Al Pedrique will not approach Tony Franklin‘s longevity with the Trenton Thunder. The 2015 Thunder skipper will be moving up to the Triple-A level and manage the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders next season.
Pedrique led the Thunder to a 71-71 record, good for a third place finish in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division in 2015.
There is no word on who will replace Pedrique in the Thunder dugout next year. If the Yankees promote from within the organization, Single-A Tampa Yankees manager Luis Sojo is one possibility.
The Thunder announced last week that former major league infielder Al Pedrique, 54, would manage the team in 2015. During Franklin’s eight years in Trenton, the Thunder won three Eastern League championships.
According to Peruffo, Franklin’s new job will be focused more on the Yankees’ lower level affiliates. However, he expects to make at least one trip to Trenton and the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during 2015.
That would be a nice time for Trenton to honor Franklin for his contributions to the franchise… let’s see what happens this summer.
Longtime Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin will not return to that role in 2015, although he will remain a part of the New York Yankees organization, the team announced today.
Replacing Franklin in the dugout is former major league infielder Al Pedrique, who managed the Tampa Yankees to a 71-68 record last year. Pedrique, originally signed as an undrafted amateur free agent out of Venezuela, played 174 games over three seasons with the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers between 1987 and 1989.
“The Thunder are excited for the 2015 season to begin with Al Pedrique leading the charge on the field,” said Thunder General Manager Will Smith in a press release. “Al has an impressive coaching resume and we welcome him and all of our coaches to the Thunder this season.”
Al Pedrique was a light-hitting shortstop who spent three seasons in the Major Leagues. His best year came in 1987, when he hit .301 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to his Wikipedia page, that was good enough to get Pedrique on the National League All-Star team… in Nintendo RBI Baseball. 🙂
Pedrique got his start with the Mets, signing as an amateur free agent in 1978. He made his big league debut with the Mets in 1987, but was traded over to Pittsburgh for Bill Almon at the end of May.
After his playing career ended, Pedrique went into coaching. In 2004, he served as interim manager of a dreadful Arizona Diamondbacks team. Pedrique now works in the Houston Astros organization.
I promise I’ll get back to major league cards tomorrow 🙂