Trenton Thunder’s Golden Retriever Bat Dog Chase Dies at Age 13

Source: Twitter.com/Trentonthunder via Bloomberg

A screengrab from the Trenton Thunder's Twitter account shows a memorandum to the team's bat-fetching golden retriever, Chase That Golden Thunder, who died yesterday at the age of 13. Close

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A screengrab from the Trenton Thunder's Twitter account shows a memorandum to the team's bat-fetching golden retriever, Chase That Golden Thunder, who died yesterday at the age of 13.

Chase That Golden Thunder has retrieved his last bat at home plate for Trenton, New Jersey’s minor-league baseball team.

The Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees said the 13-year-old golden retriever who made his debut with the team in 2002 died yesterday.

“Chase was such a tremendous part of the Trenton Thunder identity,” General Manager Will Smith said in a statement. “His presence was the epitome of the wholesome family entertainment for which we strive.”

Chase’s death came three days after a celebration of his life in what was a birthday and retirement party.

He leaves behind a legacy of bat-fetching golden retrievers. Two of his sons, Derby, with the Thunder, and Ollie, with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, perform the same duties. The Fisher Cats are the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.

Last month, Chase became the first dog honored on the field at Yankee Stadium after a special invitation by Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, the Thunder said in their statement.

The team asked fans wishing to offer condolences to make a donation in his name to Trenton Thunder Charities or a local animal shelter or pet rescue.

To contact the reporters on this story: Scott Soshnick in New York at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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