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Clinton LumberKings
Founded in 1954
Clinton, Iowa
(Clinton Began play 1895)
ClintonLumberKings.PNG LumberKings Cap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass-A [1] (1963–present)
PreviousClass D (1955–1962; 1910–1917)
Class C (1947–1949)
Class B (1937–1941; 1906–1907)
Independent (1895) [2]
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1956–present) [3]
DivisionWestern Division
Previous leagues
Mississippi–Ohio Valley League (1954–1955)

Central Association (1947–1949)
Three-I League (1937–1941; 1907–1908)
Northern Association (1910)
Iowa League of Professional Baseball Clubs (1904–1907)

Eastern Iowa League (1895) [4]
Major league affiliations
Current Miami Marlins (from 2019)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1963
  • 1991
Division titles (3)
  • 1991
  • 1993
  • 2010
  • 2016
Team data
NicknameClinton LumberKings (1994–present)
Previous names
  • Clinton Giants (1939–1941; 1980–1993)
  • Clinton Dodgers (1977–1979)
  • Clinton Pilots (1914–1916; 1966–1976)
  • Clinton C-Sox (1960–1965)
  • Clinton White Sox (1959)
  • Clinton Pirates (1954–1958)
    Clinton Steers (1949)
    Clinton Cubs (1947–1948)
    Clinton Owls (1937–1938)
    Clinton Teddies (1910)
    Clinton Infants (1907–1908)
    Clinton Minors (1906)
    Unknown (1895) [6]
Ballpark Ashford University Field (1937–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Community owned [7]
Manager Todd Pratt
General ManagerTed Tornow

The Clinton LumberKings are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. They are located in Clinton, Iowa, and play their home games at Ashford University Field.

Clinton baseball history

After beginning play in 1895, Clinton had sporadic teams in various leagues over the next few decades, as the Great Depression, World War I and World War II affected many baseball franchises. However, Clinton joined the Midwest League in 1956 and is now the oldest franchise in the league. [8] The team has had several different major league affiliations: the Brooklyn Dodgers (1937–38), New York Giants (1939–41), Chicago Cubs (1947–49), Pirates (1954–58 and 1966–68), White Sox (1959–65), Pilots/Brewers (1969–70), Tigers (1971–75), Tigers/White Sox co-op (1976), Dodgers (1977–79), Giants (1980–94), Padres (1995–98), Reds (1999–2000), Expos (2001–02), and Rangers (2003–08), and Mariners (2009–18). In September 2018, they entered into a two-year player development contract with the Miami Marlins. [9]

Aside from its time as the C-Sox (1960–65) and the Pilots (1966–76), the team used the parent major league team's nickname before adopting the LumberKings name for the 1994 season.

The 2010 LumberKings season is the subject of the 2013 book "Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere" by Lucas Mann. [10]

In 2016, led by first year manager Mitch Canham, the LumberKings won 86 games to set the mark for most in a regular season by any team in Clinton franchise history. The squad went on to sweep the Peoria Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs before defeating the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a thrilling three game series. Game three of the Western Division final ended with a Ricky Eusebio walk off hit to win 1-0 in extra innings. The LumberKings would fall, however, in the Midwest League Championship in four games to the Great Lakes Loons.

In addition to playing host to the franchise record setting LumberKings (86-54), the LumberKings transformed Ashford University Field overnight following game two of the Midwest League Championship to become a football field. The LumberKings played host to Camanche High School Football in the inaugural "LumberBowl." Camanche hosted Williamsburg High School in the game on September 16, 2016. The Raiders of Williamsburg defeated the Indians 55-7.

Roster

Clinton LumberKings roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 34 Vincenzo Aiello
  • 39 Nestor Bautista
  • -- Taylor Braley Injury icon 2.svg
  • 28 Edward Cabrera
  • 31 Daniel Castano
  • 27 Gabriel Castellanos
  • -- Braxton Garrett Injury icon 2.svg
  • 14 Sean Guenther
  • 40 Colton Hock
  • -- Jordan Holloway Injury icon 2.svg
  • 52 Tyler Kolek Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Brett Lilek Injury icon 2.svg
  • 25 Michael Mertz
  • 41 Brandon Miller
  • 29 Jeremy Ovalle
  • -- Remey Reed Injury icon 2.svg
  • 26 Trevor Rogers
  • 38 Scott Sebald
  • -- Hunter Wells Injury icon 2.svg

Catchers

  • 33 Will Allen
  • 17 Michael Hernandez

Infielders

  • 18 Rodrigo Ayarza
  • 10 Micah Brown
  • 20 Samuel Castro Injury icon 2.svg
  •  2 Jose Devers
  •  8 Garvis Lara
  • 11 Marcos Rivera

Outfielders

  •  7 Ricardo Cespedes
  • 23 Harrison Dinicola
  • 12 Thomas Jones
  • 21 Jhonny Santos
  • 15 Isael Soto


Manager

Coaches

  • 44 Mark DiFelice (pitching)
  •  1 Angel Espada
  • 24 Frank Moore (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Miami Marlins 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 29, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB •  Midwest League
Miami Marlins minor league players

Ashford University Field

Ashford Field. Formerly Alliant Energy Field and Riverview Stadium

The home park for the LumberKings is Ashford University Field in Clinton, Iowa. The stadium was built in 1937 as a Works Administration Project (WPA) and named Riverview Stadium, due to its location on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was renamed Alliant Energy Field in 2002 and renovated in 2005–2006 to a capacity of 4,000. It was renamed to Ashford University Field in 2011. The Dimensions are: LF – 330, CF – 401, RF – 325. [11] [12]

No-hitters

Clinton has tossed 25 no-hitters. The list includes the following no-hitters: [13]

Date Pitcher(s) Opponent Score
8-20-57 Dick Lines Decatur 6–0 (7 innings)
6-2-59 Thomas Fisher Paris 1–0
6-19-60 Scott Seger Quincy 3–0 (7 innings)
5-23-63 Bill Dawson Fox Cities 10–0 (7 innings)
6-23-64 Norbert Rodgers Quincy 2–0 (7 innings)
6-11-67 John Lamb Quad City 3–0 (7 innings)
6-22-67 Joe Barnett Quincy 2–0 (7 innings)
8-25-67 Bill Laxton Waterloo 2–1 (7 innings)
8-7-70 John Conzatti Quad Cities 2–0 (6 innings)
5-3-72 Larry Bracco Waterloo 0–1 (7 innings)
5-15-78 Russell McDonald Wausau 1–0 (7 innings)
7-16-78 Jim Nobles Wisconsin Rapids 7–1 (7 innings)
6-4-80 Jerry Stovall Wausau 2–0 (7 innings)
4-20-81 Greg Bangert Burlington 4–1 (7 innings)
8-12-82 Mark Grant Danville 9–0
5-9-83 Ramon Bautista Appleton 2–0 (7 innings)
6-6-89 Chris Hancock/Chris Fye Burlington 11–0 [14]
5-14-92 Chuck Wanke Peoria 5–3
8-4-96 Jim Sak/Todd Bussa Burlington 3–0
8-03-00 Scott Dunn Lansing 7–0 (Perfect Game)
7-9-03 Domingo Valdez Kane County 4–0 (7 innings - G2)
7-11-12 Jordan Shipers West Michigan 10–0 [15]
7-17-13 Victor Sanchez Lansing 1–0 [16]
5-1-15 Daniel Missaki/Kody Kerski/Troy Scott Cedar Rapids 1–0 [17]
8-9-16 Pedro Vasquez/Joey Strain/Lukas Schiraldi/Matt Walker Beloit 2–0

Playoffs

Season Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1982 - - -
1983 - - -
1984 - - -
1985 - - -
1986 - - -
1987 - L, 2-1, Springfield -
1988 - - -
1989 - - -
1990 - - -
1991 - W, 2-0, Burlington W, 3-0, Madison
1992 - - -
1993 - W, 2-0, Springfield L, 3-1, South Bend
1994 - - -
1995 - - -
1996 - - -
1997 - - -
1998 W, 2-1, Quad Cities L, 2-0, West Michigan -
1999 L, 2-1, Burlington - -
2000 L, 2-1, Beloit - -
2001 - - -
2002 - - -
2003 W, 2-1, Kane County L, 2-1, Beloit -
2004 W, 2-0, Cedar Rapids L, 2-0, Kane County -
2005 W, 2-0, Quad Cities L, 2-0, Wisconsin -
2006 - - -
2007 W, 2-1, Cedar Rapids L, 2-0, Beloit -
2008 L, 2-0, Cedar Rapids - -
2009 - - -
2010 W, 2-1, Cedar Rapids W, 2-1, Kane County L, 3-2, Lake County
2011 L, 2-0, Quad Cities - -
2012 W, 2-1, Beloit L, 2-0, Wisconsin -
2013 L, 2-0, Beloit - -
2014 - - -
2015 - - -
2016 W, 2-0, Peoria W, 2-1, Cedar Rapids L, 3-1, Great Lakes

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ http://www.milb.com/milb/info/classifications.jsp
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Clinton&state=IA&country=US
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Clinton&state=IA&country=US
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Clinton&state=IA&country=US
  5. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Clinton&state=IA&country=US
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Clinton&state=IA&country=US
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Clinton LumberKings. milb.com. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Clinton&state=IA&country=US
  9. ^ "Clinton, Miami Announce New Player Development Contract". Ballpark Digest. September 20, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  10. ^ McAlpin, Heller (May 9, 2013). "Farm Team Saga 'Class A' Hits It Out Of The Park". NPR. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  11. ^ http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20060130&content_id=41029304&sid=t500&vkey=team1
  12. ^ http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20060208&content_id=41029308&sid=t500&vkey
  13. ^ http://mwlarchives.com/mwlnohitter.html
  14. ^ http://mwlarchives.com/06061989burcli.html
  15. ^ http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120711&content_id=34855354&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l118&sid=l118
  16. ^ http://midwest.league.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=g_box&gid=2013_07_17_lanafx_cliafx_1&sid=l118
  17. ^ http://qctimes.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/midwest-league/clinton-pitcher-goes-from-no-hitter-to-tommy-john-in/article_6b40e1b6-52ca-5ede-8f03-c9d47485e30b.html

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