Trenton Thunder season is officially canceled – Sports – The Intelligencer

COVI-19 pandemic forces the cancellation of 2020 minor league baseball

It was a matter of time until the notice came, but it was one that Jeff Hurley hoped wouldn’t happen.

“We’re definitely disappointed and this is very unfortunate,” Hurley said.

“But the safety of our fans, staff and players come first.”

The notice Hurley, the general manager and chief operating officer of the Trenton Thunder, received on Tuesday was the one that said that minor league baseball was officially canceled for the 2020 season due to the pandemic.

“We all kind of had the feeling that it might be coming and it’s just unfortunate that the reality is here now,” Hurley said. “You just hope now that everyone stays safe and that we can get through this.

“Our entire Thunder family of fans and sponsors will be a part of the ’Great Comeback’ of your Trenton Thunder when we celebrate together the 2021 season on the banks of the Delaware River.”

The Thunder, the Class 2A affiliate of the New York Yankees since 2003, were coming off a 2019 season in which they won the Eastern League title for the first time since 2013.

“Everyone involved with the organization was really looking forward to this season,” Hurley said. “And I know our fans were, too.

“But our goal now is to make 2021 the best season in Thunder history. We look forward to having the fans back at Arm & Hammer park next season. We’ll be ready to go in 2021 and we’re looking forward to a fun-filled year next year.”

The Thunder will be hosting some events this summer, just not minor league baseball.

“We’ll be hosting a few baseball games with one being the Last Dance, a New Jersey high school tournament, and we’ll have some movie nights,” Hurley said.

“Our whole staff is working hard putting together different events just in a different way than having the Thunder play.”

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Class 3A affiliate of the Phillies in Allentown, also had its season canceled Tuesday.