Al's Ramblings

Saturday, July 21, 2018

(7/21/2018 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Don't forget, all the cool kids insisted Matt Kemp was done. Why?

Because he "only" had an 800ish OPS the past couple years, I guess. The real irony is, Kemp is still just 33. He might play for another half decade if he wants to and can stay healthy.

7/21/2018 08:43:00 PM

(7/21/2018 08:35:00 PM) - Al

The irony is, the "me too" movement would have never taken place if the guilty had been Republicans.

The victims would not have hesitated to blame GOPers. However, they did not want anyone to blame them for Dems losing their jobs.

7/21/2018 08:35:00 PM

(7/21/2018 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Albers and Thames had good reports on the rehab front. Barring setbacks, both sound less than a week away.

7/21/2018 04:21:00 PM

(7/21/2018 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Braun returns, Nottingham down.

I assume they kept Jacob an extra game just to insure themselves against Pina reinjuring himself and to allow some PH/PR freedom.

7/21/2018 04:15:00 PM

(7/21/2018 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Another reason I think Stearns will add a reliever...they're cheap. Neither prospect was in the A's top 30, though, of course, that does not mean they'll never have success.

Freddy Peralta wasn't in the Mariners' top 30 when the Crew got him for Adam Lind either. Quantity is a fine thing to have too. As much as we disregard roster filler and organizational soldiers, by sheer numbers alone, sometimes, they make it.

7/21/2018 04:11:00 PM

(7/21/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

The irony? If they keep talking that socialist crap, they might.

7/21/2018 04:00:00 PM

(7/21/2018 02:11:00 PM) - Al

After losing out on Machado, the D-Backs and Brewers are believed to be among the suitors for Asdrubal Cabrera, reports's Mark Feinsand. Cabrera, an impending free agent, is expected to be moved before the July 31 deadline with the Mets out of the postseason race.

Both the D-Backs and Brewers have an opening at shortstop -- the Brewers could also use second base help -- though Cabrera has played second base almost exclusively since last year. He's played plenty of shortstop in his career, so sliding back over shouldn't be too difficult, though his defense at the position is questionable at this point of his career.

Cabrera is hitting .281/.334/.490 with 17 home runs this season. Arizona's shortstops have hit .230/.287/.430 this year while Milwaukee's middle infielders own a combined .227/.280/.332 batting line in over 800 plate appearances. Easy to see how Cabrera fits either team.--CBS

I can't imagine Cabrera playing SS...unless, of course, he's paired with Brad Miller up the middle. That said, I'd probably prefer him over Dozier, being the OBP shark I am.

EDIT: Surprised to see Cabrera played about 500 innings at SS last season, I thought he had been playing 2B for at least 2-3 years. His numbers were weak there on D, but in a tiny sample, it could have been a couple bad hops. Overall, he's -5 runs by UZR, or -23 by DRS in the last 2500 or so innings, about 300 games.

7/21/2018 02:11:00 PM

(7/21/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Coulda went either way.

7/21/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/21/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, he's never meant a word he's ever said, so there's that.

It's funny because it's true

The funny thing is, why doesn't he celebrate success and wealth? Why would he put those people down?

7/21/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/21/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

This is how many evangelical voters feel. They have seen guys like Mike Huckabee get no votes.

Simply put, they'd rather win and get stuff passed than lose and not.

Me too. I'm puzzled why that's a surprise to anyone. I love my country far too much to see it suffer in the hands of Obama and Hillary.

7/21/2018 11:30:00 AM

(7/21/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

As I have pointed out a couple times, while the old media is pretending these tariffs are brand new, President Trump is pointing out that while the USA "fighting back" is new, the other nations have been using them for years.

I'm not sure if he's going to make this a "look at me, I'm working for you" issue or not...but I would not be surprised. Thus far, he has been spot on in choosing which topics to have the old media attack him on...and then realize the public sides squarely with the White House.

7/21/2018 11:00:00 AM

(7/21/2018 10:42:00 AM) - Al

It's so sad how often teams just let guys play injured and then wonder why they are not effective.

7/21/2018 10:42:00 AM

(7/21/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Shut up, Joe. Socialism will win in 2020. Easy.

7/21/2018 08:30:00 AM

(7/21/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Warren is the gift that just keeps on giving to the GOP.

7/21/2018 04:00:00 AM

(7/21/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

There are a lot of companies this will work very nicely with.

Changing the subject, it's also a reason why family farms are not nearly as efficient as huge operations (disparagingly called CAFOs) by those envious of their ability to make money. Happy employees that look forward to work usually do a far better job than those who are told to do something even though they may well not want to.

Showing up that 5th day, for many paperpushers, is just a waste of time. A few less trips to the bathrooms and fewer long lunches...and the motivation of a 3rd day off, easily makes up for that 5th day of work...which is often just a half day anyway. The Rambling wife's office is often completely empty on FRI afternoons...she was once the last one to leave at 2:30.

7/21/2018 03:00:00 AM

(7/21/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

Well, to be fair, the ones that were $8500 were, you know, not up to the high standards we have for, you know, things we sit on to rid our bodies of fecal matter.

{Note to self: Being PC sucks when writing about poop.}

7/21/2018 01:30:00 AM

(7/21/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al

I don't say they're economic illiterates.

They do that to themselves.

7/21/2018 12:00:00 AM

Friday, July 20, 2018

(7/20/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

2018 Brewers record runs allowed/runs scored

3 or less--14-35
4 or more--41-9


4 or less--47-18
5 or more--8-26

Last updated with the games of FRI, 7/20.

With luck, I will try to keep this updated daily.

Years ago, Pete Vuckovich was the Brewers' TV color guy, or one of 2-3 that season, I can't recall. For all of his drunken exploits and overall goofy stories involving him that are brought up; he was a pitching coach, pitching coordinator, scout, or assistant to the GM for a variety of MLB teams for the better part of the past 30 years, so he's not some dumb oaf. He was far from a brilliant analyst, as his knowledge was almost entirely talking pitching and pitch selection.

However, one night, almost in passing, the Brewers scored their 4th run of the game, and went up like 4-1 or 4-2. He called that "the run of victory," or something like that. He went onto say, for all but a team or two, the 4th run was key. In fact, he said, almost every club will have a losing record if they score 3, but a winning mark if they score 4. The play by play guy, who I think was Jim Patchke, all but ignored it.

Vuke, probably pushed on by the guys in the truck, as this was like Twain literature compared to his usual drivel, added the same was true for pitching, if you give up 4 or less, you'll probably win, and 5 or more, you'll probably lose. I have always remembered this and have always found it to be 100% accurate...but have never heard another baseball person say it, even 30 years later.

The other thing I'll add is note how much better of a manager Counsell is when his pitchers pitch nicely and/or his hitters score a bunch. It's not a complicated game.

7/20/2018 11:30:00 PM

(7/20/2018 09:39:00 PM) - Al

I have never figured out how to "read" Doug Melvin, and now, David Stearns, who I'm sure sat down and chatted with Stearns about keeping his cards close to the vest when he came to MIL. However, while he, as usual, managed to say almost nothing in several minutes with the TV team, he seemed to go out of his way to say, as far as run prevention foes, just about every team would like to add an arm this time of year.

While most of the talk has been about Dozier (and a SS/2B type would certainly make sense), I would be shocked if they did not pick up a pitcher, though I seem to be in the minority who feels it will be a reliever or swingman rather than a SP.

7/20/2018 09:39:00 PM

(7/20/2018 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Domino's is inexpensive and quality.

They're not as good as fancy $20 pizza joints, but they're not competing with them.

7/20/2018 07:30:00 PM

(7/20/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Tell me again how you feel sorry for those poor prisoners that are kept in solitary confinement because they are dangerous to others.

You choose to feel pity all you want for the criminals.

I'll save my pity for the victims.

7/20/2018 06:30:00 PM

(7/20/2018 06:26:00 PM) - Al

Pina activated, Braun likely to be tomorrow.

Getting healthy, slowly, but surely. 

7/20/2018 06:26:00 PM

(7/20/2018 06:19:00 PM) - Al


As others have suggested, President Trump should play this, and come on afterwards and say, "I'm President Trump, and I approve this message."

7/20/2018 06:19:00 PM

(7/20/2018 05:30:00 PM) - Al

First of all, they're not that short.

Second of all, do they realize they're not as short as volleyball players wear all the time?

This is why moms get a bad rap. They take their own opinions and try and insist others have to have the same ones.

7/20/2018 05:30:00 PM

(7/20/2018 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Fangraphs just did their "most trade value" series they do annually.

Many of the Brewers' supposed trade targets, young SP's with team control, fell off the list from last year, Archer, Fullmer, Stroman, Ray to name a few.
Now, some of them fell off because they have been ineffective. Still, I see this as buying merch on sale. Guys with a career ERA of 3.25 do not have years of 3.11, 3.17, and 3.41. They have years like 2.45, 4.44, 3.51. It all balances out.

7/20/2018 04:11:00 PM

(7/20/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

If she ever goes out in weather over 75 degrees, her entire head will melt.

7/20/2018 04:00:00 PM

(7/20/2018 03:50:00 PM) - Al

I was flipping last night and they mentioned how Matt Carpenter has a .159 BA versus the Cubs. I thought to myself, "small sample alert" and kept flipping.

Today, he has 4 extra base hits.

 Hard to believe the cliched tripe ESPN passes off as analysis.

7/20/2018 03:50:00 PM

(7/20/2018 02:43:00 PM) - Al

He's not available for comment, you see...because he died in Benghazi.

7/20/2018 02:43:00 PM

(7/20/2018 02:12:00 PM) - Al

If this restaurant would have had the guts to publicize this and double down, saying they were keeping the discount, they'd have a line out to the street for months.

Folks need to give up being PC and simply tell the protesters to go to hell. They can give discounts to anyone for any reason.

7/20/2018 02:12:00 PM

(7/20/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Consistency is not their strength.

7/20/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/20/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Is she just seeking publicity?


Still a big fan.

Hey, ya use what ya got. 

7/20/2018 12:00:00 PM

(7/20/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

That was different. Because shut up.

If Bill's pants were on, all was well.

7/20/2018 12:00:00 PM

(7/20/2018 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is a parody news site.

Even though it could easily be true.

7/20/2018 10:00:00 AM

(7/20/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Another huge problem is that Burning Man is basically just a huge drug binge that is so far away from the mainstream population that it is almost law enforcement free.

7/20/2018 08:30:00 AM

(7/20/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

Heh. Of course he did.

7/20/2018 06:30:00 AM

(7/20/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Bad luck, I'm telling you.

7/20/2018 05:30:00 AM

(7/20/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

This gent had the truth.

It's just that everyone keeps looking for something that isn't there.

7/20/2018 03:30:00 AM

(7/20/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

This is what Obama said when he assumed Hillary would win.

Save your pretend outrage. I ain't buying it, nor do I think for a second anyone would have cared if the old, clumsy one had bothered campaigning in WI or PA.

7/20/2018 02:00:00 AM

Thursday, July 19, 2018

(7/19/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm telling you, it's just impossible to make it in the USA without being born into a wealthy family...

7/19/2018 11:30:00 PM

(7/19/2018 10:10:00 PM) - Al

Cubs acquire Chavez.

If you will recall, it was reported the Brewers and Chavez had agreed to terms, but Jesse later signed with TEX. May have been a 40 man issue.

The irony is, on message boards, many said Chavez was HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE, and AWFUL, as I believe he had a bad 2017. Amazingly, he's been effective this season, and as pointed out, is a "swingman" type, capable of functioning as both a SP and RP. I believe the Cubs have several makeups games, so they probably have a few doubleheaders, or just feel the need to protect their bullpen.

7/19/2018 10:10:00 PM

(7/19/2018 09:40:00 PM) - Al

One thing to remember, if the Crew would trade for Dozier, it does not mean he'll play every day. He would go into "the mix" with Miller, Perez, and so on. It is funny how few seem to remember Walker was basically platooned after being acquired last year, but, on the strong half of the platoon.

Right now, Saladino is going to play SS most days, as he is hitting well and by far the best defensive SS currently with the club. But I can certainly see Miller picking up plenty of starts at 2B if he's hitting RHP (he has never really hit LHP). If they both start hitting, then maybe we'd see more Miller at SS, until the inevitable defensive replacement occurs (no offense to Brad, he makes the routine plays, but he's not a SS anymore, but you go with what you got).

As I often say, having plenty of good players having good seasons is not a problem to me. If you have Yelich or Cain, they play most every day. Otherwise, you go with the hot hand or the matchups. Counsell probably gets 50 pages of printouts every day with every imaginable split and the like. But the truth is, if someone goes 3-4 one day, if a same handed pitcher starts the next day, they'll likely get the first chance.

7/19/2018 09:40:00 PM

(7/19/2018 08:30:00 PM) - Al

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

7/19/2018 08:30:00 PM

(7/19/2018 08:14:00 PM) - Al

Again, all he did was ask.

This is the 5th or 6th thing he's accomplished in this manner. It is, simply, astounding.

7/19/2018 08:14:00 PM

(7/19/2018 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have 3 of the top 50, 5 in the top 125.

I feel Peralta and Burnes are low, while Erceg is high.

7/19/2018 07:30:00 PM

(7/19/2018 07:27:00 PM) - Al

No offense to Orlando, but as good as Tyler is playing, there is no hurry at all.

7/19/2018 07:27:00 PM

(7/19/2018 07:22:00 PM) - Al


Talk about not knowing when to shut the hell up. That's like Ted Kennedy chastising someone for drinking, driving, and leaving the scene of accident.

7/19/2018 07:22:00 PM

(7/19/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

That's a damn shame.

Quit killing people, said the hit man.

7/19/2018 06:00:00 PM

(7/19/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

In case you are wondering why this has not been covered in the old media, it's because it is proof, once again, a decade later, Sarah Palin was 100% correct in her prediction of death panels.

Once they start, soon, no disabled, different, or "special" kids will ever be born. Then, they'll move onto shorter, chubbier kids. Finally, they'll start eliminating the dumb ones, at 3 or 4.

Why? Because, like these kids, they cost too damn much.

7/19/2018 04:00:00 PM

(7/19/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

By the grace of God, never let the Dems stop talking.

7/19/2018 03:30:00 PM

(7/19/2018 03:15:00 PM) - Al

I actually noticed this a few days ago.

I assumed they would pair it with a newer film at the drive ins since it is summer...despite the fact most folks are obviously there for the newer film, they split the gross 50/50.

Regardless, they will never pull BP until it hits $ hook or by crook.

On the subject, while many folks were insisting the end of the movie business was upon us (as they have been doing since I was a child), 8 of the top 12 highest grossing films in the USA have been released in the past 3.5 years. I realize tickets are more expensive, but, let's not pretend the movie industry is anytrhing but strong.

I'm not sure of many things, but I am sure of 50 years, and well beyond that, people will be gathering together in large rooms to watch movies.

7/19/2018 03:15:00 PM

(7/19/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Time machine = getting up a few minutes earlier

No, I'm not sure why everyone thinks people exaggerate so

7/19/2018 03:00:00 PM

(7/19/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al


Of course, unemployment is so low because so many rubes are working 2 jobs*.

*This is true only if you are a socialist trying to explain away the fact socialism has never worked and capitalism does.

7/19/2018 02:30:00 PM

(7/19/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

This person's "favorite player on the Quakes" would have been promoted soon anyway.

It's really difficult to believe how ignorant some of these clowns are.

7/19/2018 02:00:00 PM

(7/19/2018 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Look quick, because this story will not be mentioned on the evening news.


7/19/2018 01:30:00 PM

(7/19/2018 01:21:00 PM) - Al


7/19/2018 01:21:00 PM

(7/19/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, to be fair, the left loves anything that makes the USA look weak.

7/19/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/19/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

But the old media insisted he did a terrible job.

If only he would have leaned over and whispered something embarrassing about how he'd be able to do more underhanded stuff after he was reelected.

Because that's what godlike geniuses do. If you disagree, you're a racist.

7/19/2018 12:30:00 PM

(7/19/2018 12:25:00 PM) - Al

1. Politifact leans way left. Remember, they insisted his "you can keep your doctor" was the true, before changing their mind to "lie of the year" when everyone pointed out what hacks they were.

2. "Pants on fire?" A complete fool would be a far better summary.

I may not always be correct, but there's 2 things I was dead accurate on from day one....Davy Hogg and this gal are both as stupid as they get. Every time they speak, the right gains voters. That's why I often repeat what they say.

I'm so glad the old media made them political darlings I can make fun of. Thank ya boys.

7/19/2018 12:25:00 PM

(7/19/2018 12:16:00 PM) - Al

One thing to be learned from the Hand/Cimber trade...always draft the best possible player available, don't worry at all if you already have a young player in that spot.

Think how great it would be if the Crew had Hiura and Hiura could deal one and still have a young 2B ready to take over as soon as sometime next season.

7/19/2018 12:16:00 PM

(7/19/2018 12:09:00 PM) - Al

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This is one of the partners on my dad in law's operation. The corn was head high on July 4th, and now looks to have doubled in height in just under 3 weeks.


7/19/2018 12:09:00 PM

(7/19/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

I admit, I laugh out loud at these every single day.

It's not as hot because it's getting hotter, you rube! Oh, and by the way, you're late again with your climate change tax that has nothing to do with why I insist the world is ending.

7/19/2018 12:00:00 PM

(7/19/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

Orioles proudly enter 20th century, admit they need to rebuild.

Being on pace to win 47 games was more than likely Dr. Holmes' first clue.

Reload or accumulate young talent are the current buzz words, but when you proudly just moved into something that began 18 years ago, you gotta go slow. On APR1, 2019, if you look at their roster and see more than a couple players with more than 3 years of team control, we will know they failed.

7/19/2018 11:30:00 AM

(7/19/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

This isn't nearly as bad as many government regulations.

To be honest, they just insist skim milk is "vitamin enriched" or "fortified," not sure which term is correct.

I just heard yesterday they are thinking of making almond milk and other types of "drinks" use another term other than milk. I know Sean Duffy has been pushing for that for ages.

7/19/2018 10:30:00 AM

(7/19/2018 10:21:00 AM) - Al

Damn Tribe is stealing Brad Hand from my Brewers. They got Adam Cimber, a useful reliever as well.

I might not be as unhappy once I see how much talent is going the other way. It should be more than the Dodgers gave for Machado, as Hand and Climber both have plenty of team control.

Top C prospect and top 10 prospect overall, Fransisco Meija (yep, the one in the blocked Lucroy deal) one player heading back to SD. That means a Brewers swap would have had to had Hiura in it.

Wow, hearing just Meija. You'd think SD would have wanted a couple low level prospects in case of injury. Of course, CLE had a player tons of teams wanted.

ADDED: The fact that Meija may end up in LF/RF (or, anywhere not catching), makes me think the early money is on CLE winning this trade. 

7/19/2018 10:21:00 AM

(7/19/2018 10:10:00 AM) - Al

Not only is this true, but the Obama administration bragged about trying to influence elections in various nations all over the world.

7/19/2018 10:10:00 AM

(7/19/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al


One minor negative we've seen in the past 18 months is that gas prices have risen. Reasons for this are many fold, if I could explain it in a couple sentences, I would not bother, as I'd pass my time buying and selling futures for a few minutes a day as college coeds giggled around me, as I soaked my rough feet in various skin softeners, so they never itched again.

However, a couple weeks ago, AAA said more Americans were taking a vacation this summer than ever before (no I do not know if this is defined by traveling X amount of miles or more, or what...nor do I care). Regardless, it was hailed as a sign of the booming economy, because, wait for it, people rarely take vacations if they are broke. Disposable income = travel and tourism.

{That's why the Obama era was not known for being good for tourism. However, one cannot argue it was excellent for paying far more premiums for far less healthcare.}

So, to be blunt, a booming economy means 2 things...more folks traveling and more goods being shipped. Both those things mean the demand for gas goes up, which (I'll double check with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just to be sure, since she's an economics genius!) means the supply has to go up as well. It costs money to drill, refine, and transport gasoline. Hence (raise your hand if you didn't follow), the price rises as well.

7/19/2018 09:30:00 AM

(7/19/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Reminds me of my single days.

7/19/2018 09:00:00 AM

(7/19/2018 08:40:00 AM) - Al

It's funny because it's true.

Everyone is a genius and knows how to do everything.

Shorter version: The experts that fawned over foreign policy that for 8 years sent cash to terrorists, called ISIS a JV team, drew a line in Syria and then meekly stuck its head in the sand and ignored the genocide of half a million people (with 6M displaced, google up Mercy Corps if you wish), and kicked the can down the proverbial road for 8 years now wonders if President Trump meeting with and negotiating with world leaders with nuclear weapons is a good idea.

It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do.

They could not stand up to Matt Lauer at NBC. They could not stand up to Charlie Rose at CBS. They could not stand up to Mark Halperin at NBC. Nor up to Leon Wieseltier at the New Republic, nor Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone, nor Michael Oreskes at NPR, at the New York Times, or at the Associated Press. But — oh, wow! — can they ever stand up to Putin! Only Trump is incapable of negotiating with the Russian

What we need, damn it, is the old media and Hollywood left to step in and save us. Because, after all, what would a businessman and real estate tycoon know about negotiating?

If only there was a community organizer who has never run anything in his life to step in and save the day!

7/19/2018 08:40:00 AM

(7/19/2018 08:07:00 AM) - Al

One wonders how many of those "small donors" are using the "crumbs" from their tax cuts to send in their contributions.

Always remember, the other side proudly voted against tax cuts because they knew they would work.

7/19/2018 08:07:00 AM

(7/19/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Emailer sends this tweet along. Looks like lots of MLB players should make their account private and delete in poor taste tweets.

I often joke Blazing Saddles could never be made today. Heck, There's Something About Mary wouldn't be either. Dumb and Dumber is borderline.

7/19/2018 06:00:00 AM

(7/19/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

It's true you know.

7/19/2018 01:30:00 AM

(7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Simply astounding.

7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

(7/18/2018 09:52:00 PM) - Al

Peralta pitched a few innings in Appleton tonight, will likely start MON for MIL.

Albers got 3 outs, on rehab.

7/18/2018 09:52:00 PM

(7/18/2018 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Going into last season, it was possible to believe that the Brewers’ outfield of the future would be Keon Broxton, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana with veteran Ryan Braun mixed in.

But Milwaukee decided instead to upgrade in that area, signing Lorenzo Cain and trading an outfield prospect (Lewis Brinson) among others for Christian Yelich. That decision received validation with Cain and Yelich both making the NL All-Star team. So did Jesus Aguilar, whose emergence as the everyday first baseman motivated Milwaukee to move Eric Thames to the outfield (he is on the DL currently).

That suddenly leaves that outfield of the future without set positions and possibly to be used in some fashion in trades to bolster the Brewers before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

“I think we have depth in that area,” Brewers GM David Stearns said by phone. “When you have depth in a particular area, the rest of the industry takes note and there are conversations about the areas of depth. It doesn’t mean you move the depth. The depth has helped us this year.”--NY Post

Yeah, it's quite a dilemma having too much talent that some players have to be traded. It's just like my wife being too pretty and my son too damn intelligent. Keeps me up nights.

I wish the Crew had this "problem" at every spot.

7/18/2018 08:15:00 PM

(7/18/2018 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal says Crew looking at Dozier.

My main target would be Brad Hand, but as for rentals, Dozier is at the top of my mythical list, along with Cabrera, Escobar, and Eovaldi (no particular order).

7/18/2018 07:32:00 PM

(7/18/2018 07:16:00 PM) - Al

Wow. Looks like an Occupy gathering.

7/18/2018 07:16:00 PM

(7/18/2018 07:04:00 PM) - Al


The irony is, this is all they found on him. You realize, if Trump nominated him, they'd vote against Merrick Garland.

7/18/2018 07:04:00 PM

(7/18/2018 06:54:00 PM) - Al

BAL/LAD trade to go through.

Confirmed by several others. Looks like MIL can safely proceed to plan B, and I don't mean the abortion drug. 

5 players, #4, 27, 28, and 2 unranked in the very good Dodgers' system. 

7/18/2018 06:54:00 PM

(7/18/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I'd vote for Happy Campers, but I all but promise you the last one on the list will win easily.

7/18/2018 03:00:00 PM

(7/18/2018 02:14:00 PM) - Al

She probably, you know, asked.

7/18/2018 02:14:00 PM

(7/18/2018 01:23:00 PM) - Al

Possible snag in Machado deal? Unless it's the top prospect in the trade, another will probably be substituted in quietly.

7/18/2018 01:23:00 PM

(7/18/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Neither the Rambling wife or son have ever heard the phrase, "Katie, bar the door!"

Geez I'm old.

7/18/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/18/2018 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Something no one ever thinks about #782:

If the Brewers keep Scooter in 2017 (as I would have), it's very unlikely the last guy to make the team in 2017 makes the club.

Folks, Jesus was the last dude two years in a row. The only reason he made it in 2018 was they kept one less reliever than they wanted to and said they would. 

7/18/2018 12:47:00 PM

(7/18/2018 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Hader will undergo "sensitivity training."

I would guess if we see any further punishment, either by the team or MLB, it will be announced soon, before games resume would be my guess.

7/18/2018 12:00:00 PM

(7/18/2018 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Brewers felt their offer to the Orioles was just as fair.  My source said 4 players were going over and Burnes was heard to be one of them as well as Phillips. Unaware of the other 2.

Next 2 weeks will determine a lot for the Brewers, and they don't want rentals if they don't do well in those next 2 weeks. They have the Dodgers twice in the next 2 weeks and understand they have to win in order to make it worthwhile for rentals. 
So as I understood it, the Brewers want more team control if their record is more suspect going forward which will be determined in the next 2 weeks. Hence another reason Baltimore got this trade done as they were aware that teams may start to pull back as some contenders records may head south between now and the trade deadline.--High Heat 19

Even assuming it was Phillips, Burnes, and 2 lottery tickets, I can't say I'm unhappy. Again, that seems very close to what it would take to get Brad Hand or another controllable player. 

As for the focus on rentals, that makes perfect sense. If they were 10 games up on a playoff spot, trading a couple prospects for players to help your 2018 chances makes sense. Doing so a few games out of a playoff spot does not. 

Thank you for your info HH19.

7/18/2018 11:54:00 AM

(7/18/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Another righty, Jeff Ames, has been announced as the newest member of the Brewers organization. The 27-year-old was a sandwich-round selection in the 2011 draft but has yet to make it to the majors. He had worked to a 5.70 ERA with 12.9 K/9 against 3.8 BB/9 over 23 2/3 Double-A innings this year in the Nationals organization.--MLBTR

I saw this yesterday. Great K numbers, great results until he hit AA/AAA and then it all went to heck. Longtime Rays' fsarmhand, I'm sure Matt Arnold pushed for him. Must throw hard or have a huge breaking ball, but has never controlled it in the high minors.

You can't teach velocity.

7/18/2018 11:00:00 AM

(7/18/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

New York should try lowering taxes and spending less obscene amounts.

7/18/2018 11:00:00 AM

(7/18/2018 10:42:00 AM) - Al

I wonder, if even for one brief moment, he's ever really meant anything he's ever said.

7/18/2018 10:42:00 AM

(7/18/2018 10:39:00 AM) - Al

And we wonder why President Trump shakes his head at them and calls them morons.

If they'd even ask me, I'd bomb the current top 10 locations of weapons or terrorists. And I'd beg to God they'd ask me for more cash tomorrow.

7/18/2018 10:39:00 AM

(7/18/2018 10:33:00 AM) - Al

Just an FYI, the Hader tweets in question were discussed on a message board years ago, before he had ever appeared in a MLB game. Most just shrugged them off as a teen saying politically incorrect things.

However, as many have noted today, deleting old social media posts should be on the mind of every pro athlete and entertainer today. No reason not to.

7/18/2018 10:33:00 AM

(7/18/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

All the ice is melting ya know.

Except where these bozos are.

7/18/2018 09:30:00 AM

(7/18/2018 08:28:00 AM) - Al

Just woke up. Sure I did not miss anything. You know, no news or poorly thought out texts from a decade ago.

Ha. I woke up about 3 and read about 5 minutes worth. Other than a certain segment that I would label the perennially offended, not many will care. The president said something foolish in a private discussion a decade ago and not many cared. However, he ran his own company (s). There could be some punishment MLB deems appropriate that seems like overkill to most, but not the PC police.

7/18/2018 08:28:00 AM

(7/18/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

They choose their heroes badly.

7/18/2018 08:00:00 AM

(7/18/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Yeah, but what does a Supreme Court justice need to know about the Constitution for?

7/18/2018 06:00:00 AM

(7/18/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

It's always a few years in the future. And the only way to fix it?

More money from the rubes.

7/18/2018 03:00:00 AM

(7/18/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

He's not wrong. Funny how no one on the left cares at all about most...they want to give a purple heart to one of them.

Spare me the fictional outrage. We all know they just want to use it to take more cash from the successful.

7/18/2018 01:00:00 AM

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

(7/17/2018 09:10:00 PM) - Al

I'll be hitting the sack earlier than usual tonight, so other than some scheduled stuff, nothing new will appear, in the case of newsy stuff.

7/17/2018 09:10:00 PM

(7/17/2018 06:35:00 PM) - Al

Rand Paul is 100% correct. Let's be honest, if President Trump had done the opposite, they'd say he was trying to start WW3.

They have lost all credibility with many of us, complaining about an economy that was the first since WW2 to grow that slowly, and pretending they did not hear Obama say "full employment" was 6%, because he lied and knew less than nothing about economics.

7/17/2018 06:35:00 PM

(7/17/2018 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Don't forget, Podesta's password was...password.

"When you're that stupid, you deserve to get hacked," would be the battle cry, and they'd laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh.

7/17/2018 04:54:00 PM

(7/17/2018 04:05:00 PM) - Al

Asher sent to AAA.

Likely be several more "corrections" before FRI and over the weekend.

7/17/2018 04:05:00 PM

(7/17/2018 03:56:00 PM) - Al

Turns out, banning plastic straws is a complete waste of time that accomplishes nothing and costs the citizenry money. You know, a wise man mentioned this a while back. A genius that fellow.

It's almost as if treehuggers have never had a decent idea EVER.

The hell with them. Quit trying to take away my freedoms because you're too damn stupid to know better.

7/17/2018 03:56:00 PM

(7/17/2018 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers' offer is the medicals the Orioles are studying and should be a heavy favorite to get Machado.

7/17/2018 01:03:00 PM

(7/17/2018 12:19:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers have included Diaz in trade, believed to be dumping salary as well,to BAL, as the O's look to boost return (they call this "buying a prospect). 

7/17/2018 12:19:00 PM

(7/17/2018 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Brewers making last ditch effort. Burnes now included.--High Heat 19

I'm not sure if they pulled back a player or two or what, but Burnes would be a very painful price to pay for 60 games of Machado...a guy that could easily be injured or not effective in a small sample like 2.5 months as well.

7/17/2018 12:08:00 PM

(7/17/2018 11:40:00 AM) - Al

The Baltimore say that barring a last minute snag, they will trade Manny Machado on Wednesday with the and still in talks. The remain the likely destination over the .--USA Today

Unless the Crew is willing to try and outbid LAD with a quantity package (which, granted, a historically terrible team like BAL could use), I can't imagine the Brewers giving Burnes or Hiura for a rental.

7/17/2018 11:40:00 AM

(7/17/2018 11:07:00 AM) - Al

Amazon Prime got us again.

7/17/2018 11:07:00 AM

(7/17/2018 11:03:00 AM) - Al

Um, this is like saying swimsuit models are gaining popularity among young men.

Of course they want to add 15 more highly paid spots for veteran hitters. This would also be a huge boom for relief pitchers, especially loogys, as most teams would carry fewer position players and more arms, as far less PHing will take place, while double switching will almost disappear.

7/17/2018 11:03:00 AM

(7/17/2018 10:54:00 AM) - Al

Yusniel Diaz rumored to be the Orioles' prize pick up from the Dodgers.

LA paid $31M in bonuses and penalties to sign him out of Cuba a couple years ago. For him to be included in a trsade for a rental would be shocking and unheard of as recently as 72 hours ago.

7/17/2018 10:54:00 AM

(7/17/2018 10:31:00 AM) - Al

Orioles are looking at medicals before finalizing. Dodgers believed to be leader, per Heyman.

Waiting to hear from our friend High Heat 19 on their next order of business.

My guess? Escobar, Cabrera, and Dozier are at the top of their list, and if I were Stearns, I'd be taking my Machado offer to the Padres and asking what they need for Brad might "only" be one more decent prospect.

7/17/2018 10:31:00 AM

(7/17/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I admit, I am struggling with all these racists now calling Obama a liar.

7/17/2018 10:30:00 AM

(7/17/2018 10:17:00 AM) - Al

I don't have time for this, I'm too busy counting the $2500 in premiums I saved the first year under Obamacare.

7/17/2018 10:17:00 AM

(7/17/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm not saying CNN employs communists that say convicted cop killers are heroes.

CNN does this themselves.

7/17/2018 09:00:00 AM

(7/17/2018 06:00:00 AM) - Al

Keep it up.

This is just what I want to see. The loonier the better. The crazier they seem, the less Peoria wants to be on their side.

7/17/2018 06:00:00 AM

(7/17/2018 04:30:00 AM) - Al

The irony is, this timeline is 100% accurate.

7/17/2018 04:30:00 AM

(7/17/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al


The fact they're hopelessly sad during a huge economic boom is just a bonus.

7/17/2018 02:00:00 AM

(7/17/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

That's easy.

1. Because they're not worth it.

2. And shut up.

7/17/2018 01:00:00 AM

Monday, July 16, 2018

(7/16/2018 10:42:00 PM) - Al

High Heat 19 emails to say Brewers out of the Machado sweepstakes, unless a last minute call changes things. Deal will be announced after all star game with Phillies.

7/16/2018 10:42:00 PM

(7/16/2018 10:30:00 PM) - Al

No wonder they hate Putin so.

7/16/2018 10:30:00 PM

(7/16/2018 10:05:00 PM) - Al

If true, this would be the Phillies equivalent to Burnes, and almost certainly puts the Phillies well in the lead.

7/16/2018 10:05:00 PM

(7/16/2018 10:00:00 PM) - Al

So, if I got this straight, the president was "too easy" on the Russians today.

{These are, of course, the same Russians that Mitt Romney was mocked mercilessly for calling a threat...the left said that was 80's foreign policy.}

Remember those punching bags with sand in the bottom of them, that bounce all around, that just keeps changing positions? Me too.

Meanwhile, when Obama whispered he would "have more flexibility after the election" he was showing a lot of backbone and incredible toughness.

Why do I question the sincerity of the old media? Because I'm not an idiot.

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

I do not know who said it, but I have to agree...President Trump is doing a terrible job of being an arrogant warmonger. So far, he's been whatever the exact opposite of that is. The fact is, we have people rooting against the success of the USA, because, simply put, it helps the "other side." That's not showing much patriotism or love of country is it? Why? I'll leave that up to you, but it seems rather apparent to can't lose what you never had.

Don't upset the left was when he peacefully met with and came to agreement with the goofball in NK...and then were overjoyed when an unnamed source insisted NK was cheating...which, as of yet, remains unproven (that said, no one knows they are NOT cheating either). No missile tests for 9 months, however, would seem to be stunning progress, compared to near weekly tests back in the old days (you know, before 2017).

7/16/2018 10:00:00 PM

(7/16/2018 08:48:00 PM) - Al

Well, if we keep hearing who it ain't, eventually, we'll figure out who it is.

The Phillies are the favorite in my eyes. They are the ones reported, and then denied. That's exactly what would happen if this leaked prematurely.

7/16/2018 08:48:00 PM

(7/16/2018 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Sorry, I'm too busy picking apart minute details of 2 superpowers meeting peacefully and cordially to be happy about the economic strength and lack of extreme poverty in the world.

7/16/2018 06:30:00 PM

(7/16/2018 06:16:00 PM) - Al

No, we're all gonna pout and vote for Tammy 'I've never met a tax increase I didn't vote for and ask me about the Tomah VA scandal and I'll proudly tell you I didn't even pretend to do anything because, you know, it was the military" Baldwin.

I haven't studied in depth if I agree with Nicholson or Vukmir more, but if I ever filled out one of those "who do you agree with" surveys, it would probably be 94%-92%. I'll happily support the winner. The only thing that irritates me is...almost every Republican that has endorsed Vukmir has done so due to her "experience" in state government. Given what President Trump has achieved as an outsider who laughed at "politics as usual," I tend to prefer Nicholson's straight forward military and business background. I also admire his simple "it doesn't work" critique on the left's tax and spend "economic policy." 

7/16/2018 06:16:00 PM

(7/16/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

Nope. Suddenly, everyone wants a tense Cold War relationship. Why?

Because President Trump doesn't.  Same reason they all voted against that "right to try" bill they'd previously supported. Don't pretend they give a damn about anyone, including the terminally ill.

The irony? A few spoke against it, but no one was as upset as I was when Obama gave Iran $2B in cash. That's what they call "negotiating." That's why I tend to not care what exactly they would do.

Shut up and win an election then. 

7/16/2018 04:30:00 PM

(7/16/2018 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Orioles close to a Machado trade, some say it is with the Phillies, others say is wide open.

One can certainly imagine a "handshake agreement" with an announcement being made TUE evening/WED AM, much like the KRod deal years ago. If so, I would expect the Brewers to look even harder at a Dozier/Cabrera acquisition. 

7/16/2018 04:13:00 PM

(7/16/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I was unaware the rules changed in 2017.

Because shut up. 

7/16/2018 03:00:00 PM

(7/16/2018 01:40:00 PM) - Al

The irony here is, Obama gets credit for being a well spoken statesman. The current president can barely speak. Yet, after 8 years of ignoring everything about Russia, all the other Dems suddenly were very concerned. Obama wasn't.

7/16/2018 01:40:00 PM

(7/16/2018 01:23:00 PM) - Al

They would also prefer we have poor or nonexistent relations with North Korea.

No it does not make any sense, but, neither does the left.

7/16/2018 01:23:00 PM

(7/16/2018 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Current scouting report on Hiura.

7/16/2018 01:15:00 PM

(7/16/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

I always find this to be brilliant...churches are closing, in some cases, extraordinarily quickly, per historical norms.

So, what are they doing different? What changes are they making?

None. Why do you ask?

7/16/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/16/2018 11:30:00 AM) - Al

The future and savior of the a complete moron with a nice figure.

It isn't just economics she's clueless about. It's...whatever she is asked about. The GOP needs to not just let this gal talk, but feature her in national ads.

7/16/2018 11:30:00 AM

(7/16/2018 10:49:00 AM) - Al

One thing just keeps going through my mind...with all the Machado talk, it seems Dozier from the Twins or Cabrera from the Mets would be cheaper and possibly be every bit as much of an upgrade (after all, you could still use Miller and Saladino depending on the matchups).

7/16/2018 10:49:00 AM

(7/16/2018 10:45:00 AM) - Al

I'm honestly losing track of these:

Geez, isn't Trump stupid?

Oops. Never mind.

If the old media spent half as much time reporting the news rather than embarrassing themselves, they'd be much, much improved.

7/16/2018 10:45:00 AM

(7/16/2018 10:29:00 AM) - Al

Brewers expecting Orioles to trade Machado on Wednesday. To whom is anyones guess. Including the Brewers.--High Heat 19

Makes sense. Final offers asked for right after the starting lineup announced?

7/16/2018 10:29:00 AM

(7/16/2018 10:15:00 AM) - Al


Always a step ahead.

7/16/2018 10:15:00 AM

(7/16/2018 09:53:00 AM) - Al

Thank goodness other people take the time to write this stuff up.

I will simply add 2 things:

1. All season long, I have pointed out the Crew has been ahead of their "expected won loss record," often by 3 wins. Those things tend to even out.

2. Al season long, I have pointed out the Crew's main attribute is depth. Thames missed time, Aguilar stepped in. Nelson out, other SP's stepped in. Knebel missed time, the rest of the bullpen stepped up.

So let's take a step we wake up this AM, they have exactly as many wins as one would expect, based on their runs scored and runs allowed. Their record in one run games and extra innings, which both tend to be closer to .500 than overall marks if you have a large enough sample size, have trended to the norm.

I still believe in their depth. However, some teams go through an entire season without 10 players on the DL...never mind all at once. The irony is, you can add in Arcia and Santana here too...this is why I always says and lost to injuries and ineffectiveness. Pina, Braun, Thames, and Villar did not carry the team, but their loss effectively took said depth away.

In April, Aguilar was depth, so when Thames was lost, Jesus stepped in. Now, Thames was lost, and we've seen a variety of replacements. Aguilar "struggled" a bit in the Pirates series, and the replacement was Hernan Perez, who is a weak hitting corner OF, never mind 1B (though technically Shaw played 1B, you know what I mean). Braun is a same case scenario. Villar was not even playing regularly, but again, a cog in the matchup machine is gone.

It reminds me of those survival blogs.

Two is a good start. One is the same as none. 

Some folks consider that greed, but it makes perfect sense. Whatever you are building a stockpile of...well, 2 is pretty much your minimum. Why? Because when you have 1, you are only a single part breaking or wearing out from having a non useable item...and then you have 0. Now, if you're talking about the world as we know it today, that's no big deal. I have a half dozen auto parts stores within 5 miles of my house. I have several places that will happily fix stuff for me. I have a neighbor who does much of it for a fraction of the price as a garage. However, despite the negative nellies, we're booming, the world is quite likely as wealthy as it has ever been. 

7/16/2018 09:53:00 AM

(7/16/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm so puzzled. After all, inviting the homeless to stay in your city should result in sparkling clean areas, right?

7/16/2018 01:00:00 AM

Sunday, July 15, 2018

(7/15/2018 07:52:00 PM) - Al

BAL expected by most to deal Machado during break.

7/15/2018 07:52:00 PM

(7/15/2018 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Ramblings fave Nate Eovaldi being scouted by Crew.

7/15/2018 07:22:00 PM

(7/15/2018 07:09:00 PM) - Al

If you recall, High Heat 19 said the Brewers were talking to the Twins about Gibson many moons ago.

Good to see everyone else catching up.

7/15/2018 07:09:00 PM

(7/15/2018 02:58:00 PM) - Al

Machado and the Crew still attached.

7/15/2018 02:58:00 PM

(7/15/2018 12:57:00 PM) - Al

No wait, let me guess...the treehuggers never thought of that.

Actually, you can take the the "of that" out of that sentence and be just as correct.

Let's just be honest here. Anyone who thinks that eliminating plastic straws, 99% of which end up in landfills, will magically help clean the oceans, is too damn stupid for words.

7/15/2018 12:57:00 PM

(7/15/2018 10:23:00 AM) - Al

Villar to DL with thumb injury, Phillips up and in RF today.

7/15/2018 10:23:00 AM

(7/15/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

They haven't even mentioned collusion in months. I believe this is called "moving the dial."

I forget who said it, but the quote "There's still 25M people in Russia that will never see the inside of a US courtroom, if Mueller wants to pad his stats" kind of sums it up perfectly. They continue to prove exactly what the president has said...DC is full of insiders that protect one another and despise the fact someone else has come in and done the job 100 times better.

7/15/2018 09:30:00 AM

(7/15/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

Why is it Obama was the only person on the planet who called ISIS ISIL, an acronym considered less offensive to ISIS?

The answer to both is the same. You can't destroy something you want to stay on the good side of. There will never be a bigger coward, nor anyone who believed in American exceptionalism less. As I predicted, we'll be cleaning up that mess for decades.

Well, we can hope.

7/15/2018 05:30:00 AM

(7/15/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

In 2018, everyone's a racist.

7/15/2018 03:30:00 AM

(7/15/2018 02:00:00 AM) - Al

I keep printing variations of this, because it pretty much sums up the Democrat party perfectly.

How dare ye make me vote on a bill I introduced? I proudly vote no! Because I stand for nothing!

7/15/2018 02:00:00 AM

(7/15/2018 12:00:00 AM) - Al

Like the breeze, my strongest feelings change several times a day.

7/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

Saturday, July 14, 2018

(7/14/2018 08:30:00 PM) - Al

They just keep doing it, and when they get caught, they do it again and again.

If they were always truthful, it would destroy the fake news claims.

The problem? They're not always truthful, and they don't even pretend to hide it.

7/14/2018 08:30:00 PM

(7/14/2018 07:15:00 PM) - Al

There is speculation that the Brewers will be looking to purge their system in the upcoming weeks. They are not looking at any particular player but what gives them the most value going forward. This allows them to keep Hiura, Peralta and Burnes.  

Players that fit this bill would be "good" players who fit the Brewers system and with the emphasis on contract control. Realmuto and Fulmer fit this idea but maybe too steep as the Brewers are not keen on giving up the big 3 I mentioned earlier. 

The Brewers are more open to trading Ortiz, Phillips, Grisham, Ponce, Gatewood, Stokes Jr., and Supak. They are more reluctant to part with Hiura, Burnes and Peralta as well as Ray, Lutz, especially Dubon, and Zack Brown. They are willing to part with Domingo but would like to have Arcia compete with Dubon next year. Assuming Arcia is not sent for Machado which has been discussed.--High Heat 19

Stearns has kept the same plan since day one, and I do not see that changing. If he trades young players, he'll get team control players in return. The only way I see any of the players HH19 has listed moving is for either a very good rental, or for a solid player with team control remaining.

7/14/2018 07:15:00 PM

(7/14/2018 07:09:00 PM) - Al

Brewers in final group for Machado.

7/14/2018 07:09:00 PM

(7/14/2018 06:46:00 PM) - Al

In my mind, it's a split doubleheader, as I DVR'd game 2 and took a nap. Just eating now and starting the 2nd game.

High Heat 19 will also be making an appearance soon. Patience.

7/14/2018 06:46:00 PM

(7/14/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Stealing the election? That's the opposite of what Mueller said. He made it VERY clear it had no effect on election. Russia meddles every year, so does China, Iran, etc. Why didn't you care then? Obama meddled in many elections, like Israel. And this is a fraudulent investigation.--Stonewall Jackson

1. Obama can do whatever he wants. You racist.

2. The irony is, Obama was all for the meddling and did not care at all...until his side lost. Once again, those stern, strong beliefs of the left are on display.

3. The longer they believe and act as if their consistent history of punishing success and despising the military and law enforcement did not cause them to lose, the better.


7/14/2018 04:00:00 PM

(7/14/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

They never looked at the server because they knew they'd find stuff damaging to Hillary. They can't talk about that fact while the "investigation" is ongoing. The investigation will be ongoing as long as there is a Russian (fictional or not) charged with a crime.

It's a maze without an endpoint. The problem is, most Americans, including most Dems, know nothing will ever come of it. They think that by bringing it up, it damages President Trump. But it doesn't. He's been saying it's a witch hunt and fake news for 18 months. He is right. The longer it goes on, he will remain right. Every time he says "fake news" it allows people to say, "Yep, just like that Mueller thing."

I'm not a contrarian to be cool. I'm a contrarian because stupid people do stupid things and then can't understand why they're being called stupid. 

7/14/2018 03:00:00 PM

(7/14/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

This is probably directly related to the fact Obama wept as he asked.

Because he was such a strong leader, of course.

7/14/2018 02:00:00 PM

(7/14/2018 01:49:00 PM) - Al

There are approximately 27 cars parked on our culdesac right now, as the family at the end has a HS graduation party for their daughter.

I don't care at all, as I'm not going anywhere, I just find it astounding these people don't have anything better to do. I live 3 houses away, and I wouldn't go unless my water heater exploded and the breeze pushed me over to their property line, gently dropping me on their lawn.

Of course, I'm not exactly what one would call a people person. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to shake my fist at the sky and tell some kids to get the hell off my lawn.   

7/14/2018 01:49:00 PM

(7/14/2018 01:28:00 PM) - Al

And to everyone fighting cancer or who has a loved one who is. I fight alongside you, we are in this together. I keep the faith for you, please keep it for me.--Meghan McCain

Nothing I find more cliched and dull than people who decide something that has affected themselves or their family is suddenly more important than every other affliction out there. So HIV is ok now? How about drunk driving? Heart ailments?
Meghan is far more adept at playing the cold hearted, eye rolling type anyway.

7/14/2018 01:28:00 PM

(7/14/2018 12:57:00 PM) - Al

They're always wrong, and we're supposed to heartily endorse every stupid word they say to get more money given to them.

Note to them: You're lying, selfish scumbags. And, you are never right.

7/14/2018 12:57:00 PM

(7/14/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

I'm no expert, but I believe the only proper response to this is to send billions in cash in the middle of the night to them.

7/14/2018 12:30:00 PM

(7/14/2018 11:50:00 AM) - Al

That's easy. They aren't really protesting anything except the GOP. 

7/14/2018 11:50:00 AM

(7/14/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

No offense to the clowns who give a damn about the British monarchy, but President Trump should not "bow down" to any world leader...especially not those who don't have a shred of power and are literally just a money suck on the hard working taxpayers. 

7/14/2018 11:00:00 AM

(7/14/2018 09:34:00 AM) - Al

I assume Wilkerson was already there, have to see if Orf arrives by game one.

7/14/2018 09:34:00 AM

(7/14/2018 09:30:00 AM) - Al

As I have stated many times, their disrespect for the military is matched only by their hatred of the president. Now, we're seeing that expanded to "the success of the president."

These are the proud descendants of those who spit in the face of returning service members. That era has been romanticized by the entertainment industry to sanitize what it was...a bunch of druggies behaving badly.

The hell with them, then and now.

7/14/2018 09:30:00 AM

(7/14/2018 09:28:00 AM) - Al

Thames and Guerra to DL, Suter and Orf return. Wilkerson added as 26th man.

I assume Woodruff gets to stay due to a lack of other options.

7/14/2018 09:28:00 AM

(7/14/2018 06:30:00 AM) - Al

This is how they got Trump.

And please, please don't stop. 

7/14/2018 06:30:00 AM

(7/14/2018 04:00:00 AM) - Al

Mighty impressive for an old broad.

7/14/2018 04:00:00 AM

(7/14/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Jobs are bad.

For the Dems.

It not only destroys the narrative, it lessens the rubes dependence on government.

Don't even pretend they give a damn about the country. Even they stopped pretending in NOV2016.

They voted against a "right to try" bill they supported for years because the president was for it. And they begged Ryan to put up a bill abolishing ICE...and then said they'd vote against it, because "Ryan's playing politics."

I've never felt better about being on my side. The hell with them.

7/14/2018 03:00:00 AM

Friday, July 13, 2018

(7/13/2018 09:33:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will not up their offer (for Machado). However, they feel they have a very good offer on the table. They are prepared to walk away and will not get into a bidding war. Merrifield is a strong possibility moving forward.

Brewers will change parts but will not increase the overall value of a trade for Machado.--High Heat 19

I am not a big fan of Merrifield, as he is very average versus RHP, which, of course, 75-80% of the pitchers are. However, given his production and cost, he certainly is a decent piece to the puzzle.

I would go after Escobar and/or Dozier. And, as I have stated before, I'd go after relief help, and namely Eovaldi of the Rays, who is more of a swingman.

7/13/2018 09:33:00 PM

(7/13/2018 08:31:00 PM) - Al

With Woodruff going 3 tonight, I assume the Crew would like to exchange him for another pitcher, but the only ones left on the 40 are Marcos Diplan, a youngster in AA, and Wilkerson, who can't return unless someone is DL'd, or if he's the 26th man.

They might be able to finagle that a bit, as Suter is also due back tomorrow.

7/13/2018 08:31:00 PM

(7/13/2018 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Woodruff looks to have very good stuff and velocity. Too bad he's going 3 or more tonight, he looks like he could stick around a while. Just hit 96.

7/13/2018 08:15:00 PM

(7/13/2018 07:19:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife says she drove from Chip Falls to Webster in 1 hour 20 minutes. Google says 1:38.

I'm not sure the tires touched the ground. That's good for the wear and tear, I suppose.

7/13/2018 07:19:00 PM

(7/13/2018 07:02:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, the fact Obama not only did this, but was caught, makes the fictional concern Dems have with Trump and Putin making deals in secret even more hilarious.

Don't forget, they laughed at Romney for even suggesting Russia was a threat. It's easy to change your mind when you don't really believe in anything.

Except punishing the successful, of course.

7/13/2018 07:02:00 PM

(7/13/2018 06:47:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if he used the name Vladimir XX 12 times for the hackers' names. Note, not a single American...again. The day after one of the most embarrassing days in the history of televised questioning. Just coincidence, I'm told.

Let's be honest, this is the same fella that said a business did something wrong that did not exist at the time. I'm not saying he's making stuff up...he does that himself by making stuff up.

And no, I'm not sure how he expects to find collusion in the 2016 election by digging through tax returns and passport data from 8-15 years ago. Almost like there's an ulterior motive...

7/13/2018 06:47:00 PM

(7/13/2018 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Thew more things change, the more things stay the same.

The new Orioles are just like the old Orioles.

A couple years ago, I recall an unnamed executive saying they had a deal agreed to with the O's after weeks of back and forth...BAL would ask for a player, then later say they were uninterested in said player. Everyone assumed it was ownership. Finally, the right mix was achieved. The exec said his team faxed/scanned in the proper paperwork, and BAL said they would too. After a couple hours, there was no confirmation. They called the Orioles, and no one answered any of the phones, the GM, assistant, landlines, and so on. Finally, BAL called and said they needed another player, a barely thought of prospect whose name had been in and out of the trade for the entire process. The team thought so little of him, they were actually willing to just add that player into the already agreed upon trade. But, as you can imagine, the principle of the thing bothered them. They agreed to let bygones be bygones and add the player to the trade.

At some point in this process, about 6 hours after the original trade had been agreed to, BAL dealt the player elsewhere. They never called or emailed the original team. This team, per their word at least, has not taken a call from the Orioles since.

7/13/2018 06:01:00 PM

(7/13/2018 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Bulls will be signing Jabari Parker soon. As of now, no one knows if it involves an offer sheet or if the Bucks are renouncing his rights.

7/13/2018 05:41:00 PM

(7/13/2018 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Houser down, Woodruff up is today's move on the Sky Sox transit.

Brandon has not pitched since July 2nd. The Crew often gives minor leaguers a week or so off, so it is unknown if the "break" was related to a Machado trade, or pure coincidence. 

7/13/2018 02:02:00 PM

(7/13/2018 01:16:00 PM) - Al

However, Rosenthal suggests that while the Dodgers and Yankees have the strongest offers on the table, the Brewers are beginning to fade from the mix, while the Diamondbacks are, at this point, “on [the] periphery” of the market.--Rosenthal

One gets the feeling the Crew has maxed out their offer, and is looking at alternatives. 

7/13/2018 01:16:00 PM

(7/13/2018 12:59:00 PM) - Al

Well, that was ok.

Because, you know, racism and all.

Obama would weep himself to sleep every night if he would have had to withstand 10% of the criticism aimed at President Trump. Trump? Just keeps moving faster, getting stuff done. 

7/13/2018 12:59:00 PM

(7/13/2018 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Wait a minute, lower taxes lead to more revenue?

I haven't heard such blasphemy since Reagan...and every econ book I ever read.

That's why raising taxes leads to less revenue...despite the fact the left does it over and over to "fix" negative balances.

Because they know better.

7/13/2018 12:50:00 PM

(7/13/2018 11:06:00 AM) - Al

Proof Blazing Saddles could never be made today.

The "word" in question is not a word, and is certainly not racist. Some have created it into slang on the internet, I guess.

7/13/2018 11:06:00 AM

(7/13/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Some conservatives were too shortsighted to see this. Seeing more and more return to common sense as they admit their oops.

I can't see the forest, too many trees in the way...

7/13/2018 08:30:00 AM

(7/13/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al


7/13/2018 05:00:00 AM

(7/13/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

He's right you know.

7/13/2018 03:00:00 AM

(7/13/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

This is such a good idea, it's having a tough time gaining traction.

I would recommend they switch to loading the bases to avoid ties, but other than that, it's simply brilliant.

7/13/2018 01:00:00 AM

Thursday, July 12, 2018

(7/12/2018 08:45:00 PM) - Al

Houser goes 2 full innings, and used 49 pitches. That Colorado Springs shuttle might be in action tomorrow as well.

Wilkerson, Woodruff, and Diplan are on the 40 and available, in theory. 

7/12/2018 08:45:00 PM

(7/12/2018 08:27:00 PM) - Al

I'm not saying their hypocrites...they do that to themselves.

I'm not sure how these clowns can live with themselves.

7/12/2018 08:27:00 PM

(7/12/2018 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Too bad Josh Harrison is having a down season. I've been suggesting him for 2-3 years now. Pretty much only playing 2B these days also. I recall I mentioned Sal Torres for so long, when he ended up in MIL, it was almost like he'd already played there.

Players that are "smaller in stature" do not tend to have long careers, for whatever reason. One might hypothesize they might simply wear down quicker, many having overachieved.

The Pirates will almost certainly allow him to be a FA after this year, and he will probably have a nice career as a full time utility guy, without the stress of playing every day. Be a nice platoon guy too, always been a lefty masher, until 2018.

7/12/2018 07:18:00 PM

(7/12/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

The left feels someone working to obstruct the GOP is doing far more important work than the military.

This gent just got caught telling the truth.

7/12/2018 06:00:00 PM

(7/12/2018 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Why are poverty rates are so high in the USA?

They fake them.

7/12/2018 06:00:00 PM

(7/12/2018 05:37:00 PM) - Al

Seeing casuals ask if Peralta is going to be out of options, because he only gets 3, and that Stearns and Counsell sure aren't very good at this.

The first comment? They said a player going down to AAA "did not count" if they only stay in the minors "for a while." As long as they come back later, like in SEP, he'll still have all 3 options left.

That's not right, but I did find the idea that the phrase "for a while" would be in the official option rules. 

For those of you curious, players actually get 3 "option years." They can up and down as many times as the team wishes in those 3 years. Freddy was added to the 40 man roster in the offseason, so he would not be stolen in the Rule 5 draft (he certainly would have been). When he was sent down in spring training, he used his first option. When he remained in the minors for 20 days, that option became official (if he would have spent 19 days or less in the minors, he would not have used one for 2018). So, he has used his 2018 option, and has 2 remaining. He can go up and down 0 or 22 times this year the rest of the way.

7/12/2018 05:37:00 PM

(7/12/2018 05:20:00 PM) - Al

I believe Stearns is from New York, however. Home often has a huge appeal. In fact, one might consider that to be his dream job.

Let's hope not.

7/12/2018 05:20:00 PM

(7/12/2018 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Same author.

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

7/12/2018 04:00:00 PM

(7/12/2018 03:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm still hoping Eric Sogard does not any better offers and finishes out the 2018 season in Colorado Springs, with a possible SEP spot if they can find a 40 man spot for him.

7/12/2018 03:25:00 PM

(7/12/2018 03:19:00 PM) - Al

The way my mind works, part 145.

So if you're gonna have an affair with a coworker and text out your statements full of illegal bias to her for months...shouldn't said coworker be more attractive than your wife?

Asking for a friend. 

7/12/2018 03:19:00 PM

(7/12/2018 03:09:00 PM) - Al

In other news, 3 teams have made decent offers, Orioles still begging for more.

7/12/2018 03:09:00 PM

(7/12/2018 03:07:00 PM) - Al

The award is his.

Signed, sealed, and delivered.

7/12/2018 03:07:00 PM

(7/12/2018 02:49:00 PM) - Al

She's right you know.

7/12/2018 02:49:00 PM

(7/12/2018 02:38:00 PM) - Al


7/12/2018 02:38:00 PM

(7/12/2018 02:35:00 PM) - Al

The irony? Every single word of both the question and this statement is 100% true.

All the fictional "how dare ye?" is to avoid answering the question. Which, by the way, was a very good one.

7/12/2018 02:35:00 PM

(7/12/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

Well, they attacked the gal who was a finalist because she was Catholic.

I'd call them bullies, but I wouldn't want to offend bullies.

Luckily, my name is so cool, no one would ever make fun of it.

7/12/2018 02:30:00 PM

(7/12/2018 02:16:00 PM) - Al

Miley activated, Houser and Asher up from AAA.

Orf, Peralta, and Lopez optioned.

Sogard released.

Barnes spared, maybe they felt he would be ready to go by FRI.

Wade takes the final spot on the 40. 

For bookkeeping, Freddy is sent to the Timber Rattlers. Not sure if he'll report or not, or just stay with the Crew. 

7/12/2018 02:16:00 PM

(7/12/2018 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Me too.

4 minimum, 6-8 not unlikely.

7/12/2018 02:07:00 PM

(7/12/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Funny how this only happens to black conservatives.

7/12/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/12/2018 12:30:00 PM) - Al

Good thing they solved that problem with leeches.

Of course, that's how they solved every problem back then. You see, they were uneducated rubes. Today, we're much smarter, because we realize that global warming makes it colder.

Except us fiscal conservatives. We're total morons.

If one didn't know better, one would think weather goes in cycles, and is sometimes hot and sometimes cold. Of course, no one makes any money on the lack of hysteria this creates. The irony is, every single prediction they have made has been wrong...but yet, the fraud continues.

7/12/2018 12:30:00 PM

(7/12/2018 11:24:00 AM) - Al


And to think, without a bit of revenue enhancement Obama used to "spark" (chuckle, guffaw) the economy. Actually, that's not true. Revenues have never been higher, even though rates are lower. That's what a successful economy does.

A rising tide lifts all boats. Funny, there is no old saying about punishing the successful helping everyone...

7/12/2018 11:24:00 AM

(7/12/2018 11:14:00 AM) - Al

That's because they can always call their friend the USA to do their dirty work for them. I'd install a special line just so I could stop whatever I was doing so I could happily say "Go to hell," in a bright, cheery voice.

As others have pointed out, the fact not a single president called them on this (or in Obama's case, pointed it out, drew a red line, and then went on ESPN to pick his brackets).

7/12/2018 11:14:00 AM

(7/12/2018 11:08:00 AM) - Al

Is Antifa today's KKK?

Yep. Next question?

7/12/2018 11:08:00 AM

(7/12/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al


There is a faint resemblance.

7/12/2018 11:00:00 AM

(7/12/2018 10:30:00 AM) - Al

I don't think even the staunchest lefty would disagree.

7/12/2018 10:30:00 AM

(7/12/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Funny how that works, ain't it?

It would be, if it wasn't true.

It's the end of the world as we know it...until the next end of the world as we know it...until the next.

Over/under? Friday at 3:45pm Eastern time. 

Hey, negative nellies gonna be negative.

7/12/2018 08:30:00 AM

(7/12/2018 08:00:00 AM) - Al

This is what Hitler did.

7/12/2018 08:00:00 AM

(7/12/2018 01:30:00 AM) - Al

100% true.

7/12/2018 01:30:00 AM

(7/12/2018 12:28:00 AM) - Al

Another reason names like Santana, Arcia, Broxton, and Phillips are sneaking into these trade rumors?

As I have talked about all season, 40 man roster issues. It is packed full, with only one possible name I see that will not "hurt" to see lost for nothing, which would be Alec Asher.

That's why I would not be at all surprised to see Villar dealt if they acquire an infielder, or so on.

7/12/2018 12:28:00 AM

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

(7/11/2018 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Well, this could go all the way to the Supreme Court...

They are ripe for mocking.

7/11/2018 11:00:00 PM

(7/11/2018 10:45:00 PM) - Al

Add Lopez to my previous list of Barnes and Peralta.

Could see a bunch of roster moves before tomorrow's tilt. Terrible night for Freddy to go 3+. Young pitchers often struggle with consistency.

Sounds like Suter is ready to be the 26th man SAT as well. Curious is he will be sent down or another player for the final game.

EDIT: Counsell agrees there will be moves to the pitching staff. If they go with 3, I'll guess Miley, Houser, and Woodruff. Asher and Wilkerson have both pitched very well of late also. 

7/11/2018 10:45:00 PM

(7/11/2018 08:59:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will start to retract players made available for Machado if Baltimore extends the waiting period beyond the all star break.--High Heat 19


7/11/2018 08:59:00 PM

(7/11/2018 07:53:00 PM) - Al

If Barnes can go an inning plus, we might well see both Freddy and Jacob be sent down to maximize the roster after the game.

7/11/2018 07:53:00 PM

(7/11/2018 06:54:00 PM) - Al

What's so sad is, it's non binding. They have over 300 bills the House has passed this year alone to look at, but they're too busy doing this.

Even worse, as the president has shown, it's not the USA who has terrible tariffs, it's our trading partners, who supposedly have to add them...but no one really knows why. President Trump has offered to get rid of all of them, but no one wants to even discuss that, as those nations have no desire to lose that free cash pouring into their nations.

Of course, with the booming economy (best since Reagan...unexpectedly), they are inconsequential, at least until things cool off. The idea of negotiating better just seems to terrify most everyone...except Trump, who has done this his entire career, and with great success.

7/11/2018 06:54:00 PM

(7/11/2018 06:46:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, from a white guy named Stephen, exceptionally lame humor.

7/11/2018 06:46:00 PM

(7/11/2018 05:55:00 PM) - Al

The Mets just sound like they're tired of him being hurt.

They're in the wrong business then. Sign him, rehab him, and see what he's got. I assume they have questions about how hard he's working to get healthy, but the Mets have a terrible reputation (Matt Harvey) of giving up far too soon on talent. Molina will probably have a dozen plus teams offering him a deal, he'll probably end up with a signing bonus.

7/11/2018 05:55:00 PM

(7/11/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al


We may never recover.

7/11/2018 04:30:00 PM

(7/11/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al


Saying "I want scary looking guns with cosmetic grips that cannot be defined by law banned" just lacks commercial appeal.

7/11/2018 03:30:00 PM

(7/11/2018 03:19:00 PM) - Al

Just saw someone suggest the Twins add Fernando Rodney to a Dozier/Escobar swap with the Crew, for a Brett Phillips or Corey Ray level prospect. That actually made sense to me, though Ray's value is going through the roof with him finally hitting the ball for the first time as a pro.

Next comment, "Nope. Don't like the way he (Rodney) wears his cap."

Some folks have mighty high standards. Heck, I don't even care if he wears a cap. Or has hair.

7/11/2018 03:19:00 PM

(7/11/2018 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I don't know why the obvious solution of sending them pallets of cash has not been implemented.

7/11/2018 03:00:00 PM

(7/11/2018 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Dozier picking the right time to get hot.

The Twins might trade both he and Escobar, though the odds of them both going to the same team is low...but not zero, especially since Escobar can play almost anywhere.

A soft platoon of Dozier and Miller would likely mesh nicely, though Dozier has struggled this season versus LHP, over his career, he has just under a 900 OPS against southpaws.

While Escobar is ultra versatile, Dozier is pretty much only a 2B at this point...though I suppose you could have said Miller can't play SS a month ago too. 

7/11/2018 02:46:00 PM

(7/11/2018 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Longtime Brewers' farmhand Drew Gagnon got a start for the Mets, 4.2 frames, 6 runs.

7/11/2018 02:42:00 PM

(7/11/2018 02:30:00 PM) - Al

If I worked at the FBI, I would just stop showing up.

If my hunch is correct, when I was 65, I'd be forced to call payroll and inform them they need to stop direct depositing my paycheck, because I want to retire.

7/11/2018 02:30:00 PM

(7/11/2018 02:03:00 PM) - Al

How can Croatia get back in this game?--Fox soccer talking head

It's halftime, and they're down 1-0. 

7/11/2018 02:03:00 PM

(7/11/2018 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Environmental regulations were never about the environment, it was all about punishing success and enhancing revenue, to use a Obamaesque term.

Successful companies will limit pollution on their own, because it's good PR. Companies that are overtaxed and have to choose between clean air and survival...well, that really isn't much of a choice, is it?

Capitalism works. Get out of its way and reap the benefits.

7/11/2018 02:00:00 PM

(7/11/2018 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have allowed the fewest runs per game of any team in the NL. They are 3rd in MLB, behind HOU and BOS.

FYI, MIL is 8th in runs scored per game in the NL. 

7/11/2018 01:38:00 PM

(7/11/2018 01:29:00 PM) - Al

2 open spots available on the NL all star pitching staff now, if you feel Jeffress was close to one.

7/11/2018 01:29:00 PM

(7/11/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

When you don't tell the truth, you need a really good memory.

7/11/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/11/2018 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Jeffress has been very lucky to accomplish this too. That said, you have to be. Very impressive, however.

No one is mentioning that one of Burnes' 6 outs was a rocket one hopper hit right at Saladino. Good fortune = good pitching results.

7/11/2018 12:40:00 PM

(7/11/2018 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Heyman says Bowden is incorrect.

I think Jim got it backwards, and that's what the O's are asking for. BAL is asking for a top SP prospect from every team, and as of yet, no one is blinking.

7/11/2018 12:35:00 PM

(7/11/2018 12:13:00 PM) - Al

Funny, during the Machado rumors yesterday, I said to myself, "Self, I'd let the others fight over Manny and go after Escobar."

Morosi, today.

I like Dozier, but only for all but free. He's making a fortune for his production.

Zach Duke and a couple other relievers would be nice adds too.

And I love Lance Lynn. He'd be a fine swingman. Not saying he'd like that, but then again, I ain't in the make Lance Lynn happy department. 

EDIT: Don't be scared away by Lynn's high ERA, remember, he missed almost all of spring training. 4.02 ERA since May 1st.

7/11/2018 12:13:00 PM

(7/11/2018 11:50:00 AM) - Al

It's amazing how much sense his words make if you only listen to them.

It's also extremely refreshing to hear a president ask why NATO nations aren't paying their minute portions and expecting the USA to pay far more.

The irony? The USA can defend itself. Those other countries, well, struggle mightily to do so.

7/11/2018 11:50:00 AM

(7/11/2018 11:18:00 AM) - Al

Jim Bowden also saying the Orioles want Burnes in a package.

7/11/2018 11:18:00 AM

(7/11/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Rambling wife told me to add sugar to the next Wal Mart online order.

4 pounds--$1.98, for us.

25 pounds--$7.98, for those who use a lot, or have a ton of room to store it.

20 ounces--$1.78, for people who have no understanding of math.

7/11/2018 09:00:00 AM

(7/11/2018 05:30:00 AM) - Al

As it should be.

The fact the left implies that abortion will suddenly cease being legal if Roe v. Wade is overturned makes one wonder what else they are failing to tell the truth about.

7/11/2018 05:30:00 AM

(7/11/2018 03:30:00 AM) - Al

I agree, I can't say I have a problem with celebs being "punked" as they try to promote a book or project. That said, pretending to be a disabled vet to get someone to show up and answer questions is pretty much as low as it gets.

I, of course, am not the least bit surprised Cohen and these others lack the normal respect all but fools have for the American military, especially those wounded in action. That's par for the course.

7/11/2018 03:30:00 AM

(7/11/2018 12:30:00 AM) - Al

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

7/11/2018 12:30:00 AM

(7/11/2018 12:24:00 AM) - Al

Miley will start THU. Since Peralta pitches WED, he could go down for 10 days and not miss a start.

Also be interesting to see who they go with and the 26th man to pitch SAT. I assumed Wilkerson would return, and he might, but they have plenty of options, Houser, Asher, Woodruff, and Diplan all on the 40 and pitching at various shades of effectively.

7/11/2018 12:24:00 AM

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

(7/10/2018 11:26:00 PM) - Al

High Heat 19 reports Crew trying to include AA OF Troy Stokes Jr. In Machado trade. Stokes was born and raised in Baltimore.

7/10/2018 11:26:00 PM

(7/10/2018 11:08:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal on MLBN says Brewers and Dodgers are only 2 serious teams looking at Machado and Brewers have more need and have made more prospects available.

7/10/2018 11:08:00 PM

(7/10/2018 10:14:00 PM) - Al

I think I've read Hitler took fatherless girls to dances too.

Keep crying wolf, boys. Please.

7/10/2018 10:14:00 PM

(7/10/2018 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Counsell's presser delayed (or tech problems), were they asking him his opinion about a proposed trade, or updating him? Or, just a coincidence?

He may have just been enjoying a sandwich and a bowl of fruit, I suppose. 

Funny, suddenly far fewer casuals want to deal Burnes. This afternoon, Twitter was full of "Who is this Burnes fellow? He has a 5+ ERA. Trade him, who cares."

Rule #1...everyone has a 5+ ERA in Colorado Springs.

7/10/2018 10:09:00 PM

(7/10/2018 09:19:00 PM) - Al

How guilty does one have to be to think not showing up for a congressional subpoena is a better option than testifying under oath?

Those FBI agents dealing with the scum of the planet everyday; the child molesters and pornographers, and so on; must really hate the politically corrupt, mostly DC based ones that make them look bad.

7/10/2018 09:19:00 PM

(7/10/2018 07:00:00 PM) - Al

No wonder they hate him. He's everything they hate in conservatives all rolled into one...successful, family oriented, giving of his time and energy.

He's exactly what they pretend to be, while they are out protesting and vandalizing because "they know better."

He's the guy handing a homeless vet a $10 bill while the liberal is calling him a "baby killer" just because he can.

7/10/2018 07:00:00 PM

(7/10/2018 05:30:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, the fact President Trump's worst fear was John McCain coming out against his SCOTUS pick...for no particular reason mind you, pretty much tells you where McCain is at these days.

7/10/2018 05:30:00 PM

(7/10/2018 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Olney says Brewers have the best offer out for Machado and will end up with him barring a team increasing their haul.

Most feeling there is no way Orioles get a top Burnes/Lux like prospect for a rental. Have read BAL asked MIL if including top SP like Gausman would loosen Burnes; Brewers said no. deGrom or other top arms maybe, but not any of the BAL SP's.

7/10/2018 04:43:00 PM

(7/10/2018 04:30:00 PM) - Al

And they wonder why we call them fake news.

Unnamed sources always mean "I am making this up."

7/10/2018 04:30:00 PM

(7/10/2018 03:30:00 PM) - Al

This sums up SCOTUS perfectly.

7/10/2018 03:30:00 PM

(7/10/2018 03:16:00 PM) - Al

O's want Burnes from Crew as part of Machado package.

3 months ago, imagine them asking for Freddy Peralta.

Crew wants to give them Ortiz and Phillips, in my opinion, a very fair ask for 2.5 months of Machado. Both have warts, Ortiz is heavy set and has been injury prone; but both could be solid big leaguers.

7/10/2018 03:16:00 PM

(7/10/2018 03:08:00 PM) - Al

New stadium proposed in Tampa, just under $1B, 30K seats, with artificial turf.

Oof. The only thing wrong with that? Almost everything.

7/10/2018 03:08:00 PM

(7/10/2018 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Turns out, it was not farmers and ranchers committing suicide, but farm workers. I would assume they mean mostly low income, mostly traveling folks who, suffice it to say, have a very, very tough life. 

I saw an article last winter that said the author had been all over the USA, working in the ag field, and every time suicide among farmers came up, he would ask the people if they knew of anyone, and over 100 times, the answer was always 100% no. He said he did not know if that study was flawed or not, but those who thought suicide was rampant in agriculture were wrong. Turns out, he was correct.

7/10/2018 02:20:00 PM

(7/10/2018 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Hundreds of "Stop Coney Barrett" and "Stop Hardiman" signs thrown away by environmentalists who printed them without knowing the final choice because they feel it is important not to waste natural resources.

Because shut up. 

7/10/2018 01:00:00 PM

(7/10/2018 11:00:00 AM) - Al

As a lawyer messaged me on Facebook today, Kavanaugh will be Hitler, because whoever Trump nominated was going to be Hitler.

But, of course, when everyone’s Hitler, nobody’s Hitler, and the Democrats have been slinging the H-word around rather a lot for the past couple of years. When you have the hysteria turned up to 11 all the time, it has less traction when you need it. 

(As comedian Dennis Miller tweeted: “Just to keep things in perspective, or not, Trump could nominate either Amy Coney Barrett or Vladimir Putin tomorrow and the headlines would be exactly the same.” He’s not wrong).--Glenn Reynolds, USA Today

Time will tell if the crying wolf has any negative effect.

7/10/2018 11:00:00 AM

(7/10/2018 09:00:00 AM) - Al

I know it's beyond most folks, but "price gouging" is just supply and demand.

For example, if bottled water is 3 for $1, the first dozen people will each buy a case or two, throw it in their car, and drink 3 bottles and let the rest sit in the trunk until the disaster is long over.

Put a price tag of $5 on each bottle, a family of 3 will buy 2 or 3 and leave the rest for others.

Why do most people don't understand this simple economic truth? Because most people are usually wrong. That's why I'm not just a contrarian, but I'm a contrarian who's usually right.

7/10/2018 09:00:00 AM

(7/10/2018 08:30:00 AM) - Al

The specifics don't really matter.

7/10/2018 08:30:00 AM

(7/10/2018 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Don't worry, they are giving this SCOTUS pick a chance.


And they wonder why they've lost credibility. 

I love Katie

7/10/2018 05:00:00 AM

(7/10/2018 03:00:00 AM) - Al

Remember back when houses had kitchens?


And some folks say the old media is out of touch...

7/10/2018 03:00:00 AM

(7/10/2018 01:00:00 AM) - Al

Anyone who thinks plastic straws are somehow akin to unfiltered carbon dioxide pouring out of're not very bright.

7/10/2018 01:00:00 AM

Monday, July 09, 2018

(7/09/2018 11:30:00 PM) - Al

Great speed and a great arm aren't enough when your main objective is not holding the runner at 3B, but looking nonchalant while doing so is.

7/09/2018 11:30:00 PM

(7/09/2018 10:40:00 PM) - Al

It was so predictable, oops...

7/09/2018 10:40:00 PM

(7/09/2018 07:48:00 PM) - Al

UPS dude just delivered a package to our door at 7:45PM. I've never seen a man in brown move that slowly. He walked back to the truck as if he was smoking his last cigarette before they hooked him up to the electric chair.

Does this mean he's on overtime?

7/09/2018 07:48:00 PM

(7/09/2018 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Joke going around Twitter, per exit polling, CNN says the next SCOTUS justice...93% chance it will be Hillary Clinton.

7/09/2018 07:45:00 PM

(7/09/2018 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Yankees now involved in the Machado bidding.

7/09/2018 07:40:00 PM

(7/09/2018 07:39:00 PM) - Al

Surprise pick for SCOTUS.

Image result for judge reinhold

Friends say he's a bit of a close talker.

7/09/2018 07:39:00 PM

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