Tater Tuesday – Juan Silvestre (1999)

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.

This week, we take a look at the 1999 season of Juan Silvestre.  That was his second season as a Timber Rattler.  It was also the season he hit 21 home runs to set the single season record for the franchise.  On top of those regular season homers, Silvestre hit five taters in the playoffs.

Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs.

Silvestre hit 21 homers in the regular season and five in the playoffs.

If you look at the dates, you will notice that Silvestre went on home run binges.   He had six games with two home runs.  There was also a stretch of three straight games (June 15-18) where he hit five long balls.

Unfortunately, most of the details have been lost to time…like homers in the rain.  What we have, we will share.

HR #1
DATE:
April 10

OPPONENT:  Beloit Snappers
HOME or AWAY:  Away
OPPOSING PITCHER: Matt Childers
TYPE: Solo

HR #2
DATE:
May 8

OPPONENT:  Lansing Lugnuts
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #3
DATE:
May 22

OPPONENT:  Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #4
DATE:
May 22

OPPONENT:  Cedar Rapids Kernels
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #5
DATE:
May 24

OPPONENT:  Quad City River Bandits
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #6
DATE:
May 24

OPPONENT:  Quad City River Bandits
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #7
DATE:
May 29

OPPONENT:  Clinton LumberKings
HOME or AWAY:  Away

HR #8
DATE:
June 7

OPPONENT:  Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY:  Away

HR #9
DATE:
June 8

OPPONENT:  Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY:  Away

HR #10
DATE:
June 15

OPPONENT:  Kane County Cougars
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #11
DATE:
June 17

OPPONENT:  South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY: Home

HR #12
DATE:
June 17

OPPONENT:  South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY: Home

HR #13
DATE:
June 18

OPPONENT:  South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY: Home

HR #14
DATE:
June 18

OPPONENT:  South Bend Silver Hawks
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #15
DATE:
July 4

OPPONENT:  West Michigan Whitecaps
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #16
DATE:
July 14

OPPONENT:  Clinton LumberKings
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #17
DATE:
July 19

OPPONENT:  Peoria Chiefs
HOME or AWAY:  Away

HR #18
DATE:
July 29

OPPONENT:  Peoria Chiefs
HOME or AWAY:  Away

HR #19
DATE:
August 6

OPPONENT:  Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #20
DATE:
August 15

OPPONENT:  Michigan Battle Cats
HOME or AWAY:  Home

HR #21
DATE:
August 15

OPPONENT:  Michigan Battle Cats
HOME or AWAY:  Away

PLAYOFFS:

#1
DATE: September 8
OPPONENT:  Rockford Reds
HOME or AWAY:  Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Joe Giuliano
INNING: 8th
TYPE: Solo

#2
DATE:
September 10

OPPONENT:  Lansing Lugnuts
HOME or AWAY:  Away

#3
DATE:
September 10

OPPONENT:  Lasing Lugnuts
HOME or AWAY:  Away

#4
DATE:
September 11

OPPONENT:  Lansing Lugnuts
HOME or AWAY:  Home
OPPOSING PITCHER: Elvis Polanco
INNING: 9th
TYPE: Game winning grand slam!

#5
DATE:
September 18

OPPONENT:  Burlington Bees
HOME or AWAY:  Home

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

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

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