The Seattle Mariners announced today that Scott Steinmann will manage the Clinton LumberKings again this year.
It will be Steinmann’s third season at the helm of the LumberKings. He led them to a 61-77 record in 2014 and a 69-68 record in 2009. On May 7 last year, his LumberKings team earned national media coverage by overcoming a 16-run deficit to beat the Burlington Bees 20-17 in 12 innings.
Steinmann previously managed in the Midwest League in 2005, when he led the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to a 76-63 regular-season record and the Midwest League Championship Series. (The Timber Rattlers lost to the South Bend Silver Hawks in five games.) New Tampa Bay Rays infielder Asdrubal Cabrera was on that team; he batted .318 with 4 HR and 30 RBI in 51 games.
Steinmann also played for the Timber Rattlers, in 1997. He batted .213 with 20 RBI in 72 games. He primarily played catcher and first base, but in one game he played all nine positions.
Cibney Bello also returns to the LumberKings this year, for a second season as Clinton’s pitching coach. He pitched for the 2005 Timber Rattlers (managed by Steinmann), going 4-4 with a 5.02 ERA, one save, and 75 strikeouts in 95 IP.
Former major-leaguer Mike Kinkade will return to Clinton for a second stint as the LumberKings’ hitting coach. He previously was Clinton’s hitting coach in 2013.
Kinkade played 222 games in the major leagues and spent 11 seasons playing in the minor leagues, including 1996 with the Beloit Snappers. He batted .304 with 15 HR, 100 RBI and 23 SB in 135 games with the Snappers, who were affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers at that time.