Back home at last in … New Jersey? Bisons ready to start a season unlike any other

Trenton Thunder General Manager Jeff Hurley (white shirt) greets Buffalo Bisons players and coaches prior to a workout at Trenton Thunder Ballpark on Monday May 3, 2021, a day before their home opener against the Worcester Red Sox. The Bisons will play their home games in Trenton, NJ due to the expected return of the Toronto Blue Jays to Sahlen field as a result of COVID restrictions in Canada. 

Buffalo Bisons manager Casey Candaele, left, talks with players prior to a work out on Monday, May 3, 2021. The Bisons will play their home games in Trenton, NJ due to the expected return of the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen field as a result of COVID restrictions in Canada.

Mike Harrington

TRENTON, N.J. – Everyone agrees this is one strange situation. But they also agree that the best part is they’ll be playing baseball again here Tuesday night.

The Trenton Thunder were a longtime Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, but the Bombers pulled out of the New Jersey capital in the fall and Trenton seemed as though it was out of affiliated baseball. A lot of Toronto Blue Jays prospects didn’t play in 2020 because the minor-league season was canceled. To start 2021, the Buffalo Bisons needed at least a temporary home – and maybe one for the entire summer – with Sahlen Field undergoing renovation in advance of the return of the Blue Jays.

The confluence of all those roads…

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