February 2014

48 Days to Opening Day

I am working from home today (w/ 48 days to Opening Day), so these pictures are from yesterday (seven weeks to Opening Day) and I have some good news.   The temperature was above 20 yesterday!!!  Yep. Warmed up enough to snow.  Not as bad as the East Coast, but it was enough to add cover to the field.

Fortunately, I was busy during the heaviest snowfall on Thursday… Fortunate…Unfortunate…At this point, I don’t even know anymore.

There was an event up on the club level.  So, I couldn’t get upstairs for the shot from there…But…at this point….you can probably just click on a photo from last week  and you’ll get the idea.

*SIGH*

Left Field Berm

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Behind Home Plate

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Right Field Berm

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Center Field Camera Platform

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I heard a rumor that the temperature may actually get to to 33 on Monday!!!!  Maybe even 38 on TUESDAY!!!!!  Keep thinking those warm thoughts, Rattlers fans!

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2011 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.

These are my favorites.  I may like these more than I like the regular jerseys.

The 2011 Brewers Sunday jerseys were designed with the uniforms of the Crew from 1975-1976 in mind. NAILED IT!

Jump around!

Jump around!

The best part of these jerseys is that there is no “Timber” patch placed above the “RA” in “RATTLERS”.  That would have messed with the cleaner look of just “RATTLERS” and the number.

STOSH!

STOSH!

As you can see a little better in this number, the number on the front turned out great.

Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg

The numbers on the back are big and easy to read.

The numbers on the back.

The Blue-Yellow-Blue stripes in the sleeves are pretty sharp, too.

The tricky part of these jerseys were the caps.  The Brewers had a block “M” on the cap.  While not exactly the same as that block “M”, I like the way the Yellow “TR” turned out on the blue Sunday caps for the Rattlers.

Tricky but I think it works.

Tricky but I think it works.

They only problem was that there were no blue Under Armor shirts to wear under the jerseys.  The black looks off.  But, it was cold early in the season and guys had to be warm.  You’ll give up style for warmth almost every time.

color

Color coordination is at 3 credit class at Long Beach State.

The dark blue sanitary socks were the same that were used for the other two Brewers Sunday jerseys prior to the 2011 season.

In motion

In motion

The Rattlers outfield of Robbie Garvey, Reggie Keen, and Franklin Romero, Jr.

See.  There was a warm Sunday in 2011.

See. There was a warm Sunday in 2011.

Check just below the right jersey sleeve of Greg Hopkins.  There were no short-sleeved t-shirts in blue either?  Come on, man!

I'm not sure what happened before this photo was taken.

I’m not sure what happened before this photo was taken.

Here is Jason Rogers, the 2013 Brewers Minor League Player of the Year, as a Timber Rattler in 2011.

A lead from first.

A lead from first.

These next four are my favorite shots of the Brewers Sunday jerseys.  By the way, all photos in this post were taken by Ann Mollica.

Old School

Old School

That’s Nick Shaw in the foreground and he is watching if Romero’s throw beats the runner to third.

Throw

Frankie had a freaking cannon.

Mike Walker doesn’t jump. Home plate tries to get away from him after walkoff home run.

Walker's Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

Walker’s Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

A more sedate victory celebration.

Another Sunday win.

Another Sunday win.

Notice something different about Fang from past Brewers Sunday posts?

Fang made the switch to #1 before the 2011 season.

Fang made the switch to #1 before the 2011 season.

The jerseys were auctioned off after the final Sunday home game of the 2011 season.  Here are some of the winners with the Rattlers who wore them during the year.

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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

Wild Card Wednesday – Detroit Tigers

I wish I had more baseball cards with  Tiger Stadium in the background.   When I think old school baseball stadiums, I think of Tiger Stadium.  These are some Tigers cards through the years starting with  Jack Pierce & Tom Walker from 1976.  Bob Sykes wins the contest for biggest dip of smokeless tobacco on a baseball card in this series.  If your eye goes down to the lower left-hand corner, you will notice something of a rarity.  Milwaukee County Stadium in the background of the Mike Ivie card.

Well...

John Hiller is looking at the same thing as Gene Garber.

I liked watching all of these guys play, except when they went against the Brewers.

Hall of

Hall of Really, Really Good.

Same goes for these guys.

Three, count 'em, THREE

Three, count ‘em, THREE Johnny Wockenfuss cards. #Blessed

Kirk Gibson is one of the first names that pop into my head when I think about the Tigers.  Oddly, since I also have four of his cards, Dave Rozema is also one of the first names that pop into my head when I think about the Tigers.

Gibson went back & forth on the mustache/no mustache look

Gibson went back & forth on the mustache/no mustache look

When I first scanned in these cards, I had planned on Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker to be on the same panel.  It only made sense since they came up together and were one of the best double play combinations of that era.  Then, I couldn’t find my Trammel cards.  Then, I found them after I scanned them in and I didn’t want to start all over again.   So….Alan Trammel.

I know...I know...

I know…I know…It looks like the Trammel in the Fleer card can’t believe he’s not with the Whitaker card, too.

Ladies and Gentlemen….the 1978 Detroit Tigers!!!…and some guys who hope to join the Tigers team photo one day….and Sparky Anderson.

SPARKY!

SPARKY!

Tom Brookens won a Midwest League title as the manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2007.  Taking the photo for his card on the left in the basement garage of the Dallas Police Department on the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald was being transferred seems like an odd choice.  Barbaro Garbey was a hitting coach for the Chiefs for a few seasons during their most recent run as a Cubs affiliate and he didn’t think that comment about LHO was funny at all.

MWL Coaching alumni.

MWL Coaching alumni.

This is the last thing a lot of pitchers saw when they faced Ben Oglivie.  This card is for the 1978 season.  But, Oglivie never played for the Tigers that year.  He became a Brewer in December of 1977 in a trade that sent Jim Slaton and Jim Folkers to Detroit.

Not sure what happened to the other two Benj Oglivie cards that I had.

Not sure what happened to the other two.

Fact I might be totally making up out of thin air….Jim McMahon got his idea for headbands from Tito Fuentes.

Remember this card when it's the Padres turn on March 12.

Remember this card when it’s the Padres turn on March 12.

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

Tater Tuesday: Marshall Hubbard – 2005

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.

Tater Tuesday has already looked at the team leader in home runs from the 2005 season with Mike Wilson’s entry.  But, another look at 2005 is worth it this week for left-handed slugger Marshall Hubbard’s 17 homers.

Marshall Hubbard as a Rattler in 2005.

Marshall Hubbard as a Rattler in 2005.

HR #1
Date: April 17
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Shaver
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 4, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 4

HR #2
Date: May 17
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Yates
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Lansing 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 0

HR #3
Date: May 17
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeremy Harper
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 9, Lansing 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Lansing 2
Note: Hubbard went 5-for-5 and drove in seven runs in this game.

HR #4
Date: May 25
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Webb
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2 outs
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
Type: Two-Run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 0

HR #5
Date: May 27
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Randazo
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Quad Cities 3
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Quad Cities 5

HR #6
Date: June 2
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Green
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 1

HR #7
Date: June 11
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Fernando Rodriguez
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-Run
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4

HR #8
Date: June 15
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kevin Altman
Inning: 5th
Outs:  1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 14, Clinton 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 16, Clinton 1

HR #9
Date: June 19
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Waldrop
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Beloit 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 0

HR #10
Date: June 19
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Asleton
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Beloit 5
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Beloit 5
Notes: This was the final game of the first half and the second two-homer game for Hubbard on the season.  Nine of Hubbard’s ten home runs were on the road in the first half of the season.

HR #11
Date: June 28
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brian Miller
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 10, Quad Cities 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Quad Cities 2

HR #12
Date: July 1
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Vern Sterry
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne 3
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 3

HR #13
Date: July 9
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Grant Johnson
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 1

HR #14
Date: July 30
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Crist
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 9, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 9, Wisconsin 1

HR #15
Date: August 2
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Kinsey
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: South Bend 5, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: South Bend 5, Wisconsin 4

HR #16
Date: August 31
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jon George
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Dayton 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Dayton 2

HR #17
Date: September 1
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Joe Powers
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Dayton 3, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Dayton 3
Note: If you scan the type of homers that Hubbard hit in 2005, you’ll notice that he only hit three solo home runs.

If you ever needed proof as to how unfriendly Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is to left-handed power hitters, I give you Marshall Hubbard’s 2005 season.

Hubbard hit 17 homers for the Timber Rattlers that season.  He had 15 on the road and just two at home.

Let’s take a look at his home/road splits for that season.

Home: 56 Games, 191 At Bats; .251/.368/.351; 2 HR, 26RBI
Road: 54 Games, 200 At Bats; .340/.405/.635; 15 HR, 51RBI

That is an odd split and it is unfortunate because Hub had a top five Timber Rattlers walk-up song of All-Time!  Hub is a Real American! Fights for the rights of every man!

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

Rattler Alumni Update: End of Winter Leagues

I really just wanted to type the phrase “End of Winter” in the title because it’s -8 this morning.

Anyway….

The Perth Heat swept the Canberra Cavalry 2 games to none in the Australian Baseball League’s Championship Series with a 14th inning walkoff win in game one and a 2-1 win in game two.

No Timber Rattlers were involved, but former Brewers reliever Graeme Lloyd is the pitching coach for the Heat.

The Caribbean Series wrapped up with Mexico defeating Puerto Rico 7-1 in the Championship Game.  Three ex-Rattlers were on the team from Puerto Rico that made it through the Round Robin part of the tournament with a 2-2 record and beat Venezuela 2-0 in the Semifinal Game before losing to Mexico in the Final.

Joel Pineiro ('98) made his Winter League debut for the season with Ponce in Puerto Rico.

Joel Pineiro (’98) lost to Cuba in the round robin without allowing an earned run.

Puerto Rico (3-3):
Jeff Dominguez: 6 games; .143/.294/.214; 0HR, 0RBI
Martin Maldonado: 6 games; .174/.174/.217; 0HR, 2RBI
Joel Pineiro: 2 games, 2 games started; 0-1, 0.00ERA; 11.2IP, BB, 4K, 0.94WHIP

55 Days to Opening Day

The opening of this week’s update is being taken over by Bad News Barrett.

“Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium received NO SNOW since the field conditions update one week ago.  BUT, I’m afraid I have some BAD NEWS!  The temperatures have not risen above 20° in the last week and it was below zero again this morning.  That means you have EXACTLY THE SAME AMOUNT of snow as last week and you are seven days closer to the start of your baseball season.”

"THANK YOU!"

“THANK YOU!”

Let’s just get to the photos:

Left Field Berm
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Behind Home Plate from the Seats
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Behind Home Plate from the Club Level
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Right Field Berm
February 7 2014 004
Centerfield Camera Platform

February 7 2014 005Additionally, we shot video yesterday for Fang to promote the fast-approaching season to pull together a really cool idea.  But, I’m afraid I have some BAD NEWS.  The weather was so cold yesterday that the equipment malfunctioned and the video we shot was unusable.

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2010 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.

The 2010 Timber Rattlers continued the tradition of Brewers Sunday by wearing jerseys based on their parent club.  The 1982 road jerseys the inspiration this season.  They were a big hit.

Even Cecil Cooper was impressed!

Even Cecil Cooper was impressed!

Here’s what the originals looked like.

Of *course* I'm using Robin Yount's jersey.

Of *course* I’m using Robin Yount’s jersey.

The first thing…Pinstripes aren’t popular among some people around these parts, so the Home jerseys were out.  Also, “Timber Rattlers” wouldn’t have looked right on the pinstriped home jerseys.  So, the road jerseys were selected so that “Wisconsin” could be used on the front.

Joey Paciorek makes a play.

Joey Paciorek makes a play.

The pale blue sanitary socks bring it all together.

Chris Dennis takes a lead from third.

Chris Dennis takes a lead from third.

The gold highlights around the letters and numbers makes that darker blue pop a bit more.

Hunter Morris at first base.

Hunter Morris at first base.

That’s the old “Ball & Glove” logo used as a patch on the left sleeve.

Hunter Morris on the run.

Hunter Morris on the run.

Here’s a better look at that patch and the best logo in Brewers history…NO ONE DENIES THIS!

Matt Erickson and Scooter Gennett talk things over at first base.

Matt Erickson and Scooter Gennett talk things over at first base.

You may notice in this picture that the team went away from the pale blue socks and went to the darker hue.  It seems…off to me at least.

Efrain Nieves makes a pitch with Cutter Dykstra at third base.

Efrain Nieves makes a pitch with Cutter Dykstra at third base.

I don’t know what that coach is pointing at in this next picture.

The darker blue doesn't look right.

The darker blue still doesn’t look right.

The mandatory picture of the mascot in the Brewers Sunday jersey.

Fang's #40.

Fang’s #40.

The traditional shot of a Rattler at the plate with his teammates in the dugout.

Lots of blue.

The protective fence wasn’t up in 2010.

And the traditional national anthem photo.

For the anthem.

Can you named the Timber Rattlers in this picturee anthem.

I believe that 2010 was the first year that the team had a live auction after the final Sunday home game of the year.  In 2009, the silent auction was the tool used to let fans try to win their favorite jersey.  That all changed…for the better.

Live postgame auction.

Live postgame auction.

I’ll close this post with some photos of the players, the jerseys, and those who had the winning bid.

D'Vontrey Richardson's jersey

D’Vontrey Richardson’s jersey

For the Marseco fans!

For the Marseco fans!

Chris Hook

Chris Hook and the fan who got his jersey.

Fans

The kid holding that jersey loves it.

The questions here are: Did these fans wear this Khris Davis jersey home or did they put it in a frame the next day or did they wear it for a couple of years and put it in a frame after he made the big leagues last year?

I'm guessing it's in a frame now.

I’m guessing it’s in a frame now.

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are the next team for Wild Card Wednesday.

My time collecting baseball cards coincides with the time of Big Red Machine.  That’s why I seem to have so many Ray Knight, George Foster, and Mario Soto cards, apparently.

Mario Soto was a trendsetter in how to wear your baseball hat.

Mario Soto was a trendsetter in how to wear your baseball hat.

The three cards from the 1976 season: Clay Kirby was traded to Montreal in December of 1975, McEnaney – who saved Game 7 of the 1975 World Series against the Red Sox – saved seven games in the 1976 regular season and two in the ’76 World Series sweep of the Yankees; and Rettenmund was traded to the Padres on April 5, 1976.

Is that a microphone, Larry Biitner?

Is that a microphone, Larry Biittner?

Ed Armbrister was involved in a controversial play during Game Three of the 1975 World Series:

#BuntToWin

Dan Driessen had the unenviable task of following Tony Perez as the every day first baseman of the Reds.  Driessen took over in 1977 and hit .300/.375/.468 with 17 homers, 91 RBI, and a 2.3 WAR.  That’s a pretty decent season.

Manny Sarmiento!

Manny Sarmiento!

Sparky Anderson managed an aging Reds team to 92 wins in 1978 (the team card on the left).  He was let go after the season.  John McNamara manged the Reds to 90 wins and the NL West Pennant in 1979.  The 1980 team (the team card on the right) won 89 games and finished third in the division.  The 1981 team – not pictured – won 35 games in the first half and 31 games in the second half of the season.  They finished with the best overall record in all of baseball…and missed the playoffs due to the split season.  I included the John Franco card because, I am a fan of John Franco.  Dann Bilardello managed the Peoria Chiefs in 2013.

Dann

Let’s not even get into why Cincinnati was in the NL West.

Here are the Reds Hall of Famers in my card collection.  I have more cards of Tom Seaver as a Red (2) than I have of him as a Met (0…1, if you count the Hostess card).  That’s just wrong.

Hall of Famers!

Hall of Fame players.  Not great at posing for pictures.

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

Tater Tuesday – Henry Aaron (1975-1976)

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 step away from Timber Rattlers home runs to celebrate an important date for fans of the home run.

Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934.  Tomorrow is his 80th birthday.  To honor Hammerin’ Hank, Tater Tuesday looks at the home runs he hit with the Milwaukee Brewers during the 1975 and 1976 seasons.

Still the greatest!

Still the greatest!

1975:

HR #1
Date: April 18
Opponent: Cleveland Indians
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Gaylord Perry
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, Cleveland 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 3, Cleveland 0
Notes:  Aaron hit three home runs off fellow Hall of Famer Perry in his career.  He also went back-to-back with Johnny Briggs on homers with this blast.

HR #2
Date: April 26
Opponent: New York Yankees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Pat Dobson
Inning: 7th
Outs: Solo
Score Before Homer: New York 8, Milwaukee 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: New York 8, Milwaukee 1
Note:  This home run was hit at Shea Stadium, where the Yankees played their home games during the 1974 & 1975 seasons while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.

HR #3
Date: May 9
Opponent: Kansas City Royals
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Al Fitzmorris
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1 out
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 1, Kansas City 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 2, Kansas City 1
Note: Fitzmorris pitched for the Foxes in 1966 and 1967.

HR #4
Date: May 15
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Steve Hargan
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Texas 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 7, Texas 1

HR #5
Date: May 17
Opponent: Minnesota Twins
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Ray Corbin
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Minnesota 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 2

HR #6
Date: June 12
Opponent: Oakland Athletics
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Vida Blue
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Oakland 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, Oakland 3
Note: This was Aaron’s first regular season home run at Milwaukee County Stadium since September 20, 1965.

HR #7
Date: June 14
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Nolan Ryan
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, California 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 3, California 2
Note: In his career, Aaron hit two home runs against Ryan

HR #8
Date: July 3
Opponent: Boston Red Sox
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Roger Moret
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 0, Boston 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 1, Boston 0

HR #9
Date: July 5
Opponent: Detroit Tigers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Vern Ruhle
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 1, Detroit 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 2, Detroit 0

HR #10
Date: July 24
Opponent: Baltimore Orioles
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dyar Miller
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Baltimore 10, Milwaukee 6
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Baltimore 10, Milwaukee 7

HR #11
Date: August 11
Opponent: Minnesota Twins
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tom Johnson
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 7, Minnesota 3

HR #12
Date: September 14
Opponent: Boston Red Sox
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Bill Lee
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 3, Boston 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 4, Boston 1

1976:

HR #13
Date: May 4
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Nelson Briles
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Texas 2, Milwaukee 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 2, Texas 2

HR #14
Date: May 19
Opponent: Baltimore Orioles
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Mike Cuellar
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Baltimore 5, Milwaukee 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Baltimore 5, Milwaukee 2

HR #15
Date: June 14
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Frank Tanana
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, California 1
Type: Three-Run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, California 1

HR #16
Date: June 16
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Paul Hartzell
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 7, California 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 9, California 0

HR #17
Date: June 18
Opponent: Oakland Athletics
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jim Todd
Inning: 9th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 2, Oakland 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 3, Oakland 2

HR #18
Date: June 19
Opponent: Oakland Athletics
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Glenn Abbott
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Oakland 6, Milwaukee 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Oakland 6, Milwaukee 4

HR #19
Date: June 22
Opponent: Detroit Tigers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dave Roberts
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Detroit 4, Milwaukee 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Detroit 4, Milwaukee 2

HR #20
Date: July 9
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jim Umbarger
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Texas 2, Milwaukee 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Texas 2, Milwaukee 1

HR #21
Date: July 11 – Game two of Doubleheader
Opponent: Texas Rangers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Steve Foucault
Inning: 10th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, Texas 4
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, Texas 4
Notes: This was the ninth walkoff home run in Aaron’s career.  It was also the fourteenth extra-inning home run in his career.  The Milwaukee Sentinel has the game story and a column about this feat.

HR #22
Date: July 20
Opponent: California Angels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dick Drago
Inning: 7th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Milwaukee 4, California 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Milwaukee 5, California 1
Notes: Aaron went back-to-back with George Scott with this home run.  This was also the 755th and final home run of Aaron’s career.

Rattlers Alumni Report – Through Winter League Games of 2/2/14

The Caribbean Leagues have finished their playoffs and the 2014 Caribbean Series has started in Venezuela.

Meanwhile in Australia, Craig Anderson’s Sydney Blue Sox lost to Canberra in the Preliminary Finals of the ABL.

There were no ex-Timber Rattlers involved in the Venezuelan League Championship Series as Magallanes beat Caribes 4 games to 1.

The Championship Series in the Dominican Republic wrapped with Licey (w/ Rene Rivera) beating Escogido (w/ Jason Rogers) 5 games to 3.

The only two active ex-Rattlers in Caribbean Series are with Puerto Rico.  Those players are Jeff Dominguez and Martin Maldonado.

Caribbean Series....That sounds nice.

Caribbean Series….That sounds nice.

To the update!

Australia Playoffs:
Sydney Blue Sox (1-2):
Craig Anderson: 1 game, 1 start; 0-0, 2.25ERA; 4.0IP, BB, 2K, 2.25WHIP

Dominican Playoffs:
Licey (15-12):
Rene Rivera: 9 games; .259/.333/.481; HR; 4 RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 1 game, 0-for-1

Escogido (14-12):
Jason Rogers: 12 games; .167/.238/.194; 0 HR, 2RBI

Caribbean Series:
Puerto Rico (1-1):
Jeff Dominguez: 2 games; .125/.125/.250; 0HR, 0RBI
Martin Maldonado: 2 games; .125/.125/.125; 0HR, RBI

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