Monthly Archives: January 2011

WHO’S ON FIRST? COULD HIGHLIGHT THUNDER SPRING TRAINING

          Abbott and Costello’s iconic Who’s on First? baseball pantomime has something in common with what might happen during Thunder spring training this March in Tampa.           Manager Tony Franklin may literally be asking, “Who’s on First?’’ during the first … Continue reading

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BIG SEASON FOR VENDITTE, OTHERS IN THUNDER’S 2011 BULLPEN

Given the innings-limits many young pitchers in the Yankees system are assigned, the Thunder bullpen becomes an important factor in each game.        In 142 Thunder games last season, relievers made 368 combined appearances. Lefty Wilkins Arias led the way … Continue reading

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LOOKING IN THE CRYSTAL BALL FOR STARTING PITCHERS

           Last season, despite all the movement among Thunder pitchers, the Trenton staff finished with a solid 3.66 Team ERA.            Given the movement of a carload of Thunder starters  – right-handers Hector Noesi, David Phelps, Lance Pendleton and D.J. … Continue reading

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DARKHORSE CANDIDATES WHO COULD CLAIM 2011 THUNDER ROSTER SPOTS

Thunder fans are already familiar with many of the players who will make up manager Tony Franklin’s 2011 Thunder roster.              Obviously Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos will anchor the starting pitching staff.  Melky Mesa and the possible return of … Continue reading

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