Get to know the dogs who have make sure the Trenton Thunder team is never without a bat or a smile

By Kelli Bender
Updated August 11, 2015 08:30 PM

Bat boys are a famous and adorable tradition in the chess game that is baseball.

The Trenton Thunder decided to add a twist to this classic sideline position – by giving the role to the dogs. For years, the Thunder Bat Dog family has been bringing smiles to the minor league team’s field.

Starting 10 seasons ago with “Chase That Golden Thunder,” there has always been a pooch at Arm & Hammer Park ready to retrieve a slugger for the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.


In 2008, Thunder fans were introduced to Chase’s son’s “Home Run” Derby. The pup went on to share the duties with his dad until 2013, when Chase retired and Derby took the spotlight. Now, Derby is working on being an MVP dad, sharing the title of bat dog with his son, Rookie.


This fluffy family has appeared on television and in international news for their specific set of sweet skills, and now they are getting their own ESPN segment called “Family Business.”

Learn more about this playful yet professional squad of golden retrievers on Tuesday’s episode of E:60 on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. ET.