Posted in Baseball, Binghamton Mets, Camden Riversharks, New York Mets, Newark Bears

Mets spoil Nationals’ home opener

I’m really enjoying the first week of New York Mets baseball in 2018. Today, they spoiled the Washington Nationals’ home opener by beating them 8-2.

Michael Conforto returned from the disabled list and homered in his first start. Yoenis Cespedes hit his third home run of the season. Jay Bruce made his first home run of the year a grand slam. If Jacob deGrom didn’t quite have everything working, he battled and he got the outs when they really mattered.

I know the Mets are not going to keep up this pace to have a 135-27 season, but I’m gonna enjoy this run while it lasts.

Odds and ends

Posted in Camden Riversharks, Newark Bears, Trenton Thunder

Trenton Thunder want you to trade in your old Riversharks gear for tix

The Trenton Thunder are hoping to take advantage of the demise of the Camden Riversharks to recruit new fans.

If you’ve got hats, shirts, jerseys, pants, shorts, socks or shoes of the Camden Riversharks, (or the Atlantic City Surf or Newark Bears), you may exchange your items at the Thunder ticket office and receive a $13 ticket to a 2016 Thunder game (based upon availability), a food voucher, and 20% off at the Thunder company store. There’s a limit of one item of clothing per person per transaction.

“We’re proud to put together a program of this nature,” said Thunder GM/COO Jeff Hurley in a team-issued press release. “The Thunder play the highest level of professional baseball in the state of New Jersey and we are here to stay!”

I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not planning to trade in my Bears or Riversharks caps for Thunder tix. But then again, I’ve still got a NJ Cardinals cap too.

Posted in Baseball, Newark Bears

Our second Met in Cooperstown

Piazza-20160106_195946Last night, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza would be inducted this summer as the Class of 2016.

Griffey set a new record, appearing on 437 of the 440 ballots cast. (The old record was held by Tom Seaver – our first Mets representative in Cooperstown – who received 98.84 percent of the vote in 1992.)

It took four years, but Piazza finally crossed the 75 percent threshold in this year’s election. And while I can’t figure out how a man who’s been retired from baseball since 2007 managed to do anything that “made him a Hall of Famer” since the last election, I’d rather celebrate the voters getting something right.

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Posted in Baseball, Newark Bears, Uncategorized

Can-Am League adopts extra-inning tiebreaker rule

baseballsThe Can-Am League is moving away from playing real baseball next year.

The league announced on Friday that it will adopt an extra innings tie breaker rule for 2014, based on existing International Baseball Federation rules.

If games reach the 11th inning, the player in the batting order preceding the innings leadoff hitter will be placed at second base.  Should he score, the run and RBI will count for the team’s offensive stats, but it will not affect the pitcher’s ERA.

In an amazing feat of doublespeak,  Can-Am League commissioner Miles Wolff touted the new rule as an “innovation” while bragging about its popularity in the World Baseball Classic and other international competitions.

You can read the Can-Am League’s press release at the league website.

Posted in Newark Bears, Uncategorized

Bears axe “Stadium Of Screams” to focus on baseball

A table promoting the now-cancelled "Stadium of Screams" haunted house event at one of the Newark Bears' final home games of 2013 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
A table promoting the now-cancelled “Stadium of Screams” haunted house event at one of the Newark Bears’ final home games of 2013 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

I hope no one was looking forward to the Newark Bears “Stadium of Screams” haunted house event very much.

I was invited last year and it was fun (and seemed like it would be even more so if you were a kid.) But it’s not going to be happening in 2013.

Considering that the Bears have not been very successful on the field or drawing fans over the last few season, focusing on the core product is a smart idea. However, the cancellation of the Halloween event is already fueling speculation on Facebook that the team is one step closer to folding.

I guess that we’ll all learn more about the Can-Am League’s future in a few weeks, when we see what the 2014 schedule looks like.

Posted in Newark Bears, Uncategorized

[Press Release] Newark Bears Looking for Local Dancers, Singers and Other Talents on March 16

The 2012 Honey Bears dancers (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
The 2012 Honey Bears dancers (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

On March 16, the Newark Bears are searching for some of the top talents in New Jersey from singers and dancers to spokesmodels, mascots, play-by-play announcers and on-field hosts!

This is your chance to show the world that you’re a star! Impress the judges, and you could be a member of the Honey Bears Dance Team, a play-by-play broadcaster, on-field host or you may even be singing your rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium!

If you are an aspiring model, you could be in front of the camera at photo and video shoots promoting the Newark Bears. Always the life of the party? You could wear the costume of one of our legendary mascots, Ruppert and Effa.

The auditions will take place at 12 p.m.

Open positions:

  • Honey Bears Dance Team (ages 16-30) and Bearettes (ages 5-15)
  • National Anthem Singers
  • Spokesmodels
  • Team Mascots
  • Play-by-Play Announcers
  • On-Field Host

For more information, visit