March 2011

UPDATED: A post to be named later…

The announcement regarding the Brewers Sundays Jerseys for 2011 will be made in about 30 minutes.

It will be made over at the main website, but I will have the images here.

UPDATE: Okay.  The announcement has been made.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will be wearing a piece of their parent club’s history – with a local twist – during Sunday games at Time Warner Cable Field this season. In 2011, the Rattlers go back to the era when Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were teammates by wearing jerseys based on the home jerseys of the 1975 Milwaukee Brewers.

The white jerseys with blue and gold trim will have “RATTLERS” written across the chest in the original font of the 1975 Brewers. The team will wear these jerseys as part of Brewers Sundays during the 2011 season.

Here are the images of the jerseys:
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2011 Brewers Sunday Jersey Back.pngFrom Sports Illustrated: This is how those 1975 jerseys looked on Hank Aaron:
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Video Tours

The production crew was busy.  They have put together videos for the various special seating areas around Time Warner Cable Field.  You may check them all out right here.

Here are the videos for the All-You-Can-Eat Section and the Miller High Life Home Run Porch.

Thursday Program post (1978)

Gaze upon the archetypes of Pitching, Hitting, Running, and Fielding from the cover of the 1978 Appleton Foxes Program:

1978foxescover.jpgMeet Gordie Lund, the manager of the Foxes:

lund78.jpgMmmmmm….brau.
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The list of promotions for the 1978 Foxes season is worth a look. The schedule included an appearance by Rodney Dangerfield on May 28…no…seriously…

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World’s Largest Sub, Playboy Bunnies, and Horse Show & Dance are also promotions that I wish were somewhere in the archives.

It just flat-out wasnt the year I wanted.

That is a quote from this Larry Stone article about Adam Moore (’06)

Since Dan Wilson’s reign as the regular catcher ended in 2004, the M’s have searched far and wide for someone to establish himself at that vital position.
Miguel Olivo, version 1.0, wasn’t the answer after coming to Seattle as the centerpiece of the Freddy Garcia trade near the 2004 deadline. Kenji Johjima, signed out of Japan before the 2006 season, looked like the answer after a rookie season in which he hit .291 with 18 homers and 76 runs batted in — Benchesque numbers compared to Seattle’s more recent output from the position.

Johjima’s Seattle stint lasted through four seasons of ever-diminishing production and playing time before he opted out of his contract after the 2009 season, amid constant talk that M’s pitchers didn’t like throwing to him.

Jeff Clement, the No. 3 overall pick in the talent-laden 2005 draft (taken in lieu of Troy Tulowitzki, their expected choice), flamed out on the way to his expected inheritance of the job. For the past two years, the M’s have employed a hodgepodge of young and old catchers, none seizing the position.

Which brings us to Adam Moore, who succeeded Clement in the “heir apparent” role. But last season, instead of cementing Moore as the regular, turned out to be a year of struggles and frustration that has left his future, like so many of his predecessors, in doubt.

“It just flat-out wasn’t the year I wanted,” said Moore.

And now Moore is at Mariners camp trying to re-establish himself as a catching contender. But the circumstances have changed dramatically, with the Mariners opting in early January to give Olivo a two-year, $7-million contract for a second stint in Seattle. There’s no question that Olivo, currently sidelined with a strained groin, is the team’s No. 1 catcher.

Head over and read it all.

Rule 5 Rosario

I saw this not on twitter the other day and just remembered to go back and look at it.  Adrian Rosario (’10) was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft.  Here is a note from the Orioles Insider blog at The Baltimore Sun.

The only other subject, aside from the update about which hand specialist examined Derrek Lee’s wrist today, was the performance of Rule 5 draft pick Adrian Rosario. The ninth inning didn’t go well, and [Buck] Showalter didn’t hide the fact that it will be almost impossible to consider keeping Rosario on the major league roster. If a Rule 5 draftee does not make the club, he must be waived through the rest of the major leagues and offered back to his original club — in this case, the Milwaukee Brewers.

The ninth inning which is brought up happened on March 8. The O’s led the Philles 3-2. Rosario pitched the eighth without incident, but he faced four batters in the bottom of the ninth and allowed the Phillies to score two runs for a 4-3 win.

Podcasting and bracketing

Head over to Bernie’s Crew for their fourth podcast.I don’t know why, but they talk to me at the very end. 

The gang also handles questions in their mailbag, the starting rotation for the Brewers and various other topics.

Don’t forget that Prospect Madness continues over there.

Today’s matchups are:

#5 D’Vontrey Richardson v. #13 Daniel Meadows (vote until 2pm).

#6Mike McClendon v. #3 Logan Schaefer (vote until Friday at 8:30pm).

Brewers 11, Diamondbacks 8

In Cactus League play yesterday, the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-8.

Ex-Rattlers in the game for Milwaukee:

Martin Maldonado (’09): 0-for-1
Wily Peralta (’09): 2IP, 3H, 2R, BB, 2K

Sigh

Sigh…

sigh 001.JPGSigh…sigh 002.JPGOpening Day is in 30 days…sigh.

FORE!

The Timber Rattlers are hosting a golf outing on Monday, June 13.  Proceeds will go to The Miracle League of the Fox Valley.

A foursome may register for $275 and will have the opportunity to golf with a Timber Rattlers player or coach.  Individuals may register for $75.  Lunch is included with registration and will be served at the turn.  Snacks will be available following golf from 2-4pm.

If you wish to participate in the 2011 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Golf Outing, please contact Ryan Cunniff at (920) 733-4152 or rcunniff@timberrattlers.com.  Registration forms are available at timberrattlers.com and at Time Warner Cable Field.  Registration deadline is Friday, June 3.

The event will take place at Eagle Creek Golf Course and start at 9am with a shotgun start.

Good News

MiLB.com made this announcement yesterday.  It’s good news for the Timber Rattlers, the Midwest League, and all of minor league baseball.

Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL) have reached an agreement on a new six-year Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), extending through the 2020 season, it was announced today.

The NAPBL leagues unanimously approved the agreement in January, followed by the unanimous approval of Major League Baseball owners.

The agreement guarantees that Major League teams will field at least 160 National Association teams through the life of the extension by means of Player Development Contracts (PDC) and/or ownership of National Association teams.

Once more….with FEELING, Ben Hill!

The relationship between Major and Minor League Baseball can be summed up by Frank Sinatra’s ruminations on love and marriage — You can’t have one without the other.

The arrangement that binds the two entities is called the Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA), which, most crucially, provides industry stability with its assurance that Major League Baseball will field at least 160 Minor League teams. This guarantee is formalized through Player Development Contracts (PDCs), the two or four-year agreements that bind Major League teams and Minor League affiliates.

On Tuesday it was announced that Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL, the governing body of Minor League Baseball) have reached a new agreement that will extend the PBA through 2020.
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