Al's Ramblings



Thursday, April 30, 2015

(4/30/2015 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Bucks lose game six, and probably lose Giannis for the first game or two next season, as he tried to injure Mike Dunleavy as he took a three.

Immature, but that's the type of play you get from immature players. Needless to say, if a redraft were held today, Giannis would be the #1 or #2 pick of his draft class, so you take the childish, Sanders like bad decisions and use them as a teaching tool.

Incredible return to relevance this season, and with a deep team that will have cap room, Jabari Parker returning, and a mid 1st round pick joining the team next year, the future looks bright.

Hopefully, Middleton signs an extension this offseason and soon, we will hear news that a new arena will be included in the state budget. No one would have believed the outlook would be so positive just a year after a 15 win campaign.


4/30/2015 09:00:00 PM



(4/30/2015 08:30:00 PM) - Al

I would have to assume the hold up is quite minimal, since Governor Walker would not be getting involved if they were $250M apart. I would guess they might well be down to the last $50M or so, which while technically the toughest, means they are in the home stretch.


4/30/2015 08:30:00 PM



(4/30/2015 03:01:00 PM) - Al

She gets naked to show her distaste for being looked at for sexual purposes.

Heh. Wait until her future employer googles her name. Lotsa luck young lady.


4/30/2015 03:01:00 PM



(4/30/2015 02:24:00 PM) - Al

Tough not to admire Nick Vujicic, but let me tell you, I bet there are plenty of single guys out there, that have arms and legs, that are saying, "Oh, c'mon, he married HER!"


4/30/2015 02:24:00 PM



(4/30/2015 01:57:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have played seven series this season and lost each of them. They have the majors’ worst record and other clubs are focusing on Milwaukee becoming the first willing seller in the trade market. One executive speculated that beyond catcher Jonathan Lucroy and starter Jimmy Nelson any other Brewer could be in play.

The contract Milwaukee would most like to get rid of almost certainly won’t happen because of Ryan Braun’s drug history, declining play (he had a .590 OPS before hitting two homers Wednesday) and five years at $95 million remaining on his contract after making $12 million this season.

But third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who announced his retirement after this season, has gotten hot. Kyle Lohse, a free agent after this season, has not pitched well, but has a good track record. Jonathan Broxton, Gerardo Parra and Adam Lind could be viewed as helpful pieces for a contender.

The most interesting Brewer, though, would be Carlos Gomez, who could come off the disabled list (hamstring) as early as Saturday. He is signed through next year ($9 million) and if the Brewers think they are looking at a long rebuild and are unlikely to extend the center fielder, now may be the best time to get the biggest return for the former Met.--NY Post

I would disagree with pre arby players being marketed, and for that matter, Lucroy not being shopped...though I doubt he is dealt. For instance, Peralta? Doubt it. Jeffress? Possible, but doubt it. Scooter? Same as Jeremy. Davis? Probably not. Will Smith? Same as Khris. Mark A has shown no inclination to go in for a rebuild of any sort, more of a "reload" type of philosophy.Besides, trading a player with four or five years of team control remaining for a guy with six...a rare occurrence, to say the least. For the most part, young proven commodities are not traded. Who is? Unproven prospects and expensive players...and those I listed are neither.

However, they do have pieces that will interest any contender; Lohse and Garza would be in any team's rotation (and if they don't, that's a 110 win team), Broxton into any bullpen, Cotts into most, Parra onto any roster, Ramirez or Lind would improve the batting order of 20+ teams, and probably a dozen AL clubs.

I would say the wildcard, in addition to Gomez, who is signed so cheap his value doubles, is Segura. He is young, has several years of team control, is inexpensive for now, and plays a premium position, in which the bar is set so low, all a SS has to do is not suck and he'll have teams knocking at his door. Sardinas and Arcia are incredibly valuable cogs, be it as future contributors or as prospects who can play SS. Heck, Hector Gomez is a slick fielder who smacks the ball with authority rarely seen from a middle infielder. He might make a more than sufficient stopgap at SS, as the bar is set so low (average of .307/.359 in '14...take out the top five, I bet it's close to a .280/.320).

Hector, who spent a decade swinging the bat more like Ben Sheets than Larry Sheets, had 400+ solid AAA PA's last year, and not only had a 800+ OPS, but 40% of his hits were for extra bases (to compare, Parra is a corner OF, has a 29 XB% in his big league career, most of it in ARI's offensive environment; Segura 22 XB%).

EDIT: I just wanted to throw this in...I am not a perpetual rebuilder, and would not be in any rush to make a move, as while the math is against the Crew, a 15 of 20 run would probably have them 3-4 games out of a wildcard spot. With the quality starts they have been getting, that is quite possible. If it's July and the struggles continue, the solution is apparent. As I have said, some wanted to rebuild in 2008 and 2011, so it's just the way some choose to go through life...one look at the Twins last few years shows how painful that can be. 


4/30/2015 01:57:00 PM



(4/30/2015 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Why do I think it's great Bernie Sanders is running for president?

Because he agrees with Hillary and Obama on 95% of the issues...and he freely admits to being a socialist.

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...and wants the successful to pay taxes because the government knows how to run things better than the private sector....that is a socialist, power hungry duck who does not believe in capitalism, the free market, or pretty much everything the USA was built on.

And yes, I do find it amusing that the Dems keep trotting out Medicare recipients as candidates. McCain was way too old...but Hill and Bern...they're mature and wise beyond their years!


4/30/2015 01:17:00 PM



(4/30/2015 01:10:00 PM) - Al

The truth hurts, but Trump is right...our race relations are as bad as they have been in fifty years, and infinite times worse than they were under W.

Cry wolf and the problems worsen. We all saw that coming.

Told ya so.


4/30/2015 01:10:00 PM



(4/30/2015 01:06:00 PM) - Al

It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people people so they can tell us what to do.--Steve Jobs

This is what I call "we know better than you do" syndrome. Back when I was in retail, I used to get an every other month magazine called Retailing Today. One of the best things I ever read was when KMart declared bankruptcy (for those keeping score at home, the first time), they would send out advice and directions to stores nonstop...several times a day...on how to merchandize, what to read on the PA, how to unlock the doors in the morning (OK, just threw that in for fun), and so on. Store personnel would say they didn't have time to do a fraction of the stuff, but the feeling was "Corporate knows best." After they went broke, they eliminated an entire level of middle management, and the work flow lightened, and they were more efficient.

When you hire good people, tell them what you expect, but don't show them how to do it. If they do it your way, you know it works. If they don't, see what way works better. This is how good companies grow, and how bad companies keep doing the same thing wrong.


4/30/2015 01:06:00 PM



(4/30/2015 11:48:00 AM) - Al

Not only does she look great, but an "uncovered back" is not a problem for any woman...with the only exception I can think of being "if you're a Duggar."

School pretty much make horrible decisions like this every day, simply because they are power hungry and simply put, because they can. They don't bother writing out a formal dress code, and then make all their decisions on the spur of the moment.

And then they wonder why they get in trouble. Clueless.


4/30/2015 11:48:00 AM



(4/30/2015 08:39:00 AM) - Al

Rondo, despite labels of "unique" and "different' would appear to be pure poison.

Lots of luck getting anything for him. His value has plummeted.


4/30/2015 08:39:00 AM


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

(4/29/2015 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Luckily, they've written up a how to cheat the government to do list, because when you're using drugs, drinking too much,a nd sleeping until noon, it's mighty hard maintaining a good enough memory to remember 14 things.

It's broken, Barry. Admit it and fix it. And no, it isn't racism to tell people how poor of a job you are doing.


4/29/2015 01:00:00 PM



(4/29/2015 11:58:00 AM) - Al

Curfew and National Guard seems to have desired outcome, no protests going on in Baltimore as of the lunch hour .

Too bad they let the city burn for days while they hoped the thugs would develop a set of values. Criminals don't stop to sing folk songs, they cause trouble. 

EDIT: Many seem to be thinking the mom who slapped her kid turned the tables, and that suddenly, the community saw the riots as something that could be fixed. She might have saved the city. 


4/29/2015 11:58:00 AM



(4/29/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The Dems' reaction to Whole Foods feeding those who are trying to keep thugs from burning down an entire city.

So glad they're not on my side.


4/29/2015 11:30:00 AM



(4/29/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al




Amen. Arrest, jail, rinse, repeat.

 I don't care if you just bus them a few hours away to a prison and let them go. We're seeing what babying them does.


4/29/2015 11:00:00 AM



(4/29/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

About time. Wish he would have done this before the 2012 election.


4/29/2015 10:00:00 AM



(4/29/2015 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.
In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping87.4% of the Baltimore City vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland.
Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years. As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is.
Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat.
Liberalism and all the toxic government dependence and cronyism and union corruption and failed schools that comes along with it, has run amok in Baltimore for a half-century, and that is Baltimore’s problem. It is the free people of Baltimore who elect and then re-elect those who institute policies that have so spectacularly failed that once-great city. It is the free people of Baltimore who elected Mayor Room-To-Destroy.
You can call the arson and looting and violence we are seeing on our television screens, rioting. That’s one way to describe the chaos. Another way to describe it is Democrat infighting. This is blue-on-blue violence. The thugs using the suspicious death of Freddie Gray (at the hands of a Democrat-led police department) to justify the looting that updates their home entertainment systems, are Democrats protesting Democrat leaders and Democrat policies in a Democrat-run city.
Poverty has nothing to do with it. This madness and chaos and anarchy is a Democrat-driven culture that starts at the top with a racially-divisive White House heartbreakingly effective at ginning up hate and violence.
Where I currently reside here in Watauga County, North Carolina, the poverty level is 31.3%. Median income is only $34,293. In both of those areas we are much worse off than Baltimore, that has a poverty rate of only 23.8% and a median income of $41,385.
Despite all that, we don’t riot here in Watauga County. Thankfully, we have not been poisoned by the same left-wing culture that is rotting Baltimore, and so many other cities like it, from the inside out. We get along remarkably well. We are neighbors. We are people who help out one another. We take pride in our community, and are grateful for what we do have. We are far from perfect, but we work out our many differences in civilized ways. Solutions are our goal, not cronyism, narcissistic victimhood, and the blaming of others.
One attitude we don’t have here is the soul-killing belief that somebody owes us something, which, of course, is a recipe for discontent. Because if you’re not getting what’s owed to you, how can you be anything but angry?
Democrats and their never-ending grievance campaigns; their never-ending propaganda that government largess is the answer; their never-ending caves to corrupt unions; their never-ending warehousing of innocent children in failed public schools — that’s a Democrat problem, not America’s problem.
I might believe Baltimore was an American problem if the city was interested in new ideas and a new direction under new leaders. But we all know that will never happen. After Democrat policies result in despair and anarchy, Democrats always demand more of the same, only bigger.
And the media goes right along.
And things only get worse.
I wish you all the luck in the world Baltimore. And I truly wish you had the courage to change. If you ever do, send up a flare. Until then, there is nothing anyone can do for you. You are victims of your own choices, and no one can make choices for you but you.
As far as the good people of Baltimore trapped by the terrible voting of your fellow citizens, I suggest you buy more guns until you can move to a city not run by those who see rioting as part of the Master Plan.--John Nolte


It is ironic how all these cities "coincidentally" "just happen" to be liberal bastions of lawlessness, isn't it?

And how they handle it? Like they did with Mongo on Blazing Saddles...don't shoot them, you'll just make them mad. So, the violence continues, day after day, night after night, until someonme with a backbone takes charge and send in goof guys with guns, who will round up the criminal thugs and haul them away. And the few law abiding citizens will cheer.


4/29/2015 06:30:00 AM



(4/29/2015 01:04:00 AM) - Al

I'm going to borrow a line from Jon Gruden here, but it's 100% true...the Spurs might run out of time some nights, but they never lose.

They're just a joy to watch. That Rockets/Spurs series (if SA wins) is going to be a battle and a half.


4/29/2015 01:04:00 AM



(4/29/2015 12:57:00 AM) - Al

Heh.

Heyman is a master of the obvious.

Know what, other teams not doing well are likely to trade veterans as well, especially those that are free agents soon and/or making a lot of money.

Here's another news flash for ya...teams that are doing well might look to pick up a player or two.


4/29/2015 12:57:00 AM


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

(4/28/2015 07:00:00 PM) - Al

As of tonight, there is no info on the Rays' website on how to buy tickets for this weekend.

I realize 20K tiks at $10 each is $200K...pennies to MLB, but that sure is a slow response.


4/28/2015 07:00:00 PM



(4/28/2015 05:35:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Gomez wants to return Saturday, which I believe is his first day eligible.


4/28/2015 05:35:00 PM



(4/28/2015 04:55:00 PM) - Al

When you cry wolf about racism as an excuse when your socialist policies fail, don't be surprised when others do the same.

Don't say I didn't tell you so.

Coddling violent thugs only leads to more violent thugs.


4/28/2015 04:55:00 PM



(4/28/2015 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Orioles to play in empty ballpark tomorrow, then their weekend series will move to Tampa Bay, where they will play in another empty ballpark.

Well, depending on what TB does. If they would sell the tickets for $5-10 each, they might sell it out.


4/28/2015 04:25:00 PM



(4/28/2015 01:57:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what Baltimore needs more of...parents that see their children's irresponsible behavior and get upset about it.


4/28/2015 01:57:00 PM



(4/28/2015 01:53:00 PM) - Al

I'm so glad these people aren't on my side.

I'd rather lose elections without them than win with them. Blaming the Baltimore violence on the victims is akin to blaming the Holocaust on the Jews.


4/28/2015 01:53:00 PM



(4/28/2015 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Many movie theaters are staying open 24 hours this weekend to continuously show the new Avengers film.

I like to follow the movie industry as a hobby, but I tell you what...working in it might be enough to dampen anyone's enjoyment of it.


4/28/2015 01:40:00 PM



(4/28/2015 01:16:00 PM) - Al

Sixth-year president blames fourth-month GOP Congress for blocking agenda which would've aided city run by Democrats for decades.--Hale Razor

I blame W myself.


4/28/2015 01:16:00 PM



(4/28/2015 12:55:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure what folks wanted the Angels to do.

To be honest, I see this as a small market big market difference. The Brewers, Twins, or Rays would not have been able to pay Hamilton $65-70M to just go away. The Angels can. That is what gives them a huge advantage. 


4/28/2015 12:55:00 PM



(4/28/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

0.3%, wow.

I think they wish we semi intelligent beings would leave the math out of it when they try and scare people by throwing out random facts.


4/28/2015 09:00:00 AM


Monday, April 27, 2015

(4/27/2015 10:53:00 PM) - Al

Baltimore rioters taught those elderly folks a lesson by burning down their new affordable housing and senior center.--Dana Loesch

Own it Dems, these are your people and your city. 

Just like Detroit, this is exactly where their goofy policies get you. I'd be embarrassed to even show myself if I was in charge of that disaster.


4/27/2015 10:53:00 PM



(4/27/2015 10:46:00 PM) - Al

As pointed out by many, PCL West, especially Colorado Springs stats, are worthless. However, if his velocity is down, he'll struggle anywhere, as he was always a fastball first guy.


4/27/2015 10:46:00 PM



(4/27/2015 10:04:00 PM) - Al

MCW silenced his critics with a brilliant game tonight. Bucks win, and the Bulls never got it to a one possession game in the final six minutes.

I've been hard on John Henson for being so easy to push around in the paint on defense and when rebounding, but he had himself a man's game. 14 rebounds in 22 minutes? Gosh.


4/27/2015 10:04:00 PM



(4/27/2015 09:36:00 PM) - Al

McGlocklin undervaluing the time on the clock.

Bulls would rather be down 6 with 27 seconds left than down 4 with 12 seconds left. Could not let 24 second clock tick all the way down. CHI biggest obstacle is time on the c,lock, not points.


4/27/2015 09:36:00 PM



(4/27/2015 09:28:00 PM) - Al

When union protests tried blocking the Bradley Center entrance a few months ago, city police were called in and they dragged the guilty parties to jail.

I never thought Milwaukee would be a positive example for anything, but Baltimore is showing exactly how to NOT handle bad behavior. If I were king, that would be a forfeit. They should have brought in private security from other cities if necessary to secure the surrounding area. Right now, they are just making excuses and pointing fingers.

The response has to be forceful and immediate. Anything less just encourages the thugs and thug behavior.


4/27/2015 09:28:00 PM



(4/27/2015 09:02:00 PM) - Al

I can never recall a trade in which a MLB player gave up salary...the union allows deferrals and such, but never accepting less money. They must have been told by Hamilton he simply wanted no part of ANA and to let it go.


4/27/2015 09:02:00 PM



(4/27/2015 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Thugs in Baltimore continue to vandalize and behave badly (just like the WI state capitol!), the Dems can't figure out why they their efforts to ask them to please quit rioting is not working; so one man tells it like it is.

Just like with Occupy, they baby these criminals and then wonder why it gets out of hand. Of course, they realize they are their voters...ain't no conservatives out there.

We're home shaking our heads, looking forward to voting out those who ignore crime. 


4/27/2015 08:51:00 PM



(4/27/2015 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Message boards can't figure out why Parra plays RF and Schafer plays CF when they play together.

Parra CF: -1 UZR/150
Parra RF: 18 UZR/150

Schafer CF: 8 UZR/150
Schafer RF: 14 UZR/150

Parra is an outstanding corner OF, but he lacks the range of a Gomez or a Schafer. Most folks don't have any idea of range...that's why Jeter was never criticized...when the hitter hits a ground ball that gets through, the announcers even blame the pitcher.

I'm about the only person who thinks Logan would be a passable platoon CF, as his defense makes up for any offensive shortcomings (I think he'd be near average facing mostly RHP). He'd be a very good fit in many west coast parks, as SD, LA, SEA, and ARI all have huge OF's, and all but ARI hold down runs overall.


4/27/2015 06:54:00 PM



(4/27/2015 04:00:00 PM) - Al

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I am am far from an NFL fan or NFL draft expert as you can get. That said, I watched a lot of Big Ten football in the past couple years, and Tevin Coleman is the best college back I can ever recall seeing, well, at least since Herschel Walker. If he would have run behind Wisconsin's line, he would have averaged 10 yards a carry. He's projected to be a late 1st or early 2nd round pick, and he'll be a steal.

If he goes to a team with an entrenched RB, he might be the best kick return guy in the league.


4/27/2015 04:00:00 PM



(4/27/2015 03:39:00 PM) - Al

I gotta agree with Bader here...maybe if they'd stop making death threats to the governor and his family, we could save some money.

Let's be blunt, if the Dems gave a damn about saving money, they wouldn't have blown $20M on that recall farce.


4/27/2015 03:39:00 PM



(4/27/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

First lost, stranded people ever found that had gained weight.:)


4/27/2015 03:00:00 PM



(4/27/2015 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Embedded image permalink Amen.

When you cry wolf about racism, the ignorant pretend to see it everywhere. His constant defense of criminals and criticism of cops doing their jobs is an absolute disgrace, and had led to violence and thuggery. Too shortsighted to see past his own ego.

He has been wrong EVERY SINGLE TIME.


4/27/2015 02:00:00 PM



(4/27/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I saw this a while back, read through it, and didn't think much of it.

Since, I've thought back to it and shook my head several times. So, I went back and reread it, and I simply cannot believe one fact...all three act as if they should not be judged by their looks, their bodies, their clothing. They are reporters, nothing more.

Um, seriously? Why are there no women that are "normal" looking in those jobs? Even the least unattractive of these women are very good looking. Are they living in a fantasy world, or are so blinded by ego that they can't see it?

Would Erin Andrews, who was really the first one to become a household name holding a mike and asking the coach why they were down 27-7, say the same thing?


4/27/2015 12:30:00 PM



(4/27/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

The left hates freedom of speech.

By the way, I can't wait for the money they have wasted trying to make something stick against the guy they can't beat, so they try to push him out with fraud.


4/27/2015 12:00:00 PM



(4/27/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Last Sunday, I began a strict eating plan based on Ideal, which is a protein based, low carb, low calorie pushed by many hospitals and clinics (google it, hey, I ain't getting paid). I had some friends on it and they have had success (he lost 38 and she lost 25 in the first four weeks). Eating mostly baked chicken, fish, and roasted or microwaved veggies, between 1000 and 1500 calories a day, and 30-45 minutes of exercise 3-4 times, I'm down 27 after a week. No dairy (first time in my life I haven't had cheese for a week), no sugar (well, I suppose there is some in ranch, tarter sauce, and ketchup, and I use shake and bake, if you cook it for like 20 minutes too long and put paprika on the top, it actually resembles fried, a trick I learned on the Chew), no grain.

I must admit, that's something, though being a fattie, I often lose a lot the first week. I am about 3 pounds above my "plateau" weight, where I always get stuck and eventually give up. I committed to doing this until July 4th (my friends are on it until Labor Day), so we'll see.


4/27/2015 11:00:00 AM



(4/27/2015 10:14:00 AM) - Al

Support for Bucks' arena very high "in context."

If you tell people they would lose $6M a year in the athlete and entertainer tax, they would understand. Many are covering that up a bit, which is too bad.

And yes, this could all be avoided if the city or county would step up. 


4/27/2015 10:14:00 AM



(4/27/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al




Love.


4/27/2015 10:00:00 AM



(4/27/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Next time someone tells you the USA is a third world nation, or that we have no middle class, ask them the recipe for dirt cookies.

The irony, of course, is that the left proudly would have everyone be a have not...that's how they would "spreads the wealth."


4/27/2015 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, April 26, 2015

(4/26/2015 10:30:00 PM) - Al

This is 100% true, because I remember being so unhappy Obama was taking credit for W's efforts.

Since then, the foreign policy experts have let it all go to hell because they're so much more intelligent than we are.


4/26/2015 10:30:00 PM



(4/26/2015 05:29:00 PM) - Al

Scooter and Fiers in the Dumb and Dumber tuxedos for the trip to Cincy for "clubhouse stuff."


4/26/2015 05:29:00 PM



(4/26/2015 03:11:00 PM) - Al

They will find all the data is either made up or fiddled with. As long as there is money involved, crooks like Al Gore will try and make up a reason for you to send him your money.


4/26/2015 03:11:00 PM



(4/26/2015 02:39:00 PM) - Al

Randy Choate of the Cards has 7 appearances this year, has faced 7 batters, and officially, has 1 IP.

Heh.

He might not be able to retain a roster spot once they have to replace Wainwright with a more "normal" SP. More innings to eat up for the bullpen, unless they go with 8 guys...I think they were before they had to call up another catcher, so they might.


4/26/2015 02:39:00 PM



(4/26/2015 02:25:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife and I planned a couple midweek days for late June, the last week before the Dells becomes a zoo...no offense to zoos. The Brewers play a Thursday afternoon game, so I'll attend that while the wife and son do a water park that day.

That's the only benefit of not having the Rambling dog anymore, though I'd happily give it up to have him back.


4/26/2015 02:25:00 PM



(4/26/2015 12:25:00 PM) - Al

The left spent months defending Williams and blasting Chris Kyle.

Lie in your bed boys.


4/26/2015 12:25:00 PM



(4/26/2015 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal reports Braun's no trade clause allows him to only be dealt to five teams...the Angels, Dodgers, Nationals, Rays, and Marlins.

TB and DC are strange inclusions. 


4/26/2015 12:16:00 PM


Saturday, April 25, 2015

(4/25/2015 11:53:00 PM) - Al

There is hope.

The 1973 SL Cardinals started 3-15 and finished the season 81-81, 1.5 games out of first...however, they had a poor second half, after an outstanding May/June/July stretch.They were actually 51-45 at the all star break. Slumps and poor stretches happen.

This team is not going to play at a .167 pace all year. They have four quality starts in a row and hit a couple fly balls to the warning track every day. When you're slumping, you run into goofy things...like facing 4 starters in a row with a sub 2 ERA.

Wait until a ground ball or two finds a hole, and when a 3-2 pitch a few inches off the corner is called ball four instead of strike three.


4/25/2015 11:53:00 PM



(4/25/2015 10:43:00 PM) - Al

Fans not allowed to leave Camden Yards due to Baltimore riots (CBS has told everyone to call it a "disturbance).

The president is doing a stand up routine at the White House correspondent's dinner.

We are in the best of hands. 


4/25/2015 10:43:00 PM



(4/25/2015 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Anyone who questions whether unions help terrible employees keep their jobs, allow me to introduce CB Bucknor.

They should pay him only when he gets a close call correct....but I suppose he'd quit after working for free for a few years. How these guys can't hit 50% is something for the math guys to ponder.

You know it's bad when you hear more laughter than cheers when they showed the replay on the scoreboard. 


4/25/2015 08:07:00 PM



(4/25/2015 07:56:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers may shift to a rebuilding stance, and teams are in constant contact about Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura.--Rosenthal via MLBTR

Gomez actually has bonus value, since Doug locked him up right before he broke out...at $8M this and $9M next, he is paid less than half what a similar player might be making. The Brewers have several solid OF's coming up, though I think Tyrone Taylor is the only one playing CF, well, those not 4-5 years away.

Segura is off to a good start, and the Crew is as deep as any team in baseball at SS in the high minors, with Sardinas at AAA and Arcia at AA. Yadiel Rivera might have a future too, but was moved to 2B now that Arcia has him blocked and has caught up to him. Arcia is only 20, and is one of the youngest players in the Southern League, so he might not be ready yet, but his ceiling is so high, Segura's name will continue to come up.


4/25/2015 07:56:00 PM



(4/25/2015 07:39:00 PM) - Al

Wainwright hurt his foot the exact same way I did 22 years ago. Suddenly, it just gave out when I was on my way to 1B. In my case, it was a sprained foot...basically, if your foot turns one way, you hurt your ankle, which happens about 90% of the time. The other 10%, you hurt your tendon that runs across the top of your foot.

I've never been the same since, it still hurts if I stand on a ladder or take a step on something in which I land with my foot not flat. I missed a couple weeks of work, and about 4 weeks of softball...of course, I did not receive excellent rehab and such, and did not even get a correct prognosis until I went in a week later wondering why it was not healing. For a pro, I would guess a week or two, longer if the tendon was torn. I was able to put weight on it and it got progressively worse, Wainwright looked like he got shot.


4/25/2015 07:39:00 PM



(4/25/2015 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Bucks win on a Bayless layup at the buzzer. Rose lost the ball trying to run the clock down for the last shot. That might be his first subpar play of the series.


4/25/2015 07:32:00 PM



(4/25/2015 07:16:00 PM) - Al

DeAndre Jordan is a solid NBA player, and is a very good rebounder and defender. However, he basically has no offensive game other than being able to dunk.

He was -31 last night versus the Spurs. SA can beat anyone only having to defend 4 players. Simply put, he's so bad on offense it makes him nothing but an average player.


4/25/2015 07:16:00 PM



(4/25/2015 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe no one seems to point out the obvious about the Bucks' 2nd Q runs, giving credit to the Bucks' bench...Derrick Rose is out of the game then. His backup, Aaron Brooks is not even a mediocre backup point guard, never mind all star, top ten player like Rose, when healthy, of course.


4/25/2015 06:05:00 PM



(4/25/2015 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Dykstra has a .400 OBP in several consecutive AAA seasons. At least as a platoon option, he seems to make perfect sense. He would seem a natural fit for the A's, though he can only play 1B or DH.

If the Crew did not have Lind, or batted RH, he'd be a nice add.


4/25/2015 03:19:00 PM



(4/25/2015 03:03:00 PM) - Al

All right, in the past, I have posted an issue or problem and got several helpful responses. Here we go.

Our dishwasher, in a matter of a couple weeks, has gone from perfect to almost unusable. It leaves a sheet of white film on the dishes and on the dishwasher itself. Everyone tells us this is hard water. But, you see, it never did this before, in the dozen years we've lived here. Our old dishwasher, which still worked when we replaced it, did a so so job and sounded like a jet plane taking off the entire time it ran...never did this.

--So, is it possible the water we are using...suddenly is much harder? We can see the water tower from our home, could they have changed something recently?

--While typing this up, we noticed we bought the same brand of dishwasher tabs, but a different type. That, however, was just openbed a week ago, and this problem began 2-3 weeks ago.

--When I googled it, many said to use a "dishwasher cleaner," which we have seen, but never bought. We have used a homemade vinegar solution which works great, but does not prevent future film.

--We've checked and double checked, and cleaned the filters.They seem perfect.

Any thoughts or ideas, shoot me an email (sidebar) or tweet me (sidebar).




4/25/2015 03:03:00 PM



(4/25/2015 02:39:00 PM) - Al

I think this is a good first step. Heroin kills, and we need to quit acting as if it doesn't.

The real issue here is not heroin, it's what causes a human being to wake up one day and decide to put poison in their body. This isn't like being a fat guy like me, because if I do not eat, eventually, it will kill me. I have to eat. No one has to do heroin. I can't fathom anyone evening pondering using it.

But people do.

By the way, or a kind of related tangent, the above is why Medifast works so well...if you drink shakes and don't eat, eventually, you cheat less and don't think as much about eating bad foods, too much of something, and so on. The problem with Medifast is, when folks start eating again, the bad habits return. And yes, that happens anytime you diet or "go on a plan."


4/25/2015 02:39:00 PM



(4/25/2015 01:33:00 PM) - Al

To paraphrase Bruce Jenner--I feel more comfortable as a woman.

To paraphrase liberal reaction of Twitter--Good for him. None of my business. To each their own. 

To paraphrase Bruce Jenner--And, I'm a Republican. 

To paraphrase liberal reaction of Twitter--I lost all respect for him. What an idiot! He's for the principles that made this country great? I hope he dies.

It's funny because it's true.


4/25/2015 01:33:00 PM



(4/25/2015 12:14:00 PM) - Al

Hamilton will give up $6M because he's getting out of the tax hell of CA.

I just can't stop patting myself on the back, though seeing a long term contract for an addict who had a few good years in the offensive paradise of Arlington was unlikely to work out well was not a rare opinion.


4/25/2015 12:14:00 PM


Friday, April 24, 2015

(4/24/2015 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Someday, if we're unlucky, we will learn to be as polite and civil as the left.


4/24/2015 10:30:00 PM



(4/24/2015 08:06:00 PM) - Al

One almost forgets how bad MLB umpires are.

The lack of effort and/or ability to make even the most routine call is mind numbing.


4/24/2015 08:06:00 PM



(4/24/2015 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Remember how upset many fans were the Brewers did not sign Hamilton?

I assume the Rangers will be getting him for free, or close to it, and barely paying any of his salary. And, Narron gets a job again.


4/24/2015 06:02:00 PM



(4/24/2015 03:02:00 PM) - Al

This is the same thing the left did 40-50 years ago.

Whenever a Dem feigns anger at someone saying they are not as patriotic as the right, I always speak the truth:

"That's because you're not," is my reply. The proof is in history.


4/24/2015 03:02:00 PM



(4/24/2015 02:35:00 PM) - Al

I always have trouble proving stuff that ain't true.

Of course, it causes me to lie more to cover up previous lies.

And hence, welcome to the "climate change is real" meeting.


4/24/2015 02:35:00 PM



(4/24/2015 02:24:00 PM) - Al

Adam says Doug is not saying "the word" but is hinting at it.

Nice note on Lucroy. I am a Maldonado fan and feel he would be a better than average starting C overall, but even I would not pretend he isn't a few wins below Lucroy.


4/24/2015 02:24:00 PM



(4/24/2015 02:06:00 PM) - Al

My mom said she could still fit into her wedding dress. Sure, she's the same size she was when she was eight months pregnant, but...--Amy Schumer


4/24/2015 02:06:00 PM



(4/24/2015 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Rory Vaden talks about abundance and living well.

If you earn it, it's yours. Those that hesitate to make the most of their life often justify it by saying "I got everything I need." While in truth, they just are stuck in mediocrity.

I know the feeling, I just don't pretend to be giddy about it.


4/24/2015 01:48:00 PM



(4/24/2015 01:21:00 PM) - Al

I keep seeing lefties bragging about how MN raised taxes and is doing great. Of course...people don't move on a whim...but things don't look real utopian across the border.

Like the Northeast US and old Midwest manufacturing (IL/MI), they vote with their feet. Over time, they will lose population, which puts more pressure on those that remain...which usually leads to even higher taxes. It is not a coincidence red states are gaining residents and blue states are losing. Even those who say they're OK with paying more choose not to.


4/24/2015 01:21:00 PM



(4/24/2015 01:04:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure how, but college will be completely different in 5-15 years. I see it as sort of a social meeting place for the young to better themselves, almost like a prep school for young adults, or more of a haven for those seeking specific skills, like what tech colleges/schools do today.

Most serious students will probably get their education online, as it is quicker and far more efficient.

I said this a few years ago, and Mark Cuban said the same thing recently. It is simply impossible for the present day to continue...their greed guarantees that.


4/24/2015 01:04:00 PM



(4/24/2015 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Longtime reader, and infrequent writer. Just wanted to share a few thoughts I have had since the season started. 

First off, I want to thank you for your blog. I wish there was 20 others like it, as your mix of chatter is informative and entertaining. I share your disgust for the response to the early struggles. Look, last year, we suffered through the Bucks being the worst team in the league and being historically bad. I think I've heard more talk in the last couple weeks about the Brewers being awful than the Bucks all last year. Now, this might be a sign, like the TV ratings, that the Brewers are just far more popular and more fans discussing them. Or, could it be we're just spoiled? As you pointed out, this team has competed and at least been on the brink of contention for a decade straight. The Dean Taylor era has been forgotten and despite our market size, the fan base seems to expect it. Even the Ken Macha years were near .500, with better health and a break here and there, they could have won as many games as the Royals did last season. You know, the Royals don't even make the playoffs if they had not been expanded. You'd think they won 100 games last year but they were barely better than us. They got hot at the right time and still had to have Oakland give up all those runs to get past the wildcard. If you listen to talk radio or read fan boards, you would think Macha's teams won 40 games. 

You mentioned how the Winnipeg fans cheered at the end of the game last night. Our fans have been booing. It's just so pathetic. I truly feel this is a direct result of our sustained success. It frustrates me because the season has barely started. As you pointed out, if they don't work back to .500 in the next few weeks which is going to be awful tough without three starting position players, it's awful tough to win all those games back in the second half of the season. By that point, they could be in full 2016 and beyond mode, as they should be. One thing I sort of disagree with is your casualness in calling most fans casual. I know most fans are pretty unknowledgeable, but they spend their money and go to the games, so they're active, even if they know little. 

I just wish they would be true fans instead of spoiled brats. 

James

James is probably saying what many of us are thinking. And, for the most part I agree.

--No doubt the Crew is much more popular in WI than the Bucks, as proven by the fact about 2.5-3 times as many people watch their games. My bet is, radio ratings are even wider, though the sport, season, and tradition play a large part in that.

--Spoiled? All of us are spoiled in some way, as we live in one of the richest nations to ever exist, and our past is one of unprecedented achievement and freedom. He makes a good point, as many seem to forget this is a small market team...they can contend and compete if smart moves are made, but rarely do you see a small market team have a long, sustained run of success. Things have to go well; good health being key, and 2-3 players often have far better seasons than you expect, often a breakout campaign or career year. Think of Nyjer Morgan in '11, Sal Torres in '08, and so on. Have many forgotten this, or simply "don't get it?" Without a doubt.

--As for the discussion of the slump, I have touched on it, and the TV guys did too. 3-13 is obvious in April, and far less so in June. They might go from 2 games back to 7, or from 3 up to 3 down. Point taken though, if they had lost 110 games once or twice in the past five years, there would be a "another bad year" vibe. Since those memories have been buried in the last decade, panic and blame set in.

I worked retail for 15 years. Whenever I was in a store or a market that had a bad visit, you'd see a different side to people. Folks handle fear and bad news differently. For the most part, I rarely had bad visits, even disappointing ones were usually just "B-" grades, not a D of F. A few times, I was dispatched for a week or month to assist a poor performing store to "get caught up." Almost everyone blamed someone, and it was never themselves. Often though, it was just a slow decline to mediocrity, or maybe a bit below. They got behind, then further, and finally, being behind was the norm.

Friends, the slow start  is the same as a bad visit...thus, blame and panic is the common reaction, especially if your understanding of the situation is minimal. Heck, pro sports and college sports hire and fire people so often, it's hard to keep up. Every study I've seen shows teams that change philosophies and leadership often have far less success, which makes sense, as the first step of a new group is usually to rebuild, and blame the previous braintrust for needing to do so. While fans tend to recall the team that sucked and suddenly was good after some sort of change, it happens rarely, and it happens all the time without any change being made...teams tend to settle toward the mean. If a team has .500 talent, and plays .400 or .600 ball for a month or two, odds are, they will probably end up at or near their actual talent level, regardless of adjustments.

--I often discuss how message boards and talk radio are magnets for casuals. First of all, James, like many others, dislikes the term "casuals" or "casual fans." The problem is, it's true. However, I use it factually, not as a negative. I'm a casual Bucks' fan, for the most part. I'm a casual NFL fan, as I enjoy watching a good game, but don't follow it closely. I watch some tennis, but often just when pretty women are playing. But, the problem is, serious fans don't show up in a different font, their common sense thoughts get lost in amongst the casuals, who use cliches and quote Major League and Bull Durham...and mean it. They think players should have a temper tantrum when they hit a line drive out with the bases loaded...they don't realize the batter succeeded...he hit the ball hard. They think a pitcher should throw his glove when he gives up a ground ball through the hole between the SS and 3B, or a blooper that falls into short CF when the infield was in.

They have no concept of skill/luck, nor the simple fact that pro athletes are taught how to keep their emotions inside, much in same way military personnel are. They're human, so it slips out, but for the most part, KRod looks the same when he's on the mound if he has struck out his first two batters or just allowed a game tying HR.

That isn't because he doesn't care, it's because he's mature and well trained.

It's a shame fans aren't. 






4/24/2015 12:40:00 PM



(4/24/2015 11:20:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife told me this last night during the Bucks' game.

Many of us have watched every episode of Raymond a dozen times in syndication and on TV Land. Heck, I cannot believe that their appearance at the TV Land awards was five years ago, seems like a couple at most.

Simply unfathomable.


4/24/2015 11:20:00 AM



(4/24/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

There are only two things certain in life (at MSNBC)...death and not paying taxes.--Dennis Miller

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.--Maggie Thatcher

The left believes they can create their own little utopia simply by taking the wealth that others have earned and redistributing it to themselves. And when you ask them who is going to do all the dirty work in their magical rainbow colored collective, they look at each other and say, "Well, not me...it's my idea. You know, the little people will have to do that kind of stuff. After all, I'm going on vacation soon."


4/24/2015 09:00:00 AM



(4/24/2015 05:00:00 AM) - Al

National labor force participation rate as of March is 62.7%. In Wisconsin, it is 68.4%.--Governor Walker

Just more proof Obama's doing a far better job.:)

You laugh, but that's exactly how the Dems think. The numbers do not support their argument, but they shrug their shoulders, ponder ways to raise taxes while calling it something like "revenue enhancements," and stimulate the economy by, wait for it, spending more on pork.

They just don't understand how Walker's ideas work...this stuff about letting people keep more of the money they earn...Christ, it's as stupid as Reagan!!




4/24/2015 05:00:00 AM



(4/24/2015 01:07:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers have put a quality product on the field fairly consistently for some time now...But the club’s brutal start to 2015 could be cause to pursue more dramatic roster turnover, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com writes. GM Doug Melvin seemingly acknowledged that possibility: “It’s good we have 140 some games left. But we’ve got to see change here. We’ve got to see the arrow pointing in the other direction pretty soon,” he said. “Maybe there’s a point you have to say, you have to reset, retool.”---MLBTR

As I have said before, the Gallardo trade was a message. Doug knows he needs a 3B and a SP for 2016, at the bare minimum. Had they started 13-3, well, those holes could have been put on the back burner. Maybe the answers are in the system, either in MIL or in the minors right now. 


4/24/2015 01:07:00 AM


Thursday, April 23, 2015

(4/23/2015 11:59:00 PM) - Al

Bucks with a coin flip loss to the Bulls, in which they showed they are talented (probably not AS talented as the Bulls) enough to compete. Chicago hit a ton of 3's, again, and most were open or barely contested. They had the last shot in regulation and in the first overtime, and did not come close on either.

Disappointing. As they briefly discussed during the game, they may well have defeated Toronto if the Raptors would have won a single game more (or the Bulls lost one more). Damn shame, but it is what it is.

Simply amazing how far they've come. They're not there, but they're a couple pieces and some growth from Giannis, MCW, and Parker away from 50 wins.

That said, they're probably not that far from 30 W's, as proven by 15 wins last season and, if memory serves, a point differential that should have led to 25 wins or so last season.

Probably the most important offseason in a decade. They need to keep the "core" (and decide who all is part of the core) and add a draft pick along with a wily veteran or two.


4/23/2015 11:59:00 PM



(4/23/2015 08:12:00 PM) - Al

I don't think they understand "satire."

It's like real cowboys being offended by the campfire scene in Blazing Saddles. Lighten the hell up.


4/23/2015 08:12:00 PM



(4/23/2015 07:19:00 PM) - Al

Very disappointing to hear the crowd is 40-50% Bulls' fans at the Bradley Center.

I get it, not only did Bulls' fans buy them from the Bucks, many season ticket holders probably sold one of the two games to "help defer" the cost of their playoff package...hey, I'm a capitalist and a free market guy, I get it.

Just too bad. I'll leave it at that. 


4/23/2015 07:19:00 PM



(4/23/2015 05:10:00 PM) - Al

Wisconsin unemployment rate was 9.2% in January of 2010. It was 8.1% in December 2010. Down to 4.6% in March 2015.--Governor Walker

FYI, the Dems claimed "full employment" was right around 94% (6% unemployment) back when Obama's was proudly 9-10%. And yes, they said it with a straight face after W's administration averaged 5.1% during his eight years (remember, it was as bad as the Depression).

So, if you add the above two statements together, I'm thinking Walker and W may have to be labeled as deities by the libs. That's gonna hurt.


4/23/2015 05:10:00 PM



(4/23/2015 04:08:00 PM) - Al

See how easy this game is if you get good pitching? They'll be fine if they give up two runs every game all season like the last two contests.

And, barring a 10 game winning streak, or a 15 of 18 stretch, good to see Lohse, who is a FA at season's end, put it all together, as his value may well end up being a pair of prospects he brings back.


4/23/2015 04:08:00 PM



(4/23/2015 02:25:00 PM) - Al

I have to admit, this looks very impressive.


4/23/2015 02:25:00 PM



(4/23/2015 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Amy Schumer's Comedy Central show is back, and this video is getting, ahem, quite a few mentions.

Adult language, adult outfits, and well, there ain't nothing about Amy Schumer that is not for the 18+ folks.

Her show premiered season three Tuesday night and in addition to the above video, there was a skit about football and rape that went on for about ten minutes, and repeated the same basic joke every 10-15 seconds. Amazingly...it worked.

She's not for everyone, but if you enjoy humor that pushes the edge, DVR it. I was DVRing something else early, so set it to tape the midnight or 1AM version, and it was completely edit free, uncut, no bleeps. I did find it interesting, that despite her stunning looks, her stand up basically is her ripping on herself and her appearance.


4/23/2015 12:57:00 PM



(4/23/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Note almost all of these "predictions" meet the Rambling rule of saying something to try and make money...the "end of the world" or "sky is falling" scenario is a few years away, usually 5-10.

Long enough away to not panic anyone into heading for the woods, but just close enough to make people worry. And...maybe buy something.

They were all wrong then, and they will continue to be. How do I know? Because they're all self important attention whores who have all but worthless degrees. And no one cares what they say.


4/23/2015 12:30:00 PM



(4/23/2015 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, nothing sparks job creation and starting your own business like raising taxes.

Regardless of the question, it's the only answer they got.


4/23/2015 12:00:00 PM



(4/23/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al

After years without a nickname, North Dakota is in the process of getting a new one.

Of course, we all know "Sioux" will be submitted by thousands, and probably win with write ins, whenever they hold the vote. That said, I find it very sad they've not had one for so long, and hope they realize they'll sell oodles of merch no matter how goofy or stupid the new choice is.

North Dakota State is the Bison, which would have been near the top of my list. I can almost guarantee you the new one will be found on this page somewhere.

Northern Pike (or is it Pikes)? Meadowlarks? Roughriders? Flickertails (how many of you knew that means ground squirrels)? Arrowheads would be a play on the Sioux heritage and I assume would be approved.


4/23/2015 11:30:00 AM



(4/23/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Frank Kaminsky signing in Waukesha...$50.

I know lots of guys sign for free, and lots do not. No one has ever asked for mine, so it's none of my business what he does. That said...wow.

No offense to Frank, but if his market value is $50, Lebron's must be $300-400.


4/23/2015 10:00:00 AM



(4/23/2015 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I had no idea the DNR was supposedly doing this...they must really suck at it, because I've seen deer sit a month or two in the same place.

Couldn't our highway patrol and sheriff's deputies just use the shovel in their trunk and push them off the road into the brush, where scavengers will dispose of them? I worked with another person today because we have a client together in Gleason, and she saw four eagles land about fifteen feet off the road, and she said they must be tearing apart a deer or other animal, as four would not in the same spot otherwise. That seems like a lot to spend on something so...easily taken care of.


4/23/2015 09:30:00 AM



(4/23/2015 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Nothing funnier than someone who follows you on Twitter telling you to "go away!"--Dennis Miller

Heh. Like emails telling you the stuff you write is of poor quality.

I know I never keep reading crap. Why do they?


4/23/2015 06:30:00 AM



(4/23/2015 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Goodness.


4/23/2015 05:30:00 AM



(4/23/2015 04:30:00 AM) - Al

Also in the news, no proof the boogeyman is in your closet.

You can't prove a negative, you fools. The pro disease folks need to learn how to read and wonder why no one under 60 has polio.


4/23/2015 04:30:00 AM


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

(4/22/2015 11:58:00 PM) - Al

Fans all over should be shown the fan reaction in the last minute or so of the Winnipeg Jets' game tonight. A standing ovation, "Go Jets go" chants.

This is a city that knows the pain of losing their only team, and built a new arena with no guarantee (and little hope) of getting another. And they're back. In the playoffs. No wins, but when Anaheim hit an empty net goal to clinch the game and series, after a few seconds, the cheers began.

It was a lesson for everyone. This is entertainment. Cheer loudly. Cheer louder when your team isn't very good. And cheer loudest when your team needs your support.


4/22/2015 11:58:00 PM



(4/22/2015 10:09:00 PM) - Al

I pretty much called this one last night...Wooten up for Thornburg.


4/22/2015 10:09:00 PM



(4/22/2015 10:03:00 PM) - Al

When you're running bad, you look up and Johnny Cueto is on the mound. They were lucky they got one.

Cueto, going 130 pitches on a chilly April night, doesn't exactly scream long term planning or common sense to me though.


4/22/2015 10:03:00 PM



(4/22/2015 07:52:00 PM) - Al

God to see Orlando Arcia doing so well in AA, albeit very early, very young, great defender; he's a SS that can hit too. He might be ready soon...if the Brewers are sellers this summer, with Sardinas at AAA and Arcia at AA, Segura might well be marketed as SS is a strength of the organization


4/22/2015 07:52:00 PM



(4/22/2015 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Mark A on his way to Milwaukee to talk to the braintrust, gives a halfhearted endorsement, saying he's not looking at the GM or manager as the problem.

With Roenicke, he's barely had a strategic decision to even make. As the link states, the entire lineup hit in Arizona, so it could just be a combo platter of good pitching and bad BAbip.

You can sense in the piece that Doug knows it might be time to rebuild, which he has referred to as "pulling back" at times. As I said at the time of the Gallardo trade, that is not a trade a team planning to contend makes. Mark A has said he does not know how the fans would react to rebuilding, at least not in the "tear it down and start over" sense; so he has just avoided it. Has that led to mediocrity? Well, 81 games is .500, and 88-90 is a playoff spot, so "mediocrity" is also known by another word...contention.

As I have said, I have nothing against rebuilding...both the Astros and Marlins have done it and have seemingly worked back to the .500 level in just a couple seasons...however, those years of 55-60 wins are painful...the Bucks proved that last year, and after a decade of consistently playing important games in September, even a bad two weeks has resulted in many casual bandwagon fans (which is a huge number) disgustedly throwing their hands up in the air.

The irony is, many fans long for a persistent state of rebuilding, they wanted to rebuild in 2008, 2011, and so on. Why? Some just like the kids, and think if it worked with Prince, Hart, Sheets, etc, it will work with anyone. Some of it is a belief that if you "build the right way" you can have no just a good team (say that wins 88-90) but a great team, one that wins 95-100...though that rarely lasts more than a couple years. As is, they have won 74 or more every year since 2007, take a gander around MLB and see how many teams can say that...and then see how many of them are small markets.

For me, look no further than our neighbor to the north what a team "stuck" in rebuilding looks like. They've been awful for several years straight, but always seem to have a farm system that is ranked in the top half, and, well, struggle at the big league level. Since 2011, they have won between 63 and 70 games each year, and are not projected to win many more than that this year, though they could surprise, I suppose. Those that want to rebuild are seeing the team back in contention by 2017, but in reality, the Twins timeline would have the Crew as inconsequential until at least 2020...a fact, or a "bad case scenario" no one even wants to think about, but happens all the time


4/22/2015 06:48:00 PM



(4/22/2015 05:16:00 PM) - Al

I used to think this was a great idea, but them TOR and NYY did the exact same thing, claim tons of guys who had been DFA'd, and then DFA them right away, hoping they slip through and end up in AAA.

Both teams did it, and it didn't garner either a single major league player...instead, they accumulated so many veteran AAA players, they ran out of room on their roster and ended up claiming player A to DFA player B. Many pointed out they were actually doing the players an injustice, as they had no plans for them, but kept them in DFA limbo for 2-3 weeks. It is legal, and I have no problem with it...but truth is, it has not been shown to be very effective. 

Oh, and by the way, if every other team in the NL (or MLB) bypassed them, they probably aren't much of a prospect. This might be a more effective strategy if the team who gets to claim players first did it. I know Doug has used position in the past, or close to the bottom. Hopefully, they will only have that "pole position" for a short stretch. 


4/22/2015 05:16:00 PM



(4/22/2015 03:30:00 PM) - Al

This would have taken me five minutes.

As soon as some thug enters the home of another, he's on his own. The hell with 'em.


4/22/2015 03:30:00 PM



(4/22/2015 01:42:00 PM) - Al

Scott Brooks fired by OKC after seven seasons of wining 62% of their games, an average of 51 victories a season. They missed the playoffs by one game.

Remember Doug said a year or two ago that managers were more likely to get fired after a winning season. Since then, I've noticed that is far more true than one would think. Brooks immediately becomes a top contender for any job that comes open that he wants, and OKC becomes a small market to avoid.




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4/22/2015 01:42:00 PM



(4/22/2015 01:30:00 PM) - Al

The irony here?

Obama will have to ask for help from his staff whether or not this stuff is true. Because as we all know, other than Yemen being a huge success massive failure; foreign policy is beneath the legacy of the current president.


4/22/2015 01:30:00 PM



(4/22/2015 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Crew signs Michael Kirkman to minor league contract.

Nice depth piece.


4/22/2015 01:26:00 PM



(4/22/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

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When the IRS gets done auditing any group with "patriot" in the name, they might want to, you know, ask for a receipt or three.

I know, I know, lefty groups don't have to follow the same rules.


4/22/2015 11:00:00 AM



(4/22/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

We know what the answer is to our failing, far too expensive education system...but we're too busy throwing money at the problem to bother.


4/22/2015 09:00:00 AM



(4/22/2015 12:59:00 AM) - Al

Still up watching overtime playoff hockey. Don't care who wins, just fun watching the fun.


4/22/2015 12:59:00 AM



(4/22/2015 12:57:00 AM) - Al

Just something to think about, I would say we're a short start away from the Crew sending Thornburg down and bringing up a fresh arm...not because Tyler has pitched badly, but because he and Blazek have had to pitch so often.


4/22/2015 12:57:00 AM


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

(4/21/2015 10:12:00 PM) - Al

Tell you what...if Doogie Howser's success saying unfunny things and having the old media insist that it is funny, funny stuff all but proves that it is possible to sell one's soul.

It'll only seem like an eternity.


4/21/2015 10:12:00 PM



(4/21/2015 09:33:00 PM) - Al

Elian Herrera having a game that may keep him in the majors, or get him picked up if he's taken off the 40 again.


4/21/2015 09:33:00 PM



(4/21/2015 07:54:00 PM) - Al

Bo Ryan says he will be 68 in December. Played on a HS team that went 25-1. Still hasn't gotten over THAT game.--JS

I thought Bo was 62...I think I got him and Doug Melvin confused. I have to wonder if the Badgers are losing recruits due to the uncertainty of how long he will coach, and if Greg Gard will take over.

If that is indeed the plan...and Ryan knows he will coach, you know, 3-5 years, they should announce it. Question marks are bad, as 18 year olds make decisions for dumb reasons. We have no idea if that is what Barry Alvarez is thinking, however. Gard has never been a head coach anywhere, and Wisconsin has built enough tradition in the last two decades to be in the mix for almost anyone.


4/21/2015 07:54:00 PM



(4/21/2015 06:46:00 PM) - Al

If nothing else, the Brewers of 2015 are a perfect example of why you take a long term approach when building your Opening Day roster...you have to consider how many options a player has, if they've been outrighted off the 40 before (after the first time, they can choose to be a FA), their age and potential ceiling, and so on.

Of late, all we've heard is about the Cubs and Kris Bryant. Thee are basically two sides...one, the common sense side, like Theo and most teams use; simply want to maximize the amount of talent in the organization...basically, they never want to lose a guy until they absolutely have to. Two, is the exact opposite...they want to take the 25 best players, and not worry about anything else.

In the Crew's case, Hector Gomez and Luis Jimenez both made the team, in part, because they were out of options. Roenicke could have easily went north with Herrera and Rogers instead. So, with Carlos and Scooter down, the Brewers now...well, have all of them still. If they had went with the "best 25," or at least their version of it on one day in late March or early April, they would currently have a roster without Hector or Luis...well, probably, most players choose to go elsewhere when they are a free agent, as, after all, they can play AAA ball for anyone. So, Sardinas would probably be up, instead of playing every day. The other spot? Maybe Matt Clark, maybe Matt Long, or Shane Peterson.

Maybe keeping Gomez and Jimenez will not matter, as both are veteran minor leaguers. I like Hector, but personally like Rogers' future more than Jimenez's...though Luis has shown himself to be a plus defender at 3B.

The fact is, the whole idea of building a franchise is hanging onto as much talent as you can. If that means keeping the 26th guy for a week or two instead of the 25th, so be it.


4/21/2015 06:46:00 PM



(4/21/2015 06:32:00 PM) - Al

Packers to play Bears in Green Bay Thanksgiving night, Favre's number to be retired.

The thing I dislike about stuff like this, as an extremely casual NFL fan, is the way the old media, especially those who live in warm climates, telling us how damn cold it is. Most of us that live here like having four seasons, with different weather in each. However, let's not forget, the weather in WI is very nice most of the year...April-mid November, I wear shorts and a Tshirt.

It's bad for the state's image, except for those who like snow sports and ice fishing.

On a tangent here, but it's 100% true, we'll see how bad the "scorn" is for scheduling something like this on a holiday, breaking up or shortening family get togethers (for some, of course, that's a dream come true...that's why they shop). There will be some, but it will be kept to a minimum because of the event (football) versus, heaven forbid, free market capitalism.


4/21/2015 06:32:00 PM



(4/21/2015 06:09:00 PM) - Al

I keep hearing people say the Brewers lack SP depth...the irony is, I feel far better about it now than I did in late March, as Jungmann, Blazek, and Thornburg are all young, cost controlled, and have the potential to at least fill out a rotation, say behind Peralta, Nelson, and Fiers...and not suck.


4/21/2015 06:09:00 PM



(4/21/2015 05:38:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son and I watched a Shark Tank when we got home today, so I missed the roster moves untiul now.

Centeno replaces Lucroy.

Elian Herrera added to 40 and brought up, Scooter DL'd, Kintzler DFA'd to make room on the 40.

Brandon is injured and in AAA, so it is very unlikely a team would pick up his contract to pay him to get healthy.

I would assume Elian and Hector will pretty much platoon at 2B for a couple weeks


4/21/2015 05:38:00 PM



(4/21/2015 05:05:00 PM) - Al

Basically, neither meds or meditation fix depression worth a damn.

I read years ago that St. John's wort was as effective for mild depression as any prescription drug, and is used in place of such in Europe.

On a related note, St. John's wort is also said to be effective for nerve pain, and have had clients tell me it works better than any OTC remedy.


4/21/2015 05:05:00 PM



(4/21/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

By 2025, China will have 10 New York sized cities.--Google Facts

And the US? One...or zero, as the Northeast has been losing population consistently, and due to tech and the ability to telecommute, I doubt as many people will have to live there as a part of the global financial industry.


4/21/2015 12:30:00 PM



(4/21/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Forward this link to everyone you know.

It's what happens when the left feels powerful enough to not worry about the consequences of their wrongdoing.

I would not defend this type of behavior on the right, but, of course, I actually believe in something.


4/21/2015 11:00:00 AM



(4/21/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Frankly, a lot of liberal males are intimidated by the raw sexiness of conservative women. This makes them even more impotent.--Kurt Schlicter

Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann spring to mind. They lose debates with them, and then call them names as they "date" women that are 22...not that there's anything wrong with that.


4/21/2015 10:00:00 AM



(4/21/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

This is how you stop random acts of violence...good guys killing bad guys.

I know, I know...it's not as effective as putting up a "no guns allowed" sticker. The left has all the answers...they're all wrong. 


4/21/2015 08:30:00 AM


Monday, April 20, 2015

(4/20/2015 11:25:00 PM) - Al

Wil Carroll, self proclaimed injury expert, estimates 2-4 weeks for Lucroy.

Imagine how much it would hurt if he took another foul tip off of it. I think it's just a matter of pain tolerance, and if he can play and be effective while in pain.


4/20/2015 11:25:00 PM



(4/20/2015 10:24:00 PM) - Al

Looks like about 500-1000 tickets left for the Bucks' game Thursday, including lots of single seats. I assume the sales staff will be out in force the next few days selling them at a heavy discount, probably $10-20 in offices and businesses downtown.

I know they did this, per message boards, on Opening Night, for $5 and up, as they wanted to ensure they sold it out.


4/20/2015 10:24:00 PM



(4/20/2015 10:14:00 PM) - Al

I love this.

Years ago, in April, a young Corey Hart was banged up, and was unable to play much. Ned Yost was the manager then, and he decided to play Hart one day, then give him 2-3 off. He did this for a couple weeks, but casuals never picked up on it. The message boards were full of "Free Corey Hart" silliness, and no one said a word. In one game, an extra inning tilt versus the Cubs, Hart grabbed a bat and went out on deck...pure decoy. I do not recall how it worked out, he did not bat, and they may have had to use a pitcher instead, my memory is fuzzy. Despite this obvious hint Hart was not healthy, Yost never said a word, and the Milwaukee media never mentioned it. Casuals, who only watch once in a while, or never, wondered why Corey was in the doghouse. They were clueless. A couple weeks later, Hart returned, and all was forgotten.

By "reporting the news," they are just giving an advantage to the opposition. They need to learn to report in "coach speak"...instead of saying a player is unavailable at 6PM, an hour before the game; he can just as easily say the player missed the game due to "personal reasons" at 10PM. The Bucks did this with Larry Sanders before and after his suspension. Other teams have X amount of time to prepare, and if they spend one second worrying about Sanders, that's less time they have to prep for the guys who will play.

I have no problem with the Reds, or any team, "not telling the whole truth"..."He's banged up" or "Personal reasons" is just as valid as "He had a cortisone shot yesterday, and he can't play for two days"...the first two just don't give an advantage to the opponent. 


4/20/2015 10:14:00 PM



(4/20/2015 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy will have to be DL'd, broken big toe, I assume from a foul tip.

Maldonado is an excellent backup, but he is not in Lucroy's league, especially as a hitter. Centeno is a very good AAA backstop, and a lefty hitter, with solid splits versus RHP. I said it earlier in the offseason, but there are several teams whose #1 and #2 catchers were not as good as Maldy and Centeno.

I would think catchers would wear a steel tip shoe of some sort that would prevent a fracture. I guess not. 

A slow start is never a good thing, but even if look at his replacements as just below average, Lucroy was projected to be 3-4 wins above. Add in slightly better defense (though Jon is a better pitch framer, though not much), there are no positives about losing those projected wins.

EDIT: No estimate about time to be missed, but I broke my little toe twice, and there is nothing you can do to help it heal faster, though the only real negative is pain...I assume with unlimited resources and a shoe company providing a padded shoe and maybe some sort of "toe guard," I'd guess a month.


4/20/2015 09:39:00 PM



(4/20/2015 09:22:00 PM) - Al

If you had told me the Bucks would have ten less turnovers than the Bulls, I'd say the Bucks should win.

They are down nine with three minutes to play. Bulls are mighty tough, especially shooting 3's. Simply have to overplay the line and give up more shots in the paint...they're worth one less point, and are not converted at a much higher rate than an open 3.


4/20/2015 09:22:00 PM



(4/20/2015 07:29:00 PM) - Al

How can they not have a net right behind the plate at PNC?

They probably will tomorrow.

EDIT: This just in, in retaliation, the Royals have hit Brett Lawrie three times.


4/20/2015 07:29:00 PM



(4/20/2015 05:45:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke guards against negativity.

This is very true, and also very true in life. I often mention how I'm in sales, and at times, despite the fact I've been doing this nine years, I honestly doubt I will sell another thing.

Ever.

Again.

I often tell these stories to people, and as in almost all my stories, I tell them because they make me look really good. Back when I started in sales, I worked with two people almost all the time, one male and one female. I liked them both, learned from them both, and after 3 months or so, started working on my own. After a year or so, a couple days a week, they would pair me up with new people, if they didn't quit right away, and they had more than a couple trainees.

So, one morning, I was working with a young man, fresh out of college. He had been around 2 or 3 weeks, and I asked him how things had gone so far. He answered in cliches, and I cut to the chase, and asked him what he had sold so far.

"I haven't sold anything," was the reply.

I was shocked, as he had been working with a veteran guy who I had always had a vast amount of success with. I brushed it off, and said, "Well, we'll take care of getting that first one out of the way then."

We walked in the first house that day, boom, got a sale...I can honestly say it was one of the easiest sales I've ever had in my career. The need was there, she was employed and had plenty of discretionary funds. Of course, that guy thought I was incredibly talented...no, just the right place, right time. 

Let's dig a bit deeper here...why did I have success? I was fortunate, yes. However, I could have easily said I didn't want to work that day, it was a Monday, our meeting was on Tuesday, and I would guess over half the people there took Monday off (many took Friday off, I'd say 10-20% worked a five day week)...one of the bonuses of being your own boss was making your own hours. Some, especially in the summer, would take one or both off.

I worked a summer Thursday morning with a young woman who had graduated in December from UWSP, and then spent several months just going through our training program, both online and one day a week at the office, working 2-3 shifts at Applebees to pay the bills. We were assigned to work together and she did not tell me she only had one appointment until she called me Wednesday night. I had a client nearby who had called me a week prior, and I had not been able to fit him in, so I quickly called him and added him to our schedule. When we met the next day for our 11AM, I told her if she wanted, she could accompany me to the 1PM one I had made, and if we sold anything, we'd split it, even though it was an existing client of mine. She told me she couldn't, as she had a wedding rehearsal dinner that night in the Green Bay area at 6:30/7. I  did let her know that even if it took two hours, we'd get done at 3, and Green Bay was just a couple hours away. She gave me a look I can only describe as "God, you're so old and stupid," and informed me that by the time she went home to Point, got her stuff, went to her parents' house, changed into her Hawaiian summer dress (the theme was Hawaiian, you know!) and then to the dinner, she'd be lucky to get there by 6:30. Of course, on a scale of 1-10, I would say she was a 12 (maybe a 13 if she tried, as I spent the rest of the day imagining her in a summer dress). We went to our one appt, made a follow up, and I took her back to her car. We had the following conversation:

Her: Thanks for understanding. See ya.

Al: No problem. Have a good...

(door slams)

...weekend, and I'll see you Tuesday.

I swear, her car was in drive and moving before I got to the "day" sound fully verbalized. 

I went to my client, who had had a CD expire, and wanted to invest in a product I had told him about a few  months before. We discussed it for about ten minutes, and filled out the paperwork. I left his house about 1:30, as I had arrived early as well. I made about $1200, if she had split it, we each would have made $600, plus I would have made an extra $250 or so because I was "training her."

The next Tuesday, she walked in late, tried to make herself invisible as she walked to the back of the room. I grabbed a chair off the stack and put it at the end of table for her (hey, she was pretty). She spent the entire meeting guzzling coffee, yawning, and muttering incoherently. We then went around the room and discussed our business the prior week. Her sales were $0, as was about 50-75% of the room, as was usually the case on any given week (I don't know why we went through so many folks). I said I had 2 sales, and about $1400 in commission. The prerequisite round of halfhearted applause was had (similar, I imagine to what you get at AA if you remain sober), "Nice job Al" and "Good week" was said, and they moved onto the next person. She looked at me, and disgustedly whispered, "Good week? That's a good f%#&ing month." After a few seconds, I think she realized how harshly she had said that, and touched my hand and said very softly, "Nice job." 

The harder you work, the luckier you get. If you knock on a dozen doors, you probably won't "get as lucky" as the guy who knocks on two dozen.  But, it certainly doesn't do any good to "expect" to hear no...or to expect bad things.

As I discussed earlier this Bucks' season, the Suns were ahead the whole game, but had lost several in a row. As the Bucks fought back, you could see the Suns' players hanging their heads...they expected to lose. Now, that was the other game that Middleton hit a 3 at the buzzer to win, and no, that negative attitude did not cause the shot to go in...but when you expect bad, bad will happen. And, of course, if you look for bad, you'll find bad everywhere you look...what's that old saying?

Life is 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it..--Irving Berlin

For example, if you spend every waking moment looking for ways to make the successful pay more so you can get more entitlements, and you threaten the life of the governor's wife and kids because he believes in capitalism and free markets, you know, what built the USA into the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet...you might want to reconsider "how you make it and take it."



And to answer the inevitable, no, I never told her.


4/20/2015 05:45:00 PM



(4/20/2015 04:53:00 PM) - Al

Indiana, Nebraska and Minnesota all beginning to show interest in Stevens Point junior Sam Hauser. May watch this weekend in Minneapolis.--Wis BBYearbook

Very surprised the Badgers have not offered, though I have no idea if he is a good student or not. Hauser is 6-6 and hit over 50% of his 3's this past season.


4/20/2015 04:53:00 PM



(4/20/2015 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I had never had stitches in my life, and back when I was in retail, I reached out to straighten a box on the shelf...somehow, I missed my spot and the back of my finger hit the bottom of the shelf, which is not sharp at all. But, I guess I hit it so hard, the blood just poured out, and I went to the ER and they stitched me back up. The doc said, "It must have been a dull object"...he could tell by the cut, somehow.

Mine did not look that bad, probably about half the size of Scooter's.


4/20/2015 12:30:00 PM



(4/20/2015 11:30:00 AM) - Al




We're in the best of hands.

We won two world wars and went 232 years with the same amount of debt Obama has led to in six trips around the sun.

This is why Carter gets so upset when he's compared to him.


4/20/2015 11:30:00 AM



(4/20/2015 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Key to making the NBA playoffs?

Hit your 3's.

In five years, it will be even more important. It's just math.

It would not surprise me at all that in the next decade, teams start playing with different guys on the court...basically combining the 4 and 5 position into one and adding a 6-4 to 6-7 athlete who does two things well...shoot the 3 and drive to the basket for layups, and/or getting fouled while doing so.

The Rockets, who are kind of like the A's in their dedication to various metrics and not being ashamed to admit it, have built their team on those three things; hitting 3's, layups or very short shots, and free throws. And it works.


4/20/2015 10:30:00 AM



(4/20/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

No one wants to get off to a bad start, if for no other reason, the math just doesn't work out.

If you felt that the Brewers had .500 talent when the season started, you probably still feel they are a .500 team, but that would have them going 75-75 the rest of the way, which would give them 77 wins. As the old saying goes, once a game is over, the result is in, and they can't take it away from you.

Now, as we all know, teams don't win one then lose one all year, streaks occur and happen. That said, the especially discouraging part of the slow start is they've been healthy, except for the recent Gomez injury, which seems relatively minor in itself.




4/20/2015 10:00:00 AM


Sunday, April 19, 2015

(4/19/2015 02:05:00 PM) - Al

You know I'm secure with my "look" because I only own three pairs of shoes that I wear outside the house, and two of them are Brewers' Crocs.

This dude? Not so much.


4/19/2015 02:05:00 PM



(4/19/2015 01:34:00 PM) - Al




Both are shortsighted and not very well thought out.

Organic crops would lead to mass starvation, huge amounts of waste in the fields, and would make food at least double the cost...maybe higher. And, oh by the way, organic crops can use pesticides and still be labeled "organic." They actually use far more pesticides because the "natural" ones...suck.

We are rubes and sheep.


4/19/2015 01:34:00 PM



(4/19/2015 12:26:00 PM) - Al

McHenry acted just as you would expect a winner of the genetic lottery to act. People forget that while many beautiful people are also intelligent and kind, many are horrible human beings like McHenry.




4/19/2015 12:26:00 PM



(4/19/2015 12:03:00 PM) - Al

Eddie Murphy says do as I say, not as I do.


4/19/2015 12:03:00 PM



(4/19/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

Of course, it's still far cleaner than an Occupy gathering.


4/19/2015 09:00:00 AM


Saturday, April 18, 2015

(4/18/2015 11:07:00 PM) - Al

MLS ratings show a nice increase.


Quietest success story in all of sports. They draw well more than the NBA and NHL per game. 


4/18/2015 11:07:00 PM



(4/18/2015 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Lohse has given up 4 homers in 15.2 IP, so he likely is a bit off with his control/location. That said, he has 3 BB's and 10 K's, a 3.33-1 K/BB ratio and a 5.74 K/9 ratio, either at his career norms or better.

Tonight, he gave up a homer, but he had a walk an infield single just prior. That's bad luck followed by making a bad pitch, and the difference between giving up a single run and giving up three.


4/18/2015 11:06:00 PM



(4/18/2015 07:22:00 PM) - Al

You know, in some nations, shooting the president is a serious offense.

He should have had a bullet in his head before he got to the t sound in "I did it."


4/18/2015 07:22:00 PM



(4/18/2015 05:28:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers‘ poor start suggests that they could be sellers at the trade deadline, and Rosenthal notes that they could deal Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Gerardo Parra or even Aramis Ramirez (despite Ramirez’s plans to retire at the end of the season). A player who could bring a much greater return, though, is Carlos Gomez, who is signed to a bargain contract the next two years.

No offense to Rosenthal, but, talk about talking to yourself. Yes, teams with poor records in June and July will trade veterans, like they have done for the past fifty years or so. Brilliant analysis, Ken. Of course, if the Brewers go 8-2 in their next ten, he'll pick on whoever is slumping at the time.


4/18/2015 05:28:00 PM



(4/18/2015 05:22:00 PM) - Al

I can pretty much tell you...a cliche ridden attention whore.

Look, you don't make yourself the center of attention when you walk if you're not looking for the limelight. There's a reason the other Reds hated him and pretend he never existed.


4/18/2015 05:22:00 PM



(4/18/2015 05:17:00 PM) - Al

I know it could not be helped, but I'm still unhappy both games are at 6.

They took 5.5 hours of enjoyment and made it 3. I'm DVRing the Crew and hoping for the best.


4/18/2015 05:17:00 PM



(4/18/2015 03:33:00 PM) - Al

RF Braun, SS Segura, 1B Lucroy, LF Davis, 3B Ramirez, 2B H. Gomez, C Maldonado, CF Schafer, P Lohse

LHSP going for the Bucs, so Roenicke goes as RH as he can. The irony is, you see how casual many of the bloggers are, as they wonder why the batting order is go different. Remember, the difference between a standard order and one that is stupid...pitcher leading off or batting 3rd, backup catcher hitting clean up, and so on...5-10% fewer runs scored over the course of a season. Batting order is all but meaningless, and computer simulations show it.

My two concerns are with Braun leading off, does Roenicke know something we don't? Has Ryan told him he is in pain or at 75%? That he simply does not have the power he once did? My other is Lucroy at 1B...should he just have the day off with Rogers or Jimenez at 1B? It's one thing to push Jon when he's got a .428 OBP, but another when he might just be in need of a rest, or maybe overworked early to get healthy from his injury early in Arizona.


4/18/2015 03:33:00 PM



(4/18/2015 03:06:00 PM) - Al

This is also why the Kennedys can keep their marriages "annulled" while most Catholics can't. Celebrity, money, and power makes the old media give in to their wishes. Why? Not sure.

I certainly wouldn't. In fact, I'd do the opposite.


4/18/2015 03:06:00 PM



(4/18/2015 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Just responded to my birthday wishes on Facebook...I think I've seen 4 or 5 of those people in the past five years.

It should be called Apathy but enjoy mocking their lives book.


4/18/2015 12:38:00 PM



(4/18/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife is gone all weekend for her yearly bell choir festival, which she really enjoys, despite the idea of it just boring me to tears. The Rambling son and I already discussed our menu plan, and we are set...not a vegetable to be seen. Monkey bread for a late breakfast, our favorite cafe for a late lunch, and burgers/fries for a late dinner...or for Sunday, as the cafe gives you such huge portions, we may just have a snack Saturday night.

On Sunday/Monday, I begin a new eating plan, modeled after one some friends of mine are on, basically low carb and low calorie...she's lost 22 pounds in the first four weeks, he's lost 38.

And this time, I mean it.:)

I'm just pissy enough to make it work. No excuses.


4/18/2015 09:00:00 AM


Friday, April 17, 2015

(4/17/2015 10:55:00 PM) - Al

The Crew is 14th in runs scored, OBP, and SLG thus far. They have always been a team built on doubles and home runs, because Doug build them in the mold of their home ballpark. Some of that may just be good pitching in the tiny sample thus far, or even bad luck (OPS x AB projects them with 4 more runs than they've scored, .278 BAbip is below league average of .290-.300, and is generally accepted to be luck, not skill based, as it is not repeatable).

I rarely look at numbers until 40 games have been played, and I would expect we'll see a higher offensive ranking with more data. If they remain 14th, success seems unlikely.


4/17/2015 10:55:00 PM



(4/17/2015 10:27:00 PM) - Al

See, now this is the type of info that makes perfect sense. Add to it the fact Hillary is an unpopular, unlikeable figure, who is not going to get many just right of center conservatives, moderates, or independents to get out and vote, and/or cross the aisle...and that makes it an uphill battle.




4/17/2015 10:27:00 PM



(4/17/2015 10:12:00 PM) - Al

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Obama's "stimulus" plan, which basically laundered money to unions and other groups which funnel money back into Dem fundraising, was the same size as Reagan's final budget. I was around in the late 80's, it was one of the most prosperous times, especially times of peace, in the last half of the 20th century. There was no stories about mass death in the streets. The best government is the smallest and least noticeable. They just don't understand the reason socialism never works is eventually, as Maggie Thatcher says, they run out of other people's to spend.


4/17/2015 10:12:00 PM



(4/17/2015 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Went to the spring game tonight to watch the bae play. They were collecting food for the needy. I told them they should be giving it to me. Let me in.--Twitter college woman, who I feel is too attractive to embarrass by sharing her handle.

There are just too many funny things there to make fun of just one.


4/17/2015 08:39:00 PM



(4/17/2015 08:04:00 PM) - Al

Of course, if we were mega rich and had models begging to "spend time with them," we'd spend big bucks on private jets too.

The difference is, I'm not a hypocrite, so I wouldn't tell a farmer in Central America not to irrigate his field of rice and beans while burning up thousands of gallons of fossil fuels.



4/17/2015 08:04:00 PM



(4/17/2015 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Message to the old media...it is not "bodyshaming" when you imply a woman has a nice butt.

As Seinfeld said, "It's not racist to say you like their race."


4/17/2015 07:01:00 PM



(4/17/2015 06:40:00 PM) - Al

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Heh. It's funny because it's true. I gotta give the Dems credit, they change their mind so often, even though don't know what they stand for.


4/17/2015 06:40:00 PM



(4/17/2015 06:32:00 PM) - Al

I forget who said it, but if some rich guy who owned an NHL team wandered into Milwaukee and called a press conference, and announced he would pay half of a $500M arena in downtown Milwaukee, currently full of empty warehouses and factories, graffiti and boarded up windows...and oh, by the way, the mere existence of his team would bring in $6M in extra income tax, he would be hailed as a combination of Jesus Christ and James Bond.

They always take for granted what they have. Ask Seattle.

Milwaukee, bastion of liberal politics unheard of in the state other than the People's Republic of Madison, twiddles their thumbs and waits for someone to swoop in and rescue them from their economic ignorance, thinking maybe the next generation of Pettits will step in and build another one.

The pain. I can't stand the pain.


4/17/2015 06:32:00 PM


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