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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!

50 Years in 50 Days: 1999

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 13.

13 Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers made it to the MWL Championship Series for the second time as Bo Robinson & Juan Silvestre put up numbers that still boggle the mind.

The cover of the 1999 Timber Rattlers media guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (7th Year)
Manager:  Steve Roadcap (1st Year)
First Half Record:  32-26 (4th, Central)
Second Half Record: 40-30 (1st, Central)
Overall Record: 72-66

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Scott Atchison (4-5, 3.42) in 15 games – 13 starts – with 85K in 81.2IP
Pitcher Aaron Looper (9-6, 4.10) in 38 games – 7 starts – with 3 saves & 73K in 90.0IP
Catcher Carlos Maldonado hit .308 with no homers and 33RBI in 92 games
Pitcher Julio Mateo (1-3, 4.34) in 20 games – no starts – with 27K in 29.0IP
Pitcher Chris Mears (10-1, 2.43) in 13 games – all starts – with 78K in 89.0IP
Pitcher Allan Simpson (2-9, 4.38) in 24 games – 13 starts – with 88K in 90.1IP
Pitcher Matt Thornton (0-0, 4.91) in 25 games – one start – with a save & 34K in 29.1IP

Chris Mears went 10-1 in 1999.

Category Leaders:
AVG: Bo Robinson – .329
HR: Juan Silvestre – 21
RBI: Juan Silvestre – 107
SB: Ramon Valera – 42
OPS: Bo Robinson – .965
WINS: Melqui Torres – 13
ERA: Melqui Torres – 4.51
IP: Melqui Torres – 171.2
SO: Josue Matos – 136
SV: Clint Chrysler – 8

Juan Silvestre and Bo Robinson were monsters in 1999.

Domination Stats:
Juan Silvestre: .288/.348/.485; 34 2Bs; 21 HRs; 107 RBI in 137 games
Bo Robinson: .329/.446/.519; 50 2Bs; 13 HRs; 102 RBI; 108 BBs in 138 games

Ridiculous Numbers!  And a couple of years ago, the Timber Rattlers website ranked Robinson’s 1999 season as the #1 season by a Rattler.  Silvestre’s 1999 season was #2.

1999 MWL Season:

The magnet schedule to the 1999 Timber Rattlers season.

Plenty of changes in affiliations.  I turn to Joel’s MWL Guide for the details:

Burlington Bees changed affiliation from Reds to White Sox.
Clinton LumberKings changed affiliation from Padres to Reds.
Fort Wayne Wizards were sold; changed logos; changed affiliation from Twins to Padres.
Lansing Lugnuts changed affiliation from Royals to Cubs.
Michigan Battle Cats changed affiliation from Red Sox to Astros.
Quad City River Bandits were sold; changed affiliations from Astros to Twins.
Rockford Reds were sold; changed name (from Cubbies); changed affiliation from Cubs to Reds.

Those moves knocked the Royals out of the league and let the Reds have two affiliates. Rockford was considered the High-A team and Clinton was considered the Low-A team.  That was perfectly fine in the minor leagues at the time.

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

1999 MWL All-Star Game:
Lansing hosted the game on June 22.  The West beat the East 4-0.  Joel notes that 14 – FOURTEEN – pitchers for the West held the East to one hit – ONE HIT – in the game.

Four Timber Rattlers pitchers were selected for East squad.  That’s right pitchers.  Somehow, Bo Robinson AND Juan Silvestre were not selected for the game.  Ridiculous.

Chris Mears worked a scoreless inning with a strikeout.  Melqui Torres worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.  Aaron Looper and Enmanuel Ulloa did not play in the game.

1999 MWL Postseason:
Eight teams made the playoffs: The Division winner in each half and two Wild Card teams

First Round (Best-of-three):
Burlington 2, Clinton 1
Wisconsin 2, Rockford 0
Lansing 2, Michigan 0
Kane County 2, Quad City 1

Second Round (Best-of-three):
Burlington 2, Kane County 1
Wisconsin 2, Lansing 0

Finals (Best-of-Five):
Burlington 3, Wisconsin 2

The Timber Rattlers lost both games in Burlington and fell behind 2-0 in the Finals.  Wisconsin rallied to win the next to games and force a Game Five, but Burlington pulled out the win and the Championship.

1999 MWL Alumni of Note:
Corey PattersonLansing Lugnuts

In 1999, Corey Patterson was a Lansing Lugnut & one of the top prospects in baseball.

Patterson hit .320 with 20 homers and 79RBI in 112 games for Lansing in 1999.  One of his teammates…Carlos Zambrano.

Roy OswaltMichigan Battle Cats

I can find no photographic proof, but trust me. Roy Oswalt WAS a Michigan Battle Cat in 1999 and went 13-4 with 143K in 151.1IP.

One other pitcher of note from that MWL season…Mark Buehrle of the Burlington Bees.

1999 Brewers Farmhands of Note:
J.M. Gold and Nick NeugebauerBeloit Snappers

J.M. Gold as a Beloit Snapper.

Nick Neugebauer was a Snapper in 1999. He would make it to the big leagues with the Brewers.

Brewers fans know the stories of these two.

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

50 Years in 50 Days: 1998

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 14.

14 Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers had their best starting rotation ever and made the playoffs for the third straight season.

Ryan Anderson was on the cover of the '98 program.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (6th Year)
Manager:  Gary Varsho (2nd Year)
First Half Record:  39-30 (1st, Central)
Second Half Record: 33-35 (3rd, Central)
Overall Record: 72-65

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Leslie Brea (3-4, 2.76) in 49 games – no starts – with 12 saves & 86K in 58.2IP
Second Baseman Jermaine Clark hit .324 with six homers and 55RBI in 123 games
Pitcher Justin Kaye (6-2, 1.71) in 28 games – no starts – with nine saves and 79K in 47.1IP
Catcher Carlos Maldonado hit .174 with no homers and an RBI in seven games
Pitcher Gil Meche (8-7, 3.44) in 26 games – all starts – with 168 K in 149IP
Pitcher Joel Pineiro (8-4, 3.19) in 16 games – all starts – with 84K in 96.0IP
Pitcher Allan Simpson (3-5, 4.44) in 19 games – all starts – with 86K in 93.1IP
Pitcher Bob Wells (0-1, 3.00) in one game – a start – with 2K in 3IP [Rehab]

Category Leaders:
AVG: Jermaine Clark – .324
HR: Juan Silvestre & Harvey Hargrove – 15
RBI: Mike Marchiano – 74
SB: Ramon Valera – 52
OPS: Jermaine Clark – .877
WINS: Gil Meche & Joel Pineiro – 8
ERA: Ryan Anderson – 3.23
IP: Gil Meche – 149.0
SO: Gil Meche – 168
SV: Leslie Brea – 12

About That Rotation Stat: For most of the 1998 season, the starting rotation of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers was Gil Meche, Joel Pineiro, Ryan Anderson, Brandon Parker, and Allan Simpson.  Those five pitchers combined to strike out 642.  The entire Rattlers pitching staff struck out a total of 1,274 opposing batters.

The Next Unit:  Ryan Anderson had a very good year with the Timber Rattlers as one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Ryan Anderson as a Timber Rattler in 1998.

1998 MWL Season:

The 1998 Magnet Schedule of the Timber Rattlers.

No changes from last season.

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

1998 MWL All-Star Game:
The West beat the East 7-4 at Clinton on June 23.

No Timber Rattlers started in the game, but there were five representatives.  Anderson, Brea, Meche, and Pineiro were the pitchers and Mike Marchiano was the lone position played selected to the team.

1998 MWL Postseason:
Eight teams made the playoffs: The Division winner in each half and two Wild Card teams

First Round (Best-of-three):
West Michigan 2, Michigan 1
Rockford 2, Wisconsin 1
Clinton 2, Quad City 1
Fort Wayne 2, Peoria 1

Second Round (Best-of-three):
West Michigan 2, Clinton 0
Rockford 2, Fort Wayne 0

Finals (Best-of-five):
West Michigan 3, Rockford 1

Gil Meche and Ryan Anderson had two amazing performances against Rockford in the playoffs.  Flashback Friday covered both games.  Here is the Anderson 18K gameHere is the Meche game.

1998 MWL Alum of Note:
Rick AnkielPeoria Chiefs

This would be from the pitching point of Ankiel's career and from the time when the Chiefs were affiliated with the Cardinals. Ankiel was 3-0 w/ 45K and 12BB in seven starts for the Chiefs in '98.

Matt EricksonKane County Cougars

I refuse to have a picture of the manager of the Timber Rattlers in a Cougars uniform on this blog. He did finish tied for third in the MWL batting race at .324.

1998 Brewers Farmhand of Note:
Bucky JacobsenBeloit Snappers

The legend of Bucky started in Beloit with a 27 homer, 100RBI season during 1998.

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

50 Years in 50 Days: 1997

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 15.

15 Years Ago:
The Timber Rattlers made the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Cover of the 1997 Media Guide.

TIMBER RATTLERS INFORMATION:
Name: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners (5th Year)
Manager:  Gary Varsho (1st Year)
First Half Record:  40-29 (1st, Central)
Second Half Record: 36-34 (2nd, Central)
Overall Record: 76-63

The 1997 Timber Rattlers wore Papermakers jerseys on Turn Back the Clock Days & posed in front of some cool classic cars for this team photo. Added 3/31/12

Future Major Leaguers:
Pitcher Brian Fitzgerald (3-1, 1.94) 41 games – no starts – with 10 saves & 68K in 69.2IP
Pitcher Brian Fuentes (6-7, 3.56) 22 games – all starts – with 153K in 118.2IP
Pitcher Justin Kaye (8-12, 7.30) 28 games – 26 starts – with 115K in 127.0IP
Catcher Carlos Maldonado hit .190 with no homers and 25RBI in 97 games
Pitcher Joe Mays (9-3, 2.09) 13 games – all starts – with 79K in 81.2IP
Pitcher Gil Meche (0-2, 3.00) 2 games – both starts – with 14K in 12.0IP
Pitcher Roy Smith (3-4, 5.59) 18 games – 11 starts – with 38K in 66.0IP
Pitcher Denny Stark (6-3, 1.97) 16 games – 15 starts – with 105K in 91.1IP
Shortstop Ramon Vazquez hit .269 with 8 homers and 49RBI in 131 games
Pitcher Jordan Zimmerman (0-1, 5.82) 3 games – all starts – with 18K in 17.0IP

Brian Fuentes was a pitcher, folks!

Category Leaders:
AVG: Adonis Harrison – .318
HR: Rob Zachmann & Mike Burrows – 12
RBI: Adonis Harrison – 62
SB: Adonis Harrison – 25
OPS: Adonis Harrison – .865
WINS: Julio Ayala – 11
ERA: Brian Fuentes – 3.56
IP: Justin Kaye – 127.0
SO: Brian Fuentes – 153
SV: Brian Fitzgerald – 10

Joe Mays seems like a fun guy.

Future Managers Stat:  Both Scott Steinmann & Jim Horner were catchers for the Timber Rattlers in 1997.  Steinmann managed the Rattlers in 2005.  Horner managed the Rattlers in 2006 and 2007

1997 MWL Season:

Magnet schedule for the 1997 Timber Rattlers season.

There were three affiliation changes in the MWL for the 1997 season.
Burlington from the Giants to the Reds
South Bend from the White Sox to the Diamondbacks
West Michigan from the A’s to the Tigers

For the record, the White Sox affiliation in South Bend lasted from 1988-1996.  The Sox had been in Appleton from 1967-1986.

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

1997 MWL All-Star Game:
Lansing hosted the game on June 17.  The East beat the West 6-5 on a walk-off triple by Steve Medrano of the Lugnuts.

The Timber Rattlers Joe Mays was the winning pitcher.

No Rattlers were in the starting lineup, but three did get into the game for the East:
Luis Figueroa – 3B
Jason Regan – DH
Joe Mays – P

1997 Postseason:
Eight teams made the playoffs: The Division winner in each half and two Wild Card teams

First Round (Best-of-three):
Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 0
Kane County 2, Wisconsin 0
Fort Wayne 2, West Michigan 0
Lansing 2, Michigan 1

Second Round (Best-of-three):
Lansing 2, Fort Wayne 0
Kane County 2, Cedar Rapids 0

Finals (Best-of-five):
Lansing 3, Kane County 2

1997 MWL Alum of Note:
Scott PodsednikKane County Cougars

He made it to the majors.

Scotty hit .277 in 135 games for the Cougars during 1997.  He became a Brewer for the 2003 season and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year Award voting (behind Dontrelle Willis).

1997 Brewers Alum of Note:
Allen LevraultBeloit Snappers

Allen Levrault as a Brewer.

Levrault went 3-10 in 24 starts for the Snappers in 1997.

He pitched in the big leagues for the Brewers in 2000 and 2001 and for Florida in 2003.

This story from 2010 caught up with Levrault.

It’s here he rushes near every afternoon, coaching the town’s middle school baseball team through 14-odd games in the regional Massasoit League. Mike Friar — father of varsity players Nick and Jake — stepped down last summer, and district athletic director Gail Silvia was approaching desperation for a replacement when she ran into Levrault in March at Westport’s playoff basketball game in Boston.

Hearing her former student had been laid off from a job as a welder, she told him about the opening.

“His eyes lit up,” Silvia said.

“I’ve been wanting to coach, just haven’t had the time,” said Levrault, a member of Westport High’s athletic hall of fame and its first baseball player to have his number retired. “I make time now.”

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

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