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You had me at grilled cheese

Chef Tim has topped himself:

The genius is in the simplicity of combining two great things.

Are you following @ChefTimHansen yet?  You really should be. You’ll know what to expect before the season starts.

Stuff like…Darren Rovell picking up the tweet and generating non-Llama and non-dress buzz on twitter:

 

Alumni Birthdays for the weekend:

Alumni Birthdays for February 27:
Brandon Moore (’14) – 23
Carlos Triunfel (’07) – 25
Mike Triessel (’93) – 44

Triunfel

Alumni Birthdays for February 28:
Evel Bastida-Martinez (’04, ’06): 36
Jeffrey Haas (’92) – 44
Charlie Eisenreich (’87) – 51
Jim Jirschele (Coach ’90, ’91) – 56

Mike Jirschele, 1990.

Mike Jirschele, 1990.

Alumni Birthdays for March 1:
Collin Hinds (’95) – 41
Carlos Gonzalez (’87) – 47
Jeff Holly (’72, ’73) – 62
Arthur Howard (’52) – Would have been 83

Carlos Gonzalez in 1987

Carlos Gonzalez in 1987

This seems like a great idea

Bill Smith was the General Manager of the Appleton Foxes from 1983-1985.  He has moved up in the Minnesota Twins organization, where he was the GM from 2008-2011, and is presently an assistant to the president and GM for the Twins.

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Bill Smith at the Twins Spring Training Complex. Credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Why do I bring this up today?

This story about renovations to the Twins spring training complex in Florida was passed along to me and I liked it for a lot of different reasons.

The first was the connection to Smith, since this nearly $50 million project was his baby…to put it one way.  The second was this:

The centerpiece of the…project was the minor league player development academy. The gleaming three-story building was designed to house, feed, teach and train prospects year round. The Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates each have on-site dormitories for minor leaguers elsewhere in Florida, but what the Twins have now is unparalleled in the majors.

“There are going to be guys who are going to point to the academy as far as an important part of their development,” President Dave St. Peter said.

The overall goal was to better prepare Twins prospects for the majors, from nutrition to education to equipment.

For the many Spanish-speaking players from Latin American countries, there are English lessons. For the drafted players who left college before graduation, there are spaces and resources for completing degrees online. For everyone, there are healthy meals professionally prepared on site.

“They don’t even allow cookies over there,” general manager Terry Ryan said, adding: “They can go out and get what they want if they want to, but it’s important to us that at least they have been educated about what we want them to put in their bodies.”

There’s no soda, either, but comforts abound. The 54 double rooms have plush queen beds, refrigerators, desks, dressers and bathrooms, each unit decorated with photos of the Twins players who wore the number of the room. Justin Morneau and Mudcat Grant, for example, provide the backdrop for No. 33.

Plenty more at the link.  But here’s a photo of one of the dorm rooms.

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Credit: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Bill Smith’s 1983 baseball card with the Foxes:

We need a bigger card.

GM’s had cards in those days.

Alumni Birthdays for February 26:
Rich Graham (’93) – 45
David Howard (’88) – 48

1993 Classic Best Appleton Foxes #9 - Rich Graham - Courtesy of COMC.com
1993 Classic Best Appleton Foxes #9 – Rich Graham

Leinie’s Legends Lounge Renovation

New Floor!  New Look!

Legends Lounge 1

Ties everything together, yes?

Legends Lounge 3

Legends Lounge 4

Legends Lounge 5

Alumni Birthdays for February 25:
Nathan Adcock (’07, ’08) – 27
Les Norman (’92) – 46
Joel McKeon (’83) – 52
Art Niemann (’82) – 56
Kevin Hickey (’79, ’84) – 59
Gilbert Passarella (’73) – 67
Dave Vinyard (’61) – 74

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.

Joel McKeon 83

Alumni Birthdays for February 24

Another busy day in the office today.  So, there is only time for today’s Alumni Birthdays.

Alumni Birthdays for February 24:
Corey Kemp (’09) – 29
Jeff Baum (’88) – 49

Corey Kemp in 2009.

Corey Kemp in 2009.

Alumni Birthdays for February 23

Busy day today so a quick post with…

Alumni Birthdays for February 23:
Tommy Johannesen-Ellis (’07) – 27
Duan Johnson (’98) – 39
Greg Scheer (’96) – 43
Ed Miles (’82, ’83) – 56
Juan Agosto (’80) – 57
Larry Foster (’73 ’74) – 64
Gordy Lund (Mgr. ’74, ’75, ’77, ’78, ’80) – 74

Gordy Lund, circa 1974

Gordy Lund, circa 1974

Wrapping up the Winter Leagues – Caribbean Series

Rattler Radio completes a look at Timber Rattlers Alumni in the Winter Leagues.  Australia was Monday.  Liga de Beisbol Dominicano was Tuesday.  Wednesday was a trip to Puerto Rico for stats from Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente. Thursday we looked at Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional.

Today is a peek at the 2015 Caribbean Series which was held in Puerto Rico.

Venezuela went 4-0 in Round Robin play, but lost to Cuba in the semifinals.  The Cubans would defeat Mexico 3-2 in the Championship Game to claim the title.

Puerto Rico (1-3):
Rene Rivera (’03): 4 games, .188/.188/.250, 0HR, RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 2 games, 0-for-3, 0HR, 0RBI
Hiram Burgos (’10, ’13): 2 games, 0-0, 0.00ERA, 2.1IP, 2BB, 3K
Joel Pineiro (’98): 1 game, 1 start, 0-0, 3.00ERA, 6.0IP, 0BB, K

Venezuela (4-1):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 5 games, .188/.188/.188, 0HR, RBI

Venezuela's second baseman Orlando Arcia, right, throws to first base as second baseman Alexi Amarista watches during a Caribbean Series baseball game against Mexico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Venezuela’s second baseman Orlando Arcia, right, throws to first base as second baseman Alexi Amarista watches during a Caribbean Series baseball game against Mexico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Alumni Birthdays for the Weekend:
February 20:
JB Tucker (’06) – 33
Pedro Liriano (’01) – 38
Tony Menendez (’85) – 50
Ken Murphy (’67, ’68) – 71
Roberto Tano (’58) – 79
Bill Ecklund (’51) – Would have been 85
Mel Gallup (’51) – Would have been 85

February 21:
Ruben Pujols (’88) – 47
Joe Paglino (’82) – 55

February 22:
Carlos Peguero (’07) – 28
John Sullivan (’06) – 33
JJ Putz (’00) – 38
Luis Mallea (’88) – 49
Gary Schaefer (’66) – 74

Wrapping up the Winter Leagues – Venezuela

Rattler Radio continues to look at Timber Rattlers Alumni in the Winter Leagues.  Australia was Monday.  Liga de Beisbol Dominicano was Tuesday.  Wednesday was a trip to Puerto Rico for stats from Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente.

Today, Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional.

Caribes de Anzoategui (with ex-Rattler Orlando Arcia) finished the regular season with the best record at 39-24.  They also made it through Round Robin playoffs into the Championship Series where they defeated Navegantes del Magallanes 4-1 in the best-of-seven Finals.

Photo Credit: Caribes website

Photo Credit: Caribes website

Regular Season:

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (35-28, 3rd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 9 games, 7 starts, 2-1, 2.68ERA, 37.0IP, 3BB, 24K

Bravos de Margarita (23-39, 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
Andy Moye (’12): 2 games, 1 start, 0-0, 6.75ERA, 1.1IP, 2BB, 0K

Cardenales de Lara (29-35, 6th):
Luis Valbuena (’06): 20 games, .247/.321/.534, 5HR, 16RBI
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 17 games, 10 starts, 3-5, 3.53ERA, 51.0IP, 12BB, 47K

Caribes de Anzoategui (39-24, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 55 games, .265/.335/.445, 7HR, 28RBI

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Orlando Arcia as a Rattler in 2013.

Navegantes del Magallanes (32-31, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 18 games, .167/.310/.292, 1HR, 7RBI

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Carlos Maldonado with Magallanes. Photo Credit: HERE

Tigres de Aragua (35-27, 2nd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 27 games, 3-1, Save, 1.37ERA, 26.1IP, 12BB, 7K

Playoffs:

Caribes de Anzoategui (15-6):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 9 games, .250/.250/.375, HR, 6RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (11-10):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 2 games, 0-for-4, 0HR, 0RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira (5-11):
Joe Dunigan (’08): 3 games, 0-for-3

Tigres de Aragua (8-8):
Renee Cortez (’03): 9 games, 0-1, 4.91ERA, 7.1IP, 3BB, 2K

Alumni Birthdays for February 19:
Bob Umdenstock (’79) – 56

1979 Card

1979 Card

Wrapping up the Winter Leagues – Puerto Rico

Rattler Radio continues to look at Timber Rattlers Alumni in the Winter Leagues.  Australia was Monday.  Liga de Beisbol Dominicano was Tuesday.  Today a trip to Puerto Rico for stats from Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente.

Criollos de Caguas finished with the best record during the regular season at 25-14, but they did not make it through the round robin to the Championship Series.  Cangrejeros de Santurce – with former Rattlers Rene Rivera, Yadiel Rivera, and Joel Pineiro) would win the league be defeating Indios de Mayaguez 4-2 in the best-of-seven Finals.

Photo Courtesy of ligapr.com

Photo Courtesy of ligapr.com.

REGULAR SEASON:

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (19-19, 3rd):
Omar Garcia (’14): 11 games, .091/.167/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 36 games, .250/.313/.367, 2HR, 20RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 11 games, 11 starts, 2-4, 4.42ERA, 57.0IP, 11BB, 32K

Criollos de Caguas (25-14, 1st):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 9 games, 8 starts, 3-1, 3.70ERA, 41.1IP, 15BB, 20K

Gigantes de Carolina (19-20, 4th):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 38 games, .219/.275/.313, 2HR, 10RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 12 games, 0-1, 2.93ERA, 15.1IP, 3BB, 16K

Indios de Mayaguez (22-16, 2nd):
Martin Maldonado (’09): 12 games, .167/.311/.222, 0HR, 4RBI
Hiram Burgos (’10): 2 games, 2 starts, 0-0, 3.60ERA, 5.0IP, BB, 6K
Jorge Lopez (’13): 6 games, 6 starts, 1-1, 1.73ERA, 26.0IP, 8BB, 25K

Senadores de San Juan (12-28, 5th):
Joe Dunigan (’08): 17 games, .231/.271/.508; 5HR, 10RBI
Rene Rivera (’03): 23 games, .275/.313/.429, 2HR, 6RBI

PLAYOFFS:

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (12-6):
Rene Rivera (’03): 16 games, .290/.306/.522, 3HR, 11RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 11 games, .292/.293/.375, 0HR, 0RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 5 games, 5 starts, 3-0, 1.80ERA, 30.0IP, 7BB, 15K

Criollos de Caguas (2-10):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 3 games, 1 start, 0-0, 3.00ERA, 6.0IP, 3BB, 3K

Gigantes de Carolina (7-6):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 13 games, .310/.388/.524, 2HR, 8RBI

Indios de Mayaguez (10-9):
Johan Limonta (’06): 13 games, .125/.176/.125, 0HR, RBI
Martin Maldonado (’09): 18 games, .345/.433/.431, 0HR, 4RBI
Hiram Burgos (’10): 4 games, 0-0, 1.80ERA, 5.0IP, BB, 7K

Alumni Birthdays for February 18:
David Asher (’06) – 32
Donnie Schmidt (’99) – 40
Shawn Estes (’93, ’94, ’95) – 42
Bob Fallon (’80) – 55
Joe Tipton (’41) – Would have been 93
George “Zip” Zabel (‘1913) – Would have been 124

Shawn Estes as an Appleton Fox in 1993.

Shawn Estes as an Appleton Fox in 1993.

 

 

Joe Tipton

Joe Tipton

Zip Zabel

Zip Zabel

Wrapping up the Winter Leagues – Dominican Republic

Time to look back at Timber Rattlers Alumni in the Winter Leagues.  Yesterday, it was Australia.  Today, a quick peek at the Liga de Beisbol Dominicano.

Gigantes del Cibao won the league plyoffs.  They tied Estrellas de Oriente with a 10-6 record in the four-team round robin.  Cibao would win the best-of-nine Championship Series 5-3 over Oriente.

Regular Season:

Aguilas Cibaenas (30-20, 2nd):
Edward Paredes (’08): 13 games, 1 start, 0-2, 6.43ERA, 7.0IP, 2BB, 6K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 18 games, 0-0, 4.76ERA, 17.0IP, 10BB, 15K

Estrellas de Oriente (32-18, 1st):
Juan Diaz (’08): 31 games, .245/.294/.309, 0HR, 12RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 7 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 3.55ERA, 25.1IP, 8BB, 12K

Gigantes del Cibao (28-22, 3rd):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 31 games, .271/.428/.542, 8HR, 20RBI

Tigres del Licey (19-31, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 20 games, .196/.241/.216, 0HR, 5RBI

Toros del Este (24-26, 4th):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 6 games, 5 starts, 1-3, 4.43ERA, 22.1IP, 4BB, 20K

Austin Bibens-Dirkx as a Rattler. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

Austin Bibens-Dirkx as a Rattler. (Photo Credit: Joel Dinda)

PLAYOFFS:

Aguilas Cibaenas (7-9):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 11 games, .238/.238/.286; 0HR, 3RBI
Juan Sandoval (’03): 2 games, 0-0, 0.1IP, 3H, R, ER, IBB, 0K

Estrellas de Oriente (13-11):
Juan Diaz (’08): 4 games, .267/.267/.333, 0HR, RBI
Hunter Morris (’10): 2 games, 0-for-5
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 1 game, 1 start, 0-1, 5.0IP, 5H, 3R, 0BB, 7K

Gigantes del Cibao (15-9):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 18 games, .231/.301/.446, 4HR, 12RBI

Toros del Este (5-11):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 5 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 17.1IP, 15H, 3R, 4BB, 12K

Alumni Birthdays for February 17:
Maverick Lasker (’09, ’10, ’11, ’12): 25
Bob Scott (’61) – 77

Maverick Lasker in 2011.

Maverick Lasker in 2011.

Wrapping up the Winter Leagues – Australia

Time to look back at Timber Rattlers Alumni in the Winter Leagues.  Today, a quick peek at the Australian Baseball League.

The ABL ended last week with Perth winning the championship.  Video of the Claxton Shield presentation here.

Regular Season:
Melbourne Aces (15-31):
Kyle Heckathorn (’10): 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Perth Heat (28-20):
Chad Robinson (’10): 15 games, 2-3, 2 saves, 2.11ERA, 21.1IP, 10BB, 26K

Sydney Blue Sox (22-24):
Craig Anderson (’00): 12 games, 12 starts, 5-6, 3.59ERA, 3CG, 2SHO, 77.2IP, 14BB, 60K

Playoffs:
Perth:
Chad Robinson: 2 games, 0-0, 0.00ERA, IP, 3BB, K

Chad Robinson in 2010.

Chad Robinson in 2010.

Sydney:
Craig Anderson: 1 game, 1 start, 6.0IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, No decision

Alumni Birthdays for February 16:
Justin Dunning (’99) – 38
Geovany Miranda (’91) – 45
Ron Scruggs (’86) – 52
Jerry Hairston (’71) – 63

They spelled Miranda’s first name wrong…twice!
miranda1990
Miranda

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