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Rattler Radio Podcast: January 26, 2016 with Kyle Lobner

This is the view from my window today.  It didn’t look like this when Kyle Lobner and I recorded the podcast yesterday.

January 26 2016 Radio Booth View

We discuss his upcoming Frosty Microbrew article about Tom Flanagan, the new farm director of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Brewers model, MLB Blackouts and how STUPID they are, and various other items.

Appleton Pro Baseball Birthdays – January 26:
Josh Prince – 28
Ryan Rowland-Smith – 33
Mike Pazik (Coach, 1982) – 66
Chester Holstrom – Born 1886


Your 2016 Starting Point

Happy New Year, Timber Rattlers fans.

When we left you before Christmas, there was no snow on the newly installed field at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Then, Monday December 28th happened…and it’s still here over a week later.

January 6 16 a


January 6 16 b

It finally looks like winter around here.

There are 94 days to the Home Opener!  The Season is Coming:

Season is Coming

Rattler Radio Podcast with Rob Zerjav and Aaron Hahn – December 15, 2015

Rob Zerjav and Aaron Hahn are the guests on this week’s podcast.  They talk about the winter meetings from the perspective of minor league teams, protective netting, drones, some upcoming promotions for the 2016 season, the condition of the new playing surface at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, and a host of other topics.

Since I don’t have pictures of the other stuff, here are some photos of the field as of yesterday.  To put their comments in perspective, we had well over 2 inches of rain.  Normally, the outfield would be a lake and the warning track would be at least a tidal pool.  The new drainage worked perfectly and just look at the lack of water!

Green Grass and no puddles 2


Green Grass and no puddles

To the Podcast!

Rattler Alumni Update – Fall and Winter Leagues – (Through Games of 11/1/15)

Welcome to the new look of Rattler Radio.  The caricature in the new logo reminds me of a Crow T. Robot line in a Mystery Science Theater 3000 host segment*.

“For those of you who don’t know, a caricaturist is an artist that makes anyone he draws look like Jack Soo.”

Before getting to the Winter League Update.  Here’s a look at the completed field renovation project.

November 2 2015 Field photo

That looks outstanding!

Arizona Fall League:
Surprise Saguaros (9-7):
Michael Reed: 11 games; 0HR, 2RBI; .211/.388/.237
Yadiel Rivera: 9 games; HR, 10RBI; .433/.541/.667
Jacob Barnes: 4 games; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 5.2IP; 2BB, 8K
Damien Magnifico: 5 games; 0-0, Save, 2.08ERA; 4.1IP; 3BB, 7K

Australian Baseball League:
Sydney Blue Sox (4-4):
Craig Anderson: 1 game, 1 start; 0-0, 1.17ERA; 7.2IP; 0BB, 2K

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano:
Aguilas Cibaenas (4-9):
Juan Sandoval: 4 games, 1-0, 9.82ERA; 3.2IP, 2BB, 2K

Gigantes del Cibao (5-8):
Carlos Triunfel: 9 games; 0HR, 4RBI; .222/.241/.396

Leones del Escogido (8-4):
Edward Paredes: 5 games; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 2.2IP; 3BB, 4K
Rafael Soriano: 6 games; 0-0, 3 Saves, 3.00ERA; 6.0IP; 0BB, 4K
Jorge Sosa: 6 games; 0-0, 3.18ERA; 5.2IP; 0BB, 5K

Tigres del Licey (7-6):
Jason Rogers: 12 games; HR, 8RBI; .250/.294/.354

Toros del Este (6-7):
Luis Ortega: 1 game, 0-0, 0.00ERA; 0.1IP; BB, 0K

Liga Mexicana del Pacifico:
Charros de Jalisco (11-9):
Alex Liddi: 20 games; 4HR, 22RBI; .403/.437/.688

Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico):
Cangrejeros de Santurce (0-2):
Omar Garcia: 1 game

Criollos de Caguas (2-1):
Efrain Nieves: 1 game, 1 start, 0-0, 7.20ERA; 5.0IP; 0BB, 2K

Gigantes de Carolina (2-1):
Jeff Dominguez: 3 games; 0HR, 2RBI; .462/.429/.462
JC Romero 2 games; 0-0, Save; 0.00ERA; 2.0IP; 0BB, 2K

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional:
Aguilas del Zulia (10-11):
Eric Marzec: 6 games, 3 starts; 2-2, 4.20ERA; 15.0IP; 2BB, 12K
Gian Rizzo: 8 games; 0-0, 2.79ERA; 9.2IP; 2BB, 10K

Cardenales de Lara (11-10):
Jose Jimenez: 6 games; 0-0, 11.57ERA; 2.1IP; BB, 2K

Navegantes del Magallanes (11-10):
Carlos Maldonado: 4 games; 0HR, RBI; .500/.571/.500

Tigres de Aragua (12-9):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 5 games, 5 starts; 2-2, 1.93ERA; 28.0IP; 6BB, 21K
Renee Cortez: 11 games; 0-3, 5.59ERA; 9.2IP; 3BB, 8K
Brent Suter: 4 games, 4 starts; 1-1, 5.17ERA; 15.2IP; 6BB, 11K

*-The Magic Sword (Episode 411)

Future Rattlers

Welcome back.  I figured it was time to get back to work.

Check out Mehring Monday over on the website.

The Field Renovaion  project is moving along well.  The trenches for irrigation are being dug.  The outfield grass and warning track will be next.  Here are a few pictures from today.

September 28-1

September 28-2

You can check out the live YouTube feed here.  To see how much progress has been made, here are the time lapse videos from week 1 and week 2.

Baseball America is steadily releasing the Top 20 Prospects in each of the minor leagues.  They have already covered the Arizona League and the Pioneer League.  The Milwaukee Brewers have affiliates in both leagues and prospects on both lists.  These are the future Rattlers to make those lists.

There will be a little bit on each player, but not everything.  Most of this stuff is behind the subscriber wall.

Arizona League Brewers to make Arizona League Top 20 List:

#1 Trent Clark, Outfield

The 18-year-old center fielder, who signed for $2.7 million, crashed head first into the center-field wall in the first inning of his second pro game. He wound up with a concussion that kept him out of the lineup for two weeks and gave him a couple of shiners that lasted well into the summer. It didn’t take long after returning to the lineup for Clark to show off his five-tool skills—he hit for the cycle in his fifth game back.

#3 Gilbert Lara, Shortstop

Lara shows the range, infield actions and above-average arm to be able to stay at shortstop, provided he doesn’t grow too much in his teens. He gets good carry and accuracy on his throws. Lara has the tools needed for success at higher levels, and is projected by some observers as a plus big league player.

“He’s really solid for 17 years old—a grinder,” Brewers manager Nestor Corredor said.

#5 Demi Orimoloye, Outfield

One of the AZL’s bigger surprises came from north of the border, with Canadian outfielder Orimoloye showcasing explosive tools and producing at a high level during his six weeks in the league. The native of Nigeria ranked No. 41 on the BA 500 prior to the draft but fell to the fourth round, with the Brewers signing him for $450,000.

Orimoloye led the league in homers (six) when he left Arizona to join Canada’s national team for the 18U Baseball World Cup in Japan.

Helena Brewers to make Pioneer League Top 20 List:

#4 Marcos Diplan, Right-handed Pitcher

Despite his slight, 6-foot frame, Diplan stands out for his savvy and poise on the mound. He commands three average or better pitches and shows good feel for his secondary stuff. He sits 90-94 mph and touches as high as 98. His heater should tick up with strength and maturity.

Diplan’s slider is already a plus pitch, and he shows the ability to use his changeup in any count.

#6 Monte Harrison, Outfield

Harrison featured some of the loudest tools in the league. Already one of the best defensive outfielders in Rookie ball, he showed signs of starting to figure it out at the plate. The key to the improvement was getting his hands loaded earlier so that he was ready to see the ball sooner. Harrison is a little slow getting out of the box but is a plus runner underway, and he’s an instinctual baserunner who now has swiped 52 bases in 124 career games. 

#15 Jake Gatewood, Shortstop

He hit .209 in the first half at low Class A Wisconsin, but a series of adjustments and the PL’s offensive nature helped him taste success for the first time.

Gatewood showed signs of figuring it out at Helena. He gained confidence in the box by becoming more consistent with his leg lift and hand load. He still has a long swing, however, and he expands the zone and struggles with good offspeed pitches, but he flashes the ability to hit for power in games.

The Stands

Timber Rattlers Executive Chef Tim Hansen got some press from the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday.

Another sandwich going bolder this year is the On Wisconsin. Last year’s version included a burger, split brat, cheese curds and cheese sauce. This year fans will find all those ingredients plus a beer battered onion ring and fried sauerkraut. Before Hansen got to work creating the sandwiches for a photo shoot earlier this week, he admitted that this was the first time the On Wisconsin Burger would be fully assembled and I was going to be the first person to take a bite.

The fried kraut is a milder version of its normally pungent self and blends well with the hint of beer from the onion ring batter. Even kraut haters won’t be put off by its presence in this sandwich.

Those who define bolder in terms of heat, rather than size, can try the Flamethrower, a chicken sandwich topped with brisket, smoky ghost pepper cheese and a Sriracha aioli. The ghost pepper is the big brother of habanero and jalapeno when it comes to heat.

Photos of the sandwiches at the link!

Yes, Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium is now snow-free…

March 16a

But, what about the stands?  Are they snow-free, too?  Yes!  Yes, they are!

March 16b

March 16c

March 16d

Get here soon, Opening Day!

Alumni Birthdays for March 16:
Pat Dunham (’99) – 39
Chad Strickland (’91, ’92) – 43
Richard Baumhoefner (’51) – Would have been 85

Chad Strickland 91

A look at now and a look at the future

A look at a – for all intents and purposes – snow-free field with 30 days to the home opener!

March 13a

March 13b
Now….through the magic of forecasting:

First pitch is at 4pm.  Looking good!

First pitch is at 4pm. Looking good!

It’s a weather forecast… could it possibly be wrong!

Alumni Birthdays for March 13:
Jason Rogers (’11, ’12) – 27
Dan Britt (’11) – 27
Alejandro Cadena (’02) – 35
Denny O’Toole (’69) – 66
Carlos Pascual (’58, ’59) – Would have been 84

Carlos Pascual as a Fox Cities Fox in the late 50's.

Carlos Pascual as a Fox Cities Fox in the late 50’s.

Alumni Birthdays for March 14:
Erik O’Donnell (’93) – 45
Chris Garibaldo (’88, ’89) – 46
Richard Yencha (’61) – 73
Chris Garibaldo 1989

Alumni Birthdays for March 15:
Guy Welsh (’07) – 30
Denys Bonilla (’96) – 41
Grant Griesser (’90) – 48
Joe Skodny (’87) – 52
Harold Baines (’77) – 56
Joe Sparks (Manager, ’71) – 77

Harold Baines. Great player...horrible uniform.

Harold Baines. Great player…horrible uniform.

The thaw continues

This is beautiful….and ahead of schedule….and we are happy about this:

March 11a

March 11b

March 11c

March 11d

March 11e

Mother Nature….Doin’ Work!

Alumni Birthdays for March 11:
Mike Garza (’12, ’13) – 25
Sean McCraw (’09) – 29
Lance Beus (’06) – 32
Jonathan Huth (’89) – 47
Tony Cento (’86) – 51
Edgar Sinquefield (’59) – Would have been 82

Mike Garza in 2013.

Mike Garza in 2013.

Melting….It’s melting

Isn’t it amazing how a couple of days over 40° can do?
March 9a

March 9b

Alumni Birthdays for March 9:
Justin Leone (’00) – 38
Ben Pierce (’88, ’89) – 49
Dan Neumeier (’68) – 67

Justin Leone hit 18 homers for the Rattlers during the regular season in 2000.

Justin Leone hit 18 homers for the Rattlers during the regular season in 2000.

Dan Neumeier in 1972.  He is a native of Shawano and played college baseball at UW-Oshkosh.

Dan Neumeier in 1972. He is a native of Shawano and played college baseball at UW-Oshkosh.

Field Photos on March 6 & Pocket Schedule Update

In reverse order,


The snowblower was out on the field earlier this week and the warning track is almost clear.

Field March 6 2015 001

Field March 6 2015 002

Field March 6 2015 003

Field March 6 2015 004

Field March 6 2015 005

Field March 6 2015 006

I hear that the weather is supposed to get warmer soon.  That means we will have some pictures that include green grass poking up through the blanket of white.

REMINDER: Individual Game Tickets on sale this Saturday at 10am. See you at the ballpark!

Alumni Birthdays for March 6:
Nibaldo Acosta (’04) – 32
Omer Munoz (Hitting Coach ’97-’99) – 49
August Gregory (’41) – Would have been 93


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