Minor league baseball season is just three weeks away. Here are some of the local teams’ best promotions planned for April.
April 3 at 7:05 p.m.Opening Night vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats – The first 2,000 fans ages 6 and up will receive Replica Mini Eastern League Championship Trophies.
April 5 at 1:05 p.m.vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Kids Opening Day with Ivan Nova replica jerseys for the first 1,000 children ages 5-15.
April 17 at 7:05 p.m.vs. Erie SeaWolves – All You Can Eat Night – fans can enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers & cheeseburgers throughout the game. The first 1,000 fans ages 6 and up will receive a championship banner. For older fans, there is a Thirsty Thursday beer special until the middle of the fifth inning,
The Lakewood BlueClaws, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, have named former major league pitcher Aaron Fultz as the team’s pitching coach.
Fultz was a member of the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters’ coaching staff in 2012. He pitched in the major leagues during eight seasons, playing for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians. In 2008, Fultz spent most of the season with the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League, compiling a 5-5 record with a 4.00 ERA in 16 games (10 starts).
In 2009, Fultz appeared in six games with the Newark Bears, who were part of the Atlantic League at the time. Though I went to about around 70 Bears games that year, I have no recollection of him pitching for Newark.
— Members of the Trenton Thunder staff joined volunteers from the Lakewood BlueClaws, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and Reading Fightin Phils to provide Hurricane Sandy cleanup assistance on Monday.
“It was our own ‘Baseball Volunteer Day,'” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown in a statement. “We thank all of these teams who came from a significant distance away during a busy time of the year to help out in our communities. That says a lot about all of these great teams. We are thrilled they are part of our baseball family.”
The Lakewood BlueClaws posted photos from the event on their Facebook page.
— Tonight is the deadline for major league teams to add players to their 40-man rosters to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft. (Minor League players with four seasons of experience that were signed before age 19, or five years and were signed before age 18, and have not been added to the 40-man roster are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft.