Archive for ‘Baseball’

January 2, 2011

2011 predictions

by thoughtfulconservative

I don’t think I’ve ever done this before and thought it might be fun to try. Probably won’t be anything startling here, and you won’t find anything as detailed as James Wigderson’s, but, hey, I’m new to the game.

Now where did I put that crystal ball…

World:

  • Tensions between North and South Korea will remain high, but no hot war will break out.
  • Iran will continue to extend the middle finger to the world over its nuclear program.
  • Withdrawal from Iraq will happen as planned. The country will continue “in peace,” much to the chagrin of Republicans.
  • Afghanistan, on the other hand, will continue to struggle, as far as seeing a truce and shared government with the Taliban.

National:

I don’t see any big legislation coming out of the next session of Congress since the House is controlled by Republicans and the Senate and presidency is still in Democratic hands. But then again who would’ve thought that the lame duck session would have passed so much?

  • First, despite all the hoopla by conservatives about repealing ObamaCare, nothing will happen.
  • On the economic front, numbers will continue to stagnate with some slight improvement; sometimes the numbers will be good, sometimes bad.
  • As the economic numbers stagnate so will Obama’s approval numbers.
  • The campaign for 2012 will begin to heat up by the end of the year. Republican candidates will start their campaigns, probably Huckabee, Palin and Romney. No one on the Democratic side, except the very dark horse will challenge Obama.

Wisconsin:

This really depends on how the Legislature and Scott Walker get along and agree on priorities. We’ve already seen some of this. Walker’s team would like to get going on job creation. The Legislature has indicated they want to do some work on Voter ID and Concealed Carry among other things.

  • The budget and how Scott Walker balances it while holding firm on tax breaks will continue to be criticized by the WHM (Walker Hate Machine).
  • Jobs will be a disappointment falling short of Walker’s goal of 250,000.
  • Scandal will continue to plague Walker’s team, not a lot of proof will come out, but there will be plenty of noise.

Waukesha:

How hard is this? Mayor Scrima, the Common Council and the city administrator will continue to give entertainment to all who keep watch on the city’s business. Water will continue to be an issue as well as the mayor plunging through the city’s business like a bull in a china closet. Almost makes me wish I would have run for Chris Hernadez’s seat on the council…

Sports:

  • Brewers. Sorry, no playoffs again. They do find the .500 mark finishing 83-79. Greinke has a great first half, may even make the All-Star squad, but fades in the second half.
  • Packers. After narrowly missing the playoffs this year, develop a running game next year and easily make the playoffs, but not the Super Bowl.
  • Bucks. Well, they will continue to be the Bucks. Up and down. And missing the playoffs.
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June 17, 2010

So whatever happened to that minor league team coming to Waukesha?

by thoughtfulconservative

I thought about it last evening when I was at Frame Park watching the Badgerland Ski Team perform. There was also a high school baseball game going on and a Christian gathering at the same time.

Needless to say parking was at a premium. And there wasn’t anywhere near the 3,000 that was projected for the new team when they played. At least according to my poor estimating skills.

Not all parking areas were being used. I doubt that lot at the corner of White Rock and Niagara was being used. And there may have been some other places.

But every where else was pretty much full.

So anyway, back to the team. We know that initially the recession kept them from expanding. The team still has a web site, although there is no mention of Waukesha in the Northwoods League’s expansion plans.

And then I thought, “Hey, I bet James has some news,” and sure enough, I found this,

“The plans are on hold until at least 2011. Mayor Larry Nelson said he has conversed with Chad Bauer, who is to build the stadium for a Northwoods League baseball team. Bauer has not secured financing to build the stadium. Even if he does Nelson said the stadium would not be ready for baseball until 2011. The Common Council has to re-approve an agreement with Bauer in order for the stadium to be built.”

So there you have it. Bauer has to come up with financing and Common Council has to re-approve.

I don’t think that will be happening any time soon.

January 9, 2009

San Diego writers on Hoffman

by thoughtfulconservative

Both said it was the money. First,

Even after 554 saves, it’s hard to justify paying a pitcher who worked 45 1/3 innings last season nearly 10 percent of a last-place team’s payroll. It would be like using Krugerrands to balance the legs of a wobbly kitchen table, or renting a Porsche to deliver pizza.

Second,

The Padres, under a mandate by owner John Moores to reduce payroll by about 40 percent, did not make another offer to Hoffman. If the 41-year-old pitcher passes a physical next week, the end of his Padres tenure will be official.

And they had a closer in the wings,

Padres manager Bud Black has said that Heath Bell, the team’s eighth-inning specialist, likely would move into the closer’s job in 2009.

He also brings intangibles,

“We are losing a guy that is a professional at a level that is over and above anybody else,” [Padres trainer Todd] Hutcheson said. “I have seen it in this clubhouse, the way he goes about his business and relates to people. We are going to miss him a lot. There is going to be a big void here.”

And

Padres pitcher Chris Young said, …”He set a great example for a lot of people, had a very positive impact on a lot of guys’ careers, whether he knows it or not. He is really going to be genuinely missed.”

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January 3, 2009

2008 Tampa Bay Rays year in review

by thoughtfulconservative

Rays Index takes a look at 2008, the year in which Tampa Bay not only reached the .500 mark but won the AL East and AL crowns.

Might as well enjoy it, the way the Yankees are loading up.

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January 2, 2009

Mid-Pinellas site in mix for new Rays stadium

by thoughtfulconservative

Via the St. Petersburg Times

A vacant block in the Gateway area of St. Petersburg is emerging as a potential new home for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The site, 15 acres in the Carillon office complex, would be closer to Tampa and north Pinellas County than either Tropicana Field or the failed proposal for Al Lang Field.

The Carillon location also has twice as many people within a 30-minute drive than either downtown St. Petersburg site, according to an internal report released by the Rays.

The other sites in the mix for the new stadium in addition to the Carillon property are

Al Lang Field, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport, the Toytown landfill, the former sod farm property south of Valpak off Interstate 275, and Derby Lane.

I’ve got a Google map of the sites here.

The report by the ABC (A Baseball Committee) is here (part one and part two, both PDF files). These reports take an in-depth look at all the sites. It states at the outset,

By 2012, Tropicana Field will be the 5th oldest stadium in all of MLB, behind Fenway Park (1912) in Boston, Wrigley Field (1914) in Chicago, Dodger Stadium (1962) in Los Angeles, and the Rogers Centre (1989) in Toronto.

Wow. Of course, the stadium was part of the Tampa Bay Area’s “Build it and they will come” effort in the early 90’s, before finally landing the Devil Rays in 98.

The Times reports in a separate blog that the Rays stadium site, www.majorleaguedowntown.com. The web site now directs traffic to the Rays’ official web site, www.raysbaseball.com.

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November 15, 2008

Yankees’ offer baffles Melvin

by thoughtfulconservative

It does? Why?

This is the Yankees’ organization we’re talking about, right? Aren’t they known for signing players to rich contracts?

Twenty three and 1/3 million is not that big a jump from the $20 million reportedly offered by the Brewers.

And wasn’t Melvin the GM for the Rangers when they signed A-Rod to what was viewed as a ridiculously high contract?

Which CC will the Brewers (or Yankees) get? First half of last year? Or second half of last year?