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April’s best minor league baseball promotions in NJ

Minor league baseball season is just three weeks away. Here are some of the local teams’ best promotions planned for April.

Trenton-Thunder

  • 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,

For tickets and more information, visit the Trenton Thunder’s website.

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2008 Somerset Patriot Aaron Fultz named Lakewood pitching coach

Aaron Fultz with the Somerset Patriots in 2008 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

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.

The BlueClaws also announced that former Phillies infielder Mickey Morandini will return as the team’s manager and organization veteran Greg Legg will return as the hitting coach.

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Trenton Thunder update: staff offers Sandy assistance, alumni make 40-man & Black Friday deals

— 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.

The New York Yankees added 2012 Trenton Thunder pitcher Brett Marshall to their 40-man roster today (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
The New York Yankees added 2012 Trenton Thunder pitcher Brett Marshall to their 40-man roster today (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

— 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.

The Yankees added six players from their farm system to their 40-man roster, including five Trenton Thunder alumni: left-handed pitchers Manny BanuelosNik Turley, and Francisco Rondon, right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall and outfielder Ramon Flores.

— The Trenton Thunder are already offering Black Friday specials through their online store, including savings of 50 percent or better on recent Thunder team sets. 

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Road Trip?

Nationals Park
Photo credit: Rob Pongsajapan

The weekend is almost here, and I’d like to see some baseball. The only problem is that there aren’t many games around.

The Mets, Newark Bears, Trenton Thunder, Brooklyn Cyclones, Staten Island Yankees, Somerset Patriots and New Jersey Jackals are all on the road.

The Yankees are hosting the Rays, but I don’t exactly like them. Plus there’s probably a ticket availability issue since fans are hoping to see a certain milestone.

The Camden Riversharks are home, but they’re playing a pair of night games against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Camden is a trek and I’m not crazy about the idea of being there after dark.

The Lakewood Blue Claws are home playing the Kannapolis Intimidators. Again, Lakewood is a trek and they’re both night games. Plus the ballpark is not really transit accessible.

Hmm… the Washington Nationals are home, hosting the Colorado Rockies… I wonder how much it would cost to make a quick trip to D.C.? 🙂