And into the New Year we go!

I took a little time away from the blog to regroup.  Just needed to recharge and get ready for the stretch of days ahead because I am hoping for daily updates both here and on the main website between now and the end of the 2011 season…which I am hoping extends into the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

The big news today is the announcement of the 2011 Coaching Staff for the team.  Matt Erickson is the manager.  Chris Hook is back as the pitching coach.  Long time college baseball coach Dusty Rhodes is the new hitting coach.  Jeff Paxson returns as the athletic trainer and Tim Gifford is the new strength & conditioning coach.

Click the link for full information, including a quote or two from the new manager.

Congratulations to Jeff Isom on the new gig in Brevard County.  He shouldn’t have to worry about getting snowed out on Opening Day, 2011 down in Florida.

There was a day before the end of the year that had roster moves involving three former Timber Rattlers catchers.

Rob Johnson (’05) was traded from the Mariners to the Padres.

Carlos Maldonado (’99) signed with the Nationals again.

Rene Rivera (’03) signed with the Twins.

In other transaction news, Anthony Varvaro (’07) was designated for assignment by the Mariners after they signed Miguel Olivo.

Just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy.  I spent a few days down at the library going through old results of the Timber Rattlers.  The plan is to either build a website…kind of like baseballlibrary.com or retrosheet.org…with Timber Rattlers results.  Or to have expand the history section of the 2011 Media Guide.  There are a few more seasons to go and not a lot of time.  But, I’ve made a good dent.

There are a few other projects in the works that should be a lot of fun as the off-season rolls towards the start of the season.  Keep your eyes open.

On a kind of personal note, I just booked my trip to Spring Training in Arizona.  The plan is to head down to Maryvale a week later than last year.  So, I’ll have various photos, interviews, and published pieces for you in late March.

That should be enough for now.

Tomorrow, I’ll have a post that looks at how former Rattlers have done in the various winter leagues, the Cover Post, the media reaction to Matt Erickson’s new job, and the return to the usual nonsense.

2 Comments

I think Erickson is a great hire. I’m no coach to be sure, and nothing against Isom personally, but I was puzzled by a lot of what Isom did in game (some of that could certainly by organizational mandated for sure) and things i’d heard off game.

I get the impression maybe Matt will relate better to these types of players and I really look forward to seeing him get the most out of them.

And with a roster made up off Arizona & Pioneer League champions…we’re expected big things in 2011!!!

*How did you resist not linking some old WCW footage for our new hitting coach?

Because everyone else was making American Dream references. If there’s one thing I don’t do, it’s what everyone else is doing.

I’m not sure if that makes sense. I’ve only been back at this blogging thing for two days.

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