Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

(8/31/2016 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Now 4-2, 3.45 ERA in last 8 starts, has gone 5 or more innings in 7 of the 8.--Ramblings

Now down to a 2.45 ERA in his last 8, a 2-1 K/BB ratio, averaging 6.2 innings a start. As I have pointed out previously, he would have been the best SP on the market if his contract ended after this month, but instead he has a year to go, at $12M.

That's not out of line for a SP, but Garza will probably have to prove himself healthy in 2017, or the Crew will have to take some salary back or pay part of it to get done this offseason. 

8/31/2016 10:15:00 PM

(8/31/2016 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Garza, last 7 starts: 3.85 ERA, has only went less than 5 innings once.

He's owed a lot of money for next year, but if he was at the end of his contract, he'd probably have several clubs trying to acquire him for SEP.--Ramblings 8/26

Now 4-2, 3.45 ERA in last 8 starts, has gone 5 or more innings in 7 of the 8.

I keep reading casuals insist the Crew should release him. As I said last week, if he was a FA at the end of the season, he'd have a dozen teams fighting over him at the AUG deadline to make a few starts for them down the stretch. The Crew would probably get a couple very fair prospects for him.

However, he is not a FA, he's owed a lot of money next season. Hence, he has limited value. However, should he get off to a good start next year, he might have real trade value next summer. All it takes to find out is a 40 man spot.

8/31/2016 10:15:00 PM

(8/31/2016 06:03:00 PM) - Al

Now it's all coming into focus.

8/31/2016 06:03:00 PM

(8/31/2016 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Mike Bourn headed to BAL.

8/31/2016 05:46:00 PM

(8/31/2016 05:45:00 PM) - Al

JS reports Guerra and Barnes will join team FRI, as will "one other player."

Other callups will wait until after minor league season concludes. They hope Susac is healthy enough to be brought up, he will attempt to play in the Sky Sox last series of the season.

Since there is an open spot on the 40, that last player could be anyone...and maybe the team has not even decided, who knows? Since Elmore and Perez can play anywhere, they are not really "short" on any given position, so it's truly a mystery.

Since Guerra will be added to the rotation, and Barnes will be limited to an inning at most, it could be a pitcher or a position player. My guess is about as boring as it gets...they do not have any LH pop on the bench, so I'll go with Andy Wilkins.

EDIT: And if Wilkins is not added, he is probably a good candidate to be taken off the 40, due to his low ceiling, as he is what he is at this point. 

8/31/2016 05:45:00 PM

(8/31/2016 05:18:00 PM) - Al

Dictionary definition of a minor trade...Brewers give veteran that they had no use for a chance with a team that looks to use him in their playoff run, most likely as a PR.

8/31/2016 05:18:00 PM

(8/31/2016 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Jeffress not suspended, but will enter in patient rehab.

Also puts out barely readable statement, misspells "well being" twice.

The fact he pays his agent and gets nothing in return is deplorable.

EDIT: It has come to my attention maybe he is just following the Ramblings example of "hyphens are stupid" and is just not going to use them as a protest. If so, more power to him. 

8/31/2016 04:40:00 PM

(8/31/2016 04:16:00 PM) - Al

AZ Fall League participants: Tayler Scott, Tyler Spurlin, Josh Uhen, Jacob Nottingham, Isan Diaz, Brett

Three top position prospects, and 3 little known pitching prospects. I'm sure they ran into quite a few innings limitations. Scott was signed from an indy league, so huge jump in competition for him; Uhen was a pick from UW Milwaukee, back when they decided to take guys with good velocity with "fresh arms." Spurlin was signed as an undrafted FA out of Rice, so he has already blown away all expectations. 

8/31/2016 04:16:00 PM

(8/31/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al


If only a real educator felt strongly enough about what he was teaching that he would give this speech, rather than kicking the can down the road and knowing he was another day closer to his pension.

8/31/2016 10:30:00 AM

(8/31/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Kerry thinks the old media focuses too much on terrorism.

This is the same old media that ignored Obama's "workplace violence" quote for...well, they're still ignoring it. The only way they could ignore terror more is if they ignored a candidate's plethora of lies about abandoning an embassy and classified emails...never mind.

8/31/2016 10:00:00 AM

(8/31/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

On my Facebook feed, one of my HS classmates posted a picture of her daughter (who is either 16, 17, or 18) and her friends in sport bras and tiny shorts.

My God, if I posted a pic of Hooters wait staff in that attire, I'd have to deal with false reports to Blogger (Google) of nudity, that I was demeaning to women, and most of all, that I was a sexist, horrible pig.

And that's just from the guys who don't really care, but have infant daughters or are terrified of their wives.

8/31/2016 07:30:00 AM

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

(8/30/2016 06:31:00 PM) - Al

Christian Yelich just slugged his 16th homer of the season. He had 16 homers combined in 1,185 plate appearances from 2014-2015.--DJ Short

A good predictor of future HR power is a lot of doubles, as power often comes after most other skills, often 24-25. That's why I always giggle when casuals complain a 19 year old is just a slap hitter because they only have 8 HR's...often, the league leader only has 15 at those low levels. 

8/30/2016 06:31:00 PM

(8/30/2016 05:26:00 PM) - Al

LSU is a 10+ point favorite, and is ranked 5th in the nation, compared to the Badgers being unranked (which means, 26th or lower). Still, most Badgers' fans seem confident of either a victory or close defeat.

Someone should do an in depth study of how fandom makes people incredibly ignorant or "above" the facts. Even though they are aware of them, they act as if they do not pay attention, they are moot.

I barely follow college football, though I do enjoy many games, as I usually treat them as many do a tennis match, I begin by simply hoping for a close, contested game, and then usually root for the underdog late (or the uniforms I like better, or in the case of tennis, the prettier gal). The goofiest thing is, consistently in football, if a team loses 31-27 and even if the opponent returned an interception for a TD, folks blame the defense (well, they gave up 24 points, the offense "only" 7).

8/30/2016 05:26:00 PM

(8/30/2016 04:59:00 PM) - Al


When you get a chance, could you explain as simply and easily as you can what exactly the 25 man roster is, the 40 man roster is, and who has to be added to each. I respect your ability to take an issue, like abortion, and say you feel a good compromise is to limit abortion after the fetus is viable. We could use a lot more compromise. All I know is you have to be on the 40 if you are on the 25, and some minor leaguers are on the 40, but most are not. I also know if you are removed from the 40, you often have to go through waivers, though not always. Thank you, love the Brewers stuff and the other items. Wish you wrote on the Packers, I dread every Monday because all I see is "Rodgers sucks" and "fire McCarthy" posts. And that's if they win.


There is no simple or easy way of doing this, but Chuck is right, you are on the 40 if you are on the 25, but if you're on the 40, you are not necessarily on the 25, which makes sense, as 40 is more than 25. I'll try to make this post before 9/1 rolls around, though teams with THU off are unlikely to add players until FRI. 

8/30/2016 04:59:00 PM

(8/30/2016 04:48:00 PM) - Al

Do not forget...the only reason anyone is in prison is for violent acts or for selling drugs. I do not want either on the streets, because they are both thugs and scum of the planet.

No one is in prison for smoking a joint or for being a drug user. They're in prison for trying to sell poison to people, mostly addicts and many very young, in the prime of their life.

I have no sympathy for any of them, and cannot understand the president's agenda that includes allowing them to mingle with the general public as if they wrote a bad check for Chinese food or pawned their ex's DVR for beer money.

Do not forget, I'm a relaxed libertarian on almost all social issues...I am all for freedom. If you want to use drugs, pay for a prostitute, or most anything that involves two consenting adults, I have no problem with it...the government does not need to intrude on morality, especially when one of the people in the government is Hillary "Oops, I did it again" Clinton.

I have never done a drug in my life, and I won't start tomorrow if they are suddenly legalized. However, profiting by breaking the law and taking advantage of patience for it. Don't like the law? Get rid of it. If I were made king I'd probably commute a few sentences myself, but it sure would be done carefully and in tiny amounts.

8/30/2016 04:48:00 PM

(8/30/2016 04:33:00 PM) - Al

Lots of speculation that the Crew claimed Puig and the teams will discuss a trade involving Braun (who has cleared waivers) and Puig plus prospects.

I suppose it makes some sense, but as I have said many times, Ryan and the team are close, I do not see him going anywhere, barring an overpay. MIL has said on several occasions they will only make a "baseball value trade" involving Ryan, meaning no discount for his large salary, age, or past PED result.

And, to be blunt, MIL has a very low payroll with Braun, so they do not need to move him for financial reasons. They are going to draw 2.35-2.4M, barely down from last year. The radio and TV money will be the same, and if anything, revenue sharing should be up. They are limited as to what they can spend on international free agents.

8/30/2016 04:33:00 PM

(8/30/2016 04:20:00 PM) - Al

Some team hoping the Dodgers just are tired of him and will let him go for nothing.

I tend to hearken back to when the Crew had a young Gary Sheffield and they literally did every stupid, shortsighted thing they could to stifle his development; rushing him, changing positions with no warning or time to learn it, bouncing him up and down for off field reasons, and then ignoring similar issues at AAA, and finally giving up on a very young player with plus numbers and getting little back in return for a future Hall of Famer.

The Twins do this all the time, criticize them in the old media, and then sell low, and are always surprised they flourish elsewhere. They nontendered Dave Ortiz back when he could still run because "all he did was hit for power," implying the lack of "little things" in his repertoire.

Remarkably, the Red Sox overlooked those faults for a decade and a half.

8/30/2016 04:20:00 PM

(8/30/2016 04:07:00 PM) - Al

I wonder who the least attractive pro tennis player is. My next thought is they're still extremely good looking compared to the general public. The woman currently getting manhandled by Venus looks like she stepped off the runway this morning, took a train to Flushing, and is masquerading as a tennis player just because she can.

The vast majority are blonde, part of the former Soviet bloc, and have longer legs than the Rambling wife is tall. It's kind of sad really, if you're the 100th best baseball player, you're probably Ryan Braun or Jon Lucroy. If you're the 100th best tennis player, of either gender, your expenses are as high or higher than your income and you struggle to keep playing. And despite being gorgeous, no one has ever heard of you.

The late David Foster Wallace once wrote a piece on the challenger tour, which is like AAA for tennis, and one expert told him the difference was those players would hit the ball within a couple feet of the lines, where as the top players could usually put it within six inches.

He said watching them play, it was difficult to believe he was not watching the top two players in the world, and later found out neither was ranked in the top 120.

8/30/2016 04:07:00 PM

(8/30/2016 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Tebow rated above average in speed and power, below average in arm, field, and overall hit tool.

On the 80 point scale, he looks to be a 40 or 45, meaning he would be outside the Crew's top 30...though he would be on many clubs' list. Of course, he's 29, and not going to develop physically anymore, and he's being compared to mostly 18-25 year olds.

Since his best skill is power, he could get a look. Teams might have to decide if the sideshow atmosphere at minor league spring training and at whatever affiliate he ends up at is worth it for such a longshot who is pushing 30.

Remember the line from The Rookie, when the scout told him he was going to get laughed at for turning in a scouting report for a 37 year old, but the alternative was to get fired for not turning in a form on a guy throwing 97.

It takes one scout and one team. They sign kids from Latin America who barely know how to hold a bat because they run really fast, but they are just over half Tebow's age and the team in question can hide in anonymity.

8/30/2016 03:40:00 PM

(8/30/2016 03:40:00 PM) - Al

Middlebrooks removed from 40, outrighted to Colorado Springs. There's one 40 man spot opened up, probably 2-3 more to follow.

Hader and Brinson are two players who have to be added to the 40 this offseason, but do not currently possess a spot.

I'm sure they told Will they will gladly give him to any team wanting to put him on the 40, but since he already cleared waivers, not very likely. 

8/30/2016 03:40:00 PM

(8/30/2016 10:52:00 AM) - Al

Back from rehab on 9/1--Guerra, Barnes, Middlebrooks

Any other additions to the major league roster before the minor league season ends 9/5? I would assume an extra arm, but probably just one, so my guess would be Magnifico. I would guess one more position player as well.

8/30/2016 10:52:00 AM

(8/30/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Because doing something about it might be considered leadership.

Hence, Obama kicked the can down the road.


8/30/2016 08:30:00 AM

(8/30/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

I was just reminded that the young man who played Forrest Gump as a child grew up and served in Iraq, before going to college in, wait for it, the great state of Alabama, where he is major in International Relations.

And yes, my friends, we are old. 

8/30/2016 08:00:00 AM

Monday, August 29, 2016

(8/29/2016 09:44:00 PM) - Al

Home plate umpire batting about .500 tonight, and now they miss a rather obvious foul ball off Scooter's foot.

I'm telling you, seriously, how much worse could 4 guys off the street be?

Of course, no matter how bad they are, they'll still be back, drawing huge salaries. Why bother?

8/29/2016 09:44:00 PM

(8/29/2016 08:58:00 PM) - Al

Funny, no complaints from the casuals that the "contact play" was on when Gennett hit his ground ball to 1B that Carpenter was unable to glove and Santana scored.

No way the runner scores if he waits. It is simply good baseball to be aggressive and make the defensive team make the play. Often they do, but sometimes, they do not.

Casuals dwell on the negative. They dwell on what players cannot do, never understanding a team made up solely of average personnel will win about 81 times. I think everyone would love to have a team made up of Mike Trouts, 5 tool guys that have little in the way of weaknesses. Not many of those around.

8/29/2016 08:58:00 PM

(8/29/2016 03:54:00 PM) - Al

I remind folks of this every year, but the US Open begins today, and is on ESPN or ESPN2 most every day from 11AM until 10/11PM, or sometimes even later. It is the best tennis on the planet, and when there is a good match, especially late at night, it reminds you of how good sports can be.

I don't know many of the players anymore, but it's still very enjoyable. The money involved is life changing...just making the 2nd round is worth $77K, which is enough to keep many players in the sport another year. The effort, even in 1st round matches, is off the charts.

8/29/2016 03:54:00 PM

(8/29/2016 03:29:00 PM) - Al

No idea Gene Wilder was a Milwaukee native. Loved Stir Crazy, I still DVR it and watch it 1-2 times a year. I recall him being interviewed years after Gilda Radner's death and he was still all but unable to even talk about her.

8/29/2016 03:29:00 PM

(8/29/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Brinson has been on fire since being acquired, but he has only walked twice and has a .449 BAbip, which is both unsustainable and ridiculous.

Let me state the obvious...he ain't that good. Luckily, he doesn't have to be.

8/29/2016 12:00:00 PM

(8/29/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The thing that gives me hope for a guy like Keon Broxton is, while no one has even noticed he is 1 for his last 20, he has still managed to walk 5 times in that span.

Most of us realized the hullabaloo about his "new stance" with his hands an inch or three lower was, at best, unimportant (some guys make adjustments every PA, and his numbers at AAA were consistent from day one...his major league time has been mostly BAbip related noise, made far more apparent by limited playing time).

8/29/2016 11:00:00 AM

(8/29/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

It all comes down to the racial healing.

I'm just thankful he's found time for that in addition to lowering the depths of the ocean, just by being so damn competent.

8/29/2016 10:00:00 AM

(8/29/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

In any normal industry, certainly any one in which the free market is given even lip service, these factors would signal producers about the need to change:

"Shit. We made too many widgets, and people aren't buying them even at the lower prices we're forced to charge because we made too many widgets? Well, it's time to make fewer widgets, or diversify, or innovate, or all of the above."

"If there wasn't this federal government intervention in the first place that distorts production decisions," says Bakst, "price signals would inform farmers whether to produce more or less of a commodity, which would help to address overproduction."

Who got taxpayers, consumers, and farmers into this mess? Congress, the USDA, many farmers, and the big farm lobbies are all to blame.

More importantly, who can get us out of this mess? Expecting those same farm lobbies, Congress, and USDA bureaucrats to break the wheel is a fool's errand.--Reason

Supply and demand is just as important for cheese as it is every other product, as you can read the whole thing at the link.

Welfare by any other name, is extremely shortsighted and always makes the problem worse. Last time I checked, they've spent $18B on "the war on poverty" (almost identical to our national deficit, go figure) and the poverty rate is identical to where it was before it began.

There's a lesson to be learned there, if only President McGolf cared about anything other than kicking the can down the road and making statements that we'll be using to giggle at his ineptness in 20 years.

8/29/2016 08:00:00 AM

(8/29/2016 02:31:00 AM) - Al

Damien Magnifico managed to give up 5 runs in less than an inning of work at AAA, but it seems a major part of it was due to 3 infield hits. Hopefully, he'll return in SEP and get some work to harness that velocity.

8/29/2016 02:31:00 AM

Sunday, August 28, 2016

(8/28/2016 09:00:00 PM) - Al

As usual, Stef hits the nail on the head.

Even when she's wrong, she's really a looker.

As for the QB, he's 100% incorrect and disrespectful, but he has every right to be incorrect and disrespectful. For you kids, google up Beatrice Evelyn Hall.

8/28/2016 09:00:00 PM

(8/28/2016 07:47:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife gave me her cold, so I'm 7:45PM. I think I'll take a shower and go to bed and read.

You single guys, who do what you want 24/7, just remember how miserable you are, you poor saps.

8/28/2016 07:47:00 PM

(8/28/2016 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Trump's key to success has been getting so many independents, moderates, Dems, and nonvoters to vote for him.

The fact the old media often ignores that? Doesn't fit the narrative.

8/28/2016 03:45:00 PM

(8/28/2016 01:59:00 PM) - Al

It's quite apparent to me that government oppression made him say it.

He's bordering very close to stupidest man in the world territory. He's let all that talent waste away, and we're seeing why...complete moron.

8/28/2016 01:59:00 PM

(8/28/2016 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Guerra will return when rosters expand, start in PIT, Blazek had a good MRI result and has begun throwing, hopes to return this season, bother per Adam of

Barnes and Middlebrooks are also on rehab, and if they stay healthy, will also likely be activated on 9/1. Other additions will probably wait until the minor league season ends on Labor Day.

It's ironic, I just saw casuals say they should put Blazek on the 60 day DL, you know, so they could use his 40 man spot on magic beans. Some folks just love living on the always wrong brigade. 

8/28/2016 01:17:00 PM

Saturday, August 27, 2016

(8/27/2016 10:49:00 PM) - Al

Not a surprise at all to see Suter pitch well in relief's quite a different look to the hitters to see a lefty throwing 84 after AB's versus RHP's throwing 92-94.

If he has a big league future, it's almost certainly out of the bullpen.

8/27/2016 10:49:00 PM

(8/27/2016 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness I didn't take the time to write something like this up.

Kaepernick is an incredibly talented individual who has been an underachiever for years. One would naturally think he may be a bit of a dummy just because of that.


8/27/2016 05:12:00 PM

(8/27/2016 02:59:00 PM) - Al

David Clarke keeps posting 100% true history, and the left keeps calling him a liar.

When you have to rewrite your party's history to not be embarrasses by it, you might be in the wrong party.

8/27/2016 02:59:00 PM

(8/27/2016 01:40:00 PM) - Al

She needs a fashion advisor, to say the least.

Of course, they have to cover up the braces or devices that are not there, because she's in near perfect health.

8/27/2016 01:40:00 PM

(8/27/2016 01:18:00 PM) - Al

The irony? These are the same "experts" that are insisting we have climate change, even though they can't agree if it's getting warmer or colder.

I was just reading the other day that folks were arguing that modern "climate change" began in the 1830's...despite the fact it is an accepted fact that the last mini ice age did not end until the 1850-1870 range. Unsurprisingly, they took the last decades of a cooling cycle, combined it with the inevitable warmth that followed, and in effect, created an extra century of "change" to make themselves seem more important.

The truth is, climate is always changing...that's why we have had several ice ages, some lasting centuries. Someday, we'll have another one, and all the aerosol cans in the world ain't going to help a bit.

8/27/2016 01:18:00 PM

(8/27/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

When Bush was president: a movie about his assassination. 

When Obama is president: a movie about his 1st date w/ Michelle. 

Just coincidence.--Jeff Jacoby

They'd never get through the first day of shooting at an anti Obama movie.

8/27/2016 09:30:00 AM

(8/27/2016 01:50:00 AM) - Al

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones left tonight’s action with what the team is calling a hamstring strain. That could be a big problem for the O’s, who not only need Jones’s bat in the lineup but don’t have any ready replacements on their depth chart. But skipper Buck Showalter says that he doesn’t believe Jones will require a DL stint, as Dan Connolly of tweets.--MLBTR

Nieuwenhuis would be a near perfect fit for the O's, as he could play CF a few games while Jones is out and then settle in as a bench/reserve player, and maybe play the 9th inning as a defensive replacement for Trumbo. 

8/27/2016 01:50:00 AM

Friday, August 26, 2016

(8/26/2016 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Garza, last 7 starts: 3.37 ERA, has only went less than 5 innings once.

He's owed a lot of money for next year, but if he was at the end of his contract, he'd probably have several clubs trying to acquire him for SEP.

8/26/2016 10:39:00 PM

(8/26/2016 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe SF let Matt Moore throw 133 pitches. Moore has had arm and injury issues, and I don't think the Crew has allowed a SP to go over 115...and rarely over 110.

8/26/2016 08:17:00 PM

(8/26/2016 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Rangers are not taking Jeffress incident seriously at all. He was placed on restricted list just because he was unable to report for today's game, and they brought up another player. They are saying alcohol is not part of CBA drug plan, and they expect Jeffress to be ready to go and back in uniform SAT.

Simply put...drink all you want, just be ready to throw the ball the next night.

Would I do any differently? Probably not. Alcohol is legal. DWI is not. Eliminate the latter and no one cares.

8/26/2016 04:12:00 PM

(8/26/2016 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to put this into words most folks will understand...AJ Ellis is not very good, and Carlos Ruiz, while just mediocre, is a far better player. These are the types of trades contenders make.

Is Ellis a nice guy? Probably. Does anyone care? No.

Folks in Texas right now are not complaining Jeffress is a drunk and has made poor choices; they're upset he's going to miss some time. There are a few players I'd rather lose without than win with, but that's a mighty short fact, Dennis Rodman is the only one I can think of offhand. Many higher than thou folks point fingers at Chapman and KRod, but forget they've never been convicted of anything. Of course, neither has Jeremy, but unless he has a medical problem, you have to be rather messed up to pee yourself as an adult.

8/26/2016 03:54:00 PM

(8/26/2016 03:39:00 PM) - Al

According to Bernie Sanders and Mike Moore, this is the greatest health care system EVER!!

8/26/2016 03:39:00 PM

(8/26/2016 02:35:00 PM) - Al

BUMPED: More info added at bottom.

Jeffress charged with DWI in Dallas.

Of course, Jeremy has a history of poor decision making, though some wrote that off because he claimed he used due to his epilepsy. Of course, I'm sure dozens of baseball players share his penchant for alcohol and nonsense; and were just more fortunate not to get caught.

ADDED:  Peed on himself twice, marijuana found in glove compartment. 

That is not just having an extra glass of wine. That's "I'm not officer drunk" behavior. That's "maybe he should check into a facility" territory. It also makes one wonder if the reason he is now "clean" is that he has not been tested in years.

8/26/2016 02:35:00 PM

(8/26/2016 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Democratic cities tell police to ignore crime if it's against conservatives?

My take? Why is anyone surprised by this? This is what they are.

8/26/2016 01:56:00 PM

(8/26/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Good for them.

The USA is not a spot for those who want a "safe space." Those folks are better served to live in some hell hole like know you're going to be unsuccessful and dependent from day one. That what bad government, paupers, and guttersnipe want.

It's the exact opposite of the USA.

8/26/2016 08:30:00 AM

(8/26/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

It's hard to keep all your lies straight, especially when you have health problems you like about not having.

You can click on the statements to read the entire untrue things.

8/26/2016 07:30:00 AM

Thursday, August 25, 2016

(8/25/2016 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Bob Davidson hasn't got a close call right in decades.

That was a 5 second review, took 2.5 minutes. Complete incompetents. 

8/25/2016 08:43:00 PM

(8/25/2016 06:34:00 PM) - Al

I've chatted with Amy many times, and I think this is great.

8/25/2016 06:34:00 PM

(8/25/2016 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Not only is she too stupid to use 2 email accounts, she lied about it more times than I can count. And now, she's lying about lying.

I mean, I've had a president who never told the truth the past 8 years. And if you doubt that, if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.

You know...the one you could not keep. 

8/25/2016 05:36:00 PM

(8/25/2016 05:18:00 PM) - Al

The first thing I think of when I see this move is how valuable Drew Stubbs could be to a contender. Stubbs does 2-3 things very well...hit LHP, and runs really fast, which makes him an excellent base stealer/runner as well as a plus defender. On a playoff team, he could be invaluable as a PR when the game is tied or down a run, as he is successful stealing a base 83% of the time...that's about as good as it gets, as Billy Hamilton is 82%. Anything over 80% usually means it takes a good pitcher/combo to have a chance at them.

8/25/2016 05:18:00 PM

(8/25/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

A three paragraph torching of Bernie Sanders, and everything he stands for.

He's an old fool who has never had a real job, has made himself very wealthy in politics, and insists he knows better about everything than those who believe in American exceptionalism.

8/25/2016 02:00:00 PM

(8/25/2016 01:27:00 PM) - Al

I said it a while back...after focusing on the health of McCain, although he was in good health (and the problems he did have was related to his POW years); the silence on Hillary's inability to walk up stairs and stand without leaning on a table, is deafening.

We all knew this would happen, but the fact that it happens without most sheep even mentioning it is remarkable.

8/25/2016 01:27:00 PM

(8/25/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

All that said, as long as the stadium in Vegas is safe and does not have holes on the field, it'd be far better than Colorado Springs, where breaking balls, for the most part, do not break; which makes it difficult for pitchers to pitch AND for hitters to hit them when they leave altitude.

8/25/2016 08:00:00 AM

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

(8/24/2016 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Obamacare premiums up 43% in IL, many counties only have one option.

We're in the very best of hands.

8/24/2016 05:56:00 PM

(8/24/2016 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Ramon Flores has cleared waivers and been assigned to Colorado Springs.

He will be a free agent at the season's end, unless put back on the 40 man by the Crew (or, of course, he could be resigned to a minor league deal).

8/24/2016 04:31:00 PM

(8/24/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The obsession with a certain segment of the population that free speech is bad and the accused are guilty upon being accused is all the proof I need that they are all wacko and I do not want them on my side, nor do I wish to compromise with their stupid selves.

I'd rather lose without them than win with them. I just add them to my ignore list (or my mental ignore list, if one does not exist) and go on not being an ignorant oaf. 

8/24/2016 02:30:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:59:00 PM) - Al officials warned against judging a prospect with fewer than 80 Major League plate

Casuals gonna be casual. If you take a gander, those judging Arcia on a small sample are the same ones who insisted Keon Broxton was awful. In truth, every player in MLB has had bad stretches lasting far longer than 100 PA's.

Now in Arcia's case, as a 22 year old defensive whiz who put up passable, but not great numbers in AA and AAA; I would have been shocked had he come up and did well offensively.

Of course, I'm not nearly as dimwitted as others...

8/24/2016 01:59:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, if you ain't eating what you want, it sucks. I've had luck on low calorie and low carb plans, and been miserable on both. And no, the pounds have not stayed off.

8/24/2016 01:36:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:33:00 PM) - Al

I was just reminded that many folks, all members of the "always wrong" brigade, insisted the CRew should NOT trade Gerardo Parra last season and instead give him a qualifying offer because he "was too good to lose."

They are still the ones insisting they know better than you, by the way.

8/24/2016 01:33:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:13:00 PM) - Al

Thomas Sowell explains why being tough on crime is good for all of us...except the criminals.

8/24/2016 01:13:00 PM

(8/24/2016 01:06:00 PM) - Al


Now that's funny.

8/24/2016 01:06:00 PM

(8/24/2016 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Guerra to AAA for rehab, Barnes to AA. As I said last night, Middlebrooks to Appleton, and then likely elsewhere. I assume they will then be activated after 9/1.

8/24/2016 12:44:00 PM

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

(8/23/2016 08:21:00 PM) - Al

Middlebrooks headed to Appleton for a couple games of rehab starting tomorrow, per Adam.

My guess is he will then go somewhere else, Boloxi or more likely Colorado Springs, until rosters expand on 9/1.

The Crew could add several players from the DL on or after 9/1...Middlebrooks, Guerra, and Barnes, if they continue to progress. Blazek is not expected to pitch again this season. Mike could easily be placed on the 60 day DL if they wanted to painlessly open another roster 40 man spot.

If all 3 are healthy and ready, they might be the only players added until after the minor league campaign ends on Labor Day.

I have not guessed or predicted yet, and it will be interesting to see if Jungmann returns, as for the most part, he has been dominant in AA for the past month. The other 2 interesting choices will be guys who have to be added to the 40 this offseason, the newly acquired Lewis Brinson and hard throwing lefty Josh Hader.

I would assume they would bring up Andrew Susac, if he has recovered from the injury who is on the 40 and who came over from SF in the Will Smith swap, but not only is Jake Elmore a former catcher, Hernan Perez can also put on the gear if an emergency arises, so a 3rd catcher is more of a luxury than a need.

8/23/2016 08:21:00 PM

(8/23/2016 02:08:00 PM) - Al

Arcia makes it through 20some teams, but not Miami.

8/23/2016 02:08:00 PM

(8/23/2016 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Jonathan Villar is the first player since 2009 to have 10 HR's and 50 SB's.--MLB Stat of the Day

If he played in Boston or New York, there'd be talk he was changing the game. 

8/23/2016 02:06:00 PM

(8/23/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

The sky is always falling if you're on the left, and the only thing that will prop it up is always more taxes and more spending.

When the answer is always the same regardless of the question, I tend to question the honesty of the answerer...even more so when their candidate for president hasn't told the truth in at least a couple decades.

8/23/2016 02:00:00 PM

(8/23/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Absolutely crushed.

One of the best comedies in ages, and very similar to Raymond. I expected to run for a decade.

8/23/2016 09:30:00 AM

(8/23/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Millennials are not nearly as stupid and liberal as the old media wants you to believe.

That said, young people are nearly always idealists...they think they can have it all, will have it all, and nothing will stop them. Then at some point, be it 22, 26, 29, flunking ENG110 because they were too drunk/stoned to go to the 8AM classes, whatever; they realize they are not going to beat the system, and might as well just settle for a decent job and doing fun stuff when not working.

8/23/2016 08:30:00 AM

(8/23/2016 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Aaron Gleeman (who thinks he blocked me on Twitter, but never mind that for now) made fun of a hotel for putting instructions on how to use the microwave in their room guide.

Some microwaves are downright difficult to use, or at least, out of the ordinary. At my old office, no one could ever figure it out the first time they used it (if memory serves, you hit "cook time" then "minutes" then "seconds" and then "cook time" again. It was a double whammy, as no one ever knew they had to hit "cook time" again, so they'd try and find the "start" button which did not exist. Also, if you wanted 30 seconds, you had to hit 0-3-0, so many were freaked out by that. We had new people every meeting to "check us out" and I always made sure I was there to help the attractive new females that were stumped.

The guys? Yeah, the hell with them. I never aspired to concern myself if their food/drink was heated to the manufacturer's recommended guidelines or not.

8/23/2016 07:00:00 AM

Monday, August 22, 2016

(8/22/2016 11:34:00 PM) - Al

Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano isn’t likely to return to the team in 2016, GM David Stearns tells Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The 38-year-old has been sidelined by an elbow injury since late May, and a platelet-rich plasma treatment hasn’t sped along his recovery as much as had been hoped. Stearns notes that Capuano “is still very motivated to make it back and continue his career,” so it sounds as if there’s a good chance he’ll aim to return in 2017 if he can’t do so at the tail end of the present season.

Another Brewers southpaw, Sean Nolin, recently underwent Tommy John surgery after trying to stave off the procedure, Haudricourt further reports. He, too, tried a PRP treatment but did not improve enough to avoid a UCL replacement. Milwaukee outfielder Rymer Liriano, meanwhile, has faced slow going after being struck by a pitch in the face this spring. Though he has now begun baseball activities, Liriano won’t be able to make it to the majors this year. Instead, says Stearns, he may be able to participate in fall instructional league action.--MLBTR

I assume Capuano and Nolin will not be signed to major league deals, though Capuano could be brought back on a minor league contract. The Crew is responsible for Nolin's rehab, and paid him about $500K this season, so I would think they would keep in touch and go from there.

As for Liriano, it will probably depend on if they have 40 man space and to be blunt, if they like him to keep him on the 40 all offseason.They paid him to sit all season too, half a mil and a year of service time.

8/22/2016 11:34:00 PM

(8/22/2016 10:04:00 PM) - Al

This is exactly what you do if you have health problems. It's difficult to believe her team is this stupid to not realize that.

For instance, what would they do if someone accused her of cheating on Bill? She'd ignore it, because, of course, there's no evidence of said behavior.

The mere fact she feels the need to insist she's healthy, despite needing help up stairs, leaning on tables, and wearing winter attire in summer; tells me she knows she's not fooling anyone.

8/22/2016 10:04:00 PM

(8/22/2016 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Huge back brace? One of those stimulater machines that shoots electric pulses for a bad back?

If she was a conservative, we'd know. Since she's not, the old media will pretend it's perfectly normal to wear a buttoned overcoat in August.

8/22/2016 03:38:00 PM

(8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Amen to both.

A vote for Hillary is a vote for a dishonest broad who doesn't understand email and how to program a DVR. Can't do any worse than that.

8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Is the left pro violence and anti free speech?

If they ain't, you'd never know it by their actions. Excellent piece chronicling recent history, which despite attempts to clean up and rewrite, still is incredibly damning.

8/22/2016 03:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Because they know better.

8/22/2016 01:27:00 PM

(8/22/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

What Slate means is, let's tax everyone more; but today, let's start with the childless.

8/22/2016 01:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:43:00 PM) - Al

For those keeping score, she lied about lying, not lying, AND about turning in all of the emails that she insisted were not classified...which she lied about.

8/22/2016 12:43:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:34:00 PM) - Al

This is a massive failure of the GOP controlled legislature to not kill this law, which is pathetic and anti capitalist and has no place in the USA. And, it costs WI residents hundreds of dollars a year.

8/22/2016 12:34:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:22:00 PM) - Al

Two Cal League minor league teams will cease to exist after the season, and two Carolina League teams will be added next year.

While I can't say I particularly care, it may well affect the Brewers' high A affiliate. Right now they are partnered with Brevard County in the Florida State League, but BC is moving to Kissimmee, and usually when a team moves into better facilities, they have their choice of teams.

While the Crew would prefer a more neutral AAA environment that Colorado Springs, they have the opposite problem in Brevard, every pitcher looks like a star and every hitter a flop. While most persevere, often, bad habits can develop.

8/22/2016 12:22:00 PM

(8/22/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Too bad we don't have any public health officials ensuring vaccine supplies rather than, you know, peddling climate change horror stories and how we shouldn't use icky chemicals to kill mosquitos...oh wait, yes we should.

Maybe we should pay them all more and insist they work less...

8/22/2016 12:00:00 PM

(8/22/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

If only we could find some kind of common thread on why the old media attacks some politician's kids, but not others...

I wonder what it could be?

8/22/2016 09:00:00 AM

(8/22/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

What exactly does it say when the Dems know she's a plant because she was too pretty and fun loving?

8/22/2016 08:00:00 AM

(8/22/2016 06:00:00 AM) - Al

How many times should we send him up there before we realize he can't hit?

Keon Broxton can go away now. You can run fast. Cool. What else can you do? Honestly he sucks.

Keon Broxton is bad at baseball. 

Keon Broxton should spell his first name with a backwards K

Keon has no clue what's going on at the plate right now.

Quotes from message boards about the Crew's CF...every single statement was before Keon had 71 PA's...remember earlier this year, when Stearns said they try not to overreact to tiny samples of a couple hundred AB's? Many would be wise to adopt that policy.

Of course, when your history includes such memorable remarks as "Braun has a hitch in his swing," and "Hart will never hit, he holds his elbow too high," it's par for the course.

And you know the irony? They still make blanket, incredibly stupid statements every single day. And then wonder why no one gives them an ounce of respect.

Casuals gonna be casual.


8/22/2016 06:00:00 AM

(8/22/2016 12:59:00 AM) - Al

Stearns says he will continue to listen to teams as they ask for Braun (as he would any player; and LaRussa shows he out of it he is by defending the Shelby Miller trade, which was universally panned far before Miller was ineffective.

Again, Stewart and LaRussa simply do not seem to understand anything about player values, or prospect values at all. Both appear to be well over their heads and uninterested in anything except a quick fix. Of course, if it were that easy, every team would do it.

8/22/2016 12:59:00 AM

Sunday, August 21, 2016

(8/21/2016 10:29:00 PM) - Al

Both free agents after the season, this will make it tougher for them to find jobs...unless of course, the DBacks still have Stewart and LaRussa in charge...think of all that heart, grit, and "hate to lose"toughness!

8/21/2016 10:29:00 PM

(8/21/2016 10:23:00 PM) - Al

She's our weatherbabe, and you cannot have her.

Well, you can in a year or two, as if they can smile and talk at the same time, they move on to a bigger market.

8/21/2016 10:23:00 PM

(8/21/2016 08:39:00 PM) - Al

Josh Hader with 6 innings tonight, 2 hits, 1 walk, 12 K's. Have to see how his innings total up for the season, whether or not he'll be up in SEP.

EDIT: Just checked...he threw 120 innings last season, and just hit 119 tonight. The "norm" is no more than a 30 inning increase per season, so assuming he will not pitch in the AFL this year, he has 31 frames left, as of this moment.

8/21/2016 08:39:00 PM

(8/21/2016 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Predictions don't come true? What do they mean?

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to build a raft so I can travel where the coast used to be. Thank goodness Obama magically lowered the ocean from where it used to be!

8/21/2016 12:09:00 PM

(8/21/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

All they know is to lie. When caught lying, they double down and lie about lying.

I'm struggling to comprehend how anyone can proudly say, "Oh yeah, this is my party, and I support them."

8/21/2016 09:00:00 AM

Saturday, August 20, 2016

(8/20/2016 10:49:00 PM) - Al

58% of K-12 schools will be on break Friday, which is down from the 77% off at the same point in time last weekend. By Friday, Aug. 26, only 36% of K-12. 

It seems strange to me, as school starts the first week of SEP here now, but when I was a school boy, we'd start around AUG 20/21/22. Some of those days were really, really hot...although many climate scareologists insist it was always 75 degrees with a cool breeze until the late 80's...

I've long argued they should start the WED after Labor Day and finish the WED/THU after Memorial Day. Some years, that would leave them a hair short of the state required 180 days, with vacations as they are now at least, and my response to that Given the numerous field trips, in service days, track and field days, movie days, and the like, they cut easily lose a few days of chaff and the harvest would be unaffected.

Ain't no kid learning much of anything after the first of May. It's about time we realize it.

8/20/2016 10:49:00 PM

(8/20/2016 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Anderson will start TUE.

Suter will move to bullpen, available MON.

Guerra will throw a simulated game MON, and team see how that goes to determine next step.

All per JS.

I'm surprised they are keeping Suter for the weekend since he cannot pitch. They must feel they are fine with what they have.

8/20/2016 07:59:00 PM

(8/20/2016 06:38:00 PM) - Al

I'm so glad they are not on my side.

Seriously, do you really think it was conservatives spitting on the returning Vietnam troops? It was the bad behavior of the left then, and it still is. Yet, the old media excuses it.

May you live in interesting times.

8/20/2016 06:38:00 PM

(8/20/2016 02:40:00 PM) - Al

Rangers and Marlins are two most aggressive teams on Carlos Gomez.

Since he's getting paid by Astros, decision will probably come down to playing time and odds of making playoffs.

ADDED: Heyman reports Rangers are about to sign Gomez. 

8/20/2016 02:40:00 PM

(8/20/2016 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Polite and a 12 year old girl, acting legally.

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

8/20/2016 01:56:00 PM

(8/20/2016 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said he hopes Flores stays in the organization but admitted that the 24-year-old, who played all three outfield positions and first base and slashed .205/.294/.261 in 249 at-bats with the Brewers this year, scuffled at the big league level.

"Ramon had a good chance to play," Counsell said. "In May and June, he was playing quite a bit. He never quite got going. I think there's a talented hitter in there, but he just never got going this year, for whatever reason."

Flores had a .254 BAbip, meaning it would have been very difficult for him to have success, just like it was Jon Broxton last season allowing a .370ish BAbip. It's a luck stat, so I would expect his numbers to improve.

If Flores does pass through waivers unclaimed, he will be a minor league free agent at the end of the season, as he has been in baseball for 7 or more seasons. As I said yesterday, this is directly related to 40 man roster considerations. Also, Flores' lack of options made it impossible to flip flop him if they need a pitcher, or to send him down to get PA's.

As I have pointed out a couple times, this is not a normal farm system. They are loaded, and this is probably the first of several players I'll hate losing. Stearns has been adding talent that does not need to be added to the 40 because he is aware of the crowded nature. No use adding a player he may lose this offseason.

8/20/2016 01:37:00 PM

(8/20/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's as predictable as a liberal raising taxes.

Dave Stewart did one thing well...he was a fine pitcher, even when he was a cokehead. Other than that, he's totally in over his head.

8/20/2016 11:00:00 AM

(8/20/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I just wonder why Hillary hates black people?

She can't even have a civil conversation with anyone who questions her. This is why Benghazi turned out so badly...she just ignored them because they kept telling her how badly she had misjudged the situation. 

8/20/2016 10:00:00 AM

(8/20/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Whenever I'm reminded of what a hypocrite he is, I'm also reminded he's not just a terrible president, but a terrible human being.

He fits right in with the Clintons, they hate each other because they're so much alike. They each realize exactly how despicable the other is.

8/20/2016 08:30:00 AM

Friday, August 19, 2016

(8/19/2016 11:56:00 PM) - Al

I will guess Suter goes down and Goforth returns...unless they want to get a look at Ben Rowen.

Fresh arm is needed. Still reeling from that double whammy of a doubleheader and a SP knocked out in the 1st inning. That's a lot to overcome.

8/19/2016 11:56:00 PM

(8/19/2016 11:27:00 PM) - Al

Cravy looks like a different pitcher. Throwing harder, aggressive, using the high fastball like he never has before. He seems to have settled into the bullpen mode nicely.

8/19/2016 11:27:00 PM

(8/19/2016 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Let me help you...if you're shopping at Target and are buying anything except the Target brand or something on sale, you're paying too much.

They don't even pretend, in their own words, they feel they are within 5-10% of Wal Mart.

8/19/2016 11:19:00 PM

(8/19/2016 10:57:00 PM) - Al

Suter pretty much as guy, but just doesn't have "stuff."

Especially concerned that lefties hit both HR's, and he walked several. For those of us who saw his ceiling as either a middle reliever or loogy, that now appears doubtful. Smart guys like that take advantage of the far larger strike zone in AAA, and since he struck out so few at that level, he's always going to give up bloopers and cheap hits.

8/19/2016 10:57:00 PM

(8/19/2016 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Suter walks 2 in the 1st inning, and gives up a fly ball to the warning track, but escapes with no runs allowed.

8/19/2016 09:28:00 PM

(8/19/2016 07:35:00 PM) - Al

ECON101 lesson for today...why big screen TV's are getting cheaper; why health care is getting more expensive.

Short answer? It is in the company's best interest to sell as many TV's as possible, so it is in their best interest to be as efficient as possible.

It is not in a health care provider's best interest to sell cheap health care, because insurers pay huge amounts for basic medical care.

Obamacare did the unthinkable...the public now has worse coverage that they are paying far more for, as well as paying higher deductibles, because insurers are forced to treat every individual as if they are unhealthy. Since health care providers are reimbursed at lower rates; they have been forced to, wait for it, raise their rates for those covered by private insurance, which has raised the price for companies and individuals.

Never forget, Obamacare passed without a single GOP vote in the House or the Senate. That's why it was particularly funny to hear Obama blame Republicans for its high cost and coverage's almost as if they never really thought it out.

paying a $400M ransom for American hostages

Imagine that.

8/19/2016 07:35:00 PM

(8/19/2016 07:15:00 PM) - Al

Crew activates Santana, DFA's Flores.

I like Flores for what he is,  probably have a nice career as a reserve/platoon OFand since he has not been outrighted before, the Crew can send him down...if he is not claimed by another team, who would have to find both a 25 and 40 man spot for him...though it'll only a couple days until 9/1, when rosters expand, if it takes the whole 10 days.

Since it is happening this late in the campaign, I have to believe Stearns did not feel he had a 40 man spot for Flores this offseason, or he would have found a way to delay a move like this for 12 days.

8/19/2016 07:15:00 PM

(8/19/2016 04:51:00 PM) - Al

Magnifico sent down to make room for Suter. Hopefully he'll do nicely and be back on 9-1.

8/19/2016 04:51:00 PM

(8/19/2016 04:16:00 PM) - Al

Obama to Louisiana flooding after rain: 9 days. Obama preelection visit to NJ after Sandy: 2 days.

He doesn't want to interfere with relief!--Hale Razor

Heh. Obama would interrupt brain surgery so he could putt for double bogey. He's called it in for his entire presidency, he ain't gonna kick it into gear now.

8/19/2016 04:16:00 PM

(8/19/2016 04:06:00 PM) - Al

My goodness, first day pictures all over Facebook, college move in days all over Twitter.

Yesterday, it seems like there was still snow in some areas of shade.

8/19/2016 04:06:00 PM

(8/19/2016 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Barring a setback, Chase Anderson will pitch out of the bullpen this weekend and then start next TUE/WED.

No announcement yet on whose place Suter will take, but all fingers point to a reliever with options. Suter's stay expected to be very brief, possibly only tonight, as they look to maximize the roster. If Brent goes 6 innings, they might bring up a position player, if he goes 2+, probably another arm.

8/19/2016 04:01:00 PM

(8/19/2016 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Oswaldo Arcia DFA'd again, despite solid production.

Eight AL teams have a lower OPS from their DH than Arcia's 2016 numbers.

2016------------772 OPS
career vs. RHP--786

Despite all the emphasis on math and analytics, a number of teams still insist at looking at what a player cannot do instead of how he can help them win. I get it, he's a below average defender, and he does not LHP much. So? Play him in LF when there's a RHP on the mound, or even better, a RH sinkerballer. And you don't even need to worry about defense as a DH. TEX and HOU are both contending and have a sub 700 OPS from their DH's.

8/19/2016 03:42:00 PM

(8/19/2016 02:10:00 PM) - Al

True that.

8/19/2016 02:10:00 PM

(8/19/2016 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Is it too little too late?

Most of us know this is just optics, but most of us know who we're going to vote for, and have known for months. To an undecided voter, that 20% or so of the electorate that most of us wouldn't trust to pet sit for a weekend, it might nudge some to the right.

I must admit, the headline "Trump and Pence visit flood ravaged Louisiana while Hillary rests and Obama golfs," made me chuckle this morning. The real irony here is how several folks are saying, well, it'd be a pain for police and such if Obama showed up, but maybe he should just get in a plane with some pencil pushers and fly over...the exact thing W did and was torn apart for.

It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters if the old media has your back. W ignored them and was a leader for 8 years; Obama does not make a move without okaying it with them, and his complete lack of leadership is just as glaring.

It wasn't a "ransom," it was "leverage." It wasn't a tax increase, it was a revenue enhancement.

He's President Mad Libs.

8/19/2016 02:04:00 PM

(8/19/2016 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Bud Selig to announce his support to bring baseball back to the Badgers' sports lineup on WTMJ Sunday.

8/19/2016 01:47:00 PM

(8/19/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

This is the USA in a couple years if things continue down the slippery slope.

Free speech is free speech. The mere fact we have "those that know better" willing to overlook that means no part of our beliefs are safe. That's why elections matter, and why you'll never see me wasting a vote on the Constitution Party or whoever.

8/19/2016 09:30:00 AM

(8/19/2016 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I suppose he's exhausted after paying a ransom for US hostages.

Remember how I said he's set back US foreign policy a couple decades? That was before every terrorist in the world thought every US citizen carries a price tag of a pallet of cash.

Worse than Carter. I never imagined how inept and cowardly a person could be.

8/19/2016 06:30:00 AM

Thursday, August 18, 2016

(8/18/2016 08:37:00 PM) - Al

Marc Stein reports the Bucks are in advanced talks with veteran guard Jason Terry.

8/18/2016 08:37:00 PM

(8/18/2016 08:34:00 PM) - Al

It was not a ransom payment.

It was not a ransom payment.

It was not a ransom payment.

Yeah, OK, it was.

Hillary's constant lies have made this behavior fair game for the entire party.

Next, we will see the lies begin about the lying. It's all they know.

EDIT: Many on Twitter are saying that's an impeachable offense. I'm sure it is, but since Obama is a black liberal, never mind. 

8/18/2016 08:34:00 PM

(8/18/2016 05:31:00 PM) - Al

Counsell said they chose Suter over Hader simply because he's earned it.

I would say they also figure it's more likely Suter will not have a 1-3 inning disaster, though he's far less likely to have a 6 inning, no run start as well. And, it could be an innings issue with Josh, as he has almost matched his IP from last season, and might pick up several starts in SEP.

8/18/2016 05:31:00 PM

(8/18/2016 05:23:00 PM) - Al

Many are pointing out Suter will be the first LHSP for the Crew since Tom Gorzelanny in August/2013.

Not sure what the fascination is with that, as they don't even have a lefty in the bullpen right now (and have a very good bullpen corps, by the way), but in the world of full disclosure, there you go.

8/18/2016 05:23:00 PM

(8/18/2016 05:18:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers go with the soft tossing lefty, Brent Suter. No word yet on whose place he will take on the 25 man or the 40 man, as the Crew will have to open a spot on each.

Brent will have to be protected on the 40 man this offseason or else he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft. As I have pointed out numerous times, very few pitchers have success while not striking out many hitters (5.8/9 IP). Blaine Boyer has this season, and he's done so by leading the majors in the lowest exit velocity. Suter will probable have to have similar results to have success.

He may be a good fit for Safeco though, and that may be why he was the choice. They also may want to get a look at him against major league hitters to decide if he's worth protecting, though now, he would be a lot easier for another team to pilfer, as they would only need a 40 man roster spot if he is taken off this winter. That said, considering his AAA numbers and the fact he'll have 3 options, he may well have guaranteed himself remaining on the 40 man until at least next spring.

8/18/2016 05:18:00 PM

(8/18/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I went to little neighborhood grocery yesterday to pick up a few items...if you buy stuff on sale, it's not bad, but there regular price on most stuff is 50% more than Wal Mart, so we limit our purchases there to convenience.

They have about a 16 foot selection of bread, and I usually buy the dark rye pumpernickel. But, they were all out, so after thinking of driving elsewhere, I sighed and just decided to buy another type, as I was already there. After I pondered buying wheat or "brown bread," I settled on a loaf of cinnamon, without raisins. I've never made a sandwich out of it, the Rambling parents would often buy a loaf with or without raisins and just have it as a snack, or maybe even as dessert.

I just opened it, and it adds some nice sweetness to a normally bland sandwich. Still prefer the rye, but cinnamon is an undervalued choice, without a doubt.

8/18/2016 03:00:00 PM

(8/18/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Every joke from Airplane ranked.

This is why we must have the internet.

Sadly, one of the funniest jokes was in the bottom 10, the warning light on the airplane dash that said "a little hot." I have to wonder how these "comedy writers" did not think that was hilarious...must not be a fan of subtlety.

8/18/2016 03:00:00 PM

(8/18/2016 02:39:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports it will be a call up starting FRI game in SEA, with Peralta going SAT. Heavy favorite would be Hader, though Jungmann possible, as he is scheduled to start tonight in AA, so we'll seemingly know then, if not before.

Brent Suter has pitched well at AAA, but was rocked his last time out.

8/18/2016 02:39:00 PM

(8/18/2016 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Gomez likely needs this time to heal up anyway.

8/18/2016 02:32:00 PM

(8/18/2016 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Schroeder just said on the Cubs' broadcast that MIL "will probably have to make a move after today's game," as they will need a SP for SAT if Chase Anderson is not able to go. The TV guys often know far more than they let on, so I would say an arm is probably already on the way to meet the team in SEA.

If they go with a starter, Josh Hader will almost surely get the call, which will also require a 40 man spot to be opened up. I would not be at all hesitant just to let Marinez start, go 2-4 frames, and bring up a reliever...Ben Rowen would be my guess. Rowen has thrown 3 scoreless outings for the Sky Sox, though only one at altitude, with a 3-1 ground out to fly out ratio.

Not sure if Anderson will be DL'd or not, Bill mentioned he might to the bullpen if he has to miss a start. If Cravy or Magnifico go again today, they will probably be the guy being sent down, having worked 3 days in a row.

8/18/2016 02:21:00 PM

(8/18/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al


He has no inkling he'll never run for anything again. All he has ever done is campaign, and that's the only thing he's good at.

8/18/2016 02:00:00 PM

(8/18/2016 01:08:00 PM) - Al

I checked the guide last night, and was surprised the Brewers/Cubs were not on MLBN...nor was any game, just their standard lineup of fellas who talk about clubhouse leadership, BA, and how the players in the 50's were so darn great.

Today, I double checked, and sure enough, the Brewers/Cubs game has been added, and the Red Sox/Tigers are also on.

8/18/2016 01:08:00 PM

(8/18/2016 01:05:00 PM) - Al

This Jenneke gal is beautiful, as are most Olympians, but to compare her to Anna Kournikova, simply ridiculous.

8/18/2016 01:05:00 PM

(8/18/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling ya, we need to confiscate more money from the successful to fund these halls of higher learning...

8/18/2016 01:00:00 PM

(8/18/2016 12:45:00 PM) - Al

Obama does not even pretend to give a damn, unless, of course, his golf course was in the flood zone.

Luckily for him, Obama could stand over a corpse holding a bloody knife, and the old media would praise him for scaring away the killer before they were able to hurt anyone else.

May you live in interesting times.

8/18/2016 12:45:00 PM

(8/18/2016 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Braun back in the lineup. He was walking down the dugout steps just the way I do, 4 months after hurting my knee...can't do one foot on a step, gotta do both.

Though he's far younger than me, he's older than most ballplayers. 

8/18/2016 12:32:00 PM

(8/18/2016 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Alex Presley back in the bigs with DET. He's a nice 4th OF, as he can play all 3 spots (weak in CF), hits LHP at a nice clip for a lefty, and gets on base at a decent clip.

As I often mention, the difference between a bench player and a veteran AAA guy is often very minimal, pretty much just opportunity.

8/18/2016 12:23:00 PM

(8/18/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I've done this before, but the results speak for themselves.

You can take the quiz while you are there. I have heard that many Hillary supporters have complained that Clinton never comes in 1st...that may be because she has not actually, you know, taken a side on many issues, because no one has sent her a check to do so. 

Good to know Hillary is only wrong 75% of the time, though that seems well low.

8/18/2016 10:00:00 AM

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

(8/17/2016 09:42:00 PM) - Al

Yes, I seen him a great deal. Dexter Fowler with a better bat. Chris Young with a better bat. Long strides, great glove, and can hit ropes.--Bernie Pleskoff, on Lewis Brinson

Mike Cameron is the comparison I've heard most.

8/17/2016 09:42:00 PM

(8/17/2016 09:35:00 PM) - Al

3 days off in the middle of an election...she is not 100%, to say the least.

8/17/2016 09:35:00 PM

(8/17/2016 03:26:00 PM) - Al

What a selfish oaf.

Eventually, we all know he would report. Pouters never get their way, and that's why they've learned to pout.

8/17/2016 03:26:00 PM

(8/17/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Oh to be polite and civil.

8/17/2016 02:30:00 PM

(8/17/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

As I have discussed, I have had a bad back from time to time for years. Therefore, I recognize someone struggling physically...though I've never have had to utilize something at nearly all times like Hillary did.

Also, notice how Biden acts like a school child as he jogs in, talking to the lady who now lives there...knowing the situation, almost certainly a planned move to have the camera follow him and allow Clinton to hobble behind him.

I'm sure her campaign thinks this will make her look old (she already does, so) and weak, but they're missing out on a chance to be honest and to quite possibly gain sympathy. She certainly has some sort of physical ailment, be it her back, leg, or balance related. A simple "she has a kink in her back" would set aside the constant mentions of her struggles, just as the McCain camp did by reminding folks he was tortured for 5 years as a POW, and still had issues from years prior.

By ignoring it, they are making it the 800 pound gorilla in the room...impossible not to notice and talk about.

8/17/2016 01:30:00 PM

(8/17/2016 01:09:00 PM) - Al

One thing I had not thought about was the possibility of Guerra returning to pitch SAT. Not sure if he's ready, but he would be eligible to come off the DL if he is.

8/17/2016 01:09:00 PM

(8/17/2016 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Cravy is kept up, Wilkins sent down.

Torres did not pitch last night, even though Thornburg and Knebel did, so given Counsell's usage patterns, that seemed a bit strange. No idea if Carlos is banged up or not, but it would not be surprising if he's not 100%.

EDIT: This would seemingly be a prelude to calling up Hader or another SP for FRI or SAT...they could replace the 13th pitcher and after the game, go back down and be replaced with another player.

This is assuming Anderson can make his next start, of course. 

8/17/2016 12:13:00 PM

(8/17/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

While it looked like a long, awkward hug to outsiders, think how embarrassed Biden would have been had he not been able to find the knob and switch Mrs. Clinton back on.

8/17/2016 11:30:00 AM

(8/17/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I did not mention it in the analytics night review, but one thing I would do if I were a GM is compile a list of players who "made it" later in their career, perhaps after 27, and/or guys who made it despite being "roster filler" early in their pro experience.

After compiling such a list, I would go back and see what they all had in common in the low minors...or more likely, which traits did many or most of them have in common.

To be truthful, I assume this has already been done numerous times, but the results, if any consistency was found, have never been shared.

8/17/2016 09:30:00 AM

(8/17/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Took my 4th or 5th political survey in the last month or so last night, and I think all of them have been paid for by state legislature candidates, as that has been the focus of the questions.

This last one asked me how I felt to be represented by a gal who proudly says she often votes against bills because they have been introduced by the other party, and that she called in sick to protest the money saving Act 10.

I told the nice gal she must not know me very well, and both times she said, "strongly dislike" or "sort of dislike?"

Professional right to the core. 

8/17/2016 08:30:00 AM

(8/17/2016 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Never let a tragedy go to waste.

Compromise with them? I despise every single thing they stand for, and consider them to be the #1 threat the American way of life.

I'm just thankful every single day they are not on my side. The hell with them.

8/17/2016 06:30:00 AM

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

(8/16/2016 11:09:00 PM) - Al

Santana with a hit and a pair of walks in Colorado Springs tonight, his first appearance there on rehab. Hope he can remain pain free and get back in the groove before returning.

8/16/2016 11:09:00 PM

(8/16/2016 11:01:00 PM) - Al

Braun has a sore knee, and Anderson a sore back of his thigh. Both appear to be relatively minor, though I would not be surprised if they rest Braun a day or two.

8/16/2016 11:01:00 PM

(8/16/2016 10:18:00 PM) - Al

I think it's very funny that after being brought into the 8th inning a single time, Chapman has apparently informed the Cubs "I pitch 9th inning."

Life is so easy when you don't actually have to deal with people.

8/16/2016 10:18:00 PM

(8/16/2016 10:15:00 PM) - Al

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

If you recall in the early 80's, the USSR spent years insisting Brezhnev was 100% healthy, even though he looked like hell and would disappear from public view for weeks at a time.

Hillary looks like hell and is taking long a time when candidates usually consider it a day off if they only have a single speech and are on a SUN morning talk show.

8/16/2016 10:15:00 PM

(8/16/2016 09:24:00 PM) - Al

You don't realize how good these guys are pitching until Scahill misses his location with a couple pitches and just like that, it's 4-0.

Rob has already used his option for this season, so he might well be on the hot seat, despite being plenty solid before tonight.

EDIT: The fact Scahill is out for a 2nd inning makes the above even more likely.

CORRECTION: Knebel is on to pitch, Scahill only goes a single frame. That said, KNEBEL looks a lot like SCAHILL if you just glance at it.

8/16/2016 09:24:00 PM

(8/16/2016 09:18:00 PM) - Al

The Crew may have to make a quicker decision than they'd like on Braun or Anderson, as it will be tough playing with 22 guys for a couple days.

{I get 22 by removing Ryan and Chase, and that Jhan will be unable to go until at least FRI, and SAT would be better.}

That's assuming, of course, both are minor, or relatively minor injuries. I'm going on 4 months with my sore knee, and while it's better, it still hurts, and still really stiffens up, mostly in the car. Of course, I'm not a top athlete with a top training staff either.

8/16/2016 09:18:00 PM

(8/16/2016 09:09:00 PM) - Al

That review went in the Crew's favor, took 4 minutes, and I'm still embarrassed by it. I thought he was safe at full speed, and on the replay, it was rather obvious.

Frame by frame, the runner's hand was on the plate for several frames before Maldy's tag hit him. Some calls are so bad, I truly wonder if the old fogies in the review center don't understand how to run the equipment.

BA and Rock are correct, that 90 second limit they've been suggesting is plenty of time. The thing is, they still get them wrong with an unlimited amount, so why not keep the game flowing?

8/16/2016 09:09:00 PM

(8/16/2016 09:00:00 PM) - Al

I have not hid my fandom of Ramon Flores, as he might be a bit over his head as an everyday corner OF, but as a platoon/reserve guy, I like him. Still just 24.

8/16/2016 09:00:00 PM

(8/16/2016 08:51:00 PM) - Al

You call it historic all you want. It's a offense to dumps.

Wrigley and old wrecks like it are dangerous for players, and it astounds me they have not forced them to make some major changes.

8/16/2016 08:51:00 PM

(8/16/2016 07:25:00 PM) - Al

If Anderson has to be DL'd, Cravy might be sent down...and then brought right back. I believe the "10 day rule" applies even for the 26th man, that he cannot be brought back unless someone ends up on the DL.

So, if the Crew wanted to send down a position player, for example, and then bring back Cravy, they would have to wait 10 days after he is optioned back after the 2nd game. A DL move renders that moot.

I think...

  1. The "26th man" does not have to be a pitcher.
  2. In the case of a doubleheader that is scheduled at least 48 hours in advance, the 26-man Active List limit is in effect for both games of the doubleheader, but the "26th man" cannot be switched between games.
  3. A player can be added to a club's Active List as the "26th man" even if he has not spent the minimum required 10 days on optional or outright assignment prior to being added.
  4. The player who was recalled as the "26th man" can remain on the Active List and a different player can be dropped the next day, as long as the "26th man" was not called up prior to spending at least ten days on optional assignment. NOTE: A player called up as the "26th man" prior to spending at least ten days on Optional Assignment could remain on the 25-man roster if the player replaces a player who is placed on the Disabled List (or other MLB inactive list) the day after the doubleheader.
  5. If a player is recalled as the "26th man" and is optioned back to the minors the next day, the "10-day rule" clock (prohibiting a player from being recalled until he has spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment, unless he is replacing a player who is placed on the DL or other MLB inactive list) does not start over again. However many days toward ten that the player spent on Optional Assignment prior to being recalled as the "26th man" counts.

    8/16/2016 07:25:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 07:11:00 PM) - Al

    Some pics from last night's analytics night at Miller Park. Courtesy of RDTopp's Twitter, send him monetary reimbursement if you wish.

    Every time I post that "10 runs equals 1 win theory," I get some "heart and grit" guys who insist it's not how many runs you score, it's when you score them...which would make sense if you were playing Tball or playing against a pitching machine. Given they do not, and major league teams feel the same way, I consider myself correct; and them nutty casuals.

    8/16/2016 07:11:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 05:38:00 PM) - Al

    Jordan McCabe has committed to West Virginia.--Scout

    Kaukana standout, renowned for his ballhandling skills.

    Badgers never offered, other options and/or academic concerns would be my guess. Don't mean to imply he's a poor student, but he may well not meet "normal" standards in Madison, not that they would never make exceptions (they would have for Diamond Stone, had he accepted).

    8/16/2016 05:38:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 03:37:00 PM) - Al

    Chapman is certainly beatable (no pun intended), but he's going to have success most games based solely on throwing the ball so darn hard.

    Didn't hear a lot of concern for his off field activities when he was greeted by a loud ovation. Of course, he's never been convicted of anything, so the ire would be better spent on those who have.

    8/16/2016 03:37:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 03:19:00 PM) - Al

    The Brewers had a get together at Miller Park last night for season ticket holders in which they talked about their analytical department and what they are looking for.

    They mentioned several of the same concepts I have discussed here on occasion, such as the importance of OBP and how 10 runs scored or prevented equals 1 run.

    One interesting note was that they quit putting BA on the scoreboard because it's so meaningless...they replaced it with OPS. I was only about a decade ahead of them on that. :)

    Later, I will put up some of the tweets about it, if they still exist.

    8/16/2016 03:19:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

    Magnifico in, see what the radar gun says. 97 on the first offering.

    85 mph breaking ball that doesn't do much. Good thing he throws 95+. 

    Overthrowing everything thus far. Needs to trust his stuff.

    He's a guy who would never get through waivers, as every team looks to pick up guys who throw that hard, so he will get every opportunity. This is his first year on the 40, so he has a couple options left. 

    8/16/2016 03:00:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

    We're in the very best of hands.

    Painfully ignorant, and to be blunt, not a single good outcome from this is even possible. It's not often someone does something that could not possibly work out, but when it comes to terror, you can't fight what you refuse to admit exists.

    8/16/2016 03:00:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 02:56:00 PM) - Al

    One of the Rambling neighbors just walked his tiny dog by, as he does several times a day. He must be wearing a new pair of shorts, or a pair he rarely wears, as his knees and a couple inches below are as white as snow, while below that are very tan. Looks like he's wearing some sort of bandage.

    You may wonder why I post this, but I found it funny. The mere fact I'm able to chuckle after 8 years of Obama makes me a winner.

    8/16/2016 02:56:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 02:50:00 PM) - Al

    Magnifico was given #51, which is Trevor Hoffman's former number.

    That would seem to tell us that even if Hoffman makes the Hall of Fame, the Crew does not plan on retiring his number.

    8/16/2016 02:50:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 02:49:00 PM) - Al

    Mighty small sample, but not only did Tyler Cravy look to have added something to his motion to possibly add some deception, he was throwing 93-94. I'll have to look up his velocity in the past, but I recall lots of 90-91 from TC.

    A couple weeks ago, I would have said the chances of Manny Pina or Tyler Cravy being on the offseason 40 man were slim and none. However, I would not say that about either as of this second.

    EDIT: For once, my memory does not fail me. He averaged 90.8 last year, 90.9 this year. Of course, many pitchers add a mph or two when working out of the bullpen. 

    8/16/2016 02:49:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 12:53:00 PM) - Al

    Santana takes his rehab to AAA, expected back in a week or so if he stays healthy.

    Lewis Brinson, recently acquired from TEX, has a hamstring injury and was put on the AAA DL.

    8/16/2016 12:53:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 12:20:00 PM) - Al

    High 60's and low 70's with no humidity forecast for this weekend.

    Finally, my summer has arrived.

    8/16/2016 12:20:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 12:18:00 PM) - Al

    Blazek to the DL with a forearm strain, not surprising at all considering his ineffectiveness.

    Magnifico up to replace him, Cravy up to be the 26th man for the doubleheader. 

    8/16/2016 12:18:00 PM

    (8/16/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

    We would not hear Hillary had a problem even if they have to surgically attach her head to another broad.

    Funny, I distinctly recall hearing about McCain's nonexistent health issues the entire campaign.

    8/16/2016 08:00:00 AM

    Monday, August 15, 2016

    (8/15/2016 03:43:00 PM) - Al

    Brewers acquire Michael McHenry from ATL, will go to AAA.

    I assume this is just a move for organizational depth, as I couldn't even tell you who the Sky Sox have behind the plate other than Susac. I would ask if Susac is healthy, and that's maybe who McHenry is replaceing, as Susac has 2 hits and a walk in nine games in AAA.

    EDIT: Susac was indeed put on the DL. When production is way down...

    8/15/2016 03:43:00 PM

    (8/15/2016 02:17:00 PM) - Al

    Why? Because despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Hillary believes Bill. All those women are lying.

    That alone makes her too stupid to be elected.

    8/15/2016 02:17:00 PM

    (8/15/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

    I must admit, I have to wonder if the left simply ignores basic economics, or never read the book.

    8/15/2016 01:30:00 PM

    (8/15/2016 12:29:00 PM) - Al

    You probably heard that a bunch of Black Lives Matter thugs rioted in Milwaukee last night, looting businesses, vandalizing vehicles, attacking cops, targeting white people, and setting random fires throughout the city.

    As we've learned, some members of the Black Lives Matter community think it a wise decision to destroy their own communities in order to protest "police brutality." Because nothing says "Black lives matter" more than burning a black neighbor to the ground. 

    In any case, this "protest" erupted because a black suspect had been shot and killed by cops earlier in the day. The mob of fools took to the streets without waiting for a single solitary fact to be released. They knew, quite literally, nothing. They heard that a guy was black and he was shot. That's all.
    Well, now we know a little more. We know that the dead suspect is Syville Smith. You can see his picture here, peacefully pointing a gun at the camera. He was, as you can tell from the picture, a thug with a lengthy arrest record. He was shot because he fled from the police during a traffic stop, then when pursued, he turned and pointed a loaded firearm at an officer. The officer fired. Syville was killed. The officer, by the way, is black. 

    So, a black cop killed a black gangbanger who tried to shoot him. And that was enough to prompt a night of chaos across another major American city, yet again necessitating the mobilization of the National Guard.
    This is just insane. There is no logic to any of this. 

    Racism? The cop was black.

    Police brutality? The guy pointed a loaded gun at the cops. 

    Systematic oppression? It wasn't the system that caused Syville Smith to raise a firearm against the police.
    No, you can't look for sanity or coherence here. These are just a bunch of imbeciles looking for an excuse to burn things. Nothing more. If they start up again tonight, I hope the police arrest every last one of them.

    Enough. We have laws in this country. You can't act like an animal without consequences. Syville Smith learned that lesson yesterday.--Matt Walsh

    Amen. BLM is just a gang of hoodlums, as only the old media pretends they have some sort of political agenda. 

    8/15/2016 12:29:00 PM

    (8/15/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

    I'm so glad they are not on my side.

    8/15/2016 11:30:00 AM

    (8/15/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al


    8/15/2016 10:30:00 AM

    (8/15/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

    You're preaching to the choir

    Every urban area in the US is a certified disaster, and they've all been run by liberals for the past century. And we have half the population that insists it's just a coincidence, and "it will work if you just give it more time."

    8/15/2016 09:30:00 AM

    (8/15/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

    The tea party left every rally site cleaner than they found it.

    Meanwhile, Occupy and Black Lives Matter are nothing but violent thugs that vandalize, rape, and do drugs...because none of them have jobs to go to.

    Yet the old media glorify 2 of the 3, even though they are terrible, horrible human beings.

    May you live in interesting times.

    8/15/2016 08:30:00 AM

    Sunday, August 14, 2016

    (8/14/2016 08:56:00 PM) - Al

    I'm not sure how many players showed up, but it's hard to believe 159 was the top score.

    8/14/2016 08:56:00 PM

    (8/14/2016 07:39:00 PM) - Al

    Magnifico pitched an inning in Colorado Springs today, almost exactly what you would expect if he were coming up to pitch in the bullpen TUE for the doubleheader. Ben Rowen pitched 2 frames, and made 35 pitches, which seems a little high. Goforth pitched SAT night, but has not been down 10 days, so he won't be back. Cravy would be another option, 23 K's and 7 BB's in 17.1 IP since July 10. 

    Josh Hader started today, so he would be on almost perfect rest for SAT, when the Crew would need a SP, unless either Anderson or Garza go on short rest or they make it a bullpen game.

    8/14/2016 07:39:00 PM

    (8/14/2016 07:12:00 PM) - Al

    If only HOU would have put Gomez on the trading block before the waiver deadline, they would have had many suitors.

    Sadly, they made the decision based on emotion rather than common sense, so they're paying for that now. Always sad when it happens, but it often does.

    8/14/2016 07:12:00 PM

    (8/14/2016 04:05:00 PM) - Al

    Cubs will be among teams that will take a look at Jonathan Papelbon as possible fit. He'd have to be comfortable in set-up role, of course.--Olney

    No matter how big a jerk a player is, even when he quit on his last team because he wasn't the closer anymore, other clubs still line up to bring them aboard if they think they can help. 

    8/14/2016 04:05:00 PM

    (8/14/2016 02:39:00 PM) - Al

    Don't say I didn't warn them.

    All place emphasis on toughness, grit, and heart; and all are known to be lacking in intelligence. Stewart has never had an ounce of success at anything except being a coked up starting pitcher, yet keeps getting chances despite his horrific track record.

    8/14/2016 02:39:00 PM

    (8/14/2016 01:23:00 PM) - Al

    Milwaukee is still standing today, despite the best efforts of the thugs who choose to blame law enforcement when they shoot a criminal pointing a weapon at them.

    Note...not every police shooting is controversial.

    Thank you to those who defend us, both in our military and in our crime ridden inner cities.

    8/14/2016 01:23:00 PM

    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    (8/13/2016 09:37:00 PM) - Al

    We have umpires in the major leagues that cannot decipher a fair or foul HR if it's 20 feet foul.

    Help me Rhonda. Untrained monkeys would be far cheaper, more entertaining, and every bit as sucky.

    It's almost as if they never get fired, do they don't really give a damn. Actually, that's exactly what it is, and exactly the case.

    8/13/2016 09:37:00 PM

    (8/13/2016 09:32:00 PM) - Al

    I did not see this coming.

    Criminal Minds is a masterpiece of a show, but it will be quite a feat if it can remain on top despite numerous cast changes, including arguably the two main characters, albeit an ensemble.

    8/13/2016 09:32:00 PM

    (8/13/2016 09:15:00 PM) - Al

    After pitching well in AAA and his first 3 games back in MIL, Blazek has now given up runs in 3 of his last 4 outings. His breaking ball seems to always end up right in the center of the plate.

    8/13/2016 09:15:00 PM

    (8/13/2016 09:04:00 PM) - Al

    Be interesting to see who the Crew brings up as the 26th man for their doubleheader on TUE. They have the day off MON, so they could just have 2 SP's start on regular rest...but that would mean they would have to have someone start on FRI on short rest, or bring someone up when they do not have a 26th man.

    My first guess would be Taylor Jungmann, but he pitched last night in Biloxi, and he would have been pulled earlier had they intended to call him up, as he went 7 frames and 91 pitches. Josh Hader would be my next guess, though he would have to be added to the 40 man (he will in the offseason anyway).

    EDIT: They just have Garza and Anderson scheduled on the team site, so I would guess they'll bring up a reliever and then make a move for FRI. Probably one already on the 40, Magnifico or Rowen.

    8/13/2016 09:04:00 PM

    (8/13/2016 06:47:00 PM) - Al

    Guerra, Barnes, Middlebrooks, and Santana all making progress, on their way back.

    We'll about 3 weeks away from casuals incorrectly pointing out "the Brewers usually only bring up a couple players" on 9/1. Truth is, they often bring up 2-3 when rosters expand and another group when the minor league campaign ends. It's just that most folks are too busy watching Packers' practices to notice.

    8/13/2016 06:47:00 PM

    (8/13/2016 06:40:00 PM) - Al

    Of all the people who should not be pretending to be upset, the Clintons are at the top of the list.

    The mere fact the old media has covered up numerous sexual assault claims and Hillary's mystery illness should keep them very quiet about things, so as not to ruin a good thing.

    8/13/2016 06:40:00 PM

    (8/13/2016 06:34:00 PM) - Al

    Nothing worse than a bunch overpaid fools blowing a replay review. An easy one at that.

    Great googily moogily.

    8/13/2016 06:34:00 PM

    (8/13/2016 04:19:00 PM) - Al

    Sign for parking near first Rams preseason game in LA. I got nothing.

    8/13/2016 04:19:00 PM

    Friday, August 12, 2016

    (8/12/2016 10:28:00 PM) - Al

    All 50/50 balls are errors at Miller Park. Jesus Christ could not have fielded that bad hop grounder to Villar tonight, and the E was up before he tossed it to the pitcher.

    The funny thing is, only me and Ned Yost have ever had the guts to mention it. Everyone else apparently feels since he's been out of touch for so long, it's not fair to start being critical in year 400.

    8/12/2016 10:28:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 10:24:00 PM) - Al

    I believe having a strike zone that's about 50% too big and then being so out of touch that he throws out a manager walking back to the dugout is known as an umpire's "double play of ignorance."

    It is simply off the charts how bad they are. Every single night. Then, once in a while, you get a guy that's only, you know, really crappy, and you realize...he might be the best.

    Garrison Keillor used to talk about Lake Wobegon, where all the kids are above average.

    MLB...where all the umpires are below average.

    Doesn't have much of a ring to it.

    I have to wonder what happens when these Questek scores of 71 show up, how many guys look at it and shake their heads at the ineptness before someone goes, "Oh well. They all suck, but I still get paid."

    8/12/2016 10:24:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 10:14:00 PM) - Al

    My season long defense of Ramon Flores pays off with a HR.

    Most forget he's just 24. Sadly, he is out of options, so must be kept. He walks enough to still have value even with a low BA, and is able to play all 3 OF spots effectively, making him a nice reserve.

    All that said, it will be difficult for Stearns to keep him on the 40 man...might be a case of finding the best time to send him down when most rosters are too full for him to be easily claimed.

    8/12/2016 10:14:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 10:08:00 PM) - Al

    Guy dives and crawls on top of the dugout for a foul ball, walks back to his front row seat, sits down next to beautiful girlfriend/wife.

    Winning at life. 

    8/12/2016 10:08:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 07:23:00 PM) - Al

    Too busy bringing in liberal operatives they call "pundits" to make up fictional Trump "between the lines" statements.

    8/12/2016 07:23:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 06:57:00 PM) - Al

    Sounds like Alex Presley will soon be joining the Tigers as they need reinforcements after a couple injuries.

    We often have people insist so and so isn't very good, but one has to remember, there are far more than 750 major leaguers (30 teams x 25 players); there are about 960 major leaguers (30 teams x 32 active and injured). Plus, there are guys like Keon Broxton, up and down 4 times this year; who could easily be called big leaguers whether they are up or down. Hence, there's about 1000.

    8/12/2016 06:57:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 06:49:00 PM) - Al

    This is why public schools have gone straight to hell.

    They are a bottomless pit for tax dollars, and the one thing they suck at is educating children.

    8/12/2016 06:49:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 06:39:00 PM) - Al

    Nice to see Meghan McCain blasting the administration, even if the NYT did bury this little nugget of coverup and fraud to page A6.

    This proves how insecure and untruthful Obama has been. Fibbing about national security? Treasonous.

    8/12/2016 06:39:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

    Wouldn't it nice to have a leader who loved his country and talked like this to ISIS?

    Instead, we have a leader who won't even call them ISIS, because he's afraid he might offend them. Offend a band of terrorists who hate us.

    I'd try and offend them every damn day. Right before I did everything in my power to destroy every single one of them.  And we wonder why 8 years later, they have multiplied several times.

    Our leadership makes Neville Chamberlain look like Chuck Norris.

    8/12/2016 04:00:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

    This is the real life example of The Human for people.

    The devil shakes his head at her evil behavior.

    8/12/2016 03:30:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 02:32:00 PM) - Al

    I guess the NFL felt honoring police officers was too controversial a stance to take.

    May you live in interesting times.

    8/12/2016 02:32:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

    He looks many times better without his beard.

    I've never understood beards myself...they look itchy, uncomfortable, and hot.

    8/12/2016 02:30:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

    Strictest gun control in the USA.

    8/12/2016 01:00:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 12:46:00 PM) - Al

    Gomez creating enough interest he is expected to be traded, as several teams have interest, and some do not mind paying him the $3M he is owed this season.

    8/12/2016 12:46:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 12:42:00 PM) - Al

    The only thing Jill Stein has over Hillary is she's honest about what she wants to do...put coal companies out of business, tax the bejeebers out of everyone, and cater to crazy environmentalists.

    The irony to me is this...Stein has no illusion if winning, or even getting more than a couple percent...yet her supporters will throw their vote away to "make a point" that they do not understand math.

    8/12/2016 12:42:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 12:20:00 PM) - Al

    Not only are they racist, they're also incredibly stupid, based on their grammar and inability to write a sentence.

    Good luck in the real world kids. "I can't believe that white woman got promoted instead of me because the boss found out I despise an entire race. What a bitch."

    8/12/2016 12:20:00 PM

    (8/12/2016 12:11:00 PM) - Al

    The Cards and Mets are now public in their quest to at least inquire about Gomez. As I said a couple days ago, every contender should be on him, as his falloff certainly is likely to be injury related, and as a reserve, set up to succeed, you'd think he could contribute.

    You know how many GM's overvalue a few good PA's in the postseason...look how Daniel Murphy was paid for a handful of good games despite a lengthy regular season track record. Gomez could have a nice playoffs and still sign a 3 year deal, instead of signing a 1 season, prove he can still produce contract.

    It appears the Astros overreacted to a couple misplayed fly balls the game before he was DFA'd. They made the move without thinking of how they would replace him...they first said their defensive whiz who can't hit would take over, then called up a top prospect who has been playing mostly RF, so it would appear they let their emotions get in the way of what they were trying to accomplish.

    8/12/2016 12:11:00 PM

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