Clinton, IA - The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Friends of Riverview Stadium, have announced the date and speaker for the 2014 Hot Stove Banquet. Newly named Cincinnati Reds Manager Bryan Price will be the keynote speaker at the annual event to be held Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Eagle Point Park Lodge in Clinton.
Price was named the Reds Manager October 22 after spending the previous four seasons as Cincinnati's pitching coach. Before joining the Reds, Price was the pitching coach for the Mariners (2000-2005) and the Diamondbacks (2006-2009).
Under Price, the Reds have had one of the best pitching staff's in the Major Leagues over the past several seasons. He has had a large hand in the development of Mat Latos, Johnny Cueto and flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman. The Reds had the fourth-lowest ERA in all of baseball in 2013 and the most strikeouts in the National League.
Price was drafted three times in the early 80's and eventually signed with the Angels after he was selected in the eighth round of the 1984 draft. He pitched for the University of California at Berkeley and is still the school's all-time leader with 374 2/3 innings pitched and is a member of the school's Hall of Fame.
Price resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Judy, the former Judy Sattler from Clinton and his daughter Amber.
The Hot Stove Banquet will also include a silent auction and a raffle featuring signed items from members of the 2013 LumberKings, along with Seattle's top prospects D.J. Peterson, Taijuan Walker and Victor Sanchez. All proceeds of the auction and raffle will go towards the non-profit Friends of Riverview Stadium organization.
Doors open with a 6 PM social hour and dinner with the program slated to start at 7 PM. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children (age 12 and under), meal and program included. Tickets will also be available at the door at $30 for adults, $20 for children. Contact the LumberKings' main office at (563) 242-0727 to purchase tickets or contact any member of the LumberKings' Board of Directors.
The Clinton LumberKings, Midwest League Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, open the 2014 season at Cedar Rapids on Thursday, April 3 as they take on the Kernels. The home opener at Ashford University Field is Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 PM as the LumberKings host the Lake County Captains. For the full 2014 schedule, season ticket and group party information, merchandise and more, call the LumberKings at 563-242-0727 or visit www.lumberkings.com.