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50 Years in 50 Days: 2009

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached three.

Three Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers and the Milwaukee Brewers began a new chapter in Appleton Professional Baseball history.

2009 Timber Rattlers Media Guide Cover

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers (1st Year)
Manager: Jeff Isom (1st Year)
First Half Record:  34-36 (5th, West)
Second Half Record: 24-45 (8th, West)
Overall Record: 58-81

The 2009 Timber Rattlers.

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Dave Bush (0-0, 0.00) in two games – both rehab starts – with 9K in 7.2IP
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain hit .192 with no homers and three RBI in 15 games
Pitcher Michael Fiers (0-0, 0.00) in three games – no starts – with a save & 8K in 6.0IP
Infielder Taylor Green hit .400 with a homer and 5 RBI in six games
Infielder Brett Lawrie hit .274 with 13 homers and 65 RBI in 105 games
Catcher Martin Maldonado hit .105 with no homers and 2 RBI in seven games
Pitcher Jeff Suppan (0-1, 10.80) in one game – a rehab start – with 1 K in 3.1IP

Category Leaders:

AVG: Corey Kemp – .282
HR: Brock Kjeldgaard – 20
RBI: Brock Kjeldgaard – 74
SB: Brett Lawrie – 19
OPS: Brett Lawrie – .802
WINS: Daniel Meadows – 13
ERA: Daniel Meadows – 4.01
IP: Trey Watten – 133.2
SO: Wily Peralta – 118
SV: Jim Henderson – 17

2009 MWL Season:

2009 Magnet Schedule.

The main change was in Fort Wayne.  The Wizards got a new downtown ballpark and a new nickname.  They are now known as the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad Cities River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2009 MWL All-Star Game:
Clinton hosted the game and the East won 6-3.  Five Timber Rattlers were named to the team as reserves: Catcher Corey Kemp and infielder Brett Lawrie with pitchers Jim Henderson, Daniel Meadows, and Wily Peralta.

2009 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-of-three):
West:
Cedar Rapids 2, Peoria 0
Burlington 2, Kane County 0

East:
Fort Wayne 2, South Bend 1
Great Lakes 2, West Michigan 1

Division Finals (Best-of-three):
West:
Burlington 2, Cedar Rapids 1

East:
Fort Wayne 2, Great Lakes 1

Championship Series (Best-of-five):
Fort Wayne 3, Burlington 0

Opening Day is April 5. Get Here Soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2008

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached four.

All Timber Rattlers photos in this post are by Bill Glasheen.

Four Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers and the Mariners had one more season together.

Cover of the 2008 Timber Rattlers Media Guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (16th Year)
Manager: Terry Pollreisz (1st Year)
First Half Record:  31-35 (6th, West)
Second Half Record: 25-45 (8th, West)
Overall Record: 56-80

The 2008 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Nathan Adcock (2-5, 3.72) in 15 games – 14 starts – with 82K in 77.1IP
Pitcher Shawn Kelley (0-0, 3.52) in 8 games – no starts – with 12K in 7.2IP
Third baseman Alex Liddi hit .244 with six homers and 53RBI in 125 games
Pitcher Michael Pineda (8-6, 1.95) in 26 games – 21 starts – with 128K in 138.1IP

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Shawn Kelley as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Michael Pineda as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Category Leaders:
AVG: Edilio Colina – .291
HR: Joe Dunigan – 14
RBI: Joe Dunigan – 58
SB: Daniel Carroll – 31
OPS: Edilio Colina – .729
WINS: Michael Pineda – 8
ERA: Michael Pineda – 1.95
IP: Michael Pineda – 138.1
SO: Michael Pineda – 128
SV: Rob Harmon & Jeff Dunbar – 6

Joe Dunigan in 2008.

Daniel Carroll in 2008.

Rob Harmon in 2008.

I felt like including one more Ron Garth photo. This one is from 2008.

2008 MWL Season:

2008 Timber Rattlers Magnet Schedule.

There were a few changes for the 2008 season.  The SWING of the Quad Cities were sold to a new ownership group.  That group changed the team nickname back to River Bandits and made it Quad Cities, instead of Quad City.

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad Cities River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2008 MWL All-Star Game:
Great Lakes hosted the MWL All-Star Game in 2008.  The West won 5-4 in 10 innings.

Clinton outfielder Tim Smith hit just two homers over the course of the first half of the Midwest League regular season. He picked a perfect time for long ball No. 3.

Leading off the top of the 10th inning in the Midwest League All-Star Game in front of a record crowd at the Dow Diamond, Smith smacked a shot off of Great Lakes reliever Miguel Ramirez just fair down the right-field line to give the West All-Stars a 5-4 victory and earn himself the MVP award for the game.

Four Timber Rattlers were selected to play in the game.  Infielders Edilio Colina and Juan Diaz and pitchers Phillippe Aumont (who did not play) and Travis Mortimore.

Phillipe Aumont in 2008.

Edilio Colina in 2008.

Juan Diaz in 2008.

Travis Mortimore in 2008.

2008 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-of-Three):
West:
Cedar Rapids 2, Clinton 0
Burlington 2, Kane County 0

East:
South Bend 2, West Michigan 1
Dayton 2, Lansing 0

Division Finals (Best-of-Three):
West:
Burlington 2, Cedar Rapids 0

East:
South Bend 2, Dayton 0

Championship Series (Best-of-Five):
Burlington 2, South Bend 0*

The Bees were declared the winners of the championship series because:

It was an anticlimactic ending to a perfect postseason run for the Burlington Bees, but no one can say they didn’t deserve the Midwest League title.

Although they were declared champions Saturday by league president George Spelius after Game 3 of the best-of-5 Championship Series with South Bend was rained out for the second straight day, the Bees went 6-0 in the playoffs and outscored the Silver Hawks, 18-0, in the first two games of the Finals.

The 2008 MWL Champions.

2008 MWL Alum of Note:
Derek HollandClinton LumberKings

Meanwhile in West Virginia in 2008:
Jonathan Lucroy

Jonathan Lucroy with the West Virginia Power in 2008.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5.  Get Here Soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2007

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached five.

Five Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

The cover of the 2007 Timber Rattlers Media Guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (15th Year)
Manager: Jim Horner (2nd Year)
First Half Record:  22-46 (8th, West)
Second Half Record: 31-39 (7th, West)
Overall Record: 53-85

The 2007 Timber Rattlers.

Greg Halman as a Rattler in 2007

There should be an action shot of Nathan Adcock for 2008.

There is probably another action shot of Alex Liddi for 2008, too.

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Nathan Adcock (2-8, 3.70) in 17 games – 16 starts – with 66K in 87.2IP
Pitcher Cha-Seung Baek (0-0, 4.91) in one game – a rehab start – with 6K in 3.2IP
Outfielder Greg Halman hit .182 with four homers and 15RBI in 52 games
Pitcher Shawn Kelley (1-1, 2.25) in 9 games – no starts – with 14K in 12.0IP
Third baseman Alex Liddi hit .240 with eight homers and 52RBI in 113 games
Outfielder Carlos Peguero hit .263 with nine homers and 50RBI in 79 games
Pitcher Chris Tillman (1-4, 3.55) in eight games – all starts – with 34K in 33.0IP
Pitcher Anthony Varvaro (4-11, 4.69) in 22 games – 21 starts – with 112K in 103.2IP
Pitcher Sean White (1-0, 0.00) in one game – a rehab start – with 4K in 5.0IP

Chris Tillman was a Rattler in 2007.

Anthony Varvaro was a Timber Rattler in 2007.

Category Leaders:
AVG: Kuo Hui Lo – .288
HR: Carlos Peguero – 9
RBI: Alex Liddi – 52
SB: Kuo Hui Lo -32
OPS: Kuo Hui Lo – .787
WINS: Steven Richard – 7
ERA: Kyle Parker – 3.46
IP: Kyle Parker – 112.0
SO: Anthony Varvaro – 112
SV: Andy Barb – 10

HOW MANY!?!?!? STAT:  There were 58 different players who saw action as a Timber Rattler player during the 2007 season.

2007 MWL Season:
There was a big change.  The Southwest Michigan Devil Rays were sold.  They were moved to Midland, Michigan and were christened the Great Lakes Loons.  Oh, and they changed their affiliation to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2007 Timber Rattlers magnet schedule

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Swing of the Quad Cities, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2007 MWL All-Star Game:
Kane County hosted the game on June 19.  The East won 7-1.  The Timber Rattlers were represented by a pair of relief pitchers: Andy Barb & Joe Kantakevich.

Andy Barb as a Timber Rattler in 2007.

Joe Kantakevich had an All-Star season with the Rattlers in 2007.

2007 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-0f-three):
West:
Beloit 2, Quad Cities 0
Clinton 2, Cedar Rapids 1

East:
West Michigan 2, Lansing 0
South Bend 2, Dayton 1

Division Finals:
West:
Beloit 2, Clinton 0

East:
West Michigan 2, South Bend 0

Championship Series:
West Michigan 3, Beloit 2

2007 MWL Alumni of Note:

Clayton KershawGreat Lakes Loons

Clayton Kershaw in 2007 with the Great Lakes Loons.

Meanwhile in West Virginia in 2007:

Taylor Green

Taylor Green as a Brewer and with the Power.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5.  Get Here Soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2006

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached six.

Six Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers missed the playoffs.

Cover of the 2006 Timber Rattlers Media Guide

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (14th Year)
Manager: Jim Horner (1st Year)
First Half Record:  27-43 (7th, West)
Second Half Record: 27-43 (7th, West)
Overall Record: 54-86

Michael Saunders in 2006. This picture and others used in this post were taken during a game in which the Rattlers wore Fox Cities Foxes jerseys as part of a Turn Back the Clock promotion.

Future Major Leaguers:
Third baseman Alex Liddi hit .184 with no homers and two RBI in 11 games
Catcher Adam Moore hit .267 with seven homers and 24 RBI in 44 games
Outfielder Michael Saunders hit .240 with four homers and 39 RBI in 104 games
Pitcher Justin Thomas (5-5, 3.10) in 11 games – all starts – with 51K in 61.oIP
Second baseman Luis Valbuena hit .286 with three homers and 38 RBI in 89 games

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

Justin Thomas (with Pitching Coach Lance Painter looking on) in 2006.

Category Leaders:
AVG: Luis Valbuena – .286
HR: Ron Garth – 10
RBI: Ron Garth & Eddy Hernandez – 48
SB: Michael Saunders – 22
OPS: Luis Valbuena – .771
WINS: Nick Allen & Jose Escalona – 7
ERA: Jose Escalona – 4.06
IP: Paul Fagan – 165.2
SO: Jose Esccalona – 110
SV: Brian Kappel – 8

Ron Garth in 2006

Paul Fagan in 2006.

2006 MWL Season:

2006 Timber Rattlers Magnet Schedule.

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Lansing Lugnuts, South Bend Silver Hawks, Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2006 MWL All-Star Game:
The East beat the West 7-1 at Quad Cities on June 20.

The Timber Rattlers Ron Garth was the starting third baseman for the West.  Other Rattlers on the team included outfielder Casey Craig, pitcher Edgar Guaramato, and pitcher Harold Williams.

Casey Craig in 2006

Edgar Guaramato in 2006

2006 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-of-three):
East:
Lansing 2, South Bend 0
West Michigan 2, Fort Wayne 1

West:
Beloit 2, Peoria 1
Kane County 2, Quad Cities 1

Divisional Finals (Best-of-three):
East:
West Michigan 2, Lansing 0

West:
Kane County 2, Beloit 0

Championship Series (Best-of-Five):
West Michigan 3, Beloit 1

2006 MWL Alumni of Note:
Nick AdenhardtCedar Rapids Kernels

Nick Adenhart as a Cedar Rapids Kernel in 2006.

I look at this baseball card and remember how he pitched against the Timber Rattlers and – knowing what happened – I just get sad.  Then, I get angry.

Justin UptonSouth Bend Silver Hawks

Justin Upton with South Bend in 2006.

Justin Upton was 18 in 2006.  He hit .263 with 14 homers and 66 RBI in 113 games for South Bend.

Meanwhile in West Virginia:

Lorenzo Cain

Lorenzo Cain with the West Virginia Power in 2006. From the Power's website.

Mat Gamel

Mat Gamel with West Virginia in 2006. From the Power website.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5.  Get here soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2005

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached seven.

Seven Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers made it to the Midwest League Championship Series for the third time in team history.

The cover of the 2005 Timber Rattlers Media Guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (13th Year)
Manager: Scott Steinmann (1st Year)
First Half Record:  39-31 (1st, West)
Second Half Record: 37-32 (1st, West)
Overall Record: 76-63

The 2005 Timber Rattlers.

Future Major Leaguers:
Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera hit .318 with four homers and 30 RBI in 51 games
Catcher Jeff Clement hit .319 with six homers and 20 RBI in 30 games
Catcher Rob Johnson hit .272 with nine homers and 51 RBI in 77 games
Pitcher Mark Lowe (6-6, 5.47) in 22 games – all starts – with 72K in 103.2IP
Infielder Oswaldo Navarro hit .269 with nine homers and 69 RBI in 120 games
Pitcher Eric O’Flaherty (4-4, 3.75) in 45 games – no starts – with 13 saves & 51K in 69.2IP
Shortstop Matt Tuiasosopo hit .276 with six homers and 45 RBI in 107 games
Outfielder Mike Wilson hit .266 with 19 homers and 84 RBI in 127 games

Matt Tuiasosopo as a Rattler in 2005.

 

Mark Lowe as a Rattler in 2005.

 

Rob Johnson & Mumba Rivera in 2005.

Category Leaders:
AVG: Brent Johnson – .310
HR: Mike Wilson – 19
RBI: Mike Wilson – 84
SB: Brent Johnson & Josh Womack – 22
OPS: Marshall Hubbard – .883
WINS: Aaron Jensen – 10
ERA: Jason Snyder – 4.82
IP: Aaron Jensen – 157.0
SO: Aaron Jensen – 87
SV: Eric O’Flaherty – 13

Mike Wilson as a Rattler in 2005.

 

Marshall Hubbard as a Rattler in 2005.

2005 MWL Season:

2005 Timber Rattlers Magnet Schedule.

There were a few changes.  The main one being the end of the Brewers relationship with Beloit.  The Snappers hooked up with the Twins after Milwaukee went to West Virginia.

Other affiliation changes included:
Cubs from Lansing to Peoria
Cardinals from Peoria to Quad City
Blue Jays to Lansing
Devil Rays to Battle Creek and the Battle Creek Yankees became the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Lansing Lugnuts, South Bend Silver Hawks, Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2005 MWL All-Star Game:
The East beat the West on June 21 at Peoria.

There were a lot of Timber Rattlers representatives on the team, none as starters though.

C: Rob Johnson
IF: Asdrubal Cabrera
IF: Yung Chi Chen
IF: Matt Tuiasosopo
OF: Josh Womack
P: Cibney Bello
P: Chad Fillinger

Yung Chi Chen in 2005.

2005 MWL Postseason:

2005 Timber Rattlers playoff team.

First Round (Best-of-three):
West:
Wisconsin 2, Beloit 1
Clinton 2, Quad Cities 0

East:
South Bend 2, Southwest Michigan 0
West Michigan 2, Fort Wayne 0

Division Finals (Best-of-three):
West:
Wisconsin 2, Clinton 0

East:
South Bend 2, West Michigan 0

Championship Series (Best-of-five):
South Bend 3, Wisconsin 2

The Silver Hawks won the first two games in South Bend.  The Timber Rattlers won the next two games at home, but South Bend won the decisive Game Five at Fox Cities Stadium.

2005 MWL Alumni of Note:
Carlos Gonzalez – South Bend Silver Hawks

Carlos Gonzalez was a Silver Hawk in '05.

The 2010 National League batting champ hit .307 with 19 homers and 92 RBI in 129 regular season games for the Silver Hawks in 2005.

Meanwhile in West Virginia:

Ryan Braun as a member of the West Virginia Power in 2005.

No matter what the picture looks like, Ryan Braun was NOT a pitcher in West Virginia.  He did hit .355 with eight homers and 35RBI in 37 games.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5.  Get here soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2004

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached eight.

Eight Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers had a rough season as Steve Roadcap returned for his second stint as manager of club.

Cover of the 2004 Timber Rattlers Media Guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (12th Year)
Manager:  Steve Roadcap (2nd Year)
First Half Record:  31-38 (7th, West)
Second Half Record: 26-44 (8th, West)
Overall Record: 57-82

The 2004 Timber Rattlers.

Future Major Leaguers:
Outfielder Wladimir Balentien hit .277 with 15 homers and 46RBI in 76 games
Pitcher Ryan Feierabend (9-7, 3.63) in 26 games – all starts – with 106K in 161.0IP
Shortstop Adam Jones hit .267 with 11 homers and 72RBI in 130 games
First baseman Bryan LaHair hit .279 with five homers and 28RBI in 67 games
Second baseman Oswaldo Navarro hit .211 with no homers and seven RBI in 40 games
Pitcher Eric O’Flaherty (3-3, 6.12) in 12 games – 10 starts – with 38K in 57.1IP

Adam Jones as a Rattler in 2004

Wladimir Balentien in 2004.

Category Leaders:
AVG: Adam Jones – .267
HR: Wladimir Balentien – 15
RBI: Adam Jones – 72
SB: Josh Womack – 24
OPS: Wladimir Balentien – 24
WINS: Ryan Feierabend & Brandon Moorhead – 9
ERA: Tom Oldham – 2.93
IP: Nibaldo Acosta – 161.2
SO: Brandon Moorhead – 163
SV: Brian Stitt – 16

2004 MWL Season:

2004 Magnet Schedule

The only change was a change that should not have been made.  The Quad City River Bandits switched their name to the Swing of the Quad Cities.

The Timber Rattlers and the Beloit Snappers played at Miller Park again in 2004.  The game was played on August 12 and Beloit won 5-0.

2004 MWL All-Star Game:
Cedar Rapids hosted the game on June 22.  The West beat the East 6-3.  Rattlers pitcher Ryan Feierabend was the winning pitcher for the East.  Wisconsin closer Brian Stitt was the only other Wisconsin representative on the West squad.

2004 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-of-three):
West:
Clinton 2, Cedar Rapids 0
Kane County 2, Peoria 1

East:
South Bend 2, Fort Wayne 0
West Michigan 2, Lansing 1

Divisional Finals:
West:
Kane County 2, Clinton 0

East:
West Michigan 2, South Bend 0

FINALS:
West Michigan 3, Kane County 2

I will note that Kane County won Game Four of the 2004 Finals in 16 innings by a score of 7-5.  But, the Whitecaps would win the following day by a score of 4-2.

2004 MWL Alumni of Note:
Ian KinslerClinton LumberKings

Ian Kinsler as a LumberKing in 2004. (From milb.com)

Ian Kinsler hit .402 in 60 games for Clinton in 2004.  Add in 11 homers, 30 doubles, and 52 RBI and you can see why he was promoted to AA before the All-Star break.

George KottarasFort Wayne Wizards

George Kottaras as a Fort Wayne Wizard in 2004. (From baseballinfortwayne.com)

The man who would play for the Brewers started out in the San Diego organization as a .310/.415/.461 hitter with seven homers and 46RBI in 78 games with the Fort Wayne Wizards.

2004 Brewers Farmhands of Note:
Yovani GallardoBeloit Brewers

He was there long enough for a bobblehead.

Gallardo joined the Snappers late in the season.  He was a second round pick in 2004 and started his pro career with six starts in the Arizona League before coming to Beloit.  Gallardo made two starts for the Snappers, went 0-1 with 10 earned runs allowed, with four walks and eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5. Get Here Soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2003

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached nine.

Nine Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers rebounded to make the MWL playoffs.

Cover of the 2003 Timber Rattlers media guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (11th Year)
Manager:  Daren Brown (1st Year)
First Half Record:  38-28 (2nd, West)
Second Half Record: 31-38 (7th, West)
Overall Record: 69-66

Future Major Leaguers:
Outfielder TJ Bohn hit .272 with 13 homers and 70 RBI in 128 games
Pitcher Felix Hernandez (0-0, 1.93) in two games – both starts – with 18K in 14IP
Pitcher Cesar Jimenez (8-11, 2.94) in 28 games – 20 starts – with 76K in 125.2IP
Pitcher Bobby Livingston (15-7, 2.73) in 26 games – all starts – with 105K in 178.0IP
Catcher Rene Rivera hit .275 with nine homers and 54RBI in 116 games

Ryan Rowland-Smith from 2003.

Category Leaders:
AVG: Gary Harris – .284
HR: Matt Hagen – 21
RBI: Jon Nelson – 91
SB: Gary Harris – 36
OPS: TJ Bohn – .800
WINS: Bobby Livingston – 15
ERA: TA Fulmer – 2.58
IP: BOBBY! Livingston – 178.0
SO: TA Fulmer – 130
SV: Bryan Heaston – 8

Miller Park Stat:  The Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers played at Miller Park on August 14, 2003.

The Difference Stat:  Below is a page from the 2003 Media Guide. It shows the attendance of the Appleton Foxes from 1984-1994 and the attendance of the Timber Rattlers from 1995-2002.  Click to see the difference a new stadium can make in black and white.


2003 MWL Season:

The 2003 magnet had the same design as the 2001 magnet schedule.

The main change was in Battle Creek. The Michigan Battle Cats changed affiliates from the Houston Astros to the New York Yankees. They also changed their name to Battle Creek Yankees. Other affiliation changes included, the Cougars becoming an Oakland affiliate and Clinton becoming a Rangers affiliate.

East: Battle Creek Yankees, Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Lansing Lugnuts, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2003 MWL All-Star Game:
The East beat the West 5-4 as West Michigan hosted the All-Star Game on June 17.  Manny Parra was the losing pitcher for the West.

Bobby Livingston was the starting pitcher and Rene Rivera was the starting catcher for the West.  There were a lot of Rattlers selected as reserves for the West team in 2003: TJ Bohn (OF), Matt Hagen (IF), Corey Harrington (IF), TA Fulmer (P), Cesar Jimenz (P), and Ryan Rowland-Smith (P).

2003 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-of-three):
East:
Lansing 2, South Bend 0
Battle Creek 2, Fort Wayne 0

West:
Beloit 2, Wisconsin 0
Clinton 2, Kane County 1

Division Finals (Best-of-three):
East:
Lansing 2, Battle Creek 0

West:
Beloit 2, Clinton 1

Finals (Best-of-five):
Lansing 3, Beloit 0

2003 MWL Alumni of Note:
Joel Zumaya –  West Michigan Whitecaps

2003 Brewers Farmhands of Note:
Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Tony Gwynn, Jr. – Beloit Snappers

From snappersbaseball.com

Fielder played all season in Beloit.  He hit .313 with 27 homers, 112 RBI, and an OPS of .935 in 137 games.  Rickie Weeks was the #1 pick of the Brewers in 2003.  He joined the Snappers in August, in fact his MWL debut was against the Timber Rattlers at Pohlman Field just before the Miller Park game.  The first MWL hit for Weeks came off Bobby Livingston.  Weeks hit .349 with a homer and 16RBI in 20 games.

Manny Parra was also on that team.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5. Get here soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2002

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached 10.

10 Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers missed the playoffs for the first time since 1995.

Cover of the 2002 Timber Rattlers Media Guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (10th Year)
Manager:  Gary Thurman (3rd Year)
First Half Record:  30-39 (5th, West)
Second Half Record: 23-47 (8th, West)
Overall Record: 53-86

Future Major Leaguers:
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit .302 with six homers and 48RBI in 119 games
Third Baseman Greg Dobbs hit .275 with 10 homers and 48 RBI in 86 games
Pitcher Emiliano Fruto (6-6, 3.55) in 33 games – 13 starts – with a save and 99K in 111.2IP
Pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith (1-2, 6.75) in 12 games – 8 starts – with 38K in 41.1IP

Category Leaders:
AVG: Shin-Soo Choo – .302
HR: Sean Peless – 12
RBI: Greg Dobbs & Shin-Soo Choo – 48
SB: Shin-Soo Choo – 34
OPS: Shin-Soo Choo – .857
WINS: Juan Doñe – 9
ERA: Ryan Ketchner – 2.59
IP: Juan Doñe – 164.1IP
SO: Juan Doñe – 141
SV: Lanny Patten – 8

2002 MWL Season:

2002 Timber Rattlers magnet schedule.

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Lansing Lugnuts, Michigan Battle Cats, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2002 MWL All-Star Game:
Lansing hosted the MWL All-Star game on June 18.  The East beat the West 6-3.  Timber Rattlers Shin-Soo Choo (OF) and Greg Dobbs (3B) were selected as starters for the West.  Pitchers Juan Doñe and Ramon Royce were selected as reserves.

2002 MWL Postseason:

First Round (Best-of-three):
East:

Lansing 2, Michigan 1
West Michigan 2, Dayton 0

West:
Peoria 2, Burlington 0
Cedar Rapids 2, Quad City 0

Division Finals (Best-of-three):
East:
Lansing 2, West Michigan 1

West:
Peoria 2, Cedar Rapids 0

Finals (Best-of-Five):
Peoria 3, Lansing 1

2002 MWL Alumni of Note:
Joe MauerQuad City River Bandits

Mauer hit .302 with four homers and 62RBI in 110 games for Quad City in 2002.  He actually hit five homers, but a home run that he hit against the Rattlers was wiped out because he hit it early in a game that was rained out before it became official.

Dontrelle WillisKane County Cougars

His Kane County season was so good, they named a picnic area after him.

Willis went 10-2 with a 1.83ERA in 19 games – all starts – for the Cougars in 2002.  He struck out 101 in 127.2 innings.  I think he went like 4-0 against the Rattlers that season.


2002 Brewers Farmhand of Note:

Brad NelsonBeloit Snappers

He had a bobblehead, Brad Nelson MUST have played in Beloit.

Brad Nelson played 106 games for Beloit in 2002.  He played 103 of those games at first base and hit .297 with 17 homers and 99 RBI.  Then, the Brewers drafted Prince Fielder with the #7 pick of the 2002 draft.  Fielder was promoted to Beloit for the final month of the season and Nelson got bumped up to High Desert.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5.  Get Here Soon!

50 Years in 50 Days: 2001

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached 11.

11 Years Ago:
A record for the most wins in a season by a Timber Rattlers team was set and the team made the playoffs for the sixth straight year.

2001 Timber Rattlers media guide cover.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (9th Year)
Manager:  Gary Thurman (2nd Year)
First Half Record:  42-26 (T-2nd, West)
Second Half Record: 42-26 (1st, West)
Overall Record: 84-52

Future Major Leaguers:
Outfielder Jaime Bubela hit .304 with seven homers and 36RBI in 132 games
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo hit .462 with no homers and three RBI in three games
Pitcher Clint Nageotte (11-8, 3.13) in 28 games – 26 starts – with 187K in 152.1IP
Pitcher Jorge Sosa (0-0, 9.00) in two games – no starts – with 4K in 2IP
Outfielder Jamal Strong hit .353 with no homers and 19RBI in 51 games
Pitcher Aaron Taylor (3-1, 2.45) in 28 games – no starts – with 9 saves and 50K in 29.1IP

Clint Nageotte set a franchise record for strikeouts in a season when he K'd 187 opposing batters in 2001.

Category Leaders:
AVG: John Castellano – .334
HR: John Castellano – 14
RBI: John Castellano – 81
SB: Pedro Liriano – 65
OPS: John Castellano – .906
WINS: Kevin Olore – 13
ERA: Clint Nageotte – 3.13
IP: Erik Grunwald – 157.1
SO: Clint Nageotte – 187
SV: Chad Wiles – 17

Kevin Olore won 13 games in 2001.

John Castellano had a very good offensive season in 2001.

2001 MWL Season:

2001 Timber Rattlers magnet schedule

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Lansing Lugnuts, Michigan Battle Cats, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Two affiliation changes for 2001.  The LumberKings lost the Reds, but gained the Montreal Expos.  Burlington lost the White Sox, but gained the Kansas City Royals.

The Timber Rattlers tied with Quad City for second in the West Division in the first half.  Kane County won the division with a 47-21 record.  Wisconsin and Quad City each went 42-26, but the River Bandits claimed the playoff due to beating the Rattlers head-to-head in the first half.

Wisconsin easily claimed the second half title by going 42-26 again.

2001 MWL All-Star Game:
Dayton hosted the game on June 19.  The East won 7-3.

Jaime Bubela (OF) was a starting outfielder for the West.  Other Timber Rattlers selected to the All-Star Game included Mark Carroll (C), Pedro Liriano (2B), Jamal Strong (OF), Rett Johnson (P), Kevin Olore (P), and Chad Wiles (P).

Jaime Bubela in 2001.

2001 MWL Postseason:
First Round (Best-of-three):
West:
Kane County 2, Beloit 0
Wisconsin 2, Quad City 0

East:
South Bend 2, Michigan 0
Dayton 2, Lansing 0

Division Finals (Best-of-three):
West:
Kane County 2, Wisconsin 0

East:
South Bend 2, Dayton 0

Finals (Scheduled for Best-of-five):
Kane County 1, South Bend 0

The Cougars won Game One on Monday, September 10.  They were declared the champions when the series did not resume after the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

2001 MWL Alum of Note:
Adrian Gonzalez – Kane County

Adrian Gonzalez as a Kane County Cougar in 2001.

Gonzalez was the #1 overall pick in 2000.  He showed why by hitting .312 with 17 homers and 103RBI in 127 games for the Cougars in 2001…as a 19 year old.

2001 Brewers Farmhand of Note:
Dave KrynzelBeloit Snappers

He had a bobblehead. That proves he was in Beloit.

Krynzel was the #11 overall pick in the 2000 draft.  He appeared in just 35 games for the Snappers in 2001.  He hit .305 with a homer and 19RBI.

Opening Day, 2012 is April  5. Get here soon.

50 Years in 50 Days: 2000

Fifty years ago, Appleton Professional Baseball joined the Midwest League. As part of 50 Years in 50 Days, Rattler Radio is counting down to April 5 with a look back at each season of Appleton Professional Baseball team since 1962 (with a lot of help from MWLGuide.com and baseball-reference.com). The countdown to Opening Day, 2012 has reached 12.

12 Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers made it to the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.

Cover of the 2000 Media Guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (8th Year)
Manager:  Gary Thurman (1st Year)
First Half Record:  38-30 (2nd, West)
Second Half Record: 40-30 (1st, West)
Overall Record: 78-60

The Timber Rattlers of the 2000 season. Added to this post on 3/27/2012

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Cha Seung Baek (8-5, 3.94) 24 games – all starts – with 99K in 127.2IP
Third baseman Justin Leone hit .267 with 18 homers and 63RBI in 115 games
Pitcher Aquilino Lopez (6-1, 1.85) in 39 games – 5 starts – with 17 saves & 67K in 68IP
Pitcher Julio Mateo (4-8, 4.19) in 36 games – 1 start – with 4 saves & 73K in 68.2IP
Pitcher Gil Meche (0-0, 0.00) in 1 game – a rehab start – with 6K in 5.0IP
Pitcher JJ Putz (12-6, 3.15) in 26 games – 25 starts – with 105K in 142.2IP
Outfielder Termel Sledge hit .217 with no homers and three RBI in seven games
Outfielder Chris Snelling hit .305 with nine homers and 56RBI in 72 games
Pitcher Rafael Soriano (8-4, 2.87) in 21 games – all starts – with 90K in 122.1IP
Pitcher Matt Thornton (6-9, 4.01) in 26 games – 17 starts – with 88K in 103.1IP

Category Leaders:
AVG: Chris Snelling – .305
HR: Justin Leone – 18
RBI: Shawn McCorkle – 73
SB: Ariel Durango – 49
OPS: Justin Leone – .920
WINS: JJ Putz – 12
ERA: Rafael Soriano 2.87
IP: Craig Anderson – 157.2
SO: Craig Anderson – 131
SV: Aquilino Lopez – 17

2000 Midwest League Season:

2000 Timber Rattlers Magnet Schedule

The Rockford Reds moved to Dayton and became the Dayton Dragons.

Also, the Midwest League switched from a three division league to a two division league.

East: Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne Wizards, Lansing Lugnuts, Michigan Battle Cats, South Bend Silver Hawks, West Michigan Whitecaps
West: Beloit Snappers, Burlington Bees, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Clinton LumberKings, Kane County Cougars, Peoria Chiefs, Quad City River Bandits, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

2000 MWL All-Star Game:
Kane County hosted the game on June 20.  The West beat the East 5-3.  Chris Snelling(OF) and Shawn McCorkle (1B) were picked as starters for the West.  Aquilino Lopez (P) was the only other Rattler selected for the game.

2000 MWL Postseason:
The first place and second place teams in each half made the playoffs.  If a team qualified in the first half and finished first or second in the second half, a team that finished third….or even fourth….would qualify.  Also, the playoffs were set by division.

West Division first round (Best-of-three):
Beloit 2, Clinton 1
Wisconsin 2, Kane County 1

East Division first round (Best-of-three):
Dayton 2, West Michigan 1
Michigan 2, Fort Wayne 1

Division Finals (Best-of-three):
West: Beloit 2, Wisconsin 1
East: Michigan 2, Dayton 0

2000 MWL Finals:
Michigan 3, Beloit 0

I rated the game two loss to the Snappers in the Western Division Finals at #2 on my list of the toughest losses in Timber Rattlers playoff since 2000.  The Rattlers led Beloit 4-1 heading into the top of the eighth inning.  The score was 4-2 with two outs…then…

Chad Wiles, who had helped Seattle’s Arizona League affiliate win a championship days earlier, relieved Ramos and got Eliezer Alfonzo to pop up to second baseman Oscar Ramirez.  But, Ramirez misjudged the ball and it dropped off his glove.  Instead of the end of the inning, de la Cruz scored from second and Bill Hall stepped to the plate with Johnson as the tying run in scoring position.  Hall delivered a single and the game was tied.  Cristian Guererro was next and he singled to load the bases.  Hector Garcia followed with a two run single and the Snappers had a 6-4 lead.  Wiles did not retire a batter in this outing.  Erik Grunwald had to come in to get Frank for the final out of the inning.

I hate that game.

2000 MWL Prospect of note:
Albert PujolsPeoria Chiefs

Albert Pujols as a Peoria Chief in 2000.

He got his start here as a third baseman. Pujols hit .324 with 17 homers and 84 RBI in 109 games.

2000 Brewers Farmhand of Note:
Bill HallBeloit Snappers

Bill Hall has a Beloit Snappers bobblehead. He MUST have played there.

Hall hit .262 with three homers and 41 RBI in 130 games for Beloit in 2000.

Opening Day, 2012 is April 5. Get here soon!

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