April 2011


If you grew up in Wisconsin during the 70s and 80s and followed the Milwaukee Brewers, Benji means something to you that it does not mean to others.

Benji = Ben Oglivie, who is now the hitting coach for the West Michigan Whitecaps.  This Grand Rapids Press article catches up with the Brewers star.

Despite turning 62 in February, the former major league player and first-year West Michigan Whitecaps hitting coach shows no signs of winding down.

“The one thing I have found out is you stay with something you are passionate about,” Oglivie said. “When the passion goes, I will go home. When it becomes work, I’m going home. What has sustained me is the passion, and I don’t think I’ve lost that.

“I know, realistically, that I can’t play, so that’s gone, but there is a light that still allows me to come out here and not feel that this is labor.”

A-freaking-MEN!!  Click through and read it all.

Rattlers MLB Alumni – Games of April 25, 2011

Wow. Rough night for Rattler Alums in the big leagues last night, too:

Chicago 2 @ New York 0

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 1-for-4
Rafael Soriano (’00): IP, 2H, R, BB

@Arizona 4, Philadelphia 0

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-3

@San Diego 5, Atlanta 3 (13)

Eric O’Flaherty (’05): .2IP, 0H, R, BB, K

@Florida 5, Los Angeles 4

Greg Dobbs (’02): 1-for-4

Postgame thoughts (April 25, 2011)


Quad Cities 5 @ Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Game Story

A couple of defensive highlights:

  • Jimmy Nelson with one “bad” inning.  Three straight singles that weren’t hit hard – but hit to the right spot – to load the bases in the third inning.  A fielder’s choice, a wild pitch, and a sac fly and it’s 3-0.
  • Unfortunately, that was more than enough.
  • You can take or leave the quality start stat (6IP, with three or fewer earned runs allowed).  BUT, that is the fourth straight quality start by a Rattlers, um, starting pitcher.  The Rattlers have lost all four of those games.
  • One other note on Jimmy Nelson: Six innings = 18 outs.  There were three strikeouts,  a caught stealing, and an outfield assist.  The ground out to fly out ratio on the other 13 outs was 11:2.  This is where that ‘fastball with heavy sink’ part of the scouting report comes in to play and looks very, very accurate.
  • In the four game losing streak, the offense has scored three runs and collected 15 hits.
  • The scoreless streak for the offense is at 18-1/3 innings.
  • That being said, it’s not like the four pitchers the Rattlers have faced in these four games are the 1962 Mets. Siegrist is now 3-0 with a 0.50ERA. Hassebrock has allowed one unearned run in 16 innings this season.  Brown is 3-0 with a 1.06ERA.  Soliman has only given up two runs in 10-2/3 innings this season.
  • Tyler Roberts, the Good: Another runner thrown out.  He is 6-for-10 in throwing out runners this season.
  • Tyler Roberts, the Needs Work: Another passed ball.  He has been charged with five this season.
  • In a bit of déjá vu, the tarp just went on the field.
  • The following rovers/coordinators are in town from the Brewers: Charlie Greene (Field Coordinator/Catching Instructor), Reggie Washington (Outfield and Base Running Instructor), Bill Castro (Pitching advisor), and Lee Tunnell (Pitching Coordinator)
  • I think the players are going to be getting a lot of early work tomorrow…weather permitting.

Lineup and Game Notes April 25, 2011

Timber Rattlers game day at Time Warner Cable Field!

Congratulations to Austin Ross!  The Rattlers starting pitcher was  named the Midwest League pitcher of the week earlier today for his performance against Beloit on April 18.

The pitching matchups for the rest of this series with the River Bandits:

TUE: Tyler Thornburg v. Zach Russell
WED: Austin Ross v. Trevor Rosenthal

Tonight’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw 2B
Reggie Keen CF
Cody Hawn 1B
Jason Rogers LF
Mike Walker DH
Greg Hopkins 3B
Robbie Garvey RF
Carlos George SS
Tyler Roberts C

Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Here are tonight’s notes: RattlersGameNotesApril25

It’s a beautiful morning

Snow is gone. Winter’s over.  Snow is gone. Winter’s over.

It's a beautiful morning at Time Warner Cable Field

Don’t believe me.  Don’t believe the badly altered John Lennon lyrics?  Don’t believe the picture? Well, maybe a certain gentleman by the name of Felix Cavaliere can convince you:

How can you argue with that?



One of the questions I get the most this season is: How is Cutter doing?

Cutter being Cutter Dykstra.

This story over at Philly.com has a lot of the details with off the field stuff.  But, to answer the on the field question.

This season, he has been a designated hitter with Potomac. Going into Saturday night’s game he was batting .273 with no extra-base hits, four RBIs, and two stolen bases.

Click the link for the whole story.

MLB Alumni – Games of April 24, 2011

Your Rattler Alum of the day for Easter Sunday: Eric O’Flaherty (’05) of the Atlanta Braves.  He went two scoreless innings, gave up a hit, and got the win in Atlanta’s 9-6 victory at San Francisco.
Philadelphia 3 @San Diego 1

Rob Johnson (’05): 1-for-3

@Texas 8, Kansas City 7

Jeremy Jeffress (’10): .2IP, H, 2R, 2BB, K

Boston 7 @Los Angeles 0

David Ortiz (’96): 1-for-3, RUN, RBI

Oakland 5 @Seattle 2

Brian Fuentes (’97): 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K, SAVE #6

Michael Saunders (’06): 1-for-3, RUN
Carlos Peguero (’07): defensive replacement

@Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 0-for-5
Shin-soo Choo (’02): 1-for-4

@Detroti 3, Chicago 0

Matt Thornton (’00): IP, 0H, 0R, 2K

New York 6 @Baltimore 3

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-2, RBI

Adam Jones (’04): 1-for-3, 2 RUNS

Game Notes & Game one lineup – 4/23/11

What do ya know? The tarp DOES come off the infield at Community Field!


Looks like the team will finally get to play some ball…maybe lay a little smack down…drop the people’s home run or whatever…Give me a break…it’s been a long four days without a Rattlers game

Burlington has a slight change to their rotation…Seth Frankoff will toss the first inning of game one.  Jacob Brown will come on in relief and work his normal, um, workload.

No changes to the Rattlers lineup – at least none that I have been informed of yet.

Nick Shaw             2B
Reggie Keen         CF
Cody Hawn           1B
Jason Rogers       LF
Mike Walker         DH
Greg Hopkins        3B
Tyler Roberts         C
Carlos George       SS
Franklin Romero RF

Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

The game notes are virtually the same.  The necessary adjustments have been made: RattlersGameNotesApril23

The broadcast starts with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 3:40pm today.  Tune in to AM1280, WNAM or the internet feed.


MLB Alumni Report for April 22, 2011

The Rattler MLB Alumni of the day has to be Michael Pineda…again.

@Seattle 4, Oakland 0

Michael Pineda (’08): 6IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 5K
Michael Saunders (’06): 0-for-2 RUN

@Texas 11, Kansas City 6

Nathan Adcock (’08): 2.2IP, 3H, 3R, 2BB
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): Ip, H, 0R, 2K

Boston 4 @Los Angeles 3

David Ortiz (’96): 0-for-4

Philadelphia 2 @San Diego 0

PHI: Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 0-for-4

Hitting Inside Today…No Games Tonight

The Burlington Bees have a great indoor hitting facility.  The Rattlers were in taking some swings to try to stay loose and maybe prepare for a game tonight.

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Just received word that tonight’s doubleheader is postponed.  There will be a doubleheader on Saturday, April 23 at Community Field.  Game time is 4:00pm.  There will also have to be a doubleheader when the Bees visit Time Warner Cable Field May 20-23.  Keep in mind that there are already two doubleheaders planned for the Beloit series on May 18 and 19.  It’s gonna be busy that week.

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