January 2011

10 questions with Brett Lawrie

MiLB.com has a feature – similar to the timberrattlers.com ‘The Interrogation Room’, which will be returning soon – called 10 Questions.  This week, they caught up with former Rattlers second baseman Brett Lawrie.

Since there are only 10 questions, I am going to take one of them as an excerpt.  You’ll have to click the link to the other nine.

MiLB.com: You’re moving to an organization that has an established second baseman at the big league level in Aaron Hill. Has the idea of switching positions been discussed at all?

Lawrie: I’ve been working out at third — they’ve wanted me to play some third. I felt comfortable over there, I think I am going to go into Spring [Training], where third is where I’m going to be put at.

Interested in working for the Rattlers?

If you are interested in part-time, game day employment with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, click on this link.

It should take you to the PDF of the 2011 job application.

Just print off both pages, fill out both pages, and return both pages to Time Warner Cable Field as soon as you can.

I cannot stress that there are two pages to the application enough.

Interviews will take place in February.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of January 17, 2011

Venezuela:

Caracas 8 @Aragua 6

Caracas:
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 1-for-3, 2 RUNS, RBI, HR #2

Dominican Republic:

@Estrellas 3, Gigantes 0

Gigantes:

Edward Paredes (’08): .1IP, H, 0R, K

Remember the softball game in June

The Packers won on Saturday.  They play again on Sunday.  And maybe – hopefully – a couple of weeks after that.

Just let me take a moment to remind you about the Donald Driver Charity Softball Game on June 5.

Tickets are available right here.

Here are some things that you might see if you come out to the game this year.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of January 14-16, 2011

Friday:

Australia:

@Sydney 6, Adelaide 5 (10 Innings)

Sydney:
Craig Anderson (’00): 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 2K

Puerto Rico:

Caguas 5 @Carolina 2

Carolina:
Jeffrey Dominguez (’06): 2-for-5, RBI

Ponce 7 @San Juan 2

San Juan:
Rene Rivera (’03): pinch hitter, 1-for-1

Dominican Republic:

@Toros 3, Escogido 2

Toros:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 0-for-2

Gigantes 4 @Estrellas 3 (10)

Gigantes:
Tim Harikkala (Foxes, ’94): .1IP, 0H, 0R, SAVE

Saturday:

Puerto Rico:

@Carolina 5, San Juan 4 (10)

Carolina:
Dominguez (’06): 1-for-4

San Juan:
Rivera (’03): 0-for-2, RBI

Sunday:

Venezuela:
Margarita 4 @Caracas 3

Caracas:
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 1-for-2

Puerto Rico:

San Juan 8 @Caguas 2

San Juan:
Rivera (’03): 1-for-3, RBI

@Ponce 7, Carolina 6 (10)

Carolina:
Dominguez (’06): 3-for-5, RUN, RBI

Dominican Republic:

@Gigantes 8, Toros 2

Gigantes:
Harikkala (Foxes, ’94): .2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
Edward Paredes (’08): .1IP, 0H, 0R

Rattlers scheduled for Brewers On Deck

Brewers On Deck is happening on Sunday, January 30 at the Frontier Airlines Arena in Milwaukee.

Zack Greinke will meet Milwaukee fans for the first time on Jan. 30 as part of “Brewers On Deck,” a downtown fanfest that features autographs and photos, interactive games and other baseball-themed events.

Greinke, acquired from the Royals last month, is one of 25 current Brewers players scheduled to appear along with the full coaching staff, a slate of prospects and some Milwaukee legends

Tickets for the event along with a full slate of happenings and scheduled appearances may be found at this link.

Speaking of that slate of prospects, the following former Rattlers are scheduled to appear:

  • Kentrail Davis
  • Scooter Gennett
  • Kyle Heckathorn
  • Erik Komatsu
  • Hunter Morris
  • Cody Scarpetta

Word on the street is that Heckathorn, Komatsu, and Scarpetta will be taking part in a trivia contest against Greinke and a couple of other current Brewers.

Also, the Timber Rattlers will have a booth at Brewers On Deck.  Stop by to say hello!

Moving around

Two former Rattlers pitchers have found new homes.

Rafael Soriano (’00)…my word…Big League Stew sums it up in one headline: Yankees sign Rafael Soriano to be $35 million set-up man.

The New York Yankees signed right-handed free agent Rafael Soriano(notes) to a $35 million, three-year contract Thursday.

One of the top relievers in the majors the past two seasons who led the league in saves for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, Soriano will be a set-up man for Mariano Rivera(notes).

A set-up man!

For you outraged folks scoring contracts at home, the Yankees will pay a middle reliever $11.5 million this season.

A middle reliever!

And now for your four paragraphs of Yankee hate:

Oh, this also gives the damn Yankees nine guys earning at least $10 million a season.

Nine guys!

That doesn’t include left-hander Andy Pettitte(notes), who figures to make no less than the $11.75 million he did in 2010 if he comes back for another season.

It also doesn’t include relative bargains Nick Swisher(notes) ($9.1 million) and Curtis Granderson(notes) ($8.25 million). Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be outfielders. Middle relief is where it’s at.

The Braves have picked up Anthony Varvaro (’07)…say…Atlanta…isn’t that where….

If Anthony Varvaro proves to be as valuable as Eric O’Flaherty has been, the Braves will certainly be happy about their latest attempt to enhance their organization’s bullpen depth with a pitcher who had been deemed expendable by the Mariners.

The Braves claimed Varvaro off waivers this week. The Mariners had designated the 26-year-old right-handed reliever for assignment on Jan. 3.

When the Braves claimed O’Flaherty off waivers from the Mariners two years ago, he had already enjoyed some success at the Major League level. Varvaro’s Major League experience is limited to the four appearances he made for the Mariners this past season.

O’Flaherty was a Rattler in 2004 and 2005.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of January 13, 2010

Australia:

@Sydney 6, Adelaide 5 (10)

Sydney:
Craig Anderson (’00): 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, 2K

Venezuela:

@Aragua 10, Margarita 4

Margarita:
Renee Cortez (’03): IP, 2H, R, BB

Thursday Program post (1987)

This 1987 program cover is the first done by Paul Birling.  You may remember the style from this post about the 1989 cover.

87Cover.jpg

The 1987 season was notable in Appleton baseball history because it was the first season since 1965 in which the Foxes would not be affiliated with the Chicago White Sox.  You can kind of pick out the new parent club’s logo on the left sleeve of the Foxes player in the illustration.

That patch will be front and center in the 1990 cover.  And, I’ll share that one next week.

The White Sox wound up in South Bend, but not until 1988.  So, there was not a GRUDGE SERIES set for the ’87 season.  But, can you see something in this schedule that is unusual?

87Schedule.jpgIf you saw the * on June 14 for the scheduled doubleheader against Madison and said, “Scheduled doubleheader? What’s that? And why are they playing Madison on just that one day?” recoil in terror…Because you caught the same thing I did.

As for Mike’s Towne & Country Markets. Click the links to see what is currently at each location.

Head over to Google Maps and plug in the addresses.

You will be surprised at how close one of those locations is to Goodland Field.

Baseball Beer History

Check out the new edition of Collector’s Corner at the Timber Rattlers website.

From 1978 to 1981, the Point Brewery had a different design each year in the Foxes red, white, and blue color scheme.  They also had alternate color schemes in 1978 and ’79.  There were brown and yellow cans in both years, as well as a green and orange can in 1978.  So in total, there are seven different cans.  Not sure the reasoning behind the alternate color options, not very attractive if you ask me, but the red, white, and blue ones are pretty cool.  Although the cans are not that valuable (they can be found for well under $5 typically), they do make a nice display and conversation piece. 

The best can on there is the one from 1980…with the Foxes mascot…As Jay says: Nothing sells beer like a kids mascot on the can.

1980 BaseBrauCan.jpg

That mascot’s name? Run. Homer Run.

1980 BaseBrauCan2.jpg

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