December 2010

Thursday Program cover post (1982)

Old-timey Sox logo…engage!

The thing that I really like about this cover is the repetition of it…Plus, the branding of the Foxes and Goodland Field as an asset to our community…Plus, the repetition of it….Plus, the way that Sox logo is so…..1982….and the repetition of it.

Season two, Episode two of The Offseason

Release day

Adam McCalvy has the whole list of 15 Milwaukee Brewers Minor Leaguers who were released on Tuesday at his post here.

The eight former Rattlers on that list are below.  The seasons played with the Rattlers are in parenthesis.

RHP Cody Adams (’09)
INF Steve Braun (’09)
LHP Matt Costello (’10)
INF Connor Lind (’10)
OF Erik Miller (’09, ’10)
RHP Andrew Sauter (’10)
OF Brandon Sizemore (’10)
LHP Caleb Thielbar (’10)

Also on Tuesday, the Mariners designated catcher Rob Johnson (’05) for assignment.

The M’s have 10 days to trade, release or outright Johnson, 28, to the minors. He is a guy pitchers love throwing to, but hit just .191 last year in 61 games following an offseason in which he had three surgeries. Two were to repair torn labrums in his left and right hip, the other on his left wrist. He finished the year in Tacoma, hitting .297 in 19 games. Johnson also had nine passed balls, second-most in the majors.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of December 14, 2010


@Caribes 8, Margartia 3

Mike Wilson (’05): 2-for-4, RUN, 4RBI, HR #4

@Caracas 7, Magallanes 6 (11)

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 1-for-04, 2 RUNS

Puerto Rico:

@Mayaguez 11, Carolina 10 (13)

Johan Limonta (’06): 2-for-3, RUN, 4RBI, HR #2
Martin Maldonado (’09): 1-for-4, RUN
Mumba Rivera (’05): 2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, K

Jeffrey Dominguez (’06): 1-for-6, RUN

San Juan 13 @Caguas 3

San Juan:
Efrain Nieves (’10): 5.2IP, 6H, 2R, BB, WIN #2

Dominican Republic:

Estrellas 6 @Licey 0

Bryan LaHair (’04): 1-for-4, RBI
Ryan Ketchner (’02): 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6K, WIN #2

Carlos Triunfel (’07): 0-for-3
Jorge Sosa (’01): .2IP, 2H, 2R

@Toros 7, Aguilas 2

Edward Paredes (’08): .1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K


The elves in the Timber Rattlers workshop have come up with wallpapers for your mobile device (iPhone, droid, iPad).

Head over here for the details on how you can download them.

There are six from which to choose.  Here are two examples:


Don’t forget that there are also some wallpapers for your desktop computer that feature players from the 2010 Timber Rattlers.

Fine examples of contest entries

There is still time for you to get a photo of you and the new Timber Rattlers logos onto the Rattlers facebook pageThe contest ends Tuesday at 5pm.The winner receives a new jersey.

Here are three samples of entries that have already been turned in to the team.




Hmmmm…that last one seems familiar….

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Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of December 12, 2010

Puerto Rico v. Dominican Republic All-Star Game

@PR 4, DR 3

Martin Maldonado (’09): 1-for-1, RBI
Rene Rivera (’03): 0-for-1


@Caribes 8, Lara 7 (Game One)

Mike Wilson (’05):P 0-for-1, RUN

Edilio Colina (’08): 1-for-3, 2 RUNS
Luis Valbuena (’06): 1-for-3, RUN, RBI

Lara: 5, @Caribes 0

Valbuena: 1-for-3
Colina: 1-for-2, RUN
Juan Ovalles (’04): IP, 0H, 0R, K

Wilson: 0-for-3

Zulia 4 @Caracas 3 (12)

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 1-for-5

@Aragua 7, LaGuaira 3

La Guaira:
Jose Escalona (’08): 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, K


Melbourne 12 @Sydney 5 (Game one)

Craig Anderson (’00): 4.1IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K, Loss

Flashback Friday Supplement for 12/10

Flashback Friday will be posted at the home page in a bit is now posted.

Here are a few pictures to go along with the Flashback, which is about the pre-game events before Opening Day, 1940. That would be the first Opening Day in Appleton Papermakers history.

And this is Eddie Dancisak, the first manager in Appleton Papermakers history.  He also played for the Papermakers.

Eddie Dancisak.jpgYes, that has been traced/outlined for definition. Photoshop was very rudimentary back in 1940.

One of the ads on the page with the story in today’s Flashback is for Marvels Cigarettes. It looks a little like this one:MarvelCigarettes.jpg

Coaching staff tracker

Owen Serey of the South Bend Silver Hawks has done the work so I don’t have to do it.

Head over to his post for the most up-to-date list of the coaching staffs in the Midwest League.

Three opinions on Adrian

Adrian Rosario was selected by the Baltimore Orioles #4 in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft yesterday.

Rosario appeared in 14 games as a reliever for the Rattlers after joining the team from Helena this season.

Here are three opinions on the newest Orioles farmhand.  I bolded and italicized part that interested me in all three.

First up, Steve Melewski, who covers the Orioles for MASN:

The Orioles certainly took a young arm, that at least on the stat sheet, looks far away from the Major Leagues.

Right-hander Adrian Rosario is just 21, from Santiago, Dominican Republic. The O’s took him in today’s Rule 5 draft with the 4th pick and he would have to stay on their 25-man Major League roster all season.

Rosario moved to Wisconsin of the Midwest League and went 4-0 with 2 saves and a 4.50 ERA. Over 32 innings, all in relief, he fanned 44 with 15 walks and a .230 average against.

In that league, right-handed hitters batted just .204 vs. him.

In 46 1/3 innings on the season, between the two levels, Rosario, who goes 6’4″ and 180 pounds, fanned 59 batters.

Next up: John Sickels of

Adrian Rosario, RHP, from Brewers: 21 year old from the Dominican Republic, posted 3.50 ERA with 59/18 K/BB in 46 innings between the Pioneer and Midwest League. Projectable and young, and dramatically improved his strikeout rate this year. Probably a long shot to stick due to lack of experience.

And Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus:

Adrian Rosario, RHP (from Brewers): Long-limbed and projectable relief type with impressive stuff; but also a player who had trouble throwing strikes in Low-A.

I agree that it will be a long shot for Rosario to stick with the Orioles Major League roster.  This reminds me of the time that the Minnesota Twins selected Ryan-Rowland-Smith in the Rule 5 draft back in 2004.

RRS went to spring training with the Twins and made it up to the end, but there was no spot for him so he was sent back to the Mariners before the season started.

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