Rattlers Alumni Report – Games through October 13, 2014

The MLB Playoffs have reached the League Championship Stage and the first few games of the 2013 Arizona Fall League are in the books.  David Ortiz (’96) is the only former Rattler still alive in major league baseball and one former Timber Rattlers player had a big start in the AFL.

Former Timber Rattler David Ortiz takes a curtain call after his grand slam on Sunday. (STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFF)

Former Timber Rattler David Ortiz takes a curtain call after his grand slam on Sunday. (STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFF)

In the Caribbean Leagues, Venezuela and Mexico have started; the Dominican Republic starts on October 18; Puerto Rico opens on November 1.  The other foreign winter league is in Australia and they start on October 31.

Before getting to the stats and stuff, a note about a player who is not a former Rattler.  But, since he’s an ex-Brewer, the news of Graeme Lloyd is pretty cool.

Two World Series rings, a silver medal, a host of Australian benchmarks in Major League Baseball, and now, Perth Heat pitching coach Graeme Lloyd can add another honour to his already impressive CV: Sport Australia Hall of Famer.

“I was very excited and thrilled to be inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame. I’m nearly 50 years old and I couldn’t wait to get off the phone to call mum and dad. It was a great feeling,” Lloyd told the ABF upon hearing the news of his induction.

The tall, long-limbed lefty first picked up a baseball at the age of ten and never looked back. A fine junior and senior performer for Australia, Lloyd took his talents to the United States in the late 1980s after signing with the Toronto Blue Jays. Following a five-year stint in the minor leagues, he made his big league debut on 11 April 1993 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and became a regular in Major League Baseball.

With Milwaukee, Lloyd was a pioneer along with catcher and fellow Sport Australia Hall of Fame inductee David Nilsson, helping to open the door to the dozens of Australian major leaguers to follow over the last two decades.

“To think that anyone is following in my footsteps because of what I have done is a tremendous feeling of satisfaction.”


To the stats!

David Ortiz:
ALDS v. TB: 4 games; 5-for-13, 2HR, 3RBI, 5 BBs
ALCS v. DET: 2 games; 1-for-7, HR, 4 RBI

Here’s Big Papi’s Big Grand Slam from Game Two of the ALCS against the Tigers:

Really, really cool!

Surprise Saguaros (2-2):
Mitch Haniger (’13): 3 games; 9-for-16; 3 2Bs, HR, 7RBI
Jason Rogers (’12): 3 games; 2-for-7; 2B, 0HR, 0RBI; SB
Tyler Cravy (’12): 2 games; 3IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
David Goforth (’12): 2 games; 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
Kevin Shackelford (’12): 2 games; 2IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K

Bravos de Margarita (1-3):
Renee Cortez (’03): 1 games; 1.2IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (1-3):
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 2 games; 2-for-8, 0HR, 0RBI
Jose Escalona (’08): 2 games, 1 start; 4.1IP; 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K

Navagantes del Magallanes (2-2):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 2 games; 0-for-5, RUN, RBI

Tomateros de Culiacan (1-0):
Alex Lidd (’08): 1 game; 0-for-4

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