50 Years in 50 Days: 1995

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 17.

17 Years Ago:
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Fox Cities Stadium begin a new era of professional baseball in Appleton.

The 1995 cover of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers souvenir program.

Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (3rd Year)
Manager:  Mike Goff (1st Year)
First Half Record:  30-38 (4th, Central)
Second Half Record: 33-37 (3rd, Central)
Overall Record: 63-73

Ken Cloude was a member of the 1995 Timber Rattlers.

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Ken Cloude (9-8, 3.24) in 25 games – all starts – with 140K in 161.0IP
Shortstop Wilson Delgado hit .243 with no homers and seven RBI in 19 games
Pitcher Shawn Estes (0-0, 0.90) in two games – both starts – with 11K in 10.0IP
Outfielder Shane Monahan hit .283 with a homer and 32RBI in 59 games
Pitcher Marino Santana (8-3, 1.77) in 15 games – all starts – with 110K in 96.2IP
Pitcher Aaron Scheffer (0-1, 6.59) in nine games – no starts – with 8K in 13.2IP
Pitcher Roy Smith (7-14, 5.38) in 27 games – all starts – with 109K in 149.0IP
Catcher Dusty Wathan hit .091 with a homer and three RBI in five games

Category Leaders:
AVG: Jason Cook – .269
HR: James Clifford – 10
RBI: Jason Cook – 64
SB: Kyle Towner – 34
OPS: James Clifford – .797
WINS: Chris Beck – 12
ERA: Derek Bieniasz – 3.13
IP: Derek Bieniasz – 175.1
SO: Ken Cloude – 140
SV: John Thompson – 19

Cliffy was with the Foxes in 1994 and with the Rattlers in 1995. He led the team in homers and .OPS in 95. I believe that he is still with Seattle as their minor league strength & conditioning coordinator.

1995 MWL Season:

I just left the whole page in there.

Remember all the changes last year?  There were even more for 1995.  Here are the franchise changes from MWLGuide.com.

 Beloit Snappers changed name (from Brewers).
Burlington Bees changed affiliation (Expos to Giants).
Michigan Battle Cats [Battle Creek] moved (from Madison), changed name (from Hatters), and changed affiliation (Cardinals to Red Sox). This team was temporarily known as the Battle Creek Golden Kazoos.
Peoria Chiefs changed affiliation (Cubs to Cardinals).
Rockford Cubbies changed name (from Royals) and affiliation (Royals to Cubs).
Sultans of Springfield changed affiliation (Padres to Royals).
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers [Appleton] changed name (from Appleton Foxes).

Get all that?

1995 Pocket Schedule cover.


Plus the MWL changed from a two division format to a three division format AND they expanded the playoffs from four teams to eight teams.

Here is the page from the ’95 Program that lays out the new divisions.

That's six teams in the west and four teams in both the central and east.

Don’t worry.  More changes in store for 1996.

1995 MWL All-Star Game:
West Michigan hosted the All-Star Game on June 20.  The East beat the West 7-5.

1995 MWL Postseason:
Playoff teams were: Beloit, Cedar Rapids, Fort Wayne, Kane County, Michigan, Quad City, Rockford, & West Michigan

Round One (Best-of-Three):
Beloit 2, Rockford 0
Michigan 2, Fort Wayne 0
Quad City 2, Cedar Rapids 1
West Michigan 2, Kane County 1

Round Two (Best-of-Three):
Beloit 2, Quad City 1
Michigan 2, West Michigan 1

MWL Championship Series (Best-of-Five):
Beloit 3, Michigan 0

1995 MWL Alum of Note:
Carl PavanoMichigan Battle Cats

Carl Pavano in 1995 from checkoutmycards.com

Pavano was 6-6 with a 3.44ERA in 22 starts for the MWL affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in 1995.

1995 Brewers Farmhands of Note:
Ronnie BelliardBeloit Snappers

Ronnie Belliard hit .297 with 13 homers and 76RBI in 130 games with the Beloit Snappers in 1995.

Jeff D’Amico – Beloit Snappers

Jeff D'Amico went 13-3 with a 2.39ERA and 119 strikeouts in 132IP during 21 games - 20 starts - for the Snappers in 1995.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5.  Get here soon.

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