Oct 20 2036: Leonardo Mendoza to say "goodbye" - by PrivateSnowflake on July 16th, 2018
Bloomington, IN.: Manager Matt Shannon has made a subtle change to the lineup card for the last home series of the season. After 18 seasons, one of, if not the greatest hitter in franchise history will take his final swings and give Thunder fans a chance to say goodbye to the legendary Leonardo Mendoza.
Pulled out of the Dominican as a teenager and inserted into the lineup at 17, Mendoza would struggle early on until new and current ownership sent him to the minors to refine his craft. The left-handed hitter returned just a couple of years later to lead Bloomington from the lowest level of the game to a Legends berth this past season.
A career .300+ hitter, Mendoza manned first-base and batted second for nearly two decades in Bloomington while winning a batting title with a franchise best .384 in '24 to go along with multiple All-Star and All-League performances.
Leonardo Mendoza will no doubt take his place among the franchises best when he is enshrined into the Hall of Fame this offseason.
Aug 19 2036: Shannon to steer Thunder - by PrivateSnowflake on June 29th, 2018
Bloomington, IN.: The Thunder made a big change at the top this morning, letting go of manager Brad Seigel, who had the highest winning percentage in franchise history. In an official realease, the club stated: "Any chance we get to upgrade, be it on the field or in the dugout, Thunder ownership will take that chance to give Bloomington the best chance to win." Matt Shannon is no stranger to coaching at the highest levels. He is most know for his time at the helm of State College, which he managed in the Legends League for two seasons. His calling card has been offense, which has always been the Thunder strength.
Nov 04 2035: And the Thunder rolls - by PrivateSnowflake on May 3rd, 2018
Bloomington, IN.: Sugahara looks in and gets the sign from Schwartz...He kicks and deals...Groundball to the left side!...Hughes has it!...On to first!...Bloomington, champions again!
Oct 24 2035: Bruno does it again - by PrivateSnowflake on May 1st, 2018
Bloomington, IN.: A year after setting franchise marks for homeruns and RBI, Marty Bruno sets another HR mark in mashing 44 this season and tying his own mark with another 140 RBI campaign. Congratulations to "Boom Boom" on another record year.
Sep 16 2035: Hashimoto No-no - by PrivateSnowflake on April 21st, 2018
Jeffersonville, IN.: Yutaka Hashimoto makes Thunder history with the franchise's first no-hitter vs Jeffersonville. Hashimoto fanned four, walked two, and hit a batter over nine, but never allowed a hit, to stamp his name forever in Thunder lore.