Here is a brief interview with Gary Lucas, the new pitching coach of the Timber Rattlers.
Photos from today’s game over at Hohokam against the A’s.
Check out the Mehring in Arizona column over on the main website for details on the action today in Minor League camp.
For the blog content: I had an opportunity to interview Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson after the game today. Click to hear it as we discuss….stuff:
The wrap on the Rattlers Saturday action is up in the new Mehring in Arizona column.
Popup day during practice:
Day Two of Mehring in Arizona – or the cooler title of Mehring in Maryvale that I didn’t come up with but is on the media wall image – is up on the main website. Here are some photos from today at minor league camp.
Alumni Birthdays for March 20:
Javier Salas (’14) – 23
Dana Williams (Hitting Coach ’02-’04, ’07) – 52
Donn Koch (’82) – 56
Paul ‘Frosty’ Francis (’51) – Would have been 86
`Frosty” was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, The Choate School and a 1950 graduate of Wesleyan University. Upon college graduation, Francis pursued his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. He pitched in the St. Louis Browns organization until an injury forced him to pursue his other dream of coaching basketball. After two years as the head basketball coach at the Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD, “Frosty” accepted the head basketball coaching duties back in CT at the Kingswood School. At Kingswood, for 25 years he was a teacher, coach, Director of Athletics, and finally Director of Finance and Development. Among his many accomplishments as a coach were two Class “B” New England basketball titles, in 1956 and 1957, and the establishment of what is now, the “Frosty” Francis KIT (Kingswood Invitational Tournament) in 1963, the longest running prep basketball tournament in New England.
The article on Day One of Mehring in Arizona, 2015 is up on the main website. Here are some photos from Day One:
Alumni Birthdays for March 19:
Thomas Cottrell (1966, ’67) – 71
The next post you see on Rattler Radio will be from Arizona since I will be down at Minor League Camp in maryvale for a few days. Make sure to check @CMehring & @TimberRattlers for updates during the day. There should be a new column up on either the blog or the Timber Rattlers website.
Speaking of the website, there has been plenty of news going up over there for the last few days.
Click on each link for all the news.
Alumni Birthday for March 18:
Terrmel Sledge (’00) – 38
I was in another lifetime one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness a creature void of form
“Come in” she said
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm”.
The other choice was Gimme Shelter….But, I never realized how dark those lyrics were.
The Timber Rattlers haver added a tent to the third base picnic area.
Timber Rattlers Executive Chef Tim Hansen got some press from the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday.
Another sandwich going bolder this year is the On Wisconsin. Last year’s version included a burger, split brat, cheese curds and cheese sauce. This year fans will find all those ingredients plus a beer battered onion ring and fried sauerkraut. Before Hansen got to work creating the sandwiches for a photo shoot earlier this week, he admitted that this was the first time the On Wisconsin Burger would be fully assembled and I was going to be the first person to take a bite.
The fried kraut is a milder version of its normally pungent self and blends well with the hint of beer from the onion ring batter. Even kraut haters won’t be put off by its presence in this sandwich.
Those who define bolder in terms of heat, rather than size, can try the Flamethrower, a chicken sandwich topped with brisket, smoky ghost pepper cheese and a Sriracha aioli. The ghost pepper is the big brother of habanero and jalapeno when it comes to heat.
Photos of the sandwiches at the link!
Yes, Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is now snow-free…
But, what about the stands? Are they snow-free, too? Yes! Yes, they are!
Get here soon, Opening Day!
Alumni Birthdays for March 16:
Pat Dunham (’99) – 39
Chad Strickland (’91, ’92) – 43
Richard Baumhoefner (’51) – Would have been 85
A look at a – for all intents and purposes – snow-free field with 30 days to the home opener!
It’s a weather forecast…..how could it possibly be wrong!
Alumni Birthdays for March 13:
Jason Rogers (’11, ’12) – 27
Dan Britt (’11) – 27
Alejandro Cadena (’02) – 35
Denny O’Toole (’69) – 66
Carlos Pascual (’58, ’59) – Would have been 84
Alumni Birthdays for March 15:
Guy Welsh (’07) – 30
Denys Bonilla (’96) – 41
Grant Griesser (’90) – 48
Joe Skodny (’87) – 52
Harold Baines (’77) – 56
Joe Sparks (Manager, ’71) – 77
I count 17 former Timber Rattlers on that Top 30 List.
#1 is Orlando Arcia
#2 is Tyrone Taylor
Click the link up top to see the whole list.
Of note for fans of the Timber Rattlers, I count three players in the top ten who will most likely be in the Fox Cities this season and two other players in the top ten who COULD be with the Rattlers in the future…if not in 2015.
[I]f you’re looking for high-risk, high-reward players, the types of lottery tickets the Brewers hadn’t purchased in the past, the 2014 Draft took care of you. Scouting director Bruce Seid, in what proved to be his final Draft as he tragically passed away last September, had one of the most daring first nights of the Draft in recent memory. High schoolers Monte Harrison, Jake Gatewood and Kodi Medeiros are all in the Top 10, and they bring some added excitement about what they can become in the future. Add in international signee Gilbert Lara and Milwaukee has four teenagers in the Top 10 now.
At the top of the list are two longer-standing Brewers prospects, both with considerable upside themselves. Shortstop Orlando Arcia is the lone representative in the Top 100, but it wouldn’t surprise many to see outfielder Tyrone Taylor join him at some point in the future.
Alumni Birthdays for March 12:
Wick Udy (’03) – 36
Victor Martinez (’99) – 37
Jesus Marquez (’93, ’94) – 42
Donald Young (’90) – 48
Doug Bock (’88) – 49
Gary Keeton (’83) – 54
Steve Noworyta (’82, ’83) – 55
Tommy Toman (’75, ’76) – 59
Johnny Ellen (’61) – 75