Chris Gittens Named Eastern League Most Valuable Player

By Trenton Thunder | August 29, 2019 11:36 AM


The Thunder, presented by NJM Insurance, are pleased to announce in conjunction with the Eastern League that 1B Chris Gittens has been named the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player for the 2019 season. 

The Thunder will honor Gittens with an on-field presentation prior to Saturday's game with Reading at 7:00pm.

Gittens, who was named to Eastern League's All-Star Team during the season and Postseason All-Star Team, becomes the second player in franchise to earn the league's MVP award after Brandon Laird took home the hardware in 2010. Gittens's two-time All-Star selection makes him the 16th player in franchise history to be selected to both Eastern League All-Star Teams. 2019 marks the fourth straight season in which the Thunder have had a player named to both teams, following Jordan Montgomery and Tyler Wade in 2016, Thairo Estrada in 2017 and Trey Amburgey in 2018.

This season, the Thunder's first baseman has hit a career-high 22 home runs and leads the Eastern League in home runs (22), RBI (75), on-base percentage (.392), slugging percentage (.497), and on-base plus slugging (OPS, .889). Stats as of August 29. 

Gittens, New York's 12th round selection out of Grayson JC (TX) in 2015, is a native of Sherman, TX. 

The Thunder return to ARM & HAMMER Park on Friday, August 30 to begin a four-game series with the Reading Fightin Phils. Tickets are available online at

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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