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Welcome to the offseason. The 2016 season came to an end in Cedar Rapids and I took a little time away from the blog. Regular posting will start again soon with some fun new features along with a few old ones that will be returning.
One of the returning features will be the Podcast and the first guest is Wisconsin Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson.
Matt and I sat down for over an hour last Friday to recap the season, talk about a lot of the players that played for Wisconsin this season, his plans for the offseason, the upcoming instructional leagues, and his future.
Marquess Pfaff of WSCO had Matt Erickson on his show yesterday. Click this link to hear the interview.
Alumni Birthdays for January 29:
Welcome to the inaugural Rattler Radio Podcast. In the first episode, Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson discusses the World Series, Fall Instructional for the Brewers minor league players, possible 2015 Timber Rattlers, and much much more.
Rattler Radio Podcast with Matt Erickson (Part 1):
Rattler Radio Podcast with Matt Erickson (Part 2):
Ben Hudson (’01) – 35
Clint Chrysler (’98, ’99) – 39
John McCormick (’89) – 48
Dave Kinsel (’83) – 55
Subjects handled in reverse order of the title of the post:
1.) The Timber Rattlers Team Store has announced a “We don’t want to move this stuff back sale”!
The store is up and running at the new location – 2350 N. Casaloma Drive, Suite #102. As the name of the sale states “We don’t want to move this stuff back” as in, when the renovations are done, we don’t want to move stuff back to the newly expanded team store. That means 25% off everything – except 2012 championship items – in the store for the rest of the offseason.
Christmas shopping early. Go for it.
Manager Matt Erickson told the Milwaukee Brewers he would like to remain with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Erickson said he recently spoke with Reid Nichols, the Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development, in their annual end of season meeting and let his wishes be known.
“He always asks if I have any questions, what are my long-term goals and if I want to move up,” said Erickson, who led the Timber Rattlers to the Midwest League championship in just his second year. “But it came right back to the present. It’s hard to beat my situation right now, the balance this gives me in my professional life and my family life.
“And to be perfectly honest, in my opinion, the affiliate in Appleton is the best in the organization right now. So I told Reid I would like to stay right here at least two more years.”
“There are a million ring people, as I’ve been finding out as they’ve all been contacting me since we won the championship,” said Zerjav, referring to the Timber Rattlers capturing the Midwest League championship.
Zerjav said the organization has decided upon The Elite Group Inc. of Green Bay to handle the design of the rings. The company is owned by Gary Rotherham.
“We’re going to look to him. He helped design the Packers’ Super Bowl rings (in 1996),” said Zerjav. “We like the local aspect, too.”
“A lot of the rings are pretty standard,” said Zerjav. “On one side you have the player’s name, position and the year. Then you have the league and the team record. We talked to a lot of players before they left. Some want the ‘TR’ logo on top of the ring with rubies and a black background. Others want the snake head on top with rubies in the eyes.
Interesting list of possible recipients of the ring. Click for the details.
Also, I can attest to the design being standard. Here is the ring I received as the radio voice of the Green Bay Gamblers when they won the United States Hockey League’s Clark Cup in 2000.
I haven’t pulled that ring out of the drawer in years. Simple designs are best.
About the time Matt Erickson set foot back in Appleton, various members of the Milwaukee Brewers organization kept asking him the same thing:
“Are you interesting in managing?” And his answer was always the same: “Yes.”
On Wednesday, both of their wishes came true when the Brewers named Erickson manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for 2011.
“I told them I would like the opportunity, if it became available in Appleton,” said Erickson, an Appleton West graduate, who served as the Timber Rattlers hitting coach for the past two years.
Reid Nichols, the Brewers special assistant to the general manager/director of player development, said this was a move two years in the making.
“He expressed an interest in managing, pretty much as soon as he got here,” Nichols said. “We’ve been training him, and this is his time.
“No doubt we like what he’s doing. He managed our instructional league team a couple of years ago. He’s a good person, first. And he’s done a very good job in the position of hitting coach for us.”
Nichols believes Erickson, 35, has the right makeup and the right intangibles to succeed in his new position.
“He’s a good communicator and pays attention to the game,” Nichols said. “He’s always prepared and comes ready. Matt will be able to do whatever he sets his mind to do. He’ll do a good job as manager.
If I were capable of feeling emotion, I would say that I am happy for Matt and the Timber Rattlers. This is a good fit.
Here is the release from the Timber Rattlers website announcing the entire coaching staff for the 2011 season.
Also, best wishes to Jeff Isom, who moves on to Brevard County, Milwaukee’s affiliate in the Florida State League.