Al's Ramblings

Sunday, May 31, 2015

(5/31/2015 09:42:00 PM) - Al

Because the injury is near the site of a previous hip surgery, Kerry decided to return for treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Dennis Burke, who several years ago performed hip replacement surgery on both of Kerry’s hips. 

The fracture will likely require surgery that is expected to be performed by Burke, according to a State Department official. Burke was on his way to Geneva on Sunday night, planning to oversee and accompany Kerry on his return flight to Boston, according to a second State Department official.--Boston Globe

His doctor is flying to Switzerland to ride in a plane with him.

If I sneezed, my doc wouldn't hand me a tissue. 

5/31/2015 09:42:00 PM

(5/31/2015 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Tyler Cravy coming up from AAA, will have to be added to the 40. Not sure if he is being looked at as a reliever for tomorrow night or a starter for TUES...or both.

Those spots they opened up on the 40 are filling up quick.

5/31/2015 09:23:00 PM

(5/31/2015 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg threw 99 pitches Friday, so tomorrow would be his day to throw on the side...some guys throw 100 pitches, some throw 20. Tim Dillard has a sub 1 ERA, but can't get LH hitters out at all (244 OPSA vs RH, 889 OPSA vs. LH). Ariel Pena has been decent, just under a 5 ERA overall, and has very good numbers in May, 3.28 ERA, 599 OPSA.

Jungmann could come up and be the bullpen fella MON and if not used, start TUES, or go back down if he's needed MON, with Blazek starting TUE.

Dillard could be utilized as a ROOGY (and long man) if a team had a spot for such a creature. His motion is never going to be effective versus lefties, but he can get RH's out. 

EDIT: Mike Strong is at AA, but on the 40 man and pitching lights out, versus LH's and RH's so far. 

5/31/2015 07:52:00 PM

(5/31/2015 07:29:00 PM) - Al

Wagner will go down and "a fresh arm" will meet the team in St. Louis. Fiers will start MON.  CC says they do not have a starter for TUES, it's day to day since they just went 17.

Normally, you'd have a pretty good idea who would be the reliever coming up, but with two open spots on the 40, could be anyone, as they could DFA/outright any "non prospect" if they need the 40 man spot.

5/31/2015 07:29:00 PM

(5/31/2015 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Assuming Fiers is moved up to get the start tomorrow, a couple thoughts:

1. Does Wagner go down to make room for an extra reliever tomorrow?

2. Who starts Tuesday? I would assume Blazek, but Jungmann would also be an option, as that is his day to start.

We could see Wagner down, a reliever up; and then Tuesday a reliever down and that day's SP up.

Oh, and don't forget, Smith will likely start serving his suspension tomorrow or Tuesday.

And the casuals always think

A: Roster management is easy.

B. Why don't teams just carry 5 or 6 relievers?

5/31/2015 07:19:00 PM

(5/31/2015 06:46:00 PM) - Al

16 innings, still no idea what a strike is today.

So inconsistent, it's consistent.

5/31/2015 06:46:00 PM

(5/31/2015 05:18:00 PM) - Al

When they show that rock climber commercial, showing the guy who is talking to his family after sleeping on a bed bolted into a sheer rock face, my only thought is, "Some people think that's fun?"

5/31/2015 05:18:00 PM

(5/31/2015 04:47:00 PM) - Al

2100 jobs?

Rather play to take care of the Bradley Center and lose $6M a year in tax revenue myself.

Hurts my common sense when I try to think like a liberal. 

5/31/2015 04:47:00 PM

(5/31/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

This is funny, as an old fat white person myself.

It's like Obama always had white people standing behind him (they would often pass out from the sheer excitement, if you'll recall), and Hillary always had black people behind her.

5/31/2015 04:00:00 PM

(5/31/2015 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Broxton's BAbip goes down a bit after a .333 outing today. Irony is, if no one is on 1B, Segura is shifted over towards 3B more and that DP is probably a base hit.

5/31/2015 03:45:00 PM

(5/31/2015 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe Piggly Wiggly is using a chef with such a heavy accent for their summer grilling spots. I can understand him fine, but I'm sure many older folks struggle mightily to do so.

5/31/2015 03:19:00 PM

(5/31/2015 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Counsell looks like he's going to have a bit of a quick hook compared to most. I've always been a believer in taking out a pitcher before they inevitably get in trouble, but would tend to leave SP's in longer when behind...for instance, removing Wagner with two outs and a runner on 1B...certainly nothing wrong with it, and I'm sure he was "protecting" the young hurler a bit, but he only needed one more out to get through the frame, and a single or a walk doesn't hurt as far as a run scoring.

Overall, I think managers get caught up in the emotion of things, down 5-0 for example, you have about a 1-4% chance of winning, depending on what inning it there that much harm in letting your SP go another inning? Many times, your team is only going to score 4 runs or less, so your effective odds are 0%...though you do not know that at the time, of course.

5/31/2015 02:52:00 PM

(5/31/2015 02:10:00 PM) - Al

A bit more in depth about how Broxton is having a good season with bad results.

CC is used to looking at numbers like this, as the braintrust uses them heavily...they are a better determining factor of what will occur in the future than common stats like ERA.

5/31/2015 02:10:00 PM

(5/31/2015 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Hmmm, Brewers need a RH bat to platoon with Parra, maybe back up Lind? He's a certifiable lefty masher.

EDIT: And no, I see nothing wrong with using Jason Rogers for this role either, I'm just not sure the braintrust sees Rogers as anything but a 1B. Sands is a big fella, but his defensive numbers are respectable in both LF and RF, small sample alert. 

5/31/2015 12:05:00 PM

(5/31/2015 11:59:00 AM) - Al

Lind will sit out today with a bad back, and that as expected, Wagner will take Davis' spot for now, Herrera will be the 4th OF.

Counsell also said he hopes Wagner will start versus MIN, but it will depend on the Smith appeal.

5/31/2015 11:59:00 AM

Saturday, May 30, 2015

(5/30/2015 07:21:00 PM) - Al

As of tomorrow, Adam Lind will be the only Brewers Opening Day position player who has been available for every game this season.--Adam,

While not a lot of DL stints, they are not healthy either. Injured players rarely equal projected production.

5/30/2015 07:21:00 PM

(5/30/2015 07:16:00 PM) - Al

Seeing the Crew has an off day Thursday, and a likely suspension for Will Smith starting Monday or Tuesday, I have to wonder if Wagner is only up for tomorrow's game, and will be immediately sent out after the game to make room for Lucroy.

The continued use of Blazek in low leverage circumstance, and letting him go 2-3 innings continues to have me thinking he is the actual choice to get most of Wily's starts, but the Crew is using Wagner to fiddle with the roster a bit to get past playing a man short.  

5/30/2015 07:16:00 PM

(5/30/2015 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Wow, on a simple swing and foul ball, Davis tears his meniscus and tells reporters he'll have to have surgery. Depending on the severity, it will probably be six weeks or more, all star break at the earliest.

This could effect Parra's trade availability (though it shouldn't, unless you felt this team was a contender before today), and short term, will keep a reliever around for tomorrow, as Wagner will almost certainly take Khris' spot now. Lucroy and another player will probably be activated Monday, with Centeno and either Goforth or Knebel heading back to AAA.

{That said, Centeno could be kept around a few days, as Jon will catch 5-7 innings for a few games.}

Rogers and Herrera can play LF, and can be used to platoon with Parra short term.

5/30/2015 06:49:00 PM

(5/30/2015 06:37:00 PM) - Al

--Listed in order of likelihood to be traded, in my opinion, of course.

Kyle Lohse--in last year of contract, will not be given a qualifying offer, so team has to move him. Got off to a slow start, but has rebounded to his normal self in his last five starts, 2-1, 4.30 ERA, more than a K per IP. Will be owed about $5.5M from July 1st on. Expected return? One solid AA/AAA prospect, possibly with a lower level guy thrown in, especially if Lohse is able to continue pitching as he has in the past month.

Neal Cotts--signed a one year deal, so he cannot be dealt until June 15th. Very hittable overall, but has been excellent versus LH bats, holding them to a .171 OBP. Will be owed $1.5M after July. Return? Minimal to say the least. If he falters any more, could easily be released, so a hard thrower or toolsy position guy is all that could be expected.

Aramis Ramirez--Guys who are 37, who have had some injuries, will make $7M after 7/1, and have had their production fall off the past season plus are usually not in demand, but the 3B position overall is so down, barely above middle infielders, that a few teams might see him as a difference maker. If he could split time in the field and DH, or go to a team with another legitimate 3B, it might help keep him fresh and healthy also. Return? Again, he's kind of a niche guy, though a team with a weak 3B might see him as a huge upgrade, with no commitment after '15. Closest comp I can come up is when the Cubs traded Soriano to the Yankees, and the Cubs got a former 4th round pick back, who is still a decent prospect, now in AA, though he likely projects as a reliever. Something similar would be what I would expect.

Gerardo Parra--very nice piece for any contending team, good 4th OF, solid platoon guy, plus defender in LF/RF, passable in CF. Owed about $3.1M after July, would allow many AL teams to move an OF to DH many days. Has looked better against southpaws this year as well. Return? His best comparable is himself, as the Crew gave a good, not great AA OF prospect and low A ball SP that throws hard for him last season. If Gerardo continues to hit above his career norms, a team might overlook the fact that is mainly because he has seen limited time versus LHP.

Jonathan Broxton--stuff looks as good ever, numbers do not. .404 BAbip has not helped, and the fact he has a 7+ ERA despite 11 K/9 and a 4-1 K/BB ratio is almost impossible to fathom. He'll cost $4.5M after July, and has a $2M buyout for next year. That said, he did not yield much last season, a AA hard thrower who has had limited success and a low A ball arm. If his stats improve to match his secondary numbers, he might be considered by many, but his combo of looking out of shape (though he has always been a heavy set guy), less than stellar results, and being owed both a high salary and a buyout means his value is very limited. If the Brewers were pay offer to pick up some money AND his on field performance gets better, as it's almost assured to, he could bring back a prospect of some merit. If not, a team with bullpen issues might offer a low ceiling type.

Carlos Gomez--One of the best defensive players in the game, and has legit MVP talent. Signed to a very team friendly deal, $4M after July in '15, and $9M in '16.  Rubs a few teams the wrong way, but in an era with Puig, not enough for concern. A bit injury prone, as most players that play the game full speed are. Very rarely is a position player of his talent with an affordable contract been on the market at midseason. Much of the Crew's minor league depth is in the OF, not to mention he is young enough and signed for long enough many teams would probably include a young OF as part of the return for him. 2-3 legit prospects, with one being a top of the line type would be the haul, and would signal a true "reset."

Adam Lind--Depends on when the reset button is, as he is signed through '16, and for less than market value. He also is a LH bat who fills in nicely in the middle of the order. I can see it, but doubt it.  

Jean Segura--Realistically, he should be below KRod, but I have a hunch and it makes sense given organizational depth. SS is a position where many clubs have a glorified utility guy, a no hit/good glove type. Segura is an above average bat for the spot, solid glove, but very cheap, with years of team control, and with potential to improve. Arcia is the future SS, and while he may not be ready now, or even at the beginning of next season, is as close to a can't miss as MIL has...he's said to be big league ready in the field now. H Gomez or Sardinas would be plenty adequate stopgaps.

Francisco Rodriguez--is what he is, a talented closer who does not throw hard but still gets outs. Has some warts, a couple off the field issues over the years, though Brewers always are quick to say how good he is as a veteran influence. Crew got him in trade in '11, and dealt him in '13; and there wasn't a legit prospect involved either time. Barring a team being desperate for a 8th or 9th inning guy, I would not expect there to be again. Given he's signed through '17, MIL seems to like him more than others, and any talent coming back would probably be low ceiling; I doubt he is traded.

Elian Herrera--a name rarely seen, but as I have pointed out on many occasions, is a cheaper version of Emilio Bonifacio, who has been traded at the deadline twice over the years. This is especially true if the Crew acquire several players who have to be placed on the 40 man roster.

Mike Fiers--doubtful, but his name is already being tossed out as a guy teams are asking about, and the fact he's 30 makes it possible. Most teams will overlook his poor 2013 as caused by his mom being ill and her subsequent passing, and his FIP has been 3.10, 2.99, and 3.59 in his other three big league seasons. As a fly ball pitcher, he would probably be helped by having another home park as well, and there are not many minimum salaried guys who strike out more than a hitter a frame. I don't see it, in fact, the only way I can see him traded is if MIL would tell teams they have to take both Fiers and Garza as a tandem. Nelson, Peralta, and Fiers are all under team control through at least '19 and all effective SP's now, with potential to get better.

Luis Sardinas--I'll throw him on here, because they have implied Segura is not being traded (I do not think that is fact), and as a SS, he's far cheaper and with far more ceiling than many everyday options. The Crew rarely deals young players, and never unless for a Sabathia or Greinke type, but I suppose with Arcia in the picture, he could be traded for a prospect of similar merit that plays another spot.

Matt Garza--signed through '17 for a lot of money, and not pitching up to his standards. Has that throwing to 1B "yips" as a bothersome item to ponder also. I don't see it, barring him having a great month of quality starts, or in some sort of combo deal with an underpaid player, or if the Crew takes salary back. I think they have more confidence in Matt rebounding than they would an unknown quantity.

Jonathan Lucroy--signed very cheap through '17, and while Maldy is a fine backup, the club has nothing prospect wise in the minors at C. Also looked at as a team leader and a "gritty," "scrappy," "gamer" type. A trade involving Jon would likely yield 3-4 top prospects, including a can't miss guy, maybe two. I'd compare him to Sabathia's haul, and maybe a bit more, as he is signed for 2+ years at a deep discount. I can't imagine MA agreeing to shop him though, as doing so would probably indicate a total rebuild, with the club aiming to contend again in '17 or '18. That said, he'll be 32 in the first season of his next contract, and with the C black hole that exists, might get a 5 year deal, if he remains effective and comes back healthy from his toe injury.

Others? Braun would be a huge upset, as he signed on to be a lifetime Brewers' player, and only has five teams on his list, though they could talk to him if another club made an offer. I feel MA would look at it as a total rebuild move. Gennett and Davis are young cogs who probably have more value to the Crew than others, though both do play positions where they have depth in the minors, though maybe not quite major league ready. Peralta and Nelson? Can't imagine. Smith and Jeffress? Not with the back of the bullpen available. Maldonado would be a target of mine if a team did not have a top 20 C, but with Lucroy missing time, I don't foresee it.

5/30/2015 06:37:00 PM

(5/30/2015 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Absolutely shocked by how many people stuck around for the concert after the game. I figured maybe 5-10K at most...barely see any empty seats on the lower levels.

5/30/2015 07:30:00 AM

(5/30/2015 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Only 1 of Sardinas' 11 hits have been for extra bases.

12 of Hector Gomez's 19 hits have been for extra bases.

5/30/2015 07:00:00 AM

(5/30/2015 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Sump pump barely ran this year after the snow melted, most years, it runs nonstop for a week or two.

This year, a day or two in March, and a day or two in April.

Must have got a lot of rain the past few days to saturate the ground, as it's running again now. Need a few days of sun to dry things out. Last year, the Rambling wife went to Frontier Fest, a free concert featuring the best known local bands, with a friend. It was so packed, you couldn't even walk around she said. Last night, after it poured at 5:30, and then rained lightly on and off all evening, she said there wasn't 10% as many folks there.

There's a lesson there about the Brewers, Miller Park, and foresight, but you'll have to think of it yourself.

5/30/2015 06:00:00 AM

(5/30/2015 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Scooter sitting at .357/.550 overall, and .391/.545 vs. RHP.

With him and a healthy Lucroy back in the lineup (Jon next week, no word on Scooter, but even in thin air, those are good numbers), I would expect the offense to pick up a notch.

So far, they are 11th in offense and 14th in run prevention (really, they're last, because only COL has allowed more, and they have park effects. They have been better in May (6th and 12th). Even in May, while 6th in SLG, they are last in OBP. MIL is last in OPS at both C and 2B for the season, and while Scooter's and Jon's numbers are a part of that, seemingly, it will go up once they return.


5/30/2015 05:30:00 AM

(5/30/2015 05:10:00 AM) - Al

Hardee's and Carl's Jr CEO is laughing all the way to the bank at those who are "offended" by their ads.

5/30/2015 05:10:00 AM

Friday, May 29, 2015

(5/29/2015 10:02:00 PM) - Al

One competing GM said he thought Brewers GM Doug Melvin was ready to sell two weeks ago but would probably wait until after the draft, as owner Mark Attanasio hasn't been through a sale and probably doesn't want to rush it considering the immense fan support in Milwaukee (the Brewers are the hot ticket in town, displacing the Bucks years ago) ... Carlos Gomez looks like a potential "key piece" in this trade market, as he's not a free agent until after next year and should have substantial value. Rivals still see Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura as untouchable, or close.--Heyman

Heyman with more Brewers' discussion in a paragraph than the JS has managed all year...though they complain far more about time of games and press box food.

I still think Segura is far from untouchable, though he has plenty of value, as does any SS that is above average, as so many teams have a SS who hits just barely better than a pitcher.

5/29/2015 10:02:00 PM

(5/29/2015 09:52:00 PM) - Al

I just noticed in the Wagner recap that he was one of the first choices the Crew made with their new philosophy...take hard throwing relief pitchers from college and develop them into SP's. They tend to have arms with less wear and tear, sign cheaper, and the Brewers' can often help them develop secondary pitches without having to break the habits they've picked up incorrectly.

The only reason I mention this is, several wanna be scouts said this was a terrible idea...though they never really would say why. It not only always made sense to me, but small market teams need to do something "out of the box"...if they simply do the same thing as the big markets, they'll get outspent and not be successful.

I've always said I'd add an extra affiliate in a short season league and stock it almost completely with college seniors that would sign for $10-20K each...not many of them would make it, and not many of those would have high ceilings. Still, for $500-600K, you'd be very likely to get a couple relievers or utility guys out of it...after all, these are mostly guys who outperformed higher draft picks.

5/29/2015 09:52:00 PM

(5/29/2015 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Kintzler DL'd due to a sore knee, DFA cancelled.

Brandon's rocky relationship with management continues.

5/29/2015 07:01:00 PM

(5/29/2015 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Ask Seattle what they wish they would have paid to keep the Sonics and never lose the NBA.

It is amazing how shortsighted many are, and how little they value pro sports, a huge economic boom, and area of pride, to any city. 

5/29/2015 06:06:00 PM

(5/29/2015 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Counsell says they are going with Wagner because "he's the best guy."

Jungmann, Thornburg, and Cravy are all in AAA, and have had more success at higher levels...Cravy and Jungmann have better K/9 numbers than Wagner does at AA (and to be fair, Thornburg does too for his career, but not this season, though he's been asked to "stretch out," so he may well be pitching to contact a bit more.

I hope Wagner pitches so great he never comes out of the rotation. His inability to miss bats is a concern, however. 

5/29/2015 04:50:00 PM

(5/29/2015 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Larry Sanders needs to hire a publicist that will insist he stop doing interviews that make him look selfish, lazy, and more of a pothead than he is.

This is why teams grade character, because while some total losers go on to have a good career (Kobe Bryant is despised by even his teammates, for the most part), many end up taking the money and running.

5/29/2015 03:40:00 PM

(5/29/2015 02:22:00 PM) - Al

Bucks' prez says a deal will be struck within 48 hours.

Vos says it's more expensive to lose the team than it is to keep them.

The news continues to be positive, and the thought of not having the Bucks seems to be simply too much for anyone to comprehend. All very good signs.

5/29/2015 02:22:00 PM

(5/29/2015 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Kintzler not optioned, but DFA'd.

For the time being, this puts the 40 man at 37, until Wagner comes up for his start. That seems like a very strong sign the Brewers are looking toward the future, taking passable relievers that are "older" off the 40 man because they are unlikely to be a part of the next contending team.

5/29/2015 02:13:00 PM

Thursday, May 28, 2015

(5/28/2015 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal is reporting Tyler Wagner is coming up. Wagner is a former 4th round pick, and has very good numbers except for his first season in rookie ball, though his K numbers are rather generic...many feel the best indication of future success in K/9, even moreso than ERA or the like. The idea is, if they are not missing bats in the minors, that contact will get better in the majors, as the offensive talent improves.

I hope all prospects do great, but I admit, I would take a look at 6-7 K's per 9 frames in A and AA and see, at best, a future reliever. Let's hope he's the exception.

5/28/2015 10:11:00 PM

(5/28/2015 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Rob Wooten taken off the 40 man and outrighted to Colorado Springs. No official word, but rumor is Brandon Kintzler was or will be optioned there as well. The thinking is they will be calling up a pitcher not on the 40 man to start, either Sunday or Tuesday.

Since Jungmann and Thornburg are on the 40, that would seemingly leave Tyler Cravy, who has pitched well in 7 of his 9 starts this year, and has a very good 4.22 ERA, outstanding for Colorado Springs and the PCL west.

EDIT: I forgot Segura had to have a spot made for him, so I assume that's why Kintzler was sent down. Another reliever is likely to go down for the eventually SP.

I believe the 40 man is at 38, so this may be a sign of other moves to come. They still have a couple guys on there, Shane Peterson being the most obvious, that could easily be removed. Centeno could easily be removed when Lucroy returns, as he certainly did not impress as anything more than a generic reserve.  

5/28/2015 09:50:00 PM

(5/28/2015 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Krauss is younger than Matt Clark and can play 1B/LF/RF passably, and has options remaining (as does Clark). That would be a very minor upgrade to the 40 man, but it would be an upgrade, based strictly on versatility if nothing else.

5/28/2015 06:57:00 PM

(5/28/2015 05:03:00 PM) - Al

I and many others feel he wore down his players a bit, but the idea they're going to pay him $9M not to coach is painful.

5/28/2015 05:03:00 PM

(5/28/2015 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Jim Caple is a moron...he once suggested they replace Bud Selig with a 40something guy who still played some "town baseball," he was a coach and occasional catcher. Never mind he had minimal experience running a business...never mind a $10B business.

As for the doubleheader idea, I think Prince is right, many players would rather play two games some days and have more days off. The problem is, that pesky little loss of gate, estimated to be $1.5M by Caple, but almost certainly far more than that; given ticket revenue, concessions, parking (you'd only have to park once), and even TV revenue, as eventually, networks would realize only serious fans want to watch six hours of baseball...and casuals far outnumber serious. Losing eight games a season means 4 less home games, which is $6M a team...or $180M for MLB.

As BA and Rock said when they discussed this, "I'm sure the players would take less if they played fewer games, right?" That was followed by chuckles and laughter. Accepting less profit "just because" is not very good business, to say the least. MLB knows that, but clowns like Caple, who max out their expense account and leave $1 tip on his $26 meal, are economic buffoons.

I've had the same answer for years...make the season a week or two longer by starting it earlier, about the 3rd weekend of March. Of course, I would have insisted all teams install retractable roofs on all new stadiums the past 15-20 years. Old ones would have to be grandfathered in, of course...but the technology is there, use it. Target Field has had an incredible amount of weather related cancellations, and it's disgusting, as we all know it is cold and it snows there. You don't need to play every day in late March, but playing the last two weekends and a couple weekdays adds ten days to spread out the campaign, and adds six more prime weekend dates, which would allow for more Mondays off during the rest of the season.

And, while you could try to play many of those games in warm weather and climate controlled ballparks, neither the Brewers or the Marlins or Rays want an eight game, ten day homestand in late March, with the Red Sox and Yankees getting prime summer weekend spots in exchange. 

5/28/2015 02:36:00 PM

(5/28/2015 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Scooter is at .344/.433 at AAA, 2 walks, 4 K's.

I'm sure I speak for many when I say he should probably walk as much as he K's at that level (and should probably walk more in general), but he's never been that type of hitter.

5/28/2015 01:18:00 PM

(5/28/2015 12:10:00 PM) - Al

Um, that's because it is not.

Raising taxes is, you know, raising taxes.

Extending a tax set to expire is, you know, an extension.

Is the citizenry truly this stupid? Governor Walker seems to be the only person who both understands and is able to explain that if they do nothing, the state will lose $6M in tax collections, from income and the entertainer (wrongly often called "jock" tax, as others, such as singers and comics pay it as well).

I got an email last night asking didn't I suggest hotel room and car rental tax pay a large portion of the new arena...why yes, yes I did. Coupled with user fees and naming rights, I think you could easily raise $20M a year for 25 years, though the state would probably still have to cover interest.  It makes sense, as for the most part, tourists pay it. How often do you rent a car or stay in a hotel? Not often, right?

A disproportionate amount of the burden would fall on those who visit the state to do business, or come here to enjoy the Dells, Summerfest, and the natural beauty and resources of our part of the world. Apparently, the climate is not conducive to any type of tax increase, as it would probably be difficult to explain to the rubes that mostly visitors will foot the bill.

5/28/2015 12:10:00 PM

(5/28/2015 11:47:00 AM) - Al

Bernie Sanders' vision of a USA retailer.

If we all just pull together, we too can be as successful as Cuba and the USSR, before they fell apart, of course.

5/28/2015 11:47:00 AM

(5/28/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Here's something to ponder...why is tarter sauce usually only used for fish (and maybe some other seafood).

Back when the Rambling folks were still with us, we went out to eat on a Friday, and both my dad and I were dipping our fries in the yummy tarter sauce. The Rambling mom commented she did not know anyone except my dad did that. I also enjoy it on baked potatoes.

5/28/2015 11:30:00 AM

(5/28/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The Bucks owners and public officials put together an arena financing plan that is so confusing that virtually nobody can understand it.--Mike Mathy

I've seen this several times...I understand it perfectly. The only remotely confusing aspect is the county basically letting the state collect unpaid taxes. That's not really confusing, it's just odd.

5/28/2015 10:30:00 AM

(5/28/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The wind must have changed direction.

It's tough to lead when you don't believe in anything.

5/28/2015 10:00:00 AM

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

(5/27/2015 10:02:00 PM) - Al

Tiny sample, but Rickie Weeks sure hasn't let playing LF bother his offense...against LHP.

He is a lefty masher, but has pretty much lost his ability to hit RHP. On many teams, he would be a nice fit as a 2B/LF/RF/DH, as he should always be in the lineup when a southpaw is on the mound.

5/27/2015 10:02:00 PM

(5/27/2015 07:54:00 PM) - Al

A break down from TMJ as to who is paying what.

Still no word on the over runs, though everyone seems to assume the Bucks will be responsible. 

5/27/2015 07:54:00 PM

(5/27/2015 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Matt Adams out for several months with torn muscle...every 1B in baseball will be rumored to them until they acquire one.

Reynolds will play there for now, so a LH hitter would be preferred.

5/27/2015 07:48:00 PM

(5/27/2015 07:38:00 PM) - Al

The state would be responsible for bonds worth more than $55 million. The state would commit $4 million a year over 20 years, or $80 million total, to cover its shares of principal and interest costs.
The Wisconsin Center District would add $93 million in bonds.
The city would spend $35 million on a new 1,240-vehicle parking structure and provide $12 million in tax incremental financing.
In the most unusual feature of the deal, Milwaukee County would "certify" tens of millions of dollars in uncollected county debt. The county, in effect, would then count on the state to recover at least $4 million of that debt a year for 20 years, a total of another $80 million that would then be funneled to the arena project.
One source said that plan could put the state at risk of having to put more toward the project. But another source said if there's a shortfall the sum could be deducted from aid the state provides the county.

Highlights: The state would spend $4 million a year for 20 years — $80 million in all — to cover $55 million in bonding.
The state would also absorb $20 million in debt from the Bradley Center.
The state would be responsible for collecting another $80 million in debt for Milwaukee County, using that money to help pay for the arena.
The Wisconsin Center District would use hotel, car rental and food and beverage taxes to pay off another $93 million in bonds.
The city of Milwaukee would build a $35 million parking structure and provide $12 million in tax incremental financing.
Another $250 million for the project would come from the private sector — $150 million from the Bucks owners and $100 million from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who previously owned the Bucks.--JS

Months of discussion, and the county's only contribution is "uncollected debt" (I assume unpaid taxes)...  and they're making the state collect it for them. Oof.
Talk about a do nothing group. And sadly, they will receive tons of benefits. That is just one completely ineffective part of the state.

5/27/2015 07:38:00 PM

(5/27/2015 07:08:00 PM) - Al

State's contribution is $80M for new arena, per reports.

When leaks occur, that means things are close to being done.

This says "equal" contributions from state, county, and city...but dollar amounts may differ. The $250M divided by three would be $83M each. I assume the Wisconsin Center's $93M is counting for either the city or county, or split between the two.

Still to come, naming rights money and overrun responsibility. 

5/27/2015 07:08:00 PM

(5/27/2015 07:05:00 PM) - Al

They don't want to pay it, but they want to reap the rewards in the contracts that tie their wage scale to the minimum wage.

Hypocrisy, your name is union.

5/27/2015 07:05:00 PM

(5/27/2015 04:57:00 PM) - Al

The Bernie Sanders Save the Children Fund.

Very funny.

5/27/2015 04:57:00 PM

(5/27/2015 11:33:00 AM) - Al

Elm Brook Schools board member testifies that Act 10 has been a "godsend" to the district. Eliminating $40 million unfunded pension.--WI Watchdog 

It's working. Fiscal common sense is "in."

5/27/2015 11:33:00 AM

(5/27/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

200K pounds of food recalled, not a thing wrong with it, except it was not "inspected."

How about a fine, or tell them to donate some food to charity? The USDA is nothing but government extortion buffoons. Don't forget, they once recalled tomatoes because the jalapenos were bad.

The problem is, they do not make food or drugs any safer, they just push paper and threaten business by raising costs.

5/27/2015 11:30:00 AM

(5/27/2015 11:08:00 AM) - Al

I feel bad for Woelfel, as he is clearly unaware of Braun's no trade clause, which allows him to only be dealt to the two LA teams, DC, MIA, or TB...not to mention the clearly biased, terrible reporting, as Braun's numbers in 2012 were basically the exact same as in 2011, when he won the MVP and tested positive. 

Heck, I'd trade Braun...or anyone on the team in a second. I just do not see one of those five teams paying the Crew market value, or anywhere near market value for Ryan.

The old media has died for several reasons, but the main one is simply how bad their reporting has become. It's just not as good as many bloggers and online sites. Woelfel has played fast and loose with the truth often, saying stuff about Larry Sanders that was fictional last season being the most blatant. He's completely out of his element here, and looks like a message board poster. 

5/27/2015 11:08:00 AM

(5/27/2015 10:33:00 AM) - Al

FIFA execs indicted for bribery.

We've heard in the past this could lead to the USA getting the '18 or '22 World Cup, as they were bought by Russia and Qatar.

5/27/2015 10:33:00 AM

(5/27/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Keith Law moves up Arcia to 20th in baseball, where he should have been after last season.

Law waited until Arcia broke out in AA, which makes his "analysis" worthless.

Which it is, and always has been, and always will be. He's as fake as Nate Silver and Rob Neyer.

5/27/2015 09:30:00 AM

(5/27/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I have never heard of this before, but it seems to prove how damn stupid we are.

5/27/2015 09:30:00 AM

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

(5/26/2015 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Brewers go over 800K in attendance in their 25th home contest. That has them on pace for just under 2.6M, though one would assume that barring a winning streak, they will fall off to 2.5M or so, maybe even the high 2.4's.

They drew 2.531 in 2013, so I would assume the "floor" would be right around there, for '15 at least. If they would ever go into rebuild mode, the floor would probably drop to the 2M range, I would guess. 

5/26/2015 09:49:00 PM

(5/26/2015 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Callaspo talks reopen, and the Cubs choosing to DFA Coke, despite excellent velocity and fancy newfangled stats being solid.

One wonders if the Dodgers have promised to DFA Callaspo, which was said to be their plan anyway, as they want to rid part of Uribe's salary and pick up pitching depth.

EDIT: Callaspo proves to change his mind with the same prerogative as a woman. Deal done, same linky.

5/26/2015 09:07:00 PM

(5/26/2015 08:56:00 PM) - Al

It's been a while now, but no one seems to remember the Brewers only have four bench guys. Limits strategery, especially when down 5-1 to one of the best pitchers in the game.

That said, it would appear Blazek is in the process of being stretched out to start once again, be it soon or in a few weeks. Otherwise, it would seemingly be a Kintzler or another reliever who has had less success than Mike.

5/26/2015 08:56:00 PM

(5/26/2015 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Scott Martens just compared Arcia to Alcides Escobar.

He's as close to a can't miss as the Crew has.They like Sardinas, and Rivera, and H Gomez. But Arcia is the guy they have planned to be their SS, as soon as early/mid 2016.

5/26/2015 07:52:00 PM

(5/26/2015 07:38:00 PM) - Al

Will Smith says they are interviewing him in person, so it will likely not take place until next week. That means his suspension, whatever length they eventually decide on, will probably begin a day or two after said interview.

That does a couple things, it likely means the Crew will carry an extra arm for now, and it also means Elian Herrera is very probable to stick around due to his ability to play anywhere in the infield and outfield.

Given the fact Hector Gomez has impressed and has no options, Sardinas is the likely candidate to go down when Segura returns, with Rogers as a possibility, as they do not seem to feel he can play anywhere except 1B defensively.

5/26/2015 07:38:00 PM

(5/26/2015 07:26:00 PM) - Al

No way I'm going to finish this Brewers' trade piece today. Look for it later in the week.

5/26/2015 07:26:00 PM

(5/26/2015 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Who is freaking out? They are selling millions of them, and barely anyone panics.

Heck, some folks panic about everything. That is why people ignore them.

The worst thing that ever happened to the Rambling son was one evening he slipped after getting out of the bath tub and hit his forehead on the toilet seat. The Rambling wife asked me if I thought he should go to the ER, and I told her truth:

1. No, I'm sure he's fine.

2. But you better go now, so we don't have to worry about him all night.

He, of course, was fine, though many would have you believe athletes get a concussion every time they bump their noggin. What's strange is, players used to play with concussions, but now, players are tested right away, cleared that they do not have a concussion...and still don't play, as teams choose to "be careful." We've went from one extreme to the other in a matter of 2-3 years.

5/26/2015 07:24:00 PM

(5/26/2015 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Specifics finally leak out on Bucks' arena financing...current taxes on car rentals, hotel rooms, and restaurants in Milwaukee to be transfered from current Wisconsin Center District, which currently oversees the WI Center convention center, the UWM Panther Arena (for us old fogies, the former MECCA), and the Milwaukee Theater. The district will sell $93M in bonds and pay them off with the current tax, which will have to be extended via the legislature. 

More money to come from the city and county as well, as the numbers do not add up yet. No mention of the naming rights money, which I bet gets brought up at some point as well. 

As I see the scoreboard...$250M from Kohl and the current owners, $93M from the WI Center bond sale, that would leave $157M to come from the city, county, and state; and someone has to sign on to take care of overruns, which I assume will be the Bucks, as no one else has the guts, because that would mean taxpayers would eventually have to be responsible.

5/26/2015 07:09:00 PM

(5/26/2015 05:08:00 PM) - Al

Jungmann is almost certainly the SP coming up from Colorado Springs. I have to imagine if they had a dozen more wins, they might look elsewhere, but because they are where they are, this is what teams do when they're looking to get younger.

While his overall stats are awful, one cannot ignore the fact his home games are in an extreme hitting environment. Even his road games are in the western PCL, which are also tough places to pitch. Still, his other numbers look solid, if unspectacular. His road ERA is just over 5, but his WHIP, K/9, and K/BB look good. 0 homers in 22 IP (only 1 in 45 overall) is almost unfathomable.

Many folks simply do not understand how it can be tougher to pitch to inferior hitters in Colorado Springs than Milwaukee, but it just might be. Park factors do exist.

EDIT: I actually forget about Thornburg, and he would also be an option, though he is not fully "stretched out" yet. 

5/26/2015 05:08:00 PM

(5/26/2015 04:51:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' notes...Fiers will start tomorrow on short rest. Then Nelson and Lohse FRI/SAT on regular rest. Garza will be skipped to allow him to get some extra rest (a sign he is probably not 100%). SUN's SP will be brought up from AAA.

Segura will return FRI and be the starting SS. Lucroy on track to return next MON, after a short rehab stint.

5/26/2015 04:51:00 PM

(5/26/2015 04:10:00 PM) - Al

WI has a $500M surplus, rated "mostly true" by left leaning Politifact.

Every day, Dems must just wake up and dread the good news they know is about to come. Don't forget, the previous governor left the current administration with a billion dollar plus deficit.

They just don't understand that by lowering the tax rate, you actually take in more, as people cheat less and are not hesitant to maximize their income.

5/26/2015 04:10:00 PM

(5/26/2015 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Isn’t it ironic that McCauley Caulkin now looks like the kind of guy you’d be afraid would break into your house while you were out of town.--Dennis Miller

It's funny because it's true.

5/26/2015 04:03:00 PM

(5/26/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al


The only way this is at all controversial is if you are of the belief police lives do not matter....which is exactly what many are saying, though they aren't bright enough to realize it.

5/26/2015 04:00:00 PM

(5/26/2015 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Wonderfully said.

5/26/2015 03:56:00 PM

(5/26/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another horrible decision by a school.

They just don't seem to have any idea what they're doing.

5/26/2015 03:00:00 PM

(5/26/2015 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Blaze pink?

Can't be uglier than orange. I have often wondered why they don't make reversible jackets, as that orange color is pretty much unwearable outside the hunting season. Maybe they make them and not many people buy them.

Whenever I mention this to clients, they agree, though several have said they make coats that are orange/camo, for other types of hunting.

5/26/2015 02:31:00 PM

(5/26/2015 02:06:00 PM) - Al

The irony is that Travis Ishikawa is probably the most similar player to James Loney in MLB, and TI was DFA'd yesterday.

There's a match that makes so much sense, you know it will never happen.

5/26/2015 02:06:00 PM

(5/26/2015 02:02:00 PM) - Al

I think Blogger ate this yesterday. I DVR the Memorial Day concert each year, and the Armed Forces Medley is always my favorite part.

5/26/2015 02:02:00 PM

(5/26/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al

There is no movement quite as full of crap as those that push "natural foods," "natural remedies," and the like.

People bemoan the pharmaceutical industry and insist these potions work, talking about their lack of chemicals, additives, and that they "come from the earth."

Know what? They all existed centuries ago, back when we used leeches for bleedin's and licked toads...and the life expectancy was 35. Now, cancer is often looked at as a bad illness. HIV and AIDS, which were death sentences two decades ago, is now like diabetes; a change that requires daily meds, but can be easily defeated with vigilance.

5/26/2015 02:00:00 PM

(5/26/2015 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Let's not pretend this isn't true. Most fans are so casual they can't spell "plan."

5/26/2015 01:47:00 PM

(5/26/2015 01:26:00 PM) - Al

The left aims to make birth control more difficult and costly.

It's all about power and an excuse to raise taxes. Just like Obamacare.

5/26/2015 01:26:00 PM

(5/26/2015 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Incredible building that looks like the USS Enterprise.

5/26/2015 01:19:00 PM

(5/26/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Embedded image permalink

I may DVR this just to watch on mute when I'm saddened by life.

5/26/2015 01:00:00 PM

(5/26/2015 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Callaspo rejects trade, deal is dead at present time.

5/26/2015 12:54:00 PM

(5/26/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

By the way, they lied.

If my record was as bad as theirs, I would too. I doubt very much if man could effect the weather/temps if we tried our darndest.

5/26/2015 12:30:00 PM

(5/26/2015 12:19:00 PM) - Al

Bucks' new arena "close," expected to be announced Wednesday.

This sounds very positive, especially that the state's contribution is less than Walker's plan. Barrett saying the funding is "very complicated" tells me just how over his head he is.

The keys will be who is responsible for any cost overages, as there are almost always some, because estimates are always optimistic, especially in cold climates.

EDIT: This actually makes far more sense, as dignitaries, such as Governor Walker and others will try to clear their schedules for the photo opp.  

5/26/2015 12:19:00 PM

(5/26/2015 12:13:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

5/26/2015 12:13:00 PM

(5/26/2015 11:17:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if the NYT doesn't print the truth.

That's because they don't. Far left biased drivel.

5/26/2015 11:17:00 AM

(5/26/2015 11:05:00 AM) - Al

Watching TVLand this morning as I review business. Hard to believe Mary Ann's outfits made it past censors...51 years ago.

I promise you she could not wear them to many public schools today...of course, somehow the idea of how much skin is covered is a very pressing issue to most school officials...must be closely studied and scrutinized.

Bullying? Yeah, whatever.

5/26/2015 11:05:00 AM

(5/26/2015 10:45:00 AM) - Al

Minutes after I say trades rarely happen now, the Dodgers and Braves are making a swap, pending approval.

I assume ATL is getting an actual prospect, while giving LA "veteran minor league depth."

5/26/2015 10:45:00 AM

(5/26/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I found it hard to believe Dominos feels the government is being shortsighted.

Obviously, they don't even realize what a global power the USSR is...oh, never mind.

We're in the very best of hands.

5/26/2015 10:30:00 AM

(5/26/2015 10:29:00 AM) - Al

Charlie Brown may be our best modern day philosopher.

5/26/2015 10:29:00 AM

(5/26/2015 10:25:00 AM) - Al

BREAKING: Bucks' arena proposal expected to be announced later today.

I actually got an email last Thursday saying the two sides were "in agreement on a funding package," just basically dotting the I's and crossing the T's. Since I had no idea if that was true, I did not post it. Looks like it was.

Great news, let's hope it comes to fruition.

5/26/2015 10:25:00 AM

(5/26/2015 10:16:00 AM) - Al

You realize, if a black student asked for a "non white" adviser, the request would be granted quicker than you can say "reverse racism."

Personally, the request seems a bit off to me, but I've never had PTSD either.

5/26/2015 10:16:00 AM

(5/26/2015 10:03:00 AM) - Al

Without getting into detail (privacy laws you know), had to reschedule my day and week a bit. Since I have some time, I think I'll go ahead and go over the likely veteran trade candidates, with some info like contract status.

This is early, as most teams don't start adding players (or salary) until mid to late June at the earliest. That said, their contracts and talent level won't change in the meantime. 

5/26/2015 10:03:00 AM

(5/26/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Kids do pick up their ethics, or lack thereof, from their parents.

You say you haven't been the same since you had your little crash
But you might feel better if I gave you some cash
The more I think about it, Old Billy was right
Let's kill all the lawyers, kill 'em tonight
You don't want to work, you want to live like a king
But the big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing--Get Over It, Eagles

5/26/2015 09:30:00 AM

(5/26/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Of course they are.

Primitive man went barefoot. They died in their 30's.

5/26/2015 09:00:00 AM

(5/26/2015 07:00:00 AM) - Al

They lie.

Because they don't like what the charts show otherwise.

5/26/2015 07:00:00 AM

Monday, May 25, 2015

(5/25/2015 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Ezra Klein is off to an early lead in the stupidest thing ever said on Memorial Day contest.

5/25/2015 06:49:00 PM

(5/25/2015 05:58:00 PM) - Al

Counsell says they are unsure who they will start WED, might go with Fiers on short rest, which would delay decision until next Tuesday. Might give Blazek time to "stretch out" or possibly get Wil Smith back.

5/25/2015 05:58:00 PM

(5/25/2015 05:55:00 PM) - Al

On the good news front, Segura plans to return Friday, and Lucroy got the all clear to start a short rehab, aiming for next Monday.

5/25/2015 05:55:00 PM

(5/25/2015 05:08:00 PM) - Al

Peralta on DL, expected to miss 4-6 weeks with oblique strain. Dave Goforth brought up from AAA. I assume Blazek will take Wily's spot in the rotation.

This is likely to be "the final straw" for the Crew. While they will continue to hope for a 15-5 stretch to get back into contention, the math simply stops making sense when injuries occur. There may well be teams calling to make actual offers soon.

5/25/2015 05:08:00 PM

(5/25/2015 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Liz throws hard, 94 on average, but is wild and gives up HR's. Reminds me of Alfredo Figaro a bit.

FYI, Figaro is playing over in Korea and pitching well, because it's equivalent to AA or so.

5/25/2015 02:37:00 PM

(5/25/2015 01:42:00 PM) - Al

One of the strangest half innings you'll ever see, still just two outs.

5/25/2015 01:42:00 PM

(5/25/2015 01:39:00 PM) - Al

Nice call, blue.

How is it possible to be as bad at your job as these clods? To take away a HR when you're not sure is about as painful as it gets.

How about they give a fraction as much effort calling balls and strikes as they do getting face time on TV?

5/25/2015 01:39:00 PM

(5/25/2015 01:11:00 PM) - Al

Love, love, love the Brewers' camo letters and caps.

The fact that unpatriotic people are "offended" makes it even better.

5/25/2015 01:11:00 PM

(5/25/2015 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Note the high ERA's on this list, even though the list is the pitchers who are allowing the least "hard hit" balls.

Pitchers don't control where the ball goes. Grounders and bloopers hurt just as much as line drives.

5/25/2015 12:55:00 PM

(5/25/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The Athletics, Phillies, Brewers, Rockies and Reds could have the best big-league talent on offer at the trade deadline, two executives tell the Boston Globe.--MLBTR

Throw enough teams out there, you might just pick the right one.:)

Everyone keeps talking about Lohse, Garza, Broxton, KRod, and Ramirez. Those are the most likely targets, but the glut of young SS's, Parra, and Gomez; and depending on when the mythical reset button is set for, Lind and Fiers will draw significant discussion as well.

When you wonder what the Brewers will look for, one need not look further than the last trade Doug made, picking up Sardinas and Knebel (and another younger prospect) for Yo. With pitchers; big, athletic, plus velocity. With position players; good bats with pop, athletic, and versatile position wise.

5/25/2015 11:00:00 AM

(5/25/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

These are the stepsons of a distant cousin of mine.

Thank goodness we have such brave young men to serve.

5/25/2015 10:30:00 AM

(5/25/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Background on this pic.

I won't pretend to compare myself to a military hero, but about six months ago, I had to take the Rambling dog to the vet in which was to be his last trip.

The gal out front went over everything, had to pay up front (you realize, people skip out on such things), and then asked the question, "So, do you want to witness the procedure?" Did I? Nope. I would have rather been getting some sort of six hour dental procedure, by a dentist who only used a dirty vise grips.

But, knowing that my presence might make him less nervous, and the fact that he would never have left my side, I stayed.

5/25/2015 08:30:00 AM

(5/25/2015 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Freedom is not free.

Many warriors have made the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our freedom. Thank you from a grateful nation.

Or, of course, if you are not patriotic, play some Dixie Chicks and ponder a move to Cuba...there's no rules against it anymore.

EDIT: A bit of background on that classic photo can be found here

5/25/2015 05:30:00 AM

Sunday, May 24, 2015

(5/24/2015 11:03:00 PM) - Al

No Irving, no Love, no problem for Lebron.

37th playoff triple double, I believe they said.

Great googily moogily.

I can understand folks saying other players have been better. They're just wrong. Chamberlain is the only one even close.

5/24/2015 11:03:00 PM

(5/24/2015 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Anne Meara, talented comedian, and wife to Jerry Stiller, mom to Ben, passes away.

5/24/2015 09:14:00 PM

(5/24/2015 07:23:00 PM) - Al


Todd Rosiak said he thinks the Brewers will move Segura to 3B next season. Thoughts?


I think that between the two JS beat writers, they add up to less than half a quality one.

Jean's career line is .310/.372, and his defensive metrics have him as -5 UZR/150 and +4 DRS, which probably means he has benefited from the Crew's defensive shifts, as UZR ignores them, and DRS gives the players credit. In theory, most SS's can play 3B, as it requires far less range. No one knows how Jean would transition to 3B, but in theory, he could. That said, a SS is worth more than a 3B. And while 3B are a weak position in MLB right now, they still hit more than SS's.

2014 3B--716 OPS
2014 SS--673 OPS

So, Jean would go from being a near average SS to a below average 3B, and we would not be sure how his defense would transition.

Possible? Yes.

Probable? No.

Right now, the Brewers have five guys; Segura, Sardinas, H Gomez, Rivera, and Arcia, who look like they could be below average to above average major league SS's, and that are all at AA or higher. They aren't all going to play SS for the Crew.

5/24/2015 07:23:00 PM

(5/24/2015 03:32:00 PM) - Al

The game was turned when Nelson's 6th inning began by giving up a pair of ground balls...but both found a hole. It looked like it bothered him a bit, which happens with young pitchers.

5/24/2015 03:32:00 PM

(5/24/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The problem is, schools want more money and no accountability. They want to get rid of all standardized tests, and insist that all their teachers are above average, hat tip to Prairie Home Companion.

5/24/2015 03:30:00 PM

(5/24/2015 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Some of the worst umpiring you'll ever see in the last couple innings. Parra took a "strike" on a pitch Pierzynski moved a foot, and now a "no swing" called on an obvious swing and a miss.

BA said, "Well, obviously, he just wasn't watching!"

Why should he? He'll get paid six figures and have a job as long as he wants it whether he pays attention or not. With a lack of incentive like that, it's amazing they ever get one right.

5/24/2015 03:14:00 PM

(5/24/2015 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Whitney Cummings with an enjoyable graduation speech at Penn.

5/24/2015 01:54:00 PM

(5/24/2015 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Casey McGehee DFA'd by the Giants.

Not only is Casey a former Brewers' player, but SF may well be looking for a 3B later this season, when Ramirez might be on the block.

No doubt Casey has struggled, but his .238 BAbip indicates he hit a lot of balls right to defenders. In fact, his line drive percentage is slightly higher this year than last. I assume he'll clear waivers, as he's making almost $5M, but as a 1B/3B reserve making the minimum, he might have several teams fighting for his services.

EDIT: Remember, Casey is 33, and nonathletic guys tend to fall off a cliff in their early 30's. Keep that in mind when folks clamor for Lucroy to be signed to a 5-7 year extension, which, assuming the Crew picks up his $5M option in '17, would begin when Jon is 32.

EDIT 2: SF hoping he accepts a AAA assignment instead of taking free agency. Being a veteran, he can choose to be a FA, but unsure if he still gets paid that way. 

5/24/2015 01:37:00 PM

(5/24/2015 10:17:00 AM) - Al

The English Premier League is currently playing all ten games of their final week of the season. They all started about 9AM Central, as they play at the same time to prevent any collusion or some games not meaning anything.

For those of you that are not soccer fans, this is interested because the NFL is doing the same thing this season. More games matter this way. 

5/24/2015 10:17:00 AM

Saturday, May 23, 2015

(5/23/2015 08:55:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports SD is scouting the Brewers looking for a SS. Also says teams are scouting Fiers.

Just looking at Segura, Sardinas, and H Gomez, the Crew has three SS's better than some teams have...never mind they are probably thinking their SS of the future is Arcia.

5/23/2015 08:55:00 PM

(5/23/2015 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Braves had to win that one twice, because the ump didn't move quick enough.

Nice job by Ramirez taking a ball in his last AB, and having it called a strike anyway. When you can't get them right when they're off the plate six inches, you know he has no idea on the close ones. Painful. Wait until it gets hot out.

Sadly, Peralta's injury probably cost the Crew their 50% chance today...Lind's rocket right at Freeman was just bad luck, but MIL just ran out of quality arms fart earlier because Wily only went 4 last night (and Fiers only went 5 today as well).

5/23/2015 07:28:00 PM

(5/23/2015 06:32:00 PM) - Al

It's difficult to measure how inept an umpire is when he begins yelling at the manager and then throws him out before the game.

Remember, unions only protect the worst of the worst, as the good ones don't need any assistance. This would seem to prove this point.

5/23/2015 06:32:00 PM

(5/23/2015 05:48:00 PM) - Al

Whenever the statement by an announcer is, "You gotta do a better job hiding it," MLB seems to have no clue on what to do with pine tar and other substances.

It's either against the rules or it's not. Of course, if it's up to the umpires to enforce, you know it won't get done.

5/23/2015 05:48:00 PM

(5/23/2015 05:40:00 PM) - Al

I wish folks would quit pretending Braun and his contract are a "problem." It could be if he ages badly, or suffers an injury that has long term effects. However, if the Crew could magically rid themselves of the Braun contract, Ryan would accept free agency and go out and sign an even bigger one. He was well above average last season even though he basically played with one hand, and is back to his career norms this year, as he has regained his health.

That doesn't even take into account many teams cannot afford him, some would not consider him due to his suspension, and he has a no trade clause. Add all that up, it's a stupid question to ask with a more stupid answer.

5/23/2015 05:40:00 PM

(5/23/2015 04:04:00 PM) - Al

Not sure why everyone acts surprised Pierzynski can still hit RHP, he always could. He might have personality clashes, but if you limit his PA's versus southpaws, he's a plus offensive catcher.

He might well end up on a contender again this year.

5/23/2015 04:04:00 PM

(5/23/2015 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Scooter goes 1-3 with a pair of walks in Salt Lake City last night. Of course, there's little doubt he'll hit playing half his games at altitude, and a good share of his other contests in hitter friendly environments.

5/23/2015 03:47:00 PM

(5/23/2015 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Scott Skiles will be the next coach of the Orlando Magic, Yahoo reports he and the team are finalizing his contract as I type.

Always enjoyed Skiles' honesty and how his teams played so hard, especially on D.

5/23/2015 02:03:00 PM

(5/23/2015 01:05:00 PM) - Al

I had not heard there were talks going on the past few days on the Bucks' arena, but reports continue to be positive and optimistic. Parties involved say they are exploring "money that will be created from development"...I would stick with my guess that the naming rights may be part of it, or maybe a hotel room tax or restaurant tax, or a $1-2 fee on every ticket sold in the new arena.

Note, not even a casual mention of a penny from the city or county, even though they will get most of the benefits. They are as clueless as ever.

5/23/2015 01:05:00 PM

(5/23/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

There is nothing about Japanese baseball MLB should emulate. It's AAA, and setting aside tickets for visiting fans ignores the fact the US is huge.

I love it when authors ignore basic economics when writing, because it makes it easy for me to know they're not worth my time. "Get guys like?"

They write good.

5/23/2015 10:30:00 AM

(5/23/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The hell you say.

If we could just hold the criminal's hand and sing folk songs, they would see the error of their ways and, you know, eat their veggies, read the bible, and assist elderly women across the street. But, since that's so damn stupid, we should throw them in jail and prison and not really worry about it.

Unduly harsh? Can't say I care.

5/23/2015 09:30:00 AM

(5/23/2015 09:09:00 AM) - Al

This is exactly where the USA would be too, but luckily, China keeps buying our notes.

The solution? Obviously, it's to spend more and tax the successful.

In case you missed it, that's the answer to everything.

5/23/2015 09:09:00 AM

Friday, May 22, 2015

(5/22/2015 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Remember back when the perpetually offended insisted the Braves stop doing the tomahawk chop?

I barely do. If you ignore them, they move onto other things. Just gotta stay the course. It's not difficult at all if you actually believe in something.

5/22/2015 08:57:00 PM

(5/22/2015 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Blazek appears to already be the guy Counsell has penciled in as his 6th SP. There's no other reason to use him here in this, his 3rd inning of work. No idea if Wily's injury is serious or not, but not only is someone bound to get hurt; Lohse is very unlikely to finish the campaign in MIL, barring a great stretch to get back to .500 soon.

5/22/2015 08:54:00 PM

(5/22/2015 08:24:00 PM) - Al

When I looked up Tyler and Rob's numbers, I see Scooter homered in his first game in Colorado Springs. A 1250 OPS in good even in thin air.

5/22/2015 08:24:00 PM

(5/22/2015 08:20:00 PM) - Al

If the Crew can get to the 7th or 8th with a big lead, they might want to see if Knebel can go a while and then exchange him for Thornburg. Wooten has also pitched well in AAA, 13 K's per 9 IP.

5/22/2015 08:20:00 PM

(5/22/2015 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Don Walker, the JS writer who has been covering the new Bucks' arena and not even pretended to hide his bias against it, has passed away.

5/22/2015 07:59:00 PM

(5/22/2015 07:41:00 PM) - Al

I have often said that a "normal" hitting pitcher should simply take all 3-2 pitches and just hope for the best.

Wily shows me to be a genius.

5/22/2015 07:41:00 PM

(5/22/2015 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Frank Kaminsky says goodbye.

5/22/2015 06:56:00 PM

(5/22/2015 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Smith suspended 8 games, will appeal.

Considering no one seems to think pine tar is being used for "spitball" purposes, it seems unduly harsh.

5/22/2015 12:38:00 PM

(5/22/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This makes perfect sense, because no one wants police officers to be protected from criminals, we just them to look like teddy bears.

This is the most intelligent person ever. We should just make him king.

Just when you think he's hit rock bottom, he manages to dig a little more out of the hole. 

5/22/2015 11:00:00 AM

(5/22/2015 09:12:00 AM) - Al

Notes on Summerfest's lineup and their attempts to book their one open night

I find it funny how they talk about bands not touring and choosing to take days off instead of working. They know they can make $500K-1M a night, but choose not to. I know I listened to an interview with a singer once (I admit, I had never heard of him then, so I do not know the name, sorry) who said he had toured every summer for ten plus years in a row, and finally told his agent and booking agency he was taking a summer off. They argued that all these weekend festivals and places he had done for years had already been calling, and he persisted, nope, I'm off, nothing in June, July, or August.

So, after Xmas, he gave them his schedule for the next year, and he decided he had enjoyed not working so much, so he took 4 weeks off in a row, last two weeks in July, first two weeks of August. Why am I telling you this story? Since he had limited availability and had "created demand" by not working the previous summer, he actually made far more money that summer than he had in any other summer in his career. He said he actually would have made double, but he instructed his guys to take less a couple times because he wanted to play places that had booked him back when he was lesser known, or enjoyed playing for a variety of reasons. He told the interviewer he had taken half of each summer off ever since, staggering it a bit so he could hit certain festivals every few years. As he put it, "The more time I take off, the more money I make." 

The lesson here? Even when it seems like those bands could make far more by working more; they might end up making more by working less. Don't be afraid to be the contrarian.

5/22/2015 09:12:00 AM

(5/22/2015 08:23:00 AM) - Al

Aaron Gleeman just wrote who is going to host the ESPYs.

I had no idea they still did the ESPYs. I haven't heard a word about it in 5+ years.

5/22/2015 08:23:00 AM

(5/22/2015 08:07:00 AM) - Al

The women complaining about compliments are all unattractive goons.--Stephen Crowder's wife 

That is signature worthy, and 100% true. Normal women love to be complimented. The ones that manage to somehow be offended? Intolerable in every way.

5/22/2015 08:07:00 AM

(5/22/2015 07:53:00 AM) - Al

Radio dude just mentioned that on his FB feed, everyone says lots of cars are loaded to absolute capacity with all the stuff people will need for the long weekend. Drive safe folks, but only about 15% are traveling 50 miles or more in WI.

I do kind of wonder how that is figured, because we're going to Golden Corral tomorrow, which is about 30 miles from us...30+30 is more than 50, so would we count? No idea. I tried to book today, but no one wanted to see me (reminds me of my single days). The Rambling wife left for work a bit early, "so she could be done early," which is a common refrain today I'm sure.

5/22/2015 07:53:00 AM

Thursday, May 21, 2015

(5/21/2015 11:21:00 PM) - Al

Brewers outrighted Jim Henderson earlier today, meaning every team turned him down for $25K and one day of a 40 man roster spot (the team can then outright him themselves).

The fact he has had success in the past and is making the minimum means his velocity must be well below what it once was. Can it return with exercise and/or time? Sure. Will it? Don't know.

Also, the fact the Crew cleared a 40 man spot before one is needed is usually a precursor to...something, whether it be an imminent waiver claim or the ability to make one swiftly.

Kintzler has struggled, his velocity is down as well. I can't believe he would not clear waivers as well. Wooten probably would as well, though I believe either could choose free agency, having been outrighted before. AAA depth is not a high priority for the Crew right now, but if you don't have any, it's painful.

5/21/2015 11:21:00 PM

(5/21/2015 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Several very supportive emails about not being afraid to "celebrate" Memorial Day, as well as not being afraid to thank all vets for their service. Ironically, far more than I recall getting last year.

Those of us who are patriotic love our country every day and know that in order to have such freedoms, sacrifice was necessary. It's a pity those who bitch and moan don't just leave so they quit bringing the rest of us down.

EDIT: My favorite one?

"People always thank my grandpa on Memorial Day, because he wears his uniform as he takes part in a VFW ceremony. He doesn't lecture anyone, he gives them a polite thank you and goes about his day. The same folks who say Happy Holidays to be politically correct are the ones who brought up this stupid s#&t about proper celebrating.

Happy Memorial Day, and Merry f#&%ing Christmas."

5/21/2015 05:23:00 PM

(5/21/2015 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Al, could you repost what you said last year, or maybe the year before, about how it is OK to celebrate Memorial Day. It was nicely said, but I can't remember the specifics. 


You can click here to read it Matt. If your name is not Matt, you can click on the link as well.:)

Since it is from the past, it does include a mention of the Rambling dog. I kept it in, as we should never forget those who made life better.

FYI, I am posting this today because I know many of you will be taking tomorrow off. Some people choose to look at this as a negative, though I never understood why.

No one lies on their death bed and wished they would have worked more. Enjoy your time off, friends, and if you work in tourism, medicine, the service industries, or are self employed, thanks for being there. 

5/21/2015 02:30:00 PM

(5/21/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Chinese sick leave: 'I no come work today!!!'

Hung Chow calls into work and says, 'Hey, I no come work today, I really sick . Got headache, stomach ache and legs hurt, I no come work.'

The boss says, 'You know something, Hung Chow, I really need you today. When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That Makes everything better and I go to work.. You try that.' 

Two hours later Hung Chow calls again. 'I do what you say and I feel great. I be at work soon.........
You got nice house' 

Such a dumb joke, had to print it. And no, it's not racist. Lighten up. 

5/21/2015 01:00:00 PM

(5/21/2015 11:52:00 AM) - Al

April unemployment rate in WI down to 4.4% - lowest since April 2008. Private sector jobs up 5,400.--Governor Walker

Never forget, a few years ago, trying to explain the double digit unemployment rates from the most intelligent president ever, the left said "full employment" was around 93-94%...meaning unemployment simply could not go below 6-7%.

Governor Walker, has, according to the left, accomplished the impossible.

5/21/2015 11:52:00 AM

(5/21/2015 10:37:00 AM) - Al

My email box is filling up with the companies I represent telling me they are closed Monday.

Thanks, but, I pretty much figured that out.

5/21/2015 10:37:00 AM

(5/21/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

EDIT: Update below.

I think it's rather obvious...people that don't like him simply prefer a more negative atmosphere.

They don't draw 43K a week because they do things like everyone else.The irony is, while others should be flattering him with imitation; they instead turn into bitchy teenage girls, jealous of the head cheerleader because she's more popular, looks better in a skirt, and her boobs are bigger.

BUMPED: Part 2 is now out, though it has very little to do with Osteen.

I will add, whenever I write about Osteen, I get emails...either they love him or...well, they don't watch him, they just don't like religion or big churches. I always find it interesting when people criticize something they have never watched or heard.  

5/21/2015 10:30:00 AM

(5/21/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Good for Purdue and Mitch Daniels.

Won't see any of this in the People's Republic of Madison.In Madison, everyone is allowed to have their opinion.

5/21/2015 10:00:00 AM

(5/21/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

There is to be no joking about the king.

You are only allowed to express the identical opinion of the left. Anything less will be attacked.

I received a similar fate a while back when I told folks on Facebook I thought high school students could certainly find better uses of their time than toilet papering trees...I was told by one person, "Who do you think you are anyway?" I replied, "Oh, I was unaware we were only able to share your opinion."

So, I was "unfriended." As you can imagine, I'm still in therapy over this. It's not that I don't care about anything, it's that I don't care about them.

When you feel strongly about your opinion, you voice it confidentially, and are willing to explain why you feel the way you do. If you do not, and just mutter random thoughts, you are an unhappy person who attacks others.

5/21/2015 08:30:00 AM

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

(5/20/2015 11:06:00 PM) - Al

The best part of Ramblings...pointing out that the casuals are always wrong, even before they were wrong.

They never take age at level into consideration.

That's why they're casual. 

5/20/2015 11:06:00 PM

(5/20/2015 08:55:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if Broxton is tipping his pitches. The idea the hitters can hit a 91 mph slider on the corner AND a 97 mph fastball at the letters is hard to believe.

And that off the chart BAbip continues to climb. 

5/20/2015 08:55:00 PM

(5/20/2015 08:20:00 PM) - Al

Wanna be scouts on Twitter are explaining that Maldonado's elbow is "coming out" when he throws to 2B, causing his throws to be errant.

Insert your own punchline here, but may I suggest something about Hart's elbow and Braun having a hitch in his swing...neither will ever hit.

The real irony is that none of them can figure out how to easily defeat the JS paywall to read their mediocre reporting, but they can explain the flaws in every swing and throwing motion in MLB.

5/20/2015 08:20:00 PM

(5/20/2015 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Gee, who would have guessed Stubbs would struggle after having a .404 BAbip last season?

Oh, that's right...everyone. The Rockies have fewer wins than the Crew does, and are mired in a long, long organizational slump. Decisions like this are why. They seem convinced they can win in Coors with speed and defense. Painful.

5/20/2015 06:02:00 PM

(5/20/2015 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Attractive neighbor mowing the lawn in the same outfit she wore to shovel snow.

I have indeed found a downside to the cool spring.

I saw several gents riding their mowers or tractors the past few days in their hunting orange hooded sweatshirts. If I'm not in a shirt and tie, I'm wearing shorts. I don't fit in, apparently.

5/20/2015 05:38:00 PM

(5/20/2015 05:35:00 PM) - Al

Saw signs in the past week for several dairy/farm breakfasts. Be sure you attend one in your area, if you eat carbs and/or are not anti social.

I miss on both counts.

5/20/2015 05:35:00 PM

(5/20/2015 05:18:00 PM) - Al

Tell your state legislators you support a Bucks' arena.

Fight like a girl. Punch, pull hair, and if you need to, give them an eating disorder. Many politicians want to spend money on everything except capitalism and developing downtown Milwaukee, which at present, is a hole...hopefully, I did not offend any holes.

5/20/2015 05:18:00 PM

(5/20/2015 04:35:00 PM) - Al

Haven't seen anyone else say it, but it seems to me there's a pretty good chance the Bucks will either trade their 2nd round pick, probably for a future 2nd rounder; or take a foreign player who is a year or two away from being ready for or wanting to play in the USA.

Foreign players do not have to be on the roster. The NBA only allows 15 players on a roster. Last season, the Bucks carried Damian Ingles all year as he recovered from surgery. They also have point guards Tyler Ennis and Jorge Guttierez (JG on a non guaranteed deal, but it's obvious Kidd likes him) who, if MCW and Bayless stay healthy, will barely see the floor. Also, Johhny O'Bryant was a 2nd rounder who was kept all year as a project. Seems to me they only have room for a dozen players or so, and one of them will be the player taken in the1st round.

Add that all up, I only see them adding a single player in the draft. .

5/20/2015 04:35:00 PM

(5/20/2015 03:49:00 PM) - Al

SD is either nuts, or have bigger plans for their AAA manager.

Their reason given is obviously a lie...a AAA skipper doesn't even try to win, he gets prospects playing time, ensures they stay out of trouble, and watches pitch counts for SP's and appearances and innings for RP's.

5/20/2015 03:49:00 PM

(5/20/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Dem policies lead to dependency on the government. They feel blacks have to be "protected"...that's why Dems were pro slavery 150 years ago, supported sharecropping after the war, and voted against civil rights 50 years ago.

The past is still the past no matter how hard you try and rewrite it.

There is not a single thing wrong with inner cities that free markets, capitalism, and job creation won't cure. The left just refuses to try it, and fights to send out bigger checks every month.

5/20/2015 03:30:00 PM

(5/20/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Rob Lowe writes about sending his son off to college.

5/20/2015 01:30:00 PM

(5/20/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

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

5/20/2015 12:30:00 PM

(5/20/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

So glad they're not on my side.

5/20/2015 08:30:00 AM

(5/20/2015 06:00:00 AM) - Al

I get the feeling this may be directly related to his reluctance to release his college records.

5/20/2015 06:00:00 AM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

(5/19/2015 09:23:00 PM) - Al

I have never heard of a team that would not let a person go if they were getting a better job elsewhere.

That makes me not want to work for SD.

5/19/2015 09:23:00 PM

(5/19/2015 09:10:00 PM) - Al

A. First 20 games--4-16
B. Last 20 games--11-9
C. Total 40 games--15-25

So, is the Brewers' talent level more indicative of A, B, or C? A doesn't make any sense, and even C is a 61 win pace...does that make B the right answer by default? I'd have to look at up, but I think I said this was an 84 win team based on talent, so B, which works out to 89 wins, is probably closest, even if it is high.

5/19/2015 09:10:00 PM

(5/19/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Found this while looking at something else...the A's attendance the past three seasons...2M, 1.8M, 1.7M.

This is why Beane is able to rebuild so easily. He doesn't have to worry about the inevitable loss of ticket revenue...he doesn't have much to lose. The lowest attendance they've had in the past ten years...1.4M. If that's the floor, the ceiling is not that much higher when they win. I'm sure that has not gone unnoticed.

5/19/2015 11:30:00 AM

(5/19/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Ken Jennings tells of a new libertarian nation with "optional" taxation.

Many feel this would not work, but I one is forced to give to charities, and they they take in billions a year. Joel Osteen never asks people to send in a check (in fact, he tells them to join a local church) and folks send in money because...they like his message.

Begging for cash irritates the heck of out many of us. Explaining why money is needed and letting folks decide for themselves is contrarian...but it works.

5/19/2015 09:30:00 AM

Monday, May 18, 2015

(5/18/2015 09:15:00 PM) - Al

Pat Murphy is rumored to be joining the Brewers' staff soon. Apparently coached Counsell at Notre Dame.

Obviously, most managers prefer to have a friend, mentor, or some sort of acquaintance on the staff. Would he be the bench coach? I do not know, but now that this has leaked, I would assume we'll know the answer soon.

EDIT: Murphy has been on "personal leave" past two days. Could be he is interviewing, negotiating, or maybe went home for a quick break before joining the Crew.

EDIT 2: El Paso having a closed door, team meeting tonight. Look for Murphy to be announced soon, as it will be common knowledge online any second.  Have to wonder if the Brewers have already spoken to the coach who will be "reassigned"...I would say that's pretty likely.

EDIT 3: Irony here? Counsell played for many teams, and probably is at least decent friends with a number of utility players that often make their way into coaching, as they did not make a ton of money, and often "learn the game" a bit...

{The old saying goes Ted Williams used to say the phrase "Just hit it" often, though that may be a bit of a exaggeration, really good players rarely coach, because they are mega rich, and they rarely know how to explain what they did.} they sit and not play. Yet, he is not bringing on one of those guys, but rather a guy decades his senior. 

EDIT 4: Murphy is also Pedro Alvarez's father in law. I would assume that means his daughter is mighty good looking. 

5/18/2015 09:15:00 PM

(5/18/2015 09:09:00 PM) - Al

Those that declared Broxton "untradeable" need only look at his past two outings...1-2-3 yesterday, gives up a grounder up the middle for a single, pitched around Cabrera for a walk, and then showed an unhittable slider and 98 mph velocity.

Remember, alternative stats are often far better at predicting the future than traditional ones. They take luck out of the equation. 

5/18/2015 09:09:00 PM

(5/18/2015 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Not only was Hillary accused of covering up gun shipments through Benghazi (well, we all know they've been covering up something, badly, as per their modus operandi...remember, it was all because of a You Tube video), but her far left brethren at the New York Times seems to have found another, um, minor problem.

You know, you'd delete all your emails too if you had a handful of illegal operations going on.

Rule #1 if you're a Clinton...laws are for the little people. Bill thought he could lie under oath and not have it be considered perjury and be impeached for it.

The left's treatment of Lewinsky during that time frame was simply appalling...hence, why they have attempted to divert attention from it (rewriting history once again) with the fictional "war on women," which much like Obama's crying wolf on racism, has led real claims of sexism and racism to be ignored.

5/18/2015 04:50:00 PM

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

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