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For the 1937–1941 Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League team known as the Clinton Giants and Clinton Owls, see Clinton Owls.
Clinton LumberKings
Founded in 1954
Clinton, Iowa
(Clinton Began play 1895)
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class-A[1] (1963–present)
Previous Class 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]
Division Western 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 Seattle Mariners (2009–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1963
  • 1991
Division titles (3)
  • 1991
  • 1993
  • 2010
  • 2016
Team data
Nickname Clinton 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
Manager TBD
General Manager Ted Tornow

The Clinton LumberKings are a Midwest League Class A minor league baseball team based in Clinton, Iowa, USA, affiliated with the Seattle Mariners.

Clinton baseball history[edit]

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.[7] 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 the Rangers (2003–08). Since 2009, they have been an affiliate of the Mariners.[8]

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.[9]

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[disambiguation needed] in the game on September 16, 2016. The Raiders of Williamsburg defeated the Indians 55-7.

Current roster[edit]

Clinton LumberKings roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Ramire Cleto Injury icon 2.svg
  • 45 Ronald Dominguez
  • 29 Marvin Gorgas
  • 17 Spencer Herrmann
  • 29 Nick Kiel Injury icon 2.svg
  • 36 Zack Littell
  • 31 Pablo Lopez
  • 32 Jefferson Medina
  • 26 Nick Neidert
  • -- Pat Peterson Injury icon 2.svg
  • 20 Rohn Pierce Injury icon 2.svg
  • 27 Joseph Pistorese
  • 22 Dylan Silva
  • 18 Joey Strain
  • -- Lance Thonvold Injury icon 2.svg
  • 41 Matt Walker
  • 33 Art Warren
  • 37 Nick Wells Injury icon 2.svg
  • 34 Kyle Wilcox

Catchers

  • 12 James Alfonso
  • 23 Arturo Nieto

Infielders

  • 13 Rayder Ascanio
  • 10 Rafael Fernandez
  •  8 Conner Hale
  •  7 Dalton Kelly
  •  3 Chris Mariscal
  • 14 Logan Taylor
  • -- Ryan Uhl Injury icon 2.svg

Outfielders

  •  9 Braden Bishop
  •  4 Ricky Eusebio
  • 35 Alex Jackson
  •  2 Luis Liberato


Manager

  • 11 Mitch Canham

Coaches

  •  5 Luis Caballero (bench coach)
  • 28 Pete Woodworth (pitching)
  • 39 Cesar Nicolas (hitting)



Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Seattle Mariners 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 24, 2016
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Seattle Mariners minor league players

Ashford University Field[edit]

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.[10][11]

No-hitters[edit]

Clinton has tossed 25 no-hitters. The list includes the following no-hitters:[12]

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 [13]
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[14]
7/17/16 Victor Sanchez Lansing 1-0 [15]
5-1-15 Daniel Missaki/Kody Kerski/Troy Scott Cedar Rapids 1-0[16]
8-9-16 Pedro Vasquez/Joey Strain/Lukas Schiraldi/Matt Walker Beloit 2-0

Notable alumni[edit]


References[edit]

External links[edit]