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Lots of stuff to catch up on today.
Congratulations to former Timber Rattlers shortstop Adam Jones. The Orioles centerfielder won an American League Gold Glove.
Jones, 27, who was voted Most Valuable Oriole for the second straight year, capped his best major league season with his second Gold Glove. He was the only AL center fielder to play in all 162 games and led them in putouts (439), marking the second time in three years he was the league leader in putouts at his position. He also ranked second in range factor per game (2.75) and third in assists (seven) among AL center fielders.
Jones also inspired – by way of jersey selection – Maryland’s own Greg Merson to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker!
A 24-year-old Maryland poker professional won the World Series of Poker main event Wednesday, outlasting his final opponents in a marathon card session of nearly 12 hours for the $8.53 million title.
Greg Merson emerged with the title before dawn in Las Vegas after a session that proved to be a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of tournament no-limit Texas Hold ’em. On the last hand, Merson put Las Vegas card pro Jesse Sylvia all-in with a king high. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.
You can see the “Jones” and #10 on the back of the jersey at about 7:58 of this video clip from the broadcast.
Speaking of videos:
Here are a few pictures from next week’s episode:
Have you seen the video of Jim Irwin conducting an interview at Goodland Field from the year 1968? You should.
The Timber Rattlers have opened a merchandise kiosk at Fox River Mall. It is located on the main corridor just past Northwoods Cafe food court.
Ever wanted to see me standing on a pile of rubble? That is how Renovation Update opens Episode Five:
Photos of stuff for next week’s episode:
Here’s the link to Episode Four of the Renovation Update.
A few photos from this week’s shoot.
Episode Three can be found here.
We got inside the stadium to do some taping for next week. A few photos to give you a preview of the Episode Four.
Episode 2 of Renovation Update has has been posted to YouTube. There is a quick tour of the new front office (2350 N. Casaloma Drive, Suite #102) and a look at the progress made on the demolition. Here is the link for it.
Now, some of what you’ll see in next week’s episode:
YES! YES! YES! YES!
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…
It’s probably just me, but this is what I thought of when I saw the machines doing their thing on Wednesday.
One more step in the affiliation shuffle was taken Monday afternoon.
The Quad Cities River Bandits are now partners with the Houston Astros.
The deal not only renews a previous relationship — the River Bandits were a Houston affiliate from 1993-98 — but it also marks a return to the Midwest League for the Astros, whose low Class A affiliate for the past 10 seasons has been Lexington, Ky., in the South Atlantic League.
The Astros were last in the Midwest League as the parent club of the Michigan Battle Cats in 2002.
The Bandits may be tough next season.
In the past year, the Astros’ minor-league staff and players engineered a turnaround of 205 wins among its minor-league affiliates. The organization went from ranking last in win percentage among baseball’s 30 organizations in 2011 to ranking first this season with a .546 winning percentage.
Three Houston clubs reached postseason play, including the short-season Tri-City team which will feed the 2013 Quad-Cities roster with talent after finishing 51-25 and winning its division in the New York-Penn League.
“We’ve had not only an influx of talent, but a change of mindset,’’ Nelson said. “Jeff Luhnow has a proven track record of successful drafts, successful teams and there is an idea that winning and development go hand in hand.’’
Other moves that have been made:
The Cubs left Peoria for Kane County. (Game Changer apparently)
The Royals have left the Midwest League for Lexington in the South Atlantic League through at least 2016.
The Cardinals left Quad Cities for Peoria
The Twins left Beloit for Cedar Rapids
The Padres and TinCaps renewed for another two seasons
As of this morning the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are still without affiliates. Beloit and Burlington as still without parent clubs.
Will the A’s wind up back in Burlington after letting the Bees know that they wanted to take a look around and see what else was out there?
Will the Angels head to Beloit?
TUNE IN TOMORROW! <organ music plays>
Beloit has had Midwest League baseball since 1982. This article from last Thursday after they lost the Twins to Cedar Rapids is filled with hope and realism.
The ever-optimistic [team chairman Dennis] Conerton sees the affiliation change as an opportunity for development, and something that could potentially spur activity down the road.
“One thing where this could be beneficial is that maybe now some people will see that what the Snappers have been trying to do for the last eight years or so is something that we need to pay a little more attention to,” he said. “But when you see an affiliate leave for facilities that are better, you do start to wonder when the Player Development Agreement is up in 2020 will the standards change at all, and if we were to continue with Minor League Baseball in the Beloit community.”
Jumping back to the Royals for a moment, former Rattler Jake Odorizzi made his MLB debut on Sunday in Kansas City’s 15-4 loss to the Indians. Jake allowed three of those runs in 5-1/3 innings.
Consider Jake Odorizzi’s Major League debut a success.
He didn’t win the game — the Cleveland Indians wound up with a 15-4 victory over Kansas City on a lovely Sunday afternoon — but the 22-year-old Royals right-hander pitched superbly for five innings before giving up three runs in the sixth.
“I think he did an outstanding job for his first start,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
As the Royals’ top-ranked pitching prospect according to MLB.com, Odorizzi gave the 22,960 fans at Kauffman Stadium reason to anticipate the good that he might do for the club in the future. When he left the mound during the sixth inning, they gave him a standing ovation.
“It was pretty moving, just to hear the cheers,” Odorizzi said. “They were very accepting of me and it was great to get that on the way out. Especially on the first day, it made it just that much more special.”
Former Rattler Adam Moore (’06) hit a homer in that game. He caught Odorizzi in AAA at Omaha.
Odorizzi’s start on Sunday ran the total of former Rattlers to make their MLB debuts in 2012 to eight.
Phillippe Aumont – August 23
Juan Diaz – May 25
Jim Henderson – July 26
Erik Komatsu – April 6
Jake Odorizzi – September 23
Wily Peralta – April 22
Tyler Thornburg – June 19
Carlos Triunfel – September 7
In the Timber Rattlers Era – aka. Since 1995 – that would make 83 former Timber Rattlers who have made it to the major leagues.
A possible future Rattler is Clint Coulter. The Brewers took the high school catcher with the 27th pick of the 2012 draft. Baseball America has begun publishing their list of Top 20 prospects in each minor league. BA placed Coulter at #10 on their list of prospects in the Arizona League.
His scouting report is behind the subscriber wall. Long story short: Offense good. Defense needs work.
Want to work with me?
Well, that’s not completely true. Want to work where I do and not deal with me in any possible way?
Here are a few opportunities.
The Rattlers are taking applications for interns for the 2013 season. I am told that the ability to start in January would be much appreciated.
Also, construction is underway on the renovations to Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. One of the pieces of that renovation is the club level with the banquet facility. The team is looking for a Banquet Facility Sales Manager and an Executive Chef. Follow this link for details on those positions.
Speaking of construction, I will leave you with a few photos from last Wednesday when I took a brief tour stadium.
We shot a video tour on the day I took those pictures. The video hould be up tomorrow – with a cool PROG ROCK SUPERGROUP soundtrack!! YES! The plan is to post a construction video every week.