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Tonight’s Interview: Ted Tornow

Rain wouldn’t allow us to complete last night’s season opener against Burlington, so we’re finishing it tonight.  The LumberKings and Bees stand tied, 4-4 heading into the fourth thanks to an early comeback effort against right-hander Seth Frankoff.  Kings’ Opening Night starter Forrest Snow was touched up for four runs — three earned — over three innings, but was starting to settle in when the tarp went on.  An RBI triple by Julio Morban, RBI single by Marcus Littlewood (pictured right), RBI sac fly by Stefen Romero and RBI single by Steven Baron brought Clinton back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits.  Littlewood singled again to left with two outs in the bottom of the third, but Tim Morris was thrown out trying to score by Bees’ left-fielder Douglas Landaeta to keep the game tied.

A lot of game left to go tonight, and it’s only the opening act.  We’ll also have a seven-inning game afterwards, in which 2010 Everett Pitcher of the Year and Northwest League All-Star left-hander Anthony Fernandez will make his first start in black and green.  It sounds like we’ll see right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, the 45th round pick out of Aubur in 2010, in the resumption of the first game.  Those two will alternate starts anyways to begin the year, so the twinbill setup works perfect for them.

Read more about the action in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.8.11 kingsnotes

As for the interview, I caught LumberKings’ General Manager Ted Tornow tonight.  We talked about the beginning of the 75th anniversary of the franchise and what that means to everyone involved, improvements to Alliant Energy Field that fans will see this season, building stability with the Seattle Mariners and more.

Listen Here:  Tornow Interview 4.8.11.mp3

First pitch of inning #4 will be at 6:00 PM.  Listen online at


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.”