Rule 5 Good-byes – December 12, 2014

Major League Baseball held the 2014 Rule 5 Draft yesterday.  The draft was split into three phases: Major League, AAA, and AA.

For the breakdown of the whole thing, check out this Baseball America article by JJ Cooper.  Or, if you are interested in the Brewers perspective, here is Tom Haudricourt from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

As forecast by general manager Doug Melvin the previous day, the Brewers made no selections in the major-league phase of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning as the winter meetings wrapped up.

The good news is that the Brewers didn’t lose any players in the major-league phase, either. They did lose a couple of outfielders — Sean Halton and Kentrail Davis — in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft, leaving their outfield situation at Colorado Springs a bit vacant. Actually, a lot vacant, with Jeremy Hermida sold to a Japanese club and Caleb Gindl exiting as a minor-league free agent.

“We placed them on Double-A (roster) for a reason and that was to give them an opportunity to catch on with another organization,” said [Brewers assistant general manager Gord] Ash. “They felt they were road-blocked with us, so it worked as we had hoped. They were not thought of as major-league help for us. It’s better for them; better for us.”

Halton started the 2010 season with the Timber Rattlers before an early season transfer to Brevard County.  Kentrail Davis joined the Timber Rattlers in the second half of the 2010 season after he was drafted.  Good luck to both former Rattlers!

Sean Halton takes a swing for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Photo Credit: Sean Halton)

Sean Halton takes a swing for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Photo Credit: Sean Halton)

Kentrail Davis hits a home run for the Rattlers in 2010.

Kentrail Davis hits a home run for the Rattlers in 2010.

Alumni Birthdays for December 12:
Juan Diaz (’07, ’08) – 26
Joe Woerman (’06) – 32
Jon Lockwood (’05) – 33
Tom Moritz (’84, ’86) – 54
Louis Ferraro (’49) – Would have been 86
Ray Barrow (’48) – Would have been 86

A great day in fictional fan history

Crummy weather day in NE Wisconsin:

And it's not even the shortest day of the year yet.

And it’s not even the shortest day of the year yet.

So, let’s get somewhat tropical:

The top three fictional Detroit Tigers fans in history are:

  1. Thomas Sullivan Magnum – Magnum, PI
  2. Clarence Boddicker – RoboCop (He never misses a game)
  3. Lt. Yoshi Tanaka – Magnum, PI

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Grosse Pointe Blank, so I can’t remember if Martin Blank or Debi Newberry were Tigers fans.  They probably were, but neither would crack my top three.

Why do I bring this up today?

Because it was on December 11, 1980 that Magnum, PI debuted on CBS and introduced us to Thomas Magnum, the greatest fictional Tigers fan ever:

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Just hope that he doesn’t ask you if you saw the sunrise this morning.

No Alumni Birthdays recorded for December 11.  But to catch up on a few transactions involving former Timber Rattlers:

Adam Moore (’06) signed as a minor league free agent with Cleveland
JC Ramirez (’08) signed as a minor league free agent with Arizona

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Alumni Birthdays for December 10

Brandon Ritchie in 2009.

Brandon Ritchie in 2009.

Alumni Birthdays for December 10:
Brandon Ritchie (’09) – 28
Brandon Sizemore (’09) – 28
Jair Fernandez (’09) – 28
Mumba Rivera (’05) – 34
Joe Mays (’97) – 39
Norberto Martin (’85, ’86) – 48
Mickey Abarbanel (’66, ’69) – 69
Jack Feller (’59) – 78

Notes about those Alumni with birthdays today:
Brandon Ritchie was the winning pitcher for the Timber Rattlers in the 2009 Miller Park Game. Ritchie also was married a few months ago right here at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Mumba Rivera was 7-0 in ten starts with the Timber Rattlers in 2005 before he was promoted up the Mariners system.

Mickey Abarbanel tossed a no-hitter for the Foxes in 1966.

Jack Feller appeared in one major league game. He caught the top of the ninth inning – and did not get a plate appearance – for the Detroit Tigers in a 13-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on September 13, 1958…The season before he played for the Foxes, who were an affiliate of the Washington Senators in 1959.

The image on Norberto Martin’s Baseball-Reference page is him in a Brewers cap. That would be from his time as the hitting coach of the Helena Brewers in 2004, 2007, & 2008.

Joe Mays still has the best Timber Rattlers baseball card…ever!

Joe Mays seems like a fun guy.

It’s in the hole!

A cool birthday – December 9, 2014

One of the Alumni Birthdays today is Dennis Denning.  He played for the Foxes in 1965 after the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the 40th round of the June draft out of St. Thomas University in Minnesota.  Denning started in Aberdeen that year and moved to the Foxes to play 11 games at the end of the season.

In 1966, Denning played for Miami and in 1967, he played for Stockton for 76 games.  He did not play professionally after 1967.  But, he would stay in baseball as a head coach of Cretin-Derham Hall High School, his high school alma mater.  Denning coached there for 17 seasons before moving up to St. Thomas in 1995.

Denning would return to the Fox Cities for the NCAA Division III College World Series as the head coach of St. Thomas University three times (2000, 2001, & 2009).  The Tommies won titles in 2000 and 2009 before Denning retired from St. Thomas in 2009.

Photo Credit: St. Thomas University

Photo Credit: St. Thomas University

Denning turned 69 today.

Alumni Birthdays for December 9:
Renee Cortez (’02, ’03) – 32
Brandon Parker (’98) – 39
Jason Cook (’94, ’95) – 43
Andy Naworski (’87) – 51
Bruce Tanner (’83, ’84) – 53
Dennis Denning (’65) – 69
Billy Klaus (’46) – Would have been 86

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Alumni Report – Through Winter League games of December 7, 2014

A fresh coat of snow on the field today.

A fresh coat of snow on the field today.

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (11-9, 3rd):
Craig Anderson (’00): 5 games, 5 starts, 2-3, 3.00ERA, 33.0IP, 8BB, 29K

Melbourne Aces (7-12, 6th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (21-15, 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 (23-14, 1st):
Juan Diaz (’08): 26 games, .234/.294/.229, 0HR, 12RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 7 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 3.55ERA, 25.1IP, 8BB, 12K

Gigantes del Cibao (21-16, 3rd):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 25 games, .305/.473/.610, 7HR, 17RBI

Tigres del Licey (16-21, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 9 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (10-14, 4th):
Omar Garcia (’14): 11 games, .091/.167/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 24 games, .222/.289/.370, 2HR, 15RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 7 games, 7 starts, 1-4, 4.66ERA, 38.2IP, 6BB, 19K

Criollos de Caguas (18-8, 1st):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 6 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 4.23ERA, 27.2IP, 11BB, 13K

Gigantes de Carolina (11-13, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 24 games, .193/.276/.284, 2HR, 6RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 10 games, 0-1, 3.86ERA, 11.2IP, 2BB, 12K

Indios de Mayaguez (15-10, 2nd):
Martin Maldonado (’09): 2 games, .167/.143/.167, 0HR, RBI
Jorge Lopez (’13): 6 games, 6 starts, 1-1, 1.73ERA, 26.0IP, 8BB, 25K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (28-16, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 9 games, 7 starts, 2-1, 2.57ERA, 37.0IP, 3BB, 24K

Bravos de Margarita (16-29, 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 (23-25, 5th):
Luis Valbuena (’06): 6 games, .174/.208/.348, HR, 5RBI
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 13 games, 6 starts, 2-4, 3.48ERA, 31.0IP, 8BB, 29K

Caribes de Anzoategui (30-15, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 43 games, .268/.344/.470, 7HR, 26RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (22-22, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 18 games, .167/.310/.292, 1HR, 7RBI

Tigres de Aragua (24-21, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 20 games, 2-0, 0.53ERA, 17.0IP, 7BB, 6K

Introducing: Between Two Berms:

Alumni Birthdays for December 6:
Aubrey Waggoner (’86) – 48
Archie Slover (1913) – Would have been 122

Alumni Birthdays for December 7:
Jake Jacobs (’90) – 48
Samuel Dunbar (’66) – 68
Thomas Hinton (’47) – Would have been 90.

Hinton moved to Appleton to play baseball, met a local woman, got married, and stayed in town until his death in 2001.

Alumni Birthdays for December 8:
Julio Santiago (’05) – 29
Kirk Piskor (’91) – 45
Ted Miller (’65) – 68
Hugh Springer (’60) – Would have been 76

Korfball (?) and Alumni Birthdays – December 5, 2014

I was cleaning out the basement last week and I found the 1970’s version of the internet..at least for me: The World of Sports Sport Cards collection.

I will be sharing some of these cards during the offseason….Cards like this one on Korfball.  Korfball?  KORFBALL:

No Backboard! Co-ed teams!

No Backboard! Co-ed teams!

 

Learn about KORFBALL!

Learn about KORFBALL!

As always, click for the larger version.  I don’t know why Korfball hasn’t caught on in the USA.

Alumni Birthdays for December 5:
Scott Abell (’92) – 45
John Papa (’60) – 74
Ed Kowalski (’42) – Would have been 92

ANOTHER Trade & Remember THIS? – December 4, 2014

Another former Timber Rattler player has been traded.  Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Michael Saunders (’06) from the Seattle Mariners:

The Toronto Blue Jays plugged their hole in left field by acquiring Michael Saunders from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander J.A. Happ, a deal that signals Melky Cabrera’s departure and gives GM Alex Anthopoulos extra money to work with to bolster the bullpen.

Saunders, a 28-year-old from Victoria, is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.9 million in salary arbitration, and becomes just the fourth outfielder on the club’s 40-man roster. He’ll take over from Cabrera as the starting left-fielder, meaning the club’s attempts at re-signing the free agent are essentially over.

“Saunders is going to be our everyday left-fielder,” said Anthopoulos. “We ultimately had to make a decision to go that route.

 

Michael Saunders in 2006. This picture and others used in this post were taken during a game in which the Rattlers wore Fox Cities Foxes jerseys as part of a Turn Back the Clock promotion.

Michael Saunders as a Timber Rattler in 2006.

The Snake Pit Team Store has extended one of their Cyber Weekend offers on the website.  Place an online order of $50 or more between now and the end of the month and receive FREE SHIPPING!

I had to clear some photos off my phone to make room for some updates. As I was going through the pictures I found a few from July that I don’t think I ever posted. Remember that trip to Quad Cities in July where the Mississippi River had flooded its banks and Modern Woodmen Park was surrounded by water? Remember that Quad Cities has a ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park? Here’s the view:

QC Ferris Wheel

QC Ferris Wheel View

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QC Ferris Wheel View3

QC Ferris Wheel View4

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QC Ferris Wheel View6

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Alumni Birthdays for December 4:
Carlos Gomez (’10, ’11, ’12) – 29
Dave Vanhof (’95, ’96) – 41
Eduardo Martinez (’93) – 41
Christopher Connolly (’92) – 44
Francisco Garcia (’90) – 45
Gabriel Pineda (’91) – 46
Bill Drohan (’89) – 47
Kevin Ruckebeil (’85) – 51
Henry “Red” Kubiszak (’40) – Would have been 98

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Bobblehead news & a roundup on the extension – December 3, 2014

Keep your eyes on @TimberRattlers at the top of each hour between now and 6pm tonight.  The team is announcing their bobblehead giveaways for the 2015 season at the top of each hour.  As of the time I started to write this post, they have announced three of the ELEVEN bobbleheads:

 

 

 

Correction:  Yesterday, I announced Reggie Keen’s birthday based on some research not done by me earlier this summer.  I did not doublecheck the research until after it was pointed out to me that Reggie’s birthday is actually January 13…Apologies to Reggie…I will get it right in about a month.

The Timber Rattlers and Milwaukee Brewers have announced a 4-year extension to their current Player Development Contract.  The teams are partnered through the 2020 season.

The media roundup:

Bill Scott of Wisconsin Radio Network has the story and a five minute interview with team president Rob Zerjav.

Tim Froberg of The Post-Crescent also caught up with Rob.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett, outfielder Khris Davis and pitchers Wily Peralta, Jim Henderson and Jimmy Nelson are among the current Brewers who learned the ropes of professional baseball with the Timber Rattlers.

“To have our fans talk about someone like Scooter Gennett, it’s like they knew him before he was even a Brewer,” Zerjav said. “It’s been great for fans getting to know the players a little better.

This has nothing to do with the affiliation extension, but here’s a story on Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza from FOX 11:

Kids’ Crew memberships for the 2015 season were available at the Extravaganza. They are now available online through the team store.

Alumni Birthdays for December 3:
Chris Snelling (’00) – 33
Mitch Lukevics (Player, ’76; Coach, ’84-’85) – 61
Steve Huntz (’64) – 69
Paul Knechtges (’61) – 75

Snelling

Nine cards featuring players from the 1976 Foxes.

Mitch Lukevics is located in the middle of the bottom row.

Alumni Birthdays – December 2, 2014

Alumni Birthdays for December 2:
Reggie Keen (’11) – 27
Phil Cullen (’02) – 35
Steve Sisco (’92) – 45
Alvin Romple (’41) – Would have been 92

Reggie Keen

Reggie Keen

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
Jim Ray

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