August 2009

New Web Stream Now Available

Yes, it’s true.  LumberKings Baseball is back on the web, but in a new location.  The new streaming audio link can be found at  Please update your bookmarks.

As to when tonight’s game will start, that’s uncertain.  Here’s the scene right now at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, IL:


The original plan was to catch up with Welington Dotel on the pregame interview following his 2-for-3, HR, three RBI game last night, but the rain and lack of batting practice means I’ll have to do that another time.

Until then, here’s tonight’s notes and some highlights from last night’s 6-4 loss:

In the next few days, I hope to post some pictures and possibly some video of the luxury suites and renovation of Elfstrom Stadium.  Stay tuned for that.


In Regards to the Internet Broadcasts

I know a lot of you have been unable to connect to our internet stream to listen to the games online.  I have done my best to forward your concerns on to our management at the radio station.

Here’s the problem:  KCLN’s internet service provider unexpectedly and without warning went out of business.  The station is in the process of getting a new internet service provider, a new website and a new audio stream for the games, but that could take some time.  I do not have an ETA on exactly when the stream will be back up and running, but it should be before the close of the 2009 season.

What many of you have done is gone to the other team’s online stream to get the game coverage.  I do appreciate many of the emails that I’ve gotten from folks saying that they miss my broadcasts, there’s not a whole lot I can do.  I am just the broadcaster.  I do not have any involvement with the technical side of our broadcasts.

Again, my apologies for those inconvenienced, but, I’m just the messenger.


August 5 Game Notes

Following last night’s 19-6 loss to the Burlington Bees, I figured it might be a good day to skip the pregame interview.  Hopefully I’ll have something better to post here tomorrow.

Until then, enjoy tonight’s game notes: 
8.5.09 kingsnotes.pdf


Neftali Feliz Debuts

Well, that couldn’t have went any better.

Former LumberKing Neftali Feliz (’08) made his debut for the Texas Rangers last night, inserted in the seventh with the Rangers leading Oakland, 1-0.

Two innings later, Feliz had thrown 30 pitches (21 for strikes), struck out four big-league hitters, retired all six he faced and hit 101 mph on the gun.

View it here, courtesy of


Feliz Gets the Call to Arlington

Feliz Splitscreen.JPGAnother former LumberKing will be making his big-league debut.  Right-hander Neftali Feliz, whose 96-plus MPH fastball stifled Midwest League opponents for 17 starts in 2008 has joined the Texas Rangers, effective yesterday.  Feliz went 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA (23 ER in 82.0 IP) and struck out an astounding 106 batters while walking just 28, earning a trip to the Midwest League All-Star Game and an eventual promotion to double-A Frisco later that year.

Feliz replaces a fellow former LumberKing, Ian Kinsler (’04).  Read more in the article on here:

More to come on Feliz once he pitches.


Bladergroen, Hesketh Headed to Clinton

LumberKings add first baseman from High Desert, pitcher from Everett


Clinton, IA -The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the additions of first-baseman Ian Bladergroen and left-hander Jonathan Hesketh to the roster.  To make room, infielder Jetsy Extrano has been sent back to the Arizona League Mariners while outfielder Denny Almonte has been transferred to the disabled list, retroactive to August 1.


Bladergroen was signed by the Mariners prior to this season out of independent ball.  The Chino Hills, CA native hit .264 with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 79 games with the Mavericks this season.


Hesketh was Seattle’s 20th round pick out of the University of New Mexico in the 2009 June draft.  The Langley, B.C. native went 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in three relief outings with Everett, allowing just a hit in 5.1 innings while walking none and striking out six.  He had started the year in the Arizona League, going 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in five outings.


Extrano hit just .045 (1-for-22) in six games with the LumberKings.  Almonte was hitting .254 with 22 doubles, 13 home runs and 53 RBI in 92 games.


The move gives the LumberKings a total of 25 active players, three listed on the disabled list.  Bladergroen and Hesketh are expected to join the team tonight at Alliant Energy Field as they take on the Burlington Bees at 7:00 PM.  Neither has yet chosen a number.