Wednesday, April 23, 2014
(4/23/2014 01:00:00 PM) - Al
The only reason to oppose voter ID laws...if you want to cheat.
4/23/2014 01:00:00 PM
(4/23/2014 12:01:00 PM) - Al
I doubt they will do so, but the Crew could swap out Figaro for an extra body...though the bullpen looks rested on paper, another position player would be a nice luxury.
Regardless, said player would likely be exchanged for Kintzler Friday.
4/23/2014 12:01:00 PM
(4/23/2014 12:00:00 PM) - Al
To the left, getting shot equals heroism.
Joining the military does not count, however.
No, I don't get it either.
4/23/2014 12:00:00 PM
(4/23/2014 11:53:00 AM) - Al
Kevin Towers expressed disappointment some players have not rallied troops in clubhouse.
We've known for the last year that ARI had little chance for success, as Gibson and Towers openly built their team based on intangibles such as "grit," "toughness," and "guys that want to win." That, to the surprise of few, has led to them having a team full of Willie Bloomquists, Hank Blancos, and Martin Prados...certainly not embarrassingly bad players, but also not a group of 25 players who are likely to win MLB games either.
The old media loves talking about doing the little things, but in reality, teams have to do the big things.
4/23/2014 11:53:00 AM
(4/23/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al
That freedom of speech fad was nice while it lasted.
Long live Queen Hillary!
4/23/2014 11:00:00 AM
(4/23/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al
Dem mocks GOP opponent's military service.
Quite a polite and classy group. Maybe someday, if I am fortunate, I will be as good a person as they mistakenly think they are.
4/23/2014 10:00:00 AM
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
(4/22/2014 11:27:00 PM) - Al
During the game, I DVR'd the Duggars and Amy Schumer.
Now that's a pair without a lot of similarity.
4/22/2014 11:27:00 PM
(4/22/2014 11:07:00 PM) - Al
If not for the day off Thursday, we might well see another bullpen swap, as Figaro won't be able to go tomorrow. It would have to be Burgos, Fiers, or Blazek, barring a 40 man move.
4/22/2014 11:07:00 PM
(4/22/2014 09:33:00 PM) - Al
Better pitch called a ball to first Padre. Ump is either drunk or incompetent.
4/22/2014 09:33:00 PM
(4/22/2014 09:31:00 PM) - Al
Six inches outside is suddenly a strike. Oof.
The lack of effort sand consistency is appalling. Yo would only have 70 pitches thrown if that had been a strike all night. How difficult is it to call the same pitch a strike at 7:30 as 9:30?
Of course, when you will have a job regardless, and there's no incentive to do a good job; human nature is to do as little as possible.
4/22/2014 09:31:00 PM
(4/22/2014 09:26:00 PM) - Al
Jose Fernandez strikes out 14, Braves too concerned about him showing some sort of emotion to concern themselves about, you know, hitting the ball.
4/22/2014 09:26:00 PM
(4/22/2014 09:18:00 PM) - Al
Yo fights through 7 without his best stuff and getting hit on the hand or leg. Nice outing.
4/22/2014 09:18:00 PM
(4/22/2014 09:03:00 PM) - Al
For those watching the game, I think Plesac may have had 5 saves in 5 days back in the year of the streak.
NOTE: It was Cordero in '07.
4/22/2014 09:03:00 PM
(4/22/2014 08:57:00 PM) - Al
I just called Scooter's HR...that makes 2 in 3 days.
I'm probably done for the season.
4/22/2014 08:57:00 PM
(4/22/2014 06:06:00 PM) - Al
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, like Gomez, didn't agree with the suspensions and thought the Pirates got off too lightly.
"No, I don’t," he said when asked if they were fair. "The guy who started it all got nothing, and I don’t understand that. So, no I’m not happy with it. Doug (Melvin) isn't happy with it. I know they’re tough decisions, I know they have a lot to think of, they’ve got precedent, they’ve got a lot of things that go into this, but I don’t think it’s fair."--JS
These teams have enough to worry about. It's painful how out of touch MLB is.
4/22/2014 06:06:00 PM
(4/22/2014 05:56:00 PM) - Al
RR said he expects it to be some weeks before Gomez's appeal is heard.--MLB.com
MLB doesn't even understand the fact that Skype and conference calls exist. If Carlos gets hurt, or the Crew has a time when they have a Monday and a Thursday off the same week, they could just have him serve the suspension then; or send down a pitcher and replace him with a position player. There's nothing wrong with using the incredibly clumsy system as it is set up.
4/22/2014 05:56:00 PM
(4/22/2014 05:51:00 PM) - Al
Hellweg with torn UCL, all but certainly will need Tommy John surgery.
On a roster note, Hellweg is on the 40 man, so he can be placed on the 60 day DL, but would then have to be paid his major league split. Or, since he is out of options, he can be removed from the 40 man at some point and optioned to Nashville...of course, he could be claimed, but it is unlikely, as he would have to be rehabbed and then resigned to a minor league deal next season.
Good luck to him in his recovery. He's probably out of the picture until 2016. Pitching is a fleeting skill. Let's hope that's the only pitching injury for a while.
4/22/2014 05:51:00 PM
(4/22/2014 03:39:00 PM) - Al
Gerrit Cole instigated the brawl and the only one not suspended. He was the cause, regardless if it was because of verbal vs. physical.--Jim Bowden
Bowden is the only one who has figured this out. The guy who starts the fight should always get the biggest penalty. MLB is too busy trying to enforce a bunch of unwritten, nonexistent rules to even figure out the most basic truths.
4/22/2014 03:39:00 PM
(4/22/2014 02:18:00 PM) - Al
Gomez suspended three games, as obviously, MLB is now punishing him for being in confrontations before. As said before, Marty suspended five.
Cole, who was the cause and should have been suspended at least six games to make PIT revamp their rotation, gets nothing, though admittedly, being such a wimpy crybaby is its own punishment, as he has to live with himself and eat all of his food after it goes through a food processor.
Common sense would tell you at least one will appeal so they do not have to play with 23 guys. Gomez's may well be lowered, as he effectively is being suspended two more games than last season for doing the exact same thing.
If anyone wonders why MLB has done nothing to improve the simply horrendous umpiring, it's because they are too preoccupied worrying about fictional episodes of "playing the game the right way." At the moment, they are a complete bunch of know nothings who wake up everyday hoping no one notices that they, from day to day, that lefty has no idea what righty is doing.
The hell with 'em. They are reaching legendary proportions with their epic displays of ignorance, which involve not knowing what a "catch" is and missing call after call...on replay. They have no common sense, and have no idea what they're even trying to accomplish.
4/22/2014 02:18:00 PM
(4/22/2014 01:27:00 PM) - Al
Being a hypocrite is nothing new, but note how all this travel accomplishes nothing.
Meeting with mudslide family victims? Seriously? Are we going to announce economic sanctions versus slides of mud? Notice that they avoid that whole "Russia invaded Ukraine a while back, and we have done nothing" nugget of info by trying to create meaningless drivel and pretend it's news.
4/22/2014 01:27:00 PM
(4/22/2014 01:17:00 PM) - Al
You can't expect to keep punishing success without punishing those who have success.
4/22/2014 01:17:00 PM
(4/22/2014 01:01:00 PM) - Al
Gerrit Cole's feminine insecurity will reportedly cost Maldonado five games, which seems especially high considering the Crew has to play a guy short during this suspension...though I still do not know why.
As for Travis Snyder, when you leave the bench and pretend to be a tough guy, maybe you shouldn't be such a damn wimp.
If nothing else, the Pirates do seem to have the market cornered on girlie men.
4/22/2014 01:01:00 PM
(4/22/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al
Splurging is the key...unless, of course, you are an elementary school kid who wants more than 600 calories for lunch.
She's an idiot's enigma wrapped inside a hypocrite's riddle. And, for irony sakes, she knows nothing about nutrition.
4/22/2014 10:30:00 AM
(4/22/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al
The writing is on the wall...a new arena by 2017, or the Bucks are gone.
Given this, I expect the city and the county to do nothing and hope Herb Kohl and the new owners can put some sort of package together. Because, that's what Milwaukee does.
4/22/2014 09:00:00 AM
Monday, April 21, 2014
(4/21/2014 11:45:00 PM) - Al
They passed it without a single GOP vote. And they keep pointing fingers.
4/21/2014 11:45:00 PM
(4/21/2014 11:14:00 PM) - Al
Jimmy Nelson throws 7 scoreless, sub 2 ERA thus far.
Just another weak prospect in a weak system.
He said sarcastically.
4/21/2014 11:14:00 PM
(4/21/2014 10:52:00 PM) - Al
Highest sustained taxation in history, peacetime mind you, and even the optimistic CBO budget never comes close to balancing.
I'm not sure how anyone can defend his complete lack of basic math and economic knowledge. Obama is not just in favor of redistribution of wealth, he doesn't seem to care that's been proven over and over not to work.
4/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
(4/21/2014 09:55:00 PM) - Al
I don't mind being aggressive on the bases, but I sure would like to see Segura being thrown out diving into home and not in a rundown. Part of making the other team make the play involves, you know, making them make the play.
KRod in for day four. Gotta do what you gotta do. I know one of his saves was just seven pitches, but no one really counts the 40 he took in the bullpen warming up.
4/21/2014 09:55:00 PM
(4/21/2014 08:58:00 PM) - Al
Meteor shower visible all night.
I blame climate change myself.
4/21/2014 08:58:00 PM
(4/21/2014 08:37:00 PM) - Al
My reply below to the casuals comparing Peralta to Babe Ruth and other solid offensive pitchers.
152/.154 career, 27 K's and 1 walk. Yeah, he's an incredible offensive force. A lineup of 9 Wilys would score 0.7 runs/gm. Quit embarrassing yourself.
4/21/2014 08:37:00 PM
(4/21/2014 08:25:00 PM) - Al
These umps are lucky to hit 90% on balls and strikes. They barely look like they can keep their eyes open.
4/21/2014 08:25:00 PM
(4/21/2014 08:20:00 PM) - Al
I think I might have discussed this, once or twice.
Don't worry, the left insists...the next time it will work.
4/21/2014 08:20:00 PM
(4/21/2014 06:23:00 PM) - Al
This is what the left says about Obamacare.
4/21/2014 06:23:00 PM
(4/21/2014 06:19:00 PM) - Al
Herrera caught Kintzler's bullpen today, officially backup if Maldonado is suspended. Looked good in gear.
4/21/2014 06:19:00 PM
(4/21/2014 05:42:00 PM) - Al
Roenicke says Kintzler should return Friday when eligible, and that since several relievers are "down" tonight, they would like a deep start from Peralta. Wong and Figaro are in the mix.
Also, Davis got sick during BP and his status is unknown.
4/21/2014 05:42:00 PM
(4/21/2014 04:58:00 PM) - Al
Uecker statue in the upper deck, behind the pole, will be unveiled Friday.
4/21/2014 04:58:00 PM
(4/21/2014 02:24:00 PM) - Al
Look at our economic plan. Chuckleheads is being kind. We have a bunch of clowns in DC that actually think you can spend, tax, and redistribute our way to utopia.
4/21/2014 02:24:00 PM
(4/21/2014 02:14:00 PM) - Al
Qatar proves you can even bribe your way to a World Cup.
After what will likely be a Brazil disaster this summer, I think the '22 version might be changed to the USA.
4/21/2014 02:14:00 PM
(4/21/2014 02:07:00 PM) - Al
No suspensions will be announced until tomorrow in the Gerrit Cole's hurt feelings incident.
Maldonado may well get the start tonight, as I assume they are expecting a suspension. Adam reports both Bianchi and Herrera "can catch" if needed.
4/21/2014 02:07:00 PM
(4/21/2014 02:01:00 PM) - Al
Crew is not quite as short in the bullpen as I had thought. While Henderson and KRod have both pitched three days in a row, and Duke is also probably unavailable, Thornburg and West are likely good to go; while Figaro and Wang are actually rested, though I'm sure are unlikely to be used in high leverage situations, unless they must.
4/21/2014 02:01:00 PM
(4/21/2014 01:52:00 PM) - Al
Jimmy Carter's grandson supports Confederate flag license plate.
I have no problem with it either, but, of course, I am pretty much for all freedom. Many in the South are extremely proud of their heritage, and that includes their flag. While many equate it with slavery, Southerners feel they had the right to secede, and to do as they wished.
4/21/2014 01:52:00 PM
(4/21/2014 01:27:00 PM) - Al
Jon Morosi of Fox is claiming teams have to play "short" if they lose a player to suspension...I do not know if that is true or not. If so, that would be a difficult situation to lose Maldonado for any length of time, as it would impact the 25 and 40 man.
4/21/2014 01:27:00 PM
(4/21/2014 01:16:00 PM) - Al
Figaro's game logs from this year, very spotty, 14 hits and 5 runs in 9 IP over 7 games. On the bright side, no walks, so he is throwing strikes.
Beggars can't be choosers. He'll likely be up until Kintzler returns, which is Friday, I believe, if all goes well. Hand is pitching nicely, but he's not on the 40. Nelson is scheduled to start tonight, and while he may have been considered for a permanent spot, was likely not for this short term situation.
4/21/2014 01:16:00 PM
(4/21/2014 12:57:00 PM) - Al
Needing bullpen help after yesterday's long game, Brewers have optioned Rob Wooten to Triple-A Nashville and recalled RHP Alfredo Figaro.--FSW
I discussed this yesterday, while the cool kids were onto far more important things, like Hank, the June draft, and the like.
Figaro throws hard, and while compiling a 5 ERA thus far, had one terrible game, if memory serves.
4/21/2014 12:57:00 PM
(4/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al
The irony is, a century later, they voted the same way...but, attempts to rewrite history, and ignore the fact Wallace, Gore Sr. and Byrd were racist Dems and also worked against the GOP as they passed civil rights legislation, are alive and strong.
4/21/2014 09:00:00 AM
Sunday, April 20, 2014
(4/20/2014 10:03:00 PM) - Al
Three final thoughts on the fracas the umps could havwe easily prevented and did not, and possible ramifications.
1. Gomez says he did nothing wrong, and if he did not throw a punch, I agree with him. However, if he were to be suspended for tomorrow's game, if the Crew can replace him with a pitcher, that would work out nicely. If they have to replace him with a position player, it's meaningless.
2. One thing no one is discussing...if Maldonado did throw a punch and/or make contact, he will eventually be suspended, and the Crew does not have another catcher on the 40 man. Elian Herrera was a catcher in rookie ball, so if it's only a game or two, they might just let Lucroy catch and not add one. Otherwise they would have to remove someone from the 40, possibly risk losing them, and add a catcher for a game or two. Then they'd have to remove the C, and go from there. That's a lot of bother for a game or two.
3, At this second, I'd say the lowest two guys on the 40 are Weeks and Overbay. They cannot be easily removed and put back on.
EDIT: I'll add a fourth...Gorzelanny is on the 15 day DL, and I have not heard he is close to returning,. He could be put on the 60 day DL to delay the decision.
4/20/2014 10:03:00 PM
(4/20/2014 05:38:00 PM) - Al
Watching the replay, 3B umpire could have completed avoided the entire altercation by simply grabbing Gomez and pushing him away from the problem child, Mr. Cole.
But, he did not, and that led to all the silliness. Simply put, this is what happens, the weak link on the chain fails, and the dam breaks, and add in a couple more cliches. All it takes is for the guys to take care of business...Cole is a loudmouth upset he made a crappy pitch. One guy grabs him and takes him to the dugout, and clubhouse, as he should have been ejected on the spot. Gomez never is involved because other guy has taken him out.
Boom, no discussion, only guy thrown out is the fella who caused the initial melee.
But, when you have guys out there who have no incentive to man up, no incentive to get good game scores, you're going to see exactly what you saw...uncaring, over their head nincompoops who struggle to maintain order. These clowns do nothing except go through the motions, day after day, waiting for their next week or two off...they work six months a year. MLB keeps adding corrections because they are historically awful, and yet, no improvement...no incentive to improve.
And the beat goes on. Just when you think they've hit rock bottom, incompetence takes a bit more gravel out of the hole. It hasn't happened yet. They're struggling mightily to not botch replay from day to day, as the effort is, at best, spotty.
4/20/2014 05:38:00 PM
(4/20/2014 05:16:00 PM) - Al
My idea about the Crew replacing Wooten with another arm notwithstanding, Peralta and Wong may well be the only arms available until the 8th/9th inning tomorrow...at least.
4/20/2014 05:16:00 PM
(4/20/2014 05:12:00 PM) - Al
And the left simply refuses to believe it. Because they're so damn much smarter than the rest of us.
4/20/2014 05:12:00 PM
(4/20/2014 04:25:00 PM) - Al
Possible we could see a Wooten for another 40 man arm swap just to freshen the bullpen a bit for tomorrow evening.
Jimmy Nelson would be the obvious choice, though you could easily make a case for 3-4 others.
4/20/2014 04:25:00 PM
(4/20/2014 02:29:00 PM) - Al
Gerritt Cole almost hit by broken bat.
Umpiring crew ejects splinters from bat as well as bench coach Jerry Narron...again.
4/20/2014 02:29:00 PM
(4/20/2014 02:22:00 PM) - Al
Even for Obama, this is really, really stupid.
4/20/2014 02:22:00 PM
(4/20/2014 02:11:00 PM) - Al
After Cole hit that foul tip off Lucroy's mask, Jon should have just let him have it.
You can almost bet your life Gerritt would have left the field asking for a hankie to ease his weeping, or got thrown out of the game by the men in blue for being kind of a meanie for yelling back.
They simply are incapable of doing the simplest things without sucking at it.
4/20/2014 02:11:00 PM
(4/20/2014 01:48:00 PM) - Al
TV guys talking about the NHL playoffs. First I've heard about them at all except that last night, a Chicago player took a five minute major penalty late in the game which led to the opposition scoring and winning the game.
That, in a nutshell, is why the NHL will never be a major sport in the USA.Wins and losses are secondary. It's like WWE on ice. Impossible to take seriously.
4/20/2014 01:48:00 PM
(4/20/2014 01:44:00 PM) - Al
The Pirates do seem to breed this kind of idiocy in their pitching ranks. Remember a few years ago, Jeff Karstens almost broke down in tears after being pitched inside (or HBP, my memory is good, but short) after he had hit a Brewers' batter or two. He didn't seem to appreciate the irony.
What's so sad is, the one who causes the problem has yet to be punished, as the arbiters are always several steps behind the real issue.
4/20/2014 01:44:00 PM
(4/20/2014 01:38:00 PM) - Al
Bench coach Jerry Narron also ejected, while replays seem to show Marty Maldonado hit Travis Snider.
Apparently, Narron is a young Latino man, and we have the most incompetent crew in the history of the game. Of course, they will be punished by giving them more time off and hiding how bad they are out of embarrassment.
4/20/2014 01:38:00 PM
(4/20/2014 01:23:00 PM) - Al
It's just amazing how bad umpires are at figuring out who the instigator is and who should be ejected. They are completely inept and don't seem to even pretend to make an effort. They simply have no desire to figure out the truth. Underworked, overpaid, and simply awful.
As is, the starting pitcher should run after everyone who gets a hit, yell and swear at the hitter, and then run away.
EDIT: Umps "even things out" by ejecting reserve OF from PIT...not Cole, whose immaturity and bad behavior started the entire thing.
It is simply difficult to believe how ignorant that is, and that there are four human beings outside the dozen fools on the OJ jury that could come to that conclusion. But yes, and they all make six figures a year, doing their job so badly the sport had to add a system to correct the terrible job they do, every single day.
4/20/2014 01:23:00 PM
(4/20/2014 01:03:00 PM) - Al
Gord reports Mets/Crew never got close in Ike Davis talks.
They didn't get a prospect even close to Thornburg's level. Wonder what other names were discussed?
4/20/2014 01:03:00 PM
(4/20/2014 12:56:00 PM) - Al
Note...the polar bears that were on the brink of extinction...do seem to be doing just fine.
The facts are a painful look at just how baseless all that silliness was.
4/20/2014 12:56:00 PM
(4/20/2014 12:08:00 PM) - Al
Al Gore flies to Hawaii to complain about people using unnecessary use of carbon.
You just can't write this stuff.
4/20/2014 12:08:00 PM
(4/20/2014 11:40:00 AM) - Al
Mike Fiers so far in AAA this season...3-0, 0.87 ERA, 20.2 IP, 13 H, 2 BB, 26K, 0.73 WHIP.
That's about as good as it gets, though it should be noted, he has not thrown in any of the PCL offensive parks out west.
He was very good in 2012, and struggled last year, with both injury and his mom being ill. Right now, he's pitching as well as any arm in AAA. Let's hope he can keep it up. Those numbers, at this point, are video game unrealistic.
4/20/2014 11:40:00 AM
(4/20/2014 10:47:00 AM) - Al
Kintzler hoping to throw a bullpen or two along with a simulated game and be back Friday, per the lovely Ms. Minnaert.
4/20/2014 10:47:00 AM
(4/20/2014 10:42:00 AM) - Al
Watching Survivorman with the Rambling son, as they explore for Bigfoot in the Rocky Mountains.
I have discussed many times how silly I think this is, as it is quite obvious to me that if such a creature existed, we would have found numerous dead bodies by now. The host of the show has enlisted the assistance of an "expert," who even has a blurry picture of something brown to his credit. Of course, all one needs to be an "expert" in this field is such a picture...and in a world in which most people have a camera in their phone that is better than a top of the line version a decade ago...and still, all we get are blurry, can't really see it photos.
Why? Same reason that's all we ever get of aliens and UFO's...they are fictional sightings.
4/20/2014 10:42:00 AM
(4/20/2014 10:31:00 AM) - Al
Herrera sticks around, Schafer to the DL, Overbay back as well.
4/20/2014 10:31:00 AM