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I’ve taken a little time away to refresh & recharge & re-whatever else.
There are a few projects I am working on and…oh, HECK, you caught me. I’ve been sitting around watching football, baseball, poker, and Ancient Aliens on TV since the season ended back on Labor Day.
So, what has happened since I went into hibernation?
In the Midwest League, our friends from Quad Cities cruised through the playoffs to their first championship since 1990. They swept Clinton and Kane County in the Western Division playoffs and Lansing in the Championship Series.
“Lansing is a great-hitting team, but we answered the challenge every single game of this series. When they scored, we scored. That’s been this team all season,” said Jonathan Rodriguez, whose two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave relievers Aiden Lucas and Kiekhefer the cushion they needed to finish off the series.
The Lugnuts, who stranded the tying run on base in each of the three championship series games, loaded them in the ninth as Kiekhefer walked a pair of batters before giving up a single to Jake Marisnick.
Cleanup hitter Marcus Knecht then drove a fly ball to left where Walsh was waiting to secure the championship.
Early in the season, pitching and defense was the River Bandits’ game. A collection of hard-throwing starters that initially included Jordan Swagerty and Carlos Martinez helped the club build a 40-29 record during a first half which included the franchise’s first-ever appearance at Busch Stadium.
Catcher Cody Stanley, infielder Starlin Rodriguez and pitchers Anthony Ferrara, Justin Wright and Rosenthal represented Quad-Cities at the league all-star game held at Modern Woodmen Park.
And in the second half, the River Bandits broke out the bats.
Outfielder Oscar Taveras, who hit .386 for the season, became the first Quad-Cities player since Orlando Palmeiro in 1992 to win the Midwest League batting title, while Jonathan Rodriguez broke a 41-year-old club record by averaging one home run every 19.7 at-bats.
Congratulations to Quad Cities. I suppose I had better not complain about the window in the visiting radio booth not opening. They may hang the 2011 Championship Banner in front of that window for the 2012 season.
Quad-Cities River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez spent Friday afternoon working out with his son, Tampa Bay Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez, on a baseball diamond in Arizona.
In a little more than three months, he’ll begin working out the players who hope to fill the Quad-Cities roster in 2011.
St. Louis announced Friday that Rodriguez will return for a second season with the River Bandits and that pitching coach Tim Leveque and hitting coach Joe Kruzel will return as well.
“I’m looking forward to coming back,” Rodriguez said. “We had such a good run at it last season and to keep the staff together, that is big. We worked well together.”
Click through for the goals for 2011.