Al's Ramblings

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

(6/30/2015 11:44:00 PM) - Al

Bucks working on extension with Jared Dudley. Dudley told media he was willing to take a discount to do so.

6/30/2015 11:44:00 PM

(6/30/2015 11:26:00 PM) - Al

Brewers finish June at .500, first .500+ month since June 2014.--Joe Block 

There will be those among us that say this was more representative of their talent than the previous five.

I would point out it's probably their healthiest, as Peralta is the only player of the top twenty to be out, though obviously Aramis and others have been less than 100%.

6/30/2015 11:26:00 PM

(6/30/2015 10:32:00 PM) - Al

Timely chart.

Of course, the difference between really good and bad is maybe a scoop every other week.

6/30/2015 10:32:00 PM

(6/30/2015 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Scooter needs to start using 2B as a "speed bump" of sorts, as he is far too small to take hits like that a hundred times a year. It's brave until you need surgery, and then it's stupid.

6/30/2015 10:27:00 PM

(6/30/2015 10:14:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling brother writes complaining of how good the Cardinals are playing.

As I told him, they've only allowed 211 runs this year, 41 better than 2nd place PIT, and 75 better than 3rd and 4th place Dodgers and Mets. Just think how good they would be if their offense was better than the NL average...both the Cards and the average senior circuit team have scored 309 runs, which ranks 7th. I always find it funny that TV guys don't even seem to notice, giving the offense as much credit as the run prevention (mostly pitching, of course).

If they were top 4 in offense, they'd be on a Mariners' of 2001 70% win pace.

6/30/2015 10:14:00 PM

(6/30/2015 08:34:00 PM) - Al

I watched the USA World Cup instead of the rain delay and first couple innings. Great to see the US women into the final, and they get an extra 24 hours of rest than England or Japan.

Happy 4th of July and then the title game on the 5th. Outstanding. 

6/30/2015 08:34:00 PM

(6/30/2015 07:10:00 PM) - Al

Until you run out of other people's money.

6/30/2015 07:10:00 PM

(6/30/2015 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Dudley opts in to his contract for next season, a bit below market value...but he'll be a FA next year, and the cap should be going up.

6/30/2015 05:36:00 PM

(6/30/2015 12:37:00 PM) - Al

Bucks connected to Iman Shumpert, Dwayne Wade, and Tyson Chandler on today, Free Agency Eve.

6/30/2015 12:37:00 PM

(6/30/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Gleeman points out Twins have scored and allowed 320 runs, but are 40-36. They are two games ahead of where they "should be."

The bad news is, these things tend to even out. The good news is, they don't have to give those two wins back.

6/30/2015 08:30:00 AM

(6/30/2015 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Philadelphia is no longer where teams will go to unload their "scrappy, gritty" players who can't hit a lick.

Remember when they signed Ryan Howard to that terrible extension, they talked about his leadership and the like. That sounds pretty funny now, given he hasn't hit in years.

6/30/2015 06:30:00 AM

Monday, June 29, 2015

(6/29/2015 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Khris Davis will begin rehab in Appleton Wednesday.

6/29/2015 04:18:00 PM

(6/29/2015 03:48:00 PM) - Al

I've always liked Casilla more than I should, as he can play anywhere, but has one very plus tool...he runs like the wind, an incredible SB% for his career. Being able to steal a base with little chance of being thrown out is a huge value, especially to a team in which a win could mean the difference between the playoffs and staying home.

6/29/2015 03:48:00 PM

(6/29/2015 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Many folks online are saying that due to WI law, university unable to say Gard will take over as coach, as it must be posted and interviews must be done...but most feel it is all but a done deal. Otherwise, the UW would not have allowed it in Bo's official statement, as it would be so embarrassing for the next coach.

That does make sense.

6/29/2015 03:22:00 PM

(6/29/2015 03:18:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe such a shift was ever legal, and could ever stand up in court.

6/29/2015 03:18:00 PM

(6/29/2015 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Knicks heavy favorites to land FA big man Greg Monroe, who the Bucks have interest in as well. Mavs heavy favorites to sign Deandre Jordan. Nets expected to hang onto Brook Lopez.

Two days before free agency technically begins, Bucks may be down to Robin Lopez and Tyson Chandler, or working the trade market.

6/29/2015 01:44:00 PM

(6/29/2015 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Greece is a perfect example of a nation who tries to be everything to everybody.

As Ms. Thatcher said, it works great until you run out of other people's money.

I would like to think there's a lesson to be learned here, but considering the left's continued attempts to rewrite history when their policies have failed, I doubt it.

6/29/2015 01:36:00 PM

(6/29/2015 12:48:00 PM) - Al

BREAKING NEWS: Wisconsin's Bo Ryan announces he will coach one more season with the hope his assistant Greg Gard takes over for him.--ESPN

Obviously, Alvarez would not go along with Gard being the next coach, or this would have been announced with Bo's departure. Gard has been Bo's right hand man for ages, though if a guy like Tony Bennett were to show interest, it'd be tough to turn them down.

Hate to see any indecision, as recruiting is 24/7.

EDIT: Rumors flying that Ryan is suffering health issues. Hope they are incorrect.

6/29/2015 12:48:00 PM

(6/29/2015 12:01:00 PM) - Al

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If only conservatives were as dignified, polite, and civil as those who call in sick to vandalize the capitol and hold signs comparing our thrice elected governor to Hitler. 

Thank goodness they are not on my side. 

6/29/2015 12:01:00 PM

(6/29/2015 11:58:00 AM) - Al

Today's headshaking school decision...girls told to cover school sanctioned water park trip. 

We're in the very best of hands.

6/29/2015 11:58:00 AM

(6/29/2015 11:26:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers haven’t told inquiring clubs that they’re not trading Jean Segura, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, but the team would clearly want a lot in return for the shortstop.  Haudricourt ranks Milwaukee’s roster in terms of likely trade targets, and the only seeming untouchables being Jonathan Lucroy and young arms like Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson and others.--JS

I would remove Fiers, who is inexpensive, but not very young. He certainly won't be given away, but his asking price will be far less than the other two

Segura and Gomez make sense, especially Jean, because the farm system is very deep at SS and CF, though none are can't miss or higher than AA. Perez and H Gomez would be better stopgaps than Logan Schafer as well, though Schafer is not given the credit for his outstanding defense that he should be.  

6/29/2015 11:26:00 AM

(6/29/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I was unaware Gary Hart was a racist.

Good to know.

6/29/2015 09:30:00 AM

(6/29/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I have to agree...not only is it impossible to define religion, but it's also impossible to find all the fraud that takes place.

Let's be honest, it was shortsighted in the first place. Property taxes pay for fire and police protection...why should churches be exempt for services they will undoubtedly use? Common sense dictates they pay just like everyone else, and especially so for the "nonprofit" liberal bastions of higher learning.

6/29/2015 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, June 28, 2015

(6/28/2015 05:31:00 PM) - Al

The Astros are casting a wide net in their effort to add a solid starter to their rotation to go with Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Vincent Velasquez, and Lance McCullers.  

In addition to Cueto and Mike Leake, the Astros are doing their homework on A’s lefty Scott Kazmir, Brewers right-handers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse, and White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija.--Houston Chronicle, via MLBTR

Both Lohse and Garza are pitching better than their numbers, though HOU is not a pitcher's aprk, by any means.

6/28/2015 05:31:00 PM

(6/28/2015 02:02:00 PM) - Al

It would take the replay center 90 minutes to make a 3 minute egg.

And the irony is, there's no way they were going to overturn it, because it has to be obvious for them to, in their minds, make an umpire look bad.

They are laughably bad on the field, and they are laughably slow when they are in New York. There's nowhere to go but up.

6/28/2015 02:02:00 PM

(6/28/2015 12:24:00 PM) - Al

His contract is a bit onerous, but I'd take a chance on him, especially if I was in or near the contention part of the success cycle.

That said, a team like the Brewers might be a perfect fit too, as they could just throw him out there and not worry about slightly below average results. 


Tabata career--.337/.376, 713 OPS
Player A-------.325/.398, 723
Player B-------.358/.387, 745

Tabata is likely in the doghouse due to past transgressions and youthful poor decisions. He is also not as good a defender as the two players listed above, who are Gerardo Parra (A) and Nori Aoki (B).

It is not unusual at all to see this chain of events occur; player rushed to majors, performs passably, given large, long contract, teams find out weaknesses, exploit them, team complains about player's "drive" and "heart," and gives up on player.  

6/28/2015 12:24:00 PM

Saturday, June 27, 2015

(6/27/2015 05:34:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe how bad the top Brewers' blogs are, even beyond casuals.

These are people with little to no understanding at all of the simplest nuances of the game. Painfully ignorant. I've never really got into many advanced stats and anything except basic service time knowledge because I know few folks care to read about it.

But seriously, reading Ramblings and then heading over to the top couple blogs is like going from Tournament of Champions Jeopardy to a 3rd grade trivia contest.

6/27/2015 05:34:00 PM

(6/27/2015 10:41:00 AM) - Al

Marlins blame Mike Fiers.

6/27/2015 10:41:00 AM

(6/27/2015 10:23:00 AM) - Al

Brewers' offensive ranks in NL (15 teams)
OBP--.289, 15th
SLG--.381, 9th

6/27/2015 10:23:00 AM

(6/27/2015 09:37:00 AM) - Al

Glenn Beck sums up my thoughts perfectly. And when the left eventually figures out they just made it so every baker has to make a swastika cake or a cake celebrating NAMBLA, they will change their political beliefs again, because they really haven't thought them out, and believe in nothing except getting elected.

I have tried to be kind to those who have written such hatred to me today.

I don't understand it. As a libertarian my position on Gay marriage was that the Government should not be involved in matters of conscience at all. Years before O or Hillary.

My plea has been to love one another and not try to control one another's lives.

The atheist florist should not have to make a funeral wreath in the shape of a cross if they don't wish to. 

A homosexual printer should not be forced to print signs for the Westboro baptist church, just as a Christian baker or photographer should not be forced to work for a gay couple getting married.

If they don't sell them a birthday cake, I think it is bigotry, if it is a wedding cake it is forcing them to participate in a ceremony they do not agree with. Right of conscience.

The confederate flag should not fly over a state Capitol but it makes sense at a civil war memorial in the south.

I personally don't like the confederate flag, but it is not my culture. Maybe only those in the culture get it. Maybe it is a bit like rappers and their use of the n word?

If I can buy a Che shirt or purse, certainly I can purchase a confederate flag shirt. 

If you are offended you have every right. 

I know I am offended when I see a shirt bearing the image of a man who rounded up poets, artists, blacks and homosexuals and shot them for sport.

But as people used to say years ago:
"Hey, it's a free country"

Is it any more?

I supported those churches that Married homosexuals in the past. Will you support those churches that don't in the future?

We all have a right of conscience. Now we can see how those who have fought for so long to be who they are support those who wish to be who they are openly.

Let's celebrate diversity right?

If we can do this, today we should celebrate. If we cannot allow others to have different lifestyle and different held beliefs we should weep.

The biggest problem is the Constitution says nothing about marriage at all. We should not allow the federal government to regulate ANYTHING in our personal lives when it deals with conscience.

I have often said the evil libertarian plan is to slowly take over the entire world and then....
Leave every one alone!

Let those who are gay live their life and speak their mind with respect. Let those who are not and have a deeply held religious view live their life and speak their mind with respect. Period.

One planet, one life. Why waste it on war and hate when there is so much to love and such little time?--Glenn Beck

As with almost everything, the left is all about control and power. And taxing and spending. People don't even realize they just sold their rainbow souls to the devil, only he's dressed up as Uncle Sam.

6/27/2015 09:37:00 AM

Friday, June 26, 2015

(6/26/2015 10:30:00 PM) - Al

I've had the nagging feeling I had heard of Rashad Vaughn before the Bucks drafted him last night, but did not know how. Finally figured it out...he is from the Minneapolis area, and was a recruiting target of the Badgers just a couple seasons ago.

6/26/2015 10:30:00 PM

Thursday, June 25, 2015

(6/25/2015 09:50:00 PM) - Al

Twitter says Governor Walker "brought the house down" at Badger Girls' State, after many predictions of a walkout or the like.

I love the way his enemies continue to underestimate his appeal. He's been elected governor in a purple state three times, and if you don't like his viewpoints, you don't like free markets and everything the USA was founded on. Look, we all know many do not, as some people don't look at the #2 Dem as a socialist loon, but the irony is, one guy might get independents and "Reagan Democrats" to vote for him, and the other is Bernie Sanders.

6/25/2015 09:50:00 PM

(6/25/2015 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Everyone talking about Vaughn, the Bucks' 1st round pick, but this trade is far bigger news. Not sure if it means MCW is indeed trade bait or if they plan tp keep them both and have some sort of rotation with both on the floor at times.Seeing he is only signed through next season is strange too.

6/25/2015 09:41:00 PM

(6/25/2015 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Reports all over Twitter suns are trying to move up to take Kaminsky.

6/25/2015 07:18:00 PM

(6/25/2015 07:14:00 PM) - Al

ESPN is a parody of itself, 2-3 picks behind Twitter on the NBA draft.

Painfully inept.

6/25/2015 07:14:00 PM

(6/25/2015 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Almost five minute replay review on a call that would not have been overturned regardless, as "inconclusive" was the final ruling.

Way too long. Need a 90 second ceiling, and umps that want to make the correct call, not make their buddies look good.

6/25/2015 02:08:00 PM

(6/25/2015 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Four NBA mock drafts, 4 guesses:


Some saying they will try to move up, some saying they have a couple players in mind and if they are not there, they will look to move down.

Dekker is all over the place, as early as 8th, as low as 22nd. Kaminsky is being taken between 8 and 17.

I think Kaminsky would be a perfect fit, but Kelly Oubre really seems to be exactly what they need; outstanding athlete, long wingspan, solid defender, and lights out shooter.

6/25/2015 12:38:00 PM

(6/25/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Aim higher is right.

Painful to see trivial politics overriding one of the founding fathers.

6/25/2015 12:30:00 PM

(6/25/2015 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Like I need another reason to visit DQ.

6/25/2015 11:57:00 AM

(6/25/2015 11:51:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers aren’t receiving very strong interest in Francisco Rodriguez, likely in part due to his backloaded contract, Rosenthal hears. K-Rod is still owed $1.95MM in 2015, plus $9.5MM in 2016 between his salary and the buyout on a $6MM club option for the 2017 season. Lefty Neal Cotts, however, figures to be in demand and may even be of interest to his former club, the Rangers, Rosenthal writes. Cotts’s 4.30 ERA isn’t anything to write home about, but he’s held lefties to a .546 OPS.

Mark A strongly hinted KRod is not going anywhere, and I have guessed it was because other teams do not want to trade what the Crew considers market value. 

6/25/2015 11:51:00 AM

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

(6/24/2015 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Chris Perez seems to have a "problem" that might just be affecting his pitching.

Jeffress was all over the place until he got off the pot too, and given Larry Sanders is the most well known pothead in Milwaukee sports, that's far from a ringing endorsement, as he's a freaking loon.

I wish him the best, but when you do drugs knowing you're going to be tested, there's not a lot to do other than tackle the problem yourself.

6/24/2015 07:08:00 PM

(6/24/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Mistake #1...they admitted it.

6/24/2015 04:00:00 PM

(6/24/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I'll happily bet my life this dude is a scam artist looking to cash in.

And am I the only one who would gladly eat a KFC boneless rat tender? You know it tastes like chicken, and if the survivor show guys can eat them, think how yummy it would be with all that breading. 

6/24/2015 01:00:00 PM

(6/24/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I'll defend Kendra to the grave, just because.

6/24/2015 10:00:00 AM

(6/24/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Royals' starters have combined to throw fewest innings of any MLB rotation this year: 375-1/3 IP, including

That would seem to indicate a team very likely to fall off in the 2nd half. Of course, they could easily add an innings eater or two. With their huge OF and defense, Lohse would fit in nicely there...if he can have a couple 6-7 inning outings in a row. 

6/24/2015 10:00:00 AM

(6/24/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

This is 100% true, by the way.

Reminds me of a joke Mike Symon and Mario Batali have told on The Chew numerous times:

What's the difference between grits and polenta?

About $20 a plate.

6/24/2015 08:30:00 AM

(6/24/2015 06:30:00 AM) - Al

First of all, age ain't nothing but a number.

Secondly, 32's a bit older than I'd expect to see, but, you know, it's all about her personality.

6/24/2015 06:30:00 AM

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

(6/23/2015 11:24:00 PM) - Al

Ted 2 looks absolutely hilarious. So does Trainwreck, the Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow vehicle. And I'm a sucker for the franchise and for Arnold, but Terminator Genisys looks superb.

I'm telling ya, just a darn shame movies are dead.

6/23/2015 11:24:00 PM

(6/23/2015 10:56:00 PM) - Al

Some interesting stuff from K-Rod on the upcoming Trade Deadline. Hopes he isn't dealt but knows it's a possibility.--Adam,

I doubt anyone will give MIL market value due to his incidents with the Mets and his lady's dad. Given that he loves the organization and is highly thought of, I would say it is unlikely too. However, if he continues pitching like he is, he's the best closer on the market by a country mile.

6/23/2015 10:56:00 PM

(6/23/2015 10:51:00 PM) - Al

Is it wrong of me to root against Virginia in the CWS so the Crew's pick does not throw 145 pitches tomorrow night?

Because, you realize, their coaches do this every year and pretend they don't know any better. My goodness, they have a reliever with 75+ tonight.

6/23/2015 10:51:00 PM

(6/23/2015 10:39:00 PM) - Al

2014-15: Brewers Francisco Rodriguez 58-for-63 in save opportunities (92%) Faced minimum in 33 opps.--Joe Block

Let the casuals embarrass themselves all they want about how many baserunners he allows. Just shows they're not watching the game, or even paying attention. Let's be blunt...when you're writing about the sausage race results, walk up music, and the like, we know your other stuff is crap as well.

6/23/2015 10:39:00 PM

(6/23/2015 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Some teams may shy away from KRod for his past transgressions, but if there was a stat for "weak ground balls to 1B/2B," he would lead the league.

6/23/2015 10:18:00 PM

(6/23/2015 09:44:00 PM) - Al

Larry Vanover may be the first home plate umpire in history to score less than 50%. He has no clue, and his zone is at least double the size it was earlier tonight.

6/23/2015 09:44:00 PM

(6/23/2015 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Carlos back in the lineup tonight, Perez at 2B vs LH Neise.

I do not know if Gomez is "available" or not, but if he is, he's the best player in MLB that is. Cole Hamels keeps getting mentioned, but while a solid 3 ERA SP, is owed $75M thru '18...and that's AFTER the current season. Carlos is far more affordable and has a friendly deal almost anyone can afford.

6/23/2015 03:52:00 PM

(6/23/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

At the movies. This wkd. 1984. 

Indiana Jones - Temple of Doom 
The Karate Kid 
Star Trek III 
The Natural 
Police Academy

There is a substantial part of the population that, when given that list of movies (almost all of which are still on TV regularly thirty one years later) would have replied, "Nope, nothing I want to see."

That's because a substantial part of the population is made up of grumpy, very negative people. They don't like anything.

6/23/2015 08:30:00 AM

(6/23/2015 12:10:00 AM) - Al

Two mock drafts tonight, Dekker went 8th in one, 22nd in the other. Kaminsky 13th in one, 11th in the other.

6/23/2015 12:10:00 AM

Monday, June 22, 2015

(6/22/2015 10:02:00 PM) - Al

Good place to eat in the Dells?

We are a capitalist family, so we prefer cheap to spendy. Email me (sidebar) or Twitter me @suitedconnect.

6/22/2015 10:02:00 PM

(6/22/2015 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Obama has gutted the military so much, the Marines do not have enough ships to launch from...studying options.

As stated, every dollar "wasted" on defense is one less he can spend on entitlements.

6/22/2015 06:18:00 PM

(6/22/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

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We're in the very best of hands.

6/22/2015 03:00:00 PM

(6/22/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al

The writing is on the wall...the voters ain't happy.

6/22/2015 02:00:00 PM

(6/22/2015 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Badgers still in the mix for top shooter, now expected to start college this fall.

And talk about a Caucasian name.

6/22/2015 01:58:00 PM

(6/22/2015 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Bucks currently have 14 guaranteed contracts Hammond said team has options with No. 46 pick, including stashing international

I predicted this a while back. Either that or trade it for a 2nd rounder next year and keep their options open. 

6/22/2015 01:48:00 PM

(6/22/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

If someone had done this with a picture of Obama, the Secret Service would already have kicked their door in and had them in jail for 48 hours.

6/22/2015 01:00:00 PM

(6/22/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Brett Favre was on several times this weekend talking about no iron khakis.

He's got nothing on me...every pair of khakis I've ever had were no iron. That's because I don't iron them. I feel the same way about that as I do working on my lawn...we spend a limited amount of time on this planet, and I'm not spending one second doing stupid stuff.

6/22/2015 12:00:00 PM

(6/22/2015 11:49:00 AM) - Al

Former Brewers' OF and broadcaster Darryl Hamilton found dead in Houston, apparent victim of a murder suicide by his girlfriend.

6/22/2015 11:49:00 AM

(6/22/2015 11:36:00 AM) - Al

I would not have any trouble with her gender.

The fact she's French...maybe.

6/22/2015 11:36:00 AM

(6/22/2015 11:21:00 AM) - Al

More on winner of life, Dustin Johnson.

6/22/2015 11:21:00 AM

(6/22/2015 11:10:00 AM) - Al

You know how I knew it wasn't true? Because Obama said it.

Don't forget, we're going to cover everyone for the same amount, or less. Because the government is so damn efficient.

Heck, I even know how to say "corpsman."

6/22/2015 11:10:00 AM

(6/22/2015 11:02:00 AM) - Al

Trent Clark fine after losing balance and falling into the CF wall last night.

6/22/2015 11:02:00 AM

(6/22/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

As long as they allow watering of lawns and golf courses in CA, they do not have a water problem, they have a common sense problem.

The hell with them. Let them tax and spend themselves into oblivion.

6/22/2015 11:00:00 AM

(6/22/2015 10:48:00 AM) - Al

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Yes they are.

And most of work work in education, and get one day closer to a golden retirement every day.

6/22/2015 10:48:00 AM

(6/22/2015 10:21:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers, as a small market team, knew they had to pay Rickie last year, so they set him up for success, and let him platoon with Scooter. SEA sees him having success versus LHP, cuts bait because they can afford to, and just moves on.

Tale of two organizations.

Rickie is a good option as a platoon 2B, especially on a fly ball staff. He can also play elsewhere, 1B/LF/RF, though he might not be as smooth at those spots as Adam Dunn was. That said, he has to find a fit, because he struggles to hit RHP, which most of the planet is.

6/22/2015 10:21:00 AM

(6/22/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The sky is falling and we're all going to die.

For the 6th time.

6/22/2015 09:00:00 AM

(6/22/2015 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Democrats didn't just throw off their racism in 1964 like flipping a switch. It's in their DNA. They'll always be the party of segregation.--Donald Douglas

Slavery, sharecropping, and no black vote. This is why they rewrite history every chance they get, as they're always on the wrong side of it. Still are, as entitlements are the slavery of today.

6/22/2015 06:30:00 AM

Sunday, June 21, 2015

(6/21/2015 09:53:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

6/21/2015 09:53:00 PM

(6/21/2015 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Dustin Johnson missed a putt to force a playoff tomorrow, but all Twitter can talk about is how gorgeous his wife is. My favorite quote?

"He's winning at life."

Heh. It is actually his fiancee, and is Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey legend Wayne and Janet Jones.

She seems nice.

Mr. Berger sums it up better and more succinctly. Kudos.

6/21/2015 09:40:00 PM

(6/21/2015 03:26:00 PM) - Al

Universal disgust for the Diamondbacks dumping salary. Neither Dave Stewart or LaRussa are known to be analytics guys (if you'll recall, SL was very slow to adapt to defensive shifts, which seems hard to believe, as they are now universally accepted just a few years later, as several veteran pitchers complained), and both are known to be very much into catch phrases like scrappy and gritty.

The question no one knows the answer to is if the DBacks have ongoing financial problems, though that huge TV deal they signed should have taken care of that. The A's have been on the forefront of lots of change, but much of it has been out of necessity, as they are broke, or go year to year far more than most teams. As was stated though, spending $16M on one player and then dumping another to save $10M is, at best, questionable. Teams that have tried to save money on scouting and development have only dug themselves a deep hole.

6/21/2015 03:26:00 PM

(6/21/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Handy dandy chart which tells you how much electricity stuff uses per day/month/year.

I estimated that our three laptops run 36 hours a day. Cost? 21 cents.

Those people that are always talking about electricity costs are not only irritating cheapskates, they're lying. Fans, which help circulate air, cost 8 cents a day. Dishwasher? 30 cents. Be comfy and happy...don't worry about it.

6/21/2015 01:30:00 PM

(6/21/2015 12:19:00 PM) - Al

Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers — He is likely playing his final few months of baseball, but he’s still a threat and one who would help a contending team such as the Mets, who have made inquiries. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Giants or Padres got involved. Ramirez entered the weekend hitting only .210, but he has flashed a little power (seven homers) while knocking in 24 runs. The feeling is moving to a contending team would help get his game back. 

Francisco Rodriguez, closer, Brewers — The Brewers are in Toronto this weekend and it’s no secret that the Blue Jays have interest in K-Rod. The Jays need a closer. Jonathan Papelbon seems to be the biggest prize, and even though the Phillies could assume a lot of Papelbon’s prorated contract this year and some of the $13 vesting option next season, the sense is Toronto is looking for a cheaper option and one in which they wouldn’t have to give up lefthander Daniel Norris.--Boston Globe

Nothing is more common than scouts saying a player will be "rejuvenated" if traded. Scouts love using terms like that because no one can prove them right or wrong (similar to "heart," "clubhouse leader," "team player," and so on).

In reality, scrappy is almost always synonymous with crappy. 

As I have said, Aram would be better off to find a team where he can play 2 of 3 games or DH a couple times a week.

As for KRod, I think he'd be an improvement in the bullpen for every team in baseball, and while he may not end up as a closer, he gets lefties and righties out, and his results this year have been phenomenal considering he's facing major league hitters. 

6/21/2015 12:19:00 PM

(6/21/2015 11:47:00 AM) - Al

The left keeps trying to rewrite history, but their quest to actually win elections keeps getting in the way.


6/21/2015 11:47:00 AM

(6/21/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

If you don't like the Clinton's opinion on something, just will change when it becomes politically advantageous. If a poll showed the public was in favor of puppy abuse, she'd say, "I've always hated dogs."

It's easy when you don't actually believe in anything.

My opinion? SC can do whatever they like, due to that pesky little states' rights thing. Would I put the confederate symbol on a flag? Nope. To many in the South, it stands for pride, but to many others, it does not. Some of them run businesses. Don't feed the bears.

6/21/2015 11:30:00 AM

(6/21/2015 06:29:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife does this with her alcohol products at Pick n Save, as she's able to try various flavors to see if she likes them or not. And for me to try each one and wonder how they can all suck.

6/21/2015 06:29:00 AM

(6/21/2015 05:40:00 AM) - Al

ATL buys a first round pick from last year for $10M.

This is being hailed as a huge coup for the Braves, and it is, as ARI got waiver wire fodder in return. That said, is a top pick worth $10M? Could they have done better signing a bunch of international free agents, especially those that do not count against the pool?

6/21/2015 05:40:00 AM

(6/21/2015 05:33:00 AM) - Al

Apparently, the Rambling wife and myself are the only people in the land that have no interest in seeing Jurassic World.

The original did $402M, JW will hit that today or Monday.


6/21/2015 05:33:00 AM

Saturday, June 20, 2015

(6/20/2015 08:08:00 PM) - Al

Cards "hacking" was basically password guessing.

Still wrong, but tough to take it real seriously. The CIA, FBI, and others do the same thing.

6/20/2015 08:08:00 PM

(6/20/2015 06:35:00 PM) - Al

I've been thinking this for a long time, so I guess I'll type it up. Bryce Harper is often banged up, and plays the game at full speed. So does Carlos Gomez. So does Lo Cain. They are all injury prone.

That's why whenever I hear about "hustle," I kind of shake my head. Fred Lynn was always running into walls, and Fred Lynn missed a lot of time. Robin Yount ran out grounders and took extra bases, but always played under control. He's in the Hall of Fame due to his health and longevity. Braun is similar, and while it seems like he is banged up often, he's averaged 150+ games, not counting his suspension, of course.

Play smart and stay healthy.

6/20/2015 06:35:00 PM

(6/20/2015 06:27:00 PM) - Al

Nothing says casual fan more than being upset at Jose Tabata for reaching base safely.

I think the umpires should enforce the rule book, and I do not like it at all when guys like Vina and Weeks stood there or leaned into a pitch, even when they were with the Brewers. That said, the umpires choose not to enforce the rule as it is written, and MLB chooses not to punish them.

Hence, if I was a GM, I'd load up my team with guys who stand close to the plate.

6/20/2015 06:27:00 PM

(6/20/2015 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Tired of hearing that, Scherzer did not risk much...he was set for life regardless. The power of insurance is great, especially if you can afford it.

6/20/2015 05:36:00 PM

(6/20/2015 05:34:00 PM) - Al

There will be a lot of talk about the Crew "showcasing" KRod, but guys have to pitch once in a while. I'd say the fact Counsell chose to get him in today versus the Rockies' middle of the order likely says more.

As good as KRod is said to be with young pitchers, non contending teams do not need a good fact, the Brewers, for years, would simply stick a decent reliever in that role and almost all performed very admirably...Dan Kolb, Curtis Leskanic, Mike Dejean, and Mike Fetters to name a few.

6/20/2015 05:34:00 PM

(6/20/2015 05:22:00 PM) - Al

Descalzo is almost as bad a SS as Braun was a 3B, -25 UZR/150. I realize he doesn't play there much because Tulo is so darn good, but it shows how weak the utility infield market is.

6/20/2015 05:22:00 PM

(6/20/2015 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Lohse has pitched effectively enough to have teams in contention consider him. 3 runs in 6 IP in Denver is quality. Needs to put 2-3 of these together.

6/20/2015 04:50:00 PM

(6/20/2015 04:36:00 PM) - Al

College baseball would be a lot better if coaches weren't allowed to call pitches.--Peter Gammons

Gammons hasn't had anything important to say for thirty years, and embarrasses himself every time he tweets. You know what? Coaches call pitches at every level.

Usually, he sends out what music he's listening to, always some 60's or 70's band in which several members overdosed decades ago, or a Cape Cod league mention, as if anyone knows college freshmen and sophomores playing in front of a couple hundred folks. Sadly, time has truly passed him by.

6/20/2015 04:36:00 PM

(6/20/2015 04:03:00 PM) - Al

I had clients of mine tell me earlier this week they were going to watch their son run in the Duluth marathon this weekend. I told them I don't even like driving 26 miles. They both laughed and laughed.

I forget how funny my jokes are if you haven't heard yourself say them 500 times. 

6/20/2015 04:03:00 PM

(6/20/2015 03:50:00 PM) - Al

EDIT: I misread his page, he is a RHP, not a lefty. Still, you can't teach velocity.

Aumont throws 94-96, keeps the ball in the park, and strikes out more than a batter an inning. He can go down as often as a team wants this season at least.

I would think several teams will claim him. Big arms like that aren't available very often. In the majors at least, LH hitters have just destroyed 1169 OPSA, and an off the charts .500 BAbip. As I have pointed out with Broxton, guys don't do that in batting practice, so there is some bad luck to his struggles as well.

He is a former first round pick, but has worked almost exclusively as a reliever in the minors, very strange. He's quite tall (6-7), it's little wonder he's never developed consistency to throw strikes. He's been a pro since 2008, and has only thrown 520 innings, a very low amount. By comparison, Wily Peralta was signed in 2006 and has thrown just under 1100...Aumont needs to throw 90-100 pitches every 5th day and just work on his mechanics...heck, just have him throw a fastball, he should be able to get by on velocity alone and not embarrass himself.

Still just 26, if he was 22, he'd be getting $3M to sign. For the waiver price, every team that has a 40 man spot to spare should be putting in a claim.

6/20/2015 03:50:00 PM

(6/20/2015 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Message board actual happenings:

KRod isn't worth anything. They should just give him away so they don't have to pay him.--message board two days ago

Toronto wants KRod? I'll take their top two prospects.--message board today

It's funny because it's true. They put the casual in casual fan.

6/20/2015 03:05:00 PM

(6/20/2015 11:56:00 AM) - Al

He's right. There are a dozen reasons why Hillary would be a horrible president, as she's never accomplished a thing in her entire life and scandals follow her like her shadow; but being old ain't one of them.

That said, of course, the left foolishly used such reasoning to condemn qualified individuals like Reagan and McCain because they did not have anything else to use. Turnabout is fair play, and, let's face it, women age terribly compared to men. Sean Connery looks better now than when he was Bond. Hillary, well, looks her age.

6/20/2015 11:56:00 AM

(6/20/2015 11:18:00 AM) - Al

More whining about minor league pay.

I have a simple solution. Go get a job boys. Plenty of young men chasing their dream for nothing in wood bat leagues. And if you're a college senior, with no negotiating power? Welcome to the world of "take it or leave it."

The pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow, not the beginning. No one goes to a rookie ball or class A contest because they want to see Jimmy could put anyone in those uniforms and the same people would show up. Supply and demand is an incredible thing, it determines a person's value and that's what they make. The irony is, these clods seem to think they are worth more because they are roster filler, playing against top players who receive big bonuses. Taking home leftovers...sounds like every restaurant employee ever.

I guess we need to pay all of them six figures too.

6/20/2015 11:18:00 AM

Friday, June 19, 2015

(6/19/2015 11:35:00 PM) - Al

TOR has asked about KRod.

6/19/2015 11:35:00 PM

(6/19/2015 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Last weekend was the busiest in the history of movies, over $260M gross (about 80% of it was Jurassic World), and this weekend looks like they will have a pair of films (Inside Out and JW) do $30M today and $80-100M this weekend.

You know, it's too bad movies are dead, given the cash they're bringing in.:)

6/19/2015 08:33:00 PM

(6/19/2015 08:24:00 PM) - Al

People on my Facebook feed are reporting 60-90 minute waits for dinner tonight.

Back when the Rambling wife and I were dinks (double income, no kids), we went out to eat several evenings each week. I usually worked a couple, so of the five, we went out 2-3, and would have pizza or Chinese delivered once in a while as well. We soon developed a sure fire strategy for avoiding long waits...we would only go to fast food or casual places on weekends, and would go to "fancier" places (for us, that meant Red Lobster or maybe an occasional visit to Outback) on weeknights. We've carried this over, as we still never visit a fish fry during Lent...just makes sense.

6/19/2015 08:24:00 PM

(6/19/2015 08:16:00 PM) - Al

First trivia answer I've known in months, probably all season. Knew 2 right away, thought of the 3rd in seconds.

6/19/2015 08:16:00 PM

(6/19/2015 08:15:00 PM) - Al

People scoff at having top waiver position, or even top five; but guys that are going to regain their status as "prospects" are not going to get passed 20 teams. You might be able to pick up a loogy or a good glove/no hit reserve if you have 27th position, but good arms and anyone that can hit have been claimed a half dozen times by then.

6/19/2015 08:15:00 PM

(6/19/2015 07:48:00 PM) - Al

It's almost as if Counsell knew what Parra and Braun were going to do, and said, "let's try and get another run."

6/19/2015 07:48:00 PM

(6/19/2015 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Outstanding piece on how you can easily support a Bucks' arena while being fiscally responsible and a conservative.

It's all politics. They would have to be completely ignorant to not get that done.

Key fact...over the next 20 years, the state will spend $80M on a new downtown Milwaukee arena, and $20B on the UW system. Nothing to see here, move along. Much ado about nothing.

6/19/2015 07:40:00 PM

(6/19/2015 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Nathan Kirby, Brewers' supplemental pick, currently pitching for Virginia in CWS on ESPN2.

Slender lefty, hitting 91 consistently with fastball, and has thrown an 86-87 mph pitch several times that does not seem to move much...not enough difference for a change one would think, but the reports I've seen list him as having a slider in the low 80's and a change up with does not get a lot of strikeouts, but routine fly balls...that would seem to indicate his changeup is indeed that mystery pitch.

Looks athletic, good move to 1B, reminds me of Chris Capuano. 

6/19/2015 02:46:00 PM

(6/19/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I watch The Waltons on Hallmark, in addition to a couple other shows far less often. Because of this, I get to see all their ads for their movies, which tend to be a lot like Lifetime fare...heavily oriented toward women and romance. I mentioned previously how lovely Candace Cameron Bure looked in the ads, despite the fact she is a more mature woman these days.

Recently, nonstop promos have featured Danica McKellar, who two decades ago played Winnie on The Wonder Years. Somehow, it's like time has not even touched her...she looks better than many women two decades her junior. I just looked it up and she is 40...mind numbing.

6/19/2015 10:30:00 AM

(6/19/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Yesterday, the Rambling son and I went to Bed Bath and Beyond to get a couple carbonaters  for our Sodastream. Every year since he was a baby, we have got him a $5 Old Navy flag Tshirt, so since we were next to one, we stopped and got him one. I paid with the credit card we usually use.

Tonight, in my email, they are asking me to "review" the Tshirt we got for him...I assume we must have ordered online once and used that credit card, and they connected the two. Still, it seems like that would bother a lot of people far more than it does us.

6/19/2015 09:30:00 AM

(6/19/2015 08:49:00 AM) - Al

MLB always finds a way...the last round of votes is often referred to as "the fix" repairs any maladies in the voting.

6/19/2015 08:49:00 AM

(6/19/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I just did some quick research looking for an OF as good as Carlos Gomez who was traded at the July deadline. While there were none in 2013 or 2014, there was one in 2011 and one in 2012...and ironically it was the same player, Hunter Pence.

In the three seasons when traded:

Pence 2011--.347/.478
Pence 2012--.338/.462
Gomez 2015-.343/.484

Hunter, both times he was traded, brought back three solid prospects...though none of them have went on to have great careers, though Jarred Cosart and Jon Singleton are good young players with upside, as is Seth Rosin, with less ceiling.

Think the haul they got for Greinke, which for those who have forgotten, was Segura, Hellweg, and Ariel Pena.

6/19/2015 08:30:00 AM

(6/19/2015 08:18:00 AM) - Al

WI lost 133,000 jobs during the previous Governor's final term. We added 150,000 during our 1st term. We set high goals.--Governor Walker

The funniest thing the Dems said during the recall was that Walker had not met his goal.

I guess he should have set a lower goal. :)

6/19/2015 08:18:00 AM

(6/19/2015 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Players traded last year in July, before the deadline, and their stats when dealt:

Brandon McCarthy, 3-10, 5.01 ERA
Stephen Drew, .255/.328
Chase Headley, .296/.355
Chris Capuano, 1-1, 4.55 ERA
Felix Doubront, 2-4, 6.07 ERA
Gerardo Parra, .305/.362
Martin Prado, .317/.370
Darwin Barney, .265/.328
Chris Denorfia, .293/.319
Jake Peavey, 1-9, 4.72
Mike Huff, 1-0, 6.30 ERA
Kendrys Morales, .259/.325
Allen Craig, .291/.346
Justin Masterson, 4-6, 5.51

If you'll excuse me, I'll wait here while you whip up some Cooperstown plaques for all the superstars in the midst of MVP campaigns.

Note to casuals and old media cliche machines, while I'm sure you recall the David Price/Drew Smyly swap, most trades in July are far more low key...teams look to improve a weak spot on the roster with a mediocre player another team is willing to give up. I have heard many folks say "no one will have any interest in Kyle Lohse or Aramis Ramirez because they are off to slow starts." All it takes is for a single team to think that a player is a slight improvement over the worst player on their roster. You might have to take a bad contract back, pay some salary, or both. But let's not pretend only top of the line players having plus seasons are traded. Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

The Brewers are in the midst of a disappointing campaign. That's a shame, but looking at the fact they've been competitive, at one level or another, annually since 2006, it isn't that unexpected. Is it time to reset? In some shape or form, of course it is. That said, is it time to throw up your hands and give up until 2018 or 2019? Of course not. Mark A has no plans of admitting even 2016 is a lost year, even though realistically, 2017 is far more likely to end with a playoff berth.

The truth of the matter is average, .500 team will win 81, and it doesn't take a whole lot of things other than good health and a better than expected performance or two to end up in that second wildcard spot.

6/19/2015 07:30:00 AM

Thursday, June 18, 2015

(6/18/2015 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez simply looks like he's going through the natural aging process, struggling with velocity and looks "stiff" on the field, though he has been solid on defense, both to the eye and as far as defensive metrics go (+3 UZR thus far, after being even last season).

He'd probably be an improvement for a few clubs, but considering he'd need time off and his hefty salary, he's not going to be in demand unless he starts hitting doubles and home runs with more consistency.

6/18/2015 10:03:00 PM

(6/18/2015 09:40:00 PM) - Al

It's so easy to make pitching changes when you don't have to worry about pinch hitting or where the pitcher's spot is. A monkey could do it.

6/18/2015 09:40:00 PM

(6/18/2015 08:08:00 PM) - Al

Shane Peterson has made several nice plays the past few games. Not sure if he can play CF, but like most hitters who have had AAA success, the only difference between him and a major league bench guy is an opportunity. As a LH bat who can play 1B and all three OF spots, he seems like he would be a fit for many teams.

6/18/2015 08:08:00 PM

(6/18/2015 07:42:00 PM) - Al

BA for the second game in a row talking about "trade winds." We have heard nothing, but Doug never leaks info, so that is not unusual...never heard a word about Parra until it was done, for example. They have far more info than they let on...if you recall, they knew about the Sabathia deal and the Ray Durham trade, and were not able to say anything, but tried so hard not to drop hints they failed miserably at it.

6/18/2015 07:42:00 PM

(6/18/2015 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Counsell talked before the game that Gomez's hip is not healing as hoped, and extended rest or a DL stay are possible.

Also talked about Braun, said he is working things out and getting used to things since his thumb procedure. I would guess he no longer feels pain, but no longer feels anything, which would be "different" to say the least. I doubt he'd be playing every day if Carlos was healthy.

6/18/2015 07:30:00 PM

(6/18/2015 07:03:00 PM) - Al

Emailer points out what I was thinking, but did not specifically say...Wang is probably a 2nd/3rd round talent, but instead of signing for $500K-1.5M, the Crew got him for $50K, 90 days on the 25 man roster (plus September), and about a year on the 40 man.

I've said it before, but I'd take a high ceiling player every year in the Rule 5, and if the team was on the sorry end of the success cycle, I'd take a couple...the money is just too old fashioned and low not to take a risk.

6/18/2015 07:03:00 PM

(6/18/2015 06:31:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling brother was wondering about the Cards' "scandal," which I think is quite overblown. Just putting down what I emailed back, in case you may enjoy reading it too.

Much of their success can be traced to Jeff Luhnow, who is now HOU's GM. He had an incredible run of drafts, including several lower round picks that panned out. Was that luck or skill? Like Jack Z, who got Hart in the 11th round, or Bruce Seid, who got Scooter in the 16th (he fell from 2nd/3rd due to signability and height concerns), probably some of each. They have good depth, especially in the pitching ranks. I hated that Miller for Heyward trade, but they have so many arms, they barely noticed.

This "violation" is more than likely very minor, petty stuff, as SL feels Luhnow copied files and the like before he left, and they saw this as "getting even."

Much of the Cards' success can probably be traced to the fact they are a small market team getting revenue sharing money, extra draft picks, and the like...but have a huge fan base, regional in nature, because they were the first team on that side of the Mississippi...and even in part because KMOX could be heard all over the country. More people buy to watch the Cardinals than any other team...they are top 5 in Extra Innings, behind the NY and BOS teams. Theo Epstein and many others have spoken out asking why they are in the competitive balance lottery each year. 
They get two draft picks in the top 40 most years, as do the Twins, Brewers, Pirates, Rays, etc, but they also get far more money for their TV/radio than those others. They also draw very well, and they get far more in sponsorship money/advertising due to their regional ties. They are a big market team money wise with many advantages of a small market team player acquisition wise. No other team is. Over ten years, that's ten extra top 40 picks, with no financial restraints like the other teams getting those picks. There are other minor things too.

6/18/2015 06:31:00 PM

(6/18/2015 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Marcum DFA'd by Tribe.

It should be noted that whiule Marcum has a terrible ERA, his ERA predictors are in the high 3's or low 4's. CLE might just be doing this to get a fresh arm, but it's tough not to notice Marcum and Broxton have far better advanced metrics than they do the on field performance.

I checked at Fangraphs today, and Broxton's velocity is actually about one mph higher this year on both his fastball and slider. Is it bad luck or bad location? Quite possibly, it's a combo of both, actually.

6/18/2015 05:00:00 PM

(6/18/2015 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Wang clears waivers, outrighted to Brevard County.

Doug has two great strengths...picking up players on waivers that later contribute, and never losing a single player of any merit after being DFA'd.

I was hoping he would, but I would have certainly claimed him, if nothing else, to outright him immediately.

6/18/2015 01:46:00 PM

(6/18/2015 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Marquette says they are in favor of playing in a brand new world class facility on the cheap.

Nice chart though. It's just math.

6/18/2015 01:41:00 PM

(6/18/2015 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Great customer service pays for itself in the long run. Being penny wise and dollar foolish is very shortsighted.

6/18/2015 01:03:00 PM

(6/18/2015 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Hasn't MSNBC suffered enough?

Only in our current liberal leaning media world could Brian Williams, a confirmed lying scumbag, return to work on a news network, albeit one that a blank screen defeats in the ratings battles, because they are futher left than Lenin.

6/18/2015 05:30:00 AM

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

(6/17/2015 11:45:00 PM) - Al

After a month of effective outings, Broxton returned to his looks good, bad results ways. Tough to have success with a .600 BAbip. In a results oriented world, only a team very heavily into advanced metrics will even take a look at the fact his secondary stats do not show a drop off from previous seasons.

Parra showed his weak CF UZR is not a fluke. He simply does not have a fraction of the range that Gomez does, and even Schafer, for that matter. He's certainly passable in CF, but is not a top defender like he is in LF/RF.

The TV team talked openly about the trade possibilities, though they just spoke generally about "getting younger"...though they did mention discussing it with Mark A. There's no doubt talks are taking place, though teams are hesitant to take on salary this early.

6/17/2015 11:45:00 PM

(6/17/2015 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Sal Perez does have pop, but he gets out 70% of the time. Good offensive catcher, but not a good offensive player.

BA and Rock would have you believe they were facing a young Johnny Bench.

6/17/2015 07:46:00 PM

(6/17/2015 07:36:00 PM) - Al

Parra would be a fit with almost any team, as he can play all three OF spots and does not make too much to be a bench player. However, considering Rios has been awful, he might be a nice platoon fit in RF while backing up Gordon/Cain.

6/17/2015 07:36:00 PM

(6/17/2015 06:50:00 PM) - Al

Get in touch with your elected representatives. Let's get it built and Milwaukee remains a major league city.

Blogger is struggling today, and not allowing me to do links the traditional way, so excuse me, please copy and paste. .

6/17/2015 06:50:00 PM

(6/17/2015 05:19:00 PM) - Al

2014 was the best year for private sector job creation in Wisconsin since 2004.--Governor Walker

That's funny. It's almost as if raising taxes and spending doesn't work.

6/17/2015 05:19:00 PM

(6/17/2015 05:04:00 PM) - Al

Joe Block asks why the Brewers have the 2nd best hard hit ball percentage and are 27th in runs scored.

The first answer is simple...they do not walk enough to go along with those hard hit balls. That, however, does not explain it all. Another guess would be they hit a good percentage of them into defensive shifts.

Any other thoughts? Let me know.

6/17/2015 05:04:00 PM

(6/17/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al


Years ago, back when you were a wet behind the ear blogger, you created a term. Basically, when a player has a good or bad first half, and then the opposite second half, many fans do not even notice the second half. So, even if two players end up the same, most folks will say the player that had a good first half had a way better year. I think the player you talked about was Jose Hernandez, though he may not have been the first.

For example, Neal Cotts has been one of the best pitchers on the team since early on, yet got off to a slow start, so his overall numbers are bad, so very few notice.


I am not familiar with a term I created, but your point is well taken. 

6/17/2015 12:00:00 PM

(6/17/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

6/17/2015 11:30:00 AM

(6/17/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I missed this scathing review of replay and covering up missed calls.

Note, the constant is the same...not overturning calls that are obviously incorrect. I noticed this in early April. They know the percentages, and they know they make them look hellishly awful. So, now if possible, they ignore the correct call.

Thank goodness they don't just start over. As if any group could be worse.

6/17/2015 11:00:00 AM

(6/17/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

1. Gap raises minimum wage.

2. Gap closes 25% of their stores.

Totally unrelated. Unexpected too.

6/17/2015 10:30:00 AM

(6/17/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

There’s been no biological proof that [they] are my biological parents.--Rachel Dolezal

I'm so glad this ignorant fool is not on my side. They manage to bring color into everything, even though the rest of the world all but ignores it. 

6/17/2015 09:30:00 AM

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

(6/16/2015 11:25:00 PM) - Al

Brad Ausmus says umpires are using inconclusive evidence as a crutch, says replay has regressed.

They are embarrassed by the sheer amount of overturned calls, so if it is close, they are pretending not to be able fix it. This is what happens when you have buddies in charge of their buddies bad calls.

Thankfully, no one gets penalized...extra vacation and raises for all would be my guess.

6/16/2015 11:25:00 PM

(6/16/2015 09:09:00 PM) - Al

White woman pretending to be black doesn't think white actors should play black characters.

I'm getting a headache, but there's only one thing clear here...she's a lying liar.

6/16/2015 09:09:00 PM

(6/16/2015 07:56:00 PM) - Al

That 99% accuracy rate that I've laughed at for decades is looking more funny every time they have a review. The irony is, they aren't even close watching them live, and they still miss them.

Wait until it gets hot out.

6/16/2015 07:56:00 PM

(6/16/2015 06:26:00 PM) - Al

Brewers claim 3B I discussed here. Wang DFA'd to make room for him.

Wang has struggled this season in high A ball, but I think the Crew is making this move looking toward the future...I see many young players, mostly at AA, that will have to be protected this offseason, not to mention that it is likely they will pick up some prospects this summer that will have to be protected. The numbers are what they are, and the braintrust might just figure this is as good a time to try and slip Wang through waivers as any other. The negative is simple...Wang only needs to be placed on the 40, as he has options remaining.

Dominguez was optioned to AAA, so he has at least one remaining for this season. Given the 3B cupboard being bare, this was an obvious pick up for MIL, and even moreso if they do not consider Jason Rogers as a possibility, which they haven't given any indication they do. I'm sure the Brewers hope Wang slides through waivers, but as I said, I think they saw the writing on the wall that they could not hold a 40 man spot through the upcoming offseason. This is another negative that comes with the Rule 5 draft.

6/16/2015 06:26:00 PM

(6/16/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Never forget, dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

6/16/2015 10:30:00 AM

(6/16/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al



And if it was, he'd better not call me for bail money, because he'll never get out.

6/16/2015 09:30:00 AM

Monday, June 15, 2015

(6/15/2015 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Escobar had a clear path to home plate, he just chose to slide into the foot.

Actually, a terrible decision by the 3B coach, with no one out. Very high risk.

6/15/2015 07:22:00 PM

(6/15/2015 06:11:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have agreements with all 13 players they drafted in the first 12 rounds...except for the three whose teams are still active in the College World Series.

Hopefully, those will go smoothly as well.

6/15/2015 06:11:00 PM

(6/15/2015 05:13:00 PM) - Al

This is why animal shelters are overloaded with perfectly good pets...we live in a throw away society...babies, dogs, no matter.

6/15/2015 05:13:00 PM

(6/15/2015 05:07:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs Trent Clark for just over slot.

6/15/2015 05:07:00 PM

(6/15/2015 03:07:00 PM) - Al

Gee is arby eligible, but that also means he comes with no long term commitment. I'd think there'd be a dozen teams looking at him and thinking he'd be a nice addition.

Maybe, as this suggests, they have a trade close to completion and needed a 40 man spot.

6/15/2015 03:07:00 PM

(6/15/2015 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Al Sharpton only defends black people...and white people who pretend to be black.

So glad they're not on my side.

6/15/2015 12:40:00 PM

(6/15/2015 12:02:00 PM) - Al

Armchair movie critics like to say "Why do they keep making sequels?"

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They don't understand math.

6/15/2015 12:02:00 PM

(6/15/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why they feel the need to rewrite history.

6/15/2015 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, June 14, 2015

(6/14/2015 07:59:00 PM) - Al

MLS just had their first "hydration break" in their history, as they were implemted in soccer a few years ago, if memory serves, when it's 89.6 degrees or above.

I'm not sure if they realize it, but they'd probably have a lot crisper, cleaner games if they had a break every half.

6/14/2015 07:59:00 PM

(6/14/2015 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Governor Walker will announce his presidential candidacy July 13th, per reports today.

6/14/2015 07:53:00 PM

(6/14/2015 05:33:00 PM) - Al

If Braun was a FA after this year, he'd get a bigger contract than he has now (with the prerequisite "barring injury" phrase).

Simply ignorant piece. I'm embarrassed for the clown.

6/14/2015 05:33:00 PM

(6/14/2015 02:21:00 PM) - Al

No one is going to take those guys. I don't think they can even be moved.--AL exec to Crasnick, on Lohse and Garza

Garza has two years left on his contract, so he is likely out of the reach of many teams, unless he continues to pitch like he has his last 3 outings (2 starts and that 17 inning game; 2-0, 1.00 ERA, 11 K's, 2 BB's, 0.89 WHIP). Lohse has been a bit of an enigma, and whenever you see a fall off like that, you have to wonder if he is 100%. However, when you delve into ERA predictors, his numbers are almost identical to his four prior seasons:

2012--4.13 SIERA, 3.96 xFIP, 2.86 actual ERA
2013--4.16, 3.96, 3.35
2014--4.04, 4.05, 3.54
2015--4.04, 4.03, 6.27

Which of these numbers is not like the others? We talked about this with Broxton a while back, and sure enough, his numbers have trended back toward his career norms. Lohse has outpitched his "expected" production his entire career, meaning he gives up hits and walks, but not as many runs as one would usually see. Do that for a month or a season, you can pretty much assume that pitcher has been fortunate. Do that for 10 of your 15 seasons, he's probably been more good than lucky.

If Lohse can have a good stretch, he will have value...remember, he only has to be better than a contender's worst SP...and by July/August, many teams will be on their 9th or 10th SP option, due to injuries, fatigue,  and ineffectiveness. Will he bring a top prospect? Of course not. Know what? John Axford was never a top prospect. Neither was Will Smith, or Brandon Kintzler. All have been effective in the majors for various stretches of time. Throw enough against the wall, sooner or later, someone will stick.

6/14/2015 02:21:00 PM

(6/14/2015 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Rock and BA jokingly give Scooter credit for a great decision after the call is changed, but Segura slowed down going to the base, thinking Gennett would take the out at 1B.

It's like the point guard making a bullet pass to the guy cutting toward the basket and that guy stopping because he doesn't expect the pass...and of course, the PG gets the turnover.

6/14/2015 01:34:00 PM

(6/14/2015 01:21:00 PM) - Al

They may be right 99% of the time, but that 1% sure happens a lot on pretty routine calls.

EDIT: Heh. Two in the first inning, and neither was even close to not being overturned. Ump at 2B looked to have made the safe call before the play was even made. Calling it in a bit today.

Wait until it gets hot out. 

EDIT 2: No calls overturned in bottom of 1st. Umps now up to 50% on day. 

6/14/2015 01:21:00 PM

(6/14/2015 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Jurassic World opens to $204M in its first three days out.

Just think how much it would have done if movies weren't dead.

6/14/2015 12:05:00 PM

(6/14/2015 10:55:00 AM) - Al

This is how stupid people that refuse to look at numbers sound/look.

6/14/2015 10:55:00 AM

Saturday, June 13, 2015

(6/13/2015 01:17:00 PM) - Al

The only thing Rickie did wrong with SEA is sign with a team that let him get half his PA's vs. RHP.

691 OPS vs LHP
290 OPS vs RHP

Still an outstanding lefty masher and platoon option, though he'll be below average on defense no matter where you play him. I bet he'd be passable at 1B, but RH hitting 1B options are plentiful. Needs to find a club who is weak enough against southpaws to overlook his warts. There's plenty of call for 1B/2B/LF/RF/DH guys, but Rickie has never shown the desire to play anywhere but 2B, and by the sounds of it, refuses to see he is just a fraction of what he once was, part of it is the natural decline and part of it is he likely never healed properly from that awful injury years ago.

Trouble is, teams see his negatives and for many, they outweigh the positives.

6/13/2015 01:17:00 PM

(6/13/2015 11:04:00 AM) - Al

Madison has a 90 minute last day of school because the union says so.

We're in the best of hands.

6/13/2015 11:04:00 AM

Friday, June 12, 2015

(6/12/2015 09:43:00 PM) - Al

Remember, the first sign it is a false money making scheme is that "it will happen in a few years."

ABC is still selling the same fiction, and it's all about the same thing...helping the far left justify taking more money from the public.

6/12/2015 09:43:00 PM

(6/12/2015 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Thought I sent this out last night, but I guess not...Crew has agreed to terms with their top pick, but he has to pass the physical. You may remember a few years ago, their #1 guy was found to have type 1 diabetes and never signed. That said, it's almost certainly all routine.

I keep hearing Michael Brantley as his comparison, strange because the Brewers had him and dealt him to CLE for Sabathia and a playoff berth in 2008. Another scout said Steve Finley, who had a long career as well. Either would be tremendous outcomes for Clark.

6/12/2015 11:56:00 AM

(6/12/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Hypocrites, each and every one.

They are a punchline to their own parody.

6/12/2015 08:00:00 AM

Thursday, June 11, 2015

(6/11/2015 05:05:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks still have to pretend this is an actual trade.

And good luck to Ersan. Enjoyed his 3's and his ability to take a charge. 

6/11/2015 05:05:00 PM

(6/11/2015 04:27:00 PM) - Al

Al, why did you link to an NBA game from 2007?

That was the last time Lebron James' team was an underdog at home.

GS is a 3 point pick tonight, by the way.

6/11/2015 04:27:00 PM

(6/11/2015 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Bucks trade Ersan to DET for a pair of nonguaranteed contracts, both expected to be waived.

As always in the NBA, salary cap space is as important, if not moreso, than the players involved. This should give them plenty of room to either resign Middleton or go after a top free agent...or both, in a perfect world, I suppose.

Ersan is a nice player, would fit in perfectly on a contender, as he can defend several positions, score without running plays especially for him, and is a solid rebounder/passer.

6/11/2015 04:15:00 PM

(6/11/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I've talked about this before. Most all those below poverty level either make terrible decisions or have health problems.

6/11/2015 03:30:00 PM

(6/11/2015 03:05:00 PM) - Al

Just got off the phone with a client, and we were chatting about the weather, mostly the heavy rain that is expected tonight, 2-3 inches. I told her I sure saw a lot of guys out cutting hay yesterday, and we woke up this morning to light rain, and have had it all day; though the forecast said it would begin tonight. Not much they can do about that. Of course, it helps the corn and other crops grow, and the first or second crop also.

I told her, if it rains that much, I remember the Rambling dad, on many occasions, threatening to rake hay into the woods because "it wasn't even worth making" after sitting out for a week and getting rained on several times. I don't ever recall that actually happening, however, and with hay prices being pretty high last year and this, I doubt it will now either.

6/11/2015 03:05:00 PM

(6/11/2015 01:36:00 PM) - Al

DVR Alert...Saturday night on Comedy Central, Jeff Ross is in a Texas prison, roasting the inmates.

Sure to be in poor taste, PC police, watch out.

6/11/2015 01:36:00 PM

(6/11/2015 01:10:00 PM) - Al

This is what happens when the government pretends to have responsibility for everything.

They will get sued, they will lose, and the taxpayers will owe a fortune. Until you start electing common sense people, instead of those Bernie Sanders, save the world one tax increase at a time types, you will have ignorance like this.

6/11/2015 01:10:00 PM

(6/11/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Beyond the obvious Rubio lies and exaggerations (combined, Hank Aaron and myself have 755 career home runs!), it's been a bad week for the NY Times...and then they put out a headline like this.

So glad they aren't on my side.

6/11/2015 01:00:00 PM

(6/11/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The difference between liberals and myself?

I am not at all afraid of law abiding citizens. They are.

I am afraid of criminals. They blame everyone else for the criminal's behavior.

6/11/2015 12:00:00 PM

(6/11/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm so glad she's not on my side.

Note to JCO, in Ace Ventura Pet Detective, when they're having a meal of several endangered's just a movie.


6/11/2015 11:30:00 AM

(6/11/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Just when I thought they were out of ideas.

As a Wisconsinite, I'd much prefer brats in the crust, but dipped in cheese and chili sauce, this would be a yummy treat.

6/11/2015 09:00:00 AM

(6/11/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al

None of them are as good or honor the state's heritage nearly as nicely as Fighting Sioux.

I discussed this a couple months ago, but was only able to guess one on the list. 

6/11/2015 08:00:00 AM

(6/11/2015 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Some idiot in college, using words like archaic, explains comedy to Jerry Seinfeld.

The irony? He does not understand how incredibly ignorant that makes him.

EDIT: I'm bumping this because someone on Twitter summed it up nicely...this clown tried extremely hard to make this article slamming Seinfeld very funny...and failed miserably. 

6/11/2015 06:00:00 AM

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

(6/10/2015 11:13:00 PM) - Al

The funny thing here? Almost everyone in baseball saw Stauffer struggling anywhere but SD, where his ERA is a run and a half lower than on the road. The Twins, known throughout baseball as pretty much the only team that doesn't use "new" stats in the front office (they do have "analytical" guys, but no one really knows how much they utilize them, since they mock them in the media), ignored it, and now give up on him just a third of way into the season. And, let's be blunt, ERA and looking at home/road splits are hardly "geek" things to do...just common sense.

They tend not to like pitchers who aren't "tough enough" to pitch through injury too, as they released Vance Worley in the spring of '14, who has reverted back to his career norms now that he's healthy. If you draft and develop wisely, you can overcome a lot of shortsighted decisions.

6/10/2015 11:13:00 PM

(6/10/2015 10:07:00 PM) - Al

As suspected, Goforth optioned, Scooter recalled.

Good luck to Dave, kid throws hard. Not a real high ceiling, but cheap bullpen help is always in vogue.

6/10/2015 10:07:00 PM

(6/10/2015 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Braun said he had fluid build up in his ear and got dizzy. Got meds, hopes to be fine.

I got dizzy a couple times while fighting ear infections as a kid.I'm not a doctor, but I doubt flying home will help.

6/10/2015 09:12:00 PM

(6/10/2015 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Mets trying to trade a SP for a 3B, Crew has little interest in them.

I actually like both of them, but they are overpaid and have benefited from pitching in spacious Citi Field. Given where the Brewers are in the standings, they are looking to get younger and cheaper. Both are probably about 4.25 ERA guys pitching half their games at MP.

6/10/2015 08:44:00 PM

(6/10/2015 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Mets and Brewers have had preliminary trade talks, sources say. Mets are looking at Brewers position players.--Fox

If you'll recall, last week Rosenthal said the Mets were asking about Segura and Ramirez. Reading between the lines a bit, and some speculation on my part, it's easy to make a little more sense of the Hernan Perez claim and sending Luis Sardinas down to play SS if Segura is, indeed, on the block. Of course, the Mets could be asking about anyone, as they rank very low in total offense, and could use an upgrade at several positions.

Far be it from me to questions the Mets, but Ruben Tejada has better defensive metrics and similar offensive production to Segura...except for his speed, which I would not think a Sandy Alderson led team would value that much.

EDIT: Reports are Aramis Ramirez is the focus of the talks. Given his age and salary, and the fact I assume Aramis would be thrilled to go to a team with a better chance of making the postseason, I doubt the Crew will ask for, nor receive much. If such a swap occurs, be it in a week or a month, it will be interesting to see whether the Brewers get over their fear of letting Jason Rogers play 3B...he did make a pair of throwing errors there earlier this season, but was passable in his AAA campaign there, per old fashioned stats at least.

6/10/2015 04:31:00 PM

(6/10/2015 03:28:00 PM) - Al

Breaking: Southern Baptist Convention suffers worst decline in membership since 1881 -- losing more than 200,000 members.--Todd Starnes

Maybe lengthy services and constant negative talk of hell and damnation isn't the best way to attract people in the 21st century. 

Don't say I didn't warn ya. Might be time to, you know, stop pretending it's still the 1800's.

6/10/2015 03:28:00 PM

(6/10/2015 02:04:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks are quietly replacing their entire training and rehab staff, Kidd wants to bring in a shooting coach he used, and other notes.

6/10/2015 02:04:00 PM

(6/10/2015 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Olbermann is nothing more than a parody of himself, a wimpy fella who is terrified of strong women.

However, suggesting Solo be suspended during the World Cup, a year after this alleged incident took place, is ignorant even for him. The truth is, the NFL could learn a lot from how US Soccer handled this...instead of panicking over an unproven allegation, they just let the court system handle it.

6/10/2015 01:23:00 PM

(6/10/2015 12:33:00 PM) - Al

I will say this, Raven is very attractive. That said, she's probably considered "moderate" for The View, because she hasn't, that I know of, publicly said W ordered the Twin Towers to be destroyed with explosives.

May you live in interesting times.

6/10/2015 12:33:00 PM

(6/10/2015 12:26:00 PM) - Al

Imagine the ratings the NBA Finals would get if it wasn't being played on beautiful summer evenings.

6/10/2015 12:26:00 PM

(6/10/2015 11:10:00 AM) - Al

I just noticed Dave Goforth has not pitched in a game since 5/31...ten days ago, the game that ended up going 17 innings. Knebel has pitched in 3 games, for an inning each, since then. Cotts has pitched in 3 games in June, for 2.1 frames. And while all three of them have pitched to good results of late, the fact is,

My point? When we talk about "the bullpen" of late, we're almost completely talking about KRod, Broxton, Jeffress, Blazek, and Smith. And yes, they've pitched great. That may be directly related to the SP's going deeper in games.

Funny, I was thinking in my head that they still have 5 bench players, even with Jungmann as the 13th pitcher. After going through it several times, I finally realized I was counting both H Gomez and Perez as reserve infielders, ignoring that one of them has to start. It would appear 3 out of 4 pitchers for the Nationals will be RH, so betting against a Gennett return Thursday or Friday would probably be shortsighted.

6/10/2015 11:10:00 AM

(6/10/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Convicted terrorist and cop killer is a hero to Marquette faculty.


6/10/2015 08:00:00 AM

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

(6/09/2015 11:43:00 PM) - Al

Scooter has a single, double, and triple tonight, and is up to .342/.507, an 849 OPS. As soon as a roster spot opens up, it appears he will be back.

That said, it will probably have to be either Perez or Gomez being DFA'd to clear said spot, so he may have to be patient for a couple weeks.

6/09/2015 11:43:00 PM

(6/09/2015 09:29:00 PM) - Al

Dellavedova having so much success makes Josh Gasser's pro chances look a little better, as his game is quite similar. Gasser has been working out for 6-10 NBA teams, but probably mostly to fill out summer league rosters.

6/09/2015 09:29:00 PM

(6/09/2015 09:26:00 PM) - Al

All that talk about who replaces Jungmann, and now we'll never know. He will stay up and pitch again Sunday.

6/09/2015 09:26:00 PM

(6/09/2015 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Since I wrote that I thought Broxton's numbers had to even out...they have.

Check out his BAbip, under .200, was over .400 early. These things tend to balance out. Imagine if he wasn't giving up a HR on most of his fly balls.

6/09/2015 08:16:00 PM

(6/09/2015 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Another night, another routine call missed.

That 99% looks more ignorant every night.

6/09/2015 08:10:00 PM

(6/09/2015 08:01:00 PM) - Al

Peterson does hit AAA LHP well for a lefty hitter, but that's odd with Maldy and Gomez on the bench. Would rather not use the only backups for C/2B/SS/3B (remember, they apparently do not consider Rogers able to play 3B).

6/09/2015 08:01:00 PM

(6/09/2015 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Scooter and Schafer are both in the Sky Sox lineup tonight, but Matt Clark is not. Clark would not make a lot of sense, though as a bench bat for a few games, maybe he would...after all, he is on the 40.

EDIT: As good as Taylor has pitched, maybe they will just keep him. He has been lucky, lots of hard grounders and liners right at fielders, but, 7 IP, 1 ER, on less than 100 pitches is pretty impressive.

6/09/2015 07:53:00 PM

(6/09/2015 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Seeing Jungmann through 4 innings, it is a reminder of just how tough it is to pitch in Colorado Springs. He looks like more of an innings eater type, but 200 innings and a 4ish ERA will make a guy $10M a year someday.

Several wannabe scouts on message boards have dismissed AAA as a barren wasteland, but with Jungmann, Cravy, and Thornburg all in the rotation, I wish the Crew was a barren wasteland at every level. Don't forget, Goforth and Knebel both came up from there did Rogers, actually.

6/09/2015 07:13:00 PM

(6/09/2015 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Here's the SI link to the Canadian player the Crew drafted in the 4th round that BA was discussing.

6/09/2015 07:04:00 PM

(6/09/2015 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Counsell says he needs someone to "step forward" at 2B, says Scooter is doing fine at AAA.

Time will tell who they bring up, or, they could just stick with Jungmann to start again Sunday...though that seems unlikely, as they went with two others before him, and Cravy has been pitching wonderfully at AAA and in his lone MIL start. If they need a lot of bullpen innings tonight, they might bring up a reliever, if not, a position player.

I'm sure Doug has already discussed it with Craig, and they know...that player might already be in Pittsburgh, or ready to fly to Milwaukee for Thursday's game.

6/09/2015 05:44:00 PM

(6/09/2015 04:30:00 PM) - Al

One of the best things ever written.

Brilliantly said, and a must if you have a young child, who hears we are "entitled" to everything on a daily basis.

6/09/2015 04:30:00 PM

(6/09/2015 03:53:00 PM) - Al

You know when I knew Obama was still smoking? When he said he quit smoking.--Dennis Miller

Heh. You know, we're going to cover everyone on Obamacare for less than we paid before. How? Because the government is so much more efficient!

6/09/2015 03:53:00 PM

(6/09/2015 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Johnny Hellweg activated from DL, assigned to Brevard County.

Hellweg is out of options, so a decision will have to be made on him soon, maybe as soon as the trade talks in July.

6/09/2015 03:12:00 PM

(6/09/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Very funny punchline if you read all the way to the end of this restaurant story.

6/09/2015 03:00:00 PM

(6/09/2015 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Hilarious looking at these scouting recaps of guys drafted in the 3rd and 4th round today, I would guess about 25% spend a day in the big leagues, and likely 5-10% have a "career." Yet, they're all listed as incredible athletes, great stuff, and good people.

Reminds me of Lake Wobegon...where all the children are above average.

6/09/2015 01:36:00 PM

(6/09/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

To take this tip farther, weigh yourself before you eat or drink anything, but after you use the bathroom in the morning. I would imagine many of us weigh a pound or two less...not a big deal to a fatty like me, but for the gal that weighs 120 pounds, 118 is 1.7% less. When the Rambling wife was in a weight loss contest earlier this year, that was the difference between 1st and 5th many weigh ins.

6/09/2015 01:30:00 PM

(6/09/2015 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Jungmann placed on 25 man roster, Sardinas optioned to Colorado Springs.

Luis will have to stay down ten days, so after Taylor pitches tonight, I'd say Scooter might well rejoin the team. Sardinas is plenty young and needs to play every day. He will share time at 2B/SS/3B with Herrera and Rivera.

EDIT: The more I think about it, they may want to have H Gomez and Perez split time at 2B for a week or two, as neither have options, and they may well have to make decisions on them soon. 

6/09/2015 12:44:00 PM

(6/09/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Who would have ever guessed that not getting vaccinated would lead to disease?

Um, anyone with a clue?

6/09/2015 11:00:00 AM

(6/09/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

They can rewrite history all they want, but the truth is still there if you look for it. You'd bring up fictional racism all the time too if you had the record they had.

6/09/2015 09:30:00 AM

(6/09/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm so glad this guy is not on my side.

Racist, sexist, and offensive to overweight people. I don't know why the common man doesn't identify with liberals anymore...

Remember, a Republican saying "I disagree with Obama's socialist policies," is racist, but picking out ethnic actors to portray Rubio and Jindal...that's high class comedy!

I'd rather lose without them than win with them.

6/09/2015 09:00:00 AM

(6/09/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

We all know the real strategy is to kick this problem down the road until 2017. Because they are so much smarter than us.

6/09/2015 08:00:00 AM

(6/09/2015 12:13:00 AM) - Al

I kind of forgot the Brewers had to make a roster move for Jungmann. Goforth would be the easy choice, though Peterson is possible, as are the other reserves with an option, Sardinas and Rogers.

Assuming they send Jungmann down after the game, they will probably bring up another player for a few they will eventually use that spot to bring up a SP for Sunday, one would assume Tyler Cravy.

6/09/2015 12:13:00 AM

Monday, June 08, 2015

(6/08/2015 10:42:00 PM) - Al

After long rain delay, second pitch almost bounces before catcher catches it...strike.

Oh my.

6/08/2015 10:42:00 PM

(6/08/2015 10:31:00 PM) - Al

Brewers use the 55th overall pick on a power college pitcher: Cody Ponce from Cal Poly Pomona.--Adam,

This is more like it, 6-5, 235, throws 93-96, big curveball. More of a "normal" MIL selection, though Doug always allow the scouting director to make the final call.

Last pick of the night for the Crew.

6/08/2015 10:31:00 PM

(6/08/2015 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Brewers take LHP Nathan Kirby of Virginia with 40th pick overall, competitive balance selection.

Kirby was a potential top-10 pick early in the spring, showing three above average pitches from the left side, but his command and stuff backed up before a lat injury shelved him. There's a chance he'll return to the mound next week for Super Regionals.--Fangraphs

Throws low 90's consistently, occasional 94-95, 6-1, 185, but most lefties are not "big guys." Was ranked 26th, last mock had him at #33.

6/08/2015 10:03:00 PM

(6/08/2015 09:48:00 PM) - Al

Sophia tweets earliest start time is 10 Central, and grounds crew needs 15 minutes once tarp is off.

6/08/2015 09:48:00 PM

(6/08/2015 08:33:00 PM) - Al

I thought the whole idea of changing the rule so they just picked up where they left off was so they could call games when the conditions were terrible.

It's all kind of funny until someone messes up their ankle or knee and needs surgery. Too bad really.

6/08/2015 08:33:00 PM

(6/08/2015 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewers select HS OF Trenton Clark with their 1st round pick, the 15th overall.

Looks like a lefty hitter best known for his OBP skills. Gotta like that. 6-0, 200; will be tried at CF and might grow his way to a corner spot. He's old for a high school senior, will turn 19 in November.

EDIT: Several mock drafts had TEX taking Clark with the 4th overall choice. Not sure if it's a money issue (he is committed to Texas Tech) or what. 

6/08/2015 07:59:00 PM

(6/08/2015 07:13:00 PM) - Al

I'm pretty sure it rains every time the Crew is in Pittsburgh. Seems like a lot of money to spend to only be able to use it on days with no rain.

Fox Sports 1 has the USWNT playing Aussies in the World Cup. Switch it over, unless you aren't patriotic, in which case, check out Bernie Sanders' web site.

6/08/2015 07:13:00 PM

(6/08/2015 06:33:00 PM) - Al

You know, these umpires are right 99% of the time.

Unless, of course, the runner never touches 1B. Then, that's almost impossible to get right with the naked eye.

My goodness.

6/08/2015 06:33:00 PM

(6/08/2015 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Cavaliers-Warriors Game 2 Audience Best Since Jordan-Era Bulls. Game averaged a 10.5 rating & 18.8M viewers. 

Incredible basketball, and James, Curry, and Thompson make it an offensive, star studded, appealing watch. Tough not to watch, at least the end of the games, for anyone who does not despise the game. 

6/08/2015 03:44:00 PM

(6/08/2015 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Good calls with individual lawmakers today about the Cheaper to Keep Them plan.--Governor Walker

Have not heard a word about the plan since announced last Thursday. Nice hearing positive thoughts. Many felt that the entire premise of Walker's proposal was to allow legislators to vote for it and remain indifferent about the arena, the Bucks, and so only be voting to keep the tax revenue. 

It's kind of a contrarian plan, and like much in politics, if it works, no one will remember how it got passed.

6/08/2015 03:33:00 PM

(6/08/2015 03:27:00 PM) - Al

These changes will make very little difference in scoring, because many teams will simply throw up more hurried shots. Fewer timeouts will be good for veteran teams and good teams, which means fewer upsets...I cannot imagine that being good for the game. The "no charging" arc is good for shot blockers and bad for guys who take charges, but will be adjusted to very quickly.

Funny thing is, I don't recall hearing tales of lower ratings, just many "insiders" calling for changes, like Jay Bilas. The problem is, if Jay Bilas knew basketball, he'd be coaching it, scouting it, or putting together a team in the pro ranks. As is, he's just a complainer, and he'll find something to complain about next year, and the year after that.

Making it better for the public is one thing, but hardly anyone will even notice such subtle changes. The only ones that will won't see the desired effects, and find other things to bitch about.

6/08/2015 03:27:00 PM

(6/08/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The Astros have DFA'd their starting 3B for '13-'14. They have been known to "cut bait" in the past, as they let JD Martinez go, even though his production was passable and he was still relatively young.

Tough to get too excited about Matt, as a .275/.374 line is far from great, especially getting out 72.5% of the time, unacceptable for even a glove first C or SS. That said, if you take a look at Carlos Gomez's numbers when he was 24 and under, I bet you'd see a similar result...and I was correct, .293/.342.

Players rushed to the majors rarely succeed, though the ones that do, Bryce Harper and the like, are often superstars. Matt will almost certainly be claimed, as he is cheap, young, and 3B is a very weak position in the big. He has an option for this season at least, so he can be sent down to see what he's got and if he's going to be an attitude problem. He's a former 1st round pick too, so several teams likely remember him from draft prep.

My thoughts? His OBP in AAA is .307, and .274 in the highly competitive AFL. He gets out a lot. He has one stolen base in his minor league career, so he's never going to play anywhere but an infield corner. He doesn't take walks like you'd expect from a power bat. This seems like a no brainer, right?

First thing I see is he's a former top pick, 12th overall. He was really good as a young player, and at some point, clear back in A ball it appears, the league caught up to him. HOU just kept promoting him even though he struggled to maintain a 700 OPS. He is a below average fielder, -7 UZR/150 in his career. One thing I will say is, he's consistent, as his numbers are almost identical home and away, left and right, and so on.

The thing that jumps out at me is just how bad the average 3B has been, last year, .319/.397 was "average," so it would only take a minor improvement for him to be a very passable option.

Still just 25, he might just get better. I'm sure someone will take a chance on him, he's the type that might end up being claimed and then DFA'd over and over, as RH power is in mighty short supply.

6/08/2015 01:30:00 PM

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