Hughes lauds continuation of Yankees-Thunder partnership 
Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes speaks during an Aug. 30 press conference at Mercer County Waterfront Park, when the New York Yankees and Trenton Thunder announced an eight-year extension of their partnership. Also pictured, from left, are Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost, Thunder General Manager Will Smith and Thunder President Joe Finley. With two years left on the current player development contract, the Thunder will serve as the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate through 2022. “This is a great day for Mercer County,” Hughes said. “The Yankees are the most recognized sports franchise in the world, and they’re making a real investment in the County. I’m thrilled that the Yankees and Thunder will continue their great partnership, and we’re happy to provide our support.”