not embarrassingly bad I could recommend, but, to be honest, they are all just second guessers, "I knew that was going to happen" guys, and "cliches and words like heart and grit" types. 

9/30/2014 09:15:00 PM

(9/30/2014 09:01:00 PM) - Al

1.556 runs are expected at this point. With a bunt, and runners at 2nd and 3rd and one out, that number actually decreases to 1.447.--Gabe Kapler

However, they are more likely to score a single run. The negative is, far less likely to score 3+. Slightly less likely to score a pair.

9/30/2014 09:01:00 PM

(9/30/2014 08:53:00 PM) - Al

I always giggle when you see people harping about OF defense. To be honest, LF'a average 1-2 chances a game, and they are very likely to be routine fly outs.

Always liked Travis as a hitter versus RHP...more of a base hit guy than power, but solid depth.

9/30/2014 08:53:00 PM

(9/30/2014 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Theo thinks they will reach .500, because the Crew finished with 82 wins and were in contention until the final series.

I, like most, think they're still a year away. If a couple of those kids overachieve, you never know.

9/30/2014 06:18:00 PM

(9/30/2014 05:55:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure this is just the JV ebola anyway. I'm sure they had a textbook at Harvard that explained how to handle this.

9/30/2014 05:55:00 PM

(9/30/2014 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The most transparent administration ever.

9/30/2014 04:30:00 PM

(9/30/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

This is what happens when you ignore the "innocent until proven guilty" idea.

Stay tuned NFL, you'll be splaining yourself soon.

9/30/2014 03:00:00 PM

(9/30/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

McDonald's losing customers as it goes healthy.

Yep. That's why no ones has opened a roasted veggies restaurant.

9/30/2014 01:30:00 PM

(9/30/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

This is also for men...and those in their 30's and 40's. Being single is sadly full of people asking you when you're not going to be single anymore.

Remember the great quote, "Now I'm going to go back to doing what I want, all of the time."

9/30/2014 12:30:00 PM

(9/30/2014 11:24:00 AM) - Al

You know he's inept when he ignores the people he hired to give him advice.

As usual, politics over common sense.

9/30/2014 11:24:00 AM

(9/30/2014 11:22:00 AM) - Al

Adam with a nicely done preview to next season. His thinking out loud of possibly dealing from strength (the rotation) to fill a weakness (1B) is a thought I have had as well, though 3B is the area I have filled in my head more.

The two keys, as I see them, are Parra and Estrada...two arby eligible players who will both get too much for their intended role. However, they would also provide depth for injury or allow deals to be made. Marco especially...if you keep everyone, Estrada is the #7 SP, and he'll make $5-6M. However, if you trade a SP, he's #6, and #5 is Jimmy Nelson, who has great stuff but struggled in the last month.

Adam does not bring it up, but as weak as 3B is in MLB, I have to wonder if Matt Clark is a realistic option there, or if he was moved to 1B because he's a poor defender. A Clark/Rogers platoon would cost 8% of Ramirez will, and probably produce 80-90% of what Aramis will. The guy on the bench would also be a nice power bat, and Jason has versatility as well, able to play all four corner spots.

9/30/2014 11:22:00 AM

(9/30/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Good, quality people.

9/30/2014 11:00:00 AM

(9/30/2014 10:51:00 AM) - Al

I observed a person try to buy dog food with food stamps. Checkout said no, person said guess Fido will get steak then.--Wayne Clark to Charles Payne.

The irony? The utopian society we live in makes the above situation completely plausible...because no one ever considers the consequences.

Pull all the troops out of Iraq. Why not? It's not like they will regain strength and become a terrorist force again....will they?


9/30/2014 10:51:00 AM

(9/30/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Sometimes I wonder if they slip articles like this into Obama's briefing every morning to try and keep him up to date on the world.

Hey, when your only concerns are golf and raising money for tax and spenders, you don't have time for the other stuff.

9/30/2014 10:00:00 AM

(9/30/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If you're far enough left, you can pretty much convince yourself any issue with the flag is just a convoluted reading of the Constitution away.


9/30/2014 09:00:00 AM

Monday, September 29, 2014

(9/29/2014 11:40:00 PM) - Al

KRod might be back, if he only asks for $4-5M. I don't see any team giving him big money, as he's certainly not an elite closer anymore, but plenty serviceable. Heck, plus set up men are getting $5-7M. Frankie likes MIL and is likely happy to take less than market value, especially if he is given a chance to close.

Tell you what, when they had Broxron and KRod (or when Smith was superb early), it's sure easy to run the bullpen. SP goes 5-6, Jeffress/Smith/et al in the 7th, 8th/9th is set up. It makes the manager look like a fine, fine planner. 

9/29/2014 11:40:00 PM

(9/29/2014 11:31:00 PM) - Al

After an 8 - 5 week you are now tied for first with Prisco from CBS Sports with a record of 41 - 20.  Topping week 4 with a record of 9 - 4 were Prisco, Richard (CBS), Schefter (ESPN), Wickersham (ESPN), and Halpin (Fox).

And, I'm still alive in my mythical survivor league, after four weeks, supposedly, only about 35% are remaining!

9/29/2014 11:31:00 PM

(9/29/2014 11:08:00 PM) - Al

I don't see him crying himself to sleep.

9/29/2014 11:08:00 PM

(9/29/2014 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Tough not to notice that a pair of mid 30's 1B, Mike Cuddyer and Adam LaRoche, are easily the top 1B available as FA's. Because of their age, and in Cuddyer's case, injuries in his recent history, both will probably sign 1-2 year deals.

9/29/2014 09:54:00 PM

(9/29/2014 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Where are all these one game playoffs I've been hearing about? I must not get that channel.:):)

9/29/2014 06:20:00 PM

(9/29/2014 06:13:00 PM) - Al

Mariners DFA Corey Hart.

Doug hit this on the head too, heck, I saw some casuals say we should sign Corey to a 4y/$40M deal.

The track record of players that have missed an entire season due to an injury and then came back and put up numbers similar to their past is tiny, to say the least. Folks always have all the answers when it's not their money to throw around.

9/29/2014 06:13:00 PM

(9/29/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The difference between Wag The Dog and the Obama administration?

Wag The Dog's comedy was intentional. 

We're in the very best of hands.

9/29/2014 03:30:00 PM

(9/29/2014 12:27:00 PM) - Al

JJ Hardy has had one above average year of out his last six, and is 32 years old...and supposedly, he will be the target of a bidding war between the Yankees and Orioles (and maybe others).

He is a solid defensive SS, but talk about being paid for what he used to do.

9/29/2014 12:27:00 PM

(9/29/2014 12:07:00 PM) - Al

Twins let Ron Gardenhire go.

One MN columnist feels it will be Molitor or Steinbach to replace him, which would make the next change awful messy. 

9/29/2014 12:07:00 PM

(9/29/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The truth hurts.

Look, we all appreciate the fact Leo took time out of his busy schedule of banging supermodels on a ginat pile of cash. But the truth is, he's a raging hypocrite, a guy that uses more fossil fuels than hundreds of us rubes.

But, please, stop lecturing me about my carbon footprint. You're a stupid dolt who won the genetic lottery of looks, and while I can't say I "get it," I realize I'm not your target audience.

And by the way, I loved the repeated references to Ted Kennedy and MADD. He may be dead, but he's still a fool who killed a woman with his irresponsible, drunken behavior.

9/29/2014 12:00:00 PM

(9/29/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Hey, I just found out this was Derek Jeter's last season.

I wish there had been some old media coverage of it.

9/29/2014 11:30:00 AM

(9/29/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Pres Obama (On 60 Minutes).. "when I took over unemployment was up at 10%.." Fact check.. Jan 2009, Unemployment 7.8%.--Eric Bolling

How do you know he's lying?

His lips are moving.

Already rewriting history, because the fact is, his results are terrible and hellishly embarrassing. If you were'd lie too.

9/29/2014 10:00:00 AM

(9/29/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

DDT will be the savior of the world as soon as the environmentalists figure out not using it is killing off folks afr quicker.

9/29/2014 10:00:00 AM

(9/29/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm going to sum up the past fourteen years in two sentences. Ready?

Everything was Bush's fault.

Nothing is Obama's fault.

9/29/2014 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, September 28, 2014

(9/28/2014 04:59:00 PM) - Al

This is why I did not spend one second of my life discussing a massive tie scenario, or multiple tiebreaker games.

Nerds embarrass me, and they make all of us that are statistically inclined look stupid. Grow the hell up. 

9/28/2014 04:59:00 PM

(9/28/2014 04:45:00 PM) - Al

Outscored by seven runs, Brewers "should have" won 80. Won two more than they "should have"...they had three "extra wins" from late April until a couple weeks ago.

They were very fortunate in April, and it never really came back to haunt them. Just not good enough overall, at least with the guys they had and their health in the second half.

9/28/2014 04:45:00 PM

(9/28/2014 04:38:00 PM) - Al

RR says he gave Rickie Weeks the option to start or pinch-hit today and he

And yes, I do get tired of being right. 

9/28/2014 04:38:00 PM

(9/28/2014 04:26:00 PM) - Al

I bet they will say after the game Weeks did not want to make an appearance just to make an appearance. Knowing Rickie, that is not much of a surprise.

9/28/2014 04:26:00 PM

(9/28/2014 01:45:00 PM) - Al

I would expect most players to be subbed out for during the game, might well see Rogers play 3B the second half of the game.

Funny, all the talk has been about Weeks' last game, but it might end up being Aramis' as well.

9/28/2014 01:45:00 PM

(9/28/2014 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Elias arguing that Lucroy, if he would go 1-3, would end up as a .2996 hitter, which rounds up to .300, but would still not be listed as a .300 hitter, because it is arbitrary how many spots they use for BA.

This, my friends, is why people hate stat geeks. No one cares what the nerds at Elias think. If it's listed as .300, that's all anyone cares about. I assume they'll give Jon 3 AB's, and if he gets a hit or not, he'll be removed.

9/28/2014 11:54:00 AM

(9/28/2014 11:46:00 AM) - Al

Brewers' record by month

The irony is, everyone wants to know what happened late, but no one is asking what happened in July. Or, for that matter, why April and June were so good, as they are the biggest outliers.

My guess is, if you ran opposing SP numbers, you'd probably find both July and September were far tougher than April and June. You'd probably find they got luckier those months as well. I bet you'd also find Braun's production fell in those months as well, due to his thumb.

9/28/2014 11:46:00 AM

(9/28/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al


9/28/2014 11:30:00 AM

(9/28/2014 11:18:00 AM) - Al

Braun to have surgery on his thumb Thursday, no one knows if it will work, or a rehab schedule.

Other than that Mrs. Lincoln...

9/28/2014 11:18:00 AM

(9/28/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

That's because the world is concerned over fictional crises like global warming climate change change of seasons weather.

We're in the best of hands.

9/28/2014 09:30:00 AM

Saturday, September 27, 2014

(9/27/2014 11:59:00 PM) - Al

Reports of Stanton's demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated.

9/27/2014 11:59:00 PM

(9/27/2014 10:09:00 PM) - Al

One has to simply stand back in amazement that of all the catchers to ever play the game, including superb offensive ones like Fisk, Bench, Simmons, Berra, Piazza, Pudge, Campanella, Dickey, and Carter; not a single one of them had more doubles than Lucroy. It seems like Jason Kendall should have had 50 once, as speedy as he was (for a C) and the fact he played 150 games a few times.

If he played on the east coast, he'd be talked about as a top five player in the sport. As is, he's a top 2-3 catcher and a top 30 player...still pretty good, to say the least.

EDIT: For those wondering, Kendall had 36 twice, both as a young player, under 25. The legs went after that, and he never was a power guy, which is how most doubles come about.

9/27/2014 10:09:00 PM

(9/27/2014 09:23:00 PM) - Al

I laugh every time I see a FSW girl promo, because those gals look like they're having tons of fun and love their job, and yet, there's a whole group of moral utopians who insist they're being used and/or abused.

Remember, the difference between being intelligent or overbearing is simple...intelligent folks don't look to ban everything they dislike. 

9/27/2014 09:23:00 PM

(9/27/2014 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke terrified of Weeks' playing defense late in games. Looks for any excuse to pull him.

9/27/2014 09:00:00 PM

(9/27/2014 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy's BA after that AB is .29948.


9/27/2014 08:44:00 PM

(9/27/2014 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Peralta's last batter of the year, I would assume. Another fine campaign for him.

9/27/2014 08:35:00 PM

(9/27/2014 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Joe Block with an astounding tweet.

9/27/2014 08:16:00 PM

(9/27/2014 08:01:00 PM) - Al

One thought that came to my mind as you think about next year's squad...Segura had a 615 OPS this year, while Gomez had an 808 OPS in AAA...including 46 extra base hits out of 115 hits. He is supposedly a plus fielder, and his arm might be as good as any I've ever seen in a Brewers' uniform.

As Doug talks about wanting more power, and SS/1B being the two spots where improvement seems to be the well as Gomez picking up playing time while others, for the most part, have not. Hector is also going to the AFL, a spot reserved only for those the organization wants to succeed. Add all that up, and the fact Jean was actually benched for a couple games, a rarity in MIL, though he may have been banged up as well, one has to wonder about his standing in the organization.

At the very least, I think it's safe to say Gomez has his supporters. SS is such a weak position in the majors, the drop off to a replacement level player is not that great. Depending on your definition of replacement level, that would be somewhere between 575-600 OPS (85-90% of MLB average, in case you're wondering).

9/27/2014 08:01:00 PM

(9/27/2014 06:45:00 PM) - Al

Calling a bunt from MM here.

9/27/2014 06:45:00 PM

(9/27/2014 05:50:00 PM) - Al

Both Doug and MA mentioned casual fan things like heart, playing hard, and so on. Both seemed to brush them off. But, one must remember, an awful lot of season ticket holders are casual fans. Wouldn't surprise me if they have a PR person or two compiling emails/letters and the most commonly used words/phrases.

9/27/2014 05:50:00 PM

(9/27/2014 05:30:00 PM) - Al

If I had to [pinpoint something] I would say the offense in the second half of the year was the biggest drop off.

9/27/2014 05:30:00 PM

(9/27/2014 05:25:00 PM) - Al

A part of me wonders if Doug and Mark are setting the table for players to come to them and want to discuss what they think. Since I've wondered it, I also have to wonder if they feel some guys played injured instead of admitting they were hurt and focus on treatment. That goes against the norm, but the norm is stupid.

Attanasio said he has and will meet with selected players individually to try and seek answers.--JS

I am, indeed, a frickin' genius.

9/27/2014 05:25:00 PM

(9/27/2014 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Mark Attanasio said he is so disappointed in the players that he will not address the team as a group this

Lots of talk about wanting players that want to be there, want to win, and similar cliches; but immediately followed by Doug and Mark saying they do not feel that's a problem. All but a very few players on the team "chose" to be there, all except the guys who were drafted and developed. I have to wonder if they have a particular player in mind, or if they are simply unhappy with the results. 

9/27/2014 05:19:00 PM

(9/27/2014 04:48:00 PM) - Al

Doug and Mark A talking with the media. Doug says they will do their normal evals after the season, will not make an announcement on Roenicke and coaching staff until then.

I would be interested to know if anyone asks about Doug's future.

EDIT: MA says Doug will return next season.

Doug again uses the word "swagger" to describe the offense, or better put, what it is missing.

Add up constant mentions of that and a lack of commitment to the coaching staff, I would guess at least some changes will be made, probably to more vocal, perhaps brash types. Trying to think of an example, struggling to do so.

I wouldn't say we're at a crossroads, but we're at a path in the woods where we need to take one path or the other.--MA

I think the fact they have won 83, 74, and 81-83 games the past three years has led them to believe the same as can argue and fight it all you want, but the talent is probably right about at that .500ish level.

We've got 2.8 million fans here. We damn well better be winning.--MA

Mark does not like the idea of rebuilding as a fan or as a businessman. Some fans want to rebuild every year. It's very difficult to know you're only a few wins away from the playoffs and then rebuild, but sometimes, it makes perfect sense...the Cubs, Astros, and Marlins have done it, paid the price in wins and losses, and all look to have very bright futures. MA would probably tell you that none of those teams won this season...and he'd be right. 

9/27/2014 04:48:00 PM

(9/27/2014 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers at each position:

Ave MLB C--.309/.378, 687 OPS, 64 simple runs created
Brewers C----.370/.460, 830, 94, 1st of 30 in MLB OPS (+30 cumulative runs)

So, while Lucroy is simply a star, MM is a very good hitter compared to most backups, who tend to be one step below awful. So, you're going to improve the offense, huh? Lots of luck here.

Ave MLB 1B--.331/.424, 755, 77 src
Brewers 1B----.285/.356, 641, 56, 28th in MLB (+9 cumulative)

No doubt, this is the upgrade that is the most apparent and seemingly easiest to accomplish. As I pointed out the other night, an average 1B would have added about 20 runs...that's not going to solve all your problems.

Ave MLB 2B--.312/.371, 683, 64 src
Brewers 2B----.331/.453, 784, 82, 8th in MLB (+27 cumulative)

Scooter will either get to play most everyday next season or get a new platoon partner, but it's unlikely the spot will rank any higher. Again, those that wondered why Weeks was kept simply failed to understand what his positives are, which is being able to mash LHP. Can't see the forest, too many trees in the way.

Ave MLB 3B--.317/.397, 694, 69 src
Brewers 3B----.324/.425, 749, 76, 9th in MLB (+34 cumulative)

I'd still think twice before picking up ARam's option, as he's going to be another year older and he's probably best projected to play about 110-120 games in '15. However, seeing his rank in the top ten, and only seeing Rogers as a possible in house replacement, who is questionable on D in addition to far from a sure thing at the plate, probably makes it easy for a team that hopes to contend. Reynolds is a free agent, but I'd prefer him at $3-5M than Ramirez at $14M.  Even in a down season, Mark was still just a bit below MLB average, and has upside.

Ave MLB SS--.320/.367, 687, 65 src
Brewers SS----.285/.322, 607, 50, 26th in MLB (+19 cumulative)

Segura hardly ever gets mentioned, but he only ranks higher than 1B. He is a solid defensive player, but his UZR never reflects it, mainly due to his errors total, mostly on routine plays (probably partially due to the awful MP scoring). -10 UZR and +5 in DRS might also mean the shifts are making the advanced metrics give contrasting results. Jean's results are probably passable because he's so inexpensive, and has hit for short periods of time, so he does have some ceiling. He also seems constantly banged up, but as a smaller player, like Scooter, this is not unusual.

Ave MLB LF--.322/.403, 725, 71 src
Brewers LF----.295/.437, 732, 71, 16th in MLB (+19 cumulative)

Davis almost exactly MLB average, superb for a youngster playing for the minimum. Surprisingly good in the field, above average except for his arm. Hopefully, he can take a small step forward, develop a bit better eye, walk a bit more, which should lead to better swings and a bit more pop.

Ave MLB CF--.325/.395, 720, 71 src
Brewers CF----.349/.437, 846, 84, 4th in MLB (+32 cumulative)

Mostly Gomez, of course, and while not perfect, simply one of the best in the game, and signed to a well below value contract. One of Doug's best moves ever. No one better defensively either.

Ave MLB RF--.323/.411, 734, 73 src
Brewers RF----.329/.446, 775, 81, 7th in MLB (+39 cumulative)

Mostly Braun, and face it, you're surprised the mostly Braun in RF ranked in the top 25%. Beat up, sore, he still produces, even as a shell of himself before nagging injuries hit.

The thing is, the Crew scored 6 fewer runs than "average"...but, the P and DH spot gave up a ton of runs to the DH versus AL teams. However, their eight position players were well above average, even with weak output from 1B and SS. Again, barring a major rebuilding effort, they are not going to tear it all down, so you can't replace everyone to add OBP, doubles, and HR's.

9/27/2014 04:43:00 PM

(9/27/2014 03:04:00 PM) - Al

This is most definitely true, and society is 100% to blame...young people are the direct result of not keeping score, everyone has to play the same amount, no one is allowed to celebrate in a unique way, and so on.

Young people are shocked...shocked mind you, that spending 6-7 years in college, getting mediocre grades and a degree in Belgian Lesbian Transgender Literature does not lead to an automatic $50K a year job. The blame that follows is not at themselves, but everyone else. The entire Occupy movement was based on young people doing drugs and having a plethora of free time...because they do not work, and they have adults in their lives that allow this.

9/27/2014 03:04:00 PM

(9/27/2014 02:42:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers do one of these "reviews" after every season.

One thing that seems very strange to me is despite a near 100% correlation between players who "slumped" in the 2nd half and players who were banged up, no one is discussing it. While I can understand no one wants to make excuses, ignoring the obvious while trying to access the situation is not a recipe for success.

9/27/2014 02:42:00 PM

(9/27/2014 02:28:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers are 6th in the NL in runs scored...and would be 7th in the AL, astounding considering the other league uses the DH in 150 games.

9/27/2014 02:28:00 PM

(9/27/2014 01:33:00 PM) - Al

They lie because the truth makes them look like fools.

We're living the truth for the past six years. How's that removing all the troops from Iraq working out for you? Tax and spend is equaling the debt the USA built up over the first 232 years...brilliant economic policy.

9/27/2014 01:33:00 PM

Friday, September 26, 2014

(9/26/2014 11:12:00 PM) - Al

The narrative that must be followed is very obvious.

Back when I was young, I recall a simpler time, when the old media told the truth...well, at least closer to the truth than we have now.

9/26/2014 11:12:00 PM

(9/26/2014 10:37:00 PM) - Al

That's why the truly bad umpires, the "look at me" guys, are incorrect to make a big deal out of calling a balk. The ball is not dead.

It is similar in slow pitch softball to when "no arc" (or in limited arc play, "too much arc") is's a ball if the batter does not swing, but they have every right to swing if they wish. I saw an awful lot of home runs hit on guys who loved swinging at pitches that never went six feet high.

I, of course, would happily took my base. I was an OBP man long before it was cool.

9/26/2014 10:37:00 PM

(9/26/2014 10:18:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure what's sadder here...

1. Guy and gal both do exact same thing...only guy is mentioned in headline. Woman barely mentioned in story.

2. And note what was their drug of choice? Alcohol and Tylenol 3. For those unaware, Tylenol 3 is Tylenol with codeine...which used to be a common ingredient in many cough syrups and cold medicines, before the hipsters began using said meds as vehicles to get a mild buzz. It's what they give people who just had wisdom teeth removed...I don't think it works as well as Aleve, or aspirin for that matter.

My goodness, if you offered an 11 year old Tylenol 3, I have to believe the most common response would be "What, do you think I'm 10?"

9/26/2014 10:18:00 PM

(9/26/2014 09:48:00 PM) - Al

Huntington says that he believes Pedro Alvarez will return to being an important part of the club. The struggling third baseman has taken a step back after two productive seasons, but is still just 27 and comes with two more years of control through arbitration.--MLBTR

That almost certainly means he'll be handed the 1B job, which might mean Ike Davis is nontendered. 

9/26/2014 09:48:00 PM

(9/26/2014 09:36:00 PM) - Al

The young lady who gives the umpires their headphones to learn they missed yet another easy, routine call just pulled on her shirt sleeve...obviously, she just ordered a knock down of the next batter.

EDIT: Told ya so. 

9/26/2014 09:36:00 PM

(9/26/2014 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Weeks gets hit and trots down to 1B, knowing it's part of the game, and that he's not a complete wussy.

Other players...not so much.

9/26/2014 09:34:00 PM

(9/26/2014 09:02:00 PM) - Al

Just checked, Carlos Gomez has the 26th best OPS in MLB, despite being injured for much of the second half. Add in his stolen base success and stellar defense...can you imagine if he played in New York and dated models?

He's arguably a top ten player, if not, he's certainly on the periphery.

9/26/2014 09:02:00 PM

(9/26/2014 08:29:00 PM) - Al

I wouldn't. They hate their country, and everything that built it.

9/26/2014 08:29:00 PM

(9/26/2014 06:42:00 PM) - Al

See, I'm glad these guys are on my side. I don't care if they pee on dead enemies or not.

We sleep warm and comfy at night because these guys are ready to kill evil.

9/26/2014 06:42:00 PM

(9/26/2014 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Nelson will pitch in place of Garza tonight, Matt technically has a sore shoulder, but I'm sure is happy to call it a year after the wear and tear of his workload.

9/26/2014 05:45:00 PM

(9/26/2014 05:39:00 PM) - Al

Brewers to retire #1 in honor of Bud Selig.

He's the only reason they have a team, and for sure the only reason Miller Park exists. No one in Milwaukee has a fraction of the forethought involved to get anything done.

9/26/2014 05:39:00 PM

(9/26/2014 04:31:00 PM) - Al

The DBacks are poorly run from top to bottom.

1. Fire Gibson.

2. Fire Trammell.

3. Announce Trammell will manage last three games, apparently having forgotten they need one before.

9/26/2014 04:31:00 PM

(9/26/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Dumb and Dumber To looks...hilarious. I cackled at the entire minute of the ad.

Have a good weekend folks.

9/26/2014 03:30:00 PM

(9/26/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

The Royals have not drawn 2M fans in over two decades?


9/26/2014 03:00:00 PM

(9/26/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The Gophers' bball team is as impressed as I was.

Forced sentimentalism ain't my thing. Neither is made for TV stories.

I believe it was Aaron Gleeman who said ages ago Jeter is a very good player, but a vastly overrated one. He's been a poor defender most of his career, and is not nearly as good a hitter as many believe. That said, any guy who can play SS and hit ay all is a plus player, in today's game.

All the mock outrage about women in swimsuits and lingerie need look no further than Derek. If he looked like me (well, an athletic version of me), he'd be getting a fraction of he attention. Heck, one can argue Alan Trammel was better, and he's not even in the Hall of Fame, because sportswriters vote for it, and many of them have no understanding of the game at all. Look at the clowns who have covered the Brewers over the years, if I hired Drew Olson or Tony Witrado to put sod on my lawn, at some point, I would be forced to yell out the window "Green side up!". Hence I digress, but you get the point.

9/26/2014 02:30:00 PM

(9/26/2014 02:00:00 PM) - Al

The more I think about it, I do not see Braun moving to 1B and Parra being tendered a contract.

1. As pointed out, Parra is not a power guy, and RF is a power spot, especially in Miller Park.

2. Even a below average 1B, maybe even a replacement level one, would be projected to outproduce Parra at the plate.

3. No one if Braun wants to switch.

4. No one knows if Braun would be passable at 1B.

5. Parra, at $6-7M, is likely to either be a platoon player, or a guy who should just be a platoon player.

Now, does this mean it will certainly not happen? Not at all. Parra is probably 20 runs better than Braun in RF over 150 games. That's a lot to make up.

9/26/2014 02:00:00 PM

(9/26/2014 12:35:00 PM) - Al

More to come this afternoon; funny trailers, bikinis, KC crowd size, Ryan in RF, and more.

Stay tuned, I'm out.

9/26/2014 12:35:00 PM

(9/26/2014 12:11:00 PM) - Al

I had already assumed Hellweg was lost...and he still may be, but thanks to Chuck for emailing me this link.

They could still decide, of course, that a 40 man spot can be better used. 

9/26/2014 12:11:00 PM

(9/26/2014 11:53:00 AM) - Al

The JS is not a bit more dependable than Pravda was. They just do a better job of masking it.

9/26/2014 11:53:00 AM

(9/26/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Ssshhhh....does not fit the narrative.

9/26/2014 10:00:00 AM

Thursday, September 25, 2014

(9/25/2014 10:39:00 PM) - Al

It should be legal, as should damn near everything, between consenting adults.

Our reaction should be to support and assist, not sit back and judge. None of our business. Worry about your own self.

9/25/2014 10:39:00 PM

(9/25/2014 08:51:00 PM) - Al

First official discussion of Braun to 1B, though they have not discussed it with him at all.

I think it would be funny, if only because I mentioned it first, and was called a moron by many. I think it might help keep him healthier, and the majority of his problems at 3B was in throwing the ball. Also, the strength of the farm system is in the OF, and Davis/Gomez/Parra is solid (though unspectacular) at the plate, while very good at defense, for '15. The problem? Parra is not a HR hitter either, and Miller Park is a HR hitting haven.

Of course, defense plays in all parks. Parra and a lefty masher platoon mate who can also play other spots (either 1B/3B/LF/CF) would all be a very nice use of a bench spot.

9/25/2014 08:51:00 PM

(9/25/2014 05:42:00 PM) - Al

The women's soccer group is the only ones who are doing this right. They should be very proud of themselves.

9/25/2014 05:42:00 PM

(9/25/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Another 11 - 5 week.

2014 Standings
Al B  - 33
Prisco (CBS) - 32
Jackson (ESPN) - 32
Reyes (USA) - 32
Thanks to Muskie for sending that in, I was just wondering how I did. I have no inkling of beating the experts long term. 

I have SD as my survivor pick and the Redskins (I believe I'm the only person still using the nickname) tonight.

9/25/2014 03:00:00 PM

(9/25/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

I wish ARI luck, as Stewart has been a complete failure at everything he has ever done except pitch in the major leagues. The fact is, he was using cocaine for much of his career (per his admission). Certainly unlikely to be a analytical type, and given that the Twins and DBacks are pretty much the only two teams that are still not using anything except old fashioned, counting stats, I sure would not expect the DBacks to be on the forefront of any new ideas.

I sense a lot of blaming others in ARI's future, as Gibson and Stewart both love to point fingers.

9/25/2014 01:51:00 PM

(9/25/2014 01:21:00 PM) - Al

I just started watching the game, as I had training this AM, and there's only 100 people or so in the stands along the 3B side. Very sparse.

9/25/2014 01:21:00 PM

(9/25/2014 01:07:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Moss doesn't pay any attention to BA either, luck driven, shifts kill it. Adult language at the link.

I never list BA, and every once in a while, someone asks why. Because it's stupid, as it accounts for all PA's except walks...which are very important.

As I always say, any stat in which a .260 can be the best player in the game...or one of the worst, is meaningless. Also, OBP x SLG x AB is about 97-98% accurate in predicting runs scored, while BA...ain't.

9/25/2014 01:07:00 PM

(9/25/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Granted, when you look like that, it's tough to be upset with her...

9/25/2014 12:00:00 PM

(9/25/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Why do they keep this fool? He isn't the least bit funny, and knows nothing about sports except cliches and "how to be tough."

9/25/2014 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

(9/24/2014 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Two facts, take them as you may...OBP x SLG x AB was 97% accurate this year for the Brewers, as it always is.

If you replace the Crew's 1B production with that of an average 1B, they would have scored about 20 more runs than they did. Using the rule of ten, they would have finished with two more wins, or they'd be 83-75 right now...of course, they already have two more wins that "they should," based solely on runs scored and allowed...they actually had three "extra wins" from late April until just a few days ago, and it fell back to two now.

What should you take from that? Well, a couple, while 1B was weak, it isn't why the Brewers did not win 90 games. Two, while it's an easy spot to upgrade, it's not going to do it all by itself. It is probably step one. however.

9/24/2014 09:52:00 PM

(9/24/2014 09:11:00 PM) - Al

Lohse makes everyone look like a genius tonight.

9/24/2014 09:11:00 PM

(9/24/2014 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Garth Brooks to do four shows in 30 hours in the Cities.

I'm tired just thinking of it.

9/24/2014 05:23:00 PM

(9/24/2014 01:04:00 PM) - Al

They simply have no respect for the American taxpayer.


9/24/2014 01:04:00 PM

(9/24/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Pizza with a french fry crust.

Now if you'll excuse me, I just popped my elastic shorts.

9/24/2014 11:30:00 AM

(9/24/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Airpower has never captured terrain, an enemy combatant, or freed a hostage.--Oliver North

The left always uses it to show how tough they are. In reality, it's nearly worthless if not followed up by a strong ground force.

9/24/2014 11:30:00 AM

(9/24/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be honest, the list of embarrassments is so long, this only is in the middle third.

9/24/2014 10:00:00 AM

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

(9/23/2014 04:20:00 PM) - Al

Yesterday, after picking up the Rambling son, I was on the computer, sitting on the sofa, and my side started to hurt. Last night, by the time I went to bed, it was killing me whenever I moved. I vaguely recall this happening before, and thinking it must be muscular, as it only hurts when I move.

I just looked back and found a Facebook conversation with my private nurse, who was the prettiest girl in high school (OK, maybe second prettiest, but no one tells a story like that), and I had this same thing in June of 2013. She told me what to look for to ensure it was not serious, and like she said it would, it went away in a week or so, with some Aleve killing the pain in the meantime.

9/23/2014 04:20:00 PM

(9/23/2014 02:34:00 PM) - Al

Adam asks why the offense has sputtered in the second half.

Power numbers are down, as Doug points out. While folks love to talk about "little ball," the truth is, it takes a lot of things going right to work...including a decent BAbip. Miller Park is a doubles and HR park as well, which means it is especially important for the Brewers to get extra base hits.

The obvious first step is adding a 1B who helps the club's perceived weaknesses; a high p/PA, and lots of pop. As I have said before, however, the list of guys who you can look at and project higher than Matt Clark may be short...and very expensive. Ike Davis, Adam LaRoche, and Pedro Alvarez would be the short list, though there will likely be a few more because of other teams signing/trading for improvements and nontenders.

9/23/2014 02:34:00 PM

(9/23/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Why start worrying about spending now?

Not only doesn't he know how much it will cost, he's not even sure what exactly they hope to accomplish.

9/23/2014 10:00:00 AM

(9/23/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, thank goodness that didn't happen...

9/23/2014 09:00:00 AM

Monday, September 22, 2014

(9/22/2014 09:56:00 PM) - Al

When Bush started bombing a new country a lot of progressives said it would just create more terrorists. Where are those people now?--JR Saltzman

Air strikes are great if they are followed by ground troops. As is, bombing these clowns back to the stone age will take a few days...and they will rebuild within a week or two.

By the way, how's that strategery of informing the terrorists when we're leaving going? Over his head from day one.

9/22/2014 09:56:00 PM

(9/22/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

RFK Jr. kindly wishes reporter would ask questions that make him look less stupid.

9/22/2014 07:30:00 PM

(9/22/2014 06:51:00 PM) - Al

At some point in the next couple days, I'm expecting to see several Brewers "shut down" as well...though I expect it to be mostly position players.

9/22/2014 06:51:00 PM

(9/22/2014 06:31:00 PM) - Al

I'm shocked.


9/22/2014 06:31:00 PM

(9/22/2014 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Tough to think what Mark A is thinking after a day in which Wren was fired, after his team lost almost their entire rotation and still contended until a week left in the season; while Alderson was given a three year extension after never coming close to the Braves' success.

9/22/2014 06:00:00 PM

(9/22/2014 04:59:00 PM) - Al

LaRoche will be connected to MIL until they acquire some other 1B.

The fact he might be willing to sign a one year deal, or a one year deal with a vesting option, makes it more likely than most. Even if he signs elsewhere, unless he signs to DH, it will add another 1B to the market.

9/22/2014 04:59:00 PM

(9/22/2014 04:21:00 PM) - Al

At some point, a team is going to say they don't have to pay a salary...and they're going to win.

9/22/2014 04:21:00 PM

(9/22/2014 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Made it to the Yankees? That's surprising.

9/22/2014 03:25:00 PM

(9/22/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Three minutes, and not one sensible comment.

They need to get off the drugs and read a book. They haven't noticed that the past century shows that Marx's ideas simply did not work.

9/22/2014 01:30:00 PM

(9/22/2014 12:34:00 PM) - Al

Braves fire GM.

They've had a run of success we'll never see again, with all the revenue sharing enhancements added. They remind me of a college football team like Nebraska, who can't figure out why they're not in the top 5 every season.

Why? Because it ain't 1982.

9/22/2014 12:34:00 PM

(9/22/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This makes as much sense anything. Tax and spend does sound better if you have an environemtal reason to do it.

What's so sad to me is, they need to make up fictional emergencies to keep doing the same stupid things, that have been proven over and over not to work.

9/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

(9/22/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al


Elections have consequences. So does wimping out and thinking if you leave terrorists alone, they will magically transform into folk song singing utopians like yourself that skip through the meadows.

9/22/2014 10:00:00 AM

(9/22/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

More on Wonder Woman than you care to know.

No Lynda Carter pics though. As lovely as Ms. Carter was, I till say the fact Jennifer Love Hewitt and the studio that owns the movie rights couldn't strike a deal is one of the greatest tragedies of the millennium...and it just started you know.

9/22/2014 08:30:00 AM

(9/22/2014 07:30:00 AM) - Al

ISIS hit the nail on the head with Kerry. Heck, no one respects him. His wife laughs at him daily.

But, he's a loyal liberal, as that's all Obama cares about.

9/22/2014 07:30:00 AM

Sunday, September 21, 2014

(9/21/2014 08:55:00 PM) - Al

Save the planet...throw your trash on the ground at the climate change march.

Hypocrites, one and all.

9/21/2014 08:55:00 PM

(9/21/2014 07:32:00 PM) - Al

The irony? The Dems have been trying to trump up fictional charges against Walker for years, and their candidate, who they chose because she had no past at all, is found to have plagiarized several times...and they act like it's no big deal. This is serious stuff, and has ended campaigns.

This is what happens when you put loyalty over character and results.

9/21/2014 07:32:00 PM

(9/21/2014 06:27:00 PM) - Al

She's a middle aged Barbie.

She should go by Mary Obama, she stands for nothing, and steals others ideas if they sounds good.

9/21/2014 06:27:00 PM

(9/21/2014 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm a fat guy, so I can post this without hesitation.

9/21/2014 05:00:00 PM

(9/21/2014 04:50:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I've heard anyone say they need to add another SP...possibly you could try and swap SP's and upgrade by adding another player, or get younger and cheaper in that manner, but they have six solid SP's under team control, and could bring back Marco, if they want to offer him arby, to give them seven.

The two weak spots on offense are certainly 1B and SS, as if Doug returns, he is not the type to look to replace others. A veteran 1B/OF for the bench would be dandy (I yearned for Chris Carter before he broke out in the 2nd half), but as Doug has pointed out, they usually go to the AL. Names we have heard in the past; Ike Davis, Mitch Moreland, and so on might become available. There are several teams that seem to have two or more 1B on their roster, so it would seem likely some will be available in trade or as nontenders.

9/21/2014 04:50:00 PM

(9/21/2014 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Gomez says his mistake was not leaving second base -- it was stopping on the way to third. "99 percent I make it."--Adam,

I bet he would have not have hesitated if he was 100%, or close to it.

Credit both SP's, you almost knew it was going to be decided by a blooper falling in or something just like it. Infield hit, passed ball, and wild pitch. Wily likely overthrowing a bit, thinking one run would be enough.

9/21/2014 03:42:00 PM

(9/21/2014 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Defensive shifts have taken about a run a game off the board this year...and the irony is, many former players still insist they don't work.

9/21/2014 01:31:00 PM

(9/21/2014 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Al Gore explains this away by ignoring the fact weather occurred even when there was no pollution...because he's a con man. When pressed, con men change the subject, and hope you're stupid enough not to notice.

At this point, so many have been fooled, there is likely attempts to save face going on.

The irony is, despite my many questions as to how we've had so many ice ages, all eons before the Industrial Revolution, no one has ever answered that simple query. Because it proves they are, and remain, 100% completely wrong.

9/21/2014 12:54:00 PM

(9/21/2014 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Badgers pick up another commitment for next year, a bit of a stretch 4, per reports.

9/21/2014 12:47:00 PM

(9/21/2014 12:22:00 PM) - Al

The Pirates are quickly becoming incredibly wimpy. Problem is, the constant bitching and moaning seems to be working the same way Bo Ryan chirping in the officials' ears reminders that they should punish the opposition.

Tell McCutchen to quit diving over the plate. I wish someone had the computer skills to take where the pitch is when it hit him, and tell me how far that is from both the exact center of the strike zone, as well as the point of the strike zone that is high and in. I doubt the point of impact is more than 6-12 inches from the strike zone. That's why Gomez and Weeks get hit often too.

And yes, the Pirates' antics seem to be the ignored by the umpires. They threw at Braun twice, no penalty. Cole caused the entire confrontation earlier in the season, no penalty. The umpires need to actually take a moment out of their busy lives of counting massive piles of cash for incompetent performance and actually, you know, do their job, and punish the wrongdoers, instead of shrugging their shoulders and making decisions that can only be described as idiotic. 

9/21/2014 12:22:00 PM

(9/21/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

It's far more simple than that...they are terrified of strong, sexy women who preach common sense.

If Palin was for high taxes, wasteful spending, and killing embryos, she'd already be on Mount Rushmore.

9/21/2014 10:00:00 AM

Saturday, September 20, 2014

(9/20/2014 11:04:00 PM) - Al

I can't understand why it's illegal, as you can have all the sex you want as long as you don't profit from's actually anti freedom and capitalism, not anti prostitution.

It's one of those things that was shortsighted to begin with, and the fact it's still on the books is just absurd. Part of a free society is not banning stuff just because you may not agree with it.

9/20/2014 11:04:00 PM

(9/20/2014 10:57:00 PM) - Al

Why any college campus would dream of allowing fraternities is beyond me. Drunken rich boys who want to delay growing up as long as possible. Embarrassing. 

9/20/2014 10:57:00 PM

(9/20/2014 10:36:00 PM) - Al


9/20/2014 10:36:00 PM

(9/20/2014 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Brewers win the BAbip battle tonight...Pirates line out with bases loaded in the 8th, Crew gets a double down the RF line when the ball bounces over the 1B's head.

I'm sorry. I meant, "the Brewers got the big hit when they needed it, those gritty, scrappy dudes!"

9/20/2014 10:09:00 PM

(9/20/2014 07:59:00 PM) - Al

The absolute worst. How can anyone possibly be ignorant enough to be a major league umpire? Every single one of them is as stupid as a pile of dirt.

If you started over with untrained monkeys, in two weeks, the quality would be vastly improved. We are simply talking about the dumbest people on the planet. 

9/20/2014 07:59:00 PM

(9/20/2014 06:53:00 PM) - Al

You know, this might be related to his lack of production.

9/20/2014 06:53:00 PM

(9/20/2014 06:42:00 PM) - Al

Hoosiers with a huge win over the ranked Missouri squad, first win over a ranked opponent in a decade. Been a long rebuilding effort in Indiana, nice to see a signature win.

9/20/2014 06:42:00 PM

(9/20/2014 05:58:00 PM) - Al

So I asked Rob Schneider where he found the time in his busy schedule to film a State Farm ad? Then I remembered, he's rich, and I'm not.

9/20/2014 05:58:00 PM

(9/20/2014 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Thousands of civilians and children killed. Obama insists there's nothing to see here.

It's mighty tough to pick a side based solely on polls and whether or not you played a good round yesterday.

That's the risk one runs when they electa leader who stands for nothing.

9/20/2014 05:41:00 PM

(9/20/2014 06:30:00 AM) - Al

If you cannot be positive, you can at least be quiet.--Joel Osteen

My daddy always said, never pass up an opportunity to shut up.--Dr. Phil

Whenever I talk about my many years in retail, I always get around very quickly to the complainers and the whiners...every store has 'em, and almost all of them were middle aged, and the vast majority were women. The first thing I did when I got my own store was make it a negative nellie free zone...I told everyone the golden rule was simple...complain up. Not only does it not accomplish anything to complain down, but it brings everyone down. Very quickly, I figured out something...the ones that kept complaining down were chronic, and never stopped, despite warnings, write ups, and threats, rarely in that order. And, they never brought any good ideas to the table either...basically, they complained about things like the weather, the fact customers asked questions, and the fact merch came in to the store...stuff that, you know, is not complaint worthy, it's just retail.

Toward the end of my fifteen years, I had turned my "no confidence in you" talks into an art form. I'd sit down, tell them I just did not trust them to do a good job, and would beg them to either change, or just leave. In every case, within three months, they would give notice. No one makes enough in retail for them to stay where they feel unwanted, and the fact is, no one wants to work for someone who doesn't appreciate them.

So, what's the point, you ask? Basically, when things are going good for the Brewers, everyone is a fan. They are the epitome of casual, and spout more cliches than one can imagine. So and so is "clutch" because he hit a fly ball that the OF lost in the sun. That guy "knows how to win" because his pop up with a man on 3B was caught by an OF with a terrible arm, and it hit the mound when they threw it to the plate. And sadly, when they are going bad...the same cliches come out, just the opposite. Jon Broxton, of course, is one of the best relievers in the game this season, though he's had some luck to be certain, as his expected ERA is a notch or two higher than his actual. When you give up a HR, it's almost always on a bad pitch, almost always missed location. However, whether that's a solo HR or one of the multirun variety often is the difference. Sadly, just like an error, you can't time a error that leads to a big inning is no more an error than one with two outs when your team is ahead 8-2.

Fact is, the big play of the inning was not the HR, but the little squibber to Reynolds, hit so slowly and awkwardly, Mark had to toss to Broxton, who was likely a bit slow to the bag, and who either missed the bag or barely got it. You can't really do much about things like that, and to be honest, those things balance out over 162 games, or pretty close to it. As I pointed out often early in the season, they were extremely fortunate early, which many folks attributed to skill. They still have three more wins than they "should," based on run differential, a fact no one ever brings up, because it does not fit the narrative, or they're too caught up in other stuff to know better.

That said, you know what? I can't make the bandwagoneers go away like a bellyacher in the store. What's truly sad to me is...these people believe it. A ground ball two feet from the SS is an act of skill, reminiscent of Rogers Hornsby or Al Kaline; while a ground ball at the SS for a double play is the result of the hitter "trying to pull an outside pitch" or "jumping at the ball." In reality, the difference between the two is if the SS took a step or two over before the pitch when the bench coach motioned him over, knowing a certain pitch was called, or if he had to cough and missed it.

It's embarrassing, but it's the price you pay when your team is good enough to be in the race with ten days left.

9/20/2014 06:30:00 AM

(9/20/2014 12:18:00 AM) - Al

The facts are simple...people don't pay attention to how old a player is. It's why I was the only one who insisted Scooter would hit, while everyone else watched him progress up the chain and never noticed he was years younger than most everyone else in his league, and kept picking on him for being a slap power is always the last thing for youngsters to develop.

Folks can't see any trees...the forest is in the way.

And don't forget, Braun has a hitch in his swing. If you're a wannabee scout, please back it up with numbers. That's all I ask.

9/20/2014 12:18:00 AM

(9/20/2014 12:10:00 AM) - Al

TV Land is reminding me how unfunny and overrated Friends was when they play promos for it. There's a reason why Seinfeld is still near the top in syndication and Friends, shall we say, is not.

One was a historically funny show. The other was Friends.

9/20/2014 12:10:00 AM

Friday, September 19, 2014

(9/19/2014 09:01:00 PM) - Al

And yes, Josh Harrison is no more an MVP than I am. It was comical enough he was an all star, as to pretend he was one of the top 35 players in the NL was funny enough. He's a nice little player who is taking advantage of the fact 36% of he time he hits the ball in the field of play, it's been a hit.

Better lucky than good.

9/19/2014 09:01:00 PM

(9/19/2014 08:57:00 PM) - Al

For those new to the old veteran ballplayer cliches..."doing the little things" means getting fortunate on BAbip.

9/19/2014 08:57:00 PM

(9/19/2014 08:55:00 PM) - Al

It never fails...guys who never have anything to say always talk about massive tie scenarios.

Never mind the odds of this are not only astronomical, but the actual tiebreaker scenario isn't even really that just play a game or two to decide the division winner, and then do the same for the wildcard.

I wish I could be simple enough to be intrigued by math. I mean, seriously, it's lnow, simple numbers.

9/19/2014 08:55:00 PM

(9/19/2014 08:43:00 PM) - Al

BA being a bit dramatic...Brewers have been very good late in games. Getting BAbip'd to death, followed by a fly ball that sneaks over the wall.

9/19/2014 08:43:00 PM

(9/19/2014 08:40:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, the Hope Solo case is the one they are handling correctly.

She has not been convicted of anything, and she's playing until she is found guilty.

9/19/2014 08:40:00 PM

(9/19/2014 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Sure is easy to imagine the Brewers' 1B of 2015 currently being a member of the 2014 Pirates...Ike Davis, Pedro Alvarez, and then others like Andrew Lambo, who is a Matt Clark type.

9/19/2014 08:20:00 PM

(9/19/2014 01:04:00 PM) - Al

A quick note or two as I just completed one of my annual tests that allows me to do what I do. It is pure silliness, of course, as life is an open book test, so if a client asks something I do not know, I simply get back to them. Why we're forced to memorize is beyond ignorant. Anyway...

...not to step on the toes of the optimistic or just plain casuals, but while you're calling for a sweep of the Pirates, you should preface it by saying how unlikely it is. Two even teams will only lead to a positive sweep for your team 12.5% of the time. Add to it that PIT is at home and has played better of late, 5% is probably a realistic chance of a Crew sweep.

That's 19-1 against. Hey, I hope it happens too, but it's probably not going to. A more realistic statement might be along the lines of, "The Brewers need to win two...and hopefully, they can win the first two, so they have a chance to get all three." Because, not only is it very real worldy, it's also true...losing 2 of 3 puts them 4.5 back with 6 to play (7 for the Pirates). The odds of even a tie is very minimal, as one would figure PIT will win 2-3 of 7, never mind how MIL does.

The last two games, effectively games in which a couple lucky breaks could have made the difference (as in any close game), were huge hits, as luck is far better than skill short term. In case you had doubts, compare Hector Gomez's "hit" to Johnny Peralta's warning track fly out Tuesday.

9/19/2014 01:04:00 PM

Thursday, September 18, 2014

(9/18/2014 09:50:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure at all Reynolds did not make that play knowing the correct number of outs. Prince used to do that all the time, get the sure out first and go from there. Actually, I'd often like to see more of that, especially in lieu of flipping with the glove, for example.

9/18/2014 09:50:00 PM

(9/18/2014 09:45:00 PM) - Al


For your info you were 11 - 5 for week 2.  That gives you a won/loss record for the year of 22 - 10.

I keep track of 45 "expert" picks from CBS sports, ESPN, Fox sports, Pro Football Talk, USA sports, Yahoo sports, and a few others.  Your record would tie you for first place with Halpin from Fox.   If you keep posting your picks I'll keep you up to date on how you compare to the pros.


Considering I put in 5 minutes a week, I'll take it. 

9/18/2014 09:45:00 PM

(9/18/2014 06:42:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if spending less and letting people keep more of their money is a recipe for success.

You can tell the left has nothing to say, because all they have so far is a bunch of lies. That said, WI is full of "independents" who lean left and believes that socialism makes perfect sense, it's everyone working for the common good, you know.

9/18/2014 06:42:00 PM

(9/18/2014 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Those that hate Fox News watch CNN and MSNBC.

And I laugh and laugh and laugh...

9/18/2014 05:23:00 PM

(9/18/2014 05:14:00 PM) - Al

Very excited to join forces with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2015 and beyond!--Brewers

Also, I was thrilled to join Thad's dodgeball team in 7th grade Phy Ed, even though I was the last person to be chosen. 

9/18/2014 05:14:00 PM

(9/18/2014 04:54:00 PM) - Al

I think 90% is low.

Note how anyone that you respect feels the same way. He simply has no clue how to lead. Nor does he believe in the exceptionalism of his country.

9/18/2014 04:54:00 PM

(9/18/2014 03:55:00 PM) - Al

I have ATL tonight, and NE as my survivor pick this week.

I'd inform you how I did last week, but I never added them up.:)

9/18/2014 03:55:00 PM

(9/18/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness the Rambling wife didn't like to do stuff like this. Of the 50, 47 of them worse than solitary confinement to me.

9/18/2014 03:44:00 PM

(9/18/2014 02:34:00 PM) - Al

So, if Fresno is going to be the AAA affiliate of the Astros, that would leave Brewers with Colorado Springs. Only place left to go.--JS

Always late to the party. Also in the news, summer is over, and we're into autumn. 

9/18/2014 02:34:00 PM

(9/18/2014 02:29:00 PM) - Al

The ladies on The View are all just like Shepherd, selfish lefties who think nothing of those they destroy with lies and their utter stupidity.

I'm glad they're not on my side.

9/18/2014 02:29:00 PM

(9/18/2014 01:54:00 PM) - Al

FSW will televise 80 Bucks' games.

That's all but two.

9/18/2014 01:54:00 PM

(9/18/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

I should make this clear...the main reason Colorado Springs is a bad match for any team other than the Rockies is that pitchers lose confidence, and their breaking balls do not break in the thin air of Colorado.

Obviously, pitchers that think their off speed stuff is going to get hit hesitate to throw it; which is bad for their development. The only bright side is it will help make them mentally tough. Of course, that doesn't help them a bit if they do not have good stuff. And pitching where nothing works but fastballs, change ups, and sinkers is not going to help anyone's curve or slider improve.

9/18/2014 01:51:00 PM

(9/18/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Nats DFA OF eury perez. .310/.354/.411 with 63 SBs in aaa career. only 24 years old.

DC forced to make room, I assume. He;ll probably be claimed by a dozen teams minimum. 

9/18/2014 01:03:00 PM

(9/18/2014 12:41:00 PM) - Al

We're thrilled to reach an agreement with the Astros. Be ready to see the No. 1 farm system play at Chukchansi Park. Press release coming.--Fresno Bees

The Brewers and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are suddenly the only two left without a dance partner.

The good news is, it's an hour away from Denver, which is one of the largest airports in the USA. When the Crew needs a body, 50% of the time, that player will be one flight away from wherever they need him to be.

The bad news...every Tom, Dick, and Harry will be hitting .370 with power in AAA. And we'll have to hear the following several times..."Before his promotion, he was 4-3, with an ERA of 6.44...of course, remember, that was while playing half his games in Colorado Springs."

9/18/2014 12:41:00 PM

(9/18/2014 11:39:00 AM) - Al

While it is pretty much accepted that the Brewers will end up with either Fresno or Colorado Springs as their new AAA affiliate, Fresno is still trying to convince the Giants to stay, even though they supposedly have a verbal agreement with Sacramento, who the A's just left for Nashville.

I believe Sacramento draws very well, and like Fresno, has a pretty neutral environment...though they play mostly other teams in the PCL West, where runs are scored like DC wastes money. That said, if they end up in CO, every position player will look like Ryan Braun in '11, and every pitcher like he's facing an entire lineup of Brauns.

EDIT: BREAKING: RiverCats become TripleA affiliate of SFGiants per agreement reached today between the clubs.--Sacramento Bee

Heh. Never mind.  

9/18/2014 11:39:00 AM

(9/18/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Is Halloween anti religion?

Asked the person with a full belly, good job, and nice house. One of the downsides of living in the greatest nation in the history of the planet, in a land of excess; is people really have nothing to occupy their brain, so they begin to worry about matters that are less important than just about anything in the history of man.

Personally, I decided Halloween was stupid when I was about 9. The Rambling son opted out at about 10, as always having snacks and desserts in the house made going out in the cold begging for bite size pieces of off brand candy less appealing. ("Fun size?" There's nothing fun about it!) We both just came to the conclusion dressing up was, shall we say, kind of stupid (said the gent who puts on a decorative piece of fabric almost every weekday and proceeds to tie it around his neck, but hence, I digress).

However, the difference between me and, let's just say another political philosophy, is that while I may think it's goofy, I do not try to ban it. I allow the fact that many children, and a small, but loud segment of adults, may enjoy this custom. I do not feel it is evil, or that it glorifies Satan, or even that it's somehow incorrect behavior. However, I feel the need to point this out, the entire female gender has been using this holiday as a weak excuse for dressing like a hooker for some time now. For many of us, this is the only thing that makes the last day of October tolerable.

I just choose not to do it. You go ahead, and have fun for me too.

9/18/2014 10:30:00 AM

(9/18/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Purdue is a 3 point favorite at home this Saturday versus Southern Illinois.

Not only is Purdue a Big Ten team, SI is a FCS team, who of course have fewer scholarships, lesser facilities, and for the most part, no player who gets offered to a FBS school takes a FCS schollie.

9/18/2014 10:00:00 AM

(9/18/2014 09:49:00 AM) - Al

Another term for three Biden gaffes in 24 hours?


Remember, Jesse Jackson once insulted every Jew on the planet when he called New York "hymietown." The left not only tolerates ethnic slurs, they hold the guilty up as proud examples of who they are, and call us racist when we point out this nugget of information.

That's why they're not on my side.

9/18/2014 09:49:00 AM

(9/18/2014 09:43:00 AM) - Al

Was NFL any more "tone deaf" in activating then deactivating Adrian Peterson--than NBA in letting Kobe play while prosecuted for RAPE?--Larry Elder

Kobe was found not guilty.

Part of the reason I'm a contrarian is because many decisions are made stupidly, in an emotionally stupid state. No one even has stopped to consider the simple fact Peterson is also not guilty (or guilty of a far lesser charge), and should be allowed to make a living while the case plods through the courts.

There is a reason why a person is presumed innocent. Court cases do not begin and end in 45 minutes like they do on TV (not do the ADA's wear skirts that short, but hence, I digress). We are undergoing a bit of a stupid revolution in the USA, as many insist that we make environmental and fossil fuel decisions on the basis that the planet is warming up, despite ample evidence to the contrary (and proof that the warming data has been nothing but pure fiction).

Despite ample attempts that have always ended in abysmal failure, many still believe socialism will lead to an economic utopia, with all of us holding hands, and singing folk songs...despite the fact it has led to starvation, mass exodus, and tyrannical dictatorships everywhere it has ever been attempted.

Many are afraid to speak up when outnumbered, but for me, it's difficult not to. It's not the popular position, but it's the correct one. For many folks, they're too busy trying to protect the angelic and the unblemished, they fail to see that they are doing exactly what they accuse others of, as they bask in their self righteousness.

9/18/2014 09:43:00 AM

(9/18/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

They don't even pretend to give an effort.

Pretty tough to beat a good SP with a fictional strike zone like that. Laughable, and truly pathetic.

9/18/2014 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

(9/17/2014 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Crew can't complain about BAbip after last night, but Fiers outpitched Wainwright.

9/17/2014 09:49:00 PM

(9/17/2014 09:48:00 PM) - Al

I did not think the Brewers would, though it's an awfully tough borderline as it gets.

9/17/2014 09:48:00 PM

(9/17/2014 09:24:00 PM) - Al

Obama can't even keep a straight face as he lies and dances his way around the Constitution,

Worst ever. The fact he ignores all the rules prove why we need those rules in place to prevent some fool from making idiotic decisions throughout eight years.

Hey, I didn't vote for him. Those that did should be ashamed of themselves.

9/17/2014 09:24:00 PM

(9/17/2014 07:46:00 PM) - Al

What really miffed GM Doug Melvin about Nashville dumping Brewers is they wouldn't give an answer until today. Time was wasted.

This is why I laugh wholeheartedly when people talk about loyalty and signing minor league veterans in order to win a couple more meaningless AAA games. Those cities and teams are as clueless as the day is long, as all they know is marketing techniques that are 50 years old. They get what they deserve...major league indifference. 

9/17/2014 07:46:00 PM

(9/17/2014 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Two racial slurs in one day for Biden.

If he were in the NFL, he'd be suspended indefinitely...luckily, he's just the vice president of the United States.

9/17/2014 02:08:00 PM

(9/17/2014 12:51:00 PM) - Al

My question is, why would anyone keep following these pointless, asinine rules?

9/17/2014 12:51:00 PM

(9/17/2014 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Well, I'm sure beef is on the "naughty list," do the administration doesn't care.

Great line, inflation is under control, as long as you don't eat, drive, or heat your home.

9/17/2014 12:47:00 PM

(9/17/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

They should not be allowed in public schools without vaccines.

They have every right to not vaccinate. In the interest of public safety, the district has every right to tell them to home school.

And while they're at it, they should read a book on why they're so stupid.

9/17/2014 10:30:00 AM

(9/17/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

If we could just get video of ISIS spanking a child, we might be able to get Liberals fired up enough to defeat them.--David Bugnon


9/17/2014 09:30:00 AM

(9/17/2014 01:20:00 AM) - Al

Barring something unforeseen, the Brewers AAA team will be in either Fresno or Colorado Springs for the next two seasons. Everyone else is either signed up or rumored to be partnered up.

I am flabbergasted the Rockies decided to leave nearby Colorado Springs, which has very similar park effects as Coors Field, for another high elevation offensive environment like Albuquerque.

Right now, with Oakland expected to be in Nashville, SF then changing to Sacramento, LA to Oklahoma City...that leaves the Astros and Brewers to fight over the last two openings. Doug said he was far from excited about Fresno, but one has to wonder if he'd rather be in a neutral park far from MIL, or a closer one in which your best pitching prospects might put up a 6 ERA. 

9/17/2014 01:20:00 AM

(9/17/2014 01:17:00 AM) - Al

The NFL announces Adrian Peterson will be out until his court case is settled.

Which, given the court system, might well be months/years.

He should be playing until he is found guilty.

Of something.

9/17/2014 01:17:00 AM

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

(9/16/2014 11:37:00 PM) - Al

Jeff Grayson says, "The Brewers were 4-60 when training after eight innings."

In reality, I bet 5-60 is one of the top 2-3 marks in all of baseball. Every year, a team or two only loses 0 or 1 game after leading after 8.

9/16/2014 11:37:00 PM

(9/16/2014 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Reynolds hit his too hard. Hector bloops one that falls.

Gonna be up to KRod.

9/16/2014 11:00:00 PM

(9/16/2014 09:08:00 PM) - Al

Matt Carpenter played 1B in college, Matt Adams isn't much of a defender either. Much of the Cards' success seems to be just drafting bats and hoping they turn into decent defenders. Last year they had a horrible defensive club, led by the corner OF tandem of Holliday and Beltran (as was Freese), who were simply terrible, and Jay was overmatched in CF.

This year they are one of the best, which is how they've managed to score so few and still win, along with good pitching, of course.

9/16/2014 09:08:00 PM

(9/16/2014 08:51:00 PM) - Al

I keep seeing a site on Facebook called Hugs Not Drugs that my friends keep "sharing" pictures and the like.

I don't mean to be a simpleton, but I never knew it was a choice. Nor have I ever heard of any junkie uttering the phrase, "Well, since no one is here to give me a hug, I guess I'll shoot myself full of heroin."

9/16/2014 08:51:00 PM

(9/16/2014 08:42:00 PM) - Al

Gomez stands on the plate, and steps toward the plate as the pitch comes.

Yeah, I have no idea why he gets hit all the time.

9/16/2014 08:42:00 PM

(9/16/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al

Stanton looking lots better after less than a week.

Might be back before the end of the season. He'll have to wear a mask just in case, but he might well return as soon as next week.

9/16/2014 05:16:00 PM

(9/16/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Colleges have gone the full monty (no pun intended) on sexual assault. Now, unless the guy gets a urine sample and a written contract, if he gets accused of something that day or a year later, it's up to him to prove himself not guilty.

After all, the woman can't be expected to prove the guy is guilty...she was too drunk!

9/16/2014 04:00:00 PM

(9/16/2014 03:49:00 PM) - Al

That's because real leaders are worried about things that actually exist, instead of made up stuff designed to kill coal and increase spending for wind, solar, and other things that are not profitable, and only work a portion of the time.

9/16/2014 03:49:00 PM

(9/16/2014 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Add Venezuela to the list of hot retirement spots.

9/16/2014 03:45:00 PM

(9/16/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Bad news: Brewers are 9-15 at Busch over the last 3 seasons. Good news: That's the best winning pct. of any NL Central visitor.--Adam,

SL rarely has weak links in their rotation, so long losing streaks do not occur very often. Even though they were near last in the NL in runs scored, their pitching kept them in it.

And, amazingly, they didn't lose a beat when LaRussa and Dave Duncan left town. Managers and coaches do make a difference, but are extremely overrated. Good and bad managers win and lose depending on the talent. The braintrust, guys that bring in the talent, make a huge difference.

9/16/2014 03:39:00 PM

(9/16/2014 01:59:00 PM) - Al


I, for one, am shocked.

9/16/2014 01:59:00 PM

(9/16/2014 01:53:00 PM) - Al

First of all, as a Packers' agnostic, I can't say I care much about Aaron Rodgers...except that I give him credit for having an incredibly intelligent and lovely girlfriend. Used to watch Munn on that G4 show years ago.

Also, I have to wonder who is setting this stuff up for Aaron, as we all know, NFL players have only Tuesdays off during the season, and while many players still work out, watch film, or get treatment that day, it's the one day they do not have any meetings or practice. Considering he makes a zillion dollars a season, no amount of endorsement money could get me to film an ad on my one day off...especially if my significant other, who lives in LA, is i town.

If I were an agent, my presentation would be, "Aaron, I'll make you just as much money, and I'll never bother you on your days off."

9/16/2014 01:53:00 PM

(9/16/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

What is so sad is, Andrew Sullivan spends his entire life lying about Obama because he thinks he'll make gay marriage legal. Sullivan has spent his entire life as a conservative, but now pretends he doesn't get it because he's become a one issue dope.

9/16/2014 01:30:00 PM

(9/16/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

He'll live on forever. Sorry my friend.

9/16/2014 12:30:00 PM

(9/16/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm pretty sure he won't even try. He doesn't believe America is the greatest country to ever exist, and therefore, doesn't believe it needs to be defended. Also, he's ignorant enough to believe you can wipe out a terrorist group by dropping bombs from the sky.

The left simply has no grasp of history. Yada, yada, yada...are doomed to repeat it. That's why they keep dusting off socialism as a viable economic alternative, despite the fact it has never worked outside of a textbook.

9/16/2014 11:00:00 AM

(9/16/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

And the good book says it, so it must be true,

9/16/2014 10:00:00 AM

(9/16/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As
she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his
stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.

After a moment or two, the vet
shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles,
has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed,
"Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied
the vet..

"How can you be so sure?" she
protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or

The vet rolled his eyes, turned
around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later
with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on
in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his
front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from
top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and
shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the
head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he
returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also
delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat
back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and
strolled out of the room.The sad thing is, we play

The vet looked at the
woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most
definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and
produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..

The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she
cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it,
the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the
Cat Scan, it's now $150."

Remember to tip your wait staff, friends. 

I called my vet today to get a refill on the Rambling dog's pain meds. They said they'd have to see him first, since it's been over a year.

Because, you know, he's just far different now at 18 than he was at 17. Heck, last year, he hadn't even started to juggle, and, come to think of it, he hadn't even began reading yet then.

I think I'll have him wear a cat costume, and when the vet says something, I'll say, "Oh yeah, we had him turned into a cat nine months ago...I imagine that's why you needed to examine him first."

And then I'll laugh and laugh and laugh. 

9/16/2014 08:30:00 AM

Monday, September 15, 2014

(9/15/2014 07:05:00 PM) - Al

I just confirmed that, despite the fact I watch about four shows on the major networks, I once again have to decide between DVRing Criminal Minds or SVU...unless I want to actually watch one of them.


Luckily, I can watch SVU On Demand...but you can't fast forward.

It's hell.

9/15/2014 07:05:00 PM

(9/15/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Just regular folks.

You know, I just pretended to grill supper last night.

9/15/2014 03:30:00 PM

(9/15/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Record ice levels blamed on, wait for it, warmer weather.

I know when our freezer broke, we would have never noticed it except for the extra layers of ice...I said tongue formly in cheek.

And, oh, by the way, we've been in a cooling trend for decades.

9/15/2014 03:00:00 PM

(9/15/2014 02:16:00 PM) - Al

That's pretty darn impressive, 4 times in 100 years.

9/15/2014 02:16:00 PM

(9/15/2014 02:13:00 PM) - Al

I just wish I was the smartest man in the world, and say things that make no sense...and have no one call me on it.

9/15/2014 02:13:00 PM

(9/15/2014 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Irony...Obama knew what would happen in Syria, and knew he should act.

But, when you don't believe in anything, sometimes you ignore your own advice.

9/15/2014 01:35:00 PM

(9/15/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

100% true.

We are far too concerned about everything except what is important.

9/15/2014 01:00:00 PM

(9/15/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Remember a while back, when Lisa Lopez burned down Andre Rison's mansion; and not one person even suggested we might have a pop music violence problem, or a female pop music violence problem?

Funny, me too.

Did not fit the narrative.

9/15/2014 01:00:00 PM

(9/15/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al

This is 100% true, and, the NWSL handled it perfectly. She is innocent until proven guilty.

Other sports blame and ban, and then look very stupid.

9/15/2014 12:00:00 PM

(9/15/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Only 5?

Must be one tough editing job.

9/15/2014 10:30:00 AM

(9/15/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Hey old media...let's follow the script.

9/15/2014 09:00:00 AM

(9/15/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

60 Minutes talking about how woefully short on psychiatric beds we are in the USA. Of course, they will go out of their way not to blame this on the current administration, as it was expected they would have created a utopia by now. Of course, considering they have spent $7T more than they have taken in and not dealt with this issue is far from flattering. In fact, despite spending $7T more than they have taken in, one would be hard pressed to mention a single thing that has improved in the past six years.

That is what's so pathetic....they have overspent by mathematically huge margins, yet the economy is the same or worse. If one traveled back in time six years, odds are, they would have no idea they were in the past, if they did not see the date.

Imagine spending $1T and not having anything to show for it. Hence, the Obama administration has spent seven times that, all deficit spending in fact.

We're in the very best of hands.

9/15/2014 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, September 14, 2014

(9/14/2014 10:39:00 PM) - Al

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If this is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

9/14/2014 10:39:00 PM

(9/14/2014 10:34:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, when they threw a flag for "inappropriate language," I think I heard the entire at home audience mutter, "What the hell?"

9/14/2014 10:34:00 PM

(9/14/2014 10:30:00 PM) - Al

9/14/2014 10:30:00 PM

(9/14/2014 09:23:00 PM) - Al

The old media is trying mightily to create some sort of boycott or furor, and the public responds with a yawn and says, "Turn on the game, Mabel!"

They just don't get it. The public realizes, as do I, that the best athletes are not the best people. Babe Ruth wasn't. Ty Cobb wasn't. Paul Hornung bet on games, Wilt Chamberlain had moral issues with the ladies.

And, oh by the way, neither Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson have been found guilty of anything. Why the media fails to see this? Dunno, but it's painful to watch.

9/14/2014 09:23:00 PM

(9/14/2014 04:57:00 PM) - Al

Brewers still have three more wins than you'd expect based on runs scored and runs allowed.

Been there since April. Still in the race because of that good fortune way back five months ago.

Brewers are +0 in run differential, Giants are +67, Pirates are +34. Behind both by 1.5 games, could easily be 3-6. 

9/14/2014 04:57:00 PM

(9/14/2014 04:57:00 PM) - Al

Jason Bourgeois would be an option if you are having a Scooter Gennett platoon partner/utility guy fantasy draft. Jason has played 600 games at 2B in the minors, but only 5 in the majors. He sure does hit LHP though.

Others on that list? Jemile Weeks (wouldn't that be something?) and, of course, Elian Herrera, who would have to be considered the favorite as long as he's on the 40 man.

Given Segura's struggles, I would not be surprised at all to see a veteran SS brought in who would also spell Scooter. Gennett will likely get to face many LHP's in '15 as well. I've mentioned Clint Barmes more than some of the actual players on the Brewers' team, but, if not him, someone a lot like him, a RH hitting SS who can also catch the ball, and also play 2B and 3B.

I really like Elian, but it's tough to learn how to play SS at 29/30. He made almost all the routine plays, and a couple plus efforts as well. He just does not fit the mold of a backup SS of the current braintrust.

If others are brought in, all bets are off.

9/14/2014 04:57:00 PM

(9/14/2014 04:15:00 PM) - Al

CB Buckner got a call wrong?


9/14/2014 04:15:00 PM

(9/14/2014 04:02:00 PM) - Al

When you hear about Javier Baez's youth as explanation for strikeouts, remember this: He's about 6 weeks younger than Bryce Harper.--Jon Morosi

People forget how young players are after they are in the bigs for a month.

Casual fan on a player in AAA: Bring him up!

Casual fan on a young player in the bigs: Send him down!

While everyone else picked on Starlin Castro, I never hesitated to say I'd take him, even when Segura was going good. Guys who are passable 4-6 years before they hit their mythical peak of 27 are very rarely anything but very good by then. Folks just get impatient, especially if said player is black or a Latino.

When was the last time you heard anyone but a Caucasian called gritty or scrappy? Don't blame me for stating the truth.

9/14/2014 04:02:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:59:00 PM) - Al

As fans were booing Papelbon, he grabbed his crotch while walking back to dugout, umps saw it and ejected him.

Do they realize many pitchers adjust their cup several times an inning?  I don't think I've ever heard of a player ejected for that.

9/14/2014 03:59:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Looks like about 30-50% of the crowd left after the bottom of the 7th.

9/14/2014 03:54:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Bill S just said Roenicke hopes Estrada can go the final two innings...I doubt he stays in for more than one. Let's see who is correct.

EDIT: It never fails to amaze me how they fail to pick up on trends Ron has established over his four years.  The other night, both BA and Rock wondered if they'd bring in KRod or Smith in the 9th in a save situation.


9/14/2014 03:53:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:51:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling in laws were over yesterday and brought a watermelon someone had grown. I never buy anything but seedless, but this was very sweet and yummy. There was a big bowl left in the fridge last night, and I ate the whole thing.

I think I've peed a dozen times in 15 hours. My goodness, you think I'd know better.

9/14/2014 03:51:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Amazing how "hitting slumps" end when a pitcher that makes mistakes comes in.

It's almost like it's related.

9/14/2014 03:44:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Brutal blown call by officials Seahawks. Harvin clearly stepped out of bounds on long TD. Was never looked at.--Gregg Rosenthal

Heck, I didn't even know MLB had taken over the NFL's replays.

9/14/2014 03:39:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:34:00 PM) - Al

Matt Clark is not going to be an afterthought on the big white board in the Crew's war room when they decide on the 40 man this offseason, and next year's plans

You can bet when they look at potential 1B additions, someone will say, "I think Clark's just about as good, and he'll cost $500K."

Clark has hit in AAA, but he's only played in offensive environments until this season. Those guys are tough to gauge, especially at corner positions; that are supposed to hit.

9/14/2014 03:34:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke told me last night that if there was a save situation on tap today, he'd go to K-Rod. As such, Broxton warming for the 8th.--BrewerNation

Heh. You mean, like he has since the first game? Ron must have thought he was nuts. 

9/14/2014 03:25:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:22:00 PM) - Al

The 1B coach has to know all the signs, in case the runner on 1B is a pitcher, or recent callup, and because once or twice a year, the 3B coach misses a game or gets thrown out.

I know many teams use different signs for each player, because they don't want other players knowing who has a take sign and who doesn't. Gotta be tough to remember even a few signs for 15+ hitters.

9/14/2014 03:22:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:14:00 PM) - Al


I thought you were on crack picking the Vikings and Cowboys. Nice pick on Dallas there. Minnesota game might have been close if not for the turnovers too. 


I think DAL was only a 3-4 point dog.

MIN won't get much credit, but they appear vastly improved, and will sneak up on teams. Interceptions and a blocked field goal cost them any chance they had.

9/14/2014 03:14:00 PM

(9/14/2014 03:07:00 PM) - Al

Mark Reynolds is one of those guys who could sign a minor league contract this offseason, or find someone to give him 2-3 years at $5M per.

I'd guess a one year for $3M, but given how weak 3B is in the bigs, that he will finish on pace to hit 30 homers if you give him 500 AB's, and how solid his D has been this season, I can certainly see a team giving him more, especially in a HR friendly ballpark.

He's a near perfect fit for most any team as a 1B/3B reserve, so that alone should get him a major league contract, especially if a team has a LH bat at either spot. Reynolds has not hit LHP this season, but has barely faced them (107 PA's), as Lucroy has picked up many starts versus southpaws, but for his career, he has hit both sides about the same.

9/14/2014 03:07:00 PM

(9/14/2014 02:51:00 PM) - Al

A project like this would be great to attach to the MIL arena project...a $15M downtown soccer stadium would be a glorious addition. A forward looking group would probably build a 8K seater that is expandable to 20K, so that is likely the last thing they will think of.

That is, of course, assuming they don't continue their propensity to look a gift horse in the mouth and turn down $200M in gifted cash.

9/14/2014 02:51:00 PM

(9/14/2014 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Gomez is simply the best defensive CF to ever play the game.

I think you could make an argument for a young Mike Cameron. Think how many seasons we've watched either Cameron or Gomez...going to be tough for the next fella out there...we hope it will be Tyrone Taylor in a few years, but who knows? 

9/14/2014 02:27:00 PM

(9/14/2014 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Both Scooter and Segura have been catching the ball in front of 2B and then swiping backwards. Lucroy used to often do this at home too, which, due to the rules change, is now the way pretty much everyone does it.

9/14/2014 01:18:00 PM

(9/14/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Craig Counsell was hit in the face many moons ago. The world has kept spinning, and amazingly, there were no changes made. There won't be now either.

The one thing that the 24 hour media has created is an incredibly inflated importance of everything that happens. They can't even get pitchers to wear a protective shell inside their cap. No way will we see faceguards or visors anytime soon. 

9/14/2014 01:00:00 PM

(9/14/2014 12:39:00 PM) - Al

My wife and I arrived at Miller Park on Saturday a little after 3:30 PM, and I fired up the grill and we had steaks and a couple of beers.  From our spot in the parking lot, we could already see the lines for entry snaking around.  Instead of relaxing for a bit and having another beer, we quickly cleaned up and got in line.

I took the attached picture at 5:00 PM... it took 27 minutes to get inside the stadium.  That line did not die down until well past 6:30 PM.

Although I think screening 45000 fans through metal detectors is way overkill ("If we save just one life, it will be worth it), MLB can do whatever they want.  But if all fans are required to go through metal detectors in all ballparks in 2015, they HAVE to figure out a way to do it more quickly.

I am thinking specifically about Opening Day... trying to get 30000 drunks through security inside the stadium at the expense of the 15000 real baseball fans is going to cause a major problem.  I am also thinking of summer weeknights, when mom and dad have to work until 4:30 and are already rushing to get to the game and can only arrive at 6:45 or so (I'm raising my hand).  A 35000 crowd on a random Wednesday night in August will offer up some POed fans.

In fairness, the stadium workers were in the parking lots directing people to lines, were giving instructions about putting keys and cell phones into the bucket before going into the metal detector, and the process was as fast as possible.  But it was too slow.  There is only so much room for the big detectors and the required tables.

Miller Park may have to find a way to add two or three entrances, or else do the screenings outside with at least twice as much staff as they had this evening.


See, now I do not think 27 minutes is that long. We've waited in numerous lines of 15+ minutes over the years at Miller Park and at the Metrodome....and those are with no security.

The only solution as I see it is to leave more time, as you did. Folks will get used to it, and they'll probably get quicker too. They've been doing this at football games for ages, and you never even hear about it. The difference is mental...since there's 81 home Brewers' games, many folks do not mind missing an inning or two. Today, during the national anthem of the Vikings' same, the stands looked 90% full.

9/14/2014 12:39:00 PM

(9/14/2014 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Design cycling jerseys? Easy.

Hard to believe.

9/14/2014 12:13:00 PM

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