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August 14, 2013

New Jersey is pro-ball territory, sitting as it does between the two major markets of New York and Philadelphia. But many would be surprised to learn that the state has six of its own professional -- albeit minor league -- baseball teams.

With summer on the wane, there is about a month or so left to catch a game at one of the small stadiums around the state, enjoying an experience more akin to what professional baseball was like 100 years ago.

The six teams include the Trenton Thunder, the AA affiliate of the New York Yankees, which play at Arm & Hammer park in Trenton, and the Lakewood BlueClaws, a Class A team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies and based at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood.

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, includes the Camden Riversharks, which play at Campbell’s Field, Camden, overlooking the Philadelphia skyline on the Delaware River, and the Somerset Patriots playing at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater.

Two of the state’s teams play in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, also not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They are the Newark Bears, based at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium, and the New Jersey Jackals, which play at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University.

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