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Matt Erickson Interview & Spring Training Photos – March 24, 2015

Mehring From Arizona: The Final 2015 Chapter is on the main website with a recap of the day’s action.  Also, here is a link to Jonathan Mayo’s piece from Brewers camp late last week.  A taste:

Breakout candidates

During his full-season debut, No. 21 prospect David Denson took his fair share of lumps. He looks the part of a big, strong left-handed-hitting first baseman. But some holes in his swing were exposed and he didn’t tap into his considerable raw power consistently. Denson will be just 20 for all of this season, so there’s time yet for him to adjust.

“I think he’s going to come around this year,” Nichols said. “We’ll see the adjustments he makes. He was at a higher level, probably, than he should’ve been, and he battled some injuries. He has a tremendous eye and big-time power. With that combination, I think he’s going to have a breakout year this year.”

Nichols also is expecting a big year from Brandon Woodruff, the system’s No. 30 prospect and an 11th-round pick from last June’s Draft. His combination of command and game plan intrigue the Brewers.

“I think you’re going to see something from him,” Nichols predicted. “He pitches inside with a fastball. He can pitch in on purpose. He has an idea of what he’s doing. His mechanics are clean. He’s not grunting and groaning out there. He might be in Brevard, he’ll maybe skip a level.”

There is also a three questions segment with Kody Medeiros, a possible Rattler in 2015.

Here’s today’s interview with Matt Erickson, Wisconsin’s manager.  We discuss Devin Williams, Milton Gomez, Jake Gatewood, and Dustin DeMuth…and a few other things.

Photos from today:

Defense

Defense

Catchers.

Catchers.

He caught it.

He caught it.

Gary Lucas watches Devin Williams warmup in the bullpen before the game.

Gary Lucas watches Devin Williams warmup in the bullpen before the game.

Nice View.

Nice View.

Offense at Camelback.

Offense at Camelback.

I got a little of the fence in this one.

I got a little of the fence in this one.

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That will do it from Arizona. Back to Wisconsin tomorrow.  Can the season start yet?!

Gary Lucas Interview and Spring Training Photos – March 23, 2015

The latest Mehring in Arizona column is available on the main website.

Here is a brief interview with Gary Lucas, the new pitching coach of the Timber Rattlers.

Photos from today’s game over at Hohokam against the A’s.

The Cubs used to play here.

The Cubs used to play here.

JB Kole, Milwaukee's 8th round pick out of Villanova, was the starting pitcher for Wisconsin.

JB Kole, Milwaukee’s 8th round pick out of Villanova, was the starting pitcher for Wisconsin.

Luis Aviles scores Wisconsin's first run of the game.

Luis Aviles scores Wisconsin’s first run of the game.

Shade!

Shade!

Ironically, there was a bad hop single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Ironically, there was a bad hop single in the bottom of the fifth inning…right after this happened.

Matt Erickson coaches Luis Aviles at third base.

Matt Erickson coaches Luis Aviles at third base.

Aviles scores on a Greg Munoz sacrifice fly.

Aviles scores on a Greg Munoz sacrifice fly.

Josh Uhen on the mound for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.

Josh Uhen on the mound for the Timber Rattlers on Monday.

Harvey Martin is about to get out of a jam.

Harvey Martin is about to get out of a jam.

Matt Erickson Interview and Spring Training Photos – March 22, 2015

Check out the Mehring in Arizona column over on the main website for details on the action today in Minor League camp.

For the blog content: I had an opportunity to interview Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson after the game today.  Click to hear it as we discuss….stuff:

Sunday’s Photos:

I love this view.

I love this view.

Drills.

Drills.

Infield/Outfield

Infield/Outfield

Teaching

Teaching

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

First inning action with Jonathan Broxton on the mound for the Rattlers.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Gilbert Lara drives in a run for Wisconsin.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

Jim Henderson also pitched an inning for the Rattlers on Sunday.

This isn't a bad view either.

This isn’t a bad view either.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Brandon Diaz heads home after a Lara RBI single in the fifth.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Alan Sharkey drives in the tying run with a SAC FLY in the 9th.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

Sthervin Matos has his bat flip in mid-season form after his single in the ninth put the Rattlers up 5-4.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

David Goforth pitched the ninth ining of the Brewers win in the big league stadium.

This isn't a bad view either!

This isn’t a bad view either!

 

 

 

 

Photos from Spring Training – March 21, 2015

The wrap on the Rattlers Saturday action is up in the new Mehring in Arizona column.

Popup day during practice:

Look up!

Things are looking up!

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Tucker Neuhaus scores on a wild pitch.

Tucker Neuhaus scores on a wild pitch.

Marcos Diplan on the mound.

Marcos Diplan on the mound.

Nice view

Nice view

PIGEON!

Pigeons have lost their fear of humans! We are so screwed!

Pigeons have lost their fear of humans! We are so screwed!

Final play of the game.

Final play of the game.

 

Approximately 432' from home plate.

Approximately 432′ from home plate.

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 MLBTradeRumors.com 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.

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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:

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

Stanger!

Stanger!

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
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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):
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Highlights:

Postgame Post – August 29, 2014

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

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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):
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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:
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Highlights:

Postgame Post – August 28, 2014

Burlington Bees 5
Timber Rattlers 9
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap
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Postgame Comments:
Taylor Brennan:

Chuckie Caufield:

Photos (Ann Mollica):
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Highlights:

Postgame Post – August 27, 2014

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

Harvey Martin:

Matt Erickson:

Photos (Ann Mollica):
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Highlights:

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