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Cyber Monday Ticket Deal & Alumni Report through games of November 30

From the Timber Rattlers Facebook page:

Cyber Monday Ticket Special.  Fans will receive a ceremonial FIRST PITCH & 12 ticket vouchers! All for $75. Only 100 packages will be available.

That was down to 80 packages left as of 9am.  Here’s the link.  If you’re interested, you better hurry.

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (11-8, 2nd):
Craig Anderson (’00): 5 games, 5 starts, 2-3, 3.00ERA, 33.0IP, 8BB, 29K

Melbourne Aces (5-11, 6th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (21-13, 2nd)
Edward Paredes (’08): 11 games, 0-2, 6.75ERA, 4.0IP, 2BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 14 games, 0-0, 3.77ERA, 14.1IP, 8BB, 12K

Estrellas de Oriente (21-12, 1st):
Juan Diaz (’08): 23 games, .250/.307/.309, 0HR, 11RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 7 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 3.55ERA, 25.1IP, 8BB, 12K

Gigantes del Cibao (16-16, 4th):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 21 games, .308/.495/.631, 6HR, 10RBI

Tigres del Licey (14-20, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 9 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (10-11, 3rd):
Omar Garcia (’14): 11 games, .091/.167/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 21 games, .211/.278/.366, 2HR, 14RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 6 games, 6 starts, 1-3, 4.86ERA, 33.1IP, 5BB, 14K

Criollos de Caguas (14-8, 1st):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 5 games, 5 starts, 2-1, 4.70ERA, 23.0IP, 9BB, 12K

Gigantes de Carolina (9-11, 4th):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 21 games, .211/.294/.316, 2HR, 6RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 9 games, 0-1, 4.22ERA, 10.2IP, 2BB, 11K

Indios de Mayaguez (13-8, 2nd):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 5 games, 5 starts, 1-1, 1.69ERA, 21.1IP, 7BB, 19K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (27-15, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 9 games, 7 starts, 2-1, 2.57ERA, 37.0IP, 3BB, 24K

Bravos de Margarita (15-28, 8th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 6 games, 6 starts, 0-4, 5.04ERA, 25.0IP, 6BB, 20K
Greg Holle (’11): 15 games, 0-2, 1 Save, 4.91ERA, 11.0IP, 7BB,2K

Cardenales de Lara (21-23, 5th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 12 games, 6 starts, 2-4, 3.56ERA, 30.1IP, 8BB, 29K

Caribes de Anzoategui (30-14, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 41 games, .275/.354/.488, 7HR, 26RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (21-21, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 17 games, .174/.321/.304, 1HR, 7RBI

Tigres de Aragua (23-20, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 19 games, 2-0, 0.56ERA, 16.0IP, 7BB, 6K

Alumni Birthdays for December 1:
Ogui Diaz (’07) – 29
Sam Walton (’01) – 36
Matt Woodward (’99) – 39
Jim Ray (’63) – Would have been 70
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Alumni Birthdays – November 30

Alumni Birthdays for November 30:
Luis Valbuena (’06) – 29
Cory Koliscak (’06) – 33
Kevin Flannery (’81, ’82) – 57

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

Lawrie Trade and Alumni Birthdays – November 29

And another former Timber Rattler is traded in 2014:

The Brett Lawrie era in Toronto is over.

In a shocking late-night trade, the Blue Jays dealt the 24-year-old Canadian third baseman and three prospects to the Oakland A’s on Friday for all-star third baseman Josh Donaldson. The trade was officially announced by both clubs just before 10:30 p.m.

Lawrie, who hails from Langley, B.C., was once considered a future franchise cornerstone but the energetic infielder struggled to stay healthy, playing in little more than half the team’s games the last two seasons.

But while he was always an electric defender, Lawrie seemed to regress in the ensuing three seasons, which were marked by as many ups as downs while the high-octane and tightly wound player struggled to produce consistently at the plate. His fiery demeanour and quick-twitch intensity — which serve him well at the hot corner — worked against him at times, most notably when he was suspended for hitting an umpire with his batting helmet in 2012 and when he injured himself while diving into a 10-foot camera well at Yankee Stadium that same year.

[Jays general manager Alex] Anthopoulos described it as “a hard conversation” when he informed Lawrie he had been dealt. “He was a Toronto Blue Jay through and through and it was tough to see him go.”

“Brett is a very, very good player,” Anthopoulos said. “He’s still incredibly young. He absolutely has the ability to take it to another level and become an all-star. I don’t think the book is closed on him at all.”

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Alumni Birthdays for November 29:
Chuck Lopez (’01) – 38
Chad Ehrnsberger (’03) – 37

Alumni Birthdays – November 28

Cyber Weekend started in the Snake Pit Team Store today:

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If you want to do your shopping in person this holiday season:

  • Friday, November 28: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays from November 29 through December 20: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 30: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza
  • Monday to Friday beginning December 1: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Christmas Eve: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Alumni Birthdays for November 28:
Ryan Gibbard (’13) – 25
Faruq Darcuiel (’95, ’96) – 42
Lloyd Freund (’49) – 85

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Alumni Birthdays – November 27

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Toast & Popcorn on me!

Toast & Popcorn on me!

Alumni Birthdays for November 27:
Jose Duran (’09) – 28
Candy Mercado (’75, ’76) – 57

Candy Mercado's Appleton Foxes Card from 1975

Candy Mercado’s Appleton Foxes Card from 1975

Alumni Birthdays – November 26

If you went into the Snake Pit Team Store during the 2014 season, you may have seen the rocking chair on display. Congratulations to Howard from Green Lake! He won that custom-made Timber Rattlers Rocking Chair!

Here’s Howard picking up the prize yesterday at the office.

That is pretty cool.

That is pretty cool.

Alumni Birthdays for November 26:
Cody Adams (’09) – 28
Kendall Bergdall (’05) – 32
Pete Duprey (’00) – 36
Enmanuel Ulloa (’98, ’99) – 36
Fernando Espino (’97, ’98, ’99) – 38
Hector Wagner (’89) – 46
Tom Lahrman (’85) – 50
Joseph Cook (’72, ’73) – 61

Cody Adams on the mound at Miller Park as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Cody Adams on the mound at Miller Park as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

From Stars to Shuckers – November 25, 2014

Biloxi Baseball announced the nickname of their team last night.

That's an oyster!

That’s an oyster!

Biloxi baseball gets a pearl of a name.

Shuckers general manager Buck Rogers did his best to pump up the crowd Monday before the curtains were pulled back to reveal the name and logo.

The colors: blue, coral and Biloxi Sand.

There were several different takes on the logo, but the main one features the shell of an oyster surrounding “Biloxi Shuckers” and two eyes peering out.

It seems like a simple design, but Rogers said there was a lot of background work that went into the logo.

“At first, people outside this market are going to say, ‘What’s a Shucker?'” Rogers said. “You have to explain it to them. If you’re not from Nebraska, you ask

‘What’s a husker?’ The people down here picked (Shuckers), justified it. They put in all the input on it. The locals didn’t have an owner come in and say ‘Name the team this.’ This was a community team since from jump street. We’re really pleased.”

Reaction on Facebook…mixed.

The Shuckers are the Southern League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  So, Welcome to the family, Biloxi!

Posting will be light over the next few days.  But, I will be putting up the alumni birthdays every from Wednesday through Sunday.  Regular posting will return on December 1.  Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Alumni Birthdays for November 25:
Elvin Nina (Pitching Coach, ’14) – 39
Karl Drezek (’88, ’89) – 49
Mark Davis (’86) – 50
Bucky Dent (’70, ’71) – 63

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.

Timber Rattlers Alumni Report Winter Leagues – Games through 11/23/14

Time to check in on the Winter Leagues and how the Timber Rattlers alumni are doing across the globe.

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (9-7, T-2nd):
Craig Anderson (’00): 4 games, 4 starts, 2-2, 3.00ERA, 27.0IP, 8BB, 24K

Melbourne Aces (4-8, 6th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (16-13, T-2nd)
Edward Paredes (’08): 11 games, 0-2, 6.75ERA, 4.0IP, 2BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 12 games, 0-0, 4.38ERA, 12.1IP, 5BB, 10K

Estrellas de Oriente (18-10, 1st):
Juan Diaz (’08): 18 games, .259/.310/.333, 0HR, 8RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 7 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 3.55ERA, 25.1IP, 8BB, 12K

Gigantes del Cibao (15-13, 4th):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 17 games, .315/.479/.685, 6HR, 10RBI

Tigres del Licey (11-18, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 9 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (8-8, 4th):
Omar Garcia (’14): 8 games, .091/.167/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 16 games, .167/.220/.315, 2HR, 11RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 4 games, 4 starts, 1-1, 3.47ERA, 23.1IP, 0BB, 9K

Criollos de Caguas (10-7, 2nd):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 4 games, 4 starts, 2-1, 4.82, 18.2IP, 6BB, 10K

Gigantes de Carolina (8-7, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 16 games, .183/.279/.317, 2HR, 6RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 7 games, 0-1, 5.40ERA, 8.1IP, 2BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (10-6, 1st):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 4 games, 4 starts, 0-1, 1.65ERA, 16.1IP, 6BB, 14K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (26-11, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 8 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 2.57ERA, 35.0IP, 2BB, 23K

Bravos de Margarita (12-26, 8th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 6 games, 6 starts, 0-4, 5.04ERA, 25.0IP, 6BB, 20K
Greg Holle (’11): 15 games, 0-2, 1 Save, 4.91ERA, 11.0IP, 7BB,2K

Cardenales de Lara (17-22, 6th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 9 games, 6 starts, 2-4, 3.42ERA, 26.1IP, 6BB, 27K

Caribes de Anzoategui (27-11, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 35 games, .281/.364/.533, 7HR, 26RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (17-18, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 17 games, .174/.321/.304, 1HR, 7RBI

Tigres de Aragua (20-16, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 14 games, 1-0, 0.71ERA, 12.2IP, 5BB, 5K

Alumni Birthdays for November 24:
Chris McFarland (’13, ’14) – 22
Maximo Mendez (’08) – 28
Hawkeye Wayne (’01) – 37
Rafael Santo Domingo (Hitting Coach, ’08) – 59
Jim Smith (’90) – 47
Randy Velarde (’86) – 51
Fred Beene (’64) – 71

Chris McFarland on Star Wars Night, 2014.

Chris McFarland on Star Wars Night, 2014.

There once was a Calliope – November 21, 2014

This week’s Flashback Friday is…amazing.

The letter in the Flashback calls the item depicted below as a ‘Calliola’….But, a google search of Calliola brings up somewhere in Finland.  We will stick with calliope.  Yes. part of the marketing plan for the Appleton Foxes was a calliope.

Here are full sized pictures of the Foxes Calliope from the late 1960’s. As always….click for the full-sized pictures.

I wish there were a color photo of this.

I wish there were a color photo of this.

Left to right: Ed Holtz, Business Manager of the Appleton Club; Ed Rosenthal, Business Manager – Wisconsin Rapids; Ray Burchell, President of Wisconsin Rapids Club; Jim Doster, President of Midwest League; Fritz Colschen, General Manager Clinton Club; Jim Choudoir, Appleton Director; and Walter Wagner, Vice President of League.

Left to right: Ed Holtz, Business Manager of the Appleton Club; Ed Rosenthal, Business Manager – Wisconsin Rapids; Ray Burchell, President of Wisconsin Rapids Club; Jim Doster, President of Midwest League; Fritz Colschen, General Manager Clinton Club; Jim Choudoir, Appleton Director; and Walter Wagner, Vice President of League.

Alumni Birthdays for November 21:
Jeff Perez (’02) – 36
Mike Mason (Pitching Coach ’91, ’92) – 56

Alumni Birthdays for November 22:
Greg Hopkins (’11, ’12) – 26
Eddy Fernandez (’07) – 28
Lindsay Gullin (’98) – 38
Gene Walter (’90) – 54
Mike Henley (’83) – 55

Alumni Birthdays for November 23:
Karl Drezek (’88, ’89) – 49
Fred Blackwelder (’67, ’68) – 68
Jerry Nyman (’66) – 72
John Griffin (’61) – 75
Jack MeKeon (Manager, ’59) – 84

Miscellaneous Snow – November 19, 2014

Not anywhere near as much snow as Buffalo has received.  Still.

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The season is coming.

Michael Saunders turns 28 today and the former Timber Rattler has changed agents as his name has come up in trade talks.

Michael Saunders as a Rattler in 2006.

Michael Saunders as a Rattler in 2006.

Click that link to get caught up on the story. But, here’s the interesting part:

[It] began back in October with a series of bizarre comments from Jack Zduriencik during a year-end press conference and ensuing radio appearances, comments first highlighted here on this site. Zduriencik, at the time, called Saunders’ off-season work into question and wondered aloud if some of his injuries might have been avoidable with certain preparation.

Saunders agent at the time, Michael McCann of Frye-McCann Sports, fired back at the organization in a piece published by Jason Churchill at CBS Seattle, and further elaborated in a lengthy story from Ryan Divish at the Seattle Times.

That was as public as it got, one side throwing jabs and the other punching right back. But from the start, it never seemed to fit. There were theories that it was all posturing in advance of arbitration hearings, but the level of animosity involved went beyond what most would normally expect—which is not much.

Still, it was difficult not to wonder if the initial comments on the organization’s end, which seemingly came out of nowhere, were public blowback over something that to that point had remained private. When the original piece first went public here, there were whispers at the time that there’d been an ongoing dialogue between McCann and the organization over Saunders’ role.

The story continues with this:

Way back when McCann’s first comments went public, to Churchill, it was on the very same day MLB.com had some language directly from Saunders himself, saying that he wanted to be an everyday guy, and the initial comments from Zduriencik and McClendon (who said in the piece that Saunders’ numbers were that of a starter, but that he just needed to stay healthy) were “motivation to work hard this offseason and come back even better next year.”

Keep an eye on this during the next few weeks since the Winter Meetings begin after Thanksgiving.

Alumni Birthdays for November 19:
Dan Merklinger (’09) – 29
Michael Saunders (’06) – 28
Mickey Myers (’97) – 40
Andy Sheets (’93) – 43
Bob Shank (’53) – Would have been 80

Dan Merklinger in 2009.

Dan Merklinger in 2009.

I’ll be taking tomorrow off from blogging so here are the Alumni Birthdays for November 20:
Chad Pierce (’12) – 27
Russ Morgan (’01) – 37
Steve Peck (Pitching Coach, ’95-96) – 47
Herm Starrette (’61) – 76
Ray Powell (Manager, ’46) – Would have been 126

Chad Pierce as a Rattler in 2012.

Chad Pierce as a Rattler in 2012.

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