October 2010

Not a surprise

To the surprise of no one, TRatsbaseball.com has selected Michael Marseco as their Defensive Player of the Year for the Timber Rattlers.

Michael Marseco was voted hands down as the team’s top defensive performer
in 2010. The slick fielding shortstop may have only hit .212 in his
second season in Wisconsin, but he was a pitcher’s best friend on
defense, committing only 12 errors in 126 games.


Click through the link at the top to read the reasoning for the Defensive Player of the Year award.  Pitcher of the Year is the selection over at TRatsBaseball.com is next Monday.  I don’t think that Michael is up for that award, but he might be.  Remember?


Vote for Khris Davis!

MiLB.com is running a season ending vote for Hitter of the Year in all of the classifications of minor league baseball.  Rattlers slugger Khris Davis is up against some tough competition for Class A Hitter of the Year:

Jared Clark of Ashville
Khris Davis of Wisconsin
Nick Franklin of Clinton
Mike Trout of Cedar Rapids
JD Martinez of Lexington
Jean Segura of Cedar Rapids

A full writeup on all of the players up for the award is here.

I don’t think that I need to ask you for whom to vote*cough*Just head over to this link and scroll down to vote for Khris Davis*cough*….BUT, here is a subtle reminder:



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Photo credits: Fort Wayne TinCaps, Patrick S. Blood, Ann Mollica

There was a point in time that I thought I wasnt going to make it

Here is a very nice article on Jeremy Jeffress in The Gazette-Virginian, his hometown newspaper.

Jeremy Jeffress lauded for completing a major step in baseball career

Jeremy Jeffress’ right hand got a big workout Thursday night.

It wasn’t from firing 100-mph fastballs, but rather from shaking hands and signing autographs.

by family, church members and close friends that have helped him
throughout his life, Jeffress was all smiles as he circulated among the
gathering during an informal meal at a local restaurant.

He autographed baseballs and photos, posed for pictures and shook a countless number of hands.

On Friday morning, South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston presented him an Adjutant General’s Medal for excellence and leadership.

was quite a homecoming for Jeffress, who picked up his first career
Major League Baseball pitching victory Sept. 24 while pitching in a
relief roles for the Milwaukee Brewers.

“I’m so glad to see the
people that came out, see the people who have supported me through all
of the things I’ve been through,” Jeffress said.

“There was a
point in time that I thought I wasn’t going to make it. I’m so gratified
for everybody that has stuck behind me, and for all of the prayers,
phone calls and text messages. I thank them from the bottom of my

This is why I believe that Jeffress is going to make it.  Here is another:

Having been with the Brewers for a little over a month has given
Jeffress a good deal of insight into what is expected of a player when
he makes it to the Major League club.

“During September, I was able to see everything I needed to see,” said Jeffress.

know that from now on, I have to work to stay there. I know the level I
have to be able to perform at. I know I have to work hard and do
whatever it is they want me to do in order to stay there.”

Go ahead and read it all.

Fangs Reading Club

It is that time of the year again.

Time to register your class for Fang’s Reading Club.  Last year was a record breaking year for the reading club and we are aiming high again for this year.

What is Fang’s Reading Club?  Well, the information at this link should explain things pretty well.

But, as a primer:

It is a reading incentive program for students K-5.  Teachers get to get the goals for the students. There are prizes for students who reach the goals.  Students who reach all of the goals get a free ticket to a 2011 Timber Rattlers game that has been selected by their teacher.

Go to it and have fun.

A few videos

I missed these when they first went up on the Brewers website, but they may be of interest now.  Of course, links only.  MLB does not allow for embedding for some reason.

The first is of Erik Komatsu (’09) joining Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder in the Brewers TV booth late in the season.

The second is of Jake Odorizzi (’10) in the TV booth on the same day.

The visits had to do with the organizational player and pitcher of the year awards won by the former Rattlers.

Click through and enjoy.

Mehring Monday: Declaration of Prinicples

A favorite scene of mine in Citizen Kane is this one:

Rattler Radio
has moved and it might be a good time to set up a declaration of principles for the blog.

  1. Rattler Radio will provide you with timely updates on the progress of all former Timber Rattlers (and Foxes) in Fall and Winter Leagues.
  2. Rattler Radio will be the place to stop when you want to find out information about the upcoming 2011 season
  3. Rattler Radio will continue to make it up as it goes along.
  4. Rattler Radio will attempt to be accurate, but when mistakes are made, they will be corrected as quickly as possible.
  5. Rattler Radio realizes that it is a long off season, but will help the time between now and Opening Day, 2011 go by as quickly as possible.
  6. Rattler Radio does not want to declare war on Spain.
  7. Rattler Radio believes that after Citizen Kane, A Touch of Evil, The Third Man, and certain Paul Masson commercials, this is one of the best things that Orson Welles ever did.
  8. Rattler Radio believes that eight is enough.

I should print this out and put it right along side my first report card from school.

Arizona Fall League Opener is Tuesday

While checking out twitter yesterday before the afternoon smorgasbord of football/baseball/poker, I saw this tweet from Jim at Bernie’s Crew.

Interesting to see 1B Hunter Morris on Arizona Fall League roster. #Brewers must really like him – or r pushing his bat w/ Fielder out soon.

I had heard that Morrris was scheduled to head to instructional league, but nothing about being added to the AFL roster. This is good news.

Morris – along with Jeremy Jeffress (’10), Mike Fiers (’09), and Dan Merklinger – will play for the Surprise Rafters this falls.  Their first game is tomorrow against the Peoria Javelinas at 2:35pm CDT.

As an added bonus, Jeffress, Fiers, Merklinger, and the rest of the pitchers for the Rafters get to the wit, wisdom, and music of former Timber Rattlers pitching coach Brad Holman.

Should be an interesting couple of months.

Rattlers Alumni Report: MLB Games of October 10, 2010

Rays 5 @Rangers 2

Rafael Soriano (’00): IP, 0H, 0R, SAVE

Phillies 2 @Reds 0

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-4

Rattlers alumni report: MLB Playoff Games of 10/9/10

@Yankees 6, Twins 1

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 1-for-4

Brian Fuentes (’97): IP, H, 0R, K

Rays 6 @Rangers 3

Rafael Soriano (’00): IP, H, R, K

Remember this picture?

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Ben Hill of Ben’s Biz Blog did. He named it one of his ten favorite photos of 2010.

It is one of my favorites, too.

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