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.
The day after Christmas, I received this signed baseball card from New York Yankees prospect Aaron Judge. I expected to see Judge play in Trenton this season, but wasn’t sure if I’d have a chance to ask for his autograph in person so I wrote to him during spring training.
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.
The holiday season always seems to be the time for some baseball players to catch up with their fan mail. (As someone who was still sending out Christmas cards this week, that never fails to amaze me.)
The Brooklyn Cyclones will be holding a “garage sale” at MCU Park tomorrow, giving fans a chance to buy undistributed promotional items and select game-used items, while supplies last. The event will start at 9 a.m. and run until noon (or whenever inventory runs out.)