March 2011

Catching up on Rattlers Spring Training action

Click the scores for the full post at BrewerFan.net.  Click the name for the MiLB.com page of each player.

From Tuesday:

The Rattlers lost 8-2 to Great Lakes

Highlights:
Michael Walker: 2-for-3, RBI
Reggie Keen: 2-for-3, 2B, RUN

Starting pitcher:
Charly Bashara: 2.1IP, 3H, 5R, 3BB, 3K

From Wednesday:

The Rattlers beat Lake County 5-4.

Highlights:
Robert Garvey: 2-for-4, 2 RUNS, RBI, HR
Reggie Keen: 2-for-5, 2 RUNS

Starting Pitcher:
Austin Ross: 4.1IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 7K

Lawrie sent down, but….

From The National Post up in Canada:

After a month in the limelight, Brett Lawrie left the stage without fanfare.
The Toronto Blue Jays dispatched their blue-chip Canadian prospect to minor-league camp on Wednesday, announcing the move in their game notes before a night game against the New York Yankees in Tampa.

After spending his first two pro seasons at second base, Lawrie will start the season as the everyday third baseman at Triple-A Las Vegas. The move was expected, despite his strong spring showing.

But the 21-year-old from Langley, B.C., may advance to Toronto sooner than the Jays thought, manager John Farrell said.

“We still don’t know the exact date, but I think it might be shorter than what we first anticipated,” said Farrell, who gave Lawrie rave reviews throughout spring training.
Also…he’s on twitter (@blawrie13) and taking it well:

On his Twitter account Wednesday, Lawrie did not mention his move to the minors, but did write this: “Great mindset today, positive attitude and moving forward from here on out.”

Warning! Graphic Winter Photos

I didn’t want to do this.  But, I feel that I have to do this.

Taken from the usual spot:
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And, because I wanted to have a radio booth view:

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There are times when I really, really, really, dislike winter. As a reminder, scroll down to the last picture in this post and realize what the field looked like on Monday. That was TWO DAMN DAYS AGO!

Relax. The snow is not that high up on the window.  It is just drifting on the ledge.

Also, I have won staring contests with that bobblehead.  Especially today.

Meet an old…character

Good morning.  I almost wrote “Meet an old friend.” But if there is one character on the old Rattler Radio on blogspot I didn’t want to bring over here it was him.  Today, however, he needs to be here.  Dear readers, Brick, the bad-weather hating Bactrian:

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Spring, eh?

Mehring took a couple of pictures this morning.  He managed to hold down the shaking to get those pictures today. He is going to post them in the next, er, ah, post.

I demanded the time today because of how much I hate bad weather.  But, what I really hate is bad weather after a stretch of good weather.  Especially when that good weather has wiped out just about every last piece of evidence that there was bad weather.

I don’t believe in Hope…If I had my way, the phrase would be hope in one hand and…well, you know the rest. So, let me close this by saying I hate this weather. I want it to be warm and I never want to be on this blog again.

Timber Rattlers Action in Arizona

On Monday, the Rattlers lost 3-2 to Dayton on Monday.  Boxscore is here at BrewerFan.net (along with the other minor league games).  You will see other games in the Brewers minot league system and notice Kentrail Davis & Khris Davis had good games for Brevard County.

When you see the Wisconsin and Brevard games, keep in mind that they were apparently just five innings.

Highlights for the Rattlers:

Hitters:
Michael Walker: 3-for-3, RBI
Robert Garvey: 2-for-2, RUN

Starting Pitcher:
Eric Arnett: 3IP, 5H, 3R, 0BB, 4K

Reliever:
Dan Britt: 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K

Brewers 7, Padres 0

In Cactus League play, the Brewers beat the Padres 7-0.

Ex-Rattlers:
Sean Halton (’10): 0-for-1

That is all.

Rattlers spring training report

The very helpful Mass Haas of BrewerFan.net has the most recent boxscores from minor league Spring Training down in Arizona.

Click the links to see the Brewers minor league boxscores from the games on each day.  Scroll down to see the Rattlers games.  You may recognize some names playing at the higher levels of the system right now.

The individual players in this post are potential Rattlers for 2011.  The link takes you to the MiLB.com page.

Saturday’s game was a 7-6 win over Cedar Rapids.

Nick Shaw: 2-for-3, RUN, RBI
Tyler Roberts: 3-for-4, 2 RUNS, 2RBI, 3B

Starting pitcher:
Matt Miller: 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, K

Sunday’s game was a 9-3 loss to Kannapolis.

Greg Hopkins: 2-for-2, RBI

Starting pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson: 3IP, 2H, R, 2BB, K

Just a reminder that I’ll be down in Arizona and providing live updates on twitter during Rattlers Spring Training games from March 25-28.  You can follow me @CMehring.

Cleaning Day

A sure sign that the season is getting closer to the start…The Cleaning Crew is pressure washing around the ballpark:

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cleaning day 002.JPGI need to get one of those for the trailer at home.

And the shot from the usual spot:cleaning day 003.JPG

Alumni Newsletter Vol. 2

The Brewers lost 9-8 to the Reds on Sunday.

Martin Maldonado (’09) was the only ex-Rattler to get in the game. He went 0-for-1.

Matt Tuiasosopo is willing to play anywhere to make the Mariners Opening Day roster.

This is one family battle where Matt Tuiasosopo has no intention of keeping the details in-house.

In fact, the Mariners infielder has made it a point to ensure that on-field showdowns between him and his future brother-in-law, pitcher Micah Owings of the Arizona Diamondbacks, don’t get mentioned at the spring training home they’ve rented together. So, Owings didn’t joke about getting him to fly out to shallow right with a runner on third Friday afternoon and Tuiasosopo has kept quiet about hitting a homer and single off the D-backs reliever during a Class AAA game in 2008.

The pair didn’t know each other that first time around, but, a year later in 2009, Tuiasosopo began dating Owings’ sister, Abi. They got engaged in December, meaning, in many ways, that Tuiasosopo’s off-field life has become far more stable than what he’s living on the field.

“If you look, I’ve played third base, then second base, then left field and now I’m at first base,” Tuiasosopo, hitting .292 this spring, said with a chuckle on Saturday. “I just go where they need me to play. That’s what they need me to do if I want to make the team, so I’ve just got to do it.”

Tuiasosopo was recently asked by the Mariners to shift his concentration away from third base and focus on first base and left field. To some, that was a sign that Tuiasosopo, a bit of a surprising opening-day member the past two seasons, was in danger of having that streak end this year.

In reality, Tuiasosopo’s chances of making the team have probably increased with the developments in left field. Milton Bradley stands a good chance of being the opening-day left fielder, meaning the team could send Michael Saunders to Class AAA to ensure he continues to get daily playing time.
His play has been so dazzling at times this spring that the lone question surrounding him has been not if he will make it to the big leagues, but when, and will it be April 1 of this season.

The ease in which Lawrie has settled into third has been one of the more pleasant developments of the spring for the Jays.

“He sure has,” Tony LaCava, the Jays assistant general manager and vice-president of baseball operations replied when asked if Lawrie is surprising people with how well he is adapting to the new position. “He’s showed the ability to make the above-average play, which is interesting. That gives him a chance to be better than average.

“An average fielder should make average plays. The work will come with him when he has to make the routine plays, when he gets to make all of them and makes them regularly and becomes consistent with that. He has also shown the ability to make the above-average play which is really exciting. So, he’s exceeding our expectations defensively so far.”

How so?

“He’s doing some things at third base that some guys never ever do,” LaCava said. “Some times when he’s deep and gets an in-between hop, he knows to play through it instead of laying back and getting eaten up. He’s aggressive by nature and at times that’s how you have to play third base. It’s a reactive position and I think he has the skill sets to do it.”

For his part, Lawrie said his goals for the spring were to get to befriend his new teammates, get established and have some fun.

“It’s just been an opportunity for me to open up some eyes,” he said. “The more you get to know your teammates the easier it is to play because your surroundings are so much better. That’s been the thing for me here, just go out and have some fun and play the game like I’ve always played it.”

Post for a rainy Sunday

First of all, the Timber Rattlers played their first game of Spring Training on Friday down in Arizona.  That’s not entirely true.  There is no guarantee that the players on this Timber Rattlers roster will be on the roster when the regular season starts…BUT! HEY! TIMBER RATTLERS WIN!

They beat a team of Reds minor leaguers 4-1.  Check out the boxscore at the bottom of this post from the ever present battlekow on BrewerFan.net.

The main numbers:
Cody Hawn: 1-for-3, RBI
Michael Walker: 2-for-3, RUN, RBI

The starting pitcher was Austin Ross.  His line: 4IP, 3H, R, 0ER, 0BB, K

NOTE: I will be down in Arizona from March 24-29.  I will be filing reports each evening on TimberRattlers.com.  Additionally, I will be at the Timber Rattlers games on March 25 (v. Cincinnati), 26 (v. Cleveland), & 27 (@ San Diego).  There is also (probably) an intrasquad game scheduled on March 28.  The plan is to update you live on my twitter account @CMehring during the games.

Also at the link are boxscores of the other Brewers minor league teams.  Check on the progress of former Rattlers players.

A couple of photos on this rainy Sunday:

From the usual spot.
Thumbnail image for Rainy Sunday afternoon 001.JPGAnd from down the third base side there is this to show the last vestiges of the snow.

Rainy Sunday afternoon 002.JPG18 days!  18 DAYS!

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