Monthly Archives: December 2010

SOME HOLIDAY CHEER FROM A THUNDER FRIEND

             The voice on the other end of the phone brought both holiday wishes and a breath of spring.            “How’s it going?’’ said fifth-year Thunder manager Tony Franklin, trying to dodge the torrents of rain that have struck Los … Continue reading

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THUNDER FANS KNOW WHY YANKEES CAN BE PATIENT

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman took left-hander Cliff Lee’s decision to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies in stride yesterday.            He stressed patience in finding another starting pitcher, said Lee “was a special case’’ and certainly put down any talk … Continue reading

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BEST OF LUCK TO KONTOS AND PENDLETON

         Former Thunder pitchers George Kontos and Lance Pendleton, both right-handers, were selected in the Major League phase of Thursday’s 2010 Rule 5 Draft, while the Yankees took left-hander Robert Fish (Angels) and right-hander Daniel Turpen (Red Sox).          Kontos … Continue reading

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THE NEXT WAVE OF PITCHING PROSPECTS

Not long after the 2010 season ended, an email from a fan arrived in my inbox. He was impressed with the progress of right-handers Andrew Brackman (pictured) and Dellin Betances.          “It seems like the Yankees don’t shy away from … Continue reading

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POWERFUL ENIGMA JOHNSON MAY LAND IN TRENTON IN 2011

In the summer of 2006, the Atlanta Braves made what was viewed as a controversial first pick.             The player Atlanta took in that draft with the 24th selection – first-baseman/outfielder Cody Johnson – was looked to as a power … Continue reading

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