The Trenton Thunder are saved from limbo after the Yankees abandoned them last month.
Major League Baseball itself is swooping in to incorporate the Thunder into its new MLB Draft League.
This official league will be made in the MLB’s vision so amateurs can prove their worth to pro teams. The Thunder are one of the five founding teams.
The schedule will include 68 games from May to August, with an All Star break in July.
Thunder General Manager Jeff Hurley applauded the announcement Monday.
“We are thrilled to share with our fans and sponsor partners the exciting news that your Trenton Thunder will be a founding member of the new MLB Draft League for the 2021 season and continue to bring family fun to ARM & HAMMER Park,” said Hurley. “We are dedicated to delivering our Power of Fun brand to our fans as the Thunder Entertainment Experience they have enjoyed for the last 27 years.”
He notes everything from mascot Boomer to the World Famous Bat Dogs will all be coming back with the team when they start play in May 2021.
Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora released a statement welcoming the Draft League to the Capital City.
“We’re sure our community will enjoy the chance to watch a new generation of major league prospects at our waterfront stadium. It will be exciting to see top college players showcase their skills as they ready themselves for MLB. Their successes will be a wonderful inspiration to our youth. Plus, keeping the Thunder in business is good for our local economy and provides badly needed jobs for our residents.”
MLB is launching the new league with Prep Baseball Report. PBR touts itself as “one of the country’s biggest and most respected independent scouting services.”
Other founding teams include:
- Williamsport Crosscutters,
- Mahoning Valley Scrappers,
- State College Spikes, and
- West Virginia Black Bears.