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2018 Season Outlook: Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coach Jim Clem's Perspective

03/21/2018 11:00 AM

Coach Clem is now entering his eighth season as the Bells pitching coach. Under his direction, the Bells' pitching staffs have had great success, always ranking at, or near, the top in every statistical category, including the 2015 season where the Bells staff owned the league's lowest ERA and allowed the fewest runs. Clem has also been inducted into six baseball Hall of Fames across the state, and is one of the most recognized coaches among the Pacific Northwest. 

We are excited to have Coach Clem back again for another exciting season!


-When you go through the recruiting process, what sort of players do you look for and why? 

A lot of questions need to be answered before we add a player to our roster, but in no particular order it usually comes down to this: 1) what is their talent level?  2) what are their character traits?  3) what is their age?  4) and can they stay for the summer?  We also look for a mix of schools that covers all divisions of play.  While we do have certain colleges that we have built relationships with, we also try to add something new each year.  It's sort of like putting a puzzle together ... and in the end, you hope all the pieces fit nicely together. 

-How do you feel about the group of pitchers coming to Bellingham this summer? Is there a school in particular you are most excited about sending us players?
We like our entire roster, but when focusing just on the pitching, we think our staff should be strong.  By design, it appears that we have a great blend of RHP and LHP, many of which we feel will be very versatile in the ways in which we will be able to use them.  No question, I'm excited to work with all of them!
-How will this seasons pitching staff be similar or different to teams in the past?
This is a tough question to answer, but I think our staff will be better balanced in 2018.  Last year our roster had quite a few changes made to it, for a variety of reasons, and at times we were short handed when it came to having a balance of starting pitchers and relievers.  We were short on starting pitching and got caught having to piece some games together with our relievers.  Mind you, it worked, but it was not ideal.  Hopefully this year we will have a more versatile group and as of now it appears that is the case.
Make sure you catch Coach Clem and the rest of the 2018 Bellingham Bells on Opening Day, June 4th, 2018! 

About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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Joe Martin Field 

1220 Civic Field Way 

Bellingham, WA 98229

(360) 527-1035