Archive for October 14th, 2008

Former Thunder Pitcher Foster Dead At Age 39

October 14, 2008

Kevin Foster, who appeared in 11 games for the Trenton Thunder during the 2000 season, has passed away at age 39 after a battle with renal cell carcinoma.

Foster was 4-3 with a 4.21 ERA for the Thunder, including one complete game.  He appeared in 100 Major League games for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers over the course of seven seasons.

I attended many Thunder games as a fan that year, back when I was 17 years old.  I was fortunate enough to see him pitch that year, and also vividly remember him jokingly encouraging Angel Santos to sign an autograph for a young fan after the kid was calling for Santos by his number.

“Santos, you heard the man,” Foster said with a smile.

My Thunder signed baseball from that year, complete with Foster’s autograph, just became a little more special.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


Who’s Your Thunder MVP?

October 14, 2008

As promised, my Thunder awards will be coming shortly.  I’ll be handing out imaginary hardware to those deserving of my MVP, Pitcher of the Year and Good Guy Awards.

This will be my third season of awards, as this is my third season as the Thunder beat writer.

But my mind can be changed…I’ll give you guys a few days to discuss who you think should be the Thunder MVP, and then I’ll post my choice for the award.

This was the sixth season of Thunder coverage by the Democrat — three from my predecessor Scott Stanchak and three from myself.  Here’s the history of the Democrat’s Thunder MVP award:

2003: Brian Myrow
2004: Mitch Jones
2005: Shelley Duncan
2006: Randy Ruiz
2007: Noah Hall

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

2009 EL All-Star Game Officially In Trenton

October 14, 2008

I’ve been reporting this for quite a few months now, but the Trenton Thunder finally made it official today, announcing that they’ll be hosting the 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game.

Here’s their press release…

The top players from the 12 Major League Baseball organizations that call the Eastern League home will converge on Trenton, New Jersey next July.

On Tuesday, the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced at a press conference the team will host the 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game. The press conference took place at the Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard. The game is scheduled to be played at Mercer County Waterfront Park on Wednesday, July 15th at 7:05 PM.

The Thunder also announced that the Trenton Marriott at Lafayette Yard is now the official team hotel of the Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Marriott will host the Thunder’s visiting teams as well as serve as the host hotel for the players and front office executives for the 2009 All-Star Game.

“My team is truly excited to be able to partner with the Trenton Thunder to provide accomodations to visiting teams,” Trenton Marriott General Manager Jeffrey M. Zeiger said. “This represents another example of Trenton assests partnering to drive people to our great city.”

Below is important ticket dates and pricing information:

All-Star Ticket ORDER DATES

General Public – Beginning February 2, 2009
2009 Season Ticket Holders & Sponsors- Now until February 2, 2009
2009 Mini Plan/Pic-A-Plan holders & Group Leaders (PRIORITY SEATING) – Now until February 2, 2009

All-Star Ticket PRICES

Season Ticket Holders $12
Sponsors $12
Club Seats $17
Pavilion Seats $15
Standing Room Only (upon sell-out) $8

“We are thrilled at the opportunity to host the Eastern League players and staffs at Waterfront Park for what will be a special night for the city, county and Thunder organization,” said Thunder General Manager Will Smith. “We are very excited to form this partnership with the Trenton Marriott and look forward working together for years to come.”

The 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game will feature the top talent from the Northern Division taking on a roster of Southern Division All-Stars. Each of the All-Star rosters will consist of 24 players, with each Eastern League franchise being represented by at least one pitcher and one position player.

The Thunder hosted the 1996 Double-A All-Star game and drew 8,369 fans, which was the stadium record at the time. It now stands as the sixth most highly attended event in Trenton Thunder history.

This event will allow fans in Trenton to see the top Double-A players from the following Major League organizations:


Boston Red Sox (Portland Sea Dogs)

New York Mets (Binghamton Mets)

San Francisco Giants (Connecticut Defenders)

Toronto Blue Jays (New Hampshire Fisher Cats)

Minnesota Twins (New Britain Rock Cats)

New York Yankees (Trenton Thunder)

Philadelphia Phillies (Reading Phillies)

Pittsburgh Pirates (Altoona Curve)

Cleveland Indians (Akron Aeros)

Detroit Tigers (Erie SeaWolves)

Washington Nationals (Harrisburg Senators)

Baltimore Orioles (Bowie Baysox)