Al's Ramblings

Sunday, July 23, 2017

(7/23/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Dads are always uncool.

7/23/2017 07:30:00 AM

(7/23/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny because it's true.

This is why he got the job. Tough, taking the offensive from day one. Hey CNN whiner, I'm in charge now. Go to hell.

7/23/2017 05:30:00 AM

(7/23/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Who does this remind you of?

Nice to see someone not the least bit afraid of losers that think they are all powerful.

Fake it til you make it.

7/23/2017 03:00:00 AM

(7/23/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, they had to pass the bill before they found out what was in it.

Because it's worked so well. When you base a bill completely on multiple lies and fake numbers by the CBO, you get what you deserve.

7/23/2017 01:00:00 AM

Saturday, July 22, 2017

(7/22/2017 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Keston Hiura hitting .438 in Appleton, has been their for 2-3 games so far.

Next best BA in the lineup tonight? .236.

Heh. I bet they all hate him.

7/22/2017 11:06:00 PM

(7/22/2017 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Neither Drake or Barnes had given up a run for weeks.

It's just an astonishing game sometimes.

7/22/2017 10:14:00 PM

(7/22/2017 08:16:00 PM) - Al

I think it's great more business folks are getting into politics, instead of lawyers and bureaucrats.

And, as Meghan McCain pointed out, what could be more American than his proposed (albeit, I assume tongue in cheek) slogan , "God, guns, and strippers."

7/22/2017 08:16:00 PM

(7/22/2017 06:08:00 PM) - Al

The Cardinals bullpen has a 9-20 W-L record.--Buster Olney

Seriously, is there a more meaningless stat than reliever wins and losses?

ESPN continues to operate far left of center stuck in the 70's. Is it any wonder why many have simply given up on them?

Years ago, I said they were ripe for a competitor. Turns out, they have lost viewers solely to a slanted viewpoint and a generally crappy quality of output.  

7/22/2017 06:08:00 PM

(7/22/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

I know many people love Posnanski's writings. I find them very forced and unfunny. This piece is really long and basically says he thinks it is hilarious when a fan wears a jersey from a good player but not for the team he played most of his career with.

Yeah, that's a knee slapper.

7/22/2017 05:30:00 PM

(7/22/2017 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Per Brewers, Sogard activated, Broxton to AAA.

I would say this puts Thames in LF often, unless Braun is able to return and play regularly. Phillips and Perez will likely platoon in CF.

I hope Keon gets going and is able to return before 20 days are up, as he only has a single option remaining. Be nice for him to have that next season, as many young OF's are on schedule to be part of the roster as soon as '18.

7/22/2017 11:57:00 AM

(7/22/2017 11:47:00 AM) - Al

I was just in the shower, and I thought to myself:

Self, if the Brewers want to make their offer to the Tigers better without sacrificing more (many) prospects, they should offer to take a spendy player off their hands. I'll have to look them up, but the two I know of offhand are Ian Kinsler and Anibal Sanchez.

First link I came across after sitting down.

They have more, including Jordan Zimmerman, who is owed 3y/$74M after this season. Kinsler is owed $10M next season, but can be bought out for $5M...only a $5M difference, obviously. Even the Tigers' fans in the comments do not think Kinsler would draw a premium prospect or package. If DET is entering rebuild mode, Kinsler would seem to be both a minor upgrade for MIL and eminently replaceable in Detroit.

7/22/2017 11:47:00 AM

(7/22/2017 08:37:00 AM) - Al

Unlike the Dems, I didn't sabotage Bernie Sanders in the primaries, then try to cover my tracks with ludicrous Russia conspiracy theories.--Jill Stein

Oof. When Jill Stein makes fun of you, you know ya got problems.

7/22/2017 08:37:00 AM

(7/22/2017 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Let me sum this up briefly...if you kill enough of them, the rest quickly lose their desire to fight.

These cowards aren't Rangers or Seals, they're just hoodlums and thugs who have been given weapons and get a paycheck on occasion. All it took is someone who understands how the military works.

Note, Obama fired Mattis because the general was polite and up front about the fact that the dog and pony show they had going on would never work.

He was right you know...

7/22/2017 06:30:00 AM

(7/22/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

20M sterile skeeters released.

1. Think of the vets that did those operations.

2. Deet is far too cheap and effective to be utilized by the government.If it cost 3-4 times as much, then it might be an option.

7/22/2017 02:30:00 AM

(7/22/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

I think the NY Times just hates all Americans.

7/22/2017 01:30:00 AM

(7/22/2017 12:00:00 AM) - Al

They believe in free speech as long as you agree with them. Otherwise, no.

7/22/2017 12:00:00 AM

Friday, July 21, 2017

(7/21/2017 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Whoever eats innings here tonight might well be the one making space for Peralta.

7/21/2017 07:50:00 PM

(7/21/2017 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Matt Arnold does not seem to be very comfortable on TV, acts like he's rather be anywhere but there. Much like Ron Gardenhire, who coached 3B for a decade of bad Twins' teams, those guys usually depend on their teams being good in order to move up the ladder, or even to get an interview for a promotion.

7/21/2017 07:18:00 PM

(7/21/2017 06:59:00 PM) - Al

BUMP, correction at bottom.

Cards/Mariners make a prospect for prospect trade, though Gonzales is far more proven, older, and has been injured quite a bit.

EDIT: I see what SEA is doing here, but trading 5 prospects of various skill levels for a middle reliever and a rarely healthy SP...with a 20% chance of a one game wildcard spot (per Fangraphs)...20% of 50/50 is 4%. It's not the path I would wander down. I had never heard of David Stearns when the GM search was on in MIL, so my 2 favorites were Matt Arnold (who ended up as the Asst GM, of course) and DiPoto, who is SEA's GM (I can't recall if he was hired before or after Stearns) now.

Very happy we ended up with DS.

EDIT 2: I think it was Chaim Bloom, who was/is the Rays' assistant GM, who was interviewed by the Crew, not Arnold. Fuzzy memory.   

7/21/2017 06:59:00 PM

(7/21/2017 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Sogard and Peralta are in Philly, per Adam. Braun hopes to play SUN, wrist bothering him, as it has all season, he reports.

Of course, Eric and Wily do not have to be activated tonight, and they both played yesterday, so they may not be.

EDIT: Sogard will be activated tomorrow, Peralta "by the end of the weekend," per Counsell. Barring a trade or injury, I believe only Broxton and Phillips have options on the position player side.

As for pitchers, Blazek can go up and down along with Hader, Hughes, and Barnes...and Scahill has been DFA'd and outrighted twice before this season. 

7/21/2017 05:51:00 PM

(7/21/2017 05:10:00 PM) - Al

The Tigers are reportedly willing to pay the rest of Justin Verlander’s remaining 2017 salary in order to facilitate a deal, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. This works out to roughly $10.89MM. Reports earlier this week indicated that Detroit was open to including some money as part of a Verlander deal, though according to rival executives who have spoken with Fenech, the Tigers would need to bump that figure up to $25MM-$30MM if the club hopes to receive a good prospect return for Verlander. The former Cy Young Award winner’s future salary obligations ($28MM in each of the next two seasons, and a $22MM vesting option for 2020) and his struggles in 2017 have greatly limited his trade value, though Fenech notes that teams like the Cubs and Dodgers still had scouts at Verlander’s most recent outing.

Also from Nightengale, he reports that the Brewers “have been aggressive” in their pursuit of Tigers closer Justin Wilson. The Astros, Nationals, Rays and Red Sox are among the other teams known to be checking in on Wilson, who has only elevated his stock since taking over the ninth inning for Detroit. Milwaukee has been linked to any number of relievers and controllable starters, with Wilson joining such names as Brad Hand, Addison Reed and Sonny Gray. --MLBTR 

So my statement yesterday that Verlander had negative value seems correct. DET will pay this year's salary (it's already in the budget, they figure) to expedite a trade. MLBTR feels even with them paying $11M for this year's money owed to him, that JV would basically be given away if the team acquiring him agrees to pay his 2018 and 2019 salaries (never mind Verlander has a no trade clause and may insist on a team exercising his 2020 option to accept the trade). As I discussed, if DET is forced to throw more cash in, they would, in effect, be "buying" a prospect.

As for Wilson, remember that the Crew got Bickford and Susac, so a solid top 50 prospect and a solid former prospect, who was always blocked in SF (that's "blocked" by Buster Posey, not "blocked" as in he needs more fiber). So, Wilson is a bit better than Will Smith (not much, though Wilson looks to have had a healthier past), but not under team control for as long.

I'd say a trade of Verlander and Wilson for a top 100 prospect and 1-2 lesser ones is about right, given how little JV is worth being owed that much. Of couerse, as with all cases, a player or package is worth what the stupidest or most desperate team will give up.

7/21/2017 05:10:00 PM

(7/21/2017 12:56:00 PM) - Al

On phone, so this will be short. Cubs and Crew still talking to Tigers about Verlander, per USA Today. Reading between lines a bit, best pitcher on market that does not require top prospect (s) in return...if Tigers do not pay part of his salary.

7/21/2017 12:56:00 PM

(7/21/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Fact check: True.

Note the complete lack of outrage as well. It's the situation created by 8 years of reacting stupidly and controlling the narrative that violence against Caucasians was unimportant.

7/21/2017 12:00:00 PM

(7/21/2017 10:58:00 AM) - Al

Travel agents all across the USA have plenty of time on their hands today...

7/21/2017 10:58:00 AM

(7/21/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Government spending money foolishly?

The hell you say.

When you have a never ending wallet called the taxpayers, why go cheap? Hey, it's not their money.

Never forget:

Reporter--Don't you think a lot of the stimulus money was just wasted?

Dave Obey, my former congressman--So?

7/21/2017 05:30:00 AM

(7/21/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

He also bragged about Venezuela's government and economy for years, until the people began starving, a common result of socialism historically.

7/21/2017 03:30:00 AM

(7/21/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Even worse, there were no white dudes in the Tuskegee Airmen movie I watched the other day.


These guys are so transparent as to be irrelevant.

7/21/2017 01:30:00 AM

Thursday, July 20, 2017

(7/20/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Conservative speakers already being cancelled in CA. Why? Because they know they'll make sense if allowed to speak.

So, fictional problems such as "security" always come up. No matter how vile the words, one maintains freedom of speech. The KKK has become an afterthought by government  allowing them permits and the right to make fools of themselves.

Simply put, they have to be punished financially. No money for roads, no money from financial aid. I realize this is a bit of an empty punishment, as CA is broke now and will be in IL's situation soon. Speeding up the inevitable, well, best we can do. They brought it upon themselves. The hell with them.

7/20/2017 09:00:00 PM

(7/20/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Kid Rock is a conservative...doesn't matter if he is a Yale valedictorian, a Christian contemporary singer, or a rock star who, I assume, has had a rock star life filled with drugs, alcohol, and too many women to count.

W was Hitler, McCain was Hitler, Romney was Hitler, Trump is Hitler. The facts do not matter, the story is always the same.

Franken assaulted a guy in public, and then bragged about it later. No charges filed. Why? He's left of center. Get with the program son.

7/20/2017 06:00:00 PM

(7/20/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

What bothers people about The Hillbilly Elegy?

The fact the author is living proof anyone can be born into poverty and despair and work their way to success in a single generation by utilizing freedom and living the American dream the left insists does not exist, and that the only way to help the poor is a check every month confiscated from the successful.

The irony? The smug "I can't believe how stupid everyone else is but me" attitude of the bookstore worker. That is not lost on anyone, trust me. How many folks say, "That condescending talking down to me...I like it. I think I'll vote like them from now on?

Thankfully, very few.

7/20/2017 04:30:00 PM

(7/20/2017 03:51:00 PM) - Al

Quick back of the envelope calculation, PIT had about a .350 BAbip for the series, give or take a bit, as I did not look up SF's and the like. I was guessing .400, but still well above average and nothing the Crew can do about that.

Counsell again very positive after the game, it's as if he wants to bring up analytics and more in depth stats but keeps it to himself, knowing the old media would be clueless. Pirates playing well and getting lucky, that's a tough combo to beat.

7/20/2017 03:51:00 PM

(7/20/2017 03:00:00 PM) - Al

This is not the best lawmaker trying to pass a law to keep fellow politicians from being idiots and anti capitalist...but it will have to do.

7/20/2017 03:00:00 PM

(7/20/2017 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Verlander actually makes sense for a couple reasons...and not just that I might run into Kate Upton at the concession stand.

1. The Crew's payroll is so low, they could actually afford him.

2. He's so hellishly overpaid, his value is almost zero or even negative. If the Tigers pay something...say $10M a year, they are basically just "buying" the prospects they would receive.

3. While the playoffs are a crapshoot, the standard model is to have 2-3 top SP's and a solid bullpen. If JV is healthy, he's a proven very good pitcher, always a bit better than you think he will be.

The negative? $67M owed and a 4.54 ERA this season, declining velocity, and more walks/fewer strikeouts.

However, even in a disappointing campaign, he's still averaged just under 6 IP/S...just a fraction behind Jimmy Nelson. I can certainly imagine him thriving a bit in an organization that limits him to 100-110 pitches a start...he has thrown 106 or more pitches in 13 of his 20 starts this season...I am all but positive the Crew has not had that many as a team this season, and haven't since Sabathia's 2008 campaign.

{For example, Nelson has thrown 107 pitches 3 times this year.}

7/20/2017 02:52:00 PM

(7/20/2017 01:59:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Woodruff made his first rehab start in AAA last night. Hopefully, he was just rusty, CC says he will be under consideration to return "soon."

Funny, Colorado Springs scored 4 runs in the 12th when the opponent ran out of pitchers. Folks that follow teams in the minors rather than individuals are kind of like fans of pro wrestling. They care who wins, yet even the participants are uncaring about the outcome.

7/20/2017 01:59:00 PM

(7/20/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Misleading headlines from the old media?

I, for one, am shocked.

7/20/2017 01:00:00 PM

(7/20/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

She fiddles as Germany burns.

This is what happens when you don't love your country enough to do the right thing.

7/20/2017 12:00:00 PM

(7/20/2017 11:56:00 AM) - Al

TV team shares Brett Phillips' throw from deep OF was clocked at 102.6 mph the other night.

Suddenly, I like him a lot more than I did five minutes ago. You can't teach arm strength, you can barely improve years of working with Khris Davis, they only went from awful to well below average.

7/20/2017 11:56:00 AM

(7/20/2017 11:09:00 AM) - Al

Crasnick reports MIA is taking calls on every reliever now that they have declared themselves sellers.

Ramos, McGowan, Barraclough, Wittgren all likely available, all but McGowan have years of control.

7/20/2017 11:09:00 AM

(7/20/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Phelps to SEA, 3 minor leaguers going to MIA.

Every name the Brewers are associated with seems to be dealt within a few days and for more than you would think...although, 3 minor leaguers could be very valuable or next to worthless.

SEA has a pair of top 30 prospects, but both were supposedly off limits. They had no other top 100 prospects...though a nice return can be had without receiving any top 300 guys, depending on their age and ceiling.

EDIT: Now said to be 4.

EDIT 2: CF Brayan Hernandez, RH Brandon Miller, RH Pablo Lopez, RH rlvr Lucas Schiraldi going to MIA.

6/22/29/unranked by preseason, SEA had 23rd ranked system per Minor League Ball. 

Schiraldi is the lowest ranked, but may have the highest ceiling, K's over 15 per 9 innings this season. Yes, he is Calvin's son. 

7/20/2017 11:00:00 AM

(7/20/2017 10:33:00 AM) - Al

Astros supposedly close on a deal for Sonny Gray, per Fox.

Still interested in Verlander/Wilson from DET too.

7/20/2017 10:33:00 AM

(7/20/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony?

None of the leading Dems has yet admitted it's anything but the greatest creation in the history of mankind.

7/20/2017 10:30:00 AM

(7/20/2017 09:42:00 AM) - Al

Brewers continue to show interest in pitching upgrades; in on Justin Wilson of DET, among others.

I just noticed today that since going 2-4 since the break, the Crew's playoff chances have gone from about 30 to 16%. The Cards are still higher than MIL...heck, so are the Rangers, who have no chance at the division title.

As I have discussed before, I'm a big believer in making trades to improve your team "in the playoffs," not "to make the playoffs," and this is especially true if you are "going for" a wildcard berth, which, at best, is a 50/50 coin flip. Of course, some of that is minimized if a team trades for players under team control for more than this season...though along with that, comes the risk associated with  longer term deals; injuries, expected decline, and so on.

7/20/2017 09:42:00 AM

(7/20/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

So, when they insist Trump voters are deplorable idiots, this is what they are talking about.

Careful who ya mock.

7/20/2017 09:00:00 AM

(7/20/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

What happens right in front of our eyes while everyone is looking for the Russian boogieman.

Nothing to see here, just unions stealing taxpayer money.

7/20/2017 08:30:00 AM

(7/20/2017 07:18:00 AM) - Al

Sad news! But Senator John McCain is a tough man and a POW survivor. I feel sorry for the cancer! Praying for you sir!--John Casas


I like this because it sounds like something Jim Mattis would say.

7/20/2017 07:18:00 AM

(7/20/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

Even if Senator McCain chooses chemo and radiation- his 5 year survival chance is 4%. So sad.--Edward Cage

It may come off as heartless to some and braggadocio to others, but if it were me, I'd just say "I feel sorry for the other 96%."

And to be blunt, I ain't a fraction as tough as John McCain.

I'm not saying being positive always works or cures illness, but I do know one way being negative heals you.

7/20/2017 07:00:00 AM

(7/20/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

The answer is obvious.

Build a trolley for a sinful amount of money and watch it run in the red until it becomes too expensive to maintain and you have to shut it down.

Because you're smarter than they are.

7/20/2017 05:30:00 AM

(7/20/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

If only some wise man could have seen this coming, and been predicting it for over a decade...

7/20/2017 04:00:00 AM

(7/20/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

95% of what you plan for never happens.

I'm sure baseball front offices feel this way too.

7/20/2017 02:30:00 AM

(7/20/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

1000 words.

7/20/2017 01:00:00 AM

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(7/19/2017 11:11:00 PM) - Al

IBD often does a very good job doing the research I do not care to do.

They're right. The Dems continue to hope and pray they can wash their hands of the entire mess.

7/19/2017 11:11:00 PM

(7/19/2017 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Back when I read survival websites, they often discussed short, 99% of drugs last 20-30 years, or beyond...beyond meaning only that no one has ever tested them older than that.

Meanwhile, the Rambling wife won't take Tylenol if it expired yesterday. Trust me dear, if the military is using vaccines that past the mythical date in 1986, that Tylenol is still as worthless today as it was the day it was made (no, I haven't had much luck with acetaminophen, thank you).

Why do hospitals and nursing homes throw out drugs?

1. They didn't pay for them, so they don't care.

2. The legal risks far outweigh the societal benefits.

7/19/2017 11:00:00 PM

(7/19/2017 09:53:00 PM) - Al

Trust me, those that are celebrating Senator McCain's illness...please keep it up. Not only am I retweeting them, many others are too. Most are being deleted by cowardly fools, but screenshots last forever.

I've removed several from my list. Trust me, the swing voters that are shifting after reading that ain't moving to the left.

7/19/2017 09:53:00 PM

(7/19/2017 09:46:00 PM) - Al

Not much you can do about cheap hits, as there are always gaps no matter how good your defense is. Those things usually even out over the long run, however.

Counsell hints at it and kinds of says it without using the words, but they're not being outplayed, just losing tough games. Often, you lose a 1 run game by hanging a breaking ball and the hitter not missing it, or by not making a play. Other times, grounders sneak through and bloopers fall, and you just shrug and move on. 

7/19/2017 09:46:00 PM

(7/19/2017 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain with a release about her father's diagnosis of a cancerous brain tumor.

The consensus seems to be if he survived 5 years in a POW camp, he can beat this too. I hope they're right.

7/19/2017 08:17:00 PM

(7/19/2017 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Reminder...violent rhetoric from the left, past and present.

I hope they keep it up.

7/19/2017 05:38:00 PM

(7/19/2017 05:00:00 PM) - Al

I have to wonder if the police officer in question saw a reflection or something along those lines. That's quite a mystery.

7/19/2017 05:00:00 PM

(7/19/2017 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Call me a sucker, but I'd be all over Pablo Sandoval once he clears waivers and will only cost the minimum.


If you give Sandoval a .300 BAbip in his time with the Red Sox, let's take a look at his numbers:

SF-----.345/.465, 810 OPS
BOS--.286/.340, 626 OPS

If you give Sandoval a league average .300 BAbip with all singles?

BOS--.313/.390, 703 OPS

No, it's not all BAbip related, but Boston is a terrible place to play if you are struggling. Add that to the fact he's a far better hitter LH (831 OPS versus 667), he's still a decent option at 1B or 3B if he is utilized in a hard or soft platoon or off the bench.

7/19/2017 04:07:00 PM

(7/19/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Irony alert!

How dare the president not fix the disaster we created and refuse to help him with!

It took 24 hours, but it has gone from "they gotta fix this" to "Oh no! What if they don't do anything? The Dems will look awful."

7/19/2017 04:00:00 PM

(7/19/2017 03:18:00 PM) - Al

Red Sox moving onto other 3B targets like Eduardo Nunez and Josh Harrison.

Both of which are oodles better than Todd Frazier.

7/19/2017 03:18:00 PM

(7/19/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Note the relative silence of the old media about Charlie Gard.


A more cynical person may say the fact it proves Sarah Palin's death panel prediction to be 100% accurate. When the government controls health care, eventually, they're going to start making the final call. It's just a matter of time.

If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free.--PJ O'Rourke

7/19/2017 02:00:00 PM

(7/19/2017 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Mark my words, in a decade, the Dems will insist school choice was all their idea and the GOP fought it every step of the way.

Rewriting history is a specialty of theirs. Note their anger every time someone points out Obama said "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" many, many times. Save your sanctimonious faux outrage, "Benghazi was caused by an online video" folks.

7/19/2017 12:59:00 PM

(7/19/2017 12:44:00 PM) - Al

This is CNN.

7/19/2017 12:44:00 PM

(7/19/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

A wise man has often mentioned that those who are very worried about incredibly minor things do so with a full belly in a warm, comfy house.

They don't worry about climate change, carbon footprints, and transgender rights in Somalia and Venezuela and other hellholes.

7/19/2017 11:00:00 AM

(7/19/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe their morale was down when Obama's boys were running guns that killed border patrol agents.

Old media too busy fawning to give a damn.

7/19/2017 09:30:00 AM

(7/19/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

This is also known as "the vegan problem," because as others have pointed out for years, no one cares what other people eat or do not eat, just like no one cares what religion others are, or if they are not religious.

The "vegan problem" is simple. Vegans are unpopular because they start every conversation with "I'm a vegan. And you should be too." Automatically, all non vegans immediately dislike vegans, because they are automatically defensive at being attacked. Dems are very quickly reaching the same heights of disgust, because, Dems not only disagree, but they are also disagreeable about it. They do not tell you what they dislike about Trump, they tell you he's a moron, and that anyone that voted for him is a moron.

As a wise man has pointed out, nothing makes you solidify your decisions quicker than being called names. Remember, it's tough to imagine this conversation taking place:

Dem--You're a fool. I know Hillary is a poor choice, but Trump is the devil himself.

Reluctant Trump voter--I disagree. Trump is exactly what we need, he's not a politician. 

Dem--I can't believe how dumb you are.

(2 years later)

Dem--So, you switching over to the good guys this time? 

RTV--You bet. Nothing makes me happier to to change sides and join up with you folks that insisted I was a moron 2 years ago. 

Dem--Really? By the way, you're ugly too.

RTV--Thank you, may I have another? 

As I have said often, with luck, I hope they continue the boorish behavior. Every time I hear about another march, I smile and await old media coverage, because no matter how they try and glorify them, they still leave a mess and swear on camera.

7/19/2017 07:30:00 AM

(7/19/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

The Dems failed to learn their lesson, rather than explaining why they have the better candidate, they make fun of a nontraditional candidate who will get substantial votes due to his celebrity.

7/19/2017 04:00:00 AM

(7/19/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, they're 100% accurate.

If Trump cured cancer, there would be a bunch of liberal women in tumor hats walking down DC streets this weekend. Because they're so darn positive.

7/19/2017 02:00:00 AM

(7/19/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Modern day snake oil.

7/19/2017 01:00:00 AM

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(7/18/2017 11:59:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says it seems unlikely MIL would include top prospects Brinson and Ray in a Sonny Gray swap, so Phillips would almost certainly be in it. I would tend to agree. That said, they have other OF's as well, including Trent Clark and Ryan Cordell.

7/18/2017 11:59:00 PM

(7/18/2017 10:16:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Counsell voice his displeasure at that phantom hit by batted ball call. The 2B umpire seemed extremely intent on making himself the center of attention, and those guys are always terrible. Shut up and quit sucking.

7/18/2017 10:16:00 PM

(7/18/2017 10:05:00 PM) - Al

Always funny when you see the Yankees giving away an overpaid player to "help balance out salary."

I would assume it might have more to do with luxury tax concerns than $2M in payroll.

The White Sox continue to build the Astros way, and now have 8 guys in the top 100 prospects, and not a lick of concern about being crappy for a year or 3. Of course, as we have seen, sometimes, it just doesn't work.

7/18/2017 10:05:00 PM

(7/18/2017 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Also in the news...water is wet, the sun is hot, and no one likes Hillary.

Trump is still doing a masterful job at all he has to...not being Hillary Clinton.

7/18/2017 09:54:00 PM

(7/18/2017 08:47:00 PM) - Al

Amazing how many "insiders" don't seem to know Aguilar has been taking grounders at 3B for at least 6 weeks. It's been reported at least twice that I've seen.

Once was when Shaw was out on paternity leave, maybe both times.

7/18/2017 08:47:00 PM

(7/18/2017 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Miss an obvious call, eject the player, eject the manager.

The triple play of umpiring incompetence. His punishment? A job for life with platinum pay and benefits.

Hard to believe the effort is so weak with that kind of system.

7/18/2017 08:43:00 PM

(7/18/2017 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Todd Frazier has been traded, seen saying goodbyes in dugout. Probably by himself to BOS or with Robertson to NYY.

Leaks are saying Frazier/Robertson/Kahnle to the Yankees.

7/18/2017 07:59:00 PM

(7/18/2017 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Tigers are open for business.

The Brewers have been linked to Mike Fullmer, who is extremely unlikely to be moved, and Justin Wilson.

7/18/2017 06:20:00 PM

(7/18/2017 06:12:00 PM) - Al

The only exceptions are if the player is recalled as the "26th man" for a day where a doubleheader was scheduled at least 48 hours in advance (or for the second game of the doubleheader only if the doubleheader was scheduled less than 48 hours in advance), or is recalled to replace a player on the 25-man roster who is placed on an MLB inactive list (Disabled List, Bereavement List, Paternity List, Restricted List, et al), or if the player is traded.

Why Blazek was able to return and, I assume, back up Guerra tonight.

7/18/2017 06:12:00 PM

(7/18/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

If 10M are covered by Obamacare, how will 22M lose coverage if Obamacare is repealed?--Scott Baio

Owned by Chaci. Oof.

By the way, it's at 9M, they've lost 1M in 6 months...because it's affordable and incredibly successful.

7/18/2017 04:00:00 PM

(7/18/2017 03:17:00 PM) - Al

Vogt to DL. Bandy up.

Guerra off DL.

Blazek back up.

Rivera and Webb down.

Blazek was not down 10 days, have to see if he was allowed back due to replacing an injured player (Vogt).

7/18/2017 03:17:00 PM

(7/18/2017 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Where all the children are above average.

Teachers insist they not be judged by standardized test scores. Why? Because they are a fair gauge, and they do not want that. They want to be judged by warm fuzzies.

7/18/2017 02:00:00 PM

(7/18/2017 12:33:00 PM) - Al

(Obamacare) did not patch the roof. It blew up the building into splinters. You can't glue splinters back together.--Herm Cain

Many are hinting around, but all are afraid to come out and say it. Cain himself today said it nicely...this does not effect most people at all. But he stopped short.

Iaid it many times, if I were king, I would do 3 things:

1. Kill Obamacare.

2. Go back to free market health insurance.

3. Install some sort of "safety net" that gives money to states to design their own plan for those who cannot get coverage. WI had a great one in HIRSP, others should copy it. 

Of course, killing something that exists and changed laws, not an easy task. It had to be slowly and in steps.

Again, one thought keeps popping up to me...the GOP continues to insist Obamacare is a disaster. It is. This fall, somewhere between 50 and 150 counties will not have any plans to choose from. The GOP quietly passed a bill a while back allowing "regular" health insurance to be sold in those counties and no penalty for any of those folks. About 45% of the counties in the USA will only have 1 plan to choose from this fall, and it is reminiscent of the USSR's "choices" back in the day that Bernie says was utopian. That's an embarrassing amount, and if Hillary had won, it would be "well, let's transition to single payer."

But, how will 2/3rd's of the counties having 0-2 choices play? That's the million dollar question. The Dems have quietly insisted Obamacare is the best thing to come along since fire. Trump and the GOP have insisted it is not. Seeing it is failing, lack of choices, premiums up, deductibles up...will help the left? I have a tough time seeing that.

ADDED: I have to think at some point, some Dem will make the mistake of being honest and say, "We gotta make these insurers cover these counties even if they do not want to," which is as close to Lenin and Stalin as one can get, and will go over very poorly with all except true Marxists. 

7/18/2017 12:33:00 PM

(7/18/2017 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Note what a 12 year old has to go through in order to sell ice cream in the summer.

Multiply that by 100 or so, and you see what adults have to go through.

Back when Obama created his $1T "stimulus" which was basically pork for blue districts, a fellow sales guy in the same office as myself saw it as a fine opportunity to hire himself an assistant and phone helper to help him make appointments and do basic paperwork on occasion. He thought it would allow him to pay an hourly wage rather than a commission. He applied to do so. About a month later (the government wheels turn slowly), he got a Fed Ex box in the mail. Assuming it was from a company he represented, he set it aside. By the weekend, he had 5 Fed Ex boxes, all very heavy. SAT morning, he opened them. One was what he thought, applications from a company he represented. The other 4? Paperwork to take part in the "stimulus" program. One was like an application to take part, and the other 3 were like "what would you do with the money" proposal, a "who are you and how long long you been doing this?" and so on. All together, it was about 1200 pages.

Never got filled out. Imagine that.

7/18/2017 11:30:00 AM

(7/18/2017 09:50:00 AM) - Al

Funny, you never hear the old media talking about HSA taxes or FSA taxes with Obamacare.

It's almost as if they're hiding the truth.

I also distinctly recall a former president insisting he would not raise taxes on anyone that made under $200K...I'd say almost everyone who has a FSA or HSA makes well under that amount. If only the old media would stop bowing and do their work.

7/18/2017 09:50:00 AM

(7/18/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al


Yadi Rivera tweets out he is "returning to the fight" says my built in Spanish translator. I assume he's being sent down to make room for Guerra.

He'd be gone when Sogard returned anyway, so he'll be out 3 days (or $8400) sooner than he was hoping, I'm sure.

Other options...Crew could also be activating Bandy even if Vogt does not need to be DL'd.

Also, this might be as good a time as any for Yadi to be placed on waivers to be outrighted off the 40 man...I've had him in the bottom 5 for a long, long time. I am almost sure he used his final option in 2017, so he would have to make next year's team out of spring training. I think his 40 man spot will go to a better (albeit, possibly older) player this offseason. Who knows, if he is claimed, they might be able to swing a minor trade.

7/18/2017 09:30:00 AM

(7/18/2017 09:02:00 AM) - Al

Rosenthal says Brewers are one of many teams in on Pat Neshek, who is a rental. Stearns said earlier he only had interest in those under team control after this season, but he may swell be changing his mind because of the hellishly high prices on those guys.

One thing I've thought a couple times is Stearns might try to make a deal for a player he wants and then "take a rental" in addition to said player...basically, just to save the trading team some money. Neshek, of course, has plenty of value, so he's not the type of addition I was thinking of. 

7/18/2017 09:02:00 AM

(7/18/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

It's almost as if they just play politics and change their mind as often as the breeze.

7/18/2017 05:30:00 AM

(7/18/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

I assumed this was a real article, until nowhere in it did they blame Trump.

Life is 100% fatal. Those that do not understand that will always be doomed to blame whatever they dislike.

7/18/2017 03:00:00 AM

(7/18/2017 01:30:00 AM) - Al

The most bigoted people I know claim to be the most inclusive.

Hypocrites, one and all. I stopped taking them seriously ages ago. It's a pity everyone doesn't.

7/18/2017 01:30:00 AM

(7/18/2017 12:56:00 AM) - Al

Jett Bandy was removed from tonight's AAA contest in Omaha in the middle of the game.

Given Vogt's injury, I assume he'll be flying to PIT tomorrow morning just in case.

7/18/2017 12:56:00 AM

Monday, July 17, 2017

(7/17/2017 10:27:00 PM) - Al

No news on Guerra or Vogt roster moves, but Sogard will leave for rehab WED and hopes to return FRI for Phillies series.

7/17/2017 10:27:00 PM

(7/17/2017 10:04:00 PM) - Al

No one is talking about it, so I will...the Pirates' pitcher should be penalized for contact with Vogt when there was a clear path to the plate.

They changed the rules a few years ago, much to the chagrin of many of us, to "protect" the catcher. When the baserunner still runs into them, it should be an automatic suspension, even longer when the catcher (or whoever is covering) is injured.

Of course, MLB is EXTREMELY slow to foresee these problems and thus far, has simply ignored it, even though they have "discussed it" with baserunners who were at fault.

7/17/2017 10:04:00 PM

(7/17/2017 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Bernie and others insisted this was utopia until recently.

It always works until they run out of other people's money.

7/17/2017 07:46:00 PM

(7/17/2017 07:37:00 PM) - Al

I've said it numerous times...if you have a group of 18M people who have already broken the law once or numerous times to live where they do, the idea of breaking the law again to vote...with no consequence for doing so, is probably pretty high.

And let's be blunt. If they did not vote en masse, the Dems wouldn't work so hard to keep to stop voter ID, which is no problem at all unless, wait for want to cheat.

7/17/2017 07:37:00 PM

(7/17/2017 07:29:00 PM) - Al

Go get them.

If they would spend a fraction of the time going after true criminals rather than a conservative's son who took in a 15 minute meeting...

7/17/2017 07:29:00 PM

(7/17/2017 07:24:00 PM) - Al

The silence online when the contact play works is deafening.

It's like hitting on 16 when the dealer has a face card showing...yes, you're going to go over A LOT. But you will win more than if you hold. It's basically the same as a defensive shift, sometimes, the hitter will unexpectedly hit a ground ball right where the 2B would be normally be stationed. That does not mean you stop doing it.

Don't argue with math.

7/17/2017 07:24:00 PM

(7/17/2017 12:09:00 PM) - Al

The irony? I see comments on message boards that all 3 of these guys be released/sent down every time they pitch.


7/17/2017 12:09:00 PM

(7/17/2017 11:41:00 AM) - Al

Quick thoughts on trades and how much difference a traded for (or away) player makes.

The answer...not nearly as much as casual fans (and many others) think. Using the rule of 10 and simple runs created (or runs prevented), with only 68 games remaining, if a trade was made to bring in a superb player, like a Bryce Harper type, and he was replacing a below average production player or players (like last year's RF combo for the Crew, for example),that would still only be a difference of 25 runs or so, which would likely be 2 or 3 victories. And that is a maximum. A reliever only has about 30 innings left for the regular season, so a HUGE improvement would only be a single win. Of course, many overreact to late inning losses, and overestimate it (a run allowed in a 2-2 game in the 7th inning, for example, did not lose the game, at best, it was 50/50 before that).

Also lost in the math...even a SP as durable as Quintana has been can suffer an injury and miss time, and/or be ineffective or less effective due to said injury. This is especially good to keep in mind if you are dealing your "depth" for this player. Let's just say that as of today, if the Crew lost a SP due to injury, they woould probably call on Jungmann, Espino, or Blazek, who are all pitching in AAA right now, and all pitching at an above average clip, despite the tough home park and many tough away parks in the PCL West. If the Crew were to trade Blazek and Espino for a JA Happ or a similar SP, it would be met with massive praise, as neither are considered "prospects" anymore due to their age and big league experience. However, there is always downside:

1. The Happ type SP is far more likely to suffer an injury, as he is much older.

2. Should an injury occur to any pitcher, your AAA depth, which was once considered outstanding; is suddenly weak. It would be likely you would have to look outside the organization...again.

If you don't think depth is important, ask a small businessman the difference between having just himself or himself and a partner if he needs an operation or wants to go on vacation. No depth is fine should everything go swimmingly. And we all know ho often that occurs. 

3. The Happ type SP is signed through 2018. If either Blazek or Jungmann continue to pitch well, they are under team control for several years. That's why Stearns has ignored age and options and continued to build with fellas that have "controllable" seasons remaining.

7/17/2017 11:41:00 AM

(7/17/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Back when CNN was real, and before Kellyanne came out as a conservative, so the old media had not decided she was stupid yet.

7/17/2017 09:30:00 AM

(7/17/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

They wonder why no one respects the old media anymore.

7/17/2017 09:00:00 AM

(7/17/2017 07:00:00 AM) - Al

I've seen this before, but I still smile about it.

Every time I see the left insist how bad Trump sullies the office. Heh.

I will admit, Ms. Mondale was gorgeous back in the day.

7/17/2017 07:00:00 AM

(7/17/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Pathetic because it's true. Should be called Thugs and Criminals Matter.

They could not care less about a black cop. In fact, they're celebrating, just like they would with a white cop.

7/17/2017 06:00:00 AM

(7/17/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't know why elite liberals have such a hard time connecting with blue collar America.

7/17/2017 03:00:00 AM

(7/17/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Bias? What bias?

7/17/2017 12:30:00 AM

Sunday, July 16, 2017

(7/16/2017 07:54:00 PM) - Al

Northern lights may be visible in upper Midwest tonight and tomorrow night.

Of course, as they would say in NY/DC/LA, too bad no one lives there...

7/16/2017 07:54:00 PM

(7/16/2017 06:30:00 PM) - Al


Out is a gay long as they aren't gay and conservative.

Because shut up.

7/16/2017 06:30:00 PM

(7/16/2017 05:25:00 PM) - Al

Barnes and Knebel were unavailable today, which led to Scahill and Webb being asked to pitch higher leverage innings. Both were unlucky too, Rob gave up grounders but they found holes, while Webb did fine, except for hanging his first pitch for the HR.

7/16/2017 05:25:00 PM

(7/16/2017 04:39:00 PM) - Al

A's wise to get out in front of bullpen market with MIA, CWS, SD, BAL among clubs shopping relievers.--Rosenthal

Plenty of good relievers, and plenty of controllable relievers.

There's even a few good, controllable relievers.

7/16/2017 04:39:00 PM

(7/16/2017 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Of course, this is what you would say if you wanted to build his value too.

The Brewers have been said to have keyed in on Happ and Gray, and the price for each, while cheaper than Quintana, looks far from inexpensive.

Blue Jays' fans are pointing out that they literally have no AAA replacements if they trade a SP. Keep that in mind, as it seems likely a Blazek or Jungmann type would have to go back to TOR, along with true prospect(s), of course.

7/16/2017 04:08:00 PM

(7/16/2017 01:16:00 PM) - Al

Reports out of Maryland:

1. The seafood is outstanding.

2. Orioles have decided to sell. They have little in the way of SP's, but lots of interesting bullpen pieces and role players.

7/16/2017 01:16:00 PM

(7/16/2017 12:46:00 PM) - Al

The GOP for the first time since the 70’s has a leader that's willing to go attack dog style on the media. That is working.--Gillian Turner

Good to see for any number of reasons. 

7/16/2017 12:46:00 PM

(7/16/2017 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Nats acquire two quality relievers from A's.

Gave a pair of top prospects and a quality relief guy who has been unlucky this season. The price for pitching is very high thus far. 

7/16/2017 12:11:00 PM

(7/16/2017 11:09:00 AM) - Al

If it was a Republican shooting at a group of Dems, it would still be the lead story every night. Why? They report only what they wish.

7/16/2017 11:09:00 AM

(7/16/2017 10:49:00 AM) - Al

Domingo Santana is batting .328 (77-for-235, 13hr, 45rbi) since April 28, which is 5th in the National League. He bats 2nd today.--Brewers' media relations

Casual fans were all over the message boards in APR/MAY calling for Brinson or Phillips to replace Santana. They would have sent Ted Williams down after he went 1-4 in his debut.

7/16/2017 10:49:00 AM

(7/16/2017 06:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm offended too, but only because I prefer napping and not talking to people.

As for Cosmo being offended, good. That means we're making progress.

7/16/2017 06:00:00 AM

(7/16/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

You know why it's wrong?

Because a bunch of pacifists came up with it. In truth, you should lock the door and then block the door with what you can, a desk, chairs, extension cord to tie it shut, whatever.

But, if the moment comes when you are looking at a coward with a gun, you should go down fighting like a girl. And damn it, if you can, run like hell, and not in a straight line.

7/16/2017 03:30:00 AM

(7/16/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Another mention of the word "victory" in the battle with ISIS.

Nice to hear.

7/16/2017 12:30:00 AM

(7/16/2017 12:20:00 AM) - Al

Thought I had as I read Twitter on my phone. For the most part, I agree with Stearns on not going after rentals...players who are free agents after 2017. However, I might happily pursue a true 4th OF type who has no obligation to the team after this year. An example or two might be Curtis Granderson of the Mets or Jarrod Dyson of the Mariners...decent bats that can play all 3 spots and serve as insurance for Braun, a guy to run out there in CF when it is a poor matchup or Broxton is slumping, maybe even a defensive replacement for Ryan to limit his innings and changes of injury.

For the most part, their reserve OF's have been in AAA. With several relievers with options, might be time to add a true backup OF to the big league club.

7/16/2017 12:20:00 AM

Saturday, July 15, 2017

(7/15/2017 09:55:00 PM) - Al

The memories are pretty short, to be certain.

7/15/2017 09:55:00 PM

(7/15/2017 09:42:00 PM) - Al

I used to see pictures of Siberia, where they used to send all the prisoners in the Soviet looked just like my hometown.--Jim Gaffigan

Me too.

7/15/2017 09:42:00 PM

(7/15/2017 08:55:00 PM) - Al

Gray could be the next big name to move before the trade deadline. The Brewers have shown the most interest and they have the prospects to make it happen. The deal to sell off Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox last December turned out to be a brilliant move by GM David Stearns, who, by the way, had a hand in building the Astros. Stearns acquired Travis Shaw from Boston about a week after he signed Eric Thames. They are major cogs in the Brewers’ lineup.--Boston Globe

Many said the Brewers were "the most aggressive" for Quintana also. Just depends how much they are wiling to give up.

7/15/2017 08:55:00 PM

(7/15/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The left's worst nightmare.

Regardless of how many votes he gets, if he is able to use his celebrity and name recognition to bring more blacks into the party, or even consider the party; it could well be his legacy. He got a 50% higher percentage than Romney and basically just pointed out Obama had done nothing for the black voter.

7/15/2017 02:30:00 PM

(7/15/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I learned this as a freshman in high school.

Ivy League educated liberals think stagflation is "made up."


I'm pretty sure it's related to the fact us rubes in flyover country are so damn stupid, we need NY/DC/LA liberals to explain our own ignorance to us.

Panelist--I don't know why you keep saying Hillary Clinton is unlikeable.

Meghan McCain--Have you seen her speak? What did Podesta say, "Laughing too hard is her authentic weirdness,"...regular people noticed, while the Dems were anointing her queen and insisting she was the most qualified candidate ever.

7/15/2017 01:30:00 PM

(7/15/2017 01:00:00 PM) - Al

If only an entire party had warned about the stupidity of dealing with a terrorist harboring regime at the time...instead of cutting onesided deals to say you did.

Please, save me your sanctimonious traveling around the world to get away from your wife and insisting you had a clue what you were doing while telling world leaders your successor is clueless.

Don't go away mad, just go away.

7/15/2017 01:00:00 PM

(7/15/2017 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Remember this the next time CNN is lecturing some Republican about a minor transgression.

Their downfall is well deserved.

7/15/2017 12:00:00 PM

(7/15/2017 11:33:00 AM) - Al

Ordered from THU, chose "delayed delivery" to save $7 on a $35 order ($36 with tax).

Fed Ex ground brought it at 9:30AM this morning.

1. I don't think they've figured out how to "delay delivery" yet.

2. If I mail something to the Upper Peninsula, it takes 3-5 days, because the post office "waits until the truck is full."

No, I don't know why they're losing market share.

7/15/2017 11:33:00 AM

(7/15/2017 11:08:00 AM) - Al

Ordered a new heat tent for grill.

I'm thinking I probably got about all I could have out of the old one.

Note to self: Fire very taxing on metal over time. 

7/15/2017 11:08:00 AM

(7/15/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Did you read the roundtable yesterday?

It's some of my best work, because others do almost all the talking.

7/15/2017 11:00:00 AM

(7/15/2017 09:51:00 AM) - Al

It may be overstated, the cliche that Trump has accomplished more in 6 months than Obama did in 8 years. However, when you're talking about ISIS, it appears to be 100% true.

The difference? Trump is only concerned about victory and success. He delegates responsibility like a good leader does, not too caught up in minutia and self importance to think only he can do something.The troops have been told what the objective is and are free to use their training to best take care of the job without micromanagement.

Obama never once used the word victory to describe his hopes in 8 years, and his main goal was not to offend the very terrorists that is the enemy and that awakens each day with the dream of killing us. Boots on the ground had to go through channels and get permission to do most anything. Warriors were told not to attack churches or mosques even if they knew the enemy was hiding there or were using said religious building to store weapons. Why? Because along with a near complete ignorance of economics; community organizers know nothing about warfare. 

A wise man once said kicking the can down the road was a pathetic, selfish excuse for foreign policy. He was right then, and still is.

7/15/2017 09:51:00 AM

(7/15/2017 09:48:00 AM) - Al

Stearns continues to do his shopping at the discount bargain bin.

KRod was released yesterday by the Nationals, and would make so much sense to joinGomez at Colorado Springs, I suppose it is doomed to never happen.

7/15/2017 09:48:00 AM

(7/15/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I get the distinct feeling that many people simply do not understand what "out of business" means.

And yes, it's a shame, for those folks who worked there and for the folks who "paid ahead" and were awaiting delivery. But, things happen.

Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out. --John Wooden

And a note for the bride. No one cares about the dress. They really don't. In fact, almost all of them wish they didn't have to come to the wedding.  

That link is one of my favorites, as it details three things:

1. How shocked the Rambling wife was to see me happy.

2. The fact I told her that was my last wedding, and thus far, it has been.

3. That Seinfeld show was outstanding, and that bit just hit the nail on the head. 100% accurate. The crowd roared each time because they knew it.

7/15/2017 09:00:00 AM

(7/15/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Why they want higher taxes...they do not pay them.

7/15/2017 12:30:00 AM

Friday, July 14, 2017

(7/14/2017 10:10:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife went to Balloon and Rib Fest tonight, which is about 3 miles from the house. I've felt like I am living in Mosul the past 20-25 minutes.

I'm assuming it's fireworks.

And hoping.

7/14/2017 10:10:00 PM

(7/14/2017 08:30:00 PM) - Al

So nice having a "normal" Brewers weekend...7PM FRI, 6PM SAT, 1PM SUN.

It's the way the good lord intended it...along with long hot showers, cool breezes and conservative, fiscally responsible government.

7/14/2017 08:30:00 PM

(7/14/2017 05:58:00 PM) - Al

Sogard will not be ready to return tomorrow when eligible.  Should be soon, "a few days" is what they are saying.

Other than more MLB time and salary for Yadiel Rivera, and bumping Phillips up a notch as a LH PH, hardly be noticed.

7/14/2017 05:58:00 PM

(7/14/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

As Meghan McCain said today, the old media would never treat Muslims like this...not even real cults like Scientologists.

Their complete disdain and hatred for all things not NY/DC/LA is not just telling, but leaves them ignorant.

7/14/2017 04:30:00 PM

(7/14/2017 04:14:00 PM) - Al

If the Bucks do have to send a 1st round pick to rid themselves of Henson, getting a 2nd rounder in return, especially from a team they doubt will make the playoffs, would be a less than massive in trading the 20th pick for the 40th. Second rounders have less of a salary hit too.

7/14/2017 04:14:00 PM

(7/14/2017 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Braun giving it a go in LF tonight.

I would think Perez or Phillips may well come in for defense if ahead late more to protect him.

7/14/2017 04:05:00 PM

(7/14/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

The public seems completely bored by this, and for good reason.

7/14/2017 03:30:00 PM

(7/14/2017 02:04:00 PM) - Al

This is being reported today, but I guess I just assumed this was widely known,

We'll probably hear at least the main names of who was offered at some point. However, if the Crew offered Player A and B, that will soon leak out inside the MLB community and other clubs will come asking once that they become "available."

I remember Doug saying that when he told the Tribe Laporta was not "untouchable" in Sabathia discussions, in those few days before the deal was made, every team that needed a 1B or had wanted to draft Laporta called and asked about him. There are no secrets in the small world of MLB.

7/14/2017 02:04:00 PM

(7/14/2017 01:47:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR is reporting Cubs are still in the mix for Sonny Gray. I would wonder if they are seriously involved or just trying to drive up his price (and in so doing, the market for all SP's).

Reports this morning said the Brewers' top targets are Gray and JA Happ, who is currently with TOR.

7/14/2017 01:47:00 PM

(7/14/2017 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Very poorly said.

They mean the Bucks are trying to attract northern IL fans, in addition to Kenosha and other WI cities that tend to follow the Bulls. 

7/14/2017 01:44:00 PM

(7/14/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Roundtable participants 
Kurt, who asked me to be a Facebook friend about 3 years ago; Carl, who is better known as the Rambling brother; Jason, friend of mine from the Eau Claire days and a noted coach, historian, and author of a pair of books; and finally Justin, whose WTMJ radio show I have guested on a few times.

AL--All right gents, let's get this thing started. I predicted 79 wins for this year's team when I guested on Justin's show before the season began. What were your expectations?

JASON--I was in the same range as you, Al--maybe 80 wins. Up until the last few weeks, that still looked quite feasible. No long winning or losing streaks--just steady and meandering. Things have changed as we headed to the break, obviously. I didn't put a lot of stock in first place in the Central until they started inching closer to the wild card spot. So, yes, I guess I'm quite surprised, but that surprise just happened recently.

CARL--I  think I was expecting the wins and losses they have now to be just about turned around, thus a 41-50 would have been about right. I didn't expect the record to reflect any improvement from 2016 as they are getting younger and less experienced. I thought maybe the 2nd half record might improve over the start but couldn't hardly see an 81 win season.

KURT--I did NOT expect them to win THIS year! I expected 76 wins.

JUSTIN--When we talked before the season, I said I thought this team would be hovering around .500.  I thought most of that would be in the second half though after this team and young guys started to figure things out. 50 wins at the break I don't think anyone saw coming. I think we all assumed those numbers would be flipped and they'd be somewhere around 41-43 wins, best case scenario 45.

AL--What do you see as the biggest positive of this team?

KURT--Many might say 1B play (Thames/Aguilar) but, I figured we'd get some HR's. I'll say Tie between the "depth" (Perez/Sogard/Aguilar/Catchers) and Travis Shaw. Not just the power, but, the RBI, Average (near .300), SO many RBI!

JASON--The biggest surprise for me is the amazing amount of depth Stearns has built in general. Losing key players to injury or ineffectiveness happens to every team and can spell doom for a small/low payroll market. It's terribly cliche, but this is "next man up" at its finest. Stearns' emphasis on versatility was evident from the start, and that certainly has helped fill holes when adversity strikes.

I also like how Counsell/Stearns is willing to reduce playing time or cut bait completely with someone who either hasn't produced or is blocking someone from an opportunity. 

In addition,Nelson getting into a form that many had hoped for but few expected. Sogard was a head scratcher move for me at the time, but you can't argue how vital he has been.

CARL--I'm shocked to see Pina especially, play so perfectly both on defense and offense. Also, Bandy had some great results despite the slump at the end when Vogt was picked up and provided HR help. They have profited at catcher by "getting rid" of Lucroy and Maldy who we thought were so valuable to our team!  I'm also stunned at what a complete 3rd baseman that Shaw has been, as well as how valuable Santana, Sogard, Thames, and Aguilar has been. 

JUSTIN--Travis Shaw.  Its not to say he's been a total surprise, I think we all figured he would give you around 15-18 home runs and was an instant upgrade at third base, but you could make the case he's been one of the five best third basemen in baseball this season.

AL--So, what's the biggest negative or disappointment for you?

CARL--For awhile, we had no lefties on the pitching staff until now we have Suter and Hader. {Note: Roundtable took place before Webb acquisition.} I'm thrilled to have Vogt's lefty bat but am scared to death of what appears to be his dead arm. Hard to dig up disappointments this year though.

AL--I wonder if we'll see a Vogt/Garza pairing (in fact, I think we did). I remember Doug Melvin talking about that a few years ago when the Padres were at less than 10% catching base stealers, as he guested in the booth for an inning. He said "You know, it doesn't seem to be hurting them a bit. Maybe we overestimate the value of a stolen base." 

I just saw someone say in the last day or two that the Brewers lead the majors in stolen bases, and it doesn't seem like they should be even close. Teams simply do not run much to speak of, as only 4 players have 21 or more, and none of them have an OPS over's almost like players that can hit simply don't feel the need to run.

JASON--Villar. We kind of had this hope that he had found something last year but he hasn't built on it. There's still time, I suppose, but even if he goes on a tear during the second half (unlikely considering how well Sogard has played, earning the playing time), it will be a down year for him. Feliz could be in the picture here, too. I don't know that I had high enough hopes for him coming in, though. Guerra's velocity drop has me thinking there is another as-yet-undisclosed injury going on. Could be the league is starting to figure him out, I suppose. The gun doesn't lie, though. 

JUSTIN--Ryan Braun's health.  I continue to be one of his biggest defenders and despite what people still hurt by 2012 want to believe, the fact remains he's a highly productive player - when healthy.  The injuries have held him out of the lineup for more than half the Brewers games this season and despite what you may think, thats not the norm for Braun.  I've never understood the "injury prone" tag he's been given the past few years when other than the suspension year in 2013, he hasn't played in fewer than 135 games since his rookie year.  I think a healthy Ryan Braun all season long would obviously add a few more wins but would have also quieted a lot of the questions on whether or not the Brewers were for real in the first half.

KURT--Villar. Thought he'd "take off" after last year. (Braun disappointing, but, injuries are expected with him).

AL--I warned everyone about Villar's very high BAbip last season. That said, he has fallen off a bit even considering that. He has looked pretty good since his return from the DL, but still just a .317 OBP. Need fewer outs from him.

JUSTIN--Ryan Braun's health. I continue to be one of his biggest defenders and despite what people still hurt by 2012 want to believe, the fact remains he's a highly productive player, when healthy.  The injuries have held him out of the lineup for more than half the Brewers games this season and despite what you may think, thats not the norm for Braun.  I've never understood the "injury prone" tag he's been given the past few years when other than the suspension year in 2013, he hasn't played in fewer than 135 games since his rookie year.  I think a healthy Ryan Braun all season long would obviously add a few more wins but would have also quieted a lot of the questions on whether or not the Brewers were for real in the first half.

AL--I don't think I coined the phrase "in Doug we trust," but I said it often. Stearns has done things differently, but has worked his plan from day one. He has continued to bring in free talent and not hesitated to bring in players with warts (older like Guerra, out of options like Villar, pitchers that lack velocity like Hughes and Drake). I even give him credit for Neftali did not work out, but the downside was minimal. Tell me your thoughts of our still young GM.

CARL--I  have no complaints whatsoever in Stearns so far.  I  feel he may be our most valuable guy on the team from what he has already done.

JASON--The fact that there's always a chance for someone to come in and prove they deserve the playing time is something that is new to Milwaukee. Even when it comes to a financial loss (Feliz), tough decisions are made swiftly. Building patiently, looking for versatile athletes, and churning that 25th/40th roster spot constantly for new potential gems is a great approach. He's not afraid of going outside the box to find something that works.

JUSTIN--I don't think you can say Stearns has been anything but an overwhelming success.  Of all the moves he's made so far, the only one that you can say he wasn't the clear winner on was Khris Davis for Bubba Derby and Jacob Nottingham but even with that one only time will tell.  The biggest thing I think you've noticed with Stearns is he applies the quantity over quality approach in most deals - not to say he's not getting quality back - look no further than Lewis Brinson - but he's brought in a lot of quality players opposed to just shooting for one top level prospect.  Acquiring Brinson may end up being his best move, but the Segura deal is what stands out to me the most.  Getting immediate help like Aaron Hill and Chase Anderson but also a guy like Isan Diaz for Jean Segura - who was going to need to change positions to stay in Milwaukee. Building up the system is one thing and in that category you'd have to give him high marks.  But now comes the challenge of maintaining it and thats the next chapter in Stearns tenure.

KURT--A+. (to use Al's cliche word) The "casuals" don't appreciate the job he's done. NOT just the obvious (Shaw/Aguilar/Thames) but, nearly EVERY move has worked (Sogard/Vogt/bullpen). Yes, given up talent (Davis/Thornburg/Lucroy, etc.) but, a lot of Kenny Rogers in him (he KNOWS when to hold them and KNOWS when to fold or move a Davis or Feliz). As an aside, I sang a Kenny Rogers song "Lady" to my beautiful bride Sue on our wedding day.

Oops, back to the Brewers.

AL: Kurt did marry up, but the real problem is, it's tough to get him to talk about himself. That said, Stearns has brought in Sogard, Espino, Hughes, Drake, and Vogt for nothing, just since the end of last season. Don't forget, Manny Pina was a PTBNL, a AAA veteran with over 3200 PA's in the minors. Suddenly, he is a bonafide major league catcher, both in the field and on offense. It's easy to overlook, but that's a major part of his success.

As for Counsell and his staff, your thoughts?

JASON--This is the perfect team for Counsell. Young, ready to learn, having fun doing it. Not a grumpy old man, not a pushover. Seems to command respect without demanding attention. All are intangibles, of course, but maybe I'm a sucker for that sort of thing from time to time.

JUSTIN--When Counsell was hired I thought it was nothing more than a nice story. Hometown kid plays for the Brewers and eventually goes on to manage them, but given the way they've performed at this point you have to question if Counsell is a really good manager.  Overall I think he's done a fine job of not getting in the way of his players and given some of his constraints with the bullpen, I think he's done a fine job managing his pitching. Overall, I've been pleased. 

KURT--In my opinion ...(A) THE most under-rated manager in all of MLB .... but, the LEADER to be Manager of the Year in NL! SO many NOT great athletes turn out to be fine managers/coaches. (I know a Fuller Brush man that never scored a point in HS basketball ... in 3 years mind you; then went on to a 827-173 coaching record. Craig Counsell/Bob Uecker/me...all turned mediocre playing careers into fine "after careers" in coaching/broadcasting.)

CARL--Yes, for now, CC and his coaching staff seem to be golden, also. 

AL--What additions do you think we'll see from the minors?

CARL--I  feel Brett Phillips and Wily Peralta might be of help in the 2nd half.

JASON--I think the position players are in good shape. DeJesus seems like a good option if there's an injury, and Brinson and Phillips could be up for that reason as well. As for pitchers, I think there could be an outside shot of bringing Burnes in as he has had success at every level he's played. Wang probably deserves a shot, too, just to see what he could do in the future.

JUSTIN--We're already seeing them linked to starting pitching - which makes sense given Davies' inconsistency and Anderson's injury, but I don't think Stearns is going to do anything short term.  If they're going to make a move for a starting pitcher, I think Stearns would do something to bring back someone under team control yet and give up a little more, which is why both those names make a bit of sense - being under control until 2020.

KURT--The obvious... Brinson up for end of season and playoffs. No, Hader does NOT move to SP (as many suggest).

AL--Hader's future is probably as a SP or a closer, but right now, he'll continue doing just what he's doing. He's not going to be able stretch out and start again this year...if memory serves, they moved him due to an innings limit anyway.

So, the one you've all been waiting for, what trades, if any do you see? Major? Minor? None?

KURT--They buy AGGRESSIVELY: Stearns and Mark A. will "go for it." I'm an old coach; you don't always WIN the YEAR you think you will. 2 years early, we REACT as PERFECT timing ... just like year St. Louis was 83-79 and WON it all. They BUY a Starting pitcher. Though I'd like Quintana, it's Gray of Oakland"ouch" (though we don't lose Brinson, Hader or Ray ... other team would want Ray) we lose 2 of next 7 (Ortiz, Diaz, Erceg, Dubon, Phillips, Woodruff, and Clark). My guess one IF, Diaz or Dubon, and one SP (Ortiz or Woodruff ) and (if they receive 2 players ... maybe a RP, or we lose one OF (Phillips or Clark). Yes, 2-3 of top 10, but, neither Hader, Brinson, and hopefully not Ray.

CARL--I  feel very confident that Stearns will do just enough without mortgaging the future. He will never trade Arcia, or any blue chipper. Anybody he trades is not that untouchable.

JASON--Minor additions only. Stearns seems patient and if the reports are true, Mark is allowing him to continue working the plan. Personally, I'd like to see a starter like Estrada targeted. He had a rough month or so, which is a little concerning, but I think that plus his salary could be enough to make him cheap from a trade value standpoint yet a valuable piece down the stretch. I'm pleasantly surprised about Suter's early success. I don't know that he can continue it. It would be nice to have an experienced option if he can't.

I'm probably too hung up on prospects. I like the depth that has been built in a short amount of time. But if I had to pick just a handful of untouchables, I'd go with Brinson, Burnes, Woodruff, Hader, and Ray. Man, that leaves an awful lot of players I'd also hate to lose...

JUSTIN--I don't think they do anything major to ships out multiple guys in their top 10-15 prospects and I don't think they'll do something minor.  The NL Central's leader at the all-star break has won the division 8 of the last 10 years (the lone 2 times it didn't happen being the Brewers in 2007 and 2014) so you know its within reach.  Plus you factor in a team thats been in the post-season just 3 times in the last 25 years and I think that heightens the sense of needing to do something given how realistic it is to reach the post-season this year.  Stearns isn't going to do anything to change his rebuilding plan, but he'll slightly alter it.

AL--I'm hoping for a Gray and Doolittle combo platter. I think Kurt's price is pretty darn accurate...a couple top 10 prospects seems like a fair price for the two A's pitchers, with maybe a lesser prospect. I actually have Dubon right up there with Hader and Brinson...he just turned 21 and he dominated at AA and is holding his own at AAA. Stearns has said he wants players with years of team control, and they do not come cheap.

I will just add that Josh Harrison seems like a Stearns type and is able to play 2B/3B/LF/RF (he "could" play SS/CF if he had too, I'm sure). If the Pirates continue to struggle, they might well decide to reset and rid themselves of high priced vets. There's my sleeper pick, the one no one will see coming.

All right, how many games does this club win total?

{For the readers benefit, allow me to say if they go .500 the rest of the way, they'd finish with 85.5 W's}.

JASON--I think they will continue to avoid long losing streaks and finish with 89 wins and a playoff spot.

JUSTIN--The schedule isn't extremely difficult in the second half but its projected to be slightly more difficult.  That being said I've seen projections on Fangraphs and a few other sites that have them sitting around 89-91 wins.  I'm going to say your magic number is 88 which would mean going 38-33 which I think is certainly attainable at this point.  It would also mean the Cubs need to go 45-29 which is no small feat even with the talent they have.  Put me down for 88.

AL--I was not feeling very confident until I noticed they were only a couple games behind the Rockies for the second wildcard spot. I'm going to guess 86 wins, but I'm not sure if that will be good enough for the playoffs or not. The Cubs are scoring a run less and allowing a half run more a game so far this season compared to last. I just can't see that not "balancing out" a bit...and Quintana should help too.

The Cubs are probably not done, their success cycle looks far shorter than it did a few months ago. Because of this, they will be aggressive, they're all in at this point.

KURT--They finish 88-74 and WIN the Central. FYI: I WILL be there!

CARL--I'd be very surprised if they won 88 or more but I have already been very surprised this year. I think both St.Louis and the Cubs will win more often from now on this season.

AL--I just saw on Fangraphs yesterday that they give both the Cards and Cubs a better playoff percentage than the Crew, even though they're down 5.5 games.

Finally, I'm a proud contrarian, but sometimes it gets lonely. Give me an idea that will never happen, but you would support. Can be either on or off the field.

KURT--A. I'd make a "Craig's Crushers" T-Shirt featuring about 5-6 players (for sure Thames, Shaw, Santana, Arcia, and Braun, plus a pitcher or two ... either Nelson or "Ebel" Knebel) and start selling it to the fans! 

B. I'd make the 2nd to last game a Hernan Perez "bobblehead day" and ...IF by some "bad chance" we fall OUT of race, THAT day (possibly a low ticket sales day) have Hernan Perez (or Eric Sogard) play ALL 9 positions .... FIRST one since Cesar Tovar and Bert Campaneris. 

CARL--First, I  would hire a super psychiatrist to be with Wily Peralta 24 hours a day to pump him full of confidence so our team could benefit from his potential.  He could be as effective as Knebel, one would think, because he has a similar fastball and had success as a starter (was it 17 wins?) that one year. If he could come through as a hero in the 2nd half, what a story we have! We could also use a calf specialist to live with Braun! 

JUSTIN--The crazy thing is you don't really have any looming issues with this team, other than trying to squeeze in at-bats for guys that are hot.  I still think Santana ultimately gets moved, but moving him now isn't the right time. Managerial move, put Orlando Arcia in the leadoff spot. GM move, I'd shop Eric Thames and see if someone wants to bite on his 20+ HR.  He's been a nice story and is still productive but that slash line has been dropping since May.  If you moved Thames now you have Aguilar and Perez to take over his at-bats (notice I'm not saying play Ryan Braun at first like everyone else insists would be easy to do as if this was little league).  If you got desperate enough you could even rekindle things with the newly released Chris Carter.

Ultimately this move would never happen because the safety Thames brings is providing you with a first basemen for the next two years when there isn't a clear first baseman of the future on this roster, but for a shot in the dark why not?

For anyone asking why not Braun, no.  You'd be moving about $66 million in payroll so you're either picking up a bulk of that in exchange for a prospect or you're dealing him just to get rid of the money.  Neither of those two options sound very appealing to me.
JASON--Going ultra-aggressive and using some of the savings from payroll to bring in Shohei Otani for next season. It makes no sense. But I couldn't think of anything else.

AL--Well, needless to say I don't see any of those happening, but that's what I asked for, isn't it? Thanks for joining me, fellas, and I look forward to doing this again some time. By the end of the season, I'm sure I will have forgotten what a time consuming beast this is to put his thing together.

7/14/2017 11:00:00 AM

(7/14/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

It's different when ladies do it, because shut up.

7/14/2017 10:00:00 AM

(7/14/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Irony is very, very painful when you spend much of your life insisting everyone else is so damn stupid.

Of course, it's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.

7/14/2017 09:30:00 AM

(7/14/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

Ramblings roundtable might well pop up right about 11ish.

He said knowingly. :)

7/14/2017 07:30:00 AM

(7/14/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

A wise man predicted this would happen.

You can't bash Americans and then have them line up and donate money to you and then happily vote for your candidates.

7/14/2017 05:30:00 AM

(7/14/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Not only does this make perfect sense, it does a fine job explaining what a fine job the Obama administration did keeping us safe.

7/14/2017 03:30:00 AM

(7/14/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, that's just because they look at the negative in everything.

7/14/2017 12:30:00 AM

Thursday, July 13, 2017

(7/13/2017 11:10:00 PM) - Al

Derrick Rose and the Bucks schedule another meeting.

Most seem to think they would have to trade (dump?) Henson or Monroe to afford him, though they can use the mid level exception on him, though that would be a huge pay cut for him.

7/13/2017 11:10:00 PM

(7/13/2017 10:10:00 PM) - Al

Don't forget, we have a Ramblings roundtable late tomorrow morning. You can read it over lunch if you are actually working on a summer FRI.

7/13/2017 10:10:00 PM

(7/13/2017 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Brewers one of a half dozen teams in the mix for Brad Hand, per MLBTR.

7/13/2017 06:54:00 PM

(7/13/2017 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will add LHP Tyler Webb to the 'pen and call-up OF Brett Phillips for Friday. Michael Blazek optioned back to Triple-A.--Adam,

Blazek looked superb, and was probably victimized by having an option, as opposed to Scahill, who would have to be DFA'd and outrighted again. Love them utilizing the 24th and 25th spots, and one has to wonder how Braun is. Time will tell. 

7/13/2017 06:51:00 PM

(7/13/2017 06:00:00 PM) - Al

BUMPED to the top, scroll down for new posts until late afternoon.

BREAKING--Cubs acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox for Eloy Jiménez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

Jimenez and Cease were the Cubs #1/2 prospects by both Minor League Ball and Jimenez is the #8 prospect overall, Cease #63, but both are very young, likely 3+ years from the bigs. Neither Rose or Flete were ranked by either.

Because of their proximity to the majors, many would have considered Brinson and Hader a better package, overall, their rankings are 13th and 31st at the beginning of the year. Luis Ortiz, who came over in the Lucroy trade and is in AA, was ranked 51st, while Isan Diaz, who came over in the Segura/Anderson swap, was ranked 54th.

Of course, they are no longer ranked exactly like that, as that was before the 2017 season began.  And, we have no idea if MIL offered any of the above. However, given the rankings, that seems like a good idea of what it would have taken, or at least a reason projection.

The Cubs vaunted system is suddenly quite weak. They have graduated or dealt most of their talent, they now only have 7 "average major league" or above prospects pre draft (the Brewers, for example, have 16). I, along with many others, expected this wave of talent to lead them to a success cycle of 5+ years. They still could accomplish that, of course, but judging by their moves, they look to feel their window is far shorter as well. That said, I don't think they care.

Yankees/Brewers/Astros were all "involved in the process" of the Quintana trade, per Fox. What that means is a massive mystery. I can certainly imagine the Brewers offering 2 lesser top 100 prospects plus 2 better lower level ones than ended up going to the Sox.

Of course, every team has solid "secondary" prospects...that's why they're often referred to as lottery tickets.
More to follow..keep refreshing.

7/13/2017 06:00:00 PM

(7/13/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Exactly. This is one of the few times I've heard this stated so simply.

7/13/2017 03:30:00 PM

(7/13/2017 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Brewers acquire minor league lefty for Garrett Cooper.

A strange prospect for prospect swap, something you rarely see. However, both would be considered "minor" prospects...both are 26, and neither were ranked as a top 30 guy in their organization. Cooper's ceiling is likely seen as a platoon bat or 1B/LF reserve, while Webb is likely either a loogy or middle reliever.

They can always surprise, and each team hopes they are getting a late bloomer for a player that was blocked.

ADDED: Webb will go on the 40 man, as he was on NY's 40. MIL had an open spot since Mike Reed was outrighted last week.

Adam of is reporting Webb may also be coming to the majors...remember, the Crew has an open spot with Guerra going on the DL.

Webb had a 47-3 K/BB ratio this season in AAA. He was a Rule 5 pick of the Pirates this spring, and had a 11-1 K/BB ratio in major league camp, but the Pirates still chose to return him. 

ADDED: Stearns says he likes him because he throws strikes, misses bats, and has 3 options remaining. Also says the Brewers will continue to monitor the market.

Still sorting out roster options, may not decide until tomorrow before the game. I would assume they may want to check with Guerra to see if he thinks he'll be able to start TUE, otherwise, they will likely just set the 25 man for the FRI-MON games and adjust for the 5th SP TUE.

7/13/2017 01:50:00 PM

(7/13/2017 01:40:00 PM) - Al

One of the more beloved features at Ramblings will make a triumphant return tomorrow morning, as we will have a Ramblings' midseason roundtable.

I have always surmised the popularity stems from the fact others do most of the talking rather than me, but so be it. Look for that tomorrow in the AM.

7/13/2017 01:40:00 PM

(7/13/2017 01:30:00 PM) - Al

One of the greatest quotes ever.

This is CNN.

7/13/2017 01:30:00 PM

(7/13/2017 12:30:00 PM) - Al

This is a great idea, for other people of course, because I don't like the sun, or bugs, or hot weather.

7/13/2017 12:30:00 PM

(7/13/2017 11:57:00 AM) - Al

How I wish the Rambling son would have got one of these many moons ago.

7/13/2017 11:57:00 AM

(7/13/2017 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's embarrassing, to say the least.

I said 6 months ago it will push people toward or solidify their support for Trump. People love an underdog, and they do not like bullies. Time will tell if I'm right, but he's been between 43 and 51% since March 8th on Rasmussen (the ones that got it right)...and he was at 43% on Election Day.

If that's progress, more power to ya, but I don't see it. 

ADDED: Just found this, he's kept the Republicans too.

People like me love Trump for the same reason we love God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood. If the liberals hate it, it solidifies my positive feelings.

7/13/2017 11:00:00 AM

(7/13/2017 10:29:00 AM) - Al


I like the cut of his jib and I've only known him for 5 seconds.

7/13/2017 10:29:00 AM

(7/13/2017 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Treason? You can't put your country in danger talking to a private citizen from another country. That's just ignorant.

Now, you know, leaking classified documents and using a private server to handle classified (that's what the C stands for!) info COULD easily be treason, Mr. Comey, Ms. Clinton.

7/13/2017 09:30:00 AM

(7/13/2017 09:00:00 AM) - Al

7/13/2017 09:00:00 AM

(7/13/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Credit where credit is due.

It may be all talk (well, almost) at this stage, but said talk is working. Heck, a president that never speaks would be an improvement, if for nothing else the constant negativity would be gone.

7/13/2017 08:30:00 AM

(7/13/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony here is, they actually made progress at it. Jr. met with a lawyer who was self motivated and lied.

7/13/2017 07:30:00 AM

(7/13/2017 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama will be remembered for all the things he wishes he did not say, but let's not forget, he's the one that insisted Russia was our friend...before they made up this fake Russian thing that is right out of a time machine.

7/13/2017 05:30:00 AM

(7/13/2017 03:30:00 AM) - Al

It really is that simple. That's what irritates the left about Walker's success in WI. Lowering taxes is easy if you just quit spending so damn much money.

7/13/2017 03:30:00 AM

(7/13/2017 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Pelosi walked right into that one.

7/13/2017 02:30:00 AM

(7/13/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Meghan's dad the senator sends out his summer reading list. Good idea for you youngsters of any age that might just learn something.

7/13/2017 12:30:00 AM

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

(7/12/2017 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Aaron Judge, a rookie, is 25. Bryce Harper is 24 and this is his fifth All-Star Game.--Washington Post

I recall folks saying Harper was immature 4 years ago. I recall saying he could be immature all he wanted for my team. 

7/12/2017 10:00:00 PM

(7/12/2017 09:10:00 PM) - Al

The old media calls them rubes.

The Dems call them idiots.

Gee, I wonder why the old media and Dems have lower approval ratings than Trump?

Guys never call a woman they like nasty names. Some folks, though I hear they are far smarter than myself, haven't figured that out yet.

7/12/2017 09:10:00 PM

(7/12/2017 07:30:00 PM) - Al

What's that old saying...always see how your date treats the wait staff, because that's eventually how they will treat you?

7/12/2017 07:30:00 PM

(7/12/2017 06:44:00 PM) - Al

Ray Montgomery on AA pregame show:

--Hiura "is not long for Arizona," so he will probably be moving up to Helena, Appleton, or Carolina soon.

--Tod Johnson did a great job running his first draft. 

--Winning is great, but job remains the same...feeding players to the major league level to win at later date. The fact the big league team is great, but in scouting, no different.

--Sees great things in the future for Corbin Burnes, drafted last year, already successful in AA.

7/12/2017 06:44:00 PM

(7/12/2017 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Gee, who would speak badly of law enforcement?

What's that old saying? I voted for Trump because he's not Hillary. And, thus far, he's tremendously successful at not being Hillary so far.

And, by the way, Trump telling folks to thank a cop was the first time we've heard that in, oh, 8+ years. So, he's doing a fine job not being Obama too.

That's a win win.

7/12/2017 05:46:00 PM

(7/12/2017 04:30:00 PM) - Al

They fail to realize why all the wealthy folks are going to move to the suburbs and they will actually collect LESS.

They just don't get it. They think they can punish them and they'll just dumbly take it. You don't get to be rich by being a moron.

7/12/2017 04:30:00 PM

(7/12/2017 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Investors and the markets think the latest (of many) ruses is...just a ruse.

7/12/2017 03:56:00 PM

(7/12/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

As usual, Huckabee hits the nail on the head.

I said it here a few days ago...campaigns dig for dirt on opponents. Shocking I know. As they said on Outnumbered today, more experienced politicians would have sent some low level staffer.

Don Jr. just "took a meeting" as they say in the business world, and left when it did not amount to anything. If she's a lawyer, I assume she may well have had a financial interest in keeping adoptions flowing between the USA and Russia, as there's money to made in pushing papers...ask a government worker.

7/12/2017 03:30:00 PM

(7/12/2017 03:11:00 PM) - Al

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

7/12/2017 03:11:00 PM

(7/12/2017 03:02:00 PM) - Al

The TV station about 5 minutes from the Rambling house says they got 1.3 inches about 5AM. When I looked out at 8ish, I could not tell it had rained.

Live at the top of the hill, my friends. 

Still have not heard the sump pump since we put gutters on the house. I had the Rambling son check it last night to make sure it still works. 

7/12/2017 03:02:00 PM

(7/12/2017 02:58:00 PM) - Al

The Cards should call the Braves about Matt Adams. #sarcasm#irony

7/12/2017 02:58:00 PM

(7/12/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I, and many others have been pointing this out for a while now.

No one even questions the bias anymore, they just complain that Fox News is biased as if a 10-1 ratio is perfectly fair.

7/12/2017 10:30:00 AM

(7/12/2017 09:08:00 AM) - Al

Several ESPN people are calling today Espy day.

1. While I admire the coordinated effort, there must be a more subtle method of doing what you're told so it is less obvious.

2. I admit, I did not know the Espys were tonight.

3. I also admit, I did not know the Espys were still a thing.

7/12/2017 09:08:00 AM

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