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Put up a Parking Lot – October 2, 2014

Last night’s NL Wild Card Game was not nearly as exciting as the AL Wild Card Game.

The two AL Division series get started tonight.  I wanted to take a look at how the individual starting pitchers did in the Midwest League.  But, Max Scherzer, Jason Vargas, and Jered Weaver all skipped the MWL.

That leaves former Timber Rattlers Chris Tillman (’07) to get the start against the Detroit Tigers tonight.

Tillman was 1-4 with a 3.55ERA in eight starts for the Rattlers in 2007.  He basically had three decent starts with Wisconsin before he was promoted to the California League in late May.

FUN FACT:  Tillman’s one win in the Midwest League came on April 23 against the West Michigan Whitecaps, the MWL affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

Chris Tillman was a Rattler in 2007.

Chris Tillman was a Rattler in 2007.

LESS FUN FACT: None of the players Tillman faced in that game are on this year’s edition of the Tigers.

HOUSEKEEPING:  The parking lots have been spruced up before the snow flies.

Lot 1

Lot 2
Continuing a look at former players in MLB this season….Rattler Alumni to play in the NL Central during 2014:

Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 97 games, .246/.305/.386, 9HR, 40RBI

Kansas City:
Lorenzo Cain (’09): 133 games, .301/.339/.412, 5HR, 53RBI

Kansas City:
Raul Ibanez (’94): 33 games, .188/.278/.325, 5HR, 10RBI

Kansas City:

Carlos Peguero (’07): 4 games, .222/.300/.333, 0HR, 1RBI

Scott Atchison (’99): 70 games, 6-0, 2 saves, 2.75ERA, 72.0IP, 14BB, 49K

Mark Lowe (’05): 7 games, 0-1, 3.86ERA, 7.0IP, 6BB, 6K

Caleb Thielbar (’10): 54 games, 2-1, 3.40ERA, 47.2IP, 16BB, 35K

Alumni Birthdays:
Oswaldo Navarro (’04, ’05) – 30
Juan Doñe (’02) – 34
Rob Buchanan (’89) – 49

Top 20 in the MWL – October 1, 2014

Keep your eyes on this link to Baseball America.  They should be announcing the Top 20 Prospects in the Midwest League soon.  Since the team has a subscription to the print magazine, I can see the list before it’s on the web…which is so….odd.

Only one Timber Rattler made the list:

Clint Coulter #7 on BA list. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Clint Coulter #7 on BA list. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

#7 Clint Coulter.  The partial scouting report from the magazine.

While Coulter does have a great batting-eye, his swing isn’t picture-perfect, as it involves a large load and a powerful cut that makes it hard to always control the barrel.  That leads to swings and misses on pitches in the zone, but when he does connect, Coulter drives the ball.

Peoria pitcher Alex Reyes was #1 in the MWL.  The full list and capsules on each of the players on the list should be at the link later.

I would have thought that Taylor Williams might have made the list, but it’s tough in a 16-team league.

In last night’s AL Wild Card game, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings.  Former Timber Rattler Lorenzo Cain drove in a pair of runs last night, including the first run of Kansas City’s comeback in the eighth inning:

Today is the first day of the season review of Timber Rattlers in MLB during the 2014 season. Here’s a quick look at the former Rattlers….and one former Fox who spent time in the AL West this year:

Raul Ibanez (’94): 57 games, .157/.258/.265, 3HR, 21RBI

That was hit number 2,000 for Ibanez in his MLB career.

Michael Saunders (’06): 78 games, .273/.341/.450, 8HR, 34RBI

Shin-Soo Choo (’01, ’02):
123 games, .242/.340/.374, 13HR, 40RBI
One of his hits this season was #1,000 in his career:

Nate Adcock (’07, ’08):
7 games, 0-0, 4.50ERA, 10.0IP, 5BB, 9K

Ryan Feierabend (’02):
6 games, 0-0, 6.14ERA, 7.1IP, 2BB, 4K

Eric O’Flaherty (’04, ’05): 21 games, 1-0, 1 save, 2.25ERA, 20IP, 4BB, 15K
The save was the first of his MLB career.

Felix Hernandez (’03): 34 games, 34 starts, 15-6, 2.14ERA, 236IP, 46BB, 248K.

Take a bow, King Felix!

Alumni Birthdays:
Erik Komatsu (’09) – 27
Tom Johnson (’87) – 49


Erik Komatsu as a Timber Rattler in 2009. Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

AJ on ALL the covers

Adam Jones (’04) was recently on the cover of ESPN: The Magazine:


He is on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover:


I may have to update the old Top 5 Tuesday on SI Covers.

Sparky Lyle and Little Spark are still #1 on the list.

Sparky Lyle and Little Spark are still #1 on the list.

A few other SI covers featuring Appleton Pro Baseball Alumni:



It got him on this SI cover.

It got him on this SI cover.

Ortiz Cover


Alumni Birthdays for September 30:
Rich Dorman (’03) – 36
Edward Paredes (’08) – 28
Adrian Rosario (’10, ’11) – 25

Adrian Rosario as a Timber Rattler.

Adrian Rosario as a Timber Rattler.  He turns 25 today.

Playoff Rooting Interest – September 29, 2014

The MLB Playoffs start with the Wild Card games on Monday and Tuesday.  If you are looking for a team to cheer this postseason, here’s a look at the teams with Timber Rattlers alumni.  Based on Numbers…Go, Royals!  Go, Nationals!

These are the players who were on the 40-man rosters of the teams that made the playoffs.

American League:

Baltimore Orioles:
Pitcher Chris Tillman (’07)
Outfielder Adam Jones (’04)

Adam Jones 2004

Detroit Tigers:
Coach Darnell Coles (Rover w/ Milwaukee)

Kansas City Royals:
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain (’09)
Outfielder Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94)
Outfielder Carlos Peguero (’07)
Coach Mike Jirschele (Foxes Coach ’90 & ’91)ibanez94

Los Angeles Angels:

Oakland Athletics:
Eric O’Flaherty (’04, ’05)

National League:

Los Angeles Dodgers:

Pittsburgh Pirates:

St. Louis Cardinals:

San Francisco Giants:

Washington Nationals:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05)
Rafael Soriano (’00)
Matt Thornton (’99, ’00)

Chris Tillman will get the start for the Orioles in game one of the ALDS against Max Scherzer and the Tigers.

The O’s ace and Game 1 starter, Chris Tillman, isn’t quite as well known as Scherzer (and, to date, nobody’s offered him a $144 million contract), but when it comes to execution, Tillman was second to none down the stretch for an Orioles team putting the finishing touches on its first AL East crown in 17 years.

Tillman had a 4.11 ERA at the All-Star break, and he went through a nearly two-month stretch — from May 11 to July 2 — in which he walked more batters (30) than he struck out (27).

Look at Tillman’s second-half performance, though: a 6-1 record, a 2.33 ERA, a .218 opponents’ average and 76 strikeouts against just 18 walks in 89 innings across 14 starts. The O’s went 11-3 in those 14 games.

Two years ago, when the Orioles made their run to an AL Wild Card spot and wound up pushing the Yankees to the brink of elimination in the AL Division Series, Tillman didn’t log a single postseason inning. Showalter opted to give veteran Joe Saunders the ball over Tillman in Game 4.

Now, Tillman is the obvious choice of tone setter for this series.

Alumni Birthdays:
September 28:

Adonis Harrison (’96, ’97) – 38
Rob Harmon (’07, ’08) – 31

September 29:
Cirillo Cruz (’97) – 39
Jermaine Clark (’98) – 38
Jeffrey Gilmore (’06) – 31
Tyler Thornburg (’11) – 26
Photo Credit: Ann Molica

From Hawks to Cubs – September 26, 2014

The South Bend Silver Hawks are now the South Bend…Cubs.

Creativity and a local connection may have taken a hit, but there’s something to be said for the brand.

South Bend Cubs. Say it again: South Bend Cubs.

Kind of a nice ring to it, right? Give it awhile, it’ll catch on.

It’s all Part of the Plan.

Along with unveiling the new name and logo of the South Bend Cubs, Epstein and Jason McLeod, the team’s vice president for player development and amateur scouting, cleared up several questions the media – and the people of South Bend – had regarding the four-year agreement.

Yes, Epstein is open to bringing the Major League club to South Bend for an exhibition sometime – possibly just before the season begins – if the schedule works out.

Yes, sending Major League players to South Bend on rehab assignments is a possibility, though Triple-A Iowa is usually a more desirable destination because the competition is better. Kane County had just one Major Leaguer visit this past season.

Bitter Editorial Comment: And one in the playoffs, too.

Missed the last few days of posts due to…well, stuff.

Alumni Birthdays for September 24:
Ivan Blanco (’05) – 31
Denny Almonte (’08) – 26

Alumni Birthdays for September 25:
Joel Pineiro (’98) – 36
Pat Barnes (’01, ’02) – 35
Korey Feiner (’08) – 33

Alumni Birthdays for September 26:
Keith Stewart (’97) – 41
Kuo Hui Lo (’06, ’07) – 29
James McOwen (’07) – 29

Alumni MLB Debut Anniversary:
Anthony Varvaro (’07) made his MLB debut on September 24, 2010 for the Seattle Mariners in a road game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Varvaro entered in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Mariners down 5-3. Varvaro struck out the first two batters he faced – Sean Rodriguez and Matt Joyce – before walking BJ Upton. Varvaro ended the inning when he got Jason Bartlett to ground into an inning ending force play.

Closing out our look at Triple-A Alumni, here are the hitters in the PCL who played with the Rattlers earlier in their career.

Nashville Sounds

Player (Last Year w/ Rattlers) (PCL Team/MLB Organization)
Leury Bonilla (’08) (Tacoma/Mariners):
90 games, .234/.291/.320, 2HR, 27RBI

Juan Diaz (’08) (New Orleans/Marlins):
131 games, .278/.310/.418, 12HR, 63RBI

Juan Diaz in 2008.

Juan Diaz in 2008.

Erik Komatsu (’09) (Salt Lake/Angels):
7 games, .067/.176/.133, 0HR, RBI

Alex Liddi (’08) (Albuquerque/Dodgers):
44 games, .219/.313/.397, 6HR, 16RBI

Adam Moore (’06) (El Paso/Padres):
91 games, .298/.360/.484, 12HR, 34RBI

Carlos Peguero (’07) (Omaha/Royals):
104 games, .266/.349/.563, 30HR, 76RBI

photo by Wm. Glasheen

Michael Saunders (’06) (Tacoma/Mariners):
15 games, .327/.479/.473, 1HR, 9RBI

RJ Seidel (’09) (Colorado Springs/Rockies):
1-for-2, 0HR, 0RBI

Carlos Triunfel (’07) (Albuquerque/Dodgers):
89 games, .223/.256/.330, 4HR, 40 RBI


Rivera’s Second Chance – September 23, 2014

Remember that the Rummage Sale and Pick-A-Seat Event is TODAY from 4pm to 9pm at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Some of the items available are at this link.

Yesterday, I noted that Rene Rivera made his MLB debut on 9/22/2004.   Today, I found this story on Rene Rivera from earlier this month.  Corey Brock, who was’s Mariners writer when Rivera was coming up the Seattle system, is now the beat writer for the Padres, Rivera’s new team.

In the spring of 2010, not quite eight years into his professional career, Rene Rivera sat at his home in Puerto Rico watching Spring Training games on television, waiting for his telephone to ring.

“My agent, now my ex-agent, said there was no interest,” Rivera said. “I was thinking that it was over.”

At that point in life, Rivera was 25 and, despite a light bat, had built a reputation as a good catch-and-throw guy, good enough to get 53 games with the Mariners from 2004-06. He was the team’s catcher of the future at one point, so he was told.

Now, it appeared that Rivera had no future.

Rivera’s last hope to stay connected to the game he loved was to play for a semi-professional team in Toa Baja, located 20 minutes from his hometown of Bayamon. Teams in the league were allowed to have one player with professional experience.

For Toa Baja, Rivera was it.

Read it all.

With all the hoopla of the Cubs leaving Kane County for South Bend and everyone wondering which MLB team will be with the Cougars, everyone forgot about Beloit…except for the Beloit Daily News.

It was widely expected Chicago would re-up with Kane County, given the proximity to Chicago, solid facilities and excellent attendance. For one reason or another, the Cubs decided to go in a different direction. Namely, south. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who were in South Bend, are looking for a new  city after the Cubs signed a four-year agreement with the Silver Hawks. 

Conerton said he hasn’t spoken to the Diamondbacks at this point, while he has had an ongoing discussion with the A’s.

“We certainly aren’t dissatisfied with Oakland, and I think they feel the same way about us,” Conerton said.


Alumni Birthdays for September 23:
John Corcoran (’02) – 34
Harold Williams (’06, ’07) – 30
Evan Frederickson (’09) – 28

A pair of MLB Debut Anniversaries for our alumni for September 23:
Greg Halman (’07) got the start in center for the Mariners at Toronto on September 23, 2010.  He went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts against Shawn Hill, Jason Frasor, and Kevin Gregg as the Blue Jays beat Felix Hernandez and the Mariners 1-0.

Greg Halman as a Rattler in 2007

Greg Halman as a Rattler in 2007

Jake Odorizzi (’10) was the starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in a home game against the Cleveland Indians on September 23, 2012.  He was the losing pitcher in Cleveland’s 15-4 win…BUT, Odorizzi pitched well.  He allowed three runs on six hits over 5-1/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts.  Odorizzi had allowed two hits and took a 1-0 lead into the top of the sixth.  But, with one out, he gave up a triple to Jason Kipnis, an RBI single to Asdrubal Cabrera, a two-run home run to Carlos Santana, and a single to Michael Brantley.  That was the end of Odorizzi’s debut.
Photo Credit: Patrick S. Blood
Let’s take a look at the Rattlers Alumni who pitched in the Pacific Coast League in 2014…Not including those who pitched for the Nashville Sounds.

Player (Year w/ Rattlers) (Team/Organization)

Nate Adcock (’08) (Round Rock/Rangers):
18 games 1-0, 2 Saves, 2.95 ERA, 21.1IP, 11BB, 22K

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.

Jonathan Arias (’08) (Tacoma/Mariners):
8 games, 1-1, 9.82ERA, 14.2IP, 7BB, 10K

Leury Bonilla (’07) (Tacoma/Mariners):
1 game, 0-0, *.**, 0.0IP, 4BB, 0K

Ryan Feierabend (’04) (Round Rock/Rangers):
25 games, 20 starts, 8-6, 5.11 ERA, 125.0IP, 29BB, 81K

Eric O’Flaherty (’05) (Sacramento/Oakland):
7 games, 1 start, 0-1, 4.32 ERA, 8.1IP, 3BB, 5K

Joel Pineiro (’98) (Salt Lake/Angels):
4 games, 4 starts, 1-2, 7.48 ERA, 21.2IP, 7BB, 11K


JJ Putz (’00) (Reno/Diamondbacks):
2 games, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.2IP, 2BB, 2K

RJ Seidel (’09) (Colorado Springs/Rockies):
9 games, 0-2, 10.02ERA, 20.2IP, 11BB, 20K

Justin Souza (’08) (Albuquerque/Dodgers):
12 games, 1-1, 7.13ERA, 17.2IP, 4BB, 12K

Justin Thomas (’06) (Salt Lake/Angels):
20 games, 20 starts, 4-8, 5.99ERA, 112.2IP, 41BB, 95K

Rene Rivera MLB Debut Anniversary & International League Hitters – September 22, 2014

Only one anniversary of an MLB debut from the last three days.

Rene Rivera as a Timber Rattlers catcher in 2003.

Rene Rivera as a Timber Rattlers catcher in 2003.

Rene Rivera (’03) debuted with the Seattle Mariners on September 22, 2004.

Rivera pinch hit for Dan Wilson in the top of the ninth inning in a game against the Angels with the Mariners leading 16-6.  Rivera grounded out to second in his first MLB at bat.  Rivera took the field behind the plate in the bottom of the ninth and caught a 1-2-3 inning by Aaron Taylor, another former Timber Rattler.

Rene Rivera at the autograph booth before a game in 2003.

Rene Rivera at the autograph booth before a game in 2003.

Busy, busy weekend for Alumni Birthdays:

September 20:
Joey Paciorek (’10 & 11) – 26

September 21:
Brian Doughty (’95) – 40
Doug Davis (’10) – 39
Kevin Olore (’00 & ’01) – 36
Chris Colton (’04 & ’05) – 32
Jeremy Jeffress (’10) – 27

September 22:
Ramon Royce (’02) – 35
Mike Kesten (’02) – 33
Tyler Alexander (’14) – 23

While we wait on the Beloit/Kane County/Oakland/Arizona dance to stop here are how Timber Rattlers Alumni did in the International League as batters in 2014:

Phillippe Aumont (’08) (Lehigh Valley/Phillies):
0-for-1, BB, K

Greg Dobbs (’02) (Syracuse/Washington):
35 games, .247/.284/.351; 2HR, 11RBI


Cesar Jimenez (’03) (Lehigh Valley/Phillies):
0-for-1, K

Erik Komatsu (’09) (Syracuse/Nationals):
18 games, .188/.365/.271; 1HR, 4RBI

Bryan LaHair (’03) (Columbus/Indians):
10 games, .114/.139/.171;  0HR, 4RBI

Alex Liddi (’08) (Charlotte/White Sox):
22 games, .171/.203/.303, 3HR, 7RBI

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03) (Louisville/Reds):
0-for-1, K

Matt Tuiasosopo (’05) (Buffalo/Blue Jays):
59 games, .206/.289/.271; 2HR, 18RBI

Matt Tuiasosopo (’05) (Charlotte/White Sox):
63 games, .277/.424/.497; 11HR, 32RBI

Matt Tuiasosopo had the first walkoff homer of the 2005 season for the 2005 Timber Rattlers.

Matt Tuiasosopo had the first walkoff homer of the 2005 season for the Timber Rattlers.

Mike Wilson (’05) (Louisville/Reds):
29 games, .205/.293/.364; 3HR, 7RBI

Changes – September 19, 2014

Interesting day in the Midwest League on Thursday:

Kane County Chronicle: Cubs cutting ties with Cougars

Chicago Sun-Times: Why the Cubs moved from Kane County to South Bend

Thursday morning, the Cubs and South Bend announced a new PDC that runs through 2018. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein realizes the decision might not be popular with area fans.

“I don’t think in this industry you can avoid looking like bad guys,” Epstein said. “So you just have to roll with it and make sure you’re making decisions for the right reasons. In this case, we have to come back to what’s best for our prospects and move forward and try to handle the matters with as much professionalism as possible.”

South Bend already has started major renovations to their facility, including a new playing surface, and also has worked out a deal with the Cubs to change their name from the Silver Hawks and change their logos and colors. A news conference in South Bend is scheduled for next Thursday to announce the changes.

South Bend Tribune Column: Cubs fans in South Bend can cheer. Finally.

It’s not often that a Cubs fan gets good news in September.

Let’s face it, even when things seem promising — postseason success, one victory away from the World Series and a chance at the club’s first title since dinosaurs roamed the Earth — well …

But that fails to discourage me, a South Bend native and supporter since the late 1970s of the team that plays on Chicago’s North Side. Those weren’t exactly the team’s glory years — you’d have to go back a century or so for that — but  through the magic of WGN-TV, I was pretty much hooked after the first game. What was not to like about a lineup featuring Jerry Martin and Dave Kingman? (Yes, I thought they were impressive, but I was young).

South Bend Tribune News Story: South Bend: Cubs town

Andrew Berlin, owner of the South Bend franchise for the past three seasons, made good on a promise he made when he took over the club. He has given downtown a shot of energy and enthusiasm.

That mission was put into play when the Chicago Cubs signed a four-year deal with the South Bend franchise as their Class A affiliate in the Midwest League, ending the 17-year partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The new affiliation also ends the Cubs’ partnership with its now former Class A affiliate, the Kane County Cougars in Geneva, Ill.

In the Brewers system, there’s a new Triple-A affiliate:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Brewers settle for Colorado Springs as AAA Host

The game of minor-league musical chairs finally came to an end Thursday, with the Milwaukee Brewers agreeing to a two-year player development contract with Class AAA Colorado Springs.

It was the culmination of a crazy 24 hours that saw the Brewers’ former Class AAA team in Nashville dump them for the Oakland A’s, leaving Milwaukee with Colorado Springs and Fresno as alternatives. The Colorado Rockies, meanwhile, left Colorado Springs for a new deal with Albuquerque.

When Fresno and the Houston Astros announced earlier Thursday they had agreed to a two-year deal, that left Colorado Springs as the only Class AAA team without a parent club and Milwaukee as the only major-league team without a top affiliate.

Colorado Springs Gazette News Story: Sky Sox sign two-year affiliation deal with Milwaukee Brewers

“That’s how it works sometimes in this process,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “Nashville decided to go in a different direction after we were there for a lot of years, like the Rockies did. We are confident we can make this a good fit.”

Any Brewers concerns were eased because they are familiar with the Sky Sox’s Elmore ownership group, which also owns the Helena (Mont.) Brewers, the organization’s rookie-level club. The Elmores will do what a MLB club needs for its players, Melvin said.

Colorado Springs Gazette Column: Sky Sox rescued from Rockies clueless tyranny

Over the past few days, I’ve heard Colorado Springs voices bemoan the dissolving of the Sky Sox’s 21-season association with the Rockies. These voices wonder what Colorado Springs could have done to keep the Rockies happy.

I have a different response to the departure.

Hallelujah. It’s time to celebrate.

The Sky Sox just concluded a catastrophe of a season. They collected a mere 53 wins to go with a staggering 91 losses. They were atrocious on the road (26-46) and befuddled at home (27-45.) That’s consistency. They lost nine of their last 10 games.

Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial: Conspiracy theorists thought Colorado Springs mayor was wrong about Rockies

Bach hoped a serious stadium plan would encourage the Rockies to stay while helping revitalize downtown. The stadium could also help with plans by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to add NCAA Division II baseball in several years.

The mere idea of a stadium became instant fodder for pseudo conservatives and conspiracy theorists of all stripes. The Rockies would never leave, they said. Bach merely wanted to line pockets of “crony capitalist” developer friends. Most notable among the instant opponents were a handful of freshman politicians who had just been sworn to the Colorado Springs City Council.

Alumni Report (International League Pitchers):
Phillippe Aumont (’08) Lehigh Valley/Phillies:
3-3, 3.93ERA, 35 games, 55.0IP, 39BB, 65K

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06) Buffalo/Blue Jays:
2-2, 3.89ERA, 17 games, 4 starts, 39.1IP, 11BB, 35K

Cesar Jimenez (’03) Lehigh Valley/Phillies:
3-2, 3 Saves, 1.45ERA, 38 games, 2 starts, 49.2IP, 15BB, 46K

Mark Lowe (’05) Columbus/Indians:
4-3, 17 saves, 5.62ERA, 41 games, 41.2IP, 17BB, 47K

Shaun Marcum (’12) Columbus/Indians:
1-0, 2.35ERA, 8 games, 1 start, 15.1IP, 6BB, 10K
JC Ramirez (’08) Columbus/Indians:
1-3, 2 saves, 3.45 ERA, 25 games, 31.1IP, 11BB, 15K

Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03) Buffalo/Blue Jays:
1-0, 5.14ERA, 12 games, 14.0IP, 3BB, 11K

Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03) Louisville/Reds:
0-0, 4.20ERA, 12 games, 1 start, 15.0IP, 4BB, 9K

Juan Sandoval (’03) Durham/Rays:
0-1, 1 Save, 3.12ERA, 14 games, 1 start, 26.0IP, 14BB, 15K

Fabian Williamson (’07) Louisville/Reds:
0-0, 4.50ERA, 1 game, 2.0IP, 2BB, 2K

2014 Rummage Sale Items

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will be hosting a rummage sale on Tuesday, September 23 from 4pm until 9pm.  The rummage sale will take place in the Fox Communities Credit Union Fox Club during the Pick-A-Seat Event.

There will be plenty of closeout merchandise available in addition to the items that appear in this post.  EVERYTHING in the Snake Pit Team Store will be 25% off.  Great Deals abound at the rummage sale!

Some of the items that will be available for you to pick up at the rummage sale include:


All of the banners that featured Rattler Alumni and were on the front of Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium will be available in the rummage sale.

Come on out to the rummage sale to see all of the selections.

Come on out to the rummage sale to see all of the selections.

2012 BP Tops!

These were last worn during Game Four of the 2012 MWL Championship Series.

These were last worn during Game Four of the 2012 MWL Championship Series.

2013-2014 BP Tops!


There were no nacho cheese stains to get out of these BP tops.

Before continuing with other items…There are many pairs of baseball pants available at this rummage sale, too.  Get your softball pants for next year!…Back to the catalog.

2005 MWL Championship T-Shirts?

These were printed, but never sold.  Consider these the Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI Championship T-shirts of the MWL.

These were printed, but never sold. Consider these the Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI Championship T-shirts of the MWL.



Locker tags!



Bases & Plates

Some are team signed.

Some are team signed.

Home Jerseys!

Action Photos!

See you at the Rummage Sale!

All-Stars and Affiliations – September 18, 2014

Baseball America named two Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to their Low-A Classification All-Star Teams.

Clint Coulter was named the catcher and Taylor Williams was named one of the starting pitchers.

At least I think it’s Taylor Williams.

Trevor, Taylor, Tyler...we know who they meant.

Trevor, Taylor, Tyler…we know who they meant.

The Fort Wayne TinCaps have renewed their affiliation with the San Diego Padres.

“We’re ecstatic to extend our terrific partnership with the Padres,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “Our relationship with San Diego has been an essential part of the success we’ve had over the years as an organization in Fort Wayne.”

The two-year deal between the TinCaps and Padres will see their affiliation reach 18 years, tying it for the longest-lasting Minor League Baseball affiliation in San Diego history. Of the 16 teams in the Midwest League, currently, only the West Michigan Whitecaps have had a longer tenure in the league with their parent club, the nearby Detroit Tigers.

“The Midwest League is an important level for our player development, where players become first acclimated to a full season of professional baseball,” Padres Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller said. “We are fortunate to have such a strong, long-term relationship with Fort Wayne.”

That leaves Kane County, Beloit, and South Bend for the Cubs, the Athletics, and the Diamondbacks.  I expect announcements soon.  I was surprised there were no announcements yesterday after the Fort Wayne/San Diego release.

The Brewers will have a new Triple-A affiliate in 2015.

The Triple-A Nashville Sounds, Milwaukee’s top farm team since 2005, will have a new affiliation in 2015 along with a new ballpark. The Sounds informed the Brewers on Wednesday that they were cutting ties and going with a new parent club.

The decision elicited a strong reaction from Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, whose top affiliate will play in either Fresno, Calif., or Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning in 2015. Melvin said a resolution should come within 10 days.

Melvin delivered the Nashville news to reporters a few hours after the Brewers announced extensions of their player development contracts with two other clubs. It’s a four-year extension with Double-A Biloxi, which is bringing along the Brewers from Huntsville, Ala., into a new stadium at some point next season, and a two-year extension with Class A Advanced Brevard County. The Brewers had previously announced an extension with rookie-level Helena, and are already under contract with Class A Wisconsin beyond this year.

The new Triple-A affiliate will be either Fresno or Colorado Springs.

Speaking of Triple-A.  Here’s a look at Timber Rattlers alumni who played at the Triple-A Level this season.  To break this up, I am just going to look at former Rattlers who played in the Mexican League.  International League will be Friday.  Pacific Coast League on Saturday.

Jonathan Arias (2008) Sultanes de Monterrey:
1-1, 4 Saves, 1.46ERA, 25 games, 24.2IP, 9BB, 26K

Juan Sandoval (2003) Diablos Rojos del Mexico:
9-1, 4 Saves, 2.00 ERA, 35 games, 36IP, 9BB, 27 K

Johan Limonta (2006) Piratas de Campeche:
27 games, .305/.345/.533; 6HR, 15RBI

Israel Nunez (2008) Leones de Yucatan:
43 games, .310/.375/.405; 0HR, 11RBI

Oscar Ramirez (2000) Acereros del Norte:
77 games, .259/.361/.407; 5HR, 36RBI

Mike Wilson (2005) Acereros del Norte:
30 games, .304/.391/.598; 9HR, 21RBI

Mike Wilson hit 19 taters in the regular season and three in the postseason during 2005.

Mike Wilson hit 19 taters in the regular season and three in the postseason during 2005.

No birthdays or MLB debuts for Timber Rattlers alumni occurred on September 18.


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