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Trenton Thunder plan "Welcome North" open house event for April 5th

Welcome North DSCN3174The Trenton Thunder will hold their annual “Welcome North” open house event on Tuesday afternoon, April 5th. The event offers fans their first chance to meet the 2016 team before the Eastern League season opens on Thursday.

The Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, will offer tours of the ballpark from 3-5 p.m. and there will be a player autograph session from approximately 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The concession stands will be open, offering free hot dogs and sodas through the event.

For additional information, visit the Trenton Thunder team website.

Source: team press release

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Newark Bears' former home to be demolished

A night game at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium {Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
A night game at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium {Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

A New York-based developer purchased the site of Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium for #23 million, according to a NJ Advance Media report. The underutilized ballpark, which last hosted professional baseball in 2013, will be demolished to make way for a mixed-use, high-rise tower.

“This property is so significant,” said Baye Adofo-Wilson, the city’s Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development. The stadium “was part of a previous attempt to revitalize the downtown…It didn’t work out. We had to come up with a new idea.”

While I’m sad to see the wrecking ball come for a place where I have happy memories, the City of Newark will undoubtedly benefit more from the property being put to more productive use.

Posted in Baseball asks "what's next" for Camden's Campbell's Field

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, visible beyond Campbell's Field (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Campbell’s Field in September 2014 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

It’s a slow week for baseball news, leading to publish an article asking “what’s next” for the former home of the Camden Riversharks, Campbell’s Field.

The short answer: not much, unless you are a fan of Rutgers-Camden baseball.

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Meet Todd Frazier & support Operation Shoebox NJ on Saturday, 1/23/2016

Signed Todd Frazier baseball card from my collection

January 20 Update: This event has been postponed due to weather concerns.

Next Saturday, new Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier will be signing autographs to benefit Operation Shoebox New Jersey, a non-profit charity  that ships personal care packages to US troops deployed around the world.

Frazier, a 2015 All-Star and Home Run Derby champ, is a lifelong New Jersey resident who was part of the 1998 Toms River Little League World Champion team and played for Rutgers University before turning pro.

Pro Custom Solar will be hosting the charity event at Freehold Raceway Mall on Jan. 23 from noon until 2 p.m. Frazier will sign one flat item for a $20 donation. Memorabilia (a bat, jersey, etc.) will be signed for a $50 donation.

Source: TapIntoSomerville

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Farewell Riversharks

Lost in the excitement of the Mets’ NLCS victory on Wednesday was the news that the Atlantic League’s Camden Riversharks would cease operations after 15 seasons.

Campbell's Field (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Twilight at Campbell’s Field in 2014 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Riversharks were not one of the independent league’s better draws – they averaged 3,186 per game in 2015, seventh among eight teams. Actual attendance at the one game I made it to this summer was maybe a third of that.

Rumors surrounded both the Camden team and the Bridgeport Bluefish (eighth at 2,916 per game) ever since the league announced plans to field a franchise in New Britain, Conn. in 2016.

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