Minor League Baseball
New Jersey's five minor league baseball teams have hosted millions of visitors at fan-friendly stadiums located around the state.
Since it's opening day in 2001, the Lakewood BlueClaws has drawn more than six millions of fans, while reaching attendance records faster than any team in New Jersey and South Atlantic League history. The BlueClaws have been among the top 20 teams in the country in attendance, drawing nearly 6,900 fans a game to FirstEnergy Park while leading in average or overall attendance in each year of existence. The BlueClaws also have seen approximately 70 players reach Major League Baseball.
At Arm and Hammer Park in Trenton, the Trenton Thunder, a Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, plays in the 12-team Eastern League. The Thunder has brought in more than nine million fans over its 23 years. The last few years, the team has rebranded itself as the Thunder Pork Roll, after the New Jersey fan favorite!
Bridgewater's Somerset Patriots are the winningest franchise of the Atlantic League. They recently made the news when a play-by-play announcer at a game called a play about himself, catching a foul ball in the broadcast booth.
Sussex County's Miners are part of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball and play at Skylands Stadium which seats 4,200 and includes a 17,000-square-foot indoor Champions Way Sports Academy.
Also, a part of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, the New Jersey Jackals of Upper Montclair play at Yogi Berra Stadium at Montclair State University with an HD video scoreboard and Fork in the Road craft beer pub.