Wednesday, June 01, 2011


I wouldn't know if any of these rules are close to true or not.

The Rules of Engagement

Marine Corps Rules: 
1.   Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2.   Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
3.   Have a plan.
4.   Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work.
5.   Be polite.  Be professional.  But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6.   Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a '4.'
7.   Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.  Ammo is cheap.  Life is expensive.
8.   Move away from your attacker.  Distance is your friend.  (Lateral and diagonal preferred.)
9.   Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10. Flank your adversary.  When possible, protect yours.
11. Always cheat; always win.  The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. In ten years, nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot..
US Army Rules: 
1.  Curse bitterly when receiving operational order.
2.  Make sure there is extra ammo and extra coffee.
3.  Curse bitterly.
4.  Curse bitterly.
5.  Do not listen to 2nd LTs; it can get you killed.
6.  Curse bitterly.
US Air Force Rules: 
1.  Have a cocktail.
2.  Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.
3.  See what's on HBO.
4.  Ask 'What is a gunfight?'
5.  Request more funding from Congress with a 'killer' Power Point presentation.
6.  Wine and dine  "key' Congressmen, invite DOD and defense industry executives.
7.  Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.
8.   Declare the assets 'strategic' and never deploy them operationally.
9.   Hurry to make 13:45 tee-time.10. Make sure the base is as far as possible from the conflict, but close enough to have tax exemption.
US Navy Rules: 
1. Go to Sea.
2. Drink Coffee.
3. Deploy Marines

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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Kyle Crick 6-4,220 RHP Power pitcher in the Matt Cain mold. High K-rate comes with High BB-rate. Low 90's FB with sink. Can be a top of the rotation starter once command/control issues ironed out. Mechanics are sound.
  • 2. Chris Stratton 6-3, 185 RHP Mississippi State Decent four-pitch mix, solid pitching frame. Can run FB to 94 MPH with movement. Throws SL/CB, with the slider the better of the two.
  • 3. Clayton Blackburn 6-3, 220 RHP Good low 90's FB with sink, excellent command of stuff, good secondary pitches. His 8.64 K/BB ratio is off the charts efficient.
  • 4. Heath Hembree 6-4,210 RHP from Coastal Carolina with 98MPH FB, has closer stuff, secondary pitches may need more work. Could rise fast.
  • 5. Joe Panik SS/2B Has shown well with the bat and can play SS if Crawford wilts or 2B if Sanchez stays on the DL too long.
  • 6. Edwin Escobar 6-1, 185 LHP Sinker - slider pitcher can run it up to 94 MPH. Good curve as well, mixes pitches well.
  • 7. Aldaberto Mejia 6-3,195 LHP Throws strikes and mixes pitches well. Good secondary stuff, projects as middle rotation guy. Keeps ball down and gets outs.
  • 8. Andrew Susac 6-2, 210 C 2011 2nd rounder good eye, K-rate is a bit high. Has decent power and solid glove.
  • 9. Christian Arroyo SS very efficient with the bat, good hitting approach, test will be how he handles advanced pitching
  • _10. Martin Agosta 6-1, 180 RHP FB up to 94 mph with some sink. Plus secondary stuff, shows ability to mix pitches.
  • _11. Ty Blach LHP Glavine comps will give him a chance to rise fast.
  • _12. Mac Williamson 6-4, 240 OF Wake Forestt grad with five-tool potential if he hits advanced pitching.
  • _13. Gustavo Cabrera 6-0, 190 OF INTL signee, 16 year-old compared to Justin Upton.
  • _14. Joan Gregorio 6-7, 180 RHP potential closer material
  • _15. Ehire Adrianza 6-1, 155 SS Switch hitting, slick fielder. Hits just enough, good contact. Bat still a ??, patience (9% BB-Rate) with no pop. Can steal bases, great range, solid hands and good arm for SS.
  • _16. Ryder Jones 3B polished bat with some pop. Good athleticism for the corner IF
  • _17. Steven Okert 6-3, 210 LHP Oklahoma product, another power lefty prospect.
  • _18. Bryan Ragira 1B Stanford grad shows some nice power.
  • _19. Keury Mella RHP Dominican signee is really opening eyes with a nice power arm
  • _20. Derek Law RHP power arm with some deceptiveness in his delivery, copuld be a dark horse to contribute in 2014
  • _21. Kendry Flores RHP very efficient pitcher, could also move fast

2014 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede RHP 6-4, 215 Vanderbilt Easy mid 90's FB, three pitch mix FB-CB-CH all plus pitches. Projects as top of rotation guy
  • 2. Carlos Rodon LHP 6-3, 230 North Carolina State Mid to upper 90's FB with a five pitch arsenal that he commands well. Two plus pitches, FB and SL.
  • 3. Trea Turner SS 6-2 North Carolina State Speedy, slick fielding SS with developing power
  • 4. Michael Cederoth RHP 6-6, 210 San Diego State Touches 100 MPH with 80+ slider and plus change
  • 5. Sean Newcomb 6-5, 240 LHP Hartford Reaches 95 on the FB needs work with command and secondary pitches
  • 6. Jeff Hoffman 6-4, 190 RHP East Carolina COmbines a FB that touches 97 with CB-CH mix that are near plus pitches. Workhorse, goes deep into games.
  • 7. Nick Burdi 6-4, 215 RHP Louisville Mid to high 90's FB is shooting up the charts. Two pitch arsenal, projects as solid closer.
  • 8. Aaron Nola 6-2 RHP LSU Control pitcher with low 90's FB that sinks. Deceptive change-up. Best pure pitcher in college ranks.

2014 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Jacob Gatewood 6-5, 190 SS/OF Clovis HS (CA) Size generates a ton of bat speed and power and Troy Tulowitzki comps, has a mid-90's plus arm. Commit to USC.
  • 2. Touki Toussaint 6-2 RHP Coral Springs (FL) Electric FB reaches 96-97 MPH with movement and plus CB
  • 3. Jack Flaherty 6-4, 200 3B/RHP Harvard-Westlake (CA) Has great power potential as hitter with plus bat speed. Decent speed but corner IF. Commit to North Carolina
  • 4. Kel Johnson 6-4, 210 OF Home School (GA) Power bat out of East Cobb (GA) hotbed, commit to Georgia Tech
  • 5. Braxton Davidson 6-3, 215 OF T.C. Robertson HS (NC) One of top hitters in draft, tremendous bat speed combined with an advanced approach to hitting. Good pitch recognition, strong OF arm.
  • 6. Alex Jackson 6-2, 200 C Rancho Bernardo HS (CA) Tremendous power and 1.8 pop time (plus major league avg) get attention. Solid, athletic defender. Commit to Oregon.
  • 7. Nicholas Gordon 6-2, 175 SS/RHP Olympia HS (FL) Two-way player low 90's FB and slick glove at SS. If he hits, he stays at SS. Has a hot on the mound as well. Son of former major leaguer Tom Gordon. Commit to Florida State.
  • 8. Justin Smith 6-2, 200 OF Bartram Trail HS (FL) Five-tool player, has 92 MPH arm and 6.9-60yd plus speed. Excellent bat speed, hitting approach still raw.
  • 9. Tyler Kolek 6-6, 250 RHP Shepherd (TX) FB cruises at 91-94 and touches 97. Long-limbed and athletic, commit to Texas Christian.
  • Brady Aiken 6-4, 205 LHP/OF Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) Pitchers build, touches 93 FB, keeps ball down. Two-way player, commit to UCLA.
  • Brandon Murray 6-4, 200 RHP Hobert HS (IN) Strong arm 92-94 FB reaches 95 at times. Athletic pitcher, strong lower half. Slider is effective, change work in progress. Max effort delivery hurts repeat-ability. South Carolina commit.
  • Derek Hill 6-1, 175 OF Elk Grove HS (CA) Dad is Dodgers scout, knowledgeable about the game. Runs 6.4 60yd and 4.1 home to first from right side. Plus defender with average arm. Quick bat, line drive stroke. Gap hitter makes solid contact and good decision at plate.
  • Keaton McKinney 6-5, 220 RHP Ankeny HS (IA) Physical pitcher with whippy arm action out of 3/4 slot. FB cruise at 89-92 touching 93. Arkansas commit.
  • Luis Ortiz 6-3, 210 RHP Sanger HS (CA) Strong lower body, cruise FB at 92-95 and touches 97. Throws strikes and sinks ball well. Commit to Fresno State.
  • Sean Reid-Foley 6-3, 210 RHP Sandalwood HS (FL) FB criuse in the 91-94 range with some run. Athletic, long stride delivery. CB-SL-CH are workable. Florida State commit.

2014 Top Tampa Bay Area High School Baseball Players

  • Alexander Faedo 6-5, 210 RHP/1B Alonso HS Projectable frame, FB up to 94, cruises 90-94, Univ of Florida signee.
  • Cobi Johnson 6-4,175 RHP Jenkins HS (New Port Richey) Really interesting RHP, Low 90's FB, with more in tank. Plus CB, good athleticism, Florida State signee
  • Hunter Van Horn 6-3,190 LHP Jesuit HS Throws 92 MPH FB LSU commit
  • Keith Weisenberg 6-4,195 RHP Osceola HS Projectable, keeps getting better each time out. Up to 92 at PG National. Extremely high ceiling. Stanford signee
  • Ryan McCullers 5-11,195 C Jesuit HS 1.80 pop time

2014 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects (NW Suburban Chicago Area)

  • Collin Ridout SS Johnsburg HS
  • Darius Day 6-0, 190 OF Simeon Academy Toolsy propect, 6.7 60yd with 90MPH lefty arm. Arizona commit
  • Jake Godfrey 6-3, 215 RHP Providence Catholic HS Low 90 FB with CB-SL and change mix. Notre Dame commit.
  • Laren Eustace 5-9, 165 LHP/OF Batavia HS Speedy 6.6 60yd OF throws 90MPH from left side as well.
  • Mark Skonieczny C/OF Huntley
  • Nathan Haacker C Sycamore HS
  • Ryan Nutof 6-2, 185 RHP/SS South Elgin HS High 80's FB, should touch low 90's by senior campaign. Lefty bat
  • Tyler Hasper RHP Waubonsie Valley HS