When the Clinton LumberKings take the field tonight in Beloit, the Midwest League team will be managed by its third manager in as many months.
Tony Arnerich, who has been working this season as the minor-league catching coordinator in the Mariners organization, was named Wednesday to replace David Macias as Clinton’s manager for the final 25 games of the season.
Macias resigned his position in the Seattle organization to become an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, his alma mater and a Nashville-based Southeastern Conference program in the same city where his wife recently accepted a job.
He managed the LumberKings for only 45 games, moving into that role during the Midwest League all-star break on June 21 after Seattle ousted first-year Clinton manager Pat Shine.
LumberKings general manager Ted Tornow described the revolving door on the manager’s office at Ashford University Field as a first in his 34 years of work in baseball.
“It’s something I’ve never experienced before, three managers in one year. I’ve had two a couple of times, but three, It’s definitely unique,’’ Tornow said. “From talking with David, I think it was an opportunity that he needed to make a move on now. The timing is tough, but I don’t know if the job he is moving on to would have been there in another month.’’
Macias managed Clinton to an 18-27 record and the LumberKings are currently 12 games behind Western Division-leading Quad-Cities in the standings.
“He stepped into a tough situation and given the circumstances, I feel like he did the best job he could,’’ Tornow said. “He’s been a great guy to work with and we wish him the best.’’
Arnerich is in his first season with the Seattle organization and has visited Clinton several times this season in his role as the Mariners’ roving catching coordinator.
Like Macias, he joins the LumberKings with previous Midwest League experience having played briefly for Burlington in 2002 while working as a catcher in the Royals farm system. An all-Big 12 catcher for Texas Tech before beginning his playing career, he reached the AA level in both the Kansas City and Florida farm systems before retiring as a player in 2005.
He managed St. Cloud in the Northwoods League, a college summer wood-bat league, from 2005-08 before working from 2007-14 at an assistant at Cal, where the San Francisco native was a member of the Bears coaching staff in 2011 when the Pac-12 program made an appearance in the College World Series.