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Taylor Williams Map Cover

In case you missed it over the weekend, Taylor Williams is a cover guy!

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That’s on the Baseball Travel Map published by Hedberg Maps.  You can pick one of these maps up at the Snake Pit Team Store at the stadium or on-line at this link.

Buy one…then, get a photo of Williams with it after he autographs it for you…Make sure to tag @TimberRattlers!

Alumni Birthdays for March 28:
Michael Wagner (’07) – 30
Jerry Bertolani (’85) – 50
Mike Morse (’81) – 52
Harry Sylvester (1911, 1912) – Would have been 126

Alumni Birthdays for March 29:
Joe Dunigan (’08) – 29
Scott Atchison (’99) – 39

Alumni Birthdays for March 30:
Thomas Keeling (’11) – 27
Greg Wooten (’96) – 41
Wayne Shuckert (’81, ’82) – 54

Hey! Those are new!

New safety features were installed at the ballpark while I was away. Railings in the aisles for the sections behind home plate:
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This reminds me of a host segment from the Space Mutiny episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000:

TVTropes has a whole page on Railing Kill.

So….be careful out there….which was the point of installing those things.

Alumni Birthdays for March 27:
Jake Odorizzi (’10) – 25
Jaime Navarro (Pitching Coach, ’08) – 48

Happy Birthday, Jake!

Happy Birthday, Jake!

This is a test of the Timber Rattlers Gameday Yard Sign System…

Had this been an actual Timber Rattlers gameday, you would have seen these signs around town and been given ticket information.

It also would have been sunny.

It also would have been sunny.

And the grass would have been greener.

And the grass would have been greener.

If you would like to be part of the Timber Rattlers Gameday Yard Sign Network, there will be a table in the Fox Communities Credit Union Fox Club during FanFest on Tuesday, April 7 that will have all the information for this free program.

Alumni Birthdays March 26:
Chadwin Stang (’11, ’12) – 26
Orlando Hernandez (’00) – 36
Doug Nelson (’88) – 50

Happy Birthday, Chadwin!

Happy Birthday, Chadwin!

 

Matt Erickson Interview & Spring Training Photos – March 24, 2015

Mehring From Arizona: The Final 2015 Chapter is on the main website with a recap of the day’s action.  Also, here is a link to Jonathan Mayo’s piece from Brewers camp late last week.  A taste:

Breakout candidates

During his full-season debut, No. 21 prospect David Denson took his fair share of lumps. He looks the part of a big, strong left-handed-hitting first baseman. But some holes in his swing were exposed and he didn’t tap into his considerable raw power consistently. Denson will be just 20 for all of this season, so there’s time yet for him to adjust.

“I think he’s going to come around this year,” Nichols said. “We’ll see the adjustments he makes. He was at a higher level, probably, than he should’ve been, and he battled some injuries. He has a tremendous eye and big-time power. With that combination, I think he’s going to have a breakout year this year.”

Nichols also is expecting a big year from Brandon Woodruff, the system’s No. 30 prospect and an 11th-round pick from last June’s Draft. His combination of command and game plan intrigue the Brewers.

“I think you’re going to see something from him,” Nichols predicted. “He pitches inside with a fastball. He can pitch in on purpose. He has an idea of what he’s doing. His mechanics are clean. He’s not grunting and groaning out there. He might be in Brevard, he’ll maybe skip a level.”

There is also a three questions segment with Kody Medeiros, a possible Rattler in 2015.

Here’s today’s interview with Matt Erickson, Wisconsin’s manager.  We discuss Devin Williams, Milton Gomez, Jake Gatewood, and Dustin DeMuth…and a few other things.

Photos from today:

Defense

Defense

Catchers.

Catchers.

He caught it.

He caught it.

Gary Lucas watches Devin Williams warmup in the bullpen before the game.

Gary Lucas watches Devin Williams warmup in the bullpen before the game.

Nice View.

Nice View.

Offense at Camelback.

Offense at Camelback.

I got a little of the fence in this one.

I got a little of the fence in this one.

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That will do it from Arizona. Back to Wisconsin tomorrow.  Can the season start yet?!

Gary Lucas Interview and Spring Training Photos – March 23, 2015

The latest Mehring in Arizona column is available on the main website.

Here is a brief interview with Gary Lucas, the new pitching coach of the Timber Rattlers.

Photos from today’s game over at Hohokam against the A’s.

The Cubs used to play here.

The Cubs used to play here.

JB Kole, Milwaukee's 8th round pick out of Villanova, was the starting pitcher for Wisconsin.

JB Kole, Milwaukee’s 8th round pick out of Villanova, was the starting pitcher for Wisconsin.

Luis Aviles scores Wisconsin's first run of the game.

Luis Aviles scores Wisconsin’s first run of the game.

Shade!

Shade!

Ironically, there was a bad hop single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Ironically, there was a bad hop single in the bottom of the fifth inning…right after this happened.

Matt Erickson coaches Luis Aviles at third base.

Matt Erickson coaches Luis Aviles at third base.

Aviles scores on a Greg Munoz sacrifice fly.

Aviles scores on a Greg Munoz sacrifice fly.

Josh Uhen on the mound for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.

Josh Uhen on the mound for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.

Harvey Martin is about to get out of a jam.

Harvey Martin is about to get out of a jam.

Matt Erickson Interview and Spring Training Photos – March 22, 2015

Check out the Mehring in Arizona column over on the main website for details on the action today in Minor League camp.

For the blog content: I had an opportunity to interview Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson after the game today.  Click to hear it as we discuss….stuff:

Sunday’s Photos:

I love this view.

I love this view.

Drills.

Drills.

Infield/Outfield

Infield/Outfield

Teaching

Teaching

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

This isn't a bad view either.

This isn’t a bad view either.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

This isn't a bad view either!

This isn’t a bad view either!

 

 

 

 

Photos from Spring Training – March 21, 2015

The wrap on the Rattlers Saturday action is up in the new Mehring in Arizona column.

Popup day during practice:

Look up!

Things are looking up!

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Tucker Neuhaus scores on a wild pitch.

Tucker Neuhaus scores on a wild pitch.

Marcos Diplan on the mound.

Marcos Diplan on the mound.

Nice view

Nice view

PIGEON!

Pigeons have lost their fear of humans! We are so screwed!

Pigeons have lost their fear of humans! We are so screwed!

Final play of the game.

Final play of the game.

 

Approximately 432' from home plate.

Approximately 432′ from home plate.

Photos from Spring Training – March 20, 2015

Day Two of Mehring in Arizona – or the cooler title of Mehring in Maryvale that I didn’t come up with but is on the media wall image – is up on the main website.  Here are some photos from today at minor league camp.

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Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

 I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

Alumni Birthdays for March 20:
Javier Salas (’14) – 23
Dana Williams (Hitting Coach ’02-’04, ’07) – 52
Donn Koch (’82) – 56
Paul ‘Frosty’ Francis (’51) – Would have been 86

`Frosty” was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, The Choate School and a 1950 graduate of Wesleyan University. Upon college graduation, Francis pursued his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. He pitched in the St. Louis Browns organization until an injury forced him to pursue his other dream of coaching basketball. After two years as the head basketball coach at the Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD, “Frosty” accepted the head basketball coaching duties back in CT at the Kingswood School. At Kingswood, for 25 years he was a teacher, coach, Director of Athletics, and finally Director of Finance and Development. Among his many accomplishments as a coach were two Class “B” New England basketball titles, in 1956 and 1957, and the establishment of what is now, the “Frosty” Francis KIT (Kingswood Invitational Tournament) in 1963, the longest running prep basketball tournament in New England.

Photos from Spring Training – March 19, 2015

The article on Day One of Mehring in Arizona, 2015 is up on the main website.  Here are some photos from Day One:

Matt Erickson in the cages.

Matt Erickson in the cages….trust me.

Gary Lucas and David Chavarria watch Brock Hudgens work in the bullpen.

Gary Lucas and David Chavarria watch Brock Hudgens work in the bullpen.

Jose Pena signs autographs for fans.

Jose Pena signs autographs for fans.

Nothing going on over here today.

Nothing going on over here today.

The weather did clear up enough for the Brewers game at the major league stadium to take place.

The weather did clear up enough for the Brewers game at the major league stadium to take place.

Tyler Thornburg was the starting pitcher for the Brewers.

Tyler Thornburg was the starting pitcher for the Brewers.

Jason Rogers got in the game to play first base.

Jason Rogers got in the game to play first base.

This is the outfield clock to move things along between innings and pitching changes.

This is the outfield clock to move things along between innings and pitching changes.

And this is the clock behind home plate to keep things moving between innings and pitching changes.

And this is the clock behind home plate to keep things moving between innings and pitching changes.  I think it needs to be bigger.

Alumni Birthdays for March 19:
Thomas Cottrell (1966, ’67) – 71

Blog News – AZ bound

The next post you see on Rattler Radio will be from Arizona since I will be down at Minor League Camp in maryvale for a few days.  Make sure to check @CMehring & @TimberRattlers for updates during the day.  There should be a new column up on either the blog or the Timber Rattlers website.

Speaking of the website, there has been plenty of news going up over there for the last few days.

Click on each link for all the news.

Alumni Birthday for March 18:
Terrmel Sledge (’00) – 38

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

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