CLINTON — It’s not even Opening Day, and the Clinton LumberKings are on their second manager of the season.
Personnel changes are common during the offseason, and the Seattle Mariners front office wanted to make another switch.
The new manager for the LumberKings this season is a familiar face — Scott Steinmann. Steinmann spent the 2009 season in Clinton, where he went 69-68. Steinmann has spent three seasons in the Mariners’ farm system, and he was anticipating being the hitting coach for the Everett AquaSox.
“We’ve got ourselves another manager, and this kind of thing happens,” LumberKings general manager Ted Tornow said. “It’s a little tough to adjust before the season, but we’ll be fine.
“Scott knows the ropes, he’s been here before, so it’s not as big of an issue,” Tornow added.
The LumberKings don’t have much time to adjust as their first game of the season is next Thursday at Cedar Rapids. Clinton’s home opener is April 8 against Lake County.
Steinmann agreed that there is not much time to adjust, but he isn’t going to worry about making the swift adjustment of returning to Clinton.
“They know I’ve been there; they know I’ve managed before,” Steinmann said in a telephone interview from Arizona. “They asked if I could fill it, and this organization has been really good to me, and really loyal to me, so I wanted to show my loyalty back by coming back.”
With rosters not being set yet in Mariners camp, the only things Steinmann needs to organize at this point are his own belongings.
“I didn’t have some things ready personally,” Steinmann said. “I have to cram in some household items and some errands to run before we get up there, but that’s really the only thing on my table I would have to be prepared for.”