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I’m #5…I’m #5…I’m #5

To start off this post right.  Thank you all for stopping by to read Rattler Radio today and in the last year.

The year-end rankings for MLBlogs were released earlier this week.  Rattler Radio is listed in the MiLB Pro category and finished 5th.  Here is the top 10 in that category as noted in this post at Blogs Central:

1. Ben’s Biz Blog
2.’s PROSPECTive Blog
3. Inside the San Jose Giants
4. Crawdads Beat
5. Rattler Radio
6. The Shuck Dynasty
7. Rollin’ with Rick PawSox
8. The Dash Board
9. 45 Miles From Fenway
10. Callis’ Corner


Benjamin Hill handled being number one in his usual manner:


But, seriously….

Rattler Radio started out over here on Blogspot on March 27, 2006 with this post.

Hold on…..This blog is going to be TEN YEARS OLD IN JUST OVER TWO MONTHS?

Whoa. I needed to get that out of my system.

I moved it over to MLBlogs in September of 2010 and it has been a lot of fun from the very start.

I have added some features over the years and will continue to look for ways to make this the place to follow the Timber Rattlers and to inform and entertain.

Thank you for being along for the last decade.  Thank you for coming back.

Appleton Pro Baseball Birthdays – January 14:
Joe White – 30
TA Fulmer – 36
Rod Myers – 43
Brian McCormack – 50
Chris Jefts – 51
Terry Forster – 64
Nielsen Cochran – 75

Happy Birthday to Terry Forster, a member of the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame!

Happy Birthday to Terry Forster, a member of the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame!

Blog News – AZ bound

The next post you see on Rattler Radio will be from Arizona since I will be down at Minor League Camp in maryvale for a few days.  Make sure to check @CMehring & @TimberRattlers for updates during the day.  There should be a new column up on either the blog or the Timber Rattlers website.

Speaking of the website, there has been plenty of news going up over there for the last few days.

Click on each link for all the news.

Alumni Birthday for March 18:
Terrmel Sledge (’00) – 38

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

Terrmel Sledge with Yokohama.

Friday Prospect Information

For the past few Fridays, I have had some photos of the field to give you a view of how the melt is going.

This Friday, that is impossible.  I am in Arizona…where the only snow is in the mountains…probably…

I will be reporting from Minor League Camp on past and future Timber Rattlers.  I will also reporting from four Timber Rattlers Spring Training Games.  There should be reports on the Timber Rattlers website, here on the blog, and @CMehring throughout the weekend and into Tuesday morning when the eventual tweet: “Missed my plane…damn.” will be seen.

By the way, yesterday’s post on the 2014 Specialty Jerseys got a lot of traffic – more traffic than the traditional Walkup Music post, but not as much traffic as a Snow in April post.  Since WTMJ’s WI-Sports & Uni Watch have both posted links…traffic is heading that way again today.  Thank you for the clicks!

The Timber Rattlers front office was busy with field stuff while I was on the plane out of the Fox Cities yesterday. Just call them “Two Tarps”:

Making progress with 13 days to go.

There were a few Brewers Prospect stories that were published this week and – in case you missed them – I thought this would be a good place to share:

MLBPipeline rates their top 20 Brewers Prospects

Plenty of former Timber Rattlers on this list.  Jimmy Nelson and Tyrone Taylor are 1-2.  Click that link for the full list AND scouting reports on all 20.

Bernie Pleskoff asks How do Brewers’ prospects fit Milwaukee’s needs?

Jim Callis notes Brewers banking on wealth of prospects at lower levels.  In which he has three questions with Victor Roache, notes that his camp standout this season is Mitch Haniger, and his breakout candidate is Orlando Arcia.

Jim also has more Brewers coverage on his blog with notes on possible future Rattlers Tucker Neuhaus and David Denson.

The Brewers also announced releases yesterday and – unfortunately – there were a lot of former Rattlers on this list.

Rattler Radio turns six today

It is a great view.

I made the first Rattler Radio post over on Blogger on March 27, 2006.

For the last six years, this has been my therapy, I mean, an outlet for fans of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to follow their team.  I moved over to MLBlogs in September of 2010.

There have been a few gaps when I really needed a break,  but I have tried to keep the posts coming on a daily basis ever since Rattler Radio started.

Along the way, the blog has picked up Camels, Ferrets, Tapirs, and other mascots to let you know about the weather and field conditions.  (To our new readers, you’ll meet Brick, Carl, Fairfax, Telemachus, and the others at the appropriate times during the season.)

There have been pictures of snow covered fields, flooded fields, and other stadiums and cities around the MWL.  (For some reason, the weather photos have picked up more traffic than the regular baseball posts, but that’s fine.)

There have been dominant pitching performances, incredible comebacks, heartbreaking losses, and long road trips.

I have had the opportunity to write about Appleton Baseball History, Mariners Prospects, Brewers Prospects, Rattlers players who have moved on to other organizations, and Rattlers players who have made it to the major league level.

And the windows in the radio booth at Modern Woodmen Park still don’t open.

It has been a fun six years in which there have been almost 11,000 posts….(Good Lord, really? That many?)

I can’t wait for the start of the 2012 season and I hope you stop by the ballpark and the blog to check out the progress of this year’s edition of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Over on Blogger, there  is a spot on your blog for an About Me note.  The one that I wrote six years ago still applies today:

I have the job that I have wanted since I was about seven years old. How freakin’ cool is that?

Pretty cool, if you ask me.

Post Number 800!

I didn’t realize that ‘Rattler Radio’ was nearing the 800 mark until a couple of days ago.  I thought about a big post that covered the blog since moving over from the old site.  But, I woke up to this:

Snow's gonna snow.

Opening Day will get here. Trust me.

Keep in mind that Monday looked like this:

There CAN be no snow in February. See!

Sigh.  55 days to Opening Day.  That was enough to get me down just a little bit.  So, here are a few prospect links and a Flashback Friday supplement to this week’s column.

Prospects: has this Top 20 list.  Potential Rattlers – and I stress “Potential” Rattlers – for 2012 on that list are #2 Jed Bradley, #3, Taylor Jungman, #11 David Goforth, & #12 Yadiel Rivera. also has this organizational preview for the 2012 Brewers minor leaguers.

“I think last year, we were better than we thought we would be,” [Reid] Nichols said. “This year, I am optimistic and I feel good about the year. We have some players that will contribute. We have players that will be recognized by baseball.”

In addition to [Wily] Peralta and [Jed] Bradley, the organization has players like infielder Scooter Gennett, right-handed pitchers Taylor Jungmann and Tyler Thornburg along with infielder Taylor Green making strides.

The newly revamped Disciples of Uecker has a Top 30 List for Brewers Prospects.




Brew Crew Ball has been doing Community Prospect Ratings for #1 through #17.

It should not be a surprise that former Timber Rattlers pitcher Wily Peralta is #1 on all three lists.

And now a word from our sponsor: Timber Rattlers Fandemonium starts next Wednesday (2/15).  Click here for the details.

This week’s Flashback Friday is a reprint of a combination season review (1987)/season preview (1988) from the 1988 Appleton Foxes souvenir program.

The cover of the 1988 program was part of the series that were designed and drawn by Paul Birling.  I believe that I have called them LeRoy Neiman-esque.

The cover of the 1988 Appleton Foxes souvenir program.

Other Paul Birling covers on this blog are: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, & 1992.  As noted elsewhere, the Foxes modified the 1991 cover for use again in 1994.  Like so:


The 1991 Foxes Program cover celebrates the 100th Anniversary of pro baseball in Appleton.


Just enough changes from 1991. This might make a good Spot the Difference for after the 2012 season.

And that would be post number 800!  Thank you for coming back for more during the long offseason.  Things will be picking up in the next few days and there will be no let up until the end of the Timber Rattlers schedule is done.

Greetings from 2012

The blog has been on unofficial hiatus for the last few weeks with the lack of news…and because I was using the holiday break to recharge for the task of nonstop blogging and baseball to Labor Day and beyond.

To see the kind of year Rattler Radio had in 2011, please check out this link provided by WordPress.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by last season.  Spread the word for 2012 because there should be some neat things for you between now and Opening Day.  After Opening Day, I’ll continue with the features and add in all the Timber Rattler News that is fit to link.

To get back into the blogging habit, here is what the Time Warner Cable Field looked like today as the business office reopened for the new year.

View of Time Warner Cable Field from the left field berm

View of Time Warner Cable Field from the concourse near VIP Suite #1

As the great Jim Ross says, “Business is about to damn sure pick up!”

Mehring Monday: Declaration of Prinicples

A favorite scene of mine in Citizen Kane is this one:

Rattler Radio
has moved and it might be a good time to set up a declaration of principles for the blog.

  1. Rattler Radio will provide you with timely updates on the progress of all former Timber Rattlers (and Foxes) in Fall and Winter Leagues.
  2. Rattler Radio will be the place to stop when you want to find out information about the upcoming 2011 season
  3. Rattler Radio will continue to make it up as it goes along.
  4. Rattler Radio will attempt to be accurate, but when mistakes are made, they will be corrected as quickly as possible.
  5. Rattler Radio realizes that it is a long off season, but will help the time between now and Opening Day, 2011 go by as quickly as possible.
  6. Rattler Radio does not want to declare war on Spain.
  7. Rattler Radio believes that after Citizen Kane, A Touch of Evil, The Third Man, and certain Paul Masson commercials, this is one of the best things that Orson Welles ever did.
  8. Rattler Radio believes that eight is enough.

I should print this out and put it right along side my first report card from school.


Over the next couple of days, the season ending post will be available.  I think that I have the ability to post .pdfs on the new blog.

There will also be an attempt at analysis for some of them.

Over the offseason, I am going to try to compile a few things that have been lost (or never compiled in the first place) for the 2011 Media Guide.  These things may find their way to the

Flashback Friday will return this week.

The Interrogation Room will be back later this offseason.

I will be back tomorrow morning with a few more posts.  Right now, I am in the process of setting up my new office at the ballpark.  The beach is really nice this time of the year.

It is officially the offseason

Back to work after the last two weeks doing…well…nothing.

To give this offseason a sense of forward momentum to Opening Day, 2011, the decision was made that this was time to move the blog over here.  It only makes a little bit of sense.

I am still figuring out all the bells and whistles and posting rules of the new place.  Plus, I am moving my office at the stadium to the beach…at least until the snow starts flying around here.

There are a lot of things to do today, so the next post will be a round up of some alumni and league news over the last few weeks.  That will probably be all for the day, but there will be more original content and a few recaps of the 2010 Timber Rattlers season before the end of the week.

Coming soon

There have been some problems with the old site in Internet Explorer.I will keep the old site active and have a link to it…once I figure out the new place…But, once I get back to work all new posts will be at this site.

So, adjust your bookmarks accordingly.

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