The Baseball America chats about their Top 20 lists for the Pioneer League and Arizona League happened earlier. The Q & A of the Brewers farmhands:
Jacob Gatewood (Nearby): It’s my 19th birthday today. A spot on your top 20 list would have made for a nice present. Just sayin’. Anyway, do you see me being able to improve my plate discipline next year as Joey Gallo did this year?
Bill Mitchell: Jacob Gatewood, the Brewers compensation round pick, shows plus raw power at the plate and the potential to stay at shortstop. He’s got some swing mechanics to work on and needs to make better contact in order to get to his power potential. Definitely a work in progress. But I wouldn’t want to compare Gatewood to Joey Gallo at this point.
Ben (Leland Grove): Medeiros and Touki had their struggles in the AZL, from what I’ve read. Who would have ranked higher for you, and who will climb through the minors faster?
Bill Mitchell: Both first-round picks (Arizona’s Touki Toussaint and Milwaukee’s Kodi Medeiros) struggled at times in their pro debuts, mostly with commanding their pitches and trying to do too much out of the gate. I probably would have ranked Touki the highest of the two. While Medeiros will be given every chance to start, there are still a significant number of scouts that believe his future will be in the back end of the bullpen.
Dave (Appleton, Wi): How close were the Brewers other top picks Medeiros and Gatewood from making the list?
Bill Mitchell: I’ve already addressed Medeiros and Gatewood in previous questions. To clarify, Medeiros came up just a fraction of an inning short of having enough playing time to qualify for the list but likely would have ranked in the 11-20 range. Gatewood was on my 21-30 group of prospects this year.
Steve (Madtown): I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Brewers that you got a good look at not on the list. Medeiros, Gatewood, Denson (if you saw him on rehab), Lara? Thanks
Bill Mitchell: I’ll briefly divert from AZL discussion to address one name you mention— Gilbert Lara — primarily because I think he could be a player that we’ll be talking about on next year’s chat. Lara is a 16-year-old shortstop who signed with the Brewers for just over $3 million in July. He’s playing with the Brewers instructional league team right now and has been the talk of Arizona so far. Still very raw approach at the plate and the swing needs lots of work, but this kid has some serious pop.
Warren (New London): I liked Brandon Diaz last year in the Arizona League. He got off to an excellent start here and then tailed off quite a bit, and I’m wondering what Pioneer League observers think of him.
Bill Mitchell: Brandon Diaz just missed the list. The 2013 8th round pick is a nice centerfielder with twitchy athleticism who barrels up the ball. He has above-average speed with good instincts on the basepaths. Diaz projects as a fourth or fifth outfielder, and I like his chances to getting there.
Dave (Appleton): What were the differences for Devin Williams this year as opposed to last year?
Bill Mitchell: Williams, the Brewers 2nd round pick in 2013, improved his slider this year, but the biggest change came with maturity and understanding the professional game. It was a real up and down season for the right-hander, but results improved significantly in the second half of the Pioneer League season. He still has a lot of work to do, especially in improving the fastball command, but his performance in August is a positive sign.
Dave (Appleton): Better pitching prospect for the Brewers, Devin Williams or Kodi Medeiros?
Bill Mitchell: Definitely Medeiros. His stuff is better, although like many young pitchers he’s got to get better command. I said in my recent AZL chat that many scouts still believe he will wind up in the back end of the bullpen, but he’s a starter for now.
Dave (Appleton, WI): What happened to Tucker Neuhaus this year? From just looking at his stats this year, it looks like he really struggled.
Bill Mitchell: I didn’t get favorable comments from scouts on Neuhaus’ performance at the plate and his name didn’t come up in prospect discussions with the managers. He’s gotten too big to handle shortstop, so there will be much more pressure on his bat to develop as a third baseman.
How about these catches by former Rattler Lorenzo Cain?
Former Rattler Chris Tillman (’07) was the winning pitcher for the Orioles and talks with the media after the game.
Here’s Tillman striking out the side first inning:
Looking at today’s playoff pitching matchups. There are a few of today’s starters who pitched against the Rattlers.
Yordano Ventura, who gets the start for the Royals tonight, pitched for Kane County in 2011. In two starts against the Rattlers, he did not allow a run on four hits and two walks over nine innings with 15 strikeouts. He did not have a decision in either game.
Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers tonight. He was a member of the Great Lakes Loons in 2007 and made one start against the Rattlers on May 8 at Great Lakes. Kershaw got the win as he allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over 5-2/3 innings. The Rattlers scored two runs off Kershaw in the second inning, but the Loons scored five – two earned – in the fourth off Steve Richard.
Time to take a look at Rattler Alumni in the AL East:
Adam Jones (’04): 159 games, .281/.311/.469, 29HR, 96RBI
Brett Lawrie (’09): 70 games, .247/.301/.421, 12HR, 38RBI
David Ortiz (’96): 142 games, .263/.355/.517, 35HR, 104RBI
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): 3 games, 0-0, 10.80ERA, 3.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Shawn Kelley (’07, ’08): 59 games, 3-6, 4 saves, 4.53ERA, 51.2IP, 20BB, 67K
Jake Odorizzi (’10): 31 games, 31 starts, 11-13, 4.13ERA, 168.0IP, 59BB, 174K
Oh, an Odorizzi pitching highlight?
Michael Pineda (’08): 13 games, 13 starts, 5-5, 1.89ERA, 76.1IP, 7BB, 59K
Matt Thornton (’99, ’00): 46 games, 0-3, 2.55ERA, 24.2IP, 6BB, 20K
Chris Tillman (’07): 34 games, 34 starts, 13-6, 3.34ERA, 207.1IP, 66BB, 150K
Gotta share these other Shawn Kelley videos:
Alumni Birthdays for October 3:
Peanut Williams (’98, ’99) – 37
Brent Matheny (’03, ’04) – 35
Alumni Birthdays for October 4:
Bill O’Donnell (’58) – 80
Delwyn Young, Sr (Hitting Coach, ’93) – 51
Francisco Laureano (’67) – 47
Emmerson Bello (’98) – 37
Brock Griffin (’03) – 35
Jose Sanchez (’10) – 26
Alumni Birthdays for October 5:
Frank Henderson (’88, ’89) – 46
Chad Weisner (’95) – 43
Russ Koehler (’97, ’98) – 40
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.
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.
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 97 games, .246/.305/.386, 9HR, 40RBI
Lorenzo Cain (’09): 133 games, .301/.339/.412, 5HR, 53RBI
Raul Ibanez (’94): 33 games, .188/.278/.325, 5HR, 10RBI
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
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:
#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!
Adam Jones (’04) was recently on the cover of ESPN: The Magazine:
He is on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover:
A few other SI covers featuring Appleton Pro Baseball Alumni:
Alumni Birthdays for September 30:
Rich Dorman (’03) – 36
Edward Paredes (’08) – 28
Adrian Rosario (’10, ’11) – 25
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.
Pitcher Chris Tillman (’07)
Outfielder Adam Jones (’04)
Coach Darnell Coles (Rover w/ Milwaukee)
Los Angeles Angels:
Eric O’Flaherty (’04, ’05)
Los Angeles Dodgers:
St. Louis Cardinals:
San Francisco Giants:
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.
Adonis Harrison (’96, ’97) – 38
Rob Harmon (’07, ’08) – 31
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 MLB.com’s Mariners writer when Rivera was coming up the Seattle system, is now the MLB.com 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.
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.
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
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
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
Only one anniversary of an MLB debut from the last three days.
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.
Busy, busy weekend for Alumni Birthdays:
Joey Paciorek (’10 & 11) – 26
Brian Doughty (’95) – 40
Doug Davis (’10) – 39
Kevin Olore (’00 & ’01) – 36
Chris Colton (’04 & ’05) – 32
Jeremy Jeffress (’10) – 27
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):
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
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03) (Louisville/Reds):
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
Mike Wilson (’05) (Louisville/Reds):
29 games, .205/.293/.364; 3HR, 7RBI
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
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
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
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.
2012 BP Tops!
2013-2014 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?
Bases & Plates