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Dayton Dragons slip past West Michigan, 2-1

May 9, 2015

Dayton pitchers Tejay Antone and Jake Paulson combined to shut down the West Michigan offense as the Dragons defeated the Whitecaps 2-1 on Saturday night before a crowd of 9,087 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio. The Dragons salvaged a win in the three-game series and split the six-game homestand, going 3-3.

Antone (3-2) threw the first six innings, allowing seven hits and one unearned run with no walks and seven strikeouts. Antone has not issued a walk over his last three starts covering 20 innings, winning all three games while allowing just two runs.

Dragons pitchers did not issue a walk after surrendering 10 free passes on Friday, their highest total since 2013.

 

PORTIONS FROM PRESS RELEASE. GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

 

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Dragons push across 2 runs in 8th to beat Loons; game took only 1 hour 55 minutes

May 10, 2015

Luis Gonzalez’s eighth inning single brought in Nick Benedetto from second base with the tie-breaking run and the Dayton Dragons went on to a 3-1 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Monday night in Midland, Michigan. The game was delayed at the start for 54 minutes by rain. But once it began, the game was played in a crisp one hour, 55 minutes, making it the quickest Dragons nine-inning game since April 22, 2012.

The Dragons are 10-0 this season when they score the first run of the game.

Dragons starting pitcher Seth Varner (4-1) earned the win, going seven strong innings and allowing six hits and one run with one walk and six strikeouts. Varner’s only walk was the first he has allowed this season in six starts covering 35 innings. He has struck out 39 batters.

With the win, the Dragons moved into a tie with Lansing for second place in the East Division of the Midwest League, two games behind first place Bowling Green.

 

PORTIONS FROM PRESS RELEASE. GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

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Dragons take control early en route to 8-3 win over Great Lakes Loons

May 11, 2015

Ronald Bueno led a 13-hit Dayton attack with two doubles and two runs scored as the Dragons defeated the Great Lakes Loons 8-3 on Tuesday night in Midland, Michigan. The win lifted the Dragons into sole possession of second place in the East Division of the Midwest League, two games back of first place Bowling Green.

Bueno, Ty Washington, Gavin LaValley, and Jonathan Reynoso each had two hits for the Dragons. Reynoso extended his hitting streak to nine straight games and raised his batting average to .313.

The Dragons are 14-1 this season when they score at least four runs.

The win was the Dragons third straight. They are 12-5 over their last 17 games. They have won six of their last eight road games. The win also lifted the Dragons (18-14) to four games over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

 

PORTIONS FROM PRESS RELEASE. GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

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Clippers President & GM Ken Schacke named 2018 International League Executive of the Year

 

October 2, 2018

 


 

Ken Schnacke

The International League announced today that Columbus Clippers President and General Manager Ken Schnacke has been named the 2018 International League Executive of the Year. He will be formally presented with the award on December 10 during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The tenth season at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus was a special one, and to get started on the right foot a new $1 million videoboard was installed in right-center field. Over 587,000 fans packed the facility which was honored by Stadium Journey as having the best minor league fan experience and became the first repeat winner of Ballpark Digest’s “Best of the Ballparks” award. Huntington Park was also the first venue to host both of the classification’s nationally televised events in the same season, the Triple-A All-Star Game in July and the Triple-A National Championship Game earlier this week.

“The Executive of the Year Award is voted on by each member team’s representative to the League’s board of directors,” said International League President Randy Mobley. “This well-deserved recognition bestowed by Ken’s colleagues is both an expression of congratulations for a great 2018 season at Huntington Park and also a message of thanks for the ongoing dedication, commitment and leadership Ken brings to the League and the Minor League Baseball industry. I certainly add my thanks and appreciation as well.”

Schnacke was also the IL Executive of the Year in 1991 and 2011, making him just the seventh individual to receive the honor three times in League history. In addition to overseeing one of the industry’s model franchises, Schnacke serves as the Chairman of the Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees and the National Association Licensing Committee. Schnacke joined the team’s staff in 1977 and ascended to the role of General Manager in 1989, adding President to his title in 2001. The Clippers have led the League in attendance six times during his run, collecting a pair of Triple-A Bob Freitas Awards for longstanding excellence of operations, three Larry MacPhail promotional trophies, and the prestigious John H. Johnson President’s Award recognizing the complete baseball franchise. Schnacke was recognized for the over four decades of service to the Clippers and the IL earlier this season when he was elected to the International League Hall of Fame.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY COLUMBUS CLIPPERS; COURTESY INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE AND COLUMBUS CLIPPERS

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Rick Down, who led Columbus Clippers to back-to-back IL Governors Cups, dies at 68

 

January 10, 2019


 

Rick Down (courtesy Columbus Clippers)

The Clippers are saddened by the loss of Rick Down, former manager of the Clippers, who passed away on Saturday after a lengthy illness. He was 68.

Down managed the Clippers in parts of 1989 and 1990, and the entirety of the 1991 and 1992 seasons. He ranks first all-time in Clippers history with a .619 winning percentage. Down guided the Clippers to three division titles, along with back-to-back Governors’ Cup Championships in 1991 and 1992.

We send our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CLIPPERS MEDIA RELATIONS


 


 

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Indians promote Tony Mansolino to manage AAA Columbus in 2019; coaching staff also announced

 

January 22, 2019

 

 

Tony Mansolino (courtesy Cleveland Indians)

The Columbus Clippers and the Cleveland Indians today announced the Clippers manager and coaching staff for the 2019 season.

 

“This 2019 season will mark the biggest change we have ever had in our on field staff. While all but one of them will be new to Columbus, we are looking forward to having them join us and guide our players through this upcoming season”, said Clippers President & GM Ken Schnacke.

 

The Clippers new skipper is Tony Mansolino, 36. This will be Mansolino’s fourth season as a manager in Cleveland’s farm system. The Newport Beach native managed the Lake County Captains of Class A to a 72-68 record in 2016, and then Lynchburg Hillcats of Advanced A to the Carolina League Championship with an 87-52 season in 2017. Tony was named the Manager of the Year in 2017. Last season, Mansolino managed the Double-A Akron RubberDucks to a second place finish in the Eastern League with a 78-62 record.

 

This is Tony’s ninth season in the Indians organization. He spent his first five seasons as a hitting coach in Cleveland’s farm system before becoming a manager.

 

Mansolino played professionally in the minors for six seasons as an infielder after being drafted by the Pirates in the 2005 draft out of Vanderbilt University.

 

Mansolino is the 22nd Clippers manager.

 

The Clippers new pitching coach is Rigo Beltran , 49. The southpaw was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals organization in the 1991 free agent draft. He had a 16 year professional career appearing for parts of five seasons with the Cardinals (1997), the Mets (1998-99), the Rockies (1999-2000) and the Expos (2004). He wrapped up his career pitching in Japan (2002) and Mexico (2005-06).

 

Beltran started his coaching career in the Reds organization (2007-13) before signing with the Indians. Rigo served as the pitching coach for Lake County Captains (2014), AZL Indians (2015), Lynchburg Hillcats (2015-17), and The Akron RubberDucks last season.

 

Beltran also served as the pitching coach for Mexico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

 

Andy Tracy, 45, is the new Clippers hitting coach. Born and raised in Bowling Green, Ohio, Andy is also an alumnus of Bowling Green State University.

 

Tracy was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the sixteenth round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Free Agent Draft, and the first baseman/third baseman played professional baseball for 16 seasons. Andy made his Major League debut with the Expos on April 25, 2000. He played in the Major Leagues with the Expos (2000-01), Rockies (2004), and the Phillies (2008-09).

 

Kyle Hudson , 32, is the Clippers new bench coach. Hudson begins his third season in the Cleveland Indians organization and his first in Columbus. Kyle made his professional coaching debut in 2017 as the bench coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League. Last season he was the bench coach for the Lake County Captains (A).

 

Jeremy Heller will replace Clippers long time trainer Chad Wolfe this season. Heller was Akron’s trainer the past five seasons. He has been in the Indians organization for 15 seasons. Heller was named the 2017 Eastern League Athletic Trainer of the Year by Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) He was also the Athletic Trainer of the Year in the Carolina League in 2012.

 

Scott Nealon, 30, will be back as the Clippers strength and conditioning coach for a third season. This is Scott’s seventh year in the Indians organization. He previously spent time in Akron (2016), Lynchburg (2015), and Carolina (2013-14). Nealon earned his Masters degree in exercise from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland).

 

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