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Tonight’s Interview: Jake Naas

Here at The LumberBlog, I pride myself on telling a complete story of the Clinton LumberKings, not just through the eyes and words of the players, but from some of the other people that are just as instrumental in the team’s success.  With that mission in mind, my interview today is with LumberKings’ Athletic Trainer, Jake Naas.

The Tonica, IL native is in his second season with the Mariners, beginning as an intern/trainer with the rookie-level Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League.  After serving on manager Eddie Menchaca’s staff in Pulaski last year, Naas made the move to Clinton for his first full-season gig this year.  He comes with a great wealth of experience already, having interned with the Buffalo Bills, served as a student trainer at the University of Illinois and just finishing up as a Grad Assistant Athletic Trainer at Virginia Tech.  Jake talks about those various stops, the differences between rookie ball and the low-A Midwest League, his year-round move to Clinton, goals for the future and more.

Listen Here:  Jake Naas Interview (Athletic Trainer) 8.4.11

The LumberKings are 1-4 in their last five games, falling back to the .500 mark (19-19 in the second half) with yesterday’s anemic 2-1 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  The Clinton pitching staff, specifically the starters have been fantastic (rotation is 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in the last 12 games), but the offense has all-but completely dried up lately.  The lineup has produced just two runs combined in the last 21 innings on this series, one each in back-to-back 2-1 losses.  The team batting average is just .216 in the last 10 games, .184 in the last five games.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.4.11 kingsnotes

That’ll have to change tonight if the Kings hope to get out of town with a split of this four-game series.  Guantanamo, Cuba product, left-hander Roenis Elias makes his Midwest League debut tonight after going 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in three games with Pulaski.  He’ll go up against Wisconsin right-hander Matt Miller (4-5, 4.95).  Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com with the first pitch coming up at 7:05 PM.

-DL
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2011 Hot Stove Wrap-up


2011 Hot Stove Group.jpgFront row (left-to-right): Head Groundskeeper Dusty Krogman, Accountant Ryan Marcum, myself, Director of Operations Mitch Butz.  Middle row: PA Announcer Brad Seward, Athletic Trainer Jake Naas, Manager Eddie Menchaca, General Manager Ted Tornow.  Back row: Clubhouse Manager Tyler Hildreth, Assistant GM Nate Kreinbrink.

A synopsis of the 2011 Hot Stove Banquet, held at Eagle Point Lodge this past Saturday, is online now at LumberKings.com.  Through ticket sales, a silent auction and a raffle, we were able to raise over $1,700 to benefit the Friends of Riverview Stadium non-profit group.

If you missed the event, I encourage you to check out the photo gallery here:  http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com//gen/clubs/t500/photogallery/standard/year_2011/month_01/day_31/cf16536636.html

Thanks to all the fans and supporters that came out, it was definitely the most fun of the three banquets I’ve hosted.  While we’re due to get another blizzard here in Clinton, I can feel the season just around the corner.

Menchaca’s LumberKings will take the diamond in just 66 days.  Believe me, there’s plenty to do here in the office before then!

-DL

2011 Coaching Staff is Announced

We’ve just learned who will be guiding the LumberKings as they attempt to defend their West

Menchaca_Eddie.jpgDivision 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).

-DL

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