27 Days to Opening Day

How high’s the snowpile, momma?
Six-feet high and rising.

The Timber Rattlers grounds crew has been trying to make some progress on the snow here at the stadium.  First they started on the concourse and this was the result.
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I’m apparently six years old because I HAD to climb to the top:

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This may give you a better perspective on how high the top of the pile is in relation to the roof of the Festival Foods Grill:

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I got down on the field for some shots of the snow removal efforts:

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Field level behind home plate:

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How deep is the snow on the field?

That deep.

That deep.

The regular series of shots start here:

Left Field Berm:
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Behind home plate:

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Right Field Berm:

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Camera Platform:

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Club Level Seats:

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Snow-blowing efforts:

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Where does it all go?

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Think warm thoughts…please.

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2011 Mother’s Day

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995. There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten. This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Mother’s Day Jerseys from 2011.

These pink jerseys were toned down a bit from the awesomeness that was the 2010 pink jerseys.  But, they still had some pink in them:

Welcome!

Welcome!

Also, it was a really nice day…

Yep.  Pretty nice day!

Yep. Pretty nice day!

The gray jerseys turned out pretty nice.  The white numbers are very readable.  The pink highlights are just about perfect.

A look at the numbers.

A look at the numbers.

Here’s a better look at the front of the jersey.

In action

In action

A good look at both the front and the back of the jersey.

Fist bump!

Fist bump!

Getting the jersey dirty adds to the eventual auction price, right?

Guaranteed game worn!

Guaranteed game worn!

The one-time Pink jerseys look a lot better than the batting practice tops of the Quad Cities River Bandits…But, I may be a bit biased.

On the bases.

On the bases.

Here’s Tyler Thornburg and he shows off the pink ribbon on the left sleeve.

On the mound.

On the mound.

Fang also got in on the act with his pink jersey.

And Fang is really excited.

And Fang is really excited.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

2010 Mother’s Day

2013 Outdoors Night

2008 Stars & Stripes

2009 Star Wars

2008 Star Wars

2010 & 2011 Star Wars

2012 Star Wars

2013 Star Wars

2009 Brewers Sunday

2010 Brewers Sunday

2011 Brewers Sunday

2012 Brewers Sunday

2013 Brewers Sunday

Wild Card Wednesday – Texas Rangers

Last week, the Houston Astros were featured.  I’m going to stay in Texas and look at the Ranger cards in my collection.  Now, the Rangers didn’t have uniforms as memorable as their in-state rivals, but some of their sartorial choices…whoooooo boy.

Also, Lots and Lots and Lots of cards of Rangers who went on to play with the Milwaukee Brewers.  I was a big Danny Darwin fan…apparently.

Rangers through the years.  I really think that TOPPS could have picked a photo of Len Randle after he got a hit instead of after he popped out to second.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Do not mention the Mendoza Line.

Toby Harrah’s progression of cards looks like what a series of photos of me would be like this offseason.

Rangers legends

Rangers legends

These guys aren’t bad either and each have interesting stories.  Not as interesting as Dock Ellis’s.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Len Randle looking nonchalant.

Some team photos, Ranger managers, future managers, and team leaders….Yep. Buddy Bell and Al Oliver were really, really good.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

Billy Hunter looks so excited to be managing the 1978 Rangers.

I had forgotten the red softball jerseys – worn by Larry Parrish and  Pete O’Brien – of the Rangers.  I wish I could forget them now.  Bob Jones wore those glasses everywhere.  Probably still has that exact pair today.

Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Also…Whoever decided that powder blue should replace gray on road uniforms should have to wear powder blue for the rest of their life.

Image #1 of future Brewers as Rangers.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

I should apologize to Roy Howell for the condition of his card.

Image two of future Brewers as Rangers.

Four, count 'em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Four, count ‘em, FOUR Danny Darwin cards!

Rangers who went on to be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame!  How good was Fergie Jenkins?  He won 25 games – with 29 complete games – for the Rangers in 1974.  The card displayed here is for his second tour of duty with Texas

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season.  He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

Gaylord Perry pitched for three teams over 14 seasons before the 1976 season. He pitched for six teams over the final eight years of his Hall of Fame career.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Houston Astros

Tater Tuesday – Chris Dennis (2009-2011)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

Chris Dennis as a Timber Rattler in 2011.

Chris Dennis as a Timber Rattler in 2011.

This week, a look at the home runs hit by Chris Dennis over the parts of three seasons he spent in the Midwest League.  He is second on the Timber Rattlers career homer list with 30.

2009
HR #1

Date: May 17
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Walter Surie
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Clinton 5, Wisconsin 3
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Clinton 5

HR #2
Date: May 21
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Shawn Haviland
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Kane County 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 1

HR #3
Date: May 27
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: JC Sulbaran
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 1

HR #4
Date: May 27
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: JC Sulbaran
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Dayton 5, Wisconsin 2
Note: A multi-homer game for Dennis.  He played 38 games for the Timber Rattlers in 2009

2010
HR #5
Date: April 12
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Taylor Stanton
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Clinton 4, Wisconsin 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Clinton 4, Wisconsin 3

HR #6
Date: April 14
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kelvin Herrera
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer:  Wisconsin 0, Burlington 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Burlington 0

HR #7
Date: April 18
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Scott Schneider
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Quad Cities 0

HR #8
Date: April 19
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: LaCurtis Mayes
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 9, Quad Cities 1

HR #9
Date: May 19
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Struck
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 1

HR #10
Date: May 30
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Stephen Locke
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 0

HR #11
Date: June 26
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dusty Odenbach
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 7, Burlington 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Burlington 0

HR #12
Date: June 29
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jason Novak
Inning: 11th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 4

HR #13
Date: July 1
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brandon Barrow
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Burlington 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 0

HR #14
Date: July 4
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Tyler Skaggs
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 4

HR #15
Date: July 17
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Allen Webster
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 4, Wisconsin 2
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Great Lakes 4

HR #16
Date: July 23
Opponent: West Michigan Whitecaps
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Richard Zumaya
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, West Michigan 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, West Michigan 1
Notes: The game was started on July 22, but Dennis hit this home run on July 23.  The game had been suspended in the bottom of the fifth inning on the previous night.

HR #17
Date: July 26 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Diogenes Rosario
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: South Bend 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, South Bend 0

HR #18
Date: August 9
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Czyz
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Clinton 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 3

HR #19
Date: August 27
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Matt Mitchell
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Burlington 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Burlington 1

HR #20
Date: August 31
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Larsen
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Kane County 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0

HR #21
Date: September 4
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kenny Smalley
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Kane County 6, Wisconsin 2

HR #22
Date: September 6
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Bo Schultz
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 0

2011
HR #23
Date: May 2
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Russell
Inning: 1st
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Quad Cities 0
Notes: This homer followed a two-run homer by Mike Walker.  Also, this was the first at bat as a Timber Rattler in the 2011 season for Dennis.

HR #24
Date: May 11
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin LaTempa
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Grand Slam
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids 3

HR #25
Date: May 18 (Game one of doubleheader)
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: BJ Hermsen
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 0, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Beloit 0

HR #26
Date: June 2
Opponent: Bowling Green Hot Rods
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Omar Bencomo
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Bowling Green 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Bowling Green 0

HR #27
Date: June 8
Opponent: Lake County Captains
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Dale Dickerson
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 13, Lake County 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 14, Lake County 2

HR #28
Date: June 15 (Game two of doubleheader)
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Road
Opposing Pitcher: Camerson Greathouse
Inning: 1st
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Peoria 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Peoria 0

HR #29
Date: June 17
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Baudilio Lopez
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Cedar Rapids 0

HR #30
Date: June 25
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Angel DeJesus
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Quad Cities 3, Wisconsin 2

BONUS TATER (2011 All-Star Game)

Date: June 21
Opponent: MWL Eastern Division
Home or Away: Modern Woodmen Park, Quad Cities
Opposing Pitcher: Daniel Corcino (Dayton Dragons)
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: East All-Stars 0, West All-Stars 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: West All-Stars 1, East All-Stars 0

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

John Castellano – 2001

Sean Peless – 2002

Jon Nelson – 2003

Adam Jones – 2004

Hank Aaron – 1975-1976

Marshall Hubbard (2005)

Joe Dunigan (2008)

Brock Kjeldgaard (2009)

Rattler Alumni Notes from Spring Training

A couple of homers and a couple of Spring Training wins for former Timber Rattlers in the first few games of Spring Training.

Mitch Haniger homered in the Brewers intrasquad game on 2/26 and against the A’s on 2/27.
Khris Davis homered against the Rockies on 3/2.

I know..Spring Training wins may be the weakest stat there is, BUT…

Chris Tillman picked up the win for Baltimore on 2/28 against Tampa Bay.  Oddly, the pitcher tagged with the loss was Erik Bedard, the player Seattle traded to the Orioles for Tillman, Adam Jones, and three other players so many years ago.

Kevin Shackelford earned the win for the Brewers on 3/1 by pitching around three hits in two scoreless innings against the Dodgers.  I have an explanation:

Follow Fang and good things happen.

The only highlight I have from the first few days of Spring Training  is Mitch Haniger’s 2-run single against the Dodgers on Saturday:

34 Days to Opening Day

I really wanted to have a photo that showed progress.  Alas, the weather is NOT COOPERATING!

However, those of you who will be at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium to pick up your season ticket purchases will see an area of the stadium that HAS seen progress.

The Leinie Lodge has a new coat of paint and some new lighting.

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There are more changes coming for the Leinie Lodge, but that is another series of photographs for another day.

Now, to the field shots!

Left Field Berm:

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Behind Home Plate:
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From the Club Level Seats:
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Right Field Berm:

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Centerfield Camera Platform:

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How many days?

That many days.

That many days.

 

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2013 Brewers Sunday

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995. There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten. This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Brewers Sunday jerseys of 2013.

Those jerseys were based on the batting practice tops of the Brewers from the early 90′s.  They are best remembered in photos  featuring Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, and Jim Gantner…like this one:

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Pretty darn close if you ask me:

Even the Timber looks right.

Even the Timber looks right.

The blue pinstriped pants make the outfit, too.

Doesn't matter how near or how far you see the jersey from, it looks so good.

Doesn’t matter how near or how far you see the jersey from, it looks so good.

Another key part is the patch on the left sleeve.

The ball & glove logo looks great on every jersey.

The ball & glove logo looks great on every jersey.

The snake head logo on the hat isn’t exactly like the “Ball & Glove” logo on the Brewers hats of that era.  However, the shade of blue for the hat and the shade of yellow for the logo are perfect matches.  That makes the hat work.

Marco Estrada agrees.

Marco Estrada agrees.

Marco Estrada is the only player from 2013 to wear his pant legs up to show off the blue sanitary socks.  The pinstripe pants allowed everyone else to wear the pant legs in the style of the day.

Fang wearing the #1 jersey, but the rest of the jersey is off how?

Fang didn't get pinstripe pants.

Fang didn’t get pinstripe pants.

Here’s a closer look at the numbers on the back of the jerseys.

Chris McFarland is impressed with the Victor Roache homer.

Chris McFarland is impressed with the Victor Roache homer.

Here are a few photos from the walk-off win over Burlington on July 28.

Mike Garza scores the game winning run on July 28.

Mike Garza scores the game winning run on July 28.

Garrett Cooper is about to be mobbed.

Click the link for the video.  The hangtime on the leap is impressive.

Click the link for the video. The hangtime on the leap is impressive.

Victory!

They scored five in the ninth.  Give them a break.

They scored five in the ninth. Give them a break.

A few more photos to highlight the jerseys.

Coming at you.

Coming at you.

To the plate.

To the plate.

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The return of the shot of a batter at the plate with the rest of the teammates hanging on the rail.

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These Brewers Sunday jerseys were auctioned off on the club level after a game against Kane County on August 25, 2013.  Here are some of the winners, with an example of the Timber Rattlers t-shirt based on these jerseys, and a few winners of the 2012 Brewers Sunday jersey auction:

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Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Sleeveless 1998-2002

1997 Throwbacks

2012 Military Appreciation

2010 Mother’s Day

2013 Outdoors Night

2008 Stars & Stripes

2009 Star Wars

2008 Star Wars

2010 & 2011 Star Wars

2012 Star Wars

2013 Star Wars

2009 Brewers Sunday

2010 Brewers Sunday

2011 Brewers Sunday

2012 Brewers Sunday

Wild Card Wednesday – Houston Astros

I confess. I loved the monstrosity that was the uniform of the 1970′s Houston Astros.

If anyone put together a time capsule in the 1970s, disco albums, leisure suits, and the uniforms of the Houston Astros should have been included.

Uniforms like these right here:

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974.  Those jerseys were horrible.

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974. Those jerseys were horrible.

And these…Plus, the wings springing out from under the hat of Mark Lemongello.

Check out Denny Walling's team jacket.  Those were...good lord.

Check out Denny Walling’s team jacket. Those were…good lord.

Ken Forsch and Terry Puhl stuck around long enough to get new uniforms…and hats.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Here are a few other Astros who stuck with the team for a few years.

Hey, Vern!

Hey, Vern!

Astros Legends.

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JR Richard. That dude was awesome!

Luis Pujols also was part of the progression of Houston uniforms.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan...apparently.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan…apparently.

On the Future Stars card, Bobby Sprowl is on there.  I wonder if Jon-Mark Sprowl, a former Lansing Lugnut, is the son of Bobby Sprowl.  Also, take note of the three future managers on this page.

The team photo

The team photo is full of awesome.

Now is the time on Wild Card Wednesday when we look at Brewers tie-ins with the team that is featured.  Garner would be Brewers manager.  Walton went from Houston in 1968 to the Seattle Pilots in 1969 to the Brewers from 1970 and 1971.  His Houston card is from 1978, but Walton didn’t play for the Astros that season.  He spent 1978 playing for the Taiyo Whales.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

These Astros are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too.  he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too. he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Now to the curious case of Tom Dixon.  His 1979 and 1980 cards look very similar.  The same background.  Almost the same pose. Slightly different lighting.  The consensus is that the the cards were taken from photos that were taken one frame apart at some point.  The hair is slightly different, which could lead one to believe that TOPPS went back two straight years to the same spot and shot action photos of Tom Dixon.  This is doubtful.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

I will break one of my rules* here, but I think that it is worth it.  I don’t have the 1977 card of Tom Dixon.  But, this blog had it.

That's a Richmond Tides jersey...and we have found the other end of the 70's awful to awesome spectrum.

That’s a Richmond Tides jersey…and we have found the other end of the 70′s awful to awesome spectrum.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

Tater Tuesday – Brock Kjeldgaard (2009)

Welcome to Tater Tuesday on the blog. Each week I’ll take a look at home runs or – as the Great George Scott called them – taters. Usually, this will be home runs by a Timber Rattlers player.

The 2009 season was the first season Wisconsin was an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  That was also the first season a Brewers farmhand took a run at the franchise record for home runs in a single season.

Photo by Wm. Glasheen 2009

BROCK SMASH!

Brock Kjeldgaard, the Canadian first baseman on the 2009 Rattlers, led the team in homers with 20 and fell just shy of tying the old record of 21.  But, on distance alone and on the number of times I thought, “BROCK SMASH!!” after most of those homers by Kjeldgaard it was a fun season.

HR #1
Date: April 11
Opponent: Quad Cities River Bandits
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chuckie Fick
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Quad Cities 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Quad Cities 1
Note: This was the third game of the season for the Timber Rattlers.  It was also the first home run by a Timber Rattler in the Brewers Affiliation Era.

HR #2
Date: April 24
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home…Kind of
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Shafer
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 3
Note: This game was held at Miller Park

HR #3
Date: April 30
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Blake Brannon
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 9, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Great Lakes 9, Wisconsin 6

HR #4
Date: May 6
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Garcia
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 5, Wisconsin 1

HR #5
Date: May 7
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Zach Peterson
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Burlington 4, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Burlington 4, Wisconsin 1

HR #6
Date: May 20
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Anthony Capra
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0

HR #7
Date: May 20
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Anthony Capra
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1
Note:  The second homer of Kjelgaard’s first multi-homer game with the Rattlers was a leadoff homer.

HR #8
Date: May 26
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Lance Janke
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 5, Dayton 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Dayton 0

HR #9
Date: June 10
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Murray
Inning: 9th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 4
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Kane County 4
Note: Walkoff three-run home run!

HR #10
Date: June 16
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Justin Garcia
Inning: 7th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Burlington 5
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Burlington 5

HR #11
Date: June 28
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Aaron Shafer
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #12
Date: July 2
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Bobby LaFromboise
Inning: 6th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Clinton 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Clinton 2

HR #13
Date: July 5
Opponent: Burlington Bees
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Riquy Pena
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Burlington 6
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Burlington 6

HR #14
Date: July 13
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Cook
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, South Bend 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, South Bend 1

HR #15
Date: July 17
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Geison Aquasviva
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Great Lakes 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Great Lakes 1

HR #16
Date: July 19
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Hunter Moody
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Lansing 7, Wisconsin 6

HR #17
Date: August 7
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Antigua
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Peoria 1, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Peoria 1

HR #18
Date: August 15
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Daniel Osterbrock
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 1

HR #19
Date: August 20
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Will Smith
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 0

HR #20
Date: September 4
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Will Smith
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 1

NOTES:
In case you have forgotten, Kjeldgaard came into the Brewers organization as a pitcher.

Kjeldgaard hit 24 home runs for Huntsville in 2013.  He has hit 111 homers in his minor league career.

Tater Tuesday Archives:
Wladimir Balentien – 2004

George Scott – 1975

Matt Hagen – 2003

Khris Davis – 2010

Ron Garth – 2006-2008

2012 Postseason Homers

David Ortiz – 1996

Mike Wilson – 2005

One Homer Rattlers – 2009-2013

One Homer Rattlers – 2000-2008

Juan Silvestre – 1999

Justin Leone – 2000

Shawn McCorkle – 2000

John Castellano – 2001

Sean Peless – 2002

Jon Nelson – 2003

Adam Jones – 2004

Hank Aaron – 1975-1976

Marshall Hubbard (2005)

Joe Dunigan (2008)

Rattler Alumni Report – Non-Roster Invite Edition

Spring Training for the 2014 baseball season has begun. Praise AG Spalding!

The games have not started yet. That means there are no statistics to share. But, in the interest of Alumni Tracking I went through the Roster of Non-Roster Invites for each of the MLB teams to check on where former Rattlers are this spring.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the team with the most former Rattlers is Milwaukee. The other teams with multiple ex-Rattlers may be a surprise. Let’s take a look.

Milwaukee Brewers (5):
Kentrail Davis (’10)
Cameron Garfield (’10, ’11, ’12)
David Goforth (’12)
Taylor Green (’09)
Mitch Haniger (’12, ’13)

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Cleveland Indians (4):
Scott Atchison (’99)
Bryan LaHair (’04)
Shaun Marcum (’12)
Juan Carlos Ramirez (’08)

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Tampa Bay Rays (2):
Mark Lowe (’05)
Juan Sandoval (’03)

Mark Lowe as a Rattler in 2005.

Mark Lowe as a Rattler in 2005.

Texas Rangers (2):
Nathan Adcock (’07, ’08)
Ryan Feierabend (’02)

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.

Chicago White Sox (1):
Alex Liddi (’06, ’07, ’08)

Photo by Wm. Glasheen 2008

Miami Marlins (1):
Juan Diaz (’07, ’08)

15 Juan Diaz

Philadelphia Phillies (1):
Caesar Jimenez (’03)

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