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Portland Rockets Alumni

52 Years of Baseball History

Taking a look at the players who created and passed down the gift of baseball to a small community.

If you would like to learn more about the Rockets please visit these pages: A Diamond in the Rough, Portland Rockets 2011 Profiles, Portland Rockets Official Website.

From Jay County: From Adams County: From Delaware County:
Steve Takats Kyle Alberson Rob Robbins
John Engle Mike Dull Leroy Robbins
Sam Shoemaker Ron Dull Rob Gamble
Larry Chittum Mark Flueckiger Matt Luce
Ron Stith Scott Dubach Loe Luce
Harry Weesner Kent Maggard Kris Luce
Woody Cook Brad Buckingham Toby Ricard
Terry McDaniel Dave Neuenshwander Doug Bolton
Tom McDaniel Steve Dillinger Eric Van Matre
Sonny O'Bryant Corey Neuenshwander Brandon Van Matre
Fred Selvey Greg Keller Jason Brust
Bill Blowers Jim Hartman Eric Hurst
Mark Hearn Chad Gradua Jeremy Luna
Greg Williams Nate Habegger Scott Christopher
Frank Inman Ben Habegger Russ Isaacs
Larry Poole Matt Ousley Dan Lehrman
Ron Selvey Jordan Steiner Dan Nowinski
Steve Jackson Dan Bollenbacker Aaron Zenal
Bill Money Terry Bultemeier Brad Metzgar
Tom Koegel Carey Waters Doug Boone
Jerry Shauver Jack Urban
Tom Berry From Huntington: Brad Houdeshoul
Joe Blankenbaker Steve Rinker
Bud Finch Todd Sherman Bud Brown
Jim Sanders Ty Sherman Justin Love
Larry Mann John Holloway Jason Murray
Ron Bisel Chris Werling Keith Nunley
Bill Ledbetter Justin Brannock Matt Deckman
Rick Rees Tyler Mills Kevin Maxwell
Steve Ronald Tyler Palmer Mike McCormick
Gerald Kunce Nate Felver Brad Rausch
Larry Myron Andrew Drummond Jason York
Jerry Mock Kyle Daugherty Denny York
Jerry Abbott Blake Turner Brad Waldrath
Steve Glasgow Jim Stoffel
Larry Van Skyock From Other Places:
Don Willsey From Ohio:
Larry Petro Todd Morgan
Ron Compton Woody Walters Mike Murray
Bob Murah Mike Koesters Randy Hisner
Robert Runkle Jeff Koesters Scott Hall
Butch Gray Lenny Koesters Andrew Welch
Bruce Hosier Nick Lobeonko Ryan Harper
Mike Hosier Mike Moorman Mike McCormick
Mel Smitley Eric Stachler Titus Story
Dan Iliff Mike Bruns Seth Zartman
Chris Hearn Drew Braun Jim Costa
Alan Morrical Greg McClure Tim Pearce
Rick Matchett Mike Meinerding Rick Dessing
Jim Raszkowski Dean Mueller Garret Weijak
Pat Medler Doug Miller Bryce Shaefer
Dave Rowland Knuckles Knapke
Rob Smith Steve Reinhard
Bruce Hedges Jerry Vogel
Mike Ashley Kerry Heitkamp **List provided to WPGW by Rockets Manager Randy Miller.**
Corey Heniser Doug Collins
Tyler Fullenkamp Riley Mullenkamp
Jack Wood Jim Geeslin
Shannon Stigleman Riley Mullenkamp
Shannon Blount Bill Geeslin
Josh Judy Kyle Heyne
Heath Williams Matt Paulus
Josh Atkinson Kurt Rammel
Josh McAbee Ryan Rammel
Andy Hughes Chad Geier
Tony McCowan Tony Oswalt
Ted Hostetler Bob Kneitkamp
Thomas McCowan
Gary Sautbine
Duane Sautbine Rockets Players that made the Pros:
Mike Snyder Merv Rettemund (Drafted byBaltimore Orioles 1966)
Laramie Van Skyock Mill Dull (Drafted by the Expos 1986)
Chad Poole Jerry Shauver (Drafted by the Phillies 1963)
Josh Jellison Kent Maggard (Indians 1987, Cardinals 1988)
John Bailey Doug Boone (Drafted by the Yankees 2001)
Dan Ferrell Jack Urban (Drafted by the Giants in 2000)
Jim Ferrell Harley Wolfe (Drafted by the Pirates in 1972)
Lea Selvey Keith Shepheard (Drafted by the Rockies in 1990)
Joe Jobe Bob Kneitkamp (Drafted by the Yankees in 1974)
Richard Runkle Lorenzo Scott (Drafted by the Orioles in 2003)

n In-Depth Look at Selected Rockets’ Who Made the Pros:



Keith Sheperd:
From Wabash, Indiana, Right Handed Pitcher Keith Shepherd was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th Round of the 86’ amateur draft.Debut into the Majors was September 6, 1992 while playing for the Phillies.Starting in the Pirates organization, he was drafted by Kansas City in 88’ from Pittsburgh only to be released the next year.Signed as a free agent in 1990 to Cleveland, 1991 to the Chicago White Sox and was then traded to the Phillies for Dale Sveum in 92’.Later that same year the Colorado Rockies drafted him as a 50th pick in the 1992 expansion draft.He later would go to Boston, Florida, Baltimore, and finally come around full circle as he signed as a free agent with the Pirates in 96’ to finish his major league career.


Doug Boone:
Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 15th round of the 2001 MLB June Amateur Draft and in the New York Yankees 36th round draft pick in the 2002 MLB June Amateur Draft, Doug Boone spent his professional career in the Yankees minor league system. He spent the 02’ season with the GCL Yankees (Rookie League) and also the Tampa Yankees (A+). He spent the 03’ season with the Trenton Thunder (AA) and back down to the GCL Yankees that same year.



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Lorenzo Scott:
Probably the latest Rockets’ Alum to make it big. Scott was playing for Ball State University when he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft. Starting in the Rookie League with the GCL Orioles, Scott bounced around the lower levels of the minors until he was selected by the Florida Marlins in the Minor League phase of the 2006 Rule 5 Draft. Scott would bounce around the 2008-2010 seasons between Florida’s AA and AAA teams before being released as a free agent. Scott went to play independent ball with the Gary Southshore RailCats earlier this season before being picked up by the New York Mets AA Affiliate the Binghamton Mets in April of 2011. But injury plagued Scott this season and in late May was released by the Mets organizations. Scott is currently on the Disabled List for the Gary Southshore RailCats as of July 13, 2011.

Scott has played 717 lifetime games in the pros as an outfielder. But is also well known for his stint on the Ball State University Football Team were he was quite successful. He was a First Team All-Mid American Conference Linebacker as a senior in 2003. While with the Jupiter Hammerheads he was a 2007 FSL Player of the Week, and in 2009 while playing with the Jacksonville Suns he was a SOU Mid-Season All-Star.


Kent Maggard:
Maggard was drafted by Cleveland in the 86’ draft. Maggard who attended Purdue University played one season in the minors with the Batavia Trojans the lower single A affiliate of the Indians.

Jerry Shauver:
Shauver was drafted in 1961 by the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent one season in the minors with the Phillies’ Developmental league the Dothan Phillies.






Merv Rettenmund:
Probably the most notable Rockets’ Alum who made it big.Outfielder and Pinch Hitter Merv Rettenmund was a player for Ball State when he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1964 where he played for them till 1973. His debut for the Orioles was April 14th, 1968 as his team lost to the Angels6-2.While with the Orioles he helped win AL Pennants in 69’ and 71’, a World Series title in 70’, and in 73’ an AL Eastern Division title.In 73’ he was traded with Bill Wood and Junior Kennedy to the Reds for Wally Williams and Ross Grimlsey.Rettenmund played for the Reds through the 74-75 seasons at the peak of the Reds’ “Big Red Machine” era were Ruttenmund was a part of the 75’ World Series win for the Reds.In 76’ he was traded to the San Diego Padres for Rudy Meoli, was granted free agency in 77’, and signed with the California Angels in 78’ allowing him the opportunity to win one more AL Western Division in 79’ to finish his career as a player as the Angels released him in 1980. Rettenmund played his last game as a player on June 22, 1980 as his Angels fell to the Red Sox 35-30, Rettenmund only came to the plate once as he was pinch hitting this game against the Sox.

Rettenmund would later serve as hitting coach for the Texas Rangers (1983-1985), the Oakland Athletics (1989-1990) during their 89’ World Series Run, as well as the A’s 1990 pennant-winners and the 98 National League Champion Padres (1991-1999). Also the Atlanta Braves (2000-2001) and the Detroit Tigers (2002).Rettenmund took a three year hiatus from the Majors and returned as a hitting coach for the Padres once again in 2006 replacing Dave Magadan, but would be replaced himself the next season by Wally Joyner.


**Stats, bio, and transaction history and additional links on players found through www.baseball-reference.com.**