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ANOTHER Trade & Remember THIS? – December 4, 2014

Another former Timber Rattler player has been traded.  Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Michael Saunders (’06) from the Seattle Mariners:

The Toronto Blue Jays plugged their hole in left field by acquiring Michael Saunders from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander J.A. Happ, a deal that signals Melky Cabrera’s departure and gives GM Alex Anthopoulos extra money to work with to bolster the bullpen.

Saunders, a 28-year-old from Victoria, is projected by to earn $2.9 million in salary arbitration, and becomes just the fourth outfielder on the club’s 40-man roster. He’ll take over from Cabrera as the starting left-fielder, meaning the club’s attempts at re-signing the free agent are essentially over.

“Saunders is going to be our everyday left-fielder,” said Anthopoulos. “We ultimately had to make a decision to go that route.


Michael Saunders in 2006. This picture and others used in this post were taken during a game in which the Rattlers wore Fox Cities Foxes jerseys as part of a Turn Back the Clock promotion.

Michael Saunders as a Timber Rattler in 2006.

The Snake Pit Team Store has extended one of their Cyber Weekend offers on the website.  Place an online order of $50 or more between now and the end of the month and receive FREE SHIPPING!

I had to clear some photos off my phone to make room for some updates. As I was going through the pictures I found a few from July that I don’t think I ever posted. Remember that trip to Quad Cities in July where the Mississippi River had flooded its banks and Modern Woodmen Park was surrounded by water? Remember that Quad Cities has a ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park? Here’s the view:

QC Ferris Wheel

QC Ferris Wheel View

QC Ferris Wheel View2

QC Ferris Wheel View3

QC Ferris Wheel View4

QC Ferris Wheel View5

QC Ferris Wheel View6

QC Ferris Wheel View7

Alumni Birthdays for December 4:
Carlos Gomez (’10, ’11, ’12) – 29
Dave Vanhof (’95, ’96) – 41
Eduardo Martinez (’93) – 41
Christopher Connolly (’92) – 44
Francisco Garcia (’90) – 45
Gabriel Pineda (’91) – 46
Bill Drohan (’89) – 47
Kevin Ruckebeil (’85) – 51
Henry “Red” Kubiszak (’40) – Would have been 98


Independent Minded – October 28, 2014

I have been waiting for awhile to use the material in this post.  Today seemed like a good day.

First, a brief time lapse video of the grounds crew prepping the field.

My choice of music for that video would have been Yaktey Sax…but that’s just me. Either selection works.

The other section of this post is material that was collected by Jay Grusznski in the second half of the 2014 Timber Rattlers season.

Jay did a lot of searching through the pages of the teams in the different independent leagues and came up with a list of former Timber Rattlers playing in those leagues.

Some of these players spent time in both affiliated ball and the independent leagues this season. If I had a heart, these guys would hold a special place in it. Why? Because – as some of you may remember – I spent three seasons as a radio announcer for the Duluth/Superior Dukes in the Northern League of Professional Baseball. Maybe one day I will share some of my photos of the stadiums of the league at the time.

American Association:
Kansas City T-Bones:
TJ Mittelstaedt (’11)
Bryan Sabatella (’06)

That time TJ Mittelstaedt pitched for the Timber Rattlers in 2011.

That time TJ Mittelstaedt pitched for the Timber Rattlers in 2011.

St. Paul Saints:
RJ Seidel (’09)

Wichita Wingnuts:
Brent Dean (’13)
Alan Williams (’11, ’12, ’13)

Laredo Lemurs:
Gerardo Avila (’06, ’07, ’08)
Seth Lintz (’11, ’12)


Grand Prairie AirHogs:
Tom Keeling (’11)

Atlantic League:
York Revolution:
Johan Limonta (’06) – All-Star
BROCK! Kjeldgaard (’09)
Zack Braddock (’11)
Cody Scarpetta (’09)

Sugar Land Skeeters:
Travis Scott (’06)
Dan Meadows (’09)

Somerset Patriots:
Jeff Dominguez (’06)
Mike Wilson (’05)

Long Island Ducks:
Brett Lorin (’08)

Bridgeport Bluefish:
Denny Almonte (’08)
Emiliano Fruto (’02)

Camden Riversharks:
Joe Dunigan (’08)
Kalian Sams (’07)


Can-Am League:
Les Capitales de Quebec:
Sebastien Boucher (’05)

New Jersey Jackals:
Joe Dunigan (’08)

Rockland Boulders:
Taylor Mangum (’13)
Chad Robinson (’10)

Taylor Mangum for the Timber Rattlers.

Taylor Mangum for the Timber Rattlers.

Frontier League:
Evansville Otters:
Chad Robinson (’10)

Lake Erie Crushers:
Juan Sanchez (’09)

Rockford Aviators:
Kyle Dhanani (’09, ’10)

Kyle Dhanani in 2010.

Kyle Dhanani in 2010.

Joliet Slammers:
Managed by Jeff Isom (’09, ’10)
Adam Giacalone (’13)
Tyler Roberts (’11, ’12, ’13)
Chadwin Stang (’11, ’12)
Santo Manzanillo (’10, ’12)



United League:
Fort Worth Cats:
Jose Duran (’09)

Not Independent League, but this seems like a good place to mention these players

Japan Central League:
Yokohama Bay Stars:
Jorge Sosa (’01)

Yakult Swallows:
Wladimir Balentien (’04)

Alumni Birthdays for October 28:
Andy Collett (’96) – 41
Lister Lespier (’72, ’73) – 61

Postgame Post – September 3, 2014

Kane County leads Best-of-three first round series 1-0.

Kane County 7
Wisconsin 3
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap
To continue their season, the Rattlers need to go to Kane County and take two straight from the Cougars.  Kane County was 54-17 at home in the regular season.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
David Denson:

Johnny Davis:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollica):




Postgame Post – August 29, 2014

Burlington Bees 4
Timber Rattlers 2
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap


Tune in later today for details on the mess that is the playoff race in both the East and the West.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Johnny Davis:

Matt Erickson:

PHOTOS (Ann Mollica):
Taylor Brennan has hit three grand slams this season.  Two of those slams have come after the Rattlers and Steinhafel’s started a promotion that gave a fan in attendance at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium a Steinhafel’s gift card.  The value kept going up between each bases loaded homer at home.  On Thursday night, the winner received a gift card for $1,500 after the Brennan slam.  Three of Wisconsin’s grand slams at home have given away a total of $4,125 in Steinhafel’s gift cards.  That’s why I love this photo:

Postgame Post – August 28, 2014

Burlington Bees 5
Timber Rattlers 9
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap

Postgame Comments:
Taylor Brennan:

Chuckie Caufield:

Photos (Ann Mollica):





Postgame Post – August 27, 2014

Burlington 1
Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap
Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Clint Coulter:

Harvey Martin:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollica):



Postgame post – August 26, 2014

Beloit Snappers 2
Timber Rattlers 6
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Barrett Astin:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollica):








Postgame Post – Augsut 25, 2014

Beloit Snappers 3
Timber Rattlers 7
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

High FIVE!

High FIVE!

Sorry, folks.  No Postgame Audio tonight.  Jon was off tonight.  Here’s the Timber Rattlers Ice Bucket Challenge:

Here are the highlights from Monday’s game:

Here are a few photos (Ann Mollica):

He's giving peptalks to youth teams now, too.

He’s giving peptalks to youth teams now, too.




Sleep fast, everyone! Rattlers play again at 12:05pm on Tuesday.

Postdoubleheader Post – August 17, 2014

Game 1
Kane County 9
Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Game 2
Kane County 3
Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Rob Deer…ROB DEER!

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Wei-Chung Wang:

David Denson:

Matt Erickson:

Pictures (Ann Mollica):




Postgame post – August 15, 2014

Kane County 7
Wisconsin 2
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Wang & Tseng meet with Taiwan media before the game.

Tseng (L) & Wang (R) meet with Taiwan media before the game.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Steve Halcomb:

Tristan Archer:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollica):

I wonder how many mascot kickball games they have in Taiwan.

I wonder how many mascot kickball games they have in Taiwan.

Gnaf's team lost the pregame kickball game.

In the least shocking development, Gnaf’s team lost the mascot kickball game.








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