Butte Copper Kings/1996

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1996 Butte Copper Kings
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City:  Butte, MT
Class:  Advanced Rookie
League:  Pioneer League
Division:  South
Ballpark:  Alumni Field
Attendance:  37,317
Record:  37-35 (1-2 postseason)
2nd Half Division Champions
Owner/Operator:  Goldklang Group[1]
General Manager:  Ted Tornow[2]
Manager:  Tom Foley
Coaches:  Howard Johnson
Dennis Rasmussen

In 1996, the Butte Copper Kings became Tampa Bay's first fully-affiliated team to be fielded in a non-complex league.

Season Summary

Butte fielded a rookie team in pretty much all respects: pitching coach Dennis Rasmussen, hitting coach Howard Johnson and manager Tom Foley had all wrapped up their Major League playing careers in 1995, and were in their first professional seasons as coaches. Most players on the team (as with other teams in a Rookie-level league) were also in their first professional seasons.

Although the Copper Kings finished the first half of the season with a mediocre 16-20 record, they went 21-15 in the second half to secure a playoff spot, facing the team from their division with the best first-half record, Ogden.

Outfielder Marcus McCain led the league in stolen bases with 34. Starting pitcher Denis Pujals was the league leader in innings pitched with 87.1.[3]

After the season, Tampa Bay moved their Advanced-Rookie level affiliation to Princeton of the Appalachian League, and Butte affiliated with Anaheim.

Standings

North Division

Team Affiliation Wins Losses GB Vs.
Lethbridge Black Diamonds Arizona 50 22 3-5
Helena Brewers Milwaukee 43 29 7 4-4
Great Falls Dodgers Los Angeles (NL) 33 39 17 3-5
Medicine Hat Blue Jays Toronto 22 50 28 3-5

South Division

Team Affiliation Wins Losses GB Vs.
Ogden Raptors Milwaukee 42 30 6-7
Idaho Falls Braves San Diego 38 34 4 7-6
Butte Copper Kings Tampa Bay 37 35 5
Billings Mustangs Cincinnati 23 49 19 11-3

Roster

Position Players

Name Positions (# of appearances)
Hernando Arredondo 3B (66) 1B (1)
Tyler Bain OF (37) 2B (19) 3B (3)
Doug Barner 1B (4)
Mike DeCelle OF (68)
Eddy de los Santos SS (16)
Jamie Ebling 2B (34) SS (17)
Matt Kastelic OF (36)
Jim Kerr SS (26) 3B (3) 2B (2)
Mike King OF (24) 2B (17) 1B (8)
Leonardo Martinez SS (25) 2B (10) 3B (2)
Marcus McCain OF (55)
Mike McGehee 1B (17) C (8)
Matt Quatraro C (41) 1B (15)
Trey Salinas 1B (36) C (26) OF (5) 3B (4)
Jared Verrall OF (2) 1B (1)
Sam Voita C (3)

All-Stars[4]

  • Marcus McCain, OF
  • Matt Quatraro, C
  • Tom Foley, Manager
  • Honorable Mention: Hernando Arredondo, 3B, and Matt Kastelic, OF[5]

Regular Season

June

# Date Opponent Result RS RA Win Loss Save Att. Record Link Notes
1 19 Idaho Falls L 4 5 K. Whitley (0-1) 3,152 0–1 Box[6][7]
2 20 Idaho Falls W 5 3 M. Kimbrell (1-0) M. Hale (1) 1–1 Box
3 21 Ogden W 8 7 2–1 Box
4 22 Ogden L 3 12 S. Madison 2–2 Box
5 23 Ogden L 0 9 S. Stutz (0-1) 2–3 Box
Game of June 24 postponed due to rain. Made up as part of a double-header on June 26.
6 25 @ Lethbridge L 2 9 D. Pujals (0-1) 2–4 Box
7 26 (1) @ Lethbridge L 2 3 E. Griffiths 2–5 Box
8 26 (2) @ Lethbridge W 4 2 M. Hale (1-0) 3–5 Box
9 27 @ Lethbridge W 8 5 M. Kimbrell (2-0) K. Whitley (1) 4-5 Box
10 28 @ Medicine Hat L 0 14 S. Stutz (0-2) 4-6 Box
11 29 @ Medicine Hat L 10 12 4–7 Box
12 30 @ Medicine Hat L 3 4 D. Pujals (0-2) 4–8 Box

July

# Date Opponent Result RS RA Win Loss Save Att. Record Link Notes
13 1 @ Medicine Hat L 3 6 J. Kaufman (0-1) 4–9 Box
14 2 Billings W 11 9 M. Kimbrell (3-0) S. Smith (0-1) 1,039 5–9 Box
15 3 Billings W 7 3 S. Stutz (1-2) B. Zwemke (1-1) 1,116 6–9 Box
16 4 @ Billings W 15 12 M. Hale (2-0) K. Needham (1-1) 3,297 7–9 Box 10 inn.
Game of July 5 postponed. Made up as part of a double-header on July 6.
17 6 (1) @ Billings W 9 3 D. Pujals (1-2) P. Merrell (0-2) 8–9 Box 7 inn.
18 6 (2) @ Billings W 8 1 M. Kimbrell (4-0) D. Shepard (1-2) 3,213 9–9 Box 8 inn.
19 7 Lethbridge L 4 14 J. Manias 9–10 Box
20 8 Lethbridge L 3 23 9–11 Box
21 10 @ Great Falls L 6 7 J. Hinojosa (0-1) 9–12 Box
22 11 @ Great Falls L 6 8 D. Pujals (1-3) 9–13 Box
23 12 Great Falls L 4 5 J. Kaufman 9–14 Box
24 13 Great Falls L 7 16 M. Kimbrell (4-1) 9–15 Box
25 14 @ Great Falls W 11 8 J. Fowler (1-0) P. Cervantes M. Hale (3) 10–15 Box[1]
26 15 @ Great Falls W 4 3 E. Benesh (1-0) 11–15 Box
27 16 Helena L 6 10 11–16 Box 13 inn.
28 17 Helena W 6 5 J. Hinojosa (1-1) 12–16 Box
29 19 Idaho Falls W 12 9 13–16 Box
30 20 Idaho Falls L 8 9 T. Enders 13–17 Box 11 inn.
31 21 @ Idaho Falls L 4 12 D. Pujals (1-4) 13–18 Box
32 22 @ Idaho Falls W 6 5 M. Callaway (1-0) J. Hinojosa 14–18 Box
33 23 @ Ogden L 5 6 J. Perez J. Fowler 1,334 14–19 Box[2]
34 24 @ Ogden W 5 1 J. Manias L. Barnes 3,035 15–19 Box[3]
35 25 @ Ogden W 13 6 S. Stutz (2-3) G. Ishee 1,146 16–19 Box[4]
36 26 @ Ogden L 2 5 A. Hawkins D. Pujals 1,492 16–20 Box[5] End 1st Half
37 27 Helena L 4 5 J. Hinojosa (1-2) 0–1 (16-21) Box Begin 2nd Half
38 28 Helena W 12 3 E. Benesh (2-0) 1–1 (17-21) Box
39 29 @ Idaho Falls W 6 4 J. Manias (3-1) M. Hale (4) 2–1 (18-21) Box
40 30 @ Idaho Falls W 21 2 R. Howerton (1-0) S. Stutz (1) 3–1 (19-21) Box
41 31 Lethbridge W 9 5 4–1 (20-21) Box

August

# Date Opponent Result RS RA Win Loss Save Att. Record Link Notes
42 1 Lethbridge L 1 17 M. Callaway (1-1) 4-2 (20-22) Box
43 2 Billings W 11 8 J. Hinojosa (3-2) P. Merrell (2-4) M. Hale (5) 719 5–2 (21-22) Box
44 3 Billings W 10 7 J. Manias (4-1) D. Shepard (2-4) T. Enders (1) 589 6–2 (22-22) Box
45 4 Billings L 9 11 D. Herrera (2-2) M. Hale (2-1) 559 6–3 (22-23) Box 13 inn.
46 5 Billings W 18 10 E. Benesh M. Buckley 667 7–3 (23-23) Box
47 7 @ Helena L 4 11 M. Callaway (1-2) 7–4 (23-24) Box
48 8 @ Helena W 4 0 J. Kaufman (1-2) 8–4 (24-24) Box
49 9 @ Helena L 6 10 M. Hale (2-2) 8–5 (24-25) Box 10 inn.
50 10 @ Helena W 10 1 D. Pujals (2-5) 9–5 (25-25) Box
51 11 @ Billings L 7 11 B. Zwemke (2-4) R. Howerton (1-1) 1,027 9–6 (25-26) Box
52 12 @ Billings W 5 4 M. Callaway (2-2) L. Davis (1-3) M. Hale (6) 3,311 10–6 (26-26) Box
53 13 Idaho Falls W 9 3 J. Kaufman (2-2) 11–6 (27-26) Box
54 14 Idaho Falls L 7 11 J. Manias (4-2) 11–7 (27-27) Box
55 15 @ Idaho Falls L 0 6 D. Pujals (2-6) 11-8 (27-28) Box
56 16 @ Idaho Falls W 6 1 R. Howerton (2-1) 12-8 (28-28) Box
57 17 Great Falls W 21 10 M. Callaway (3-2) 13-8 (29-28) Box
58 18 Great Falls L 3 11 J. Kaufman (2-3) 13-9 (29-29) Box
59 19 Idaho Falls L 3 12 J. Manias (4-3) 13-10 (29-30) Box
60 21 Medicine Hat L 8 10 13–11 (29-31) Box
61 22 Medicine Hat W 15 1 M. Callaway (4-2) 14-11 (30-31) Box
62 23 Medicine Hat W 14 5 R. Howerton (3-1) 15-11 (31-31) Box
63 24 Medicine Hat W 14 9 16-11 (32-31) Box
64 25 Ogden L 2 8 J. Manias (4-4) 16-12 (32-32) Box
65 26 Ogden L 3 4 1,129 16-13 (32-33) Box 10 inn.
66 27 Ogden W 17 7 M. Callaway (5-2) 17-13 (33-33) Box 8 inn.
67 28 @ Ogden W 14 2 M. Kimbrell (6-1) 18-13 (34-33) Box
68 29 @ Ogden L 6 9 T. Enders (0-2) 18-14 (34-34) Box
69 30 @ Ogden W 10 7 19-14 (35-34) Box
70 31 @ Billings W 14 12 C. Angerhofer (1-7) M. Kimbrell (7-1) M. Hale (7) 1,992 20-14 (36-34) Box

September

# Date Opponent Result RS RA Win Loss Save Att. Record Link Notes
71 1 @ Billings W 12 3 M. Callaway (6-2) B. Zwemke (2-6) 2,221 21-14 (37-34) Box
72 2 @ Billings L 4 5 D. Shepard (6-7) J. Hinojosa (3-4) 1,925 21-15 (37-35) Box 10 inn.

Postseason

September

# Date Opponent Result RS RA Win Loss Save Att. Record Link Notes
1 3 @ Ogden L 2 9 J. O'Reilly R. Howerton 1,039 0–1 (37-36) Box[6]
2 4 Ogden W 12 11 1–1 (38-36) Box 16 inn.
3 5 @ Ogden L 4 13 G. Ishee D. Pujals 1–2 (38-37) Box[7]

References

  1. "Copper Kings Have New Owners, Affiliation". bozemandailychronicle.com. Bozeman Daily Chronicle. June 18, 1996. http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/article_d97c6814-a876-5517-958a-3f587ea3a2cb.html. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. "Area sports briefs". bozemandailychronicle.com. Bozeman Daily Chronicle. September 19, 1996. http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/article_edd3c855-535c-5507-8028-39f999b1dc28.html. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  3. Simpson, Allan; Manuel, John; Callis, Jim et al., eds (1996). Baseball America's 1997 Almanac. Durham, NC: Baseball America. pp. 226-7, 297-8. ISBN 0-671-57540-6. 
  4. "All-Star Teams 1980-1999". The Official Site of the Pioneer League. Pioneer Baseball League. http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/about/page.jsp?ymd=20070427&content_id=234524&vkey=about_l128&fext=.jsp&sid=l128. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  5. "Minor League Report: Pioneer League All-Stars". St. Petersburg Times: p. 5C. August 29, 1996. 
  6. Topkin, Marc (June 21, 1996). "Butte team opens with pomp, humor". St. Petersburg Times: p. 5C. 
  7. "Braves open '96 season with a win". Post Register (Idaho Falls, ID): p. D1. June 20, 1996. 

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