At Waterfront Park in Trenton Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman and Thunders' co-owner Joe Caruso made it official with a press conference and signing of the PDC contract.
"We are both honored and humbled to remain of the Yankees family for the next ten years," said Thunder President Joe Finley. "We are proud to be an integral part of the premier player development system in all of Major League Baseball and look forward to remaining in that role for years to come."
The Yankees and Thunder first came together in 2002 and with this current contract extension they will be one of only 25 Minor League teams of the 160 to have had a continued affiliation with a Major League club for over 20 years.
In the 10 seasons of being the Yankees Double-A affiliate the Thunder have complied a 754-656 record and reached the Eastern League playoffs six times and won the Championship in 2007 and 2008.
Five members of the current Yankee Major League roster has warn the Thunder pinstripes as minor leaguers and they include Robinson Cano, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, David Phelps and David Robertson. Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and currently Jose Feliciano have done MLB rehab assignments at Trenton.
Trenton is currently in first place in the Eastern League East division with a 77-60 record and a four game lead over Reading. The Thunder conclude their home portion of the season tonight and have four games left against Binghamton to conclude the regular season. The Thunder have clinched a playoff birth and the magic number to clinch the division is down to three games.
Awards for this current Thunder team include Tony Franklin as Eastern League manager of the year and outfielder Zoilo Almonte who was named to the Eastern League season ending All-Star team. Almonte's numbers so far this season include a .283 batting average, 23 doubles, 20 home runs, 68 RBIs and 61 runs scored. Zoilo is one player in spring training that caught the eye of manager Joe Girardi who believes Almonte will be an eventual Major Leaguer.
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