Minor Leagues, Major Attractions

The cry of ‘play ball’ resounds throughout New Jersey.

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Lakewood BlueClaws
FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood
League: South Atlantic League
Tickets: $13 adult; $10 junior/senior; $10 lawn seats. Call 732-901-7000.
– The single-A Philadelphia Phillies affiliate is a consistent leader in fan attendance, including a 2002 game attended by a record-breaking 13,003 spectators. BlueClaws alums include longtime Phillies star Ryan Howard, and Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels.

New Jersey Jackals
Yogi Berra Stadium, Little Falls
League: Can-Am
Tickets: $12 for box seats; $10 for bleacher seats. Call 973-746-7434.
– These independent leaguers are led by veteran manager Joe Calfapietra, who celebrated his 800th career win in June of 2016 with the Jackals.

Somerset Patriots
TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater
League: Atlantic League
Tickets: $13.50 for premium field box; $11.50 for field box; $10.50 for upper box; $8 for lawn seating; $22 for suite tickets. Call 908-252-0700.
– These founding members of the Atlantic League hold six championship titles, and are managed by former MLB pitcher Brett Jodie.

Sussex County Miners
Skylands Stadium, Augusta
League: Can-Am
Tickets: $10 reserved seating; $12 field level; $15 premium field level. Call 973-940-0222.
– The Miners are managed by Rutherford native and former New York Mets pitcher Bobby Jones. Jones appeared in 99 MLB games over his career before commencing with the Miners in 2016.

Trenton Thunder
Waterfront Park, Trenton
League: Eastern
Tickets: $12 adult; $11 juniors/seniors. Call 609-394-3300.
– As the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Thunder has prepped future Bronx Bombers such as Melky Cabrera, Robinson Canó, and Joba Chamberlain.

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