Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

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Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Founded in 1891
Appleton, Wisconsin
(joined Minor League Baseball in 1942)
WisconsinTimberRattlersLogo.PNG WisconsinTimberRattlersCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class A (1942–present)
Minor league affiliations
League

Midwest League (1962–present)

  • Independent (1891–1961)
Division Western Division
Major league affiliations
Current Milwaukee Brewers (2009–present)
Previous

Seattle Mariners (1993–2008)[1]

Minor league titles
League titles 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2012
Team data
Nickname Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (1995–present)
Previous names

Appleton Foxes (1967–1994)

  • Fox Cities Foxes (1963–1966)
  • Appleton Foxes (1962)
Ballpark Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium
Previous parks Goodland Field
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Appleton Baseball Club, Inc.
Manager Matt Erickson
General manager Rob Zerjav
Appleton Foxes logo from 1978 to 1992
Fang, mascot of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Timber Rattlers pitcher warming up before a start

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are a minor league baseball team of the Midwest League, and the Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The team is located in Appleton, Wisconsin and are named for the timber rattlesnake. The team plays its home games at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium, which opened in 1995 and seats 5,500 fans.[1] The Timber Rattlers have won nine league championships, most recently in 2012.

History[edit]

The team began play as the Appleton Foxes in the Three-I League in 1958, five years after Appleton's previous minor league franchise, the Papermakers, folded along with the rest of the Wisconsin State League. The Foxes joined the Midwest League (MWL) in 1962 after the Three-I League disbanded, and continue to play in the MWL to this day.

The Foxes played at Appleton's Goodland Field until moving to their current home at Fox Cities Stadium, a larger, more modern ballpark on Appleton's northwest side. With the move, the Foxes took the new name of Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in an effort to attract fans outside the immediate Appleton/Fox Cities area. The franchise set its all-time attendance record of 253,240 in 2009, the first year of their affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers.[1]

The Timber Rattlers are a non-stock club governed by Appleton Baseball Club, Inc., which is community-owned.[1] Appleton Baseball Club has a 12-person board of directors.[1] It has 168 active shareholders and 347 shares as of September 2008.[1]

Yearly results[edit]

League Champions
Three-I League
Season Affiliation Manager Record Win % Finish Attendance Playoffs
1958 Washington Pete Suder 56–73 .434 6th 58,602
1959 Washington Jack McKeon 59–67 .468 4th 51,004
1960 † Baltimore Earl Weaver 82–56 .594 1st 61,062 Won Title
1961 Baltimore Earl Weaver 67–62 .519 4th 47,552
Midwest League
Season Affiliation Manager Record Win % Finish Attendance Playoffs
1962 Baltimore Cal Ripken, Sr. 61–63 .492 7th 41,323 None
1963 Baltimore Billy DeMars 55–65 .458 8th 43,412 None
1964 † Baltimore Billy DeMars 81–43 .653 1st 45,557 Defeated Clinton 1–0
1965 Baltimore Billy DeMars 55–63 .466 7th 43,412 None
1966 † Chicago (AL) Stan Wasiak 77–47 .621 2nd 57,496 Defeated Cedar Rapids 2–1
1967 † Chicago (AL) Alex Cosmidis 71–46 .607 1st 48,186 Defeated Wisconsin Rapids 2–0
1968 Chicago (AL) Gary Johnson/Tom Umphlett 57–61 .483 6th 45,436 None
1969 † Chicago (AL) Tom Saffell 84–41 .672 1st 67,028 Won both halves
1970 Chicago (AL) Ira Hutchinson 64–60 .516 5th None
1971 Chicago (AL) Joe Sparks 79–44 .642 1st Lost to Quad Cities 2–1
1972 Chicago (AL) Bert Thiel 76–51 .598 1st Defeated Wisconsin Rapids 1–0; Lost to Danville 2-0
1973 Chicago (AL) Grover "Deacon" Jones 44–76 .367 10th None
1974 Chicago (AL) Gordy Lund 73–50 .593 2nd Defeated Wisconsin Rapid 2–0; Lost to Danville 2–1
1975 Chicago (AL) Gordy Lund 50–77 .394 9th None
1976 Chicago (AL) Jim Napier 56–74 .431 10th None
1977 Chicago (AL) Gordy Lund 54–84 .398 8th None
1978 † Chicago (AL) Gordy Lund 97–40 .708 1st Defeated Waterloo 2–0; Defeated Burlington 2–1
1979 Chicago (AL) Jim Breazeale 63–72 .467 5th None
1980 Chicago (AL) Gordy Lund 76–63 .547 2nd None
1981 Chicago (AL) Sam Ewing 54–80 .403 6th 66,780 None
1982 † Chicago (AL) Adrian Garrett 81–59 .579 3rd 81,970 Defeated Springfield 2–0; Defeated Madison 2–1
1983 † Chicago (AL) John Boles, Jr. 87–50 .635 1st 68,751 Defeated Waterloo 2–1; Defeated Springfield 3–1
1984 † Chicago (AL) Sal Rende 87–49 .640 1st 54,281 Defeated Madison 2–1; Defeated Springfield 3–2
1985 Chicago (AL) Sal Rende 85–54 .612 1st 76,860 Lost to Kenosha 2–1
1986 Chicago (AL) Duke Sims/Rico Petrocelli 56–83 .403 11th 60,001 None
1987 Kansas City Ken Berry 71–69 .507 6th 81,208 None
1988 Kansas City Brian Poldberg 58–82 .414 13th 85,310 None
1989 Kansas City Brian Poldberg 67–68 .496 7th 76,223 None
1990 Kansas City Joe Breeden 62–71 .466 8th 84,396 None
1991 Kansas City Joe Breeden 58–81 .417 14th 72,601 None
1992 Kansas City Tom Poquette 70–62 .530 6th 46,576 Lost to Beloit 2–1
1993 Seattle Carlos Lezcano 62–73 .459 9th 56,036 None
1994 Seattle Carlos Lezcano 75–64 .540 4th 76,281 None
1995 Seattle Mike Goff 63–75 .457 12th 209,159 None
1996 Seattle Mike Goff 77–58 .570 2nd 233,797 Defeated Peoria 2–1; Defeated Quad City 2–1; Lost to West Michigan 3–1
1997 Seattle Gary Varsho 76–63 .547 2nd 227,104 Lost to Kane County 2–0
1998 Seattle Gary Varsho 72–65 .526 5th 227,306 Lost to Rockford 2–1
1999 Seattle Steve Roadcap 72–66 .522 5th 223,814 Defeated Rockford 2–0; Defeated Lansing 2–0; Lost to Burlington 3–2
2000 Seattle Gary Thurman 78–60 .565 3rd 220,372 Defeated Kane County 2–1; Lost to Beloit
2001 Seattle Gary Thurman 84–52 .618 2nd 207,823 Defeated Quad City 2–0; Lost to Kane County 2–0
2002 Seattle Gary Thurman 53–86 .381 13th 199,210 None
2003 Seattle Daren Brown 69–66 .511 6th 197,934 Lost to Beloit 2–0
2004 Seattle Steve Roadcap 57–82 .410 12th 206,487 None
2005 Seattle Scott Steinmann 76–63 .547 2nd 211,927 Defeated Beloit 2–1; Defeated Clinton 2–0; Lost to South Bend 3–2
2006 Seattle Jim Horner 54–86 .386 13th 209,033 None
2007 Seattle Jim Horner 53–85 .384 14th 197,511 None
2008 Seattle Terry Pollreisz 56–80[1] .412 10th 190,263[1] None
2009 Milwaukee Jeff Isom 58-81 .417 12th 253,240 None
2010 Milwaukee Jeff Isom 58-80 .420 14th 244,331 None
2011 Milwaukee Matt Erickson 67-72 .482 11th 240,998 None
2012 † Milwaukee Matt Erickson 78-61 .561 3rd 240,509 Defeated Burlington 2-1; Defeated Clinton 2-0; Defeated Fort Wayne 3-1
2013 Milwaukee Matt Erickson 59-76 .437 13th 241,938 None

Roster[edit]

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 20 Tyler Alexander
  • 33 Tristan Archer
  • 17 Barrett Astin
  • 16 Anthony Banda
  • 30 Victor Diaz
  • 39 Rodolfo Fernandez
  • 14 Preston Gainey
  • 11 Tyler Linehan
  • 32 Harvey Martin
  • 29 Zach Quintana
  •  9 Chris Razo
  • 28 Trevor Seidenberger
  • 23 Tyler Spurlin
  • 25 Taylor Williams

Catchers

  • 15 Clint Coulter
  • 19 Paul Eshleman
  • 12 Rafael Neda

Infielders

  •  1 Francisco Castillo
  • 13 David Denson
  • 18 Steven Halcomb
  •  7 Chris McFarland
  • 10 Angel Ortega
  •  2 Taylor Smith-Brennan

Outfielders

  •  9 Johnny Davis
  • 21 Omar Garcia
  • 37 Jose Pena
  • 24 Michael Ratterree
  •  3 Lance Roenicke Injury icon 2.svg

Manager

Coaches

  •  4 Chuck Caufield (hitting)
  • 27 Elvin Nina (pitching)
  •  3 Lance Roenicke (coach)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 3, 2014
Transactions · Coaching staff
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Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Christopherson, Brett (2008-09-24). "Brewers' contract a winner for Rattlers". The Appleton Post-Crescent. pp. A–1,A–6,A–7. 

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