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Trenton Thunder, Double A-Affiliate of the New York Yankees, Named Minor League Team of the Year

November 3rd, 2013 at 4:23 PM
By Karen Vankat

MiLB.com which is the Minor League Baseball website named the Trenton Thunder the Minor League team of the year. Trenton is the AA-affiliate of the New York Yankees and the 2013 Champion of the Eastern League.

'Bowie Baysox vs. Trenton Thunder - August 18, 2012' photo (c) 2012, Doug Kerr - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The MiLB website allows voting for the MiLBy Awards which is announced annually every fall at the conclusion of the season.

The Thunder ended their season with a nine-game winning streak which included sweeps of the first place Binghamton Mets in the first round of the Eastern division playoffs and the Harrisburg Senators winners of the Western division. Trenton became the first team to sweep both rounds of the Eastern League on their way to the Championship since 1991. This was the third title for the franchise in it's 20 year history.

Manager Tony Franklin has been at the helm for the past seven seasons and has led the Thunder to five Eastern League Championship appearances and three titles during his tenure.

'Buddy, the Golden Retriever' photo (c) 2013, Randi Deuro - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

MiLBys are the end of season awards in the Minor Leagues which honors the best team, players and performances of the Minor League season.

Trenton also took home two other awards which included "Promo of the Year" for the Retirement Party for team bat dog Chase That Golden Thunder. The 13 year old Golden Retriever retired this year and in his final game the team included a bobble head give away in honor of the long time mascot.

The third award was for "Mascot of the Year" which included an online four minute which garnered the most hits of any other team's mascot video.

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Tags: Baseball, Eastern League Championship, MiLB.com, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Trenton Thunder

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