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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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Franklin to return for 6th season as Trenton skipper

Tony Franklin (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Trenton Thunder announced Thursday that Tony Franklin will return for his sixth season as the club’s manager in 2012. He was led the Thunder to three playoff appearances and two Eastern League titles during his first five years, and he will win his 1000th career game sometime in April.

Also returned is pitching coach Tommy Phelps, back for a fourth season. Staten Island Yankees manager Tom Slater was named the Thunder’s new hitting coach, while former Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen coach Luis Dorante rounds out the uniformed coaching staff.

The Thunder also announced the 5th annual Allentown Baseball Hot Stove Dinner, which will take place on January 31st, 2012 in Hamilton. Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is scheduled to appear, as is Mets announcer Ron Darling.

While I’m not planning to turn this into a New York Yankees or Trenton Thunder blog, I expect to spend more time writing about the Eastern League this season than I have in previous years, since I ended up buying a Thunder ticket plan.