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Relive the 2009 MWL All-Star Game on DVD

Own a piece of Clinton Baseball and Midwest League history for just $15


Clinton, IA – The sights and sounds of the 2009 Midwest League All-Star Game in Clinton have been captured and preserved in a limited edition DVD, officially out today.  Fans can relive the memories of the Skills Contest, Home Run Derby and of course the 6-3 East Division victory over the West Division All-Stars for just $15 a copy.


The DVD features highlights of both days of the 2009 All-Star Game, the fourth hosted by the Clinton franchise and the 45th in Midwest League history.  Highlights include:


  • Great Lakes’ Dee Gordon showing off his cannon arm and precision bunting skills to win the first-ever MWL Skills Contest.
  • Peoria’s Rebel Ridling out-slugging Wisconsin’s Brett Lawrie for the 2009 MWL Home Run Derby crown.
  • Fort Wayne’s Sawyer Carroll leading the East to a 6-3 victory with a 4-for-4 game, earning the “Star of Stars” award.
  • Home runs by West Michigan’s Ronnie Bourquin and Kane County’s Steve Kleen and other in-game action. 

Click Here to purchase the 2009 MWL All-Star Game DVD at the LumberKings’ Online Team Store. 


One More from the ASG

DSC_0046(Clinton_LumberKings_2009_All-Star_Members_06-23-2009).jpgLeft to right:  Brett Lorin, Cheyne Hann, Ruben Flores, Scott Savastano, Jesus Azuaje, Aaron Pribanic, Scott Steinmann, Lance Painter, Denny Almonte, Terry Serrano, Nate Tenbrink, Kris Sanchez, Eddie Tamez.  Kneeling:  Keith Swift.

All-Star Highlights

It’s finally over.  The 2009 Midwest League All-Star Game is in the books, and I’ve got a few highlights to share in case you didn’t tune in to tonight’s radio/internet broadcast.  By the way, you can read more about the East’s 6-3 victory at


Jaime Pedroza’s third-inning double:  Pedroza RBI Double (All-Star Game).mp3

Ron Bourquin’s fourth-inning blast: 
Bourquin 3-R HR (All Star Game).mp3

Steve Kleen’s solo shot: 
Kleen Solo HR (All Star Game).mp3

Nick Francis’s seventh-inning double: 
Francis RBI Double (All Star Game).mp3

I should be uploading some of the pictures I took over the next few days.  Tomorrow, though, I’m taking my first real day off since Easter.  Catch you all on Thursday as the LumberKings open the second half against Burlington.


All-Star Interviews

These will be heard on tonight’s live broadcast of the 2009 Midwest League All-Star Game on AM 1390 KCLN and, but in case you can’t wait…

West Division Manager Scott Steinmann (LumberKings): 
Scott Steinmann All-Star Interview 6.23.09.mp3

East Division Manager Mark Haley (South Bend): 
Mark Haley All Star Interview 6.23.09.mp3

First pitch is at 7:00 PM.  Listen in!


All-Star Tuesday

One crazy Skills Contest / Home Run Derby down, but the real fun is still yet to come.  Alliant Energy Field hosts the 2009 Midwest League All-Star Game today.  Even with temperatures expected in the mid-90’s, it should be a fun time.

Here’s tonight’s media notes for the 45th Midwest League All-Star Game: 
2009 MWL ASG Game Notes (Tuesday).pdf


All-Star Monday Recap

Rebel Yell:  Ridling Wins Derby

Peoria’s Rebel Ridling belts 12 homers in derby, Great Lakes’ Dee Gordon wins Skills Contest


, IA – Strong throws, pinpoint bunts and tapemeasure blasts highlighted All-Star Monday at Alliant Energy Field as the Skills Contest and Home Run Derby champions were crowned.  Great Lakes’ shortstop Dee Gordon won the Skills Contest with a pair of three-point bunts in the sudden-death bunt-off round, and Peoria’s Rebel Ridling blasted 12 home runs, including five in the finals to take the Derby title.


Gordon scored 19 points on throws from short, before besting Cedar Rapids’ Alexi Amarista, Clinton’s Terry Serrano and Clinton’s Nate Tenbrink in the four-way bunt battle.  His final two bunts both rolled into the three-point circle, giving him the first-ever Skills title.


Ridling belted three first-round home runs and cracked four more in the second, taking the lead on the field of 13 hitters.  Wisconsin’s Brett Lawrie reached the finals with two home runs each in the first and second rounds.


Lawrie batted first in the finals, blasting a ball off the scoreboard in left-center for his only shot in 10 outs.  Ridling then stepped to the plate, lifting off with several clouts over the wood wall.  Just three outs into the final round, he claimed the title with a home run off the scoreboard.  Ridling then added three more to finish with a final total of 12 home runs.


Gordon and Ridling were presented with a 2009 Midwest League All-Star Jacket courtesy of Nike and a Fossil watch on behalf of Don’s Jewelry in Clinton.


A rundown of the derby (total home runs in parentheses):  Kane County’s Jason Christian (0), Jeremy Barfield (0), Dusty Coleman (0) and Steve Kleen (1), Burlington’s Nick Francis (3), Fort Wayne’s James Darnell (0), Great Lakes’ Jaime Pedroza (3) and Kyle Russell (2), Peoria’s Josh Vitters (1) and Lansing’s Brian Van Kirk (1).


Denny Almonte, Clinton’s only hitter in the derby posted no home runs in the first round.


The 2009 All-Star Game festivities continue with the 45th Midwest League All-Star Game scheduled for a 7:00 PM start.  Gates open at 4:00 PM.  Listen to the game on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton or live on the web at



All-Star Monday

All you need to know about tonight’s Skills Contest and Home Run Derby is here: 
2009 MWL ASG Monday Notes.pdf

All you need to know about every All-Star, starter, reserve and pitcher for both the East and West is here: 
2009 MWL ASG Notes – Hitters and Pitchers.pdf

See you at the yard tonight.


Lorin heads to DL, Hann now an All-Star

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Johnson Added as Lorin Hits DL

Catcher Tommy Johnson joins Clinton, right-hander Brett Lorin heads to disabled list


Cedar Rapids, IA – The Clinton LumberKings in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the addition of catcher Tommy Johnson to the 25-man roster.  Johnson arrives from Peoria, Arizona to replace right-hander Brett Lorin, who has been transferred to the seven-day disabled list.


Johnson was the Mariners’ 27th round pick in 2008 out of Marshall University.  He spent all of 2008 with short-season Pulaski, hitting .345 with eight doubles, a home run, 15 runs scored and 12 RBI in 36 games.


Lorin pitched last night in Cedar Rapids and took the loss, exiting after 5.0 innings with a groin strain.  Elected to the All-Star Game, Lorin is 4-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 14 starts with the LumberKings and leads the Midwest League in strikeouts (82) and innings pitched (80.2).


Johnson is in action with the club tonight and will wear #8.


Hann Replaces Lorin on All-Star Roster

Right-hander Cheyne Hann takes place of injured Brett Lorin on West roster


Cedar Rapids, IA – The Clinton LumberKings in conjunction with the Midwest League have announced the addition of LumberKings’ right-hander Cheyne Hann to the West Division roster for Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game.  Hann replaces teammate Brett Lorin, who was moved to the seven-day disabled list today with an injured groin.


Hann is 2-0 with a bullpen-leading 1.72 ERA with Clinton this year.  He has converted three saves in three chances, walking just six batters while striking out 40 in 36.2 innings.


The West roster stands at 32 players with the addition of Hann.