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After yesterday’s post, I went back to December and found three more transactions involving former Timber Rattlers.

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Alex Liddi as a Timber Rattler in 2008.

Alex Liddi (’06, ’07, ’08) is now in the Kansas City Royals system.

Adding depth at third base and a potential platoon partner for Mike Moustakas in the form of right-handed former prospect Alex Liddi, the Royals unwittingly added a player whose personal and prospect history are both shrouded in mystery. In his age-21 season, Liddi crushed PCL pitching while playing for the Tacoma Rainiers. Playing half his games in a park that favored pitchers over right-handed batters, Liddi still managed a .259/.332/.488 split with 30 dongs hung in 138 minor-league games. Of course, Liddi whiffed at alarming rates in his September 2011 cup of coffee, and after a brief return to form following a June demotion to Tacoma, Liddi’s K-rates settle in over 30% at pretty much every stop between then and now.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Nathan Adcock (’07, ’08) signed with the Cincinnati Reds organization.

A Kentucky native, Adcock, 26, has the most major league experience of the three players signed, appearing in 43 games over parts of three seasons with the Royals and Rangers. Pitching primarily out of the bullpen, Adcock has gone 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Adcock missed the first two months of the 2014 season, but pitched fairly effectively after his return. In 18 games at Triple-A Round Rock, Adcock went 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He saw time with the Rangers as well, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in seven appearances. He saw his strikeout numbers increase from a career rate of 6.6 to 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings between Triple-A and the Rangers.

Rene Rivera as a Timber Rattlers catcher in 2003.

Rene Rivera as a Timber Rattlers catcher in 2003.

Rene Rivera (’03) was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Tampa Bay Rays.

What team isn’t enhanced by a strong catcher? The Rays have had trouble developing catchers within their developmental system throughout recent years, so trades have been their way to try to find solutions at the position. The duo of Hanigan and Jose Molina underwhelmed last season, so Tampa Bay hopes it’s stronger at catcher with Rivera and John Jaso, who was acquired in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the Oakland Athletics.

Rivera’s ability to throw out potential base stealers is especially promising. Molina only caught 14 potential base stealers last season as opposed to allowing 38 stolen bases. Hanigan, meanwhile, threw out just eight potential base stealers but allowed 30 stolen bases. 

Alumni Birthdays for January 21:
Shawn Zarraga (’09) – 28
Colin Ryan (’90) – 48
Bill Eveline (’86) – 49
Gary Peters (’87) – 50
Scott Kershaw (’86) – 51
Jose Galvez (’75) – 60

Alumni Transactions

Hunter Morris rounds the bases after one of his nine home runs with the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Credit: PSB Photo)

Hunter Morris rounds the bases after one of his nine home runs with the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Credit: PSB Photo)

The Brewers announced that Hunter Morris (’10) has been designated for assignment after the Yovani Gallardo trade with the Rangers.

The Brewers completed the deal that sent Gallardo to Texas on Monday for three young players — right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan and middle infielder Luis Sardinas.

Knebel and Sardinas were added to the Brewers’ 40-man roster. To open a needed spot, first baseman Hunter Morris, a fomer Brewers minor league player of the year, was designated for assignment.

That wasn’t the only transaction involving a former Timber Rattler yesterday.

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

Luis Valbuena in 2006.

The Cubs traded Luis Valbuena (’06) – along with Dan Straily – to the Houston Astros for Dexter Fowler.

That the Cubs upgraded their major league roster without trading any of their top prospects, along with a deep reservoir of relievers, leaves the possibility of landing a veteran starter during their 18-month mission to acquire “impact pitching” that started in late July.

The trade of Valbuena means second baseman Javier Baez could work at third base this spring while he attempts to cut down his strikeouts.

One other alumni transaction occured on January 13.  Carlos Peguero (’07) signed as a free agent with the Rangers.

Peguero, a 27-year-old left-handed hitter, joins fellow offseason addition Kyle Blanks to form a physically imposing platoon. Blanks, a right-handed hitter, is 6-6, 265 pounds while Peguero is listed at 6-5, 250.

Peguero was once a fairly highly-regarded prospect in the Seattle minor league system, but has struggled with strike-zone recognition in the majors. Peguero is a .196 career hitter with a .245 OBP and .623 OPS in 229 plate appearances over four seasons with Seattle and Kansas City. He has 89 strikeouts and just 11 walks in the majors. He has hit nine home runs.

Peguero spent most of 2014 with Kansas City’s Triple-A club in Omaha where he hit 30 homers.

Alumni Birthdays for January 20:
Seth Harvey (’12, ’14) – 27
Chris Mears (’99) – 37
Ronaldo Pino (’83, ’84) – 51
Cecil Espy (’81) – 52
Dave McLaughlin (’83, ’84) – 55
Clarence Glenetzke (’46) – Would have been 93

Seth Harvey in 2012

Seth Harvey in 2012


Chris Mears went 10-1 in 1999.

Chris Mears went 10-1 in 1999.

Another Alum-Involved Trade – December 19, 2014

Shawn Zarraga (’09) has been traded.  Todd Rosiak has the details in the Journal-Sentinel:

The Milwaukee Brewers traded minor-league catcher Shawn Zarraga to the Los Angeles Dodgers for utility man Matt Long and left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin on Friday, the team announced.

Zarraga, 25, hit .309 with one home run and 37 runs batted in last season in 75 games at Class AA Huntsville and 17 games at Class AAA Nashville.

The switch-hitter received an invitation to major-league spring training with the Brewers and also participated in the Arizona Fall League.

He was a 44th-round pick of the Brewers in 2007.

Long and Martin both played in the Midwest League.  Long was with the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2010.  Martin was with the Great Lakes Loons in 2012.

Shawn Zarraga as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Shawn Zarraga as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Planet of Hats – Day 5:

The braid above the bill is what really makes this Leinie’s hat:

It's Friday! Have a Leinekugel's, everyone!

It’s Friday! Have a Leinekugel’s, everyone!

Alumni Birthdays for December 19:
Rafael Soriano (’00) – 35
Jose Castro (’96, ’97) – 39
Jeff Norman (’92) – 44
Pete Lentine (’67, ’69) – 67
Art Kusnyer (’67, ’68) – 69

Kusnyer caught a Nolan Ryan no-hitter when he was with the Angels and was a bullpen coach for the White Sox (1980-1987) and Athletics (1989-1995).

Transactions from Wednesday – December 18, 2014

The Brewers made a pair of transactions on Wednesday that involved former Timber Rattlers.

The Brewers announced Wednesday they have released minor-league pitchers Kyle Heckathorn and Andy Moye.

The Heckathorn release is noteworthy because it continues the exodus of top picks from the Brewers’ 2009 draft.

Tom Haudricourt has that list of 2009 draft picks and what has happened to them at the link.

Heckathorn was a Timber Rattler in 2010.  Moye was a Rattler in 2012 and came back for a brief rehabilitation stint in 2014.

Heckathorn from the 2010 Star Wars Night.

Heckathorn from the 2010 Star Wars Night.

Andy Moye on a Brewers Sunday in 2012.

Andy Moye on a Brewers Sunday in 2012.

Planet of Hats – Day 4:  In honor of Paul Chryst becoming the new head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team, here is my 1994 Badgers Rose Bowl hat:

If you aren't from Wisconsin, you have no idea how unlikely the probability that this hat would come into being was in the 70s and 80s. Growing up, I thought we would have flying cars - not a Badgers Rose Bowl - by 1994.

If you aren’t from Wisconsin, you have no idea how unlikely the probability that this hat would come into being was in the 70s and 80s. Growing up, I thought we would have flying cars – not a Badgers Rose Bowl – by 1994.

Alumni Birthdays for December 18:
Trevor Lawhorn (’07) – 32
Joe Randa (’92) – 45
Brian Harrison (’92) – 46
Dave White (’85) – 53
Gary Cortopassi (’71) – 68
Zoilo Versalles (’59) – Would have been 75
Gary Johnson (Manager, ’68) – Would have been 75

Joe Randa as an Appleton Fox in 1992.

Joe Randa as an Appleton Fox in 1992.

From the 1995 New York Times obituary of Zoilo Versalles:

Zoilo Versalles, the slick-fielding, Cuban-born shortstop who led the Minnesota Twins to their first American League pennant in 1965 and became the first Latin American player to be named most valuable player, was found dead at his home in suburban Bloomington, Minn., on Friday. He was 55.

After an inconclusive autopsy Saturday, a spokesman for the county medical examiners office in Minneapolis said lab tests had been ordered to determine the cause of death.

Versalles, a native of Havana, joined the Washington Senators organization as a teen-ager, followed the team to Minneapolis in 1961 and became an All-Star in 1963, but his 1965 season was more than one for the record books.

It was a shining memory that helped sustain him as his career and life went into a long decline.

Rule 5 Good-byes – December 12, 2014

Major League Baseball held the 2014 Rule 5 Draft yesterday.  The draft was split into three phases: Major League, AAA, and AA.

For the breakdown of the whole thing, check out this Baseball America article by JJ Cooper.  Or, if you are interested in the Brewers perspective, here is Tom Haudricourt from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

As forecast by general manager Doug Melvin the previous day, the Brewers made no selections in the major-league phase of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning as the winter meetings wrapped up.

The good news is that the Brewers didn’t lose any players in the major-league phase, either. They did lose a couple of outfielders — Sean Halton and Kentrail Davis — in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft, leaving their outfield situation at Colorado Springs a bit vacant. Actually, a lot vacant, with Jeremy Hermida sold to a Japanese club and Caleb Gindl exiting as a minor-league free agent.

“We placed them on Double-A (roster) for a reason and that was to give them an opportunity to catch on with another organization,” said [Brewers assistant general manager Gord] Ash. “They felt they were road-blocked with us, so it worked as we had hoped. They were not thought of as major-league help for us. It’s better for them; better for us.”

Halton started the 2010 season with the Timber Rattlers before an early season transfer to Brevard County.  Kentrail Davis joined the Timber Rattlers in the second half of the 2010 season after he was drafted.  Good luck to both former Rattlers!

Sean Halton takes a swing for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Photo Credit: Sean Halton)

Sean Halton takes a swing for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Photo Credit: Sean Halton)

Kentrail Davis hits a home run for the Rattlers in 2010.

Kentrail Davis hits a home run for the Rattlers in 2010.

Alumni Birthdays for December 12:
Juan Diaz (’07, ’08) – 26
Joe Woerman (’06) – 32
Jon Lockwood (’05) – 33
Tom Moritz (’84, ’86) – 54
Louis Ferraro (’49) – Would have been 86
Ray Barrow (’48) – Would have been 86

A great day in fictional fan history

Crummy weather day in NE Wisconsin:

And it's not even the shortest day of the year yet.

And it’s not even the shortest day of the year yet.

So, let’s get somewhat tropical:

The top three fictional Detroit Tigers fans in history are:

  1. Thomas Sullivan Magnum – Magnum, PI
  2. Clarence Boddicker – RoboCop (He never misses a game)
  3. Lt. Yoshi Tanaka – Magnum, PI

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Grosse Pointe Blank, so I can’t remember if Martin Blank or Debi Newberry were Tigers fans.  They probably were, but neither would crack my top three.

Why do I bring this up today?

Because it was on December 11, 1980 that Magnum, PI debuted on CBS and introduced us to Thomas Magnum, the greatest fictional Tigers fan ever:


Just hope that he doesn’t ask you if you saw the sunrise this morning.

No Alumni Birthdays recorded for December 11.  But to catch up on a few transactions involving former Timber Rattlers:

Adam Moore (’06) signed as a minor league free agent with Cleveland
JC Ramirez (’08) signed as a minor league free agent with Arizona

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

ANOTHER Trade & Remember THIS? – December 4, 2014

Another former Timber Rattler player has been traded.  Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Michael Saunders (’06) from the Seattle Mariners:

The Toronto Blue Jays plugged their hole in left field by acquiring Michael Saunders from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander J.A. Happ, a deal that signals Melky Cabrera’s departure and gives GM Alex Anthopoulos extra money to work with to bolster the bullpen.

Saunders, a 28-year-old from Victoria, is projected by to earn $2.9 million in salary arbitration, and becomes just the fourth outfielder on the club’s 40-man roster. He’ll take over from Cabrera as the starting left-fielder, meaning the club’s attempts at re-signing the free agent are essentially over.

“Saunders is going to be our everyday left-fielder,” said Anthopoulos. “We ultimately had to make a decision to go that route.


Michael Saunders in 2006. This picture and others used in this post were taken during a game in which the Rattlers wore Fox Cities Foxes jerseys as part of a Turn Back the Clock promotion.

Michael Saunders as a Timber Rattler in 2006.

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I had to clear some photos off my phone to make room for some updates. As I was going through the pictures I found a few from July that I don’t think I ever posted. Remember that trip to Quad Cities in July where the Mississippi River had flooded its banks and Modern Woodmen Park was surrounded by water? Remember that Quad Cities has a ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park? Here’s the view:

QC Ferris Wheel

QC Ferris Wheel View

QC Ferris Wheel View2

QC Ferris Wheel View3

QC Ferris Wheel View4

QC Ferris Wheel View5

QC Ferris Wheel View6

QC Ferris Wheel View7

Alumni Birthdays for December 4:
Carlos Gomez (’10, ’11, ’12) – 29
Dave Vanhof (’95, ’96) – 41
Eduardo Martinez (’93) – 41
Christopher Connolly (’92) – 44
Francisco Garcia (’90) – 45
Gabriel Pineda (’91) – 46
Bill Drohan (’89) – 47
Kevin Ruckebeil (’85) – 51
Henry “Red” Kubiszak (’40) – Would have been 98


Lawrie Trade and Alumni Birthdays – November 29

And another former Timber Rattler is traded in 2014:

The Brett Lawrie era in Toronto is over.

In a shocking late-night trade, the Blue Jays dealt the 24-year-old Canadian third baseman and three prospects to the Oakland A’s on Friday for all-star third baseman Josh Donaldson. The trade was officially announced by both clubs just before 10:30 p.m.

Lawrie, who hails from Langley, B.C., was once considered a future franchise cornerstone but the energetic infielder struggled to stay healthy, playing in little more than half the team’s games the last two seasons.

But while he was always an electric defender, Lawrie seemed to regress in the ensuing three seasons, which were marked by as many ups as downs while the high-octane and tightly wound player struggled to produce consistently at the plate. His fiery demeanour and quick-twitch intensity — which serve him well at the hot corner — worked against him at times, most notably when he was suspended for hitting an umpire with his batting helmet in 2012 and when he injured himself while diving into a 10-foot camera well at Yankee Stadium that same year.

[Jays general manager Alex] Anthopoulos described it as “a hard conversation” when he informed Lawrie he had been dealt. “He was a Toronto Blue Jay through and through and it was tough to see him go.”

“Brett is a very, very good player,” Anthopoulos said. “He’s still incredibly young. He absolutely has the ability to take it to another level and become an all-star. I don’t think the book is closed on him at all.”

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Alumni Birthdays for November 29:
Chuck Lopez (’01) – 38
Chad Ehrnsberger (’03) – 37

Releases – November 14, 2014

In case you missed it earlier this week, the Brewers announced some releases from their minor league system.

There was also this:

To unwrap the former Timber Rattlers from those names:

Josh Prince (’09)
Greg Hopkins (’11, ’12)
Chad Pierce (’12)
Max Walla (’12, ’13)
Jose Sermo (’13)



IMG_3617 has a write-up on all of the players mentioned, including the reminder that Max Walla was converted to pitcher this past year.

Good luck, guys.

Alumni Birthdays for November 14:
Stan Posluszny (’06) – 32
Jim Chrisman (’90, ’91) – 44
Scott Budner (Pitching Coach ’01) – 58

Jim Chrisman

Alumni Birthdays for November 15:
Efrain Nieves (’09, ’10) – 25
Jeremy Dutton (’04) – 34
Kevin Gryboski (’96) – 41
Harry Heller (’41) – Would have been 96
Roy Eberly (1910) – Would have been 131


Alumni Birthdays for November 16:
Greg Holle (’11) – 26
Buster Narum (’60) – Would have been 74


Lineup, transactions, and game notes – August 26, 2014

What a great day for baseball!  First pitch is 12:05pm!

August 26 ballpark

Broadcast Information:
AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 11:45am
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio
Internet Video: MiLB.TV

Timber Rattlers Transactions:
OF Omar Garcia placed on DL retroactive to August 22
LHP Trevor Seidenberger transferred from Brevard County to Wisconsin

Updated Timber Rattlers Roster:  8 25 2014 Timber Rattlers Roster

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

August 26 lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin
Beloit Snappers Starting Pitcher: Hunter Adkins

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes August 26 2014


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