Al's Ramblings



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

(5/31/2016 11:26:00 PM) - Al

Will Smith activated, Goforth sent back to Colorado Springs, which even if we did not know was going to happen before today (which we did), we knew as soon as Craig used him for a couple outs today after going two frames yesterday.

Bad for the score and Dave's stats, but good for bullpen rest overall. Of course, Dave could have easily said he was unable to go today.

Remember, Ramirez will join the team tomorrow too. As for the emailers asking why Walsh had to be DFA'd even though Ramirez had not joined the team, it's because Ramirez needed Walsh's 40 man spot, and obviously, Colin could not occupy a 25 man spot not being on the 40.


5/31/2016 11:26:00 PM



(5/31/2016 09:45:00 PM) - Al

You think they're bad now, wait until it gets hot out.

My goodness.


5/31/2016 09:45:00 PM



(5/31/2016 02:59:00 PM) - Al

If the kid had been hurt, lawsuit to follow. Zoo had to err on the side of protecting the kid. Gorillas don't sue.--Larry Elder

This is 100% true. 


5/31/2016 02:59:00 PM



(5/31/2016 02:55:00 PM) - Al

Brewers DFA Walsh to make room for Ramirez.

I love Walsh, but then again I love one tool players because they're really good at one thing. Is it possible he'll clear waivers and the Crew can work out a deal? We can hope. That said, the fact is, Walsh almost had spent enough time on the roster to keep, if he would be brought back in September. The Crew decided his spot could be better used. Hopefully, either they can work out a trade or can sign him again in the future.


5/31/2016 02:55:00 PM



(5/31/2016 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Looks like she's back to the "we women gotta stick together" nonsense which polled so badly she quit using it.

She has no qualifications or accomplishments. And it shows.


5/31/2016 01:47:00 PM



(5/31/2016 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Brewers claim another reliever, despite Smith being ready to activate in a day or two.

I did not feel Ramirez would get through the DFA process. That whole thing remains a mystery, seems like a bit of a personality thing rather than a performance issue.

Doubt if he has options left, and his velocity has slipped a bit, down to 92 from 93-94. He has also stopped throwing a two seam fastball this season per Fangraphs, and is throwing far more sliders. Really struggled versus LH hitters this year, but in a tiny sample, only 13 faced. That said, has always been pure death versus RH bats, .258/.310 (.339/.322 vs. LH's).

Not often you pick up a guy on waivers with a career 2.20 ERA, 10.8 K/9, and a 2.5-1 K/BB ratio making the minimum. Well worth the risk, which is almost zero.

Game log suggest sporadic usage, including not being used for a dozen day stretch.


5/31/2016 01:08:00 PM



(5/31/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Garza, Knebel, and Santana all begin rehab assignments tonight, Matt will be a while as looks to build stamina, but Knebel's may be as short as a week, and Santana might be active this weekend in Philly.

Might have 25 and 40 man roster decisions to consider, as the Crew has utilized the 60 day DL often and has 45 on the 40.


5/31/2016 12:30:00 PM



(5/31/2016 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Top ten trade candidates include 3 Brewers (5 if you count Jeffress as honorable mention and Smith as being injured), but not Aaron Hill, who should be in the top five, as he would interest any team needing a 2B, 3B, or utility player. Ryan Braun is #3, and again, I simply people are ignoring the facts:

1. Braun wants to stay in MIL.

2. Braun only has 6 teams he is willing to go to, and only a couple are realistic options. I do not feel there is enough competition there to receive a marketable offer.

3. His constant nagging injuries make him a huge risk considering the money he is owed on his contract. A team would take that risk as a free agent, but not when they are forced to give young talent back.

4. I do not think Stearns is going to agree to pay a penny of Braun's deal, as he is not overpriced per his production. Again, see #3.

5. Braun seems to have a great relationship with Mark A and the new regime. Remember he said how he had talked to Stearns "several times" when he came to MIL for the Thanksgiving food drive? A few days later, Lind was dealt and admitted he "had just talked to Stearns for the first and last time." Braun has been nothing but positive about the city, team, and rebuild.

I just don't see that adding up to a trade.

Lucroy, yep, surprised a bidding war has not already begun, as he is worth 4-5 wins over 162, and still 2.5-3.5 for this current season...maybe more if a team has a well below average pair of backstops. Carter is a fit as a 1B or LF for many clubs, and RH power is always in short supply. Jeffress yes because he has shown he has be a "closer" which is mythical but some teams still view it as nonfiction. I would be terrified to trade for Jeremy, because he has struggled, both on and off the field elsewhere. I feel he will not draw what we hope because of that, but it could be 80-90% of it. Smith is a total unknown as he is not even healthy yet, but if he can be the Wiul Smith of 2014-15, he could garner a huge return.


5/31/2016 12:16:00 PM



(5/31/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al




Birds eye view of Central Park.


5/31/2016 09:30:00 AM



(5/31/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Irony.

You can either dress "to impress" or you can can dress like a professional. It's very rare to be able to do both.


5/31/2016 07:30:00 AM


Monday, May 30, 2016

(5/30/2016 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Actress complains about being "body shamed," responds maturely by bodyshaming other women that do not look like her.



5/30/2016 09:40:00 PM



(5/30/2016 08:43:00 PM) - Al

He does have an astounding connection to failure.


5/30/2016 08:43:00 PM



(5/30/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al




Beautiful picture stolen from a friend's Facebook.

Thank you to all those who served, and to the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


5/30/2016 12:00:00 PM



(5/30/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Reprinted from earlier, don't apologize for enjoying a relaxing day with friends and family...or, just doing whatever you want.

Thank you for your service, and a special thank you to the families of the heroes who paid the ultimate price defending the USA, our allies, and our interests. 


5/30/2016 09:00:00 AM



(5/30/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Found this looking through the archives, two of my favorite blondes help you to remember what this day is all about.


5/30/2016 08:00:00 AM



(5/30/2016 07:56:00 AM) - Al

Can't forget to post the tribute to Bobby Warns today, though it is always on the sidebar.

Hard to believe the unborn child is now 11.


5/30/2016 07:56:00 AM



(5/30/2016 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time in Viet Nam, other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he had taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope in the background that was one of his treasures.

A few years ago, Ann Margaret was doing a book signing at a local bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to Sign the treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30 signing.

When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia would be permitted.

Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show her the photo and let her know how much those
shows meant to lonely GI's so far from home.. Ann Margaret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as second in line, it was soon Richard's turn.


He presented the book for her signature and then took out the photo. When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just wanted her to see it."

She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for their country and I always have time for 'my gentlemen.'' With that, she pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him. She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much she appreciated them. There weren't too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear. She then posed for pictures and acted as if he were the only one there.

That night was a turning point for him. He walked a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud to have been a Vet. I'll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and how much that small act of kindness meant to my husband.

Later at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he'd like to talk about it, my big, strong husband broke down in tears.. ''That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the Army,'' he said.
I now make it a point to say 'Thank you' to every person I come across who served in our Armed Forces. Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who have served their country.
If you'd like to pass on this story, feel free to do so. Perhaps it will help others to become aware of how important it is to acknowledge the contribution our service people make.--Dave Nash

I will repeat this again, what the left did to the Vietnam vets is simply unacceptable, yet this period of our history continues to be romanticized in entertainment and the old media as a glorious time in our history.

As I say often, when they feel the need to rewrite history, there's usually a very good reason for it.


5/30/2016 06:30:00 AM


Sunday, May 29, 2016

(5/29/2016 09:47:00 PM) - Al

Heh.


5/29/2016 09:47:00 PM



(5/29/2016 09:43:00 PM) - Al

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun may be generating trade buzz with his huge offensive numbers, but he’s also now dealing with a new malady, as MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports. While back issues have limited early, with prior wrist and thumb problems also posing some long-term concern, Braun has most recently been limited by a stiff neck. He’s now missed the starting lineup in eight of fourteen games, though GM David Stearns says that the organization expects to manage the injury (and his lingering back trouble) without the need for a DL stint. The general manager acknowledged a “level of interest” in the slugger from other organizations, but also said that the team “fully anticipate[s] Ryan is going to be a Brewer for a very long time.”--MLBTR

I do too. 


5/29/2016 09:43:00 PM



(5/29/2016 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Strasburg being heralded as the next Tom Seaver, Matt Harvey scorned because he's off to a slow start.

Strasburg has always been handled with kid gloves by the Nationals, Harvey was clumsily told his innings would be limited, and then used anyway in the playoffs by the Mets, as if they had never even considered that to be a possibility.

Unrelated, I'm sure.


5/29/2016 05:43:00 PM



(5/29/2016 05:35:00 PM) - Al

Counsell used Thornburg for the 8th, I assume because the batters due up were tougher than Boyer ended up facing. Of course, I'm sure Craig would find a more PC way of saying that.

I do not believe anyone asked him in the presser. I wrongly figured Tyler would return for the 9th, I'm not sure if he was PH for or Counsell just did not want him to return after cooling down. Obviously, a double switch easily could have occurred if Counsell had wanted him to pitch the 9th as well.

I had a few retweets on my timeline from folks very unhappy Counsell is so unpredictable...as in "I figured Jeffress was out, so I added Thornburg today"...fantasy owners playing for saves.

Boyer never gave up a hard hit ball, but to be blunt, this is why teams prefer strikeout heavy guys as their closer...less that can go wrong. Bloopers fall in, ground balls find holes, and when that happens in the 9th inning, it's not bad luck, it's bad pitching, per the casuals. 

EDIT: Tyler only threw 5 pitches and was not PH for. Either Counsell did not want Thornburg to go 1 2/3 innings or did not feel he was up to it.


5/29/2016 05:35:00 PM



(5/29/2016 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Freedom and the ability to better yourself is the greatest motivator for economic growth.

Government doesn't understand it, because they are not in the freedom business.


5/29/2016 04:00:00 PM



(5/29/2016 03:57:00 PM) - Al

All over Facebook today are pics of people graduating high school.

It's like celebrating not being arrested. Almost everyone graduates from high school, and if they do not, obtaining a GED is as simple as taking a short class at a tech school and passing a test that even people who don't graduate high school can pass.

Yet, we praise and salute them as if they cured cancer.

Way to go!! You did it!! Woo hoo!! 

I'm always tempted to, you know, be truthful and type in "Congrats on the trivial accomplishment, Dakota," but I know it will be treated with the same disdain as the time I suggested that if the school suggests not toilet papering homes and trees, and explains that such behavior may result in a punishment; perhaps it would behoove youths not to take part in said behavior, and/or not be surprised when a punishment is handed out.

Since that went over like the proverbial fart in church, I decided silence is golden.




5/29/2016 03:57:00 PM



(5/29/2016 02:57:00 PM) - Al

I blame the Industrial Revolution and aerosol cans myself.


5/29/2016 02:57:00 PM



(5/29/2016 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Hey, if you don't like the news, just make it up.

It's the Dan Rather/Brian Williams/liberal old media. They don't even hide it, and like voter fraud, the left still denies it.


5/29/2016 02:31:00 PM



(5/29/2016 01:52:00 PM) - Al

Where's all the complaints about Villar running the bases?

Oh that's right...only when he doesn't make it safely.

I realize it's a results oriented game, but that's not a controllable aspect...a perfect throw or two will often throw a runner out, but will only happen 10% of the time. And, not to be sensible, but the teams that have the best baserunning metrics most every season are teams that take chances a lot, like the Rays and Royals.

It's similar to Ed Sedar sending a running home even though he expects him to be thrown out, or hitting on 16 in blackjack when the dealer has a face card showing...even though it often fails, it's still the best play. Simply put, that's beyond the grasp of casuals and non math people...and that's most everyone.


5/29/2016 01:52:00 PM



(5/29/2016 01:35:00 PM) - Al

I think Billy Hamilton has been rushed and messed with for years in CIN, and may never reach his potential as long as he is being fiddled with and reinforced on what he's doing incorrectly.

He's far better as a RH hitter, but was "made" into a switch hitter because of his speed. So, he struggles batting from the left side, but is far better on the bases versus RHP, as most all baserunners are.

He's an incredible weapon, even moreso in a lower scoring environment. It's like watching a racehorse being held back "because the trainers know better."

EDIT: The irony is, the Reds have no problem with Brandon Phillips, who is often lackadaisical or "relaxed" in the field and running the bases...on Friday night, he stopped running and was forced to hold at 3B when Flores was unable to handle a smash over his head. 


5/29/2016 01:35:00 PM



(5/29/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Kerry is proof that if you marry for money, you earn every penny.

These tools can barely hold down a pencil pushing, do nothing government job they got based solely on party loyalty. Imagine how they'd do in the real world.


5/29/2016 11:30:00 AM



(5/29/2016 10:53:00 AM) - Al

Gary Johnson with ~51% of the delegates so far at Libertarian convention. No one else close, but not clear if he'll get a majority.--Nate Silver

Someone quick page "math guy" Nate silver and inform him 51% is a majority.


What a fricking overrated loon.

EDIT: Johnson easily wins on the 2nd or 3rd ballot. Many on Twitter teasing or making fun of the Libs for taking a while to not only elect the inevitable winner but also the most mainstream.

One has to keep in mind, these are people that believe in a 3rd party enough to remain active even in years in which they had no chance to garner 5% of the vote, never mind win. These are people who traveled to Florida, at their own expense, to vote. These are people who are not short term thinkers, and likely believe Johnson is not a true representative of what their party stands for, or the future of the party.

I'm sure these are very pleasant and intelligent folks, if a bit unrealistic. Some, if the polls remain close, will likely vote for their 2nd choice. But they believe in their cause, and only get to vote for them once every 4 years.


5/29/2016 10:53:00 AM



(5/29/2016 10:50:00 AM) - Al

Braun not in the lineup versus a LHSP, so not a "normal" day of rest today.




5/29/2016 10:50:00 AM



(5/29/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I wonder what party they belong to?

Raging hypocrites, one and all. They want higher taxes on everyone except themselves.


5/29/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/29/2016 09:47:00 AM) - Al

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is “the hot name out there” on the trade market, a National League scout told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The scout listed the Astros, Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox and White Sox as potential buyers for the 32-year-old Braun, who has resembled his past NL MVP-winning self offensively this season in slashing .351/.424/.583 with nine home runs in 170 trips to the plate. Braun is in the first season of a five-year extension that could be worth either $94MM or $105MM, depending on what happens with the contract’s mutual option for 2021.--MLBTR

Only the Giants are not in his no trade clause. I have said it before, and I'll say it again, Braun signed a long term deal with plans to be a Brewers' player for his entire career. I do not see him waiving that clause, which he updated just a few months ago, so any talk of going to a team not on his clause is pure folly. 


5/29/2016 09:47:00 AM



(5/29/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Strictest gun control, and the most violence.

Pure coincidence. Because that's what we call it when the left's ideas simply don't work.




5/29/2016 08:00:00 AM



(5/29/2016 06:30:00 AM) - Al

We can hope.


5/29/2016 06:30:00 AM


Saturday, May 28, 2016

(5/28/2016 09:11:00 PM) - Al

Without a doubt. Violence begets violence.


5/28/2016 09:11:00 PM



(5/28/2016 08:59:00 PM) - Al

Good luck stopping teams from making marks in the grass with their spikes...which damages the grass pretty much beyond repair.


5/28/2016 08:59:00 PM



(5/28/2016 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Mets lose their SP early for throwing at a hitter too.

CIN doesn't really matter if they lose 90 or 110, so I suppose one can argue they can afford to be tough guys and not worry about victories. But the Mets? They should be playing to win, as they might need 95+ to avoid a wildcard game.


5/28/2016 08:11:00 PM



(5/28/2016 08:04:00 PM) - Al

Counsell doesn't even bother saying Scooter had time, he just blasts the "new rules" and says it's "what we've created." Falls just short of blasting the umpires for allowing it and basically says both teams should just challenge every play from the 7th inning on, as you don't need to have a challenge left after the 7th (a fact the old media seemed completely oblivious of, painfully overworked and underpaid, let me tell you).

Says he considered removing Blazek, but thought it was a good matchup.

As is almost always the case, it was a good matchup unless the pitcher makes a mistake. I was thinking to myself I'd take him out and bring in Tyler, mainly because Blazek had thrown 35 pitches, but I do not know if Thornburg was available. Tough to go with Marinez there, as good as Mike has been.


5/28/2016 08:04:00 PM



(5/28/2016 06:52:00 PM) - Al

I've seen that replay a half dozen times, and I still can't tell if Scooter's foot was on the bag or not, far from "conclusive." Of course, he did not have to hurry.

They ignore that 30 second limit, but follow other rules and directives to the minutest detail. Jim Joyce is an absolute dumpster fire, has been for a half decade at least. The idea they made him a crew chief, based strictly on time of employment I assume, is laughable.

Thornburg must not be available today, or Goforth was only coming in if they fell behind.


5/28/2016 06:52:00 PM



(5/28/2016 05:41:00 PM) - Al

The White Sox are a very flawed team, and could use several pieces, including 2-3 bullpen pieces, that the Crew may well be offering in trade.


5/28/2016 05:41:00 PM



(5/28/2016 05:35:00 PM) - Al

White Sox appear to be "all in" if they are willing to take that behemoth of a contract, though in theory, SD could be covering part of it.


5/28/2016 05:35:00 PM



(5/28/2016 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Joy Behar was on The Chew this past week, and she talked about her trip to Cuba, where all the cars are from 1959 and before, sort of like visiting the past, as if they are stuck in time, she said. It's just beautiful.

It's called poverty and being a half century behind the rest of the world. I'm so glad she's not on my side.


5/28/2016 04:30:00 PM



(5/28/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Just a fad. It'll never last.


5/28/2016 02:00:00 PM



(5/28/2016 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Obamanomics has turned everyone into George Constanza, John Boy Walton, and the Duggars.

Funny, taking from the successful and giving to the downtrodden always works in textbooks...


5/28/2016 01:15:00 PM



(5/28/2016 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Every ad suggesting you buy a gift for Father's Day seems to think the only possible gifts that will work for the old man are a gift card or getting him all liquored up.

Hence, it seems to me a near perfect gift would be a gift card to a discount alcohol venue.

I obviously missed my true calling.


5/28/2016 01:10:00 PM



(5/28/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Hinckley's life sounds better than many.

Nice to know that we don't even care if you tried to kill the president...well, the poor guy needs to buy cat food.

I'm all for treatment and rehab...but that dude would never see the light of day under my watch. And if he reoffends, you know they'll just be shocked.


5/28/2016 01:00:00 PM



(5/28/2016 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Spending money stupidly while trying to avoid the dirty work...perfectly sums up the Obama doctrine.

His foreign policy will be scoffed at for centuries to come. Sadly, he always felt it was beneath him...that and, you know, domestic policy.


5/28/2016 01:00:00 PM



(5/28/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I don't mean to oversimplify things here, but I have no doubt Obama simply has no understanding of war, as he's presided over one for eight years and never once, you know, tried to win, or even said the word "victory."

War is an incredibly dirty, rough event. If you're going to fight, you fight one way...all out, with one goal in mind...to win. Not be win a sportsmanship award, not to have your enemy thanking you for being kind for letting them hide in mosques.  You fight to win, and you win when the other guys are dead and they have nothing left. It ain't supposed to be pretty.

As for Japan, they started it, and I do not have an ounce of sympathy for the USA ending the war with technology to minimize their side's loss of life...last I checked, that's what happens in war.

EDIT: Ed is correct, not only is his foreign policy asinine, he keeps repeating the same errors time after time, and wonders why the result is always the same.  


5/28/2016 12:00:00 PM



(5/28/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Amen. All except the extreme selfish and far right are coming aboard the train.

I just wish this would have happened a month ago. It's like arguing DiMaggio's hitting streak didn't exist because he did not play more games. Shut the hell up and if you don't like it, next time, you should work harder or vote more.


5/28/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/28/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The irony about bunting is it is only one of three things you have to do in order to be successful (if you choose to bunt, that is), and no one ever worries about getting on base or driving the run in, as if those two are somehow automatic.


5/28/2016 10:00:00 AM



(5/28/2016 09:52:00 AM) - Al

Bernie's utopia.

Everyone is equal because everyone is dirt poor, standing in line for flour and sugar.

And here we waste our time building businesses and a society. What fools we are.

Free college and health care don't seem so great when you do not have time for either because if you go to class you'll starve to death.


5/28/2016 09:52:00 AM



(5/28/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Note to all who like to humble brag about their travel and minor delays because they're ignorant and scheduled a long weekend of air transit on one of the busiest stretches of the year...too damn bad.

Security is security, and if you insist on packing more than a carry on for a 48 hour trip, I don't have any sympathy for you at all.


5/28/2016 09:00:00 AM


Friday, May 27, 2016

(5/27/2016 09:02:00 PM) - Al

While I'm admittedly a staunch Ramon Flores defender, being only 24 and out of options, one thing to keep in mind that due to the LH heavy OF rotation, when he does get a chance to play, it's often versus a southpaw; because Nieuwenhuis has a sub 500 OPS versus LHP in his career, and Flores holds his own against them. Versus RHP, he has 12 walks versus 62 AB's, darn near a 1:5 ratio, twice the 1:10 Billy Beane made famous a decade ago.


5/27/2016 09:02:00 PM



(5/27/2016 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' offense
1st in SB's
9th runs scored
4th in May runs scored
4th May OBP
8th OBP
10th OPS

I have not heard a word from anyone about them leading the NL in steals. With fewer runs being scored, that is not at all an unimportant stat. Being a OBP believer, many think I'm anti SB, or at least not a proponent of the SB. As Ken Macha correctly said, "I love the SB. I just hate the CS."

However, one thing to keep in mind, when used properly, if successful more than 75% of the time, and used to "reset" the count with 2 outs and the batter down 0-2, 1-2, or even 0-1, it is a strategic part of the game, and also, very depressing to the opposition to give up a run on 2 singles, or a walk and a single. Finally, while homers, doubles and walks happen all the time, steals occur far more in close and undecided games...so do caught stealings.

Brewers' run prevention
12th runs allowed
7th May runs allowed
14th SP ERA
6th RP ERA

Remember what I said when the casuals were panicking? These things have a way of taking care of themselves, with regression to the mean or with guys being replaced, as it is a results oriented business. Stearns seems to have picked right up on the Melvin tradition of effective bullpens built mostly on the cheap. The 40 man is loaded with relievers too, so they will not hesitate to trade veteran arms to contenders, though as we found out with Neal Cotts and Jon Broxton, the return is often quite low with anyone except the very best bullpen pieces.


5/27/2016 08:46:00 PM



(5/27/2016 08:03:00 PM) - Al

Yes, Toronto fans, when your player elbows a fella in the chin, that's a flagrant foul. It's embarrassing when you boo such obvious calls.


5/27/2016 08:03:00 PM



(5/27/2016 04:34:00 PM) - Al

I always like checking out the weather at the Red Dog Airport in Alaska.

Note the 24 hours of light if you scroll down. It'll be that way until at least late July.


5/27/2016 04:34:00 PM



(5/27/2016 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Repeating this from last week, as many of you need to relax.

No big deal, and if it means veterans are thanked "in error" on Memorial Day, that's hardly a concern to me, as I thank them ever day.


5/27/2016 12:08:00 PM



(5/27/2016 12:03:00 PM) - Al

What's funny about this list of leadership qualities? Our president does not remotely fit a single one of them.

We're talking about a guy who flies to Hawaii separately from his family to avoid spending time with them.


5/27/2016 12:03:00 PM



(5/27/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

This is why I gave up hiking.

That, and they informed me it was only "hiking" if it was done outside.


5/27/2016 11:00:00 AM



(5/27/2016 10:50:00 AM) - Al

We live in the greatest land of opportunity the planet has ever known.

You can dislike that all you want, but never deny it.


5/27/2016 10:50:00 AM



(5/27/2016 10:19:00 AM) - Al

Checked my work email. All but two are from companies letting me know that they will be closed Monday.

Thanks for that nugget of info. They should send out a note if they're open, as it's a US government holiday.


5/27/2016 10:19:00 AM



(5/27/2016 08:00:00 AM) - Al

orson_welles_obamacare_pajamasboy_12-20-13-2


 Funny because it's true.

Delaying adulthood is one of the many unintended consequences of eight years of tax, spend, and regulate. Because a 26 year old still on mom and dad's insurance is a Democrat for life.




5/27/2016 08:00:00 AM


Thursday, May 26, 2016

(5/26/2016 11:42:00 PM) - Al

Counsell said he had Marinez, Torres, and Goforth tonight. Lucky Wily went as long as he did, and things worked out.

Seems like he has had a lot of games like that already in his year on the job. Not sure if it's more extra inning games than average or if it's related to the Crew, for the most part, having a group of relievers that were best suited to go one inning and one inning only.


5/26/2016 11:42:00 PM



(5/26/2016 07:06:00 PM) - Al




Our houseguest for the next week. She has that "face outside the car facing the wind" look 24/7.

My first comment is a simple one...4 year old dogs have a lot more energy than 18 year old dogs.


5/26/2016 07:06:00 PM



(5/26/2016 05:19:00 PM) - Al

38M people will travel Memorial Day, busiest in 11 years and 2nd busiest ever.

The CBS News travel editor is in the Wausau studio, he is from WI and home for the weekend (able to write off the trip if he works, don't you know). He says the key is to travel by car if 400 miles or less, and travel at off peak times.

The other key is to slow the hell down.


5/26/2016 05:19:00 PM



(5/26/2016 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Goforth up, Capuano to DL with "elbow soreness."

Not sure how bad that injury is, as every pitcher in the majors has a sore elbow right about now. Regardless, a fresh arm will come in handy.


5/26/2016 04:12:00 PM



(5/26/2016 02:25:00 PM) - Al

The JS reports this is the first time the Brewers have played 11 1-2 run games in a row since they moved to MIL in 1970.

You could probably simulate games for years and never have that happen. The truth is always stranger than fiction.


5/26/2016 02:25:00 PM



(5/26/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Al,

Re: rain

My grandpa used to say "Nope. The rain missed the fields." 

I'm not sure if he actually believed it or not, but he said it often.

Pete


Heh. 


5/26/2016 11:00:00 AM



(5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny, I do not recall a war on police back when W was president.

Of course, I don't recall W saying a bunch of ignorant anti police statements either.

Ironic, huh?


5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM



(5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

1. Only half (50%) of Sanders supporters pick Clinton over Trump in the general election trial heat, down from 55% last week. Most of the remainder choosing "Not sure," "Someone else" or "I would not vote" – only 11% pick Trump.

2. One third (33%) of Sanders supporters believe Sanders is more likely than Clinton to end up the nominee.


3. About half (51%) of Democratic primary voters, including 78% of Sanders supporters, say the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has been biased towards Clinton.


4. 46% of Americans say violence is "likely" at this summer's Democratic national convention.--You Gov poll results


My thoughts?

1. Not voting is fine with me. Hillary needs that far left, drug using vote.

2. One third of Sanders supporters do not understand math. Insert your own punchline here.

3. The other 49% have not been paying attention, or do not know how the convention works.

4. Dem operatives are said to be afraid of a "1968 convention," in which most of America will see as an Occupy like, "well, I ain't voting for any of them" fiasco.



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5/26/2016 09:30:00 AM


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

(5/25/2016 11:38:00 PM) - Al

Counsell is now 2-0 when using Jeffress in the bottom of the 9th or in extra innings on the road.

The one thing I dislike about it is probably why it became a trend for teams not to use their closer in such situations...they ended up using him two innings in what could have easily been a losing contest.

I would think there's a realistic chance Jeffress and Blazek are unavailable tomorrow, and quite possibly Boyer as well. If they had a couple relievers with options, they could easily send one down and bring in a reinforcement, but unfortunately, the bullpen as constructed now does not have that as a possibility.

EDIT: I just realized they could send Broxton down, but 2 of the next 4 games have a LH SP on the mound, so I doubt they will choose that route. 


5/25/2016 11:38:00 PM



(5/25/2016 11:03:00 PM) - Al

I don't think I've ever seen a major league hitter so overmatched by fastball after fastball than AJ Pierzynski.

I defended him when he was released by BOS, as he was still hitting RHP, well, at least for a C. At best, at this point, he should be catching 1-2 times a week, and if set up to succeed, he should face all Kyle Lohse/Taylor Jungmann "types"...guys that top out at 91-92.


5/25/2016 11:03:00 PM



(5/25/2016 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Villar may make a questionably aggressive baserunning decision on occasion, but as of 40some games in, I doubt there's more than a couple better SS's in the NL. If he's able to make the adjustment to 3B like Machado and many others have...well, we can dream.


5/25/2016 10:34:00 PM



(5/25/2016 09:26:00 PM) - Al

How many GOP nominees would be defended on a college campus in CA?




5/25/2016 09:26:00 PM



(5/25/2016 09:10:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if anyone has thrown forth a hypothesis on why the NBA playoffs have been evenly split between battles to the wire and blowout affairs?




5/25/2016 09:10:00 PM



(5/25/2016 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Brewers one of many teams on Cuban OF, exempt from signing restrictions.

If you click on his name, you'll see he is a pure OBP man, walks a ton. Supposedly has some pop, but at 5-8, I'd say he might well be an Aoki type, an average LF/RF or a solid 4th OF.


5/25/2016 08:27:00 PM



(5/25/2016 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Raining here a sizable amount for the first time in about a month, about an inch so far, shower, pours, stops, shower, pours, stops pattern.

I'm sure the farmers will tell me it was either "too late" or "came down too fast."

EDIT: The Rambling mom and dad would call it a "million dollar rain." To paraphrase Forrest Gump, the government must keep that money, because I never saw any of it.


5/25/2016 07:40:00 PM



(5/25/2016 05:43:00 PM) - Al

I would think any city within a short drive of Milwaukee would be a near perfect match...only a couple D League teams draw enough to worry about, and needless to say, it can always be moved easily. Heck, I'd consider putting in 1500 seats or so to the practice facility they are building and play in that.

The whole point is to have it close so young players can play and practice with the team and also be available to get playing time, if they need it, with the D League club.


5/25/2016 05:43:00 PM



(5/25/2016 05:22:00 PM) - Al

Whiners, one and all.

If you want to run 26 miles, or any other number, good for you. You don't need to do it in front of a group of people, or on a certain course.

These attention whores that insist on paying $75 for a Tshirt and a dollar store medal? Go buy yourself a real problem.


5/25/2016 05:22:00 PM



(5/25/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Poker player and entrepreneur Phil Gordon announced on Twitter yesterday he had started collecting on some of his "Trump will win" bets. Said lots of those who had given him 15-1 or 20-1 were "getting very, very nervous."

They've been very quiet lately. Most simply did not understand the anger, nor did they notice the popularity. By the time they did, the math was already done; and they just were forced to accept it. Now that the polls are so close, very few are admitting defeat, just silently wondering where they went wrong.

Obama is not only the greatest gun salesman of all time, eight years of government proudly taking away rights in the name of "we know better" led to the ability for a complete outsider to step in and actually contend...and maybe win. Overestimating Hillary's popularity was an issue as well.


5/25/2016 09:30:00 AM



(5/25/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Trump picks up a few more votes every time this happens. Folks in flyover country despise this type of behavior.

Folks in WI saw the union folks acting like thugs in Madison and did not have an outlet to voice their disgust...until the election. Hell or high water would not have kept them away.

Luckily, the left doesn't get that.

EDIT: Great minds...


5/25/2016 08:30:00 AM


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

(5/24/2016 11:16:00 PM) - Al

I've seen no fewer than 3 people say on Twitter that "Hillary and Golden State both have it locked up, they cannot be defeated," is not looking like nearly as intelligent a statement as it did about 3 months ago.


5/24/2016 11:16:00 PM



(5/24/2016 11:10:00 PM) - Al

Shane Peterson with a .563/1.163 Bondsian line since returning from the DL a few days ago. Doubt we'll see him in MIL barring several injuries or trades involving 1B/OF's, but he's plenty good enough to be a platoon/reserve in the majors. Just needs to find a home.


5/24/2016 11:10:00 PM



(5/24/2016 05:42:00 PM) - Al

Nigel Hayes will return for his senior season.


5/24/2016 05:42:00 PM



(5/24/2016 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Will Smith scheduled to pitch tonight and THU in Brevard County, then go to Colorado Springs and pitch back to back games. If all goes well, he will then be ready to join MIL.

We could see any number of injuries in the next week, but for those wondering about the math:

27 days in April
24 days in May
7 more days until Smith ready
32 days after September 1, when the active roster can be expanded to 40

90 days on active roster for Colin Walsh

Just saying, the math works.


5/24/2016 04:22:00 PM



(5/24/2016 04:18:00 PM) - Al

First baseman/outfielder Travis Ishikawa is on the market again after being released by the White Sox Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago tweets. He scuffled to a .201/.277/.344 batting line in 175 plate appearances at Triple-A Charlotte. The eight-year MLB veteran, now 32 years of age, owns a lifetime .255/.321/.391 batting line in 1,050 trips to the plate at the major league level.--MLBTR

This, or James Loney seems like a quick and easy temporary solution to the Mets 1B dilemma. Both are good gloves and OBP guys, but they already have a platoon partner on the team in Eric Campbell. 


5/24/2016 04:18:00 PM



(5/24/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I think I speak for many when I say, "Uh oh!"


5/24/2016 11:30:00 AM



(5/24/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Because she's easy disliked.

And has been for 25+ years.


5/24/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/24/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The same people who insist breakfast is so damn important are the same ones who insist carbs are good and proteins are bad.

They're all being paid to insist that inexpensive grains and cereal are healthy. Because there's so much more money to throw around in that industry.


5/24/2016 09:30:00 AM



(5/24/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

ESPN doesn't even pretend to be about sports anymore.

Pro wrestling? Christ.


5/24/2016 08:30:00 AM


Monday, May 23, 2016

(5/23/2016 04:27:00 PM) - Al

Scooter has a .231/.189 line since his return from the DL. It's a mighty small sample, 40 PA's, and they haven't exactly been facing weak pitching.

Still, he's missed a lot of fastballs that look like they're right down the middle. I just hope it's a minor "not seeing the ball well" rather than a "hurried back from injury and is playing at 60%."


5/23/2016 04:27:00 PM



(5/23/2016 03:53:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

The entire presidency has been one of "unintended consequences."

Their legacy should be "I never thunk of that."


5/23/2016 03:53:00 PM



(5/23/2016 03:42:00 PM) - Al

Imagine what Johnson could do if people actually knew him or what he stands for.

This is actually down from 11% where he was a month or so ago. They need someone to dump money in and they need to get a social media campaign going that hits everywhere and everybody. Make it cool to donate $10, and make it easy, like a simple text like the Red Cross does after a flood.

The Libs are simply finding themselves unable to actually compete even though the opportunity is there. It's kind of sad. 


5/23/2016 03:42:00 PM



(5/23/2016 03:31:00 PM) - Al

Jonathan Villar has been a nice surprise for the Brewers, and an NL scout tells John Perrotto of TodaysKnuckleball.com that Villar’s good start could be for real.  “I thought Villar was nothing more than a utility guy but he’s starting to prove me wrong,” the scout said.  “He’s really maturing as a player.  He may never be a star but he’s starting to look like an everyday guy to me.  I don’t think what he’s doing is a two-month fluke.”  It’s worth noting that Villar has a whopping .398 BABIP en route to his .286/.382/.390 slash line (and 14 steals) over 181 plate appearances, though his speed has also been a factor in allowing him to turn grounders into hits.  As Perrotto notes, Orlando Arcia is still slated to be Milwaukee’s shortstop of the future, though the Brewers may have found an unexpected deadline trade chip in Villar.

I don't see a solid everyday, versatile player like Villar being dealt, unless Stearns feels he is worth far more now than he will be in the future. The Crew has a gigantic organizational hole at 3B, and Villar has also shown the ability to play 2B/OF. 


5/23/2016 03:31:00 PM



(5/23/2016 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The hell you say.

I predicted petty crime, such as vandalism and the like would go way up, and as of yet, we have not seen that...though I wonder if there is really anyone keeping track of petty, minor crimes...except insurance companies, who would raise premiums more in said states if that were true.

Time will tell. I have not really ever stated an opinion on legalization. I have pointed out it is basically decriminalized now, as no one goes to prison for using, just dealing, and I refuse to have any pity or sorrow for throwing drug dealers into prison. However, knowing Prohibition was a failure of mammoth proportion...not only was alcohol readily available, it led to all sorts of other negatives...corrupt and ineffective law enforcement, police focusing far too much on this one area of crime, organized crime profits, violence between rival factions...look back at that list of problems and compare it to the current problems with cocaine, meth, heroine, and so on, odds are you'll notice similarities.

I get it, drugs are bad. However, not only am I a contrarian, I'm also a conservative...I'm not one to ban stuff just because it's "icky" or "not my thing." As many have noted, am I going to run out and start using now illegal drugs if they were suddenly a health care issue and not a criminal offense? Of course not? Would my wife? No. The vast majority of friends, acquaintances, coworkers, family members? No.

But we know some would. Most would be people who struggle with alcohol and other "problems" now. Many would be young people, and no one wants to see 15-24 year olds dead, even if it does occur from their own bad decisions and bad behavior. And, point blank, banning it only makes it more tempting to many, as France and many other nations have no set drinking age for drinking wine with your family, and they have far fewer teen alcoholics than we do.

{Dr. Drew's most memorable quote was when he said, "We have a lot of people with drinking problems that are not even of the legal drinking age. You can't even measure how ineffective such a law is."}


5/23/2016 03:30:00 PM



(5/23/2016 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Brewers defensive rankings
UZR--28th, -15 runs

DRS--11th, +11 runs

Best in UZR--Nieuwenhuis, +4, Perez +1.1, Flores +1, Carter +0.7.

Worst in UZR--Santana -7, Braun -4.8, Villar -4.3.

Best in DRS--Maldonado +3, Braun +3, Nieuwenhuis +2, Gennett +2, Hill +2

Worst in DRS--Santana -9

Note that the Cubs and Brewers rank badly in UZR, but highly in DRS. The irony is, DRS gives teams credit for shifts, UZR basically ignores it....very odd, because CHC shift as little as any team, while MIL shifts the 2nd most.

I certainly did not feel Domingo is a stellar defender, but did not have him anywhere near this bad either. He struggles going back on balls, so he plays very deep, so lots of short fly balls and line drives fall in, but other than a fly ball he lost in the lights, I can't recall any routine plays he did not make. I have to wonder if he's being punished a bit for Miller Park's RF, as Braun's DRS was always low in RF too (-4 in RF, +4 in LF)


5/23/2016 02:30:00 PM



(5/23/2016 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Note to self: When someone uses the phrase "retail therapy," they are most often extremely self important and difficult to deal with.

That's all I got.


5/23/2016 02:00:00 PM



(5/23/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Bernie's utopia.

Because everyone should be equal. And everyone cannot be middle class, the math just doesn't work.

He wants everyone to be poverty stricken. That's the dream.

Why else would you need everything to be free?


5/23/2016 01:30:00 PM



(5/23/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

We are raising a generation of complete girlie men.


5/23/2016 12:00:00 PM



(5/23/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Title 9 has all but destroyed wrestling and baseball at many colleges.

Maybe it is fitting that it is now having a negative impact on women's sports too...that's what I call fair to both genders.


5/23/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/23/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Some of the strictest gun control in the USA.

Just a coincidence, I'm sure.


5/23/2016 09:30:00 AM


Sunday, May 22, 2016

(5/22/2016 08:50:00 PM) - Al

I picked SA to upset GS in the conference finals. Most folks had the Warriors making the finals as inevitable. I just checked the score...Thunder up 33 in the 3rd quarter.

I may not have picked the right team, and GS might still win this thing. That said, I was right on one count...assuming the Warriors would make the final was far from correct.


5/22/2016 08:50:00 PM



(5/22/2016 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Marinez throwing 95-96, but all over the place.

Hard to believe the velocity in the game, as this is a guy who has been up and down for a half decade. As soon as you start to wonder if it's worth picking up wild arms like this, never forget, TOR released Jeffress exactly like this.

Sometimes, they find something later in their careers.

EDIT: Strikes out side after walking 1st batter. 94-96 fastball, 84-85 breaking ball. I'd compare him to a young John Axford. 


5/22/2016 02:16:00 PM



(5/22/2016 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Remember the never Trump folks insisted they were just being realistic, and not selfish whiners?

It's almost as if those polls 9 months before the election are meaningless.


5/22/2016 12:18:00 PM


Saturday, May 21, 2016

(5/21/2016 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Milwaukee TV station streaming Racine prom and post prom party online.

I have to believe this is one of the signs of the apocalypse.


5/21/2016 09:52:00 PM



(5/21/2016 09:45:00 PM) - Al

If I'm standing in the grocery store wondering if I should buy eggs, and my inclination is to check an app on my phone which shows me a live picture of the inside of my fridge, I certainly hope someone has the moxie to inform me just how far my life has fallen off the rails.


5/21/2016 09:45:00 PM



(5/21/2016 08:47:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have been playing so many close games of late, they have improved their run differential to -37, making their expected record the same as their actual record, after being 2-3 wins "above expectations" for much of the first quarter of the campaign.

These things tend to even out, as performance often reverts to the mean, and guys who struggle at a rate well below their expected performance (Jungmann, Freeman) are often replaced.


5/21/2016 08:47:00 PM



(5/21/2016 08:38:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe there's a chance Ramirez makes it through waivers, as he makes the minimum, throws hard, and was a 1st round pick.


5/21/2016 08:38:00 PM



(5/21/2016 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Braun expected to play tomorrow. If he was going to go on the DL, they would not have him ready to PH today and play tomorrow. Looks like he is improving.


5/21/2016 08:28:00 PM



(5/21/2016 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Talk of eliminating the need to actually throw the four pitches on the intentional walk?

Hard to believe they didn't do this 50 years ago. About once or twice a season, you'll see a pitcher throw a wild pitch or balk, but it's hardly worth keeping for that.


5/21/2016 06:20:00 PM



(5/21/2016 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another terrible decision by a school.

Power hungry and evil.


5/21/2016 05:43:00 PM



(5/21/2016 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Admittedly, I am really enjoying Trump calling out the Clintons on their hypocrisy and past transgressions that everyone else thinks is "too mean."

Fight back like a girl. Never throw the first punch, but by God, if you connect, knock their freaking teeth out.




5/21/2016 01:32:00 PM



(5/21/2016 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Twins GM Terry Ryan still supports manager Paul Molitor despite the team’s 10-31 start, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes. “I’m in this with (Molitor); we’re joined at the hip,” says Ryan. “No one’s pointing fingers around here. I’ve got to do a better job. The club has to do a better job. It starts with my chair. I’m aware of that. I take that as serious as anything because I’m the one that makes the decisions.” Molitor, of course, took over the Twins managerial job last year and led the club to his first winning season since 2010, but this season, in which he’s presided over a club that’s last in the AL in both runs scored and runs allowed, has been a trying one.--MLBTR

The Twins were a hot mess last year, and still won 83 games, despite many of us not understanding why. This season, our doubts have been confirmed, and their decisions and complete lack of any plan whatsoever...their roster decisions are as of they have been decided by throwing darts, and they have been looking mighty foolish for their continued habit of throwing wads of cash at pedestrian, "gritty," "hard working," and "character" players. They not only overpay, but they overpay while handing out long term contracts, seemingly not competing against any other team for the player.

They have a very good farm system, but many are blocked by the mediocre vets discussed above, and others are given ridiculously short leashes, Byron Buxton is an incredible talent, showing phenomenal speed and defense, and after being rushed to the majors after just 59 AAA PA's; he was given less than 50 PA's and then sent down, only to be replaced by waiver wire fodder like Danny Santana and Darin Mastroianni. If Buxton was ready to play in the majors April 1st, he was ready May 1st.

Miguel Sano was all but told he was too fat to play 3B, and would have to learn how to play RF. So he did, and played nothing but RF all spring, had his ups and downs, as one would expect. Still, because of need, he's started 5 games at 3B.

Fail to plan, plan to fail.



5/21/2016 12:40:00 PM



(5/21/2016 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Andy Sullivan is saying what many on the left have been thinking for months.

That's why they attacked so hard and have their media operatives disparaging Trump at every opportunity...and thus far, the polls show them close to being even, despite Trump being called every name in the book, and even accused of enjoying the company of beautiful young women.

For those unaware, Sullivan is a very smart man, who was a conservative until he decided to sell his soul because he's gay, and wants to marry his longtime companion. Instead of adapting the classical conservative position, as I did two decades ago, that marriage should not be a government thing but a religious thing; he decided Obama was his key to legally marrying his fella, so he threw out everything he believed in and is laughable when he discusses policy now...but still does understand politics and voting.


5/21/2016 12:30:00 PM



(5/21/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

She can work out next to me anytime.

These schools and businesses that look at women with a magnifying glass and then decide on a whim who is dressed "ok" and who is not should be ashamed.


5/21/2016 11:30:00 AM



(5/21/2016 11:26:00 AM) - Al

Yep. MLB wanted quicker games. They wanted more strikes called. And now, they're surprised by the result.

The one thing I have noticed is how many pitches are being called at the bottom and top of the zone AND on the corner, almost always the outside corner. The strike zone used to be a bit oval, that high pitch would only be called if it was right down the middle.

Lucroy used to be one of the only guys who would bring up or hold a pitch an inch or so below the knees, and now, you have catchers banging their glove on the dirt catching it and still yanking it up and presenting it as a strike. And sometimes, it is called.

Finally, on shorter players like Scooter, they do not seem to change the zone at all. Many high pitches about letter high called as strikes, that he and other sub 6 foot players can do nothing with. When the Crew played HOU, Altuve took a couple pitches that were called strikes that looked far too high for him.


5/21/2016 11:26:00 AM



(5/21/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

CA insisted they could build a high speed train from LA to SF for $250K.

20 years later, it still ain't done, and the price tag is now $13B.

I'm telling you, that's just an glitch in the grandiose economic brilliance of liberals.

We're just too stupid to understand.

Of course, not to pick on them when they're down, but if there would have been any demand for it, a private company would have built it. But there wasn't, and the left is still trying to insist there is. Because they know better.

This is why Governor Walker turned down the rail money...eventually, the state would have had to pay for picking up those golden rails and platinum spikes and replacing them with, you know, roads.


5/21/2016 11:00:00 AM


Friday, May 20, 2016

(5/20/2016 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Two Twitter trends tonight:

1. People complaining Jorge Lopez gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning in Colorado Springs.

You know, it's almost as if that's a difficult place to pitch. On a related note, no one seems to take into consideration it's an easy place to hit. Why follow the minor leagues if you're going to ignore park factors and common sense?

2. Libertarians complaining Gary Johnson is "not Libertarian enough" or wondering why the Libs have two Republicans on the assumed ticket.

I hate to tell them, but it's because the GOP and Libs are very closely aligned. Both believe in capitalism, freedom, and hate those who try and stop these things. In fact, if you remove the religious right from the GOP and the tiny faction of the Libs usually called Christian Libertarians, they probably agree on 90% or more of each other's platform. Both desire a strong defense, though some differences on intervention of our allies would exist.

The irony is, in a year in which Gary Johnson could, in theory, be a real option, or at the very least, be a sounding board for the future of the party if he received 5-10% of the votes, I have seen several folks say "Maybe I'll vote Constitution" or "I guess I'll have to write in a REAL Libertarian." I'm sure Johnson is shuddering at the mere thought of a couple dozen people voting for Austin Petersen, with half of them misspelling it Peterson, because they're so damn much wiser than the rest of us. 

I'd say they are as shortsighted as the never Trump folks, but if you are a Libertarian, you are obviously not an attention whore like the former.


5/20/2016 10:20:00 PM



(5/20/2016 09:53:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe everyone did not know it was her right away. I forget how few games many "fans" watch.


5/20/2016 09:53:00 PM



(5/20/2016 09:16:00 PM) - Al

How out of touch does one have to be to still pretend to be surprised by the failure of socialism to, you know, work?


5/20/2016 09:16:00 PM



(5/20/2016 06:29:00 PM) - Al

I know nothing about Reynolds, but I do know the fact he has allowed 1 HR each year the past 3 (that's 3 in 122 IP) is off the charts good. He'd be a tough guy to keep on the 40 man, but a good guy to claim and hope to slip him through waivers at some point.


5/20/2016 06:29:00 PM



(5/20/2016 05:33:00 PM) - Al

Possibly, one of the most beautiful weekend forecasts I have ever seen.

Of course, not a big deal to me, as I am not one to allow the weather to effect my happiness or enjoyment. That's just me though. You go ahead and be unhappy...don't let me get in the way.


5/20/2016 05:33:00 PM



(5/20/2016 04:42:00 PM) - Al

A week ago, I finished watching Numb3rs, and yesterday, I finished Battle Creek, which was very good, and sadly only had 13 episodes. Wondering if anyone can recommend another show, for someone who loves Criminal Minds and SVU. Thinking of CSI New York maybe. Not interested in starting 300 eps of NCIS.

Any recs, send me them to @suitedconnect on Twitter or shoot me an email using the sidebar.

Forgot to mention I have Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming.


5/20/2016 04:42:00 PM



(5/20/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Hey Al,

I'm off next week, so consider this request a bit early. Last year, or maybe the year before you wrote a nice post on Memorial Day and some who are a bit nazi-ish about the proper etiquette and the difference between Memorial and Veterans Day. I just thought that would be a nice thing to reprint, or at least link to. 

Enjoy the weekend. 

BF

With pleasure sir.

Enjoy the day, and don't feel an ounce of guilt. Far too many of our military have paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy all the freedom and prosperity of this fine country and of this holiday.

Enjoy the weekend my friends.




5/20/2016 03:00:00 PM



(5/20/2016 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Arlington to build new ballpark for Rangers, split cost.

I, of course, think this is great, as I'm a capitalist who loves spending on recreation, tourism and the like. I'm sure if you went to a game in July, you would agree.


5/20/2016 02:23:00 PM



(5/20/2016 02:12:00 PM) - Al

So, if healthy, one would assume this means Braun and Broxton will be 2 of the 3 OF's versus LHP, and Braun and Nieuwenhuis will be 2 of the 3 OF's versus RHP. The 3rd spot (or the 2nd, if Braun remains out) will continue to be a daily "who's been hitting?" decision by Counsell, though I assume Keon will play at least half the time or so.

FYI, Keon hit RHP and LHP about the same in 2016, after a season of reverse splits in 2015.


5/20/2016 02:12:00 PM



(5/20/2016 02:02:00 PM) - Al

As I said the other day, if Stearns wants to pay Colin Walsh the major league minimum to keep him this season, he has pretty well spent enough time on the 25 man, if my numbers are correct.

28 days in April
19 days in May
15 more days while Domingo is on the DL
32 days after rosters expand 9/1
96 total days on active roster, and the rule states 90

Just saying, that would be an option, though it would leave the club with 6 OF's and 5 INF's. Of course, 2-3 players could be injured by then. Just saying that the math works,


5/20/2016 02:02:00 PM



(5/20/2016 01:51:00 PM) - Al

Santana to the DL to make room for Keon part two.




5/20/2016 01:51:00 PM



(5/20/2016 09:13:00 AM) - Al

If MPS can afford to throw $500K into the wind of police hating thugs, I'd say they are hellishly overfunded.

That's why your taxes are still far too high. 


5/20/2016 09:13:00 AM



(5/20/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Let us hope.


5/20/2016 09:00:00 AM



(5/20/2016 08:26:00 AM) - Al

Keon Broxton will meet the Crew in NY, per a hundred or so mentions on Twitter.

Have to see whose place he takes, though it's hard not to think Santana's shoulder can use a couple weeks.

Two of my favorite players on the team as far as approach at the plate goes, Walsh and Flores, could be on the bubble as well. Neither can go to the minors without going on waivers either. Of course, both probably profile as solid reserves/platoon guys more than everyday players.


5/20/2016 08:26:00 AM


Thursday, May 19, 2016

(5/19/2016 08:59:00 PM) - Al

Yep.

The never Trump people are the same folks who are so damn insufferable you don't want them on your side anyway.

Most are so far right they'll never be happy with a mainstream candidate anyway, or, are just looking for attention (Sykes).


5/19/2016 08:59:00 PM



(5/19/2016 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Scroll down for the first Macgyver reboot trailer.

This version's Pete Thornton is far hotter, no offense to Dana Elcar. His hair being so long irritates me, because it would get in the way of him, you know, blowing stuff up.




5/19/2016 07:53:00 PM



(5/19/2016 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Brewers already over New York City.

The magic of charter flights. Granted, still probably 2-3 hours away from their hotel.


5/19/2016 07:30:00 PM



(5/19/2016 05:49:00 PM) - Al

Al,

They are not that far away. 

Heard this phrase from about fifty unrelated people on the way out of Miller Park today and on my way to the parking lot, including several Cubs' fans. 

I have kind of been on the fence, between the generally accepted 5 year plan and your scenario that you think they could turn the corner as early as 2018. This club has good major league depth, and the minor league system hasn't even helped out yet. Soon, they're going to get another influx of talent from Hill, Lucroy, Nieuwenhuis, and others being dealt. 

This team is Peralta and Jungmann pitching like they did a year or two ago from being right in the race. 

Matt 


Nothing to add.






5/19/2016 05:49:00 PM



(5/19/2016 03:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm not offended by any name, as nicknames are positives...the brewing industry was a huge part of the city of Milwaukee for decades.

As for "take care of the people"...they have already won the geographical lottery...they were born Americans, and are citizens of the finest nation to ever exist on the planet.


5/19/2016 03:25:00 PM



(5/19/2016 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Brewers AAA team rained out Monday. Doubleheader rained out Tuesday. Both teams were off yesterday. No make up game played.

Tough to justify that. Sure like to see the youngsters getting some playing time. Almost like they don't care if they get their games in.


5/19/2016 01:35:00 PM



(5/19/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Bernie's utopia.




5/19/2016 01:30:00 PM



(5/19/2016 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Old and out of touch.

So are their policies.


5/19/2016 01:26:00 PM



(5/19/2016 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Brewers lead the NL in runs scored, walks, OBP, and OPS in May.

9th, 2nd, 7th, and 8th overall. 


5/19/2016 01:20:00 PM



(5/19/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I do find it strange that they're just realizing now that a socialist who has been asking his followers to disrupt Trump's rallies for months is just now being called out as a loon.


5/19/2016 11:30:00 AM



(5/19/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

My only question is a simple one...why do all these shows set in the future have all the characters wearing pajamas? Seriously, we don't wear pajamas to sleep in.


5/19/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/19/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The thing is, everyone that has seen the preview in the theaters was flabbergasted how unfunny it was. I mean, all comedies have funny trailers, it is not difficult to take a 90 minute film and find several funny lines.

It's not anti women. It's a funny movie that did not need to be remade, but it was. It is not above criticism just because ladies are the leads.


5/19/2016 09:00:00 AM


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

(5/18/2016 08:19:00 PM) - Al

John Lackey since he missed the 2012 season: 100 GS, 650+ IP, 3.36 ERA.

I just point this out because every casual has said "Lackey is done," since before he missed that entire season.

Oh to think you're intelligent enough to project good health while barely paying attention.


5/18/2016 08:19:00 PM



(5/18/2016 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Greg Gard strikes again, had several other Big Ten, big program, and Ivy League offers.

Badgers were first elite program on him, if memory serves.


5/18/2016 05:30:00 PM



(5/18/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh. Nothing I love more than seeing those on the left that are so blatantly awful just keep being talked about by the old media, who does not realize how despised they are.

I wouldn't trust that twit if he told me the planet was round. He was an idiot then, he's an idiot now, and they don't care, because he's a loyal liberal idiot.

And they wonder why their bench is so damn thin. They reward hacks instead of ability.


5/18/2016 11:30:00 AM



(5/18/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The left despises the fact that privatizing business works.






5/18/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/18/2016 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Falcons to lower concession prices; cheaper than diners, movie theaters, and minor league games.


5/18/2016 09:30:00 AM



(5/18/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama spends millions to find summer jobs for refugees. My kid applied at DQ and got hired. No federal program required.--Rachel Campos Duffy

My neighbor just doesn't get it.


Life is extremely difficult when you have no understanding of basic economics.


5/18/2016 08:30:00 AM


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

(5/17/2016 08:08:00 PM) - Al

Six homers in May for Lucroy, 3 in 3 games.

There are some very decent, major league quality catchers in the game today that will not hit 6 HR's all season.

His asking price is higher today than it was a week ago.


5/17/2016 08:08:00 PM



(5/17/2016 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Marisa Braun looks to be expecting another child.

I can tell because she looks like she's weighing in at a buck twenty five.


5/17/2016 07:50:00 PM



(5/17/2016 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Facebook friend bragging about their new record/8 track player they just got from an elderly family member. I just don't get wanting something old...because it's old.

Other than the fact they do not make 8 tracks at all, and barely make vinyl...it's a very nice paperweight. More power to them, you can buy or show off whatever you like, as freedom is a wonderful thing. I just don't get it.

Tune in tomorrow, when I show up a pic of my new butter churn.


5/17/2016 07:48:00 PM



(5/17/2016 07:33:00 PM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

Of course, I do not care at all what others eat, or why they eat what they eat. I do, however, tire very quickly of the off the charts arrogance that people who are clueless on most every topic in existence get when they tell me eating meat is icky.


5/17/2016 07:33:00 PM



(5/17/2016 07:20:00 PM) - Al

When it warms up, the Cubs would have a pair of home runs in the 1st. As is, 1-2-3 for Anderson.

Better lucky than good.


5/17/2016 07:20:00 PM



(5/17/2016 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Fredi Gonzalez actually learned of his firing last night when he received an email confirming a Tuesday afternoon flight from Pittsburgh to Atlanta, despite the fact that the the Braves’ four-game series with the Pirates runs through Thursday. The Braves weren’t planning on informing Gonzalez of the decision until Tuesday morning, when president of baseball operations John Hart had planned to fly to Pittsburgh to join GM John Coppolella to break the news go Gonzalez in person. Instead, Atlanta officials had to confirm to Gonzalez last night that the decision had been made.--MLBTR


Oof. You get the feeling the problems in that organization run pretty deep. 


5/17/2016 07:06:00 PM



(5/17/2016 06:50:00 PM) - Al

Kirkman clears waivers, outrighted to AAA. Can elect free agency, but he'll have to go to the minors regardless, so hopefully, he'll stick around. Never hurts to accumulate talent, even replacement level talent. 1 out of 20 turn into a guy like Tony Fossas, or Sam Freeman, before this year.

EDIT: Kirkman accepts. I'm sure he has a handshake deal that if a team wants him in the bigs, they will either promote him or allow him to go; or he may have an opt out. As I said, he's gotta pitch somewhere to impress scouts/teams. 


5/17/2016 06:50:00 PM



(5/17/2016 04:52:00 PM) - Al

What will they think of next?


5/17/2016 04:52:00 PM



(5/17/2016 04:36:00 PM) - Al

Adam points out Crew has not listed any SP's past THU.

I would say it's very likely they are going to discuss the "plan" with Peralta before announcing it.

EDIT: Adam updates, Wily stays in rotation and on turn, will pitch FRI versus Mets. If nothing else, that's a pitcher's park. 


5/17/2016 04:36:00 PM



(5/17/2016 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Visible light began this morning at 4:52AM. If we did not move the clocks an hour ahead, it would be light at 3:52AM.

Of course, people that complain about the time change are too simple minded to appreciate this nugget of fact, but for the rest of us, feel free to chuckle at your intellectual superiority.


5/17/2016 03:52:00 PM



(5/17/2016 02:47:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers emailed this today, and I'm happy to share it. Almost a beyond belief deal, even moreso if you live within 30 minutes of Miller Park.


5/17/2016 02:47:00 PM



(5/17/2016 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Selfish actions have consequences.

Others will be paying the price also, but as pointed out, Odor will be out the longest. He's very fortunate he did not get far longer, I saw estimates ranging anywhere from 7-30 days. All over a slide that was perfectly legal until a month and a half ago. 


5/17/2016 02:21:00 PM



(5/17/2016 02:17:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Gomez goes to the DL. Doubt if we will hear that he's been hurt all season, but whenever a player's production is well below career norms, health is almost always a reason.


5/17/2016 02:17:00 PM



(5/17/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Trump sensed a real anger brewing in America and tapped into it. None of the other 17 saw it like Trump did. We are pissed,That's why he won.--Joe Walsh

I have said this several times, almost to the word. And he's right. 


5/17/2016 08:30:00 AM


Monday, May 16, 2016

(5/16/2016 08:45:00 PM) - Al

Just watched the 118th and final episode of Numbers (or Numb3rs, which looks and is a stupid way to put it) on Netflix.

Sad I can never watch anymore.

Decided to watch Battle Creek, though it is only 13 episodes. Just think how quickly it will go.


5/16/2016 08:45:00 PM



(5/16/2016 04:58:00 PM) - Al

True that.

I wonder if some are questioning this?


5/16/2016 04:58:00 PM



(5/16/2016 02:48:00 PM) - Al

It works, until you run out of other people's money.

So goes the country under Bernie. Everyone is giggling at George Constanza's dad, they don't bother doing the math.


5/16/2016 02:48:00 PM



(5/16/2016 12:44:00 PM) - Al

I can only imagine how stuck up you have to be to dislike Guy.

Yeaes ago, the Rambling wife and I stopped in at several diners featured on Triple D. Every one was delicious, and most were really cheap too.


5/16/2016 12:44:00 PM



(5/16/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al




Bill Easterly is a renowned economist, FYI.


5/16/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/16/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al




All because of capitalism. Of course, this just angers the left, so they deny it.


5/16/2016 09:00:00 AM


Sunday, May 15, 2016

(5/15/2016 10:41:00 PM) - Al

50 days until the 4th of July.

Summer goes quick, enjoy the journey.


5/15/2016 10:41:00 PM



(5/15/2016 10:14:00 PM) - Al

I said a while back I thought the front runner for Trump's VP was Susana Martinez. Another name to remember? Joni Ernst, the Iowa gal who came out of nowhere to win a Senate seat. She's basically Palin without the baggage.

The funny thing about Martinez and Ernst? Neither has endorsed a candidate yet.


5/15/2016 10:14:00 PM



(5/15/2016 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Wily's velocity is down, walks are up, and HR's are up.

That said, his BAbip is .400, and as I have pointed out before, it's almost impossible to have any success when you're that unlucky.

Not as good and bad luck? A deadly combination.


5/15/2016 12:40:00 PM



(5/15/2016 12:34:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports an Xray on Braun's wrist was negative.

Hopefully, after the off day tomorrow, he'll be set to go.

Of course, my knee has been killing me since I sat awkwardly for the Rambling son's confirmation two weeks ago today. Yesterday, I finally decided to start rubbing some menthol based products on it and it is 100% better. Once again, suffering is needless in today's OTC medicinal world.


5/15/2016 12:34:00 PM



(5/15/2016 11:41:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, and I have mentioned it before, is that despite the fact we all realized it was a rebuilding season, many still live and die with each loss. Why? Well, not to oversimplify, but many fans fail to see the big picture.

As of this moment, the 40 man roster is a tool to control as much talent going forward as possible. The 25 man roster must come from the 40 man roster. I suspect we will see a vastly different team on the field after the July trading deadline, and/or maybe the August one.

If today were July 15th rather than May 15th, one could easily imagine contending clubs asking about almost every position player on the roster; and quite a few pitchers as well. Nieuwenhuis hits RHP better than a bunch of everyday CF's. Presley would fit right in on many benches. Hill and Carter would probably be better off not playing everyday and being "matched up" a bit. Lucroy, while a bit inconsistent, is worth 2-3 more wins than the average backstop over half a season.

Guys like Gennett and Villar could be bartered about as Davis was. I would say we might well see an extension or two signed, eating up arby years. Of course, that does not guarantee they will not be dealt anyway. The bullpen is full of consistent performers, many signed off the scrap heap (heck, it's difficult to find anyone who was not, as of the 7 man bullpen, only Blazek and Thornburg were not signed after being let go by another team...consider that a moment).

Many seem to be caught up in the minutia of the moment. Peralta has struggled, and at some point, it is a results oriented business. I struggle to believe he is healthy, as he has lost velocity and his former out pitch, his slider, is often just tossed up as a waste pitch. Regardless, there is no long term commitment there. Pitchers are far more inconsistent by definition.

This is pretty much a stress free season...it's a shame so many make up things to worry about.




5/15/2016 11:41:00 AM


Saturday, May 14, 2016

(5/14/2016 05:43:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I watched stuff from our DVR most of the afternoon, while those trying to draw attention to themselves complained about the "snow."

She left to run the powerpoint at church, so I am not allowed to continue watching shows recorded for "us" to watch (married guys, you understand). I flipped around a while, not wanting to change the TV over for Roku viewing (I mean, it's like 4 buttons), so I decided to watch the game on FS1, Twins/Tribe.

I am not kidding, I've watched 90 minutes of this game, and I have heard more booing (game's in CLE) than I have in a season and 40some games of Brewers baseball, home and away. They boo everything, balls, strikes, ground outs, a sac fly, umpires stopping the game for a couple minutes to chat, batters stepping out, a catcher going to the mound...everything. As I was typing this, the Twins' pitching coach trotted out to the mound, met with raucous boos.

Why are they so unhappy? Don't they realize they are at the contest voluntarily?




5/14/2016 05:43:00 PM



(5/14/2016 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Craig Counsell said its decision time for reliever Sean Nolin and his ailing elbow. Sounds like a Tommy John call coming.--JS

Nolin was lights out in March, unhittable. That's why I always say it's better to have quality bats, and quantity arms. 



5/14/2016 05:19:00 PM



(5/14/2016 05:14:00 PM) - Al

Braun out tonight with a sore wrist, Carter out for rest, Lucroy plays 1B with Maldy catching Peralta.


5/14/2016 05:14:00 PM



(5/14/2016 05:12:00 PM) - Al

Elian Herrera asks for his release from Dodgers to play in Japan.


5/14/2016 05:12:00 PM



(5/14/2016 02:35:00 PM) - Al

All the drama kings and queens telling me it is snowing...a couple flakes of snow in the air is hardly "snow."

When you have accumulation and plows are needed, snap some pics and I'll take note. Until then, you are just pretending your life is somehow interesting because of a very mild climate anomaly.


5/14/2016 02:35:00 PM



(5/14/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

There are really only two types of people...those who think Crocs are comfy and are confident enough to wear them...and those who do not.


5/14/2016 09:00:00 AM


Friday, May 13, 2016

(5/13/2016 10:52:00 PM) - Al

Brewers with the 9th (of 15) best ERA in the NL in May, 4.03 for the month.

Whenever you get off to a bad start, a few guys are likely to improve, and others will be replaced, as it is a results oriented business.


5/13/2016 10:52:00 PM



(5/13/2016 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Um, won't it still taste the same?


5/13/2016 05:21:00 PM



(5/13/2016 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Bud Grant did something like this as well, and he won a lot of games.


5/13/2016 01:29:00 PM



(5/13/2016 01:18:00 PM) - Al

This summer could be the perfect time for the Brewers to trade Ryan Braun, writes ESPN’s Buster Olney. The 32-year-old will gain 10-and-5 rights early next season, allowing him to veto any trade. Braun can already block trades to 23 teams, with the D-backs, Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Padres and Giants representing the only teams to which he can be traded without his consent. Olney spoke to a number of executives and evaluators regarding Braun, and the general consensus was that his heightened 2016 play has made the once-near-impossible thought of a trade much more plausible. Braun’s contact rate is the best of his career, and he’s enjoying the second-lowest swinging-strike and out-of-zone swing rates of his career. One evaluator noted to Olney that Braun has learned to lay off the high fastball that was once a pitch with which he could be put away in two-strike counts. An executive from another club opined that the Brewers will still have to eat a considerable amount of Braun’s salary to facilitate a deal, however; by my calculation he’s owed $90.85MM through 2020, including the remaining money on this year’s $19MM salary and the $4MM buyout of his 2021 option.--MLBTR

I have said it before, I do not see this happening, and if it does, I do not see MIL eating a penny, though they could take back an overpaid player(s) as they did with Aaron Hill.

EDIT: The more I think about it, the more ignorant this sounds...one would think Braun would still go to at least 2-3 Southern California teams, and maybe SF too. The difference is a team or two. Olney looking to fill space. 


5/13/2016 01:18:00 PM



(5/13/2016 01:11:00 PM) - Al

The Crew should pick him up, just to confuse the casuals.


5/13/2016 01:11:00 PM



(5/13/2016 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Of course he's a freaking genius...he's a liberal who knows next to nothing about economics...but hence, I repeat myself.


5/13/2016 12:00:00 PM



(5/13/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

Don't forget, there are more uninsured now than when it started.


5/13/2016 11:00:00 AM


Thursday, May 12, 2016

(5/12/2016 10:42:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have acquired RHP Jhan Mariñez from Tampa Bay for cash. LHP Michael Kirkman designated for assignment.

Kirkman was just a placeholder until somebody better became available. Marinez has solid AAA numbers, 2-1 K/BB ratio, 9.4 K/9, 3.63 ERA. A bit high in the walks, but that's probably why he's never taken that final step. 

And I'm sure the most important number...95.3, the average velocity on his fastball in his limited big league action. Freeman threw hard too, but at this point, while he loves K/BB ratio and K/9, Stearns appears to be a velocity whore just like Melvin, at this point.

Also, one has to wonder who the 39th man on the 40 is, because the past several moves have only fiddled with that single spot.

By the way, you'll never see that little thing over the n, called a tilde, when I type it. It's used in Spanish and I believe is a separate letter than a normal n. Simply put, I think it's stupid, and it's a waste of time.

ADDED: Counsell says he will remain in MIL, has a good fastball and slider, and will work as a reliever. Pronounced "Yan" or Yhan." 


5/12/2016 10:42:00 PM



(5/12/2016 07:44:00 PM) - Al

It's almost always a good move to bring in the infield with one out and a runner on 3B, as offense is down so much across the board. The only thing you have to be afraid of is the big, 4-5 run inning, and we just do not see many of those anymore.

You know how else I know? Casuals hate it. They don't even understand why they do. Same reason they dislike the shift...it's "not normal."


5/12/2016 07:44:00 PM



(5/12/2016 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Colin Walsh survived Scooter returning to the team today. His 90 days on the active roster necessary to keep him in the organization is getting close, if you include his time on the roster and 32 days he can easily be kept on the roster once they expand September 1st.

APR-----27
MAY-----12
SE/OCT-32
Total-----71

Therefore, 19 more days gets you to 90, and he is allowed to have 20 days of rehab, which most likely would take place before he is activated 9/1, so from 8/12-8/31. That would leave him inactive from as early as June 1st-August 12th, far from a perfect scenario. Maybe they'll keep him longer, or at least until they "need" a spot on the 25 man. But, as of right now, it's tough to think Stearns would "give up" a chance to keep a player he likes over 19 more days of a roster spot in a rebuilding campaign, doesn't make sense.

Unless they simply give up on him or he develops a drinking/drug problem, it seems almost a given he will stick around for the required time.


5/12/2016 03:09:00 PM



(5/12/2016 01:42:00 PM) - Al

Scooter activated, Yadiel Rivera down to AAA, as I predicted a few days ago. 


5/12/2016 01:42:00 PM



(5/12/2016 11:30:00 AM) - Al

True this.

W's economy was often compared to the Depression, even though it was not just not comparable, but also far better than the Carter four years of misery index hell, but, since he was both a liberal and a foreign policy buffoon...wait, I'm starting to understand the Obama love.


5/12/2016 11:30:00 AM



(5/12/2016 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Absolutely.

I cannot wait until Hillary brings up Wall Street or whatever buzz word they manage to get her to say through the medication haze that is her life, and Trump says, "Oh cmon, your daughter's husband runs a hedge fund. Not to mention, it's a crappy one."




5/12/2016 11:00:00 AM



(5/12/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I get the feeling these folks live in a different part of the world than I do.


5/12/2016 10:00:00 AM



(5/12/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

City decides it wishes to remain a footnote.




5/12/2016 10:00:00 AM


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

(5/11/2016 10:30:00 AM) - Al

An emailer sends in this video of a hay baling operation. Needless to say, this is not how we did it on the farm growing up. The fella they make 50K bales a year...I think we averaged about 12K or so.

I must admit though, that touching every bale zero times looks pretty impressive. I suppose they do have to touch it once when they feed it...


5/11/2016 10:30:00 AM



(5/11/2016 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Many conservatives insist Trump has no chance. But you just see so many articles like this, it's difficult to understand. Considering how far left the old media is, and how many moderates, independents, and Dems Trump has attracted; you can see why Hillary's people have already started blasting Trump.


5/11/2016 10:00:00 AM


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

(5/10/2016 11:33:00 PM) - Al

Counsell dropped a pair of "I can't tell you that" answers tonight. One thing about this team, they seem to be as math focused as any MIL team ever. Often, they have tried to run wild on a pitcher/catcher combo they felt they had the advantage over, and tonight, they did. They also seem to have no fear of being thrown out if it makes sense, for instance, trying to score from 2B on a base hit with 2 outs.


5/10/2016 11:33:00 PM



(5/10/2016 11:26:00 PM) - Al

Ted Cruz said he might start up his campaign again if he won Nebraska.

He lost. And the embarrassment continues.


5/10/2016 11:26:00 PM



(5/10/2016 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Santana in the game for defense in the 8th. The JS reports he has said his shoulder is feeling better each day.

I saw several casuals mention in the last couple days "they should just put him on the DL." Usually when you see the dumbest of the dumb picking a side, you can almost count on it being incorrect. It's like the "Braun has a hitch in his swing" people...they're loud and annoying, but harmless buffoons.

They spend most of their lives trying to prove that old "infinite number of monkeys and an infinite number of typewriters, eventually, they'll type all the good books" theory. They insist some great player sucks, and if he gets hurt or disappoints, they look brilliant. When they goof, they're immediately onto some other drivel, and pretend they never said that.




5/10/2016 09:23:00 PM



(5/10/2016 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Left-handed reliever Sam Freeman has accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A from the Brewers, the team announced today (on Twitter). Freeman, 28, tossed 7 2/3 innings for Milwaukee earlier this season but yielded an alarming 11 runs on 13 hits and nine walks in that time. He delivered solid bottom-line results for the Rangers last year, logging a 3.05 ERA in 38 1/3 innings, though metrics such as FIP, xFIP and SIERA each indicated that ERA to be largely smoke and mirrors, chiefly because of his trouble consistently throwing strikes. Freeman has averaged 5.3 walks per nine innings pitched in the Majors but a more palatable 3.6 per nine at the Triple-A level, and he’ll look to get back to that level following his outright. Of course, he’ll be doing so in a dreadful environment for pitchers: Colorado Springs.--MLBTR

Stearns seems to be able to convince most every player to stay with the organization. Some will laugh, but Freeman has similar stuff to Wil Smith, and his results last year were pretty similar also. A couple good weeks at Colorado Springs, and he might well be back.


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(5/10/2016 02:41:00 PM) - Al




Trump will actually run ads with this on them. Most would ignore it.


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(5/10/2016 02:06:00 PM) - Al




And no one sees the irony.

It's like when you break up with a woman, and she yells, "You'll never meet anyone else like me!" and you say to yourself, "Good."

You never ask if they have a twin.


5/10/2016 02:06:00 PM



(5/10/2016 09:00:00 AM) - Al

This must be why he punishes success.


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(5/10/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

They make it difficult to get a license because they want to make it difficult to get a job. In doing so, they create a dependent citizen waiting for a check each month...and a loyal voter.


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(5/10/2016 07:30:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.


5/10/2016 07:30:00 AM


Monday, May 09, 2016

(5/09/2016 08:26:00 PM) - Al

If Scooter stays healthy and does come back, I would expect Rivera to go down to play every day, as Perez has played well and while Yadi has a higher ceiling, I don't see him as a starter anywhere except SS, as I do not see him getting on base more than 30%.

Does have some decent pop for a SS, but at this point, I have Hernan a bit better, and his growth will not be stunted by playing 1-2 times a week.


5/09/2016 08:26:00 PM



(5/09/2016 04:59:00 PM) - Al

Wear what you want to wear.

The idea men should sweat and be uncomfortable because it's hot? Silly, and sexist.


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(5/09/2016 04:30:00 PM) - Al

A child growing up in the U.S. is more likely to have a pet than a live-at-home father.--Google Facts

If true, that's an astounding nugget of info. 


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(5/09/2016 03:23:00 PM) - Al

Surprised to see farmers out cutting hay already, as well as it looks like lots of bales have already been made, sitting patiently waiting to be moved. I suppose for those hoping to maximize quality and get 4-5 crops, the earlier the better


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(5/09/2016 03:02:00 PM) - Al

The Braves have released right-hander Rob Wooten from Triple-A Gwinnett. The long-time Brewers reliever signed a minors pact with Atlanta this winter and had a nice showing with Gwinnett, yielding just three runs on seven hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. The rest of Wooten’s career has come with the Brewers organization. He owns a 4.07 ERA with 8.3 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9 in 185 2/3 Triple-A innings and a 5.03 ERA with 7.0 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9 in 68 big league frames.--MLBTR

I assume either Wooten opted out or the Braves simply did not see a scenario in which they would promote him, most likely the former, as he pitched fine for them, and has been a solid if unspectacular AAA/major league reliever for several seasons. Heck, he might be the Reds' 2nd or 3rd best relief guy if they would sign him.


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(5/09/2016 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Adding a new segment of hatred to my list today.

People who capitalize Seemingly random first Letters of words when they write a sentence. Not only does It drive me nuts, but it Is Very difficult to read, and, makes the Person look Like a Complete buffoon.


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(5/09/2016 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Al, couple of questions:

Is Flores worth the AB's he has been getting? And I mean, does he have potential as a hitter? I can't get a handle on him.


After a small sample size, is Domingo Santana a lead-off hitter, in your opinion? I can understand the Corey Hart comp, maybe, but as a young player with power, let him hit 5, or 6. Again, I do not know, so help me out. 


Thanks, love your analysis.

Eric



I really like Flores, he looked to be a tweener type, probably not good enough in the field to play CF every day, and not enough pop to be an everyday LF/RF. As I said earlier, he looks to have a good plan at the plate, but has been hampered by his low BAbip. He does not have options, and at only 24, seems to have little chance of clearing waivers. Long term, I like him more than Presley or Nieuwenhuis, though I feel both of them are competent reserves or platoon options. Stearns will have to decide if he feels he has the ceiling to keep. He's looked good in CF and showed a plus arm today, catching a ball near the warning track in CF and making a perfect throw to 3B, almost getting a runner who was tagging. If the runner had been a C or 1B, they would not have tried it, and he may well have prevented some below average speed guys from trying.

Santana takes a lot of pitches and has a decent OBP, so that's why I assume Counsell has him leading off. Craig keeps saying he does not want any player to change their approach based on their batting order spot, so I figure he feels he's simply the best option. To me, as I have mentioned often, batting order is all but meaningless, as long as you do not bat the pitcher 1st and Braun 9th, there's little difference, perhaps 2-3%. 



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