Monthly Archives: March 2011

WATERFONT PARK WILL BE READY FOR THUNDER’S 2011 FANS

TRENTON – While the Thunder were preparing for the upcoming season in Tampa, another major bit of getting ready for the season took place here. And team Vice President of Operations Ryan Crammer didn’t have the benefit of tropical days … Continue reading

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MARUSZAK AIMING TO BRING VERSATILE GAME TO THUNDER

TAMPA, Fla. – During spring training, despite fighting a cold that sidelined him for a few days, Addison Maruszak was a man others could count on. Being that he lives in nearby Pinellas Park, just over the Howard Frankland Bridge, … Continue reading

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SNYDER HAPPY TO BE IN THE MIX IN YANKEES SYSTEM

BRADENTON, Fla. – There’s a lot to like about 24-year-old Justin Snyder, especially if you happen to be a manager, like Thunder skipper Tony Franklin, who values versatility. Snyder, who will turn 25 April 8, is not the flashiest player … Continue reading

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HALL LOOKING TO CUT(TER) TO THE CHASE

TAMPA, Fla. – Lefty Shaeffer Hall, a 23-year-old native of Independence, Mo., who grew up in Lee’s Summit, will not impress you with his velocity. Yet Hall, pushing hard to earn a spot in the Thunder’s 2011 rotation, was drafted … Continue reading

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JOHNSON AIMING FOR CONSISTENCY BEFORE POWER

BRADENTON, Fla. – Thunder outfield hopeful Cody Johnson remembers Nov. 19, 2010, the day he was traded. Atlanta’s top draft pick in 2006 – the 24th player taken – was, to his surprise, sent to the Yankees system in one … Continue reading

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HEYER PRIMED FOR SWINGING SEASON WITH THUNDER

TAMPA, Fla. – Right-hander Craig Heyer is not usually mentioned in the same breath as Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances. Or Graham Stoneburner, for that matter. Yet, the 25-year-old native of Scottsdale, Ariz., may turn out to be as big … Continue reading

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MESA FINALLY ARRIVES IN TONY FRANKLIN’S DUGOUT

TAMPA, Fla. – Thunder manager Tony Franklin walked over to the fence separating Field 1 from the bleachers at the Yankees’ Minor League Complex and began praising a player. “I really love this kid, his tools, the way he approaches … Continue reading

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