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Earning Their Stripes Episode 20: Inside the 2019 LumberKings with Erik Oas

Already a familiar voice on the Fish Stripes podcast, Erik Oas calls in as a guest to explain the factors that led the Clinton LumberKings all the way to the Midwest League Championship Series.

The Clinton LumberKings celebrating their 2019 Midwest League Championship Series berth.
Photo by @LumberKings/Twitter

In their first season as a Marlins MiLB affiliate, the Low-A Clinton LumberKings made a deep playoff run. Erik Oas, the team’s director of broadcasting and media relations, speaks to Ely and Ethan about the transition from Mariners to Marlins affiliation (5:30), dealing with harsh climate early in the season (8:45) and what makes Mike Jacobs an effective manager (13:00). Individual prospects featured in the conversation include Connor Scott, Evan Edwards, José Devers, Jerar Encarnación, Alex Vesia and C.J. Carter.

Enjoy Episode 20!

In 2019, the LumberKings posted a 78-61 record and plus-112 run differential, leading all Marlins affiliates in both categories. The affiliate agreement between Clinton and the Fish runs through next season.

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