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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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Minor League Mondays: 1998 Trenton Thunder

Today’s “Minor League Mondays” feature will look at the 1998 Trenton Thunder team set.

From 1995-2002, the Trenton Thunder were the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The team moved to Trenton in 1994 and spent one season affiliated with the Detroit Tigers. Since 2003, they have been affiliated with the New York Yankees.

In 1998, the Thunder were managed by future Red Sox coach DeMarlo Hale, who was inducted into the Trenton Baseball Hall of Fame this year. In 1999, he would lead a roster that included David Eckstein, Adam Everett and Shea Hillenbrand to a 92-50 record.

But in 1998, the Trenton Thunder did not have that abundance of talent. They finished one game above .500, at 71-70. Twelve members of the team played Major League Baseball, but none became stars.

The most well-known names are Paxton Crawford, who in 2006 told ESPN that he used steroids during his time with the Red Sox organization, and Dernell Stenson, who was killed in a Phoenix suburb while playing in the Arizona Fall League in 2003.

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Trenton Thunder To Hold Fan Fest April 5

Mercer County Waterfront Park (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

On Tuesday, April 5th, you’ll have your first chance to meet the 2011 Trenton Thunder team.

The park will be open from 3-7:30 p.m., so fans can watch the team work out and get autographs from the players. There will be free hot dogs & soda, and you can take a tour of the ballpark.

If you’re curious about which players might be on the Trenton Thunder roster this year, Trentonian Thunder beat writer Josh Norris posted his early roster projection last week.

It sounds like fun. I’d like to go, but I don’t think I can take the time off from work when I’ll be leaving early that Friday to go see the Mets home opener.