Al's Ramblings



Thursday, June 30, 2016

(6/30/2016 11:41:00 PM) - Al

Note to @MLB trade deadline "bubble" teams: As of July 1 last year, every eventual playoff team had a record better than .500.--Fox

Of course, if you are a game under and have had a lot of injuries, it is not impossible. It's rare, but it can happen. Realistically though, it's difficult trading future pieces for even a wildcard berth, never mind if you're a sub .500 team.  

That's why I look to add "for" the playoffs, not "to make" the playoffs.


6/30/2016 11:41:00 PM



(6/30/2016 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Taylor Jungmann 4ip, 4h, 5r (4er but the error was his own), 2bb, 6k in his Double-A debut after a three-week break.--Adam, MLB.com

Glad to see the BB/K ratio is back to normal. Hopefully, the rest will return with more work.


6/30/2016 09:13:00 PM



(6/30/2016 07:20:00 PM) - Al

The Vertical is reporting that the Bucks have extended GM John Hammond through 2017-18, and after that expires, he will remain with the organization as a consultant for just hired assistant GM Justin Zanik, who will take over as GM.



6/30/2016 07:20:00 PM



(6/30/2016 02:38:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR does such a good job of reporting trades and rumors, and such a horrible job when they try and go in depth on anything. Spending 2/3rd's of the piece talking about teams not on Braun's list he just updated is not just a waste of time, it's pure ignorance of the situation.

Could Ryan waive his no trade clause? Yes, but if he wanted to play in BOS or NY, he could have just had those teams on his allowed list.


6/30/2016 02:38:00 PM



(6/30/2016 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Nobody cares how you wear your cap when you have a sub 1 ERA.


6/30/2016 02:31:00 PM



(6/30/2016 01:10:00 PM) - Al

This seems like more of a publicity stunt than any type of strategery. As Rotoworld correctly points out, if he's such a good hitter, have him DH when he'd not pitching, as he might only go a few innings and leave the team without the DH for several PA's, never mind the whole extra innings scenario.

If SF thinks a 611 OPS is better than they can do with a DH, well, sorry, but it's just math.


6/30/2016 01:10:00 PM



(6/30/2016 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Nothing says desperation and losing more than "let's have a team meeting."

If they worked, good teams would have them after every game.


6/30/2016 01:06:00 PM



(6/30/2016 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Hillary still leads most, but Drudge has one with Trump up 4.

Nothing surprises me at all in this election, as Donald has defeated all previous rules. That said, since Trump got enough delegates, all we've heard is Clinton friendly stuff happily spread through the old media. And yet, her lead has not grown, and in some cases, has lessened.

On a related note, the ad she has playing now is horrible, as it talks about her "it's all about children," which is odd because that's not only completely new, but ignores the fact she did nothing as a senator to help kids. Instead, it talks about her "pushing through a children health program as first lady," which pretty much shows how difficult it is for her people to actually find a REAL accomplishment of hers, never mind, while first ladies sometimes speak out for legislation or pick a pet cause, they have no authority or power. 


6/30/2016 12:44:00 PM



(6/30/2016 12:25:00 PM) - Al

Al, 

What number are you using for Wisconsin population? Seems high.

Robert

I googled it. The US Census Bureau said 5.75M for WI, 319M for the USA.


6/30/2016 12:25:00 PM



(6/30/2016 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Record travel for the 4th of July weekend. Busiest days are today and Monday.

43M in USA, 920K in WI. That's 13% of the country and 16% of the state.

I would assume much of this is because so many WI residents either have a family owned "cabin" or "lake home" compared to many states...probably because we have so many lakes, rivers, campgrounds, and forests; not to mention the Dells and Door County. While they get huge amounts of out of state visitors, they also get a lot of day trippers.


6/30/2016 12:18:00 PM



(6/30/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

A week ago, the Rambling wife went to a movie with some lady friends of hers. I gave her my Marcus card to scan, as we get points and a variety of offers for each dollar you spend (most are pretty lame, such as "get a large popcorn if you buy a medium," but in a world where a popcorn and a carbonated beverage costs $14, well, every minor upgrade is appreciated).

A day or two later, we got an email asking how our trip to the movies was. I asked her, expecting to hear, "Fine," but instead, she told me a couple concerns, which I typed up and sent in. Just got an email from a manager thanking us for sending it our email and saying it sounded like we did not have a good time, so they'll be sending us two free passes.

Kudos to Marcus.


6/30/2016 12:00:00 PM



(6/30/2016 10:40:00 AM) - Al

I have received a couple emails in the past week from folks linking up Twitter and online message boards. Basically, to paraphrase:

I'm unhappy with Stearns and Counsell, though I have no reason to be. We don't understand what they are doing. What happened to Adam Lind, they could have him at 1B and Carter in RF. We need to get younger, but we don't need to dump all the older players. Why do Lucroy and Braun keep being mentioned in trade rumors, they are our best players! 

It's painful. I recall the TV team talking to a Reds' broadcaster either in Arizona or early in the season, and he said he was all for their rebuild, and he hoped Votto and Phillips would eventually get traded too. When BA/Rock expressed surprise, he said, "I don't know why everyone is so in love with this team. They lost 98 games last year. We have some good players, but it's time to move on. We had a nice run, now, it's time to bring in a new group."

Sadly, casuals have a hard time letting go. It actually is quite similar to how folks feel about Congress. Whenever they do a survey on Congress, it gets a 10-20% approval rating. But, voters reelect the incumbent almost all the time. They dislike Congress, but like their guy.

Casuals know the team needs to rebuild, bring in younger players, and want to do so...as long as they win and keep their favorite players in the meantime.


6/30/2016 10:40:00 AM



(6/30/2016 10:26:00 AM) - Al

Maldy starts today.

Cue the casuals wondering if he's been traded.

The thing is, it's much like the clowns that constantly predict the end of the world...eventually, they'll be right.


6/30/2016 10:26:00 AM



(6/30/2016 10:23:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.




6/30/2016 10:23:00 AM



(6/30/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I watched a whole documentary about the history of beer on Netflix. Beer used to have incredible value because the water was often full of bacteria and caused illness and death.


6/30/2016 10:00:00 AM



(6/30/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why we must have the internet.




6/30/2016 10:00:00 AM



(6/30/2016 09:47:00 AM) - Al

This is why Governor Walker turned down a few million in federal money.

If there was money to be made in high speed rail, someone would build it. When it's a boondoggle of mammoth proportion, they go to government and lie about how much it will cost. And, the left believes them,

Every single time.


6/30/2016 09:47:00 AM



(6/30/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Senator John Barrasso says the U.S. needs a better strategy to battle terrorism.--Fox

I fixed it for him.


6/30/2016 08:30:00 AM


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

(6/29/2016 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Wonder how long Craig will go with Guerra if he keeps getting guys out...his high pitch count is 108.


6/29/2016 09:20:00 PM



(6/29/2016 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are 27th in UZR, the defensive metric I prefer, which has them at -6 runs for the season.

The 2nd most popular metric, DRS, has them as 9th, and are 16 runs to the good.

The main difference is that DRS takes shifts into consideration, while UZR ignores them. Does that mean shifting has saved the Crew 22 runs, or am I oversimplifying?


6/29/2016 08:49:00 PM



(6/29/2016 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Today was Kindness Day (snicker, guffaw), so some Brewers' players, front office folks, and various reps went out in the community and gave away tickets, bought people lunch, and so on.

Mark and Debbie A went out with Ryan Braun. Those thinking Braun will be dealt should take a look at the previous sentence and second guess that.

I'm not saying he will not be traded, but if he is, you will see a boatload of talent come back. They will not sell an iota short.


6/29/2016 06:48:00 PM



(6/29/2016 05:52:00 PM) - Al

Funny, when I glanced at the AAA boxscore last night, both Kyle Lohse and Neal Cotts pitched against the Sky Sox last night. Lohse can opt out and supposedly, many teams are trying to convince him to do so.

With specialization so prevalent in the game, you don't see failed SP's being turned into relievers nearly as much as you used to. It's a lot easier to get through one time through the order than it is 2-3. I still think we'll see a team in the next decade just use a team full of middle relievers, as the cost of SP's, even mediocre ones, is very high.


6/29/2016 05:52:00 PM



(6/29/2016 02:13:00 PM) - Al

I noticed this too.

He's called names because he's a Republican. He's been in the public eye for 30 years and the word "racist" never came up once.


6/29/2016 02:13:00 PM



(6/29/2016 01:44:00 PM) - Al

We all know guys that sell their sports picks are, at best, more salesmen than experts, because if they could pick 55% winners, they would just bet the games and not bother selling them.

However, Deadspin is fiction disguised as news. Their only goal is making up stuff just real enough to be believed.


6/29/2016 01:44:00 PM



(6/29/2016 12:34:00 PM) - Al

I giggle whenever I see media that prints mostly half truths and rumors get very concerned about "ethics."


6/29/2016 12:34:00 PM



(6/29/2016 12:29:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

Trump couldn't dig any more dirt out of the hole if he tried. Rock bottom was hit years ago.


6/29/2016 12:29:00 PM



(6/29/2016 12:26:00 PM) - Al

As if we needed one more.


6/29/2016 12:26:00 PM



(6/29/2016 11:47:00 AM) - Al

I don't know what Meghan's talking about.

They're just a JV team.


6/29/2016 11:47:00 AM



(6/29/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I see the president made a statement about the death of Pat Summit.

I guess this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Summit was never a police officer or member of the military.


6/29/2016 09:00:00 AM


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

(6/28/2016 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' overall--726 OPS
Brewers' RISP--693 OPS

The problem is not a tiny sample of RISP, it's the fact they are just a mediocre offensive team.


6/28/2016 09:31:00 PM



(6/28/2016 08:08:00 PM) - Al

{Braun hits a double to drive in 2.}

Al, to myself--That's great. Ryan's been slumping a bit of late.

BA--Braun now has a 9 game hitting streak. 

Ryan is just about the only player in MLB who can slump AND have a hitting streak at the same time.

It's like Ted Williams...a "slump" was 1-3 with a walk...a "bad slump" was 1-4. 




6/28/2016 08:08:00 PM



(6/28/2016 07:51:00 PM) - Al

I was disappointed FSW was not carrying it, but am pleased MLBN is carrying the Crew's July 4th game, which is at 10AM our time due to the Nats wanting to play early to ease congestion for the huge celebration they have each year in DC, which I always DVR on PBS.

Early nominee for run on sentence of the year, but I don't care enough to fix it.

I believe the Rambling wife and son will be the Rambling in law's chateau on the 4th, so the best part of that whole situation is, I can get up, watch the game, eat whatever I want for lunch, and then get a good nap in. That's not too far from a perfect day. 


6/28/2016 07:51:00 PM



(6/28/2016 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Allow me.

Because they sell cereal.

Cereal has ungodly high margins, is inexpensive to make, and creates a lot of brand loyalty, even though the difference between raisin brans and corn flakes is minimal.

I seriously doubt this will make any money, but they hope it will be a media magnet and loss leader...anytime a story develops about grain, breakfast, or milk, the NY based media will find it far easier to saunter down to the Kelloggs' cafe than seek out an actual expert.

And with that, is tons of free marketing.


6/28/2016 05:23:00 PM



(6/28/2016 05:11:00 PM) - Al

Elmore gets right in the lineup versus the LHP.

Counsell has had to play either Flores or Gennett versus every LHSP...until tonight. He and Stearns seem to have a very solid working relationship. As I have said before, I expect a Counsell extension, to match the as of yet unknown term of Stearns' contract, at any moment. Craig is signed through 2017. Stearns' contract length has never been made public...many feel this would put a "timeframe" on the rebuild (for example, if Stearns contract was a 4 year deal, it would end at the completion of the 2019 season) the team wants no part of.

It seems very unlikely the Crew would allow Counsell to be a lame duck. Therefore, I feel an extension will be announced before spring training of next year. Of course, as we all know, managers often get fired despite years remaining on their deal.


6/28/2016 05:11:00 PM



(6/28/2016 04:50:00 PM) - Al

The first mention of Clinton in the watch log after word of the attacks comes at 5:38 p.m."
 

1738 The Watch patched the Secretary to Central Intelligence Agency Director [David] Petraeus.

Clinton was connected with Libyan National Congress President Mohamed Magriaf at 6:49 p.m., and President Barack Obama was connected with Clinton at 10:27 p.m., the logs show. Testimony at a House Benghazi Committee hearing with Clinton last month established that she was at home by the time of the latter call. The logs show Clinton next contacting the operations center at 7:15 the following morning.--Benghazi hearing notes



Good to know Hillary got a good night's sleep after doing nothing to assist the embassy. 

President? I'm not positive she's human.


6/28/2016 04:50:00 PM



(6/28/2016 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Surprising move, though Presley and Elmore are pretty much interchangeable...both are older utility guys who are probably correctly placed at AAA, but are also very competent utility players in the majors.

Elmore has been hitting well, and as I noted way back when he was signed as a minor league FA, he is a lefty masher, and would make a nice platoon partner with Scooter, or any LH bat for that matter. Elmore has played all 4 infield spots and the corner OF positions, so he is very versatile. In fact, this move may well be related to the fact after Perez PH in the 5th or 6th inning on SUN, the Crew's top option as a backup infielder, in case of injury or illness, was probably Maldy, who began his pro career as a 3B.

Elmore probably has until Santana returns to make an impression. Once again, Stearns has a long term plan, and builds with the long term in mind. However, these minor moves, while often inconsequential, show a real effort to Counsell and the organization to win every game they can, as long as the long term focus is not effected. If the 25th man would have been someone thought of as a long term piece, like the 24 year old Flores, this move would be unlikely. However, Presley is, at best, a generic (though possibly useful) bench cog, who at 29, is what he is.


6/28/2016 03:33:00 PM



(6/28/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Whenever you tell a story about not wanting to split the bill and conclude it with, "I'm not cheap," you're cheap.

Whenever you tell a story that has the phrase "I just don't understand why everyone here is just a terrible driver," you're a terrible driver. 




6/28/2016 02:30:00 PM



(6/28/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Tell me, oh wise Salon writer, how you could have improved upon the greatest documents ever written.

I'd call him a fool, but I would not want to offend fools.


6/28/2016 12:30:00 PM



(6/28/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

They hate the 1st Amendment.

They hate the 2nd Amendment.

I'm not sure if they believe in anything.


6/28/2016 08:30:00 AM


Monday, June 27, 2016

(6/27/2016 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Josh Hader now has 26 K's in 20 AAA IP, in his year of 22.

Stay healthy young man.

Also, Corey Knebel's ERA in AAA is 1.59. Good to see he's not pouting. Not many teams have a guy like him in AAA and are carrying 8 in the bigs.


6/27/2016 10:14:00 PM



(6/27/2016 09:47:00 PM) - Al

Kris Bryant goes 5-for-5 w 3 HRs, 2 doubles, 4 runs and 6 RBI.--Nightengale

I think I went 3-3 with a walk once.

In slow pitch softball.

And the other team might have been short a player.

Or two.






6/27/2016 09:47:00 PM



(6/27/2016 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Heinz Picnic Pack Condiment Variety Pack, 54 oz

The Rambling family saw this advertised on TV when we were all in our Dells hotel room, and I commented that there was a flaw in the product. Both the Rambling wife and son listened with great interest as I explained that in almost all cases, people would take this to some sort of get together, and they would inevitably run out of ketchup and have half a bottle or more of mustard and relish left. I explained that it should come with 2 ketchups, as that would also create a higher price point. Both shrugged their shoulders with apathy congratulated me on another brilliant deduction. Turns out, Heinz makes both.

Heinz Picnic Pack - 4 pc.

I have only saw the 4 pack at Sam's Club, but it is a vastly superior product mix.



6/27/2016 04:37:00 PM



(6/27/2016 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Found while looking for other things...Andy Griffith and Dick van Dyke met in New York City in 1954 while working in nightclubs, and became best friends.

They remained close until van Dyke's death.


6/27/2016 04:23:00 PM



(6/27/2016 04:07:00 PM) - Al

She's the most qualified person EVER to run for president you know.


6/27/2016 04:07:00 PM



(6/27/2016 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Forgot to mention the Brewers are still two games about where they "should be," based on runs scored and allowed. TEX is an astounding 6 wins ahead, and are 17-5 in one run games, which almost always means they will fall off a bit as the season continues. Just as amazing, the Cubs are 5 wins behind where they "should be," and are 10-11 in one run affairs...meaning they, wait for it, are 38-15 in games decided by 2 runs or more.

There is some skill in winning close games, but there's far more skill in winning blowouts. Needless to say, there's far more luck in winning close games than winning 7-2.


6/27/2016 01:18:00 PM



(6/27/2016 01:09:00 PM) - Al

People look for stuff on Google that they do not know.

I've never heard of a Moscow mule, so if I wanted to make one, I'd have to search for it. It doesn't mean it's really popular, it means people are curious about it. As pointed out, no one googles up whiskey and Coke, as it's self explanatory.


6/27/2016 01:09:00 PM



(6/27/2016 12:34:00 PM) - Al

In glancing at the standings, neither SL or PIT would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, PIT is just ahead of the Crew actually by a game or two.

Lots of casuals insisted it was silly for the Brewers to even try and contend because SL/PIT/CHC would be good for the foreseeable future. While it's tough to argue the Cubs are loaded with young talent, much of which is still in the minors, as I said before the season started, the others are far less of a sure thing, and neither has a minor league system that is anything but mediocre. They both might be far closer to the end of their success cycle than the beginning.


6/27/2016 12:34:00 PM



(6/27/2016 12:21:00 PM) - Al

A list of catcher production in order of OPS.

Lucroy could help all but a couple teams, but the only team in the bottom 10 that leads their division is CLE. Several others have playoff aspirations (TOR, LAD, NYM, BOS are all right in the hunt) but many clubs are going to be leery about sending 2-3 upper level youngsters knowing they have a 50/50 wildcard game just to get into a "real" playoff series.

Of course, Lucroy has an option for pennies for 2017 as well, so he is far from a true rental.


6/27/2016 12:21:00 PM



(6/27/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al




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


6/27/2016 12:00:00 PM



(6/27/2016 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Jimmy Stewart reads a poem about his dog on The Tonight Show.

The great thing about dogs is, no matter how simple and untalented they are, they're still lovable.


6/27/2016 11:41:00 AM



(6/27/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Amen.

And to honest, it'd be interesting. After 8 years of apologies for American exceptionalism and cowering at the mere mention of fighting terror, it can't get any worse.

When you've hit rock bottom, I ain't the least bit fearful of more dirt escaping the hole. The Obama presidency gave Trump the opportunity to run. I can't blame him for taking advantage of it.


6/27/2016 09:00:00 AM



(6/27/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This is very well put, and 100% true.

They have created their own world of violent behavior, and then whine whenever the police show up and throw them in jail. Hypocrites, one and all. 


6/27/2016 07:30:00 AM


Sunday, June 26, 2016

(6/26/2016 04:12:00 PM) - Al

This is the long version of what I said.


6/26/2016 04:12:00 PM



(6/26/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Washington Post/ABC News poll that has Clinton ahead 51-39 talked to 36% Dems, 33% independents, and 24% Republicans.

The national average has Hillary up by 5. I would assume that is pretty close. However, considering the lack of Trump ads, and complete lack of positive coverage by the old media, being down 5 is not a bad place to be. Imagine if conservatives unhappy with Trump were as vocally unhappy with Clinton, and worked as hard to defeat Hillary as they do Donald.


6/26/2016 12:00:00 PM



(6/26/2016 10:42:00 AM) - Al

In addition to the common names of Braun and Lucroy, Khris Davis and Joe Mauer are mentioned as possible bats teams will ask about.

I've long been a fan of Mauer, and feel he would have been a far better fit at 3B than 1B with his Boggs like skills. It's a case of bad timing, as the Crew surely has no interest in Mauer at this point in the success cycle, especially at $23M per and concussions in his past.


6/26/2016 10:42:00 AM



(6/26/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

If you laugh, you're going straight to hell.

Maybe it will be a dry heat.


6/26/2016 10:00:00 AM


Saturday, June 25, 2016

(6/25/2016 10:26:00 PM) - Al

After Trevor Rosenthal yielded three earned runs and failed to record an out in a losing effort Friday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny informed the right-hander Saturday that he’s out as the Redbirds’ closer, tweets Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. For now at least, the Cardinals will go with a combination of Seung-hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist and Jonathan Broxton in save situations, Matheny said--MLBTR

Remember last year when I insisted Broxton was simply a victim of a high BAbip? Many said he was "done" and "washed up." In reality, you simply cannot be successful as a pitcher if 40% of the balls in play fall safely. While not completely luck, as line drives are more likely to be hits than pop ups, BAbip is a very random stat...a guy like Chase Anderson (.271) can be lower than a more successful pitcher like Davies (.285).


6/25/2016 10:26:00 PM



(6/25/2016 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Just thought I'd throw out the fact Counsell said the Nats 9th inning lineup was about as tough as Jeffress could possibly face.

Great minds...


6/25/2016 08:33:00 PM



(6/25/2016 08:32:00 PM) - Al

Stephen Strasburg will not pitch in Sunday's game against the Brewers. His upper back injury flared up again.Tanner Roark will get the nod.--Ladson

This seems like great news, but often times, the replacement has a stellar game...though it often seems this happens when they only found out they are going to pitch just before the game. 



6/25/2016 08:32:00 PM



(6/25/2016 06:21:00 PM) - Al

A one run lead with Harper, Murphy, and Ramos as the first three up is about as tough a save as you can have in the NL, especially if you're not facing the Cubs' power packed lineup.

Very fortunate to get Murphy, who drove the ball to the warning track and missed both a double and a home run by millimeters on the bat. Better lucky than good.


6/25/2016 06:21:00 PM



(6/25/2016 06:12:00 PM) - Al

He's years away from the big leagues, but he's young and was very impressive last year.

I mention this because Stearns knows him well, and the Crew has a 40 man spot open, with 2-3 more filled by players without a very high ceiling in AAA.


6/25/2016 06:12:00 PM



(6/25/2016 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Hear about the mass shooting in Chicago last night?

You won't, because a good guy with a gun stopped it. Funny how that works.


6/25/2016 06:07:00 PM



(6/25/2016 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Garza was a completely different pitcher in the 4th inning...went back and picked up the resin bag, stepped off and threw to 1B once, and after throwing 93-95 the first 3 innings, had consistent 89-90 velocity.

Hope he didn't feel something give and just be muscling up to stay in the game.


6/25/2016 04:34:00 PM



(6/25/2016 03:21:00 PM) - Al

I much prefer the Bears throwback to the Milwaukee one they are wearing today.

Today's version looks so generic, I bet many fans think it's an older Brewers' uniform.


6/25/2016 03:21:00 PM



(6/25/2016 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Corey Ray will be headed to high A ball, Brevard County, after he does some traveling for the postseason awards ceremonies.

I've never heard of a Brewers' prospect skipping rookie ball and low A ball...and most do both. This is a change of philosophy of the new braintrust.

Not only is it very aggressive, BC and the FSL is a notorious pitcher's park in a pitcher's league. Ryan Braun has 2 sub 800 OPS's in his pro career, 2014's 777 when he fought his thumb injury, and 784 in 2006 at Brevard County, where he got promoted in June and put up a 956 OPS in AA at 22.

I'd say a .300/.400 line would probably be a huge victory for Ray.


6/25/2016 02:13:00 PM



(6/25/2016 01:51:00 PM) - Al

I like the way everyone feels Jose Reyes is not able to play SS due to defensive crappiness, though there were worse SS's and also several that were pretty much the same.

There are plenty of teams that would have loved to have him as their everyday SS, but chose not to due to his baggage. 7 runs below average in 150 games is 0.05 runs a game.

It's math. Quit arguing with it.


6/25/2016 01:51:00 PM



(6/25/2016 01:42:00 PM) - Al

1. Sssshhhh...don't use the word Islam. We don't want to offend terrorists.

2. This is a perfect example of their foreign policy. They do not want to kill evil, even though they're evil.

These are the consequences of kicking the can down the road. It's what happens when the administration doesn't give a damn and thinks everything is beneath their time.


6/25/2016 01:42:00 PM



(6/25/2016 01:37:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly why folks are against voter ID.

Because they want to cheat. Or, at least look the other way while others do so.


6/25/2016 01:37:00 PM



(6/25/2016 01:34:00 PM) - Al

The Obama malaise continues.  


1. It was at an all time high under W.

2. Interest rates are near historical lows, so this is almost impossible.

3. How's that "spreading the wealth" working for ya?


6/25/2016 01:34:00 PM



(6/25/2016 10:25:00 AM) - Al

As expected, Brewers sign 1st round pick Corey Ray, and sign him for $250K under slot, probably allowing them to sign another player or two that they drafted in later rounds that fell due to signability concerns.


6/25/2016 10:25:00 AM


Friday, June 24, 2016

(6/24/2016 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Utopia?

Only if you ignore history.


6/24/2016 09:25:00 PM



(6/24/2016 07:55:00 PM) - Al

As I said earlier, the Rambling family spent a few days in the Dells this week. Always have a good time there, though I was limited due to my bad knee (injured during that time I chased down a criminal that...never mind), been bothering me a couple months now, finally broke down and made an appointment next week with the only doc who had any open at the clinic (I guess that's why the walk in is always so busy), as he's leaving in a couple weeks).

I googled it a while back and the area that hurts is one of the ligaments guys injure all the time. However, the Rambling wife googled "arthritis" and the description matches mine perfectly she says. That's boring and makes me feel old, but is probably easier to take care of with exercises and pain relievers

{I plan on starting a pool as to how long before he tells me it would help if I lost weight, I got 4.5 minutes.}

than a damaged ligament.

Random thoughts from the week:

1. I've never seen grass so high along the interstate, some of had recently been cut, but what had not was 5-6 feet tall, and as thick as the Rambling brother's hay fields were when we visited on Memorial Day.

2. Last night, when we left the hotel for our evening meal (hicks would call it supper, and we do too), we encountered a mom, dad, and young teen daughter coming in. The Rambling son politely held the door open for them (probably eyeing up the young lady now that I think about it, a chip off the old block) and they walked by...and the daughter was carrying a box fan...not one like would go on a desk, like a 2.5 foot square box fan, like you'd put in a big room to circulate the air a bit. The Rambling son was kind of making fun of them for a while, and we explained that it was probably to make noise rather than cool the room, as they certainly knew the rooms had AC. That said, there certainly must be smaller, easier to transport sound machines, isn't there?

3. Went to a place called Pizza Lab last night, basically a Subway style, choose your own toppings pizza place, $8.79, regardless of your choices. And, since it is an 11 inch pie, all of us had leftovers to take home. Not only was it yummy, both the Rambling wife and I thought the crust was as good as we'd ever had; light, airy, perfectly done. They said it was not a chain, but it was so good, I hope someday it is.

4.Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, our first time there. Everyone was very nice, and when the people in the room above us could not figure out the the shower curtain should be tucked inside the tub, which resulted in a heavy leak into our bathroom, both the maintenance guy and a pretty gal named Sammi asked if we wanted to change rooms. I told them we'd tough it out, and it stopped after about half an hour.

5. Always strange that the Dells "season" does not start until July 4th weekend, which is why we always go in late June, when they have far more deals and specials going on.

6. Every year, we notice the same things...a few more "mom and pop" hotels are gone, replaced by mammoth new corporate structures, the Mount Olympus brand adds on a few more properties, and more delivery vehicles are on the road. Last night, returning from our pizza and ice cream supper, about 7PM, it seemed as if 50-60% of all the traffic had a lighted sign on top of the car.

7. One thing I did not notice...usually, you see where the Dells has expanded in one direction or another. Maybe it has again and we just were never on that side of town, but did not see it.




6/24/2016 07:55:00 PM



(6/24/2016 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Braun with a scheduled off day, is 0-10 vs. Scherzer for career.




6/24/2016 06:56:00 PM



(6/24/2016 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Capuano out 4-6 weeks, MRI revealed flexor strain, per Adam.

He will be fortunate to get back and be pitching healthy before August 31.

Santana still bothered by elbow/shoulder. Likely out until past the all star break. 


6/24/2016 04:49:00 PM



(6/24/2016 04:47:00 PM) - Al

Just got back from our annual trip to the Dells. Had a good time, though yesterday was a bit cool for waterpark activities. Can't control the weather, so, you do the best you can. I'll have a few more random thoughts later.


6/24/2016 04:47:00 PM



(6/24/2016 04:45:00 PM) - Al

The Sky Sox have finished 12th or lower out of 16 PCL teams in overall paid attendance in 10 of the past 11 years, despite a record 350,374 in 2014.

"More than anything else in the past two summers it has been the weather," president and general manager Tony Ensor said. "It's been an unusual period. That hurts but there is nothing you can do about Mother Nature."--Colorado Springs Gazette


Heh. Can't solve the problem until you admit there is one. Attendance has been bad the last 11 years...well, it's been cold this spring.

What a clown.


6/24/2016 04:45:00 PM


Thursday, June 23, 2016

(6/23/2016 07:44:00 PM) - Al

I know nothing about Thon Maker, but I admit, I like the pick solely because all the casual bloggers, whose entire commentary about the sport is "Did you see that cool dunk? Zowie!" don't like it, because some had him ranked far lower than #10.

Um, so was Giannis. In fact, many of the same things being said tonight was exactly what was said about Giannis.


6/23/2016 07:44:00 PM



(6/23/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Scooter--.338/.451, 789 OPS
Villar-----.377/.423, 800

We've heard so much talk about Villar this season, and his line is certanly worth more, as higher OBP is more valuable than SLG, as it involves "not getting out." However, often times folks simply do not appreciate what they have until it's gone.


6/23/2016 04:00:00 PM



(6/23/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Best regards,

Marcus Theatres Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary

The closing of the email I got from Marcus, as we were asked to fill out a brief survey about the Rambling wife's moviegoing experience with friends from TUES night.

Seems a bit "much." I mean, you went to a movie, you didn't have surgery so you could walk again, or so your back pain was gone. Making their definition of "extraordinary" is just far more disappointing than mine.


6/23/2016 01:30:00 PM



(6/23/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The fact that Hugh Hefner's stupid offspring thinks the world is breathlessly awaiting his viewpoint on the UK deciding to leave or stay in the EU is very, very funny to me.


6/23/2016 11:30:00 AM



(6/23/2016 11:09:00 AM) - Al

You mean it's working? Just like he said?

It's ECON101. Whenever you pay a select group more "just because," it throws off supply and demand, which throws off how much discretionary income folks have, to do stupid things like expand businesses and spend money on tourism, recreation, and other "stuff" that employs people.  


6/23/2016 11:09:00 AM



(6/23/2016 10:58:00 AM) - Al

Brewers' ranking in OPS per position
C---2nd
1B--12th
2B--8th
SS--9th
3B--30th
LF--5th
CF--26th
RF--28th

I struggle to comprehend all 3 spots that are in the bottom 5...bottom 10 would not have been a surprise, but Hill and Flores are dragged down by early struggles and CF is lower due to Broxton's slow start and Nieuwenhuis' up and down streaks.


6/23/2016 10:58:00 AM



(6/23/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I love it when they do this sort of stuff. Nothing folks that work a 10 or 12 hour day hate more than seeing their elected officials wasting time just to get old media attention.

How many of those Dems that spent time in Illinois got voted out? Some did, some did not. The ones that serve a balanced district had a good chance of losing after such a temper tamtrum.

The left loves seeking attention. They have no idea many moderates and independents simply cannot wait to show their displeasure at the voting booth.


6/23/2016 09:30:00 AM



(6/23/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

Beam me up Scottie.


6/23/2016 08:30:00 AM


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

(6/22/2016 06:44:00 PM) - Al

Shocking.

Just in time for him to take BP and have a presser at Miller Park before the game Friday.


6/22/2016 06:44:00 PM



(6/22/2016 06:35:00 PM) - Al

Jeffress had pinkeye (Counsell called it an eye infection) and his vision has been blurry, so while he was available, they were going to try and avoid using him.


6/22/2016 06:35:00 PM



(6/22/2016 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Rivera back to AAA, Perez will return Friday.


6/22/2016 06:33:00 PM



(6/22/2016 06:32:00 PM) - Al

I wish these clowns would stop embarrassing themselves with articles like this.

Who would catch him? Um, whoever the catcher is. How dumb can Rosenthal be?


6/22/2016 06:32:00 PM



(6/22/2016 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Counsell saying today he's very pleased with Scooter's defense, by far the best he's ever played it, per Craig. I have seen many fans critical of his defense this season, and I'm not sure what they're looking at; but I think much of it has to do with his height (or lack thereof) and the shifts they play...I suppose if he misses a ball by a small amount, a 6-1 guy would have had it, or, when he plays several feet from "normal" and then misses the ball, folks think he must lack range. Per the metrics, his range is his best attribute.

The strange thing is, if you look at his UZR, he's -0.7/150, which is likely a good indicator. DRS has him +3, which is probably because it gives credit for shifts. However, when you hit well above average and are are just average in the field, that's a fine combo. You hear criticism of his arm too, but few 2B have a plus arm...that's often how they end up at 2B. Heck, David Eckstein had a weak arm his whole career and while it wasn't pretty, he played a passable SS too. No one cares if you get the runner by a step or half a step.

The unsaid thing Counsell does not mention is likely the simple fact Scooter happily lines up wherever he is told to line up, be it in shallow RF, to the left of the 2B bag a few steps, or anywhere in between. Remember a few years ago, the Cardinals were among the slowest teams to start shifting, they pretty much played every hitter to hit straight away in the infield, except for perhaps a step from the magical spot. Every time they tried to introduce more intelligent shifting, their pitchers complained every time a ball made it through. So, for 2-3 years, they just ignored mountains of data, while other clubs used it. It probably cost them a couple wins a season, but eventually, they joined the crowd, because, you know, math.

EDIT: Scooter's 770 OPS (or career 745 OPS) versus league average of 711 is easily tolerable even if he did struggle at defense. His comps of Kolten Wong and Neil Walker, both paid far more and not all that much better (Wong isn't any better, but many love him because he plays for a good team and is still young...but no younger than Gennett) make him both underrated and a huge bargain.


6/22/2016 06:18:00 PM



(6/22/2016 03:28:00 PM) - Al

One forecast has us forecast for hardly any rain the other an inch-and-a-half of rain with severe storms. No idea what it is going to do in 3 or 4 hours but a hundred percent certain a century ago it was half a degree warmer or colder.



6/22/2016 03:28:00 PM



(6/22/2016 02:56:00 PM) - Al

While I can certainly understand the benefit of giving Lucroy 5 days off in a row, I assume he may well be banged up or have a minor injury they are nipping in the bud. No reason to make it public.



6/22/2016 02:56:00 PM


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

(6/21/2016 10:32:00 PM) - Al

Yadiel Rivera returns, Hernan Perez goes on paternity leave.


6/21/2016 10:32:00 PM



(6/21/2016 09:33:00 PM) - Al

Anderson will have his start skipped. Not sending him down as I wondered aloud last week.

Lucroy actually not catching for the 3rd game in a row (SUN bench, MON team day off, TUE DH). He'll be set to put on the gear a dozen games in a row with the team off days THU and MON.

Counsell said he was pondering giving Lucroy WED off also to get him 5 days in a row. 


6/21/2016 09:33:00 PM



(6/21/2016 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Both Smith and Bayless are just cliches. They say something silly, people scoff, and for some reason, they continue watching.


6/21/2016 06:12:00 PM



(6/21/2016 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Stave Adams of MLBTR just said the Rangers #1 and #2 prospects would be "too much" for Lucroy.

I would agree, but many on message boards would say they have to throw in #3 as well...


6/21/2016 03:24:00 PM



(6/21/2016 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Why didn't the Senate pass any of the 4 gun control bills presented to them last night?

Because they want to be reelected.

Why didn't Obama introduce (or ask his minions to introduce) a bill that called for strict gun control when the Dems controlled both the House and the Senate from 2009-11?

Because he wanted to be reelected.

It is amazing how holier than thou lame ducks get, because they know they do not have the opportunity to be relevant anymore.


6/21/2016 02:32:00 PM



(6/21/2016 02:20:00 PM) - Al

I have seen several references to Darryl Hamilton's death one year ago today.

"Celebrating" the anniversary of one's passing is about as strange and macabre a pastime as we have in the modern era. If it's a historical date, like DDay, or Pearl Harbor, I get it. Otherwise, it's just really mystifying behavior.


6/21/2016 02:20:00 PM



(6/21/2016 02:13:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, the old media all but completely ignoring the fact there was an assassination attempt on Trump might be the most apparent bias you'll ever witness.

I assume they do not want to create any sympathy for him. Of course, as many far more intelligent people than me have pointed out, constantly calling him a racist and Hitler means the blood is all but directly on their hands.


6/21/2016 02:13:00 PM



(6/21/2016 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Infante might well hook on with a contender as a 2B/SS/3B reserve, because he is "gritty" and "a leader" and many other things teams say about old infielders that can't hit a lick.


6/21/2016 02:07:00 PM



(6/21/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al




I was just wondering...why don't they have anti drug zones? I mean, that would just magically get rid of drugs, right?


6/21/2016 10:30:00 AM



(6/21/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I've found several times in the last couple days I've looked at the clock and been surprised by the time. I guess I'm struggling to see it as bright as it is at noon at 8PM, even 9PM.

Of course, if we were smart enough to use double daylight time, we'd see energy savings, reduced crime, fewer accidents, and more/safer evening time to exercise. But of course, the negatives are...um, well, it would not be light at 4:30AM, not until 5:30AM...yeah, that's about it.

It's so incredibly obvious, which means it will never happen.


6/21/2016 09:30:00 AM


Monday, June 20, 2016

(6/20/2016 07:59:00 PM) - Al

It comes off as desperate and weak to beg someone to enjoy your product.

Many people can't make it through a day without cheese, never mind ice cream and other yummy products. That said, even many low carb diets exclude dairy products, for various reasons; the most common is that your body digests lactose like sugar, and throws off your body's ability to burn fat.

The truth is, none of us know for sure, just like our insistence the higher being we worship is far better than others. Bill Maher has pointed out that we are the only mammal that drinks milk, other than as infants...is that a positive or not? Again, ask a dozen people, get a dozen answers.

I am always reminded of the Chris Rock line..."you never hear a crack dealer say, what am I gonna do with all this crack?" All the rest of us have to best figure how to best market our products, and as yummy as dairy is, complaining about folks that choose not to eat them seems, well, pathetic.

Someone should probably point out that most athletes use tons of protein shakes and drinks, which are very low fat, low carb, and high protein. The main ingredient in them? Whey, a by product of the cheese making process. I've heard people say whey is one of the best foods on the planet, as long as you are not lactose intolerant.

Don't bitch about it, use it.


6/20/2016 07:59:00 PM



(6/20/2016 02:58:00 PM) - Al

This is why Aaron Hill won't have much trade value...guys like McGehee are available for nothing and are 90-95% as good.

In Casey's case, he has strengths (hits LHP well, sure handed) and weaknesses (slow afoot, little range, rarely walks), but overall, isn't much different from a player like Hill.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/06/casey-mcgehee-dfa-dustin-molleken-promoted.html


6/20/2016 02:58:00 PM



(6/20/2016 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Obama's foreign policy, summed up in a single sentence.

Maybe if we said pretty please?

EDIT: Blogger linking is down, so the link above can be found by copying and pasting the link below.

https://twitter.com/THEHermanCain/status/744970605477437440


6/20/2016 02:42:00 PM



(6/20/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

How dare he cheat on me, his mistress!

I've heard for years that Eleanor Mondale and Bubba were an "item" back in the day. Years ago, it was said Chelsea would not do interviews with whatever network EM was drawing a check from.


6/20/2016 01:00:00 PM



(6/20/2016 12:37:00 PM) - Al

The self importance of folks is hilarious.

Was Lebron's block the greatest play in NBA history? Well, I would have to say no, since I saw Giannis make that same (or similar) play a couple dozen times just this past season.

This is all related to the "crisis" we find the need to deal with, mostly a fictional creation of the old media. When I was a little fella, and through my teens, "famine" and "world hunger" was the most cited crisis. We raised money, sang songs, and to this day, we have mass starvation in several countries, coincidentally, all which are located in a desert and have a government that runs the country through military rule...socialist dictatorship is perhaps the most used description. It ignores the fact that throughout history, man has lived in poverty, often having no idea where the next meal was coming from.

A score ago or more, Sam Kinison did one of his famous rants about "why the crops aren't growing?" in 3rd world nations. He decided it was because "they live on sand" and regardless of what we did, "it was always going to be sand."

{Adult laguage at the link, because it was Sam, but very, very funny.}

He was met by a hatred and vile normally reserved for child molesters and to the left; wealthy, successful business owners.

Know what? He was not far off. Many of those same nations still struggle today, and I guarantee they do if they are not capitalist countries. You can send all the food you want to them, as most of it is stolen or confiscated by the government, because they have guns, and the citizens do not...ironic, huh?


6/20/2016 12:37:00 PM



(6/20/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't know what this article is talking about.

I mean, only a moron would argue the problem is simple...we need to ban scary looking automatic assault rifles...never mind that such a thing doesn't exist.


6/20/2016 11:00:00 AM



(6/20/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

SVU detective Stabler: How's your mom been lately?

Little boy: She's been pretty unhappy. Mad and sad. 

Stabler: Do you know why? 

Little boy: She says Dad's sick.

Stabler: What's wrong with him?

Little boy: Mom says he has a dirty whore. 


Heh. That's some great dialogue.


6/20/2016 10:00:00 AM



(6/20/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The irony? Obama has never accomplished a thing in his life. His entire presidency is based on "just words."


6/20/2016 09:00:00 AM



(6/20/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Truth be known, most wild animals are good for the environment, as even the worst (mosquitos) serve some purpose (some would say feeding bats, I would say biting the hell out of those too stupid to soak in deet before spending time outside, because "it's a chemical").




6/20/2016 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, June 19, 2016

(6/19/2016 11:36:00 PM) - Al

Know what's funny? I knew Lebron was the greatest player of all time long before tonight.

It's embarrassing anyone who pays attention to the game doesn't know it.


6/19/2016 11:36:00 PM



(6/19/2016 06:47:00 PM) - Al

Most transparent administration in history.

They have to be careful, or the slippery slope of truth keeps making an unwelcome appearance. 


6/19/2016 06:47:00 PM



(6/19/2016 05:23:00 PM) - Al

We can only wish.


6/19/2016 05:23:00 PM



(6/19/2016 04:42:00 PM) - Al

Link to my WTMJ chat with Justin.

This was by far my favorite one, but of course, I set the bar quite low.


6/19/2016 04:42:00 PM



(6/19/2016 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Another reason I love Ramon Flores...you can't teach an arm like that. Jeepers.

I was early on the Flores bandwagon. It ain't filling up...but lots of folks are dipping their toes in, testing the water.


6/19/2016 04:25:00 PM



(6/19/2016 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Jumgmann sent to Arizona complex to "take a mental break."

That should eliminate any concern he's hiding an injury because as embarrassed as he must be, he certainly would have told someone by now.

There's probably something there about how close it is between being an effective SP in the bigs and not even being able to be passable in the minors.


6/19/2016 03:37:00 PM



(6/19/2016 03:26:00 PM) - Al




Amen.


6/19/2016 03:26:00 PM



(6/19/2016 12:24:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, seeing thousands of people in line to get into Quicken Arena 7.5 hours before the game starts...so they can watch the game on the scoreboard among other fans, is very, very impressive.

These are obviously the opposite of myself. I know I've heard many folks say they can barely watch and prefer watching alone. I'm far closer to that group than the first, though I am never "nervous" to watch a game played by others. And, of course, just add in my anti social tendencies....


6/19/2016 12:24:00 PM



(6/19/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Brewers return Rule 5 pick Zach Jones to Twins.

Jones was just activated and had been hit very hard in Colorado Springs. I guess they simply did not see a place for him. You have to wonder who else was near the top of their list, as Walsh and Jones both had skills, but simply did not work out in their tiny sample.


6/19/2016 12:00:00 PM



(6/19/2016 01:07:00 AM) - Al

Knebel sent down, Blazek activated.

If Corey stays down long enough, I believe the number is 20 days, it will be his final option.


6/19/2016 01:07:00 AM



(6/19/2016 12:51:00 AM) - Al

Have to see who the Crew sends down when Blazek is activated, assuming his arm recovered fine.

I would guess Knebel, as he has options and has simply not pitched as well as Marinez, who does not have options, and Barnes, who does. Still haven't heard if the Crew will skip a SP because of the days off next MON and THU.

An out of the box idea would be to send Anderson down, as a 5th SP would not be needed until SAT the 1st. They could bring up an extra position player for the almost two weeks, in the meantime.

However, they'll probably make the simplest, least exciting move they can.


6/19/2016 12:51:00 AM


Saturday, June 18, 2016

(6/18/2016 09:17:00 PM) - Al

 


Miller Park looks packed for the Kenny Chesney concert.

That there is a lot of Caucasians. 




6/18/2016 09:17:00 PM



(6/18/2016 09:09:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports Arcia is getting a few starts at 2B because "developing positional versatility is important."

I love Stearns' way of saying something as simple as playing a couple games at 2B and making it sound like they're diffusing an IED with tweezers and the spring from a ballpoint pen.

For now, Arcia might well be the guy called up if anyone on the infield got hurt. Long term though, he's the SS, until he fails, heaven forbid.


6/18/2016 09:09:00 PM



(6/18/2016 07:44:00 PM) - Al




The caption was "James Shields post game interview."

Very poor taste, but funny is funny.


6/18/2016 07:44:00 PM



(6/18/2016 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Had to unfollow a couple folks on Twitter last night after crude remarks about Sophia Minneart, who was wearing a "summer dress" I guess you would say last night at the Dells. Certainly not provocative or risque, but some found it appealing, to say the least.

I see her much like I do Maria Sharpova (just about a foot shorter)...certainly quite attractive, but any college bar on a SAT night would have two dozen more appealing coeds.


6/18/2016 07:09:00 PM



(6/18/2016 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Hope you enjoyed the time I was on with Justin. I'll post the link when I get it.


6/18/2016 06:57:00 PM



(6/18/2016 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Vin Scully explains that socialism has never worked.

Unlike most of us, he lived it rather than reading about it.


6/18/2016 03:39:00 PM



(6/18/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Remember, I'm on WTMJ with Justin at 6:35ish tonight. Google it and listen.


6/18/2016 01:30:00 PM



(6/18/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember, this is Bernie's utopia.

They have to shut off the electricity at night too. Because they're so damn much smarter than the capitalists.




6/18/2016 10:00:00 AM



(6/18/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Wade Boggs was simply a decade or two before his time. There are still plenty of casuals who out themselves by saying "Villar doesn't have the power to play 3B."

Remember, there was an era when respected baseball people complained about guys "clogging up the bases" by getting on base and not being able to run fast.


6/18/2016 09:00:00 AM



(6/18/2016 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Don't forget, I'm on with Justin on WTMJ at or around 6:35 tonight. Tune in, we all know you're not busy, as it's SAT night.


6/18/2016 05:30:00 AM



(6/18/2016 01:40:00 AM) - Al

For what it's worth, Jonathan Lucroy was on board with the two IBBs. "The strategy is sound ... we just hung a curveball."--Adam, MLB.com

I know a brilliant dude who said the same thing...

I have often compared it hitting on 16 in blackjack when the dealer has an ace showing. You know you have to hit. The math says you have to hit. You're a darn fool if you don't hit. But, far more often than not, you're going to bust. It's hard to keep doing that. You just have to realize, it's not the hitting on 16 that's the issue, it's being stuck with a 16.

In this case, the "problem" was the Venable double. After that, the odds are against ya, and it helps immensely to have luck on your side.


6/18/2016 01:40:00 AM



(6/18/2016 01:11:00 AM) - Al

I always lose respect for casuals that question pitch calling.

Jeffress hung a curveball, and not surprisingly, it got hit. If he makes the same pitch he did last night to end the game, curve that lands in the dirt, it's either a ball or a swing and a miss.

Lesson to be learned...bad pitches rarely work, good pitches usually do. That said, sometimes, hitters guess right and hit good pitches too.


6/18/2016 01:11:00 AM


Friday, June 17, 2016

(6/17/2016 11:44:00 PM) - Al

Orlando Arcia played 2B again tonight in Colorado Springs.

I'd say two games in a row is officially weird.


6/17/2016 11:44:00 PM



(6/17/2016 10:26:00 PM) - Al

Blazek rejoins team, expected to be activated SAT or SUN.

Capuano has elbow pain during simulated game, will be reexamined and a new plan will eventually emerge.


6/17/2016 10:26:00 PM



(6/17/2016 10:13:00 PM) - Al

When silly people like Seth MacFarlane and Susan Sarandon say they want to ban “automatic weapons,” what they mean is that they want to ban guns that look scary. They don’t understand that you can’t walk into a gun store and walk out with a military-style assault weapon (one that can fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull)....Not because it’s more deadly than a typical hunting rifle (it’s absolutely not), but because it looks scarier.--Sean Davis

As I have pointed out on numerous occasions, stupid rhetoric from stupid people is good, because it allows me to know that they are idiots. You can read the entire piece here.

That said, imagine someone saying they want to ban hunting rifles...but only the ones with fancy grips or other cosmetic details that make them look like a military weapon. They'd be laughed off the planet.

Friends, that is the gun control crowd. Emotional, willing to bypass the document that has guided us, and when you break down what they say...just goofy, shortsighted blather, like the above.


6/17/2016 10:13:00 PM



(6/17/2016 10:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling ya, that Constitution is just a fad.


6/17/2016 10:00:00 PM



(6/17/2016 09:26:00 PM) - Al

Again, BA seems oblivious to the fact Broxton starts versus LHP, saying he "got a vote of confidence" from Counsell.

I would not think a simple platoon situation would confuse them so.


6/17/2016 09:26:00 PM



(6/17/2016 09:24:00 PM) - Al

Just saw this on Twitter...someone bragging about their seats to a Northwoods League game.

1. Guess we know where that guy's $5.50 went.

2. The only other way to get a seat like that is to wear a bright yellow shirt and pretend you're a vendor.


6/17/2016 09:24:00 PM



(6/17/2016 04:25:00 PM) - Al

Brewers announce more draft signings today, have signed all their top ten picks except 1st rounder Corey Ray.

Adam and others report there is little doubt Ray will eventually sign, possibly when team gets home so they can have a press conference and BP with the team before Ray heads out, likely to Helena.


6/17/2016 04:25:00 PM



(6/17/2016 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Heh.


6/17/2016 04:08:00 PM



(6/17/2016 03:03:00 PM) - Al

Hopefully, said producer will use said weapon to kill a terrorist or criminal.

I wish one of the folks in the Orlando nightclub had been so armed.


6/17/2016 03:03:00 PM



(6/17/2016 02:53:00 PM) - Al

Under the "hmm, that's interesting" department...Orlando Arcia played 2B for Colorado Springs last night. Looking it up, it's the 2nd game he's played there, the other being a week or so ago. 

Could be any of a dozen things...the most likely and plausible is that Yadiel Rivera needs to play SS once in a while to stay sharp.

But, could they be thinking of bringing Arcia up for a few days to function as a utility guy, play a game or two at SS, a game or two at 2B versus LHP, and so on, maybe get his feet wet? With the two off days next week, as I talked about last night, they could easily send a pitcher or two down.  Other possibilities too, of course. Is there a team asking about Scooter?


6/17/2016 02:53:00 PM



(6/17/2016 01:54:00 PM) - Al




Anyone else think this seems low? I'm just thinking of all the folks that make cheese, yogurt, and the like, and the truckers who haul it to and fro.


6/17/2016 01:54:00 PM



(6/17/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. The "bruising recoil" doesn't seem to bother Glenn.

Looks like the old media dude was either dishonest or a bit wimpy.

Hard to believe a gent named "Gersh" is a bit cowardly. Who'd a thunk it?


6/17/2016 11:00:00 AM



(6/17/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

If only our president could spark the economy like he has gun sales. He's the greatest salesman in the history of weaponry. And he does it all by trying to do the exact opposite.

We have six months left of the George Constanza presidency.


6/17/2016 10:30:00 AM



(6/17/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Just kicking the can down the road, too filled with apathy to give a damn about the future.

It's like W defeated Hitler, and Obama told Adolf Jr. all was fine, nothing to see here.


6/17/2016 09:30:00 AM



(6/17/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

We don't have to make that decision now. We'll see where we are at that point, and then we'll react.--Mark A on what happens if it's mid/late July and they're just a few games out of a wildcard spot. 

Stearns is on record as saying he wants to add controllable talent. The only thing I see that might change is they might have some interest in a veteran player who is a FA after the season, that can be had for a lower level prospect. No way they're going to trade any top 20 guys chasing a hope and a prayer.

The problem with the above scenario is one bad week, a 1-6 stretch can easily take a team from 3 back to 7 back, and you look ridiculous being a buyer.


6/17/2016 08:00:00 AM



(6/17/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Two days off next week, Counsell says they're trying to figure out what to do with the rotation, just let everyone have more rest or if they will skip someone.

They could easily move a SP to the bullpen and send down a reliever or two, and bring up a couple position players...if they had several guys with options. However, since they are not in the race and many of their fringe players do not have options, the moves they make will probably be minimal.

Those types of moves do give a team a minute advantage, but are far more important to a team chasing that 87th win, not a 77th.


6/17/2016 07:30:00 AM



(6/17/2016 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm not a genius, but my guess is they're afraid of getting shot.

That's why all these attacks take place in gun free zones.


6/17/2016 06:30:00 AM



(6/17/2016 12:47:00 AM) - Al

Blazek struggles again at altitude, though that's not completely unexpected; 2 runs on 2 hits in an inning. We'll see if they give him more time or if he returns to the club, probably MON in OAK if he's done in the minors.


6/17/2016 12:47:00 AM


Thursday, June 16, 2016

(6/16/2016 11:40:00 PM) - Al

BA's complaints about how replay is administered forgets one thing...the umpires have shown no desire whatsoever to do anything except give a lackadaisical effort, often getting caught out of position and missing routine calls. Pretending they care about letting the in stadium crowd and TV folks know what is going on is hilarious. They struggle to keep track of the count and miss dozens of ball/strike calls every game...never forfet, we see fair/foul HR calls missed a couple times a week.

Wait until it gets hot out.


6/16/2016 11:40:00 PM



(6/16/2016 10:39:00 PM) - Al

The other Arcia is available.

I certainly like his career potential more than Presley. That said, it might just be something the Crew would like to avoid.

EDIT: That is a mighty tough call. He is weak defensively in LF/RF, so he'd be unable to handle CF even at a subpar level like Presley has on occasion. But, the key here is he is 25 (I was thinking he was 27/28) and, as often happens with MIN prospects, was rushed to the majors and has bounced back and forth annually. Because of this, he is out of options, and this is why MIN had to DFA him.

He rarely walks, and his out of options status mirrors Flores, who is younger and hit better in AA/AAA. Therefore, I doubt MIL will claim him. I might do so with the intention of DFAing him right away and hoping he clears the 2nd time, as he would not be able to be a free agent.

All that said, 27 homers in less than 500 AAA AB's, and 40 HR's in less than 900 major league AB's, I assume he probably won't even make it past the AL teams. A .316/.469 line versus RHP (for some reason, the Twins gave him almost a third of his PA's versus LHP, for comparison sakes, Scooter has just less than 12% of his PA's vs. lefties) from a 25 year old is aplenty for some team to give him a chance.


6/16/2016 10:39:00 PM



(6/16/2016 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Does Anderson and Schroeder not get that Hernan Perez is just playing RF versus LHP? Counsell is playing the platoon advantage given he has no everyday option.

He probably is their best offensive option in RF with Santana out versus southpaws, as Flores hits LHP decently, Presley not badly, and Nieuwenhuis struggles mightily. As long as he can catch routine fly balls and keep hitting as he has been (part of it depends on Scooter as well, as the choice is basically Gennett or Flores) he will continue to play RF versus LHP.


6/16/2016 09:45:00 PM



(6/16/2016 09:36:00 PM) - Al

Jonathan Lucroy is perhaps the most-cited trade candidate in baseball, GM David Stearns tells Heyman that an extension can’t be entirely ruled out. Heyman notes that if the Brewers are able to move Ryan Braun, they could look to reallocate some of those funds to locking up Lucroy, who is more open to an extension now that the Brewers are performing better than most pundits expected. There could, of course, be some level of gamesmanship there, as it would make sense for any team official to downplay a prime trade target’s availability.--MLBTR

As noted by many, Stearns is saying something that may be true or may be complete made up rubbish to attempt to ensure teams do not try to lowball them thinking Lucroy has be traded. The Crew would have no problem extending him for several seasons if he wanted to play for $8-10M per, but the market value for top five catchers is probably $15M per or thereabouts. Not only is more TV money expected, the truth of the matter is, he's worth whatever he can get, and it only takes one team to decide he's "the missing link" and overspend, both in years and in salary.

I've done some research on this subject, and I would have little interest in extending Lucroy anywhere near market value, as catchers often fall apart in their early 30's. A 4 year extension would lock him up through 2021 (any contract would likely require MIL guaranteeing his option for '17, or tearing it up and giving him more for next season), which would be Jon's age 35 season (his age on 7/1/21).

Johnny Bench fell off a mythical production cliff at age 34, Yadier Molina has went to excellent to average, and his falloff began at 31, even Thurman Munson dropped way off in his age 31 campaign before his untimely death.

Some have defeated Dad Time, like Carlton Fisk (solid until 42), but for every one that has, there are a dozen who have predictably worn down. 

Given their place in the success cycle, I feel far safer with 2-3 prospects in their early 20's than a veteran C in his early 30's...even moreso when you consider Lucroy has caught 698 big league games already. He was not a late bloomer who got a chance when he was 27, he's been catching 5-6 days a week in MIL since he was 24.


6/16/2016 09:36:00 PM



(6/16/2016 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Pretty difficult to take HS baseball seriously when they allow "courtesy runners."

Like having someone come in and shoot FT's for Shaq.


6/16/2016 04:34:00 PM



(6/16/2016 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Initial unemployment claims are at their lowest levels since 1989. There are more than 88,903 jobs posted on http://jobcenterofwisconsin.com--Governor Walker 

The left hates it, but it's working. Letting people keep more of their own money and easing restrictions and regulations is all it takes to spark the economy. Sadly, the exact opposite of Obama's beliefs, and why growth is all but nonexistent for the last 8 years. 


6/16/2016 04:26:00 PM



(6/16/2016 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Happiness is a dog who can play fetch as long as he wants to.


6/16/2016 01:46:00 PM



(6/16/2016 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Sounds like I'll be on WTMJ with Justin SAT evening before the game. I'll update you more when I get the info.


6/16/2016 01:19:00 PM


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

(6/15/2016 06:42:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Braun has not started 14 games. Brewers 4-10 with 3.3 runs per game. In other 52 games, Brewers 26-26 with 4.3 runs per game.--JS

Over the course of a season, he's probably worth 0.25-0.3 runs a game over a cheap replacement. Hasn't helped that:
 
1. Santana has missed much of the year, so he is being replaced with the 5th best OF, not the 4th.

2. Also, one cannot ignore the fact that many of Braun's missed games have not been Counsell/Braun deciding he needed a day, but when he was injured. Not much strategery there, you just go with it.



6/15/2016 06:42:00 PM



(6/15/2016 06:22:00 PM) - Al

In 1775 King George III sent troops into Lexington to burn down all the stores that sold guns, hence the 2nd Amendment.--Derek

The 2nd Amendment is in place to protect the citizens from a corrupt government and from rogue invasion. Many fail to understand the risk of either.


6/15/2016 06:22:00 PM



(6/15/2016 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Barnes and Marinez looked good enough to be pitching near the end of high leverage games...and both have the stats to justify it, albeit in a small sample. Even the fella on MLBN mentioned his 17-3 K/BB ratio...that's a far better indicator of future success than darn near any stat you can look at.


6/15/2016 06:02:00 PM



(6/15/2016 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Braun and Carter get the day off after the night game.


6/15/2016 02:21:00 PM



(6/15/2016 01:56:00 PM) - Al

A few days ago, Carl Crawford, a capable platoon option; today, Jose Reyes, an average (or quite possibly above average, when healthy) SS who comes with some baggage, but well worth it at the minimum.

That's why the Neal Cotts of the world have so little value at the deadline, as similar players end up available on the waiver wire.


6/15/2016 01:56:00 PM



(6/15/2016 12:59:00 AM) - Al

Not sure if Blazek will stay down for another game or return. If he does come back to MIL, Knebel looks like he needs to get some regular work and get in the groove.

Considering he has an option and my other option, Marinez, does not, I'd send Corey down, though I'd expect him to be back within a month.


6/15/2016 12:59:00 AM


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

(6/14/2016 06:23:00 PM) - Al

It's a pretty minor thing, but is it really fair to say a player "retired" when he obviously just was not wanted by anyone?

By the way, I "retired" years ago, even though I was eligible for the June draft and "could" have been have been drafted.

Hey, prove I would not have been.


6/14/2016 06:23:00 PM



(6/14/2016 06:08:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers release Carl Crawford, then sign the player most like Crawford in all of baseball.


6/14/2016 06:08:00 PM



(6/14/2016 04:30:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, Hillary did not even see the irony.


6/14/2016 04:30:00 PM



(6/14/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al




Funny because it's true.


6/14/2016 02:30:00 PM



(6/14/2016 01:47:00 PM) - Al

5 lowest yearly deaths by rifle during Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994-2003 
• 2002: 488 
• 2000: 411 
• 1999: 400 
• 2003: 390 
• 2001: 386
 

Annual deaths by rifle during past 5 years
• 2010: 362 
• 2011: 332 
• 2012: 298 
• 2013: 285 
• 2014: 248


Never let the facts get in the way of your hate for the Constitution and freedom.
  


6/14/2016 01:47:00 PM



(6/14/2016 01:19:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, all the others have been lies and publicity stunts...but this next one is completely true.

No offense, but I'll start to suffer a pinprick of stress abut climate change when we get two Chicken Littles to agree whether it's getting colder or warmer.


6/14/2016 01:19:00 PM



(6/14/2016 01:13:00 PM) - Al

Blazek and Zach Jones begin rehab at Colorado Springs tonight.

Blazek is planned for one game, and Jones will probably spend the entire 30 days, which the Crew will basically use to determine if he's worth keeping or if they will offer him back to the Twins.


6/14/2016 01:13:00 PM



(6/14/2016 01:07:00 PM) - Al

No matter how much the government pretends supply and demand does not exist, it turns out it does.

The Obamas are famous for trotting out problems that do not exist, while ignoring the ones that do.

Turns out, it's far easier to fix a problem that was just fiction than it is to fix a real one.


6/14/2016 01:07:00 PM



(6/14/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Saw someone say Broxton should "play every day," and "see what he has" and "get rid of the 3 headed OF."

No offense to them, of course, but Flores has performed far better, both in the minors and majors, this year and career wise. Ramon is 2 years younger than Keon, and when you add that to his better production, all that equals one thing...Ramon is a better prospect.

Add that to the fact Ramon does not have any options and Keon does, there's no way Broxton should be seeing the field more. Add that to the fact Nieuwenhuis has a .342 OBP versus RHP, as fun as it is to watch Broxton run, I can't disagree with Craig's decisions.


6/14/2016 11:00:00 AM



(6/14/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

It truly saddens me when a very smart, witty guy like McFarlane just ignores simple facts in order to push his agenda.

1. "Automatic" weapons are either banned now or so highly regulated as to be effectively banned, in the USA at least. They have been since they were invented for the most part, the early 1900's.

2. Many politicians, realizing this, are also showing their ignorance today as they call for an "assault weapons ban." An "assault weapon" isn't really even an actual thing, it's just a generic term given to military style guns. Any human being calling for #1 or #2 is, to be honest, too stupid to be trusted to lay sod (at some point, you'd be forced to remind them "green side up"), never mind serve in public office.

3. The weapon used in the Orlando attack, is, for lack of a better definition, almost identical to most hunting rifles used in the USA. It uses similar ammo, and dispenses said ammo in the same method...one trigger pull, one bullet. It may have had fancy plastic grips and the like added, and look like a military style weapon, but, by definition, is either the same or very close to hunting rifles. To even pretend that there is a way to easily "ban" such a weapon without effecting sportsmen, again, simply shows ignorance of the subject.

I certainly do not wish to make light of 50 dead humans, but, one must remember, we lose almost 100 every day in the USA to car accidents. No special reports, no breaking into your favorite shows to show teddy bear/flower memorials, no "this happens way too often" scoldings by those who wake every day with the goal of eliminating freedom "because they know better"...

{1st Amendment bad. 2nd Amendment bad. Not so sure about those other amendments either.}

...than those of us who believe the Constitution should be changed exactly as often as it is...very, very rarely.

No one ever suggests we should ban cars, despite the incredible death toll associated with them. We've learned to simply accept the risk, much like they do in Europe (mostly France, Belgium, and Germany) with unexploded WW1/WW2 explosives...many die each year, and experts estimate anywhere from 300M-1B remain under the soil, which are dug up annually by farmers and utility/construction workers, often resulting in injury or death. The deaths are steady, and we become numb to common causes of death.

The difference between autos and mass shootings? One is very routine and is mostly ignored, while the other happens very infrequently, but is used as a diversion to push political agendas, usually by mindless hacks.


6/14/2016 10:00:00 AM



(6/14/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I saw a rather blatant anti-psychiatrist TV ad. It was sponsored by the CCHR, which I guessed might be a branch of the Church of Scientology, the cult which does not believe in counseling and the like, presumably because they are cult members that have been called crazy by many.

Google confirms my belief. Many conditions, including depression, are simply a chemical imbalance. I have many clients who have family members who have described night and day differences once they convince their kin to take medication that has been prescribed. It allows people to enjoy a productive, useful life.

I have to believe this is a near perfect case of folks just wanting others to be as miserable as themselves. 


6/14/2016 09:00:00 AM



(6/14/2016 12:11:00 AM) - Al

Marinez makes his appearance as a "long" man, being used to finish the game (hopefully) with 4 outs left to get. Apparently, he's just that far down Craig's list.


6/14/2016 12:11:00 AM


Monday, June 13, 2016

(6/13/2016 11:54:00 PM) - Al

Barnes and Knebel both have options, so the decision on who goes down when Blazek returns is of minimal importance, unless you're Corey or Jacob.

Marinez has not been used now for over a week. He's been effective for the most part, so that kind of has me a bit curious.


6/13/2016 11:54:00 PM



(6/13/2016 11:48:00 PM) - Al

Like Schulman, Bowden implies that a significant move for the Giants would happen at the deadline as opposed to seven weeks in advance, where we presently stand.--MLBTR

I get it, SF has limited resources and may decide to use them differently, maybe a pitcher will get hurt, maybe Pence will come back earlier than expected, maybe Carl Crawford will be a nice fit as a platoon piece.

That said, I tend to agree with Doug Melvin...if you want to make a move, the earlier the better. A game in June counts as much as a game in September, and is often easier to win. I'm also a big believer in making a trade to set yourself up to win in the playoffs, rather than just making them.

A team is limited in what they can give knowing even if they make the postseason, they have to win a 50/50 wildcard game. However, if you are sitting 5 games up in your division, and a couple games back of home field right now, those situations are not commonplace for most franchises, even big market teams.


6/13/2016 11:48:00 PM



(6/13/2016 11:29:00 PM) - Al

I like Jarrett Parker for what he is, as he's hit everywhere he's been, hits both LHP and RHP, and walks a lot. But, he's 27 and is as good as he'll ever be.


6/13/2016 11:29:00 PM



(6/13/2016 11:10:00 PM) - Al

Bill Simmons claims to speak for the common man, but the problem is, the "common" fan is an idiot.

I've never understood his appeal, as he seems to be clueless on all parts of all sports that are not covered by a cliche or a overused silliness like "heart," "grit," and "he's a winner." He reminds me a lot of Jim Rome, actually; speaks clearly, throws his stuff out there, and will change his mind at the drop of a hat, because he's not really doing anything except trying to keep people interested for 5-15 minutes.

Of course, we live in a sports media world where anyone that draws more than a test pattern is a "hit" and makes seven figures.


6/13/2016 11:10:00 PM



(6/13/2016 10:12:00 PM) - Al

One of the worst half innings by a home plate umpire in the history of the sport...I'm not sure if he hit 50%, and concluded it by calling a pitch 2-3 inches off the plate a strike, taking a run off the board.

No worries, he'll have his high paying job next week, next month, and as long as he wants it. Why? As with all unions, they simply protect the worst of the worst; because the best, or even the average, do not need any protection.

May you live in interesting times.


6/13/2016 10:12:00 PM



(6/13/2016 05:28:00 PM) - Al

As I talked about here, Crawford is better than many teams are running out there now, especially if platooned or hidden versus most LHP's.

He'll have his choice of offers. Seems both the Giants and Angels have LF issues...


6/13/2016 05:28:00 PM



(6/13/2016 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Somsen is older, but has 2 of the 3 criteria Stearns looks for (low HR/9, high K/9, does not have low BB/9) in a pitcher. He only averaged 88 in his short stay with the Reds, so he must do it with location and breaking stuff.

Somsen has had stunning success at all levels in the minors, 2.42 career ERA, though he's always been old for his league, since he was drafted late. 


6/13/2016 04:14:00 PM



(6/13/2016 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Bucks and Kidd preparing an extension that will take him through 2020.

Time will tell if he remains head coach or shifts into the front office.


6/13/2016 03:33:00 PM



(6/13/2016 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Giants have asked Brewers about Braun, supposedly have exchanged names.

As I have said before, I do not think Ryan will go anywhere, at least not this season. That said, at least this "rumor" is a team that is on Braun's list of teams he will go to, unlike almost every "rumor" we've seen thought up by the casuals. I will have to take a look at SF's roster situation, as if they need to cover for injuries, getting a guy in year 1 of a 5 year extension is, at best, full of risk.

EDIT: The names mentioned, while SF's top two prospects, would not be higher than #6 in MIL, per scouting grades. Of course, those names might just be speculation and not offered. Stearns has shown a preference for younger players too, both of those are 21 and in AA, so while "young" they are very advanced, about 3 years younger than their league.

EDIT 2: The list of the Giants' top 30 per MLB.com is here. Stearns has acquired players ranked highly by KATOH in the past, and the only two ranked on SF are #1 Arroyo and #11 Blackburn, who sounds like a bit of a Davies clone per his capsule.Zach was also a KATOH favorite, though he was a Melvin trade.

EDIT 3: Weakest spots by OPS ranking on SF? 3B 14th, CF 11th, 2B 10th, LF 8th. Braun could easily raise LF, and possibly CF (I do not know if they currently have a LF/RF who could take PA's away from Denard Span, who currently plays CF). That said, it sure seems like Aaron Hill could help them out at both 2B/3B, though the Crew would likely have to pay him a big chunk of what he is owed. Their bullpen has been very pedestrian as well, so one could imagine this turning into a blockbuster...Braun, Hill, Jeffress/Smith. Of course, those rarely happen in season. 




6/13/2016 12:55:00 PM



(6/13/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This is what you call hitting the nail directly on the head.


6/13/2016 11:30:00 AM



(6/13/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Natalie Gulbis spoke out in favor of former boyfriend Ben Roethlisberger when he was accused, and now writes a positive account of her time spent with Trump.

The one thing I recall best that I have heard of late is a simple, but very true statement...Donald Trump has been in the public eye for decades...and was never once thought of as a racist until he ran for president on the GOP ticket. Jesse Jackson has run for president several times and has proudly used anti Semitic slurs on several occasions. He is still employed by a cable channel, albeit one no one watches, and no one even seems to care.

It's almost as if there's some sort of agenda here. 


6/13/2016 10:00:00 AM



(6/13/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama and Carter, forever together in ineptness and history.


6/13/2016 08:30:00 AM



(6/13/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

You cannot win a war your leaders are unwilling to admit you are fighting.

You know, JV team, fully contained. Brilliant leadership.


6/13/2016 08:00:00 AM



(6/13/2016 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Ironic, huh?


6/13/2016 05:00:00 AM


Sunday, June 12, 2016

(6/12/2016 10:08:00 PM) - Al

In an interview with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (audio link), Brewers GM David Stearns discussed that his team’s plan “at this stage [is to] acquire and develop the best young talent we possibly can,” and thus if teams come calling about Milwaukee’s young players, Stearns would want an “exceptionally high” return.  Stearns, however, didn’t exactly say that this makes a veteran player like Jonathan Lucroy or Ryan Braun more likely to dealt.  In fact, he noted that the possibility of trading Braun hasn’t been something that he’s had to seriously consider in his brief time as Milwaukee’s GM, and “there is no motivation for us to move…an elite-level player.”  That said, Stearns did say he’d already talked to both Braun and Lucroy about the trade rumors circling around both men and said he’d keep them appraised of any developments should they arise.  Stearns expects “active discussions” leading up to the trade deadline he said the Brewers “are in a situation where we need to be open-minded and we need to be open to any possibility.”--MLBTR

I have not listened to the link yet, but Stearns does a fine job of straddling the line between acting like a deer in headlights and working The Process, which is to bring in controllable talent.

EDIT: Surprised Stearns said "the fans have an attachment to (Braun). Would not think he cared, nor would mention it. 


6/12/2016 10:08:00 PM



(6/12/2016 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Hate speech was step one on ridding us of that pesky 1st Amendment.


6/12/2016 07:18:00 PM



(6/12/2016 05:43:00 PM) - Al

In regards to Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun’s potential availability this summer, one American League executive told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, “That’s the name I’m waiting for.” Braun is in the first season of a five-year, $105MM extension, and both the money he’s owed and his PED history are roadblocks standing in the way of a possible deal, reports Cafardo. The writer adds that the quality of return in a hypothetical Braun trade will come down to how much of his contract Milwaukee eats. The 32-year-old has dealt with injuries this season, but he has still slashed an outstanding .316/.378/.541 with 11 home runs through 217 plate appearances.

More from the Boston-area insider:

The fact that one of Braun’s teammates, Jonathan Lucroy, is still on the Brewers surprises some baseball executives. One National League exec thinks rebuilding Milwaukee has an unrealistic asking price for Lucroy. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old has made his case for a major return by serving as perhaps the majors’ best catcher this season; plus, he has a cheap club option for 2017 ($5.25MM).


Give Counsell, Braun, and Lucroy a lot of credit for their professionalism. Not an easy time, especially for Braun, going west to two of his "allowed teams." 


6/12/2016 05:43:00 PM



(6/12/2016 04:19:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Going to buy my wife a jersey for her birthday. You understand contract status and the like far better than myself, so could you give me a realistic list of who could be traded and who is likely and unlikely to be traded? 

Ben

Your safest bet? Counsell.

Your first list is not doable...every player on the team could be dealt. The safest not to be, in my opinion, would be Nelson, Davies, Guerra, Santana, Villar, and maybe Barnes, Flores, and Broxton. That's just because they are young, controllable, and not as valuable in trade as they may be in a year or two if they continue to develop as hoped. I'd probably put Arcia, Hader, and Phillips on the list too...Josh and Brett have bonus value because they do not have to be on the 40 until after this season, unless promoted to the bigs.

Most likely to be? Lucroy, Hill, Jeffress, Smith, Thornburg (my guess is, if Tyler were made available, he'd be the best pitcher on the market, based solely on 2016 results), Gennett, Carter, Braun, Anderson, Boyer, Torres...you name them. Nieuwenhuis and Presley have value if Coghlan and Kelly Johnson do, so does Perez, Maldy...there are probably a few teams that would love to see Peralta available to see if they can "fix" him.



 


6/12/2016 04:19:00 PM



(6/12/2016 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Goodness.

They don't even realize we would still be under British rule without them, do they?


6/12/2016 02:27:00 PM



(6/12/2016 01:34:00 PM) - Al

Amen.


6/12/2016 01:34:00 PM



(6/12/2016 01:24:00 PM) - Al

Ramirez made it through the other NL teams, but not the Twins.

Remember when none of us could figure out MIN's success last year, saying they did not look very good? We were right. They were a 77 win team that broke perfectly and won 85. Sadly, they didn't realize it either.


6/12/2016 01:24:00 PM



(6/12/2016 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Peralta down, Garza will take his spot in the rotation.

Odd that Matt will not start until TUE, but the Crew did not call up a player in the meantime. This tells me they just made the decision this morning, maybe they took a cue from Doug and "slept on it." With Hernan playing RF today, effectively choosing Scooter to play versus the LHP rather than Flores, an obvious choice would have been to bring up a RH hitting OF, though Mike Reed has not impressed in his first 300 PA's in Colorado Springs, with a .365/.350 line there...not terrible, but weak for the offensive paradise that is the high altitude of CS and the PCL West.

But, he has a 842 OPS versus southpaws this season. Sadly, my prediction of a year ago Reed may end up a 4th OF does not look like a bad one, though he still is just 23, so he has a while until his mythical peak.


6/12/2016 01:19:00 PM



(6/12/2016 01:04:00 PM) - Al

As the old media trips over themselves trying its best to ignore the nugget of info that the terrorist in Orlando was a radical Muslim, a couple thoughts come to mind.:

1. This is why Trump won.

2. I'm no more afraid of guns than ever. Still deathly terrified of all forms of terrorism, however. Decades ago, when I still in school, an instructor said in the future, we would not be fighting other countries, but rogue terrorists trying to build bombs or what we now call IED's.

Now, the left yawns about terror and only acknowledges it as a way to take more money from the successful. Fort Hood was workplace violence, terror no longer exists. FORE!


6/12/2016 01:04:00 PM


Saturday, June 11, 2016

(6/11/2016 08:53:00 PM) - Al

Although the catcher-needy Rays covet Brewers backstop Jonathan Lucroy, their aversion to trading prospects makes them unlikely to acquire the 29-year-old if Milwaukee shops him, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (video link). The Cubs, like the Rays, are also a poor bet to land Lucroy. Chicago inquired about Lucroy’s availability during the offseason and even explored the idea of involving a third club to help make a trade happen with the division-rival Brewers, says Rosenthal, who adds that talks didn’t get serious then and probably won’t around the deadline. As Rosenthal notes, the Cubs have $14MM catcher Miguel Montero at the major league level, and highly regarded prospect Willson Contereras is laying waste to Triple-A pitching.

Even if the Rays and Cubs aren’t in the running to pick up Lucroy, there should still be plenty of suitors for him, as MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk detailed Friday.--MLBTR


The Cubs and Rays both have loaded farm systems and young players, so this makes me wonder if the Crew is asking for something specific for Lucroy.


6/11/2016 08:53:00 PM



(6/11/2016 03:17:00 PM) - Al

Wily Peralta hitting 96 on several fastballs in the 1st. Far higher velocity than we've seen.


6/11/2016 03:17:00 PM



(6/11/2016 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Hillary Clinton may become the first F president. Sorry, I meant female but the emale got deleted.--Nick Shamalla

One of many. 


6/11/2016 01:43:00 PM



(6/11/2016 12:31:00 PM) - Al

Louisville, headlined by Crew 1st round pick Corey Ray, is currently on ESPN2 playing UCSB.

I'm proudly rooting for UCSB so Ray is less likely to be injured in these meaningless amateur games.


6/11/2016 12:31:00 PM



(6/11/2016 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Unintentionally hilarious piece on searching for a team that might trade for Lucroy.

At the end, he decides, hardly anyone has both a need and the prospects.

Nice job.

By the way, he has not caught 24 of 32 trying to steal, he has caught 24 of 56. That pretty much tells you how little research went into it. 


6/11/2016 12:13:00 PM



(6/11/2016 12:05:00 PM) - Al

All the places where I went yesterday and the day before to look at draft picks...no longer keeping track.

We'll be here the entire draft. Well, until it gets inconvenient...I mean, it's Saturday!


6/11/2016 12:05:00 PM



(6/11/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al




Where were the women buying these back when I was single?


6/11/2016 09:30:00 AM


Friday, June 10, 2016

(6/10/2016 10:49:00 PM) - Al

You can be the worst in the world at what you do, and you still do a better job every single day than every single major league umpire.

That's the 2nd time tonight they've missed an obvious replay call.

Yes, one you can sit and watch all day.

Painful. They don't even pretend to try.

The last couple seasons have been remarkably stress free, as a win or two is very unlikely to make a difference as far as playoffs go. It's still bothersome to see not only a complete lack of effort on the field, but a lack of concern if they get it right. They just seem to flipping coins and chuckling. If you're not going to enforce it, get rid of the rule. 


6/10/2016 10:49:00 PM



(6/10/2016 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

It's like when Bill Clinton, impeached for perjury mind you; called Mitt Romney a liar, and the old media spent the next several months not pointing out the irony.

It is funny how Liz Warren keeps being trotted out in front of the camera, perhaps the only woman on the planet that is both less pleasant to look at and more of a proven liar than Hillary.

I'm not sure if it's like me trying to stand next to a fatter guy to look more in shape or if the old media is just so far left they fail to see that all but the most liberal of liberals see her as a lying buffoon who would be in prison if she was a conservative.


6/10/2016 08:16:00 PM


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