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Renovation Video & Photos and Details from Burlington & Beloit

Here are some quotes and comments from The Hawkeye in Burlington, Iowa on the new affiliation between the Burlington Bees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Angels were happy with the facilities during their visit, suggesting only small changes. One of those is improvements to the hitting tunnel, which at 10 years old needs a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.

The Bees will begin a field resurfacing next week.

Los Angeles will provide a clubhouse manager, training him through spring training before sending him to Community Field.

“That’s a big plus for us,” [Bees general manager Chuck] Brockett said.

Additionally, the Angels will pay for DirecTV in the clubhouse so players can watch the Major League club play after their own games, and send the Bees promotional items the team can give away to its fans.

“It’s a nice touch,” said Brockett.

Affiliated baseball has been around Burlington, Iowa for a long time.  Here is their list since joining the Midwest League in 1962.

The Angels started their affiliation with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 1993 before having it end after the 2012 season.  The Angels had previously been in the Midwest League with Quad Cities (1962-1978), Danville (1982), Peoria (1983-1984), and Quad Cities again (1985-1992)

Next, reaction from the Beloit Daily News on the new affiliation between the Beloit Snappers and the Oakland Athletics.

I’m really excited about it,” said Snappers Chairman Dennis Conerton. “They are going to be a great organization to work with. I can feel that already. They are good people and experienced people which is what we are used to with the Twins. I think it’ll be a great relationship.”

The A’s are familiar with the Midwest League as they have been aligned with the Burlington Bees the past two seasons, the Kane County Cougars from 2003-2010 and Madison Muskies before that.

“They were familiar with our area and our league, obviously,” Conerton said. “They really wanted to play here and we are excited to be with them.”

The process of wooing a team is not a familiar one to the Snappers, who have had just two affiliates in their 31-year history.

This time, however, things went very smoothly.

“When we got the list of teams that had not signed a PDC, we sat down and sort of did an informal ranking of the teams in terms of what we knew,” Conerton said. “And I’m quite pleased to say that Oakland was right up there at the top of the list. They have a good farm system, and we liked that they are a relatively small market in the Major Leagues just like we are here.”

Oakland was affiliated with the Muskies from 1982-1993 and the West Michigan Whitecaps from 1994-1996.  They had been with the Burlington Bees from 1963-1974, too.

Last…you would think they could make a bigger construction vest…or a smaller announcer.

We shot another video on Wednesday that will debut next week.  Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite….Mmm, hungry…

The roof above the third base concourse is about gone.

A look from the outside.

The front looks a little different, no?

It’s probably just me, but this is what I thought of when I saw the machines doing their thing on Wednesday.

Great book for children…It’s over SIXTY years old!?!?

Remember, Reading is Fundamental.

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:

Lineup & Game Notes for June 28, 2012

I know. It’s usually a baseball shot, but I am bound by blogger law to post a picture of a Chicken Van.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Lance Roenicke – LF
Brandon Macias – 3B
Mitch Haniger – CF
Greg Hopkins – 2B
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Ben McMahan – RF
Cameron Garfield – C
Tyler Roberts – DH
Yadiel Rivera – SS

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Chad Pierce

Peoria Starting Pitcher:
Gerardo Concepcion

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

Peoria Game Notes:

Follow tonight’s game (7:05pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)
Internet Video: MiLB.TV (subscribers)
Cable: Sports 32 (Time Warner Cable subscribers)

Oh, one more:

This one has a little baseball in it.

Lineup and Game Notes for June 16, 2012

Angle one on the spot of last night’s QC home run.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Brandon Macias – 3B
Max Walla – RF
Ben McMahan – LF
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Greg Hopkins – DH
Cameron Garfield – C
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Carlos George – 2B
Chadwin Stang – CF

Angle 2 on the scene of last night’s QC home run.

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
David Goforth

Quad Cities Starting Pitcher:
Willy Paulino

Timber Rattlers Game Notes:

Follow tonight’s game (7:00pm first pitch):
Radio: AM1280,  WNAM
Internet Audio: WNAM Website (Click Listen Live Tab) (free)

Angle 3 on the scene of last night’s QC home run.

Lineup and Game Notes (August 20, 2011)

This is #2 in MWL team vehicles, behind only the Fangmobile. The Buzz Mobile gets points for being a bread truck. Points taken away for still having the old parent club logo.

Saturday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Brandon Macias – 3B
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Jason Rogers – LF
Cody Hawn – DH
Nick Ramirez – 1B
Chad Stang – RF
Joey Paciorek – C
Reggie Keen – CF

Wisconsin Starting Pitcher:
Matt Miller

Burlington Starting Pitcher:
Jose Macias

Saturday’s Roster moves:
C Tony Pechek placed on the Disabled List
C Rafael Neda transferred to Wisconsin from Milwaukee’s Arizona League affiliate

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_082011a

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesAugust20

Saturday’s Bonus Slip-N-Slide Photo:

I guess you could say that the Bees are loose for tonight's game.

Postgame Thoughts (July 24, 2011)

Tommy LaSorda approves of your selection of the LaSorda Landing for your group outing at Dow Diamond.

Great Lakes 5, Wisconsin 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Brooks Hall  was so close to getting out of the bottom of the first inning on Sunday.
  • It was so similar Bashara’s fifth inning on Saturday night.
    First two batters with a double and a single.  The single goes to right and the runner holds at third.
    Next two batters retired with a strikeout & a popout
    Final batter retired on a flyout
    First two batters with a double and a single. The single goes to right and the runner holds at third
    Next two batters retired with a popout & a strikeout
    Runner from first moves to second on a wild pitch for strike three
    Single to right, two runs score.
  • Another run scores in the first and the Rattlers are down 3-0.
  • The Rattlers offense with three hits.
  • The Rattlers defense with three double plays
  • That included Chad Stang throwing out a runner at the plate for his seventh outfield assist.
  • That outfield assist was #37 for the Rattlers outfield this season.
  • Seth Lintz, a 2nd round pick of the Brewers in 2008, tossed a scoreless inning with a BB & a K today.
  • Interesting Loons Notes: Great Lakes manager John Shoemaker was ejected in the fourth inning.
  • It was the first time he’s been ejected this season.
  • It was the first time a member of his coaching staff has been ejected this season.
  • Six Loons players have been ejected from games this season.
  • Let’s turn this into a Post-Induction Thoughts Post:
  • Pat Gillick and Roland Hemond were both recognized this weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
  • Both were already in the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Hemond was given the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I’ve enjoyed every day that i’ve been in the game,” said Hemond, a baseball lifer. “I’ve had some real challenges, but then, when sometimes you get a job and it’s a tough situation, you say, ‘That’s why you got the job.’ They hired you because they think maybe you can do something about it.”

  • Gillick pitched for the Fox Cities Foxes in 1960 and went 11-2 with a 1.91ERA before moving on up in the Baltimore Orioles system.  He was also the general manager of the Seattle Mariners from 2000-2003 when the Rattlers were the Midwest League affiliate of the M’s.
  • Here is a link to the video of Pat Gillick’s remarks in Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon.
  • Congratulations to Roland and Pat.
  • As a side, if you have never been to the Hall in Cooperstown…What the HECK are you waiting for?  Just go.  Doubleday Field.  The Hall with the plaques. TJ’s Place. The memorabilia.  Dear DiMaggio…I want to go back…Because I have a better camera now!

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007


Babe Ruth's Bowling Ball...BABE RUTH'S BOWLING BALL!


Doubleday Field

  • Get ‘em tomorrow.

Lineup & Game Notes (July 22, 2011)

It was either the statues or the Lugnut in the Sky

Friday’s Lineup:
TJ Mittlestaedt – DH
Nick Shaw – SS
Mike Walker – 1B
Jason Rogers – LF
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Chad Stang – CF
Mike Brownstein – 2B
Joey Paciorek – C
Franklin Romero, Jr. – RF

Wisconsin’s Starting Pitcher:
Jimmy Nelson

Lansing’s Starting Pitcher:
Egan Smith

Friday’s Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotesJuly22

Friday’s Transactions:
RHP Seth Lintz and LHP Alan Williams join the Rattlers from Helena

LHP Del Howell transferred to Arizona League Brewers

Friday’s Updated Roster: Timber_Rattler_Roster_072211

Bonus Friday Picture:

So, I don't have to explain, the Lugnut in the Sky

Lineup & Game Notes (July 11, 2011)

This is a photo of the cornfield that is planted in foul territory down the left field line in Modern Woodmen Park.

I heard a voice telling me, "If you something-something, he will something." It was kind of hard to hear.

Monday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Reggie Keen – CF
Mike Walker – 3B
Jason Rogers – DH
Cody Hawn – 1B
Joey Paciorek – C
Chad Stang – LF
Mike Brownstein – 2B
Franklin Romero – RF

Monday’s Starting Pitcher (Wisconsin):
Del Howell

Monday’s Starting Pitcher (Quad Cities):
Anthony Ferrara

Monday’s Game Notes:  RattlersGameNotesJuly11

Scheduled pitching matchups for West Michigan series:
WED: RHP Matt Miller (3-4, 4.89) v. RHP Kevin Eichron (7-3, 3.46)
THU: RHP Maverick Lasker (0-2, 6.89) v. LHP Kyle Ryan (4-7, 3.65)
FRI: RHP Brooks Hall (4-2, 4.14) v. LHP Alex Burgos (4-1, 2.15)

Bonus Photo of the Modern Woodmen Park Cornfield:

Ease whose what? Really!? I can't hear you!

Lineup & Game Notes (July 9, 2011)

Before getting to the lineup & game notes some quick background.

There is a collector in the Quad Cities who has several uniforms signed by players who have been enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  He has donated many of them to the River Bandits.  These jerseys are decorations on the press box/suite level at Modern Woodmen Park.

I have taken pictures of two of those uniforms which happened to catch my eye.  As always, click for a larger image:

Hank Aaron - Braves. His signature only.

Pete Rose and everything he has ever done in baseball & his signature & "Charlie Hustle" & "Hit King" & #4,256

Apologies for the glare on the second photo. I couldn’t block out the light and a straight on photo with me in the reflection on the glass would have been…creepy.

Not as creepy as the fact that there were 500 of those #14 jerseys made, but still creepy…

To the pertinent information for today:

Saturday’s Lineup:
Nick Shaw – SS
Reggie Keen – CF
TJ Mittelstaedt – 2B
Greg Hopkins – 3B
Mike Walker – 1B
Cody Hawn – DH
Chad Stang – LF
Tony Pechek – C
Franklin Romero – RF

Saturday’s Starting Pitcher (Rattlers):
Brooks Hall

Saturday’s Starting Pitcher (Bandits):
Zach Russell

Saturday’s Game Notes: RattlersGameNotesJuly9

Postgame Thoughts (June 29, 2011)


Rattlers 5, Chiefs 1
Boxscore | Game Story

  • Thanks to Sports32 for allowing the production crew to cut up the highlights from last night’s game.
  • Brooks Hall doing what Brooks Hall does.  Another fine outing for the 4th rounder in ’09.
  • It’s not in the highlights, but there was a very good play by Mike Walker at third last night.
  • Rubi Silva had tripled with one out in the top of the first. The Rattlers brought the infield in and Walker handled a hot shot off the bat of Greg Rohan. Walker handled the sharply hit grounder looked Silva back and threw out Rohan at first.
  • Oddly, that play happened at just about the same spot Walker and I were talking before the game about the length of the infield grass at Miller Park.
  • Before the game, Walker thought the grass needed to be a little shorter.  After the game, he thought it was juuuust right.
  • In case you were wondering GO/AO ratio for Hall last night was 8/7.
  • No walks and one strikeout.
  • Look at the play on the liner back to the mound and put yourself in Hall’s position.  You want to be a pitcher, eh?
  • Garman and Marzec with more solid work out of the bullpen.
  • Greg Hopkins (3-for-4) becomes the second Rattler to homer at Miller Park. Brock Kjeldgaard hit one in ’09.
  • Cody Hawm probably should have had three hits, two, but Silva made a diving catch on a sinking liner to right in the 6th.
  • Overall, a fun night for all.
  • The bus arrived at the hotel in Cedar Rapids around 3am today.
  • Movies on the trip so far: Tommy Boy and Super Troopers.
  • Arrival time for the team to the ballpark is 3pm.  Game time is 6:35pm.
  • Expect today’s lineup and game notes…soon.
  • Let’s go, Rattlers!

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