September 2010

A few for the morning

Still getting the hang of the new place, but it seems to be working pretty well. The plan is to have a full slate of posts starting next week.  Right now, I am in the process of moving my office at the ballpark to the radio booth full time.  I figured that since I spend most of my time out there, might as well make it permanent.


I missed a former Rattler on the roster of a playoff team.  But, that is only because he was activated yesterday after the post went up on the blog. (I like that excuse. I may need to use it again at some point in the future.)

Mark Lowe (’05) came off the 60-Day DL yesterday and faced the Mariners…which is a little weird…but, this entry on Buster Olney’s twitter feed caught my eye.

Scouts raving
about the Rangers’ Mark Lowe, who made his first outing since May and
was clocked 94-95. Could be a factor in october.

The Dallas Morning-News is a little bit more…subdued.

The Rangers activated right-hander Mark Lowe from the 60-day disabled list, and he pitched one inning against the Mariners, allowing one hit and striking out two.

It was Lowe’s first appearance since May 2, as he underwent surgery on his lower back in June.

“It’s good to be around the team again,” Lowe said. “The only
thing I can do is go out and do my job and let the people that
make the decisions make the decisions.”

Lowe is expected to pitch Friday and Sunday, and the Rangers haven’t ruled him out as a playoff option.

“He’s got two more chances,” Washington said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Speaking of pitching, remember Leury Bonilla? He was a position player for the Rattlers in 2007 and picked up a save in a game at Fort Wayne…Don’t ask. It was an odd game.

Well, I missed this in the scramble and the downtime at the end of the season.  He played all nine positions in the final game of the regular season for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.

His box score line is pretty impressive, reading CF-LF-RF-2B-SS-3B-1B-C-P as he worked his way around the diamond.

Once he got to the mound in the ninth, he needed only 10 pitches to
close out Chattanooga and wrap up a comfortable 8-0 win for West Tenn.
He even collected a strikeout in the process, but that batter, Jamie
Pedroza, shouldn’t feel too bad. Bonilla actually has something of a
record as a strikeout pitcher, with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 career innings

Though others have accomplished the nine positions in nine innings feat
before Bonilla, he’ll be the last West Tenn Diamond Jaxx player to
accomplish the feat. For after Sunday’s game, the franchise announced it will be known as the Jackson Generals starting next spring.

He also homered and had a sacrifice fly in the game.

Into the postseason

There are two playoff spots left in the National League (the West & the Wild Card).

Of the six teams already in the 2010 MLB playoffs, four have players with some experience playing for the Timber Rattlers (or the Foxes).

New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94)
Minnesota Twins: Brian Fuentes (’97)
Tampa Bay Rays: Rafael Soriano (’00)
Philadelphia Phillies: Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94) & Greg Dobbs (’02)

The Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers have no ex-Rattlers players on the roster.

Of the three National League teams still alive for the postseason (Atlanta, San Francisco, & San Diego), only Atlanta Braves (with Eric O’Flaherty…and Menasha native Erik Hinske) has an ex-Rattler on their roster.

Speaking of Hinske, check out this post at Big League Stew on Hinske and his big hit for the Braves last night and for his propensity in appearing in the World Series and for a very accurate Back to the Future II reference.

And a few more things

This was covered elsewhere and much earlier, but Jake Odorizzi and Erik Komatsu recently won the Brewers awards for Minor League Pitcher and Minor League Player of the Year.  Odorizzi was a Rattler this year and Komatsu was – briefly due to injuries – a Rattler last year.

We received the DVD of the Odorizzi/Adrian Rosario no-hitter from the Kernels while I was on vacation.  The production crew is working on highlights.  When it is done, there will be a link.

Did you see the results of the Brewers Sunday Jersey Auction?



News round up of the last few weeks


There is a new Midwest League ChampionThe Lake County Captains beat the Clinton LumberKings in Game Five and captured the MWL Pennant in their first season in the league.  Here is the final out of the Midwest League season.

Depending on how you look at it, that may have been Game Six.  Why? Because Game Two in Clinton went 18 innings.

The Kansas City Royals are now the parent club of the Kane County Cougars.

The Oakland Athletics are now the parent club of the Burlington Bees.

It is noted that this is not the first time Burlington has been affiliated with the Athletics.

The A’s were the Bees’ affiliate from 1963-74. During that time,
Burlington won its first league championship in 1965 and saw a number of
future big leaguers play at Community Field, players that became part
of the nucleus of the A’s three World Series titles from 1972-74.
Included in the list of future major-leaguers Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Rene
Lachemann, Chet Lemon and Claudell Washington.

See. History.

MWL Executive of the Year? Clinton’s Ted Tornow.

Brewers Farm System News:

Helena Brewers are the Pioneer League championsTeam chemistry was important.

The Brewers are staying affiliated with Huntsville in the Southern League and with Nashville in the PCL.

Alumni News:

Jeremy Jeffress (’10) picked up his first MLB win and Lorenzo Cain (’09) hit his first MLB home run.

Anthony Varvaro (’07) and Greg Halman (’07) have made their MLB debuts with the Seattle Mariners.

Shin-soo Choo (’02) has been on a roll.

The Tacoma Rainiers won the PCL Championship.  Mike Wilson (’05) was the series MVP.  Ryan Feierabend (’04) had a lot to do with it, too.  But, the Rainiers lost to Columbus in the Triple-A Title game.

Tacoma got through the first round of the PCL playoffs thanks to a really, really weird play.

one out and Mike Wilson on first base, Jose Yepez hit a grounder that
Sacramento shortstop Eric Sogard dived for and snagged, flipping to
second baseman Corey Wimberly, who then threw to Everidge at first.

But the umpire had called Wilson safe at second, something Everidge failed to notice.

it was an inning-ending double play, Everidge flipped the ball into the
crowd. By rule, a ball that goes out of play allows a runner to move up
two bases.

In this case, Wilson trotted home with what turned out to be the game-winning run.

I saw Tommy throw the ball in the stands, the shortstop said, ‘Well, I
guess that’s it, you might as well go to home plate,’ ” Wilson said.
“That’s when I found out what actually happened. That’s a first.”

Yep. Weird.

The Arizona Fall League starts on Tuesday, October 12.  The Brewers are sending their players to the Surprise Rafters.  Former Rattlers Pitching coach Brad Holman (’02-’05) will be working with Dan Merklinger (’09), Jeremy Jeffress (’10), and Mike Fiers (’09).  Brett Lawrie (’09) is also slated to play for the Rafters.

Brad Holman spent the summer with the Hickory Crawdads and that Texas Rangers affiliate lost to Lakewood in the Northern Division Championship Series in the South Atlantic League.

Brad also performed his song for the Crawdads fans…

It is officially the offseason

Back to work after the last two weeks doing…well…nothing.

To give this offseason a sense of forward momentum to Opening Day, 2011, the decision was made that this was time to move the blog over here.  It only makes a little bit of sense.

I am still figuring out all the bells and whistles and posting rules of the new place.  Plus, I am moving my office at the stadium to the beach…at least until the snow starts flying around here.

There are a lot of things to do today, so the next post will be a round up of some alumni and league news over the last few weeks.  That will probably be all for the day, but there will be more original content and a few recaps of the 2010 Timber Rattlers season before the end of the week.

Coming soon

There have been some problems with the old site in Internet Explorer.I will keep the old site active and have a link to it…once I figure out the new place…But, once I get back to work all new posts will be at this site.

So, adjust your bookmarks accordingly.

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