LumberKings, Mariners Extend through 2012

The big news of the day on the eve of the first round of the playoffs…

Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings and Seattle Mariners have agreed to extend their Player Development Contract through the 2012 season, announced today by the two clubs.  The agreement keeps Seattle’s low-A affiliate in Clinton for two more years following a successful two-year partnership that began in 2009.


“We’re excited to be continuing a fantastic relationship with the Mariners, one that has brought success on and off the field for two seasons,” said LumberKings’ General Manager Ted Tornow.  “Seattle has provided us with talented coaches and players and has stayed competitive for two seasons, giving us much to look forward to through 2012.”


After a 2009 season that saw the LumberKings narrowly miss the post-season with a 69-68 overall record (fourth in the Midwest League’s West Division), the 2010 edition of the club went 74-65, qualifying for the playoffs as the second-half West Division Wild Card.


“We are pleased to have reached agreement with the Clinton LumberKings on an extension of our player development agreement”, Mariners’ Director of Player Development Pedro Grifol said.  “Clinton has provided a great environment for our players to experience championship baseball.  The LumberKings ownership has been great to work with for us, the players get a first-class environment and get to play in front of great fans”.

Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik added some quotes in Seattle’s formal release:

“We are happy to continue our relationship with the Clinton LumberKings,” said Zduriencik. “Clinton continues to be a place where our prospects have developed and our working relationship has been a positive one. We’d like to thank the great Clinton fans for their continued support and wish the LumberKings the best of luck as they begin the postseason in search of a Midwest League championship.”


1 Comment


It doesn’t surprise me that the Mariners extended their contract with Clinton. From what I’ve been able to determine, the LumberKing organization is first-rate. The stadium is first-rate (feel free to correct me :)). Etc, etc.

From purely a play standpoint, the situation is nearly perfect for player development there in Clinton. You have an environment where hitters can develop without being hindered to a high degree like they were in Wisconsin, and yet at the same time pitchers can work on pitching and not environment manipulation.

If there was ever a win-win situation, this is it.


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