February 2013

Renovation Update: Episode 14

This week: Photos AND video!

First the pictures:

An overall view from the camera platform beyond the centerfield wall.

An overall view from the camera platform beyond the centerfield wall.

View from the club level near suite 3

View from the club level near suite 3

The entrance has a roof! Hopefully this means that it will never rain while you are standing in line.

The entrance has a roof! Hopefully this means that it will never rain while you are standing in line.

And the traditional shot of the front entrance.

And the traditional shot of the front entrance.

Now, the video brings it all together with views of some areas that have not been seen before this episode:

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week is the 2011 season.  The Rattlers were doubled up on walkoffs by their opponents.  But, that’s okay.  Two of the finest bat flips in Timber Rattlers history occur on their two walkoff homers of 2011.  Click the links for the video and audio highlights.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (4):

DATE: April 17 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Mike Walker
PITCHER: Eduardo Figueroa
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Peoria 1, Timber Rattlers 0 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-run home run by Walker!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 2, Peoria 1
NOTE: The Rattlers were winning game one of the doubleheader 6-2, but the Chiefs scored one in the sixth and four in the seventh to take the lead.  Walker’s homer came with one out and pinch-runner Robbie Garvey scored ahead of Walker.  The bat flip is my favorite part!

Mike Walker emphatically jumps on home plate!

Mike Walker emphatically jumps on home plate!

 

DATE: June 24
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
BATTER: Tyler Roberts
PITCHER: Aidan Lucas
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Sacrifice Fly by Roberts
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Quad Cities 3
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed Quad Cities 3-1 heading to the eighth.  TJ Mittelstaedt drove in Roberts with a single in the bottom of the eighth.  Chris Dennis tied the game in the ninth with an RBI single to score Franklin Romero.  Dennis scored on the sac fly by Roberts for the Rattler victory.

 

Country.

Country.

 

DATE: August 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER: Mike Brownstein
PITCHER: Drew Tyson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Three-run home run by Mike Brownstein!
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 8, Burlington 5 (10)
NOTE:  Wisconsin trailed 5-3 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  Reggie Keen and Nick Shaw each had RBI singles with two out in the ninth to tie the game.  In the tenth, Chadwin Stang and Joey Paciorek singled with two outs.  Then…SWING and a DRIVE (fast, low bat flip, too) to left for Brownstein!

 

That homer was the second - and last - homer Brownstein hit in the minor leagues.

That homer was the second – and last – homer Brownstein hit in the minor leagues.

 

DATE: August 3
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Greg Hopkins
PITCHER: Jon Taylor
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Hopkins.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 2, Clinton 1
NOTE: Nick Shaw singled. Jason Rogers dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Shaw into scoring position.  Hopkins singled. Shaw scored. Rattlers celebrated!

We see what you did there, Hop.

We see what you did there, Hop.

 

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: April 23 (Game Two)
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Jose Rivero
PITCHER: Del Howell
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Triple by Rivero scores Tony Thompson from first base.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Burlington 1, Timber Rattlers 0
NOTE: Del Howell had a no-hitter through the first six innings of the nightcap.  He allowed a single to Thompson to leadoff the bottom of the seventh.  Rivero followed with a triple.

DATE: May 27
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Orlando Calixte
PITCHER: Greg Holle
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth.
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Ryan Stovall scores from third on a wild throw to the plate by Yadiel Rivera.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Kane County 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: The Rattlers tied the game in the top of the ninth on a two-out RBI double by Mike Walker.  But, Kane County loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth against Eric Marzec.  Holle came in and got Calixte to send a grounder to short.  But, Rivera’s throw home was wild and Stovall scored the winning run.

DATE: May 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Phil Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER:  Jake Kuebler
PITCHER: Brian Garman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Bases loaded walk with two outs forced in the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF:  Kane County 5, Wisconsin 4 (11)
NOTE: The Rattlers broke a 1-1 game with three runs in the top of the eleventh.  Greg Holle got into trouble and Garman couldn’t get out of it.

DATE:  May 31
OPPONENT: Bowling Green Hot Rods
STADIUM: Bowling Green Ballpark
BATTER: Steven Tinoco
PITCHER: Tom Keeling
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Tinoco.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Bowling Green 4, Timber Rattlers 3 (10)
NOTE: Wisconsin broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the eighth.  But, Bowling Green tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and won it in the tenth.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Perfect Game Field
BATTER: Jesus Campos
PITCHER: Stosh Wawrzasek
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two out wild pitch allowed Justin Bass to score winning run from third
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 8, Timber Rattlers 7 (10)
NOTE: Cedar Rapids tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
STADIUM: Modern Woodmen Park
BATTER: Geoff Klein
PITCHER: Eric Marzec
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Klein with a sacrifice fly to right.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Quad Cities 6, Timber Rattlers 5 (11)
NOTE:  Quad Cities tied the game 5-5 with two runs on a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth.

DATE: July 20
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
STADIUM: Cooley Law School
BATTER: Marcus Knecht
PITCHER: Greg Holle
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Michael Crouse scored “just ahead” of a throw to the plate.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Lansing 6, Timber Rattlers 5
NOTE: Knecht was up with the bases loaded and no outs.  Holle got him to send a grounder to third.  Mike Brownstein threw home for the force.  Crouse was ruled safe and the Lugnuts won the game.  If the game was allowed to continue, the Timber Rattlers coaching staff, at least three players, and one radio announcer would have been kicked out of the contest. 

DATE: August 18
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Dustin Geiger
PITCHER: Brian Garman
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY:  RBI single by Geiger
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 5, Timber Rattlers 4
NOTE: I have nothing to say about this game.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)


Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

MLB Memory Lane – June 29, 1991

I went to a lot of baseball games before I started working in baseball.  MLB Memory Lane is a look back at some of those games.

This week, the most frustrating game I have ever attended in my life.

Date: June 29, 1991
Teams: New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers
Stadium: Milwaukee County Stadium
Seat Location: Bleachers in Left-center
With: Friends

I want to put this out there right away.  I do not hate Dan Plesac.  In fact, I stood up for him while he struggled late in his career as the closer for the Brewers.

But, some of my friends and family members…They probably do not want to hear the name Plesac ever again.  This game from 1991 may is probably one of the reasons.

It was a great day for a game.  We showed up with over 31,000 other fans to watch Teddy Higuera take on the Yankees.  Jeff Johnson was on the mound for New York.  Jeff Who?  Exactly.

But, first Higuera got into a lot of trouble in the first inning.

There were two on with one out as Jesse Barfield singled to drive in Steve Sax.  Higuera walked Kevin Maas to load the bases and Hensley Meulens singled in two more runs to put the Yankees up 3-0.  Higuera escaped the rest of the inning without allowing another run.  In fact, he wouldn’t give up another run the rest of his time on the hill.

Meanwhile, the Brewers charged back to take tie the game against Jeff Johnson in the third inning.  They loaded the bases with one out and Robin Yount grounded into a force play to let Rick Dempsey score from third base.  Candy Maldonado followed with an RBI single to drive in Billy Spiers.  Then, Greg Vaughn singled in Yount.

That was it for Johnson.  Eric Plunk took over and got the last out of the third.

The game settled in after the pitching change.  Higuera pitched a 1-2-3 fourth, worked out of a runners on the corners with no out jam in the fifth, allowed a meaningless two-out single in the sixth, and tossed a 1-2-3 seventh.  The fans were loving Higuera’s performance after that first inning stumble.
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However, Plunk was just as good.  He had a 1-2-3 fourth, worked around a one out single by Willie Randolph in the fifth, and pitched a 1-2-3 sixth.

So, here we are.  Seventh inning stretch time at Milwaukee County Stadium.  Tied 3-3 on a perfect Saturday afternoon and BJ Surhoff is coming to the plate to pinch-hit for Rick Dempsey.  Single.  Spiers bunts into a force play at second base for the first out.  Then, Paul Molitor walks.  That’s it for Plunk.  Time to bring in, um, John Habyan to face Randolph.

Willie Randolph singles to center to score Spiers.  Then, a horrific throw by Meulens lets Molitor score and the Crew are up 5-3.  Robin is next and he does what you expect of Robin Yount in that spot.  He smacks a double to drive in Randolph to make it 6-3.  Then, Candy “By GOD!” Maldonado cracks a two-run homer and the Brewers lead those damn Yankees 8-3!

Candy "By God!" Maldonado

Candy “By God!” Maldonado

You’ll remember that Higuera did not start the 1991 season with the Brewers.  His season didn’t get started until the end of May.  This start on June 29 was the first time in that season he made it seven innings.  But, surely the Brewers bullpen could get six outs.

They needed three pitchers to get three outs in the freaking eighth inning.

But before we get to that…Important plot point.  Daryl Hamilton came into the game as a defensive replacement for Robin Yount in the top of the eighth.

Along with that move and putting Surhoff in at catcher, which bullpen warrior did Tom Trebelhorn call on to start the top of the eighth?  Julio Machado.

Machado retired Don Mattingly for the first out.  Then…back-to-back home runs by Barfield and Kevin Maas.
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It’s 8-5, but not time to panic.  However, it was time for a pitching change.  Hi, Chuck Crim!

Mel Hall retired for the second out.  But, Pat Sheridan doubled.  Bye, Chuck Crim.  Hello, Mark Lee.

Willie Randolph commits a throwing error after a Matty Nokes grounder and Sheridan scores to make it 8-6.

It was at this point that my friends in attendance started to yell to Greg Vaughn and Daryl Hamilton that, under NO CIRCUMSTANCES, should they allow Dan Plesac to take the mound in this game.  “Hey, Daryl! Hey, Vaughn!  If Pleasac comes out of the bullpen, tackle him! Don’t let him get to the mound!”

Well, Mark Lee did get the final out of the eighth inning.  Then, the Brewers went down in order in the bottom of the eighth.  The score was still 8-6.

Here comes Plesac!

Photo from si.com

Photo from si.com

There was an audible groan from my friends and most of the people in my section of the bleachers as he headed for the mound.

Now, at the time, Dan Plesace was 5-for-5 in save opportunities.  He had appeared in 23 games up to that point in the season and he had allowed more than one run in an inning just one time before this game and that was when he gave up a pair of runs in one inning during a non-save situation in a 9-0 loss to Toronto back on April 14!

In fact, Plesac had pitched a scoreless inning on June 28 against the Yankees to pick up his fifth save of the season.  Sure he gave up a leadoff single to Mattingly, but he came back to get Hall, Maas, and Barfield to secure a Brewers win.

Surely today would be no different for Plesac, I was thinking.  And he will be on his way to his fourth All-Star Selection.

*Sigh*

PLESAC REPLACED LEE (PITCHING); Sax singled to left; R. Kelly popped to third; Mattingly singled to left [Sax to second]; Barfield walked [Sax to third, Mattingly to second];Maas forced Barfield (second to shortstop) [Sax scored (RBI), Mattingly to third, Maas to first].

Here’s the situation.  Brewers up 8-7 with two outs in the top of the ninth.  The Yankees have the tying run at third and the lead run at first.  Mel Hal, who had pinch-hit for Meulens in the eighth inning, is at the plate.

Hall doubled to right-center. Two runs scored. Hall was out at third trying for a triple to end the inning.  Yankees are up 9-8.
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“WE TOLD YOU, DARYL!”my friends screamed at Hamilton as he made his way back to the Brewers dugout.  “YOU SHOULD HAVE TACKLED HIM!”

The Yankees went to Steve Farr to pitch the bottom of the ninth.  As Farr warmed up on the mound, Mel Hall took his place in left field.

“Hey, Hall,” one of my friend yelled. “Did you get thrown out at third because you were laughing at how easy it was to hit Plesac while you were running the bases?”

Mel Hall turned and laughed at my friends.

Farr got Molitor to fly out to left and Randolph to fly out to right.  That brought up Robin Yount’s spot in the order, oh, wait. That’s right.  Daryl Hamilton went into Robin’s spot in the order when he went in defensively for the top of the ninth.

*sigh*

Farr struck out Hamilton to end the game.  Brewers lose a heartbreaker, folks!

   New York Yankees              Milwaukee Brewers        
1. Sax                 2b        Molitor             1b
2. R. Kelly            cf        Randolph            2b
3. Mattingly           1b        Yount               cf
4. Barfield            rf        Maldonado           dh
5. Maas                dh        Vaughn              lf
6. Meulens             lf        Bichette            rf
7. Espinoza            ss        Sveum               3b
8. Geren               c         Dempsey             c
9. P. Kelly            3b        Spiers              ss

TOP PERFORMERS:
NYY:
Steve Sax 3-for-4, 2 RUNS
Barfield, Maas, Meulens, and Hall each had two RBI

MIL:
Teddy Higuera: 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3BB, 5K, ND
Candy Maldonado: 2-for-4, RUN, HR, 3RBI

NOTES:
Paul Molitor: 1-for-4, RUN
Robin Yount: 2-for-4, 2 RUNS, 2RBI

Sadly, that was the last start of the season for Teddy Higuera.  He wouldn’t appear for the Brewers in a big league game again until August 14, 1993.  That makes me angry and sad.

Speaking of angry and sad…Julio Machado’s story.

Dan Plesac’s 1991 season with the Brewers took turn after that.  Just look at his Game Log on Baseball-Reference for 1991.

He would have only four more saves in a Brewers uniform.  Three more in 1991, before he moved to the starting rotation in August.    In 1992, his final season in Milwaukee, Plesac had one save in 44 appearances (40 in relief).  He still holds the Milwaukee Brewers record for saves in a career with 133.

After parting ways with Milwaukee, Plesac would go on to pitch for the Cubs, Pirates, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays (again), and Phillies.  He pitched a total of 18 seasons in the major leagues before hanging it up in 2003.

He is now an analyst – and a pretty good one – for MLB Network.

Dan, if you read this, I’d like to buy you a drink some day because I remember a different game that you pitched.  I wasn’t there, but I listened to it on the radio.  It was a 1989 game against the Red Sox at home.  You came on in the top of the ninth in a 1-1 game.  The bases were loaded and Wade Boggs was at the plate with two outs.  You struck him out.

Then, you went four more scoreless innings with another strikeout of Boggs in the twelfth inning.  Wade Boggs struck out 51 times in 742 plate appearances in 1989 and you got him on strikes in two straight at bats with the game on the line.

But, the offense couldn’t score and Boston finally got two runs off Mark Knudson in the top of the fourteenth.  It was a throwback with the closer tossing more than one inning, but you went out there and kept shutting Boston down to keep giving the Brewers a chance.

That – and the strike out of Greg Walker to save win #13 in a row to start the 1987 season – are how I prefer to remember Dan Plesac.

Retrosheet Boxscore
Baseball Reference WPA Chart

Past MLB Memory Lane entries:
Rally against The Eck & Walkoff the A’s (1989)

Dennis Lamp near no-hitter (1981)

Teddy & Team Streak (1987)

Chester Marcol steals the show (1980)

Nolan Ryan at Wrigley (1987)

Larry Hisle beats Louisiana Lightning (1978)

Bonds, Kent, Burks ruin my dad’s 60th birthday (1999)

Doubleheader against Yaz & the Red Sox (1977)

Rockie Mountain Way (1999)

Wrigley in September (1985)

Rowland-Smith & Snelling for Australia

Big League Stew had a post over the weekend about the Australian team for the World Baseball Classic.

It was titled: Getting to know your World Baseball Classic Squads: Australia

Kevin Kaduk gets to names that Timber Rattlers fans should know well.

Snelling

RRS

Biggest star(s): Though he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010, Ryan Rowland-Smith is a familiar name to many baseball fans. Infielder Luke Hughes has also played for a couple of big league teams, most recently Oakland.

Name you may not know, but should: Remember Chris Snelling? Once a decently-rated prospect in the early 2000s, the outfielder experienced a string of injuries and only played 93 big league games. Now 31, Snelling will try and help the Aussies grab some WBC glory.

RRS struggled with the Rattlers in 2002 and was sent down to Everett.  RRS pitched great in 2003 and was sent up to the California League before the All-Star Break.

Snelling is 31 now? *sigh*

He had a great season in 2000, but he was injured for a lot of it.  I want him to stay healthy and play well in the WBC.  Then, I want to see someone sign him to get another shot.

Later in the post Kaduk explains why Travis Blackley is not pitching for Australia this year.

I bring up Blackley because he is one of those guys who probably SHOULD have been a member of the Timber Rattlers in 2002.  He was 19 and had only pitched in Everett (Northwest League).  The Mariners sent him to San Bernadino to start that season where he had a walk to strikeout ratio of 44:152 in 121-1/3 innings.  Sure would have been nice to have to have Blackley in Appleton for at least the first half of that ’02 season.

I’m not bitter.

1994 Foxes Home Game #25 – June 6

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: June 6
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
KERNELS STARTING PITCHER: Johnny Lloyd
FOXES STARTING PITCHER:  Ryan Franklin
CONDITIONS: 83°, Clear, Windy to right
ATTENDANCE: 635

In game #24, Tim Harikkala went eight solid innings and the Foxes plated a bunch of early runs for a 6-1 win over the Kernels in the first game of the series at Goodland Field.  Ryan Franklin tries to keep it going in game #25.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Manny Patel – 3b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – rf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Jose Cuellar – dh
James Clifford – 1b

KERNELS LINEUP:
Jovino Carvajal – cf
Juan Henderson – ss
Derrin Doty – lf
Aaron Guiel – 2b
Jamie Burke – 1b
Todd Takayoshi – c
Tony Moeder – dh
Jason Herrick – rf
Mark Simmons – 3b

The Kernels put the first two runners of the game on base with singles off Ryan Franklin.  Then, Jovino Carvajal was thrown out trying to steal third, Derrin Doty lined out to left, and Aaron Guiel grounded out to first. 

The Foxes had better luck in their half of the first inning.  Mike Barger reached on an infield single and moved into scoring position on a ground out.  Manny Patel drove in his third run of the series with a single to center and it was 1-0 Appleton.
94patelFor the second game in a row, the Foxes sent seven men to the plate in the first inning, but scored just one run.

Franklin worked a perfect second inning.  He walked Carvajal with two out in the third, but Alex Sutherland threw Carvajal out trying to steal (second base this time) to end the inning.
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In the fourth, Alex Rodriguez committed an error to let Juan Henderson reach at the beginning of the inning.  But, no Kernel would cross home plate in the fourth.

Appleton added to their lead in their half of the fourth.  Scott Smith was hit by a pitch with one out and he would successfully steal second base.  Jose Cuellar’s two-out single drove in Smith for a 2-0 lead.
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The next batter was James Clifford and he launched a two-run homer to right-center! Foxes up 4-0.
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Cedar Rapids got close in the top of the fifth. Tony Moeder singled with one out.  A double by Jason Herrick and an error by Barger in center let Moeder score.  Herrick took third on the play.  Mark Simmons cut the lead to two runs with an RBI grounder.

The Foxes would not score again after the homer by Clifford.  But, Franklin was solid again.  The Kernels brought the tying run to the plate in the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings but the Appleton starter kept the Kernels off the board.

Franklin walked Aaron Guiel with one out in the top of the ninth.  Then, Franklin sealed the complete game victory by getting Burke to ground into a force out at second and Todd Takayosi to ground out to first for the 27th out.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Franklin: 9IP, 6H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 7K, WIN
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-4, single, K
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Clifford would return to Appleton in 1995 as a member of the Timber Rattlers.  He would later become the minor league strength & conditioning coach for the Seattle Mariners.

Johnny Llloyd became the second Kernel in as many days to go the distance in a loss.  Lloyd’s line: 8IP, 8H, 4R, 2BB, 4K

As noted in the post about Home Game #24, the Jamie Burke who batted fifth and played first base for the Kernels in this game would manage the Kernels in 2012.  Burke went 0-for-4 in this game against the Foxes.

The win moved the Foxes a record to 16-9 through their first 25 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

CLICK FOR THE PDF’s:
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1994 Foxes Home Game #24 – June 5

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
KERNELS STARTING PITCHER: Brian Willard
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Tim Harikkala
CONDITIONS: 66°, Overcast
ATTENDANCE: 534
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In game #23, the Foxes beat West Michigan 5-1 behind a strong pitching performance by Ryan Smith.  In game #24, the Foxes take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Goodland Field.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Marcus Sturdivant – lf
Manny Patel – 3b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Alex Sutherland – c
Scott Smith – rf
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Jose Cuellar – dh
James Clifford – 1b

KERNELS LINEUP:
Jovina Carvajal – cf
Juan Henderson – ss
Derrin Doty – lf
Aaron Guiel – 2b
Jamie Burke – 1b
Todd Talayoshi – c
Aaron Iatorola – dh
Jason Herrick – rf
Mark Simmons – 3b

Tim Harikkala made short work of the Kernels in the top of the first inning by setting them down in order, including striking out the last two batters.

The Foxes sent seven men to the plate in the bottom of the first inning against Brian Willard, but scored just one run.

Mike Barger and Marcus Sturdivant singled to put runners on the corners.  Manny Patel hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Barger for a 1-0 lead.  Alex Rodriguez made the second out of the inning.  Alex Sutherland reached on an error on the second baseman (that would be changed by the official scorer to single after the game).  Scott Smith took a walk to load the bases.  But, Willard escaped with a strikeout of Giomar Guevara.

He would not be so lucky in the third.

Patel and Rodriguez were aboard with one out and Sutherland doubled to drive in Patel.  Smith was next and he singled to drive in Rodriguez.  Guevara would follow with a single and Smith scored for a 4-0 lead.
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Harikkala allowed a run in the top of the fourth as Derrin Doty doubled to star the inning and scored on a grounder by Jamie Burke.  The Kernels would put two more runners on base in the fourth, but Harikkala got out of the jam by striking out Jason Herrick.

The Foxes got that run back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Patel.

The top of the fifth featured an interesting inning-ending double play.  Jovina Carvajal had reached base on a one out single.  Juan Henderson was credited with a sacrifice bunt, but Carvajal would be out between second and third 3-5-6.  Whoops.

Cedar Rapids put two more runners on base in the sixth, but Harikkala kept the Kernels from scoring.

Appleton added one more run after the seventh inning stretch.  Sturdivant doubled to start the frame and took second on a flyout to center by Patel.  A-Rod picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to score Sturdivant and the Foxes were up 6-1.
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Harikkala retired the Kernels in order in the eighth.  Then, Matt Mantei entered the game.

MANTEI SAVES!

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Well, technically not a save situation, but still…A 1-2-3 ninth by Mantei gave the Foxes that 6-1 victory.

FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Manny Patel: 1-for-3, RUN, 2RBI
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NOTES:
Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, RUN, SF, RBI
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Tim Harikkala: 8IP, 7H, R, BB, 5K, WIN

The Jamie Burke who batted fifth, played first base, and went 1-for-4 in the game for the Kernels is the same Jamie Burke who would manage the Kernels in 2012.

Brian Willard went the distance for the Kernels to take the loss.  His line: 8IP, 10H, 6R, 3bB, 4K

The game could have been much worse for Willard.  His defense turned three double plays behind him to limit the damage.

This win moved the Foxes a record to 15-9 through their first 24 games at Goodland Field in 1994.

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1994 Foxes Home Game #23 – June 2

A folder was found during the renovations of Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Inside this folder, an era of Appleton Professional Baseball was rediscovered. The original scoresheets and boxscores from home games of the first half of the 1994 Foxes season. This was the time of Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez, and many other future major league ball players.

Rattler Radio will look back at each of these games from 1994 between now and Opening Day, 2013. Enjoy.

DATE: June 2
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
WHITECAPS STARTING PITCHER: Scott Baldwin
FOXES STARTING PITCHER: Ryan Smith
CONDITIONS: 65°, Sunny
ATTENDANCE: 508

In game #22, the Foxes scored two runs on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps.  Appleton is 2-1 in the first three games of the series.  They go for a series win in game #23.

FOXES LINEUP:
Mike Barger – cf
Manny Patel – 3b
Giomar Guevara – 2b
Alex Rodriguez – ss
Scott Smith – lf
Brian Wallace – 1b
Alex Sutherland – c
Jose Cuellar – dh
Chad Dunavan – rf

WHITECAPS LINEUP:
Tony Banks – cf
Jason McDonald – 2b
Willie Morales – c
D. T. Cromer – 1b
Randy Ortega – 3b
David Keel – lf
Marcel Galligani – rf
Juan Dilone – dh
Fred Soriano – ss

The Foxes scored a first inning run to take a lead on West Michigan.  Manny Patel singled with one out.  Giomar Guevara was credited with a sacrifice bunt to move Patel to second.  Alex Rodriguez knocked in Patel with a single.

Ryan Smith kept the Whitecaps out of two columns on the scoreboard through his first five innings.  

Smith’s first five innings:
1st: 1-2-3 frame
2nd: One out hit batsman followed by a 6-3 double play
3rd: Leadoff walk and stolen base left stranded with next three Caps retired
4th: 1-2-3 frame
5th: One out error on a throw by Wallace followed by next two Caps retired

The Foxes added to their lead in their half of the third inning.  Rodriguez was batting with runners on the corners and one out.  That would be Barger at second and Guevara at first.  A-Rod sent a flyball to center that was deep enough to get Barger home.  Fortunately Barger scored before Guevara was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw home.  Guevara was ruled out 8-5-4, but the run counted for a 2-0 lead.

Appleton put three runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.  Wallace singled and stole second to get into scoring position.  He was still at second with two outs.  Jose Cuellar singled in Wallace for a 3-0 lead.  A two-out error on Randy Ortega allowed Chad Dunavan to reach base.  That error set up a two-run double by Barger and the score was 5-0.

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Fred Soriano broke up Smith’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the sixth.  The mark on the scoresheet for the hit gives the hint that it was either a bunt or a single off Smith.  The Appleton pitcher was not bothered by the play as he retired the next three batters to strand Soriano at first base.

D.T. Cromer cracked a leadoff homer in the top of the seventh to get the Whitecaps on the scoreboard.  David Keel stepped in with one out and tripled, but Smith stranded him at third to keep the Foxes up 5-1.

Dean Crow took over for Ryan Smith on the mound to start the eighth and gave up a single and a double to the first two batters of the inning.  Crow got the next two hitters before giving way to Robert Krueger.

Krueger got Cromer to ground back to the mound to end the inning.  In the ninth, Krueger retired the side in order – including strikeouts of the last two West Michigan hitters of the game for the save.

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FOXES PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Ryan Smith: 7IP, 3H, R, BB, 5K, WIN

Pitching coach Juan Eichelberger is impressed!

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Alex Rodriguez: 1-for-3, single, SF, 2RBI

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After this game in 1994, the Foxes started a brief two game road trip to Beloit on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4.  Appleton would return to Goodland Field on Sunday, June 5 for a 5pm start against Cedar Rapids.

The win moved the Foxes a record to 14-9 through their first 23 games at Goodland Field in 1994. 

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Video! Renovation Update: Episode 13

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Video from the suites.  Video from the Club level. Video from the Team Store.  Video from the home radio booth.   Video from the weight room

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Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week it’s the 2010 season.  And what the Rattlers missed in quantity of walkoffs this season is made up for in quality of walkoffs.  Two of the Rattlers four walkoff wins came when they entered their final at bat trailing.  

The Hunter Morris double to beat Cedar Rapids is especially satisfying since 2010 was the year Mike Trout and the Kernels owned the Timber Rattlers AND it was the first extra inning victory of the season for Wisconsin.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFFS (4):

Scooter Gennett (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

Scooter Gennett (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

DATE: April 9 (Game One of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Scooter Gennett
PITCHER: Ian Kroll
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Infield single by Scooter scores Joey Paciorek from second.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 3, Kane County 2
NOTE: This was the 2010 home opener for the Timber Rattlers. The game winning single by Gennett was his first hit as a Timber Rattler.

Khris Davis (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Khris Davis (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

DATE: July 19
OPPONENT: Great Lakes Loons
BATTER: Khris Davis
PITCHER: Steve Ames
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Khris Davis drives in Kentrail Davis
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Great Lakes 3
NOTE: Great Lakes scored a run in the top of the ninth to go up 3-1. The Rattlers had two on with two out in the bottom of the ninth when Kentrail Davis doubled to drive in Michael Marseco and Erik Miller with the tying runs. Khris Davis smacked a single on a 2-2 pitch to send Kentrail Davis in with the winning run.

Hunter Morris (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

Hunter Morris (Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood)

DATE: August 14
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
BATTER: Hunter Morris
PITCHER: David Carpenter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 5, Timber Rattlers 4 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out, two-run double by Hunter Morris
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 6, Cedar Rapids 5 (11)
NOTE: The Kernels went up 5-4 on a wild pitch by Adrian Rosario. Carpenter got the first two outs of the bottom of the eleventh. Kentrail Davis singled. Khris Davis walked. Morris drilled an 0-2 pitch to the gap in right-center and both Davises scored to give the Timber Rattlers their first extra inning victory of the season.

DATE: August 29
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: Khris Davis
PITCHER: Max Peterson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Khris Davis RBI single.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Wisconsin 11, Kane County 10 (11)
NOTE: Wisconsin was up 9-4 heading into the eighth inning. Kane County scored three runs in the eighth. The Rattlers scored a run in the eighth. Then, the Cougars scored three more runs in the ninth to tie the game. Kentrail Davis singled with one out in the eleventh. Hunter Morris walked. Khris Davis delivered!

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (9):

DATE: April 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Jonathan Mota
PITCHER: Andre Lamontagne
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Mota
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 8, Timber Rattlers 7
NOTE: Matt Cerda singled and was sacrificed to second base. Lamontagne walked Justin Bour and struck out DJ Fitzgerald for the second out. But, Mota singled to drive in Cerda from second for the winning run.

DATE: May 3
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Wang Wei Lin
PITCHER: Hiram Burgos
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: One out solo home run by Wang Wei Lin
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Beloit 9, Wisconsin 8 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to go up 8-7. Khris Davis tied the game with a two-run homer and an error allowed the go ahead run to score. But, Anderson Hidalgo tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out RBI single to score Danny Rams from second base. Then….Wang Wei Lin…in the tenth…I can’t even finish this sentence.

DATE: May 28
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Perfect Game Field
BATTER: Luis Jimenez
PITCHER: Andre Lamontagne
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Luis Jimenez
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Cedar Rapids 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. Jon Karcich walked and our old friend Mike Trout had a bunt single. An error on the play by Lamontagne let Karcich take third base. Of COURSE, Trout would steal second base. Lamontagne struck out the next batter. An intentional pass to Jean Segura loaded the bases. Casey Haerther tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Then, Jimenez singled to send Trout home with the winning run.

DATE: June 4
OPPONENT: Lake County Captains
STADIUM: Classic Park
BATTER: Casey Frawley
PITCHER: Andy Sauter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Frawley’s RBI two-out single drives in the winning run.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Lake County 6, Timber Rattlers 5 (11)
NOTE: Sauter got the first two outs of the 11th. Then, Bo Greenwell doubled. A wild pitch moved Greenwell to third. Frawley singled, Greenwell scored, and that’s how the Captains won the first ever meeting between these teams.

DATE: June 17
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
STADIUM: Alliant Energy Field
BATTER: Kalian Sams
PITCHER: Caleb Thielbar
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Kalian Sams.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Clinton 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Kalian Sams played with the Timber Rattlers in 2007.

DATE: July 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Rene Oriental
PITCHER: Alex Jones
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Rene Oriental
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Burlington 7, Timber Rattlers 6
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 6-0 lead heading to the seventh inning. Burlington scored a run in the seventh off Jake Odorizzi. The Bees scored five runs in the eighth inning off Santo Manzanillo and Alex Jones to tie the game. In the ninth, Carlo Testa walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored the winning run on a one out single by Oriental.

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Drew Robertson
PITCHER: Andy Sauter
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 14th
GAME WINNING PLAY: RBI single by Robertson
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Burlington 7, Timber Rattlers 6 (14)
NOTE: Hunter Morris drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the twelfth inning for a 6-5 Rattlers lead. Sauter walked in the tying run in the bottom of the twelfth. In the fourteenth, Sauter walked Luis Del Rosario to start the frame. A sacrifice bunt moved Del Rosario into scoring position. Robertson followed with a single to right to get the winning run home.

DATE: July 9
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: Danny Rams
PITCHER: Jon Pokorny
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Rams hits a leadoff homer.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Beloit 4, Timber Rattlers 3
NOTE: Hunter Morris tied the game with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh. Rams hit his game winning home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth.

DATE: July 29
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Matt Szczur
PITCHER: Jon Pokorny
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Matt Szczur.
SCORE AFTER WALKOFF: Peoria 3, Timber Rattlers 2
NOTE: Austin Stockfisch tied the game 2-2 with a home run in the fifth inning. Matt Costello loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on a single, sacrifice bunt, walk, and single. Pokorny came on and got ahead of Szczur 0-2. But, a single by Szczur drove in the winning run.

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Alumni Spring Training Notes

Tidbits on Ex-Rattlers Spring Training gets rolling

Adam McCalvy from Brewers.com

Morris leading contender to replace Gamel

Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash characterized 24-year-old prospect Hunter Morris as a “strong candidate” to begin the season in the Majors after losing another first baseman to a significant injury Monday.

With Corey Hart already sidelined for at least the first month by a right knee injury, the Brewers lost Mat Gamel for the 2013 season when he re-tore his right ACL over the weekend. Ash and GM Doug Melvin said they would examine a list of internal candidates that includes Morris, shortstop Alex Gonzalez, utility man Taylor Green and non-roster invitee Bobby Crosby before looking outside the organization.

“Clearly it’s Plan C, and the good news is there are enough individuals in camp that can and have played first base,” Ash said. “Of course, one of our players of the year last year, Hunter Morris, had a great year in Double-A, and he’ll be a strong candidate. I know [manager Ron Roenicke] has talked to Alex Gonzalez about playing some there, and Taylor Green has played some there. I think our internal options are still pretty good, and we’ll go that way, at least in the short term.”

A humble Morris vowed to go about his business as usual.

“It’s a big jump [from Double-A to the big leagues], and us talking about it doesn’t mean I’m going to get the job,” Morris said. “I have to go out and I have to earn it and I have to do a lot of things extraordinary. Doing that also comes with not putting too much pressure on myself. I’ll be playing baseball somewhere this year, I don’t know where it will be.”

He added: “Opportunities arise in the game all the time, and it’s up to me to take advantage of it. But you don’t wish [injury] on another player — ever.”

Also from Adam:

Bucci withdraws from World Baseball Classic

Bucci…withdrew from Team Canada after his pre-camp physical exam revealed what he called a minor shoulder injury. Bucci characterized his decision to skip the tournament as precautionary.

“Definitely, my passion is with Team Canada, but honestly, having it nipped now is the best thing for me so I can start the season healthy and go from there,” the 22-year-old said.

Bucci said he felt similar aggravation in his shoulder at this time last year, and he eventually developed a lat injury that delayed his debut until July 18.

He was not sure when he would be cleared to return to the mound.

In other organizations:

From Dennis Maffezzoli of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

Odorizzi on display throwing live batting practice

RH Jake Odorizzi threw batting practice for the first time under the watchful eyes of many.

“It went pretty good,” Odorizzi said. “My main goal was just to throw strikes. A few pitches got up. It is always nice to get back on the field.”

“I’m seeing good makeup,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “I’m seeing the calm demeanor, even when he is out there. When you speak to him, you get the same thing and then you watch him and it’s the same thing.”

Maddon was one of many who watched Odorizzi’s 10-minute session. Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman and a number of the starting pitchers were behind the batting cage.

“Just kind of tunnel vision, the same as the game,” Odorizzi said on not being distracted by all the attention. “I take the same mentality, try to block everything out. That’s what I was trying to do today. There are going to be people watching you the first time. I just tried to go out there and not do anything different.”

Also from Rays camp The Lakeland Ledger has this on Juan Sandoval and how he would sign with Tampa

Veteran pitcher Joel Peralta had already taken an unusual step when he called Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman directly this winter to recommend the team sign a 30-something reliever who’d been impressive in the Dominican Republic.

“I told him this could be pretty good,” Peralta said. “But I told him this is the catch: He’s only got one eye.”

Friedman paused, understandably, asked for a few details, then told Peralta to keep talking. A few more conversations and an emailed video produced a minor-league deal.

And, if it were to work out, what a remarkable story it would be: Juan Sandoval, completely blind in his right eye, pitching in the major leagues.

Sandoval had been on track previously, showing promise during five seasons in the Mariners organization and getting to the Double-A level. Then in February 2006, a wrong-place/wrong-time incident changed his life, cost him the use of his right eye and certainly could have ended his career.

Greg Johns from Mariners.com on Michael Saunders

Saunders comes out swinging in live BP

As usual on the first day of live hitting, most batters just tracked the ball and rarely swung as they worked to see pitches and get their timing down. But a few players, including outfielder Michael Saunders, jumped right in and took some healthy hacks from the get-go.

Saunders said the condensed early schedule this year — with Cactus League games already beginning Friday due to the impending World Baseball Classic — has him on fast forward.

“I just heard today we’re not doing any intrasquads since we’re starting games earlier,” Saunders said. “This is something I definitely need to take seriously to get the timing back as quick as possible. When you see live pitchers, you really know you’re in Spring Training again. It was fun today.”

This note at the Tacoma News-Tribune informs us that Saunders and Alex Liddi were two of four Mariners to sign one year contracts today.

A couple of notes on David Ortiz. (Warning: Autoplay Video at both Oritz links)  

First NESN has video of a Red Sox beanbag competition.  Apparently Andrew Bailey hit the “Shot of the Century” to beat Big Papi in the Beautyrest Baggo Classic.

And from ComcastSports New England, Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro’s footsteps

David Ortiz isn’t retiring this season or next, but when he does finally decide to hang them up, can he see himself sticking around like so many Red Sox greats have?

“Probably. Probably,” Ortiz said. “I mean, I can count myself as a Red Sox for life, you know what I’m saying? I’m always down with helping out and getting the Red Sox better.”

Kansas City Star has this on Lorenzo Cain

[Cain's] first reaction Sunday was disbelief after feeling a twinge on the top of his right hand while working in the batting cage. The soreness is not believed to be serious but the Royals, as a precaution, pulled him from regular batting practice.

“I think I’m fine,” Cain said, “but I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m getting it looked at later.”

Jorge Castillo of The Newark Star Ledger notes that Scott Atchison is part of the Mets bullpen overhaul.

The two relief pitchers, each approaching middle age, embraced in the middle of the clubhouse, one of several introductions throughout the Mets’ spring training complex on the day pitchers and catchers were due to undergo their annual physicals.

“You got gray hair!” the 40-year-old, and bald, LaTroy Hawkins exclaimed.

“Too much, man,” replied the soon-to-be-37 Scott Atchison, salt dominating the pepper on his head.

The two have 36 years of professional baseball between them. Seeking to prolong their careers, they both signed minor-league contracts with the Mets because they were promised an opportunity to break camp on the 25-man roster. The Mets offered opportunity because general manager Sandy Alderson’s first bullpen overhaul, an aggressive revamping, imploded last season.

Scott Atchison in Mets camp.  (Photo Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

Scott Atchison in Mets camp. (Photo Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

More later on how these guys and other Rattler Alumni are doing.

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