October 2010

Glass case of emotion!

I was waiting for a reason to have a rooting interest behind one of the teams in the post season.  I have found that reason.


Hitting two home runs in a playoff game against the Yankees AND quoting Anchorman? Josh Hamilton knows that sixty percent of the time, a Ron Burgundy reference works everytime. It’s science!

Go Rangers!

Tip o’ the cap to Big League Stew where they have the scene to which Hamilton refers.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 19, 2010


Rangers 10 @Yankees 3

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-2, RUN


@Giants 3, Phillies 0

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-4

Arizona Fall League

@Scottsdale 5, Surprise 4

Jeremy Jeffress (’10): 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional

@Magallanes 7, Lara 6

Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 1-for-5, 2RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06): 1-for-4
Alex Liddi (’08): 0-for-4
Caesar Jimenez (’03): .1IP, H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB

@Caribes 6, Caracas 0

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 2-for-4, 2B


If you grew up in the late-70’s and early-80’s in Wisconsin, the name Benji does not make you think a movie dog.  The name Benji brings to mind a slugging outfielder who had an awkward slide.


That’s Ben Oglivie rocking the sleeves under the uniform.  I like to think that the inventors of Under Armor saw this baseball card and thought, “There’s GOT to be a better way.”

Okay, so why bring this up today?  My google alert for the Whitecaps, um, alerted me to this blog post.

A former Detroit Tigers slugger may be joining the West Michigan Whitecaps’ coaching staff.

TigsTown.com reported today that Ben Oglivie is expected to be the Whitecaps’ hitting coach next season.

The post at TigsTown.com – which is linked above – includes this information.

Oglivie was a 16-year major league veteran, spending four seasons in the big leagues with the Tigers. He finished his Tigers career with a .275/.326/.444 line in 439 games. Oglivie was named an All-Star three times in his big league career, while also earning a Silver Slugger award in 1980.

If this report is true, make your plans for July 13-15, 2011. Those are the three dates on which the West Michigan Whitecaps visit Time Warner Cable Field.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Game of October 18, 2010

The league in Venezuela and the NLCS both had an off day on Monday.  So, the ALCS is the only action involving a former Appleton Pro Baseball Player.

Texas 8 @New York 0

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-3

To the surprise of no one (again)

The guys over at TRatsbaseball.com have selected their pitcher of the year for the 2010 Timber Rattlers.

Take a guess.

Yes. You would be correct.

Jake Odorizzi was voted by everyone as the Timber Rattlers Pitcher of the Year for 2010. This should come as no surprise as the 20 year old Odorizzi dominated Midwest League hitters all season long. He finished with a 7-3 record, striking out 135 batters in 120 2/3 innings. Jake appeared in 23 games in 2010, 20 of which he started and was also selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game. In addition, he was named the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Next week they will unveil their relief pitcher of the year.

My new job is one Ive always wanted

Another manager in the Midwest League will not be back on the bench in 2011.

Joe DePastino’s days as manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps have come to an end after three seasons.

DePastino has accepted a position as roving catching coordinator for the Detroit Tigers.

“I love West Michigan, and I was very fortunate to start my coaching career there and be there for three years,” DePastino told The Press on Sunday. “To be able to go to West Michigan was amazing, and it was a great place to be. From the front office, to the fans, to the field — it was one of the best.

“My new job is one I’ve always wanted. I’ve been a catcher my whole life, and while I love managing, being with the catchers full time is a good gig.”

This is a little surprising due to this:

DePastino had a record of 215-201 in three seasons with the Whitecaps and joined Bruce Fields and Matt Walbeck as the only managers in franchise history to win more than 200 games.

He guided West Michigan to three consecutive playoff appearances, but lost in the first round each year.

The Whitecaps overcame their worst first half (26-43) in franchise history to finish 62-77 overall and earn a wild-card playoff spot this season.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 17, 2010

MLB Playoffs

@Philadelphia 6, San Francisco 1

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-4

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional

@Lara 1, Magallanes 0

Alex Liddi (’08): 0-for-3
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 1-for-2, 2B
Caesar Jimenez (’03): IP, 0H, 0R, BB

@Caribes 5, Margarita 0

Blake Ochoa (’08): 1-for-3

Zulia 11 @Caracas 7

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 2-for-4, RUN, RBI

Not baseball related, but well worth a look

I heard this piece on the radio as I was out driving on Saturday morning.  Very moving.  It is from ESPN’s College Game Day and it is titled The Meaning of Friendship.


It was disappointing that they werent dying to have me back, but

The Dragons will have a new manager next season.

The Cincinnati Reds have told Todd Benzinger
he will not be brought back for a third season as manager of the Dayton
Dragons, their low-Class A affiliate.

learned his fate over a recent lunch with Terry Reynolds, the Reds’
director of player development and scouting, and said he wasn’t sure he
wanted to return anyway.

“It was disappointing that they weren’t dying to have me back,” Benzinger said, “but I was never begging to do this.

tough to manage at that level with all the things you have to do. What
made it really tough was the fact that we had trouble competing, to put
it mildly. And that’s frustrating to anybody who’s competitive.”

Delino DeShields and Ken Griffey, Sr. are mentioned as possible replacements.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 16, 2010

MLB Playoffs:

@Texas 7, New York 2

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 1-for-5

San Francisco 4 @Philadelphia 3

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-3

Arizona Fall League:

@Surprise 10, Phoenix 4

Hunter Morris (’10): 1-for-4, RUN, 2B, 2 RBI
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): IP, H, R, 0ER, 2BB, K

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional:

@Lara 3, Aragua 2

Cha Seung Baek (’00): 5IP, 4H, R, 3BB, 2K, WIN #1
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): defensive replacement
Alex Liddi (’08): 0-for-2
Luis Valbuena (’06): 1-for-2

Zulia 6 @Caracas 2

Carlos Maldonado (’99): pinch hitter 0-for-2

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