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New Trenton Thunder players welcome fans

(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
(Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Trenton Thunder held their annual Welcome North Open House event yesterday, giving fans the opportunity to watch batting practice and then meet and get autographs from the members of this year’s team.

Four of the New York Yankees’ Top 30 prospects (as ranked by Baseball America) will start the year in Trenton.

  • Catcher Gary Sanchez is regarded as the organization’s best prospect and is on the 40-man roster.
  • Outfielder Mason Williams is ranked number three in the Yankees’ system.
  • Pitcher Bryan Mitchell, also on the 40-man roster, is ranked #21 and is scheduled to start on Opening Night tomorrow.
  • Infielder Rob Refsnyder is ranked #29.

This is the first time that I got to go, but a couple of friends who have attended in previous years said that the crowd is usually bigger. That turned out to be a good thing, allowing me to get nearly everything I’d brought with me signed even though the players were broken up into groups of three or four at different spots on the field.

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Tony Franklin Returns For 8th Season As Trenton Thunder Skipper


Tony Franklin (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Tony Franklin (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Tony Franklin will return for his 8th season as the manager of the Trenton Thunder, the team announced today. The Eastern League Manager of the Year in 2012, Franklin won his third league title last year and holds the franchise record for most managerial victories and most games managed.

“Tony Franklin is a great asset to the Thunder and our community,” said Thunder General Manager Will Smith in a press release. “The success that we’ve enjoyed on the field during his tenure is unprecedented and we’re excited to see Tony back to defend last season’s championship.”

Tommy Phelps, who played for the Florida Marlins from 2003-04 and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005, will return for his sixth season as Trenton’s pitching coach.

Signed Orlando Mercado 1991 Wiz Mets card from my collection
Signed Orlando Mercado 1991 Wiz Mets card from my collection

The rest of the coaching staff will have a different look to it in 2014.

Ten-year major league veteran Marcus Thames is the new Thunder hitting coach. Although he spent most of his career with the Detroit Tigers, he made his major league debut with the New York Yankees in 2002 and returned near the end to play a role on the 2010 playoff team.

Longtime backup catcher Orlando Mercado, who played for the Seattle Mariners (1982-1984), Texas Rangers (1986), Detroit Tigers (1987), Los Angeles Dodgers (1987), Oakland Athletics (1988), Minnesota Twins (1989), New York Mets (1990), and Montreal Expos (1990), will also join the Thunder coaching staff.

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