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.”
Tony Franklinwill 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.
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.
The Trenton Thunder officially announced today that Tony Franklin will return for his seventh season managing the New York Yankees’ Double-A affiliate. He’s won two Eastern League championships and taken his team to the playoffs in four of six seasons with Trenton. The skipper recorded his 1,000 career managerial win and was named Eastern League Manager of the Year in 2012.
“Tony Franklin is a true professional and a great asset to the Thunder and our community,” Thunder General Manager Will Smith said in the team’s press release. “We’re happy to welcome Tony back to guide the team during our 20th season celebration.”
Former major leaguer Tommy Phelps is returning for his fifth season as the team’s pitching coach, and coach Luis Dorante will be back for his second season. Hitting coach Justin Turner (not the New York Mets’ infielder) is a new addition to the Trenton staff. He’s spent the last two seasons as the Tampa Yankees hitting coach and played four seasons of affiliated baseball in the Angels (2001-04) and Red Sox (2004) organizations.
The Thunder also announced the inaugural “Jersey Pinstripes,” a hot stove dinner & benefit, that will be held Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at the Trenton Marriott.
The event will be emceed by New Jersey’s own Joe Piscopo thanks to Roma Bank and will feature appearances byformer Yankee player, Manager and General Manager Gene “Stick” Michael, Philadelphia Phillies TV Broadcaster Tom McCarthy, former Major Leaguer Steve Braun, New Jersey native and Boston prospect Jayson Hernandez and more to be announced soon. The event will benefit Trenton Thunder Charities and Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
The minor league season is winding down, but lots of news today:
The Brooklyn Cyclones put playoff tickets on sale today. They have a two-game lead for the New York-Penn League wild card. Should Brooklyn reach the playoffs, they’d host game one of the semi-final series on Friday, Sept. 7th. Except for the problem that the Cyclones rarely seem to win when I go watch them, I’d like to get out to MCU Park and cheer for them in playoffs.