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Pedrique moves up

Al-Pedrique
Al Pedrique (left) watches the Trenton Thunder practice during a preseason workout at Arm & Hammer Park in April (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

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.

Source: Pinstriped Prospects

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Derek Jeter returns to Yankees, disappointing Scranton-area fans

Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Keith Allison)
Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Derek Jeter returned to the New York Yankees today, leaving fans to celebrate his season debut (and worry about the state of his quad).

The Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders will miss him, though.

Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune writes:

During his nearly week-long stay in Scranton, Jeter became a man about town, eating dinners at steakhouses around the region, having a salad at State Street Grill in Clarks Summit, seafood at Cooper’s, lunch at the Downtown Deli and hitting Pittston for Italian food. He became a Starbucks regular at the Steamtown Mall, and he posed for pictures with fans at just about every stop.

Commenting on a map published by the newspaper marking all the city’s Jeter sightings, USA Today’s Ted Berg writes, “[Jeter]’s like a baseball-playing Sasquatch, except with a brighter smile and perhaps less range.”

We’ve seen Alex Rodriguez as a centaur… somebody needs to give us Derek Jeter: Sasquatch.

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What’s in a name?

When I watched the Trenton Thunder beat the Reading Phillies in the Eastern League playoffs in September, I knew it would be my last minor league baseball game of the season. I didn’t realize that it would be the last time I’d watch baseball at Mercer County Waterfront Park, or that it was the last game in Reading Phillies’ history.

Arm & Hammer Park logo taken from Trenton Thunder Twitter account

The ballpark is still there, but next year we’re all going to have to get used to calling it Arm & Hammer Park. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed when it was announced this week, but Jim Craigie, the CEO of Arm & Hammer’s parent company, said “We figured it was time to start putting our name on things.”

The Reading Phillies aren’t going anywhere either, but they will be announcing their new name on Saturday as the team re-brands itself. There has been a bit of a fan backlash at the prospect of a new identity after 46 years – time will tell if it’s just a vocal minority or if it will prove to be a real concern for the team’s owners.

And Wednesday night, the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate announced their own new identity: RailRiders was the top choice in a fan contest to select the team’s new nickname. You can already order your new RailRiders merchandise. There are seven different logos, most featuring a porcupine, and there will be a total of five caps. (If I make it to a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game next year, I suppose I’ll end up getting this one for my collection.)

RailRiders logo taken from the team’s Facebook page

Next year, I know I will find myself writing “Waterfront Park” on my scorecards every time I go see the Trenton Thunder. (But then again, I get confused when people talk about Rogers Centre in Toronto instead of calling it SkyDome and I could never keep up with all the different names for Joe Robbie Stadium when the Florida Marlins played there.)

I’m happy that the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team has its own identity again, but I’m not crazy about the decision to use a porcupine in a logo that cries out for a train or trolley. (And I still think a return to the Red Barons would have been nice.)

And though I’m reserving judgement on the Reading re-branding until we see the new name and logo, I think the team was fine as the Reading Phillies.

What do you think of all of this re-naming?