Erickson to return as Timber Rattlers manager

Matt Erickson meets with the press at Fox Cities Stadium earlier today. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

Matt Erickson talks to the media at Fox Cities Stadium earlier today. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers announced today that Matt Erickson will return in 2014 for a fourth season as the team’s manager.

Erickson was manager of the Timber Rattlers when they won the Midwest League championship in 2012. That got him immortalized as a bobblehead holding the MWL trophy, given to fans at the T-Rats home opener this year.

Erickson will be joined on staff by three new coaches. You can read about them here.

In addition to his tenure with the Timber Rattlers, Erickson has experience in the Midwest League from when he played with the 1998 Kane County Cougars. He batted .324 with 4 HR, 64 RBI and 17 SB in 124 games.

Trout, Cabrera win more awards

Former Midwest League players Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera continue to add to their already-impressive resumes, with their latest honors being announced late last week.

Trout, the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year, was named Baseball America‘s 2013 Major League Player of the Year. He won the award last year, too.

Trout was the Midwest League’s MVP and Prospect of the Year in 2010 when he batted .362 with 6 HR, 39 RBI and 45 SB in 81 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Cabrera, last year’s AL Most Valuable Player (and likely winner of the award again this year), was named the Sporting News MLB Player of the Year. This is the second consecutive year that Cabrera earned the award, a rare feat previously achieved only three times (Ted Williams in 1941-42, Joe Morgan in 1975-76, and Albert Pujols in 2008-09).

Cabrera hit .268 with 7 HR and 66 RBI in 110 games with the 2001 Kane County Cougars. Last season he won baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years.

Today Cabrera underwent successful core muscle repair surgery and will undergo physical rehabilitation for the next 6-8 weeks. He is expected to be ready to play by spring training.

Akron changes its nickname

Akron, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, announced today that it is changing its nickname from the Aeros to the RubberDucks.

I’ll let you make your own judgments about whether it’s a good name change, but I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that this likely is the first time rubber ducks will outrank captains. (The Lake County Captains are the Low-A, Midwest League affiliate of the Indians.)

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