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 Hurleyin 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.
Last 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Honey Bears Dance Team (ages 16-30) and Bearettes (ages 5-15)