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A workout….with food

The Timber Rattlers food & beverage department gave a workout to their new Steak, Rattle, & Grill stand at lunch on Monday.

Here is the grill on the day after the workout..

Cooling down.

Cooling down.

It was a busy place as the front office gave it a try.

Behind the grill.

Behind the grill.


Getting in line.

Getting in line.

I wasn’t going to have anything yesterday, but the tempting smells from the grill were driving me to distraction.  So, I had the Chicken Philly and asked for bacon on my sandwich…After a moment of hesitation, they complied…because Mehring is always….I mean, the customer is always right!

It was delicious and I recommend that you try anything from the grill when you come out to a game this season!

Steak, Rattle, & Grill is located on the first base concourse, just before the Brew City Grill!

Cooling down.

Make your plans!

Alumni Birthdays for March 31:
Brett Lorin (’08) – 28
Randy Robinson (’86) – 48
Andrew Latchic (Manager, ’47) – Would have been 92

Andrew Latchic, 85, of Allentown, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009 in his home. He was the husband of Marie (Gabler) Latchic for 63 years. Born in Cambridge, Ohio, he was the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Saltis) Latchic.

Andy was a professional baseball player and played for the Boston Red Sox organization and Philadelphia Phillies organization.

After his baseball career, he worked as a sales rep for the former Horlacher Brewery and retired as a sales rep from Rueben H. Donnelly.

Bobblehead news & a roundup on the extension – December 3, 2014

Keep your eyes on @TimberRattlers at the top of each hour between now and 6pm tonight.  The team is announcing their bobblehead giveaways for the 2015 season at the top of each hour.  As of the time I started to write this post, they have announced three of the ELEVEN bobbleheads:




Correction:  Yesterday, I announced Reggie Keen’s birthday based on some research not done by me earlier this summer.  I did not doublecheck the research until after it was pointed out to me that Reggie’s birthday is actually January 13…Apologies to Reggie…I will get it right in about a month.

The Timber Rattlers and Milwaukee Brewers have announced a 4-year extension to their current Player Development Contract.  The teams are partnered through the 2020 season.

The media roundup:

Bill Scott of Wisconsin Radio Network has the story and a five minute interview with team president Rob Zerjav.

Tim Froberg of The Post-Crescent also caught up with Rob.

Second baseman Scooter Gennett, outfielder Khris Davis and pitchers Wily Peralta, Jim Henderson and Jimmy Nelson are among the current Brewers who learned the ropes of professional baseball with the Timber Rattlers.

“To have our fans talk about someone like Scooter Gennett, it’s like they knew him before he was even a Brewer,” Zerjav said. “It’s been great for fans getting to know the players a little better.

This has nothing to do with the affiliation extension, but here’s a story on Fang’s Holiday Extravaganza from FOX 11:

Kids’ Crew memberships for the 2015 season were available at the Extravaganza. They are now available online through the team store.

Alumni Birthdays for December 3:
Chris Snelling (’00) – 33
Mitch Lukevics (Player, ’76; Coach, ’84-’85) – 61
Steve Huntz (’64) – 69
Paul Knechtges (’61) – 75


Nine cards featuring players from the 1976 Foxes.

Mitch Lukevics is located in the middle of the bottom row.

Fall League Wrap – November 18, 2014

Jim Callis of has this complete review of the players who stood out from the crowd in the 2014 Arizona Fall League.

This is what he notes about a pair of Brewers prospects:

Best Performance: Left-handed reliever Michael Strong recorded a 1.98 ERA, two saves and 14 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. He isn’t especially physical at 6 feet and 195 pounds, but he can run his fastball up to 94 mph and backs it up with a hard curveball.

Best Prospect: Outfielder Tyrone Taylor posted a .271/.315/.306 slash line and was the AFL’s toughest player to strike out, with one whiff every 13.3 plate appearances. His biggest assets are his speed, center-field defense and line-drive hitting.

In random…and I do mean random…alumni news over the past weekend.  Look at who turned up to talk to the Milwaukee Bucks before their game against the Heat in Miami on Sunday:

And what did they talk about?  Jim Paschke had this tweet:

There was a Jersey Chaser winner yesterday.

Mehring Monday looked at The Traded, the four 2014 Timber Rattlers to be traded by the Brewers this year.

The Mascots recreated a scene from A Christmas Story…really.

Alumni Birthdays for November 18:
Michael Reed (’13) – 22
Tony Butler (’07, ’10) – 27
Mike Hrynio (’04) – 32
David Ortiz (’96) – 39
Tom Gordon (’88) – 47
Don Carr (’85) – 52
Diego Melendez (’80) – 56

Tom Gordon at Goodland Field in 1988.

Tom Gordon at Goodland Field in 1988.

David Ortiz in 1996

David Ortiz in 1996

Jersey What Now? – November 13, 2014

Today seems like a good day to recap a video from the production gnomes.

Keep your eyes on @TimberRattlers and the Timber Rattlers facebook page for details on Jersey Chaser from Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21.

Alumni Birthdays for November 13:
Chad Robinson (’10) – 27
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05) – 29
Andy Augustine (’95) – 42
Ben Lee (’87) – 47
Leslie Davis (’52) – 83

Ben Lee

Asdrubal Cabrera

Asdrubal Cabrera as a Timber Rattler in 2005.

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 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

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

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.”


“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  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!

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