December 2013

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2008 Stars & Stripes

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 Timber Rattlers had a rare occurrence in 2008.  There had a homestand over the Independence Day holiday.

These Red, White, & Blue jerseys were worn over three games – July 4, 5, & 6.  The July 4th game was against the Peoria Chiefs.  The games on July 5 and 6 were against the Beloit Snappers.

The anthem!

Pregame on July 4, 2008

Pregame on July 4, 2008

The flag going across the chest is really nice.

Edward Paredes on the hill with Alex Meneses at third base.

Edward Paredes on the hill with Alex Meneses at third base.

It was a late arriving crowd that night.

I'm pretty sure that's Juan Diaz at the plate.

I’m pretty sure that’s Juan Diaz at the plate.

The stars on the back of the jersey made the numbers a little hard to read.  But, that is a “15″.

That would be a "What is he swinging at?" look on the face of the player walking in the background.

That would be a “What is he swinging at?” look on the face of the player walking in the background.

In this picture, you will notice that the team wore the Appleton Papermakers throwback hats as part of the uniform.

Remember when the bullpens were cut into the stands like that?

Remember when the bullpens were cut into the stands like that?

Seriously though…the bullpen should be in the background of every picture.

Did anyone in that bullpen want to be there that day?

Did anyone in that bullpen want to be there that day?

Phillippe Aumont, a Canadian, was a member of the Rattlers that season.

Phillippe Aumont's Stars & Stripes jersey.

Phillippe Aumont’s Stars & Stripes jersey.

We raised some money for a good cause with these jerseys.

A closeup on the logo.

A closeup on the logo.

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

2013 Outdoors Night

Wild Card Wednesday – Kansas City Royals

Two weeks ago, I focused on the Chicago White Sox, the parent club for the Appleton Foxes from 1966 through 1986
Last week, I highlighted the Baltimore Orioles, the team that was the affiliate of the Foxes from 1960-1965.

The Kansas City Royals, Appleton’s parent club from 1987-1992, step into the spotlight this week.

The Paul Splittorff card on the far left is the 1972 Topps.  The design just screams “EARLY 1970′s!”  Dennis Leonard rocking the sideburns even to his 1979 card.  That is dedication to the trend.

These guys were in the rotation together for how long?

These guys were in the rotation together for how long?

Here are some well-known Royals from the era.  Aikens was a big part of the 1980 team that made it to the World Series.  Willie Wilson is one of the fastest players of that era, stole a lot of bases, and made some great defensive plays.

Do you know who Pete LaCock's dad was?  He said,  "George Goebel for the block." a lot.

Do you know who Pete LaCock’s dad was? He said, “George Goebel for the block.” a lot.

All three of the following Kansas City players became major league managers.

If only Hal McRae knew how things would turn out for him as manager of KC.

If only Hal McRae knew how things would turn out for him as manager of KC.

The team card is for 1980.  Pegging Dan Quisenberry as a Future Star doesn’t seem too far out there.  Whitey Herzog is practicing for when he becomes manager of the Cardinals and will lose his sense of humor and ability to smile.

How did they take a photo of UL Washington without his toothpick?

How did they take a photo of UL Washington without his toothpick?

All four of the players in the following panel have ties to the Brewers.

Former Brewers on the left. Future Brewers on the right.

Former Brewers on the left. Future Brewers on the right.

Amos Otis was a long-time Royal.  The card on the far left is 1974.  The card on the far right is 1983.

Amos Otis was a really good centerfielder.

Amos Otis was a really good centerfielder.

I think it would be safe to say that George Brett is the greatest Royal.  The 1976 card on the left of the top row is not flattering in any way.  But, he figured it out as time went by.

George Brett was really, really good.

George Brett was really, really good.

Cookie Rojas was 5′-10″.  Freddy Patek was 5′-4″.  They were the double play combination from 1971 into 1976 when Frank White took over as the second baseman.  They were excellent.

The Royals double play combination from 197 -

5′-4″?

The back of the cards for both players.  The cartoon on the back of Patek’s card is informative and entertaining.  Think any of his teammates came in looking for a deal on a La-Z-Boy?

Have I mentioned that I love those 1974 cards? Well, I do.

Have I mentioned that I love those 1974 cards? Well, I do.

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

Baltimore Orioles

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

Rattlers Alumni Report – Winter League Games through December 1, 2013

Martin Maldonado ('09) homered and had five RBI last week in Puerto Rico.

Martin Maldonado (’09) homered and had five RBI last week in Puerto Rico.

Venezuela:
Bravos de Margarita (18-26):
Renee Cortez: 13 games; 1-1, 9.37 ERA; 16.1IP; 10BB, 7K, 2.08 WHIP

Cardenales de Lara (18-24):
Oswaldo Navarro: 28 games; .291/.378/.430; 2HR, 16RBI
Luis Valbuena: 16 games; .270/.352/.413; 2HR, 10RBI
Jose Escalona: 12 games, 2 starts; 0-1, 7.16 ERA; 16.1IP; 10BB, 11K, 1.96 WHIP
Caesar Jimenez: 7 games; 0-1, 2 Saves, 3 Save Opportunities, 4.70 ERA; 7.2IP, 4BB, 8K, 1.96 WHIP
Jose Jimenez: 15 games; 1-1, 9.53 ERA; 5.2IP; 2BB, 4K, 1.94 WHIP

Leones del Caracas(22-22):
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 (24-20):
Carlos Maldonado: 10 games; .233/.385/.267; 0HR, 4RBI

Mexico:
Algodoneros de Guasave (23-21):
Kalian Sams: 22 games; .192/.300/.410; 4HR, 13RBI

Tomateros de Culican (22-21):
Alex Liddi: 25 games; .239/.273/.391; 3HR, 11RBI
Johan Limonta: 16 games; .164/.215/.197; 0HR, 5RBI

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (19-14):
Edward Paredes: 7 games; 0-1, 7.71; 2.1IP; BB, 2K, 2.14 WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 17 games; 1-0, 0 saves, 1 save opportunity, 1.80 ERA; 15.0IP; 2BB, 5K, 1.33 WHIP

Estrellas de Oriente (12-22):
Juan Diaz: 22 games; .175/.230/.228; 0HR, 3RBI

Gigantes del Cibao (17-17):
Carlos Peguero: 7 games; .296/.387/.556; 2HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido (22-13):
Leury Bonilla: 1 game; 1-for-2

Tigres del Licey (20-15):
Sean Halton: 15 games; .327/.410/.538; HR, 11RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 19 games; .188/.250/.313; HR, 2RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (8-12):
Jeff Dominguez: 19 games; .197/.279/.262; 0HR, 5RBI
Miguel A. Martinez: 6 games; 0-0, 4.15ERA; 8.2IP, 3BB, 6K; 1.62 WHIP

Criollos de Caguas (10-12):
Efrain Nieves: 6 games, 3 games started; 1-1, 5.65ERA; 14.1IP, 10BB, 16K; 1.67 WHIP

Gigantes de Carolina (11-8):
Justin Souza: 9 games; 1-1, 3 saves, 5 save opportunities, 3.60 ERA; 10.0IP; 4BB, 4K; 1.30 WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez (12-10):
Martin Maldonado: 11 games; .235/.316/.324; HR, 5 RBI
Rene Rivera: 15 games; .206/.222/.353; HR, 9RBI
Hiram Burgos: 6 games; 3 starts, 0-1, 1.93 ERA; 14.0IP, 8BB, 14K, 1.36 WHIP

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox (7-7):
Craig Anderson: 4 games, 4 starts; 1-2, 3.00 ERA; 24.0IP, 10BB, 20K; 1.46 WHIP

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