November 2013

Rattler Alumni Report – Winter League Games through November 17, 2013

The Arizona Fall League finished its regular season and held its Championship Game.  The Surprise Saguaros – with the assistance of some Timber Rattlers players – won the pennant with a 2-0 victory over the Mesa Solar Sox.

AFL Champions

Surprise had defeated Mesa, 2-0, at Scottsdale Stadium, winning the franchise’s first championship since 1995. But other than center fielder Tyler Naquin’s spontaneous decision to take the official championship picture wearing Jorge Alfaro’s catcher’s mask, the celebration was rather low key. There was some Chipotle, but no trophy — or Champagne — waiting for the Saguaros in the clubhouse.

But none of it mattered to them.

Click that link up top to see David Goforth (’12) get the final out with a called third strike…and also to see Kevin Shackelford get a running start to wind up on top of the victory scrum.  It’s getting to be his signature finishing move.  Like here after the Rattlers beat Clinton in the Western Division Finals back in 2012.

Where's Shackledaddy

Here’s a better look at the comparison:

Three Rattlers played in the Championship Game for Surprise:
Mitch Haniger: 0-for-3
Tyler Cravy: 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, Hold
David Goforth: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K, Save

To the regular season stats!

Arizona Fall League:
Surprise Saguaros (18-12-1):
Mitch Haniger:  25 games; .280/.354/.480; 4HR, 24 RBI
Jason Rogers: 18 games; .311/.432/.459; 2HR, 8RBI
Tyler Cravy: 10 games, 1 start; 0-1, 2.76 ERA; 16.1IP; 9BB, 16K, 1.29 WHIP
David Goforth: 12 games; 1-1, 4 Saves, 3.75 ERA; 12.0IP; 4BB, 15K, 1.29 WHIP
Kevin Shackelford: 11 games; 1-1, 3.09 ERA; 11.2IP; 4BB, 13K, 1.29 WHIP

Venezuela:
Bravos de Margarita (16-17):
Renee Cortez: 9 games; 1-0, 7.15 ERA; 11.1IP; 8BB, 6K, 1.94 WHIP

Cardenales de Lara (11-20):
Oswaldo Navarro: 24 games; .296/.375/.451; 2HR, 13RBI
Luis Valbuena: 4 games; .316/.350/.368; 0HR, RBI
Jose Escalona: 9 games, 1 start; 0-0, 7.71 ERA; 11.2IP; 6BB, 9K, 1.89 WHIP
Caesar Jimenez: 4 games; 0-1, 6.23 ERA; 4.1IP, 2BB, 4K, 1.38 WHIP
Jose Jimenez: 12 games; 1-0, 3.86 ERA; 4.2IP; BB, 4K, 1.50 WHIP

Leones del Caracas(15-17):
Mike Fiers: 1 game; 0-0, 13.50 ERA; 1.1IP, 0BB, 2K, 1.50 WHIP
Juan Ovalles: 2 games; 0-0, 27.00 ERA; 0.1IP; 0BB, 0K, 9.00 WHIP

Navagantes del Magallanes (19-14):
Carlos Maldonado: 10 games; .233/.385/.267; 0HR, 4RBI

Mexico:
Algodoneros de Guasave (17-15):
Kalian Sams: 19 games; .192/.300/.410; 4HR, 13RBI

Tomateros de Culican (16-15):
Alex Liddi: 25 games; .239/.273/.391; 3HR, 11RBI
Johan Limonta: 4 games; .214/.267/.214; 0HR, 2RBI

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (15-9):
Edward Paredes: 7 games; 0-1, 7.71; 2.1IP; BB, 2K, 2.14 WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 14 games; 1-0, 2.25 ERA; 12.0IP; BB, 5K, 1.33 WHIP

Estrellas de Oriente (8-16):
Juan Diaz: 18 games; .149/.216/.191; 0HR, 3RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (10-14):
Carlos Peguero: 7 games; .296/.387/.556; 2HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido (15-9):
Leury Bonilla: 1 game; 1-for-2

Tigres del Licey (16-9):
Sean Halton: 15 games; .327/.410/.538; HR, 11RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 11 games; .190/.261/.286; 0HR, 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (4-8):
Jeff Dominguez: 11 games; .156/.289/.219; 0HR, 3RBI
Miguel A. Martinez: 4 games; 0-0, 5.40ERA; 6.2IP, 3BB, 4K; 1.80 WHIP

Criollos de Caguas (7-5):
Efrain Nieves: 3 games, 2 games started; 1-0, 6.75ERA; 9.1IP, 8BB, 12K; 2.04 WHIP

Gigantes de Carolina (7-4):
Justin Souza: 4 games; 1-0, 2 saves, 3 save opportunities, 2.08 ERA; 4.1IP; BB, 2K; 0.92 WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez (6-3):
Martin Maldonado: 3 games; .143/.333/.143; 0 HR, 0 RBI
Rene Rivera: 8 games; .158/.150/.316; HR, 4RBI
Hiram Burgos: 3 games; 0-0, 2.25 ERA; 4.0IP, 4BB, 4K, 2.25 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 15

Day 15…

On a scale of 16-year old me and Sam Elliot as John Buford in Gettysburg, I am currently at Tim Locum, circa 1990:

I said Tim Locum!

I said Tim Locum!

The only difference between the me of 1990 and the Tim Locum of 1990 back in 1990?  I didn’t play basketball for the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

The only difference between the me of 2013 and the Tim Locum of 1990 today? I don’t have a mullet and I am not a member of the Badgers’ 1,000-point club.

To see my progress and to donate to the cause please head here:

http://mobro.co/chrismehring

It’s almost Lucroy Season – Jerseys of the Rattlers

This post qualifies as a Jerseys of the Rattlers post because the Jonathan Lucroy bobblehead that is the part of this promotion is based on the 2012 Military Appreciation Jerseys.

Pregame on July 23, 2012 (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Pregame on July 22, 2012 (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

The promotion starts next week:

WebsiteHuntForLucroy

Here are the details:

The Timber Rattlers are counting down to the second best “Opening Day” in Wisconsin by giving away five bobbleheads in five days. The “Hunt for Lucroy” will start Monday, November 18 and continue through Friday, November 23. Everyday a Jonathon Lucroy bobblehead will be hidden around the area, each in a different place and time and in a different way. A daily hint will be posted 20 minutes prior narrowing down the area/location and any other needed clues will be given at the time of the hunt. Good luck and as always, Happy Hunting!

The ‘Hunt for Lucroy’ schedule:

  • 11/18 MONDAY – APPLETON – 5:30pm
  • 11/19 TUESDAY – OSHKOSH – Noon
  • 11/20 WEDNESDAY – APPLETON 5:30PM
  • 11/21 THURSDAY – GREEN BAY – 5:30PM
  • 11/22 FRIDAY – APPLETON – 10:00am

Contest Rules:

Bobblehead will be awarded to the fan that completes the daily challenge first.

Challenges will be given through Timber Rattlers Facebook ONLY.

Each day the first clue will be given 20 minutes prior to hunt time.

Final clue/challenge will be given at hunt time.

One Bobblehead will be awarded each day.

Contestants can only win once Monday – Thursday (11/18-11/21). Special rules apply Friday, Nov 22, 2013.

Winners’ photo will be posted to the Timber Rattlers Facebook page immediately following each hunt.

Timber Rattlers staff has final discretion on each hunt.

Here are a few more pictures from the Military Appreciation game on July 22, 2012:

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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

Wild Card Wednesday – St. Louis Cardinals

Last week on Wild Card Wednesday, we took a look at my collection of cards featuring the World Champion Boston Red Sox.  This week, how about the team that didn’t win the World Series.  Keep in mind that most of these cards feature St. Louis Cardinals that people can stand and were collected well before the Cardinals became the focus of evil in the baseball world.

Let’s start with some 1975 cards in the top row.  Bake McBride and Reggie Smith went to different teams in 1976…and I made sure to note that on their cards…I wish I could go back in time and tell 1976 me what a bad idea that is.  The second row is Ken Oberkfell over three seasons.  Look at Mike Caldwell.  He can’t stand being in that Cardinals uniform.

Mike Caldwell in a Cardinals uniform. Just doesn't look correct.

Mike Caldwell in a Cardinals uniform. Just doesn’t look correct.

The top row here would be Tom Herr and the Mad Hungarian on the ends with the 1975 and 1978 team photos.  The bottom row would be Cardinals hall of famers.  Lou Brock’s helmet on that 1977 card.  Those are lines.  On the helmet. I know it was the 1970′s and no one had any taste or style…but, come on!  Who thought that was a good idea?

Again....Lou Brock's helmet!

Again….Lou Brock’s helmet!

Bob Forsch looked as if he hated posing for baseball cards by the time of that last one in 1985.  I was apparently a big Keith Hernandez fan, too….You don’t understand, Elaine. I don’t want to be overanxious. If he wants to see me he has my number, he should call. I can’t stand these guys. You give your number to them and then they don’t call. Why do they do that? What did he come over to me if he didn’t want to see me? I mean here I meet this guy this great guy, a baseball player, best guy I ever met in my life. .. Well that’s it. I’m never giving my number out to another guy again.

Now that I see them all laid out like that...That does seem like a lot of Keith Hernandez cards.

Now that I see them all laid out like that…That does seem like a lot of Keith Hernandez cards.

This would be a series of Cardinals players over a couple of seasons.  Jim Kaat became a TV broadcaster.

John Denny to Ted Simmons. What a battery that must have been.

John Denny to Ted Simmons. What a battery that must have been.

Speaking of TV Broadcasters…This is the 1974 card of Tim McCarver on his second tour with St. Louis.

I wish Mc Carver would have kept the sideburns to this day.

I wish McCarver would have kept the sideburns to this day.

On the back, you see that he spent part of the 1972 season with the Montreal Expos.  On September 1, 1975, McCarver was purchased by the Boston Red Sox.  Boston released him in June of 1976 and joined the Philadelphia Phillies on July 1, 1976.  He was with the Phillies until he played his final game on October 5, 1980.  McCarver did not appear in the NLCS or the World Series for the Phillies that season.

 I just want to say one word to you.  Just one word. Are you listening?......"Matchbooks."

I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?……”Matchbooks.”

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

Tater Tuesday – Mike Wilson (2005)

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.

Mike Wilson was entering his fourth season of professional baseball in 2005.  Wilson, a big-time linebacker recruit for the University of Oklahoma, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd round of the 2001 draft.  He was still finding his way at the game of baseball.  But, when he figured it out, Wilson had one of the best power hitting seasons – and postseasons in Timber Rattlers season.

Mike Wilson hit 19 taters in the regular season and three in the postseason during 2005.

Mike Wilson hit 19 taters in the regular season and three in the postseason during 2005.

REGULAR SEASON:

HR #1
Date: April 10
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jesse Estrada
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2
Note: The leadoff home run for Wilson wasn’t just his first home run of the season.  It was also the team’s first home run of the season.

HR #2
Date: May 1
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Angel Rocha
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, South Bend 4
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 4
Note: This would be Wilson’s first home run on the road in 2005.

HR #3
Date: May 23
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Scot Drucker
Inning: 10th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Kane County 6
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
Note: The Rattlers would win this game 7-6 – on Wilson’s extra-innings long ball – despite committing four errors in the game.

HR #4
Date: May 30
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Scherer
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Quad Cities 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0
Note:  Wilson was batting seventh for his first two homers and fifth for his third.  Wilson was hitting fourth in the order for this home run.

HR #5
Date: June 1
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Rafael Rodriguez
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 2
Note: This game was mentioned in the Top Five weird finishes column and in a Walkoff Wednesday.

HR #6
Date: June 10
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Waters
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 11, Cedar Rapids 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 12, Cedar Rapids 5
Note: Matt Tuiasosopo followed with a homer for back-to-back home runs.  Wilson finished the first half of the season with six homers – 4 on the road and 2 at home.

HR #7
Date: June 23
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Adamczyk
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 4
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Quad Cities 4
Note: This was the first game of the second half of the season.

HR #8
Date: June 29
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dennis Dove
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 9, Wisconsin 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Quad Cities 9, Wisconsin 2
Note: Wilson also scored the third run of the game for the Rattlers in a 9-3 loss.

HR #9
Date: July 2
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Fabian Jimenez
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Fort Wayne 0
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 0
Note: The first three-run homer of the season for Wilson

HR #10
Date: July 4
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: David Shinskie
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 2
Note: Wilson drew three walks and drove in five runs in this game.  Beloit intentionally walked him in the eleventh inning.  Wilson also drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the thirteenth inning to drive in the winning run for Wisconsin’s 7-6 walkoff victory.

HR #11
Date: July 18
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Webb
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 1
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Kane County 1

HR #12
Date: July 27 (Game 2)
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jared Trout
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Kane County 1
Note: A home run to start the inning for the Rattlers. 

HR #13
Date: August 2
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Kinsey
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: South Bend 4, Wisconsin 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: South Bend 4, Wisconsin 2
Note: Wilson went 4-for-4 with a walk and drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 Wisconsin walkoff win.

HR #14
Date: August 4
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Steven Jackson
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, South Bend 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, South Bend 0

HR #15
Date: August 4
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Perrault
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: South Bend 7, Wisconsin 6
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, South Bend 7
Note: The first multi-homer game of the season for Wilson.

HR #16
Date: August 7
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Fernando Rodriguez
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 0
Note: This was his fourth home run in the month of August

HR #17
Date: August 14
Opponent: West Michigan Whitecaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Rainwater
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, West Michigan 1
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, West Michigan 1

HR #18
Date: August 15
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Sherman
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Burlington 0

 

HR #19
Date: August 28
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Brandon Kintzler
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 9, Fort Wayne 5
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Fort Wayne 5
Note: Yes, it’s that Brandon Kintzler.  Also, this home run came in game number 132 of the season for the Timber Rattlers.  They would play 139 games that season, but Wilson was done hitting homers in the regular season and he finished two shy of tying the single season home run record of Juan Silvestre and Matt Hagen.

POST SEASON:

HR #1
Date: September 9
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: JP Martinez
Inning: 10th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 2
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Beloit 2
Note: A series-ending home run for Wilson game the Rattlers a win in Game Three of the First Round to move them into the second round.

HR #2
Date: September 11
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: John Bannister
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Clinton 0
Type: GRAND SLAM
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Clinton 0
Note: A post-season grand slam for Wilson propelled the Timber Rattlers to a 16-0 win in Game Two, a sweep of the LumberKings, and a spot in the Finals.

HR #3
Date: September 16
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Kinsey
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, South Bend 1
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, South Bend 1
Note: This homer, the final of the season for Wilson, came in Game Four of the Championship Series.  Wisconsin would win the game 11-6 to force a Game Five.

NOTES:

Wilson’s best power month was August with seven homers, more than he hit in the entire first half of the season.

His best month for average was July in which he hit .293 with four homers and 30 RBI.

Wilson hit .237 at home and .294 on the road during the regular season.  When you add in the three postseason homers, Wilson hit 13 homers at Fox Cities Stadium and nine on the road.

Wilson played in 127 games during the 2005 season.  He was a pinch-hitter in three games, the designated hitter in three games, and the starting right fielder in 121 games.  Wilson was 1-for-10 as a DH and his only hit as a designated hitter was a home run (June 23 vs. Quad Cities).

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

Rattler Alumni Report – Through Winter League Games of November 10, 2013

The MLB Playoffs are done; the Winter Leagues are in full swing; and Craig Anderson is doing what he does.

Craig Anderson picked up the win for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australia Baseball League over the weekend. (Joe Vella -SMP Images/ABL Media)

Craig Anderson picked up the win for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australia Baseball League over the weekend. (Joe Vella -SMP Images/ABL Media)

On the mound for the Sox, Craig Anderson was back to his 2012-13 ABL Pitcher of the Year best, throwing seven strong innings of one-run baseball. Ando scattered five hits, walked two and struck out six on his way to his first win of the season.

Jason Rogers had this story on the Brewers website after a 3-for-4 game last week:

“Just by taking it day by day,” Rogers said. “I know what I can do. I’ve got to work harder because I was a 32nd-round pick. But I know I can play with all these guys.”

Rogers had another multihit game Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a double in Surprise’s 4-2 victory against Glendale at Surprise Stadium. The Saguaros’ second win in as many days against the Desert Dogs lowered their magic number to clinch the West Division to four with eight games to play.

Rogers’ successful fall is just a continuation of what he started in Hunstville. He hit .270 with a .468 slugging percentage and more than doubled his career home run total.

“The biggest thing was getting in better shape this year, just staying healthy,” Rogers said. “I’ve had problems with that in the past.”

Jason Rogers rounds third and heads for home in this 2011 game. (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Jason Rogers rounds third and heads for home in this 2011 game. (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Arizona Fall League:
Surprise Saguaros (16-10):
Mitch Haniger:  22 games; .284/.360/.477; 3HR, 19 RBI
Jason Rogers: 15 games; .360/.484/.540; 2HR, 8RBI
Tyler Cravy: 9 games, 1 start; 0-1, 2.93 ERA; 15.1IP; 9BB, 14K, 1.37 WHIP
David Goforth: 11 games; 1-1, 4 Saves, 4.09 ERA; 11.0IP; 3BB, 14K, 1.27 WHIP
Kevin Shackelford: 9 games; 1-1, 3.72 ERA; 9.2IP; 3BB, 11K, 1.34 WHIP

Venezuela:
Bravos de Margarita (11-16):
Renee Cortez: 9 games; 1-0, 7.15 ERA; 11.1IP; 8BB, 6K, 1.94 WHIP

Cardenales de Lara (9-16):
Oswaldo Navarro: 20 games; .288/.364/.441; 2HR, 12RBI
Jose Escalona: 7 games, 1 start; 0-0, 7.71 ERA; 9.1IP; 5BB, 7K, 1.82 WHIP
Jose Jimenez: 8 games; 1-0, 5.40 ERA; 3.1IP; BB, 2K, 1.80 WHIP

Leones del Caracas(12-14):
Juan Ovalles: 2 games; 0-0, 27.00 ERA; 0.1IP; 0BB, 0K, 9.00 WHIP

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

Mexico:
Algodoneros de Guasave (12-13):
Kalian Sams: 19 games; .192/.300/.410; 4HR, 13RBI

Tomateros de Culican (14-12):
Alex Liddi: 25 games; .239/.273/.391; 3HR, 11RBI

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (11-7):
Edward Paredes: 5 games; 0-0, 0.00; 1.1IP; BB, 2K, 2.25 WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 11 games; 0-0, 2.16 ERA; 8.1IP; 0BB, 4K, 1.32 WHIP

Estrellas de Oriente (7-13):
Juan Diaz: 16 games; .150/.227/.175; 0HR, 2RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (8-10):
Carlos Peguero: 7 game; .296/.387/.556; 2HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido (11-8):
Leury Bonilla: 1 game; 1-for-2

Tigres del Licey (15-5):
Sean Halton: 15 games; .327/.410/.538; HR, 11RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 9 games; .222/.300/.333; 0HR, 0RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (3-4):
Jeff Dominguez: 7 games; .200/.310/.280; 0HR, 3RBI
Miguel A. Martinez: 2 games; 0-0, 5.40ERA; 3.1IP, 2BB, K; 1.20WHIP

Criollos de Caguas (3-3):
Efrain Nieves: 2 games, 1 game started; 0-0, 4.15ERA; 4.1IP, 5BB, 6K; 2.08WHIP

Gigantes de Carolina (4-1):
Justin Souza: 2 games; 0-0, 2 saves, 2 save opportunities, 0.00ERA; 2.0IP; 0BB, K; 0.00WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez (2-2):
Rene Rivera: 4 games; .133/.125/.333; HR, 3RBI
Hiram Burgos: 1 game; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1.0IP, 0BB, K, 1.00WHIP

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (4-3):
Craig Anderson: 2 game, 2 starts; 1-1, 2.25 ERA; 12.0IP, 3BB, 8K; 1.25 WHIP

Movember Update – Day 8

If you remember this Mehring Monday from October, I am taking part in Movember this year.

This is where I want to be at the end of the month:

The benchmark.

The benchmark.

Growing a mustache as a way to raise money for men’s health is pretty easy….Well, it should be.  After one week, it looks like I have the same mustache I did when I went a week without shaving at the age of seventeen…Though there appears to be more gray in the latest version.

I will do everyone a favor and not post a photo of myself on this blog.  To see it, head over to http://mobro.co/chrismehring and think about donating to the cause.

Thank you.

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 1997 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.

The  1997 Timber Rattlers celebrated decided to wear throwbacks to the 1947 Appleton Papermakers.  The team wore these throwbacks for every Friday home game.  This was captured for posterity in one of my favorite team photos of all time.

The classic cars alone make this a great photo!

The classic cars alone make this a great photo!

I wanted to crop out the extraneous material and focus in on the team.

Just the team.

Just the team.

There are a couple of things that pop in this next shot.  First, yes, the jerseys have pinstripes.  Next, take a look at the socks on the grouping of five players in the front row.  They aren’t socks, they are stirrups and that completes the look.  Also, the best look of the Apple logo on the left sleeve is seen best on the player who is second from the right.  That player is Brian Fuentes.

An Apple with the word "TON" inside. BRILLIANT!

An Apple with the word “TON” inside. BRILLIANT!

Over on the left is a good representation of the Throwback caps.  The hat design, but not the jersey design, was reused for the Papermakers Throwback jerseys in 2008.

This hat is my favorite 'Throwback' hat.

This hat is my favorite ‘Throwback’ hat.

Here is a look at the ‘A’ on the left chest.  Also, can you guess which of these players are hitters and which are pitchers?  No hints….GO!

Come on, guys. Smile!

Come on, guys. Smile!

Additionally, since this photo was taken in front of the stadium in 1997, you can really tell the changes to that area since that time.

Play Ball!

There have been a few.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

Wild Card Wednesday – Boston Red Sox

When the World Series started, I decided that the World Champions would be the subject of the first Wild Card Wednesday after the series ended and the team that did not win would be the subject of Wild Card Wednesday .

I can’t tell you how happy I am that, the Boston Red Sox are up this week.

The top row of cards are the three oldest cards that I own.  They are from the 1972 season.  Luis Tiant and Don Zimmer are two of my favorites.  The team photo is from 1978.

Look at those leaders from 1981!

Nice to see Mike Torrez wearing a collared shirt for his photo!

The top row is from 1978.  Denny Doyle played his final MLB game at the end of the 1977 season.  Fergie Jenkins is awesome.  Bill Lee is…Bill By Gosh Lee!  The middle row would be from 1985.  That would be three-fifths of the Boston rotation in 1985.  Bottom right-hand corner is Reid Nichols from the current Brewers player development.  Bottom row middle is THE ECK!  Check the caption for why Dick Drago is in this mosaic.

I appear to have a lot of Bill Lee cards from a lot of different teams.

Bill Lee thought he gave up Henry Aaron’s last homer.  Then, Aaron came back for one more year and would hit his final homer off Dick Drago.

I think that I used the 1975 Carlton Fisk card as a bookmark after Game Six of the ’75 World Series until sometime in 1977.  As was noted about its condition…Not Mint.  Apparently, the only poses Jerry Remy got for his baseball cards were running out of the batter’s box.  How could pitchers fear Jim Rice when he’s smiling like that in his 1978 card?

The world needs more Brohamers!

The world needs more Brohamers!

The shocking thing about the Dwight Evans cards are the lack of a mustache in 1978 and 1981.

Dwight Evans and Bob Stanley were teammates from 1977-1989

Dwight Evans and Bob Stanley were teammates from 1977-1989

In past entries, I have noted the random players who seem to appear every year in my collection.  Not many Hall of Famers.  But, that is not the case here.  Seven Carl Yastrzemskis.  In fact, I think that I have at least two more of his cards out there somewhere in my boxes of stuff.  One might even be from 1971…which would be awesome…if I could find it.

YAZ!

YAZ! Check out your sideburns in 1976! And what happened to them in by the ’82 Topps card?

Here is the final card.  The discussion today was weather the whole card is a painting, the cap is airbrushed, the cap was airbrushed poorly and spread to the rest of the photo, or if Topps secretly put an old Piedmont Tobacco Baseball Card into their 1978 sets.

I want it to be the last one.

I want it to be the last one.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Tater Tuesday – David Ortiz (1996)

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.

Back in 1996, the Timber Rattlers were in their second season of existence.  They had a slugging first baseman out of the Dominican Republic by the name of David Arias.  That player is now known as David Ortiz.

David Ortiz led the Rattlers in most of the offensive categories in 1996.

David Ortiz led the Rattlers in most of the offensive categories in 1996.

He set the original single season home run mark for the team by launching 18 during that campaign.  This week, we take a look at all of his homers during that season for the Timber Rattlers. 

Unfortunately, the complete details for each homer are not available.  But, we do have the dates of each of his home runs.  If you can supply any of the missing details, feel free to drop a line in the comments.

So, let’s get started.

HR #1
DATE: April 10
OPPONENT:  Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY:  Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: James Splittorff
INNING: 4th
TYPE: Solo

HR #2
DATE: April 11
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Kasey Richardson
INNING: N/A
TYPE: 3-run

HR #3
DATE: April 17
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #4
DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Lorenzo Barcelo
INNING: 1st
TYPE: Solo

HR #5
DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Lorenzo Barcelo
INNING: 6th
TYPE: Solo

HR #6
DATE: April 30
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: John Lloyd
INNING: 3rd
TYPE: Solo

HR #7
DATE: May 6
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #8
DATE: May 24
OPPONENT:  Quad Cities River Bandits
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Brock Steinke
INNING: 8th
TYPE: 2-run

HR #9
DATE: May 31
OPPONENT: Rockford Cubbies
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER:  N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #10
DATE: June 8 (Game 2)
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Tony Castro
INNING: 8th
TYPE: Solo & Walkoff

HR #11
DATE: June 15
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #12
DATE: June 23
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: 3rd
TYPE: 3-run

HR #13
DATE: June 26
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #14
DATE: July 4
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Victor Hurtado
INNING: N/A
TYPE:  Solo

HR #15
DATE: July 7
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Derek Hasselhoff
INNING: 8th
TYPE: Solo

HR #16
DATE: August 4
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Scott DeWitt
INNING: 2nd
TYPE: Solo

HR #17
DATE: August 6
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
HOME or AWAY: Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

HR #18
DATE: September 1
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY: Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: N/A
INNING: N/A
TYPE: N/A

NOTES:
Ortiz had two home run droughts of almost a month (July 7 to August 4 & August 6 to September 1) in the second half of the season.

The Timber Rattlers played ten playoff games in 1996.  Ortiz did not homer in any of those playoff games.

That home run on June 8 against Kane County was the first walkoff home run in Timber Rattlers history.

Ortiz held the single season home run record for the franchise until Juan Silvestre hit 21 in the 1999 regular season.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

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