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Veterans Day and All-Stars – November 11, 2014

Photo is from the excellent Baseball in Wartime website.

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306th Bomb Group in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

This link is to Those Who Served and were baseball players.  Thank you to all who served.

MiLB.com has been announcing their All-Stars for each Major League organization for the last few weeks.  Yesterday, they announced the Brewers organizational All-Stars.

Ten of the twelve positions were filled by players who played with the Timber Rattlers.  Yes. Twelve. The eight defensive positions, a utility position, right-handed starting pitcher, left-handed starting pitcher, and relief pitcher.

Click the link for the whole list and for comments on each player from Reid Nichols, the Director of Player Development for the Brewers.  I’ll excerpt the write-ups on the players who were Timber Rattlers in 2014.

Catcher — Clint Coulter, Wisconsin (126 games): After an injury-plagued 2013, Coulter improved across the board, playing in 56 more games than the year before while boosting his OPS by 216 points. The 2012 first-round pick led the organization with 22 homers and 89 RBIs while batting a solid .287 for the Timber Rattlers.

“He made a big improvement,” said Reid Nichols, the Brewers’ director of player development. “I think he’ll make more next year. He was a little more selective at the plate. He’s learning how to slow it down. He was a little too firm and hard on his stride and he’s learned to soften it up a bit, and it’s really helped him.”

Though there’s a good chance you’ll see the Brewers’ No. 7 prospect on this list next year, it almost certainly won’t be at the same position, Nichols indicated.

“His catching didn’t get a whole lot better and we moved him to right field for now,” he said of Coulter, who has continued his season in the Arizona Fall League. “He’s working in the outfield and he’s made a pretty good adjustment.”

Second baseman — Chris McFarland, Wisconsin (100 games): Repeating at Wisconsin, McFarland increased his batting average by 46 points and saw his OPS rise from .656 to .719. The 21-year-old also increased his stolen base total from seven to 30, tying for 12th in the Midwest League.

“I really think he came in more focused,” Nichols said. “Different approach at the plate, more business-like. I think he started getting a bit more serious about his job.”

Nichols attributed the rise in steals to an organizational emphasis.

“We [used to have] a roving baserunning instructor and we went without one this year, and I think everyone took it to heart that it was their job, too,” he said of the coaches at each level. “Our teaching was to be more aggressive on the basepaths — we didn’t care if you got thrown out, we just wanted to see if you could steal or not. I think it’s paid off. We were happy with the improvement in the basestealing, although that’s not the focus; we just want the guys to be more aggressive.

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Chris McFarland running the bases for the Rattlers in 2014.

Outfielder Michael Ratterree, Wisconsin (125 games), Huntsville (seven games): After winning Pioneer League MVP honors in 2013, Ratterree made the jump to full-season play and showed promise, despite a .228 average. The 23-year-old tied for second in the organization with 19 homers and tied for fourth with 76 RBIs. Ratterree helped balance out his low average with patience at the plate, drawing 79 walks, including 75 at Wisconsin to rank second in the Midwest League. He also received some postseason hardware, earning a Minor League Gold Glove.

“Anytime you get a young hitter who can take walks, he’s gonna do something later,” Nichols said. “While he didn’t have a really good batting average, his on-base was good and that will turn into a good batting average later, in my opinion. And he won a Gold Glove for the Minor Leagues, which is kind of cool. Same as all these guys — focus up the middle and be selective at the pitches you swing at early in the count. It’s kind of the formula for hitting in general. He’ll get it.”

Alumni Birthdays for November 11:
Michael Cox (’04) – 34
Jose Herrera (’01) – 35
Jim Horner (’97, Manager: ’06, ’07) – 41
Kyle Towner (’95) – 42
David Lawson (’93, ’94) – 42
Ryan Smith (’94) – 43
Chuck Hernandez (’83) – 54
Kim Girkins (’76) – 60
James White (’63) – Would have been 74
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All-Stars and Affiliations – September 18, 2014

Baseball America named two Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to their Low-A Classification All-Star Teams.

Clint Coulter was named the catcher and Taylor Williams was named one of the starting pitchers.

At least I think it’s Taylor Williams.

Trevor, Taylor, Tyler...we know who they meant.

Trevor, Taylor, Tyler…we know who they meant.

The Fort Wayne TinCaps have renewed their affiliation with the San Diego Padres.

“We’re ecstatic to extend our terrific partnership with the Padres,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “Our relationship with San Diego has been an essential part of the success we’ve had over the years as an organization in Fort Wayne.”

The two-year deal between the TinCaps and Padres will see their affiliation reach 18 years, tying it for the longest-lasting Minor League Baseball affiliation in San Diego history. Of the 16 teams in the Midwest League, currently, only the West Michigan Whitecaps have had a longer tenure in the league with their parent club, the nearby Detroit Tigers.

“The Midwest League is an important level for our player development, where players become first acclimated to a full season of professional baseball,” Padres Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller said. “We are fortunate to have such a strong, long-term relationship with Fort Wayne.”

That leaves Kane County, Beloit, and South Bend for the Cubs, the Athletics, and the Diamondbacks.  I expect announcements soon.  I was surprised there were no announcements yesterday after the Fort Wayne/San Diego release.

The Brewers will have a new Triple-A affiliate in 2015.

The Triple-A Nashville Sounds, Milwaukee’s top farm team since 2005, will have a new affiliation in 2015 along with a new ballpark. The Sounds informed the Brewers on Wednesday that they were cutting ties and going with a new parent club.

The decision elicited a strong reaction from Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, whose top affiliate will play in either Fresno, Calif., or Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning in 2015. Melvin said a resolution should come within 10 days.

Melvin delivered the Nashville news to reporters a few hours after the Brewers announced extensions of their player development contracts with two other clubs. It’s a four-year extension with Double-A Biloxi, which is bringing along the Brewers from Huntsville, Ala., into a new stadium at some point next season, and a two-year extension with Class A Advanced Brevard County. The Brewers had previously announced an extension with rookie-level Helena, and are already under contract with Class A Wisconsin beyond this year.

The new Triple-A affiliate will be either Fresno or Colorado Springs.

Speaking of Triple-A.  Here’s a look at Timber Rattlers alumni who played at the Triple-A Level this season.  To break this up, I am just going to look at former Rattlers who played in the Mexican League.  International League will be Friday.  Pacific Coast League on Saturday.

Jonathan Arias (2008) Sultanes de Monterrey:
1-1, 4 Saves, 1.46ERA, 25 games, 24.2IP, 9BB, 26K

Juan Sandoval (2003) Diablos Rojos del Mexico:
9-1, 4 Saves, 2.00 ERA, 35 games, 36IP, 9BB, 27 K

Johan Limonta (2006) Piratas de Campeche:
27 games, .305/.345/.533; 6HR, 15RBI

Israel Nunez (2008) Leones de Yucatan:
43 games, .310/.375/.405; 0HR, 11RBI

Oscar Ramirez (2000) Acereros del Norte:
77 games, .259/.361/.407; 5HR, 36RBI

Mike Wilson (2005) Acereros del Norte:
30 games, .304/.391/.598; 9HR, 21RBI

Mike Wilson hit 19 taters in the regular season and three in the postseason during 2005.

Mike Wilson hit 19 taters in the regular season and three in the postseason during 2005.

No birthdays or MLB debuts for Timber Rattlers alumni occurred on September 18.

A few links and a look ahead

That blur scored the tying run in the top of the ninth on Tuesday.

That blur scored the tying run in the top of the ninth on Tuesday.

I tried something different at the 2013 MWL All-Star Game.  I got quotes and wrote actual stories.  No. Seriously!

Pregame with Matt Erickson

Postgame with Matt Erickson and Damien Magnifico

Here’s the Facebook Album of pictures that turned out better than the photo of the tying run.

Click the links and gaze in wonder as I try something different.

I talked with Matt Erickson and David Chavarria about the way the rotation sets up for the second half on Monday.  Here’s what we have.

Eric Semmelhack
Tyler Wagner/Martin Vitramontes
Jorge Lopez/Taylor Mangum
Damien Magnifico/Austin Blaski
Ryan Gibbard/Preston Gainey

First four games are at home starting on Thursday at 7:05pm.  Here’s the link with the Homestand Highlights for that four game series against the Kernels.

No. Really. Joe Morgan threw out the first pitch.  Really.

No. Really. Joe Morgan threw out the first pitch. Really.

The van leaves at 9am (Eastern) on Wednesday morning and the trip back is….wow….it’s going to be awhile. So, this will need to tide you over until Thursday. I, for one, welcome our new second half overlords!

PLAY BALL!

Timber Rattlers All-Stars since 1996

The Midwest League All-Star game is tonight at Dayton.  You can follow it on MiLB.TV or the Dragons radio call on DaytonDragons.com. Game time is 6:00pm CDT.

The 2013 Timber Rattlers are sending three players and an entire coaching staff to the game.

The only season that I am missing is1995 and I hope to do that this off season.   So, for now, here is an incomplete list of Timber Rattlers All-Stars.  Starters are in bold:

1996:
David Ortiz
Jose Amado
Joel Ramire
Luis Tinoco
Scott Smith
Brent Iddon
Greg Wooten
Mike Goff – Manager of the West (Lost 10-4)

1997 (The Rattlers players were on the East team):
Dennis Stark
Joe Mays
Luis Figueroa
Jason Regan
Gary Varsho – Manager of the West (Lost 6-5)

1998:
Luis Figeuroa
- 3B

Ryan Anderson
Lesli Brea
Gil Meches
Joel Pineiro
Mike Marchiano

First Rattler to start in an All-Star Game.

First Rattler to start in an All-Star Game.

1999:
Chris Mears
Melqui Torres
Aaron Looper
Enmanuel Ulloa

2000:
Shawn McCorkle – 1B
Chris Snelling – OF
Aquilino Lopez

2001:
Jamie Bubela – OF
Mark Carroll
Pedro Liriano
Jamal Strong
Rett Johnson
Kevin Olore
Chad Wiles

2002
Shin-soo Choo – OF
Greg Dobbs – 3B
Corey Freeman
Juan Doñe
Ramon Royce

2003:
Rene Rivera – C
Bobby! Livingston – P
Corey Harrington
TJ Bohn
Matt Hagen
TA Fulmer
Ryan Rowland-Smith

2004:
Ryan Feierabend (Winning Pitcher)
Brian Stitt

2005:
Matt Tuiasosopo
Asdrubal Cabrera
Josh Womack
Yung Chi Chen
Rob Johnson
Cibney Bello
Chad Fillinger
Scott Steinmann – Manager (Lost 4-2)

2006:
Ron Garth – 3B
Casey Craig
Edgar Guaramato
Harold Williams

2007:
Andy Barb
Joe Kantakevich

2008:
Edilio Colina – 2B
Juan Diaz
Phillippe Aumont
Travis Mortimore

2009:
Corey Kemp
Brett Lawrie
Jim Henderson
Daniel Meadows
Wily Peralta

2010:
Khris Davis – OF
Scooter Gennett – 2B
Jake Odorizzi
Nick Bucci

2011:
Chris Dennis – DH
Mike Walker
Austin Ross
Tyler Thornburg

2012:
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Rafael Neda
Yadiel Rivera
Jason Rogers
Drew Gagnon
Seth Harvey
Tommy Toledo
Mark Williams

2013:
Austin Blaski
Ryan Gibbard
Damien Magnifico
Matt Erickson – Manager

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