Al's Ramblings

Friday, September 30, 2016

(9/30/2016 09:10:00 PM) - Al

I'd have to pretty much agree with her. Very few Sanders' supporters have FT jobs and pay any taxes to speak of. They are leeches on society who want other folks (or the government, as they do not get where its money comes from) who want free college, health care, pie, and musical entertainment.

Successful people do not support socialism. Unsuccessful people do, because they feel they would get more stuff. And, let's be blunt, it's not a surprise the unsuccessful have no understanding of economics. 

9/30/2016 09:10:00 PM

(9/30/2016 04:48:00 PM) - Al

$279M downtown Milwaukee project announced.

It's almost as if the new Bucks arena has spurred further development in the downtown region. Funny, many negative nellies, almost all on the left mind you, insisted we should spend that money elsewhere and leave Milwaukee the abandoned, vandalized ghetto it currently is.

9/30/2016 04:48:00 PM

(9/30/2016 04:42:00 PM) - Al

The most anti Israel president in history.

Our greatest ally in the region, and we spit on them every chance we get. We wonder why ISIS is gaining strength every day.

9/30/2016 04:42:00 PM

(9/30/2016 03:50:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign PDC with Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League.

Apparently, the Rockies were the ugliest girl at the dance, while the Crew was just disgustingly overweight and repulsive (funny, I just had a reminder of my single days, but hence, I digress).

About 25 years ago (my God, really!), I stopped at Goodwill in Eau Claire to see if they had any 3 ring binders and/or corrugated boxes that I used for various sports and non sports cards (which now sit under the stairs in our basement, so heavy and hard to move that the professional movers the company I worked for paid for complained about). I glanced through the Tshirts, and was shocked to find a black one with the Mudcats logo, which at the time, was one of the first rebrandings in minor league baseball and was one of the top 5 best sellers for a decade or longer. I bought it and wore it for years; paid about $1.50 for it.

9/30/2016 03:50:00 PM

(9/30/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

One thing that would be very interesting is just how much Billy Hamilton would fetch if traded...far more than most would figure, I assume. He's a one tool guy...but the thing is, his speed makes him a plus defender, and he has shown to at least have mediocre hit and arm skills as well...suddenly, he's a 4 tool guy with one incredibly plus talent.

If a team would hit him 8th or 9th, as they should, he's not a bad fit in those spots and he could be driven in by the top of the order guys as they work to get on base for the middle of the lineup. Every playoff team would love to have him, as the ability to "steal a run" is far more valuable in the postseason, when pitching is better and games tend to be closer. 

9/30/2016 02:00:00 PM

(9/30/2016 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Negative Nelson tries so hard to prove his point, he forgets one thing...the game was over. You can challenge any close call at the end of the game, because, well, what have you got to lose?

Leaving him, as almost always, looking shortsighted and foolish. This is what happens when you make up your mind on an issue before seeing it implemented, you try and make every failure a referendum of sorts, and when your ego is the size of Hillary's incompetence, you're going to do this often...and in Calcaterra's case, in an embarrassingly inept manner. 

9/30/2016 12:47:00 PM

(9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM) - Al

I just realized that if, as expected, Villar ends up at 2B in 2017, the 3B of 2017 is very likely not with the organization right now. Suddenly, I realized...that's exactly what I said last offseason, until Aaron Hill was picked up in the Segura/Anderson/Diaz swap.

Of course, the Crew does have Perez, who could slot in nearly anywhere, but even the team seems to admit he does not have the offensive production to be an everyday play at a corner position. I have admitted I like Nate Orf, who lacks power but is a OBP machine, but he probably profiles as a utility type too.

Next year's 3B will probably be added just like Broxton, Villar, or Guerra were; on waivers or via trade by a team ready to move on from them, due to lack of options or a roster spot. The lack of contention expectations and presence of Perez (and one could say Orf, though I doubt they think as highly of him as I do) makes it a low priority.

9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM

(9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM) - Al

More on the 97-1 veto.

Note how Obama keeps insisting everyone else is an idiot. They just don't get it, he says.

As I said the other day, that's exactly how Wellstone was. You can't believe how stupid he sounded bragging about being the only dissenting vote on an obvious passing bill.

I'm a contrarian, but when smart people insist something, if you ignore them, you are almost always the fool.

9/30/2016 12:05:00 PM

Thursday, September 29, 2016

(9/29/2016 04:30:00 PM) - Al


9/29/2016 04:30:00 PM

(9/29/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,
Picking the winners of these games is getting crazier each week.  It was so bad in week 3 that the best expert only went 11 – 5 and fifteen others went 10 – 6.  A total of ninety nine experts finished at 8 – 8 or worse.  There were 5 games where one team was favored by more than 93% of the experts and 3 of those 5 favorite teams lost.
For the week you went 7 – 9 which put you into a tie for 74th place.  Your record of 27 – 21 for the year puts you in 61st place out of 130 experts.  Andrew Lynch from Fox Sports is in first place with a record of 34 – 14.
There are only 3 games that look to be a coin toss.  They are Indianapolis at Jacksonville, Seattle at New York Jets, and New York Giants at Minnesota.  The way the season is going shouldn’t every game be considered a tossup?
The big favorites look to be Cincinnati over Miami, New England over Buffalo, Arizona over Los Angeles, and Washington over Cleveland.  Don’t believe it.
Have fun picking,

Always a couple weeks like that during the year. You look at several of your losses and even knowing the outcome, there's no way you would have changed your pick. 

I got the Bengals tonight.  

9/29/2016 04:00:00 PM

(9/29/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

There's guy who stands across the street from the Burger King about a mile from my house that paces back and forth, yelling at himself, nonstop, for several hours, every single day.

I'd vote for him over Jill Stein. Without hesitation.

9/29/2016 03:30:00 PM

(9/29/2016 02:55:00 PM) - Al

I realize I'm anti social and all, but the bad part about it is...spending every weekend around the nerds that pay real money to go to these things.

9/29/2016 02:55:00 PM

(9/29/2016 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Once again, we bow our heads and thank the mighty power of, wait for it, vaccines.

And laugh at those too stupid to believe in modern medicine, science, and preventing something with a shot that used to kill people.

9/29/2016 02:42:00 PM

(9/29/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Andrew Sullivan has, quite simply, lost his mind.

This may be the single stupidest thing I have ever read. What a freaking moron.

Note how many times he refers to himself. It's all about him. He is an attention whore because he has nothing to worry about. For centuries, a human was an infection, famine, or parasite away from death. Now, they are not, so they make up random problems to make their pathetic existence seem dangerous, instead of just shutting the hell up and enjoying the ride.

9/29/2016 02:00:00 PM

(9/29/2016 12:07:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

9/29/2016 12:07:00 PM

(9/29/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is simply not possible, as the left has insisted on numerous occasions that voter fraud does not exist.

9/29/2016 10:00:00 AM

(9/29/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Bernie Sanders' utopia.

Why? Because he knows he can afford to buy what he needs on the black market.

9/29/2016 09:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(9/28/2016 10:27:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg has been all but unhittable, he was certainly due for a off night.

Gotta wonder if Gomez was sitting on off speed. No way he was healthy in Houston all season. All he needed was 2-3 weeks off, just like his success after he was on the DL. In a billion dollar industry with million dollar players, it's astounding we live in an age where teams run guys out at half strength and wonder why they have a fraction of their previous success.

9/28/2016 10:27:00 PM

(9/28/2016 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Paul Wellstone used to be proud when he was he lone vote and lose 99-1. Obama says everyone else messed up.

Maybe, just maybe, they both were/are just incredibly out of touch with normal US citizens.

9/28/2016 05:02:00 PM

(9/28/2016 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Media for last decade: Chris Christie is fat! Laugh at how fat! 

Now: Trump cruel for saying Machado gained weight when she added 60lbs in '97.

The difference is obvious. Christie is a Republican. 

9/28/2016 04:52:00 PM

(9/28/2016 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Chelsea you said you don't remember a time in your life that your parents weren't being attacked. There's a reason for that--your parents are not good people. Your father was, and probably still is, a sexual predator. Your mother has always lied and covered up for him.--Juanita Broderick

Devastating, but the old media will not pay any attention to her. 

9/28/2016 04:43:00 PM

(9/28/2016 02:20:00 PM) - Al

I might have considered not selling baby parts anymore.

9/28/2016 02:20:00 PM

(9/28/2016 10:51:00 AM) - Al

Crew announces changes to scouting department and responsibilities.

Montgomery is now in charge of all scouting, not just on the amateur side. Stearns mentioned he will be spending his time evaluating players, not doing "administrative work." Johnson will now be running the draft. Not seeing any descriptions of Mirisian's duties, but I assume he'll be doing pretty much the same thing, only now reporting to Montgomery.

I would assume there may be a bit of title inflation here as well, as Montgomery is very highly thought of in the game, and seeing the DBacks fall apart after he left while the Brewers have vastly improved probably have left him with many suitors. This "promotion" (and with it, a probable increase in pay), just means he is probably limited to a pair of jobs in order to leave the organization, and those are probably GM and assistant GM, or whatever catchy titles those spots have these days.

It's similar to the guy who works at a car wash referring himself as a "auto appearance engineer." I have a gal who sometimes makes phone calls for me, and appointments to see future clients. I usually call her my phone gal, or once in a while, my assistant.

If I were a major league team, she'd be Vice President of Consumer Acquisitions.

9/28/2016 10:51:00 AM

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

(9/27/2016 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Small sample to be sure, but Villar looks 50 times more comfortable at 2B than he does 3B. I have little doubt if the Brewers were 2017 contenders, they'd run out a L-R infield of Villar/Arcia/Gennett to begin 2017.

However, they are not, and despite the farm system being close to bare at 3B (and I admit, I like Nate Orf far more than I should like an undrafted 26 year old with little pop) and neither Perez or Rivera having the offense to be anything but a stopgap there, I expect Arcia and Villar to be the DP combo on the first Monday next April.

9/27/2016 07:48:00 PM

(9/27/2016 07:36:00 PM) - Al

If you think I'm puzzled about Rivera's future, ask me how I feel abut the trio of catchers (I'm not counting Pinto) currently on the roster...I'd say any of them could be the Crew's starting catcher next year, or any of them could be left off the 40 man, in effect, released, this offseason.

I have no idea what they will do, although I would assume Susac, the youngest and with two options remaining, will remain...but I'm not sure. Pina is not that young, and neither is Maldy...but neither was Junior Guerra.

9/27/2016 07:36:00 PM

(9/27/2016 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Yadi Rivera gets his 3rd start in a row tonight. I have no idea if it's just a coincidence or if the Crew wants to get a look at him, as I would assume he is somewhat near the cutoff point of the 40 man roster. He's a solid fielder, but has never hit, except for a quality stint in the AFL last fall, which was not just a tiny sample, but had mostly BAbip to thank.

As a good fielding 24 year old SS/2B , he may retain of sliver of value, as he will probably improve his offense for the next 2-3 seasons. However, in over 600 AAA PA's, his line of .264/.313 is not going to cut it, not to mention he has only walked 20 times in that span, a remarkably low 3.2% BB rate

Compare that to Orlando Arcia, who had a .320/.403 AAA campaign at 21, and walked twice as often, despite being 3 years Yadi's junior.

Of course, all that means is Rivera is unlikely to ever be as good as Arcia...which we all know. Plus defenders often pick up utility jobs, and sometimes even start, especially at the important up the middle positions. My problem with Rivera is simple...he doesn't do anything well except defend. Doesn't hit for much power, doesn't run very fast, doesn't hit LHP or RHP; just picks and throws. I'd say he was pure filler if he was not able to play SS, a position in which of the top 32 guys, 13 of them had a sub 700 OPS, and 19 had a sub 750 OPS.

A slight improvement, probably just taking more balls and swinging at more strikes, could boost Yadi up to a 650-700 OPS, and since he still has 3 seasons to reach his mythical peak age of 27, which would make him just slightly below average.

9/27/2016 07:07:00 PM

(9/27/2016 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Blue Jays right-hander Joaquin Benoit, who left the park on crutches last night, has been diagnosed with a torn calf muscle, manager John Gibbons told reporters, including Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (Twitter links). Benoit suffered the injury while running in from the bullpen on the heels of a benches-clearing brawl. Worsening matters for the Blue Jays is the fact that Gibbons also said that second baseman Devon Travis got his shoulder “tangled up in the brawl."--MLBTR

Goodness. I'd say it serves them right, but, in all honesty, it is difficult to believe there's a human being this shortsighted, never mind two on the same team. This is why those that talk about "grit" and "heart" don't have jobs anymore. 

9/27/2016 04:09:00 PM

(9/27/2016 02:34:00 PM) - Al

There are 8 teams within 3.5 games of the wildcard in both their last 10 games, 6 of them are 5-5.

You often hear this argument, when a team is a few games below .500 at the July deadline...well, if they just win 8 or 9 in a row, they can get right back in it. Problem is, if they lose 5 or 6 in a row, they're right there with the Brewers. It's very difficult for a team which is not even a .500 club to run off several W's in a row. They're not that good, and by this time of the season, they have 5 guys on the DL, so they're really not that good.

9/27/2016 02:34:00 PM

(9/27/2016 02:25:00 PM) - Al

I wonder why SF didn't pick up a veteran AAA infielder or a utility guy before if they were just one injury away from needing to make a desperation trade.

Gordon Beckham is probably only worth a win over 162 games over a veteran AAA option, commonly what we refer to as "free talent," because they're usually available for next to nothing, because most teams will let them go if they have a major league opportunity with someone else, a guy like Jake Elmore, Will Middlebrooks, or so on. 1/162x6=0.04 wins...I get it, SF is hoping Beckham comes over and puts up a .395/.450 line in 6 games, but he's just as likely to go .225/.250, the difference is a couple bloopers and whether the defense is shifting or not. 

Why give a prospect fro Beckham when Middlebrooks would be available for a phone call? I guarantee you Stearns would let him go for "future considerations."

9/27/2016 02:25:00 PM

(9/27/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

When Cravy came in last night, BA said he had not allowed a run since his callup in AUG.

I knew he had been good, and some of it is BAbip related, but he is one of several players to go from being a longshot of staying on the 40 to almost a sure thing.

9/27/2016 11:30:00 AM

(9/27/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

As you read this, I'll be at a meeting for work, though since my knee is still bothering me, I'll be wearing shorts. So, if I do not get kicked out of the meeting, I'll be there.

The magic of the internet.

9/27/2016 10:30:00 AM

(9/27/2016 09:08:00 AM) - Al

I did not watch the debate, but I felt Glenn summed it up well when he proclaimed Hillary a slight winner because expectations for her were so low, not coughing up any blood was a victory.

If she would have waited ten seconds, until she was in the van to pass out, we'd still be hearing she had allergies and dehydration. Because we're all so stupid.

9/27/2016 09:08:00 AM

(9/27/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Think how crushed his girlfriend is...

9/27/2016 09:00:00 AM

Monday, September 26, 2016

(9/26/2016 08:31:00 PM) - Al

Just checked Twitter for the first time tonight. Apparently, Hillary used the phrase "trumped up trickle down" to answer something or other.

Depending on what side you are on, some found this hilarious, and some scoffed at such an obviously preplanned phrase. I will say this...if that's the best zinger, lotsa luck.

I just checked the MNF game and it's tied 14-14. I'm struggling to believe people who do not cover politics for a living are watching the debate, but all day I hear 100M are expected...

9/26/2016 08:31:00 PM

(9/26/2016 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Garza, Nelson, Anderson versus TEX.

Jungmann shut down due to hip injury, Suter, Peralta, and TBA will start versus COL. Either Matt or Jimmy could start on regular rest, or maybe they will just make it a bullpen game to finish things up.

9/26/2016 05:56:00 PM

(9/26/2016 04:28:00 PM) - Al

I think we've reached peak stupidity.

9/26/2016 04:28:00 PM

(9/26/2016 03:20:00 PM) - Al

W, McCain, and Romney were all Hitler long before Trump was Hitler.

Now, all three are fine examples of good men, far better than the current option. Wait until 2020 (or 2024). They'll be even worse.

9/26/2016 03:20:00 PM

(9/26/2016 03:07:00 PM) - Al

Remember how Bill Clinton called Mitt Romney a liar? And the irony was so thick, the old media had to cut it with a knife so they could ignore it?

Hillary knows everyone thinks she's a liar, because it's directly related to her being so dishonest. With everything, from her email, to her health, to this little fictional tale that they hope we have forgotten...of course, it seems she "misspoke," like criminals do on the witness stand, for example. 

Why do you think the campaign keeps insisting Trump is a liar? They've given up trying to spin her as honest, so they'll drag Trump down to her level. She is outspending him 7-1 on TV, and all it does is remind folks why they despise her.

9/26/2016 03:07:00 PM

(9/26/2016 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Proof that the free markets work.

Also, proof that the left is pretty much always wrong.

9/26/2016 01:32:00 PM

(9/26/2016 01:18:00 PM) - Al

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

9/26/2016 01:18:00 PM

(9/26/2016 01:01:00 PM) - Al

Brevin Pritzl award a medical redshirt for last season, still has 4 years of eligibility remaining.

Pritzl played in one game after returning from a knee injury.

9/26/2016 01:01:00 PM

(9/26/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

We need to clone Clarke and put one of him on every flight.

Or, as the left would say, we need to put a folks singer on every flight so he could reason with the criminal and after listening to him sing a while, maybe the thug will jump from the plane voluntarily.

9/26/2016 12:30:00 PM

(9/26/2016 12:01:00 PM) - Al

In two weeks, the Brewers will announce what Schlesinger called a major capital project at Miller Park "that is far greater than anything we have ever done, and far more expensive than we've ever done."

No idea what this will amount to, but there is no doubt Mark A is in it for the long haul. Over the next 10-15 years, I would assume much of Miller Park will have to be updated, plus they will probably add more creature comforts, such as wider seats. 

9/26/2016 12:01:00 PM

(9/26/2016 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Twins strongly enter 21st century.

Little doubt DBacks are now the only team in MLB that openly disdains analytics...and that may end very soon.

9/26/2016 11:51:00 AM

(9/26/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer at the 1966 Masters, ready to tee off.

Apparently, 50 years ago, golf courses had not yet become no smoking venues.

9/26/2016 10:30:00 AM

(9/26/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Another day, another shortsighted decision by a school.

They sit up nights, trying to figure out a way to embarrass themselves as power hungry buffoons more.

9/26/2016 09:00:00 AM

Sunday, September 25, 2016

(9/25/2016 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Packers (eliminator/survivor pick)--W

9/25/2016 10:30:00 PM

(9/25/2016 05:15:00 PM) - Al

I don't see it.

I can understand it drawing 15-20% more than Obama/Romney, but I sure don't see 100M up against football and considering many folks only have streaming now (which I'm sure will have channels airing the debate, but few will search it out).

Considering Google says 67M watched the first 2012 debate...actually the most since 1980, so I would guess 77-80M. There are more undecideds than usual, and Trump is a ratings bonanza...but even my guess seems high.

9/25/2016 05:15:00 PM

(9/25/2016 12:34:00 PM) - Al

Welfare, by any other name, is still wrong.

And even worse, it doesn't work. Eight years of the worst peacetime recovery ever, and some folks still refuse to believe.

They hate to admit the free market works.

9/25/2016 12:34:00 PM

(9/25/2016 12:15:00 PM) - Al

It is difficult to fathom just how stupid these football players are.

And to think, there are a few folks so ignorant they care what these attention whores feel about politics.

9/25/2016 12:15:00 PM

(9/25/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Have a couple books in my series on hold through the online library...

{I admit, I don't understand it at all. That said, you "hold" and "borrow" books just like you do back when we were young and stupid, only these just show up on your phone, as if by magic.} I borrowed the classic combat manual The Art of War, written by Sun Tzu, approximately 2600 years ago, before Christ walked the Earth, or as some would say, before Christ did not walk the Earth, though as a time keeping mechanism, that kind of leaves a lot to be desired, but hence, I digress.

I have decided that almost every cliche in sports, and in poker, are derived directly from this book. The most obvious is poker related, but basically translates to "act weak when you are strong, and act strong when you are weak."

It's become so in vogue to just call after hesitating and acting as if you are going to fold (while planning to raise at a alter time) in poker that it often makes the bettor wary and worried they are in deep trouble.

Another is "when weak, seek to irritate." Basically, when outmanned, use snipers and other means to pluck off a few of the enemy...the numbers are not that important, but it will slow them down and despite winning the big picture, losing soldiers is mentally damaging and causes internal strife.

This is one of those brilliantly written things that show up on posters and Tshirts centuries after being written. The mere fact I'm reading it almost 3 millenniums after it was penned sums up its brilliance. It's not light reading, but I wish I would have read it decades ago, as it helps one to understand how people think, which helps no matter what you do.

9/25/2016 08:30:00 AM

Saturday, September 24, 2016

(9/24/2016 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Help! Capitalism!

9/24/2016 04:18:00 PM

(9/24/2016 01:57:00 PM) - Al

Just realized the Brewers will win between 70 and 78 games this season.

Most folks felt this was a 70something win team when they took the field in April, and they will be.

9/24/2016 01:57:00 PM

(9/24/2016 01:54:00 PM) - Al

The leader of the free world insists he knew nothing about the private server that he used a fake name to send emails to because he knew it was illegal.

Eight years in, they're still too stupid to buy a 79 cent spiral notebook to keep track of their lies.

And for those wondering, yes, Americans have been convicted of treason for far less.

9/24/2016 01:54:00 PM

Friday, September 23, 2016

(9/23/2016 10:51:00 PM) - Al

Davies shut down for the season, ends up with 172 frames after 162 last year. MIL always errs on the side of caution, and will do so again.

9/23/2016 10:51:00 PM

(9/23/2016 09:22:00 PM) - Al

If the Crew wants to replace Elmore, the only position players left on the 40 not in MIL are Cecchini and Wilkins. Of course, they could create a spot on the 40 easily by putting Broxton (or probably Elmore too) on the 60 day DL.

9/23/2016 09:22:00 PM

(9/23/2016 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Trust me ladies and gents, they don't exactly scream intelligence when you're young.

9/23/2016 09:13:00 PM

(9/23/2016 09:11:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if either one of them has told the truth in the past decade.

9/23/2016 09:11:00 PM

(9/23/2016 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Elmore almost certainly done for the season. Whenever a guy goes down like he got shot, they rarely return in 10 days or less, and that's all we got left this year.

I'd guess groin or hammy.

9/23/2016 08:40:00 PM

(9/23/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

The problem is simple...almost all people shot by cops are criminals holding a gun. In the very rare cases in which this is not the case, the police officer is investigated and is responsible for their actions.

Why some have trouble comprehending this simple fact? I don't know.

Why some insist that armed thugs were not guilty and deserved better? No idea. 

9/23/2016 01:00:00 PM

(9/23/2016 12:35:00 PM) - Al

The JS reports Mark A said Stearns will make a statement on Counsell's contract after the season, which certainly implies Craig will be receiving an extension. MA also said Stearns and Counsell are a good team and get along nicely as a team.

I would guess CC might well be extended to match whatever DS's length of contract is, which the team has never made public.

9/23/2016 12:35:00 PM

(9/23/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Funny, none of the "peaceful protestors" were there helping out...oh, the picture was taken at 3PM.

That explains that....still sleeping.

9/23/2016 11:00:00 AM

(9/23/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

That's because it's illegal.

They would keep it quiet if he shot someone too. Laws are for the little people. And those on the right.

9/23/2016 10:30:00 AM

(9/23/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al


The US takes care of their disabled and those unable to take care of themselves far better than any other nation on the planet. We just have no patience for those who refuse to participate in the most free and fair economic system the world has ever known because they're too selfish to work for a living and instead, use up resources designed for those who can't work, not those that choose not to.

9/23/2016 09:30:00 AM

Thursday, September 22, 2016

(9/22/2016 08:12:00 PM) - Al

The Twins did not draw many folks today to their makeup game.

To put it mildly.

9/22/2016 08:12:00 PM

(9/22/2016 07:07:00 PM) - Al

This is why Clarke is successful, honest to a fault.

9/22/2016 07:07:00 PM

(9/22/2016 04:40:00 PM) - Al

I keep seeing folks worrying about a multiteam wildcard playoff.


I guess this falls under the old "when you have nothing else to concern yourself with" or "it's a good problem to have." First of all, I keep hearing a fictional concern about "running out of days." Time goes on forever my friends. It might be cold, but they will not "run out of time."

The really strange thing is, people seem to be completely ignoring the fact that baseball is a sport that requires dry weather. Yes, the division series could be delayed a day or two because the wildcard requires a day or two of playoffs. You know what? It could also be delayed due to rainy weather in Boston, Baltimore, or whoever ends up hosting up wildcard game. MLB would huddle with the TV networks, decide what to do, and move along.

Folks seem to think MLB would just throw their hands up in the air over a 4 or 5 team tie. Actually, they'd revel in the publicity, bask in the free media attention, and probably enjoy huge ratings for said games.

I also think it's hilarious folks seem to think baseball should leave a handful of days open in case of this tie scenario that, by the way, has never happened, and probably won't this season either. It's like folks sending out a wedding invitation with 3 "just in case a meteor hits" days...take your meds and relax with a cool beverage, you killjoys. You know, there's a reason your mom doesn't invite you to holiday bring the whole get together down to your level of sadness.

9/22/2016 04:40:00 PM

(9/22/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I got the Texans tonight, though I despise picking against the Patriots.

9/22/2016 04:00:00 PM

(9/22/2016 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Brewers again will do a special night of Q and A with the general public.

This reminds me, I'm surprised Stearns has not announced an extension for Counsell, whose contract ends after the 2017 season, which in managerial terms, is like next week.

Of course, we have no idea if Stearns and Counsell get along, though there has been no signs they do not. In fact, considering Craig is probably one of the top 5 analytical friendly managers in the game, I assume they have a good relationship.

9/22/2016 01:18:00 PM

(9/22/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Use the road. Don't merge until you have to.

The irony is, as usual, being a contrarian is right, simply because most people are usually wrong.

9/22/2016 09:00:00 AM

(9/22/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Charlotte mayor should have had National Guard on call-up and standby like I did in Milwaukee after the first night of rioting. Kick ass early.--David Clarke

JS made fun of Clarke, wanted to do nothing. Charlotte has the NASCAR Hall of Fame looted, along with hotels and restaurants. A typical response...let the criminals destroy stuff, don't want to make them mad.

You can deal with it now, or deal with it later. The only difference is you have to clean up the city if you choose the latter.

Funny how these peaceful protests are always so damn full of bad behavior and violence. It's almost as if it's a mass gathering of criminals looking for free merch...that always run late into the night, because none of them have to go to work in the morning...just coincidence. 

9/22/2016 08:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

(9/21/2016 10:45:00 PM) - Al

I just finished watching the late local news, and hit the "last" button and it went back to FSW.

I can't prove it, but I'm 90% sure these women on Swing Clinic have never played golf in their lives, and are just lesser known models. Poor Jimmy Hamlin looks 70 pounds overweight, very old, and like a monster.

9/21/2016 10:45:00 PM

(9/21/2016 10:41:00 PM) - Al

DVR taped both SVU and Homicide Hunter (Joe Kenda) while the Brewers were playing. Two of my favorite shows.

Haven't had a back spasm since noonish today. I'll take it. For those who have never had them (like me until SAT/SUN), it's like a charleyhorse, but with a back muscle. Despite my best attempts, you can't sit still enough to make them go away.

It may not be pure hell, but you can see it from there.

9/21/2016 10:41:00 PM

(9/21/2016 10:30:00 PM) - Al

I had heard Khris Middleton injured his hammy, I had not heard it was torn and will require surgery, out an estimated six months...that would be late March.

The Bucks seem to always struggle to dress 9-10 players, while it seems a team like the Spurs plays much of the season with only 13 guys on the roster because everyone is healthy. I would say this might open up a Greg Monroe for an overpriced 2/3 trade.

9/21/2016 10:30:00 PM

(9/21/2016 10:03:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,
Another entertaining week to watch NFL football.  It seems like every game comes down to the 4th quarter and won or lost more by crucial crunch time mistakes than by great plays. 
Who would have thought that Seattle would get beat by an undisciplined ragtag outfit like the Rams?  That and a couple other upsets like Atlanta over Oakland and Tennessee over Detroit make it a tough time to pick.
In spite of it all you had a great week going 11 – 5 on the strength of picking Dallas over Washington and “cough” Minnesota over Green Bay.  Your 11 correct picks put you into a tie for 13th place among the 126 experts.  For the year you are at 20 – 12 and in 37th place. 
Head scratcher games this week look like Houston at New England, Baltimore at Jacksonville, Oakland at Tennessee, Denver at Cincinnati, and San Diego at Indianapolis.  Don’t forget that two of the following favorites should get beat.  They are Arizona, Miami, Carolina, Seattle, and Dallas.
Good luck picking,

I can't believe MIA is a 10 point pick over CLE...I would not have MIA favored by 10 over anyone, and CLE was up 20 last week before falling. 

9/21/2016 10:03:00 PM

(9/21/2016 08:31:00 PM) - Al

The umps have just been calling it in for weeks. They didn't even pretend to pay attention during the Cubs' series, in games that still matter, especially when one considers home field advantage.

As lazy and lackadaisical as they are the entire season, they have been embarrassingly awful as the season winds down. Pathetic MLB just looks the other way and doesn't bother cleaning house. When guys have a job for life, you're not going to see any effort, and we certainly do not.

9/21/2016 08:31:00 PM

(9/21/2016 06:15:00 PM) - Al

Jungmann will be added to the rotation and start SAT, Crew will stick with 6 man rotation for now, maybe the rest of the season.

Braun not with team, Counsell unsure when he'll return. No paternity leave due to expanded roster, excused.

9/21/2016 06:15:00 PM

(9/21/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Missing a fundraiser?

She is sicker than we thought.

And by sicker, I mean young, vibrant, and healthy.

She needs to take a day off to rest up for a nap. 

9/21/2016 10:30:00 AM

(9/21/2016 09:09:00 AM) - Al

Margin is great, but tell me, how much is the profit on a $0 sale?

Never forget, many movie theater chains went bankrupt selling popcorn and pop for a 90% markup. They just didn't sell enough of it.

9/21/2016 09:09:00 AM

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

(9/20/2016 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe the Nats are not doing all they can to get Harper healthy instead of running him out injured every night, or at least most every night.

They seem very shortsighted, to say the least.

9/20/2016 09:30:00 PM

(9/20/2016 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Quick take on Puig/Bumgarner?

Madison isn't too concerned about winning when he's worried about a personal vendetta. Selfish players always gonna find time to be selfish, no matter how big the game is.

9/20/2016 08:35:00 PM

(9/20/2016 07:54:00 PM) - Al

He wrote it because like most old media, he's an attention whore, who will say/write most anything to get a reaction.

9/20/2016 07:54:00 PM

(9/20/2016 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Manny Pina is also away from the team on paternity leave, so that is one reason Pinto was brought up.

Both Pina and Braun little ones are doing well, per reports.

9/20/2016 05:56:00 PM

(9/20/2016 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will be without Ryan Braun at least tonight, as his wife is having a baby.

Also, Crew calls up Josmil Pinto, who used to be a top prospect with the Twins, and who is now a C/1B who isn't thought of as much of a C. I believe they had a spot on the 40 open from when they outrighted Middlebrooks (that was likely to make a spot in case of a Puig/Braun swap), but they could always put Broxton on the 60 day DL if they need to create a roster spot.

If they were going to add someone, I'm a bit surprised it wasn't an OF, as they basically only have Braun/Reed/Santana/Perez, though Villar has played there a tad.

EDIT: I suppose they could see if Carter was willing to play LF. All the C's have played various amounts of 1B in their careers. 

9/20/2016 04:43:00 PM

(9/20/2016 12:01:00 PM) - Al

Watching Outnumbered this AM as I prepare to take one of my many tests I have to take annually to keep my certification. They just showed a clip of Hillary on Fallon, and I was struck, as one who is barely able to navigate stairs with my back issues at the moment, how Jimmy grabbed her hand before she started up the 2 steps to the stage, and instead of just walking up, she did just like I would right now...she took a step, paused slightly, and then, with what looked like quite a bit of effort, continued up, as Fallon held tightly onto her hand for support.

To an untrained eye, it looked pretty normal, but I know, because I try and do the same thing whenever I'm out and about. I don't want to draw attention to my knee, my back, or my general state of lameness.

Now, it is not unpresidential to have a bad back. However, one might argue it is to continually lie about her health...and had she not passed out, and been thrown into the van like a side of beef (or as Dennis Miller said, bags of water softener salt)...and had it caught on camera, we all know, she'd still be lying about it.

That's what she does.

9/20/2016 12:01:00 PM

(9/20/2016 10:58:00 AM) - Al

Now that the PTBNL has been announced, how would you value the package that Texas gave up as opposed to what Cleveland had in place for Jonathan Lucroy? – Jonathan R.

With outfielder/infielder Ryan Cordell going to the Brewers, he bolsters a package that already included outfielder Lewis Brinson and right-hander Luis Ortiz. All three were considered top-ten prospects on a solid Texas farm, with Brinson and Ortiz also carrying consensus top-100 leaguewide billing. Remember, though, that this group of players also landed the Rangers right-hander Jeremy Jeffress, who was a quality asset in his own right.

By comparison, reports pegged the prospective deal with the Indians as involving a four-player package: catcher Francisco Mejia, shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang, outfielder Greg Allen, and righty Shawn Armstrong. By the prospect rankings, this group isn’t quite as impressive: only Mejia has been placed in the top-100 among all the game’s pre-MLB talents (in his case, only by Baseball Prospectus).
There are a couple of things to bear in mind here, though. First and foremost, prospect valuation is always-changing and is highly dependent upon any given team’s assessment. Both Brinson and Ortiz had their share of difficulties adapting to the upper minors; though they have had better results since the deal, the former doesn’t walk much and the latter hasn’t yet produced a lot of swings and misses. There’s a ton of upside there, but also some risk, even if Brinson’s glove props up his floor. Meanwhile, Cordell is already 24 and still seems to have some development ahead of him.

The other bunch represents a different mix of assets. Meanwhile, Mejia has had a breakout offensive year. Chang’s name came up in the Aroldis Chapman talks, and he has displayed emerging power this year. Allen delivers outstanding plate discipline, while Armstrong has a promising K rate and could step right into a big league pen.

Ultimately, the inclusion of Jeffress makes it hard to make a direct comparison. Certainly, the Indians package wouldn’t have delivered a headliner on the order of Brinson. But it’s not difficult to see why Milwaukee was intrigued by the return it had lined up — which included some rising prospects who seemingly fit well with the organization’s needs and philosophies. And it’s always wise to remind oneself of just how much you don’t know when it comes to prospects (generally and specifically!).

I had forgotten about who CLE had included except for Mejia. That said, the Rangers seem to have given up far more, but they should have, as they also received Jeffress. 

9/20/2016 10:58:00 AM

(9/20/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Remember the Instapundit description of the old media....Democrat operatives with a byline?


9/20/2016 09:30:00 AM

(9/20/2016 08:57:00 AM) - Al

I wake up to the news SF has lost 5 leads in the 9th inning in SEP. I can't say I pay attention to any team except MIL, but that's quite an accomplishment, to say the least. A few thoughts spring to mind:

1. While most everyone will point fingers at the closer, and then the entire bullpen, allow me to say it's probably more a lack of offense and bad luck.

1a. Offense? Why yes. My guess is, they are not scoring many runs, so those leads are 3-2 and 2-1, not 7-4. Sure enough, a quick glance at the stats show SF is 14th in the NL in SEP in runs scored.

1b. I'm not going to do the math or peruse back through all the play by play, but I bet the BAbip has been remarkably high in those 9th innings, probably .500 or more. That's why teams like strikeout pitchers to be closers and that's also why "he's been awful" pitchers often right themselves after a bad week or month. A while back, I explained how Knebel had struggled, and pointed out he had a .667 BAbip in the past 2 weeks, making success all but impossible. Sure enough, he has reverted back to form in his more recent outings, and not coincidentally, has a .167 BAbip in the last 7 days.

I won't go back to last year with Jon Broxton, but while others called for his release, I insisted he'd be fine. You simply cannot be a successful pitcher if balls drop in or find holes, but over time, that balances out. For some, "time" is a tough thing to wait on, but you can find yourself some bargains from those who panic.

2. I admit, I always chuckle when a manager such as Bochy suddenly has bullpen struggles, because all the cliches of "handling a staff" go out the window. I recall one season, SF had 5 relievers with ERA's under 2, and a message board kept insisting Bochy was a genius. I, being a contrarian and not an imbecile, pointed out anyone can manage a bullpen with 5 guys who are excellent...heck, just pick a name out of a hat and you'll be fine.

It's out of the manager's hands once he brings in a reliever. It's out of the pitcher's hands once he releases the ball (in this case, literally). The difference between a fly ball and a home run is often the skill of the hitter, as that's why many use HR/FB to try and find guys who are over/underachieving, as that will balance out over time for the most part too.

3. Allow me to predict their relief corps will be fine the rest of the way, if for nothing else, their BAbip will probably revert back to the mean...or even better than that.

9/20/2016 08:57:00 AM

(9/20/2016 08:27:00 AM) - Al

Have to miss a meeting today due to my back. That said, though still far less than 100%, I have not had a back spasm since yesterday afternoon, when I had two in the shower within a few minutes.

Back pain sucks, but I would not wish back spasms on Hillary or Satan...lest I repeat myself.

9/20/2016 08:27:00 AM

(9/20/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

1. Every single day, she shows how she lost to a completely unqualified oaf who gave pretty speeches and never once explained how he would accomplish anything. Then, in eight years, he proved it.

2. Trump continues to show how he beat all those other GOP primary candidates. He gets free press coverage. He attracts independents and a few Dems. Instead of simply acknowledging he will win about 5% of the black vote, he asked them, "What have you got to lose?" and within a month, is up to 10-17% with them, per recent polls.

3. This race is about even in the popular vote, and Hillary's lead in the electoral college in still there, but shrinking. She is outspending Trump on TV by a 4-1 margin, but the ads often make folks hate her more and swing undecideds away from her.

4. When confronted with an opportunity to show how tough she'll be on defense, her people prop her up in front of a camera, and she argues a bomb should not be called a bomb, after calling it a bomb. Continuing with the Dem "strategy" that it is not terrorism if you do not call it terrorism, she managed to leave more folks feeling as if they would be better off with a box of canned goods and a loaded revolver than with her as commander in chief.

9/20/2016 07:30:00 AM

Monday, September 19, 2016

(9/19/2016 07:37:00 PM) - Al


Any thoughts about the minor league affiliates shaking out badly for the Crew?


To be honest Gerry, I have not heard anything official. And to be blunt, there really only appears to be a couple options for MIL.

1. Take what's left, which is exactly what they've done for decades.

2. Buy a team and eventually, move it to a city with a nice ballpark, good facilities, and have said team not lose money.

Of course, #2 is preferred, but lots of luck with that. Minor league baseball is not exactly a huge moneymaking venture. I have read numerous times most teams lose money, and very few do better than a beak even business. To be blunt, if the YES network is paying you a kijillion dollars a year, you can afford to lose money by owning a minor league club or two. For small market teams, well, that money would have to come from the bottom line.

The sad thing is...I get it. MIL has one great affiliate, the Timber Rattlers play in a great little stadium, is close enough for easy rehabs a few times a season, and being a Brewers' affiliate actually helps them a bit in Appleton, though not a lot. The weather sucks in April, but other than that, it's a nearly perfect marriage. Does that help MIL win more games? Even indirectly, it's difficult to find any correlation.

Other than that, none of them are great. Colorado Springs is a horrible place for pitchers, and makes it tough for hitters to learn how to read a breaking ball because they simply don't work at high altitude. I assume Gerry is referring to the Crew's high A team, which was in an extreme pitcher's park in an extreme pitcher's league, and now is probably going to be left with the A+ team no one else wants, which will probably be in Lancaster of the Cal League, an extreme hitter's park in an extreme hitter's league.

The irony here is, most folks just read the above paragraph and said, "So?" And, for the most part, they would be accurate. Having a AAA team in CS has not seemed to damage the Brewers' system or their player development in the past two years. Granted, it makes it mighty tough for us to judge pitchers (I tend to all but ignore ERA and just use K/9 and K/BB, for example), but, you know, that's not really a big deal.

So, let's ask the flip side of the above question...does Colorado Springs cost the Brewers any victories? Again, even indirectly, it's tough to blame the Sky Sox for any real problems of the parent team.

So, is it great they have crappy affiliates, with ballparks that do not mirror Miller Park's factors and dimensions? Is it preferred? No. It would also be nice if the AAA team was somewhat close to Milwaukee...though both would rarely be at home the same time, something most fans overlook, because, well, they're casual. It doesn't really matter if the others are near MIL or not, as players rarely report directly from those teams anyway. It'd also be nice if they were near major airports with direct flights to and from MIL for rehabs.

That said, does it matter if Junior Guerra had to take a connecting flight when he made a rehab appearance? If the clubhouse was modern?  Um, no. As long as the field is safe for our prospects and they have a decent weight room, I can't say it's much of a concern.

It's a classic case of fiddling while Rome burns, or being extremely concerned about the "little things" while oblivious to the "big things." Some worry about the Brewers minor league teams not winning. I don't care if they win a game, but I do care if they are sending quality players to MIL. They do that very well, so, that's all that matters to me.

They could win a ton of games if they signed a bunch of veteran minor leaguers to play at AAA and moved everyone else down a level, but that would be bad for development. Some teams make winning a priority and do just the above annually, though not as blatantly as described. Do they win more in the majors? I've never seen any evidence they do. Hence, keep sending Arcias and Barnes and the like to MIL. The rest is for the lawyers.

9/19/2016 07:37:00 PM

(9/19/2016 03:07:00 PM) - Al

She's not as energetic as John McCain.

Heck, she's not as energetic as John McCain's mom.

Nothing on the calendar. Nothing. 2 stops is a day off at this stage of the election cycle.

If elected, she may well be unable to serve.

Wake up Madame President, it's time for your sleeping pill, and a nap. Benghazi's lack of a response was probably caused by her passing out before she could hit "send."

{Or as her aides tell her, "the green button which makes the call go go go."

9/19/2016 03:07:00 PM

(9/19/2016 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Tom H points out the Crew matched their win total of 2015 yesterday. He said that's especially interesting because of all the "tanking" talk we heard earlier this season. As I have pointed out, tanking is pretty much just drivel and casual talk...teams rarely if ever do not try and win every game they play. Players get injured, plans do not work out, and the "tanking" talk then begins because that's easier to accept than bad luck, moves did not work out, and so on.

It's like I just tweeted to Justin at WTMJ, the public's perception of Dom Capers' performance is directly proportional to how many turnovers Aaron Rodgers' had. It's easier to blame the defensive coordinator, who you would not know if he knocked on your door, even if he is widely respected and a proven commodity; than the guy whose jerseys you own and you dream about being your team's foundation for the next half decade.

9/19/2016 02:54:00 PM

(9/19/2016 01:36:00 PM) - Al

Bucks and Giannis agree to 4y, $100M extension.

9/19/2016 01:36:00 PM

(9/19/2016 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Despite the fact the county is in a warning to expect "gusty winds with showers" this afternoon, Weather Underground has us for a 4% chance of rain with no precipitation expected. 

But they know without a doubt it was a fraction of a degree warmer cooler different 100 years ago.

9/19/2016 12:23:00 PM

(9/19/2016 12:12:00 PM) - Al

The Mets badly wanted to acquire Jonathan Lucroy at the non-waiver trade deadline but found the asking price to be too substantial. The Brewers were insistent that any package for Lucroy be headlined by one of Michael Conforto or top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, and the Mets simply weren’t comfortable trading either player. “We knew how much Lucroy would help us, but we couldn’t do it,” the unnamed source told Harper. “And looking back now, it was still the right decision. Conforto and Rosario are young, cornerstone players.”--NY Daily News, via MLBTR

We heard Conforto's name quite a bit, and the Mets never made an offer that included either.

9/19/2016 12:12:00 PM

(9/19/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al


Funny because it's true.

Imagine Bill's life when Hillary announces she'll be in training and on a mission for the next 6 months.

9/19/2016 09:30:00 AM

Sunday, September 18, 2016

(9/18/2016 06:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewer Nation notes how comparable Carter is to Khris Davis in 2016:

Carter--.323/.492, 815 OPS
Davis---.309/.533, 824 OPS

It rarely works that you can trade a player and then sign a comparable one as a free agent. As I said a while back, I think it's something Stearns will try to do this winter as well; possibly with Carter, in fact.

9/18/2016 06:59:00 PM

(9/18/2016 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Hope and change in the Obama era.

Of course, the only drug related programs the left have brought forth involve throwing money at the addicts clean needles and a place to crash does nothing except keep them well rested and pleasant addicts. Those have, shockingly, accomplished nothing.

9/18/2016 05:12:00 PM

(9/18/2016 04:30:00 PM) - Al

NFL week 2
Panthers--eliminator pick--W

9-7 last week and for season

EDIT: I would take the Rams and Colts to beat the spread, and like both as potential upsets.

EDIT 2: While I would have won some congrats for picking the Rams, I would have went 1-1 either way. With the late DEN TD on a turnover, 1-1 versus the spread too. That's why beating the line is so damn hard. 

9/18/2016 04:30:00 PM

(9/18/2016 01:54:00 PM) - Al

The Clinton News Network at its finest.

She said Trump should not have called it a "bomb" (even though it was), though she had called it a "bombing" as well. It also shows you how scripted the old media's questions are, asking a ridiculous question like that. Hillary was obviously supposed to say "explosion" and forgot.

Because she's so young, vibrant, and healthy.

9/18/2016 01:54:00 PM

(9/18/2016 01:47:00 PM) - Al

The fact Counsell has Santana playing CF and Reed in LF today is rather telling...Domingo is a RF by trade while Reed has played all 3 spots, but is looked at as a corner guy who can play CF.

My first thought is maybe Craig realizes Domingo will play CF most days and just wants to leave him alone, but let's face it, Keon always played CF, as does Nieuwenhuis (unless paired with Broxton). The fact Reed is in LF probably does not bode well for his future in MIL. I've always liked him because he walks so often and has power/speed, but also realize his ceiling is probably as a 4th OF, or maybe as the weak half of a platoon (and by weak, I mean the RH part that rarely plays).

9/18/2016 01:47:00 PM

(9/18/2016 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Back is 1000% better (using liberal math) today, just catches when I move too quick. I could barely sleep last night, had to lie perfectly still, if I tried to move an inch, it hurt. The Rambling wife put some "IcyCold" on it, which is camphor and menthol, so it goes on cold and then gets hot. I added some more in the night and have kept taking Aleve every 4 hours, so the combo is working. Time is a great healer as well.

Funny, I checked my phone last night about midnight and saw the news about the NY bomb. The first thing on Twitter after the explosion was the mayor insisting it was not you know 10 minutes after the fact. In fact, it pretty much is the dictionary definition (violence with political motives), unless, of course, you are on the left and refuse to admit terrorism exists. Sure enough, this AM, Twitter was full of liberals damning the timing of the bombing and complaining it hurts Hillary. I don't follow these selfish clods, but the conservatives that were retweeting them had no problem pointing out the apathy of the attack, just that it hurts their candidate.

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

9/18/2016 01:28:00 PM

Saturday, September 17, 2016

(9/17/2016 06:07:00 PM) - Al

No offense to Sandy Leon, who is having an incredible season in BOS, but he has a .429 BAbip. That isn't just lucky, that's historically off the charts lucky. To say he is unlikely to ever match that is rather apparent.

Villlar's is .384, and his OBP has been dropping off of late also, as his is only .271 BAbip in the past month. It simply cannot be done consistently, as long as the defense continues to play 9 guys in the field.

And no, it is not a skill stat.

9/17/2016 06:07:00 PM

(9/17/2016 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Picked up a pair of grocery bags out of my trunk this afternoon, weighed about 10 pounds. Felt my back "give" a bit, like it often does but then slips right back into place.

Never slipped back. Agony. Not sure if I've ever had back pain in that spot before, usually it's the "lower back/upper butt", but this is well higher and over to the left.

9/17/2016 04:22:00 PM

(9/17/2016 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Counsell announces Guerra has hit his innings limit and will not pitch the rest of the year.

Other teams could learn a lesson from how simple and straight forward the Brewers always are about this. They've also had very few pitching injuries (arm related) compared to other clubs. I doubt those two things are not related.

The two high profile cases, the Nats shutting down Strasburg (who has been pretty healthy in his career) and the Mets wishy washy, no clue from day to day handling of Matt Harvey (was ineffective, and then injured) seems to indicate erring on the side of caution is the only way to go.

It is interesting that they do not seem to be including the innings he threw in winter ball.

So, that would seemingly open a spot for Jungmann, if they wish, or just go back down to a normal 5 man rotation.

9/17/2016 01:45:00 PM

(9/17/2016 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Why would anyone waste 400 calories a day on a liquid that doesn't take very good? A McGriddle is one of the tastiest things on the planet and has 450. And I assume Soylent costs more.

You can drink real chocolate skim milk for half that. Or, take a caffeine pill if you want a pick me up and drink some water. Of course, as someone who never eats breakfast and never gets hungry until I've been up 3-4 hours, I know I'm not their target market.

9/17/2016 12:50:00 PM

(9/17/2016 12:25:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I find it funny they waited until they mathematically clinched to rest the regulars...I get it if you're a game up with 2 to play, but, as if SL was going to win every game the rest of the way....they have like 15 left, right?

One other thought...MIL is as close to PIT as PIT is to the 2nd wildcard...the Pirates are a few games under .500. Remember when folks insisted the Cubs, SL, and PIT would make the playoffs for the next several years?

Life must be so easy when you're casual at life.

9/17/2016 12:25:00 PM

(9/17/2016 12:13:00 PM) - Al

I found it funny yesterday the Cubs' TV team were wondering how the Cubs would get live AB's during the 4 days between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs (for them). They talked about intersquad games, bringing up their instructional league pitchers as possibilities.

The irony? Who cares? 4 days is the length of the all star break, and no one seems to worry about "what are we going to do?" in that case. Most teams have some sort of workout on Thursday, but it's optional, and some show up and some don't.

Len Kasper was also very honest about their postseason chances...he said when he's asked about it, he says he will miss not being 17 games ahead, it will be tied, 0-0. As I pointed out a few days ago, Arietta has had a 4 ERA since the break, and Lester gives everyone a triple if he allows a baserunner. The offense is loaded, but we all know they can be shut down with a good pitching effort. He pointed out MIL had won 3 of the last 5.

9/17/2016 12:13:00 PM

Friday, September 16, 2016

(9/16/2016 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports Reed is on his way to Chicago. Not sure if they'll bother with anyone else or not. Mike plays all 3 OF spots, but has played far more of the corner spots.

I was just thinking, Villar played LF/CF in Houston in 7 games last year, and probably "fits" in that role better than Perez or Santana due to his speed.

9/16/2016 05:26:00 PM

(9/16/2016 04:02:00 PM) - Al

Keon out for the season with a broken wrist. Cubs' announcers acting as if it's common, while in reality, he'd have been fine at any of the 29 other, not as shoddy and subpar ballparks.

Nieuwenhuis also had to leave with a muscle strain. Might see a couple reinforcements brought in.

9/16/2016 04:02:00 PM

(9/16/2016 02:28:00 PM) - Al

I don't think we'd see this tweet if she was still up 8-12 points like she was after the convention.

Good to see her sweat. Hopefully, excreting perspiration out of her body does not cause her to go into convulsions...she's so healthy, you know.

9/16/2016 02:28:00 PM

(9/16/2016 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Somewhere, Michael Reed is saying, "I hope he's not hurt too bad," while secretly hoping his phone rings.

EDIT: And to be honest, there are several others who are not on the 40 thinking the same thing. 

9/16/2016 02:15:00 PM

(9/16/2016 02:11:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I can't believe MLB allows baseball to be played in such an old, squallid ballpark with a brick wall.

Damn shame.

9/16/2016 02:11:00 PM

(9/16/2016 01:47:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when Orlando Arcia couldn't hit.

Whenever someone starts quoting BA or samples under 100 PA's, you know they're casuals. Both? Just move on and never look back.

9/16/2016 01:47:00 PM

(9/16/2016 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Craig Counsell said he views Hernan Perez as a super utility player moving forward rather than single-position player.--JS

Very polite way of saying he does not view him as a major league starter. I would say he hits enough to be a starter at SS or maybe 2B, but the fact he's been playing 3B/RF for the Crew and batting 4th/5th simply indicates they have a below average offense.

With a .276 career OBP and a .299 one this season, I would tend to agree, unless he is going to be an everyday C or SS. Not many positions you can away with getting out 70% of the time.

Of course, it also does not mean he won't be starting at 2B or 3B every day next season if he's the best player on the roster for the job. 

9/16/2016 01:33:00 PM

Thursday, September 15, 2016

(9/15/2016 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Usually, these are painfully inept, but in this case, I agree with all three.

One thing I do feel Stearns will do is try and trade players with value (Carter, Gennett, Braun, probably a couple SP's) and then try and replace them with cheap FA's with upside, as he did last winter by signing Carter after trading Rogers. Unlike a team expected to contend, Stearns is under no pressure to go into spring training with every position filled...he could easily trade Carter and then just leave 1B open until late March, when final cuts occur and teams are forced to make decisions on guys who are out of options.

I was just thinking tonight, after Maldy's fine throw, I truly have no idea what they'll do with the catching spot...they have 3 guys on the 40. Nottingham will be repeating AA in all likelihood, and will not have to be added to the 40 until after next season. I could see any of the 3 starting Opening Day in 2017, and I could imagine any of them being taken off the 40 this winter.

9/15/2016 11:19:00 PM

(9/15/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,
Another year begins where we try to outsmart the professional “experts”.  You had a great year in 2015 so let’s hope you continue your success this year.  If you finish the year getting 62% or more correct you achieve all-star status.
Jamey Eisenberg (CBS Sports) and Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) tied for first in week 1, both with a record of 13 – 3.  You started out the year going 9 – 7 which put you in a tie for 60th among the 127 prognosticators.
Looks like there are some good opportunities to move up the ladder this week.  The tough games to pick this week appear to be NYJ – Buffalo, Dallas – Washington, KC – Houston, and SD – Jacksonville.
If history continues to repeat itself then probably 2 of the most highly favored teams should get beat, like Indianapolis and Arizona did in week 1.  Among the potential upset losers are Baltimore, Carolina, Seattle, New England, Detroit, and Arizona.
Good luck in week 2.

Thank you for the recap Jim. I lost 2 games on last second field goals and won 1 the same way. I appreciate Jim doing these every week, though it's kind of embarrassing how much better his writing is than my own drivel. I forgot to mention SEA was my eliminator (or survivor) pick last week, and they barely won.
I got the Bills tonight.

9/15/2016 04:00:00 PM

(9/15/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

That anyone thought this would not happen.

9/15/2016 02:00:00 PM

(9/15/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I've discussed this a dozen plus times over the years.

What they call "poverty" is what the rest of the world calls "living in comfort and wealth."

To the left, "poverty" is when one of your cars is in the shop and you have to ask the service center for a ride home because "you're so poor you only have two cars." And damn it, those people need help.

It's called income redistribution. It's a Marxist concept.

9/15/2016 11:30:00 AM

(9/15/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Pardon me if I don't jump off a bridge due to the fact "climate change" means life is better and the change is minimal.

9/15/2016 10:00:00 AM

(9/15/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'll be honest...I don't trust her THAT much.

9/15/2016 09:00:00 AM

(9/15/2016 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Note the difference in those who do something positive or those who take a knee.

One group does it to honor someone, or to give thanks for being fortunate enough to have been born, or to live in, the greatest country in the history of the planet.

The other? To be attention whores.

I'm glad they're not on my side. But notice no matter how many negatives they complain about, they never leave. There's no fence up, fellas. Feel free to go elsewhere if you're so damn miserable.

9/15/2016 04:00:00 AM

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

(9/14/2016 11:12:00 PM) - Al

Truly difficult to fathom how good Guerra has been, and how rare it is for a guy to "break out" like this in his 30's.

It happens so infrequently, you can almost say it never happens...

9/14/2016 11:12:00 PM

(9/14/2016 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Nice to see Jungmann back on the major league mound and being effective. Not many teams in serious rebuilding mode can say they have 7-8 actual, legitimate rotation candidates for next season.

Depth is a good thing. 

9/14/2016 11:08:00 PM

(9/14/2016 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Still adorable at 40+.

And as nice a person as you'll ever find.

9/14/2016 11:03:00 PM

(9/14/2016 07:59:00 PM) - Al

This is remarkable.

They are a backwards organization, at least a couple decades behind the times as far as their analytics wing goes. That said, they have had limited success despite this, and have built a very good farm system. Think of how good they'd be with a top notch analytics group.

Funny how no one seems to be looking at it that way.

9/14/2016 07:59:00 PM

(9/14/2016 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Colin Powell has long said to hover between parties, but I've always respected him for being truthful, and for his years of military service.

Now, even moreso.

9/14/2016 05:56:00 PM

(9/14/2016 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Took a break from work stuff to rearrange the garage freezer...kind of like one of the retailers I worked for, about half done, you realize there's not much more that can be done other than just cramming it all back in.

We need to work on our inventory management, but at least we recognize a problem exists.

Did find a bunch of pork at the bottom. I read a few "survivalist" websites and have said if I was a millionaire, I would do some "prepping" in case of a lengthy natural disaster recovery, government overthrow or widespread anarchy...however, since I'm not, I don't. Many talk about how inexpensive it is to raise pork...but if you pay to have it butchered, you probably pay as much as I do when I find it on sale.

Of course, I am among the most 10% prepared among all US citizens, because I have nonperishable food and water in the house that will last a week...90% do not.

9/14/2016 02:27:00 PM

(9/14/2016 01:11:00 PM) - Al

I like all the potential names, but would choose Desert Knights if it were up to me.

After the NHL is a huge hit in Vegas, others will pounce. I still feel MLB will expand there the next time it adds teams,

9/14/2016 01:11:00 PM

(9/14/2016 01:07:00 PM) - Al

New in '17, Monday/Tuesday home games begin at 6:40 p.m. CT. Wednesday-Friday night games stay at 7:10 p.m.--Adam,

I admit, this seems a bit strange...I would think all weeknight games would start at the same time. One almost gets the feeling they could not decide, so just figured they'd split them up and see what the reaction is.

9/14/2016 01:07:00 PM

(9/14/2016 01:07:00 PM) - Al

First look at the 2017 schedule.

Ten home games versus the Cubs, all on weekends (well, one THU night, but you know what I mean), and 3 weekday games versus the Red Sox, whose fans always travel nicely. Good for attendance, tough on the won loss record.

9/14/2016 01:07:00 PM

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

(9/13/2016 04:49:00 PM) - Al

I assume this means every single Bucks' game is on wither FSW, ESPN, or TNT/TBS.

A few years ago, many know it alls insisted we were close to the end of huge RV rights for sports, since they were obviously too high. Since then, the NBA and MLB have almost doubled their fees and the NFL would make a fortune if they did not sell a single ticket.

Some folks are pretty much always wrong.

9/13/2016 04:49:00 PM

(9/13/2016 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Villar will play 2B tonight, Counsell says he will play mostly 3B the rest of the season, but that they like his versatility.

My feeling is Scooter is likely traded this offseason, unless he wants to sign an extension for well less than market value. I'm sure they will gauge the value of all the players in or near arby, including Carter, Perez, Villar, Braun, Thornburg, Torres, Nelson, and Anderson. Perez especially would seem to have a ton of value to a team looking for a SS or 2B, as his offense projects far better there than at a corner.

9/13/2016 04:49:00 PM

(9/13/2016 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Wow. Braun was a single prospect and 20 minutes away from being a Dodger, per this report.

I was unaware he would earn 10 and 5 rights next May. That does speed up the timetable

9/13/2016 04:37:00 PM

(9/13/2016 01:50:00 PM) - Al


In other breaking news, I'll be on the cover of Skinny Liberal magazine as well...

9/13/2016 01:50:00 PM

(9/13/2016 01:44:00 PM) - Al

They are missing the point...Stearns has shown he looks for several things when it comes to position players...power, the ability rto take walks, and athleticism, which plays both on offense and in the field.

The thing I like about Stearns' outlook is simple, he goes after controllable guys who have had success, but for whatever reason have never got a chance in the majors. He pretty much explained this on day one and has not wavered a bit.

Many teams are still stuck a half decade behind, as back when offense was up, caught stealings were devastating to a team. Now, with offense down, teams are failing to see the benefit of stolen bases, especially in an era when many pitchers either have weak moves to 1B or rarely throw to 1B at all.

9/13/2016 01:44:00 PM

(9/13/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

You know what I think is funny? That they're pretending her health problems are this minor.

Dehydration does not lead to a persistent cough. It has to be an extreme case to lead to fainting. Athletes get hydrated every time they play in very hot IV after the game, they're back to 90%...they don't take several days off to recover.

You'd think a campaign that has lied nonstop, and then lied continually about lying would be far better at it.

9/13/2016 09:00:00 AM

Monday, September 12, 2016

(9/12/2016 05:08:00 PM) - Al

Kate Upton rips unpatriotic athletes.

That does it, I now find her somewhat appealing.

The ignorant athletes are undereducated and attention whores. Too bad none of them will ever make a penny on endorsements from this day forward. Too dumb to think of the consequences before acting.

That's a shame.

9/12/2016 05:08:00 PM

(9/12/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

No one saw the 116 win Mariners losing in 2001 either.

Considering the Brewers just beat them 2 out of 3 last week, Arietta has been mediocre in the 2nd half, and Lester can't do anything about a hitter getting a base hot and ending up at 3B two pitches later, they are certainly beatable. They are by far the best team in the NL and MLB, but short series are a crapshoot.

The idea scouts and TV analysts refuse to believe this year after year makes me wonder how many times they need to be shown the same damn thing.

9/12/2016 03:30:00 PM

(9/12/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al


9/12/2016 01:30:00 PM

(9/12/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I've been saying this for months. You can't have it both ways.

When you're running against Lucifer, you don't remind the masses that hell is a dry heat.

9/12/2016 12:00:00 PM

(9/12/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Those poor violent criminals.

That's a shame.

9/12/2016 11:30:00 AM

(9/12/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I did not bother discussing what and where I was on 9/11, though I have before, it's kind of dull and not very interesting to the readers.

However, as you read about incredibly ignorant young attention whores, who are paid $20M a year to be a backup QB and live in the most free nation in the history of the planet say they're not going to stand in honor of their country due to "oppression" (Christ, the level of stupefying absurdity in that sentence alone makes me wonder how the clown makes it to the stadium every day); you may want to read how Heather Penney and Marc Sasseville spent the day...never hesitating to jump in a plane and possibly take down a hijacked jet by hitting it with their own.

9/12/2016 10:00:00 AM

(9/12/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Hillary seems to have a lot of regrets about her many mistakes.

Imagine what she says about Bill behind closed doors. 

9/12/2016 08:00:00 AM

(9/12/2016 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Far too polite and civil to bring health into a campaign...

9/12/2016 05:00:00 AM

(9/12/2016 04:00:00 AM) - Al

What we heard in 2008.

Save your faux shock. Politics is a game for big boys and girls. If you don't want to get knocked down, stay out of the pool.

9/12/2016 04:00:00 AM

Sunday, September 11, 2016

(9/11/2016 10:32:00 PM) - Al

Adult language at the link, but I think it sums up how the vast majority of folks feel.

There's always a few nutjobs who don't get it. Bernie got votes, remember, insisting Cuba and USSR had the right idea?

9/11/2016 10:32:00 PM

(9/11/2016 10:24:00 PM) - Al

If her name was Betty Brown, she wouldn't have had a prayer.

9/11/2016 10:24:00 PM

(9/11/2016 10:17:00 PM) - Al

It is definitely a helluva turn of bad luck to come down with pneumonia when a bunch of people are making up conspiracies about your health.--Nick Confessore

Nick just won the internet for tonight. Tune in tomorrow, when 6B people again battle for 1st prize. 

9/11/2016 10:17:00 PM

(9/11/2016 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Right now, Hillary is being propped up in bed and someone is reading this to her, and she just turned to Bill and said, "Is there any subject in the world that you have never made some dumb ass comment about?"

Her entire staff just begged the doctor to give her another bucket of sedatives.

9/11/2016 10:13:00 PM

(9/11/2016 10:06:00 PM) - Al

Maybe they should have said she had the flu.

9/11/2016 10:06:00 PM

(9/11/2016 10:03:00 PM) - Al

When Hillary went limp and collapsed, no staffer around her looked concerned in the least. This ain't their first rodeo.--Derek Stephens

Just another day at the ranch.

Hey, they're helping her up stairs for a reason. 

9/11/2016 10:03:00 PM

(9/11/2016 10:00:00 PM) - Al

She's feeling GREAT. Them deplorables keep making up stuff. Never better.

Now if you'll excuse her; they're going to shut her down, reboot, erase her emails, and change her fluids.

9/11/2016 10:00:00 PM

(9/11/2016 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and MLB Network was first to report that the Brewers had claimed Puig on revocable trade waivers and engaged the Dodgers in trade talks. According to a source, one scenario would have netted the Brewers Puig and two prospects along with pitcher Brandon McCarthy, whose departing contract would have helped offset the Dodgers' luxury tax hit for adding Braun. The source said Braun remained at Miller Park with some teammates after the Brewers' Aug. 31 game against the Pirates while the Brewers and Dodgers continued talks up to 11:59 p.m. ET -- a minute before the Trade Deadline to acquire players and have them eligible for the postseason. In the end, they simply ran out of time.

The Braves and Giants also expressed interest in trading for Braun, though his contract has a partial no-trade clause that includes Atlanta.

Brewers GM David Stearns will undoubtedly weigh more trade offers this winter. Braun, meanwhile, will shift his focus to 2017.

"When I initially had the procedure done, they said it wouldn't feel 100 percent for a whole year, as far as getting some of the scar tissue out of there," Braun said. "I expect to be a lot stronger and a lot better next year. But the plan we put into place, it really made a lot of sense, and I think it's helped me to continually, gradually get stronger and stronger as the season has gone on. I actually feel better now than I have at any point of the season. That's encouraging on Sept. 10."--Adam,

By the sounds of this, they came far closer to trading Braun than I felt they would this season. I felt the odds were almost nil.

9/11/2016 09:40:00 PM

(9/11/2016 09:26:00 PM) - Al

West had stunning numbers at AAA in the 3 things Stearns seems to really look at...K/9, K/BB ratio, and HR/9. He also throws 93-95, so he's got velocity. Be an odd move this late, but you never know.

9/11/2016 09:26:00 PM

(9/11/2016 08:22:00 PM) - Al

They're just so used to lying, it just comes naturally now.

9/11/2016 08:22:00 PM

(9/11/2016 05:39:00 PM) - Al

Many are pointing out Hillary is now saying she went to the doctor on Friday, but it was not reported by the old media in her press corps. It's almost as if they were involved in the cover up...

Remember how John Edwards had a months long affair while campaigning, had dinner every night with his mistress, and then retired to their hotel room together? While his wife was dying of cancer? And the old media ignored it, and finally, the National Enquirer figured, well, if no one else is going to run it...

I'm not saying they're biased...I know damn well they're biased. So does anyone with a fraction of a brain.

9/11/2016 05:39:00 PM

(9/11/2016 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Hillary's operatives now say she has pneumonia, after weeks of insisting she was healthy. Lots of doubt, as one would expect from folks caught in a lie...well, another lie.

Note the author seems to have had a change of heart. Funny, I have the same opinion now as I did then...of course, I'm not a hack either. 

9/11/2016 05:30:00 PM

(9/11/2016 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Todd Beamer, hero of Flight 93, has a son playing college football.

9/11/2016 12:24:00 PM

(9/11/2016 12:01:00 PM) - Al

Best sign you will see all year, no doubt.

9/11/2016 12:01:00 PM

(9/11/2016 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Yet I didn't see any of them pass out in the "sweltering" 78 degree heat.--Jim Leonard

In her defense, most folks do not wear winter attire and several hide a medical device, or back brace, or whatever. As someone just said, 9/11 is now the day the conspiracy died.

If McCain would have almost fallen, it would have been played nonstop 24/7. CNN never bothered reporting the problem, but then did show her leaving Chelsea's apartment all drugged up, "Feeling great!" Many are wondering if the footage of her will be deleted, like Obama's "bring a gun to a knife fight" comment, which is all but impossible to find online.

9/11/2016 11:41:00 AM

(9/11/2016 11:20:00 AM) - Al

The silence on Twitter today of those on the left reminds me why I'm not one of them.

Never apologize for being patriotic.

9/11/2016 11:20:00 AM

(9/11/2016 10:58:00 AM) - Al

United we stand, divided we lead.

9/11/2016 10:58:00 AM

(9/11/2016 10:50:00 AM) - Al

Just like all the very healthy elderly candidates.

9/11/2016 10:50:00 AM

(9/11/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

NFL picks

9/11/2016 10:30:00 AM

Saturday, September 10, 2016

(9/10/2016 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Irony abounds every time Chelsea speaks.

You know it's a bad speaker choice when all a "heckler" has to say to fluster them is, "So tell me about that time you worked for a living?" and the response is a deer in the headlights stare and awkward silence.

9/10/2016 04:21:00 PM

(9/10/2016 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Note that all those donors from countries in which women have no rights at all...they're good people.

This is why the military is 80% anti Hillary...

9/10/2016 04:13:00 PM

(9/10/2016 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Just read Basket of Deplorables timeline on Twitter...I feel better knowing how hated Hillary is by all but those on the far left.

Sadly, it's easy to get the votes of those you send a check to every month.

9/10/2016 02:29:00 PM

(9/10/2016 02:11:00 PM) - Al

And well she should.

The old media went out of their way to wonder aloud about McCain's health, and have ignored Hillary needing help up stairs, leaning on the table, and obvious signs of ill health.

9/10/2016 02:11:00 PM

(9/10/2016 01:31:00 PM) - Al

I tend to not think this is as bad as many others...after all, the only people she's going to offend are not going to vote for her anyway. Are there a few folks who will change their opinion of Hillary?

Seriously, she's not a friendly, likeable gal. This might make her a tad more unlikable, but that's like making a lemon a bit more sour.

It does show her contempt for anyone who does not support her, but we all knew that already. She doesn't even like her husband, and they fully deserve each other.

9/10/2016 01:31:00 PM

(9/10/2016 11:24:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if the old media has a bias....

9/10/2016 11:24:00 AM

(9/10/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

In her defense, it was about leaving Americans there to die "after she was done doing yoga" and that she lied to the parents about terrorism and it being about a video because she is a horrible human being "as she planned for Chelsea's wedding."

The most qualified person in history they tell me. Because they are very, very truthful.

9/10/2016 09:00:00 AM

Friday, September 09, 2016

(9/09/2016 04:02:00 PM) - Al

No vitriol to spew toward the latest Jim Joyce debacle, or is he just getting to be too easy of a target?
The amount of things screwed up in that sequence is mind boggling.  My favorite is him calling time while a runner is still a few feet away from scoring.  It was 87 degrees and sunny at first pitch, though, so that’s starting to be a little uncomfortable.


What am I supposed to say, Jason...MLB has terrible umpires and Joyce is one of them? We all know that. He's proven it over and over. Yes, I know, he manages to get routine calls correct much of the time, and therefore, should have a monument built to honor him.
Look, they don't really care if the home plate ump only gets 80-85% of balls and strikes correct, so, I guess why should we? Seriously, in any business, Joyce would be suspended and sent home for a fraction of the stupidity and unpreparedness he showed...calling time out in the middle of a play? Cmon, is he a 1st grader?

Note that whenever the umpire makes a mistake, they always throw out the manager. It's like proof they are complete fools...

9/09/2016 04:02:00 PM

(9/09/2016 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Eight years of Obama foreign policy, or lack thereof, summed up in two pictures. Neville Chamberlain, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama...quite a legacy.

9/09/2016 01:28:00 PM

(9/09/2016 12:56:00 PM) - Al

If I didn't know better, I would say I think Obama lied about the fictional savings to get a costly program passed.

The irony is, we all know he lied, we all know they constantly lie to get terrible socialist programs into law; and then sit back and watch taxes go up, and laugh and laugh and laugh.

9/09/2016 12:56:00 PM

(9/09/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I think it's hilarious that Burning Man is just a drug festival for rich people, yet the old media refuses to even mention the fact that, by the way, while it is publicized as an "alternative" festival where cash is not commonly used, it's pretty much just druggies trading drugs for other stuff.

9/09/2016 11:30:00 AM

(9/09/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, seeing Clarke destroy those who insist that life just ain't fair for them is one of the best parts of my day.

9/09/2016 09:30:00 AM

(9/09/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

Funny, no one mentioned this when they were lying about keeping your doctor if you like your doctor. Sometimes I wonder if anyone on the left has ever told the truth.

9/09/2016 08:30:00 AM

(9/09/2016 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Without a doubt, Wily may well have been nontendered had he pitched poorly upon his return. As is, there's no way they will risk losing him for nothing, as they do not look like contenders in 2017.

9/09/2016 06:00:00 AM

Thursday, September 08, 2016

(9/08/2016 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Hey Ramblings readers, specifically, Jim, who added up my NFL picks/results last year, are you going to do that for me again? Shoot me a line, thanks.

EDIT: Jim is in once again. Thanks sir. 

9/08/2016 08:15:00 PM

(9/08/2016 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Yesterday I mentioned minor league coaches Jeremy Reed and Chris Hook would be up in MIL for a while. Reed is with the team now and will be through CIN.

9/08/2016 07:31:00 PM

(9/08/2016 06:04:00 PM) - Al

I've said it numerous times and I'll say it again:

1. The MLS is the greatest sports success story that no one talks about.

2. In a few years, the MLS's biggest problem will be "we built our soccer specific stadiums too damn small." Many are already looking for ways to expand, and since they were built to hold 18-22K, there's simply no way to make them much bigger.

9/08/2016 06:04:00 PM

These are the good old days. Some folks are just too busy wishing the streets were paved with gold to enjoy the good times.

Whatever strikes me as interesting, and serious Milwaukee Brewers thoughts. If you are a believer in respecting OBP, throwing strikes, and keeping the ball in the park, you may have found the place you've been searching for. I believe in low taxes, small government, and am not afraid to be labeled patriotic. If you are interested in sausage race results, walk up music, or professional wrestling, you may wish to click elsewhere.

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Al's WTMJ appearance from July, 2015 with Justin

Al's postseason WTMJ appearance with Justin


MLB Trade Rumors

MLB Trade Rumors

2018 stats by position


Any Soldier
Website that gives info on how to send comfort to our military overseas

Tribute to Robert Warns II
Never forget the sacrifice of our military, and why we enjoy the freedoms we have.

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