Al's Ramblings



Thursday, June 22, 2017

(6/22/2017 06:01:00 PM) - Al

I'm going to guess the Bucks take Frank Ntilikina with their 1st round pick. He's a young 6-5 French point guard with massive upside and a 6-10 wingspan. I am assuming the new GM Hort follows the "high risk, high reward" of his mentor, Hammond.


6/22/2017 06:01:00 PM



(6/22/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al

But I was told the Brewers did not have enough room for draft picks, never mind undrafted FA's!

Some folks are legends in their own minds. No matter how many times they are proven to be casuals to the nth degree, they just keep putting laughable stuff out there.


6/22/2017 05:00:00 PM



(6/22/2017 04:58:00 PM) - Al

It's the economy stupid.

And the optimism. Do not fail to disregard that. After 8 years of it patiently being explained to the rubes that 6% was "full employment" and that "spreading the wealth" and "revenue enhancement" were positives, small business owners and those that work for a living love hearing about lower taxes and fewer regulations.


6/22/2017 04:58:00 PM



(6/22/2017 04:24:00 PM) - Al

I've checked about 15 mock drafts today:

--Nigel Hayes is only taken in 1 of them, at #58. Doubtful he will be picked. Another Nigel is likely to be taken late in the 2nd.

--Koenig not taken in any, not mentioned as possible.

--No consensus on Bucks 1st round pick, most go with a tall, very young big man. Zach Collins of Gonzaga would be a near perfect fit, but he is set to go somewhere between 11th and 14th, the Bucks pick #17.

--More consensus on Bucks 2nd round pick than 1st. Edward Sumner of Xavier a popular choice.He's a 6-5 PG who defends, rebounds, and drives well, not yet an outside shooter.

--If I were the GM, I would consider moving up in the 2nd round to take Caleb Swanigan of Purdue. He is not a long or skilled player, but he is a workmanlike type who can rebound, defend, and score without having sets/plays set up for him. I've seen him anywhere from the late 1st to the mid 2nd.


6/22/2017 04:24:00 PM



(6/22/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

A wise man has been pointing this out for ages.

And, how weak the bench is.



6/22/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/22/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

It is quite apparent Kyle is deplorable.


6/22/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/22/2017 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Koenig is not even close to the best shooter in the draft. I question if he's top ten.

I have not seen a mock draft that has his being drafted. That said, players make tons of money in Europe. A few undrafted players make NBA rosters each year. I could certainly imagine him as a backup point guard.


6/22/2017 02:45:00 PM



(6/22/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I realize Mike Moore is unmoved, but mighty impressive shooting, Tex.

Whenever you have to figure in the curvature of the Earth, that makes it really, really good.


6/22/2017 02:30:00 PM



(6/22/2017 02:14:00 PM) - Al

It's different when they do it.


6/22/2017 02:14:00 PM



(6/22/2017 02:02:00 PM) - Al

And they wonder why they lose in the court of public opinion.


6/22/2017 02:02:00 PM



(6/22/2017 01:57:00 PM) - Al

I can't say I've ever heard of St. Louis style pizza, but if you have enjoyed Sam's in Wausau or Sammy's in Eau Claire, you have had it too.


6/22/2017 01:57:00 PM



(6/22/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

They do seem to spend a lot of time being negative, failing to understand they live in the finest nation to ever exist on the planet.

It's a classic case of complaining with a full tummy in a warm comfy house.  

Not only is the food mediocre, the portions are too small!


6/22/2017 11:30:00 AM



(6/22/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

I think Infowars is likely less reliable than the NY Times (and that's saying something), but I tell you what...I would say it's closer to 5.7M than zero.


6/22/2017 10:00:00 AM



(6/22/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

It's not just Pelosi.

Obama spent 8 years complaining about all that was "wrong" with the USA and going around the world apologizing for what makes it great. Sanders thinks the socialism solves all ills, despite historical evidence to the contrary; and Schumer, who has made himself the new voice of the party, simply says everything Trump proposes is bad; even if it means saying things like "Comey should be fired, I can't believe he fired Comey" within days of each other.

Negativity, unpatriotic behavior, the answer to everything is "tax and spend;" being totally out of touch with middle America on social issues, including open borders, legal abortion until seconds before birth, far too much emphasis on LGTB issues, and a constant "we know better than you because you're so stupid" attitude is at the top of the list, but the list is long.




6/22/2017 08:00:00 AM



(6/22/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

The hell you say.

The fantasies of the left continue to be pointed out with regularity.


6/22/2017 05:00:00 AM



(6/22/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

He's right you know.

I'm unhappy so many of them are talking about it.


6/22/2017 04:00:00 AM



(6/22/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al




He's right.


6/22/2017 02:30:00 AM



(6/22/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

She's right you know.


6/22/2017 12:30:00 AM



(6/22/2017 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Hiura's elbow or whatever is improving, will continue to monitor, but no surgery planned for now.


6/22/2017 12:00:00 AM


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

(6/21/2017 11:29:00 PM) - Al

Counsell said Suter was called up to make a "pitching move" but Wily told them about this injury today, so that's what was done.

My guess of what happened might be pretty accurate.


6/21/2017 11:29:00 PM



(6/21/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Why they lose.

You really think independents and swing voters see that behavior and say, "Ooooo, that's the group I want to join."


6/21/2017 10:30:00 PM



(6/21/2017 09:28:00 PM) - Al

A couple emails asking if I think Peralta is really injured.

As Doug used to say, the player has to sign a injury statement and so does a trainer or doctor, so I assume he is. However, this time of year, almost every player could honestly sign such a statement...no one's 100%.

Neither are most construction and road workers, or roofers; who often only work 6-8 months a year, often 60-70 hours every week the weather cooperates. They fight through it, and wait for a rainy day to rest up and hope they feel better. Of course, if they put on shingles a bit slower, odds are no one even notices. If Braun jogs to 1B and gets thrown out by a step, people see that.

Giving Wily time off and the ability to go pitch a while in meaningless minor league games might well be just what he needs. The "time" aspect of this is a bit strange...if he was injured, why the delay in announcing it? Did they try to DFA him and he said "Hey, I'm hurt. I need to be talk to my union rep." Who knows? Guys do this all the time. You may recall Brandon Kintzler suddenly discovered an injury after being sent down a few years ago. They called him back up, DL'd him, and then outrighted him when he declared himself healthy. Kintzler is still effective in MIN, but I don't think the Crew felt he was trustworthy (and, if memory serves, they needed a 40 man spot).


6/21/2017 09:28:00 PM



(6/21/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

If this just mocked the wait staff as "fat" and "I bet they shop at Walmart," it would be the perfect liberal tweet


6/21/2017 09:00:00 PM



(6/21/2017 07:39:00 PM) - Al

I got a couple here.

1. There's a special spot in hell for women who do not help each other.

I mean, shut up

2. To be honest, I could live on liberal tears. The fact is, in the past six months, I think I've put on a few pounds doing so.


6/21/2017 07:39:00 PM



(6/21/2017 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Suter activated, Peralta to the DL with a calf strain, the "in" injury for 2017.



6/21/2017 06:58:00 PM



(6/21/2017 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Here's a simple idea...quit your bitching, and either cut money elsewhere, or go to Marquette county and ask them how they do it.

Teacher's unions have been claiming for years the only fix is spending more money, so they've done it, and guess what? No improvement. Why?

Throwing money at a problem does not work. It never has, and it never will. The only ones that think that way are simply looking to punish the successful.


6/21/2017 05:21:00 PM



(6/21/2017 04:51:00 PM) - Al

Suter will not be activated until at least tomorrow. This would seem to indicate a move is in the works like a trade (Peralta?) or trying to outright someone (Franklin?) and seeing if he is claimed.

In all my years of doing Ramblings, I never recall a Brewers' player showing up at the park without a roster spot. You often hear after the fact a player has been up for a day or two, waiting at the Pfister for a call that it is OK to come to the park.

Villar and Braun both begin rehab tomorrow with the Timber Rattlers. Those kids should be eating good for a few days.:) Both could be back in the majors as early as next TUE. Brinson and Franklin would seemingly be on the cusp, though they cut cut back to 12 pitchers as well.

Hat tips to Adam of MLB.com.


6/21/2017 04:51:00 PM



(6/21/2017 04:39:00 PM) - Al

UPDATE: CC says Suter will be activated soon, possibly before tonight.

Brent Suter is at Miler Park, no move announced yet.

Jesus Aguilar taking grounders at 3B as well, per Adam.

Many are assuming Peralta, but I might guess Davies is being removed from the rotation and either Suter or Espino will start SUN, or both will pitch out of the bullpen for now and another pitcher (Jungmann?) will be brought up to start.

Hey, I am a contrarian.

Could be another reliever needs to be DL'd too. Many have not pitched for a while.


6/21/2017 04:39:00 PM



(6/21/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

First round pick Hiura signs with Crew, $570K under slot value, which should allow them to sign a couple players for over slot, probably in that group of HS players chosen in rounds 11-19.


6/21/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/21/2017 02:46:00 PM) - Al

I have seen numerous mentions of Dems admitting they have no message and have to adjust before the midterms.

This worries me, because it's obviously been true since long before NOV, but was so obvious since then it was a no brainer.


6/21/2017 02:46:00 PM



(6/21/2017 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Cloyd is 30 and does not have much of a ceiling, but he has been spectacular in recent times in AAA, and his BB/K ratios and HR/9 are the highlight of his resume. Until the Crew fills that 40th spot on their 40 man, any veteran reliever is possible.

Cloyd's "fastball" was 86 in 2013, and 90 this season, so he has made some adjustments over the years.


6/21/2017 02:07:00 PM



(6/21/2017 01:36:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers won't have their AAA team in Colorado Springs after the 2018 season. The AAA club will move to San Antonio, with the rookie league Helena team (coincidentally, also a Brewers' affiliate) moving to the altitude of CS.

The Crew may not keep those affiliations, as the Astros want SA to be their AAA team, but, though there will always be a "worst" AAA team, it will not be as extreme as Colorado Springs. MIL would love to have a closer home at a modern facility with neutral conditions. But, they do not have the tradition or history to do much more than ask politely and beg. AAA teams also much prefer winning, and until this year, the Crew has used their AAA team for development, and not worried about wins and losses.

Time will tell if they are able to get a better match or if they just get stuck with who is left. The effect on the big league team is minimal. Doug was said to actually prefer CS to a couple western options (Albuquerque and Fresno were said to be the teams) due to proximity to a major airport and ability to get to Milwaukee in a few hours. 


6/21/2017 01:36:00 PM



(6/21/2017 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Greg Monroe "opts in" to his player option for next year, meaning the Bucks will be close to the salary cap whether or not Spencer Hawes opts in or out, and/or if Tony Snell is brought back.

I would say this makes the Bucks more likely to move expensive players not in the "core," which would include John Henson, Mirza Teletovic, and Matthew Dellavedova. I really enjoy Telly and Delly, but tough decisions are bound to have to take place when you have Middleton and Giannis making $36M by themselves.


6/21/2017 12:57:00 PM



(6/21/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.


6/21/2017 11:00:00 AM



(6/21/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

And no one blinks an eye.


6/21/2017 09:00:00 AM



(6/21/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

The Milwaukee Brewers have made the fewest outs on the bases of any team in MLB.--RD Topp

 They also score most of their runs via the HR. Makes perfect sense.


6/21/2017 08:00:00 AM



(6/21/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Not a parody.

Honest.


6/21/2017 06:30:00 AM



(6/21/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

If only their employees liked working for them as much as Wal Mart's do.

The irony? B and J's probably pays less with lesser benefits. Because shut up.


6/21/2017 04:00:00 AM



(6/21/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to bury my head in the sand and tell the old media it's in great shape.


6/21/2017 02:30:00 AM



(6/21/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Someday, we too may be as polite and civil as the Dems.


6/21/2017 12:30:00 AM


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

(6/20/2017 09:27:00 PM) - Al

Jungmann works 5 scoreless at AAA, lowers ERA to 1.03.

That's pretty impressive.


6/20/2017 09:27:00 PM



(6/20/2017 09:21:00 PM) - Al

Forgot the GA special election was today, haven't been on Twitter for awhile.

Handel's party's turned decidedly festive: mayor of nearby Roswell hops on stage, beer in hand, to predict a win and read out early results.--Politico

Handel is the Republican and the only candidate that can vote in the race, as the Dem does not live in the district. And yes, I'm being serious. Handel is up with 53% with about half the vote in, but I don't know if it's rural GA or metro areas that have not been counted.  

Noted investor Charles Payne said MSNBC was disgusted and complained it had been a rainy day and that "Dems don't vote in the rain."

Again, I'm being serious. 

Dem outspent Handel by 7x, though PAC money balanced that out somewhat. 

EDIT: Handel has been declared the winner.
 


6/20/2017 09:21:00 PM



(6/20/2017 04:51:00 PM) - Al

Villar will be heading out on injury rehab soon, Braun's calf still bothering him, he is not ready to go yet, per JS.


6/20/2017 04:51:00 PM



(6/20/2017 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign another undrafted FA. I think that makes 7.

However, they won't sign many drafted players because they have no roster spots.

Heh.


6/20/2017 04:44:00 PM



(6/20/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.


6/20/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/20/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I have briefly talked about this before, but I have never went in depth on it. We do not know if the Brewers will remain in contention, or even over the .500 mark. If they do, I certainly do not expect any franchise altering trades. However, a minor addition or two, a bench bat (sorry, an addition to the position player group), a bullpen piece (maybe even two) could probably be expected.

The Brewers, like all teams, can only protect 40 players in the offseason. Right now, their 40 man roster has 39 players on it. They will have to add 5-9 prospects to it (Woodruff already has been, so perhaps on the low end). Usually, teams lose several free agents each offseason, but the Brewers have very few of the traditional type of FA's (6+ years experience, expiring contract), so they will have to find room in other ways; either through trades, nontenders, or not offering players a major league contract.

So, basically, a trade involving Brett Phillips or any true prospect, is very unlikely. However, there are others either on the 40 or that will have to be added to the 40 to be protected from the Rule 5 draft that could be dealt, or risk losing them for nothing, either in minor league free agency or the Rule 5.

Two quick lists, one I will call "bottom feeders"...no offense intended, they are on the 40 man, but not the 25 man, and are not considered top prospects. However, any or all may have nice major league careers, but probably will never be stars.

The 2nd is a list of guys who will have to be added to the 40 in the offseason or risk being lost in the Rule 5. I will asterisk the "prospects" that are ranked in the top 30 by MLB.com, as those are far more likely to be protected. And no, I am not 100% positive on this list, as rules are sometimes tough for the layman to follow.

Bottom feeders on the 40 man
Cravy (AAA DL)
Houser (AAA DL, will miss season due to injury)
Jungmann
Reed
Rivera
Susac
Suter

Rule 5 eligible
Nottingham*
Dubon*
F Peralta*
D Williams* (will miss season due to injury)
G Cooper
Wren
Orf
Archer
Wang
J Betancourt
Wilkerson







6/20/2017 02:30:00 PM



(6/20/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

What if we lived in an alternative universe, where Governor Walker never won...we don't need to look far.


6/20/2017 01:30:00 PM



(6/20/2017 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Lengthy piece on the Brewers' rebuild.

Many of the things we have discussed here are talked about...picking up talent by any means possible; minor league free agency, waiver claims, not giving up on young players after initial struggles, and so on.

No mention of other consistent Stearns' ideals...versatility, athleticism, taking walks, extra base power...give them time, they'll eventually pick up on it.


6/20/2017 12:55:00 PM



(6/20/2017 12:48:00 PM) - Al

Crew will sign Wilhelmson to a minor league contract.


6/20/2017 12:48:00 PM



(6/20/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Others unimpressed by the left celebrating the death of an American.

Why would they be more upset if he were black or a Muslim?


6/20/2017 03:00:00 AM



(6/20/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I believe there's a word for this...crime.

They simply hate freedom. Anyone is welcome to buy a house for investment purposes. In fact, the more homes that sit empty, the more demand there will be and the price should rise, good for all homeowners.

If only they were smart enough to understand, you know, simple economics.


6/20/2017 01:00:00 AM


Monday, June 19, 2017

(6/19/2017 09:12:00 PM) - Al

As I suspected, Overton does not last long, Zach Lee DFA'd.

Lee has not had success for a while, and never in the majors, but was a top prospect as recently as 2014. Sinking fastball and a very good slider. He might be a claim and stash possibility, especially for a team not contending.


6/19/2017 09:12:00 PM



(6/19/2017 08:27:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, this would only be a problem if it were Republicans. As is, no one will mention it except FNC.


6/19/2017 08:27:00 PM



(6/19/2017 05:56:00 PM) - Al

Why I hate Comedy Central and Salon.

Both decide to take the side of North Korea and blame the American victim, just because it makes Obama look bad.

Their hate for the USA and love for evil dictators knows no end.

His dad feels the same way


6/19/2017 05:56:00 PM



(6/19/2017 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says there was interest in Feliz, but salary made it not happen, hence, h was released.

DS has shown little interest thus far in eating salary to, in effect, "buy" a prospect or two. Not sure if that's a rule he lives by or if he just has not found the right deal.

Feliz has had good velocity, but his fastball location was way off, and he never was able to get anything going with his breaking ball. He'll probably have a dozen teams interested in him, because you can't teach 96 mph. He might even end up with a 40 man spot from the get go.


6/19/2017 05:41:00 PM



(6/19/2017 05:29:00 PM) - Al

Just saw one of these know it alls patiently explain to us numbskulls that the Brewers won't be signing all their draft picks this year because...they don't have enough roster spots in the minors.

Now, in reality, no team ever signs every pick, I think last season the Crew signed 37 of 40, a very high amount. This season, they drafted a lot of high ceiling high schoolers, who are unlikely to sign, as they hope to go to college and emerge much higher draft picks. They likely drafted a couple of them just in case a high pick is found to be injured on his pre draft physical and signs for well ls than expected.

The irony here is, they have signed 6 undrafted free agents, which, if they do not have enough roster spots for the drafted players, they certainly do not have enough for any of those, making his entire hypothesis a load of crap.

Every team will make room for players they want. Roster spots are not a concern for any club, as teams use the minor league DL as a taxi squad, as players do not have to be injured, there's no one checking on that stuff. It's all just fellas proving how little they know by bragging about how much they know.


6/19/2017 05:29:00 PM



(6/19/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

The 34-year-old Hardy isn’t exactly an irreplaceable cog at this stage of his career, evidenced by his .211/.248/.308 batting line in 239 plate appearances.--MLBTR

Been a sharp decline for JJ, who is a good example of why teams have to be careful when expecting players past their mythical prime of 27 to continue producing at a respectable level.

He's still above average in the field, worth about 20 runs (per UZR) and 11 runs (per DRS) since 2015, but being worth 6 runs in the field a season does not make up for getting out 75% of the time. One has to wonder if he'll just call it a career after this year, as his contract is up and it's difficult to believe any team will see him as an everyday player at 35. He hasn't even put up a 750 OPS since 2011...and only a 700 OPS once since 2014.



6/19/2017 10:00:00 AM



(6/19/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

The 2 clips I saw were very generic, and never even mentioned Trump. Compared to the old media description of Obama as "kind of like God," it was much ado about nothing...par for the course.


6/19/2017 07:30:00 AM



(6/19/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Camo and ammo.

The fact Laura is not known all over the nation with his catchy slogan means she needs a new PR person.


6/19/2017 04:00:00 AM



(6/19/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

I have a pretty good idea...


6/19/2017 02:30:00 AM



(6/19/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

So?

Malaria kills more in a year than DDT would in a century. 2,4D is one of the safest weedkillers to ever exist, and they tried legislating it out of existence... because it was cheap and effective.

We live in a world where nearly everyone is warm and comfy with a full belly, so they worry about the cure rather than the ailment.


6/19/2017 01:00:00 AM


Sunday, June 18, 2017

(6/18/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

I love it when people tell it like it is.

History will nickname Obama's presidency "The Fiction Years," or spomething even less kind. From healthcare to foreign policy, it was just one lie after another, with info and scoops promised to the old media that happily spread the fibs as fact, and never mentioned pallets of cash or the fact that your plan will be gone and your doc may not be affiliated with your new plan.

Because they know better.

Same reason Bernie says we only need one deodorant. He thinks one size fits all...of course, if you're allergic to one now, you just throw it away and ask your pharmacist to help you choose another one.

Under Bernie, you'd be miserable (you would be anyway, because we all know the economy would fall apart...they make everyone "equal" by making everyone poor...well, you can't make everyone successful) AND you'd either stink or be googling "how do I make deo at home" within a year of his killing the American dream and then blaming "bad luck" for the results.

Because they know better.


6/18/2017 05:30:00 PM



(6/18/2017 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Not as good as Nelson's, but Mike Blazek goes 7.2 frames and gives up 2 runs at Colorado Springs...though some may argue that's a better performance given the altitude. 3.42 ERA for the season, but his previous start at Colorado Springs was rough...if you remove that one, he has a 1.80 ERA for the campaign.

I'm sure plenty of teams wish they would have claimed him when he was removed from the 40 earlier this season. Amazingly, Jungmann is also pitching well in his first 4 outings at AAA (1.27 ERA, 24-10K/BB), as is Wang, who has been used solely in relief this season (1.70 ERA, 23-11 K/BB, and a .150 BAA versus LH hitters).


6/18/2017 04:44:00 PM



(6/18/2017 04:15:00 PM) - Al

The funny thing is, even though Nelson went a good inning longer than Brewers' SP's usually do, he still did not hit the magic number of 120 that many teams allow their SP's to hit a dozen times a season, and don't even think twice about.

I know a few years ago, someone kept track of all the pitchers that went 120+ pitches for a season and their next starts was about a run higher ERA than average...and two starts afterward was also well higher; about 2/3rd's or 3/4th's of a run. Hopefully, Jimmy will not be bothered.

I would not have been surprised at all if the Crew had tomorrow or THU off, giving him an extra day of rest between starts, but given they do not, I did not think they would bring him out for the 9th. The 8th was not a surprise at all, as he did not even have 100 at that point. It's also interesting to note Knebel has been rested on day 3 twice in a row now after pitching back to back. I assume this is a result of the accumulation of his work up to this point, and maybe with a side of his high pitch innings (on average). As Billy Beane said, strikeouts are a "pound of flesh"...they always take 3 pitches, and often 5-7, or even more.


6/18/2017 04:15:00 PM



(6/18/2017 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Overton is interesting for a number of reasons.

--Despite horrible overall numbers, lefties put up a .188/.200 line against him this season. That's a mighty small sample, but...

--He's a former 2nd round pick, and is is only 25.

--He was stunningly good as a SP his first 3 minor league seasons, ERA's of 1.95, 3.64, and 3.29, the latter in AAA.

--Always struck out 3 times as many as he walked. Also, only allowed 0.5 homers per 9 frames.

I won't argue he struggled in the majors, but pitching mostly middle relief after starting your entire career, and debuting in the bigs 3 years after being drafted is not really being set up for success either.

He is not a hard thrower, and looks like mostly a fastball/change up pitcher, so long term, his future is probably out of the bullpen, maybe with some spot starter usage.

If nothing else, he might be a good guy to claim and then send right back through waivers to let him work himself back into prospect status in AAA.


6/18/2017 01:49:00 PM



(6/18/2017 01:17:00 PM) - Al

If you do not understand what a small sample is, this is a nice example.

One would expect a near .500 record on any given day over the year. If you add these 2 together, it's almost exactly .500. But the smaller the sample, the more likely it is to be "off."

If you do not understand this, you are likely to wear Reynold's Wrap products on your noggin and embarrass yourself often on matters of common sense. For instance, you are likely to come to the conclusion that many people who voted for a black man twice and then voted for a white man did so because they are "racist."


6/18/2017 01:17:00 PM



(6/18/2017 12:54:00 PM) - Al

I've been warning you about this for the past 15 years. When you start to excuse bad behavior, the bad behavior will continue...and get worse.

I see lots of folks are "excusing" the vandalism and lawlessness in the Twin Cities area too. None of those criminals would give a damn if a cop got shot. In fact, many would react with great joy. I do not expect law enforcement, or anyone else for that matter, to wait around while a guy either grabs his gun (police officer's version) or reaches his hand out of sight (witness version). Many would say the cop should have stood there and waited to get shot because "that's unlikely to happen."

Many are out of touch buffoons. I know I'm right, because she who is always wrong disagrees.




6/18/2017 12:54:00 PM



(6/18/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe how many of my FB friends went to the Brewers' game yesterday, and every one because of the Faith Day festivities, including the Mercy Me concert. I was a little surprised to see empty seats in the 4th level corners, though a crowd of 34K is respectable.

Minor league teams have been known to have several Faith Nights a season, especially in the south, as they often get a capacity crowd, or very close to it. I would assume this is the start of a tradition at Miller Park.


6/18/2017 12:30:00 PM



(6/18/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh.

It's true you know.


6/18/2017 09:30:00 AM



(6/18/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

I'd watch if she hosted guys mowing their lawn.

The best part is, some fellas are offended by strong women like this. That makes me even happier.


6/18/2017 06:00:00 AM



(6/18/2017 04:30:00 AM) - Al

They wish us all dead. That's why they can't show an ounce of respect for the wounded.


6/18/2017 04:30:00 AM



(6/18/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember this when you see players suspended without an ounce of evidence or a conviction. Innocent until proven guilty does not happen anymore on college campuses.


6/18/2017 03:00:00 AM



(6/18/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

My goodness.


6/18/2017 01:30:00 AM



(6/18/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

They just can't help themselves.

The irony is, what I said they would do a few hours after the shooting...they began doing right away, and have now far surpassed it. Because it's different when they do it


6/18/2017 12:30:00 AM


Saturday, June 17, 2017

(6/17/2017 11:00:00 PM) - Al

The most pro gay rights president a thousand times over. Gay rights groups still hate him? Why? He's a Republican. That's all that matters.


6/17/2017 11:00:00 PM



(6/17/2017 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, it ain't my side doing it.

You'll have to ask them.

I'd like to say I'm surprised. But I ain't.They are a miserable group. Luckily for us, they push voters away.


6/17/2017 10:00:00 PM



(6/17/2017 09:30:00 PM) - Al

It's easy to believe all the current silliness is all misdirection. The more you make stuff up, the harder it is to separate fact from fiction.


6/17/2017 09:30:00 PM



(6/17/2017 08:30:00 PM) - Al

For those who think the Brewers will remain in contention, a list of the top trade possibilities...perhaps even a better "list" is the "others" separated by team at the bottom.

There are 2-3 dozen relievers of various quality. By far the most tempting name to me would be Josh Harrison of the Pirates...a solid option at 2B/3B/LF/RF...and I'm sure he could play SS and CF if needed, though he would likely be the best option for hardly anyone.

Also, funny to see Jeffress and Lucroy both mentioned, even if not on the real list.


6/17/2017 08:30:00 PM



(6/17/2017 08:18:00 PM) - Al

The presser acted like Torres had really struggled of late...in reality, he had held the opponents scoreless in 4 of the last 5...and the one was the 11-1 loss in which I doubt Torres did much more than fling strikes in, hoping for a short outing.

Even though Chase went 7, the bullpen still had to get 12 outs. They have not had the good fortune of quick games, to say the least. They are tied for 2nd in extra inning games, with 10 already. A couple teams have only had 1 or 2.


6/17/2017 08:18:00 PM



(6/17/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al

I'm beginning to think this was not an attack on journalism like CNN told me...


6/17/2017 07:00:00 PM



(6/17/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

This sounds a lot like Hillary.


6/17/2017 06:30:00 PM



(6/17/2017 06:11:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks have officially named Jon Horst their general manager. Horst’s promotion from director of basketball operations is surprising, given that the reported finalists for the position were Bucks assistant GM Justin Zanik, Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, and former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox. A “contentious ownership disagreement” reportedly led to Horst’s ascension.--Hoops Rumors

Apparently, the braintrust was split on who to add on to the braintrust. Horst is a compromise pick, but one has to wonder if Jason Kidd is either making or approving many of the moves, and the GM is more of a paperwork/spokesman position.


6/17/2017 06:11:00 PM



(6/17/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Why do they idolize terrorists?

Asking for a friend.


6/17/2017 05:30:00 PM



(6/17/2017 05:22:00 PM) - Al

I assume Barnes threw too many pitches last night (I think it was 25-30) to pitch today, though he might just be not pitching his normal 8th due to matchups or a hope to avoid him pitching.


6/17/2017 05:22:00 PM



(6/17/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, they tell me he deserves it...


6/17/2017 04:30:00 PM



(6/17/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Yet another example of our first class healthcare system many would like to replace with a socialist, wait a couple years for a knee replacement one.

Because they know better.

The irony is, we already have a government run bureaucracy in healthcare in the USA. It's called the VA. It's a dumpster fire, no offense to dumpster fires.


6/17/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/17/2017 02:01:00 PM) - Al

Surprised Franklin isn't in the lineup today, as the SD SP's splits versus LH bats makes every lefty bat look like Barry Bonds.

Small sample, of course, but a 1200 OPS is a 1200 OPS.


6/17/2017 02:01:00 PM



(6/17/2017 01:47:00 PM) - Al

If you can spare a few dollars, and do not despise your country, you might want to donate to the family of a friend of Billy Schroeder.

Some give all, some bitch about politics after a tragedy.


6/17/2017 01:47:00 PM



(6/17/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Polite and civil.

Well, to be fair, they want you dead. That said, very pleasant and cordial about it.


6/17/2017 01:30:00 PM



(6/17/2017 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Even as the wounded Congressman lies recovering in the hospital, they can't even hold their tongue long enough to pretend they can't stand us.


6/17/2017 01:21:00 PM



(6/17/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Makes me shed a tear.

To be honest, any other military strategy should be considered treason. As I have pointed out dozens of times, the previous administration never seemed to even consider the idea that if they made mosques and "sacred" places untouchable targets, the enemy would hide ammo, weapons, and troops in there.

To be fair, they also considered sending terror sponsoring nations pallets of cash to be brilliant strategery.


6/17/2017 12:00:00 PM



(6/17/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Nothing defeats small businesses from getting started than ridiculous anti capitalist laws like this.

What took them so long to strike it down?


6/17/2017 10:30:00 AM



(6/17/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

A wise man has been warning Ramblings' readers about this for years.

The fact IL does not believe in math? The hell with them.

Plenty of room for them businesses in the state to the north.


6/17/2017 09:00:00 AM



(6/17/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Repeat after me...when everyone is Hitler, no one is Hitler.

They never learn. W was the worst...and now Trump is.

Wait until the next one.


6/17/2017 07:30:00 AM



(6/17/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Don't tell me I didn't warn you.

When you baby those that behave badly, bad behavior will continue.


6/17/2017 06:30:00 AM



(6/17/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Why Tennessee does not have the crime rate Chicago does.

Short version: The bad guys know they'll get shot.


6/17/2017 05:00:00 AM



(6/17/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

I must admit, when you list them all out like that, it's rather damning for a certain party.


6/17/2017 03:00:00 AM



(6/17/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Note to self...do not piss off Rachel.


6/17/2017 12:30:00 AM


Friday, June 16, 2017

(6/16/2017 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Unpossible!

Dan Rather and Brian Williams insist they are unbiased and very, very honest. And war heroes. And really, really popular with the ladies.


6/16/2017 11:00:00 PM



(6/16/2017 10:45:00 PM) - Al

Don't expect the old media to report this...who stopped the thugs who killed two corrections officers? A good guy with a gun.

I wish they would have resisted.


6/16/2017 10:45:00 PM



(6/16/2017 08:34:00 PM) - Al

If I could run like Lewis Brinson, I'd pull a Forrest Gump and just run everywhere I'd go.

Why? Just because I could.


6/16/2017 08:34:00 PM



(6/16/2017 08:30:00 PM) - Al

This will not stand up. I think the jury wanted to go home for the weekend and fell into the "well, it has to be somebody's fault" mentality.

Free speech is free speech, if if mean spirited or in poor taste. Not to mention, if wishing someone dead is a crime, almost every liberal is guilty of it towards our president.

EDIT: Ann agrees. Looks like a judge made the ruling, not a jury. Looking to make a name for himself.


6/16/2017 08:30:00 PM



(6/16/2017 07:50:00 PM) - Al

This is like the dude whose field Flight 93 landed in complaining he was the victim, not the innocents that were on the plane.

Only CNN would pretend they were the ones to feel sorry for as they proudly sponsor a play in which a Trump lookalike is assassinated.

The hell with them.


6/16/2017 07:50:00 PM



(6/16/2017 05:22:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife is going to a bar to listen to a local band tonight, so I told the Rambling son late this afternoon, I would go get my haircut, and pick him up supper somewhere if he wanted. He pondered this for almost a minute, and then replied, "Could you pick up Little Caesar's?"

That boy's gonna be a cheap date someday.

By the way, a prediction...LC just introduced a new $6 large pizza, which they call the EMB, the "extra most bestest," which has extra cheese and extra pepperoni than their standard $5 large. I predict in 3-6 months, they will drop their $5 one and just go with this version, which does have noticeably more cheese on it (though it's not a cheat day, so no carbs for me).


6/16/2017 05:22:00 PM



(6/16/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Look at the crowd of protesters at the Trump rally.

It was YUUUUGGGGEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


6/16/2017 04:30:00 PM



(6/16/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

VP Pence's intro to President Trump...remember when the left insisted Latinos would not vote for Trump? No one wants to admit the simple fact I point out often...no one hates illegal immigrants more than legal immigrants.

Watch the intro, it's only 5 minutes, and it's why many of us are Republicans. Note many behind the VP wiping away tears. It wasn't one of Obama's stupidest deals (to be fair, any agreement in which he did not ship terrorists pallets of cash was less bad than others), but like most, gave no benefits to the USA...just done to say they did something.


6/16/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/16/2017 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Of course they did. I am surprised it took so long.

Simply put, you cannot reach for a gun (or appear to be doing so) and not expect to be shot. This jappens 10 times out of 10, and the mock outrage fails to resonate with anyone who supports law enforcement, which is almost everyone.


6/16/2017 03:45:00 PM



(6/16/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Not just the ladies.

Conservatives forced the NY Times into a correction on their lie about Palin, a few years ago, we just would have remained silent and taken the abuse.

Silence is the same as nodding in agreement. Don't be afraid to point out they are lying liars, and not the least bit ashamed of it.


6/16/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/16/2017 03:03:00 PM) - Al

Pelosi caught being honest, as Scalise fights for his life.

I'm glad she's not on my side.

Pocohontas guilty as well.


6/16/2017 03:03:00 PM



(6/16/2017 02:43:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, the shooter was not a Trump supporter, and it's still Trump's fault!

Why? Because! Shut up!

As a Wisconsinite, it's very easy for me to see this just like Governor Walker's recall attempt...no one even pretended he had done anything wrong, they just did not like his politics. It actually strengthened Walker and his supporters, because the left simply has no concept of reality...they are unhappy now that Trump is using all the tricks Obama used and the Dems made easier...their shortsightedness is stunning...they never considered the fact they would ever lose.


6/16/2017 02:43:00 PM



(6/16/2017 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Their worst enemy is when they speak honestly on the record.


6/16/2017 02:23:00 PM



(6/16/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I adore her because she irritates all the people that should be irritated.


6/16/2017 01:00:00 PM



(6/16/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

But they kind of deserved it.

Polite and civil.


6/16/2017 11:30:00 AM



(6/16/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Simply amazing how many ignorant things he said that the old media covered up.

When he wasn't reading off a teleprompter, it's astounding how pathetic a speaker he was.


6/16/2017 10:30:00 AM



(6/16/2017 09:33:00 AM) - Al

President Trump hits 50% approval on first day of Rasmussen polling that includes 3 days after the VA shooting.

Public reaction to bad behavior by left and even more damning, the old media's embarrassing, clumsy failure to blame Republicans being shot by a socialist as the fault of Republicans.



6/16/2017 09:33:00 AM



(6/16/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

A wise man predicted this months ago.


6/16/2017 09:00:00 AM



(6/16/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Nasty reputation hit the left has taken the past couple days.

Just imagine if the tea party would have had any events like this. They tore them apart after peaceful, civil gatherings that left the meeting areas cleaner than when they began. Yet the old media insists on covering up for scumbags like this and Occupy.

Narrative far more important than reporting. Because shut up.


6/16/2017 07:30:00 AM



(6/16/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Unguilty!

Of everything!


6/16/2017 06:00:00 AM



(6/16/2017 04:30:00 AM) - Al

Note the lack of personal responsibility in the old media's coverage.

Everyone's a victim and no one accomplishes anything without the help of huge, massive government!


6/16/2017 04:30:00 AM



(6/16/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

It's all about the narrative.


6/16/2017 02:30:00 AM



(6/16/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe that allowing people to keep more of their own money and not giving union workers platinum benefits has worked exactly like we knew it would.

It's still working, my friends. 




6/16/2017 01:00:00 AM


Thursday, June 15, 2017

(6/15/2017 09:32:00 PM) - Al

Hader-Torres-Drake.

Just like they planned it all offseason.:)


6/15/2017 09:32:00 PM



(6/15/2017 09:23:00 PM) - Al

Taylor Jungmann with a 1.26 ERA at AAA after being stretched out at AA after being sent down. He and Blazek both pitching effectively, even at altitude.


6/15/2017 09:23:00 PM



(6/15/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

She's beautiful and honest.


6/15/2017 09:00:00 PM



(6/15/2017 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Molina since 2015...720 OPS, 30% CS. The Cards just extended him through 2020 at $20M per, when he'll be 37.

Heh. He runs like me after a big meal (and dessert) NOW.




6/15/2017 08:11:00 PM



(6/15/2017 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Scum of the planet caught in TN. Gee, I sure hope they didn't miss lasagna day at the correction facility.

No offense to scum intended.


6/15/2017 07:50:00 PM



(6/15/2017 06:39:00 PM) - Al

The hell with them.


6/15/2017 06:39:00 PM



(6/15/2017 05:25:00 PM) - Al

Are you telling me that a one size fits all health care plan, in which the only choice is chosen by one party whose only goal is single payer, may not be a good idea?

The hell you say. Who woulda thunk it?


6/15/2017 05:25:00 PM



(6/15/2017 04:21:00 PM) - Al

This is why I'm glad she's not on my side. And for that matter, none of them.

They do whatever they can to push the independents and moderates (Reagan/Trump Dems) over to our side. And we welcome them, because we're not nearly as ignorant as her.


6/15/2017 04:21:00 PM



(6/15/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, of course they did...he's a Republican.

If you gave them truth serum, they'd say we should all be shot. Hillary did not call us deplorables because she was fibbing, it's because she mistakenly told the truth.

It happens very rarely, but when it does, it ain't a pretty sight.


6/15/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/15/2017 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Thornburg to miss season with surgery.

Tyler and Will Smith have been injured, while Jeffress has had off field issues and struggled on the diamond. Lesson? Sell high on relievers, as all but the very best are hit and miss.

In a roundabout way, this is why I am so pro position player in the June draft. Far less injury risk, far more consistent. Let the other clubs take the risks and then make trades once they get through the minefield that is developing arms.


6/15/2017 03:33:00 PM



(6/15/2017 03:10:00 PM) - Al

Jon Heyman reports the Rangers seriously considered dumping Jeremy Jeffress before they DFA'd Sam Dyson.

Jeffress pitched nicely for a week or two, going 7.2 frames and only allowing one run, until blowing up last night, giving up 2 homers and 4 runs in a single inning. His velocity is down 1.1 mph from last season (likely about 2.5 mph, as the guns seem faster this year) and his fly balls are up, K's and grounders down.

He could well be a buy low candidate as time goes on. Given his arrest last season and subsequent treatment, the Rangers are probably questioning his motivation, if nothing else. 


6/15/2017 03:10:00 PM



(6/15/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

That's because the former president was too busy shaking his finger and insisting he was too intelligent to spend a moment talking to law enforcement or the military or anyone if flyover country.


6/15/2017 03:00:00 PM



(6/15/2017 02:05:00 PM) - Al

NY Times caught, and after 24 hours of overwhelming retaliation by the other side, is forced to issue a correction.

The hell with them. My feelings toward them would have to improve a dozen fold for me to say I only despise them. I hope Palin sues them into oblivion.


6/15/2017 02:05:00 PM



(6/15/2017 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Scahill outrighted to AAA, which means he cleared waivers.

Scahill will have to accept his assignment or become a free agent. MIL has a pretty good history of making "handshake" deals with veterans to let them go if another team wants them in the majors. For his crappy secondary stats, Scahill's bottom line was a 3.57 ERA, which is almost identical to his career line.


6/15/2017 01:21:00 PM



(6/15/2017 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Lost in the bullpen performance of late is improvements by one fella:

Jared Hughes in June, 10-0 K/BB




6/15/2017 01:20:00 PM



(6/15/2017 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Sickels says the Crew did top 5 work on day two of the draft.


6/15/2017 12:41:00 PM



(6/15/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Free! Free! Free!


6/15/2017 12:30:00 PM



(6/15/2017 12:04:00 PM) - Al

A wise man has said numerous times they are creating sympathy as they lie, fib, and report fake news.

How's that anti Trump panel turn out for ya, CNN?


6/15/2017 12:04:00 PM



(6/15/2017 12:02:00 PM) - Al

If we were all dead. they would smile and congratulate each other on a job well done.


6/15/2017 12:02:00 PM



(6/15/2017 11:57:00 AM) - Al

After insisting for a season plus Matt Garza had trade value, it turns out he is pitching better and might be worth nearly as much as the top arms on this list...especially when one considers he has a team option for $5M next season.

Repeat after me...never judge a player by his results when less than 100%.


6/15/2017 11:57:00 AM



(6/15/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, some still believe them, even though they're never right.


6/15/2017 11:30:00 AM



(6/15/2017 10:59:00 AM) - Al

Tweet of the decade.

It's not funny because it's true.


6/15/2017 10:59:00 AM



(6/15/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

So, in 4 days, the USA will be extinct.

Sounds like we'll need a lot of corpse-men, right Barry?


6/15/2017 10:30:00 AM



(6/15/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

I'm embarrassed to be witnessing this.


6/15/2017 08:30:00 AM



(6/15/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Reagan pointed this out and it's got a lot worse since.

The days of personal responsibility are long gone. It is always someone else's fault.


6/15/2017 07:30:00 AM



(6/15/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Despite this spring's lingering problems with wet soils, a number of reporters commented that rain was now needed.--WI Crop Report

A parody of itself. 


6/15/2017 05:30:00 AM



(6/15/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Yep. Exactly how it goes.


6/15/2017 03:30:00 AM



(6/15/2017 01:01:00 AM) - Al

No Counsell presser after the game on FSW? Nothing on Twitter either? Did he not have one because it's after deadline? Does "deadline" still exist since they don't really have any newspapers yet?

I doubt he would have talked about the bullpen workload and availability anyway, but it's why I watched. I would not be surprised at all if Knebel, Torres, and Barnes are given the day off. All are on pace for 80+ games, and that has to come down at some point. The team has one day off before the all star break on June 10th. Scheduling days off may be needed to not only keep them healthy, but to simply see who else they have. CC has said often, "We'll worry about tomorrow tomorrow." I don't think he ever expected to win so many and be in so many games.


6/15/2017 01:01:00 AM



(6/15/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

It's a complete mystery how where this loon got this idea from.

We may never know...


6/15/2017 01:00:00 AM



(6/15/2017 12:00:00 AM) - Al

It's different when they do it.


6/15/2017 12:00:00 AM


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

(6/14/2017 10:56:00 PM) - Al

Let's play in the pouring rain for 10 minutes, but let's stop now.

I simply have no idea what goes through their heads except that nothing does.


6/14/2017 10:56:00 PM



(6/14/2017 09:33:00 PM) - Al

This is why we call them fake news. Because they are.


6/14/2017 09:33:00 PM



(6/14/2017 08:29:00 PM) - Al

Considering what we've seen and heard from two days of testimony, this is embarrassing for Mueller.

Of course, we've seen plenty of these "anonymous" reports before.


6/14/2017 08:29:00 PM



(6/14/2017 08:09:00 PM) - Al

They can't win at the ballot box, so they try and win in other ways.

This is why we have to punch back twice as hard and fight like girls. Candles and teddy bears are for the defeated. The hell with them.


6/14/2017 08:09:00 PM



(6/14/2017 07:57:00 PM) - Al

Feliz's DFA opens up a 40 man spot as well.

Guys like Mike Blazek noted that, I'm sure. A 3.43 ERA in Colorado Springs is mighty impressive. As soon as he gtes his walks down a bit (or is needed), he's probably back. 


6/14/2017 07:57:00 PM



(6/14/2017 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Stearns says taking HS players with strong college commitments in rounds 11-19 was their strategy, thinks there will be money left over to "sign some."

7th-8th round money is about $200-250K. The first $100K doesn't count. They might be able to afford 5 or 6 of them if they can save $1M elsewhere.


6/14/2017 06:37:00 PM



(6/14/2017 05:34:00 PM) - Al

When Giffords was shot, it was treated as an attack on liberals.

Today, an attack on the GOP by a Sanders' supporter is being treated as "yet another mass shooting." Nothing to do with hateful talk, of course.

It's a bit more subtle than usual, but obviously, still an attempt to not report the news, but frame it.

ADDED: Tragedy handbook...blame the right or if the shooter is not a conservative, insist we must not bring politics into this. 

If the shooter had been a dedicated Rush Limbaugh fan, there would be talk today of banning "hateful talk radio," which would, of course, translate to conservative radio. But, since he was a socialist who hated Republicans, it's a shrug of the shoulders and "let's ban guns."  


6/14/2017 05:34:00 PM



(6/14/2017 05:26:00 PM) - Al

They insist if they don't write about it, it never happened.

That's why no one trusts them.

Most people aren't even aware of the IRS scandal or Fast and Furious, because the old media pretended they never happened.


6/14/2017 05:26:00 PM



(6/14/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.

Remember, it was all Palin's fault when Giffords got shot. Because shut up.


6/14/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/14/2017 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Garza back, Feliz DFA'd. Disappointing because everything I said about Peralta yesterday is also true of Feliz. He could easily rebound and have a better second half than Barnes or Knebel...that's how relievers work.

That said, he was only signed for 2017, so the loss is minimal, only $500K for a replacement, and what you would acquire in trade. Still might get something, as the velocity is there. Sam Dyson had several suitors, they said.



6/14/2017 02:33:00 PM



(6/14/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I wonder where he got the idea from.


6/14/2017 02:00:00 PM



(6/14/2017 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Struggling to comprehend that most politicians have no security detail at all. They should be strongly encouraged to carry, and publicize the fact they do.


6/14/2017 01:33:00 PM



(6/14/2017 01:25:00 PM) - Al

HuffPo takes down article calling for execution of Trump, cohorts.

Why? Idiot writer says "because we do not have 100% proof."

I'm glad he's not on my side. There is not an ounce of evidence, as shown by Comey and Sessions testimony. None. It's all a conspiracy theory, all made up.


6/14/2017 01:25:00 PM



(6/14/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Different viewpoints are fine, just so they're the same as mine.


6/14/2017 01:00:00 PM



(6/14/2017 12:39:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have chosen 9 HS players to start the 3rd day of the draft. Not sure if that's a planned pattern or just best player available. All are also at athletic positions (P/CF/SS) as well.

EDIT: Very likely a strategy, as 9 straight HS's would only happen less than 1/4 of 1% of the time if done randomly. 

ADDED: They took a sophomore eligible college player with their 10th pick.  They must have a plan to be able to afford them. Their "pool" is $10.45M, and then can give any player drafted in round 11-40 $100K without it counting against the pool (so if they sign a pick for $125K, only $25K counts toward their "pool" total.


6/14/2017 12:39:00 PM



(6/14/2017 12:38:00 PM) - Al

She's a quality person.


6/14/2017 12:38:00 PM



(6/14/2017 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Audio from a neighbor at the shooting, she says she turned it on a few seconds after she heard gunfire.

I counted 32, and all but the first few seemed to come in bursts, probably from the good guys.


6/14/2017 12:16:00 PM



(6/14/2017 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Twins select Mennonite Educational Inst RHP Cade Smith in 16th round.

Gotta be tough playing baseball wearing one of those little black hats...


6/14/2017 12:05:00 PM



(6/14/2017 11:55:00 AM) - Al

His true motives may never be known...


6/14/2017 11:55:00 AM



(6/14/2017 11:18:00 AM) - Al

It's a mystery why an angry socialist would get the idea to commit violence against conservatives

A few facts.

--If not for good guys with guns, we may have lost up to 50 GOP politicians this morning.

--The only reason the capitol police were there is one of the "players" has a title, the majority whip. If not, the shooter would have had several more minutes to shoot and kill.

--The shooter is from IL, the state with the strictest gun control in the nation. He was a scumbag and I'm glad he's dead. Thank goodness he did not take any innocents with him.

--Newt Gingrich just said he regularly talks to college students who say they feel threatened if they speak up and voice their support for Trump and the Republican party. It's OK to joke about assassinating Trump, but any talk like that was unacceptable for Obama. Why? Shut up.

--Many are suggesting we buy tickets for the baseball game, even if we live elsewhere and cannot go. The proceeds go to charity.

--You can say what you want, but I don't think a fake investigation into a conspiracy theory to try and explain away why a despised candidate has done anything but led to this. They should put away their tin foil hats and get to work.

--Thank goodness this loser was such a terrible shot. He was shooting for 3-5 minutes, per eyewitnesses. If he was a trained military sniper, every person on the field would be dead. It would look like a patch of Normandy.


6/14/2017 11:18:00 AM



(6/14/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.


6/14/2017 07:30:00 AM



(6/14/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Other than party politics, I am 99% sure there's not a single reason she should have a Navy ship named after her.

Her only historical noteworthy event is getting shot. Enough said.


6/14/2017 06:00:00 AM



(6/14/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Laws? For the little people.


6/14/2017 02:30:00 AM



(6/14/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Tell me again how you're worried about how prisoners are treated.

The hell with them.


6/14/2017 12:30:00 AM


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

(6/13/2017 11:33:00 PM) - Al

Suter sent down.

Espino made it to the game at some point. Fred Dabney drove him from Memphis.

Another move will have to be made to make room for Garza.


6/13/2017 11:33:00 PM



(6/13/2017 10:30:00 PM) - Al

President Trump giving Defense Secretary Mattis authority to set number of troops in Afghanistan. Pentagon announcement expected shortly.--Gillian Turner

If Obama had done this instead of firing Mattis and giving them a fraction of the troops that were needed, Afghanistan would have never been lost after W won it. Remember, Obama never once said "victory" was a goal in 8 years. You know why? Because he never gave a damn about terror. Never pretended to. Never would admit radical Islam was the real problem.

You can't defeat an enemy you refuse to admit exists.  


6/13/2017 10:30:00 PM



(6/13/2017 08:00:00 PM) - Al

These are really going nicely.


6/13/2017 08:00:00 PM



(6/13/2017 06:35:00 PM) - Al

Espino must be able to make it in by early in the game, or else they just would have brought back Phillips (I assume the 10 day rule can be waived if a player is DL'd), who I assume is still in SL.


6/13/2017 06:35:00 PM



(6/13/2017 06:31:00 PM) - Al

Woodruff DL'd, Espino brought up.

We'll have to see if Espino or Suter goes down tomorrow. If Espino pitches in the second game, it may well be him. Since Suter pitched so well before tiring, he may be kept if both can't pitch for a day or two.

Garza due back soon also. Braun expected to go on rehab in a few days, and you know that will probably only last a day or two.


6/13/2017 06:31:00 PM



(6/13/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, he did only ask for one, not, you know, several.


6/13/2017 06:30:00 PM



(6/13/2017 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Now that Comey's testimony has proven Russia to be a fraud, many are wondering why they continue. Well, they're too embarrassed to admit it, and, they are terrified by the actual known crimes...Obama ordering phones to be tapped of political opponents and journalists; and Lynch ordering Comey to lie about the Hillary scandal (well, one of them).


6/13/2017 06:10:00 PM



(6/13/2017 05:20:00 PM) - Al

This happened under Reagan, and it still shocks the left 30some years later. What really irritates them is their inability to punish the successful.

If you fail to learn from history, you're doomed to repeat it.


6/13/2017 05:20:00 PM



(6/13/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al

Just made the Rambling son his well child and yearly allergist appointments on the same day, at 1:40 and 2PM.

I have every confidence this will be smooth as silk and no problems will arise.


6/13/2017 05:00:00 PM



(6/13/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

As Adam and I tweet back and forth about Peralta, thoughts:

1. He was sent down last year and used his final option.

2. At the time, I'm sure it was assumed they would just nontender him.

3. However, he righted the ship after being called up, and was offered arby.

4. One would think he has little to no chance of being offered arby again, so his time with the Crew would end after this current campaign.

5. Is it worth trying to salvage something and hoping he returns to form? Given that Sam Dyson was claimed by multiple teams, MLB clubs have a tendency to think they can "fix" any pitcher, especially the ones that throw 96-98 with movement.

It may well come down to if MIL thinks they are actual contenders, or if they feel they have little chance of matching the Cubs over 162 (or a wildcard, of which they are 6 games out at the moment). SD is carrying 3 Rule 5 picks and appears oblivious of the fact 2 of the 3 are embarrassing themselves, including the young P they nabbed from the Brewers, Miguel Diaz, who has worked his ERA DOWN to 7ish. They have punted 2017 and are using it for the future. 


6/13/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/13/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

I love the left's insistence that the way to attract more voters is to insist they are fools.


6/13/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/13/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Fake news?

Perhaps, a better term is just fake.


6/13/2017 03:00:00 PM



(6/13/2017 02:40:00 PM) - Al

They badgered Sessions into recusing himself, he did, now they ask why. If he’d walked guns across the border like Holder he’d be celebrated.--Dana Loesch

They called for Comey to be fired for months, and then hailed him as a martyr when he was.

It's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.


6/13/2017 02:40:00 PM



(6/13/2017 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Some of the Senators in front of AG Sessions are asking for soft cushions cause they just got their butts kicked by Jeff Sessions.--Mike Huckabee

I, of course, am watching the game, but play by play being provided by the former governor. 


6/13/2017 02:11:00 PM



(6/13/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

And, he is Comey's best buddy.

He should resign ASAP due to conflict of interest. Pretending these clowns are non partisan is ridiculous.


6/13/2017 02:00:00 PM



(6/13/2017 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Woodruff has hamstring tightness, Brent Suter will start. Suter will take the roster spot of Brett Phillips, who heads back down to AAA.

EDIT: The 26th man cannot be changed between games, so Suter will be on the roster tonight. However, we may well see Woodruff DL'd or removed and, if nothing else, Phillips put back on. 


6/13/2017 01:06:00 PM



(6/13/2017 12:27:00 PM) - Al

Went to Brewers' site and the Crew was on the clock. I rock.

They take KJ Harrison, catcher from Oregon State. I have said I would always take a catcher in the first 5 rounds, just due to position scarcity. He has also played 1B/3B and is known as a slugger, so there will be questions about his ability to stay at catcher.


6/13/2017 12:27:00 PM



(6/13/2017 12:10:00 PM) - Al

After today's twin bill, I think Suter might be in his way up and will probably replace a position player. Unless he was injured, there is no reason for him to start SUN and then be pulled after 30 pitches.

Or, Woodruff could stick around, especially if he pitches well. A 4.12 ERA does not seem very impressive, but pitching half his games at altitude, becomes far more so.




6/13/2017 12:10:00 PM



(6/13/2017 11:13:00 AM) - Al

Shaw back with team, daughter had open heart surgery and is stable. He takes School's 25 man spot. Woodruff is the 26th man for doubleheader.

Of course, that could change after the games, as it did last year, when Tyler Cravy was kept because he did nicely.



6/13/2017 11:13:00 AM



(6/13/2017 11:01:00 AM) - Al

Scahill DFA'd, Brandon Woodruff will take his 40 man spot and start today.



6/13/2017 11:01:00 AM



(6/13/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Heck, McCain and Romney were Hitler just as candidates. They should feel especially honored.


6/13/2017 01:30:00 AM


Monday, June 12, 2017

(6/12/2017 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Brewers pick Caden Lemons, a HS RHP  at #46.

I am not a fan of taking HS pitchers in the first 5 rounds due to injury risk, but that doesn't mean some of them don't make it.

That is it for tonight.


6/12/2017 09:52:00 PM



(6/12/2017 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Brewers pick Tristen Lutz, HS OF at #34.

Big arm, big RH power hitter, 6-3, 210, so he's 18 and as big as Lewis Brinson. He's going to be a large man, probably settle in at 6-4, 225-230. Committed to Texas, but I'm sure the Crew knows he's signable. 

I know I saw a mock in which Lutz was taken in the 15-20 range. One more pick tonight at #46. 


6/12/2017 09:18:00 PM



(6/12/2017 09:16:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers are on the clock for pick #34.

The clock just asked that they please step off.


6/12/2017 09:16:00 PM



(6/12/2017 08:34:00 PM) - Al

I'm not nearly a big enough nerd to watch the draft pick by pick, but I just looked at the picks and the top rated players...as I suspected, the Crew will almost certainly get a player rated by many in the top 15 at #34...well, if they choose to take one, as sometimes players go "early" if they will sign for less or whatever.


6/12/2017 08:34:00 PM



(6/12/2017 07:10:00 PM) - Al

Brewers take Kestin Hiura in the 1st round.

Love the pick, as he was considered the best hitter in the draft, and definitely the best college hitter. He has an arm issue that may require surgery, but time will tell. May end up at 1B/2B/LF because of this.

As a guy who prefers position players to pitchers and would always err toward taking the best hitter available (in a hat tip to the Weeks/Braun/Fielder days, not to mention the Cubs current run of Bryant/Schwarber/Happ), this is a pick I would have made.


6/12/2017 07:10:00 PM



(6/12/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

The "bad luck" of the Obama years continues.

If only we could find some correlation between extremely strict gun control laws and murder havens such as DC, Baltimore, Chicago...what? There is? Pardon me while I pretend I did not hear that. 




6/12/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/12/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, good.

If this had happened with Obama, they'd have already fired the teacher and be contemplating federal charges. But it's a start.


6/12/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/12/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Ghandi

Hmmm. What presidential candidate and winner does this remind you of?

Asking for a friend. Because the left obviously knows better than me about everything.

Walker has no chance to win the recall...Trump has no chance to win the primary...or the general election...why is Pence throwing away his political future by accepting the VP...I'm telling you, it was Russia!




6/12/2017 03:00:00 PM



(6/12/2017 02:54:00 PM) - Al

Rewriting of history is not just limited to politics, I guess.

Just saw a message board say last year, most mock drafts had the Crew going with Delvan Perez. I thought that was strange, because I recalled most having them ending up with Corey Ray, who they did choose. So, I went back to check...the 10 I looked at, 7 had Ray, the other 3 were mixed.

If memory serves, Perez was a guy mentioned as a possible "below slot" pick, as he was thought to be a late 1st round choice, and would sign for late 1st round money.




6/12/2017 02:54:00 PM



(6/12/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Sickels completely changes his "final" mock draft, now has the Crew taking another HS OF.

Jeren Kendall, who I longed for to be their 1st pick a month or so ago, drops clear to #23. The Brewers' pick at #34 might well have been forecast in the top half of the 1st round a while back, as about a half dozen prospects have nosedived in the past week.


6/12/2017 02:00:00 PM



(6/12/2017 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Tear down this wall!

Of course, if Obama would have been there, the phrase would have been adjusted to say, "If you want to tear the down, you can tear down the wall. And let me make perfectly clear, I apologize for all of our past sins, which are many, because we used to be a terrible, horrible place. Saving the world while asking for nothing in return but a place to bury our fallen. Again, I'm sorry. Maybe a pallet of cash would make you hate us less?"

And you think I'm kidding. 


6/12/2017 01:32:00 PM



(6/12/2017 12:10:00 PM) - Al

When we had our roof done, they backed up an old dump truck they used for trash. It leaked hydraulic fluid all over our driveway, as while they put a board under it, they could not get it down fast enough, or maybe it rolled down the board, I don't know. I mentioned it to the guy finishing up, cutting and installing our gutters, and he tried to put Dawn on it and brush it in a bit, said it would likely fade. It did, but was still very visible.

Stubbornness is both a positive and a negative. I googled how to get rid of fresh oil stains on concrete and found dozens of home remedies, and a couple products that cost $30-50, which even if they worked, I would only use once (barring our vehicles leaking over time).

Some suggestions would have cost as much as the specialty cleaner. However, I am proud to say, after yesterday's rain, I cannot even tell where the stains were. The method, which involves no scrubbing at all, takes less than a minute, and costs about $1 per treatment:

Sprinkle a box of baking soda over the stain.

Pour a bottle of hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda.

Let sit a day or two. The soda kind of holds the peroxide in place.

Wait for the rain to rinse it away. I guess if you were impatient, you could use a hose or a bucket.

You could even use your "old" baking soda from your fridge or freezer, which would lower your cost to 50 cents, you frugal fella that doesn't realize everyone laughs at you because you're so damb cheap.

Note: I am not a chemist. I am also not responsible for you doing this wrong and bleaching your wife's stupid stone that says "Welcome, a stranger is just a friend we haven't met" or something equally as insane.



6/12/2017 12:10:00 PM



(6/12/2017 11:27:00 AM) - Al

You realize, of course, Chelsea would have a completely opposite opinion if the play involved killing Bill, Hillary, or Obama.

It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.


6/12/2017 11:27:00 AM



(6/12/2017 10:06:00 AM) - Al

Let's be blunt here, it's time for the left to take off the tin foil hats, admit Mueller's time and the money wasted is not needed, and get on with the task of governing the greatest country the planet has ever known.

How many more days do they need like last THU? I saw one friend, a loyal Dem his entire life, say the Dems was "probably no more relevant than a 3rd party" on Facebook in all but the far west and northeast. He said he had been called by the state party for a contribution and he said he had no reason to do so, citing their failure to even field a candidate for state supreme court. The caller told him they "were not going to throw money at a race they had no chance to win." In WI, he said this was a completely unacceptable answer.




6/12/2017 10:06:00 AM



(6/12/2017 09:54:00 AM) - Al

I assume the Crew will announce who is coming up for the doubleheader tomorrow at some point today. They could do any number of things after the off day today, such as have two "regular" SP's start, but that would minimize the 26th man benefit.

Espino would be on his normal day to start, but Brent Suter only went 30 pitches in his start yesterday...while he may be able to go an inning or two tomorrow, it seems odd he'd start...though they might bring him up to use in relief, or just plan to have him go once through the order and then switch to Peralta or someone else.


6/12/2017 09:54:00 AM



(6/12/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Weather spotters and trained personnel report that heavy rains have fallen.--Flash Food Warning scroll for Sawyer County

Heh. Next year, I'll have to take that class at the tech college on how to be trained to be able to identify heavy rains.


6/12/2017 04:00:00 AM



(6/12/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

There are so many things that are wrong with this article, it would be difficult to go over them all.

However..

1. As someone who grew up in a house without AC, it's difficult to believe I survived. Not only that, but we were so damn stupid, we didn't even wake up early, stay up later, nap midday, or sleep on the porch.

2. The author saying many or most folks would just move out of the southern USA without AC must have made older southerners laugh at loud. According to this, Lewis and Clark must have never traveled during the day, or death would have followed within seconds.

Stupidity like this always makes me think of the fact for decades, "hard liquor" products did not advertise* on television (and, tobacco still can't). Why you ask? Because it was well known that the minute they began, we would pretty much all become raging alcoholics, carrying brown paper bags with us wherever we went, and slyly drinking out of them whenever we thought no one was looking**.

Amazingly, that did not happen, much to the chagrin of anti alcohol groups.


*The industry actually agreed to a "self ban" of radio/TV ads for political reasons, just a couple years after Prohibition ended.

**Coincidentally, this is how I most often eat pie.




6/12/2017 01:00:00 AM


Sunday, June 11, 2017

(6/11/2017 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Have to see how many moves are made tomorrow (or before the first game TUE). The bullpen, at least the back half of it, is in rough shape (in retail, we would have used the term, "has room for improvement," because we were positive to a fault), and while Torres has suffered some bad luck in addition to allowing HR's, Feliz was not able to continue his streak of solid outings (which granted, was at one). Peralta and Scahill have been inconsistent, alternating between pretty good and not.

The problem with relievers is simple...they're very inconsistent. A week ago, Hughes would have been in the above paragraph, and suddenly, he's been excellent his last few appearances, and is now in the set up group with Drake, trying to get the ball to Barnes and Knebel. We do not know if Hader is being considered for a long term spot or not, so he's tough to wotk into this. As we have discussed more than once, most of the 'pen lacks options, so they cannot be sent down, without making a final decision on them.

Thoughts?

--Despite pitching to solid stats, Scahill is likely the "bubble" guy out there, due to his low ceiling. He's got guys out, but the fact he's walked far more than he has K'd indicate he's done it with luck. 

--Torres and Feliz will be used in low leverage spots for now, hoping they regain their previous consistent ability to retire major league hitters. I assume Peralta will too, though Wily has value due to his velocity, "stuff," and ability to start games and go 5-6 frames at times.

Of course, if this team was in a different place in the success cycle, we might well see different actions. As Counsell said, they're pretty limited.




6/11/2017 08:07:00 PM



(6/11/2017 05:26:00 PM) - Al



6/11/2017 05:26:00 PM



(6/11/2017 05:16:00 PM) - Al

About 75-80% of the mock MLB drafts say the Crew will take toolsy HS OF Jo Adell with the 9th pick in the 1st round tomorrow.

However, those few sites that guess someone else have Adell falling down A LOT...some to 15th, many to the late 1st (26th+), and a few even have him not listed in the 1st round.

Sure would be something if they did not take him 9th and he fell to their competitive balance pick at 34th.


6/11/2017 05:16:00 PM



(6/11/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Despite constant comparisons to Mike Cameron (who was listed at 6-2, 210), shocked to see how tall and muscular Brinson (listed at 6-3, 195) looked in batter's box.


6/11/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/11/2017 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Brinson gets the start versus the LHP. Surprised to see Thames playing 1B instead of Aguilar, especially how beat up Eric appeared last night after he misjudged that fly ball. I would have guessed CC would give him today off in order to give him 48 hours of rest.

Shaw and Garza will likely both be back soon, and depending on how they feel about keeping Hader up. As I mentioned with Justin last evening, if Brinson or Phillips would get off to a good start, it would be tough to send them back down.


6/11/2017 01:40:00 PM



(6/11/2017 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Even CNN admitted it.

My work here is complete.


6/11/2017 01:23:00 PM



(6/11/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

1. I don't know who she is either.

2. Apparently, that "kissing hello" episode was far from fiction.

In today's world, a hug of a male multi millionaire is bound to be followed by a demand for cash. Good idea, Jerry.


6/11/2017 06:30:00 AM



(6/11/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, he's a hypocrite.


6/11/2017 03:00:00 AM



(6/11/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

$110K in retail theft...probation and community service, as long as her family pays it back.

Sometimes, it pays to have creepy Uncle Joe be part of the family.


6/11/2017 12:30:00 AM


Saturday, June 10, 2017

(6/10/2017 11:57:00 PM) - Al

I think it was Hader/Hughes regardless of situation, with whoever had not pitched 3 in a row pitching the 9th, if needed.

Hader has what you call easy velocity. Doesn't even look like he's working hard.


6/10/2017 11:57:00 PM



(6/10/2017 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Hader the only reliever up in the 6th, Crew up 2-1.

Safe to say several relievers are unavailable tonight.


6/10/2017 11:03:00 PM



(6/10/2017 08:45:00 PM) - Al

My discussion with Justin about Davies, Anderson, Franklin, and the youngsters.

Thanks again to him for the time. Look forward to the all star break and we'll do it again.


6/10/2017 08:45:00 PM



(6/10/2017 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Why am I a contrarian?

Because most people are wrong most of the time. Whenever you allow your emotions to override common sense, it tends to happen.


6/10/2017 07:30:00 PM



(6/10/2017 06:45:00 PM) - Al

House is partially in USA, partially in Canada.

It's for sale!


6/10/2017 06:45:00 PM



(6/10/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Remember to tune in at 7:15PM to listen to me on WTMJ with Justin.


6/10/2017 06:30:00 PM



(6/10/2017 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Brinson up, Villar to DL.

Second time this season a player has been brought up to replace an injured position player that plays an entirely different spot. The versatility of the roster (Perez/Franklin/Sogard/Thames) allows this to happen.

Stearns has made being able to play multiple positions a priority, and we've seen the benefits. If they needed an infielder to replace Villar, we would have seen Yadi Rivera, who while a heckuva defensive player, swings and misses at the water when he falls out of a boat. This is something we'll see more and more, as pitchers now take up 12-13 spots on most rosters, while a few seasons ago, took up 10-11.

Some fight how the game has changed, others adjust.


6/10/2017 06:10:00 PM



(6/10/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Parody site destroys CNN in one headline.


6/10/2017 05:30:00 PM



(6/10/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

It's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.




6/10/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/10/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Tune in tonight at or about 7:15PM to listen to me on WTMJ with Justin.


6/10/2017 03:00:00 PM



(6/10/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Sometimes, it's a good idea to simply follow the facts.

And keep in mind, the NY Times is known to not bother with them.


6/10/2017 01:30:00 PM



(6/10/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Set your phone alarm for tonight at or about 7:15PM to listen to me on WTMJ with Justin.


6/10/2017 12:30:00 PM



(6/10/2017 12:20:00 PM) - Al

Trump is the absolute worst...well, since W at least.

When everyone is Hitler, no one is Hitler.


6/10/2017 12:20:00 PM



(6/10/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I have not, and I had no idea she was in it.

Is it on Netflix or Amazon Prime?


6/10/2017 12:00:00 PM



(6/10/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Set your phone alarm for tonight at or about 7:15PM to listen to me on WTMJ with Justin.


6/10/2017 08:00:00 AM



(6/10/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al




They forgot "I have to call a press conference immediately, and get more camera time."


6/10/2017 05:30:00 AM



(6/10/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

So, how are those solar and wind exports going?

It's almost as if they had no understanding of even the most basic economics knowledge. Of course, when you proudly say you're going to put coal out of business, maybe you're just too arrogant to care.

The little people, deplorable clingers one and all.


6/10/2017 03:00:00 AM



(6/10/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Maybe they should stop making up fake news.

That's a shame.


6/10/2017 02:30:00 AM



(6/10/2017 12:21:00 AM) - Al

Counsell must reminisce about his quiet days as an assistant to Doug Melvin with great fondness.

Knebel, Barnes, Drake, and Torres might all be unavailable tomorrow. I guess he'll worry about that then.:)


6/10/2017 12:21:00 AM



(6/10/2017 12:15:00 AM) - Al

Did Axford ever hit 100 on a pitch?

If not, I don't think anyone else has for at least a decade.


6/10/2017 12:15:00 AM



(6/10/2017 12:00:00 AM) - Al

With the versatility of Franklin (and others), you could see an infielder or an outfielder replace Villar if he has to be DL'd. You would certainly think he'll miss a few days, and with the 10 day DL and only 4 position players on the bench, I would guess they'll be aggressive (of course, if he is only expected to miss a day or two, they could always return Hader to AAA and go from there).

Yadi Rivera, Lewis Brinson, Ryan Cordell, and Mike Reed would be the 40 man position player options (assuming they did not want to add Andrew Susac, a catcher). Cordell has played 1B/3B, but is almost solely an OF (he has played all 3 spots, and a lot at each). Brinson is an OF (almost solely a CF), as is Reed (all 3, mostly in RF); while Rivera has played 2B/SS/3B and some OF in winterball and I believe spring training.

It's funny, as Franklin has played mostly OF in MIL, but was a 2B/SS until recently.


6/10/2017 12:00:00 AM


Friday, June 09, 2017

(6/09/2017 11:50:00 PM) - Al

Not sure if Villar hurt his back on the stretch or the throw.

Or both.

Speaking as someone who has hurt his back sneezing, bracing myself, and picking up a grocery bag that weighed about a pound, it's a mighty touchy area.


6/09/2017 11:50:00 PM



(6/09/2017 11:00:00 PM) - Al

I heard several mentions that this was the most important thing that took place yesterday. Because this was REAL not fiction.

Note not a single Dem voted for it. Why? They do not want the economy to get better. This is why they lose. 




6/09/2017 11:00:00 PM



(6/09/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

They still insist he's a dummy. He built a huge successful business and won the presidency despite being outspent 2-1.

One of the oldest rules of thumb...never underestimate your opponent. And they continue to do so.

Good.


6/09/2017 06:00:00 PM



(6/09/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I too discovered her in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and also loved her in ER. She was a bit of a chameleon; she could be a kind hearted pediatrician or a con woman and be equally believable, and gorgeous at both.




6/09/2017 05:00:00 PM



(6/09/2017 04:40:00 PM) - Al

Brewers also swap Shaw for Phillips again, as this time Travis is placed on family medical emergency list, something I cannot say I have heard of in the past. Not sure, but this is probably related to his wife having a baby. Hopefully, both will soon recover and he will be back.

EDIT: I have never used that term on Ramblings before, per my archive search, so I would guess it was in the CBA just passed. Braun was once placed on the "bereavement list" when there was a medical emergency in his family, so maybe they just decided to call it what it was. 


6/09/2017 04:40:00 PM



(6/09/2017 04:34:00 PM) - Al

Just realized all 4 players Doug acquired in the Gomez/Fiers trade have now made the majors. Stearns has focused on mostly lower level players, which should pay off, but will rarely lead to all of them making the bigs, as more will be injured, fail to develop, have problems with drugs/alcohol/mental issues, and so on.


6/09/2017 04:34:00 PM



(6/09/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Nothing I like more than when a Dem gets caught telling the truth about how they feel about education (just a union kickback) and giving a damn about kids (not at all).


6/09/2017 04:00:00 PM



(6/09/2017 03:50:00 PM) - Al

Brewers promote Josh Hader, send Espino back down. I assume they are using that quirk that allows them to send Paolo down yet return TUE as the 26th man for the doubleheader I discussed a while ago.

I doubt Hader will be used in high leverage situations, but I suppose that could change if he has success.


6/09/2017 03:50:00 PM



(6/09/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

That's a shame.

The tide has turned. Even CNN knows it. After yesterday's buffoonery, they are all running scared.


6/09/2017 03:30:00 PM



(6/09/2017 03:13:00 PM) - Al

From the comments on Instapundit:

My family has insisted this is just a sour grapes, sore loser, finger pointing charade by the liberal media. I said of course it's not. Today I was proven wrong. Comey is so full of himself, he admitted leaking FBI docs to a friend, and was proud of it. Many in the media simply lied and made up stories. I have never been so embarrassed by my party and their leaders. Schumer, Pelosi, Sanders, every really old one of them, should step down from leadership and simply say it is time for the younger generation to step up. Most of all, they should figure out what they want to accomplish. Just being anti-Trump is a losing proposition. They look like idiots when they're anti-Comey until he was fired, and then are suddenly pro-Comey, and tonight, are anti-Comey again. It's a total embarrassment. 



6/09/2017 03:13:00 PM



(6/09/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Church attendance by city.

You'll never guess where the red states and blue states are.

Well, actually you will. Because shut up.


6/09/2017 03:00:00 PM



(6/09/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I don't mean to imply the AP are liberal hacks.

Imply would indicate I wasn't sure.

Fake news, one and all.


6/09/2017 11:30:00 AM



(6/09/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Comey's "friend" was on CNN just before the election.

Because he's unbiased, just like Comey!

More about Comey lying under oath about the timing too. Other than that, it was a fine day for him.


6/09/2017 10:00:00 AM



(6/09/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

CNN is fake news. It should be their slogan. It's all they know. It took 4 of them to make up pure fiction that was 100% inaccurate.

If they would have reported the facts, it would have taken a fraction of the time and not made them a laughingstock. But then, they wouldn't be CNN.


6/09/2017 09:30:00 AM



(6/09/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al

He had 8 years of us versus them, so he should be quite familiar with the concept.

He continues to try and rewrite his failed presidency, but Mr. Pen and a Phone pretending he was some sort of across the aisle compromiser is hilarious.

There is nothing worse you can say about his presidency than to simply tell the truth. That's why the lies are already out, fast and furious (sorry to bring up another scandal in which law enforcement officers were killed under his watch).


6/09/2017 08:00:00 AM



(6/09/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Rarely does one leak possibly classified info, admit to it, and possibly perjure themselves in a couple hours.

Remember, Trump is the one who doesn't think ahead...


6/09/2017 06:30:00 AM



(6/09/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Let the revisionist history begin! A list of those who lied.

The list is long, because honesty is required not to be on it. This is why I don't follow liberals or the old media...sorry, I repeat myself.


6/09/2017 05:00:00 AM



(6/09/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Here's that pesky timeline again.

Comey better hope this is incorrect, or he has to explain why he perjured himself with an elaborate story explaining how he awoke in the middle of the night and decided to leak classified info.

Never took a note when he sat down with W, Obama, or an under investigation Hillary. I'm not saying he's lying...I'm saying he's either dishonest or a cartoon character.


6/09/2017 03:00:00 AM



(6/09/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Perjury is a date or two away.

Someone said earlier than the memos appeared in the NY Times before Trump's tweet, but not sure if that was verified.

 


6/09/2017 01:00:00 AM


Thursday, June 08, 2017

(6/08/2017 11:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, when their only hope was a hail mary pass, one should not be surprised when it fails.

You can only cry wolf for X amount of time. Sooner or later, you need real evidence, not anonymous sources with unseen memos with "sources that did not want to be named."

They fail to remember, if that's enough to get someone in trouble, they're next.




6/08/2017 11:30:00 PM



(6/08/2017 11:00:00 PM) - Al

You lost me at "Brian Williams said."

The hell with him. How many times must we listen to this clown lie? This is why the old media's ratings are their grandmas.


6/08/2017 11:00:00 PM



(6/08/2017 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, it's pretty much all they got.


6/08/2017 09:30:00 PM



(6/08/2017 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Some day, I hope an in depth study is done on how tie games after 8 and/or 9 innings end up being decided by plain old good fortune. Barnes gave up 4 straight softly hit ground balls, every one of which found a way into the outfield.

I would bet more extra inning games are simply decided by BAbip than bullpen ERA, FIP, or any other metric.


6/08/2017 08:17:00 PM



(6/08/2017 08:00:00 PM) - Al

In Watergate, the president lied to cover up a crime. In Trumpgate, the President told the truth to clear up a conspiracy theory.--Mark Dice

All those conspiracy nuts that have been insisting if they throw enough against the wall, something would stick...found out even with Comey leaking and the NY Times making stuff up, there is no there there.

Time to get back to work doing stuff the left hates...cutting taxes and spending, strengthening our borders and military, and getting rid of regulations which stifle small business and entrepreneurs.

Let them complain about the weather, send terrorists pallets of cash, and look for  the imaginary Russians under the bed.


6/08/2017 08:00:00 PM



(6/08/2017 07:00:00 PM) - Al

They KNEW he wasn't. That's called a lie where I come from. They also knew there was no connectrion between election results and Russia...just an excuse by Hillary and her people that her buddies in the old media ran with. The hell with them.

The entire thing has been conspiracy fueled foolishness. They're just upset flyover country hates Hillary and have figured out that any money they get from DC is just coming out of their own pockets. The hell with them too.


6/08/2017 07:00:00 PM


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