Matt Erickson Interview and Spring Training Photos – March 22, 2015

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:

Sunday’s Photos:

I love this view.

I love this view.

Drills.

Drills.

Infield/Outfield

Infield/Outfield

Teaching

Teaching

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

This isn't a bad view either.

This isn’t a bad view either.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

This isn't a bad view either!

This isn’t a bad view either!

 

 

 

 

Photos from Spring Training – March 21, 2015

The wrap on the Rattlers Saturday action is up in the new Mehring in Arizona column.

Popup day during practice:

Look up!

Things are looking up!

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March 21 2015 006

Tucker Neuhaus scores on a wild pitch.

Tucker Neuhaus scores on a wild pitch.

Marcos Diplan on the mound.

Marcos Diplan on the mound.

Nice view

Nice view

PIGEON!

Pigeons have lost their fear of humans! We are so screwed!

Pigeons have lost their fear of humans! We are so screwed!

Final play of the game.

Final play of the game.

 

Approximately 432' from home plate.

Approximately 432′ from home plate.

Photos from Spring Training – March 20, 2015

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.

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Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

 I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

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.

Photos from Spring Training – March 19, 2015

The article on Day One of Mehring in Arizona, 2015 is up on the main website.  Here are some photos from Day One:

Matt Erickson in the cages.

Matt Erickson in the cages….trust me.

Gary Lucas and David Chavarria watch Brock Hudgens work in the bullpen.

Gary Lucas and David Chavarria watch Brock Hudgens work in the bullpen.

Jose Pena signs autographs for fans.

Jose Pena signs autographs for fans.

Nothing going on over here today.

Nothing going on over here today.

The weather did clear up enough for the Brewers game at the major league stadium to take place.

The weather did clear up enough for the Brewers game at the major league stadium to take place.

Tyler Thornburg was the starting pitcher for the Brewers.

Tyler Thornburg was the starting pitcher for the Brewers.

Jason Rogers got in the game to play first base.

Jason Rogers got in the game to play first base.

This is the outfield clock to move things along between innings and pitching changes.

This is the outfield clock to move things along between innings and pitching changes.

And this is the clock behind home plate to keep things moving between innings and pitching changes.

And this is the clock behind home plate to keep things moving between innings and pitching changes.  I think it needs to be bigger.

Alumni Birthdays for March 19:
Thomas Cottrell (1966, ’67) – 71

Blog News – AZ bound

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

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

This is new

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.

Tent 1

Tent 2

Tent 3

Tent 4

Looking sharp!

Alumni Birthdays for March 17:
Patrick Lutz (’65) – 73
Pat Seerey (’41) – Would have been 92
George Hogriever (1891, 1910, 1911; Manager 1911) – Would have been 146

Pat Seerey as a Papermaker in 1941.

Pat Seerey as a Papermaker in 1941.

Hogriever

The Stands

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…

March 16a

But, what about the stands?  Are they snow-free, too?  Yes!  Yes, they are!

March 16b

March 16c

March 16d

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

Chad Strickland 91

A look at now and a look at the future

A look at a – for all intents and purposes – snow-free field with 30 days to the home opener!

March 13a

March 13b
Now….through the magic of forecasting:

First pitch is at 4pm.  Looking good!

First pitch is at 4pm. Looking good!

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

Carlos Pascual as a Fox Cities Fox in the late 50's.

Carlos Pascual as a Fox Cities Fox in the late 50’s.

Alumni Birthdays for March 14:
Erik O’Donnell (’93) – 45
Chris Garibaldo (’88, ’89) – 46
Richard Yencha (’61) – 73
Chris Garibaldo 1989

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

Harold Baines. Great player...horrible uniform.

Harold Baines. Great player…horrible uniform.

In the Pipeline

MLB Pipeline has released their Top 30 Prospects in the Brewers organization.

I count 17 former Timber Rattlers on that Top 30 List.

#1 is Orlando Arcia

Orlando Arcia in 2013.

Orlando Arcia in 2013.

#2 is Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone Taylor in 2013.

Tyrone Taylor in 2013.

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.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has the writeup on the 2015 Brewers Top 30 List:

[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

The thaw continues

This is beautiful….and ahead of schedule….and we are happy about this:

March 11a

March 11b

March 11c

March 11d

March 11e

Mother Nature….Doin’ Work!

Alumni Birthdays for March 11:
Mike Garza (’12, ’13) – 25
Sean McCraw (’09) – 29
Lance Beus (’06) – 32
Jonathan Huth (’89) – 47
Tony Cento (’86) – 51
Edgar Sinquefield (’59) – Would have been 82

Mike Garza in 2013.

Mike Garza in 2013.

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