TRENTON — The convoluted, COVID-influenced reshuffle of New Jersey’s minor league baseball landscape could soon be taking another turn, with the Toronto Blue Jays finally cleared to play in their home country of Canada as of July 30.
As reported by MLB.com, the Jays have not played “north of the border” since the end of the 2019 season, playing their entire abbreviated 2020 home slate and about half their 2021 home games thus far at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, normally the home of their Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.
Toronto’s commandeering of the Buffalo ballpark was no issue in 2020, as all minor league baseball games were canceled for the year. But with the minors resuming this season, the Bisons needed a place to go, and found a willing partner in Trenton.
All season long, the team that plays its home games at Trenton Thunder Ballpark has had a bit of a split personality, suiting up as the Thunder at home and the Bisons on the road. Those days could be numbered now, although the Bisons have not yet said when they will return to Buffalo.
That could leave a hole at the Trenton waterfront. Prior to the Toronto-Buffalo arrangement, the Thunder had agreed to become one of the inaugural clubs in the new MLB Draft League, intended to showcase top prospects in advance of the amateur player draft. So, there has been yet another team playing as the Thunder this summer, at Rider University.
But now that the draft has actually taken place, the Draft League is getting…