Al's Ramblings

Monday, August 31, 2015

(8/31/2015 10:03:00 PM) - Al

She can't stop at a convenience store? Can't google a couple TV titles? Can't buy a book online? Christ, it took her longer to write the email than it would to do 2 of the 3!

This may be the most helpless broad that ain't strapped down to sleep on the planet.

I wouldn't vote for her to wash my feet.

8/31/2015 10:03:00 PM

(8/31/2015 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Losers in the first round of the US Open get $39500. For a player ranked about 80th in the world, who is stuck having to qualify into many tournaments, or playing on the satellite tour (like AAA), that $40K probably is often the difference between a profitable or not profitable year.

The TV team was just saying many players play hurt in the first round just to collect a check for that very reason. Also of note...John McEnroe said he won $39K the first time he WON the US Open.

Think about that, the 100th best tennis player of each gender makes about $200K a year, and probably spends well into six figures on travel and coaching. The 100th best baseball player makes about $12-14M. 

8/31/2015 09:37:00 PM

(8/31/2015 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Not only is it easy to imagine the Brewers claiming him, it's easy to see him getting a look in September.

After being rushed and inevitably struggling, he has dominated AAA the past two seasons, and next year will be his year of 27, his mythical peak. A slightly below average 3B defensively.

ADDED: I knew the Crew had been linked to Olt in the past...he was rumored to be their top target when it came down to TEX or LAA for Greinke, along with Profar, who the Rangers deemed to be untouchable, so was never seriously considered. 

8/31/2015 08:28:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:44:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.


Labor is hours x wage. If you raise one artificially, the other must be lowered. Either that or lower profit margin, which, last time I checked, ain't the goal of any business.

8/31/2015 05:44:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:38:00 PM) - Al

What polite, civil people. Quality, I tell ya.

Hard to believe they were able to get time off work!

8/31/2015 05:38:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:29:00 PM) - Al

Cubs get Austin Jackson from Mariners.

I assume this took place before the deadline and is just now being reported, or perhaps, the 1PM deadline was just on a specific waiver claim, and not overall.

8/31/2015 05:29:00 PM

(8/31/2015 05:25:00 PM) - Al

Coco Vandeweghe...very attractive, and she's got that Amy Schumer thing going on...not skinny, but still rocking it.

She defeats Sloane Stevens in the first round of the US Open. Don't forget, the best tennis in the world is played the next two weeks in New York City.

8/31/2015 05:25:00 PM

(8/31/2015 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Munson has never made the majors, but has incredible K numbers in AAA, so he must throw hard.

He had an incredible 1.44 ERA in Reno, if you take out three outings before he went on the DL...he walked 11 in 2 IP.

You can't teach velocity.

8/31/2015 04:05:00 PM

(8/31/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Note which one was 100 times larger, and then which one was more violent.

The old media is the punchline to the joke that is the old media.

8/31/2015 03:30:00 PM

(8/31/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al


We whine about stuff like foul balls hitting someone and the like because we are incredibly wealthy and have incredible freedoms. You didn't hear talk like this in the old USSR, because they were too busy standing in bread lines and hoping not to get sent to Siberia for looking at someone the wrong way to worry about it.

8/31/2015 02:00:00 PM

(8/31/2015 01:49:00 PM) - Al

I have an appointment at 3 today, and tried to get an annual piece of training out of the way first. After paying my $100+ and having some technical issues due to the fact thousands of people are taking this training today, because we are forced to in order to do our jobs, I worked on it for over four hours, almost five. Not even close to getting it done, I will have to finish it later.

This, in a nutshell and on a very small scale, is how needless and ridiculous over regulation keeps the economy working at a far lower level than a lassier faire approach, the negative of which is...nothing.

Remember when the FDA shut down tomato producers because some jalapenos were bad? Remember when the EPA let thousands of gallons of arsenic into US rivers?

They must not have had to do the same training, as private companies never did that. Or, maybe it's because, you know, private companies actually give a damn.

8/31/2015 01:49:00 PM

(8/31/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The Obama White House has said more about a mountain in Alaska than the assassination of a Houston police officer.--Hale Razor

That's simple...the officer was white.  

On a related note, next time the president talks about climate change and carbon footprints, I'm going to think about the time he flew 4500 miles in a gas guzzling jet to speak for a few minutes about calling a rock by another name and I'm going to laugh and laugh and laugh.

8/31/2015 01:30:00 PM

(8/31/2015 01:25:00 PM) - Al

The pretty blonde asks a fascinating question.

The reason, of course, is that it is a very liberal group, and libs will not attack their own. However, it is, and is also very racist, as would be a group called White Lives Matter.

8/31/2015 01:25:00 PM

(8/31/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I could not agree more. He has blamed the police on many occasions and then looked like an idiot a short time thereafter. He simply is not intelligent enough to shut the hell up until the facts are known.

His presidency will be known for more racial division than any other.

8/31/2015 11:30:00 AM

(8/31/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama to visit New Orleans on 10th anniversary of a hurricane, but he still hasn't visited the orange river of arsenic created by his EPA.--Hale Razor

You just can't write this stuff.

8/31/2015 10:30:00 AM

(8/31/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Of the 12 scholarship players available to UW's Bo Ryan this season, 6 have never played a college game, 2 have played sparingly.--Mark Miller

It is remarkable that despite ample evidence the Badgers may struggle, no one will predict them to do so.

8/31/2015 09:00:00 AM

(8/31/2015 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Good for them. Imagine that, not prioritizing one race over another.

The president could learn something from that.

8/31/2015 05:00:00 AM

Sunday, August 30, 2015

(8/30/2015 09:56:00 PM) - Al

Chernoff, who was probably the 2nd/3rd most mentioned Crew GM candidate, expected to be promoted to Tribe GM, likely not interested.

8/30/2015 09:56:00 PM

(8/30/2015 02:06:00 PM) - Al

I think the answer is obvious...we simply need to ban all upper deck seating.

Thankfully, we can legislate all our problems away and create a utopia of heavy regulation.

8/30/2015 02:06:00 PM

(8/30/2015 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Counsell says there will only be a couple callups on 9/1, with more to follow when the Sky Sox season ends, last game is Labor Day, I think.

My thoughts on who will be added remain the same

8/30/2015 01:38:00 PM

Saturday, August 29, 2015

(8/29/2015 09:41:00 PM) - Al

KRod's toughest or maybe 2nd toughest save opportunity of the run lead; Bruce, Votto, and Phillips due up.

8/29/2015 09:41:00 PM

(8/29/2015 09:03:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son has spent the entire Saturday rearranging his bedroom. Right now, he has settled on his desk, with his computer on it, being against a wall, with his TV behind him to the right...if his computer was at 12 oclock, his TV is at 5 oclock.


8/29/2015 09:03:00 PM

(8/29/2015 08:46:00 PM) - Al

The left will trip over themselves not giving a damn about this, because it did not involve a criminal's criminal behavior. There will be no looting, no senseless marches to block traffic and prove one is unemployed and not looking, and no vandalism of businesses. The president will not mention it, because the officer looks nothing like his fictional son.

Because you realize, this is how they prove how polite and civil they are. Someday, we can only hope to be a fraction as utopian.

8/29/2015 08:46:00 PM

(8/29/2015 08:00:00 PM) - Al

I grilled this evening for the Rambling family, after the Rambling wife got home from church and taking home someone after the service. She asked me to check the Packers' score between innings, and it was 25-0, Eagles.

If you listen quietly, you can hear the gnashing of teeth all across the state.

8/29/2015 08:00:00 PM

(8/29/2015 07:51:00 PM) - Al

The only Cuban born pitcher the Brewers have ever had to my knowledge is Livian Hernandez.

8/29/2015 07:51:00 PM

(8/29/2015 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Clinton 37%
Sanders 30%
Biden 14%--most recent Iowa poll

When the other choices are a socialist and a punchline, 63% of Dem primary voters still choose to vote for someone, anyone other than Hillary.

Remember back in 2004, the left insisted W was hated? He won the election. Compared to Hillary, W was Tom Hanks.  

8/29/2015 07:28:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:45:00 PM) - Al

Average age of top three likely Dem nominees: 71 yrs old, with grandmother who recovered from a blood clot in her brain as the youngest.--Hale Razor

I have yet to see the old media even mention this. Does not fit the agenda.

8/29/2015 06:45:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' pick Nate Kirby likely to undergo Tommy John surgery.

The Crew has been fortunate in having very few have to undergo the procedure, be it by strict pitch counts and rest or good luck. Obviously, Kirby's damage was probably a result of his days in college, but, as Doug says, rather have it earlier than later. Kirvy will miss all of the '16 season, but should be near 100% by the time '17 rolls around. Unlikely he would have been past AA by then anyway.

8/29/2015 06:34:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:25:00 PM) - Al

Mets do acquire Addison Reed. He may well be nontendered, but he may have success away from the hitter's environment in the desert.

8/29/2015 06:25:00 PM

(8/29/2015 06:01:00 PM) - Al

KRod was claimed and pulled back, Mets not after Smith, but another lefty, Rzepczynski from SD.

8/29/2015 06:01:00 PM

(8/29/2015 03:35:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have more wins than 4 NL teams, and are tied with ATL. Yet, they are a game behind the A's, and not within 5 wins of any other AL club.

The AL is very even, almost every team having between 60 and 70 W's. The NL has 5 teams near the top, 4 in the middle, and 6 near the bottom, 3 distinct classes.

8/29/2015 03:35:00 PM

(8/29/2015 03:27:00 PM) - Al

My goodness.


If you picked them at random, you should get 50%, right?

To beat the "vig," you have to get 52.4%.

That 2.4% is the widest gap in all of math.

8/29/2015 03:27:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:47:00 PM) - Al

While I doubt KRod is the waiver claim the Mets it possible the Crew put Will Smith on at the same time? Not only do the Mets need a southpaw more (though KRod has always been effective versus both), the possibility of a team overpaying for a month of a young fireballer like Smith if they are true contenders would make it seem like the end of the month may have been a fine time to try and float Smith through.

Will can be used as a loogy, but has proven he can get all hitters out, and is almost unhittable when he is "on" his game. Add all that up, and that teams overestimate how important adding "one more good arm" can be, hoping for an overpay is a good thing. And, while discussing Ramirez, Gomez, and others, the Crew might know who is available and who isn't from the Mets.

Just a thought, who knows?

8/29/2015 02:47:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto looks likely to be a talked-about name as the many teams with vacant GM positions search for candidates, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi writes. Dipoto appears likely to be a candidate for both the Brewers and Mariners jobs. The Mariners have said they will prioritize experience (which, obviously, Dipoto has), and Morosi notes that Dipoto was a finalist for the Mariners GM job years ago, when the team ultimately hired Zduriencik.--MLBTR

To most folks, unless they hail from the upper Midwest, SEA is a far more desirable job than MIL. Dipoto looks to be the top pick for almost every GM job, and as the Angels struggle, they look ridiculous, choosing to keep the manager who "doesn't believe in shifts and numbers" rather than the GM who built a contender.

8/29/2015 02:37:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Mets are "awaiting word on a waiver claim on a reliever" per Rosenthal, but the Brewers are not letting KRod go for nothing, the Mets probably do not want him back, and despite Doug's calm attempts to play it down, I'm sure there are many on the MIL side who would not do business with the Mets regardless.

8/29/2015 02:33:00 PM

(8/29/2015 02:07:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling water heater has begun to leak, so it's on its last legs. It lasted 9.5 years, warrantied for 6, so better than we expected. Anyone who knows anything about them, including tankless, which are not that much more than regular ones now, get in touch, email is on the sidebar or @suitedconnect on Twitter.

The other time, the plumber Home Depot contracted complained that it was "too hard" for a regular installation because he had to slide the old one out and the new one in under a pipe going from the furnace to the gas source (previous owners did it themselves, and not properly), but eventually relented and got the job done.

8/29/2015 02:07:00 PM

(8/29/2015 01:45:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife got the Rambling son a couple poster frames today after we had lunch (the Rambling son chose to stay home and "fend"), so I, being lazy and antisocial, waited for her in the car and made fun of people walking in and out.

When she came out, I thought she looked grumpy, so when she got in, I asked her if she was. She replied she was not, and asked why I would think that, before reaching over and hitting me in the stomach.

Yeah, I wonder why I would think that...

8/29/2015 01:45:00 PM

(8/29/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm nauseous just after seeing the picture.

I recall having to climb up the "roof ladder" from the mezzanine in my old was three steps. The real problem was climbing back in, as I was always afraid of falling onto the concrete below.

8/29/2015 11:00:00 AM

(8/29/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember, ACT scores were going to fall hard and fast after Act 10 was passed.

Another lie. It should be reported when they tell the truth.

Act 10 was all about one thing...the ability to confiscate people's money from their paycheck. Now that less than half the teachers choose to pay union dues, you understand why.

8/29/2015 09:00:00 AM

Friday, August 28, 2015

(8/28/2015 08:23:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers are expected to take “well into next month” in their search for a new general manager and are interested in pursuing non-traditional candidates. We’ve heard several possibilities batted around, and Heyman says he’s heard at least some chatter about Athletics assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz and Red Sox special assistant Jerry Dipoto.--Heyman, via MLBTR

Dipoto continues his distinction of being the most often mentioned. 

8/28/2015 08:23:00 PM

(8/28/2015 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Actually, all we have is a leadership problem.

May you live in interesting times.

8/28/2015 05:03:00 PM

(8/28/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm a contrarian. I say it over and over. The majority of people are often incorrect, because they look at things far too simply and without pausing to look at the big picture.

This article on Smith and Wesson is a fine example. Obama has done more for gun rights than any president in history. He's done it by being ignorant to the cause of crime, to constantly jumping to conclusions and looking like an imbecile, and by being on the wrong side of history and the Constitution.

His bumbling "leadership" style only proves to citizens why they need to defend themselves and their families, and why they cannot trust the government to do even the simplest things.

8/28/2015 04:00:00 PM

(8/28/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Anti fun liberal group changes mind once Edens' company cuts them a check.

It's all about money and politics. They don't give a damn about the Bucks, the city/county, the state, or the fans. They are selfish oafs who only care about themselves.

I'm embarrassed to have them on my side.

8/28/2015 03:30:00 PM

(8/28/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Outstanding. Looks like fun.

8/28/2015 03:00:00 PM

(8/28/2015 01:43:00 PM) - Al

The really sad thing is, Jack Z has been rushing prospects and signing "one more" free agent for about three seasons now in an attempt to save his job. A perfect example of what happens when the GM feels he "has to win now" rather than continue to build a winner and do what's best for the long term growrth of the organization.

8/28/2015 01:43:00 PM

(8/28/2015 01:39:00 PM) - Al

There are poorly run athletic programs...and then there is the Illini.


8/28/2015 01:39:00 PM

(8/28/2015 01:24:00 PM) - Al

It's racist to criticize Obama's failed policies, but questioning a justice's intelligence and literacy? Par for the course, says the liberal Times.

At least Pravda admitted they were biased and therefore worthless. The New York Times clings desperately to the illusion that it is somehow relevant, though it hasn't been since the birth of the internet.

8/28/2015 01:24:00 PM

(8/28/2015 01:06:00 PM) - Al

As I drove home from a late afternoon appointment early last evening, I passed an agricultural professional in a field the size of a small county shooting silage into a wagon behind him. I'm not kidding when I say if he planned on finishing that field, he would have had to work until about 2AM.

This morning, the Rambling son insisted I drive him to his school's "boot camp," where he is a mentor, because "there's a 50% chance of rain, and I don't want to get soaking wet on the way home."

It's now 1:03, and not a drop has fallen. I realize it's an imperfect science and all, but those who never glance at the weather, like I usually am, are far happier than those who try to beat the system.

By the way, my response that "but, there's a 50% chance it won't rain" was met by a look that can only be explained by him thinking his father is a mathematical idiot.

8/28/2015 01:06:00 PM

(8/28/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

She's simply hated.

The problem is, her good qualities are nonexistent. Anyone but a liberal hack can see that.

8/28/2015 01:00:00 PM

(8/28/2015 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Finally, a fundraiser an antisocial taxpayer like myself can support.

8/28/2015 12:33:00 PM

(8/28/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

8/28/2015 12:30:00 PM

(8/28/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

We get the government we deserve. And in Madison, that's witch hunts and investigating fictional misconduct.

8/28/2015 12:00:00 PM

(8/28/2015 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Some neighborhoods still haven't come back, ten years after Katrina.--ESPN

Those neighborhoods were slums before, and remain slums today...shocking. Katrina, a decade later, is all but immaterial.

The irony is, despite billions of dollars being poured in by the feds, slums still exist. There's a lesson to be learned there, but why waste my time?

EDIT: The mayor of New Orleans explaining the vast amount of pride that the Saints and pro sports brought back to the city. The lefty economists who insist stadiums and arenas are a bad thing, since they are all about no fun on their watch, never bring that up.

8/28/2015 11:44:00 AM

(8/28/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Trump is correct on most everything he has chosen a position on. The fact he's a straight talker has appeal too.

The irony is, he's run dozens of businesses, and has had a plethora of success in doing so. Meanwhile, our president had never accomplished a thing before he was elected, and his lack of knowledge of basic economics has resulted in a predictable malaise...just coincidence, of course.

And, Obama's use of fancy phrases to say simple, albeit poorly thought out things ("may have to partake in revenue enhancement")...people like Trump because he says what he means and means what he says. Donald is basically the anti Obama, and folks looking for a change like that.

8/28/2015 11:00:00 AM

(8/28/2015 10:46:00 AM) - Al

Imagine for a second, being really old, having no one like you, and your husband is a proven philanderer.

Can't get much worse, right?

Now imagine being dismayed and stressed about Joe Biden being your primary opponent.

Barring another Lewinsky inspired impeachment, this might be the epitome of rock bottom.

8/28/2015 10:46:00 AM

(8/28/2015 10:40:00 AM) - Al

Eagles opened as 3 point underdogs to Packers. Now 5 point favorites.--RJ Bell

I've heard many pro sports bettors are far more aggressive in the exhibition season. There simply isn't any research done to set the line comparatively, as few casual fans are betting those meaningless games.

8/28/2015 10:40:00 AM

(8/28/2015 10:35:00 AM) - Al

Mariners fire Jack Z, per Rosenthal.

He never won, but even worse, never seemed to know what the plan was from one day to the next.

8/28/2015 10:35:00 AM

(8/28/2015 10:32:00 AM) - Al

Many wondered why Bo never recruited this top 100 player from WI.

Between the obvious lack of character and legal troubles, we all know now.

8/28/2015 10:32:00 AM

(8/28/2015 10:05:00 AM) - Al

KRod was placed on August waivers Wednesday, per Gammons and MLBTR. Unlikely to be dealt, as Mark A has explained.

8/28/2015 10:05:00 AM

(8/28/2015 10:02:00 AM) - Al


Thugs are going to be thugs.

8/28/2015 10:02:00 AM

(8/28/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I was just reading this about CC Sabathia......

I remember, as you would call them, "the casuals" said give him what he wants....This is exactly why the Brewers can't get involved in the high-priced free agents....$50 million over the next two years, when he hasn't been good for the last 2 or 3 years.

I even humored myself by reading the comments from the Yankees fans. They have no concept of working under a budget......making comments like this is the best thing for the Yankees because he isn't any owe him $50 million yet over two years (assuming the option vests).

I actually chuckled at this comment from a Yankees fan....

"I wish he would just retire and let the Yankees spend that money elsewhere.."

Keep up the great work on the blog.


To the Brewers, that would be a devastating drain on their resources. To the Yankees, it's not. Those that fail to understand...they're never going to "get it."

8/28/2015 10:00:00 AM

(8/28/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Comedians filling up huge arenas, even football stadiums.

Note Amy Schumer will be reopening Long Island's Nassau Coliseum. I'll have you know, I wondered why she wasn't a star several years ago.

Also, note that Sony paid Kevin Hart, who has 21M Twitter followers, $2M to tweet about their movies. That makes casinos and dance clubs paying Paris Hilton $250K (down from 3-4 times that a few years ago) seem like bargain hunters.

8/28/2015 09:00:00 AM

Thursday, August 27, 2015

(8/27/2015 09:11:00 PM) - Al

Hillary comparing pro-life Republicans to terrorists is a new low, even by Clinton campaign standards. Truly ignorant and desperate.--Meghan McCain

With Meghan having her own radio show, she's getting to be almost as quoteworthy as Dennis Miller.

8/27/2015 09:11:00 PM

(8/27/2015 08:42:00 PM) - Al

Schlitter averaged 94.8 mph, but managed to only strike out 5 per 9 IP. Still, for a team looking for velocity, tough to do much better than that.

8/27/2015 08:42:00 PM

(8/27/2015 02:39:00 PM) - Al

Remember, unions only protect those that should not have a job.

The good ones don't need protection.

8/27/2015 02:39:00 PM

(8/27/2015 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Love the pastel Heat uniform, especially the black version. 

8/27/2015 01:54:00 PM

(8/27/2015 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Sunday is now the day of hatred and racism.

8/27/2015 01:49:00 PM

(8/27/2015 01:37:00 PM) - Al

With [Khris] Davis’s recent hot steak, coupled with the Brewers calling up [Domingo] Santana, do you see the Brewers dealing Davis to make room for Santana this winter? — Jason M.
I’d imagine that the new Brewers’ general manager, whoever it ends up being, will be open to listening to offers for Davis and much of the roster he inherits. There’s no real need to move Davis, with the possible exception, as you said, of freeing up playing time for Santana. There are a number of ways that both could be worked into the lineup though, as either Davis or Ryan Braun could conceivably put in some work at first base over the spring. Santana also has some experience in center field and has appeared there since coming up with the Brewers, so he could continue to get some seasoning there in 2015. While he’s not a long-term answer in center, Santana could be a stopgap solution for the Brewers as they wait for Brett Phillips’ development to continue. They could use 2016 — a rebuilding season — as a means of measuring whether or not Santana can hit consistently in the Majors and deal with the potential corner outfield logjam down the line if and when Phillips is ready.--MLBTR

That's been my thought as guess would be the new GM will listen to offers for Davis, but will not feel pushed to move him until Phillips is deemed ready, which will likely be sometime in '16. Of course, might Lind be traded and Braun asked if he wants to move to 1B, as it is likely he ends up there eventually. Of course, that is what I think Doug would do, but we have no idea what the next guy (or gal) will do. 

8/27/2015 01:37:00 PM

(8/27/2015 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Found myself answering yes when the TV ad for Car Cane asked, "Do you ever struggle to get out of the car due to back pain?"

It ain't pretty getting old, my friends.

8/27/2015 01:25:00 PM

(8/27/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Nothing is sadder than a writer whining his movie didn't make enough money.

Reading between the lines, it's always the same thing...I wrote this great script, the movie is great, but the public is just so stupid. 

8/27/2015 09:30:00 AM

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

(8/26/2015 07:36:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR predicts Parra will get about 4y/$40-44M this offseason.

I'd suggest 3y/$27M seems about fair. As usual, I'm a year and $2M light.

8/26/2015 07:36:00 PM

(8/26/2015 04:36:00 PM) - Al

I know this is just not my thing, being antisocial and all, but I cannot imagine a worse punishment than wandering the streets of Mpls all day with a bunch of drunks.

8/26/2015 04:36:00 PM

(8/26/2015 04:17:00 PM) - Al

One, or both of them, should offer 2 for $3 Big Macs/Whoppers that day. I assume the plan will lead to something, as the McWhopper never could, as it involves trademarked items.

8/26/2015 04:17:00 PM

(8/26/2015 04:08:00 PM) - Al

There is no tragedy that she will not politicize. Where are those emails and why did you lie, Hill?

As I have stated before, this is not even a gun issue, it's a testament of how badly we handle the mentally ill.

8/26/2015 04:08:00 PM

(8/26/2015 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Larry Elder is correct...ESPN suspended Curt Shilling for saying radical Islamic terrorists are a danger.

Yeah, that's a pretty radical stance to take. 

8/26/2015 02:03:00 PM

(8/26/2015 01:49:00 PM) - Al

It's hard to make fun of Oprah, because she means so much to sad white women everywhere, but, imagine the level of insanity that must be going on in your head, to have a magazine, which is called your name, for twenty years now. 

And every month, you're like, who should be on the cover? Me! 

One time she shared the cover, and it was with a picture of herself as a child. Sometimes I'll rent The Color Purple, and just fast forward to the part when she gets beat up.--Natasha Leggaro

I don't think it's difficult at all. 

8/26/2015 01:49:00 PM

(8/26/2015 12:04:00 PM) - Al

Capuano DFA'd for the 4th time in a month.

Even I saw this coming. The Yankees can afford missteps like this. Many teams cannot.

8/26/2015 12:04:00 PM

(8/26/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al


Must be difficult to concentrate on your baseball when you have a flame coming out of your...oh wait, never mind.

8/26/2015 09:30:00 AM

(8/26/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The funny thing is, he's only -6 UZR/150 since 2008 at SS...there's several lesser defensive SS's than him, and many can't hit a lick.

Also, when he played 3B in 2012, he was -7 UZR/150. Moving him to 1B just guarantees BOS will have a below average 1B...something they can't afford in Fenway, a very offensive oriented ballpark, which scores about 5% more runs than average. Would he be great at SS or 3B? With any offense at all, he might well be league average. 1B? Unlikely.

8/26/2015 08:30:00 AM

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

(8/25/2015 11:36:00 PM) - Al

There’s been a good deal of speculation surrounding the Brewers‘ GM opening, and ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick hears (Twitter link) two more names making their round of speculation: Braves assistant GM John Coppolella and Rays director of player personnel Matt Arnold. Coppolella has long been speculated to be Atlanta’s GM of the future, but John Hart is currently serving as the team’s president of baseball operations. Arnold has moved up from Rays pro scouting director to his current position over the past few seasons.--MLBTR

I would say it is very likely the Crew ends up with a current assistant GM or former GM. Arnold seems a bit underqualified, though he could be a fine choice...just a few years early. For comparison sakes, Dick Groch is the Brewers' director of player personnel...I can honestly say I have no idea what Groch does, nor do you ever hear him quoted or interviewed.

8/25/2015 11:36:00 PM

(8/25/2015 09:46:00 PM) - Al

The irony with Gomez is, other players choose to do the exact same thing they accuse him of doing. The irony is, this time, the umpire handled it properly, and actually held the responsible party responsible.

The Yankees need to concern themselves with having a kijillion dollar payroll and giving up 15 runs. They can play "unwritten rules" all they want, but that and 50 cents will buy them a paper, which will only inform them they should concern themselves with results on the field.

There's no bigger showboat in the game than ARod, and he's really, really good, even now.

8/25/2015 09:46:00 PM

(8/25/2015 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Hard to watch the Tribe play without thinking back to how many people insisted Mike Brantley would "never develop any power" and insisted Taylor Green was a star of the future.

Casuals always fail to see how young a player is for his level, and this is no exception...Mike was a OBP sensation at 19 in AA, while Green was three years older at the time..and was a level behind Brantley.

Earlier this season, I saw someone still mention Green as a possible 3B for 2016...he hasn't had a 700+ OPS since 2011, and will be 29 soon. These are the "gurus" that constantly inform everyone else how damn knowledgeable they get the feeling, they're just trying to convince themselves, don't ya?

8/25/2015 09:00:00 PM

(8/25/2015 08:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have called up between 4 and 7 every season in September for the last half decade. Some seasons, of course, guys come off the DL (Wang, for example last year), and other times, players are injured in the final month, so they bring up a reinforcement or two.

Davies is the only sure thing I know of, and he is likely to be get a few starts, per Doug right after the trade. Sardinas would seem to be the other almost certain one other than Zach, as he can backup all three infield spots and probably enter the fray at 3B. 

Others on the 40? They could bring up Centeno, who has had a tremendous second half, but Maldonado rarely plays and Herrera caught regularly as an amateur, so would be plenty capable of finishing up a game. Matt Clark has had a decent, but unspectacular campaign, playing 1B/LF. Matt Dominguez was claimed on waivers, and has played 3B in the bigs, and has a sub 700 OPS despite playing his home games in Fresno and Colorado Springs, two extreme hitter's parks.

Guilmet seems likely to return, as long as he continues to be adequate at AAA. Kintzler was DFA'd once, but was put back on the 40 after he said he was injured, and has pitched OK in Colorado Springs. The only other arms on the 40, Tyler Wagner and Mike Strong, have been in AA much of the season, so not sure if they would be considered or not. If you recall, the Crew brought up Wagner for a start, so he is highly thought of, though of limited ceiling, as while he gets ground outs, he does not miss bats.

As always, there are a few players not on the 40 who could get a shot...I would say the most likely would be a trio of relievers; Wooten, Henderson, and Jaye Chapman, all of whom have had major league time and had some success at altitude.

Davies, Sardinas, and Guilmet, along with another pitcher or two would be my guess. Don't forget, they added Todd Coffey in September of 2008, as players will continue to be DFA'd, as some teams have to clear space on the 40 to make room for nonroster callups.

8/25/2015 08:45:00 PM

(8/25/2015 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Remarkable how empty it is in CLE. I just read something the other day that explained that all the corporate accounts now buy Browns and Cavs tickets. They only outdraw TB. 

8/25/2015 08:10:00 PM

(8/25/2015 07:37:00 PM) - Al

Scooter is at .327/.467 since he returned from AAA, after a .320/.434 2014. I think he's pretty much telling us exactly what he is for the future, barring a sudden ability to take a few more walks. He is still just 25, so growth is possible.

8/25/2015 07:37:00 PM

(8/25/2015 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Peralta's velocity on his slider is at 75-76 tonight, and his season average is 83. That's far more than his fatball, which is about 4 off.

EDIT: I'm far from a pitching guru, but his motion tonight almost looks like it's in two parts...he strides, then pauses, and then finishes, which is going to limit his velocity. 

8/25/2015 07:00:00 PM

(8/25/2015 05:10:00 PM) - Al

Big fan of Bure, but I wouldn't wish listening to that mindless drivel on anyone.

Note Behar is returning, because she has no skills to do anything else other than be incorrect day after day.

I do not know Faris' political views, though she has publicly acknowledged she is a Christian, and attends Hillsong...which probably makes her at least more moderate than most on the far left View.

8/25/2015 05:10:00 PM

(8/25/2015 04:25:00 PM) - Al

60 hours into the strictest diet I've ever been on (a gal I used to work with and her husband lost about 40 and 85 pounds in 12 weeks on it, you can google up ideal protein diet if you wish, but it's almost like being on Survivor, except you do not get any rice) and I am hungry, really tired, and as crabby as a liberal seeing other people have success.

That said, not only am I lighter, my belt was easier to fasten this morning. No pain, no gain, me guess.

8/25/2015 04:25:00 PM

(8/25/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Why do we still pretend to be surprised about this?

My goodness, someone gets hit with a foul ball once or twice a year, gets bruised, and we sit and debate whether we should make every fan wear a suit of armor if they have a ticket for the first or second deck, or a luxury suite (hey, pexiglass breaks in lab tests under great stress, though many blame aspartame).

Meanwhile, we have guys going 200+ mph and are just shocked when one of them dies. We lose over 100 a day on the highways of the USA, and they are rarely going half that speed.

8/25/2015 01:30:00 PM

(8/25/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

8/25/2015 11:30:00 AM

(8/25/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

School lunch ideas.

As one comment says, "I don't think the author even KNOWS a kid."

My favorite was the bean salad...

Whisk 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts olive oil; season with black pepper. Add finely chopped shallot, let sit for a few minutes, then toss with canned, rinsed cannellini beans (white kidney beans), feta or goat cheese crumbles, thinly sliced cucumber half-moons, and chopped fresh dill or parsley. Pack with multigrain pita chips or pockets.

What child wouldn't love that in their lunchbox? 

8/25/2015 10:00:00 AM

Monday, August 24, 2015

(8/24/2015 07:32:00 PM) - Al

The Dem field is now a wild-eyed socialist with ideas that are dangerous for the world...and then, to go along with her, you got Bernie Sanders.--Ted Cruz

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

8/24/2015 07:32:00 PM

(8/24/2015 06:30:00 AM) - Al

That's because most black people aren't racist, like the black lives matter slogan most obviously is.

And one party owns said slogan. They're the same party that supported slavery in the 1860's and voted against voting rights for blacks in the 1960's.

8/24/2015 06:30:00 AM

Sunday, August 23, 2015

(8/23/2015 02:05:00 PM) - Al

Stubbs is a very nice platoon option and reserve OF.

8/23/2015 02:05:00 PM

(8/23/2015 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Garza has had several of these "bad luck" games, though today, his lack of control hurt him greatly.

8/23/2015 02:02:00 PM

(8/23/2015 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Ben Cherington should have no shortage of job opportunities. With his farm-building skills, the consensus among baseball executives is that the two best places would be Milwaukee and Philadelphia.--Nick Cafardo 

I would agree, though Cherington built his Red Sox farm system mainly by purchasing it from Latin America and over slot bonuses. That will not happen in MIL. 

8/23/2015 01:33:00 PM

(8/23/2015 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Zimmerman will be a free agent this offseason and due to his WI ties, might actually have the Brewers on his "preferred" list of 3-4 teams. To be blunt, that rarely happens with top SP's. What is the market on him? I would say it probably starts at about $18-20M a season, and he's almost guaranteed to get 4+...very likely 5 or 6.

EDIT: Just looking at his last few seasons, I'd say $23-25M may be a better guess. And yes, that would be the minimum. 

EDIT 2: Before the scoffing begins, allow me to say that with Jungmann and Nelson making near minimum, and with Peralta still very cheap, next year may be a perfect time to add an expensive veteran, especially considering Lind and Segura are not likely to be a part of the franchise after 2016. 

8/23/2015 12:45:00 PM

(8/23/2015 11:53:00 AM) - Al

I will agree with the piece that says Santana's most likely career path equals that of Khris Davis.

However, the problem with it is it never takes into consideration his age, nor his age for the level he played this season. Because of those facts, his ceiling is considerably higher.

FYI, I have referred to Santana as being 22 several times, and I see he just turned 23 a couple weeks ago. I tend to use the BR "age on July 1st," as it has been accepted as a sort of standard. Sometimes I explain it better by saying "he is in his year of 22," but often, I simply shorten it to "22."

8/23/2015 11:53:00 AM

Saturday, August 22, 2015

(8/22/2015 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Cal Eldred had numerous high pitch counts in 1993. I covered the home games:

Aug 30th vs KC  154
Aug 20 at CAL 149
Aug 15 vs DET  144
May 18 vs DET 143
July 16 vs CWS 142
Sept 27 TOR  142
June 2 at SEA 140
July 25 at CWS 135
June 12  NYY 134


Not quite back to Wegman's days. Anyone know of any more recent?

Amazingly, Eldred did not have much luck staying healthy...go figure.

8/22/2015 04:14:00 PM

(8/22/2015 01:34:00 PM) - Al

While the GOP having so many candidates is far from ideal, allow me to say, I could not be happier with the Dem field thus far.

Two very elderly people that folks either hate or make fun of, and a guy whose beliefs mirror that of the party platform, but calls himself a socialist...insert your own factoid here.

8/22/2015 01:34:00 PM

(8/22/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Aspartame is perfectly safe.

That said, tobacco is not, and the US government subsidizes and regulates it to keep its price artificially high.

Yet, the conspiracy nuts keep "warning" us about Equal.

I'm sorry, I don't see the forest, there's too many trees in the way.

8/22/2015 09:00:00 AM

Friday, August 21, 2015

(8/21/2015 11:58:00 PM) - Al

Are the bugs attracted to massive amounts of drugs and druggies? Because that's pretty much all Burning Man is.

8/21/2015 11:58:00 PM

(8/21/2015 11:16:00 PM) - Al

A high school football team just posted 170 pictures of its first football game.

I have no interest in seeing 170 pics of a young Jennifer Love Hewitt in a tank top and a short skirt. Talk about much ado...

8/21/2015 11:16:00 PM

(8/21/2015 10:19:00 PM) - Al

I tweeted Mike Vassalo to check up on the 134 pitch question. My guess would be Bill Wegman, in the 80's. Is it possible Sabathia threw that many once?

EDIT: CC did throw 130 once in MIL. More than I would have guessed, but not 134. 

8/21/2015 10:19:00 PM

(8/21/2015 10:04:00 PM) - Al

The difference between the Brewers and other teams?

MIL would have pulled Fiers after 7 innings and 107 pitches. HOU let him go 134...a number I would bet the Brewers have not allowed to be crossed in a decade or more.

8/21/2015 10:04:00 PM

(8/21/2015 09:56:00 PM) - Al

Brewers trade Cotts to Twins, will get a PTBNL or cash.

Funny that did not get done a month ago, when the Twins were relevant.

EDIT: And yes, at 2.5 out, MIN could easily win 9 of 10 and make the playoffs. That said, the idea Neal Cotts giving them roughly a handful of league average innings will be the difference is a bit difficult to believe.

EDIT 2: Jimenez will join the team tomorrow and take Cotts' roster spot. He might actually have flown to DC today, if the Brewers knew this was about to be done...though Neal was used tonight, so it must not have been a sure thing, or he would not have been.  

EDIT 3: That also means the Dodgers passed on adding an inexpensive Cotts despite a very challenged relief corps. They might have already claimed another player and did not want to "get stuck" with another, but, I'm surprised he got past LA. 

8/21/2015 09:56:00 PM

(8/21/2015 09:48:00 PM) - Al

Lohse's first career save, majors or minors.

In today's game, an age of specialization and relievers who pitch to 1-2 batters and/or 1 inning, a veteran former SP that can close out a game, by pitching 3-4 frames while allowing a couple runs or less (rarely would you do this in a high leverage situation, so dominating stuff is not necessary) is a very nice commodity to have.

8/21/2015 09:48:00 PM

(8/21/2015 08:59:00 PM) - Al

Fiers has a no hitter thus far for the Astros tonight.

To me, that means the same thing as if any pitcher has one. I certainly liked Fiers when he was in MIL and have nothing against him, but, my goodness, I can't keep track of every player who was once in a Brewers' uni.

8/21/2015 08:59:00 PM

(8/21/2015 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Counsell looking like Casey Stengel, as there's no way on earth that Santana makes that catch, even playing as deep as he was. Schafer runs it down with ease.

8/21/2015 08:56:00 PM

(8/21/2015 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Almost certainly a DP if the pitcher either misses the grounder or fields it cleanly. As is, base hit for Scooter...CLUTCH!!

8/21/2015 08:34:00 PM

(8/21/2015 08:32:00 PM) - Al

Santana still learning the strike zone, swinging at a 3-2 pitch well inside.

The problem with that? Pitchers won't throw him strikes if he swings at balls.

8/21/2015 08:32:00 PM

(8/21/2015 07:56:00 PM) - Al

That is Gary Sheffield/Rickie Weeks bat speed Santana has.

My first impression is twofold:

1. If he can hit like that, he'll be plenty good enough defensively to play CF.

2. By far, Santana's most impressive attribute is his age, as he is only 22, He is also a big, muscular guy, listed at 6-5, 225. Lots of 22 year olds fill out dramatically, one has to wonder what he will look like if he does.

As I was typing that, Davis caught a deep fly ball in LCF, and for a couple seconds, stood next to Santana. Davis looked like he could be a ball or bat boy for a bit.

8/21/2015 07:56:00 PM

(8/21/2015 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Bryce Harper can throw too. Made it close from a few feet in front of the warning track, as Lucroy scores on a sac fly.

8/21/2015 06:57:00 PM

(8/21/2015 06:15:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe we're still having this discussion, but note the correlation:

Top 5 OPS teams, runs scored ranking

All in top half, 4 of 5 in top 8

Bottom 5 OPS teams, runs scored ranking

All in bottom 12, 4 of 5 in bottom 5

The correlation is strong, my friends. The keys are simple, get on base (don't make outs) and hit for extra bases (though singles are good too). All the rest, while not quite meaningless, doesn't matter a whole lot. That's why I don't bother with them.

You stress out all you want about "the little things." I worry about "the big things." 

8/21/2015 06:15:00 PM

(8/21/2015 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Neal Cotts has about $750,000 remaining on contract. Brewers would save that if traded to claiming team and keep any player coming back.--JS

Actually no.  If the player replacing Cotts makes about the major league minimum, that will be about $125K, leaving a net savings of $625K. 

I would say he's showing his age, but he's been like this forever, clumsily telling a fraction of the story.

8/21/2015 03:33:00 PM

(8/21/2015 02:45:00 PM) - Al

So, Brewers last two waiver claims have been Preston Guilmet and Cesar Hernandez. Guilmet lasted one game with them.--Tom H, JS

1. Preston pitched two games for the know, games that the JS paid Tom to watch and report badly on. Being that he's still on the 40 and pitching well at AAA, he may well be back in ten days.

2. Um, it's Cesar Jimenez. 

The last 24 hours have pretty much been a showcase for Tom's incompetence.

8/21/2015 02:45:00 PM

(8/21/2015 02:10:00 PM) - Al

So, there you go. Newly promoted Domingo Santana gets start in CF tonight.--Tom H, JS

I think I know what it must have been like the first time Pavlov's dog heard the bell. 

8/21/2015 02:10:00 PM

(8/21/2015 01:24:00 PM) - Al

My guess for Cotts? I'm going with a longshot, the DBacks. #2 pick is the Dodgers.

LA makes far more sense, but Arizona is not a team that does the expected, and I can just imagine them thinking they are a good week from being "right in the thick of things."

8/21/2015 01:24:00 PM

(8/21/2015 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Cotts claimed on August waivers, mystery team (almost certainly an NL club that's in contention) will try and work out a deal with MIL...expect a Broxton like return, a low level minor leaguer with tools.

Brewers have claimed Cesar Jimenez on waivers from the Phillies, so it appears likely they will be trading Cotts. Jimenez is 30, and has had a long career in the minors. He is probably more of a loogy than Cotts, which is what gives Neal value. I doubt he is looked at as a long term answer, and even if he is effective, is not a good bet to be kept on the 40 man, though they could try and sign him to a minor league contract and bring him to spring training

8/21/2015 12:56:00 PM

(8/21/2015 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Angels' LF's have a 577 OPS for the season, 30th in MLB.

Royals' 2B have a 561 OPS, easily 30th in MLB.

Cardinals' 1B have a 652 OPS, mostly Mark Reynolds, are 29th in MLB.

No, good teams do not have 8-9 strong positions, heck, I doubt a team in baseball has all their spots above average. When you say so and so could not play on a contending team, you embarrass yourself, as Yuni B was the Brewers' SS on the best team they've ever had, and he wasn't even the worst offensive player, as they had Casey McGehee at 3B with a 626 OPS.

That team was the 5th best at scoring runs and 6th best at preventing them. As I said the other day, as long as a team is not well below average in an area, they will be right in the race. This Brewers' club is 9th and 13th...hence, not contenders. However, even that doesn't always work, as the Mets are 14th in runs scored, and 2nd in runs prevented...but have scored 22 more than they have given up, so they are still in 1st in the weak NL East.

8/21/2015 12:39:00 PM

(8/21/2015 11:55:00 AM) - Al

Santana is on his way up.

Watching Tom H grasp the fact (too bad he doesn't, you know, do this stuff for a living) that he will probably play CF versus LHP and spot Braun and Davis on occasion was both painful and hilarious. They will also use the DH a couple games in CLE next week.

8/21/2015 11:55:00 AM

Thursday, August 20, 2015

(8/20/2015 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Domingo Santana played his first game in CF tonight for the Sky Sox, while Kyle Wren, who had played 38 of 58 games in CF, played LF.

That would seem to not be a coincidence. Have to see how he's used, but one would think he would at least play CF versus LHP, with Logan coming in late for him.

I do not know he'll be up tomorrow (though everyone else thinks it's a sure thing), but he'll be up soon.

One thing to consider is, how good/bad would a Davis/Santana/Braun OF be for a month...or for 2016? Phillips is unlikely to be up until at least midseason, and he is all but certainly the CF of the future, at least as a platoon option (I doubt he will be a platoon player in the long run but I could sure see him being "protected" or "rested" versus tough LHP, or most of them his first season or two).

8/20/2015 10:39:00 PM

(8/20/2015 09:12:00 PM) - Al

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (Twitter links) that there’s some industry buzz that Dipoto is on the Brewers’ radar as they look for a new GM. Milwaukee is said to be looking for a younger, more analytical general manager following Doug Melvin’s announcement that he’ll transition to an advisory role. Crasnick also notes that there’s some speculation that Cherington would be a good fit for Milwaukee’s GM vacancy.--MLBTR

Dipoto is probably the most mentioned at this point, along with the Indians AGM Mike Chernoff. 

8/20/2015 09:12:00 PM

(8/20/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Player A--.293/.392, 685 OPS
Player B--.342/.349, 691 OPS

I throw these out every once in a while, because it is scary how players are looked at in various ways based on goofy stuff like how "clutch" they are (which is pretty much the definition of a small sample, or something like starting off real strong and declining or starting off slowly and then improving.

Player C--.332/.467, 799 OPS
Player D--.315/.482, 797 OPS

Any guesses? I'll put the answers spaced out down below, but I will tell you this...B and C are the darlings of many, and A and D are often thought of as having struggles.

Answers in a bit...

...A is Scooter Gennett this season, and B is Shane Peterson. Note that Scooter plays a far more important defensive position, and does includes his awful April/May.

C is Carlos Gomez since his 2012 breakout season. D? Khris Davis' career.

Takes? Peterson's complete lack of power has minimized his ability not to get out. Scooter has recovered nicely from his early season slump.

As for the Davis/Gomez comparison, I think it shows Khris is possibly one of the most underrated players in the game, especially considering he is a RH power bat, very elusive in today's game. No one even notices he's produced like Gomez, as they're too busy looking for his warts.

Trust me, other teams notice.

8/20/2015 03:30:00 PM

(8/20/2015 03:23:00 PM) - Al

Broxton has got 19 outs for SL, and has given up one hit...the opposite field HR to that bum, Khris Davis.

The irony is, I insisted his luck would balance out, and that he, Garza, and Lohse would likely revert back to career norms. Matt seems to have been a health issue, 3.44 ERA in the 2nd half, 3.92 for his career. Jon was pitching well at the time of the trade, and since, as his ability to give up bloop and ground ball hits has slowed down. His ERA is 1.88 since July 1st, and in his first half, his BAbip was pitcher can have success with that bad of luck.

Kudos to the Cards for seeing that, though they gave up a pretty talented, low level player for him, albeit, a shot in the dark...a great athlete with a low floor and a high ceiling.

8/20/2015 03:23:00 PM

(8/20/2015 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Turns out, all you have to do to be considered black is to call yourself black.

The irony is, since he's the racist who first coined the phrase Black Lives would now seem his life is meaningless, as he's as white as me.

That's a shame.

Remember, to most of us, race is not an issue, and hasn't been for decades. We work with all races, serve all races, and have no problems with any of them. You know whose interest it is to keep racial stuff at the forefront? Idiots like Al Sharpton and this clod who have no way of making a living without stirring up trouble and profiting from the unrest. And the old media covers these fools every chance they get.

8/20/2015 02:01:00 PM

(8/20/2015 01:26:00 PM) - Al


From a message board today:

When TV did a little montage of his big HRs over the years it kind of reminded how perfect his swing is, probably prettiest RH swing in recent baseball. I know Pujols is a better hitter but his swing is ugly.
Albert Pujols is the gold standard for teaching rotational hitting.  I show clips of him to my players all the time for comparisons.  The fact that there are so many clips of him available tells me I’m not alone.  Maybe it’s changed lately (I don’t watch a ton of Angels games), but I can’t imagine a day when I would consistently call Pujols swing “ugly”.

According to the geniuses over there, Braun had a “hitch”, did he not?  Hart held his elbow too high, right? I don’t recall.  I just find it laughable that a guy hiding behind his keyboard is ripping on one of the best hitters of our generation. 


Casuals masquerading as true fans. I'm a casual Bucks' fan, and have no problem admitting it.  The wanna be scouts are frustrating as all heck, but even worse are the "I don't know why they just don't trade everyone away and start over, lose 120 games for a few years, and then they can have a decade long dynasty instead of just trying to sneak into the playoffs."

Never mind no team has ever done that, never mind a small market team. The Red Sox, who sell out every single game and get millions from NESN every year has won two titles, but still struggle to break .500 other seasons. An injury or two to key parts is the difference between a 90 win contender and a 81 win also ran.

I rarely visit anymore, and when I do, the mundane, boring details about a bunch of roster filler, has beens, and never wases drives me away. They have about 200 players in the system, and 150 of them are longshots, about 20 are true prospects, and 30 others are "prospects" but unlikely to be more than a role player...some will mature into real prospects, many will not. The irony is, they spend a vast amount of time discussing all but the 20. Add that to the rumors reported as facts, the mock angst and worry over some kid who took the money and ran after a couple years to go play college football...Christ, the hell with the little quitter.

8/20/2015 01:26:00 PM

(8/20/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Someone on Twitter suggested that it's hard to believe Obama did not say that. I would have to agree.

8/20/2015 11:00:00 AM

(8/20/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Geese in Pacific Northwest already headed south for some unknown reason. It is very hot up there, makes no sense unless they "know" something.--John Dvorak

If I'm going to lose sleep over something, it's not going to be the odd behavior of an animal with the brain the size of a sunflower kernel. 
That said, in the immortal words of Al Bundy, "time for looting!"

8/20/2015 09:00:00 AM

(8/20/2015 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Some day, I will learn how to be as polite and civil as the left.

8/20/2015 07:30:00 AM

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

(8/19/2015 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Adam seems to think it is Santana coming up Friday as well. Usually, when "insiders" say it is "speculated" so and so is coming up, it's because they know.

8/19/2015 09:57:00 PM

(8/19/2015 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Pardon me, but the Phillies throwing in $4M of Utley's $5.5M salary is like giving the cocaine dealer on the corner of your street a couple kilos to move elsewhere.

Apparently, LA has hit their internal budget of one kazillion dollars.

8/19/2015 06:58:00 PM

(8/19/2015 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Dismissing a 24 year old who used to be a top prospect, who put up a .355 OBP in a 23 year old, reeks of "other issues" to me. He'll set off a minor bidding war, and might get a rare "this plus next season" minor league deal, as well as a sizable (maybe low six figure) bonus.

He simply dominated AA at 22 as well. He must have "off field" problems, to say the least.

8/19/2015 06:54:00 PM

(8/19/2015 06:48:00 PM) - Al

It’s about time we got a guy with some real power on the top of that list.--Robin Yount, on Braun's HR

Yount went on to say he wasn't really all that good, he just played a long time. Refreshing to see him being both truthful and humble.

I'm a big Yount fan, I have a huge collection of his memorabilia, from when I was single and had disposable income. He was a fine player mind you, he won two MVP's, but, to mention him in the same breath with greats like Aaron, Mantle, and so on is foolhardy. There are plenty of guys who had better careers (I'd throw out Ted Simmons and Alan Trammell off the top of my head) that not only aren't in the Hall of Fame, but were never seriously considered. 

8/19/2015 06:48:00 PM

(8/19/2015 06:26:00 PM) - Al

It is a complete embarrassment the GOP controlled legislature has not got rid of this antiquated, anti capitalist law left over from the Depression.

I compare it to the school choice law. The only negative is poorly run schools (and retailers) might be forced out of business.

To which I

8/19/2015 06:26:00 PM

(8/19/2015 05:08:00 PM) - Al

I have to imagine every time Jimmy Hamlin comes on FSW, the first thing 98% of viewers ask is, "Is this the one with the beautiful blonde assistant or the one with the beautiful brunette assistant?"

8/19/2015 05:08:00 PM

(8/19/2015 05:05:00 PM) - Al

I just read Josh Duggar...or someone using a credit card in his name, had an account on Ashley Madison, which is apparently considered to be worthy of the old media's time (a presidential candidate sending insecure emails and then trying to destroy the evidence while Sec of State, not so much, but hence, I digress).

I think it will out me as a square (pause to allow that shock to set in for the readers), but I had to google Ashley Madison to find out it's an online dating site promoted for use by those who are married or in a relationship.

Sounded like a store in Manhattan where a woman might spend $500 on a blouse that sells for $25 at Kohl's.

8/19/2015 05:05:00 PM

(8/19/2015 04:51:00 PM) - Al

Coshun says "speculation is it might be Domingo Santana coming up."

That seems strange to me, as Davis and Braun have been playing the corners fine, and while Santana could play CF, I doubt if they call him up to play him out of position...not really a "set him up to succeed" type of move. Up to PH, maybe play 1 out of 3 games? Doesn't really seem to make a lot of sense either. Playing every day in AAA would seem to be where he is correctly placed right now.

8/19/2015 04:51:00 PM

(8/19/2015 04:47:00 PM) - Al

A regular push mower is in the infield at Miller Park...can't say I've ever seen that before.

8/19/2015 04:47:00 PM

(8/19/2015 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Cravy to the DL with right elbow trouble. Said it only came up last night, but one has to wonder as much as he has struggled in his last few outings.

I assume if will be Guilmet if it's a pitcher, Sardinas if it's a position player.

8/19/2015 04:44:00 PM

(8/19/2015 04:41:00 PM) - Al

Yes, I do find it very funny when Khris Davis has a big game and all the casuals are forced to find other things to complain about. To quote Jack Z, who I believe was quoting Earl Weaver, "you win a lot of games with 3 run homers."

Some folks talk about "the little things" all the time, and then ignore getting on base and hitting for power, which are known as "the big things." They don't talk about Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth because they hit ground balls to 2B to advance the runner.

Nice job by Counsell to utilize Jeffress and Smith a bit extra due to the days off. Of course, if Jeremy gives up a HR instead of a fly ball to the track, we'd be bemoaning that fact. He did not have much of a choice actually, as he was short in the pen due to fatigue and injury.

8/19/2015 04:41:00 PM

(8/19/2015 04:35:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife drove my car today, as it has been a bit temperamental of late, so if I am scheduled out of town, we swap. She just got done with work and texted that my air freshener stinks.

Them's fighting words. Who doesn't enjoy "spring rain?"

8/19/2015 04:35:00 PM

(8/19/2015 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Utley to Dodgers, unless, of course, the Mets find something wrong with his hip.

8/19/2015 02:54:00 PM

(8/19/2015 02:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure Scooter was hoping Lind would throw to 2B and get the runner and the DP that way. Whether Lind had a bad angle, or just was caught flatfooted, I do not know.

If you'll recall, Prince used to hardly ever throw to 2B, he would look, but always take the easy step on the base at 1B. It seemed like a "normal" 1B would have got a DP once every week, but when in doubt, getting an out is always a good move, as it keeps big innings from happening.

Jeff Bagwell, late in his career, had a bad elbow or shoulder and could barely throw the ball at all, and did the same thing. Once in a while, he would step on 1B and then try to make a throw, and it resembled a shot put attempt. He would also try and avoid fielding bunts, as the pitcher would try to grab them instead, often leaning that way so much, it was possible to bunt "behind" them for a hit.

8/19/2015 02:25:00 PM

(8/19/2015 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Ran out of other people's money. Like clockwork.

8/19/2015 02:11:00 PM

(8/19/2015 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Last night on Twitter, Tom H of the JS, known as the prince of darkness for his generally negative attitude toward life, said there were only about 2K people left at Miller Park in the 9th inning. Now, given that the Crew began the 9th down 9-4, and it was a long Tuesday night game, I fully understand why many fans would leave early. But, my first thought when I saw that bit of info was:

I bet it's a BP free ticket game.

Some folks go to most every game, but skip Opening Day, because it's a bit of a casual fan fest, many just there to be seen; because they can afford to buy Stub Hub tickets; some get tickets, and then end up drinking in the parking lot the entire game, as ridiculous as that is to many of us. We don't make it to many games like we used to, back before the Rambling son and other responsibilities, but mostly, because we live about three hours away. We often say we'd love to attend weeknight games, especially when they run $4-7 specials, as we did when we lived in the Twin Cities...we'd hear of a ticket special during the day, call the other one at work, and meet up at home and head for the game, often just eating supper at the ballpark (we were young DINKS* then).

But, even if we did, I'd avoid BP nights. Talk about the painfully casual. Look, I'm from a small town, grew up in a rural area, and on a farm, so I am just about as big a hick as anyone I could ever make fun of. That said, BP nights are like a giant negative nellie convention.

There are all sorts of economic studies about people being more satisfied with stuff they pay more for...they will tell you expensive wine tastes better, expensive food tastes better, and their expensive car runs better. This is partially to blame for the vast vilification of McDonald's as well, most people will insist it is horrible as well as bad for you...despite the fact 1 out of every 10 Americans eats there...every single day. So, it goes to figure, many folks will complain most about what they are given for free.

Hence, welcome to BP ticket nights. In fact, I think often times people who collect them end up giving them to others, or giving the tickets to others...I did this many years, and while I would give them to Ramblings readers who were very appreciative to me, they probably whined and moaned as loud as anyone when they got to the park.

They complain about long lines getting into the stadium. While in line, they complain about how much it cost to park, and how far they had to walk after parking. Once inside, they complain about the price of concessions, especially beer; and the long lines to buy said overpriced concessions (the Rambling wife and I learned many moons ago to avoid lines, you "eat backward"...the ice cream and donut stands are almost deserted early in the game, while the brats, nachos, and burgers stands are empty from inning 6 or so until the end of the game). They complain about people standing in front of them during play, and then proceed to do the same thing, many times over. They often don't sit down until the 3rd or 4th inning, and often leave in the 7th or 8th (which, as described above, is a huge blessing).

Sure enough, I checked this morning, last night was a BP night, and they have several more in September. Prepare to listen to complaints. That said, there were about 2K in the first deck in the 9th, but probably between 5K and 7K all totaled. That doesn't sound that low, and that's why he said it.

*DINKS is an acronym for double income, no kids. 

8/19/2015 01:28:00 PM

(8/19/2015 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Brewers' decision for now a simple one, Cravy to bullpen.

Will keep appraising roster and make changes if they can better themselves. Counsell also says they wil only bring up a few September callups, just guys that have a real role. I would expect 2-3 arms and 2-3 position players, including one OF. Probably 2-3 on 9/1 and the rest after the AAA campaign ends.

I would say Guilmet and Sardinas are the most obvious, and Santana is likely as well.

8/19/2015 11:41:00 AM

(8/19/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Tuition keeps rising because the feds are paying it. Colleges raise it yearly, despite billion dollar endowment totals, because they can. The money is unlimited, so schools charge more.

If only Mark Cuban could explain economics to the entire left.

8/19/2015 11:30:00 AM

(8/19/2015 10:05:00 AM) - Al

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is DL-bound after an MRI revealed an oblique strain, reports Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area (Twitter links). The team’s hope is that Pence will only be sidelined for a couple of weeks (though that’d make a very quick recovery from an oblique injury). For Wednesday’s game, they’ll play a man short, with Nori Aoki slated to return from the seven-day DL on Thursday.

The Giants play tonight in SL...their AAA team is in Sacramento this evening. They don't seem very concerned about being at full strength and chasing down a playoff spot. Many teams are flipping players constantly for a slight advantage...granted, that strategery ain't worth a whole lot...but it is worth something. 

8/19/2015 10:05:00 AM

(8/19/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another headshaking decision by a school.

8/19/2015 10:00:00 AM

(8/19/2015 09:53:00 AM) - Al

Lost in the Dombrowski news was that the Mariners made offers...hardly a vote of confidence for Jack Z, who has yet to put together a plan and work it in SEA, choosing instead to almost randomly make deals and just hope for the best.

I liked Jack and loved his ability to draft hitters, but they do not seem an iota closer to a 90 win team than when he took over seven years ago.

8/19/2015 09:53:00 AM

(8/19/2015 09:36:00 AM) - Al

Many making far too big a deal about Dombrowski not being an "numbers guy"...I guarantee you he was on the forefront of them years ago, though, like myself, he likely does not bother with WAR and other, shall we say, so complex no one really understands them metrics.

Years ago, for a while, everyone used "win shares" to compare players. I said on a couple occasions I felt it was a worthless stat, and I was called a dinosaur. Five years later, no one used win shares, because they found out it was stupid. "Productive outs" died a similar, painful death, as the first year they tracked them, the Royals led MLB in PO's...and also scored the fewest runs in the AL, far fewer than many NL teams.

Look, OBP x SLG x AB is 98% accurate in predicting how many runs will be scored. It has worked for the last decade, and will continue to do so. The fact it does not mention SB's, sac bunts, K's, and so on is not a mistake. Now, those are not worthless, but their value, either way, is very minimal. SB's do lead to more runs...but CS's lead to less runs. They mostly balance out. Sacrifices, long maligned for sapping offense, are being used often, as the amount of runs scored has fallen dramatically since 2013, making each run more important. I used to say strikeouts made no difference, which was how I felt, but was me "rounding off" the value. If a team never struck out all season, they would score more runs, as hits would drop in, the opponent would make some errors, and yes, they would hit into more double plays. How much of a difference? Well, considering the equation is so accurate without it, I'd say less than 2%. Besides, it's null and void, as every team will strike out, even if made up of slap hitters like Ichiro, who, by the way, has always been hellishly overvalued because he hardly ever walks.

And yes, there is a slight difference between OPS and OXS. Not enough to worry about though, as one is far easier to figure in one's head. A .300/.500 hitter and a .400/.400 hitter are not equal, but just remember, the better the OBP, the better the player.

By the way, add Cherington to the Brewers' GM list. He proved that even the big market teams can't win when they don't have good health, and how easy it looks when you sign a couple guys who go one to have career seasons (think of Nyjer Morgan, Hawkins, Saito, and Loe in '11). What's funny is, the perennial rebuilders think you can easily build a "dynasty" in which you have a 7-8 year span of 90+ wins...though the examples they give have never come close...and those that have are huge markets (or the Cardinals, who will continue to be "special" as a small market that looks and feels a lot like a big market, due to history and granted, fan base).

8/19/2015 09:36:00 AM

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

(8/18/2015 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Counsell says they will announce pitching plans tomorrow.

Doug and the braintrust almost always rearrange the 25 man after one series and before another, and often use an off day when possible. They can't get a player up from AAA before 1PM tomorrow anyway. They'll decide if they need another reliever to replace Cravy or stick with 8 relievers and 4 SP's, easy to do because of the off days. Cravy could move to the bullpen too, though a fresh arm will likely be the choice. Tyler could probably use the confidence boost of a few AAA outings and may return in September.

8/18/2015 11:19:00 PM

(8/18/2015 08:41:00 PM) - Al

I think I was the first to say "All Jason Rogers does is hit."

If he keeps hitting, and Perez/Herrera do not get hot, he may yet earn some time at 3B.

8/18/2015 08:41:00 PM

(8/18/2015 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Cravy has looked very rough since his first couple outings. Very predictable, struggles to get breaking stuff over, fastball gets hit. Only K's 6 per 9 innings, hits going to happen when you do not miss bats.

Cravy has had success at AAA, but does not have much of a ceiling. He might well settle in as either a reliever or or perpetual up and down guy. For the time being, he might well go down, as with the plethora of off days, they don't need 5 SP's.  Strikes me as a Narveson/Estrada type, though Marco, after many years, has settled in...though his FIP is not any better than ever, so it may not be repeatable.

8/18/2015 08:39:00 PM

(8/18/2015 07:50:00 PM) - Al

How dare they keep asking about her illegal activities she lied about?

8/18/2015 07:50:00 PM

(8/18/2015 06:58:00 PM) - Al

So, last night, the TV guys were wondering aloud that the strength of the NL Central might effect the Brewers' rebuild time frame.

Today, I go onto message boards, and there's a "how will they ever win again?" topic, basically saying the same thing.

Heh. Success cycles are a fragile thing. I said a while back that the Brewers had basically been in a positive cycle since 2007...heck, you could say 2005, depending on your definition, as the farm system was loaded in 2006, even though the big league team took a small step backward. They didn't win every season by any means, but they never were that bad either. winning at least 74 games annually, and winning 80+ 7 of the last ten, or six out of the last eight seasons. No other small or medium market team can say that, except the Cardinals, who as I have pointed out, are a regional behemoth, despite the fact they receive revenue sharing funds.

In every single season, they were competitive, and for most of them, they were relevant in September. But, the only thing you really need to worry about is run 2011, the Crew scored 87 more runs than they gave up. In 2008, they were +61. All the other stuff will take care of itself. While some insist they need to build up pitching, others yearn for a return to the days of a top offense, all that is pretty much just silly talk.

{Interestingly, the best two seasons they have had coincide with their best two runs allowed seasons, while offense in those years were very comparable with other years. Whether that is an argument that when pitchers stay healthy, they have had success, or that offense is steadier while pitching is up and down, well, I'll leave it to you to figure out.}

We all know the Cubs were on the rise, Theo showed up, said he did not care about the present, and it showed, as they won 61, 66, and 73 games his first three years. He shrugged and built his team. We all saw it coming. It's arrived a season earlier than many of us thought, but they have four rookies starting every day and allows them to spend half their payroll on four guys (Lester, Hammels, Montero, and Jackson, who was just DFA'd). They might well be far better next year than this.

The Pirates? They were under .500 from 1993-2012. Neal Huntington took over in 2008, and barely kept his job, as you know how it goes, "we've been rebuilding forever" was said quite often. This year, they are 4th (runs scored) and 3rd (runs allowed); last year, 5th and 9th; 2013, 9th and 2nd. They seem to prove the simple fact that as long as you are not well below average at anything, you can easily contend, especially with a pair of wildcards in each league.

Reds? They sucked the entire decade of the 00's. A nice four year run, with 3 playoff berths and a 79 win campaign. Now, they seem to be in the next phase, 76 wins, a 71 win pace, and the 11th most runs scored, despite playing in a ballpark smaller than many backyards.

I can't see a problem, as with five playoff spots, 88 wins will all but certainly get a team in, and many years, 85-86 will. Worrying about the other guy is pointless. Take a look at what they do best and learn from them, but these teams are not doing anything out of the ordinary. Both CHC and SL have a market advantage, but the others do not...the Pirates are drawing 2K less per game than the Brewers this season, a simply astounding comparison.

8/18/2015 06:58:00 PM

(8/18/2015 03:33:00 PM) - Al

If she was a conservative, the only question would be a state or federal penitentiary.

8/18/2015 03:33:00 PM

(8/18/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

It's not a working class issue, it's a political class issue.

Unions have contracts that require them to be paid three times the minimum wage. It is in their interest to artificially raise it, because, let's be honest, they don't pay anyone's wages.

8/18/2015 03:30:00 PM

Monday, August 17, 2015

(8/17/2015 09:32:00 PM) - Al

GM Doug Melvin tells Tom H that Dodgers sending agreed-upon prorated coach’s salary to Brewers to defray what they owe Ron Roenicke.--JS

As suspected. 

8/17/2015 09:32:00 PM

(8/17/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Once again, for all you rubes too dumb to understand the left's climate change theory, which is a far greater threat that terrorism you know.

It's hotter, which makes it colder, which is why the records don't show the rise in temps, which has been proven and is a fact. 

That's why stuff like this happens. So there.

8/17/2015 03:30:00 PM

(8/17/2015 02:57:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke to coach 3B for Dodgers.

Two things here:

1. Always puzzling to see a move like this made. My first thought is maybe the current guy has  "problem" like alcohol or depression and just needed to get treatment, but since he's going to remain, that seems unlikely.

2. Usually, managers cannot take another job while another team is paying them. However, this is obviously a huge cut in pay, as many other than a few hitting and pitching coaches, most only make in the high five or low six figure range...they make far more in licensing (baseball cards, etc.) and playoff share than their salary. If anything, the Crew might be able to pay Ron a bit less (take his LA money off what they owed him).

8/17/2015 02:57:00 PM

(8/17/2015 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Read this article on Amazon, and then compare it to how a government agency works.

And then laugh and laugh and laugh.

Hard work is...hard.

8/17/2015 02:30:00 PM

(8/17/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Swingset is the wrong color? Jail.

Our townhouse association in the Twin Cities had strict rules about satellite dishes, patio doors, and so on. If you didn't follow them, they sent you a letter. If you ignored the letter, they...sent you another letter.

You can imagine the fear that instilled. Our first floor sliding door rotted away, because they couldn't figure out how to angle the lawn away from the door so that water wouldn't puddle up and ruin the door. We had a new one installed, and a while later, they wandered past and saw we had put one in that opened inward, rather than the sliding door the association required.

So, we got a letter. And we laughed and laughed and laughed.

8/17/2015 12:30:00 PM

(8/17/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm not sure how one could even argue this.

Obama told terrorists the day he was going to withdraw the troops, and a few months later, all the gains W achieved were lost, because Obama is a peaceful incompetent.

Remember, the Fort Hood shooting was workplace violence, and increasing taxes is "enhancing revenue."

8/17/2015 10:30:00 AM

(8/17/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This is what happens when all their money comes from the taxpayers...they don't feel any loyalty to the students, and go about putting their little social justice in are evil, and so on.

Normally, this would create an outcry, but since almost all tuition is paid by the government, they're far too busy, you know, playing golf and making deals with Iranian terrorists to care what liberal colleges are doing...after all, they're the good guys. 

8/17/2015 09:30:00 AM

(8/17/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

No offense meant to the government, it's just that they don't have any skin in the game.

The effort is there, but it's just like me pushing and running full speed into the side of my house...I ain't gonna budge it an inch, and I am likely to cause myself pain. When one just "studies" stuff with no incentive, the conclusion is meaningless.

I knows it's hard to believe that coming in late, taking a long lunch, leaving early, and taking long weekends doesn't add up to the proper conclusion.

8/17/2015 09:30:00 AM

(8/17/2015 05:30:00 AM) - Al

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8/17/2015 05:30:00 AM

Sunday, August 16, 2015

(8/16/2015 09:50:00 PM) - Al

This weekend series shows us what it must be like being a Cardinals' fan.

Brewers' SP ERA, L3G---0.90
Cards' SP ERA, '15-------2.77

When the pitching is that good, the hitters realize they do not have to score 6-7 runs to win, and you can actually play for a single run far more often. 

I was happy to see MIL actually ranks 4th in the NL in SP IP, as they have averaged 5.89 IP/S. Part of that is because both Ron and Craig have let their guys pitch a bit to save the bullpen, but given the youth of the Crew's rotation, it's an excellent sign. So is the quality of Garza's starts since he returned from the DL.

8/16/2015 09:50:00 PM

(8/16/2015 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Obama to attend Ranger graduation next week, guarantees a woman will be among the graduates...whether they deserve it or not, as class is still taking place.

I do find it strange they have graduated over 100 Ranger classes since the president has been in office, and he did not even pretend to give a damn about a single one of them until now. He has never attempted to hide his complete disdain for the US military, and will be greeted accordingly at this upcoming ceremony.

Of course, the military has long been a point of contention among the left, because it is truly a survival of the fittest, the cream rises to the top, anyone can succeed's basically everything they hate, all rolled into one. Add to it their entire purpose is to kill people, break things, and defend the interests of the greatest country the planet has ever known...not a single mention of folk songs or negotiating with terrorists, one can understand the concern.

I have no problem with female Rangers, though there are realistic reasons to have concern. The thing almost everyone wondered about...easing up on the requirements so females could pass, or more of them could, is a dangerous precedent.

8/16/2015 04:55:00 PM

(8/16/2015 02:48:00 PM) - Al

Doug Harris, director of player development, Nationals — He could emerge as the front-runner for the GM job in Milwaukee. Harris is a longtime scouting and development director who embraces both analytics and traditional scouting, seemingly striking a healthy balance between the two. Harris has worked for Doug Melvin in Texas so Melvin, who recently stepped down as Brewers president and GM and is now a team adviser, may have a comfort level with him.--Boston Globe

This sort of implies Doug will be making the decision, but while I'm sure MA will value his input, Doug will be one of several voices he listens to. I think Counsell will probably have to, for lack of a better word, "ok" the choice, as MA will not want to pair Craig with a boss that Counsell despises or does not trust. 

8/16/2015 02:48:00 PM

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