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This seems odd to me – Rookie of the Year musings

I know….I know…great title for a post.  What do you want on a day that looks like this:

November 17 Field

The news of Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa being named – respectively – Rookies of the Year in the National League and American League got me to thinking about past winners of those awards and how they had done against the Timber Rattlers.

Correa was a monster against the Rattlers in 2013 as a member of the Quad Cities River Bandits (15 games; .305/.397/.458; 2HR, 12RBI, 14 runs).  Bryant skipped over the Midwest League on his quick move to the big leagues.

As I got to the list at Baseball Reference and worked back through the NL winners something seemed odd to me.  After a quick triple check…which is something I rarely do…I can safely say that the last NL Rookie of the Year winner to play in the Midwest League was Jason Bay, who played for the Clinton LumberKings in 2001.  At the time, the LumberKings were an affiliate of the Montreal Expos.  Click that link for Baseball Reference and check my work, if you feel like proving me wrong.

The AL Rookie of the Year winners are a different story.  Five of the last seven players to win that award have played in the Midwest League.

2015: Carlos Correa (Quad Cities – 2013)
2013: Wil Myers (Burlington – 2010)
2012: Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids – 2009, 2010)
2010: Neftali Feliz (Clinton – 2008)
2009: Andrew Bailey (Kane County – 2007)

Here’s a look at how Myers, Trout, Feliz, and Bailey did against the Rattlers during their MWL seasons.

Myers (’10): 10 games; .382/.500/.735; 2HR, 8RBI, 6 2Bs
Trout (’09): 3 games; 2-for-9
Trout (’10): 13 games; .436/.508/.618; 2HR, 6RBI; 13 Runs; 13 Stolen Bases
Feliz (’08): 1 game, 1 start; 0-0, 1.69 ERA; 5.1IP, H, R, 3BB, 11K
Bailey (’07): 3 games, 3 starts; 1-1, 1.08ERA; 16.2IP; 8H, 3R, 2ER; 6BB, 29K

No real lesson to learn here about their performance and the award that they eventually won.

Friday odds & ends

Latest renovation photos:

Good progress on both stairwells.

“I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn.”

The view from home plate.

The above scenes were captured for Episode Eight of the Renovation Update.  Here is Episode Seven:

Big News. This is Big News in our corner of the sky.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will need to renovate their trophy case inside Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Minor League Baseball announced the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers as winners of the National Larry MacPhail Award, which symbolizes the top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball.

“The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers do an exceptional job of not only promoting their club in the community, but also of trying to tie in an element that benefits its residents in their ballpark promotions, as well,” Pat O’Conner, President of Minor League Baseball, said in a release earlier today. “The Timber Rattlers have programs and promotions in place for fans of all ages, including several geared towards improving behavior and lifestyle of area youths.”

“Wisconsin’s use of various social media to promote themselves, especially through their mobile web site that allows fans to interact during games, as well as throughout the off-season, merits their selection as the winner of the 2012 Larry MacPhail Award,” said O’Conner.

The award has been given annually since 1966.

More at the link up top and this link to the story.

Elsewhere on the home page:

Flashback Friday wraps up the Subsidy Saga of 1987.  Like I say at the end of the article…”sometimes it is a miracle that professional baseball survived in the Fox Cities.”

From Wednesday, Rafael Neda stepped into The Interrogation Room.

The Timber Rattlers are holding a Holiday card contest.  Children 14 & under can enter by designing our 2012 card.  Download the sheet right here. Deadline is Monday, November 19th.

Alumni Report for Winter Ball. (Stats Through 11/8 and the slash line is AVG/OBP/SLG for those out of practice)

Arizona Fall League:
Phoenix Desert Dogs:
Khris Davis: 226/348/264; 0HR, 6 RBI
Brock Kjeldgaard: 385/455/846; 4HR, 9RBI
Hunter Morris: 253/302/354; HR, 6RBI
Josh Prince: 403/489/558; HR, 7RBI
Nick Bucci: 5G, 5GS, 2-2, 15.0IP; 15R, 15ER, 5BB, 21K
Kyle Heckathorn: 8G, 0GS, 1-0, 11.1IP, 7R, 5ER, 5BB, 8K
Santo Manzanillo: 3G, 0GS, 0-1, 2.0IP, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, K
Jimmy Nelson: 6G, 5GS, 2-2, 18.0IP, 10R, 8ER, 12BB, 20K

Aguilas del Zulia:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 3G, 2GS, 0-0, SAVE, 10.2IP, R, ER, BB, 11K

Bravos De Margarita:
Renee Cortez: 5G, 0GS, 1-1, 7.2IP, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K

Cardenales de Lara:
Edilio Colina: 259/355/259; 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: 296/321/407; HR, 2RBI
Luis Valbuena: 333/500/462; 0HR, 4RBI
Jose Escalona: 9G, 0S, 0-0, 7.1IP, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 6K
Ryan Feierabend: 4G, 4GS, 0-0, 23.0IP, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 14K
Caesar Jimenez: 7G, 0GS, 0-1, 3 SAVES, 6.1IP, 2R, ER, 0BB, 11K

Caribes de Anzategui:
Luis Oliveros: 625/625/875; 0HR, 3RBI
Mike Wilson: 063/250/063; 0HR, RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes:
Sean Halton: 160/263/360; 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 367/451/733; 6HR, 18RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira:
JC Ramirez: 5G, 0GS, 1-0, 3.1IP, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes: 9G, 0GS, 1-0, 6.2IP, R, ER, 4BB, 5K
Juan Sandoval: 6G, 0GS, 0-1, 4.0IP, 9R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 250/270/361; 0HR, 4RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Carlos Peguero: 357/514/714; 3HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido:
Taylor Green: 300/333/350; 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel: 222/300/222; 0HR, 3RBI

Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson: 1G, 1GS, 0-1, 7.0IP, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K

Puerto Rico*:
Cangrejeros de Santruce:
Jeff Dominguez

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves

*- It was Opening Night on Thursday in Puerto Rico. Just ex-Rattlers who played this week. Stats next week.

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.

King Felix and the Cy Young Award

Felix Hernandez was a Timber Rattlers pitcher for two starts late in the 2003 season.

On August 24 he pitched at home against the Burlington Bees.  He gave up a grand slam in the first inning, but those were the only runs he allowed in that game.  For the day, Hernandez gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out eight over seven innings.  The Rattlers rallied to win the game and Hernandez received a no decision.

On August 29 at Kane County, Hernandez pitched seven shutout innings, allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out 10.  The Rattlers offense did not score in that game and Hernandez received another no decision.

Had the Rattlers forced a Game Three in their first round playoff series against Beloit in 2003, Hernandez would have been the starter.  He would have faced Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks in a playoff game.  That would have been something to see.

Why the walk down memory lane?

Felix Hernandez is the 2010 American League Cy Young Award Winner…despite going “only” 13-12.  Larry Stone explains:

Some would say the Baseball Writers’ Association of America came of age Thursday, as well. No question this year’s AL Cy Young vote was being viewed as a referendum to see if the head-in-the-sand dinosaurs of the BBWAA were ready to join the 21st century.

As a card-carrying tyrannosaurus — but one who tries to keep his head above ground — I fretted over the repercussions if CC Sabathia or David Price, with statistics inferior to Hernandez in virtually every aspect except victories, had pulled out the Cy Young.

The grudging acknowledgment of growth the BBWAA had earned last year for giving the Cys to Zack Greinke and Tim Lincecum — with 16 and 15 wins, respectively — would have surely boomeranged.

But score one for progress, as Hernandez received 21 of the 28 first-place votes from two BBWAA members in each American League city (including, in the interests of full disclosure, myself. My five-person ballot read: 1, Hernandez; 2, Price; 3, Cliff Lee; 4, Jon Lester; 5, Sabathia).

Look back up at that start at Kane County on August 29, 2003.  Seven scoreless innings, 10 Ks, no decision.  I guess the minor leagues do prepare you for the majors.

No need to quantify again the historic ineptitude of the Mariners’ offense except to point out that Hernandez received a grand total of seven runs of support in his 12 losses.

You want more? How about this from an excellent post at Big League Stew:

Hernandez’s 13 wins are the lowest for any starting pitcher that has ever won the Cy Young award over a full season (Fernando Valenzuela had 13 in strike-shortened 1981), but an overwhelming majority of the electorate realized that wins aren’t under the pitcher’s control. Felix didn’t get wins 12 times he surrendered two earned runs or less and received a paltry average of 2.4 runs of support a game during his 34 starts.

Let me repeat and bold that last part for emphasis:

Felix didn’t get wins 12 times he surrendered two earned runs or less and received a paltry average of 2.4 runs of support a game during his 34 starts.

For the record, other Appleton Professional Baseball players to have won the Cy Young Award:

Dean Chance (Foxes, 1960): MLB, 1964
Sparky Lyle (Foxes, 1964): AL, 1977
Pete Vuckovich (Foxes, 1974): AL, 1982
LaMarr Hoyt (Foxes, 1978): AL, 1983
Doug Drabek (Foxes, 1984): NL, 1990

Singing for the unsung

Let’s Go Rattlers decided upon their Unsung Hero Award for the 2010 Timber Rattlers.

Continuing with our seven part series looking back on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2010 season. Today’s award is for the Unsung Hero. From Matt Costello to Chris Dennis to Nick Bucci, there were plenty of names tossed around, but in the end it came down to two. Ultimately Cutter Dykstra was edged out by catcher Cameron Garfield for the award.

Garfield played in 102 games, a pretty high number for a catcher, in his first full season of pro ball. He was in charge of handling Timber Rattlers pitchers all season and still managed to hit .245 with three home runs and 46 RBI.

Head over to read their comments/reasoning.

I respectfully disagree

The guys over at announced their award winner for Timber Rattlers Reliever of the Year yesterday.

Continuing with our seven part series looking back on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2010 season. We tabulated the votes and for the first time we don’t have a unanimous selection. Jonathan Pokorny and Jeremy Jeffress both received votes, but the winner was Andre Lamontagne.

I disagree.

Pokorny, the MWL post-season All-Star Lefthanded Reliever, inherited 35 base runners. He allowed five to score.

Pokorny, the MWL post-season All-Star Left-handed Reliever as selected by the managers of the Midwest League, converted on his first eight save opportunities. Then, he converted seven more in a row. He was two shy of tying the franchise record for saves in a season.

Pokorny struck out 87 opposing batters in 60-1/3 innings. That would be a K/9IP of…13…13?!?…13!

Pokorny held left-handed hitters to a .190 batting average.

Lamontagne was good when he was with the Rattlers.  But,he pitched just 16 games for the Rattlers this year before being bumped up to Brevard County and Huntsville.  Pokorny was here all season long, appeared in 46 games, and was THE guy in the bullpen.

And that’s what I think.

To the surprise of no one (again)

The guys over at have selected their pitcher of the year for the 2010 Timber Rattlers.

Take a guess.

Yes. You would be correct.

Jake Odorizzi was voted by everyone as the Timber Rattlers Pitcher of the Year for 2010. This should come as no surprise as the 20 year old Odorizzi dominated Midwest League hitters all season long. He finished with a 7-3 record, striking out 135 batters in 120 2/3 innings. Jake appeared in 23 games in 2010, 20 of which he started and was also selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game. In addition, he was named the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Next week they will unveil their relief pitcher of the year.

Not a surprise

To the surprise of no one, has selected Michael Marseco as their Defensive Player of the Year for the Timber Rattlers.

Michael Marseco was voted hands down as the team’s top defensive performer
in 2010. The slick fielding shortstop may have only hit .212 in his
second season in Wisconsin, but he was a pitcher’s best friend on
defense, committing only 12 errors in 126 games.


Click through the link at the top to read the reasoning for the Defensive Player of the Year award.  Pitcher of the Year is the selection over at is next Monday.  I don’t think that Michael is up for that award, but he might be.  Remember?


Vote for Khris Davis! is running a season ending vote for Hitter of the Year in all of the classifications of minor league baseball.  Rattlers slugger Khris Davis is up against some tough competition for Class A Hitter of the Year:

Jared Clark of Ashville
Khris Davis of Wisconsin
Nick Franklin of Clinton
Mike Trout of Cedar Rapids
JD Martinez of Lexington
Jean Segura of Cedar Rapids

A full writeup on all of the players up for the award is here.

I don’t think that I need to ask you for whom to vote*cough*Just head over to this link and scroll down to vote for Khris Davis*cough*….BUT, here is a subtle reminder:



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Photo credits: Fort Wayne TinCaps, Patrick S. Blood, Ann Mollica

A perspective from the fans has a discussion about which Rattler they thought was the Offensive Player of the Year for 2010.  I have no problem with their choice of Khris Davis

Some of the discussion:

Up until the last few weeks of the season, I probably would have gone with Scooter Gennett, but he really slid late in the year. Khris Davis was consistently
a force in the middle of the lineup. 22 home runs is something that
has never been done before for the Rattlers and that is why I feel he
deserves this award.

Click through for all of it.

The will be announcing their defensive player of the year on Monday, October 11.  Why do I have a feeling that the initials MM will figure prominently in the decision.

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