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Random baseball photos from 2017

My friend Bart is the last person I know who’s sticking pretty firmly with 20th Century technology. He has no interest in using computers or owning a mobile phone, and he’s still using a 35mm film camera to take photos.

Bart recently sent me prints of some of the photos he took during the baseball season. They’re kinda neat, so I’m sharing some of them here.

The Cuban National Team played a number of games against opponents from the Can-Am League this season. I can’t remember if Bart saw them when they were playing the New Jersey Jackals or the Sussex County Miners, and he didn’t remember who the players are in the photos, but they are still pretty cool.

Cuba Bus 1.jpg

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More netting

The Trenton Thunder are the latest area baseball team to add netting to protect more fans from being hit by foul balls and broken bats.

I think I went to around a dozen games this year where I sat in field level seats. I remember three occasions where I wasn’t sitting behind netting: a game in York, Pa., a game in Kissimmee, Fla., and a game in Trenton.

I’ve gotten used to the nets… I tend to not notice them when I’m watching the game, but they do make it much harder to take photos of game action. For the most part, I know I can leave my camera home these days.

The nets also limit the spots where you can try for autographs before a game… less of a big deal in at MLB facilities where the odds were already against you. We’ll see how it impacts things in minor league facilities. My guess? It won’t have that much of an effect.

In exchange for those inconveniences, we’re safer as we watch the game. Sure, you’ve got people that argue that if you just pay attention, you’ll be able to get out of the way of foul balls.

Watch where professional baseball players have their family members sit at games – they will almost always be behind the net. There’s a reason for that – those line drive foul balls come in really fast.

I’d guess it’s just a matter of time before expanded netting becomes universal at professional ballparks…. and eventually we’ll wonder why it wasn’t there all along.

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Looking ahead to an All-Star Summer

I just remembered to flip my calendar to August today – can you believe how fast the year is flying by?

The Trenton Thunder are already looking ahead to 2018, when they will host the Eastern League All-Star Game. The event is split into two days of festivities: a home run derby on Tuesday, July 10th and the All-Star Game itself on Wednesday, July 11th.

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets) will make two trips to Trenton in 2018, June 8-10 and June 19-21, which are the only other dates I’m going to bother making note of now… you can get more information via the Thunder website.

The Atlantic League All-Star Game will be in the tri-state area next summer again as well, hosted by the Long Island Ducks. No date has yet been announced.

Assuming the dates don’t conflict (and they probably will), I’d love to go to both. Here’s hoping I can at least get to see one.

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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, Brooklyn Cyclones, Camden Riversharks, New York Mets, Somerset Patriots, Staten Island Yankees, Trenton Thunder, Uncategorized

Final record

I saw 35 36 regular season and one playoff baseball games this year, something that’s probably only of interest to me. I’d like to thank my friends Greg, Vinny, Kristi, Fred, Bart and everyone else that made it possible for me to see so much baseball this year.

Of the home teams I saw more than once, the Somerset Patriots are the only one that had a winning record in the games I attended. (I was surprised at how well the Mets did when I went back to check my scorecards – I remembered the losses better than the wins, I think.)

New York Mets (7-7)

  • Citi Field, seen from the last row of Section 527 on Opening Day 2014 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
    Citi Field, seen from the last row of Section 527 on Opening Day 2014 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

    March 31 at Citi Field: Washington Nationals 9, New York Mets 7

  • April 5 at Citi Field: New York Mets 6, Cincinnati Reds 3
  • April 19 at Citi Field: Atlanta Braves 7, New York Mets 5
  • May 13 at Yankee Stadium: New York Mets 12, New York Yankees 7
  • May 14 at Citi Field: New York Yankees 4, New York Mets 0
  • May 25 at Citi Field: Arizona Diamondbacks 2, New York Mets 1; New York Mets 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 2
  • June 13 at Citi Field: New York Mets 6, San Diego Padres 2
  • June 14 at Citi Field: San Diego Padres 5, New York Mets 0
  • July 11 at Citi Field: New York Mets 7, Miami Marlins 1
  • Aug. 10 at Citizens Bank Park: Philadelphia Phillies 7, New York Mets 6
  • Aug. 11 at Citizens Bank Park: New York Mets 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3
  • Sept. 15 at Citi Field: Miami Marlins 6, New York Mets 5
  • Sept. 28 at Citi Field: New York Mets 8, Houston Astros 3

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[PRESS RELEASE] Fisher Cats Offense Shines in 15-7 Win Over Thunder


(Manchester, NH) – New Hampshire scored five in the first inning to pull ahead, then fended off a Trenton charge by plating six more in the eighth as the Fisher Cats drubbed the Thunder, 15-7, Monday night at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. Seven Trenton hurlers combined to allow 14 hits and 13 walks, the last four of those from outfielder Shane Brown who entered when the Thunder ran out of available pitchers.

Trenton start Matt Tracy (0-1) struggled in his Eastern League debut, collected only one out before being lifted after eight batters in the first inning. Tracy allowed three hits and four walks, including two with the bases loaded during a 10-batter first-inning rally that put New Hampshire ahead 5-1.

The Thunder trailed 9-1 after five innings, but then rallied to send 11 batters to the plate in the sixth and score six times to cut the deficit to 9-7. Walter Ibarra started the inning with a solo home run, then culminated the outburst with an RBI single later in the frame. Tyler Austin, Kyle Roller and Neil Medchill also collected RBI hits in the sixth.

The Fisher Cats broke the game open in the eighth against Branden Pinder, who was charged with four runs on three hits including a three-run double to Sean Ochinko. Brown, who pitched a scoreless inning and won a game against New Hampshire last June, then entered and induced an RBI groundout from John Tolisano that made the score 13-7.

New Hampshire then took four consecutive walks from Brown, who issued a free pass to Clint Robinson to force home the 14th run. Brown hit Kevin Nolan with a pitch to make the score 15-7, before finally inducing a ground out from Ricardo Nanita to end the 12-batter rally.

Every batter in the New Hampshire lineup recorded at least one hit, led by Robinson who went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two doubles. Ryan Schimpf and Brad Glenn each walked three times, while Kenny Wilson scored three runs and Ochinko picked up four RBI.

Austin homered in the first inning to open the scoring and finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Ibarra also went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.

Game two of the series is scheduled for Tuesday late afternoon beginning at 5:05 pm. Right-hander Caleb Cotham (NR) is expected to start for Trenton in his EL debut while New Hampshire counters with righty Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-0, 0.00). Radio coverage on 91.3 FM (WTSR) and also streaming online begins at 4:50 pm.

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[PRESS RELEASE] Shane Brown Rejoins Thunder Roster


The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced that outfielder Shane Brown was added to the team from the Staten Island roster before Sunday’s game at Portland. He took the spot of infielder Kevin Mahoney, who was placed on the Temporarily Inactive List after leaving to be with his wife during the birth of their first child.

Brown played in 30 games with Trenton last season and batted .136 with seven RBI. He had a memorable night on June 2nd, 2012, when in game two of a doubleheader he pitched a scoreless top of the 15th inning against New Hampshire. Brown then hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 15th to win his own game.