Al's Ramblings



Saturday, March 31, 2018

(3/31/2018 11:41:00 PM) - Al

Counsell said Knebel was unavailable tonight after pitching in the first 2 games of the series. Craig willing to punt a game early to keep Corey healthy. In that case, I'm surprised someone else did not pitch the 8th with Albers for the 9th, though I did not notice id Matt may have pitched to the heart of the order. 


3/31/2018 11:41:00 PM



(3/31/2018 11:37:00 PM) - Al

Aaron Wilkerson injures his non throwing shoulder swinging the bat, will miss about a month.

Seriously would consider having minor league pitchers at AA and AAA (pitchers do not hit in A ball and below) take 2 strikes and then sac bunt even with no one on base. The injuries the organization has sustained is ridiculous.

Bubba Derby will take his spot on the AAA roster.


3/31/2018 11:37:00 PM



(3/31/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Contrary to popular belief, this is not why Toys R Us went bankrupt.

The meetings represented, however, have crushed more than their share of companies.


3/31/2018 04:30:00 PM



(3/31/2018 04:20:00 PM) - Al

You'll have to trust me, but I guessed the lineup 100%. Just figured with a RHP going, Thames and Sogard would start, and Bandy would catch game 3.

I got who they would sub in for; confident for Thames, lucky with Sogard. After only 3 games, every position player has started a game except Jesus (insert your own Easter joke here).


3/31/2018 04:20:00 PM



(3/31/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Everyone was too afraid of being called a racist to point out it was the exact opposite of what might have worked.

You don't lower premiums and cost by eliminating competition. You don't help unhealthy folks pay less for coverage by making insurance companies assume everyone is unhealthy.

Of course, the fact it failed miserably means it worked perfectly. The sad thing is, the best plan the left could come up with was to make a plan so bad it would fail miserably and the public would welcome a socialist style health plan...because the VA has been such a roaring, unquestioned success.

The GOP voted against it because they knew it would not work. The Dems voted against tax cuts because they knew it would work. The fact one party openly roots against the country they represent, well, you can decide for yourself.


3/31/2018 04:00:00 PM



(3/31/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

By far the best part of Braun's HR from last night is watching the faces of the Padres' fans behind the plate when that ball is hit, in a no doubt whatsoever manner, as everyone in the ballpark knew it was long gone.

I knew I had seen that look before, and I finally placed it.


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3/31/2018 03:30:00 PM



(3/31/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

That's too bad, because now she'll probably struggle to find a boyfriend.


3/31/2018 03:00:00 PM



(3/31/2018 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Many moons ago, I was a person that respected law enforcement and the military.

At some point, like those that proudly stand for the national anthem, love the Constitution, and believe strongly in capitalism, my beliefs are often mocked; many would say they are small town, or kind of hokey.

So be it. Roseanne Barr recently said something I've been saying for 2-3 decades, but for some reason, it was considered far more profound when she said it, "I still believe in the same things I always have...everyone else moved far out, you lost everyone."

Police officers are not perfect. They make mistakes, just like the rest of us. Those errors are replayed over and over, but they are very rare. I'll take my chances with law enforcement every day of the week.

Thank you for your service, sir.


3/31/2018 02:36:00 PM



(3/31/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Don't burn bridges. If you treat others well, you never know how it might help you later.


3/31/2018 02:30:00 PM



(3/31/2018 02:03:00 PM) - Al

I seem to recall a wise man predicting this.

Fox is like McDonald's or Best Buy...they are a brand, and a successful brand. People don't eat at McDonald's because they enjoy their apple pies. They eat there because they enjoy the taste, the service, and their cleanliness. That's good, because in the TV biz, that apple pie might leave, or behave poorly.


3/31/2018 02:03:00 PM



(3/31/2018 09:39:00 AM) - Al

Reds sign Gallardo to a major league contract.

$750k guaranteed, so very low risk for Cincy.



3/31/2018 09:39:00 AM



(3/31/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Kennedy eventually abandoned his presidential ambitions as a result of the scandal.

That and the fact he lost when he ran.

Movie about Teddy gains more mature rating because of "historical smoking." 

Not a word about leaving a human being to die.


3/31/2018 08:30:00 AM



(3/31/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Unexpectedly.


3/31/2018 03:30:00 AM



(3/31/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I was just thinking the same thing today.

Liberals (and even worse, non funny liberals) insist on being taken seriously, but then insist on NOT being taken seriously when it suits their selfish, didn't really think that through behavior.

The hell with them. As a well spoken fella once said, "if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Quit being afraid of these wimpy know it alls.


3/31/2018 01:00:00 AM



(3/31/2018 12:49:00 AM) - Al

Brewers use 5 relievers yesterday, 4 today, but only Knebel the closer gets used in both. I think that's called a counsell. Good to have that kind of bullpen depth, especially with Chacin only able to go 3+.


3/31/2018 12:49:00 AM



(3/31/2018 12:42:00 AM) - Al

Brewers win with a big comeback, and the Bucks win it overtime playing with a roster so beat up I half expected to see Marques Johnson putting on his old #8 for old times sakes and a couple minutes off the bench to give Middleton or Giannis a breather.


3/31/2018 12:42:00 AM


Friday, March 30, 2018

(3/30/2018 10:44:00 PM) - Al

I pretreated my driveway and sidewalk with ice melt.

You can call me a forward thinker, or a good planner, but basically, I ain't shoveling. The Rambling son will be home SUN evening.



3/30/2018 10:44:00 PM



(3/30/2018 08:58:00 PM) - Al

AAA 3B signed due to lack of organizational depth at that spot. Not official until he passes a physical, so the guessing begins now.

From the comments, Aaron Hill and Casey McGehee make as much sense as anyone. That said, I do not know which veteran 3B are signed and which are not.


3/30/2018 08:58:00 PM



(3/30/2018 08:53:00 PM) - Al

Jennings signed in ML, in part, due to the fact he lives in West Des Moines (DM is one of the most underrated cities in the midwest, by the way, a nearly perfect midsize city), Iowa. Due to his improved splits the past few years, Tom considers him mainly as a loogy.

Also in the Jennings piece, Nick Franklin is going to go to Biloxi to get some innings in as a catcher, to be a more all around utility player. If Nick can be even a below average C defensively, he could easily find a job as a team's 25th man, even moreso on a team in which the #1 backstop will catch 130+ games a season.


3/30/2018 08:53:00 PM



(3/30/2018 08:47:00 PM) - Al

Jennings signed, added to 25 man roster.

Choi optioned to Colorado Springs.

Nelson placed on 60 day DL to create a spot on the 40 man roster.


3/30/2018 08:47:00 PM



(3/30/2018 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Bucks and Brewers both on FSW and FSW alternate tonight...if Charter remembers to "flip the switch" for the alternate.

Too bad they're both out west. Be a good night for a doubleheader.


3/30/2018 07:50:00 PM



(3/30/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Now he did it.

I pity those who make Meghan McCain mad. He'll never know what hit him.


3/30/2018 04:00:00 PM



(3/30/2018 03:41:00 PM) - Al

Adam and Tom both expecting Jennings to be official and Choi to go down before tonight's game.


3/30/2018 03:41:00 PM



(3/30/2018 02:19:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling ya, it's too bad President Trump is so rude. Before he ran, all politicians, especially Dems, were polite, civil, and all in all, tremendous, quality people...you know, like Ted Kennedy.


3/30/2018 02:19:00 PM



(3/30/2018 01:54:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling ya, next time, it will work just like it does in the textbooks.

If I didn't know better, I'd start to think socialism is a failure of mammoth proportion.


3/30/2018 01:54:00 PM



(3/30/2018 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.

What a stupid putz. You can see the E! special on his slow spiral downward unveil before your eyes, in real time.


3/30/2018 12:47:00 PM



(3/30/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

No way he handles it that well.


3/30/2018 11:30:00 AM



(3/30/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Have another drink, conspiracy nuts.


3/30/2018 09:30:00 AM



(3/30/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

As those of us who paid attention in history know, they drank so much beer because the water often would either kill them or make them violently ill.


3/30/2018 08:00:00 AM



(3/30/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Considering there is no definition of "assault rifle" and that it is a purely made up term, you can pretty much claim any number exists.


3/30/2018 06:00:00 AM



(3/30/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

I fear nothing.

Technology will not allow us to return to the dark ages.


3/30/2018 03:30:00 AM



(3/30/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

But we know better, we're entertainers!

Shut the hell up.


3/30/2018 01:30:00 AM



(3/30/2018 12:28:00 AM) - Al

As with most 1 run games, I'd much rather be lucky than good. Not sure if Choi scores on that base hit if Myers doesn't misplay it.

Even moreso, anytime you can get a DP with the bases loaded, you're living well.

No one even remembers them, but the Crew probably wins 3-1 or 4-1 if the Padres don't turn a pair of ridiculous DP's in the 1st and 2nd innings.

I was surprised Braun was left in to play defense the entire game, given his lack of experience at 1B. Looked like he got a glove on that ground ball hit that Knebel allowed in the 9th. Once he gets more comfortable, in 40 games or so (I would assume Ryan will get about 10-15 games there by then), he probably makes that play.


3/30/2018 12:28:00 AM



(3/30/2018 12:16:00 AM) - Al

Note to self: Without their 3 best players, the Warriors are just another team that the Bucks can defeat on the road.


3/30/2018 12:16:00 AM


Thursday, March 29, 2018

(3/29/2018 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Or, as a wise man often says, it's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.

As many others have pointed out, they have been caught telling the truth several times of late.

1. We don't want to take your guns.

2. We don't want to repeal the 2nd amendment.

3. We just want common sense restrictions.

4. Hopefully, that will lead to repeal the 2nd amendment, so we can take your guns.

5. Oops.


3/29/2018 07:41:00 PM



(3/29/2018 05:01:00 PM) - Al

Loves.


3/29/2018 05:01:00 PM



(3/29/2018 04:55:00 PM) - Al

You can outspend any income.


3/29/2018 04:55:00 PM



(3/29/2018 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Not often I mention deaths here at Ramblings, but Rusty Staub set a standard few will reach, as his NYPFWCBF set the standard to which all other charities are judged. I gave annually for several years following 9/11, as did many others, as it has raised an astounding $112M in the years since the terrorist attack.

It is a perfect example of how much better private enterprise is at accomplishing things than the government.


3/29/2018 03:09:00 PM



(3/29/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Over a decade ago, legendary investor Jim Rogers said he was buying farmland by the thousands of acres in South America, the USA, wherever he could find it. He said to buy mutual funds that focused on agriculture; food, commodities, machinery, fertilizer, and do on. In some places in the world, food is like gold.

In the USA, we have many people who insist Monsanto and other companies that help grow food with less water, less fertilizer, and so on; are evil. Of course, they say that with a full stomach, in a incredibly wealthy, free land where you can buy a decent meal at Taco Bell or McDonald's for $2-3, and almost stuff yourself to feeling ill for $6-7. 


3/29/2018 01:00:00 PM



(3/29/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I've seen 2 people on Twitter insist this is a fictional story and it never really happened.

Tweets deleted eventually.


3/29/2018 11:30:00 AM



(3/29/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Finding new organs in the body, every time someone that can read ventures in a jungle in South America they find a few hundred new species they never knew existed; but if there's one thing they're sure of, it is a fraction of a degree hotter cooler different than it was 150 years ago, and the planet's going straight to hell because of it.

The only thing that will save it? We're glad you asked. We need more of your money, but only if you are successful and not currently running from one of those icky ICE agents.


3/29/2018 10:00:00 AM



(3/29/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Unexpectedly.


3/29/2018 08:30:00 AM



(3/29/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Hey, not everyone can sit and watch the DVR for 18 hours a day and be happy.

Got mine down to 4% the other day, and I said, time for the Brewers to start!


3/29/2018 08:30:00 AM



(3/29/2018 08:22:00 AM) - Al

Currently reading Scott Adams' book on President Trump, Win Bigly. One thing is he says often is "I didn't really predict it, but since people say I did, I'll use the word prediction just for simplicity."

Today, I have received several kudos on Twitter and email that I correctly forecast the Crew signing Dan Jennings. Thing is...I didn't. I believe I said, "If they sign a reliever, as they have in previous seasons, I'd say Jennings would be the guy."

Already seeing 40 man issues, as Choi's addition makes it full, while Jennings still has to be added. They would not have done that without a plan in place, so obviously they are not worried about losing that 40th player. Or, possibly Nelson will just be placed on the 60 day DL...but if he was going to be, you'd think he would have been already.


3/29/2018 08:22:00 AM



(3/29/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

I used to think I was strange for not using a top sheet, but it turns out I was in the majority.

As I have explained, the "top sheet" was used back when the blankets were wool and uncomfortable. Now that we have comforters and other silky things, that top sheet is unnecessary. In fact, that extra layer makes many of us sweat, as we already have a ceiling fan on over the bed 365 days a year,


3/29/2018 05:30:00 AM



(3/29/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Government overreach?

The hell you say.

I'm so old, I recall when liquor advertisers were creatively banned from advertising on TV (supposedly, it was always "voluntary") because they were afraid the American public would become violent, raging alcoholics at the mere mention of scotch or bourbon being marketed like Tide and Scope.

I'm not so much offended by the attempt, but moreso by the fact they're just so bad at it. 


3/29/2018 03:30:00 AM



(3/29/2018 12:38:00 AM) - Al

High Heat 19 checks in that the Brewers are looking at former Cardinals reliever Josh Lucas, who I mentioned I liked when he was DFA'd.

Also, he says not to be so sure Choi is removed when Jennings is added, could be another player, such as Aguilar.

I'd hate to lose Aguilar for nothing, but realistically, he's out of options, is 28, and he can only play 1B. That's not a description of a player to regret losing.



3/29/2018 12:38:00 AM



(3/29/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Elite hippies still angry they missed being high for an entire decade in the 60's.


3/29/2018 12:30:00 AM



(3/29/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Allow me to say, I've been mocking this little putz for weeks and I'm not getting an ounce of free publicity, damn it.


3/29/2018 12:00:00 AM


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

(3/28/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Hard to believe this a real photo.


3/28/2018 11:00:00 PM



(3/28/2018 10:44:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have a deal with Dan Jennings, pending a physical, per Rosenthal. Expected to take Choi's spot when he arrives.


3/28/2018 10:44:00 PM



(3/28/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Best Criminal Minds episode of the year. Probably still only a 7, but it's been a weak, all over the place season. Be so sad to see it end on such a low note.

Honestly, just like SVU, if it goes 51 seasons, we'll long for a 52nd.


3/28/2018 10:00:00 PM



(3/28/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

What's that a wise man often says?

Unexpectedly.

I have to wonder if Russian collusion is responsible...

Heh. Rumor has it, they're too dumb to use the remote.


3/28/2018 09:30:00 PM



(3/28/2018 08:53:00 PM) - Al

Stearns on likelihood of external pitching move: "We're continuing to explore it... I do think we're gaining some traction in that area. I don't know if we'll get anything done but we'll see where it leads."--JS

Dan Jennings? Lucas?

Wheeler? Peacock or McHugh?

Stearns acts as if Choi's stay will be brief, said he is aware of roster situation and he does have an option. If he's only there for a day or two, they might as well keep another bat...the odds of them needing more than 7 relievers in the first game or two is extremely slim. 


3/28/2018 08:53:00 PM



(3/28/2018 08:44:00 PM) - Al

25 man released.

Choi and Aguilar both remain for now, only 7 relievers, including Woodruff.

Hoover and Williams sent down. Choi also has one option remaining.


3/28/2018 08:44:00 PM



(3/28/2018 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Aguilar has changed his Twitter account and now says he's "a Tiger."

EDIT: Changed to indicate his winter league team, the Tigers. 



3/28/2018 08:13:00 PM



(3/28/2018 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Korean TV is reporting Choi has made the 25 man roster. He is in SD with the team, but no 25 man announcement from the Crew yet.


3/28/2018 08:07:00 PM



(3/28/2018 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Imagine that.


3/28/2018 06:01:00 PM



(3/28/2018 05:30:00 PM) - Al

SL DFA's a pair of young players that both look to have a future in the big leagues.

The Cards supposedly have a very weak farm system after trading many prospects the past 2-3 seasons, so having to deal a pair of players that look to be fringe big leaguers is a surprise.


3/28/2018 05:30:00 PM



(3/28/2018 05:13:00 PM) - Al

Why teams (like MIL) wait until the last minute to set their final roster.

You never know.


3/28/2018 05:13:00 PM



(3/28/2018 04:59:00 PM) - Al

My question is, if you live in Cedar Rapids, do you have any MLB team's games on your cable/satellite package?

I'm the first to admit this is foolish, but the fix is not as easy as many would think, as a team's TV money is based on population and subscribers.


3/28/2018 04:59:00 PM



(3/28/2018 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Just saw an ad for Fleet Farm advertising they have mulch for $2 a bag.

Reminds me, we bought a bunch last year at Menards on sale...still sitting under the deck. God, we're cool.


3/28/2018 04:54:00 PM



(3/28/2018 04:40:00 PM) - Al

They're insisting that their goofy, dare I say ridiculous ideas are mainstream. Keep thinking that and moving left my friends.

I never left the Democrat party, the party left me.--Toby Keith

Perhaps the most damning? Keith says the backlash against him began when he had the nerve to, wait for it, release songs many consider patriotic and/or pro American.--Ramblings, 10/24/17 


3/28/2018 04:40:00 PM



(3/28/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Most pro Trump TV show on the air debuts to huge ratings.

Unexpectedly.


3/28/2018 04:00:00 PM



(3/28/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Funny, that end of the world as we know it the vandals in Madison kept insisting would occur has...never happened.

In fact, it's the opposite.

Unexpectedly.


3/28/2018 03:00:00 PM



(3/28/2018 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Unexpectedly.


3/28/2018 02:07:00 PM



(3/28/2018 02:01:00 PM) - Al

I have a headache after just looking at this.




3/28/2018 02:01:00 PM



(3/28/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

Proud to have been way ahead of the curve on this.

The more people hear them, the more they hate them.


3/28/2018 03:30:00 AM



(3/28/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I think a wise man said this would happen.

Ironically, they "ignore that because we don't like it" side is bewildered and has no idea how this could have happened.


3/28/2018 01:00:00 AM


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

(3/27/2018 03:59:00 PM) - Al

Huge get for Greg Gard, 3 star point guard, son of former NBA'er Rod.

Especially tough considering they were limited due to a lack of schollies. Not sure if they will use the last available on another player (a grad transfer?) or just save it, as I do not know how hrd they have been recruiting, since Van Vliet just announced his transfer.


3/27/2018 03:59:00 PM



(3/27/2018 01:53:00 PM) - Al

Nate Silver admits Trump's numbers are up?!

If you'll excuse me, since the end of the world is obviously upon us, I need to go looting.


3/27/2018 01:53:00 PM



(3/27/2018 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Well, the good news is, if Vargas cleared waivers, Aguilar might as well.

The bad news is, his trade value is effectively zero, or very close to it.


3/27/2018 01:48:00 PM



(3/27/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

There they go again, with their facts...yuck.


3/27/2018 04:30:00 AM



(3/27/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

They always do.

Speaking out against the most important document in the history of the greatest nation to ever exist is far easier said than done.


3/27/2018 03:00:00 AM



(3/27/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Glenn checks in with the crowd estimate snafu...thinks there may be a teensy, weensy bit of bias there.I'm not the first to say it, but since they average 400-500K for The March for Life each January, and CNN felt obligated to cover this from beginning to end, it will be odd to see them, you know, do the same with the pro life event next year*.

I just saw on Twitter tonight that Trump's composite approval rating is up in the past 6 weeks, as is the generic congressional GOP ballot. Could be any number of reasons, and/or a combo of them, but considering the excitement the old media has for the gun control side, and the plethora of free coverage they've been given, the lack of any bump at all...and in fact, the opposite, would seem to confirm my suspicions...the kids are not well liked, and the more the public sees, the stronger they feel about the rights promised in the Constitution.


*Also, I can't wait to see pigs fly.


3/27/2018 12:30:00 AM


Monday, March 26, 2018

(3/26/2018 09:48:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, but...what if Suter is just this good?

His secondary numbers, 25 K's, 5 walks, in 21+ frames...are astonishingly good.


3/26/2018 09:48:00 PM



(3/26/2018 08:24:00 PM) - Al

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Reports leaking out tonight that Hogg now says he was home during the shooting, but rode his bike there after hearing about it.

The problem with not telling the truth? You gotta have a really good memory, or you get confused later.

Consistency is not their strength.

EDIT: Now...let's try again. The story currently being sold is he was there during the shooting, went home, and then returned to the school later. I'm not saying that's not the case, but eventually, they should find one that sticks. 


3/26/2018 08:24:00 PM



(3/26/2018 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Jennings will be available.

I do not remember if the Brewers were rumored to have chatted with the White Sox last year at the deadline about Jennings (they traded a hard thrower at AA for Swarzak, if you recall), but again, he makes the most sense if they are going to pick up anyone. Equally effective versus both lefty and righty batters, and while similar to Oliver Drake vs. LH's, he is far better vs. RH's, interestingly.

Leathersich has shown promise as a loogy as well, but basically throws batting practice versus RH bats. 


3/26/2018 02:38:00 PM



(3/26/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

They are socialists because they aren't intelligent to know what socialism is.


3/26/2018 11:30:00 AM



(3/26/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Fight for what?

The only things I've heard are either already law or unconstitutional.

Well, to be fair, it's because those kids are stupid.


3/26/2018 09:30:00 AM



(3/26/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

The first sign of a failed event is exaggerating the crowd size. The old media will report it if they are sympathetic to the cause.


3/26/2018 05:00:00 AM



(3/26/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

They choose their heroes badly.

I must admit, I'm very proud I saw through this fool from the get go. Maybe all those retail interviews helped.


3/26/2018 03:30:00 AM



(3/26/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

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I admit, I've beginning to enjoy this more and more. Listening to such pure stupidity over and over makes me so glad I'm not on their side.


3/26/2018 01:30:00 AM


Sunday, March 25, 2018

(3/25/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

There are clowns, and then there is Jon Favreau.


3/25/2018 10:30:00 PM



(3/25/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Amen.

Never challenge worse.


3/25/2018 03:00:00 PM



(3/25/2018 02:02:00 PM) - Al

This might be a model for Keston Hiura in a year or so.


3/25/2018 02:02:00 PM



(3/25/2018 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Unexpectedly.

Every single time. Cleaning up is for the little people.


3/25/2018 01:54:00 PM



(3/25/2018 01:46:00 PM) - Al

Jacob Barnes has been informed he will make the team.




3/25/2018 01:46:00 PM



(3/25/2018 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Kids, want to march and make a difference? Join the military!

Seen on Facebook today. There was about 30 comments, and every single one was positive toward the military and negative toward the bratty teens.

Sometimes, social media makes me feel better.





3/25/2018 12:58:00 PM



(3/25/2018 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Dan Jennings might be the most likely Brewers' bullpen addition I've seen so far, though I would guess Stearns would wait until he was released and try to sign him for less...if they did not want to pay Jared Hughes $2.3M, I doubt if they'll want to pay Jennings that.

More names to follow as the season draws closer.


3/25/2018 12:41:00 PM



(3/25/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

They are all for choice...as long as their choice is the same as their own.

Otherwise, not so much.


3/25/2018 11:30:00 AM



(3/25/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

As a wise man says, it's easy to change your mind when you don't believe in anything.


3/25/2018 09:00:00 AM



(3/25/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

The more he talks, the more damage he does. His credibility is less than zero. And yet, he keeps talking. The old media keeps giving him ample chances to do so.

More power to them.




3/25/2018 07:30:00 AM



(3/25/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

For 8 years, we kept seeing that Obama/Carter comparison, and even Carter didn't like it.

Now, for a year plus, we keep seeing this Reagan/Trump one. Time will tell how long it continues.


3/25/2018 05:00:00 AM



(3/25/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

How out of touch can they be?

If they would have had me rub other boys' feet the first day of preschool, I'm pretty damn sure there would not have been a 2nd day of preschool.


3/25/2018 03:00:00 AM



(3/25/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

How dare you have another opinion than myself!


3/25/2018 01:00:00 AM


Saturday, March 24, 2018

(3/24/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Virginia wins the internet. Tune in tomorrow for the next contest.


3/24/2018 10:00:00 PM



(3/24/2018 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Dream recap:

I am at a rooftop wedding. I should have just realized this was a dream because unless it's the Rambling son's, I doubt if I'll ever go to another wedding, because I not only dislike almost all people but also despise joyful gatherings, but hence, I digress.

Somehow, I get separated from the Rambling wife. I lose my phone. I start looking for it. I get hopelessly lost, and cannot call the wife for help, because my phone is lost. I keep asking people for help, they keep giving me directions that lead me to a maze like creation of hallways, not a one of them go up, which I assume I need to do at some point, because, you know, it's a rooftop wedding. Finally, after what seems like hours of wandering, I am told the white staircase goes up to the roof. It's a white staircase that has a 90 degree bend halfway up, and isn't really attached to anything, it's just in the middle of this giant room, filled with waitstaff in suits, and guests in suits and fancy dresses, along with a pudgy middle aged guy, who is feeling very out of place.

The stairs are hellishly crowded, people going in both directions, many holding drinks. It's nothing not to move for a minute, just packed. Suddenly, I look up, and my Uncle Jay is walking down the stairs as I am headed up. He has it even rougher than me, because he is carrying 3 long, skinny boxes, and struggling to hang onto them. After some idle chatter, he asks if I can grab these boxes, he'll sneak by me, and then he'll welcome them back. I say certainly, so I take them. The stairs are so crowded, I almost drop them right away.  I look around and Jay is gone, as he has vanished like a thief in the night.

To make sure I avoid the crowd, I am forced to go over the side of the staircase, hanging onto the railing with just my left arm, the boxes all in my right. Of course, this being a dream, not only does no one seem to care, no one even notices me as they walk up and down the stairs, which have suddenly cleared, as I dangle several stories above the floor. Using gravity and my apparently well above average balance and strength that have never before shown their existence prior to this sudden predicament, I rearrange the boxes to get a better grip. Seeing an opening, I swing back over the railing feet first; like a chimpanzee that weighs, using a ballpark comparison, about as much as one of my big toes, and make it back onto the stairs.

A couple minutes later, I finally arrive at my destination. The Rambling wife is very unhappy, asking me where I've been, and asks why in the world I'm carrying boxes, adding something to the effect that the next time I tell her I can't hang onto her purse while she uses the restroom, I can go straight to hell. I begin to tell her about Jay, and lo and behold, he's standing right next to her. I ask what happened to him, and he says, "Some guy in the lobby asked me if I was going to the wedding on the roof. I said yes, and he asked if I could take the boxes. I was just about to give up when I saw you. I didn't care about them at all, but I knew you were too stubborn to let them go, and you'd get them here, so I gave them to you." After a slight pause, he smiled and added, "I walked down a flight and took the elevator up here."

I woke up, not at all sure if Jay had given me a great compliment, or basically called me an over persistent moron. I also woke up so exhausted, I needed a nap.


3/24/2018 08:57:00 PM



(3/24/2018 07:27:00 PM) - Al

Adam discusses the pitching situation. I'm surprised at Guerra's demotion, but to be honest, it seems like they pretty much just ignored the spring stats, which is a wise move.

Also, I bet there 12-15 teams that have asked if Junior is available, and it's always good to have a 6th SP that is better than many club's 5th.

The bullpen could go in any direction, and considering we've seen many well known names already told they will not make their team, I would not be at all surprised to see a reliever added.


3/24/2018 07:27:00 PM



(3/24/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, all the problems were solved back in 2000, when they insisted the Constitution should be ignored back then too.


3/24/2018 04:30:00 PM



(3/24/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Kid that shouldn't even still be in high school makes a statement that would blow away the liberal old media if they only understood it.


3/24/2018 04:00:00 PM



(3/24/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Watching a bunch of Teachers on the DVR, one from DEC had a retro ad for Toys R Us on.

If I didn't have such a cold heart, I might have shed a tear. As is, I shook my head that they did not change with the times despite the toy industry being a $50B market in the USA alone.

I save my emotions for stuff that matters.


3/24/2018 02:00:00 PM



(3/24/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

She's right you know.

A wise man has pointed this out often. When you move to the left of Marx, you're going to lose plenty of voters.


3/24/2018 01:00:00 PM



(3/24/2018 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Too bad they were apparently unaware it's a crime to carry a gun onto school grounds since 1990.

Automatic weapons have been illegal since 1932. 

It's almost as if violent criminals do not follow the law. Keep blaming the victims though.


3/24/2018 12:47:00 PM



(3/24/2018 12:42:00 PM) - Al

That and every word he says is either false or him cursing like a sailor.

He's a bully and a nincompoop. Any group that allows him to be their spokesperson is nothing but fools.


3/24/2018 12:42:00 PM



(3/24/2018 12:37:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness Adam did this so I didn't have to.

If they keep Choi, that would be a shocker. They cleared a 40 man spot by telling Yo he will not make the club, so one would expect that to go to Hoover...or an acquisition. If Drake does not make the team, that would be another.

One would think they could easily clear another by putting Nelson on the 60 day DL...though there's a chance he could be ready before then. 


3/24/2018 12:37:00 PM



(3/24/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Rich people with no ideas flaunting they are rich and better than the rubes.

You know, like those who protect them on their attention seeking with, you know, guns.

Ironic, huh?

The hell with them.

They should have slept in and downloaded a Constitution from Amazon (it's free!) so they can read it on their phones when they have a spare moment, you know, between insisting they're smarter because they think we should ignore laws we do not like at this moment...just because.


3/24/2018 12:30:00 PM



(3/24/2018 11:52:00 AM) - Al

You could put together a 55 or 60 win MLB team all making near the minimum just with released players from today through Opening Day.


3/24/2018 11:52:00 AM



(3/24/2018 11:38:00 AM) - Al

CNN, reporting all the news that fits their bias.


3/24/2018 11:38:00 AM



(3/24/2018 11:19:00 AM) - Al

Broxton, Guerra, and Phillips optioned.

I thought Junior would be in the rotation, so that's a surprise to me. Looks like Woodruff and Suter have the #4 and #5 spots, barring an acquisition of some sort. Unless, of course, they plan to bring up Junior to be the 5th SP in game 8.

Looks like Anderson/Chacin/Suter, then Davies.

Gallardo has been informed he will not be making the team. I assume they will allow him to talk to other teams before giving him the option of signing a minor league contract.

C Christian Bethancourt, INF Nick Franklin, INF Nate Orf, OF Kyle Wren, and RHP Radhames Liz have been informed that they will not be on the Major League team. They will join the team in HOU for the exhibition games MON/TUE.--Brewers PR

None really had a chance to make the team barring injuries/trades. Excellent depth in AAA, however. None are on the 40 man, but all 5 might play a part in the 2018 campaign.

Have not seem it officially yet, but it appears Woodruff will be the 5th SP but make the 25 man opening roster as a reliever. 


3/24/2018 11:19:00 AM



(3/24/2018 11:01:00 AM) - Al

I love it when another student blasts the ignorance of the old media's darling.


3/24/2018 11:01:00 AM



(3/24/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Unexpectedly.

Get woke, go broke.


3/24/2018 10:30:00 AM



(3/24/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The only thing worse than the utter repulsiveness and self importance of the British monarchy?

Their incessant whining about living on streets paved with gold.


3/24/2018 09:00:00 AM



(3/24/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

The irony? They're too ignorant to realize they look like Hitler's youth, but they spend their 15 minutes of fame telling us how vastly superior they are to the rest of us.

I guarantee you, when they try and type out Des Moines like Da Moine and they get the little spell checker lines under it, they insist the dude who programmed the computer is a stoopid cunservitev.

Irony 2? I don't recall a single word protecting opaque backpacks from the founding fathers. Or as Davy would say "ohpake."

Irony 3? Me no beeleave in Consti2zen thing.

Hey, what about the Consti2zen?

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

It must be mighty frustrating spending weeks trying to take away the rights of others and ending up losing rights of your own.

That's a shame.


3/24/2018 06:00:00 AM



(3/24/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

What I most disliked about Harvard was that smug assumptions were too often treated as substitutes for evidence or logic. The idea seemed to be that if we bright and good fellows all believed something, it must be true.--Thomas Sowell

Replace Harvard with liberals, and that's exactly how I feel. Well, of course climate change is real. How do I know? Well, we all know it. In fact, you have to be an idiot not to believe in it. 


3/24/2018 02:30:00 AM


Friday, March 23, 2018

(3/23/2018 04:51:00 PM) - Al

This will be wonderful. The hypocrisy will likely be legendary, and I assume the lefty justice warriors will suddenly have a change of heart.

And if they don't, rules will be written to stop this from happening ever again.

Just like Hank Reid, they never once imagined what would happen if they were forced to play by the rules they created.

Because shut up.


3/23/2018 04:51:00 PM



(3/23/2018 04:45:00 PM) - Al

Aguilar looks to have survived the first week and a half at least.




3/23/2018 04:45:00 PM



(3/23/2018 04:35:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I can recall Cuban insisting he just couldn't understand why Trump had all these minor issues with the people he hired.

I also distinctly remember Cuban informing both Trump and Hillary he would be happy to be their VP candidate. He and Trump have never got along, as one would expect from two rich guys with big egos; but I know someone said that while neither considered him, it was "well known" Cuban could never pass the background check involved. I figured at the time he had probably been accused of bad behavior as a single billionaire, though I doubted such things amounted to anything, as it's probably tough to find any wealthy, famous guys who have not been targeted by the money hungry and likely settled just to make such things go away.


3/23/2018 04:35:00 PM



(3/23/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Other notes: Trying to find a way to keep Aguilar. Will not be easy giving him regular AB's. Would mean carrying less pitchers.

Trying to decide if Suter is a better fit in rotation or bullpen.



3/23/2018 12:30:00 PM



(3/23/2018 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Counsell announces Braun will play 1B versus many lefties. Crew faces Clayton Richards opening night.



3/23/2018 12:21:00 PM



(3/23/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Liberal logic: Our president should not speak in such harsh terms.

Also liberal logic: You tell him, Joe!


If you don't like the direction of the Dem party, just give it a few minutes, it will change.


3/23/2018 09:00:00 AM



(3/23/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

It's unlikely for a variety of reasons, but Zack Wheeler may be a name to keep in mind. He has a terrible ERA this spring, but excellent secondary numbers, lots of K's, a great K/BB ratio, no HR's allowed. I did a quick back of the envelope calculation, and it shows him having a .500+ BAbip.

In yesterday's game, he allowed a infield hit the 3B bobbled, then ZW fielded a bunt and no one covered 1B. The Mets announced today Seth Lugo might open the season in the rotation, in place of Wheeler. Wheeler was in the ill fated Gomez to the Mets swap, and his name came up in rumors last summer again in the offseason.


3/23/2018 07:30:00 AM



(3/23/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

When Time pretends there are no pro Constitution students at that HS, we fix it for them.

No offense to Time, but I'm sure they talked up Neville Chamberlain too. The hell with them.


3/23/2018 04:30:00 AM



(3/23/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

Translation: I can't believe how much money they let us piss away in that bill.


3/23/2018 02:30:00 AM


Thursday, March 22, 2018

(3/22/2018 08:03:00 PM) - Al

Adam takes a guess at the 25 man roster, barring more injuries or additions.

I have Taylor Williams making it, but not sure if I have him over Gallardo or who. And, of course, Williams has options, others do not, so he may be the odd man out to start.


3/22/2018 08:03:00 PM



(3/22/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Brilliant response to those that insist on sitting in the dark is somehow anything but wasting an hour of your limited time on the planet.


3/22/2018 08:00:00 PM



(3/22/2018 07:55:00 PM) - Al

Brewers and Miley agree he will stay with team through rehab and then Crew has to decide whether to put him on the roster.

So, basically, the date was moved from today to either a later date or the date he is proclaimed ready to pitch in the majors.


3/22/2018 07:55:00 PM



(3/22/2018 07:51:00 PM) - Al

I had to laugh at this, because the Rambling dog would not have sat like this for a split second, and he would have hated you for a week afterwards.


3/22/2018 07:51:00 PM



(3/22/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

That's a damn shame.

I hear they're hiring in Cuba and Venezuela. I hear it's lovely there...


3/22/2018 04:30:00 PM



(3/22/2018 02:01:00 PM) - Al

People love these little items in the bloated budget...but dislike the total.

There's the rub.


3/22/2018 02:01:00 PM



(3/22/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Jordan makes an excellent point, the networks overcovered Trump, and he used his celebrity and name appeal to get them to do so.

All those "outrageous" quotes?

Crazy like a fox. And the more they covered Hillary and Trump, the more the public, especially those in the much despised flyover country, decided they liked Trump more.


3/22/2018 02:00:00 PM



(3/22/2018 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Adam sums up options with Miley.

Stearns is said to be talking with Miley and his agent to try and keep him in the organization, but he will not be added to the 40 man roster at this time.

Teams are said to be calling the Brewers, mostly about players who are either out of options or have contracts that may be a bit high for their expected performance, or are not fully guaranteed unless they make the opening day roster (usually arby related).


3/22/2018 01:50:00 PM



(3/22/2018 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Spurs sound like they have some problems, but likely not enough to keep them out of the playoffs.


3/22/2018 01:43:00 PM



(3/22/2018 01:18:00 PM) - Al

The thing is, there is not a lot of excitement to go vote if the argument is, "Well, they other side would be spending money even more foolishly."

I have no doubt Paul Ryan is correct that the military needs to be built back up after 8 years of "the hell with them, let's spend the money on people that will vote for us" mentality. That said, I could remove 25% from that budget with a 20 cent Bic pen and a few hours while also watching DVR reruns of those that live in the Alaskan wilderness.


3/22/2018 01:18:00 PM



(3/22/2018 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Counsell confirms Logan will begin season on DL. Timetable unknown, getting more tests.

Stearns says replacements likely to be internal.


3/22/2018 12:09:00 PM



(3/22/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Imagine all the teen boys who grew up in the 80's who are now living in New York City, and ran into these two tonight.

At least now they go die happy.


3/22/2018 11:30:00 AM



(3/22/2018 11:28:00 AM) - Al

After consulting with Dr. Google, I'll guess 6 weeks for Miley and 4 weeks for Logan.

Boone is especially tough because I assume a pitcher needs more time from any type of arm injury.



3/22/2018 11:28:00 AM



(3/22/2018 10:59:00 AM) - Al

I've seen bicep and tricep on Logan.

Just proves, you can't pull fat.



3/22/2018 10:59:00 AM



(3/22/2018 10:52:00 AM) - Al

Miley with a slight groin tear, Logan has a slight bicep strain. Good news on both. Miley hopes he can reach agreement with Brewers to stay. Neither has a timeline, but seems likely neither will be ready for next week's opener.

Very likely 2 spots opened up on 25 man, but none on 40 man. That's especially good for Williams, Drake, Suter, and Guerra. Might be very positive for Drake, who is probably as close as they have to a lefty specialist.

That said, Drake and Gallardo cannot be sent down, so if they fail to make the 25 man, their 40 man spots could be used on a guy like Hoover.



3/22/2018 10:52:00 AM



(3/22/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Abortion Inc is not just a nickname. It's what it is.


3/22/2018 10:00:00 AM



(3/22/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

How do you know there's nothing there? They haven't even pretended to look for 6+ months. Everything but...

Mueller couldn't find a hooker at a conference of high priced "escorts."


3/22/2018 06:30:00 AM



(3/22/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Heh. New farmer does not understand difference between wholesale and retail.

Someone should let him know, if he wants to open up his own shop, then he can eventually get more...what doesn't spoil, or get stolen, or go to pay overhead, or insurance, or payroll, or benefits. Or upkeep.

If it's so easy, everyone would do it.

What's the old saying? If you wanna make a small fortune growing crops, you best start with a large fortune.


3/22/2018 05:00:00 AM



(3/22/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

What a bunch of clowns. We wonder why they have the ratings of a test pattern.


3/22/2018 03:30:00 AM



(3/22/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

And, I'm sure his brother is just about the only guy he'd trust with this lovely young woman.


3/22/2018 01:00:00 AM


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

(3/21/2018 11:58:00 PM) - Al

Nothing on injuries until tomorrow. Brewers will have to decide whether or not Miley is worth keeping AND whether he is worth keeping with an injury.

They can simply inform him he will not be going north with the team, and Miley will have  to decide whether to become a free agent or remain on his minor league contract. If they keep him, he will have to be added to the 40 man first, and then possibly DL'd, if his injury is serious enough.

Logan is on the 40, and has a guaranteed MLB deal, unlike Miley. If his injury is serious, he can be put on the 60 day DL, and he will not count against the 40 man roster limit (MIL may well do this with Jimmy Nelson).


3/21/2018 11:58:00 PM



(3/21/2018 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Brewers say updates on Miley and Logan wil come after tonight's game or tomorrow. Stearns reports Miley is currently in an MRI tube.


3/21/2018 08:09:00 PM



(3/21/2018 05:57:00 PM) - Al

Boone Logan also had to leave due to injury.

That's why you need depth.


3/21/2018 05:57:00 PM



(3/21/2018 04:12:00 PM) - Al

Wade Miley pitches 4 scoreless, and has to leave due to injury in the 5th.

These things have a way of working themselves out.


3/21/2018 04:12:00 PM



(3/21/2018 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Nate Orf getting time and starts at SS this spring is far more significant than you would think at first glance.

I said last year that Wren and Orf could easily work their way into bench spots. They've done nothing since then but affirm my thoughts.


3/21/2018 03:14:00 PM



(3/21/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If I'm reading this properly, this means the Bucks will likely have Plumlee and Mumford available, if they wish, until the end of the regular season. Not sure if they will begin giving players some rest days or if they will go hard after a higher playoff spot.

As is, they are in 8th, and while only a game or two out of 7th and even higher seeds, the play a very tough schedule compared to the teams they are chasing. And, for whatever reason, the Bucks match up well and have had good results against the #1 and #2 Eastern seeds, the Raptors and the Celtics.

I would ease up on the minutes, especially on the road, for the main guys, maybe 30-32 a game rather than 38-40, and also give the star players the option of taking some games off.


3/21/2018 02:30:00 PM



(3/21/2018 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Starting to see plenty of recognizable players released and DFA'd. Many on minor league deals are coming up on opt outs, as is Wade Miley for the Crew...if they either have to be promised a 40 or 25 man roster spot or they have the right to ask for their release.

If they have had good springs, it really can't hurt to be released, as they can pretty much play AAA ball for anyone.


3/21/2018 02:28:00 PM



(3/21/2018 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Abad, on a minor league contract, might be a safety valve the Crew looks at.

He's a loogy, but he's been a consistent loogy for half a decade. Since they've already committed to carrying 8 relievers, it's easier to find room for a pure loogy as well.


3/21/2018 02:12:00 PM



(3/21/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

It's different when they do it.

Smart enough to use data to their advantage now equals cheating. Soon, so will studying for a test.

They are jealous of even the mildest amounts of success.


3/21/2018 11:00:00 AM



(3/21/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

The Pences are a class act, admired by all.

Oliver meanwhile, is so smart, he insisted Trump had no chance of victory. Honestly, I feel sorry for anyone that travel through life full of hatred and ignorance. A waste of time spent on the planet.

Oh well. Negative nellies gonna be negative. That's a shame.


3/21/2018 09:30:00 AM



(3/21/2018 07:30:00 AM) - Al

They're in the very best of hands.


3/21/2018 07:30:00 AM



(3/21/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Hunger and obesity. A hellishly tough combo platter.

{Pun intended.}

I remember in that potato famine in Ireland, an overlooked dilemma was all the citizens that survived and got enough food mostly died from fat related diseases.


3/21/2018 06:00:00 AM



(3/21/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

CNN can always get a little more out of the hole.


3/21/2018 03:00:00 AM



(3/21/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

Seems to me a wise man has pointed this out often.


3/21/2018 02:00:00 AM


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

(3/20/2018 10:04:00 PM) - Al

Even after Cobb to Orioles, Archer is currently not an option at this time for Milwaukee. However, that may change come the trade deadline. Brewer's were not going to budge on their 3 years/48 to Cobb.
 

HighHeat19


I have little doubt the Orioles overpaid, as I would think the max innings anyone could optimistically project from Cobb would be about 480 frames over 4 years.

That said, I wanted him in Milwaukee. I think he's primed for a breakout. Having to face TOR/BOS/NYY extra will keep his ERA higher too. 


3/20/2018 10:04:00 PM



(3/20/2018 09:48:00 PM) - Al

They're crushed it did not lead to a plethora of bloodshed.




3/20/2018 09:48:00 PM



(3/20/2018 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Being preached to about the evils of the 1% by the 0.1%.

Lord help us all.


3/20/2018 08:00:00 PM



(3/20/2018 06:41:00 PM) - Al

With a move to a new arena around the corner, the Bucks may want to make a big splash with their next head coaching hire. League sources tell Stein that Jeff Van Gundy and Kevin McHale are among the names on the Bucks’ list of potential candidates, while Monty Williams and David Fizdale have also been mentioned. Rick Pitino could even get an “exploratory look,” says Stein.

My list begins and ends with Van Gundy, barring a current coach being willing to take it (a couple have supposedly expressed interest, probably due to Giannis). I am fond of McHale, but his back prevents him from coaching full seasons, for the most part.

The only other name I would love to see is Eric Musselman, who has won wherever he has gone and is currently with Nevada; who is the son of legendary coach Bill Musselman.  


3/20/2018 06:41:00 PM



(3/20/2018 05:44:00 PM) - Al

Alex Cobb close to signing with Orioles, per Rosenthal.

The guess is 3y/$50M, though he was told he is "off" and presumably high.

I still expected him to end up in MIL. As of now, Guerra, Miley, and Suter look to be the favorites for the final 2 spots, and there would appear to be 2-3 spots in the bullpen open as well, depending on whether or not they ignore Barnes' spring struggles and just go by what he did last season.

Junior and Brent seem to have "won" if they go by their results in Arizona, as has Taylor Williams in relief, along with Liz and Hoover. Whether they will, time will tell.

EDIT: Believed to be 4y/$50-60M. He got that extra year, it would appear. As long as holding out helps, guys will keep holding out. 

EDIT 2: As some are pointing out, Orioles' physicals are notorious for being ridiculously not routine, so this, moreso than most, is not official until it is official. 


3/20/2018 05:44:00 PM



(3/20/2018 04:20:00 PM) - Al

If?

What, are we going to wake up one day and find cancelled checks that were well hidden until now? Mueller isn't even trying anymore, he's completely focused on 2012-14 and 2017 time frames, because they've studied 2015-16 and not found so much as a appetizer of pickled herring.

In fact, all they've found was the Obama administration didn't care about Facebook ads because they were sure they were going to win, and that they used info Hillary paid for to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign...just because they could.


3/20/2018 04:20:00 PM



(3/20/2018 04:07:00 PM) - Al

The deafening silence you hear is the overwhelming guilt among those on the left that insisted this would never work. It's the same way we protect banks, airports, and anything of value...except schools, because shut up.

Nothing destroys evil quicker than a bullet from a good guy.


3/20/2018 04:07:00 PM



(3/20/2018 03:15:00 PM) - Al

One of the best diatribes I have ever seen.

And every word is true.


3/20/2018 03:15:00 PM



(3/20/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Nothing I love more than seeing the NY Times struggle with their own hypocrisy.


3/20/2018 03:00:00 PM



(3/20/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Well, to be fair, San Francisco doesn't want kids around, unless, of course, they are involved in the lucrative child porn industry.


3/20/2018 01:30:00 PM



(3/20/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

As a wise man once said, "they vote with their feet."

The rubes aren't nearly as dumb as the government thinks.


3/20/2018 11:00:00 AM



(3/20/2018 09:47:00 AM) - Al

Amen.


3/20/2018 09:47:00 AM



(3/20/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

They've lost 25% of their membership, and yet they proudly make fun of the Osteens and popular churches. And don't even dream of imitating their success.

Good strategery. It'll be even more effective when you have a dozen members left.


3/20/2018 08:00:00 AM



(3/20/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

I know! I know!

The answer is no one.


3/20/2018 06:30:00 AM



(3/20/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Good boys.


3/20/2018 03:00:00 AM



(3/20/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

It's always the Jews' fault...


3/20/2018 01:00:00 AM


Monday, March 19, 2018

(3/19/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm so old, I remember when he at least pretended to be looking for collusion.

Now, just an open wallet looking for dirt.


3/19/2018 09:30:00 PM



(3/19/2018 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have been working the phones on Broxton. Broxton needs to pick it up in spring training to get the interest back up.--High Heat 19 

Even better, a timely injury to a starting OF on a team with little depth might be a catalyst for a Santana or Broxton swap.

Not that I'd ever wish an injury on anyone. Just sayin'...


3/19/2018 04:55:00 PM



(3/19/2018 03:13:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings HighHeat19 shares the Brewers slightly increased their offer to Alex Cobb recently. Also said some clubs would like to see Cobb throw, as they are concerned about a rumor of a velocity dip or maybe even a minor injury.

He also asked that I share the following:

You can post that I was forced off the bf.net boards by the moderators. They said that they wanted to respect the wishes of the Brewers and I was told that if I gave one more bit of Brewer info from my source they were going to ban me. I did and I was banned in 5 minutes and then they made a spectacle of it by bf.net. Their mods than said they have not 1 but 2 inside sources (2 must sound more credible) that said I had no credibility. So by BF.NET if I had no credibility then why was I asked to respect the wishes of the Milwaukee Brewers??? I'm assuming they felt repercussion from the Brewers. They also created a separate thread when I sarcastically said that I had no source. That was fuel for their fire and ran that piece immediately.


HighHeat19



I'm on record as saying HH19 was simply correct too often not to have a source. I'm grateful to have him sending me an email once in a while.

One last note, I have received several emails and tweets that agree with me. Also, one thing has been mentioned...if they have "inside sources"...why do they never have any "scoops?"

Keep checking back, we'll see what happens.


3/19/2018 03:13:00 PM



(3/19/2018 02:08:00 PM) - Al

They are terrified of this for the same reason that they were against tax cuts...they know it will work.

As others have pointed out; every day, all over the country, there are thousands (possibly millions) of people who carry a weapon with them from the time they wake up in the morning to the time they go to bed at night, legally of course; either as a conceal carry or an open carry...except for the hours each day when they are at their place of employment...a school, where they are employed as a teacher, principal, custodian, security guard, or as kitchen or maintenance staff.

Heaven forbid they be allowed to arm themselves where they can protect kids rather than just themselves.


3/19/2018 02:08:00 PM



(3/19/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

1. She got caught telling the truth again.

2. Someone open up another case of wine.

We may never fully understand this great mystery. 


3/19/2018 11:00:00 AM



(3/19/2018 10:37:00 AM) - Al

Toys R Us "holding back" top 200 or so locations. A pool of investors talking about making a deal with company on just the best performing stores, supposedly, discussions have been ongoing since last week.



3/19/2018 10:37:00 AM



(3/19/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

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It's so sad because it's true.


3/19/2018 10:00:00 AM



(3/19/2018 09:58:00 AM) - Al

Cavs' head coach Ty Lue has stepped away from the team due to health reasons. Larry Drew will coach for now.

Lue has missed parts of several games because of an undisclosed illness.

The Bucks play in CLE tonight.


3/19/2018 09:58:00 AM



(3/19/2018 09:46:00 AM) - Al

Who does this remind you of?

Kinda makes me think of how a certain president would react, if he were a blonde bombshell.


3/19/2018 09:46:00 AM



(3/19/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Socialist newspaper has their comrades staying up nights to come up with new ways to punish the successful.

Remember, the way it works is not to have everyone be wealthy and comfortable...it works by making everyone a dirt poor have not. Sounds like a hellhole people risk their lives to escape, doesn't it?




3/19/2018 09:00:00 AM



(3/19/2018 07:00:00 AM) - Al

This is similar to the questions as to why no one talked about the homeless and North Korea for 8 years. If it was a problem, it was buried.

That's why no one trusts the old media.


3/19/2018 07:00:00 AM



(3/19/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

They just don't understand why anyone would choose not to live in the urban ghetto.


3/19/2018 06:00:00 AM



(3/19/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

How dare you tell people I hang out with racists who hate Jews!




3/19/2018 03:30:00 AM



(3/19/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Even more astounding? The old media has been covering this up for 2.5 decades...because it's damaging to their party of choice.


3/19/2018 12:30:00 AM


Sunday, March 18, 2018

(3/18/2018 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Good news: I had Xavier losing in the 2nd round.

Bad news: I had Mizzou with the upset.


3/18/2018 10:11:00 PM



(3/18/2018 10:01:00 PM) - Al

They can't even talk about politics without threatening violence.

Makes one wonder why that Bernie bro opened fire at the baseball field, huh?


3/18/2018 10:01:00 PM



(3/18/2018 09:30:00 PM) - Al

Those facts are deplorable and backwards.

If one did not know better, one would think Hillary was just a terrible candidate.


3/18/2018 09:30:00 PM



(3/18/2018 03:01:00 PM) - Al

GM David Stearns on final two rotation spots: "I would imagine that will go pretty darn close to the end. We’re in no rush. I know it doesn’t feel like it but we’ve still got time. We’re going to gather all the information we can, and then come to a decision."--JS

Don't forget, sometimes players are DFA'd late, and those without options are especially at risk. That said, the Crew has low waiver priority because they use last year's record for a while, so it is probably not all that likely a SP able to step right in would get past 15+ teams.

Don't forget, the Crew has too many OF's too. Could well be a team hoping to go with a young player but has been ineffective or is injured...


3/18/2018 03:01:00 PM



(3/18/2018 02:54:00 PM) - Al

A decision on Miley has to be made early, especially because he pitched so well until his last start.


3/18/2018 02:54:00 PM



(3/18/2018 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Thank goodness these clowns keep doing the opposite of what they should.

What's that old saying? If the GOP ran unopposed, they'd never win again.


3/18/2018 02:28:00 PM



(3/18/2018 02:25:00 PM) - Al

Vogt goes to DL, Frieri released.

Stearns lavishes praise on Vogt, saying they value him on and off the field. If I'm Jett Bandy, I'm renting, not buying. 

If at the end of March, they have a 40 man roster spot open, it would not surprise me at all if they pick up a catcher with options to keep at AAA to be the 3rd stringer. 


3/18/2018 02:25:00 PM



(3/18/2018 02:22:00 PM) - Al

Exactly.

McCabe should have been dismissed ages ago. The idea he's owed a pension...a fancy word for taxpayer money, mind you, explains why conservatives hate what happens to Republicans in DC.


3/18/2018 02:22:00 PM



(3/18/2018 01:45:00 PM) - Al

It is a mystery of mammoth proportion.

I think it's simply a matter of "settling." If things are good, you're not concerned about taxes being far too high, even though you know they are. When you go to a low tax area, low taxes do not seem like a priority anymore...after all, they're far lower than they were in the tax hell you just came from.


3/18/2018 01:45:00 PM



(3/18/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

We may never know the real reason.


3/18/2018 06:00:00 AM



(3/18/2018 02:30:00 AM) - Al

This is actually quite similar to Bernienomics.


3/18/2018 02:30:00 AM



(3/18/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I swear, I've read this same article every year of my life.


3/18/2018 01:00:00 AM


Saturday, March 17, 2018

(3/17/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Heh.




3/17/2018 10:30:00 PM



(3/17/2018 09:08:00 PM) - Al

He does have that effect on people.

If they'd quit leaking classified info to the old media, they may have better luck finding a sympathetic ear. They had one job, and they didn't do it.

It's a tangled web they weave


3/17/2018 09:08:00 PM



(3/17/2018 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Opened the windows for about 3 hours this afternoon. Was 65 in the house when I did so, was 66 was I shut them.

Winter ain't really over, but I think it's safe to say we made it through another one. I'm sure the negative nellies among us will point out it will snow a couple times in April, but with highs in the 40's as long as the forecast goes, we're in fine shape.


3/17/2018 06:12:00 PM



(3/17/2018 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Took a nap, set alarm for 5 to watch the Bucks.

Must be what it's like living in Utah or Vegas.

[There's lots of places out west, but I wouldn't live in most of them. The Rambling wife would not go with me to Utah or Vegas, so ladies, there's a sliver of hope for ya as you weep yourself to sleep tonight.]



3/17/2018 05:51:00 PM



(3/17/2018 03:48:00 PM) - Al

I lost track of ethical violations.

Good thing they are liberals, or they could be in some serious trouble.


3/17/2018 03:48:00 PM



(3/17/2018 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Brewers announce Anderson in game 1, Chacin in game 2 or 3, and Davies in game 4, which is the home opener. Off day on Easter allows them not to use a 5th SP until game 8. Would allow them to carry an extra reliever or position player the first 7 games*.

It used to be a rule the Opening Day roster could not be changed for 10 days, barring injury, but I assume that is not the case anymore.


*Or, if a SP would be added via FA or trade, they would not be needed until game 8 either. 




3/17/2018 01:48:00 PM



(3/17/2018 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Jacob Barnes is scuffling (12.46 ERA in five outings) for the second consecutive spring so Counsell said he'd try to give him more work to get going. Also, Barnes will do different work on off says, throwing off mound instead of just playing catch.--JS

Not sounding worried, but the fact they're changing his routine indicates his job may not be written in ink. 


3/17/2018 01:41:00 PM



(3/17/2018 01:29:00 PM) - Al

I don't even consider a 9 beating an 8 to be an upset. I guess I am right.


3/17/2018 01:29:00 PM



(3/17/2018 11:50:00 AM) - Al

With all the discussion about the rotation, no one has really talked about the bullpen at all.

Counsell said he expected 6 spots to go to Knebel, Albers, Hader, Logan, Jeffress, and Barnes. However, Jacob has struggled mightily, though I have no idea if he's throwing to get guys out or just getting his arm ready. Meanwhile, JJ Hoover has not allowed a run or a walk in 6 innings, though only a single K makes you wonder if guys are just hitting line outs.

As some have pointed out, Stearns has picked up Torres and Hughes at the end of spring training and both were outstanding. He may well do so again.



3/17/2018 11:50:00 AM



(3/17/2018 11:40:00 AM) - Al

Colts pick up 3 2nd round picks from Jets and move down to the 3rd pick in the 1st round to the...6th?

Dream come true for a pick hoarder like me.



3/17/2018 11:40:00 AM



(3/17/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, Pence would have if he hadn't heard the otters were gay.


3/17/2018 11:30:00 AM



(3/17/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, as long as it's just the left lying and cheating, I don't really see the problem.

Now, let's say Trump is caught eating some Siberian herring, well, then, by God, then we got ourselves a story.


3/17/2018 08:00:00 AM



(3/17/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Of course, crops and animals do not matter to The New Yorker, because they get their food at the grocery store, rendering farms, farmers, and all things agricultural meaningless.


3/17/2018 05:00:00 AM



(3/17/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Scott gets them thinking and probably has them so confused, their little bity brains exploded.


3/17/2018 01:00:00 AM



(3/17/2018 12:37:00 AM) - Al

25-7 first 2 days.

That's pretty good.

Championship pick?

Virginia.

That's not so good.



3/17/2018 12:37:00 AM



(3/17/2018 12:35:00 AM) - Al

50 degrees tomorrow and I am home alone...odds windows will be open much of afternoon?

100%.



3/17/2018 12:35:00 AM


Friday, March 16, 2018

(3/16/2018 09:56:00 PM) - Al

Rambling wife and son left for in laws for the weekend.

Chatted with a friend on FB a while, then went to pick up a few groceries. Tired, so I took a nap. Watching basketball, looked at the clock, expecting to see  about 7:45.

Saw 9:38.

This reminds me of my single days.


3/16/2018 09:56:00 PM



(3/16/2018 09:25:00 PM) - Al

Matthew Aung reports nothing new on the Alex Cobb front, while Rob Petrie predicts he will end up in DC/MIL/BAL/NYY by Sunday evening.




3/16/2018 09:25:00 PM



(3/16/2018 08:44:00 PM) - Al

Nothing the Dems hate more than a conservative woman.

If she was prettier, they really would have been rough on her.

By the way, note they lied about her overseeing "torture*" for 48 hours before someone actually did 5 minutes of research on the subject. In fact, her arrival being 6 months after the waterboarding ending could have been googled in 15 seconds.

*I've spoken about this before, but getting the crap beat out of you for 5+ years and not treating your injuries is torture...ask John McCain. Being kept in a chilly cell with only a light blanket is not. Being fed nutritious food that does not meet your specific dietary standards is not.

Our special forces go through a 2-3 week training cycle in which they are "mock tortured" and learn resistance techniques. None of them end up disabled like McCain.


3/16/2018 08:44:00 PM


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