Thursday, April 17, 2014

16/60 Reconstruction, Carlo Gomez

I want to draw your attention to the right side where it says "The needed words". 

I was reading guidelines for Social Media that Municipalities should know about, PARTICULARLY Facebook and blogs and how Municipalities with Facebook pages need to be concerned with open meeting laws, you don't have to have a quorum to get in trouble because there are such things as "walking quorums".  (Maybe a new show on AMC?  The Walking Quorums).

OH - did y'all see that a card (10 of spades??) picked the winner of a alderperson race in Baraboo? Seems two candidates were tied so it came down to picking a card.  I wonder if Columbus has a contingency plan for ties.

One thing I want to stress about the new Grocery Store - the council members that voted to wait on passing the zoning thing are NOT against the store.  All we want is to make sure everything is done correctly.  If we would have voted to pass it might have had ramifications throughout the town causing other problems in the future. (I'm talking out of semi-ignorance at the moment - still learning).

My view is if the problems are not fixed and not on paper that have been fixed, then they have not been fixed. Promises don't hold a lot of water in court.  Do you want a gentlemens club in that area?  It's a Industrial TIF area that is being used for commercial at the moment. This is fine as long as there is control of what "commercial" actually means.  Strip clubs are commercial, adult book stores are commercial - just sayin'.

Carlo Gomez and the Brewers.

If you look back a few years you will probably find that I'm been a Carlos fan from the very beginning. When he was traded to the Brewers for J.J. Hardy the one thing Minnesota people said was he was a human highlight reel in the outfield.

So I was looking at numbers and metrics yesterday and saw a few things.

Carlo Gomez, hands down, is the best CF in the majors defensively (and maybe offensively now).  Last year he led the majors in robbing Home Runs with 5 which by itself accounted for 8 runs saved, the next best was 2.  In the last 10 years since those records have been kept he is #2 in the majors (Tori Hunter has 1 more) at robbing home runs.

But wait - there is a metric introduced by John Dewan in The Fielding Bible that has "Defensive Runs Saved" which combines 7 other metrics which I won't go into because I don't really understand them . . . . yet.

Last year Carlos saved 38 runs on defense (0 is league average) leading the majors and in the last three years he has almost doubled the  amount of runs saved from the 2nd place dude Austin Jackson.

Of note is Rickie Weeks.  In the last 3 years Weeks is the worst second baseman in the world defensively letting 50 runs go past his glove. Dan Uggla is 2nd worst with 28.  Oh, Prince Fielder you ask?  Worst full time 1st basement. 

Of course we all know that Baseball Prospectus said that last years Brewers 1st base combination, offensively AND defensively was the worst "IN THE RECORDED HISTORY OF BASEBALL" (well, since 1900).   

Oh yea, Aramis Ramirez is the 3rd worst 3B in the last 3 years.

Interestingly enough the Brewer outfield was REALLY good.   Braun is 6th best in the majors, Gomez is THE best and Norichika Aoki was 5th best in the last 3 years. And one more thing is Martin Maldonado, 7th best defensive catcher in the majors.

A sidelight is range. A guy can have a GREAT glove but no range. 

When I played my 25 years of softball in the #2 league in Madison (small brag there, reminiscing, sorry) our 3B had a GREAT glove, but zero range.   Ricki Weeks, by far has the least range of all 2Ber's.   I almost forgot, Derek Jeter is the worst SS defensively. And if you are wondering Alcides Segura is  . . . . better then average (+4).

For my Phillie friend, Chase Utley is worse then average (-4) 2B, Jimmy Rollins is horrible, almost the worst (-15) Domonic Brown (-7) , Carlos Ruiz (+3).

Brewers regulars Weeks (-15), Segura (+4) Gomez (+38) Aoki (+13) Lucroy (-2)

16/60 Reconstruction

I attended the 16/60 Reconstruction and was sort of amazed at the scope.  I don't think a lot of people understand how BIG (and expensive - not covered last night for home owners) this is going to be.  It ain't just the highway going through town. No no.

The entire area around the KwikTrip is changing, hopefully that driveway to get to Pic-N-Save and KwikTrip will be a thing of the past  by moving that entrance down further.   The stop lights and lanes will change around Walgreens once a road is put in (yea, no roads there for a while).

Another section getting a overhaul is the Manning Street area shaded below.  This is going to be a contention point as some want that closed off completely and there are 4 different plans for this intersection.    

One thing I chuckled at was when the people from DOT were talking about all the trees along the corridor that were "in danger". 

In danger?  You mean they will be cut down right? Don't fall in love when your trees as they will soon have a big orange X on them.

The city will get a good amount of money to replace those trees.  For every tree chopped down we will get some big bucks to replace.  So if anybody wants to, now would be a good time to plant some fast growing trees.  >;-)

I'm on the task force for the strategic plan so if you have any comments, bring them in.  Once my new email address is running I can respond officially.  We really want feedback.

OK - I gotta drive walk to Beaver Dam for a new drivers license.  I realized last night that mine seems to have expired a month ago,  never got a letter or anything.

See ya