Where Are They Now? 2000-2004

Noted author, devout Boston Red Sox fan (we try not to hold that against him) and longtime friend of BareBones, David McDonough, has kept a detailed journal of players, managers and coaches that have passed through the Trenton Thunder organization who are still working in the game in one form or fashion.
Remember Mitch Jones?
How about Juan Diaz?
We do.
This may not be a complete list, and we encourage anyone with updated information or corrections on any former player to post a comment here on the blog, or e-mail me direct at johnalbone AT comcast.net.
We’ve divided the group into three eras … and we’ll keep things going with the playoff-less time period of 2000 to 2004, which also featured the arrival of the New York Yankees as the Thunder parent club in 2003.

Kevin Youkilis (2002): Boston Red Sox
Freddy Sanchez (2001-02): San Francisco Giants


Justin Duchscherer (2000-01): Oakland Athletics
Jorge De La Rosa (2001-02): Colorado Rockies
Jose Contreras (Rehab, 2003): Philadelphia Phillies
Derek Jeter (Rehab, 2003): New York Yankees
Nick Johnson (Rehab, 2003): New York Yankees
Mitch Jones (2003-04): Triple-A Gwinnett (Braves)
Robinson Cano (2003- 04; Rehab 06): New York Yankees
Danny Haas (2001): scout, Boston Red Sox
Andy Cannizaro (2003-05, 2007): Scout, New York Yankees
Keoni DeRenne (2003): Double-A Reading (Phillies)
Matt DeSalvo (2004-06): Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins)
Frank Francisco (2002): Texas Rangers
Sean Henn (2004-05): Triple-A Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
Marty McLeary (2000-02): Double-A New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
Brian Myrow (2003): Triple-A Indianapolis (Pirates)


Dioner Navarro (2003-04): Tampa Rays
Joe Nelson (2002): Triple-A Pawtucket (Red Sox)
Ramon S. Ramirez (2003-05): Boston Red Sox
John Valentin (Rehab, 2001): Coach, Double-A Chattanooga (Dodgers)
Kevin Reese (2003-04): Scout, New York Yankees
Eric Schmitt (2003, 2005): Assistant Director of Baseball Operations, Yankees
Chien-ming Wang (2003-04): Washington Nationals

Managers and coaches

Billy Gardner Jr. (Manager 2001-02): Manager, Double-A Montgomery (Rays)
Ron Johnson (Manager 2002): Coach, Boston Red Sox
Stump Merrill (Manager 2003-04): Special assistant to general manager (Yankees)


Independent & Foreign Leagues
Anastacio Martinez (2002): Calgary Vipers (Golden League)
Brian Adams (2002): Broncos de Reynosa (Mexican League)
Alex Ahumada (2001-02): Dorados de Chihuahua (Mexican League)
Buddy Carlyle (2004): Nippon Ham Fighters (Japan)
Edgard Clemente (2001): Broncos de Reynosa (Mexican League)
Juan Diaz (2000): Winnipeg Goldeneyes (Northern League)
Casey Fossum (2001): Hanshin Tigers (Japan)
Nerio Rodriguez (2000): Acereros de Nortea (Mexican League)
Mike Rose (2001-02): Chico Outlaws (Golden League)
Seung Song (2002): Lotte Giants (Korean)
Matt Smith (2003-05): Newark Bears (Atlantic League)
Francisco Villegas (2003-04): Olmeces de Tabasco (Mexican League)

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