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Clinton LumberKings

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 NelsonCorp Field.

Clinton LumberKings
Founded in 1954
Clinton, Iowa
(Clinton Began play 1895)
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass-A[1] (1963–present)
PreviousClass D (1954–1962; 1910–1917)
Class C (1947–1949)
Class B (1937–1941; 1906–1907)
Independent (1895)[2]
Minor league affiliations
LeagueMidwest League (1956–present)[2]
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)[2]
Major league affiliations
CurrentMiami Marlins (2019–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1963
  • 1991
Division titles (5)
  • 1991
  • 1993
  • 2010
  • 2016
  • 2019
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)[2]
MascotLouie the Lumberking (1994-present)
BallparkNelsonCorp Field (1937–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Community owned[3]
ManagerMike Jacobs
General ManagerTed Tornow[4]

Clinton baseball historyEdit

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.[2] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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 their ballpark 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.

RosterEdit

Clinton LumberKings roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  •  4 Elkin Alcala
  • 28 Nathan Alexander
  • 12 Tanner Andrews
  • 37 Cam Baird
  • 32 Raul Brito
  • 29 Peyton Culbertson
  • 41 Alberto Guerrero
  • 20 Tyler Mitzel
  • 31 Remey Reed
  •  7 Josh Roberson
  • 32 Manuel Rodriguez
  • 22 George Soriano
  • 35 Jake Walters
  • 10 Zach Wolf

Catchers

  • 11 Will Banfield
  • 14 J.D. Osborne

Infielders

  •  8 Samuel Castro
  • 33 José Devers
  • 18 Evan Edwards
  • 15 Bubba Hollins
  •  1 Marcos Rivera
  •  2 Christopher Torres

Outfielders

  •  5 Davis Bradshaw
  • 27 Peyton Burdick
  •  9 Thomas Jones
  • 13 Kameron Misner


Manager

Coaches

  • 45 Mark DiFelice (pitching)
  • 34 Nathan Mikolas
  • 26 Frank Moore (hitting)


  7-day injured list
* On Miami Marlins 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated October 23, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Midwest League
Miami Marlins minor league players

NelsonCorp FieldEdit

 
Ashford Field. Formerly Alliant Energy Field and Riverview Stadium

The home park for the LumberKings is NelsonCorp 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 and NelsonCorp Field in 2019. The Dimensions are: LF – 330, CF – 401, RF – 325.[7][8][9][10]

No-hittersEdit

Clinton has tossed 25 no-hitters. The list includes the following no-hitters:[11]

Date Pitcher(s) Opponent Score
August 20, 1957 Dick Lines Decatur 6–0 (7 innings)
June 2, 1959 Thomas Fisher Paris 1–0
June 19, 1960 Scott Seger Quincy 3–0 (7 innings)
May 23, 1963 Bill Dawson Fox Cities 10–0 (7 innings)
June 23, 1964 Norbert Rodgers Quincy 2–0 (7 innings)
June 11, 1967 John Lamb Quad City 3–0 (7 innings)
June 19, 1967 Joe Barnett Quincy 2–0 (7 innings)
August 25, 1967 Bill Laxton Waterloo 2–1 (7 innings)
August 7, 1970 John Conzatti Quad Cities 2–0 (6 innings)
May 3, 1972 Larry Bracco Waterloo 0–1 (7 innings)
May 15, 1978 Russell McDonald Wausau 1–0 (7 innings)
July 16, 1978 Jim Nobles Wisconsin Rapids 7–1 (7 innings)
June 4, 1980 Jerry Stovall Wausau 2–0 (7 innings)
April 20, 1981 Greg Bangert Burlington 4–1 (7 innings)
August 12, 1981 Mark Grant Danville 9–0
May 9, 1983 Ramon Bautista Appleton 2–0 (7 innings)
June 6, 1989 Chris Hancock, Chris Fye Burlington 11–0 [12]
May 14, 1992 Chuck Wanke Peoria 5–3
August 4, 1996 Jim Sak, Todd Bussa Burlington 3–0
August 3, 2000 Scott Dunn Lansing 7–0 (Perfect Game)
July 9, 2003 Domingo Valdez Kane County 4–0 (7 innings - G2)
July 11, 2012 Jordan Shipers West Michigan 10–0[13]
July 17, 2013 Víctor Sánchez Lansing 1–0 [14]
May 1, 2015 Daniel Missaki, Kody Kerski, Troy Scott Cedar Rapids 1–0[15]
August 9, 2016 Pedro Vasquez, Joey Strain, Lukas Schiraldi, Matt Walker Beloit 2–0

PlayoffsEdit

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 alumniEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Teams by Classification - MiLB.com Official Info - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Clinton, Iowa Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Board of Directors". Clinton LumberKings. milb.com. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "Front Office Staff". Clinton LumberKings. milb.com. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "Clinton, Miami Announce New Player Development Contract". Ballpark Digest. September 20, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  6. ^ McAlpin, Heller (May 9, 2013). "Farm Team Saga 'Class A' Hits It Out Of The Park". NPR. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  7. ^ "General Information - Clinton LumberKings Ashford University Field". Clinton LumberKings.
  8. ^ "History - Clinton LumberKings Content". Clinton LumberKings.
  9. ^ "LumberKings to call NelsonCorp Field home". Clinton Herald. May 28, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  10. ^ "New for 2019: NelsonCorp Field". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. May 27, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  11. ^ http://mwlarchives.com/mwlnohitter.html
  12. ^ http://mwlarchives.com/06061989burcli.html
  13. ^ "Shipers hurls complete-game no-hitter". MiLB.com.
  14. ^ "Lansing vs. Clinton - July 17, 2013 - Midwest League Box". Midwest League.
  15. ^ Batterson, Steve. "Clinton pitcher goes from no-hitter to Tommy John in two weeks". The Quad-City Times.

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