January 2014

62 Days to Opening Day

January 17 was the last time I checked in on the field conditions. Since that day, the weather has stayed cold and there has been more snow…

Let’s take a look at how things stand with 62 days left until Opening Night:

Soon.

Soon.

From the top of the Left Field berm:
January 31 2014 001
From behind home plate:

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From the top of the Right Field berm:
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From the camera platform in Center:

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From behind the camera platform in Center:

AKA: The Loneliest Chair in the Ballpark.

AKA: The Loneliest Chair in the Ballpark.

Think warm thoughts everyone!

Jerseys of the Rattlers – Brewers Sunday (2009)

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.

In the fall of 2008, the Timber Rattlers became an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Rattlers announced Brewers Sunday as part of that new partnership.  The team would wear the Timber Rattlers jerseys based on those of their new parent club.  They have all turned out pretty cool.

For the next few weeks, this series will look at the Brewers Sunday jerseys of the Rattlers.  The Timber Rattlers will have a Brewers Sunday again in 2014 and will announce the Jerseys soon.  I’ve seen the design.  It will be awesome.

The jerseys from the 2009 season are up first.

The first Brewers Sunday jerseys were based on the BP tops of the Brewers.  The best example on the web of those Brewers jerseys is Frank Catalanotto’s…which was up for auction last June.  Let’s see how close the Rattlers got to that look.

All photos in this post were taken by Wm. Glasheen.

The color looks just right.

The color looks just right.

Here’s Michael Vass after a swing.

The gold highlight adds to the look.

The gold highlight adds to the look.

Liam Ohlmann on the mound and showing off the patch.

Another good look at the Brewers patch on the left sleeve.

Another good look at the Brewers patch on the left sleeve.

Fang gets into the action.  The numbers on the back are the type that broadcasters love.  Big!  Bright!  Readable!

Fang wore #40 in 2009?  I don't remember that.

Fang wore #40 in 2009? I don’t remember that.

Here’s Josh Prince from later in the season.

An okay look at the front of the jersey.

An okay look at the front of the jersey.

He was a shortstop at the time.

A better look at the front with the small "Timber" in gold.

A better look at the front with the small “Timber” in gold.

A much better look at the small “Timber” on the upper right chest.  Michael Marseco showing off the colors.

This one's for the Michael Marseco Fan Club.

This one’s for the Michael Marseco Fan Club.

There is yet to be a definitive look at the entire front of the jersey.  Who will come through for us and make sure you see it in all it’s glory?  I know…Brock Kjeldgaard will.

Raise your arms if you love these jerseys!

Raise your arms if you love these jerseys!

BROCK SMASH!

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

2008 Stars & Stripes

2009 Star Wars

2008 Star Wars

2010 & 2011 Star Wars

2012 Star Wars

2013 Star Wars

Wild Card Wednesday – Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball during my card collecting days.  They went to the World Series in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981.  They won the Series in 1981.  Let’s take a look at some of these cards.

Al Downing gave up homer #715 to Hank Aaron in 1974Glenn Burke was the innovator of the HIGH FIVE!  I saw Steve Howe pitch for the Sioux Falls Canaries in 1997.  I did not see Pedro Guerrero play for the Canaries in 1993 or 1994.

Look at

Smart move using Steve Sax batting instead of throwing.

Don Sutton isn’t just in the National Baseball Hall of Fame due to his 300+ wins & 3,000+ strikeouts.  He’s in the National Hair Hall of Fame.  Look at that!  Beautiful!

Does Don Sutton look different now?

Don Sutton trademarked that pose and you owe him $5 for viewing it.

Doug Rau was a pretty good pitcher in the 1970′s.  His last card in the series is from 1980, a year that he missed – except for four starts in San Antonio – due to injury.  LANGUAGE WARNING: Tommy Lasorda came out to get Doug Rau in a game during the 1977 World Series after four straight hits.  Lasorda was wearing a wireless microphone.  LANGUAGE WARNING!!!

I believe that it was SPORT magazine that described Ron Cey thusly... Walks like a duck. Hits like a truck.

I believe that it was SPORT magazine that described Ron Cey thusly… Walks like a duck. Hits like a truck.

These are all Dodger Legends…Except for Sutcliffe who found his success when he was traded to the Cubs in 1984.  Sutcliffe went 16-1 in twenty starts with the Cubs.  His only loss was to the Dodgers.  I have no video proof, but I am almost positive that Steve Yeager appeared – with Don Sutton – in an episode of the Wonderbug segment of The Krofft Supershow.

I had a lot of 1980 Dodgers cards....apparently.

I had a lot of 1980 Dodgers cards….apparently.

The Dodgers team photo has been taken in the same spot since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.

That's Walter Alston.

Tommy owes Don Sutton $5 for that pose.

Here are some Dodgers who became major league managers.

And we're not done yet.

And we’re not done yet.

Davey Lopes and Bill Russell were the second baseman and shortstop for the Dodgers for years.  They also became major league managers.

Big fan.

Big fan of both players…apparently.

My glove in high school was a Steve Garvey first baseman’s mitt.  I wore jersey #6. I had the same haircut.  I really liked Cyndy Garvey in the 70′s & 80′s. That is where my similarities to Steve Garvey end.

The two in the corner of the 1978 card was because it was a double.

The two in the corner of the 1978 card was because it was a double.

Oh, Hi.  Because I KNOW that you just spent ten minutes staring at the Steve Garvey card in the lower right corner of that last image….Here’s a closer look.

Hi. I'm Steve Garvey.

Hi. I’m Steve Garvey.

Fun Fact.  The hidden lair of Lazlo Hollyfield from Real Genius is based on the Garvey Cave that is located beneath his locker in the Dodgers Clubhouse.

Lazlo was against using computers to weaponize lasers, but he was totally down with sending in almost 2 million entry forms to win a Frito-Lay contest?

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

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians

Tater Tuesday – Adam Jones (2004)

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 will do the double to tie this feature in with Top Five Tuesday on the main website.  Plus, we will talk about a player who will be featured in the Timber Rattlers 2014 Bobblehead Series.

That player is Adam Jones.  He’s an All-Star centerfielder with the Baltimore Orioles now.  But, ten years ago, he was just over two months away from his Midwest League debut as the shortstop of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Here's Adam Jones at bat as a Timber Rattler in 2004.

Here’s Adam Jones at bat as a Timber Rattler in 2004.

Jones hit .267 over 130 games during the 2004 with the Rattlers.  He led the team in hits (136) and RBI (72).  Jones finished the year with 11 home runs, which was good for third on the team – behind Wladimir Balentien (15) and Chris Colton (12).

HR #1
Date: May 11
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Michael McGirr
Inning: 7th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 10, Kane County9
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Kane County 9

HR #2
Date: May 13
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: JR Pickens
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Kane County 9, Wisconsin 4

HR #3
Date: May 25
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Errol Simontisch
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 2, Wisconsin 1
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 2

HR #4
Date: June 7 (Day game of Day/Night doubleheader)
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Errol Simontisch
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Peoria 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 0

HR #5
Date: June 17
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brock Till
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Dayton 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Dayton 0

HR #6
Date: July 21
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher:  John Gragg
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, , Burlington 0

HR #7
Date: July 25
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ken Durost
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Beloit 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 1

HR #8
Date: July 31
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Battle Creek 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Battle Creek 0

HR #9
Date: July 31
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Battle Creek 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Peoria Wisconsin 5, Battle Creek 2

HR #10
Date: August 6
Opponent: Kane County
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Mike McGirr
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Kane County 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0

HR #11
Date: September 5
Opponent: Fort Wayne TinCaps
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Vern Sterry
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 1

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

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

John Castellano – 2001

Sean Peless – 2002

Jon Nelson – 2003

Rattler Alumni Report – Through Winter League games of 1/26/14

The regular season ended in Australia.  One former Rattler – Craig Anderson – will be in the playoffs starting this weekend.

Meanwhile in the Caribbean:

Magallanes leads Caribes 3-1 in the Venezuelan Championship Series with no ex-Rattlers involved.

Mayaguez won the Championship in Puerto Rico four games to two over Caguas.

Martin Maldonado, a champion in Puerto Rico.

Martin Maldonado drove in seven RBI during the postseason run to a championship in Puerto Rico.

The best-of-nine Dominican Republic Championship between Escogido and Licey is tied at 3-3.

Australia:
Melbourne Aces (22-24):
Eric Marzec: 13 games; 1-2, 0 saves, 2 save opportunities; 4.34ERA; 18.2IP, 7BB, 28K, 1.23 WHIP

Sydney Blue Sox (23-23):
Craig Anderson: 12 games, 12 starts; 5-4, 3.12 ERA; 78.0IP, 15BB, 50K; 1.42 WHIP

PLAYOFFS:

Dominican Championship Series:

Leones del Escogido:
Jason Rogers: 12 games; .167/.238/.194; 0HR, 2RBI

Tigres del Licey:
Rene Rivera: 7 games; .250/.318/.350; 0HR, 3RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 1 game; 0-for-1

Puerto Rico Championship Series:

Criollos de Caguas:
Jeff Dominguez: 6 games; .350/.480/.550; HR, RBI
Yadiel Rivera: 8 games; .231/.286/.308; 0HR, 0 RBI
Bobby Livingston: 2 games, 2 starts; 0-2, 27.00 ERA; 2.0IP, 5BB, 0K, 5.00 WHIP
Efrain Nieves: 4 games, 4 starts; 2-0, 0.00 ERA; 22.0 IP, 8BB, 22K, 1.14 WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado: 17 games; .246/.371/.333; HR, 7RBI
Josh Prince; 2 games; 0 plate appearances

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2013 Star Wars

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 sixth Star Wars night in team history was held on June 8, 2013.

A dark blue with a starfield background.  Leonard Lorenzo got into it.

What is Spanish for "En gard!"

What is Spanish for “En gard!”

I mean really into it.

The look on Orlando Arcia's face is priceless.

The looks on the faces of Rodolfo Fernandez and Orlando Arcia are priceless.

Really, really into it.

Minor league baseball, everyone!

Minor league baseball, everyone!

I’m still not sure how I feel about the red numbers on the back of the jerseys.

Max Walla and others preparing to sign autographs in the background.

Max Walla and others preparing to sign autographs in the background.

This game was against Clinton and appears that it will start on time.

Crossed light sabers are behind the W-Snake patch on the right sleeve.

Crossed light sabers are behind the W-Snake patch on the right sleeve.

There was no traditional photo of the manager with Darth Vader.  This photo of the manager at the plate conference will have to do for this post.

This would be a better look at the patch.

This would be a better look at the patch.

The logo on the right chest is best shown in this photo of Jorge Lopez.

Another light saber.

Another light saber.

The team liked these jerseys because they got to wear the pinstripe pants.  They loved the pinstripe pants because they could cover their shoetops.

Mac at second.

Mac at second.

This was a mound meeting and it happened pretty early in the game, if I am remembering it right.

Meeting of the Jedi High Council?

Meeting of the Jedi High Council?

These next few photos have nothing to do with the jerseys.  But, the production crew got imaginative for the video board identifiers.  These are some of my favorites…pay no attention to the statistics in each slide.  They are incorrect.

#4.) Tyrone Taylor

Good.

Good.

#3.) Parker Berberet

Better

Better

#2.) Victor Roache

Much Better

Much Better

#1.) Orlando Arcia, who should totally grow that mustache in real life.

BEST!

BEST!

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

2008 Stars & Stripes

2009 Star Wars

2008 Star Wars

2010 & 2011 Star Wars

2012 Star Wars

Wild Card Wednesday – Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians were the parent club of the of the Appleton Papermakers in 1941, 1942, and 1946.  Wild Card Wednesday does not have any cards of those who played for Papermakers, but there are some horrible uniform choices, some Cleveland legends, and a reminder of a horrible trade from Brewers history.

A series of cards from 1974-1976.

Grrrr

Fritz Peterson gritted his teeth more in posing for the 1975 card than he did for the action shot for his 1976 card.

Lapels were big…in more ways than one…in 1974.

Sideburns!

Sideburns!

The TRADE!  Both Rick Waits and Rick Manning came to the Brewers in a trade on June 6, 1983.  The Indians received….Gorman Thomas!!!! and a couple of other guys.  Seriously!  It was kind of a big deal.  It was emotional for fans, but this contemporary account of why the trade made sense from a baseball perspective.

This many Rick Manning cards should have been foreshadowing.

This many Rick Waits and Rick Manning cards should have given me a clue that something was going to eventually happen.

The Mike Stanton (1975-1985) shown here is not the same Mike Stanton (1989-2007) that you may remember.

Rico Carty is one my favorites.

Rico Carty is one my favorites.

Here are a couple of Hall of Famers.  Dennis Eckersley really like the sleeves and the windbreaker.  Blyleven showing the clean-shaven look in the headshot and full beard in the action shot.

Eck didn't become truly great until the mustache filled in completely.

Eck didn’t become truly great until the mustache filled in completely.

Joe Charboneau was Rookie of the Year in 1980.  The card is from 1982, a season in which he played just 22 games for Cleveland.  Mike Hargrove took forever to pose for this card.  Len Barker is smiling because he has thrown a perfect game and you haven’t.

Try saying Brohamer without smiling.  You CAN'T!

Try saying Brohamer without smiling. You CAN’T!

Here are a group of players that are probably better known for playing with other teams.  Hendrick = Cardinals; Powell = Orioles; Alexander = Giants, A’s, Pirates; Clyde = Rangers & #1 overall pick in 1973 draft; Cliff Johnson = Yankees, Cubs, Astros, A’s, Blue Jays; Rosello = Cubs; Grimsley = Expos.

Gary Alexander seems surprised that he got his picture taken.

Gary Alexander seems surprised that he got his picture taken.

Buddy Bell kept the same hairstyle from 1977 into 1978.  Also, Jeff Torborg apparently copied that hairstyle.

Tom Berenger based his look as Jake Taylor on Ron Hasey.

Tom Berenger based the look of Jake Taylor in Major League on Ron Hassey.

Remember what I said about questionable uniforms?  Here’s a closer look at the 1978 team photo:

Not a great color or font.

Not a great color or font…or suits…or ties.

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

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Tater Tuesday – Jon Nelson (2003)

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.

Jon Nelson finished second on the team in home runs during the 2003 season.  But, some of the home runs that he hit were the furthest and hardest hit homers in Timber Rattlers history.

Jon Nelson

Jon Nelson

Nelson ended the season with 16 regular season homers, a 38 doubles, 91 RBI, and 71 runs scored.  He also struck out 168 times, but those home runs went a long way….because Jon Nelson was straight up the strongest guy I have ever seen play for the Rattlers.

HR #1
Date: April 12
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nate Hoelscher
Inning: 15th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Burlington 3
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 3
Note: This was the first of three home runs the Rattlers hit in the 15th inning of this game at Burlington for a 9-3 win.

HR #2
Date: April 15 – Game two of doubleheader
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dennis Serafate
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #3
Date: May 3
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Camilo Vazquez
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Dayton 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin  2, Dayton 0

HR #4
Date: May 14
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Jones
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Lansing 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin  4, Lansing 0

HR #5
Date: June 13
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Mowday
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Kane County 1
Note: This was Nelson’s final home run of the first half.

HR #6
Date: June 23
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Adamczyk
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1

HR #7
Date: June 24
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Russelburg
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 2, Wisconsin 1
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2

HR #8
Date: June 27
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Luis Marcano
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Clinton 3
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 3

HR #9
Date: July 1
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away:
 Away

Opposing Pitcher: Nick Blackburn
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad City 2
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Quad City 2

HR #10
Date: July 2
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: TJ Prunty
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad City 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad City 1

HR #11
Date: July 2
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Peter Tautor
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad City 1
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Quad City 1
Note: This was the only multi-homer game of the season for Nelson.

HR #12
Date: July 14
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Andy Lanazos
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 3

HR #13
Date: July 30
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: James Holcomb
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 0
Type: Grand Slam!
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 3

HR #14
Date: August 4 – Game One of doubleheader
Opponent: Quad City River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Josh Gray
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Quad City 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad City 0

HR #15
Date: August 17
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Gary Bell
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Battle Creek 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Battle Creek 1

HR #16
Date: August 18
Opponent: Battle Creek Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: TJ Beam
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Battle Creek 1
Type: 2-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Battle Creek 1

PLAYOFFS:
HR #1
Date: September 4
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Tim Bausher
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 3
Type: 3-run
Score After Homer: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 6

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

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

John Castellano – 2001

Sean Peless – 2002

Rattler Alumni Report – Winter League Games through 1/19/14

Australia still has one weekend left in the regular seasons.  Venezuela has two days left in its Round Robin Playoffs.  The Finals start in the Dominican Republic tonight.  The Finals have started in Puerto Rico.

We are nearing the end of the Winter Leagues.

Jeff Dominguez ('06) has joined another team for the Championship Series in Puerto Rico.

Jeff Dominguez (’06) has joined another team for the Championship Series in Puerto Rico.

Australia:
Melbourne Aces (20-22):
Eric Marzec: 13 games; 1-2, 0 saves, 2 save opportunities; 4.34ERA; 18.2IP, 7BB, 28K, 1.23 WHIP

Sydney Blue Sox (21-21):
Craig Anderson: 11 games, 11 starts; 5-4, 3.14 ERA; 71.2IP, 15BB, 43K; 1.44 WHIP

PLAYOFFS:

Venezuela Round Robin:

Aguilas del Zulia (5-9):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1 game, 1 start; 0-0, 7.71ERA; 4.2IP, BB, 3K, 0.86 WHIP

Dominican Republic Round Robin:

Aguilas Cibaenas (7-11):
Juan Diaz: 9 games, .000/.095/.000; [0-for-19]; 0HR, 0RBI
Edward Paredes: 11 games; 1-1, 3.86 ERA; 7.0IP, 3BB, 7K, 1.00 WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 4 games; 0-0, 3.86 ERA; 2.1IP, 2BB, K; 3.00 WHIP

Leones del Escogido (11-7):
Jason Rogers: 12 games; .167/.238/.194; 0HR, 2RBI

Tigres del Licey (10-9):
Carlos Triunfel: 1 game; 0-for-1

Puerto Rico Playoffs (Championship is Caguas vs. Mayaguez):

Criollos de Caguas (8-5):
Jeff Dominguez*: 1 game, 0-for-4
Yadiel Rivera: 6 games; .167/.231/.250; 0HR, 0 RBI
Bobby Livingston: 2 games, 2 start; 0-2, 27.00 ERA; 2.0IP, 5BB, 0K, 5.00 WHIP
Efrain Nieves: 3 games, 3 starts; 2-0, 0.00 ERA; 16.0 IP, 6BB, 16K, 1.25 WHIP

Indios de Mayaguez (8-5):
Martin Maldonado: 12 games; .231/.388/.333; HR, 3RBI

Maldonado is about to receive some help from an ex-Rattler:

Leones de Ponce (6-6):
Jeff Dominguez: 12 games; .366/.426/.537; 0 HR, 6RBI
Rene Rivera: 11 games; .294/.375/.412; 0 HR, 5RBI
Joel Pineiro: 3 games, 3 starts; 0-0, 1.40 ERA; 19.1IP, 5BB, 3K, 0.93 WHIP

Friday Field Photos – January 17, 2014

As of this post on January 17, there are 76 days until the Opening Night game against the Peoria Chiefs on April 3, 2014.

Here are a few photos of the field from three perspectives.  In the future, I will include a picture from the camera platform beyond the wall in center.  Today….the snow was a little too deep.

All I can say about this series of pictures….At least the sun is out today.

Left Field Berm:

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Behind Home Plate:

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Right Field Berm:

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