October 2013

Wild Card Wednesday – Montreal Expos

I’m going to stay north of the border this week for Wild Card Wednesday.  Since last week was Toronto, that means this week would be the Montreal Expos.

Damn. They had some really good teams.

First up, my oldest Expos card is the 1974 Chuck Taylor.  I always forget that Tony Perez was an Expo.  Judging from the look on his 1978 card, he looks like he is trying to forget being there, too.

Ray Burris and Randy Lerch both played with the Brewers.  Ken Macha…well, you know.

CHUCK TAYLOR!

CHUCK TAYLOR!

Terry Francona as an Expo. Three years of Gary Carter cards. Plus, look at future MWL pitching coach Gary Lucas!

GARY LUCAS!

GARY LUCAS!

I believe that I have 75 other Del Unser cards, mostly from his time with the Phillies.  The Woodie Fryman card in the top row is from 1976…You know, for the mid-70′s the Expos home jerseys have held up pretty well.

Look at that Tim Blackwell mustache!

Look at that Tim Blackwell mustache!

Every year…even towards the end when I only picked up a few packs…I apparently received a Chris Speier card.  You know how last week, I mentioned the outfield of the mid-80′s Toronto Blue Jays was: Llyod Moseby, Jesse Barfield, and George Bell?  The Expos outfield in the late 70′s was Warren Cromartie, Ellis Valentine, and Andre Dawson.  That outfield in Montreal was really, really outstanding!

Larry Parrish beard!

Larry Parrish beard!

Speaking of Andre Dawson, that would be his 1981 Fleer Card.  He looks like someone is about to tell him that Rick Monday is going to hit a home run to beat the Expos in the 1981 NLCS.

Bill Lee:

Bill Lee: Montreal’s the same as Boston.  Except the working people speak French.  After a game I shoot pool with ‘em or sit in the beer garden. They’re fatherly-like. They pat you on the head and shake your hand, real tactile and friendly-feeling.

Gene Mauch as the manager of that 1975 Expos team.  I can’t tell if they took that photo at Jarry Park or Spring Training.  The 1978 team photo looks like Olympic Stadium…maybe.  The stylized “D” on the hat of Jerry Fry and Scott Sanderson stands for Denver as in the Denver Bears, the American Association affiliate of the Expos from 1976-1981.

To me, Dick Williams is what the ideal manager would look like.  Look at Wilford Brimley in 'The Natural' and you'll see Dick Williams.

To me, Dick Williams is what the ideal manager would look like. Look at Wilford Brimley in ‘The Natural’ and you’ll see Dick Williams.

Past Wild Card Wednesday’s:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Tater Tuesday: Ron Garth (2006-2008)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

Ron Garth was a Timber Rattlers infielder during the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons. He led the team in homers with ten in 2006. He hit eight homers in 2007 and tied for second on the team despite playing in just 48 games. He also hit a home run in five consecutive games that season. Garth played in 88 games during the 2008 season, but hit just four homers that season. Garth hit a total of 22 home runs in his career with the Timber Rattlers.

Here is a look at the home runs of Ron Garth as a Wisconsin Timber Rattler. I will admit that I used the phrase “Party on, Garth!” a time or two when he hit home runs.

Ron Garth's 2008 Timber Rattlers card.

Ron Garth’s 2008 Timber Rattlers card.

2006
HR #1
DATE: April 11
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Kyle Waldrop
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This was a home run to lead off the game.

HR #2
DATE: May 1 (Game one)
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Erik Averill
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Whitecaps lead 7-1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Whitecaps lead 7-2
NOTE: This was game number 24 of the season for the Timber Rattlers. The nine players in Wisconsin’s starting lineup for this game had four home runs before Garth’s homer.

HR #3
DATE: May 7
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Rafael Cruz
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 4
NOTE: A home run to start the inning. Garth had singled, doubled, and been hit by a pitch in his three plate appearances before the homer. He struck out in the ninth to miss the cycle.

HR #4
DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Eliezer Garcia
INNING: 11th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 3-3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers 4, Burlington 3
NOTE: Garth came on to pinch hit for Eddy Hernandez to lead off the bottom of the eleventh. This is the last pinch-hit, walkoff home run by a Timber Rattler. This was also Garth’s final home run of the first half.

The Rattlers wore pink jerseys that day.  That's Garth heading for home.

The Rattlers wore pink jerseys that day. That’s Garth heading for home.

HR #5
DATE: July 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Don Julio
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: South Bend 6, Wisconsin 5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Tied 6-6
NOTE: Another leadoff homer. Garth would be up in the bottom of the tenth with the winning run on first. He was 4-for-4 in his first four plate appearances. An error moved that runner to second and Garth was intentionally walked.

HR #6
DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Wade LeBlanc
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 0 outs
SCORE BEFORE HR: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 1
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 3
NOTE: Fort Wayne scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning and went on to a 14-3 win over the Rattlers.

HR #7
DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Armando Gabino
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit 14, Wisconsin 3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Beloit 14, Wisconsin 4
NOTE: I have nothing to add to this game.

HR #8
DATE: August 11 (Game 1)
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Anthony Ortega
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Cedar Rapids 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
NOTE: Garth was hitting in the number three spot in the order at this time of the season.

HR #9
DATE: August 12
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tommy Mendoza
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Cedar Rapids 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
NOTE: Cedar Rapids scored four runs in the bottom of the first. Dallas Morris and Mark Trumbo hit back-to-back homers with two outs.

HR #10
DATE: August 17
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Mitch Atkins
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Peoria 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 0
NOTE: This was his final homer of the 2006 season. He ended the year with 48 RBI. It just seemed like there was never anyone on base when he was at the plate.

2007
HR #11
DATE: August 2
OPPONENT: Dayton Dragons
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Jamie Arneson
INNING: 4th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Dayton 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 1, Dayton 0
NOTE: Garth did not start the 2007 season with the Timber Rattlers. His first game with the team this season was July 12.

HR #12
DATE: August 3
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Drew Miller
INNING: 6th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Fort Wayne 6, Wisconsin 5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 6
NOTE: A leadoff homer for Garth

HR #13
DATE: August 5
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Stevie Delabar
INNING: 2nd
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 1
NOTE: Garth went 4-for-5 and was hit by pitches twice in this game, a game the Timber Rattlers won 19-10. This was also game number one of the home streak for Garth

HR #14
DATE: August 6
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Derek McDaid
INNING: 7th
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 6, Fort Wayne 3
NOTE: This was game number two in Garth’s home run streak.

HR #15
DATE: August 7
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Brian Kirwan
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 3, Beloit 1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 4, Beloit 1
NOTE: This is game number three in Garth’s home run streak

HR #16
DATE: August 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Matthew Fox
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 0, Beloit 0
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 0
NOTE: Kuo Hui Lo walked to start the bottom of the first. Also, Garth extended his home run streak to four games.

HR #17
DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Cole Devries
INNING: 1st
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 1
NOTE: This extended his home run streak to five games. This was also Garth’s seventh home run in eight games. That’s amazing.

HR #18
DATE: September 2 (Game 1)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Travis Barnwart
INNING: 3rd
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
NOTE: Garth drove in 23 runs during his 48 games with the Timber Rattlers in 2007

2008
HR #19
DATE: June 13 (Game 1)
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Adalberto Flores
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 4
TYPE: 3-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 4
NOTE: Garth’s first home run of the 2008 season came in game #63. Since this game was scheduled for just seven runs, this was also an extra inning homer.

HR #20
DATE: June 14 (Game Two)
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Ryan Tatusko
INNING: 5th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 0
TYPE: 3-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 0
NOTE: This was the night game of a Day-Night doubleheader at Clinton

HR #21
DATE: June 28
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Juan Abreu
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 2
NOTE: Another solo home run for Garth.

HR #22
DATE: July 6
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Loek Van Mil
INNING: 9th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 9
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 10
NOTES: Joe Dunigan followed with a solo homer and the Rattlers tied the game 11-11. But, Beloit would win the game 12-11 in eleven innings. This was the final home run of Ron Garth’s Timber Rattlers career.

Garth made his final start as a Timber Rattler on August 8 and went 1-for-4. He missed games on August 9 and August 10 before appearing as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the ninth inning on August 11. That was his last appearance as a Timber Rattler. Garth was with the High Desert Mavericks in 2009, but appeared in just 15 games. Garth hit a pair of homers in High Desert. He was released by the Mariners at the end of the 2009 season.

Tater Totals:
Solo: 18
2-run: 2
3-run: 2

We salute you, Ron Garth!

We salute you, Ron Garth!

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

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.”

Cool.

To the stats!

MLB PLAYOFFS:
BOSTON:
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!

AFL:
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

Venezuela:
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

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

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2008 Throwbacks

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Throwback jerseys that were worn for Sunday home games during the 2008 season.

The jerseys were based on those of the Appleton Papermakers of the 1940s & 1950′s. How do I know they wore them on Sundays….Autograph sessions – like this one held on a chilly day in April – were on Sundays.

If we had done throwback jackets, fans would have loved those, too.

If we had done throwback jackets, the players would have loved those, too.

I like this shot of the players in the dugout. The player on the left is Alex Liddi. The player in the middle is Ron Garth. I’m not sure which Rattler is hiding his face from the camera, but I thank him for showing off the hat.

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So…How close were these jerseys from the originals? Let’s take a look at a photo of a colorized photo of the 1947 Papermakers:

Photo may be found in the Leinie Lounge.

Photo may be found in the Leinie Lounge.

And a photo – a really, really poor one – of a black & white photo of the jerseys from that era:

Pretty close, I think.

Pretty close, I think.  This one shows the hats….and the flash from the camera phone.

Here are some action photos of Rattlers wearing the throwbacks:

Ron Garth makes a defensive play.

Ron Garth makes a defensive play.

I like this photo because of the sunglasses on the second baseman.  Anachronistic.

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I like this shot so much, I think I’ve used it whenever I mention Nathan Adcock on the blog.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

I’m still trying to decide on which jersey to pick for next week.  Might go to a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away or something from 2009.  Tune in next week.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

Wild Card Wednesday – Toronto Blue Jays

Since I went with the Seattle Mariners last week, the Toronto Blue Jays seemed like the most obvious team to go with next on Wild Card Wednesday.  Obvious because the Mariners and Blue Jays both started as Major League Teams in 1977.
Let’s take a look:

First up, the cheerful face of Bobby Cox from his 1985 card.  The 1978 Doug Rader card is included for two reasons.  1.) His final MLB season was in 1977, the Blue Jays released him in Spring Training of 1978.  2.) The Red Rooster became an MLB manager for three different teams:  Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox (Two games as an interim manager after TLR was fired in 1986), and the California Angels.  The ’81 and ’78 team photos are included along with the prospects from 1979.

Soooo....Victor.....Did you get enough tobacco in before the photo shoot?

Soooo….Victor…..Did you get enough tobacco in before the photo shoot?

All of the players below would be Milwaukee Brewers at some point in their careers.  Vuke without the Fu Manchu just looks…wrong.  Roy Howell without the beard….eh.  I have no strong opinion one way or the other.

Don't ask me what the "2" is for on the Howell & Vuke cards. "Mint" had no meaning to me.

Don’t ask me what the “2″ is for on the Howell & Vuke cards. “Mint” had no meaning to me.

I have two cards of the Blue Jays from 1977.  One is Andy Ashby.  Bob Bailor was the first Blue Jay.  Toronto selected him from the Baltimore Orioles with their first selection of the MLB Expansion Draft in 1976.  Jesse Barfield was really good.  If I had known what fantasy baseball was in the 1980s, Jesse Barfield would have been on my team….a lot.  Otto Velez was named the American League Player of the Month in April of 1977.  He hit .442 with five homers and 18 RBI in 21 games during the first month of Toronto Blue Jays on field history. 

A few cards of the same players from different years.

A few cards of the same players from different years.

Danny Ainge played professional baseball while he was still playing college basketball for BYU.  That Fleer card from 1981 is from the same year that he did this to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.  Jesse Jefferson’s cards from 1978 and 1980.  The 1980 card was his last with the Blue Jays.  Jefferson was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates off waivers in September of 1980 and finished that season with the Bucs.

Danny. Ainge.

Danny. Ainge.

I really don’t know how I wound up with Jim Clancy in four different seasons.  Luck of the draw.  Judging by his smile in the three posed cards, he apparently enjoyed his time in Toronto.  Alfredo Griffin’s final game in the major leagues ended in an amazing way.  He was on-deck in Game Six of the 1993 World Series when Joe Carter did this.  Nice way to go out.

Clancy made his MLB debut with the Blue Jays on July 26, 1977.

Clancy made his MLB debut with the Blue Jays on July 26, 1977.

Ron Fairly, who also played for the Montreal Expos, did not play for Toronto in 1978, the year of the card.  The other Blue Jays card I have from 1977 is Dave McKay.  The Cecil Fielder card is from 1986, his first full season in the major leagues.  I have four Jim Clancy cards and only one Dave Steib card.  Lloyd Moseby was the second overall pick in the 1978 draft.  He would be part of this Mid-80′s Blue Jays outfield: Moseby, Barfield, and George Bell. The Blue Jays from 1984-1993 were a fun team to watch and Moseby was there through 1989.  John Mayberry will always be a Kansas City Royal to me.

Dave Steib don't wear hats.

Dave Steib don’t wear hats.

Past Wild Card Wednesday’s:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Tater Tuesday: Khris Davis (2010)

I’m changing up the formatting on Tater Tuesday.  Just to make it a little easier to read – and probably to write.

So, with that…. Each Tuesday this off-season we will look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters.

This week, every home run by Khris Davis from 2010 when he set the Timber Rattlers record for taters in a single season.

This happened 22 times in 2010.

This happened 22 times in 2010.

HR #1
DATE:  April 22

OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: David Carpenter
INNING: Bottom of the 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 10-6
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 11-6
NOTE: His first home run of the season came in game #15 of the year.

HR #2
DATE: May 3

OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER:  Kane Holbrooks
INNING: Top of the 9th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Beloit led 7-5
TYPE: Two-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Tied 7-7
NOTE: The Rattlers tied the game on the homer and took the lead later in the ninth.  But, Beloit scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and won the game 9-8 on a homer by Wang Wei-Lin in the tenth.

HR #3
DATE: May 5
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
OPPOSING PITCHER: Eric Fornataro
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 4-1
TYPE: Two-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 6-1
NOTE: This was in the second game of a doubleheader and the Rattlers would eventually go up 8-1…But, they lost 10-9…despite David going 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, and a single.

HR #4
DATE: May 24
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Michael Lehman
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 5th
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers led 3-2

TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 4-2
NOTE: Cameron Garfield and D’Vontrey Richardson also hit solo home runs in this game

HR #5
DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tyler Kehrer
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 6th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers trail 4-2
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers trail 4-3
NOTE: A home run to lead off the inning

HR #6
DATE:  June 2
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne TinCaps
OPPOSING PITCHER: Jerry Sullivan
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 1st inning
OUTS: 2 outs
SCORE BEFORE HR: 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This ball traveled approximately 7,000 feet.

Parkview Field

Parkview Field

The homer by Davis on June 2 cleared that trellis beyond the black canvas.

The homer by Davis on June 2 cleared that trellis beyond the black canvas.

HR #7
DATE: June 9
OPPONENT:  Bowling Green Hot Rods
OPPOSING PITCHER: Alex Colome
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This was in game two of the doubleheader

HR #8
DATE: June 10
OPPONENT: Bowling Green Hot Rods
OPPOSING PITCHER: Deivis Mavarez
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 6-6
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 7-6
NOTE: A leadoff home run to give the Rattlers a lead off a guy who has a delivery that looks like this.

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Unfortunately, Bowling Green scored a run with two outs in the top of the ninth and a run in the top of the tenth to beat Wisconsin 8-7.

This was his eighth home run of the season.  This was also his final home run of the first half.  Just under two weeks later, Davis would win the Midwest League Home Run Derby at Fort Wayne.

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I think that gave him some confidence heading into the second half….

HR #9
DATE: June 25
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tyler Sample
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Scoreless
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This was his first at bat of the second half.

HR #10
DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Scott Kelley
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 7th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 10-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 11-0
NOTE: The Rattlers held on for an 11-7 win.

HR #11
DATE: June 28
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
OPPOSING PITCHER: Michael Blazek
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 7th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 5-5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 6-5
NOTE: That would be a home run off future Brewers teammate Michael Blazek.  However, the Bandits tied the game in the eighth and won the game 7-6 in 14 innings.

HR #12
DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Rodolfo Encarnacion
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: 8th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Bees lead 5-4
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Tied 5-5
NOTE: The Rattlers hit four home runs in this game, but lost 7-6 in 14 innings at Burlington.

HR #13
DATE: July 8
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
OPPOSING PITCHER: Michael Tonkin
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 3rd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 4-0
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 6-0
NOTE: Davis went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and five RBI in this game, a 13-5 win.

HR #14
DATE: July 11
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Sam Runion
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 6th
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 2-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 3-0
NOTE: Another home run to lead off an inning

HR #15
DATE: July 11
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Scott Kelley
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 8th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers lead 3-1
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 4-1
NOTE: Burlington had scored a run in the top of the eighth to get close.  Davis answered with a homer for his first multi-tater game of the season.

HR #16
DATE: July 12
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
OPPOSING PITCHER: Keaton Hayenga
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 5th
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Bees lead 9-5
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Bees lead 9-6
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers came back for a 15-12 win in this game.  Davis went 4-for-4 with a homer, a double, a pair of singles, a walk, two RBI, and FIVE RUNS SCORED.

HR #17
DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
OPPOSING PITCHER: Nick Czyz
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE:   Home run #16 happened in game #86 of the season.  Homer #17 came in game #111.

HR #18
DATE: August 10
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
OPPOSING PITCHER: Erasmo Ramirez
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Tied 0-0
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 1-0
NOTE: This leadoff homer marks the fourth time Davis his home runs in consecutive games.

HR #19
DATE: August 12
OPPONENT: Quad Cities River Bandits
OPPOSING PITCHER:  Dan Calhoun
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING:  Top of the 7th
OUTS: 2
SCORE BEFORE HR: Timber Rattlers lead 6-3
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Timber Rattlers lead 7-3.
NOTE: Big insurance run here for Davis in the top of the eighth.  The River Bandits scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull to within 7-6.  Wisconsin held on for the 7-6 lead.

HR #20
DATE: August 29
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
OPPOSING PITCHER: Chris Mederos
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 2nd
OUTS: 0
SCORE BEFORE HR: Timber Rattlers trail 1-0
TYPE: 2-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 2-1
NOTE: The game was tied 10-10 in the bottom of the eleventh inning.  Davis smacked a single to drive in Kentrail Davis with the game winning run.

HR #21
DATE: August 31
OPPONENT:  Kane County Cougars
OPPOSING PITCHER: Kenny Smalley
HOME or AWAY: Home
INNING: Bottom of the 5th
OUTS: 0 outs
SCORE BEFORE HR: Timber Rattlers lead 6-4
TYPE: Solo
SCORE AFTER HR: Timber Rattlers lead 7-4
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers went on to a 16-4 win.  This home run tied Matt Hagen and Juan Silvestre for the single season franchise record in homers.

DATE: September 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
OPPOSING PITCHER:  Aaron Larsen
HOME or AWAY: Away
INNING: Top of the 3rd inning
OUTS: 1
SCORE BEFORE HR: Rattlers trail 2-1
TYPE: Two-run
SCORE AFTER HR: Rattlers lead 3-2
NOTE: And this home run, on the second to last day of the 2010 season was the record breaker.

Homer #22

High Fives!

High Fives!

WRAP-UP:

Here’s the slashline with walks and strikeouts for Davis in the first half of the season, the half he hit eight homers:
.292/.389/.483; Walks: 32; Strikeouts: 62

Here’s the slashline with walks and strikeouts for Davis in the second half of the season, the half he hit 14 homers:
.267/.406/.516; Walks 45; Strikeouts: 58

Make of that what you will.

Khris Davis - 22 Homer Runs in 2010.

Khris Davis – 22 Home Runs in 2010.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Rattlers Alumni Report – October 7, 2013

The playoffs are happening right now.

Former Rattler David Ortiz has made his presence felt for the Red Sox:

And – as of now – Ortiz is the only former Timber Rattlers player on an active roster during the 2013 MLB playoffs. Matt Thornton (BOS), Anthony Varvaro (ATL), and Matt Tuiasosopo (DET) were left off the playoff rosters for their respective teams. Jake Odorizzi (TB) was not eligible for the Rays playoff roster.

The playoffs won’t be the only baseball going on this week. Arizona Fall League play kicks off tomorrow. The Brewers prospects will be playing for the Surprise Saguaros.

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Jason Rogers will be trading High Fives in the AFL for the next six weeks.

Former Timber Rattlers for the Saguaros this season are:
RHP Tyler Cravy
RHP David Goforth
RHP Kevin Shackelford
OF Mitch Haniger
OF Jason Rogers

Tyler Cravy is headed to the AFL this season, too.

Tyler Cravy is headed to the AFL this season, too.

The Saguaros are made up with prospects from Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Texas, and the Brewers. They open the AFL season on Tuesday afternoon against the Peoria Javelinas at home – in this case Surprise Stadium.

Games are played Monday to Saturday with Sunday’s off between October 8 and November 14 with a hitting challenge on October 12, the Rising Stars Game on November 2, and the Championship Game to be held on November 16.

The Winter Leagues in the Caribbean and in Australia won’t be underway for awhile, but we will keep an eye on those for ex-Rattlers, too.

For example, Timber Rattlers trainer Jeff Paxson will be with Licey this year. According to this page, Opening Day there is in eleven days.

Friday News & Notes

Baseball America released their list of the Top 20 Prospects in the Midwest League earlier this week.  That list contained no Timber Rattlers.

There are 16 teams in the MWL and there is no guarantee that every team is going to have at least one player in that Top 20 list…Especially in a year where some teams are loaded – from a prospect standpoint.  For example:  Cedar Rapids (4), Quad Cities (3), and Kane County (3) took up half of the 20 spots on the 2013 MWL list.

JJ Cooper handled the “Why no Rattlers?” question in his chat (No link. Subscribers only) content:

Mike (Milwaukee, WI): I’m a bit surprised not to see a single TimberRattler make your list, specifically Tyrone Taylor, Orlando Arcia or Victor Roache. Was it simply a matter of not having room for them, or are their ceilings just not as high as those who did make it?

J.J. Cooper: Promised on Twitter that I would answer this one. All three were among prospects considered for the list. Taylor came the closest to making it. I’d say he was in the 21-30 range. Pretty universally scouts liked Taylor more than Roache because of a better hitting approach, better defense, plays a premium position and is more athletic. In Taylor you have a solid center fielder while Roache was considered adequate in LF. Taylor was probably the third best CF prospect in the league behind Toles but ahead of Mallex Smith. Arcia often looked overmatched this year at the plate, but scouts think he’ll improve as he matures. He has a solid swing but he’s just not strong enough to do anything with that swing yet.

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Tyrone Taylor just missed Baseball America’s Top 20 list.

The Toles that Cooper mentions is Bowling Green’s Andrew Toles, who won the MWL batting title at .326.  Toles was placed at #19 on BA’s list.

Also from earlier this week, Adam McCalvy had this surprise in his twitter timeline:

  The surprise part is that last note about 2013 Timber Rattlers All-Star Pitcher Austin Blaski retiring.

2013 Timber Rattlers All-Star Austin Blaski has retired.

2013 Timber Rattlers All-Star Austin Blaski has retired.

Blaski’s last game with the Timber Rattlers was on June 13 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. Blaski allowed one run on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts to pick up the win in a 2-1 defeat of the Snappers. He was a late addition to the 2013 MWL All-Star squad and was scheduled to pitch in the game at Dayton. But, he was scratched from making an appearance. That game was on June 18. Blaski had surgery one month later – July 18.

Now, he’s retired.

Good luck, Austin.

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2007 Throwbacks

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Throwback Friday jerseys that were worn for Friday home games during the 2006 2007 season.

The jerseys were based on those of the Appleton Foxes of 1983.

Nine members of the 1983 Appleton Foxes.

Nine members of the 1983 Appleton Foxes.

More members of the '83 Foxes.

More members of the ’83 Foxes…and a few Burlington Rangers

The 2007 season was a year that saw the Timber Rattlers wear many different jerseys. However, a lot..and a I do mean a lot of photos of that season were lost in the great server crash of 2008.

So, despite wearing these glorious retros from the 80′s every Throwback Friday during the 2007 season, these action shots of Carlos Triunfel are the only photos we have in our archives.

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

There was one jersey from that 2007 team still around the ballpark. Kyle Parker’s game worn jersey.

2007 Throwbacks

Kyle Parker’s game worn, autographed jersey

2007 Throwbacks2

Kyle Parker’s game worn, autographed, dirt-stained jersey.

2007 Throwbacks3

The jerseys came back at the start of the 2012 season as part of the Bobblehead Series for Opening Day.

1983JerseyBobblehead

This is how I remember these jerseys are from 1983:
1983JerseyBobblehead2
It seems like people who remember the Appleton Foxes, remember these jerseys most of all.  They are memorable.

Jerseys of the Rattlers:
Throwbacks of 2006

Wild Card Wednesday – Seattle Mariners

Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This is a weekly feature with a look at some of my favorites in my Baseball Card Collection. Keep in mind that this collection is from about 1971 through 1986 or so and I do not have a complete collection.

The Seattle Mariners came into being in 1977. Let’s take a look at what I found.

Let’s start with two future broadcasters.  Joe Simpson and Tom Paciorek.  I would guess that playing on these Mariners teams would give players some stories to t…My GOD! Look at Simpson’s road uniform in that Fleer card from 1981 on the left!  Those are HIDEOUS!  I can’t even use the excuse, “Well, it was the 80′s.”  Also, note that Paciorek’s position progression goes: OF, OF/DH, OF/1B.

Paciorek even has a microphone in his last card.  That's called foreshadowing.

Paciorek even has a microphone in his last card. That’s called foreshadowing.

Speaking of progressions, Check out Dan Meyer’s cards on the bottom row.  He goes from posing with the bat to a close-up to not even bothering to get off the bench.   Bruce Botche is not to be confused with Bruce Bochy.  Also, Julio Cruz is the MAN!  His first card is from 1978 in the series is from 1978.  He stole a career high 59 bases that season.  I notice another shot with a BP cage for Cruz in the 1981 TOPPS card.  Looking at the background, it looks like old Tigers Stadium.

Three players over three different years.

This is what playing three seasons in the early 80′s for the Mariners did to you.

The Prospect cards are from 1979 and 1982.  Maury Wills was a manager…Remember that?  You know how most teams take their team photo on the field with the scoreboard or the stands in the background?  The 1978 Seattle Mariners took their team photo in the parking lot of the Kingdome.  The parking lot.

The pitcher with the name cut off the is Dick Pole.  That card is also from 1978, his final season in the majors.  Pole, a product of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, would go on to be a pitching coach for for many MLB teams.  Read more about him at his BR-Bullpen Page.

Darrell Johnson is thinking about Game 7 of the '75 World Series.

Darrell Johnson is thinking about Game 7 of the ’75 World Series.

Leroy Stanton is the only Mariners card I have from 1977.  You would think TOPPS would have loaded up on the ’77 Mariners in their single packs.  Larry Cox and Ted Cox were both on the 1981 Mariners.  They are not related.

Do NOT call it the Mendoza Line around him,

Do NOT call it the Mendoza Line around him,

Fleer’s 1981 cards with Floyd Bannister and Larry Milbourne were taken at Fenway, right?  Milbourne’s 1978 card is from Yankee Stadium.

The Richie Zisk card on the top row was improperly cut at the TOPPS factory. I want a new one.

The Richie Zisk card on the top row was improperly cut at the TOPPS factory. I want a new one.

To me most of these players would be better known with teams other than Seattle.  Henderson and Owen with the Red Sox. Phelps with the Yankees and A’s (He was the guy who broke up Brian Holman’s perfect game in the 9th inning as a member of the Athletics).  Tom House with the Rangers and Langston as the guy who got traded to the Expos for Randy Johnson 1989 and threw the seven innings of a no-hitter for the Angels against the Mariners in 1990.

But, Alvin Davis….The card is from 1985.  He hit .284 with 27 homers and 116 RBI in 1984 in his rookie season with Seattle.  He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1984 and had a great career with Seattle.  He is in the Mariners Hall of Fame.  Heck, he was the first inductee into the Mariners Hall of Fame.

Obligatory inclusion of Ken Phelps Seinfeld reference.

Obligatory inclusion of Ken Phelps Seinfeld reference in 3…2….1….

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