Wild Card Wednesday – California Angels

Yes. California Angels.  My card collecting days started after they stopped being the Los Angeles Angels and ended before they became the Anaheim Angels…or even the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Uniformity of borders was for chumps, right 1975 TOPPS cards?  Also, the Dave Chalk and Mickey Scott poses are the same as the Llenas and Don Kirkwood poses.  The pictures are just from different angles.

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Blue Glove!

I think of the players on this image playing for other teams before I think of them playing for the Angels…if I remeber them even playing for the Angels.

I really don't remember Bert Campaneris as a member of the Angels.

I really don’t remember Bert Campaneris as a member of the Angels.

Brian Downing, who played for the Appleton Foxes when they were an affiliate of the White Sox, is a member of the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.  Joe Rudi was totally not into the whole photo day.  The FLEER card for Sanchez looks like it was taken at Milwaukee County Stadium.

Luis Sanchez don't care.

Luis Sanchez didn’t care where the photo for that FLEER card was taken.

Bobby Grich…now there’s a mustache you could set your watch to.  The span of 1976 to 1981 for my Frank Tanana cards may be one of the longest spans between cards for the same player in my collection.

Frank...mustaches aren't for everyone. Trust me. I know.

Frank…mustaches aren’t for everyone. Trust me. I know.

Next up, your ex-Brewers fix!  The Thad Bosley card is for 1978, but he only played for the Angels in 1977.  California traded him and a few others to the White Sox for Brian Downing and a few others on December 5, 1977.

Bosley ('81). Clear ('86-'88)

Bosley (’81). Clear (’86-’88)

Don Baylor was the 1979 AL MVP as he helped the Angels make the playoffs for the first time.  He played all 162 games in that regular season and for the majority of those games was an outfielder.  He was a DH in 65 of those games.  Baylor’s move to almost full-time DH’ing didn’t start until the 1981 season.

Don Baylor could hit anything.

Don Baylor…Smiled?

Here are the Angels cards of my National Baseball Hall of Famer.  Notice anything about the Frank Robinson card?  Okay, the background is Dodger Stadium.  But, look closer….Yes. Whiteout was used to erase “Dodgers” from Robinson’s jersey.  He played for the Dodgers in 1972 and was traded in a blockbuster to the Angels on November 28, 1972.  No time to take a new photograph apparently.

Frank Robinson's 1973 card is one of my personal favorites.

Frank Robinson’s 1973 card is one of my personal favorites.

I had also forgotten that Dick Williams was the Angels manager in 1976.  I think Jim Fregosi, who recently passed away, is the first Angels manager I remember.

Jim Fregosi can't believe FLEER used this photo for his card.

Jim Fregosi can’t believe FLEER used this photo for his card.

These cards….I…I just…  Burleson looks shocked that someone asked him to pose for his card.  Pettis thought it was 6th Grade Picture Day.  Renko?  Stubbed his toe? Sat on a tack?  Renko!

All players should use the Gary Pettis pose at least one time in their career.

All players should use the Gary Pettis pose at least one time in their career.

UPDATE: I was closer to the truth than I thought.  It was pointed out to me that the Gary Pettis 1985 TOPPS card does NOT feature Gary Pettis.

But Pettis claims innocence for another supposed caper that has brought him recent notoriety. Gary’s 1985 Topps baseball card features a picture of a 14-year-old Pettis, Gary’s youngest brother, Lynn. Topps claims chicanery. Pettis says balderdash, the photo was shot last year at a Family Day baseball game when Lynn was in uniform. “Now Lynn runs around the stadium signing autographs,” Pettis says.

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

Tater Tuesday – Joe Dunigan (2008)

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.

Joe Dunigan was the 5th round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2007.  He spent all of 2008 with the Timber Rattlers. Dunigan led the team in homers with 14 during the final season Wisconsin was affiliated with Seattle.

Joe Dunigan in 2008.

Joe Dunigan in 2008.

His path to 14 home runs wasn’t easy, but once he got in the groove, it was something to see.

HR #1
Date: May 1
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Ginley
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Lansing 3, Wisconsin 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Lansing 3, Wisconsin 2

HR #2
Date: May 2
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Russ Buckwalter
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Lansing 2

HR #3
Date: May 6
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Daigoro Rondon
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Great Lakes 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Great Lakes 0

HR #4
Date: July 3
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Jake Muyco
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 3
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 4

HR #5
Date: July 4
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Siegfried
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Peoria 5, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Peoria 5

HR #6
Date: July 6
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Loek Van Mil
Inning: 9th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Beloit 11, Wisconsin 10
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Beloit 11
Note: Dunigan followed a home run by Ron Garth to tie the game against the 7-foot tall Van Mil.

HR #7
Date: July 12
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Corey Kluber
Inning: 4th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Fort Wayne 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 1, Fort Wayne 0
Note: Dunigan’s home run was followed by a home run by Juan Diaz

HR #8
Date: July 12
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Dylan Axelrod
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne 3
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 3
Note: This game at the old Fort Wayne Coliseum was his only multi-homer game of the season

HR #9
Date: July 29
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Brian Letko
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 6, Lansing 1

HR #10
Date: August 1
Opponent: Great Lakes Loons
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Garrett White
Inning: 8th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Great Lakes 8, Wisconsin 5
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Great Lakes 8, Wisconsin 6

HR #11
Date: August 16
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brent Lysander
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
Note: Dunigan’s home run was followed by a homer off the bat of Denny Almonte.

HR #12
Date: August 19
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jamie Richmond
Inning: 6th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Kane County 1

HR #13
Date: August 25
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Trevor Reckling
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 2

HR #14
Date: August 27
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Robert Fish
Inning: 6th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 1

It was a tale of two halves for Dunigan.  He hit .212 with three homers and 16 RBI in the first half.  He launched 11 homers with 42 RBI and a .258 average.

Dunigan’s home/road splits for average, homers, and RBI were almost identical.  In 59 home games he hit .239 with seven homers and drove in 29 runs.  In 60 road games, he hit .240 with seven homers and drove in 29 runs.

Dunigan has hit 110 home runs in his professional career.  He hit 30 in 2009 at High Desert in the California League.

He was with Tacoma at Triple-A to start the 2013 season, but was hit in the face with a pitch on April 18.  Dunigan was interviewed by Chris Harris of the Jackson Generals on August 1 of last year.  You can see the interview at this post.

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)

Snow Day

I waited most of the day today for these shots.

See, not that bad.

Nope. Not that bad at all.

Nope. Not that bad at all.

But on closer examination.

I'm really starting to hate this winter.

I’m really starting to hate this winter.

45 Days to Opening Day.

48 Days to Opening Day

I am working from home today (w/ 48 days to Opening Day), so these pictures are from yesterday (seven weeks to Opening Day) and I have some good news.   The temperature was above 20 yesterday!!!  Yep. Warmed up enough to snow.  Not as bad as the East Coast, but it was enough to add cover to the field.

Fortunately, I was busy during the heaviest snowfall on Thursday… Fortunate…Unfortunate…At this point, I don’t even know anymore.

There was an event up on the club level.  So, I couldn’t get upstairs for the shot from there…But…at this point….you can probably just click on a photo from last week  and you’ll get the idea.

*SIGH*

Left Field Berm

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Behind Home Plate

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Right Field Berm

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Center Field Camera Platform

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I heard a rumor that the temperature may actually get to to 33 on Monday!!!!  Maybe even 38 on TUESDAY!!!!!  Keep thinking those warm thoughts, Rattlers fans!

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2011 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.

These are my favorites.  I may like these more than I like the regular jerseys.

The 2011 Brewers Sunday jerseys were designed with the uniforms of the Crew from 1975-1976 in mind. NAILED IT!

Jump around!

Jump around!

The best part of these jerseys is that there is no “Timber” patch placed above the “RA” in “RATTLERS”.  That would have messed with the cleaner look of just “RATTLERS” and the number.

STOSH!

STOSH!

As you can see a little better in this number, the number on the front turned out great.

Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg

The numbers on the back are big and easy to read.

The numbers on the back.

The Blue-Yellow-Blue stripes in the sleeves are pretty sharp, too.

The tricky part of these jerseys were the caps.  The Brewers had a block “M” on the cap.  While not exactly the same as that block “M”, I like the way the Yellow “TR” turned out on the blue Sunday caps for the Rattlers.

Tricky but I think it works.

Tricky but I think it works.

They only problem was that there were no blue Under Armor shirts to wear under the jerseys.  The black looks off.  But, it was cold early in the season and guys had to be warm.  You’ll give up style for warmth almost every time.

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Color coordination is at 3 credit class at Long Beach State.

The dark blue sanitary socks were the same that were used for the other two Brewers Sunday jerseys prior to the 2011 season.

In motion

In motion

The Rattlers outfield of Robbie Garvey, Reggie Keen, and Franklin Romero, Jr.

See.  There was a warm Sunday in 2011.

See. There was a warm Sunday in 2011.

Check just below the right jersey sleeve of Greg Hopkins.  There were no short-sleeved t-shirts in blue either?  Come on, man!

I'm not sure what happened before this photo was taken.

I’m not sure what happened before this photo was taken.

Here is Jason Rogers, the 2013 Brewers Minor League Player of the Year, as a Timber Rattler in 2011.

A lead from first.

A lead from first.

These next four are my favorite shots of the Brewers Sunday jerseys.  By the way, all photos in this post were taken by Ann Mollica.

Old School

Old School

That’s Nick Shaw in the foreground and he is watching if Romero’s throw beats the runner to third.

Throw

Frankie had a freaking cannon.

Mike Walker doesn’t jump. Home plate tries to get away from him after walkoff home run.

Walker's Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

Walker’s Walkoff HR against the Chiefs.

A more sedate victory celebration.

Another Sunday win.

Another Sunday win.

Notice something different about Fang from past Brewers Sunday posts?

Fang made the switch to #1 before the 2011 season.

Fang made the switch to #1 before the 2011 season.

The jerseys were auctioned off after the final Sunday home game of the 2011 season.  Here are some of the winners with the Rattlers who wore them during the year.

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STOSH!

STOSH!

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

Wild Card Wednesday – Detroit Tigers

I wish I had more baseball cards with  Tiger Stadium in the background.   When I think old school baseball stadiums, I think of Tiger Stadium.  These are some Tigers cards through the years starting with  Jack Pierce & Tom Walker from 1976.  Bob Sykes wins the contest for biggest dip of smokeless tobacco on a baseball card in this series.  If your eye goes down to the lower left-hand corner, you will notice something of a rarity.  Milwaukee County Stadium in the background of the Mike Ivie card.

Well...

John Hiller is looking at the same thing as Gene Garber.

I liked watching all of these guys play, except when they went against the Brewers.

Hall of

Hall of Really, Really Good.

Same goes for these guys.

Three, count 'em, THREE

Three, count ‘em, THREE Johnny Wockenfuss cards. #Blessed

Kirk Gibson is one of the first names that pop into my head when I think about the Tigers.  Oddly, since I also have four of his cards, Dave Rozema is also one of the first names that pop into my head when I think about the Tigers.

Gibson went back & forth on the mustache/no mustache look

Gibson went back & forth on the mustache/no mustache look

When I first scanned in these cards, I had planned on Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker to be on the same panel.  It only made sense since they came up together and were one of the best double play combinations of that era.  Then, I couldn’t find my Trammel cards.  Then, I found them after I scanned them in and I didn’t want to start all over again.   So….Alan Trammel.

I know...I know...

I know…I know…It looks like the Trammel in the Fleer card can’t believe he’s not with the Whitaker card, too.

Ladies and Gentlemen….the 1978 Detroit Tigers!!!…and some guys who hope to join the Tigers team photo one day….and Sparky Anderson.

SPARKY!

SPARKY!

Tom Brookens won a Midwest League title as the manager of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2007.  Taking the photo for his card on the left in the basement garage of the Dallas Police Department on the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald was being transferred seems like an odd choice.  Barbaro Garbey was a hitting coach for the Chiefs for a few seasons during their most recent run as a Cubs affiliate and he didn’t think that comment about LHO was funny at all.

MWL Coaching alumni.

MWL Coaching alumni.

This is the last thing a lot of pitchers saw when they faced Ben Oglivie.  This card is for the 1978 season.  But, Oglivie never played for the Tigers that year.  He became a Brewer in December of 1977 in a trade that sent Jim Slaton and Jim Folkers to Detroit.

Not sure what happened to the other two Benj Oglivie cards that I had.

Not sure what happened to the other two.

Fact I might be totally making up out of thin air….Jim McMahon got his idea for headbands from Tito Fuentes.

Remember this card when it's the Padres turn on March 12.

Remember this card when it’s the Padres turn on March 12.

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

Tater Tuesday: Marshall Hubbard – 2005

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.

Tater Tuesday has already looked at the team leader in home runs from the 2005 season with Mike Wilson’s entry.  But, another look at 2005 is worth it this week for left-handed slugger Marshall Hubbard’s 17 homers.

Marshall Hubbard as a Rattler in 2005.

Marshall Hubbard as a Rattler in 2005.

HR #1
Date: April 17
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Shaver
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Peoria 4, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 4

HR #2
Date: May 17
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Yates
Inning: 2nd
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Lansing 0
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Lansing 0

HR #3
Date: May 17
Opponent: Lansing Lugnuts
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeremy Harper
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 9, Lansing 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Lansing 2
Note: Hubbard went 5-for-5 and drove in seven runs in this game.

HR #4
Date: May 25
Opponent: Kane County Cougars
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Ryan Webb
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2 outs
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 0
Type: Two-Run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 0

HR #5
Date: May 27
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jeff Randazo
Inning: 7th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 8, Quad Cities 3
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 10, Quad Cities 5

HR #6
Date: June 2
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Nick Green
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 1, Cedar Rapids 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 3, Cedar Rapids 1

HR #7
Date: June 11
Opponent: Cedar Rapids Kernels
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Fernando Rodriguez
Inning: 3rd
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-Run
Score After Homer: Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4

HR #8
Date: June 15
Opponent: Clinton LumberKings
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kevin Altman
Inning: 5th
Outs:  1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 14, Clinton 1
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 16, Clinton 1

HR #9
Date: June 19
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Waldrop
Inning: 1st
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 0, Beloit 0
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 2, Beloit 0

HR #10
Date: June 19
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Asleton
Inning: 5th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 6, Beloit 5
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 8, Beloit 5
Notes: This was the final game of the first half and the second two-homer game for Hubbard on the season.  Nine of Hubbard’s ten home runs were on the road in the first half of the season.

HR #11
Date: June 28
Opponent: Swing of the Quad Cities
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Brian Miller
Inning: 8th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 10, Quad Cities 2
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 11, Quad Cities 2

HR #12
Date: July 1
Opponent: Fort Wayne Wizards
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Vern Sterry
Inning: 5th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Fort Wayne 3
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 3

HR #13
Date: July 9
Opponent: Peoria Chiefs
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Grant Johnson
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 4, Peoria 1
Type: Three-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 7, Peoria 1

HR #14
Date: July 30
Opponent: Beloit Snappers
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Kyle Crist
Inning: 8th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: Beloit 9, Wisconsin 0
Type: Solo
Score After Homer: Beloit 9, Wisconsin 1

HR #15
Date: August 2
Opponent: South Bend Silver Hawks
Home or Away: Home
Opposing Pitcher: Chris Kinsey
Inning: 4th
Outs: 1
Score Before Homer: South Bend 5, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: South Bend 5, Wisconsin 4

HR #16
Date: August 31
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Jon George
Inning: 5th
Outs: 2
Score Before Homer: Wisconsin 3, Dayton 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 5, Dayton 2

HR #17
Date: September 1
Opponent: Dayton Dragons
Home or Away: Away
Opposing Pitcher: Joe Powers
Inning: 4th
Outs: 0
Score Before Homer: Dayton 3, Wisconsin 2
Type: Two-run
Score After Homer: Wisconsin 4, Dayton 3
Note: If you scan the type of homers that Hubbard hit in 2005, you’ll notice that he only hit three solo home runs.

If you ever needed proof as to how unfriendly Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is to left-handed power hitters, I give you Marshall Hubbard’s 2005 season.

Hubbard hit 17 homers for the Timber Rattlers that season.  He had 15 on the road and just two at home.

Let’s take a look at his home/road splits for that season.

Home: 56 Games, 191 At Bats; .251/.368/.351; 2 HR, 26RBI
Road: 54 Games, 200 At Bats; .340/.405/.635; 15 HR, 51RBI

That is an odd split and it is unfortunate because Hub had a top five Timber Rattlers walk-up song of All-Time!  Hub is a Real American! Fights for the rights of every man!

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

Rattler Alumni Update: End of Winter Leagues

I really just wanted to type the phrase “End of Winter” in the title because it’s -8 this morning.

Anyway….

The Perth Heat swept the Canberra Cavalry 2 games to none in the Australian Baseball League’s Championship Series with a 14th inning walkoff win in game one and a 2-1 win in game two.

No Timber Rattlers were involved, but former Brewers reliever Graeme Lloyd is the pitching coach for the Heat.

The Caribbean Series wrapped up with Mexico defeating Puerto Rico 7-1 in the Championship Game.  Three ex-Rattlers were on the team from Puerto Rico that made it through the Round Robin part of the tournament with a 2-2 record and beat Venezuela 2-0 in the Semifinal Game before losing to Mexico in the Final.

Joel Pineiro ('98) made his Winter League debut for the season with Ponce in Puerto Rico.

Joel Pineiro (’98) lost to Cuba in the round robin without allowing an earned run.

Puerto Rico (3-3):
Jeff Dominguez: 6 games; .143/.294/.214; 0HR, 0RBI
Martin Maldonado: 6 games; .174/.174/.217; 0HR, 2RBI
Joel Pineiro: 2 games, 2 games started; 0-1, 0.00ERA; 11.2IP, BB, 4K, 0.94WHIP

55 Days to Opening Day

The opening of this week’s update is being taken over by Bad News Barrett.

“Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium received NO SNOW since the field conditions update one week ago.  BUT, I’m afraid I have some BAD NEWS!  The temperatures have not risen above 20° in the last week and it was below zero again this morning.  That means you have EXACTLY THE SAME AMOUNT of snow as last week and you are seven days closer to the start of your baseball season.”

"THANK YOU!"

“THANK YOU!”

Let’s just get to the photos:

Left Field Berm
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Behind Home Plate from the Seats
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Behind Home Plate from the Club Level
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Right Field Berm
February 7 2014 004
Centerfield Camera Platform

February 7 2014 005Additionally, we shot video yesterday for Fang to promote the fast-approaching season to pull together a really cool idea.  But, I’m afraid I have some BAD NEWS.  The weather was so cold yesterday that the equipment malfunctioned and the video we shot was unusable.

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2010 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.

The 2010 Timber Rattlers continued the tradition of Brewers Sunday by wearing jerseys based on their parent club.  The 1982 road jerseys the inspiration this season.  They were a big hit.

Even Cecil Cooper was impressed!

Even Cecil Cooper was impressed!

Here’s what the originals looked like.

Of *course* I'm using Robin Yount's jersey.

Of *course* I’m using Robin Yount’s jersey.

The first thing…Pinstripes aren’t popular among some people around these parts, so the Home jerseys were out.  Also, “Timber Rattlers” wouldn’t have looked right on the pinstriped home jerseys.  So, the road jerseys were selected so that “Wisconsin” could be used on the front.

Joey Paciorek makes a play.

Joey Paciorek makes a play.

The pale blue sanitary socks bring it all together.

Chris Dennis takes a lead from third.

Chris Dennis takes a lead from third.

The gold highlights around the letters and numbers makes that darker blue pop a bit more.

Hunter Morris at first base.

Hunter Morris at first base.

That’s the old “Ball & Glove” logo used as a patch on the left sleeve.

Hunter Morris on the run.

Hunter Morris on the run.

Here’s a better look at that patch and the best logo in Brewers history…NO ONE DENIES THIS!

Matt Erickson and Scooter Gennett talk things over at first base.

Matt Erickson and Scooter Gennett talk things over at first base.

You may notice in this picture that the team went away from the pale blue socks and went to the darker hue.  It seems…off to me at least.

Efrain Nieves makes a pitch with Cutter Dykstra at third base.

Efrain Nieves makes a pitch with Cutter Dykstra at third base.

I don’t know what that coach is pointing at in this next picture.

The darker blue doesn't look right.

The darker blue still doesn’t look right.

The mandatory picture of the mascot in the Brewers Sunday jersey.

Fang's #40.

Fang’s #40.

The traditional shot of a Rattler at the plate with his teammates in the dugout.

Lots of blue.

The protective fence wasn’t up in 2010.

And the traditional national anthem photo.

For the anthem.

Can you named the Timber Rattlers in this picturee anthem.

I believe that 2010 was the first year that the team had a live auction after the final Sunday home game of the year.  In 2009, the silent auction was the tool used to let fans try to win their favorite jersey.  That all changed…for the better.

Live postgame auction.

Live postgame auction.

I’ll close this post with some photos of the players, the jerseys, and those who had the winning bid.

D'Vontrey Richardson's jersey

D’Vontrey Richardson’s jersey

For the Marseco fans!

For the Marseco fans!

Chris Hook

Chris Hook and the fan who got his jersey.

Fans

The kid holding that jersey loves it.

The questions here are: Did these fans wear this Khris Davis jersey home or did they put it in a frame the next day or did they wear it for a couple of years and put it in a frame after he made the big leagues last year?

I'm guessing it's in a frame now.

I’m guessing it’s in a frame now.

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

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