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Looking for the next best thing

I will take any opportunity to use a Warren Zevon song lyric:

Don Quixote had his windmills
Ponce De Leon took his cruise
Took Sinbad seven voyages
To see that it was all a ruse

That’s why I’m looking for the next best thing
Looking for the next best thing
I appreciate the best but I’m settling for less
So I’m looking for the next best thing

Why does that song spring to mind this morning? has a new article out on the shortstop D-Listers in Minor League Baseball and mentions Orlando Arcia (’13):

“D-Listers”? Let them explain:

In this corner of the internet, it’s routine for a heavy-hitting Minor Leaguer to work his way into the headlines. Home runs and four-hit games tend to jump off the box score, giving fans a tangible piece of information on their favorite prospects.

We don’t want to ignore those who specialize with the leather, though. Having spent most of the year making A-list celebrities of the Minors’ best hitters, it’s time to heap a little praise on the glove men. Here, we present the “D”-Listers — baseball’s run-preventing stars of the future.

Got that? The reigning champ is Francisco Lindor, a former Lake County Captain. Arcia is next on their list and he is titled: The Next Best Thing!

The Venezuelan turned 20 last summer while playing with Class A Advanced Brevard County, where multiple evaluators thought he was the Florida State League’s most impressive defender. One rival manager said Arcia was MLB-ready with the glove, or at least very close. Others used words like “superb” and “outstanding.”

“He’s definitely a plus defender,” Brevard County manager Joe Ayrault said. “He’s a guy — he’s what I call a two-out infielder. When the game’s on the line, two outs, you want the ball hit to him. He makes all the routine players, then he makes the exciting plays as well.”

“He’s one of those guys, if something crazy happens, he could go to the big leagues and fill in right now,” Ayrault said. “One of our sayings here is, ‘Does he pass the eye test? When he gets called up, does he do all the things you expect a Major League guy to do making plays?’ He’s a guy who will pass the eye test over there in Major League camp. He’ll definitely impress some people this spring.”

Those are excerpts. Click to read the whole thing.

A video put together by the production gnomes to promote Saturday, which is the date on which Individual Tickets for the 2015 season go on sale:

It’s about time that Rogers Hornsby quote was put into action!

Alumni Birthdays for March 4:
Taylor Mangum (’13) – 26
Jose Gonzalez (’98) – 38
Claudio Liverziani (’98) – 40
Juan Beniquez (’88) – 46
Kurt Brown (’86) – 48
Lorenzo Gray (’77, ’78) – 62
Kenneth Chmiel (’67) – 69

Taylor Mangum in 2013.

Taylor Mangum in 2013.


Claudio Liverziani's 1997 Timber Rattlers baseball card

Claudio Liverziani’s 1997 Timber Rattlers baseball card


Kurt Brown 1986

Kurt Brown’s 1986 Appleton Foxes card

All alone on the road to perfection!

Postgame Post – August 14, 2014

Clinton 10
Wisconsin 0
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Story

Hat off, 13.

Hat off, 13.

Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Paul Eshleman:

Photos (Ann Mollica):


Highlights were having trouble loading to youtube. Check the Timber Rattlers channel for later.

In the meantime…and while we need a little pick-me up:

The Rattlers at the Miracle League of the Fox Valley:

Javier Salas, Wei-Chung Wang, & Fang promoting Bergstrom’s Drive for the Cure.

Lineup & Game Notes – May 30, 2014

It’s a great day for baseball!  It’s a great day for the last game of a 9-game road trip!

May 30 ballpark
Broadcast Information:

Radio: AM1280, WNAM – Pregame 6:15pm
Internet Audio: IHeartRadio

Timber Rattlers Lineup:

May 30 lineup

Timber Rattlers Starting Pitcher: Barrett Astin
Cedar Rapids Starting Pitcher: Ethan Mildren

Timber Rattlers Game Notes: RattlersGameNotes May 30 2014

Timber Rattlers Promotional Highlights for May 31-June 6.

Yes. Hank the Dog on Sunday!

JP Cadorin’s nice story on Clint Coulter and Chris McFarland that was taped – unfortunately – on the day at McFarland got hurt in a game:

Felix photos and a Did You Know

Here’s Felix Hernandez with the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon:

Here’s Felix Hernandez with the Timber Rattlers in 2003:

Felix Hernandez pitches against the Burlington Bees on August 24, 2003.

Felix Hernandez pitches against the Burlington Bees on August 24, 2003.

I think this is a photo of him with his father & an uncle before that start against Burlington.

I think this is a photo of him with his father & an uncle before that start against Burlington.

We didn’t think that we had any photos of Felix Hernandez as a Timber Rattler. Then, these turned up on the server. Funny how that works.

For a Brewers tie-in*

Here’s Wily Peralta’s start against the Dodgers on April 27.

Here’s Jim Henderson picking up the save on April 27 against the Dodgers.

Did you know….Henderson has saves in all three of Peralta’s wins during the 2013 MLB season.

In 2009, Henderson and Peralta were teammates on the Timber Rattlers for the first half of the season. Peralta had one win in the first half. Henderson had the save. It happened on June 14, 2009 at Burlington.

Find Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta in this photo of the 2009 season.

Find Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta in this photo of the 2009 season.

I tried embedding those Peralta and Henderson highlights. But, I kept getting a ‘Your browser does not support iframes’ message and they weren’t showing up on the post….But, the Felix Hernandez highlights are iframes and …. I’m being tested…I know that I am being tested….and I am failing that test.

Let’s play two again tomorrow!

This is a test of the Video Embedding Service

I was told that I could embed MLB video last year.  I am getting around to testing it out today.  If it works, expect this to be a frequent topic during the season.

Okay, the Khris Davis RBI single from Monday’s game against the Dodgers could not be embedded yet. So, here is an MLB video from March 7 with quotes from Davis (’10) and Ron Roenicke on his productive camp:

This video from MLB is about the opportunities for Scooter Gennett (’10) and Hunter Morris (’10) in Big League Camp during Spring Training.

How about a few highlights from the WBC?

Kalian Sams (’07) with a walkoff sacrifice fly for the Dutch to beat the Cubans.



Adam Jones (’04) with his 2-run double off Jim Henderson (’09) to put the US in front of Canada:

Michael Saunders (’06) with a 2-run homer for Canada:

Michael Saunders winning the Pool D MVP

Renovation Video and Photos (12/13/12)

My usual cameraman was in Nashville getting sick and attending the Winter Meetings last week.  So, they entrusted me with a camera to put together Renovation Update: Episode Eleven.

I was thinking of recreating the Joker Video from The Dark Knight. Common sense took over and I just took photos.

For some reason, the photo I most liked from last week did not make it into the video:

I really liked this one. Didn't make the cut.

I really liked this one. Didn’t make the cut.

Perhaps if I had made it a black & white shot?

Black & White = Classy.

Black & White = Classy.

Here’s a sneak peak for next week’s episode:

On the outside.

On the outside.

Inside the front office.

Inside the front office.

From the 3rd base seats.

From the 3rd base seats.

From the mound

From the mound

This shot from the mound looked better on the camera phone:

Might have been the screen.

Might have been the screen.

Maybe in black & white?

Definitely classy!

Definitely classy!

Odds and Ends for November 1

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!

This is from Tuesday night. He wore the orange Adam Jones jersey on Monday. You could see the number 10 on the front of the orange jersey, but this picture is much cooler. Trust me. He’s wearing #10.

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:

One elevator shaft/Stairwell

Bathrooms are being renovated, too.

Work has begun on the home team clubhouse, too.

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.

PSSSSST!!!! It's by the Sunglass Hut!

New Fox River Mall Kiosk.

The Food Court is close. Very close.

A view from the other side.

Renovation Video & Photos and Details from Burlington & Beloit

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…

The roof above the third base concourse is about gone.

A look from the outside.

The front looks a little different, no?

It’s probably just me, but this is what I thought of when I saw the machines doing their thing on Wednesday.

Great book for children…It’s over SIXTY years old!?!?

Remember, Reading is Fundamental.

Step Up

In the long years of this blog, this is a first.

I have been informed that the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Diamond Dancers have challenged the Fort Wayne TinCaps Bad Apple Dancers to a… I don’t know…Dance off at the 2012 MWL All-Star Game.

A formal video challenge from the Diamond Dancers is on the way, but I was asked to put up the most recent videos for both groups up for a compare & contrast.

So…..Here are the Bad Apple Dancers:

And Here are the Diamond Dancers:

This contest needs to end with the words, “You Got SERVED!”

Or, both teams need to collaborate on one big dance routine that will save the Community Center for the evil developer.

I need to start putting up a postgame post again and soon.

The 2012 Timber Rattlers Intro Video

I know. You may have become burned out by the song during the 2011 Playoffs, but the work that the production crew did on this is really cool.

They worked in some old photos and some recent highlights and the finished product is what is played right before the Rattlers take the field for every home game at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. At least for the first half.

I am pretty sure that is a young Earl Weaver on the right at the five second mark.  The guy on the left…yeah, that’s a cigarette. Different times.

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