Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins outfielder Bobby Mitchell will manage the Trenton Thunder in 2016, the team announced today.
Mitchell, 60, has previous minor league managerial experience with the Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Triple-A Salt Lake Bees in the Angels’ organization and has been an Outfield, Base Running & Bunting Coordinator for several organizations, including the Boston Red Sox.
“I am honored to be a member of the most prestigious and successful organization in professional sports,” Mitchell in a team-issued press release. “I grew up a huge Yankee fan, so it is truly a dream come true for me. I enjoyed my visits to Trenton as a coordinator when they were an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and look forward to a successful season as the Trenton Thunder Manager.”
Hitting coach P.J. Pilittere and pitching coach Jose Rosado will both return for their second seasons with Trenton. Justin Tordi will join the Thunder as their defensive coach after serving in that same role for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate last season.
Former Colorado Rockies catcher JD Closser joins Trenton as the bullpen coach from the coaching staff of the Single-A Tampa Yankees.