Alumni Birthdays – November 27

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Toast & Popcorn on me!

Toast & Popcorn on me!

Alumni Birthdays for November 27:
Jose Duran (’09) – 28
Candy Mercado (’75, ’76) – 57

Candy Mercado's Appleton Foxes Card from 1975

Candy Mercado’s Appleton Foxes Card from 1975

Alumni Birthdays – November 26

If you went into the Snake Pit Team Store during the 2014 season, you may have seen the rocking chair on display. Congratulations to Howard from Green Lake! He won that custom-made Timber Rattlers Rocking Chair!

Here’s Howard picking up the prize yesterday at the office.

That is pretty cool.

That is pretty cool.

Alumni Birthdays for November 26:
Cody Adams (’09) – 28
Kendall Bergdall (’05) – 32
Pete Duprey (’00) – 36
Enmanuel Ulloa (’98, ’99) – 36
Fernando Espino (’97, ’98, ’99) – 38
Hector Wagner (’89) – 46
Tom Lahrman (’85) – 50
Joseph Cook (’72, ’73) – 61

Cody Adams on the mound at Miller Park as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Cody Adams on the mound at Miller Park as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

From Stars to Shuckers – November 25, 2014

Biloxi Baseball announced the nickname of their team last night.

That's an oyster!

That’s an oyster!

Biloxi baseball gets a pearl of a name.

Shuckers general manager Buck Rogers did his best to pump up the crowd Monday before the curtains were pulled back to reveal the name and logo.

The colors: blue, coral and Biloxi Sand.

There were several different takes on the logo, but the main one features the shell of an oyster surrounding “Biloxi Shuckers” and two eyes peering out.

It seems like a simple design, but Rogers said there was a lot of background work that went into the logo.

“At first, people outside this market are going to say, ‘What’s a Shucker?'” Rogers said. “You have to explain it to them. If you’re not from Nebraska, you ask

‘What’s a husker?’ The people down here picked (Shuckers), justified it. They put in all the input on it. The locals didn’t have an owner come in and say ‘Name the team this.’ This was a community team since from jump street. We’re really pleased.”

Reaction on Facebook…mixed.

The Shuckers are the Southern League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  So, Welcome to the family, Biloxi!

Posting will be light over the next few days.  But, I will be putting up the alumni birthdays every from Wednesday through Sunday.  Regular posting will return on December 1.  Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Alumni Birthdays for November 25:
Elvin Nina (Pitching Coach, ’14) – 39
Karl Drezek (’88, ’89) – 49
Mark Davis (’86) – 50
Bucky Dent (’70, ’71) – 63

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.

Timber Rattlers Alumni Report Winter Leagues – Games through 11/23/14

Time to check in on the Winter Leagues and how the Timber Rattlers alumni are doing across the globe.

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (9-7, T-2nd):
Craig Anderson (’00): 4 games, 4 starts, 2-2, 3.00ERA, 27.0IP, 8BB, 24K

Melbourne Aces (4-8, 6th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (16-13, T-2nd)
Edward Paredes (’08): 11 games, 0-2, 6.75ERA, 4.0IP, 2BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 12 games, 0-0, 4.38ERA, 12.1IP, 5BB, 10K

Estrellas de Oriente (18-10, 1st):
Juan Diaz (’08): 18 games, .259/.310/.333, 0HR, 8RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 7 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 3.55ERA, 25.1IP, 8BB, 12K

Gigantes del Cibao (15-13, 4th):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 17 games, .315/.479/.685, 6HR, 10RBI

Tigres del Licey (11-18, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 9 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (8-8, 4th):
Omar Garcia (’14): 8 games, .091/.167/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 16 games, .167/.220/.315, 2HR, 11RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 4 games, 4 starts, 1-1, 3.47ERA, 23.1IP, 0BB, 9K

Criollos de Caguas (10-7, 2nd):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 4 games, 4 starts, 2-1, 4.82, 18.2IP, 6BB, 10K

Gigantes de Carolina (8-7, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 16 games, .183/.279/.317, 2HR, 6RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 7 games, 0-1, 5.40ERA, 8.1IP, 2BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (10-6, 1st):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 4 games, 4 starts, 0-1, 1.65ERA, 16.1IP, 6BB, 14K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (26-11, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 8 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 2.57ERA, 35.0IP, 2BB, 23K

Bravos de Margarita (12-26, 8th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 6 games, 6 starts, 0-4, 5.04ERA, 25.0IP, 6BB, 20K
Greg Holle (’11): 15 games, 0-2, 1 Save, 4.91ERA, 11.0IP, 7BB,2K

Cardenales de Lara (17-22, 6th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 9 games, 6 starts, 2-4, 3.42ERA, 26.1IP, 6BB, 27K

Caribes de Anzoategui (27-11, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 35 games, .281/.364/.533, 7HR, 26RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (17-18, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 17 games, .174/.321/.304, 1HR, 7RBI

Tigres de Aragua (20-16, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 14 games, 1-0, 0.71ERA, 12.2IP, 5BB, 5K

Alumni Birthdays for November 24:
Chris McFarland (’13, ’14) – 22
Maximo Mendez (’08) – 28
Hawkeye Wayne (’01) – 37
Rafael Santo Domingo (Hitting Coach, ’08) – 59
Jim Smith (’90) – 47
Randy Velarde (’86) – 51
Fred Beene (’64) – 71

Chris McFarland on Star Wars Night, 2014.

Chris McFarland on Star Wars Night, 2014.

There once was a Calliope – November 21, 2014

This week’s Flashback Friday is…amazing.

The letter in the Flashback calls the item depicted below as a ‘Calliola’….But, a google search of Calliola brings up somewhere in Finland.  We will stick with calliope.  Yes. part of the marketing plan for the Appleton Foxes was a calliope.

Here are full sized pictures of the Foxes Calliope from the late 1960’s. As always….click for the full-sized pictures.

I wish there were a color photo of this.

I wish there were a color photo of this.

Left to right: Ed Holtz, Business Manager of the Appleton Club; Ed Rosenthal, Business Manager – Wisconsin Rapids; Ray Burchell, President of Wisconsin Rapids Club; Jim Doster, President of Midwest League; Fritz Colschen, General Manager Clinton Club; Jim Choudoir, Appleton Director; and Walter Wagner, Vice President of League.

Left to right: Ed Holtz, Business Manager of the Appleton Club; Ed Rosenthal, Business Manager – Wisconsin Rapids; Ray Burchell, President of Wisconsin Rapids Club; Jim Doster, President of Midwest League; Fritz Colschen, General Manager Clinton Club; Jim Choudoir, Appleton Director; and Walter Wagner, Vice President of League.

Alumni Birthdays for November 21:
Jeff Perez (’02) – 36
Mike Mason (Pitching Coach ’91, ’92) – 56

Alumni Birthdays for November 22:
Greg Hopkins (’11, ’12) – 26
Eddy Fernandez (’07) – 28
Lindsay Gullin (’98) – 38
Gene Walter (’90) – 54
Mike Henley (’83) – 55

Alumni Birthdays for November 23:
Karl Drezek (’88, ’89) – 49
Fred Blackwelder (’67, ’68) – 68
Jerry Nyman (’66) – 72
John Griffin (’61) – 75
Jack MeKeon (Manager, ’59) – 84

Miscellaneous Snow – November 19, 2014

Not anywhere near as much snow as Buffalo has received.  Still.

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The season is coming.

Michael Saunders turns 28 today and the former Timber Rattler has changed agents as his name has come up in trade talks.

Michael Saunders as a Rattler in 2006.

Michael Saunders as a Rattler in 2006.

Click that link to get caught up on the story. But, here’s the interesting part:

[It] began back in October with a series of bizarre comments from Jack Zduriencik during a year-end press conference and ensuing radio appearances, comments first highlighted here on this site. Zduriencik, at the time, called Saunders’ off-season work into question and wondered aloud if some of his injuries might have been avoidable with certain preparation.

Saunders agent at the time, Michael McCann of Frye-McCann Sports, fired back at the organization in a piece published by Jason Churchill at CBS Seattle, and further elaborated in a lengthy story from Ryan Divish at the Seattle Times.

That was as public as it got, one side throwing jabs and the other punching right back. But from the start, it never seemed to fit. There were theories that it was all posturing in advance of arbitration hearings, but the level of animosity involved went beyond what most would normally expect—which is not much.

Still, it was difficult not to wonder if the initial comments on the organization’s end, which seemingly came out of nowhere, were public blowback over something that to that point had remained private. When the original piece first went public here, there were whispers at the time that there’d been an ongoing dialogue between McCann and the organization over Saunders’ role.

The story continues with this:

Way back when McCann’s first comments went public, to Churchill, it was on the very same day MLB.com had some language directly from Saunders himself, saying that he wanted to be an everyday guy, and the initial comments from Zduriencik and McClendon (who said in the piece that Saunders’ numbers were that of a starter, but that he just needed to stay healthy) were “motivation to work hard this offseason and come back even better next year.”

Keep an eye on this during the next few weeks since the Winter Meetings begin after Thanksgiving.

Alumni Birthdays for November 19:
Dan Merklinger (’09) – 29
Michael Saunders (’06) – 28
Mickey Myers (’97) – 40
Andy Sheets (’93) – 43
Bob Shank (’53) – Would have been 80

Dan Merklinger in 2009.

Dan Merklinger in 2009.

I’ll be taking tomorrow off from blogging so here are the Alumni Birthdays for November 20:
Chad Pierce (’12) – 27
Russ Morgan (’01) – 37
Steve Peck (Pitching Coach, ’95-96) – 47
Herm Starrette (’61) – 76
Ray Powell (Manager, ’46) – Would have been 126

Chad Pierce as a Rattler in 2012.

Chad Pierce as a Rattler in 2012.

Fall League Wrap – November 18, 2014

Jim Callis of MLB.com has this complete review of the players who stood out from the crowd in the 2014 Arizona Fall League.

This is what he notes about a pair of Brewers prospects:

Best Performance: Left-handed reliever Michael Strong recorded a 1.98 ERA, two saves and 14 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. He isn’t especially physical at 6 feet and 195 pounds, but he can run his fastball up to 94 mph and backs it up with a hard curveball.

Best Prospect: Outfielder Tyrone Taylor posted a .271/.315/.306 slash line and was the AFL’s toughest player to strike out, with one whiff every 13.3 plate appearances. His biggest assets are his speed, center-field defense and line-drive hitting.

In random…and I do mean random…alumni news over the past weekend.  Look at who turned up to talk to the Milwaukee Bucks before their game against the Heat in Miami on Sunday:

And what did they talk about?  Jim Paschke had this tweet:

There was a Jersey Chaser winner yesterday.

Mehring Monday looked at The Traded, the four 2014 Timber Rattlers to be traded by the Brewers this year.

The Mascots recreated a scene from A Christmas Story…really.

Alumni Birthdays for November 18:
Michael Reed (’13) – 22
Tony Butler (’07, ’10) – 27
Mike Hrynio (’04) – 32
David Ortiz (’96) – 39
Tom Gordon (’88) – 47
Don Carr (’85) – 52
Diego Melendez (’80) – 56

Tom Gordon at Goodland Field in 1988.

Tom Gordon at Goodland Field in 1988.

David Ortiz in 1996

David Ortiz in 1996

Alumni Report – November 17, 2014

A thin blanket of snow on the field at the stadium greets you on Monday morning.
November 17 2014 Snow

Arizona Fall League:
Glendale Desert Dogs (14-15-2, 3rd place West):
Clint Coulter (’13): 7 games, .174/.269/.304; 1HR, 3RBI
Nick Ramirez (’12): 19 games, .214/.286/.317, 3HR, 8RBI
Tyrone Taylor (’13): 21 games, .271/.315/.306, 0HR, 7RBI
Shawn Zarraga (’09): 9 games, .355/.444/.355, 0HR, 5RBI
Brooks Hall (’11): 8 games, 2 starts, 1-0, 3.38ERA, 18.2IP, 3BB, 13K
Mike Strong (’13): 11 games, 1-0, 2 saves, 1.98ERA, 13.2IP, 3BB, 14K
Tyler Wagner (’13): 9 games, 0-1, 1 save, 7.43ERA, 13.1IP, 7BB, 7K
Wei-Chung Wang (’14): 6 games, 6 starts, 2-0, 2.74ERA, 23.0IP, 2BB, 12K

The Arizona Fall League ended on Saturday.  I’ll have a link tomorrow on how some of the Brewers prospects did down there.

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (7-5, 2nd):
Craig Anderson (’00): 3 games, 3 starts, 2-1, 2.14ERA, 21.0IP, 7BB, 17K

Melbourne Aces (2-6, 6th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (14-9, 1st):
Edward Paredes (’08): 9 games, 0-1, 0.00ERA, 3.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 11 games, 0-0, 3.09ERA, 11.2IP, 4BB, 10K

Estrellas de Oriente (12-10, 3rd):
Juan Diaz (’08): 14 games, .286/.333/.333, 0HR, 6RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 5 games, 4 starts, 1-1, 4.50ERA, 16.0IP, 6BB, 7K

Gigantes del Cibao (12-12, 4th):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 13 games, .326/.474/.744, 6HR, 8RBI

Tigres del Licey (10-14, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 9 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (7-4, 1st):
Omar Garcia (’14): 7 games, .125/.222/.125, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 11 games, .216/.231/.432, 2HR, 11RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 3 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 3.24ERA, 16.2IP, 0BB, 7K

Criollos de Caguas (6-6, 4th):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 3 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 5.40, 13.1IP, 3BB, 7K

Gigantes de Carolina (7-6, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 13 games, .200/.310/.360, 2HR, 6RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 7 games, 0-1, 5.40ERA, 8.1IP, 2BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (7-5, 2nd):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 3 games, 3 starts, 0-1, 2.38ERA, 11.1IP, 5BB, 10K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (23-8, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 7 games, 5 starts, 2-0, 2.17ERA, 29.0IP, 2BB, 19K

Bravos de Margarita (10-22, 7th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 6 games, 6 starts, 0-4, 5.04ERA, 25.0IP, 6BB, 20K
Greg Holle (’11): 13 games, 0-2, 1 Save, 5.59ERA, 9.2IP, 5BB,2K

Cardenales de Lara (13-20, 6th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 8 games, 6 starts, 2-3, 11.57ERA, 25.1IP, 5BB, 26K

Caribes de Anzoategui (24-8, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 30 games, .294/.368/.571, 7HR, 22RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (14-15, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 14 games, .179/.319/.256, 0HR, 4RBI

Tigres de Aragua (19-11, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 12 games, 1-0, 0.82ERA, 11.0IP, 5BB, 4K

Alumni Birthdays for November 17:
Mike Strong (’12, ’13) – 26
Roy Wells (’01) – 36
Ty Kovach (’93) – 46
Don Lindsey (’90) – 47
Kent Torve (’84, ’85) – 52
Mike Maitland (’78-’80, ’82) – 55

Mike Strong

Mike Strong

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Releases – November 14, 2014

In case you missed it earlier this week, the Brewers announced some releases from their minor league system.

There was also this:

To unwrap the former Timber Rattlers from those names:

Josh Prince (’09)
Greg Hopkins (’11, ’12)
Chad Pierce (’12)
Max Walla (’12, ’13)
Jose Sermo (’13)

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Brewerfan.net has a write-up on all of the players mentioned, including the reminder that Max Walla was converted to pitcher this past year.

Good luck, guys.

Alumni Birthdays for November 14:
Stan Posluszny (’06) – 32
Jim Chrisman (’90, ’91) – 44
Scott Budner (Pitching Coach ’01) – 58

Jim Chrisman

Alumni Birthdays for November 15:
Efrain Nieves (’09, ’10) – 25
Jeremy Dutton (’04) – 34
Kevin Gryboski (’96) – 41
Harry Heller (’41) – Would have been 96
Roy Eberly (1910) – Would have been 131

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Alumni Birthdays for November 16:
Greg Holle (’11) – 26
Buster Narum (’60) – Would have been 74

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Jersey What Now? – November 13, 2014

Today seems like a good day to recap a video from the production gnomes.

Keep your eyes on @TimberRattlers and the Timber Rattlers facebook page for details on Jersey Chaser from Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21.

Alumni Birthdays for November 13:
Chad Robinson (’10) – 27
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05) – 29
Andy Augustine (’95) – 42
Ben Lee (’87) – 47
Leslie Davis (’52) – 83

Ben Lee

Asdrubal Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera as a Timber Rattler in 2005.

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