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2010 Hot Stove Banquet a Success


Back Row:  Paul Schnack (Team President), Mitch Butz (Director of Operations), Nate Kreinbrink (Assistant GM), Tyler Hildreth (Clubhouse Manager), Ted Tornow (General Manager).  Front Row:  John Tamargo (LumberKings’ Field Manager), Dave Lezotte (Director of Broadcast/Media), Brad Seward (P.A. Announcer) and Ryan Marcum (Team Accountant)

Over 170 people attended the Friends of Riverview Stadium’s annual Hot Stove Banquet this past Saturday night at Eagle Point Lodge in Clinton.  This year’s program was highlighted by keynote speaker John Tamargo, a former Major League catcher and the new manager of the Clinton LumberKings.

Other speakers included General Manager Ted Tornow, Team President Paul Schnack, Assistant GM Nate Kreinbrink, Friends of Riverview Vice President Judy Dennis and Clinton Mayor Rodger Holm.

Tamargo spoke on his 30-plus years of professional baseball experience, including his five-year stint as a bullpen and bench coach with the Houston Astros.  After telling stories of the Killer B’s in Houston and a young Jose Canseco with the Miami Marlins in 1982, he went on to speak about his managing philosophy and brought up some of the names of potential returnees, including Mario Martinez and Ryan Royster.

The LumberKings also held a raffle and silent auction during the banquet, with all proceeds benefitting Friends of Riverview Stadium.  An autographed Ryne Sandberg bat headlined the auction, fetching a winning bid of $400.  Also included in the auction was Terry Serrano’s game-worn autographed Cancer Awareness Day jersey, autographed team balls from the East and West Division All-Stars and a signed photo from Midwest League ERA champion Kenn Kasparek.

Some photos from the event:

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Tamargo speaks to LumberKings Nation for the first time 

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Clinton Baseball Club Executive Board President Paul Schnack

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Myself, the Emcee

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Assistant GM Nate Kreinbrink

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Friends of Riverview Stadium Vice President Judy Dennis

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Clinton Mayor Rodger Holm

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Director of Operations Mitch Butz and his favorite signed photo of Cheyne Hann.

Thanks once again to all who helped with this year’s Hot Stove Banquet, including the City of Clinton Parks Department, G. Baker Distributing/PepsiCola, Hy-Vee Catering, OfficeMax of Clinton, the Clinton County Community Development Association, Vision Iowa, the Wild Rose Casino and Resort and Wolfe Beverage Company/Miller Brewing Company.


LumberKings Announce 2010 Hot Stove Banquet

Manager John Tamargo will be keynote speaker at Eagle Point Park Lodge on Saturday, January 30


Tamargo_John.JPGClinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings are set to heat up the winter at the Eagle Point Park Lodge on Saturday, January 30 for the 2010 Hot Stove Banquet.  This year’s event will feature keynote speaker John Tamargo, recently named as the new field manager for the LumberKings.


Tamargo will speak about his 36 years of professional baseball experience, including five seasons as a Major League catcher and 18 seasons as a minor league manager.  He owns a career 1089-960 record at the helm of minor league clubs with the New York Mets, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners organizations.  Tamargo’s career highlights include managing New Orleans to the Triple-A World Series in 1998 and serving as Astros’ bench coach under Jimy Williams for two seasons. 


The festivities begin at 6 PM with social hour, dinner and program slated to start at 7 PM.  Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children (age 12 and under), meal and program included.  Tickets will also be available at the door at $25 for adults, $20 for children.  Contact a LumberKings’ board member or call the main office at (563) 242-0727 to purchase your seats.


The 2010 season begins on Thursday, April 8 as the LumberKings host the Peoria Chiefs at Alliant Energy Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.  For 2010 season tickets, group outings, merchandise and more, call the LumberKings at (563) 242-0727 or visit