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Friday odds & ends

Latest renovation photos:

Good progress on both stairwells.

“I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn.”

The view from home plate.

The above scenes were captured for Episode Eight of the Renovation Update.  Here is Episode Seven:

Big News. This is Big News in our corner of the sky.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will need to renovate their trophy case inside Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Minor League Baseball announced the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers as winners of the National Larry MacPhail Award, which symbolizes the top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball.

“The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers do an exceptional job of not only promoting their club in the community, but also of trying to tie in an element that benefits its residents in their ballpark promotions, as well,” Pat O’Conner, President of Minor League Baseball, said in a release earlier today. “The Timber Rattlers have programs and promotions in place for fans of all ages, including several geared towards improving behavior and lifestyle of area youths.”

“Wisconsin’s use of various social media to promote themselves, especially through their mobile web site that allows fans to interact during games, as well as throughout the off-season, merits their selection as the winner of the 2012 Larry MacPhail Award,” said O’Conner.

The award has been given annually since 1966.

More at the link up top and this link to the MiLB.com story.

Elsewhere on the home page:

Flashback Friday wraps up the Subsidy Saga of 1987.  Like I say at the end of the article…”sometimes it is a miracle that professional baseball survived in the Fox Cities.”

From Wednesday, Rafael Neda stepped into The Interrogation Room.

The Timber Rattlers are holding a Holiday card contest.  Children 14 & under can enter by designing our 2012 card.  Download the sheet right here. Deadline is Monday, November 19th.

Alumni Report for Winter Ball. (Stats Through 11/8 and the slash line is AVG/OBP/SLG for those out of practice)

Arizona Fall League:
Phoenix Desert Dogs:
Khris Davis: 226/348/264; 0HR, 6 RBI
Brock Kjeldgaard: 385/455/846; 4HR, 9RBI
Hunter Morris: 253/302/354; HR, 6RBI
Josh Prince: 403/489/558; HR, 7RBI
Nick Bucci: 5G, 5GS, 2-2, 15.0IP; 15R, 15ER, 5BB, 21K
Kyle Heckathorn: 8G, 0GS, 1-0, 11.1IP, 7R, 5ER, 5BB, 8K
Santo Manzanillo: 3G, 0GS, 0-1, 2.0IP, 7R, 7ER, 4BB, K
Jimmy Nelson: 6G, 5GS, 2-2, 18.0IP, 10R, 8ER, 12BB, 20K

Venezuela:
Aguilas del Zulia:
Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 3G, 2GS, 0-0, SAVE, 10.2IP, R, ER, BB, 11K

Bravos De Margarita:
Renee Cortez: 5G, 0GS, 1-1, 7.2IP, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K

Cardenales de Lara:
Edilio Colina: 259/355/259; 0HR, 2RBI
Johan Limonta: 296/321/407; HR, 2RBI
Luis Valbuena: 333/500/462; 0HR, 4RBI
Jose Escalona: 9G, 0S, 0-0, 7.1IP, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 6K
Ryan Feierabend: 4G, 4GS, 0-0, 23.0IP, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 14K
Caesar Jimenez: 7G, 0GS, 0-1, 3 SAVES, 6.1IP, 2R, ER, 0BB, 11K

Caribes de Anzategui:
Luis Oliveros: 625/625/875; 0HR, 3RBI
Mike Wilson: 063/250/063; 0HR, RBI

Navegantes del Magallanes:
Sean Halton: 160/263/360; 3HR, 6RBI
Carlos Maldonado: 367/451/733; 6HR, 18RBI

Tiburones de La Guaira:
JC Ramirez: 5G, 0GS, 1-0, 3.1IP, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K

Dominican Republic:
Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes: 9G, 0GS, 1-0, 6.2IP, R, ER, 4BB, 5K
Juan Sandoval: 6G, 0GS, 0-1, 4.0IP, 9R, 6ER, 3BB, 0K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Juan Diaz: 250/270/361; 0HR, 4RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Carlos Peguero: 357/514/714; 3HR, 7RBI

Leones del Escogido:
Taylor Green: 300/333/350; 0HR, 3RBI

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel: 222/300/222; 0HR, 3RBI

Australia:
Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson: 1G, 1GS, 0-1, 7.0IP, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K

Puerto Rico*:
Cangrejeros de Santruce:
Jeff Dominguez

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves

*- It was Opening Night on Thursday in Puerto Rico. Just ex-Rattlers who played this week. Stats next week.

Rings & Manager News & Sale

Subjects handled in reverse order of the title of the post:

1.) The Timber Rattlers Team Store has announced a “We don’t want to move this stuff back sale”!

The store is up and running at the new location – 2350 N. Casaloma Drive, Suite #102.  As the name of the sale states “We don’t want to move this stuff back” as in, when the renovations are done, we don’t want to move stuff back to the newly expanded team store.  That means 25% off everything – except 2012 championship items – in the store for the rest of the offseason.

Christmas shopping early.  Go for it.

2. Matt Erickson back for two years?

Manager Matt Erickson told the Milwaukee Brewers he would like to remain with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Erickson said he recently spoke with Reid Nichols, the Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development, in their annual end of season meeting and let his wishes be known.

“He always asks if I have any questions, what are my long-term goals and if I want to move up,” said Erickson, who led the Timber Rattlers to the Midwest League championship in just his second year. “But it came right back to the present. It’s hard to beat my situation right now, the balance this gives me in my professional life and my family life.

“And to be perfectly honest, in my opinion, the affiliate in Appleton is the best in the organization right now. So I told Reid I would like to stay right here at least two more years.”

3.) The “problem’ with Championship Rings

“There are a million ring people, as I’ve been finding out as they’ve all been contacting me since we won the championship,” said Zerjav, referring to the Timber Rattlers capturing the Midwest League championship.

Zerjav said the organization has decided upon The Elite Group Inc. of Green Bay to handle the design of the rings. The company is owned by Gary Rotherham.

“We’re going to look to him. He helped design the Packers’ Super Bowl rings (in 1996),” said Zerjav. “We like the local aspect, too.”

Design?

“A lot of the rings are pretty standard,” said Zerjav. “On one side you have the player’s name, position and the year. Then you have the league and the team record. We talked to a lot of players before they left. Some want the ‘TR’ logo on top of the ring with rubies and a black background. Others want the snake head on top with rubies in the eyes.

Interesting list of possible recipients of the ring.  Click for the details.

Also, I can attest to the design being standard. Here is the ring I received as the radio voice of the Green Bay Gamblers when they won the United States Hockey League’s Clark Cup in 2000.

Simple design of the face.

 

Side view of logo, name, and record.

 

Image of the Clark Cup. The saying at the top is “Play for Each Other”.

I haven’t pulled that ring out of the drawer in years.  Simple designs are best.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Have you recently checked the Timber Rattlers facebook page?  You really should.  Because you’ll miss stuff like this:

Here the entrants, so far.  Post your pictures at the Rattlers facebook page:

Pumpkin carved with the combined logos of the Brewers,Badgers, and Packers.

 

Complete contest details are right here!  You have until October 28 to enter.

A few links

Some older news:

Paxson named MWL Trainer of the year….again

Fang’s reading club opens registration for 2012

VIDEO: Nathan Adcock’s first MLB save

Some bad news for a former Timber Rattler:

Lawrie out for season with finger injury

Exciting Jays’ rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie suffered a fractured right middle finger taking ground balls during pre-game batting practice at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday and will be out for the remainder of the ‘11 season.

The 21-year-old native of Langley, B.C. was batting .293 with nine home runs and seven steals in 43 games since his recall on August 5. Lawrie has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will not accompany the Jays on the final road trip to Tampa and Chicago.

Lawrie became the fourth player among active major-leaguers with at least nine homers and 25 RBIs in his first 43 games, joining Albert Pujols, Chris Davis, Adam Dunn and Jeff Francoeur.

Bob Brainerd has this story on TJ Mittelstaedt at the Sports32 website.

A future link!

Schedule for Baseball America’s Top 20 prospects  in every minor league.  Pioneer League (Helena) will be up later today.  The Midwest League is scheuled to go up on September 27.  See the rest of the schedule at the link.

Individual Game Tickets go on sale March 5

This announcement was made over at the website yesterday.

Single game tickets for all 2011 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers home games go on sale Saturday, March 5 at 10am.  Fans may purchase tickets at the Time Warner Cable Field ticket office, by calling (800) WI-TIMBER, or online through www.timberrattlers.com.  The team will also be holding their fourth annual rummage sale on the main concourse on March 5.

Ticket prices for the 2011 season are:  $10 for box seating, $8 for reserved bleacher seating, $5 for grass seating and the outfield beach area.  The All-You-Can-Eat seats on the first base side are $25.  Other seating options include the VIP Suites for $250 – which include tickets for 10 people – and the patio tables on the first and third base side for $60 – which seat four people.


Fans who have already purchased their season ticket packages for 2011 are invited to pick up their tickets on March 5.  Ticket packages will be available in the Leinie Lodge on the first base concourse.

I talked a bit with Jay, who is in charge of the rummage sale.  There are going to be some pretty neat items available.  I may have a list for you a few days before the sale.

Stop by on March 5 between 10am and 3pm.

This is what it was about…

Sorry for the delay in announcing this.  There was…a delay.  Click the link for the details…or just watch the video below to learn about the Super Second Chance Deal!

Promotional Calendar

The Timber Rattlers announced their promotional calendar for the 2011.  Well, what is available right now. There is more to come as stuff gets finalized.  But, head over here to see all of the stuff that is planned for the season.

I just want to highlight a few things:

GUEST APPEARANCES:

  • Jersey
    Boys
    : Cast members from the show appearing at the Fox Valley PAC are
    scheduled to be at the Rattlers game on June 8.

  • Mr. Belding: Dennis
    Haskins
    , who played Principal Richard Belding in Saved
    By the Bell
    , is coming to the game on June 9 in conjunction with
    Educator Appreciation Night presented by School House.

  • Denny
    Diamond
    :  The Rattlers are
    hosting a 70′s night on August 11 and Denny Diamond, a Neil Diamond
    impersonator will be on hand to bring back the decade.

  • Team
    Ghost Riders
    : What is Team Ghost Riders? 
    Monkeys in cowboy outfits riding dogs. See it on August 25.

Special Events:

  • Star Wars Night: The
    characters are back and so are the Star Wars-themed Rattlers jerseys
    on June 11.

  • Bring Your Pup to the Park: 
    Bring your canine friend to the game on July 31.

  • Jimmy Buffett Night:
    Calling all Parrotheads! We are getting tropical on August 2.

Check for giveaways, too.  Including the Fans Choice Bobblehead.  I don’t know who will be on the ballot yet, but I will let you know when the time comes.

Also, Brewers Sunday is back for the 2011 season.  The Timber Rattlers will wear a special Sunday Jersey based on an old Brewers uniform.  That should be announced in a couple of weeks.

Its exciting for the city and for Matt

That is a quote from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin about new Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson and it was taken from this Dean VanderPas story in today’s Appleton-Post Crescent.

Erickson gave a brief talk that hit all the high points at the Red Smith Banquet last night.  It was warmly received and gave a little bump to the excitement that the Fox Cities has for the upcoming Rattlers season.

After being introduced, he received an impressive ovation from the 1,400 in attendance.

“This is a great place to come to work and a great place to play the game,” he said from the podium.

Erickson, 35, was the Rattlers hitting coach for the past two seasons. As the first person with local ties to manage the Fox Cities’ Midwest League team since Marion native Bert Thiel headed the Appleton Foxes in the 1970s, he understands that he will have to show his skills when the honeymoon is over.

He’s confident that he can do the job just like he has in all of his sports endeavors. It started with a memorable three-sport career at Appleton West and continued in baseball at the University of Arkansas and at the professional level. He also impressed Brewers brass as a hitting coach since they opted to promote him.

Matt predicted that the honeymoon will end the first time he gets the tying run thrown out at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lose a game. He was joking…I think.

Go read it all.

In fact go check out all of the Red Smith Banquet coverage at the Post-Crescent today.

There was this story on Ron Dayne.  This one on Jeff Cirillo.  This one on Greg GumbelA notes column with Doug Melvin quotes.  And a photo gallery, too.

If you saved your program from last night’s banquet, look for the Timber Rattlers coupon.  That coupon will get you a ticket to Red Smith Night at Time Warner Cable Field when the Rattlers host the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday, July 13.

Interested in working for the Rattlers?

If you are interested in part-time, game day employment with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, click on this link.

It should take you to the PDF of the 2011 job application.

Just print off both pages, fill out both pages, and return both pages to Time Warner Cable Field as soon as you can.

I cannot stress that there are two pages to the application enough.

Interviews will take place in February.

Matt Erickson CAN come home again.

Mike Woods, who goes by the twitter handle of @FloridaGators59, has the story on the new manager of the Timber Rattlers.

About the time Matt Erickson set foot back in Appleton, various members of the Milwaukee Brewers organization kept asking him the same thing:


“Are you interesting in managing?” And his answer was always the same: “Yes.”


On Wednesday, both of their wishes came true when the Brewers named Erickson manager of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for 2011.


“I told them I would like the opportunity, if it became available in Appleton,” said Erickson, an Appleton West graduate, who served as the Timber Rattlers hitting coach for the past two years.

…..

Reid Nichols, the Brewers special assistant to the general manager/director of player development, said this was a move two years in the making.


“He expressed an interest in managing, pretty much as soon as he got here,” Nichols said. “We’ve been training him, and this is his time.


“No doubt we like what he’s doing. He managed our instructional league team a couple of years ago. He’s a good person, first. And he’s done a very good job in the position of hitting coach for us.”


Nichols believes Erickson, 35, has the right makeup and the right intangibles to succeed in his new position.


“He’s a good communicator and pays attention to the game,” Nichols said. “He’s always prepared and comes ready. Matt will be able to do whatever he sets his mind to do. He’ll do a good job as manager.

If I were capable of feeling emotion, I would say that I am happy for Matt and the Timber Rattlers. This is a good fit.

Here is the release from the Timber Rattlers website announcing the entire coaching staff for the 2011 season.

Also, best wishes to Jeff Isom, who moves on to Brevard County, Milwaukee’s affiliate in the Florida State League.

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