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Timber Rattlers Alumni Report Winter Leagues – Games through 11/23/14

Time to check in on the Winter Leagues and how the Timber Rattlers alumni are doing across the globe.

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (9-7, T-2nd):
Craig Anderson (’00): 4 games, 4 starts, 2-2, 3.00ERA, 27.0IP, 8BB, 24K

Melbourne Aces (4-8, 6th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (16-13, T-2nd)
Edward Paredes (’08): 11 games, 0-2, 6.75ERA, 4.0IP, 2BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 12 games, 0-0, 4.38ERA, 12.1IP, 5BB, 10K

Estrellas de Oriente (18-10, 1st):
Juan Diaz (’08): 18 games, .259/.310/.333, 0HR, 8RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 7 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 3.55ERA, 25.1IP, 8BB, 12K

Gigantes del Cibao (15-13, 4th):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 17 games, .315/.479/.685, 6HR, 10RBI

Tigres del Licey (11-18, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 9 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (8-8, 4th):
Omar Garcia (’14): 8 games, .091/.167/.091, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 16 games, .167/.220/.315, 2HR, 11RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 4 games, 4 starts, 1-1, 3.47ERA, 23.1IP, 0BB, 9K

Criollos de Caguas (10-7, 2nd):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 4 games, 4 starts, 2-1, 4.82, 18.2IP, 6BB, 10K

Gigantes de Carolina (8-7, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 16 games, .183/.279/.317, 2HR, 6RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 7 games, 0-1, 5.40ERA, 8.1IP, 2BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (10-6, 1st):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 4 games, 4 starts, 0-1, 1.65ERA, 16.1IP, 6BB, 14K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (26-11, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 8 games, 6 starts, 2-1, 2.57ERA, 35.0IP, 2BB, 23K

Bravos de Margarita (12-26, 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 (17-22, 6th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 9 games, 6 starts, 2-4, 3.42ERA, 26.1IP, 6BB, 27K

Caribes de Anzoategui (27-11, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 35 games, .281/.364/.533, 7HR, 26RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (17-18, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 17 games, .174/.321/.304, 1HR, 7RBI

Tigres de Aragua (20-16, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 14 games, 1-0, 0.71ERA, 12.2IP, 5BB, 5K

Alumni Birthdays for November 24:
Chris McFarland (’13, ’14) – 22
Maximo Mendez (’08) – 28
Hawkeye Wayne (’01) – 37
Rafael Santo Domingo (Hitting Coach, ’08) – 59
Jim Smith (’90) – 47
Randy Velarde (’86) – 51
Fred Beene (’64) – 71

Chris McFarland on Star Wars Night, 2014.

Chris McFarland on Star Wars Night, 2014.

Miscellaneous Snow – November 19, 2014

Not anywhere near as much snow as Buffalo has received.  Still.

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The season is coming.

Michael Saunders turns 28 today and the former Timber Rattler has changed agents as his name has come up in trade talks.

Michael Saunders as a Rattler in 2006.

Michael Saunders as a Rattler in 2006.

Click that link to get caught up on the story. But, here’s the interesting part:

[It] began back in October with a series of bizarre comments from Jack Zduriencik during a year-end press conference and ensuing radio appearances, comments first highlighted here on this site. Zduriencik, at the time, called Saunders’ off-season work into question and wondered aloud if some of his injuries might have been avoidable with certain preparation.

Saunders agent at the time, Michael McCann of Frye-McCann Sports, fired back at the organization in a piece published by Jason Churchill at CBS Seattle, and further elaborated in a lengthy story from Ryan Divish at the Seattle Times.

That was as public as it got, one side throwing jabs and the other punching right back. But from the start, it never seemed to fit. There were theories that it was all posturing in advance of arbitration hearings, but the level of animosity involved went beyond what most would normally expect—which is not much.

Still, it was difficult not to wonder if the initial comments on the organization’s end, which seemingly came out of nowhere, were public blowback over something that to that point had remained private. When the original piece first went public here, there were whispers at the time that there’d been an ongoing dialogue between McCann and the organization over Saunders’ role.

The story continues with this:

Way back when McCann’s first comments went public, to Churchill, it was on the very same day MLB.com had some language directly from Saunders himself, saying that he wanted to be an everyday guy, and the initial comments from Zduriencik and McClendon (who said in the piece that Saunders’ numbers were that of a starter, but that he just needed to stay healthy) were “motivation to work hard this offseason and come back even better next year.”

Keep an eye on this during the next few weeks since the Winter Meetings begin after Thanksgiving.

Alumni Birthdays for November 19:
Dan Merklinger (’09) – 29
Michael Saunders (’06) – 28
Mickey Myers (’97) – 40
Andy Sheets (’93) – 43
Bob Shank (’53) – Would have been 80

Dan Merklinger in 2009.

Dan Merklinger in 2009.

I’ll be taking tomorrow off from blogging so here are the Alumni Birthdays for November 20:
Chad Pierce (’12) – 27
Russ Morgan (’01) – 37
Steve Peck (Pitching Coach, ’95-96) – 47
Herm Starrette (’61) – 76
Ray Powell (Manager, ’46) – Would have been 126

Chad Pierce as a Rattler in 2012.

Chad Pierce as a Rattler in 2012.

Alumni Report – November 17, 2014

A thin blanket of snow on the field at the stadium greets you on Monday morning.
November 17 2014 Snow

Arizona Fall League:
Glendale Desert Dogs (14-15-2, 3rd place West):
Clint Coulter (’13): 7 games, .174/.269/.304; 1HR, 3RBI
Nick Ramirez (’12): 19 games, .214/.286/.317, 3HR, 8RBI
Tyrone Taylor (’13): 21 games, .271/.315/.306, 0HR, 7RBI
Shawn Zarraga (’09): 9 games, .355/.444/.355, 0HR, 5RBI
Brooks Hall (’11): 8 games, 2 starts, 1-0, 3.38ERA, 18.2IP, 3BB, 13K
Mike Strong (’13): 11 games, 1-0, 2 saves, 1.98ERA, 13.2IP, 3BB, 14K
Tyler Wagner (’13): 9 games, 0-1, 1 save, 7.43ERA, 13.1IP, 7BB, 7K
Wei-Chung Wang (’14): 6 games, 6 starts, 2-0, 2.74ERA, 23.0IP, 2BB, 12K

The Arizona Fall League ended on Saturday.  I’ll have a link tomorrow on how some of the Brewers prospects did down there.

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (7-5, 2nd):
Craig Anderson (’00): 3 games, 3 starts, 2-1, 2.14ERA, 21.0IP, 7BB, 17K

Melbourne Aces (2-6, 6th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (14-9, 1st):
Edward Paredes (’08): 9 games, 0-1, 0.00ERA, 3.2IP, 2BB, 4K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 11 games, 0-0, 3.09ERA, 11.2IP, 4BB, 10K

Estrellas de Oriente (12-10, 3rd):
Juan Diaz (’08): 14 games, .286/.333/.333, 0HR, 6RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 5 games, 4 starts, 1-1, 4.50ERA, 16.0IP, 6BB, 7K

Gigantes del Cibao (12-12, 4th):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 13 games, .326/.474/.744, 6HR, 8RBI

Tigres del Licey (10-14, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 9 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (7-4, 1st):
Omar Garcia (’14): 7 games, .125/.222/.125, 0HR, 0RBI
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 11 games, .216/.231/.432, 2HR, 11RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 3 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 3.24ERA, 16.2IP, 0BB, 7K

Criollos de Caguas (6-6, 4th):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 3 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 5.40, 13.1IP, 3BB, 7K

Gigantes de Carolina (7-6, 3rd):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 13 games, .200/.310/.360, 2HR, 6RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 7 games, 0-1, 5.40ERA, 8.1IP, 2BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez (7-5, 2nd):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 3 games, 3 starts, 0-1, 2.38ERA, 11.1IP, 5BB, 10K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (23-8, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 7 games, 5 starts, 2-0, 2.17ERA, 29.0IP, 2BB, 19K

Bravos de Margarita (10-22, 7th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 6 games, 6 starts, 0-4, 5.04ERA, 25.0IP, 6BB, 20K
Greg Holle (’11): 13 games, 0-2, 1 Save, 5.59ERA, 9.2IP, 5BB,2K

Cardenales de Lara (13-20, 6th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 8 games, 6 starts, 2-3, 11.57ERA, 25.1IP, 5BB, 26K

Caribes de Anzoategui (24-8, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 30 games, .294/.368/.571, 7HR, 22RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (14-15, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 14 games, .179/.319/.256, 0HR, 4RBI

Tigres de Aragua (19-11, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 12 games, 1-0, 0.82ERA, 11.0IP, 5BB, 4K

Alumni Birthdays for November 17:
Mike Strong (’12, ’13) – 26
Roy Wells (’01) – 36
Ty Kovach (’93) – 46
Don Lindsey (’90) – 47
Kent Torve (’84, ’85) – 52
Mike Maitland (’78-’80, ’82) – 55

Mike Strong

Mike Strong

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Survey Says! – November 12, 2014

A few notes for today:

The Timber Rattlers have a brief online survey that I thought would be a good idea to share here.  If you have time, please click the link and answer the questions.  There is an opportunity to win a Suite at a Timber Rattlers game for you and up to 19 of your friends.  So, fill it out and be kind.  Be honest, but be kind.

2014 Timber Rattlers Survey

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The deadline to have it filled out is Friday, November 14.

If you are so inclined, individual tickets for the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game go on sale today.  Beginning at 10:00 am you may use this link to order your tickets.

Jordy Nelson WEB

Alumni Birthdays for November 12:
Josh McNulty (’03) – 34
Gary Thurman (Manager ’00-’02) – 50
AJ Hill (’77, ’80, ’81) – 56

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Alumni Report – Through games of 11/9/14

“With a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather.
A quiver in my voice as if I might cry.”

That's not white paint.

That’s not white paint.

And so it begins….Spring and Opening Day 2015 can’t get here fast enough.

Let’s start thinking Spring by looking at how Timber Rattlers alumni are doing in the Winter Leagues:

Arizona Fall League:
Glendale Desert Dogs (11-15-1, 3rd place West):
Clint Coulter (’13): 6 games, .200/.273/.350; 1HR, 3RBI
Nick Ramirez (’12): 17 games, .238/.314/.413, 3HR, 8RBI
Tyrone Taylor (’13): 19 games, .237/.293/.276, 0HR, 6RBI
Shawn Zarraga (’09): 8 games, .333/.438/.333, 0HR, 3RBI
Brooks Hall (’11): 7 games, 2 starts, 1-0, 4.02ERA, 15.2IP, 2BB, 11K
Mike Strong (’13): 9 games, 0-0, 1 save, 1.59ERA, 11.1IP, 3BB, 12K
Tyler Wagner (’13): 8 games, 0-1, 1 save, 8.03ERA, 11.1IP, 6BB, 12K
Wei-Chung Wang (’14): 5 games, 5 starts, 2-0, 1.50ERA, 18.0IP, 2BB, 9K

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (5-3, T-1st):
Craig Anderson (’00): 2 games, 2 starts, 1-1, 3.75ERA, 12.0IP, 5BB, 11K

Melbourne Aces (1-3, T-5th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 2 games, 0-1, 3.86ERA, 2.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (10-7, 2nd):
Edward Paredes (’08): 4 games, 0-1, 0.00ERA, 1.1IP, BB, K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 9 games, 0-0, 2.70ERA, 10.0IP, 4BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente (8-8, 4th):
Juan Diaz (’08): 10 games, .323/.344/.387, 0HR, 5RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 4 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 3.55ERA, 12.2IP, 6BB, 3K

Gigantes del Cibao (11-7, 1st):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 7 games, .391/.548/1.043, 5HR, 6RBI

Tigres del Licey (7-10, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 8 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (3-2, 2nd):
Omar Garcia (’14): 3 games, 0-for-3
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 5 games, .222/.263/.389, HR, 5RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 2 games, 2 starts, 0-1, 5.59ERA, 9.2IP, 0BB, 4K

Criollos de Caguas (3-4, 4th):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 2 games, 2 starts, 0-1, 7.36, 7.1IP, 3BB, 5K

Gigantes de Carolina (5-2, 1st):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 7 games, .167/.286/.167, 0HR, RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 1.42ERA, 6.1IP, 0BB, 6K

Indios de Mayaguez (4-3, 3rd):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 2 games, 2 starts, 0-1, 2.84ERA, 6.1IP, 4BB, 7K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (19-6, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 6 games, 4 starts, 2-0, 2.31ERA, 23.1IP, 2BB, 16K

Bravos de Margarita (8-19, 7th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 5 games, 5 starts, 0-4, 5.40ERA, 20.0IP, 6BB, 16K
Greg Holle (’11): 10 games, 0-0, 1 Save, 3.86ERA, 7.0IP, 4BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (10-17, 6th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 5 games, 5 starts, 1-2, 3.93ERA, 18.1IP, 4BB, 18K

Caribes de Anzoategui (20-6, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 24 games, .277/.358/.532, 5HR, 18RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (12-13, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 12 games, .206/.357/.294, 0HR, 4RBI

Tigres de Aragua (16-8, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 10 games, 1-0, 0.87ERA, 10.1IP, 5BB, 4K

Alumni Birthdays for November 10:
Ryan Fasano (’13) – 25
Sheldon Fulse (’00, ’01) – 33

Australian Cheering Guide – November 6, 2014

When it comes to the Australian Baseball League, Timber Rattlers fans have had a cheering interest in the Sydney Blue Sox, due to former Rattler Craig Anderson (’00) being a mainstay in their rotation for a long time.

In the Claxton Shield Era of the ABL, the Perth Heat had former Timber Rattler Dan Floyd (’01, ’02).  Floyd had the final hit of the Claxton Shield Era and it was a big one.

The Heat won back-to-back Claxton Shield titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, it won the Southern Division with an 8–4 record and swept New South Wales in the best-of-three semi final series in Sydney. In 2009, the Heat finished the regular season with the best record, at 12–4, and came back from losing the first game to beat New South Wales in three games in the Grand Final. The WA side led the deciding third game throughout but blew a 2–0 lead in the top of the ninth inning. With the game set for extra innings, outfielder Daniel Floyd hit a walk-off single to deliver back-to-back titles for Perth.

Jamie McOwen (’07) played for the Adelaide Bite in 2010-11 and he was The Helms Award Winner (Most Valued Player) that season as he helped the Bite to reach the Finals before falling in the Finals to Perth.

Another alum of the Timber Rattlers is joining the ABL this year and he will be with the Melbourne Aces:

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Photos from the Melbourne Aces Facebook Page:

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That’s Kyle Heckathorn (’10) wearing #45.  Melbourne’s season begins at 7:35pm on Friday in Australia.  That would be…at…2:35am in the Central Time Zone…if I am doing my math right.

Alumni Birthdays for November 6:
Stephen Peterson (’12) – 27
Ricky Orta (’07) – 30
Jorge Candelaria (’86) – 47
Leo Garcia (’81, ’82) – 52
Harold McClain (’71, ’72) – 62
Rudy Okleson (’42) – Would have been 93

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Golden Era Ballot – November 5, 2014

The MOST IMPORTANT THING for today?  Timber Rattlers Director of Tickets Ryan Moede is taking part in Movember!

In the time that I have known Ryan – over a year, maybe well over two years – I have never seen him with even the beginnings of a mustache.  As soon as I can dig up some of the gold buried in one of the coffee cans in my backyard and convert it to cash, I will be donating to Ryan’s page.  Please think about doing the same at some point this month by clicking on that link.

NOTE: I will not be participating in Movember this year.  I am no longer allowed to grow a mustache….It’s….complicated.

Hat Tip to Kyle of BrewFrostyMug (which has a new WordPress Home, by the way) for a link to this story on Tyler Wagner (’13) on his two perfect innings of relief for the Glendale Desert Dogs yesterday in an Arizona Fall League game.

The Saguaros weren’t any more comfortable facing Wagner, the Brewers’ No. 14 prospect. He struck out one batter and needed just 20 pitches to complete two perfect innings. He induced four groundball outs, a product of his sinker-slider combination.

Tuesday was the first time Wagner had pitched since he got just one out and allowed nine runs (eight earned) on six hits and two walks last week at Salt River. He said he didn’t do anything differently between appearances and credited better fastball command for the turnaround.

“I just kept going with my game plan, which is to get early, weak-contact ground balls,” Wagner said. “My last outing I was up in the zone. That happens sometimes. You just have to make adjustments to throw the sinker down in the zone.”

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Center fielder Tyrone Taylor, the Brewers’ top prospect, added a hit and a walk. He also helped out on defense in the first inning. Peterson attempted to stretch his double into a triple, but was thrown out at third base by Taylor.

Wagner has played with Taylor the last two years, first at Class A Wisconsin and then at Class A Advanced Brevard County this season. He said he wasn’t surprised to see Taylor make a big play on defense.

“Every day he comes in with the mindset of winning the day,” Wagner said. “That’s what makes him so successful and consistent with what he does well.”

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced ten finalists on their 2015 Golden Era Ballot.

I took a look at the names to see if there were any Appleton Professional Baseball ties, but the only one with an even tangential tie to the area is Billy Pierce, a left-handed pitcher with the Tigers, White Sox, and Giants.  Pierce spent his post-playing days with the White Sox as a scout and some of the players he signed and scouted eventually wound up with the Appleton Foxes.

There is an Appleton affiliation on the committee.  Hall of Famer Pat Gillick, who pitched for the Fox Cities Foxes in 1960, is on the committee.

Alumni Birthdays for November 5:

Ron Garth (’06-’08) – 30
Bryan LaHair (’04) – 32
Jim Koehler (’93) – 44

Bryan LaHair at the plate during a 2004 game.  LaHair hit 15 home runs in Venezuela during the regular season of the winter league.

Bryan LaHair at the plate during a 2004 game. LaHair hit 15 home runs in Venezuela during the regular season of the winter league.

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Timber Rattlers Alumni Report – Games through 11/3/14

Working around the ballpark to get ready for the 2015 season.

November 3 2014

The Australian Baseball League and the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente in Puerto Rico both kicked off their seasons this past weekend.

Before getting into the body of this post, a couple of add-ins to past posts on the blog.

I missed Orlando Arcia (’13) playing in Venezuela for Caribes de Anzoategui. That link goes some video of a few defensive gems by Arcia…ARCIA!

The Independent Minded post missed Tony Butler (’07, ’10) who pitched in seven games – five starts – with the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League.

Thank you to Jim at BrewerFan.net for the tips on those two Rattler alumni.

The Arizona Fall League had their All-Star Game (aka: Fall Stars Game….no…really!)

The East defeated the West 6-2.  The former Timber Rattlers to play for the West were Tyrone Taylor (’13), who went 1-for-2 as the starting centerfielder, and Tyler Wagner (’13), who entered to start the sixth inning and allowed a run on a hit and a walk in 1/3 of an inning.

Arizona Fall League:
Glendale Desert Dogs (9-11-1, 1st place West):
Clint Coulter (’13): 5 games, .176/.263/.353; 1HR, 3RBI
Nick Ramirez (’12): 14 games, .204/.259/.389, 3HR, 7RBI
Tyrone Taylor (’13): 15 games, .233/.292/.283, 0HR, 4RBI
Shawn Zarraga (’09): 6 games, .300/.417/.300, 0HR, 0RBI
Brooks Hall (’11): 5 games, 0-0, 3.12ERA, 8.2IP, BB, 6K
Mike Strong (’13): 7 games, 0-0, 1 save, 2.25ERA, 8.0IP, 2BB, 8K
Tyler Wagner (’13): 6 games, 0-0, 1 save, 10.80ERA, 8.1IP, 6BB, 5K
Wei-Chung Wang (’14): 4 games, 4 starts, 2-0, 2.08ERA, 13.0IP, BB, 4K

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (2-2, T-1st):
Craig Anderson (’00): 1 game, 1 start, 1-0, 4.50ERA, 6.0IP, 3BB, 5K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (6-6, 4th):
Edward Paredes (’09): 3 games, 0-1, 0.00ERA, 0.1IP, BB, K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 6 games, 0-0, 2.70ERA, 6.2IP, 2BB, 7K

Estrellas de Oriente (7-6, 3rd):
Juan Diaz (’08): 8 games, .280/.308/.320, 0HR, 4RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 4 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 3.55ERA, 12.2IP, 6BB, 3K

Gigantes del Cibao (8-4, 2nd):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 1 game, 0-for-2

Tigres del Licey (4-9, 6th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 8 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (2-0, 1st):
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 2 games 2-for-7, HR, 2RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 1 game, 1 start, 0-0, 1.80ERA, 5IP, 2H, 0BB, 2K

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Criollos de Caguas (1-2, 4th):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 1 game, 1 start, 0-1, 8.10 3.1IP, BB, 0K

Gigantes de Carolina (2-1, 2nd):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 3 games, 2-for-9, 0HR, RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 2 games, 0-0, 2.2IP, 0BB, K

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Indios de Mayaguez (2-2, 3rd):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 1 game, 1 start, 0-1, 3.00ERA, 3IP, BB, 3K

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Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia (15-5, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 5 games, 3 starts, 1-0, 1.56ERA, 17.1IP, BB, 8K

Bravos de Margarita (8-13, 6th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 4 games, 4 starts, 0-3, 3.18ERA, 17.0IP, 5BB, 14K
Greg Holle (’11): 9 games, 0-0, 1 Save, 4.50ERA, 6.0IP, 4BB, 0K

Cardenales de Lara (6-15, T-7th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 4 games, 0-0, 3.60ERA, 5.0IP, 2BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 4 games, 4 starts, 0-2, 5.40ERA, 13.1IP, 3BB, 11K

Caribes de Anzoategui (18-3, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 20 games, .266/.348/.532, 4HR, 16RBI

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Navegantes del Magallanes (8-11, 5th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 10 games, .148/.324/.185, 0HR, 2RBI

Tigres de Aragua (11-7, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 8 games, 0-0, 1.17ERA, 7.2IP, 5BB, 4K

Alumni Birthdays for November 3:
Jeff Ellena (’02) – 35
Daniel Meadows (’09) – 27
Darrell Pruitt (’85) – 51

Baseball Halloween – October 31, 2014

A little cool and breezy today at the ballpark.  The weather seems appropriate since Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend.

Ballpark October 31 2014Cool looking sky though.

This has been out there for awhile, but I don’t think I have posted it here yet.  The 2015 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers schedule is set.  Game times for the home games are on the schedule here:  2015 Schedule

Individual game tickets won’t be available until about March of 2015, but you can find out about and purchase group outings, miniplans, and season tickets at this link.

To get into the spirit of Halloween, but to also keep in mind that Baseball is the main reason for this blog, how about a scary baseball movie?

The website won’t let me embed the trailer and this movie must be really obscure if it’s NOT on YouTube. So here is the trailer to NIGHT GAME!

Night Game

Okay…maybe not scary…but, that trailer is a really good time capsule of the weird ’80s vibe most popular culture had going at the time. Yes…That is the Astrodome….and those are the Astros.  The synopsis?  This is from Wikipedia, but I won’t link it or reveal the ending.

A number of young women are found dead on or around the beaches of Galveston and the one thing they all have in common is that they were murdered when Houston Astros ace pitcher Silvio Baretto (an amalgamation of real-life pitchers Bob Knepper and Juan Agosto) pitches and wins a night game at the Astrodome. Additionally, each victim had their throats slashed by some sort of knife or hook.

Scheider plays former minor league baseball player turned Galveston homicide detective Mike Seaver. Seaver is a staunch Astros fan and is the only person on the case who begins to realize the coincidence of the deaths coming after Sil Barretto’s night game wins in the Dome.

No. Seriously. This was a movie.  MLB must have needed the licensing $$$$ at the time to allow a movie to be made with a pitcher for the Astros to be a murder suspect.  What can I say?  The ’80s were an odd time.

Plus, I love how Mike Seaver (No, not THAT Mike Seaver) is apparently the only Astros fan on the police force.

This was not the most ridiculous plot for a Roy Scheider movie.  That award would go to The Fourth War, followed closely by Blue Thunder and Chain of Command.  Night Game barely makes the top five…only because I can’t include entire episodes of the second season of SeaQuest.

Night Game is also notable for the film debut of Renée O’Connor…best known for her role in this 90’s action TV show.

To bring this entry even more around to the purpose of this blog Juan Agosto?…He pitched for the Appleton Foxes in 1980.

Alumni Birthdays:
October 31:
Anthony Varvaro (’07) – 30
Andy Hargrove (’07) – 33
Chad Dunavan (’94) – 42
Dave McNally (’64) – Would have been 72

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November 1:
Bryan Sabatella (’06) – 30
Bob Wells (’98) – 48
Jack McGowan (’60) – Would have been 78
Charles Smiley (’61) – 79

November 2:
Taylor Green (’09) – 28
Pat Rice (Pitching Coach ’96, ’97) – 51
Jorge Morales (’93) – 44
Steve Hoeme (’89, ’90) – 47
Travis Jackson (Manager ’52, ’53) – Would have been 111

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And watch out for hooks!

They Might Be Giants – October 30, 2014

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, World Series Champions of 2014.

That was their third Championship in the last five years. The last time the Giants were this successful was back in the early 1920’s. John McGraw managed the New York Giants to four straight National League pennants from 1921-1924 with wins over the New York Yankees in 1921 and 1922 and losses to the Yankees (1923) and Washington Senators (1924).

There is a slight Appleton tie to that Giants dynasty. Travis Jackson played for the Giants briefly in 1922 and saw more playing time in 1923 and 1924.

Jackson, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, managed the Appleton Papermakers in 1952 and 1953.

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Managed the Appleton Papermakers in 1952 and 1953.

The SABR biography on Jackson is a good read, too.

During the 1920s and 1930s the New York Giants captured seven National League championships. While they had great outfielders like Mel Ott and Ross Youngs as well as solid pitching, most prominently Carl Hubbell, it was their infield that anchored the team in its success. George Kelly, Fred Lindstrom, and Bill Terry each had a hand in many of the successful Giants campaigns during this era. They, along with several other prominent teammates including Frankie Frisch and Rogers Hornsby, were recognized for their play; each was selected to the Hall of Fame. 

Over time, recognition of how the Giants arrived at their success gained a different perspective. It dawned on those invested with selection to the Hall of Fame that these Giants infielders had one factor in common from the early 1920s through the mid-1930s: their shortstop, Travis Jackson. That realization, almost belatedly made, crystallized in 1982 when the Veterans Committee elected Jackson to the Hall. While a solid hitter, Jackson was not in the mold of a Hornsby or Terry, but he was considered by his peers as the defensive anchor for his team and one of the best at his position, if not the best.

Unfortunately, Timber Rattlers fans – along with the rest of the fans in the Midwest League – have not had a chance to see many of the Giants players when those players were in the minor leagues.  The Giants have not been affiliated with a Midwest League team since 1996 when they wrapped up a two year deal with the Burlington Bees.

According to MWLGuide.com,  The San Francisco Giants were affiliated with a MWL team from 1956 to 1996.  They were with the Michigan City White Caps (1956-59), Quincy Giants (1960-61), Decatur Commodores (1962-74), Cedar Rapids Giants (1975-79), Clinton Giants (1980-93), and Clinton Giants (1994).

There was also one year (1954) when the Giants were affiliated with a MWL team by the name of the Danville Dans.

For a more local – as in Northeastern Wisconsin – flavoring of Giants baseball, look back to the old Wisconsin State League.  The New York Giants were affiliated with Oshkosh’s WSL franchise in 1942 and – once the league restarted after World War II – again from 1946 through 1953, when the WSL folded.

The Oshkosh Giants won the Wisconsin State League title in both 1949 and 1950.

Speaking of the old Wisconsin State League, here is another photo of that Papermakers Pen that was mentioned in yesterday’s post.

This is great!

Boost the Home Team….That is great!

Alumni Birthdays:
Corby Heckman (’95) – 31
Manny Parra (’11) – 32
Craig Anderson (’00) – 34
Tom Poquette (Manager, ’92) – 63
Mark Tanner (’73) – 64

Craig Anderson ('00) is pitching well in his homeland.

Craig Anderson (’00) is with the Sydney Blue Sox for the Australian Baseball League this season. They open the season tomorrow.

Tom Poquette, the manager of the Foxes in 1992.

Tom Poquette, the manager of the Foxes in 1992.

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