January 2012

Compare & Contrast

Timber Rattlers video:


The inspiration:


I am told that there are a few more bobble-centric videos to be produced in the next few weeks.

Flashback Friday Supplemental: January 20, 2012

There is nothing that I do not like about the cover of the 1993 Appleton Foxes Program cover.

A fox standing on a pier...A left-hand hitting fox standing on a pier. Drawn by Dave Taylor

This week’s Flashback is posted over TimberRattlers.com and it is a little history about baseball in Appleton.


What a difference a week makes.  The slideshow begins with the photo that was taken on Monday morning. Then, a bunch of pictures from the day after the snow finally hit on Thursday…all day on Thursday:

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Have a great weekend, everyone.  Think warm thoughts.

Flashback Friday Supplement (1/13/12)

Here are a few photos that go with today’s Flashback Friday on the home page:

This man looks like the founder of a baseball league. Photo Credit: Heath Baseball Museum

The 1964 Foxes featuring Sparky Lyle. Photo Credit: Heath Baseball Museum

The 1980 Wisconsin Rapids Twins featuring a young Mr. Met: Photo Credit: Heath Baseball Museum

Snowmageddon, 2012

Wisconsin. January. Snow.

It happens.

The fact that it was 50 degrees yesterday does not mean that it will not snow the rest of the winter.

This week’s Mehring Monday had a picture from centerfield to show the lack of snow.

Baseline photo of Time Warner Cable Field from January 9, 2012

Snow is falling again in Northeastern Wisconsin.  The thought came to me about documenting today’s snowfall.  The first photo was taken a little after 9am and posted on @TimberRattlers.

Here is the photo from 10am.  Will update hourly until the daylight fails.

10am January 12, 2012

Your 11am photo:

11am on 1/12/12

Next up is the noon photo:

This is from about 12:10pm on 1/12/12

1pm photo:

Here is the 1:00pm photo for 1/12/12.

Oh and it’s still snowing, too.

Here are three pictures for the 2pm update.

The field at 2pm on 1/12/12

The seating bowl at 2pm on 1/12/12

The concourse at 2pm on 1/12/12

Mother Nature is not going to make me tap.

From the front of the stadium a little past 3pm on 1/12/12

Time Warner Cable Field a little past 3pm on 1/12/12

Snowing harder, too.

Looking the other way down the concourse a little past 3pm

I’ll put this all into slideshow format later today.

Post 4pm on 1/12/12

Still a little cold. Might have been the long walk to the top of the grass seating area without a jacket.

A little blue tint to these photos since it was getting so dark.

From behind home plate a little before 5pm.

You may need to brush these off before sitting on them.

Slippery when snowy.

And that is the day in snow at Time Warner Cable Field. Plus, it’s still snowing. Can’t wait to see how much falls during the night.

A moment for Mark Haley

Mark Haley has been the manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks since 2005.  That was the year he and the Hawks beat the Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League Championship Series.

Haley has been a great manager with whom to deal over the last several seasons.  When the Rattlers are in South Bend, I always seem to run into him in the tunnels beneath Coveleski Stadium in South Bend on the first day of a series down there.

Oh, there have been some battles over the years but, Haley has always been a professional.

That’s why a twitter update that included a link about Haley hit me a little last night.

…fast forward to Thurs. Dec 29th, after 6 days of ups and downs with temps, BP, pain, etc. a CT scan revealed a softball size abcess in his abdomen from a perforated bowel. I arrived to his room that morning and the OR was already calling for him.  He had been back for about 10 min. It was a decision that we really had no time to think about because by now Mark was very sick and something had to be done quickly.  2 hrs later Dr. Credi and Dr. Mark Walsh spoke to me and told me that Mark had 12 inches of bowel removed, he was Septic and he was going to be in the ICU for at least a day or 2 on a ventilator and to be prepared because things would get worse before they got better.

Please click the link and read all the details.

Ben Hill had this update this afternoon with comments from the Silver Hawks.

“We’re keeping [Haley] in our thoughts and prayers. He’s a strong, tough man and we expect a full recovery,” said Silver Hawks general manager Lynn Kachmarik. “South Bend is his home, and he’s highly respected throughout the community. We’re getting so many calls and messages from people wanting to wish him well.”

We here at the Timber Rattlers wish Mark well, too.

Alumni Winter League Stats

Bryan LaHair at the plate during a 2004 game. LaHair hit 15 home runs in Venezuela during the regular season of the winter league.

Australia still has a few weeks left in the regular season.  It appears that Puerto Rico ends their regular season tonight.  Playoffs have started in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

Australian Baseball League

Adelaide Bite:
Denny Almonte (’08): 30 games; .347/.412/.669; 10HR, 32RBI

Perth Heat:
James McOwen (’07): 27 games; .318/.397/.445; 1HR, 11RBI

Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson (’00): 8 games, 8 starts; 2-1, 3.63ERA; 44.2IP, 7BB, 26K

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional

Aguilas del Zulia:
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 40 games; .239/.415/.349; 2HR, 12RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 14 games, 13 starts; 7-3, 2.19ERA; 78.0IP, 22BB, 51K
Jose Escalona (’08): 23 games; 0-1, 2.63ERA; 13.2IP, 9BB, 8K

Bravos de Margarita:
Edgar Trejo (’09): 8 games; 1-for-10
Renee Cortez (’03): 10 games; 1-2, 3.86ERA; 14IP, 8BB, 5K

Cardenales de Lara:
Johan Limonta (’06): 38 games; .286/.347/.444; 3HR, 16RBI
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 47 games; .266/.351/.406; 4HR, 18RBI
Michael Saunders (’06): 16 games; .148/.292/.259; 1HR, 4RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06): 60 games; .284/.380/.445; 5HR, 31RBI
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 19 games; 1-4, 6.50ERA; 18.0IP; 10BB, 8K

Caribes de Anzoategui:
Luis Oliveros (’02): 6 games; .235/.350/.235; 0HR, 4RBI
Mike Wilson (’05): 44 games; .216/.379/.424; 9HR, 22RBI

Leones del Caracas:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 17 games; .246/.368/.404; 2HR, 10RBI
Mike Fiers (’09): 6 games, 5 starts; 3-2, 2.22ERA; 28.1IP, 10BB, 18K
Justin Thomas (’06): 9 games; 1-0, 2.70ERA; 6.2IP, 3BB, 0K

Navegantes del Magallanes:
Lorenzo Cain (’09): 9 games; .212/.333/.333; 1HR, 2RBI
Bryan LaHair (’04): 47 games; .272/.404/.592; 15HR, 29RBI

Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves (’10): 15 games; 1 start; 1-1, 2.05ERA; 22.0IP; 5BB, 10K

Gigantes de Carolina:
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 39 games; .324/.406/.475; 5HR; 20RBI
Rene Rivera (’03): 18 games; .211/.233/.298; 0HR, 5RBI
BOBBY Livingston (’03): 4 games; 4 starts; 0-2, 2.35ERA; 23.0IP, 6BB, 15K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 35 games; .271/.350/.415; 4HR, 15RBI
Hiram Burgos (’10): 8 games, 6 starts; 1-3, 7.43ERA; 23.0IP, 13BB, 16K

Leones de Ponce:
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 6 games, 5 starts; 0-3, 3.63ERA; 22.1IP, 14BB, 13K

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano

Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes (’08): 17 games; 0-1, SAVE; 1.50ERA; 12.0IP, 4BB, 10K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 24 games; 2-1, 1.32ERA; 27.1IP, 10BB, 15K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz (’07): 12 games; .133/.212/.133; 0HR, 0RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Daniel Carroll (’08): 9 games; .143/.200/.143; 0HR, 0RBI
Carlos Peguero (’08): 45 games; .259/.342/.512; 11HR, 29RBI
Aquilino Lopez (’00): 11 games, 10 starts; 3-2, 3.44ERA; 36.2IP, 8BB, 23K
Wily Peralta (’09): 6 games, 4 starts; 1-3, 4.68ERA; 25.0IP, 7BB< 21K

Leones del Escogido:
Leury Bonilla (’07): 6 games, 4-for-7, 0HR, RBI
Jorge Sosa (’01): 11 games, 11 starts; 2-4, 3.56ERA; 48.0IP; 16BB, 43K

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 20 games; .143/.160/.163; 0HR, 2RBI

Greetings from 2012

The blog has been on unofficial hiatus for the last few weeks with the lack of news…and because I was using the holiday break to recharge for the task of nonstop blogging and baseball to Labor Day and beyond.

To see the kind of year Rattler Radio had in 2011, please check out this link provided by WordPress.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by last season.  Spread the word for 2012 because there should be some neat things for you between now and Opening Day.  After Opening Day, I’ll continue with the features and add in all the Timber Rattler News that is fit to link.

To get back into the blogging habit, here is what the Time Warner Cable Field looked like today as the business office reopened for the new year.

View of Time Warner Cable Field from the left field berm

View of Time Warner Cable Field from the concourse near VIP Suite #1

As the great Jim Ross says, “Business is about to damn sure pick up!”

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