Archive for February 7th, 2008

Know Your Thunder Alums

February 7, 2008

Two former Thunder pitchers received some good news over the past few days.

Trever Miller, one of just three players still active from the inaugural Thunder team, signed a one year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays with a club option for 2009.

Meanwhile, Charlie Manning was officially invited to big league spring training by the Washington Nationals, as was former Yankees backup catcher Wil Nieves.

Manning, the winner of my first “Good Guy Award” in 2006, spent the first seven years of his career in the Yankees organization with the notable exception of two half seasons spent in the Reds organization in 2003 and 2004.

He spent parts of the past five seasons with Trenton, and also advanced to Triple-A the past four seasons as well.

The knock on the southpaw has always been his velocity, as he topped out at around 87-88 miles per hour in Trenton.  He threw a cutter, two-seamer and changeup while with the Thunder, and it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that Thunder fans could see him again with Harrisburg in 2008.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


Another Double-A vs. Triple-A exhibition…

February 7, 2008

It looks like another Eastern league squad will be playing their Triple-A affiliate.

The Reading Phillies announced that they’ll be hosting the unfortunately named Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in a “charity exhibition” that’s also slated to be held on April 1st.  The Thunder, of course, announced similar plans several weeks ago to play host to the Scranton Yankees on the 1st.

In Reading, all tickets will be sold in the form of a $5 charitable donation to benefit a local charitable organization that provides the opportunity for children to play baseball that ordinarily wouldn’t be able to.

Perhaps in the future, the winning team of the Trenton-Scranton game could make a similar charitable donation.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

More info on voting…

February 7, 2008

Straight from the press release, here’s a little more info on voting for the Thunder’s All 15 Year Team…

The voting will run until Friday, March 7 and the team will be announced on and via press release on Monday, April 7.
The players selected to the “All 15 Year Team” will be featured in a baseball card set that will only available via four entrance giveaways thanks to the Mercer County Improvement Authority Recycling Department. The first 1,500 fans to the games on April 14, June 23, June 30 and July 28 will each take home a 5 card portion of the set.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT