Three of the four Clinton LumberKings coaches for the 2017 season are newcomers to the Seattle Mariners organization.
New manager Pat Shine spent the past three seasons as an administrative coach and video replay coordinator for the Miami Marlins. Here is his baseball resume prior to that job, from the Marlins’ website:
Prior to joining the staff, spent six seasons (2008-13) in second stint as associate head coach at University of California-Irvine. He acted as hitting coach and third-base coach, as well as having responsibility of being the recruiting coordinator. In his six seasons with Anteaters, enjoyed four regional appearances and two super regional appearances…In 2007, was head coach at Cal State-Los Angeles, going 45-17-1 to earn trip to NCAA Division II College World Series and American Baseball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year honors…From 2005-06, was head assistant coach at UCLA, as well as hitting coach, third-base coach and recruiting coordinator. In each of his three seasons, Bruins had top-10 recruiting classes. Also helped Bruins to NCAA regional berth in 2006…In first stint with Anteaters (2002-04), was assistant head coach under John Savage…In 2000, served as assistant coach at New Mexico, where Lobos claimed Mountain West Conference title…Was volunteer coach at UC-Berkeley from 1998-99, working with Bears outfielders and serving as hitting/baserunning coach…Has also spent time coaching in various summer collegiate leagues. In 2000, was interim manager/pitching coach of Brewster Whitecaps, leading club to Cape Cod League title. In 1998-99, was manager and pitching coach with St. Cloud River Bats in Northwoods League. Captured 1998 league title and ’99 Manager of the Year honors.
Shine was hired by the Marlins on recommendation from Mike Redmond, who was Miami’s manager at the time. Shine and Redmond played baseball together in high school at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash., and in college at Gonzaga University. Redmond was the Midwest League Manager of the Year in 2011, when he led the Lansing Lugnuts to the MWL Championship Series, and played with the Kane County Cougars in 1993 and 1994.
Fun fact: Shine was the pitcher for Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton in this year’s MLB Home Run Derby. Stanton won the contest in dominating fashion.
Former Texas Rangers pitcher Doug Mathis will be Clinton’s new pitching coach. He pitched professionally from 2005 to 2014, including parts of three seasons at the major-league level. He played in the Texas farm system when Clinton was affiliated with the Rangers, but skipped over the LumberKings and the Midwest League on his way to the majors.
Clinton’s new hitting coach will be David Flores, who was an infielder (primarily a third baseman) in the Houston Astros organization from 2008 to 2011. The Astros did not have a Midwest League affiliate during those years.
Clinton’s fourth coach will be James Lofton, who was a hitting coach in Peoria, Ariz., this year. Peoria is where Seattle’s spring training facility is located. Lofton had a 14-year playing career that included eight games for the Boston Red Sox in 2001, and the 1997 season in the Midwest League. He batted .265 with 4 HR, 45 RBI and 20 SB in 129 games with the Burlington Bees.
Clinton’s 2016 manager Mitch Canham and pitching coach Pete Woodworth will serve in those same roles for the high-A Modesto Nuts next year.