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 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

QC Ferris Wheel View2

QC Ferris Wheel View3

QC Ferris Wheel View4

QC Ferris Wheel View5

QC Ferris Wheel View6

QC Ferris Wheel View7

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


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


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

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

Alumni Birthdays – November 30

Alumni Birthdays for November 30:
Luis Valbuena (’06) – 29
Cory Koliscak (’06) – 33
Kevin Flannery (’81, ’82) – 57

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

Lawrie Trade and Alumni Birthdays – November 29

And another former Timber Rattler is traded in 2014:

The Brett Lawrie era in Toronto is over.

In a shocking late-night trade, the Blue Jays dealt the 24-year-old Canadian third baseman and three prospects to the Oakland A’s on Friday for all-star third baseman Josh Donaldson. The trade was officially announced by both clubs just before 10:30 p.m.

Lawrie, who hails from Langley, B.C., was once considered a future franchise cornerstone but the energetic infielder struggled to stay healthy, playing in little more than half the team’s games the last two seasons.

But while he was always an electric defender, Lawrie seemed to regress in the ensuing three seasons, which were marked by as many ups as downs while the high-octane and tightly wound player struggled to produce consistently at the plate. His fiery demeanour and quick-twitch intensity — which serve him well at the hot corner — worked against him at times, most notably when he was suspended for hitting an umpire with his batting helmet in 2012 and when he injured himself while diving into a 10-foot camera well at Yankee Stadium that same year.

[Jays general manager Alex] Anthopoulos described it as “a hard conversation” when he informed Lawrie he had been dealt. “He was a Toronto Blue Jay through and through and it was tough to see him go.”

“Brett is a very, very good player,” Anthopoulos said. “He’s still incredibly young. He absolutely has the ability to take it to another level and become an all-star. I don’t think the book is closed on him at all.”

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Alumni Birthdays for November 29:
Chuck Lopez (’01) – 38
Chad Ehrnsberger (’03) – 37

Alumni Birthdays – November 28

Cyber Weekend started in the Snake Pit Team Store today:

If you want to do your shopping in person this holiday season:

  • Friday, November 28: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays from November 29 through December 20: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 30: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza
  • Monday to Friday beginning December 1: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Christmas Eve: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Alumni Birthdays for November 28:
Ryan Gibbard (’13) – 25
Faruq Darcuiel (’95, ’96) – 42
Lloyd Freund (’49) – 85


Alumni Birthdays – November 27

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Toast & Popcorn on me!

Toast & Popcorn on me!

Alumni Birthdays for November 27:
Jose Duran (’09) – 28
Candy Mercado (’75, ’76) – 57

Candy Mercado's Appleton Foxes Card from 1975

Candy Mercado’s Appleton Foxes Card from 1975

Alumni Birthdays – November 26

If you went into the Snake Pit Team Store during the 2014 season, you may have seen the rocking chair on display. Congratulations to Howard from Green Lake! He won that custom-made Timber Rattlers Rocking Chair!

Here’s Howard picking up the prize yesterday at the office.

That is pretty cool.

That is pretty cool.

Alumni Birthdays for November 26:
Cody Adams (’09) – 28
Kendall Bergdall (’05) – 32
Pete Duprey (’00) – 36
Enmanuel Ulloa (’98, ’99) – 36
Fernando Espino (’97, ’98, ’99) – 38
Hector Wagner (’89) – 46
Tom Lahrman (’85) – 50
Joseph Cook (’72, ’73) – 61

Cody Adams on the mound at Miller Park as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Cody Adams on the mound at Miller Park as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

From Stars to Shuckers – November 25, 2014

Biloxi Baseball announced the nickname of their team last night.

That's an oyster!

That’s an oyster!

Biloxi baseball gets a pearl of a name.

Shuckers general manager Buck Rogers did his best to pump up the crowd Monday before the curtains were pulled back to reveal the name and logo.

The colors: blue, coral and Biloxi Sand.

There were several different takes on the logo, but the main one features the shell of an oyster surrounding “Biloxi Shuckers” and two eyes peering out.

It seems like a simple design, but Rogers said there was a lot of background work that went into the logo.

“At first, people outside this market are going to say, ‘What’s a Shucker?'” Rogers said. “You have to explain it to them. If you’re not from Nebraska, you ask

‘What’s a husker?’ The people down here picked (Shuckers), justified it. They put in all the input on it. The locals didn’t have an owner come in and say ‘Name the team this.’ This was a community team since from jump street. We’re really pleased.”

Reaction on Facebook…mixed.

The Shuckers are the Southern League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  So, Welcome to the family, Biloxi!

Posting will be light over the next few days.  But, I will be putting up the alumni birthdays every from Wednesday through Sunday.  Regular posting will return on December 1.  Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Alumni Birthdays for November 25:
Elvin Nina (Pitching Coach, ’14) – 39
Karl Drezek (’88, ’89) – 49
Mark Davis (’86) – 50
Bucky Dent (’70, ’71) – 63

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.


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