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We’ve just learned who will be guiding the LumberKings as they attempt to defend their West
Division Title in 2011. Eddie Menchaca, manager of the playoff-qualifying Pulaski Mariners in 2010, will become the 44th manager in Clinton baseball history. The 29-year-old former infielder (yes, he won’t turn 30 until February) will be joined by former Everett pitching coach Rich Dorman, returning hitting coach Terry Pollreisz and trainer Jake Naas.
Read up on Menchaca and Dorman right now over at LumberKings.com. I’ll have more information on Naas’s background later in the winter. No Performance Specialist has yet been named to replace Jim Bose (assuming he doesn’t come back).
Wondering where all your favorite former LumberKings coaches from ’09-’10 are? Well, they’re all still with Seattle. Manager John Tamargo is taking over as the Latin America Field Coordinator, which means we’ll still see JT yell “little man hit it” and “pick ’em up” a few times when he passes through AEF this year. Dwight Bernard has ascended back to his old post as the pitching coach for triple-A Tacoma, where he was for four seasons prior to coming to Clinton. He’ll have a nice, renovated Cheney Stadium to come back to. Trainer B.J. Downie will be with short-A Pulaski next year.
Elsewhere, Scott Steinmann is back as a manager for the first time since helming the 2009 LumberKings. He’ll try and lead Everett to a second-straight Northwest League title after serving as the AquaSox’ hitting coach last year. Jesus Azuaje (’09) is back as the manager of the AZL Mariners in Peoria, and Lance Painter (’09) will once again be the double-A pitching coach for Jackson. Eddie Tamez, the 2009 Midwest League Trainer of the Year, returns to high-A High Desert for his second season with the Mavs (which on another note were formally purchased by Main Street Baseball LLC today, the same group that owns the Quad Cities River Bandits).
Experience-laden staff includes Tamargo, Bernard, Pollreisz and Downie
Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the field staff for the 2010 season. Manager John Tamargo, pitching coach Dwight Bernard, coach Terry Pollreisz and trainer B.J. Downie all join the LumberKings for the first time after different assignments in the Seattle system last year.
Tamargo brings 36 years of pro baseball experience to the LumberKings as the club’s new manager. He joined the Mariners system last year, leading short-A Everett to a 39-37 record and a second-place finish in the Northwest League West Division. Tamargo owns a career 1089-960 record over 18 seasons as a minor league manager with the New York Mets, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. His career coaching 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. Originally drafted in the sixth round of the 1973 June Draft by St. Louis, Tamargo played in 135 Major League games for the Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Montreal Expos.
Bernard joins Clinton as the pitching coach after holding the same title for triple-A Tacoma for four seasons. Under his guidance, Rainiers’ pitchers finished 74-70 with a 4.82 ERA in 2009. Bernard will begin his eighth season in the Seattle system, having also held the pitching coach post in high-A Inland Empire (2004) and double-A San Antonio (2005). He has twice held the lofty position of Minor League Pitching Coordinator, including 2003 with the Milwaukee Brewers and 1990-1996 with the Minnesota Twins. Originally drafted by the New York Mets in the second round of the 1974 draft, Bernard pitched in the Major Leagues with the Mets and Brewers and was a part of Milwaukee’s 1982 American League Championship team.
Pollreisz returns to the Midwest League after spending 2009 as the hitting coach for double-A West Tennessee. His Diamond Jaxx club finished with a .242 team average and featured the Southern League’s top hitter for average (Ezequiel Carrera, .337) and top home run hitter (Greg Halman, tied with 25). Pollreisz has spent 11 seasons in the Mariners system, managing the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2008 after coaching stints with Tacoma (2004-2007), San Antonio (2002-2003) and Everett (manager from 1998-2001). The Whitefish, MT native also spent 10 seasons as the head coach at the University of Portland.
Downie assumes the role of LumberKings’ Trainer after spending 2009 as an assistant to triple-A Tacoma trainer Tom Newberg. Clinton’s Strength & Conditioning Coordinator position has yet to be announced.
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 www.lumberkings.com.
On another note, all of last year’s staff has been reassigned within the Mariners’ organization. Manager Scott Steinmann is taking over short-A Everett, pitching coach Lance Painter is now in that position with double-A West Tennessee, coach Jesus Azuaje assumes the role of Peoria manager and trainer Eddie Tamez is back up with high-A High Desert. Former Clinton manager Andy Fox (’06) has been hired by Seattle and is the hitting coach with West Tenn. There’s no word yet on where S&C coach Keith Swift is heading.