The Trenton Thunder announced several additional promotional dates this week. Highlights include:
Star Wars night is scheduled for Monday, May the Fourth, with costumed characters from a long time ago in a galaxy far away visiting Arm & Hammer Park. Star Wars themed t-shirts and jerseys will be available for purchase at the Thunder Company Store. (I wish I was going to be able to go to this one – I love Star Wars promos at baseball games.)
On Friday, September 4th, Trenton will give out Bernie Williams bobbleheads to the first 2,000 fans through the gates. Now we’ll ignore the little detail that Williams’ only played five games for the Thunder in 2003 as part of a rehab assignment… this is the best of the three bobblehead giveaways on Trenton’s schedule in 2015. CC Sabathia (July 24) only made one rehab appearance with Trenton last year, and while Dellin Betances (Aug. 5) was a real member of the Thunder in 2011 & 2012, he needs to build upon his rookie season before he truly becomes a star.
The results of the Baseball Writers of America Hall of Fame voting have been announced, and they elected one candidate: Barry Larkin.
Other returning candidates will have to take solace in the fact that their vote percentage improved. (Well, except for Mark McGwire – he actually lost three-tenths of a percentage point – and Juan Gonzalez, who dropped below the minimum threshold to remain on the ballot)
Newark Bears manager Tim Raines got 279 votes, giving him 48.7 percent of the votes cast. While that’s still well short of the 75 percent required for election, he gained 11.2 percent over his 37.5 percent total from 2011. He could still follow the Bert Blyleven route, gradually amassing support each year until he reaches the magic 75 percent threshold.
Jeromy Burntiz, the only former Mets player on the ballot, did not receive a single Hall of Fame vote. He joins 11 other first-time candidates who will be dropped from future ballots for failing to receive five percent of the vote. Only Bernie Williams, who got just 55 votes, will return for a second year.