50 Years in 50 Days: 1992

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached 20.

20 Years Ago:
The Foxes and the Royals were together for one last season and made the playoffs.  This postseason appearance ended a six season absence of the Foxes for the playoffs.

The cover of the 1992 Appleton Foxes Program was one more Paul Birling design.

Name: Appleton Foxes
Affiliation: Kansas City Royals (6th Year)
Manager:  Tom Poquette
First Half Record:  41-23 (1st, North)
Second Half Record: 29-39 (6th, North)
Overall Record: 70-62

Tom Poquette, the manager of the Foxes in 1992.

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Andres Berumen (5-2, 2.65) in 46 games – no starts – with 52K and 13 saves in 57.2IP
Pitcher Brian Bevil (9-7, 3.40) in 26 games – all starts – with 168K in 156IP
Pitcher Mike Bovee (9-10, 3.56) in 28 games – 24 starts – with 120K in 149.1IP
Outfielder Raul Gonzalez hit .256 with nine homers & 51RBI in 119 games
Shortstop Shane Halter hit .265 with three homers & 33RBI in 80 games
Pitcher Dan Miceli (1-1, 1.93) in 22 games – no starts – with 44K & 9 saves in 23.1IP
Outfielder Rod Myers hit .220 with four homers & 30RBI in 71 games
Outfielder Les Norman hit .376 with four homers & 47RBI in 59 games
Third baseman Joe Randa hit .301 with five homers and 43RBI in 72 games
Second Baseman Steve Sisco went 1-for-4 in one game
Designated Hitter Larry Sutton went 1-for-4 in one game

Raul Gonzaelz, 1992

Shane Halter, 1992.

Joe Randa, 1992

Category Leaders:
AVG: Steve Hinton – .270
HR: Ed Gerald – 12
RBI:  Steve Hinton – 63
SB: Rod Myers – 25
OPS: Steve Hinton – .737
WINS: Brian Bevil, Mike Bovee, Shayne Rea – 9
ERA: Robert Toth – 3.39
IP:  Brian Bevil – 156.0
SO: Brian Bevil – 168
SV: Andres Berumen – 13

This is Dan Servello. He played 27 games for the Foxes in 1992. I wish the photographer would have used a shot of Servello where you could, oh, I don't know...see his FACE!

It’s Not The Same Guy Stat:  The Rod Myers who played outfield for the Foxes in 1992 is not the same guy as the Rodney Myers who pitched for the Foxes in 1991.

Wisconsin Native Stat: Tom Poquette is a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

For the Record Stat:  In 1991, the Foxes had one player on the roster make the major leagues.  In 1992, the Foxes had 11 players on the roster make the major leagues.

Royal Stat:  In six seasons as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Appleton Foxes made the playoffs one time.  Including the three playoff games in 1992, the Foxes compiled a record of 387-435 with the Royals as their parent club.

1992 MWL Season:
Quad City switched their nickname from the Angels to the River Bandits.  It would be idiotic if they ever got rid of River Bandits for a nickname.  Right?

North: Appleton Foxes, Beloit Brewers, Kenosha Twins, Madison Muskies, Rockford Expos, South Bend White Sox, Wausau Timbers
South: Burlington Astros, Cedar Rapids Reds, Clinton Giants, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City River Bandits, Springfield Cardinals, Waterloo Diamonds

1992 MWL All-Star Game
Peoria hosted the All-Star Game on June 22.  The North beat the South 7-5.  Brian Bevil was the winning pitcher.

1992 MWL Postseason:
The Foxes finished the first half  41-23 to win the North Division by five games over Beloit.  The Brewers won the second half and the two Wisconsin teams met in the North Division playoffs.  Beloit beat the Foxes 2-1 in the best-of-three series.  In the South, Cedar Rapids swept Quad Cities.

In the finals, Cedar Rapids beat Beloit 3-2 in the best-of-five Championship Series.

1992 MWL Alumni of Note:
Chris HookCedar Rapids Reds

Chris Hook, 1992 Cedar Rapids Reds. From checkoutmycards.com

Could it really be anyone else?

Hook, the Timber Rattlers pitching coach from 2009-2011, was one of the top pitchers in the Midwest League in 1992.  He went 14-8 with an ERA of 2.72 in 26 games – 25 starts – for the Reds during the regular season.  The faithful in Cedar Rapids remember.

1992 Brewers Farmhand of Note:
Jeff CirilloBeloit Brewers

Jeff Cirillo, 1992 Beloit Brewers.

Cirillo was an 11th round pick of the Brewers in 1991.  He played in 126 games for Beloit in 1992 and hit .304 with nine homers and 71RBI.  He was in the big leagues in 1994 and played for the Brewers, Rockies, Mariners, Brewers again, Twins, and Arizona through the 2007 season.

Openign Day, 2012 is April 5.  Get here soon!

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