February 2014

34 Days to Opening Day

I really wanted to have a photo that showed progress.  Alas, the weather is NOT COOPERATING!

However, those of you who will be at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to pick up your season ticket purchases will see an area of the stadium that HAS seen progress.

The Leinie Lodge has a new coat of paint and some new lighting.

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There are more changes coming for the Leinie Lodge, but that is another series of photographs for another day.

Now, to the field shots!

Left Field Berm:

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Behind Home Plate:
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From the Club Level Seats:
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Right Field Berm:

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Centerfield Camera Platform:

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How many days?

That many days.

That many days.

 

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2013 Brewers Sunday

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.

This week, the Brewers Sunday jerseys of 2013.

Those jerseys were based on the batting practice tops of the Brewers from the early 90′s.  They are best remembered in photos  featuring Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, and Jim Gantner…like this one:

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Pretty darn close if you ask me:

Even the Timber looks right.

Even the Timber looks right.

The blue pinstriped pants make the outfit, too.

Doesn't matter how near or how far you see the jersey from, it looks so good.

Doesn’t matter how near or how far you see the jersey from, it looks so good.

Another key part is the patch on the left sleeve.

The ball & glove logo looks great on every jersey.

The ball & glove logo looks great on every jersey.

The snake head logo on the hat isn’t exactly like the “Ball & Glove” logo on the Brewers hats of that era.  However, the shade of blue for the hat and the shade of yellow for the logo are perfect matches.  That makes the hat work.

Marco Estrada agrees.

Marco Estrada agrees.

Marco Estrada is the only player from 2013 to wear his pant legs up to show off the blue sanitary socks.  The pinstripe pants allowed everyone else to wear the pant legs in the style of the day.

Fang wearing the #1 jersey, but the rest of the jersey is off how?

Fang didn't get pinstripe pants.

Fang didn’t get pinstripe pants.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers on the back of the jerseys.

Chris McFarland is impressed with the Victor Roache homer.

Chris McFarland is impressed with the Victor Roache homer.

Here are a few photos from the walk-off win over Burlington on July 28.

Mike Garza scores the game winning run on July 28.

Mike Garza scores the game winning run on July 28.

Garrett Cooper is about to be mobbed.

Click the link for the video.  The hangtime on the leap is impressive.

Click the link for the video. The hangtime on the leap is impressive.

Victory!

They scored five in the ninth.  Give them a break.

They scored five in the ninth. Give them a break.

A few more photos to highlight the jerseys.

Coming at you.

Coming at you.

To the plate.

To the plate.

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The return of the shot of a batter at the plate with the rest of the teammates hanging on the rail.

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These Brewers Sunday jerseys were auctioned off on the club level after a game against Kane County on August 25, 2013.  Here are some of the winners, with an example of the Timber Rattlers t-shirt based on these jerseys, and a few winners of the 2012 Brewers Sunday jersey auction:

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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

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

2009 Brewers Sunday

2010 Brewers Sunday

2011 Brewers Sunday

2012 Brewers Sunday

Wild Card Wednesday – Houston Astros

I confess. I loved the monstrosity that was the uniform of the 1970′s Houston Astros.

If anyone put together a time capsule in the 1970s, disco albums, leisure suits, and the uniforms of the Houston Astros should have been included.

Uniforms like these right here:

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974.  Those jerseys were horrible.

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974. Those jerseys were horrible.

And these…Plus, the wings springing out from under the hat of Mark Lemongello.

Check out Denny Walling's team jacket.  Those were...good lord.

Check out Denny Walling’s team jacket. Those were…good lord.

Ken Forsch and Terry Puhl stuck around long enough to get new uniforms…and hats.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Here are a few other Astros who stuck with the team for a few years.

Hey, Vern!

Hey, Vern!

Astros Legends.

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JR Richard. That dude was awesome!

Luis Pujols also was part of the progression of Houston uniforms.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan...apparently.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan…apparently.

On the Future Stars card, Bobby Sprowl is on there.  I wonder if Jon-Mark Sprowl, a former Lansing Lugnut, is the son of Bobby Sprowl.  Also, take note of the three future managers on this page.

The team photo

The team photo is full of awesome.

Now is the time on Wild Card Wednesday when we look at Brewers tie-ins with the team that is featured.  Garner would be Brewers manager.  Walton went from Houston in 1968 to the Seattle Pilots in 1969 to the Brewers from 1970 and 1971.  His Houston card is from 1978, but Walton didn’t play for the Astros that season.  He spent 1978 playing for the Taiyo Whales.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

These Astros are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too.  he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too. he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Now to the curious case of Tom Dixon.  His 1979 and 1980 cards look very similar.  The same background.  Almost the same pose. Slightly different lighting.  The consensus is that the the cards were taken from photos that were taken one frame apart at some point.  The hair is slightly different, which could lead one to believe that TOPPS went back two straight years to the same spot and shot action photos of Tom Dixon.  This is doubtful.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

I will break one of my rules* here, but I think that it is worth it.  I don’t have the 1977 card of Tom Dixon.  But, this blog had it.

That's a Richmond Tides jersey...and we have found the other end of the 70's awful to awesome spectrum.

That’s a Richmond Tides jersey…and we have found the other end of the 70′s awful to awesome spectrum.

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Tater Tuesday – Brock Kjeldgaard (2009)

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.

The 2009 season was the first season Wisconsin was an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  That was also the first season a Brewers farmhand took a run at the franchise record for home runs in a single season.

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BROCK SMASH!

Brock Kjeldgaard, the Canadian first baseman on the 2009 Rattlers, led the team in homers with 20 and fell just shy of tying the old record of 21.  But, on distance alone and on the number of times I thought, “BROCK SMASH!!” after most of those homers by Kjeldgaard it was a fun season.

HR #1
Date: April 11
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chuckie Fick
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 1
Note: This was the third game of the season for the Timber Rattlers.  It was also the first home run by a Timber Rattler in the Brewers Affiliation Era.

HR #2
Date: April 24
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home…Kind of
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Shafer
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 3
Note: This game was held at Miller Park

HR #3
Date: April 30
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Blake Brannon
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 9, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Great Lakes 9, Wisconsin 6

HR #4
Date: May 6
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Garcia
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 1

HR #5
Date: May 7
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Peterson
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Burlington 4, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 4, Wisconsin 1

HR #6
Date: May 20
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Anthony Capra
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0

HR #7
Date: May 20
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Anthony Capra
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1
Note:  The second homer of Kjelgaard’s first multi-homer game with the Rattlers was a leadoff homer.

HR #8
Date: May 26
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Lance Janke
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Dayton 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Dayton 0

HR #9
Date: June 10
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Murray
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 4
Note: Walkoff three-run home run!

HR #10
Date: June 16
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Garcia
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Burlington 5
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Burlington 5

HR #11
Date: June 28
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Shafer
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #12
Date: July 2
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Bobby LaFromboise
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 2

HR #13
Date: July 5
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Riquy Pena
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Burlington 6
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Burlington 6

HR #14
Date: July 13
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Cook
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, South Bend 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, South Bend 1

HR #15
Date: July 17
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Geison Aquasviva
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Great Lakes 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Great Lakes 1

HR #16
Date: July 19
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Hunter Moody
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 6

HR #17
Date: August 7
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Antigua
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 1

HR #18
Date: August 15
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Daniel Osterbrock
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 1

HR #19
Date: August 20
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Will Smith
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 0

HR #20
Date: September 4
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Will Smith
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 1

NOTES:
In case you have forgotten, Kjeldgaard came into the Brewers organization as a pitcher.

Kjeldgaard hit 24 home runs for Huntsville in 2013.  He has hit 111 homers in his minor league career.

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

Adam Jones – 2004

Hank Aaron – 1975-1976

Marshall Hubbard (2005)

Joe Dunigan (2008)

Rattler Alumni Report – Non-Roster Invite Edition

Spring Training for the 2014 baseball season has begun. Praise AG Spalding!

The games have not started yet. That means there are no statistics to share. But, in the interest of Alumni Tracking I went through the Roster of Non-Roster Invites for each of the MLB teams to check on where former Rattlers are this spring.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the team with the most former Rattlers is Milwaukee. The other teams with multiple ex-Rattlers may be a surprise. Let’s take a look.

Milwaukee Brewers (5):
Kentrail Davis (’10)
Cameron Garfield (’10, ’11, ’12)
David Goforth (’12)
Taylor Green (’09)
Mitch Haniger (’12, ’13)

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Cleveland Indians (4):
Scott Atchison (’99)
Bryan LaHair (’04)
Shaun Marcum (’12)
Juan Carlos Ramirez (’08)

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Tampa Bay Rays (2):
Mark Lowe (’05)
Juan Sandoval (’03)

Mark Lowe as a Rattler in 2005.

Mark Lowe as a Rattler in 2005.

Texas Rangers (2):
Nathan Adcock (’07, ’08)
Ryan Feierabend (’02)

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Chicago White Sox (1):
Alex Liddi (’06, ’07, ’08)

Photo by Wm. Glasheen 2008

Miami Marlins (1):
Juan Diaz (’07, ’08)

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Philadelphia Phillies (1):
Caesar Jimenez (’03)

41 Days to Opening Day

There was some good news this week.  The temperature got above freezing…heck, it even got above 40…on Wednesday and Thursday.

It may not look like it on the field, but you should see the snow has slid off the roof above both the first and third base concourses.

How many days until Opening Day?

Oh, Right.

Oh, Right.

Left Field Berm:

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Behind Home Plate:
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The Club Level View:
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Right Field Berm:
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Centerfield Camera Platform:

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The Season is Coming:

Jerseys of the Rattlers – Brewers Sunday (2012)

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.

This week, the Brewers Sunday jerseys of 2012.

Team Photo at Miller Park

Team Photo at Miller Park

These weren’t based on a past Brewers uniform.  The 2012 version were based on the Brewers Batting Practice Jerseys at the time.  They still look really sharp.

Drew Gagnon in action.

Drew Gagnon about to be in action.

The photo above and the photo below show off the front of the jersey.  As opposed to the 2010 & 2011 Brewers Sunday jerseys, the 2012 Jerseys used the Timber Rattlers regular font instead of using the Brewers lettering.

Drew Gagnon in action.

Drew Gagnon in action.

You can get a little better look at the “Timber” in the following picture.

Chad Pierce in action.

Chad Pierce in action.

This is my favorite photo of the team in their Brewers Sunday jerseys from 2012.  Yadiel Rivera is greeted at home plate after his walkoff homer against Beloit that put the Rattlers in position to clinch a first half playoff spot.

I am contractually obligates to use this photo every chance I have.

I am contractually obligates to use this photo every chance I have.

Here’s another photo that shows the gold band on the left side of the jersey.

The gold band on the side is good.

The gold band on the side is good.

The dark navy blue socks fit in well with this photo.  There’s something about this photo that is a bit off.  I’ll come back to it later, but see if you notice it, too.

Max Walla scores the winning run against Kane County.

Max Walla scores the winning run against Kane County.

This is a pretty good picture for two reasons.  The first is the Brewers Sunday hats.  It’s the alternate logo on a dark hat and I like them.  The second reason this is a pretty good picture is the sad Kane County catcher starting to walk away from the impending celebration.

Look out, Max!

Look out, Max!

Here’s a better look at the hats as modeled by Adrian Williams and Yadiel Rivera.  Yadi is also showing off the Brewers “M” patch on the left sleeve.

Best look at the Brewers Patch on the left sleeve I had.

Best look at the Brewers Patch on the left sleeve I had.

Okay, this photo is a good time to circle back to the thing I asked you to notice in the Max Walla photo earlier in the post.  Take a look at Rivera Notice it?

Matt Erickson is gonna send Yadiel Rivera home.

Matt Erickson is gonna send Yadiel Rivera home.

It should be obvious in this Brandon Macias photo. The helmet has the Brewers “M” logo. Not the Timber Rattlers “TR” Logo.

Brandon Macias rounding third.

Brandon Macias rounding third.

One last look at the Rattlers in Miller Park from 2012.

Numbers are in the Timber Rattlers font.

Numbers are in the Timber Rattlers font.

Let’s take a look at some of the Auction winners.  The 2012 Live Auction had to be held in the Leinie Lodge.  A rather intense downpour started right after the game.  And by intense, I mean biblical.   But, everyone who went home with a jersey was pretty happy about it.  You will also notice that the 2012 Brewers Sunday Jersey Auction was not the first jersey auction won by some of the fans.

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STOSH!

STOSH!

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

2009 Brewers Sunday

2010 Brewers Sunday

2011 Brewers Sunday

Wild Card Wednesday – California Angels

Yes. California Angels.  My card collecting days started after they stopped being the Los Angeles Angels and ended before they became the Anaheim Angels…or even the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Uniformity of borders was for chumps, right 1975 TOPPS cards?  Also, the Dave Chalk and Mickey Scott poses are the same as the Llenas and Don Kirkwood poses.  The pictures are just from different angles.

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Blue Glove!

I think of the players on this image playing for other teams before I think of them playing for the Angels…if I remeber them even playing for the Angels.

I really don't remember Bert Campaneris as a member of the Angels.

I really don’t remember Bert Campaneris as a member of the Angels.

Brian Downing, who played for the Appleton Foxes when they were an affiliate of the White Sox, is a member of the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.  Joe Rudi was totally not into the whole photo day.  The FLEER card for Sanchez looks like it was taken at Milwaukee County Stadium.

Luis Sanchez don't care.

Luis Sanchez didn’t care where the photo for that FLEER card was taken.

Bobby Grich…now there’s a mustache you could set your watch to.  The span of 1976 to 1981 for my Frank Tanana cards may be one of the longest spans between cards for the same player in my collection.

Frank...mustaches aren't for everyone. Trust me. I know.

Frank…mustaches aren’t for everyone. Trust me. I know.

Next up, your ex-Brewers fix!  The Thad Bosley card is for 1978, but he only played for the Angels in 1977.  California traded him and a few others to the White Sox for Brian Downing and a few others on December 5, 1977.

Bosley ('81). Clear ('86-'88)

Bosley (’81). Clear (’86-’88)

Don Baylor was the 1979 AL MVP as he helped the Angels make the playoffs for the first time.  He played all 162 games in that regular season and for the majority of those games was an outfielder.  He was a DH in 65 of those games.  Baylor’s move to almost full-time DH’ing didn’t start until the 1981 season.

Don Baylor could hit anything.

Don Baylor…Smiled?

Here are the Angels cards of my National Baseball Hall of Famer.  Notice anything about the Frank Robinson card?  Okay, the background is Dodger Stadium.  But, look closer….Yes. Whiteout was used to erase “Dodgers” from Robinson’s jersey.  He played for the Dodgers in 1972 and was traded in a blockbuster to the Angels on November 28, 1972.  No time to take a new photograph apparently.

Frank Robinson's 1973 card is one of my personal favorites.

Frank Robinson’s 1973 card is one of my personal favorites.

I had also forgotten that Dick Williams was the Angels manager in 1976.  I think Jim Fregosi, who recently passed away, is the first Angels manager I remember.

Jim Fregosi can't believe FLEER used this photo for his card.

Jim Fregosi can’t believe FLEER used this photo for his card.

These cards….I…I just…  Burleson looks shocked that someone asked him to pose for his card.  Pettis thought it was 6th Grade Picture Day.  Renko?  Stubbed his toe? Sat on a tack?  Renko!

All players should use the Gary Pettis pose at least one time in their career.

All players should use the Gary Pettis pose at least one time in their career.

UPDATE: I was closer to the truth than I thought.  It was pointed out to me that the Gary Pettis 1985 TOPPS card does NOT feature Gary Pettis.

But Pettis claims innocence for another supposed caper that has brought him recent notoriety. Gary’s 1985 Topps baseball card features a picture of a 14-year-old Pettis, Gary’s youngest brother, Lynn. Topps claims chicanery. Pettis says balderdash, the photo was shot last year at a Family Day baseball game when Lynn was in uniform. “Now Lynn runs around the stadium signing autographs,” Pettis says.

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

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

Tater Tuesday – Joe Dunigan (2008)

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.

Joe Dunigan was the 5th round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2007.  He spent all of 2008 with the Timber Rattlers. Dunigan led the team in homers with 14 during the final season Wisconsin was affiliated with Seattle.

Joe Dunigan in 2008.

Joe Dunigan in 2008.

His path to 14 home runs wasn’t easy, but once he got in the groove, it was something to see.

HR #1
Date: May 1
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Ginley
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Lansing 3, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Lansing 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #2
Date: May 2
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Russ Buckwalter
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Lansing 2

HR #3
Date: May 6
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Daigoro Rondon
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Great Lakes 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Great Lakes 0

HR #4
Date: July 3
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jake Muyco
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 4

HR #5
Date: July 4
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Siegfried
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 5

HR #6
Date: July 6
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Loek Van Mil
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 10
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Beloit 11
Note: Dunigan followed a home run by Ron Garth to tie the game against the 7-foot tall Van Mil.

HR #7
Date: July 12
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Corey Kluber
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Fort Wayne 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Fort Wayne 0
Note: Dunigan’s home run was followed by a home run by Juan Diaz

HR #8
Date: July 12
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dylan Axelrod
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne 3
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 3
Note: This game at the old Fort Wayne Coliseum was his only multi-homer game of the season

HR #9
Date: July 29
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Brian Letko
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Lansing 1

HR #10
Date: August 1
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Garrett White
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 8, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Great Lakes 8, Wisconsin 6

HR #11
Date: August 16
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brent Lysander
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
Note: Dunigan’s home run was followed by a homer off the bat of Denny Almonte.

HR #12
Date: August 19
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jamie Richmond
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Kane County 1

HR #13
Date: August 25
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Trevor Reckling
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 2

HR #14
Date: August 27
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Robert Fish
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 1

It was a tale of two halves for Dunigan.  He hit .212 with three homers and 16 RBI in the first half.  He launched 11 homers with 42 RBI and a .258 average.

Dunigan’s home/road splits for average, homers, and RBI were almost identical.  In 59 home games he hit .239 with seven homers and drove in 29 runs.  In 60 road games, he hit .240 with seven homers and drove in 29 runs.

Dunigan has hit 110 home runs in his professional career.  He hit 30 in 2009 at High Desert in the California League.

He was with Tacoma at Triple-A to start the 2013 season, but was hit in the face with a pitch on April 18.  Dunigan was interviewed by Chris Harris of the Jackson Generals on August 1 of last year.  You can see the interview at this post.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
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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

Adam Jones – 2004

Hank Aaron – 1975-1976

Marshall Hubbard (2005)

Snow Day

I waited most of the day today for these shots.

See, not that bad.

Nope. Not that bad at all.

Nope. Not that bad at all.

But on closer examination.

I'm really starting to hate this winter.

I’m really starting to hate this winter.

45 Days to Opening Day.

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