A bombshell announcement regarding the New York Yankees farm system came out tonight. The Yankees have informed current affiliates Staten Island (Single-A Short Season) and Trenton (Double-A) that they will not be returning for 2021. The “baby bombers” will now be playing in Somerset, NJ, and Hudson Valley, NY.
Both of these sites remain close to Yankee Stadium in an area with lots of Yankee fans.
The Trenton Thunder became the Yankees Double-A team in 2003. They played at Arm & Hammer Park. While being a Yankee affiliate, the Thunder won nine division titles and four league titles.
The Somerset Patriots were a team based out of the Atlantic League since 1999. Now, they are set to become the Yankees Double-A team in the minor leagues.
The Staten Island Yankees became the Yankees Short Season team in 1999, playing at Richmond County Bank Ballpark since 2001. In their time as a minor league affiliate, they won six league titles and nine division titles.
The Hudson Valley Renegades have been the Rays Short Season affiliate since 1996. The Renegades were arch-rivals with the now-former Staten Island Yankees.
This is a rather interesting move. It is a very heartbreaking end for fans in Trenton and Staten Island. But it is a new era for New York Yankees’ minor league baseball.