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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

Decorations around the ballpark

When you come out to a game at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season – and there will be games at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium this season — you will see some new things.

I am not talking about the club level and the suites and the other renovations around the stadium.  I’m talking about the decorations.  The Wall of Fame came down because of the renovations, but that is just temporary.  To make sure there wasn’t just a blank concrete block wall when you walk into the ballpark, we hung the most recent championship banners of Appleton Professional Baseball:

The Foxes Banners from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

The Foxes Pennants from 1982-1984 and the 2012 Timber Ratters Pennant.

There are some banners on the outside of the stadium.  We selected a group of former Timber Rattlers players who are either Brewers prospects or are currently with the Brewers.

Khris Davis

Khris Davis

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Wily Peralta

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Jim Henderson

Hiram Burgos

Hiram Burgos

Hunter Morris

Hunter Morris

Tyler Thornburg

Tyler Thornburg

Scooter Gennett

Scooter Gennett

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Yadiel Rivera

Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger

There are a few others, but you’ll just have to come out to the stadium to see who they are.

This is the part I really like.  This old photograph of Goodland Field from the days of the Appleton Papermakers is on the wall behind the registers in the new Snake Pit Team Store.  It is awesome.  Sadly, the location is not lit properly for a good photo to be taken.  Also – if you’ll remember – I am a bad photographer.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

The light pole in foul territory cracks me up every time.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the left side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

A closer look at the right side of the photo.

Look at the bat rack outside the dugout in the last picture.  Heck, look at the dugout in that last picture.  There are plenty of details in this photo on the wall.  When you come out to the team store, look at it and sees what grabs your attention. 

In case you missed it, the Rattlers were rained out again.  Thursday is the third straight game at home that has been rained out.  This weather….ugh.  I had to give the penguin the day off.  He was out enjoying this weather and wouldn’t check in with me.  Jerk.

However, Fang & Whiffer both got out in the elements to sing and dance and emote their fuzzy hearts out.  Enjoy:

Walkoff Wednesday by the Numbers & Deeds

It’s been a lot of fun looking back at the walkoff heroics of various Timber Rattlers players through the years.  Yeah, I guess it’s been fun to look back at the opposing team’s wins in that same fashion.  That’s what Walkoff Wednesday has been about.

Now is the time to break things down by team and by walkoff event from 1995-2012. 

Additionally, I will list the walkoff homers both for the Timber Rattlers and against the Timber Rattlers.  

At the bottom of this page there will be a link to every Walkoff Wednesday post of this offseason.

Timber Rattlers Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 118
Opponent Walkoff Victories 1995-2012: 103

Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Events:
Single: 49
Double: 5
Triple: 1 (Michael Marseco – 4/22/09 v. Peoria)
HR: 27 (Includes three walkoff grand slams)
Opposing Team Error: 14
Wild Pitch: 8
Sacrifice Fly: 6
Bases Loaded Walk: 4
Fielder’s Choice: 2
Unknown: 2

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Michael Marseco has the only walkoff triple in Timber Rattlers history.

Eleven of Wisconsin’s 118 Walkoff Victories have happened when the team was trailing heading into the plate appearance that led to the walkoff win.

WALKOFF WINS AGAINST MWL OPPONENT (1995-2012):
Beloit: 17
Bowling Green: 0
Burlington: 10
Cedar Rapids: 7
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 3 
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 3
Kane County: 15
Lake County: 0
Lansing: 8
Peoria: 12
Quad Cities: 9
South Bend: 10
West Michigan: 2

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 6
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 3

MWL OPPONENT WALKOFF WINS vs. WISCONSIN 1995-2012:
Beloit: 11
Bowling Green: 1
Burlington: 11
Cedar Rapids: 8
Clinton: 8
Dayton: 2
Fort Wayne: 5
Great Lakes: 1
Kane County: 16
Lake County: 2
Lansing: 3
Peoria: 9
Quad Cities: 8
South Bend: 2
West Michigan: 3

FORMER MWL TEAMS:
Rockford: 3
Michigan/Southwest Michigan/Battle Creek: 10

TIMBER RATTLERS WITH MORE THAN TWO CAREER WALKOFF HITS:

Mike Marchiano: 5
Nick Ramirez: 3
Ariel Durango: 3

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler.  All FIVE happened in 1998.

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler. All FIVE happened in 1998.

TIMBER RATTLERS WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):

David Ortiz – June 8, 1996
Mike Burrows – May 11, 1997
Ramon Vazquez – August 30, 1997
Juan Silvestre – June 18, 1998
Mike Marchiano – July 13, 1998
Juan Silvestre – September 11, 1999 (Grand Slam)
Fernando Espino – September 16, 1999
Gorky Estrella – June 25, 2000 (Grand Slam)
Joe Rodriguez – April 13, 2001
John Castellano – May 15, 2001
Ariel Durango – June 12, 2001 (Grand Slam)
Sean Peless – April 16, 2002
TJ Bohn – April 27, 2003
Matt Tuiasosopo – April 13, 2005
Mike Wilson – September 9, 2005
Ron Garth – May 21, 2006
Johan Limonta – August 6, 2006
Curt Ledbetter – August 25, 2006
Andy Hargrove – May 13, 2007
Scott Robinson – May 17, 2008
Gavin Dickey – June 5, 2008
Brock Kjeldgaard – June 10, 2009
Mike Walker – April 17, 2011
Mike Brownstein – August 1, 2011
Greg Hopkins – April 25, 2012
Yadiel Rivera – June 10, 2012
Ben McMahan – July 18, 2012

Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs.

Juan Silvestre is the only Rattler to have TWO walkoff home runs. One of those homers is one of three walkoff grand slams in Rattlers history.

OPPONENT WALKOFF HOMERS (1995-2012):
Demond Smith (Cedar Rapids) – July 10, 1995
Bo Porter (Rockford) – August 2, 1996
Chris Haas (Peoria) – September 3, 1996
Jamie Lopiccolo (Beloit) – August 10, 1997
Greg Clark (Peoria) May 15, 2000
Ryan Gripp (Lansing) – August 11, 2000
Hunter Wyant (Kane County) – April 13, 2002
Eric Lis (Beloit) – April 11, 2006
Eli Tintor  (Beloit) – July 19, 2007
Dusty Coleman (Kane County) – May 21, 2009
Wang Wei Lin (Beloit) – May 3, 2010
Danny Rams (Beloit) – July 9, 2010
Virgil Hill (Quad Cities) – June 17, 2012
Zach Borenstein (Cedar Rapids) – July 6, 2012

Previous Walkoff Wednesdays:
Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1996 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1997 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1998 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (1999 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2008 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2009 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2010 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2011 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2012 Season)

Mehring Monday: More Cool Stuff

The pleas for old stuff seems to be working.  Jim Riedl dropped off a scrapbook from 1941 that includes many Papermakers photos.

Last week’s Flashback Friday covered a walkoff homer by Pat Seerey.  This week’s Mehring Monday covers all those glorious photos.

In the top photo: Several fedoras, lots, of ties, one cigarette, and either a hearing aid or an earpiece for a radio (Gentleman in the lower left corner) in attendance at Goodland Field for the 1941 opener.

In the bottom photo: Wisconsin State League President Herman D. White and Appleton Papermakers President William Van Dyke.

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This photo shows Papermakers manager Eddie Dancisak and Appleton Junior Chamber of Commerce chairman Parker Schultz shaking hands before the first game of 1941.
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Pat Seerey is the focus of the top three photos from The Milwaukee Journal.  On the lower left photo, Seerey is mobbed after his walkoff homer to beat Sheboygan.  The Goodland Field crowd goes wild after Seerey’s big hit in the lower right photo.
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These were the players that showed up for Papermakers Spring Training at Goodland Field in 1941.
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The Smith referred to in the photos below would be Red Smith.  Yes. The Red Smith of The Red Smith Banquet that is held in Appleton every January.
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I love that the fans were so into the rivalry that they brought props!
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This next image is the start of the “photographic ‘microscope'” The Milwaukee Journal put the Papermakers under during the 1941 season.
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Top photo: 1941 when duffel bags were duffel bags!

Bottom photo: Guess where in Appleton this is.
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Sadly, this is not a photo of Goodland Field.  This is the ballpark in Green Bay.
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Photo on left: I think I saw this set up in a Three Stooges short.  Photo on right: This reminds me of when I used to play American Legion baseball.
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Photo on left: Pat Seerey gets measured for a pair of shoes that he won after hitting a home run!  Photo on right: Seerey reads about his exploits on a teammate’s newspaper, the smartphone of it’s day.
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This is Hal Irelan, a scout for Cleveland.  He is watching the game from way down the line in leftfield.  Irelan played 67 games for the Phillies in 1914 and managed in the minors, too.
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The Papermakers get together for a team meal on the road.  I noted the Norman Rockwell feel to this photo when I tweeted it the other day.  What do you think?
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This is from the end of the season as Pat Seerey ties that pair of shose he won.
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Superstition led the Papermakers to not shave during a long winning streak towards the end of the 1941 season.  Here a few players get rid of their stubble.  Not the photos on the wall.  The editor writing the caption sure did.
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Here are few of the players from early in the 1941 season.  Swede Erickson (2nd from right on the top row) is the grandfather of current Rattlers manager Matt Erickson.
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Eight lads for the 1941 opener against Sheboygan!
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This is a team photo from later in the 1941 season.  Note the caption again: Papermakers Entertain Ladies Tonight.
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I hope you enjoyed the walk back to 1941. Keep those old photos and programs and memorabilia coming into the office!

Thank you, Bob Bruehl

Bob Bruehl stopped by the temporary offices of the Timber Rattlers on Monday with a folder and something else under his arm.  Mr. Bruehl, a bat boy for the Appleton Foxes in 1964, said that he was clearing some stuff out of his house and asked if we would like to have what he didn’t need anymore.

We saw what he had and we said yes.

If you remember this Mehring Monday column from this past December, we are looking for items from the history of Appleton baseball to help decorate the newly renovated Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  I would like to think that Mr. Bruehl read that column and decided to bring the items below in to us.  But, if he didn’t, that’s fine, too.

Thank you, sir.  We will find a place for these pieces of Appleton Baseball History.

Here is a photo of an old Foxes Seat Cushion and a 1984 Foxes program with some autographs.

John Cangelosi and Sal Rende signed the program.  Channel 5 and Valley Bank sponsored the seat cushion.

John Cangelosi and Sal Rende signed the program. Channel 5 and Valley Bank sponsored the seat cushion.

In the folder, were photos of Foxes teams from 1963, 1964, 1967, and 1969.  The teams of 1964, 1967, and 1969 won the Midwest League pennant.

The Foxes were an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at the time.

The Foxes were an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles at the time.

Still an Orioles affiliate in 1964. But, what did Sparky Lyle do to deserve that?

Still an Orioles affiliate in 1964. But, what did Sparky Lyle do to deserve that?

The Foxes were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1967.

The Foxes were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox in 1967.

The individual photos above the team photo are for players that could not be in the team photo due to military service or being assigned to - or promoted from - the team after the photo. was taken.

The individual photos above the team photo are for players that could not be in the team photo due to military service or being assigned to – or promoted from – the team after the photo. was taken.

Walkoff Wednesday (1995 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

This week, we skip back in time to 1995, the first season of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Keep in mind that this may not be a complete list. The person (Ed.: AHEM) who went through the microfilm of The Post-Crescent boxscores at Appleton Public Library forgot to get ALL of the details…and The PC got a little lax in recording the boxscores at the end of that season.

If need be, I’ll go back and get these at some point. If you were at these games – or happen to be former Rattlers radio announcer Tim McCord, drop a line in the comments to HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!

To the list!

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the "walkoff" hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Luis Molina (pictured here with Lancaster in 1997) had the “walkoff” hit at least twice during the 1995 season.

Joe Mathis scored the "walkoff" run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Joe Mathis (pictured here in 1996) scored the “walkoff” run at least twice during the 1995 Timber Rattlers season.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (3):

DATE: May 20
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Mike Blais
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Molina’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drives in Joe Mathis.
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 2, Michigan 1
NOTES: This is the first walkoff victory in Timber Rattlers history.  Mathis had doubled in Wilson Delgado to tie the game moments earlier in the 9th.

DATE: June 5
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: Marcus Mays
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 4, Kane County 3
NOTE: One out in the bottom of the ninth when winning run scored. HEEELLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPP!!!!!

DATE: August 9
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
BATTER: Luis Molina
PITCHER: Cory Corrigan
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Luis Molina bloop single with 2 out scores Joe Mathis
FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 2 (12)
NOTES: Molina’s RBI single in the 12th gave him six straight games with an RBI. Wisconsin starting pitcher Derek Bieniasz had a perfect game through seven innings, but allowed a hit to start the eighth. Placido Palanco tied the game in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI double off John Thompson.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (8):

DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Marino Santana
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: E4 on a potential game ending double play allowed two runs to score.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 3, Wisconsin 2
NOTES: Santana, Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, was going for a complete game and got the first out of the ninth. But, two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases. Castillo grounded to short. The flip to second was in time, but the relay to first was wild and two runs scored for the Kane County win.

DATE: June 1 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 5-5 in bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ?????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 6, Wisconsin 5 (9)
NOTES: Game two of the doubleheader went nine innings. Beloit tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

DATE: June 7
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Luis Castillo
PITCHER: Chris Beck
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Castillo’s bunt single with two out drove in Amauny Garcia.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 4, Wisconsin 3
NOTES: The Rattlers led 3-2 to start the bottom of the ninth, but committed two errors in the bottom of the ninth to set up the Kane County rally.

DATE: July 10
OPPONENT: Cedar Rapids Kernels
STADIUM: Veterans Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Demond Smith
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Wisconsin 14, Cedar Rapids 13 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Demond Smith 2-out, 2-run home run
FINAL SCORE: Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 14 (11)
NOTES: The Rattlers scored three in the top of the ninth to tie the game 11-11. Then, the Rattlers scored three runs in the top of the eleventh – on a three-run double by Luis Molina – for a 14-11 lead. Thompson retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the eleventh, but allowed a single. Then, Bret Hemphill hit a two-run homer. Thompson hit the next batter and Smith followed with a two-run walkoff homer.

This really happened.

Proof that this really happened.

DATE: July 28
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)
NOTES: John Daniels allowed a runner to reach base to start the tenth. Thompson came on in relief and allowed the winning run to score.

DATE: July 29
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C. O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5
NOTES: The Rattlers were up 5-0, but the Battle Cats scored three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to win. Thompson allowed an inherited runner to score. At least that’s what I think happened. The boxscore is tough to read/decipher.

It gets a little foggy in the section on pitchers.

It gets a little foggy in the section on the Rattlers pitchers.

DATE: August 25
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM: Pohlman Field
BATTER: ????
PITCHER: John Daniels
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: ????
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 5, Wisconsin 4 (10)
NOTE: Rattlers had tied the game with two runs in the top of the 9th

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Kane County Cougars
STADIUM: Elfstrom Stadium
BATTER: Todd Dunwoody
PITCHER: John Thompson
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Dunwoody’s 2-out RBI single drove in Hayward Cook.
FINAL SCORE: Kane County 2, Wisconsin 1 (10)
NOTE: The Rattlers had a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, but a 2-out RBI single by Tony Darden drove in Walter White with the tying run that sent the game to extra innings.

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995

I am pretty sure this was not the Walter White who scored the winning run against the Timber Rattlers on August 30, 1995.

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Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2007 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

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How other teams decorate

This week’s Mehring Monday is a plea for help in tracking down pieces of history from Appleton Professional Baseball to help the Timber Rattlers decorate Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium when the renovations are complete.

The starting point was the sudden donation of these team autographed baseballs from the 1970s:

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In the middle of that column, I mention the ways other teams use their history to decorate their stadiums.

Pictures are usually better than words.  Mine are about even, but you should get the general idea from the pictures below:

The first few are from the Cedar Rapids Kernels and their timeline of baseball in Cedar Rapids:

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These are from Peoria’s timeline:

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Old Hoss

I thought I had a few from the conference room at Community Field and a few more of the historical photos from West Michigan. But, well, my filing system is ridiculous.

These should give you the general idea.

Walkoff Wednesday (2006 season)

It’s Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio.

The 2006 season takes center stage this week.  This team may not have made the playoffs.  This team may have lost a team record 86 games.  But, they were involved in a lot of close games.

These close games included twelve walkoffs – six for and six against.  There were also four walkoff homers – three four and one against.

A very rare walkoff is included in the Rattlers list.  A walkoff home run to end a game and a no-hit bid.

Alex Gary, Eddy Hernandez, and Bryan Sabatella from the '06 Rattlers.

Alex Gary, Eddy Hernandez, and Bryan Sabatella from the ’06 Rattlers.

Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (6):

DATE: April 19
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
BATTER: Bryan Sabatella
PITCHER: Greg Dupas
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Southwest Michigan 3, Timber Rattlers 2 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two runs score when third baseman Matt Devins threw wildly to first to get Sabatella on what would have been the final out of the game.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 4, Southwest Michigan 3
NOTES: The Rattlers were down 3-0, but scored twice in the eighth and got the two-run gift in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.  Eddy Hernandez, who was hit by a pitch with one out, scored easily from third.  Pinch runner Alex Gary raced home from first base with the winning run.

DATE: May 21
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
BATTER:  Ron Garth
PITCHER:  Eliezer Garcia
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ron Garth’s pinch-hit leadoff home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Burlington 3
NOTES: Ron Garth is awesome!  The Rattlers were wearing their Pink Jerseys on this Sunday because the date they were to wear them (May 14) was rained out. 

DATE: July 17
OPPONENT: Swing of the Quad Cities
BATTER: Eddy Hernandez
PITCHER:  Jason Cairns
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 12th
GAME WINNING PLAY: A two-out RBI single by Eddy Hernandez scored pinch runner Alex Gary with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 2, Quad Cities 1
NOTES: The names Alex Gary and Eddy Hernandez are sure popping up a lot in 2006.

DATE: July 25
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Alex Gary
PITCHER: Kyler Newby
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch runner Juan Guzman scored from third on a wild pitch
FINAL SCORE:  Timber Rattlers 7, South Bend 6
NOTES:  The Rattlers mounted their game winning rally without putting a ball in play during the entire tenth inning.  Johan Limonta walked to start the inning.  Guzman went all the way to third on an errant pickoff throw by Newby.  Then: Intentional walk to Ron Garth; Strikeout of Travis Scott; Intentional walk to Jeff Flaig; Wild pitch on a 1-0 pitch to Gary gets Guzman home.

DATE: August 6
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Johan Limonta
PITCHER: David Shinskie
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 10-10 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Johan Limonta hits a game winning solo homer!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 11, Beloit 10
NOTES: Beloit had tied the game 10-10 with a two-out, two-run home run by Tarrence Patterson in the top of the eighth.

DATE: August 25
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Curtis Ledbetter
PITCHER: Jake Rasner
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 8th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Curt Ledbetter with a solo home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Clinton 0
NOTES: This game was scheduled for seven innings because the game on August 24 had been suspended and needed to be completed on August 25.  But, that’s not the important part of this game.  The important part of this game was that Jake Rasner had a no-hitter going through seven innings.  He had faced one over the minimum.  A runner had reached on an error in the third, but was erased on a double play.  Johan Limonta had reached on a walk in the fifth for the other Wisconsin base runner.  But, the LumberKings offense could not score on five hits through the first seven innings or with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth.  Ledbetter ended the game – and the no-hit bid – with a home run on the first pitch of the eighth.

OPPONENT WALKOFFS (6):

DATE: April 11
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
STADIUM:  Pohlman Field
BATTER: Eric Lis
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF:  Timber Rattlers led 10-9 in the bottom of the 12th
FINAL SCORE: Beloit 11, Timber Rattlers 10
GAME WINNING PLAY:  Two-run home run by Eric Lis.
NOTES:  This game was…frustrating.  JB Tucker broke an 8-8 tie with solo homer in the top of the ninth off Eddie Morlan.  Edgar Guaramato came on in the bottom of the ninth and it went like this: Hit Batsman, Wild Pitch, Walk, Error on Guaramato on a sac bunt that allowed the tying run to score, and intentional walk to load the bases.  How the game didn’t end in the ninth is a miracle.  Tuckner led off the twelfth with his second homer of the game and the Rattlers were up 10-9.  But, Ruben Flores allowed a single to Paul Kelly and the home run to Lis.

DATE: May 29
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Miguel Vega
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 3, Timber Rattlers 2
GAME WINNING PLAY: Flores threw wildly to first on a dribbler up the third base line.  Chris McConnell scored from second as the ball rolled down the right field line.
NOTES:  The Burlington Bees have a copyright on this Walkoff play.  Every time a team wins on an E-1 Throwing © the Bees get $10.  It’s the law.

DATE: July 2
OPPONENT: West Michigan Whitecaps
STADIUM: Fifth Third Ballpark
BATTER: Cory Middleton
PITCHER: Lance Beus
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: West Michigan 5, Timber Rattlers 4
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Middleton with two outs scored Cameron Maybin with the winning run.
NOTES:  The Timber Rattlers tied the game 4-4 on a three-run home run by Alex Gary in the top of the ninth inning. 

DATE: July 3
OPPONENT: Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
STADIUM: C.O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Cesar Suarez
PITCHER: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Timber Rattlers 4, Southwest Michigan 3
FINAL SCORE: Southwest Michigan 5, Timber Rattlers 4
GAME WINNING PLAY: A two-out, two-run double by Cesar Suarez.
NOTES: The Rattlers were behind 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning when Eddy Hernandez hit a two-run home run to put the Rattlers in front. This was the second day in a row the Rattlers lost on a walkoff.  This loss dropped the Rattlers to 2-12 in the second half of the 2006 season.  It was also their fifth straight loss in what turned out to be a nine game losing streak.

DATE: July 23
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Josh Johnson
PITCHER: Lance Beus
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1
GAME WINNING PLAY:  E-1 Throwing ©
NOTES: I was serious about that whole copyright thing.  This time, the first two batters reached in the bottom of the tenth.  Josh Johnson bunted up the third baseline.  Bues fielded and fired wildly to first allowing Valentino Arce to score the winning run.

DATE: August 30
OPPONENT: Peoria Chiefs
STADIUM: O’Brien Field
BATTER: Yusuf Carter
PITCHER: Ruben Flores
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th
FINAL SCORE: Peoria 8, Timber Rattlers 7
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded RBI single by Carter scored Jesus Valdez with the winning run.
NOTES: The Rattlers led 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth.  Brian Kappel hit Valerio Heredia to start the inning.  Heredia stole second, went to third on a sac bunt, and scored the tying run on a single by Kyle Reynolds.

Past Walkoff Wednesdays:

Walkoff Wednesday (2005 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2004 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2003 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2002 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 Season)

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Odds and Ends for November 1

Lots of stuff to catch up on today.

Congratulations to former Timber Rattlers shortstop Adam Jones.   The Orioles centerfielder won an American League Gold Glove.

Jones, 27, who was voted Most Valuable Oriole for the second straight year, capped his best major league season with his second Gold Glove. He was the only AL center fielder to play in all 162 games and led them in putouts (439), marking the second time in three years he was the league leader in putouts at his position. He also ranked second in range factor per game (2.75) and third in assists (seven) among AL center fielders.

Jones also inspired – by way of jersey selection – Maryland’s own Greg Merson to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker!

This is from Tuesday night. He wore the orange Adam Jones jersey on Monday. You could see the number 10 on the front of the orange jersey, but this picture is much cooler. Trust me. He’s wearing #10.

A 24-year-old Maryland poker professional won the World Series of Poker main event Wednesday, outlasting his final opponents in a marathon card session of nearly 12 hours for the $8.53 million title.

Greg Merson emerged with the title before dawn in Las Vegas after a session that proved to be a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of tournament no-limit Texas Hold ’em. On the last hand, Merson put Las Vegas card pro Jesse Sylvia all-in with a king high. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.

You can see the “Jones”  and #10 on the back of the jersey at about 7:58 of this video clip from the broadcast.

Speaking of videos:

Here are a few pictures from next week’s episode:

One elevator shaft/Stairwell

Bathrooms are being renovated, too.

Work has begun on the home team clubhouse, too.

Have you seen the video of Jim Irwin conducting an interview at Goodland Field from the year 1968? You should.

The Timber Rattlers have opened a merchandise kiosk at Fox River Mall.  It is located on the main corridor just past Northwoods Cafe food court.

PSSSSST!!!! It's by the Sunglass Hut!

New Fox River Mall Kiosk.

The Food Court is close. Very close.

A view from the other side.

Walkoff Wednesday (2001 season)

It’s a Walkoff Wednesday on Rattler Radio. Let’s head back to the 2001 season. The Timber Rattlers won 84 games during the regular season. That still stands as a club record. The ’01 Rattlers won seven games in walkoff fashion. However, most notable were the reactions of Timber Rattlers pitchers who were on the mound for three of the four times the team lost on a walkoff during that season.

2001:
Timber Rattlers Walkoffs (7)

 

These Rattlers figured into some of Wisconsin’s seven walkoff wins in 2001.

DATE: April 13 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Beloit Snappers
BATTER: Joe Rodriguez
PITCHER: Victor Cordero
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: J-Rod, two-run home run with no outs
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Beloit 3:
NOTES: The Rattlers tied the game 3-3 on a two-out RBI single by Pedro Liriano in the bottom of the sixth.  Joe Rodriguez was the cleanup batter in this game.  The notable Brewers farmhand for the Snappers in this game would be Dave Krynzel.

DATE May 4 (Game 1 of doubleheader):
OPPONENT: Clinton LumberKings
BATTER: Bill Martinez
PITCHER: Antonio Garris
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Scoreless tie in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: An errant pickoff throw to first by catcher Drew McMillan with the bases loaded allowed Pedro Liriano to score the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 1, Clinton 0
NOTE: That last play needs explanation, yes?  Here’s the spot.  Wisconsin starting pitcher Rett Johnson has gone seven shutout innings and allowed four hits.  Clinton starting pitcher Luke Lockwood allowed three hits and no runs over the first six innings.  In the seventh, a leadoff walk is followed by a strikeout and Liriano forcing the leadoff batter at second base on a grounder.  Mark Carrol reaches on an error and Joe Dusan walks to load the bases.  This puts Lockwood over 100 pitches.  Antonio Garris enters the game to face Guillermo “Bill” Martinez.

The count is 1-1 and Garris gets strike two on Martinez.  McMillan sees Dusan wandering away from first base on the pitch and tries to pick the Rattler runner off to send the game to extra innings.  The ball sails down the right field line. Liriano scores. Rattlers win.

This game should tip you off that the Rattlers went 12-0 against Clinton in 2001.

DATE: May 15
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
BATTER: John Castellano
PITCHER: John Stone
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 17th inning!
GAME WINNING PLAY: Castellano hits a two-out solo home run!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 3, Fort Wayne 2 in 17 innings.
NOTE: The score had been tied 2-2 since JJ Furmaniak hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning.  Stone, a catcher, had pitched a 1-2-3 16th and had retired the first two batters in the 17th.  Then, Castellano blasted a  1-0 pitch over the wall in left to end the game at 11:17pm after four hours and forty minutes.

DATE: May 17
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
BATTER: Pedro Liriano
PITCHER: Bryan Gaal
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Pinch-runner Jamal Strong scores from third on wild pitch*.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, Wizards 3
NOTE: Strong entered the game as a pinch runner for Dusan, who had singled off Roger Luque with two outs.  Then, Blake Bone was hit by a pitch.  Gaal entered the game for Luque.  My scorebook gets a little foggy from that point.  The day-by-day on Strong has him stealing a base.  Gaal does not give up a hit, but throws a wild pitch.  I’ll need to look this one up on the micorfilm, but it is possible that Strong stole third and scored on a wild pitch by Gaal.  I’ll come back to this one later.

DATE: June 12 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Ariel Durango
PITCHER: Ferenc Jongjean
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Lansing 4, Timber Rattlers 1 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Ariel Durango hits a two-out GRAND SLAM!
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 5, Lansing 4
NOTE: The Rattlers were down 4-0 heading to their last at bat of the game.  Todd Wellmeyer had pitched six shutout innings and allowed two hits while striking out eleven.  Lawrence Alvarez entered the game and got the first two outs.  Wil Quintana walked on four straight pitched.  Jake Daubert singled on an 0-2 pitch.  Mark Carroll drove in Quintana with a single.  Dusan walked on a 3-2 pitch.  All of a sudden the bases are loaded.  Jongjean, the Lugnuts closer, comes in to face Durango, who had hit six homers in 117 games for Wisconsin in 2000 and had just been demoted from San Bernadino.  Durango hit the first pitch from Jongjean just over the wall in left-center for a game winning grand slam.  Of course he did!

DATE: June 13
OPPONENT: Lansing Lugnuts
BATTER: Mark Carroll
PITCHER: Eric Albright
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Carroll singles to drive in Wil Quintana.:
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 8, Lansing 7
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 4-5 heading to the bottom of the ninth.  Quintana tripled to drive in the tying runs.  Daubert was walked intentionally.  Then, Carroll delivered the game winning single.

DATE: July 30
OPPONENT: South Bend Silver Hawks
BATTER: Jamie Bubela
PITCHER: Aric LeClair
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Jamie Bubela singles with two outs and the bases loaded to drive in Derrick Gutierrez with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Timber Rattlers 4, South Bend 3
NOTE: Gutierrez, the 8th hitter in the order, doubled with one out.  Cody Sundbeck struck out the next batter.  He walked Liriano intentionally, but walked Durango to load the bases.  LeClair entered the game and Bubela singled on an 0-1 pitch to get the win for Wisconsin.

Opponent Walkoffs (4)

DATE: April 30 (Game 2 of doubleheader)
OPPONENT: Quad City River Bandits
STADIUM: Black Hawk Community College Field
BATTER: Luis Maza
PITCHER: Tim Burton
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 7th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Bases loaded single by Luis Maza scores pinch runner Rafael Boitel.
FINAL SCORE: Quad City 7, Timber Rattlers 6
NOTE: Burton hit Kevin West to start the inning.  Then, there was a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to set up the double play.  Burton got the grounder for the double play, but it was booted for Wisconsin’s fourth error of the game and loaded the bases.  Maza fouled off three two strike pitches before singling to drive in the winning run.

Burton got pretty good distance on the full water cooler that he punted after he walked off the field that day.

DATE: July 1
OPPONENT: Burlington Bees
STADIUM: Community Field
BATTER: Ben Cordova
PITCHER: Aaron Taylor
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Cordova RBI single with bases loaded and one out scores Darren Fenster with winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Burlington 2, Timber Rattlers 1
NOTE: The Timber Rattlers led 1-0 heading to the bottom of the ninth inning.  Aaron Taylor, a tall right-hander with a fastball in the high 90’s, had been dominant since joining the team.  I remember telling Bees announcer Randy Wehofer before the series started that he would see something special when Taylor got into a game.  Derrick Van Dusen and John Butler had allowed no runs on three hits and combined for 12 strikeouts over the first eight innings.  Taylor came in for the ninth and gave up a single, got a foul pop, and another single.  Then, he hit a batter on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases.  Odannis Ayala took a very close 3-2 pitch for ball four to force in a run.  I remember Taylor being really upset with plate umpire Ria Cortesio’s call.  Cordova ended the game with a single to drive in the winning run.

Taylor got pretty good distance as he threw a baseball on the screen behind home plate as he walked off the field.

DATE: July 21
OPPONENT: Michigan Battle Cats
STADIUM: C.O. Brown Stadium
BATTER: Henri Stanley
PITCHER: Chad Wiles
SCORE BEFORE WALKOFF: Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Stanley’s bases loaded single scores Jason Maule with the winning run.
FINAL SCORE: Michigan 3, Timber Rattlers 2 in ten innings
NOTE: Maule singled to start the tenth.  Wiles threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt and – on the same play – Castellano threw wildly to second in an attempt to get Maule there.  That put Maule on third with no outs.  Wiles intentionally walked the next two batters.  Stanley singled to end the game.

DATE: August 12
OPPONENT: Fort Wayne Wizards
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium
BATTER: Chris Fears
PITCHER: Chad Wiles
SCORE BEFORE THE WALKOFF: Tied 6-6 in the 10th
GAME WINNING PLAY: Two-out RBI single by Chris fears scores JJ Furmaniak
FINAL SCORE: Fort Wayne 7, Timber Rattlers 6 in ten innings
NOTE: The Rattlers trailed 5-2, but scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth to take a 6-5 lead.  But, the Wizards tied the game on a Craig Thompson RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.  In the tenth, Wiles walked Furmaniak to start the inning.  The Wizards shortstop stole second with two outs and went to third when Rattlers second baseman Ariel Durango missed the throw from the plate..  Fears, who had scored the tying run in the ninth as a pinch runner, drove in the winning run with a single.

Wiles broke his pitching hand when he punched the dugout wall after he walked off the field.

Next week: 2002

Past Walkoff Entries:

Walkoff Wednesday (2000 Season)

Walkoffs 2005-2012

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