Tater Tuesday – Justin Leone (2000)

Justin Leone hit 18 homers for the Rattlers during the regular season in 2000.

Justin Leone hit 18 homers for the Rattlers during the regular season in 2000.

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.

Justin Leone, a Timber Rattlers third baseman in 2000, is the subject this week.

Leone hit eighteen home runs for the Rattlers during that regular season and added one in the playoffs.  He was the team leader in homers for that team.

Leone is also the first former Timber Rattler to inspire the name of a blog.  Lookout Landing, the SB Nation blog that covers the Seattle Mariners, started by Jeff Sullivan as Leone for ThirdTrue story.

HR #1
Date: May 6
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: N/A
Inning: N/A
Outs: N/A
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: N/A

 

HR #2
Date: May 8
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: N/A
Inning: N/A
Outs: N/A
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: N/A
HR #3
Date: May 28
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Mike Landkamer
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Type: Three-Run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 19, Dayton 7
HR #4
Date: June 1 (Game 2)
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Scott Dunn
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Clinton 2, Wisconsin 1
HR #5
Date: June 16
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Carlos Hernandez
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 2
HR #6
Date: June 16
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Carlos Hernandez
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Michigan 4
HR #7
Date: June 23
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Corey Artieta
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 3
HR #8
Date: June 28
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ben Bonilla
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, South Bend 1

HR #9
Date:
 June 28

Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aric Le Clair
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, South Bend 1
HR #10
Date: June 30
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Marc Sauer
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Kane County 2
HR #11
Date: July 2
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Beckett
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
HR #12
Date: July 13
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ty Howington
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 3
HR #13
Date: July 14
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Javier Martinez
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Type: Three-Run
Score After Homer: Dayton 9, Wisconsin 5
HR #14
Date: July 21
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Roberts
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Michigan 7, Wisconsin 1
HR #15
Date: July 24
Opponent: Michigan Battle Cats
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Derek Stanford
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Michigan 3, Wisconsin 1
Notes: Leone broke up Stanford’s no-hit bid with his two-out solo home run in the top of the ninth.  Leone also drew two of the three walks that Stanford issued in this game.
HR #16
Date: July 26
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dustin Robinson
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Clinton 6, Wisconsin 3
HR #17
Date: August 6
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kevin Sprague
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 0

HR #18
Date: August 28
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brandon Bowe
Inning: 7th
Outs: 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 6
POSTSEASON
HR #1

Date: September 10
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Parker
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 4

NOTES:
The first two homers have information missing due to me being gone for my announcing job with the Green Bay Gamblers.

Leone followed a home run by Shawn McCorkle with a home run of his own on June 30.

Leone and McCorkle also accounted for the only two runs July 2 game against Kane County.  Both hit solo homers off Josh Beckett in a 2-0 win.  JJ Putz tossed a complete game shutout for the Timber Rattlers in that game.

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

Juan Silvestre – 1999

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