Archive for May 3rd, 2011

Halsey’s Back

May 3, 2011

Numerous outlets have reported that the New York Yankees have brought back left-hander Brad Halsey.  The last we heard from Halsey, he was pitching for the Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks back in 2009.  You may recall that I caught up with Halsey back then…so let me re-gift that story for some evening reading.

According to Nardi Contreras, Halsey is with the organization in extended spring training.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Groin Pull For Garrison

May 3, 2011

I took today’s game off…but Josh Norris of The Trentonian wouldn’t have missed it for anything, and he reports via Twitter that Thunder starter Steve Garrison left today’s game with a pulled groin.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT

Hale, McCarthy To Be Inducted In Trenton Baseball HOF

May 3, 2011

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – The Trenton Thunder, Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees, are pleased to announce that former Trenton Manager DeMarlo Hale and former radio broadcaster Tom McCarthy will be inducted into the Trenton Baseball Hall of Fame this season.  Hale will be inducted on Thursday, May 12, while McCarthy will be honored on Thursday, July 14.  Both will be pre-game ceremonies at Waterfront Park. 
DeMarlo Hale managed the Trenton Thunder from 1997 to 1999.  His 1999 squad had the best record in all of Minor League Baseball at 92-50 and Hale was selected as the Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America, The Sporting News and
USA Today Baseball Weekly. His combined Thunder record was 234-192 (.549). 
This season, Hale is in his second year as Boston Red Sox bench coach following four seasons (2006-09) as Boston’s third base coach.  Prior to joining the Red Sox, he served as the Texas Rangers first base and outfield coach during the 2002-05 seasons.  He managed Texas’ Triple-A Oklahoma club to 2nd-place finishes in the Pacific Coast League’s East Division in both 2000 and 2001.
A graduate of the College of New Jersey and current resident of Allentown, NJ, Tom McCarthy was with the Trenton Thunder for the first six seasons in franchise history. He was hired as Director of Public and Media Relations in 1993 and promoted to Assistant General Manager in 1996, while also working as one of the team’s broadcasters, doing play-by-play on radio and television.  After the 1999 season, he left the Thunder to pursue a full-time career in broadcasting, creating the first local-driven show on ESPN Radio 1680 AM.

McCarthy is in his second year as the television play-by-play man for the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent five seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2001–2005) as a radio play-by-play voice and as their pre-game and post-game radio host before spending two seasons as a play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets on WFAN. 

Hale and McCarthy will become the fifteenth and  sixteenth members of Trenton Baseball Hall of Fame joining George Case, Harold “Bus” Saidt, James Maloney, Al Downing, Steve Braun, Bob Ryan, Tony Clark, Nomar Garciaparra, Samuel Plumeri Sr., Michael DeCello, Mo Cunningham, David Eckstein, Ken Macha and Sonny Pittaro 

Media interested in covering these events are asked to contact
Bill Cook to secure credentials.   Hale and McCarthy will be available for interviews in the Thunder press box following their induction ceremonies. 
All Trenton Thunder tickets are on sale now at  All Thunder games can be heard at 91.3 FM and online at  

Garrison Injured In Thunder Loss

May 3, 2011

(PR) (Trenton, NJ) – The Trenton Thunder (11-14) lost 5-2 to the Portland Sea Dogs (9-13) Tuesday afternoon at Waterfront Park. Bradley Suttle had an RBI double and Jose Gil hit a solo homerun for the Thunder, who lost for just the fourth time in 12 home games so far in 2011.

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Thunder would try to answer back for the first time in the game. Dan Brewer singled with one out, and one batter later Bradley Suttle laced a double to the left-centerfield gap to score Brewer and cut the Sea Dog lead to 3-1.

Leading off the next inning, the newest member of the Thunder, catcher Jose Gil, lined a solo homerun to left field to bring Trenton just one run from Portland at 3-2.

That would be all of the offense for the Thunder, though, as the Sea Dogs’ pitching staff limited the Thunder to just five hits.

The Thunder bullpen pitched well Tuesday in an unenviable situation as starter Steve Garrison left the game for an undisclosed reason after a first inning where he allowed two unearned runs. From the second inning through the eighth, Thunder relievers Cory Arbiso, Kei Igawa and Wilkins Arias combined to hurl seven innings of one-run ball, surrendering just four hits.

The Trenton Thunder continue their seven-game homestand Wednesday for a 7:05 PM contest with the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox). The Thunder will give the pearl to RHP Dellin Betances (0-1, 1.13). The righty from Brooklyn will oppose RHP Stolmy Pimentel (0-3, 6.75) for the Sea Dogs. The SBLI Pre-Game Show with Jay Burnham and Hank Fuerst begins at 6:45 PM. Tune-in to the game on 91.3 WTSR-FM and on

Wednesday night will be another NJEA Most Improved Student Night at Waterfront Park, where local students will be rewarded for their excellence in the classroom. Call the Thunder Box Office at 609-394-3300 or log on to to reserve your seats today.