November 2013

Movember Update – Day 29

To donate to my Movember Page go here: http://mobro.co/chrismehring

On a scale of 16-year old me and Sam Elliot as John Buford in Gettysburg, I am currently at Gibbs from the first few episodes of NCIS in Season Four:

Not as much gray...but getting there.

Not as much gray…but getting there.

or Bruce McCullouch in the “New Kids in the Hall” sketch ‘A Little Something’

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2013 Outdoors Night

First, Happy Thanksgiving!

ThanksgivingSince it’s still Deer Hunting Season in Wisconsin, I thought a nice tie-in for the Jersey Thursday post would be the Outdoors Night jerseys that the team wore on  June 22, 2013.

Rodolfo Fernandez and Orlando Arcia probablty hadn't seen anything like these jerseys.

Rodolfo Fernandez and Orlando Arcia probably hadn’t seen anything like these jerseys.

As with most of these specialty jerseys, the socks make the outfit.  Blaze orange!

Jorge Lopez makes the pitch.

Jorge Lopez makes the pitch.

This is a “moment of contact” shot with the ball on the bat.

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The “Timber Rattlers” font in orange looks pretty cool, too.

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Dusty got one of the giveaways on that night.  The giveaway? A duck call.

Duck calls?

Duck calls? Seriously. That was the giveaway.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

2010 Mother’s Day

Wild Card Wednesday – Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles were the major league affiliate of the Fox Cities Foxes from 1960 through 1965.  Last week’s Flashback Friday on the website recalled the day the Foxes received a letter from the Orioles.  That letter informed the Foxes that the Orioles were ending their affiliation.

Last week’s Wild Card Wednesday looked at some cards of the Chicago White Sox, the team that replaced the Orioles as the major league parent club of the Foxes.  This week, let’s look at some Orioles cards!

First, here is a sheet of some of the older Baltimore cards in my collection.  The Grant Jackson card is from 1974.  Enos Cabell’s card is from 1975.  Bobby Grich…now there’s a mustache you can set your watch to.  Mark Belanger was a great defensive shortstop. Look at the swing of Tony Muser!  Gary Roenicke is having some fun!!!

Keiko Garcia did not own a comb at that point in his career.

Kiko Garcia did not own a comb at that point in his career.

A series of cards over three seasons of the same player.  Everyone remembers Tippy Martinez and Lee May, but Dave Skaggs?

Dave Skaggs?

Dave Skaggs?

I’m not sure, but I think that Jim Palmer was an All-Star.  Steve Stone’s mustache on his 1980 card (top row)…  Looks like I have a new rating for Movember on Friday.

I had some issues with Doug DeCinnces in 1976.

I had some issues with Doug DeCinces in 1976.

Six seasons of Al Bumbry cards from 1975-1985.

A guy could do a lot worse than having a bunch of Al Bumbry cards.

A guy could do a lot worse than having a bunch of Al Bumbry cards.

Would it have killed Topps or Fleer to do a Rick Dempsey card with him doing his Rain Delay Theater?

Eddie Murray is actually smiling in that 1981 Fleer card.

Eddie Murray is actually smiling in that 1981 Fleer card.

Earl. Weaver! I don’t think that the 1978 team photo was taken at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It just doesn’t look right.  If you ever wonder why the Orioles were so good for so long, just look at that 1982 Batting and Pitching Leaders.  That would be a pair of Hall of Famers there.  Plus, Dennis “El Presidente” Martinez was pretty good, too.

Think that

They were right on ONE of the Future Stars they selected for that card.

This is my other 1974 Orioles card.  A member of the Fox Cities Foxes in 1960, Boog Powell.

Boog!

Boog!

Or, as it says on the back of that card, John Wesley Powell:

Think they could get away with that caricature on a 2014 baseball card?

Think they could get away with that caricature on a 2014 baseball card?

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Tater Tuesday – One homer Rattlers (2000-2008)

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.

Last week’s Tater Tuesday took a look at the Timber Rattlers players who hit one home run in a season during the Brewers Affiliation Era.  This week, a look at the one homer Rattlers from 2000 to 2008:

2000:

Player: Juan Alcala
Date:
 June 25

Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Parker
Inning: 2nd
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Beloit 0

Player: Kevin Robles
Date:
 May 11

Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Juan Cruz
Inning: 2nd
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Lansing 1

Player: Oscar Ramirez
Date:
 May 4

Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: J Malone
Inning: 1st
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Burlington 1

Player: Orlando Hernandez
Date:
 May 10

Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Bruback
Inning: 6th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Lansing 5, Wisconsin 2

Player: Damien Alvarado
Date:
 July 31

Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chad Berryman
Inning: 5th
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids 7

2001:
Player: Guillermo “Bill” Martinez
Date:
 April 30 – Game 2

Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Luke Martin
Inning: 4th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 1

Player: Derrick Gutierrez
Date:
 July 16

Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Russelburg
Inning: 5th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 0

Player: Corey Freeman
Date:
 May 11

Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brad George
Inning: 5th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Dayton 1

Player: Mark Carroll
Date:
 May 14

Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Adam Sheefel
Inning: 7th
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Dayton 1

2002:
Player: Jason Rainey
Date:
 May 31

Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Joe Powers
Inning: 6th
Type: Solo – (Possibly inside the park homer)
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Dayton 2

Player: Tim Merritt
Date:
 June 30

Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Hector Rosado
Inning: 8th
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 14, Burlington 4

Player:
Eduardo Figueroa Antero Correa
Date:
 July 7

Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Joe Rogers
Inning: 8th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 17, Wisconsin 2

Player:
Roman (Luis) Cordova
Date:
 July 7

Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: N/A
Inning: 9th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 17, Wisconsin 3

Player: John Cole
Date:
 August 17

Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Girdley
Inning: 1st
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Clinton 0

Player: Alejandro Cadena
Date:
 May 20

Opponent: Peoria
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Russelburg
Inning: 7th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 6, Wisconsin 4

2003:

Player: Cip Garcia
Date:
 April 20

Opponent: Cedar Rapids
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Bryan Williams
Inning: 8th
Type: Pinch-hit 2-run
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 6

Player: Tomo Aoki
Date:
 June 30

Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Hill
Inning: 2nd
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0

2004:

Player: Justin Ruchti
Date:
 June 15

Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Calvin Medlock
Inning: 2nd
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Dayton 0

Player: Nick Orlandos
Date:
 August 24

Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jay Sawatski
Inning: 11th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 2

Player: Sam Bradford
Date:
 April 18

Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Mark Michael
Inning: 6th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 5

2005:

Player: Brent Johnson
Date:
 August 6

Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher:  Francis Abreu
Inning: 7th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Cedar Rapids 3

Player: Brandon Green
Date:
 May 2

Opponent: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Andy Sonnanstine
Inning: 4th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Southwest Michigan 4, Wisconsin 3

Player: Jack Arroyo
Date:
 April 19

Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Crist
Inning: 2nd
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Burlington 2

2006:

Player: Kuo Hui Lo
Date:
 August 6

Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Yohan Pino
Inning: 2nd
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 1

Player: Jairo Hernandez
Date:
 May 15 – Game 1

Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Travis Wood
Inning: 3rd
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Dayton 3, Wisconsin 1

Jeff Flaig

Jeff Flaig

Player: Jeff Flaig
Date:
 August 27

Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Giles
Inning: 8th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 2

2007:
Player: Juan Diaz
Date:
 July 4 – Game 2

Opponent: Cedar Rapids
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tommy Mendoza
Inning: 4th
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Cedar Rapids 0

Player: Gerardo Avila
Date:
 May 30

Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Henry Barrera
Inning: 7th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Burlington 8

2008:

Player: Israel Nunez
Date:
 July 25

Opponent: West Michigan Whitecaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kelvin Cedano
Inning: 8th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: West Michigan 9, Wisconsin 1

Player: Alex Meneses
Date:
 August 15

Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Ashwood
Inning: 8th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 6, Wisconsin 2

Player: Danny Carroll
Date:
 August 21

Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Kulik
Inning: 3rd
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 2

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

Rattlers Alumni Report – Through Winter League Games of 11/24/13

The Australian Baseball League had the weekend off, but everyone else was in action. 

Of note: Luis Valbuena (’06) had two homers and seven RBI in six games for the Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela to help them to a 5-1 record last week.

Valbuena had a really good week in Venezuela.

Yeah. Valbuena had a really good week in Venezuela.

TO THE REST OF THE STATS!

Venezuela:
Bravos de Margarita (17-22):
Renee Cortez: 11 games; 1-0, 8.59 ERA; 14.2IP; 9BB, 6K, 1.98 WHIP

Cardenales de Lara (16-21):
Oswaldo Navarro: 24 games; .296/.375/.451; 2HR, 13RBI
Luis Valbuena: 10 games; .275/.370/.450; 2HR, 8RBI
Jose Escalona: 11 games, 1 start; 0-0, 7.07 ERA; 14.0IP; 7BB, 9K, 1.79 WHIP
Caesar Jimenez: 6 games; 0-1, 1 Save, 2 Save Opportunities, 5.68 ERA; 6.1IP, 2BB, 6K, 1.11 WHIP
Jose Jimenez: 13 games; 1-1, 7.20 ERA; 5.0IP; BB, 4K, 1.80 WHIP

Leones del Caracas(18-20):
Mike Fiers: 3 games, 1 start; 0-0, 12.46 ERA; 4.1IP, 2BB, 6K, 2.08 WHIP
Juan Ovalles: 2 games; 0-0, 27.00 ERA; 0.1IP; 0BB, 0K, 9.00 WHIP

Navagantes del Magallanes (22-17):
Carlos Maldonado: 10 games; .233/.385/.267; 0HR, 4RBI

Mexico:
Algodoneros de Guasave (20-18):
Kalian Sams: 19 games; .192/.300/.410; 4HR, 13RBI

Tomateros de Culican (19-17):
Alex Liddi: 25 games; .239/.273/.391; 3HR, 11RBI
Johan Limonta: 9 games; .222/.263/.250; 3HR, 9RBI

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (16-13):
Edward Paredes: 7 games; 0-1, 7.71; 2.1IP; BB, 2K, 2.14 WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 16 games; 1-0, 1.93 ERA; 14.0IP; 2BB, 5K, 1.36 WHIP

Estrellas de Oriente (10-19):
Juan Diaz: 20 games; .148/.207/.185; 0HR, 3RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (15-14):
Carlos Peguero: 7 games; .296/.387/.556; 2HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido (19-11):
Leury Bonilla: 1 game; 1-for-2

Tigres del Licey (18-2):
Sean Halton: 15 games; .327/.410/.538; HR, 11RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 15 games; .242/.306/.424; HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (6-10):
Jeff Dominguez: 15 games; .208/.296/.292; 0HR, 4RBI
Miguel A. Martinez: 5 games; 0-0, 4.50ERA; 8.0IP, 3BB, 4K; 1.63 WHIP

Criollos de Caguas (8-11):
Efrain Nieves: 4 games, 3 games started; 1-1, 5.14ERA; 14.0IP, 9BB, 16K; 1.64 WHIP

Gigantes de Carolina (10-4):
Justin Souza: 6 games; 1-0, 3 saves, 4 save opportunities, 2.70 ERA; 6.2IP; 2BB, 3K; 0.90 WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez (9-8):
Martin Maldonado: 6 games; .133/.235/.133; 0 HR, 0 RBI
Rene Rivera: 13 games; .207/.226/.379; HR, 8RBI
Hiram Burgos: 4 games; 1 start, 0-0, 1.29 ERA; 7.0IP, 5BB, 8K, 1.57 WHIP

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (7-3):
Craig Anderson: 3 games, 3 starts; 1-1, 3.71 ERA; 17.0IP, 5BB, 16K; 1.47 WHIP

Movember Update – Day 22

Day 22…

To donate to my Movember Page go here: http://mobro.co/chrismehring

On a scale of 16-year old me and Sam Elliot as John Buford in Gettysburg, I am currently at Matthew from NewsRadio in that episode he grew a mustache:

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Well, maybe not quite that thick, but it feels like it.

No one from the office has had a mustache intervention with me yet:

Also, Mr. James has not stopped by to show me the picture in his wallet that he uses to remind him not to grow a mustache.

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In closing….I really miss NewsRadio.

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2010 Mother’s Day

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.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were home for Mother’s Day on May 9, 2010.  The team wore pink jerseys to raise money for charity.  But, they didn’t go with JUST a pink jersey.  They took their inspiration from the rainbow jerseys of the Houston Astros….More teams should do that:

A group of Timber Rattlers players were on hand before the game to escort Moms to the pregame buffet:

Welcome....Welcome!

Welcome….Welcome!

Game time approached and the fans had the opportunity to see the players in the full uniform:

I make this look good!

I make this look good!

Including the pink socks:

For charity.

For charity.

Michael Marseco posed with the Play Ball Kid before the game:

(L to R): Michael Marseco, Play Ball Kid.

(L to R): Michael Marseco, Play Ball Kid.

Eric Arnett got the start:

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Cameron Garfield was behind the plate.

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And this is D’Vontrey Richardson* at the bat:

He didn't homer, but he DID triple in this game.

He didn’t homer, but he DID triple in this game.

Even Fang got in on the act:

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Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

Wild Card Wednesday – Chicago White Sox

The Appleton Foxes and Chicago White Sox were partners from 1966 to 1986.  I thought that this would be a good week to take a look at my the White Sox cards in my collection.  There are a couple of pages of former Foxes, a few players in the Appleton Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, and the a few players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

There are also some uniforms that are just….oh, brother….you’ll see.

Each of the players in this collection of nine all played for the Appleton Foxes.  The Terry Forster and Bucky Dent cards are from 1976.  Yes, kids, the White Sox went from traditional – as traditional as powder blue with big numbers on the sleeves can be -  uniforms and the really cool diagonal and interlocking “SOX” in 1976 to the stereotypical 70′s font and the big lapels in one year.  From that one they went to what are basically softball uniforms with a glorified stick figure on the left chest.

Steve Trout could not find a comb for his photo shoot.

Steve Trout could not find a comb for his photo shoot.

Here are more former Foxes.  LaMarr Hoyt looks like he just got done with his pregame run.  I almost guarantee that he was wearing an AC/DC ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) T-shirt and they made him put the windbreaker on over it.  If it wasn’t AC/DC, it was probably a Lynyrd Skynryd shirt.

Also, Mike Squires….oh, Mike Squires

Which was a better look for Britt Burns?

Which was a better look for Britt Burns?

I chose the Marc Hill card to show off the home white jersey of the White Sox.  They really needed a full shot of Wilbur Wood to prove that he is not wearing shorts.  Chet Lemon’s card was taken at Fenway Park, yes? 

With a name like Nordhagen...he's gotta be good!

With a name like Nordhagen…he’s gotta be good!

Francisco Barrios did a rehab assignment with the Foxes in 1980.  Based on the background of the 1981 Fleer cards (Bottom row for Bosley, Proly, and Wortham) Fenway Park was the background for most of the White Sox players.

I only know who two of these five players are.

I only know who two of these five players are.

In honor of Movember, I have included the leaders card to show off Dennis Lamp…Dennis Lamp.

I wonder what Bob Lemon thought when he saw those 1978 jerseys.

I wonder what Bob Lemon thought when he saw those 1978 jerseys.

Ed Farmer is now the radio broadcaster for the White Sox. Carlton Fisk is Carlton Fisk.  This was after the part of his career in which he did a few commercials for Copenhagen, Happy Days, & Skoal…the smokeless tobaccos.

Carlton Fisk played more games with the White Sox than with the Red Sox. Blows my mind every time.

Carlton Fisk played more games with the White Sox than with the Red Sox. Blows my mind every time.

You know how I usually make a joke about how I’ve collected a bunch of cards for some random dudes at about this point of the post?  Not going to do it.  I will freely admit that Ralph Garr and Jorge Orta were a couple of my favorite players from this period of time.

These guys are great.

These guys are great.

Tom Seaver doesn’t care about posing for his 1985 card.  He had 288 wins going into the season.  He knew that he would be getting #300 at some point during the season and that he would eventually be going into Cooperstown.

You can relax like this for your card when you are approaching 300 wins for your career.

You can relax like this for your card when you are approaching 300 wins for your career.

I think Goose Gossage wants a do over on his 1977 card.  The white hat with the black “SOX” and the apparent direction from the photographer to look at something in the upper deck of the right field bleachers are the main reasons.  Plus…there’s something missing…

One word, Goose.....Mustache!

One word, Goose…..Mustache!

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Tater Tuesday – One Homer Rattlers (2009-2013)

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.

In the past editions of Tater Tuesday, I have focused on the sluggers.  This week how about a look at the Rattlers of the Milwaukee Affiliation Era who hit just a single home run in a regular season.

2009:
Photo by Wm. Glasheen 2009

Player: John Delaney
Date: June 8
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Michael Tarsi
Inning:6th
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Beloit 0

Player: Sean McCraw
Date: July 19
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Holguin
Inning: 5th
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Lansing 1

Photo by Wm. Glasheen 2009
Player: Erik Komatsu
Date: July 27
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
Inning: 4th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 1

Player: Josh Prince
Date: August 24
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tim Melville
Inning: 4th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Burlington 0

Player: Brandon Sizemore
Date: September 7
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Daniel Osterbrock
Inning: 4th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Burlington 0

2010
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Player: Austin Stockfisch
Date: July 29
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Robert Whitenack
Inning: 5th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 2

2012
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Player: Carlos Gomez
Date: May 18
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Sean Murphy
Inning: 8th
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 3

Player: Rafael Neda
Date: June 29
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Yao-Lin Wang
Inning: 8th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 7

Player: Mitch Haniger
Date: July 2
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Wily Paulino
Inning: 3rd
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 1

Player: Mike Garza
Date: September 3 (Game 2)
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chas Mye
Inning: 7th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Burlington 3

2013

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Player: Tyler Roberts
Date: June 13
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Caleb Brewer
Inning: 7th
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 13, Wisconsin 9

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Player: Michael Reed
Date: July 13
Opponent: Lake County Captains
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jack Wagoner
Inning: 12th
Type: 2-run, walkoff
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Lake County 4

NOTE: There were no Timber Rattlers with just one home run during the 2011 season.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

Top Five Tuesday: Field Patterns

In case you haven’t heard, Eddie Warczak – and his Fox Cities Stadium groundscrew – is up for an award from SportsTurf Management Organization.  Eddie is up for Field Pattern of the Year.

I thought this would be a good time to take a look at his Top Five Field Patterns of the Year.

5. He calls this one Big Checkers. To make a little extra money when we have this pattern, I think I’m going to allow people to come out and play Life-Size Chess.

 
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4. This one is Double Diamond. It looks time consuming just for the shear number of lines. Plus, if just one is off, the whole thing is off.

 
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3. There is no truth to the rumor that a centerfielder from the Clinton LumberKings was sucked into the The Vortex during batting practice. None whatsoever. It is kind of hypnotic when you look at it.

 
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 2. Star & Baseball is this high on the list for a couple of reasons. The shapes are number one, but how about the patience to get the lines in foul territory right, too.  If I am doing this, I just want to get done after the star and baseball are finished.  Forget the rest of the field.  Not our groundscrew.
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  1.  This is the one that is up for the award.  The ‘TR’ Logo and the baseball.  It’s not just letters…it’s the exact logo.  That’s like writing calligraphy with a freaking lawn mower.  Next summer we will need to have Eddie do a video or a time lapse on how he shades the grass like this:

 
TR and Baseball Logo
 

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