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Thunder of Mitch Jones Named EL Post Season All-Star
First Post Season All-Star Since Freddy Sanchez in 2002

Friday, August 27, 2004

By Bill Cook
Trenton Thunder Baseball Club

The Eastern League and the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today that Trenton Thunder Outfielder Mitch Jones has been named to the Eastern League's Post Season All-Star team, as voted on by respective Eastern League team managers and coaching staffs, sportswriters, radio and television broadcast personnel and other members of the media. Jones was named to the All-Star team as the Designated Hitter.

Trenton Thunder slugger Mitch Jones' 37 home runs this season (tied for 1st in the E.L.) and is just five home runs shy of breaking the Eastern League single-season home run record, which is currently held by Ken Strong and Rick Lancellotti. The 26-year old is currently hitting .259 and is ranked among the league leaders in extra-base hits (65-1st), RBI (95-2nd), runs scored (84-3rd) and slugging percentage (.572-4th). Jones, who was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the weeks ending July 11th and August 22nd, was named to the Northern Division roster for the 2004 Eastern League All-Star Game and also won the 2004 Eastern League Home Run Derby.

"Mitch has had a terrific year and we are happy to see him get recognized for his accomplishments," said Thunder General Manager Rick Brenner. "He has been a joy to watch and has been a pleasure to have as a member of the Thunder."

Jones joins Tony Clark (1994), Nomar Garciaparra (1995), Pork Chop Pough (1995), Adam Hyzdu (1996), Walt McKeel (1996), Carl Pavano (1996), Dernell Stenson (1998), David Eckstein (1999), Raul Gonzalez (1999), Shea Hillenbrand (2000) and Freddy Sanchez (2002) as Thunder players to be selected to the Eastern League post season All-Star team in Thunder history.

The Thunder begin a three-game series with the Binghamton Mets (New York Mets) tonight at 7:05PM at Waterfront Park.

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