JETHAWKS NOTEBOOK: STEINMANN PLEASED WITH COACHING CHANCE.Byline: Chris Cocoles Daily News Staff Writer
His baseball playing career might be over at age 24, but when Scott Steinmann was a youngster in Cincinnati, destiny already plotted his future.
``Ever since I was in high school I knew I wanted to be a coach,'' said the newest instructor in the Seattle Mariners The Seattle Mariners are a professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From to the present, the Mariners have played in Safeco Field. organization.
Steinmann, whose claim to fame as a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Seattle Mariners, that plays in the Midwest League. Their home games are played in Appleton, Wisconsin. Beginnings
The team began playing in 1958 as the Appleton Foxes. catcher in 1997 was playing all nine positions, including -2/3 of an inning on the mound, was approached by Mariners director of player development Benny Looper looper, name for caterpillars that move with a looping motion, including the inchworm and the cabbage looper.
or cankerworm or inchworm when the JetHawks needed a temporary coach while Doug Saunders Doug Saunders (born 1967) is a well-known Canadian journalist, a weekly columnist and daily reporter for the Globe and Mail, a Canadian national newspaper based in Toronto, Canada. He is the newspaper's European Bureau Chief, based in London, in the United Kingdom. was taking a personal leave of absence.
``I'm happy the organization gave me the opportunity to help some of the younger guys,'' said Steinmann, who's coaching four JetHawks older than he is. It's that kind of intangible that should help Steinmann adjust to a completely different relationship between himself and former teammates.
``I played with a lot of these guys last year. I think they can relate to me. I'd seen those guys for a whole year,'' he said. ``They can really communicate to all the coaching staff.''
``I told him (last year) that I thought he'd be end up a coach someday,'' said JetHawks second baseman second baseman
The infielder who is positioned near and to the first-base side of second base.
Noun 1. second baseman - (baseball) the person who plays second base
second sacker Adonis Harrison, a teammate of Steinmann's at Wisconsin last season. ``I just didn't think it would be this soon.''
Steinmann made a believer out of Harrison in his first full day as Saunders' fill-in substitute.
``We were sitting around before the game and (Steinmann) talked to me and he just told me what I was doing in batting practice and what to adjust to. I was swinging too hard,'' said Harrison, who went out and produced a season-high four hits in five plate appearances.
Said third baseman third baseman
The infielder stationed near third base.
Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker Jason Regan, another former Wisconsin teammate: ``Scott's a really good guy to work with. He knows a lot about the game of baseball.''
Steinmann isn't sure how long he'll stick around with the JetHawks with Saunders due to come back at any time. He'll probably return to the Mariners training facility in Peoria, Ariz. embarking on what he hopes is a long coaching career.
``I still have another year left before (graduating from Miami University Miami University, main campus at Oxford, Ohio; coeducational; state supported; chartered 1809, opened 1824. The library has extensive collections in literature and American history, including the William Holmes McGuffey Library and Museum and the Edgar W. in Ohio). I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. if I want to be a high school teacher and coach or maybe a college coach,'' Steinmann said. ``I always figured (coaching) would be a little later instead of sooner. I'm just fortunate to have this kind of opportunity.''
Stay out of trouble: Patrick Dunham nearly committed a major pitching no-no Wednesday. He had just been staked to a 7-0 bulge at Lake Elsinore on Regan's towering grand slam grand slam
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2. Sports The winning of all the major or specified events, especially on a professional circuit. in the top of the fifth.
Dunham got the first two outs of the bottom of the fifth but loaded the bases on walks to Juan Rodriguez and Jeff Guiel Jeff Guiel (born January 12, 1974 in North Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian baseball left fielder.
Guiel is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He plays for the Salt Lake City Stingers and is a draft pick of the Anaheim Angels. sandwiched between a Freddy Diaz single.
Like Regan, the next Storm hitter David Davalillo could have tilted the momentum back with one swing. But Dunham's first pitch was bounced over to Harrison at second to end Lake Elsinore's lone legitimate threat of the game.
``When some runners got on base, I had to battle through it,'' said Dunham, a winner in five of his last six outings. ``(Regan's grand slam) makes it easier to relax more.''
The rest of Dunham's and the JetHawks' night was more comfortable. Take away the bases-loaded jam and Lake Elsinore put just four other runners on base against Dunham and relievers Lindsay Gulin and Allan Westfall. Just one advanced as far as second as the JetHawks finished off a 10-0 win.
Road warrior: The JetHawks settle in for a nine-game homestand beginning tonight against Bakersfield.
Valuable utility infielder Joel Ramirez hopes Lancaster Municipal Stadium treats him as well as other California League venues have. Through Wednesday, Ramirez was hitting .290 in 19 games. All three of his home runs and six of nine RBI RBI
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Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in were in road games.
``I hope I can still hit at home,'' said the 24-year-old native of the Dominican Republic.
BOX: JETHAWKS 10, LAKE ELSINORE 0