Results tagged ‘ Midwest League History ’
This week’s Mehring Monday is a plea for help in tracking down pieces of history from Appleton Professional Baseball to help the Timber Rattlers decorate Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium when the renovations are complete.
The starting point was the sudden donation of these team autographed baseballs from the 1970s:
In the middle of that column, I mention the ways other teams use their history to decorate their stadiums.
Pictures are usually better than words. Mine are about even, but you should get the general idea from the pictures below:
The first few are from the Cedar Rapids Kernels and their timeline of baseball in Cedar Rapids:
These are from Peoria’s timeline:
I thought I had a few from the conference room at Community Field and a few more of the historical photos from West Michigan. But, well, my filing system is ridiculous.
These should give you the general idea.
There are no former Timber Rattlers on the active roster of either team in the 2012 World Series. The closest a Tiger would have been to being a Rattler would be Doug Fister. He was drafted by Seattle in the 7th round of the 2006 draft and went to Everett. Then, he skipped over the Rattlers to AA West Tennessee in 2007. The closest a Giant came to being a Rattler was when Tim Lincecum was passed over by the Mariners for Brandon Morrow with the 5th pick in the 2006 draft. By the way, Morrow went right to Inland Empire in ’06 and skipped over the Rattlers, too.
Both managers of the teams in the Fall Classic have some Midwest League roots. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland managed the Clinton Pilots in 1972, 1973, and 1975. Leyland led the Pilots to a MWL Pennant in 1973. Bruce Bochy of the Giants played 30 games for the Dubuque Packers in 1976.
The rosters are more even than you might think when you consider that the Tigers have been affiliated with the West Michigan Whitecaps since 1997 and the Giants haven’t had a MWL affiliate since they were the parent club of the Burlington Bees in 1996.
Detroit has ten (10) MWL Alumni:
Al Albuquerque – Peoria, 2007
Alex Avila – West Michigan, 2008
Miguel Cabrera – Kane County, 2001
Andy Dirks – West Michigan, 2008
Prince Fielder – Beloit, 2002 & 2003
Avisail Garcia – West Michigan, 2009
Don Kelly- West Michigan, 2002
Omar Infante – West Michigan, 2000
Ramon Santiago – West Michigan, 2000
Jose Valverde – South Bend, 1999 & 2000*
San Francisco has six (6) MWL Alumni:
Jeremy Affeldt – Lansing, 1998
Joaquin Arias – Battle Creek, 2003
Santiago Casilla – Kane County, 2003
Javier Lopez – South Bend, 1998 & 1999
Jose Mijares – Beloit, 2005
Ryan Theriot – Lansing, 2002 & 2003
*-Second Jose Valverde mention in as many posts today. Weird.
Here are a few photos that go with today’s Flashback Friday on the home page:
@Kernels 11, Rattlers 4
- The comeback from 4-0 was nice. Not that I think this team is going to fall behind a lot this season, but if they do I don’t think that coming back is going to be a problem.
- Kudos to Charly Bashara to keep the team in the game after the early stumble. The error to start the bottom of the sixth was tough.
- Nick Shaw drew five walks tonight. In five plate appearances. In the leadoff spot. I can see why he set a record in college.
- Defense is going to have to tighten up. Three errors last night and
four* three more tonight. They all were in crucial spots, too.
- Greg Hopkins on a 6-game hitting streak. Three solid hits tonight for him.
- Jimmy Nelson will not have an outing like that again this season. I am as positive about that as I am about anything I have ever been
- Wisconsin relievers inherited eight base runners tonight. Five of those eight inherited runners scored.
- The Kernels took the Peoria Chiefs concept of a baseball timeline and turned it up to 11. If you head down to Cedar Rapids for a game later this season, take the tour or just wander around up there. That picture above is one of many, many interesting historical facts about baseball in Cedar Rapids since the late 1800′s.
- Did I mention that I have internet on the bus now? Oh? I have internet on the bus now.
Rattlers and Chiefs with a three game series that starts on Friday night. The pitching matchups:
FRI: Del Howell (0-1, 5.79) v. Cam Greathouse (0-0, 6.23)
SAT: Tyler Thornburg (0-0, 3.00) v. Graham Hicks (0-1, 2.25)
SUN: Austin Ross (1-0, 1.64) v. Hayden Simpson (0-0, 4.15)
See you at the park this weekend.
UPDATE: *There was a scoring change on a play in the bottom of the sixth. Click here for the play-by-play.