November 2010

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of November 16, 2010


@Surprise 7, Mesa 2

Hunter Morris (’10): 0-for-3
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K


@Lara 6, Aragua 2

Alex Liddi (’08): 1-for-3, RUN
Luis Valbuena (’06): 2-for-3, RUN, 3RBI, HR #2
Caesar Jimenez (’03): 2IP, H, 0R, K

@Caracas 5, Caribes 4

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 2-for-3, RUN, RBI, HR #2

LaGuaira 3 @Zulia 1 (12)

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 5IP, 2H, R, 3BB, 3K

Margarita 2 @Magallanes 1

Renee Cortez (’03): .1IP, H, 0R, 2BB

Puerto Rico:

San Juan 4 @Mayaguez 2

San Juan:
Rene Rivera (’03): 1-for-3

Johan Limonta (’06): 1-for-3
Martin Maldonado (’09): 0-for-2

@Ponce 10, Carolina 2

Jeffrey Dominguez (’06): 1-for-3

Dominican Republic:

Estreallas 8 @Licey 1

Leury Bonilla (’07): defensive replacement
Juan Diaz (’08): defensive replacement

Mike Wilson (’05): pinch hitter, 0-for-0, BB
Carlos Peguero (’07): 0-for-2


@Perth 4, Adelaide 2

Jamie McOwen (’07): 1-for-4, RBI

System All-Stars has released their list of all-stars for the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system.

The Brewers’ Minor League success in 2010 came from the bottom up — both of Milwaukee’s Rookie-level affiliates, the Helena Brewers and Arizona League Brewers, won championships. Helena posted 14 runs in beating Ogden for the Pioneer League crown and Jason Rogers homered and drove in five runs to lead the AZL Brewers past the Reds.

Click the link for the full list and for their reasoning.  Here are the ex-Rattlers who made the list:

2B: Brett Lawrie
OF: Erik Komatsu
OF: Khris Davis
DH: Chris Dennis
RH Starting Pitcher: Kyle Heckathorn
LH Starting Pitcher: Dan Merklinger

For a brief recap on a possible Rattler for 2011:

Catcher — Tyler Roberts, AZL Brewers (42 games), Helena (1 game): Milwaukee was pretty shallow behind the plate in the Minors, especially after Jonathan LuCroy got called up. Roberts appeared in only 43 games, but he posted solid stats, batting .288 with six homers, 23 RBIs and a .354 on-base percentage in helping the Arizona League affiliate to the title.

Singing for the unsung

Let’s Go Rattlers decided upon their Unsung Hero Award for the 2010 Timber Rattlers.

Continuing with our seven part series looking back on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2010 season. Today’s award is for the Unsung Hero. From Matt Costello to Chris Dennis to Nick Bucci, there were plenty of names tossed around, but in the end it came down to two. Ultimately Cutter Dykstra was edged out by catcher Cameron Garfield for the award.

Garfield played in 102 games, a pretty high number for a catcher, in his first full season of pro ball. He was in charge of handling Timber Rattlers pitchers all season and still managed to hit .245 with three home runs and 46 RBI.

Head over to read their comments/reasoning.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of November 15, 2010


@Mesa 8, Surprise 7 (11)

Hunter Morris (’10): 1-for-4, RUN, 3B, RBI

Puerto Rico:

@Carolina 5, San Juan 3

Jeffrey Dominguez (’06): 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

San Juan:
Rene Rivera (’03): 0-for-4

In the community

Just because the 2011 season is a still a relatively long way from starting does not mean that the Timber Rattlers won’t be out working in the community.

The front office has many things going on over the next few weeks.

For example:

  1. Toys for Tots: Bring a new, unwrapped toy to Time Warner Cable Field between now and December 15 and receive 10% off your purchase in the Team Store (excluding new logo merchandise).

  2. Ringing bells for the Salvation Army: Fang and the Timber Rattlers front office staff will be ringing bells on Friday, November 19 at the Northland Avenue location of Festival Foods between 8am and 4pm.
  3. The Timber Rattlers have a float in the Little Chute Christmas Parade on November 29.  Parade starts at 6:30pm.
  4. And a reminder, registration for Fang’s Reading Club closes this Friday.

Award for the league president

Midwest League President George Spelius has been awarded the Warren Giles, um, award.

The Giles Award annually honors outstanding service as a league president. Spelius, one of the original investors in the Beloit (Brewers) Snappers, has led the Midwest League for 24 of its 64 seasons.

“I felt very honored in 1997 when I received this award for the first time and I am humbled to receive it again,” Spelius said. “I accept the Giles Award on behalf of the many fine owners and general managers in my league, who have provided me with great support over my 24 years as president. This award is as much for them as it is for me.”

In 2010, Spelius welcomed two new teams to the league, the Bowling Green Hot Rods and the Lake County Captains. The Hot Rods and Captains transferred their membership from the South Atlantic League to address concerns over travel and to provide better geographical alignments for the two Class A leagues.

Spelius’ 16 teams attracted 4,184,483 fans this season in setting a regular season attendance record for the fourth consecutive year. The league would have eclipsed its 2009 figure, even without the additions of Bowling Green and Lake County.

The award will be presented at the Winter Meetings in Orlando this December.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of November 12-14, 2010


@Peoria Javelinas 10, Surprise 3

Hunter Morris (’10): 0-for-3, RBI
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): 1.1IP, H, 0R, BB, 2K


@Surprise 4, Scottsdale 3

Michael Fiers (’09): 5IP, 3H, R, BB, 5K, WIN #2


@Lara 8, Caracas 6

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

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 0-for-1

Magallanes 6 @La Guaira 3

La Guaira:
Gerardo Avila (’08): 0-for-1
Jose Escalona (’08): 0.0IP, H, R

@Margarita 3, Caribes 1

Renee Cortez (’03): .2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K


Zulia 8 @La Guaira 3

La Guaira:
Avila: Defensive replacement
Ivan Blanco (’05): 1.2IP, H, R, 2BB, K

Lara 2 @Aragua 1

Valbuena: 2-for-3, RBI
Liddi: 0-for-4
Navarro: 0-for-3, RUN
Edilio Colina (’08): 1-for-2, RBI

@Magallanes 6 @Caracas 3

C. Maldonado (’99): 1-for-4


Caracas 13 @La Guaira 2

C. Maldonado: 2-for-3, 2 RUNS, 3RBI

La Guaira:
Avila: 0-for-1
Blanco: .1IP, 2H, R, BB, K

Aragua 6 @Lara 4

Liddi: 1-for-5
Valbuena: 0-for-4

@Margarita 4, Caribes 0

Cortez: IP, 0H, 0R, K

Puerto Rico:

Ponce 5 @Mayaguez 2:

Johan Limonta (’06): 1-for-4, RBI

Caguas 9 @San Juan 3

San Juan:
Rene Rivera (’03): 0-for-3
Efrain Nieves (’10): 1.2IP, 4H, 5R, 2BB, K, Loss #2

@Carolina 2, San Juan 1 (13)

San Juan:
Rivera: 0-for-4

Mayaguez 5 @Ponce 2

Limonta: 2-for-4,  RUN, RBI
Martin Maldonado (’09): 1-for-2, RBI


@Carolina 11, Caguas 2

Jeffrey Dominguez (’06): 2-for-3, 3RBI

Ponce 6 @Mayaguez 5

Limonta: 0-for-1
Hiram Burgos (’10): 4.1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 4K


Game one
@Adelaide 13, Melbourne 2

Jamie McOwen (’07): 3-for-3, 3 RUNS

Game two:
@Adelaide 8, Melbourne 3

McOwen: 2-for-5, RBI

Flashback Friday Supplement for 11/12

This is a picture of Mickey Abarbanel:


Abarbanel was the left-handed, fire-balling ace of the Fox Cities Foxes in 1966.  As part of No-no November, this week’s Flashback Friday takes you back to his No-hitter against the Wisconsin Rapids Twins on May 28, 1966.

That piece will be going up on the main website soon.  There will be a link when it is ready.

UPDATE: Here is the link and – as mentioned at that link – here is the boxscore from that chilly May evening at Goodland Field:

May 28, 1966 at Goodland Field

Wisconsin Rapids – 1
................AB R H BI
Carter, CF.......4 0 0 0
Vessell, RF, P...4 0 0 0
Nettles, 2B......4 0 0 0
King, 1B.........4 0 0 0
McPhee, SS.......2 1 0 0
Free, 3B.........3 0 0 0
Counsell, LF.....1 0 0 0
Fuchs, LF........1 0 0 0
Littlejohn, C....1 0 0 0
Perez, C.........1 0 0 0
Lea, P...........0 0 0 0
McGroarty, P.....1 0 0 0
Rodriguez, P.....1 0 0 0
Brantley, P......1 0 0 1
Connolly, RF.....0 0 0 0

Fox Cities – 9
................AB R H BI
Kristowski, 2B...5 1 1 0
Maness, 3B.......4 2 1 0
Jones, 1B........3 2 1 0
Melton, RF.......4 2 2 5
Fitzmorris, SS...5 1 1 0
Lolich, LF.......5 1 1 1
Cottrell, CF.....3 0 1 1
Von Eps, C.......5 0 2 2
Abarbanel, P.....3 0 0 0
...............................R..H E
Wisconsin Rapids 000 000 010 – 1..0 3
Fox Cities.......450 000 00x – 9 10 1
E – King, Free, Abarbanel, McPhee. 2B – Fitzmorris, Melton, Von Eps. HR – Melton. LOB – FC 11, WR 3. SB – Maness

....................IP H R ER BB SO
Abarbanel (W, 5-1) 9.0 0 1..0..3 12

Lea (L) ...........0.2 5 4 3 0 1
McGroarty..........3.1 4 5 5 5 3
Rodriguez..........2.0 1 0 0 1 1
Brantley...........1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Vessell............1.0 0 0 0 0 1

PB – Littlejohn, Perez; U – Gassner, Steiner; Attendance – 322; Time – 2:25

But, WAIT! THERES MORE!!! Did I mention wallpaper?!?!?!

The Timber Rattlers homepage has some wallpaper options for your computer.  Click this link for the whole range.  But, to give you an idea: they include Jake Odorizzi, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Cutter Dykstra, Cameron Garfield, and this one…


That is quality wallpaper. Also, I know I am not the clearest writer in the world, but that caption makes it seem as though Darth Vader was the 2010 Rattlers manager.  The one on the wallpaper is correct…the tab off to the right however…Oh, well. I’m sure I’ll make a mistake in the next 20 minutes that someone will point out to me and five other people.

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