Cornelius Randolph of the Double-A Reading Fightin' Phils bats in Trenton in the final game of the 2019 season (Frank Klose/Sports Talk Philly)
The proposed plan to eliminate as many as 40 minor league baseball teams has widely been reported. But with the 2020 season done and the previous agreement between Major League Baseball and the minor leagues, changes are happening fast. Unfortunately for the Philadelphia area, the Trenton Thunder, affiliated with the New York Yankees since 2003, will no longer be a Yankees minor league affiliate as news of the minor league realignment began. These moves give some insight into what lies ahead for the Phillies minor league system.
Here is a summary of the New York Yankees affiliates, as realigned, per team announcement:
Phillies fans used to be able to see the Reading Fightin' Phils frequently in Trenton. But what will come of Arm & Hammer Park? That is currently unclear, though some have suggested that Trenton could be home to a new Atlantic League team. Philadelphia-area baseball fans used to have access to Atlantic League baseball in New Jersey in Camden (the Camden Riversharks) and Atlantic City (Atlantic City Surf).
Here is how the Phillies appear to be going, though nothing has been reported or confirmed:
Presumably, with the Yankees coming forward forth, there will be much more news about the minor leagues in coming weeks.