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Yankees name Trenton Thunder manager & coaches

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.

Source: Trenton Thunder website

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Al Pedrique To Manage Trenton Thunder in 2015

Tony Franklin  (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Tony Franklin will not manage the Trenton Thunder in 2015. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

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.”

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