Wisconsin: RattlersGameNotes April 11 2015
Home opener on Sunday at 4:05pm! See you there!
There is a new way to listen to Timber Rattlers games online this season. All broadcasts will be available on Tune In Radio. The Tune In App is available in the APP Store or Google Play.
Here is the link to the Timber Rattlers page at Tune if you want to listen on your PC:
Speaking of Apps…Look for MiLB Inside the Park and MiLB First Pitch in the APP Store or Google Play. Download and follow all season!
Last chance to kick back:
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Timber Rattlers Transactions:
Pitchers Brock Hudgens and Gian Rizzo and catcher Natanael Mejia have been transferred to the roster of the Helena Brewers (Pioneer League)
WSCO/WHBY has a few interviews from Timber Rattlers Media Day:
When asked about his youthful Wisconsin Timber Rattlers roster, Matt Erickson went for a few laughs.
“I think it’s the most talented high school baseball team in the city of Appleton,” said the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers manager with a smile.
Erickson, of course, was just joking, but in reality, many of the players he will manage this summer are at, or near high school age.
Opening Day is tomorrow!
The Home Opener is Sunday…oh, by they way:
#TRatNation TICKET ANNOUNCEMENT (1 of 2): Box seats for our Home Opener are sold out. Bleacher Seats & Grass Seats available but going fast!
— Timber Rattlers (@TimberRattlers) April 6, 2015
— Timber Rattlers (@TimberRattlers) April 6, 2015
Three of the top 50 players taken in the 2014 Major League Baseball Entry Draft will be Timber Rattlers in 2015. Pitcher Kodi Medeiros (1st round, 12th overall pick), infielder Jake Gatewood (Competitive Balance Round A, 41st overall pick), and outfielder Monte Harrison (2nd round, 50th overall pick) were the first three picks of the Brewer last year.
There are 28 players on this roster. There will need to be three moves before the season begins on the road at Burlington, Iowa on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30pm to get to the league’s 25-player roster limit.
2015 Roster: 4 6 2015 Timber Rattlers Roster
NOTE: Updated roster to correct a player number. There were a pair of #38s on the previous roster.
A big “Thank you” to Emily Deem of FOX 11’s Good Day Wisconsin for coming to the ballpark this morning to get everyone ready for the 2015 Timber Rattlers season.
Emily was nice enough to help Hilary Bauer, our on-field emcee, model the Brewers Sunday jerseys that the Timber Rattlers will be wearing this season.
The Season is Coming!
Alumni MLB Debut for April 3:
Jermaine Clark (’98) – for Detroit Tigers in 2001
David Gonzalez (’92) – 45
Andre Rabouin (Pitching Coach ’88-90) – 65
There are a pair of former Timber Rattlers pitchers who will be getting the start for their Major League teams on Opening Day, 2015.
Chris Tillman (’07) will get the nod for the Baltimore Orioles. It will be his second straight Opening Day start.
“It means a lot,” Tillman said. “I think when we’ve got five guys who are capable of doing it, that makes it that much more special. And I think every guy in here thinks the same way. We really do have five guys. There’s only Opening Day, the first game, once and then the rest of the season it’s our best guys going that night. I think as a group we all feel that way and I’m just excited to get this thing underway.”
No surprise that Felix Hernandez (’03) will be the Opening Day starter for the Seattle Mariners. It will be his seventh Opening Day start.
It will be the club-record seventh Opening Day start for Hernandez, and sixth in a row — both marks breaking the former franchise benchmarks set by Randy Johnson.
“Not bad,” Hernandez said, a smile creasing his face. “He’s a great pitcher, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer, so it’s good to be there.”
There are some who question why Hernandez has stayed so loyal to a team that has yet to reach the postseason during his nine years in the Majors. But he’s never wavered, despite frequent conjecture from national media and fans who ponder his place in the Pacific Northwest.
“Everybody says that,” Hernandez said. “But I’m happy here. I’m not going to leave. Don’t worry.”
Alumni MLB Debuts for April 2:
Aquilino Lopez (’00) – 2003 w/ Toronto
Alumni Birthdays for April 2:
Michael Garciaparra (’03) – 32
The Timber Rattlers food & beverage department gave a workout to their new Steak, Rattle, & Grill stand at lunch on Monday.
Here is the grill on the day after the workout..
It was a busy place as the front office gave it a try.
I wasn’t going to have anything yesterday, but the tempting smells from the grill were driving me to distraction. So, I had the Chicken Philly and asked for bacon on my sandwich…After a moment of hesitation, they complied…because Mehring is always….I mean, the customer is always right!
It was delicious and I recommend that you try anything from the grill when you come out to a game this season!
Steak, Rattle, & Grill is located on the first base concourse, just before the Brew City Grill!
Alumni Birthdays for March 31:
Brett Lorin (’08) – 28
Randy Robinson (’86) – 48
Andrew Latchic (Manager, ’47) – Would have been 92
Andrew Latchic, 85, of Allentown, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009 in his home. He was the husband of Marie (Gabler) Latchic for 63 years. Born in Cambridge, Ohio, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Saltis) Latchic.
Andy was a professional baseball player and played for the Boston Red Sox organization and Philadelphia Phillies organization.
After his baseball career, he worked as a sales rep for the former Horlacher Brewery and retired as a sales rep from Rueben H. Donnelly.