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Sarbaugh returns for third season with Clippers


Mike Sarbaugh (courtesy of Columbus Clippers)

Mike Sarbaugh has become a very successful manager at Triple-A Columbus.

He has led the Clippers to back-to-back International League titles and back-to-back Triple-A National championships.

There’s a chance the dominant Clippers can pull a three-peat. So with that in mind, the Cleveland Indians have decided to keep Sarbaugh as the Clippers manager.

The Indians also announced that Ruben Niebla will return for his second season as the Clippers’ pitching coach.

There is one change on the Columbus field staff, Lee May, Jr. has been replaced as the hitting coach with Phil Clark, who is in his sixth season with the Indians organization. Clark also filled that role with Class A Kinston last season.


Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians & Columbus Clippers

Clippers win Governors’ Cup as IL champions again; tops Lehigh Valley 3 games to 1


(courtesy of the International League)

The Columbus Clippers have proven for the second year in a row that they are the kingpins in the International League.

The team was the 2010 IL champions and the National champions of Minor League Baseball.

In 2011, the Clippers beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 4-1 in the deciding game in Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania to wrap up its second straight Governors’ Cup title, 3 games to 1 and a return trip to the Triple-A national championship game to play the Pacific Coast League winner in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday.

The architect of this domination is the parent Cleveland Indians, but the man steering the ship is manager Mike Sarbaugh, who also was a good manager while running the Double-A Akron Aeros.

The Clippers won an IL-best 88 games in the regular season despite overcoming 183 player moves involving them, Cleveland and Akron. They won the IL West Division by 12 gaves over the Indianapolis Indians. They beat Durham and Lehigh Valley, two quality teams in the IL playoffs. It goes to show everybody that the Indians farm system is loaded with talent.

Winning the decisive game, was pitcher Paolo Espino, who pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and one run, a homer by Brandon Moss, and struck out five. His pitching followed the strong starts of fellow hurlers Mitch Talbot and Joe Martinez in games 2 and 3 respectively.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Columbus Clippers news

Three in a row for the International League All-Stars


Clippers' Zach McAllister threw two shutout innings in All-Star Game (file photo)

The International League is starting to build up a dynasty over the Pacific Coast League in Triple-A baseball.

The IL has won the past three All-Star Games and the past two Triple-A National Championship Games.

On Wednesday night in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tampa Bay prospect Russ Canzler hit a three-run homer in the second inning to lead the IL over the PCL, 3-0.

The IL’s pitching was dominant, allowing only 3 hits.

Cleveland Indians prospect and Columbus Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister led the IL pitching prospect by pitching two strong innings, striking out two and allowing only one hit.

Columbus Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh was the manager of the International League.


Info compiled from staff, International League and Minor League Baseball news

Clippers’ Sarbaugh leads IL All-Stars against PCL tonight in Utah

Mike Sarbaugh (file photo)

Columbus Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh will be leading the International League All-Stars against the Pacific Coast League All-Stars for the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game.

The game, presented by Zions Bank and Workers Compensation Fund, will air live on the MLB Network TONIGHT, Wednesday, July 13 from Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the PCL’s Salt Lake Bees.

The 44-year-old Sarbaugh, was named the 2010 Manager of the Year by Baseball America after he guided the Columbus Clippers to an IL title and Triple-A National Championship in his first season as a manager at the Triple-A level.

Sarbaugh is in his 22nd year in the Cleveland Indians organization, which includes five as a player, nine as a hitting coach and eight as a manager.

The Pennsylvania native has led four teams to their respective league’s championship as a manager.

64-year-old Dean Treanor, manager of the Indianapolis Indians and 52-year-old Richard Dotson, pitching coach for the Charlotte Knights will assist Sarbaugh with the IL stars.


Info compiled from the International League, Columbus Clippers and Triple-A Baseball news

Columbus rallies to win another one-run affair in Indianapolis, 8-7


Josh Judy earns win (courtesy of Columbus Clippers)

The 2011 Columbus Clippers are a very young team, but manager Mike Sarbaugh is finding out that the team has a habit of playing and winning one-run games. The defending IL and Triple-A champions rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Indianapolis Indians 8-7 for their third straight win of the young season.

The Clippers are 3-0 for the first time since 1997. Columbus scored three runs in the eighth and twice in the ninth to take a 7-6. However, Josh Judy blew the save allowing a homer to Alex Pressley to tie the game and forcing extra innings.

Jerad Head scored the eventual winning run on a Lonnie Chisenhall ground ball out. Judy then closed out the Indians in the 10th inning to get the win.

Jason Kipnis picked up three RBIs while Ezequiel Carrera piled up three hits and scored twice.

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