The Thunder are coming off their third Eastern League Championship under Franklin's direction. "Tony Franklin is a great asset to the Thunder and our community. The success that we've enjoyed on the field during his tenure is unprecedented and we're excited to see Tony back to defend last season's championship," said General Manager Will Smith.
Franklin and the Thunder posted a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs on their way to the Eastern League title. With Franklin at the helm Trenton had back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008. This season Tony garnered his 1,000 career managerial win and was named Eastern League Manager of the Year in 2012.
Franklin will be joined in the dugout once again by pitching coach and former Major Leaguer Tommy Phelps, who returns for his sixth season, as well as Strength and Conditioning coach Orlando Crane returning for his second year.
New additions to the staff will include a familiar name to Yankee fans, Marcus Thames who will don the position of hitting coach for the Thunder. Last season Thames had the same title with the Tampa Yankees. Thames started his major league career in the Yankees organization and his big league career started in 2002. Marcus played 10 years in the Major Leagues for various clubs include two stints with New York.
Orlando Mercado joins Trenton as Coach after spending three years as a roving catching instructor for the Los Angles Angels of Anaheim. Mercado played part of eight seasons in the majors for eight different clubs.
Lee Meyer will join the Thunder as Athletic Trainer after spending two seasons doing the same for the Tampa Yankees.
The Thunder will begin the 2014 season at ARM & HAMMER Park on Thursday April 3. For more information regarding Thunder season and game day tickets go to trentonthunder.com
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