The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Breaking News


March 26, 2014

Familiar face returns


Steinmann said rosters should be set in stone before the weekend, but he’s been keeping an eye on some players he believes will start the season in Clinton.

“They’re playing really hard, putting in some great effort,” Steinmann said. “There are some guys who are having a really good camp, and some who are just OK right now, but we’ll have more figured out once the Mariners set their roster and the rest of the minor league teams do as well.”

Once everyone finds out who is assigned where, those who are coming to Clinton will arrive Tuesday night with the anticipation of having a night workout, followed by another workout that next day before starting the season in Cedar Rapids for a four-game series.

Steinmann is excited to return to Clinton, see the people in the community and pay a visit to all the “mom-and-pop” restaurants in the area.

“What I will probably do everyday, is find a little breakfast place downtown,” Steinmann said. “I’m a big breakfast person. I love going out to eat and reading the paper or a book, or getting my lineup set for that day.”

During the 2009 season when Steinmann was at the helm, the LumberKings finished seventh in the Midwest League. They had a team batting average of .253 that season, attained 1,162 hits and drove in 553 runs, all middle-of-the-road statistics in the Midwest League. Last season, Clinton led the league in team average (.268) and hits (1,244).

Chris Prieto was named the Clinton manager back in January after spending the 2013 season in Pulaski, where he won the Appalachian League title. Many LumberKings fans were hoping Prieto would bring that mojo to Ashford University Field, but Prieto had an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Prieto is now the Quality Control Coach for the Mariners. He gets to travel with the team but does not get to be in uniform.

Prieto will serve as the liaison between the Mariners advance scouting staff, manager Lloyd McClendon and the big league coaches.

“Chris will give us another tool in our bag as we take the information we receive from our video advance scouting group and apply it to our day-to-day needs on the field,” McClendon said in a Mariners-issued news release.

Text Only
  • L'Kings offensive drought continues

    Shutout for the second time in two nights Saturday in a 2-0 loss to South Bend, the Clinton LumberKings' offense was limited again Sunday, managing just one run in a 4-1 Midwest League baseball loss to the Silver Hawks at Ashford University Field.

    July 28, 2014

  • 7-28-14 1B-Photo, Hall of Fame Thomas, Maddux enter Hall of Fame COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats.Thomas, pitchers T

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jones leaves UNO program

    Jalen Jones is done with basketball — for now, anyway.
    The 6-foot-5 Clinton High grad who had committed to play for Nebraska-Omaha, has left the program, and according to his Facebook page, has enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
    The enrollment office at the community college confirmed that Jones was registered for classes this fall at Kirkwood. Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen, a Clinton High graduate, declined to comment and gave no indication that Jones would play basketball for the Eagles this winter.
    "College basketball isn't for everybody," Clinton coach Nick Lawrence said. "A little time away might do him some good."
    Jones came home to Clinton after spending just a few days with the Mavericks, and enrolled to Kirkwood shortly thereafter.
    Jones, the Herald's Player of the Year, averaged 19 points a game for the River Kings in his senior season and finished with the second-most rebounds with 160.
    He shot 41 percent on the floor and 28 percent from 3-point territory. He committed to Omaha before last season started in October.

    July 26, 2014

  • Hawkeyes to offer student tickets to public

    Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Hawkeyes will make any unsold student football tickets available to the general public as well on Aug. 1.

    July 25, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • Testimony ends in trial LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Shelly Sterling, who had testified

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Cubs San Diego sinks Cubs, 13-3 CHICAGO — Tyson Ross kept mowing down Chicago Cubs hitters, long enough for San Diego’s suddenly potent offense to carry the Padres to victory for the second straight night.Ross struck out a career-high 11, and the light-hitting Padres broke out for

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trestman ready for round 2 BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — This time last year, Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was still something of a curiosity.He was a guy leading an NFL team for the first time as training camp started, plucked from Canada after spending several years out of the le

    July 25, 2014

High School Sports