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Rattler Radio Podcast with Kyle Lobner – January 12, 2016

This week’s episode is with Kyle Lobner, who will have a Frosty Microbrew about Monte Harrison on the Timber Rattlers website on Wednesday.  We talk about that, a little David Bowie, and a lot of baseball.  Plus, if you are going to NXT Milwaukee on Thursday, maybe you will see Kyle and me there!


Appleton Baseball Birthdays – January 12:
Casey Craig – 31
Juan Sandoval – 35
Blake Bone – 37
Richie Leblanc – 50
Larry Allen – 52
Tim Hulett – 56
Mike Trujillo – 56
Paul Gilliford – 71
Ivan Siegfried – Born 1923

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer. Photo Credit: HERE

Juan Sandoval in action with Diablos Rojos del Mexico during the summer of 2013.

Postgame Post – May 7, 2015

Wisconsin 1
Quad Cities 4
Boxscore | Game Story

Win Probability Chart:
Win Probability 5_07_15Up is bad on this chart when the Rattlers are on the road.

I don’t have a lot of time tonight and may expand on this in the morning…but, you can see where the two-out rally in the bottom of the first and the inability to drive in anyone in the seventh changed the momentum of the game…You don’t need math or a fancy chart to tell you how big those situatuions were.


And get ’em tomorrow.

There once was a Calliope – November 21, 2014

This week’s Flashback Friday is…amazing.

The letter in the Flashback calls the item depicted below as a ‘Calliola’….But, a google search of Calliola brings up somewhere in Finland.  We will stick with calliope.  Yes. part of the marketing plan for the Appleton Foxes was a calliope.

Here are full sized pictures of the Foxes Calliope from the late 1960’s. As always….click for the full-sized pictures.

I wish there were a color photo of this.

I wish there were a color photo of this.

Left to right: Ed Holtz, Business Manager of the Appleton Club; Ed Rosenthal, Business Manager – Wisconsin Rapids; Ray Burchell, President of Wisconsin Rapids Club; Jim Doster, President of Midwest League; Fritz Colschen, General Manager Clinton Club; Jim Choudoir, Appleton Director; and Walter Wagner, Vice President of League.

Left to right: Ed Holtz, Business Manager of the Appleton Club; Ed Rosenthal, Business Manager – Wisconsin Rapids; Ray Burchell, President of Wisconsin Rapids Club; Jim Doster, President of Midwest League; Fritz Colschen, General Manager Clinton Club; Jim Choudoir, Appleton Director; and Walter Wagner, Vice President of League.

Alumni Birthdays for November 21:
Jeff Perez (’02) – 36
Mike Mason (Pitching Coach ’91, ’92) – 56

Alumni Birthdays for November 22:
Greg Hopkins (’11, ’12) – 26
Eddy Fernandez (’07) – 28
Lindsay Gullin (’98) – 38
Gene Walter (’90) – 54
Mike Henley (’83) – 55

Alumni Birthdays for November 23:
Karl Drezek (’88, ’89) – 49
Fred Blackwelder (’67, ’68) – 68
Jerry Nyman (’66) – 72
John Griffin (’61) – 75
Jack MeKeon (Manager, ’59) – 84

Alumni Report – Through games of 11/9/14

“With a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather.
A quiver in my voice as if I might cry.”

That's not white paint.

That’s not white paint.

And so it begins….Spring and Opening Day 2015 can’t get here fast enough.

Let’s start thinking Spring by looking at how Timber Rattlers alumni are doing in the Winter Leagues:

Arizona Fall League:
Glendale Desert Dogs (11-15-1, 3rd place West):
Clint Coulter (’13): 6 games, .200/.273/.350; 1HR, 3RBI
Nick Ramirez (’12): 17 games, .238/.314/.413, 3HR, 8RBI
Tyrone Taylor (’13): 19 games, .237/.293/.276, 0HR, 6RBI
Shawn Zarraga (’09): 8 games, .333/.438/.333, 0HR, 3RBI
Brooks Hall (’11): 7 games, 2 starts, 1-0, 4.02ERA, 15.2IP, 2BB, 11K
Mike Strong (’13): 9 games, 0-0, 1 save, 1.59ERA, 11.1IP, 3BB, 12K
Tyler Wagner (’13): 8 games, 0-1, 1 save, 8.03ERA, 11.1IP, 6BB, 12K
Wei-Chung Wang (’14): 5 games, 5 starts, 2-0, 1.50ERA, 18.0IP, 2BB, 9K

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (5-3, T-1st):
Craig Anderson (’00): 2 games, 2 starts, 1-1, 3.75ERA, 12.0IP, 5BB, 11K

Melbourne Aces (1-3, T-5th):
Kyle Heckathorn (’11) 2 games, 0-1, 3.86ERA, 2.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas (10-7, 2nd):
Edward Paredes (’08): 4 games, 0-1, 0.00ERA, 1.1IP, BB, K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 9 games, 0-0, 2.70ERA, 10.0IP, 4BB, 9K

Estrellas de Oriente (8-8, 4th):
Juan Diaz (’08): 10 games, .323/.344/.387, 0HR, 5RBI
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 4 games, 3 starts, 1-1, 3.55ERA, 12.2IP, 6BB, 3K

Gigantes del Cibao (11-7, 1st):
Carlos Peguero (’07): 7 games, .391/.548/1.043, 5HR, 6RBI

Tigres del Licey (7-10, 5th):
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 8 games, .091/.167/.182, 0HR, RBI

Puerto Rico:
Cangrejeros de Santurce (3-2, 2nd):
Omar Garcia (’14): 3 games, 0-for-3
Yadiel Rivera (’12): 5 games, .222/.263/.389, HR, 5RBI
Joel Pineiro (’98): 2 games, 2 starts, 0-1, 5.59ERA, 9.2IP, 0BB, 4K

Criollos de Caguas (3-4, 4th):
Efrain Nieves (’10): 2 games, 2 starts, 0-1, 7.36, 7.1IP, 3BB, 5K

Gigantes de Carolina (5-2, 1st):
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 7 games, .167/.286/.167, 0HR, RBI
JC Ramirez (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 1.42ERA, 6.1IP, 0BB, 6K

Indios de Mayaguez (4-3, 3rd):
Jorge Lopez (’13): 2 games, 2 starts, 0-1, 2.84ERA, 6.1IP, 4BB, 7K

Aguilas del Zulia (19-6, 2nd):
Eric Marzec (’11): 6 games, 4 starts, 2-0, 2.31ERA, 23.1IP, 2BB, 16K

Bravos de Margarita (8-19, 7th):
Tyler Cravy (’12): 5 games, 5 starts, 0-4, 5.40ERA, 20.0IP, 6BB, 16K
Greg Holle (’11): 10 games, 0-0, 1 Save, 3.86ERA, 7.0IP, 4BB, K

Cardenales de Lara (10-17, 6th):
Jose Escalona (’08): 5 games, 0-0, 8.44ERA, 5.1IP, 3BB, 4K
Cesar Jimenez (’03): 5 games, 5 starts, 1-2, 3.93ERA, 18.1IP, 4BB, 18K

Caribes de Anzoategui (20-6, 1st):
Orlando Arcia (’13): 24 games, .277/.358/.532, 5HR, 18RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes (12-13, 4th):
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 12 games, .206/.357/.294, 0HR, 4RBI

Tigres de Aragua (16-8, 3rd):
Renee Cortez (’03): 10 games, 1-0, 0.87ERA, 10.1IP, 5BB, 4K

Alumni Birthdays for November 10:
Ryan Fasano (’13) – 25
Sheldon Fulse (’00, ’01) – 33

Musical Interlude – July 21, 2013

I was invited to have dinner with a friend and his family after today’s game.  I am heading out in a few minutes and am actually going to shut the computer down for awhile.

The postgame post will be up later tonight after I think about this one.

Rattlers 6
Dragons 7
Boxscore | Rattlers Game Story

This turned into that 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the eighth....Where's that horrible photography tag?

This turned into that 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the eighth….Where’s that horrible photography tag?



Musical Interlude – May 30, 2013

I just need to NOT be on the computer for a few hours.  I’ll have the postgame post up right around the start of the Brewers game tonight.

For now

Rattlers 9
Snappers 5
Boxscore | Game Story

Van Morrison for the ride home after two weeks on the road:

Championship Musical Interlude

I hope that you’ll forgive me if I pause to catch my breath and enjoy the moment.

Wisconsin 4
Fort Wayne 2
Boxscore | Game Story

This time it’s right – my time has come
Gonna give everything that I’ve got
Till it’s over and victory’s won

2012 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers…Midwest League Champions

Quick post doubleheader thoughts…..

Game one:
Wisconsin 6
Burlington 1
Boxscore | Game Story

Game two:
Wisconsin 8
Burlington 3
Boxscore | Game Story

I try to never read too much into performances on the last day of the season…

Especially in a game that features a 6-5 double play with a runner at second and a grounder to short starts the play and a different play in which a pitcher does not cover home plate on a wild pitch that didn’t get too far away from the plate with a runner at third base  resulting in a run scoring and that pitcher getting yanked from the game with a 2-2 count on the batter with two outs in the inning…

BUT, gol durnit, that was a fun way to spend about five hours on Labor Day.

Five home runs on the day with some timely hitting and good relief work.

Max Walla kept game two  from getting out of hand with a spectacular diving catch.  Read the game two game story for details.

Chad Thompson and Brent Suter do the job in game one.  Eric Semmelhack, Santo Manzanillo, and Michael White do the job in game two.  Bullpen should be fresh and ready to go on Wednesday in game one against the Bees.

By sweeping the three game series from the Bees at the end of the regular season, the Rattlers wound up with a winning record against the Bees (10-9) in 2012.  The Rattlers did not have a losing record against any team from the Western Division. As the great Mel Allen might say, “How ’bout that?”

The team will work out in Burlington tomorrow morning and take the afternoon to relax.  Next game is Wednesday at 6:30pm right back here at Community Field.

It’s been a long day and the plan is to put a detailed playoff preview up sometime tomorrow afternoon – or, once I know the starters for Burlington. 

Until then, Rattlers fans, just roll with it:

Postgame post for August 27, 2012

Wisconsin 3
Peoria 7
Boxscore | Game Story

The talk on the bus ride was about the ejection of Cameron Garfield.  This may come as a surprise to you, but I’m going to side with the Rattlers on this one.

I could go over the game, but I’m not sure what I can add to this one.  The game story has everything.

So, the five most annoying celebration songs I have heard in my broadcast career.

#5.) The Heat is On: Omaha Lancers (USHL)
A lifetime ago, I was the radio announcer for the Green Bay Gamblers.  The Omaha Lancers had a great offensive team and they would score lots and lots of goals.  The song that they played after every goal was the Glenn Frey “classic” from Beverly Hills Cop.  No seriously.  It would kick in right around the point in the song where Glenn sounded like he was singing backup vocals to his own song.  Then, at the appropriate moment – right after ‘It’s on the street!’, 6,000 Lancers fans would all sing along with that “Whoooo-hoooo”.  I hate that song and Beverly Hills Cop has been ruined for me.

#4.) Song #2: Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League of Professional Baseball)
It was 1998.  I was in my first year as the solo radio announcer for the Duluth Superior Dukes.  The Winnipeg Goldeyes still played in Winnipeg Stadium, a football stadium for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  The left field fence was 300′ from home plate.  They had the lot of power hitting right-handed hitters.  Not that you needed to be a slugger to hit one out of the park there.  There was one game, the last game of a series.  The Dukes bullpen was used up and the starter needed to go deep into the ballgame…no matter what. I don’s have my scorebook from the 1998 Dukes in front of me, but I am almost positive that the starter went all eight innings and gave up 500 runs and the Goldeyes hit 88 homers.  The Goldeyes production crew played this song – from the start – after every. single. run.

#3.) We like to Party: Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League)
I hated this song when Six Flags used it and their commercials were on every station at all hours of the day or night.  The Chiefs, to their credit, have added dancing ears of corn – named Norm & Al – to really ramp this one up to 11.

#2.) Chelsea Dagger: Beloit Snappers, Cedar Rapids Kernels, South Bend Silver Hawks (Midwest League)
I don’t know how and I don’t know why this song became popular with THREE teams in the league but I wanted the Rattlers to shutout these teams every time they played at the respective stadiums.

#1.) Iowa Fight Song: Cedar Rapids Kernels
The Rattlers played in Cedar Rapids on Iowa night this year. The Kernels played this song after every Kernels run.  Cedar Rapids scored FOURTEEN runs that night.

You made it through the crap. Now, Here is the song I would play – starting at about 2:41  where that kickin’ drum beat starts up – after a win…if people knew what real music was.

Yes, it’s odd that I put a song that has the lyrics:

Well, I can’t be bothered with sorrow
And I can’t be bothered with hate, no, no

in a post about songs that bother me and have grown to hate.

Don’t care.

Another game tomorrow.  Go get ’em.

The day in pictures with one list – August 26, 2012

Rattlers 3
Peoria 10
Boxscore | Game Story

List of games the 2012 Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs:
April 24 @South Bend – 10-4 (L)
May 15 @Kane County – 11-5 (L)
June 1@Cedar Rapids 14-9 (L)
July 6 @Cedar Rapids 12-11 (L)
August 7 @Beloit 10-4 (L)
August 8 v. Cedar Rapids 15-1 (L)
August 15 @Beloit 13-10 (L)
August 26 @Peoria 10-3 (L)

The Day in pictures:


Sixth inning. Notice the lights.

This is in the ninth inning. The bases are loaded and there are two outs. You can see Rafael Neda waiting on deck as the grounds crew tries to get the mound and third base ready to resume play.

And this is roughly 15 minutes after the end of the game.

Final thoughts: Great job by the Chiefs front office and grounds crew in a difficult spot.  They held off the start of the game because of a weather system that could have dumped a lot of rain on the field a lot earlier than it did.  Nobody wanted to burn a starting pitcher and nobody wanted a doubleheader.  Also, I am about 92.4% positive that the umpires almost called for the tarp in the top of the ninth inning.  That would have been a mistake.

Right now, It’s raining all over the world:

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