Tony Arnerich will serve as the third manager of the season for the Clinton LumberKings, after David Macias resigned from the Seattle Mariners organization to take a coaching job closer to his Nashville home.
Macias accepted a coaching job at Vanderbilt University, of which he is an alumnus. His short tenure with the LumberKings began at the start of the second half, when he took the reins from fired Clinton manager Pat Shine. The LumberKings went 18-27 under Macias after going 31-36 under Shine in the first half.
Wednesday is an off-day for all teams in the Midwest League, so Arnerich will make his debut as Clinton’s manager Thursday. He was serving in his first season as Seattle’s minor-league catching coordinator before being assigned to the LumberKings.
Arnerich played five seasons (2001-05) as a minor-league catcher for the Kansas City Royals and the Florida Marlins, reaching as high as Double-A in both organizations. He had two brief stints in the Midwest League, playing 11 games for the Burlington Bees in 2001 and another 11 games for the team in 2002.
After retiring from playing, Arnerich managed the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League from 2005 to 2008, and served as an assistant coach for the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears.